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Delaware Man Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Multiple Ponies

By: CBS3 Staff


A man has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting multiple ponies at the New Castle County Carousel Park and Equestrian Center. New Castle County police announced the arrest of 31-year-old Michael Riego on Thursday.

Police say around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, detectives were surveilling the equestrian center’s stables as part of an ongoing investigation when they spotted Riego looking into a pony’s stall.

According to police, Riego entered the stall and tied up the pony’s rear legs. Police then entered to find Riego hiding in a corner and arrested him.


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Pennsylvania Officials Hold Memorial Day Festivities At Veterans Memorial In Media

By: CBS3 Staff


Memorial Day festivities were held at the Veterans Memorial on Sunday in Media. Officials held the traditional ceremony a day earlier than usual so crowds would not jam the town square.

Many of those in attendance on Sunday were wearing face masks.

Media Mayor Bob McMahon gave remarks and several patriotic songs were performed.


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China Warns US Pushing Relations to 'Brink of New Cold War'

The United States is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War", China's foreign minister said Sunday, rejecting Washington's "lies" over the coronavirus while saying Beijing was open to an international effort to find its source.

Keeping up the worsening war of words with Washington over the pandemic and a Beijing move to tighten control over Hong Kong, Wang Yi said the United States had been infected by a "political virus" compelling figures there to continually attack China.

"It has come to our attention that some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War," Wang told reporters during a press conference at China's week-long annual parliamentary session.

Longstanding friction between the two powers over trade, human rights and a range of other issues have been pushed to new heights since the virus outbreak.


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Eat Bugs: New EU Food Policy Promotes Less Meat, More ‘Alternative Proteins’

By Virginia Hale


Europeans must move to a “more plant-based diet”, according to new EU food policy, which also revealed the bloc will promote “insect-based proteins and meat substitutes”.

The European Commission’s Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy for creating a “fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly” food system insists that such a transition “will not happen without a shift in people’s diets”.

“Moving to a more plant-based diet with less red and processed meat and with more fruits and vegetables will reduce not only risks of life-threatening diseases, but also the environmental impact of the food system,” asserts the strategy, which was unveiled Wednesday.

In order to promote such a diet, the strategy said research in Europe will focus on “increasing the availability and source of alternative proteins such as plant, microbial, marine, and insect-based proteins and meat substitutes.”

A change in eating habits is “critical” to reducing obesity, according to the Commission, which also acknowledges in its F2F Strategy that Europeans want food that is “fresh [and] less processed”.

It is unclear how promoting a move to eat less meat will address these concerns, however, as plant-based meat substitutes are considered to be “ultra-processed” foods, which research has linked to weight gain as well as poor health and early death.


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Man Robbed by Couple After Woman Promises to Meet up for Sex

By Asia Simone Burns


A man and his girlfriend are both facing charges after investigators said they lured a man to them with the promise of sex and then robbed him at gunpoint. Christopher Allen Morris, 19, of Euharlee and Lauryn Mychelle Fields, 19, of Kennesaw each face multiple charges in the attack, according to a Cobb County arrest warrant.

Fields met the victim on Snapchat, according to the warrant. She allegedly agreed to meet the man for sex on the condition that he give her money, the warrant said.


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N. Korea Discusses New Policies for Increasing 'Nuclear War Deterrence': KCNA

North Korea discussed new policies for increasing its "nuclear war deterrence" during a military meeting presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, state media reported Sunday.

The meeting was Kim's first reported public appearance in more than three weeks and came after US media said Friday that the Trump administration had discussed holding the first US nuclear test in decades.

Set forth at the meeting of the Central Military Commission were "new policies for further increasing the nuclear war deterrence of the country," the North's official KCNA news agency said, without giving further details.

"Crucial measures" were taken "for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability of the artillery pieces of the Korean People's Army", it added.


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Hana Kimura: Netflix Star and Japanese Wrestler Dies at 22

By: Jessica Gelt


The death of 22-year-old Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro wrestler starring in the newest season of the Netflix reality show “Terrace House,” is swiftly morphing into a narrative about the possible perils of cyberbullying.

An official cause of death has not yet been announced. However, speculation grew Saturday that Kimura killed herself Friday. Fan translations of Kimura’s tweets from earlier in the day indicated that she felt weak and no longer wanted “to be a human,” according to media reports. Kimura’s tweets have since been taken down so the translations can’t be verified.


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Georgia Issues Coronavirus Filming Guidelines to Re-Start Production

By David Ng


Georgia is moving faster than California in its effort to re-start Hollywood production, with Gov. Brian Kemp (R) issuing COVID-19 guidelines on Friday to help ensure that cast and crew members remain safe when they eventually return to work.

While studios will ultimately decide when they will resume shooting on movies and TV shows, individual states serve as a key component by providing health guidelines that serve as a common benchmark for all studios and production companies.

Georgia is the first state to issue COVID-19 recommendations covering nearly every aspect of production, including casting, shooting, and even the food catering process. California is expected to release a similar document on Monday.


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Last British Governor Says Hong Kong 'Betrayed' by China

The last British governor of Hong Kong said China has betrayed the semi-autonomous territory by tightening control over the city it had promised could keep freedoms not found on the mainland.

“What we are seeing is a new Chinese dictatorship,” Chris Patten told an interview with The Times of London. “I think the Hong Kong people have been betrayed by China, which has proved once again that you can’t trust it further than you can throw it.”

He said the British government “should make it clear that what we are seeing is a complete destruction of the Joint Declaration,” a legal document under which the former British colony was returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” framework.

It gives Hong Kong its own legal system and Western-style freedoms until 2047. But many fear those are being chipped away after authorities clamped down on massive pro-democracy protests that rocked the city last year.


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UN Chief: Virus Could Push Millions of Africans Into Poverty



U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic threatens Africa’s progress and could push millions into extreme poverty.

The U.N. chief said in a video message launching a policy report on “The Impact of COVID-19 in Africa” that countries on the continent have responded swiftly to the crisis, and as of now reported cases are lower than feared with more than 2,500 deaths.

The virus is present in all African countries with most recording fewer than 1,000 cases, the 28-page U.N. report said.


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Why is Coronavirus Killing More Black People than White People in Texas

By Deven Clarke


In San Antonio and throughout the U.S., reports show that Black people are dying at much higher rates than White people from the coronavirus, even though health officials say ethnicity alone does not play a role in how the virus affects the human body.

Local officials on Friday reported that among COVID-19 cases in Bexar County, 194 cases, or just under 10%, were Black or African American, and 482 cases, or just under 25%, were White or Caucasian.


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Astronomers Announce Discovery of ‘Unlikely’ New Galaxy

By: Brian Linder


Well, one thing is for sure, astronomers have been hard at work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Not long ago, we had reports that they’ve spied a new super-Earth flying around the cosmos, and now they’ve gone and announced that they’ve found a whole new, “unlikely,” galaxy.

According to CNN, they’ve “spotted a massive disk galaxy, not unlike our own, that formed 12.5 billion years ago when our 13.8 billion-year-old universe was only a tenth of its current age.”


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Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas as Thousands Protest Security Law

By James Pomfret, Jessie Pang



Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse thousands who, in defiance of curbs imposed to contain the coronavirus, gathered on Sunday to protest against Beijing’s plan to directly impose national security laws on the city.

In a return of the unrest that roiled the financial hub last year, crowds thronged the bustling shopping area of Causeway Bay, where chants of “Hong Kong independence, the only way out,” and other slogans echoed through the streets.

To Communist Party leaders, calls for independence for the Chinese-ruled city are anathema, and the proposed new national security framework stresses Beijing’s intent “to prevent, stop and punish” such acts.

As dusk fell, sporadic standoffs broke out between police and demonstrators in the bar and nightlife district of Wan Chai near the heart of the business district.

The protest, the first since Beijing proposed the new laws on Thursday, had mostly died down by then - but the day’s events pose a fresh challenge to Beijing’s authority as it struggles to tame public opposition to its tightening grip over the city.

The security laws have also sent a chill through financial markets and drawn a rebuke from foreign governments, human rights groups and some business lobbies.


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Press Secy. McEnany Slams Media For Ignoring Questions On Obama

By: Alex Woodwar


The White House gave a briefing on Friday, during which fireworks ensued. One America’s Chief White House Correspondent Chanel Rion has more.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany admonished the press corps on Friday for refusing to promote unproven theories suggesting Barack Obama and other administration officials sought to undermine Donald Trump‘s campaign and election with the “unmasking” of the president’s former aide.

Chanel Rion with One America News, which the president has praised for its flattering coverage, asked whether Mr Trump was “considering pardoning” his predecessor, who hasn’t been convicted of any crime, for “illegally wiretapping” and “illegally spying on citizens” among “other potential crimes” as part of the president’s “Obamagate“ conspiracy, in which former Obama officials are accused of entrapping former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of a “deep state” sting against his administration.


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With Restaurant Business Slowed, Rats are Making House Calls and They are Hungry and Angry

By: Brian Linder


Restaurant dumpsters used to be like hitting the lottery for the country’s rat population.

Well, hopefully, just the dumpsters.

But with many restaurants faced with a downtick in business during the coronavirus pandemic, it has, apparently, been slim pickings for the rodents, lately.

he CDC has issued a warning that “certain areas across the country are reporting an increase in rodent activity.”


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U.S. Plans Massive Coronavirus Vaccine Testing Effort to Meet Year-End Deadline

By Julie Steenhuysen


The United States plans a massive testing effort involving more than 100,000 volunteers and a half dozen or so of the most promising vaccine candidates in an effort to deliver a safe and effective one by the end of 2020, scientists leading the program told Reuters.

The project will compress what is typically 10 years of vaccine development and testing into a matter of months, testimony to the urgency to halt a pandemic that has infected more than 5 million people, killed over 335,000 and battered economies worldwide.

To get there, leading vaccine makers have agreed to share data and lend the use of their clinical trial networks to competitors should their own candidate fail, the scientists said.

Candidates that demonstrate safety in small early studies will be tested in huge trials of 20,000 to 30,000 subjects for each vaccine, slated to start in July.


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President Trump says 'FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL' in Response to Rally Confrontation

By: Kevin Vesey


President Donald Trump retweeted a post by News 12 reporter Kevin Vesey on his experience at a rally by a Setauket conservative group.

The president tweeted Vesey's video Friday night with the caption, "'FAKE NEWS IS NOT ESSENTIAL,'" echoing chants by the protesters at this week's rally.

President Trump followed up Saturday morning, sharing the protest video again with the caption, "People can't get enough of this. Great people!"


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Army Sergeant Reunites with Dog he Served with in Iraq After Spending Two Years Apart

By: Cody King


After spending two years apart, U.S. Army Sgt. Jake Ferkin was reunited with his best friend in Boerne, Texas, after being separated in 2018.

The reunion took place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Plaza in Boerne.

Retired military working dog Iskra, a 10-year-old Czech Shepherd and a patrol and explosive detection dog, worked alongside Ferkin in February of 2016, according to Mission K9 Rescue.

“I am so excited and thankful to be reconnected with Iskra.” Ferkin said. “I cannot wait for her to be able to enjoy her retirement and have her take her place on Fort Couch.”


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Pennsylvania Dem Elections Judge Admits Taking Bribes to Inflate Vote Counts

By: Bradford Betz


A former Democratic elections judge has pleaded guilty for his role in accepting bribes to cast fraudulent ballots and certifying false voting results in primary elections in Philadelphia, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Domenick J. Demuro, 73, admitted that while serving as an elected municipal Judge of Elections, he accepted bribes in exchange for adding ballots for certain candidates on the voting machines in his jurisdiction and for including the fraudulent ballots in official tallies during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 primary elections in Philadelphia.


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Chinese Propaganda Poll: America Is World’s ‘Most Disappointing Country’

By Gabrielle Reyes


Chinese people voted the U.S. “the most disappointing country” in the world for its response to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) newspaper Global Times, which published a report on the findings on Friday.

“1,568 respondents across ten Chinese cities, participated in the opinion poll themed ‘public anticipation of economic life after the pandemic,’ conducted by the poll center of the Global Times,” the article said.

“An overwhelming 86.7 percent of the respondents deemed the U.S.’ [Wuhan corona]virus prevention measures as the most disappointed one; followed by the U.K. with 29 percent. Only a small minority of the participants, 4.9 percent, expressed their disappointment with China’s battle against [the Wuhan corona]virus,” the newspaper claimed.

Beijing’s own response to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has been widely condemned by world health authorities and national leaders. Studies have found the CCP’s coverup of China’s initial Wuhan coronavirus outbreak allowed the isolated epidemic to evolve into an ongoing global pandemic, responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide.

China’s poll follows shortly after the Pew Research Center found that Taiwanese nationals prefer the U.S. to China by a “nearly two-to-one margin” in a survey released on May 12.


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'Insensitive' Japan Olympic Coronavirus Logo Pulled After Row

A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Olympics logo as the new coronavirus has been pulled after Olympic organisers branded it "insensitive" and said it infringed copyright.

The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo 2020 logo, and appeared on the front page of an in-house magazine published by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ).

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and halted sport worldwide.

FCCJ president Khaldon Azhari said Thursday the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove it from its website after advice that its legal defence against a potential copyright breach was "not strong".

"More importantly, we are all in this coronavirus crisis together and clearly the cover offended some people in our host country Japan," said Azhari, voicing "sincere regret".


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US Video Game Industry Sees Record April Sales: Survey

Spending on video games in the US jumped to a new April record as locked-down consumers sought refuge in play, industry figures released Friday showed.

A total of $1.5 billion was spent on video game hardware, software, accessories and game cards, eclipsing a previous April high of $1.2 billion spent in the US in 2008, according to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella.

April was the first full month of tight restrictions on people's movements in the US to prevent the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.

Sales of video game software alone climbed 55 percent to $662 million, a new record high for the month, according to NPD.


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Pro-Life Virtual Graduation ‘Zoom Bombed’ with Porn and Nazi Images

By Dr. Susan Berry


America’s largest pro-life youth organization’s virtual graduation event was disrupted Wednesday by a “Zoom bomb,” in which a hacker replaced the broadcast with graphic gay porn and Nazi imagery.

Students for Life of America’s (SFLA) virtual graduation event featured Liz Wheeler, host of OANN’s Tipping Point.

SFLA President Kristan Hawkins invited the pro-life students to wear their caps and gowns with a pro-life grad cord for the virtual ceremony as the coronavirus crisis continues to halt in-person events.

“During the graduation events, hackers stole another memory from students and seized control of the broadcast, sending pornographic images, which were graphic, upsetting, and used Nazi imagery and other offensive displays,” said Hawkins in a statement. “We regained control of the programming, and the FBI and police will be contacted, but what is most tragic is that our students were not allowed to enjoy this moment in peace.”


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Hong Kong Security Law: Protests Planned for Sunday, as Agency Sees Ten-Fold Increase in Taiwan Immi

By Rachel Wong


Hong Kong protesters have promised more demonstrations this weekend after Beijing announced its plan to bypass the local legislature and enact national security laws.

In a Telegram app broadcast seen by over 40,000 users, several frontline protester groups jointly urged both peaceful and “valiant” demonstrators to gather in the streets this Sunday in response to the draft law. “Valiant” refers to groups willing to confront the police and take action on the frontlines.

“Hongkongers have ultimately been confronted with questions about our future. Narratives about independence and establishing a state elsewhere have cropped up,” the statement read. “We should have fewer but better protests in the streets to prevent the government from misrepresenting each demonstration as regular clashes… we wish them to be wary of our resistance.” It said the march, set to take place on Hong Kong Island at 1pm, must show the international community that Hongkongers have steadfast determination in the fight for democracy.

Demonstrators are set to gather at two starting points – SOGO department store in Causeway Bay and Wanchai’s Southorn Playground.


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Survivor Recalls Horror of Pakistan Plane Crash That Killed 97

One of the two people to survive a plane crash in Pakistan that killed 97 people on board has described jumping from the burning wreckage of the aircraft after it hurtled into a residential neighbourhood.

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane came down among houses on Friday after both engines failed as it approached Karachi airport, the airline said.

Its wings sliced through rooftops, sending flames and plumes of smoke into the air as it crashed onto a street, sparking a rescue operation that lasted until the early hours of Saturday.

The 97 victims had been on the plane, the provincial health ministry said. It was not clear if anyone was killed or injured on the ground.

