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U.S. Supreme Court lets prosecutor but not Congress obtain Trump financial records

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WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday firmly rejected President Donald Trump's argument for sweeping presidential immunity and ruled that a New York prosecutor can obtain his financial records but prevented - at least for now - Democratic-led House of Representatives committees from getting similar documents.

Special Report: With 'judges judging judges,' rogues on the bench have little to fear

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BARTLESVILLE, Oklahoma District Court Judge Curtis DeLapp was renowned for his hair-trigger temper. Mispronounce his name, come to court a few seconds late, fail to rise as quickly as he’d like – no slight was too small to set him off.

U.S., Special Reports 11:29am EDT

U.S. weekly jobless claims fall; but a record 32.9 million on unemployment benefits

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WASHINGTON New applications for U.S. jobless benefits fell last week, but a record 32.9 million Americans were collecting unemployment checks in the third week of June, suggesting the labor market was struggling to claw out of the COVID-19 pandemic slump. | Video

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WHO sets up panel to review handling of COVID-19 pandemic

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GENEVA/ZURICH The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments worldwide.

World, Health 9:25am EDT

U.S. families could use federal funds elsewhere if pandemic closes schools, DeVos says

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WASHINGTON The Trump administration will not cut federal education spending but could allow families to use funds elsewhere if their school does not open amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. education secretary said on Thursday, a day after Trump threatened to cut funding.

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Wall Street slips as surging virus cases undermine recovery hopes

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U.S. stock indexes dropped on Thursday as fears of another lockdown to contain a surge in coronavirus cases overshadowed data pointing to a declining trend in weekly jobless claims.

11:56am EDT

U.S. slaps sanctions on four Chinese individuals, including Xinjiang Communist Party head

WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday imposed human rights sanctions on four Chinese individuals, including the Xinjiang region's Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, as well as on the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, according to the U.S. Treasury Department's website.

11:47am EDT

More grim job losses as U.S. hits record high on new COVID cases

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As the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States rose to a single-day record, fresh government data on Thursday showed another 1.3 million Americans filed for jobless benefits, highlighting the pandemic's devastating impact on the economy.

U.S., Health 12:09pm EDT

Exclusive: U.S. finalizing federal contract ban for companies that use Huawei, others

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WASHINGTON The Trump administration plans to finalize regulations this week that will bar the U.S. government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei, Hikvision and Dahua, a U.S. official said.

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Botswana finds more dead elephants, says test results due this week

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SERONGA, Botswana Botswana wildlife officials investigating hundreds of unexplained elephant deaths have verified six more carcasses and say it is still not clear what is killing the animals, around two months after the first bodies were spotted.

World, Environment 11:44am EDT