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Officials call for police probe of white woman
Officials call for police probe of white woman's 911 call on black man in Central Park
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  • 2020-05-28 17:47:00Z

"Efforts to intimidate Black people by threatening to call law enforcement draw on a long, violent and painful history, and they are unacceptable," the city's Commission on Human Rights said.

Going to war with Twitter, Trump threatens critical social media legal protections
Going to war with Twitter, Trump threatens critical social media legal protections

Accusing Twitter of censorship for adding a contextual label to false claims he made about the 2020 election process, President Trump has again declared war on social media companies. After the White House told reporters that the president would soon announce an executive order "pertaining to social media," the draft of that order is out in circulation. In fact, we may be seeing the same executive order now that circulated in draft form last year.

Senate seats Democrats and Republicans are hoping to flip
Senate seats Democrats and Republicans are hoping to flip

There are 35 seats up for election in 2020, and Democrats are hoping to crack the GOP's slim 53-47 majority in November.

Mortgage rates nose-dive to new low and bring out the buyers
Mortgage rates nose-dive to new low and bring out the buyers

Rates have hit a new record low and are drawing out hunkered-down homebuyers.

Fox News Anchor Confronts Kayleigh McEnany on Her Mail-In Voting Hypocrisy
Fox News Anchor Confronts Kayleigh McEnany on Her Mail-In Voting Hypocrisy

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany may have found herself in an uncomfortable position on Thursday when Fox News anchor Ed Henry briefly pressed her on her lengthy history of voting by mail.Over the past several weeks, President Donald Trump has railed against mail-in ballots as more states consider expanding the process amid the coronavirus pandemic, falsely claiming that vote-by-mail is rife with fraud and abuse. The president's repeated falsehoods on the topic were eventually flagged by Twitter, prompting outrage from conservatives and the president drafting an executive order about social media.During a typically friendly interview with McEnany on Fox News' America's...

White House to skip economic forecast this summer showing depth of the downturn
White House to skip economic forecast this summer showing depth of the downturn

The grim outlook on the economy, which is not required by law, would come just a few months before voters decide whether to reelect President Donald Trump.

Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won
Israeli PM: Palestinians in Jordan Valley won't be citizens
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  • 2020-05-28 15:11:59Z

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley will remain in what he described as an "enclave" after Israel annexes the territory and will not be granted Israeli citizenship. Netanyahu has vowed to press ahead with plans to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, a process that could begin as early as July 1. The annexation of the Jordan Valley and the far-flung settlements would make it virtually impossible to create a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel, which is still widely seen as the only way to resolve the decades-old conflict.

George Floyd video adds to trauma:
George Floyd video adds to trauma: 'When is the last time you saw a white person killed online?'

Analysis: African Americans face harmful mental health effects every time high-profile incidents of racism and police brutality go viral.

House pulls foreign surveillance bill amid Republican opposition
House pulls foreign surveillance bill amid Republican opposition

President Trump had threatened to veto the bill in a tweet on Wednesday.

Biden calls Trump nuclear testing discussion reckless, dangerous
Biden calls Trump nuclear testing discussion reckless, dangerous
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  • 2020-05-28 14:46:45Z

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden described reported discussions by the Trump administration over whether to conduct a nuclear weapons test as reckless on Thursday, saying it could spur other countries to follow a dangerous U.S. lead. Republican President Donald Trump's administration considered whether to conduct its first nuclear test explosion since 1992, The Washington Post reported late on Friday, citing a senior official and two former officials familiar with the talks. The meeting did not conclude with any agreement to conduct a nuclear test, and a decision was ultimately made to take other measures in response to threats posed by Russia and China, the report said.

Exclusive: After Trump
Exclusive: After Trump's attacks, Republicans are less confident in voting by mail, poll shows
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  • 2020-05-28 14:38:38Z

Republicans are much more skeptical than Democrats their ballots will count if cast by mail and less confident they will be able to vote in November's election if their state switches to all-mail voting, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. In a sign of the deep partisan divisions sparked by Republican President Donald Trump's relentless criticism of voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, the poll found nearly twice as many Democrats as Republicans support efforts to expand mail balloting options. A national push for more use of voting by mail, which Democrats back as a safe way to cast a ballot as long as infection from the highly contagious coronavirus...

