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Trump’s show of federal force sparking alarm in cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented ways as he tries to bolster his law-and-order credentials by making a heavy-handed show of force in cities around the nation ahead of November elections. His plan to deploy federal agents to Chicago and perhaps other Democratic-run cities where violence is spiking represents Trump’s latest effort to use the agency to supplement local law enforcement in ways that bolster his reelection chances. Trump has already deployed Homeland Security agents to Portland, Oregon, on the grounds of protecting federal buildings from protesters.


Cops: 14 injured after shooting outside Chicago funeral home

CHICAGO (AP) — Fourteen people have been injured in connection with a shooting on Chicago’s South Side. First Deputy Eric Carter says the shooting occurred outside a funeral home, where mourners were fired upon from a passing vehicle. Carter says several targets of the shooting returned fire. The vehicle later crashed and the occupants fled in several directions. One person of interest was being questioned. Carter says all the victims were adults. The shooting comes as the Department of Homeland Security is planning to deploy dozens of federal agents to Chicago to deal with an uptick in violent crime in the city. Tuesday’s shooting follows a weekend that saw 63 people shot, 12 fatally.


Twitter says it’s cracking down on QAnon conspiracy theory

HONG KONG (AP) — Twitter said it would crack down on accounts and content related to QAnon, the far-right U.S. conspiracy theory popular among supporters of President Donald Trump. It will ban accounts associated with QAnon content and block sharing of associated URLs. Twitter also will stop highlighting and recommending tweets associated with QAnon. The company said it was taking action against online behavior that could lead to offline harm. The QAnon conspiracy theory is centered on the baseless belief that Trump is waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state.” Trump has retweeted QAnon-promoting accounts and its followers flock to the president’s rallies wearing clothes and hats with QAnon symbols and slogans.


GOP splits as virus aid package could swell past $1 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) — The price tag for the next COVID-19 aid package could quickly swell above $1 trillion. At stake are funds to reopen schools, prop up small businesses, boost virus testing and keep cash flowing to Americans as the virus crisis worsens. White House negotiators fanned out across Capitol Hill on Tuesday to launch talks with Republicans and Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising a new round of direct payments to Americans. President Donald Trump insists on a payroll tax holiday for workers. Democrats want billions to outfit schools and shore up local governments, and Republicans are divided over big spending.


Congress weighs kicking racist chief justice from Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote on whether to remove from the U.S. Capitol a bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that declared African Americans couldn’t be citizens. The vote expected Wednesday comes as communities nationwide re-examine the people memorialized with statues. There’s at least one potentially surprising vote for Taney to stay. Scott’s great-great-granddaughter, Lynne M. Jackson, says if it were up to her, she’d leave Taney’s bust where it is. But she says she’d add a bust of Dred Scott.


‘Very frightening’: Opposition grows to US agents in cities

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration is facing growing pushback — in the courts and on the streets — to sending federal agents to Portland, Oregon, and potentially other Democratic-led cities. Far from tamping down the unrest that followed George Floyd’s killing, the presence of federal agents in Portland has energized protests that had begun to devolve into smaller, chaotic crowds. President Donald Trump’s administration also faces multiple lawsuits questioning its authority to use broad policing powers in cities. Federal authorities say state and local officials are unwilling to work with them to stop the vandalism and violence against federal officers and the U.S. courthouse in Portland.


Mexico probe: marines abducted 27 at border, 12 found dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican marines allegedly abducted 27 people in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2018, 12 of whom were later found dead, according to an investigation by Mexico’s governmental human rights commission. The rights commission said Tuesday that marines had violated the victims’ “right to life,” but did not say outright they had killed them. The commission also said marines engaged in “illegal searches and arbitrary detentions.” In Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas, the Navy was locked in bitter fight against the Northeast cartel, an outgrowth of the old Zetas cartel. The Navy says cartel gunmen sometimes wear fake military uniforms.


Fort Hood soldier’s body found near base; 3rd death in month

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Army officials say the body of a Fort Hood solider was found near the Texas army base, marking the third time in a month that a Fort Hood soldier’s body has been discovered. Fort Hood officials said Tuesday that 26-year-old Pvt. Mejhor Morta was found unresponsive July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse Hollow Lake, a reservoir located in Bell County and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fort Worth District. Bell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident and didn’t immediately respond to a request from the Associated Press seeking comment. Officials have not said whether the death is considered suspicious.


Too little, too late? Trump embraces masks in an about-face

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s “getting used to” wearing a face mask. He showed one off from the White House briefing room podium on Tuesday and urged Americans to follow his lead. The comments mark an about-face for a president who spent months resisting wearing a mask in public and once suggested they might be a political statement against him. But Trump now says he has “no problem” with the masks. He added: ”I view it this way: Anything that potentially can help, and that certainly can potentially help, is a good thing.” Critics have blamed the president for fueling a partisan divide on the issue.


Asia Today: Australian state leader says sick not isolating

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has reported a record 484 new COVID-19 cases, and health authorities warned that numbers could continue to rise. With Australia’s second-largest city Melbourne now in lockdown for two weeks, authorities had hoped the infection rate would begin to plateau. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said people had to self-isolate when they became sick. He said nine out of 10 people did not self-isolate between having symptoms and being tested. More than half did not self-isolate between when they were tested and when they got the results. Elsewhere in Asia, Nepal is ending its lockdown and South Korea saw another rise of more than 60 cases.

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