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Jul 14, 2020

Fact check: DeVos never said 'only' 0.02% of children will die if schools reopen in the fall
Numerous posts on social media claim Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said "only" 0.02% of children will die of COVID-19. She never said that.

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Jul 14, 2020

US Postmaster General tells postal workers to leave mail behind if it slows down their route
The US Postal Service is in a financial crisis, and is now instructing workers to avoid logging overtime — even if it means leaving mail behind.

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Jul 14, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted to hospital for possible infection
Ginsburg is "resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days and receive intravenous antibiotic treatment," the Supreme Court said.

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Jul 14, 2020

Donald Trump Jr., Ted Cruz, and other top Republicans praise New York Times editor Bari Weiss' resignation letter slamming the paper
Donald Trump Jr. claimed Weiss' resignation exposed the "rampant attacks on anyone who breaks from the far-left narrative."

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump: ‘More White People' Are Killed by Cops and How Dare Anyone Suggest Blacks Have it Bad
Following weeks of nationwide protests over a spate of police killings of Black people, President Donald Trump has claimed that "more white people" actually die at the hands of law enforcement.The president made the comment after appearing to briefly lose it when asked about the hot button topic in a CBS News interview."Why are African-Americans still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country?" host Catherine Herridge asked, prompting the president to immediately recoil."So are white people. So are white people! What a terrible question to ask," he huffed. "So are white people."Studies have shown that Black men are about 3.5 times more likely than white men to die in police custody. White men were killed by the police in the highest numbers between 2013 and 2017, but white people account for a greater percentage of the U.S. population than Black people, according to a Harvard study.Trump has made white grievance politics and the culture war a centerpiece of his re-election push in recent weeks, defending Confederate memorials and military bases named after Confederate generals even as he derides those who took part in anti-racism protests as "bad, evil people" seeking to destroy the country.  Beyond that, he's targeted the only full-time Black NASCAR driver, Bubba Wallace, falsely accusing him of perpetrating a hate-crime "hoax" after a suspected noose was discovered in his garage at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway last month. Trump took to

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Jul 14, 2020

An Airman Died After His Chute Opened While He Was Still in the Plane, Says New Report
A report concluded that the unexpected deployment of a T-11R reserve parachute led to the death of Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff.

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Jul 14, 2020

Former veteran hospital nursing assistant pleads guilty to murder charges in string of insulin deaths
Reta Mays was charged with seven counts of second-degree murder.

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Jul 14, 2020

The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says
Police seized Mark and Patricia McCloskey's rifle in a search warrant. Since then, the couple has received over 50 offers to replace it, their lawyer said.

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Jul 14, 2020

Massachusetts sues Uber, Lyft over driver status as contractors
The complaint filed in Suffolk Superior Court claims Uber and Lyft violate state minimum wage, hour and sick time laws. "Uber and Lyft have built their billion-dollar businesses while denying their drivers basic employee protections and benefits for years," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

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Jul 14, 2020

Police can't access LAPD gang database records after scandal
Republican U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Tuesday, making him at least the 10th member of Congress with a COVID-19 infection either confirmed or presumed by doctors. Griffith, 62, has been in self-imposed isolation since being tested. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Griffith has participated in hearings and news conferences on Capitol Hill, including an outdoor news conference last week to push for reopening U.S. schools.

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Jul 14, 2020

'We absolutely have to': Pelosi willing to cancel August recess for deal on another coronavirus relief package
Speaker Nancy Pelosi will delay or cancel Congress' August recess if negotiators need more time to reach a deal on a coronavirus relief package that is expected to include a renewal of beefed-up unemployment benefits and more federal assistance to state governments in order to address the Covid-19 pandemic."We absolutely have to. We also have to come to an agreement. The timetable is the timetable of the American people needing their unemployment insurance, their direct payments, their assistance for rent and mortgage foreclosure forbearance," and other federal aid programmes Democrats have proposed, Ms Pelosi said in an interview with CNN on Monday.

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Jul 14, 2020

U.S. House Republican Morgan Griffith tests positive for coronavirus
Republican U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Tuesday, making him at least the 10th member of Congress with a COVID-19 infection either confirmed or presumed by doctors. Griffith, 62, has been in self-imposed isolation since being tested. A member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Griffith has participated in hearings and news conferences on Capitol Hill, including an outdoor news conference last week to push for reopening U.S. schools.

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Jul 14, 2020

Remains of Aztec palace, house built by Hernán Cortés found near Mexico City plaza
Mexican officials said the remains of the Aztec palace and house built by Hernán Cortés were found near the Plaza del Zócalo.

