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  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

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    Police set up suburban checkpoints in new coronavirus hot spots in Melbourne on Thursday, as authorities struggled to contain new outbreaks in Australia's second-largest city, even as travel restrictions eased elsewhere. Images published by the Australian Broadcasting Corp showed police flagging down cars in suburban streets. Most states have said they will reopen their internal borders except to Victoria.

    Thu, 02 Jul 2020 01:46:08 -0400
  • Rare Javan Rhino captured on hidden camera in gleeful mudbath

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    A rare Javan rhinoceros has been captured on camera gleefully rolling around in the khaki, tropical waters of a national park, on the westernmost tip of Indonesia's Java island. The video of the critically endangered Javan rhino, one of only 72 left in the wild, was posted on Twitter by Indonesia's environment minister, Siti Nurbaya Bakar, and offers a rare glimpse into the life of one of the world's largest land mammals.

    Thu, 02 Jul 2020 01:19:05 -0400
  • US targets Monet and Warhol artworks in 1MDB case

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    The assets are allegedly linked to more than $4.5bn stolen from the Malaysian state investment fund.

    Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:58:07 -0400
  • Florida officer 'relieved of duty' after video shows him hitting woman

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    Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:44:15 -0400
  • Miami-Dade cop relieved of duty for hitting woman taunting him for ‘acting like you white’

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:36:50 -0400
  • Missouri man whose conviction was overturned with help of WNBA star is freed

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    “I’m free,” Irons said after walking out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. “I’m blessed.”

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:16:34 -0400
  • Coronavirus updates: Party guests exposed to COVID-19 not cooperating, officials say

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    A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 515,000 people worldwide. Over 10.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:07:00 -0400
  • Seattle police move in to clear Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone

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    Police Chief Carmen Best reiterated her support for Black Lives Matter movement, but said of the weekslong occupation: "Enough is enough."

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:03:23 -0400
  • Hong Kong protests: Police arrest man at airport after stabbing of officer as clashes over new law spill into second day

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    Hong Kong police arrested a 24-year-old man at the city's airport in the early hours of Thursday on suspicion of attacking and wounding an officer during protests against a new national security law Beijing imposed on the financial hub. Hong Kong police fired water cannon and tear gas and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday as protesters took to the streets in defiance of the sweeping security legislation introduced by China to snuff out dissent. On Wednesday, police posted pictures on Twitter of an officer with a bleeding arm saying he was stabbed by "rioters holding sharp objects". The suspects fled while bystanders offered no help, police said. A police spokesman told Reuters the arrested man was surnamed Wong but could not confirm if he was leaving Hong Kong or working at the airport. Local newspaper Apple Daily, citing unnamed sources, said the suspect was onboard a Cathay Pacific flight to London due to depart just before midnight.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:49:39 -0400
  • Three arraigned in restraint death of Black teen in Michigan

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:39:24 -0400
  • U.S. House panel postpones hearing on fired State Dept watchdog

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    The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Wednesday it had rescheduled until later in July a hearing in its investigation of the firing of the State Department's inspector general, with testimony from a top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Brian Bulatao, the under-secretary of State for management, was to have testified to the committee on Thursday. Bulatao has emerged as a central figure in the removal of Steve Linick as State's inspector general.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:29:14 -0400
  • Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery

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    "We put together 600 lawyers and a group of people throughout the country who are going into every single state to try to figure out whether chicanery is likely to take place," Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, said on a video conference with donors to his campaign. Biden's remarks come as the candidate offers dire warnings about efforts by Republicans to cheat in the Nov. 3 election while also criticizing his election opponent, Republican President Donald Trump, for undermining confidence in the vote. A senior political adviser and top lawyer for Trump's campaign, Justin Clark, said Biden is lying and stoking fear while Democrats are trying to "fundamentally change" how elections are conducted, an apparent reference to their support for widespread mail-in voting.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:17:11 -0400
  • Families of Sean Monterrosa and Erik Salgado unite to demand justice after police killings

