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George Floyd Worked With Officer Charged in His Death
George Floyd Worked With Officer Charged in His Death
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  • 2020-05-30 14:28:40Z

MINNEAPOLIS -- One was a veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department who moonlighted as an off-duty security guard. The other provided security at a Salvation Army store and spent some of his evenings at local clubs, working as a bouncer.In the year before their fatal encounter, George Floyd, 46, and the officer now charged with his death, Derek Chauvin, 44, worked at the same Minneapolis Latin nightclub, both part of the team responsible for keeping rowdy customers under control.Their paths crossed for the last time in the waning light of a Memorial Day evening, outside a corner store known as the best place in town to find menthol cigarettes. Within an hour, Floyd was dead, his last...

Inside an Extraordinary GOP Event:
Inside an Extraordinary GOP Event: 'Pressing Flesh and Kissing Babies' Again

CONWAY, S.C. -- The first mention of the coronavirus pandemic was a joke.A master of ceremonies was explaining to a crowd of more than 100 people why the keynote speakers -- home-state Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott -- were running a bit late."You have to understand, they haven't got to do any politicking for a while," said the emcee, Robert Rabon of the Horry County Republican Party. "They're like a kid in a candy store -- they're going wild!"And with that passing mention, South Carolina Republicans returned to the normal rhythm of the campaign trail, coronavirus all the same.The outdoor gathering here Thursday was a send-off event for Cleo Steele, a longtime Republican Party...

SpaceX and NASA reset the countdown for second try to launch first crewed Dragon
SpaceX and NASA reset the countdown for second try to launch first crewed Dragon

The countdown clock is running for a second time, in hopes of achieving a first: SpaceX is aiming to become the first company to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station on a commercial spaceship. If liftoff from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida occurs today at 3:22 p.m. ET (12:22 p.m. PT), it'll be a feat that America hasn't been able to perform since NASA retired its space shuttles, nearly nine years ago. "We are going to launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared during a launch-eve briefing at the space… Read More

EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO
EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with WHO

The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. "In this context, we urge the U.S. to reconsider its announced decision," they said a day after President Donald Trump announced the move, accusing the U.N. agency of becoming a puppet of China. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also condemned the move and pledged intensive talks with Washington on the issue.

Older black voters have a 2020 dream: huge turnout, new president
Older black voters have a 2020 dream: huge turnout, new president

For black voters who lived through segregation, this election is the new front line for fairness

George Floyd protests live updates: Anger floods cities across the US; Pentagon could order military police to Minneapolis, report says
George Floyd protests live updates: Anger floods cities across the US; Pentagon could order military police to Minneapolis, report says

Protests nationwide turned violent as demonstrators expressed anger over George Floyd's death by police. Saturday's news from Minneapolis and the US.

The owner of a Minneapolis restaurant damaged by fire during George Floyd protests said:
The owner of a Minneapolis restaurant damaged by fire during George Floyd protests said: 'Let my building burn, justice needs to be served'
  • US
  • 2020-05-30 10:36:19Z

The owner of the Gandhi Mahal restaurant sympathized with people protesting over Floyd's death, his daughter said.

Trump in Trouble
Trump in Trouble

President Trump was disappointed. Bad weather on Wednesday forced a delay in SpaceX's planned launch of the Dragon spacecraft, robbing the president of a prized photo opportunity. He plans to attend the next launch, scheduled for May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, but the spoiled visit to Florida punctuated another week of foreboding news from the campaign trail.The coronavirus has left President Trump without his signature issue (the economy) and without his preferred venue (the tentpole rally). The bump in his approval rating as Americans rallied around the flag at the outset of the crisis is gone. Assessments of Trump's performance during the pandemic look a lot like his approval rating overall:...

Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed
Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian with special needs they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol, Israeli and Palestinian sources said. The incident happened in the alleys of the walled Old City near Lions' Gate, an access point mainly used by Palestinians. "Police units on patrol there spotted a suspect with a suspicious object that looked like a pistol," an Israeli police statement said.

Michelle Obama:
Michelle Obama: 'I'm Exhausted By A Heartbreak That Never Seems To Stop'

The former first lady responded to the death of George Floyd with an Instagram post about rooting out racism.

'Black history is this country's history': George Floyd protests intensify across US, from New York City to Los Angeles; 1 dead in Detroit

Outrage over George Floyd's death in Minneapolis sparked protests, both peaceful and contentious, in cities across the nation on Friday night.

A partygoer who attended the now-infamous Lake of the Ozarks pool party has tested positive for COVID-19, meaning hundreds could have been exposed
A partygoer who attended the now-infamous Lake of the Ozarks pool party has tested positive for COVID-19, meaning hundreds could have been exposed

The individual began showing symptoms on Sunday and was likely "incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit."

Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis
Pentagon puts military police on alert to go to Minneapolis
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  • 2020-05-30 05:15:46Z

As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests. The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.

'This is not a protest ... This is chaos': Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms pleads for peace amid fiery George Floyd protests

Images and videos showed fiery demonstrations in Atlanta on Friday night, prompting an impassioned plea for peace from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Supreme Court won
Supreme Court won't force states to speed up church reopenings

The battle reached the court days before Pentecost Sunday, when churches restricted during recent lockdowns are eager to greet congregants.

Wife of officer charged with murder of George Floyd announces she
Wife of officer charged with murder of George Floyd announces she's divorcing him
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  • 2020-05-30 04:22:00Z

"Her utmost sympathy lies with [Floyd's] family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy," a statement from Chauvin's attorney read in part.

Derek Chauvin, officer arrested in George Floyd
Derek Chauvin, officer arrested in George Floyd's death, has a record of shootings and complaints

The Minneapolis officer fired after George Floyd's death was involved in police shootings during his 19-year career.

Tension escalates into violence in fiery Atlanta rally
Tension escalates into violence in fiery Atlanta rally
  • US
  • 2020-05-30 02:38:56Z

The White House was placed on lockdown as demonstrators chanted at a nearby park.

Merkel a
Merkel a 'no' for Trump's in-person G7 summit: report
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  • 2020-05-30 02:32:34Z

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend an in-person summit of G7 leaders that US President Donald Trump has suggested he will host despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the Politico website quoted her spokesman as saying Friday. Leaders from the Group of Seven, which the United States heads this year, had been scheduled to meet by videoconference in late June after COVID-19 scuttled plans to gather in-person at Camp David, the US presidential retreat in the state of Maryland. Trump last week, however, indicated that he could hold the huge gathering after all, "primarily at the White House" but also potentially parts of it at Camp David.

Across the country, thousands plead for justice as chaos, unrest grows
Across the country, thousands plead for justice as chaos, unrest grows
  • US
  • 2020-05-30 02:31:40Z

"It's time to rebuild our community and that starts with safety in our streets," Gov. Walz said of tensions that escalated into violence over the killing of George Floyd

George Floyd death: Ex-officer charged with murder in Minneapolis
George Floyd death: Ex-officer charged with murder in Minneapolis

An ex-police officer in Minneapolis is detained over the death of unarmed black man George Floyd.

Rudy Giuliani calls for resignations of mayor of Minneapolis, governor of Minnesota
Rudy Giuliani calls for resignations of mayor of Minneapolis, governor of Minnesota

Don't elect progressive Democrats if you want to be safe, says former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on 'Hannity.'

'What is it going to take to get people to listen?': George Floyd protests in Minneapolis continue into fourth night despite curfew

Protests in the wake of George Floyd's death continued in Minneapolis and nationwide following the arrest of fired police officer Derek Chauvin.

Fire and Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in Atlanta
Fire and Fury: Crowd Attacks CNN Center in Atlanta

CNN Center, the cable network's Atlanta headquarters, came under attack Friday night during protests over police brutality sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis.A largely peaceful demonstration erupted first in vandalism, then in violence. Cops used pepper spray, and then some in the crowd were seen smashing windows and defacing the giant CNN sign with spray-paint. Down the street, a police car was set ablaze.CNN correspondent Nick Valencia began reporting on the frightening scene from a stairway inside the building, behind a phalanx of SWAT officers in the lobby, with an angry mob standing on the other side of the broken and missing plate glass."I have a daughter...

Trevor Noah:
Trevor Noah: 'Police In America Are Looting Black Bodies'

After broadcasting from his New York apartment every weeknight for the past two months, Trevor Noah went on hiatus this week. But he couldn't wait until Monday to share his take on the protests that have followed the police killing of George Floyd.In a long, no-frills, joke-free video, shot vertically, The Daily Show host connected the dots between Amy Cooper, Ahmaud Arbery and now Floyd. His most impassioned commentary, however, came when he addressed the backlash to the looting and riots that have happened in response. To those who are telling protesters, "You do not loot and you do not burn. This is not how our society is built," Noah said that if "society is a contract" then that...

Trump Fears The Minnesota Chaos Makes Him Look Weak
Trump Fears The Minnesota Chaos Makes Him Look Weak
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  • 2020-05-30 01:02:10Z

The coronavirus pandemic stole from President Donald Trump his most prized political possession: a booming U.S. economy. Now racial unrest in Minnesota threatens to steal his second-most-prized one: an image of power and stability that he can project to supporters and adversaries alike.Hours into a spate of destruction and arrests in Minneapolis after the police killing of an unarmed black man, Trump was already threatening to send in the National Guard and warning that "looters" in the city would be shot-employing a phrase popularized by a former Miami police chief famous for "tough-on-crime" policies that targeted citizens of color.Trump walked back the latter statement a few hours...

