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Biden says
Biden says 'we must not allow this pain to destroy us' of violence in U.S. cities
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  • 2020-05-31 14:38:02Z

Biden issued a statement just after midnight as protesters in several major U.S. cities vented outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck. "Protesting such brutality is right and necessary," Biden said in the emailed statement. Biden will face President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Ilhan Omar says protests valid, destruction not
Ilhan Omar says protests valid, destruction not

"People are sick and tired of being sick and tired. And we need to really step back and say to ourselves, where do we actually go from here?'"

Coronavirus updates: George Floyd protests could fuel COVID cases, Trump postpones G7 summit
Coronavirus updates: George Floyd protests could fuel COVID cases, Trump postpones G7 summit

Also, New York Gov. Cuomo will give families of frontline workers death benefits and United Airlines announces executive cuts as coronavirus rages on.

NYC reels after days of unrest amid nationwide protests
NYC reels after days of unrest amid nationwide protests
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  • 2020-05-31 13:46:09Z

New York City officials were looking for a peaceful way forward after three days of protests against police brutality that left police cars burned and led to the arrest of hundreds of people. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wasn't considering a curfew after largely peaceful protests around the city Saturday gave way to scattered clashes between police and protesters later in the evening. Demonstrators smashed shop windows, threw objects at officers, torched and battered police vehicles and blocked roads.

Watch live as SpaceX's first astronaut-carrying spacecraft docks with the International Space Station
Watch live as SpaceX's first astronaut-carrying spacecraft docks with the International Space Station

Today at around 10:30 AM EDT (7:30 AM PDT), SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule will dock with the International Space Station, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board. The two have been in flight on orbit since launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday at 3:22 PM EDT, a historic launch that made SpaceX the first private space company to fly people to orbit. You can watch the livestream above to see the approach and docking maneuver, as well as the transfer process once the hatch opens and Hurley and Behnken make the short trip over from their spacecraft to the ISS.

'Riots,' 'violence,' 'looting': Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say

When "violence" is defined as attacks against property, rather than against people, experts take issue with the term's use in George Floyd coverage.

Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump
Journalists Under Attack Show How Trump's Hate for the Press Has Spread

Journalists have been attacked all over the world while on the job covering protests for years, but never like they were this week in the United States during the George Floyd protests.At least half a dozen incidences of arrests and attacks were reported in protests across the United States this weekend. Some were high profile, like the live-on-air arrest of CNN journalist Omar Jimenez and his crew Friday morning. Others got less attention, like Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske getting pelted with rubber bullets and tear gas or the two Los Angeles Times photographers who were briefly taken into custody. To All Black Journalists: We See You, We Support YouWAVE-TV reporter...

SpaceX
SpaceX's astronaut-riding Dragon arrives at space station
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  • 2020-05-31 13:02:08Z

SpaceX delivered two astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Sunday, following up a historic liftoff with an equally smooth docking in yet another first for Elon Musk's company. With test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken poised to take over manual control if necessary, the SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up to the station and docked automatically, no assistance needed. NASA considers this the opening volley in a business revolution encircling Earth and eventually stretching to the moon and Mars.

World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London
World alarmed by violence in US; thousands march in London
  • World
  • 2020-05-31 13:00:03Z

An American Airlines worker reveals why he
An American Airlines worker reveals why he's giving up his dream job - and his paycheck - to take a buyout

American Airlines announced buyout offers ahead of planned layoffs. An employee explained why he thinks its a good offer, and plans to take it.

More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question
More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question

More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. "If you don't have a Republican woman running in a winnable seat, it doesn't really matter," said Julie Conway, a Republican consultant who leads the Value In Empowering Women PAC, which supports GOP women for federal office. National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Michael McAdams noted that more than half of the party's 21 "Young Guns" - candidates running in the most competitive districts - are women.

George Floyd
George Floyd's brother had a phone call with President Trump but said he 'didn't give me an opportunity to even speak'
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  • 2020-05-31 11:45:39Z

In an emotional interview with on MSNBC on Saturday, Philonise Floyd said his conversation with Trump was "so fast."

