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Worker aiding federal execution prep has positive virus test

Worker aiding federal execution prep has positive virus test

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | By Michael Balsamo | Associated PressWASHINGTON — The federal Bureau of Prisons said Sunday that a staff member involved in preparing for the first federal executions in nearly two decades has tested positive for coronavirus.The Justice Department said the development will not mean an additional delay in the government’s timetable, already stalled by a federal court, because the worker had not been in the execution chamber and had not come into contact with anyone on the specialized team sent to the prison to...

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Hatch Chile Festival canceled for 1st time in history due to pandemic - KVIA

Hatch Chile Festival canceled for 1st time in history due to pandemic - KVIA

Video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.New MexicoHATCH, New Mexico — The coronavirus pandemic has canceled yet another beloved New Mexico annual event: the 2020 Hatch Chile Festival.Organizers have officially announced that Covid-19 has forced the cancellation of the event for the first time in its 49-year-old history.The fiesta is held annually over Labor Day weekend in Hatch — the chile capital of the world.Tina Cabrales, president of the Hatch Chile Festival, said factors aside from the state’s mass gathering ban led to the cancellation of the event.“(There are)...

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Long-dead cat gets voter registration application in mail

Long-dead cat gets voter registration application in mail

Filed under:“There’s a huge push but if they’re trying to register cats, I’m not sure who else they’re trying to register.’ATLANTA — In a presidential election year, there’s always a push to get people registered to vote.For one Atlanta family, that push got a little interesting.Ron Tims said he checked his mail Wednesday and found a voter registration application addressed to Cody Tims — his cat, who died 12 years ago.“A great cat, indoor and outdoor, loved his family, loved his neighborhood. He was 18 and a half when he passed away,” Carol Tims told WAGA-TV.The Tims were surprised, and a...

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Texas hits new record for virus deaths as hospitals scramble - KVIA

Texas hits new record for virus deaths as hospitals scramble - KVIA

Video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CoronavirusAUSTIN, Texas — Worsening coronavirus trends in Texas again set another grim milestone Thursday as the state reported more than 100 deaths in a single day for the first time, making this the deadliest week of the pandemic in what has rapidly become one of America’s virus hot zones.In addition to 105 new deaths, Texas also reported a new high for hospitalizations for the 10th consecutive day and the rolling rate of positive tests inched closer to nearly 16% — the highest in the pandemic yet.to Thursday's state tally.“I...

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Singapore's ruling party dominates election but opposition makes historic gains

Singapore's ruling party dominates election but opposition makes historic gains

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong retains overwhelming majority as popular vote slips amid coronavirus pandemic Associated PressSat 11 Jul 2020 00.39 EDTSingapore’s governing party has comfortably won the city-state’s general election but faced a setback as the opposition made minor but historic gains.The prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, said his People’s Action party (PAP) secured 83 parliamentary seats on Friday, retaining its overwhelming majority with 89% of the total seats, but its popular vote dipped to 61%. The Workers’ party, the only opposition with a presence in the parliament,...

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German intel warns against giving data to Chinese tech firms

German intel warns against giving data to Chinese tech firms

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s domestic intelligence agency is warning consumers that personal data they provide to Chinese payment companies or other tech firms could end up in the hands of China’s government. The BfV agency said in its annual report that Chinese government offices have access to data stored in China by companies such as Tencent, Alibaba and others. The head of the BfV said Germans’ data isn’t safe with Chinese companies and “we can only warn against this.” Germany’s top security official also said Berlin has yet to reach a “political decision” on whether to let Chinese telecoms...

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Mail carrier pleads guilty to altering absentee ballot requests, switching party affiliations

Mail carrier pleads guilty to altering absentee ballot requests, switching party affiliations

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.Thomas Cooper entered the plea in federal court in Elkins to attempted and injury to the mail, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a statement.Cooper was charged in May after eight mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots had their party affiliations altered.Cooper, 47, of Dry Fork, held a to pick up mail in the three towns in which the voters live and delivered the forms in April to the Pendleton County clerk, according to a federal affidavit.An investigation by the...

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Coronavirus update: How the Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid; Starbucks to require masks

Coronavirus update: How the Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid; Starbucks to require masks

© 2020 Lee EnterprisesCoronavirus update: How the Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid; Starbucks to require masksShare thisYou have run out of free articles. You can support our newsroom by joining at our lowest rate!Already a subscriber?or .Loading&hellp;Sign Up Today and Support Local JournalismEnjoy more articles from Madison's Most Trusted Information Source. Subscribers can log in for unlimited digital accessThe 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...

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El Paso shooting suspect faces more federal charges

El Paso shooting suspect faces more federal charges

Associated PressPublished: July 9, 2020, 1:11 pmSign up for our NewslettersAssociated PressPublished: July 9, 2020, 1:11 pmTags: EL PASO, Texas – A man accused of shooting scores of people at a Texas Walmart last summer was indicted Thursday on new federal hate crime and gun charges following the death of another person injured in the attack.A grand jury returned a new indictment against Patrick Wood Crusius, who was already charged with and firearms laws for the shooting in the border city of El Paso. Authorities say Crusius aimed to scare Hispanics into leaving the United States.The new...

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Asian markets follow Wall Street higher after tech stocks gain

Asian markets follow Wall Street higher after tech stocks gain

Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday following gains for major U.S. tech stocks.The Shanghai Composite Indexrose 0.6% and the Nikkei 225in Tokyo added 0.2%. The Hang Sengin Hong Kong gained 0.4% despite U.S.-Chinese tension over a security law imposed on the territory. The Kospiin Seoul was 0.7% higher and Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200advanced 0.9%. New Zealandand Singaporeretreated while Jakartarose.U.S. stocks have recovered most of this year’s losses, helping to push up global prices, despite rising numbers of American coronavirus infections that threaten to derail economic...

