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Aggressive anti-mask customers are forcing some restaurants to shut dining rooms to protect employees from abuse
Aggressive anti-mask customers are forcing some restaurants to shut dining rooms to protect employees from abuse

Some restaurants are shutting down or closing dining rooms back up, after employees faced harassment and violence from anti-mask customers.

Florida reports over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its single-day record twice in one week
Florida reports over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its single-day record twice in one week

New York is the only other state that has seen more than 10,000 new cases in a day, with its peak passing in April.

Court convicts Amnesty Turkey ex-leaders on terror charges
Court convicts Amnesty Turkey ex-leaders on terror charges

Amnesty International Turkey said two of its former leaders were convicted on "terrorist" charges by an Istanbul court on Friday in a case reflecting mounting official pressure on civil society. The trial of 11 human rights activists became a symbol of the crackdown on critics after the 2016 failed attempt to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Idil Eser, former Amnesty Turkey director, was among three people sentenced to 25 months for "helping a terrorist organisation".

Texas schools consider remote learning for new school year
Texas schools consider remote learning for new school year

It's the first time we're hearing from Gov. Abbott about the possibility that Texas children may not return to the classroom in August.

Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged in US
Jeffrey Epstein ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell charged in US

She is accused of grooming underage girls for the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and lying about it.

Can you visit Florida beaches for the 4th of July? It depends on how far you want to travel
Can you visit Florida beaches for the 4th of July? It depends on how far you want to travel

South Florida's Fourth of July holiday festivities this year will include masks, social distancing and virtual fireworks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miami-Dade police announce investigation after footage of officer striking Black woman in Miami airport emerges on Twitter
Miami-Dade police announce investigation after footage of officer striking Black woman in Miami airport emerges on Twitter

The Miami police director ordered an investigation on Wednesday night after a video on social media showed an officer punching a woman at the airport.

Beyond '40 acres and a mule': Commentary on reparations

Can America find a more just future without paying for past wrongs? Columnist Ken Makin explores the historical context of calls for reparations.

Turkey wants French apology over Mediterranean warships incident
Turkey wants French apology over Mediterranean warships incident

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday Turkey expects France to apologise after an incident between Turkish and French warships in the Mediterranean prompted Paris to request a NATO investigation. Relations between the NATO members have soured over the Libya conflict, where Turkey supports the internationally recognised government and accuses Paris of backing the eastern-based forces of Khalifa Haftar who tried to capture Tripoli. France denies backing Haftar's offensive on the capital, and accused Turkish warships of aggressive behaviour after its own warship tried to inspect a vessel in June that it suspected was violating a UN arms embargo on Libya.

Fires in Brazil
Fires in Brazil's Amazon jump 20% in June

High above Brazil's Amazon rainforest -- patches of scorched earth are bringing attention to an alarming problem: raging forest fires, which rose 20% last month -- and are putting the lives of dozens of tribes indigenous to the region at serious risk. The fires, which are set to clear land after trees have been cut down, have environmentalists like Romulo Batista worried about the dangers of increasing deforestation. "From January to May this year, we had more than 650 thousand hectares with a deforestation alert, according to the National Institute for Space Research. That is 78% higher than last year.'' The indigenous tribes of the...

Gunmen attack Mexican drug rehab center killing 24
Gunmen attack Mexican drug rehab center killing 24

Gunmen killed 24 people at a drug rehabilitation facility in the central Mexican city of Irapuato, police said on Wednesday, underlining the government's challenge in fulfilling its pledge to stop gang violence. Police in the city in Guanajuato state said the unidentified attackers also shot and wounded seven people in what was the second attack at an Irapuato rehab center in the past month. Guanajuato's Attorney General Carlos Zamarripa said he had designated a specialized team to investigate the killing, which he called a "cowardly criminal act," while Governor Diego Sinhue called for a joint effort from federal and state authorities to tackle violence.

California man who posted regret for attending party died a day later of coronavirus
California man who posted regret for attending party died a day later of coronavirus

"This is no joke," Thomas Macias wrote on Facebook the day before he died. "If you have to go out wear a mask and practice social distancing."

