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The Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.S., shaken by accusations of sexual abuse, has vowed to end inappropriate behavior in its cloistered communities. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Ending celibacy is the only way to clean out the Church.
Atty. Gen. William Barr defends the aggressive federal law-enforcement response to protests, including in Portland, Ore. LA Times
A New York fertility doctor has developed a rapid, noninvasive coronavirus test that can deliver accurate results in 30 minutes or less, according to a preliminary study. The test, developed by Dr. Zev Williams, a reproductive endocrinologist who runs the Columbia University Fertility Center, uses a person’s saliva to screen for COVID-19. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good if it truly works.
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Deaths top 150,000 in the United States. In Iran, religious ceremonies and college-entrance exams are in limbo. New York Times
A national campaign to encourage mask wearing, including the distribution of free masks, would help to check the pandemic. New York Times
Gohmert tested positive for coronavirus while preparing to travel with Trump. Gohmert was often seen not wearing a mask at the Capitol.
An unmanned rover will look for clues of ancient life in the dry bed of a vanished lake in NASA's upcoming Mars mission – and, for the first time ever, fly a drone-sized helicopter in the thin Martian air.
A number of school districts in conservative regions are requiring masks if schools reopen this fall — sometimes against the guidance of political leaders. For example, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has mandated that students return to schools, encouraging but not requiring masks to halt the spread of the coronavirus. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Not a bad idea.
President Trump traveled to up-for-grabs Texas on Wednesday to warn voters that Democrat Joseph R. Biden's "radical" green energy plans would destroy the state's oil and gas industry. "If these far-left politicians ever get into power, they will demolish not only your industry, but the entire U.S. economy," Mr. Trump ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden would destroy the nation.
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U.S. to move 12,000 troops from Germany back to U.S. or other parts of Europe ABC
VOA VIEW: You have to pay if you want to play.
A potential tropical cyclone is developing this morning in the Caribbean and is expected to become Tropical Storm Isaias today. ABC
A Harvard University professor already facing federal charges for allegedly lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program now faces charges of failing to report income from a Chinese university to the IRS ABC
VOA VIEW: He is not the only one and Harvard is not the only University.
Trump's comments came a day after he dismissed the GOP's COVID-19 package. ABC
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Mnuchin said that Congress may agree to a short-term extension of unemployment insurance. CBS
VOA VIEW: No more free rides.
The Federal Open Market Committee released a statement following its two-day meeting that concluded Wednesday. CNBC
President Donald Trump overtly appealed to White, suburban voters, saying in a tweet that they will no longer be "bothered" by low income housing in their suburbs. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good for those who seek people who can pay full rent.
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Oregon and the federal government have reached a deal for the withdrawal of agents from the anti-racism protests in Portland, according to statements released simultaneously by Gov. Kate Brown and the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Deception from the Oregon governor.
White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that all the "valid" scientific data shows hydroxychloroquine isn't effective in treating Covid-19 CNBC
VOA VIEW: Others say different - Fauci is known to be wrong.
President Donald Trump abruptly ended his coronavirus briefing at the White House following a question about his tweets by CNN's Kaitlin Collins. Trump defended the tweets in support of hydroxychloroquine saying that the drug is still "very positive" and called a doctor who was spreading conspiracy theories on Covid-19 in a now deleted video "very impressive." CNN
A rural Nevada sheriff warned the county library not to bother calling 911 to report acts of lewdness or other incidents should the board issue a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. FOX News
The Trump administration on Wednesday announced plans to deploy federal law enforcement officers to three more cities -- Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee. UPI
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North Korea condemned the South for deploying ships to take part in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise in Hawaii, calling the move an "outdated policy" that "practices subservience to the United States." UPI
VOA VIEW: To hell with NK warnings.
For the second day in a row, Florida has set a single-day record for COVID-19 deaths, health officials said on Wednesday. UPI
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