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Florida man allegedly kidnapped teen to drive him through coronavirus checkpoint
Florida man allegedly kidnapped teen to drive him through coronavirus checkpoint
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  • 2020-05-24 23:39:06Z

A man was arrested last week after allegedly kidnapping a teenager and forcing her to drive him through a coronavirus checkpoint in the Florida Keys. According to Monroe County Sheriff's Office officials, Alexander Michael Sardinas, 37, of Tavernier, and a 43-year-old woman from Islamorada tried to enter the Florida Keys in a taxi on Thursday morning, but were turned away at the highway checkpoint for not having proper identification. The Florida Keys are closed to non-residents, due to COVID-19 concerns, through the end of May, and proof of residency is required to get through the checkpoint.

Hamlin suffers serious setback at start of Coca-Cola 600
Hamlin suffers serious setback at start of Coca-Cola 600

Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin had his shot at winning another crown jewel event Sunday night destroyed before the Coca-Cola 600 even began. A piece of tungsten flew off of Hamlin's car during the pace laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Hamlin had to return to pit road to have the weight put back into his Toyota. The penalty for tungsten coming off a car is a four-race suspension for the crew chief, according to NASCAR's rule book.

U.S. court rules Florida cannot force felons to pay fees before voting
U.S. court rules Florida cannot force felons to pay fees before voting
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  • 2020-05-24 23:21:35Z

A U.S. judge ruled on Sunday that the state of Florida cannot force felons to pay legal fines and other fees before allowing them to register to vote. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle found that a new state law amounts to an "unconstitutional pay-to-vote system" imposed on citizens who may not be able to pay fines, or even know if anything is owed. A group of Floridians and voting rights organizations sued Republican Governor Ron DeSantis last June, arguing that the law amounts to an illegal poll tax.

Rain halts Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Rain halts Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Inclement weather has put a pause on Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 for the NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway (FOX, PRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio). A light shower began to pass through Turns 1 and 2, bringing the caution out on Lap 49. NASCAR officials brought cars down pit road shortly after, red flagging the […]

California woman arrested for posting racist notes at homes
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  • 2020-05-24 22:35:24Z

A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area has been arrested on suspicion of posting handwritten messages at several homes, targeting Asian Americans and suggesting that those not native to the United States should leave the country immediately. Police in San Leandro, a suburb of 89,000 just south of Oakland

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil
White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil
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  • 2020-05-24 21:57:01Z

President Donald Trump on Sunday further limited travel from the world's coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the U.S. in the number of confirmed cases. Trump had already banned certain travelers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Iran. Trump had said last week that he was considering limiting travel from Brazil.

Twitter reacts to Tom Brady
Twitter reacts to Tom Brady's lackluster 'The Match' performance

Twitter had a field day with Tom Brady's rough golf outing on Sunday during "The Match".

Eight-year NBA veteran Jon Leuer announces retirement
Eight-year NBA veteran Jon Leuer announces retirement

He had been battling ankle and other injuries for years.

Baby gorilla badly injured in family skirmish at Seattle zoo
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  • 2020-05-24 21:00:41Z

A baby gorilla was badly injured at a Seattle zoo on Saturday when he was caught in a skirmish between his family group members, zookeepers said. Animal health experts at the Woodland Park Zoo say little Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his mother,

Betty White, 98,
Betty White, 98, 'Doing Very Well' amid Coronavirus Pandemic: 'We Always Have Laughs,' Rep Says

"Two ducks always come by to say hello. They waddle up to her glass door and look in," Betty White's rep said of the star's day-to-day

'Jesus Is Essential': These Churches Answered Trump's Call and Defied Lockdown
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  • 2020-05-24 20:40:06Z

On Sunday, just days after Donald Trump encouraged houses of worship to reopen even in states under coronavirus lockdowns, churches from Maine to California defied the law and welcomed worshippers at live services.In Washington State-the early ground zero of COVID-19 in America-Covenant Christian Church in Spokane welcomed a sizeable, mask-less crowd for morning prayers, according to the local Spokesman-Review. The Reverend Ken Peters, who claims he'd been holding in-person services since May 3, blasted the "satanic" agenda of Governor Jay Inslee's stay-at-home order and vowed to start offering a second in-person service each Sunday evening. And in California, where in-person services...