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    Relatives gather in California’s capital after fatal shootings of two Latino men last monthFamily members of Sean Monterrosa and Erik Salgado – two Latino men shot to death in separate incidents by law enforcement in the Bay Area last month – gathered on Wednesday on the steps of the California’s state capitol to demand answers and accountability.Monterrosa, 22, was killed on 2 June when Vallejo police responded to reports of alleged looting, and an officer in an unmarked vehicle fired five bullets at him through the vehicle’s windshield. Monterrosa was unarmed, on his knees with his hands up.“We’re demanding footage, we’re demanding officers’ names. We don’t just want prosecution. We want a conviction. They know they murdered my brother,” said Sean’s sister Michelle Monterrosa.Just four days after Monterrosa was killed, California highway patrol (CHP) officers pursuing a vehicle they suspected had been stolen opened fire on the car, killing the driver, 23-year-old Erik Salgado, and injuring his pregnant girlfriend, Brianna Colombo. Colombo survived, but the baby did not, family members said.Salgado’s sister, Amanda Majail-Blanco, said she believes police have focused on the vehicle, and whether it was stolen, in order to distract from the killing.“I feel like they’re trying to paint him as this person, this criminal, in order to justify the fact they murdered him. They’re trying to erase him. And I’m afraid it’s going to become the story people tell,” Majail-Blanco.“My brother was a product of his environment. He had his past, like we all do, but he was a good dad, he was a hard worker, and he was robbed of the opportunity to become a better man,” she added.Though CHP officers fired the shots that killed Salgado, the Oakland police department has said it is conducting a criminal investigation while the county’s district attorney investigates the use of deadly force.“This is about as bad a shooting as you could see,” said John Burris, a civil rights attorney who is representing the families of Salgado and Monterrosa.“We have different officers firing into the car and shooting Salgado more than 40 times. His body was just riddled with bullets, both in the front and back. A young lady in the passenger seat was shot – all while investigating a stolen car. A stolen car in no way justifies the use of deadly force,” Burris said.CHP said that officers fired into the car after Salgado attempted to “ram” patrol cars to escape a road block, but Burris said he had uncovered evidence that contradicts the official police narrative.Burris said that law enforcement collected surveillance footage from nearby houses that could clarify what happened in the final minutes of Salgado’s life, but that police so far have not released reports, photographs or footage they have requested.Meantime, California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, declined last week to investigate Monterrosa’s shooting, which had been requested by the district attorney in Solano county, where the shooting took place. Becerra said the Solano county DA had not proven she was incapable of investigating the case on her own.“Absent a conflict of interest, an abuse of discretion or other exceptional circumstances, the Department of Justice does not assume responsibility for local investigations or prosecutions typically handled by local authorities,” Becerra’s office said in a statement.Three days prior, Becerra had announced plans to “review and reform” the Vallejo police department, whose officers have killed 19 people since 2010, one of the highest rates in the state.The officer who shot Monterrosa, Detective Jarrett Tonn, has been involved in four shootings in five years and is one of 14 Vallejo policemen whom residents and activists call the “Fatal 14” – officers who have repeatedly shot and killed citizens and escaped consequences.Michelle Monterrosa, Sean’s sister, said the attorney general’s decision not to investigate, coupled with elected officials’ silence on the shootings, speak to a lack of political will when it comes to investigating the killing of black and brown people.“Becerra can’t just choose when he wants to be Latino and stand up for black and brown people,” said Monterrosa.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:15:37 -0400
  • Texas DA files new charges resulting from deadly drug raid

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:29:47 -0400
  • U.S. coronavirus cases rise by nearly 50,000 in biggest one-day spike of pandemic

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    The record follows a warning by the government's top infectious diseases expert that the number could soon double to 100,000 cases a day if Americans do not come together to take steps necessary to halt the virus' resurgent spread, such as wearing masks when unable to practice social distancing. In the first week of June, the United States added about 22,000 new coronavirus cases each day. In the last seven days of June, daily new infections almost doubled to 42,000 nationally.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:27:37 -0400
  • Army Investigating Fort Hood Sexual Assault Response Program After Soldier's Disappearance

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    the Army announced a probe into the local program intended to respond to and prevent sexual assault.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:22:02 -0400
  • China reports three new coronavirus cases in mainland on July 1

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    China on Thursday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 1, compared with three cases a day earlier, the health authority said. Two of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement, while the capital city of Beijing reported one new case. China also reported two new asymptomatic patients, down from three a day earlier.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:15:57 -0400
  • Convicted rapists, killers among 415 prisoners granted presidential pardons in Haiti

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    Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has granted executive clemency to 415 prisoners, including at least 15 hardened criminals who human rights advocates say should not be walking free.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:14:37 -0400
  • Minneapolis commission to hold 2 hearings on police proposal

