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    President Donald Trump spoke privately about the deadly nature of the coronavirus in recorded interviews even as he was publicly downplaying the severity of COVID-19 early this year, before the pandemic would take nearly 200,000 American lives and counting. The president shared his stark assessment with the Washington Post's Bob Woodward in recorded phone interviews in February, as the virus was spreading from China to other parts of the world.  'This is deadly stuff,' the president told the Watergate reporter, Washington fixture and author who has interviewed U.S. presidents going back to Nixon.  'This is deadly stuff,' President Donald Trump told Bob Woodward in a Feb. 7th call where they discussed the coronavirus 'You just breathe the air and...
    A SPORTS car in which Abba’s Benny Andersson is said to have recorded hit song ideas may sell for £120,000 at auction. The 73-year-old is thought to have been often struck by the artists’ muse in the red Maserati Merak SS Coupe. 6Abba’s Benny Andersson, right, with the Maserati Merak SS Coupe that's tipped to sell for £120,000 at auctionCredit: Bournemouth News 6Benny is said to have recorded ideas for several of Abba's hit singles while in the luxury Italian coupeCredit: Bournemouth News The Italian motor came with a Blaupunkt radio cassette player which had a microphone fitted. Andersson is believed to have used it to record musical ideas while he was behind the wheel of the luxury Italian coupe....
    The man who is rumored to be Ghislaine Maxwell's husband is said to have once bragged to his parents that he was dating a ' high profile woman' but had no idea at the time about her links to Jeffrey Epstein.  Scott Borgerson, 43, a tech entrepreneur from Boston is said to have left his wife Rebecca, with whom he had two children with in 2014 in order to be with Maxwell.  Borgerson's relatives have not revealed whether she is part of the family despite being approached by a number of media outlets over the last week.  The man who is rumored to be Ghislaine Maxwell's husband, Scott Borgerson, right, is said to have once bragged to his parents...
    New York — Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warns that political division and fractures worsen the response to the virus The coronavirus has not been defeated. On the contrary. “The worst is yet to come,” said the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking of the atmosphere of global political division and of fractures at the political level that hinder the fight against the pandemic. “With this type of environment and conditions, we fear the worst,” he added. “Six months have passed since the outbreak of the new coronavirus and the pandemic is far from over,” he said. The number of deaths worldwide exceeds half a million, and cases, ten...
    Testing and maintaining social distance are key to containing the virus, according to the WHO. The coronavirus has not been defeated. On the contrary. “The worst is yet to come,” said the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking of the atmosphere of global political division and fractures at the political level that hinder the fight against the pandemic. “With this type of environment and conditions, we fear the worst,” he added. “Six months have passed since the outbreak of the new coronavirus and the pandemic is far from over,” he said. The number of deaths worldwide exceeds half a million, and cases, ten million in the first six months, a time that...
    Six months since the new coronavirus outbreak, the pandemic is still far from over, the World Health Organization said Monday, warning that "the worst is yet to come." Reaching the half-year milestone just as the death toll surpassed 500,000 and the number of confirmed infections topped 10 million, the WHO said it was a moment to recommit to the fight to save lives. "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world -- and our lives -- would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing. "We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the New York Times report about Russia allegedly offering bounties to Afghan terrorists to kill U.S. soldiers contains “false reporting,” adding that President Donald Trump was never briefed on the “alleged intelligence.” The Saturday report cited numerous U.S. intelligence officials who say that a covert Russian unit “secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops.” It added that “Islamist militants … are believed to have collected some bounty money,” citing unnamed officials. McEnany condemned the unnamed officials who spoke to the NYT, adding the the report includes “false reporting.” She did not elaborate on what the “false reporting” was, but said Monday morning on...
    Coronavirus — Why are covid-19 infections rebounding in the US? 6:34 . – Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Sunday that the “window is closing” for the United States to control the coronavirus pandemic, while confirmed cases are on the rise in most of the country and some states are dealing with a record number of hospitalizations. “Things are very different from two months ago … So it is a very different situation, but this is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing so we can take action and have this under control”, Azar said to CNN’s Jake Tapper on the “State of the Union” show. Covid-19 Cases Continue to Rise in...
    When shelter-in-place orders went into effect across the country in March, many Americans quickly sought refunds for hotel bookings, airfare and travel expenses. But now that states have relaxed some social-distancing measures, Americans have gone full-circle and are planning road trips. That trend may be here to stay as “travel will never, ever go back to the way it was pre-COVID,” said Airbnb Inc. co-founder and Chief Executive Brian Chesky. But when it comes to lodging, you might be faced with this question: Is it safer to stay at an Airbnb or a hotel? Leaving your home for any reason increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, and travel is certainly no exception. That’s why the U.S. Centers...
    In the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, contact tracing — notification of family, friends, co-workers and others exposed to the newly infected — is key to corralling outbreaks and limiting spread as counties reopen. But while health officials report some success in beefing up the ranks of contact sleuths, there are indications that many infected people and those they may have exposed are falling through the cracks. That has alarmed some doctors in the Bay Area’s two most populous counties, Santa Clara and Alameda, who cite recent examples of infected or exposed patients who were never interviewed about their contacts or notified of their potential exposure. “It’s clear contact tracing is not getting to people,” said Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, a...
