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  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: New York man accidentally sets home on fire with fireworks

France: Reopening strategist Castex named new prime minister

Move to rename ‘Bloody Sunday’ bridge has critics in Selma

Home Depot modifies rope sales after nooses found in stores

Federal authorities seize more than $80,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

21 Savage launches free online financial program for youth

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Texas woman spits on counter after being told to wear a mask

How California went from success story to virus hot spot

AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem

FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change team name

Georgia Confederate cemetery vandalized

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

Alabama students held COVID-19 parties, officials say

Students in Alabama threw COVID-19 parties where infected students were invited and there was a contest over who would get it first, according to officials.

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice Baby" had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

Affidavit: Fort Hood soldier was bludgeoned to death, dismembered, burned

Partial remains were found in a shallow grave during a search for missing Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, but officials have not confirmed the remains are hers.

Study: World’s pile of electronic waste grows ever higher

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

Tips for safely handling fireworks this Fourth of July

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Fla. sheriff says he’ll deputize gun owners if protests overwhelm county

Herman Cain is hospitalized with coronavirus

Epstein friend Maxwell arrested, accused of recruiting girls for sex

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to have sex with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years.

  Intel chiefs brief congressional leaders on Russia bounties

The U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings Thursday for congressional leaders who have demanded more answers about intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Canadian PM Trudeau lives

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted that they arrested an armed man who entered the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives.

AP source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back start

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Video: Florida police laugh after shooting rubber bullets

Fort Lauderdale police posted a video on its official YouTube channel Wednesday that shows Florida police officers laughing and celebrating after shooting rubber bullets at a protest last month in which a Black woman was shot in the face and seriously injured.

  Whipping post removed from Delaware courthouse square

An 8-foot tall whipping post was removed from a Delaware county courthouse square Wednesday after activists said the post was a reminder of racial discrimination.

High court won’t hear abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ cases

The justices said in a written order that they would not hear cases from Chicago and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  There’s a full moon, lunar eclipse to go with this weekend’s fireworks

After the fireworks fly for Independence Day, the buck moon makes its debut early Sunday morning at 12:44 a.m. Eastern.

NASCAR driver to race ‘Trump 2020’ vehicle sponsored by pro-Trump PAC

A political action committee working to help President Donald Trump is sponsoring a NASCAR driver’s vehicle starting this weekend.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Provoked bison attacks woman at Yellowstone National Park

The Larsens say that from the moment you arrive at the park, there are signs everywhere saying don’t approach the wildlife.

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Major Pizza Hut, Wendy’s franchisee files for bankruptcy

The group has been struggling with pandemic-related shut-downs, rising labor and food costs, and massive debt of nearly $1 billion.

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.

  Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s Moore

A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

Indiana mother charged in fatal mauling of infant son by family dog

The baby suffered fatal neck and head injuries in the January attack by the family’s pit bull mix dog.

  Pa. city official suspended after accusations of gardening nude in view of children

Neighbors told investigators this has been an ongoing problem.

  LAPD funding slashed by $150M, reducing number of officers

About two-thirds of the funding was earmarked for police overtime and will be used to provide services and programs for communities of color, including a youth summer jobs program.

Man celebrates 107th birthday social distancing style

So much love and joy for a man who has just about seen it all.

Appeals court lifts restraint against Trump book publisher

A New York state judge has temporarily blocked publication of a tell-all book by President Donald Trump's niece after the president's brother sued to stop it.

  Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

Lawmakers have been demanding answers over the allegations, and Democrats have accused Trump of bowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the risk of U.S. soldiers' lives.

  Mississippi state flag officially retired after 126 years

The Mississippi state flag was taken down from the State Capitol for the final time Wednesday afternoon.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

The bill also authorizes more than $100 billion to expand internet access for rural and low-income communities and $25 billion to modernize the U.S. Postal Service’s infrastructure and operations, including a fleet of electric vehicles.

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

Thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention at the end of the summer to produce a new political agenda that builds on the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.

