Postal Service Leader Sets Reorganization Amid Scrutiny Over Mail Ballots

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service on Friday announced a substantial reorganization meant to increase efficiency as Democratic lawmakers demanded an inquiry into whether changes by President Trump’s appointees could threaten the effective use of mail-in ballots for the November election. Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general and a major donor to Mr. Trump’s campaigns, was named […]

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Blackhawks fans anxious for playoff hockey: ‘We’re playing with house money’

Chicago Blackhawks fans Jim Moore (left) and Tony Vittal enjoy a drink Friday at WestEnd before the Blackhawks play the Edmonton Oilers. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Fans enjoy a little bit of normal as the Chicago Blackhawks advance in the NHL playoffs. It was like 2015 all over again. The Chicago Blackhawks vying for a chance […]

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Blackhawks eliminate Oilers, reach round of 16 in Stanley Cup playoffs

The Blackhawks advanced to the next round of the NHL playoffs after beating the Oilers on Friday. | AP Photos Corey Crawford had his best game of the playoffs, and Dominik Kubalik scored the game-winning goal with 11:30 left as the Hawks won 3-2 to win the series in four games. For the first time […]

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Derrius Guice released by Washington following domestic violence-related charges

The Washington Football Team released running back Derrius Guice on Friday after he was charged in multiple domestic violence incidents. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department told the Associated Press that Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. Strangulation is a Class […]

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Joe Arpaio loses sheriff’s race in 2nd failed comeback bid

Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff’s post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak that led to his now-pardoned criminal conviction. Arpaio […]

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Commentary: To succeed in #WeAreUnited movement, college football players must stop breaking rank

Friday morning, hours after a group of Pac-12 football players met with Commissioner Larry Scott and other league administrators about the list of demands that define their #WeAreUnited movement, Ohio State athletes, led by three-time football team captain Tuf Borland, released their own take on social media. Earlier this week, hundreds of Big Ten players […]

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States ask that Trump’s district drawing order be stopped

A coalition of states, cities and civil rights groups on Friday asked a federal judge to declare as unconstitutional President Donald Trump’s order seeking to exclude people in the country illegally from being part of the process for redrawing congressional districts. The coalition, led by New York state, in court papers asked U.S. District Judge […]

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Angels lineup vs. Texas Rangers: Jo Adell will not start

Jo Adell was left out of the Angels’ lineup for a second consecutive game on Friday because of soreness in his right quad. Manager Joe Maddon said Adell was “doing much better” and was available to pinch hit in the series opener against the Texas Rangers. Adell is expected to play in Saturday’s game in […]

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Dodgers lineup vs. Giants: Mookie Betts returns after missing three games

Mookie Betts is back in the Dodgers’ lineup Friday, in right field and batting second, against the San Francisco Giants after not starting the previous three games with a finger injury. Betts last started Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He injured his left middle finger during an at-bat in the fifth inning. He ended up […]

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Fox News spots Biden making unannounced trip to nearby convention center

WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden made an unannounced trip Friday from his home in Wilmington, Del., to a nearby convention center. The former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee then appeared to spend 2 hours and 20 minutes at the site. BIDEN CONFIDANTS REPORTEDLY SEE VP LIST NARROWED DOWN TO 2 Network pool reporters noticed a […]

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DOJ kills 1948 rule separating Hollywood studios from movie theaters

Shares of struggling cinema chains jumped on Friday after the Department of Justice scrapped 72-year-old rules severely limiting Hollywood’s ability to buy movie theaters. Friday’s ruling paves the way for film studio giants like Disney and Netflix to look beyond one-off purchases of small theaters and set their sights on buying larger swaths of cinemas. […]

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Cameron Tringale disqualified from PGA Championship for scorecard error

Cameron Tringale was disqualified from the PGA Championship on Friday after signing an incorrect scorecard. The PGA said Tringale signed for a lower score than he actually made on the 228-yard, par-three eighth hole at TPC Harding Park. After his card was certified, he left the scoring area, but came back to notify the scoring […]

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Haotong Li shoots a 65 to move into lead at PGA Championship

