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Republicans sue Newsom over vote-by-mail order for November election

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LOS ANGELES -- Three Republican groups have sued Gov. Gavin Newsom over his executive order to send mail-in ballots to California's 20.6 million voters in November.

The suit was brought by the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party.

Republican National Committee ...Read more

Israel's Netanyahu: Trial aims to 'topple strong, right-wing' premier

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JERUSALEM -- Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said the trial against him was aimed at toppling a strong, right-wing leader, launching a fiery tirade against Israel's justice system as he became the first sitting prime minister in the country's history to stand trial.

The dramatic opening of the long-awaited trial leads Israel into uncharted ...Read more

More COVID-19 cases linked to California church services

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LOS ANGELES -- More coronavirus infections have been tied to two Mother's Day church services in California's Mendocino and Butte counties, officials have announced.

That disclosure comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom is poised to provide plans for reopening California churches amid mounting pressure to allow in-person religious services both from ...Read more

The worst may be coming for Japan's Abe even as virus eases

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Japan's coronavirus emergency could end as soon as Monday, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's political troubles may be just beginning.

Abe's efforts to curb the outbreak and ease its economic damage have been widely ridiculed as slow and ineffective. He's been outshone by regional governors, who pressed him to finally call the state of emergency ...Read more

As deaths near 100,000, Trump and others head outdoors, often without precautions

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WASHINGTON -- Preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, Americans flocked to beaches and parks on Sunday, with many ignoring disease precautions even as the nation's coronavirus-related deaths approached the bleak milepost of 100,000.

As public health experts made a fresh round of appeals for physical distancing and face coverings, President Trump ...Read more

Health official: 'It's hard to gauge' risk floodwater poses in spreading COVID-19

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DETROIT -- When the floodwaters came, people in mid-Michigan had little time to think about the virus that had kept them in their homes for the previous two months, avoiding public places and large gatherings.

They had to escape with their lives, not knowing when or if the Tittabawassee River's surge would force the Edenville and Sanford dams ...Read more

California beaches back in business: People 'don't want to be trapped at home'

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LOS ANGELES -- Memorial Day weekend brought crowds to beaches, trails and parks, but officials said that for the most part there were no major problems and that most people appeared to be following social distancing rules.

Health officials have said this holiday weekend will be a big test of whether California can ease stay-at-home restrictions...Read more

Trump halts entry into US from Brazil, White House says

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The U.S. will restrict the entry of non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil, where coronavirus cases are spiking, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday.

The order begins at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, and the entry of all foreigners who've been in Brazil over a 14-day period before their arrival into the U.S. will be halted, ...Read more

Coronavirus curbs dampen Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Fitr

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CAIRO -- Muslims in several parts of the Middle East stayed at home on Sunday, the first day of the Eid al-Fitr festival, amid restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam's two major festivals, follows the end of the Muslim lunar fasting month of Ramadan.

The three-day festival is traditionally ...Read more

US Envoy to Germany Ric Grenell confirms plans to step down

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Ric Grenell confirmed in a tweet on Sunday that he plans to step down as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Grenell had recently served as acting director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas was confirmed to the DNI post -- essentially, to be the nation's top spy chief -- by the U.S. Senate last week.

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Flynn judge hires D.C. litigator to respond in dismissal fight

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The judge overseeing Michael Flynn's prosecution hired a law firm to represent him after he was ordered by an appeals court to respond to the former national security adviser's emergency petition to have the case thrown out, said a person familiar with the matter.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan hired the law firm led by Washington litigator...Read more

As Florida hits the beach on Memorial Day weekend, state's coronavirus cases push past 50,000

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Florida continued to push past 50,000 as people returned to reopened beaches, restaurants and retailers over Memorial Day weekend.

And over half of the cases -- 28,743 -- have been confirmed in South Florida, the state reported Sunday.

So far, 2,237 people across ...Read more

Trump finishes controversial malaria drug course to combat virus

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President Donald Trump said he completed his course of treatment with hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug he's promoted as a therapy for coronavirus despite an outcry from medical professionals about its unproven efficacy and potential side effects.

"Finished, just finished," Trump said in an interview on Sinclair Broadcast Group program ...Read more

Beijing urges US to drop 'wishful thinking' of changing China

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The United States should give up its "wishful thinking" of changing China, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, warning that some in America were pushing relations to a "new Cold War."

"China has no intention to change the U.S., nor to mention replace the U.S. It is also wishful thinking for the U.S. to change China," Wang said Sunday during his ...Read more

Role of extremist groups at California lockdown protests raises alarms

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- On Saturday afternoon, Pastor John DeBow watched with pride as his daughter defied social distancing edicts at the state Capitol by giving free haircuts to some of the people from across California who gathered again to protest remaining restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

He was unaware that a few ...Read more

Republicans risk political backlash in Trump's haste to reopen

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President Donald Trump is pushing to reopen the United States economy quickly as his core supporters are hit harder by job losses than by the coronavirus.

The balance between lives and livelihoods during the pandemic has been experienced very differently across the partisan divide. In states Trump won in 2016, 23 people have lost a job for ...Read more

Missouri among states overcounting coronavirus testing, blurring picture of virus' spread

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ST. LOUIS -- Missouri overcounted the number of people it claimed have been tested for COVID-19 by at least 17,000, state health officials said Saturday, raising the percentage infection rate and muddying the state's assessment of the viral spread even as regional officials ease restrictions.

Until Saturday, health officials were lumping ...Read more

Trump could face re-election with jobless over 10%, aide says

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White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said the U.S. unemployment rate could peak at more than 20% in May and may still be in the double digits around the time of the presidential election in November.

While jobless data are a lagging indicator, business activity is already close to an "inflection point" toward recovery, Hassett said on CNN...Read more

Ohio Gov. DeWine decries partisan divide over wearing masks during coronavirus pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine lamented Sunday how wearing a mask to protect others from the coronavirus has become such a politically divisive issue.

"This is not about politics, this is not about whether you are a liberal or conservative, left or right, Republican (or) Democrat," DeWine told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Sunday. ...Read more

Hong Kong protests roar back after China tightens grip on city

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Hong Kong protesters battled with riot police in busy downtown areas on Sunday, showing their opposition toward China's dramatic move to crack down on dissent in the biggest demonstration since the coronavirus swept through the city in January.

Police deployed a water cannon and fired tear gas in the Causeway Bay shopping area after hundreds of...Read more