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Top universities back Harvard, MIT lawsuit over student visas

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Almost 60 U.S. universities filed a brief supporting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their effort to stop the Trump administration from enforcing new visa guidelines that would bar some international students from entering and staying in the country to attend college.

Stanford and Duke universities, and the ...Read more

New York City reaches milestone with no reported virus deaths

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NEW YORK -- New York City, once the epicenter of the nation's coronavirus outbreak, has just reported its first day with zero confirmed or probable virus deaths since the pandemic hit New York State.

The milestone came Sunday in initial data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

It marked the end of a four-month ...Read more

WHO: Daily new coronavirus infections hit global high of 230,000

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VIENNA -- The number of new coronavirus infections per day has hit an all-time high, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday, noting a global jump in 230,000 cases in the past 24 hours.

This puts the number of people infected worldwide at 12.5 million, while 562,000 COVID-19 patients have died.

In the past day, the United States has...Read more

Los Angeles County records 3,322 new coronavirus cases, 18 deaths

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County continued to report a surge in coronavirus cases Sunday, tallying 3,322 new cases of the virus and 18 related deaths.

With that, the county has now recorded a total of more than 133,700 cases and 3,800 deaths.

The continued rise comes as the death toll from the coronavirus in California soared above 7,000 over...Read more

LAPD officer accused of falsifying gang records faced earlier credibility questions but stayed on elite unit

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LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles police officer charged last week with falsifying records and obstructing justice in the department's gang-framing scandal was allowed to work in an elite division even though questions were raised about his credibility five years ago, according to records reviewed by The Times.

L.A. County prosecutors allege LAPD ...Read more

Protesters confront Allentown mayor, police Saturday night about video of officer kneeling on man's neck

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A large group gathered Saturday night in downtown Allentown to demand answers from the Allentown Police Department and Mayor Ray O'Connell about a video taken earlier in the day that showed an officer pressing his knee into a man's neck during an arrest.

A video circulated Saturday night on social media showing officers ...Read more

Parts of Spain return to first lockdown since ending of restrictions

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MADRID -- In Spain's first return to its strict lockdown since June's easing of coronavirus restrictions, officials in the city of Lleida and seven surrounding municipalities announced new quarantine measures on Sunday amid a spike of infections.

As of Monday, people in these areas will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, shopping or...Read more

Investigators continue probe of fire that heavily damaged historic San Gabriel Mission

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LOS ANGELES -- Investigators on Sunday were continuing to search for a cause of a fire that erupted at the San Gabriel Mission, destroying the roof and much of the interior of the 215-year-old church building.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez planned to say Mass in the mission's chapel at 11 a.m., as the L.A. Archdiocese launched a ...Read more

Florida cop charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after pointing gun at unarmed Black man

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A Florida sergeant has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly threatened to shoot an unarmed Black man who wouldn't identify himself.

Janak Amin of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office pointed his gun at the unidentified man who had left DACCO Behavioral Health Center, a mental health ...Read more

Graham plans to invite Mueller to testify on Russian probe

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Sen. Lindsey Graham is preparing to invite former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a Senate panel about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a spokesperson for the panel's Republican majority.

Graham of South Carolina, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted earlier that he would grant...Read more

11 sailors injured in three-alarm fire aboard USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego

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SAN DIEGO -- A three-alarm fire onboard the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard injured 11 sailors Sunday morning as multiple agencies responded to the blaze.

A spokesman for Navy Region Southwest said the location of the blaze and its extent are not known at this time.

Eleven sailors were sent to local hospitals with minor injuries, ...Read more

As infections soar, Trump finally dons a face mask. Will it help?

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WASHINGTON -- The messaging was unmistakable: Surgeon Gen. Jerome Adams, on a network news-talk show Sunday, wore a large white mask that left little showing but his eyes -- which were wide and impassioned as he pleaded with Americans to wear face coverings in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Adams is often photographed wearing a ...Read more

Poland's Duda wins re-election by tiny margin, exit poll shows

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President Andrzej Duda came out on top by a razor-thin margin in Poland's presidential runoff election, according to an exit poll.

If confirmed by official results, Sunday's runoff ballot will give Duda and nationalist governing allies, the Law & Justice Party, a mandate and more time to transform Poland from a nation hailed as a model of post-...Read more

Fauci doesn't weigh 'whole national interest,' virus task force member says

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One of President Trump's coronavirus task force members said Sunday that infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci doesn't necessarily "have the whole national interest in mind" in suggesting responses to the pandemic.

Fauci, who's also on the task force, "looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view," Admiral Brett Giroir, ...Read more

Ramaphosa castigates South Africans on virus, imposes curfew

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South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa read the riot act to those violating rules aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus and announced new measures, including reintroducing a ban on alcohol sales, to enforce them as the disease nears a peak.

Many South Africans are failing to wear face masks in crowded spaces, attending large gatherings...Read more

Video of Allentown police officer kneeling on man's neck: Woman who took it says she was shocked, and George Floyd's attorney weighs in

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The woman who shot a video outside Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown that shows a police officer putting his knee on a man's head and neck during an arrest said the man was screaming "Mira, mira!" -- Spanish for 'Look, look!'"

"That means he knew what was going on and he was screaming for someone like me to see," said the ...Read more

Anonymity helped overcome stigma in Korean COVID-19 nightclub probe

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When a large coronavirus cluster was rumored to have begun among gay men partying in Seoul's most cosmopolitan nightlife district, city health officials opted for anonymity.

Anonymous testing was provided in clinics to counter the discrimination and stigma gay men in South Korea often experience -- which would have created a barrier authorities...Read more

Indonesia's virus cases exceed 75,000 as infections accelerate

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The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia exceeded 75,000 as infections in the two largest hotspots continued to accelerate after the government eased physical-distancing curbs more than a month ago.

There were 1,681 new cases in the 24 hours to midday Sunday, bringing the total to 75,699, authorities said, adding that 71 people succumbed to...Read more

California coronavirus-related deaths top 7,000 as infection spread worsens

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The death toll from the coronavirus in California soared above 7,000 this weekend as the infection rate continued to worsen.

The rate at which coronavirus test results are coming back positive in California over the previous seven days has hit 7.97%. That's the highest number since April -- a continuing sign that the ...Read more

San Gabriel Mission, a symbol of faith, history and oppression, is badly damaged by fire

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LOS ANGELES -- Anita Chavez joined the hundreds of mourners at San Gabriel Mission Church on Saturday for what many considered a family wake without a body.

They came from across the region to survey the destruction after a fire that ripped through the church of the 249-year-old mission, one of California's most historic landmarks, sacred ...Read more