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Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double. The worldwide count of known COVID-19 infections climbed past 20 million on Monday,…

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Tuesday 08/11/2020
Israeli PM's uneasy alliance seems headed toward collapse
icon Posted: 11 August 2020 [06:36 PM]

JERUSALEM - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form an “emergency” government in May after three bitter and deadlocked election campaigns, the goal was to stabilize Israeli politics in the face of a global…

Sunday 08/09/2020
Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots
icon Posted: 09 August 2020 [07:41 PM]

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico on Sunday was forced to partially suspend voting for primaries marred by a lack of ballots as officials called on the president of the U.S. territory's elections commission to resign. The primaries…

States on hook under Trump's plan
icon Posted: 09 August 2020 [07:40 PM]

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend federal unemployment benefits by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump’s plan to bypass…

Friday 08/07/2020
Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist
icon Posted: 07 August 2020 [08:25 PM]

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency - hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic - piles up financial losses that officials warn could top…

Liberty University's Falwell takes leave after social media uproar
icon Posted: 07 August 2020 [08:23 PM]

RICHMOND, Va. - Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation's top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar even…

Tuesday 08/04/2020
Trump encourages mail voting in key battleground Florida
icon Posted: 04 August 2020 [08:46 PM]

WASHINGTON - In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice, and only days after threatening to sue Nevada over a…

Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands
icon Posted: 04 August 2020 [08:29 PM]

BEIRUT - A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies…

Monday 08/03/2020
Isaias near hurricane strength
icon Posted: 03 August 2020 [07:31 PM]

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Isaias was forecast to strike land as a minimal hurricane on Monday in the Carolinas, where coastal residents braced for possible storm surge and flooding rains. The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a…

Virus relief bill remains up in the air
icon Posted: 03 August 2020 [07:29 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Slow, grinding negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill are set to resume Monday afternoon, but the path forward promises to be challenging and time is already growing short. Republicans are griping that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

Spain's new covid-19 wave hits young, middle-aged
icon Posted: 03 August 2020 [07:27 PM]

SANT SADURNÍ D’ANOIA, Spain (AP) - Like most Spaniards, Emma Gaya thought the worst of the pandemic was behind her. Spain’s government had ended a three-month lockdown after an COVID-19 onslaught that claimed at least 28,400 lives in the…

Retail rout gains pace as Lord & Taylor files for bankruptcy
icon Posted: 03 August 2020 [07:23 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Lord & Taylor, America’s oldest retailer, is seeking bankruptcy protection, as is the owner of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, lengthening the list of major retail chains that have faltered in the pandemic. Household…

Sunday 08/02/2020
RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final
icon Posted: 02 August 2020 [08:37 PM]

WASHINGTON - The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said on Saturday, citing the coronavirus. However, a…

SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years
icon Posted: 02 August 2020 [08:35 PM]

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was the…

Friday 07/31/2020
Hong Kong postpones elections by a year, citing coronavirus
icon Posted: 31 July 2020 [08:53 PM]

HONG KONG - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced Friday that the government will postpone highly anticipated legislative elections by one year, citing a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency…

Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence
icon Posted: 31 July 2020 [08:24 PM]

A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit…

Tuesday 07/28/2020
U.S. officials: Russia behind spread of virus disinformation
icon Posted: 28 July 2020 [07:39 PM]

WASHINGTON - Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said…

Hundreds of Israelis protest outside Netanyahu's residence
icon Posted: 28 July 2020 [07:36 PM]

JERUSALEM - Hundreds of people protested outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, pressing forward with a more than month-long campaign calling on the longtime leader to step down. Public discontent…

Barr defends aggressive federal response to protests
icon Posted: 28 July 2020 [07:33 PM]

WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee, pushing back against angry, skeptical Democrats who said President Donald…

Sunday 07/26/2020
ProPublica posts NYPD records, bypassing judge's blockade
icon Posted: 26 July 2020 [08:34 PM]

NEW YORK - Days after a federal judge paused the public release of New York City police disciplinary records, a news website has published a database containing complaint information for thousands of officers. ProPublica posted the database Sunday, explaining in…

Cease-fire in war-torn eastern Ukraine to begin at midnight
icon Posted: 26 July 2020 [08:30 PM]

KYIV, Ukraine - Ukrainian and rebel forces in war-torn eastern Ukraine have started preparing for a “full and comprehensive” cease-fire scheduled to begin at midnight, a move that officials hope can lead to more steps to resolve the 6-year-old conflict.…

Police and protesters clash in violent weekend across the U.S.
icon Posted: 26 July 2020 [08:26 PM]

ATLANTA - Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities over the weekend with demonstrators squaring off against federal agents outside a courthouse in Portland, Oregon, forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house and setting fire…

Friday 07/24/2020
China-U.S. relations appear at a turning point
icon Posted: 24 July 2020 [07:54 PM]

BEIJING - Four decades after the U.S. established diplomatic ties with Communist China, the relationship between the two may have reached a turning point. Tensions have reached new heights on what has always been a rocky road, as the ambitions…

White House, GOP at odds over jobless aid in new virus relief bill
icon Posted: 24 July 2020 [07:48 PM]

WASHINGTON - Negotiations over a new COVID-19 rescue bill were in flux Friday after the White House floated cutting an unemployment benefits boost to as little as $100 and President Donald Trump turned to a new priority, adding money to…

