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  • Amid furor over monuments, Trump seeks `garden’ of US heroes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history, a collection of “the greatest Americans to ever live.” His idea, conveyed in a speech Friday […]
  • Judge extends hospitalization of truck attack plot suspect

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has extended the court-ordered hospitalization of a Maryland man deemed mentally unfit for trial on charges he planned an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis said in a court filing Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered […]
  • Inmate death at federal jail in Los Angeles ruled a homicide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The death of an inmate at a federal jail in Los Angeles this past week has been ruled a homicide, resulting from stab wounds and strangulation, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The inmate, Steve Bencom, was found unresponsive at the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal jail in Los Angeles, […]
  • The Latest: Columbus statue yanked, tossed into Inner Harbor

    The Latest on protests over racial inequality: BALTIMORE — Baltimore protesters have pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and thrown it into the city’s Inner Harbor. News outlets reported that demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument in the Little Italy neighborhood on Saturday night. Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at […]
  • Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kids

    SEATTLE (AP) — After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she’d be missing something critical to care for her daughter. She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn’t camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome and her breathing is interrupted […]
  • Trump signs extension of COVID-relief fund for businesses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday signed into law a temporary extension of a subsidy program for small businesses battered by the coronavirus, The legislation extends the June 30 deadline for applying for the program to Aug. 8. Lawmakers created the program in March and have modified it twice since, adding money on […]
  • Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon. That was just before the coronavirus struck suddenly, forcing them to close. […]
  • Trump’s `strong wall’ to block COVID-19 from China had holes

    President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic — a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May. But Trump’s wall was more like a sieve. Exempted were thousands of residents of the Chinese […]
  • As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its side

    STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Some statues of figures from America’s slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted — colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside — may outlast them all. Stone Mountain’s supersized […]
  • In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

    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 […]