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    Fact check: Religious organizations received COVID-related loans but US Postal Service did too Yelp says 60% of US businesses that closed due to COVID-19 wont re-open EU Said to Lean Against a Merger of Italy Broadband Networks (Bloomberg) -- The European Union’s antitrust arm would likely oppose Italy’s plan to create a single national broadband network controlled by former monopoly Telecom Italia SpA, according to people familiar with the matter. Telecom Italia shares fell as much as 7.4%. Load Error EU competition officials led by Margrethe Vestager are concerned that a proposed combination of Telecom Italia’s landline network and its smaller, state-backed rival Open Fiber SpA would create a monopoly, reversing two decades of deregulation, said the people,...
    Two British Police Officers guard the entrance to the arena of a Summer Fair (file photo). RFStock/Getty Images  A 19-year-old was fined £10,000 ($13,000) in the UK after Nottinghamshire Police said he held a 50-person party at his home in Lenton on Friday. COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in the UK, and gatherings of more than 30 people indoors were banned at the time of the party. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper told Sky News that the teen, who has not been publicly named, "deliberately flouted the rules without a care for anyone else". Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 19-year-old man in the United Kingdom was fined £10,000 ($13,000) after police said he...
    Rochester city officials claim the head of the police union lied about when he received the bodycam footage of Daniel Prude's suffocation death that has led to week-long protests in New York's third-largest city.  The city published the emails on Thursday showing that Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo was sent the bodycam footage back in April. Mazzeo had said that he saw the bodycam video of the 41-year-old black man's encounter with police for the first time last week when his family released it publicly. The emails, obtained by WROC, show he was included on email chains dating back to April that included the footage.  Mazzeo is standing by his previous comments that he hadn't previously seen the footage. ...
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) promised Wednesday the immediate launch of an investigation into whistleblower allegations that senior Trump administration officials censored information on intelligence reports that "made President Trump look bad." Among the information allegedly censored were details regarding the rising threat of white supremacism and Russia's attempt to interfere in the 2020 election, according to former Department of Homeland Security official Brian Murphy, who filed the formal whistleblower complaint with the department's inspector general this week. In a press release, Schiff said that he and his committee would probe Murphy's "grave and disturbing" allegations of "serious wrongdoing" by senior Trump officials, including acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolfe and acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinnelli. ...
    Pastor Todd Bell, who runs his own church 225 miles away in Sanford, officiated the August 7 wedding in Millinocket that has now been linked to 134 of the state's COVID-19 cases The number of coronavirus cases linked to a Maine wedding has now risen to 134 as it's revealed that the pastor who officiated the nuptials held a Sunday service after health officials said they were investigating an outbreak at his own church.  Maine's Center for Disease Control and Prevention said there has now been 123 confirmed and 11 probable cases in the state that have been linked to the August 7 wedding in Millinocket.  Theresa Dentremont, a 83-year-old woman who did not attend the wedding, has since...
    A illegal immigrant who stabbed an NYPD officer in the neck then opened fire on cops earlier this year is an ISIS supporter who confessed “my religion made me do it,” federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday. The accusation came as a federal grand jury indicted Bosnian Dzenan Camovic, 20, for the June incident in Brooklyn, which unfolded against the backdrop of nationwide protests over the police-custody death of George Floyd. “Dzenan Camovic, an illegal alien and Bosnian national, is alleged to have used the cover of chaos during recent civil unrest in New York City to launch a premeditated and cowardly attack from behind against two New York City Police officers, brutally slashing one with a knife, stealing his weapon and...
    Choctaw crisis, Space Needle, teen outbreak: News from around our 50 states 5 Beloved Fast Food Chains That May Go Bankrupt Next An Arkansas man said he grew the mystery seeds from China in his garden before agriculture officials warned against planting them © Tim Greenway/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images Not the "mystery" seeds in question. Tim Greenway/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images An Arkansas man told 5News he planted the "mystery seeds" that Americans have reported receiving from China. Doyle Crenshaw said he planted the seeds two months ago. Last week, the US Department of Agriculture warned against doing so, since they could contain invasive species. The state agency is going to remove the plant, 5News...
    Russian health officials say a potential coronavirus vaccine has finished clinical trials in a Moscow lab and there could be mass vaccinations by October. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said state research facility Gamaleya Institute is one step closer to registering the vaccine, according to Interfax news agency. RUSSIA'S ELITE GIVEN EXPERIMENTAL CORONAVIRUS VACCINE FOR MONTHS: REPORT Medical workers wearing protective gear get out from an ambulance as they transport a patient suspected of having coronavirus, at a hospital in Kommunarka, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Murashko said that upon approval, the vaccine would be available first to health care workers, then teachers. Russia’s first potential vaccine would secure local regulatory approval in August, a source told Reuters. But...
    (CNN)A "Black Lives Matter" mural that was recently painted on a street surface in Tulsa's Greenwood District must be removed because it did not receive approval from the city, officials said this week.Artists and volunteers, who are not officially affiliated with the Black Lives Matter organization, painted the large lettering on June 18, one day before Juneteenth and two days before President Donald Trump held a campaign rally in the city, according to the Tulsa World newspaper. It went up on Greenwood Avenue, also called Black Wall Street, where in 1921 a white mob attacked black residents and burned black-owned businesses in what's known as the Tulsa Race Massacre. Tulsa's City Council decided to weigh in on the mural after...
    (CNN)A 23-year-old Texas man allegedly shot his grandmother early Sunday and tried to stage her death as a drive-by shooting, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.Marcus Hanson has been charged with the murder of his grandmother, 68-year-old Shelia Crosslin, the sheriff's office said in a statement.Deputies responding to reports of a drive-by shooting in north Harris County just before 1 a.m. found the woman "lying in her bed and deceased from apparent gunshot wounds," the sheriff's office said.Hanson told deputies he heard "someone begin shooting into their home," the release said. He said he grabbed a handgun, went outside and fired several times at a vehicle fleeing the scene, according to the release.Hanson "attempted to stage the scene," Sheriff...
