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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

‘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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Jul 05, 2020

1 of 2 protesters hit by car on closed Seattle highway dies
A car drove onto a closed freeway early Saturday and struck two people in a crowd protesting against police brutality, killing one and critically injuring the other, authorities said. Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle died in the evening at Harborview Medical Center, spokesperson Susan Gregg said. Taylor and Diaz Love, 32, of Portland, Oregon, were hit by the car that barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters on Interstate 5 early Saturday morning, officials said.

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Jul 05, 2020

Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka's Muslims decry forced cremation
Sri Lankan authorities insist on cremation for coronavirus victims. Some Muslims says its discrimination.

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Jul 04, 2020

Station Casinos, Red Rock Resorts president dies in July 4 watercraft accident
The company said Haskins died on July 4 in Michigan in a watercraft accident. Station Casinos is best known for its Palms Resort near the Strip.

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Jul 04, 2020

Independence Day marked by division on the streets of Washington
Demonstrators chanting "Black Lives Matter" exchange words with activists waving pro-Trump signs outside a fortified White House: America's Independence Day was marked in Washington on Saturday by confrontation and disunity. As it struggles to contain the coronavirus and reckons with waves of protesters demanding racial justice, the United States is deeply polarized, with the gulf seemingly insurmountable on a day usually marking patriotism and unity. The one thing people outside the White House -- surrounded by an imposing police cordon -- and on the nearby National Mall seemed to be able to agree on was that this was not where they wanted America be.

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Jul 04, 2020

Army Specialist Killed in Afghanistan Vehicle Rollover Accident
A 21-year-old soldier from Texas was killed Friday in southwestern Afghanistan, Pentagon officials announced Saturday night.

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Jul 04, 2020

Incumbent Koike seen ahead as Tokyo votes for governor amid pandemic
Voters in Tokyo went to the polls on Sunday to elect their governor, with incumbent Yuriko Koike forecast to clinch a victory, as Japan's capital struggles with rebounding coronavirus infections and prepares for next year's Olympics. The metropolis accounts for 11% of Japan's population, but has represented half of the country's daily infections in recent weeks. Koike, who became Tokyo's first woman governor in 2016, saw her popularity surge this year as her straight-talking approach to the outbreak won the public's support.

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Jul 04, 2020

Trump's angry words, virus darken US July 4th weekend
The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases. Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain. Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.

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Jul 04, 2020

California firm's rocket fails in launch from New Zealand
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 04, 2020

Trump claims 99% of US Covid-19 cases are 'totally harmless' as infections surge
President's White House speech capping 4 July celebrations says US coronavirus strategy is ‘moving along well' * Coronavirus latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has celebrated independence day with a string of false and misleading claims attempting to play down the coronavirus pandemic and warning that China will be "held accountable".The US president staged a "Salute to America" jamboree on the south lawn of the White House with flyovers by military jets, parachute jumps and patriotic songs, but little effort among guests to physical distance or wear face masks.The country has undergone staggering changes unthinkable when Trump hosted the first such event a year ago on 4 July with tanks and other military hardware at the Lincoln Memorial. The coronavirus has infected 2.8m Americans and killed nearly 130,000, the worst tallies in the world.Saturday's national celebration was inevitably more subdued, but the president refused to let the pandemic or dismal poll figures rain on his parade, waving with his wife, Melania, from a White House balcony then walking the south lawn to ripples of applause and a cry of: "Four more years!""We got hit by the virus that came from China," the president said, prompting a strange whoop and applause from someone in the audience. "We've made a lot of progress. Our strategy is moving along well. It goes out in one area, it rears back its ugly face in another area. But we've learned a lot. We've learned how to put out the flame."

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Jul 04, 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 04, 2020

Trump targets 'Marxists' in July 4th speech, boasts of coronavirus response despite record case numbers
Trump said his administration is defeating "Marxists" in his July 4th speech and defended his coronavirus response despite record high cases.

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Jul 04, 2020

Mexico surpasses France in coronavirus death toll
Mexico reported 523 more coronavirus deaths on Saturday, pushing its tally to 30,366, overtaking France to become the fifth-highest in the world. The health ministry also reported 6,914 new infections and a total of 252,165 confirmed cases. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell reiterated that the actual number of infected was probably significantly higher.

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Jul 04, 2020

The Grand Old Man of India who became Britain's first Asian MP
Indian-born Dadabhai Naoroji was the first Asian to sit in the House of Commons.

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Jul 04, 2020

Protesters defy Fourth of July Fort Lauderdale Beach closure; no arrests made
The protesters ran into the sand but caused no issues, said a police department spokeswoman.

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Jul 04, 2020

Florida reports record number of coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge
Health experts fear coronavirus cases will continue to climb after the July 4 weekend.

