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Jul 07, 2020

Destroy the ‘Public' Education System
‘Public" schools have been a catastrophe for the United States. This certainly isn't an original assertion, but as we watch thousands of authoritarian brats tearing down the legacies of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, it's more apparent than ever.State-run schools have undercut two fundamental conditions of a healthy tolerant society. First, they've created millions of civic illiterates who are disconnected from long-held communal values and national identity. Second, they've exacerbated the very inequalities that trigger the tearing apart of fissures.If you're interested in ferreting out "systemic racism," go to a big-city public-school system. No institution has fought harder to preserve segregated communities than the average teachers' union. And I don't mean only in the schools.Prosperous Americans already enjoy school choice -- and not merely because they can afford private schools. Anyone who has ever tried to buy a suburban home in a major metro area can tell you how acutely school districts influence home prices. Many middle-class and working-class families are priced out of areas with good schools because of inflated home values and high property taxes. And families who might otherwise choose to live in more diverse areas are kept out because of failing schools.This entire dynamic is driven by the antiquated notion that the best way to educate kids is to throw them into the nearest government building. It's the teachers' unions that safeguard these fiefdoms through racketeering schemes: First they funnel taxpayer dollars to the political c

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Jul 07, 2020

Australia warns of 'arbitrary detention' in China
Australia warned its citizens Tuesday they could face "arbitrary detention" if they travel to China, the latest sign of growing tensions between the two nations. The foreign ministry issued the warning in updated travel advice, which also noted that Chinese authorities had detained foreigners for allegedly "endangering national security". Australia has already told its citizens to avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the updated advice did not raise the overall level of the warning against travel to China.

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Jul 07, 2020

A white Florida man who was filmed yelling at a Black homeowner while waving a BB gun also faked being a Navy SEAL for years, report says
Joseph Fucheck had claimed he was a Navy SEAL in his tirade in North Miami-Dade, Florida. He was arrested for the incident last month.

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Jul 07, 2020

5 Reasons You Simply Can't Sleep on Israel in a Land War
Here are five Israeli army weapons of war that no one in the Middle East would certainly want to tangle with in a fight:

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Jul 07, 2020

Did Doxxing of an Oklahoma Councilwoman Lead to a Neighbor Being Raped?
A city council member in Norman, Oklahoma, proposed a police budget cut. Then officers for that department posted her address online. Days later, a woman who lived in the other half of her duplex was raped by an assailant who allegedly made a political threat.The attack was a case of retaliation and mistaken identity, the council member alleges.Alexandra Scott, a Norman council member who won the Democratic nomination for her state Senate seat last month, is an outspoken critic of her city's police force. When racial justice protests swept the nation in June, Scott proposed slashing the Norman Police budget by $4.5 million. During a city council meeting about defunding, she also discussed a stalking incident she experienced, which she said police handled improperly. Now a pair of Norman Police officers are under investigation for allegedly posting Scott's personal information online, which Scott says may have led to the sexual assault of her neighbor.These 911 Emergency Dispatchers Are Ready to Defund the PoliceDefunding the police is a fraught issue across the country, but especially in Norman, where police have made their disagreements with elected officials well known. Amid calls to slash the city's police budget by millions, council members voted to reallocate $865,000 from the department. The move didn't cut the police's overall budget (it mostly vetoes the department's requested raise, but keeps the department's coffers at slightly above last year's budget) but it was enough for t

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Jul 07, 2020

Nearly 1,000 inmates will be removed from San Quentin prison after its infection rate has gotten so bad it's been dubbed 'the Chernobyl of COVID'
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong told NBC Bay Area: "That tower is burning and it's really unsafe to get in their right now."

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Jul 07, 2020

'Walk a mile in my legs': Sen. Tammy Duckworth fires back after Fox News' Tucker Carlson questions her patriotism
The Fox News host Tucker Carlson made flippant remarks about Sen. Tammy Duckworth's military service and called her demeanor "unimpressive."

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Jul 06, 2020

'We're next': Hong Kong security law sends chills through Taiwan
The imposition of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has sent chills through Taiwan, deepening fears that Beijing will focus next on seizing the democratic self-ruled island. China and Taiwan split in 1949 after nationalist forces lost a civil war to Mao Zedong's communists, fleeing to the island which Beijing has since vowed to seize one day, by force if necessary. "The law makes me dislike China even more," 18-year-old student Sylvia Chang told AFP, walking through National Taiwan University in Taipei.

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Jul 06, 2020

Hong Kong Tiananmen museum turns to digitalisation after new law
A Hong Kong museum chronicling the crackdown by Chinese troops on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square is raising funds to digitalise its collection as concerns over a new national security law create uncertainty over its future. Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, who manages the museum, said it was not clear whether the museum would be treated as subversive or undermining the Chinese government. The annual June 4 anniversaries, commemorated in Hong Kong by tens of thousands of people, are not acknowledged by the Chinese government.

