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Animal cruelty tip leads to caged toddler, drugs, guns

PARIS, Tenn. — Three people are facing a multitude of charges after police found a caged toddler in a filthy Tennessee mobile home that also contained dogs, rodents and snakes, authorities said Friday.
US consumer spending up 8.2%, partly erasing record plunge

US consumer spending up 8.2%, partly erasing record plunge

WASHINGTON — American consumers increased their spending by a record 8.2% in May, partly erasing huge plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter.
Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

NASHVILLE — When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans.
House passes sweeping police overhaul after Floyd's death

House passes sweeping police overhaul after Floyd's death

WASHINGTON — The House approved a far-reaching police overhaul from Democrats on Thursday, a vote heavy with emotion and symbolism as a divided Congress struggles to address the global outcry over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans.
LGBTQ Pride at 50: Focus shifts amid pandemic, racial unrest

LGBTQ Pride at 50: Focus shifts amid pandemic, racial unrest

SCRANTON, Pa. — LGBTQ Pride is turning 50 this year a little short on its signature fanfare, after the coronavirus pandemic drove it to the internet and after calls for racial equality sparked by the killing of George Floyd further overtook it.
Virus whistleblower alleges retribution has only intensified

Virus whistleblower alleges retribution has only intensified

WASHINGTON — A government whistleblower ousted from a leading role in battling COVID-19 alleged Thursday that the Trump administration has intensified its campaign to punish him for revealing shortcomings in the U.S. response. Dr.
Colorado reexamines Elijah McClain's death in police custody

Colorado reexamines Elijah McClain's death in police custody

DENVER — The Colorado governor on Thursday ordered prosecutors to reopen the investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police who stopped him on the street in suburban Denver last year because he
Judge shuts down energy pipeline in Michigan's Great Lakes

Judge shuts down energy pipeline in Michigan's Great Lakes

DETROIT — A judge shut down an energy pipeline in Michigan’s Great Lakes on Thursday, granting a request from the state after the owner reported problems with a support piece far below the surface. Enbridge Inc.

Oregon county rescinds racial profiling mask exception

NEWPORT, Ore. — A coastal county in Oregon has rescinded a face mask policy that made exceptions for people of colour worried about racial profiling after a backlash spurred by an article in the New York Post that went viral.
Audit: US sent $1.4B in virus relief payments to dead people

Audit: US sent $1.4B in virus relief payments to dead people

WASHINGTON — Nearly 1.1 million coronavirus relief payments totalling some $1.4 billion went to dead people, a government watchdog reported Thursday.