    KILLEEN, Texas -- Investigators found evidence that Vanessa Guillen, the soldier whose body was found near her Texas base months after her disappearance, may have been harassed, U.S. Army officials said.Officials say 20-year-old Guillen was bludgeoned to death at Fort Hood by a fellow soldier. She was last seen in April and was listed as missing for six weeks before the Army released details. The soldier suspected in Guillen's slaying, Spc. Aaron Robinson, died by suicide on July 1 as police were trying to take him into custody.In June, Guillen's family publically alleged that Guillen was sexually harassed while at Fort Hood. Her family and their attorney said that prior to her disappearance, she confided in her mother and friends...
    A group of House Democrats left a classified briefing at the White House Tuesday morning, on  reports that Russia paid Taliban fighters bounties on U.S. soldiers, with complaints that Trump administration officials were not more forthcoming about the intelligence. And they also left with lots of questions about why the president—who has dismissed the story as another “Russia hoax”—is not being more forthcoming with criticism for Russian president Vladimir Putin. “The president called this a hoax, publicly,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the number two House Democrat, at a Capitol Hill press conference after returning from the White House. “Nothing in the briefing we just received led me to believe it’s a hoax. There may be different judgements as to...
    AUSTIN – A staff member at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s Giddings State School has died less than a week after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, according to TJJD officials. Sean Wilson died June 28 in his home, officials said. He had been diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 22. TTJD officials said Wilson, who was a youth development coach, was a “dedicated staff member... who cared deeply for the youth he worked with.” Wilson had been employed by the State of Texas for 14 years and had been with TJJD since 2014. “He leaves behind a loving wife and an eight-year-old son. We are devastated by their loss and mourn with them during this time,” said Camille Cain, executive director...
    Washington (CNN)In response to reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill US troops in Afghanistan, the White House has denied that President Donald Trump was "personally briefed" on the matter, claiming that the intelligence "wasn't verified." But a US official familiar with the latest information told CNN on Monday that intelligence about the Russian bounty was included in the President's Daily Briefing (PDB) sometime in the spring. The written document includes the intelligence communities' most important and urgent information. On Monday night, the New York Times reported that the information was included in a written briefing to the President in late February.Trump is not known to read his daily briefing, and instead prefers an oral briefing a...
    A Tuesday report from The Daily Beast claims that White House officials were hesitant to tell Donald Trump about the alleged Russian bounties for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan out of fear he would use social media to spread classified information. “Trump has little patience for intelligence briefings, especially when the news isn’t good for him,” a former Trump administration official said. “These briefings happen irregularly, and are often free-for-alls. He also shows little respect for classified information and might tweet about it — which would in counter to efforts to handle the issue out of the public eye.” It wouldn’t be the first time Trump has shared classified information on social media. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the president said...
    HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — A fugitive who was riding in a tractor-trailer that had been pulled over on a Pennsylvania interstate led authorities on a brief chase and held them at bay with gunfire for three hours until they finally shot and killed him, officials said. The 48-year-old resident of Whitehead, Indiana, was wanted for a homicide probation violation, authorities said. Members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force stopped the truck on Interstate 81 early Monday evening. The driver got out, but the passenger drove off, leading officers on a chase that ended in the city of Hazleton when the truck got stuck in grass. But he refused to surrender and “intermittently fired weapons” at troopers during the ensuing...
    A barrage of conflicting reports has followed bombshell revelations that President Donald Trump was briefed on Russia offering bounties for killing U.S. troops, and doing nothing in response. Senior White House officials have reportedly known about the bounties since early 2019, and former national security adviser John Bolton allegedly told the president around that same time, and another report quoted sources who say the issue was included in his daily briefing Feb. 27, 2020 — but additional sources told The Daily Beast the confusion points to a fundamental problem. “But the problem is not just a matter of dissembling, according to several sources,” The Daily Beast reported, “it’s a matter of Trump not wanting to know about intelligence outside his comfort zone, and...
    Says an MPR story, “The Hennepin County judge overseeing the trial of four former police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd last month warned elected officials against making public statements about the merits of the case, saying they endanger the defendants’ right to a fair trial and could lead to a change in venue. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill stopped short of issuing a gag order on attorneys, but he said one is likely if public statements continue.” In the Star Tribune, Mara Klecker writes: “Officials at the University of Minnesota as well as the cities of Edina and Rochester on Monday announced new requirements on wearing face masks in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19....
    The White House is under pressure to explain how much the administration knew about allegations Russia offered the Taliban bounties to kill US troops, amid reports Donald Trump received a written briefing early this year. Trump officials have insisted the president was not "personally" informed of the alleged plot in Afghanistan. But Republicans have expressed concerns after a White House meeting. On Tuesday, Democrats in the House of Representatives will hear details. Citing two unnamed US officials, the New York Times said the intelligence assessment had been included in the President's Daily Brief report - a written document with key government intelligence - in late February. CNN and the Associated Press have also reported that the president received the intelligence...
    JONATHAN ERNST The Trump administration has for years gathered intelligence about foreign powers, including both Russia and Iran, using financial means to support and encourage armed militants in Afghanistan, according to six current and former U.S. intelligence and national security officials. And, those officials said, the president has been briefed about those wide-ranging efforts. The Taliban Peace Deal Might Have Been Had Many Years and Thousands of Lives Ago One current senior national security official and two other former officials familiar with intelligence gathering in Afghanistan said the Trump administration has closely tracked ways in which Iran uses cash to support militants in the Haqqani Network who have killed U.S. soldiers. But when intelligence emerged earlier this year that...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Eight Tennessee communities are receiving a total of $2.3 million in grants under a program that helps develop industrial sites for business investment, state officials said. The new Site Development Grants was announced in a news release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The grants help communities invest in infrastructure and engineering improvements on sites ready for economic development, officials said. Grants range from $100,00 to $500,000. They have been awarded to projects in Coffee, Decatur, Fentress, Hawkins and Lawrence counties, and the cities of Bristol, Clarksville and Lexington. Applications were reviewed by a committee made up of Austin Consulting, the Tennessee Valley Authority, USDA Rural Development, and the state departments of transportation,...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY (KPIX/CBS SF) — Health officials in Alameda County announced Monday afternoon that they would be pausing the county’s current reopening plans due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The announcement comes as other parts of the Bay Area including Contra Costa County, Marin County and San Francisco made similar moves in recent days due to rising coronavirus cases. Alameda County health officials said they would be extending their timeline for phased reopening and pulling back a request for the Board of Supervisors to support the county’s planned variance attestation on June 30. According to the statement issued by health officials, Alameda County’s case rate per 100,000 people has risen from 63.2 to 71.1 over the...
