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Coronavirus live updates: Some Memorial Day crowds ignore warnings; California opening religious services; WHO warns of
Coronavirus live updates: Some Memorial Day crowds ignore warnings; California opening religious services; WHO warns of 'second wave'

Nearly 98,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States, more than a quarter of the global total, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Huawei: What would happen if the UK ditched the Chinese firm?
Huawei: What would happen if the UK ditched the Chinese firm?

Officials are taking another look into Huawei, but the Chinese firm warns against a 5G ban.

Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO
Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil's health ministry said Monday it would not change its recommendation to treat coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine, despite the World Health Organization deciding to suspend trials of the drug over safety concerns. Like his US counterpart Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has touted the supposed benefits of hydroxychloroquine and a related drug, chloroquine, against the new coronavirus.

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World needs 'green recovery', health experts tell G20 leaders

Trillions of dollars, euros and yuan pouring into post-pandemic economies must build a "healthy and green recovery", 200 medical groups representing 40 million health professionals worldwide told G20 leaders Tuesday in an open letter. The twenty nations accounting for 90 percent of global GDP should prioritise investment in public health, clean air, clean water and a stable climate in order to boost resilience against future health crises, said the letter. "We have witnessed first-hand how fragile communities can be when their health, food security and freedom to work are interrupted by a common threat," the letter said, describing the COVID-19 pandemic that has sickened more that five...

Ex-Pirates infielder Kang banned 1 year by Korean league
Ex-Pirates infielder Kang banned 1 year by Korean league

The Korean Baseball Organization has suspended ex-Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang for a year and ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service over a series drunk driving cases. The ban will delay his anticipated return to the Korean league. Yonhap said the 33-year-old Kang was in the United States and did not attend Monday's KBO disciplinary committee hearing, where he was represented by his lawyer, Kim Sun-woong.

Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban
Coronavirus in South Africa: Smokers fume at cigarette ban
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  • 2020-05-25 23:28:04Z

The government is to ease lockdown restrictions and allow the sale of alcohol - but not cigarettes.

Michael Jordan on tape saying he wouldn
Michael Jordan on tape saying he wouldn't play on Dream Team with Isiah Thomas

For years, Jordan has denied any involvement in Thomas not making the Dream Team.

Troy Aikman "strongly believes" Dak Prescott, Cowboys reach deal
Troy Aikman "strongly believes" Dak Prescott, Cowboys reach deal

The Cowboys have had a long line of great quarterbacks, but Danny White and Tony Romo didn't quite ascend to the level of Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman because they never won a Super Bowl. (In fact, neither White nor Romo even got to a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback.) Aikman sees a lot [more]

Henry Cejudo removed from official UFC rankings, issues statement
Henry Cejudo removed from official UFC rankings, issues statement

The UFC is currently without a bantamweight champion, officially removing Henry Cejudo from the top of the 135-pound divisional rankings.Cejudo last set foot in the Octagon at UFC 249, where he defeated former champion Dominick Cruz in the co-main event. Following the victory, Cejudo surprisingly announced his retirement."I want to make an announcement. Uncle Dana, UFC, everybody, thank you so much," said Cejudo. "I'm happy with my career. I've done enough in the sport. I want to walk away. I want to enjoy myself. I'm 33-years old. I have a girl now. Amanda is watching back home. She wants to start a family. Since I was 11-years old I've sacrificed my whole life to get to where I"m at...

FBI investigating Ahmaud Arbery shooting as possible hate crime, lawyer says
FBI investigating Ahmaud Arbery shooting as possible hate crime, lawyer says
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  • 2020-05-25 22:19:57Z

Attorney for family of black jogger shot by white men says federal authorities are looking into prosecutors and police in caseThe FBI is investigating the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a black jogger, by two white men as a possible hate crime, the Arbery family's attorney said Monday, claiming that federal authorities had launched a criminal inquiry into two district attorneys and the police department involved in the case.Lee Martin, who represents the family of Arbery, 25, whose 23 February killing in Brunswick, Georgia, was captured on a graphic video recording that sparked national outrage, said he met with officials from the Department of Justice last Thursday.Martin said they told him...

