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Global COVID-19 infections hit weekly record despite vaccinations

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More people were diagnosed with COVID-19 during the past seven days than any other week since the start of the pandemic — topping 5.2 million globally — with the worst outbreaks accelerating in many countries that are ill-equipped to deal with them.

The worrisome trend, just days after the world surpassed 3 million deaths, comes as ...Read more

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Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose: CDC

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Half of all U.S. adults have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, the federal government announced Sunday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Sunday that nearly 130 million people age 18 and up have gotten a shot, The Associated Press reported. That’s 50.4% of the adult population. Nearly 84 million people...Read more

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US to welcome more refugees, top Biden officials say

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The U.S. will start welcoming more refugees — but just not yet, top Biden administration officials said in a concerted message campaign on Sunday television talk shows.

The TV blitz was an effort to reassure critics after President Biden came under fire for his decision Friday to keep this year’s refugee limit at 15,000, the same level set ...Read more

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Hundreds gather for peaceful rally in St. Paul

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About 300 protesters gathered Sunday afternoon in front of the governor's residence on Summit Avenue before marching about an hour through the streets of St. Paul, Minnesota.

The protesters chanted, often to the beat of a drum, repeating Daunte Wright's name and the names of other victims of police-involved shootings in Minnesota and across the...Read more

Minnesota police fatally shoot armed carjacking suspect

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MINNEAPOLIS — Police in a Minneapolis suburb shot and killed an armed carjacking suspect after he fled from a moving vehicle and appeared to try to carjack a second vehicle on Hwy. 13 in Burnsville on Sunday afternoon.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said it was en route to the scene, at Interstate 35W and Hwy. 13.

The highway ...Read more

Girl, 7, fatally shot inside vehicle at Chicago McDonald's drive-thru

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CHICAGO — A 7-year-old girl died Sunday after she was shot inside a vehicle in a drive-thru lane at a McDonald’s restaurant on Chicago's West Side, according to Chicago police.

The girl and a 29-year-old man were each wounded around 4:15 p.m. at the restaurant in the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road in the city’s Homan Square ...Read more

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UK defends Cameron as scale of lobbying scandal grows further

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Former Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t get any “special favors” when he lobbied for financial aid to Greensill Capital, a top Cabinet minister said, as the furor engulfing the government over its ties to business intensified.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said Sunday the government will wait for findings on the Greensill saga ...Read more

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Power struggle to succeed Merkel heading for final showdown

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The battle to lead Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc into September’s election is headed for a final showdown, with a decision likely at some point in the next 48 hours.

Armin Laschet, who leads Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, and Markus Soeder, who runs the CDU’s Bavarian sister party CSU, were holding “...Read more

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Whitmer: Michigan Supreme Court, Legislature partly to blame for COVID-19 surge

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LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that the recent surge in coronavirus cases that has made Michigan a national outlier is partly the result of a Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key law she has used to fight the pandemic.

It was a departure from statements Whitmer made immediately ...Read more

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3 who died after vaccine were infected before injections, Michigan officials say

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DETROIT — Three of four people whose deaths were previously identified as possible "breakthrough" cases — where a person contracts COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated — had actually contracted the coronavirus before getting the injections, state health officials have concluded.

The deaths were among cases identified during weekly ...Read more

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Florida reports 6,834 new COVID-19 cases

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MIAMI — The Florida Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard reported 6,834 new confirmed cases, the most on a Sunday since January, and 35 deaths.

Also, one of the most reliable indicators of spread in a community, current hospitalizations, has risen by 16.2% over the past two weeks.

Sunday is usually the day with the lowest case numbers ...Read more

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Mexico plans tree planting, regional migration pitch to Biden

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Mexico’s president will propose a regional agreement on migration to the U.S. this week and the expansion of his tree-planting program to Central America as an option to provide order in the process of seeking entry to the U.S.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that he would propose the plan to U.S. President Joe Biden at a summit on...Read more

UK keeps close eye on COVID-19 variants posing risk to reopening

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The U.K. government is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 variants and cautioned it is too early to say if hospitality venues in England can reopen indoors as planned next month.

The comments from Environment Secretary George Eustice on Sunday will fuel growing concerns that the government’s road map out of lockdown could be knocked ...Read more

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Former home of defense witness in Derek Chauvin trial vandalized with pig's head, blood

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The former home of a man who testified as part of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin‘s defense in his ongoing murder trial was vandalized over the weekend, police claim.

According to police in Santa Rosa, California, the former home of Barry Brodd was vandalized early Saturday morning with a pig’s head and animal blood.

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Chicago Teachers Union approves deal to reopen high schools Monday

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to approve a plan to reopen high schools starting Monday, the union said Sunday.

The union tweeted Sunday that “The CTU Rules & Elections Committee has certified the ballot results of the high school addendum to our reopening agreement with CPS. Members voted 83% in favor of ratification.

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Ex-House Speaker John Boehner has colorful response to question about political future

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Former Speaker of the House John Boehner told the respected host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” he’s “a s--t” for asking about a potential run for office in the future.

The smack talking came at the end of an interview in which the Ohio Republican held forth about the state of the GOP, immigration and other topics.

Asked whether he’d ...Read more

Chad says it 'destroyed' rebel convoy heading toward capital

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Chad said its army has repelled rebels advancing southwards towards the country’s capital, N’Djamena, on Saturday.

The convoy was intercepted in the southwestern Kanem region on Saturday, army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa said in a statement on state-run Office National de Radio et Television du Tchad. “The convoy was destroyed and a ...Read more

3 dead in 'active shooter' incident in Austin, EMS says

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AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police said an active shooter incident at an apartment complex in Austin, Texas, that left three people dead appears to have stemmed from a domestic situation.

Medics pronounced three people dead at the scene of the shooting, Austin-Travis County EMS said Sunday.

No other injuries have been immediately reported.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot indicates she is not resigning

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday blasted unsubstantiated social media chatter as “homophobic, racist and misogynistic rumors” and indicated she is not resigning.

“I will continue to lead a group of the willing all across our city who are about doing the people’s work,” Lightfoot said through her political account. �...Read more

8 West Point cadets expelled, more than 50 held back over cheating scandal

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Dozens of West Point cadets will be forced to repeat their freshman year after being accused of cheating on an online calculus exam.

Of the 73 freshmen investigated in the military academy’s biggest cheating scandal in decades, 51 of them were “turned back” for a year and two were “turned back” for six months, West Point announced ...Read more