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    Californias Apple fire scorches 20,500 acres and is 5% contained; smoke seen as far as Arizona McDonalds CEO seems to hint at an upgraded chicken sandwich OPEC Raised Supply Last Month as Gulf Nations Ended Extra Cuts (Bloomberg) -- OPEC’s crude production rose last month as Persian Gulf members phased out extra supply cutbacks, but the cartel largely persevered with its strategy to revive the global oil industry. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait restored the additional output taken offline in June, when they had amplified efforts to disperse an oil glut left behind during the coronavirus crisis. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries increased output by 900,000 barrels a day to 23.43 million a day, according to a Bloomberg survey. It’s based on information from officials, ship-tracking data and estimates from consultants including Rystad Energy AS, Petro-Logistics SA, Rapidan Energy Group and JBC Energy GmbH....
    Crime statistics for the month of July painted a grim picture of Chicago as the city's murder rate more than doubled, with many of the victims being children. The total number of murders in July climbed to 139% compared to the same month in 2019. There were 150 murders in July compared to 44 in the previous year. The number of reported shootings rose from 232 to 406, a 75% increase. According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, there have been 406 homicides so far this year as of Friday. That is a 51% increase compared to this point in 2019. There was also a 47% increase in shootings in the same comparison. At least 58 of the 573 people who were shot in various shootings throughout the month of July were minors. Among those 58 was a 9-year-old who was shot and killed on Friday night....
    Murders and shootings in Chicago soared in July compared to the same month in 2019, according to a police report released on Saturday. There were 105 murders reported last month in Chicago, a spike of nearly 139% compared to July 2019. Chicago suffered 406 shooting incidents in July, surging 75% from last year. Police say that murders are up 51% in 2020, compared to the time frame of January 2019 until July 2019. There was also a 47% increase in shootings over the same period. August hasn't started off in a promising manner. So far this weekend since 6 p.m. on Friday, at least 27 people have been shot, seven were killed, including a 9-year-old boy. Chicago police responded to a shooting around 6:45 p.m. on Friday. Janari Andre Ricks was in a parking lot with friends when a gunman opened fire. The 9-year-old suffered...
    (CNN)A 9-year-old boy heading to his friend's house was fatally shot in Chicago in the waning hours of July -- a violent month in which police say the number of murders in the city jumped nearly 140% from the previous year. The father of Janari Andre Ricks said the boy was going to get a game controller from a friend when he was shot multiple times around 6 p.m. Friday on the Near North Side. He was pronounced dead at Lurie Children's Hospital."It's senseless, I'm still lost," Raymond Ricks told CNN Saturday at a makeshift memorial to his son. "He was everything. He was an inspiration behind all kids around in the community. Sports, anything, he would tell you stats from back in the day about everybody. He was a genius."Investigators believe Janari was not the intended target, Chicago Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said.When a 9 year olds...
    MORE than 110,000 Americans visited coronavirus-free New Zealand’s immigration site last month, as many mulled fleeing the US. The searches came after New Zealand in early June declared it had eliminated coronavirus – and lifted lockdowns. 7More than 110,000 Americans have visited New Zealand's immigration site in the last monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a community meeting on July 30, 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7The New Zealand Herald reported more than 250,000 Americans this year have visited the country's immigration siteCredit: nzherald.co In the US, meanwhile, cases have surged in recent weeks – with 21 states placed in a "red zone" of increasing numbers. In recent months, more than 250,000 Americans have visited New Zealand's immigration website to see if they're eligible to move there since the pandemic began, the New Zealand Herald reported. In June, 112,800 more Americans visited the site than...
    More than 110,000 Americans visited New Zealand's immigration website last month to learn if they qualify to move there amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tens of thousands of foreigners from other countries have also inquired about living in New Zealand and applied for residency as the country emerged as the gold standard for dealing with the health crisis.  New Zealand on Thursday had just 24 active cases, all placed into isolation, and reported only 22 deaths in total. The country had 1,560 cases total and 1,514 recoveries.  On the other hand, the United States continued to lead the world in coronavirus cases and deaths, with more than four million confirmed infections and 150,717 fatalities.   A New Zealand demographics expert told the New Zealand Herald that the surge in interest about moving to the Pacific country showed a failure of the American public health and political system - which has become all the more...
