May 15, 2021

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Crash victim had posted videos riding in Tesla on Autopilot
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The driver of a Tesla involved in a fatal crash that California highway authorities said may have been on operating on Autopilot posted social media videos of himself riding in the vehicle without his hands on the wheel or foot on the pedal.The May 5 crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, is also under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The probe is the 29th case involving a Tesla that the federal agency has probed.In the Fontana crash, a 35-year-old man identified as Steven Michael Hendrickson was killed when his Tesla Model 3 struck an overturned semi on a freeway about 2:30 a.m. Hendrickson was member of the Southern California chapter of a Tesla club who posted numerous photos and video on social media of his white Model 3. One video on his Instagram account showed him riding in the driver’s seat without his hands on the wheel or foot on the pedal as the Tesla navigated freeway traffic. The video included the comment: “Best carpool buddy possible even takes the boring traffic for me.”
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Pipeline operator says “normal operations” have resumed
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ATLANTA (AP) — The operator of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline — hit earlier this week by a ransomware attack — announced Saturday it has resumed “normal operations,” delivering fuel to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast.Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline had begun the process of restarting the pipeline’s operations on Wednesday evening, warning it could take several days for the supply chain to return to normal. “Since that time, we have returned the system to normal operations, delivering millions of gallons per hour to the markets we serve,” Colonial Pipeline said in a tweet Saturday. Those markets include Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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Wrestler Jerome 'New Jack' Young, 58, dies
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(CNN)Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) pro wrestler Jerome "New Jack" Young has died at 58, his wife, Jennifer Young, confirmed on Facebook. The wrestler joined ECW in the mid-90s and was featured in the 1999 documentary "Beyond the Mat," according to the entertainment data website IMDB. The wrestling website PWInsider.com, who spoke to the wrestler's wife, reports Young died following a heart attack. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) tweeted Friday night, "WWE extends its condolences to Young's family and friends." Jennifer Young wrote Friday, "For all the outpouring of love from family, friends, and fans- I'm totally blown away."Jerome was not only my husband, he was my best friend and I'm completely gutted. He loved a lot of you very much, and you'll never know how much I appreciate the love," said the post which was also shared on New Jack's Facebook page.
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Tlaib Condemns Netanyahu Amid Israeli Airstrike on Gaza Building
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Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the "apartheid-in-chief" on the same day the Israeli military conducted an airstrike that hit a Gaza City tower housing the Associated Press and Al Jazeera offices.Tlaib's comment comes as several Democratic lawmakers and media organizations criticized Israel over the Saturday airstrike that destroyed the Jalaa building. The Israeli military issued a statement that said "fighter jets struck the multi-story building which contained military assets belonging to the intelligence offices of the Hamas terror organization."But Tlaib accused Netanyahu and the Israeli military of attempting to silence the news media outlets whose staff were evacuated from the building just one hour prior to the missile strike.
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Italy’s Berlusconi leaves hospital amid post-virus struggles
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MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was released from Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital on Saturday, where he was treated for complications related to his earlier bout with coronavirus. Berlusconi, 84, recovered from COVID-19 last September but has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks. He was most recently admitted last Monday. In April, he spent 24 days in the hospital under medical supervision.Berlusconi’s hospitalization was “prescribed by doctors for tests and treatment due to effects of the coronavirus,″ Antonio Tajani, a senior member of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, said on Facebook. Berlusconi will rest at his home in Arcole, near Milan, along with doing rehabilitation and treatments ordered by his doctors, Tajani said.
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Essential workers raise concerns about new CDC mask guidance; mask mandates fall in some states, remain in others: Latest COVID-19 updates
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Mask mandates are being struck down by some states and businesses across the nation following a shift in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that says fully vaccinated Americans can discard masks outdoors and, in many situations, indoors.It's a landmark change that has generated praise, criticism and confusion. Just a few months ago, the CDC doubled down on mask guidance, touting the effectiveness of double masking as more contagious variants of the virus spread.But the change in federal guidance was motivated by the effectiveness of vaccines that are now widely available across the nation. Cases in the U.S. have plummeted to their lowest rates since September.The nation's response to the the shift has been both swift and fragmented, with some states quickly matching the federal guidelines and others keeping mask mandates in place for now. Shoppers across the nation will also encounter stores with differing rules, as some retailers have kept mask mandates in place.
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Bleak futures fuel widespread protests by young Colombians
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BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of young people and college students have been at the forefront of Colombia’s antigovernment protests for more than two weeks, armed with improvised shields made from garbage cans and umbrellas.They have taken the brunt of the tear gas and gunshots from security forces, and dozens have paid for it with their lives.The young men and women have become the voices for Colombians fed up with a government they say has mismanaged the coronavirus pandemic and crushed hopes of a better future.“To a large extent, we found that there was no fear of death. Sometimes it is the only thing that remains when the system is starving us and there are no opportunities,” said Yonny Rojas, a 36-year-old law student who also runs soup kitchens in one of the poorest areas of Cali, the city where the government response has been especially violent.
