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Jul 06, 2020

China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus
Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity. Xu published an essay in February blaming the culture of deception and censorship fostered by Xi for the spread of the coronavirus in China.

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Jul 06, 2020

Katsina: The motorcycle bandits terrorising northern Nigeria
Insecurity has worsened in the north-west as kidnapping for ransom becomes a lucrative trade.

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Jul 06, 2020

How Lincoln Project anti-Trump Republicans got into his head. Spoiler: It was easy.
With clever ads and searing social media attacks, the group has drawn notice. But what that means for the election is up in the air.

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Jul 06, 2020

As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous
After Woodrow Wilson, who's next? Thomas Jefferson? FDR? JFK? Jimmy Carter? Gerald Ford? We remove tributes to our imperfect presidents at our peril.

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Jul 06, 2020

Libertarian 2020 candidate appears on podcast tied to ‘boogaloo' movement
Jo Jorgensen was quizzed by members of anti-government movement days after an adherent was arrested for allegedly murdering two law enforcement officersLibertarian party presidential candidate, Jo Jorgensen, has appeared on a podcast associated with the anti-government "boogaloo" movement just days after an adherent of the movement was arrested for allegedly murdering two law enforcement officers.One of the other people on the podcast also runs a Facebook page which is strewn with memes that reference insurrectionary violence, and appear to invoke white nationalist and neo-Nazi imagery and subject matter.The Libertarian party is one of the largest political parties in the US, outside the dominant pairing of the Democrats and Republicans. Although the party's vote is still comparatively small, it has finished third in the last two presidential elections, and has increased its share of the vote in four successive elections, going from 0.4% of the vote in 2004 to 3.3% in 2016, when it fetched almost 4.5 million votesOn the Roads to Liberty podcast, Jorgensen was quizzed on her policy proposals by a group of men who were introduced as "some of the head admins for some of the most influential pages in the so-called boogaloo movement".The word "boogaloo" refers to the prospect of a "second civil war" in the US by playing off a reference to a movie sequel, Breakin' 2: Electric boogaloo. For some in the anti-government boogaloo movement, any such civil conflict carries the possibility of

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Jul 06, 2020

Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab center attack that left 27 dead
Mexican police have arrested three men over a bloody gun attack on a drug rehabilitation center that left 27 people dead, the local prosecutor's office said Sunday. Gunmen burst into the center in the city of Irapuato in the central Guanajuato state on Wednesday, forcing victims "onto the ground and shot them", authorities said. The suspects were captured in a swoop by special forces, the prosecutor's office said on Twitter, calling the incident a "heinous crime."

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Jul 06, 2020

Former Nazi camp guard, 93, faces German court reckoning
The prosecution's closing arguments will be heard on Monday in the trial of a 93-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people during World War II. In what could be one of the last such cases of surviving Nazi guards, Bruno Dey stands accused of complicity in the murder of 5,230 people when he worked at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland. Dey, who has appeared in court in a wheelchair, denies bearing any guilt for what happened at the camp.

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Jul 05, 2020

Virus pushes US hospitals to the brink, India hits record new cases
Officials at the epicenter of the worsening coronavirus crisis in the United States warned Sunday their hospitals were in danger of being overwhelmed by the upsurge, as India registered a record number of new cases. In signs of progress, Formula One returned with the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix held behind closed doors, while the Louvre museum in Paris will reopen on Monday after a 16-week shutdown. The US has struggled to respond to the devastation wrought by the virus, with its national death toll rising to near 130,000 out of 2.8 million confirmed cases, and many states hit by increasing infections after lockdowns were eased.

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Jul 05, 2020

Brain-eating amoeba: Warning issued in Florida after rare infection case
Since 1962, Florida has reported only 37 cases of the deadly pathogen, which attacks brain tissue.

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Jul 05, 2020

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park
A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852. Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglas and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July," in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.

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Jul 05, 2020

A white man, woman vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4, called racism 'a leftist lie,' California police say
Police are looking for two white people who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Martinez, California, on the Fourth of July.

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Jul 05, 2020

Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump will host an outdoor campaign rally in New Hampshire, his team said Sunday, after his last rally drew criticism for ignoring coronavirus health guidelines.

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Jul 05, 2020

India just surpassed Russia to become the country with the 3rd-highest number of coronavirus infections
The first weekend in July saw approximately 40,000 new cases as COVID-19 spreads like wildfire among India's 1.3 billion residents.

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Jul 05, 2020

Police clear officer who appeared to flash white power sign at Oregon protest
President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday constitutional amendments approved in a nationwide vote created the conditions for Russia's "progressive development" for decades to come. One of the changes approved in the week-long vote that ended on July 1 makes it possible for Putin to seek two more terms as president and, if re-elected, to stay in power until 2036. "They will strengthen our nationhood and create conditions for the progressive development of our country for decades to come," he said.

