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NC federal prison begins mass COVID testing after six inmates die in eight days

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- After six coronavirus-related deaths over the past eight days, Butner officials have ordered mass testing for all inmates at a low-security prison in the federal correctional complex, according to an email obtained by The News & Observer.

Butner Warden Thomas Scarantino said in the email that the testing would take place ...Read more

9-year-old Kentucky boy dies after gun malfunction during target practice

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A child has died after being accidentally shot on Monday, Kentucky State Police said.

Jeremiah Fox, a 9-year-old Beattyville resident, was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center after he was accidentally shot while target practicing with friends and family, police said. He died in the emergency room, according...Read more

Biden widens his lead over Trump during protests, pandemic

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Joe Biden further widened his lead over President Donald Trump as unrest gripped much of the country, up 11 percentage points over the incumbent in the latest Monmouth University poll.

The poll found that registered voters favored Biden 52% to Trump's 41%. Last month Biden led Trump 50% to 41% and in April, 48% to 44%.

"The race continues to ...Read more

Can sneaker resellers stop looters from profiting?

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LOS ANGELES -- High-end sneakers and other luxury goods have been targets of choice for thieves amid the unrest in cities across the nation on recent nights, as small groups of troublemakers took advantage of mostly peaceful demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in Minneapolis police custody.

But those...Read more

More than 20 shot over 12 hours in Chicago as gun violence remains high for second week

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CHICAGO -- More than 20 people were shot in Chicago over 12 hours Tuesday through early Wednesday as gun violence remains high across the city for the second week in a row.

In two of the overnight shootings -- on the Far South Side and South Side -- three or more people were wounded, according to police.

Shootings started spiking in Chicago ...Read more

South LA is largely untouched by unrest. That is by design

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LOS ANGELES -- In 1992, the last time Angelenos' rage over police brutality boiled into an uprising, large swaths of South Los Angeles burnt to the ground.

Angry mobs took to the street. Some looted shops and torched buildings. Fights broke out in the middle of the chaos. More than 60 people were killed -- by police, by other assailants or in ...Read more

Rod Rosenstein to testify about Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- As deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein oversaw the Russia investigation for two years, pushing back on White House criticism and declaring it wasn't the "witch hunt" that President Donald Trump had claimed.

Rosenstein, who appointed Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel in 2017 and supervised his work, is scheduled to ...Read more

Biden, rescued by black voters, now has to enthuse them

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Joe Biden's political resurrection in the race for the Democratic nomination was due largely to overwhelming support from black voters. Yet racial tensions laid bare by nationwide protests have revealed a problem for Biden in the November election -- he doesn't excite younger black voters who want change, not just a sympathetic ear.

Biden's ...Read more

'This is healing'; After three days of chaos and protest over Floyd killing, peace breaks out in Philly

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PHILADELPHIA -- On a day when black leaders called for police reforms, questions were raised about law-enforcement double standards, and the city was very much a political battleground in the presidential campaign, more than a thousand demonstrators gathered, marched, and danced peacefully in Philadelphia for several hours on Tuesday to protest ...Read more

Police using rubber bullets on protesters that can kill, blind or maim for life

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In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five decades of evidence shows such weapons can disable, disfigure and even kill.

In addition to rubber bullets -- which often have a metal core -- police have used tear gas, ...Read more

'They ignited the situation': Fort Lauderdale police fractured eye socket of peaceful protester

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MIAMI -- LaToya Ratlieff was stumbling away from a cloud of tear gas in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Sunday -- choking, coughing and trying not to vomit -- when a police officer shot a foam rubber bullet at her head.

The round, traveling more than twice the speed of a Major League fastball, smashed into her face just above the right eye, opening...Read more

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