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Trump, Biden fight for primacy on social media platforms

Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is feverishly working to develop a social media force that can compete with President Donald Trump's well-established digital “army” of meme makers and political influencers who retweet campaign messages in support of him. And it won't be easy.

Cleveland had 22 total shootings, 3 homicides, 1 stabbing, and 1 hit-skip over Fourth of July weekend

Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

Veteran carries flag throughout Arkansas, spreading unity

  Sheriff: 2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting

Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

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  Debates turn emotional as schools across US decide how and if to open

1 of 2 protesters hit by driver on Seattle freeway dies

  7-year-old girl among 5 killed in July 4 Chicago shootings

  Bear tears down window screen as Calif. family tries to shoo it away

  Angry customer attacks Colo. cell phone store employees over quoted price

Kanye West tweets he’s running for president

Columbus statue toppled by Baltimore protesters

Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have called for the removal of statues of Columbus, Confederate figures and others.

  For nation’s birthday, Trump stokes the divisions within US

While public health officials are urging Americans to hold more muted Independence Day celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation’s capital.

Dodgers pitcher Price won’t play this year because of virus

Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year.

Ex-MLB pitcher Tyson Brummett, 3 others die in plane crash

A former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher and three others died in a plane crash in rural Utah.

  Virus doesn’t stop annual hot dog eating contest

  US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts grow

AP source: NFL to discuss union’s desire to cancel preseason

Washington Redskins QB suggests ‘Red Tails’ as new team name

Cleveland saw 5 shootings and 1 stabbing in first 5 hours of Fourth of July

  English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

  Governors stress ‘personal responsibility’ over virus orders

Elevating a message of personal responsibility over statewide crackdowns on businesses and requirements for people in public spaces has been a consistent approach among certain governors during the coronavirus crisis.

North Korea says it has no plans for talks with US

North Korea is reiterating it has no immediate plans to resume nuclear negotiations with the United States unless Washington discards what it describes as “hostile” polices toward Pyongyang.

  Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands. But even in a part of the country where many remain supportive of the president, the event has drawn controversy and protests.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.‘s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s oldest son, has contracted the coronavirus.

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,

Singers Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly file for divorce

Representatives for both singers confirmed the news Friday to The Associated Press.

Cop who stopped Elijah McClain fired over chokehold photos

Elijah McClain’s death got new attention following nationwide protests over police brutality and racial injustice.

Nurse saves life on way to daughter’s wedding

Jodi Damrow was just doing what comes naturally for a veteran emergency room nurse.

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home.

MLB cancels All-Star Game for 1st time since 1945

The All-Star Game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had reached at least 52,649, an increase of 8% from the week before.

More fireworks in Americans’ hands for July 4 raises risks

Cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have received more complaints of illegal fireworks this summer than in previous years.

Redskins to have ‘thorough review’ of name amid race debate

The team said Friday it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject.

  ‘Hamilton’ bows on Disney Plus for holiday weekend

The film stars the original cast, including creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role.

WATCH: Osprey flies with large Spanish mackerel in its claws over Myrtle Beach

Some beachgoers got to see an amazing sight over Myrtle Beach.

Massive American flag draped over Gatlinburg SkyBridge

The Gatlinburg SkyBridge is looking very patriotic for the Fourth of July.

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

The program was initially suspended in mid-March when the theme parks and hotels closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: New York man accidentally sets home on fire with fireworks

The man was arrested on arson charges.

France: Reopening strategist Castex named new prime minister

France is to name a new prime minister on Friday shortly after the announcement of Edouard Philippe’s resignation. French President Emmanuel Macron wants a new government to focus on efforts to relaunch the French economy deeply hit by the coronavirus crisis.

Move to rename ‘Bloody Sunday’ bridge has critics in Selma

Residents in the landmark civil rights city of Selma, Alabama, are among the critics of a bid to rename the historic bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965.

Home Depot modifies rope sales after nooses found in stores

Home Depot is modifying rope sales after nooses were found in stores across the country.

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

Chicago issues Emergency Travel Order for travelers from Alabama

Violators can be charged fines of $100 - $500 per day, up to $7,000.

AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” is traditionally known as the Black anthem.

FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change team name

A FedEx spokesperson released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.”

Georgia Confederate cemetery vandalized

A deputy found dozens of Confederate flags scattered on the ground. Some of them spelled out “stop racism.”

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

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.

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice Baby" had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

  Gov. Abbott establishes statewide face coverings requirement

Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order today requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.

Affidavit: Fort Hood soldier was bludgeoned to death, dismembered, burned

Partial remains were found in a shallow grave during a search for missing Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, but officials have not confirmed the remains are hers.

Study: World’s pile of electronic waste grows ever higher

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.

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring.

Tips for safely handling fireworks this Fourth of July

Many people might be tempted to create smaller firework shows of their own and experts are worried.

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Longtime television personality and newscaster Hugh Downs passed away Wednesday at the age of 99.

Fla. sheriff says he’ll deputize gun owners if protests overwhelm county

The sheriff specifically referenced "Black Lives Matter or any other group that’s making themselves a spectacle, disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country" in a video regarding protests.

Herman Cain is hospitalized with coronavirus

The 74-year-old found out Monday that he had coronavirus and by Wednesday “had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization.”

Epstein friend Maxwell arrested, accused of recruiting girls for sex

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to have sex with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years.

  Intel chiefs brief congressional leaders on Russia bounties

The U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings Thursday for congressional leaders who have demanded more answers about intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Canadian PM Trudeau lives

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted that they arrested an armed man who entered the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives.

AP source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back start

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Video: Florida police laugh after shooting rubber bullets

Fort Lauderdale police posted a video on its official YouTube channel Wednesday that shows Florida police officers laughing and celebrating after shooting rubber bullets at a protest last month in which a Black woman was shot in the face and seriously injured.

Family, church friends celebrate Rock Hill man’s 102nd birthday with drive-thru parade

Community members gathered by vehicle to celebrate a man who has been in the Rock Hill area for decades.

  Whipping post removed from Delaware courthouse square

An 8-foot tall whipping post was removed from a Delaware county courthouse square Wednesday after activists said the post was a reminder of racial discrimination.

High court won’t hear abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ cases

The justices said in a written order that they would not hear cases from Chicago and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  There’s a full moon, lunar eclipse to go with this weekend’s fireworks

After the fireworks fly for Independence Day, the buck moon makes its debut early Sunday morning at 12:44 a.m. Eastern.

NASCAR driver to race ‘Trump 2020’ vehicle sponsored by pro-Trump PAC

A political action committee working to help President Donald Trump is sponsoring a NASCAR driver’s vehicle starting this weekend.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Provoked bison attacks woman at Yellowstone National Park

The Larsens say that from the moment you arrive at the park, there are signs everywhere saying don’t approach the wildlife.

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Major Pizza Hut, Wendy’s franchisee files for bankruptcy

The group has been struggling with pandemic-related shut-downs, rising labor and food costs, and massive debt of nearly $1 billion.

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.

Blue Bell brings back fan favorite for National Ice Cream Month

Milk & Cookies is a vanilla-based ice cream combined with chocolate chip cookies.

  Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s Moore

A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

Indiana mother charged in fatal mauling of infant son by family dog

The baby suffered fatal neck and head injuries in the January attack by the family’s pit bull mix dog.

  Pa. city official suspended after accusations of gardening nude in view of children

Neighbors told investigators this has been an ongoing problem.

  LAPD funding slashed by $150M, reducing number of officers

About two-thirds of the funding was earmarked for police overtime and will be used to provide services and programs for communities of color, including a youth summer jobs program.