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has not been informed of any emergency situation in regard to the nuclear particles detected over the Baltic Sea, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. "We have an absolutely advanced radiation levels safety monitoring system and there are no any emergency alarms," Peskov told reporters. "We do not know the source of this information." Radiation sensors in Stockholm have detected higher-than-usual but still harmless levels of isotopes produced by nuclear fission, probably from somewhere on or near the Baltic Sea, a body running a worldwide network of the sensors said last week. (Reporting by Anastasia Teterevleva; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Catherine Evans) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    (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...
    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned the United States that the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to spiral out of control. As CNBC reports, Azar said that COVID-19 spikes in states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona could become out-of-control without the use of masks and social distancing strategies. “We’ve got the tools to do this,” Azar said. “But the window is closing, we have to act, and people as individuals have to act responsibility. We need to social distance, we need to wear our face coverings where we can’t social distance, particularly in these hot zones.” Azar didn’t address any specific mandates at the federal level, but instead called on individuals to act responsibly. He also denied that the...
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused President Donald Trump of “kissing up” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Host George Stephanopoulos said, “I want to turn to that rather startling report in The New York Times [that] Russia secretly offered Afghan bounties to kill U.S. troops. It reports that American intelligence officials have concluded that Russian military intelligence units secretly offered bounties to Taliban linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan, including targeting American troops.” He asked, “Were you aware of these reports?” Pelosi said, “No, and we have called for a report to the Congress on this. This is as bad as it gets. Yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score. Denies being briefed, whether he...
    The Department of Homeland Security has warned that the United States could see a shortage of generic pharmaceutical drugs if the coronavirus outbreak continues.  According to the report, obtained by ABC News, the department said the country is already seeing shortages of more than 200 drugs and medical supplies due to strains caused by international shutdowns during the pandemic.    Officials concluded that if the outbreak forces another round of widespread shutdowns, many US-based pharmaceutical companies would be 'unable to quickly offset'. 'Chinese factories that produce raw ingredients for common antibiotics closed for weeks as of March and India's lockdown extended until the end of May,' the report said. The Department of Homeland Security has warned that the United States...
    (CNN)Soon after George Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis, the city's public school district voted to push police out of its schools. The move has inspired many other districts across the US to make a similar decision -- or at least consider it. School officials in Denver, Milwaukee and Portland, Oregon, have all announced they are severing ties with police.And in California, the state's Department of Education is pushing for a reevaluation of police on school campuses, specifically as it relates to racial justice, Superintendent Tony Thurmond said last week. Hours later, the school board in Oakland, California, unanimously voted to disband the school district's police department as part of what they called the George Floyd Resolution.School...
    With COVID-19 cases surging to record levels, is it time for California to push pause on reopening? The question crystallized Friday as confirmed cases in the state passed 200,000 and hospitalizations continued a three-week-long upward march. Two Bay Area counties — San Francisco and Marin — said they would slow schedules that would have seen a new round of businesses open next week, and Contra Costa may also pump the brakes. For his part, Gov. Gavin Newsom called on Imperial County, the state’s hardest hit with intensive-care units dangerously close to capacity, to shut down tight or he would force the issue. But Newsom resisted suggestions in his daily press conference that he should take more extensive steps that would...
    By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day visitor quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can preserve their hard-won recovery by making travelers from more than a half-dozen hot-spot states isolate themselves. There were few details Friday on how the newly enacted quarantine will be enforced, but playbooks from other states include everything from making new arrivals fill out forms to having National Guard members knock on doors. And while it’s impossible to keep an eye out on every hotel, every...
    (CNN)Senate Democrats are growing increasingly bullish about their chances to retake the majority in the chamber in November as national polls show President Donald Trump floundering in key battleground states and Republicans publicly and privately urge the President to retool his campaign message or risk a blowout down ballot in November.In the race for Senate control, Democrats see a nationalized referendum on a President who has failed to contain the coronavirus and resulting economic collapse. A moment of racial reckoning over policing and inequality has mobilized their base. And, in just a little over three months, Democrats have turned their focus from defending key battlegrounds in Alabama, Michigan and New Hampshire to an expanded map that not only includes top...
    "Systemic racism" is a political term designed to stifle dialogue, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Friday, arguing that Democrats do not want a national conversation about the violence in Chicago and other cities. Appearing on "Outnumbered" with host Melissa Francis, responding to a question about violent crime in Democratic-led cities, Gingrich said that the term was also made to "make [one] feel guilty." PETE HEGSETH: DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ARE 'CAPITULATING' TO ANARCHISTS, DESTRUCTIVE FORCES "The police commissioner in Chicago who had to report on the [104] shootings is an African-American. The...police chief in Minneapolis is an African-American. But, I think that there are really deep problems," he said. During a Thursday night town hall with Sean Hannity, President Trump blasted Democratic mayors in cities like Oakland, Chicago, and Baltimore for their high rates of homicide and other...
    Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day visitor quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states’ governors hope they can preserve their hard-won recovery by making travelers from more than a half-dozen hot-spot states isolate themselves. There were few details Friday on how the newly enacted quarantine will be enforced, but playbooks from other states include everything from making new arrivals fill out forms to having National Guard members knock on doors. And while it’s impossible to keep an eye out on every hotel, every highway, every airport and every...
    Transgender Hollywood star Laverne Cox and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) pushed for the defunding of the police in a joint appearance Thursday on Watch What Happens Live, during which Sen. Harris said that putting more cops on the streets is “just wrong.” Laverne Cox expressed her enthusiasm about the Defund the Police movement in the virtual conversation. “The fact that there’s a national conversation about defunding the police, I think is remarkable. And that people of all races are having that conversation is really exciting to me.” Watch below:  Host Andy Cohen asked Sen. Harris to give her take on defunding the police. The senator, who served as California’s attorney general before being elected to Congress, said that the movement is...
    With one month of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season and four named storms already in the books, now is the time to prepare before the stormiest part of the season. The American Red Cross is reminding Americans that preparation is different in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic as COVID-19 cases surge in several states. "Our physical presence may look different, but our missions remain the same," American Red Cross spokesperson Ben Williamson told Fox News on Monday. 2020 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON FORECAST: HERE ARE 3 BIG TAKEAWAYS Part of the physical differences regarding any big storms threatening the U.S. and triggering evacuations in the months ahead will be how storm shelters handle evacuees. According to Williamson, the Red Cross is working to prioritize hotels,...
    CrossFit founder and former chief executive Greg Glassman has decided to sell the fitness company to Eric Roza, two weeks after stepping down amid widespread criticism for his reaction to the death of George Floyd. In leaked remarks earlier this month, Glassman told gym owners: 'We're not mourning for George Floyd — I don't think me or any of my staff are.' He also sent a tweet that was widely criticized.  He has also come under fire following allegations that Galssman created a sexist working environment and sexually harassed staff.  Roza, a CrossFit athlete and founder of CrossFit Sanitas in Boulder, Colorado, will also become the company's CEO, he said in a tweet on Wednesday.  In a public statement from Roza addressed to the...
    Tax attorney Kelly Erb, who's written about the issue on her website, says there's no legal basis for asking for the checks back. "I think it's really disingenuous of the IRS," Erb said Tuesday. "It's not a rule just because the IRS puts it on the website. In fact, the IRS actually says that stuff on its website isn't legal authority. So there's no actual rule — it's just guidance — and that guidance can change at any time." After Congress passed the $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in March, checks of up to $1,200 were automatically sent in most cases to people who filed income tax returns for 2018 or 2019, including some who are incarcerated. A couple of...
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the planned removal of a statue of Theodore Roosevelt from the entrance to the Museum of Natural History was “a disgrace.” “I don’t know if he intended to, but Governor Cuomo now made clear what the choice is," Gingrich told “Outnumbered Overtime". "You want to live in a country with looters and people who tear down statues, you ought to vote Democrat. PELOSI SAYS REPUBLICANS 'TRYING TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER' OF GEORGE FLOYD “If you think that we ought to have law and order, that people should not tear down statues, that people should not loot, people should not establish independent zones in Seattle, then you ought...
    Ashley Graham says motherhood has changed her in more ways than she can count. The 32-year-old model welcomed her first child, a son named Isaac, with husband Justin Ervin this past January. She told Harper's Bazaar that watching him grow while in quarantine has been an experience she'll cherish forever. "Having a baby has shifted them in ways that I never thought possible. I mean, having a baby, first of all, and then being quarantined with the baby, has changed everything. Just being able to watch my son grow -- literally, before my eyes -- is something I never dreamed possible," Graham said. ASHLEY GRAHAM REVEALS HER POSTPARTUM BODY AFTER GIVING BIRTH: ‘IT’S BEEN TOUGH’ The couple is in her home state...
    Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is "personally OK" with the change. But Hawley is mad, saying the decision caves to the left-wing "mob." He wants to strip Warren's amendment from the defense authorization bill and instead create a commission that would "hold public hearings, gather input from military families and veterans, and work with state and local communities to recommend a way forward." Hawley said in a news release that his amendment would then "require the Commission to report to Congress on its efforts, so that Congress can ensure state and local input is substantially reflected in the Commission’s final recommendations." Hawley's opposition to removing the names of Confederate figures from military bases comes as support for...
    Is Los Angeles Congresswoman Karen Bass under consideration to be Joe Biden's pick for vice president?There are reports that Bass made it on to Biden's short list as a Democratic vice presidential candidate. In an interview Tuesday on Eyewitness News, Bass deflected the question."My only response to that is questions like that should go to the campaign," she said. "I am laser focused on getting the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed out of the House of Representatives."The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the Democrats' proposal to overhaul police procedures and accountability after the mass protests over the deaths of black Americans at the hand of law enforcement.EMBED More News Videos Senate Republicans unveiled proposed changes to...
