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  Retailers cash in on new ‘mask economy’ amid pandemic

Retailers are hopping into the mask-selling business despite the political back and forth.

UK, US, Canada accuse Russia of hacking virus vaccine trials

  Tourists facing restrictions amid fears of new virus spikes

  In the open: White House advisers Fauci, Navarro tussle over virus response

  Number of laid-off workers seeking jobless aid stuck at 1.3M; US retail sales jump 7.5% in June

  Unborn baby contracted coronavirus from infected mom, study says

  GOP restricts convention attendance over coronavirus fears

  US executes 2nd man in a week; lawyers said he had dementia

Experts say Twitter breach troubling, undermines trust

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Parents advised to avoid giving infants sugary foods by federal dietary panel

Boy, 6, mauled while protecting younger sister from dog attack in Wyo.

  Man with cerebral palsy asked to leave Wash. store because mask didn’t cover nose

Live worm removed from woman’s tonsil at Japanese hospital

  Trump reins in major environmental law to speed big projects

Nick Cannon apologizes to Jewish community for hurtful words

Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

President Donald Trump is shaking up his campaign amid sinking poll numbers, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien.

NASCAR hosts largest sporting event crowd since pandemic

Up to 30,000 fans were allowed to attend Wednesday night's race, NASCAR's largest with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March.

  Congress eyes new virus aid as school, health crisis deepens

Senate Republicans are poised to roll out their $1 trillion counteroffer to House Democrats' $3 trillion COVID-19 aid package.

Obama, Biden, Gates Twitter accounts hacked in bitcoin scam

Con artists on Wednesday apparently hacked into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians and major companies in an apparent bitcoin scam.

  Virus cases rise in U.S. states amid new world restrictions

  ‘I’m not a bad guy’: Police video captures distraught Floyd

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital

N.C. city approves reparations for Black residents through community investment

‘Magic School Bus’ author Joanna Cole dies at age 75

  How to spot Comet Neowise

  Woman wants half of Starbucks barista’s $100K GoFundMe

Amber Gilles posted a Facebook photo to criticize Starbucks barista Lenin Gutierrez for refusing to serve her because she did not have a mask on.

Men should limit alcohol to 1 drink a day, experts say

If you decide to have an alcoholic drink, limiting yourself to one a day is best — whether you’re a man or woman.

Lawyers: Trump might claim harassment in tax return quest

A week after losing a Supreme Court ruling, President Donald Trump’s lawyers said Wednesday they’re considering challenging subpoenas for his tax records by criminal prosecutors on grounds that the subpoenas are a fishing expedition or a form of harassment or retaliation against him.

Northerners vacationing in the south could have contributed to COVID-19 surge, CDC director says

An influx of northerners heading south for vacation could be part of the reason that southern states are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.

Kroger to require all customers wear masks in stores nationwide

Beginning July 22, if you're inside a Kroger location, you've got to be wearing a mask.

  Consumer prices jump 0.6% in June, gasoline prices spike

The June report showed that energy prices jumped 5.1% with gasoline costs surging 12.3%.

Man injured while torching police car outside Supreme Court

A Supreme Court spokeswoman says an individual appeared to pour a flammable liquid on a sedan belonging to the Supreme Court Police and then set the vehicle ablaze.

Fed survey says economy has picked up but outlook cloudy

The Federal Reserve says economic activity has picked up in most regions of the country but still remains well below pre-pandemic levels with the country facing high levels of uncertainty.

  2021 New Year’s Day Rose Parade canceled for coronavirus

Organizers have canceled the 2021 New Year’s Day Rose Parade due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

JCPenney cuts 1,000 jobs as it closes stores

The retailer said Wednesday that the jobs to be eliminated will include corporate, field management and international positions.

Mongolian teenager dies of bubonic plague

The Health Ministry said laboratory tests confirmed the teenager died of plague that he contracted from an infected marmot.

