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Weekly Digest

The following front-page stories received the most comments during the preceding week.

The United States on Thursday reached over 160,000 deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic as confirmed cases near 5 million, according to a tally from NBC News. read more


Rapper Kanye West filed an independent bid for U.S. president in Ohio on Wednesday, aided by GOP operatives in the state. read more


The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is "fraught with fraud and abuse." read more


A review by the Justice Department and FBI of their practices for seeking approval of intelligence-related surveillance found that nearly all of the inaccuracies and omissions identified in a scathing internal watchdog report issued late last year were minor or involved paperwork problems. read more


A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, damaging buildings and offices around the city. Lebanon's state-run NNA news reports that a major fire broke out in a warehouse used for storing firecrackers, near Beirut's port, and strong explosions were heard shortly afterwards. Firefighting teams have rushed to the scene and are working to put out the fire. read more


During this 38-minute interview, political reporter Jonathan Swan hits on many subjects but here are a few highlights: Trump argues that coronavirus statistics should be looked at by the number of tests a country has done not the number of deaths a county has suffered; Trump couldn't say one way or the other if John Lewis was impressive and noted that Lewis didn't come to his inauguration; and Trump stood by his comment of wishing alleged child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell well. read more


Bells have tolled in Hiroshima, Japan, to mark the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the world's first atomic bomb. But memorial events were scaled back this year because of the pandemic. On 6 August 1945, a US bomber dropped the uranium bomb above the city, killing around 140,000 people. read more


Over the last seven days, a grim new COVID-19 calculus has emerged: one person died every 80 seconds from the coronavirus in America. And the pace at which those 7,486 people died appears to be accelerating, a new NBC News tally revealed Wednesday. The numbing new national snapshot of how COVID-19 is claiming more and more lives came as Johns Hopkins University reported another milestone: The world death toll from this plague had eclipsed 700,000. read more


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that he is authorizing the city to shut off utility service to properties where large parties and gatherings are held, CBS Los Angeles reports. read more


Donald Trump's campaign says it knocked on over 1 million doors in the past week alone. Joe Biden's campaign says it knocked on zero. The Republican and Democratic parties -- from the presidential candidates on down -- are taking polar opposite approaches to door-to-door canvassing this fall. read more


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