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24 shot to death in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico

July 1, 2020, 8:49pm Nation & World

MEXICO CITY — Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation center in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. Read story

High court sparks new battle over church-state separation

July 1, 2020, 4:30pm Nation & World

The Supreme Court elated religious freedom advocates and alarmed secular groups with its Tuesday ruling on public funding for religious education, a decision whose long-term effect on the separation of church and state remains to be seen. Read story

Russian voters OK changes to potentially extend Putin’s reign

July 1, 2020, 4:19pm Nation & World

MOSCOW — Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to potentially hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities. Read story

Poll: About 7 in 10 white evangelicals approve of Trump

July 1, 2020, 2:45pm Nation & World

NEW YORK -- About 7 in 10 white evangelical Protestants approve of President Donald Trump's handling of his job, according to a new survey -- support from a cornerstone of his political base that has remained strong following a polarizing church visit and a Supreme Court ruling on LGBT discrimination that disheartened some conservatives. Read story

Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

July 1, 2020, 1:11pm Latest News

PHOENIX — Arizona recorded more coronavirus deaths, infections, hospitalizations and emergency-room visits in a single day than ever before in a crisis Wednesday across the Sunbelt that sent a shudder through other parts of the country and led distant states to put their own reopening plans on hold. Read story

Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

July 1, 2020, 9:07am Nation & World

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the former British colony’s handover to Chinese rule. Read story

Families of U.S. troops slain in Jordan seek action

July 1, 2020, 9:07am Nation & World

WASHINGTON — The families of three Special Forces troops slain by a Jordanian soldier at a military base in Jordan in 2016 are calling on Congress to suspend aid to the key U.S. Mideast partner until it extradites the killer. Read story

Protest versus Africa’s 1st COVID-19 vaccine test shows fear

July 1, 2020, 9:01am Nation & World

JOHANNESBURG — Protesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial burned their face masks Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent. Read story

UK extends immigration rights for 3M eligible Hong Kongers

July 1, 2020, 9:01am Nation & World

LONDON — Britain announced Wednesday that it was extending residency rights for up to 3 million Hong Kongers eligible for the British National Overseas passport, stressing that it would uphold its historic duty to the former British colony after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law in the city. Read story

Maine, Vermont next in fight over aid to religious schools

July 1, 2020, 9:01am Nation & World

PORTLAND, Maine — A U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education could breathe new life into efforts to force Maine and Vermont to help fund religious educations. Read story