Tuberville defeats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville has defeated Jeff Sessions to win the Republican Senate primary in Alabama. The 65-year-old Tuberville is now positioned to put up a strong challenge against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. President Donald Trump endorsed Tuberville. Sessions had held the Senate seat for 20 years until he resigned to serve as Trump’s attorney general. But he was politically wounded by Trump’s criticism after he recused himself in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The president continued his criticism of Sessions right up to the eve of Tuesday’s election, saying he “made a mistake” when he appointed Sessions attorney general.
McConnell: GOP virus proposal for schools, others out soon
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week. McConnell suggests the measure will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers. The cost of the emerging Republican package could reach $1 trillion. In recent days, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been reaching out to GOP senators ahead of negotiations with Democrats, who have already approved a $3 trillion package in the House.
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Mississippi Capitol outbreak: At least 41 with coronavirus
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least 30 Mississippi legislators and 11 other people who work in the state Capitol are known to have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, released the new numbers Tuesday. Officials said last week that 26 legislators and 10 other from the Capitol had the virus, but the numbers could increase. Dobbs said Tuesday that two people from the Capitol were hospitalized, but he did not name them. Legislators left the Capitol on July 1, after being there through most of June. Some wore masks and kept distance from others as precautions, but many did not.
Trump signs bill, order rebuking China, and slams Biden
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill and executive order that he says will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong. Trump used a speech Tuesday in the Rose Garden to argue that Democratic rival Joe Biden's entire career had been a “gift to the Chinese Communist Party.” Trump's actions are part of his administration’s almost daily offensive against China. Trump says he's tough on Beijing and has harshly blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic, but he too is under fire for the surge in COVID-19 cases in parts of the United States.
Biden's $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden has released a $2 trillion plan aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry. The plan includes a proposal to stop all climate-damaging emissions from power plants. It’s the latest example of Biden’s efforts to appeal to progressives as he builds out a legislative agenda as the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee. He rebuffed arguments from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies that Democratic plans to invest in clean energy would cost jobs. It's a significant acceleration of the $1.7 trillion over 10 years he proposed spending in his climate plan during the primary.
Justice Ginsburg treated in hospital for possible infection
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of a possible infection and will remain there for a few days. The court says in a statement that the 87-year-old Ginsburg went to a hospital in Washington on Monday evening after experiencing fever and chills. She then underwent a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August. The statement says the justice is resting comfortably and will receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.
Parson: Trump 'focused' on situation with St. Louis couple
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said President Donald Trump is focused on and concerned about the possibility that a white St. Louis couple could face criminal charges for displaying guns as they defended their home during a racial injustice protest. Parson said during a news conference Tuesday that he had just been on the phone with Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr. The phone call came amid reports that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, may file charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who wielded guns as protesters marched by their Renaissance palazzo-style mansion on June 28.
Autopsy confirms Naya Rivera's death was accidental drowning
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say an autopsy has confirmed that “Glee” star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning. The Ventura County Medical Examiner says Tuesday that Rivera showed no signs of traumatic injury or disease that might have contributed to the drowning and there was no initial indication that drugs or alcohol played a role. Rivera's body was found Monday in Southern California's Lake Piru, five days after she went missing while boating with her 4-year-old son. Rivera's family issued its first public statement since her disappearance Tuesday, thanking those who searched for her and praising her ”everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit.”
Trump bristles at question about police killing Blacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bristled at a reporter’s question about police killing African Americans and defended the right to display the Confederate flag as he continued to play into racial divisions in a pair of interviews. Trump seemed taken aback when asked by CBS’s Catherine Herridge why African Americans are still dying at the hands of police. “And so are white people," he responded. There is no national database tracking police-involved shootings. But studies have shown that Black Americans are much more likely to be killed by police, even though more whites — who represent a larger portion of the population — are killed.
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The Latest: Navajo Nation reports 47 new cases, no deaths
The Navajo Nation has reported 47 new cases of the coronavirus and no additional deaths. The latest positive cases of COVID-19 on the sprawling reservation bring the total number to 8,290. The death toll remains at 401 people. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said Tuesday that while data is improving, residents need to be mindful that many towns and cities near the reservation have seen significant increases in new COVID-19 cases. He says he’s cautiously optimistic the recent July 4th weekend will not result in a spike of cases. The reservation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.___
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