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The Latest: India's coronavirus death toll passes 20,000

NEW DELHI ” India’s death toll from the coronavirus has passed 20,000, with case numbers surging past 700,000.The country reported 467 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 20,160. It also recorded 22,252 new infections, increasing the total to 719,665.The rate of new virus infections and deaths in India are now rising at their fastest pace. Health officials fear the number of deaths could rise significantly in the coming weeks.India, with a population of 1. […]

$1.2 million bail for driver that hit 2 Seattle protesters

SEATTLE (AP) ” A judge on Monday set a $1.2 million bail for the man accused of driving a Jaguar on to a closed Seattle freeway and hitting two protesters, killing one and seriously injuring the other.Dawit Kelete, who is Black, drove the car around vehicles that were parked on Interstate 5 to protect a group of Black Femme March demonstrators, part of the Black Lives Matter movement protesting racial inequality and police violence. The car hit two people and sped away about 1:40 a.m. […]

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

WASHINGTON (AP) ” As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.Many were among the first to be approved for a loan in early April, when the administration was struggling to launch the lending program. And only eight businesses had to wait until early May before securing the aid, according to the […]

Samsung projects 23% jump in 2Q profit on strong chip sales

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ” Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday its operating profit for the last quarter likely rose 23% from the same period last year, helped by robust demand for memory chips used in personal computers and servers as the coronavirus pandemic has more people working from home.The South Korean technology giant will release more detailed information when it announces its finalized earnings later this month. It projected its operating profit during the April-June period […]

GOP worries Trump's divisive June imperils Senate control

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump’s June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive.By the time it ended, he was downplaying a coronavirus pandemic upsurge that was forcing Western and Southern states to throttle back their partial reopening of businesses. And Republican strategists already straining to retain Senate control in November’s elections […]

Wall Street slips as virus outbreaks dim rebound hopes

U.S. stocks are falling in early trading Tuesday as expanding coronavirus outbreaks dim hopes for a speedy recovery. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average followed benchmarks in France, Germany and Britain lower after the European Union slashed its forecasts for economic growth in 2020. Investors worry that recovery from the global recession and the lockdowns on businesses will take longer than expected. Stocks also fell in Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, while the Shanghai Composite […]

Richmond removing statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ” Work crews began taking down an enormous monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the third major statue to be cleared away in less than a week as the Confederacy’s former capital rushes to remove symbols of oppression in response to protests against police brutality and racism.Crews went up in a cherry picker with power tools on Tuesday to separate the 22-foot-high bronze equestrian statue from its base, strapping it into a harness. A crane was ready to lift […]

Russian space official, ex-journalist, charged with treason

MOSCOW (AP) ” An adviser to the director of Russia’s state space corporation has been detained on treason charges, the nation’s top security agency said Tuesday.Ivan Safronov, a former journalist who served as an adviser to Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin, was detained in Moscow by agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB), the main KGB successor agency.Safronov’s arrest sent shock waves across Russian media, with many journalists questioning the treason charges and his former […]

In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

ATLANTA (AP) ” Georgia’s 26 public universities and colleges will mandate campus-wide mask wearing after the state university system reversed itself on Monday.The University System of Georgia had previously told schools they should ‘strongly encourage’ students and others to wear masks, but said that the system’s 26 universities couldn’t mandate face coverings for their 330,000 students despite concerns about COVID-19 transmission.Masks became a central point of contention in […]

Medicare nursing home virus site leaves users 'in the dark'

WASHINGTON (AP) ” When the Trump administration required nursing homes to report their COVID-19 cases, it also promised to make the data available to residents, families and the public in a user-friendly way.But some facilities that have had coronavirus cases and deaths turn up as having none on Medicare’s COVID-19 nursing home website. Those data may be incomplete because the reporting requirements don’t reach back to the start of the pandemic.