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Jul 06, 2020

Televangelists, Dallas megachurch that hosted Pence approved for millions in pandemic aid
A Dallas megachurch whose pastor has been a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump was approved for a forgivable loan worth $2 million to $5 million, according to long-awaited government data released on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a rally last month at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, whose pastor, Robert Jeffress, has been on Trump's evangelical advisory board. It was among the tens of thousands of religious organizations that received a total of $7.3 billion in pandemic aid from the Small Business Administration.

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Jul 06, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns US is 'knee-deep' in first wave of coronavirus cases and prognosis is 'really not good'
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday the United States' handle on the COVID-19 outbreak is "really not good" and that action is needed to curb the spread.

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Jul 06, 2020

Why Russia's Su-35 Poses a Real Threat to the U.S. Air Force
The threat isn't just in what the plane can do in the air.

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Jul 06, 2020

Death toll from flooding in Japan reaches 55, dozen missing


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Jul 06, 2020

Gov. Newsom addresses enforcement
Governor Gavin Newsom holding a news briefing regarding the pandemic around the state. He addressed that thousands of businesses around the state were visited by the alcoholic beverage control to enforce orders.

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Jul 06, 2020

Surge in NYC shootings fuels police reform debate
New York reeled from a spate of holiday weekend shootings Monday, with police fueling controversy by partially attributing them to reforms undertaken following the death in custody of George Floyd. The Big Apple was rocked by 45 shootings -- which resulted in 11 deaths -- over the long July 4th weekend, up from just 16 shootings for the same period in 2019. Terence Monahan, the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed officer, said "tremendous animosity" shown towards officers following the recent Black Lives Matter protests had contributed by lowering police morale.

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Jul 06, 2020

Harvard researchers believe hot weather in the South may contribute to COVID spread
Some researchers at Harvard University think hot weather may help contribute to the spread of COVID-19, saying the disease could linger and recirculate through air conditioning.

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Jul 06, 2020

Brazil's Bolsonaro says he will be tested for COVID-19
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said he will be tested for COVID-19 after having an X-ray of his lungs on Monday. Brazil's Supreme Court published documents in May showing that Bolsonaro tested negative three times in March after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Florida. More than 65,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil.

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Jul 06, 2020

US Supreme Court deals blow to Keystone oil pipeline project
The U.S. Supreme Court handed another setback to the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada on Monday by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key environmental permit for the project. Canadian company TC Energy needs the permit to continue building the long-disputed pipeline across U.S. rivers and streams. Without it, the project that has been heavily promoted by President Donald Trump faces more delay just as work on it had finally begun this year following years of courtroom battles.

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Jul 06, 2020

Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over 'interference'
The warning came just after a pro-democracy campaigner asked for more international support.

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Jul 06, 2020

China reports bubonic plague case, raises local alert level in Inner Mongolia
Health officials in Bayannur said a farmer was sickened and hospitalized, leading to a local plague alert.

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Jul 06, 2020

Democratic challengers in two tight U.S. Senate races step up fundraising
Democratic contenders for two Republican-held U.S. Senate seats on Monday said they accelerated fundraising in the second quarter, pointing to their momentum in what were already seen as competitive races. To win the Senate, Democrats need to pick up three seats if the party wins the White House and four if not.

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Jul 06, 2020

Georgia's governor is deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops after deadly shootings in Atlanta over a violent Fourth of July weekend
Dozens of Georgians were shot over the weekend. Five people were killed, including an eight-year-old girl.

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Jul 06, 2020

North Korea Would Use Lethal 'Swarm' Attacks to Fight
How is South Korea is preparing to defeat them?

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Jul 06, 2020

McConnell opens door to more coronavirus stimulus checks for low-income Americans
"I think the country needs one last boost," the Senate majority leader said of another round of direct payments.

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Jul 06, 2020

Kids who grow up with dogs behave better than those who don't, study finds. Here's why
It's a win-win for the owner and dog.

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Jul 06, 2020

Disappointing photos show how small Mount Rushmore is in real life
Mount Rushmore is considered one of the most famous monuments in the US, but the attraction appears disappointingly small in real life.

