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Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices

Michelle R. Smith and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:15pm

President Donald Trump insists that schools reopen this fall. Many parents, educators, doctors and economists want the same thing. But getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed.

Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax records

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:14pm

The Supreme Court is expected to rule 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.

Pentagon leaders face grilling on use of military in unrest

Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:12pm

The Pentagon's top leaders are going before Congress for the first time in months to face a long list of controversies, including their differences with President Donald Trump over the handling of protests near the White House last month during unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd in police hands.

Latino group launches $10M campaign to boost voter turnout

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:03pm

A national organization is announcing a $10 million campaign to turn out Hispanic voters in several of this year's battleground states.

Asia Today: India's cases jump, transmission rate increases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:36pm

India reported nearly 25,000 new coronavirus infections Thursday and its transmission rate is increasing for the first time since March.

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends Hong Kongers' visas after security law imposed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:27pm

Australia suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends Hong Kongers' visas after security law imposed.

Bali island begins to reopen after 3-month virus lockdown

Firdia Lisnawati, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:46pm

Indonesia’s resort island of Bali partially reopened after a three-month virus lockdown Thursday, allowing local people and stranded foreign tourists to resume public activities before overseas arrivals resume in September.

Boat tours of Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial to resume

Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 7:38pm

Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said.

Singapore governing party set to extend power in elections

Eileen By and By Ming Toh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 6:56pm

Singaporeans vote Friday in Southeast Asia’s first election since the coronavirus pandemic began, with the health crisis and a grim economy expected to bolster Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s party and extend its unbroken rule.

Nevada regulators OK company buying Caesars Entertainment

Ken Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 5:49pm

Reno-based Eldorado Resorts Inc. received the go-ahead Wednesday from Nevada casino regulators to buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. in a $17.3 billion deal creating a gambling giant owning or operating 55 properties in 16 U.S. states and several other countries.

Police: $23 million lost due to ongoing Portland protests

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 5:49pm

Downtown businesses in Portland, Oregon, have sustained about $23 million in damages and lost customers because of violent nightly protests that have brought the city to its knees, authorities said Wednesday.

Wrongful death lawsuit claims guard kept knee on man's neck

Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 5:44pm

The parents of a California man who died while being detained on suspicion of trespassing at Sacramento's basketball arena has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging a security guard kept his knee on the man's neck for more than four minutes and police officers tied his feet and waist as he was being held face down on the floor.

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.

How many people saw 'Hamilton'? For now, that's a secret

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:05pm

Disney+'s streaming of “Hamilton” was surely the biggest event on television screens over the holiday weekend.

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.