Mississippi mayor under fire over comments on George Floyd
Mississippi mayor under fire over comments on George Floyd's death
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  • 2020-05-28 14:36:37Z

Mayor Hal Marx of Petal, Mississippi, said he "didn't see anything unreasonable" in the video of George Floyd's arrest. "If you can talk, you can breathe."

Fact check: No, NASA did not find a parallel universe
Fact check: No, NASA did not find a parallel universe

The internet was briefly captivated after reports circulated that NASA had detected "evidence of parallel universe where time runs backward."

2.1M more Americans file for unemployment, bringing 10-week total to more than 40 million amid coronavirus
2.1M more Americans file for unemployment, bringing 10-week total to more than 40 million amid coronavirus

The number of Americans struggling to make ends meets continues to grow, even as the economy begins to restart after shutting down to slow COVID-19

'It's devastating': why fired US police officers frequently get their jobs back
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  • 2020-05-28 14:19:31Z

The officers involved in George Floyd's death were fired - but rehiring police after termination for misconduct increases the likelihood of abuse, experts sayThe four Minneapolis officers involved in the killing of George Floyd were swiftly fired after footage of his death went viral.But that doesn't mean they're permanently losing their badges. Officers in the US are frequently rehired after their termination for misconduct, a problem that experts say increases the likelihood of abuse and killings by police.Despite the decision on Tuesday to fire the policeman who knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes, along with three other officers at the scene, it's uncertain if the officers will...

George Floyd killing: justice department says inquiry is a
George Floyd killing: justice department says inquiry is a 'top priority'
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  • 2020-05-28 13:54:57Z

* FBI prosecutors and investigators assigned to 'robust' inquiry * Protests followed George Floyd's killing by police on Monday The US Department of Justice said on Thursday it had made its investigation into police involvement in the death of George Floyd a "top priority" after a second day of protests in Minneapolis over the man's death.Prosecutors and investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had been assigned as part of a "robust" inquiry into whether the police officers involved had violated federal laws, the department said in a statement.On Wednesday night a man was shot dead amid further protests over the death of Floyd, who was black and whose neck was knelt...

Attorney general taps prosecutor to look into episodes of
Attorney general taps prosecutor to look into episodes of 'unmasking' by Obama administration officials

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said John Bash, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, will look into the issue.

Exclusive: U.S. taxpayers
Exclusive: U.S. taxpayers' virus relief went to firms that avoided U.S. tax
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  • 2020-05-28 12:40:47Z

Last month Zagg Inc, a Utah-based company that makes mobile device accessories, received more than $9.4 million in cash from a U.S. government program that has provided emergency loans to millions of businesses hit by the coronavirus. The money was part of the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) -- a linchpin of President Donald Trump's economic rescue package, meant to save small firms convulsed by the pandemic and help them to keep workers on the payroll. Claimants certified the loans were necessary to support their business and received an average of $115,000 as of May 26, according to the Small Business Administration, which administers the program.

'Ugly Even for Him': Trump's Media Allies Recoil at His Smear of MSNBC Host

Some of President Donald Trump's most stalwart media defenders broke ranks with him on Wednesday, aghast at his baseless smears against the MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, whom Trump has all but accused of killing a former staff member two decades ago despite a total lack of evidence.The backlash even spread to the senior levels of Trump's party on Capitol Hill, where the No. 3 House Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said the president should drop the matter and focus on leading the country through the coronavirus pandemic. "I would urge him to stop it," she told reporters, referring to the false allegations.The vast majority of Republican officials have kept silent about the...

Why do people commit suicide? Mental illness isn
Why do people commit suicide? Mental illness isn't the only cause - social factors like loneliness, financial ruin and shame can be triggers
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  • 2020-05-28 12:16:39Z

The U.S. suicide rate has been increasing for decades. In 1999, the rate was about 10 suicides per 100,000 people. In 2017, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available, it was just over 14 per 100,000 - a rise of 40% in only 18 years. And the problem is not evenly distributed across the country. The increase has been especially severe in rural areas, some of which have seen their suicide rates jump by over 30% in just the past decade. That rates can change from one decade to another, and vary so much across regions, suggests that suicide is shaped by social conditions. Perhaps the most obvious of these is access to mental health services - psychiatrists, therapists...