Judge deals setback to key Trump policy limiting asylum
Judge deals setback to key Trump policy limiting asylum

A federal judge has knocked down a cornerstone border policy of the Trump administration that denies asylum to people who travel through other countries to reach the U.S.-Mexico border without first seeking protection in those countries. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled that authorities violated federal rule-making procedures by not seeking public feedback before putting the policy into effect in July 2019. The impact of Kelly's ruling is diminished by a coronavirus pandemic-related measure that was imposed in March to quickly expel people who cross the border illegally and block asylum-seekers at official crossings.

California Gov. Enacts Further Reclosure of Some Businesses
California Gov. Enacts Further Reclosure of Some Businesses

Most counties are being ordered to immediately reclose indoor spaces, like restaurants and movie theaters, as the coronavirus spread grows.

Dead Suspect in Disappearance of Fort Hood Soldier Sexually Harassed Her: Lawyer
Dead Suspect in Disappearance of Fort Hood Soldier Sexually Harassed Her: Lawyer

A military officer who died by suicide after being confronted about his involvement in Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen's disappearance allegedly walked in on her showering, her family's lawyer said Wednesday. The incident is one of two alleged instances of sexual harassment Guillen, a 20-year-old Private First Class stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, experienced at the hands of her superiors before she went missing from the base's parking lot in April, Natalie Khawam, an attorney for the Guillen family, said at a Wednesday press conference. On Tuesday evening, authorities believe they located Guillen's body, after finding partial remains in a shallow grave near Leon River. The remains are...

South Dakota tribal leader joins call to remove Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump visit
South Dakota tribal leader joins call to remove Mount Rushmore ahead of Trump visit

"We are now being forced to witness the lashing of our land with pomp, arrogance and fire hoping our sacred lands survive," Frazier said.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong's new security law: Why it scares people

The BBC's Michael Bristow takes a closer look at what the security law brought in by China means.

Trump calls the Black Lives Matter mural to be painted outside Trump Tower a
Trump calls the Black Lives Matter mural to be painted outside Trump Tower a 'symbol of hate'

The president also slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to reallocate $1 billion of the police department's annual operating budget.

Russia
Russia's Putin urges Turkey, Iran to help promote dialogue in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin told his counterparts from Turkey and Iran on Wednesday that there was a need for peaceful dialogue between the opposing forces in Syria's civil war. Putin also told Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's Hassan Rouhani in a televised video conference that hot spots of terrorism still remain in Syria's Idlib and other regions.

After Turkish incident, France suspends role in NATO naval mission

France has informed NATO that it is suspending its involvement in a naval operation in the Mediterranean after the results of an investigation into an incident between French and Turkish warships, an Armed Forces Ministry official said on Wednesday. Turkey's ambassador to France Ismail Hakki Musa

Pentagon says there
Pentagon says there's no corroborating evidence to support New York Times report on Russian bounties

Reaction from former intelligence officer Don Bramer, founder and chairman of the Bramer Group.

Turkey asks EU to correct
Turkey asks EU to correct 'mistake' of travel list exclusion

Turkey said on Wednesday it is disappointed by the European Union's decision to exclude it from a list of countries recommended for non-essential travel and called on the bloc to correct the "mistake" as soon as possible. The Turkish Foreign Ministry statement came after the EU excluded Turkey, along with the United States and other countries, from its initial travel "safe list". "The measures Turkey has taken to combat the coronavirus pandemic as well as her efforts and success in this respect are evident," ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in the statement.

Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote
Russians grant Putin right to extend his rule until 2036 in landslide vote

Russians opened the door to Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes that will allow him to run again for president twice, but critics said the outcome was falsified on an industrial scale. Official results, after 90% of ballots had been counted, showed that the former KGB officer who has ruled Russia for more than two decades as president or prime minister had easily won the right to run for two more terms. The Central Election Commission said almost 78% of votes counted across the world's largest country had supported changing the constitution.

China orders some American media to give details on staff, after U.S. move
China orders some American media to give details on staff, after U.S. move

China has asked four U.S. media organisations to submit details about their operations in the country, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, in what it described as retaliation for U.S. measures against Chinese media outlets. The Associated Press (AP), UPI, CBS and National Public Radio (NPR) are required to provide information about their staff, financial operations and real estate in China within seven days, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing.

