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Protests against police violence continue nationwide

MINNEAPOLIS — Protests formed across America again Sunday, even as glass and graffiti from the previous night’s unrest were still being cleaned up, with some violence and crime flaring in pockets of largely peaceful demonstrations fueled by the killings of black people at the hands of ...

Officials: Gatherings may spike COVID-19 case totals

MIAMI — In hindsight, Rosa Jimenez Cano realizes that attending a protest against police brutality was risky — and not just for the usual reasons. “This can be kind of a tinderbox for COVID,” the 39-year-old venture capitalist said after attending a demonstration in Florida, one of ...

China: US action regarding Hong Long ‘doomed’

BEIJING — The mouthpiece newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party said that the U.S. decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interferes” in China’s internal affairs and is “doomed to fail.” The Hong Kong government called President Donald Trump’s ...

Nonprofit of the Month: Morrisons Cove Memorial Park

Years in existence: 99 years; Registered on July 1, 1921 Total number of employees: Two full time; 18 seasonal winter employees; and 40 seasonal summer employees Type of nonprofit: 501(c)3 Populations served: Southern Blair County, including Martinsburg and Roaring Spring Area(s) of ...

Sporting goods sales hit or miss amid COVID-19 pandemic

GILBERT, Ariz. — Brian Morris faced a difficult scenario when the coronavirus pandemic started leading to shutdowns across the nation. If Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey opted to include bike shops among the businesses deemed nonessential, Freeride Bike Company, which he owns with his wife ...

Salons closing after threats over alleged virus exposure

O’FALLON, Mo. — Great Clips has temporarily closed its salons in Springfield, Missouri, after receiving threatening messages following the news that two of its hairstylists who tested positive for the coronavirus might have exposed 140 clients to the illness. Great Clips Inc., which has ...

Meat plant reports virus deaths

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — At least 44 meatpacking workers in the U.S. have died from the new coronavirus and another 3,000 have tested positive, according to an estimate released Thursday by the largest union representing workers. Meat processing plants have become hot spots for infections in ...

Philly officer shot, wounded during scuffle

PHILADELPHIA — An off-duty Philadelphia police lieutenant was shot and wounded early Friday while trying to help another officer apprehend an armed man, authorities said. Lt. Robert Friel, 48, was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery for a leg wound. He is expected to make a full ...

Pittsburgh diocese to consolidate

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to consolidate 61 parishes into 15 new parishes. The mergers, to be completed July 1, will reduce the number of parishes in the diocese of Pittsburgh from 152 to 106. Bishop David Zubik told parishioners in a ...

Pandemic disrupts rites of passage

NEW YORK — For many religious families across the United States, the coronavirus has disrupted their most anticipated traditions — the rites of passage that mark their adolescent children’s full entry into their congregations. With most houses of worship halting large in-person services ...

Virus experts: Faith, science work together

NEW YORK — The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some scientists leading the nation’s response, the two have worked in concert. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins founded a nonprofit focused ...

Wall Street’s rally ends on US-China tension fears

Wall Street’s rally ran out of fuel in the last hour of trading on Thursday, and the market fell to its first loss in four days amid worries about rising U.S.-China tensions. The S&P 500 had been climbing for much of the day and was up as much as 1.1% at one point. But it all ...

Airline job cuts rise amid pandemic

Major airlines on both sides of the Atlantic are cutting even more jobs as they struggle to cope with a plunge in air travel that will leave the airline industry much smaller than it was before the coronavirus pandemic and economic collapse. EasyJet said Thursday that it will cut up to ...

Harbor Freight jack stands can fail under load

The U.S. government’s road safety agency is warning people not to use Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands sold by Harbor Freight Tools because they can collapse when holding a load. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Harbor Freight is recalling over 1.7 million three-ton ...

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Dollar Tree posts $247.6M first quarter Dollar Tree Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $247.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Chesapeake, Virginia-based company said it had profit of $1.04. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of nine ...

Fast-moving fire destroys historic Chester church

CHESTER (AP) — A Pennsylvania church that had recently been added to the National Register of Historic Places was destroyed Thursday when a fast-moving fire roared through the building, authorities said. Dozens of firefighters responded about 2:30 a.m. to the former Third Presbyterian ...

Slayings suspect surrenders without incident

HARTFORD, Conn. — A college student wanted in connection with two killings in Connecticut was taken into custody when he walked out of a wooded area in Maryland and surrendered peacefully to officers who had their guns drawn, ending six days on the run in several states and providing some ...

Guard responds to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS — Minne­sota Gov. Tim Walz called in the National Guard on Thursday as looting broke out in St. Paul and a wounded Minne­apolis braced for more violence after rioting over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody reduced parts of one neighborhood to a smoking ...

White House punts economic update as election draws near

WASHINGTON — The White House took the unusual step on Thursday of deciding not to release an updated economic forecast as planned this year, a fresh sign of the administration’s anxiety about how the coronavirus has ravaged the nation just months before the election. The decision, which ...

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U.S. joins artificial intelligence group The U.S. has joined an international panel for setting ethical guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence. The Trump administration had earlier dismissed the idea. The White House’s chief technology officer, Michael Kratsios, told The ...