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Op-ed: Why social media CEOs like Zuckerberg and Dorsey secretly like fueling debate over fake news


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 13:30:01 GMT

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The social media war between President Trump and Twitter over free speech, hate speech and content moderation shows again that tech CEOs prefer to argue over fake news than real regulation.

Read more: Op-ed: Why social media CEOs like Zuckerberg and Dorsey secretly like fueling debate over fake news


Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo had coronavirus — here's his story and his plan to reopen


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 13:13:56 GMT

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Charlie Giancarlo knows what it feels like to get the coronavirus. He wants to ensure that the company's employees stay healthy as states reopen.

Read more: Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo had coronavirus — here's his story and his plan to reopen


Live updates: Police and protesters clash in another night of violence after killing of George Floyd


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 13:43:04 GMT

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Mayors of major cities imposed curfews and governors mobilized state National Guard in an effort to keep the peace overnight but tensions boiled over.

Read more: Live updates: Police and protesters clash in another night of violence after killing of George Floyd


SpaceX launches two NASA astronauts to space for the first time in historic US mission


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 00:39:32 GMT

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SpaceX began a new chapter in the history of United States spaceflight on Saturday, launching two NASA astronauts for the first time.

Read more: SpaceX launches two NASA astronauts to space for the first time in historic US mission


Watch live: SpaceX set to launch NASA astronauts for the first time


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 20:50:02 GMT

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SpaceX is set to launch NASA astronauts for the first time on Saturday.

Read more: Watch live: SpaceX set to launch NASA astronauts for the first time


Nike releases 'Don't Do It' ad addressing racism in America


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 16:47:32 GMT

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Nike released a video Friday night titled "For Once, Don't Do It," addressing racism and imploring consumers not to ignore the issue

Read more: Nike releases 'Don't Do It' ad addressing racism in America


Here is the blow-by-blow timeline of the successful SpaceX-NASA launch


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 20:49:01 GMT

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SpaceX is going for its second attempt on Saturday to launch NASA astronauts

Read more: Here is the blow-by-blow timeline of the successful SpaceX-NASA launch


Gary Vaynerchuk: How to make the most of a huge TikTok opportunity


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 15:28:56 GMT

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Serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk says there are profitable side-hustle opportunities for content creators and influencers on TikTok.

Read more: Gary Vaynerchuk: How to make the most of a huge TikTok opportunity


From pools to beaches to barbecues, health experts weigh the coronavirus risk tied to summertime fun


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 15:00:01 GMT

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There's no activity that doesn't come without risk, health professionals warn. However, there are some that may have reduced risk of Covid-19 infection or ways to safeguard yourself and others.

Read more: From pools to beaches to barbecues, health experts weigh the coronavirus risk tied to summertime fun


Short-term rental market faces consolidation as start-ups and small landlords offload properties


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 22:23:38 GMT

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Venture-funded companies and mom and pop businesses in the short-term rental market are offloading properties after the coronavirus dramatically curtailed travel.

Read more: Short-term rental market faces consolidation as start-ups and small landlords offload properties


NASA and other innovators work to redesign ventilators for Covid-19 patients


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 14:36:44 GMT

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NASA scientists as well as other innovators are busy developing alternatives to the traditional ventilator being used worldwide to treat severe cases of Covid-19.

Read more: NASA and other innovators work to redesign ventilators for Covid-19 patients


Why politicians shouldn't be the public face of the coronavirus response


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 14:30:01 GMT

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Public health experts say the CDC's voice is desperately needed.

Read more: Why politicians shouldn't be the public face of the coronavirus response


These are the most dangerous jobs in America in the age of coronavirus


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 14:00:01 GMT

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A study by Marissa Baker, an assistant professor in the University of Washington School of Public Health, looked at jobs in the U.S. that pose danger to infectious diseases like Covid-19.

Read more: These are the most dangerous jobs in America in the age of coronavirus


Cities impose curfews, National Guard mobilizes as U.S. faces another night of unrest after George Floyd killing


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 13:21:44 GMT

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Major cities such as Atlanta, Seattle, Los Angeles and Columbus as well as Minneapolis among others have imposed curfews as they brace for more unrest. The governors of Minnesota, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky have mobilized the National Guard.