McConnell and Pelosi
McConnell and Pelosi's next battle: How to help the 40 million unemployed

The divide over jobless benefits will dominate the fight over a new coronavirus aid package.

Protesters in some cities target Confederate monuments
Protesters in some cities target Confederate monuments
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  • 2020-05-31 10:46:31Z

Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck, targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities. The presence of Confederate monuments across the South - and elsewhere in the United States - has been challenged for years, and some of the monuments targeted were already under consideration for removal. The words "spiritual genocide," along with red handprints, were painted on the sides of a Confederate monument on the University of Mississippi campus Saturday, The Oxford Eagle reported.

Letters to the Editor: Stacey Abrams lost in Georgia, but she could lift Biden as his VP.
Letters to the Editor: Stacey Abrams lost in Georgia, but she could lift Biden as his VP.

Even with alleged voter suppression, Stacey Abrams came very close to winning in Georgia. She would make a great VP pick for Biden.

Iran
Iran's new parliament speaker says talks with US 'futile'
  • World
  • 2020-05-31 07:08:53Z

Iran's parliament speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf said any negotiations with the United States would be "futile" as he delivered his first major speech to the conservative-dominated chamber on Sunday. Ghalibaf, a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards' air force, was elected speaker on Thursday after February elections that swung the balance in the legislature towards ultra-conservatives. The newly formed parliament "considers negotiations with and appeasement of America, as the axis of global arrogance, to be futile and harmful," said Ghalibaf.

Florida
Florida's Seen a 'Statistically Significant' Uptick in Pneumonia Deaths. The CDC Says It's Likely COVID.

Since the beginning of this year, Florida has experienced an uptick in the number of pneumonia and influenza deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease and Control. Experts and Trump administration officials responsible for keeping tabs on mortality rates across the country believe that many of those individuals had likely contracted and died from COVID-19.According to the data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, since the beginning of the year there has been a total of 1,519 deaths in Florida where pneumonia and influenza were listed as the underlying cause. By comparison, in the same time period last year, Florida recorded 1,207 such deaths. The CDC has...

Times reporter recounts being hit with tear gas and rubber bullets by Minnesota police
Times reporter recounts being hit with tear gas and rubber bullets by Minnesota police

Minneapolis police backed an L.A. Times reporter and photographer against a wall and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at point blank range

Joe Biden on George Floyd protests:
Joe Biden on George Floyd protests: 'We must not allow this pain to destroy us'

Joe Biden urged calm late Saturday night as protests continued nationwide. "The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason."

Police tear gas protesters gathered near White House after George Floyd
Police tear gas protesters gathered near White House after George Floyd's death

Demonstrators in the nation's capital chanted "Hands up, don't shoot!" and "I can't breathe!"

Giuliani says George Floyd tragedy could have united the nation, blames riots on progressive political leaders
Giuliani says George Floyd tragedy could have united the nation, blames riots on progressive political leaders

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joins Harris Faulkner on 'America's News HQ.'

Protesters damage stores at The Grove, Rodeo Drive
Protesters damage stores at The Grove, Rodeo Drive

A mostly peaceful demonstration Saturday near The Grove and Rodeo Drive devolved in the afternoon when protesters set a Los Angeles Police Department kiosk and several vehicles on fire, broke store windows and covered buildings with graffiti.

Police make nearly 1,400 arrests as protests continue
Police make nearly 1,400 arrests as protests continue
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  • 2020-05-31 02:59:06Z

Police have arrested nearly 1,400 people in 17 U.S. cities since Thursday as protests continue over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died Monday in Minneapolis after a police officer put his knee on Floyd's neck for more than 8 minutes. The officer, Derrick Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder.

Law enforcement officer fires rubber bullet at man who refused to clear street in Minneapolis
Law enforcement officer fires rubber bullet at man who refused to clear street in Minneapolis

Police work to restore order in Minneapolis; Mike Tobin reports.

George Floyd
George Floyd's Brother Says Trump Was Dismissive On Condolence Call

"He didn't give me the opportunity to even speak," Philonise Floyd said.

Have the sprawling protests against police brutality spiraled out of control?
Have the sprawling protests against police brutality spiraled out of control?

