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President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press July 11, 2020
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President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct.

By JILL COLVIN and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press July 11, 2020
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New Mexico will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections within its boundaries and neighboring Texas and Arizona, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday.

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press July 10, 2020
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The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

By REESE DUNKLIN and MICHAEL REZENDES, Associated Press July 10, 2020
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t reopen in the fall, and he lashed out at federal health officials over school reopening guidelines that he says are impractical and expensive.

By COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer July 8, 2020
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Walgreens will squeeze primary care clinics into as many as 700 of its U.S. stores over the next few years in a major expansion of the care it offers customers.

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer July 8, 2020
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The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education.

By COLLIN BINKLEY and LARRY FENN, Associated Press July 6, 2020
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It’s time to do your taxes - no more delays.

By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Personal Finance Writer July 6, 2020
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After a weekend spent stoking division, President Donald Trump on Monday went after NASCAR's only Black driver and criticized its decision to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues.

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press July 6, 2020
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A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth’s surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the atmosphere.

By Associated Press July 4, 2020
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At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America's divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

By STEPHEN GROVES, Associated Press July 4, 2020
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Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled?

By Associated Press July 4, 2020
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President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history, a collection of “the greatest Americans to ever live.”

By AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press July 4, 2020
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A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing state funds to be used for parochial school scholarships in Montana cements in place a system that has existed here for years, all with the blessing of courts.

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About 7 in 10 white evangelical Protestants approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of his job, according to a new survey - support from a cornerstone of his political base that has remained strong following a polarizing church visit and a Supreme Court ruling on LGBT discrimination that disheartened some conservatives.

By Associated Press July 2, 2020
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The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday.

By Associated Press July 2, 2020
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President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them – but despite health concerns from D.C.'s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear them.

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press July 2, 2020
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A congressional committee criticized President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday for a series of problems in distributing personal protective and testing equipment during the coronavirus pandemic and called on the administration to come up with a better plan.

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press July 2, 2020
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The idea sounds almost un-American.

By BRIAN MAHONEY , Associated Press July 2, 2020
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

By JAKE COYLE, TERRY SPENCER and DAVID RISING, Associated Press July 2, 2020
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Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

By Associated Press July 2, 2020
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U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer July 2, 2020
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No one in the world of comedy was more admired, and loved, than Carl Reiner.

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer July 1, 2020
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Seattle police showed up in force early Wednesday at the city's “occupied” protest zone, tore down demonstrators' tents and used bicycles to herd the protesters after the mayor ordered the area cleared following two fatal shootings in less than two weeks.

By MARTHA BELLISLE and LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press July 1, 2020
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There is little evidence that the protests that erupted after George Floyd’s death caused a significant increase in U.S. coronavirus infections, according to public health experts.

By MIKE STOBBE and NICKY FORSTER, Associated Press July 1, 2020

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