    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (CBSNewYork) — As New York City sees a dramatic spike in illegal fireworks, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the formation of a new task force that will cross state lines to track them down. Sales are legal in Pennsylvania, so on Tuesday CBS2 sent reporter Lisa Rozner to scope it out. Driver’s licenses were scanned, and consent forms were signed, all of it done to signal that out-of-state buyers won’t break the law. “We came here today to buy the fireworks for the Fourth of July,” said Shay Atkinson of Crown Heights. MORE: $2,500 Reward Offered After Shocking Video Shows Sleeping Homeless Man Attacked With Fireworks After waiting in a long line at Phantom Fireworks right off Route...
    A multi-agency task force will crack down on illegal fireworks in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office announced on Tuesday. The task force will include New York's police and fire departments, and the Sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  "We're cracking down on this activity at the source to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers," de Blasio said. Police officers have already begun addressing the use of fireworks: Several dozen stormed through a Brooklyn neighborhood in riot gear last week, threatening to arrest anyone who was outside. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a new task force to crack down on illegal fireworks, which led to...
    Sen. Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDems request watchdog probe use of federal law enforcement in DC during Floyd protests Bipartisan bill introduced to provide 0B in relief for restaurants Schumer faces tough choice on police reform MORE (D-Del.), a close ally and friend of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump seeks to rally base with immigration full-court press Trump says Obama may have committed treason Poll: Biden leads Trump by more than 20 points on race and policing MORE, expressed openness in an interview with Politico Monday to ending the use of the filibuster in the Senate if Biden is elected president, despite expressing skepticism about such a step in 2019. Even if the Democrats retake the majority in the...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that pubs, restaurants, and a selection of other British businesses will be permitted to open as of the 4th of July. Speaking before the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said that “thanks to our progress [on stemming the spread of the Chinese coronavirus] we can now go further and safely ease the lockdown in England”. However, he went on to note that all steps in reopening the British economy will be “conditional and reversible”. “Today we can say that our long national hibernation is beginning to come to an end… the bustle is starting to come back,” Johnson proclaimed. In announcing the reopening of pubs and restaurants, the prime minister said that they will...
    Coronavirus — Too much pain relievers causes headaches 2:00 . – Does it seem like your migraines are more frequent or worse and more difficult to bear since the pandemic started? That is not just in your head. Doctors say they are now seeing far more complaints from migraine sufferers, and for good reason. “The current environment we are in is certainly quite stimulating for people who have migraines. People are worried and have more migraine headaches, ”said Dr. Rachel Colman, director of the Low Pressure Headache Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Also, “many of us have the boundaries of our workhouse blurred right now,” said Dr. Merle Diamond, president...
    A BAROQUE painting of the Virgin Mary is the latest in a long line of pictures to be disfigured while undergoing restoration. A private art collector is said to have been charged €1,200 (£1,084) by a furniture restorer to have Bartolome Esteban Murillo’s painting of the Immaculate Conception cleaned and repaired. 6How Bartolome Esteban Murillo’s painting originally lookedCredit: Coleccionista/Europa Press 6The painting is said to have undergone two attempts at restoring itCredit: Coleccionista/Europa Press 6Both attempts were botchedCredit: Coleccionista/Europa Press However, things did not go as planned and the face of the Virgin Mary was left unrecognisable even though two attempts to restore it to its original condition were made. The botched restoration job has echoes of the “Monkey Christ”...
    Cities where COVID-19 is growing fastest Trump to sign order suspending certain visas Florida is crucial to the return of sports. It’s also a coronavirus hot spot. Needing a place to resume its season, the NBA in early June announced it would sequester all 22 of its teams that will return to competition in Florida. The state had opened its arms to sports leagues, and Disney World offered requisite court space and lodging. Crucially, Florida’s novel coronavirus statistics were under control. And the NBA crafted a 113-page plan, praised by outside experts for its thoroughness and feasibility. The NBA plans to return late next month at the Disney World complex outside Orlando. (Eric Gay/AP) After months of toiling...
    President Donald Trump has said Americans could get a second stimulus check amid the coronavirus pandemic and that the soon-to-announced package will be 'very generous'. Taxpayers were given a one-time sum of $1,200 as part of the $2trillion stimulus earlier this year, but for many who have been made unemployed or had salary cuts, it has not stretched very far.  The Democratic-led House passed the $3trillion HEROES Act in May, calling for another payout to cash-strapped workers, but the Republican-controlled Senate has been opposed to it.   When asked in an interview on Monday, whether he supported the idea of another round of financial aid, the American leader said: 'Yeah, we are. We are.' Trump said in an interview on Monday:...
    A $100 million renters' relief program is expected to be approved next week by the L.A. City Council. On Eyewitness Newsmakers, Council President Nury Martinez said that's not nearly enough and this round will be distributed by lottery."One hundred million dollars is geared towards making sure that folks apply for this program. We have the infrastructure in place. Applications will become available July 6, and run from July 6 to July 10. On July 13th there should be a lottery system in which the department will be able to select families and issue rent relief," Martinez explained.MORE: CA rent relief proposal would give tenants until 2034 to make late paymentsEMBED More News Videos A new Democratic rent relief plan could...
    Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said President Trump is so blinded by his political ambitions and hobbled by incompetence that he jeopardizes national security. “The biggest fear I have is that his policymaking is so incoherent, so unfocused, so unstructured, so wrapped around his own personal political fortunes, that mistakes are being made that will have grave consequences for the national security of the United States,” Bolton told ABC News in an interview in advance of publication of his White House tell-all on Tuesday. Bolton, who served in the administration for 17 months, said he hopes voters limit Trump to one term. “We can get over one term. I have absolute confidence — even if it’s not...
    In March, Spain was one of the hardest hit countries in the world by the coronavirus pandemic and because of that, the return to play of La Liga is considered a major victory for the country. “I think it was really important not only for La Liga but for as many things as possible to come back to normal routine for people,” said Real Betis business development manager Toni Ortega. “At one point our lockdown was very strict and for about six weeks you could only leave your apartment or home to go to the grocery store or pharmacy,” Ortega said. Last year at this time, Real Betis had just returned to Spain from an end of season tour...
    Back in May, he risked a six-month prison sentence or $15 fine for refusing to download the app. Ghosh didn’t care: He had bigger concerns about the future use of his data. “I am not sure how the government will use my data. If they want, they can do surveillance on me forever through location-tracking on the app,” said Ghosh. The Indian government maintains that most personal and location data of users is ultimately deleted, but critics say India’s lack of data protection laws exposes millions of people to potential privacy breaches. They also fear that personal information could be sold by the government to private companies, or even used for surveillance beyond Covid-19 concerns.Millions of usersThe Aarogya Setu app...
    New Delhi (CNN Business)When India launched its coronavirus tracing app Aarogya Setu in April, it came with a mandatory download order for public sector workers. That order soon spread to private sector workers and then to people living in designated Covid-19 containment zones — including Rajeev Ghosh, a 50-year old chemist who resides in Noida, a city east of the capital New Delhi. Back in May, he risked a six-month prison sentence or $15 fine for refusing to download the app. Ghosh didn't care: He had bigger concerns about the future use of his data."I am not sure how the government will use my data. If they want, they can do surveillance on me forever through location-tracking on the app,"...
    As cases of coronavirus spike in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, more health officials are calling on those states to mandate the use of face masks in public. On Thursday, California took health officials’ advice into account, and became the latest state requiring masks, issuing a mandate that most of the state’s nearly 40 million residents wear face masks whenever they leave their homes. Previously, only essential-business employees had been required to wear them, although cities and counties had been allowed to issue their own face-mask orders. But the three other states that have seen record-high spikes in daily cases of COVID-19 have not yet issued statewide mandates to wear masks in public, and that’s a problem, said Scott...
    As Donny Joubert watched a Minneapolis police officer kneel into the neck of George Floyd, he was outraged at yet another example of police brutality. So too was the rest of the nation, and the pain of Floyd’s death has resulted in weeks of mass protests. Joubert and others in the Black community are encouraged that these protests are centered not in South Los Angeles but in upscale business districts and locales and have attracted a kaleidoscope of races demanding justice. But they’re asking a simple question: Where have you been? Because this is long overdue. Black folks remember the hope and disappointment following the Watts riots in 1965 and the Rodney King riots in 1992, when the...
    A San Francisco man was charged with criminal threats Thursday after he allegedly threatened to shoot a family with three young children who were wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts. Steve Cibotti, 55, is claimed to have yelled 'Blue Lives Matter' at Anthony Colon, his wife Ciara Doherty, and their children - Arya, 7, Arlo, 5, and Etta, 2 – as they dined out on June 7. He then threatened to shoot them, according to the family and other diners at the restaurant. Cibotti was arrested by Burlingame police on four counts of felony threats, each with a hate crime enhancement, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.  Steve Cibotti, 55, is seen here in a grab of surveillance...
    (CNN)Sales at designer Roslyn Karamoko's upscale boutique on Detroit's main business thoroughfare already had started to slow before Covid-19 hit and shut down Michigan's economy. In mid-March, she shuttered her store, Détroit is the New Black, and sent home her five employees, believing she might never reopen. "Then, came Black Lives Matter," she said, and a rush of sales as customers raced to support Black businesses following the coast-to-coast uprising over the death of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. Karamoko's online business quickly tripled.The national reckoning on race triggered by Floyd's death -- and Covid-19's disproportionate toll on people of color -- has brought fresh attention and new business to Black...
    Several community leaders gathered in St. Paul Friday to call for an end to gun violence following several recent shooting incidents. They met in the parking lot of Lamplighter Cocktail Lounge where a 23-year-old woman was fatally shot last weekend. Congregated around a single pot of flowers, the group held neon signs that read “Stop killing our own” and “It’s time to stop pointing the finger.” Founder of Guns Down Saint Paul and member of the Minnesota Commission for Public Safety Dora Jones-Robinson called attention to a man who was shot several times in the Summit-University neighborhood early Friday morning and is currently in the ICU at Regions Hospital. “We can’t continue to shoot up each other and then deal...
    EXCLUSIVE: Gabby Barrett is on a long list of former competition singing show performers who have managed to turn reality TV appearances into stardom.The 20-year-old country singer placed third on “American Idol” in 2018 as an 18-year-old dreamer and has maintained the momentum, becoming the first solo female songstress since Carly Pearce in 2017 to reach No. 1 on the country charts with her single “I Hope.” “Of course, growing up, you listen to your favorite people on the radio and you want to have an album of your own and you want to have number one songs that people know and can sing back to you when you have shows,” Barrett told Fox News. COUNTRY MUSIC STAR JON PARDI ON HIS...
