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Lawyer: TSA makes changes after whistleblower's complaint

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 5:36pm

one element of the government's response that he found troubling.

Dakota pipeline still moving oil despite shutdown order

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:50pm

The owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline continued to fill it with North Dakota crude oil on Wednesday and said it has no immediate plans to shut down the line, despite a federal judge’s order that it be stopped within 30 days for additional environmental review.

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name

Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:43pm

Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word's ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:58pm

Facebook on Wednesday said it has removed dozens of accounts linked to the hate group Proud Boys, to President Donald Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone and to employees of Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, among others.

Trump aside, McConnell becomes GOP's preacher on masks

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:53pm

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is emerging as the GOP's mask spokesman, proselytizing about the importance of wearing a face covering during the pandemic.

Buffett makes annual donations worth $2.9B to 5 charities

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:34pm

Billionaire Warren Buffett has given away another $2.9 billion of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

Five takeaways from Facebook's civil rights audit

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:25pm

especially by politicians — above other values has hurt its progress on other matters like discrimination, elections interference and protecting vulnerable users.

Stocks higher, Consumer borrowing falls, Brooks Brothers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:22pm

Stocks closed higher on Wall Street today, as more gains for big tech companies helped make up for weakness elsewhere across Wall Street. The S&P had its sixth gain in seven days, rising 24.62 points, or 0.8%, to 3,169.94. While the technology sector led the way higher, companies that rely on consumer spending, banks and communication stocks also helped lift the market. Bond yields rose broadly. Still, signs of caution in the market remained as gold nudged toward its highest price since 2011. The Dow gained 177.10 points, or 0.7%, to 26,067.28. The Nasdaq composite climbed 148.61 points, or 1.4%, to 10,492.50, a record high.

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Will Weissert and Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:21pm

Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party's progressive wing recommended Wednesday that the former vice president embrace major proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism while expanding health care coverage and rebuilding a coronavirus-ravaged economy.

Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:11pm

Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta over the weekend, a representative for the actor and filmmaker confirmed Wednesday.

New oversight committee would restore faith in NYPD, AG says

Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 3:10pm

New York Attorney General Letitia James proposed sweeping changes Wednesday to boost oversight of the New York City Police Department, including forming an independent commission that would approve the department's budget and have the final say on officer discipline.

Judge dismisses GM's bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:09pm

A federal judge in Detroit has tossed out General Motors’ lawsuit alleging that Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM.

Canada predicts historic deficit due to pandemic spending

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:00pm

The Canadian government is predicting a historic CDN$343 billion (US$254 billion) deficit for 2020-21 resulting from its economic and stimulus plans to battle COVID-19.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:45 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:59pm

Atlanta’s mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia’s largest city. A spokesman for Keisha Lance Bottoms says the mayor will sign the order Wednesday. The move could set up a confrontation with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who has clashed with Bottoms recently over policing issues. Bottoms and other leaders in the state have unsuccessfully appealed to Kemp to change his order that local governments can’t exceed the state's requirements. Atlanta would not be the first Georgia locality to mandate face coverings. Savannah and the Atlanta suburb of East Point were joined Tuesday by Athens-Clarke County.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:47pm

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month in May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax records Thursday

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:36pm

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump's taxes and other financial records that the president has fought hard to keep private.

CORRECTS: US consumers cut borrowing by $18.3 billion in May (Corrects APNewsAlert to say amount was $18.3B, not $19.1B)

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:30pm

CORRECTS: US consumers cut borrowing by $18.3 billion in May (Corrects APNewsAlert to say amount was $18.3B, not $19.1B).

New Mexico mandates police body cameras in wake of protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:26pm

New Mexico will require that all state and local police officers wear body cameras in response to concern about excessive use of force by law enforcement, under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Commerce Department IG seeks info on 2 Census hirings

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 1:16pm

The U.S. Department of Commerce's inspector general has asked the Census Bureau for information related to the hiring process of two men whose appointments to top positions have drawn sharp criticism. The bureau said Wednesday it plans to respond to the request.