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Jul 06, 2020

U.S. Social Media Companies Cease Hong Kong Data Requests, Citing National Security Law
Several U.S. social media companies have ceased reviewing requests by Hong Kong authorities to search residents' data, following China's implementation of a new national security law covering the territory.The new law gives the Chinese government sweeping power to arrest dissidents in Hong Kong or curtail their activities."We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions," Facebook said in a statement on Monday. Facebook-owned messaging app Whatsapp said it had ceased reviews "pending further assessment of the impact of the National Security Law, including formal human-rights due diligence and consultations with human-rights experts."Google and Twitter both confirmed that they had ceased data reviews immediately after the passage of the national security law last week. The law is set to take effect on Tuesday night and allows authorities to request the publisher or host of an "electronic message" to remove that message if it endangers "national security."Hong Kong has long allowed free use of social media companies, including Facebook and Twitter, which are banned or heavily restricted in mainland China. Hong Kong has maintained a relatively autonomous system of government since British authorities handed China control of the territory in 1997.The passage of the national security law led U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to inform Congres

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Jul 06, 2020

Coronavirus: White House insists world sees US as ‘leader' in pandemic as infections surge
The White House has insisted that the US is being looked at as a "leader" in the fight against coronavirus, even as cases continue to spiral across the country.The latest comments came at a White House press briefing on Monday, when press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was questioned about the country's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jul 06, 2020

New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online
International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities. The guidelines, issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, provide additional pressure for universities to reopen even amid growing concerns about the recent spread of COVID-19 among young adults. Colleges received the guidance the same day that some institutions, including Harvard University, announced that all instruction will be offered remotely.

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Jul 06, 2020

Portland Police See 240 Percent Yearly Increase in July Shootings
Portland police have responded to 17 shootings so far this month, a 240 percent increase when the city saw five in the same timeframe last year, the department announced Monday.One shooting earlier this month injured a man, while another resulted in an infant child putting a spent bullet in her mouth, police revealed. In a statement, Portland police chief Chuck Lovell called the spike "alarming.""Gun violence negatively impacts everyone in our community and the increase we are seeing is alarming," he said. "As a community, we must come together to send a message that shootings in our City are unacceptable."Portland has faced weeks of unrest following the death of George Floyd in May. Over the weekend, police declared a riot after a bronze sculpture honoring Oregon's pioneers was set ablaze outside the city's justice center. The Fourth of July marked the city's 38th consecutive day of civil unrest.The head of Portland's police union released his own statement on Monday, calling on officials to take action."As riots continue, it is obvious to everyone that this is no longer about George Floyd, social justice, or police reform," Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner said. "This is about a group of individuals intent on causing injury, chaos, and destruction by rioting, looting, starting fires, throwing rocks, bottles, mortars, urine, and feces at peaceful protestors, as well as the police."Last month, protestors attempted to set up an "autonomous zone" in Portland's Pearl District, near an

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Jul 06, 2020

Scientists Discover Tiny Dinosaur Relative
Scientists report the discovery of a "shockingly small" predecessor to dinosaurs and pterosaurs.

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Jul 06, 2020

Russian Village in 'Danger Zone' of Possible Nuclear Missile Test
Nenoksa is once again the crosshairs after a radioactive accident last year.

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Jul 06, 2020

Fox News Anchor Debunks Trump's ‘99% Totally Harmless' COVID Claim
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto on Monday refuted President Donald Trump's false claim that 99 percent of America's confirmed coronavirus cases were "totally harmless," tallying off a number of statistics to inform Fox viewers about how dangerous the virus is.During his Independence Day remarks, the president downplayed the severity of the disease that has already claimed more than 130,000 American lives, claiming without any evidence that of the millions of American COVID-19 cases that have been identified, "99 percent" of them were "totally harmless."Speaking with Dr. Qanta Ahmed about a recent study showing the coronavirus is now airborne and can linger indoors, Cavuto—who has regularly drawn the president's ire over his critical coverage—used basic math to debunk Trump's recent claim."You know, doctor, the president was saying even with the spikes in cases, 99 percent of the cases are ‘totally harmless,'" the veteran Fox anchor said. "Now, I'm not a doctor but I know a little bit about math.""So I was looking at the 2.7 million cases we have and the five percent death rate associated with that," he continued. "Hospitalizations closer to a 10 percent rate. And hospitalization rates for those with respiratory issues about a 9 percent clip. Bottom line, I don't come up with 99 percent of cases totally harmless. What about you?"Ahmed agreed with Cavuto, adding that she "would have to differ from the president on that" and noting that the "risks are enormous" for those with comorbidities such as diabetes and o

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Jul 06, 2020

Airlines saw a spike in passenger volume for the July 4th holiday weekend, but the numbers are still dismal for the industry
US airlines had their best weekend since March, but numbers remain far below normal, and new coronavirus spikes put the travel recovery at risk.

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Jul 06, 2020

NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center
The photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows how newborn stars have used up all the gas at this galaxy's center.

