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WASHINGTON - The White House plans to ask Congress to earmark money in the next stimulus bill for scholarship programs for private and religious schools, which the administration is promoting as a way to help families affected by COVID-19 pay their children's tuition this fall. President Donald Trump will ask for a "one-time, emergency appropriation" for a new grant proposal, according to an ...

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As the U.S. reopens, Americans aren't much interested in going out and spending. A survey of 2,200 U.S. adults shows how COVID-19 has dramatically changed behavior in the world's biggest economy, potentially for the long haul. The data flashes warning signs for the recovery, showing waning interest in public events and material things, like appliances and clothes, and a new austerity, ...

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Saturday's scoreboard reads three Miami Heat players have now tested positive for the Coronavirus and four Miami Marlins player have. That's the analytics of sports that matter now. No one's even pretending sports return to America as the diversion they typically are in times of crisis. They're simply another reminder of the world in which we now live. It's not just the "bubble" some sports ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - Over the past three years, five different judges in Hennepin County have ruled that Corcoran, Minn., police officer Cody Vojacek conducted unlawful searches, leading to the dismissal of six criminal cases. In a February hearing on the most recent case, when asked under oath if he had adjusted his methods based on the courts' repeated rebuffs, Vojacek was unequivocal that he had ...

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DETROIT - Thousands of University of Michigan students got a scare Friday night: warnings circulating on social media about an apparent data breach leaking their U-M email addresses and passwords. On Saturday, the University of Michigan released a statement saying the information was from older "third-party data breaches, such as Chegg, Zynga, LinkedIn" where users used their student emails to ...

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Make it three Miami Heat players who have now tested positive for coronavirus, with the latest two players to test positive not expected to travel with the team when the rest of the roster leaves Wednesday for the NBA's quarantine setting at Disney World. The South Florida Sun Sentinel has confirmed through an NBA source that two most recent COVID-19 positive tests came from a testing round ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Bryce Harper was just beginning to take batting practice Friday morning in South Philadelphia, taking another swing toward an uncertain season, when news spread from 2,700 miles away that could make baseball's return even more challenging. Mike Trout, a contemporary to Harper as one of the game's superstar players, told reporters in Los Angeles that he still did not feel ...

ATLANTA - July 4, 2017: Freddie Freeman makes a faster-than-expected return from a broken wrist suffered in May and plays ... third base? Really? (Yes. Really. To make room for the legendary Matt Adams at first base. The Braves lost to Houston that night, 16-4.) July 4, 2020: Manager Brian Snitker announces that Freddie Freeman, face of the franchise, is among four Braves who've tested ...

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A former major league pitcher and three others were killed after the small plane they were traveling in crashed in the Utah mountains, just outside of Salt Lake City, authorities said. Tyson Brummett was piloting the Cessna 172 when it went down in American Fork Canyon shortly after departing from Regional Airport in West Jordan on Friday. According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, ...

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"We'll never change the name. It's that simple. NEVER - you can use caps," Dan Snyder, Washington NFL team owner and large, whining baby, said in 2013. Today, Snyder faces a reckoning. In the wake of George Floyd's killing, as millions protested police violence and racism, the scales have fallen from our collective eyes. Many who didn't want to see our societal inequity now can't unsee it - ...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Early Friday, as Major League Baseball officially resumed with what it's calling "Summer Camp," Royals manager Mike Matheny considered the "giddy" vibe of the last few days as players reported and informal workouts were conducted at Kauffman Stadium. "Getting out there and hearing a ball off the bat," he said, "it was like music to your ears." And, really, it was just that ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - First baseman Miguel Sano is the other Twins player who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the club revealed Saturday. Sano consented to having his name released. The former All-Star tested positive during the intake testing phase as players reported to Target Field to the start of training camp. He now will have to test negative twice before he's cleared to join his ...

ATLANTA - Braves manager Brian Snitker announced Saturday that the team had four players test positive for COVID-19: first baseman Freddie Freeman, left-hander Will Smith, right-hander Touki Toussaint and utilityman Pete Kozma. Smith and Toussaint are asymptomatic. Freeman and Kozma have fevers, but Kozma is feeling better, according to Snitker. The players will be placed on the designated ...

ORLANDO, Fla. - Forecasters have their eye on a new tropical depression that formed near Bermuda on Saturday. Tropical Depression 5 was located 245 miles west-southwest of Bermuda, with forecasters saying it could pass over the island by Sunday morning. The system has been causing persistent showers and thunderstorms in the region. It poses no danger to Florida, as it is moving ...

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CHICAGO - A 34-year-old woman was shot and killed and two others were injured Saturday morning on the 31st Street bridge over Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago police. The killing was the second to occur on July 4, a notoriously violent holiday in Chicago. From 3 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, 16 people were also injured. Earlier in the week, Superintendent David Brown spoke of clearing ...

