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Singaporeans vote in polls expected to return ruling party

Eileen By and By Ming Toh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 6:05pm

Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans began voting Friday in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party to power.

UN says Latin America and Caribbean are COVID-19 `hot spot'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 5:29pm

Latin America and the Caribbean have become “a hot spot” for the COVID-19 pandemic, with several countries now having one of the highest per capita infection rates and absolute number of cases in the world, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday.

Mexican president's US visit cordial, lacking in substance

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 5:00pm

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador returned to Mexico on Thursday buoyed by a cordial first encounter with President Donald Trump that successfully distracted from multiple crises at home but produced few tangible results.

Appeals court pauses lawsuit over Trump hotel profits

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 4:19pm

Financial records related to President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel can be kept on hold, a federal appeals court said Thursday, while Trump asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in a lawsuit that accuses him of illegally profiting off the presidency.

West Virginia mail carrier admits attempted election fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:56pm

A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.

Stocks falter, Economy stumbling, Energy boom setback

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:20pm

Most of Wall Street wilted today on worries that the economy’s recent improvements may be set to fade as coronavirus cases keep climbing. The S&P lost 0.6%, falling 17.89 points to close at 3,152.05, with three in four stocks within the index falling. The sharpest drops hit oil companies, airlines and other stocks whose fortunes are most closely tied to a reopening and strengthening economy. Treasury yields also sank in another sign of increased caution. Tech stocks were an outlier, helping the Nasdaq to hit another record, it rose 55.25, or 0.5%, to 10,547.75. The Dow dropped 361.19 points, or 1.4%, to 25,706.09. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks lost 28.48, or 2%, to 1,398.92.

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

Matthew Brown and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:16pm

After a U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network, mounting political pressures and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt even as the pandemic saps demand for fuel.

St. Louis considers surveillance planes in crime battle

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:15pm

With 2020 shaping to be an especially violent year in one of the nation’s most violent cities, St. Louis leaders are considering a new tool to fight crime — surveillance planes — even as opponents worry about the further militarization of police and the potential for invasion of privacy.

Trump signs executive order as he courts Hispanic voters

Aamer Madhani and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 2:51pm

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that creates an advisory commission tasked with improving Hispanic Americans' access to economic and educational opportunities, a push that comes as the president hopes to win a bigger share of the Latino vote than he did four years ago.

NBC News sets goal of a workforce that is half minority

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 2:39pm

NBC News leader Cesar Conde, in one of his first public acts in the job, has committed to building a workforce at the news organizations he supervises where at least half of the employees are minorities.

NYC to reopen zoos and aquarium, cancels street gatherings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 1:40pm

The Bronx Zoo and New York City's aquarium are set to reopen this month, but New York City is canceling street fairs, outdoor concerts, parades and other big events through September as local officials try to keep city blocks open for restaurants and the public.

Judge strikes down Indiana abortion complications report law

Tom Davies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 1:37pm

A federal judge has struck down an Indiana law that aimed to require reports from medical providers to the state if they treat women for complications arising from abortions.

Soap opera's kisses outwit virus with tests, spouses, dolls

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 1:36pm

Hollywood’s technical expertise can awe us with monsters and imaginary worlds. But is it capable of delivering a simple screen kiss during a pandemic marked by masks and social distancing?

US Supreme Court asked to lift stay on Florida felon voting

Bobby Caina Calvan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 1:34pm

Voting rights advocates asked the U.S. Supreme Court to lift a stay on a federal judge's ruling that allowed Florida felons to regain the right to vote, regardless of unpaid fines and other financial obligations.

Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

Marcelo By Sousa and David Biller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 12:45pm

Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush.

Late Seoul mayor was outspoken liberal who eyed presidency

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 12:07pm

Park Won-soon, the three-term mayor of South Korea's capital, a fierce critic of economic inequality who was seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2022, was found dead early Friday. He was 64.

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe chosen to lead euro currency bloc's finance group

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:33am

Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe chosen to lead euro currency bloc's finance group.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:30am

Wall Street is slumping amid worries that recent improvements in the economy may be set to stall as coronavirus cases continue to climb.

Google selects Mississippi site for 1st US operations center

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:19am

Google's first U.S. operations center is coming to northwest Mississippi.