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Jul 14, 2020

Rabbi hurt in California synagogue shooting admits fraud
The longtime leader of a Southern California synagogue who was wounded in a deadly attack at the house of worship he founded pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a multimillion-dollar fraud that disguised charitable contributions for personal gain. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States and commit wire fraud, but prosecutors said they will recommend probation as part of a plea agreement. Robert Brewer, the U.S. attorney in San Diego, said it was "a very difficult day for all of us."

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Jul 14, 2020

Removing names that hurt
In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody, Oregon has released the names of over 1,700 officers whose transgressions over the past 50 years were so serious that they were banned from working in law enforcement in the state. The online posting last week came after the state Legislature created a law requiring the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish a statewide public database of officers whose certification has been revoked or suspended. "Those who are revoked have tarnished the badge and no longer have the trust of their community, their agency, or our agency as the certifying body," department director Eriks Gabliks told The Associated Press.

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Jul 14, 2020

Police across Virginia are searching for people who are putting up offensive flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'
The flyers, packaged in ziplock bags with bird seeds, were placed in mailboxes and called for "100% Americanism."

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Jul 14, 2020

A black bear opened the front door of a Colorado home, let itself in, and attacked a man inside
A man staying in the Aspen home said he awoke in the middle of the night to a massive black bear in his kitchen rummaging through the refrigerator.

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Jul 14, 2020

5 Years Ago, New Horizons Reached Pluto—and We Never Stopped Learning
The Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Chicago turned around after a passenger became unruly and threatened to kill everyone on board.

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Jul 14, 2020

Tulsa race massacre: Search continues for mass grave site from 1921
Archaeologists and dig crews have resumed the excavation of a suspected mass grave in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of one of the bloodiest episodes of racist violence in the US.A white mob terrorised hundreds of black Americans during a nearly two-day massacre on 31 May 1921. Armed white men, backed by Oklahoma officials and law enforcement, shot at black residents, bombed buildings and set them ablaze, destroying 35 blocks of homes, businesses, churches and schools in the city's prosperous Greenwood neighbourhood, known as Black Wall Street.

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Jul 14, 2020

Writer and editor Bari Weiss leaves New York Times over 'bullying' and 'harassment' from colleagues
Opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss is leaving the New York Times claiming she has been bullied and harassed by colleagues over her often controversial opinion articles, and alleging that Twitter is the paper's 'ultimate editor'.Ms Weiss has been a polarising figure for the paper and she frequently generated backlash on social media for her opinions. She is leaving the paper amid a debate in the elite media over the role of journalists and the prevalence of "cancel culture" within the industry.

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Jul 14, 2020

These states still require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test
States are opening back up, but some still require or recommend visitors self-quarantine for two weeks. Find out where.

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Jul 14, 2020

Timbuktu's jihadist police chief before ICC for war crimes
He is charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape and making girls marry militants.

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump insisted schools should be reopened when asked about an Arizona teacher who died from the coronavirus
Trump was asked about the death of an Arizona teacher in a Monday news conference. He avoided directly answering the question.

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Jul 14, 2020

Afghanistan faces 'catastrophe' as COVID-19 cases grow: Red Crescent
Afghanistan faces "catastrophe" as growing COVID-19 cases stretch a health infrastructure already severely weakened by decades of war, the Afghan Red Crescent Society said on Tuesday. "Afghanistan is on the edge of potential health, social and economic catastrophes caused by COVID-19 as the disease places a crippling burden on one of the 10 most fragile states in the world," the Red Crescent Society said in a statement. Red Crescent Secretary General Nilab Mobarez said acute protective equipment shortages and difficulties in accessing remote regions were hampering its COVID-19 response.

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Jul 14, 2020

Controversial opinion editor Bari Weiss resigns from The New York Times
In her resignation letter, Weiss said she was quitting after facing "unlawful discrimination" and a "hostile work environment."

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Jul 14, 2020

Qatar wins air blockade case at top UN court
The UN's top court on Tuesday backed Qatar in a bitter row with four Middle East nations that imposed an air blockade against Doha after accusing it of backing radical Islamists and Iran. The decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) covers a key part of the acrimonious standoff that erupted three years ago pitting Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar. Qatar said after the decision that its rivals would "face justice".

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Jul 14, 2020

Nearly a century later, Tulsa is digging for evidence of mass graves in infamous race massacre
Mayor G.T. Bynum on 1921 slaughter of Black residents: "It should not have taken 99 years for us to be doing this investigation."

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Jul 14, 2020

Four more states added to New York quarantine order, Cuomo says
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday ordered those arriving in New York from an additional four states to quarantine for 14 days to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The newly added states - Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin - were all seeing 'significant' community spread of the virus, Cuomo said in a statement. Travelers arriving in New York from a total of 22 U.S. states are now required to quarantine for 14 days, according to Cuomo's order which was first issued in June.