Pakistan's deadliest aviation accident in eight years came days after commercial flights resumed ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Planes had been grounded during a two-month lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.


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The Drive-In Movie Stages a Comeback in U.S. in Coronavirus Era

By Nathan Layne


The drive-in movie, dismissed by many as a relic of an earlier time in America, is making a comeback as entertainment seemingly designed for the coronavirus era.

Beth Wilson, who owns the Warwick Drive-in about an hour’s drive from Manhattan, says it has been sold out since May 15, the first day drive-ins were allowed to operate under New York’s reopening plan.

The drive-in has struck a chord with Americans who have been largely confined to their homes since March watching the death toll from COVID-19 accumulate on their TV screens.

Customers come “just to be out and for some form of entertainment that is not streaming on their TV,” said Wilson, adding she hopes the Warwick Drive-In can help people reconnect. “I just want to see their happiness, their well-being.”

The drive-in experience is virtually tailor-made for the pandemic. Patrons control their close social interactions and any contact with other people happens outdoors, which is seen as lower risk for infection than indoors.


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'This Is the end of Hong Kong': China Pushes Security Law After Unrest

China's parliament said it will introduce a proposal Friday for a national security law in Hong Kong at its annual session, in a move the US warned would be "highly destabilising" for the financial hub.

The announcement late Thursday was quickly decried by pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as "the end of Hong Kong", with fears it will stoke unrest and tighten Beijing's grip on the semi-autonomous city.

China has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after Hong Kong was rocked by seven months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests last year.

The proposal, planned for the first day of the National People's Congress, would strengthen "enforcement mechanisms" in the financial hub, the parliament's spokesman Zhang Yesui said.


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Video Surfaces of Ahmaud Arbery being Arrested on Suspicion of Shoplifting in 2017

By: Barnini Chakraborty


Newly released video footage shows Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia jogger gunned down by a father and son with ties to local law enforcement, being handcuffed and arrested in 2017 on suspicion of shoplifting from a Brunswick-area Walmart.

Arbery, who was 23 at the time, was there with three other friends, two of whom were only 15.

They were detained while trying to leave the store and accused by the store's loss prevention officer of trying to steal a 65-inch television valued at nearly $800, according to a Glynn County Police Department report of the December 1, 2017, incident.


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Study Shows Cats can Easily Spread Coronavirus to Each Other – Here's What that Means for Cat Owners

By Caitlin O'Kane


A team of researchers studied the transmission of the coronavirus between cats and found that felines are capable of infecting each other with the virus. There have not been any known cases of a cat spreading COVID-19 to a person, but the scientists say it's possible felines could be "a silent intermediate host" for the virus, and they believe more research is needed.

"This is of particular importance given the potential for SARS-CoV-2 transmission between family members in households with cats while living under 'shelter-in-place' orders,"


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Activists Call for Hong Kong to Rise Up Against New Security Laws

By Clare Jim, Jessie Pang



Hong Kong activists called on Friday for people to rise up against Beijing’s plans to impose national security legislation in the city, prompting alarm that the new laws could erode its freedoms through “force and fear”.

A proposed march at noon in the central financial district did not materialise after online calls were heeded only by a handful of activists and as riot police made their presence visible on the streets.

But new calls have emerged for flash mobs at night across the territory and activists including Joshua Wong plan to meet the press to announce “street action” later on Friday.

“This is a great moment to reboot the protest,” said university student Kay, 24, who participated in last year’s mass scale and often violent anti-government and anti-Beijing protests which this year entered a lull due to the coronavirus.


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Bill Would Ban Broadband Shutoffs Until COVID-19 Pandemic Eases

By Karl Bode


A few weeks back, the Trump FCC put on a big show about a new "Keep America Connected Pledge." In it, the FCC proudly proclaimed that it had gotten hundreds of ISPs to agree to not disconnect users who couldn't pay for essential broadband service during a pandemic. The problem: the 60 day pledge was entirely voluntary, temporary, and because the FCC just got done obliterating its authority over ISPs at lobbyist behest (as part of its net neutrality repeal), it's largely impossible to actually enforce.

Shockingly, numerous ISPs immediately proceeded to ignore that promise, and began kicking customers offline. Several ISPs even kicked disabled folks offline, despite repeatedly promising not to. And despite making a big stink about the pledge, the Ajit Pai FCC's response to this was to do nothing. Not only has the FCC done nothing, it has tried to claim that the reason we're seeing a surge in these complaints is somehow thanks to the FCC's half-assed efforts on this front:

"Although we have received some disconnection complaints recently, we think it may reflect increased attention on the FCC's work to keep people connected," the spokesman said."

That's of course nonsense. ISPs were never going to adhere to a voluntary promise pushed by a feckless, captured FCC with no authority to punish them. A powerless FCC was their reward of the recent, scandal-plagued net neutrality repeal. It's also worth noting that the FCC doesn't track disconnection complaints, because, well, America.

Enter a new bill sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden, Bernie Sanders, and Jeff Merkley that would make it illegal to terminate the connections of broadband subscribers during the pandemic (barring instances of network abuse).


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UK Plans to Track Spread of Coronavirus in Sewage

By Clive Cookson


The UK is preparing to launch a national research programme to detect coronavirus in sewage in a bid to create an early warning system for future waves of Covid-19.

The new government initiative — likely to be announced in the next two weeks — is part of an international surge of scientific interest in using wastewater tests as an additional tool to track coronavirus.

The UK system is being put together by the government in consultation with universities, water companies and public research bodies, according to three people involved in the discussions.


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White House Staffer Who Served 11 Presidents Dies of Coronavirus

By Nate Church


Wilson Roosevelt Jerman’s family announced his death after contracting coronavirus at the age of 91 last Saturday.

Jerman was one of the longest-serving White House employees in history, having begun his tenure as a cleaner in 1957. Jerman worked with every president from Eisenhower to Obama. By the time he retired at age 83 in 2012, he had ascended to the position of White House butler. His granddaughter, Jamila Garrett, remembered him in an interview on Washington, DC, station WTTG.

“My grandfather was a family-loving, genuine man,” Garrett told WTTG reporter Shawn Yancy. “He was always about service. Service to others. It didn’t matter who you were or what you did or what you needed, whatever he could provide he did.”


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Global Stocks Skid as Hong Kong Returns as Sino-U.S. Flashpoint

By Hideyuki Sano


Global shares tumbled on Friday as Hong Kong’s political unrest returned as a flashpoint in fast-deteriorating U.S.-China relations, following Beijing’s moves to impose a new security law on the city.

The Asian financial hub's benchmark Hang Seng index .HSI sank 5% to a seven-week low, pulling MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS down 2.5%.

The CSI300 index of mainland Chinese shares .CSI300 dropped 1.9% while Japan's Nikkei .N225 lost 1%. Pan-European Euro Stoxx 50 futures STXEc1 were down 0.97% while e-mini futures for U.S. S&P500 EScv1 lost 0.8%.

China is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong to tighten its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

The decision drew a warning from President Donald Trump that Washington would react “very strongly” against the attempt to gain more control over the former British colony.

“It is starting to look like a U.S.-China summer of discontent in the making,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at AxiCorp.


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Flooding Closes Popular Route to Beaches, North Carolina

By: CBS 17 Digital Desk


A Columbus County roadway that is a popular route to beaches is closed due to flooding, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said Thursday evening.

N.C. 211 is closed just south of N.C. 214, which is in the Bolton area and east of lake Waccamaw. NCDOT is monitoring it and will inspect the road Friday once floodwaters recede.


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After Worker’s Death, Employees at Pilgrim’s Pride Plant in North Carolina to get Coronavirus Test

By: Aarón Sánchez-Guerra


An employee of the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant in Sanford died due to COVID-19 complications after developing symptoms at work in April and being hospitalized, according to the employee’s family who lives in Siler City in Chatham County.

Adelfo Ruiz Calvo, a 65-year-old Mexican immigrant and Siler City resident, died May 1 at a Chapel Hill hospital. The Orange County Register of Deeds confirmed documentation of Ruiz Calvo’s death to The News & Observer.


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Sons of Murdered Saudi Journalist Khashoggi Say 'Forgive' Killers

The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday that they "forgive" the killers of their father.

"We the sons of martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce we forgive and pardon those who killed our father," the Washington Post columnist's son Salah Khashoggi said on Twitter.

The legal ramifications of the announcement from Salah, who resides in Saudi Arabia, were not immediately clear.

Khashoggi a royal family insider turned critic was killed and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, in a case that triggered international outrage.

The operation involved 15 agents sent from Riyadh, Ankara said. His remains were never found.


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Ahmaud Arbery Slaying Becomes Part of Political Debate in Georgia

By Greg Bluestein


Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death has shifted Georgia’s political conversation and renewed a push to impose stiffer penalties on crimes rooted in racial bias at a time when voters are readying to cast ballots in primary races and lawmakers prepare to return to the state Capitol.

The Feb. 23 death of the unarmed black jogger in southeast Georgia punctuated concerns that many African American leaders and their allies have raised for years surrounding killings of black teens and men. These leaders are issuing fresh demands to adopt a stalled hate-crimes measure and take more sweeping action when state legislators reconvene next month.


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Coronavirus: Donald Trump Blames China for ‘Mass Worldwide Killing’

By Sebastian Smith


US President Donald Trump on Wednesday again lashed out at China over the coronavirus pandemic, blaming Beijing for “mass Worldwide killing.”

His early morning tweet, which also referred to an unidentified “wacko in China,” was the latest heated rhetoric from the White House, where Trump is making attacks on Beijing a centerpiece of his November reelection bid.

“It was the ‘incompetence of China’, and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing,” the president tweeted.

The virus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December and spread rapidly around the world, killing more than 323,000 people at the latest count, and triggering huge economic damage.


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Please Don’t Misgender Me’: Reporter Calls Pennsylvania. Health Secretary ‘Sir’ Multiple Times Durin

By Jenna Wise


A Pittsburgh radio station is again under scrutiny after one of its reporters called Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, “sir” at least three times during a Tuesday press call.

The incident happened while KDKA-AM personality Marty Griffin was asking a question about what the state’s “end game” is for reopening after the coronavirus, according to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.


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Pelosi: Not a Good Idea for ‘Morbidly Obese’ Trump to Take Hydroxychloroquine

By Pam Key


Monday on CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) argued President Donald Trump should not be taking hydroxychloroquine because he was “morbidly obese.”

Host Anderson Cooper asked, “Madam Speaker, what is your reaction to the president saying he is now taking hydroxychloroquine? Are you concerned?”

Pelosi said, “As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group — morbidly obese they say.”


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U.S. to Sell Taiwan $180 Million of Torpedoes, Angering China

By Ben Blanchard


The U.S government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory.

The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but is bound by law to provide the democratic island with the means to defend itself. China routinely denounces U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Taiwan of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $180 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today,” it added.


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Wanted Man Taunts Spalding Cops on Social Media — then Gets Arrested Hours Later

By: Zachary Hansen,


“You not gon get me dis time,” the post said in all capital letters, taunting the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Darrell Dix kept his reply to only two words: Challenge accepted.About 12 hours after the man, who had active warrants in the county, clicked send on that post, he was in handcuffs, the sheriff’s office announced in a Facebook post of its own.


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Wisconsin Teen Accused of Sexually Assaulting 13-year-old

By: Courtney Terlecki


Teen out on bond for child enticement and sexual assault charges has reportedly assaulted another victim.

Evan Van Norman was out on a $500 cash bond for accusations of raping a 17-year-old girl in October 2019. As part of the conditions of his bond for that case, he was to remain confined to his parent's home and have no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Fast forward to January when police say the 17-year-old was caught at a friend's house along with a 13-year-old girl he met on the social media app Snapchat. According to police, Van Norman sexually assaulted the girl.


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German Lawmakers Call for Buying Sex to Be Made Permanently Illegal

By Elliot Douglas


Coronavirus has caused Germany’s brothels to close their doors, but some politicians want the ban to become permanent. "Sexual activities are not compatible with social distancing measures," they wrote to state premiers.

Prominent German politicians on Tuesday called for brothels to be closed indefinitely, extending their temporary closure due to coronavirus restrictions.

Sixteen lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right CDU party and the center-left Social Democrats wrote a letter, seen by German media, to the premiers of the 16 German states warning that sex workers could become "super spreaders" of the virus.

Prostitution is legal in Germany, but different states and cities enforce different limitations on where and how sex workers can operate. All brothels have been closed since restrictions on public life and social distancing measures were introduced in March.


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Joe Biden Takes Aim at Donald Trump in First Online Wisconsin Event

By: Mitchell Schmidt


In his first official campaign event targeted at a Wisconsin audience, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took aim at Republican President Donald Trump over his handling of the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Streaming online from his home in Delaware due to limitations placed on large gatherings amid the pandemic, the former vice president said Trump could not be trusted to bring the nation out of the economic crisis created largely by the coronavirus.

“Why would anybody trust this man to bring back the economy now? He thinks he’s a builder, but he’s a destroyer of everything he touches,” Biden said. “Wisconsin has the power to pick a different path.”


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Pennsylvania School Director Resigns; had Threatened to Shoot Anyone without a Mask Who Came Close t

By: Courtney Terlecki


The Selinsgrove Area School Board member who on Facebook warned anyone coming within 6 feet of her or her family without a mask could be shot has resigned.

Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay’s resignation Wednesday came amid controversy over her post and two days after she said she would not step down.

Her husband, Peter R. Kay, also resigned as Snyder County chief public defender saying he no longer felt safe in the courthouse due to official actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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‘We’re Expendable’: Russian Doctors Face Hostility and Mistrust

There are no daily public displays of gratitude for Russian doctors and nurses during the coronavirus crisis like there are in the West. Instead of applause, they face mistrust, low pay and even open hostility.

Residents near the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology, a Moscow hospital now treating virus patients, complained when they saw medical workers walking out of the building in full protective gear, fearing the workers would spread the contagion.

“Maybe once the disease knocks on the door of every family, then the attitude to medics will change,” said Dr. Alexander Gadzyra, a surgeon who works exhausting shifts.

The outbreak has put enormous pressure on Russia’s medical community. While state media hails some of them as heroes, doctors and nurses interviewed by The Associated Press say they are fighting both the virus and a system that fails to support them.


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Ford Worker Who Tested Positive for Virus ‘Had to Be Reminded Numerous Times’ to Wear Face Mask

By Rebecca Mansour


The autoworker who tested positive for the coronavirus at Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn Truck Plant “had to be reminded numerous times by management and union officials to wear his mask while working,” Ford and UAW sources told the Detroit Free Press.

The worker’s positive COVID-19 test result caused the Dearborn, Michigan, plant, which assembles Ford’s F-150 trucks, to temporarily shut down on Wednesday so the facility could be deep-cleaned and individuals who were in contact with the infected worker could be sent home for a 14-day quarantine.

Manufacturing teams at the plant were sent a text message on Wednesday afternoon instructing all United Auto Worker (UAW) hourly workers to go home, the Free Press reported.

The Free Press reviewed a copy of a text message sent to a Ford employee which stated that the individual who tested positive was working “over the past 2 days” and “had to be reminded to put his mask on while working. Union official had one on one contact with employee regarding his not wearing a mask.”


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Cops: 7 Charged After Investigation Leads to Bags of Stolen Mail, Checks

By: Asia Simone Burns


Seven men are each facing a number of theft and fraud charges after Roswell police said they were caught with bags of checks and personal mail stolen from locations across metro Atlanta.

Two of the men, 21-year-olds Ibrahima Biteye of Lithonia and Marc Sean Salif Sidikou of Maryland, were first arrested April 6 after Roswell police caught them breaking into postal service collection boxes, AJC.com previously reported.


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North Carolina Senators Pledge Bipartisan Fiscal Reforms at DOT

By Gary D. Robertson


State Auditor Beth Wood's performance review of the Department of Transportation, mandated by the legislature as part of a DOT cash bailout last year, was released two weeks ago, when road-building revenues already were plummeting due to COVID-19. Collections are now expected to fall $300 million below projections by June 30. The department has stopped awarding new construction contracts and required its 9,300 employee to take furloughs.

“We have serious financial issues having to do with DOT, and they’ve been exacerbated by COVID-19 and our economy,” said Sen. Jim Davis, a Macon County Republican and co-chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee that heard from Wood in person. “But nevertheless, we have to address them.”