Slowly, surely, US houses of worship emerge from lockdown
Slowly, surely, US houses of worship emerge from lockdown

For the first time in two months, there was clapping, singing and fellowship inside Stithton Baptist Church in Radcliff, Kentucky, as members of the congregation returned to the sanctuary for Sunday morning services. There also were masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing. On a weekend when President Donald Trump declared houses of worship essential and asked governors to reopen them, some congregants around the country headed for their places of worship with numerous precautions in place.

How lessons from the KBO and Javy Báez can fix MLB
How lessons from the KBO and Javy Báez can fix MLB's aging fan base problem

Major League Baseball's status in the United States will continue to slip if it can't figure out how to reach a younger audience. This summer presents an opportunity.

2 dead, 5 wounded at South Carolina block party that drew up to 1,000 people
2 dead, 5 wounded at South Carolina block party that drew up to 1,000 people
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  • 2020-05-24 20:02:00Z

Two people were killed, including a teenager, when gunfire erupted at a rural South Carolina block party that drew up to 1,000 revelers in spite of government warnings against large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said. The shooting broke out just before 8 p.m. on Saturday in an unincorporated area about nine miles outside Union, South Carolina, after the Union County Sheriff's Department responded to a complaint of vehicles blocking a roadway, Major Scott Coffer told ABC News on Sunday. Coffer said a DJ was spinning tunes when a sheriff's deputy arrived at the party, which was on private property, and asked him to make an announcement for partygoers to move...

Peyton Manning roasts Tom Brady with hilarious Bill Belichick joke during
Peyton Manning roasts Tom Brady with hilarious Bill Belichick joke during 'The Match'

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have traded plenty of barbs ahead of their golf match, but Manning may have had the best roast of all on Sunday involving Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

WNBA teams set to make tough decisions on roster cuts
WNBA teams set to make tough decisions on roster cuts

New York Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb knew that he and first-year coach Walt Hopkins would have to make some tough decisions on the team's roster this year. The WNBA and the players' union decided that teams would have to get their rosters under the salary cap by Tuesday so that players could start getting paid on June 1. It's left many teams with tough decisions on who they will cut and little time to figure it out.

Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters
Chris Wallace Condemns Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning White House Reporters' Faith

Chris Wallace was back to challenging the Trump administration on "Fox News Sunday" this week, criticizing Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for impugning the faith of reporters who questioned the president's push to reopen places of worship.On Friday, Trump threatened to "override" the authority of governors if they did not reopen religious buildings that have been closed in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. When reporters told McEnany that the president had no legal authority to do so, she responded by saying she found it "interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed."McEnany then told the White House press...

UFC officially cancels locations for two June events
UFC officially cancels locations for two June events

Not surprisingly, the UFC has had to nix a couple of dates at locations that, like most, are still restricting sizable public gatherings.The UFC had intended to return to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and Austin, Texas, in June, but the current climate because of the global coronavirus pandemic won't allow for it. There are currently only two official dates on the UFC calendar, which are May 30 and June 6. Both of those events are intended to be held at the UFC Apex facility on its Las Vegas campus. That, of course, is pending the Nevada State Athletic Commission approving combat sports without an audience in the state, which it is expected to do on Wednesday, May 27.The Apex is a...

U.S. CDC reports total of 1.6 million coronavirus cases and 97,049 deaths
U.S. CDC reports total of 1.6 million coronavirus cases and 97,049 deaths
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  • 2020-05-24 18:02:08Z

The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on May 23, compared with its count a day earlier. The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.

The Latest: NY governor says pro teams can resume training
The Latest: NY governor says pro teams can resume training

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. ''Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,'' the Democratic governor said during a news conference Sunday. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players' unions.

UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims
UK PM Johnson backs key aide over lockdown breach claims
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  • 2020-05-24 17:37:25Z

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday defied pressure from within his own party and backed top aide Dominic Cummings over allegations he breached coronavirus lockdown rules. Cummings has been a highly divisive figure in British politics since masterminding the successful 2016 Brexit campaign alongside Johnson. Johnson said during Sunday's news briefing he believed Cummings "acted responsibly and legally and with integrity" after the pair held crisis talks.

Horror Movie
Horror Movie 'The Wretched' Takes In $186,000 as Drive-In Theaters Gain Popularity

IFC's horror movie "The Wretched" is leading the small weekend box office with an estimated $186,000 at 59 movie theaters. It drew a respectable $3,153 per theater average during the Friday-Sunday period. Currently, 348 of the 5,400 North American theaters are open, including 169 drive-ins, according to Comscore. Last week, only 21 drive-ins were open, […]

Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths
Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths
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  • 2020-05-24 17:04:17Z

At a cemetery in Yemen's largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves were a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed Ebeid, a gravedigger in Aden, said there's been five times the normal traffic, with 51 burials in the last week at the cemetery where he works. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has reported a spike in deaths and infections from coronavirus, including health workers at a facility it runs in the city.

