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With 6 killings in 26 hours, KC suffers deadliest weekend of already bloody year

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Six people were killed in homicides Saturday and Sunday in Kansas City, marking the deadliest weekend in a year already on pace to see a record number of slayings.

The violence that plagued various parts of the city for a 26-hour period ranged from an accidental shooting to domestic violence to disputes settled by gunfire. ...Read more

Online absentee ballot applications approved for Georgia voters

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ATLANTA -- Georgia voters will soon be able to go online to order an absentee ballot for the November presidential election, according to a rule the State Election Board approved Monday.

The board voted unanimously to create the absentee ballot application website, which is planned to go live by the end of this month.

The website will help ...Read more

Why Trump's unemployment boost may only be $300 a week for many

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WASHINGTON -- That $400 a week in additional COVID-19 unemployment benefits President Donald Trump announced Saturday? Cash-strapped states have an easy out to provide only $300.

The memorandum that Trump signed Saturday announcing a new "lost wages" program to replace the now lapsed $600 weekly federal pandemic supplement said states would be ...Read more

SC surpasses 100,000 cases of COVID-19 as health officials report lowest count since June

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina surpassed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Monday after state health officials announced that 718 more people tested positive for the virus.

The report included one of the lowest daily case counts since June 17.

That brought the total number of Palmetto State residents diagnosed with the virus up to 100,431....Read more

Rate of firearms found in flight carry-ons has tripled amid pandemic

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Far fewer people are flying during the COVID-19 pandemic, but those who are seem more likely to try to bring firearms on the plane: The rate of passengers carrying guns through U.S. airport security tripled in July compared with the same month last year.

Airport screeners for the Transportation Security Administration announced Monday that the ...Read more

Major gas explosion levels Northwest Baltimore homes, killing 1 and seriously injuring others

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BALTIMORE -- A major gas explosion ripped through three rowhomes in the Reisterstown Station neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore, killing one woman and seriously injuring at least six others.

Windows shattered, doors shot off their hinges, and bricks rained across the street as people scrambled to escape the wreckage of the blast just before 10...Read more

McCloskeys should stop turning gun case into 'political theater,' St. Louis prosecutor says

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ST. LOUIS -- Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner says the St. Louis couple she charged with brandishing guns at protesters outside the couple's Portland Place mansion in June should quit turning their gun case into "political theater."

Gardner's comments were included in a filing last Wednesday in response to Mark and Patricia McCloskey's July...Read more

Puerto Rico's Supreme Court agrees to hear lawsuits on suspended election

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Amid an unprecedented electoral debacle, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico said Monday it will evaluate claims filed by two candidates from opposing political parties who are calling for all the votes cast at Sunday's suspended primary election to be counted immediately.

The parties involved have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to ...Read more

At least 25 people were shot in Philly over the weekend, including two 11-year-olds

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's surge in gun violence continued over the weekend, with at least 25 people shot on Saturday and Sunday, including two 11-year-old boys wounded in separate incidents, police said.

One of the 11-year-old boys was wounded in a triple shooting Sunday night in Grays Ferry. The other was shot near a playground Saturday ...Read more

Georgia governor rules out requiring masks at public schools

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ATLANTA -- Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday ruled out ordering public school systems to impose mask mandates for returning students and teachers, echoing his opposition to statewide requirements to wear face coverings to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Kemp, speaking at the opening of a testing site at Hartsfield-Jackson airport, said he was ...Read more

Hong Kong police arrest media tycoon, raid newspaper in crackdown by Beijing

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SHANGHAI -- Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken supporter of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, was arrested Monday along with his sons and several colleagues at the Apple Daily newspaper in a shocking assertion of China's power over the city's long-cherished media freedoms -- and a chilling turning point for its independent journalists.

In a...Read more

'Come get us, we're stuck!': Major gas explosion levels Northwest Baltimore homes, killing 1 and trapping others

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BALTIMORE -- A "major" gas explosion ripped through three homes in the Reisterstown Station neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore, killing one woman and seriously injuring at least six others.

The explosion occurred before 10 a.m. at Reisterstown and Labyrinth roads, just behind Reisterstown Road Plaza shopping center near the city-county line. ...Read more

House won't take votes Labor Day week, citing COVID-19 concerns

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WASHINGTON -- The House will only hold committee work during the week of Labor Day in an attempt to minimize the number of people in the Capitol complex, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer announced Monday.

"The September schedule will follow the same format as June and July, so that we can conduct our necessary work while protecting public health,...Read more

Court rules for transgender student in Georgia bathroom access case

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ATLANTA -- Transgender high school students must be granted access to bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity, the federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled.

The closely watched case granted a legal victory to Drew Adams, a transgender student who sought access to the boys' bathroom at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. The ...Read more

Police bodycam video in George Floyd's killing publicly released

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Two body-worn camera videos from the day George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police were publicly released Monday by the court after a coalition of media companies intervened and argued for their unrestrained release.

The move comes more than a month after a defense attorney filed the two videos with the court as part of a ...Read more

Trump says he might give his Republican renomination speech in Gettysburg

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PHILADELPHIA -- President Donald Trump may be coming to Pennsylvania later this month to formally accept his renomination for president.

"We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations -- The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the ...Read more

This California school is open, 'learning as we go.' Is it a model or a mistake?

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GRASS VALLEY, Calif. -- Inside Mount St. Mary's Academy, a Catholic school in this Gold Rush town in the Sierra Nevada foothills, a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary stands sentinel over the check-in table at the front door. Students returning for the fall session stop under her watchful gaze for a modern ritual of pandemic life: temperature ...Read more

Florida's COVID-19 case count is lowest since June

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 23.

With 4,247 new cases reported Monday, the count is less than half of the new infections only two weeks ago on July 27.

A positive trend also is evident in people who need emergency care. Emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness also ...Read more

Seattle agrees not to use crowd weapons against media, legal observers, medics at protests

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SEATTLE -- The city of Seattle has agreed that a court order should bar police from targeting journalists, legal observers and medics with crowd weapons.

The city also has agreed that the order should bar police from using the declaration of a riot as justification for indiscriminate force at protests.

Seattle made those concessions in an ...Read more

Aftermath of looting in downtown Chicago: 13 cops injured, 2 people shot, more than 100 arrests, Mag Mile trashed

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CHICAGO -- Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers, authorities said.

More than 100 people were arrested as of 9 a.m., according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown. ...Read more