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School cancelled in Arizona area after 'sick out' over reopening
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  • 2020-08-15 02:36:18Z

Greater Phoenix's J.O. Combs Unified School District cancelled all instruction for Monday due to "insufficient staffing," days after its board disregarded state benchmarks on when students can safely return to classes during the pandemic. The "sick out" underlined the difficulties

North Miami cop shoots a  man with a knife coming at partner. Woman says he was stalking her
North Miami cop shoots a man with a knife coming at partner. Woman says he was stalking her
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  • 2020-08-15 02:27:20Z

North Miami officers went out to help a woman who said she was being stalked. Soon after, they encountered a man with a knife charging at them, North Miami police said.

In struggle to land a blow on Biden, Trump toys with nickname change
In struggle to land a blow on Biden, Trump toys with nickname change
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  • 2020-08-15 00:32:41Z

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has used belittling nicknames to describe his opponents throughout his political career, toyed with a name change on Friday for his Democratic rival in the Nov. 3 election, Joe Biden. Unable to hold his signature large campaign rallies because of the pandemic, Trump brought about 300 police officers who support his re-election bid to the open area outside the clubhouse at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. Trump polled the crowd on whether he should stick with "Sleepy Joe" or change his nickname to "Slow Joe."

R. Kelly
R. Kelly's ex-manager called in threat to stop docuseries premiere: Feds
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  • 2020-08-15 00:26:58Z

The threat forced the theater to evacuate and cancel the showing.

Ponzi king Madoff
Ponzi king Madoff's brother released from home confinement
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  • 2020-08-15 00:18:59Z

Peter Madoff, who had pleaded guilty to falsifying documents and lying to regulators, was released after serving about nine years.

Exclusive: Video shows suspected terrorist extradited from Jamaica to U.S.
Exclusive: Video shows suspected terrorist extradited from Jamaica to U.S.
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  • 2020-08-15 00:02:50Z

"Faisal has spent two decades inspiring the terrorists behind plots and attacks in London, New York, and onboard airplanes in flight," NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

Southern California wildfire threatens thousands of homes
Southern California wildfire threatens thousands of homes
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  • 2020-08-14 23:45:57Z

The blaze, dubbed the Lake Fire, has scorched over 11,000 acres (4,451 hectares) and forced 250 people from their houses since erupting on Wednesday afternoon in the Angeles National Forest. Triple digit temperatures and single digit humidity fanned the flames, and little let-up is expected over the weekend with an excessive heat warning in effect across Southern California. "Fire behavior is picking up," said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Andrew Mitchell.

California encouraged by trends even as it passes 600,000 coronavirus cases, most in U.S.
California encouraged by trends even as it passes 600,000 coronavirus cases, most in U.S.
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  • 2020-08-14 22:55:12Z

California became the first U.S. state to surpass 600,000 cases of COVID-19 on Friday and the Midwest saw several record one-day rises as some states struggled to contain the pandemic even as a few welcomed students back to school campuses. California went over 603,000 novel coronavirus cases on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, although Governor Gavin Newsom said he was encouraged to see that hospitalizations have declined 20% over the past two weeks and admissions to ICU wards were down 14% in the same period. The positivity rate - the number of confirmed infections as a percentage of tests done - has declined from 7% to 6% statewide over the past 14 days, Newsom said.

Florida trucker accused of threatening to
Florida trucker accused of threatening to 'shoot up' TN church gets prison, feds say
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  • 2020-08-14 22:48:14Z

He told law enforcement he had "a history of mental health issues," prosecutors said.

Argentine firm behind AstraZeneca COVID vaccine Latam production sees April/May launch
Argentine firm behind AstraZeneca COVID vaccine Latam production sees April/May launch
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  • 2020-08-14 22:34:41Z

The Argentine biotech firm working on the production of 400 million doses of an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for Latin America said on Friday it could begin shipping the active substance of the product to Mexico for completion. Esteban Corley, director of mAbxience, the biotech firm, said he foresaw the finished product could be distributed in Latin America between April and May. "Sometime in late February these materials will be exported to Mexico and in Mexico they will be formulated, filled and released" through Mexican Laboratory Biomont, Corley told journalists in a digital press conference.

Cops still looking for ex-teacher charged with coughing in baby
Cops still looking for ex-teacher charged with coughing in baby's face, CA officials say
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  • 2020-08-14 21:47:26Z

A woman was captured on video pulling her mask down and coughing in a baby's face.

