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Facebook, Twitter Take Action After Trump Falsely Claims Flu Deadlier Than COVID-19

The president, who is being treated for COVID-19, has been downplaying the severity of the disease. He said falsely that, compared with the flu, COVID-19 is "in most populations far less lethal." → Read More

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'The Thing I Dread The Most Is Not Knowing': Western Wildfires Rage Amid Race To Flee

One hundred large fires are burning in 12 states across the West — but just five of them have been contained, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. → Read More

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A Mining Company Blew Up A 46,000-Year-Old Aboriginal Site. Its CEO Is Resigning

In May, mining giant Rio Tinto blasted through two ancient rock shelters in Western Australia in order to mine iron ore. The company has been under rising pressure to hold executives accountable. → Read More

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57 People Face Federal Charges Of Defrauding Coronavirus Relief Program

Prosecutors say those charged attempted to steal more than $175 million from the Paycheck Protection Program, which is meant to provide relief to small businesses impacted by the pandemic. → Read More

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Huge Fire At Beirut's Port Causes Panic Following Last Month's Explosion

The fire erupts at a warehouse storing oil and tires in the port's duty-free zone, sending waves of fear through the devastated city. By early Thursday evening, the fire was reportedly under control. → Read More

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George Washington Professor Who Reportedly Faked Being Black Resigns

The university says Jessica A. Krug has quit, effective immediately, after a blog post published under her name said she had assumed various Black identities even though she is a white woman. → Read More

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Ex-Columbia University Gynecologist Accused Of Abusing Dozens Of Patients Is Indicted

Robert Hadden has been arrested in connection with the abuse of dozens of female patients, including minors. He has been accused of abuse in the past but avoided jail time in a previous case. → Read More

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U.S. Says It Will Cut Number Of Troops In Iraq By Nearly Half This Month

Gen. Frank McKenzie, who is responsible for U.S. forces in the Middle East, says the U.S. presence will drop from 5,200 to 3,000 troops in a move he says shows confidence in Iraqi army. → Read More

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Congress Launches Investigation Into Fort Hood Deaths

The probe will focus on whether the recent tragedies "may be symptomatic of underlying leadership, discipline, and morale deficiencies throughout the chain-of-command." → Read More

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House Democrats Investigating Postmaster General Over Campaign Finance Allegations

House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney calls on Louis DeJoy to be suspended amid allegations that he might have violated rules on political donations. DeJoy denies any wrongdoing. → Read More

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'At Any Cost': Japanese, IOC Officials Insist Olympics Will Happen In 2021

In the past week, multiple Japanese organizers and International Olympic Committee officials have said that the Tokyo Games will proceed regardless of the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

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United, Delta, American Say They Are Dropping Change Fees For Domestic Flights

United's CEO says the change was a top request from customers. Delta and American followed suit after United's announcement. Airlines are trying to coax wary customers to return amid the pandemic. → Read More

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John Thompson Jr., Legendary Georgetown Basketball Coach, Dies At 78

The Hall of Famer led the Georgetown men's team to 24 consecutive postseason appearances. He was the first Black coach to win a national men's college basketball title. → Read More

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Nearly Every Major League Baseball Team Has Had A Coronavirus Test Come Back Positive

So far, 71 players have tested positive for the coronavirus, the MLB said on Friday. "I'm actually kind of pleased it's as low as that," the league's medical director says. → Read More

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Turkey Converts Istanbul's Iconic Hagia Sophia Back Into A Mosque

The Byzantine-era architectural marvel has been used as a museum since 1934 and is widely regarded as a symbol of peaceful religious coexistence. A court ruling Friday revoked its museum status. → Read More

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California Governor Outlines How The State Will Decide To Open Again

"There's no light switch here. It's more like a dimmer," Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. "That dimmer is this toggling back and forth between more restrictive and less restrictive measures." → Read More

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World Bank: Coronavirus Is Pushing Sub-Saharan Africa To First Recession In 25 Years

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the world's fastest-growing economies. But the World Bank projects its economies could pull back as much as 5.1% this year, driven by the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

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Tougher ID Requirements For Domestic Flights Postponed To 2021

The Dept. of Homeland Security has pushed back the enforcement deadline for REAL ID from Oct. 1, 2020 to Oct. 1, 2021 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

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Harlem Globetrotters Great Fred 'Curly' Neal Has Died At 77

The team remembers him as "one of the truly magical dribblers and shooters in basketball history." Neal played 22 seasons for the Globetrotters. → Read More

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In Israel, An Unexpected Political Twist Could Keep Netanyahu In Power

After three inconclusive elections, Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz are reportedly close to a deal to rotate as prime minister, with Netanyahu taking the first turn. → Read More