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U.S. records 63,643 new virus cases in 24 hours

Jul 11, 2020 - 1:12 PM

The worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic, the United States records a total of 133,969 deaths out of 3.18 million cases

COVID-19 TESTING. Vehicles arrive and depart a mobile COVID-19 test site in Los Angeles, California on July 10, 2020 as the state continues to set record-highs in coronavirus cases. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Parents face dilemma as U.S. schools seek to reopen

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:24 PM

The fear of classroom contagion is shared by many parents, who suspect younger pupils will particularly struggle to socially distance or wear uncomfortable masks for hours to avoid getting COVID-19

RESTARTING CLASSES. In this file photo taken on July 09, 2020 instructor Chablis Torres (C) reads to children in a pre-school class, wearing masks and at desks spaced apart as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions at Happy Day School in Monterey Park, California. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Trump says he will create path to citizenship for 'Dreamers'

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Hours after Donald Trump spoke, the White House releases a statement that seemed to walk back his remarks on creating a path to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries

TRUMP TALKS. US President Donald Trump speaks following a briefing on Enhanced Narcotics Operations at the US Southern Command in Doral, Florida, on July 10, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump commutes prison sentence of ally Roger Stone – White House

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Trump's action immediately brings new charges that the president intervenes freely in the US justice system to help friends and allies and punish critics and perceived enemies

ROGER STONE. In this file photo taken on February 21, 2019, former campaign advisor to US President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, arrives at US District Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

In first, U.S. punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States was acting against 'horrific and systematic abuses' in the western region including forced labor, mass detention and involuntary population control

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'Glee' star Naya Rivera believed dead as U.S. lake search finds no trace

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:50 AM

Authorities say that the rescue operation to locate Rivera at Lake Piru has turned into a 'recovery mission,' as their search still finds no trace of the missing actress

U.S. posts new record daily virus caseload of more than 65,000

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:36 AM

The country, the hardest-hit in the world by the pandemic, has a total caseload of more than 3.1 million, with 133,195 deaths

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

Another 1.3 million workers file for U.S. jobless benefits

Jul 10, 2020 - 7:15 AM

The pace of layoffs in the United States continues to slow down, but the level remains far higher than any pre-pandemic week

FRANKFORT, KY - JUNE 19: Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky. John Sommers II/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court orders release of Trump records but they may stay hidden for now

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:16 PM

(UPDATED) The rulings prompt a string of furious tweets from Donald Trump and are a setback to his claim of absolute immunity from criminal investigation while in office

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn upon his return to the White House in Washington, DC on May 27, 2020. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

'Glee' star Naya Rivera missing, search underway

Jul 09, 2020 - 2:16 PM

The actress is confirmed missing after her rented boat was found on Lake Piru with only her 4-year-old son on board

George Floyd said officers would 'kill' him in new recording transcript

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:24 AM

According to the transcript, Floyd says, 'Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead.' He called for his mother and children several more times.

POLICE BRUTALITY. This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer arresting George Floyd. Photo by Darnella Frazier/AFP

Trump 'bullying' blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:21 AM

'LTC Vindman's patriotism has cost him his career,' says his attorney, David Pressman

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 29: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, arrives at the U.S. Capitol on October 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. Vindman will appear at a closed-door deposition, as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Trump, led by the House Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Reform Committees. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Death of black teen in U.S. juvenile facility sparks outrage

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:40 AM

Fredericks 'was executed on April 29 for the crime of throwing a sandwich,' says the lawyer for Fredericks's family

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

Biden-Sanders taskforces unveil proposals for party unity

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:28 AM

The 110-page document calls for major steps to combat climate change, reduce systemic racism, expand affordable health care, and reform a US economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic

Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders greet each other with a safe elbow bump before the start of the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)

U.S. tops 3 million COVID-19 cases

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:15 AM

The coronavirus is surging in several southern hotspots including Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona, while it has almost entirely receded from its former epicenter in New York and the northeast

STAY HOME. A sign in front of an investment business in Chesterton, Indiana, urges residents to stay at home, May 13, 2020. File photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Harvard, MIT sue Trump gov't over order revoking visas for foreign students

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:12 PM

The lawsuit is in response to a July 6 announcement by the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement that the affected students must leave the country or transfer to a school offering in-person tuition

U.S., China impose visa restrictions on each other in Tibet row

Jul 08, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The Tibet action comes under a 2018 law passed by Congress that aims to pressure China over its tight restrictions in the Himalayan region

TIBET ROW. In this file photo, a lama stands on the roof of the Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery in Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province on January 5, 2016. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Fauci warns U.S. 'knee-deep' in first wave of coronavirus