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North Carolina Teen Killed in Armed Robbery, Teen Previously Charged with Armed Rbbery Arrested

By: Brett Baldeck


A 15-year old boy is the latest victim of the deadly violence in Charlotte and an 18-year-old has been charged in the murder.

Less than 24 hours after the teen was shot along Briarhill Drive in east Charotte, the suspect, Clifton Stanfil, was placed under arrest.

Stanfil has been charged with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Jail records show he was released from the Mecklenburg County Jail on Feb. 26 for a similar armed robbery charge.


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67 Pounds of Marijuana, 9 Firearms, $220,000 in Cash Seized in North Carolina Drug Bust

By: FOX46 Digital Desk


A 20-year-old is facing multiple charges after 67 pounds of marijuana, firearms, and about $220,000 in cash were found in his possession, Concord police said.

Liam Conner Stewart has been charged with two counts of trafficking marijuana and is currently being held in the Cabarrus County Jail under a $700,000 bond.

Investigators with the department’s Street Crimes Unit and Vice & Narcotics executed a search warrant in several locations on Monday, including Stewart’s home located in the 2800-block of Quarry View Court in Concord.


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Chemical Firm Chemours Won't Face Federal Charges

By: Associated Press


Federal prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against a chemical company that for years discharged compounds with health risks that aren't fully understood into a North Carolina river, the company disclosed.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Environmental Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Justice Department were investigating potential violations of the federal Clean Water Act by The Chemours Co., a spinoff of DuPont that has a plant near Fayetteville, WRAL-TV reported.

In 2017, it was found that Chemours was releasing a compound called GenX into the air and water near the plant, which eventually made it into drinking water sources including the Cape Fear River. GenX is a chemical used in nonstick surfaces such as Teflon. The EPA classifies it as an “emerging contaminant” needing research, but has previously said animal studies suggest it can affect organs.


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North Carolina Appeals c Court Overturns Convictions in Officer Slaying

An appeals court has overturned the convictions of a man accused of being the getaway driver in an alleged robbery attempt that led to the slaying of a police officer nearly 25 years ago.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals cited prosecutorial errors in dismissing Marc Peterson Oldroyd's convictions of second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the October 1996 shooting of Jonesville Police Sgt. Gregory Keith Martin.

Oldroyd pleaded guilty in 2014 in exchange for a 12-year sentence, The Winston-Salem Journal reported. But the court ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that because the indictment cited “Huddle House employees" and didn't identify by name any individual victims of the alleged robbery attempt, that charge would have to be dropped, along with all of the related counts.


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Michigan Governor Issues Emergency Declaration After 2 Dams Collapse

By Joey Oliver


An emergency declaration has been ordered following the collapse of the Edenville and Sanford dams, which was caused by large amounts of rain and prompted the evacuation of residents living in the area and caused flooding throughout the northern mid-Michigan community.

In a news conference Tuesday night, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said much of the city of Midland could be under 9 feet of water due to flooding. Whitmer urged the evacuation of people living in the area, and said residents as far south as Saginaw Township in Saginaw County may be evacuated as well.


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Georgia Parents Charged After 3-year-old Shoots 5-year-old in Stomach

By Asia Simone Burns


Two East Georgia parents were arrested Friday, two months after their 3-year-old son shot his 5-year-old brother in the stomach with a rifle, according to the GBI.

Terry Kelley Jr., 28, and Clarice Fife, 31, both of Dearing, are each charged with reckless conduct and second-degree child cruelty in connection with the shooting, GBI spokesman Chris McKeown said. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI’s help investigating the shooting, which happened at a home on Ranger Road in Warrenton March 13, McKeown said.


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The Real Reason Blue States Are Getting Hit Harder with COVID-19 than Red States

Why is that that red states are more anxious to re-open and return to life as we knew it than blue states hit by the coronavirus? Is it really politics or is there something else going on?

“You’re going to start to see over the course of the next six weeks or so a kind of red state-blue state divide in the United States where red states are going to open up at a much faster pace than blue states, and that’s going to have really interesting ramifications,” said White House economic adviser Stephen Moore on the Fox Business Network last month.


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McConnell Backs Efforts to Subpoena Obama-era Officials


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he supports fellow Republican colleagues’ efforts to subpoena several dozen Obama-era officials.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that he supports fellow Republican colleagues’ efforts to subpoena several dozen Obama-era officials.


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Brazil Virus Deaths Surge as Pandemic Bites in Latin America

Brazil recorded its highest number of coronavirus deaths in a day as Latin America began to feel the full force of the pandemic, while the World Health Organization agreed to investigate its response to the crisis.

With infections rapidly approaching five million, deaths topping 320,000 and the global economy devastated, there are fears that the worst is yet to come for the poorer parts of the world as they desperately try to contain the spread of the virus.

There was an alarming surge on Tuesday in Brazil as daily COVID-19 deaths crossed 1,000 for the first time, but far-right President Jair Bolsonaro remains bitterly opposed to lockdowns, having described them as unnecessary over a "little flu".

"Our country is going from bad to worse, it is getting worse," said retiree Gilberto Ferreira in Rio de Janeiro. "We have an inefficient government, and the people also do not obey the rules of the pandemic."


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Police State Dry Run a Huge Success

By Carol Brown

When the coronavirus landed on our shores, communist China came with it.

We have become part of a mass scale human experiment in government control and it turned out that stripping away our freedom wasn’t all that difficult. Under the guise of concern for our health and well-being, tyrants came out of the woodwork. Our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our lives are being destroyed as the left solidifies and expands their oppressive powers. We’ve been herded around like cattle, threatened, isolated, confined, silenced, and arrested. You name it, it’s happening.

You tell me if what follows sounds like the United States, or China.

We’ve been told who can work and who can’t, with language that separates us according to who is and who isn’t “essential” as the almighty State supersedes individual rights and the family unit.


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EasyJet Hacked - Nine Million Customers at Risk

By Mike Moore


Budget airline EasyJet has admitted being hit by a cyberattack that left the details of up to nine million customers at risk.

The "highly sophisticated cyber-attack" saw EasyJet customer email addresses and travel details stolen over an undisclosed period of time.

The airline also says that the credit card details of 2,208 customers had been "accessed", but could not confirm if this information had been used maliciously yet.

According to the BBC, the attack was first detected in January, with EasyJet contacting users whose card details had been stolen in April.

"We take issues of security extremely seriously and continue to invest to further enhance our security environment," EasyJet said in a statement, adding that it had informed the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) of the breach as it continues its investigation.

"There is no evidence that any personal information of any nature has been misused, however, on the recommendation of the ICO, we are communicating with the approximately nine million customers whose travel details were accessed to advise them of protective steps to minimise any risk of potential phishing."


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FC Seoul Faces Sanctions After Putting Sex Dolls in Seats



A South Korean soccer club is facing penalties, including expulsion from its own stadium, for putting sex dolls in empty seats during a match last weekend.

The K-League is one of the few soccer leagues operating during the coronavirus pandemic, with games being played in empty stadiums.

FC Seoul’s attempts to increase the atmosphere at Seoul World Cup Stadium backfired despite its 1-0 win over Gwangju on Sunday. The club expressed its “sincere remorse” as public backlash intensified, but said it was assured by a supplier that it was using mannequins — not sex dolls — to mimic a home crowd.


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59% COVID-19 Deaths in Illinois over Past 3 Weeks Nursing Home Residents

By Michael Patrick Leahy


Residents of nursing homes in Illinois accounted for 59 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in that state over the past three weeks.

On Friday, April 24, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported that 625 of the 1,795 COVID-19 deaths in the state reported during the five and a half weeks between the first recorded COVID-19 death on March 17 and April 24, or 35 percent, were nursing home residents.

Three weeks later, on Friday, May 15, the IDPH reported an additional 2,263 COVID-19 deaths in the state during the three week period between April 24 and May 15, 1,350 of whom, or 59.6 percent, were nursing home residents. (Note: The IDPH reports nursing home COVID-19 deaths once a week on Fridays.)


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European Companies Told to Come Clean on Coronavirus Pain

By Huw Jones


Listed companies in the European Union should state the uncertainties they face due to the coronavirus pandemic in their half-yearly reports and explain why they can stay in business, the bloc’s securities watchdog said on Wednesday.

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said that to provide relevant and reliable information, companies may need to use of the extra time allowed by national law to publish half-year results.

“ESMA also highlights the importance of providing information on the identification of the principal risks and uncertainties to which issuers are exposed,” it said in a statement.

Financial firms should disclose the assumptions and judgments used to calculate how much they set aside in provisions to cover expected losses on loans, it said.


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Taiwan President Rejects Beijing Rule; China Says 'Reunification' Inevitable

By Yimou Lee, Ben Blanchard



Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy , President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, strongly rejecting China’s sovereignty claims and likely setting the stage for an ever worsening of ties.

China responded that “reunification” was inevitable and that it would never tolerate Taiwan’s independence.

In a speech after being sworn in for her second and final term in office, Tsai said relations between Taiwan and China had reached an historical turning point.


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'Super Cyclone' Barrels Towards Bangladesh, India

Several million people sheltered and prayed for the best on Wednesday as one of the fiercest cyclones in decades roared towards Bangladesh and eastern India, with forecasts of a potentially devastating and deadly storm surge.

Authorities have scrambled to evacuate low lying areas in Amphan's projected trail of destruction, only the second "super cyclone" to form over the Bay of Bengal since records began.

But their task is complicated by the need to follow precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with infection numbers still soaring in both countries and hospitals struggling to cope.

"At least 50 people took shelter in my concrete-built house," said Abdur Rahim, a Bangladeshi shrimp farmer on the edge of the Sundarbans mangrove forest in the projected path of the storm.


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Michigan Governor Declares Emergency After Dams Collapse

By Rama Venkat


Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday declared an emergency for Midland county after two dams breached and on expectations of extreme flooding.

The county said two dams, Edenville and Sanford, have collapsed due to heavy rain in the past few days and residents nearby have been told to evacuate immediately.

“In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately nine feet of water”, the governor said in a news conference.


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Navarro: China Deliberately Allowed Coronavirus to Spread Outside Its Borders

By Ian Hanchett


During an interview broadcast on Friday’s edition of the Fox Business Network’s “WSJ at Large,” White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro stated that China deliberately allowed the coronavirus to spread to the rest of the world and that the virus “could have been contained in Wuhan.”

Navarro said, “China hid the virus behind the shield of the World Health Organization, and that was a time, Gerry, when that virus could have been contained in Wuhan. Instead, what China did was put hundreds of thousands of Wuhanians and Chinese on planes that were allowed to go to Milan and New York and elsewhere, but not to Beijing and Shanghai.”


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Trump Threatens Permanent Freeze of WHO Funding, Review of U.S. Membership

By Rama Venkat


U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider the membership of the United States in the body.

Trump suspended U.S. contributions to the WHO last month, accusing it of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the coronavirus outbreak, although WHO officials denied the accusation and China said it was transparent and open.

"If the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary freeze of United States funding to the WHO permanent and reconsider our membership," Trump told its chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a letter posted on Twitter.


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US Secretary of State Slams Taiwan Exclusion From WHO

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday condemned the exclusion of Taiwan from the World Health Organization’s annual meeting, saying it proved US charges that the UN body was beholden to China.

The WHO member states at the annual meeting delayed discussion on whether to grant observer status to Taiwan, which Beijing considers a province awaiting reunification and seeks to exclude from all international organizations.

Pompeo said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has been harshly criticized by President Donald Trump’s administration, “had every legal power and precedent” to include Taiwan in the meeting.

“Yet he instead chose not to invite Taiwan under pressure from the People’s Republic of China,” Pompeo said in a statement.


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Former Disney Exec Named TikTok Boss

Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer will become the head of TikTok and chief operating officer of the popular video app's parent company, the group announced Monday.

Mayer's surprise jump from one of the entertainment industry's most venerable companies is another victory for buzzy upstart TikTok, which has seen a surge in popularity among people locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayer headed Disney's direct-to-consumer offerings, where he oversaw the successful rollout of Disney+ television streaming service.

His new realm will include TikTok and global development at the app's parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, according to the business.

He will report directly to ByteDance founder and chief executive Yiming Zhang.


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China Orders New Wuhan Virus Lockdown Because They Beat COVID-19, Honest

By Stephen Green

China’s Communist government in Beijing has ordered 108 million people into lockdown as the deadly Wuhan virus breaks out again, this time in the country’s northeast. That’s about one in twelve mainland Chinese.

Bloomberg reports “a new and growing cluster of infections” in Jilin province bordering North Korea.

China’s Communist Party chief Xi Jinping had claimed back in March that the People’s Republic was winning its “people’s war” against the Wuhan virus, but a recent leak from a Chinese military-run university indicates that the country may have at least 640,000 COVID-19 cases.


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Joe Biden Bragged About Nearly Being Arrested for Following ‘Lovely’ Women

By Haris Alic


Former Vice President Joe Biden once bragged about nearly being arrested for chasing a “lovely group of women” into an all-female dormitory in his youth.

Biden, who is now under scrutiny after facing sexual misconduct allegations from a former Senate staffer, regaled voters during a campaign swing through Athens, Ohio, in October 2008, with a story about what occurred during his last visit to their city. At the time, Biden, who was the Democrat vice presidential nominee, claimed he had journeyed to the city for a football game between his alma mater, the University of Delaware, and the local, Athens-based Ohio University sometime in 1963.

“Now I made a little mistake here that day, I made a little mistake,” Biden told the crowd at the time. Adding, according to reporters in attendance, with a wink that after the game he wandered around and “met this lovely group of Ohio University…students.”

Biden proceeded to explain that he attempted to convince two young women he met on the campus to join him and some friends at a local establishment.


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Civic Group: Mexico City Virus Deaths 3 Times Those Reported



A registry of death certificates in Mexico City suggests there were 4,577 cases where doctors mentioned coronavirus or COVID-19 as a possible or probable cause of death, more than three times the official death toll in the city.

The federal government acknowledges only 1,332 confirmed deaths in Mexico City since the pandemic began, less than a third as many as the investigation revealed.

The anti-corruption group Mexicans Against Corruption said in a report Monday that it got access to a database of death certificates issued in Mexico City between March 18 and May 12. It showed that in explanatory notes attached to 4,577 death certificates, doctors included the words “SARS,” “COV2,” “COV,” “Covid 19,” or “new coronavirus.”


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Uber Cuts 3,000 More Jobs as Coronavirus Devastates Ride-Hailing

By Carolyn Said


Uber has lurched from existential crisis to existential crisis in its 11-year corporate history.

Now it confronts the biggest one yet. With people sheltering at home, demand for rides has plunged 80%. At the same time, it’s battling a California law that could reshape how it does business in its home state. Once a darling of investors, Uber now faces harsh scrutiny from Wall Street after a disappointing initial public offering last year.

On Monday the ride-hailing company laid off 3,000 staff members, on top of 3,700 positions it cut earlier this month. It has now axed 25% of its worldwide staff in less than two weeks.

Uber also is closing some 40 offices — including its Pier 70 office in San Francisco, which focused on self-driving technology. That will be consolidated with its forthcoming Mission Bay headquarters next to Chase Center, Uber said. It will move its Asian headquarters out of Singapore to an unspecified new location.


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Data: COVID-19 Was in Michigan During Presidential Primary Campaigns

By Craig Mauger and Beth LeBlanc



COVID-19 already had infected hundreds of Michiganians as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden barnstormed the state in early March seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, according to state health department data.

Infections of the novel coronavirus were surfacing — but not yet confirmed — more than a week before March 10, the date of Michigan's pivotal presidential primary election and when the state officially confirmed the first case here.

Although they tested positive at a later date, at least 365 Michigan residents' symptoms of the virus began before March 10, according to statistics tracked and publicly released by the state Department of Health and Human Services. There can be a lag of up to 14 days before someone who is infected begins feeling symptoms, according to health experts.


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Promising Virus Vaccine Results Reported as Trump Takes Anti-Malaria Drug

By Maria Caspani, Rajesh Kumar Singh



The phased reopening of U.S. business and social life gained traction on Monday with more Americans emerging from coronavirus lockdowns and financial markets boosted by promising early results from the first U.S. vaccine trial in humans.

News of a possible vaccine breakthrough was somewhat overshadowed by President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement hours later that he is taking hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 preventive treatment, contrary to medical warnings about such use of the anti-malaria drug. The disclosure came during Trump’s White House meeting with restaurant executives.

“All I can tell you is so far I seem to be OK,” the president told reporters, saying he has taken a single dose of the drug each day for the past week and a half.