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    Some members of a commission reviewing a proposal to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department expressed concern Wednesday about the fast-tracked timeline they must follow if the proposed change has any chance of getting on the November ballot. The Minneapolis Charter Commission met Wednesday to outline how it will go about its work over the next several weeks as it reviews the City Council's proposal to amendment the city's charter. The proposal, which comes following widespread criticism of law enforcement over the killing of George Floyd, would replace the police department with a new “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention” that has yet to be fully defined.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:07:10 -0400
  • 8 cops indicted after alleged "unnecessary excessive force"

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    After attempting to stop a vehicle for alleged seat belt violations, the officers tased and beat two men who made "an apparent attempt to surrender without resistance," according to the district attorney.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:58:00 -0400
  • Mother charged in fatal mauling of infant son by family dog

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:37:29 -0400
  • Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:34:55 -0400
  • Police: Man bit tip off officer's nose during a struggle

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:29:19 -0400
  • Demi Lovato says it 'hurts' not to give her grandpa 'a proper funeral' amid COVID-19

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    Demi Lovato is mourning the loss of her grandfather, who died Wednesday morning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone should maintain 6 feet of distance from anyone outside of the household and keep in mind that some people who have the virus are asymptomatic.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:15:00 -0400
  • Vanessa Guillen: Suspect linked to missing Fort Hood soldier dies by suicide, police say

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    A suspect in the case of a soldier who went missing from her base in Texas has died by suicide, the day after unidentified remains were discovered by investigators.Vanessa Guillen went missing on 20 April from a car park at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, and investigators had identified two suspects, one a civilian and one a soldier.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:53:47 -0400
  • L.A. school board cuts police department's budget

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:49:56 -0400
  • Group says it has ample signatures to get pot on ballot

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    Proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona said Wednesday they turned in 420,000 petition signatures — far more than needed to get the measure on the November ballot despite challenges posed by the coronavirus. Organizers of the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana use by people 21 and over, said they began gathering voters' signatures last September. The pandemic put things on pause and forced the group to retool how it carried out its work, Pearson said.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:47:56 -0400
  • Trump's re-election campaign says it raises $266 million in second quarter

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    The committee’s fundraising numbers suggest the Trump campaign is still increasing its re-election war chest despite the health and economic damage done by the novel coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests against racism that have deeply disrupted American life and hurt the president in opinion polls. The committee said the figures underscore Trump's ability to raise money online and through grassroots fundraising because he was only able to hold two in-person fundraisers in the quarter because of the pandemic. “The Trump campaign’s monumental June fundraising haul proves that people are voting with their wallets and that enthusiasm behind President Trump’s re-election is only growing,” said Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:45:04 -0400
  • Woman shot in the back while trying to remove Nazi flag from garden in Oklahoma

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    A woman in Oklahoma was shot multiple times in the back while attempting to remove a Nazi flag from someone’s front garden.Kyndal McVey was at a party on Sunday morning in a town about 90 miles from Oklahoma City, when she attempted to take one of the two Nazi flags flying in the front garden of a nearby house.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:29:58 -0400
  • Colombia tops 100,000 coronavirus cases, nears 3,500 deaths

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    Colombia's confirmed coronavirus infections tipped across the 100,000 case threshold on Wednesday, as the country's quarantine measures roll on and intensive care units fill. Confirmed coronavirus cases now number 102,009, the health ministry said, 54,941 of which are active. Wednesday also marked the highest-ever daily increase in confirmed cases with an uptick of 4,163.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:23:32 -0400
  • ‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.

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    Warning: This article contains profane language.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:20:53 -0400
  • U.S. tech chief executives expected to testify before House panel in late July

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    The chief executives of the four U.S. tech giants -- Amazon.com, Facebook, Alphabet's Google and Apple -- will testify before the U.S. Congress in late July as part of an ongoing antitrust probe into the companies, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google and Apple's Tim Cook will appear as part of the probe by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, the sources said.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:12:53 -0400
  • Republicans weigh mandatory COVID-19 testing at convention: sources

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    The Republican National Committee plans to make coronavirus testing available to all attendees of the party’s convention in August and is discussing whether to make the testing mandatory, according to two people familiar with the matter. The RNC is scrambling to put together plans to hold a largely in-person convention in Florida and North Carolina amid mounting concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus that has so far killed more than 127,000 Americans.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:06:26 -0400
  • U.S. House approves $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill but outlook uncertain

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    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package on Wednesday by a 233-to-188 vote to boost spending on roads, bridges, public transit and rail, but the White House and Senate Republicans opposed the measure. Representative Peter DeFazio, the Democrat who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the vote showed a House majority was "willing to fight for a new vision" that "deals with the incredibly deteriorated infrastructure in this country."