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Jul 05, 2020

Suspected drug flight lands on highway in southern Mexico
El Salvador's presidential office on Sunday postponed the second phase of the economy's reopening by two weeks, citing a still-rising number of coronavirus infections. President Nayib Bukele has imposed some of the toughest measures in the Americas against the pandemic, which has caused 217 deaths and 7,777 infections in the Central American country.

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Jul 05, 2020

Strip club employees, customers hit with coronavirus outbreak, Michigan officials say
The outbreak comes as more than 150 cases of coronavirus have been linked to a bar in a Michigan college town.

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Jul 05, 2020

Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility
Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an "incident" that affected an "industrial shed." A spokesman for Iran's nuclear agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Sunday that work had begun on the center in 2013 and it was inaugurated in 2018.

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Jul 05, 2020

Washington-based lobbyist declined to represent Prince Andrew, New York Times claims
A lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration and a client list that includes governments accused of human rights abuses has declined to represent Prince Andrew, it was claimed on Sunday night. The New York Times said the Duke of York's lawyers approached the Washington-based lobbyist Robert Stryk "in recent weeks". Mr Stryk has a history of "taking on clients with unsavoury reputations" the newspaper reported but it claimed that he "expressed discomfort about the possibility of assisting Prince Andrew". The Telegraph understands a "conversation" took place between Mr Stryk and Blackfords, the London law firm representing the Duke, but no deal was struck. A spokesman for Prince Andrew declined to comment. A source said: "This looks like a lobbying firm advertising. No engagement has been made or sought." Mr Stryk was unavailable for comment on Sunday. According to The New York Times, he owns a company called Sonoran Policy Group which runs a "global private diplomacy" firm. Mr Stryk has represented a Saudi prince who fell out of favour with the country's rulers as well as the Venezuelan government which Mr Trump considers "illegitimate". His clients also include Isabel dos Santos, Africa's richest woman and the daughter of Angola's former president, who is accused of embezzlement, a charge she denies. Previous clients include the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo when it was run by Joseph Kabila, who has been accused of human rights abu

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Jul 05, 2020

Billy Graham, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass: Who Trump wants in the 'National Garden of American Heroes'
Trump's order says the "National Garden of American Heroes," should feature Harriet Tubman, Billy Graham and Frederick Douglass among others.

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Jul 05, 2020

Protesters mourn the killing of a Black transgender woman in Pompano Beach
Following the shooting death of a Black transgender woman in South Florida on Friday, about 25 people gathered Sunday afternoon in Pompano Beach to mourn her death.

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Jul 05, 2020

‘We didn't knock politely': Details emerge of FBI raid at Ghislaine Maxwell hideout
Fresh details have emerged of the FBI raid leading to the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of grooming young girls on behalf of her former partner, the convicted paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.The 58-year-old British heiress is due to appear in a New York court this week to face four charges of aiding Epstein in the trafficking and sexual exploitation and abuse of minors, and two counts of perjury, which could see her imprisoned for 35 years.

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Jul 05, 2020

Duke, Dominion cancel contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Sunday that they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty. Despite a victory last month at the United States Supreme Court over a critical permit, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy said in a news release that "recent developments have created an unacceptable layer of uncertainty and anticipated delays" for the $8 billion project designed to cross West Virginia and Virginia into North Carolina. The project announced in 2014 has drawn fierce opposition from a coalition of landowners, activists and environmental advocates, who said it would damage pristine landscapes and harm wildlife.

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Jul 05, 2020

Airstrikes hit Libya base held by Turkey-backed forces
An impressive record for an aging weapon.

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Jul 05, 2020

Immigrant workers at Michigan greenhouse: We were cheated, tricked into deportation
Migrants from Mexico came to Michigan to work at a greenhouse, but were cheated of pay and tricked into being detained, according to a lawsuit.

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Jul 05, 2020

Gettysburg 'flag-burning hoax' sees armed far-right groups assemble
A fake call served to mobilise far-right militias to descend on the Gettysburg battleground site.