    Co-director of the intensive care unit at CommonSpirit's Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Zafia Anklesaria, 35, who is seven months pregnant, attends to a COVID-19 patient in the hospital where she works, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 18, 2020. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters Los Angeles County health officials warned of a potential hospital bed shortage amid the highest single-day rise in new infections reported in the county since the pandemic began. Dr. Christina Ghaly, director for the LA County Department of Health Services, said the county is currently meeting the demand for hospital beds, but expressed concern that may not be the case in the coming weeks. "In many cases, the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) ⁠— Los Angeles County officials said Monday that, without a dramatic reversal in public behavior to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, deaths would continue to increase and a shortage of hospital beds could be seen in a matter of weeks. A bar is shuttered along Hollywood Boulevard amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Bars in Los Angeles County were ordered to close Sunday by Governor Gavin Newsom amid a surge of COVID-19 cases. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) The dire warning came as upward spikes in the number of cases and rate of spread continued. On Monday, health officials reported a daily record of 2,903 newly confirmed cases and 22 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 100,772 total...
    Health officials on Sunday warned at least 200 members of a West Virginia Planet Fitness to quarantine and monitor for coronavirus symptoms after a client at the gym tested positive for the virus. The client was at the Morgantown establishment between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. last Wednesday. There were about 205 people there during that window, according to a release by the Monongalia County Health Department (MCHD). “They also should do their best to stay away from others in their household,” said Dr. Lee B. Smith, MCHD executive director, and county health officer. “Ways to do this would be to stay primarily in one area of the home and to wear a mask if you must be around others.” WEST VIRGINIA...
    Donald Trump and other top White House officials were reportedly briefed about the Russian bounty scheme in 2019. If the reports are to be believed, it means there were senior members of the Trump administration, as well as the president, who knew about the issue more than a year longer than previously thought. US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told the James LaPorta of the Associated Press on Monday night that the information was included in at least one daily briefing for the president. Sources also claimed former National Security Adviser John Bolton told them he briefed President Trump on the issue in March of 2019. LaPorta said Bolton was asked on Monday if he had indeed briefed...
    Top U.S. intelligence officials released statements Monday criticizing leaks to the media as the Trump administration continues to defend against allegations that it knew Russia had offered bounties to incentivize Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition troops in Afghanistan.  CIA Director Gina HaspelGina Cheri HaspelObama's 'rule of law' hypocrisy Former CIA chief: Not 'right' for Haspel to applaud at State of the Union Schiff schedules public hearing with US intel chief  MORE and Director of National Intelligence John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTop GOP lawmaker calls for answers from White House after report on Russian bounties on US forces Bolton asks court to dismiss DOJ suit, citing failure to state a claim DOJ seeks temporary restraining order blocking Bolton book release MORE released similar statements Monday...
    Workers at JFK Airport can now get tested for the coronavirus on-site — at the first airport COVID-19 clinic in the nation, the Port Authority announced Monday. The testing center at Terminal 4 has nine individual testing rooms and will be able to perform up to 500 virus and antibody tests per day, Port Authority officials said. “Safety and security are the Port Authority’s top priorities, and opening the new XpresCheck COVID-19 pilot program builds on measures the agency has taken to protect travelers and airport workers across the region,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton, who himself tested positive for the virus at the outset of the pandemic. Airport concessionaire XpresSpa built the new facility, which will...
    The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday called on officials in Stillwater to take “concrete actions” to ensure the safety of people of color after bikers on Saturday allegedly harassed and intimated a Muslim mother and her child. The woman, Sophia Rashid, of Minneapolis, told police that she was eating dinner with her 4-year-old daughter on the outdoor patio at Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop in downtown Stillwater when a group of men wearing black leather vests displaying the words “Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood” walked by. Rashid, who was wearing a hijab, said the men began pointing at her and making statements like “We’ve got our eye on you” and “We’re watching you,” according to police reports. Three servers...
    By Carl Bernstein | CNN In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The calls caused...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – Health officials in Riverside County Monday ordered all bars to close following what officials are calling an upswing in confirmed COVID-19 cases. The order, which goes into effect Tuesday, follows an executive order from California Gov. Gavin Newsom to shut down bars in Los Angeles County and six other counties. Bars had been allowed to operate in Riverside County since June 12 as the region and state reopened the economy under an accelerated stage two plan. But local and state health officials became concerned as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases started to grow, along with an increase in hospitalizations and ICU beds in use. “People don’t social distance well after a couple drinks, and it’s one...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – All beaches, piers, bike paths and beach access points in Los Angeles County have been ordered closed Monday for the Fourth of July weekend, officials said. The order takes effect Friday and extends through July 6. Sheriff’s deputies with the Malibu/Lost Hills Station Beach Team will be patrolling the beaches throughout the weekend and late into the evening. T Under the order, it is now illegal to trespass at the affected locations and is punishable by law to include, but not limited to, a $1,000 fine, officials said. This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.