    A customer shops at Cliff's Variety on June 16, 2020 in San Francisco, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The U.S. economy has shown signs lately that it could be snapping back to life more quickly than many anticipated, but there's still a long way to go. May's burst of spending from consumers who had all but shut down the previous two months helped kindle hopes that activity is returning again from a recession that started in February. Strong housing numbers and record-breaking increases in manufacturing activity for the New York and Philadelphia regions added to an air of optimism. But many economists these days are looking deeper than the usual suspects of macro data. Instead, they're checking "high-frequency" indicators that...
    With St. John’s Church in the background, people walk under a new street sign on Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta) After weeks of protests around the D.C. region, and across the U.S., in the wake of George Floyd’s police-custody death, the Million Moe March on Friday hopes to move forward toward ending systemic racism. “Protesting is just the first step — we need to actually have policy change and legislative change,” said Justin “Yaddiya” Johnson, founder of Long Live GoGo, a D.C.-based group with the mission “to empower, preserve and protect the true meaning of being a native Washingtonian.” Johnson’s group is hosting its second installment of the Million Moe March, beginning Friday at 4 p.m....
    New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference on Wednesday morning (pictured) New York City is on track to enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday, June 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this morning.   Cuomo's news came an hour after Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to commit to a date for the second phase, which will allow for outdoor dining at restaurants, in-store shopping, and the reopening of a wide range of businesses such as hair salons.  City and state officials have faced mounting pressure to accelerate the Big Apple's reopening plan as COVID-19 figures have continued to fall.   But Cuomo and de...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the federal government is making a "historic mistake" in advising some states to reopen despite rising numbers of coronavirus cases.  "The federal government is making a mistake… a historic mistake," Cuomo said at his daily press briefing. The governor noted that at least 19 states have seen cases have gone up in the last two weeks. Six states reported record increases on Tuesday. Cuomo said President Trump's claim that cases have increased because the nation's testing has ramped up is a false one. "That is just not true. As a matter of fact, as a matter of mathematics, as a matter of data, that is just not a true statement," Cuomo said.  Coronavirus: The...
    The lawyer for a 75-year-old New York man who was shoved to the ground by police officers during a protest said Tuesday that he is unable to walk, according to media reports. Kelly Zarcone said Martin Gugino suffered a fractured skull after the June 4 confrontation with police, which was captured on video. “I am not at liberty to elaborate at this time other than to confirm that his skull was fractured,” Zarcone told CNN in a statement. “While he is not able to walk yet, we were able to have a short conversation before he became too tired. He is appreciative of all of the concern about him but he is still focused on the issues rather than himself.”...
    Washington (CNN)Defense officials are increasingly concerned China is using the coronavirus crisis to gain stakes in strategically important businesses as the pandemic leaves struggling companies urgently in need of capital.But even as the Defense Department works to improve supply security, procurement experts warn that the Pentagon may not have the visibility required to vet or help protect smaller companies down the chain. They say the job is only getting harder as the pandemic has broadened the definition of national security interests to include medical supplies. And they point to at least one Chinese-owned company that asked to bid on a Pentagon contract.Pompeo to meet with Chinese officials in Hawaii amid escalating tensions"We have to be very, very careful about the...
    "The Five" co-host Jesse Watters said Tuesday that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is "going to have to face the music" sooner or later as his party grapples with the "defund the police" movement and the economy continues to reopen. "At this point, he [Biden] is literally like the luckiest politician of all time," Watters said. "Barack Obama picked him out of nowhere to be his VP ... Then a pandemic hits so he gets to stay safely in the basement and not be embarrassed by small crowd sizes. Then a recession happens to his opponent in an election year and then there's racial riots that gets his base all ginned up, and he's raising a ton of money." THE LATEST FROM FOX NEWS ON THE BIDEN-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CLASH "The luck can't continue for...
    In response to the police killing of George Floyd, House Democrats are set to vote on a comprehensive package of police legislation next week. Their bill, The Justice in Policing Act of 2020, would in part ban chokeholds by the police, set up a national database for tracking police misconduct, and make it easier to pursue legal damages against police by ending “qualified immunity.” Rep. Karen Bass of California, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus is leading the House’s attempt at police-reform. “A profession where you have the power to kill should be a profession where you have highly trained officers that are accountable to the public,” Bass said at a press conference last week. The bill would also bar...
    Thirty-one years ago, the Eugene, Ore., mobile crisis-intervention program Cahoots (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) was born. The 24/7 service, provided by the nonprofit White Bird Clinic and integrated into the city’s public-safety infrastructure, dispatches a medic and crisis worker to respond to non-criminal crises involving people experiencing mental illness problems, substance abuse and homelessness. “In those situations where there’s not a criminal issue, there’s not an emergent threat to the safety of an individual or a neighborhood, why do we need the police to be the ones responding?” Tim Black, Cahoots’s operations coordinator, told MarketWatch. “Why can’t it be folks from that community who are coming with unconditional positive regard and empathy, instead of force?” Cahoots,...
