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China and Taiwan Could Be Headed Towards a Showdown. What Should America Do?
China and Taiwan Could Be Headed Towards a Showdown. What Should America Do?
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  • 2020-07-05 19:30:00Z

Hand it to CCP strongman Xi Jinping: he is a uniter. His bluster and saber-rattling may well unite Taiwanese behind the cause of independence. Beijing could respond quite aggressively. What would America do in response?

Immigrant workers at Michigan greenhouse: We were cheated, tricked into deportation
Immigrant workers at Michigan greenhouse: We were cheated, tricked into deportation

Migrants from Mexico came to Michigan to work at a greenhouse, but were cheated of pay and tricked into being detained, according to a lawsuit.

Bolton: Trump claim he wasn
Bolton: Trump claim he wasn't told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works'

Ex-national security adviser also says any decision to withhold intelligence would 'certainly not' be 'made only by the briefer' * Trump uses Fourth of July to stoke division on virus and raceDonald Trump's claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is "just not the way the system works", former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday.Bolton was appearing on Face the Nation, the Sunday talk show from ViacomCBS, the communications giant which owns Simon & Schuster, the publisher which put out Bolton's Trump White House memoir, The Room Where It Happened, over the president's objection.Elsewhere, former...

Protesters vandalize Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters in Atlanta
Protesters vandalize Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters in Atlanta
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  • 2020-07-05 18:18:00Z

Armed with rocks, spray paint and fireworks, protesters allegedly descended on the Georgia Bureau of Public Safety headquarters in Atlanta early Sunday, vandalizing the building and sparking a fire that injured two employees of the law enforcement agency, authorities said. About 60 to 100 demonstrators, dressed in dark clothes and many wearing masks, caused "extensive damage" to the facility, including breaking several windows and spray painting graffiti on the building, according to Lt. Stephanie Stallings, spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety. "Fireworks were thrown through one of the windows, causing a small fire in one of the offices," Stallings said in a statement.

FDA Head Repeatedly Declines to Defend or Deny Trump Claim That 99% of COVID-19 Cases Are
FDA Head Repeatedly Declines to Defend or Deny Trump Claim That 99% of COVID-19 Cases Are 'Totally Harmless'

The President's claim contradicts the existing data

Taj Mahal remains shut as India reports record daily virus cases
Taj Mahal remains shut as India reports record daily virus cases

India's top tourist attraction the Taj Mahal will remain shut, officials said Sunday, as the vast nation registered a record daily number of coronavirus cases and opened a sprawling treatment centre in the capital to fight the pandemic. The health ministry reported just under 25,000 cases and 613 deaths in 24 hours -- the biggest daily spike since the first case was detected in late January. The surge took India's total tally to more than 673,000 cases and 19,268 deaths, pulling the country closer to surpassing badly-hit Russia, the world's third-most infected nation.

Kanye West says he
Kanye West says he's running for president. There is no evidence of that yet.

Filing deadlines for presidential candidates have either passed or are coming up soon - and candidates need to get thousands of signatures to qualify.

Keanu Reeves and Girlfriend Alexandra Grant Enjoy Dinner in Berlin with His
Keanu Reeves and Girlfriend Alexandra Grant Enjoy Dinner in Berlin with His 'Matrix 4' Costars

The "Matrix 4" star recently resumed filming in Berlin.

Applebee
Applebee's employee dies in parking lot while celebrating July 4, Texas police say
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  • 2020-07-05 16:26:23Z

Workers had just closed the restaurant for the night, police say.

Chris Bosh says he borrowed, never returned Pat Riley
Chris Bosh says he borrowed, never returned Pat Riley's 2006 Heat championship ring

Heat president Pat Riley famously put his championship rings on the table to recruit LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the summer of 2010.

Too soon to say if safe to hold Republican convention in Florida, U.S. official says
Too soon to say if safe to hold Republican convention in Florida, U.S. official says
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  • 2020-07-05 15:52:18Z

A top Trump administration health official said on Sunday it was not clear whether it will be safe to hold the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville next month, as Florida sees record numbers of coronavirus cases. Stephen Hahn, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner, also refused to confirm President Donald Trump's claim that 99% of coronavirus cases were harmless and called the situation a "serious problem." With record numbers of people testing positive for the virus in Jacksonville and across Florida, Hahn was asked if it would be safe to hold the typically large RNC gathering in just seven weeks.

What time and channel is the Brickyard 400 today?
What time and channel is the Brickyard 400 today?

The 16th round of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season takes place at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual running of the Brickyard 400.