    LOS ANGELES -- Health officials warned on Monday that in coming weeks there may not be enough hospital beds to accommodate patients as COVID-19 cases surge in Los Angeles County.Officials said hospitalizations are on the rise and transmission of the virus has increased.RELATED: Newsom explains why he ordered bars to close in 8 counties, says CA prepared to shut counties down again"An increase in hospitalizations of course translates into an increase demand for hospital beds," said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.Rep. Raul Ruiz, who represents the Riverside County area, released a statement Monday saying that ICU beds are 98.7% full in that area."We're meeting the demand right now for hospital beds, but...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of legislators probing the failed government purchase of $38 million worth of COVID-19 testing kits referred the names of 11 people including top public officials to the FBI and other agencies on Monday for further investigation. The report issued by the health committee of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives comes amid an ongoing investigation into the purchase order canceled earlier this year, with the government recuperating its $19 million deposit. Among those who could face further scrutiny is Puerto Rico’s chief of staff, the director of the Office of Management and Budget and the presidents of companies that had pledged to deliver the kits. Those named in the report have denied any...
    The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that the President was often “delusional,” as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Health officials warned that in coming weeks there may not be enough hospital beds to accommodate patients as COVID-19 cases surge in Los Angeles County.Officials said hospitalizations are on the rise and transmission of the virus has increased."An increase in hospitalizations of course translates into an increase demand for hospital beds," said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services."We're meeting the demand right now for hospital beds, but if the predicted increase in new patients requiring hospitalizations materializes, the number of hospital beds could become inadequate in the next few weeks. In many cases, the people who will need these beds have already been exposed to COVID-19 because what's happening...
    (CNN)In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia health officials are expected to put a hold on the planned reopening scheduled for this Friday, July 3. The official announcement is expected to come Tuesday, impacting indoor restaurant service, gyms, libraries and malls. Opening too fast runs the risk of increasing cases of COVID-19. That’s what’s happening in other parts of the country. Philadelphia wants to gradually lift restrictions, especially now that the coronavirus has plateaued in the city. “We’re no longer seeing the decline that we were seeing before,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said. Free Library Of Philadelphia Workers Say They Lack Confidence That Leadership Can Address Health, Safety Concerns As Reopening Nears The health commissioner says Philadelphia is now averaging 100...
    Border agents stopped a boat off the coast of San Diego last week and found 18 undocumented immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, authorities said Monday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents on an aircraft patrol spotted a panga boat with no lights leaving Mexican waters and headed toward the U.S. late June 24, CBP said in a statement. Border agents stopped a boat last week off the coast of San Diego with 18 undocumented immigrants abroad. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) The boat was tracked before the aircraft patrol handed it off to a second crew. Several hours later on June 25, the boat was intercepted 35 nautical miles off the coast fo San Diego. Agents found 18 adults...
    Plans to slash the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion threaten to further plunge the Big Apple into “lawlessness” and its the communities that will pay, union officials and police sources said Monday. “Mayor de Blasio’s message to New Yorkers today was clear: you will have fewer cops on your streets,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement. “Shootings more than doubled again last week. Even right now, the NYPD doesn’t have enough manpower to shift cops to one neighborhood without making another neighborhood less safe.” The mayor announced Monday that he would cut a sixth of the NYPD’s budget without releasing many specifics. The amount mirrors the cuts championed by police reform advocates, some of whom...
    A massive brush fire tore through a town east of the Salton Sea overnight, burning for hours and destroying dozens of homes, officials said Monday morning. The blaze started near Highway 111 and 4th Street in Niland and was called to three alarms about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Imperial County Fire Department said in a Facebook post. The town was evacuated and residents were moved to a temporary shelter at Calipatria High School, where the American Red Cross helped place at least 130 people in hotels, the fire department said. By midnight, the fire department estimated that about 40 homes had been destroyed. Though their efforts were initially hampered by high winds, firefighters were able to stop the fire’s progress...
    Forest Lake Area School District officials have issued a public apology for a case involving students in blackface in 2016. The apology was issued Saturday after photos were posted on Facebook showing a number of then-senior girls at Forest Lake Area High School at a Homecoming powder-puff football game with their faces painted black. “Regardless of the intent, the impact of their choice and the appearance of it as blackface was inappropriate and offensive,” school officials said in a statement. “To those who were hurt by this incident, we apologize. The incident shows there is still work to do in education and reconciliation within our community.” In the Facebook post, which has since been removed, a number of senior girls...
    Iran has issued an “arrest warrant” for President Donald Trump for his role in the January killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander and the world’s No. 1 terrorist at the time. According to the country’s Fars News Agency, Iranian officials said “red alerts” were issued for Trump and 35 other officials from numerous countries. Iran wants Interpol, an international law enforcement organization, to find and arrest them. While Iran did not identify the foreign officials, they said Trump “stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted” when he leaves office. “Thirty-six individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the U.S....
    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...
    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...
    ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in northern Iowa that's expected to attract thousands of bikers despite the concerns of local officials that the event could spread the coronavirus. Local officials usually welcome the annual Freedom Rally held on a farm northeast of Algona, but this year's event planned for Thursday to Saturday has officials worried. “We have a good relationship with them,” Algona Mayor Rick Murphy told the Des Moines Register. “The bikers are friendly. They’re fun to visit with. ... But this year, everyone is a little more on edge.” Algona is in Kossuth County, which has had 32 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and no reported deaths, but officials...
    David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator. – Reuters European Union diplomats have criticised the UK’s chief negotiator for accepting a new job as National Security Advisor before the Brexit trade deal was finished on Monday. David Frost replaces Sir Mark Sedwill, the UK’s most senior civil servant, in the powerful dual role. The political appointment was announced on Sunday, on the eve of the first day of month-long intensified UK-EU negotiations in Brussels and London and the first face-to face talks since the coronavirus pandemic forced them online in March.  Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, was repeatedly linked to the job of president of the European Commission last year but ruled himself out to secure the Brexit Withdrawal...
