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President Trump had little to say about the coronavirus during remarks Friday at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, S.D.
Sun, 07/05/2020 - 09:15

The president has focused on the economy and the culture wars, but these days 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.

In this photograph shared by the Washington State Patrol, the vehicle that hit protesters sits dented and damaged. Police say they have arrested the driver, but they have not yet assigned a motive for the incident.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:13

Police have the driver in custody, but no motive has been given. Videos on social media depict the vehicle apparently swerving into a group of protesters on a freeway overnight.

Chris Mosier, the first known transgender person to qualify for an Olympic trial, joined protesters in Boise, Idaho, to push back against legislation targeting transgender residents.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 09:24

Transgender people in Idaho say two new state laws are aimed at making their lives much harder. One involves changing the sex listed on birth certificates. The other affects trans athletes.

President Trump speaks during an event at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D., on Friday.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:43

In a speech on the eve of July Fourth, the president denounced protesters who call for the removal of Confederate statues and announced he would establish a National Garden Of American Heroes.

Jamaal Bowman ran against veteran Rep. Eliot Engel in the Democratic primary for New York's 16th Congressional District.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:01

Activists say the pandemic and racial justice protests have contributed to a climate that is more favorable to progressive candidates and ideas.

Passengers are tested for COVID-19 at Beirut International Airport on July 1.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:01

Many countries shut down international air travel when the pandemic began. Routes are reopening again, but you may need a COVID-19 test before you board.

Recent protests in Philadelphia and across the country have drawn young people. But for most of the pandemic, youth have been quarantined and away from their social circles, which could make depression and other mental illness worse.
Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:00

It's not that young adults aren't worried about the pandemic, psychologists say, but they are at far greater risk of dying by suicide. Finding ways beyond screens to foster social bonds is crucial.

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, seen here in a poster released by U.S. Army investigators, was last seen alive at Fort Hood in April. Now a woman is in custody and accused of dismembering her body.
Fri, 07/03/2020 - 20:19

Spc. Vanessa Guillen went missing in April. Now federal investigators say she was murdered, and buried near a river outside Austin. Her family says the murder came after sexual harassment.

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