China’s Haotong Li shot a five-under-par 65 Friday morning to claim the second-round lead in the PGA Championship at Harding Park. Li, whose 67 on Thursday put him two strokes off the lead, began Friday with back-to-back birdies and added three more over the next eight holes to reach eight under, where he stayed for […]

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Intel community says Iran seeking to ‘undermine’ Trump, Russia working to ‘denigrate’ Biden in election

The intelligence community warned Friday that rival nations once again are attempting to influence U.S. policy and elections in a variety of ways, declaring that Iran wants to “undermine” President Trump while Russia is working to “primarily denigrate” former Vice President Joe Biden. In the latest election threat update, officials also said China “prefers” that Trump “does not win […]

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Cardinals Game Is Postponed After Another Positive Virus Test

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals’ game Friday against the Chicago Cubs was postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two […]

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Pelosi says Democrats willing to compromise at $2T for coronavirus bill, rejected by Trump admin

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Democrats were willing to compromise at $2 trillion for the fourth coronavirus stimulus package, but that the Trump administration rejected their offer. Pelosi, D-Calif., said Friday that Democrats have been “mightily trying to find common ground.” KUDLOW BELIEVES TRUMP WILL USE EXECUTIVE ACTION FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF “We’ll take […]

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Goldman Sachs restates quarterly earnings on 1MDB settlement

Goldman Sachs on Friday lowered its previously stated quarterly earnings as the bank set aside more money to pay for its settlement with the Malaysian government over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal. Goldman lowered its net earnings applicable to common shareholders to $197 million from $2.25 billion, in a filing published Friday. The revised earnings reflect […]

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Federal appeals court rules House Dems have legal ‘standing’ to enforce subpoena for former WH counsel Don McGahn

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that House Democrats have legal “standing” to bring their lawsuit against the Trump administration to enforce a subpoena for former White House Counsel Don McGahn. The decision comes as a setback for President Trump and the White House’s claims of executive privilege over communications with McGahn during his tenure. […]

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Trump administration sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam for carrying out Beijing’s ‘policies of suppression’

The Trump administration on Friday announced that it is sanctioning Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as part of a wave of sanctions on Hong Kong officials over the Chinese government’s ‘policies of suppression” in the former British territory. “The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that Hong Kong will never again enjoy the high degree […]

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Trump Administration Penalizes Chinese Officials for Hong Kong Crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 11 senior Chinese Communist Party officials and their Hong Kong allies, including chief executive Carrie Lam, over their role in cracking down on political dissent in the southern Chinese territory. These are the first sanctions against officials from China and Hong Kong over suppression of […]

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Trump claims Biden ‘no longer worthy of the Black Vote’ in wake of diversity comment

President Trump on Friday said his presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden “is no longer worthy of the Black Vote,” after the former vice president made comments contrasting African American and Latino diversity. “After yesterday’s statement, Sleepy Joe Biden is no longer worthy of the Black Vote!” Trump tweeted Friday morning. Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted: “Sleepy […]

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India hits 2 million coronavirus cases as health volunteers strike

NEW DELHI – As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. Even as India has maintained comparatively low mortality rates, the disease […]

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Cuomo expected to announce New York’s school reopening plan amid coronavirus pandemic

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is slated to announce Friday whether the state’s public schools will reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the final decision is not his alone. During a press conference Thursday, Cuomo said it was important that parents and teachers be included in the decision-making. CUOMO SAYS SCHOOLS IN NEW […]

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UK’s Sunak: BoE forecasts show improvement, but hardship lies ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – British finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday the Bank of England’s new economic forecasts represented an improvement on the old ones, but he acknowledged that they show hardship lies ahead. On Thursday the BoE said the economy would not recover its pre-pandemic size until the end of 2021, slightly later than […]

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Australia central bank warns of GDP hit from Victoria lockdowns

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s central bank on Friday warned that the latest coronavirus containment measures in Victoria state are expected to subtract at least 2 percentage points from national growth in the current quarter. Victoria’s capital of Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, entered a six-week total lockdown on Thursday, shuttering shops and businesses and requiring […]

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