    The death of a California woman who was hiking on a trail at Grand Canyon National Park last week has been linked to heat as temperatures soared to over 100 degrees, according to officials. The National Park Service (NPS) said in a news release that Catherine Houe, 49, of Daly City, Calif. went into the canyon in the late afternoon on Wednesday to spend the night at Phantom Ranch. Officials received a call around 5:36 p.m. from someone reporting a fatality on the South Kaibab Trail, about a half a mile from the tip-off resthouse. GRAND CANYON PARK SERVICE POSTS PHOTO OF BROKEN BOOT AS SUMMER SAFETY REMINDER Houe had hiked four miles down the South Kaibab Trail when she...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen says she and her colleagues will heed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s warning and not give local bars approval to reopen on July 1st. On Sunday, alarmed at increases in new cases and hospitalizations, Newsom ordered bars that have opened in seven California counties to immediately close and urged eight others including Contra Costa and Santa Clara to follow suit voluntarily. “We were slated to open them on July 1st, but given the governor’s announcement, we will definitely not be opening bars on July 1st,” Andersen told KPIX 5, citing contact tracing as one of the biggest challenges. “It is very difficult in a bar where you have lots of people...
    SAN ANTONIO – An electrical fire damaged a West Side Subway restaurant and gas station overnight, the San Antonio Fire Department said Monday. SAPD officers responded to a burglar alarm around 3 a.m. in the 700 block of Acme Road and noticed smoke coming out of the Subway restaurant side. Firefighters arrived and quickly put out the fire. Fire officials said they had to cut a hole in the security gate to access the gas station side. The fire did not spread, but the gas station still has smoke damage, firefighters said. Both businesses are now closed until further notice. Fire officials said an electrical problem in a soda machine likely caused the fire. A damage estimate was not...
    Hong Kong (CNN)China will impose visa restrictions on certain United States individuals in response to Washington's move last week to place similar limits on Chinese officials over Hong Kong. Visa restrictions will be imposed on certain Americans with "egregious conduct relating to Hong Kong," Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday. He added that attempts by Washington "to obstruct China's legislation for safeguarding national security in Hong Kong," by imposing sanctions against officials in the city and Beijing "will never succeed." "The national security law for Hong Kong is purely China's internal affairs and foreign countries have no right to interfere," Zhao said.China's National People's Congress is currently in the final stages of drafting the law --...
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - New Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said on Monday he would take a cautious approach to opening up air travel after health authorities warned this could reignite the coronavirus crisis in Ireland. The caretaker government of outgoing prime minister Leo Varadkar, who is now Martin's deputy, agreed last week to ease travel restrictions from July 9 with countries that have reduced transmission rates to a low level. But Ireland's chief medical officer, Tony Holohan, said on Friday he was "beyond worried" that the country's current low level of infections - a daily average of nine over the last week - could increase when air travel resumes. Philip Nolan, Ireland's top epidemiologist, added that the number of travel-related infections had...
    By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Chief Executive Makoto Uchida told shareholders Monday he is giving up half his pay after the Japanese automaker sank into the red amid plunging sales and plant closures in Spain and Indonesia. Uchida apologized for the poor results and promised a recovery by 2023, driven by cost cuts and new models showcasing electric-car and automated-driving technology. “We will tackle these challenges without compromise,” he said at a live-streamed meeting. “I promise to bring Nissan back on a growth track.” All the world’s automakers have been hurt by nose-diving sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the problems are especially serious for Nissan Motor Co., which already was fighting to salvage...
    By ZEKE MILLER, JAMES LAPORTA and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has denied that he was made aware of U.S. intelligence officials’ conclusions that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan. The Trump administration was set to brief select members of Congress on the matter on Monday. The intelligence assessments came amid Trump’s push to withdraw the U.S. from Afghanistan, and suggested that Russia was making overtures to militants as the U.S. and the Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. The assessment was first reported by The New York Times and then confirmed to The Associated Press by American intelligence officials and two others with knowledge...
    TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Chief Executive Makoto Uchida told shareholders Monday he is giving up half his pay after the Japanese automaker sank into the red amid plunging sales and plant closures in Spain and Indonesia. Uchida apologized for the poor results and promised a recovery by 2023, driven by cost cuts and new models showcasing electric-car and automated-driving technology. “We will tackle these challenges without compromise,” he said at a live-streamed meeting. “I promise to bring Nissan back on a growth track.” All the world’s automakers have been hurt by nose-diving sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the problems are especially serious for Nissan Motor Co., which already was fighting to salvage its reputation...
    KERR COUNTY, Texas – A search in Kerr County ends tragically after an 18-month-old child drowned in the Guadalupe River in Kerr County, according to the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer confirmed to KSAT 12 that the child’s body was recovered at about 6:30 p.m. The accident happened on the Guadalupe River between Hunt and Ingram. Hierholzer said they don’t know yet exactly what happened but only that the child was in a canoe or kayak when the boat flipped and tossed the child into the water. The Kerr County’s Sheriff Office is not handling the case, Hierholzer said. Texas Parks and Wildlife are investigating. This is a developing story. We’ll bring more updates as they become available....
    Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 2,542 more cases of COVID-19 and 20 related deaths. It was the county’s second-highest daily total of new cases since the pandemic began. L.A. County has recorded a total of nearly 98,000 cases and more than 3,300 deaths, health officials said. The rise came as Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all bars in L.A. County, along with six other counties, to shut back down immediately in a bid to control the coronavirus’ increasing spread. L.A. County planned to amend its health officer’s order Sunday to require that all bars, breweries, brewpubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms close unless they offer sit-down, dine-in meals, the county Department of Public Health said in a...
