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These are among the darkest days of President Donald Trump’s presidency. Coronavirus infections are exploding, the economic recovery is in jeopardy and Trump may have undermined his own “law and order” message by commuting the prison sentence of his friend and political adviser. Emboldened Democrats are trying to guard against overconfidence, even as they see real opportunities to expand Joe Biden’s path to the White House in states like Georgia, Iowa and Ohio. Meanwhile, there’s less time for Republicans to turn things around than they’d like. Early voting across several swing states is set to begin in little more than two months. Read more

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The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November. The joint field effort of the two organizations, Trump Victory, announced Monday the hiring of an additional 300 staffers set to hit 20 target states by Wednesday in the largest field operation ever mounted by a Republican. The goal is to turn out votes on behalf of Republicans up and down the ticket this fall. The Trump team says it's on pace to eclipse the 2.2 million volunteer total that helped reelect President Barack Obama in 2012. Read more

100 Years Ago – 1920: The McClure Faction has given up the fight against Albert Dutton MacDade for the nomination for state Senator and Henry F. Miller for the nomination of the Legislature. This statement was made by county Chairman W. Frank Mathues this morning: “As county chairman, I am doing all I can to promote harmony in the Republican ranks of Delaware County. This county is not big enough to support two factions, and as this is the presidential year, we should present a solid front. Both sides have made mistakes, and we hope both sides will forget the mistakes of the other. I tis with this thought of harmony that I can make public the fact that the election contests instituted by R.J. Baldwin, candidate for state Senator, and Harry E. Heyburn, candidate for the Legislature, will be withdrawn.” Read more

Manchester City has successfully overturned its two-year ban from the Champions League. The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld City’s appeal against the UEFA ban but imposed a 10 million euro ($11.3 million) fine for failing to cooperate with investigators. The verdict by three judges clears the team to play in the group stage of the Champions League next season. The case does not affect City’s place in this season’s competition. City’s win guarantees tens of millions of dollars in UEFA prize money next season. It also protects against players leaving to seek Champions League action with another club. Read more

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A Facebook group created to let Italian families mourn their coronavirus dead has turned into an activist group that is providing testimony and evidence to prosecutors investigating whether any crimes contributed to Italy’s COVID-19 toll. Lawyers for the We Will Denounce group on Facebook and an affiliated non-profit committee are filing 100 new cases Monday with Bergamo prosecutors, on top of 50 complaints lodged last month. Many assert that delayed lockdowns in Italy's northern region of Lombardy allowed the virus to spread and overwhelm the public health system. Among other things, they say a March 23 decree essentially instructing Lombardy’s general practitioners to treat suspected virus patients by phone, not in person violated patients’ constitutional right to health care. Read more

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Global shares are higher, cheered by upbeat projections for a rebound from pandemic shocks to the world economy. Shares opened higher in Paris, Frankfurt and London on Monday after a broad advance in Asia that lifted Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 by 2.2%. Investors are looking ahead to the release later this week of April-June growth data for China and to central bank policy board meetings in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia. Easy lending is expected to continue as a measure to keep growth going in the face of the pandemic. Monday's gains followed a rally Friday on Wall Street.  Read more

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Rajon Rondo broke his right thumb in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando. The veteran point guard will be out for six to eight weeks. Rondo has been a key backup during his second season with the Lakers, who signed him shortly after adding LeBron James to the roster in July 2018. Rondo is averaging 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, including three starts. He has been a regular presence on the floor late in close games, with coach Frank Vogel trusting his veteran leadership and playmaking. Read more

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There will be no Midsummer Classic in baseball this season. There hasn't even been a regular season MLB game yet because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of baseball's best gathering this week at Dodger Stadium for the All-Star Game, players are at their home ballparks for summer camp to prepare for the start of the season July 23-24. NBA and NHL players are also practicing for the resumption of their seasons that were shut down in mid-March. This also would have been the final week of the Tour de France, which is now scheduled to finish September 20 instead. Read more

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BERLIN — Germany’s health minister has criticized his countrymen for failing to respect social distancing rules on vacation after videos emerged over the weekend showing German tourists partying on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Read more

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The November election is coming with a big price tag as America faces the coronavirus pandemic. The demand for mail-in ballots is surging, election workers are in need of training and polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields. But long-promised federal aid to help election officials is stalled in Congress. State officials say they need more money to create a pandemic-ready voting system. Lawmakers are set to debate the funding in the coming weeks, after approving $400 million in help earlier this year. Key Senate Republicans seem likely to support another round of aid despite opposition from President Donald Trump.  Read more

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A magazine reports that a member of a team searching a Southern California lake for a missing TV star said Sunday that he’s confident his crew is getting a clearer idea of where in the lake to find her. Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team tells Us Weekly that actress Naya Rivera sent to a family member a picture of her 4-year-old son, Josey, in front of a cove before she disappeared July 8 after diving into Lake Piru. Rivera remained missing as of Sunday night.  Read more

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Washington's NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports. USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post and Sports Business Journal reported owner Dan Snyder and the organization would announce the move two weeks before the start of training camp. It's unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league's oldest franchises. The team launched a ‘thorough review’ of the name July 3. That came in the aftermath of several prominent sponsors calling for a change. Read more

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The federal government is planning to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Lewis Lee, of Oklahoma, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday afternoon at a federal prison in Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife and her 8-year-old daughter. The comes after an appeals court lifted an injunction late Sunday that had been put in place last week after the victims’ family argued they'd be at high risk for coronavirus if they had to travel to attend the execution. Read more

