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Cause of death: COVID-19, police violence or racism?

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Doctors and public health experts will tell you that, compared to white Americans, African American people die prematurely and disproportionately of many ills: heart disease, stroke, COVID-19, police violence.

The proximate causes of these early deaths vary. But there is a sameness to the pattern, experts say, and a common source of the skewed ...Read more

Lawmakers dust off old proposals on police overhauls

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WASHINGTON -- The policy ideas Democratic members of Congress will propose this month to address deadly police force have been around for years, but so has the opposition from law enforcement advocacy groups and the lawmakers who support them.

Rep. Steve Cohen first filed a bill to track incidents of deadly police force in the wake of unrest in...Read more

Both the left and the right rush to blame protest violence on outside extremists

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SEATTLE -- Billy Williams, the top federal prosecutor in Oregon and an appointee of President Donald Trump, has little doubt who is behind the violence and destruction that has accompanied nationwide protests against racism by police: the ultra-left movement known as "antifa."

"At some point during each protest in individual cities, law ...Read more

Pandemic gives Navy 'opportunity' to revise its long-term plans

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WASHINGTON -- Even before the pandemic hit the service hard, the U.S. Navy was in rough seas.

The lingering aftermath of two deadly collisions in 2017, constant leadership turnover, and pressure from just about everyone in Washington to expand the fleet quickly and considerably found the Navy struggling to articulate its vision for its future. ...Read more

Which California national parks are open and closed? Here's the scoop

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Most of California's 11 national parks and recreation areas are now at least partly open or about to be.

Those still closed include Yosemite Valley, Alcatraz and Death Valley. Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging Californians to postpone leisure travel until the pandemic eases.

The parks' status could change, depending on the spread of the coronavirus ...Read more

Montana awaits marquee fall as competitive races for House and Senate are set

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WASHINGTON -- Montana, which will host one of the nation's hottest Senate contests this fall, moved into general election mode after its Tuesday primaries officially set out the congressional contenders.

First-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines, whom CQ Roll Call ranks as among the most vulnerable in the chamber, will face the state's Democratic...Read more

Rep. Steve King ousted: Iowa GOP nominates state Sen. Randy Feenstra

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WASHINGTON -- Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King lost his primary Tuesday night, ending a tumultuous career of nearly two decades in the House where he made a series of controversial and racist comments.

State Sen. Randy Feenstra was declared the winner of the 4th District primary over King, who lost his committee assignments last year after he ...Read more

New Mexico rematch: Herrell to face Torres Small again

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WASHINGTON -- Former state Rep. Yvette Herrell won a nasty Republican primary in New Mexico's 2nd District on Tuesday, setting up a rematch against Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, one of the GOP's top targets this year.

Herrell, who lost to Torres Small by less than 2 points in 2018, beat oil industry executive Claire Chase and ...Read more

Army labs say 'some form' of COVID-19 vaccine will be ready this year, but not for all

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WASHINGTON -- Army labs conducting research on the coronavirus are confident that "some form" of a vaccine will be identified by the end of this year, but cautioned that large-scale access to it will take time and that much remains unknown about COVID-19.

The Army scientists are working on a vaccine candidate that is separate from four major ...Read more

Trump says he's pulling Republican National Convention from Charlotte

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he is moving the Republican National Convention from Charlotte, N.C., hours after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he couldn't guarantee that the August event would be at full capacity due to the coronavirus.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump said: "Had long planned to have the Republican National ...Read more

Both parties pick women for Indiana seat held by retiring Rep. Susan Brooks

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Indiana state Sen. Victoria Spartz won a crowded 15-person Republican primary in Indiana's 5th District on Tuesday for the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Susan W. Brooks.

She will next face Democratic former state Rep. Christina Hale in a district anchored in the Indianapolis suburbs that Democrats have on their target list this year. ...Read more

Theresa Greenfield will take on GOP Sen. Joni Ernst in Iowa

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WASHINGTON -- Real estate executive Theresa Greenfield won the Democratic primary Tuesday to take on Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst in what will be one of the most hotly contested Senate races in November.

Greenfield was leading a four-candidate field with 46 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race with just 8 percent of ...Read more

US cities brace for more unrest as Trump threatens greater force

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WASHINGTON -- Protests against police brutality and systemic racism were underway once again in the United States on Tuesday, setting the stage for potential fresh clashes a week after nationwide rallies ignited in the wake of George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis.

Demonstrators marched through the streets of cities including Washington, New ...Read more

US Supreme Court asked to rule on Kobach's signature Kansas voter registration law

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a state law championed by former secretary of state Kris Kobach -- struck down by lower courts -- that requires residents to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.

The request, announced Tuesday morning by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, sets up a potentially ...Read more

Scott Peterson asks court to overturn murder conviction, death sentence

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A lawyer for Scott Peterson, convicted in 2004 of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, told the California Supreme Court Tuesday that he was denied a fair trial because of massive publicity and a slew of legal errors made at trial.

During a hearing on his appeal, Cliff Gardner, Peterson's lawyer, started his argument...Read more

Condition of burned Minneapolis liquor store cuts short search for possible body

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis firefighters returned Tuesday to the burned-out remains of a Lake Street liquor store to search for a body after witnesses reported that a man didn't make it out when the building was torched during last week's riots in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Crews inspected the twisted heap of metal at the intersection of ...Read more

Governors warn congressional leaders of billion-dollar shortfalls due to coronavirus

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WASHINGTON -- Three governors testified to Congress in a virtual hearing Tuesday, giving updates on the tolls of coronavirus, plans for reopening, and the projected billion-dollar impact of the pandemic on state's finances.

"COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our budget," Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the House Committee on Commerce...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Trump sued over executive order targeting social media companies

President Donald Trump's executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal ...Read more

Sens. Lee, Johnson slow bill tweaking SBA COVID-19 loan program

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WASHINGTON -- Two Republican holdouts are threatening to prevent speedy passage of a bill that would modify a popular coronavirus loan program for small businesses over the temporary initiative's end date.

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairman Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are ...Read more

'Up there with World War II and the Civil War': Three-headed crisis reshapes Biden-Trump race

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WASHINGTON -- The death of George Floyd and subsequent vitriolic nationwide demonstrations against police violence have added yet another crisis to a presidential campaign already gripped by a public health emergency and economic calamity, thrusting the race into unprecedented terrain as Donald Trump and Joe Biden seek to show they can lead the ...Read more