The Pandemic
The Pandemic's Big Mystery: How Deadly Is the Coronavirus?
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  • 2020-07-05 15:36:09Z

More than six months into the pandemic, the coronavirus has infected more than 11 million people worldwide, killing more than 525,000. But despite the increasing toll, scientists still do not have a definitive answer to one of the most fundamental questions about the virus: How deadly is it?A firm estimate could help governments predict how many deaths would ensue if the virus spread out of control. The figure, usually called the infection fatality rate, could tell health officials what to expect as the pandemic spreads to densely populated nations like Brazil, Nigeria and India.In even poorer countries, where lethal threats like measles and malaria are constant and where hard budget...

DNA Linked to COVID-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds
DNA Linked to COVID-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds

A stretch of DNA linked to COVID-19 was passed down from Neanderthals 60,000 years ago, according to a new study.Scientists don't yet know why this particular segment increases the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus. But the new findings, which were posted online Friday and have not yet been published in a scientific journal, show how some clues to modern health stem from ancient history."This interbreeding effect that happened 60,000 years ago is still having an impact today," said Joshua Akey, a geneticist at Princeton University who was not involved in the new study.This piece of the genome, which spans six genes on chromosome 3, has had a puzzling journey through...

Life on the Vice Presidential Short List
Life on the Vice Presidential Short List

There will be blood tests. Interrogations about junior high. An analysis of tax returns.It is an experience Joe Biden knows all too well from his time on the vice presidential short list 12 years ago.Much about Biden's own search for a running mate has been nontraditional. He has publicly mused about his criteria. He is not considering men. Above all, his choice could be the most important in years: At 77, Biden has said he views himself as a "transition candidate." Left unsaid: His vice president could very well end up being the president next.Yet as much as Biden's process is unique, its contours are familiar. Late last month, he told a local television station that his...

How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities
How the Republican Convention Created Money Woes in Two Cities

WASHINGTON -- The abrupt uprooting of the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Jacksonville, Florida, has created a tangled financial predicament for party officials as they effectively try to pay for two big events instead of one.Tens of millions of dollars have already been spent in a city that will now host little more than a GOP business meeting, and donors are wary of opening their wallets again to bankroll a Jacksonville gathering thrown into uncertainty by a surge in coronavirus cases.Organizers are trying to assuage vexed Republicans who collectively gave millions of dollars for a Charlotte event that has mostly been scrapped. The host committee there...

Kanye West announces he
Kanye West announces he's running for president in 2020; Mark Cuban, Elon Musk tweet support

Kanye West tweeted on Independence Day that he's running for president in 2020. "We must now realize the promise of America," he wrote.

Coronavirus updates: Trump, America celebrate Independence Day weekend amid COVID-19 surge
Coronavirus updates: Trump, America celebrate Independence Day weekend amid COVID-19 surge

Fourth of July weekend festivities were winding down Sunday after a day of crowded beaches and a night of fireworks that drew large crowds. Latest news.

Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries
Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries

Prominent activist Joshua Wong says the measure is "one step away from actual book banning".

GOP Sen.: Obama
GOP Sen.: Obama 'Failed' on Ebola but Trump's Stepped Up With COVID-19

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), when confronted with her previous criticisms of then-President Barack Obama's handling of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, claimed on Sunday morning that President Donald Trump is "stepping forward" in his response to the coronavirus pandemic that's now killed 130,000 Americans.During the 2014 midterm elections, Ernst joined a chorus of Republicans who exploited the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa for political gain. Despite Obama deploying 3,000 service members to Africa to contain the virus, and only 11 confirmed cases and two deaths recorded in the United States, Ernst at the time accused the president of "failed leadership" on the disease.Interviewing the Iowa...

Exclusive: Covid-19 may not have originated in China, Oxford University expert believes
Exclusive: Covid-19 may not have originated in China, Oxford University expert believes

Coronavirus may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive - rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert believes. Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford, and visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues that there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia. Last week, Spanish virologists announced they had found traces of the disease in samples of waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the coronavirus disease was seen in China. Italian scientists have also found evidence of coronavirus in sewage...

N.J. Gov. says U.S. needs national coronavirus strategy with masks "at the core"
N.J. Gov. says U.S. needs national coronavirus strategy with masks "at the core"

Two governors Sunday stressed the importance of wearings masks to curb the virus' spread as rates of infection continue to soar.

Aggressive anti-mask customers are forcing some restaurants to shut dining rooms to protect employees from abuse
Aggressive anti-mask customers are forcing some restaurants to shut dining rooms to protect employees from abuse

Some restaurants are shutting down or closing dining rooms back up, after employees faced harassment and violence from anti-mask customers.