    To get air travel off the ground, we need federal action Report: Four-time Pro Bowl DE Everson Griffen, Packers have mutual interest Brian Austin Green and Tina Louise Take a Break After First Being Linked Last Month: Source Brian Austin Green and Australian model Tina Louise are taking a break after a month of dating, PEOPLE has learned. © Rodin Eckenroth/Getty; Denise Truscello/WireImage Brian Austin Green; Tina Louise The two were first linked after they were seen hanging out in late June when the two enjoyed a lunch outing at Sugar Taco in Los Angeles, a vegan restaurant, which she co-owns. Louise, 38, is the second person he's been linked to since announcing he and wife Megan Fox, 34, separated late last year. "Megan has been working in Puerto Rico so Brian has been a full-time dad," a source tells PEOPLE. "He loves his boys and they are his focus. With...
    PHOTO BY DYLAN MELCHERFlorida’s top business regulator plans to start meeting with bar operators and craft brewers, amid concerns about establishments closing permanently if a state ban on serving drinks for on-site consumption remains in place. In a tweet Saturday, Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears said he will begin setting aside time Friday to discuss his June 26 order that banned on-site consumption at bars to try to help stem the spread of COVID-19. “Next week starting Friday, I’m going to set meetings throughout Florida with breweries and bars to discuss ideas on how to reopen,” Beshears tweeted. “We will come up with a Safe, Smart and Step-by-step plan based on input, science and relative facts on how to reopen as soon as possible.”  Beshears has said the order, which is backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, would remain in place until the growth in COVID-19 cases...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the cases in Los Angeles County of individuals under the age of 30 doubled in just the last month and is stressing the importance of wearing masks. “You can save our economy by wearing a mask. You can help opening more businesses by wearing a mask. You can save lives and livelihoods by wearing a mask,” he said. “And wearing a mask does not just protect those around you, it protects you too. The more we learn about COVID-19, the more important we are learning these masks are.” Garcetti said a recent study revealed that employees who wore masks at work with over 150 coworkers present, unaware that they were positive for the virus, did not spread COVID-19 to others. “But when they came home and they took their masks off, a majority of their households became infected,” he said....
    University of Kentucky faculty members call for renaming stadium, campus buildings McDonalds will require customers to wear masks in its restaurants This popular $20 dress sold out last month — and it’s finally back in stock Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY. Last month, Amazon's Big Style Sale brought Prime Day-esque savings on all things fashion, from comfortable sandals to bestselling basics. Since the deals were massive, some of the most popular items sold out just days into the event. Although the sale is now over, some of these items are finally back in stock, including the sleek T-shirt dress that became an overnight bestseller. During the sale, the...
              Tennessee saw 25,794 more people file unemployment benefits last week as the coronavirus continues to impact the state’s economy, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). The jobless claims for the week ending July 18 increased slightly from the 22,431 claims from the previous week. The number of unemployment weekly claims Tennessee has received since May 9 have all been under 30,000. TDLWD data shows that 740,123 Tennesseans have asked the government for assistance since March 15. As the number of unemployment claims has steadied in recent months, the state’s unemployment rate has gone down. According to the TDLWD, the Volunteer State’s June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, which is down 1.3 percent from May. In comparison, Tennessee has a lower seasonally adjusted unemployment rate than the national average of 11.1 percent. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate...
    Joe Biden continued to limit his exposure to reporters on Tuesday when he finished a speech and said he would take questions “at another time.” “Thank you for listening. I look forward to having your questions at another time, and I’m off to another event,” Biden said. He walked off to a smattering of applause and a reporter shouting a question in vain. On July 14, journalists tried — and failed — to get the presumptive Democrat nominee to answer questions. "Mr. Vice President, time for a few questions?"@joebiden: pic.twitter.com/cuRCxXB4Hj — Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) July 14, 2020 “Mr. Vice President, time for a few questions?” a reporter yelled as Biden concluded his remarks. A few days earlier, Biden rebuffed journalists assembled outside his childhood home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as Biden stood on the sidewalk. Joe Biden makes a stop at his childhood home in Scranton. pic.twitter.com/CC6ge6XSGz — Holly Otterbein...