Read more: Cities impose curfews, National Guard mobilizes as U.S. faces another night of unrest after George Floyd killing


University of Michigan is taking steps to bring students back on campus this fall


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 13:30:02 GMT

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The University of Michigan said it is taking steps to bring students back on campus, although going to football games might be harder to imagine.

Read more: University of Michigan is taking steps to bring students back on campus this fall


'This could be the year' for active management, says NYSE head of exchange-traded products


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 13:00:01 GMT

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This could be the year for actively managed ETFs to shine as the stock market embraces new normal, says head of exchange-traded products at the New York Stock Exchange Douglas Yones.

Read more: 'This could be the year' for active management, says NYSE head of exchange-traded products


Mark Zuckerberg says Trump's posts do not violate Facebook policy


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 00:08:38 GMT

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday said a post by President Donald Trump in which he says "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" does not violate the company's policies and will remain online.

Read more: Mark Zuckerberg says Trump's posts do not violate Facebook policy


Michael Flynn transcripts released, calls with Russian diplomat detailed


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 22:58:14 GMT

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Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. at the time, Sergey Kislyak. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice moved to drop its case against Flynn.

Read more: Michael Flynn transcripts released, calls with Russian diplomat detailed


SpaceX prototype Starship rocket explodes after test in Texas


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 02:05:20 GMT

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A fourth prototype of SpaceX's next-generation Starship rocket exploded on Friday after a test at the company's development facility in Texas.

Read more: SpaceX prototype Starship rocket explodes after test in Texas


Next coronavirus stimulus bill will be the 'final' one, Mitch McConnell says


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 01:23:19 GMT

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As McConnell pledges caution, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are pushing him to quickly approve more coronavirus relief measures.

Read more: Next coronavirus stimulus bill will be the 'final' one, Mitch McConnell says


Led by Tesla, electric vehicle sales are predicted to surge in 2021


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 18:15:58 GMT

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"There's pent-up demand for electric vehicles," said Sam Jaffe, managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors. "We will see a combination of factors make 2021 an inflection point for the sale of electric vehicles."

Read more: Led by Tesla, electric vehicle sales are predicted to surge in 2021


New York City is on track to begin 'phase one' reopening on June 8, Gov. Cuomo says


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 19:38:06 GMT

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New York City, closed down due to the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to begin a "phase one" reopening on June 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

Read more: New York City is on track to begin 'phase one' reopening on June 8, Gov. Cuomo says


Ex-Minneapolis cop charged with murder in death of George Floyd


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 02:34:42 GMT

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Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck before he died, is in custody and has been charged with murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Friday.

Read more: Ex-Minneapolis cop charged with murder in death of George Floyd


Shares of Salesforce continue to fall after company provides light guidance


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 20:02:06 GMT

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The company on Thursday issued guidance for the full fiscal year that was softer than what analysts had expected.

Read more: Shares of Salesforce continue to fall after company provides light guidance


Barack Obama says death of George Floyd at Minneapolis police hands 'shouldn't be normal in 2020 America'


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 18:30:52 GMT

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Barack Obama cited the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery in a tweet calling the disparate treatment of racial minorities in the United States "maddeningly 'normal.'"

Read more: Barack Obama says death of George Floyd at Minneapolis police hands 'shouldn't be normal in 2020 America'


Heat wave scorches parts of U.S. and India; Siberia experiences record high temperatures


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 17:09:08 GMT

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The heatwave in Siberia raises major concerns over devastating wildfires breaking out this summer as climate change accelerates permafrost melt in much of the Arctic region.

Read more: Heat wave scorches parts of U.S. and India; Siberia experiences record high temperatures


North Carolina, GOP convention planners at an impasse over social distancing


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 21:00:55 GMT

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Republican National Convention organizers appear to have hit an impasse with the state of North Carolina over whether they will be required to practice social distancing at the party's nominating convention, scheduled to be held in Charlotte in late August.

