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Republican Sen. Scott unveils police reforms, Democrats push for broader changes

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 15:18
U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a law enforcement reform bill on Wednesday as a rival to more sweeping Democratic legislation, as Congress sought to curb racial discrimination and police abuses three weeks after the death of George Floyd.
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Americans face new coranavirus challenge: a shortage of coins

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 15:14
Banks across the United States are facing a shortage of coins during coronavirus crisis, prompting the U.S. Federal Reserve to ration distribution and work with the U.S. Mint to boost supply.
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Biden focuses on economic recovery in battleground state trip

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:51
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will highlight his plan to safely reopen a U.S. economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday on his third visit this month to the must-win election battleground state of Pennsylvania.
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Requiring masks 'political hazard' as COVID-19 surges in California breadbasket

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:42
The first wave of COVID-19 came slowly to San Joaquin County in the heart of California's breadbasket, but the much-feared second surge is roaring through, sickening as many people in the two weeks since Memorial Day as in March and April combined.
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Black patients with COVID-19 in Atlanta more likely to be hospitalized: CDC

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:33
A study of coronovirus patients in Atlanta has found that black patients are more likely to be hospitalized than white patients, highlighting racial disparities in the U.S. healthcare system, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday.
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U.S. CDC reports 2,132,321 coronavirus cases and 116,862 deaths

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 14:05
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday reported 2,132,321 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 27,975 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 722 to 116,862.
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Republicans launch another pro-Biden Super PAC to help defeat Trump

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:58
Republicans who worked for U.S. Presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush have formed a Super PAC to support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in November, the latest group launched by members of Trump's own party who will work to see him defeated.
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Trump supports Senate Republicans' policing bill: White House

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:41
U.S. President Donald Trump fully backs Senate Republicans' police reform bill unveiled earlier on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a briefing.
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U.S. lawmaker says seeking bipartisan legislation on airline mask rules

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:32
A U.S. senator said on Wednesday he was hoping for bipartisan support in Congress for mandatory rules on masks for air travel after the head of the Federal Aviation Administration again resisted calls for a mandate.
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Civil rights groups urge companies to pause ad spending on Facebook

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:23
Several U.S. civil rights groups have called upon some of the world's largest companies to pause advertising on Facebook Inc, saying the social network is not doing enough to stop hate speech on its platform.
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USTR favors tariffs to boost domestic production of medical equipment

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:15
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday said he believed that medical products needed to fight the current coronavirus pandemic and any future outbreaks should be made domestically and he favored tariffs to ensure that occurred.
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Coronavirus cases in Florida, Arizona spike after record-setting day in six states

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:38
Coronavirus cases spiked in Arizona and Florida on Wednesday, a day after those states and four others reported record daily increases of new infections.
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New York has lowest U.S. coronavirus infection rate, Cuomo says

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:22
New York, once the U.S. epicenter of coronavirus infections, now has the country's lowest rate of virus spread as the state's death toll and number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 continue to decline, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.
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Insider-trading investigation against U.S. senator dismissed

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:19
The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee has cleared Senator Kelly Loeffler of wrongdoing in connection with stock trades, her office said on Wednesday, after the wealthy Republican - who is in a tough election race - was criticized over share sales during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Charging decision to be announced in Atlanta police shooting death of Rayshard Brooks

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:54
A Georgia county prosecutor is set to announce on Wednesday whether a fired Atlanta police officer will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant last week.
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Iowa governor pledges to restore voting rights to some felons

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:44
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has committed to restoring voting rights to those with past felony convictions, according to a Radio Iowa report, potentially expanding the electorate in a state that could be competitive in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
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U.S. Republicans unveil police reforms as Democrats advance more aggressive plan

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:42
U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a law enforcement reform bill on Wednesday as a rival to more sweeping Democratic legislation, as Congress sought to curb racial discrimination and police abuses three weeks after the death of George Floyd.
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Brother of George Floyd urges U.N. probe into U.S. racism, violence

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 11:29
The brother of the late George Floyd called on the top U.N. human rights body on Wednesday to investigate police brutality and racial discrimination in the United States.
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Biden to discuss economic recovery plan in key battleground visit

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:49
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will discuss plans to safely reopen a U.S. economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic when he visits the must-win election battleground of Pennsylvania on Wednesday for the third time this month.
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New U.S. pandemic watchdog says data, tech issues challenge oversight work

Reuters US News - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 10:30
U.S. government agencies overseeing everything from airlines to hospitals face steep hurdles in tracking and monitoring $2.4 trillion in taxpayer-funded novel coronavirus relief aimed at propping up the U.S. economy, an interagency government watchdog said on Wednesday.
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