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Egypt's top court upholds 15-year-sentence for activist

Jul. 4, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest criminal court Saturday upheld a 15-year sentence for one of the leading activists behind the country’s 2011 uprising who was convicted of taking part in clashes between protesters and security forces. The Court of Cassation also confirmed a fine of 6 million...

Boulder Police Department seize machete from man

Jul. 4, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A machete was taken from a Colorado man police said was seen waving the knife at cars and climbing on apartment balconies. The Boulder Police Department responded to calls Friday around 10 a.m. near downtown Boulder, reporting a man yelling at cars and swinging a machete, KMGH-TV...

Nevada tribal emergency coordinator named amid pandemic

Jul. 4, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has been named as the state’s new tribal emergency response coordinator, amid a report that coronavirus testing and assistance has been slow to reach Native American tribes. Cassandra Darrough, an elected tribal council member who traces her...

New Mexico city frustrated by bail reforms, repeat criminals

Jul. 4, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities in one southeastern New Mexico community are frustrated with the state’s bail reforms, saying the justice system is now failing Lovington and residents, business owners and churches are being victimized by repeat offenders who are released from custody. Police...

Phoenix to change 'Robert E. Lee,' 'Squaw Peak' street names

Jul. 4, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix officials are set to begin the process of changing the names of two streets — one seen as demeaning to indigenous Native American women and the other glorifying the Confederacy. The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously this week to rename Squaw Peak Drive and Robert E. Lee...

Tempe’s 1st Black mayor sworn in while recovering from virus

Jul. 4, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Tempe’s first Black mayor, who is recovering from a mild bout of COVID-19 and self-quarantining at home, took the oath of office Thursday from his kitchen. Corey Woods held up his right hand and recited the oath of office from his kitchen table as he was sworn during a virtual...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Much of US scales back on holiday, but Trump plans to go big

Jul. 4, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump's style, and he aimed to go big, promising a “special evening” in Washington...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2018, file, photo, Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Electoral Commission, which is in charge of supervising the 2018 Egyptian presidential election, and members of the commission prepare to give a press conference at the commission headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt will hold Senate elections over two days in August, the chief of the country’s election commission said Saturday, July 4, 2020, more than a year after the restoration of Parliament’s lower chamber, which was dissolved in 2014. Ibrahim, chairman of the National Election Authority, told a televised news conference that Senate elections will be held Aug. 11-12, with runoff elections to take place Sept. 8-9 if necessary. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Egypt sets August election dates for restored Senate

Jul. 4, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will hold Senate elections over two days in August, the chief of the country’s election commission said Saturday, more than a year after the restoration of Parliament’s lower chamber, which was dissolved in 2014. The body was reconstituted as part of constitutional...

Riot declared in downtown Portland as protests continue

Jul. 4, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a riot was declared in downtown Portland, Oregon, for the third time this week when the Hatfield Federal Courthouse was attacked early Saturday. KOIN reports shortly before 1 a.m., protesters began throwing rocks at the Federal Courthouse and then firing commercial...

A sign is posted at a closed entrance to the beach during the new coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 3, 2020, in the South Beach neighborhood of Miami Beach, Fla. Beaches throughout South Florida are closed for the busy Fourth of July weekend to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Latest: Florida has record number of new virus cases

Jul. 4, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — The Fourth of July holiday weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in the Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. State health officials reported 11,445 new cases, a single-day record since the pandemic began earlier...