Sen. Ted Cruz on murder charge in death of George Floyd:
Sen. Ted Cruz on murder charge in death of George Floyd: 'It is wrong for any police officer to carry out brutality like that'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas spoke to Fox News about the murder charge filed against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd

Trump vetoes bipartisan measure against DeVos
Trump vetoes bipartisan measure against DeVos' loan rules
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  • 2020-05-29 23:56:55Z

President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed a measure that would have overturned a policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued in 2019 making it harder for students to get their loans erased after being misled by for-profit colleges. The Senate gave final approval to the bipartisan measure in March, dealing a rare rebuke of DeVos from the Republican-led chamber. In issuing his veto, Trump said the rules created by former President Barack Obama "defined educational fraud so broadly that it threatened to paralyze the nation's system of higher education."

George Floyd death: Why has a US city gone up in flames?
George Floyd death: Why has a US city gone up in flames?

Tensions in Minneapolis did not start with the death of George Floyd. They've been years in the making.

'I understand the pain.' Trump says he spoke with members of George Floyd's family

"The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety," Trump told reporters at the White House.

Trump backs DeVos plan to limit student debt relief
Trump backs DeVos plan to limit student debt relief

The president vetoed legislation that would have blocked a policy by DeVos limiting debt relief for defrauded student loan borrowers.

Biden ally sees Klobuchar as less likely Biden running mate
Biden ally sees Klobuchar as less likely Biden running mate

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar seems a less likely choice to become Joe Biden's running mate on his presidential ticket following this week's death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis, a key ally of the former vice president said Friday. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., told reporters that while he believes Klobuchar is "absolutely" qualified to be vice president, "This is very tough timing for her." Klobuchar, D-Minn., was a prosecutor years ago in the county that includes Minneapolis.

Biden urged to pick black VP, not Klobuchar as Minneapolis killing stokes racial tensions
Biden urged to pick black VP, not Klobuchar as Minneapolis killing stokes racial tensions
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  • 2020-05-29 22:28:45Z

Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee to take on President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, has promised to pick a woman. Several black candidates are on the short list, including Senator Kamala Harris, former Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams and Representative Val Demings. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has led to raging protests there and elsewhere, is the latest in a string of U.S. incidents involving unarmed black men, including the shooting of a jogger in Georgia in February and numerous high-profile police killings that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

$1,200 Checks? $450 Bonuses? The Latest on the Next Coronavirus Lifeline
$1,200 Checks? $450 Bonuses? The Latest on the Next Coronavirus Lifeline

Congress has provided a lifeline for millions of Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, providing a boost to incomes via one-time direct payments and implementing a range of other emergency programs to prevent more widespread financial hardship, joblessness and hunger."This summer," writes Ben Casselman at The New York Times, "that lifeline could snap."As states continue to reopen and Congress considers the contours of a next coronavirus relief package, many of the unprecedented steps taken to help businesses and consumers weather the pandemic and economic shutdown are set to expire, creating uncertainty for those who have benefited - and for the economy overall."The $1,200 checks...

Fox News Star Geraldo Rivera Unloads on Trump:
Fox News Star Geraldo Rivera Unloads on Trump: 'What Is This, 6th Grade?!'

Geraldo Rivera delivered one of the harshest condemnations of Donald Trump ever aired on Fox News Friday afternoon when he appeared on The Five and took the president to task for threatening Minneapolis protesters with violence.After first criticizing Democrats for "studiously avoiding" the looting and vandalism by "anarchists" in that city following the police killing of George Floyd, Rivera pivoted to attack Trump directly. "But the other thing is, the president, in these tweets, 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts,' c'mon!" Rivera said, referring to the tweet that Twitter hid from Trump's timeline because it broke its rules on "glorifying violence." "What is this, 6th grade?"...

