Police: Black man’s hanging death in California was suicide

A police investigation confirmed suicide was the cause of death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month, authorities said Thursday.

Official: Feds feared Epstein confidant might kill herself

Biden pledges New Deal-like economic agenda to counter Trump

Big Ten to limit football, fall sports to conference games

  Why are face masks important? Just ask Bill Nye

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

No peeking, voters: Court keeps Trump taxes private for now

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Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

Ousted NY prosecutor tells panel Barr ‘urged’ him to resign

Teams search for ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera at California lake

Police: 5 arrested in Los Angeles death of rapper Pop Smoke

  CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

Missing Seoul mayor’s body found after massive search

Police say Park Won-soon’s body was located in hills in northern Seoul early Friday, more than seven hours after they launched a massive search for him.

For 1st time, female soldier set to join a Green Beret team

The unidentified woman is one of three female soldiers who have been going through the Army Special Forces qualification course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She graduated Thursday.

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

The virus isn't slowing in the three worst-affected countries: the United States, Brazil and India. They account for more than 60% of new cases globally.

  Esper defends use of National Guard in helping with unrest

US sanctions Chinese officials over repression of minorities

Germany seizes server hosting pilfered U.S. police files

  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

N.C. sees 1,000+ hospitalized for COVID-19 for first time, 2,000+ more cases

  Black Lives Matter mural goes up in front of Trump Tower

  US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses.

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Scientists say average temperatures around the world are already at least 1 C higher now than from 1850-1900 because of man-made greenhouse emissions.

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Cloth masks are better than nothing at protecting people from disease, but they don’t compare to medical-grade masks.

Driver who hit Seattle protesters charged with 3 felonies

Prosecutors have filed three felony charges against the man who hit two protesters with his car while driving on a Seattle freeway that was closed for Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Texas officer runs into burning mobile home to save 8-year-old boy

The officer says the boy was sad about his football cleats being lost in the fire, so he told him he would buy him new ones.

  Woman, 59, falls to her death near popular viewing area at Grand Canyon

Officials say about a dozen people die at the Grand Canyon each year, including deaths from heart attacks and other medical issues.

MLS returns to action after poignant moment of silence

For the "MLS is Back" World Cup-style tournament, the league’s teams are sequestered in resorts while playing at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World.

Federal boost to state unemployment benefits quickly coming to an end

The federal boost to state unemployment benefits is quickly coming to an end, and with hundreds of thousands of people receiving a paycheck from the government, that could create an issue.

  Atlanta mayor defies governor, requires masks in city

Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings.

Impeachment witness Vindman retiring from Army, lawyer blames Trump

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the national security aide who played a central role in President Donald Trump’s impeachment case, announced his retirement from the Army Wednesday in a scathing statement that accused the president of running a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation.”

Country band Lady A files suit against singer with same name

Country group Lady A, which dropped the word “Antebellum,” from their name because of the word’s ties to slavery, has filed a lawsuit against a Black singer who has performed as Lady A for years.

Biden-Sanders task forces unveil joint goals for party unity

Political task forces Joe Biden formed with onetime rival Bernie Sanders to solidify support among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing are recommending that the former vice president embrace proposals to combat climate change and institutional racism.

  Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes ... a lot of oxygen to talk’

The transcripts for the body camera videos of officers Thomas Lane and J. Kueng provide the most detailed account yet of what happened as police were taking Floyd into custody on May 25, and reveal more of what was said after Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, was put on the ground.

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

The president unleashed his threat on Twitter.

  US virus cases top 3 million, Americans face frustrating test delays

Labs are reporting shortages of materials and don’t have enough workers to process the tests, leading to severe backups that could worsen as economies reopen and new infections emerge.

Tyler Perry to pay funeral expenses for girl shot in Atlanta

A representative for Tyler Perry says the filmmaker and actor has offered to pay the funeral expenses for an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot in Atlanta.

Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone, hate group, Brazil’s president

Roger Stone’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were banned.

  Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

Blake Shelton announces drive-in concert, 300 locations

The recorded concert will feature Shelton, his longtime girlfriend Gwen Stefani and fellow country star Trace Adkins.

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

The lawsuit, filed in Boston's federal court, seeks to prevent federal immigration authorities from enforcing the rule.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax records Thursday

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump’s taxes and other financial records that the president has fought hard to keep private.

  Man yells at elderly woman over face mask at Fla. Costco

The man who took the video said the individual started to yell at and harass the elderly woman. When he cut in, the man started yelling at him.