Marla Maples Says She Chooses
Marla Maples Says She Chooses 'Love' Not 'Fear' in Mask Photo on Flight to See Daughter Tiffany

Maples' plane selfie drew some criticism

Arbery family lawyer: Feds looking into how case handled
Arbery family lawyer: Feds looking into how case handled
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  • 2020-05-25 22:01:24Z

A lawyer for the family of Ahmaud Arbery said Monday that a federal prosecutor told the slain man's mother federal officials are investigating potential misconduct by local officials who handled the case. Lawyer Lee Merritt said U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine, whose jurisdiction includes southern Georgia, met with him and Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, on Thursday. Barry Paschal, a spokesman for Christine, declined to confirm or deny whether the meeting happened.

What is the average American salary?

From education and health care, manufacturing and construction through to business and agriculture, American jobs vary in wages.

Several high school students in Georgia tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a drive-through graduation parade
Several high school students in Georgia tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a drive-through graduation parade

The Lovett School in Atlanta did not disclose how many students had tested positive for COVID-19, but described the number as "several."

California issues guidelines for church reopenings
California issues guidelines for church reopenings
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  • 2020-05-25 21:47:11Z

Religious services in California will look much different under rules unveiled Monday that limit attendance to 100 people and recommend worshippers wear masks, limit singing and refrain from shaking hands or hugging. The state released guidance under which county health departments can approve the reopening of churches, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship. Others with outbreaks - such as Los Angeles County, which has about 60% of California's roughly 3,800 deaths - may choose to delay.

Feds looking at Ahmaud Arbery
Feds looking at Ahmaud Arbery's death as a hate crime, attorneys say
  • US
  • 2020-05-25 21:43:25Z

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia said his office is looking into why Glynn County and the state of Georgia took so long to make arrests, Arbery's family's attorneys said.

Kendrick Perkins: LeBron James-Paul Pierce rift stems from Pierce spitting at Cavaliers bench
Kendrick Perkins: LeBron James-Paul Pierce rift stems from Pierce spitting at Cavaliers bench

In 2004, Celtics forward Paul Pierce got fined for spitting at the Cavaliers bench during a preseason game.

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight
Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

A California company owned by UK businessman Sir Richard Branson fails to launch a rocket to orbit.

Hamlin crew members suspended 4 races over tungsten drop
Hamlin crew members suspended 4 races over tungsten drop

NASCAR on Monday suspended three critical crew members for Denny Hamlin's team because a piece of tungsten fell off his car on the pace lap before the Coca-Cola 600. The tungsten is required to meet minimum weight requirements on the car and the NASCAR rule book states if it is separated at any point it is an automatic four-race suspension for the crew chief, car chief and engineer. Chris Gabehart, the crew chief, was suspended along with car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons.

In Bolsonaro
In Bolsonaro's Brazil, everyone else is to blame for virus
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  • 2020-05-25 19:28:59Z

With Brazil emerging as one of the world's most infected countries, President Jair Bolsonaro is deflecting all responsibility for the coronavirus crisis, casting blame on mayors, governors, an outgoing health minister and the media. Havoc and heartache are unfolding beneath a void of leadership, according to Miguel Lago, executive director of Brazil's Institute for Health Policy Studies, which advises public health officials.

Kvitova: Cancel Grand Slams if there are no fans
Kvitova: Cancel Grand Slams if there are no fans

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she would prefer canceling the remaining Grand Slam events to playing them without spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. "I have my age and of course I would like to play another Grand Slam, but if it's like this, I'd rather cancel them," the 30-year-old told Agence France-Presse. "Playing a Grand Slam is the greatest thing there is and playing without fans who are our engine doesn't look nice to me and the Grand Slam doesn't deserve it," she added.

