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Trump, trailing in race, fires his campaign manager

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, falling further behind Joe Biden in polls as he struggles to contain the growing coronavirus pandemic and recession, shook up his campaign staff Wednesday night, replacing his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, with another longtime aide.

Trump made the announcement on Facebook, promoting deputy campaign ...Read more

Trump's edge on economy vanishes as more voters now trust Biden

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President Donald Trump has lost the one remaining advantage he had with voters, with 50% of voters now saying they trust Joe Biden to do a better job managing the U.S. economy than Donald Trump, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac Poll also gives Biden a 52% to 37% lead over Trump, a margin that's the largest of any ...Read more

Two men charged in $2 million kidnapping of luxury car dealer whose body was found in Mojave Desert

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LOS ANGELES -- Federal authorities Wednesday charged two men with helping to abduct a Southern California car dealer who was held for $2 million ransom, beaten, killed and buried in the Mojave Desert.

Anthony Valladares, 28, and Alexis Ivan Romero Velez, 24, were arrested Tuesday and charged in federal court with kidnapping. An attorney for ...Read more

Trump, trailing in race, fires his campaign manager

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, falling further behind Joe Biden in polls as he struggles to contain the growing coronavirus pandemic and recession, shook up his campaign staff Wednesday night, replacing his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, with another longtime aide.

Trump made the announcement on Facebook, promoting deputy campaign ...Read more

Twitter hackers divert bitcoin spoils to other accounts

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A security incident involving some of the most prominent business and political leaders on Twitter duped people into sending at least $120,000 worth of Bitcoin to an anonymous online wallet, and more than half of that total has already been spirited to other accounts, according to a Bitcoin-tracing company.

The person or people behind the scam ...Read more

Pence suggests convention could change as COVID rages

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WASHINGTON -- Vice President Mike Pence suggested Wednesday the Republican National Committee is considering changes to its nominating convention and will prioritize the health of convention attendees as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Florida.

"With regard to the convention, I can tell you it is a work in progress. The president's ...Read more

Georgia governor extends coronavirus restrictions

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ATLANTA -- Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday extended Georgia's coronavirus restrictions while explicitly banning cities and counties from adopting rules requiring masks or other face coverings, a measure that could bolster the state's case in a possible legal battle.

Kemp's executive order -- which was set to expire Wednesday evening -- still ...Read more

Trump touts plan to speed infrastructure projects in Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- President Donald Trump used a brief trip to Atlanta on Wednesday to tout changes to the federal environmental review process, an overhaul he said would speed the permitting of infrastructure projects nationwide.

In a 41-minute address at UPS' airport hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Trump said his administration's ...Read more

Mark Harris won't face state charges in N.C. 9th District ballot fraud case

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former congressional candidate Mark Harris will not face state criminal charges in the ballot-fraud case that led to a redo of NorthCarolina's 9th District general election in 2018, Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Wednesday.

"Following more than a year of investigation by multiple State and Federal agencies ...Read more

Trump replaces Parscale in campaign shakeup with polls sliding

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump ousted Brad Parscale as manager of his campaign, replacing him with Bill Stepien as the president seeks to reverse a decline in the polls with less than four months before the November election.

Stepien, who formerly served as White House political director, was deputy to Parscale, the campaign manager since...Read more

Charges against the social workers linked to Gabriel Fernandez's killing will be dropped

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LOS ANGELES -- The charges against four social workers connected with the case of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez, who was tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend, will be dropped Thursday, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

Social workers Stefanie Rodriguez and Patricia Clement, as well as their supervisors, Kevin...Read more

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White House has 'zero concerns' Trump contracted coronavirus from Oklahoma governor

WASHINGTON -- The White House said Wednesday that it has "zero concerns" that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt -- who announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus -- interacted with President Donald Trump at a June campaign rally.

Trump is tested every day, a ...Read more

Congress edges toward deal to extend federal unemployment subsidy in coronavirus bill

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WASHINGTON -- After initial resistance from some Republicans, Congress is inching closer to an agreement to extend at least some of the $600-a-week federal unemployment insurance subsidy approved this spring to help American workers hurt by the coronavirus crisis.

When they return next week to begin talks on another major relief bill, lawmakers...Read more

Texas teachers call on state leaders to delay school reopenings

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AUSTIN, Texas -- More than 100 teachers gathered outside the Texas Capitol on Wednesday to urge state education leaders to rethink plans to put teachers and students back in the classroom next month, saying that opening while coronavirus infections remain high will put lives at risk.

Educators lined the sidewalk in front of the Capitol, many ...Read more

Sheriff's chief of staff reassigned after he posted Andres Guardado 'chose his fate'

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's chief of staff is being reassigned after facing criticism for recent social media posts in which he said Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old who was fatally shot in the back by a deputy in nearby Gardena last month, "chose his fate."

Capt. John Burcher, one of Villanueva's closest ...Read more

Federal prison officials send former US Rep. Chaka Fattah home early to Philly, won't say why

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PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has accomplished what attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah could not after two appeals -- springing the disgraced politician early from lockup.

A BOP spokesperson confirmed that Fattah, a Philadelphia Democrat sentenced in 2016 to 10 years on corruption charges, returned to the city on June 8 ...Read more

San Diego Navy ship burns a fourth day as crews make 'significant progress' in fire fight

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SAN DIEGO -- Firefighting teams have made "significant progress" extinguishing the four-day-old fire onboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Wednesday, but there's still a lot of work to be done before the fire is declared extinguished, a Navy spokeswoman said.

In an early-morning statement Wednesday the ...Read more

Trump says announcement coming on dealing with crime in Chicago, other Democratic-run cities

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CHICAGO -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday vaguely referenced an upcoming announcement on how his administration intends to deal with crime in Democrat-led cities, again citing Chicago's violence as a problem he will tackle.

In a briefing with reporters about his ongoing efforts to deal with the MS-13 gang, Trump said he would have more to ...Read more

Colombian armed groups kill civilians to impose COVID-19 rules, rights group says

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Armed groups in Colombia have committed killings and other abuses against civilians to enforce their own measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, armed groups in at least 11 of Colombia's 32 regions have imposed curfews, lockdowns, restrictions of ...Read more

White House has 'zero concerns' Trump contracted coronavirus from Oklahoma governor

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WASHINGTON --The White House said Wednesday that it has "zero concerns" that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt -- who announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus -- interacted with President Donald Trump at a June campaign rally.

Trump is tested every day, a White House official told McClatchy.

"That would be the longest incubation period in ...Read more