Read more: North Carolina, GOP convention planners at an impasse over social distancing


Company executives expect recovery within a year, and some still see a 'V,' survey shows


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 17:09:17 GMT

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Three-quarters of top-level corporate officers said in a survey by the TMF Group that they are at least "somewhat confident" about the economy.

Read more: Company executives expect recovery within a year, and some still see a 'V,' survey shows


CDC quietly revises coronavirus warnings on reopening religious sites, adds First Amendment note


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 17:32:25 GMT

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"This guidance is not intended to infringe on rights protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," the new guidance says.

Read more: CDC quietly revises coronavirus warnings on reopening religious sites, adds First Amendment note


Sanofi suspends recruitment for coronavirus clinical trials testing hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 16:46:56 GMT

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The French drugmaker is also putting a hold on supplying the drug on off-label use to treat Covid-19 until safety concerns are cleared by the World Health Organization.

Read more: Sanofi suspends recruitment for coronavirus clinical trials testing hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns

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SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronaut capsule closes in on space station


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 13:39:38 GMT

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US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are under an hour away from docking with the ISS.

Read more: SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronaut capsule closes in on space station


George Floyd death: Widespread unrest as curfews defied across US


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 11:29:58 GMT

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Police struggle to stem arson, damage and looting following the death of a black man in custody.

Read more: George Floyd death: Widespread unrest as curfews defied across US


George Floyd: ‘As a black American I am terrified’


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:07:21 GMT

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After the death of George Floyd, young African-Americans in Minneapolis say they are scared for their safety.

Read more: George Floyd: ‘As a black American I am terrified’


Mining firm Rio Tinto sorry for destroying Aboriginal caves


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 13:50:51 GMT

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The caves in Western Australia sheltered prehistoric people in the Ice Age 46,000 years ago.

Read more: Mining firm Rio Tinto sorry for destroying Aboriginal caves


Coronavirus: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive after lockdown party


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 20:41:05 GMT

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Spanish police are investigating whether a party attended by Prince Joachim breached lockdown rules.

Read more: Coronavirus: Belgian Prince Joachim tests positive after lockdown party


Burkina Faso gunmen 'kill 20 at cattle market' in Kompienga


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 11:16:49 GMT

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The gunmen arrived on motorbikes, shooting into the crowded market, reports say.

Read more: Burkina Faso gunmen 'kill 20 at cattle market' in Kompienga


Trump delays 'outdated' G7 leaders' summit


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 00:58:20 GMT

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The US president says he is postponing this year's meeting and wants to invite other leaders as well.

Read more: Trump delays 'outdated' G7 leaders' summit


Amazon UK website defaced with racist abuse


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 10:26:22 GMT

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The online giant blames a "bad actor" for the language appearing alongside multiple product listings.

Read more: Amazon UK website defaced with racist abuse


Coronavirus: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 15:28:34 GMT

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The president is urged to reconsider, after accusing the health body of being a "puppet of China".

Read more: Coronavirus: Backlash after Trump signals US exit from WHO


Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 10:08:34 GMT

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Some restrictions on vulnerable people shielding from coronavirus are to be eased after 10 weeks.

Read more: Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday


Tombstoning warning as three hurt jumping from sea arch


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 12:37:20 GMT

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The casualties had jumped into the sea from the Durdle Door arch near Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

Read more: Tombstoning warning as three hurt jumping from sea arch


Coronavirus: Italy's Tower of Pisa reopens after three months shut


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 12:47:49 GMT

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Only 15 at a time will be allowed up the tourist attraction, and they will have to wear masks.

Read more: Coronavirus: Italy's Tower of Pisa reopens after three months shut


The stories you may have missed this week


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 05:46:43 GMT

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From social distancing dinner dates to candle scents inspired by pubs, here are some stories you may have missed this week.

Read more: The stories you may have missed this week


George Floyd death: Violence breaks out amid US protests


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 00:29:22 GMT

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Images from street protests across the US on Saturday following the death of black man George Floyd.

Read more: George Floyd death: Violence breaks out amid US protests


LGBT: Covid-19 forced me back home where I'm 'unwanted'


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:02:38 GMT

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'Emma' lost her job and had to move back to the village where she feels 'misunderstood'.

