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'Terrifying': Lake of the Ozarks worker must return to job, but fears virus in crowds

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When Tinara Lynch got a call from her employer, Land Shark Bar and Grill restaurant at Lake of the Ozarks, she felt stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Lynch, who is 21, could choose not to go back to work when the restaurant reopened, in which case she would be kicked off the unemployment benefits she'd been living off of since she and her ...Read more

New York looks to 'turn the page' on coronavirus and focus on reopening economy

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New York, once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in America, will reopen several more counties this week as officials turn more of their attention to addressing the economic fallout of social distancing measures.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, which had been closed for two months, and ...Read more

St. Cloud diocese to file for bankruptcy, pay $22.5 million to abuse survivors

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Diocese of St. Cloud will pay $22.5 million to sexual abuse survivors and declare bankruptcy under the terms of a settlement agreement announced Tuesday.

The agreement, subject to a bankruptcy court filing expected in the next few weeks, addresses allegations made against 41 priests by some 70 survivors dating back to the ...Read more

Sen. Dianne Feinstein cleared by Justice Department for husband's stock trades

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department is dropping its inquiry into Sen. Dianne Feinstein for 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., was among a handful of senators whose stock trades have been scrutinized by federal investigators to see if ...Read more

YouTube deletes comments critical of China's Communist Party

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YouTube has been deleting comments critical of China's ruling party due to a software flaw, the company said on Tuesday in response to criticism of the practice.

Users of the online video giant, a division of Alphabet Inc.'s Google, flagged that certain comments posted below videos critical of the Chinese Communist Party were quickly deleted.

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4 police officers fired as FBI investigates in-custody death of man in south Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Federal authorities are investigating a white Minneapolis police officer for possible civil rights violations, after a video surfaced Monday that showed him kneeling on a handcuffed African American man's neck and ignoring the man's protests that he couldn't breathe. The man later died.

The four officers involved in the incident ...Read more

Coronavirus hit meat plants just as workers were being asked to speed up

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The coronavirus began to spread through U.S. slaughterhouses this spring just when workers, already performing some of the most dangerous jobs anywhere, were being asked to take more risks by going faster.

Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued ...Read more

Florida coronavirus cases push past 52,000 as death toll rises to 2,259

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MIAMI -- Florida's Department of Health confirmed 509 additional cases of COVID-19 statewide as beaches, hotels and gyms reopened in Broward County on Tuesday morning. The state now has a total of 52,255 confirmed cases.

There were also seven new deaths announced, raising the statewide death toll to 2,259.

Tuesday's daily total of newly ...Read more

Georgia Republicans aim to 'safely host' RNC; Atlanta mayor raises concerns

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ATLANTA -- Georgia's GOP leaders are laying out the welcome mat for the Republican National Convention, stoked by President Donald Trump's threats to move the August gathering from Charlotte, N.C., unless the state's governor can guarantee full attendance.

Atlanta's mayor, meanwhile, is firmly opposed to the idea.

Gov. Brian Kemp said Georgia ...Read more

Supreme Court refuses for now to block release of prisoners due to COVID-19

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal from Trump administration lawyers who sought to preemptively block the release of any inmates from an Ohio prison who were at high risk for COVID-19.

Over dissents from three conservatives, the court said it would not intervene for now.

But the court left the door open for the ...Read more

California battle over reopening churches isn't over despite new coronavirus rules

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LOS ANGELES -- California's new plan to allow churches and religious institutions to reopen in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic marks a major step forward.

But it still will alter religious services in dramatic ways, and it's unlikely to end the push by some churches to allow more regular operations.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has faced lawsuits ...Read more

Judge moves Rep. Devin Nunes' Washington Post lawsuit. It's his second court setback in a week

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WASHINGTON -- A Virginia judge overseeing a pair of Rep. Devin Nunes' lawsuits against news organizations handed the California Republican two setbacks in one week, granting motions by The Washington Post and CNN to move the cases to other jurisdictions.

In both decisions, Judge Robert E. Payne wrote there was "no logical connection" for the ...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

RNC 2020: North Carolina says Republicans need a pandemic plan with 'several scenarios'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Prompted by President Donald Trump's threat to pull the Republican National Convention from Charlotte unless "full attendance" was allowed, North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen requested a written COVID-19 safety plan from the CEO of the Republican National Convention Monday.

In a letter obtained by ...Read more

U.S. government's most experienced watchdog steps down

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WASHINGTON -- Glenn Fine, a top official in the Pentagon inspector general's office, stepped down Tuesday in the latest installment of a recent drama over internal oversight in the Trump administration.

Fine, who is one of five inspectors general to have been recently demoted or dismissed by President Donald Trump, issued a statement ...Read more

Supreme Court won't block order to move inmates threatened by virus

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court left in force a judge's order that could require federal prison officials to move hundreds of inmates out of an Ohio facility where at least nine people have died from the coronavirus.

The justices on Tuesday rejected calls from President Donald Trump's administration to block the order. U.S. Solicitor ...Read more

Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend in five years. Cops come under fire for its policing of social distancing

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CHICAGO -- Chicago experienced its deadliest Memorial Day weekend in five years -- at least 10 people shot to death and 40 others wounded -- despite a stay-at-home order and stepped-up police patrols.

The death toll nearly matched the long holiday weekend of 2015 when 12 people were killed. Last year, seven people were fatally shot and 43 ...Read more

Putin says Russia passed peak of epidemic, orders WWII parade

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President Vladimir Putin said Russia has passed the peak of the coronavirus epidemic and ordered preparations to resume for military parades marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II victory.

Moscow and other cities should stage the postponed May 9 Victory Day parades on June 24, "given that the situation in the country as a whole, in ...Read more

Widower of Joe Scarborough's former intern calls on Twitter to delete Trump's murder conspiracy tweets

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As President Donald Trump continues floating wild, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories on Twitter, the widower of one of his favorite subjects has personally asked CEO Jack Dorsey to help.

Timothy Klausutis, in a letter obtained by the New York Times, pleaded with Dorsey to delete Trump's tweets accusing former Congressman Joe Scarborough of ...Read more

FBI, state investigating in-custody death of man in south Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The FBI has joined the investigation into the in-custody death of a man on Minneapolis' South Side Monday evening, who was seen in a bystander's video repeatedly telling police he couldn't breathe as they held him down.

The man, whose identity wasn't released but who is thought to be in his 40s, died at a nearby hospital a short ...Read more