    (CNN)US Army officials have identified a soldier found dead less than 20 miles from the Fort Hood Army base in Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood media officials said Tuesday. Private Mehjor Morta, 26, is the third Fort Hood soldier to be found dead in the past month and at least the seventh since the start of 2020, according to previous CNN reporting. Pvt. Mejhor MortaOn June 30, investigators discovered human remains later identified as Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen. On July 1, the soldier suspected in Guillen's disappearance, Spc. Aaron David Robinson, fatally shot himself after police confronted him. Earlier in June, authorities found the body of Private 2nd Class Gregory Wedel-Morales, who went missing last year while driving in Killeen.Morta, originally of Pensacola, Florida, was discovered unresponsive on Friday near Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Fort Hood officials said in a release.The Bell County Sheriff's Office said it's still investigating Morta's cause of...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — 68,000 jobs were added across Maryland last month, according to State Department of Labor. >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    Catie Keck39 minutes ago•Filed to:RevelRevelmopedTransportationNew York City1SavePhoto: Mike Lawrie (Getty Images) If you live in a city with a shared motor scooter program, you’ve likely spotted at least one reckless driver zipping down the street without any regard for basic traffic rules or safety. Maybe the rider or riders failed to wear a helmet, or maybe they were riding on sidewalks or bike lanes. I’ve personally witnessed maniac Revel users in New York City treating the scooters like their own personal go-karts, in many cases at the expense of their own safety. According to an email sent to customers in its New York City market and obtained by the Brooklyn Paper, Revel has suspended more than 1,000 users in the last 30 days for violating its rules—a figure confirmed to Gizmodo by a Revel spokesperson, who said its service area covers parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. ...
    In wake of Floyd killing, screening of U.S. police recruits is under focus Taco Bell is making some big changes to its menu and people are already freaking out Jon Rahm finds spark in deciding to just go for it last Sunday DUBLIN, Ohio – Jon Rahm’s resurgence began with a bogey. © Provided by Golf Channel After dropping a shot on his first hole last Sunday at Muirfield Village, Rahm turned to caddie Adam Hayes and said: “Let’s just go for it. I have nothing to lose whatsoever, but a lot to win.” By the end of the round, Rahm carded a dazzling 8-under 64 that rocketed him up the leaderboard and produced the best single-round performance of his Tour career, gaining 6.29 strokes on the field from tee to green. And now? Memorial Tournament: Full-field scores | Full coverage “I’m feeling good in every part of my...
    Last month, he proudly announced that he was bringing his Yeezy label to Gap, after signing a 10-year-deal with the fashion retailer. And on Thursday, Kanye West teased the impending collection to his nearly 30million followers on Twitter by uploading a video from a 'YZY GAP fitting.' In the five-second clip, a model donning a pair of iridescent utility pants can be seen standing in a warehouse, while a tank roared behind her.  It's coming: On Thursday, Kanye West teased his impending Yeezy/Gap collection to his nearly 30million followers on Twitter by uploading a video from a 'YZY GAP fitting' The model also happened to be wearing a white tee with holes near the neckline as a stylist worked on securing a silver belt around her waist.  On the floor of the warehouse, there were a number of different clothing items in a variety of tones. RELATED ARTICLES ...
    BRONXVILLE, New York (WABC) -- An emotional funeral was held Wednesday for a Bronx teen who was gunned down at a barbecue last month.Classmates, friends and teammates came to honor 17-year-old Brandon Hendricks.Some even paid tribute to the teen by wearing basketball jerseys with Hendrick's number five.Friends of Hendricks said that he showed love to everyone, even if you were a stranger.RELATED | A mother's heartbreak: Vigil honors 17-year-old basketball star Brandon HendricksHendrick's family has been devastated by the tragic death of this teenager whose life, some have said, held so much promise."Maybe God had a different plan," Hendrick's uncle Noel Ellison said. "He had a good 17 years. He was a good son, a good nephew, a good child."The homegoing service, which filled the First Baptist Church of Bronxville, was led by Reverend Al Sharpton.RELATED | Al Sharpton speaks out at George Floyd memorial: 'Get your knee off our...
    By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer Boeing reported Tuesday that customers canceled orders for 60 of its grounded 737 Max jets in June, and the aircraft maker removed another 123 planes from its backlog because of doubts that the deals will be completed. The slump in aircraft sales extends across the Atlantic. European rival Airbus reported no new orders in June. Chicago-based Boeing, a leading U.S. exporter, was struggling before the pandemic hit because of the grounding of the Max -- once its best-selling plane -- after two deadly crashes. The coronavirus has compounded the company’s problems by causing a deep slump in air travel that has left airlines around the world with too many planes, not a need for more. American Airlines is demanding that Boeing help it find financing for 17 Max jets that the airline expected to receive at least a year ago. Last month, Norwegian Air...
    Boeing reported Tuesday that customers canceled orders for 60 of its grounded 737 Max jets in June, and the aircraft maker removed another 123 planes from its backlog because of doubts that the deals will be completed. The slump in aircraft sales extends across the Atlantic. European rival Airbus reported no new orders in June. Chicago-based Boeing, a leading U.S. exporter, was struggling before the pandemic hit because of the grounding of the Max — once its best-selling plane — after two deadly crashes. The coronavirus has compounded the company’s problems by causing a deep slump in air travel that has left airlines around the world with too many planes, not a need for more. American Airlines is demanding that Boeing help it find financing for 17 Max jets that the airline expected to receive at least a year ago. Last month, Norwegian Air Shuttle announced that it plans to...