Read more: LGBT: Covid-19 forced me back home where I'm 'unwanted'


US rapper Killer Mike: Do not burn your own house down


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 15:43:38 GMT

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Rapper Killer Mike delivers an impassioned plea to protesters in Atlanta, after clashes over the killing of George Floyd.

Read more: US rapper Killer Mike: Do not burn your own house down


Peru's most catastrophic natural disaster


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:04:09 GMT

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On 31 May 1970 an earthquake struck in Peru, triggering a landslide and leading to the deaths of 70,000.

Read more: Peru's most catastrophic natural disaster


Coronavirus: Belgian zoo comes back to life from lockdown


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 23:07:13 GMT

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After two months without visitors, Pairi Daiza is welcoming the public back, but in smaller numbers.

Read more: Coronavirus: Belgian zoo comes back to life from lockdown


Before and after UK lockdown... from the skies


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 08:54:12 GMT

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Aerial shots show how the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we use public spaces.

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Remi Wolf on how she makes music videos in lockdown


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 23:00:52 GMT

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How rising star Remi Wolf made the promotional video for her new track in the middle of the pandemic.

Read more: Remi Wolf on how she makes music videos in lockdown


What is it like being at school in South Korea?


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 23:00:13 GMT

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Strict safety measures are in place, but more than 200 schools have been forced to close just days after they re-opened.

Read more: What is it like being at school in South Korea?


In mid-Pacific with nowhere to land


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:17:47 GMT

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A group of performers were halfway across the ocean in a 75ft boat when the pandemic erupted - leaving them with nowhere to go.

Read more: In mid-Pacific with nowhere to land


My Money: 'Our alternative quarantine holiday'


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:19:09 GMT

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Alyssa Hulme from Utah in the US takes us through her weekly spending during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: My Money: 'Our alternative quarantine holiday'


Brothers' Home: South Korea's 1980s 'concentration camp'


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:22:07 GMT

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In the 1980s, innocent children and adults were taken off South Korea's streets - and locked away.

Read more: Brothers' Home: South Korea's 1980s 'concentration camp'


Coronavirus in South Africa: Eight lessons for the rest of the continent


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:28:45 GMT

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What South Africa can teach other African countries gearing up for a spike in infections.

Read more: Coronavirus in South Africa: Eight lessons for the rest of the continent


Coronavirus: Biden and Trump face off over China


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 23:30:13 GMT

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The US president and his likely election rival have been sparring over China and the coronavirus.

Read more: Coronavirus: Biden and Trump face off over China


China-India border: Why tensions are rising between the neighbours


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 23:02:15 GMT

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Tensions in the Himalaya have the potential to escalate as they pursue their strategic goals.

Read more: China-India border: Why tensions are rising between the neighbours


George Floyd death: Why has a US city gone up in flames?


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 21:19:41 GMT

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Tensions in Minneapolis did not start with the death of George Floyd. They've been years in the making.

Read more: George Floyd death: Why has a US city gone up in flames?


Akinwumi Adesina: Why the US is targeting a flamboyant Nigerian banker


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 23:11:40 GMT

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The US pushes for new inquiry into allegations of corruption against the African Development Bank boss.

Read more: Akinwumi Adesina: Why the US is targeting a flamboyant Nigerian banker


Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast - your best Premier League games revealed


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 06:29:43 GMT

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See which game you ranked the greatest in Premier League history, after the topic was discussed on the Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.

Read more: Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast - your best Premier League games revealed


Champions League quiz: name all 22 champions of Europe


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 10:24:56 GMT

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On what should have been Champions League final weekend, can you name each team to have won the continent's elite club competition?

Read more: Champions League quiz: name all 22 champions of Europe


Mauro Icardi: Argentine striker secures permanent switch from Inter Milan to PSG


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 11:53:56 GMT

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French champions Paris St-Germain sign Argentine striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Inter Milan.

