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America in Brief: Hunter Biden Uses Trump Ruling to Appeal Conviction

By Stuart Liess U.S. President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, is appealing to have his recent conviction overturned, citing the appeals court ruling earlier this week in favor of former President Donald Trump. Mr. Biden was found guilty on June 11 of lying about his drug use to buy a gun in 2018, making him…

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Amazon Says This Year’s Prime Day Was Its Biggest Ever

By The Associated Press NEW YORK—Amazon saw record sales for Prime Day this week as Prime members purchased more items than ever before, the company announced Thursday. The Seattle e-commerce giant, which does not disclose how much it earns during the popular discount event, also said “millions” of customers joined Prime in the past three…

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New Hampshire Bans Transgender Procedures for Children, Reserves Girls’ Sports for Females

By Bill Pan New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on July 19 signed three bills and vetoed one that affect how schools, businesses, and medical establishments should consider transgender-related issues. The three approved bills keep girls’ sports exclusive to girls, bar those under 18 from receiving “genital gender reassignment surgery,” and give parents more control over…

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Record-Breaking Heat for Southwest, Heavy Rain for Southeast Over Weekend: NWS

By T. J. Muscaro As Americans get ready for another summer weekend, the National Weather Service is predicting extreme heat in the West and heavy rain in the East. The NWS’s Weather Prediction Center issued statements on July 19, covering Saturday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 24. The center forecasted “widespread temperatures in the 90s…

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Global IT Outage Grounds Flights, Disrupts Banking, Takes Media Off Air

By Guy Birchall, Emel Akan and Jack Phillips What we know about the outages. A massive internet outage on July 19 caused IT issues for major global institutions, grounding flights, disrupting banks’ apps, knocking media outlets off the air, and even affecting supermarkets’ computer systems. The issue was caused by a defect in a Windows…

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Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Boston, Denver, and Other Cities for Crimes Against Children

By Mary Lou Lang U.S. immigration officials arrested five illegal immigrants with records or warrants for crimes against children in separate operations in Boston, New Orleans, Washington, and Denver, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced. Officers in Boston apprehended an illegal immigrant from Brazil and another from El Salvador, both with convictions for sex crimes…

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Biden’s Doctor Provides Medical Update

By Jacob Burg President Joe Biden’s White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, released a letter on July 18 with an update on the president’s COVID-19 symptoms after he tested positive the day before. “The President is still experiencing mild upper respiratory symptoms associated with his recent COVID-19 infection. He continues to receive Paxlovid,” Dr. O’Connor…

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Some States Embrace CO2 Cap-and-Trade Schemes, Others Reject Them

By Kevin Stocklin The United States is following Europe’s lead in instituting cap-and-trade regimes to reduce CO2 emissions, but America’s journey is split between two paths—Democrat-run states that have passed cap-and-trade mandates, and Republican-run states that appear to have no intention of doing so. In the middle are several swing states that have entered, then…

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