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Trump says G7 summit will be postponed, to invite non-members

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he will postpone the G7 summit to September and plans to invite non-member countries Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to attend.

Trump told reporters traveling with him from Florida to Washington that the G7, which was scheduled to take place in late June in Camp David, is a "very outdated ...Read more

New era of spaceflight dawns as SpaceX sends NASA astronauts into orbit

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Riding a crackling flame out of Earth's atmosphere, two NASA astronauts on Saturday became the first to reach orbit in a craft designed and owned by a private company -- marking a new era in spaceflight.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley rocketed to space Saturday afternoon inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, en route to the International...Read more

'It's worse today than it was back then': Watching Minneapolis, some Angelenos recall Rodney King

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LOS ANGELES -- For millions who've watched it since Monday, George Floyd's final plea to the Minneapolis police officer now charged with his murder was an echo of Eric Garner's dying words: "I can't breathe."

For the second time in six years, those words have become a rallying cry for protesters across the country, including hundreds in Los ...Read more

Trump vows to stop 'mob violence' in protests over Floyd death

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump vowed his administration would end what he called "mob violence" in U.S. cities following the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Minnesota police, blaming leftist groups for clashes with police and property damage around the nation.

"The mobs are devastating the life's work of good people and ...Read more

Mom-and-pop stores hit in downtown LA looting are 'immigrant-owned, run by black and brown folks'

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LOS ANGELES -- Claudia Oliveira, a board member of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, showed up on Broadway with more than a dozen volunteers Saturday morning to sweep up broken glass and swab down walls.

A Brazilian immigrant, Oliveira grew up in Minneapolis. She said she understood the anger and the outrage that boiled over Friday...Read more

Flynn judge preparing his own defense for US Appeals Court

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WASHINGTON -- The federal judge presiding over Michael Flynn's criminal case has landed in the rarest of positions for a presumed neutral party, ordered to defend himself by Monday from accusations that he overstepped. Of course, U.S. judges, who enjoy lifetime tenure, are frequently overruled by higher courts.

But legal minds are hard-pressed ...Read more

Columbus, Ohio, NAACP president asks police to step back to preserve peace

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The protests on Friday night looked very different than what took place Thursday, said Nana Watson, president of the Columbus Chapter of the NAACP.

She said the protesters clearly deployed a different strategy and were much more spread out in areas.

She reiterated the gospel she has preached since the unrest began.

"People ...Read more

Protesters block St. Louis interstate for hours before gunshots disperse crowds

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ST. LOUIS -- Protesters in St. Louis took to the streets Friday night and early Saturday in solidarity with protesters in Minneapolis and across the U.S. after the death of George Floyd, a black American who died earlier this week in Minneapolis. A police officer was charged Friday in his death.

The final protesters blocked Interstate 44 ...Read more

US Justice Department intervenes in lawsuit opposing Whitmer's coronavirus orders

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LANSING, Mich. -- The U.S. Justice Department put the weight of its office Friday behind a business lawsuit seeking to overturn some of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The governor said the development was a White House move that "seeks to undermine the health and safety of Michigan ...Read more

Violence rocks Atlanta as peaceful protest ends in flames

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta woke up Saturday to shattered glass and the burned hulks of police cars following a protest that turned into violent chaos and looting overnight.

Rioters burned police cars and smashed their way into stores in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead despite pleas by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and civil rights activists who urged ...Read more

Moscow sees few prospects for New Start nuclear disarmament treaty

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MOSCOW -- Russia sees little chance of maintaining the New Start nuclear disarmament treaty now that the U.S. has announced it is pulling out of the Open Skies treaty.

Russian President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly called a meeting of the country's security council on Saturday to discuss the outlook for the renewal of both treaties.

Currently, ...Read more

Scientists warn of 'superspreaders' as San Diego flocks to restaurants, salons

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SAN DIEGO -- Churches. Hair salons. Restaurants. Malls. What do they all have in common?

They've all been cleared to reopen in San Diego County amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- and by and large, they all require people to congregate inside, potentially with strangers.

This comes as an increasingly vocal group of scientists has sounded ...Read more

Italy to open travel even as local officials fret over Lombardy

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Italy's health minister confirmed the country can go ahead with the plan to start allowing travel across the nation next week, even as some local governors oppose letting people from the hard-hit Lombardy region move freely.

Data on the spread of the virus is improving and allows for the reopening among regions, Health Minister Roberto Speranza...Read more

Minnesota Gov. Walz: We're 'under assault' from outside agitators

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Shaken by another night of chaos that overwhelmed law enforcement, Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday he will fully mobilize the National Guard to combat what he called a "tightly controlled" group of outside agitators, some of them from out of state, who have turned city streets into scenes of looting and arson.

The struggle to control...Read more

Killing of federal security officer during Oakland protest was 'domestic terrorism,' DHS official says

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- A shooting in which one federal security officer was killed and another critically wounded during protests Friday night in downtown Oakland was an act of domestic terrorism, according to federal authorities.

Department of Homeland Security officials said at a press conference Saturday that the two federal protective officers ...Read more

Merkel, citing global virus, may skip Trump's rescheduled G-7

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated she may not travel to the U.S. in June to attend a physical meeting of the Group of Seven leaders, an event that President Donald Trump heralded as a great sign of "normalization."

"Given the current state of events, in view of the overall pandemic situation, she's unable to confirm her personal ...Read more

'A lot of confusion.' Sunbathers flock to Fort Lauderdale Beach on first open weekend

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MIAMI -- No chairs, no coolers, no umbrellas: That's the official mantra of lifeguards and police officers at Fort Lauderdale Beach Saturday morning, the first sunny weekend since Broward county beaches reopened on Tuesday. While there are other rules in place for residents who wish to venture out to the beach after two months of prohibition, ...Read more

More than 500 arrests after looting and vandalism sweep downtown LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police arrested more than 500 people after protests against police brutality led to a night and morning of vandalism and looting on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

The LAPD spent much of Friday night and Saturday morning trying to clear the streets as people smashed windows, stole items from stores, clashed with ...Read more

Derek Chauvin in custody; other 3 Minneapolis officers lie low

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Twin Cities enter an anxious and uncertain weekend, fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in custody and accused of murder, while the three other ex-officers present at George Floyd's fatal arrest are keeping an extremely low profile.

Tou Thao, videotaped watching as Chauvin continued to press on Floyd's neck ...Read more

EU urges US to reconsider decision to break ties with WHO

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The European Union called on the U.S. to reconsider its decision to terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, which President Donald Trump has accused of being too deferential to China.

"Global cooperation and solidarity through multilateral efforts are the only effective and viable avenues to win this battle the world is ...Read more