Supreme Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

The high court on Wednesday said 7-2 the administration acted properly when it allowed more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of covering birth control.

AP Exclusive: ‘Strike for Black Lives’ to highlight racism

Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast food, ride-share, nursing home and airport workers in more than 25 cities are expected to walk off the job July 20 for about eight minutes.

Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt

The coronavirus pandemic pushed the 200-year-old company to seek Chapter 11 protection Wednesday.

Breonna Taylor: New video shows moments immediately following deadly shooting

WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters obtained new video that shows the moments after the Breonna Taylor shooting.

  United will warn 36,000 workers they could be laid off

The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much of the U.S. and some states imposed new quarantine requirements.

Scooter stolen from Florida Walmart returned to disabled vet

Security video shows two women taking the scooter after the man parked it to use a Walmart scooter with a shopping basket.

  Proposed ‘CAREN’ act would outlaw racially motivated 911 calls in San Francisco

The lawmaker is proposing the CAREN act, which stands for "Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies."

Kanye West no longer supports Trump, says he’s serious about running for president

He reportedly told Forbes he’s lost faith in President Trump, saying he was turned off by reports that Trump hid in an underground bunker during protests over racial injustice and police brutality.

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

Deciding how to save USPS is a complicated and decade-long fight in Washington. Some are calling for Congress to bail it out, but new leadership at the postal service could mean changes for the historic institution.

Fox’s Carlson criticized for saying Democrats, Duckworth hate America

Tucker Carlson has been among the biggest television beneficiaries during the busy news period. He’s been reaching 4 million viewers a night.

Video shows 7 youth facility staffers restraining Black teen who later died

Fieger represents Fredericks’ estate in a civil lawsuit that says the boy screamed “I can’t breathe” as they restrained him.

  Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope.

NerdWallet: 4 expert tips to get hired from home

Millions of newly out-of-work Americans are chasing employment simultaneously.

  2 charged with hate crime for vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural in California

California prosecutors have charged two people with a hate crime along with other misdemeanors for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural.

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit

The high court's ruling was 7-2, with two liberal justices joining the conservative majority for the schools.

  COVID patients: Less than half know where they got it

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows only 45% of COVID-19 patients studied in nine states knew they had been in contact with someone who had the virus.

Case of bubonic plague confirmed by Chinese authorities

China has closed a city in its Inner Mongolia region after a case of bubonic plague was identified.

  FDA warns labs of COVID-19 test with false positives

The BD Max System COVID-19 diagnostic test from Becton Dickinson is showing an error rate of 3-percent false positives.

Walgreens dives into primary care with clinic expansion

Walgreens will squeeze primary care clinics into as many as 700 of its U.S. stores over the next few years in a major expansion of the care it offers customers.

20 named storms predicted for 2020 hurricane season

This is the earliest the Colorado State University research team’s prediction was this high.

Mary Kay Letourneau, teacher jailed for raping student, dies

Letourneau was a former suburban Seattle teacher who became tabloid fodder when she pleaded guilty in 1997 to raping her 12-year-old student. She served a 7½-year prison term.

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Hearings and a jury trial to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook civil rights audit: ‘Serious setbacks’ mar progress

The audit recommends that Facebook build a “civil rights infrastructure” into every aspect of the company.

  Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

July 14 bail hearing date set for Epstein’s ex-girlfriend

A judge has set a July 14 date for an arraignment and bail hearing for Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend on charges she recruited girls for him to sexually abuse.

  FBI investigating reported assault on Black Indiana man caught on video

The FBI said Tuesday it’s investigating the reported assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake.

  Man fights off deadly snake while driving down Australian highway

The snake was later identified as an eastern brown snake, which is highly venomous and one of the deadliest snakes in the world.

  Texas county warns of arrests for COVID-19 positive residents who don’t self-isolate

Texas has seen a resurgence in coronavirus cases, recently surpassing 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time.

  Homeless man who helped save DC officer being stabbed reunites with family

The injured officer "suffered some pretty serious stab wounds," according to the police chief, who credits the homeless good Samaritan with saving the man's life.

Missing Baraboo, Wis., girl found dead

Kodie Dutcher, 10, was found dead late Tuesday morning less than a day after she went missing from her Baraboo home.

  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration of if circumstances change.

  Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge coronavirus can spread in air

The World Health Organization has long maintained that COVID-19 is spread via larger respiratory droplets, most often when people cough or sneeze, that fall to the ground.