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A San Francisco Police Department patch is shown on an officer's uniform. A new Pew Research Center survey shows changing opinions about law enforcement.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 21:55

A poll conducted in mid-June found that most respondents thought police officers should be held legally accountable for misconduct. But few respondents favored cutting funding for law enforcement.

Bolivian President Jeanine Áñez is pictured before donating blood at the presidential palace in La Paz last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 19:21

The announcement from the country's interim president, Jeanine Áñez, comes just days after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he had contracted COVID-19.

People gathered outside of a Starbucks coffee shop at Venice Beach in Los Angeles last month. The company's order for all customers to wear masks will take effect on July 15.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 18:50

Several states already require people to wear masks in public spaces like coffee shops to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but many still have no such requirement.

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within a Native American reservation as stated in treaties.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 18:17

"Today we are asked whether the land these treaties promised remains an Indian reservation. ... Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word," wrote Justice Gorsuch.

A makeshift memorial is pictured after a Juneteenth demonstration in Palmdale, Calif., at the tree where Robert Fuller was found dead.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 18:10

Fuller's death on June 10 was initially ruled a suicide, but that conclusion outraged his family, who insisted that he would not take his own life.

A colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (green) heavily infected with particles (orange) from the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient sample.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 17:10

After 239 scientists raised concerns about transmission by aerosolized particles, the World Health Organization has issued a brief on the role of aerosolized particles — and called for more research.

Mice that exercise produce more of an enzyme that can improve memory and other brain functions.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:29

When scientists revved up the production of an enzyme called GPLD1 in older mice, it stimulated nerve growth in their brains and the animals navigated a maze better.

Cameo enlists stars to produce short video messages that are paid for by fans. In these videos Snoop Dogg (left) wishes happy birthday to an 18 year old, Lindsay Lohan (center) offers condolences for a postponed bachelorette party, And Lance Armstrong (right) sends greeting from Nantucket.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:10

Cameo has become one of the fastest-growing tech startups by letting anyone pay for birthday wishes and other greetings recorded by celebrities and influencers. But will its Silicon Valley hype last?

Japan's Tokyo Dome is shown before amusement rides began to reopen in the country. Japanese amusement park operators have asked people on rides at some parks not to scream.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:18

Several park-goers have complained that the request for those on roller coasters to remain silent is unrealistic. "If a scream comes out, it comes out," one visitor said.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper (left) and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify Thursday before a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:42

The defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs respond to careful prompts from Republicans on Thursday aimed at defending the Trump administration on the Russian bounty allegations.

Attendants refill teacups as Chen Quanguo (center), Communist Party secretary of China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, listens to a speaker during a group discussion meeting on the sidelines of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on March 12, 2019. The Politburo member is one of the subjects of new U.S. sanctions over human rights abuses in the region.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:40

The Trump administration's penalties are meant to punish China for its treatment of Uighurs and Muslim minorities in the region, and target a Politburo member for the first time.

Police say that Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, shown during a press conference earlier this month, was found dead in a wooded park. A police official says the cause of death is under investigation.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:16

Mayor Park Won-soon's daughter told police he left a verbal message similar to a will, and later turned off his mobile phone. His body was found in a wooded park early Friday, police say.

President Trump is not pleased with the Supreme Court's decision on Thursday that his financial records have to be turned over to a New York grand jury.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 14:01

The Supreme Court's decision means President Trump's financial records will likely need to be turned over to a New York grand jury and could imperil his brand and fortune.

A package of Fair & Lovely skin lightening cream at a shop in India. In response to calls for racial justice around the world, the product name is being changed to Glow & Lovely.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:32

The American call for racial justice has led to a heated debate over attitudes about skin tones — and caused some lightening creams, like Fair & Lovely from Unilever, to change their name.

Los Angeles police say they have arrested five people in connection with the February shooting death of rapper Pop Smoke. The late musician is seen here during Paris Fashion Week's men's fall-winter shows in January.
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 13:23

Three men and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with the rapper's death in February, the Los Angeles Police Department announced.

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