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  COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers’ comp

The $56 billion, state-level insurance system is one of the nation's oldest forms of a social contract.

Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks

Facebook’s software kit to blame for popular apps crashing

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone’s prison sentence

Kroger cashiers to stop giving customers coin change

Officials find body believed to be missing girl in Kan. Amber Alert

NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA

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  ‘A slap in the face:’ Goya faces boycott over Trump praise

Justice Department plans to appeal ruling halting execution

  Tropical Storm Fay weakens after New Jersey landfall

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

  Ala. Senate leader says his comments on COVID-19 were a poor choice of words

Man accused of assaulting 12-year-old Cape Girardeau boy moved to Scott Co. Jail due to safety issues, concerns

Texas A&M police say student who reported racist notes placed them there himself

In a report released to KBTX on Thursday, police at Texas A&M University said a student who reported finding racist notes on his car’s windshield last month may have placed the papers there himself.

Storm clouds hang over Trump’s attempted campaign reboot

The event was to mark Trump's first political rally after a multiweek hiatus caused by a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.

Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen sent back to federal prison

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was transferred to the same federal lockup in Otisville where he was serving time for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes before the coronavirus pandemic prompted his early release, his attorney said Friday.

Video: Henrico man charged with vandalism after tearing down BLM sign

A Henrico man faces vandalism charges after a video surveillance system shows him tearing down Black Lives Matter posters.

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

  US bets on small, untested company to deliver COVID vaccine

Ghislaine Maxwell seeks jail release in Epstein abuse case

  Sheriff: Man in hate crime killing said he targeted biker because he was white

Joint Chiefs chairman: Confederate names on Army bases divide the military

  Starbucks to require customers to wear masks

Judge rejects Dakota Access pipeline request to stop closure

That effectively sends the case to a panel of appeals court judges.

Rickey Smiley’s daughter shot in Houston, recovering at home

Smiley posted on Twitter and Instagram that his youngest daughter Aaryn was shot while trying to get food from Whataburger in Houston.

  AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid.

  Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America.

Sur La Table closing 56 stores, seeking bankruptcy protection

Cookware and kitchen chain Sur La Table is closing 56 of its 121 stores as it seeks bankruptcy protection, the latest retail casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Supreme Court gives NY prosecutor a landmark legal victory

Here are some key questions and answers stemming from Thursday's decision.

Seoul mayor’s death causes sympathy, questions of his acts

A will left by late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon says he feels “sorry to all people” and asks his body to be cremated.

  Sonar, divers search for ‘Glee’ star thought to have drowned

Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who's believed to have drowned in a Southern California lake while boating with her 4-year-old son.

  Window washers rescued from scaffolding collapse

Two window washers stranded 13 stories above the ground after the platform they were standing on gave way are thankful for the Boston Fire Department for rescuing them.

  ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera believed drowned in California lake

Authorities were searching the waters of a Southern California lake Thursday for “Glee” star Naya Rivera a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone on a rented boat.

Police: Pop Smoke’s social media led killers to LA home

Authorities believe rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting, police said after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.

Tropical Storm Fay threatens mid-Atlantic coast, New England

Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the coast of North Carolina and is expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of the mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England.

  CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

Redfield commented a day after Trump complained the reopening guidelines were “very tough and expensive."

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

The virus isn't slowing in the three worst-affected countries: the United States, Brazil and India. They account for more than 60% of new cases globally.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has been returned to federal prison. His attorney Jeffrey Levine told news outlets Thursday that Cohen was taken into custody for violating the terms of his release.

Biden pledges New Deal-like economic agenda to counter Trump

Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing sweeping new uses of the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S. manufacturing and technology firms.

  True toll of COVID-19 in nursing homes still unknown

Federal nursing home coronavirus case data remains flawed, and some members of Congress say that needs to change.

  Police: Black man’s hanging death in California was suicide

A police investigation confirmed suicide was the cause of death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month, authorities said Thursday.

Richmond judge grants injunction to stop removal of Confederate monuments

A Richmond judge granted the injunction to stop the city from removing any more Confederate monuments for 60 days.