Joe Biden hits President Trump over Russian bounty reports, coronavirus response
Joe Biden hits President Trump over Russian bounty reports, coronavirus response

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden publicly takes questions for first time in months; Doug McKelway reports.

Fact check: Chick-fil-A has not resumed donations to groups that oppose LGBTQ rights
Fact check: Chick-fil-A has not resumed donations to groups that oppose LGBTQ rights

The restaurant chain has faced past criticism for donations to various organizations, but a viral claim about giving to anti-LGBTQ groups is untrue.

'I walked off the plane': Travelers irked by inconsistent face mask use amid coronavirus pandemic

Although many airlines require masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, not all do. Among those that do, enforcement and compliance isn't always certain.

Woman Choked, Robbed In Manhattan
Woman Choked, Robbed In Manhattan

The 64-year-old victim was attacked in Kips Bay on Sunday and suffered cuts. CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports

Vatican police carry out new raid over suspected corruption

Vatican police on Tuesday raided the department in charge of maintenance and restoration at St. Peter's Basilica, seizing documents and computers for an investigation into suspected corruption. The raid was similar to one last October that involved another investigation into a separate department

At least 10 dead as slaying of Ethiopian singer triggers protests
At least 10 dead as slaying of Ethiopian singer triggers protests

At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia's Oromiya region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday. Musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead on Monday night in what police said was a targeted killing. Protests broke out the next

GOP Senator Urges Trump to Publicly Wear Mask:
GOP Senator Urges Trump to Publicly Wear Mask: 'Would Be a Sign of Strength'

Retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implored President Donald Trump to publicly wear a mask on Sunday in order to cool the politicization of mask-wearing, appealing to the president's vanity in the process.With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surging across the nation and states pulling back on reopening their economies, Alexander was asked by CNN's Manu Raju on Sunday morning about the president's resistance to symbolically embrace a basic safety protocol."You, I see you wearing your red-and-black plaid mask throughout the capitol, your staff does as well," Raju noted on CNN's Inside Politics. "The president, however, he refuses to wear one. The vice president continues to say...

Trump Faces Mounting Defections From a Once-Loyal Group: Older White Voters
Trump Faces Mounting Defections From a Once-Loyal Group: Older White Voters

Clifford Wagner, an 80-year-old Republican in Tucson, Arizona, never cared for President Donald Trump.He supported Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential primary race and cast a protest vote in the general election for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee. An Air Force veteran, Wagner described the Trump presidency as a mortifying experience: His friends in Europe and Japan tell him the United States has become "the laughingstock of the world."This year, Wagner said he would register his opposition to Trump more emphatically than he did in 2016. He plans to vote for Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and hopes the election is a ruinous one for the Republican...

Record number of Americans say virus fight going badly, CBS News poll finds
Record number of Americans say virus fight going badly, CBS News poll finds

President Trump gets his lowest marks for handling the pandemic since it began.

A UK charter airline is selling $10,000 seats for flights from London to Barbados on a massive Airbus private jet that requires a COVID-19 test - see inside
A UK charter airline is selling $10,000 seats for flights from London to Barbados on a massive Airbus private jet that requires a COVID-19 test - see inside

A round-trip ticket on this private jet costs nearly as much as two round-trip first class tickets between New York and London on British Airways.

Ireland to keep its 14-day quarantine on British travellers: Sunday Times
Ireland to keep its 14-day quarantine on British travellers: Sunday Times

The memo with the Irish cabinet committee said it was "highly unlikely" that Britain would be included in Ireland's safe travel list, the report added https://bit.ly/2VqTm9E. Ireland plans to lift from July 9 a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from countries that have also suppressed the coronavirus, the Irish government said on Thursday.

US intercepts Russian warplanes off Alaska
US intercepts Russian warplanes off Alaska

US warplanes intercepted four Russian reconnaissance aircraft near Alaska on Saturday, US commanders said. The Russian Tu-142's came within 65 nautical miles south of Alaska's Aleutian island chain and "loitered" in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for eight hours. An ADIZ is a perimeter within which air traffic is monitored by the air forces of one or more friendly countries so they have extra time to react to hostile action.

The US still does a wretched job of teaching Black history. An expert in African American history education explains how to fix it.
The US still does a wretched job of teaching Black history. An expert in African American history education explains how to fix it.