Read more: Mauro Icardi: Argentine striker secures permanent switch from Inter Milan to PSG


Premier League players 'last to be consulted' over 'financially driven' restart - Mings


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 10:44:19 GMT

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Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings says Project Restart is financially driven and players accept they are "commodities".

Read more: Premier League players 'last to be consulted' over 'financially driven' restart - Mings


UFC Fight Night: Gilbert Burns beats Tyrone Woodley and wants title shot


Created: Sun, 31 May 2020 08:39:53 GMT

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Brazilian welterweight Gilbert Burns earns his biggest win as he proves too much for Tyrone Woodley at UFC Fight Night.

Read more: UFC Fight Night: Gilbert Burns beats Tyrone Woodley and wants title shot


Thailand: Elephants on 'great migration' to survive coronavirus starvation


Created: Mon, 25 May 2020 23:02:23 GMT

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With the collapse of the tourism industry because of the coronavirus, Thailand's captive elephants are now at risk of starvation.

Read more: Thailand: Elephants on 'great migration' to survive coronavirus starvation


Crossing Divides: The bomb maker turned peacemaker


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 00:26:24 GMT

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Once part of the group behind the Bali bombing, now Ali Fauzi is on a mission to end terror.

Read more: Crossing Divides: The bomb maker turned peacemaker


Australia's megafauna roamed the tropics with first humans but then disappeared


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 15:02:52 GMT

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New evidence shows climate change may have wiped out Australia's giant beasts.

Read more: Australia's megafauna roamed the tropics with first humans but then disappeared


Coronavirus: Call for clear face masks to be 'the norm'


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 00:10:20 GMT

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Transparent masks allow deaf people to communicate - but supplies are short where they are most needed.

Read more: Coronavirus: Call for clear face masks to be 'the norm'


'I left my campervan in Argentina'


Created: Mon, 25 May 2020 00:10:41 GMT

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Thousands of van-driving nomads were living the dream - until the coronavirus pandemic brought them to a sudden halt.

Read more: 'I left my campervan in Argentina'


Amazon under threat: Fires, loggers and now virus


Created: Thu, 21 May 2020 14:21:07 GMT

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How the loss of the Amazon goes beyond deforestation - and what the nine countries that share this natural resource are doing to protect it.

Read more: Amazon under threat: Fires, loggers and now virus

Demonstrators protest stay-at-home order at Capitol
May 01, 2020, KCRA



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Holocaust survivor honored with anthem played by band separated by COVID-19 lockdown


Military musicians from the U.S. and Israel honored Abba Naor, the youngest survivor of the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, which was liberated on April 29, 1945.



Inside Seattle's empty landmarks during the coronavirus pandemic



With the stay-at-home orders still in place, Seattle's normally bustling streets are eerily empty.


Author: Gloria Angelin (KING 5), KING 5 Evening (KING 5)
Published: 5:19 PM PDT April 27, 2020
Updated: 4:59 PM PDT April 28, 2020
Reposted: 3:49 PM April 29, 2020

SEATTLE — Evening Photojournalist Stan McMeekin recently documented this unprecedented time in our history -- through photos.

He captured eerily empty Seattle landmarks including the famous Space Needle, Pike Place Market, T-Mobile Park, a highway entrance, Sea-Tac airport, and some of your favorite theaters.

Stan's photos were all taken on one day, Sunday April 19th.  

As he said, "The show must go on and this will pass... hang in there everyone."
Can mosquitoes or ticks spread the virus that causes COVID-19?





by: Ronnie Das KXAN
Posted: / Updated: Apr 9, 2020 / 12:27 PM CDT
Reposted April 29, 2020

Mosquitoes and ticks can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease — but can they spread COVID-19?

At this time, no data suggests that this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The main way COVID-19 spreads is through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.

It is not yet known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.


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Groceries could see meat shortages by end of week amid plant closings


By Corky Siemaszko


Shelves reserved for chicken lie empty at a ShopRite supermarket in Plainview, N.Y., on Friday, April 24, 2020.Bruce Bennett / Getty Images


This is not the time to pig out.

Beef, chicken and pork could be as scarce as toilet paper soon because so many meat processing plants have been temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts are warning.