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Houston officials scrap Texas GOP’s in-person convention at GRB due to virus

Houston officials scrap Texas GOP’s in-person convention at GRB due to virus

Associated PressPublished: July 8, 2020, 3:24 pmUpdated: July 8, 2020, 6:28 pmTags: , , , , , , , Sign up for our NewslettersAssociated PressPublished: July 8, 2020, 3:24 pmUpdated: July 8, 2020, 6:28 pmTags: , , , , , , , HOUSTON – Houston officials on Wednesday canceled the Texas Republican Party’s in-person convention, saying the spread of the coronavirus made it impossible to hold the event as scheduled.Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city’s lawyers exercised provisions in the contract that the Texas GOP signed to rent the downtown convention center for a three-day event to have started...

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California ‘strike teams’ issue 52 coronavirus-related citations across state during holiday weekend

California ‘strike teams’ issue 52 coronavirus-related citations across state during holiday weekend

Newly formed “strike teams” of state inspectors contacted thousands of California businesses over the long Independence Day weekend but issued citations to a relative few as they enforced coronavirus restrictions amid a resurging pandemic.The teams issued 52 citations because most business owners complied with the teams’ directives, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.“There were only a handful of citations because the overwhelming majority of people were doing the right thing,” he said. “Even if people were out of compliance, the engagement got people back into compliance very quickly.”Ten...

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Jonathan Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

Jonathan Sackler, co-owner of Purdue Pharma, dies

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jonathan Sackler, one of the owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, has died, the company confirmed.Sackler died June 30, according to a court filing. He was 65 and the cause of death was cancer.He was the son of Raymond Sackler, one the brothers who bought drug company Purdue Frederick in 1952, and served as an executive and board member for the company that was later renamed Purdue Pharma. Like other members of the Sackler family, he has stepped off the board of the company in recent...

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At Mount Rushmore, Trump takes aim at ‘cancel culture’

At Mount Rushmore, Trump takes aim at ‘cancel culture’

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Trump dug deeper into America’s divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”The president, in remarks Friday night at the South Dakota landmark, offered a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and seared by the recent high-profile killings of Black people. He zeroed in on the desecration by...

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Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XShow Caption of By | By STEPHEN GROVES and DARLENE SUPERVILLEMOUNT 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.”The president dug further into American divisions Friday, offering a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and...

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Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state and local government health workers on the ground are sometimes paid so little, they qualify for public aid.They track the coronavirus on paper records shared via fax. Working seven-day weeks for months on end, they fear pay freezes, public backlash and even losing their...

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Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before

Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before

ShareO’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a gun before in defense of their property, according to an affidavit in an ongoing case. near the Renaissance palazzo-style home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Sunday, video posted online showed him wielding a long-barreled gun and her with a small handgun. No shots were fired.The McCloskeys — he’s 63 and she’s 61 — are both personal injury lawyers and their home is on a private street called Portland Place in St. Louis’...

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Supreme Court denies Congress access to secret Russia investigation material

Supreme Court denies Congress access to secret Russia investigation material

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election.The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The high court’s action will keep the documents out of congressional hands at least until the case is resolved, which is not likely to happen before 2021.Arguments themselves might not even take place before Americans decide...

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Shooting protesters with rubber bullets drew cops’ laughter

Shooting protesters with rubber bullets drew cops’ laughter

Florida police officers can be heard laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality, according to newly released body camera footage.In response to a story by the Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale police posted a video on its official YouTube channel Wednesday taken from the body camera of Detective Zachary Baro, who was leading the department’s SWAT team unit on May 31. It was less than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, which sparked protests through the U.S.At one point in the video, Baro...

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Seattle cops clear ‘occupied’ zone, more than 20 arrested

Seattle cops clear ‘occupied’ zone, more than 20 arrested

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | By MARTHA BELLISLE and LISA BAUMANNSEATTLE — Seattle police turned out in force early Wednesday at the city’s “occupied” protest zone, tore down demonstrators’ encampments and used bicycles to herd the protesters after the mayor ordered the area cleared following two fatal shootings in less than two weeks.Television images showed police, many in riot gear, confronting dozens of protesters at the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone that was set up near downtown following the police killing of George Floyd in...

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Appeals court reverses Wisconsin voting restrictions rulings

Appeals court reverses Wisconsin voting restrictions rulings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel upheld a host of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing conservatives a significant win in a pair of lawsuits just months before residents in the battleground state cast their ballots for president.The three-judge panel —all Republican appointees— found that the state can restrict early voting hours and restored a requirement that people must live in a district for 28 days, not 10, before they can vote. The panel also said emailing and faxing absentee ballots is unconstitutional.The state’s photo ID...

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EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to US tourists

EU reopens its borders to 14 nations but not to US tourists

Associated PressPublished: June 30, 2020, 10:04 amTags: , , , Sign up for our NewslettersAssociated PressPublished: June 30, 2020, 10:04 amTags: , , , BRUSSELS – The European Union announced Tuesday that from 14 countries, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S.Travelers from other big countries like Russia, Brazil and India will also miss out.As Europe’s economies reel from the impact of the coronavirus, southern EU countries like Greece, Italy and Spain are desperate to entice back sun-loving visitors and...

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Man convicted of stealing high tech trade secrets from San Jose company for China

Man convicted of stealing high tech trade secrets from San Jose company for China

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has convicted a Chinese national of economic espionage, stealing trade secrets and engaging in a conspiracy for the benefit of his country’s government.U.S. District Judge Edward Davila found Hao Zhang, 41, guilty of the three counts Friday after a four-day trial.The decision comes five years after Zhang was indicted on charges of conspiring to steal technology from two companies shortly after graduating from the University of Southern California. The trade secrets were...

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