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Jul 06, 2020

Former Melania Trump Confidante to Release an ‘Explosive' Tell-All Before the Election
Following months of legal drama, threats, and public controversy surrounding multiple books published by former Trumpworld insiders, yet another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves this summer and contain "explosive" revelations about first lady Melania Trump, written by her once close adviser and friend of 15 years.According to people familiar with the project, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff—who was previously seen by the first lady as a loyal confidante and helped plan President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration in Washington, D.C.—will release a tell-all, Melania and Me, on Sept. 1. People with knowledge of the project say the content of the book is largely negative and that the manuscript heavily trashes the first lady.Winston Wolkoff previously worked for Vogue editrix and artistic director of Condé Nast Anna Wintour, who nicknamed her "General Winston" during her stint as the magazine's special events director producing the celebrity-packed Met Gala. Mary Trump: You Can't Gag Me Because Settlement Was a ‘Fraud'Mary Trump's Tell-All Book Temporarily Blocked in CourtAfter playing a vital role in plotting Trump's inaugural festivities, Wolkoff landed the gig of senior adviser to the first lady. However, shortly after the start of the Trump era, the noted New York socialite had a dramatic falling-out with Melania Trump, triggered by news that Wolkoff's own firm snagged a cool $26 million from the Trump inaugural committee to help plan the events."Was I

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Jul 06, 2020

Why China Fear the Power of U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers in a War
This was China's introduction to the power and flexibility of the aircraft carrier, something it obsesses about to this day.

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Jul 06, 2020

Colombia fuel tanker inferno kills seven and injures dozens
The accident happened as people tried to siphon fuel from the overturned lorry on the north coast.

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Jul 06, 2020

U.S. says foreign students may have to leave if their school goes online-only
The news comes as some colleges and universities, including Harvard, have announced they will hold online-only courses this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jul 06, 2020

15 Air-Purifying Plants to Cleanse Your Space of Chemicals and Toxins
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 06, 2020

Eating more probiotic foods could help improve depression
New UK research has found eating a diet that includes probiotic foods, or a combination of both probiotic and prebiotic foods, may help ease depression and anxiety. To look at how pre- and probiotics could potentially be used as a therapeutic treatment for depression and/or anxiety disorders, UK researchers reviewed seven existing studies which had investigated the effect of eating a diet that includes pre- and probiotic foods on these mental health conditions.

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Jul 06, 2020

The Best Glassware to Upgrade Your Summer Beverages
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 06, 2020

Trump administration bars international college students if their school's classes are all online
Colleges could be in a tough spot if they want to keep international students enrolled.

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Jul 06, 2020

Aliens Are Out There But Still Pretty Rare, Study Says
The search for extraterrestrial intelligent life could offer important insights into how long our own civilization can survive.

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Jul 06, 2020

'It was totally like a foreign country': South Koreans angered by US troops firing fireworks and brawling on the street
Over 70 police reports were filed and 200 police officers were deployed, according to South Korean news reports.

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Jul 06, 2020

US military apologizes to South Korea after its troops fired fireworks and reportedly brawled in the streets
Over 70 police reports were filed and 200 police officers were deployed, according to South Korean news reports.

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Jul 06, 2020

New York officials say a perfect storm of problems has made it an especially deadly summer in the city: 'It's guns. It's the gangs. It's the lack of jobs.'
A recent surge in New York City shootings has continued into July 4 weekend, with 11 killed and more than 60 injured.

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Jul 06, 2020

What the top 25 colleges and universities in the US have said about their plans to reopen in fall 2020, from postponing the semester to offering more remote coursework
The spread of the coronavirus led many major US colleges to switch to remote coursework. Now, universities are discussing how they'll reopen.

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Jul 06, 2020

Ofcom's verdict on China is historic - and personal, says British investigator forced into TV confession
By Peter Humphrey Ofcom's damning judgment on Monday against Chinese state television outfit CGTN for helping China's police extract and broadcast forced and false confessions from untried prisoners is an important victory against the human rights abuses of the Chinese Communist Party dictatorship. During a two-year captivity ordeal in 2013-2015 on manufactured charges, I was twice submitted to this abusive practice, once while locked in a cage with steel bars. I and my wife were accused of illegal information gathering on behalf of our due diligence firm, ChinaWhys, after being engaged by GlaxoSmithKline to profile a former Chinese GSK executive who turned out to be a whistle-blower informing Chinese police about GSK's bribery schemes. I was drugged, handcuffed, locked into a metal chair inside the cage, and questioned by one of my daily police interrogators pretending to be the voice of a journalist, while crews from CCTV and other Chinese media filmed me without obtaining my consent under free will. CCTV and its English-language offshoot CGTN, both of which are official propaganda organs of the Chinese Communist Party, packaged the material to make it look like a confession of crime and broadcast it worldwide, including on UK air waves. My complaint, filed in November 2013, unleashed a slew of like-minded actions by numerous complainants, with Ofcom yet to rule on their grievances. Ofcom's guilty verdict on CGTN this we

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Jul 06, 2020

Biden campaign rolls out new fonts from typeface powerhouse Hoefler & Co.
The fonts are from the same company behind typefaces for the Obamas, Rolling Stone, Twitter, Tiffany & Co., the Guggenheim, Condé Nast and Nike.