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Jul 04, 2020

Rocket Lab vehicle fails to reach orbit, loses payload of satellites
Travellers from more than 70 "low-risk" countries and territories will no longer have to self-isolate when arriving in England, the UK government said Friday in a major easing of its coronavirus quarantine scheme. The list of exemptions mostly covers Europe -- but not Portugal -- and the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, although the United States and mainland China are notably omitted. "Today marks the next step in carefully reopening our great nation," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

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Jul 04, 2020

District officials respond after teacher allegedly coughs on baby in San Jose Yogurtland
A South Bay teacher accused of coughing on a one-year-old boy at a San Jose Yogurtland is no longer employed, the school district confirmed.

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Jul 04, 2020

Trump wants a park for statues of 'American heroes.' Just how might that work?
Against a backdrop of tensions over Confederate monuments, Trump's executive order hits at a main theme of his reelection campaign.

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Jul 04, 2020

Mexico's COVID deaths pass 30,000, world's 5th highest total
Mexico topped 30,000 COVID-19 deaths Saturday, overtaking France as the country with the fifth-highest death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began. Officials reported 523 more confirmed coronavirus deaths for the day, bringing the nation's total to 30,366 for the pandemic. Mexico's total confirmed infections rose by almost 6,000 to 251,165, about on par with Spain, the eighth highest caseload.

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Jul 04, 2020

Thomas Jefferson alongside Black great-grandson holds 'a mirror' to U.S.
Shannon LaNier, a TV host in Houston, is pictured in a photo in Smithsonian Magazine alongside his direct ancestor, Thomas Jefferson.

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Jul 04, 2020

Iran and North Korea: The Real Axis of Evil (As in Missile Allies?)
Iran's close relationship with the DPRK extends to missile development.

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Jul 04, 2020

Trump and Barr are making false claims about mail-in ballots to scare us out of voting
The one thing most likely to undercut public confidence in the integrity of the ballot is the false narrative Trump and Barr are peddling.

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Jul 04, 2020

Florida's new coronavirus cases break record, nearly tying New York's peak
Florida reported 11,458 new coronavirus cases Saturday, it highest daily tally yet, nearly tying New York's high of 11,571 in April.

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Jul 04, 2020

This Old Tank Helped Crush Saddam Hussein (It Was Meant to Crush Russia)
An impressive record for an aging weapon.

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Jul 04, 2020

A Nigerian Instagram star conspired to launder millions of dollars while flaunting his 'extravagant lifestyle' on social media, prosecutors allege
Alleged scammer, "Ray Hushpuppi," 37, is facing charges related to his role as "key player in a large, transnational conspiracy," prosecutors said.

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Jul 04, 2020

Two people critically injured after car plows into protesters on Seattle freeway
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 04, 2020

LGBT Pride activists protest in Paris against racial injustice
A pared-down LGBT Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, without the colourful trucks blasting out techno music but with powerful slogans demanding racial equality and protesting against police violence. The French capital's official Pride parade was postponed to November because of the coronavirus epidemic, but organisers decided to hold a march they said should be more politically driven and support the "Black Lives Matter" movement. "Because of COVID, the normal Pride parade had to be cancelled, but we managed to organise a Pride that is more political," a drag king and illustrator who gave her name as Saint Eugene told Reuters TV.

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Jul 04, 2020

An antifa hoax about a 'peaceful flag burning to resist police' riled up right-wing groups in Gettysburg for no reason
Despite local news outlets and independent fact checkers debunking claims of a flag burning planned for July 4th, some protesters still showed up.

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Jul 04, 2020

Exclusive: Huawei faces 5G ban in Britain within months
Boris Johnson is poised to begin phasing out the use of Huawei technology in Britain's 5G network as soon as this year, in a major about-turn, The Telegraph can disclose. GCHQ is understood to have revised its previous assurance that the risks posed by the Chinese technology giant can be safely managed. A report due to be presented to the Prime Minister this week is expected to conclude that new US sanctions on Huawei will force the company to use untrusted technology that could make the risk impossible to control. The report, by GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre, has concluded that the sanctions, which bar Huawei from using technology relying on American intellectual property, has had a "severe" impact on the firm that significantly changes their calculations. Officials are now drawing up proposals to stop installing new Huawei equipment in the 5G network in as little as six months, and to speed up the removal of technology that is already in place. Whitehall figures are now also examining the "ramifications" for existing Huawei equipment in other infrastructure outside 5G.

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Jul 04, 2020

A new strain of coronavirus is more infectious but doesn't make people any sicker than before, according to a global study
One of the researchers who worked on the study told CNN that the new mutation is "now the dominant form infecting people."

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Jul 04, 2020

Chlorine gas leak at plant sickens 70 in southeast Iran
Despite local news outlets and independent fact checkers debunking claims of a flag burning planned for July 4th, some protesters still showed up.