It looks like Trump
It looks like Trump's draft executive order targeting Facebook and Twitter got leaked online

President Donald Trump is expected to sign such an order on Thursday.

Iran Warns U.S. on Naval Activity in the Gulf
Iran Warns U.S. on Naval Activity in the Gulf

(Bloomberg) -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unveiled scores of new and upgraded defensive speedboats with a warning to the U.S. that it won't shy away from challenging American naval power."Today we announce that wherever the Americans are, we're right there beside you, and in the near future

Twitter fact-checked a Chinese government spokesman after he suggested the US brought COVID-19 to Wuhan
Twitter fact-checked a Chinese government spokesman after he suggested the US brought COVID-19 to Wuhan

Twitter applied the label to the tweets after being questioned by the New York Post over a potential double standard, The Post reports.

Mike Tyson Tries To Tear Off His Shirt And It Doesn
Mike Tyson Tries To Tear Off His Shirt And It Doesn't Go Well

The former boxing champ's big moment at a televised pro wrestling match hit a snag.

China and U.S. should respect each other
China and U.S. should respect each other's core interests - Premier Li

China and United States should respect each other's core interests and manage their differences, Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday, adding that a decoupling of their economies is not good for the world. "I believe both countries should respect each other and develop a relationship on the basis of equality, respect each other's core interests and major concerns and embrace cooperation," Li said in his annual news conference after the close of the annual meeting of parliament.

'Burn It Down. Let Them Pay': Deadly Chaos Erupts in Minneapolis as Fires Rage Over Police Violence

MINNEAPOLIS-Flames and black smoke poured into the sky here into early Thursday as the second day of protests over the death of George Floyd took a violent turn, with multiple local businesses and residential buildings near police headquarters set ablaze and at least one person fatally shot in the area. Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder confirmed the shooting shortly before midnight local time, but he did not say if it was connected to the protests, according to the Star Tribune. A video shared on Twitter and purportedly filmed at the scene showed medics frantically trying to save a man lying on the ground; at one point one of the medics can be heard urging people to stay away,...

Trump leapfrogs back ahead of Obama in stock market gains
Trump leapfrogs back ahead of Obama in stock market gains
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  • 2020-05-28 10:15:08Z

After a 1.5% jump on Wednesday, the S&P 500 is now up about 42% since Trump, a Republican, was elected in November 2016, compared with the benchmark's 31% gain during the same amount of time after Obama, a Democrat, was elected in 2008. While the S&P 500 has surged 36% from its March lows and the Nasdaq Composite is just 4% short of record highs, investors remain wary of a deep and extended economic slump resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. For over three years, Trump repeatedly highlighted on Twitter and to reporters the stock market's stunning run-up, citing it as evidence of his success in the White House and making it part of his case for re-election this November.

Op-Ed: In a nasty push, Republicans want immunity for companies that negligently spread COVID-19
Op-Ed: In a nasty push, Republicans want immunity for companies that negligently spread COVID-19

Mitch McConnell is holding stimulus legislation hostage to keep businesses from paying for potentially culpable conduct during the pandemic.

Nasdaq 100 Futures Drop on Report of Trump Executive Order
Nasdaq 100 Futures Drop on Report of Trump Executive Order

(Bloomberg) -- Nasdaq 100 Index futures fell on a report Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order that could threaten to penalize Facebook Inc., Google and Twitter Inc. for the way they moderate content on their sites.Contracts for June delivery on the Nasdaq 100 fell as much as 0.8%, before paring losses to 0.4% as of 9:32 a.m. in London. Trump's upcoming executive order aims for federal regulators to review a law that spares tech companies from liability for comments and content posted by users, the Washington Post reported. Investor sentiment was also damped by deteriorating U.S.-China ties."U.S. tech stocks are dropping on profit taking and risk aversion, as they are at...

