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Ray Rosetta is a reluctant gunman for the movement. He said he still believes the pen is mightier; he'd rather be writing his poems.
Mon, 07/06/2020 - 01:45

Black protesters and Boogaloo boys, both carrying weapons but offering radically different visions of America, assembled in the former capital of the Confederacy over the holiday weekend.

Georgia Tech, pictured in 2016, will be holding some in-person classes in the fall. Faculty are upset that face coverings will not be mandatory.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 20:46

The University System of Georgia is holding in-person classes this fall, with no masks required. It's an anomaly among top public universities — and it will put people at risk, professors say.

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, seen here in a poster released by U.S. Army investigators, was last seen alive at Fort Hood in April. Her family is demanding answers.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 19:07

More than two months after Vanessa Guillen was last seen, her remains were identified by Army investigators, a family lawyer said Sunday.

The Seattle campus of the University of Washington, pictured in March, is seeing a growing outbreak of COVID-19 cases among fraternity house residents this summer.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 18:08

At least 112 fraternity house residents, as well as nine additional students identified as close contacts, have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday.

People visit Jacksonville Beach on Saturday in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Coronavirus cases are spiking in states including Florida, Texas and Arizona.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 16:09

Florida and Texas reported their biggest daily rise in new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past few days as deaths in the U.S. continue to rise.

The death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25 sparked protests and tributes in Minneapolis and across the country. All four officers involved were fired and now face criminal charges.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 14:16

With Tou Thao's release on Saturday, three of the four former officers involved in George Floyd's death are free on bond. All face criminal charges, and one remains in custody.

Remains of the Christopher Columbus statue near Little Italy in Baltimore after it was ripped from its pedestal by protesters on July 4, 2020.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 12:19

Demonstrators in Baltimore pulled down the statue and threw it into the harbor, adding it to the growing list of Columbus monuments toppled nationwide in response to his controversial legacy.

President Trump had little to say about the coronavirus pandemic during remarks Friday at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 09:15

The president has focused on the economy and the culture wars, but these days he says little about the pandemic that has killed 130,000 Americans.

Nuns practice kung fu as a part of their daily routine at Druk Amitabha Mountain nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:12

They call themselves the "fearless ones." They've built a reputation not just for their martial arts prowess but for teaching girls to stand up for their rights. And they love watching horror movies.

Peet Sapsin directs clients inside custom built "Gainz Pods", during his HIIT class, (high intensity interval training), at Sapsins Inspire South Bay Fitness, Redondo Beach, California, Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:00

As gyms open for business, new rules aim to limit the spread of COVID-19, including spacing equipment, regular cleanings and limiting attendance. But experts say it's still safer to exercise at home.

President Trump speaks during the Fourth of July "Salute to America" event on the South Lawn of the White House, on Saturday.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 20:53

At the "Salute to America" event, Trump referred to protesters calling for the removal of statues as an "angry mob" and likened the defeat of the "radical left" with defeating Nazis and terrorists.

President Trump, pictured June 5, signs a bill extending the time period for businesses to use funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. On Saturday he signed a bill extending the deadline to apply for the program.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 17:31

The Paycheck Protection Program, enacted to help small businesses dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, had expired Tuesday. With Trump's signature Saturday, the new deadline to apply is Aug. 8.

A pedestrian in a mask passes a sign urging people to practice social distancing, on Saturday in Miami Beach, Fla. Just as residents flocked outside to enjoy the Fourth of July, states such as Florida were reporting skyrocketing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 14:43

Both Florida and South Carolina reported their highest-ever daily totals for new cases. They're not alone: The number is spiking across the U.S., and July Fourth celebrations may only make it worse.

The President's Daily Briefing is the top-secret intelligence report the CIA presents to the president every weekday. The book shown here is for a briefing delivered to President George W. Bush in 2002.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 13:47

The president says no one told him about the threat to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Reports say the information was available in a detailed intelligence file called the President's Daily Briefing.

Heavy rain has flooded in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture in Japan on Saturday.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 13:00

Japanese officials say it's the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in the region. More than 200,000 people were asked to evacuate.


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