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Jul 05, 2020

Bolton: Trump claim he wasn't told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works'
Ex-national security adviser also says any decision to withhold intelligence would ‘certainly not' be ‘made only by the briefer' * Trump uses Fourth of July to stoke division on virus and raceDonald Trump's claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is "just not the way the system works", former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.Bolton was appearing on Face the Nation, the Sunday talk show from ViacomCBS, the communications giant which owns Simon & Schuster, the publisher which put out Bolton's Trump White House memoir, The Room Where It Happened, over the president's objection.Elsewhere, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice said Bolton would have known about the bounties intelligence while he was in the role, which he left in September 2019, and would therefore have briefed Trump himself."I don't buy this story that he was never briefed," Rice told NBC's Meet The Press. "I believe that … when the information first came to light in 2019, my successor, John Bolton, would have walked straight into the Oval Office, as I would have, and informed the president of this intelligence."Bolton's book, a tell-all which sold nearly 800,000 copies in its first week in stores, is named for the Oval Office and contains numerous shocking descriptions of Trump's behaviour. But it does not mention the alleged bounties plot."I'm not going to disclose classified information," Bolton t

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Jul 05, 2020

FDA commissioner refuses to comment on Trump's claim that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are 'harmless'
Trump calls 99% of COVID cases "harmless" in his July 4 speech. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn refused to comment on the claim.

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Jul 05, 2020

Rare case of brain-destroying amoeba confirmed in Florida
Naegleria fowleri is contacted when contaminated water enters through a person's nose and is found in warm freshwater.

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Jul 05, 2020

At 550,000 coronavirus tests daily in the USA, testing still far below level for safe reopening
President Trump suggested testing be slowed because it uncovers more cases. Experts say the rise is due mainly to wider exposure to the virus.

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Jul 05, 2020

Taj Mahal remains shut as India reports record daily virus cases
India's top tourist attraction the Taj Mahal will remain shut, officials said Sunday, as the vast nation registered a record daily number of coronavirus cases and opened a sprawling treatment centre in the capital to fight the pandemic. The health ministry reported just under 25,000 cases and 613 deaths in 24 hours -- the biggest daily spike since the first case was detected in late January. The surge took India's total tally to more than 673,000 cases and 19,268 deaths, pulling the country closer to surpassing badly-hit Russia, the world's third-most infected nation.

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Jul 05, 2020

US mayors warn their cities are being overwhelmed
US mayors warned on Sunday that their cities were in danger of being overwhelmed by a surge in covid-19 cases as they pushed back against governors' decisions to re-open states and President Donald Trump's claims that the disease is under control. Across the US, the nationwide rolling seven-day average of new cases hit 48,361 - an increase of 11,740 on the past week. In all 18 states have reported new records, prompting local officials to warn that they are in danger of being overwhelmed. "If we don't change this trajectory, then I am within two weeks of having our hospitals overrun," Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, said on CNN's State of the Union.

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Jul 05, 2020

Fact check: Common cold does not produce positive coronavirus test
People are misinterpreting COVID-19 viral testing for antibodies testing, falsely claiming colds are responsible for positive coronavirus tests.

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Jul 05, 2020

This Aircraft Carrier Was Built for Waging War During World War II. It Made History a Different Way.
Today the supercarrier isn't really such a novel concept, but in the early Cold War, this wasn't so readily apparent. This carrier changed that.

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Jul 05, 2020

Fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility caused significant damage: spokesman
A fire at Iran's underground Natanz nuclear facility has caused significant damage that could slow the development of advanced centrifuges used to enrich uranium, an Iranian nuclear official said on Sunday. Iran's top security body said on Friday that the cause of the fire that broke out on Thursday had been determined but would be announced later. On Thursday, an article by Iran's state news agency IRNA addressed what it called the possibility of sabotage by enemies such as Israel and the United States, although it stopped short of accusing either directly.

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Jul 05, 2020

Chicago violence erupts during holiday weekend, at least 67 shot and 13 killed
Nine of the victims were minors involved in the Chicago violence, with two fatalities so far; Garrett Tenney reports.

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Jul 05, 2020

Constitutional changes are the 'right thing' for Russia: Putin
President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday constitutional amendments approved in a nationwide vote created the conditions for Russia's "progressive development" for decades to come. One of the changes approved in the week-long vote that ended on July 1 makes it possible for Putin to seek two more terms as president and, if re-elected, to stay in power until 2036. "They will strengthen our nationhood and create conditions for the progressive development of our country for decades to come," he said.

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Jul 05, 2020

Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations: NYT
The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze, or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled, the scientists said, according to the NYT. "Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence," Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO's technical lead of infection prevention and control, was quoted as saying by the NYT.

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Jul 05, 2020

‘We all need to come together': Ernst distances herself from Trump's weekend rhetoric
The Iowa senator said many of the nation's protesters are peaceful.

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Jul 05, 2020

Third highest single-day total, 10,059, pushes Florida past 200,000 COVID-19 cases
It took three months, from early March to June 22, for Florida to cross 100,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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Jul 05, 2020

Applebee's employee dies in parking lot while celebrating July 4, Texas police say
Workers had just closed the restaurant for the night, police say.

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Jul 05, 2020

How one school district tends to students' emotional health during coronavirus pandemic
The Saddle Brook district was taking the lead in social and emotional health practices. Then came the pandemic.