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:36:26 -0400
  • SC police charge two with trying to blow up Ben Tillman statue on State House grounds

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    An “incendiary device” was planted at the foot of the statue, police said.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:31:41 -0400
  • Charlotte bishop bars St. Matthew pastor from active ministry after sex abuse claims

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    Decades-old allegations of sexual abuse of a minor surfaced last year

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:26:45 -0400
  • Arizona tells Pence it needs additional 500 health care workers as COVID-19 cases soar

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    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday that the state needed an additional 500 health care workers as the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to set records there.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:24:13 -0400
  • Independent review of St. Louis police procedures planned

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:15:57 -0400
  • Brazil coronavirus death toll passes 60,000 as pandemic worsens in South, Midwest

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    Brazil surpassed 60,000 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said, citing a recent wave of contamination in Southern and Midwestern areas of the country. A total of 1,038 additional deaths were registered in the past 24 hours, taking the overall number of fatalities to 60,632, the ministry said, updating the 60,610 tally disclosed earlier on Wednesday to add data from Rio Grande do Sul state. Total confirmed cases were revised to 1,448,753 from 1,447,523, marking a daily rise of 46,712 from Tuesday and making Brazil the country with the second worst outbreak in the world behind the United States.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 17:14:32 -0400
  • Cuban activists, journalists accuse government of dozens of arbitrary arrests

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    Cuban activists and independent journalists are accusing the government of carrying out dozens of arbitrary arrests and home detentions to block protests against police brutality sparked by the death of Hansel Ernesto Hernández Galiano, a 27-year-old Black man.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:42:45 -0400
  • Diving into a Florida fish tank got him known. Drunken threats put him in jail, police say

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    One Florida man can’t stop diving into trouble.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:41:17 -0400
  • Texas couple dies from COVID-19 while holding hands after 53 years of marriage

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    Betty and Curtis Tarpley spent the better part of their lives together. After 53 years of marriage, the high school sweethearts took their last breaths with arms clasped together in a Texas hospital room as the two lost their COVID-19 battles minutes apart. "They loved to travel, now their story is traveling around the world," said the couple's son, Tim.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:33:00 -0400
  • Toddler wounded in latest child shooting in Chicago

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:14:22 -0400
  • Surviving core of ill-fated Jupiter-like planet spotted near distant star

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    A rocky planet 39 times as massive as Earth has been spotted orbiting a distant star at breakneck speed, with astronomers concluding it may be the surviving core of a planet once perhaps larger than Jupiter that was stripped of its gaseous atmosphere. Researchers said on Wednesday it is the largest rocky planet ever discovered and would be the first planetary core ever found, offering a unique opportunity to better understand the interiors of gas giants like Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. The planet, called TOI-849b, orbits a star a bit smaller and cooler than the sun, located 730 light years from Earth.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:01:53 -0400
  • Arrest at NC flea market an example of ‘violent propensities’ of police, lawyers say

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    The sheriff’s office has said the deputy did not use excessive force.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:54:03 -0400
  • Police: Oklahoma officer's health improving after shooting

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:41:56 -0400
  • San Francisco police halt release of most mug shots in effort to stop fueling racial bias

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    "Publication of police booking photos ... vastly overstates the propensity of black and brown men to engage in criminal behavior,” SFPD Chief William Scott said.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:39:00 -0400
  • California rolls back reopening, steps up enforcement as coronavirus surges

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    California dramatically rolled back efforts to reopen its economy on Wednesday, banning indoor restaurant dining in much of the state, closing bars and stepping up enforcement of social distancing and other measures as COVID-19 infections surge. Indoor activities at restaurants, movie theaters, museums and other facilities will be banned in 19 counties where 70% of the population lives for at least three weeks, Governor Gavin Newsom said. "Do your best not to mix with strangers, not to mingle with people outside your household," Newsom said at a press briefing.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:25:15 -0400
  • 'No more rainbow capitalism' as protests shine light on Black trans lives

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    Protests and marches for the rights of Black trans people drew thousands to the streets under the banner of “Black Trans Lives Matter” in recent weeks amid global demonstrations against racism. Reuters digital editors Ben Kellerman and Arlene Washington hosted a conversation featuring the Black trans community as part of our #AskReuters Twitter chat series during the close of Pride month in June, which commemorates the Stonewall uprising.

    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:19:47 -0400
  • Carjacker gets 25 years for killing mom in front of children

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    Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:06:10 -0400
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