Protesters clash with Minneapolis police for second night in row
Protesters clash with Minneapolis police for second night in row
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  • 2020-05-28 08:36:58Z

Man shot to death. Mayor requested National Guard's help. Demonstrators furious about George Floyd's death confronted officers. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets.

Trump
Trump's executive order targets political bias at Twitter and Facebook: draft
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  • 2020-05-28 05:49:03Z

U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected Twitter , Facebook and Alphabet's Google from being responsible for the material posted by their users, according to a draft executive order and a source familiar with the situation. News of the order comes after Trump threatened to shut down websites he accused of stifling conservative voices following a dispute with Twitter after the company decided to tag Trump's tweets about unsubstantiated claims of fraud in mail-in voting with a warning prompting readers to fact-check the posts. On Wednesday, officials said Trump will sign an executive order on social media companies on Thursday.

'It's a Sad Result.' Mixed Feelings in Hong Kong Over U.S. Announcement on City's Autonomy

One leading pro-democracy figure thanked Washington, others said the move was bad news for Hong Kong people

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn
Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn't have
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  • 2020-05-28 04:33:12Z

Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Asserting the "absolute authority" to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's too soon. As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have.

UConn murder suspect arrested in Maryland after 4-state manhunt
UConn murder suspect arrested in Maryland after 4-state manhunt
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  • 2020-05-28 03:55:00Z

The University of Connecticut student who's alleged to have killed two people and injured a third was taken into custody in Maryland Wednesday night, police said. Connecticut State Police said Peter Manfredonia, 23, was taken into custody in Hagerstown, Maryland, and there were no injuries to law enforcement or Manfredonia despite authorities saying he was believed to be heavily armed. **UPDATE**Suspect, Peter Manfredonia has been found & is in custody.

Tucker Carlson: Minnesota Protests Over Police Killing a
Tucker Carlson: Minnesota Protests Over Police Killing a 'Form of Tyranny'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson condemned the protests that have broken out in Minneapolis following the killing of George Floyd by police, claiming on Wednesday night that they are a "form of tyranny" and "oppression."With demonstrations growing violent and chaotic as protesters have clashed with riot gear-clad police-who have cracked down on the protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets-Carlson devoted most of his attention to the actions of the demonstrators, who are protesting the death of a black man who was pinned down by a cop."So we know that George Floyd died in police custody, and when an investigation is done we will do a lot more," the conservative primetime host declared...

2nd night of violent protests over Minneapolis man
2nd night of violent protests over Minneapolis man's death
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  • 2020-05-28 02:40:17Z

Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody broke out in Minneapolis for a second straight night Wednesday, with protesters in a standoff with officers outside a police precinct and looting of nearby stores. News helicopter footage showed protesters milling in streets near the city's 3rd Precinct station, with some running in and out of nearby stores. A Target, a Cub Foods, a Dollar Tree and an auto parts store all showed signs of damage and looting.

Conflict erupts at Minneapolis, L.A. protests over George Floyd death
Conflict erupts at Minneapolis, L.A. protests over George Floyd death
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  • 2020-05-28 02:30:46Z

A Minnesota reporter said the protest began peacefully but by Wednesday night tear gas had been used and stores were looted.

Billionaire Icahn exits Hertz with
Billionaire Icahn exits Hertz with 'significant' loss after bankruptcy filing

According to a regulatory filing made on Wednesday, Icahn, who held a nearly 39% stake in Hertz and had three representatives on the board, sold 55.34 million shares on Tuesday at 72 cents per share. Hertz fell victim to coronavirus shutdowns that dramatically curtailed travel and created major financial hardships for the company, Icahn said in the filing, adding that he supported the board's decision to seek bankruptcy protection on Friday. At the end of 2019, his stake in Hertz was worth close to $700 million.

Rush Limbaugh: Trump
Rush Limbaugh: Trump's 'Clever' to Peddle Baseless Murder Conspiracies

Conservative radio host and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh praised President Donald Trump on Wednesday as "clever" for falsely accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder, claiming the president is "just throwing gasoline on a fire" because he's "having fun."Over the past several weeks, the president has repeatedly suggested that Scarborough-while he was a member of Congress in 2001-killed his aide Lori Klausutis. Her death, which occurred in Scarborough's Florida congressional office, was ruled an accident due to an abnormal heart rhythm. Furthermore, Scarborough was in D.C. at the time.Despite Klausutis' widower begging the president to please stop...

