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    An Oregon politician admitted that he wrote himself a racist letter after claiming he received it from an anonymous person, according to Hermiston Police. Jonathan Lopez, who was a Umatilla County commissioner candidate, claimed on social media that he received a letter in his mailbox. The letter was filled “with derogatory and racist terms,” KEPR-TV News previously reported. A criminal investigation for second-degree intimidation was launched and closed after police deemed the incident to be fake, Chief Jason Edmiston said according to KEPR-TV News. Lopez admitted that he faked the letter verbally and in a written admission, according to police. “The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today.” Edmiston said in a statement, KEPR-TV reported, “As a lifelong resident of this diverse community, I’m disgusted someone would try to carelessly...
    Shirleen, a model and student based in the UK, received racist comments on Twitter after posting a picture in cosplay. Shirleen (@litdesu)/Twitter A Black model posted a photo of herself cosplaying as a non-Black anime character and faced racist comments online. Racism has a longstanding presence both in the cosplay community and fandom in general, especially for Black cosplayers. The model, 22-year-old Shirleen, told Insider that racism is "definitely not" going to stop her from continuing to cosplay online. People are responding to Shirleen to say they're inspired by her cosplay. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A Black model received messages full of racial slurs and racist commentary after posting a picture cosplaying as a non-Black anime character. Shirleen, a 22-year-old model and student based in Liverpool, tweeted on June 29 an image of her dressed as the Japanese character Rin Tohsaka from the "Fate/stay night"...
    Jamaica's High Commissioner has joined Prince Harry's call for an 'open discussion' on Britain's role in the slave trade, saying Commonwealth countries 'needs to address the elephant in the room'. Seth George Ramocan said that while today's generation is not responsible for 'dehumanizing' people taken into slavery from Africa and the Caribbean, the same mindset 'still exists in a more subtle form'. He told the Today programme: 'This really should be a matter of open discussion and acknowledgement of what the wrongs were, particularly through the slave trade and how we come to a common understanding about this.' It comes a day after the Duke faced criticism for an apparent swipe at the British Empire by saying the history of the Commonwealth 'must be acknowledged', even if it's 'uncomfortable'.  Prince Harry, 35, joined wife Meghan Markle, 38, for a video call with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust...
    Halle Berry in February 2019. Getty/Amy Sussman Actress Halle Berry announced in an Instagram Live that she is going to play a transgender man for an upcoming film.   Calling the plot a "female story," Berry told hairstylist Christin Brown she wanted to focus on a trans storyline because "who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project." Other cisgender actors like Scarlett Johanson, Jared Leto, and Eddie Redmayne have faced criticism for planning to play or actually playing transgender people for films.  Berry's announcement comes just a couple of weeks after the release of the Netflix documentary "Disclosure," co-produced by Laverne Cox, which described the damaging history of cisgender actors playing trans roles, and how it's been harmful. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Actress Halle Berry said she will "probably" play a transgender man in her next film...
    Ron Rivera believes the Redskins should change their name soon | Alika Jenner / . The Washington Redskins have received a lot of pressure around the name of the organization and now it seems like a fact that a new one is on the way. The team’s coach, Ron Rivera, believes that the best thing that can happen is that the name change is done as soon as possible. “If we can bring that matter to fruition before the season it would be sensational,” the coach told The Washington Post. Ron Rivera collaborating with Dan Snyder on new team name and hopes the change can happen before the season https://t.co/8fw2TWc01P – ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 5, 2020 Redskins (Redskins in Spanish) is interpreted as an offense against Native Americans precisely because of the skin color. According to history, when the United States was invaded and colonized, the natives were literally...
    Donald Trump threatened Saturday night that CNN 'watch what happens' after he accused the network of misrepresenting the 'meaning' of his Independence Day speech. 'Wow. @CNN got caught cold manipulating the words and meaning of my 4th of July Speech. They were brazen, desperate. Watch what happens!' the president tweeted in the early hours of Sunday morning. Trump did not make clear what he was talking about and whether he was referencing his speech on July 3 at Mount Rushmore, which were widely criticized, or his July 4 remarks in front of the White House. But the network issued a response to the president's tweet – claiming that it actually defended Trump by fact-checking claims where people asserted he said Desert Storm occurred in Vietnam. 'What. Are. You. Talking. About?' CNN Communications tweeted, confused by why the president was attacking the network. 'CNN fact-checked and dispelled the video clip that...
    “As an African American, there is a lot I can tell you. I’ve been getting pulled over by the police ever since I started driving at 16 years old. And to this day, when I see a police car, I get nervous.” — Jason Miller, 42, football coach at Palo Alto’s Gunn High School, who along with Palo Alto High’s Nelson Gifford has been outspoken about racial injustice, with support from the district, players and families. He was describing being pulled over in his new car while going out to grab a hamburger.
    CHINESE scientists secretly found a virus strain similar to COVID-19 in an abandoned mine in 2013 but kept the discovery secret, according to a shocking new report. An investigation by The Sunday Times claims the closest linked “strain" to coronavirus was discovered in a bat and rat infested mine in 2013 and was stored for years at a virology lab in Wuhan. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3A new report claims the closest linked virus to COVID-19 were secretly stored at the Wuhan Institute of VirologyCredit: EPA The discovery, made seven years ago at the copper mine in south west China, is said to be the strongest lead yet in the hunt for where the pandemic began. But the newspaper alleges the country did not publicly share the information about the sister virus. It was found after six men were struck down in 2012 with...
    JJ Redick said the environment is not appropriate for playing basketball | Abbie Parr / . New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick is set to resume the NBA campaign, but acknowledged he is under no illusion that it is the best environment due to the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing social unrest in the United States. The veteran said Friday that last month’s events dominate players’ minds. “We had a good momentum to play, but suddenly, George Floyd is killed, Breonna Taylor is killed, the Ahmaud Arbery tape is out and infected by COVID-19 everywhere.” Pelicans’ Redick: Players have ‘no comfort level’ in returning to playhttps: //t.co/feoO8MVXIh – Derek Teddy Harris (@ Teddy11_0) July 3, 2020 Redick said the virus is something they will have to deal with for quite a while and he stated that “to say we have some kind of comfort level would be a lie. There is...
    Deande Ayton and the Suns will seek to surprise | Christian Petersen / . Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton gave a few forceful words about the perception he always feels of the team. “When we play as visitors we come out more motivated than ever and the coach always shows us everything they say about us. We all know what the press says when it comes to the Suns and we use that as motivation,” Ayton told Andrew Lopez of ESPN. Deandre Ayton is motivated by outside criticism: https: //t.co/lRQ3tFQcie – 98.7 Arizona Sports (@AZSports) July 3, 2020 “We are grateful to be one of the teams that has an opportunity to compete for a place in the playoffs, for that reason we are working hard and training with all the desire. What the press says about us will serve to leave us with more fire in the eyes, “he...
    A woman claims she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein age 17 in the billionaire pedophile's New York mansion while Prince Andrew was there, DailyMail.com can reveal. Caroline Kaufman claims she was raped by Epstein around December 2010 when she was 17 years old, in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. Kaufman claims she was invited to Epstein's mansion for a 'modeling interview', where she was introduced to Prince Andrew. The lawsuit says she was then told to strip naked and was photographed by 'an older woman' she now believes to be Ghislaine Maxwell – Epstein's alleged madam who was arrested Thursday morning in New Hampshire on suspicion of child sex trafficking. She says after the nude photoshoot she was then raped by Epstein. Caroline Kaufman claims she was raped by Epstein in December 2010 when she was 17 years old, in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday The lawsuit says...