Rob Gronkowski reveals main reason he joined Bucs, and it isn
Rob Gronkowski reveals main reason he joined Bucs, and it isn't Tom Brady

Tom Brady certainly played a part in Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he wasn't the main reason.

Warriors
Warriors' Bob Myers says he would "consider" trading draft pick

The Warriors have a 14% chance at the No. 1 pick, a 40.1% chance of a top-three pick, and a 47.9% chance of having the No. 5 pick.

Fox
Fox's Wallace Shreds Kayleigh McEnany for Questioning Reporters' Faith

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace tore into White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Sunday morning for questioning the religious beliefs and faith of White House reporters, saying he's never seen a press secretary act like that in his long career.Following President Donald Trump's Friday announcement in which he demanded that all houses of worship reopen "right now" and toothlessly threatened to "override" governors who have limited gatherings due to coronavirus restrictions, McEnany took a snide shot at the press corps.Asked what federal powers Trump had to force states to open up places of worship during the pandemic, McEnany said the president would "strongly encourage" the...

Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night.
Trump Sows Doubt on Voting. It Keeps Some People Up at Night.

WASHINGTON -- In October, President Donald Trump declares a state of emergency in major cities in battleground states, like Milwaukee and Detroit, banning polling places from opening.A week before the election, Attorney General William Barr announces a criminal investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden.After Biden wins a narrow Electoral College victory, Trump refuses to accept the results, won't leave the White House and declines to allow the Biden transition team customary access to agencies before the Jan. 20 inauguration.Far-fetched conspiracy theories? Not to a group of worst-case scenario planners -- mostly Democrats, but some anti-Trump Republicans as well...

WHO official:
WHO official: 'I cannot imagine' U.S. pulling out of the international body

The official's comments come nearly a week after President Donald Trump sent a letter to the WHO threatening to permanently halt funding.

Hilary Duff Shuts Down
Hilary Duff Shuts Down 'Disgusting' Internet Theory That She's A Child Trafficker

The "Lizzie McGuire" star's name was trending on Twitter over a baseless conspiracy theory about her son.

Will the Coronavirus Kill What
Will the Coronavirus Kill What's Left of Americans' Faith in Washington?

Patricia Millner, a nurse in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was born the year Dwight D. Eisenhower was reelected. The economy was booming, and trust was high: When national pollsters began asking the question two years later, about three-quarters of Americans said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing.A lot has changed since then. Vietnam happened, then Watergate. During the 2008 financial crisis, Millner watched banks get bailed out while people lost their homes. Now there is a pandemic and exploding unemployment, and as she sees it, the government is once again looking out for the wealthy, while everyone else is left to fend for themselves."Every time I see a commercial on...

Trump claims Jeff Sessions not
Trump claims Jeff Sessions not 'mentally qualified' to be AG as feud escalates

Trump's criticism of his former appointee is just the latest in a yearslong battle with Sessions.

Investigators Say One Man Shot Ahmaud Arbery. Why Are Three Charged With Murder?
Investigators Say One Man Shot Ahmaud Arbery. Why Are Three Charged With Murder?
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  • 2020-05-24 15:29:15Z

ATLANTA -- Three shots were fired in the confrontation that killed Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was chased by white men as he ran through their southeastern Georgia neighborhood. The authorities said Travis McMichael, who with his father and a neighbor pursued Arbery, pulled the trigger.Yet all three men have been charged with murder.Arbery's death was captured on a graphic video and posted online more than two months after he was killed Feb. 23, provoking widespread outrage. It also instigated sweeping investigations into the killing, the Glynn County Police Department's handling of the case and eventually the murder charges.McMichael and his father were charged with murder...

How the Trump Effect Could Lift Democratic Senate Candidates
How the Trump Effect Could Lift Democratic Senate Candidates

A driving theme of Republican Party politics circa 2020 is consolidation.The GOP has tightened its ranks; its reliable voters, hovering at around 40% of the electorate, tend to approve of almost anything that President Donald Trump does.Yet throughout his term, from the 2017 battles over health care and tax cuts to his impeachment and subsequent acquittal early this year, very few people from outside the party have been coming aboard.Trump has led the charge, but his effects are being felt far down the ballot. Two years after Democrats swept the midterm House elections by a historically wide margin and with historically high turnout, polling suggests they have a shot at a similar showing...