    The LA County coroner's office has released the autopsy report of the 18-year-old security guard who was shot dead by police last month - days after the sheriff's department requested a 'security hold' on the findings.  Andres Guardado Pineda died on June 18 from 'multiple gunshot wounds' after he was shot five times in the back, according to the report released on Friday.  All five shots were determined to be fatal and the report showed he also suffered two graze wounds to his arm. His death was ruled a homicide.    The report comes after the teen's family on Wednesday released the results of an independent autopsy that showed the same cause and manner of death.   Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner Dr Jonathan Lucas released the report despite authorities' request to keep it under a 'security hold', citing a matter of public interest. LA County coroner's office has released the autopsy report...
    United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts poses for the court's official portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court building November 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla Chief Justice John Roberts was briefly hospitalized last month after he fell and suffered an injury to his forehead while walking near his home, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court said Tuesday. Roberts, 65, was treated at a hospital June 21 and spent the night there after he fell while walking for exercise, the spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg, said in a statement. "The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next morning," Arberg said. "His doctors ruled out a seizure. They believe the fall was likely due to light-headedness caused by dehydration." More from NBC News:Trump 'going with his gut' in fanning racism, frustrating some White House...
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was reportedly hospitalized overnight last month after he fell and injured his head at a Maryland country club. Roberts’ head was covered in blood before the 65-year-old was transported to the hospital via ambulance after the incident at the Chevy Chase Club on June 21, a source told the Washington Post. Roberts was treated with sutures and discharged the next day, according to the report. While Roberts had previously experienced seizures twice before in 1993 and 2007, doctors ruled out that he had suffered another during the fall, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg told the Washington Post. “The Chief Justice was treated at a hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead susta ined in a fall while walking for exercise near his home,” Arberg said in a statement. “The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he...
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized June 21 after falling and hitting his head near his home in Maryland, Fox News reported. Supreme Court spokesperson Kathy Arberg told Fox News that the 65-year-old was walking at a country club when he fell and sustained a forehead injury that required treatment at the local hospital. (RELATED: SCOTUS Abortion Case May Be In The Hands Of Chief Justice Roberts) Chief Justice John Roberts walks with his wife Jane Roberts and their children Jack Roberts and Josie Roberts at the Supreme Court after he took the Supreme Court bench for the first time October 3, 2005 in Washington, DC. Roberts replaced William H. Rehnquist as the new chief Justice. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) “The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next morning. His doctors ruled out...
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was reportedly hospitalized overnight last month after he fell and injured his head at a Maryland country club. Roberts’ head was covered in blood before the 65-year-old was transported to the hospital via ambulance after the incident at the Chevy Chase Club on June 21, a source told the Washington Post. Roberts was treated with sutures and discharged the next day, according to the report. While Roberts had previously experienced seizures twice before in 1993 and 2007, doctors ruled out that he had suffered another during the fall, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg told the Washington Post. “The Chief Justice was treated at a hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall while walking for exercise near his home,” Arberg said in a statement. “The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in...
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts spent a night in a hospital last month after injuring his forehead in a fall at a Maryland country club, according to a report. After the injury, Roberts’s head was covered in blood, The Washington Post reports, citing information from a source. Roberts fell while taking a walk on the property, the report said. The chief justice, 65, has a history of seizures, having suffered such health events in 1993 and 2007, but doctors determined that last month’s fall did not result from a seizure, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg told the Post. Instead, doctors believe Roberts suffered some lightheadedness because of dehydration, the report said. Roberts was taken to a hospital by ambulance after the June 21 incident at the Chevy Chase Club. His injury was serious enough to require an unspecified number of stitches, according to the report. He was released...
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Robert was hospitalized last month after sustaining minor injuries during a fall at a club in Maryland. Robert, who is 65, was taken to a nearby hospital after falling at the Chevy Chase Club in Montgomery County on June 21 and received sutures to contain bleeding to the head resulting from the fall, a spokeswoman for the Supreme Court confirmed Tuesday. “The Chief Justice was treated at a hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall while walking for exercise near his home," read a statement from Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg. "The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next morning. His doctors ruled out a seizure," she added. "They believe the fall was likely due to light-headedness caused by dehydration.” Roberts, who...
