July 12, 2020

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Video that shows officer with knee on man's neck sparks fury
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Video posted on social media that shows a Pennsylvania police officer with his knee on a man’s neck trying to restrain him has prompted protests and a demand from the local Black Lives Matter group to suspend the officers involved
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Asia Today: Australian hot spot sees new virus cases decline
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s worst-hit Victoria state recorded fewer coronavirus cases on Monday, but a health official has warned the disease spread might yet worsen.The 177 new cases were substantially down from 273 cases on Sunday and a record 288 on Friday.Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said it was too early to say whether the lower count meant the spread was being contained.“It’s great it’s lower than our peak. But it may not be our peak yet,” Sutton said.“So I would like to see a week of decreasing numbers before I come and say I have greater confidence about the direction we’re going in,” Sutton added.Melbourne, Australia’s second-most popular city, and a part of its surrounds in Victoria returned to lockdown last week in a bid to contain the disease spread.
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Benjamin Keough, son of Lisa Marie Presley, has died at age 27
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Benjamin Keough, the son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of Elvis Presley, has died. He was 27 years old.A representative for Lisa Marie issued a statement to The Associated Press saying she is "heartbroken.""She is completely heartbroken, inconsolable and beyond devastated but trying to stay strong for her 11-year-old twins and her oldest daughter Riley," Roger Widynowski said in the statement. "She adored that boy. He was the love of her life." He apparently died by suicide, as first reported by TMZ.Keough and his sister, Riley, were born to Presley and her former husband Danny Keough. She also had twins from another marriage.If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).For more information about mental health care resources and support, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloaka3ba595155ae508c3e6799bbf1ecd438').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addya3ba595155ae508c3e6799bbf1ecd438 = 'info' + '@'; addya3ba595155ae508c3e6799bbf1ecd438 = addya3ba595155ae508c3e6799bbf1ecd438 + 'nami' + '.' + 'org'; var addy_texta3ba595155ae508c3e6799bbf1ecd438 = 'info' + '@' + 'nami' + '.' + 'org';document.getElementById('cloaka3ba595155ae508c3e6799bbf1ecd438').innerHTML += ''+addy_texta3ba595155ae508c3e6799bbf1ecd438+''; .
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Appeals court paves way for first federal execution in 17 years
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The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday overturned a lower court ruling staying the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee. The execution, scheduled for Monday in Indiana, would be the first federal execution in 17 years."The plaintiffs' APA claim lacks any arguable legal basis and is therefore frivolous," the court said in its Sunday ruling.Lee, 47, is a former white supremacist who in 1996 robbed and murdered a family of three, including their 8-year-old daughter. The family of Lee's victims filed a petition to delay the execution because they wanted to attend, but feared traveling to Indiana during the coronavirus pandemic. A judge on Friday had granted the petition, but Sunday's ruling overturned the stay.The family said they will appeal the decision to the Supreme Court."The federal government has put this family in the untenable position of choosing between their right to witness Danny Lee's execution and their own health and safety," Baker Kurrus, an attorney representing the family, said in a statement.
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Majority of Canadians oppose trading Meng for Kovrig and Spavor: Nanos survey
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TORONTO -- More than half of Canadians oppose swapping Meng Wanzhou for two Canadians imprisoned in China, according to a new poll from Nanos Research on behalf of CTV News. Additionally, the poll shows, Canadians want the federal government to be more aggressive in freeing Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor from their Chinese prisons, and believe the fate of Meng, a Huawei executive facing extradition to the United States on fraud charges, should be left to the courts. Kovrig and Spavor were arrested separately in December 2018, days after Meng was taken into custody in British Columbia, and charged with espionage last month. Their arrests have widely been seen as political retribution by China, though the Chinese government has denied this. The idea of a prisoner swap gained steam in late June after a spokesperson for China's foreign embassy suggested that Canada releasing Meng could affect the fates of Kovrig and Spavor. A group of 19 prominent former politicians and diplomats wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the same day, urging him to halt Meng's extradition proceeding in order to secure the release of the two Canadians.
