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Remittances to Cuba could be in peril after new announcement by the Trump administration

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Remittances to Cuba, the second-largest source of revenue for the country and a lifeline for many families, could be in danger after the U.S. State Department included the Cuban company Fincimex on its list of restricted entities this week.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced the inclusion of seven Cuban companies and hotels ...Read more

New York Times says 'send in the troops' op-ed was mistake

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NEW YORK -- A New York Times opinion piece recommending that the U.S. military be used to quell demonstrations suffered from a "rushed editorial process" and "did not meet our standards," the newspaper said after a review of the controversial commentary.

The op-ed, written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, said that troops should ...Read more

All incoming ICE detainees at Florida's Krome facility to be tested as coronavirus cases in detention surge

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MIAMI -- Every immigration detainee who gets booked into the Krome detention center in West Miami-Dade will be tested for the coronavirus starting Thursday, immigration officials told a Miami federal judge.

The decision to test detainees at Krome -- as well as 21 other U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers nationwide -- ...Read more

Miracle or mirage, one politicized COVID-19 medicine sows discord

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Almost three months after President Donald Trump first touted an old malaria medicine as a wonder drug that could change the course of the pandemic, conclusive evidence that it works -- or not -- appears equally shaky.

The confusion reached new heights in recent days. On Wednesday, scientists said the treatment, hydroxychloroquine, didn't work ...Read more

German prosecutors assume missing girl Madeleine McCann is dead

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BERLIN -- German prosecutors said Thursday that they assume Madeleine McCann, the British girl who went missing while on holiday in Portugal with her parents in 2007, is dead.

The prosecutor's office in the northern German city of Braunschweig said it was investigating a 43-year-old German man who has been convicted of multiple sexual offenses ...Read more

California lawmakers promise to set rules for police use of rubber bullets amid protests

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Alarmed at numerous reports that protesters in recent days have been seriously injured by rubber bullets fired by police officers, a group of California lawmakers said Thursday they will introduce legislation to set clear standards for when the projectiles can be used.

Four lawmakers proposed revising current policy on use...Read more

As coronavirus deaths surge in Brazil, calls for Bolsonaro's impeachment intensify

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On Sunday, the day Brazil hit the half-million mark in confirmed COVID-19 cases and inched closer to 30,000 deaths, President Jair Bolsonaro flew in a camouflaged military helicopter over a rally in the capital, Brasilia, waving to protesters who held banners calling for the closure of the country's congress.

He landed and greeted supporters, ...Read more

California coronavirus cases near 120,000; protests, closed testing sites worry health officials

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With protests across California decrying the death of George Floyd in their seventh day, health officials continue to sound the alarm that such close gatherings are likely to contribute to the spread of the coronavirus.

The number of confirmed cases in California approached 120,000 on Thursday, with the death toll at nearly 4,400.

The long-...Read more

As White House braces for largest protest yet, Pentagon sends troops home

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital is bracing for the largest protest yet on Saturday since the death of George Floyd, expanding a massive fenced perimeter around the White House, even as the Pentagon sent home hundreds of active duty troops positioned outside the city.

Over 10 days of protests, the security perimeter around the White House has...Read more

In prisoner swap, Iran releases US veteran in exchange for scientist

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. military veteran, Michael White, who had been held by Iran for two years, has been released and is on his way home, his family and President Donald Trump said on Thursday.

He was set free after US-Iranian scientist Majid Taheri was released by U.S. authorities, officials in Tehran said.

"I am blessed to announce that the ...Read more

Coronavirus cases and deaths up in most Florida counties, even as state continues easing restrictions

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Coronavirus cases are multiplying in Florida counties that are being allowed to reopen sooner than South Florida.

Martin County experienced a 234% increase in the past month, yet it's being allowed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to move on to the next phase of reopening. The same with Collier County, which saw a 156% increase.

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Trump ignores calls for police reforms

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WASHINGTON -- When George Floyd died last week after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him down with a knee on his neck, President Donald Trump reacted much as he had in the past when a black person's fatal encounter with law enforcement was caught on video.

He declared himself disturbed by the "terrible thing" that he saw -- then offered ...Read more

Amid San Francisco Bay Area looting, Hayward gun store is robbed of 29 firearms

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After looters made off with dozens of firearms from a Hayward, Calif., gun store over the weekend, federal officials are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the theft.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week offered a $5,000 reward, which was matched by the National Shooting...Read more

A drug for COVID-19 breathing problems, tested in Minnesota, shows promise

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Mark Revord will never know for sure whether an experimental drug, known at the time as CM4620-IE, saved him from having a breathing tube inserted down his throat to manage his COVID-19 symptoms.

But the 59-year-old cyclist from Minneapolis took the drug as part of a small, early clinical trial after starting on low-flow oxygen ...Read more

New Hong Kong law bans 'insults' about China's national anthem

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Hong Kong passed a law Thursday banning ridicule of China's national anthem.

Of those who voted for the new legislation -- most of whom are supporters of Beijing -- 41 were for it, and only one was against, The Guardian reports.

A good chunk of lawmakers in favor of democracy instead participated in a last-minute protest, preventing them from ...Read more

New hurricane season forecast raises chance of US landfall

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A pessimistic hurricane season forecast was released Thursday, saying the odds have increased for landfall by a major hurricane in the Caribbean or United States.

Colorado State University, one of the most prominent centers for hurricane forecasting, raised the predicted number of hurricanes from eight to nine. The ...Read more

'Violation of our values,' UCLA chancellor says of LAPD's use of Jackie Robinson Stadium to process protesters

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LOS ANGELES -- Facing mounting criticism over the LAPD's use of Jackie Robinson Stadium to process arrests of protesters during the uprising sparked by the death of George Floyd, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said such use was "a violation of our values" and that the university "must and will do better."

"To see a space that's so special to UCLA, ...Read more

Democrats to unveil plan Monday to end police racial profiling, use of force

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WASHINGTON -- House and Senate Democrats, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, will announce a legislative initiative Monday to end law enforcement practices of racial profiling and excessive use of force that have plagued the black community for decades, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

Pelosi said during her weekly press conference Thursday that ...Read more

Bail set at $1 million for three ex-officers charged in George Floyd case

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Bail was set at $1 million Thursday for three of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd.

J Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao made their first appearances before the same judge in Hennepin County District Court. All three fired Minneapolis police officers face several charges ...Read more

Trump campaign's SpaceX launch video violates NASA ad guidelines

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President Donald Trump's campaign has released a new video called "Make Space Great Again" that violates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's guidelines for advertising.

The video, which opens with President John F. Kennedy's 1962 speech declaring that America would go to the moon, features several recent images of NASA ...Read more