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Brazil's president rouses supporters in protests against voting system

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out against the country’s electronic voting system on Sunday, rousing supporters who took to the streets in major cities over fears of cheating in next year’s election.

The 2022 presidential contest should use paper ballots and have a public vote count to ensure fraud doesn’t occur, Bolsonaro said in...Read more

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Doctors say testing is the best way to know if you have COVID-19 or the flu

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DETROIT — Not sure if you have allergies, a cold, the flu, COVID-19 or a breakthrough infection? Doctors across Michigan agree: Get tested, even if you've been fully vaccinated against the virus responsible for the global pandemic. You could be contagious.

"There's no excuse. Go find out. It's as easy as getting a coffee," said Dr. Karen Kent...Read more

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NYC Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams decries weekend gun violence, calls for federal help

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NEW YORK — Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams on Sunday decried weekend violence that terrified a Queens neighborhood, and he repeated calls for a federal partnership to fight guns and gangs.

“Right here in this community, you had a well-organized, total disregard for human life,” Adams said at a news conference at 98th Street and 37th...Read more

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Rash of California wildfires sparked by lightning stresses resources

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LOS ANGELES — Two lightning-sparked fires burning in remote Northern California forests prompted evacuation warnings and strained firefighting resources already stretched thin by an unusually early and active burning season.

The Monument and McFarland fires were two of at least nine ignited in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest as ...Read more

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Helicopter crashes in Northern California with 4 people on board, FAA says

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A helicopter with four people on board crashed Sunday afternoon in Colusa County, according to officials.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration said in an email to The Sacramento Bee that a Robinson R66 helicopter with four people on board crashed about 1:15 p.m. in “a remote area.”

Dispatch for the ...Read more

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Mexicans vote in referendum whether to probe ex-presidents

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is asking Mexicans to decide whether his five predecessors should be investigated for alleged wrongdoing, part of an effort to retain his anti-graft credentials and rally his support base, even though the vote’s results are likely to be toothless.

Supporters of that idea have placed posters around the ...Read more


St. Louis County meeting attendees should quarantine even if fully vaccinated, city health officials warn

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ST. LOUIS — City health officials are going above federal guidelines and asking those who attended a St. Louis County Council meeting on Tuesday to quarantine, including five council members, the county executive and the director of the county health department.

Most of those at the meeting came to protest the joint city and county mask ...Read more


Face masks, social distancing again recommended in Colorado; schools asked to consider mandates

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Schools should consider requiring face masks for unvaccinated children and adults or all children and adults, particularly in higher-risk environments, according to updated restrictions from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that took effect Sunday.

The change comes in response to last week’s...Read more

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Chicago leaders don't plan to close down city, but urge people to 'step up' amid COVID surge

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s top health official said Sunday the city has “no goal or current plans to close down Chicago again.”

But Dr. Allison Arwady said “we need people once again to step up” to get vaccine and, for now, use masks indoors — even those who are vaccinated.

“In Chicago, we can be open and be careful at the same time,�...Read more


Supreme Leader Khamenei to confirm Raisi as Iran's president on Aug. 3

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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will officially confirm Ebrahim Raisi as the Islamic Republic’s new president in a ceremony on Aug. 3, marking the end of Hassan Rouhani’s government.

Both Khamenei and Raisi are scheduled to give speeches in the televised event that will formally approve his presidency, the semi-official ...Read more

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22 people shot Saturday into Sunday morning, 3 fatally, in Chicago

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CHICAGO — Twenty-two people were shot Saturday night into early Sunday, with three of those people dying from their injuries, according to Chicago police.

One of those homicides came on Saturday, which meant it counted in July month-end statistics released by Chicago police Sunday. It was the second year in a row with more than 100 homicides ...Read more

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Hundreds gather outside Columbus City Hall to call for end to gun violence

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Identifiable by their bright orange shirts, the group of mothers who lost children to gun violence huddled under the tent outside Columbus City Hall Sunday afternoon as rain pelted the ground.

Malissa Thomas-St. Clair, one of the organizers behind a rally and march to advocate for an end to gun violence, stood before the ...Read more

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Builder of collapsed Surfside condo was a partner in project that went bust

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Long after he built the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, developer Nathan Reiber became a partner in a company that converted a 377-unit apartment complex in Coconut Creek into condominiums.

While that project did not suffer the same tragic fate as the Surfside collapse, it did not end well for the investors or for ...Read more

Former Haiti prosecutor once tasked with finding out who killed famous journalist is dead

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A former top government prosecutor who was once forced to flee Haiti for Miami in fear for his life is dead.

Claudy Gassant was found dead Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he recently had been living. The discovery came on the same day Gassant was expected to be in South Florida for a conference on ...Read more

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Trump allies among Congress members who might be subpoenaed in Jan. 6 Capitol siege probe, Kinzinger says

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A Republican member of the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday wouldn’t rule out calling on fellow members of Congress to testify.

“I would support subpoenas to anyone that can shed light. ... If that’s the leader, that’s the leader,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told ABC’s “This Week.” ...Read more


Myanmar military leader says elections will be in 2 years

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Myanmar’s military regime said it’s forming a caretaker government and will install army chief Min Aung Hlaing as premier, further entrenching the junta six months it seized power in a coup.

The state of emergency — set for a year when the regime took over in February — could be extended through August 2023, the senior general said in a...Read more

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Israel blames Iran for ship attack after Tehran's denial

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Israel’s prime minister said Iran was “unequivocally” to blame for a deadly attack on an Israel-linked oil tanker off Oman on Thursday, shortly after Tehran denied responsibility.

Naftali Bennett’s comments were echoed later by the U.K. foreign secretary, who called the incident a violation of international law by Tehran.

“I want to ...Read more

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Fauci says shots work despite cases among fully vaccinated

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WASHINGTON — Anthony Fauci, the United States' top infectious disease doctor, said COVID-19 vaccines work extremely well and that a return to the lockdowns of 2020 is unlikely despite reports of recent outbreaks among fully vaccinated people.

“The likelihood of your getting a severe outcome of the infection is very low” when a person is ...Read more


5 injured in shooting on New Orleans' Bourbon Street

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New Orleans police are investigating a mass shooting on Bourbon Street early Sunday morning.

Five people were injured in the shooting, which broke out around 3 a.m.

It’s unclear if all five were shot, and their conditions have not been made public.

One person is in custody, but police did not specify whether he or she is believed to be the ...Read more


10 people injured in NYC gang shooting

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NEW YORK — Ten people were wounded when a pair of gunmen fired more than 40 shots down a Queens street in a brazen gang-related shooting, police said Sunday.

The barrage of bullets on 37th Avenue near 99th Street in North Corona kicked off a bloody night in the city, where 18 people were either killed or wounded in seven separate shootings, ...Read more