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NJ will vote mostly by mail for 2020 election despite lingering post office concerns

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New Jersey's election in November will be mostly mail-in due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday on CNN.

The state will follow the same approach it followed during its delayed primary July 7, Murphy said. Every registered voter in the state will be mailed a ballot, which they can either mail back or drop off in secure...Read more

Utility says customer's own equipment may have caused Baltimore gas explosion. What could that mean?

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Gas & Electric said Thursday that its equipment is not to blame for the gas explosion that killed two and injured seven others Monday morning in Northwest Baltimore.

Instead, the company has pointed toward faulty customer-owned equipment as a potential cause for the blast, which leveled three homes and damaged dozens more...Read more

2 suspects in custody after shooting at Florida mall, police say

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- Gunfire broke out Friday afternoon in the Pembroke Lakes Mall, and police had two suspects in custody shortly after.

Police said they believe no other gunmen were involved in the shooting, but are asking the public to avoid the area on Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines while officers investigate.

Pauline Edwards said ...Read more

Georgia state trooper fired, charged with murder in driver's shooting death

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ATLANTA -- A Georgia State Patrol trooper was fired and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault following a deadly shooting last week.

On Friday, the Georgia Department of Public Safety announced the termination of Jacob G. Thompson for the shooting that killed 60-year-old Julian Edward Roosevelt Lewis last Friday in Screven County. ...Read more

Chicago mayor announces beefed-up police plan to track, prevent future looting

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CHICAGO -- Police will boost their social media monitoring and create rapid response teams who will respond to looting and more quickly shut down areas such as downtown Chicago if needed, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Friday.

Under pressure to prevent a third round of widespread looting, Lightfoot said the city will increase monitoring of social...Read more

Trump allies plan 'largest effort ever' to mobilize the Jewish vote

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Boasting that they are about to embark on "the largest, most sophisticated, most targeted state-of-the-art campaign" in history, leaders of a conservative Jewish advocacy organization announced Thursday that they plan to spend up to $10 million this fall in Florida and other swing states on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Republican Jewish ...Read more

California gun control law banning high-capacity magazines struck down by 9th Circuit

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In a blow to one of Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature gun control laws, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines on Friday.

"Even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster," appellate Judge Kenneth Lee wrote on behalf of two of the three judges on the ...Read more

Trump renews call for Syria's help to free journalist Austin Tice 8 years since capture

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his call for the Syrian government to help find and return Austin Tice, an American journalist who went missing covering the war there in 2012.

Marking the eighth anniversary of his disappearance, Trump said that the administration "will not rest" until Tice is brought home.

"Earlier this ...Read more

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in deal with prosecutors reviewing Russia probe

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WASHINGTON -- A former FBI attorney plans on pleading guilty to making a false statement in the first legal salvo fired by a federal prosecutor investigating the origins of the U.S. probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

The felony charge, filed Friday in Washington's federal court, is part of a plea deal between ...Read more

Judiciary seeks funding and laws to protect federal judges

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WASHINGTON -- The federal courts will press Congress for legislation and funding for additional safety measures after a gunman attacked the family of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas last month in New Jersey, killing her son and wounding her husband.

The U.S. Judicial Conference, the policymaking body for the federal court system, approved five...Read more

Last Detroit house demolished in $265M blight-removal effort

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DETROIT -- For nearly a decade, Stephenie Lee has been fearful and embarrassed over the burned-out house across from her eastside rental.

On Friday morning, it took mere minutes for a demolition team to topple it down.

The property on Waveney off Cadieux was the final house of 15,084 knocked down with $265 million in federal Hardest Hit Fund ...Read more

COVID-19 is killing over twice as many Black Americans as whites, new report says

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PHIILADELPHIA -- Black individuals are nearly three times as likely to contract COVID-19 and twice as likely to die from the virus, compared to white individuals, according to a new report by the National Urban League.

Researchers have struggled to measure with precision the race gaps in COVID-19 because much of the early data reported by ...Read more

A congressional candidate was arrested on domestic violence charges just days ago — but GOP insiders knew of the allegations for months

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The arrest of Connecticut congressional candidate Thomas Gilmer on the eve of this week's Republican primary threw the race into disarray. But details of his alleged violent domestic assault were known in Republican circles for more than two months before anyone contacted authorities.

Gilmer's primary opponent, Justin ...Read more

Woman sues to block NC Confederate statue removal, claiming civil rights violation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A woman whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy has filed a federal lawsuit to block the removal of a Confederate soldier statue from outside the Gaston County Courthouse.

Lisa Rudisill made headlines last week by comparing the removal of Confederate statues to "ethnic genocide," no different than the Taliban destroying ...Read more

Ex-FBI lawyer pleads guilty in probe Trump sees harming Biden

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A former FBI lawyer agreed Friday to plead guilty to falsifying a document that's part of a broad investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in the first criminal charge under an inquiry into whether government officials committed wrongdoing.

The former lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, admitted he altered an email from the CIA that...Read more

California becomes first state to pass 600,000 coronavirus cases

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LOS ANGELES -- California has become the first state in the nation to surpass 600,000 confirmed coronavirus cases.

As of Friday morning, there were more than 603,000 recorded cases. The state also has now reported over 11,000 deaths.

Yet despite the grim numbers, there is growing evidence that the surge in infections and fatalities that began ...Read more

President Trump to campaign in Minnesota, Wisconsin next week

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MINNEAPOLIS -- President Donald Trump will campaign for re-election in Mankato, Minn., on Monday as he starts a tour of battleground states on the same day that Democrats kick off their national convention.

He is scheduled for a 2 p.m. event at North Star Aviation in Mankato, where he will "deliver remarks on Joe Biden's failures on Jobs and ...Read more

Sacramento sheriff refuses to share COVID-19 case information with state oversight board

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is refusing to give COVID-19 testing and case information to an oversight board in charge of monitoring the state's jails, leaving the public in the dark about how the virus has spread among inmates and staff under his control.

Following months of demands from experts, officials and ...Read more

Trump probe not limited to Stormy Daniels payment, DA says

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. made his clearest statement yet that a grand jury probe into Donald Trump goes beyond investigating 2016 payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Vance on Friday again urged U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero to reject Trump's latest challenge to a subpoena seeking his tax filings and other records from ...Read more

GAO says Wolf, Cuccinelli appointments at DHS invalid

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WASHINGTON -- The appointments of acting Homeland Security Secretary, Chad Wolf and his aide, Ken Cuccinelli, were invalid, the Government Accountability Office said Friday.

The GAO said the Department of Homeland Security didn't follow the proper succession rules in making Wolf the acting secretary and in making Cuccinelli the senior official ...Read more