    California on Sunday ordered some bars to close, the first major rollback of efforts to reopen the economy in the most populous U.S. state as cases nationwide soar to record levels day after day. Governor Gavin Newsoms order for bars to close in Los Angeles and six other counties followed moves by Texas and Florida to shut all their bars on Friday. Public health officials in California and throughout the nation have identified bars as the most risky non-essential businesses currently open, the state said. Consuming alcohol reduces inhibitions that leads to less compliance with wearing masks and keeping apart, health officials warn. Bars are also generally noisy, requiring patrons to shout, which spreads droplets more widely. The surge in...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Catholic officials say protesters calling for the removal of a statue of St. Louis' namesake should consider all that the imperfect man did to help the poor and the sick. The Archdiocese of St. Louis said in a statement Sunday that King Louis IX is “an example of an imperfect man who strived to live a life modeled after the life of Jesus Christ.” The archdiocese said the saint and ruler of France during the 13th century opened hospitals and shared his daily meals with beggars. The statement did not directly address criticism that Louis IX led a violent Crusade against Muslims in the Middle East. But the archdiocese said those seeking change should focus on...
    SACRAMENTO —  Citing the rapid pace of coronavirus spread in some parts of the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered seven counties including Los Angeles to immediately close any bars and nightspots that are open and recommended another eight counties take action on their own to close those businesses. The decision, a sign of growing concern about new COVID-19 cases, was announced in a statement issued by the governor’s state public health director, Dr. Sonia Angell. Bars in seven counties are immediately impacted by the state order: Los Angeles, Fresno, Kern, San Joaquin, Tulare, Kings and Imperial. Eight other counties have been asked by state officials to issue local health order closing bars: Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside,...
    Sebastian Rotella - James Bandler - Patricia Callahan June 28, 2020 7:00PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on ProPublica. Right before President Donald Trump unveiled punitive measures against China on May 29, he inserted a surprise into his prepared text. "We will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization," he announced during a press conference in the Rose Garden. : Most of the president's top aides — and even some of his Cabinet secretaries — were blindsided. Just 11 days earlier, Trump had sent an ultimatum threatening to withdraw from the WHO if reforms were not enacted in 30 days. Some senior officials hoped that he was bluffing or would change his mind about a decision...
    (CNN)Georgia officials warned this weekend about potential health problems related to the Saharan dust cloud hovering over the state.The Georgia Department of Public Health said Saturday the dust cloud is expected to hang around for the next few days and people, especially those with chronic lung conditions, should protect themselves.The dust plume originated in Africa earlier this year, when a combination of weather factors led to dust kicked up by storms in central and west Africa gathering into a dense plume, which was pushed about 5,000 miles toward the US. The historic Saharan dust plume is darkening skies in the Caribbean and will soon stretch into the USIt's normal for Saharan dust to reach the US every hurricane season, but...
    Democratic governors and lawmakers on Sunday pushed for a better-coordinated federal response to the coronavirus pandemic as cases spike in several states, particularly in the southern and eastern U.S. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Trump renews vow on preexisting conditions after urging court to overturn ObamaCare Trump touts ratings for rally, Fox News town hall: 'These are the real polls' MORE (D-Calif.) said on ABC’s “This Week” that a national mask mandate was “long overdue,” and “it’s time for this administration to take this seriously.” “[M]y understanding is that the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] has recommended the use of masks but not required it because they don’t...
    (CNN)A wildfire threatening homes in Utah was sparked by someone setting off fireworks, Utah Fire Info said early Sunday.The Traverse Fire was burning in the area of Traverse Mountain near the city of Lehi, fire officials said.Strong, gusty winds quickly spread the flames across 150-200 acres. Location of the #TraverseFire. #ffslkw pic.twitter.com/zbeGqJwD3I— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) June 28, 2020 About 30 homes were already evacuated and evacuation orders are expanding, Utah Fire Info said. Evacuation centers are open to shelter those forced from their homes.Multiple power outages are reported in the area of the fire, the Utah Division of Emergency Management said on Twitter.Read MoreFirefighters are making plans to bring in heavy equipment so they can begin constructing containment...
    LEHI, Utah (AP) — Fireworks caused a wildfire in Utah that forced out residents in about 30 houses and an apartment building early Sunday as flames threatened the homes, officials said. A suspect was cooperating with law enforcement, Utah Fire Info said in a tweet. Strong wind gusts had been reported in the Lehi area as the Traverse Fire grew to about 200 acres (81 hectares), news outlets reported. The Utah Division of Emergency Management reported power outages in cities and towns near the fire. About 7,500 customers were affected, Rocky Mountain Power said on Twitter. No injuries were immediately reported. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Utah
    PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A white woman was shot dead Saturday after firing at Florida sheriff deputies, authorities said. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said on a series of Twitter posts that the woman fled during an investigation in Port Richey, Florida. The office said that the woman fired a shot at the deputies, who then shot at her, striking her once. Officials say the woman was pronounced death at the scene after being treated by emergency personnel. The deputies were not injured. The sheriff’s office did not release the name of the woman or the deputies. It said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct an investigation into the shooting. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    CONCORD (KPIX) — After several weeks of what felt like moving forward, this week felt like a setback. Multiple counties decided or are now considering a reopening pause. While it is another blow for some businesses, health experts support a cautious approach. “My wife and I were talking about it and it does seem like a setback,” said Ralphie Martinez, owner of Martinez Elite Fitness. “Only because it seemed like we were on the verge, we were about to reopen.” Contra Costa County is rethinking its reopening timeline and that means another possible setback for Ralphie Martinez. He thought he might finally be back in business come July 1. “Then the reins were pulled back,” Martinez said. “On our business,...
    RED BLUFFS, Calif. -- Authorities shot a man who drove into a distribution center Saturday south of Red Bluff and started shooting at people, local media reported.The shooting by a man with "AR-type weapon'' started about 3:30 p.m. at the Walmart distribution center, emergency dispatchers told the Record-Searchlight newspaper.There also was a fire at the site, and the suspect appears to have rammed a vehicle into the building, dispatchers said. There were about 200 workers inside the facility, some of whom locked themselves in a room, employees at the center told the KHSL TV station.The suspect was described as being in a white vehicle that had wedged into the building, the Sacramento Bee reported. The shooter was in the middle...