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized last month after falling at a Maryland country club, the court confirmed Tuesday.  The court told The Washington Post in a statement that the 65-year-old justice fell on June 21 and suffered injuries that required stitches. He was observed at an area hospital overnight and was released the day after. Supreme Court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg told The Post that doctors had ruled out any connections between Roberts’s history of having two seizures in 1993 and 2007 and the June incident. Doctors said the fall was caused by dehydration. “The Chief Justice was treated at a hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall while walking for exercise near his home. The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next morning. His doctors ruled...
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    June 2020 set another all-time background check record. The FBI NICS office ran 3,931,607 total background checks last month, breaking the previous record by nearly two-hundred-thousand checks. The number of background checks run by the FBI has surpassed 3 million in a month four times. Three of those times have been this year. There have been 38% more checks in January through June of this year than during the same time period last year, and we have already hit 67% of the total number of checks run last year. Last year, you may recall, was the busiest year for the NICS office, for now. To break that record for checks in a year, the FBI would need to conduct about nine million more checks in the second half of 2020. Or, about three-quarters of a million fewer checks than were run from April through June. We have been regularly covering the...
    @DWUhlfelderLaw on Twitter Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder visited Florida beaches again this week dressed as the “Stay at Home” Grim Reaper in an effort to protest people outside during the coronavirus pandemic — despite the fact that he attended even larger group demonstrations with less social distancing just last month. Uhlfelder posted a number of photographs of himself dressed as the Grim Reaper on Twitter on Friday. Jacksonville Beach pic.twitter.com/O65TFEOgFV — Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 3, 2020 Let’s just say this guy was not pleased with our presence today. Thankfully the local police intervened. pic.twitter.com/gFMJIw4bVd — Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 3, 2020 Florida Grim Reaper meets Jacksonville Trump supporter blaming COVID-19 on Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. The police politely stopped him from attacking me. pic.twitter.com/BhcDAgl9d0 — Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 3, 2020 GRIM REAPER IN JAX BEACH: Florida attorney @DWUhlfelderLaw dressed as the reaper lurked in Jacksonville...
    Shootings and homicides in Chicago increased sharply in June compared to the same time last year. Police data show that shootings in Chicago increased by 75% in June of 2020 compared to June 2019, and murders in the city rose by 78%, according to NBC 5 Chicago. In June of this year, 424 people were shot, and 89 were murdered — compared to 242 shootings and 50 murders during the same month last year. Last weekend alone, gun violence killed more than a dozen people, including three children. Twelve people were killed on Father’s Day weekend, including a 3-year-old. The city plans to deploy 1,200 extra officers over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to WGN TV. When asked about the rise in violence, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, said it was a “complicated” question and suggested that gun control is the answer. “That’s...
    Authorities are cracking down on illegal activity at a Somerset County park 40 summonses for illegal drinking and swimming were issued, and two people were arrested on drug charges there. Washington Valley Park in the Martinsville section of the Township includes Buttermilk Falls and Chimney Rock Reservoir, where one person drowned last month. The Somerset County Park Commission has had to remove several dumpsters of garbage due to excessive littering in the park, too, authorities said. "In response, to these complaints, the Bridgewater Township Police Department in cooperation with the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and the Somerset County Park Rangers increased enforcement of these quality of life issues," Acting Chief Paul Payne said. These efforts include parking enforcement of no parking on Gilbride Road, Newmans Lane, and Miller Lane, and walking patrols of the park with uniform and undercover officers. Vehicles should only be parked in areas designated for parking, and...
    A Black transgender woman was found dead with apparent gunshot wounds in a Dallas parking lot on Tuesday, the last day of Pride month, authorities in Dallas said. Dallas police said the woman, who has been identified in reports as Merci Mack, was discovered in a parking lot outside an apartment building shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. The department said residents reported hearing gunfire earlier in the morning, but added the office has “no records of 911 calls at that time.” Mack is one of at least 17 transgender or gender non-conforming people to be fatally shot or killed by violent means so far this year, data from the Human Rights Campaign, which tracks fatal anti-transgender violence, shows.  In Dallas alone, at least four transgender women of color have been killed since May 2018, according to NBC News.  The founder of...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County continues to see a spike of Covid-19 cases and related deaths. The county reported a single-day record 601 new positive tests Tuesday, bringing the total to 21,338. There were 20 additional deaths, also a record, now totaling 373. Of those 20 cases, two were men in their 30s. On Tuesday, the Director of the Dallas County Health and Human Services, Dr. Philip Huang called it a wake-up call. “This is still extremely serious,” he said. Dallas County and the other large counties in Texas are seeing more younger people diagnosed with the virus. Since June 1, Dallas County reports 52 percent of all new coronavirus cases have been people between the ages of 18 to 40. Between March 10 and June 26, the county says 21 percent of people being treated in a hospital for the virus have been in that same age group....
