Warning on Russia adds questions about Senate’s Biden probe

Even before last week’s intelligence assessment on foreign election interference, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson was facing criticism from Democrats that his investigation of presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ukraine was politically motivated and advancing Russian interests.

EPA expected to undo methane leak rule for oil, gas industry

  Man allegedly lured into Wash. woods to die survives thanks to dog

  QAnon uses anti-human-trafficking hashtags, campaign to promote conspiracy theories

  Tropical Depression 11 still expected to become Josephine

  ‘One of us’: South Asians celebrate Harris as VP choice

  Funeral home delivered wrong body in casket to memorial, Houston family says

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N.C. ‘reporting error’ fuels 200,000 COVID testing overcount

2-year-old shot, seriously injured in west Charlotte

  Kenneth Walker’s parents reflect on phone call with son the night Breonna Taylor was killed

  Biden, Harris lash Trump in introduction of historic VP pick

  Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

  New information in Franklin County, Alabama child hot car death

Let it flow: Trump administration eases showerhead rules

The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough.

  For Americans waiting on virus aid, no new relief in sight

The White House’s top negotiator is trying to revive stalled talks over coronavirus aid.

  Companies test antibody drugs to treat, prevent COVID-19

These drugs are believed to last for a month or more and could give quick, temporary immunity to people at high risk of infection, such as health workers and housemates of someone with COVID-19.

  WATCH: Suspected DUI driver smashes into Colorado police cruiser

A jaw-dropping video shows the moment a suspected DUI driver slammed into the back of a Colorado police officer’s cruiser early Sunday morning, with a tow truck driver just standing just feet away. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the heart-stopping crash.

  ‘Kicked in the teeth’: Devastation mounts from Midwest storm

  Sheriff: Fla. woman killed by ex during daughter’s online class

Gunman in custody after opening fire at Shreveport, La. hospital, carjacking woman

Two Savannah officers fired after use of force investigation

  VIDEO: Bison fight in middle of Yellowstone road

Man accused of shooting 5-year-old at point blank range in N.C.

  3 dead, 6 in hospital after train derails in Scotland

Police, several ambulances, an air ambulance and fire engines were at the scene.

Dunkin’ bringing back fall favorites earlier than ever

Dunkin' is kicking off fall earlier than ever this year.

9-year-old Tri-State girl expected to die from unknown condition

The girl tested positive for coronavirus in May.

US budget deficit climbs to record $2.81 trillion

The Treasury Department says the U.S. budget deficit climbed to $2.81 trillion in the first 10 months of the budget year.

  New species of dinosaur discovered by scientists

The dinosaur lived 115 million years ago and was about 13 feet long.

Florida sheriff: ‘No face masks allowed for deputies or visitors while under my duty'

The debate over the use of face masks is developing in a north central Florida county.

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart to join Country Music Hall of Fame

Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  Ballot drop boxes are next legal fight in voting

Millions of Americans are expected to vote by mail this fall as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

What no student loan payments until 2021 means for you

Although January 2021 is just a few months away, it’s enough time to make a change to your federal loan payments and avoid defaulting on the loans.

FBI investigates shooting of military helicopter in Virginia

The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week in northern Virginia, injuring one crew member who was aboard, officials said Wednesday.

  North Carolina woman who grew up on a plantation turns 103

A North Carolina woman is celebrating a new milestone with her family and friends as she turns 103 years old.

TikTok banned from official Nebraska devices

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday that “due to security concerns,” the social video app TikTok will be blocked on all official state electronic devices.

  How Biden chose Harris: Inside his search for a running mate

Forces in the country, and within the Democratic Party, were indeed pushing Biden toward a history-making pick.

Alaska cold case closed after investigators tie DNA of suspect to murder of a 17-year-old

In the search for Baggen’s murderer, more than 100 potential suspects were cleared through DNA comparisons.

  Media mogul Sumner Redstone dies at 97

Sumner Redstone, who built a media empire from his family’s drive-in movie chain, has died. He was 97.

No patrons at the Masters this year, Augusta National Golf Club says

Even as sporting events around the country continue to start back up, putting the health and safety of Masters patrons at risk was too big a hill to climb, according to Ridley.

Trump congratulates QAnon supporter Greene on Georgia win

Marjorie Taylor Greene is part of a growing list of candidates who have expressed support for QAnon, a conspiracy theory centered on the baseless belief that Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals

New Xbox to launch in November

The new console’s price hasn’t been announced, but some experts speculate it will cost around $500.

Stein Mart files for bankruptcy, may close all locations

Stein Mart has announced it is filing for bankruptcy, and it expects to close a significant amount of its locations as a result.

Confidence in police falls to lowest level in 3 decades, poll says

According to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday, roughly 48 % of Americans said they have high confidence in police.

  Women say they will fight sexism, ‘ugly’ attacks on Harris

The groups put the media on notice in recent days that they will call out bias and established a "war room" to refute sexist or false attacks as they happen.

Trini Lopez, 1960s-era singer mentored by Sinatra, dies

Trini Lopez, a singer and guitarist who gained fame for his versions of “Lemon Tree” and “If I Had a Hammer” in the 1960s and took his talents to Hollywood, died Tuesday. He was 83.