    In a new interview with The New York Times, Jon Stewart insisted that he does not miss hosting The Daily Show. “If you’re asking, Do you wish you had a show? Sometimes I do,” he said. “But not the one that I had. The one that I had is in wonderful hands and continues to elevate in a way that I couldn’t have.” That statement has never been more true than in our current political moment.   As the only Black host on mainstream late-night television, Trevor Noah has met the moment when it comes to systemic racism and police brutality. And on Monday night, he had reached a breaking point. “How long? How much? When is it enough?” The Daily...
    With uncharacteristic speed, Congress is responding to a historic moment on issues of race in America by crafting legislation to reform police forces—proposals aimed at changing the culture and conditions that have led to the repeated killings of unarmed black Americans at the hands of police. But increasingly, lawmakers are concerned that Capitol Hill’s response to protesters’ demands for racial justice will be severely limited if it doesn’t include measures to address another powerful undercurrent of the nationwide protests: pervasive economic inequality that’s left black communities behind. That long standing inequality has been put into an even starker light by the circumstances of George Floyd’s death—his killer, Derek Chauvin, stopped him over an allegedly fake $20 bill—and by the coronavirus...
    House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) is voicing his opposition to the “Defund The Police” Movement. “I would simply say, as I have always said, nobody is going to defund the police,” Clyburn said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. He continued, “We can restructure the police forces, restructure, reimagine policing. That is what we are going to do. The fact of the matter is, the police have a role to play. What we have got to do is make sure that their role is one that meets the times, one that responds to these communities that they operate in.”Watch the video below: Rep. James Clyburn responds to growing calls to defund the police: "Nobody...
    Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., made it clear on Sunday that despite the public rancor following the protests over the recent deaths of African-Americans involving law enforcement, Congress will not make moves to defund police departments. Clyburn, the House majority whip, instead said he would push for a “reimagining” of law enforcement in the country. “I would simply say, as I have always said, nobody is going to defund the police,” Clyburn said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Clyburn’s comment put him firmly in line with almost every Democrat in both chambers of Congress, as well as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. While top Democrats have called for major overhauls to police departments following the deaths of George...
    When shelter-in-place orders went into effect across the country in March, many Americans quickly sought refunds for hotel bookings, airfare and travel expenses. But now that states have relaxed some social-distancing measures, Americans have gone full-circle and are planning road trips. But when it comes to lodging you might be faced with this question: Is it safer to stay at an Airbnb or a hotel? Leaving your home for any reason increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, and travel is certainly no exception. That’s why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention holds that “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.” But if appropriate precautions and considerations are...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The smallest U.S. state has the longest name, and it’s not sitting well with some in the George Floyd era. Officially, Rhode Island was incorporated as The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations when it declared statehood in 1790. Now, opponents have revived an effort to lop off the plantations reference, saying it evokes the legacy of slavery. An online petition aims to ask the state to shorten the name to just Rhode Island, a nonbinding campaign intended to generate momentum toward an eventual ballot question this November. “In no way am I trying to erase history. But we shouldn’t glorify our shameful past,” Tyson Pianka, a University of Rhode Island sophomore who organized the...
    The Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo told "The Story" Thursday that it was "hard for me to overstate the anarchy that is on the streets" of Seattle following the establishment of an "autonomous zone" by anti-police protesters in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood earlier this week. "You have here a group of several hundred people who have laid siege to a territory and have claimed it as a separate political entity from the United States," Ngo told host Martha MacCallum. "And, aside from images of then dancing and having a good time, they also have people going around who are armed and acting as security, and also border checkpoints. So to go through, you have to go through these physical barriers that have been set up, and it is complete anarchy, because the police precinct...
    WICKER PARK — A hip hop open mic night that has been part of the Wicker Park music scene for more than 20 years returned this week after being on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday’s open mic brought together the members of 606 Chicago, a collective of emcees who normally perform that day at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave. The emcees took to the stage 7-9 p.m. in a series of performances streamed via Facebook Live and Instagram Live. They performed without an in-person audience as venues are not yet allowed to reopen under Gov. JB Pritzker’s five-part Restore Illinois plan. Simeon Norfleet Sr., whose stage name is Shadow Master MC, has been performing hip hop since...
    (CNN)Health experts have long warned about a second peak in Covid-19, and now a rise in cases has pushed Arizona to tell its hospitals to activate emergency plans. Arizona is one of the 19 states with the trend of new coronavirus cases still increasing. While 24 are trending downward, seven states' trends are holding steady. Nationally more than 1.9 million people have been infected by the virus and more than 112,000 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. At its peak, Arizona's intensive care unit beds were 78% in use. As of Monday, 76% were occupied. Arizona's Director of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ asked that hospitals "be judicious" in elective surgeries to ensure bed capacity.Covid-19 restrictions should...