  Vacationing Mass. mayor steps in to save wedding

Mayor Carlo DeMaria stepped in when a couple's reverend was a no-show.

  Oklahoma’s governor says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he’s the first governor in the United States to test positive for the coronavirus and that he is isolating at home.

  Disney World’s last two theme parks reopen to visitors

The Florida theme park resort reopened Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Wednesday.

NerdWallet - When colleges say stay home: Options for undergrad, grad, veteran and international students

The switch to remote learning could affect your costs and financial aid.

  Police charge suspect in slaying of 8-year-old Atlanta girl

Atlanta police have charged a suspect with felony murder in the fatal shooting of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner.

  Judge halts execution amid claims inmate isn’t mentally fit

A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man said to be suffering from dementia, who had been set to die by lethal injection in the federal government’s second execution after a 17-year hiatus.

What’s up with Kanye West? Is Yeezy running for president or not?

Rapper Kanye West is dropping his plans for a 2020 presidential run, according to a new report. But a tweet from the Oklahoma State Election Board may indicate otherwise.

  White House, business leaders join forces to help workers train for in-demand jobs

Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump spoke exclusively with Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro Tuesday to discuss the launch of the “Find Something New” campaign.

  Walmart, Sam’s Club requiring shoppers to wear face masks

Retail giant Walmart will soon require customers to wear face masks inside its stores.

UAE’s Mars orbiter launch from Japan delayed again by weather

The orbiter named Amal, or Hope, is the Arab world's first interplanetary mission.

  Navy warship burning 4th day shows difficulty of ship fires

Days of battling flames deep within the USS Bonhomme Richard were bearing fruit and the blaze could be declared out sometime Wednesday.

  Mary Trump calls on president to resign

She said it in an interview tied to her tell-all book.

  Tech entrepreneur’s dismembered body found in luxury New York condo

Police say the dismembered body of a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur has been found inside his luxury Manhattan condo.

  Police searching for 2-year-old Pa. boy missing for a week

Philadelphia Police have interviewed everyone involved in the boy’s care, including a babysitter who claims she dropped the child off with his mother. The mother said that handoff never happened.

  McConnell: GOP virus proposal for schools, others out soon

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’ll begin to roll out details of the new COVID-19 relief package to senators as soon as next week and suggested it will include new funding for school reopenings, some unemployment benefits and money for health care providers.

  Hospital coronavirus data to go to HHS before CDC, HHS confirms

Hospital data on coronavirus patients will no longer be sent straight to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, it will go to the Department of Health and Human Services.

  Amber Alert issued for 10-year-old Iowa girl missing for 6 days

Police say a “person of interest” in the 10-year-old's disappearance is in custody on a separate charge of a sex offender registration violation.

  Mother charged with DUI in crash that killed 1-year-old son in Las Vegas

Police say the mother was drunk and driving at 121 miles per hour when she crashed into another car at a Las Vegas intersection. Her car went off the road and hit a sign, which severed off the right half of her car.

Democrat MJ Hegar, Trump’s former doctor win nominations in Texas primary runoffs

Wearing masks and trying to keep their distance, voters headed out to polls in blazing 100-degree afternoon heat and at a moment when Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is urging the public to stay home as Texas struggles to contain one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country.

Mich. man wins $2M lottery after clerk gives him wrong ticket

The man decided to take a lump sum of about $1.3 million. He plans to buy a new home then save the remainder of his winnings.

  Canada, US and Mexico poised to extend border restrictions to Aug. 21

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that a decision on the border would be announced “in the coming days.”

Tuberville defeats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary

Familiar to Alabamians from his decade as Auburn University's head football coach, Tuberville won about 60% of the vote, according to unofficial returns, and is now positioned for a robust challenge against Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones.

  Black Lives Matter mural vandalized outside Cincinnati City Hall, police release footage of suspect

Protesters gathered around the mural Tuesday night, and police are investigating.

  First COVID-19 vaccine tested in US poised for final testing

There’s no guarantee but the government hopes to have results around the end of the year -- record-setting speed for developing a vaccine.

