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Amid Protests And Virus Fears, Firearm Background Checks Hit All-Time High

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| The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System set a record in June with 3.9 million background checks. The previous record of 3.7 million background checks was set in March.

Maine Fireworks Businesses Struggle As Public Displays Are Canceled


Pyrotechnics companies try to make ends meet during what is usually their peak season. One company has seen more than 90% of its business dry up amid the pandemic.

Some States To Out-Of-Towners: If You Come Visit, Plan To Quarantine For Two Weeks


The 14-day quarantine rule — which in some areas carries fines of up to $10,000 — is meant to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but enforcement varies from state to state.

Another Day, Another Coronavirus Record In Florida


The surge of coronavirus cases in Florida shows no signs of slowing down. The state hit another daily record with more than 10,000 cases reported on Thursday. Hospitalizations are increasing, too.

For Skipping The Census, Homes In These 6 Places Get Door Knocks First


After delaying in-person visits because of COVID-19, Census Bureau workers are heading to unresponsive homes in Idaho, Maine and West Virginia, as well as parts of Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Drive-Through Naturalizations Make New U.S. Citizens In The COVID-19 Era


After months of not naturalizing new U.S. citizens due to the coronavirus shutdown, immigration officials have begun offering drive-through naturalization ceremonies that take just a few minutes.

Boston To Remove Statue Depicting Abraham Lincoln With Freed Black Man At His Feet


Emancipation Memorial has stood in Park Square since 1879. It is a version of the original, in Washington, D.C., which was funded by formerly enslaved people but designed without their input.

Referendum In Russia Passes, Allowing Putin To Remain President Until 2036


The vote approves constitutional changes, including a reset on presidential terms that will allow Putin to run twice more after his current six-year term expires in 2024.

Pennsylvania Joins The Growing List Of States Mandating Face Masks In Public


Pennsylvania, Oregon and Kansas are among the latest states to require face coverings in public settings as COVID-19 cases surge in much of the country. Health officials say masks can slow the spread.