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Jul 05, 2020

El Salvador delays next steps in reopening economy as COVID-19 cases rise
El Salvador's presidential office on Sunday postponed the second phase of the economy's reopening by two weeks, citing a still-rising number of coronavirus infections. President Nayib Bukele has imposed some of the toughest measures in the Americas against the pandemic, which has caused 217 deaths and 7,777 infections in the Central American country.

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Jul 05, 2020

Florida and Texas both hit record highs for new coronavirus cases on Saturday as outbreaks keep surging in the South
Florida reported 11,458 new COVID-19 cases, and Texas had a record number of 8,258 new cases. Both states now have seen more than 190,000 total cases.

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Jul 05, 2020

World's largest temporary COVID-19 hospital opens
With a capacity of 10,000 beds, the world's largest temporary COVID-19 hospital opened in India on Sunday (July 5) as the country battles with accelerating cases of the respiratory disease.

The hospital was inaugurated in New Delhi on the same day that the health ministry reported a record single-day spike of 24,850 new cases and more than 600 deaths.

India is the fourth worst affected country globally with more than 673,000 cases and is facing another challenge with predicted heavy rains.

In Mumbai, monsoon rains have caused waterlogging in many parts of the city which could scuttle containment efforts by causing a further rise in infections, according to experts.

India has imposed one of the toughest lockdowns in the world but is now gradually easing restrictions that have left tens of thousands of people without work.

On Monday (July 7), the Taj Mahal and other monuments will be reopened though visitors to the mausoleum will have to wear masks at all times, keep their distance and are banned from touching the glistening marble surfaces.



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Jul 05, 2020

Bellagio error leads to one of biggest sports betting losses in Las Vegas history
Almost a quarter of a million dollars in winning wagers reportedly placed at MGM Resorts last Sunday may have been the largest sportsbook loss in the history of Las Vegas.The bets were made after the sporting events had started.

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Jul 05, 2020

Two French ex-spies on trial accused of espionage for China
In a case that could be from a spy thriller, two former French intelligence agents go on trial on Monday accused of having passed on secrets to a foreign power. While French officials have been at pains to avoid releasing details of the affair, the pair are accused of working for China, according to several media reports. Pierre-Marie H. and Henri M. will appear in a special court accused of "delivering information to a foreign power" and "damaging the fundamental interests of the nation". Both men worked for France's foreign intelligence service, the DGSE. They face 15 years in prison if convicted. Both men, now retired, were charged and detained in December 2017, although Pierre-Marie H. has since been released on bail. His wife, Laurence H., also faces trial, accused of "concealment of property derived from intelligence with a foreign power likely to harm the fundamental interests of the nation". The court that tries them will be made up exclusively of professional magistrates, and given the sensitive nature of the case, will probably be tried behind closed doors. When the story was finally revealed in May 2018, French officials described it as an "extremely serious" case. The then armed forces minister Florence Parly said that the two were suspected of having committed what could be described as "treasonous" acts that could have jeopardised national defence secrets. It was the DGSE itself that detected the leak and presented its findings to prosecutors, said the defence ministry. Officials have said little about the de

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Jul 05, 2020

Pesky storm to keep southeastern US drenched into midweek
Forecasters are carefully monitoring a slow-moving storm system that has brought repeated downpours to the Southeast since last week. Widespread showers and thunderstorms will continue daily into the middle of the week -- and meteorologists say tropical development of this feature cannot be fully ruled out as it wanders toward the coast.Residents and visitors may continue to struggle to find long enough dry breaks to get outside and enjoy summertime activities, such as fishing, golfing and swimming. AccuWeather's MinuteCast® tool can tell you exactly when rain will arrive in your area and how long it will last."Showers and thunderstorms will be widespread from extreme East Texas and Louisiana to Georgia and South Carolina through Tuesday as a low pressure area drifts eastward from the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Appalachians," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundberg said. These areas have been doused by repeated downpours since last week, so any additional rainfall may struggle to soak into the saturated ground. As a result, the risk of flash flooding will be high."Many locations across the South and into the Southeast will receive 1-2 inches of additional rainfall through Tuesday, but isolated amounts of up to 5 inches are possible," Lundberg said, adding that the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and South Carolina may be the hardest-hit areas during the first half of the week.CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APPDrivers on stretches of interstates 10, 20, 55, 65, 75, 85 and 95 are likely to face slower

