August 4th, 2021

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Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

By Terry Spencer And Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press on July 30th, 2021

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, the state Health Department reported Friday, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak’s epicenter. The release came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks ... Read More »

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Trump urged Justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’

By Eric Tucker, The Associated Press on July 30th, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump urged senior Justice Department officials to declare the 2020 election results “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in the conversation. The notes of the Dec. 27 call, released Friday by the House Oversight Committee, underscore the lengths to which Trump ... Read More »

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Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case

By The Associated Press on July 30th, 2021

HONG KONG (AP) – A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong’s national security law as Beijing tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit was convicted Tuesday of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police officers during ... Read More »

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Navy charges sailor with setting fire that destroyed warship

By The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The U.S. Navy said Thursday that it’s charged a sailor with starting a fire last year that destroyed a warship docked off San Diego. The amphibious assault ship called the USS Bonhomme Richard burned for more than four days and was the Navy’s worst U.S. warship fire outside of combat in ... Read More »

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Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation Thursday that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. The $2.1 billion bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature. The ... Read More »

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Congress passes emergency Capitol security money, Afghan aid

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House passed emergency legislation Thursday that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. The $2.1 billion bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature. The ... Read More »

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Congress poised to pass Capitol security money, Afghan aid

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House is expected to pass emergency legislation Thursday that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. House passage would send the $2.1 billion bill to President Joe ... Read More »

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Israel to offer 3rd COVID booster shot to older citizens

By The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s prime minister on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated. The announcement by Naftali Bennett makes Israel the first country to offer a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to its citizens on a wide scale. The decision came ... Read More »

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Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

By The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

BOSTON (AP) – Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s, court records show. Court documents obtained by The Boston Globe shows that McCarrick is charged ... Read More »

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Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday

By Michael Casey, The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

BOSTON (AP) – The Biden administration will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire Saturday, arguing that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court ruled it could only be extended until the end of the month. In a statement Thursday, the White House said President Joe Biden would have liked to have extended ... Read More »

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Taliban say flooding kills 150 in northeastern Afghanistan

By Rahim Faiez, The Associated Press on July 29th, 2021

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Flash flooding killed 150 people in a remote area in Afghanistan’s mountainous northeastern Nuristan province controlled by the Taliban, a spokesman for the insurgents said Thursday. The provincial government appealed to the Taliban to allow rescue teams into the area to help. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed said heavy rains late Wednesday ... Read More »

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