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U.S.-Canada Asylum Treaty Unconstitutional, Judge Finds, Citing 'Cruel' U.S. Behavior

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 18:07

For years, refugees seeking asylum at the official ports of entry on the Canadian border have been turned back. But now a judge rules U.S. treatment of the returned refugees violates human rights.

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DOJ: Alabama Prisons For Men Are Unconstitutional Because Staff Abuse Inmates

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 18:05

The U.S. Justice Department says there are unconstitutional conditions in Alabama's prison system. The government alleges guards use excessive force on men incarcerated in the state's prisons.

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President Trump Cancels Jacksonville Portion Of Republican National Convention

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 17:39

Delegates to the convention will still meet in North Carolina as planned, but Trump's keynote Jacksonville speech will no longer take place.

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DOJ Inspector General Investigating Federal Agents' Actions In Portland And D.C.

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 17:02

Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced the inquiry the day after Portland, Ore., Mayor Ted Wheeler was tear-gassed by federal agents.

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Jordan's Prime Minister Says His Country Contained COVID-19 By 'Helping The Weakest'

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 16:22

Prime Minister Omar Razzaz tells NPR Jordan is determined to protect the most vulnerable and "went for a very different model ... based on social solidarity." There have been just 11 COVID-19 deaths.

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Border Patrol Response To Portland Unrest: Straying From Mission Or Continuing One?

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 16:12

Images of federal officers making arrests have alarmed critics who think President Trump is using the officers to trample civil rights and paint himself as a law-in-order candidate ahead of elections.

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U.S. Hits 4 Million Cases Of Coronavirus — Adding A Million New Cases In Just 15 Days

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 15:33

No part of the country has been untouched by the virus. Federal health officials have said the actual number of cases is likely 10 times higher than the number of confirmed cases.

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Kansas City Mayor Says He Learned On Twitter That Federal Officers Were In His City

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 15:18

Some 250 federal law enforcement officers have been sent to the city as part of a controversial program to fight violent crime. Mayor Quinton Lucas says he did not request the support.

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Florida Sets Yet Another Coronavirus Record: 173 Deaths In A Day

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 15:13

The coronavirus has gripped Florida with a surging caseload. Now the state has set a single-day record of deaths with 173. State officials are reminding people to wear masks and socially distance.

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'I Am Antifa': One Activist's Violent Death Became A Symbol For The Right And Left

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 14:10

President Trump and his supporters portray antifa as the left's equivalent to deadly far-right extremists. Domestic terrorism data show just one fatality is linked to antifa — the attacker himself.

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Judge Orders Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Released From Prison

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:51

Cohen was returned to prison earlier this month after he was released in May over coronavirus concerns. As part of his home confinement, Cohen was ordered not to speak to the media or publish a book.

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How Long Will Immunity To The Coronavirus Last?

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:49

Recent studies have raised fears that immunity to the coronavirus might be fleeting, thus making potential vaccines ineffective. The reality of the science is more complex — and more reassuring.

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As Mexico's Dominant Cartel Gains Power, The President Vows 'Hugs, Not Bullets'

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:48

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel dominates fentanyl and methamphetamine trafficking and is linked to various assassinations. But President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says, "We will not declare war."

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Polls: Parents Are Hurting Without Child Care But In No Rush To Reopen Schools

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 13:29

In two new polls, a majority of parents say they prefer delaying in-person school reopening, despite the personal and economic toll.

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'I Could Not Allow That To Stand': Ocasio-Cortez Rebukes Republican For Vulgar Insult

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 12:34

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., addressed a public confrontation she had with Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., earlier this week. She said her family "did not raise me to accept abuse from men."

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Portland's Mayor Is Tear-Gassed By Federal Forces On Another Night Of Protests

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 12:31

"It was not great," Mayor Ted Wheeler said. "It makes your eyes really burn." Protesters railed against federal agents' presence in the city — and repeated their call for Wheeler to resign.

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Trump's Niece Describes A Toxic Family Dynamic Where Kindness Was Weakness

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 12:07

Mary Trump was devastated when her uncle was elected president. Her book, Too Much and Never Enough, describes Donald Trump as a "belligerent" youth who hasn't changed since he was a teen.

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Will TikTok Be Banned In The USA? It May Depend On Who Owns It

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:34

The White House is considering a number of economic sanctions to cut off the hugely popular Chinese-owned app from U.S. users over national security concerns.

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Another Bankruptcy At The Mall: Parent Company Of Ann Taylor, Loft Is Latest To Fail

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:19

Ascena Retail Group is the latest clothing seller to try a restructuring during the pandemic, when demand has cratered. The firm, which also owns Lane Bryant and Justice, will close some stores.

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Why One Dangerous Mosquito Developed A Taste For Human Blood

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 11:00

Given the choice between an animal and a human, the Aedes aegypti species prefers ... us. A new study explains how that happened.

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