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Arkansas Children’s hospitals report record high number of children hospitalized with Covid-19
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Arkansas Children’s hospitals report record high number of children hospitalized with Covid-19

Arkansas Children’s hospitals report a record number of children are hospitalized with Covid-19 as the illness continues to prey upon the state’s unvaccinated population. The hospitals, located in Little Rock and Springdale, said 24 pediatric patients were hospitalized with Covid-19 on Wednesday, a 50% increase over any previous peak during the pandemic. Of the 24…

MLB game postponed due to 12 positive coronavirus tests within Washington Nationals team
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MLB game postponed due to 12 positive coronavirus tests within Washington Nationals team

The Washington Nationals game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday has been postponed due to a dozen Covid-19 cases within the Nationals organization. Nationals manager Dave Martinez said on a video news conference that four players and eight staff members had positive tests results for the coronavirus. The manager said some people had symptoms and…

NCAA stance means Reggie Bush won’t get Heisman Trophy back
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NCAA stance means Reggie Bush won’t get Heisman Trophy back

Reggie Bush, the former University of Southern California (USC) star who won the 2005 Heisman Trophy, won’t get the award back. NCAA officials stated Wednesday that despite college athletes now having the ability to profit and receive benefits through Name Image and Likeness (NIL) opportunities, the college sports governing body’s rules still prohibit “pay-for-play type…

FedEx facility shooter who killed 8 was not motivated by bias, officials say
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FedEx facility shooter who killed 8 was not motivated by bias, officials say

Brandon Hole, the 19-year-old shooter who killed eight people in a FedEx facility earlier this year, was not motivated by racial bias or ideology, according to officials. Officials said Wednesday that they believe his motivation was to commit murder and die by suicide. Based on the investigation, it did not appear he was a disgruntled…

A vital Memphis bridge shut down since May due to a structural crack will partially open next week
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A vital Memphis bridge shut down since May due to a structural crack will partially open next week

A major bridge connecting Memphis, Tennessee, to Arkansas will open to traffic in one direction on Monday, more than two months after a crack forced its closure, Tennessee transportation officials said Wednesday. The Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which carries Interstate 40 over the Mississippi River, was shut down for repairs May 11 after a routine inspection…

Two Colorado officers arrested in use of force incident police chief calls a ‘very despicable act’
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Two Colorado officers arrested in use of force incident police chief calls a ‘very despicable act’

Two Colorado officers from the Aurora Police Department (APD) have been arrested on criminal charges in a use of force incident the police chief called a “very despicable act.” The officers — John Raymond Haubert, 39, and Francine Ann Martinez, 40 — were charged in connection with the July 23 incident, which was caught on…

‘I don’t feel any fear going out.’ How residents are living in America’s most vaccinated state
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‘I don’t feel any fear going out.’ How residents are living in America’s most vaccinated state

The sweaty Lindy Hoppers stood in a circle clapping to a hard-driving beat — switching partners and laughing on the ballroom floor of The Champlain Club in Vermont’s largest city. They clasped hands and rock stepped and spun in and out of quick embraces to swinging jazz rhythms on one of the last hardwood ballrooms…

Remington offers $33 million settlement with Sandy Hook school shooting victims’ families
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Remington offers $33 million settlement with Sandy Hook school shooting victims’ families

Gun manufacturer Remington has offered nearly $33 million to nine families of victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in a proposed lawsuit settlement, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Remington Arms Company LLC and Remington Outdoors Company Inc — collectively “Remington” — offered $3,660,000 to nine plaintiffs representing the estate of…

5 things to know for July 28: Coronavirus, Capitol riot, China, Brexit, Olympics

5 things to know for July 28: Coronavirus, Capitol riot, China, Brexit, Olympics

Wildfires in the US have burned almost 3 million acres so far this year. That’s more than the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your…

Illinois governor repeals HIV criminalization law and expands infertility coverage for same-sex couples
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Illinois governor repeals HIV criminalization law and expands infertility coverage for same-sex couples

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into law a legislation package that aims to advance the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals by, among other provisions, expanding infertility health care coverage for same-sex couples and repealing an HIV criminalization law. “The four pieces of legislation expand infertility treatment coverage for same-sex couples and women over 35,…

St. Louis County Council votes to overturn mask mandate imposed by county executive

St. Louis County Council votes to overturn mask mandate imposed by county executive

The St. Louis County Council voted Tuesday to overturn an indoor mask mandate put in place Monday. The 5-2 vote followed hours of contentious public comment, mostly against the mandate. “Liberty doesn’t come in increments, small doses, or watered-down varieties,” said Councilman Ernie Trakas, who voted to repeal the mandate. The mandate required those age…

California’s power grid operator has issued a statewide alert urging residents to cut back electricity use
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California’s power grid operator has issued a statewide alert urging residents to cut back electricity use

