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People wearing masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus wait for businesses to open in downtown Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP PhotoMartin Mejia)


MYANMAR-MINING ACCIDENT — Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 50 people. SENT: 190 words.

IRAN-NUCLEAR — “Incident” damages construction near Iran nuclear site. SENT: 140 words.

Wearing a protective mask to curb the spread of the new coronavirus a man attends a memorial for those who have died from COVID-19 worldwide, at Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP PhotoLeo Correa)




VIRUS-OUTBREAK — U.S. employers likely rehired several million more workers in June, thereby reducing a Depression-level unemployment rate, but the most up-to-date data suggests that a resurgent coronavirus will limit further gains. By Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 760 words, photo. With VIRUS-OUTBREAK-THE-LATEST.

A woman waits in the rain for the arrival of the Cuban medical brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The brigade returned to the island after helping with the COVID-19 emergency in Andorra. (AP PhotoRamon Espinosa)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BARS — 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. In the words of one study, it comes down to the danger of “heavy breathing in close proximity.” By Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 860 words, photos, video.

RACIAL-INJUSTICE-BLACK-BUSINESSES — Black-owned businesses are enjoying a surge in support amid the national reckoning on racism sparked by George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. But the increased demand hasn’t been without growing pains for some. Black-owned bookshops in Boston and elsewhere have received backlash as they’ve struggled to keep up with demand. At the same time, Black owners hope the sales boom isn’t a passing fad but leads to lasting change. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 970 words, photos.

TRUMP-ANALYSIS — Four months from Election Day, Democrats are increasingly arguing that President Donald Trump’s handling of multiple crises facing the country shows he is ill-equipped for the job. The questions about Trump’s competency have gotten louder following revelations that he didn’t read at least two written intelligence briefings indicating that Russia may have paid bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans in Afghanistan. By Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

A public transport driver, wearing a protective face mask emblazoned with an image of Lionel Messi, attends a protest demanding an increase in fares because quarantine measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have decreased his income, in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP PhotoJuan Karita)

MEXICO-VIOLENCE — Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and open fire, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities say. SENT: 310 words, photos.

SUDAN-FGM BAN — Sudan’s transitional government is preparing to outlaw female genital mutilation. Activists and survivors are praising the move but say it will still be a long fight to end the deeply entrenched practice. By Samy Magdy and Mariam Fam. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.


Unemployed Rodrigo Faundez holds a glass filled with soda for his mother as she takes a sip after feeding her a vegetable noodle soup he brought home from a "community kitchen", in the San Bernardo neighborhood of Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Coronavirus lockdown measures are having a devastating effect on Chile's economy which contracted 15.3% in May, the worst decline since economic records were first kept. (AP PhotoEsteban Felix)



VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUTH AFRICA-TOBACCO BAN — South Africa is three months into a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, an unusual tactic employed by a government to protect the health of its citizens during the coronavirus pandemic. SENT: 830 words, photos.

Delivery workers protest to demand better working conditions for those who work for app-based food delivery platforms amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP PhotoAndre Penner)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-VIRAL QUESTIONS-MASKS — Does wearing a mask pose any health risks? No, not for most people. SENT: 320 words, photo.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ASIA — A coronavirus outbreak in Australia’s second-largest city continues to grow and the Northern Territory detects its first case in three months. SENT: 700 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-LIVES LOST-BRAZILIAN TODDLER — The coronavirus death toll in Brazil keeps rising and among the dead is a little girl named Vitoria Gabrielle from a working class Rio de Janeiro neighborhood. SENT: 690 words, photos.