NC man swindled $1 million from retirees to pay for trips to Vegas casinos, feds say
NC man swindled $1 million from retirees to pay for trips to Vegas casinos, feds say
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  • 2020-08-14 21:42:11Z

Several of the victims said Mark Ramsey, 50, "met with them in their homes when he stole their money," prosecutors said.

Weinstein appears prison cell in mask as his lawyers push back extradition to LA
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  • 2020-08-14 21:36:00Z

NEW YORK - Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, currently held in an upstate New York prison, attended a remote hearing Friday as prosecutors planned his pending extradition to Los Angeles to face another round of sexual assault charges. Weinstein has been at Wende Correctional Facility since a

U.S. Postal Service watchdog investigating reports of service disruptions: senator
U.S. Postal Service watchdog investigating reports of service disruptions: senator
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  • 2020-08-14 21:12:00Z

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General is investigating reports of service disruptions and other issues raised by lawmakers, a spokeswoman for Senator Elizabeth Warren said on Friday. "We have learned that the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General is investigating all aspects of our request from August 7th and that they've already requested documents as part of the review," spokeswoman Saloni Sharma said. A spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb said the office is "in receipt of the congressional request and are conducting a body of work to address concerns raised," but declined to comment further.

2 suspects in custody after shooting at Florida mall, police say
2 suspects in custody after shooting at Florida mall, police say
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  • 2020-08-14 21:02:00Z

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. - Gunfire broke out Friday afternoon in the Pembroke Lakes Mall, and police had two suspects in custody shortly after. Police said they believe no other gunmen were involved in the shooting, but are asking the public to avoid the area on Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines while officers investigate. Pauline Edwards said she was shopping on the second floor of Dillard's when ...

Pop-up COVID-19 testing sites help California farmers keep working
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  • 2020-08-14 20:56:13Z

For farmworkers in California's Coachella Valley, it's brutally simple: no work means no food. In an effort to ease their fears, Dr. Raul Ruiz, a congressman representing California's 36th District, partnered with Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine to bring pop-up testing sites to the fields. Coachella Valley is in Riverside county, which has recorded the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the state - nearly 45,000 - and 879 deaths.

Suspected ISIS member in major terrorism case charged in Manhattan following extradition
Suspected ISIS member in major terrorism case charged in Manhattan following extradition
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  • 2020-08-14 20:56:00Z

NEW YORK - A suspected ISIS supporter believed to be among the world's most influential will stand trial in Manhattan, prosecutors said Friday. Following his extradition to New York City late Thursday from Jamaica, Shaikh Faisal, 56 - also known as Trevor William Forrest - was arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on a multitude of charges stemming from his deep ties to the global terrorist ...

Woman accused of assaulting gate agent at Phoenix airport after not wearing mask
Woman accused of assaulting gate agent at Phoenix airport after not wearing mask
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  • 2020-08-14 20:53:00Z

Yolanda Yarbrough, 47, has been banned from future America Airlines flights pending further investigation, a company spokesman said.

Justice Department opens probe into ex-NASA official, Boeing over space contract: sources
Justice Department opens probe into ex-NASA official, Boeing over space contract: sources
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  • 2020-08-14 20:50:53Z

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into whether NASA's former head of human spaceflight gave Boeing Co improper guidance during a lucrative lunar-lander contract competition, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The Justice Department has sent subpoenas to NASA, Boeing and Doug Loverro, who led the space agency's marquee space travel program until he resigned in May, as part of a grand-jury investigation into the possible violation of federal procurement laws, the sources said.

Drug-dealing stripper wanted white supremacist gang to kill Texas roommate, feds say
Drug-dealing stripper wanted white supremacist gang to kill Texas roommate, feds say
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  • 2020-08-14 20:29:11Z

Besides dancing and dealing, the Dallas man had murder on his mind, according to authorities.

Berkshire slashes Wells Fargo, JPMorgan stakes; adds Barrick Gold
Berkshire slashes Wells Fargo, JPMorgan stakes; adds Barrick Gold
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  • 2020-08-14 20:26:55Z

In a regulatory filing detailing its U.S.-listed investments as of June 30, Berkshire also disclosed a new 20.9 million share investment worth $563.6 million in Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp , one of the world's largest mining companies. Investors monitor Omaha, Nebraska-based Berkshire's quarterly filings to see where Buffett and his portfolio managers Todd Combs and Ted Weschler see value.