Seattle police forcibly clear ‘lawless’ protest zone

Seattle police showed up Wednesday in force at the city’s “occupied” protest zone, tore down demonstrators’ tents and used bicycles to herd the protesters after the mayor ordered the area cleared following two fatal shootings in less than two weeks.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

Woman smacks wild horse with shovel, gets kicked

A Facebook video posted over the weekend shows the woman getting kicked after she swatted one of the horses with a plastic shovel.

Man charged with conspiring to hide kids’ bodies in his yard

Prosecutors accused a man of conspiring with his new wife to keep the bodies of her children hidden on his rural Idaho property.

  Missing Ft. Hood soldier: More remains found; family says man in apparent suicide linked

Army Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, disappeared without a trace on April 22.

Citing racial bias, San Francisco will end release of mug shots

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the policy means the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online.

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

Department of Homeland Security to safeguard US monuments

The federal agency that was created to improve the nation's response to terrorism is adding the stepped-up protection of statues and monuments to its mission.

Ex-Bush officials launch super PAC backing Biden over Trump

A group of former George W. Bush administration and campaign officials have launched a new super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

Oscars invite 819 to join academy in diversity move

Women make up 45% of the 2020 class and people of color comprise 36% of the total of invitees this year.

  Trump: I’ll veto defense bill to keep Confederate base names

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Warren's measure to force the bases to be renamed within three years by a voice vote last month.

More advertisers flee Facebook as boycott over hate speech, misinformation grows

More companies are joining the list of advertisers fleeing Facebook as the boycott against the social media giant grows.

Fox News’ Ed Henry fired after sexual misconduct allegation

Fox News on Wednesday fired daytime news anchor Ed Henry after an investigation of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

‘I am exempt’ face mask cards are fake, feds warn

A face mask exempt card that supposedly allows someone who doesn’t want to follow ordinances that require face masks are not authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

Russian voters agree to extend Putin’s rule to 2036

A majority of Russians approved amendments to Russia’s constitution in a weeklong vote ending Wednesday, allowing President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, although the balloting was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.

  Hong Kong police make first arrests under new national security law

Any person taking part in secessionist activities, such as shouting slogans or holding up banners and flags urging for the city's independence, is in violation of the law regardless of whether violence is used.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’

  Health officials look to pool testing as new approach to trace coronavirus

Experts are now considering a new approach: pool testing. Many say it's the necessary next step in testing and tracing COVID-19.

  Bandana is least effective form of face mask, study says

Scientists at Florida Atlantic University are experimenting with different non-medical masks to find the most effective face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Health experts slam US hoarding of only licensed virus drug

Health experts on Wednesday slammed the U.S. decision to hog nearly the entire global supply of remdesivir, the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19, warning that type of selfish behavior sets a dangerous precedent for attempts to share scarce treatments amid the pandemic.

Nerdwallet mortgage outlook: Rates to tread water in July

June’s rate average was the lowest in the four-year history of NerdWallet’s daily rate survey.

Gun-toting restaurateur upsets 5-term Colorado congressman

Lauren Boebert won the Republican Party primary after a campaign in which she accused Rep. Scott Tipton of not being sufficiently pro-Donald Trump.

AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized

Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp.

Boston to remove statue of slave kneeling before Lincoln

Boston’s arts commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a statue that depicts a freed slave kneeling at Abraham Lincoln’s feet.

  Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

  Survey: Companies added 2.4 million jobs in June

U.S. companies added nearly 2.4 million jobs in June, according to a private survey, a large gain that still leaves total employment far below its pre-pandemic levels.

Report: Boeing fell short in disclosing key changes to Max

A government report says Boeing did not give regulators documents about changes it made in a key system blamed in two deadly crashes of its 737 Max jet, and that officials responsible for approving the plane did not know how powerfully the system could push the plane’s nose down.

  NYC passes austere budget that cuts $1B from NYPD

The vote by the City Council came at an extraordinary moment when the nation's biggest city is grappling with a $9 billion revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic and simultaneously with pressure to cut back on policing and invest more in community and social programs.

  Caught on camera: Young Black boy playing basketball hides as police drive past

The 9-year-old boy's father says when he asked his son why he hid, the boy replied, "Because they killed George Floyd."