"We've just completed our third week of reduced slaughter and production," Dennis Smith, a commodity broker/livestock analyst with Archer Financial Services in Chicago, said. "My guess is that about one week out, perhaps around May 1, shortages will begin developing at retail meat counters."

Overall meat production is down 25 percent, Smith said, "which is a huge decline."

It might be time to save some bacon, since the amount of pork in frozen storage dropped last month by 4 percent, to 621 million pounds, the Department of Agriculture reported last week.

"The cause of the shortage is reduced production due to labor issues at the packing plants," Smith said. "Some plants have closed for deep cleaning and will remain closed until the employee base has recovered from the virus. Others are implementing safety procedures which in effect slows processing speed at the plants."

Case in point: The Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota — the state that is now one of the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spots — was closed after two workers died and 783 others tested positive for the virus.

Right now, there is enough meat to feed American appetites. In fact, the 502 million pounds of beef in warehouse freezers was up 2 percent from the previous month while the amount of chicken in storage dropped slightly to about 921 million pounds, according to the Agriculture Department.

But the pandemic has clogged the pipeline for getting more meat to grocery stores, the experts said.

"There are likely to be (meat) shortages in select parts of the country," Terry Reilly, a senior commodity analyst at Futures International in Chicago.

Reilly noted that last month in Chicago, in the early days of the crisis, there was a run on chicken as fearful consumers emptied the shelves. He said there's no reason to worry just yet about a meat shortage.

"There is a lot of frozen pork and beef sitting in freezers, so people shouldn't panic," Reilly said. "In San Diego, they're trying to figure out where to store all the fish that they would normally be serving the tourists."
Put Your Pants on When You Get Your Mail, Police Remind Residents of Maryland Town


"You know who you are," police warned in a message on Facebook

By Iris Vukmanovic
Reposted April 26, 2020


A mailbox overflows with mail in this file photo.

Wearing pants has become optional for some people holed up indoors while obeying the stay-at-home order. A police department in a northern Maryland town is reminding residents that's not an option when they go outside.

The Taneytown Police Department left a message on its Facebook page Wednesday morning telling residents to put their pants on when they leave their homes.

“Please remember to put pants on before leaving the house to check your mailbox. You know who you are. This is your final warning,” the post said.


The post drew more than 600 comments and 4,000 shares within the day it was posted. Many responded with silly gifs, like one of Winnie the Pooh dancing, captioned “Life’s too short for pants.” Others said wearing underwear outside is legal and police should redirect their focus to more important matters.

NBC Washington reached out to Taneytown police for comment.

Gov. Abbott reveals a tiered approach to re-open Texas economy


With different rates of spread across the state, Gov. Greg Abbott plans to open Texas on a county-by-county basis.

Author: Mike Marut (KVUE)
Published: 7:00 PM CDT April 24, 2020
Updated: 7:00 PM CDT April 24, 2020

April 26, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — In various interviews this week, Gov. Greg Abbott discussed opening the state of Texas gradually based on the rate of spread of COVID-19.

"This does not require a one-size-fits-all approach," Abbott said in an interview with WBAP this week.

On Monday, Abbott will reveal specifically what that means, but until then, he has said it will basically be a look at each county's response to coronavirus and how quickly the virus is spreading in those communities.

"There are some pockets in Texas that don't have the adequate downward trajectory," Abbott said on KFYO in regards to the rate of spread. "The hope is when our open business order goes into effect, those counties will be corralled."

Abbott also said every industry that is not yet operational is being intensely looked at by doctors as part of his strike force to open the state. Because businesses won't be opened in the same ways and at the same times, he plans to continue making announcements as appropriate.

As far as dates go, Abbott said in his interview with KFYO that he's looking at the first few days of May to start the re-open process. His current statewide essential-services-only order ends at the end of April.

For some business owners, the announcement is music to their ears.

“I’ve gotten a couple phone calls already people asking if we’re open," Jonathan Pisana, owner of Austin Art of Fitness, said.

Pisana's gym typically only has about 10 people inside at a time even during normal operating times. However, he said he's ready for two things: an influx of clients and new restrictions self-imposed or otherwise.

