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  Census ending data collection for 2020 count a month early

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate.

3 men rescued from Pacific island after writing SOS in sand

  ‘A line in the sand’: Both sides dig in on virus relief bill

  Isaias, again a tropical storm, spawns wild inland weather along East Coast

  GRAPHIC: British paper publishes police bodycam video of Floyd arrest

Trump giving $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

Family tells AP: Iran abducted California man while in Dubai

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  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

  ‘He robbed the right person’: Theft victim forgives 12-year-old suspect, offers helping hand

Police apologize after Black girls handcuffed in stolen car mixup in Colorado

  Burger King worker fatally shot after dispute over food delay in Florida

  Kids getting caught in crossfire as US gun violence surges

  Officials offering $10K reward after guns stolen from shooting range

Just over 30 weapons were stolen in all and a $10,000 reward is being offered in the case.

  Hurricane Isaias makes landfall in North Carolina

The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned oceanside home dwellers to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain in spots, as Isaias moves up the coast.

  Pinky-swear gets suicidal Florida teen off overpass ledge

The teen said he was tired of life and wanted to jump off the bridge.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Nevada to mail all voters ballots; Trump promises lawsuit

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Maryland newborn fighting for life after mother shot and killed

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

House panel calls new postal chief to explain mail delays

The House Oversight Committee has invited the new postmaster general to appear at a hearing next month to examine operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries.

Court hearing held in notorious case of children’s deaths

The case has drawn so much attention that Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood recently hired a public relations firm to handle the influx of media requests his office receives. But the investigation isn't over, so authorities have not given details on exactly what they believe happened.

Google buys $450M stake in ADT to give Nest a new perch

ADT will use Nest's internet-connected cameras and the Nest Home Hub as part of its customers' security systems.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter.

Vehicle malfunction sparked Southern California wildfire

The first big Southern California wildfire of 2020 is raging for a fourth day east of Los Angeles with thousands of people forced from their homes.

Navy investigates video of dogs attacking Kaepernick stand-in

The U.S. Navy is investigating an incident in which dogs attacked a “Colin Kaepernick stand-in” during a K-9 demonstration during a 2019 fundraiser at the Navy SEAL Museum in Florida.

Trump fires TVA chair, cites high pay, hiring of foreign workers

Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the board, and he threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor.

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

It’s August, and kids are going back to school. Some children will go to physical classrooms, but some parents are forming what are being called “pandemic pods.”

Prosecutor seeking Trump’s taxes cites probe of his business

A Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump’s tax returns told a judge Monday that he was justified in demanding them, citing public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI ill after visit to Germany

A biographer of the retired pontiff said the 93-year-old has been suffering from a facial infection since his return to Rome.

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.

Recall: Taquitos and chimichangas may have plastic in them

Multiple types of beef and chicken taquitos and chimichangas are included in the alert. It covers ready-to-eat products containing diced green chilies recalled by the producer, Sun Valley Foods.

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

7-Eleven buys Speedway for $21 billion

7-Eleven already operates 9,800 stores in the United States.

  Oldest living Marine celebrates 105th birthday

The country’s oldest-living Marine celebrated his 105th birthday on Friday.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson becomes part owner of XFL

The investors reportedly purchased it out of bankruptcy for $15 million. The eight-team XFL shut down in April after playing five weeks of games, at least in part due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘If not now, when?’: Black women seize political spotlight

Black women have long been the heart of the Democratic Party — among the party's most reliable and loyal voters — but for decades that allegiance didn't translate to their own political rise.

  Retail rout gains pace, Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy

Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were already struggling to keep up with a radical reformation in what people buy, and where they buy it. Much of that activity has moved online.

U.S. Marines ID all 9 people killed in sea-tank sinking

Found at the scene was Lance Cpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas. The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit announced on Sunday that the others, from California, Texas, Wisconsin and Oregon, are “presumed dead.”

  Judge decries shooting that killed son, injured husband

A federal judge from New Jersey is publicly speaking out about a shooting at her New Jersey home last month when authorities say a disgruntled lawyer killed her son and seriously wounded her husband.

  Missing 18-year-old found alive in Wash. woods after 9 days of searching

Authorities say the young woman walked away from her car, which had run out of gas along a rural highway. For reasons unknown, she went into the woods and likely got lost there.

  Isaias strengthens slightly as it crawls up Florida coast

Heavy rain, flooding and high winds could batter much of the East Coast this week as the system is forecast to track up or just off the Atlantic seaboard.

