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Opposition candidate Luis Abinader set to be new Dominican president

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HAVANA -- Opposition candidate Luis Abinader is set for a clear victory in presidential elections in the Dominican Republic after his two main challengers conceded defeat and most of the votes were counted.

The candidate of the Modern Revolutionary Party, or PRM, took over 52% of the vote in Sunday's poll with results in from more than 80% of ...Read more

Firm linked to Pelosi's husband got virus loan, US data show

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WASHINGTON -- A company tied to the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed up among hundreds of thousands of recipients of loans from the $669 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Nancy Pelosi's spokesman described Paul Pelosi as an investor in the firm, which turned up in loan-level disclosures for the program that were released Monday ...Read more

Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google CEOs to testify to House July 27

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WASHINGTON -- The chief executive officers of Inc., Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc. will testify on July 27 before a congressional panel investigating competition in the technology industry, according to an announcement from the House Judiciary Committee.

Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook are likely ...Read more

'Go look at my Purple Heart!' Miami man who went on racist tirade posed as Navy SEAL

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MIAMI -- During a racist tirade caught on video, Joseph Fucheck waved a pistol around while yelling at a Black homeowner in North Miami-Dade. "Damn right, I carry a gun because I'm a 35-year former Navy SEAL!" he yelled. "Go look at my Purple Heart!"

Detectives found that supposed Purple Heart when they raided Fucheck's Miami apartment, along ...Read more

Reports of explosions in eastern Cuba might be linked to a military base, residents say

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Two loud explosions Monday shook the surroundings of La Pua, a small town in Holguin in eastern Cuba. The explosions seemed to have gone off at a military base in the area, several local sources told el Nuevo Herald.

The cause of the explosions is unknown, and the government has not commented on the events. According to residents of Velasco, a ...Read more

3 people, including teen girl, dead in shooting standoff at Florida home

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MIAMI -- Three people, including a teenage girl, died Monday following a two-hour standoff at a home in Port St. Lucie, according to multiple reports.

Port St. Lucie police said the gunman was a neighbor who had an ongoing dispute with the victims over his dog.

City officers and St. Lucie County sheriff's deputies responded to the home early ...Read more

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Stone appeals denial of prison delay over coronavirus fears

Republican operative Roger Stone asked a federal appeals court to delay the start of his prison term until Sept. 3 from July 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic, after the trial judge denied his earlier request.

Stone, sentenced to 40 months behind bars for lying to Congress during...Read more

International student visas at risk as schools go solely online

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International students will not be issued new visas to enter the U.S. if the university they want to attend holds courses entirely online, according to new federal guidelines.

Those on existing visas who wish to remain in the U.S. must transfer to a school with in-person instruction or attend an institution that offers both remote and on-campus...Read more

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tests positive for COVID-19

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to an announcement she posted on Twitter late Monday.

"COVID-19 has literally hit home," the mayor wrote at 5:45 p.m. "I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

The day before Bottoms made the announcement on social media, she hosted a ...Read more

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops after violent weekend

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ATLANTA -- Gov. Brian Kemp will deploy as many as 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to protect state buildings in Atlanta on Monday following a burst of violence across the city that left four dead, including an 8-year-old girl, and saw the ransacking of the headquarters of the Georgia State Patrol.

Kemp, a Republican, issued the emergency ...Read more

Hong Kong gives police sweeping powers under China security law

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Hong Kong asserted sweeping new police powers -- from warrantless searches to demands to take down internet posts -- as the territory revealed more about how it would implement a national security law handed down last week by Chinese lawmakers.

The rules were intended to help "prevent, suppress and impose punishment for offenses endangering ...Read more

Stone appeals denial of prison delay over coronavirus fears

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Republican operative Roger Stone asked a federal appeals court to delay the start of his prison term until Sept. 3 from July 14 because of the coronavirus pandemic, after the trial judge denied his earlier request.

Stone, sentenced to 40 months behind bars for lying to Congress during the Russia investigation, filed an emergency request with ...Read more

Top medical officer for California prisons ousted amid worsening coronavirus outbreak

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LOS ANGELES -- As COVID-19 infections rapidly spread through California's prisons, authorities on Monday announced the replacement of the state correction system's top medical officer. The move came as Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized a previous decision to transfer hundreds of inmates from a Chino facility that had been battling an outbreak.

The ...Read more

Gov. Newsom, coming under fire, ramps up enforcement and adds counties to watchlist

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom, facing criticism he opened up the state economy too soon, said Monday that California will expand monitoring of counties hard-hit by the virus after cracking down on restaurants and bars ignoring restrictions over the Fourth of July weekend.

As coronavirus hospitalizations continue to rise, Newsom said ...Read more

Atlanta passes ban on police chokeholds, empowers citizen review board

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council approved several police reform measures Monday, including a ban on chokeholds and expansion of the citizen review board's powers.

These changes and recommendations come after weeks of criticism and protests over race-based police brutality nationwide and here in Atlanta. Fired Atlanta police officer Garrett ...Read more

Philly shootings surge as 23 people were shot in a single day

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PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's gun violence epidemic reached alarming heights Sunday, as 23 people were shot across the city -- the most in a single day since at least 2013 -- and six of the victims died, including a 6-year-old boy shot inside an Upper Holmesburg rowhouse.

The violent surge capped a July Fourth holiday weekend in which 35 ...Read more

Man shot by Baltimore officers during reported mental health crisis is charged with assault

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BALTIMORE -- A 33-year-old man shot by Baltimore police officers responding to a call that he was having a behavioral crisis is being charged with first-degree assault for allegedly pointing a weapon at officers.

Ricky Walker Jr. remains hospitalized with injuries that police have previously described as critical.

The narrative laid out in the...Read more

Senate GOP aid package might tailor payments to low-income households, McConnell suggests

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began to sketch out details of a forthcoming GOP-drafted coronavirus relief package Monday, leaving the door open to another round of direct payments to households as well as more funding for state and local governments.

Speaking during a visit to Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, ...Read more

California Capitol closes after lawmaker, 4 others test positive for COVID-19

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Capitol was closed Monday after Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and four others who work in the building tested positive for the coronavirus, which likely spread as staffers and legislators met to pass the state budget in late June.

Burke said in a tweet Monday that she was told Friday that she had a "mask-to-...Read more

Florida Gov. DeSantis downplays COVID surge, suggests it was more prevalent than state admitted

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As the number of coronavirus cases in Florida continued to explode, Gov. Ron DeSantis went to the heart of the state's largest retirement community Monday and emphasized that while Florida is showing exponential growth in the number of COVID-19 infections, particularly among people in their 20s and 30s, he considers this ...Read more