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Remains of missing Marines, sailor recovered from sunken amphibious vehicle

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- The remains of seven Marines and a sailor lost when their amphibious vehicle sank near San Clemente Island have been recovered and will be transported to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for preparation for burial, the Marines said late Friday.

The sunken Assault Amphibious Vehicle was also recovered from the sea floor...Read more

Coronavirus data failures add to California's struggle to deal with pandemic

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- This started as a week of positive news, finally, in California's battle with the coronavirus. After nearly two months of skyrocketing cases, hospitalizations and deaths, there were the first signs that the COVID-19 spike was ebbing and new cases were beginning to decline.

But by Friday, state officials were still ...Read more

Clashes break out as Lebanese mourn Beirut blast victims with protest

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BEIRUT -- Thousands of Lebanese on Saturday mourned the victims of the Beirut port blast with anger and protests, amid reports of clashes with police as demonstrators called for the removal of what they described as "corrupt politicians."

At least 130 people have been injured in clashes in Beirut between police and protesters, according to the ...Read more

World leaders to hold Lebanon aid conference on Sunday

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Global leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump will participate in an international aid conference on Sunday to support Lebanon, as the country, crippled by corruption, a banking crisis and growing popular defiance against the authorities, is seeking massive relief after blasts in Beirut.

The video-conference will be co-hosted by French ...Read more

Trump's path to winning Pa. runs through small Rust Belt towns — like one near Biden's hometown

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CARBONDALE, Pa. -- Mayor Justin Taylor sat in his office in the century-old brick City Hall building overlooking downtown Carbondale, a framed photo of him with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on the wall. Taylor became mayor in this small city of 8,000 when he was 25, just a few years out of the University of Scranton.

Now, 18 years later,...Read more

Can hydroxychloroquine prevent COVID-19? Bad press getting in the way of KU finding out

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For 30 days, Kansas City physician Michael Waxman took a daily dose of hydroxychloroquine.

Or maybe, he didn't.

Maybe, those pills were nothing more than a placebo.

He won't know until the end of a national clinical trial investigating whether hydroxychloroquine -- the drug that keeps popping up in headlines -- can prevent...Read more

Test sites quickly attract thousands for COVID-19 vaccine study

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Dr. Eric Coe jumped at the chance to help test a COVID-19 vaccine.

At his urging, so did his girlfriend, his son and his daughter-in-law. All received shots last week at a clinical research site in Central Florida.

"My main purpose in doing this was so I could spend more time with my family and grandchildren," Coe said, noting that he's seen ...Read more

NC businessman has record of success, but he's drawing fire as new postmaster general

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Louis DeJoy has hosted presidents, built a nationwide business and donated millions to politicians and philanthropies.

But he's never drawn the attention he has since becoming the nation's postmaster general in June.

Critics say the Greensboro businessman already has launched policies that have slowed mail service. They ...Read more

Judge orders release of body camera video from night George Floyd died

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A Hennepin County judge has ordered the public release of body camera video from the night George Floyd was killed after a challenge by a coalition of local and national media companies, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In a ruling issued Friday, Judge Peter Cahill wrote that "Members of the Media Coalition, as well as ...Read more

Matt Lieberman urged to quit Georgia Senate bid over 'racist' tropes in 2018 book

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ATLANTA -- The chairwoman of Georgia's Democratic Party on Friday condemned Senate candidate Matt Lieberman for authoring a book with "racist and discriminatory tropes," while the head of the state NAACP called on the Democrat to abandon the race.

Lieberman, the son of former vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, faced the calls to quit his ...Read more

Baja California parent groups find remote grave site with four bodies in Tecate

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BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico -- A collective of parents who search remote areas of Baja California for the remains of their missing children found another burial site in Tecate on Friday with at least four corpses, according to a state official.

It's the third "fosa clandestine" or clandestine grave found in the state since July 11. The discoveries ...Read more

11 kids in Washington state have been diagnosed with rare coronavirus syndrome

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SEATTLE -- Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a total of 11 children in Washington state have been hospitalized with a rare but serious syndrome that appears to be triggered by infection with the virus, state health officials said Friday.

The state's first four cases were reported in May, and seven other children have been ...Read more

Officials announce 59 more arrests in KC as Operation LeGend expands in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An additional 59 people have been arrested as part of the federal anti-violent crime initiative Operation LeGend, according to a release Friday from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Of those arrested since Aug. 1, six new defendants face federal charges, meaning Operation LeGend has so far resulted in ...Read more

Jacinda Ardern, buoyed by COVID success, launches reelection bid

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern launched her campaign for a second term by reminding voters of her leadership credentials and pledging to steer the country through the economic crisis unleashed by COVID-19.

The Sept. 19 election is "more important than ever" because of the pandemic, Ardern told Labour Party ...Read more

Man dies attempting to save 3 children from drowning in California's Kings River

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A 29-year-old man has died after jumping into California's Kings River to save three children he saw struggling in the water.

The man, identified as Manjeet Singh, was visiting Reedley Beach on Wednesday evening near his home in Fresno County when he saw three children struggling in the river. The children, two 8-year-old girls and a 10-year-...Read more

Trump says he's considering executive actions on virus aid, preexisting conditions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he will be "pursuing" an executive order in the next two weeks requiring health insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions for all customers.

"That's a big thing," he told reporters at his golf club Friday evening in Bedminster, New Jersey. "We have to cover preexisting conditions. This has ...Read more

In power for a year, Puerto Rico leader fights for job at polls

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Fighting corruption allegations and a resurgence of COVID-19, Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vazquez will face voters Sunday as she vies to lead the U.S. commonwealth out of a historic bankruptcy and recession.

Vazquez and the island's former delegate to the U.S. House, Pedro Pierluisi, are in a tight race to represent the New Progressive Party, or PNP...Read more

Trump says he may sign an executive order to boost unemployment checks. Can he do that?

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WASHINGTON -- Can President Donald Trump quickly issue an executive order and start hundreds of dollars in unemployment payments flowing to millions of Americans again? Maybe, but he'd face significant hurdles.

Like the Constitution.

Congress, not the president, has the power "to lay and collect taxes" in order "to pay the Debts and provide ...Read more

Minneapolis to partially reopen intersection where George Floyd was killed starting Aug. 17

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Starting the week of Aug. 17, the city of Minneapolis will begin to reopen 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, the intersection where George Floyd was killed and which has become a memorial site for victims of police violence.

City employees told neighborhood leaders they would start to reopen 38th Street in a meeting Thursday, said ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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1 in 3 Americans would refuse COVID-19 vaccine, new Gallup poll finds

One in 3 Americans would refuse an FDA-approved coronavirus vaccine even if it were offered at no cost, a new Gallup poll released Friday found.

The results, based on survey conducted between July 20 and Aug. 2, found that 65% of respondents said they would accept the offer ...Read more