    By JUAN A. LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT and ADAM GELLER HOUSTON (AP) — George Floyd was lovingly remembered Tuesday as “Big Floyd” — a father and brother, athlete and mentor, and now a force for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice. Hundreds of mourners wearing masks against the coronavirus packed a Houston church a little more than two weeks after Floyd was pinned to the pavement by a white Minneapolis police officer who put a knee on his neck for what prosecutors said was 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Cellphone video of the encounter, including Floyd’s pleas of “I can’t breathe,” ignited protests and scattered...
    Astronomers announced this weekend that they've detected a mysterious fast radio burst coming from a dwarf galaxy three billion light-years away. The burst — known as an FRB — appears to be transmitting signals that reach Earth in a repeating, 157-day pattern, the group said.  The discovery marks just the second time ever that scientists have identified an FRB that repeats in a pattern. In February, scientists revealed that an object 500 million light-years away appeared to be transmitting signals every 16 days.  FRBs are bursts of radio waves in space that last just a millisecond. Some have been traced back to their home galaxies, but astronomers have yet to figure out what causes them. Trending News What to know...
    Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., told Fox News Monday that the police reform measures proposed by House Democrats are going to cause a lot of "problems in the future." “They were long on philosophy and platitudes, but very short on specifics,” Biggs told “America’s Newsroom," adding that "if this passes ... you're going to actually see increases in crime rates because nobody is going to want to be a police officer." Biggs singled out a portion of the legislation that would lower the threshold for officers to face criminal prosecution by allowing charges to be filed in cases of alleged reckless misconduct, not merely in cases of intentional misconduct. JUSTICE IN POLICING ACT: WHAT'S IN THE DEMOCRATS' POLICE REFORM BILL? “You’re going to have...
    There is no hierarchical structure to antifa or universal set of tactics that makes its presence immediately recognizable, though members tend to espouse revolutionary and anti-authoritarian views, said Mark Bray, a historian at Rutgers University and author of "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook." "They do different things at different times in different ways, some of which there is evidence of them breaking the law. Other times there is not," Bray said. Literature from the antifa movement encourages followers to pursue lawful protest activity as well as more confrontational acts, according to a 2018 Congressional Research Service report. The literature suggests that followers monitor the activities of white supremacist groups, publicize online the personal information of perceived enemies, develop self-defense training regimens...
    GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, Utah (AP) - A National Park Service search crew has recovered the body of an Arizona man presumed to have drowned in Utah’s Lake Powell, authorities said Wednesday. Kane County Sheriff’s officials said the victim has been identified as 30-year-old Dustin Olague of Flagstaff. Olague was reported missing last Sunday afternoon. TOP STORIES Retired St. Louis police captain killed by looters Ralph Northam to announce removal plans for Richmonds iconic Robert E. Lee statue Univ. of Alabama Birmingham professor instructs rioters on how to tear down monuments Witnesses reported he jumped from a private vessel to go for a swim and wasn’t wearing a life jacket. Authorities said Olague disappeared underwater and...
    The coronavirus isn’t mutating to become more dangerous, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Scientists around the world studying the virus have not found it to be mutating in a way that could pose a new threat, as some health officials feared early on, WHO infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said at a briefing. “There are normal changes in this virus that one would expect over time,” she said, referring to the ways in which RNA viruses like the flu and the coronavirus mutate. “None of these changes so far indicate that the virus itself is changing in terms of its ability to transmit or to cause more severe disease.” But COVID-19 is continuing to devastate the world,...
    Former Education Secretary and Fox News contributor Bill Bennett joined Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones on "Special Report" Tuesday to discuss the urgency of restoring "law and order" and share their different approaches to moving forward as a country amid the national unrest over the death of George Floyd. "This is an insurrection," Bennett told host Bret Baier. "Let's call it what it is, and it needs to be put down." ANDY MCCARTHY: TRUMP, GOVS MUST DO THIS TO RESTORE ORDER Bennett commended President Trump's commitment to restoring law and order amid the ongoing riots and looting, urging the president's critics to "consider the alternative." "What he's saying is true and essential and, consider the alternative," said Bennett. "Suppose it he said, 'Let it...
    Former Education Secretary and Fox News contributor Bill Bennett joined Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones on "Special Report" Tuesday to discuss the urgency of restoring "law and order" and share their different approaches to moving forward as a country amid the national unrest over the death of George Floyd. "This is an insurrection," Bennett told host Bret Baier. "Let's call it what it is, and it needs to be put down." ANDY MCCARTHY: TRUMP, GOVS MUST DO THIS TO RESTORE ORDER Bennett commended President Trump's commitment to restoring law and order amid the ongoing riots and looting, urging the president's critics to "consider the alternative." "What he's saying is true and essential and, consider the alternative," said Bennett. "Suppose it he said, 'Let it...
    Former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino reacted on Sunday to the violent riots that have erupted across the country in protest of the death of a black Minneapolis man in police custody, saying, “This isn't a protest anymore, this is a coup.” “This is an organized internal coup by a small group of agitators acting as a domestic terror group. That's a fact,” Bongino, a Fox News contributor, said on "Fox & Friends Weekend" on Sunday. The violent protests across the country left at least three dead, dozens injured, hundreds arrested and buildings and businesses in charred ruins. The protests were sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin, was seen kneeling on his neck...