An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building
An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building's elevator buttons.

A woman infected her downstairs neighbor even though the two never came into close contact. Transmission likely occurred in the elevator.

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being
Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being
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  • 2020-07-05 14:07:11Z

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of "Black Lives Matter": Black people suffer disproportionately. The stress of living with racism has very real, physical effects. Then came COVID-19 and George Floyd - one killing Black people in alarming numbers, the other shining a harsh light on systemic racism.

Bombardier just delivered its first Global 5500, a $46 million private jet that can fly nearly 7,000 miles  - see inside
Bombardier just delivered its first Global 5500, a $46 million private jet that can fly nearly 7,000 miles - see inside

Bombardier's Global 5500 will go head to head with the Gulfstream G500 and already bests the American plane in cabin width and range.

Colin Kaepernick denounced Fourth of July as a celebration of
Colin Kaepernick denounced Fourth of July as a celebration of 'white supremacy' in a Twitter message

"We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all," wrote the ex-NFL player whose kneel protests swept the NFL.

Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters
Trump Cabinet members look to reassure battleground voters
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  • 2020-07-05 12:34:58Z

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tromped through a strawberry festival in central Florida, detailing the government's new trade pact. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about foreign policy at a roundtable in south Florida. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler toured parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, where he boasted of the Trump administration's efforts to clean up the Great Lakes.

She got punched in the face while on the bed next to her 4-year-old, mother told cops
She got punched in the face while on the bed next to her 4-year-old, mother told cops
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  • 2020-07-05 12:19:17Z

A Vero Beach area woman told Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputy that her live-in boyfriend stopped pinning her to the bed only to punch her in the face.

Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift
Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift

From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation. Now, during a national reckoning on racism, Democratic Party leaders want those symbolic changes to become part of a fundamental shift at the ballot box. Many Southern electorates are getting younger, less white and more urban, and thus less likely to embrace President Donald Trump's white identity politics.

Tesla has surpassed Toyota to become more valuable than the Japanese carmaker, but Tesla isn
Tesla has surpassed Toyota to become more valuable than the Japanese carmaker, but Tesla isn't actually worth more.

Toyota has been extremely valuable for decades, while Tesla has only recently been deemed exceptionally valuable by investors.

I flew out of the new LaGuardia Airport terminal 2 weeks after it opened and couldn
I flew out of the new LaGuardia Airport terminal 2 weeks after it opened and couldn't believe it was the same airport I hated. Here's what it was like.

Many of the shops and eateries had been closed to the pandemic but the passenger experience was unlike any I'd had before at LaGuardia.

The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities
The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

The agency says its China office found out about the "viral pneumonia" cases from reading an online press release from the Wuhan health commission.

'Reject the lies of history': Washington reckons with tributes to racist past

The US capital is adorned with monuments to American history, but as schools change names and statues are toppled, legacies are under scrutiny Gordon J Davis's first encounter with the political writings of Woodrow Wilson was as a student at Columbia University. "I'm reading this stuff and saying: 'That's a great man,' and mentioned it to my father who said: 'Well, he wasn't such a great man to us,'" recalls the 78-year-old Davis, who is a senior lawyer in New York. "He didn't say much more about it but then, all these years later, you find out how totally corrupt and racist he was."There is no shortage of tributes to Wilson in Washington - a leading thinktank, a high school, a house...

Letters to the Editor: Ronald Reagan
Letters to the Editor: Ronald Reagan's presidency was one of the most destructive in U.S. history

The Reagan administration's policies in Central America gave rise to the refugee crisis that persists today.

Fourth of July: fears of the coronavirus second wave did not prevent revelers in the US and UK hitting the beaches and the bars
Fourth of July: fears of the coronavirus second wave did not prevent revelers in the US and UK hitting the beaches and the bars

US Independence Day and England's end of lockdown "Super Saturday" meant social distancing was abandoned amid the celebrations.

'We've got to do something': Republican rebels come together to take on Trump

A slew of organized Republican groups have sprung up to do all they can to defeat Trump in November. Will their effort work?Just like in 2016, a faction of the Republican party has emerged to try to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.But unlike the last presidential race, where the effort never truly took off, this time those rebel Republicans have formed better organized groups - and some are even openly backing Trump's Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.In 2016, as Trump steamrolled his way through the Republican primary, some Republican lawmakers and operatives tried to mount an effort to stop him. Elected officials and veterans of previous Republican administrations...