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Jul 05, 2020

Life on the Vice Presidential Short List
There will be blood tests. Interrogations about junior high. An analysis of tax returns.It is an experience Joe Biden knows all too well from his time on the vice presidential short list 12 years ago.Much about Biden's own search for a running mate has been nontraditional. He has publicly mused about his criteria. He is not considering men. Above all, his choice could be the most important in years: At 77, Biden has said he views himself as a "transition candidate." Left unsaid: His vice president could very well end up being the president next.Yet as much as Biden's process is unique, its contours are familiar. Late last month, he told a local television station that his campaign had begun "doing the background checks" -- the latest sign that he is moving toward a short list of candidates.If history is a guide, Biden's top contenders should expect to submit themselves to a process that veterans liken to a series of graphic medical procedures. Extraneous? Maybe. But, well, sometimes that's the vice presidency, too."They basically are disassembling your entire life," said Kathleen Sebelius, a former Democratic governor of Kansas who, along with Biden, was vetted extensively by the Obama campaign in 2008. "It was as intrusive and probing as anything I've ever been through or would hope to ever go through again."Evan Bayh, a former Democratic senator from Indiana and a repeat vice presidential contestant, somewhat famously compared the vetting process to a colonoscopy -- "except they use the Hubble telescope on you."Indeed, when Barack Obama cal

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Jul 05, 2020

'I Lost Everything': Illegal Fourth Of July Fireworks Display Destroys 8 Apartments In Northridge
Five people were treated for injuries, three of whom were taken to the hospital. Joy Benedict reports.

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Jul 05, 2020

COVID-19 could lead to increase in tick-borne illness, experts say. Here's why
"I'm a little nervous that their guard may be down just a slight bit."

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Jul 05, 2020

Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump's Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump's fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia's premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump's mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian state media to Trump as Moscow's friend, even Moscow's "agent" in the White House, maybe the Kremlin would like to see the enormous monument renamed Mount Russia-More. But there were signs on Saturday, July 4, that, for now, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are trying to keep their longstanding bromance in check, at least where the official record is concerned. Putin sent a telegram congratulating U.S. President Donald J. Trump on America's Independence Day. Interesting move. By avoiding a phone call Putin also avoided any direct pressure to address reports about the Kremlin paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers and coalition forces in Afghanistan.Prior to the bounty leaks flooding out of the U.S. intelligence community, the calls between Trump and Putin had become unusually frequent, but those revelations put the brakes on the presidential chatter. Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Event to Sic Supporters on ‘Evil' ProtestersTrump—who is at least as reluctant as Putin to discuss the matter—had also

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Jul 05, 2020

Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast shadow over July 4 celebrations
After towns and cities across the country canceled annual fireworks displays to avoid large crowds gathering, many Americans launched bottle rockets and roman candles from streets and suburban backyards to commemorate Independence Day. In the first four days of July alone, 15 states have reported record increases in new cases of COVID-19, which has infected nearly 3 million Americans and killed about 130,000, according to a Reuters tally. Florida's cases have risen by over 10,000 for three out of the last four days, including climbing by 10,059 on Sunday, surpassing the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the coronavirus outbreak there.

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Jul 05, 2020

Soaring U.S. coronavirus cases, hospitalizations overshadow July 4 celebrations
In the first four days of July alone, 15 states have reported record increases in new cases of COVID-19, which has infected nearly 3 million Americans and killed about 130,000, according to a Reuters tally. Florida's cases have risen by over 10,000 for three out of the last four days, including climbing by 10,059 on Sunday, surpassing the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the coronavirus outbreak there. Cases are also soaring in Arizona, California and Texas and trending upwards in Midwest states that once had infections declining such as Iowa, Ohio and Michigan, according to a Reuters analysis of how much cases rose in the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.

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Jul 05, 2020

Aggressive anti-mask customers are forcing some restaurants to shut dining rooms to protect employees from abuse
Some restaurants are shutting down or closing dining rooms back up, after employees faced harassment and violence from anti-mask customers.

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Jul 05, 2020

An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building's elevator buttons.
A woman infected her downstairs neighbor even though the two never came into close contact. Transmission likely occurred in the elevator.

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Jul 05, 2020

City in China's Inner Mongolia warns after suspected bubonic plague case
The country now has the world's fifth-highest number of Covid-19 deaths, more than France.

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Jul 05, 2020

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being
Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of "Black Lives Matter": Black people suffer disproportionately. The stress of living with racism has very real, physical effects. Then came COVID-19 and George Floyd — one killing Black people in alarming numbers, the other shining a harsh light on systemic racism.

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Jul 05, 2020

1 killed, 1 injured after car hits protesters on closed Seattle highway
Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked nationwide protests

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Jul 05, 2020

Frederick Douglass' admonition on the moral rightness of liberty for all
The abolitionist orator's 1852 speech "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" was both a condemnation of the nation's hypocrisy and praise for America's promise

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Jul 05, 2020

Spain imposes second local coronavirus lockdown in two days
The northwestern Spanish region of Galicia imposed restrictions on about 70,000 people on Sunday following a COVID-19 outbreak, a day after Catalonia also introduced a local lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. People living in A Marina along Spain's northern coast in the province of Lugo will not be able to leave the area from midnight on Sunday until Friday, two days before regional elections in Galicia on July 12. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a local political rally in Bilbao on Sunday, urged people not to lower their guard, but called for calm as "the early detection of these outbreaks shows the health system is much better prepared" than in March.

