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Texas court holds jury trial in traffic crime case over Zoom

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

DALLAS — The jurors appeared on screen from their living rooms, bedrooms and home offices. Juror 11 took notes as a sheriff’s deputy testified about giving a speeding ticket. Juror 18 occasionally looked away as a white cat scampered across her couch.
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Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.

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Prosecutor won’t act on low-level Portland protest arrests

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

PORTLAND – The newly elected district attorney in Portland said Tuesday that under a new policy, his office will not prosecute people who have been arrested since late May on nonviolent misdemeanor charges during protests in Oregon’s largest city.
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Powerful storm leaves 2 dead, heavy crop damage in Midwest

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without electricity on Tuesday after a powerful storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region a day earlier, causing widespread damage to millions of acres of crops and killing at least two people.
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AP sources: Man shot near White House had shouted threats

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — A man shot and wounded by a uniformed Secret Service officer, prompting President Donald Trump to be abruptly escorted out of a briefing room during a televised news conference, had been threatening to kill people near the White House, two officials familiar with the matter said Tuesday. But he was apparently unarmed.
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New York’s true nursing home death toll cloaked in secrecy

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx appears, on paper, to have escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with an official state count of just four deaths in its 146-bed facility. The truth, according to the home, is far worse: 21 dead, most transported to hospitals before they succumbed.
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Racist videos bring attention to US House race in Georgia

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

A Republican criticized for promoting racist videos and adamantly supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory faces a neurosurgeon who campaigned on his experience to improve the health care system in Tuesday's GOP primary runoff for an open U.S. House seat representing northwest Georgia.
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Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

Since 1937, the state of Pennsylvania has had strict rules about who can stand in polling stations and challenge the eligibility of voters. The restrictions are meant to limit the use of “poll monitors” long sent by both parties to look out for voting mishaps but at times used to intimidate voters.
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Hundreds ransack downtown Chicago businesses after shooting

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 10, 2020

Hundreds of people descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city's South Side, with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said.
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Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 10, 2020

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health officials around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.
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Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 10, 2020

The future of Puerto Rico's botched primaries rested in the hands of the island's Supreme Court as answers trickled out Monday on why voting centers lacked ballots and forced officials to reschedule part of the primaries in a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy.

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