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DC shooting leaves 1 dead, some 20 injured

A dispute that erupted into gun fire at an apparent outdoor party in Washington, D.C., early Sunday left one person dead and some 20 others injured, including an off-duty officer “struggling for her life,” according to police.

5.1-magnitude quake hits North Carolina; no damage reported

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

Azar leads highest-level US delegation to Taiwan in decades

  Riot declared as fire burns in Portland police union offices

  Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US atomic bombing

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  WATCH: Good Samaritans save Pa. father, 4 kids after car swept up in floodwaters

  Georgia police under investigation for shooting at car with teens inside during attempted traffic stop

  Oregon trooper injured, 24 arrested in Portland protests

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

Ex-Green Berets sentenced to 20 years for Venezuela attack

Mid-American Conference cancels fall football due to virus

A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press the university president’s voted to not play in the fall and consider a spring season.

  Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

The question of whether an infected student or staffer should trigger an automatic shutdown has divided school officials.

  Fury over Beirut blast fuels protests, clashes with police

The blast claimed at least 154 lives, wounded more than 5,000 people and laid waste to the country’s largest port and nearby areas.

  Survivors of deadly India crash say plane swayed violently

The plane swayed violently as it approached a hilltop runway drenched in monsoon rain, and moments later the special return flight for Indians stranded abroad by the pandemic skidded off, nosedived and cracked in two, leaving 18 dead and more than 120 injured.

  ‘I lost all trust in restrooms:’ Calif. family finds 6-foot-long snake in toilet

At least 8 soldiers dead in blast outside Somali army base

Remains of 9 killed in California Marine sinking recovered

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

  Plane skids off runway in India; 17 killed, including pilots

Lorenzo Soria, president of Golden Globes group, dies at 68

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

U.S. intelligence assessed that China is hoping President Donald Trump does not win reelection, while Russia is working to denigrate Democrat Joe Biden.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

  WH chief of staff pushing Trump to deliver convention speech away from White House

WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows discusses Trump's acceptance speech, negotiations on the next relief bill, and mail-in voting

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began.

Liberty University’s Falwell takes leave after controversy

Jerry Falwell Jr. taking an indefinite leave of absence as president and chancellor of Liberty University.

  Republicans push Kanye 2020. But will it really hurt Biden?

Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden.

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

  Warnings flashed for years of explosives at heart of Beirut

Rescue teams are searching the rubble of Beirut’s port for bodies nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon’s capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands.

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

The coronavirus has exposed racial fractures in the U.S. health care system, as Black, Hispanic and Native Americans have been hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 at far higher rates than other groups.

  Online child exploitation reports surge in COVID-19 era

Digital crimes against children are on the rise in the COVID-19 era. Law enforcement and Congress hope to crack down on this disturbing trend.

Herman Cain is mourned, celebrated at his funeral in Atlanta

Herman Cain, the former presidential candidate, businessman and GOP ally of President Donald Trump, will be mourned at a private funeral in Atlanta. Cain’s funeral service will be livestreamed starting at 11 a.m. Friday.

US: Border tunnel appears to be ‘most sophisticated’

Authorities say they've found an unfinished tunnel stretching from Arizona to Mexico that appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history."

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.

Why won’t the FAA require masks?

So why hasn’t this federal agency, which oversees air safety, required face masks for all passengers instead of leaving it to the discretion of airlines and flight crews?

  Portland protesters cause mayhem again, police officer hurt

Violent clashes this week between protesters and police in Portland, Oregon, have ratcheted up tensions in the city days after an agreement between state and federal officials appeared to bring calm.

Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95

Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and was a Republican voice against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died, a Bush spokesperson said Friday. He was 95.

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

The announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo clears the way for schools to offer at least some days of in-person classes, alongside remote learning.

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

Hasbro pulls Trolls doll after complaints of inappropriately placed button

The Change.org petition to pull the toy has hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Appeals court revives House lawsuit for McGahn’s testimony

The matter now returns to the panel for consideration of other legal issues.

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China’s government criticized as “political manipulation.”

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

Five-year-old Wilburt Coleman has been going door to door, giving care packages to families with essential workers and those most vulnerable to the virus.

