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In CA: A Fourth of July to remember (but not because you did anything cool and fun)

Tune your TV sets to PBS for the annual Fourth of July extravaganza, because big firework displays and parties are, for now, a thing of memories. And see how coronavirus cases are tracking in your ZIP code via USA TODAY's exclusive analysis. Plus: In-N-Out loses double-double style.        
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Chicago mayor deploys ‘Census Cowboy’ to boost participation: ‘Time to giddy-up’
The city of Chicago has been under a shadow cast by the coronavirus pandemic and a surge in violence. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling in a hero to tackle a different problem — low response rates for the US Census. Enter the Census Cowboy. During an unusual news conference Monday, Lightfoot said one simple...
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Longtime columnist and blogger Andrew Sullivan resigns from New York magazine
Columnist and blogger Andrew Sullivan is leaving New York magazine, his professional home since 2016, he announced Tuesday.
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Iranian dissidents to hold summit calling for regime's overthrow, as US ramps up pressure on Tehran
Tens of thousands of Iranian dissidents and supporters of regime change are expected to gather for a virtual summit this week -- as the U.S. continues to ramp up the pressure on the regime in Tehran over its terrorist activities.
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Joe Biden unveils his $2T AOC-fueled Green New Deal energy agenda
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion energy plan Tuesday with a heavy focus on the Green New Deal agenda being pushed by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the far-left flank of his party. Speaking in Wilmington, Del., Biden promised a “clean energy revolution,” which he said would deliver millions...
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Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Business of Drugs’ on Netflix, a Documentary Series About the Ins and Outs of Controlled-Substance Trades
Ex-CIA operative Amaryllis Fox hosts this miniseries.
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Trump says school districts making a "terrible decision" by not reopening
The president said school districts that don't reopen in the fall are making a "mistake."
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Trump on Black Americans killed by police: "So are White people"
In an interview with CBS News, the president also said he believed waving the Confederate flag was a matter of freedom of speech.
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Charlier Blackmon returns to Rockies after recovering from COVID-19
All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the first major league player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, returned to the Colorado Rockies for his first workout Monday after getting the all clear to rejoin his teammates.
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UN aviation ruling could deny Iran hundreds of millions of dollars
A new ruling by a United Nations court could help pave the way for a resolution of the three-year-old blockade of Qatar.
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Coronavirus update: Florida labs not reporting negative test results, report says
Incomplete reporting from some Florida laboratories resulted in errors on the state’s report on virus positivity rates, according to a central Florida news outlet.
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Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students amid pressure from colleges
The Trump administration on Tuesday said it is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have forced foreign students to return home if the college courses they were enrolled in were to be held entirely online when colleges reopen in the fall.
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Trump and Erdogan speak, but it’s unclear if Hagia Sophia mosque change was discussed
According to the White House, the men discussed "positive trade issues" and "underscored our belief in the need for a negotiated settlement of regional issues."
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Front-line workers get the royal treatment they deserve: See their makeovers
Five essential workers — from a bus driver to a hospital employee — get well-deserved makeovers.
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Dog owners: It’s time to start preparing your pups for post-pandemic life
The "new normal" of the coronavirus has pooches becoming codependent.
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'It's over now' - Astros eager to put scandal behind them
The Houston Astros spent the offseason reeling from a sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs.
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Ben Simmons adjusts to life as power forward ahead of NBA return
Life in the NBA bubble has forced players to grow accustomed to an environment many of them are not used to. For 76ers star Ben Simmons, that includes on the court, too. Coach Brett Brown has been using Simmons exclusively as a power forward in practices, a departure from his usual point guard role. “He’s...
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Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Linked To Jeffrey Epstein Case
The charges are related Maxwell's alleged role in the sexual abuse of several young woman and girls by the late financier. The longtime Epstein associate was arrested earlier this month.
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ICE will reverse rule for foreign students, government tells court
The guidance would've barred foreign students from participating in online-only coursework during the fall semester.
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‘Glee’ creators launching college fund for Naya Rivera’s son
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan announced the new fund for Rivera's son, Josey.
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USS Bonhomme Richard continues to burn Tuesday more than 48 hours after the fire broke out
The USS Bonhomme Richard continued to burn Tuesday at its pier in San Diego, but the Navy reported progress in protecting its massive fuel tanks.        
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Pence in Louisiana amid new surge in virus cases
Vice President Mike Pence visited Louisiana on Tuesday, which has reemerged as one of the nation's hot spots for the coronavirus only months after signs pointed to a successful outbreak response.(July 14)       
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28 Hezbollah missile launch sites detected in civilian areas, highlighting its 'human shield' tactic in Lebanon
Hezbollah is continuing to bolster its cache of weapons by storing them in more urban, densely-populated locations throughout Lebanon, a new study has revealed.
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Dispute over wearing coronavirus mask inside Michigan convenience store leads to stabbing, fatal shooting
A Michigan man suspected of stabbing an elderly man outside a convenience store after being refused service for not wearing a mask was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy, authorities said Tuesday. 
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Bill de Blasio Blames NYC's Surging Violence on Guns
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) blamed access to guns for the surging violence in the city during a Monday video address.
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Gun sales spike amid coronavirus crisis, George Floyd protests
First there was toilet paper. Then there was hand sanitizer. Now there’s a run on guns. US gun sales surged in recent months as Americans grappled with unprecedented coronavirus lockdowns and massive protests against police brutality, a new report says. The FBI ran about 5.4 million background checks for gun purchases from April to June,...
