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Netflix announces cast for 'Pinocchio' animated musical film

LOS ANGELES — The cast for Netflix’s new “Pinocchio” film has been chosen. The streaming service announced Wednesday that newcomer Gregory Mann will assume the title role along with Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley as Geppetto.

US officials install cable barrier along Canadian border

LYNDEN, Wash. — A cable barrier was installed along a section of the border between Washington state and Canada in an effort to curb “dangerous criminal enterprises,” according to a statement from the U.S. Border Patrol Wednesday.
California wildfires chase people from homes into smoky air

California wildfires chase people from homes into smoky air

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WHAT TO WATCH: Joe Biden's big moment at the DNC

WHAT TO WATCH: Joe Biden's big moment at the DNC

LAS VEGAS — Democratic Party luminaries, rising stars, former presidents and presidential contenders have been making a pitch for Joe Biden over three days of an atypical convention. Now the presidential nominee will make his case himself.
Asian shares retreat after Fed minutes bring reality check

Asian shares retreat after Fed minutes bring reality check

TOKYO — Asian shares slipped Thursday after sobriety set in on Wall Street, and the U.S. Federal Reserve minutes laid out challenges for the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped 0.8% in early trading to 22,935.
Ex-FBI lawyer admits to false statement during Russia probe

Ex-FBI lawyer admits to false statement during Russia probe

WASHINGTON — A former FBI lawyer pleaded guilty Wednesday to altering a document related to the secret surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser during the Russia investigation.
Iran surpasses 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus

Iran surpasses 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran surpassed 20,000 confirmed deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, the health ministry said — the highest death toll for any Middle East country so far in the pandemic.

Apple reaches $2 trillion market value as tech fortunes soar

BERKELEY, Calif. — Apple has become the first U.S. company to boast a market value of $2 trillion as technology continues to reshape a world where smartphones are like appendages and digital services are like instruments orchestrating people's lives.
Picture book on Kamala Harris coming Aug. 25

Picture book on Kamala Harris coming Aug. 25

NEW YORK — That didn't take long: Just weeks after making history as the running mate for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris will be the subject of a new picture book.
US suspends extradition and tax agreements with Hong Kong

US suspends extradition and tax agreements with Hong Kong

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday suspended or terminated three bilateral agreements with Hong Kong covering extradition and tax exemptions.