Jul 08, 2020 - 1:21 PM

US health officials warn that some of the country's hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed by the influx of COVID-19 patients

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases speaks in the Rose Garden for the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on March 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is advising residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut not to travel domestically after the number of reported coronavirus deaths doubled to over 2,000 nationwide within two days. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

FBI chief says China has preferences in U.S. election

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'China's malign foreign influence campaign targets our policies, our positions, 24/7, 365 days a year,' says Christopher Wray, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Ignoring outrage, Trump makes good on WHO pullout

Jul 08, 2020 - 9:19 AM

'This won't protect American lives or interests – it leaves Americans sick and America alone,' says Senator Robert Menendez

Fresh outrage as well-connected firms nab U.S. loans

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:35 AM

(UPDATED) The United States Paycheck Protection Program is once again under scrutiny after loans meant for small businesses went to firms with connections

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 06: Manhattan stands in the distance on Monday morning as New York City officially begins Phase Three' of opening on July 06, 2020 as seen from the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. While the resumption of indoor dining has been postponed indefinitely due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in states such as Texas and Florida, Phase Three in New York will allow for beauty businesses nail salons, tanning studios and tattoo parlors to open their doors to customers for the first time in months. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Delta, United join U.S. carriers in receiving Treasury loans

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:35 PM

Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines are the latest carriers to sign letters of intent for US government loans

DELTA AIR LINES. A Delta plane takes off. Photo from Delta website

U.S. killing of Iran's top general 'unlawful' – U.N. expert

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concludes it is an 'arbitrary killing' that violated the UN charter

QASEM SOLEIMANI. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on October 1, 2019, shows Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General and commander of the Quds Force. File photo by IRIB TV/AFP

No fans in US PGA Memorial tournament over virus fears

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The spiking number of coronavirus deaths prompts the US PGA Tour to call off its plans for fans

NO FANS. Jack Nicklaus (left) is set to host the US PGA Tour's Memorial tournament. Photo from Jack Nicklaus' Instagram

White woman prosecuted for calling New York police on black bird watcher

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The woman is often referred to as a 'Karen,' a term popular online to describe an entitled white woman

A couple have a conversation under a colorful tree in Central Park on October 23, 2017 in New York.  Fall foliage is just starting to change in the New York City area according to fall foliage experts. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT

U.S. says foreign students whose classes move online cannot stay

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:07 AM

'Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,' US Immigration and Custom Enforcement says in a statement

U.S. services sector returned to growth in June 2020 – survey

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index rises to 57.1% in June, well above expectations

(FILES) In this file photo women wearing facemasks exit a shopping mall where a sign is posted at an entrance reminding people of the mask requirement Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall on June 12, 2020 in Arcadia, California, as Phase 3 in Los Angeles County's battle with the coronavirus pandemic is underway with businesses reopening. - US retail sales posted a surprise spike of 17.7 percent in May, the Commerce Department said on June 16, 2020, in a sign the economy may be recovering from coronavirus shutdowns. The reading was nearly double what analysts had forecast and more than reversed the 14.7 percent plunge in April when businesses nationwide closed their doors to stop the virus from spreading. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

U.S. adds 40,000 new virus cases in 24 hours

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:23 PM

The United States' total number of cases now stands at 2,876,143

AT MYRTLE BEACH. People walk on the boardwalk on July 4, 2020 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., China left out as England slashes quarantine list

Jul 06, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Under the new rules, a traffic-light system – red, amber, and green – will be used for different countries depending on their prevalence of the coronavirus

People walk over Westminster Bridge wrapped in Union flags, towards the Queen Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and The Houses of Parliament in central London on June 26, 2016.  Britain's opposition Labour party plunged into turmoil Sunday and the prospect of Scottish independence drew closer, ahead of a showdown with EU leaders over the country's seismic vote to leave the bloc. Two days after Prime Minister David Cameron resigned over his failure to keep Britain in the European Union, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a revolt by his lawmakers who called for him, too, to quit.  / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

[OPINION] U.S. Independence Day: Foundational freedoms for the future

Jul 04, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'Friends help each other in times of need, or as I’ve heard here, the weight becomes lighter when we help each other – Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kapag nagtutulungan'

U.S. Treasury agrees on loan terms with 5 airlines

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

The United States Treasury says American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Sky West Airlines, and Spirit Airlines agreed to the government's terms

Image from American Airlines website

U.S. marks record 53,069 coronavirus cases in 24 hours – tracker

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:30 AM

Florida is a key focus of public health experts worried about a surge in southern and western US states and it now has more than 169,000 cases

TOURING. A tour operator, wearing a protective mask, gestures as he leads a tour near the US Capitol in Washington, DC . Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Pentagon: China military exercises will 'further destabilize' South China Sea

