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Calif. beachgoers seek surf, sun before closures
Calif. beachgoers seek surf, sun before closures       
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Demo against St. Louis couple who pulled gun
Hundreds of people staged a demonstration near the home of a Missouri couple who pointed guns at protesters last week during a protest against the city's mayor Lyda Krewson. (July 3)       
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Arizona sees record demand for hospital beds
Arizona is seeing record demand for hospital beds as the state struggles to control a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday, the state broke several of its own records for additional cases, deaths and hospitalizations. (July 3)       
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Protesters: Firing not enough in police death
An attorney for the family of a 23-year-old man killed in a police chokehold last year says they may seek federal civil rights penalties. One of the officers was fired after photos surfaced of officers joking about Elijah McClain's death. (July 3)       
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Photos show police reenacting chokehold on McClain
One of the three white officers who stopped Elijah McClain has been fired over photos showing colleagues reenacting the chokehold used before the Black man died last year, according to documents from prosecutors. (July 3)       
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Champions weigh-in for New York's hot dog contest
Competitors have weighed-in ahead of the annual hot dog eating contest in New York's Coney Island on Saturday. (July 3)       
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Astros begin summer camp at home amid pandemic
The Houston Astros resumed training Friday at their home field in the midst of a pandemic. Major League Baseball is set to start later this month with no fans and a shortened season. (July 3)       
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Store robbery prompts fatal shootout, suspect dead
A man robbing a gas station convenience store fatally shot a bystander before being killed in a wild shootout with another bystander, police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale said Friday morning. (July 3)       
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Some travelers face quarantine in Chicago
Chicago officials say people traveling to the city from 15 states with increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face possible fines. The order takes effect Monday. (July 3)       
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Chicago mayor warns bars to limit holiday crowds
Chicago's mayor is warning her city's bars and restaurants to limit capacity this Fourth of July weekend and threatens to shut them down if they fail to follow social distancing rules. (July 3)       
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'Lift Every Voice and Sing' ignites hope across US
The Black national anthem was born more than a century ago, but the popular hymn within the African American community called "Lift Every Voice and Sing" has resurrected a beacon of hope during nationwide protests in recent weeks. (July 3)       
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Florida boaters head out for the holiday weekend
The U.S. is headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled and several other restrictions, but it hasn't stopped boaters from heading out to sandbars in Palm Beach County, Florida. (July 3)       
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Small plane lands amid Louisiana traffic
A Louisiana pilot experiencing engine trouble makes a safe emergency landing on a highway. (July 3)       
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Divers uncover mysteries of earliest inhabitants of Americas deep inside Yucatan caves
Thousands of years ago, the first inhabitants of the Americas journeyed deep into caves to mine red ochre, a highly valued clay earth pigment.        
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Luxury hotel project stays its course in Rome
Renovations underway to turn Rome building into new Bulgari hotel, despite worst tourism crisis since WW2. (July 3)       
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Prince Royce tests positive for COVID-19
Ahead of the July 4th holiday, Prince Royce reveals his shock at his own COVID-19 diagnosis. He hopes people will learn from him and be cautious. (July 3)       
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ShowBiz Minute: Royce, 'Songbird,' Ricci
Prince Royce says he was shocked at COVID-19 diagnosis; Union tells actors not to work on pandemic film "Songbird"; Christina Ricci files for divorce from husband of 7 years. (July 3)       
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Vanessa Guillen's sister: Fort Hood soldier questioned in disappearance laughed in my face
U.S. Army officials identified Spc. Aaron David Robinson as the soldier who killed himself after being questioned about missing Spc. Vanessa Guillen.        
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Williams teases socially distanced Capitol concert
Vanessa Williams says this year's 'A Capitol Fourth' concert will be different due to COVID-19, and special to her as a woman of color. (July 3)       
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'Hamilton' star Christopher Jackson on diversifying Broadway
One of the stars of "Hamilton" - Christopher Jackson - hopes Broadway will become more inclusive, but only if it nurtures young composers, theater makers, and actors of color. (July 3)       
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Coronavirus outbreak in university frat houses
At least 80 students living in a dozen fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus in Seattle have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with hundreds of results pending, the university says. (July 3)       
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On This Day: 3 July 1989
Tim Burton's "Batman" became the quickest movie to gross $100 million. (July 3)       
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First On-Screen Kiss: Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe
It takes a while for "Outlander" stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe to remember their first on-screen kiss. (July 3)       
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Coronavirus updates: US surpasses 52K daily cases; Jersey Shore open, California beaches closed for July 4th; Texas mask mandate begins
India is expected to become the third worst-hit country. Face masks are now required in Texas as crowds flock to the Jersey Shore. Latest coronavirus news.       
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Texas governor issues mask order to fight COVID-19
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, a dramatic ramp-up of the Republican's efforts to control spiking numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (July 3)       
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A US first? Massachusetts city votes to recognize polyamorous relationships in domestic partnership policy
Instead of defining domestic partnership as "entity formed by two persons," Somerville's ordinance defines the term as "entity formed by people."      
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'Embarrassing': Oregon police trooper put on leave after flouting state's mask mandate at coffee shop
Oregon State Police officials said the trooper who refused to wear a mask on Wednesday at a coffee shop has been placed on leave.        
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LAPD funding slashed by $150M, reducing officers
City leaders voted Wednesday to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies. (July 2)       
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In CA: In the city with the highest pay in the state, your house isn't likely to burn down
It's a battle to win hearts and minds in California, and Gov. Newsom and friends are ready to spend big to do it. And I'll tell you the story of the city that on average pays its employees the most of anywhere in the Golden State, a little place where there's one firefighter for every 4.2 residents.       
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New closures as California confronts virus spike
California took a step back in reopening its economy as Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down inside restaurant dining across most of the state for three weeks amid troubling increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (July 2)      
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