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After massive increase in COVID-19 cases, what's next for Florida?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida faces a rough few weeks at least from COVID-19, according to experts, although there are faint signs of hope in the flurry of statistics that indicate the disease's future.

The state posted the U.S. record for new daily cases Sunday and the second-highest count on Monday, numbers that are difficult to spin as ...Read more

Body of actress Naya Rivera found in California lake, officials say

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LOS ANGELES -- A body found in Lake Piru is that of actress Naya Rivera, who disappeared five days ago during a boat outing with her young son, authorities said Monday.

"Based on the location where the body was found, the physical characteristics of the body, the clothing found on the body and the physical condition of the body, as well as the ...Read more

Biden to call for $2 trillion in clean-energy spending

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden on Tuesday will call for setting a 100% clean-electricity standard by 2035 and investing $2 trillion over four years on clean energy, three people familiar with his plan said Monday.

The Democratic nominee's new commitments mark a clear shift toward progressives' environmental priorities and cutting the use of fossil ...Read more

Amid coronavirus woes, hospitalizations in Texas hold above 10,000

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AUSTIN, Texas -- More than 10,000 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in Texas, state health officials reported Monday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported 10,405 hospitalizations, just five fewer than the number of patients reported Sunday, marking the end of 14 consecutive days of record hospitalizations.

The health ...Read more

Justice Department can't cut police grants to California sanctuary cities, court rules

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration can't legally withhold grants to police in California cities that don't cooperate with federal agencies in the enforcement of immigration laws, a federal appeals court ruled.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco also said on Monday that its order blocking the Justice Department from withholding ...Read more

ICE detainee dies of COVID at South Florida hospital — the state's first immigration death

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MIAMI -- A 51-year-old immigration detainee died Sunday at a Palm Beach County hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Mexican national's death is Florida's first reported COVID-19 death of a detainee.

The detainee -- identified by U.S. Immigration and Custom's Enforcement late Monday as Onoval Perez-Montufa -- was transported ...Read more

After another weekend of children shot in Chicago, top cop asks for more time for his 'community policing on steroids'

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CHICAGO -- After another weekend when children were among dozens of shooting victims in Chicago, police Superintendent David Brown repeatedly asked for more time Monday to deploy his strategy of "community policing on steroids" to bring down the nearly unprecedented level of violence.

Unlike at past Monday news conferences, Brown did not hurl ...Read more

12 protesters file claims against Seattle, county and state claiming police negligence, excessive force

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SEATTLE -- Twelve people, or their families, who were injured or killed in Seattle protests over the past six weeks filed financial claims Monday against the city of Seattle, King County and Washington state, alleging excessive force by police or the failure of police to secure the safety of peaceful protesters.

The claims, which the city, ...Read more

Should schools reopen amid the pandemic? A debate rich in misinformation, angst and rancor

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Compared with adults, children and adolescents are at lower risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. But low risk is not no risk.

That's why the issue of reopening schools has become the latest heated argument in the U.S. pandemic response.

"There's nothing in the data that suggests that kids being in school is in any way dangerous," U.S. ...Read more

Pence tells governors to protect citizens however they can

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Vice President Mike Pence told U.S. governors Monday that the administration would back them on any measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic as 13 states reached an alarming rate of positive tests.

On a conference call, Pence said those states have rates of higher than 10%, according to a person who listened to the private session and ...Read more

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Criticism mounts of Harvey Weinstein settlement deal: 'Most one-sided and unfair settlement in history'

NEW YORK -- A proposed $18.9 million settlement to compensate victims of Harvey Weinstein faced more criticism Monday ahead of a key court hearing.

Doug Wigdor, an attorney for six Weinstein accusers, called the deal "if approved, one of the...Read more

San Diego County DA files murder charge against deputy who shot fleeing suspect

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SAN DIEGO -- A sheriff's deputy who shot an unarmed detainee in May as the man ran from authorities outside the downtown San Diego jail has been charged with second-degree murder, the District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Aaron Russell, 23, is being charged in the May 1 death of Nicholas Peter Bils, 36.

Russell, who resigned from the ...Read more

Trump's brother fails to block niece's tell-all family book

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's younger brother lost his fight for an injunction against a damning memoir written by their estranged niece, Mary Trump, who said her book will expose the toxic nature of the family.

Robert Trump's motion for a preliminary injunction against the scheduled Tuesday release of the book was denied Monday by ...Read more

Roger Stone's commutation also scraps supervised release, $20,000 fine

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President Donald Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's 40-month prison term for lying to Congress and tampering with a witness during the Russia probe also scraps the two years of supervised release and $20,000 fine that were part of his sentence.

A copy of Trump's signed two-page executive grant of clemency was posted to Stone's criminal docket...Read more

Trump says he will bring down Chicago violence even if he has to 'go in and take over'

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President Donald Trump on Monday pledged to bring down shooting numbers in Chicago and other American cities "even if we have to go in and take over."

Trump was speaking at a law enforcement round table at the White House, where he touted his record as "pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime."

During the event, he turned his attention to ...Read more

Poland's ruling nationalists given boost with Duda's reelection

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WARSAW, Poland -- Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda has won a second five-year term after a tightly contested election and a bitterly fought campaign, handing the ruling national-conservatives a comfortable grip on government.

Duda gathered 51 percent of the vote, the state electoral commission PKW announced on Monday. Liberal ...Read more

Gov. Kemp extends order deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- Gov. Brian Kemp extended an order Monday that deployed 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta, the latest step in a series of escalating tensions with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over safety and public health.

Kemp's new order, which expires July 27, seemed likely to draw criticism from ...Read more

NC court removing statue of controversial judge, slave owner in downtown Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Thomas Ruffin, a 19th century North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, has long stood as a controversial emblem of the state's judicial history.

His legacy, which includes pro-slavery rulings and rhetoric, and his own status as a slave owner, will no longer grace the state's Court of Appeals in downtown Raleigh.

Sharon ...Read more

Negotiators look for common ground on unemployment aid extension

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WASHINGTON -- How to provide additional relief to jobless workers has become a major partisan tension point in preliminary talks for another COVID-19 aid package.

An expanded federal benefit of $600 per week is set to expire at the end of this month, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi says an extension of unemployment insurance must be part of any new ...Read more

Attorneys for ex-Minneapolis officers object to judge's gag order in George Floyd death

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The attorneys for four ex-Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd are asking a judge to rescind a gag order issued last week prohibiting attorneys and others from discussing the case.

Eric Nelson, who represents Derek Chauvin, filed a motion Monday accusing Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill's ...Read more