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Indiana Supreme Court Rejects Gov. Holcomb’s Request for Guidance on Hill Suspension

By Staff Reports

The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday declined to decide if the suspension of Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license constitutes a “vacancy” in the office, which would have allowed Holcomb to name a new attorney general.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s counsel on May 12 filed an emergency motion to intervene, asking the Indiana Supreme Court if he needed to appoint a new attorney general.

In a Monday order, the Indiana Supreme Court said the answers sought by Holcomb’s motion were extraneous to the disciplinary decision, so intervention would be inappropriate.


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Indiana 4-H Fair Canceled, Projects to be Viewed Virtually


The fair announced the decision Monday evening that the fair would not be held in person due to concerns about the virus. A plan is forthcoming that will allow 4-H projects to be viewed virtually.

"With requirements to enforce social distancing, full Personal Protective equipment including face coverings, temperature checks, and comprehensive tracking of everyone who is on the fairgrounds, the Fair Board felt that it would be impossible to comply with requirements and ensure safety of those in attendance," fair officials wrote on Facebook Monday.


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Filmmaker Says He's Unsure About Whether An Inmate's Confession that he Killed Teresa Halbach Will H

By Jake Prinsen


A filmmaker says he's unsure if the confession of a Wisconsin inmate that he murdered Teresa Halbach will hold up.

"I probably lean toward 'no,' but I think it’s pretty important that it’s thoroughly investigated," Shawn Rech, director of the upcoming docuseries "Convicting a Murderer," told USA TODAY Tuesday.

Rech said the inmate told his film crew that he had killed Halbach, Newsweek reported Monday.

While Rech didn't identify the inmate in the Newsweek article Monday or in USA TODAY interview Tuesday morning, he did confirm Tuesday afternoon that the inmate is Joseph W. Evans Jr.


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Sweeping Federal Lawsuit Seeks Election Changes in Wisconsin

By Scott Bauer


Advocates for people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot application and a host of other changes be made to ensure the August primary and November presidential election can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wisconsin has been at the center of the fight, both in court and out, over elections during the pandemic after it proceeded with its April 7 presidential primary even as other states delayed voting. The election drew widespread criticism as voters faced long lines in Green Bay and Milwaukee, where just five of 180 polling sites were open.


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Michigan Sheriff Attends Anti-Stay-Home Order in Grand Rapids News

By Andrew Minegar


Sheriff Dar Leaf was scheduled as a speaker for a rally at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids on Monday.

Dubbed the American Patriot Rally, the event was set to begin at 5:30 p.m. May 18, 2010.

The rally was designed to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Leaf has said he would not enforce the stay-at-home order because he believes it is unconstitutional.


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US Reporters Are ‘Not Propaganda Cadres’: US Tells China Not to Interfere With Its Journalists in Ho

The US on Sunday warned China against interfering with American journalists working in Hong Kong, in an escalating row between the two countries over press freedom and other issues.

The two sides have expelled each other’s reporters in tit-for-tat moves over recent months as they trade barbs over the coronavirus pandemic and US President Donald Trump threatens to impose fresh trade tariffs.

“It has recently come to my attention that the Chinese government has threatened to interfere with the work of American journalists in Hong Kong,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

“These journalists are members of a free press, not propaganda cadres.”

Pompeo did not explicitly criticize China, nor did he give specific examples of what he was referring to, but the statement is the latest US response after Beijing expelled more than a dozen American reporters.


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China Says Premature to Immediately Begin a COVID-19 Investigation

China’s foreign ministry said on Monday it was premature to immediately launch an investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 300,000 people globally.

Spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the vast majority of countries in the world believe the pandemic is not yet over.


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Silver Alert Canceled for 16-year-old Georgia Girl


Olivia Sherfield, 16, is described as a biracial female who is 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Sherfield was last seen getting into a small black single cab truck with "SPORT" written on back window. She was wearing white washed blue jeans and a long sleeve white shirt.

She is missing from St. Paul, Indiana, which is 42 miles southeast of Indianapolis.


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Medics Around the World Face Hostility Over Virus Stigma




Dr. Dina Abdel-Salam watched in terror last month as scores of strangers gathered under the balcony of her aunt’s empty apartment in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, where she’d temporarily sheltered after leaving her elderly parents at home to protect them from exposure to the coronavirus.

The crowd called out her name, hurling threats until she dialed the police for help.

“You have moved here to make us sick,” someone shouted.

Abdel-Salam’s ordeal is just one of many in a wave of assaults on doctors, illustrating how public fear and rage can turn against the very people risking their lives to save patients in the pandemic.


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Resolution by 60 Countries Wants WHO to Investigate Origin of Wuhan Coronavirus

By Matthew Strong


A total of 60 countries, including all members of the European Union, have drawn up a resolution for World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus demanding an investigation into the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports said Saturday (May 16).

The move comes just before this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), which will take the shape of a videoconference on May 18-19.


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UK: Over 1,000 Illegal Boat Migrants Brought Ashore During ‘Lockdown’

By Kurt Zindulka


More than 1,000 illegal boat migrants have reached British shores since the country introduced a national lockdown in March, with people-smugglers taking advantage of the coronavirus to traffic increased amounts of unaccompanied minors.

On Saturday, 90 migrants claiming to hail from Algeria, Libya, Eritrea, Sudan, and Senegal were brought ashore at Dover after crossing the English Channel in small boats from France — a safe, first world country.

The crossings brought the number of illegal migrants known to have successfully made it to Britain during the lockdown to 1,064.


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U.S. Mulls Paying Companies, Tax Breaks to Pull Supply Chains From China

By Andrea Shalal, Alexandra Alper, Patricia Zengerle




U.S. lawmakers and officials are crafting proposals to push American companies to move operations or key suppliers out of China that include tax breaks, new rules, and carefully structured subsidies.

Interviews with a dozen current and former government officials, industry executives and members of Congress show widespread discussions underway - including the idea of a “reshoring fund” originally stocked with $25 billion - to encourage U.S. companies to drastically revamp their relationship with China.

President Donald Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas, but the recent spread of the coronavirus and related concerns about U.S. medical and food supply chains dependency on China are “turbocharging” new enthusiasm for the idea in the White House.

On Thursday, Trump signed an executive order that gave a U.S. overseas investment agency new powers to help manufacturers in the United States. The goal, Trump said, is to "produce everything America needs for ourselves and then export to the world, and that includes medicines."


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Officials in Northeastern China Sacked as Locals Describe Escalating Virus Outbreak

By Nicole Hao

Amid an escalating CCP virus outbreak in northeastern China, six local officials have been dismissed for failing to contain the virus.

The latest second wave outbreak first erupted in Shulan, a county-level municipality within Jilin city, Jilin Province.

Locals told The Epoch Times that the outbreak situation was more serious than how authorities portrayed it. They also complained about rising food prices following the outbreak.

The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, first broke out in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019. The virus quickly spread to all parts of the country.


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Ahmaud Arbery Case: Texts Suggest Georgia Police Enlisted Help From Suspect Months Before Shooting

By Peter Aitken


New text messages suggest police may have “informally deputized” one of the suspects in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, while protesters demand the resignation of Georgia prosecutors for mishandling the investigation.

Arbery, 25, was running through a Brunswick neighborhood on Feb. 23 when he was fatally shot. Greg and Travis McMichael – father and son, respectively – were arrested two months later after video, purportedly leaked by Greg himself, showed the confrontation that resulted in Arbery’s death.


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‘Grossly Incompetent’: Trump Dismisses Obama Over Coronavirus Criticism



President Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed his predecessor as “grossly incompetent,” a day after former President Barack Obama said leaders weren’t “even pretending to be in charge” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked about Obama’s comments, Trump first told a pool of reporters at the White House that administration officials “had a great weekend” during a working trip to Camp David.

“We did a lot of terrific meetings, tremendous progress is being made on many fronts, including coming up with a cure for this horrible plague that has beset our country,” he said.

When pressed further, Trump added: “Look, he was an incompetent president. That’s all I can say. Grossly incompetent.”


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Hong Kong Lawmakers Clash as Pro-Beijing Camp Elects Chair



Clashes broke out in Hong Kong’s legislature Monday for a second time this month as a pro-Beijing lawmaker was elected as chair of a key committee that scrutinizes bills, ending a prolonged struggle for control with the pro-democracy camp.

The legislature’s House Committee, which vets bills and decides when to present them for a final vote, had been without a chairperson for more than six months. The central government in Beijing criticized deputy chairperson and pro-democracy lawmaker Dennis Kwok for deliberately delaying matters and causing a backlog of bills that affect public interest.

Kwok was replaced Friday by Chan Kin-por, who was appointed by the legislature’s president to preside over Monday’s election. After scuffles and shouting matches, leading to Chan ejecting most of the pro-democracy lawmakers, the election took place with pro-Beijing lawmaker Starry Lee winning easily.


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Japan Plunges Into Recession as US States Start Opening Up





Japan’s economy plunged into recession in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic squelched business activity, while leaders in the U.S. and Europe are weighing the risks and rewards of lifting COVID-19 restrictions knowing that a vaccine could take years to develop.

India, meanwhile, recorded its biggest single-day surge with 5,242 new cases and 157 deaths, taking the country’s infection tally to more than 96,000, the most in Asia. The country has now 3,029 fatalities due to COVID-19.

China, which reported just seven new cases on Monday, maintained tighter social distancing rules in parts of the northeastern province of Jilin after a cluster of cases of unknown origin turned up in the area. Two of the new cases were in Jilin and residents were being required to show certificates of health, including a recent negative nucleic acid test, if they wished to leave Jilin city, the province’s second-largest metropolis, state media reported.


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Mexicans Dying From Adulterated Alcohol as Beer Runs Dry

Scores of Mexicans are dying from drinking adulterated liquor, a consequence of the shortage of mainstream alcoholic beverages during the coronavirus pandemic, authorities say.

The first of at least 138 deaths in recent weeks occurred at the end of April in the western state of Jalisco, a month after the government declared a health emergency over the spread of COVID-19.

Much of Mexico has run out of beer after factories were shut down along with other non-essential firms.

Beer stocks were depleted within a month, and in some areas the prices of what was left doubled, according to industry sources.


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Taliban Claims Bomb Attack as It Pushes for Afghan Talks

The Taliban claimed a deadly attack on an Afghan intelligence agency post Monday, even as they urged the new power-sharing government to accelerate a prisoner swap to pave the way for talks.

At least seven intelligence personnel were killed by a car bomb in the eastern province of Ghazni, Wahidullah Jumazada, spokesman for the province's governor told AFP.

"The terrorists have used a humvee in their attack. They have targeted the National Directorate of Security unit in Ghazni city," he said, adding that 40 people were wounded.

The interior ministry in Kabul and a health official in Ghazni also confirmed the car bomb.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that its insurgents had carried out the attack.

The bombing comes a day after President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a new power-sharing accord in Kabul, ending their bitter months-long feud.


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There is a Massive Building Fire in the Harlem Area of Manhattan, New York.

By Kenneth Garger


A fire tore through a store in Harlem Sunday night, hours after a blaze took the life of a 57-year-old man in Queens, authorities said.

The Harlem inferno erupted at 7:35 p.m. in a two-story building on West 125th Street near Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard occupied by Lazarus, a children’s clothing store, officials said.

Photos show firefighters trying to douse the roaring flames that engulfed the store’s second floor.


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Convicted Child Sex Abusers Among 4.5K Inmates Freed from Prison in Illinois

By John Binder


Convicted child sex abusers are among the roughly 450 prison inmates in Illinois that are being released every week, state records confirm.

Between March 1 and May 6, more than 4,500 inmates in Illinois have been freed from prison — many have been convicted of sex crimes against children, drug trafficking, assault, and various murder-related charges — over concerns of the Chinese coronavirus spreading.

The data indicates that every week for the last two months about 450 inmates are released from Illinois prisons. The full list of prison releases thus far reveal that nearly 150 of the more than 4,500 released inmates have been convicted of sex crimes.

Steven Haberkorn, 31-years-old, is one of the child sex abusers who was allowed to parole out of prison on March 2. Around 2011, Haberkorn was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.


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Virus 'Eminently Capable' of Spreading Through Speech: Study

Microdroplets generated by speech can remain suspended in the air in an enclosed space for more than ten minutes, a study published Wednesday showed, underscoring their likely role in spreading COVID-19.

Researchers at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) had a person loudly repeat the phrase "Stay healthy" for 25 seconds inside a closed box.

A laser projected into the box illuminated droplets, allowing them to be seen and counted.

They stayed in the air for an average of 12 minutes, the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) showed.

Taking into account the known concentration of coronavirus in saliva, scientists estimated that each minute of loudly speaking can generate more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets capable of remaining airborne for eight minutes or more in a closed space.


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Armed Group Returns to Downtown North Carolina, is Met by Protesters

By Bridget Chapman


Carrying firearms and tactical gear, a group of men walked through downtown Raleigh on Saturday. The group was met by some protesters.

The armed men said their gathering stemmed from recent arrests at ReOpen NC rallies of people they believe were protesting peacefully.

“We’re just out here showing that we’re not willing to be subdued. We’re going to exercise our right to free speech, we’re going to exercise our right to get together and carry on with our lives,” said Benjamin Teeter, who was with the group.

Heated confrontations between the armed group and community members have gained attention in recent weeks, leading counter protesters to show up Saturday with signs and a megaphone.


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Fraud Plagues Washington State as Bogus Claimants Steal Unemployment Benefits

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle says it’s working with Washington state to “track down and prosecute” criminals stealing unemployment benefits. But it’s also urging the state to “address and fix the vulnerabilities in their system” that, according to a report by other federal investigators, may have helped Washington become the top target in a national scam.

Friday’s statement from U.S. Attorney Brian Moran comes a day after the state Employment Security Department temporarily halted benefits payments while it dealt with a surge of bogus claims for unemployment insurance that were filed using the identities of unsuspecting workers.

The Employment Security Department, which plans to restart benefits payments on Saturday, blames much of what it calls “impostor theft” on sophisticated criminals using stolen Social Security numbers and other personal data to access the state’s unemployment insurance system.


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Man Found Dead Along North Carolina Beach Strand

By WECT Staff


Local authorities in Carolina Beach found a body on the beach strand Saturday morning.

Members of the Carolina Beach Police & Fire Departments, alongside New Hanover County EMS, were dispatched to the beach access point off of Scallop Lane in response to an unconscious male in nearby shallow water.

Crews arrived on the scene shortly before 8 a.m. Once the body was located, first responders attempted to render aid before determining that no signs of life were present.

The North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office has been notified, with an autopsy scheduled to determine the cause of death.

According to Det. Sgt. Scott Hettinger with CBPD, the identity of the male has been made and police are in the process of notifying the next of kin.


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These People Were Charged with Crimes Yesterday in Central Pennsylvania

By Charles Thompson


Here is a list of all the criminal cases filed in the past 24 hours in district justice courts in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Adams and Franklin counties. We’ve provided a link to the court docket sheets for each case.

This list will be automatically replaced tomorrow with new cases. The cases listed here will not be archived by PennLive, but can be accessed through the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System.


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JCPenney Files for Bankruptcy

By Chris Isidore and Nathaniel Meyersohn



JCPenney filed for bankruptcy on Friday, the latest retail giant to see its downfall hastened by the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic was the final blow to a 118-year-old company struggling to overcome a decade of bad decisions, executive instability and damaging market trends.

The company said it has an agreement with most of its lenders on the turnaround plan that will allow it to stay in business as a more financially healthy company, but will include closing an as yet unannounced number of its 846 stores. As part of the turnaround process JCPenney arranged to borrow an additional $450 million from those lenders to pay for operations during the reorganization.

The company blamed the Covid-19 pandemic for the need to file bankruptcy.


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Los Angeles Fire, Explosion Leave At Least 11 Fire Fighters Injured

By Brie Stimson


A fire and explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles' Toy District on Saturday evening left at least 11 firefighters injured, according to the city's Fire Department.

The firefighters had gone inside and were on the roof to try to knock down a fire inside the building and had to run for their lives when a ball of flames shot it and scorched a fire truck across the street.

All 11 suffered burn injuries and were taken to a hospital, three of them in critical condition, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott.