Wuhan lab director says facility was studying bat coronaviruses but none that match the one behind COVID-19
Wuhan lab director says facility was studying bat coronaviruses but none that match the one behind COVID-19
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  • 2020-05-24 15:07:15Z

Wang Yanyi, the director of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, told Chinese state media Sunday the lab was working on three live strains of bat coronavirus, but the closest genetic match to the virus that causes COVID-19 and sparked a global health crisis was only 79.8 percent. Therefore, Wang said, claims by the likes of President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the virus may have escaped from the facility are "pure fabrication."As tensions between the U.S. and China have heightened since the outbreak, Trump and Pompeo have leaned into the lab-origin theory. But the scientific consensus remains that the pathogen was passed from bats to humans through an intermediary species...

Months before election, liberal groups press Biden on picks for economic posts
Months before election, liberal groups press Biden on picks for economic posts
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  • 2020-05-24 13:06:51Z

Liberal groups are pushing Joe Biden to pick tough watchdogs for U.S. economic posts ahead of the Nov. 3 election to generate broader support for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Leaders of organizations including the Revolving Door Project and Demand Progress said they expect to advance names of people they find acceptable to oversee taxes, regulation, stimulus oversight and markets should Biden defeat Republican President Donald Trump. Activists want public-minded, progressive leaders to help ensure a fair economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and to guard against stimulus money being wasted on what they view as corporate giveaways.

Matt Barnes doesn
Matt Barnes doesn't refer to himself as NBA champion, doesn't have ring from 2017 Warriors

Barnes sprained his ankle just before the playoffs and had a limited role in that postseason for the Warriors.

O.J., Accounting Fraud and Icahn: The Story of Hertz Going Bust

(Bloomberg) -- The short version of Hertz Global Holdings Inc.'s bankruptcy story goes something like this: global pandemic obliterates the travel business and lands an iconic 102-year-old company in court to seek protection from creditors.The long version is a fable about what happens when a company relies on accounting and consolidation to keep shareholders happy. It's a tale of lurching from one CEO to another and management teams failing to stay attuned to consumer tastes.Enterprise Holdings Inc. and Avis Budget Group Inc. are suffering through the same Covid-19 drought, but Hertz's own bad decisions and hard luck made it vulnerable at the worst time. One former top executive summed...

Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts complete rehearsal for historic mission
Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts complete rehearsal for historic mission

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken ready themselves and their kit for Wednesday's flight to the space station.

Trump
Trump's drive against watchdogs faces constitutional reckoning

The inspector general system is being tested like never before in the Trump era.

Key swing state warns of November election crisis
Key swing state warns of November election crisis

The outcome in Pennsylvania could remain up in the air long past Election Day.

Fumbling the nuclear football: is Trump blundering to arms control chaos?
Fumbling the nuclear football: is Trump blundering to arms control chaos?
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  • 2020-05-24 09:30:18Z

The president believes he alone can negotiate away nuclear weapons and win a Nobel prize - but he has quit three treaties and gutted his administration of expertsThe Trump administration signaled this week that it was ready to get back in the business of nuclear arms control. A newly appointed envoy, Marshall Billingslea, made his first public remarks to announce talks with Russia are about to resume."We have concrete ideas for our next interaction, and we're finalizing the details as we speak," Billingslea said.The fact that this relaunch came on the same day that the US was pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty (OST) - the third withdrawal from an arms control agreement under the Trump...

Pelosi
Pelosi's Good at Riling Trump Up. But What's Her Endgame?

It was a seemingly off-the-cuff bit of concern trolling that few in Washington could pull off other than Speaker Nancy Pelosi. On Tuesday, in her best Italian grandmotherly tone, Pelosi expressed concern at President Trump's use of the unproven COVID-19 remedy hydroxychloroquine because of possible side effects stemming from the president's health condition. Specifically, his weight. "As far as the president is concerned, he's our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say," Pelosi told CNN's Anderson Cooper. "So, I think it's not a good...