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Police fire tear gas on banned Palestinian march in Paris
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PARIS (AP) — French riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons Saturday in Paris as protesters supporting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip defied a ban on marching in the French capital.Thousands of people marched peacefully in other cities in France and elsewhere in Europe — including in London, Rome, Brussels and Madrid — to highlight the plight of the Palestinians.In Paris, protesters scattered and played cat-and-mouse with security forces in the city’s northern neighborhoods after their starting point for a planned march was blocked. Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement had ordered 4,200 security forces into the streets and closed shops around the kick-off point for the march in a working-class neighborhood after an administrative court confirmed the ban due to fears of violence. Authorities noted that a banned July 2014 pro-Palestinian protest In Paris against an Israeli offensive in Gaza degenerated into violence to justify the order against Saturday’s march.
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Juve beats Inter to keep alive CL bid, Atalanta qualifies
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ROME (AP) — Juventus kept alive its Champions League qualification hopes by winning at Serie A champion Inter Milan 3-2 on Saturday, when Atalanta clinched a place in Europe’s premier competition.Atalanta consolidated second place in Serie A with a thrilling 4-3 win at Genoa and can no longer finish outside the top four.Juan Cuadrado scored twice for Juventus, converting a clinching penalty kick in the 88th minute. Juventus rose to fourth ahead of its final game at Bologna next weekend. Napoli, two points behind, still has two games to play.Juventus will be hoping for a favor from Fiorentina against Napoli on Sunday.ATALANTA’S BRILLIANT ACHIEVEMENTAtalanta qualified for the Champions League for the third consecutive year despite a much smaller budget than its illustrious rivals.
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Soldiers who perished on secret mission are memorialized
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nearly 60 years ago, dozens of soldiers assembled for a top secret mission to Vietnam, three years before President Lyndon Johnson officially sent U.S. combat troops to the country.They never made it. Their airplane disappeared between Guam and the Philippines, leaving behind no trace.Ever since, their families have been fighting to get answers about the mission from the Pentagon. They also want their loved ones to be recognized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.For the families, it’s been heart-wrenching that the soldiers were not properly memorialized like others who died in the war.“I do feel frustrated. It’s almost as if they never existed as soldiers. It’s almost like they don’t matter, that their deaths don’t matter,” said Dianna Taylor Crumpler, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, whose brother, James Henry Taylor, an Army chaplain, died on the flight.
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Opinion: India's Covid crisis shows that none of us are safe until all of us are vaccinated
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Chandrima Das is the senior director for Peace and Security Policy at the United Nations Foundation. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)"We are doomed."This was the text message I received from my cousin in Kolkata last week. These three words stopped me in my tracks and unleashed a wave of guilt and dread that I haven't been able to shake since. As a first generation Indian American, I have been horrified by the situation in India and worried for my family members who live there. My guilt stems from the fact that my 18-month old son, who contracted Covid-19 last month, is now healthy and happy, playing and laughing with his big sister in our home in Washington, DC. Luckily, his case was mild and we were able to get him the medical care he needed. But now, my cousin and his family in India have all been infected with Covid-19 and my elderly aunt is in the hospital.
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Racist attacks revive Asian American studies program demand
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As Dartmouth College sophomore Nicholas Sugiarto flipped through the course catalog last semester, two words caught his eye: “Asian American.” The 19-year-old Chinese Indonesian American didn’t know Asian American-focused classes were even an option at the Hanover, New Hampshire, campus. The biomedical-engineering major ended up enrolling in “Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature” and now wishes he could minor in Asian American studies.“I never realized how long and storied the history of Asians in America has been,” Sugiarto said. “You also hear about stories that just never made the news or never made it into the standard AP U.S. history textbooks.” That feeling of being seen resonates now more than ever for Asian American and Pacific Islander students and faculty at college campuses around the country. For all the “Stop AAPI Hate” hashtagging, accounts keep emerging of new incidents of Asian Americans being coronavirus scapegoats or made to feel like foreigners in their own country.
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Leicester wins FA Cup for first time beating Chelsea 1-0
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LONDON (AP) — Even sweeter than the powerful long-range strike from Youri Tielemans was Leicester being able to celebrate winning the FA Cup for the first time surrounded by its fans.And even louder than the Leicester supporters’ cheers at Wembley that greeted the sublime strike in the 63rd minute was the moment VAR denied Chelsea an equalizer in the 89th minute.It was former Leicester defender Ben Chilwell’s cross that looked to have been deflected into his own net by veteran captain Wes Morgan. But video replays detected an offside that ensured, after four losing finals, Leicester would finally win world football’s oldest cup competition by 1-0 in the 140th final.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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Here's what happens when political parties split
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A version of this story appeared in CNN's What Matters newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. (CNN)The current drama in the GOP is the latest and most concrete evidence that the party is undergoing a very painful evolution.Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the daughter of a former vice president and a power in her own right, was excised from House leadership because she would not stop criticizing former President Donald Trump's continued lying about his 2020 election loss.Republicans under Abraham Lincoln were the party that ended slavery. Southern states began seceding before he could be sworn in. Republicans under Dwight Eisenhower were the party of Cold Warriors, and then under Ronald Reagan they became the party of ever-smaller government.
