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Saturday 07/04/2020
The Latest: German activists protest near virus-hit plant
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 3:33 am

BERLIN — Animal rights activists in Germany are attempting to block access to a slaughterhouse at the center of a large coronavirus cluster.

As much of US dials back July 4 plans, Trump goes big
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation's capital.

AP Week in Pictures, Global
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:46 am

JUNE 27 - JULY 3, 2020

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:30 am

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

Friday 07/03/2020
Critics of US-Taliban deal say militants can't be trusted
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:30 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence that Afghan militants might have accepted Russian bounties for killing American troops did not scuttle the U.S.-Taliban agreement or President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands more troops from the war.

Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — On an average day, President Donald Trump sends about 14 posts to the 28 million Facebook followers of his campaign account. His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, delivers about half that many posts to an audience of just 2 million.

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore
Updated: July 04, 2020 - 12:00 am

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

Today in History
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:16 pm

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

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:16 pm

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy was killed Friday in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall that left three other people injured, police said.

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:00 pm

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens.

More fireworks in Americans' hands for July 4 raises risks
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 9:47 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — For many Americans, the Fourth of July will be more intimate this year. It also could be riskier.

Violence mars Portland protests, frustrates Black community
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 9:01 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters in this liberal, predominantly white city have taken to the streets peacefully every day for more than five weeks to decry police brutality. But violence by smaller groups is dividing the movement and drawing complaints that some white demonstrators are co-opting the moment.

Cops fired over photos of chokehold used on Elijah McClain
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 8:30 pm

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Three officers were fired Friday over photos showing police reenact a chokehold used on Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died last year after police stopped him on the street in a Denver suburb.

`Huge bummer': July Fourth will test Americans' discipline
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak.

Alabama health officials can't verify 'COVID party' reports
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 9:01 pm

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health said it could not verify reports of so-called COVID-19 parties where students deliberately tried to become infected, but also warned people not to try it.

As Texas reverses course on masks, GOP digs in on convention
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 5:32 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas began mandating face coverings Friday on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, his party charged ahead with plans for a massive convention this month in Houston, magnifying the conflicting responses in the Texas GOP to a rampant resurgence of the coronavirus.

Epstein cohort's arrest becomes new test for plea deal
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Before Jeffrey Epstein’s jailhouse suicide last year, his defense hinged on a 2008 deal with federal prosecutors in Florida over his alleged sexual abuse of multiple teenage girls. His lawyers said it prevented him from being charged with further crimes.

Venezuela sanctions set off fight for 'plundered' oil cargo
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 5:08 pm

MIAMI (AP) — For two months, the Malta-flagged oil tanker Alkimos has been quietly floating off the Gulf Coast of Texas, undisturbed by the high-stakes legal fight playing out in a federal courtroom as a result of American sanctions on Venezuela.

White Mich. couple charged after gun pulled on Black family
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 3:16 pm

A white couple face criminal charges after one of them was captured on video pulling a handgun on a Black woman and her daughters in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan.

Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in Selma
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:15 pm

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honor of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and reputed Ku Klux Klan leader. Just 25 years later, the bridge became a global landmark when civil rights marchers were beaten at its base.

Second wave of virus closures wallops California restaurants
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:32 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Homayoun Dariyani was training servers and cooks for his soon-to-open gourmet hamburger grill in March when California abruptly shut down dine-in restaurants to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:16 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

World stocks mostly dip with US closed for holiday
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 12:46 pm

World stock markets fell slightly in Europe on Friday after gains in Asia, with trading somewhat subdued by a long holiday weekend in the U.S.

Geofence warrants to be tested in Virginia bank robbery case
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller's family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000.

Can Trump's anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 7:32 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who are promoting the opposite in their states.

Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 11:02 am

BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore.

US jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 10:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history.

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 8:01 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence.

Thursday 07/02/2020
White Mich. couple arrested after gun pulled on Black family
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:47 pm

A white couple was arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan, authorities said Thursday.

Jersey Shore at a glance as July Fourth comes amid pandemic
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:47 pm

Here's a quick look at what's open and which coronavirus-related restrictions remain in place at the Jersey Shore as the July Fourth weekend arrives:

Today in History
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents' briefings
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:33 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence.

US jobs surge: Trump sees sunshine, Biden 'no victory yet'
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:06 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. economy just posted its best single-month job gain in history.

Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 1:03 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian shares advance following upbeat US jobs report
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 11:06 pm

Markets advanced in Asia on Friday following a Wall Street rally driven by strong jobs data.

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 2:03 am

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week.

How California went from success story to virus hot spot
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:32 pm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Four U.S. states — Arizona, California, Florida and Texas — reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 6:33 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:17 pm

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women over many years.

House judiciary panel to interview ousted NY prosecutor
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 9:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ousted former U.S. attorney for Manhattan will sit down with the House Judiciary Committee next week for a closed-door interview as the panel investigates politicization in the Justice Department.

Democrats say troop threats should be pursued 'relentlessly'
Updated: July 03, 2020 - 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two top Democrats in Congress said Thursday that any threats to U.S. troops must be pursued “relentlessly,” rebuking President Donald Trump after receiving a highly classified briefing about intelligence that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Herman Cain treated for COVID-19 after attending Trump rally
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 7:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday.

Watchdog says govt blocking report on Trump-hurricane flap
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 4:51 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says the Commerce Department is trying to block the findings of an investigation into the agency’s role in rebuking forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claims about the path of Hurricane Dorian last year.

Buttigieg, South Carolina mayor teaming up on COVID effort
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 3:45 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has teamed up with the mayor of South Carolina's capital city to help municipalities stem the spread of the coronavirus.

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway
Posted: July 02, 2020 - 3:27 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus.

AP Explains: 5 key takeaways from a strong June jobs report
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 3:31 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first glance, the June employment report was a blockbuster.

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC's concerns
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them — but despite health concerns from D.C.'s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear them.

Democrats say US needs to address protective gear shortage
Updated: July 02, 2020 - 2:16 pm

A congressional committee criticized President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday for a series of problems in distributing personal protective and testing equipment during the coronavirus pandemic and called on the administration to come up with a better plan.

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