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A female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

FDA tells Florida counties to stop collecting blood, citing Zika

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday two Florida counties should "cease collecting blood immediately" until they are able to screen each donation for Zika, a direct response to four infections in the region that do not appear to be linked to travel. Published July 28, 2016

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers his speech titled "America's Enduring Commitment to Security and Prosperity in Asia" at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Distinguished Public Lecture on Friday, June 3, 2016, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) ** FILE **

John McCain won't desert Donald Trump, despite 'strong' differences

Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he is sticking by the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump despite "strong" differences over national security, notably the mogul's suggestions that he would check whether NATO member countries had fulfilled their financial obligations before coming to their aid. Published July 27, 2016

Flowers, candles and messages are placed outside the home of the Rev. Jacques Hamel, a Catholic priest who was forced to his knees by Islamic State terrorists before his killing during morning Mass in northern France. (Associated Press)

Islamic State terrorists slit Catholic priest's throat at altar, videotape 'sermon' in Arabic

A pair of Islamic State-linked terrorists slit a priest's throat at the altar of a Catholic church in northern France on Tuesday before videotaping a "sermon" in Arabic to mark the ritualistic slaughter -- the fourth attack in a week by the terrorist group, which since June has claimed responsibility for killing more than 600 people in several countries, including the U.S. Published July 26, 2016

Republican presidential Donald Trump and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence celebrate after Mr. Trump's acceptance speech Thursday, the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Longtime delegates haven't seen anything like the 2016 convention -- or its nominee

Though Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's slogan, "Make America Great Again," harks back to another time, his coronation in Ohio felt like a groundbreaking affair. The Jumbotron screens were bigger, the security was tighter and Twitter messages flashed across the top of Quicken Loans Arena. Published July 24, 2016

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver previously threatened to pull the All-Star Game if HB2 was not repealed. The league said the law discriminates against transgender people who wish to use the intimate facilities of the opposite sex. (Associated Press)

NBA pulls All-Star Game from Charlotte over N.C. transgender bathroom law

The National Basketball Association on Thursday pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, over the state's "bathroom bill," a law requiring that intimate public facilities be segregated on the basis of biological sex, not gender self-identification. Published July 21, 2016

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

House Republicans' agenda a hard sell to convention delegates

House Republicans were counting on their own agenda to help put some distance between themselves and Donald Trump, but their six-plank plan, which Speaker Paul D. Ryan and fellow leaders released last month with great fanfare inside the Beltway, has landed with a thud elsewhere. Published July 20, 2016

Inside Cleveland's Quicken Loans arena, souvenir stalls sell plain red or gray T-shirts that don't quite match the fevered pitch of Donald Trump's raucous rallies. (Associated Press)

Republican convention merchandise mirrors Republican divide

One of the best-sellers at Johnny Moore's souvenir stand outside the Republican National Convention features an American flag logo that, oddly enough, isn't even being used by Donald Trump's campaign anymore. Published July 20, 2016

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan: Donald Trump offers alternative to 'third Obama term'

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, hoping to unite a clearly divided GOP, offered a full-throated defense of his party's ideas late Tuesday, saying the only way to fight poverty, repeal Obamacare and offer a "better way" to America is to banish a "third Obama term" by dismissing Hillary Clinton and linking arms with Donald Trump. Published July 19, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Mitch McConnell brushes aside boos, launches all-out assault on Hillary Clinton

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell launched an all-out assault on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton late Tuesday and said the only way to repeal Obamacare, realign the Supreme Court and defund Planned Parenthood is to elect Donald Trump, even as members of his own caucus steer clear of the nominating festivities. Published July 19, 2016

Donald Trump crossed the 1,237 threshold after GOP leaders and the Trump campaign combined to snuff out a final effort by disgruntled delegates to try to deny the billionaire businessman the nod, and instead select Sen. Ted Cruz. (Associated Press)

Delegates: Trump fervor in Pennsylvania to end GOP losing streak

From hard-scrabble Scranton to coal country near Johnstown, voters in Pennsylvania are fired up about Donald Trump, giving GOP delegates from the Keystone State a palpable belief they can notch their first home-state win in a presidential race since 1988. Published July 19, 2016

John Kasich works around Donald Trump in Cleveland

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a man about town in and around Cleveland this week, making the rounds of the delegations to the Republican National Convention, but he's deliberately shied away from the man of the hour -- Donald Trump. Published July 18, 2016

Donald Trump, seen with wife Melania during a campaign stop in Iowa. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Donald Trump to introduce wife Melania in Cleveland and return to NYC

Donald Trump will fly to the Republican National Convention on Monday to join his wife, Melania, on stage as the campaign kicks off a four-day affair designed to introduce the mogul to a broad swath of America that is still taking measure of the man. Published July 18, 2016

FILE - This January 2016 microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Zika virus. On Friday, July 15, 2016, the CDC said a New York City woman infected her male partner with Zika virus through sex, the first time female-to-male transmission of the germ has been documented. (Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC via AP)

CDC: In a first, woman passed Zika to man through sex

A New York City woman infected a man with Zika through sex, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday, adding a new layer to what scientists know about the latest public health scare. Published July 15, 2016