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Trump says he may accept the nomination from the White House; RNC will be open to press

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he's considering accepting the GOP nomination at the White House because it would be the "easiest ... and by far the least expensive."

Trump also said the media would be allowed to witness his nomination in Charlotte. GOP officials said Sunday that no "final decision" had been made ...Read more

Trump stumbles to properly pronounce Yosemite. Is that a common mistake?

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FRESNO, Calif. -- Know how to properly say Yosemite?

President Donald Trump apparently does not.

During a White House ceremony Tuesday about the Great American Outdoors Act, Trump twice stumbled to correctly pronounce the name of one of America's most famous national parks.

Instead of saying "Yo-sem-it-ee," Trump said "YO-se-MIGHT" then ...Read more

World extends aid as Beirut seeks missing after massive deadly blast

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BEIRUT -- The world extended condolences and aid to Lebanon on Wednesday as rescue workers searched for people missing under collapsed buildings, a day after a massive blast at the port of Beirut killed at least 100 people and injured thousands.

Lebanon woke up to scenes of overwhelming destruction at Beirut's port and surrounding areas, with ...Read more

Biden's campaign plans $280 million ad blitz in the fall

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic nominee Joe Biden's presidential campaign will buy $280 million in advertising time in the fall, almost twice as much as the $151 million President Donald Trump has slated so far for the final three months before Election Day.

The Democrat's campaign says the advance reservations of ad time will allow it to expand the ...Read more

Rep. Karen Bass faces rush of attacks as Biden's VP selection enters uncertain final stretch

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WASHINGTON -- Last week, allies of Karen Bass saw her vice presidential prospects on the ascent, believing she had supplanted fellow Californian Kamala Harris as one of the finalists to be Joe Biden's running mate.

"Kamala is done," said a Democratic congressman who has privately made the case for Bass to Biden aides.

But then unfavorable ...Read more

Naval Academy's 'Plebe Summer' looks a bit different this year

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WASHINGTON -- As the national debate rages over how to safely reopen schools this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, one institution has forged ahead before most others: the United States Naval Academy.

Each year, the Naval Academy takes in roughly 1,200 students for a seven-week physical and mental training regimen known as Plebe Summer. The ...Read more

Disney and 'Mulan' are all in on streaming

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Walt Disney Co. is managing through the COVID-19 crisis in a way almost no other company can. For a business centered around theme parks that by their very definition require crowds of people, all indications from guests' anecdotes and reporting from journalists who have visited the reopened Orlando Disney World are that its safety measures are ...Read more

Absentee ballot versus vote-by-mail? A guide to election terms

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump frequently says there's a difference between absentee voting, which he once called "good" in a tweet, and mail-in voting, which he has called "inaccurate and fraudulent."

But the people who run elections don't make that distinction.

Though the terms vary from state-to-state, as do the laws, the terms "...Read more

Census workers are trying to reach more poor Californians and people of color. But the coronavirus could make the wealthy harder to find

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LOS ANGELES -- For more than a year, state officials and community groups in California have pushed a singular message: the importance of filling out the decennial count.

Organizations canvassed neighborhoods, and hosted rallies and information sessions where they explained how census data turns into federal dollars that trickle down to cities ...Read more

Public colleges face gut punch from states' COVID-19 deficits

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America's public colleges and universities are facing one of their toughest financial challenges ever as the economic collapse hammers state tax collections and tens of thousands of students opt to wait out the pandemic or study online.

With the recession ravaging the finances of millions of American families, as well as students balking at the...Read more

Blood plasma flows but little else on once-vibrant Texas border

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A steady stream of Mexican residents strolled across the Gateway International Bridge into Brownsville, Texas, on a recent hot and humid evening.

In ones and twos, they walked two-tenths of a mile into America, to a plasma center with a sign welcoming them as heroes; convalescent plasma is being investigated as a treatment for COVID-19. Then, a...Read more

Cori Bush defeats longtime Rep. Lacy Clay in Mo. Democratic primary

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ST. LOUIS -- Activist Cori Bush on Tuesday unseated longtime U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, ending his 20-year hold on Missouri's 1st Congressional District and becoming the first Black woman to represent Missouri in the nation's capital.

Clay narrowly beat Bush in St. Louis County, but Bush won decisively in St. Louis city.

Bush, 44, of ...Read more

Feds add more charges against former political donor Ed Buck, including drug distribution and enticing prostitution

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LOS ANGELES -- Ed Buck, who was indicted last year in connection with the overdose deaths of two Black men in his West Hollywood apartment, now faces four additional charges for allegedly distributing drugs over nearly a decade and enticing two people to engage in prostitution.

A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment Tuesday, ...Read more

LaTurner ousts incumbent Watkins in Kansas 2nd District after voter fraud charges

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Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner defeated embattled Republican Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary Tuesday, three weeks after the freshman congressman was charged with voter fraud.

LaTurner has 49% of the vote with more than 50% of precincts reporting in the Kansas 2nd Congressional District. Watkins has 31%, while former Kansas Secretary of ...Read more

Carolyn Maloney prevails in primary after weeks of vote counting

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WASHINGTON -- New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney has won her primary after six weeks of vote counting in the 12th District.

New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez confirmed Tuesday night that the board certified Maloney as the primary winner. The board also certified that New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres...Read more

Uribe given house arrest in Colombia witness-tampering probe

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Alvaro Uribe, the most powerful leader in Colombia's recent history, was placed under house arrest while he's being investigated over an alleged plot to bribe jailed mobsters.

The Supreme Court is investigating the former president over an alleged attempt to manipulate witnesses and frame one of his political opponents.

The magistrates hearing...Read more

US will stand by Guaidó, but senators cast doubt on policy towards Venezuela

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The United States will continue supporting Venezuela's National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the country's rightful leader, despite Nicolas Maduro's efforts to orchestrate a "fraudulent" election, a top U.S. diplomat said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

"Juan Guaido occupies the office of the interim president because it was vacant as ...Read more

State laws limit Minneapolis' ability to eliminate officers

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Ahead of a pivotal vote about the Minneapolis City Council's plan to remake policing, an analysis of the proposal shows the council faces legal barriers to eliminating officers.

Even if the proposal makes it onto the November ballot and voters approve it, elected officials will have to wade through a series of "thorny" and "...Read more

Roger Marshall defeats Kris Kobach in Kansas Republican Senate primary

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Congressman Roger Marshall defeated Kris Kobach in the Kansas Republican race for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, a victory driven by a party establishment that considered the OB-GYN from Great Bend the best chance of continuing 81 years of uninterrupted GOP control of the state's Senate seats.

Marshall and Kobach, a former Kansas ...Read more

Portland protests smaller, calmer, free of tear gas after federal withdrawal

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Through most of July, Black Lives Matter speakers would take to the steps of the Multnomah County Justice Center and talk about their movement to people -- sometimes numbering in the thousands -- who gathered in a nearby street and park.

They often appeared to be second to the main act that would unfold later in the evening in...Read more