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Texas heads to polls for Senate runoff as virus rages

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 9:14pm

As Texas struggles to contain a raging coronavirus outbreak, voters on Tuesday were set to head out to polls for runoff elections that include choosing a Democratic nominee in a U.S. Senate race that offers the party another chance to break through in America's biggest red state.

Mexican man with coronavirus dies in ICE custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 7:22pm

A Mexican man being held in U.S. immigration custody in Florida died shortly after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Monday.

Protesters: Caribou heart meant to send message to senator

Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 7:14pm

The man who owned a caribou heart that protesters said they wanted to give U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan during a disrupted campaign event said Sullivan reminded him of the robotic Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz,” and he wanted to give him a heart.

Oklahoma drops murder charges in vehicle child deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 7:00pm

An Oklahoma district attorney's office dismissed two murder charges against a man whose two children died in a hot vehicle after prosecutors determined the children’s tribal history.

10-year-old killed, 2 teens hurt in New Orleans gunfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 6:25pm

A 10-year-old child was killed and two teenagers wounded by gunfire Monday afternoon in New Orleans, police said.

2 biggest California districts say school will start online

Kathleen Ronayne and Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 5:39pm

The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts, the two largest in California with a combined K-12 student population of about 720,000, announced Monday they won't bring students back to classrooms next month because of rising coronavirus hospitalizations and infection rates.

Former Arkansas Gov. David Pryor hospitalized with COVID-19

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 4:45pm

David Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator, is hospitalized in Little Rock after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said in a statement Monday.

4 charged in Los Angeles death of rising rapper Pop Smoke

Jonathan Landrum Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 4:14pm

Two men and two teens have been charged in the death of rising rapper Pop Smoke, who was killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February, the district attorney’s office said Monday.

Man charged in federal court for Indian Country killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 4:04pm

A man accused in the shotgun slaying of a Native American woman in Tulsa was charged with murder in federal court Monday in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Attorney: Indiana hate crime allegation is 'smear campaign'

Casey Smith/Report for America, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 3:37pm

An attorney for two people accused of being involved in a reported assault on a Black man at a southern Indiana lake said Monday his clients are victims of a “smear campaign” and a “rush to judgment."

Trump inaugural panel agrees to fine over registration in NJ

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 3:25pm

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Monday he reached a deal with President Donald Trump's inaugural committee stemming from a lawsuit alleging the organization failed to properly register in the state.

Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man

Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 3:19pm

Activists against police brutality expressed outrage and demanded accountability Monday after video emerged over the weekend of an officer placing his knee on a man’s head and neck area outside a Pennsylvania hospital.

Sheriff says body found at Southern California lake is ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 3:07pm

Sheriff says body found at Southern California lake is ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera.

Citing politics, Democrats wants Census appointees removed

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 2:59pm

Saying they represented the latest effort by the Trump administration to politicize the 2020 census, House Democrats on Monday asked U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to withdraw two appointees from top positions at the U.S. Census Bureau.

Immigration courts reopen despite rising coronavirus cases

Regina Garcia Cano and Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 2:34pm

Three immigration courts reopened Monday as the government extended its push to fully restart the clogged system despite rising coronavirus cases in states where many of the small courtrooms are located.

Lawyer: El Paso shooting suspect has 'mental disabilities'

Jake Bleiberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 2:25pm

Lawyers for a man charged with shooting scores of people in a racist attack at a Texas Walmart say their client has diagnosed mental disabilities that should be a “red flag” for federal prosecutors considering whether to seek the death penalty.

California shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 1:39pm

Bars and inside restaurant dining are banned throughout California, while indoor religious services, gyms and hair and nail salons are again off-limits in most of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday in issuing a sweeping set of closures to head off surging coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

New York outlines the when and hows of a return to school

Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 1:32pm

including Texas and Florida — who are required to quarantine for 14 days under New York’s travel advisory.

Coronavirus concerns force cancellation of Chicago Marathon

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 1:31pm

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has been cancelled due to health concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers and others during the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Monday.