To send a message to China, President Trump should visit Taiwan
To send a message to China, President Trump should visit Taiwan

With the loss of Hong Kong to China, Trump should visit Taiwan to show that the U.S. is serious about advancing its interests and values in the region.

'Grim resolve': With Biden up big and the Senate in sight, Democrats still haunted by fear of letdown

Joe Biden has a larger lead over Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton did at this point in 2016. But Democrats have seen a lead slip away before.

Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

The protesters all carried rifles, including military-type weapons, and some wore ammunition belts slung over their shoulders. Although African Americans appeared to account for the bulk of the marchers, protesters of various races, men and women alike, were among the group. One video clip showed a leader of the demonstrators, who was not identified, shouting into a loudspeaker in a challenge to white supremacists who historically have used Stone Mountain as a rallying spot of their own.

Donald Trump rushed to reopen America - now Covid is closing in on him
Donald Trump rushed to reopen America - now Covid is closing in on him

The president trumpets jobs figures built on thin ice but does nothing to protect those about to lose their health and homesDonald Trump said Thursday's jobs report, which showed an uptick in June, proves the US economy is "roaring back".Rubbish. The labor department gathered the data during the week of 12 June, when America was reporting 25,000 new cases of Covid-19 a day. By the time the report was issued, that figure was 55,000.The US economy isn't roaring back. Just over half of Americans have jobs now, the lowest figure in more than 70 years. What's roaring back is Covid-19. Until it's tamed, the American economy doesn't stand a chance.The surge in cases isn't because America is...

1 of 2 protesters hit by car on closed Seattle highway dies
1 of 2 protesters hit by car on closed Seattle highway dies
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  • 2020-07-05 04:53:54Z

A car drove onto a closed freeway early Saturday and struck two people in a crowd protesting against police brutality, killing one and critically injuring the other, authorities said. Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle died in the evening at Harborview Medical Center, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. Taylor and Diaz Love, 32, of Portland, Oregon, were hit by the car that barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters on Interstate 5 early Saturday morning, officials said.

Station Casinos, Red Rock Resorts president dies in July 4 watercraft accident
Station Casinos, Red Rock Resorts president dies in July 4 watercraft accident

The company said Haskins died on July 4 in Michigan in a watercraft accident. Station Casinos is best known for its Palms Resort near the Strip.

Mexico Deaths Overtake France; Trump Vows Vaccine: Virus Update
Mexico Deaths Overtake France; Trump Vows Vaccine: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- Mexico surpassed France in the number of fatalities from the coronavirus outbreak, with 30,366 deaths. U.S. President Donald Trump said a vaccine remedy will be ready by the end of the year.The World Health Organization reported a one-day high for global coronavirus cases, led by the Americas

Montana Gubernatorial Candidate Isolates After Wife Is Exposed To Kimberly Guilfoyle
Montana Gubernatorial Candidate Isolates After Wife Is Exposed To Kimberly Guilfoyle

GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte's wife, Susan, met with Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign official. Neither wore a mask or maintained social distance.

GOP-ers possibly exposed to virus by Trump Jr. girlfriend
GOP-ers possibly exposed to virus by Trump Jr. girlfriend

The wife and the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte, as well as several other top GOP officials, were possibly exposed to the coronavirus after attending an event with the girlfriend of President Donald Trump's oldest son, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. Gianforte's wife, Susan, lieutenant governor candidate Kristen Juras, as well as Republican congressional candidate and state auditor Matt Rosendale and state auditor candidate Troy Downing, were at a Trump fundraising event July 1 in Gallatin County with Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., the newspaper reported.

Trump
Trump's angry words, virus darken US July 4th weekend

The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases. Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain. Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-election and eager to mobilize his political base -- railed against protesters demanding racial justice after unarmed African American George Floyd was killed by a white police officer.

Thousands march through Nashville in Black Lives Matter protest
Thousands march through Nashville in Black Lives Matter protest

Thousands marched through downtown Nashville in a Black Lives Matter protest on the Fourth of July.

Trump claims 99% of US Covid-19 cases are
Trump claims 99% of US Covid-19 cases are 'totally harmless' as infections surge

President's White House speech capping 4 July celebrations says US coronavirus strategy is 'moving along well' * Coronavirus latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has celebrated independence day with a string of false and misleading claims attempting to play down the coronavirus pandemic and warning that China will be "held accountable".The US president staged a "Salute to America" jamboree on the south lawn of the White House with flyovers by military jets, parachute jumps and patriotic songs, but little effort among guests to physical distance or wear face masks.The country has undergone staggering changes unthinkable when Trump hosted the first such event a...

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