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  Florida hits record coronavirus case increase; surge in Eastern Europe causes new restrictions

  Florida reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

It’s Trump’s call on what the GOP convention will look like

  Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

Graham says he plans to call Mueller to testify before Senate panel

Search of California lake resumes for missing ‘Glee’ star

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Trump rips private Texas border wall built by his supporters

Iran blames bad communication, alignment for Ukrainian jet shootdown

Tucker Carlson writer resigns after racist posts revealed

  Man charged in disappearance of 18-year-old Amish woman from Pa.

  At least 61 US Marines infected with COVID-19 at bases in Japan’s Okinawa

  Family demands justice after Black woman dies during emergency C-section at NYC hospital

  ‘I think I made a mistake’: Young man from Texas dies after attending COVID-19 party

Young people allegedly attend COVID-19 parties with friends who have been diagnosed with the virus to see who gets infected first or who can survive.

2 officers, suspect killed in Texas border town shooting

Authorities say two police officers have been shot and killed in a South Texas border town after reportedly responding to a disturbance call.

Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon

Former special counsel Robert Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger Stone, “remains a convict

Vintage Super Mario Bros. video game sells for $114,000

An unopened copy of a vintage Super Mario Bros. video game has been sold for $114,000 in an auction that underscored the enduring popularity of entertainment created decades ago.

  Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

  VIDEO: Pistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn down

  Fire destroys much of 249-year-old church in California

Police execute search warrant at home of gun-toting couple

  Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence

  Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

7-Eleven has been giving away its slushy beverage to all customers for nearly 20 years on July 11.

Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

“The Most Magical Place on Earth” is reopening after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers’ comp

The $56 billion, state-level insurance system is one of the nation's oldest forms of a social contract.

Fay becomes post-tropical cyclone over eastern New York

Tropical Storm Fay has weakened into a tropical depression early Saturday morning. The National Hurricane Center says the depression has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as it moves over the state of New York.

Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks

Amid a summer of racial unrest and calls for more diversity in leadership, President Donald Trump lags Democratic rival Joe Biden in the percentage of nonwhite senior aides on their campaigns.

Facebook’s software kit to blame for popular apps crashing

Friday’s widespread crashes of popular apps running on the iPhone’s iOS operating system — including Tinder, Spotify and Pinterest — serve as a reminder that Facebook is still tracking you through your phone using sophisticated software, even if you’re not browsing the social network.

Officials find body believed to be missing girl in Kan. Amber Alert

Olivia's father said he woke up and discovered she was not in the home, officials said. He found the back door of the location was standing open.

NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA

The agreements were tentatively agreed to on Monday, and approved nearly four months to the day since the NHL halted its season with 189 games remaining.

  ‘A slap in the face:’ Goya faces boycott over Trump praise

Robert Unanue, Goya CEO, spoke at a Rose Garden event announcing a "Hispanic Prosperity Initiative" on Thursday.

Justice Department plans to appeal ruling halting execution

A federal judge in Indiana on Friday halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns.

  Tropical Storm Fay weakens after New Jersey landfall

Tropical Storm Fay has slightly picked up speed and strength as it moves closer to land, and forecasters decreased projections for rain totals and flooding.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

  Ala. Senate leader says his comments on COVID-19 were a poor choice of words

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Thursday he wants to see more people get COVID-19.

Texas A&M police say student who reported racist notes placed them there himself

In a report released to KBTX on Thursday, police at Texas A&M University said a student who reported finding racist notes on his car’s windshield last month may have placed the papers there himself.

Storm clouds hang over Trump’s attempted campaign reboot

The event was to mark Trump's first political rally after a multiweek hiatus caused by a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.

Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen sent back to federal prison

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was transferred to the same federal lockup in Otisville where he was serving time for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes before the coronavirus pandemic prompted his early release, his attorney said Friday.

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

NASA's Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March.

  US bets on small, untested company to deliver COVID vaccine

When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections.

Ghislaine Maxwell seeks jail release in Epstein abuse case

Court papers filed Friday ask a judge to release her to home confinement.

  Sheriff: Man in hate crime killing said he targeted biker because he was white

A Wisconsin man charged in a homicide hate crime said he intentionally swerved his truck into a motorcyclist because he believed Harley riders to be “white racists,” according to information released by the county sheriff Thursday.