U.S. judge dismisses NRA lawsuit challenging gun shop closures in New York state
U.S. judge dismisses NRA lawsuit challenging gun shop closures in New York state
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  • 2020-08-14 20:24:00Z

A federal judge on Friday dismissed the National Rifle Association's lawsuit challenging New York's decision to close gun stores in the state in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision came eight days after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the gun rights group, accusing senior leaders of corruption including the improper diversion of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino said the NRA lacked standing to challenge on behalf of its members a March 20 executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring gun stores to close in the state because they were "non-essential" businesses.

Obama says he worries about Trump
Obama says he worries about Trump's efforts to 'kneecap' Postal Service
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  • 2020-08-14 20:14:17Z

Former President Barack Obama said on Friday he worries about protecting the integrity of November's election in view of efforts by President Donald Trump to "kneecap" the U.S. Postal Service to limit Americans voting by mail during the pandemic. Obama, speaking on a podcast with David Plouffe, who managed his winning 2008 presidential campaign, also played down the seriousness of progressive-moderate divisions in the Democratic Party and said younger voters provided the key to beating Trump. Trump, who opinion polls show is trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, said on Thursday he was blocking Democrats' effort to include funds for the Postal Service in a new coronavirus...

Male stripper gets 16 years in prison for threats to witness
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  • 2020-08-14 20:03:31Z

A federal judge in Texas sentenced a former male stripper to more than 16 years in prison following his conviction on charges related to having a shank in jail and threatening to have a white supremacist gang kill a witness. Collin Garrett Hayden, 28, was sentenced on Thursday. In March, a federal

Mystery of the dimming of massive star Betelgeuse explained
Mystery of the dimming of massive star Betelgeuse explained
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  • 2020-08-14 19:59:03Z

Astronomers have determined the cause of the dramatic dimming observed last year and earlier this year of one of the brightest stars in the night sky, a colossus called Betelgeuse that appears to be on its way toward a violent death. Based on Hubble Space Telescope observations, scientists said they believe Betelgeuse ejected a huge hot, dense cloud of material into space that cooled to form dust, shielding the star's light and making it appear dimmer from the perspective of viewers on Earth. Betelgeuse is classified as a red supergiant, the largest type of star.

Two in custody after shooting at Dillard's in Pembroke Lakes Mall, police say
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  • 2020-08-14 19:52:36Z

Pembroke Lakes Mall saw a swarm of police officers after shots rang out Friday afternoon, while a police chopper hovered overhead and at least 10 police cruisers surrounded the area as residents were told to stay away.

Lawyer who took on Chevron in Ecuador is disbarred in New York
Lawyer who took on Chevron in Ecuador is disbarred in New York
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  • 2020-08-14 19:36:36Z

Steven Donziger, the American lawyer who spent more than two decades suing Chevron Corp over pollution in the Ecuadorian rain forest, has been disbarred in New York by a state appeals court. Nine years ago, Donziger had won a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in an Ecuador court, but was unable to enforce it after a U.S. judge found it had been obtained through fraud. In a decision published Thursday, the appeals court faulted Donziger's "egregious" misconduct, which it said included ghostwriting a court expert's report, obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and judicial coercion and bribery "which he steadfastly refuses to acknowledge and shows no remorse for."

Man charged with obtaining $2.1 million in COVID-19 relief funds and using it to buy a yacht and a new Kia
Man charged with obtaining $2.1 million in COVID-19 relief funds and using it to buy a yacht and a new Kia
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  • 2020-08-14 19:35:50Z

At least two others have been accused of using Paycheck Protection Program funds to buy new Lamborghinis. But it wasn't a Lamborghini this time.

Chicago officials pledge swift response to theft, vandalism
Chicago officials pledge swift response to theft, vandalism
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  • 2020-08-14 19:35:08Z

Chicago officials under pressure to reassure residents after hundreds of people vandalized and stole from downtown businesses pledged Friday to respond forcefully to any similar attempts during the weekend. Flanked by local and federal officials at a press conference near the city's lakefront, Mayor Lori Lightfoot outlined the strategy that includes a Chicago Police team to monitor social media around the clock for efforts to organize looting or other crime. Police blamed some of the chaos Sunday night and early Monday on people who used social media to organize car caravans, bringing dozens together to ransack stores and other businesses downtown.

