Politics

August 13, 2020
Wednesday Sports in Brief

BASEBALL LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly...

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August 13, 2020
Virus-proofing NFL facilities is a tall, masked task

The captivation and celebration of the NFL have long stemmed from the speed, strategy, strength and teamwork that make the game go. Football is just as much a sport of...

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August 13, 2020
Virus exposes economic, racial divide in French health care

Festering beneath France's promise of guaranteed health care for all lie deep disparities across economic and racial lines — differences laid painfully bare by the COVID-19 crisis. Two recent studies...

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August 13, 2020
Asian shares mixed, led by Tokyo gains, after Wall St rally

Asian shares were mixed Thursday, cheered by the rally on Wall Street that's likely a boon for export-driven regional economies, but investors remained worried about the coronanvirus pandemic. Japan's benchmark...

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August 13, 2020
Britannia used to rule the waves, now it attacks defenceless people in tiny boats to deflect from its own sinking status

The British once had the greatest navy in the world. Now we're making a big deal of ‘defending' ourselves from an imaginary ‘invasion' of refugees in order to distract from...

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August 13, 2020
The Latest: Bhutan imposes 1st nationwide virus lockdown

THIMPU, Bhutan — The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has imposed its first nationwide lockdown due to a virus infection in a returning traveler who had been released from quarantine. The...

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August 13, 2020
US says Iran briefly seizes oil tanker near Strait of Hormuz

The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., a U.S. military official said...

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August 13, 2020
EPA expected to undo methane leak rule for oil, gas industry

President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart...

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August 13, 2020
Asian shares mixed, led by Tokyo gains, after Wall St rally

Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday, cheered by the rally on Wall Street that's likely a boon for export-driven regional economies, even as investors worry about the coronanvirus pandemic....

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August 13, 2020
Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattened cornfields

Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep...

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August 13, 2020
Bob Woodward’s new Trump book, ‘Rage,’ due out next month

Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward's new book about President Donald Trump is titled “Rage” and will be released Sept. 15, less than two months before Election Day, according to...

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August 13, 2020
Business lobby raises concerns over Trump payroll tax break

The nation's leading business group on Wednesday raised serious concerns about President Donald Trump's move to defer Social Security payroll taxes for American workers, warning that the plan for a...

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August 13, 2020
How can Wall Street be so healthy when Main Street isn’t?

The stock market is not the economy. Rarely has that adage been as clear as it is now. An amazing, monthslong rally means the S&P 500 is roughly back to...

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August 12, 2020
N.C. governor says he’ll seek jobless aid that Trump offered

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said on Wednesday that he's preparing to accept for the state extended unemployment benefits that President Donald Trump directed in an executive order, part of...

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August 12, 2020
NFL, union agree to extend daily coronavirus testing

The NFL extended daily coronavirus testing for players and staff until further notice even though the positive test rate from the first two weeks of camp has been less than...

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August 12, 2020
Prosecutor asks 14 years for billionaire in bribery case

A federal prosecutor said Wednesday that a billionaire Durham businessman should spend 14 years in prison for trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with large political contributions. U.S....

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August 12, 2020
Actors back at Disney World after deal reached with union

Walt Disney World and the union for its actors and singers reached an agreement on Wednesday that will allow them to return to work, more than a month after they...

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August 12, 2020
United plans more Florida flights, but virus gets final say

United Airlines said Wednesday it plans to add up to 28 daily flights to Florida this winter, but the airline is prepared to reverse course if the rate of coronavirus...

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August 12, 2020
REI to sell new headquarters, shift work to other sites

Outdoor retailer REI said it is walking away from its nearly completed corporate campus in suburban Seattle and will shift headquarters operations to sites across the Seattle area as the...

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August 12, 2020
Facebook’s latest ‘hate speech’ update proves no censorship will ever be enough for social media thought police

Facebook has expanded its already-prodigious list of banned content to include insults, blackface, and the notion that Jews control major industries. But even these new rules aren't enough - and...

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August 12, 2020
Let it flow: Trump Administration eases showerhead rules

The Trump Administration wants to change the definition of a showerhead to let more water flow, addressing a pet peeve of the president who complains he isn't getting wet enough....