Approval of Trump
Approval of Trump's pandemic response stays steady, Biden favored in election: Reuters/IPSOS poll

Public approval of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic remained steady this week as the number of U.S. deaths from the illness surpassed 100,000, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. Asked to rate Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis, 41% of Americans approved and 53% disapproved, about the same as last week but down significantly from late March when Americans approved of Trump's response to the pandemic by a small margin. Earlier this year, Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 1.7 million people in the United States since the first reported case in late January.

Henry Cavill in Talks to Return as Superman for Warner Bros
Henry Cavill in Talks to Return as Superman for Warner Bros

Two years after departing the role, Henry Cavill is in talks to once again portray Clark Kent/Superman in films based on DC Comics, insiders with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.The extent of Cavill's return to the role - whether just for additional work to be done for the upcoming "Snyder Cut" of "Justice League" or for appearances in future films - has not been disclosed.The British actor first appeared as the superhero in 2013's "Man of Steel," followed in 2016 by "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and in 2017 by "Justice League." He was set for further appearances in DC Comics movies, including a planned cameo in "Shazam!" but was instead abruptly let go from the job in late...

Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000
Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000

The US has seen more deaths (currently 100,047) and infections (1.69 million) than any other country.

Trump says he will veto FISA deal as House tests historic proxy voting system
Trump says he will veto FISA deal as House tests historic proxy voting system

The House is set to vote on the bill Wednesday in one of the first tests to the chamber's new and historic proxy voting system due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden on 100,000 coronavirus deaths:
Biden on 100,000 coronavirus deaths: 'To those hurting, the nation grieves with you.'
  • US
  • 2020-05-27 23:39:11Z

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a video message on Wednesday marking the grim milestone of 100,000 American lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, telling the bereaved: "The nation grieves with you." Biden spoke after various tallies of COVID-19 deaths, including one compiled by Reuters, showed that the novel coronavirus has killed over 100,000 people in the United States, even as the slowdown in deaths encouraged businesses to reopen and Americans to emerge from more than two months of lockdowns. Biden, speaking from his home in Delaware, drew on his own family loss when making his remarks.

Minneapolis mayor calls for charges against white officer in death of African American man George Floyd
Minneapolis mayor calls for charges against white officer in death of African American man George Floyd
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  • 2020-05-27 23:23:00Z

The mayor of Minneapolis called on prosecutors Wednesday to file criminal charges against a white police officer seen in a viral video pressing his knee into the neck of an African American man who is repeatedly heard in the footage saying "I can't breathe" before he died. Mayor Jacob Frey said at a news conference that he has contacted the office of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to demand justice for George Floyd and his family. "I've wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Frey said.

Minneapolis mayor calls for charges in George Floyd
Minneapolis mayor calls for charges in George Floyd's death
  • US
  • 2020-05-27 23:12:05Z

Video showing an officer pressing his knee into the unarmed black man's neck has drawn outrage and protests.

Don
Don't throw away those Visa debit cards: They have stimulus cash

About 4 million people are getting stimulus cash on Visa debit cards. Some thought envelopes marked "Money Network Cardholder Services" were scams.

Coronavirus: From
Coronavirus: From 'We've shut it down' to 100,000 US dead

More Americans have been killed in three months by coronavirus than in 44 years of foreign wars.

U.S. FDA finds high levels of carcinogen in diabetes drug metformin
U.S. FDA finds high levels of carcinogen in diabetes drug metformin
  • US
  • 2020-05-27 22:16:07Z

The agency is reaching out to companies whose drugs had N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) over accepted levels and will take appropriate action, a spokesman for the FDA said in an emailed statement. Bloomberg, which first reported the FDA's findings, said that some recalls of metformin were expected as soon as this week, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Senate Democrats take on GOP court-packing in blistering new report
Senate Democrats take on GOP court-packing in blistering new report

The senators pointed to conservative activist Leonard Leo as the driving force behind the many of the president's appointments.

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