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Virus fears, regional spats snarl Arizona-Mexico route

Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:55pm

Fears about possible coronavirus infections from hard-hit Arizona mixed together with local politics south of the U.S.-Mexico border saw American vacationers turned back on the road to the popular resort of Puerto Peñasco over the long July 4 weekend.

DeVos rejects part-time reopening for schools amid pandemic

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:22pm

or our selfishness — will determine what happens this fall for kids.”

Video shows facility staff restraining Black teen who died

Corey Williams, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:08pm

Michael Mosley of Battle Creek, Zachary Solis of Lansing and Heather McLogan of Kalamazoo — have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse in Fredericks' death.

Two senior GOP senators to skip convention in Florida

Laurie Kellman and David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 12:53pm

Two of the Senate’s most senior Republicans are skipping the GOP national convention in Jacksonville, Florida, where President Donald Trump will be nominated for a second term.

Suit over sex abuse at Kansas VA hospital goes to trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 12:50pm

A lawsuit against a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas where a former physician assistant molested countless patients involves “the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the VA," a lawyer for one of the victims told a federal judge Tuesday.

Breonna Taylor's family argues police had no cause for raid

Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 12:48pm

Louisville police called off a warrant search of Breonna Taylor’s apartment after a drug suspect was located elsewhere, but then went ahead with the deadly raid to look for other suspects with no connection to Taylor, her family says in a new court filing.

Protective gear for US medical workers begins to run low again

Geoff Mulvihill and Camille Fassett  |  Posted Jul 7th - 12:20pm

The personal protective gear that was in dangerously short supply during the early weeks of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S. is running low again as the virus resumes its rapid spread and the number of hospitalized patients climbs.

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

Brian Slodysko and Angeliki Kastanis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:53am

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump's election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

Maryland GOP governor releasing book on his tenure, politics

Brian Witte, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:43am

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who considered a primary challenge to President Donald Trump last year, said Tuesday he is releasing a book about national politics and his experiences as governor this month after its publication was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Atlanta Mayor: No need for troops, despite governor's order

Kate Brumback and Ben Nadler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:02am

The mayor of Atlanta said Tuesday that she doesn’t agree with the Georgia governor’s order to mobilize the National Guard in her city as a surge in violence became a political talking point.

Marine Corps says person shot self at California base

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:44am

A person who was surrounded by military police responding to reports early Tuesday of an active shooter on a California Marine Corps base sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was transported to a medical facility, military officials said.

NY state penalizes Deutsche Bank $150M for Epstein dealings

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:43am

Deutsche Bank has agreed to pay $150 million to settle claims that it broke compliance rules in its dealings with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, New York state announced Tuesday.

Police search for driver who struck woman at Indiana protest

Casey Smith/Report for America, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:41am

Police in a southern Indiana city are searching for two people who were in a car that struck a woman, knocking her unconscious, and dragged a man during a protest to demand arrests after a group of white men were caught on video assaulting a Black man at a nearby lake.

City removes paint-splattered statue of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart as Confederacy's former capital sheds symbols of oppression

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 8:46am

City removes paint-splattered statue of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart as Confederacy's former capital sheds symbols of oppression.

VIRUS DIARY: Goodbye to NYC, and to its unforgettable sounds

Farnoush Amiri/Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 8:44am

The last few weeks I spent in New York City, the soundtrack of my days went like this: police helicopters circling, firecrackers startling, uniform chants for justice rising into the air.

Mississippi lt. gov tests positive for COVID; gov negative

Leah Willingham/ Report for America, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 8:43am

Mississippi's lieutenant governor has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his spokeswoman said Tuesday, hours after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced that his own test for the highly contagious virus had come back negative.

In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 7:41am

Georgia's 26 public universities and colleges will mandate campus-wide mask wearing after the state university system reversed itself on Monday.

Confederate flag emblem removed in South Dakota community

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 7:08am

Officials have confirmed that a logo that included a Confederate flag has been removed from police department cars, buildings and patches in a small South Dakota community named for the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.

Ravens quarterback to hold Florida social event amid virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 6:51am

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced he will hold his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida amid the state's spike in coronavirus cases.