Nation and World

  • Ethiopia’s PM accuses dissidents of taking up arms in unrest
    by ELIAS MESERET on July 3, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday said dissidents he recently extended an offer of peace have “taken up arms” in revolt against the government in a week of deadly unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer. Those who participate “in the destruction of the nation cannot be considered guardians […]

  • 5 die after SUV crosses interstate median in South Carolina
    by The Associated Press on July 3, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Five of the seven people inside a SUV were killed Thursday after their vehicle crossed an interstate median in South Carolina and hit two tractor trailers, state troopers said. The 2001 Chevrolet was heading east on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg when the driver lost control around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, South Carolina […]

  • Christian Garrison, author, filmmaker, dies in NC at age 78
    by The Associated Press on July 3, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Christian Garrison, an author and filmmaker who displayed an unfiltered slice of 1960s Mississippi hill country life in a short film about influential blues guitarist Fred McDowell, has died. He was 78. Garrison’s sister, Gail McNeill, said her brother died Thursday at his home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Garrison had been […]

  • Second wave of virus closures wallops California restaurants
    by MICHAEL R. BLOOD on July 3, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Homayoun Dariyani was training servers and cooks for his soon-to-open gourmet hamburger grill in March when California abruptly shut down dine-in restaurants to slow the spread of the coronavirus. After a three-month delay, Dariyani held the grand opening for Slater’s 50/50 on June 18 after the state allowed restaurants to operate […]

  • NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
    by BEATRICE DUPUY, ALI SWENSON and ABRIL MULATO on July 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Photo shows homeowner aiming a handgun at an armed protester in front […]

  • Willie Nelson’s July Fourth picnic is virtual in virus era
    by The Associated Press on July 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic is going ahead this year, but to reduce concerns about the coronavirus the event will be virtual. Fans can tune in to the nearly 50-year-old music bash Saturday via luck.stream and williepicnic.com. Tickets for the picnic are on sale at williepicnic.com. Other performers expected […]

  • New outbreaks push inmate coronavirus cases past 50,000
    by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS on July 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic. At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had reached at least 52,649, […]

  • Turkey: pilots on trial over Ghosn escape released from jail
    by SUZAN FRASER and MEHMET GUZEL on July 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday released four pilots and a private airline official from jail, pending the outcome of their trial on charges of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan to Lebanon, via Turkey. The court, however, barred the five from leaving Turkey and ordered them to […]

  • Canada suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
    by ROB GILLIES on July 3, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong on Friday after China imposed a new security law on the territory. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada is a firm believer in the one country, two systems framework for Hong Kong and will stand up for its people. Trudeau said Canada is also […]

  • Geofence warrants to be tested in Virginia bank robbery case
    by DENISE LAVOIE on July 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller’s family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000. Surveillance video gave authorities a lead, showing a man holding a cellphone outside the Call Federal Credit […]