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Jul 14, 2020

Joe Biden sets out aggressive plan to tackle climate change
Joe Biden's plan for rebuilding the economy hinges heavily on clean-energy investment and would rapidly reverse the Trump era's retreat on climate.

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Jul 14, 2020

Fact check: Rep. Ilhan Omar was not photographed at an al-Qaida training camp
A photo claiming to be of Rep. Ilhan Omar was taken in 1978, four years before she was born. Social media posts claiming this are false.

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Jul 14, 2020

How might China react to the UK's Huawei decision?
China has repeatedly threatened to retaliate if the UK Government reversed its decision on Huawei, with relations already under strain after Boris Johnson offered citizenship to up to three million people from Hong Kong fleeing tough new security laws. The Chinese government has not hinted what measures are being considered, but ongoing diplomatic spats with British allies including the US, Australia and Canada reveal a wide-ranging playbook. A key factor is how quickly China might be willing to allow relations with the UK to deteriorate. In the US, Canada and Australia, political elements have been critical of China for several years, while the UK is only now starting to push back against China's ambitions, said Kitty Smyth, the founder of Jingpinou, a UK consultancy specialising in China. Therefore, China may be "more likely to want to build on those pockets of support, rather than erode all relationships with the UK entirely", she added. Still, some level of reprisal is likely to take place as Beijing's swagger has grown with its new "wolf warrior" style of diplomacy, taking a much harder line in defiance of what it views as the West trying to diminish its place on the world stage.

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Jul 14, 2020

EU removes Serbia, Montenegro from coronavirus safe list, sources say
The European Union has decided to drop Serbia and Montenegro from its safe list of countries from which non-essential travel is allowed, and did not even discuss including the United States given its sharp rise in coronavirus cases, EU officials said. EU diplomats on Tuesday approved a proposal from Germany, now holding the rotating EU presidency, to exclude non-EU Serbia and Montenegro because of spreading infections, officials told Reuters. The listing is only a recommendation; not all of the 27 EU member countries are applying its provisions.

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Jul 14, 2020

Yemen starts forced transfers of Ethiopian migrants, IOM says
The 46-year-old woman from Washington DC was held for more than a year and lost $48,000, police say.

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Jul 14, 2020

Philippines to use police in house-to-house searches for COVID-19 cases
Philippine authorities and police will carry out house-to-house searches for COVID-19 patients to prevent wider transmission, a minister said on Tuesday, amid soaring death and infection numbers and some areas returning to a stricter lockdown. Interior Minister Eduardo Año urged the public to report cases in their neighbourhoods, warning that anyone infected who refused to cooperate faced imprisonment. The tough approach comes during a week where the Philippines recorded Southeast Asia biggest daily jump in coronavirus deaths and saw hospital occupancy grow sharply, after a tripling of infections since a tough lockdown was eased on June 1 to allow more movement and commerce.

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Jul 14, 2020

This Tennessee doctor caught coronavirus at a meeting about coronavirus. He nearly died.
Dr. Daniel Lewis, the chief medical officer of a hospital in East Tennessee, nearly died after catching coronavirus. His recovery took months.

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Jul 14, 2020

Trump may be no good at leading America - but he's really, really good at lying
US credibility has been contorted to protect the feelings of one man-child. No wonder he finds Anthony Fauci so offensiveIt's outrageous to say that Donald Trump is good at nothing.He may be no good at leading the country through a pandemic and recession. He may be no good at healing a nation that is deeply scarred by racist power. He may be no good at diplomacy with his allies, or even recognising America's enemies for what they are.But he is really, really good at lying. An Olympic-standard, Guinness Book of Records fabricator of falsehoods. He regurgitates lies as rapidly and copiously as Joey Chestnut swallows hotdogs.Trump represents the historic high-water mark for verbal cheating, which is surely the only part of his short legacy that will feature in US history exams in 2030.According to the exhausted and exhaustive factchecking team at the Washington Post, Trump's rate of lying is shaped remarkably like the country's exponential rise in Covid-19 cases.It took him 827 days to reach his first 10,000 lies, but just 440 days to reach his second 10,000 lies.The team's forensic book on the subject calls this "his assault on truth". But it's really an assault on our ability to understand what truth looks and sounds like.This is nothing new for Trump, but it is something new for a democratic nation that proudly used to call itself the leader of the free world.Credibility was one of the most potent weapons in America's arsenal of soft power. The kind of potency that allowed Kennedy's s

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Jul 14, 2020

The mother of Korean Air's infamous 'nut rage' executive was convicted of assaulting her chauffeur
Lee Myung-hee, 70, the widow of Korean Air's founder was convicted in an incident with echoes of her daughter's meltdown over macadamia nuts.

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Jul 14, 2020

Doctors in France have found the world's first recorded case of an unborn child contracting COVID-19 from their mother while inside the womb
Doctors said the fetus's brain bore evidence of inflammation caused by the coronavirus, which had crossed the placenta into the baby's bloodstream.

