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DOJ finds Yale University discriminates against Asian American, white applicants

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Federal investigators have concluded that Yale University discriminates against Asian American and white applicants after a two-year investigation into the school's affirmative action policies as part of its undergraduate admissions process.

The findings are part of several attempts by the Trump administration to beat back ...Read more

Israeli army says it accidentally hit UN-run school in strike in Gaza

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GAZA CITY -- The Israeli army damaged a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in an airstrike carried out overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

The army had struck Hamas targets in response to incendiary balloons launched into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, and a spokeswoman told dpa...Read more

'Forgotten voting blocs.' Florida's Black Caribbean voters identify with Kamala Harris

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MIAMI -- Kamala Harris, the U.S. senator picked this week as the running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, stands to become a number of "firsts" if the duo win the November presidential election: The first woman vice president. The first Black vice president. The first Asian-American vice president.

But there's one...Read more

DA is denied warrant to probe Garrett Rolfe fundraising site in Rayshard Brooks' death

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ATLANTA -- A Fulton County judge recently denied a search warrant sought by prosecutors who wanted information on a fundraising site set up for the former Atlanta police officer charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

An official from the district attorney's office sought the search warrant last week from Superior Court Judge Robert ...Read more

'Chaos and confusion': Cost-cutting and turmoil at Postal Service fuel worry for mail voting

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The United States Postal Service has possibly never been more important, or more embattled.

The 245-year-old organization has faced years of derision from President Donald Trump. And as the election nears with his prospects uncertain, Trump has intensified his unfounded claims against voting by mail and his institutional attacks on the ...Read more

Florida adds 6,236 coronavirus cases as death toll passes 8,900

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MIAMI -- Florida's Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 6,236 additional cases of COVID-19, pushing the state's known total to 557,137. An additional 148 Florida resident deaths were also announced, bring the statewide resident death toll to 8,913.

The health department later updated its nonresident death toll with one additional death, ...Read more

Illinois congressman calls for federal ban on electronic cigarettes, citing study that shows link to COVID-19

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CHICAGO -- Citing a study showing a correlation between vaping and COVID-19, an Illinois congressman is calling for a federal ban on all e-cigarettes -- though a vaping industry advocate called it a publicity stunt.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat from Schaumburg and chairman of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, wrote...Read more

California oil production limits stall in Legislature, leaving the issue to Newsom

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In his first year in office, Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to protect Californians against hazards and pollutants from oil and gas production. Now the governor is facing increasing pressure to make good on his promise after efforts in the Legislature to mandate health and safety buffer zones around oil and gas wells and ...Read more

Trump admits to blocking Postal Service funding to undercut voting by mail

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would block a funding boost for the U.S. Postal Service to handle an expected flood of mail-in ballots in coming weeks, admitting it's part of a White House effort to limit Americans voting by mail and raising the chances of chaos surrounding the election in November.

Democrats have ...Read more

What Kamala Harris' unique American story means to Black and South Asian Americans

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When news broke Tuesday that Joe Biden had selected Sen. Kamala Harris to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee, political consultant Neal Carter saw a range of emotions across the moderate, liberal and left-wing circles he traverses.

The first Black woman on a presidential ticket? A historic selection? A symbolic gesture to the big tent ...Read more

Rare illness linked to COVID-19 sickening children

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A new federal report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details how a rare but severe illness linked to COVID-19 is affecting children in seven states.

Illinois, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and California each had between 21 and 30 cases from March to July, according to an article released Thursday by the Centers for Disease ...Read more

Team is researching at-home coronavirus testing, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says

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LOS ANGELES -- A coalition of scientific experts, bioscience firms, government leaders and foundations is researching at-home coronavirus testing, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said this week.

"Last week, I brought together this group for the first time. It's a grass-roots effort to accelerate the science of testing, so that we can know where...Read more

US suspends private charter flights to Cuba; some flights to Havana are authorized

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In the middle of a pandemic, the United States suspended private charter flights to Cuba as a measure to increase pressure and cut off funds going to the Cuban government, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday.

"I requested that the Department of Transportation suspend private charter flights to all Cuban airports, including Havana,...Read more

In 1982, he killed her entire family. Upon his death, she's finally getting closure.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The man who broke into Miriam Smith's New Jersey home more than 38 years ago, killing her parents and 3-year-old sister, had finally died.

She started to cry.

"Why are you crying, Mommy?" her 6-year-old daughter, Peyton, asked her Monday night. She held the girl close. "People just cry sometimes when they're happy," Smith said....Read more

Police remove pipe bombs found in Boynton Beach; man in custody

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad on Wednesday night located and disabled more than two dozen pipe bombs in a grassy area and dumpster off of Hoadley Road, near Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach.

Police said Thursday morning that the area is secure, and only Hoadly Road remained closed.

Gregory Samuel ...Read more

Trump opposes funding Postal Service because it would increase vote by mail

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Thursday he opposed emergency funding for election operations and the Postal Service because it could allow more people to vote by mail.

"They want $3.5 billion for something that will turn out to be fraudulent, that's election money basically," Trump said of congressional Democrats. "They want $25 ...Read more

Gym owner charged criminally rallies against 'COVID-19 police'

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SAN DIEGO -- In the days after he became the first San Diego County business owner criminally charged for defying coronavirus-related health orders, Ramona gym owner Peter San Nicolas took to Facebook to decry the "Covid police" treating business owners "like common criminals."

On Tuesday night, San Nicolas held an informal town hall-style ...Read more

Endangered sea turtle shells disguised as blue plastic seized at MIA en route to Asia

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MIAMI -- The sight of over 1,400 pieces of sea turtle shells, most about the size of dinner plates, on the floor of a warehouse near Miami International Airport was a sobering reminder that South Florida is a major hub for the illegal wildlife trade.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the shipment of endangered Hawksbill and Green sea ...Read more

'I can't teach when I'm dead.' Professors fear COVID-19 as college campuses open

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LOS ANGELES -- When masked students walk back into his Northern Arizona University lab room at the end of the month, Tad Theimer will face them from behind a Plexiglas face shield while holding an infrared thermometer to their foreheads. As they examine bat skulls under microscopes, the biology professor will open windows and doors, hoping to ...Read more

Fire in Lake Hughes area explodes as firefighters battle to save communities

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LOS ANGELES -- An army of firefighters toiled Thursday morning to prevent a massive fire from consuming communities in the Lake Hughes area after the blaze exploded to more than 10,000 acres in just a few hours Wednesday.

The Lake fire started in the Angeles National Forest near the 5 Freeway and rapidly roared through stands of pine trees. It ...Read more