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Jul 06, 2020

McDaniel: Trump campaign leading the way holding rallies with safety measures
RNC chair Ronna McDaniel on precautions being taken ahead of Trump's New Hampshire rally.

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Jul 06, 2020

A former National Guard colonel apologized but will keep her professor job after saying sexual harassment is the 'price of admission for women' in the military
Betsy Schoeller said her Facebook comment about Vanessa Guillén was intended to provide a "voice" to the "culture of sexual harassment" women face.

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Jul 06, 2020

Franco's heirs clash with Spanish state over summer home
The Spanish state on Monday clashed in court with the heirs of Francisco Franco over who should control a mock-castle used by the fascist dictator as a summer home. Officials in the A Coruña areadonated the property as a retreat for Franco in 1938, when he was the leader of the Nationalists in the Civil War. Spain's Left-wing coalition government demanded its return last year, contending that the formal transfer of the site in 1941 was illegitimate. Franco's family still enjoy use of the property On the first day of hearings expected to last for a week, the court in A Coruna province heard how the castle, which was built between 1893 and 1907, was enlarged after taking in local small-holders' land. "My grandmother was kicked out of her home," said 70-year-old Juan Pérez Babío. "She was pressured and had to leave her house, and that marked her for the rest of her life." During his two-year tenure, Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has challenged lingering reverence for Franco, who ruled from 1939 to 1975, most notably by exhuming his body from a mausoleum for fallen war heroes. The Pazo de Meiras has long stoked controversy, with local campaigners arguing that the 16-acre property on the Galician coastline should have reverted to public ownership after Franco's death. According to the Franco regime's official account, the donation of the home was a mark of loyalty by the people of A Coruña to the general, who was born in nearby Ferrol. But historians claim that the leaders of A Coruña's council and business community

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Jul 06, 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 06, 2020

Trump's misreading the map, looking for Electoral College votes in some of the wrong places
Analysis: The president is putting out fires in red states, while Biden is focused on a half-dozen key battlegrounds.

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Jul 06, 2020

Iraqi jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi killed
Renowned jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot outside his home in Baghdad on Monday and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, Iraqi officials told AFP. Hashemi was an authoritative voice on Sunni jihadist factions including the Islamic State group, but was also frequently consulted by media and foreign governments on domestic Iraqi politics and Shiite armed groups. The investigator assigned to the killing told AFP that Hashemi, 47, walked out of his home in east Baghdad and was getting into his car when three gunmen on two motorcycles fired at him from metres away.

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Jul 06, 2020

We Fought a U.S.-China War in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy Lost.
For more than a hundred years, the U.S. Navy has been using naval wargames to test ships, tactics and strategy.

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Jul 06, 2020

The Best Camping Gear for All Your Outdoor Adventures
A Seoul court says the man behind a massive child sexual abuse website could help future investigations.

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Jul 06, 2020

Outrage as Mississippi election commissioner complains 'the Blacks' are registering to vote in high numbers
A Mississippi elections official became the subject of social media fury over the weekend when she tweeted that she was "concerned" about an increase in black voters."I'm concerned about voter registration in Mississippi," Gail Welch, an elections commissioner in Jones County, Mississippi wrote. "The blacks are having lots [of] events for voter registration. People in Mississippi have to get involved, too."

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Jul 06, 2020

Marine Units Deactivate in Aggressive Plan to Reshape the Corps
At least four Marine Corps units have cased their colors in recent weeks as part of an aggressive plan to reshape the force,

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Jul 06, 2020

Author sues to stop removal of controversial Kentucky mural
Following months of legal drama, threats, and public controversy surrounding multiple books published by former Trumpworld insiders, yet another blockbuster Trump book is set to hit shelves this summer and contain "explosive" revelations about first lady Melania Trump, written by her once close adviser and friend of 15 years.According to people familiar with the project, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff—who was previously seen by the first lady as a loyal confidante and helped plan President Donald Trump's 2017 inauguration in Washington, D.C.—will release a tell-all, Melania and Me, on Sept. 1. People with knowledge of the project say the content of the book is largely negative and that the manuscript heavily trashes the first lady.Winston Wolkoff previously worked for Vogue editrix and artistic director of Condé Nast Anna Wintour, who nicknamed her "General Winston" during her stint as the magazine's special events director producing the celebrity-packed Met Gala. Mary Trump: You Can't Gag Me Because Settlement Was a ‘Fraud'Mary Trump's Tell-All Book Temporarily Blocked in CourtAfter playing a vital role in plotting Trump's inaugural festivities, Wolkoff landed the gig of senior adviser to the first lady. However, shortly after the start of the Trump era, the noted New York socialite had a dramatic falling-out with Melania Trump, triggered by news that Wolkoff's own firm snagged a cool $26 million from the Trump inaugural committee to help plan the events."Was I

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Jul 06, 2020

White House defends Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' with chart showing 5 percent are fatal
Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany came to her press briefing on Monday prepared to defend President Trump's assertion that "99 percent" of U.S. coronavirus cases are "totally harmless" with two charts that inadvertently disproved his claim.

