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  • Gene Powell Jr. joined the Odessa American as assistant managing editor in March 2002. The Odessa native was promoted to managing editor before leaving the OA in December 2010 to become a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Tuesday 07/07/2020
Atlanta Mayor: No need for troops, despite governor's order
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — The mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday that she doesn’t agree with the Georgia governor’s order to mobilize the National Guard in her city as a surge in violence became a political talking point.

Mary Trump's book offers scathing portrayal of president
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book, blaming a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The Latest: San Francisco holds off restaurant, bar openings
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco is holding off on reopening indoor restaurants and outdoor bars because of continued coronavirus infections.

Movement for Black Lives seeks sweeping legislative changes
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

DETROIT (AP) — Proposed federal legislation that would radically transform the nation's criminal justice system through such changes as eliminating agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration and the use of surveillance technology was unveiled Tuesday by the Movement for Black Lives.

AP Explains: Bolsonaro has jousted at virus fears for months
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for months flirted with the new coronavirus as he flouted social distancing at lively demonstrations and encouraged crowds during outings from the presidential residence, often without a mask.

Kanye West? Tim McGraw? Girl Scouts? All got PPP loans
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected.

McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

At least 8 Mississippi lawmakers test positive for COVID-19
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:30 pm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks.

FBI investigates reported assault on Black man as hate crime
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI is investigating as a hate crime the assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake, the victim's attorney said Tuesday.

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:04 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said he would reverse the decision on his first day in office if elected.

Trump says he will pressure states to reopen schools in fall
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 4:03 pm

President Donald Trump on Tuesday launched an all-out effort to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not because of the coronavirus pandemic, but for political reasons against the will of families.

Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:47 pm

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.

AMERICA DISRUPTED: Troubles cleave a nation, and a city
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:32 pm

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — It was difficult to celebrate America in Saginaw this year. The deadly coronavirus had torn through the county. Unemployment had surged five-fold. Weeks of protest over racial inequality left many debating what should be hallowed and what must be changed.

Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil," creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

US general skeptical that bounties led to troops' deaths
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 3:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. general for the Middle East said Tuesday that the intelligence suggesting that Russia may have paid Taliban militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan was worrisome, but he is not convinced that any bounties resulted in U.S. military deaths.

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:46 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth.

Breonna Taylor's family argues police had no cause for raid
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 2:32 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville police called off a warrant search of Breonna Taylor’s apartment after a drug suspect was located elsewhere, but then went ahead with the deadly raid to look for other suspects with no connection to Taylor, her family says in a new court filing.

Trump increasingly turning to executive orders, more to come
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 12:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is setting a brisk pace lately in issuing executive orders and he’s just getting started as he tries to position himself as a man of action on everything from foreign policy to racial justice in an election year. The impact of some of the orders, though, is less than meets the eye.

Georgia Gov. authorizes Guard troops after 8-year-old killed
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 12:31 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor on Monday declared a state of emergency and authorized the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard troops after a weekend of violence in Atlanta left five people dead, including an 8-year-old girl.

Hiring soared in May as mass layoffs eased
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 12:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April.

Most stocks slink back after strong rally, except for tech
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 4:38 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Most of Wall Street is slipping in midday trading on Tuesday, giving back some of the big gains made the past couple weeks, but a handful of tech giants bucked the trend and kept the market's losses in check.

GOP worries Trump's divisive June imperils Senate control
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 11:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive.

Richmond removes statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 11:16 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews on Tuesday took down a monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the third major statue to be cleared away in less than a week as the Confederacy's former capital rushes to remove symbols of oppression in response to protests against police brutality and racism.

Doctors say experimental treatment may have rid man of HIV
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 8:46 am

A Brazilian man infected with the AIDS virus has shown no sign of it for more than a year since he stopped HIV medicines after an intense experimental drug therapy aimed at purging hidden, dormant virus from his body, doctors reported Tuesday.

Millennial Money: Lessons learned while sheltering at home
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 6:46 am

Shelter in place. Lockdown. Quarantine.

5 Things to Know for Today
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 5:16 am

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

Coronavirus slams Poland's already-troubled coal industry
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 4:01 am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The coronavirus has ripped through Poland's coal mines, where men descend deep underground in tightly packed elevators and work shoulder-to-shoulder to extract the source of 75% of the nation’s electrical power.

How risky is dining out during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 3:02 am

How risky is dining out during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Monday 07/06/2020
Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sexual abuse
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 12:15 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Last month, when former Major League All-star Torii Hunter said he’d been called the N-word “a hundred times” at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, the Red Sox were quick to back him up with a promise to fight racism.

Today in History
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 11:30 pm

Today in History

Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 10:46 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Hospitals rapidly approached capacity across the Sunbelt, and the Miami area closed indoor dining at restaurants and gyms again because of the surging coronavirus Monday, as the U.S. emerged from a Fourth of July weekend of picnics, pool parties and beach outings that health officials fear could fuel the rapidly worsening outbreak.

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 1:15 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home.

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in federal virus aid
Updated: July 07, 2020 - 12:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.

White woman charged after racist Central Park confrontation
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 10:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A white woman who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man over her walking her dog without a leash in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false police report.

NY count: 6,300 virus patients were sent to nursing homes
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 8:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York hospitals released more than 6,300 recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes during the height of the pandemic under a controversial, now-scrapped policy, state officials said Monday, but they argued it was not to blame for one of the nation's highest nursing home death tolls.

'Senseless crime': The victims of July Fourth shootings
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 8:01 pm

A 6-year-old computer whiz. A young mother working for a better home for her kids. An 8-year-old who loved to make dance videos.

New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 7:47 pm

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.

Chicago's holiday weekend ends with 17 dead, 70 wounded
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 7:16 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago's bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a concerted effort to quell the violence with an additional 1,200 police officers on the streets.

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 9:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected.

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 7:31 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 6:16 pm

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the upstate New York city in 1852.

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 9:01 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money through a federal program that was designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited wealthy, well-connected companies and some celebrity owned firms.

Maxwell moved to NY for Epstein-related sex abuse charges
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 6:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein's longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell was transferred Monday to a New York City jail plagued by coronavirus concerns and other problems as she faces charges that she recruited women and girls, one as young as 14, for him to sexually abuse.

Uber buys Postmates, ups delivery game in $2.65 billion deal
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 5:31 pm

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Uber has widened its reach in the fiercely competitive delivery market by acquiring Postmates in a $2.65 billion all-stock deal, the company said Monday.

The Latest: Financial firms among big relief fund recipients
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 5:31 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Treasury decision to identify hundreds of thousands of businesses that received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program, created to preserve jobs at smaller businesses during the coronavirus pandemic:

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 5:16 pm

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone.

France: Macron ousts security chief after police protests
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 5:03 pm

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron ousted his top security official Monday following protests over police brutality, as part of a government shakeup aimed at focusing on France’s post-pandemic economic recovery for the remaining two years of Macron’s term.

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 4:40 pm

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local):

Chinese diplomat derides UK's move to offer HK citizenship
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 1:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — The Chinese ambassador to Britain accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday of meddling in China's affairs by offering citizenship to 3 million people from Hong Kong following the imposition of a national security law.

No more delays: What to know about the July 15 tax deadline
Updated: July 06, 2020 - 1:30 pm

It’s time to do your taxes — no more delays.

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