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Michelle Obama to host podcast on health, relationships

Michelle Obama to host podcast on health, relationships

LOS ANGELES — Michelle Obama will let her own voice be heard on a new podcast. The former first lady will host “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on the streaming service, the Obama’s Higher Ground and Spotify announced Thursday.

Diversity of LGBTQ characters in film declines, study finds

NEW YORK — Last year saw record representation of LGBTQ characters in the 118 films released by major studios, according to a new study by GLAAD.

US retail sales jump 7.5% in June, but economy still ails

BALTIMORE — U.S. retail sales climbed a solid 7.5% in June, a sign that the economy was healing right before infections from the coronavirus spiked again and dragged down hopes for a steady recovery.

US retail sales jump 7.5% in June, but economy still ails

BALTIMORE — U.S. retail sales climbed a solid 7.5% in June, a sign that the economy was healing right before infections from the coronavirus spiked again and dragged down hopes for a steady recovery.
Court drops split-jury verdict in killing of NFL's McKnight

Court drops split-jury verdict in killing of NFL's McKnight

GRETNA, La. — An appeals court has granted the killer of NFL player Joe McKnight a new trial because his manslaughter conviction was delivered by a split jury.

EU court invalidates data-sharing pact with US

LONDON — The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that an agreement that allows big tech companies to transfer data to the United States is invalid, and that national regulators need to take tougher action to protect the privacy of users' data.
China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic

China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic

BEIJING — China became the first major economy to grow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, recording an unexpectedly strong 3.2% expansion in the latest quarter after anti-virus lockdowns were lifted and factories and stores reopened.
Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions 'hijacked'

Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions 'hijacked'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An oil tanker sought by the U.S. over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a seafarers welfare organization said Wednesday.
Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

Trump replaces campaign manager amid sinking poll numbers

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump shook up his campaign staff Wednesday amid sinking poll numbers less than four months before the election, replacing campaign manager Brad Parscale with veteran GOP operative Bill Stepien.
Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

MIAMI — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the United States and around the world in an unsettling sign remi