Biden
Biden's Digital Team Knows He'd Be a Disaster on TikTok. And They're Fine With That.
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  • 2020-05-24 08:55:55Z

The currency of electoral politics is exposure. But what if exposure is not always a good thing? That's the question the Biden campaign is trying to answer as it navigates a novel political landscape, in which the act of campaigning has been reduced to a series of decisions about which platforms to engage from the candidate's home.Often, the choices they've made have proved correct. Biden is, after all, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee with persistent, healthy polling leads over an incumbent president. But occasionally they have not, as evidenced by the storm kicked up Friday when, appearing on Charlamagne tha God's The Breakfast Club, the former vice president said (in...

Hong Kong police fire volleys of tear gas at protesters
Hong Kong police fire volleys of tear gas at protesters
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  • 2020-05-24 06:03:54Z

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district as thousands took to the streets Sunday to march against China's proposed tough national security legislation for the city. Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong have sharply criticized China's proposal to enact a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous territory. On Sunday afternoon, crowds of protesters dressed in black gathered in Causeway Bay, a popular shopping district, to protest the proposed legislation.

Wuhan lab head calls virus leak claims
Wuhan lab head calls virus leak claims 'pure fabrication'
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  • 2020-05-24 05:34:15Z

Claims promoted by the Trump administration that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a "pure fabrication," the institute's director said. President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have repeatedly said they suspect the virus that was first detected in Wuhan was somehow released from the laboratory. Most scientists say the pathogen that has infected 5.3 million and killed more than 342,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, was passed from bats to humans via an intermediary species likely sold at a wet market in Wuhan late last year.

All in the Trump family: meet the president
All in the Trump family: meet the president's surrogates and strategists
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  • 2020-05-24 05:00:14Z

The president's children and their partners play important roles in his re-election campaign, rallying his base and trashing opponents * Why Donald Trump's children are key to his re-election campaign Donald Trump JrAge: 42Twitter bio: EVP of Development & Acquisitions The @Trump Organization, Father, Outdoorsman, In a past life Boardroom Advisor on The Apprentice.Twitter followers: 5mRole: Lead attack dog for his father, firing up crowds, goading liberals and savaging the media. A graduate of his father's alma mater, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he went into the family business. Chris Cillizza, CNN editor-at-large, wrote: "The easiest way to understand Donald...

Family values: why Trump
Family values: why Trump's children are key to his re-election campaign

Amid pandemic and economic collapse, Don Jr, Eric, Ivanka and their partners play key roles in a fierce fight for survival * Meet the president's surrogates and strategistsIt begins with dramatic music and slick graphics - skyscrapers, clouds, big screens, the roar of a helicopter and chants of "Four more years!" Then come clips of Donald Trump Jr mocking Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and hurling red "Keep America Great" caps into a crowd at a rally. A fireball darts across the screen, trailing the word "Triggered".Then, with slicked-back hair, designer stubble and a green-checked shirt unlikely to win any fashion awards, the president's son hosts his own online show."Before the Covid-19...

NKorea
NKorea's Kim holds meeting to discuss bolstering nuke forces
  • World
  • 2020-05-24 04:43:24Z

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un convened a key military meeting to discuss bolstering its nuclear arsenal and putting the country's strategic armed forces on a high alert, state media reported Sunday, in his first known public appearance in about 20 days. In early May, Kim quelled intense rumors about his health by attending a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory in his first public activities in 20 days. "Set forth at the meeting were new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country and putting the strategic armed forces on a high alert operation," the Korean Central News Agency said, without saying exactly when the meeting was held.

Iranian fuel shipment reaches Venezuelan waters
Iranian fuel shipment reaches Venezuelan waters
  • World
  • 2020-05-24 04:23:01Z

The first of five tankers carrying much-needed Iranian fuel and oil products entered Venezuelan waters on Saturday, a Venezuelan government official said. "The ships of the sister Islamic Republic of Iran are in our exclusive economic zone," Venezuelan oil minister Tareck El Aissami wrote on Twitter after the arrival of the first tanker, named Fortune. The fleet is carrying about 1.5 million barrels of gasoline according to media reports, and arrives amid tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has imposed sanctions on Venezuelan oil exports and Iran.

Hackers release a new jailbreak that unlocks every iPhone
Hackers release a new jailbreak that unlocks every iPhone

A renowned iPhone hacking team has released a new "jailbreak" tool that unlocks every iPhone, even the most recent models running the latest iOS 13.5. For as long as Apple has kept up its "walled garden" approach to iPhones by only allowing apps and customizations that it approves, hackers have tried to break free from what they call the "jail," hence the name "jailbreak." Hackers do this by finding a previously undisclosed vulnerability in iOS that break through some of the many restrictions that Apple puts in place to prevent access to the underlying software.

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