Trump signs bill, order rebuking China, and slams Biden

President Donald Trump has signed a bill and executive order that he says will hold China accountable for its oppressive actions against the people of Hong Kong.

Biden’s $2 trillion climate plan aims to reframe debate

Joe Biden released a plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling America’s energy industry, with a proposal to achieve entirely carbon pollution-free power by 2035.

  Ex-NBA superstar Shaq assists stranded Florida driver

Authorities say former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal stopped along a Florida highway to help a motorist stranded by a blown out tire.

  Autopsy confirms Naya Rivera’s death was accidental drowning

An autopsy confirmed Tuesday that "Glee'' star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning, officials said.

Trump bristles at question about police killing Black Americans

President Donald Trump bristled at a reporter’s question about police killing African Americans and defended the right to display the Confederate flag as he continued to play into racial divisions in a pair of interviews.

Best Buy to require customers to wear masks amid virus spike

The retailer joins a growing but still shortlist of major retailers that have instituted mask mandates throughout their chains.

  Florida virus deaths surge, vaccine research moves forward

Florida surpassed its previous one-day record for coronavirus deaths Tuesday and Britain and France announced they will require people to wear masks in public indoor spaces, amid rising global worries about a resurgence of the pandemic.

  Orphaned baby wombat is latest recruit at Australian police station

Officers at the station began taking care of the 8-month-old bare nosed wombat after his mother was struck and killed by a car late last month.

Justice Ginsburg treated in hospital for possible infection

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been admitted to the hospital for treatment of a possible infection and will stay in the hospital for a few days following a medical procedure.

Loughlin, Giannulli want $1M bail cut in college scam case

"Full House” actor Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli want their bail cut from $1 million to $100,000, telling a judge they will not flee ahead of their sentencing in the college admissions bribery case.

Philadelphia protesters sue city over tear gas, use of force

Three civil rights lawsuits filed in Philadelphia on Tuesday accuse the city of using military-level force that injured protesters and bystanders alike during peaceful protests against racial inequality and police brutality.

Maxwell denied bail on Epstein-related sex abuse charges

Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges she recruited girls and women for the financier to sexually abuse more than two decades ago.

White House-backed campaign pushes alternate career paths

The new ad campaign has been in the works for some time but has taken on new urgency after the coronavirus pandemic cost millions of people their jobs.

  Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the decision as a court hearing was getting underway on a challenge to the rule by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

N.C. Gov. Cooper announces schools can reopen for in-person and remote learning

The announcement is expected at 3 p.m.

Care home refused free tests. Now, nearly everyone has virus

A Montana memory care facility that didn't carry out free coronavirus testing on its residents is reeling from an outbreak that has infected nearly everyone who lives there.

  First federal execution in 17 years; another set Wednesday

The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee, over the objection of the victims' relatives and following days of legal wrangling and delays, revived the debate over capital punishment during a time of widespread social unrest.

  Months after initial coronavirus infection, patients suffer lingering effects

Some people who have been battling the virus have been feeling the effects for months.

  Calls grow for Trump administration to aid in PPE production amid shortage

Across the country, nurses, doctors, some state health officials contacted by CNN say the lack of personal protective equipment is their most dangerous challenge and N95 masks the toughest to find.

  Fight over masks leads to stabbing, shooting death in Mich.

Michigan State Police said the unmasked man allegedly stabbed the masked man.

  Bumpy skies: Delta loses $5.7B in Q2

Passengers boarding Delta planes tumbled 93% from a year earlier, revenue plummeted 88%, and the company’s losses were worse than anticipated.

Burger King addresses climate change by changing cows’ diets, reducing cow farts

Cows emit methane as a by-product of their digestion, and that has become a potential public relations hurdle for major burger chains.

Judge rejects tentative $19M Weinstein deal with accusers

A $19 million settlement between Harvey Weinstein and some of his accusers was rejected Tuesday by a judge.