‘If We Get It, We Chose to Be Here’: Despite Virus, Thousands Converge on Sturgis for Huge Rally

STURGIS, S.D. — Tens of thousands of motorcyclists roared into the western South Dakota community of Sturgis on Friday, lining Main Street from end to end, for the start of an annual rally that kicked off despite objections from residents and with little regard for a public health emergency ravaging the world. It could have […]

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Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

Thousands of bikers are pouring into the small South Dakota city of Sturgis as the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally rumbles to life despite fears it could lead to a massive coronavirus outbreak By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press August 7, 2020, 7:50 PM 5 min read STURGIS, S.D. — Thousands of bikers poured into the small […]

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Heavy rain hammers South Korea, leaving 6 dead, 7 missing

SEOUL, South Korea – Torrential rain pounded most of South Korea over the weekend, leaving six people dead and seven others missing, officials said Sunday. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said the heavy rainfall triggered landslides in dozens of places, flooded residential areas and roads, and damaged some riverside structures. Much of the […]

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Florida’s Summer of Dread

MIAMI — The crowded grocery stores, empty shelves and barren streets of South Florida in the dawning days of the coronavirus pandemic felt unsettlingly familiar: They resembled the rush of preparations and then the tense silence that precede a hurricane. Maybe the tough residents of a state used to dealing with unpredictable forces of nature […]

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South Africa passes 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

South Africa surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Saturday, accounting for 50 percent of the continent’s reported cases — and officials have warned that the country has not yet reached its peak in the pandemic. Health Minister Zwelini Mkhize announced more than 10,000 new cases Saturday, bringing the country’s total to 503,290 confirmed cases, along with 8,005 coronavirus […]

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Hang-ups, lies and wrong numbers: Contact tracers’ uphill fight against COVID-19

Erik Garcia is a manager at the South Side Walk-In and Express Clinic and a leader with the contact tracing team at the Howard Brown Health Clinic. | Victor Hilitski / Sun-Time The state of Illinois wants 90 percent of infections traced within 24 hours of a diagnosis, but officials in some areas admit they […]

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City removes last remaining statue of Christopher Columbus

The city has removed the Christopher Columbus statue at East 92nd Street near South Chicago and Exchange avenues. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times file The statue stood in a Far South Side intersection and, for several days, avoided the fate of two other Columbus statues that had been removed from Little Italy and Grant Park. The city’s […]

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China’s outstanding property loans by end-June up 13.1% year-on-year

© Reuters. Man walks near a shantytown to be redeveloped, in front of apartment buildings, in Fu county in the south of Yanan BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s outstanding property loans by the end of June rose 13.1% from a year earlier to 47.40 trillion yuan ($6.79 trillion), the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said on […]

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There’s only 1 ride at this year’s SC State Fair — your car

Officials with the South Carolina State Fair are still planning to hold a scaled-down version of of the event this year in what they’re calling an effort to give the community a bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic By MEG KINNARD Associated Press July 29, 2020, 6:55 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to […]

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Sisters seeking answers after nephew found wandering alone

Three sisters drove from Alabama to South Florida to reunite with their 2-year-old nephew, who was found days earlier wandering alone in the parking lot of an apartment complex By Associated Press July 29, 2020, 12:13 PM 2 min read MIRAMAR, Fla. — Three sisters drove from Alabama to South Florida to reunite with their […]

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Police: Hell’s Angel sparked Minneapolis riots over Floyd

Police say a man captured on surveillance video breaking windows at a south Minneapolis auto parts store in the days after George Floyd’s death is a Hell’s Angels member who was bent on stirring up social unrest By The Associated Press July 28, 2020, 10:07 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this […]

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US ambassador to South Korea shaves ‘disrespectful’ mustache, points at summer heat

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea has shaved his mildly controversial mustache, saying it was too uncomfortable to keep while wearing a coronavirus mask during South Korea’s notoriously hot summer. Harry Harris’ facial hair had drawn criticism from the media and a small number of online commentators, who compared his mustache to those worn by […]

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South Korea Says It Will Launch Spy Satellites as Missile Deal Is Revised