Joint Chiefs chairman: Confederate names on Army bases divide the military

Milley did not explicitly say the base names should be changed, but he noted that the Army is now about 20% Black.

  Starbucks to require customers to wear masks

Starting Wednesday, Starbucks will require it for all customers at all U.S. stores.

Judge rejects Dakota Access pipeline request to stop closure

That effectively sends the case to a panel of appeals court judges.

  AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid.

  Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America.

Sur La Table closing 56 stores, seeking bankruptcy protection

Cookware and kitchen chain Sur La Table is closing 56 of its 121 stores as it seeks bankruptcy protection, the latest retail casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Supreme Court gives NY prosecutor a landmark legal victory

Here are some key questions and answers stemming from Thursday's decision.

Seoul mayor’s death causes sympathy, questions of his acts

A will left by late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon says he feels “sorry to all people” and asks his body to be cremated.

  Sonar, divers search for ‘Glee’ star thought to have drowned

Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who's believed to have drowned in a Southern California lake while boating with her 4-year-old son.

  Window washers rescued from scaffolding collapse

Two window washers stranded 13 stories above the ground after the platform they were standing on gave way are thankful for the Boston Fire Department for rescuing them.

  ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera believed drowned in California lake

Authorities were searching the waters of a Southern California lake Thursday for “Glee” star Naya Rivera a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone on a rented boat.

Police: Pop Smoke’s social media led killers to LA home

Authorities believe rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting, police said after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.

Tropical Storm Fay threatens mid-Atlantic coast, New England

Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the coast of North Carolina and is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of the mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England.

  CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

Redfield commented a day after Trump complained the reopening guidelines were “very tough and expensive."

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

The virus isn't slowing in the three worst-affected countries: the United States, Brazil and India. They account for more than 60% of new cases globally.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has been returned to federal prison. His attorney Jeffrey Levine told news outlets Thursday that Cohen was taken into custody for violating the terms of his release.

Biden pledges New Deal-like economic agenda to counter Trump

Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.

  True toll of COVID-19 in nursing homes still unknown

Federal nursing home coronavirus case data remains flawed, and some members of Congress say that needs to change.

  Police: Black man’s hanging death in California was suicide

A police investigation confirmed suicide was the cause of death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month, authorities said Thursday.

Official: Feds feared Epstein confidant might kill herself

The steps to ensure Maxwell's safety while she's locked up at a federal jail in New York City extend far beyond the measures federal officials took when they first arrested her in New Hampshire last week.

Big Ten to limit football, fall sports to conference games

Besides football, the sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

  Why are face masks important? Just ask Bill Nye

The “Science Guy” is out with a couple of face mask videos on TikTok that have captured the attention of millions.

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday. When they do, visitors to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" will find new rules in place.

No peeking, voters: Court keeps Trump taxes private for now

The Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump’s financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being.

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

The court's 5-4 decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of Oklahoma that include most of Tulsa.

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so.

Ousted NY prosecutor tells panel Barr ‘urged’ him to resign

Geoffrey Berman, the former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, is providing the committee with a detailed account behind closed doors.

Missing Seoul mayor’s body found after massive search

Police say Park Won-soon’s body was located in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him.

For 1st time, female soldier set to join a Green Beret team

The unidentified woman is one of three female soldiers who have been going through the Army Special Forces qualification course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She graduated Thursday.

  Esper defends use of National Guard in helping with unrest

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd, saying it was a better alternative than using active-duty forces as President Donald Trump had threatened.

US sanctions Chinese officials over repression of minorities

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party, including a member of the ruling Politburo, for alleged human rights abuses targeting ethnic and religious minorities that China has detained in the western part of the country.

Germany seizes server hosting pilfered U.S. police files

The data, dating back to 1996, include emails, audio and video files and police and FBI intelligence reports.

  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

Researchers from Italy said Thursday that they studied 31 women with COVID-19 who delivered babies in March and April.

  Black Lives Matter mural goes up in front of Trump Tower

At the direction of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the big yellow letters are going on the street right in front of Trump Tower.

  US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses.

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Scientists say average temperatures around the world are already at least 1 C higher now than from 1850-1900 because of man-made greenhouse emissions.

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Cloth masks are better than nothing at protecting people from disease, but they don’t compare to medical-grade masks.