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California Orders Halt to Indoor Operations in 19 Virus Hotspots

California will shut down indoor services at restaurants and wineries and order movie theaters, zoos and museums to bar indoor operations in 19 counties that have seen a surge in novel coronavirus infections.

by MARTIN MACIAS JR.

Texas Official Defends Response to Uptick in Covid Cases

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick defended his state’s handling Wednesday of a spike in Covid-19 cases, claiming it did “all the right things” when it started reopening in May and that deaths – not confirmed cases – are the key metric.

by DAVID LEE
FILE - In this July 4, 2018, file photo, fireworks explode over Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol, along the National Mall in Washington, during the Fourth of July celebration. Independence Day is just over three weeks away, and nobody in Washington seems to know exactly what the July 4 celebrations in the nation’s capital will look like. President Donald Trump has stated he wants to reshape the annual event into a “Salute to America” that would feature Trump himself speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Fireworks Spew Toxins Into the Air, Scientists Find

If you ever find yourself holding your breath during a particularly thrilling Independence Day fireworks show, you might be better off: A study released Wednesday reveals common fireworks emit lead, copper and other toxins that can damage human cells and animal lungs.

by JASON SANDEFUR

Biden Outraises Trump Campaign for Second Straight Month

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Democrats outraised President Donald Trump and Republicans for the second straight month in a row, garnering $141 million in June and $282.1 million in the second quarter, compared to $131 million in June and $266 for the quarter for the GOP.

by CARSON MCCULLOUGH

Rock the Vote

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Park of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Evangelical Support for Trump Slips Slightly, But Still High

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating among white evangelical Protestants has slipped in the last two months, according to a poll released Wednesday, but they still approve of the president by overwhelming percentages and most plan to vote for him in November.

by ROX LAIRD

Order Allowing Florida Felons to Vote Blocked by 11th Circuit

by ALEX PICKETT

Courts & the Law

Mandatory Vaccinations Debated at Human Rights Court

Europe’s top rights court on Wednesday heard from the lawyers of Czech parents who don’t want to vaccinate their children, while the government argued it has a responsibility to safeguard public health.

by MOLLY QUELL

Hong Kong National Security Law Scrutinized in House Hearing

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday heard from a range of experts on the Chinese Communist Party, as a national security law takes effect in Hong Kong that threatens the “one country, two systems” framework.

by JACK RODGERS

Across the Nation

Workers take down a statue of Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in downtown Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (Courthouse News photo/Brad Kutner)

Not Waiting for Vote, Virginia Mayor Orders Removal of Confederate Statues

Despite City Council members not yet authorizing the move, statues of Confederate leaders are being torn down Wednesday afternoon in the former capital of the Confederacy. 

by BRAD KUTNER

NY Appeals Court Lifts Restraining Order Against Publisher of Trump Tell-All Book

by ADAM KLASFELD

LA School Board Cuts $25 Million From School Police After Protests

by MARTIN MACIAS JR.

Big-City DAs Form Commissions to Help Heal From Racial Injustice

by MATTHEW RENDA

Seattle Police Clear Protester Camp After Mayor’s Emergency Order

by KARINA BROWN & JUNE WILLIAMS
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019, file photo, supporters of Yes on 802 Oklahomans Decide Healthcare, calling for Medicaid expansion to be put on the ballot, carry boxes of petitions into the office of the Oklahoma Secretary of State in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma voters will decide Tuesday, June 30, 2020, whether to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of low-income residents and become the first state to amend their Constitution to do so. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma Voters Approve Medicaid Expansion

Oklahoma primary voters Tuesday narrowly approved an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, rejecting arguments by Republican state leaders that the measure will result in deep budget cuts for state agencies.

by DAVID LEE

Judge Slams Indiana for Attempted Panhandling Ban

by DAVID WELLS

Cannabis Rule Changes in LA Aim to Level Playing Field for Entrepreneurs

by NATHAN SOLIS

Big Pharma Sues to Block Minnesota Insulin Program

by ANDY MONSERUD

Relatives of Missing Texas Soldier Accuse Army of Cover-Up

by CAMERON LANGFORD

House Answers Decaying US Infrastructure With $1.5 Trillion Bill

The House of Representatives passed a sweeping infrastructure bill on Wednesday, a $1.5 trillion package that pours money into clean-transportation initiatives, renewable energy, and programs for affordable housing and internet development. 

by TIM RYAN

Economy

Wall Street Can’t Muster Up Another Rally for Impressive Jobs Numbers

by NICK RUMMELL

Pandemic

Study Reveals Major Flaws in Research Supporting Covid Antibody Tests

While many have lauded the potential value of antibody tests as the world continues to grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, a study released Wednesday indicates some of the tests are so flawed they shouldn’t be used.

by CARSON MCCULLOUGH
A man peers out of a coffee shop while watching demonstrators in a queer liberation march for Black Lives Matter and against police brutality pass the shop, Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Lower Manhattan in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NYC Delays Indoor Dining, Worried About Second Wave of Covid

As the virus rages in other parts of the country, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delayed the opening of indoor dining in the city.

by CHRISTINE STUART

Science & Research

An artist's impression showing a Neptune-sized planet in the Neptunian Desert. It is extremely rare to find an object of this size and density so close to its star. (University of Warwick/Mark Garlick)

Exposed Planetary Core Discovered 730 Light Years Away

Scientists believe they have discovered the remnant core of a gas giant about 730 light years away, providing astronomers a rare look into the interior of a planet.

by DANIEL CONRAD

In Brief

by ROBERT KAHN

Zoo de Vincennes in Paris around 1960

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by KELSEY JUKAM

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