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After four days, search for Naya Rivera will continue Sunday: 'Our goal is to bring the family closure'

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LOS ANGELES -- Search teams on Saturday were unable to locate the body of "Glee" star Naya Rivera, who authorities believe drowned Wednesday afternoon while boating with her young son on Lake Piru in Ventura County.

The search will resume Sunday morning, according to a Twitter post Saturday evening by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.

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'It takes 150 redials': Horror stories from Californians filing unemployment claims, getting no results

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LOS ANGELES -- Barry Levine has blown through two-thirds of his life savings while waiting for his unemployment insurance claim to be processed. He figures that, by sometime in September, he will have nothing left.

In the 10 weeks since the 52-year-old freelance ad copywriter and occasional actor applied for benefits, he has called the ...Read more

Coronavirus outbreak hits Los Angeles Apparel with more than 300 infections, 4 employee deaths

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LOS ANGELES -- When the coronavirus began rapidly spreading in the spring, Los Angeles Apparel was one of many fashion brands that altered operations to make reusable masks.

The company's flamboyant founder, Dov Charney, said in March that his 400 employees were trying to keep up with the desperate need for protection and that he hoped to ...Read more

LA County reports 2,900 new coronavirus cases, 57 related deaths as surge continues

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County health officials on Saturday confirmed 2,916 new coronavirus cases and 57 more related deaths, as the region struggles with a surge of cases in the ongoing pandemic.

There are more than 2,000 people hospitalized with the virus, with 27% of those confirmed cases in intensive care and 18% on ventilators, ...Read more

Hong Kong opposition primaries draw more voters than expected

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HONG KONG -- Almost 230,000 people voted on Saturday in primaries held by Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition parties, exceeding expectations for the total turnout at the two-day event, Radio Television Hong Kong reported, citing organizers.

Voting at the 250 stations across the city went relatively smoothly, despite some minor scuffles, RTHK ...Read more

Stone still a convicted felon, Mueller writes in Washington Post

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WASHINGTON -- Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Saturday defended the investigation into Russian election interference and said Roger Stone "remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

The rare public comments by Mueller came a day after President Donald Trump commuted the 40-month sentence handed down to Stone, days before the longtime ...Read more

Another night of protest in front of Serbian parliament

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- The area in front of the Serbian parliament resembled a war zone on three of four nights of protests against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic this week, but Saturday evening was calmer.

Around 500 to 1,000 people were dispersed over the eight lanes of the street in front, as well as the broad pavements and the park across ...Read more

UN Security Council passes resolution on aid in Syria conflict

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NEW YORK -- The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Saturday securing continuing humanitarian aid for war-torn Syria.

The German-Belgian resolution agreed on provided for only one border crossing to Syria to be kept open for another 12 months, in line with a Russian proposal.

An earlier draft called for two border crossings to Syria to ...Read more

Trump dons face mask during visit to Walter Reed Hospital

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump wore a mask during a scheduled visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a rare instance of doing so publicly as coronavirus cases continue to pile up.

Trump on Saturday was photographed with a dark-colored mask, walking in the halls of the hospital in Maryland, where he was set to meet with...Read more

Attorney for St. Louis couple who waved guns at protesters turns handgun over to police

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Lawyer Albert Watkins on Saturday turned over to police what he said was the handgun that city resident Patricia McCloskey had waved at protesters June 28. Police served a search warrant Friday at the Portland Place home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey and seized the rifle that Mark McCloskey had brandished that evening.

The ...Read more

Americans' aversion to mask-wearing is holding back the economy

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The aversion of many Americans to wearing a thin piece of cloth across their faces is restraining an already-shaky economic rebound.

In Texas, the second most-populous state and a hotspot of the resurgent COVID-19, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on July 2 ordered mask-wearing in a reversal of his earlier opposition to enforcement. He said on local...Read more

Shooting of man by Baltimore police highlights 'total failure' of city's behavioral health response, agency says

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BALTIMORE -- After Baltimore police officers shot a man who pulled a firearm while undergoing a behavioral health crisis last week, the organization that oversees the city's behavioral health services called the current system "a total failure" that needs better integration of mental health professionals with the police.

There is no indication ...Read more

8 arrests made during Friday protests after Detroit police fatally shoot man

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DETROIT -- Eight arrests were made Friday night in Detroit after a protest broke out at the site of a police shooting.

Detroit police took the protesters into custody during the impromptu protest gathering near where officers earlier in the day shot and killed a man they say fired on them first during an arrest, Detroit Police Sgt. Nicole ...Read more

Former President Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter: 'Please wear a mask'

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ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, are encouraging everyone to wear a mask to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In a Saturday morning Twitter post, the Carters appear in a photo wearing white masks that have The Carter Center logo.

"Please wear a mask to save lives," the photo says in a ...Read more

Roger Stone's ongoing appeal still pits him against Justice Department

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Roger Stone's commutation by President Donald Trump spares the Republican operative from spending more than three years at a federal lockup in rural Georgia, but his legal journey is far from over.

Even after Trump's controversial act of clemency for his longtime friend and political booster, Stone's conviction from November -- for lying to ...Read more

Even amid pandemic, pain of Srebrenica genocide throbs 25 years later

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BELGRADE, Serbia -- The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide on Saturday was marked under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, which not only forced changes to the ceremony but also once again delayed appeals hearings in the trial of the main culprit.

The event marks July 11, 1995, the day when Bosnian Serb forces marched into Srebrenica...Read more

'Nothing can be off the table' as California coronavirus deaths surge toward 7,000

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LOS ANGELES -- California coronavirus deaths approached 7,000 as officials raised new alarms about rapid community spread and the grim consequences ahead if the public cannot change its behavior.

As of Saturday morning, the state's coronavirus-related death toll stood at 6,958. Daily death totals have begun to increase after a month of spiking ...Read more

Florida COVID-19 cases top a quarter million

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Cases of COVID-19 in Florida pushed past a quarter million Saturday, as the state reported 10,383 additional people with the disease.

The state posted 95 additional deaths. A state summary released Saturday morning listed 188 additional deaths, but that appears to have been a miscalculation.

Neither total is a record, ...Read more

Massive fire at historic San Gabriel Mission destroys roof and much of interior

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LOS ANGELES -- A massive fire ripped through the 249-year-old San Gabriel Mission early Saturday, destroying the roof of the church and much of its interior, authorities said.

"It's heartbreaking," said Capt. Antonio Negrete, public information officer for the San Gabriel Fire Department.

Authorities received a call at 4:24 a.m. reporting that...Read more

Heat wave drives people inside in COVID's hottest hot spots

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An oppressive heat wave is intersecting with a COVID-19 spike in some of the pandemic's hardest-hit U.S. cities, posing another obstacle for officials and health experts who must decide what's riskier: indoor transmission or dangerous temperatures.

In Houston, the heat index Friday was nearing 110 F, prompting Harris County testing sites to ...Read more