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Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell arrested

July 2, 2020, 9:18am Nation & World

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women over many years. Read story

Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 162 people

July 2, 2020, 9:18am Nation & World

HPAKANT, Myanmar — At least 162 people were killed Thursday in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the worst in a series of deadly accidents at such sites in recent years that critics blame on the government’s failure to take action against unsafe conditions. Read story

Analysts: Fire at Iran nuke site hit new centrifuge facility

July 2, 2020, 9:17am Nation & World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A fire and an explosion struck a building above Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early on Thursday, a site that U.S.-based analysts identified as a new centrifuge production plant. Read story

Kansas governor orders masks to be worn in public, at work

July 2, 2020, 9:17am Nation & World

TOPEKA, Kan. — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Thursday directing Kansas residents to wear masks in public places and their workplaces, likely provoking a backlash from the Republican-controlled Legislature even though enforcement is expected to be lax. Read story

Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus risk

July 2, 2020, 9:16am Churches & Religion

WASHINGTON — A Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a nationwide pandemic. Read story

Critics slam changes in ICU capacity reporting in Houston

July 2, 2020, 9:11am Health

HOUSTON — A change in how Houston area hospitals report intensive care unit capacity during the coronavirus pandemic has drawn criticism from the top two locally elected officials who are questioning if the medical facilities are being fully transparent. Read story

Richmond removes second Confederate statue as crowd cheers

July 2, 2020, 9:01am Nation & World

RICHMOND, Va. — Work crews removed a second Confederate monument in Richmond on Thursday, a statue of Navy officer Matthew Fontaine Maury. Read story

Officer suspended after video shows him hitting woman

July 2, 2020, 9:01am Nation & World

MIAMI — A Miami-Dade police officer has been relieved of duty after an incident caught on body cam showed him hitting a woman who was yelling at him at Miami International Airport. Read story

U.S. unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

July 2, 2020, 8:52am Nation & World

WASHINGTON — U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus. Read story

Court considers status of Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia

July 2, 2020, 8:46am Nation & World

ANKARA, Turkey — A state attorney on Thursday recommended that Turkey’s highest administrative court reject a request that Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia, which now serves as museum, be turned back into a mosque, state-run media reported. Read story