Reunited! Randy Jackson Rejoins Journey as Official Bassist:
Reunited! Randy Jackson Rejoins Journey as Official Bassist: 'The Boys Are Back'

The former American Idol judge was part of the iconic band in the 1980s

Coronavirus live updates: U.S. marks Memorial Day as deaths near 100,000
Coronavirus live updates: U.S. marks Memorial Day as deaths near 100,000

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from around the world.

Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank
Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank
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  • 2020-05-25 17:27:17Z

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies. The Palestinians, with wide international backing, seek the entire West Bank as the heartland of a future independent state. In an apparent reference to the friendly administration of President Donald Trump, Netanyahu said Israel had a "historic opportunity" to redraw the Mideast map that could not be missed.

WHO announces it will temporarily suspend hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19 treatment
WHO announces it will temporarily suspend hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19 treatment

The study's steering committee met over the weekend, agreeing to suspend enrollment while gathering data about the safety and efficacy of the drug.

Republicans sue to block California Gov. Newsom from mailing ballots to all voters
Republicans sue to block California Gov. Newsom from mailing ballots to all voters

Republican organizations called the Democratic governor's order an illegal "usurpation of the legislature's authority."

Trump fumes on Twitter as media slams pandemic golf outing
Trump fumes on Twitter as media slams pandemic golf outing

US President Donald Trump on Monday fumed at negative media coverage of him playing golf over Memorial Day weekend, as the US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic neared 100,000. "The Fake and Totally Corrupt News makes it sound like a mortal sin!" the golf-loving president said on Twitter, noting that the game at his own course in Virginia was the first time he had played since early March. The timing of his outing, as the nation approached a milestone in deaths from the pandemic, sparked widespread criticism in the media, with commentators recalling Trump's own past attacks on his predecessor Barack Obama for playing the game during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March
Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March

The apparent Democratic presidential nominee and his wife laid a wreath Monday to honor Delaware war dead, his first public foray since mid-March.

Brian Schottenheimer: Russell Wilson "the wrong guy to doubt"
Brian Schottenheimer: Russell Wilson "the wrong guy to doubt"

Seahawks head coach Brian Schottenheimer thinks his team has a couple of things going for it as they prepare for the 2020 season under unusual circumstances. The Seahawks have continuity at the upper levels of head coach Pete Carroll's staff, which Schottenheimer thinks may give them "a chance to get more done than the new [more]

Out of the house: Democrat Biden makes first campaign stop in weeks
Out of the house: Democrat Biden makes first campaign stop in weeks
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  • 2020-05-25 15:55:41Z

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday made his first campaign trip outside his Delaware home since quarantining himself due to the coronavirus pandemic 10 weeks ago, visiting a nearby veterans memorial to mark the U.S. Memorial Day holiday. Biden, the prospective Democratic presidential nominee, and his wife, Jill, both wearing black masks, laid a wreath of white roses at a memorial for U.S. military personnel who fought in World War Two and the Korean War. "It feels good to be out of my house," Biden told reporters, his speech slightly muffled by the mask.

Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline
Venezuela celebrates docking of tanker with Iran gasoline
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  • 2020-05-25 15:44:49Z

Venezuelan authorities celebrated Monday as the first of five Iranian tankers loaded with gasoline docked in the South American country, delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop the world's largest oil reserves. The gasoline shipments are arriving in defiance of stiff sanctions by the Trump administration against both nations, and they mark a new era in the burgeoning relationship between Venezuela and Iran, which is expanding its footprint in the Western Hemisphere. "We keep moving forward and winning," Venezuela's Minister of Energy Tareck El Aissami tweeted.

Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months
Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months
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  • 2020-05-25 15:42:31Z

Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in more than two months on Monday as he marked Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a veterans park near his Delaware home. Since abruptly canceling a March 10 rally in Cleveland at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has waged much of his campaign from his home in Wilmington. When Biden emerged on Monday, he wore a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to cover his face in public as health officials suggest.

