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June 24, 2018

Saudi Arabian women can legally drive for the first time in decades as of Sunday, when the cancellation of the national ban on women drivers officially went into effect. Riyadh announced its plan to lift the ban last year, and since then, women have obtained driver's licenses but were not yet able to use them.

"I feel like I'm surprised — am I really driving in my own country?" said Mona Al-Fares, a doctor. "I feel happy, relieved. I feel like I'm free."

Saudi Arabia was the last country in the world to prohibit female drivers. Most Saudi women have yet to obtain licenses, and wait lists for gender-segregated driving classes are long. Watch a few delighted early adopters take their first legal drives below. Bonnie Kristian

January 2, 2017

New York City first proposed building a subway line under 2nd Ave. on Manhattan's far East Side in 1929, a plan derailed by the stock market crash, and the city broke ground on the project in 1972 (for the first time), but the Second Avenue line remained mostly just on paper until tunneling began in earnest in 2007. On Sunday, the new line opened to the public, with the promise of eased congestion and lightened traffic on the 4, 5, and 6 trains. "I was very choked up," Betsy Morris, 70, told The New Times as she rode the first train to leave the 96th Street station. "How do you explain something that you never thought would happen?"

The new subway line, served by the Q train, is only three stops — 96th, 86th, and 72nd Streets — spanning nearly two miles, with a connection to an existing line at 68th Street. It cost $4.4 billion and is expected to carry some 200,000 passengers a day, with plans to extend the line north into East Harlem. The entire New York City subway system serves an average of 5.6 million riders a day, and with the three new stops, has 472 stations, the most of any subway in the world. Peter Weber

July 12, 2016

More than a month after Hillary Clinton bagged enough delegates and superdelegates to clinch the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) officially endorsed her during a joint rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. Though Sanders applauded his own campaign's wins in 22 states, he conceded that Clinton has "won the Democratic nominating process" and announced he will work to "make certain she will be the next president."

Sanders admit that he and Clinton "disagree on a number of issues," but he contended that's "what democracy is about" and also underscored that the campaigns have come together recently to produce "by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party." "This campaign is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face," Sanders said. "And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that." Becca Stanek

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