    Getty As parents consider whether to send their children back to daycare or school, they can look to childcare centers that remained open during the pandemic to learn what that might look like. YMCA USA served up to 40,000 children of essential workers during the pandemic and said there were reports of isolated coronavirus cases, but no outbreaks. The childcare centers took a number of precautions, including disinfecting surfaces every hour, not allowing children from sharing supplies and organizing no-contact activities. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As more people return to work, parents have to decide whether to send their children to camp, daycares, and school, knowing that it could potentially expose their kids to the coronavirus.  About two-thirds of parents have already decided that they will send their children back to school in the fall. To get a sense of what daycares and schools might...
    watchOS 7 includes sleep tracking support.Apple Apple fans have speculated for years about when the company's smartwatch would start tracking sleep. Now it's finally arriving with the next version of the Apple Watch's software, WatchOS 7, and it's a little different than what we've seen before.  Apple unveiled its sleep-tracking features at WWDC, its developer conference, last week. But it's not a new area of interest for the company. Software vice president Kevin Lynch told CNBC that Apple has been extensively researching sleep technology for years. "Some of these things are non-obvious when you first start working on sleep and it took us a while to get there," he said.  Thanks to this research, Apple decided to focus its efforts on setting and achieving simple goals, rather than collecting and analyzing data about a user's sleep habits. It might not be the right tech for those who are fixated with...
    REAL Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville claimed it's "1 million percent" Denise Richards in a kissing photo. The snap follows Brandi's allegations she and Denise had an affair last year. 7 Brandi Glanville claimed it's '1 million percent' Denise Richards in a kissing photoCredit: Twitter 7 The snap follows Brandi's allegations she and Denise had an affair last year.Credit: Getty Images - Getty 7 Brandi insists the woman in the snap is Denise Richards.Credit: Getty Images Brandi tweeted a picture of her kissing another woman on the cheek. She insists that the woman is Denise Richards. The Bravolebrity captioned the shot: "Making dinner for my fam/neighbors -#snack on this." She later tweeted: "It’s 1millionpercent DR !!! NOT A DR look alike." However, Brandi initially said the mystery woman is a friend who is a “single mom to two boys.” 7Credit: Twitter 7Credit: Twitter But RHOBH fans suspected otherwise...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Beijing is pushing back on a decision by India to ban dozens of Chinese mobile apps as tensions between the countries continue to rise.Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry, told reporters on Tuesday that the government was "strongly concerned" about the ban. He added that authorities were still "checking and verifying information on the situation."India announced Monday that it would block 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Weibo and WeChat, claiming that the platforms posed a threat to the "sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order." WeChat, a messaging app that is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent (TCEHY), is one of China's biggest social media apps. Weibo is a microblogging platform similar to Twitter.India bans TikTok as tensions with China escalate The move is the latest indication of escalating tensions between India and China, which engaged earlier this...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenRussian bounty intel was included in Trump's daily briefing: reports House Dems to offer up road map to solve the climate crisis Supreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau MORE told potential campaign donors at a Monday event that he would end President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop intelligence officials release statements criticizing leaking of Russian bounties information Russian bounty intel was included in Trump's daily briefing: reports Senators will have access to intelligence on Russian bounties on US troops MORE’s 2017 $2 trillion tax cut, even though many of them might not like it. During a virtual fundraiser that raised at least $2 million, according to CNBC, Biden said the current economic situation, coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism highlighted by George Floyd's death in Minneapolis are intertwined.  “Folks, this is going to be really hard work and Donald Trump has made it much...
    Marine mammal experts and federal officials are stumped by what’s believed to be the first-ever West Coast sighting of a beluga whale off San Diego. Typically, beluga whales are found at the North Pole and along Russia’s northern coast – some 8,000 miles away from the Southern California coast. “It’s a remarkable surprise that nobody would have expected,” said Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “We would like to learn something from this. Everybody is baffled.” The 15-foot pearly white whale was last seen on Friday, June 26, by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew that spotted it in the afternoon swimming south just off Point Loma. NOAA and other marine mammal experts were first alerted to the discovery after Domenic Biagini, a whale watching charter captain, filmed it with his drone as it swam seven miles off Mission Bay. Biagini, who operates Gone Whale Watching...
    The Loudoun Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which built the statue of a Confederate soldier on courthouse grounds in downtown Leesburg, has asked Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall to let the chapter take it back. Under a Virginia law taking effect Wednesday, July 1, localities in Virginia can decide whether to remove Confederate statues. Randall had planned to begin that process this week. “The Daughters are saying they’d like to retrieve their statue,” Randall told WTOP. “Dr. King said the arc of the moral universe is long, but it ends toward justice, and I believe since 1908 that statue has been sitting on public courthouse grounds, and it should not have been.” In a letter dated June 26, 2020, Seth Price, the attorney for the group, said, “Recent public statements by the members of the Loudoun Board of Supervisors, a clear majority has expressed their support...
    Patagonia's boss has revealed the company could stop advertising with Facebook 'indefinitely' if the platform fails to tackle a 'rampant' problem with hate speech, antisemitism and climate denialism. Ryan Gellert, the outdoor clothing brand's general manager in Europe, today said the tech giant's business model was 'flawed' and had been profiting from hate speech and disinformation. He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: 'They have ultimately got to develop a conscience and they have got to understand that their business model really needs to evolve.'  The company joined several US firms to halt advertising spending on Facebook last week over concerns the leading social network has fallen short in efforts to crack down on hateful posts.  Ryan Gellert (pictured at a panel discussion in May last year), Patagonia's general manager in Europe, today said the tech giant's business model was 'flawed' and had been profiting from hate speech and...
    VIDEO2:2002:20Trading Nation: Tesla hits 10 years since IPO, here's what could be nextTrading Nation Tesla just hit a major milestone. The electric vehicle maker turned 10 years old as a publicly traded company on Monday, a stretch in which it rallied from its IPO price of $17 a share to over $1,000.    Just this year, shares have risen more than 130%. The stock is on track for its best quarter since 2013. Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, said Monday that one key level should indicate whether the stock has more room to run. "It still screens positively in our trend work, and for that reason we stick with it," Wald told CNBC's "Trading Nation." "Here's a stock that's trying to break through its February peak. And I think from a trading basis, you like to see the stock price hold above its 50-day moving average...
    Campaigners mourned 'the end of Hong Kong as we know it' today after China passed a sweeping new national security law which critics say will smother the city's freedoms.  The legislation was unanimously approved by China's rubber-stamp parliament, little more than six weeks after it was first unveiled.   'It marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before,' said democracy campaigner Joshua Wong, adding that 'sweeping powers and ill-defined law' would make Hong Kong into a 'secret police state'.  China promised the city 50 years of freedoms when it was handed over from British rule in 1997, but the UK, US, European Union and UN have all voiced fears that the new law will be used to stifle criticism of Beijing.    Pro-Beijing supporters wave Chinese and Hong Kong flags and drink champagne today as they celebrate a controversial new security law  The law bypassed Hong Kong's fractious...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Bar owners are looking for ways to keep their businesses open as they are forced to close their doors for the second time this year. Bartenders at B-Side in Midtown stopped pouring drinks Monday at 4 p.m., two hours before the county’s new order took effect. “I understand it, I don’t like it, but we have to do it. The safety of my employees and the safety of my patrons is way more important than money,” said Owner Jason Boggs. Bars are being ordered to close again ahead of the Fourth of July weekend in Sacramento County as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The Sacramento County Department of Public Health amended their order on Monday and took bars off the list of allowable activities. Seven counties were ordered to roll back their reopening plans and close bars, while eight other counties – including Sacramento – were recommended to do...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) ⁠— Three days after the Orange County Democrats passed a resolution calling for the renaming of John Wayne Airport over the late actor’s “white supremacist, anti-LGBT, and anti-Indigenous views,” the Hollywood star’s youngest son came to his defense. The Orange County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on a resolution calling for the renaming of John Wayne Airport. (Credit: CBSLA) “What they are trying to accuse him of is not true,” Ethan Wayne said. The O.C. Democrats said Wayne spoke publicly about these views in a 1971 interview in Playboy magazine, in which he was quoted as saying, “I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don’t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people.” Wayne was also quoted as saying that he didn’t “feel guilty about the fact that five or 10...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Public health experts are advising people to wear a face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19, but some people are pushing back, resorting to grocery-throwing tirades and medical excuses. Doctors are now explaining why masks keep us safe and how angry outbursts don't help anyone.Pasadena Internal Medicine specialist Dr. John de Beixedon describes what he saw in a viral video of an irate shopper at a Trader Joe's in North Hollywood. The woman claims she refused to wear a mask because she has a respiratory issue."The lady claiming that she could not breathe in a mask was actually sort of funny," he said. "Because while she was yelling at people, she was obviously not having a breathing problem. She was spreading droplets everywhere."VIDEO: Woman gets upset after asked to wear face mask at Trader Joe's in North HollywoodEMBED More News Videos A woman went...