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Jul 14, 2020

Severe storms put Midwest, Plains in the crosshairs for explosive week
For the past several weeks, severe weather has abounded across portions of the Plains and Midwest and AccuWeather meteorologists say that trend will continue through midweek.Each state across the Great Plains and Midwest has reported at least one instance of severe weather since the start of the month. From damaging wind gusts to hailstorms and even some tornadoes, the nation's midsection has had it all during the first half of July.Elsewhere, the severe weather bull's-eye has been located solidly over the central Plains since Sunday. However, starting Tuesday, the threat for feisty storms will expand northeastward into the Midwest.The same cold front that set off explosive storms across the central Plains Monday and Monday night will dig eastward on Tuesday. Storms can erupt along a wide swath of the country from the Front Range of the southern Rockies to the Upper Midwest. Severe activity will start to ramp up in earnest by Tuesday afternoon when lines of damaging thunderstorms called squall lines can begin to organize and rumble across the nation's midsection through Tuesday night. Along with torrential rainfall and large hail, very strong and damaging wind gusts are likely to be produced by these storms. Even an isolated tornado or two can develop across the area.An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 90 mph can occur on Tuesday, especially in the central Plains.Locations that may end up in the path of Tuesday's damaging storms include Madison, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and

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Jul 14, 2020

I'm from Florida. Our coronavirus crisis doesn't surprise me
‘America's weirdest state' offers an extreme case of the country's broader failure to take the pandemic seriouslyI have spent the past three months in my home state of Florida, during which time I've watched it become the hottest of coronavirus hotspots on the planet. This week began with the announcement that the state registered over 15,000 new infections in a single day, which was almost 3,000 more daily cases than any state previously had recorded since the pandemic began. If Florida was a country, according to Reuters, it would have the world's fourth-highest tally of new Covid-19 cases over that 24-hour span, trailing only the US, Brazil and India.Florida has a well-deserved reputation as America's weirdest state, so perhaps the pandemic punishment being meted out to us right now shouldn't come as a shock. A 1948 Fortune magazine study observed: "Florida is a study in abnormal psychology, useful in signaling the … hidden derangements of the national mood." A lot of bad trends in American life find their most bizarre and refined forms in the Sunshine state, which is why "Florida Man" has become shorthand for the bad behavior of too many state residents. As far as the present pandemic is concerned, the simplest and most convincing explanation for why Florida is experiencing an explosion of Covid-19 cases it that it is an extreme case of the broader American failure to take the pandemic seriously.Considerable blame rests with the state's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis. A former member of the House Freedom

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Jul 14, 2020

He was mad at his neighbor's parking. He beat the neighbor, his dog with ax handle, cops say
"GPD doesn't do anything. I'll handle it by myself like they do on the east side."

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Jul 14, 2020

The French are leaving Miami amid COVID restaurant closures and international student ban
Miami has long been a hub for young aspiring French entrepreneurs and chefs looking to invest in their futures.

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Jul 14, 2020

After coronavirus kept a Florida couple apart for 114 days, wife takes dishwashing job to see husband
Mary Daniel got a job as a dishwasher at a memory-care center so she could be inside the locked-down facility to see her husband, a patient there.

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Jul 14, 2020

Iran executes defense ministry staffer as alleged CIA spy
Canada and the United States are set to extend a ban on non-essential travel that was imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak, although a final decision has not been taken, two Ottawa sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. Although some U.S. politicians in northern states are pressing for the measures to be relaxed, the Ottawa sources said the extension was virtually inevitable given the seriousness of the crisis in the United States. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters talks between the two nations on the ban were continuing and said "We will have more to say later this week, I'm sure."

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Jul 14, 2020

Coronavirus: Los Angeles on brink of highest ‘red' threat level, says mayor
Authorities in Los Angeles have warned that tougher lockdown measures could be introduced as the Covid-19 threat increases across California.Mayor Eric Garcetti said stricter lockdown measures were possible under "emergency" conditions.

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Jul 14, 2020

Editorial: Buying Biden's America: The Democratic nominee offers an economic message where Trump fell down on the job(s)
Bye-bye, "America First"! Hello, "Buy American"? Seeking to evict Donald Trump from the White House at a time of sudden mass unemployment, former Vice President Joe Biden last week offered a vision that echoes some of Trump's own economic populism - while addressing the incompetence exposed during the pandemic. Biden promises to spend $400 billion on materials and services made in the U.S., ...

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Jul 14, 2020

Coronavirus: Jair Bolsonaro says he ‘can't stand' being in isolation and will retake test
Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro has said he "can't stand" self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 and intends to take a second test for the virus.The right-wing leader, who has been in quarantine at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, said in an interview on Monday that he feels "very well" and has picked up few symptoms from the disease.

