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Protesters tear down statue of Spanish missionary and saint Junipero Serra in Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A statue of Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who helped to establish the Spanish missions in California, was torn down by protesters in Sacramento's Capitol Park on Saturday night after a day of marches throughout the city.

Demonstrations across the country Saturday had a focus on the rights and historical struggle of...Read more

Uber, Postmates agree on $2.65 billion all-stock deal

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Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to acquire Postmates Inc. in a $2.65 billion all-stock takeover expected to be announced as soon as Monday morning in the U.S., according to people familiar with the matter.

Uber Eats head Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty is expected to continue to run Uber's combined delivery business, according to a person who asked ...Read more

LA County coronavirus cases hit a record one-day high over 4th of July weekend

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 7,232 more cases of COVID-19 and 30 related deaths, numbers that account for Thursday, Friday and Saturday of last week.

On Friday alone, 3,187 new cases of COVID-19 were reported -- the highest daily total since the pandemic began, officials said.

Bars and indoor ...Read more

Philippines reports record daily caseload as virus restrictions ease

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MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines on Sunday reported a record of 2,434 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours as quarantine restrictions eased nearly four months since a lockdown was imposed.

The death toll from COVID-19 rose to 1,297, with seven additional deaths reported over the past 24 hours, the Department of Health said.

Of the ...Read more

Trump to host outdoor New Hampshire rally with masks encouraged

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President Donald Trump will hold an outdoor rally in New Hampshire on July 11 at which face coverings are "strongly encouraged," a change in tone after months of skepticism about the value of wearing masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The event is set for 8 p.m. EDT outside the Portsmouth International Airport, the Trump campaign said ...Read more

Trump's views — bleak about the US, rosy about coronavirus — put Republicans on the spot

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WASHINGTON -- White House surrogates and GOP lawmakers struggled Sunday to defend President Donald Trump after he spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend denigrating the racial-justice movement galvanized by George Floyd's killing and playing down a deadly pandemic by claiming that 99% of coronavirus cases are "completely harmless."

In a pair ...Read more

Dominion canceling controversial natural gas pipeline across Virginia

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Dominion Energy is pulling the plug on its controversial plan to build a natural gas pipeline crossing Virginia.

The decision comes in tandem with a major strategic shift out of the energy giant's multi-billion-dollar investment in a gas transmission business with operations as far away as Wyoming.

Dominion wants to focus ...Read more

'A lose-lose situation': Schools try to plan their reopening amid conflicting coronavirus guidelines

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PHILADELPHIA -- A month into planning what fall might look like for the 2,700 students in his Gloucester County school district, Jim Lavender tore through 104 pages of guidance from the New Jersey Department of Education.

By Wednesday, Lavender had spent days, nights, and a weekend scouring every page three times, trying to figure out how he ...Read more

More than 10 Connecticut children suffered from life-threatening syndrome linked to COVID-19

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The 8-year-old boy arrived at Connecticut Children's with stomach pain, a rash and cracked, peeling lips. His blood pressure was dangerously low.

The boy had no underlying health issues but an antibody test suggested he had been infected with COVID-19 at some point.

"He had low blood pressure and his oxygen saturation was ...Read more

Former NSA Rice says Trump has been doing Putin's 'bidding'

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Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice rejected White House assertions that President Donald Trump wasn't told of intelligence that Russia may have offered bounties on American troops, a subject that's consumed Washington over the past week.

"We have a president who is doing our arch adversary's bidding," Rice said on NBC's "Meet the Press...Read more

Man's coronavirus death raised questions about care for disabled, advocates say

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Disability rights advocates on Saturday evening gathered in front of St. David's South Austin Medical Center to remember a man whose coronavirus-related death has divided family members yet sparked a public conversation about care given to those with disabilities.

Michael Hickson, 46, died June 11 at St. David's after being ...Read more

NBA and players agree to 'Black Lives Matter' and other messages to wear on jerseys

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With the NBA another day closer to its July 30 reopening, a piece of its plan to battle racial injustice fell into place.

The NBA and the players union agreed Friday on messages players can wear instead of their names on the backs of their jerseys for the first four days of the league's reboot.

Among the approved messages, which several people...Read more

Two dead, eight wounded after shootings at lounge in Greenville County, SC

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Two people are dead and eight others hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a series of shootings around 2 a.m. Sunday morning at a nightclub in Greenville, South Carolina, reports TV station WYFF.

It happened at the Lavish Lounge and investigators with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office told the Greenville News it was "...Read more

Trump's taxes, birth control top Supreme Court's closing agenda

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The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to cap a term like no other with potentially blockbuster decisions covering birth control, religious rights and President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his financial records private.

The justices will tackle their eight remaining cases starting Monday, when they issue opinions in July for the first time since ...Read more

Do L.A. politicians who pushed for reopening now have regrets as coronavirus cases climb?

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LOS ANGELES -- The death toll in Los Angeles County had just topped 2,000 and public health officials were painting a grim scenario. "This is a very sad milestone for us," county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a news conference on May 21.

But around the same time, some county supervisors were pushing to reopen the economy. ...Read more

Why is COVID-19 so deadly to elders?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Today, like every day, Eric Verdin will cycle the steep hills of Marin County. He'll wait until noon to eat his first meal. He'll wear a mask and stay socially distanced. He'll be asleep no later than 11 p.m.

Despite his excellent health, the 63-year-old scientist and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging knows he ...Read more

FDA head says too early to tell if RNC Florida events are safe

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FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said it's too early to tell if it's safe to host part of the Republican National Convention next month in Florida, where coronavirus cases have been surging.

Originally scheduled to be held in Charlotte, the nominating convention -- including President Donald Trump's acceptance speech -- was partially moved to ...Read more

Arizona COVID cases up 3.7%; Phoenix mayor faults US on tests

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Arizona reported 3,536 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a 3.7% rise, along with four new deaths, as the Phoenix mayor complained that federal officials were declining to help with more testing.

Cases have been rising at a 4.1% rate over the past seven days and now stand at 98,089. Arizona had 4,878 new infections on Wednesday, the most for a day. ...Read more

US should build up antibody therapy supply, ex-FDA chief says

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The United States should be building up reserves of therapeutic antibodies now ahead of any potential approval or emergency use authorization to treat the coronavirus, said the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"We need a more coordinated national strategy around this," ex-FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on CBS's "Face ...Read more

'You started the corona!' As anti-Asian hate incidents explode, climbing past 800, activists push for aid

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LOS ANGELES -- Wearing their masks, Donalene Ferrer and two other generations of family members were walking along an Oceanside neighborhood in April when a car pulled up and a woman yelled: "You started the corona!"

The accuser, with a baby and a toddler in tow, turned out to be her mother's neighbor, Ferrer said. Still in shock, the victim ...Read more