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Jul 05, 2020

I flew on the 4 biggest US airlines during the pandemic to see which is handling it best, and found one blew the rest out of the water
I found that, above all, social distancing is a concept that varies depending on what airline you choose to fly on during the pandemic.

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Jul 05, 2020

This Chinese Submarine Could Drop a Nuclear Weapon on America
Yet it is still armed with nuclear weapons.

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Jul 05, 2020

Christopher Columbus statue toppled and thrown into water in Baltimore
The statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore‘s Inner Harbour has been pulled from its pedestal and thrown into the water, according to video posted on social media.One video shows the statue being pulled down after a loop has been draped around its chest.

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Jul 05, 2020

China's state television channel severely violated British broadcasting rules
Britain's television watchdog is expected to announce on Monday that China's state television channel severely violated British broadcasting rules by airing a forced confession of a UK citizen, the Telegraph understands. China's state broadcaster, which airs in English in the UK as CGTN, is likely to face sanctions, decided in a separate process by Ofcom, which could include hefty fines or being stripped of its broadcast license as a result of the investigation launched May 2019. The ruling could escalate diplomatic tensions between the UK and China at a time when MPs have become more vocal in pressing for a re-think of bilateral relations. The original complaint to Ofcom, filed by Briton Peter Humphrey, focused on a confession forced under duress from him by Chinese authorities in 2013. Mr Humphrey told the Telegraph in an interview last year that he was drugged and handcuffed to an iron chair inside a steel cage. Six uniformed police officers sat at a podium while the lead interrogator read questions from a clipboard and instructed Mr Humphrey how to answer, he said. A heavily edited version made to look like a news ‘interview' with a bombshell ‘confession' was broadcast around the world on CGTN, and other channels under parent Chinese state media organisation, CCTV - including in the UK. "They twisted things," Mr Humphrey previously told the Telegraph. "It was terrifying; all along, I knew I was innocent and that I was being falsely accused. I also knew that I had no way

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Jul 05, 2020

Bombardier just delivered its first Global 5500, a $46 million private jet that can fly nearly 7,000 miles - see inside
Bombardier's Global 5500 will go head to head with the Gulfstream G500 and already bests the American plane in cabin width and range.

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Jul 05, 2020

Despite precautions, summer camps have failed to keep out the coronavirus
Campers and staff members promise to isolate before they arrive at camp, but in several cases the pandemic has arrived with them.

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Jul 05, 2020

Keeping COVID-19 outside of camps is a near impossible challenge
Campers and staff promise to isolate before they arrive at camp but in several cases the pandemic has arrived with them.

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Jul 05, 2020

She got punched in the face while on the bed next to her 4-year-old, mother told cops
A Vero Beach area woman told Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputy that her live-in boyfriend stopped pinning her to the bed only to punch her in the face.

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Jul 05, 2020

Iran records highest daily death toll from COVID-19
The 163 deaths reported on Sunday exceed the previous record from last Monday, when the health ministry reported 162 deaths in a day. The Islamic Republic has recorded a total of 11,571 deaths and 240,438 infections from the coronavirus, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in a statement on state TV. Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus.

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Jul 05, 2020

Ireland delays easing of travel restrictions until July 20
The battle over intelligence and the Russian bounties amounts to a war by other means.

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Jul 05, 2020

Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight
An Electron rocket launched from New Zealand's North Island fails in flight, destroying its satellites.

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Jul 05, 2020

I flew out of the new LaGuardia Airport terminal 2 weeks after it opened and couldn't believe it was the same airport I hated. Here's what it was like.
Many of the shops and eateries had been closed to the pandemic but the passenger experience was unlike any I'd had before at LaGuardia.

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Jul 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Japan's mysteriously low virus death rate
Japan had no lockdown, it has an elderly population - so why haven't more people died from Covid-19?

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Jul 05, 2020

The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities
The agency says its China office found out about the "viral pneumonia" cases from reading an online press release from the Wuhan health commission.

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Jul 05, 2020

South Carolina: Two dead and eight injured after US nightclub shooting
Two people have died and eight have been injured after a shooting at a nightclub in South Carolina in the early hours of Sunday, a sheriff's official said.A pair of Greenville County sheriff's deputies noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge just before 2am, and saw a large crowd running out of the building, Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference.

