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June 30

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as "high risk"…
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June 30

Arizona faces new closures as hospitals prep for virus surge

Arizona hospitals are hiring out-of-state nurses, squeezing in more beds and preparing for the possibility of making life-and-death decisions about how to ration care as they get ready for an expected surge of coronavirus patients in one of the nation's worst hot spots.
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June 30

Senate extends small business coronavirus relief program

Democrats drove a temporary extension of a popular subsidy program for small businesses through the GOP-controlled Senate late Tuesday, an unexpected development that came as spikes in coronavirus cases in many states are causing renewed shutdowns of bars and other businesses.
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June 30

City crews remove some barriers from Seattle protest zone

Seattle city crews used heavy equipment Tuesday to remove makeshift barriers around the city's "occupied" protest zone following two fatal shootings in the area.
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June 30

Officers put on leave over photos tied to Elijah McClain

Multiple police officers in suburban Denver have been placed on paid leave during an investigation into photos that emerged of them near where Elijah McClain died last summer after three white officers stopped the Black man as he walked down the street and one put him into a chokehold.
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June 30

Analysis: Virus surge forces Arizona gov's hand on masks

After telling Arizonans that many public places were again being closed amid a surge of coronavirus cases, Gov. Doug Ducey ended a somewhat contentious news conference by imploring people to wear face masks.
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June 30

Calls for UN probe of China forced birth control on Uighurs

Politicians around the world have called for a United Nations probe into a Chinese government birth control campaign targeting largely Muslim minorities in the far…
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June 30

Biden and Trump agree: November election could be corrupt

President Donald Trump and his challenger, Joe Biden, have found something they agree on: The November election could be rife with corruption because of how officials handle the voting process.
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June 30

Regulators deny quick approval of new Great Lakes pipeline

A Michigan regulatory panel on Tuesday refused to grant quick permission to run a new oil pipeline beneath a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, deciding instead to conduct a full review.
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June 30
Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signs the bill retiring the last state flag in the United States with the Confederate battle emblem, at the Go

With a pen stroke, Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag

With a stroke of the governor's pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that's widely condemned as racist.
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June 30

Court: Permit for oil refinery planned near national park OK

The North Dakota Supreme Court has sided with state regulators in a challenge to an air quality permit for a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state.
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June 30

California border region agrees to backpedal on reopening

A farming region on California's border with Mexico has sent hundreds of patients to hospitals outside the area, an official said Tuesday, as its leaders accepted Gov. Gavin Newsom's recommendation to backpedal on reopening its battered economy.
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June 30

8 Shreveport police officers accused of excessive force

A Louisiana grand jury has accused eight police officers of using excessive force in arresting two men after a chase in January. A district attorney…
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June 30

UAW, prosecutor consider a monitor for avoiding corruption

A federal prosecutor and the United Auto Workers president are looking at using an independent monitor to make sure that a wide-ranging union corruption scandal never happens again.
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June 30

Tennessee: Some first-time voters can't cast absentee ballot

Tennessee officials say they plan to enforce a requirement that first-time voters who register by mail cast their ballots in person, despite a judge's ruling that allows all eligible voters to cast absentee ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.
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June 30

1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies

One of the two Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers who were shot during a traffic stop has died, authorities said Tuesday.
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June 30
FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people, including those with the boogaloo movement, demonstrate against business closures due to concern about

Facebook bans violent 'boogaloo' groups, not the term itself

Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network loosely associated with the broader "boogaloo" movement, a slang term supporters use to refer to a second Civil War or a collapse of civilization.
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June 30

Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate slavery.
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June 30

Appeals court panel weighs Wilmington Trust convictions

Attorneys representing former executives for the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program have asked a federal appeals court panel to overturn their convictions.
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June 30

Doctors urge GOP to halt Texas convention as virus surges

As the Texas GOP presses ahead with plans for a July convention amid a surge in coronavirus cases, the state's largest medical group Tuesday urged the party to reconsider before Republican activists flock to Houston, which has become one of the nation's most troubling hotspots.