TIME's Top Stories-logo

TIME's Top Stories

US News

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME


United States


All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




Minnesota Activists Reckon With Daunte Wright's Killing and the Derek Chauvin Trial

Oluchi Omeoga, a co-founder of the Minneapolis-based organization Black Visions Collective, was at home on April 11—just a few blocks away from the deli where George Floyd was killed last year—when they first heard about the police shooting of Daunte Wright. Omeoga, who has been engaged in activism and community work for eight years in the city, remembers feeling a mix of rage, sadness and apathy as they digested the news. "Minnesota cannot get its shit in order," Omeoga tells TIME.


Will You Need a Booster Shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine?

When the first COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2020, most people breathed a sigh of relief since both shots were shown to be between 94% and 95% effective in protecting from COVID-19 symptoms. But public health experts warned that nobody really knew how long the protection would last, since the longest clinical trials in people only went to a few months. Dr.


Column: Why the U.S. and China Should Collaborate in Space

While much has been made of the tense March 18 exchange between American and Chinese diplomats in Anchorage, Alaska, one area became an unlikely candidate for cooperation: outer space. During a press conference after the meeting, Jake Sullivan, the U.S. National Security Advisor, pointed out that the Perseverance rover that recently landed on Mars “wasn’t just an American project. It had technology from multiple countries from Europe and other parts of the world.


Review: Big Shot Is a Surprisingly Lovable Sports Drama From Franchise-Crazy Disney+

The universes are expanding. The cinematic universes, I mean. Disney+ got off to a slow start with its original content rollout, relying largely, in its first year of existence, on the streaming sphere’s most voluminous archive of children’s entertainment, a few no-brainer expansions of popular brands (the Muppets, High School Musical), several mildly interesting unscripted series and, for the grown-ups as well as the kids, two seasons of Baby Yoda.


Where Prince Philip’s Funeral Fits Into Royal History

The funeral for Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband of 73 years who died April 9 at the age of 99, will be a private family service, kept small to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions—but, even so, the world will be watching.


‘When the Rain Stops:’ a New Short Story by Bryan Washington

We heard about the storm a week before the rains. Manny figured they wouldn’t be a problem. Jae disagreed. The news called it a minor inconvenience—a flash flood at most—but we’d learned not to lean too deep into forecasts. In the morning, Houston felt sticky. Our heels slapped across the floorboards. We plodded around the house, yawning and stretching and tugging at our boxers.


As J&J’s COVID-19 Vaccine Remains Shelved, Who Will Be Most Affected?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on April 14 that states shelve doses of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine for at least a week while regulators investigate the cases of six recipients who developed blood clots within two weeks of their inoculations. Even though the pause will be longer than some expected, the pace of the U.S. rollout is unlikely to slow significantly—so long as a wide percentage of the population remains willing to participate.


Eight People Reported Dead in a Shooting at a FedEx Facility in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — Eight people were shot and killed in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, and the shooter killed himself, police said. Multiple other people were injured Thursday night when gunfire erupted at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport, police spokesperson Genae Cook said. At least four were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries. Another two people were treated and released at the scene, Cook said.


Biden Will Meet Japan's Yoshihide Suga in His First In-Person Meeting With a Foreign Leader

President Joe Biden will forgo the usual video call for his first in-person meeting with a foreign leader on Friday, when Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is fully vaccinated, meets Biden at the White House. A new president's first meeting slot with a foreign leader is normally reserved for top allies.


Column: What the Protests in Northern Ireland Could Mean for the Future of Its Peace

In recent weeks, Molotov cocktails, bricks and bottles have met barricades and water cannons as towns and cities in Northern Ireland faced some of their worst rioting in years. Mobs made up mainly of teenagers from both loyalist and republican neighborhoods have clashed with police, who struggled to keep both sides apart at a "peace line" in Belfast. The anger in Northern Ireland has many sources. Loyalists, who want to remain part of the U.K.


Review: The Controversy Around Amazon's Them Underscores the Trouble With Realistic Violence in Genre TV

This post discusses, in detail, major plot points of the Amazon Prime Video series Them: Covenant. It isn’t often anymore, now that we have so much TV on so many platforms, that an upcoming show achieves the visibility to draw controversy before anyone has seen it. But, for better or worse, Amazon’s anthology series Them broke through the static.


My Family Wants to Visit This Summer. Is Travel Safe Yet?

Welcome to COVID Questions, TIME’s advice column. We’re trying to make living through the pandemic a little easier, with expert-backed answers to your toughest coronavirus-related dilemmas. While we can’t and don’t offer medical advice—those questions should go to your doctor—we hope this column will help you sort through this stressful and confusing time. Got a question? Write to us at covidquestions@time.com.


‘It’s Mean-Spirited.’A Blind Disability Advocate on How Georgia’s New Election Law Could Make Voting Even Harder

Gaylon Tootle, a Black and blind disability advocate in Augusta, Ga., has been fighting to make it easier for people in his state to vote for years. Georgia’s electoral system posited challenges for disabled voters even before the state enacted a sweeping overhaul of its election law on March 25, becoming among the first of hundreds of restrictive voting measures introduced in state legislatures across the country this year to be signed into law.


How Joe Biden’s Pessimism on Afghanistan Won the Day

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Back in 2009, Joe Biden didn’t get his way when then-President Barack Obama spent much of that year listening to a team packed around the table in a White House conference room, debating the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan.


Trillions of Cicadas Are About to Emerge Across the U.S. Here's What to Expect

This coming May, millions of people around the United States will have front-row seats to an extraordinary entomological event: Trillions of Brood X cicadas across 15 states will emerge almost synchronously after having spent the last 17 years underground. The males will take up elevated positions, each buzzing as loud as a lawnmower to attract females.


Why I Only Use the Amazon Prime Visa Card to Buy Groceries

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME


Why Abortion Pills Are the Next Frontier in the Battle Over Reproductive Rights

The Biden Administration is removing restrictions on mailing abortion pills during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the Trump Administration's policy that marks a new phase in the national debate over abortion rights. The move temporarily changes longstanding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules governing mifepristone—one of two drugs used to terminate early pregnancies—that required patients to pick up the pills in-person from a medical provider.


Minnesota Officer and Police Chief Resign 2 Days After Daunte Wright’s Death

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb and the city's chief of police resigned Tuesday, moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of protests and unrest. Officer Kim Potter and Police Chief Tim Gannon both resigned two days after the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center.


COVID-19: Experts Say India Worst Hit Country in the World

India became the country with the world’s second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, surpassing Brazil, and now second only to the United States. But experts say that low testing in the country suggests the real total is far higher than both. India now has 13.5 million confirmed cases, compared to the U.S.’s 31.1 million. The country is currently in the midst of a second wave of the virus, with confirmed daily infections reaching an all-time high of 168,912 on Monday.


How Celebrity Memoirs Got So Good

Sharon Stone wants you to know that she’s a survivor. And it would be easy to assume that her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, draws its title from its opening passage—which describes her 2001 hospitalization after suffering a brain hemorrhage and stroke that left her with a 1% chance of survival. But the book contains an entire lifetime marked by beating the odds.