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Explosion in Los Angeles Injures Firefighters, Leaves Multiple Buildings on Fire

By Marina Pitofsky


An explosion in downtown Los Angeles Saturday has injured at least 10 firefighters and left multiple buildings on fire as hundreds of firefighters respond, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The department issued a “mayday call” and called the explosion a “major emergency,” according to a Saturday alert.

In a separate alert, the department said that, “over 230 firefighters are responding. Firefighters have moved to a defensive posture for fire attack, and a medical branch has been created for treating and transporting injured firefighters."


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Pizzas and Haircuts Back on the Menu, But With Warnings: the World Slowly Reopens

New Orleans took its first steps Saturday to loosen restrictions imposed on business and personal activity that have been in place for two months to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The rest of Louisiana took that step Friday as many businesses and houses of worship were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. New Orleans is slightly more restrictive. In addition to the 25% capacity restrictions, restaurants and certain other businesses such as nail salons are required to take reservations. The city has also imposed caps designed to keep houses of worship and movie theaters at fewer than 100 people. Casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars are still closed.

Some restaurateurs in the city famous for its cuisine decided to try reopening. Others planned to stick to takeout or stay closed all together.


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Amazon Hit From All Sides as Crisis Highlights Growing Power

As Amazon becomes an increasingly important lifeline in the pandemic crisis, it is being hit with a wave of criticism from activists, politicians and others who question the tech giant's growing influence.

Amazon has become the most scrutinized company during the health emergency.

It has boosted its global workforce to nearly one million and dealt with protests over warehouse safety and reported deaths of several employees.

But Amazon has also pledged to spend at least $4 billion in the current quarter its entire expected operating profit on coronavirus mitigation efforts, including relief contributions and funding research.

Amazon's AWS cloud computing unit, which powers big portions of the internet, is also a key element during the crisis with more people and companies working online.


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Mexico’s Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses China’s ‘Official’ Figures

By Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby



The death toll from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mexico surpassed the “official” figures reported by the Chinese government. Both countries are widely accused of doctoring figures to downplay the true scope of the pandemic.

During a daily news conference, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health Hugo Lopez Gatell and his staff released their most recent statistics that point to 45,032 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4,767 fatalities since the start of the pandemic. The true numbers could be even higher since, as Breitbart Texas reported, Lopez Gatell admitted that his figures are from government hospitals and do not include private cases.


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Wisconsin High Court Overturns State's Stay-At-Home Orders

Wisconsin's Supreme Court overturned the state's stay-at-home orders on Wednesday, as regions across the US grapple with the increasingly partisan decision of whether or not to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Americans across the country have staged anti-lockdown demonstrations and President Donald Trump has pressed for rapid steps to rekindle the devastated US economy before his tough re-election battle in November.

But public health experts, including the president's top medical advisor Anthony Fauci, have warned that loosening restrictions on public gatherings too early could trigger fresh COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Midwestern state's high court sided with lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party, who had challenged an extension of the quarantine imposed by Democratic Governor Tony Evers's administration.


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Brazil Passes Italy and Spain in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

By Pedro Fonseca, Lisandra Paraguassu and Jamie McGeever




Brazil’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus rose on Saturday past those of Spain and Italy, which was once the epicenter of the pandemic, making Brazil’s outbreak the fourth largest in the world, according to official figures.

Brazil’s Health Ministry registered 14,919 new confirmed cases in the prior 24 hours, taking the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom. Brazil has done just a fraction of the testing seen in those three countries.

The global distinction is likely to pile pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro, who lost his second health minister in a month on Friday as he defies public health experts and calls for widespread use of unproven drugs.


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New COVID-19 Cases in New York Coming From People Leaving Home - Cuomo

By Brendan O'Brien


New York’s new confirmed COVID-19 cases are predominantly coming from people who left their homes to shop, exercise or socialize, rather than from essential workers, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.

“That person got infected and went to the hospital or that person got infected and went home and infected the other people at home,” Cuomo said during his daily news conference on the coronavirus outbreak.

State data showed the number of new cases statewide has fluctuated between 2,100 and 2,500 per day. On Saturday, the number of new cases decreased to 2,419, from 2,762 on Friday.

Cuomo said while last week he had theorized that new cases were coming from essential workers, “that was exactly wrong.


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Caught in Trump-China Feud, WHO’s Leader Is Under Siege




When the head of the World Health Organization returned from a whirlwind trip to Beijing in late January, he wanted to praise China’s leadership publicly for its initial response to the new coronavirus. Several advisers suggested he tone the message down, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

After meetings with President Xi Jinping and Chinese ministers, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was impressed by their knowledge of the new flu-like virus and their efforts to contain the disease, which by then had killed scores in China and started to spread to other countries.

The advisers encouraged Tedros to use less effusive language out of concern about how he would be perceived externally, the person familiar with the discussions said, but the director general was adamant, in part because he wanted to ensure China’s cooperation in fighting the outbreak.

“We knew how it was going to look, and he can sometimes be a bit naive about that,” the person said. “But he’s also stubborn.”


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Facebook to Pay $52 Million to Thousands of Contractors Who Reviewed Horrific Content

By Ethan Baron


The lawsuit against Facebook by three “content moderators” didn’t mince words.

“Every day, Facebook users post millions of videos, images, and live streamed broadcasts of child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide, and murder,” said the suit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court against the Menlo Park social media titan. “To maintain a sanitized platform, maximize its already vast profits, and cultivate its public image, Facebook relies on people … to view those posts and remove any that violate the corporation’s terms of use.”

Originally filed by one moderator, a San Francisco woman, in 2018, the suit was joined by two others last year: a Contra Costa County woman and a San Francisco County man. They claimed the job of trying to keep Facebook’s platform free of horrendous and illegal imagery caused psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs announced Tuesday that they had reached a settlement with Facebook. The company, which reported an $18.5 billion profit last year, will pay $52 million to more than 10,000 content moderators who worked as Facebook contractors in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, and it will enact sweeping changes in its moderation practices in the U.S., according to the settlement agreement.

Facebook, in agreeing to the settlement, admitted no wrongdoing.


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France to Force Web Giants to Delete Some Content Within the Hour

Social networks and other online content providers will have to remove paedophile and terrorism-related content from their platforms within the hour or face a fine of up to 4% of their global revenue under a French law voted in on Wednesday.

For other “manifestly illicit” content, companies such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat will have 24 hours to remove it, according to the law, which sets up a specialised digital prosecutor at the courts and a government unit to observe hate speech online.

Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told parliament the law will help reduce online hate speech.

“People will think twice before crossing the red line if they know that there is a high likelihood that they will be held to account,” she said.

Free-speech advocates criticised the new law.


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France: Pro-Refugee Activist Murdered by Migrant He Was Sleeping With

A pro-refugee activist in France was found dead at his home after being murdered by the same 20-year-old Afghan migrant he had been sleeping with.

63-year-old Jean Dussine was head of a group called Itinérance that helps vulnerable migrants. The activist also personally allowed some of the migrants to stay at his home.


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Report: Trump Planning to Partially Restore Funding to W.H.O.

By Ian Hanchett


On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson reported on a draft letter on a planned partial refunding of the World Health Organization by the Trump administration, which states that the U.S. “will continue to partner and work with the World Health Organization and agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions.”

Carlson reported that the letter states, “Despite [its] shortcomings, I believe that the W.H.O. still has tremendous potential, and want to see the W.H.O live up to this potential, particularly now during this global crisis” and “That is why I’ve decided that the United States will continue to partner and work with the World Health Organization and agree to pay up to what China pays in assessed contributions.”

Carlson also stated that President Trump has agreed to sign the letter, “if he hasn’t already.”


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Hundreds of North Carolina Religious Leaders Plan to Sue Governor to Hold Services Inside

By Amy Cutler


Hundreds of religious leaders from across North Carolina are coming together to file a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper, arguing they should be able to hold services indoors.

They said they have a First Amendment right and won’t be limited to 10 people.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the faithful have held services online, allowing parishioners to watch from home. More recently, there have been drive-in services where people are allowed to gather in the cars, keeping a safe distance.


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Australia Media Group Wants Tech Giants to Pay $400m a Year

A leading publisher called Thursday for Google and other tech giants to pay Australian news outlets some US$400 million a year under a mandatory code of conduct ordered by the government.

Australia last month announced plans to force Google, Facebook, and other internet firms to share advertising revenues earned from news content featured by their search engines.

In an initiative being closely watched across the world, the government is due to unveil in July details of the mandatory payments as part of a code of conduct for the tech giants' dealings with news media.

The chairman of Nine Entertainment, Australia's second-biggest media company, argued Thursday that the payment should amount to 10 percent of the tech companies' advertising revenue in Australia – estimated by the government at some Aus$6.0 billion (US$3.9 billion) per year.


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Democrats Block Motion to Bar Illegal Immigrants from Getting Stimulus Payments

By Sean Moran


House Democrats blocked a motion on Friday to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving stimulus payments included in the Democrat phase four coronavirus bill.

As the House prepared to vote on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) $3 trillion, 1,815-page phase coronavirus bill, the Heroes Act, Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA) offered a motion to recommit. Riggleman’s motion to recommit would offer an amendment to the coronavirus bill to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving stimulus payments in the Heroes Act.

The House rejected the motion to recommit, with 198 votes in favor of the motion and 209 votes against the measure.

Riggleman said that the bipartisan phase three bill, the CARES Act, stipulated that illegal immigrants and noncitizens could not get the $1,200 per person stimulus checks. The Democrat Heroes Act changes this mandate.

Riggleman noted that among other “progressive agenda items hidden amongst these poison pills is a provision that would change the ID requirement in the CARES Act rebate checks from Social Security number to Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).”


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Expelled US Journalists to Relocate From China to Taiwan

By Huang Tzu-ti


A number of New York Times journalists will be stationed in Taiwan following their expulsion by China in March, according to the Liberty Times.

Prompted by the measure, the New York Times has relocated some of its Chinese correspondents to Taipei and Seoul, the newspaper’s spokesperson told the Liberty Times in an email reply. The newspaper will continue to provide fair coverage of China-related issues, the statement added.

The reassignment comes in response to a decision by Beijing to revoke the credentials of American journalists at three major US media outlets — New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal — in March. The move in effect expelled them from China, in response to what it called “unreasonable oppression” of Chinese reporters in the U.S., wrote the Guardian.


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Alarm in Germany as 'Corona Demos' Take Off

From anger over lockdown measures to a purported vaccine plan by Bill Gates: a growing wave of demonstrations in Germany by conspiracy theorists, extremists and anti-vaxxers has alarmed even Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Initially starting as a handful of protesters decrying tough restrictions on public life to halt transmission of the coronavirus, the protests have swelled in recent weeks to gatherings of thousands in major German cities.

Thousands are set to mass again in Stuttgart, Munich and Berlin on Saturday, with police out in force after some protests turned violent.

The growing demonstrations have sparked comparison to the anti-Muslim Pegida marches at the height of Europe's refugee crisis in 2015, raising questions over whether the strong support that Merkel is currently enjoying due to her handling of the virus crisis could evaporate.


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House Passes $3 Trillion Coronavirus Aid Bill Opposed by Trump

By Richard Cowan, Susan Cornwell



The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday narrowly approved a $3 trillion bill crafted by Democrats to provide more aid for battling the coronavirus and stimulating a faltering economy rocked by the pandemic.

By a vote of 208-199 Democrats won passage of a bill that Republican leaders, who control the Senate, have vowed to block despite some Republican support for provisions aimed at helping state and local governments.

Republican President Donald Trump has promised a veto if it were to reach his desk.

However, the Democrats’ measure could trigger a new round of negotiations with congressional Republicans and Trump, who have been talking about the need for new business liability protections in the age of coronavirus or additional tax cuts.

Democrats oppose both of those ideas.


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North Carolina Police Officer Head-Butted During Investigation, Large Crowd Gather

By CBS 17 Digital Desk


Officers were heading to a home in the 5500-block of Wood Pond Court on May 10 to serve a warrant on multiple suspects when they saw four people standing near a car in the 5400-block of Talserwood Drive, police said. Two of the four were named in the warrant.

As police moved closer to the car, they reported the odor of marijuana and “detained all four individuals,” the release said.

While searching one of the juvenile males named in the warrant, “he head-butted an officer, causing injuries that required the officer to seek medical treatment at a hospital. That subject was taken to the ground to control him and prevent any further injury,” authorities said.


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Coronavirus: Bamboo Shortage Forces Canada to Send Two Giant Pandas Back to China

By Phoebe Zhang


A Canadian zoo has decided to send two adult giant pandas back to China because the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted essential deliveries of fresh bamboo.

The Calgary Zoo said it previously had bamboo flown in from China directly, but flight cancellations had “removed this option”.

“The Calgary Zoo team has worked tirelessly with alternate bamboo suppliers to find a way to keep the giant pandas fed, despite misdirected shipments, slower than acceptable delivery times causing some poor quality bamboo that the giant pandas won’t eat, and concern with limited supplies,” the zoo said on Tuesday.


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Nevada's Vote-by-Mail Primary Stirs Fraud Concerns, as Unclaimed Ballots Pile up

By Andrew O'Reilly


Red flags are being raised about the all-mail voting system being used in Nevada’s most populous county ahead of the state’s June 9 primary election amid reports that thousands of ballots are being sent to inactive voters – fueling concerns about the possibility of voter fraud and ballot harvesting.


Thousands of ballots have been sent out by the Clark County Election Department to inactive voters – those who have not voted in recent elections, a roster that can include people who either have moved or are deceased – and the envelopes are piling up in post office trays, outside apartment complexes and on community bulletin boards in and around Las Vegas.


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California Supervisor Says Six of 194 Confirmed Deaths are 'Pure, Solely Coronavirus' Deaths

By Andrew Mark Miller


The supervisor of San Diego County, California, is pushing back against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order, arguing that only six of the county’s 194 recorded coronavirus deaths are “pure, solely coronavirus deaths.”

“We’ve unfortunately had six pure, solely coronavirus deaths — six out of 3.3 million people,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond said in an interview this week, according to the San Diego Tribune. “I mean, what number are we trying to get to with those odds? I mean, it’s incredible. We want to be safe, and we can do it, but unfortunately, it’s more about control than getting the economy going again and keeping people safe.”

San Diego County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten disagreed with Desmond, who downplayed deaths resulting from patients with preexisting conditions.


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Facebook ‘Supreme Court’ Packed with Anti-Trump, Progressive Figures

By Allum Bokhari


Facebook has released a list of the first 20 members of its “Oversight Board,” a semi-independent body the social network is setting up that will have the power to decide whether content banned by Facebook stays banned or is restored on appeal. Members include the former editor-in-chief of the Guardian and a “human rights expert” who is part of George Soros’ Open Society project.

Colloquially known as the “Facebook Supreme Court,” the idea for the body was hatched by Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, a liberal academic and one of the Democrats’ “expert witnesses” during the impeachment hearings. Also involved in the body’s development was a progressive non-profit, BSR.

The 20 members announced by Facebook today include progressive, left-wing, and mainstream media figures who have been highly critical of President Trump.


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Facebook/AP Claim Chicago Mayor Pledging Support for ‘New World Order’ is Fake News

Facebook and Associated Press ‘fact checkers’ claim it’s false that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she supported the “New World Order,” saying the video is “edited,” despite the fact that it’s not edited.

A 2019 interview with Lightfoot has resurfaced in which she makes the following statement;

“And you get the people who run those agencies and the deputies that are pledging allegiance to the new world order and good governance.”


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Report: China Has Jailed Hundreds Of People For Questioning Official Coronavirus Narrative

China has arrested and imprisoned hundreds of people for merely discussing the coronavirus outbreak in any context that strays from the communist party narrative on the epidemic, according to a report from a US based Chinese organisation.

Fox News pointed to the report by China Digital Times containing statistics that show between Jan. 1 and April 4, nearly 500 hundred people were arrested and charged, merely for talking about the virus.


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Biden struggles badly during "virtual roundtable" as gaffes continue to pile up

Presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden held a "virtual roundtable" Thursday afternoon where he again struggled badly to communicate as his verbal gaffes continue to pile up.

The roundtable featured Biden along with Michigan Gov. Whitmer, New Jersey Gov. Murphy, and Connecticut Gov. Lamont, discussing the coronavirus pandemic.


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Latest Coronavirus Insanity: Surfing Is Allowed But Swimming Is Not

Imagine a government that would “allow” citizens to surf at the beach but would forbid them from swimming. How would police go about enforcing this rule? Would they watch surfers continuously, and swim out to arrest them the instant they fell off their surfboards? Would surfers have to freeze in the water and drown if they wished to avoid arrest?

