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Britain agrees 'air bridges' for 59 nations; US, China excluded

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LONDON -- Britain will exempt travelers from Germany, France, Spain and Italy from its coronavirus quarantine rule for international arrivals, the government said on Friday.

They are among 59 countries and territories with which Britain has agreed "air bridges" of mutual exemption from quarantine requirements.

Greece and Turkey were also on ...Read more

Texas waited to require masks, close beaches ahead of Fourth of July as coronavirus spiked

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GALVESTON, Texas -- As COVID-19 infections spiked in South Texas, officials closed beaches and the governor ordered the wearing of masks, but crowds still descended on Galveston's restaurants and Pleasure Pier amusement park on Friday.

At The Spot, a popular three-story beachfront restaurant on Seawall Boulevard, signs warned that patrons had ...Read more

Couple face felony assault charges in Michigan dispute involving guns in parking lot

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DETROIT -- A Clarkston couple were charged Thursday with felonious assault, a day after two racially charged videos of the same incident clearly show a white woman pointing a gun at a Black mother and her two daughters outside an Orion Township eatery.

Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were each charged with one count of ...Read more

South Korea shakes up security team after North Korea setbacks

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South Korea's President Moon Jae-in shook up his security team and appointed veterans in North Korea relations after Kim Jung Un's regime blew up a joint liaison that once served as a symbol of his rapprochement toward Pyongyang.

Moon named Park Jie-won as the new head of the National Intelligence Service, his office said Friday. Park helped ...Read more

Will Austin bat-watching crowds stay? Only by keeping distance, city says

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AUSTIN, Texas -- On the grass under the Congress Avenue bridge last weekend, dozens sat in clumps a few feet away from one another, talking and eating, to watch the bats come out.

More stood on top of the bridge, swelling the size of the crowd to more than 100 people. About half wore masks.

When the bats started to fly out from under the ...Read more

Delaware just removed its last public whipping post. Here's a look at its history and significance

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After years of community complaints and a national reckoning over racism, the whipping post is now gone from the Old Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown, Del., where it stood for decades.

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs extracted the post with a jackhammer Wednesday, when News Journal reporters captured dozens of ...Read more

How many in North Carolina have had COVID-19? These researchers have an estimate

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The cumulative number of North Carolinians infected with the novel coronavirus is nearing half a million, according to one group of researchers, more than seven times the number of positive tests.

The estimate of 483,156 people infected may seem large, but it means less than 5% of the state's population has been infected, and ...Read more

Israel bolsters antibody tests as second virus wave threatens

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Israel is fortifying its national survey of exposure to the coronavirus as a second wave of infections threatens to plunge the country back into lockdown.

The buttressed program will begin rechecking positive results for antibodies to the pathogen, helping researchers understand the depth and duration of immunity, according to Yair Schindel, a ...Read more

California's July 4 coronavirus warning: 'Assume everyone around you is infectious'

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LOS ANGELES -- California is entering a perilous Fourth of July holiday weekend: Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are continuing to surge even as officials beg the public to avoid crowds and keep physical distancing in hopes of preventing more outbreaks that could overwhelm the state's hospitals.

Californians who hoped the Independence ...Read more

After George Floyd's death, south Minneapolis asks: Who does 38th and Chicago belong to?

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Pastor Curtis Farrar didn't want to build his church at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue.

There was a building he liked further south at the time. But this one was available, so at the southwest corner he opened Worldwide Outreach for Christ, where he has led services for the last 38 years.

Now Farrar believes it was divine ...Read more

Truck driver posts regrets about party a day before dying of coronavirus

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LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. -- After months of diligently isolating, truck driver Tommy Macias, 51, made one error that cost him his life. He went to a barbecue party with some friends.

He didn't know that someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, but showed no symptoms, also was there.

"It was all preventable," said Gustavo Lopez, Macias' 52-...Read more

Masks are putting people at each other's throats, especially in Palm Beach County

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- In the increasingly nasty debate about coronavirus masks, Palm Beach County became the nation's focus for the all the wrong reasons.

A woman stood before county commissioners a couple weeks back and demanded that they vote against requiring people to wear face coverings in public to prevent the coronavirus from ...Read more

A COVID-19 outbreak on UW's Greek Row hints at how hard it may be to open colleges this fall

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SEATTLE -- This week's outbreak at several University of Washington fraternities has hinted at just how hard it's going to be to keep COVID-19 from spreading when college students return to campus this fall -- especially since those students are eager to be around other young people after months of lockdowns and living at home.

As of Friday, ...Read more

Endangered butterfly in San Diego County is the focus of a new protection effort

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SAN DIEGO -- Two environmental groups have filed a petition with the state asking it to provide more protection for a once-abundant butterfly that has seen its numbers fall precipitously in San Diego County and elsewhere in recent decades.

The tiny Quino checkerspot should be added to California's list of endangered species because its ...Read more

Hong Kong man first to be charged with inciting secession, terrorism

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HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong medic has become the first person to be charged under a sweeping national security law that Beijing imposed on the territory earlier this week.

The defendant, 23-year-old Tong Ying-kit, has been charged by police with inciting others "with a view to committing secession or undermining national unification" as well as "...Read more

Barr asked if probe into hacking of environmentalists is limited

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic senator is asking Attorney General William Barr whether "political pressure" is limiting a probe into the hacking of environmental groups in light of Barr's ouster of the chief U.S. prosecutor in Manhattan.

"The risk is obvious that the investigation will be slow-walked or curtailed" because of President Donald Trump'...Read more

Putin's new constitution sparks call to restrict rainbows

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A day after Russians approved an effectual ban on gay marriage as part of sweeping amendments to the constitution, Vladimir Putin signaled to supporters it was open season on the rainbow.

The Russian president met with the authors of the amendments Friday and one of them, a former senator, appealed to him to take one step further and limit the ...Read more

Senate Republicans seek to join defense in Minnesota abortion case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law, Minnesota Senate Republicans moved to get involved in a legal battle over the state's own measures on abortion access.

In a party-line vote Thursday evening, the Senate Rules Committee voted to hire outside counsel to defend a slate of state abortion...Read more

Keystone XL breaks ground in Canada in bid to ward off US veto

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Construction on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline has begun in Canada, and the premier of the nation's top oil-producing province says the project's momentum may make it difficult for a future U.S. administration to cancel it.

"We have taken a conscious risk to get construction started, to get facts on the ground," Alberta Premier ...Read more

With 12 in Texas on federal death row, Justice Department resumes executions

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week declined to hear a challenge to the Trump administration's revised federal death penalty practice, and the four men who appealed their executions are scheduled to be put to death this summer.

The U.S. Justice Department has said additional executions will be set at a later date. The last...Read more