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The Latest: India cases pass 800,000 with record daily jump

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 10:45pm

again — in schools debate

Asia Today: Australia Victoria state daily cases drop to 216

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:54pm

The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the record 288 the previous day.

Social justice nonprofits pay $1.4M in bonds for protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:35pm

Oklahoma City's local Black Lives Matter chapter posted a total of $1.4 million in cash bonds to release four protesters from jail who were arrested and charged with various crimes during demonstrations against police brutality and racism.

US targets $1.3 billion in French imports in tech tax clash

Paul Wiseman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:34pm

The Trump administration on Friday announced plans to impose taxes on $1.3 billion in French imports — hitting handbags and makeup but sparing cheese and wine — in retaliation for France’s digital services tax on U.S. technology giants.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Ali Swenson, Beatrice Dupuy, Arijeta Lajka and Amanda Seitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 4:14pm

a negative control gave a positive result —and thus, the test kits were not used and no patient received an inaccurate test result.” According to the review, “One of the three reagents in this initial batch of manufactured test kits was likely contaminated. These tests are so sensitive that this contamination could have been caused by a single person walking through an area with positive control material and then later entering an area where tests reagents were being manipulated,” the report states. Positive control material is the synthetic, non-infectious part of the virus. Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, professor of pediatric infectious diseases and of health research and policy at Stanford University School of Medicine, told the AP that this is not the live virus. The false post implies that nasal swab tests are tainted with the virus. “We only use sterile swabs,” Maldonado explained. “That’s actually the problem with getting the swab is that we have to make sure that they’ve been sterilized. We can’t just take Q-tips from a box.”

NY eases visitor ban aimed at curbing virus in nursing homes

Marina Villeneuve, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:59pm

Certain nursing homes in New York can allow visitors — with restrictions — starting July 15 as the state eases a ban aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly residents.

Facebook's software kit to blame for popular apps crashing

Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:57pm

Friday's widespread crashes of popular apps running on the iPhone’s iOS operating system — including Tinder, Spotify and Pinterest — serve as a reminder that Facebook is still tracking you through your phone using sophisticated software, even if you're not browsing the social network.

Shipbuilder files complaint over union threats during strike

David Sharp, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:51pm

and hinting at violence.

Judge tosses Trump rule on billing for abortion coverage

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:47pm

A federal judge in Baltimore on Friday struck down a Trump administration rule that abortion rights advocates called a maneuver to restrict access but officials defended as merely following the law.

UN encouraged experts may get to visit oil tanker off Yemen

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:37pm

The United Nations said Friday it is encouraged that a U.N. team may be able to visit an oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that is moored off the coast of Yemen, posing a serious risk to Red Sea marine life, desalination plants and shipping.

American Airlines threatens to cancel some Boeing Max orders

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:33pm

American Airlines is warning Boeing that it could cancel some overdue orders for the grounded 737 Max unless the plane maker helps line up new financing for the jets, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Amazon says email barring TikTok from employee phones for 'security risks' was in error; TikTok policy is unchanged

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:27pm

Amazon says email barring TikTok from employee phones for 'security risks' was in error; TikTok policy is unchanged.

Ex-Trump fixer Cohen returned to prison where sentence began

Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:46pm

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was transferred to the same federal lockup in Otisville where he was serving time for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes before the coronavirus pandemic prompted his early release, his attorney said Friday.

COVID hits dozens of Latin leaders, including presidents

Michael Weissenstein and David Biller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the leadership of Latin America, with two more presidents and powerful officials testing positive this week for the new coronavirus, adding a destabilizing new element to the region’s public health and economic crises.

Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disability

Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:11pm

More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned departures, according to an attorney representing the officers.

Stocks shake off wobbly start

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:07pm

Stocks are pushing higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street after shaking off a wobbly start. The S&P 500 is heading for its third weekly advance in the last four. The biggest gains are being made by cruise operators, airlines, banks and other companies that most need the economy to reopen and strengthen. On the losing end are some of the big tech stocks that have been holding up best this year, including Apple and Microsoft.

Fed buys more corporate bonds but may soon end purchases

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 12:48pm

The Federal Reserve said Friday that it purchased $1.3 billion in corporate bonds in late June as part of its effort to keep U.S. interest rates low and ensure large companies can borrow by selling bonds.

Man admits damaging computer, causing PPE delivery delay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 12:33pm

A former employee of a medical device packaging company has pleaded guilty to damaging a computer belonging to his former employer, which prosecutors said caused a delay in the delivery of personal protective equipment to health care providers.

Cyprus: US military training won't harm Russia, China ties

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 12:32pm

Cyprus’ government said Friday that a U.S. decision to provide education and training to the island nation’s armed forces won’t hamper relations with either Russia or China.