    EVEN Cruella de Vil would find it hard not to find this pooch cute. But despite its black and white Dalmatian-like spots, it’s a dachsund. 12Moo has piebald fur, which is when an animal has unpigmented white spots on a much darker backgroundCredit: @moo_in_miami / SPLITPICS UK 12The combination of Moo’s different markings on his head and body make him uniqueCredit: @moo_in_miami / SPLITPICS UK Moo, a seven-month-old puppy, has piebald fur, which is when an animal has unpigmented white spots on a much darker background. Owner Victoria Hoffman, 24, from Miami, Florida, USA, said the combination of Moo’s different markings on his head and body make him unique. She said: “He is a unique piebald because he has heavy ticking, black spots on his white coat, and he also has a pure black and tan head. “So, it looks like his body doesn’t match his head. Lots of people...
    By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Tuesday cancelled its plans to host a major meeting of U.S. and Asian leaders next year because of the coronavirus, opting instead to lead a virtual summit. New Zealand was scheduled to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Auckland. The event would have brought thousands of people to the country throughout the year, culminating in a leader's week in November 2021. APEC focuses on trade issues, although it also provides a chance for world leaders to catch up. Its 21 members include the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Last year, Chile canceled the APEC leaders' meeting because of violent anti-government protests. This year Malaysia has been hosting virtual APEC meetings. New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said it was necessary to cancel next year's summit now for planning and security...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Tuesday cancelled its plans to host a major meeting of U.S. and Asian leaders next year because of the coronavirus, opting instead to lead a virtual summit. New Zealand was scheduled to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Auckland. The event would have brought thousands of people to the country throughout the year, culminating in a leader’s week in November 2021. APEC focuses on trade issues, although it also provides a chance for world leaders to catch up. Its 21 members include the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Indonesia and Hong Kong. Last year, Chile canceled the APEC leaders’ meeting because of violent anti-government protests. This year Malaysia has been hosting virtual APEC meetings. New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said it was necessary to cancel next year’s summit now for planning and security reasons. “There were...
    Max Muncy Hopes To Lead Dodgers To World Series | Will Newton / . Los Angeles Dodgers player Max Muncy believes that the 2020 championship will have the same legitimacy as the previous ones, even though the season contains a 60-game schedule, being the smallest in the MLB since 1878. “A World Series is a World Series,” infielder Scott Bleacher Report said. “There will still be playoffs that are the same as in previous years. You have to win the playoffs and the World Series.” Max Muncy confident in legitimacy of 2020 title: ‘A World Series is a World Series’ #MLB #MLBTwitter # MLB2020 #WorldSeries #LosAngelesDodgers #LosAngeles #Dodgers #MaxMuncy Read More- https://t.co/I8YwLN6OdU pic.twitter.com/oJw8qfdv0V – ProSportsDaily (@PSDnews) June 29, 2020 According to the powerful hitter, this year’s season represents a much more difficult challenge, due to the short schedule. “Winning a World Series this year would be more difficult for...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After nearly 9 inches of rain caused flash flooding in western Wisconsin, homeowners are learning just how much Mother Nature set them back. The floodwaters had receded quite a bit by mid-afternoon Monday, but the damage up and down Florence Street in Baldwin was already done. When Jim Weiss learned rain was in the forecast, he was hoping for an inch or two. He got much more than he bargained for. “It just got higher, higher, higher,” Weiss said. READ MORE: Sheriff: 70-Year-Old Motorist Dies After Van Loses Control On Flooded Highway Near Baldwin, Wis. Hours of heavy rain caused the creek behind Weiss’s property to rise rapidly. Floodwaters did damage under his mobile home and pushed a tool shed into his house — 10 years after another flood did the same thing. “Same as last time. Pushed her right back against it,” Weiss said. The washed...
    Donald Trump's daily briefing book contained intelligence claiming that Russia was paying the Taliban bounties for dead American troops, CNN reported Monday night. A U.S. official told the network that the assessment was part of the printed material given to the president every day at some point in 'spring.' The disclosure comes after Trump claimed on Sunday that 'intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or [Mike Pence].' White House officials, including press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have offered a guarded response to whether Trump was informed about the bombshell claim. On Monday she declined to answer directly whether it was in the Presidential Daily Brief, the printed compendium which he is given but which he has repeatedly been accused of failing to read, most recently in John Bolton's excoriating memoir. 'I have no further details on...
    (CNN)A Wisconsin family rescued a young bear after it got a plastic cheese ball container stuck on its head. Tricia Hurt, her husband Brian, and their son Brady were out fishing on Marsh-Miller Lake on Sunday when they came across the distressed black bear. "We knew that if we didn't do something, we are pretty sure it would not have made it to shore," Tricia Hurt told CNN. "It was really huffing and puffing, my husband said."The family came up behind the bear, and Brian pulled on the tub but lost his grip -- but he realized the bear's ear was loose. They looped the boat back around, and after a final tug the bear was free and swam safely to shore. Hurt said the whole ordeal lasted about five minutes. Read More"We were so excited! We did our good deed for the day. We will never ever do this...
    When U.S. Park Police forcefully pushed peaceful protesters away from the White House and Lafayette Square on June 1, they performed a “violent and senseless operation,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, during a Congressional hearing about the incident on Monday.  Around 6:30 p.m. — a half-hour before Washington D.C.’s curfew — videos show U.S. Park Police using projectiles, batons, and gas to move protesters away from the park. Soon thereafter, President Donald Trump left the White House and staged a photo-op with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church. READ MORE: Twitter rips Trump’s Bible photo-op in front of church after protest remarks Trump administration officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, have since distanced themselves from the evening’s events. WASHINGTON DC: Minutes before Trump’s Lafayette Square photo-op starts, police rush into a...
    SAN ANTONIO – Mask effectiveness is spurring all kinds of conversations nationwide and even causing some controversy. Some posts circulating online are claiming that since you can smell things like food or smoke through a cloth mask, the covering will not filter the coronavirus. We ran it through our KSAT Trust Index, and experts say that's false. The reason has to do with the size of certain particles. "The particles that cause odors, these are extremely tiny molecules. Although the COVID-19 virus is a microscopic microorganism, it still is much, much more complex than the molecules that would cause odors to be smelled," said Dr. Fred Campbell, associate professor of medicine at UT Health San Antonio. "In fact, there is no way you can prevent an odor coming into your nose unless you weren't able to breathe," he said. With that said, no mask is proven to keep the coronavirus...
    (CNN)A crowd of people gathered in downtown Olympia on Saturday in front of a stage near the Washington State Capitol. They were there for "March For Our Rights 3," a rally bringing together far-right groups to demonstrate against safety regulations instituted during the Covid-19 pandemic.But by the end, the event appeared to have been sabotaged by an elaborate prank that gained widespread internet attention over the weekend.And the mastermind believed to be behind it all?Sacha Baron Cohen -- though it's still unclear whether the comedian was indeed responsible for the stunt. His publicist has not returned CNN's request for comment and he hasn't publicly commented on the matter."Unfortunately the event organizers were set up by a false flag gag, designed to try and make the event look bad, and it is suspected it was notorious gag artist Sasha Cohen," the right-wing group Oath Keepers wrote on Facebook, pointing the finger...
    Ryan Lizza, chief Washington correspondent for Politico, asked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday if President TrumpDonald John TrumpIntelligence suggests Russian bounties led to deaths of several US troops in Afghanistan: report Obama called Philonise Floyd before brother's memorial service: NYT President Trump tries to cover his tracks by attacking the rule of law MORE believes "that it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War," prompting McEnany to call the question "absolutely absurd." "I think a lot of people are trying to understand what his view of memorializing the Confederacy is and the proper place of the Confederate flag," Lizza, who also serves as a CNN senior political analyst, said at a White House press briefing. "Does President Trump believe that it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War?" "Well, your first question is absolutely absurd. He's proud of the...
    Washington (CNN)White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany addressed a flurry of questions on Monday about President Donald Trump's head-scratching response to recent news reports that the Russian government paid bounties to Afghan militants who killed American troops.Many of these reports said Trump and the White House have known about the bounties for months but haven't condemned them publicly or taken any retaliatory steps against Moscow. McEnany said at a news conference on Monday that Trump hasn't ever been briefed about the situation, even after the story broke over the weekend, while the President was golfing in Virginia.McEnany repeatedly tried to undermine and discredit the bombshell story, which was first reported by The New York Times. Its story was quickly corroborated and expanded upon by CNN, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. A handful of overseas news outlets also reported that US officials had briefed the United Kingdom about...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Public arrest data has not been posted on the website of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, as required by law. In 2018, Massachusetts passed a law mandating that all police departments submit arrest data to EOPSS. The law requires that data includes “the race, gender, and age of the arrestee.” It states that the department will post the data quarterly. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts wants those details. “I’ve been unable to locate that information and it’s been the law now for two years,” said Kade Crockford, the director of Technology for Liberty, a program run by the ACLU. She collects information about Boston Police field integrations. “The most recent data that the Boston Police Department reported is that 70% of people observed or questioned or stopped and frisked by the Boston Police Department are Black people despite the fact that Black...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Donald Trump Monday to “put a mask on it,” as daily U.S. COVID-19 cases hit record highs in recent days.  “Let the president lead by example,” Cuomo said at a briefing on Monday. “We know it works. We’ve proven that it works in the state of New York,” He also called for Trump to issue an executive order that would require people to wear face coverings in public. Daily virus cases hit an all-time high in the U.S. on Friday, with more than 45,000 diagnoses.  “If we’re going to turn this around in this nation, it’s going to take the White House,” said Cuomo, who in recent briefings has become increasingly direct in his criticism of Trump and the way his administration has handled the crisis. “To the president, I say today, if you want to help stop COVID-19, then they should start by...
    VIDEO4:0904:09Small business owners in Arizona detail closing days after trying to re-openThe Exchange Jacy and Seth Boyack reopened their Arizona massage spa earlier this month from pandemic-driven closures. But they shut Citrus Massage back down after four days, citing safety concerns from the Covid-19 outbreak.  In an interview Monday on CNBC's "The Exchange," Jacy Boyack said that even working the front desk, she felt concerned.  "I'm not a massage therapist. ... I thought, 'If I'm nervous to be at work, how can I expect my employees to go into a 10-by-10 room and really be in such a high-touch industry?'" she said. "It was a scary, unnerving time, and it wasn't very comfortable."  The Boyacks reopened Citrus Massage, in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona, on June 4, and June 7 was their last day of service before closing again. Seth Boyack noted that spas and massage therapists in Arizona could begin service...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell underscored the importance of wearing face coverings on the Senate floor Monday. "We must have no stigma, none, about wearing masks when we leave our homes & come near other people,” said McConnell, R-Ky. “Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter." “In fact, the more we dislike the pain and suffering caused by the strict stay-home guidelines a few months ago, the happier we should be to take reasonable small steps every day to ensure our country can stay on offense against the virus,” McConnell added. He said that until there is a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, Americans must “settle into a middle ground between unsustainable emergency lockdowns and ordinary life as we enjoyed it.” McConnell’s remarks followed a warning by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar who told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday...
    New York (CNN Business)AMC Theatres is pushing back its reopening by two weeks after movie studios further delayed two summer blockbuster premieres that could be key to getting people to come back to theaters. The decision comes as several states are considering or reimplementing some coronavirus shutdown measures as cases surge in much of the country. The theater chain had planned to begin a multi-phase reopening on July 15, with the goal of being fully operational by July 24. Now, AMC (AMC) will begin the reopening process with 450 US theaters on July 30, and aims to have nearly all 600 of its US theaters fully up and running by "early August," the company said Monday. The new timeline will mean AMC theaters will be reopened in time for the August 12 release of Warner Bros' "Tenet" and the August 21 release of Disney's (DIS) "Mulan." Both movies have been...
    Josemar Perez and Kelsey Barnes enjoyed a four-course meal from a private greenhouse. @thedamfoodie/Instagram Mediamatic ETEN gained recent popularity for its "serres séparées," or separated greenhouses, where diners enjoy a four-course meal while social distancing.  Two diners shared their experience with Insider, and both said it exceeded their expectations. The waiters at Mediamatic ETEN never stepped into their greenhouse and served food on a wooden board to avoid contact with guests. One diner told Insider that it was the most comfortable dining experience she's had since eating out again. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Before Amsterdam went into lockdown, Josemar Perez would dine out a few times each week.  She'd look for places with delicious food, a cozy ambiance, and a place that paid attention to detail. When Amsterdam went into lockdown, those details fell into her own hands. She cooked dinners at home, lit candles,...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday told Politico reporter Ryan Lizza his question was “absolutely absurd” when he asked if President Trump was happy with the outcome of the Civil War. “I think a lot of people are trying to understand what [Trump’s] view of memorializing the Confederacy is in the proper place of the Confederate flag,” Lizza said. “Does President Trump believe that it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War?” “Your first question is absolutely absurd,” McEnany shot back. “He’s proud of the United States of America.” The reporter also asked if the president would follow the lead of NASCAR and ban Confederate flags at rallies. NASCAR recently banned the flag at its races. MCENANY PEPPER WITH QUESTIONS OVER REPORT RUSSIA PAID TALIBAN TO ATTACK US TROOPS  McEnany said this was a question for the campaign, but reiterated the White House’s opposition...
    By Nasser Karimi | Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, a local prosecutor reportedly said Monday. Interpol later said it wouldn’t consider Iran’s request, meaning Trump faces no danger of arrest. However, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the Jan. 3 strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad face “murder and terrorism charges,” the state-run IRNA news agency reported. Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Trump, but stressed that Iran would continue to pursue...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump believes the decision to wear a mask to help prevent spreading the deadly coronavirus, currently infecting record numbers of people in many places in the United States, is personal, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Monday. "Its his choice to wear a mask. It's the personal choice of any individual as to whether to wear a mask or not," McEnany said, when asked about a new mandate to wear masks in Jacksonville, Florida, where part of the Republican nominating convention will be held. "He encourages people to make whatever decision is best for their safety. But he did say to me he has no problem with masks and to do whatever your local jurisdiction requests." (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey; Writing by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    New York (CNN)Curbside pickup has exploded in popularity over the past few months and retailers and mall operators are rushing to catch up.The service allows customers to place orders online with a store and then drive to the retailer's location to pick up items at the curb or sidewalk. Demand for curbside pickup is surging in the pandemic as people look for safe ways to shop and retailers aim to lift sales. But while big-box retailers like Walmart (WMT), Target (TGT) and Kroger (KR) operate free-standing stores and have the space to quickly ramp up the service, it's not so easy for America's malls.Got these brands in your closet? Youve hit a resale goldmine"Think about the physical design of a conventional enclosed mall," said Greg Portell, lead partner of Kearney's global consumer practice. "It's a large enclosed space whose very layout acts as a barrier to easy access." For some...
    Starbucks is the latest company to say it will pause social media ads after a campaign led by civil rights organizations called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it doesn't do enough to stop racist and violent content. Starbucks said Sunday that its actions were not part of the "#StopHateforProfit" campaign, but that it is pausing its social ads while talking with civil rights organizations and its media partners about how to stop hate speech online.   The coffee chain's announcement follows statements from Unilever, the European consumer-goods giant behind Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Dove soap; Coca-Cola; cellphone company Verizon and outdoors companies like Patagonia, Eddie Bauer and REI; film company Magnolia Pictures; jeans maker Levi's and dozens of smaller companies. Some of the companies will pause ads just on Facebook, while others will refrain from advertising more broadly on social media. In response to companies halting...
    Leading immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that a coronavirus vaccine might not be effective in providing herd immunity if enough people refuse to get the inoculation. While speaking with CNN about the potential vaccine for COVID-19, which experts say is essential in returning back to normal pre-coronavirus life, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases warned that unless more than tw0-thirds of Americans get the vaccine, it won’t be effective. CNN asked Fauci about the fact that a recent poll by the network showed that one-third of Americans wouldn’t want to be vaccinated against the disease, even if it was provided at a low cost. Assuming that the coronavirus vaccine has a 70-75 percent efficacy, if one-third of people didn’t get vaccinated, the country wouldn’t see the herd immunity necessary to protect the population from the virus. Part of the problem, he says, is that “there...
    A new Russia-involved scandal has erupted over a New York Times report claiming that the U.S. concluded “months ago” that a Russian spy unit linked to past assassination attempts covertly offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan last year to kill Americans — and President Trump knew about it. “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March,” the Times reported, citing unnamed officials. The report prompted an “outraged” rebuke from Joe Biden, who called the administration’s response a “betrayal” to the country, but President Trump and other White House officials say that he was never briefed on the matter, suggesting either false claims by sources or members of the intelligence committee withholding information from the president. “The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts...
    VIDEO5:4405:44Instagram co-founder on effort to track Covid-19 spreadSquawk Box Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom told CNBC on Monday the coronavirus tracking website he helped build is showing concerning levels of spread in many states across the U.S.  Epidemiologists use something called an R0, or R naught, as a way to measure how a virus is spreading. For example, an R naught of 1 means the average person who is infected with the virus will be expected to spread it to one other person; a higher R naught means the virus will spread exponentially. Systrom said his site, rt.live, reports the estimated the rate of transmission, or Rt, in each state. The Rt metric, derived from R naught, seeks to measure the transmission rate in a specific population and a specific moment in time. Appearing on "Squawk Box," Systrom said that 34 states in the U.S. have an estimated rate of coronavirus transmission above 1.0,...
    New York (CNN Business)AT&T's next CEO, John Stankey, is a White man -- replacing Randall Stephenson, a White man. When CBS News' Gayle King questioned whether Stephenson should have used his retirement to promote someone who doesn't look like him to head one of America's biggest companies, Stephenson said her point was valid."It seems like that would have been an opportunity to have a woman or a person of color," King said in an interview at the US Chamber of Commerce Commerce's National Summit on Equality of Opportunity Thursday. "I'm sure Mr. Stankey is very nice, nothing against Mr. Stankey.""Fair challenge," Stephenson said. "I will tell you Mr. Stankey has made probably the biggest moves in media, in our acquisition of WarnerMedia, being the first to actually institute and institutionalize diversity requirements in our media business," he added. I think John is going to prove that he will move...
    The top federal judge in Los Angeles is stepping down from that position after he apologized for saying that the court’s top administrative official, who is a Black woman, was ‘street-smart.’ US District Judge Cormac J. Carney said he will no longer serve as chief district judge just less than a month after he began a four-year term, the Los Angeles Times reported. He will remain a federal judge for the Central District of California, which is the nation’s largest federal court jurisdiction. Carney was appointed to the lifetime post in 2003 by then-President George W. Bush. Carney emailed court staff and fellow judges and publicly apologized to Kiry K. Gray, who in 2015 became the first Black woman appointed to the position of executive and clerk of court for the Central District of California. US District Judge Cormac J. Carney (left) stepped down from his position as...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday new restrictions on the use of solitary confinement at New York City jails. It is also known as “punitive segregation.” Following the death by suicide of Kalief Browder, New York City banned the use of solitary confinement for young people. Browder was jailed at Rikers for three years for a crime he was never convicted of. He took his own life in 2015. “We all remember the tragedy of Kalief Browder. We acted on the lesson of that tragedy. He did not die in vain,” the mayor said. De Blasio also cited the death of Layleen Polanco, who he said “should not have been in Rikers to begin with. Layleen Polanco should not have been in solitary confinement.” The mayor said 17 correction officers have been disciplined and four suspended without pay following her death. The mayor announced more changes...
    Jamaica's governor-general Patrick Allen said he won't wear the honors medal presented to him by the Queen after it was accused of resembling the death of George Floyd. Allen has also joined the thousands of people requesting that the "racist" Order of St Michael badge be re-designed, saying that it "normalizes the continued degradation of people of color." The badge depicts an angel trampling on Satan, however, protesters say it resembles a white person trampling on a Black person. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Sir Patrick Allen, the governor-general of Jamaica, has said he will not wear the honors medal presented to him by the Queen after it was accused of being "racist" and "highly offensive." The British monarch's representative in Jamaica "has suspended personal use" of the Order of St Michael badge, the imagery of which protesters say resembles the killing of George Floyd. "Governor-General Sir...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — Saint Anthony Hospital’s doctors hope they can show patients they can safely start seeing their doctors while social distancing with a new outdoor pediatric care clinic. Young patients now can visit Little Tony’s Outdoor Wellness Clinic, decorated with plants to make it a cheerful and kid-friendly environment. Kids enter the outdoor clinic one to two at a time while parents stay in their cars to keep exposure to a minimum. The precautions at Saint Anthony and most other health centers have ensured there is no added risk of exposure to coronavirus, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Romeen Lavani. The risk of spreading COVID-19 is also much lower outside, where there is better airflow and more space for social distancing, Lavani said. “We are the first one to do it. It’s very innovative. It seems like so far, [it] is going well. Seems to be a hit....
    London (CNN Business)Coca-Cola. Berkshire Hathaway. Marriott. Philip Morris. Walmart.These are just some of the companies whose debt was snapped up by the Federal Reserve as of mid-June, part of the central bank's unprecedented intervention in credit markets. CNN parent company AT&T is another.What's happening: The Fed disclosed hundreds of millions of dollars in purchases of individual corporate bonds on Sunday, while identifying nearly 800 eligible issuers whose bonds it could buy down the line.The action by the Federal Reserve has been lauded by investors for easing conditions in credit markets after they rapidly deteriorated in March, avoiding a potentially catastrophic corporate cash crunch that could have triggered a wave of bankruptcies. In a note to clients Monday, Goldman Sachs said the Fed's announcement that it would buy corporate bonds in the primary and secondary markets was enough to quickly provide relief.Read More"The mere presence of the backstops helped to restore...
    New York (CNN Business)"Hamilton" was the hottest ticket on Broadway when it opened in 2015, and seats for the Tony Award-winning show have been routinely sold out months in advance. Now, the filmed version of the musical is premiering on Disney+ this weekend — but whether it will be as big of a hit may be hard to gauge.Unlike movies or Broadway shows, there's no box office for streaming services. Netflix (NFLX) and Disney+ typically keep viewership numbers under wraps, and even when they offer a rare glimpse, the data often lacks context and third-party verification."Viewership data for streaming services is a much sought-after but rare commodity," Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore (SCOR), told CNN Business. "At this point, you are more likely to spot a unicorn than to see comprehensive viewership data shared by the streaming services."This makes it nearly impossible to determine what's a hit in...
    (CNN)In high school, Aigner Picou was an honor student, held a job, led a club, participated in community service and played an instrument. But she says her college counselor told her, a Black student at a private school, that a college with a more than 50% acceptance rate would still be a reach for her. Now an alumna of the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut, she is watching as more and more stories like hers are being shared publicly. As protests over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks have filled US cities, Black students and alumni of some of the country's most prestigious private high schools have taken to social media to share their experiences of being Black at majority White elite private schools. By bringing together the stories of current and former students, the "Black at" Instagram pages show that racism and discrimination in such...
    Inspired by Khloe Kardashian, I asked influencers to edit my selfies. Influencers Sia Cooper, Urszula Makowska, and Laura Arumugam adjusted my pictures so they would look like something they would see on their Instagram feed. I also tried out editing app FaceTune on one selfie, and it ended up being my most-liked photo on Instagram ever. Editing can be fun, but it's also a slippery slope. If you rely too much on apps like FaceTune, you might end up just living a lie, which is detrimental to our body image and self-esteem. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. About four weeks ago, Khloe Kardashian posted a series of selfies that everyone completely lost their minds over. "Location: under b----es skiiiinnnnn," she wrote in the caption underneath three pictures where she looked like an entirely different person. A plastic surgeon told Insider it looked like she could have had...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that it is crucial to maintain the current G7 framework. At a regular media briefing, Suga did not confirm the content of a Kyodo news agency report which said Japan opposed South Korea potentially joining the next meeting. U.S. President Donald Trump in May announced he would postpone a Group of Seven summit and expand the list of invitees to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. (Reporting by Takashi Umekawa; editing by Jason Neely) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    An Australian dietitian has shared what to eat for breakfast to stay full until lunchtime - and why the meal isn't the most important one of the day.  Sydney dietitian and author of The Nude Nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen, said while foods containing fibre and protein will keep you fuller for longer, skipping this initial morning meal or eating at different times won't make you unhealthy.   Speaking to lifestyle company Bed Threads, Ms Cohen said: 'You may be surprised to learn that breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day. In fact you don't need to eat breakfast to be healthy.' She recommends tuning into what your body needs, considering how you feel before and after eating breakfast and eating when you're hungry instead.  Sydney dietitian and author of The Nude Nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen (pictured), said while it's important to eat fibre and protein for breakfast, skipping this initial morning...
    Donald Trump has said that black people who want statues of slave owners and Confederate figures removing should 'learn from the history', adding that if they did not they would risk 'going to go back to it sometime'. With calls once again mounting to remove statues of Confederate figures, and questions being asked about a range of memorials, Trump was asked on Sunday night in a Fox News interview how he felt. In particular, he was asked what his message was to black Americans contemplating statues of the slave-owning founders of the country.  'My message is that we have a great country, we have the greatest country on Earth,' he replied.  Donald Trump on Sunday evening discussed statues of slave holders and Confederate leaders 'We have a heritage, we have a history and we should learn from the history, and if you don't understand your history, you will go...
    Coronavirus — CDC Discusses Who Will Get First Covid Vaccine-19 0:56 . – Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would “settle” for a covid-19 vaccine that was 70% to 75% effective, but this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they will not receive a vaccine against coronavirus makes it “unlikely” that the United States will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak. With government support, three coronavirus vaccines are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months. “The best one we’ve done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “It would be wonderful if we got there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for an effective vaccine at 70, 75% ”. This is the race to develop a vaccine against covid-19 1:33...
    President Donald Trump has denied that he was made aware of an intelligence report that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan.  According to an initial New York Times report published Friday Trump had been briefed on the operation, believed to be initiated by the notoriously violent Unit 29155 of the G.R.U, an arm of Russia’s military intelligence agency, citing officials with knowledge on the matter.    But Trump denied ever knowing about the operation, tweeting Sunday night that  neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed. 'Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!' he tweeted, but he did not deny the intelligence assessment itself.  However, a new Washington Post report published...
    Starbucks is the latest company to say it will pause social media ads after a campaign led by civil rights organizations called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it doesn’t do enough to stop racist and violent content. Starbucks said Sunday that its actions were not part of the “#StopHateforProfit” campaign, but that it is pausing its social ads while talking with civil rights organizations and its media partners about how to stop hate speech online. The coffee chain’s announcement follows statements from Unilever, the European consumer-goods giant behind Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Dove soap; Coca-Cola; cellphone company Verizon and outdoors companies like Patagonia, Eddie Bauer and REI; film company Magnolia Pictures; jeans maker Levi’s and dozens of smaller companies. Some of the companies will pause ads just on Facebook, while others will refrain from advertising more broadly on social media. In response to companies halting...
    On Sunday, President Trump posted a video on Twitter that included footage of dueling protests in Florida’s retirement community The Villages. “Thank you to the great people of The Villages” Trump wrote in the post. “The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!” Then he deleted it. In the video, there were senior citizens shouting profanity at each other, followed by one man in a golf cart shouting, “White power! White power!” “The golf-cart motorcade was met by anti-Trump seniors standing alongside the same road, who held counter-protester signs that read ‘Trump bigot and racist’ and ‘Donald Trump white trash’ and shouted profanities toward the supporters,” Politico reported. “One among the senior crowd called a supporter a ‘Nazi racist pig.’” The White House said he hadn’t heard the racist chant when he posted the video. “President Trump is a big...
    The family of a Caesars Palace employee who died after contracting coronavirus blames the Las Vegas casino for forcing him to return to work and failing to protect him and others on the job from the virus. Adolfo Fernandez, 51, died on Wednesday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas - just two days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. His family told KVVU-TV that Fernandez worked as a utility porter and a member of the Culinary Union Local 226. Fernandez’s daughter, Irma, works as a housekeeper at the Venetian, another casino located on the famous Las Vegas Strip. She expressed anger on Friday over what she says was the failure of Caesars to protect her father. Adolfo Fernandez, 51, died on Wednesday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas - just two days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 His family said he worked as a utility porter...
    President Trump on Sunday deleted a tweet that included video of dueling protests in Florida's retirement community The Villages, in which senior citizens shouted profanity at each other and one man was heard shouting, "White power!" Trump had written, "Thank you to the great people of The Villages" in his post, but the White House later claimed he did not hear the phrase. "President Trump is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement. "What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters." When shown the video on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said the president "should just take it down," and called the video "indefensible." Soon afterward, the post was gone from Trump's page. TRUMP PUSHES BACK ON NY TIMES REPORT ON...
    Connecticut and Rhode Island are the only two US states reporting a decline in new coronavirus cases compared to last week as cases across southern and western states surge to record levels. The total number of infections has now surpassed 2.5 million in the United States, after the country reached an all-time one-day high of 40,000 new cases on Friday. A rise in documented cases was reported in a staggering 36 states, including Florida, which some experts are tipping to become the next epicentre of the virus, after it reported 9,585 new cases Saturday and 8,500 more Sunday. Saturday’s total, a single-day record since the start of the pandemic in March, rivals that of New York’s peak of daily cases recorded in early April. The new cases bring the statewide total to 140,075. Florida is now reporting 3,419 coronavirus related deaths, which is an increase of 29 since Saturday. Florida Gov....
    By AUDREY JENSEN, Arizona Republic TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — After five hours of shoveling rocks into his family’s backyard, Jimmy Flores, 30, met up with his close friends at the bars in Old Town Scottsdale on a Saturday night in June. “This bar was super packed. I was kind of concerned because I was like, man, everyone’s tight, they have limited cups. Some people were sharing drinks, it was weird,” said Flores, who also shared drinks with his friends that night. The next day, Flores said his body was sore before going to bed, but he shrugged it off as being tired from working and drinking. Then, Flores woke up in the middle of the night with a temperature of 103 degrees. “I texted my buddy and said, “I think I’m getting the flu.′ He goes, ‘That is scary because I am too,‘” Flores told the Arizona Republic. After testing...
    John Bolton claimed Sunday morning that Donald Trump denying a report claiming he knew Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops is ‘unconnected to the reality,’ but asserts this is the standard for the president.  'There's a lot we don't know so we should be cautious, but from what we do know from the president's own tweets this morning, to me it looks like just another day at the office in the Trump White House,' Bolton told NBC News' Meet the Press. The former national security adviser is on a media tour promoting his new book, 'The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,' about his 17 months as one of Trump's top aides. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that Trump confront the Russians, telling ABC News on Sunday that his denial of the report is 'as bad as it gets.' 'This is as bad as it gets...
    By Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union will plough more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday. Over the past decades, Europe has sought to build independent access to space from U.S. and Russian pioneers to help its industry, with successes such as Ariane rockets or GPS-rival satnav Galileo. But the recent emergence of U.S. competitor SpaceX and its reusable rockets as well as China's rapid advances, including the first ever landing on the far side of the Moon last year, is giving new urgency to Europe's ambitions. "Space is one of Europe's strong points, and we're giving ourselves the means to speed up," European Commissioner Thierry Breton, whose brief include the space sector, told Reuters in an interview. Breton, the former French head...
    Washington (CNN)Senior Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander said Sunday that he thinks it would "help" if President Donald Trump wore a mask because it would eliminate political stigma around doing so as the coronavirus continues to spread across the US. "If wearing masks is important and all the health experts tell us that it is in containing the disease in 2020, it would help if from time to time the President would wear one to help us get rid of this political debate that says if you're for Trump, you don't wear a mask, if you're against Trump, you do," the Tennessee Republican, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said on CNN's "Inside Politics."The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone "should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public" to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the...
    Arkansas’ GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday he understands why New York is demanding travelers quarantine for two weeks  — but warns “ultimately we can’t be putting these restrictions on each other.” In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Hutchinson said New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo had reason to be concerned. “I understand where they’re coming from,” he said of the travelers’ two-week quarantine demand. “We had the same order in Arkansas that travelers from New York had to quarantine.” “This virus has been like a fog crossing the United States,” he said, but added, “Ultimately, we can’t be putting these restrictions on each other across the country.” “We have to manage the virus and the growth of our economy,” he said. “I don’t think New York wants to isolate itself.” Hutchinson said a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in his state means there will be a “pause”...
    “I’m not getting any sleep because I’m trying to console my dog.” — Marione Michlich, of San Jose, whose dog has been terrorized by illegal fireworks that have been going off around 8 p.m. every night.
    By TAYLOR VANCE, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — As COVID-19 made its way to the All-America City, three workers tucked inside an often unseen wing on the second floor of City Hall knew they would have to start thinking outside the box to equip most of the city’s employees with the tools needed to start working remotely. The three workers – Robert Kiste, Gordon Hopper and David King – make up the city’s information technology department. Mayor Jason Shelton informed the City Council in mid-March that most of the city’s employees would start working from home as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus. To do this, the employees needed equipment and software to keep government functions running as smoothly as possible. Kiste, the director of the department, said the city was already in a decent place to have most of its employees working...
    Sandra Oh has insisted the UK is 'behind' America in terms of racial diversity as the progression of people of colour behind the camera is 'very slow'. The Killing Eve star, 48, spoke candidly with Kerry Washington during an episode of Variety's Actors on Actors: At Home about working on the hit programme. Sandra and Kelly both caught their acting breaks working for Shonda Rhimes' production company Shondaland, which created Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. This is interesting pic.twitter.com/i5jfQRoToc— �� (@keofthefuture) June 26, 2020 Candid: Sandra Oh has insisted the UK is 'behind' America in terms of racial diversity as the progression of people of colour behind the camera is 'very slow'. During the chat, Kelly quizzed Sandra on what it's like to be an Asian actress on set and she replied: 'That I'm totally used to, I'm so used to being that.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next ...
    Bill Colgin/Getty Images Mississippi is close to removing a confederate emblem from its state flag after a bipartisan resolution by almost a dozen lawmakers to change the design passed through the State Senate Saturday by a 36-14 vote. On Saturday, Gov. Tate Reeves (R-MS) said the legislature had been “deadlocked” on the issue but he was seeing progress. “The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it,” he continued. “If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it,” Reeves wrote on Facebook. Reeves also wrote that any vote regarding the flag would not be the end of their work, that their real job was “to bring the state together,” a task he described as “harder than recovering from tornadoes, harder than historic floods, harder than agency corruption, or prison riots or the coming hurricane season—even harder...
    BERLIN, Jun 27 (.) – Wirecard, the German payments company rocked by a financial scandal, said on Saturday that it will continue business activities after filing for bankruptcy and that it expects judicial authorities to appoint a provisional administrator shortly. “The board of directors is of the opinion that creditors are very interested in us continuing,” the firm said. it’s a statement. “Insolvency proceedings are still being reviewed.” Wirecard filed for bankruptcy on Thursday when it reported that it owes creditors nearly $ 4 billion, revealing a gigantic hole in its books that has turned into Germany’s worst accounting scandal. [nL1N2E20DX] “There is an ongoing review of whether insolvency claims should also be filed for Wirecard Group subsidiaries,” the company said in the statement. “With the exception of a small development subsidiary, the group companies have not filed for insolvency.” Wirecard became the first member of the prestigious Frankfurt Stock...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The 2020 Chicago Pride Parade might have been postponed due to the pandemic, but the LGBTQ community is still celebrating in other ways this weekend. Relative to what it normally looks the day before the parade, it’s been pretty quiet this weekend on Halsted Street in Boystown; lots of color, but not really any crowd. Instead, Pride Fest organizers are holding a series of virtual events online, including performances dedicated to members of the LGBTQ community, and first responders on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. So, while it will look much different than we used to, the celebration of LGBTQ pride continues. “Usually it would be hundreds and thousands of tourists in the city. Bars would be packed to the brim,” said Steven Reeve, who works in Boystown, and for seven years has watched the streets come alive the day before the Pride Parade....
    The Adria Tour that was started by Novak Djokovic had some negative effects. Many players including the Serb himself got infected with the coronavirus. After these cases came to light, Novak was heavily criticized for going ahead with the event at such a time. Seeing such criticism, Novak’s coach Marian Vajda has just defended him. Check out what he said. Coach Defends Novak Djokovic Marian Vajda has been coaching Novak for a while now. In a recent interview with SportKlub which was translated, he addressed the recent criticism the Serb has been facing. He said, “The idea of ​​organizing the Adria Tour was good. Obviously, after a long break on the ATP tour, it definitely helped the players get back on track and enjoy tennis in a slightly different concept. All participants came because the measures of the Government were relaxed, they all respected those measures, so it is...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — At the start of the pandemic, Chinatown was hit particularly hard. Now, months later, as Phase 4 gets started, CBS 2’s Marissa Parra to see what has and hasn’t changed. If you drove through Chinatown last week, you might have seen a lot of boarded windows, but it turns out that was just preventative. And a lot of businesses in the community are doing better than they were. For Chiu Quon owner Matthew Chiu, the sound of customers walking in is a welcome one after a rough few months. “We’re the oldest bakery in Chinatown, the oldest Chinese bakery in Chicago probably. We’ve been here since 1986,” Chiu said. “Before we closed, the business just died in Chinatown. People were avoiding Chinatown. When COVID-19 first reared its head into local consciousness, racism surrounding the origins of the virus rippled throughout the country to Chicago’s Chinatown. “It bothers...
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia forced three Iranian boats to retreat from its waters on Thursday after firing warning shots, a spokesman for Saudi boarder guards said on Saturday. The spokesman, quoted by Saudi news agency SPA, said the Iranian vessels refused to stop after they entered Saudi waters despite repeated warnings, which forced the Saudi authorities to fire the warning shots. (Reporting by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Peter Graff) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The coronavirus zombifies human cells and causes them to sprout tentacles in order to spread around the body, scientists have discovered. A study led by the University of California saw researchers take microscopic images of this process, which they have described as 'so sinister'. Images show infected cells growing tentacle-like spikes, known as filopodia, which appear to be littered with viral particles. The researchers believe the disease uses the tentacles to 'surf' to healthy cells, where it injects its viral venom into them and creates more zombie cells.   Until now, researchers believed Covid infected like most other viruses - by latching onto healthy cells and turning them into copying machines. But, in people with healthy immune systems, the body can fight off the majority of the virus and prevent it from replicating in high amounts in the body. The latest discovery appears to show that Covid has, at some point in...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he is finalizing 'very substantial' cuts to the NYPD budget, even as skyrocketing police retirements raise questions about adequate staffing. 'We're working with the City Council right now. We don't have a final dollar figure, but we're going to do something very, very substantial,' de Blasio told WNYC-FM on Friday.  'We'll know more in the next few days,' he added. 'I think we are moving in a very good direction.' New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has called for the NYPD to be defunded to the tune of $1 billion, out of the department's $6 billion annual budget. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that he is finalizing 'very substantial' cuts to the NYPD budget, as crime in the city skyrockets and  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next NYPD precinct commander...