As violence intensified in cities across the nation, some in the movement worry that their protest and their message has been hijacked.

Officials blame differing groups of
Officials blame differing groups of 'outsiders' for violence
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  • 2020-05-31 01:17:38Z

As protests over the death of George Floyd grow in cities across the U.S., government officials have been warning of the "outsiders" -- groups of organized rioters they say are flooding into major cities not to call for justice but to cause destruction. Police officers across the country were gearing up Saturday for another night of potentially violent clashes in major cities. The finger pointing on both sides of the political spectrum is likely to deepen the political divide in the U.S., allowing politicians to advance the theory that aligns with their political view and distract from the underlying frustrations that triggered the protests.

Crew Dragon
Crew Dragon's astronauts give their SpaceX spaceship a storied name: Endeavour

The two NASA astronauts who rode SpaceX's first crew-carrying Dragon capsule to orbit today named their spacecraft, continuing a tradition that goes back to the earliest days of America's space effort. "I know most of you, at SpaceX especially, know it as Capsule 206," Hurley said over a space-to-ground video link a few hours after launch. "But I think all of us thought that maybe we could do a little bit better than that. So, without further ado, we would like to welcome you aboard capsule Endeavour." Hurley said the name was chosen to recognize the "incredible endeavor" that SpaceX… Read More

Trump delays
Trump delays 'outdated' G7 leaders' summit

The US president says he is postponing this year's meeting and wants to invite other leaders as well.

As Minneapolis rioters set buildings ablaze, grocer pleads to save his stores

At a little past midnight on Saturday as smoke billowed and flames rose from the tops of a nearby bank and a post office building, Minneapolis grocery store owner Mohammad Abdi knew he had a critical business decision to make. The 35-year-old Somali man stayed awake through the night and into the morning

Trump postpones G7 summit, seeks to add countries to invitation list
Trump postpones G7 summit, seeks to add countries to invitation list

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone a Group of Seven summit he had hoped to hold next month until September or later and expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his return to Washington from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Trump said the G7, whose members are the world's most advanced economies, was a "very outdated group of countries" in its current format. It was unclear whether Trump's desire to invite the additional countries was an effort to permanently expand the G7.

Cities across nation brace for another night of protests
Cities across nation brace for another night of protests
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  • 2020-05-30 23:48:22Z

Initially peaceful protests in Philadelphia took on a different tone later Saturday afternoon after a car was set on fire and a crowd tried to gain access to a municipal building.

Mayor in Mississippi receives death threats after George Floyd comments, but won
Mayor in Mississippi receives death threats after George Floyd comments, but won't resign

Petal Mayor Hal Marx said his comments on George Floyd's death - which went viral and many consider racist - were 'taken out of context.'

Vikings should sign Colin Kaepernick to contract, ex-NFL exec believes
Vikings should sign Colin Kaepernick to contract, ex-NFL exec believes

Colin Kaepernick deserves another shot in the NFL, but it cannot be a PR move.

Protests over George Floyd escalate near White House as Trump warns against
Protests over George Floyd escalate near White House as Trump warns against 'mob violence'

As police and protesters clashed for a second day near the White House, Trump offered a warning to "rioters, looters and anarchists" against violence.

Outrage over George Floyd
Outrage over George Floyd's death could tip fortunes in Joe Biden's VP search

Some potential running mates have seen their fortunes appear to rise or fall in the midst of the protests over police treatment of African Americans.

George Floyd
George Floyd's Brother: Trump Wouldn't Even Let Me Talk in Rushed Call

The brother of George Floyd said Saturday that he spoke to President Donald Trump but the conversation was so quick that he "he didn't give me the opportunity to even speak.""It was hard, I was trying to talk to him, but he just kept pushing me off like 'I don't want to hear what you are talking about,"' Philonise Floyd told MSNBC's Al Sharpton."I just told him I want justice. I said that I can't believe that they committed a modern-day lynching in broad daylight." Floyd said he also spoke to Joe Biden and poured out his heart to the Democratic presidential candidate. "I never begged for anything before," Floyd told Sharpton. "I asked the vice president if he could get justice for my...

