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A birdwatcher. A dog. Another viral racial incident in America

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It began with a black man's regular early-morning stroll to glimpse scarlet tanagers, the bright red songbirds found in the Ramble, a shady, meandering series of paths in New York's Central Park popular with birders and dog walkers.

But what unfolded on Memorial Day was far less serene, leading once again to a viral moment that raised ...Read more

Kaiser's virus patients needed more intense care than ones in China, study finds

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As health experts in the U.S. planned for a surge in coronavirus patients earlier this spring, they relied on data from China and elsewhere to estimate everything from how many hospital beds would be needed to demands for protective gear for doctors and nurses.

But new research out of Kaiser Permanente and UC Berkeley ...Read more

LA County allows churches, stores, pools, drive-in theaters to reopen with restrictions

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County announced Tuesday that it will align with California's latest guidelines and allow the resumption of faith-based services, in-store shopping at low-risk retail stores, drive-in movies and other recreational activities with restrictions.

The new order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, ...Read more

Twitter issues fact check of Trump tweets for the first time

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WASHINGTON -- Twitter issued a fact check of some of Donald Trump's tweets on Tuesday, marking the first time the U.S. president's favored social media platform has pushed back against him spreading falsehoods.

The move, which is likely to heighten tension between Trump and the social media giant, came in the form of a label under two of the ...Read more

'I will not be bullied.' Kentucky Gov. Beshear responds to effigy at Capitol

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A defiant Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday said he will not bow to fear and intimidation after protesters hung an effigy of him from a tree Sunday at the end of a 2nd Amendment rally on the Capitol grounds in Frankfort.

"I will not be afraid, I will not be bullied and I will not back down," Beshear said.

At the beginning...Read more

Biden to keynote Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's virtual convention

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's virtual convention Sunday, making an appeal directly to activists in a state President Donald Trump is targeting this fall.

Biden's appearance, which will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook, comes on...Read more

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District apologizes for 'inappropriate' question about slavery in S.C. students' homework

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.

The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the ...Read more

House Republicans sue Nancy Pelosi to block proxy voting rule

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WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with 20 other Republicans and four constituents, challenged the constitutionality of proxy voting in the chamber on Tuesday with a lawsuit aimed at Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The plaintiffs claim that the transition to proxy voting -- spurred by the coronavirus pandemic -- dilutes members' ...Read more

Hong Kong police say protesters have started blocking roads

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong police said protesters attempted to block roads and disrupt traffic early Wednesday morning, ahead of what could be the biggest day of demonstrations in months against China's moves to increase control of the city.

Officers were clearing roadblocks in multiple areas after a group of "thugs" sought to disrupt traffic with ...Read more

Trump targets California in latest attack on mail-in voting

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WASHINGTON -- Facing a potentially difficult path to reelection, President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his attacks on states using mail-in ballots, a scorched-earth campaign that could undermine confidence in the democratic process as the novel coronavirus threatens to make in-person voting more dangerous.

The president targeted California...Read more

Trump to make Florida the face of America's reopening at Cape Canaveral rocket launch

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MIAMI -- Grounded for weeks in Washington by the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump is returning to Florida on Wednesday for the first launch on American soil in nearly a decade of astronauts into space.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are set to attend an anticipated 4:33 p.m. EDT liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy ...Read more

Sources: Two top officials at Pa. veterans nursing home hit by 37 coronavirus deaths are suspended

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PHILADELPHIA -- The head of the Pennsylvania-run Southeastern Veterans' Center and a senior staffer there were placed on indefinite suspension Tuesday amid an investigation into operations at the nursing home where dozens have died from the coronavirus, according to a state senator and sources at the facility.

Rohan Blackwood, the center's ...Read more

UConn senior suspected in homicides remains on the run as family pleads with him to surrender

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Peter Manfredonia, the University of Connecticut senior suspected of killing two people and kidnapping a third before fleeing the state, took an Uber to a Walmart in Pennsylvania and was last seen walking down railroad tracks behind the store, Pennsylvania state police said Tuesday.

The manhunt for Manfredonia, who police say...Read more

District apologizes for 'inappropriate' question about slavery in S.C. students' homework

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A South Carolina school district is apologizing for a fourth-grade social studies assignment meant to teach students about slavery after complaints from parents.

The eLearning worksheet, assigned to all fourth-grade students in the Richland 1 school district, asked students to "write a journal entry responding to the following...Read more

Trump to NC governor: You have a week to decide on RNC

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President Donald Trump Tuesday escalated his threats over this summer's Republican National Convention, saying he needs a decision from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper "within a week" as to whether the convention can go forward as planned.

"We need a fast decision from the governor," the president told reporters at the White House. "He's been ...Read more

Washington state aims to regulate water temperature at federal dams, wading into controversy

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SEATTLE -- The Columbia is the great river of the West, winding from the north to meet its largest tributary, the Snake in Eastern Washington, then dividing the states of Oregon and Washington on its push to the sea. Big and powerful, its wild energy has been tamed to engineered stair steps controlled by locks and dams.

But what has worked well...Read more

Sens. Feinstein, Loeffler, Inhofe cleared in Justice Department stock trade probe

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is dropping its inquiry into Sen. Dianne Feinstein over stock trades made as the novel coronavirus struck the U.S. and roiled the economy, a person familiar with the matter said.

Feinstein, D-Calif., is among a handful of senators whose stock trades have been scrutinized by federal investigators to see if ...Read more

US consumer confidence stabilized in May on reopening optimism

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U.S. consumer confidence stabilized in May, indicating Americans are optimistic that the economic drubbing from the coronavirus pandemic will be short-lived.

The Conference Board's index rose by 0.9 point to 86.6, according to a report issued Tuesday. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists had called for a reading of 87.

The ...Read more

California reopening further, but LA County still stymied by coronavirus numbers

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LOS ANGELES -- California is moving into its third stage of reopening, a plan that is affecting some counties dramatically sooner than others.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that barbershops and hair salons would be allowed to reopen in many counties throughout the state. Newsom said 47 of California's 58 counties had already met the state...Read more

Air travel gets Memorial Day bump to levels unseen in weeks

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Air travel over the Memorial Day holiday weekend returned to levels not seen since plummeting in March when stay-home orders took effect across most of the U.S.

More than 318,000 people passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Thursday followed by 348,673 on Friday, topping 300,000 for the first time since March 23, according to ...Read more