Governors stress ‘personal responsibility’ over virus orders

Elevating a message of personal responsibility over statewide crackdowns on businesses and requirements for people in public spaces has been a consistent approach among certain governors during the coronavirus crisis.

As much of U.S. dials back July 4 plans, Trump goes big

  Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.‘s girlfriend, tests positive for coronavirus

Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus

Singers Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly file for divorce

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Cop who stopped Elijah McClain fired over chokehold photos

Nurse saves life on way to daughter’s wedding

  July Fourth weekend will test Americans’ discipline

MLB cancels All-Star Game for 1st time since 1945

  New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000

More fireworks in Americans’ hands for July 4 raises risks

Redskins to have ‘thorough review’ of name amid race debate

The team said Friday it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject.

  ‘Hamilton’ bows on Disney Plus for holiday weekend

The film stars the original cast, including creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role.

WATCH: Osprey flies with large Spanish mackerel in its claws over Myrtle Beach

Some beachgoers got to see an amazing sight over Myrtle Beach.

  Massive American flag draped over Gatlinburg SkyBridge

The Gatlinburg SkyBridge is looking very patriotic for the Fourth of July.

Disney suspends college internship program amid pandemic

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: New York man accidentally sets home on fire with fireworks

France: Reopening strategist Castex named new prime minister

Move to rename ‘Bloody Sunday’ bridge has critics in Selma

Home Depot modifies rope sales after nooses found in stores

Uber, #WHATSMYNAME Foundation partner to promote rideshare safety on college campuses

  How California went from success story to virus hot spot

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, California's mood was celebratory. The state had avoided dire predictions of a coronavirus surge, hospitalizations were starting to decline and restaurants and most other businesses had reopened.

AP Source: NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem

“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” is traditionally known as the Black anthem.

FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change team name

A FedEx spokesperson released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.”

Georgia Confederate cemetery vandalized

A deputy found dozens of Confederate flags scattered on the ground. Some of them spelled out “stop racism.”

  Walmart turning 160 parking lots into drive-in theaters

Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into drive-in movie theaters starting in August.

  Coronavirus cases rise in 40 states; Texas issues mask mandate

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 per day on Thursday, with the infection curve rising in 40 out of 50 states in a reversal that has largely spared only the Northeast.

Coronavirus concerns freeze Vanilla Ice show

The 1990s rapper with the hit single "Ice Ice Baby" had been scheduled to play a lakeside concert just outside Austin on Friday, but on Thursday he announced it was being postponed.

Affidavit: Fort Hood soldier was bludgeoned to death, dismembered, burned

Partial remains were found in a shallow grave during a search for missing Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, but officials have not confirmed the remains are hers.

Study: World’s pile of electronic waste grows ever higher

The world's mountain of discarded flat-screen TVs, cellphones and other electronic goods grew to a record high last year, according to an annual report released Thursday.

  US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring.

Tips for safely handling fireworks this Fourth of July

Many people might be tempted to create smaller firework shows of their own and experts are worried.

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Longtime television personality and newscaster Hugh Downs passed away Wednesday at the age of 99.

Fla. sheriff says he’ll deputize gun owners if protests overwhelm county

The sheriff specifically referenced "Black Lives Matter or any other group that’s making themselves a spectacle, disrupting what we know to be our quality of life in this country" in a video regarding protests.

Herman Cain is hospitalized with coronavirus

The 74-year-old found out Monday that he had coronavirus and by Wednesday “had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization.”

Epstein friend Maxwell arrested, accused of recruiting girls for sex

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to have sex with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexually assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years.

  Intel chiefs brief congressional leaders on Russia bounties

The U.S. intelligence chiefs conducted classified briefings Thursday for congressional leaders who have demanded more answers about intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Canadian PM Trudeau lives

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted that they arrested an armed man who entered the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives.

AP source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back start

The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following a virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

Video: Florida police laugh after shooting rubber bullets

Fort Lauderdale police posted a video on its official YouTube channel Wednesday that shows Florida police officers laughing and celebrating after shooting rubber bullets at a protest last month in which a Black woman was shot in the face and seriously injured.

  Whipping post removed from Delaware courthouse square

An 8-foot tall whipping post was removed from a Delaware county courthouse square Wednesday after activists said the post was a reminder of racial discrimination.

High court won’t hear abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ cases

The justices said in a written order that they would not hear cases from Chicago and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  There’s a full moon, lunar eclipse to go with this weekend’s fireworks

After the fireworks fly for Independence Day, the buck moon makes its debut early Sunday morning at 12:44 a.m. Eastern.

NASCAR driver to race ‘Trump 2020’ vehicle sponsored by pro-Trump PAC

A political action committee working to help President Donald Trump is sponsoring a NASCAR driver’s vehicle starting this weekend.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Provoked bison attacks woman at Yellowstone National Park

The Larsens say that from the moment you arrive at the park, there are signs everywhere saying don’t approach the wildlife.

