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Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would encourage better police practices.

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press June 16, 2020
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Tuesday that the U.S. economy faces a deep downturn with “significant uncertainty” about the timing and strength of a recovery.

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer June 16, 2020
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Pleading through tears Monday, the family of a black man killed by Atlanta police outside a drive-thru demanded changes in the criminal justice system and called on protesters to refrain from violence amid heightened tensions across the U.S. three weeks after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.

By RUSS BYNUM and KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press June 15, 2020
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A grim blame game with partisan overtones is breaking out over COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, a tiny slice of the population that represents a shockingly high proportion of Americans who have perished in the pandemic.

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press June 15, 2020
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The bodies found this week at a rural property in Idaho are those of two children missing since last year, authorities confirmed Saturday.

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press June 15, 2020
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Emily Brown was stretched thin.

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, LAUREN WEBER and ANNA MARIA BARRY-JESTER, Associated Press and Kaiser Health News June 12, 2020
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Following days of violent confrontations with protesters, police in Seattle have largely withdrawn from a neighborhood where protesters have created a festival-like scene that has President Donald Trump fuming.

By Associated Press June 11, 2020
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The rapidly unfolding movement to pull down Confederate monuments around the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death has extended to statues of slave traders, imperialists, conquerors and explorers around the world, including Christopher Columbus, Cecil Rhodes and Belgium’s King Leopold II.

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press June 11, 2020
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Pope Francis called George Floyd by name, twice, and offered support to an American bishop who knelt in prayer during a Black Lives Matter protest.

June 11, 2020
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The Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday defended itself against criticism of past shortages of masks and other medical gear to protect employees from the coronavirus but acknowledged its current supplies may not be enough to handle a second wave.

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press June 11, 2020
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The long-standing wrangle over voting rights and election security came to a head in Georgia, where a messy primary and partisan finger-pointing offered an unsettling preview of a November contest when battleground states could face potentially record turnout.

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press June 10, 2020
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The Minneapolis Police Department will withdraw from police union contract negotiations, Chief Medaria Arradondo said Wednesday as he announced the first steps in what he said would be transformational reforms to the agency in the wake of George Floyd's death.

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press June 10, 2020
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To the issues creating a partisan divide in state legislatures across the U.S., add this one: masks.

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press June 9, 2020
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Authorities said they uncovered human remains at an Idaho man’s home Tuesday as they investigated the disappearance of his new wife's two children — a case that's drawn global attention for its ties to two other mysterious deaths and the couple's doomsday beliefs.

By REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press June 9, 2020
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – As tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S., the Islamic Republic appears to have constructed a new mock-up of an aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills.

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press June 9, 2020
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Hundreds of mourners packed a Houston church Tuesday for the funeral of George Floyd, capping six days of mourning for the black man whose death has led to a global reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice.

By JUAN A. LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT and ADAM GELLER, Associated Press June 9, 2020
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Criminals are seizing on a surge in job losses to steal unemployment benefits from Americans nationwide.

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Personal Finance Writer June 8, 2020
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Calls for deep police reforms gained momentum as leaders in the city where George Floyd died at the hands of police pushed to dismantle the entire department.

By JAKE SEINER, LISA MARIE PANE and KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press June 8, 2020
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At daybreak on Saturday, Charles Shay stood lonesome without any fellow veteran on the very same beach where he waded ashore 76 years ago, part of one of the most epic battles in military historic that came to be known as D-Day and turned the tide of World War II.

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press June 6, 2020
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President Donald Trump effectively claimed victory over the economic crisis and COVID-19 on Friday as well as major progress against racial inequality, heartily embracing a better-than-expected jobs report in hopes of convincing a discouraged nation he deserves another four years in office.

By Associated Press June 6, 2020
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The U.S. unemployment rate fell unexpectedly in May to 13.3% — still on par with what the nation witnessed during the Great Depression — as states loosened their coronavirus lockdowns and businesses began recalling workers faster than economists had predicted.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer June 5, 2020
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For the first time in weeks, kids played in the church cemetery. Nearby, a group of men in their 20s reflected on what it meant to gather again during the pandemic.

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press June 4, 2020
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In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on small U.S. cities.

By Associated Press June 3, 2020
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The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declared victory Monday in NASA’s cosmic capture-the-flag game.

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer June 3, 2020
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President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night that he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

By BRYAN ANDERSON, GARY D. ROBERTSON and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press June 3, 2020

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