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Jul 14, 2020

Satellite images show Ethiopia dam reservoir swelling
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has insisted that spikes in New York crime are not related to police budget cuts but people needing to pay rent and feed their children.In a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, reported by The Hill, AOC was questioned about the significant rise in crime in the city.

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Jul 14, 2020

South China Sea dispute: China's pursuit of resources 'unlawful', says US
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China is treating the disputed waters as its "maritime empire".

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Jul 14, 2020

Police: 1 officer dead, another hurt in pursuit shooting
Schools do not play a major role in spreading the coronavirus, according to the results of a German study released on Monday. The study, the largest carried out on schoolchildren and teachers in Germany, found traces of the virus in fewer than 1 per cent of teachers and children. Scientists from Dresden Technical University said they believe children may act as a "brake" on chains of infection. Prof Reinhard Berner, the head of pediatric medicine at Dresden University Hospital and leader of the study, said the results suggested the virus does not spread easily in schools. "It is rather the opposite," Prof Berner told a press conference. "Children act more as a brake on infection. Not every infection that reaches them is passed on." The study tested 2,045 children and teachers at 13 schools — including some where there have been cases of the virus. But scientists found antibodies in just 12 of those who took part. "This means that the degree of immunization in the group of study participants is well below 1 per cent and much lower then we expected," said Prof Berner. "This suggests schools have not developed into hotspots." The study was carried out at schools in three different districts in the region of Saxony.

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Jul 14, 2020

Claudia Conway, 15-year-old daughter of Kellyanne and George Conway, announced plans to delete her social-media accounts per her parents' request
Claudia Conway garnered thousands of followers across her social-media platforms, which largely include posts critical of President Donald Trump.

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Jul 14, 2020

Claudia Conway, 15-year-old daughter of Kellyanne and George Conway, announced she will be deleting her social media accounts per her parents' request
Claudia Conway garnered hundreds of thousands of followers across all of her social media platforms, which largely include anti-Trump posts.

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Jul 14, 2020

Federal appeals court puts hold on first federal executions in 17 years; legal battle to continue
Iran's supreme leader has addressed the country's parliament amid growing divisions and unanswered questions over the explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility earlier this month.

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Jul 14, 2020

Blame game? Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home study
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found no strong link between a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes and some of the nation's deadliest nursing home outbreaks. Scientists, health care professionals and elected officials assailed the report released last week for failing to address the actual impact of the March 25 order, which by the state's own count ushered more than 6,300 recovering virus patients into nursing homes at the height of the pandemic.

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Jul 14, 2020

Hillary Clinton: We Have to Be Ready if Trump Doesn't ‘Go Quietly'
Trevor Noah returned from a two-week July 4 break with a very big guest: Hillary Clinton.The Daily Show host began his remote interview by asking the former Secretary of State what she's been up to during quarantine. "Because I know if I was in your position, I would spend most of my time tweeting, ‘I told you so' and I would walk around the street just looking at people saying, ‘It could have been me, it could have been me.'" "Well, you know, before the lockdown I was doing all of that," Clinton joked in response. "I mean there's probably video."But things turned more serious when Noah asked Clinton how she's feeling about the 2020 race. "It seems like America is on an ominous path to a November date when there is going to be a lot of questions in and around the election," the host said. "Donald Trump is vehemently against mail-in voting. What do you make of this and what do you think the path is to getting people the easiest access to casting their votes?" Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah Roast Trump for Wearing a Face Mask ‘4 Months Late'Here‘s Why Trump Commuted Stone's Sentence Instead of Pardoning HimClinton argued that Republicans will try to "prevent as many people who think they won't vote for them from voting," specifically young people, African Americans and Hispanics. But beyond that, Noah wanted to know if Clinton thinks Trump will try to undermine the legitimacy of the entire election if he loses. "Well, I think it is a fair point to raise as to whether or not, if he loses, he's going to go quiet

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Jul 14, 2020

Airline contacts US senator over maskless photo
American Airlines said Monday it had contacted Republican Senator Ted Cruz after he was seen without a mask on a flight, but he said he had only removed it to eat and drink. Health experts and scientists have called on politicians to set an example by wearing face coverings as the coronavirus rages across the United States. "While our policy does not apply while eating or drinking, we have reached out to Senator Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy," American Airlines said in a statement.

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Jul 13, 2020

US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since May
The pilot was able to eject safely and is being treated for minor injuries, the base said Monday evening.

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Jul 13, 2020

Young conservative women stand up to liberal mob
Incoming Marquette freshman Samantha Pfefferle says she has been threatened over her pro-Trump TikTok post; political activist Savanah Hernandez targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters.