North Korea is ruling out more talks with the U.S., saying the American authorities are using the idea as a mere political tool. "We do not feel any need to sit face-to-face with the U.S.," North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency Saturday. The U.S. does not consider the North Korea-U.S. dialogue as anything more than a tool for ...

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In appointing a relatively unknown figure to be his new head of government, Emmanuel Macron is sending out a clear message: His solution to turning around the flagging presidency is more Macron. The mayor of a small southern French town, 55-year-old Jean Castex only started to make a name for himself earlier this year when he was appointed to oversee the national plan for lifting the ...

LOS ANGELES - As protests over the police killing of George Floyd raged across the nation, the University of Southern California removed the name of one of its most influential leaders from a landmark building on campus. The decision to strip the name of its fifth president, Rufus B. von KleinSmid, a eugenics leader, from among its tallest buildings brought cheers. President Carol Folt said ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Coronavirus testing is more widely available now in Ohio, and state officials are encouraging everyone to go out and get tested. Many sites that offer testing, however, are asking patients to swab themselves for the virus, prompting some health care providers to question the effectiveness of self-testing for COVID-19. Are self-tests for the coronavirus as effective as a health ...

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U.S. racial and ethnic minorities accounted for all of the nation's population growth during the last decade, according to new Census Bureau estimates. The data underscore the nation's growing diversity and suggest that the trend will continue as the white population ages and low birth rates translate to a declining share. Non-Hispanic Whites declined to 60.1% of the populace in 2019 and their ...

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The annual monsoon that drenches the U.S. Southwest is late this year, raising the risk of wildfires sparked by another of the region's meteorological quirks: dry lightning. While heavy rain isn't expected in the normally arid area until mid-July, thunderstorms continue to form high above the Earth. But the air below is so parched that raindrops can evaporate on their way down. The only things ...

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MIAMI - Miami Dade College plans to bring back as many students, faculty and staff as possible to its campuses this fall with a strict measure that other large universities in South Florida won't implement: temperature checks. The largest community college in the country - with approximately 120,000 students - drafted a three-phase reopening plan that is "general on purpose" to adapt to the ...

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MIAMI - Saturday's update on new confirmed COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health reflected the state recorded a new single-day high, rocketing past previous peaks. Florida added 11,458 cases, beating previous record of 10,109 by 13%. Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida also set records: Of Florida's total, Miami-Dade County accounted for 2,418, and 1,348 came from ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two of California death row's most notorious inmates apparently died from COVID-19, bringing the number of inmates across the state to die after contracting the coronavirus to at least 24. The men, convicted child killer Scott Thomas Erskine and Manuel Machado Alvarez, both died on July 3, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release. ...

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BALTIMORE - Every day, the NFL's pot of gold seems to get a little smaller. In only the past week or so, league owners approved a proposal to cover the first six to eight rows of stadium seating and offer signage space to corporate sponsors. Then some teams began offering full 2020 refunds to season-ticket holders. Then the NFL's four-game preseason schedule was cut in half. The financial ...

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LOS ANGELES - The "Gator Bait" chant had long been a staple of college football, a way for Florida Gator fans to taunt opposing teams. As the marching band struck up a familiar tune, they rose from their seats by the thousands to extend their arms and make a chomping motion, filling the stadium with rhythmic claps. The tradition came to an abrupt halt this month, banned for a reason that might ...

Years from now, we will look back at 2020 and have very little nice to say about it. People right now are frustrated and miserable, and many seem to be one tense encounter with another person away from snapping. Hopefully, when that time for reflection comes, we'll be able to take a few minutes to say "Well it wasn't all bad, and here's why." For some, there will be real life. For others, ...

ATLANTA - Because of the coronavirus, this Hawks offseason will look drastically different than it has in past years. Really, the changes will stretch further than that, as the Hawks won't get to play another official game until December (the season would normally start in October). They are one of eight teams excluded from the season restart in Orlando, Fla., and the 2020-21 season may be ...

MELBOURNE, Australia - The U.S. is sending the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz aircraft carriers to the South China Sea for military exercises as China ramps up its own drills in the area, drawing protests from Washington. Dual carrier operations and exercises are being conducted in "international waters of the South China Sea to support a free and open Indo-Pacific," the U.S. navy said in an ...

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump used an elaborate fireworks display and Air Force One flyover at Mount Rushmore on Friday night to rally his base, ushering in Fourth of July celebrations a day early with accusations that a "new far-left fascism" is part of "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history." The combative address in South Dakota, using one of the more dramatic and historical ...