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China auto sales off 22.4% in first half of 2020

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:46am

China’s auto sales rose 1.8% in June over a year earlier but fell by double digits for the first half of 2020 after the country shut down to fight the coronavirus, an industry group reported Friday.

Depp says feces in bed was last straw in marriage to Heard

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:04am

Johnny Depp said in a London court on Friday that ex-wife Amber Heard's claims he abused her turned him from “Cinderella to Quasimodo” in the public eye.

Lawmakers vote to close down Philippines' largest TV network

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:30am

Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage.

Philippine lawmakers have voted to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, ABS-CBN Corp.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 1:27am

Philippine lawmakers have voted to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, ABS-CBN Corp.

Global stocks mixed on contagions increase, economic data

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:56pm

European stock markets opened higher Friday while Asian prices followed Wall Street lower on worries economic recoveries might fade as coronavirus cases increase in the United States and some other countries.

The Latest: Another Spanish region to mask wearing mandatory

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:38pm

The Spanish region of Extremadura is following in the footsteps of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands by making the wearing of masks obligatory.

2 California counties, once defiant, see virus cases rise

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:04pm

At a bus stop in Yuba City, Ron Starkey sat on a concrete wall watching videos on his phone, a white face mask tightly folded in his right hand.

Hanging death of Black man in California park ruled suicide

Stefanie Dazio and Christopher Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 11:00pm

The death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month was ruled a suicide Thursday following a police investigation prompted by outrage from the family who said authorities initially were too quick to rule out the possibility he was lynched.

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state has record 288 cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 10:10pm

Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500.

Singaporeans vote in polls expected to return ruling party

Eileen By and By Ming Toh, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 6:05pm

Wearing masks and plastic gloves, Singaporeans voted Friday in a general election that is expected to return Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's long-governing party to power.

UN says Latin America and Caribbean are COVID-19 `hot spot'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 5:29pm

Latin America and the Caribbean have become “a hot spot” for the COVID-19 pandemic, with several countries now having one of the highest per capita infection rates and absolute number of cases in the world, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday.

Mexican president's US visit cordial, lacking in substance

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 5:00pm

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador returned to Mexico on Thursday buoyed by a cordial first encounter with President Donald Trump that successfully distracted from multiple crises at home but produced few tangible results.

Appeals court pauses lawsuit over Trump hotel profits

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 4:19pm

Financial records related to President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel can be kept on hold, a federal appeals court said Thursday, while Trump asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal in a lawsuit that accuses him of illegally profiting off the presidency.

West Virginia mail carrier admits attempted election fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:56pm

A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots.

Stocks falter, Economy stumbling, Energy boom setback

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:20pm

Most of Wall Street wilted today on worries that the economy’s recent improvements may be set to fade as coronavirus cases keep climbing. The S&P lost 0.6%, falling 17.89 points to close at 3,152.05, with three in four stocks within the index falling. The sharpest drops hit oil companies, airlines and other stocks whose fortunes are most closely tied to a reopening and strengthening economy. Treasury yields also sank in another sign of increased caution. Tech stocks were an outlier, helping the Nasdaq to hit another record, it rose 55.25, or 0.5%, to 10,547.75. The Dow dropped 361.19 points, or 1.4%, to 25,706.09. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks lost 28.48, or 2%, to 1,398.92.

Setbacks hamper pipeline industry backed by Trump

Matthew Brown and Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:16pm

After a U.S. energy boom and strong backing from President Donald Trump propelled a major expansion of the nation’s sprawling oil and gas pipeline network, mounting political pressures and legal setbacks have put its future growth in doubt even as the pandemic saps demand for fuel.

St. Louis considers surveillance planes in crime battle

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:15pm

With 2020 shaping to be an especially violent year in one of the nation’s most violent cities, St. Louis leaders are considering a new tool to fight crime — surveillance planes — even as opponents worry about the further militarization of police and the potential for invasion of privacy.

Trump signs executive order as he courts Hispanic voters

Aamer Madhani and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 2:51pm

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that creates an advisory commission tasked with improving Hispanic Americans' access to economic and educational opportunities, a push that comes as the president hopes to win a bigger share of the Latino vote than he did four years ago.

NBC News sets goal of a workforce that is half minority

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 2:39pm

NBC News leader Cesar Conde, in one of his first public acts in the job, has committed to building a workforce at the news organizations he supervises where at least half of the employees are minorities.