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Jul 06, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley will skip the RNC for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus
Grassley said it will be the first time he skips the convention since he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

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Jul 06, 2020

New Stories About Russian Bounties on US Troops Raise Even More Questions
As this story has evolved, there has been a subtle but important shift in the main actor.

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Jul 06, 2020

Trump says U.S. schools must reopen in fall amid pandemic
President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. schools must open in the fall - a decision over which he has limited power - as governors struggle with a nationwide rise in coronavirus infections and states reverse and pause attempts to reopen. "SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!" Trump wrote in a Twitter post. It was not immediately clear what schools Trump was referring to - elementary and high schools or colleges and universities - or what actions Trump was considering.

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Jul 06, 2020

Don't count on ever seeing Trump's 'Garden of American Heroes'
Call me cynical, but I have a feeling the National Garden of American Heroes announced by President Trump on Friday will never get off — or into — the ground, even if he doesn't put his son-in-law in charge of it. Establishing an official United States Hall of Fame will secure the reputations of Betsy Ross and Benjamin Franklin from the changing political winds, no less than the one in Cooperstown, N.Y., preserves for the ages the memories of Ted Williams and Roberto Clemente.

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Jul 06, 2020

Billionaire Kanye West's Company Gets Multimillion-Dollar PPP Loan From Trump Admin
Billionaire rapper and shoe designer Kanye West's company has received a multimillion-dollar loan as part of the federal government's coronavirus stimulus package, according to records released Thursday by the U.S. Treasury's Small Business Administration.The money was handed out in the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the Trump administration's $2 trillion CARES Act designed to provide economic relief to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.Yeezy LLC, a California company, is listed in the Treasury's log as a recipient of a loan worth between $2 million and $5 million. The company self-identified as being male-owned and a Black or African-American business. It said 160 jobs were saved using the loan.Trump's Small Biz Rescue Bailed Out Kushner's Family, Obama's Aides and Other Political EliteCalifornia business records list Kanye West as the manager of Yeezy LLC, a holding company established in Delaware and run out of a La Palma, California, office. West's Yeezy sneaker empire reportedly made $1.5 billion last year.West's loan poses major questions of conflict of interest, given West's outspoken support for President Donald Trump, his multiple visits to the White House, and the outrageously lavish lifestyle he leads with wife Kim Kardashian West. Both he and his wife have celebrated attaining billionaire status recently. After being effectively broke years ago, West turned his fortunes around with his best-selling Yeezy sneakers a

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Jul 06, 2020

Olson Kundig's Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat
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 Douglass 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 06, 2020

College students are preparing to return to campus in the fall. Is it worth it?
"No matter which way you slice it, it's just a lose-lose situation," one student said.

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Jul 06, 2020

White woman charged after racist Central Park confrontation
A white woman walking her dog who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false report. In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation for calling 911 to report she was being threatened by "an African-American man" when bird watcher Christian Cooper appeared to keep his distance as he recorded her rant on his phone. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement on Monday that his office had charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor.

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Jul 06, 2020

Seven men arrested after shouting racist insults and doing Nazi salutes at black family on Oregon beach, police say
Seven men have been arrested after an alleged racist incident on the Fourth of July in an Oregon beach town.Police said that the men allegedly yelled racial slurs at a black family and used Nazi salutes while people spent Independence Day on the beach in Lincoln City, southwest of Portland.

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Jul 06, 2020

The weekly $600 unemployment bonus that millions of Americans are relying on will end on July 31 unless Congress can agree on a plan to extend the payments
Democrats' plans appear to be dead in the water, but the Trump administration is mulling the idea of more stimulus payments or a return-to-work bonus.

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Jul 06, 2020

I stayed at a Hyatt, IHG, and Marriott during the pandemic to see how hotels are handling new coronavirus protocols — here's how they stacked up against each other
Michelle Gross, her husband, and their two dogs drove from New Jersey to North Carolina in mid-June and stayed at three hotels along the way.

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Jul 06, 2020

8 of Atlantic City's famous casinos just reopened for the first time since March. These photos show just how different the casino experience is going to be after the pandemic.
From masked models to plexiglass barriers, photos show what Atlantic City's casinos looked like on the weekend they reopened to the public.

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Jul 06, 2020

South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet
Shortly after fireworks above Mount Rushmore disappeared into the night sky on Friday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accompanied President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One despite having had close contact with Trump's son's girlfriend, who had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump has been in a position all along to encounter a virus that spreads from people who don't feel sick, such as Noem, who had interacted closely at a campaign fundraiser with Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who turned out to be infected. Noem didn't wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

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Jul 06, 2020

Russians living near base where Putin's doomsday missile may have exploded last year warned ahead of new military activity
Residents were told they are living in the "danger zone" and were given the opportunity to evacuate the before the military starts its work nearby.