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August 12, 2020
Chicago Police post looting videos to identify suspects

Chicago police started giving people another look Wednesday at the looting that happened downtown and around the city this week and are hoping they will recognize suspects and provide their...

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August 12, 2020
In a first, Airbnb takes action against guest for party

For the first time, Airbnb is taking legal action against a guest for violating its ban on unauthorized parties. The San Francisco-based home sharing company said Wednesday it is initiating...

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August 12, 2020
Former test administrator to plead guilty in college scam

A former college entrance exam administrator has agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme that has ensnared wealthy parents across the U.S., federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Niki...

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August 12, 2020
Business aid announced with Illinois COVID-19 dead at 7,672

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday the state is distributing $46 million to small businesses that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The grants, which range from $10,000...

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August 12, 2020
Three legislators and incumbent regulator make short list for powerful utility panel

Gov. Ron DeSantis was given four candidates to choose from Wednesday for his first appointment to the powerful board that regulates electricity, water and natural gas in Florida, and the...

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August 12, 2020
Giant Idaho forest project on hold again after court ruling

A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday halts for the second...

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August 12, 2020
How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks rebounded on Wall Street Wednesday, briefly inching the S&P 500 above its all-time closing high set before the coronavirus pandemic led to a historic market plunge. The benchmark index...

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August 12, 2020
Despite layoffs, Fontainebleau proceeding with additional ballroom, conference space

Despite a historic slowdown in tourism that has lead to widespread layoffs, Miami Beach's iconic Fontainebleau Resort is seeking approval to expand. Jeffrey Soffer's Fontainebleau Florida Hotel LLC was set...

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August 12, 2020
Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Stalling by PIAA and Wolf on fall sports leaves schools, students in limbo The Citizen's Voice Aug. 7 Facing a...

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August 12, 2020
The Belarusian protests are not a ‘color revolution’ – they’re the result of Lukashenko repeating Soviet mistakes

Protests following Sunday's presidential election in Belarus have entered the fourth day. Videos of police brutality spread online and foreign ministries across the world are condemning the actions of the...

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August 12, 2020
Lawsuit: Campaign and ex-cop’s stepmom defamed company

A Georgia congressional candidate's campaign conspired with the stepmother of the former Atlanta police officer who killed Rayshard Brooks to publicly smear the woman's former employer after she was fired,...

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August 12, 2020
Kamala Harris’ race and gender are a beautiful wrapping. Underneath, same old establishment – but what America needs is change

Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris as his running mate. By picking a woman of color, Biden has energized his base, and in doing so, made history. Whether or not...

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August 12, 2020
Lyft’s 2Q loss $437M as virus spread and riders stayed home

Lyft on Wednesday posted a loss of $437.1 million for the second quarter, when the coronavirus outbreak meant few people were looking to use its ride-hailing service. The San Francisco-based...

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August 12, 2020
Tribune closing 5 newsrooms including NY Daily News

Tribune Publishing Company, which owns some of the most storied newspapers in American journalism, said Wednesday that it is closing the newsrooms at five of them, including New York's Daily...

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August 12, 2020
Closing prices for crude oil, gold and other commodities

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for September delivery rose $1.06 to settle at $42.67 a barrel Wednesday. Brent crude oil for October delivery rose 93 cents to $45.43 a barrel. Wholesale...

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August 12, 2020
Tear gas at Portland protests raises concern about pollution

The presence of U.S. agents has diminished in Portland, Oregon, but city officials are still cleaning up tear gas residue from the streets, dirt and possibly the storm drains after...

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August 12, 2020
Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Aug. 11 The Los Angles Times on TikTok and WeChat: Even before President Trump signed an executive order that...

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August 12, 2020
Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 Winston-Salem Journal on challenges the University of North Carolina System system faces as it assesses the new academic year: As the...

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August 12, 2020
Editorial Roundup: Florida

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 12 The Palm Beach Post on reopening schools: “Trust the science.” “Trust the data.” “Trust the health experts.” It's excellent advice. And yet,...

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