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Shoppers turn out at outlet malls for annual sales tax holiday

The COVID-19 pandemic didn't stop shoppers from visiting the outlet malls in San Marcos this weekend during the state's annual August sales tax holiday. Texans were able to save on certain clothing items, footwear, backpacks and school supplies during the tax holiday, which began Friday and ends on Sunday. Daily Record photos by Colton Ashbranner

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump's reelection bid, the country’s counterintelligence chief said Friday in the most specific warning to date about the threat of foreign interference.

Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money collapsed in disappointment Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and further damage for an economy pummeled by the still-raging coronavirus.

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