“If the bigger gyms aren’t open yet, it may be something that I actually have to mandate. We can’t have any more than 10 people in here," Pisana said.

As one of the larger local businesses, Birds Barbershop's co-founder feels the same as Pisana.

“The decisions are going to be human," Jayson Rapaport said. "What is the safest and most comfortable place for our team members to work, and what is the safest and most comfortable place for the community of Austin to come in and get a haircut?”

Rapaport closed all the Birds locations five weeks ago. During that time, company leadership has been discussing how best to continue safety and cleanliness.

“We want everything to be contactless," he said. "We don’t want you to interact with anybody anymore. So it’ll all kind of be done via your phone. You’ll come in and sit at the chair. We’ll be wearing a mask, we’ll ask that our clients wear a mask, and then when you leave, again, contactless. You’ll be able to walk out the door and finish the transaction on your phone.”

He said, ironically, barbershops are social places, so balancing social distancing and being social won't be happening at the outset.

“That whole social gathering idea, that’s going to take a little bit of time," Rapaport said. "We know how to do that ... we’ll be excited to roll that out.”

Gov. Abbott will make his announcements on Monday to continue re-opening the state.
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Thieves steal tires off paramedic’s truck in Regional One parking garage



Thieves steal tires off paramedic’s truck in Regional One parking garage (Source: WMC Action News 5)

By Janice Broach | April 23, 2020 at 9:53 PM CDT - Updated April 23 at 11:25 PM
April 25. 2020
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man who spends his day saving lives at Regional One became the victim of a crime while on the job.

“I had a security guard come to me in the ER advised me my truck had been vandalized.”

The paramedic, who did not want to be identified, works in the emergency room at the Regional Medical Center.
He said he was getting fluids for dizziness and nausea when security notified him.

All four tires were gone from his tuck in the parking garage. He says it cost $4,000 to get new tires and other repairs because of the vandalism.

According to a security report, Memphis police were notified about the vandalism.

He says it’s stressful enough working during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re on the front lines of it. It’s super stressful, but it’s part of my job. It’s what I signed up for.”

The paramedic says vandalizing medical workers vehicles makes things even worse.

“A truck is replaceable. Someone’s life is not. I love my co-workers and I want to look after them as much as possible. It’s just safety that concerns me.”

The reason he is concerned is because he says the security cameras in the parking garage were not working. There is no video of the crooks.

WMC Action News 5 contacted the Regional Medical Center.

A spokesperson confirmed the cameras are not working, adding security did not know until the tire thefts. However, the vendor is fixing the problem.

Memphis police say thefts from vehicles is up 7% since the beginning of the year.


By Janice Broach | April 23, 2020 at 9:53 PM CDT - Updated April 23 at 11:25 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man who spends his day saving lives at Regional One became the victim of a crime while on the job.

“I had a security guard come to me in the ER advised me my truck had been vandalized.”

The paramedic, who did not want to be identified, works in the emergency room at the Regional Medical Center.

He said he was getting fluids for dizziness and nausea when security notified him.

All four tires were gone from his tuck in the parking garage. He says it cost $4,000 to get new tires and other repairs because of the vandalism.

According to a security report, Memphis police were notified about the vandalism.

He says it’s stressful enough working during the coronavirus pandemic.


“We’re on the front lines of it. It’s super stressful, but it’s part of my job. It’s what I signed up for.”

The paramedic says vandalizing medical workers vehicles makes things even worse.

“A truck is replaceable. Someone’s life is not. I love my co-workers and I want to look after them as much as possible. It’s just safety that concerns me.”

The reason he is concerned is because he says the security cameras in the parking garage were not working. There is no video of the crooks.

WMC Action News 5 contacted the Regional Medical Center.

A spokesperson confirmed the cameras are not working, adding security did not know until the tire thefts. However, the vendor is fixing the problem.

Memphis police say thefts from vehicles is up 7% since the beginning of the year.


A witness gave a description of the suspect vehicle -- a gray truck with three males inside.

If you have any information, call Memphis Police.

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