Judge denies Oregon push to limit U.S. agents during arrests
icon Posted: 24 July 2020 [07:44 PM]

PORTLAND, Ore. - A U.S. judge on Friday denied an order sought by Oregon’s top law enforcement officer to restrict federal agents' actions when they arrest people during nightly protests that have roiled Portland and pitted local officials against the…

Tuesday 07/21/2020
Facing federal agents, Portland protests find new momentum
icon Posted: 21 July 2020 [08:07 PM]

PORTLAND, Ore. - Mardy Widman has watched protests against racial injustice unfold in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, for more than seven weeks but stayed away because, at age 79, she feared contracting the coronavirus. But that calculus changed for…

Pompeo praises UK on Huawei, urges coalition against China
icon Posted: 21 July 2020 [08:03 PM]

LONDON - The United States and Britain put on a show of unity against Chinese telecoms giant Huawei on Tuesday, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered stinging criticism of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and urged like-minded nations…

Minnesota judge lifts gag order in George Floyd case
icon Posted: 21 July 2020 [07:56 PM]

MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota judge on Tuesday lifted a gag order in the criminal case against four former officers charged in death of George Floyd, but said he would take under advisement a news media coalition's request to make body…

Sunday 07/19/2020
GOP leaders, Trump to discuss virus aid as crisis deepens
icon Posted: 19 July 2020 [08:54 PM]

WASHINGTON - Top Republicans in Congress were expecting to meet Monday with President Donald Trump on the next COVID-19 aid package as the administration panned more virus testing money and interjected other priorities that could complicate quick passage. Senate Majority…

House leaders 'alarmed' federal officers policing protests
icon Posted: 19 July 2020 [08:52 PM]

PORTLAND, Ore. - Top leaders in the U.S. House said Sunday they were “alarmed” by the Trump administration’s tactics against protesters in Portland, Oregon, and other cities, including Washington, D.C., and called on federal inspectors general investigate. “This is…

Friday 07/17/2020
Mayor of Portland to Trump: Get your troops out of the city
icon Posted: 17 July 2020 [08:01 PM]

PORTLAND, Ore. - The mayor of Portland demanded Friday that President Donald Trump remove militarized federal agents he deployed to the city after some detained people on streets far from federal property they were sent to protect. “Keep your troops…

Pentagon bans Confederate flag in way to avoid Trump's wrath
icon Posted: 17 July 2020 [07:43 PM]

WASHINGTON - After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon is banning displays of the Confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy that doesn't mention the word ban or that specific flag. The policy, laid out in a memo…

Ginsburg says she won't retire despite cancer's return
icon Posted: 17 July 2020 [06:26 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer, but has no plans to retire from the Supreme Court. The 87-year-old Ginsburg, who has had four earlier bouts with cancer including…

Tuesday 07/14/2020
McConnell: GOP virus proposal for schools, others out soon
icon Posted: 14 July 2020 [08:36 PM]

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he'll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment…

Four more states added to CT, NY, NJ virus quarantine list
icon Posted: 14 July 2020 [08:33 PM]

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced four more states are on New York, New Jersey and Connecticut's quarantine list on Tuesday as governors there sought to contain the spread of COVID-19 from regions of the country where…

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students
icon Posted: 14 July 2020 [08:27 PM]

BOSTON - Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because…

Monday 07/13/2020
U.S. rejects Chinese claims in South China Sea
icon Posted: 13 July 2020 [08:46 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China…

Navy ship's fire-fighting system inoperable
icon Posted: 13 July 2020 [08:45 PM]

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A Navy official said Monday a fire suppression system was inoperable when a blaze erupted aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego. Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck said the Halon gas system had been turned…

Polish president second term, appeals for unity, forgiveness
icon Posted: 13 July 2020 [08:44 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory Monday in a runoff election in which he narrowly won a second five-year term, acknowledging the campaign he ran was often too harsh as he appealed for unity and forgiveness.…

Sunday 07/12/2020
As U.S. grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase
icon Posted: 12 July 2020 [08:56 PM]

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases. Deaths from the virus…

21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego
icon Posted: 12 July 2020 [08:53 PM]

SAN DIEGO - Twenty-one people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said. The blaze was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on USS Bonhomme Richard, said…

Friday 07/10/2020
Thursday 07/09/2020
Serbia bans mass gatherings after virus lockdown protests
icon Posted: 09 July 2020 [08:06 PM]

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Serbian authorities on Thursday banned gatherings of more than 10 people in the capital, Belgrade, after two nights of violent clashes between police and thousands of demonstrators protesting coronavirus lockdown measures. Serbia’s government crisis team…

Double win at Supreme Court elates religious conservatives
icon Posted: 09 July 2020 [08:04 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Conservative-leaning faith leaders and their allies, outspoken in recent years about what they consider infringements on religious liberties, cheered Wednesday as the Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that protected certain rights of religious employers.…

Court rejects Trump's claims, but his taxes remain private
icon Posted: 09 July 2020 [08:01 PM]

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON - Rejecting President Donald Trump’s complaints that he’s being harassed, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a New York prosecutor’s demands for the billionaire president’s tax records. But in good political news for…

Monday 07/06/2020
Treasury names 650,000 businesses receiving loans
icon Posted: 06 July 2020 [07:54 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Treasury Department on Monday released the names of more than 650,000 small businesses that received funds from a government program intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak.…

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air
icon Posted: 06 July 2020 [07:51 PM]

LONDON (AP) - More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air - a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to…