FBI
FBI's top lawyer resigns as agency faces pressure from Trump
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  • 2020-05-30 21:48:18Z

The FBI said on Saturday that its top lawyer, Dana Boente, had announced his resignation as the agency faces scrutiny over its investigations of former staffers and supporters of President Donald Trump. As a senior Justice Department official, Boente was involved in the investigation of Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The Justice Department has since asked a judge to drop those charges, arguing that prosecutors should not have brought them in the first place.

Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis
Biden staff donate to group that pays bail in riot-torn Minneapolis
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  • 2020-05-30 21:16:35Z

Campaign staff for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are advertising their donations to a group that pays bail fees in Minneapolis after the city's police jailed people protesting the killing of a black man by a white police officer. At least 13 Biden campaign staff members posted on Twitter on Friday and Saturday that they made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment. The group uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.

Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Oprah, more celebrities react to the death of George Floyd:
Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Oprah, more celebrities react to the death of George Floyd: 'We must act'

Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Ava DuVernay and more celebrities are speaking up about George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer.

FBI
FBI's top lawyer, Dana Boente, ousted amid Fox News criticism for role in Flynn investigation
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  • 2020-05-30 20:55:44Z

Boente was asked to resign on Friday and two sources familiar with the decision to dismiss him said it came from high levels of the Justice Department rather than directly from FBI Director Christopher Wray.

George Floyd protests continue nationwide as hundreds arrested, cities begin issuing curfews
George Floyd protests continue nationwide as hundreds arrested, cities begin issuing curfews

More national protests are expected Saturday as demonstrators react to the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day.

'There are anarchists': Minnesota officials say 'outside agitators' are hijacking peaceful protests

Minnesota officials say outside agitators, not local residents, are responsible for the violence and riots.

Portland declares protest over George Floyd
Portland declares protest over George Floyd's death a "riot"
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  • 2020-05-30 20:27:01Z

Police declared the violent protests in downtown Portland, Oregon, on Friday night as "a riot" after demonstrators took part in various shootings, fires, and an attack on the city's Justice Center.

US attorney general blames protest violence on
US attorney general blames protest violence on 'far-left extremists'

US Attorney General Bill Barr said Saturday that far-left extremists and anarchists were behind the violent protests against policy brutality in more than a dozen cities, and warned federal law enforcement could take action against them. While local leaders in hard-hit Minneapolis, the epicenter of the protests, said organized white supremacist groups and drug gangs could have had a significant role in setting fires and looting, Barr echoed President Donald Trump's claim that the left was responsible. The protests in Minneapolis and a dozen more major cities Friday were sparked by the killing of African American George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police on Monday.

Colin Kaepernick helps start defense fund for people arrested protesting George Floyd death
Colin Kaepernick helps start defense fund for people arrested protesting George Floyd death

Colin Kaepernick has helped start a fund to provide defense lawyers for those arrested in Minneapolis protesting the police killing of George Floyd.

Federal Protective Service officer killed in Oakland shooting amid protests
Federal Protective Service officer killed in Oakland shooting amid protests
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  • 2020-05-30 20:07:17Z

"An individual inside the vehicle began firing gunshots at contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security," FBI San Francisco said in a statement.

Barr claims protests were
Barr claims protests were 'hijacked' as authorities point to out-of-state actors
  • US
  • 2020-05-30 19:59:00Z

Attorney General William Barr said on Saturday that the investigation into the death of George Floyd was moving at "exceptional speed" but took aim at some of the protesters who have been gathering in response to the incident. "The voices of peaceful protests are being hijacked by violent radical elements," Barr said in a televised statement at the Department of Justice. The death of Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died, has caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and across the United States.

Man fatally struck by FedEx truck during George Floyd protests in St. Louis
Man fatally struck by FedEx truck during George Floyd protests in St. Louis
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  • 2020-05-30 19:26:00Z

The man had been caught by the trailer tire, pulled under and was eventually run over by the tire, authorities said.

Attorney General Barr: Peaceful protests over George Floyd
Attorney General Barr: Peaceful protests over George Floyd 'hijacked' by 'far left extremist groups'

Addressing "rioting" in many cities, Attorney General Bill Barr said, "the voices of peaceful protest are being hijacked by violent radical elements."

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