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Threats of arrest, job loss and surveillance. China works to erase its 'model minority'

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BEIJING - The herder couldn't speak for long. His phone was being monitored, he said, as are those of many other Mongols around him.

"We have no way out. There's nothing we can do," said Gangbater, a herder in Xilingol League, a central part of China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region, where mass protests broke out three weeks ago when the ...Read more

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Protests erupt after grand jury does not charge Louisville officers in killing of Breonna Taylor

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The shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville, Kentucky, police in March could easily have slipped into obscurity - one more deadly encounter between law enforcement and a Black American.

Instead, her name and image became nationally known during a summer of protests against racial injustice and excessive use of force, triggered by the May 25 ...Read more

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Protesters fail to save mural by famed Chicano artist from demolition at San Diego school

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SAN DIEGO - Community members tried unsuccessfully to stop the demolition of a 32-year-old mural painted by a renowned San Diego Chicano artist at Memorial Prep Middle School in the Logan Heights neighborhood.

The school building bearing the mural was torn down Wednesday afternoon despite a community member, Encanto resident Monica Bernal, ...Read more

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Japan needs woman leader to halt population slide, lawmaker says

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TOKYO - One of the three women to snag a senior position under Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is already planning to challenge him for the ruling party leadership next year.

Veteran Seiko Noda, who last week was appointed executive acting secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, said that while it was time for a woman to ...Read more

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Young adults now the largest group of Americans getting COVID-19, CDC says

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LOS ANGELES - The longer the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the younger its victims get.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the median age of people with COVID-19 in the U.S. has declined over the spring and summer, with Americans in their 20s now accounting for more cases than people in any other age group...Read more

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'Really brilliant': Trump praises Ky. prosecutor after no charges in Breonna Taylor's death

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President Donald Trump offered no kind words to Breonna Taylor's family Wednesday after Kentucky prosecutors announced they won't file any charges in the Black woman's death at the hands of police.

The president offered effusive praise for the chief prosecutor, though.

"I thought it was really brilliant," Trump said at the White House after he...Read more

General becomes first Black superintendent of US Air Force Academy

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Lt. Gen. Richard Clark received a first-of-its kind homecoming Wednesday when he took command as the Air Force Academy's superintendent.

Clark, a 1986 academy graduate, is the first former commandant of cadets to come back for the three-star job. He's also the first Black superintendent in the school's 66-year history....Read more

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Tensions rise in Ecuador and Peru as Chinese fishing fleet moves south from Galapagos

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GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador - Tensions are rising along the Pacific coast of South America as a giant Chinese fishing fleet of roughly 300 vessels moves from the edge of the Galapagos marine preserve to the waters off Peru.

This week, President Donald Trump excoriated China on a variety of issues, ranging from the coronavirus to human rights, in a ...Read more

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Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump refused Wednesday to commit to giving up power should he lose the November race, adding to concerns that a contested election could lead to a constitutional crisis and a unique challenge to the nation's democracy.

Trailing the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, in national and swing-state polls six weeks before ...Read more

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Ginsburg's death sets up what could be the sharpest Supreme Court shift in 3 decades

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WASHINGTON - When Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the Supreme Court in 1993, she was its lone Democratic appointee, the first in 26 years. Her eight colleagues were named by the four Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to George H.W. Bush.

They were not all conservatives, however. Ginsburg voted regularly with John Paul Stevens and David H. ...Read more

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Pebble CEO Tom Collier resigns after release of secretly recorded videos

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier has resigned following the release by an environmental group of secretly recorded videos of Collier and Ron Thiessen, president of Pebble parent company Northern Dynasty Minerals, discussing the company's relationship with Alaska politicians and regulators.

A statement released by ...Read more


China still expanding Xinjiang detention camps, report says

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China is continuing to invest in detention camps in Xinjiang, according to a new research report, findings that could bolster calls to punish Beijing over its human rights practices in the predominately Muslim region.

At least 61 suspected detention facilities showed signs of new construction between July 2019 and July 2020, the Australian ...Read more

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Trump to name security council aide to replace fired intelligence watchdog

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will nominate a new inspector general for the intelligence community - a successor to the watchdog who triggered his impeachment earlier this year.

Trump's prospective nominee is Allen Robert Souza, who serves as principal deputy senior director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council and ...Read more

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Trump wants new justice to be able to decide 2020 election

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, trailing in public polling and lagging in fundraising, wants a new Supreme Court justice confirmed before the election to be able to break potential ties on the court over election litigation.

"In terms of time, we can go to January 20th, but I think it's better if you go before the election because I think ...Read more

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Colleges' opening fueled 3,000 COVID-19 cases a day, researchers say

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Reopening colleges drove a coronavirus surge of about 3,000 new cases a day in the United States, according to a draft study released this week.

The study, done jointly by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Davidson College, tracked cellphone data and matched it to ...Read more

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Brown bear breaks into Alaska Zoo, kills popular alpaca named Caesar

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A longtime Alaska Zoo resident alpaca named Caesar was killed by a wild brown bear that broke into the alpaca's enclosure.

The bear tunneled under the zoo's perimeter fence and broke through the cedar split rail fence around the enclosure before killing Caesar over the weekend, according to the zoo's executive director, Pat ...Read more

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Democrats propose new restraints on White House aimed at Trump

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats on Wednesday rolled out a sweeping draft package of reforms they say would prevent future presidential abuses of power and more effectively combat foreign interference in U.S. elections.

The late congressional session ...Read more

An Idaho man organized the Portland Trump rally that turned deadly. He's planning one for Boise

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BOISE, Idaho - Alex Kuzmenko is the organizer behind some of the pro-Trump caravans that have filled downtown Boise with supporters of the president on recent summer nights.

The 33-year-old Meridian resident, an unknown in local politics, also is the impetus behind the "cruises" that have turned the streets of downtown into a pro-Trump venue at...Read more

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Calif. Gov. Newsom orders 2035 phaseout of gas-powered vehicles, calls for fracking ban

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Emphasizing that California must stay at the forefront of the fight against climate change, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday issued an executive order to restrict new car sales in the state to only zero-emission vehicles by 2035 and threw his support behind a ban on the controversial use of hydraulic fracturing by oil ...Read more

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Florida's COVID-19 death toll at 13,782 after 6 months

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It's been six months since Florida began reporting the deaths of people from the coronavirus pandemic.

The list started with 17 deaths on March 23. The official numbers now: 13,618 Floridians who have died from COVID-19, plus another 164 nonresidents who died from the disease in the state.

The Florida Department of ...Read more