In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate

Updated at 7 p.m. ET Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate. The selection will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party. "These aren't normal times," Biden said in an email to supporters Tuesday afternoon, referencing the coronavirus pandemic and calls for racial justice. "I need someone...

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Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that California Senator Kamala Harris would be his vice presidential running mate. They are giving remarks together on Wednesday, August 12 at 3:50 p.m. EST.

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Many cities in upstate New York and across the country are struggling to balance their budgets in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, but the city of Oswego's mayor is proposing a budget that neither raises taxes nor borrows from the city's savings.

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The number of people flying on commercial jetliners is down 75% from last summer, but the rate of those getting caught either inadvertently or deliberately trying to bring a gun on board is soaring.

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Updated at 7 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running mate.

The selection will make Harris the third woman and first Black and first Asian American candidate to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

A Japanese cargo ship struck a reef off the coast of Mauritius more than two weeks ago and has now leaked more than 1,000 metric tons of oil into the pristine waters and unique ecosystems of the island nation.

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