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Washington rejects Beijing's territorial claim to much of the South China Sea, including the Paracels

PARACEL ISLANDS. An aerial view of Qilianyu islands in the Paracel chain, which China considers part of Hainan province on August 10, 2018. File photo by AFP

Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June 2020 despite rising virus count

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:50 PM

(UPDATED) The United States' unemployment rate drops to 11.1% in June 2020, but economists fear the spike in coronavirus cases could hurt recovery

People walk on a street near Herald Square on June 25, 2020 in New York City. - New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers June 22 as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

U.S. trade deficit widens as virus hits exports

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:45 PM

United States exports are down 4.4% to $144.5 billion, while imports fall 0.9% to $199.1 billion in May 2020

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Palestinian rivals Fatah, Hamas pledge unity against Israeli annexations

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:52 PM

The joint press conference is spurred by common opposition against US President Donald Trump's controversial peace plan, which paves the way for Israel to annex territory in the occupied West Bank

UNITED. Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (on screen from Beirut) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 2, 2020. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

North American trade pact takes effect in pandemic-ravaged world

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement at a time when the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds up the signed United States - Mexico -Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. - The USMCA, the fruit of years of negotiation between the three key trading partners, is billed as an update to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had long lambasted as a job killer and threatened to scrap outright. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

U.S. sees record 52,000 new virus cases in 24 hours – Johns Hopkins

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:48 AM

This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic reached the United States to 2,682,270

MASK. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2020 US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue puts on a face mask. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. House moves to toughen sanctions over Hong Kong law

Jul 02, 2020 - 9:33 AM

'What's so sad about it is that the Chinese regime just thinks that they can act with impunity and repressing the spirit of democracy,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi says

Students from Hong Kong and Taiwan display placards reading “Bad laws of China’s national security" during a protest outside the Hong Kong’s Taipei office on May 28, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP

U.S. private hiring, manufacturing recover in June 2020 after virus plunge

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Data from payroll services firm ADP show private firms in the United States hired 2.4 million workers, while the Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index jumps to 52.6%

JOBS. A man wearing a face mask walks past a 'Now Hiring' sign in front of a store amid the coronavirus pandemic in Arlington, Virginia, on May 14, 2020. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:43 AM

US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children

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U.S. buys up COVID-19 drug, as some countries say they are well-stocked

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:18 AM

Washington announces it had purchased 92% of all remdesivir production by the Gilead laboratory until the end of September – about 500,000 treatments out of nearly 550,000

One vial of the drug Remdesivir lies during a press conference about the start of a study with the Ebola drug Remdesivir in particularly severely ill patients at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020, amidst the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Ulrich Perrey / POOL / AFP)

Officials cheer signs of U.S. rebound; ponder more aid

Jul 01, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'We have entered an important new phase and have done so sooner than expected,' says US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, but he adds the economy cannot fully recover unless COVID-19 is kept in check

RETAIL SALES. A pedestrian walks by a retail store that has reopened in San Francisco, California, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Goldman Sachs: Requiring masks could save U.S. economic recovery

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Goldman Sachs says a national mask mandate could 'partially substitute' for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise subtract nearly 5% from US growth

MASKS. N95 face masks produced by 3M. Photo from Shutterstock

White House says Trump 'does read' intel briefs

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:59 AM

'The president is the most informed person on planet Earth when it comes to the threats that we face,' says White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany

GRIMACE. US President Donald Trump looks on prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

$500,000 bond set for Atlanta officer who shot black man

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:39 AM

'This court does not feel this amount is excessive,' Judge Jane Barwick says

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

EU reopens borders to 15 countries but U.S. excluded

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:40 PM

China makes it to the list, which will be updated every two weeks, but on the condition that Beijing does the same for Europeans

EU REOPENS BORDERS. European Union flags flutter in the breeze during the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

U.N. rights chief slams virus response in China, Russia, U.S.

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:11 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says it is vital for leaders to maintain 'consistent, credible, and fact-based communication' with citizens

COVID-19 IN RUSSIA. A medical staff gets out from a tent of a testing point for COVID-19 in central Moscow on May 2, 2020. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Netanyahu hides cards on eve of Israel 'annexations' date

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:44 PM

Right-wing premier Benjamin Netanyahu gives no indication as to his plans ahead of the possible July 1 kick-off date

ON ANNEXATION. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at Chagall State Hall in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on May 24, 2020. File photo by Abir Sultan/Pool/AFP

Taliban reaffirm commitment to U.S. deal in Pompeo call

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:48 PM

The discussion comes as US President Donald Trump faces mounting pressure to explain why he did nothing after being reportedly told that Russian spies had offered and paid cash to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP