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    Country star John Rich revealed a secret donation that Rush Limbaugh made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. “When I was on Celebrity Apprentice, Rush Limbaugh made a donation of $100,000 dollars to St. Jude Children’s Hospital to support them, and my mission on the TV Show under the condition that he remained anonymous,” the 47-year-old country singer tweeted on Wednesday following news of the legendary broadcaster’s death. (RELATED: ‘I Wasn’t Expected To Be Alive Today’: Rush Limbaugh Delivers Final 2020 Message Of Gratitude) When I was on Celebrity Apprentice, Rush Limbaugh made a donation of $100,000 dollars to St Jude Children’s Hospital to support them, and my mission on the TV Show under the condition that he remained anonymous. I never said a word until now. He will be missed. #RIPRushLimbaugh — John Rich (@johnrich) February 17, 2021 “I never said a word until now,” Rich added. “He will...
    BOSTON (CBS) – In January, more than two dozen state lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Charlie Baker, asking him to designate grandparents raising grandchildren a vaccine priority. On Wednesday, the governor said he would be looking at the letter. RELATED: People Didnt Want To Leave: Firefighters Battle Massive Fire At Boxboro Condo Complex “I haven’t seen it. We’ll certainly look at it. One of the other things I’ve learned from my conversations with governors from other states that are high performers is the more complicated you make the process, the harder it is to get shots on arms,” Baker said on Wednesday. RELATED: NH Man Charged With Intent To Distribute Meth At Encore Casino In Massachusetts, more than 30,000 grandparents have primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren, and more than half of them are younger than 65. MORE: Racial Double Standard: Ministers, Officers Call On Walsh To Reinstate New...
    The drug has been shown to have little or no effect on severe cases of COVID-19. The Oklahoma attorney general's office is attempting to return $2 million worth of a malaria drug once touted by Donald Trump as an effective treatment for COVID-19, a spokesman said Wednesday. Alex Gerszewski, a spokesman for Attorney General Mike Hunter, said Hunter is attempting to negotiate a return of the 1.2 million hydroxychloroquine pills Oklahoma acquired in April from a California-based supplier, FFF Enterprises. He said the office was acting on a request from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which authorized the purchase. A spokeswoman for FFF Enterprises didn't immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment.
    KELLYANNE Conway’s husband George has spoken out on the Capitol riots calling them Trump’s Watergate and the “insurrection” his “smoking gun tape”.  Lawyer George Conway condemned Trump’s involvement Wednesday's shocking riots, comparing the devastating scenes to the scandal which led to Richard Nixon’s impeachment.  Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news on Donald Trump 7Kellyanne's husband George condemned Trump's involvement in Wednesday's 'insurrection'Credit: Reuters This is @realDonaldTrumps August 1974, and the insurrection that he fomented on Wednesday was his smoking gun tape.— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 8, 2021 7George Conway branded Wednesday's events as Trump's 'smoking gun tape'Credit: Alamy Live News 7Five died after MAGA Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday Credit: Alamy Live News Speaking out on Twitter, Mr Conway wrote: “This is @realDonaldTrump's August 1974, and the insurrection that he fomented on Wednesday was his smoking gun tape.”  The tweet refers to the Watergate scandal and...
    An anti-Trump activist who once said he wanted to "rip" the president out of office entered the Capitol Building Wednesday alongside a mob of pro-Trump protesters, but he said he was just there to "document" it.  "There’s this narrative going around right now that Antifa was the people there causing the riots, causing the tension, they were the only people breaking into the Capitol, and I wanted to be able to tell a part of history and show that that was anything but the case," John Sullivan, the founder of Utah-based Insurgence USA, told Fox News Thursday. Insurgence USA describes itself as "the revolution." It began protesting racial injustice in policing last year following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. In August 2020 remarks to a small crowd at a Washington, D.C., intersection, Sullivan pointed to the nearby White House and unleashed a torrent of violent rhetoric. "We ... about to burn this s--- down," he said. "We...
    President Trump is irritated that Vice President Mike Pence is not committed enough to helping him overturn the election results, according to reports. Pence met with Trump in the Oval Office for more than an hour before Trump retweeted a tweet calling on the vice president to halt the certification by the Senate of election results. Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, will preside over the proceedings. The meeting Wednesday was "entirely unrelated" to Trump's efforts to overturn the election, a person familiar with the matter told CNN. The person would not say whether the certification issue was discussed. "Pence and White House aides have tried to explain to him that his role is more of a formality and he cannot unilaterally reject the Electoral College votes," CNN wrote. The message Trump retweeted after the two met on Wednesday insists that Pence cannot ratify Electoral College votes...
    Ben Domenech, publisher of conservative news outlet The Federalist, responded Wednesday after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled his tweet, which jokingly threatened employees who attempted to unionize, violated labor law. “Don’t let the online law expert lefties convince you that this is some critical, threatening event for The Federalist,” Domenech wrote in the company’s daily newsletter Wednesday morning. The NLRB ruled his tweet unlawfully threatened employees who might seek to “engage in protected union activity,” said that he must delete the tweet and ordered The Federalist to notify employees of their labor rights. The publisher of conservative media organization The Federalist responded to a government ruling that stated he violated labor law when he tweeted workers who wanted to unionize would be sent “back to the salt mine.” Federalist publisher Ben Domenech unlawfully threatened employees who might seek to “engage in protected union activity,” the National...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is still facing backlash for dining at a restaurant with a large group while pushing new coronavirus restrictions on indoor dining during a spike in cases, and President-elect Joe Biden has yet to weigh in on the matter. Biden campaigned on taking a tougher approach to combat COVID-19, and has suggested that he will work with governors or even mayors to enforce face mask requirements nationwide. Newsom himself has apologized for the incident, but when asked for comment, the Biden transition team did not respond. Neither did New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has held himself out as a leader in response to the pandemic. NETWORK NEWSCASTS AVOID GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM DINNER PARTY They are not the only ones who have kept quiet on the issue. Most major networks hardly addressed the matter.  Despite the growing controversy and the backlash he has received, ABC, CBS, and NBC...
    Possible No. 1 pick NBA draft pick Anthony Edwards said something he shouldn’t have, but it’s way too easy to overreact to it. The late buzz has Georgia basketball guard Anthony Edwards going No.1 overall in Wednesday night’s NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s a virtual lock to go in the first 3-5 picks, barring something unforeseen. But is it independent grounds for teams to drop Edwards down their draft boards? Hardly, and teams will rely on their full assessments of him beyond an ill-advised quote. All-time greats like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant had a level of passion that gave them an edge over their competitors, and created conflict with teammates. Edwards has said something that suggests he’s not wired that way, as teams consider making him a possible franchise cornerstone. He will surely be asked about it when he’s drafted Wednesday night, but it’s way too easy...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump spent much of the year laying the groundwork for the strategy of concerted dishonesty he has deployed in the hours after Election Day.First, months ago, he began falsely portraying mail-in ballots as rife with fraud. Second, he falsely claimed that Democratic governors who don't like him are in charge of ballot-counting. Third, he falsely argued that there is something nefarious and even perhaps illegal about the normal practice of counting votes after Election Day. All of this nonsense, the dozens of voting-related lies we've had to debunk over and over and over, appeared to be in service of this current moment -- a close election in which he could try to turn the seeds of doubt he had systematically planted in supporters' minds into full-blown rejection of his possible defeat.Trump launched the plan into action in the early hours of Wednesday morning, delivering a wildly inaccurate...
    Facebook Policy Communications Director Andy Stone, who said Wednesday the site is reducing the distribution of a New York Post exposé revealing private emails between Hunter Biden and an adviser to Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings, has years of professional experience working for top Democrats. "While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook's third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform," Stone wrote on Twitter. The Facebook communications director has worked for Facebook for more than six-and-a-half years. He previously served as communications director for the House Majority PAC between 2012 and 2014; press secretary for Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer between 2011 and 2012; and press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) between 2009 and 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. BIG TECH STAFFERS GAVE NEARLY $5M...
    The driver of a car that crashed on an East Bay freeway died early Wednesday, but it may not have been the crash that killed him, the California Highway Patrol said. Authorities did not identify the man, pending notification of his relatives, and it was unclear Wednesday afternoon whether he died at the scene or at the hospital. Regardless, the CHP said he may have been heavily intoxicated. According to CHP spokesman Officer Sean Layton, a passenger in the car told officers that both men earlier had been snorting cocaine. The car crashed near the Potrero Avenue exit in Richmond around 1:33 a.m. while going west on Interstate 80, Layton said. The vehicle ran into the center barrier, and no other vehicles were involved. The driver suffered some minor injuries, Layton said, but he added that the injuries did not appear to be severe enough to cause a person’s death....
    CDC clarifies surprise guidelines that people without COVID-19 symptoms dont need testing French grocer Carrefour has agreed to buy 172 stores in Spain, cementing its place as countrys second-biggest supermarket chain The reigning WNBA Coach of the Year said there would be more outrage if Jacob Blake was a dog in an emotional interview before the players strike © AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack Reigning WNBA Coach of the Year, James Wade, had an emotional conversation with members of the press prior to WNBA players' decision to boycott games in protest of police violence. Wade — a 45-year-old Black man and head coach of the Chicago Sky — said players "are actually speaking for someone like me," by striking. "If Jacob Blake was a dog, and the police were to shoot him seven times in the same spot, we would have a lot more people...
    AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack Reigning WNBA Coach of the Year, James Wade, had an emotional conversation with members of the press prior to WNBA players' decision to boycott games in protest of police violence. Wade — a 45-year-old Black man and head coach of the Chicago Sky — said players "are actually speaking for someone like me," by striking. "If Jacob Blake was a dog, and the police were to shoot him seven times in the same spot, we would have a lot more people up in arms," Wade said Wednesday. "So what does that tell you about my value?" Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chicago Sky head coach James Wade says he knows "how valued my voice is in society — especially this society." Prior to WNBA players' decision Wednesday to boycott games in protest of police violence, the 2019 WNBA Coach of the Year...
    The White House correspondent for PBS has come under fire from supporters of President Trump after she tweeted that a GOP House candidate paralyzed from the waist down stood up on stage at the Republican National Convention as a ‘direct rebuke’ to athletes protesting police brutality. Yamiche Alcindor, who is also a contributor to NBC News and MSNBC, was live-tweeting while covering the third night of the convention on Wednesday when it was Madison Cawthorn’s turn to speak. In June, Cawthorn, 25, made national headlines when he unexpectedly beat real estate agent Lynda Bennett, a Trump-backed candidate, to win the Republican nomination for former House Rep. Mark Meadows’ seat. Meadows was representing North Carolina’s 11th congressional district when he gave up the seat to become Trump’s White House chief of staff. Yamiche Alcindor (left), the White House correspondent for PBS, came under fire on social media as supporters...
    HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told Donald Trump that he can not accept his Republican nomination at the White House after the President said he is considering it. "You don't have political events at the White House," Pelosi told MSNBC on Wednesday. "You can't do it." ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 2Pelosi said: 'You can't do it'Credit: MSNBC "Yeah, it's very wrong. For the president of the United States to degrade once again the White House as he has done over and over again by saying he's going to completely politicize it, is something that should be rejected right out of hand," she fumed. "Again, it's notion-mongering, not serious thinking. It won't happen, let's put it that way. "Whether it's legally wrong or ethically out of the question, it shouldn't have even been something that was expressed." During an...
    Kim Kardashian was spotted filming her reality TV series on the same day she publicly addressed her husband Kanye West's bipolar battle amid his Twitter meltdowns.  The 39-year-old was joined by her sister Khloe and Khloe's ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson in Malibu on Wednesday as the trio were tailed by a Keeping Up With The Kardashians' film crew. It came less than 24 hours after Kanye's latest Twitter meltdown in which he said he'd been trying to get a divorce from Kim.  Kanye, who struggles with bipolar disorder, is currently at his ranch in Wyoming after a tumultuous week that featured several Twitter rants and a presidential rally in South Carolina.  His series of rambling tweets and remarks have ranged from everything from his children and marriage to politics.  During one of those rants, Kanye shocked fans when he tweeted that he had been 'trying to get divorced' from Kim. He...
    A protester who claimed to have been hit by a car on Long Island was charged Wednesday with filing a false report, police said. Keith Harrison was at the Black Lives Matter protest in Huntington Station Monday around 6:45 p.m. when a man struck one of the marchers with his SUV, according to Suffolk County Police. Harrison, 56, allegedly filed a police report stating that he’d also been hit — but an investigation proved otherwise, cops said. Police have said that another man was injured when Anthony Cambareri allegedly plowed into the group of about 20 marchers. Jeremiah Bennett, 26, bounced off the hood of the vehicle and sustained damages to his wrist, arm and back, the Long Island Herald reported Wednesday. “This man tried to kill people with his car,” Bennett wrote on Facebook, according to the paper. Another protester posted a video of cops catching up with...
    GRETNA, La. (AP) — Jefferson Parish will require face masks inside businesses and public places starting Wednesday to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. Officials announced the measure on Monday saying they were reacting to a rising number of cases in the area, especially among younger people. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said no one will go to jail over the rule, but violations will carry fines of as much as $500. The new rule comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in the parish has been climbing steadily. Jefferson had the most cases in the state as of Monday, nola.com reported. Lee Sheng said she hoped the proclamation will convince the parish’s roughly 430,000 residents to follow the rules for wearing masks since it is the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus, especially indoors. “I need our community as a whole to respond to...
    The new chief executive of the agency that oversees Voice of America and other government-backed broadcasters said he did not act illegally in firing senior figures on his first day on the job. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Michael Pack denied that he was turning the outlets into a mouthpiece for President Trump, said he would guarantee the independence of journalists working for him, and accused the Biden campaign of pandering to partisan politics with its threat to remove him in the event of a change of president. Pack took up his post with the U.S. Agency for Global Media two weeks ago after a contentious nomination process dominated by questions about his relationship with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon. He immediately removed the heads of four of the organizations under the AGM umbrella — Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Network —...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With reported cases of the coronavirus surging, Warner Bros. on Thursday postponed the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” further delaying Hollywood’s summer kickoff. The sci-fi thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson will move from July 31 to Aug. 12, a Wednesday. In a statement, the studio stressed the need for flexibility. “We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. Watch below:  Movie theaters had been pinning their hopes on the film as a major July release that could bring audiences back to theaters. Watch below:  Warner Bros. had planned to re-release Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster “Inception” in early July as...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With reported cases of the coronavirus surging, Warner Bros. on Thursday postponed the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” further delaying Hollywood’s summer kickoff. The sci-fi thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson will move from July 31 to Aug. 12, a Wednesday. In a statement, the studio stressed the need for flexibility. “We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. Movie theaters had been pinning their hopes on the film as a major July release that could bring audiences back to theaters. Warner Bros. had planned to re-release Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster “Inception” in early July as a way to lead...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — With reported cases of the coronavirus surging, Warner Bros. on Thursday postponed the release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” further delaying Hollywood's summer kickoff. The sci-fi thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson will move from July 31 to Aug. 12, a Wednesday. In a statement, the studio stressed the need for flexibility. “We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. Movie theaters had been pinning their hopes on the film as a major July release that could bring audiences back to theaters. Warner Bros. had planned to re-release Nolan's 2010 blockbuster “Inception” in early July as a way to lead in to...
    A 24-year-old Northern Fairfield County man was arrested after allegedly threatening to kill police on Twitter. On Wednesday, June 24, Connecticut State Police Headquarters received a complaint from a resident in the state of Virginia reporting a disturbing tweet on Twitter, the department said. According to police, the tweet said: "imma kill a cop today and when they ask me why I did it, imma tell them he was acting nervous and looked at me wrong." The department's Western District Major Crime Squad was assigned to investigate the incident and was assisted by State Troopers from Troop A, Southbury. The squad was able to identify Alexander Hassinger, of Sandy Hook, as the alleged sender, and arrested him at his home around 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, state police said. He was charged with harassment and breach of peace, state police said.  Hassinger was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is scheduled...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man has died after being run over by a city bus in Kansas City, police said. The incident happened late Wednesday night at 51st Street and Troost Avenue, television station KCTV reported. Police said the bus was traveling south when the driver stopped at a bus stop. That's when a passenger, being helped by another passenger, walked to the side door at the rear of the bus, police said. It's not known if the passenger fell from the bus or tripped after getting off the bus, but somehow ended up under the bus as the driver pulled away from the curb, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been released. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Missouri
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas will not be used as a pop-up medical facility “at this time,” Mayor Eric Johnson said Thursday. On Wednesday, Johnson said he’d be speaking with county officials and the DFW Hospital Council about the possibility of using the facility as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge. During a news conference, he said he wanted to the city’s response to the surge to be “proactive.” “COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Dallas County. The data is clear. Our case numbers and our hospitalization numbers, which we’ve been tracking daily are headed in the wrong direction,” Johnson said Wednesday. However, the pop-up facility will not be used, at least for now. “The DFW Hospital Council and Dallas County informed us this morning that they do not want to stand up the @KBHCCDallas pop-up hospital at this time. They believe they are...
    LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- Long Island officially entered Phase 3 of reopening from the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, meaning nail salons, spas, massage parlors, spa services and tanning salons are back in business.It's the moment for which so many people have been waiting."This is probably like the second best day of my life, right now," Dix Hills resident Mary Jane Lubrano said about t the luxury of a manicure."I did my hair yesterday," Huntington resident Angela Montalvo added. "Hair you can handle, but this feels so good."EMBED More News Videos Long Island officially entered Phase 3 of reopening from the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday, meaning nail salons, spas, massage parlors, spa services and tanning salons are back in business. Both Montalvo and Lubrano said they had no concerns about getting their nails done because they trust the owner of Fantasy Nails and Spa in Huntington."I didn't have any hesitation coming in because...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have announced a joint Tri-State COVID-19 quarantine agreement.In rolling out the agreement Wednesday, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said people coming in from states that have a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days."We have a calibration for the infection rate, and any state that goes over that infection rate, that state will be subject to the quarantine," he said.NEW YORK CITYMayor Bill de Blasio delivered some dire news to New Yorkers on Wednesday. He said that the city is now facing a $9 billion projected loss of revenue in the city due to the loss of tourism and commerce.EMBED More News Videos Raw Video: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city may be forced to lay off up to 22,000 employees this fall. So far, the city has made $2 billion in cuts to agencies to help save...
    In the Star Tribune, Mike Hughlett reports, “Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Wednesday sued ExxonMobil Corp., Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute, saying they have long deceived consumers over the effects of climate change. The lawsuit, filed in Ramsey County District Court, includes claims of multiple violations of Minnesota laws, including fraud, deceptive trade practices and false statements in advertising. … ExxonMobil said the Minnesota lawsuit was a ‘politically motivated campaign’ against energy companies.” MPR reports, “Minnesota’s now dealing with a virus cluster of roughly 100 cases in south-central Minnesota of people in their 20s who said they visited bars on June 12 and 13, Kris Ehresmann, the state’s infectious disease director, told reporters Wednesday. She didn’t say exactly where, or which bars. While those young people may be less likely to suffer complications from COVID-19, the concern is that they may be inadvertently spreading the disease to...
    (Bloomberg) – The US economic recovery is showing early signs of weakening in some states where coronavirus cases are on the rise. The weakening is evident in high-frequency data such as OpenTable’s restaurant bookings and comes after a big pickup in activity as companies reopened after the closings to control the spread of covid-19. “We are starting to see very early signs that things are flattening out” in some of the states that reopened first and are now seeing increases in virus cases, said Michelle Meyer, head of the US economy at Bank of America Corp. The result is likely to be an uneven recovery, he said, even as gross domestic product recovers rapidly next quarter from what is likely to be the steepest collapse since the Great Depression. “It will be irregular,” he said. “It is not going to be a smooth road.” Employment data released Thursday is expected...
    OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — After about a two hour debate the Oakland Unified School District Board tonight voted unanimously to eliminate their police department from campuses. The “George Floyd Resolution” eliminates the school districts police force of 10 sworn officers and 50 unarmed campus safety officers. The Board also added several amendments to the final proposal. One requires the superintendent to ensure all staff receive training “Today, with a vote by the school board, we can have not just police-free schools, but shift our school’s security officers into culture keepers on our campus,” said Mike Hutchinson with the Journey for Justice Alliance at an afternoon rally ahead of Wednesday night’s vote. ALSO READ: San Francisco Unified School District Votes To Remove Police From City’s Public Schools For activists in Oakland, this has been a goal for years; disbanding school police officers in favor of more social workers. “So a...
    The opening of Disney’s two flagship theme parks in California will be delayed amid an increase in coronavirus cases, the company said Wednesday. Anaheim’s Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, both closed due to the pandemic, had planned a phased reopening beginning on July 17. But the company said in a statement Wednesday that they learned the state was not issuing guidelines for theme park reopening “until sometime after July 4,” CNN Business reported. The company said they “have no choice but to delay the reopening” considering the thousands of cast members that need to come back for the parks to operate. “Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date,” the statement said. Disney must also negotiate with unions before opening its doors, the report said. Meanwhile, MGM Resorts announced Wednesday that all guests at its...
    HAVANA, CUBA - A massive cloud of Saharan dust darkened much of Cuba on Wednesday and began to affect air quality in Florida, sparking warnings to people with respiratory illnesses to stay home. The dust cloud swept across the Atlantic from Africa over the past week, covering the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico since Sunday and hitting south Florida in the United States on Wednesday, authorities there said. Conditions over the Cuban capital, Havana, are expected to worsen on Thursday, specialists on the Communist-run island reported. Francisco Duran, head of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Health, said the cloud is likely to "increase respiratory and allergic conditions." Air quality in Miami is currently "moderate," the city's health department said, asking people with respiratory problems to stay home. Powered by strong winds, dust from the Sahara travels across the Atlantic Ocean from West Africa during the boreal spring. But the density...
    An Arizona police chief offered his resignation on Wednesday at a press conference that revealed details of an arrest that led to the death of a man in police custody. Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus made the gesture after apologizing for his department’s delay in publicly releasing information about the April 21 death of 27-year-old Carlos Ingram Lopez, The Arizona Republic reported. “To demonstrate my willingness to take accountability for these mistakes, I am offering my resignation to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager, which they can accept or handle as they view appropriate,” Magnus said. Video of Ingram Lopez’s fatal encounter with three Tucson police officers — who have since resigned — was played at Wednesday’s press conference, capturing the man telling officers he couldn’t breathe and repeatedly asking for water, according to the newspaper. Police reportedly responded to Lopez’s grandmother’s house on a call the man...
    (CNN)President Donald Trump will not abide by a new travel advisory in New Jersey requiring a quarantine period for visitors from coronavirus hotspots when he visits his Bedminster golf club this weekend."The President of the United States is not a civilian. Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. Trump recently traveled to Arizona, one of the states designated by New Jersey as a hotspot requiring quarantine. The governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York announced Wednesday that they would require people who'd been to those states to quarantine for 14 days or face fines. Deere, however, said the White House followed mitigation plans to prevent contagion during the visit to Arizona on Tuesday and that "anyone traveling in support of the President this weekend will...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Jail lost power in multiple divisions late Wednesday. The Cook County Sheriff’s office said it was using backup generators and was able to provide lights, power, and technology. All inmates and staff were secure and accounted for, the Sheriff’s office said. The facilities management team at the jail was working on restoring power. It was unclear early Wednesday evening what caused the power outage.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) —Two Baltimore City fire stations are facing cuts to their trucks and staff due to the Mayor’s 2021 budget. “Jack Young, if you’re watching and hearing this, keep this engine open,” a protestor said Wednesday. A rallying cry could be heard to Mayor Jack Young at protests held at both stations Wednesday. “Step up for firefighters and step up for our city,” said City Councilman Zeke Cohen (District 1). Cohen and roughly seventy people at each location called on the Mayor to keep stations from losing their truck engines and the firefighters that work on them. “When you close fire engines you endanger the lives of citizens,” one protestor said. The Mayor’s new budget is making cuts to Pigtown and Northeast Baltimore’s stations. “This fire engine will be gone,” said Dickie Altieri, president of Firefighter’s Local 737 Union. “This piece of apparatus is important because it carries a...
    By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers have approved spending about $1.2 billion in federal relief money to handle COVID-19 on an extra five days of school, replenishing the state's jobless fund and creating their own stockpile of protective equipment. The 109-2 vote by the House on Wednesday essentially sent the proposal to the governor, who is expected to sign it. Lawmakers made few changes to Gov. Henry McMaster's suggestion on how to spend the money he sent to them a month ago, just moving funds around a few places and adding an amendment asking state Education Superintendent Molly Spearman to request federal permission to not give some standardized tests next school year — a request Spearman already said she was going to make. Nearly every House member wore a mask and at least a half-dozen had plastic face shields Wednesday as the spike in...
    By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press An outbreak of the coronavirus in Winooski has grown to 114 cases, with four new cases since Sunday, Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine said Wednesday. He also provided an update on clusters of cases in Rutland and Windham counties. An outbreak associated with a Fair Haven region employer is now at 12 cases, and testing of the workforce is ongoing and testing for the community will be available later this week. In the Windham County family cluster, no new cases have been identified beyond the family, he said. Testing has been ongoing and was being offered Wednesday in Brattleboro, he said. In other coronavirus developments: ___ SUMMER ACTIVITIES At the governor's regular press briefing Wednesday, Levine and others reminded Vermonters to stay healthy and protect those vulnerable to serious illness this summer by wearing facial coverings around others when possible, staying 6 feet (2 meters)...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY SARAH N. LYNCH U.S. House Democrats blasted Attorney General William Barr at a hearing on Wednesday over accusations he had improperly meddled in criminal cases and antitrust probes for political gain, but they stopped short of pledging to take any steps to try and oust the nation’s top law enforcement official. “Mr. Barr’s work at the Department of Justice has nothing to do with correcting injustice. He is the president’s fixer,” said Jerrold Nadler, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. “He has shown us that there is one set of rules for the president’s friends, and another set of rules for the rest of us.” Nadler had mulled subpoenaing Barr to appear before the panel for a future hearing, but a Justice Department spokeswoman on Wednesday tweeted that...
    A shopper shops in a Ross store.Francis Dean | Corbis | Getty Images As coronavirus cases surge in a number of hot spots across the country, some retailers may be more at risk than others of having to shut their stores down again.  The higher rates of Covid-19 have tended to follow decisions by state and local governments to open up restaurants, nonessential retailers and personal care services. While no state has rolled back phases of reopening yet, some states have slowed the pace.  White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday at a congressional hearing that he doesn't think states will need to return to lockdown, but they may consider returning to a prior phases of reopening as cases increase.  The investment firm Instinet analyzed a dozen states that as of last Friday had reported record highs in new Covid-19 cases: Florida, Texas, Utah, South Carolina, Nevada, Georgia, Missouri,...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey isn’t considering tightening its lockdown restrictions even though the number of daily coronavirus infections registered since they were eased is "higher than anticipated,” the health minister said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters following the weekly meeting of the country’s scientific advisory council, Fahrettin Koca blamed the uptick in cases on widespread complacency and failure to comply with social distancing. “We can say that the numbers are higher than what we anticipated,” Koca said. “We see that many people are under the perception that we have returned to normal. This perception must rapidly be deactivated.” Turkey has witnessed an increase in the daily number of infections after the government authorized cafes, restaurants, gyms, parks, beaches and museums to reopen and eased stay-at-home orders for the elderly and young at the start of June. The country has been registering average daily infections of around 1,260 since June 12,...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey isn’t considering tightening its lockdown restrictions even though the number of daily coronavirus infections registered since they were eased is “higher than anticipated,” the health minister said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters following the weekly meeting of the country’s scientific advisory council, Fahrettin Koca blamed the uptick in cases on widespread complacency and failure to comply with social distancing. “We can say that the numbers are higher than what we anticipated,” Koca said. “We see that many people are under the perception that we have returned to normal. This perception must rapidly be deactivated.” Turkey has witnessed an increase in the daily number of infections after the government authorized cafes, restaurants, gyms, parks, beaches and museums to reopen and eased stay-at-home orders for the elderly and young at the start of June. The country has been registering average daily infections of around 1,260 since June 12,...
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Doctors at Honduras’ Military Hospital said Wednesday that President Juan Orlando Hernández was improving after being placed on oxygen a day earlier. Hernández tested positive for COVID-19 last week and a day later was hospitalized with pneumonia. In a statement Wednesday, his medical team said that on Tuesday his pneumonia appeared to be worsening with greater inflammation in his lungs and falling oxygen levels. A decision was made to give him oxygen. Doctors said Hernández’s exam Wednesday showed improvement. He did not have a fever or difficulty breathing and the inflammation in his lungs had decreased. Hernández’s wife, Ana García de Hernández, had also tested positive. Doctors said she continued following medical advice at home. Honduras has reported nearly 14,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections and more than 400 deaths. Infections have been increasing since the government started the partial reopening of the economy June 8. Infections have...
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Doctors at Honduras’ Military Hospital said Wednesday that President Juan Orlando Hernández was improving after being placed on oxygen a day earlier. Hernández tested positive for COVID-19 last week and a day later was hospitalized with pneumonia. In a statement Wednesday, his medical team said that on Tuesday his pneumonia appeared to be worsening with greater inflammation in his lungs and falling oxygen levels. A decision was made to give him oxygen. Doctors said Hernández’s exam Wednesday showed improvement. He did not have a fever or difficulty breathing and the inflammation in his lungs had decreased. Hernández’s wife, Ana García de Hernández, had also tested positive. Doctors said she continued following medical advice at home. Honduras has reported nearly 14,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections and more than 400 deaths. Infections have been increasing since the government started the partial reopening of the economy June 8. Infections have...
    “We cannot allow mob rule,” Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., told “America’s Newsroom” on Wednesday reacting to growing calls to defund police departments following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last month. Loeffler made the comment shortly before the Senate planned to hold its first vote on Wednesday on their “Justice Act” police reform legislation, which would hold officers accountable with an enhanced use-of-force database, pursue restrictions on chokeholds and create new commissions to study law enforcement and race. “We are a nation of the rule of law,” Loeffler said on Wedesday, noting that "mob rule" will take place “if we defund the police.” “That's exactly what the Democrat want to do, they have a move to defund, dismantle law enforcement,” she added. The Georgia GOP senator spoke on “America’s Newsroom” the morning after at least three men brandishing long guns were seen near the Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta where Rayshard Brooks was...
    KYIV (Reuters) - Torrential rains in Ukraine have killed three people, forced hundreds from their homes and cut off villages in western regions, authorities said on Wednesday. While many were trying to guard their property, about 800 people had been evacuated since the rains began on Monday, said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov who was visiting the disaster zone with Prime Minister Denys Shmygal. About 5,000 houses in 187 villages remained flooded as of Wednesday morning, according to an emergency service report. Footage from a regional administration and on social media showed raging mountain rivers, a partially-submerged village, and fields and roads covered by water. Calling it the most powerful flooding in many years, the interior ministry said in a statement that four helicopters, one airplane and 150 soldiers had been sent to the zone. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia's new chief executive Pekka Lundmark will join the company on August 1, a month earlier than planned, the Finnish telecom equipment maker said on Wednesday. The announcement came after Lundmark's previous employer, Finnish utility Fortum, said on Wednesday its Chief Financial Officer Markus Rauramo would be taking over as Lundmark's CEO from July 1. At Nokia, Lundmark will be replacing Rajeev Suri, who is stepping down after more than a decade in charge of Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks. Lundmark's nomination to Nokia was announced in March with a planned start date of September 1. (Reporting by Anne Kauranen; editing by Jason Neely) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo will record "quite a large number" of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday after a cluster of infections was discovered at an office, Governor Yuriko Koike said. "Clusters in the workplace have become a big problem lately," Koike told reporters, adding that test results from the same unnamed company were expected to add to the seven infections found there previously. In addition, more than 10 positive results are expected from group testing in Shinjuku, Koike said, referring to an area of the Japanese capital known for its night life. (Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Shri Navaratnam) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    HUNTINGTON, Long Island (WABC) -- Owners of personal care establishments on Long Island like nail salons and spas are getting ready to enter Phase 3 of reopening on Wednesday, while restaurant owners are preparing to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity."We're going to have disposable menus, disposable silverware, just basically everything that we can do to make people feel at ease, more comfortable to be able to come back out and actually sit down again," said Adam Streeter, chef at Hatch restaurant in Huntington.At Christopher's restaurant in Huntington, owner Jack Palladino is organizing the tables to allow for six feet between them. He hopes to be able to seat 25 to 30 people inside.Eyewitness News has found that most restaurants will continue to offer outdoor dining. Palladino said it's nice to have options."To be inside now that it's getting, you know, these hot days to be in the air-conditioning now...
    CHICAGO — Chicago’s school board will consider Wednesday whether to terminate its contract with the Chicago Police Department — even as the schools chief defended the school police program at a press conference Monday.  If the motion passes, it would make Chicago the largest city in the country to remove school police from its public schools.  School boards across the country have terminated school police programs in recent weeks, including Minneapolis, Denver, and Milwaukee.  In Los Angeles, a task force appointed by the superintendent said it will review the role and budget for school police.  The vote also could set up a stand-off between Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer Janice Jackson, and the appointed board of education. Both the mayor and schools chief have opposed the wholesale removal of police from schools.  During Monday’s press conference, Jackson said the decision to keep or remove school police should remain with...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A 3-year-old boy is dead after being shot Saturday evening in the West Side’s South Austin community. The shooting happened at 6:30 p.m. in the 600 block of North Central Avenue, at Huron Street, police said. Police said a 27-year-old man was driving south on Central Avenue when someone inside a blue Honda fired shots at his sport-utility vehicle. He was shot along with a 3-year-old boy. Family members said the boy was the man’s stepson. The man suffered a graze wound to the abdomen and drove to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, police said. But the child was shot in the back and was initially in serious condition, but was later pronounced dead at the same hospital, police said. No one was in custody Saturday evening, police said. Area Four detectives were investigating. The 27-year-old man was known to police and was believed to...
    Several Atlanta Police officers have called in sick after a fired officer was charged with felony murder for fatally shooting a man in the back. It’s unclear how many officers called in sick or didn’t show up to their shift Wednesday evening. The Atlanta Police Department said that it was experiencing a “higher than usual number” of call-ins, but quelled rumors that multiple officers walked out during their shift.  “We do have enough officers to cover us through the night,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) told CNN Wednesday. “Our streets won’t be any less safe because of the number of officers who called out.” Bottoms said other law enforcement agencies in the area would help patrol the city if needed.  “We have other partners across the metropolitan area, including assistance from the state and from the county and from other jurisdictions,” she said. “So, we will be fine.” Earlier on Wednesday...
    President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday evening that former Vice President Joe Biden was staying in his basement - only to tweet footage showing the Democratic presidential candidate out on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania a few minutes later. On Wednesday evening, Trump appeared on Hannity where he claimed that Biden had 'been in the basement for a long time.' Trump continued by claiming that the nominee was 'not running his campaign. People are running his campaign.'  The president continued: 'I see quotes all the time saying he said this and he said that about me and they are long, beautiful flowing sentences.  'I said "Joe didn't make that statement and Joe doesn't even know that statement was made." But they are leaving him there and at some point he is going to have to come out for air.' But shortly after his appearance, he tweeted a video of his appearnace which included...
    (CNN)A hate crime investigation is underway after several nooses were found hanging from trees in Oakland, California.The nooses were found around the area of Lake Merritt and have been removed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a tweet on Wednesday."Symbols of racial violence have no place in Oakland and will not be tolerated," Schaaf said in a statement posted on Twitter. She added that the incident will be investigated as hate crimes.This incident follows the hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California that are being investigated by both local and federal agencies. Robert L. Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree early last Wednesday in Palmdale. His death was described by authorities as "an alleged death by suicide." But Fuller's family announced that they are seeking an independent investigation and autopsy to determine the cause of his death.Protests and investigations follow the hanging deaths of two black...
    PARIS (AP) — As anger mounted over brutal French arrests, a few hundred police officers put down their handcuffs at Paris police headquarters Wednesday to demand better working conditions. Police unions organized a protest on the island in central Paris that’s also home to Notre Dame Cathedral, and officers said they wanted France’s interior minister to resign. The demonstration was the latest of a string of actions by disgruntled French police in response to recent protests around France against police brutality and racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the United States. Another gathering is planned in Paris on Wednesday by supporters of a nurse who was dragged through the dirt by police during a march by medical workers. In video footage of the incident circulating widely online, the woman calls repeatedly for her inhaler, and her forehead is bloodied. The CGT union says one of...
    Casey-Sanger said volunteers started removing almost everything from the fence late Tuesday night out of concern that it would suddenly be taken down early Wednesday morning. The National Park Service originally told the Associated Press that most of the fence would be dismantled Wednesday, but it later reversed course. In a statement Wednesday night, the Park Service said the Secret Service was "continuing to remove the temporary fencing around Lafayette Park, and the public will have access to Lafayette Park beginning on June 11." Some fencing will remain around damaged areas while the Park Service makes repairs. On the other, southern side of the White House, parts of the temporary fencing were also being dismantled. Hundreds of the signs and posters that hung on the fence sealing off the park to the north of the White House have now been moved across the street and taped to the walls of...
    A combination of dry weather and record heat in recent days has led to several wildfires in California, forcing some evacuations on Wednesday. Officials in Ventura County issued an evacuation order for a remote area of Piru located about 48 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles for a blaze known as the Lime Fire. The blaze broke out Wednesday afternoon near the Lake Piru campground and has burned about 450 acres so far. Fire officials said Thursday that two minor injuries have been reported so far, and the fire is 20 percent contained. WILDFIRE IN CALIFORNIA DESTROYS SEVERAL HOMES, FORCES EVACUATIONS Firefighters told FOX11 the blaze has the potential to reach 1,000 acres and at least 25 structures are threatened. Over 125 firefighters are on the scene. The blaze, which is spreading quickly, is burning in an area where the terrain makes access difficult. Another blaze known as the Elizabeth Fire...
    A batch of slow-moving thunderstorms Wednesday caused flash flooding around New Orleans -- a problem made worse by a city drainage system issue. The National Weather Service (NWS) said between 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in portions of the city in a few hours Wednesday morning, causing water to quickly cover streets. Flash flood warnings were issued. SEVERE WEATHER KNOCKS OUT POWER TO MORE THAN 500K IN MIDWEST, FLIPS SEMI-TRUCKS; STORM RISK MOVES EAST At one point, a city website for mapping flooding showed more than 100 streets in the Big Easy affected by the slow-moving storms, according to NOLA.com. Significant street flooding was reported in New Orleans on Wednesday as thunderstorms brought heavy rains to the city. (NOLAReady/Twitter) Neighborhoods such as the Garden District and areas near Canal Street saw high water and stalled out vehicles. The downtown New Orleans area also saw flooding that seeped into some hotels. Video...
    TOP OF THE HOUR: — English city hauls toppled slave trader statue out of the harbor — Jefferson Davis statue torn down in Richmond — Officer charged in George Floyd’s death posts bail. — George Floyd’s brother gives emotional testimony on Capitol Hill. — Museums interested in preserving artifacts from protests in nation’s capital. ___ LONDON — A statue of a 17th-century slave trader that was toppled by anti-racism protesters in Bristol, England, has been fished out of the harbor by city authorities. Bristol City Council says the bronze statue of Edward Colston was recovered early Thursday morning to avoid drawing a crowd. The council says it has been taken to a “secure location” and will end up in a museum. Colston built a fortune transporting enslaved Africans across the Atlantic and left most of his money to charity. His name adorns streets and buildings in Bristol, which was once...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as the towering black fencing was erected last week to seal off Lafayette Park, the barrier became an art gallery and a sounding board for the demonstrators protesting years of black deaths at the hands of police officers. Now, with much of the temporary fencing around the White House coming down, there’s an effort to preserve hundreds of pieces of instant American history. Both the Washington, D.C., government and several museums in the Smithsonian network have expressed an interest, but for now volunteers on the scene are working to gather up the items and keep them safe. “We’re trying to be as gentle as we can with everything,” said Natalie Casey-Sanger, a D.C. resident. “I’ve heard some people express hopes for long-term plans but nothing concrete.” Casey-Sanger said volunteers started removing almost everything from the fence late Tuesday night out of...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police say they are looking to reopen a precinct in the city’ Capitol Hill neighborhood that was shuttered during ongoing George Floyd protests. At a news conference Wednesday, Assistant Chief Deanna Nollette said barriers were removed from the front of the precinct after it became a flashpoint between officers and protesters. Police also have remained scarce in that area and in the several nights since, protests have continued peacefully. Despite that, President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday night to criticize the governor and Seattle’s mayor, saying they should “take back” the city, and, “If you don’t do it, I will.” People on Capitol Hill Wednesday began painting what looked to be Black Lives Matter on one block of the street as was done in Washington, D.C. Speakers talked about the need to get demands met quickly before the state reopens fully post the COVID-19 pandemic and...
    SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) - Federal transportation officials said Wednesday they are investigating the crash of a small plane that killed the pilot, the lone occupant aboard. The Graham County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday it received a report shortly before midday on Tuesday about a plane on a hillside near the airport in the small city of Safford, Arizona. The agency said law enforcement and emergency medical workers arrived to find the pilot had died. It identified him as 79-year-old Delos “Dee” Echlin, 79, described by family as an experienced former Navy pilot. Officials said an autopsy will be performed. TOP STORIES Bill de Blasio defends ongoing lockdown: Protesting and going to church not the same HBO Max pulls Gone With the Wind Democrats exploit well-meaning passions in cities seeking relief There was extensive damage to the aircraft, but there was no fire. The sheriff’s office...
    Protesters in St. Paul on Wednesday pulled down a statute of Christopher Columbus outside the state Capitol amid continuing anger over the death of George Floyd. The protesters threw a rope around the 10-foot bronze statue Wednesday afternoon and pulled it off its stone pedestal. The protesters, including Dakota and Ojibwe Indians, said they consider Columbus a symbol of genocide against Native Americans. They said they had tried many times to remove it through the political process, but without success. They also demanded justice for Floyd, who died May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck and held it there even after he stopped struggling. State Patrol troopers in helmets, who provide security in the Capitol complex, stood by at a distance but did not try to stop the protesters, who celebrated afterward with Native American singing and drumming. The troopers eventually formed a line...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas on Wednesday reported a third consecutive day with a record number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, as a new rise in coronavirus cases ripples across states nationwide. The upward trend comes six weeks into Texas’ reopening that began in May, which kicked off one of the fastest reboots of daily life in the U.S, and as restaurants get permission to expand their dining rooms to nearly full capacity starting Friday. While thousands of hospital beds remain available, officials are voicing concern. Throughout the record-setting week in Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and state health officials have pointed out hotspots in rural counties with meatpacking plants and prisons but have not offered an explanation for rising caseloads elsewhere. But on Wednesday, some big city officials and health experts readily linked the worsening numbers to businesses reopening and people growing more complacent with social distancing. TOP STORIES...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal were moving out of the Midwest on Wednesday and into Canada, with gusty winds and heavy rain leaving behind flooding in Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa. High winds brought down trees and left thousands without power in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Nebraska. In rural Iroquois County, south of Chicago, a brief tornado was reported late Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. No injuries were reported. In western Michigan, Hopkins Village President Terry Weik was taking down flower baskets from his porch Tuesday when the tree in front of his home started to fall toward him, WOOD-TV reported. “The tree lifted up, it twisted, and it came at me so quick,” Weik said. It punched through the home’s roof, but no one was hurt. The weather service issued a gale warning through Wednesday evening on Lake Michigan because of the possibility...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the GOP-led Legislature headed toward a legal clash Wednesday over the emergency declaration he issued at the beginning of the pandemic, with lawmakers voting to end it and Wolf insisting he holds veto power. In largely party-line votes, the Legislature approved late Tuesday ending Wolf’s 3-month-old emergency proclamation and restarting businesses and other activities shut down as COVID-19 began tightening its grip on Pennsylvania. Retailers and many other kinds of businesses have since been permitted to reopen, but with restrictions. Supporters of the resolution - which they asserted would do away with many, if not all, pandemic restrictions - maintained that state law authorizes the Legislature to end the emergency declaration unilaterally. Wolf believes that still requires his support and vowed Wednesday to fight the resolution in court. TOP STORIES OAN doubles down after Trump cites report on elderly protester injured...
    Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said Wednesday that if the latest trends on COVID-19 hold, the county would be “likely” to enter Phase Two of the lifting of safety restrictions “sometime next week.” Elrich made the announcement on the county government’s Facebook page Wednesday just after noon, before his weekly briefing with the county’s health officer, Dr. Travis Gayles. “We expect to allow modified indoor retail shopping and indoor religious services, lap swimming and more,” Elrich said. The limit on gatherings would rise from 10 to 50; restaurants would be able to have a maximum of 50 people for indoor dining. Those and many other of the most important changes are subject to the lifting of restrictions by Gov. Larry Hogan. He’s expected to speak Wednesday at 5 p.m. on the latest recovery efforts. “We’re anticipating that this is the direction the governor is going in,” Elrich said at the...
    Burlington and Mercer counties are under a heat advisory Wednesday as temperatures are expected to break 90 degrees for the first time this year. The humidity will make it feel like the mid-90s, according to the National Weather Service. Due to sunny and muggy conditions, the NWS in Mount Laurel issued the heat advisory warning from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. for northwest Burlington as well as all of Mercer, Camden and Gloucester counties. Temperatures in those counties are expected to reach into the low 90s on Wednesday afternoon, with a heat index of about 96 degrees, the NWS said. Some scattered pop up showers or a thunderstorm are possible well inland, according to meteorologist Joe Cioffi "A better chance for showers or thunderstorms comes tonight into Thursday," Cioffi said on Facebook. With humidity climbing to about 70 percent, the heat index across the majority of the state should reach...
    Pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson said Wednesday it will accelerate the development of its COVID-19 vaccine by launching human trials in late July instead of September. The study will examine the investigational vaccine’s safety and its ability to produce an immune response in more than 1,000 adults in the U.S. and Belgium, the company said. J&J’s chief scientific officer, Dr. Paul Stoffels, said its Janssen division sped up the timeline based on “the strength of the preclinical data we have seen so far and interactions with the regulatory authorities.” TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz orders residents to observe moment of silence for George Floyd It wants to provide 1 billion doses globally through the course of 2021, provided the vaccine is safe and effective. “Our goal is to ensure we can...
    ROSELAND — Dog and cat food will be given away to pet owners in need in Roseland and East Garfield Park Wednesday as part of a project to help pets around the city. The first pickup location is Ald. Anthony Beale’s community service office at 34 E. 112th St. in Roseland. Residents can begin picking up the pet food at 10 a.m. Wednesday. There will be a second pickup at noon at Breakthrough’s Fresh Market food pantry, 3334 W. Carroll Avenue in East Garfield Park. “With everything that happened last week we realized that there is an even greater need now since not all the stores that are in the neighborhood may even have pet food currently,” said Lydia Krupinski, chief program officer for the Anti-Cruelty Society, which is helping to coordinate the events. The food distribution is part of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s Friends Who Care Program that’s provided...
    GAUHATI, India (AP) - A raging fire at a natural gas field in remote northeastern India has killed two firefighters and forced nearly 8,000 people to leave their homes, an official said Wednesday. Workers have been trying to cap the well since gas started leaking nearly two weeks ago, said Tridiv Hazarika, a spokesman for government-owned Oil India Limited, which operates the gas field in Baghjan, 550 kilometers (345 miles) east of Gauhati, the Assam state capital. The well caught fire with explosions Tuesday, when the two firefighters went missing. Their bodies were recovered Wednesday, Hazarika said. TOP STORIES Many fear that Vietnam could be the next target of a hostile takeover by China Defund police movement divides Democrats, disrupts Biden VP derby Trump orders U.S. to develop polar ice-breaking fleet for Arctic, Antarctic On Wednesday, flames were leaping nearly 50 feet (15 meters) into the sky more than...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott spoke with ABC7 News after Wednesday night's march in the city's Mission District. The conversation covered a lot of ground, from his impressions of the march to accountability in his department.The chief was impressed with the peaceful display from demonstrators Wednesday."It went very well," Scott said. "Peaceful, overwhelmingly peaceful. There was a large crowd, you saw for yourself. Our officers were, they had to facilitate First Amendment activities, First Amendment rights, and some of our officers actually participated in some of the protests. And, joined the protesters in taking a knee in honor of Mr. George Floyd. It was a very moving moment for a lot of people."The chief said he knows there is a lot of frustration and anger out there but wanted to assure the public that the San Francisco Police Department is committed to police accountability."Police brutality...
    WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation is extending its closure of tribal government facilities and continuing its overnight curfews while ending weekend lockdowns imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Tribal health officials reported 128 additional cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths, increasing the total number of cases to 5,661 with 259 deaths, as of Wednesday. Tribal President Jonathan Nez on Wednesday signed an order extending the closure of Navajo Nation government offices and entities to July 5,, officials said Wednesday night in a statement. TOP STORIES Trump fires back at overrated James Mattis: Glad he is gone! Gov. Ralph Northam to announce removal plans for Richmonds iconic Robert E. Lee statue Coronavirus hype biggest political hoax in history Also, a separate health emergency order will be issued to continue the daily curfew that runs from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and to pause the 57-hour...
    Law enforcement officers in Huntsville assaulted dozens of people Wednesday night following a peaceful protest and march.  This is the accurate description of what took place in Huntsville.  I don’t care what you heard on “the news” or what you read on Facebook or Twitter. That’s what happened.  Following a peaceful protest downtown — for which the NAACP obtained a permit, because it planned to block traffic — dozens of protesters, gathered to speak out about police brutality of black citizens in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, began to march around the downtown area.  Subscribe to APR's daily newsletter This is their right. It is guaranteed by the U.S. constitution.  Contrary to popular belief, and according to legal guidance posted by the American Civil Liberties Union, you do NOT need a permit to peacefully assemble. In fact, it is against the law for anyone — or any...
    (CNN)Covid-19 is not mutating, health experts say, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. So far, evidence does not show that the coronavirus is changing to become more severe or more transmittable, but complacency by people and local governments could increase its spread, World Health Organization infectious disease epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said Wednesday at a news briefing. What we mean by a second peak of coronavirusAlmost 20,000 new US cases were reported Wednesday, data from Johns Hopkins University shows, and officials warn that packed protests over the death in police custody of George Floyd could exacerbate the pandemic that has killed at least 107,175 people nationwide."I remain concerned about the public health consequences both of individual and institutional racism (and) people out protesting in a way that is harmful to themselves and to their communities," US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said in an interview published Monday. "Based on...
    Police were out in force Wednesday evening in cities across the country to enforce curfews that were seen as helping reduce late-night rioting Tuesday, and officials are hoping for a calmer evening amid the ongoing George Floyd protests. In cities such as New York City and Orlando, video captured police taking curfew violators into custody just after 8 p.m. Peaceful protests in dozens of cities across the U.S. at times turned violent as security officials clashed with demonstrators over racial inequality and police brutality. All four former police officers involved in the George Floyd case were charged Wednesday. MINNEAPOLIS OFFICER FACES UPGRADED MURDER CHARGE IN GEORGE FLOYD DEATH, 3 OTHERS CHARGED Derek Chauvin, the former policer officer that kneeled on the back of Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, received elevated charges of second-degree murder Wednesday. The other three former police officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, who were on...
    ALBANY — Next! Barbershops and hair salons were free to open their doors again in the Capital Region Wednesday after almost three months of coronavirus shutdown, under New York’s Phase 2 economic reopening plan. “This morning has been hectic!” said Jordan Maynard, 24, owner of Roots Barber Company in Clifton Park, 10 minutes outside of Albany, which reopened its doors to customers on the first day. “The shop looks like a LabCorps. We need PPE in the sense that we’re never going to be further than two feet from a person. We have a face shield and-or glasses, a mask. Gloves are not mandatory, but they’re recommended,” Maynard told The Post, adding the business has made several changes in compliance with state regulations. The shop is also operating at a slimmer capacity, with five instead of eight, spaced-out cutting stations. For now, there’s no beard trimming or shampooing. They also...
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina health officials issued a warning Wednesday that people who go to graduations, businesses or other recently opened places and aren’t careful about wearing masks or social distancing may be contributing to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state. But they also said the state likely won’t shut down businesses again, saying damaging the economy doesn’t help anyone. People need to take responsibility for their own safety, they said. Health officials reported 235 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. At least 235 cases have been reported in each of the past six days, including the three highest case counts since the pandemic started. Before last week, only eight days had more than 235 cases during the three months the virus has been in the state. TOP STORIES Van Jones: Forget the KKK, its the white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter we should worry about Beijing propaganda: Coronavirus...
    By TIM SULLIVAN and MATT SEDENSKY MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The three other police officers on the scene when a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee on George Floyd’s neck are being charged with aiding and abetting a murder, and the case against the main officer is being upgraded to second-degree murder, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The Star Tribune, citing multiple unnamed law enforcement sources, said Derek Chauvin would face the more serious charge in the death of George Floyd, who was handcuffed on the ground. Three other officers at the scene — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, the newspaper reported, again citing sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. All four of the officers had already been fired. The new charges were to be filed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who planned an announcement later Wednesday. His office did...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Explosions have destroyed or damaged 50 cash machines in and near Philadelphia since the weekend, and one man has died, in a coordinated effort to steal them or blow them up and take the money inside, authorities said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading the investigation, and no arrests have been announced. A 24-year-old man died hours after trying to break into an ATM early Tuesday, and explosives were recovered, police said. But the ATM hits have continued, with explosions echoing overnight into Wednesday in the city or just outside it. Police are asking businesses that host the machines to take the cash out to discourage further hits. “It’s not worth it,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Wednesday. “It’s not worth the injuries that we’re seeing associated with this, and it’s not worth the risk to the community and the danger that...
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Russia have agreed to cooperate in the development of a coronavirus vaccine and plan to carry out joint clinical trials, the Turkish health minister said Wednesday. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said scientific advisers from the two countries were scheduled to hold a second round of talks later this week. A total of 22 Turkish universities and research centers are working to develop a vaccine, and four of them have advanced to the animal-testing stage, Koca said. The minister also said that Turkey has seen the benefit of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and will continue to administer it to COVID-19 patients, despite concerns raised over the drug. Koca said that unlike other countries, Turkey has been using the drug early in COVID-19 threatment. Turkey recorded 867 confirmed virus cases and 24 deaths between Tuesday and Wednesday, the minister said. The update brought total confirmed...
    (CNN)Former President Barack Obama plans to address in a virtual town hall Wednesday night the death of George Floyd, stressing the importance of "ensuring that this moment becomes one for real change" and that the protests around the country lead to new policies, according to an Obama aide.Those comments will mark Obama's first time addressing Floyd's death on camera, via the video-conferencing service Zoom. In recent days, he has addressed it on social media as well as a lengthy Medium post. After those opening remarks, Obama will participate in a panel discussion, which the aide said is expected to center on changes to policing and other issues related to law enforcement.The town hall is at 5 p.m. ET is hosted by My Brother's Keeper Alliance, a program of the Obama Foundation."The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the loss of far too many Black lives to list,...
    The latest: Ben Crump, the prominent civil rights attorney representing George Floyd's family, said he's confident that the other three police officers involved in Floyd's death will be arrested before Thursday.Floyd, a black man, died on Memorial Day after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis officer, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for minutes, even after he stopped moving. Chauvin has since been charged with murder, but the other three responding officers have not faced charges.Crump, during a press conference at the site of Floyd's death Wednesday, said he believes Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison "is working feverishly to do the right thing.""Ellison has a track record of championing civil rights of those who are marginalized," Crump said.This comes one day after the state of Minnesota has launched a civil rights investigation against the Minneapolis Police Department in hopes of forcing widespread changes following the death of Floyd.Outrage over Floyd's death...
    (CNN)Latin America is in crisis. But parts of it are reopening anyway. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the region is spiking fast. The death toll in Brazil, the worst-hit country in Latin America, passed 30,000 yesterday. Yet President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the threat and parts of the nation are rushing to lift restrictions. Churches and non-essential businesses in Rio de Janeiro are now allowed to reopen.Similarly, Mexico reported its highest single-day spike in cases yesterday, but is nevertheless pushing ahead with plans to reopen some sectors of its economy, including the tourism industry.The Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization's branch in the region, has warned against the prompt reopening, saying the epidemiological curve is "still rising sharply" in many areas. "This means that more people will be sick tomorrow than yesterday," said Dr. Carissa Etienne, the WHO's director for the Americas.The WHO said Colombia,...
    Metro Transit announced Monday that all bus, light rail and Northstar service will remain suspended through at least Tuesday amid ongoing protests in the Twin Cities. In a release, Metro Transit said it expects to begin bus and Northstar service again on Wednesday with light rail service starting up again on Thursday but will provide a definitive update on Tuesday before 6 p.m. about Wednesday’s services. “We are still in the process of assessing damage to our infrastructure and facilities, developing and evaluating the necessary detours, and identifying other potential service limitations,” Metro Transit said in a prepared statement. “As we resume transit operations, transit schedules may be adjusted to reflect any curfew orders, detours, and other issues that will affect service.” While service is suspended, Metro Transit still will be providing transportation for essential workers as classified under Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order on the coronavirus pandemic. Related Articles...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Republican National Committee says it wants to hear from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper by Wednesday on whether the state can fully accommodate the party’s national convention in August this summer. The letter sent Saturday by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to Cooper comes a day after Cooper talked by phone with President Trump about the issue. The two disagreed about the viability of a full-fledged convention. The convention is currently scheduled to begin Aug. 24 in Charlotte. Trump and Republicans have said they want no coronavirus-related restrictions on attendance or hotel and restaurant capacity. Cooper’s administration has said it needs details from Republicans on how they plan to hold a convention with up to 20,000 delegates and others safely. TOP STORIES Elon Musk: What I find most surprising is that CNN still exists Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn...
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