Prosecutors say the Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a researcher after the FBI interviewed her about alleged visa fraud on June 20. The researcher was charged for lying about her affiliation with a Chinese military university. This move could cause serious tension between the China and the U.S., especially as the U.S. is seeking to crack down on Chinese espionage and research theft.

  • Plus, Trump is deploying more federal agents — this time to Chicago and Albuquerque.
  • And, companies are fighting for insurance payouts after coronavirus losses.

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