A delivery worker waves a flag with the Portuguese message: "Dangerous Profession" during a protest demanding better working conditions for people who work for app-based food delivery services in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Delivery workers insist they are the ones who provided food for people while most of the population remains in quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19, but their job hasn't been respected and they haven't been treated as essential workers. (AP PhotoEraldo Peres)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ONE GOOD THING-AFGHANISTAN OXYGEN — Long-shut factory in Kabul helps virus-stricken Afghans breathe free. SENT: 590 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CALIFORNIA — California reverses course on its economic reopening as cases of the coronavirus surge. SENT: 930 words, photos. With RACIAL INJUSTICE-LOS ANGELES POLICE LAPD funding slashed by $150 million, reducing number of officers.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ATLANTIC CITY CASINOS — For the first time in 108 days, slot machines will beep, dice will tumble and cards will be dealt at Atlantic City’s casinos as they reopen amid a coronavirus pandemic that has drastically changed things both inside and outside the casino walls. SENT: 670 words, photos.

A laborer bathes by the side of a road in Jammu, India, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a live address Tuesday that the country's coronavirus death rate is under control, but that the country is at a “critical juncture.” Since the lockdown was lifted, the caseload has shot up, making India the world's fourth-worst affected country. (AP PhotoChanni Anand)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIA-NEW GARDENERS-PHOTO GALLERY — India’s lockdown spurs new gardeners in Nagaland. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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RACIAL INJUSTICE-FLORIDA — Florida police officers can be heard laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality, according to newly released body camera footage. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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TRUMP BOOK — Appeals court lifts restraint against Trump book publisher. SENT: 600 words, photo.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-WHIPPING POST REMOVAL — Whipping post removed from Delaware courthouse square. SENT: 250 words.

GEECHIE BOY MILL-NAME CHANGE — Geechie Boy Mill to change name amid backlash from shoppers. SENT: 380 words.

AUSTRALIA-PEOPLE-GEOFFREY RUSH — Australian court upholds Geoffrey Rush’s defamation payout. SENT: 450 words, photo.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-MVP PLAQUES — MVP plaque presenters to discuss Landis’ name on MLB trophy. SENT: 390 words, photos.

TEEN RESTRAINT-DEATH — Three arraigned in restraint death of Black teen in Michigan. SENT: 310 words.




UNITED STATES-RUSSIA — Trump and his top national security officials are stepping up their defense of his response to intelligence assessments that suggested Russia had offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. SENT: 1,070 words, photos, video.

ELECTION 2020-REPUBLICANS — A small but growing number of Republican congressional candidates have links to the far-right conspiracy theory known as QAnon. SENT: 940 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-FUNDRAISING — Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden outpaces Trump’s campaign fundraising juggernaut in June and in the second quarter of this election year, continuing a stunning reversal of fortune from his threadbare primary campaign. SENT: 240 words, photo.

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IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM BAN — A federal judge knocks down a cornerstone border policy of the Trump administration that denies asylum to people who travel through other countries to reach the U.S.-Mexico border without first seeking protection in those countries. SENT: 510 words, photos.




HONG KONG — Hong Kong police arrest a man onboard a London-bound flight on suspicion of stabbing a police officer during protests of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s new security law, officials say. SENT: 400 words, photos. With AUSTRALIA-HONG KONG — Australia may offer safe haven to Hong Kong residents; CONGRESS-HONG KONG — House passes bill rebuking China over Hong Kong; Senate next.

RUSSIA-CONSTITUTIONAL VOTE — Almost 78% of voters in Russia have approved amendments to the country’s constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036, Russian election officials say after all the votes were counted. SENT: 340 words, photos.




FINANCIAL MARKETS — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher as hopes for development of a coronavirus vaccine competed with concern about rising U.S. infections. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 480 words, photos.

NOVARTIS-LAWSUIT-SETTLEMENT — Novartis Pharmaceutical Corp. will pay $678 million to the U.S. government and various states to settle a lawsuit over a sham speaker program that distributed cash, expensive dinners and other treats to induce doctors to prescribe its products, federal authorities announce. SENT: 430 words.




FORMER HUSKIES-SOCIAL JUSTICE — Two players for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream now have a better understanding of why former UConn teammate Maya Moore stepped away from basketball to focus on criminal justice reform. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 730 words, photos.

F1-AUSTRIAN GP — Four months after the opening race was called off at the last minute, the Formula One season finally gets underway this weekend on another continent and in a different-looking world. By Auto Racing Writer Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 770 words, photos.




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