Transcripts released of Flynn
Transcripts released of Flynn's calls with Russian diplomat
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  • 2020-05-29 21:38:25Z

Transcripts of phone calls that played a pivotal role in the Russia investigation were declassified and released Friday, showing that Michael Flynn, as an adviser to then-President-elect Donald Trump, urged Russia's ambassador to be "even-keeled" in response to punitive Obama administration measures, and assured him "we can have a better conversation" about relations between the two countries after Trump became president. Democrats said the transcripts showed that Flynn had lied to the FBI when he denied details of the conversation, and that he was undercutting a sitting president while ingratiating himself with a country that had just interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

'The Bachelor's' Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Split: 'Some People Are Meant to Be Friends'

"With all that we have gone through, we have a special bond that will always be there," Cassie Randolph wrote on Instagram

Florida governor asks court to stay felon voting ruling
Florida governor asks court to stay felon voting ruling
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  • 2020-05-29 21:25:29Z

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave notice on Friday that he will appeal a federal judge's decision on voting rights for felons, while asking for a stay on the ruling that appeared to clear the way for hundreds of thousands of citizens to vote in a crucial 2020 state. The law in question, introduced by the state's Republican-controlled Senate last year, requires convicted felons in Florida to pay any court costs, fines, fees and restitution to victims before their right to vote could be restored. Opponents argue the law goes against the wishes of Florida voters who approved an amendment to the state's constitution in 2018 to grant voting rights to felons who served their time and were...

Declassified calls show Flynn discussing sanctions with Russian envoy
Declassified calls show Flynn discussing sanctions with Russian envoy

Incoming DNI John Ratcliffe released the already declassified call summaries on Friday.

Trump targets China over Hong Kong security law
Trump targets China over Hong Kong security law

Donald Trump says he will end Hong Kong's special status with the US over China's new security law.

Editorial: Stop focusing on looting in Minneapolis. Be outraged that police keep killing black men
Editorial: Stop focusing on looting in Minneapolis. Be outraged that police keep killing black men
  • US
  • 2020-05-29 20:22:40Z

There is anger on the streets in Minneapolis. It is understandable given the killing of yet another unarmed black man as he was arrested.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas
Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas
  • World
  • 2020-05-29 20:17:30Z

Trump
Trump's tweet injects civil rights era into presidential race, protests of George Floyd's death: Analysis

He used a phrase coined in 1967 by the Miami police chief, who vowed a crackdown on those he said had "taken advantage" of the civil rights movement.

Woman drives vehicle into protesters at George Floyd rally in Denver
Woman drives vehicle into protesters at George Floyd rally in Denver

The black SUV entered a street that had been closed. A man jumped on the hood to avoid being run over, then jumped off and was later struck.

Civil rights leaders urge police to avoid military force, slam Trump for
Civil rights leaders urge police to avoid military force, slam Trump for 'pouring fuel on the fire'

National civil rights leaders urged Minneapolis officials not to use military force and called out President Donald Trump for inciting violence.

Biden calls for
Biden calls for 'real leadership' after Trump alludes to violence after police killing
  • US
  • 2020-05-29 19:21:58Z

Joe Biden on Friday called for justice and "real leadership", accusing President Donald Trump of encouraging violence by threatening deadly military force to stop rioters in Minneapolis protesting the police killing of an unarmed black man. Initially peaceful rallies in Minnesota's largest city have given way to nights of arson, looting and vandalism, as protesters vented their rage over the death on Monday of George Floyd, seen on video gasping for breath while a white police officer knelt on his neck. Twitter, where Trump posted his comment earlier on Friday, for the first time hid the president's tweet behind a warning banner accusing him of "glorifying violence".

Trump Announces U.S.
Trump Announces U.S. 'Terminating' Relationship with World Health Organization

President Trump announced Friday that the U.S. is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization over its failure to enact reforms in response to the administration's criticisms of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic."Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today be terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs," Trump said at a press conference.The announcement comes after Trump had threatened to cut U.S. funding to the WHO, alleging that the organization had helped China conceal the...

Rioters Destroy Bar That Black Minneapolis Firefighter Bought with His Life Savings
Rioters Destroy Bar That Black Minneapolis Firefighter Bought with His Life Savings

Rioters protesting the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, an African-American man who died after being arrested and pinned to the ground by officer Derek Chauvin, destroyed a bar owned by a black former firefighter Wednesday night.Korboi Balla had invested his life savings in the bar and was planning to open it before the coronavirus pandemic caused mass business closures. Balla then moved the opening date to June 1, when Minnesota plans to lift restrictions on restaurants, but the bar has since been wracked and looted in the riots, CBS first reported.CBS was filming a segment at the bar when looters entered through the back of the establishment to try to steal Balla's...

SpaceX
SpaceX's Starship SN4 launch vehicle prototype explodes after static engine fire test

SpaceX had just conducted yet another static fire test of the Raptor engine in its Starship SN4 prototype launch vehicle on Friday when the test vehicle exploded on the test stand in Boca Chica, Texas. This was the fourth static fire test of this engine on this prototype, so it's unclear what went wrong vs. other static fire attempts.

Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid says
Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid says 'Batman and Superman are not coming' in a speech advising college graduates to become their own heroes

"Batman and Superman are not coming to save the world," Navy SEAL Adm. William McRaven said. "It will be up to you."

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