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UN approves aid to Syria's rebel area through 1 crossing
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Russia has scored a victory for its ally Syria by forcing the U.N. Security Council to limit humanitarian aid deliveries to the country’s mainly rebel-held northwest to just one crossing point from Turkey
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DeSantis downplayed coronavirus help from New York after Florida health department praised it
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Washington (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis publicly downplayed New York's role in providing his state with shipments of an antiviral drug to help combat the coronavirus pandemic after a staffer in The Sunshine State's health department had privately praised the assistance, CNN has learned. Speaking to reporters last Thursday, DeSantis pointedly denied that New York was helping his state's Covid-19 response, stating, "They're not helping us." "I think that someone reached out to our office about ventilators -- we got 6,000 just sitting idle, so we don't need it," the governor added. "We are working with the federal government on some of the Remdesivir." But a set of emails first reported by Politco and later reviewed by CNN shows New York's offer to send remdesivir to Florida had been well received before DeSantis dismissed the state's role in securing shipments of the drug.
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WE Charity says it had to lay off workers after student grant program cancelled
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TORONTO -- WE Charity says it has had to lay off numerous contractors after it was involved in a series of scandals, including the cancellation of a $900-million COVID-19 student grant project with the federal government. In a statement provided to CTV News on Sunday, WE Charity said that extra staff had been hired “specifically to support the administration of the CSSG program and are not part of WE Charity’s permanent staff. “With the Government funding no longer available, we had to make the incredibly difficult decision to end the contracts for those hired to deliver the CSSG program.” Although the charity has been in the hot seat before, they came under increased scrutiny at the end of June when the federal government announced that they were partnering with WE to create the Canadian Student Services Grant.
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First federal execution in 17 years back on track
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The federal government appears to be back on track to conduct its first execution in more than 17 years on Monday after a federal appeals court overturned a lower-court order blocking the event because family members of the victims did not want to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously lifted the lower-court injunction Sunday. The appeals judges called the victim’s family members’ suit “frivolous” and said they had no basis to file suit because — although they were invited to attend the execution — they had no right in law or regulations to attend.Barring further developments, Daniel Lee, 47, is set to be executed at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday afternoon for the brutal 1996 murder of a family of three in Arkansas as part of a robbery aimed at raising funds for a white supremacist organization.
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Analysis: Mary Trump is releasing a book. Michael Cohen is finishing a book. Both are being restricted
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New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.When the commander-in-chief calls crimes committed by his friends a "hoax..." When he spreads bogus fears about voter fraud... When he lies about something as banal as golfing... When his deception about the path of a hurricane sparks an I.G. probe... When a single WH statement contains 12 lies and falsehoods... Well, then we're clearly in the middle of a truth emergency.My monologue on Sunday's CNN program contained four minutes of examples, and it could have been twice the length. Here's another sign: When a former member of the president's inner circle is blocked from writing a book...
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Dengue fever prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic
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JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection. They tried to shield hospitals from a surge of patients. But the cascading effects of these restrictions also are hampering efforts to cope with seasonal outbreaks of dengue, an incurable, mosquito-borne disease that is also known as "breakbone fever" for its severely painful symptoms. Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Indonesia have dealt with concurrent outbreaks of dengue and coronavirus this year. In Brazil, where there are over 1.6 million COVID-19 infections, at least 1.1 million cases of dengue have been reported, with nearly 400 deaths, according to the Pan American Health Organization. Dengue cases are likely to rise soon with the start of seasonal rains in Latin American countries like Cuba, Chile and Costa Rica, as well as the South Asian countries of India and Pakistan.
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Fire erupts aboard Navy ship in San Diego, injuring 17 sailors
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A three-alarm fire broke out Sunday morning aboard the USS Bonhomee Richard at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said. At least 17 sailors and four civilians were sent to the hospital for "non-life threatening injuries," according to the Navy. All are in stable condition as of Sunday night.The blaze broke out shortly before 9 a.m. local time and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Video posted on social media showed crews responding and smoke in the air. The San Diego Fire Department, who assisted in the emergency, said there was an explosion.The USS Bonhomme Richard is an 840-foot amphibious assault vessel and the Navy said there were 160 sailors on board at the time of the incident. All personnel are accounted for, per the Navy. It was unclear where onboard the fire started. Officials initially said one person was treated for smoke inhalation.
