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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, left, confers with Clay Britton, her chief attorney, before a meeting with legislative leaders about an executive order she issued to require people to wear masks in public, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Kelly says she's worried that if the state doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported coronavirus cases, the state won't be able to reopen K-12 schools in August. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
Kansas newspaper's post equates mask mandate with HolocaustA weekly Kansas newspaper has posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the governor’s order requiring people to wear masks in public to the murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust
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People enjoy their drinks at The Black Lion pub in London, Saturday, July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts growFlorida reported a record number of coronavirus cases, the latest sign that the the virus is surging in many parts of the United States and casting a pall over Fourth of July celebrations
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Connie Wade, left, poses for a photo with her daughter Emilyanne, 12, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in their room at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus. The facility is home to the Popsicle Place shelter program, an initiative to address the needs of homeless children with life-threatening health conditions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kidsA family homeless shelter has opened inside a gleaming Amazon corporate building on the tech giant’s Seattle campus
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Paula and Michael Smith pose for a photo with their 10-year-old grandson, Evan, in front of a giant carving of Confederate figures during a visit to Stone Mountain Park, Monday, June 29, 2020. “The mountain itself is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and the carving is an engineering marvel,” said Paula Smith, a 70-year-old white woman who dismissed talk of removing or altering the carving as an attempt to “steal American history.” (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)
As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its sideAs statues of figures from America's slave-owning past come down across the nation, the largest Confederate monument ever crafted may outlast them all
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FILE - In this Friday, April 17, 2020 file photo, a health worker arrives to take a nose swab sample as part of testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy in 2020. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Stimulus money could pose dilemmas in nursing homesNursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. plan to revive the economy
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FILE - In this May 21, 2020 file photo, Sanford resident Kendra Tucker wipes away muck after finding a family photo for her aunt and uncle after their home was washed away in flood waters, in Sanford, Mich. Sanford village, with a population of 859, is pulling together after the devastation of two dam failures in May. Volunteers are still clearing muck and providing supplies to those whose homes were destroyed since there's no telling when major state and federal help will come. (Jake May/MLive.com/The Flint Journal via AP File)
Michigan village starts flood recovery, awaits fundsA small Michigan village is pulling together after two dam failures in May
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Dolores Huerta, the Mexican-American social activist who formed a farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, stands for the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish while visiting the New Mexico Statehouse in Santa Fe, N.M. In an essay, Associated Press writer Russell Contreras says the July Fourth holiday as a Mexican American has always troubled him because of his family's history in the U.S. But his photo of Huerta standing for the Pledge of Allegiance on his birthday is one of the things that makes him re-imagine the holiday. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)
AMERICAN DIARY: July 4 hurts, until I remember my WWII uncleAssociated Press writer Russell Contreras has always had trouble with the July Fourth holiday due to his family's Mexican American past
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Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, left, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, right, and Mississippi Department of Archives and History Director Katherine Blount, center, carry the former Mississippi state flags to the Two Mississippi Museums during its retirement ceremony in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The flags had flown over the Capitol grounds during the day. The banner was the last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem on it. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting processMississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag
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FILE - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces continued social distancing during her coronavirus update Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. Some governors across the U.S., especially in Republican-leaning states, have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings. “You shouldn’t have to order somebody to do what is just in your own best interest and that of your family, friends and neighbors,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, said earlier this week as she urged people to wear masks and take other precautions but downplayed the effectiveness of statewide orders to do so. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, file)
Governors stress 'personal responsibility' over virus ordersSome governors across the U.S., especially in Republican-leaning states, have been stressing the need for “personal responsibility” to combat the coronavirus instead of issuing statewide mandates to wear masks or avoid large social gatherings
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A protest sticker is posted on a handrail above Interstate 5 Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Seattle, where two protesters on the highway were critically injured after a car barreled into them earlier in the day. A 27-year-old man drove onto the closed freeway early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters about 1:40 a.m., officials said. Nightly protests have continued in the area over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Police: 2 women hit by car on Seattle highway amid protestAuthorities say a 27-year-old man drove a car onto a closed freeway in Seattle and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women
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Joggers run along the strand by a closed Venice beach on Friday, July 3, 2020 in Los Angeles. California's governor is urging people to wear masks and skip Fourth of July family gatherings as the state's coronavirus tally rises. But Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said he'd rely on people using common sense rather than strict enforcement of the face-covering order. Rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations have soared in the past two weeks after falling last month. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Californians celebrate July 4 with virtual parades, masksAs the coronavirus surges in the state, Californians celebrated Independence Day with virtual parades and photos of flag-draped front porches instead of pancake breakfasts and crowded festivities
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Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Epstein cohort's arrest becomes new test for plea dealBefore Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide last year, his defense against charges he sexually abused girls hinged on a 2008 non-prosecution agreement that his lawyers said prevented him from being charged with further crimes
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