  Baltimore-area plagued by slow, missing mail

People in Maryland have been waiting for hours - day after day - trying to get mail that was never delivered.

  Washington man drives off cliff during high speed chase

Surveillance video caught a man in Washington driving over a cliff during a high speed chase.

Breonna Taylor billboards around Louisville organized by Oprah Winfrey

The media mogul is once again getting involved in calling for action in the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

‘See you in court’: ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump

Since the day Trump took office, the ACLU has filed 237 lawsuits against the administration and about 160 other legal actions.

3 Fla. children safe after police chase involving suspected human trafficker

Three children are safe after a human trafficking suspect’s car rolled over and crashed during a high speed chase Wednesday.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

  Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city’s port, and the visiting French president warned Thursday that without serious reforms the country would “continue to sink.”

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

Employees say they were exposed to coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never informed by their employers. In most states, companies don't have to disclose cases.

Country star Kane Brown appears in selfie with employee at Virginia travel center

Angie Graves was working at the Subway at White’s Travel Center along Interstate 81/64 on Thursday morning when she spied country music star Kane Brown.

  Back-to-back suits seek to dissolve NRA, its charitable arm

New York Attorney General Letitia James said Thursday her office is suing to dissolve the National Rifle Association, saying its leaders exploited it for personal gain.

Cheetos Mac ‘n’ Cheese comes out this weekend

Frito-Lay and Quaker Foods are launching three flavors of Cheetos Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Bold & Cheesy, Flamin’ Hot and Cheesy Jalapeño.

  Bride in Beirut wedding photo shoot speaks about explosion

Video captured the special moment turning into chaos, as the bride can later be seen being whisked away into a building.

Krispy Kreme thanks teachers with free doughnut

Krispy Kreme will be giving out free doughnuts and coffee to teachers next week for Educator Appreciation Week.

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

  3 teens accused of jumping over wall into Mar-a-Lago with AK-47

According to police, on Friday, three teenage boys jumped the wall onto the property after a short car chase.

Notre Dame opens ACC play against Duke, won’t play Navy

The league on Thursday released the schedule featuring the Fighting Irish, who are giving up their coveted football independence and competing for the ACC title this season.

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

One child psychologist said he's seeing a significant increase in mental health issues among children.

How an arrest upended filming of ‘Surviving Jeffrey Epstein’

The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to be a round-table with survivors, was redone to focus on Maxwell's alleged crimes and her grooming of potential victims.

Hurricane Alpha? Amped up season forecast, names may run out

This year's forecast of up to 25 is the highest number NOAA has ever predicted, beating the 21 predicted for 2005.

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

David Nagy, 79, of Jefferson, died a needless death, his family pointed out in his obituary.

  Texas dad saves kids from 12-foot alligator

Andrew Grande said his children were playing near a canal when the gator approached.

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are getting sick and even dying from ingesting hand sanitizer.

  Dog lost during Calif. wildfire reunited with owner

Greg Skeens' little blue heeler, Buck, ran off after a coyote escaping the wildfire, leaving Skeens to believe he was gone for good.

  Groceries are getting more expensive

Prices are spiking at supermarkets, and it’s not just because people are eating in and dining out less.

Obama’s Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

President Donald Trump is still trying to overturn “Obamacare,” but his predecessor’s health care law keeps gaining ground in places where it was once unwelcome.

Chief: Violent Portland protests detract from message

Clashes outside a U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon, have largely stopped since Democratic Gov. Kate Brown reached a deal that called for the draw down of federal agents sent by the Trump administration to protect the building — but the turmoil is far from over.

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

All tickets sold for the 2020 show will be automatically refunded.

  ‘Heroine’ nurse protected 3 newborns at hospital hit by Beirut explosion

Authorities say the explosion killed at least 135 people and wounded about 5,000 others.

  Girl, 5, with autism who went missing during Isaias found dead in Pa.

Police believe the 5-year-old girl wandered out of her home during the height of the storm and got swept up in floodwaters from the creek that borders her family’s backyard.

Lawyers argue about psychologist in newspaper attack case

The pretrial hearing relates to the second phase of the case against Jarrod Ramos, who has already pleaded guilty to killing five at the Capital Gazette newspaper in 2018.