    In a recent interview with Billboard, Christina Aguilera said that early in her career, record label executives called her last name "too long, too complicated, and too ethnic." The name "Christina Agee" was one option for Aguilera's stage name, the singer told Billboard. Aguilera said she was "dead set against" the proposed name and ultimately didn't budge on using her full birth name. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Christina Aguilera recently reflected on encounters she had early in her music career with business-people who she says criticized her last name for being "too ethnic." In an interview with Billboard published on Friday, the singer and former judge of "The Voice" said that around the time that her second studio album and first Spanish-language album "Mi Reflejo" was released in 2000, she faced critical opinions from higher-ups in the industry about her stage name. "I remember when I...
    A 76-year-old American senior citizen, who was jailed in Spain for smuggling 5lbs of cocaine became an unwitting drugs mule after suffering a brain injury, the US said.  Victor Stemberger, from Virginia, is in a Spanish jail a year after flying into the country with cocaine expertly sewn into bubble jackets in a bag.  The US Justice Department has advised Spain it believes Stemberger was duped into acting as a drug mule for a West Africa criminal network. The family of the pensioner, who suffered a significant brain injury 15 years ago, said he knew nothing about the drugs.  Stemberger was allegedly first reeled into the scam through emails inviting him into a multimillion-dollar business opportunity.  Victor Stemberger (pictured with his wife Han), 76, from Virginia,  who was jailed in Spain for smuggling 5lbs of cocaine, became an unwitting drugs mule after suffering a brain injury, the US said...
    St. Louis rapper Huey, famous for the 2006 hit "Pop, Lock & Drop It," was killed Thursday night in a double shooting, police said Friday. No suspects have been apprehended. Police learned at approximately 10:55 p.m. that a 32-year-old male, later identified as Lawrence Franks Jr. — Huey's real name — had arrived at a local hospital suffering from at least one apparent gunshot wound, the St. Louis County Police Department said in a statement. He died shortly after arrival.   Soon after, the department was notified that a 21-year-old shooting victim arrived at the Ferguson Police Department. That victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.   Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Police said they believe the shootings, which occurred on the same block in the city of Kinloch, were related. Detectives said as many as 10 other people were near the crime...
    Cliff Morrison conquered the COVID-19 virus more than two months ago. Then why does he still feel so lousy? While the majority of patients with mild or moderate symptoms recover promptly, new research confirms that others suffer from a lingering cluster of symptoms — possibly caused by a battle-weary immune system. The UC San Francisco-led investigation, which is recruiting patients from around the Bay Area, will help the growing ranks of survivors who are now returning to work and yet worry about what the future holds. “I want to know: Will it linger for a period of time, then go away? Or will I Iive with it for the rest of my life?” asked Morrison of Oakland, who struggles with mental and physical fatigue as he prepares to resume his beloved career in nursing and health care administration. A research volunteer, he is donating blood, saliva and personal information to the...
    Sam SeagravesSource: Sam Seagraves Almost all of the money Sam Seagraves used to make as an actor in Portland, Oregon, went toward her monthly student loan bill of $1,083.  Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. With many production companies postponing or cancelling operations, Seagraves hasn't been hired for a role since March. The CARES Act granted people with federal student loans a break from their payments until the end of September, but Seagraves has had to dig into her small savings to continue paying her monthly private student loan bill of $700.   "I have enough saved to pay the private student loans through August; I'm not entirely sure how I'm going to pay them after that," Seagraves, 30, said. She owes around $75,000 nearly a decade after graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in acting.  More from Invest in You:Advice that set up multi-generational wealth for this Black familyHere's how much...
    Rapper Huey, 32, has died after he was shot in St. Louis on Thursday night. The rap star, real name Lawrence Franks Jr, was gunned down in a double shooting in his hometown of Kinloch just before 11pm, the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported. He was shot at least once outside the front yard of a home on Martin Luther King Boulevard and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, police said. Rapper Huey, best known for his 2006 hit, 'Pop, Lock, & Drop it', was shot dead in St. Louis on Thursday  Huey rose to fame with his hit single that eventually reached the No. 6 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He is pictured right with fellow rapper Lil Mama at Chris Brown's birthday party in New York City in 2007 He was shot at least once outside the front yard of a...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is once again taking on the federal government over its handling of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As states see spikes in COVID-19 cases throughout the country after reopening economies, New York continues to see cases of the virus dropping dramatically. According to Johns Hopkins University, New York currently has the lowest seven-day average infection rate in the country, after being a hotbed for the virus when the pandemic first came to the United States from China and Europe. While Cuomo held daily COVID-19 briefings daily or more than 100 days when the pandemic first starting spreading, the White House’s coronavirus Task Force held a briefing for the first time in months on Friday, June 26, led by Vice President Mike Pence. “The White House Coronavirus Task Force I think, I don't know what they're going to say, I have no idea, but I think...
    Former White House national security adviser John Bolton on Friday night called President Trump’s criticisms of him “childish” and “demeaning to the office of the president.” “Frankly I’m just not going to respond to him,” Bolton told Mike Emanuel on "Fox News @ Night." “I’ve written what actually happened during my 17 months at the White House … as accurately as I can. People can read it and they’ll make up their own mind about Donald Trump." Bolton, author of the newly released tell-all, "The Room Where It Happened," said writing a book about a president during his term isn’t anything new. TRUMP BLASTS BOLTON, SEATTLE, DEMOCRATS IN 'HANNITY' INTERVIEW' “So this is something that upsets Donald Trump when it’s not to his liking. Just like his family is suing his own niece now to try and block her book. I think you can see a pattern there," he said. (The lawsuit brought...
    CHEORWON, South Korea—It was 70 years ago, on June 25, 1950, that about 75,000 North Korean soldiers poured into the South all along the 38th parallel in a campaign that North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il Sung had told his Chinese and Soviet benefactors would be over in weeks. Two long years later South Korean and U.S. forces, having driven out the North Koreans, faced off against the Chinese right here at Cheorwon in the infamous “iron triangle.” The place names are etched in the minds of all who fought here or know the history: Bloody Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, Sniper Ridge, Jane Russell Hill—named for the voluptuous film star, its contours belying the suffering on the slopes. For the South Koreans, White Horse Hill, with all trees, bushes, greenery stripped bare by 270,000 artillery and air strikes in 10 days of pure hell battling the Chinese in October 1952, was...
    By ISABELLA CUETO, The State LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Mid-morning on June 16, Dr. Philip Keith squats by the bedside of one of his severely ill COVID-19 patients and he is pleased with what he sees. Two days earlier, his patient needed a ventilator to breathe. Now, he is sitting upright in a chair, using only half the supply of oxygen he needed the day before. “You’re doing much better than yesterday,” Keith tells him. “Making progress everyday. Okay?” But as one of the critical care physicians in Lexington Medical Center’s unit for the sickest COVID-19 patients, Keith knows better than to let his guard down when he sees patients improving. “If it weren’t COVID, I would feel really confident that he’s out of the woods,” Keith said. “But we’ve seen it happen too much, where people get better and then they get worse.” SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the...
              President Donald Trump will kick off Independence Day weekend with an event at Mount Rushmore, which has prompted some local leaders to call for the removal of one of the nation’s most iconic monuments. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. “Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy, of structural racism that’s still alive and well in society today,” said Nick Tilsen, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and the president of a local activist organization called NDN Collective. “It’s an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people’s land, then carve the white faces of the colonizers who committed genocide.” Like Tilsen, Oglala Sioux President...