    (CNN)At least two people are dead and four are injured in a shooting at a Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff, California, according to Allison Hendrickson, manager of media relations for Dignity Health North State.The shooting took place around 3 p.m. PT Saturday, Red Bluff City Manager Rick Crabtree told CNN by phone. A car had rammed into the distribution center, which started a fire, Crabtree said. The fire wasn't very significant, Crabtree said. An unidentified man was shot on scene and taken to the hospital, he said. It's not clear whether law enforcement shot the suspect."There was an active shooter, he was shot, last I heard he was on his way to the hospital," Crabtree said.Read MoreHendrickson said that...
    Coronavirus: Latest News | Community Resources | COVID-19 Info | Download Our App | CBSN Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — State health officials say there are four Minnesota bars linked to recent outbreaks of COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health said The 507 and Rounders Sports Bar & Grill in Mankato are linked to roughly 100 cases of the virus from June 12 and 13. MDH also says Cowboy Jack’s and The Kollege Klub in Minneapolis are linked to around 30 cases. WCCO reached out to all four bars. The general manager at The 507 responded and agreed to an interview. Isaiah Pitchford says The 507’s main priority is to keep guests and customers safe. Pitchford said a bouncer tested positive for the virus, and the restaurant chose to temporarily...
    Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 2,169 new coronavirus cases and a continued rise in hospitalizations, saying the increase comes at “a critical moment” in the county’s reopening. The county also reported 23 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing its total to more than 95,500 cases and nearly 3,300 deaths. This comes a little over a week after the county permitted the latest round of business sectors, including bars, nail salons and tattoo parlors, to reopen, and about a month after hundreds of thousands of people began taking to the streets for protests decrying the police killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans. “Over the last few weeks, businesses and public spaces have reopened, and many more people have...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health officials in Alaska have urged anyone who went to two Seward businesses to take a COVID-19 test after potentially being exposed to the coronavirus. The state Department of Health and Social Services has said visitors and employees who were at the Seward Alehouse and Yukon Bar last week should get tested, the Anchorage Daily News reported. “One of our staff members has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19,” the Seward Alehouse said Friday on Facebook. “They are currently quarantined, resting, and on track towards a healthy recovery.” People who visited the restaurant between Sunday and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to midnight should get tested, officials said. Anyone who visited the Yukon Bar at any time on...
    (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence said that people should listen to state and local officials on wearing masks in public as cases of coronavirus spike in parts of the US. In a clip from an interview which will air Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Pence said, "President Trump and I, after asking the American people to embrace 45 days to slow the spread, we issued guidelines to reopen America and since that day, nearly two months ago, we've made it clear that we want to defer to governors, we want to defer to local officials and people should listen to them."Pence praised the American principle of federalism, and said "every state has a unique situation."The Vice President's remarks come as...
    Local and state officials were set to meet in El Centro on Saturday to hash out a plan to deal with a high number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that have at times overwhelmed the healthcare system in Imperial County. “There will be a delegation of high-level officials from Sacramento that will be here to listen to us and also to make an assessment of our needs,” El Centro Mayor Efrain Silva said Saturday. “And there’s a pledge of support from the governor’s office that we appreciate.” The goal of the meeting is to come up with a mitigation plan to drive down Imperial County’s high positivity rate and increase its hospital capacity, he said. The meeting comes a day...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Health officials are investigating whether someone returning to the New York City area from the Sunshine State spread the coronavirus at a high school graduation in suburban Westchester County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the investigation on Saturday after New York, New Jersey and Connecticut enacted 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the virus. A person “who had recently traveled to Florida and attended the ceremony subsequently began showing symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19,” the governor’s office said in a statement. “Since then, four more individuals who attended the ceremony and had contact with the first positive case have also tested positive.” Download The New CBS4 News App Here It’s...
    Bob Brigham June 27, 2020 7:39PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story President Donald Trump has refused to authorize any response after being briefed that Russia was offering bounties for the killing of U.S. troops, according to a bombshell new report in The New York Times. "American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there," the newspaper reported, citing "officials briefed on the matter." : "The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are investigating whether someone returning to the New York City area from Florida spread the coronavirus at a high school graduation in suburban Westchester County. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the investigation on Saturday after New York, New Jersey and Connecticut enacted 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the virus. A person “who had recently traveled to Florida and attended the ceremony subsequently began showing symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19,” the governor’s office said in a statement. “Since then, four more individuals who attended the ceremony and had contact with the first positive case have also tested positive.” It’s suspected the infections occurred at a “drive in” graduation ceremony at...
    Coronavirus — California Governor Gavin Newsom issued his sharpest warning of the growing coronavirus threat, announcing for the first time that the state wanted a county to close again, pleading with residents to wear masks and reminding them that dozens of people die every day. . “Please, even if you don’t feel sick, you may be transmitting this disease,” he said. Please, please, practice common sense, common decency. Protect yourself, but also protect others. … What more evidence do we need? His tone marked a change from his political style on display at three press conferences earlier in the week, where he spoke about the data model and delivered a large amount of statistics, but offered assurances that state...
    With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations spiking across California, officials are cracking down on scofflaw businesses and putting the brakes on reopening in hopes of slowing the spread. The worsening pandemic has prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to put a pause on issuing rules that would allow counties to reopen other industries such as amusement parks. As a result, Walt Disney Co. said this week that Disneyland would not open as previously planned on July 17. Based on the rising numbers, there’s nothing to suggest that California will be able to allow counties to open further any time soon, Newsom said. Newsom warned that the number of new daily deaths will probably go up in a few weeks. It can take three...
    American troops at Camp Shorabak in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 26, 2019. (Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter. The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year. Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed...