An expert in African American history education, LaGarrett King, breaks down the school system's flaws and explains how to teach Black history better.

'We opened too quickly': Texas becomes a model for inadequate Covid-19 response

State shuts down again after seven weeks with coronavirus cases soaring, after ignoring inconvenient data and fighting party-political turf warsWhen Donald Trump welcomed Texas governor Greg Abbott to the White House in May, the US president hailed his fellow Republican as "one of the great governors" and lauded the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and predicted boom times ahead."When you look at the job he's done in Texas, I rely on his judgment," Trump said.Seven weeks later, as the state once again closes businesses with virus cases skyrocketing and hospitals running out of intensive-care beds, Texas indeed appears to be a model: for how to squander a hopeful position...

"India's George Floyds": Father-son death in police custody sparks outrage

J Jayaraj, 59, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31, were subjected to a brutal thrashing, which resulted in rectal bleeding and eventual death, according to a letter to government officials written by Jayaraj's wife J Selvarani. Police in Sathankulam, a town located 50 km (31 miles) south of the port city

4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police
4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police

Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps where refugees from Myanmar live, officials said. The gunfight took place Friday when a team of security officials was searching for the gang leader in a forest near the Rohingya camps at Cox's Bazar, said police Inspector Pradeep Kumar Das. Another inspector, Morzina Akhter, said the suspects opened fire at police, sparking the gunfight that led to their deaths.

Judge orders release of migrant children over coronavirus
Judge orders release of migrant children over coronavirus

Children held more than 20 days at certain facilities should be released by July 17, Judge Dolly Gee said.

The US reported more than 40,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time
The US reported more than 40,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time

Eleven states, from Florida to Utah, broke daily records for new coronavirus infections, spurring some to roll back efforts to reopen the economy.

Could America Mash Together a Battleship and Aircraft Carrier?
Could America Mash Together a Battleship and Aircraft Carrier?

The Iowa class keeps coming back, and still may yet again.

19 photos from Texas, where the governor paused the next stage of reopening as coronavirus cases surge
19 photos from Texas, where the governor paused the next stage of reopening as coronavirus cases surge

On Friday, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott halted the next stage of reopening and shut down some businesses as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations surge.

Chicago officer sentenced to 7-plus years for bogus raids

A Chicago police sergeant convicted of using bogus search warrants to raid homes and steal cash and drugs was sentenced Friday to seven years and three months in federal prison. Prosecutors had sought a 10-year prison sentence for Xavier Elizondo.

Opinion: Barr backs up Trump
Opinion: Barr backs up Trump's scare talk about voting by mail

The attorney general - again - is acting as the president's enabler.

Nancy Pelosi Smears Tim Scott
Nancy Pelosi Smears Tim Scott

It takes a lot in the year 2020 for a politician to say something that registers as genuinely outrageous, but House speaker Nancy Pelosi accomplished that feat earlier this week when she smeared Tim Scott of South Carolina and his fellow Senate Republicans as "trying to get away with . . . the murder of George Floyd" with Scott's police-reform bill."We're saying no chokeholds," Pelosi said in a CBS Radio interview on Tuesday. "They're not saying no chokeholds. I mean, there's a big difference there. What's the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don't see what the compromise is.""For something to happen, they're going to have to face the reality of police brutality, the reality of the need for...

How Donald Trump
How Donald Trump's Mistakes Became Joe Biden's Big Breaks

Has Biden been lucky, or good? Maybe both.

California shakes up auto industry, says all vans and trucks must be electric by 2024
California shakes up auto industry, says all vans and trucks must be electric by 2024

California shakes up auto industry, says all vans and trucks must be electric by 2024

New U.S. coronavirus cases hit 45,242 for biggest one-day increase of pandemic
New U.S. coronavirus cases hit 45,242 for biggest one-day increase of pandemic

The United States recorded 45,242 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the largest single-day increase of the pandemic, according to a Reuters tally, bringing the total number of Americans who have tested positive to at least 2.48 million. Governor Greg Abbott ordered bars across Texas to close by mid-day and required restaurants to limit indoor seating capacity to 50%, while Florida state officials told bars to immediately stop serving alcohol on their premises. Abbot's announcement stunned Texas bar owners, who said the governor, a Republican in his second term, had given them little notice.


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