You don’t have to imagine this kind of insanity — you can witness it on the beaches of Ocean City, New Jersey. Ocean City even has a helpful sign explaining what is and isn’t allowed at the partially reopened beaches.


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Nevada's vote-by-mail primary stirs fraud concerns, as unclaimed ballots pile up

Red flags are being raised about the all-mail voting system being used in Nevada’s most populous county ahead of the state’s June 9 primary election amid reports that thousands of ballots are being sent to inactive voters – fueling concerns about the possibility of voter fraud and ballot harvesting.


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Law firm hackers double ransom demand, threaten Donald Trump

The ransom demand for the secret files of a cyber-attacked lawyer to A-list stars has doubled to $42 million — as the hackers now threaten to reveal “dirty laundry” on President Donald Trump in just a week if they are not paid in full.

Attorney Allen Grubman — the most prominent entertainment attorney in the world, whose firm represents stars including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Priyanka Chopra and Bette Midler — was being shaken down by hackers who attacked his New York law firm for $21 million until today.


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‘No One is Above the Law’: Lawmakers React After Sen. Richard Burr Steps Down as Intel Chair

By Kellie Meyer


Republican North Carolina Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has temporarily stepped down as chairman of the powerful Senate Intelligence Committee.

The decision came just hours after the FBI seized Burr’s mobile phone reportedly investigating whether Burr illegally used information from Senate briefings to guide his and his family’s stock sales just before the pandemic caused stocks prices to tank.

“This is a distraction to the committee and its members. I think the security of the country is too important to have a distraction,” Burr said Thursday.

Burr notified Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Thursday morning.


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Why the United States Might Not Open Up to International Travelers Any Time Soon

By Ted Hesson


The U.S. government largely shut down international travel to the United States in March with a series of rapid-fire moves, but restarting it will likely be a longer, more piecemeal process that could be complicated by rising tensions with China.

Even as President Donald Trump pushes for U.S states to begin reopening their economies, U.S. borders remain shut to travelers from China and Europe.

Any decision on easing travel restrictions will depend in large part on what safety protocols all countries put in place to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and whether those countries in turn grant entry to Americans, U.S. officials told Reuters.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said last week that Trump and U.S. health officials were examining the issue of international travel but did not provide further details.


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Hong Kong Shop Offers ‘Tear Gas’ Flavor Ice Cream




Tear gas is among the new flavors at a Hong Kong ice cream shop.

The main ingredient is black peppercorns, a reminder of the pungent, peppery rounds fired by police on the streets of the semi-autonomous Chinese city during months of demonstrations last year.

“It tastes like tear gas. It feels difficult to breathe at first, and it’s really pungent and irritating. It makes me want to drink a lot of water immediately,” said customer Anita Wong, who experienced tear gas at a protest. “I think it’s a flashback that reminds me of how painful I felt in the movement, and that I shouldn’t forget.”

The flavor is a sign of support for the pro-democracy movement, which is seeking to regain its momentum during the coronavirus pandemic, the shop's owner said. He spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid repercussions from the pro-Beijing government.


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Online Graduations Still Bring Stars to the Virtual Lectern



This year’s college graduates won’t get to take their triumphant walk across the stage. They won’t get to toss their caps amid a sea of classmates. Instead, they have to settle for online ceremonies while their diplomas are mailed home. But at least one aspect of the traditional graduation ceremony is being salvaged for the class of 2020: the celebrity keynote address.

As scores of U.S. colleges host virtual graduation ceremonies amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are recruiting famous figures to give commencement speeches over their laptops instead of the lectern. In the first weeks of graduation season, schools have landed speeches from big names including Tom Hanks, Pharrell Williams and Tom Brady. Others are promising appearances from comedians, authors, civil rights leaders and politicians.


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Jim Jordan Requests Documents from Pompeo Regarding Hunter Biden, Burisma

By J. Edward Moreno


GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined his colleagues in the Senate on Thursday in their push forward with probes regarding the Obama administration.

Jordan, who was one of President Trump's staunchest defenders during the House impeachment hearings, requested unredacted documents from the State Department on Thursday regarding former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s role in Burisma Holdings, a “notoriously corrupt” Ukrainian state-run oil company.

“During the House Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry in late 2019, several State Department officials described how they raised concerns during the Obama-Biden Administration about Hunter Biden’s role with Burisma,” Jordan wrote in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


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Trump Threatens to Cut China Ties as Virus Toll Tops 300,000

US President Donald Trump threatened to cut ties with China over its role in the spread of the coronavirus, as the global death toll from the disease topped 300,000.

Despite fears of a second wave of infections, national and local governments around the world are easing lockdown orders as they try to get stalled economies moving again.

In an interview aired Thursday, Trump again accused Beijing of concealing the true scale of the problem after the virus emerged in Wuhan late last year.

"I'm very disappointed in China. I will tell you that right now," he said.

Asked how the United States might choose to retaliate against what he has dubbed the "Plague from China", Trump said: "We could cut off the whole relationship".


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US Issues Alert Over COVID-19-Linked Childhood Illness

US health authorities issued an alert Thursday over a rare but sometimes deadly autoimmune condition among children that is believed to be linked to COVID-19.

The illness, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), was first reported in Britain in late April.

"Healthcare providers who have cared or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to their local, state, or territorial health department," said the CDC.

The criteria include fever, multiple inflamed organs that cause severe illness requiring hospitalization, a confirmed active or recent coronavirus infection and no other plausible causes.


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Nolte: Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Joe Biden Extend to Female Secret Service Agents

By John Nolte


Joe Biden’s numerous sexual misconduct allegations extend to his creepy and abusive behavior in front of female Secret Service agents, reports Ron Kessler of the Washington Times.

Kessler, who wrote about the Secret Service in a book titled The First Family Detail, discovered that while former First Lady Hillary Clinton is the most reviled among Secret Service agents, former Vice President Joe Biden comes in a close second.

One of the reasons he was so disliked was his creepy habit of stripping down naked in front of female Secret Service agents to go for a swim.

“Mr. Biden’s lack of consideration was even more stunning when it came to female agents,” Kessler writes, “who were offended that the vice president bizarrely swam naked in front of them often daily at his pools at the vice president’s residence in Washington and at his home in Delaware.”


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As China Pushes Back on Virus, Europe Wakes to 'Wolf Warrior' Diplomacy

By Luke Baker, Robin Emmott



Earlier this month, Europe’s ambassador in Beijing submitted to Chinese censorship.

Seeking to mark an anniversary of the European Union’s relations with China on May 6, he and the EU’s 27 ambassadors co-wrote an opinion piece titled “EU-China ties vital amid global crisis,” for publication on embassy websites and in China Daily, an English-language newspaper controlled by the state.

“The outbreak of the coronavirus in China, and its subsequent spread to the rest of the world over the past three months,” said the carefully orchestrated piece, had “temporarily side-tracked” plans for meetings.

But in the China Daily version, the reference to the virus starting in China was deleted.

The change emerged as the article appeared on EU embassy websites, causing alarm among representatives of member states. Diplomats said the ambassador, French diplomat Nicolas Chapuis, had not consulted his bosses in Brussels or his fellow envoys about the change. He had, the EU executive said on May 7, unilaterally decided to accept it, with “considerable reluctance.”

Chapuis told a news conference the omission was “regrettable;” his boss, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, subsequently spoke out against censorship by China’s state controlled media. Borrell also said that accepting the cut “was not the right decision to take,” though Chapuis kept his job.

China Daily did not respond to requests for comment, but the paper’s bureau chief in Brussels, Chen Weihua, responded to the EU ambassador on Twitter, saying, “You did nothing wrong. I don’t think those people should make a big fuss of the editing out of such a phrase.”


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Pennsylvania, Dem Governor Aims to Contain GOP Revolt

By Marc Levy


By many accounts, Gov. Tom Wolf has helped contain Pennsylvania’s coronavirus outbreak and avoided the full-blown disasters seen elsewhere. His success containing the growing resistance to his efforts is to be determined.

In one of the premier battlegrounds in November’s presidential election, Wolf is struggling to fight a Republican-driven revolt over his stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns. Egged on by state GOP lawmakers, counties have threatened to defy Wolf while at least a few business owners have reopened despite his warnings.


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Newly Released Incident Reports Detail US Navy’s ‘UFO’ Encounters

Newly released “hazard reports” detailing encounters between US Navy aircraft and “unidentified aerial phenomena” reveal details about incidents that were thrust into the spotlight when the Pentagon officially declassified and released videos of three encounters late last month.

“The unknown aircraft appeared to be small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color,” one report describing an incident from March 26, 2014, said.

During that encounter one of the Navy F/A-18 jets “passed within 1000′ of the object, but was unable to positively determine the identity of the aircraft,” the report added, saying the US Navy pilot “attempted to regain visual contact with the aircraft, but was unable.”

CNN on Wednesday obtained the Navy Safety Center documents, which were previously labeled “For Official Use Only.” They follow the Pentagon’s official release late last month of three short videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena” that had previously been made public by a private company.


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New York Governor Warns Against Paying 'Greedy Corporations' in Stimulus Bill

By Nathan Layne, Rajesh Kumar Singh



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday called on Congress to pass a stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic that funds police officers, teachers and other local and state employees and warned against repeating the corporate-focused bailouts following the 2008 financial crisis.

“Don’t do it again,” Cuomo said at a daily briefing, referring to the 2008 federal bailouts which big banks used in part to pay large bonuses to executives. “No handouts to greedy corporations, no political pork and no partisanship.”

Since early March, Congress has passed bills allocating $3 trillion to combat the pandemic, including money for individuals and companies to blunt an economic impact that saw the unemployment rate surge to 14.7% in April, as U.S. job losses hit levels not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.


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YouTube Problems???

Looks like we had some 'Panic' with YouTube today.

First reports were from YouTubers believing their channels had been totally deleted.

Then as it started coming back online my channels went back to the way they were

before the 'Panic'.

Maybe it's just me being a 'optimist' but could it be a reset of a positive influence?

Could we begin to see the 'Good Guys' flexing their muscles?


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Pennsylvania Health Official Draws Fire After her Mother Leaves Care Facility as Coronavirus Patient

By Brie Stimson


Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine defended herself Wednesday after reports that her 95-year-old mother relocated from a care facility after Levine said such centers could begin accepting coronavirus patients discharged from hospitals.

Cases of the virus in nursing homes have skyrocketed in Pennsylvania, with about two-thirds of the state's 3,800 deaths being residents of long-term care facilities, PennLive reported.


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Roy Horn of 'Siegfried and Roy' Fame Dies From COVID-19 Complications

By Lauren Effron and Allie Yang



Roy Horn, of famed entertainment duo Siegfried and Roy, died after suffering from complications from COVID-19, ABC News has learned.

"Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend," said Siegfried Fischbacher in a statement to ABC News. "From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried."

"Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days. I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital [in Las Vegas] who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy's life," the statement added.

Horn was 75.


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Biden to Hammer Trump's 'Tough Talk, Weak Action' on China, Top Adviser Says

By Michael Martina


President Donald Trump has seized on Americans’ growing animosity toward China over the coronavirus outbreak to underpin his re-election pitch, arguing he will hit Beijing harder than anyone.

That is just tough talk hardly substantiated by action, says Jake Sullivan, a senior adviser to presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Biden’s campaign is preparing to roll out policies on how his future administration would better deal with China and will continue to show how Trump is weak on America’s top geopolitical and economic competitor, Sullivan told Reuters in an interview.

“The vice president intends to do two things: hold Trump accountable for a catastrophic set of failures in his approach to China, and a colossal gap between tough talk and weak action,” said Sullivan, one of several former Obama administration officials who comprise Biden’s foreign policy team. Biden served as President Barack Obama’s No. 2 for eight years.


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'Seinfeld' Star Jerry Stiller Dies at 92: Actor Son Ben

Veteran actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, who found fame on Broadway and later in the smash US show "Seinfeld" has died from natural causes aged 92, his son, the Hollywood star Ben Stiller, said Monday.

Stiller Snr and his wife Anne Meara starred on the stage and TV in the 1960s, writing and performing comedy sketches and routines together.

He later played George Costanza's short-tempered father Frank on the smash TV show "Seinfeld," for which he won the Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series at the American Comedy Awards in 1998.

He was nominated for an Emmy award the year before for the same role.

He also played Leah Remini's father in the sitcom "The King of Queens" and starred alongside Ben in the "Zoolander" films.


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Armed Militia Helped a Michigan Barbershop Open

By Moriah Balingit


Armed members of the Michigan Home Guard stood outside Karl Manke's barber shop, ready to blockade the door if police arrived. They were determined to help Manke, 77, reopen his shop Monday, in defiance of state orders, and dozens joined them, wearing Trump sweatshirts and Trump cowboy hats and waving Trump flags.

They gathered not because they desperately needed haircuts but to rail against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's approach to fighting the coronavirus outbreak in Michigan, one of the nation's worst hot spots. They were channeling President Donald Trump's support of such protests, but some also were taking aim at the state's Republicans, who they say have not done enough to "liberate" the state from safety measures that have ground life to a halt.

Michelle Gregoire, a 29-year-old school bus driver from Battle Creek who is running as a Republican for a seat in the state House, waved a yellow "Don't tread on me" flag at passing traffic. She derided Whitmer as "a tyrant." But she also urged Republicans "to get in line and get it together."

The protest and others like it - including two last month that included demonstrators with swastikas, Confederate flags and some with long guns inside the capitol - have alarmed lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. But after Trump appeared to urge the militia members on, tweeting that they are "very good people" who "want their lives back again," they have forced Michigan's Republican lawmakers to strike a delicate balance, managing a deadly virus while also being careful not to contradict Trump or alienate their conservative supporters.


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Chinese Media's Attempts to Exonerate Country From Responsibility for Coronavirus Fall Flat

By Chris Chang


Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece Xinhua last week listed 24 reasons why China should not be held accountable for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The following are some of Xinhua's more egregious misrepresentations and deflections:

Claim: "There are no so-called 'wildlife wet markets' in China"

After early evidence pointed to the Huanan Seafood Market in the Hubei Province city of Wuhan as the place where COVID-19 made the jump to humans, the existence of wildlife trading in China drew criticism. However, the state-run press claimed that selling wildlife is forbidden in China and that wildlife wet markets do not exist in the country. According to Xinhua, Chinese consumers only frequent farmer's markets where people sell fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables — just like in the West.


A price list from the market showed that wildlife was indeed frequently traded there. Since the country implemented its Wildlife Production Law in 1989, the sale of wild animals for consumption has only become more commonplace. Ironically, the regulation of wildlife as a national resource boosted its value, and wildlife markets full of animals like pangolins, deer, and civet cats have proliferated.


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FBI Serves Search Warrant on Sen. Richard Burr Amid Stock Trading Controversy: Report

By Rebecca Klar


The FBI served a search warrant on Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) Wednesday as an investigation pushes forward on whether or not the senator violated a law that prevents members of Congress from trading on insider information they learn from their work, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Federal agents seized Burr’s cellphone after they served a search warrant on the Republican at his residence in the Washington area, a law enforcement official told the Times.

Caitlin Carroll, a spokeswoman for Burr, declined to comment on the reported warrant.

Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sold a significant percentage of his stock portfolio in February shortly before the stock market declined and after his committee was receiving daily coronavirus briefings.


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FBI Serves Warrant on Sen. Burr in Investigation of Stock Sales Tied to COVID-19

By CBS 17 Digital Desk


The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized a cellphone belonging to North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr as part of a probe into controversial stock sales at the induction of COVID-19 in the United States, a law enforcement official told the LA Times.

On Wednesday, Burr, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, turned over his phone as federal agents served a search warrant at his Washington, D.C. home.

The FBI reached out to Burr in late March to determine whether he exploited advance information when he dumped as much as $1.7 million in stocks in the days before the coronavirus wreaked havoc on the economy.

Burr’s selloff amounted to between $628,000 and $1.72 million. The stock sales were first reported by ProPublica and The Center for Responsive Politics. He was one of several senators whose financial dealings generated scrutiny in recent months.


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South Korea Raises Age of Consent From 13 to 16

South Korea has raised the age of consent for sex to 16 from 13 as it seeks to strengthen protection for minors following accusations the existing law on sex crimes was too weak.