    The Social Security has paid 1,138 million euros to 1.46 million euros this Tuesday self-employed beneficiaries of the extraordinary benefit In the month of June. The extraordinary benefit was approved in March for self-employed workers who were forced to close for alarm status and for those who, being able to continue their activity, had a 75% turnover drop with respect to the average of the 6 months prior to the request. It represents a benefit equivalent to 70% of the regulatory base (a minimum of 661 euros per month) in addition to the total exemption from social security contributions. During the three and a half months that this benefit has been in force, Social Security has paid 3,708 million euros in extraordinary benefits. Each beneficiary has received on average 723.59 euros per month (more than 2,600 euros in total if they accessed the benefit since March 14), an aid...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s not just the pandemic that has kept some businesses closed. Last month’s looting devastated dozens of stores on Chicago’s South and West sides. CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross revisited two neighborhoods that were hit hard and found two very different perspectives. A shopping strip on the South Side is a good snapshot of the state of business in some areas: boarded up parts, some stores that may never reopen, but also places where business is back and hope is part of the sales pitch. Inventory is being delivered again at the South Side’s B Fresh Clothing. Boxes are stacked up, shirts racked up and sales packed up once again. “Thank God customers are coming back,” said owner Nate Zoubeidi, who reopened his doors only days ago. “It felt great. A lot of customers were waiting and were back in the neighborhood and were actually doing pretty good.” But...
    COVID-19 peak dates for every state Huey, Pop, Lock & Drop It rapper, killed in double shooting at 32 Consumer spending rebounds even as income plunges U.S. consumer spending rebounded by the most on record in May, but the gains are not likely to be sustainable, with income dropping and expected to decline further as millions lose their unemployment checks starting next month. © David Paul Morris / Bloomberg Consumer spending The Commerce Department said on Friday consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, jumped 8.2% last month. That was largest increase since the government started tracking the series in 1959. Consumer spending tumbled by a historic 12.6% in April. Load Error Economists polled by Reuters had forecast consumer spending rising 9.0% in May. The surge in spending last month reflected the reopening of many businesses after being shut in mid-March to control...
    As calls from the Left intensify to abolish the police, and New York City takes action to remove officers and dismantle vital anti-crime units, the city that never sleeps surged in gun violence by a stunning 358% since this time last year. “It has been nearly a quarter century since New York City experienced as much gun violence in the month of June as it has seen this year,” The New York Times reported Tuesday. NYC “logged 125 shootings in the first three weeks of the month, more than double the number recorded over the same period last year, police data show,” the report noted. “Gunmen opened fire during house parties, barbecues and dice games, and carried out coldly calculated street executions.” Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri said you would “have to go back to 1996 to have a worse start of June.” Over this past weekend, 38...
    Coronavirus — This is the panorama of Latin America against the covid-19 4:29 . – Covid-19 cases in Latin America have now tripled since the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced that the region had become the new epicenter of the pandemic, the organization’s director said on Wednesday. “Last month I announced here that our region had become the new epicenter of the pandemic,” said Dr. Carissa Etienne during a press conference. Since then, cases of covid-19 in Latin America have now tripled from almost 690,000 [el] May 23 to over 2 million today. ” There is now widespread transmission in most of Central America, while the Caribbean has hot spots on the border with Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as in northern South America, Etienne said. “Brazil exceeded one million cases of covid-19, joining the United States as the countries of the world with cases...
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An investigation into the Pakistan airliner that killed 97 last month has found that its pilots and air traffic control officials did not follow set procedures, the aviation minister said on Wednesday. Presenting an initial inquiry report in parliament, Ghulam Sarwar Khan said the pilots were not "focused" because of the coronavirus pandemic, although the aircraft was "100% fit". The Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 crashed last month in a residential district of the southern port city of Karachi, killing all but two of the 99 aboard. Flight PK8303, from the eastern city of Lahore, came down about a kilometre (0.6 mile) short of the runway on its second attempt to land. (Reporting by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Officers of the New York Police department caught on video driving into a group of protesters demonstrating against racism and police brutality in Brooklyn last month did not violate the department’s use-of-force policy, Commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday. Shea made the statement during an online public hearing held by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating police encounters during widespread protests following last month's killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. ‘Was that in violation of your use of force policy?,’ James asked of the May 30 incident, to which Shea responded ‘No.’ ‘Our internal affairs bureau investigated this information and preliminarily we have an accounting of that incident where we have officers in a situation where they’re essentially being penned in by protesters,’ the commissioner added.  Scroll down for video  Officers of the New York Police department caught on video driving into a group of...
