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By The Associated Press | Updated - Jul 11th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Jul 10th, 2019 @ 10:41pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups say President Donald Trump's efforts to add a citizenship question to the census have sown fear and discord in vulnerable communities, making the task of an accurate count even harder. The groups were worried the citizenship question would deter immigrants from participating in the census out of fear it could expose non-citizen family members. They are celebrating Trump's decision Thursday to abandon using the citizenship question in the 2020 census.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Donald Trump has declared a federal declaration of emergency for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the state's coast. The declaration late Thursday authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

UNDATED (AP) — A turbulent day on Wall Street ended in the record books Thursday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 27,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 index hit another all-time high. The milestones came on a day when the S&P 500 briefly moved above 3,000 for the second straight day before a rally lost momentum. The market lost some ground after an auction of long-term U.S. government bonds failed to drum up strong demand. That pulled bond prices lower, sending yields sharply higher.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says big tech companies must not be allowed to censor the voices of the American people on social media. Trump is speaking at a White House conference highlighting the president's belief that the nation's biggest social media companies are biased against conservatives. Trump says he's directing his administration to explore all regulatory and legislative solutions to protect the free speech rights of all Americans.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital system says it's firing 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers and changing leadership after investigating excessive painkiller doses given to dozens of patients who died. The Mount Carmel Health System announcement Thursday comes five weeks after the Columbus-area doctor accused of ordering the doses, William Husel, pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 deaths. His lawyer says he was providing comfort care to dying patients, not trying to kill them.

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