Under the revised law, adults who have sex with under-16-year-olds will be prosecuted for child sexual abuse or rape regardless of any alleged consent.

Previously, teenagers aged 13 or older were held to be legally capable of consenting to sex, resulting in controversial cases and critics saying that sex offenders were escaping without punishment due to the low benchmark.


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Waiting on Olympics, Japanese Fencer Turns to Uber Eats for Fitness, Money

With his Olympics preparations in tatters, Japanese fencer Ryo Miyake has begun delivering food for Uber Eats as a way to keep up his fitness and bring in a little extra cash during the enforced coronavirus lockdown.

In March, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, due to start this July, for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With no access to a gym due to Japan’s coronavirus lockdown, Miyake said he was looking for a way to make money and maintain his fitness at the same time.

Delivering food for Uber Eats on his bicycle fits the bill, and Miyake said he enjoyed the flexibility provided by the app as well as being able to work up a sweat while on the job. He only earns about 2,000 yen ($18.60) a day working for Uber Eats, but Miyake said that added to his savings this means he has enough to survive without sponsorship. He is also looking for other ways to earn money around his training regime.


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Georgia Doctor Found Dead in Ditch Likely Killed by a Pack of Dogs

By Danielle Wallace


Dr. Nancy Shaw, 62, was found dead in a ditch on the side of a road in Lyons, about 80 miles west of Savannah, in the early morning hours Thursday, WTOC reported.

She was a longtime internist at the Meadows Regional Medical Center located in the next town over in Vidalia, Ga. An autopsy confirmed she died from an animal attack, the Lyons Police Department said.

Police out on patrol spotted a car pulled over on the wrong side of the road on Skyline Blvd. around 3 a.m. with its engine still running and door open.


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CBS News’ Weijia Jiang Suggests Trump Is Racist for Criticizing China in Answering Her Question

By Joel B. Pollak


CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang made a thinly-veiled accusation of racism against President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon when he spoke about China in response to one of her questions at a press briefing in the Rose Garden.

Her claim was instantly picked up by network and cable news as if Trump had targeted her for being Asian American.

The exchange was as follows:

Jiang: You said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing?

Trump: Yes.

Jiang: Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you, if everyday Americans are still losing their lives, and we’re still seeing more cases every day

Trump: Well, they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world. And maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me, ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question you may get a very unusual answer. Yes, behind you, please.

Jiang: Sir, why are you saying that to me, specifically, that I should ask China?

Trump: I’m telling you. I’m not saying it specifically to anybody. I’m saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that. Please go ahead.

Jiang: That’s not a nasty question. Why does it matter…


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North Carolina 18-year-old Charged in Shooting Death of Grandmother on Mother's Day

By Michael Lozano


The shooting happened Sunday just before 5 p.m. near Hubert McLean Avenue and McManus Street, Red Springs Police Chief Ronnie Patterson told ABC11.

When officers arrived, they found a woman, later identified as 77-year-old Mary Penn, with a gunshot wound to her upper body.

Witnesses, including family and neighbors, told police 18-year-old Justin Penn shot his grandmother.

Penn was still at the home and was taken into custody.


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WHO Sees 'Potentially Positive Data' in Treating Coronavirus

By Emma Farge


The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that some treatments appear to be limiting the severity or length of the COVID-19 disease and that it was focusing on learning more about four or five of the most promising ones.

The Geneva-based WHO is leading a global initiative to develop safe and effective vaccines, tests and drugs to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19. The respiratory illness has infected 4.19 million people around the world, according to a Reuters tally.

“We do have some treatments that seem to be in very early studies limiting the severity or the length of the illness but we do not have anything that can kill or stop the virus,” spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a briefing, referring to the body’s so-called Solidarity Trial of drugs against the disease.

“We do have potentially positive data coming out but we need to see more data to be 100% confident that we can say this treatment over that one,” she added, saying more research was needed and planned.

Harris did not name the treatments. Gilead Science Inc says its antiviral drug remdesivir has helped improve outcomes for COVID-19 patients.


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FEMA Cancels $55 Million Mask Contract

By Marty Johnson


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Tuesday that it canceled a multimillion-dollar contract for surgical masks that it had signed with a Virginia-based firm that lacked a history of producing medical equipment.

The administration had said last month that the contract with Panthera Worldwide, which describes itself as a tactical training company, was worth $55 million. The contract was canceled Tuesday "on the grounds of nondelivery," a FEMA spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal.

The contract originally stated that Panthera was to provide FEMA with 10 million N95 masks by May 1, and the agency said the deadline was extended to May 11. One official told the Journal that Panthera had requested an additional four-day extension, but FEMA denied the request.


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China Claims U.S. ‘Sabotaged’ Global Coronavirus Efforts

By John Hayward


China’s state-run People’s Daily on Tuesday accused the United States of “sabotaging” the global battle against the Wuhan coronavirus by criticizing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The latest twist to Chinese propaganda is an allegation that the U.S. ignored warnings from China and the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), a perfect inversion of the reality that W.H.O. spread false information fed to it by China that greatly increased the damage caused by the coronavirus in countries that took the W.H.O. seriously.

The People’s Daily claimed the entire world is in “shock” over America’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, basing its claim of “sabotage” largely on claims that the United States has handled the disease poorly and wallowed in “egoism” by blaming the CCP for unleashing it.

The CCP claimed the United States ignored “warnings” from W.H.O. and undermined global health by freezing contributions to the organization — an order of magnitude larger than the funding contributed by China — until allegations of malfeasance at W.H.O. are thoroughly investigated.


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113-Year-Old Woman, Believed to Be Spain's Oldest Person Living, Survives Coronavirus

A 113-year-old woman, believed to be the oldest person living in Spain, has beaten the coronavirus at a retirement home where several other residents died from the disease, the residence said Tuesday.

Maria Branyas, who was born in the US, became infected in April at the Santa Maria del Tura care home in the eastern city of Olot, where she has lived for the past 20 years, and fought the respiratory illness off in isolation in her room.

"She survived the disease and is doing fine," a spokeswoman for the residence told AFP, adding Branyas had only displayed mild symptoms.


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Bitcoin Rises After Eagerly Awaited 'Halving'

Bitcoin rose Wednesday after undergoing an eagerly awaited adjustment that occurs every few years to limit the amount of the virtual currency on the market, building on a recent coronavirus-driven rally.

So-called "halving" takes place every four years and is when the reward received by "miners", whose computer processors enable the running of the world's most popular virtual currency, is reduced.

The virtual unit was trading 1.6 percent higher at $8,897 in Asia, according to digital currency tracker CoinDesk, after the "halving" took place earlier this week.

Bitcoin is up about 25 percent this year, with investors viewing it as a hedge against inflation expected to be triggered by central banks easing monetary policy to cushion economies from the virus outbreak.


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China: Scholar Ripped Out of Home After Criticizing Coronavirus Response

By Gabrielle Reyes


Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities detained a Chinese constitutional scholar after he wrote an open letter to the Chinese government criticizing its handling of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and demanding free speech, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Monday.

Zhang Xuezhong, a constitutional professor and defense lawyer for Chinese human rights activists, has long been a vocal critic of the CCP’s political and legal systems. On Sunday, security forces abducted him from his Shanghai home, according to the report.

“He was taken away on Sunday night. Three police cars came to his house,” Wen Kejian, a political analyst and friend of Zhang told the SCMP.

Another friend of Zhang’s, who preferred to remain anonymous, confirmed that Zhang had been “taken” by authorities.

“He is mentally prepared after his open letter,” the friend added.

On Saturday, Zhang posted his letter on WeChat, a Chinese messaging and social media app. He addressed the letter to deputies of the National People’s Congress (NPC), representatives of China’s legislature. The timing of the post was significant, as Zhang’s letter circulated widely online just as the national legislature prepares to convene for its “most important” parliamentary sessions in the coming weeks.


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Indiana Lawmaker Accused of Racism After Posting Meme of Black Kids Celebrating Free Money

By Chris Sikich


Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas is defending himself against accusations of racism — again — after he posted a photo on Facebook of black kids dancing with the words "We gon' get free money!"

Jeannine Lee Lake, an African American woman who is running as a Democrat against U.S. Rep. Greg Pence in the heavily Republican 6th Congressional District, was among several people who commented on Lucas's latest Facebook post saying it was racist.

"It makes me want to cry," she told IndyStar. "And that's the truth. I'm just amazed. He's a leader in our state. This is not Indiana. It's not the best of Indiana certainly. And it's sickening."


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Search for Missing Indiana Boy Continues 5 years After his Disappearance


It was July 25, 2015 and 2-year-old King Walker was at a family member's home in Gary.

Most of the family had decided to take a nap. When they awoke, King and his 21-year-old aunt, Diamond Bynum, were gone.

The family and police began searching, but could find no trace of the 2-year-old or his aunt.

ay 11, 2020, would be King Walker’s 7th birthday. His family has not seen him though in 5 years.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Gary Police Department in Indiana are seeking the public’s help to find this missing boy, as well as his aunt who has special needs.


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President Trump to Visit Eastern Pennsylvania on Thursday

By Nick Falsone


President Donald Trump is expected to visit the Lehigh Valley on Thursday, according to published reports.

A Republican source on Monday told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the president is coming to the Allentown area “possibly to highlight companies that have helped fight” the coronavirus.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also advising that Trump will be in the Allentown area on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.


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Georgia Gets First Shipment of COVID-19 Treatment Drug Remdesivir from Federal Government

By Jason Braverman


U.S. regulators earlier this month allowed emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster. On Tuesday, Georgia received its first shipment of Remdesivir from the federal government, Governor Brian Kemp announced.

It is the first drug shown to help fight COVID-19, which has killed more than 290,000 people worldwide.

"I am very thankful to President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the Coronavirus Task Force for their leadership as we fight the spread of COVID-19," said Kemp.


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US Says Chinese Hacking Vaccine Research: Reports

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation and cybersecurity experts believe Chinese hackers are trying to steal research on developing a vaccine against coronavirus, two newspapers reported Monday.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are planning to release a warning about the Chinese hacking as governments and private firms race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported.

The hackers are also targeting information and intellectual property on treatments and testing for COVID-19.

US officials alleged that the hackers are linked to the Chinese government, the reports say.

The official warning could come within days.


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Twitter to Label Disputed COVID-19 Tweets



Twitter announced Monday it will start alerting users when a tweet makes disputed or misleading claims about the coronavirus.

The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies that tech companies are rolling out to confront an outbreak of virus-related misinformation on their sites. Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, have already put similar systems in place.

The announcement signals that Twitter is taking its role in amplifying misinformation more seriously. But how the platform enforces its new policy will be the real test, with company leaders already tamping down expectations.


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Man killed at TX airport after Southwest 737 lands on him

A man walking across a runway was killed at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas on Thursday night when a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 struck him as it was landing.

Audio released of radio chatter between the cockpit and control tower reveal the moment the pilot spotted the man, seconds before his death:


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If There Was No Coverup, Why Is China Opposing an Inquiry?

By Brahma Chellaney


China insists it has been fully transparent and hidden nothing on the killer coronavirus, whose international spread from Wuhan has turned into the greatest global disaster of our time. So why is Beijing rancorously opposing an independent international inquiry into the origins and spread of the coronavirus?

The lethal virus emanated from China, leading to a paralyzing pandemic. The mounting socioeconomic costs of the unparalleled global crisis will remain immeasurable. In this light, is it unreasonable that the world wants to know how and why it happened?

Investigating the pandemic’s genesis is critical for another reason — this is not the first deadly disease to spread globally from China. A Chinese coverup of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak triggered the world’s first 21st-century pandemic. Getting to the bottom of how the latest pathogen flared and spread is essential for designing rapid-response efforts to prevent a future local disease outbreak from spiraling into yet another pandemic.

Even the World Health Organization (WHO) agrees. This is the organization whose repeated deference helped Beijing to cover its tracks, prompting President Donald Trump to say recently that the WHO “should be ashamed of themselves because they are like the public-relations agency for China.” In fact, several countries seeking an inquiry want the investigation to focus on the pandemic-related roles of both China and the WHO.


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CDC Director Will Self-Quarantine After Contact with COVID-19 Positive Case

By J. Edward Moreno


Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will self-quarantine for two weeks after coming in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 at the White House.

"CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield has been determined to have had a low risk exposure on May 6 to a person at the White House who has COVID-19. He is feeling fine, and has no symptoms. He will be teleworking for the next two weeks," a CDC spokesperson told several media outlets.


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Italians Report Coronavirus Disease Recovery Can Take Months

By Rebecca Klar


Recovery from the coronavirus can take months, Italian COVID-19 survivors say, as the nation starts to lift the strict restrictions put in place at the peak of the outbreak.

Symptoms including fevers, fatigue and shortness of breath can linger for months even after people test negative for the coronavirus, according to Italian patients and doctors who spoke to The New York Times.

“We have seen many cases in which people take a long, long time to recover,” Alessandro Venturi, the director of the San Matteo hospital in the Lombardy town of Pavia, told the Times.

“It’s not the sickness that lasts for 60 days, it is the convalescence,” he added. “It’s a very long convalescence.”

Venturi told the Times the discomfort seems to last even longer for people with lighter symptoms.


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Trump Dismisses Concern Over Coronavirus Spreading in White House

US President Donald Trump on Monday (May 11) dismissed concerns over the possible spread of COVID-19 in the White House but said he may limit contact with Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump, speaking to masked reporters in the White House Rose Garden, suggested that Pence was in quarantine after his press secretary tested positive, though he did not say it outright.

Katie Miller, the spokeswoman for Pence, who heads the White House's coronavirus task force, tested positive for coronavirus last week along with a personal valet to Trump.

Three members of the task force have since gone into quarantine - infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen Hahn, head of the Food and Drug Administration.


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Federal Court Overturns Kentucky Ban on In-Person Church Services: 'The Constitution Will Endure'

A federal judge in Kentucky has overturned Governor Andy Beshear’s ban on mass gatherings as it relates to in-person church services. The ruling clears the way for churchgoers to attend services on Sunday.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove issued a temporary restraining order against the governor’s rule after two other federal judges upheld the ban as constitutional. The order will allow services at “any in-person religious service which adheres to applicable social distancing and hygiene guidelines.”


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Dozens of Universities Still Partner with Communist China’s Confucius Institute

By Tom Ciccotta


Dozens of universities and colleges around the country have maintained partnerships with the Confucius Institute, an educational organization backed by China’s communist government. In 2019, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) called for an investigation into the Confucius Institute influence over American universities and college.

According to a report by Campus Reform, many American universities and colleges have maintained their relationships with the Confucius Institute, which has been accused by public officials of stealing research and restricting campus speech that is critical of the Chinese government. The schools that continue to work in league with the communist Chinese government include schools accross the country such as the University of Kentucky, Colorado State University, and Stanford.

Martin Davidson, the chairman of Adam Smith International, told the New York Times in 2012 that the Confucius Institute bribes colleges with large sums from the Chinese government in exchange for control over campus discourse on China. Professors at the University of Miami, for example, claim that they were told by Confucius Institute representatives that they were not permitted to discuss the Dalai Lama, the Chinese military, or Tibet.


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Illegal Alien Arrested for Possession, Distribution of Child Pornography

By John Binder


An illegal alien has been arrested for possessing and distributing child pornography in Georgia.

Juan Dedios Martinez-Camacho, a 46-year-old illegal alien, was arrested following an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Investigators allege that Martinez-Camacho was downloading and distributing sexually explicit images of children.

According to the Roswell Police Department, the investigation began in early March when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to state officials. GBI agents said they issued a search warrant Martinez-Camacho on his residence in Roswell, Georgia.


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16-year-old and North Carolina Trooper Among 4 Injured, When 100+ mph Chase Ends in Crash

By Ann Wyatt Little


Four people are injured, including a state trooper and 16-year-old, after a chase ended in a crash in south Charlotte early Monday morning.

The wreck happened around 3:30 a.m. Monday, May 11 at the intersection of South Boulevard and East Woodlawn Road.

According to authorities, the reportedly 100+ mph chase ended in a crash involving a pole on South Boulevard.

Firefighters extricated three people from a vehicle that crashed into the pole. A 16-year-old is among the three who are critically injured, authorities said.


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Woman, Man Die During Scuba Diving Trip off North Carolina Coast

By CBS 17 Digital Desk


Two scuba divers died while they were on a trip off the North Carolina coast Sunday, officials said.