Russian prosecutors seek 18 years for ex-US marine in spy trial
Russian prosecutors seek 18 years for ex-US marine in spy trial

Russian prosecutors on Monday called for a former US marine charged with spying to be sentenced to 18 years in prison, after a closed-door trial denounced by Washington and his family. Paul Whelan, 50, was detained in Moscow in December 2018 for allegedly receiving state secrets, but he insists he was framed when he took a USB drive from an acquaintance thinking it contained holiday photos. Whelan's lawyer told reporters that prosecutors had requested 18 years for his client in a strict-regime penal colony, just short of the maximum 20-year sentence.

Iran oil tanker reaches Venezuela amid US tension
Iran oil tanker reaches Venezuela amid US tension

Five tankers are being escorted by the Venezuelan military as the country struggles with shortages.

In his final days, Ahmaud Arbery
In his final days, Ahmaud Arbery's life was at a crossroads
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  • 2020-05-25 14:40:12Z

College could wait until the fall. About a mile and a half into his usual route, Ahmaud Arbery would cross the four lanes of Jekyll Island Causeway into the subdivision of Satilla Shores. Three months ago, at the age of 25, he ran through Satilla Shores for the final time.

'Looks better tbh': Grimes and Elon Musk slightly change baby's name to comply with state law

Elon Musk and Grimes have tweaked their baby's famous name after California officials pointed out the moniker didn't comply with vital records rules.

First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela
First Iranian oil tanker docks in Venezuela
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  • 2020-05-25 14:29:22Z

The first of five Iranian tankers carrying much-needed gasoline and oil derivatives has docked in Venezuela and a second one entered its waters, the government said on Monday amid concern in Washington over the burgeoning relationship. The United States has closely monitored the shipments, concerned that Iran and Venezuela -- both under US sanctions -- were taking their longstanding ties to another strategic level. Venezuela boasts the largest proven oil reserves in the world, but production has plummeted under the current regime and its oil exports have been hampered by US sanctions.

Trump warns he may move Republican convention site from NC
Trump warns he may move Republican convention site from NC
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  • 2020-05-25 13:39:18Z

U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday that he may move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina set for August if the event faces state social distancing restrictions as a result of the coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic has forced Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to halt campaign rallies. Trump said on Twitter that if Democratic Governor Roy Cooper does not immediately answer "whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupied," then the party will find "with all of the jobs and economic development it brings, another Republican National Convention site."

Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from governor
Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from governor
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  • 2020-05-25 13:28:15Z

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state's Democratic governor doesn't immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's tweets about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet. On Friday, Gov. Roy Cooper moved the state into a second phase of gradual reopening by loosening restrictions on hair salons, barbers and restaurants.

Vanessa Bryant
Vanessa Bryant's 11-Month-Old Daughter Capri Takes Her First Steps: 'So Proud of My KoKo Bean'

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant welcomed their fourth daughter, Capri, in June 2019

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic
Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020-05-25 13:06:22Z

The coronavirus hasn't been kind to car owners. Despite silent streets and nearly non-existent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year. "You might as well put a sticker on the window that says 'come take my stuff,' " said an exasperated Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff.

The private jet version of the Boeing 787 can cost more than $200 million and fly over 18 hours. Take a look at some its most luxurious designs.
The private jet version of the Boeing 787 can cost more than $200 million and fly over 18 hours. Take a look at some its most luxurious designs.

The BBJ 787 Dreamliner is like the hybrid of private jets costing over $200 million. The jet can fly over 18 hours with a bedroom and shower onboard.

Which Party Would Benefit Most From Voting by Mail? It
Which Party Would Benefit Most From Voting by Mail? It's Complicated.