California’s power grid operator has issued a statewide alert urging residents to cut back electricity use Wednesday due to higher-than-normal temperatures expected in Northern California and tight energy supplies across the West. Officials called for voluntary electricity conservation from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to avoid rolling outages during the persistent heat, the California…

Anti-mask protesters forced a Florida school board to postpone a meeting about back-to-school requirements

Anti-mask protesters forced a Florida school board to postpone a meeting about back-to-school requirements

About 20 anti-mask protesters gathered at the Broward County School Board headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday, forcing a postponement of a discussion on mask requirements for the upcoming school year, a school board member told CNN. “Folks weren’t wearing masks and refused to follow the rules — rules that people have followed for…

Prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck convicted in deaths of two men he gave drugs
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Prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck convicted in deaths of two men he gave drugs

Democratic donor Ed Buck on Tuesday was convicted by a federal jury of nine felonies, including giving methamphetamine to two men who died at his West Hollywood apartment after being injected with the drug. Buck was found guilty of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one…

South Carolina man sentenced to life in the murder of 21-year-old college student

South Carolina man sentenced to life in the murder of 21-year-old college student

A man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after a jury convicted him of murder in the 2019 killing of a South Carolina college student. Nathaniel Rowland, 27, was also found guilty of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the killing of Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina…

Group backed by LeBron James launches a campaign focused on criminal justice reform
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Group backed by LeBron James launches a campaign focused on criminal justice reform

The political organization cofounded by NBA superstar LeBron James launched a new campaign Monday to promote voting rights and criminal justice reform. The campaign, “Protect Our People,” is being spearheaded by James’ More Than a Vote, a voting rights organization; and Uninterrupted, an athlete empowerment brand. “We can’t lose the momentum of last summer,” reads…

How a mother and daughter rose up in Nxivm, got indicted and eventually turned against Keith Raniere
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How a mother and daughter rose up in Nxivm, got indicted and eventually turned against Keith Raniere

Lauren Salzman was once a high-ranking leader of the purported self-help group Nxivm and a loyal member of founder Keith Raniere’s inner circle. But ahead of her sentencing Wednesday in Brooklyn, she shared in court documents why she eventually cooperated with the government and testified against him. In 2019, Salzman pleaded guilty to racketeering and…

This runner qualified for the Olympics but his DACA status almost kept him away from his dream
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This runner qualified for the Olympics but his DACA status almost kept him away from his dream

When Luis Grijalva crossed the finish line at the NCAA track and field championships last month, he knew he could reach his Olympic dream. But first, immigration officials would have to agree to let the 22-year-old runner travel outside the United States and come back to the country he calls home. Grijalva is a Deferred…

Bob Moses’s heroic fight for voting rights should inspire today’s movement, civil rights leaders say
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Bob Moses’s heroic fight for voting rights should inspire today’s movement, civil rights leaders say

He spoke in a Boston-accented monotone that barely rose above a whisper, hated personal attention, and was a brilliant Harvard-trained mathematician who quoted Albert Camus. Bob Moses, who died this week at age 86, was an unconventional civil rights leader. He didn’t energize crowds with fiery speeches, and wasn’t known for leading marches, yet, few…

These fully vaccinated Americans got breakthrough infections. They say it could have been worse without being vaccinated

These fully vaccinated Americans got breakthrough infections. They say it could have been worse without being vaccinated

Covid-19 infections in fully vaccinated people have come under increasing scrutiny as the virus once again surges across the country due to the more contagious Delta variant. But those so-called breakthrough infections remain rare and may not even include any symptoms. Those who do have symptoms typically get a milder case, research shows. Emily Baker…

Two men charged for allegedly vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in California
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Two men charged for allegedly vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in California

Two men are facing charges after a Black Lives Matter street mural in Santa Cruz, California, was vandalized, officials said. A picture of the damage provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department showed black tire marks across yellow “Black Lives Matter” lettering on a street. Santa Cruz police said during a news conference Sunday that…

Disputes among Chicago public officials over driving factors of violence

Disputes among Chicago public officials over driving factors of violence

Chicago’s police superintendent on Monday blamed the state court system for another spate of deadly weekend shootings in the city, singling out judges for releasing on bail too many people charged with violent crimes. But in a year where the number of shootings in Chicago have been up roughly 11% compared to 2020 and 63%…

An Atlanta police officer and sergeant were removed from duty after video surfaced showing a woman being kicked in the head
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An Atlanta police officer and sergeant were removed from duty after video surfaced showing a woman being kicked in the head

An officer and a sergeant with the Atlanta Police Department have been relieved of duty after a video surfaced on social media allegedly showing the sergeant kicking a woman in the head, authorities said Monday. The action was taken after Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant and commanders within the Atlanta Police Department became aware of…