    By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Monday reconvened their 2020 legislative session to flesh out details for how they plan to spend more than $600 million in federal coronavirus relief funds. Lawmakers also expect to tackle police reform measures, including a bill that would amend state open records laws to allow the public to learn information about police officer suspensions. The Democratic Party-controlled House and Senate suspended the regular annual session in March to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They returned last month briefly to work on the budget after the U.S. Congress appropriated relief money to the states and the pandemic triggered a sharp decline in tax revenue. House and Senate leaders expect to put $230 million of the relief money toward $100 monthly payments to those receiving unemployment insurance benefits. The payments will start Aug. 1 and last through December. The...
    Nearly all of the 1,001 children who arrived to the southern border by themselves last month were quickly deported by the Trump administration under a Stephen Miller-led public health order condemned by a U.N. agency, and implemented in complete defiance of U.S. asylum law. Of those 1,001 children, only 39 were allowed to remain in the U.S. to continue pursuing their asylum claims, according to government data obtained by CBS News. Just 39. “Customs and Border Protection carried out nearly 900 expulsions of unaccompanied minors in March and April, but has declined to provide figures for May,” CBS News said. Probably because what officials are doing is a crime in every sense of the word. "There were 1,000 children who came to our border and asked for help and—with 39 exceptions—every single one of them was turned away," Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights policy director Jennifer Nagda told CBS News. Campaign Action The deportations are happening under the Miller-led order that...
    Nearly one in five New York City workers were out of a job in May, as the nation’s viral epicenter remained under lockdown for all of last month.  As the five boroughs head toward the next phase of reopening on Monday, the latest figures provide a grim snapshot of what was likely peak joblessness in the city — a level of unemployment Mayor Bill de Blasio has likened to Great Depression levels. The unemployment rate hit 18.3% in May, up from 15% in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released a state-by-state breakdown of unemployment Friday that included some major metro areas.  Between 150,000 to 300,000 workers, from office staff to car dealers and bartenders, could return to work in New York City on Monday as part of Phase 2, de Blasio estimated this week. That’s on top of the 300,000-400,000 construction, retail and manufacturing jobs gained...
    Not the kind of record you want to set. The Star Tribune’s Kavita Kumar reports: “Minnesota’s unemployment rate rose to 9.9% last month, the highest level ever recorded since the state began tracking it in the 1970s. … But that snapshot of the state’s economy was taken in the middle of the month before businesses such as retail stores began to reopen. … A different set of data, based on a survey of employers, showed that the state ended up adding 9,800 jobs last month, a modest gain after losing 360,000 jobs in April and 27,800 jobs in March.” No conversion therapy in St. Paul. WCCO reports: “During a city council meeting Wednesday, St. Paul City Council voted to ban conversion therapy for youth. … Conversion therapy, a practice which seeks to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, has been classified as a form of torture by the...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump keeps taking shots at former President Barack Obama.A lot of them are lies.Trump has long been fixated on his predecessor. Since May 1, as his presidential campaign against former Vice President Joe Biden has heated up, Trump has made at least 12 separate false claims about Obama and his record in office.Trump added a new one Tuesday in a speech about police reform, declaring that Obama and Biden "never even tried" to fix problems in policing. That's not even close to true. Here's the list of 12 separate false claims.Read More1) Obama didn't try on police reformTrump touted his own efforts to address policing problems, then said, "President Obama and Vice President Biden never even tried to fix this during their eight-year period. The reason they didn't try is because they had no idea how to do it." Facts First: Obama and his administration took multiple...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to travel to Hawaii to meet with Chinese government officials, Politico reported on Friday, citing two unnamed sources. Pompeo, who has been vocal in criticizing China on a range of issues from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to its Hong Kong policy to the treatment of its ethnic and religious minorities, was planning the trip “quietly” and the arrangements were not finalized, Politico said. The U.S. State Department and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have deteriorated in recent months, and U.S. President Donald Trump has said he could even sever relations. Pompeo said last month that China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world by being more transparent about the coronavirus and accused it of refusing to share information....
    London (CNN)The Polish military has admitted it accidentally invaded the Czech Republic last month, but it insists its brief occupation of a small part of the country was simply a "misunderstanding."Polish soldiers mistakenly crossed the country's border with Czech Republic in late May before setting up there, the Czech foreign ministry told CNN. The soldiers, who had been guarding parts of the closed Polish-Czech border during the coronavirus pandemic, then started turning away Czech citizens who were attempting to visit a church in their own country.The snafu led the Czech embassy in Warsaw to take "immediate action" and notify its Polish counterpart, the Czech government told CNN, adding that Poland has still not formally explained why it mistakenly annexed its neighbor."Our Polish counterparts unofficially assured us that this incident was merely a misunderstanding caused by the Polish military with no hostile intention, however, we are still expecting a formal statement,"...
