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The 2020 Texas GOP convention was set to take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, until Mayor Sylvester Turner announced it would be canceled over public health concerns.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 20:52

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the move on Wednesday, as the city reported hundreds of new cases of COVID-19.

A Scrabble players group finds some words are too offensive for its approved list.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 20:32

On Wednesday, the North American Scrabble Players Association, which governs tournaments in the U.S. and Canada, said it was removing 236 potentially offensive words from its approved list.

Stadiums like the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn., will be empty this year after the Ivy League canceled fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 19:36

The Ivy League has put all sports on hold until at least January, while Stanford plans to discontinue 11 of its 36 varsity programs after this academic year.

Starting July 23, the Census Bureau says door knockers will make in-person visits to households that have not yet filled out a 2020 census form in parts of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:55

Despite the pandemic, Census Bureau officials say they've determined it's safe enough for visits to unresponsive homes in parts of Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office shows  (from left) Derek Chauvin,J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Lane's attorney on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss charges against him.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:48

Filed as part of a motion to dismiss charges against one of the officers, the transcripts also appear to show an officer expressing concern about Floyd's well-being in the moments before his death.

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on Capitol Hill last month.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:34

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., wants the Fulton County District Attorney investigated for "egregious abuse of power." Collins is running for a U.S. Senate seat in the fall.

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders take part in a Democratic primary debate on March 15. After Biden wrapped up the presidential nomination, the two formed joint task forces to formulate policy recommendations on six big issues.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:14

A joint effort by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to unify Democrats around Biden's candidacy has produced its policy recommendations.

"People started screaming and shouting for them to let me go," says Vauhxx Booker, who says he was assaulted by a group of white men on July 4. Booker is seen here speaking at a community gathering against racism, where protesters demanded charges in his case.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:13

"I hear a woman in the crowd yell out, 'Don't kill him.' And in that second, I realize that she's talking about me," Vauhxx Booker tells NPR.

Activists and relatives of Andres Guardado, who was shot and killed by an LA County sheriff's deputy in Gardena, called for justice last month. An independent autopsy has found Guardado was shot five times in the back.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 17:58

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has put a hold on the medical examiner's official autopsy report while it investigates the deputy-involved shooting. The family wants that report released.

United Airlines planes at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. Company executives call the COVID-19 pandemic the worst crisis in the airline's history.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:08

With bookings down and cancellations on the rise amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases, United's furloughs will be a "gut punch" to employees when federal coronavirus relief funding runs out.

Protest organizer DAntjuan Miller stands by the granite pedestal that remains of a monument to Confederate Navy Adm. Raphael Semmes in Mobile, Ala. "It's like a weight that's lifted off now that it's gone," he says.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 15:17

When the city of Mobile, Ala., took down a statue of a Confederate naval officer it sparked a conversation about what the statue meant, and how the city's Confederate history should be portrayed.

Tiger Woods tees off at the 2018 Ryder Cup in France. The biennial tournament, previously scheduled for this year, has been postponed to 2021.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 15:11

Organizers announced on Wednesday that the Ryder Cup will be held in September 2021 instead of the initially scheduled 2020 date. It is the first postponement of the event since Sept. 11.

Protesters clash with police Tuesday night in front of the National Assembly building in Belgrade, Serbia.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 14:12

Protesters gathered hours after an announcement that a curfew would be reinstated. Now President Aleksandar Vučić says it "probably" won't happen — despite an "alarming" surge in cases.

President Trump participates in a White House event Tuesday on how to reopen schools safely. After insisting that the Republican National Convention should be in person with thousands of people, Trump said he is "flexible" about the format.
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 14:12

Trump's campaign has long wanted a sports arena packed to the rafters, but the president concedes in an interview that the worsening Florida outbreak may force those plans to shift.

Faced with a rat trapped in a restrainer, a free rat opens the trap's door to liberate the trapped animal (while stepping on its head — "very rat-ish behavior," says University of Chicago neurobiologist Peggy Mason).
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:01

Experiments in people have long shown that the presence of indifferent bystanders hurts the chances that someone will help a stranger in an emergency. Rats, it turns out, behave the same way.

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