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Jul 13, 2020

Oregonians still want to join Idaho — and filed a lawsuit to make it happen, group says
The group doesn't want the coronavirus to impact its plans to join Idaho.

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Jul 13, 2020

Coronavirus: California reimposes sweeping restrictions amid virus spike
The governor has rolled back reopening plans across the state as virus cases soar.

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Jul 13, 2020

China says Hong Kong opposition primary a 'serious provocation'
China has described a primary by Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties as a "serious provocation", warning that some campaigning may have breached a tough new security law it imposed on the city. "This is a serious provocation against the current election system," the Liaison Office, which represents China's government in the semi-autonomous city, said in a statement late Monday. More than 600,000 Hong Kongers turned out over the weekend to choose candidates for upcoming legislative elections despite warnings from government officials that the event could breach Beijing's sweeping new law.

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Jul 13, 2020

My first reaction when I heard L.A. schools won't be open this fall? Tears. Lots of them
Students will start the new school year they way the ended the last one — online and at home.

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Jul 13, 2020

US brands Beijing's South China Sea claims illegal
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday the United States would treat Beijing's pursuit of resources in the dispute-rife South China Sea as illegal, ramping up support for Southeast Asian nations and triggering a furious response from Beijing. It was the latest forceful statement by President Donald Trump's administration to challenge China, which he has increasingly cast as an enemy ahead of November elections. "We are making clear: Beijing's claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them," Pompeo said in a statement.

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Jul 13, 2020

Chicago's mayor donned a lime green cowboy hat and announced she'd send around a 'Census Cowboy' to remind communities to fill out the 2020 Census
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot set a goal of a 75% Census response rate, so far the city's rate is 55%.

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Jul 13, 2020

Number of disappeared in Mexico rises to over 73,000
One of the vaults in Kerala's Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple contained $20bn (£16bn) worth of diamonds.

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Jul 13, 2020

Black Lives Matter street mural in front of Trump Tower vandalized with red paint, quickly repainted
Police are looking into a criminal mischief complaint after someone splashed red paint on the mural on Fifth Avenue.

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Jul 13, 2020

Tucker Carlson says his former head writer 'paid a heavy price' for racist internet posts
Carlson acknowledged the posts were "wrong," but did not offer an apology on behalf of the show or the network, saying his longtime associate had "paid a very heavy price" in losing his job.

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Jul 13, 2020

Pro-Police Agitators and Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash in Brooklyn
The pro-police rallies came weeks after the New York City Council cut the NYPD's budget by $1 billion. The cuts came in light of national calls to defund police departments in response to the killing of George Floyd and other unarmed Black people at the hands of police officers.

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Jul 13, 2020

Trump administration rejects nearly all Beijing's claims in South China Sea, a move likely to inflame tensions
The shift in US policy is likely to further inflame US-China tensions and could provoke fresh retaliatory steps from Beijing.

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Jul 13, 2020

Prosecutors in Ghislaine Maxwell case say proposed $5 million bond is 'effectively meaningless'
Prosecutors in New York doubled down in their bid to keep Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell behind bars while awaiting trial.

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Jul 13, 2020

Earthquakes in Southern California last year increased the chances of 'the big one' on the San Andreas fault, research suggests
A major earthquake on the San Andreas fault line would crumble buildings, rupture gas lines, trigger landslides, and devastate Los Angeles.

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Jul 13, 2020

U.S. Navy battles for second day to save burning warship in San Diego
Hundreds of firefighters battled through a second day from the air, land and water on Monday to save a U.S. war vessel swept by flames while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the U.S. Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, remained largely shrouded in thick, acrid smoke on Monday as the vessel began listing to its starboard side. The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion, erupted Sunday morning in the lower cargo hold of the 844-foot-long (257 meter) ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at U.S. Naval Base San Diego.

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Jul 13, 2020

The 13 coolest features of the 2 and 4-door 2021 Ford Bronco, the all-4x4 lineup's tough-as-nails go-anywhere off-roader
The 2021 Ford Bronco's roof comes in three sections that are quickly removable as a standard feature.

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The 17 coolest features of the new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, the smaller SUV sibling in the rugged all-4x4 Bronco lineup — see them all
All Ford Bronco Sport models come with a mounted bottle opener hidden by the rear tailgate.

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Jul 13, 2020

It's Here! The Ford Bronco Makes Its Glorious Return
After a quarter-century hiatus, the most hardcore SUV ever is officially back. Meet the new beasts in the 2021 Bronco lineup.

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Jul 13, 2020

US discusses five-power summit with Russia
The United States said Monday that it spoke with Russia about convening a summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a key priority for President Vladimir Putin. In a telephone call, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "discussed convening P5 leaders in the near future to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations," the State Department said. Putin has been urging such a summit that would bring him together with US President Donald Trump, potentially just before the Republican vies for reelection in November.