  Isaias strengthens slightly as it crawls up Florida coast

Heavy rain, flooding and high winds could batter much of the East Coast this week as the system is forecast to track up or just off the Atlantic seaboard.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.

Microsoft confirms talks seeking to buy US arm of TikTok

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump plans to take action on what he sees as a broad array of national security risks presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party.

  With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

Many restaurants that got coronavirus relief loans have spent the money and now find themselves in the same precarious position as in the pandemic’s early days.

SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years

The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit streaked toward a retro-style splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon to close out a two-month test flight.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Marines halt search for 8 missing troops, all presumed dead

Eight troops aboard a landing craft that sank off the Southern California coast during a training exercise are presumed dead, the Marine Corps announced Sunday.

RNC: Decision on private Trump renomination vote not final

The vote to renominate President Donald Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, without members of the press present, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Convention said, citing the coronavirus.

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played.

Homes evacuated as Southern California wildfire grows

Thousands of people were under evacuation orders Sunday after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size as crews battled the flames in triple-digit heat.

  Portland police declare unlawful assembly during protest

The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon’s largest city and threw bottles toward officers, police said.

  India reports 55,000 virus cases, Florida faces storm

India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and Japan recorded more than 1,500 for a second day while Florida braced for a tropical storm that threatened to hamper anti-disease efforts.

  First ‘murder hornet’ captured by Wash. entomologists in plan to stop species’ spread

Experts will now search for Asian giant hornet nests using infrared cameras and place additional traps intended to capture live hornets in an attempt to tag and track them back to the colony.

  Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution.

  Man accused of killing 14-year-old after using Snapchat to lure him from Conn. home

Family members say the teenager was lured out of his home for sex with a 19-year-old man he had been communicating with on Snapchat and who had allegedly offered him money in the past for hugs and illicit photos.

Wilford Brimley, ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Natural’ actor, dies at 85

The mustached Brimley was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing gruff characters like his grizzled baseball manager in “The Natural.”

  Isaias weakens; may strengthen on path to virus-hit Florida

Hurricane Isaias is ripping shingles off roofs and blowing over trees as it carves its way through the Bahamas and heads toward the Florida coast, where officials in Miami are closing beaches, marinas and parks.

NASA astronauts aim for Florida coast to end SpaceX flight

The first astronauts launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company departed the International Space Station on Saturday night for the final and most important part of their test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown.

  Kansas girl hears world around her for first time

Two-year-old Mavis Malone brings a lovable laugh and sparkling smile to a world she’s largely experienced without hearing it.

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.

Search stretches on for 8 missing after Marine craft sinks

Helicopters and boats ranging from inflatables to a Navy destroyer are searching for eight people missing after their Marine landing craft went down off the Southern California coast.

  Ind. student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Harold Olin, says their plan was immediately put in place.

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok’s US business

President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

Portland protest peaceful after federal presence reduced

Hundreds peacefully protested in downtown Portland Friday, two days after the announcement that the presence of U.S. agents there would be reduced.

Another postponement rattles MLB; Brewers’ Cain opts out

Two Cardinals players were flagged for positive tests on Friday, forcing the series opener in Milwaukee to be called off.

Connie Culp, 1st US partial face transplant recipient, dies

The Cleveland Clinic, where her surgery had been performed in 2008, said Saturday that Culp died Wednesday at the Ohio clinic of complications from an infection unrelated to her transplant.

  Foreign threats loom ahead of US presidential election

Foreign entities are also aggressively spreading disinformation intended to sow voter confusion heading into the fall.

  Joe Biden nears final decision on running mate

The leading contenders include California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice.

  Storm could hinder US virus response; Mexico No. 3 in deaths

Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even as Florida reached a new daily high in deaths.

Will the ‘Town Too Tough to Die’ survive the coronavirus pandemic?

"Everybody was concerned as to whether or not they would be able to survive this and we're still not out of it."

Trader Joe’s says no to changing ethnic-sounding label names

The popular grocery chain Trader Joe's says it won't be changing ethnic-sounding labels on its line of Mexican, Chinese and other international foods, adding they are not racist.

  Hurricane Isaias churns through Bahamas as Florida prepares

Officials in Florida said they were closing beaches, marinas and parks in Miami-Dade County beginning Friday night.

  Trump, GOP soften on opposition to $600 jobless benefit

After late-night talks failed to produce a breakthrough, the two sides took their case to the media Friday morning, with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appearing before reporters on short notice at the exact moment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared at her weekly news conference.

  US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

Red onions linked to multi-state salmonella outbreak

The Food and Drug Administration has linked red onions to a multi-state outbreak of salmonella.