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Women wear masks in Houston on Wednesday. Harris County requires any business providing goods or services to require all employees and visitors to wear face coverings in areas of close proximity to co-workers or the public, at least through Aug. 26.

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Johns Hopkins University's tracking site shows almost 2.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Wednesday. Total U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are more than double those of Brazil, which ranks second.

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Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $282 million in the last quarter, compared with $266 million for President Trump and the Republican National Committee.

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They're made of cotton. Or polyester. Or paper. Or polypropylene. Here's what researchers say about the effectiveness of the different types of face masks during this pandemic.

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Thomas Kienzle/AP

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the Special Forces Command, or KSK, had created a "wall of secrecy" around itself and she announced the partial disbanding of the commando force.

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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.

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Alexei Druzhinin/AP

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.

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The current surge in cases can be contained, says White House advisor Anthony Fauci. But it's going to take a real focus on social distancing — and mask wearing.

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Bill O'Leary/AP

The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the $3 trillion pandemic response package passed by Congress in March, has been extended to Aug. 8.

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