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Jul 04, 2020

The One Reason Donald Trump Needs to Fear Joe Biden (And Could Lose)
Likeability matters. It's not everything, of course, and Joe Biden has weaknesses. But the 2020 contest is not a race between two people with similar high negative ratings, and that may matter to the public in November — it certainly could help explain Biden's lead in the polls.

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Jul 04, 2020

Epstein prosecutor who claimed Prince Andrew was not co-operating to give testimony next week
The prosecutor locked in a tussle to get Prince Andrew to give evidence about Jeffrey Epstein for much of this year will appear before a congressional committee this week, potentially throwing new light on the matter. Geoffrey Berman was the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, the unit leading the Epstein investigation, until last month when he was controversially sacked by the Trump administration for reasons that remain unclear. Mr Berman will appear before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Thursday and is expected to face hours of questioning from members, offering an insight into his work and unexpected dismissal. The testimony will be given behind closed doors, meaning the public cannot watch along with proceedings, but it is not uncommon for newsworthy comments to find their way into the press via leaks.

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Jul 04, 2020

China accuses Canada of meddling over Hong Kong law
China on Saturday accused Canada of meddling after Ottawa said it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong to protest a tough new national security law imposed there by Beijing. In a statement published on the website of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, a spokesperson denounced what he said were Canada's "unwarranted comments" on the new law, saying Canadian leaders had "grossly interfered in China's internal affairs." "Some Western countries including Canada have been meddling in Hong Kong affairs under the pretext of human rights, which seriously violates international law and basic norms of international relations," the statement said, adding that such efforts were "doomed to fail."

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Jul 04, 2020

U.S. CDC reports 2,789,678 coronavirus cases, 129,305 deaths
It had earlier reported 52,492 cases 749 deaths. CDC did not respond to requests for clarification on Saturday. The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on July 3 compared with its previous report a day earlier.

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Jul 04, 2020

Judge grants bond to ex-Atlanta cop charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks shooting
A judge says Garrett Rolfe is not a flight risk, granting bond to the ex-Atlanta police off'icer charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks' shooting.

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Jul 04, 2020

Trump steps back, done with being 'daily voice' of coronavirus response
The president will leave the playing field to Pence and the administration's public health officials.

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Jul 04, 2020

Trump Faces a GOP Mutiny on the Russian Bounties
The battle over intelligence and the Russian bounties amounts to a war by other means.

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Jul 04, 2020

Sikh pilgrims in deadly Pakistan train crash
At least 21 die as an express train hits a van carrying the pilgrims near the city of Lahore.

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Jul 04, 2020

Here are all the countries considering citizenship or refugee status for Hong Kongers fleeing China's harsh new security law
China passed the new national-security legislation in Hong Kong this week. It offers a maximum sentence of life in prison to dissenters.

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Jul 04, 2020

Michael Cohen may have violated the terms of his prison release by eating out at a restaurant in Manhattan
The New York Post obtained photos showing Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, eating out with his wife and another couple in Manhattan Thursday night.

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Jul 04, 2020

More bodies found at Myanmar jade mine disaster
Rescuers Friday pulled several bodies from the scene of a landslide which killed over 160 jade miners in northern Myanmar, many of them migrant workers seeking their fortune in treacherous open-cast mines near the China border. The disaster -- the worst in memory to strike Myanmar's notoriously dangerous jade mines -- ocurred on Thursday when a hillside collapsed in heavy monsoon rains. "The search and rescue missions continued today and we now have 166 bodies," the Myanmar Fire Services Department said in a Facebook post, raising the overnight toll by four.

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Jul 04, 2020

Republican who came out as gay in Utah ousted in primary
A Republican voted out of office in a primary after coming out as gay in conservative Utah says a backlash during the campaign has him questioning whether his party has a place for him. Rancher Nathan Ivie announced his orientation last year while serving as a county commissioner in deep-red Utah County. Since coming out, Ivie has sponsored a successful resolution making Utah County a Second Amendment sanctuary to block gun restrictions.

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Jul 04, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak among students at University of Washington's frat houses
The school said Friday that it confirmed that at least 89 fraternity house residents, along with four other students, have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Jul 04, 2020

FBI tracked Ghislaine Maxwell as she ‘slithered away' to luxury New Hampshire property
Ghislaine Maxwell was being "discreetly" tracked by federal law enforcement as they collected the evidence needed to finally bring charges against her, it has been revealed.Maxwell, the 58-year-old former girlfriend of late accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested on Thursday and charged with multiple crimes in relation to the investigation into Epstein's alleged abuse of minors.

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Jul 04, 2020

Epstein confidant Ghislaine Maxwell will reportedly give names
Ghislaine Maxwell faces decades behind bars following her arrest by the FBI; reaction from Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce and Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett.

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