  New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city went back into lockdown.

  World’s last Blockbuster store offers Airbnb experience

During a time when many businesses are struggling to stay afloat, the last remaining Blockbuster store in Bend, Oregon, is defying the odds.

  What’s keeping Washington from sending out more stimulus checks, unemployment aid, explained

Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes.

  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

The vaccine is still in clinical trials and has not been approved by the FDA but is already being manufactured, so if it is approved, it can be rolled out quickly.

  Police video shows officer trying to handcuff young boy at Florida school

The 8-year-old was arrested on a felony battery charge for allegedly punching a teacher in the chest. His family says he has ADHD and a defiance disorder, both of which the school knew about, and it should never have come to this.

  Woman renews license online, receives ID with picture of empty chair

Officials say an employee accidentally took a picture of the empty chair when the Tennessee woman got her license a few years ago. The photo was used when she renewed it because it was the most recent one on file.

GRAPHIC: More arrests after brawl during pro-police rally in Colorado

The “Back the Blue” rally drew hundreds of people outside the Fort Collins police department Saturday afternoon.

  Powerful storm leaves 2 dead, heavy crop damage in Midwest

The storm powerful storm known as a derecho tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles and causing widespread property and crop damage.

  Teenage Chili’s hostess reportedly attacked by large group of women after trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines

A 17-year-old hostess at the Chili’s on Constitution Avenue was reportedly attacked by a group of more than 11 women after she told them they could not all sit together, per the restaurant’s COVID-19 social distancing policies.

  Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman

In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign.

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

The move comes six day after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.

Police face new lawsuit, probes after Elijah McClain’s death

The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials Tuesday.

‘Yo Semite’ T-shirt is hit after Trump blunder

The shirt has always been a popular item, but the presidential blunder has sent them skyrocketing like never before.

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil.

  Prosecutor won’t act on low-level Portland protest arrests

Demonstrators took to the streets again Monday night and police broke up a protest outside a police precinct substation after they said protesters shined strobe lights at officers and hurled eggs and water bottles at them.

Cosby sex assault appeal takes on non-prosecution deal

Bill Cosby believes he had a binding promise from a prosecutor that he could never be charged in the sexual assault case.

  AP sources: Man shot near White House had shouted threats

The White House complex was not breached and no one under Secret Service protection was in danger. Law enforcement officials were still trying to determine a motive and authorities were investigating whether the man had a history of mental illness.

  A week after blast, Beirut pauses to remember the dead

They observed a minute of silence at 6:08 p.m. local time, the moment on Aug. 4 that thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the city's port.

  Death toll rises to 2 people from Baltimore gas explosion

A natural gas explosion destroyed three row houses in Baltimore on Monday morning, killing a woman and trapping other people in the debris. At least seven people were seriously injured, and firefighters were searching for more survivors.

New tv show will feature a Kingstree woman and her large family.

I never thought coming from a small town that I would be on national tv, for naturally conceiving 14 children so I just want to say thank you Kingstree.

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity from the coronavirus. However, scientists at home and abroad have been sounding the alarm that the rush to start using the vaccine before Phase 3 trials could backfire.

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

In the study, scientists were looking for the masks that best contain the droplets that are created when people speak.

Appeals court seems wary of ordering dismissal of Flynn case

A federal appeals court in Washington appears inclined to let a judge decide on his own whether to grant the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn.

  Atlantic tropical wave could become ‘Josephine’

A tropical wave in the Atlantic is on the verge of becoming a tropical depression or, possibly, the 10th tropical storm of the season, the National Hurricane Center says.

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

  Kansas WWII veteran surprised with parade on 110th birthday

Born Aug. 10, 1910, Julia is the oldest known Native American World War II veteran, and the oldest member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

  Texas food bank experiences extremely high demand

Some Texans lined up at a food bank in Dallas before sunrise on Tuesday to get essentials.

Bindi Irwin and husband are expecting first child

The 22-year-old daughter of the late conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin said she’s in her first trimester.

Nine Central Texas men including 3 soldiers snared in two-day child prostitution sting

Nine Central Texas men, three of them Fort Hood soldiers, were snared in a two-day child sex trafficking sting in Killeen, police said Monday.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

Anxious parents around the country are looking to schools that have already opened for signs of how it might go.

  Democratic convention speakers span spectrum of US politics

The Democratic National Convention, a virtual production since the COVID-19 pandemic led party officials to cancel all in-person plans in Milwaukee, will feature presenters from progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Republican John Kasich, a former Ohio governor who sought the GOP presidentia

Apple CEO is now a billionaire

Bloomberg reports Tim Cook's estimated net worth skyrocketed to $1 billion as Apple shares jumped last week.

  GRAPHIC: Court releases body cam footage from George Floyd arrest

The encounter between Floyd and police begins with a tap on his window. It appears to startle him.

  Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting

The GOP is recruiting 50,000 monitors, typically party activists and specially appointed volunteers, across 15 battleground states. Meanwhile, the party has filed, or intervened in, lawsuits challenging election rules across the country.

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.