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FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, protesters rally as Philadelphia Police officers and Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers look on in Philadelphia, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Jul. 4, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

It was the worst of times. It was the weirdest of times. It was a season of sickness and shouting, of defiance and tension, of industrial-strength falsehood and spin. It was a moment of ugliness and deep injustice — and perhaps, too, a moment when the chance for justice felt nearer than ever before. On...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, protesters rally as Philadelphia Police officers and Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers look on in Philadelphia, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Jul. 4, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

It was the worst of times. It was the weirdest of times. It was a season of sickness and shouting, of defiance and tension, of industrial-strength falsehood and spin. It was a moment of ugliness and deep injustice — and perhaps, too, a moment when the chance for justice felt nearer than ever before. On...

People wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus wait to show the results of a smartphone health check app before they can enter an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, Saturday, July 4, 2020. China reported a single new case of coronavirus in Beijing on Saturday, plus a few more cases elsewhere believed to have come from abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Barcelona basilica reopens for health workers

Jul. 4, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona’s iconic La Sagrada Familia basilica has reopened its doors for visits exclusively for health workers after nearly four months of being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The basilica invited a first group of health workers on Saturday to visit the temple designed...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus uses his smartphone as he sits on steps at an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, Saturday, July 4, 2020. China reported a single new case of coronavirus in Beijing on Saturday, plus a few more cases elsewhere believed to have come from abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: 3,000 Australians in Melbourne in hard lockdown

Jul. 4, 2020 6:17 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Victoria state recorded 108 new coronavirus cases Saturday, forcing authorities to lock down nine public housing towers and three more Melbourne suburbs. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said 3,000 people in the housing towers will go into “hard...

Outgoing Rapid City Police Department Chief Karl Jegeris reflects on his time with the Rapid City Police Dept. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Rapid City, S.D. Jegeris is leaving the RCPD after more than 24 years of service to become the Director of Collaborative Excellence with the Children's Home Society of South Dakota. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP)

Retiring Rapid City police chief reflects on career

Jul. 4, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Three days before retiring as the Rapid City Police Chief, Karl Jegeris took the time to meet with a citizen who wants to defund the department he’s overseen for the past six years. “I’ve agreed to listen to her,” the 47-year-old said recently at his...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

2 California death row inmates die; virus suspected

Jul. 3, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two more California death row inmates died Friday from apparent complications of the coronavirus in the midst of an outbreak that has infected about 40% of inmates at San Quentin State Prison, corrections officials said. Scott Thomas Erskine, 57, and Manuel Machado Alvarez, 59,...

In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, photograph, a woman walks past a mural in tribute to Frederick Douglass on the exterior wall of the Black-owned Slade's Bar and Grill in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Many from outside Boston have recently ordered takeout, purchased gift cards and supported the restaurant amid nationwide protests against racism. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Religious leaders to invoke Frederick Douglass on July 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty. The religious leaders are scheduled this weekend to frame their sermons around “What to the Slave is the...

Prison outbreak leads to virus surge in St. Francois County

Jul. 3, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri county has seen a big increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, and most of those infected are prison inmates. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Friday reported 547 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus,...

UK historian quits Cambridge post after slavery remarks

Jul. 3, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British historian and TV presenter David Starkey relinquished his honorary fellowship at a University of Cambridge college Friday after he drew outrage for his comments about Black people and whether slavery should be considered genocide. Starkey said in an interview for a YouTube show...