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Business is booming for dialysis giant Fresenius. It took a $137m bailout anyway

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As the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed most nonemergency medical practices this spring, the dialysis business, vital to the survival of patients with kidney disease, rolled ahead and in some cases grew.

Yet when the Trump administration sent billions in federal relief funds to medical organizations, at least $259 million went to dialysis ...Read more

4 people arrested by Ferguson police at protest on anniversary of Michael Brown's killing

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FERGUSON, Mo. -- Police arrested four people and used pepper spray on protesters outside the Ferguson Police Department late Sunday as about 100 people gathered to mark the sixth anniversary of Michael Brown's death.

Ferguson police Chief Jason P. Armstrong said some people in the crowd tossed bottles, metal screws and wooden sticks at officers...Read more

One dead in Belarus protests after Lukashenko's win

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MOSCOW -- Protests broke out on Monday evening in the center of Minsk, after a wave of arrests throughout Belarus following the landslide victory of incumbent Alexander Lukashenko in an election many say was rigged.

Early official results show Lukashenko heading for about 80% of the vote, although the outcome was rejected by his main rival.

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Havana goes back into lockdown to contain COVID-19 outbreak

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After the relaxation of some restrictions in July, Havana went back into lockdown on Monday, after more than 200 coronavirus cases were reported in the last two weeks.

In the capital, public transportation has been suspended starting Monday. The Cuban government closed beaches, parks, restaurants, bars and other businesses. Access to Havana is ...Read more

Biden prepares for vice presidential pick as early as midweek

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is closing in on an announcement of a running mate as early as midweek, having completed interviewing all the top candidates, people familiar with the planning said Monday.

Biden is now deliberating about his choice, the people said. While Biden's staff is preparing for an imminent rollout...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

Pompeo's staff say he was cleared in watchdog's Saudi arms probe

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WASHINGTON -- The State Department inspector general's office exonerated Secretary of State Michael Pompeo for his emergency certification to bypass congressional opposition in approving the sale of more than $8 billion in weapons to the Middle East last year, according to a department official.

The Pompeo deputy briefed reporters on condition ...Read more

Afghan government signs decree to release 400 Taliban prisoners

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed a decree for the controversial release of 400 Taliban fighters to kick-start Afghan peace talks, a statement by the presidential palace said on Monday.

Their release was considered the most important hurdle to overcome before peace talks, a precondition set by the militant Taliban.

The...Read more

Black teens who were victims of knife attack had guns drawn on them by LA deputies, lawyer says

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies detained three teenagers at gunpoint last week after bystanders called 911 to report that the teens were being attacked by a man with a knife, an attorney for one of the teen's families said Monday.

"I just can't believe that the only way to handle this was to approach it with guns drawn," ...Read more

Court ruling involving Victoria's Secret founder could spill more Jeffrey Epstein dirt

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge Monday ordered the unsealing and release of correspondences from attorneys for celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Victoria's Secret founder Leslie Wexner in a defamation case that is likely to reveal more about the secretive life of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ruled ...Read more

Swarm of Southern California earthquakes sparks worry about San Andreas fault

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LOS ANGELES -- A swarm of small earthquakes in California, close to the Mexican border, is being closely monitored as to whether it might raise the chance of a much larger event on the San Andreas fault.

The largest earthquake Monday was a magnitude 4.6, reported at 8:56 a.m. Pacific time under the southeastern part of the Salton Sea, according...Read more

Latin American governments move to scuttle Trump's pick for international development bank

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WASHINGTON -- Diplomats from several Latin American and European countries are trying to delay next month's vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to lead a key international development bank, hoping to push the decision into next year, when a new U.S. president could be in office.

Trump broke norms by nominating a U.S. citizen from his ...Read more

Newsom says California coronavirus data are correct after administration shake-up

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Responding to one of California's biggest setbacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said his administration has fixed a public health computer database failure that distorted test results across the state and raised doubts about actions taken to stem the spread of coronavirus.

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Most Americans won't be able to get a coronavirus vaccine until well into 2021

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WASHINGTON -- Even if the most optimistic projections hold true and a COVID-19 vaccine is cleared for U.S. use in November, the vast majority of Americans won't be able to get the shots until spring or summer next year at the earliest.

That likely timeline, based on interviews and remarks from top specialists including Anthony Fauci of the ...Read more

States hit supply limitations as they plan to expand virus tests

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As coronavirus cases swelled across the Sun Belt, hot-spot states including Texas and Arizona sought help from veterinary labs and mental-health clinics for testing capacity, but kept running into a shortage of materials, according to documents released Monday.

Several state public-health departments laid out plans to pour money into new staff ...Read more

Fast food from these chains is 'packaged in pollution,' report says. Does it matter?

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Next time you order a Big Mac, Whopper or Sweetgreen salad, consider this: The wrappers and containers your food comes in have been found to contain toxic chemicals that can contaminate your drinking water, harm wildlife and make you sick.

PFAS are chemicals used in apparel, carpeting, furniture and food packaging designed to keep materials ...Read more

One person shot outside White House

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said the Secret Service shot a "suspect" outside the White House on Monday, although it wasn't clear if the individual was seeking to attack the president.

The incident forced Trump to abruptly cut off his own news conference, although he later returned.

"It was outside of the White House. Somebody was ...Read more

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