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US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

NEWS | By Tamara Lush, Kim Chandler and Kathleen Foody | Jul 5
The U.S. has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will increase nation's surging coronavirus outbreak.

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

NEWS | By Lynn Berry and Aamer Madhani | Jul 5
On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Trump vowed to "safeguard our values" from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies.

As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

NEWS | By Kate Brumback and Russ Bynum | Jul 4
Stone Mountain's supersized sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson mounted on horseback has special protection enshrined in Georgia law.

UK Judge Says Amber Heard Can Be in Court for Depp Testimony

UK Judge Says Amber Heard Can Be in Court for Depp Testimony

Johnny Depp's lawyers have failed to stop the American actor's ex-wife, Amber Heard, from attending his libel trial against the British tabloid newspaper The Sun until she is called to give evidence.

'People Aren't Stupid': Pence's Virus Spin Tests Credibility

'People Aren't Stupid': Pence's Virus Spin Tests Credibility

NEWS | By Jill Colvin | Jul 4
Vice President Mike Pence has long played the straight man to Donald Trump, translating the president's bombast into more measured, calming language.

After Social Media Hiatus, RuPaul Scrubs Twitter & Instagram

After Social Media Hiatus, RuPaul Scrubs Twitter & Instagram

After a three month hiatus from social media, RuPaul has deleted her Twitter account and scrubbed his Instagram account. And no one knows why.

At Pride March In Paris, Activists Demand Racial Justice Too

At Pride March In Paris, Activists Demand Racial Justice Too

NEWS | Jul 4
While the French capital's official Pride event was delayed until November to prevent spread of the coronavirus, grassroots groups plan a march through Paris anyway Saturday — led by people of color.

NY Man Arrested for Displaying 7-foot 'Yard Dick' in Dispute with Local Officials

NY Man Arrested for Displaying 7-foot 'Yard Dick' in Dispute with Local Officials

NEWS | Jul 4
Statues are being taken down throughout the country for political reasons. But what is surely the most unusual instance of a statue — in this case one of a seven-foot wooden penis — being taken down happened in upstate New York last month.

In Troubled Times: Independence Day in A Land of Confusion

In Troubled Times: Independence Day in A Land of Confusion

BUSINESS | By Ted Anthony | Jul 4
On Independence Day, we Americans — if there is in fact a "we" in American life — celebrate the anniversary of a time when a lot of people, feeling really angry and scared, decided to do something about it.

How EVO3 CBD Oils Evolved Into an Industry Game-Changer

How EVO3 CBD Oils Evolved Into an Industry Game-Changer

BUSINESS | By Matthew Wexler | Jul 4
EVO3 CBD Oils has demystified a rapidly evolving industry with high-quality, lab-tested products that can be traced to the source.


News

Paint Schemes Go Political as NASCAR Season Heats Up

Paint Schemes Go Political as NASCAR Season Heats Up

SPORTS | By Michael Marot | Jul 4
In NASCAR, the colorful paint schemes on the stock cars themselves have taken a decidedly political turn in recent weeks — and will again this weekend.


Business

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

FINANCE | By Ignatius Ssuuna | Jul 5
As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV.


Technology

Geofence Warrants to Be Tested in Virginia Bank Robbery Case

Geofence Warrants to Be Tested in Virginia Bank Robbery Case

PERSONAL TECH | By Denise Lavoie | Jul 4
Google is served with the vast majority of "geofence" warrants because it stores information from millions of devices in a massive database known as Sensorvault.


Finance

If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

If You've Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis, You've Got Options

HEALTH | By Julie Appleby | Jun 19
Some newly unemployed people are taking advantage of special enrollment periods to sign up for plans offered on the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, while others find they qualify for Medicaid.


Cars

Edmunds: 4th of July Deals Less Generous but Still Solid

Edmunds: 4th of July Deals Less Generous but Still Solid

AUTO NEWS | By Cameron Rogers of Edmunds | Jul 3
With summer in full swing, we typically see car dealerships heavily discounting excess inventory for the Fourth of July holiday. But the novel coronavirus and its effects make this year different than most.


Style

Style Alert: 6 LGBTQ Fashion Designers to Watch and Wear

Style Alert: 6 LGBTQ Fashion Designers to Watch and Wear

FASHION | By Andrew Villagomez | Jul 4
Pride means more than rainbow T-shirts, especially for these innovative LGBTQ designers who are redefining what it means to be fashion-forward for the next generation.


Health/Fitness

Huge Bummer': July Fourth Will Test Americans' Discipline

Huge Bummer': July Fourth Will Test Americans' Discipline

NATIONAL | By John Seewer | Jul 4
The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control.


Travel

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace Brings Luxury Back to Las Vegas Strip

Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace Brings Luxury Back to Las Vegas Strip

Jul 4
High rollers can once again return to Las Vegas for all the glamour and glitter that Sin City has to offer. Given the current pandemic, bathing in luxury has become a semi-private affair.


Nightlife

A Short Summer Outdoor Season May Put Chicago's LGBTQ Bars at Risk of Closing

A Short Summer Outdoor Season May Put Chicago's LGBTQ Bars at Risk of Closing

CORPORATE | By Matthew Wexler | Jul 3
"We're resilient. I do believe we'll recover," says Chicago nightclub owner and LGBTQ community advocate Mark Liberson. "It's just a matter of when. Remember, the last pandemic led into the Roaring 20s."