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U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 1.8 million as concern over potential spread rises with turmoil

Three out of 4 patients hospitalized in New Orleans’s largest medical system have been black, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings echo a growing body of research documenting the disproportionate impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the health and economy of African Americans and other minority and marginalized communities in the United States. Researchers found that 77 percent of people hospitalized at Ochsner Health System hospitals i

CNN reporter and crew arrested live on air while covering Minneapolis protest

CNN viewers witnessed police officers surrounding the journalists as Jimenez repeatedly said they would go where ordered. “Wherever you’d want us, we will go," he said. "We were just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection, so just let us know and we got you.” “That is an American television reporter, Omar Jimenez, being led away by police officers,” Berman said. “He clearly identified himself as a reporter, he was respectfully explaining to the state police tha

14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections

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Nation braces for outpouring of protests Saturday as clashes with police largely ebb

Officials in Washington, D.C., are preparing Saturday for the city’s largest protest so far following the death of George Floyd, with tens of thousands of people expected to start gathering in the early morning hours. “We anticipate the largest demonstrations with regards to numbers that we’ve seen in the city to date,” D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said. “And we anticipate that the protesters will continue to be as peaceful as they have been over the past couple of days.” Newsham added that

Four Indianapolis officers taken off patrol after video shows two of them striking woman with batons during arrest

“I don’t think there’s anyone that should be able to watch that video and not be moved to emotion,” Hogsett said. “Anytime that our officers deploy force against anyone, that moment is a reminder of the work that we have yet to do to bring peace to our city.” Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randal Taylor said that he has launched an internal investigation into the incident and that he expects to announce results sometime next week. The chief said he didn’t know the identities

Louisville police chief fired after law enforcement kills local restaurant owner

Fischer said multiple investigations are underway into McAtee’s killing, and that he fired the city’s police chief upon learning that the police officers involved in the shooting had not activated their body cameras. “This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated,” Fischer said during a Monday afternoon news conference. Deputy police chief Robert Schroeder would assume duty as interim chief, he added. In a soundless police surveillance video released by the mayor’s office, police of

‘Nothing short of murder’: After officers allegedly suffocate a suspect, condemnation grows

Speaking from the Oval Office on Thursday with Attorney General William P. Barr standing at his side, President Trump — who in 2017 told officers “Please don’t be too nice” to suspects — called the moments before Floyd’s death “a very bad thing.” He said the FBI will “take a very strong look” at the case, but declined to issue an opinion on whether the officers involved should be prosecuted. “I want everybody to be peaceful right now, but people are torn and hurt because they’re tired of seeing

Chaotic scene in Minneapolis after second night of protests over death of George Floyd

“[The police] think of us as less than animals, and that’s the way it has always been,” said Claudette White, who is black and has lived in the neighborhood on and off for decades. She raised her kids to be cautious of the police, warning them they wouldn’t be treated the same as white people, and even now, at 69, she continually worries something might happen to them. “I don’t see things getting better, not in my lifetime,” she said. “I think it’s only going to get worse.”

Surge in anxiety and depression show coronavirus toll on mental health in America

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.) will be one of more than three dozen lawmakers who cast historic votes Wednesday by proxy voting, officially designating different House members to cast colleagues’ votes on their behalf. Most of those lawmakers, expected to be Democrats, are using the new proxy rule because the coronavirus pandemic has made them fearful of traveling from afar to Washington, a pandemic hot spot, or because traveling from their remote home to the Capitol has become very difficult

Trump pays tribute at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day as U.S. virus death toll nears 100,000

President Trump on Monday threatened to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina because the state’s Democratic governor “is still in Shutdown mood” as critical decisions loom ahead of the scheduled event in August. In tweets, Trump pressured Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to “guarantee that by August we will be allowed full attendance in the Arena” in Charlotte. “In other words, we would be spending millions of dollars building the Arena to a very high standard without even knowing if

All 50 U.S. states have taken steps toward reopening in time for Memorial Day weekend

The architect and manager of Florida’s coronavirus dashboard, which has been praised by experts including White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx, says she has been removed from her position. Rebekah Jones, who is credited with creating the Florida Department of Health data portal, told CBS12 News she was removed because she refused to censor data and “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.” On Tuesday, Jones confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times that sh

Pelosi criticizes Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine, ‘something that has not been approved by the scientists’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the World Health Organization for not inviting Taiwan to its assembly this week, suggesting that the body’s secretariat had caved to pressure from China. “At a time when the world continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, we need multilateral institutions to deliver on their stated missions and to serve the interests of all member states, not to play politics while lives are at stake,” Pompeo said in statement released Monday. Taiwan was not inv

Michigan governor issues executive order allowing some businesses to reopen at reduced capacity

Whitmer’s restrictions, some of the nation’s most extensive, have prompted lawsuits from Republican opponents and drawn hundreds of demonstrators to the statehouse in Lansing, some of them armed. The state’s daily number of new coronavirus cases has been gradually declining since early April, and many counties in the northern part of the state have had no confirmed deaths since the pandemic started. But state officials have cautioned that Michigan’s rural areas could be quickly overwhelmed by o

Live updates: As coronavirus hospitalizations climb, Trump sidelines health advisors

In an interview published Thursday afternoon with FiveThirtyEight, infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci spoke candidly on a number of questions about the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic — including how partisanship has made combating the virus more difficult. “You have to be having blindfolds on and covering your ears to think that we don’t live in a very divisive society now, from a political standpoint,” Fauci responded when asked about the politicization of masks in

Atlanta mayor tests positive for coronavirus; states mandate masks, shut down again

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive for the coronavirus, along with her husband and one of her children, Bottoms said Monday. “COVID-19 has literally hit home,” she tweeted. “I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.” Bottoms, considered a contender to become Joe Biden’s running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, told MSNBC that her family was tested two weeks ago and then got tested again because her husband had been sleeping an unusual amount for several da

Coronavirus update: Trump speaks at Mount Rushmore as U.S. sets record for new cases

Heading into the holiday weekend, at least 20 states set record highs for the average of new cases over seven days, with Florida, Texas, California, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina tallying the highest number of infections. Florida leads the nation with 9,488 new reported cases Friday — the 26th consecutive day it has set a record in its seven-day average. Meanwhile, scientists warn of a new coronavirus mutation, which doesn’t appear to make people sicker, but there’s concern it has made th

U.S. sets record for new coronavirus cases, surpassing 55,000

The Chicago Department of Public Health announced that travelers from 15 states, and Chicagoans who traveled to those states, will be expected to quarantine for 14 days. People found in violation of the order could be fined up to $500 per day for a maximum of $7,000. The states included in the order are seeing a recent surge in the spread of the virus, measured by the number of new cases per day, per 100,000 residents: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana,

St. Louis couple point guns at crowd of protesters calling for mayor to resign

Reaction to photos and videos of the incident was swift: One video had been viewed more than 16 million times and counting as of Monday evening and captured the attention of President Trump, civil rights advocates and the St. Louis circuit attorney, who is now investigating the incident. In a region that has long been in the spotlight for tensions over policing and racial inequality, the interaction seemed to capture the divisions rippling throughout the nation in 2020. “The only thing that st
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