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Shares have risen in Asia, cheered by upbeat projections on a global economic rebound from pandemic shocks but tempered by caution over worsening virus outbreaks. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China gained Monday trading. Investors are looking ahead to the release of April-June growth data for China and to central bank policy board meetings in Japan, South Korea and Indonesia. Easy lending is expected to continue as a measure to keep growth going in the face of the pandemic. On Wall Street, stocks rallied Friday to cap a week of volatile trading. Read more

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The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month. Brenton Harrison Tarrant had unexpectedly pleaded guilty in March to murder, attempted murder and terrorism. His sentencing hearing was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to begin in Christchurch on Aug. 24. Tarrant faces life in prison. The judge has some discretion in deciding how many years he must serve before becoming eligible for parole. Read more

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Old Greenwich Presbyterian Church in Stewartsville, New Jersey, is making hay of social distancing limitations by bringing their church services outside -- and re-purposing farm equipment for worship purposes. Read more

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Anthony Davis will wear his own name on the back of his jersey when the Los Angeles Lakers return to action. Davis and LeBron James both declined to choose a social justice message to replace their names on the back of their jerseys during the NBA restart. Davis said he was “torn between” choosing from among the 29 approved messages and sticking with his name. In the end, the seven-time All-Star decided that he wanted to represent his family name because it's very important to him. Read more

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Allentown police are responding to a viral video showing a police officer kneeling on a man's neck while he was being restrained outside the hospital. Read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was late arriving to summer camp after he tested positive for COVID-19. The three-time All-Star closer says he believes he contracted the virus from his 4-year-old son Kaden. He says the child had a fever, among other symptoms, which led his wife to suggest everyone in the family get tested. Jansen says his wife, Gianni, tested positive, but that his first test was negative. A day later, he says he tested positive. Jansen expects to be ready for the season opener on July 23.  Read more

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Cole Custer became the first rookie regular to win in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling side by side for the lead on the Lap 266 final restart when Custer — with a push from Matt DiBenedetto on the outside — made his move from sixth in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. As the leaders bunched in Turn 1, Custer slid ahead and outlasted Truex’s Toyota. Making his 20th series start, the 22-year-old Custer celebrated with a frontstretch burnout as his crew happily ran to greet him. Read more

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Ben Crump, the attorney representing George Floyd’s family, also joined the conversation, calling to identify the officer seen in the video. Read more

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In the top four since September, Leicester’s Champions League hopes are no longer so certain. A 4-1 capitulation at relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Sunday summed up Leicester’s form since the Premier League returned from its three-month coronavirus-enforced shutdown. Leicester has won only once in the six league games since the restart, collecting six points and slipping from third to fourth. Wolverhampton is still in sight of fifth place, moving to three points behind Manchester United after beating Everton 3-0 on Sunday.  Tottenham helped its Europa League bid after beating Arsenal 2-1 in the north London derby to leapfrog its rival into eighth.  Read more

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NHL teams return to the ice Monday for the first time since March as the 24 that qualified for the expanded playoffs open two-week training camps. Mixed with the excitement is the uncertainty of which and how many players might opt out and how the long layoff could contribute to injuries. It’s a training camp unlike any in history, with players coming back from a four-month absence to compete for the Stanley Cup. It’s a two-week sprint from home cities to Toronto for Eastern teams and Edmonton, Alberta, for their Western counterparts.  Read more

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Protective masks won’t be out of sight when big league baseball resumes. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. Safety protocols require masks in clubhouses and close proximity indoors, but not on the field. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is encouraging people to wear masks after testing positive for the virus. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier plans to wear one during games, in part to set an example for those watching on television. Atlanta third base coach Ron Washington also plans to wear one for health reasons. At age 68, he's in a high-risk group.  Read more

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World TeamTennis has welcomed fans to matches at a resort in West Virginia. The matches started Sunday at The Greenbrier, where the entire three-week season is being held. There were strict measures in place at the matches to ensure health and safety as confirmed cases of the new coronavirus soar across the country. Anyone who wasn’t a player wore a mask inside the tennis stadium, and fans had their temperatures checked prior to entering. Rows of seats near courtside were covered up to allow for social distancing. Up to 500 spectators are being allowed at each of the outdoor matches at the 2,500-seat court. Read more

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Metal band Great White has apologized for performing at a North Dakota concert where the crowd didn't wear masks despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus. Great White drew criticism on social media after performing outdoors Thursday night in Dickinson as part of the “First on First: Dickinson Summer Nights” concert series. Spin magazine posted video showing the crowd packed in and not wearing masks. Great White said in a statement Saturday that the band "would like to apologize to those who disagreed with our decision to fulfill our contractual agreement." Although North Dakota health officials recommend social distancing and wearing masks, the state doesn't require it by law. Read more

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Collin Morikawa won the Workday Charity Open with a two-putt par from 10 feet on the third playoff hole. But this finish was so much more than that. Morikawa was three shots behind with three holes to play when he finished par-birdie-par for a 66 to force a playoff with Justin Thomas. Then after watching Thomas make a 50-foot birdie in the playoff, Morikawa drained a 25-foot birdie to keep going. Thomas had another chance to win until missing from 10 feet. And on the third extra hole at No. 10, Thomas found trouble off the tee and made bogey. Read more

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Mass was celebrated Sunday on the grounds of a historic Catholic church in Southern California that was heavily damaged by fire a day earlier. The blaze early Saturday destroyed the rooftop and most of the interior of San Gabriel Mission, which was undergoing renovation to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez presided over Sunday’s service at a chapel near the burned sanctuary. Nobody was hurt in the fire. Gomez said in a statement that historic paintings and other artifacts had been removed as part of the renovations. Read more