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Editorial: The execution of Daniel Lewis Lee was about politics, not justice
William Barr's rush to resume federal executions flouts justice, and the Supreme Court just enabled it.
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Helping ex-cons land federal small business relief loans
Business owners with prior criminal convictions are now landing emergency loans after previously being barred.
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US and UK ban airline after it is discovered over 25 percent of its pilots may not have legitimate licenses
It’s probably better that airline pilots have real licenses.
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Watch live: Trump holds press conference at White House
A CBS News Battleground Tracker poll​ released Sunday showed the coronavirus pandemic has shaped Mr. Trump's falling support in Florida and other swing states.
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Viola Davis says ‘The Help' was created in ‘cesspool of systemic racism’: ‘I betrayed myself and my people’
Viola Davis has previously said she has one major acting regret and its starring in “The Help. Now, Davis is speaking out about the film again.
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Chiefs, Chris Jones agree to 4-year, $85M extension
The Kansas City Chiefs and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract that could be worth up to $85 million on Tuesday, the latest in a lavish spending spree by the Super Bowl champions as they continue to lock up their core pieces as training camp approaches.
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Patrick Mahomes tweaks $500 million critics after Chiefs re-sign Chris Jones
Patrick Mahomes heard the critics who said his $503 million contract would limit the Chiefs’ spending, and he reminded everyone about it on Tuesday after another big signing by the Super Bowl champs. After star defensive tackle Chris Jones inked a four-year, $85 million deal, Mahomes tweeted: “And yall thought we couldn’t ….” He added...
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Cleveland Browns, Myles Garrett close to deal that would make him NFL's highest-paid defensive player
Cleveland's star pass rusher will average $25 million annually once his new five-year extension is finalized and takes effect in 2022.        
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Ghislaine Maxwell asked to stay in luxury NYC hotel – instead of lockup – until trial
Jeffrey Epstein's alleged perverted cohort Ghislaine Maxwell asked to be allowed to stay in a luxury New York City hotel -- instead of federal lockup -- until her trial, it surfaced Tuesday.
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Robinson Cano returns to Mets camp after undisclosed absence
The concern around Robinson Cano’s status has been quelled. Mets manager Luis Rojas said Tuesday afternoon the veteran second baseman was at Citi Field and set to practice with the team later in the day. Cano, 37, was absent from camp for the last week with no reason given. He reported to spring training 2.0...
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UFC lightweight Devonte Smith's sister shot dead outside Columbus nightclub
A GoFundMe has been started to support Dariene Smith's two young children and to cover funeral expenses.        Related StoriesUFC on ESPN 13 predictions: Is it Calvin Kattar or Dan Ige in Abu Dhabi?Dana White: UFC 251 pay-per-view numbers cement Jorge Masvidal as 'a massive star'Leonardo Santos just thankful to see end of foul-plagued fight with Roman Bogatov at UFC 251 
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JetBlue will continue to block middle seats until at least September
JetBlue has announced it will be extending its middle seat ban through summer. The carrier revealed Monday it will continue to block off middle seats on its larger aircraft and aisle seats on smaller planes in bookings through Sept. 8, in an update on its “Safety from the Ground Up” post about the steps JetBlue...
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21-year-old brought home coronavirus, dad on ventilator now
Florida mom Michelle Zymet tells CNN's Brianna Keilar what the experience has been like to have her entire family test positive for coronavirus and her husband hospitalized on a ventilator after their 21-year-old son unknowingly brought coronavirus into their home.
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Louisiana man accused of killing wife has trial delayed due to coronavirus: report
A Louisiana man accused of killing his wife nearly a decade ago is having his trial delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. 
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Ghislaine Maxwell held without bail on sex abuse, Epstein-related charges
Ghislaine Maxwell was ordered held without bail Tuesday — with a federal judge ruling that she “poses substantial actual risk of flight” after she purposely hid from authorities. “The nature and circumstances of the offense here weigh in favor of detention,” said Judge Alison Nathan during a video conference in Manhattan federal court. “The government...
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Trump administration scraps policy that could have seen foreign students deported
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Trump administration drops restrictions on online-only instruction for foreign students
The Trump administration has rescinded its policy that would bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US, a federal judge announced Tuesday in Boston.
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House Republicans Lobby to Give Visas to Online-Only Foreign Students
A handful of House Republicans are lobbying to reopen a loophole allowing foreign students to stay in the United States for taking online courses at colleges and universities, Breitbart News has learned. 
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‘Dirty Dancing’ redux? Jennifer Grey to star in and produce new dance film
EXCLUSIVE: A new untitled dance movie is taking shape at Lionsgate, set in the 1990s and starring and executive produced by “Dirty Dancing” Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Grey. While details are being kept very quiet, there’s some rumblings that a new “Dirty Dancing” movie could be in the works. Sources aren’t confirming but they aren’t putting...
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Ghislaine Maxwell Is Denied Bail by Judge Who Calls Her a Flight Risk
The longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein has been charged with helping him recruit, groom and ultimately sexually abuse girls as young as 14.
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'Police reform failed for hundreds of years'
History professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad and activist Deborah Peterson Small trace the stain of racism in the criminal justice system from slavery to now.
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Brazil's President Bolsonaro bitten by ostrich-like bird during coronavirus quarantine: local media
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday was bitten by an ostrich-like bird he was trying to feed while entering into his second week of quarantine at the presidential palace.
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Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail: Judge determines Epstein cohort is 'substantial flight risk' because of wealth, 'foreign connections'
A New York judge on Tuesday denied Ghislaine Maxwell's bail request and push for home confinement as she awaits trial on sex trafficking charges. 
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