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Trump's Demand for US Cut of a TikTok Deal is Unprecedented

Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
President Donald Trump's demand that the U.S. government get a cut from a potential Microsoft purchase of TikTok is the latest unprecedented scenario in an unprecedented situation.

Huge Explosion Rocks Beirut with Widespread Damage, Injuries

By Bassem Mroue | Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.

Kanye West Withdraws Petition to Get on NJ's 2020 Ballot

By Mike Catalini | Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
Kanye West withdrew his petition to appear as a presidential candidate on New Jersey's ballot, according to an email chain between a judge and what appears to be the rapper's campaign email address.

3 Men Rescued From Pacific Island After Writing SOS in Sand

By Nick Perry | Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday on uninhabited Pikelot Island by searchers on Australian and U.S. aircraft.

Trump Nursing Home Plan Limits Supply of Free COVID-19 Tests

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
A program that sounded like a game changer when it was announced last month at the White House is now prompting concerns that it could turn into another unfulfilled promise for nursing homes

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Killing Transgender Teen

Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
A man accused of 2017 killing of a transgender teen whose body was set on fire in southwest Missouri told law enforcement officers that he tried to make the death quick and painless, a prosecutor said in an opening statement Monday.

Kanye West Submits Petitions to Appear on Arkansas Ballot

Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
Rapper Kanye West on Monday filed signatures to appear on the Arkansas ballot this fall as an independent presidential candidate.

Smile More? Some Critics See Sexism in Debate Over Biden VP

By Sara Burnett and Alexandra Jaffe | Tuesday Aug 4, 2020
The debate over Joe Biden's running mate has recently ticked through a familiar list of stereotypes about women in politics as the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies stumble through a search they had hoped would stand out for its inclusion.

USAID Official Fired After Anti-LGBTQ Social Media Posts

Monday Aug 3, 2020
The deputy White House liaison for the U.S. Agency for International Development has been fired after posting a series of anti-LGBTQ tweets and complaining of anti-Christian bias by her now former colleagues.

Prosecutor Seeking Trump's Taxes Cites Probe of His Business

By Larry Neumeister | Monday Aug 3, 2020
A Manhattan prosecutor trying to get President Donald Trump's tax returns told a judge Monday that he was justified in demanding them, citing public reports of "extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization."

Authorities: Professor Died By Suicide After Backlash

Monday Aug 3, 2020
The death of a North Carolina professor, who recently announced his retirement amid backlash for comments he made on social media that included calling the state's governor "Massa Cooper," has been ruled a suicide.

Report: Retired Pope Benedict XVI Ill After Visit to Germany

Monday Aug 3, 2020
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen ill after his return from a trip to his native Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a German newspaper reported Monday.

Plug It In: Electric Car Charging Station Numbers Are Rising

By Tom Krisher | Monday Aug 3, 2020
There are now 26,000 electric vehicle charging stations open to the public in the U.S., with more than 84,000 plugs. But the country, and the world, will need thousands more.

Lucky No.7: Taylor Swift Nabs 7th No.1 Album with 'folklore'

By Mesfin Fekadu | Monday Aug 3, 2020
To no one's surprise, Taylor Swift's surprise album "folklore" is dominating the music charts.

Relaxed: Dressed-Down Look is Making NBA Coaches Happy

By Tim Reynolds | Monday Aug 3, 2020
At the restart of the season at Walt Disney World, the dress code has been relaxed to allow polos, slacks, even sneakers — and coaches are thankful.

Connie Culp, 1st US Partial Face Transplant Recipient, Dies

By Ron Todt | Monday Aug 3, 2020
Connie Culp, the recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S., has died at 57, almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operation.

Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Norway Cruise Ship, Could Spread Along Coast

By Jan M. Olsen | Monday Aug 3, 2020
Health authorities fear the ship could have infected dozens of towns and villages along Norway's western coast.

Gay Officer Who Settled Suit Will Resign from Diversity Unit

Monday Aug 3, 2020
A gay St. Louis County police lieutenant who settled a discrimination lawsuit against the police department for $10.25 million said Friday he is resigning from his job as commander of the department's new diversity and inclusion unit.

Trial Starts in Case of Mutilated, Murdered Transgender Teen

Monday Aug 3, 2020
A trial is set to start Monday for a man charged in the 2017 killing of a transgender teen whose eyes were gouged out and whose body was set on fire in southwest Missouri.

Microsoft Confirms Talks Seeking to Buy US Arm of TikTok

By Cathy Bussewitz | Monday Aug 3, 2020
Microsoft confirmed Sunday it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the U.S. arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Donald Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition.

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