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Jul 05, 2020

Sturgeon urged to condemn 'abhorrent' border protests urging English to stay out of Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure to condemn "disgraceful" border protests where nationalists in hazmat suits urged English visitors to stay away from Scotland. Jackson Carlaw, the Scottish Conservative leader, said he was concerned that the scenes on Saturday would deter people from coming to Scotland and cause further damage to the country's tourism sector, which has been devastated by coronavirus. A handful of nationalists turned up at the border over the weekend, urging motorists to "stay out". Waving saltires and SNP flags, they displayed a banner stating ‘keep Scotland Covid free'.

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Jul 05, 2020

Rockets target US interests despite arrests: Iraq military
Two rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations overnight, Iraq's security forces said Sunday, a little over a week since unprecedented arrests prevented a similar incident. Since October, US diplomats and troops across Iraq have been targeted by around three dozen missile attacks which Washington has blamed on pro-Iranian armed factions. In the first move of its kind, elite Iraqi troops in late June arrested more than a dozen Tehran-backed fighters who were allegedly planning a new attack on Baghdad's Green Zone, home to the US and other foreign embassies.

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Jul 05, 2020

'It's hard to defend the president': Warning signs flash for Trump in Wisconsin
Joe Biden's campaign has increased investment in and attention to the state as Trump lags in the polls.

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Jul 05, 2020

Donald Trump orders creation of 'national heroes' garden
Angry at the toppling of statues, President Trump wants US heroes honoured in a new national garden.

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Jul 05, 2020

Letters to the Editor: The Supreme Court futher erodes the wall between church and state
Taxpayer money should never subsidize tuition at private religious schools, but the Supreme Court wrongly believes otherwise.

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Jul 05, 2020

‘Reject the lies of history': Washington reckons with tributes to racist past
The US capital is adorned with monuments to American history, but as schools change names and statues are toppled, legacies are under scrutiny Gordon J Davis's first encounter with the political writings of Woodrow Wilson was as a student at Columbia University. "I'm reading this stuff and saying: ‘That's a great man,' and mentioned it to my father who said: ‘Well, he wasn't such a great man to us,'" recalls the 78-year-old Davis, who is a senior lawyer in New York. "He didn't say much more about it but then, all these years later, you find out how totally corrupt and racist he was."There is no shortage of tributes to Wilson in Washington - a leading thinktank, a high school, a house museum - and he is the only US president buried in the nation's capital. But in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter protests and a mass awakening to systemic racism, his legacy of white supremacy is under scrutiny as never before.In the US capital, adorned with its many monuments to American history, he is also far from alone.The same revisionism is also happening for numerous other presidents whose names and likenesses adorn the 230-year-old city. From grand boulevards and soaring memorials to tree-lined suburbs and sports stadiums, nowhere does America's current reckoning with its racist past resonate more profoundly than in a place named after George Washington, a founding father who owned slaves.For Davis, it is very personal. His grandfather, John Davis, was a

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Jul 05, 2020

‘They feel invincible': how California's coronavirus plan went wrong
The state was the first to issue a shelter-in-place order - now a few outbreaks have sparked an explosion, with 6,000- 7,000 new cases a day over the past weekFor a good while, it seemed California had skirted past calamity. It was the first US state to order residents to shelter in place in March, and its early, aggressive actions paid off. Despite it being the most populous state and an international hub with the largest number of direct flights to China, where the coronavirus first appeared, California's death rate remained relatively low.By May, Disneyland announced plans to reopen. The nation's top health official Dr Anthony Fauci praised Governor Gavin Newsom's leadership. And as the weather warmed, Californians flooded back to beaches and bars."We had reason to feel confident," said Dr Bob Wachter, who chairs the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. "And then, we hit some trouble."A few outbreaks sparked an explosion, with an average of about 6,000 to 7,000 new cases each day over the past week. Los Angeles county began to count more residents sick with Covid-19 cases anywhere else in the nation and Disneyland postponed its reopening. As hospitalizations surged, the death toll climbed past 6,000, and ICU beds in some regions began filling to capacity, California's governor, Gavin Newsom, ordered bars, restaurant dining rooms, cinemas and other indoor venues in the hardest-hit counties to close back up.Now, health officials and epidemiologists sifti

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Jul 05, 2020

Letters to the Editor: Comfortable clothing isn't your right as an American. Just put on a mask
Americans are made to wear things all the time that might make them uncomfortable. So why the resistance to masks in a pandemic?

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Jul 05, 2020

Letters to the Editor: Ronald Reagan's presidency was one of the most destructive in U.S. history
The Reagan administration's policies in Central America gave rise to the refugee crisis that persists today.

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Jul 05, 2020

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now free to get tough with COVID-19. Here's why: | Editorial
Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an "incident" that affected an "industrial shed." A spokesman for Iran's nuclear agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Sunday that work had begun on the center in 2013 and it was inaugurated in 2018.