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Jul 06, 2020

I'm an autism expert who adopted 2 children with special needs. Myka Stauffer shouldn't have apologized for 'rehoming' her adopted son.
Myka Stauffer, a popular influencer, should've apologized for missing a chance to educate her followers about the realities of autism and adoption.

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Jul 06, 2020

Las Vegas' Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace reopens amid COVID-19 pandemic
The Caesars Entertainment property in Las Vegas is the seventh to open since Nevada lifted a COVID-19 shutdown that lasted almost three months.

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Jul 06, 2020

Maxwell set for first New York hearing in Epstein sex abuse case
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been brought to New York and is due to make her first appearance in court there on sex trafficking charges related to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein this week, officials say. Maxwell -- who was arrested and charged in New Hampshire last week after months of living in seclusion -- is due to be arraigned in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, according to a letter prosecutors submitted to the judge. Maxwell is also accused of taking part in some of the sexual abuse.

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Jul 06, 2020

Breonna Taylor's Death Was Connected to Shady Louisville Gentrification Plan: Lawsuit
Breonna Taylor, a Kentucky EMT worker fatally shot in her home in March, died as a result of a politically-driven police operation "to clear out" a Louisville street to make way for a multi-million gentrification plan, a lawsuit filed by the 26-year-old's family states. Taylor, who worked for two local hospitals, and her boyfriend were asleep in their apartment on March 13 when three officers executed a "no-knock" search warrant looking for a suspected drug dealer who lived in a different part of town. Taylor was shot eight times, spurring an FBI investigation and unleashing a wave of protests alongside the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. "Breonna's home should never have had police there in the first place," an amended lawsuit filed by Taylor's family in Jefferson Circuit Court Sunday states. "When the layers are peeled back, the origin of Breonna's home being raided by police starts with a political need to clear out a street for a large real estate development project and finishes with a newly formed, rogue police unit violating all levels of policy, protocol, and policing standards." A Kentucky EMT Worker Was Killed During a ‘No-Knock' Police Raid. The Target Was Already in Custody."Breonna's death was the culmination of radical political and police conduct," the lawsuit adds.The amended lawsuit, which was originally filed in May against the three Louisville officers who entered Taylor's home, further alleges that a police

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Jul 06, 2020

Exotic meats are a Chinese delicacy. But they're causing concern about another outbreak.
At least 200 species of wildlife, from snakes to civet cats to scorpions, are bred and traded in China, according to the Humane Society International.

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Jul 06, 2020

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong calls for solidarity as books ordered removed
Top Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong called on the international community Monday to "stand with" the restless city, as authorities ordered schools to remove books for review under a sweeping new security law imposed by Beijing. China enacted the law a week ago, sending a wave of fear through Hong Kong as it criminalised certain opinions such as calls for independence or autonomy. Wong, who at age 23 is one of the city's most prominent activists, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow campaigners were being prosecuted for involvement in civil unrest that rocked the international finance hub last year.

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Jul 06, 2020

Extreme corruption on charge sheet of Mexico's ex-oil chief
The charge sheet against the former head of Mexico's state-run oil company claims he took corruption to such lengths that he diverted bribe money intended for the former ruling party to buy a $1.9 million house for his family. The prosecutors' allegations against Emilio Lozoya were released Monday after Spain approved his extradition to face charges equivalent to money laundering, bribery and conspiracy. Lozoya has denied wrongdoing.

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Jul 06, 2020

Father-son arm-wrestling match leads to 8-hour standoff with cops, Kentucky police say
The father grabbed a handgun and fired multiple shots after losing to his son.

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Jul 06, 2020

Protests May Have Spread Coronavirus, Some Cities Say
Officials in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Miami-Dade County, Fla., have acknowledged that anti-police protests and riots may have led to increased spread of the coronavirus, according to a Fox News report.All three cities have experienced an uptick in coronavirus cases after weeks of protesting sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Many Democrats and public-health professionals alike had voiced support of the demonstrations, including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. Two days after maintaining that there wasn't "any conclusive evidence" showing a connection between protests and a surge in cases of the virus, Garcetti did an about-face, saying the county's public-health director "does think some of the spread did come from our protests."The county reported a record 3,187 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic, according to health officials on Sunday.Still, Garcetti didn't admonish protestors. "It's not the act of protesting — that's a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is . . . but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer - we just have to be smart. Whether you're at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you're out shopping, these rules don't change." In Miami-Dade protests were a "contributing factor" to spiking cases, a spokesperson for the mayor told Fox News.A team of medical experts who advise Mayor Carlos A. Giménez have tol

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Jul 06, 2020

White House says masks encouraged as precaution at next Trump rally
Donald Trump's re-election campaign made the decision to "strongly encourage" masks at the Republican president's next rally as a precautionary measure, the White House chief of staff said on Monday. The Trump campaign plans an outdoor rally on Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. "Obviously we're looking forward to being in the Granite State and back with the folks up in New Hampshire, and as we look at that it's more a factor of precaution," Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in an interview with Fox News.

