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El Paso Strong mural
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Inked on skin and hashtagged on social media, the words “El Paso Strong” united city residents after a mass shooting at a Walmart last year.

City officials standing around lecturn.
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Storms carrying large hail and damaging winds, including tornadoes, caused severe damage to parts of North Texas, officials said Saturday.

In this screen grab from May 18, 2020, Collin County District Court video livestreamed on YouTube, Collin County District Judge Emily Miskel, upper left, facilitates proceedings during jury selection via Zoom.
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The potential jurors popped onto the screen one by one. They confirmed their names and told the judge how they were connecting to the court: on laptops, tablets and iPhones.

The entrances to the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi are closed following an active shooter threat May 21.
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A shooting at a Texas naval air station that wounded a sailor and left the gunman dead is being investigated as “terrorism-related,” the FBI said Thursday.

The shooting began around 6:15 a.m. Thursday at Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi.

Carpenters John Mackie, of Canton, Mass., left, and Doug Hathaway, of Holliston, Mass., right, apply trim to a newly installed plastic barrier in an office area, at Boston University.
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Growing numbers of U.S. colleges are pledging to reopen this fall, with dramatic changes to campus life to keep the coronavirus at bay. Big lectures will be a thing of the past. Dorms will will be nowhere near capacity. Students will face mandatory virus testing. And at some smaller schools, students may be barred from leaving campus.

Bruce McCall, 5, laughs as he eats his lunch behind plastic barriers during martial arts daycare summer camp at Legendary Blackbelt Academy in Richardson on May 19.
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After months of home schooling and lost sports seasons, millions of Texas children may get a taste of a somewhat normal summer after all — if their parents go for it.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week said child care facilities can reopen immediately and set the stage for a return to summer camp, youth sports leagues and even summer school.

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Two federal class-action lawsuits have been filed against ADT, one of the largest security companies in the country, alleging that an employee spied on customers and children over a seven-year period through their home security cameras.

A Camden County police officer wears a protective mask as she waits to direct people to a COVID-19 testing facility in view of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden, N.J.
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More than 11 million people have been tested in the U.S. for COVID-19, all with the assurance that their private medical information would remain protected and undisclosed.

Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas
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The Senate intelligence committee has approved the nomination of Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe to be Director of National Intelligence, sending the nomination to the Senate floor for confirmation.

Librarian Holly Ryckman smiles as she chats with 81-year-old Dell Kaplan from the Davis Library in Plano.
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For 81-year-old Dell Kaplan, the offer to get calls from a stranger just to chat while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic was immediately appealing.

“It gets pretty lonely here by yourself,” said Kaplan, a suburban Dallas resident who has been missing meals out with friends, family get-togethers and going to classes at a nearby college.

J.C. Penney will permanently close nearly 30% of its 846 stores as part of a restructuring under bankruptcy protection.
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J.C. Penney will permanently close nearly 30% of its 846 stores as part of a restructuring under bankruptcy protection.

The Plano, Texas, retailer said Monday that it plans to close about 192 stores by February 2021, and then 50 additional stores in the year after that.

Kerri Kaplan, a fifth grade teacher, stands next to a small library she has in her front yard in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. So, she filled the back of her car with donated books and began her own mobile library.

J.C. Penney Store front
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The coronavirus pandemic has pushed troubled department store chain J.C. Penney into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth major retailer to meet that fate.

Sanjuanita Magana walking past a line of cars.
David J. Phillip / Associated Press

The hundreds of contact tracers being trained in Texas’ most populous county will help it manage any flare ups of the coronavirus, but it doesn’t mean that things are back to normal and residents should still be doing their part to help stop the virus’ spread, officials said Wednesday.

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Twitter announced Monday it will start alerting users when a tweet makes disputed or misleading claims about the coronavirus.

The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies that tech companies are rolling out to confront an outbreak of virus-related misinformation on their sites. 

Nelis Rodriguez
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In late March, Britney Ruby Miller, co-owner of a small chain of steakhouse restaurants, confidently proclaimed that once the viral outbreak had subsided, her company planned to recall all its laid-off workers.

Now? Miller would be thrilled to restore, by year’s end, three-quarters of the roughly 600 workers her company had to let go.

"Let's Go Heat" T-shirts on stadium chairs
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The NBA took tiny steps toward a return to normalcy Friday, as a small number of practice facilities reopened for workouts and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus.

protesters in masks
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Many people saw more than the last moments of Ahmaud Arbery’s life when a video emerged this week of white men armed with guns confronting the black man, a struggle with punches thrown, three shots fired and Arbery collapsing dead.

Little Richard playing piano
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Little Richard, the self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday. He was 87.

Erika Romero joined millions of Americans out of work after she was recently laid off from her job as an office janitor.
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As the coronavirus rampaged across the U.S. economy, it slashed a cruel path of job losses, reduced hours and hardships for America's most vulnerable workers.

GM says it plans to reopen most of its U.S. and Canadian factories starting May 18.
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General Motors’ first-quarter net income fell 88%, but it still managed to make $247 million despite the arrival of the global coronavirus pandemic.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting about the coronavirus response with Gov. Greg Abbott in the Oval Office on Thursday.
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President Donald Trump praised another Republican governor for rolling back state coronavirus restrictions despite failing to meet the administration’s recommended benchmarks as he welcomed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to the White House on Thursday.

Josef Newgarden celebrates winning the IndyCar auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on June 8, 2019.
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IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas next month with a nighttime race June 6 without spectators.

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Neiman Marcus, the 112-year-old storied luxury department store chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first department store chain to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger
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There are 130 major college football teams, spread across 41 states and competing in 10 conferences, save for a handful of independents.

In this April 30, 2020, photo traffic moves along Interstate 10 near downtown Houston.
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When you’re known as the energy capital of the world, oil busts are nothing new. But Houston now finds itself in uncharted territory — grappling with an oil downturn in the middle of a pandemic.

Shelley Luther holds a citation while talking to a Dallas police officer.
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A Texas’ judge’s decision to jail a hair salon owner for defying restrictions meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus has drawn criticism from the governor and state attorney general.

In this 2009 file photo, a butcher places beef on display at Costco in Mountain View, Calif.
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U.S. meat supplies are dwindling due to coronavirus-related production shutdowns. As a result, some stores like Costco and restaurants like Wendy’s are limiting sales.

In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo Greg Zanis of Aurora, Ill., prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso.
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An Illinois man man who spent years making crosses and bringing them to the sites of mass shootings, including El Paso, and other disasters around the United States died Monday.

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, a shopper wears a mask as she walks through the meat products at a grocery store in Dallas on April 29.
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A surge of coronavirus cases in the Texas Panhandle, a crucial region for the nation’s beef supply, has federal officials sending help to Amarillo to try to control rising numbers of infections over the past week, the mayor said Monday.