Florida smashes record for most new COVID-19 cases any state has in a single day

Source: Palm Beach Post Numbers are going in the wrong direction for Florida. On Sunday, the state hit a one-day record of 15,300 positive cases for COVID-19, bringing the overall total to 269,811, according to the Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection. This mark shattered the previous high of 12,274 set by New York on April 4. The 45 deaths … Continue reading Florida smashes record for most new COVID-19 cases any state has in a single day

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Top U.S. health official says ‘simple’ behavior changes would curb pandemic

Source: NBC News America does not need another large-scale shutdown to contain the surging coronavirus pandemic, the top official coordinating the Trump administration’s COVID-19 testing said on Sunday. Adm. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that America could “achieve the same results” as a broad shutdown and dramatically lower the coronavirus’ … Continue reading Top U.S. health official says ‘simple’ behavior changes would curb pandemic

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Trump wears mask in public setting for the first time during visit to hospital

Source: NBC News President Donald Trump on Saturday wore a mask in a public setting for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck the nation in earnest in March. Trump wore a black mask during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The institution requires mask-wearing as a means of preventing spread of COVID-19, but the president has not always … Continue reading Trump wears mask in public setting for the first time during visit to hospital

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WHO expands coronavirus guidance after pressure from scientists over airborne spread

Source: NBC News The World Health Organization expanded its coronavirus guidance on Thursday to include the possibility in certain circumstances of airborne transmission, in which the virus could be spread through tiny droplets that linger in the air. The update came after more than 200 scientists signed an open letter pressing the agency this week to acknowledge the risk of airborne transmission among people in crowded, … Continue reading WHO expands coronavirus guidance after pressure from scientists over airborne spread

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Supreme Court keeps hold on secret Russia investigation material

Source: Los Angeles Times The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election. The justices agreed to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The high court’s action will keep the documents out of congressional hands … Continue reading Supreme Court keeps hold on secret Russia investigation material

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Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, Sources Say

Source: NBC New York Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and heiress who became a confidante of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and was later accused of involvement in his alleged sexual crimes, has been arrested by the FBI, two senior law enforcement sources tell News 4 New York. She was arrested in Bedford, New Hampshire around 8:30 a.m. on charges she conspired with Epstein to sexually … Continue reading Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, Sources Say

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Global COVID-19 Deaths Top 500,000

Source: NPR The coronavirus pandemic reached a new milestone on Sunday, with confirmed deaths surpassing half a million around the world and the number of confirmed cases topping 10 million. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, there were 10,063,319 confirmed cases and 500,108 deaths globally by late Sunday afternoon. The number of cases is likely much higher, with the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading Global COVID-19 Deaths Top 500,000

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Health secretary says “window is closing” to get coronavirus under control

Source: Axios Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that the “Window is closing” for the U.S. to take action and get the coronavirus under control, calling the current state of the outbreak a “Very, very serious situation.” Throughout the pandemic, health officials on the White House coronavirus task force have sounded the alarm about the seriousness … Continue reading Health secretary says “window is closing” to get coronavirus under control

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Facebook just lost one of the biggest advertisers in the world for the rest of 2020

Source: NBC News Global consumer packaged goods company Unilever, whose brands include Lipton tea and Dove beauty products, announced Friday that it will halt its advertising on Facebook for the rest of the year, joining a growing movement to stop spending ad dollars with the social media company. The moves come as social justice organizations and advertising watchdogs have teamed up to pressure companies with details … Continue reading Facebook just lost one of the biggest advertisers in the world for the rest of 2020

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Feds sent more than 1 million stimulus checks to dead people, totaling $1.4 billion

Source: NBC News More than a million Americans who had died received COVID-19 stimulus payments totaling $1.4 billion, a government watchdog said Thursday in a report to Congress. The finding is part of a sweeping review of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by the Government Accountability Office, an independent nonpartisan congressional agency. The GAO report also said that the IRS does not have a plan to notify … Continue reading Feds sent more than 1 million stimulus checks to dead people, totaling $1.4 billion

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Senate Democrats block GOP policing bill, calling it ‘irrevocably flawed’ and ‘partisan’

Source: NBC News Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked Republicans from taking up a bill to overhaul policing in a 55-45 vote, calling the legislation flawed and a nonstarter. Before debate on the bill, which needed 60 votes, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted Republicans for what he called a “partisan” and “irrevocably flawed” approach to fixing the problem of police brutality. The Republican bill would … Continue reading Senate Democrats block GOP policing bill, calling it ‘irrevocably flawed’ and ‘partisan’

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Justice Department exerted political influence to push for lighter sentence in Roger Stone case, former prosecutor says

Source: NBC News A government lawyer says he resigned from the team prosecuting longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone because the Justice Department inappropriately pushed for a more lenient sentence. “I have never seen political influence play a role in prosecutorial decision making, with one exception: United States v. Roger Stone,” said federal prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky in testimony prepared for a hearing Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee. Full Story … Continue reading Justice Department exerted political influence to push for lighter sentence in Roger Stone case, former prosecutor says

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WHO Says Coronavirus is ‘Accelerating’ as CDC Predicts Up to 145,000 U.S. Deaths by July 11

Source: US News and World Report THE World Health Organization on Friday said the previous day saw the most new cases reported to the group in a single day so far. More than 150,000 new cases were reported to WHO, nearly half of which came from the Americas. Health officials report more than 8.5 million cases of the virus and nearly 455,000 deaths, according to Johns … Continue reading WHO Says Coronavirus is ‘Accelerating’ as CDC Predicts Up to 145,000 U.S. Deaths by July 11

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Retail Sales Bounce Up 17.7% After Record Drop As States Reopen

Source: NPR As more states and cities reopened restaurants and shopping centers, U.S. retail spending swung big in May, climbing 17.7%, the U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday. May’s upswing follows a record historic collapse in March and April, when retail spending nosedived as people avoided outings for food or shopping, especially for clothes and furniture. Retail sales – a measure that includes spending on gasoline, cars, … Continue reading Retail Sales Bounce Up 17.7% After Record Drop As States Reopen

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North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South in Kaesong

Source: BBC North Korea has blown up its joint liaison office with the South near the border town of Kaesong, South Korean officials say. Tensions between North and South Korea have been escalating for weeks, prompted by defector groups in the south sending propaganda into the north. In recent weeks, North Korea has repeatedly condemned the South for allowing propaganda across the border. The two states … Continue reading North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South in Kaesong

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