    Wendy’s said its beef supply “has returned to near normal levels” after a shortage left some restaurants without hamburgers. Nearly one in five Wendy’s restaurants stopped selling beef products last month as coronavirus outbreaks shuttered some of the nation’s largest meat processing plants, according to an analysis from investment bank Stephens. The fast-food chain managed the problem by allocating its signature “fresh, never frozen” beef to all restaurants with two or three weekly deliveries, according to a Monday press release. The Ohio-based company said it also focused its marketing efforts on chicken products to “alleviate pressure on beef demand.” But Wendy’s said the snafu weighed on same-restaurant sales early last month. It also affected digital sales because items were temporarily yanked from online menus if individual restaurants were having supply problems, the company said. Global same-restaurant sales posted a 3.3 percent drop in May despite turning positive in the last...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)China is trying to dig itself out of a steep economic slump. But as the rest of the world still battles with the coronavirus pandemic, the path to recovery is looking slow and painful. Exports in the world's second largest economy last month dropped 3.3% in US dollar terms compared to a year ago, customs data released this weekend showed, reversing a 3.5% rise in April.Analysts attributed the downturn to weak demand abroad: While China began reopening its economy months ago, many other global powers only just started to lift some lockdown measures within the past few weeks.The recovery at home hasn't been entirely smooth for China either. Imports last month plunged 16.7% in US dollar terms from a year ago — the deepest contraction since January 2016 — suggesting domestic demand remains sluggish."The imports data point to a weaker domestic economic trajectory upon opening up than...
    New York (CNN Business)The economy has begun to recover for many people -- particularly for white and Hispanic Americans.The share of white and Hispanic folks who were employed increased last month, after falling precipitously in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some 53.4% of whites and 52.8% of Hispanics were working last month, an increase of 1.5 percentage points or more for each compared to April.Unemployment rates for both groups fell last month to 12.4% and 17.6%, respectively, down from 14.2% for whites and 18.9% for Hispanics in April, both record highs.Employment also increased for black Americans, but it was less robust. For the second month in a row, fewer than half of black Americans were working, with only 49.6% of the population employed, up less than 1 percentage point from April. The last time such a small share were working was in 1983.The unemployment rate for black...
    (CNN)Last month was the hottest May on record worldwide, a European climate agency has reported, with temperatures in Siberia rising 10 degrees Celsius (18 degrees Fahrenheit) above their normal levels.Globally, May was 0.63 degrees Celsius warmer than the average May between 1981 and 2010, making it the warmest May in this data record, the Copernicus Climate Change Service said.And when compared with pre-industrial figures, their recordings indicate that the world is creeping dangerously close to the temperature threshold that international organizations warn would be so devastating to the planet if exceeded.The Copernicus figures correlate to a 1.26 degree Celsius rise on pre-industrial levels for May. Global temperatures must be kept from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius on those levels to avoid major impacts on the climate, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded.Billions of people could live in areas too hot for humans by 2070, study...
    New York (CNN Business)In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, while many people were learning how to bake sourdough or plant a garden, Mark Cuban was considering a run for president. He even hired a pollster. The billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner has criticized President Donald Trump and discussed harboring presidential ambitions for years. But several weeks ago, Cuban hired someone to gauge his chances in the 2020 race, he told David Axelrod on The Axe Files podcast Thursday."My family voted it down," Cuban said of a presidential bid. "Otherwise I would have." Cuban said he would have run as an independent candidate, and wanted to know how he would fare against Trump and the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. The pollster, Cuban said, told him he could pull around 77% of independent votes, and take some votes from Trump and Biden. However, he ultimately felt his chances weren't good enough....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — American factories contracted for the third straight month in May as they continued to sustain economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index came in at 43.1 last month after registering 41.5 in April. Anything below 50 signals that U.S. manufacturers are in retreat. New orders, production, hiring and new export orders all fell in May but at a slower pace than they did in April. The results were about what economists expected. Eleven of 18 manufacturing industries contracted last month, led by printing, primary metals and transportation equipment makers. Six reported growth, led my mineral companies and furniture makers. The pandemic and the lockdowns, and travel restrictions meant to combat it, have brought economic activity to a near-standstill. U.S. gross domestic product fell at a 5% annual rate from January-March and is...
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