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Condition of burned Minneapolis liquor store cuts short search for possible body

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis firefighters returned Tuesday to the burned-out remains of a Lake Street liquor store to search for a body after witnesses reported that a man didn't make it out when the building was torched during last week's riots in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Crews inspected the twisted heap of metal at the intersection of ...Read more

Governors warn congressional leaders of billion-dollar shortfalls due to coronavirus

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WASHINGTON -- Three governors testified to Congress in a virtual hearing Tuesday, giving updates on the tolls of coronavirus, plans for reopening, and the projected billion-dollar impact of the pandemic on state's finances.

"COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our budget," Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the House Committee on Commerce...Read more

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Trump sued over executive order targeting social media companies

President Donald Trump's executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal ...Read more

Sens. Lee, Johnson slow bill tweaking SBA COVID-19 loan program

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WASHINGTON -- Two Republican holdouts are threatening to prevent speedy passage of a bill that would modify a popular coronavirus loan program for small businesses over the temporary initiative's end date.

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chairman Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are ...Read more

'Up there with World War II and the Civil War': Three-headed crisis reshapes Biden-Trump race

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WASHINGTON -- The death of George Floyd and subsequent vitriolic nationwide demonstrations against police violence have added yet another crisis to a presidential campaign already gripped by a public health emergency and economic calamity, thrusting the race into unprecedented terrain as Donald Trump and Joe Biden seek to show they can lead the ...Read more

Confederate monuments vandalized across the South during George Floyd protests

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Confederate monuments were vandalized in at least six Southern states as protests erupted over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, died last week when a now-arrested Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes before he died.

His death prompted people across the country to call for ...Read more

Mother of George Floyd's daughter speaks to thousands in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The mother of George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter tearfully spoke out at Minneapolis City Hall on Tuesday, saying he was a loving and devoted father who continued to provide for their family before his death at the hands of police.

Flanked by lawyers and retired NBA player Stephen Jackson, who was Floyd's childhood friend, Roxie ...Read more

Police say pepper balls were used to clear protesters for Trump's walk to church

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Park Police acknowledged that its officers used smoke and irritating pepper agents to clear protesters outside the White House on Monday before President Donald Trump walked to a historic church that was damaged by arson.

The police agency denied in a statement on Tuesday that it used "tear gas" to disperse the protesters...Read more

Vulnerable senators offer mixed reviews of Trump in crisis

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WASHINGTON -- Senators with the toughest reelection fights offered varying levels of criticism Tuesday for President Donald Trump's hard-line approach to demonstrators, reflecting the tightrope that Republicans especially walk when it comes to the commander in chief.

Trump on Monday declared himself the law-and-order president and said he would...Read more

National Guardsman kneels after calls from Hollywood protesters, who cheer

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LOS ANGELES -- It was 1 p.m. and thousands of protesters marching through Hollywood had arrived at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, where they came across National Guard troops and police.

Some in the crowd chanted, "Take a knee."

After several minutes, at least two of the Guardsmen complied, as the crowd cheered and clapped.

One person ...Read more

Trump sued over executive order targeting social media companies

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President Donald Trump's executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal court Tuesday, claiming the order is an unconstitutional retaliation ...Read more

George W. Bush: Injustice is suffocating America

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Former President George W. Bush issued a statement Tuesday on the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed.

It reads as follows:

"Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because ...Read more

Senate confirms Brian Miller to be pandemic inspector general

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's controversial pick to oversee a $500 billion coronavirus economic bailout fund.

The chamber voted 51-40 to make Brian Miller the special inspector general for pandemic recovery.

Along with a budget of $25 million and a staff of more than 100, Miller will oversee how the ...Read more

Can Trump campaign on a vow to end the disorder and unrest that he's fueling?

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WASHINGTON -- With protests erupting across the country, President Donald Trump is ripping a page from Richard Nixon's playbook, claiming to stand for "law and order" and calling out to the "silent majority" that he hopes will grant him a second term.

But 2020 is a long way from 1968, and there's no assurance that Trump's message will resonate ...Read more

Trudeau silent for 20 seconds after being asked about Trump

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MONTREAL -- Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday hesitated for 20 seconds before answering a question about President Donald Trump's handling of protests gripping the United States.

Trudeau's long silence came when a reporter asked him to comment on Trump's threat to use the armed forces to quell violence.

When he eventually spoke...Read more

SAT test woes: Plans for at-home tests suspended, some students may not have access to exams

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SAT tests may not be available this fall to all students who want to take the college admissions exam as the coronavirus crisis has limited the availability of testing sites and efforts to develop an at-home exam have run into roadblocks, the College Board announced Tuesday.

The testing organization is calling on universities and colleges to ...Read more

Homeland Security grossly understated family separations, watchdog says

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Customs and Border Protection separated dozens more migrant children at ports of entry in 2018 than it publicly attested to at the height of the Trump administration's so-called zero tolerance policy, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog.

The department's Office of Inspector General...Read more

Judicial watchdog says appeals court justice should be ousted for sexual misconduct

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A California judicial watchdog group decided Tuesday that Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey Johnson should be removed from the bench for sexual misconduct, dishonesty and undignified conduct.

Johnson was charged with sexual misconduct toward 17 women at the courts where he worked and at professional functions, including unwanted ...Read more

Chicago will still loosen restrictions on Wednesday as planned, mayor says

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CHICAGO -- Despite widespread looting and heightened public health concerns brought on by thousands of people protesting in tight groups across the city, Chicago will move ahead with looser coronavirus restrictions as planned on Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced.

Lightfoot previously said restaurants, hotels and many more businesses ...Read more

'Baby June' homicide remains unsolved two years after infant's body found in ocean

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- It has been two years since an off-duty firefighter found the body of an infant floating in the ocean, and investigators are once again asking for the public's help identifying "Baby June" in hopes of solving her death.

Boynton Beach firefighter Chris Lemieux was aboard a charter boat on the afternoon of June 1, 2018, ...Read more