    Authorities confirmed that the Asian tiger mosquito has reappeared in Michigan. Since 2018, no findings have been reported for the Asian tiger mosquito in Michigan. Health experts warned of the diseases transmitted by the Asian tiger mosquito in Michigan. Three years after being seen in Michigan for the first time, the Asian tiger mosquito has been found again in Wayne County. State health officials warned residents Friday about the discovery, as this type of invasive mosquito is known to transmit viruses such as dengue, chikungunya and zika, MLive reported. Those diseases can cause fever, fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain, and skin rashes. Dengue can also cause bleeding and low blood pressure, Newsweek detailed. The insect was first seen...
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The body of a woman has been pulled from the Merrimack River, according to fire officials in Manchester, New Hampshire. The department said its boat unit responded Friday afternoon to a report of a person in the water near the Interstate 293 overpass. Fire officials said the body was spotted by person in a canoe and that a police officer had already pulled the body ashore by the time fire officials arrived. The victim’s identity has not yet been released and Manchester police and New Hampshire Marine Patrol are investigating. No other details were immediately available. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Massachusetts, New...
    By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, PIPER HUDSPETH BLACKBURN and BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — With only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, voting went relatively smoothly compared with other recent primaries held amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? Voting rights groups say no. They caution that just because Kentucky's largest city didn’t have excessively long lines for the primary doesn’t mean other cities should scale back polling locations -- even if they expand access to absentee ballots — and contend that, among other reasons, more polling places are needed to handle higher turnout likely in the fall general election. “Offering just one site...
    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — With only one polling place open on election day this week in Louisville, Kentucky, voting went relatively smoothly compared with other recent primaries held amid the global pandemic. Does that mean other cities should consider the same in November? Voting rights groups say no. They caution that just because Kentucky’s largest city didn’t have excessively long lines for the primary doesn’t mean other cities should scale back polling locations -- even if they expand access to absentee ballots — and contend that, among other reasons, more polling places are needed to handle higher turnout likely in the fall general election. “Offering just one site on election day presumes we have reached everyone, and we don’t have...
    Reuters June 27, 2020 0 Comments Top U.S. airline executives met on Friday with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior administration officials but did not come away with any commitments from the White House on mandating temperature checks for airline passengers. Pence met with the chief executives of United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and the president of Southwest Airlines at the White House alongside Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Mark Redfield, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and other officials. Airlines want the U.S. government to administer temperature checks to all passengers in a bid to reassure the public. The Trump administration is open to the idea of...
    The US State Department has imposed its first wave of visa restrictions against Chinese officials in retaliation for Beijing’s policies in Hong Kong, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday. “President Trump promised to punish the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials who were responsible for eviscerating Hong Kong’s freedoms. Today, we are taking action to do just that,” Pompeo said. “I am announcing visa restrictions on current and former CCP officials who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, as guaranteed in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, or undermining human rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong,” he said. “Family members of such persons may also be subject to these...
    (CNN)Three people died and one is permanently blind from methanol poisoning after drinking hand sanitizer in New Mexico, health officials said. An additional three people are in critical condition, the New Mexico Department of Health said in a statement. "All seven people are believed to have drunk hand sanitizer containing methanol," it said. The cases were reported to New Mexico Poison Control in May, and were related to alcoholism, health officials said. They did not provide additional details on the cases. These 9 hand sanitizers may contain a potentially fatal ingredientSome people have been known to use hand sanitizer to get intoxicated due to its alcohol content. Before the pandemic, hand sanitizer was banned in most prisons based on...
    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's state of Victoria recorded 41 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, double the daily rate seen a week ago, struggling to gain control over the pandemic while the rest of the country continues easing social distancing restrictions. Victoria, the country's second-most-populated state, has now seen 11 straight days of double digit new cases, most linked to known outbreaks in Melbourne's suburbs, health officials said. Victoria has 204 of Australia's total of about 270 active cases. "We are very concerned," deputy chief health officer of Victoria, Annaliese van Diemen, said at a press conference. One of the new cases was a returned traveller. Australia requires all locals who return to quarantine in hotels for two weeks....
    FONTANA (CBSLA) — The recent spike in coronavirus cases has forced San Bernardino County officials to start getting the National Orange Show Events Center ready to be used as an emergency hospital. “We are beginning, for the first time, to move into what we refer to as surge capacity,” Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency room doctor at Arrowhead Regional. Pennington said many county hospitals were reaching capacity — just one or two intensive care unit beds away from moving COVID-19 patients into overflow areas. As of Friday, San Bernardino County reported 11,290 total cases and 248 deaths. More than 4,000 of the county’s total cases have been reported in the past two weeks — a frustrating return to the spikes...
    By KURT ERICKSON, St. Louis Post-Dispatch JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — It took a global pandemic to convince Missouri health officials to abandon a more than two-decade-old, homemade computer system used for tracking disease outbreaks. And, even as the coronavirus began spreading earlier this year, records show it took more than two months for the Department of Health and Senior Services to begin the process of replacing the clunky system. Just as states and the federal government were caught flat-footed when it came to having adequate supplies of personal protective equipment on hand in case of a pandemic, the health department said its in-house-built program has made it tough to track the spread of the deadly disease. “In the current...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County health officials reported 1,809 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 25 more fatalities Friday, bringing countywide totals to 93,232 cases and 3,267 deaths. While the average number of daily deaths from the virus has been dropping, the number of cases continues to rise. And while some officials say the increase is a result of increased testing capacity, public health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said the rise in hospitalizations and positivity rates points to increased community spread. The positivity rate — which shows how many people tested turn out to have the illness — rose to 8.8% Friday, up from 8.4% Thursday and well above the current statewide average of about 5.7%,...
    After more than three months of relaxed enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles parking officers will resume ticketing drivers on street-sweeping days starting July 6, officials said Friday. Drivers will need to get back into the habit of moving their cars by the scheduled time, or risk a $73 ticket. Officials will also resume ticketing cars with expired tags, and ticketing and towing vehicles that are abandoned or parked in rush-hour zones. With one-quarter of the city out of work, relaxed parking rules were a welcome respite for L.A. residents in crowded neighborhoods where street spaces are at a premium. Parking officers will continue to look the other way on some violations, including bans on oversized...