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Christie's previews relay-style hybrid auction
The art world is poised to experience a new type of auction as Christie's prepares to hold a relay-style version of its spring sale postponed by the pandemic. Auctioneers will pass the gavel from Hong Kong, to New York City, London, and Paris. (July 8)       
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Wisconsin officer saves dog from burning house
Caught on camera: Wisconsin police officer rescues dog from burning house. (July 8)       
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Penguins meet dinosaurs at Chicago museum
Izzy and Darwin, penguins who live at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, visited the dinosaurs next door at the Field Museum. (July 8)       
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Man charged for allegedly attempting to burn down DC Metropolitan Police station
Jerritt Jeremy Pace was arrested on May 29 after allegedly making social media posts about wanting to burn down D.C. Police's Fourth District Station.       
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Miami-Dade restaurants limited to outside seating
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Monday that restaurants will be limited to outside seating along with takeout and delivery to suppress recent spikes in the county's coronavirus cases. (July 8)       
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Richmond removes another confederate statue
The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors statue was removed Wednesday. It's the sixth Confederate monument to be removed in Richmond amid national protests against police brutality and symbols many see as racist icons. (July 8)       
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Top US officials follow Trump on schools reopening
Top US officials follow Trump on schools reopening       
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Pompeo talks Tik Toc, Chinese aggression and more
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rebuffed the Chinese social networking service Tik Tok Wednesday when asked about comments he made earlier in the week of banning Chinese social media apps, referring to that company. (July 8)       
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Trump, Lopez Obrador visit about trade, politics
U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is being billed as a celebration of economic ties and the new North American trade agreement. (July 8)       
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Schools, US virus surge are focus of WH Task Force
Vice President Mike Pence says the CDC will be issuing new guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall. Dr. Deborah Birx is urging residents in the southern US who are in the midst of a surge to fall back to Phase One protocols. (July 8)       
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Mexican president visits memorials in US
Mexico's Andrés Manuel López Obrador began his trip to the United States — his first foreign trip as president — with visits Wednesday to the Lincoln Memorial and the statue of Benito Juarez, a former president and national hero in Mexico. (July 8)       
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NYC schools to reopen in fall with hybrid learning
Most New York City students will return to their physical schools two or three days a week and learn online the rest of the time under a plan announced Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio. (July 8)       
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Ohio lawmaker asks residents to 'STOP GETTING TESTED!' for COVID-19 despite state guidance
On Tuesday, Rep. Vitale took to Facebook to write: "This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED!"        
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California doctor fatally shot, 15-year-old son survives over 30 hours in Sierra Nevada forest
Dr. Ari Gershman and his son Jack went to spend the weekend together in the wilderness. But police say a random gunman opened fire, killing Gershman.        
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US hits 3M coronavirus cases — about a quarter of the world's total. What number will spark societal changes to slow exponential rise?
As the U.S. hits the grim milestone of 3 million coronavirus cases, there is little agreement on the need to slow reopenings to curb the spread.        
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FBI investigating alleged racist attack at Indiana lake after widely shared Facebook video
The FBI said agents are investigating Vauhxx Booker's report that white men held him while someone said  "get a noose" Saturday night.        
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Florida church fires back at social media claims it intentionally exposed members to COVID-19
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, First Assembly of God called claims that it intentionally exposed children to the coronavius "false and defamatory."        
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Jackson, Miss. City Council votes to remove namesake statue of former Pres. Andrew Jackson
City Council votes to take down the statue of Andrew Jackson from City Hall, with only one dissenting vote.  It will likely be relocated to a museum.        
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San Francisco lawmaker introduces CAREN Act to crack down on racially-motivated 911 calls
A San Francisco lawmaker proposed an ordinance that would make discriminatory 911 calls illegal and allow victims to sue for damages up to $1,000.        
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'Miraculous': New Jersey woman survives mile-long ride through drainage system amid flooding
A New Jersey woman was dragged into the current of a flash flood, but survived a mile-long ride under the city of Passaic on Monday.        
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Mary Kay Letourneau, ex-teacher convicted of child rape and who married ex-student, dies
Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau married after she finished her prison sentence for child rape in their case. She'd been his sixth-grade teacher.       
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History-making astronauts aboard the International Space Station discuss return to Earth
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made history by becoming the first NASA astronauts to pilot a private spacecraft to the International Space Station.       
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A look at upcoming Disney movie 'Ron's Gone Wrong'
The team behind upcoming Disney 'bot animation "Ron's Gone Wrong" give us an insight into the film's plot and how they've been working during lockdown. (July 8)       
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Animation 'thrives and survives' during lockdown
The production house behind Disney animation "Ron's Gone Wrong" have been working hard from home during the coronavirus pandemic. We discover how they've been putting the upcoming film together remotely. (July 8)       
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Iowa governor says her driver who struck Black Lives Matter protester 'acted appropriately'
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was riding in an SUV last week when the state trooper driving her hit a protester as they were leaving a parking lot.        
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ShowBiz Minute: Depp, Rowling, Starr
ShowBiz Minute: Depp, Rowling, Starr       
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COVID-ravaged NY church reopens
After losing at least 74 parishioners to COVID-19, Saint Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Queens reopened for its first in-person services in nearly four months. In attendance was Claudia Balderas, who lost her brother to the coronavirus. (July 8)‪ ‬       
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Coronavirus updates: US nears 3M cases; Florida hospital ICUs reaching capacity; movie theater chains sue to reopen in New Jersey
The U.S. nears 3M cases; Hospitalizations spike in Florida; Movie theater chains file lawsuit to reopen in New Jersey. Latest coronavirus news        
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Florida woman finds decaying human head on side of road during morning jog
Detectives do not believe the victim died at the scene, but are unsure how long the head was at that location.        
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On This Day: 8 July 1998
Actor, musician and fashion designer Jaden Smith was born in Malibu. (July 8)       
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