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean government said on Tuesday that it would begin work on launching its own military surveillance satellites to monitor North Korea, after negotiating a loosening in an agreement with the United States that limits the kind of rockets it is permitted to develop. South Korea and the United States […]

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Americans are driving older cars as workers stay home, economy slows

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Rush hour traffic moves north and south on interstate 5 near Encinitas, California 2/2 By Joseph White DETROIT (Reuters) – Americans are hanging on to their cars and trucks longer, pushing the average age of vehicles on the road to the highest level in nearly 20 years even before the […]

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US ambassador shaves mustache under Seoul’s summer heat

U.S. ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris has shaved his mildly controversial mustache, saying it was too uncomfortable to keep while wearing a coronavirus mask during South Korea’s notoriously hot summer By The Associated Press July 28, 2020, 5:39 AM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SEOUL, South Korea — The […]

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Hanna’s rain remains biggest threat to virus hot spot Texas

South Texas braced for flooding Sunday after Hurricane Hanna roared ashore the day before, bringing winds that lashed the Gulf Coast with rain and storm surge to a part of the country trying to cope with a spike in cases of the coronavirus. The first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic cyclone season made landfall twice […]

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South Texas prepares for Tropical Storm Hanna amid pandemic

Officials in South Texas say they’re prepared to handle any challenges from Tropical Storm Hanna, which was expected to strengthen into a hurricane By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press July 25, 2020, 1:01 AM 5 min read HOUSTON — Officials in South Texas, hit by the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks, said Friday they’re also […]

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South Africa’s ‘excess deaths’ surge as coronavirus cases spike; report cites ‘huge discrepancy’

A new report out of South Africa shows a “huge discrepancy” in the number of reported coronavirus-related deaths and the number of “excess deaths” from natural causes as COVID-19 cases spike across the country. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) released a report Wednesday showing 17,000 excess deaths from May 6 to July 14, while 6,000 coronavirus […]

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South Sudan activist flees to US, says Kiir wanted him dead

A prominent South Sudanese activist has fled to the United States with the help of the U.S. government, which issued emergency visas to his family after he said South Sudan’s president had ordered him abducted or killed By CARA ANNA Associated Press July 24, 2020, 12:07 AM 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail […]

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Prosecutor: Slain deputy a ‘hero’ for firing back

A prosecutor says a deputy in South Carolina killed while serving an eviction notice and two fellow officers did nothing wrong when a man suddenly pulled a gun and fired on them By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press July 23, 2020, 9:52 PM 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article COLUMBIA, S.C. — […]

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‘Excessive’ summer monsoon rains in Asia displace millions, cause at least 500 deaths

Weeks of heavy rainfall that’s spawned devastating flooding across parts of South Asia can be seen in new imagery from NASA after millions were displaced. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, or IFRC, said Wednesday that more than 9.6 million people have been impacted by the flooding, with about 500 dying so far […]

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City does poor job of cutting tall weeds on vacant lots, watchdog says

A vacant lot in the 6400 block of South Honore Street in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times file Chicago’s record keeping is so bad, it cited its own properties for violations more than 5,000 times last year, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson reports. The city of Chicago does a lousy job […]

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Defying U.N. Ban, Chinese Ships Pay North Korea to Fish in Its Waters

SEOUL, South Korea — When the United Nations imposed its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea in 2017, one of the main targets was squid. It was one of the country’s top exports, and the Security Council hoped to bring the trade to a halt, as part of the international effort to pressure the North […]

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Cops: Shooting outside Chicago funeral home was gang-related

Authorities say gunfire outside a funeral home on Chicago’s South Side that wounded 15 people was part of an ongoing conflict involving the gang of the man being mourned By DON BABWIN Associated Press July 22, 2020, 3:38 PM 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CHICAGO — The eruption of gunfire […]

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South Korea central bank to end unlimited repo operations by end of July

© Reuters. SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s central bank said on Thursday it will end its temporary offer of an unlimited amount of money through repo operations by the end of July, given improved funding conditions for financial institutions and low demand. The Bank of Korea has held repo auctions every week since April after […]

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