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The Latest: N.C. state senator tests positive for virus
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:02 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina state senator has tested positive for COVID-19, the first known case to involve a General Assembly member.

Tropical Storm Fay shutters beaches as it heads north
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Beaches closed in Delaware and shore town streets flooded in New Jersey as the fast-moving Tropical Storm Fay churned up the East Coast on a path expected to soak the New York City region.

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:02 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — 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.

Attorney not disputing suicide findings in Black man's death
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:02 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month on Friday did not dispute investigators' findings ruling the death a suicide.

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:47 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.

Wall Street rises as optimism caps erratic week of trading
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is climbing Friday, and the S&P 500 is heading for its third weekly gain in the last four.

Trump undercuts health experts -- again -- in schools debate
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House seating chart spoke volumes.

Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:32 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.

Florida's curve no longer flat amid new surge of virus cases
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:15 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Fighting a surge in coronavirus cases in the spring, Florida appeared to be “flattening the curve” as theme parks shuttered, sugar sand beaches closed and residents heeded orders to stay home. Now, it's almost as if that never happened.

Trump in battleground Florida, postpones New Hampshire rally
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 1:46 pm

MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump made it to the critical battleground state of Florida on Friday to raise campaign cash and tend to issues of high interest there for his base supporters. But his efforts to relaunch travel after a hiatus caused by a surge in coronavirus cases hit a new snag as his campaign canceled a weekend rally in New Hampshire, citing a tropical storm threatening the area.

Indiana GOP ousts attorney general after groping allegations
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:02 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s bid for reelection was scuttled Friday as he lost the Republican nomination following a monthlong suspension of his law license over allegations that he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party.

US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 1:46 pm

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.

Homeland Security gets new role under Trump monument order
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 1:46 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting local police. Some are also facing off against federal officers whose presence reflects President Donald Trump's decision to make cracking down on “violent mayhem” a federal priority.

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Mississippi Legislature story
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 1:02 pm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story July 9, 2020, about coronavirus cases in the Mississippi Legislature, The Associated Press erroneously reported in an early version of the story that a North Dakota legislator had died of the virus. The story should have said that a South Dakota legislator had died of the virus. Subsequent versions of the story did not include the error.

Thomas spoke, Roberts ruled in unusual Supreme Court term
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled.

Amazon's homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:02 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown it has rapidly transformed.

AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — 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, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

In heated political moment, Goya latest company to get stung
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 12:01 pm

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The supercharged U.S. political landscape has grown potentially more perilous for companies ahead of the 2020 presidential election as Goya, a food company with a tremendously loyal following, discovered this week.

Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 11:46 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday.

Medical group cited by Trump denounces school funding threat
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:02 pm

A medical association that the White House has cited in its press to reopen schools is pushing back against President Donald Trump's repeated threats to cut federal funding if schools don't open this fall.

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 9:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail. The computer offers to take reports of rapes, murders or home invasions, adding, “Our estimated wait time is five days.”

Biden's Iowa hires signal tightening in state Trump won big
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:00 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's presidential campaign has lined up a senior team in Iowa, a sign Democrats see the state where Republican Donald Trump beat them handily in 2016 as within reach.

Authorities search for 'Glee' star believed to have drowned
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:15 am

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

Trump looks for political edge in latest high court rulings
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won the White House on the promise of bringing a conservative shift to the Supreme Court. But this year and last, even with two justices Trump hand-picked, the court has shown it is no rubber stamp for him or his administration’s policies. That’s drawn the president’s ire and teed up a renewed battle over the court as Trump seeks political advantage ahead of November’s election.

5 Things to Know for Today
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 5:15 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 12:46 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

Thursday 07/09/2020
'Glee' star Naya Rivera believed drowned in California lake
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 12:16 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities said Thursday that they believe “Glee” star Naya Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat.

Today in History
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Asian stocks sink after Wall St losses on economy worries
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 11:03 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday on worries economic recoveries might fade as coronavirus cases increase in the United States and some other countries.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 10:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was returned to federal prison Thursday, after balking at certain conditions of the home confinement he was granted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 10:16 pm

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona.

Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 9:46 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen this fall. Many parents, educators, doctors and economists want the same thing. But getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed.

Police: Black man's hanging death in California was suicide
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 9:31 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month was ruled a suicide Thursday following a police investigation prompted by outrage from the family who said authorities initially were too quick to rule out the possibility he was lynched.

Official: Feds feared Epstein confidant might kill herself
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 9:00 pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal officials were so worried Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidant Ghislaine Maxwell might take her own life after her arrest that they took away her clothes and bedsheets and made her wear paper attire while in custody, an official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Watchdog details storm of political pressure in Sharpiegate
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 8:47 pm

Political pressure from the White House and a series of “crazy in the middle of the night” texts, emails and phone calls caused top federal weather officials to wrongly admonish a weather office for a tweet that contradicted President Donald Trump about Hurricane Dorian in 2019, an inspector general report found.

Biden pledges New Deal-like economic agenda to counter Trump
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 8:32 pm

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden turned his campaign against President Donald Trump toward the economy Thursday, introducing a New Deal-like economic agenda while drawing a sharp contrast with a billionaire incumbent he said has abandoned working-class Americans amid cascading crises.

Bolivian president has COVID-19 as virus hits region's elite
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 7:31 pm

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s interim president and Venezuela’s No. 2 leader announced Thursday that they have been infected with the new coronavirus, just days after Brazil’s leader tested positive as the pandemic hits hard at some of Latin America’s political elite.

Medical experts: Floyd's speech didn't mean he could breathe
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 7:31 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded “I can’t breathe” to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes “a lot of oxygen” to talk, while another told angry bystanders that Floyd was “talking, so he can breathe.”

AP OPINION: Trump team distortions on Biden and police
Posted: July 09, 2020 - 5:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign team is misrepresenting Democratic rival Joe Biden's stance on improving police practices following George Floyd's death.

CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 5:45 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal health officials won't revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Donald Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. What they will do, he said, is provide additional information to help states, communities and parents decide what to do and when.

Pentagon: US will respond if Russia bounty reports are true
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 4:40 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Pentagon leaders told Congress on Thursday that reports of Russia offering Taliban militants bounties for killing Americans were not corroborated by defense intelligence agencies, but said they are looking into it and the U.S. will respond if necessary.

Ousted NY prosecutor tells panel Barr 'urged' him to resign
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 7:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted U.S. attorney who was leading investigations into President Donald Trump's allies told the House Judiciary panel on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr “repeatedly urged” him to resign during a hastily arranged meeting that sheds light on the extraordinary standoff surrounding his departure.

US sanctions Chinese officials over repression of minorities
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 4:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Serbia bans mass gatherings after virus lockdown protests
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 4:15 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.

Woman charged in hit-and-run at Indiana protest
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 3:45 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman was charged Thursday in a hit-and-run crash that sent one woman to the hospital and caused minor injuries to a man during a southern Indiana protest over the assault of a Black man by a group of white men.

Officers in deadly Breonna Taylor raid thought she was alone
Posted: July 09, 2020 - 2:57 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville police officers who fatally shot Breonna Taylor while serving a warrant were told she should be home alone because the main target of the narcotics investigation was elsewhere, according to an interview with one of the detectives who served the warrant.

US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 3:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is stumbling as the viral outbreak intensifies, threatening to slow hiring and deepening the uncertainty for employees, consumers and companies across the country.

No peeking, voters: Court keeps Trump taxes private for now
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 7:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 Trump, his taxes and other financial records almost certainly will be kept out of the public eye at least until after the November election.

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 2:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into chaos.

Egypt arrests doctors, silences critics over virus outbreak
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 2:32 pm

A doctor arrested after writing an article about Egypt’s fragile health system. A pharmacist picked up from work after posting online about a shortage of protective gear. An editor taken from his home after questioning official coronavirus figures. A pregnant doctor arrested after a colleague used her phone to report a suspected coronavirus case.

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