The incident was reported around 11 a.m. while the divers were 25 miles offshore from Cape Lookout, according to Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Hodges of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The divers — a man and woman — were underwater when crews on a boat noticed that bubbles from their scuba diving equipment had stopped surfacing.

A third diver was sent down to check on the divers, who were found unresponsive underwater, according to Hodges.

The divers were brought aboard the boat and CPR was administered.


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Massive Fire Engulfs, Destroys North Carolina Beach House


A home was destroyed in a fire Monday in Holden Beach.

Crews responded to the 1000 block of Ocean Blvd. West shortly before noon.

According to Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon, the house was not occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The owners of the home do not live there but have been notified.

A nearby home was also damaged by the fire. In video from the scene, grass caught fire behind both houses that were affected by the fire.


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Do It Yourself: Ikea Masturbation Video Goes Viral in China

Ikea has said it will take "more careful" security measures in its shops in China after an explicit video of a woman masturbating in one of its stores went viral online.

The pornographic clip shows a woman pleasuring herself half-naked on various sofas and beds in the furniture store's showroom, while oblivious shoppers walk by in the background.

While uncensored versions of the video have been scrubbed from Chinese social media, the Swedish company's response to the clip gained nine million views.

"We resolutely oppose and condemn this kind of behaviour, and immediately reported it to the police in the city of the suspected store," Ikea said in a statement, without revealing the name of the branch.

The homeware group said Saturday that it would take "even more careful security and public cleanliness measures" and encouraged all customers to "browse stores in an orderly and civilised way".

The identity of the woman and the person who filmed it have not been revealed.

Some Chinese social media users have speculated it was a store in Guangdong province, as Cantonese spoken in parts of southern China can be heard in the background store announcements.


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Xi Jinping Dialed Tedros to ‘Delay Global Warning’ on Covid-19 Outbreak; WHO Denies

The World Health Organisation has denied a media report that claimed that Chinese President Xi Jinping personally asked WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom to ‘delay a global warning’ regarding the coronavirus outbreak during a phone call in January.

The German news outlet, Der Spiegel, published a report citing intelligence from the country’s Federal Intelligence Service, known as the ‘Bundesnachrichtendienst’ (BND), that China “urged” the WHO to “delay a global warning” about the coronavirus outbreak. As per the report, the intelligence found that Xi and Tedros spoke by phone on January 21 during which the Chinese President “urged” the WHO chief to “hold back information about a human-to-human transmission and to delay a pandemic warning.” “The BND estimates that China’s information policy lost four to six weeks to fight the virus worldwide,” the report further added.


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Georgia Grand Jury Review Recommended in Fatal Shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

By Edmund DeMarche


A Georgia prosecutor on Tuesday recommended that a grand jury review the fatal shooting of a black man who friends say was out for a jog at the time he was killed.

The investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, in February has been criticized by many in the state. But a disturbing video emerged online Tuesday that purports to show key parts of the incident.


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Nessel Discusses Possible Firearms Ban at Capitol

By ArLuther Lee


Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sent a letter to the governing body of the GOP-led state Legislature on Friday declaring that her office holds the legal authority to ban firearms inside the state Capitol after armed protesters barged into the chamber a week ago to oppose Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s restrictions to curb the coronavirus.


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Tesla Sues California County in Virus Factory Closure Fight, Threatens to Leave

By Tina Bellon, Sinéad Carew


Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) sued local authorities in California on Saturday as the electric carmaker pushed to re-open its factory there and Chief Executive Elon Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs from the state to Texas or Nevada.

Musk has been pushing to re-open Tesla’s Fremont, California, factory after Alameda County’s health department said the carmaker must not reopen because local lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus remain in effect.

In a blog post on Saturday, Tesla said the county’s position left it no choice but to take legal action to ensure Tesla and its employees can go back to work.


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Europe Emerges From Confinement But Asia Infections Spike

Swathes of Europe began the long process of re-opening from coronavirus lockdowns on Monday, but the first new infections in weeks at China's ground zero offered a sobering reminder of the dangers of a second wave of cases.

The mixed fortunes illustrated the high-wire act governments face across the globe as they try to get economies moving while keeping in check a pandemic that has now killed more than 280,000 people.

As Britain plotted a path to normality and France and Spain basked in a relaxation of restrictions, the Chinese city where the pandemic was born reported a second day of new cases after a month without sign of the virus.

And neighbouring South Korea announced its highest number of infections for more than a month driven by a cluster in a Seoul nightlife district.


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As U.S. Meat Workers Fall Sick and Supplies Dwindle, Exports to China Soar

By Tom Polansek


U.S. President Donald Trump ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation’s food supply even as workers got sick and died. Yet the plants have increasingly been exporting to China while U.S. consumers face shortages, a Reuters analysis of government data showed.

Trump, who is in an acrimonious public dispute with Beijing over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, invoked the 1950 Defense Production Act on April 28 to keep plants open. Now he is facing criticism from some lawmakers, consumers and plant employees for putting workers at risk in part to help ensure China’s meat supply.

“We know that over time exports are critically important. I think we need to focus on meeting domestic demand at this point,” said Mike Naig, the agriculture secretary in the top U.S. pork-producing state of Iowa who supported Trump’s order.


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Facebook Removes QAnon-Related Content as ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’

By Tim Hinchliffe


According to Facebook, “The people behind this activity used fake accounts — some of which had already been detected and disabled by our automated systems — to create fictitious personas, like and comment on their own content making it appear more popular than it is, manage Pages and Groups, and evade detection and enforcement.

“They frequently posted about news and topics including the upcoming presidential election and candidates, the current US administration, anti-Semitic and anti-Asian conspiracies, and COVID-19.”


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Removal of Golden Ray Cargo Ship Capsized in Georgia Sound Hits Snag due to Coronavirus Pandemic

By Jayla Whitfield


The MV Golden Ray cargo ship still sits on its side in Georgia’s St. Simons Sound more than seven months after it wrecked and capsized.

The Unified Command hoped to remove the ship before hurricane season – which starts June 1 – but the coronavirus pandemic delayed progress.

Still, hundreds of crew members are working around the clock to salvage and remove the ship from one of the nation's busiest ports.


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Navarro: Possible China Hoarding Coronavirus PPE for Profiteering, Diplomatic Weapon

By Jeff Poor


Thursday on Fox Business Network’s “The Evening Edit,” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro discussed how China could be using the coronavirus pandemic to strengthen its position around the globe.

Navarro laid out a timeline for host Liz MacDonald explaining how at once, China became an importer of personal protective equipment (PPE). As the virus has spread, it has used that PPE to earn a profit, or as a diplomatic tool to advance diplomacy.

“We get patient zero probably mid-November, probably from the Wuhan bioweapons lab,” Navarro said. “Gets sick early December, we get all sorts of people infected. China knows there’s human-to-human transmission in early December, but for six weeks, they hide that from the world behind the shield of the World Health Organization. What did they do during that? According to their own Chinese customs data, they went from a net exporter of personal protective equipment to a huge net importer. They basically vacuumed up all the PPE, particularly the masks, the gloves, the goggles, in the world. What did that mean, Liz? It meant when the people Milan, or New York, or Detroit, or New Orleans needed that there wasn’t enough for them. That’s all on China.”


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Devin Nunes spills the beans on witness testimony…

NUNES: We said for a long time that we had no evidence of collusion. One of the goals that we had going into this — and you’re going to have Trey Gowdy on later in the show. And we had a strategy here that we wanted to get every single person that we interviewed whether or not they knew of any evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Furthermore, what you will see, Maria, is that we even asked questions about hearsay. Did they hear anything? Do they know anything? Do they have any leads for us whatsoever? And the answer was always the same, nothing. But what you had day after day is, you had coordination with the Democrats and the mainstream media, who were essentially their mouthpieces. They would go out, run out of these hearings and say, oh, my gosh, we just had bombshells today. It was really bad. We interviewed this Trump associate, that Trump associate.


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The Pandemic Shows WHO Lacks Authority to Force Governments to Divulge Information, Experts Say

By Dan De Luce, Robert Windrem and Abigail Williams




The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inherent weaknesses of the World Health Organization, which has no authority to force foreign governments to divulge medical information or open doors to its hospitals and labs, public health experts and foreign diplomats say.

The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers have lashed out at the U.N. agency for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, accusing it of helping China conceal the extent of the outbreak at a critical early stage by relaying information from Beijing without sufficient caveats.

But public health experts and foreign diplomats said that although the WHO has often displayed a deferential tone to China during the outbreak, it is misleading to suggest it has the power or the leverage to force Beijing or any other foreign government to share information or grant access to medical facilities.


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Dr. Fauci to Self-Quarantine After White House Coronavirus Cases

By Justin Boggs


Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of America’s leading infectious disease physicians and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN and CBS News he will do a “modified” self-quarantine.

Dr. Fauci’s decision to self-quarantine comes after two White House staffers, an unidentified valet to the president, and Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus late this week. Miller is also the wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller.

Dr. Fauci is doing a modified self-quarantine as he had a “low-risk” contact with the White House staffer who tested positive this week.


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Federal Judges Help Free Nearly 200 Illegal Aliens: Murderers, Rapists, Sex Offenders

By John Binder


Federal judges have helped release nearly 200 illegal aliens into the United States — many convicted of murder, rape, and child sex crimes — in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

Data released by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency this week reveals that about 192 illegal aliens, thus far, have been ordered freed from detention into the U.S. About 171 of those illegal aliens have either been convicted or accused of crimes against Americans.

Los Angeles, California; Boston, Massachusetts; New York City, New York; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have seen the most widespread court-ordered releases of illegal aliens.

In Los Angeles, for instance, 52 illegal aliens have been freed into the U.S. About 43 of those illegal aliens have been convicted or accused of crimes such as homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, juvenile sex offenses, and child cruelty.


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Japanese Government, Criticized for Low Testing Rates, Eases Guidelines for Seeking Virus Tests

The government, under fire for low testing rates for the coronavirus, eased access Friday and indicated that a new test to supplement the PCR tests could be approved next week.

The health ministry said it now wants people experiencing breathing difficulties or heavy sluggishness to seek advice on whether they have the coronavirus.

Government guidelines previously said people should only consult a public health center about geting tested if they had a fever of at least 37.5 (99.5 F) for four consecutive days. They also suggested the elderly should have cold symptoms for two straight days before seeking a consultation.

The new guidelines, however, say both the young and the elderly should consult health centers immediately if they have relatively mild cold symptoms for four days or longer.

Japan is conducting 188 PCR tests per 100,000 people, compared with rates of 3,159 in Italy and 3,044 in Germany, data from experts advising the government showed on Monday.


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Tests Show UVC Lamps Could Light the Way in COVID-19 Fight

Could a new type of ultraviolet lamp be used in stations, airplanes and schools to kill dangerous viruses, becoming a game changer in the COVID-19 fight?

Researchers at Columbia University have been working on such uses for years, and the current pandemic could confirm the value of their efforts.

UVC lamps have long been used to kill bacteria, viruses and molds, notably in hospitals and in the food-processing industry. As the coronavirus pandemic knocks world economies on their heels, this technology is experiencing a boom.

But UVC (for Ultraviolet-C) rays are dangerous, causing skin cancer and eye problems, and can be used only when no one is present.


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US Issues New Visa Restrictions for Chinese Journalists

By Tal Axelrod


The U.S. slapped new visa restrictions on Chinese journalists working in the country as the feud between Washington and Beijing over the coronavirus seeps into a burgeoning media war.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Friday that Chinese journalists working for non-American news outlets would be able to obtain only 90-day work visas, a reversal from the open-ended visas for which they’d previously qualified. The journalists will be able to apply for 90-day extensions.

The move, which the DHS said came in retaliation for actions against American outlets, raises the prospects of a protracted back-and-forth over media access in the U.S. and China.

The Chinese government in March announced that it was expelling reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, saying the move was “entirely necessary and reciprocal.”


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Elon Musk threatens to move Tesla out of California over coronavirus dispute

Tesla CEO Elon Musk publicly threatened to sue a California county Saturday and move the electric-car maker's headquarters elsewhere after health officials said the company’s factory couldn’t reopen yet due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Erica Pan, the Alameda County health officer, said on Friday that Tesla was working with the county, but the company had not yet been cleared to reopen the Fremont facility, even after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Thursday that manufacturers would be allowed to resume operations, Reuters reported.


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Mollie Hemingway looks into why Barack Obama leaked that audio of himself regarding Michael Flynn

As Twitchy reported earlier, former President Barack Obama held a “private” call with former administration officials to discuss how the Justice Department dismissing its case against Michael Flynn put the rule of law at risk. Plenty noted the irony of Obama suddenly expressing concern for the rule of law, but let’s talk for a second about how audio of that private phone call just happened to be “obtained” by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News.


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New York Governor Says 5-Year Old Died From Rare COVID-Related Complications

By Nathan Layne, Maria Caspani



A 5-year old boy has died in New York from a rare inflammatory syndrome believed to be linked to the novel coronavirus, highlighting a potential new risk for children in the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday.

Cuomo told a daily briefing that the boy died in New York City on Thursday and that health officials were looking at other deaths involving children under similar circumstances to see if there is a link to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

“There has been at least one fatality because of this and there may be others that are now under investigation,” Cuomo said. “This is every parents’ nightmare, right, that your child may actually be affected by this virus.”


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Coronavirus: US Demands WHO Invite Taiwan to Annual Meeting

The United States on Wednesday urged the World Health Organization to defy Chinese pressure and invite Taiwan to its annual meeting, which will discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States itself has yet to confirm its participation in the May 18-19 talks of the World Health Assembly, which comes after President Donald Trump vowed to slash funding for the UN body.

“I want to call on all nations, including those in Europe, to support Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the World Health Assembly and other relevant United Nations venues,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters.

“I also call upon WHO Director-General Tedros (Adhanom Ghebreyesus) to invite Taiwan to observe this month’s WHA, as he has the power to do, and as his predecessors have done on multiple occasions,” he said.


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Vegan Hit Girlfriend with Bottle Because She Came Home Smelling of Bacon

By Victoria Friedman


A “reclusive” vegan who beat his girlfriend with a glass vinegar bottle because she “smelled of bacon” has been sentenced to a community order after pleading guilty to assault.

Christopher Ellam, 22, pleaded guilty at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court to two counts of criminal damage, sending indecent or grossly-offensive messages, and assault by beating of his girlfriend of four years, Bethany Smith, 23.

Miss Smith had told the court that she and Mr Ellam had started out as friends before becoming romantically involved in 2015. At the time, Mr Ellam was neither a vegetarian nor a vegan. Eventually, the couple moved in together in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

During the relationship, Mr Ellam then became a fanatical vegan — eschewing all animal products — with Miss Smith telling the court her then-boyfriend pressured her into becoming a vegan, as well, according to comments reported in the MailOnline on Sunday.


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Amnesty Advocates Say Illegal Migrants Are Essential Heroes of Coronavirus Fight

By Neil Munro


Amnesty advocates are working overtime to portray illegal migrants as heroic essential workers in the national campaign to contain China’s coronavirus.

“We have started talking about essential workers as a category of superheroes,” according to Andrew Selee, the president of the pro-migration Migration Policy Institute. The illegal aliens who work as “essential workers” deserve an amnesty if the epidemic continues, he suggested in a New York Times op-ed. “[We should think] in a bold way about how do we deal with essential workers who have put their life on the line for all of us but who don’t have legal documents,” he said.

Illegal aliens in the healthcare sector, “regardless of their place of birth, these individuals undoubtedly represent the best of America,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said April 28.

Many illegal aliens hold jobs that require hard work, diligence, and skill. A very small percentage of illegal aliens are trained medical experts, but most are unskilled laborers working for low wages in the food and hospitality industries. The illegal aliens are vastly outnumbered by roughly 280 million Americans and roughly 34 million legal immigrants — but these illegal aliens drive down the wages and salaries paid by companies to hardworking Americans.


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Eleven Secret Service Agents Test Positive for COVID-19: Report

By Brooke Seipel


Newly unveiled documents suggest nearly a dozen U.S. Secret Service members have tested positive for COVID-19, Yahoo News reports.

According to documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that were obtained by Yahoo News, there were 11 active cases at the agency as of Thursday. On top of those currently infected, another 23 Secret Service members have reportedly recovered from coronavirus. Another 60 employees are allegedly self-quarantining.

It's not clear if any have recently been working at the White House or have had any contact with President Trump or Vice President Pence.