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Panthers’ 1st-round pick honors Kobe Bryant by wearing No. 8
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Carolina Panthers first-round draft pick Jaycee Horn learned the NFL would let cornerbacks wear single-digit numbers this season, his jersey choice became easy.He selected No. 8 to honor his childhood hero, Kobe Bryant.“Kobe has always been my favorite athlete,” said Horn, the eighth overall pick in last month’s draft.Horn wore No. 1 while playing for the South Carolina Gamecocks, but had planned to switch No. 24 — the other number Bryant wore with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers — when he got to the NFL. However, that number was already taken in Carolina. So he was thrilled when the league loosened restrictions on what numbers certain positions could wear this season.
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Health officials link E. coli outbreak to brand of yogurt
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state health officials said Saturday that they’ve identified an E. coli outbreak to PCC Community Market brand yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy.The dairy is working with the state Department of Agriculture to identify and recall all affected products, the state Health Department said in a statement. Officials said anyone with this brand of yogurt should throw it away. The outbreak now includes 11 confirmed cases, including six children under the age of 10, infected with bacteria that have been genetically linked. There were eight cases in King County and one each in Benton, Snohomish and Walla Walla counties, officials said. Seven people have been hospitalized. Three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E. coli infection.
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Toddler found dead in middle of Texas street
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The unidentified boy was discovered with multiple wounds about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Dallas police said. Investigators believe an "edged weapon" was used.
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Arkansas guard leaves PPE distribution warehouse in NLR
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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas National Guard has ended its work at a warehouse in North Little Rock where it helped distribute personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management requested closure of the warehouse operations mission as PPE has become more commercially available and the workload more manageable for warehouse staff, according to a Friday news release from the Guard.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that state officials said emergency management staff will send PPE to health care providers as needed.Four to six National Guard members have assisted in PPE distribution at the warehouse since April 2020 the four that were on site returned to their unit on Friday.
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Larson repays Urban Youth Racing School with virtual visit
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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kyle Larson made a quick Zoom stop Saturday before he zipped off to his latest sprint car race: the NASCAR star had to say hello to the students at the Urban Youth Racing School.“It’s good to be back racing again in NASCAR,” he told the class.Larson’s road back to NASCAR after he was suspended last season for using a slur during an iRacing event can be traced in large part back to his heavy involvement with UYRS. The Philly-based program that creates opportunities in racing for minorities extended an olive branch last year to Larson and a fast friendship was formed with program founders Anthony and Michelle Martin.In a sport in which minorities are scarce at all levels, the Martins made it their mission to introduce inner-city youngsters, most of them Black, to the motorsports world with the school. The school has served more than 7,500 students from ages 8 to 18 over the last 22 years and teaches all aspects of auto racing, including driving and Black racing history. UYRS uses a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum and students are quizzed and graded and compete for various year-end awards.
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Miles Taylor Disputes Kevin McCarthy Saying GOP Is 'Big Tent'
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National security expert and ex-Trump administration official Miles Taylor criticized Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's claims that the GOP is a "big tent party," on Saturday, and instead called for a third party of "renewed" Republicans.Speaking on MSNBC's TheCross Connection, Taylor slammed McCarthy and the GOP after the party moved to oust Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership role as conference chair over her repeated criticisms of former President Donald Trump."As they kicked Liz Cheney out of the party for telling the truth he said 'we're a big tent party,' and Elise Stefanik said the same thing," Taylor said."As a group of white people stood on the stage they said 'we're a diverse, open, big-tent party.' It's false. The GOP has not been a big tent party. It's like a little tiny one man camping tent that Kevin McCarthy sleeps in every single night," he continued.
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Wood Falls to McKissick in Bid to Lead South Carolina GOP
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Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood's attempt to convince delegates to make him the next South Carolina Republican Party chairman fell through on Saturday, when incumbent Drew McKissick secured his reelection bid for a third two-year term, The State reported.Wood only became a registered South Carolina voter in February and was soon after recruited to take on McKissick, who took over the Republican Party in 2017.The final delegate count was 582 for McKissick and 239 for Wood. Despite falling well short, the Atlanta attorney swept two of the state's more conservative strongholds, Horry and Greenville counties, but not enough to sway the incumbent's broad base of support across the state."It's not surprising that someone who has no roots in the state and no contacts within that group of people to speak of doesn't do very well," McKissick said of Wood in remarks to reporters after the election.
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CNN viewers panic after Don Lemon's announcement about his show
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New York (CNN Business)It's true: "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" is ending after a seven year run. But he's not going far -- the show is just changing its name.Beginning Monday at 10 pm ET, the two-hour program will be called "Don Lemon Tonight." The anchorman triggered a frenzy late Friday after he said something cryptic about "CNN Tonight" on his show."It's been really, really great," Lemon remarked at the show's end. "This is the last night that will be 'CNN Tonight With Don Lemon.' So, I appreciate all the years of 'CNN Tonight With Don Lemon,' but changes are coming, and I will fill you in."That sparked chatter that the CNN veteran was leaving the network. However, he later clarified on his Twitter account that he wasn't leaving.
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