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U.S. Senate to begin debate on new coronavirus bill next week: McConnell
The U.S. Senate will begin debate next week on a fifth coronavirus-response bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday, as he forecast tough negotiations with Democrats who are seeking broader aid than Republicans. "Next week, we'll be beginning a new bill," McConnell said during an interview with WRVK radio in his home state of Kentucky. McConnell added the legislation, which has not yet been unveiled, will likely be more contentious than the previous four coronavirus aid bills.

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Jul 13, 2020

Nile states end talks on Africa's largest dam with no deal
The setback sunk modest hopes that the three countries could resolve their differences and ink an agreement before Ethiopia begins to fill its $4.6 billion hydroelectric dam. Ethiopia had previously pledged to start filling the reservoir, even without a deal over its operation, at the start of the wet season in July, when rains flood the Blue Nile. To Ethiopia, the colossal dam offers a critical opportunity to pull millions of citizens out of poverty and become a major power exporter.

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Trump campaign 'moving forward' with GOP convention in Jacksonville amid surge in COVID cases in Florida
Hogan Gidley, Trump 2020 national press secretary, joins Martha MacCallum with insight on 'The Story.'

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Jul 13, 2020

Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo'
The federal prosecutor whom Attorney General Bill Barr ousted in June told House investigators that he was alarmed at the way Barr attempted to replace him, saying that "the "irregular and unexplained actions by the Attorney General raised serious concerns for me," according to a transcript of the closed-door interview released by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. Geoffrey Berman, formerly the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was brought in for a closed-door session of the Judiciary Committee on July 9 to talk about the events surrounding Barr's public announcement on June 19 that Berman had "stepped down" from his post, even though the U.S. attorney made clear to Barr multiple times that he was not stepping down. The late-night announcement by Barr immediately sparked confusion and raised questions about his involvement in a crucial prosecutor's office. The next day, Berman said he would leave the job when Barr agreed to let his deputy take over as acting U.S. attorney, as opposed to Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, whom Barr wanted to install in the position until the Trump administration's pick, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Jay Clayton, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.Berman, who at SDNY handled sensitive investigations into Trumpworld figures such as Rudy Giuliani, did not comment specifically to the Judiciary Committee on what he believed Barr's motivations to be, and he studiou

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Boeing lands the first order of the F-15EX
The first award covers an initial lot of eight jets.

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Jul 13, 2020

American Airlines reaches out to US senator maskless on flight
American Airlines said Monday it had contacted top Republican Senator Ted Cruz about its coronavirus prevention policies after a photo of the Texas lawmaker without a mask on a flight went viral on social media. "While our policy does not apply while eating or drinking, we have reached out to Senator Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy as part of our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the traveling public," AA said in a statement. Aides to Cruz told US media that he was drinking a coffee at the time the photo was snapped.

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Jul 13, 2020

Former Arkansas Gov. David Pryor hospitalized with COVID-19
David Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator, is hospitalized in Little Rock after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said in a statement Monday. David Pryor and his wife, Barbara Pryor, both received positive test results Friday for the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the statement. David Pryor, who is 85 and a stroke and heart attack survivor, was admitted Saturday to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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Jul 13, 2020

'Shame on you': Florida gov. heckled at briefing
As of Monday there were nearly 270,000 recorded coronavirus cases and over 4,300 deaths in Florida, according to a Reuters tally.



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Jul 13, 2020

St Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters 'almost always in conflict with others', report says
The white couple who were photographed pointing guns at protesters in St Louis, have been revealed to have had several conflicts over their property in recent years, from a number of lawsuits to the smashing of children's beehives.Personal-injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey were seen standing outside their home holding a handgun and a rifle at Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters who were walking down their street on 28 June.

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Jul 13, 2020

California Mandates Widespread Reclosure of Indoor Malls, Hair Salons
Business taking place indoors in most of the state is again being prohibited as the coronavirus is spreading rapidly.

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Jul 13, 2020

U.S. COVID-19 vaccine program to start manufacturing by late summer, says U.S. official
"If you say exactly when will literally the vaccine materials be in production and manufacturing, it is probably four to six weeks away, but we will be actively manufacturing by the end of summer," the official, who declined to be identified by name, said. The Trump administration has helped finance the development of four COVID-19 vaccines so far though its Operation Warp Speed Program, which aims to produce 300 million vaccine doses by the end of 2021.

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Jul 13, 2020

Nearly 1,000 U.S. immigration detention center employees test positive for coronavirus
More than 930 employees of private contractors running U.S. immigration detention centers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to congressional testimony given by company executives on Monday. The heads of four companies - CoreCivic , The GEO Group , Management & Training Corp (MTC) and LaSalle Corrections - that detain immigrants on contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), reported the infections among employees in response to questions from lawmakers.

