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Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast shadow over July 4 celebrations

(Reuters) - Rising coronavirus cases in 39 U.S. states cast a shadow over the nation's Fourth of July celebrations as health experts worried that holiday parties will cause a further spike in infections that could overwhelm hospitals. Learn More


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Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

(Reuters) - A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism. More »


One of two Seattle protesters hit by car dies, other in ICU

(Reuters) - Two female protesters in Seattle were hit on Saturday by a speeding car that drove into a crowd demonstrating on an interstate highway, causing injuries that led to the death of one, while leaving the other in serious condition. More »


Rapper Kanye West announces U.S. presidential bid on Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. More »


Trump repeats vow to defeat 'radical left' in July Fourth speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to defeat the "radical left," in an Independence Day speech at the White House that condemned recent protests against monuments to historical figures as attempts to destroy the United States. More »


Trump attacks 'left-wing cultural revolution' in Mount Rushmore address

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday accused "angry mobs" of trying to erase history with efforts to remove or rethink monuments to U.S. historical figures and used a speech at Mount Rushmore to paint himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism. More »


Yankees' Tanaka released from hospital after line drive to head

(Reuters) - New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of teammate Giancarlo Stanton on Saturday, has been released from hospital, the Major League Baseball team said on Saturday. More »


Pandemic or not, hot dogs eaten, records broken on New York's Coney Island

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A global pandemic could not stop Coney Island's venerable Fourth of July hot-dog eating competition from going ahead on Saturday, or its reigning men's and women's champions from setting new records in their respective divisions. More »


U.S. coronavirus cases rise by over 53,000 as several states set new records

(Reuters) - The United States reported more than 53,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and several states set new records, according to a Reuters tally. More »


Many Americans' July 4 celebrations go virtual as COVID-19 cases surge

(Reuters) - On a holiday weekend that would typically draw crowds to watch fireworks, march in parades and wave the red, white and blue, many Americans kicked off Independence Day exactly where they have been for months: at home. More »


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