Trump signs stopgap bill to avoid U.S. government shutdown

© Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump holds an event commemorating the repatriation of Native American remains and artifacts from Finland at the White House in Washington (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed a stopgap funding bill on Thursday that would keep the federal government open through December 11, the White House said in a […]

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Trump signs stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown

© Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump holds an event commemorating the repatriation of Native American remains and artifacts from Finland at the White House in Washington (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed a stopgap funding bill on Thursday that would keep the federal government open through December 11, the White House said in a […]

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Now at the Boarding Gate: Coronavirus Tests

American Airlines said on Tuesday that it will offer coronavirus tests to passengers, joining United Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways in rolling out preflight testing. Tampa International Airport also said it will offer tests. The tests, which range from rapid tests at the airport that return results in minutes to tests that take a […]

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Denver Wants to Fix a Legacy of Environmental Racism

DENVER — In most American cities, white residents live near parks, trees and baseball fields, while communities of color are left with concrete and the heat that comes with it. Now, in a push that could provide a road map for other cities, officials in Denver are working to rectify that historical inequity. The effort, one […]

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William Hill agrees to Caesars Entertainment’s $3.7 billion takeover offer

British gambling firm William Hill said it has agreed to be bought by American casino giant Caesars Entertainment for roughly $3.7 billion. The two gaming companies made the acquisition official Wednesday, less than a week after William Hill revealed it had received competing proposals from Caesars and private-equity firm Apollo Global Management. The London-based bookmaker […]

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A Counter to Confederate Monuments, Black Cemeteries Tell a Fuller Story of the South

Maggie L. Walker, one of the first Black American women to run a bank, is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Va. So is John Mitchell Jr., editor of The Richmond Planet, a crusading newspaper founded by former slaves. Benjamin Franklin Randolph, a South Carolina state senator gunned down amid the white backlash against Reconstruction […]

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to close the American Embassy in Baghdad within weeks if Iraqi leaders fail to prevent Iranian-backed militias from firing rockets at the compound, three U.S. officials said. The move would place U.S. diplomats out of harm’s way but could jeopardize years of efforts to both stabilize […]

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COVID-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen

After preying heavily on the elderly in the spring, the coronavirus is increasingly infecting American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities. Children of all ages now make up 10% of all U.S cases, up from 2% in April, the […]

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Schiff Sees Rise in Russian Disinformation as Trump Attacks Mail-In Voting

WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have seen an uptick in Russian disinformation about mail-in ballots as President Trump has escalated his attacks on voting by mail, Representative Adam B. Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview. American intelligence agencies have not explicitly linked the increase in Russian disinformation operations […]

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US retail store closures break record amid COVID-19 crisis

American retailers have closed a record number of stores for good this year as the coronavirus pandemic upended the industry, a new report says. Chains including Starbucks, Macy’s and Office Depot have announced plans to shutter 10,226 stores so far in 2020 — a number that already outstrips last year’s record total of 9,500 closures, […]

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Meet the Biggest Prankster in Baseball: Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman

Before Game 2 of the 2019 American League Championship Series last October, the Yankees’ third-base coach, Phil Nevin, was sitting at a table in the visiting team’s food room at Minute Maid Park. A clubhouse attendant appeared and told Nevin he had a visitor waiting in the hallway: Alex Cintron, the hitting coach of the […]

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Virus, strife prompt ‘resiliency’ funds in Black communities

The modest cash grant Iguehi James received from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce helped the clothing designer defray costs, including surge prices on elastic and fabric that jumped dramatically due to the pandemic. The application process was simple and she qualified for a $5,000 “resiliency” grant, despite being a solo practitioner with no […]

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Cubs, Sox did a lot well on their way to playoffs

Sox slugger Jose Abreu hit .317 and led the American League with 60 RBI, 78 hits and a .617 slugging percentage. | Quinn Harris/Getty Images Let’s check out some of the 2020 numbers that gave the 34-26 Cubs their National League Central title and the 35-25 White Sox their American League wild-card berth. It’s a […]

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Top four American League strikeout pitchers are Southern California products

Southern California is home to the top four strikeout pitchers in the American League this season, and it comes as no surprise, for baseball players growing up here keep making an impact in the major leagues. The leader was Shane Bieber, a Laguna Hills graduate pitching for the Cleveland Indians. He struck out 122. In […]

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Kamala Harris says appointing Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court would imperil health care and abortion rights.