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California CEO resigns over video showing racist outburst
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief executive of a California technology company resigned after the release of a video showing him using vulgar and racist language toward an Asian family at a restaurant.Solid8 CEO Michael Lofthouse resigned from the San Francisco Bay Area tech startup Saturday, KPIX-TV reports.Lofthouse issued a statement announcing his departure from Solid8, but he did not say if he was leaving voluntarily or at the request of the company.“My comments towards the families involved were racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate,” Lofthouse said.Jordan Chan said her family was celebrating her aunt’s birthday at the Lucia restaurant at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley July 4.
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'Plate-shaming' is happening in Atlantic Canada as locals fear those from outside the 'bubble'
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TORONTO -- Atlantic Canada’s reputation for being warm and welcoming has long been a source of pride. But instead of hospitality, the pandemic is exposing a glimpse of hostility aimed at those who are assumed to be outsiders. "Being from Halifax, growing up here all but eight years of my life, I really didn't expect this,” resident Tony Mountenay told CTV News. Tony and Debbie Mountenay chose to return to Nova Scotia during the pandemic because they were looking for a laid back retirement. As required, they isolated after they arrived. But then they decided to go out and run errands. "And we had three different incidents where people came up beside us, yelling at us, through the window, and when it first happened, we had to try to think, well what was that about?” Debbie said. The answer was the licence plate on their truck — showing that they came from Ontario.
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Lakers’ Anthony Davis to wear own name on jersey in Orlando
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis will wear his own name on the back of his jersey when the Los Angeles Lakers return to action.Davis confirmed his decision Sunday in a conference call from Orlando, where the Western Conference-leading Lakers are beginning team workouts.Davis and LeBron James both declined to choose a social justice message to replace their names on the back of their jerseys during the NBA restart.Davis, a seven-time NBA All-Star, said he was “torn between” choosing from among the 29 approved messages and sticking with his name.“For me, I think the name ‘Davis’ is something I try to represent every time I step on the floor,” he said. “I just think my last name is something that’s very important to me, and also social justice as well. But (I’m) just holding my family name and representing the name on the back to go through this process ... and people who have been with me through my entire career to help me get to this point, while still kind of bringing up things that we can do for social injustice.”
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New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month.Brenton Harrison Tarrant had pleaded guilty in March to 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist act for the shootings in Christchurch in 2019.His sentencing hearing, delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to begin in Christchurch on Aug. 24 and could last more than three days. The date was confirmed at a High Court session in Christchurch on Monday that was attended by some shooting survivors.Tarrant’s defense team, lawyers Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, applied during Monday’s hearing for permission to withdraw as his counsel, a role they have filled since April 2019. They told the court they had been instructed by Tarrant to withdraw as he wishes to exercise his right to represent himself.
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Washington NFL team to announce retirement of 'Redskins' nickname, reveal new name Monday
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Just less than two weeks after one of his most prominent corporate sponsors urged him to change the name of his football team, Washington owner Daniel Snyder plans to announce the retirement of the "Redskins" nickname and reveal a new team name Monday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement of a pending change had not been made.  The new name remains unknown, but Warriors, Red Wolves and Redtails have ranked among the post popular choices among fans on social media. Snyder has long ignored requests of Native American tribes and other organizations to change the name because some deem the term offensive, citing the fact that the dictionary classifies it as a racial slur. 
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As the pandemic rages, the Trump administration appears to be actively trying to discredit the disease expert who publicly disagreed with the President
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(CNN)As coronavirus cases surge in the United States, the White House is taking aim at the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. In a statement Saturday, a White House official told CNN that "several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things." The official went on to provide a lengthy list of examples, citing Fauci's comments early in the pandemic and linking to past interviews.These bullet points, which resembled opposition research on a political opponent, included Fauci downplaying the virus early on and a quote from March when Fauci said, "People should not be walking around with masks," among other comments.The move by the White House comes as President Donald Trump and Fauci are not speaking. The tension between the two men has grown publicly as the two have responded to one another through interviews and statements.
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