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Jul 06, 2020

New York's Cuomo pleads with Trump to acknowledge COVID-19 as 'major problem'
"So, Mr. President, don't be a co-conspirator of COVID," Cuomo said at a news briefing. "Acknowledge to the American people that COVID exists, it is a major problem, it's going to continue until we admit it and each of us stands up to do our part." Cuomo said Trump was "enabling" the virus if he failed to acknowledge the severity of the situation, and slammed the president's comments that the spike in U.S. cases was due to increased testing.

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Jul 06, 2020

Supreme Court rules 'faithless electors' can't go rogue at Electoral College
The decision is a win for election officials who warned of chaos if presidential electors could go against the will of voters in their states.

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Jul 06, 2020

Chaffetz: Mayors responsible for crime wave in cities
Former congressman and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz reacts to crime wave sweeping major cities.

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Jul 06, 2020

7 men were arrested after police said they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes at an Oregon beach
The incident happened Saturday during a July 4 celebration in Lincoln City, Oregon. Police said the men who were arrested were "highly intoxicated."

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Jul 06, 2020

Supreme Court won't throw out ban on robocalls to cellphones
A group of fundraisers, political organizations and pollsters filed a lawsuit alleging the prohibition was unconstitutional.

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Jul 06, 2020

Saudi opens hajj registration for foreign residents
Saudi Arabia on Monday opened hajj registration for foreign residents in the kingdom, saying they will make up 70 percent of the pilgrims after it scaled-back the annual ritual due to coronavirus. Saudi Arabia has said it will allow only around 1,000 pilgrims already present in the kingdom to participate in this year's hajj, scheduled for the end of July, a far cry from the 2.5 million who attended the five-day pilgrimage last year. Foreign residents, aged between 20 and 65 who have no previous health ailments such as diabetes and heart conditions, are allowed to register on https://localhaj.haj.gov.sa., the hajj ministry said.

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Jul 06, 2020

U.S. Treasury to name small businesses that took pandemic aid, says 51.1 million jobs supported
The Trump administration on Monday said it was releasing the names of hundreds of thousands of businesses which took money from a high-profile $660 billion pandemic aid program, letting the public see for the first time how the majority of the cash was spent and whether it helped save jobs. The U.S. Treasury and Small Business Administration (SBA) said the $521.4 billion in approved loans to employers so far has supported some 51.1 million jobs, or 84% of all small business employees. The colossal data set on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), released by the Trump administration after some initial resistance, provides transparency for the first-come-first-served program that has been dogged by technology, paperwork and fairness issues.

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Jul 06, 2020

Driver in Seattle crash that hit 2 protesters due in court
The man accused of driving a Jaguar on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday for a discussion on whether he can be released on bail. Dawit Kelete, who is black, drove the car around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect a group of Black Femme March demonstrators, hit two people and sped away at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday, police said. The Seattle man was the owner of the Jaguar XJL and was alone in the car, according to a Washington State Patrol report submitted to the court late Saturday.

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Jul 06, 2020

De Blasio says outdoor dining on hold for 'a substantial amount of time'
New York City entered Phase 3 Monday, but without indoor dining, as Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would be on hold for "a substantial amount of time."

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Jul 06, 2020

White House defiant as Covid-19 deaths approach 130,000
Trump administration officials highlighted the decline in death rates as a sign of success.

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Jul 06, 2020

China Has a Plan to Crush the Tibetan Diaspora
Beijing's communists demand obedience. They are able to control Tibetans inside their borders today. Tomorrow, with a selection of the next Dalai Lama, they will go after the Tibetans in Dharamshala and elsewhere.

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Jul 06, 2020

Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials
The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19. The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a combination of two antibodies that block the coronavirus' "spike protein" which it uses to invade human cells. This trial, run jointly with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is expected to enroll 2,000 patients in the US.

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Jul 06, 2020

Supreme Court says presidential electors may be forced to support winner of popular vote
States can make members of the presidential electoral college honour the results of the popular vote and cast their ballots for their pledged candidates, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday.The unanimous ruling allows states to eliminate the possibility of "faithless electors" going rogue and voting for candidates other than the ones who win their state's popular vote and whom they had previously agreed to support.

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Jul 06, 2020

A rare case of brain-eating amoeba has been confirmed in Florida. Officials are telling residents to avoid tap water, and to swim with nose clips.
The Florida Department of Health had to issue a warning for residents to avoid nasal contact with tap water.

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