Senator Kamala Harris warned on Monday of far-reaching consequences to American society if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, saying that the health coverage and abortion rights were in peril. In a speech in Raleigh, N.C., Ms. Harris amplified an argument that Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been making in the […]

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US Latino civil rights group moves 2021 convention online

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Latino civil rights group in the U.S., has decided to move its 2021 national convention online amid concerns and health orders caused by COVID-19. The board of directors of the group, known as LULAC, voted Saturday to hold a virtual gathering for members instead of its […]

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American Could Face Prison in Thailand After Posting Negative Reviews of a Resort

An American man who lives in Thailand was unhappy that a resort hotel wanted to charge him a $15 corkage fee for bringing his own bottle of gin to the restaurant. He argued with a manager and then later did what has become second nature for disgruntled tourists: He posted negative reviews of the resort […]

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Sudan Is Focus of U.S. Efforts to Improve Ties With Israel

American efforts to persuade more Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel before the November election are focused on Sudan, where negotiations have stalled over the amount of a financial incentive promised to Sudan in exchange for recognizing Israel, officials said Saturday. But the campaign’s most important target, Saudi Arabia, they said, was unlikely to […]

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Here’s What 4 of Our Reporters Are Watching as Voting Begins to Unfold

Perhaps never before in American history has the act of voting been so closely scrutinized before a presidential election. A pandemic, partisan attacks on voting rights and a White House incumbent falsely warning of fraud have put extraordinary pressure on the democratic process. The Times’s Politics editor, Patrick Healy, spoke with four reporters who are […]

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Billie Lourd Welcomes Baby Boy With Fiance Austen Rydell After Secret Pregnancy — See Sweet 1st Pic

What a surprise: Billie Lourd is a mom! The ‘American Horror Story’ star shared her first-ever photo of her newborn baby boy, after keeping her pregnancy completely hush-hush. This is a bigger surprise than any plot twist on American Horror Story: the FX series’ darling, Billie Lourd, 28, welcomed a child! The pregnancy had been a […]

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Donald Trump Jr. condemns ‘anarchy’ in Louisville after officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests

Louisville, Ky., is the latest American city to see peaceful protests transform into violent riots and “anarchy,” Donald Trump Jr. said Wednesday during an appearance on “Hannity” “There are peaceful protesters doing the right thing and I think that’s wonderful,” the president’s eldest son told host Sean Hannity. “That’s very American. But what’s going on, when police officers […]

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Airline passengers want to see barriers to boost confidence: industry executives

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Pilots talk as they look at the tail of an American Airlines aircraft f at Dallas-Ft Worth International Airport By Jamie Freed SYDNEY (Reuters) – Airline passengers want visible plastic barriers in the cabin to reinstill confidence in flying during the pandemic, saying they do not all trust industry assurances about […]

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US appeals court in Denver eyes American Samoa citizenship

A U.S. appeals court in Denver is weighing whether residents of American Samoa should automatically be granted citizenship By COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press September 23, 2020, 10:02 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article DENVER — Whether people who live in territories controlled by the U.S. automatically become citizens under […]

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Barr says ‘notion’ of separation of church and state misunderstood because of ‘militant secularists’

Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that he believes the American public has misinterpreted the actual meaning of “separation of church and state” during a speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB). “Militant secularists have long seized on that slogan as a facile justification for attempting to drive religion from the public square and to exclude religious […]

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