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Major Pizza Hut, Wendy’s franchisee files for bankruptcy

The group has been struggling with pandemic-related shut-downs, rising labor and food costs, and massive debt of nearly $1 billion.

  Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

In areas where COVID-19 is spreading, health experts agree that wearing masks or other face coverings in public helps reduce the risk of spreading the virus when people can't socially distance by staying 6 feet apart.

  Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s Moore

A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.

  Closing bars to stop coronavirus spread is backed by science

Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishments in some parts of the U.S. to stem the surge of COVID-19 infections — a move backed by sound science about risk factors that go beyond wearing or not wearing masks.

  Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory in Washington on July Fourth.

Indiana mother charged in fatal mauling of infant son by family dog

The baby suffered fatal neck and head injuries in the January attack by the family’s pit bull mix dog.

  LAPD funding slashed by $150M, reducing number of officers

About two-thirds of the funding was earmarked for police overtime and will be used to provide services and programs for communities of color, including a youth summer jobs program.

Appeals court lifts restraint against Trump book publisher

A New York state judge has temporarily blocked publication of a tell-all book by President Donald Trump's niece after the president's brother sued to stop it.

  Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

Lawmakers have been demanding answers over the allegations, and Democrats have accused Trump of bowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the risk of U.S. soldiers' lives.

  Mississippi state flag officially retired after 126 years

The Mississippi state flag was taken down from the State Capitol for the final time Wednesday afternoon.

  Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

The run-up in cases — blamed in part on "knucklehead behavior" by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules — has raised fears that many states could see the same phenomenon if they reopen too, or that people from the South and West could spread the virus to other regions.

Stonewall Jackson statue removed from pedestal following order from Mayor Stoney

Mayor Levar Stoney introduced a resolution during a Richmond City Council meeting to immediately remove the remaining Confederate statues along Monument Avenue.

House approves $1.5T plan to fix crumbling infrastructure

The bill also authorizes more than $100 billion to expand internet access for rural and low-income communities and $25 billion to modernize the U.S. Postal Service’s infrastructure and operations, including a fleet of electric vehicles.

Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention

Thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention at the end of the summer to produce a new political agenda that builds on the protests that followed George Floyd’s death.

Seattle police forcibly clear ‘lawless’ protest zone

Seattle police showed up Wednesday in force at the city’s “occupied” protest zone, tore down demonstrators’ tents and used bicycles to herd the protesters after the mayor ordered the area cleared following two fatal shootings in less than two weeks.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

Woman smacks wild horse with shovel, gets kicked

A Facebook video posted over the weekend shows the woman getting kicked after she swatted one of the horses with a plastic shovel.

Man charged with conspiring to hide kids’ bodies in his yard

Prosecutors accused a man of conspiring with his new wife to keep the bodies of her children hidden on his rural Idaho property.

  Missing Ft. Hood soldier: More remains found; family says man in apparent suicide linked

Army Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, disappeared without a trace on April 22.

Citing racial bias, San Francisco will end release of mug shots

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the policy means the department will no longer release booking photos of suspects to the media or allow officers to post them online.

5 things to watch for in Thursday’s jobs report for June

Economists have forecast that employers added 3 million jobs in June and that the unemployment rate dropped to 12.3% from 13.3% in May.

Department of Homeland Security to safeguard US monuments

The federal agency that was created to improve the nation's response to terrorism is adding the stepped-up protection of statues and monuments to its mission.

Ex-Bush officials launch super PAC backing Biden over Trump

A group of former George W. Bush administration and campaign officials have launched a new super PAC supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

  Dems: Government’s ‘deadly delay’ devastated nursing homes

Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government agencies hindered access to coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other problems.

Oscars invite 819 to join academy in diversity move

Women make up 45% of the 2020 class and people of color comprise 36% of the total of invitees this year.

  Trump: I’ll veto defense bill to keep Confederate base names

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Warren's measure to force the bases to be renamed within three years by a voice vote last month.

More advertisers flee Facebook as boycott over hate speech, misinformation grows

More companies are joining the list of advertisers fleeing Facebook as the boycott against the social media giant grows.

Fox News’ Ed Henry fired after sexual misconduct allegation

Fox News on Wednesday fired daytime news anchor Ed Henry after an investigation of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

  Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

If the protests had driven an explosion in cases, experts say, the jumps would have started to become apparent within two weeks.

  Study: Children can transmit COVID-19 like adults

A new study suggests children may be able to transmit coronavirus similar to infected adults.

Russian voters agree to extend Putin’s rule to 2036

A majority of Russians approved amendments to Russia’s constitution in a weeklong vote ending Wednesday, allowing President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, although the balloting was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.

  Hong Kong police make first arrests under new national security law

Any person taking part in secessionist activities, such as shouting slogans or holding up banners and flags urging for the city's independence, is in violation of the law regardless of whether violence is used.

  ‘Friday the 13th’-like villain stars in PSA for mask wearing

A New York public service announcement to get people to wear masks during the pandemic stars a character who looks like Jason from ‘Friday the 13th.’