WASHINGTON -- Not so many months ago, casting a ballot by mail was a topic reserved for conferences of election administrators, a matter of voting mechanics blander than a water cracker. In Republican Arizona and Democratic Oregon as well as many other states, vast numbers of citizens not only voted by mail, but also loved it.That was before the mail ballot became seen as an essential element for voting in a pandemic, and before President Donald Trump weaponized mail voting with largely invented allegations that it would lead to massive voter fraud -- despite being used for years in Democratic and Republican states without controversy.Republican opposition seemed driven by the conviction...

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You're Getting Used to Masks. Will You Wear a Face Shield?

The debate over whether Americans should wear face masks to control coronavirus transmission has been settled. Governments and businesses now require or at least recommend them in many public settings. But as parts of the country reopen, some doctors want you to consider another layer of personal protective equipment in your daily life: clear plastic face shields."I wear a face shield every time I enter a store or other building," Dr. Eli Perencevich said. "Sometimes I also wear a cloth mask if required by the store's policy."Perencevich is an infectious disease physician at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System. In an opinion article published last...

Latino workers face discrimination over spread of coronavirus in meat plants
Latino workers face discrimination over spread of coronavirus in meat plants

Reports of Latinos being refused service after more than 10,000 meatpacking workers, many Latino, contract Covid-19 in the USEthnic minorities have been the hardest-hit by the coronavirus in the US, and now Latino workers are facing fresh difficulty, as they and their communities suffer discrimination after contracting coronavirus in meat processing plants and warehouses.More than 10,000 meatpacking workers, many of them Latino, have contracted coronavirus in the US, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers union, and dozens have died.Latino advocates say workers are also now experiencing racism due to fears they have contracted the virus in the workplace."We've received...

Trumpsters Are Already Revolting Against COVID Contact Tracing
Trumpsters Are Already Revolting Against COVID Contact Tracing

Donald Trump's allies in conservative media have a new villain in the coronavirus fight: contact tracing, the rigorous efforts to track the virus's spread that public health experts say is essential to safely restarting society. Fox News host Laura Ingraham devoted much of her show Thursday night to raising questions about contact tracing, the process where interviewers try to figure out who has been exposed to the virus by literally figuring out whom the infected had contact with. As a Fox News chyron warned that contact tracing should "concern all Americans," Ingraham claimed that calls for more contact tracers were just an "excuse" to keep businesses closed, and compared being...

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Trump's Fifth Simple Trick for Stealing the Election Will Give You Nightmares-and Tear America Apart

So many shocking things have become normal now under this administration that it's kind of hard to imagine what would genuinely jolt the nation at this point. And with regard to November's election, the shocking-but-normal reality is that we know Donald Trump will cheat. There was a terrifying piece in the Times on Sunday laying out all the different moves he could pull to steal the election that his opponents are war-gaming to prepare for and counter. One little nugget from it: Trump could issue orders that impact cities in battleground states like "declaring a state of emergency, deploying the National Guard or forbidding gatherings of more than 10 people." Everyone knows he'll cheat....

China says opposes all U.S. restrictions on Chinese airlines
China says opposes all U.S. restrictions on Chinese airlines

China said on Monday it opposes all U.S. restrictions imposed against Chinese airlines, responding to a report that the U.S. Transportation Department has demanded Chinese carriers file their schedules and other flight details by May 27. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said flight restrictions imposed by Beijing treated all airlines equally and were due to efforts to curb COVID-19 related risks. The U.S. government late on Friday accused the Chinese government of making it impossible for U.S. airlines to resume service to China.

Three Republican groups sue California governor over mail-in-vote order
Three Republican groups sue California governor over mail-in-vote order
  • US
  • 2020-05-25 07:34:51Z

California was the first state in the country to commit to sending mail-in ballots to all registered voters for the November election, a move responding to the coronavirus pandemic. "Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Governor Newsom's executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said https://bit.ly/2Xqmqy9 in a statement.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Keeps Her Cool As Earthquake Hits Mid-Interview
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Keeps Her Cool As Earthquake Hits Mid-Interview

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern managed to keep her cool even as an earthquake struck in the middle of a live TV interview.

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