S&P closes lower as new COVID-19 cases surge

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 19:28
The S&P 500 closed lower on Wednesday as news of spiking pandemic data and the prospect of a new round of economic lockdowns dampened investor optimism over signs of economic recovery.
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Biden says Trump is 'surrendering' to coronavirus, putting lives at risk

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 18:43
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of "surrendering" to the coronavirus pandemic and failing to stay prepared for a resurgence that could put a U.S. economic recovery at risk.
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Factbox: What's the difference between three U.S. plans for police reform

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 17:56
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to address police misconduct following the killing of an African American man, George Floyd, in police custody.
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PepsiCo drops Aunt Jemima, criticized for racist history; Uncle Ben's, Mrs. Butterworth's under review

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 17:32
PepsiCo Inc said on Wednesday it will change the name and brand image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup, dropping a mascot that has been criticized for a racist history, amid a national debate over racial inequality in the United States.
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Pompeo meets China's top diplomat in Hawaii, State Department says

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 17:23
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Hawaii on Wednesday, the State Department said, amid a deep deterioration of relations between strategic rivals that are the world's two top economies.
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Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 17:18
(This June 16 story corrects comparison in paragraph eight of climate damage from methane leaks to that from U.S. oil consumption. The leaks cause climate damage roughly equivalent to typical U.S. oil consumption in one day, not two days.)
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Trump signs bill calling for sanctions over China treatment of Uighur Muslims

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 16:40
U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions against those responsible for repression of Uighur Muslims in China's Xinjiang province, the White House said in a statement.
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Ex-security adviser Bolton says Trump sought China's Xi's help to win re-election

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 16:34
In a series of allegations, U.S. President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Wednesday that Trump sought Chinese President Xi Jinping's help to win re-election during a closed-door June 2019 meeting.
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Stocks waver on rising COVID cases, dollar in safety bidding

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 16:28
Global equity markets closed little changed on Wednesday as a rally on economic and vaccine hopes faded, while fresh coronavirus outbreaks and rising geopolitical tensions in Asia boosted demand for the dollar and safe-haven debt.
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Republican Sen. Scott unveils police reforms, Democrats push for broader changes

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 16:00
U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a law enforcement reform bill on Wednesday as a rival to more sweeping Democratic legislation, as Congress sought to curb racial discrimination and police abuses three weeks after the death of George Floyd.
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U.S. government proposes rolling back protections for big tech

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 15:49
The U.S. Justice Department proposed on Wednesday that Congress take up legislation to curb protections big tech platforms like Alphabet's Google and Facebook have had for decades, a senior official said, following through on U.S. President Donald Trump's bid to crack down on tech giants.
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Ahead of Trump rally in Oklahoma, coronavirus cases surge in several states

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 15:45
Just days before U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, the biggest event in the country since pandemic restrictions were imposed in March, new coronavirus cases are surging in Oklahoma, Arizona and other states.
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Citing racial stereotype, PepsiCo drops Aunt Jemima; Uncle Ben's, Mrs. Butterworth's under review

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 15:45
PepsiCo Inc said on Wednesday it will change the name and brand image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup, dropping a mascot that has been criticized for a racist history, amid a national debate over racial inequality in the United States.
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Biden opens 13-point advantage as Trump popularity drops to seven-month low: Reuters/Ipsos poll

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 14:54
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has opened up a 13-point lead over President Donald Trump - the widest margin this year - according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll as Americans grow more critical of Trump over the coronavirus pandemic and protests against police brutality.
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Hitler's birthplace shows that confronting dark past can take decades

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 14:39
As anti-racism protesters topple statues of slave traders and colonisers worldwide, some nations are pondering how to mark their dark past. In Austria, debate over confronting one link to Adolf Hitler has taken decades, and it's not over yet.
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Iowa governor pledges to restore voting rights to some felons

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 14:38
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has committed to restoring voting rights to those with past felony convictions, according to a Radio Iowa report, potentially expanding the electorate in a state that could be competitive in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
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Biden focuses on economic recovery in battleground state trip

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 14:17
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will highlight his plan to safely reopen a U.S. economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday on his third visit this month to the must-win election battleground state of Pennsylvania.
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Wall Street advances on prospect of economic rebound

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 14:14
Wall Street gained ground on Wednesday as signs of economic recovery helped investors look past spiking pandemic data and the potential of a new round of economic lockdowns.
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Trump supports Senate Republicans' policing bill: White House

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 13:41
U.S. President Donald Trump fully backs Senate Republicans' police reform bill unveiled earlier on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a briefing.
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Ahead of Trump rally in Tulsa, new coronavirus cases set records in Oklahoma

World News - Wed, 2020-06-17 13:28
New coronavirus cases in Oklahoma increased by a record amount just days ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, the biggest event in the country since pandemic restrictions were imposed in March.
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