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Jul 13, 2020

Trump's bizarre COVID-19 claim: 'Biden and Obama stopped their testing'
President Trump on Monday defended the nation's coronavirus testing record and rising case numbers.

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Trump again directs blame at Obama as coronavirus pandemic worsens in U.S.
The president on Monday again sought to redirect blame for his pandemic response to the previous administration.

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Jul 13, 2020

As Americans go back to work, these are the 9 riskiest jobs to have in the middle of the pandemic
An analysis of coronavirus death rates by occupation and studies of jobs that pose the most risk to exposure help show which jobs carry higher risks.

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Jul 13, 2020

Mount Rushmore: Isn't it time to talk about its Native American history????????
As the U.S. and NFL reckon with their relationship to Native Americans, Mount Rushmore remains almost completely devoid of important history.

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Jul 13, 2020

It's so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down
It's the hottest place on Earth for a reason.

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Jul 13, 2020

A squirrel tested positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado. Are people at risk?
The bacteria that causes the bubonic plague is naturally occurring in Colorado.

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Jul 13, 2020

Gun Control's Black Lives Matter Problem
June has been marked in recent years by a flurry of orange-clad marchers promoting National Gun Violence Awareness Month. This year's planned gatherings, however, fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic and were overshadowed by Black Lives Matter's nationwide protests against institutional racism within policing. But the gun-control lobby's reticence isn't out of respect for the lives of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor but rather concern for its own preservation.For decades, gun-control advocates promoted greater police power as well as known practices of institutional racism within police firearms-licensing divisions. Now that there are calls to "defund the police," many leaders of the gun-control lobby, who are mostly white, should rightly fear that their history of siding with the police and promoting policies now deemed racist by progressives may make them the next casualty of cancel culture.Gun control in the U.S. has historically been rooted in racism of the blatant "no blacks allowed" variety. Fundamentally, it is difficult to subjugate a group if it's armed. This is why restrictions on minority gun ownership pre-date not only the institution of slavery in the U.S. but the Founding itself. The modern gun-control movement has supported a more insidious method of using police discretion and biased background checks to suppress firearms-license issuance.New York's Sullivan Act is one of the best examples of gun-control laws that put minorities at a disadvantage, and it has been widely copied. Passed in 1911, the law addressed what was considered a g

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Jul 13, 2020

Online school? In-person? How parents are making their own fall 2020 decisions as COVID-19 squabbles continue
Parents weigh decisions for their kids as school reopening deadlines approach. One thing is clear: They're not listening to skirmishing politicians.

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Jul 13, 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell Foolishly Tried to ‘Evade Detection' by Wrapping Cell Phone in Foil: Prosecutors
Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime Jeffrey Epstein confidant accused of helping him sexually abuse underage girls, tried to hide from federal agents during her July arrest—and even wrapped her cell phone in tin foil in "a misguided effort to evade detection," prosecutors said Monday.Federal prosecutors made the shocking disclosure about Maxwell's July 2 arrest at her ultra-secluded New Hampshire mansion in court documents arguing against her release from federal prison on a $5 million bond. Maxwell, 58, is in custody at a federal detention facility in New York after being charged with allegedly enticing minors, some as young as 14, to engage in illegal sex acts with Epstein in the mid-1990s.On Friday, Maxwell's lawyer argued that the 58-year-old has not been hiding from authorities since the pedophile billionaire's jailhouse suicide in August—but from an "unrelenting and intrusive media." Ghislaine Maxwell's Lawyers Claim She Was Never in Hiding, Hadn't Seen Epstein for a DecadeProsecutors hit back on Monday, stating that the socialite does not deserve any "special treatment" and that her actions over the last year prove she is an "extraordinary" flight risk. The memo also pointed to the millions Maxwell has in various bank accounts overseas."To the extent the defendant now refuses to account for her ownership of or access to vast wealth, it is not because it does not exist—it is because she is attempting to hide it," prosecutors wrote,

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A YouTuber and her friend who got sick at Disney World's reopening are being criticized for ignoring medical advice to go to the hospital after 'violently vomiting'
The women insisted that the health scare was an allergic reaction — and not the result of COVID-19 — but commenters remained concerned.

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Jul 13, 2020

Michigan partygoers test positive for COVID-19 after July 4th lake bash; 43 cases tied to house party
"This is a very clear example of how quickly this virus spreads," a Michigan health official said after 43 COVID-19 cases were tied to a house party.

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Javonni Carson: Nine-year-old shot four times while filming TikTok videos
A fourth-grade boy shot four times in Atlanta was filming TikTok videos with his two siblings when an unknown gunman fired into a crowd during a drive-by shooting, his mother said.Javonni Carson, 9, who was one of three people injured in the attack, has undergone surgery and is expected to recover, mother Keyona Carson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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