Official: Feds feared Epstein confidant might kill herself

The steps to ensure Maxwell's safety while she's locked up at a federal jail in New York City extend far beyond the measures federal officials took when they first arrested her in New Hampshire last week.

Big Ten to limit football, fall sports to conference games

Besides football, the sports affected include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

  Why are face masks important? Just ask Bill Nye

The “Science Guy” is out with a couple of face mask videos on TikTok that have captured the attention of millions.

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday. When they do, visitors to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" will find new rules in place.

No peeking, voters: Court keeps Trump taxes private for now

The Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump’s financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being.

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

The court's 5-4 decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of Oklahoma that include most of Tulsa.

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so.

Ousted NY prosecutor tells panel Barr ‘urged’ him to resign

Geoffrey Berman, the former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, is providing the committee with a detailed account behind closed doors.

Missing Seoul mayor’s body found after massive search

Police say Park Won-soon’s body was located in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him.

For 1st time, female soldier set to join a Green Beret team

The unidentified woman is one of three female soldiers who have been going through the Army Special Forces qualification course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She graduated Thursday.

  Esper defends use of National Guard in helping with unrest

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd, saying it was a better alternative than using active-duty forces as President Donald Trump had threatened.

US sanctions Chinese officials over repression of minorities

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party, including a member of the ruling Politburo, for alleged human rights abuses targeting ethnic and religious minorities that China has detained in the western part of the country.

Man facing a dozen charges for ‘doing donuts’ in cemetery

A Paragould man faces multiple charges after police say he drove through a cemetery damaging several gravestones.

Germany seizes server hosting pilfered U.S. police files

The data, dating back to 1996, include emails, audio and video files and police and FBI intelligence reports.

  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

Researchers from Italy said Thursday that they studied 31 women with COVID-19 who delivered babies in March and April.

  Black Lives Matter mural goes up in front of Trump Tower

At the direction of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, the big yellow letters are going on the street right in front of Trump Tower.

  US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses.

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Scientists say average temperatures around the world are already at least 1 C higher now than from 1850-1900 because of man-made greenhouse emissions.

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Cloth masks are better than nothing at protecting people from disease, but they don’t compare to medical-grade masks.

Driver who hit Seattle protesters charged with 3 felonies

Prosecutors have filed three felony charges against the man who hit two protesters with his car while driving on a Seattle freeway that was closed for Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Texas officer runs into burning mobile home to save 8-year-old boy

The officer says the boy was sad about his football cleats being lost in the fire, so he told him he would buy him new ones.

  Woman, 59, falls to her death near popular viewing area at Grand Canyon

Officials say about a dozen people die at the Grand Canyon each year, including deaths from heart attacks and other medical issues.

MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence

For the "MLS is Back" World Cup-style tournament, the league’s teams are sequestered in resorts while playing at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World.

  Atlanta mayor defies governor, requires masks in city

Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings.

Impeachment witness Vindman retiring from Army, lawyer blames Trump

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the national security aide who played a central role in President Donald Trump’s impeachment case, announced his retirement from the Army Wednesday in a scathing statement that accused the president of running a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.”

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name

Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word’s ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing are recommending that the former vice president embrace proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism.

  Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes ... a lot of oxygen to talk’

The transcripts for the body camera videos of officers Thomas Lane and J. Kueng provide the most detailed account yet of what happened as police were taking Floyd into custody on May 25, and reveal more of what was said after Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, was put on the ground.

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

The president unleashed his threat on Twitter.

  US virus cases top 3 million, Americans face frustrating test delays

Labs are reporting shortages of materials and don’t have enough workers to process the tests, leading to severe backups that could worsen as economies reopen and new infections emerge.

Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta

A representative for Tyler Perry says the filmmaker and actor has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta.

Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone, hate group, Brazil’s president

Roger Stone’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were banned.

  Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

Blake Shelton announces drive-in concert, 300 locations

The recorded concert will feature Shelton, his longtime girlfriend Gwen Stefani and fellow country star Trace Adkins.

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

The lawsuit, filed in Boston's federal court, seeks to prevent federal immigration authorities from enforcing the rule.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.