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As some push for faster COVID-19 reopenings, Newsom warns of a possible second wave

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By practically every metric, California is steadily beating back the coronavirus pandemic. But officials are watching data that could suggest a second surge of the virus is on the way, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

As COVID-19 test positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen, more than half of California's counties have been ...Read more

Veteran facing border wall scam charges with Steve Bannon: 'Not a penny' was taken

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WASHINGTON - An Air Force veteran who was arrested last month on charges of conspiring with former presidential adviser Steve Bannon and two others to scam donors supporting their private effort to build a border wall said on Monday that "not a penny" of the $25 million raised was taken to fund a "lavish" lifestyle.

In an exclusive interview ...Read more

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San Diego police investigates claims that officer's post made light of memorial for man he fatally shot

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SAN DIEGO - San Diego police have launched an internal investigation into allegations that an officer posted a photo on social media that appeared to make light of a makeshift memorial for a man who was fatally shot by the officer and a partner in late June.

San Diego police spokesman Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said the department fielded complaints ...Read more

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Fauci says Florida's decision to fully reopen bars and restaurants 'very concerning'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida's decision to fully reopen bars and restaurants is 'very concerning,' according to the top infectious disease expert in the country.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the decision may lead to another outbreak, according to statements he made ...Read more

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COVID-19 death toll hits 1 million amid fears of renewed outbreaks

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MEXICO CITY - The man with the hoe and shovel in the heavy white hazmat suit sweats in the tropical sun. His eyes sting beneath his face shield.

But Imang Maulana endures in his daily engagement with the red clay of Pondok Ranggon Cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia, lowering white coffins sealed in plastic into graves reserved for victims of the ...Read more

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Woman crushed to death by tractor on California beach

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A woman lying on a Southern California beach was crushed to death when a large tractor ran over her Monday morning, a police spokesman said.

The victim may have been sleeping at the time, spokesman Tom Bussey said. She has not been identified.

The incident happened about 10 a.m. at Oceanside Harbor Beach , north of San ...Read more

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Newsom seeks more money for novel homeless housing program

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - As Project Homekey funds begin to dry up, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said he's seeking an extra $200 million to help more cities and counties convert property into homeless housing.

If approved by the state's Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the request would increase the innovative program's buying power by a third. So ...Read more

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Grand jury confirms man was justified in killing White Settlement church shooter

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FORT WORTH, Texas - A Tarrant County grand jury decided to take no action Monday against the church security officer who killed the West Freeway Church of Christ shooter in White Settlement in December.

Jack Wilson, the head of the church's volunteer security team, killed the man who was shown on video shooting two congregants at the church on ...Read more

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'Sorry, Sasha, we don't have a house anymore': Wildfire devastation unfolds in Northern California

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ST. HELENA, Calif. - Just hours after the Glass fire churned through the hills above St. Helena and Napa Valley, Antonio Velazquez walked past the ruins of his neighbors' homes toward his house, a chain saw in hand and his German shepherd-mix, Sasha, by his side.

When they got to the homestead at Deer Park and Sunnyside roads, Velazquez turned ...Read more

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Breonna Taylor grand jury member wants secret proceeding made public

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A Kentucky grand juror involved in the decision not to bring murder charges against police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman in her apartment, asked that the transcripts and recordings of the secret proceeding be made public so that "the truth may prevail."

The juror said in a request Monday at the Jefferson...Read more

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Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU

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MIAMI - Now that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved Florida into Phase 3 reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, it's all systems go for party animals, apparently.

A large gathering, with more than 1,000 people, was shut down by cops late Saturday night near Florida State University in Tallahassee. The party was at an off campus apartment complex...Read more

Trump seizes on conservative group's claim of fraud in Minneapolis election

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MINNEAPOLIS - President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers in Minnesota called for an investigation Monday into a conservative activist group's allegations of illegal mail-in ballot "harvesting" in a special Minneapolis City Council election this summer.

A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department said the department was "in the ...Read more

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Appeals court blocks order requiring straight-ticket voting in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas - A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily blocked a recent lower-court order that required Texas election officials to make straight-ticket voting available for the Nov. 3 election.

U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo of Laredo had ruled that a state law banning straight-ticket voting, which took effect Sept. 1, ...Read more

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Police took 10 guns from Trump associate's Florida home after wife showed them bruises

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Fort Lauderdale police confiscated 10 guns Sunday from the home of President Donald Trump's former reelection campaign manager after his wife told them he was suicidal, hits her, and racked a handgun during an argument, according to newly released police reports.

Brad Parscale, 44, was involuntarily hospitalized under ...Read more

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Global coronavirus deaths top 1 million in another 'agonizing milestone'

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The relentless health crisis that has upended life around the world has reached another gloomy milestone, with the number of coronavirus deaths surging past 1 million on Monday.

The once-unthinkable death toll, confirmed by Johns Hopkins University, is much higher than the 690,000 lives lost by AIDS or the 400,000 deaths attributed to malaria ...Read more

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House Democrats unveil new coronavirus relief plan

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WASHINGTON - House Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion pandemic relief package Monday night as part of a last-ditch attempt to secure new aid before the Nov. 3 elections.

Even as talks resumed between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on a potential compromise, Democrats sought to increase the public pressure by offering...Read more

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Trump administration pushes to end census next week

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WASHINGTON - Days after a judge ordered the Census Bureau to continue enumerating for another month beyond its current Sept. 30 deadline, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the agency, announced Monday he intends to end all in-person counting efforts next week.

"The Secretary of Commerce has announced a target date of October 5, 2020,...Read more

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3 found dead in fast-moving Zogg Fire near Redding

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SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - At least three people have been killed in the fast-moving Zogg fire west of Redding, authorities said Monday.

Shasta County Sheriff-Coroner Eric Magrini announced the deaths at an afternoon news conference.

"It's with a sad heart that I come before you today to say we've had three deaths as a result of this fire thus ...Read more

National Hurricane Center watching area of low pressure expected to form near Cuba

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A broad area of low pressure expected to form southwest of Cuba has a "medium chance" of developing into a tropical depression over the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Gradual development of the disturbance is possible as it slowly moves west-northwest over the northwestern Caribbean ...Read more

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Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys' locker room.

Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an "enhanced privacy" bathroom separate from the boys' locker room in violation of the state's human ...Read more