Thieves steal 150 pounds of brisket for cop
Thieves steal 150 pounds of brisket for cop's funeral off smoker, Texas caterer says
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  • 2020-08-14 19:19:15Z

The funeral is for a 23-year-old police officer killed in the line of duty.

Postal union endorses Biden candidacy as
Postal union endorses Biden candidacy as 'survival' of USPS at stake
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  • 2020-08-14 19:18:34Z

The 300,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers said on Friday that the union's executive council had endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president, warning "the very survival" of the U.S. Postal Service is at stake. The union criticized Republican President Donald Trump and his administration for refusing "to provide the necessary financial relief that would strengthen the agency during this pandemic." Trump's campaign did not immediately comment.

Wall Street Week Ahead: Biden victory? Disputed election? Wall Street prices in November outcomes
Wall Street Week Ahead: Biden victory? Disputed election? Wall Street prices in November outcomes
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  • 2020-08-14 19:12:14Z

Investors are girding their portfolios for market moves ahead of the U.S. presidential vote, as election season kicks into higher gear with the Democratic National Convention in the coming week. "There's plenty of reasons to believe that the election outcome is going to be drawn out," said Lamar Villere, a portfolio manager at Villere & Co. "That's going to show the cracks in a market that's been priced for perfection." Villere's firm has raised its cash levels to as high as 20% of assets as a hedge against election-induced volatility in a stock market some say has become richly valued - the S&P 500 has rallied more than 50% from its lows of the year and trades at its highest forward...

3 women arrested for allegedly attacking a Chili
3 women arrested for allegedly attacking a Chili's host for enforcing social distancing
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  • 2020-08-14 18:57:00Z

"I was kind of fighting for my life," restaurant hostess Kelsy Wallace, 17, said. "I was really scared, calling out for my mama."

Genetic profiles may predict COVID-19 risk; nursing home staff in spotlight
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  • 2020-08-14 18:54:49Z

Large-scale genetic screening to identify populations vulnerable to COVID-19 may well be possible, according to researchers in France. Coronavirus infections developed in one self-confining facility (6%) and in 4,599 of the other facilities (48%), they reported on Thursday in the journal JAMA Network

Texas doctors warn of police use of 'less lethal' munitions
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  • 2020-08-14 18:54:33Z

A group of doctors in Austin, Texas, warned Friday against police use of so-called "less lethal" munitions for crowd control after they treated people who were severely hurt during protests in May. In a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 12 doctors from the Dell Seton Medical Center

A former FBI lawyer who worked on the Russia investigation will reportedly plead guilty to making false statements
A former FBI lawyer who worked on the Russia investigation will reportedly plead guilty to making false statements
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  • 2020-08-14 18:38:39Z

Although Clinesmith had expressed opposition to Trump, an internal investigation has not uncovered evidence of a broader conspiracy to undermine Trump.

'Mysterious' disappearance of mom of toddler is probed by FBI
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  • 2020-08-14 18:35:00Z

Leila Cavett was last seen on July 26, a day after she arrived in South Florida with her 2-year-old son, who was later found wandering outside barefoot and alone.

Top two Democrats in Congress call on U.S. postmaster general to reverse course: statement
Top two Democrats in Congress call on U.S. postmaster general to reverse course: statement
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  • 2020-08-14 18:34:17Z

The top two Democrats in Congress called on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Friday to reverse postal service changes they say have led to mail delays. "Postmaster General DeJoy must quickly reverse his operational changes that have led to delays and service reductions for too many Americans and threaten to undermine our democracy," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. DeJoy, who has donated $2.7 million to Trump and his fellow Republicans since 2017, in July ordered operational changes and a clampdown on overtime in a bid to fix the financially troubled service.

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Chili's hostess is assaulted over social-distancing rules, police say
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  • 2020-08-14 18:30:30Z

"I was kind of fighting for my life," restaurant hostess Kelsy Wallace, 17, said. "I was really scared, calling out for my mama."

