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Two men play teqball amid the new coronavirus pandemic on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Teqball is a ball sport that is played over a curved table combining elements of soccer and table tennis. Rio de Janeiro authorities have begun to ease the city's lockdown amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic. (AP PhotoSilvia Izquierdo)


FRANCE-POLITICS — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigns, government reshuffle expected.




A women's movement activist holds a sign that reads in Portuguese "Genocide 60 thousand deaths, Bolsonaro out," during a protest against the government's inefficiency in the face of the new coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing police brutality against blacks, in front of the National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP PhotoEraldo Peres)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GLOBAL — A combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases in four U.S. states are fueling a surge as the country heads into the July Fourth holiday weekend. Arizona, California, Florida and Texas reported the figures Thursday. All but 10 U.S. states are showing an increase of confirmed cases over the last 14 days, according to data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project. By Jake Coyle and Terry Spencer. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSHMORE — President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands. But controversy over coronavirus precautions, protests from Native American groups and concerns over wildfires from the fireworks will also greet the president. By Stephen Groves. SENT: 640 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day; events begin around 10 p.m.

RACIAL INJUSTICE-SELMA BRIDGE — Residents in the landmark civil rights city of Selma, Alabama, are among the critics of a bid to rename the historic bridge where voting rights marchers were beaten in 1965. Online petitions have circulated for years to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for Congressman John Lewis. Pettus was a white supremacist, and Lewis was beaten on the bridge 55 years ago. But some of the people who marched with Lewis don’t like the idea of renaming the bridge for him, and Lewis once co-authored an article that opposed renaming the bridge. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 1,020 words, photos, video.

A national telephone company worker wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 stands in a manhole during repairs in downtown Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Part of Venezuela is under strict quarantine as the number of infected cases continues to rise amid the pandemic. (AP PhotoAriana Cubillos)

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GUN CONFRONTATION-MICHIGAN — A white couple has been arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan. By Corey Williams. SENT: 510 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOUTH AFRICA-SURGE — The nurse started crying when describing her work at a Johannesburg hospital: The ward for coronavirus patients is full, so new arrivals are sent to the general ward, where they wait days for test results. Already 20 of her colleagues have tested positive. By Andrew Meldrum. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST.

A man and child wearing makeshift protective face masks as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, travel on a wheelchair in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Part of Venezuela is under strict quarantine as the number of infected cases continues to rise amid the pandemic. (AP PhotoAriana Cubillos)

VIRUS OUTBREAK-JERSEY SHORE — As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that’s making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that have surfaced at some popular shore spots recently and poor compliance with mandated measures to help slow the spread of the virus. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 730 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-JERSEY SHORE-GLANCE.



A Venezuelan migrant couple, wearing protective face masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, wait for a bus sitting on their packed belongings, at a makeshift camp in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Facing no work due to the COVID-19-related economic shutdown, hundreds of Venezuelan migrants are returning to their country. (AP PhotoFernando Vergara)


VIRUS OUTBREAK-BRITAIN-PUBS REOPENING — Pub managers will have to be resourceful when they and other parts of the hospitality industry in England open their doors to customers for the first time since March 20, provided they meet COVID-19 safety requirements. SENT: 940 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-NORTH KOREA — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urges officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media says. SENT: 840 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-PARAGUAY — As nearby nations grapple with uncontrolled spread of the novel coronavirus, the poor, landlocked nation of Paraguay appears to be controlling the disease, with just a few thousand confirmed cases and a few dozen deaths. SENT: 460 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ELECTION LAWSUIT — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision blocks a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. SENT: 530 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-FEDERAL JAIL — A Manhattan federal lockup failed to implement common-sense measures to protect prisoners after a COVID-19 outbreak infected dozens of inmates at the facility, a judge says. SENT: 500 words, photo.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CALIFORNIA — Californians should wear masks and skip Fourth of July family gatherings, Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded as the state’s coronavirus tally surged. SENT: 900 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-TRAVEL — The government is recommending that travelers wear face coverings during air travel and says airlines should consider limiting capacity on planes to promote social distancing. SENT: 570 words, photos.

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REDSKINS-FEDEX — Sponsor FedEx asks NFL’s Redskins to change their name. SENT: 280 words, photo.

NFL-RACIAL JUSTICE — AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem. SENT: 300 words, photo.

FACEBOOK-DISCRIMINATION-COMPLAINT — Black worker files discrimination complaint against Facebook. SENT: 360 words, photo.

PEOPLE-CHRISTINA RICCI — Actress Christina Ricci files for divorce from husband of seven years. SENT: 120 words, photo.

CANADA-TRUDEAU SECURITY — Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives. SENT: 210 words, photo.

SOUTH KOREA-GREEN ONION CHEX — Was new Chex flavor worth South Koreans’ 16-year wait? SENT: 520 words, photos.

OKLAHOMA-STUN GUN DEATH — Two Oklahoma police officers charged in death of man. SENT: 300 words, photos.




UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-INTELLIGENCE-Q&A — Former intelligence officials say it strains credulity to think that Trump wouldn’t have been briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-ECONOMY — As Republicans and Democrats fight to spin the most recent jobs report to their advantage, both sides face tremendous political risks on a defining issue heading into the presidential election. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

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INDIA-US-VISAS — When Trump signed an executive order suspending applications for H-1B and other high-skilled work visas from abroad, the move kept at least 1,000 Indians whose visas are tied to their jobs in the United States stranded in India. SENT: 820 words, photos.

HONG KONG — Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has left the city for an undisclosed location, he revealed on his Facebook page after testifying to a U.S. congressional hearing about a tough national security law China had imposed on the semi-autonomous territory. SENT: 560 words, photos. With BRITAIN-HONG KONG-ASYLUM U.K. grants asylum to ex-staffer at its Hong Kong consulate.

INDIA-CHINA STANDOFF — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes an unannounced visit to a military base in remote Ladakh region bordering China where the soldiers of the two countries have been facing off for nearly two months. SENT: 520 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-AMERICAN CAPTIVES — Three American defense contractors held for five years by leftist rebels in Colombia move closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors after a U.S. Supreme Court justice rebuffs a last-minute appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they seek to claim. SENT: 540 words, photo.

CROATIA-ELECTION — Croatia is holding a parliamentary election this weekend amid a coronavirus outbreak and with no clear winner in sight as none of the main contenders appears set to garner a majority of votes. SENT: 800 words, photos.




FINANCIAL-MARKETS — Markets advanced in Asia following a Wall Street rally driven by strong jobs data. By Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 720 words, photos.

JAPAN-CARLOS-GHOSN-US-EXTRADITION — Tokyo prosecutors say that a request for extradition of two Americans arrested in the U.S. for allegedly helping Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan, flee Japan while he was out on bail has been filed. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 330 words, photo.




FILM-SONGBIRD — The union that represents film actors told its members not to work on the upcoming pandemic thriller “Songbird,” saying the filmmakers have not been up-front about safety measures and had not signed the proper agreements for the movie that is among the first in production after coronavirus closures. SENT: 270 words, photo.




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