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USC called on to 'reckon with its history of white supremacy' in its namesake sites

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LOS ANGELES -- As protests over the police killing of George Floyd raged across the nation, the University of Southern California removed the name of one of its most influential leaders from a landmark building on campus.

The decision to strip the name of its fifth president, Rufus B. von KleinSmid, a eugenics leader, from among its tallest ...Read more

Scientists say WHO ignores the risk that coronavirus floats in air as aerosol

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SEATTLE -- Six months into a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of how the coronavirus spreads.

The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that you have to worry about only two types of ...Read more

US population growth has been driven exclusively by minorities

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U.S. racial and ethnic minorities accounted for all of the nation's population growth during the last decade, according to new Census Bureau estimates.

The data underscore the nation's growing diversity and suggest that the trend will continue as the white population ages and low birth rates translate to a declining share. Non-Hispanic Whites ...Read more

2 San Quentin death row inmates die from COVID-19

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two of California death row's most notorious inmates apparently died from COVID-19, bringing the number of inmates across the state to die after contracting the coronavirus to at least 24.

The men, convicted child killer Scott Thomas Erskine and Manuel Machado Alvarez, both died on July 3, the California Department of ...Read more

Florida breaks record with 11,458 new COVID-19 cases

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MIAMI -- Saturday's update on new confirmed COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health reflected the state recorded a new single-day high, rocketing past previous peaks.

Florida added 11,458 cases, beating previous record of 10,109 by 13%. Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida also set records: Of Florida's total, Miami-...Read more

At Mount Rushmore, Trump uses Fourth of July celebration to stoke a culture war

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump used an elaborate fireworks display and Air Force One flyover at Mount Rushmore on Friday night to rally his base, ushering in Fourth of July celebrations a day early with accusations that a "new far-left fascism" is part of "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history."

The combative address in South ...Read more

Miami Dade College, the nation's largest community college, will use temperature checks in the fall

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MIAMI -- Miami Dade College plans to bring back as many students, faculty and staff as possible to its campuses this fall with a strict measure that other large universities in South Florida won't implement: temperature checks.

The largest community college in the country -- with approximately 120,000 students -- drafted a three-phase reopening...Read more

Dry lightning risk rises in US West, thanks to tardy monsoon

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The annual monsoon that drenches the U.S. Southwest is late this year, raising the risk of wildfires sparked by another of the region's meteorological quirks: dry lightning.

While heavy rain isn't expected in the normally arid area until mid-July, thunderstorms continue to form high above the Earth. But the air below is so parched that ...Read more

US sends aircraft carriers to exercise in South China Sea

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- The U.S. is sending the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz aircraft carriers to the South China Sea for military exercises as China ramps up its own drills in the area, drawing protests from Washington.

Dual carrier operations and exercises are being conducted in "international waters of the South China Sea to support a ...Read more

Eight-year-old killed, three injured in Alabama mall shooting

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WASHINGTON -- An 8-year-old boy was killed and three others injured in a shooting at a shopping mall in the U.S. state of Alabama on Friday, local police said.

Several shots were reported near the food hall at the Riverchase Galleria in the afternoon, Hoover police said in a statement.

A young girl and two adults were injured in the incident. ...Read more

Britain agrees 'air bridges' for 59 nations; US, China excluded

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LONDON -- Britain will exempt travelers from Germany, France, Spain and Italy from its coronavirus quarantine rule for international arrivals, the government said on Friday.

They are among 59 countries and territories with which Britain has agreed "air bridges" of mutual exemption from quarantine requirements.

Greece and Turkey were also on ...Read more

Texas waited to require masks, close beaches ahead of Fourth of July as coronavirus spiked

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GALVESTON, Texas -- As COVID-19 infections spiked in South Texas, officials closed beaches and the governor ordered the wearing of masks, but crowds still descended on Galveston's restaurants and Pleasure Pier amusement park on Friday.

At The Spot, a popular three-story beachfront restaurant on Seawall Boulevard, signs warned that patrons had ...Read more

Couple face felony assault charges in Michigan dispute involving guns in parking lot

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DETROIT -- A Clarkston couple were charged Thursday with felonious assault, a day after two racially charged videos of the same incident clearly show a white woman pointing a gun at a Black mother and her two daughters outside an Orion Township eatery.

Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were each charged with one count of ...Read more

South Korea shakes up security team after North Korea setbacks

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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in shook up his security team and appointed veterans in North Korea relations after Kim Jung Un's regime blew up a joint liaison that once served as a symbol of his rapprochement toward Pyongyang.

Moon named Park Jie-won as the new head of the National Intelligence Service, his office said Friday. Park helped ...Read more

Will Austin bat-watching crowds stay? Only by keeping distance, city says

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AUSTIN, Texas -- On the grass under the Congress Avenue bridge last weekend, dozens sat in clumps a few feet away from one another, talking and eating, to watch the bats come out.

More stood on top of the bridge, swelling the size of the crowd to more than 100 people. About half wore masks.

When the bats started to fly out from under the ...Read more

Delaware just removed its last public whipping post. Here's a look at its history and significance

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After years of community complaints and a national reckoning over racism, the whipping post is now gone from the Old Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown, Del., where it stood for decades.

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs extracted the post with a jackhammer Wednesday, when News Journal reporters captured dozens of ...Read more

How many in North Carolina have had COVID-19? These researchers have an estimate

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The cumulative number of North Carolinians infected with the novel coronavirus is nearing half a million, according to one group of researchers, more than seven times the number of positive tests.

The estimate of 483,156 people infected may seem large, but it means less than 5% of the state's population has been infected, and ...Read more

Israel bolsters antibody tests as second virus wave threatens

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Israel is fortifying its national survey of exposure to the coronavirus as a second wave of infections threatens to plunge the country back into lockdown.

The buttressed program will begin rechecking positive results for antibodies to the pathogen, helping researchers understand the depth and duration of immunity, according to Yair Schindel, a ...Read more

California's July 4 coronavirus warning: 'Assume everyone around you is infectious'

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LOS ANGELES -- California is entering a perilous Fourth of July holiday weekend: Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are continuing to surge even as officials beg the public to avoid crowds and keep physical distancing in hopes of preventing more outbreaks that could overwhelm the state's hospitals.

Californians who hoped the Independence ...Read more

After George Floyd's death, south Minneapolis asks: Who does 38th and Chicago belong to?

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Pastor Curtis Farrar didn't want to build his church at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.

There was a building he liked further south at the time. But this one was available, so at the southwest corner he opened Worldwide Outreach for Christ, where he has led services for the last 38 years.

Now Farrar believes it was divine ...Read more