R. Kelly
R. Kelly's manager charged with threatening a shooting to disrupt documentary screening
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  • 2020-08-14 18:16:00Z

R. Kelly's manager has been charged after he allegedly threatened a theater to stop it from showing a documentary on the sexual abuse allegations against the disgraced R&B star.Prosecutors in New York on Friday said they charged Donnell Russell, Kelly's manager, for making a "threatening phone call to a theater in Manhattan to prevent" a screening of Surviving R. Kelly in December 2018.The Lifetime docuseries detailed the sexual abuse allegations against Kelly, who is in jail while awaiting trial on federal sex crime charges. Russell contacted a theater employee and claimed "that there was a person in the theater with a gun prepared to shoot up the screening," forcing...

'Ridiculous amount' of drugs seized in biggest-ever heroin bust in Georgia, feds say
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  • 2020-08-14 18:15:10Z

An Atlanta man has been indicted, and authorities say more arrests are likely.

Trump Administration picks McKesson for coronavirus vaccine distribution
Trump Administration picks McKesson for coronavirus vaccine distribution
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  • 2020-08-14 18:10:27Z

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is executing an existing contract option with McKesson to support vaccine distribution, the health department said. The HHS said the contract, which includes an option to distribute vaccines in the event of a pandemic, was awarded to McKesson as part of a competitive bidding process in 2016. Detailed planning is underway to ensure rapid distribution as soon as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes one or more vaccines, the HHS said.

Amber Alert issued for 16-year-old Florida teenager. She was last seen in Orlando
Amber Alert issued for 16-year-old Florida teenager. She was last seen in Orlando
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  • 2020-08-14 18:09:13Z

An Amber Alert was issued Friday for a 16-year-old girl from Central Florida who police say was forced into car at a gas station in Orlando. They say she may be in danger.

27 photos show the creepy remains of an abandoned prison where some of the most notorious American gangsters served time
27 photos show the creepy remains of an abandoned prison where some of the most notorious American gangsters served time
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  • 2020-08-14 18:06:00Z

The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia has been abandoned since the '70s after years of neglect. Today, the cell blocks are crumbling with decay.

ICE deported an accused rapist before trial. He
ICE deported an accused rapist before trial. He's now been extradited back to Miami
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  • 2020-08-14 18:04:04Z

An accused Coral Gables rapist who was deported to Central America before he could stand trial is back on U.S. soil.

School bus drivers lead protest to safely reopen Los Angeles schools
School bus drivers lead protest to safely reopen Los Angeles schools
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  • 2020-08-14 17:52:57Z

School bus drivers from the second largest school district in the United States led a noisy protest caravan through downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, demanding federal and state funding to help reopen schools safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The drivers from the Los Angeles Unified Schools District (LAUSD) were joined by other vehicles as they circled city hall and honked their horns. "Until they get conditions safe, I prefer us to be at home," said John Lewis, a school bus driver, who has been in the job for 30 years.

Asylum seekers on virus frontlines to get Canada residency
Asylum seekers on virus frontlines to get Canada residency
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  • 2020-08-14 17:41:18Z

Canada is to offer permanent residency to asylum seekers who put themselves at risk to care for coronavirus patients, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Friday.

Exclusive: China ramps up U.S. oil purchases ahead of trade deal review - sources
Exclusive: China ramps up U.S. oil purchases ahead of trade deal review - sources
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  • 2020-08-14 17:40:31Z

U.S. crude oil shipments to China will rise sharply in coming weeks, U.S. traders and shipbrokers and Chinese importers said, as the world's top economies gear up to review a January deal after a prolonged trade war. Chinese state-owned oil firms have tentatively booked tankers to carry at least 20 million barrels of U.S. crude for August and September, the people said, moves that may ease U.S. concerns that China's purchases are trending well short of purchase commitments under the Phase 1 of the trade deal. China had emerged as a top U.S. crude buyer, taking $5.42 billion worth in 2018 before trade tensions brought flows to a near halt.

Monday storm impacted an estimated 37.7 million acres of Midwest farmland
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  • 2020-08-14 17:16:10Z

A storm packing hurricane-force winds on Monday impacted 37.7 million acres of farmland across the Midwest, including 14 million in Iowa, the Iowa Soybean Association said on Friday, citing estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The toll from the derecho storm has worsened as farmers and

Black man sentenced to life after stealing hedge clippers gets parole hearing
Black man sentenced to life after stealing hedge clippers gets parole hearing
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  • 2020-08-14 17:03:23Z

The Louisiana Supreme Court's chief justice has denounced the life sentence as rooted in racist laws passed after the Civil War that she said were an attempt to "re-enslave African Americans."


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