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2009-06-26 21:48:52

Poland’s presidential runoff election is too close to call between the conservative, populist incumbent and the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw, an exit poll suggests. It's a battle that has reflected the deep divisions in this European Union nation. http://apne.ws/a6GsWgu

The federal Bureau of Prisons said says a staff member involved in preparing for the first federal executions in nearly two decades has tested positive for coronavirus. The Justice Department says that won't lead to any additional delays. http://apne.ws/4UZ3cK4

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, rumored to be eyeing a run for the White House in 2024, said the GOP needs to be a “bigger tent party" after President Donald Trump leaves office. http://apne.ws/C8sIqqy

.@DavidSchwimmer says "Friends" reunion will happen either in August or "when it's safe."

@schwim says "Friends" reunion will happen either in August or "when it's safe."

As beach towns reopen, some businesses lament that the Trump administration's visa ban is depriving them of much-needed foreign workers. http://apne.ws/Cs8s4GH

.@tomhanks says he has "no respect" for those who choose to not wear a mask: "It is literally the least you can do."

@Tom Hanks says he has "no respect" for those who choose to not wear a mask: "It is literally the least you can do."

“Everyone has been kind of grasping for anything that might work.” The desperate search for COVID-19 treatments has led to a slew of low-quality studies, delaying the ability to find out which drugs really help.  #RacingforaRemedy http://apne.ws/z38NpcC

Mandatory masks, travel bans and new quarantine rules: Coronavirus infections are surging in Eastern Europe. http://apne.ws/WeghKi9

Florida reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic, with 15,300 new confirmed cases. http://apne.ws/ttZtCMC

President Trump criticized a privately built border wall in South Texas that’s showing signs of erosion months after going up, saying it was “only done to make me look bad,” even though the wall was built after a months-long campaign by his supporters. http://apne.ws/dLJlrUW

New York’s early experience in taming the nation's deadliest coronavirus outbreak this spring is a ready-made blueprint for states now finding themselves swamped by the disease. Meanwhile, New York stays wary of a potential second wave of infection. http://apne.ws/szREwWp

Health authorities have issued guidance for visits to resume at California’s skilled nursing facilities, but few are happening. Facilities are being cautious after many suffered severe outbreaks earlier in the pandemic. http://apne.ws/fglXVkD

The Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts during its nearly 30-year run, is gone after an implosion. 

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The Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts during its nearly 30-year run, is gone after an implosion. Story >> http://apne.ws/CMzlsO3

French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment. http://apne.ws/vuO5YCj

'@IndyCar drivers grateful to have fans back this weekend in Wisconsin: "Without the hype from the crowd, you don’t get the feeling of being a gladiator or a superstar."

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@NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers grateful to have fans back this weekend in Wisconsin: "Without the hype from the crowd, you don’t get the feeling of being a gladiator or a superstar." by  @Steve Megargee >> http://apne.ws/leEO58r

Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who fled from Japan to Lebanon last year, says he won't provide details about his escape because it would endanger the people who aided him. http://apne.ws/8sUCMoc

Confronted by surging COVID-19 hospitalizations that may soon overwhelm its hospitals, South Africa is considering going back to tighter lockdown measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus. http://apne.ws/UW4NqVU

As the Trump administration pushes full steam ahead to force U.S. schools to resume in-person education, public health experts warn that a one-size-fits-all reopening could drive infection and death rates even higher. http://apne.ws/ph4xUKQ

Weeks before millions of U.S. schoolchildren go back to class, much is still up in the air. President Trump is calling for new guidance from health officials to reopen schools. But many school leaders say they're sticking with their plans. http://apne.ws/aXg5egs

#OTD in 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

 #OTD in 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.

Britain used to have good relations with China, but the debate over Huawei and the U.K.'s offer of refuge for millions in its former colony of Hong Kong has chilled the atmosphere, reports  @sylviahui http://apne.ws/jZM9sOL

China is a top election issue as President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden engage in a verbal brawl over who's better at playing the tough guy against Beijing. http://apne.ws/GFOzhix

After a venue change and spiking coronavirus cases, President Trump's aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether the GOP convention is worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped all together. http://apne.ws/ms9U0WD

Church gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic have posed challenges for government leaders and health officials. Some services have been identified as sources of outbreaks, but restrictions are sometimes seen as encroachments on religious liberty. http://apne.ws/izUb6zz

Voting starts in Poland’s razor-blade-close presidential election runoff between the conservative incumbent, President Andrzej Duda, and liberal, pro-European Union Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. http://apne.ws/39o5F6J

BREAKING: Iran investigators blame shootdown of Ukranian flight on misaligned missile battery, no communication with commanders. http://apne.ws/tbRMjII

Last year was the worst year on record for global dengue cases. Experts fear an even bigger surge is possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. http://apne.ws/HcICKz0

The official funeral for Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will be held online this week over coronavirus concerns, his funeral committee says. http://apne.ws/8leWizT

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers turn up over the weekend to vote in an unofficial two-day primary election held by the city’s pro-democracy camp as it gears up to field candidates for an upcoming legislative poll. http://apne.ws/upKmFAJ

While 2019 was the worst year on record for global dengue cases, experts fear an even bigger surge is possible due to the coronavirus pandemic. http://apne.ws/fjsUwYt

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