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Michigan Gov. Whitmer, others to testify to Congress about pandemic response

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LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will testify before a congressional subcommittee Tuesday about Michigan's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she said Friday.

By then, Whitmer said, she may have news about further loosening of restrictions on Michigan's economy, she said at a news conference in Lansing.

"If it continues this way, I'm ...Read more

Missouri loses bid to shut down last abortion clinic in state

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A state judge Friday ruled against an attempt by Gov. Mike Parson's administration to shut down the lone abortion clinic in Missouri.

In a 97-page decision, Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi said Planned Parenthood demonstrated that it meets the requirements for renewal of its abortion facility ...Read more

Trump and Biden take contrasting approaches to Minneapolis crisis

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WASHINGTON -- In his first formal response to protests in Minneapolis sparked after a black man died in police custody, Joe Biden called for the nation to confront the persistence of systemic racism. His remarks came several hours after President Donald Trump called protesters "thugs" and warned in a message on Twitter that "when the looting ...Read more

'We don't have law and order': Black and Latino business owners face destruction in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Abdishakur Elmi looked on in horror as flames raged and smoke billowed from the roof of the brick building next to his restaurant.

A single truck and a few firefighters battled the blaze that had already consumed several neighboring businesses overnight in a gentrified section of East Lake Street. The police station had been set ...Read more

Flynn transcripts confirm talk of sanctions with Russian envoy

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WASHINGTON -- Newly declassified transcripts confirm that Michael Flynn, who became President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump's inauguration.

The transcripts from late 2016 and early 2017 that were released Friday by Republican senators show Flynn urging...Read more

ICE is testing migrants before deportation, but how it's doing so is problematic

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MIAMI -- The Department of Homeland Security is only testing a sample of the detainees it is removing from the United States and using a 15-minute rapid test to determine if they have the coronavirus.

The response by DHS to a Miami Herald inquiry comes as immigration advocates continue to call for an end to deportations amid surging COVID-19 ...Read more

George Floyd's death in Amy Klobuchar's home state renews scrutiny of her criminal justice record

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Amy Klobuchar has long been seen as a top contender to be Joe Biden's running mate, albeit with a glaring liability: her weak standing with black voters, a core Democratic constituency.

That vulnerability became even more acute this week after George Floyd, an African American man, died after being pinned to the ground by police in Klobuchar's ...Read more

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged in death of George Floyd

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter.

Freeman said this moved with extraordinary speed, that the investigation is continuing into other three officers, Freeman says. He said they have never charged a case this quickly before.

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GM to recall most of its hourly workers

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DETROIT -- General Motors will have brought back most of its 48,000 hourly workforce in the United States starting next week.

GM will resume production at its full-sized SUV plant as well as the plant that makes its Cadillac compact SUV on Monday. GM also said it will increase production at its other North American SUV and pickup plants ...Read more

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz confronts criticism over protests, investigation response

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A somber Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday vowed to restore order after a third night of protests and violence in response to George Floyd's death in police custody led to the breach and destruction of a Minneapolis police precinct and dozens of other buildings across the city.

"What the world has witnessed since the killing of ...Read more

Ellison expects charges soon against officers tied to George Floyd's death

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Friday that he has "every expectation" authorities will press charges against the Minneapolis police officers involved in the death this week of George Floyd.

In a live interview on CNN, Ellison attributed the lack of charges several days since Floyd died to prosecutors with the ...Read more

George Floyd protesters set Minneapolis police station on fire; National Guard called in

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Protesters late Thursday lobbed bottles, trampled a perimeter fence, broke windows and overran a Minneapolis police station that has become the epicenter of outrage over the death of George Floyd. Crowds continued to ransack the station, burn cars and fire guns in the air early Friday.

It was near the station that four officers ...Read more

Every single worker has COVID at one US farm on eve of harvest

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All of the roughly 200 employees on a produce farm in Tennessee tested positive for COVID-19 this month. In New Jersey, more than 50 workers had the virus at a farm in Gloucester County, adding to nearly 60 who fell ill in neighboring Salem County. Almost 170 were reported to get the disease at a tomato and strawberry greenhouse complex in ...Read more

Canada's COVID hot zone is even deadlier than Chicago or LA

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The city's death rate has been staggering: higher than those of almost every U.S. state, higher than in greater Chicago, Los Angeles or Toronto.

The place is Montreal, the business and cultural center of Quebec, where the coronavirus pandemic has struck the elderly with unusual savagery. The struggle to contain the outbreak has forced the ...Read more

Trump's order on social media meets swift resistance

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WASHINGTON -- Even before it was signed Thursday, President Donald Trump's executive order encouraging federal regulators to reconsider legal immunity for social media companies was pilloried by a diverse coalition of opponents who questioned the order's legality and Trump's motivations.

The order, signed by Trump on the heels of a multiday ...Read more

Detroit police chief condemns Minneapolis cops' actions in arrest, calls it 'murder'

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DETROIT -- Detroit's police chief stood with community leaders Thursday to condemn four Minneapolis police officers who were fired for their involvement in the videotaped arrest of a man who died after one of the cops knelt on his neck for several minutes.

George Floyd, 46, died on Memorial Day after officers were investigating him as a suspect...Read more

Deadly arrest in Minneapolis ignites protests in St. Louis region

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ST. LOUIS -- About 100 protesters in Ferguson and downtown St. Louis gathered Thursday in solidarity with Minneapolis protesters amid national outrage over the death of an African American man in police custody on Monday.

In a widely viewed bystander video of the arrest, George Floyd can be seen and heard telling an arresting officer, ...Read more

Nursing home residents account for 1 in 4 COVID deaths in Michigan

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DETROIT -- At least one in four coronavirus deaths in Michigan have been residents of nursing homes, according to preliminary state data.

The head of the state Department of Health and Human Services told lawmakers this week that 1,216 deaths in Michigan -- 23% of deaths in the state through Tuesday -- have been attributed to nursing home ...Read more

CNN news team released from custody after arrest while covering George Floyd protests on live TV

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A CNN reporter and his production crew were released from custody less than two hours after being arrested in Minneapolis Friday morning during a live broadcast about the ongoing protests over the officer-involved death of George Floyd.

News correspondent Omar Jimenez and his team were taken into custody because they allegedly didn't heed a ...Read more

Twitter flags tweet by Trump as 'glorifying violence' as protests rage in Minneapolis

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Twitter has tagged a tweet by President Donald Trump as a violation of its rules "about glorifying violence" after he threatened a harsh crackdown on protests in Minneapolis, warning that "any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

The move by the social-media giant is sure to inflame the ...Read more