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Jul 05, 2020

Fourth of July: fears of the coronavirus second wave did not prevent revelers in the US and UK hitting the beaches and the bars
US Independence Day and England's end of lockdown "Super Saturday" meant social distancing was abandoned amid the celebrations.

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Jul 05, 2020

Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child
The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the system was operational late Saturday. A recent spate of rocket attacks have struck close to the U.S. Embassy and targeted American troops in Iraqi bases.

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Jul 05, 2020

Great Power Showdown: How U.S. Navy Submarines Are Countering Chinese Expansion
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Jul 05, 2020

Japan flooding: Fourteen dead in flooded care home
At least 16 people have died and a dozen are missing on the island of Kyushu amid devastating rains.

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Jul 05, 2020

A Kansas newspaper published a cartoon likening the state governor's compulsory face-mask order to the Holocaust
The Anderson County Review's cartoon showed Gov. Laura Kelly wearing a mask emblazoned with the Star of David, captioned: "Step onto the cattle car."

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Jul 05, 2020

'We've got to do something': Republican rebels come together to take on Trump
A slew of organized Republican groups have sprung up to do all they can to defeat Trump in November. Will their effort work?Just like in 2016, a faction of the Republican party has emerged to try to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.But unlike the last presidential race, where the effort never truly took off, this time those rebel Republicans have formed better organized groups - and some are even openly backing Trump's Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.In 2016, as Trump steamrolled his way through the Republican primary, some Republican lawmakers and operatives tried to mount an effort to stop him. Elected officials and veterans of previous Republican administrations organized letters, endorsed Hillary Clinton, and a few set up meager outside groups to defeat Trump.That's happening again - but there are differences. The outside groups are more numerous and better organized, and most importantly, Trump has a governing record on which Republicans can use to decide whether to support him or not."I think it's qualitatively different," said Republican operative Tim Miller, who co-founded one of the main anti-Trump organizations. "A lot of people who opposed [Trump] did the whole, ‘Oh, Hillary's also bad, and Trump's bad, and everybody can vote their conscience' kind of thing."Miller said that 2016's effort was far more of a "pox on both your houses" phenomenon versus 2020's "organized effort to defeat him".The latest prominent Republican anti-Trump organization

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Jul 05, 2020

Jets hit Libya's al-Watiya airbase where Turkey may build base, sources say
A 21-year-old soldier from Texas was killed Friday in southwestern Afghanistan, Pentagon officials announced Saturday night.

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Jul 05, 2020

Rocket fired towards Baghdad Green Zone, child injured - military, police source
During an appearance on the "Today" show, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams didn't advise people not to attend large gatherings for the 4th of July.

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Jul 05, 2020

Coronavirus: Mexico's death toll passes 30,000
The country now has the world's fifth-highest number of Covid-19 deaths, more than France.

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Jul 05, 2020

To send a message to China, President Trump should visit Taiwan
With the loss of Hong Kong to China, Trump should visit Taiwan to show that the U.S. is serious about advancing its interests and values in the region.

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Jul 05, 2020

Britain nears $625 million Sanofi/GSK COVID-19 vaccine deal: report
Britain is close to a 500 million pound ($624 million) supply deal with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline for 60 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, the Sunday Times reported. Clinical trials are due to start in September and Sanofi has said it expects to get approval by the first half of next year, sooner than previously anticipated. More than 100 vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and governments are racing to secure supplies of vaccines even before their efficacy is proven.

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Jul 05, 2020

‘Grim resolve': With Biden up big and the Senate in sight, Democrats still haunted by fear of letdown
Joe Biden has a larger lead over Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton did at this point in 2016. But Democrats have seen a lead slip away before.

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Jul 05, 2020

Seattle protests: Woman killed after car strikes protesters
The 24-year-old was one of two women injured when the vehicle careered into the group at speed.

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Jul 05, 2020

China braces for more storms; 121 dead or missing this year
A wide swath of southern China braced Sunday for more seasonal rains and flooding that state media said has already left more than 120 people dead or missing this year. The National Meteorological Center raised the weather alert to yellow Sunday morning, the third highest of four levels, for more than half a dozen provinces and the cities of Shanghai and Chongqing. Heavy to torrential rains were forecast into Monday night.

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Jul 05, 2020

Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
The protesters all carried rifles, including military-type weapons, and some wore ammunition belts slung over their shoulders. Although African Americans appeared to account for the bulk of the marchers, protesters of various races, men and women alike, were among the group. One video clip showed a leader of the demonstrators, who was not identified, shouting into a loudspeaker in a challenge to white supremacists who historically have used Stone Mountain as a rallying spot of their own.

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