June 2020

June 30, 2020
US experts raise concerns about full airline flights

The government's top experts in infectious diseases on Tuesday criticised American Airlines' decision to pack flights full while the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow across much of the United States.

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June 30, 2020
Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger...

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June 30, 2020
Wage hike, driving privileges, civics addressed in new laws

New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday. Low-wage workers statewide will see a salary increase for...

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June 30, 2020
YouTube suspends monetization on Shane Dawson's channels indefinitely after his apology for racist actions

The video streaming site's action comes after Dawson, 31, posted a video on Friday apologizing for "all the racism that I put on the internet, as an adult."

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June 30, 2020
Kentucky hires firm to help process jobless claims backlog

Looking to end a backlog of unemployment claims filed this spring, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state has hired an outside company to shore up staffing to process the requests...

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June 30, 2020
Facebook bans violent ‘boogaloo’ groups, not the term itself

Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network loosely associated with the broader “boogaloo” movement, a slang term supporters use to refer to a second Civil War or a collapse of...

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June 30, 2020
California border region agrees to backpedal on reopening

A farming region on California's border with Mexico has sent hundreds of patients to hospitals outside the area, an official said Tuesday, as its leaders accepted Gov. Gavin Newsom's recommendation...

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June 30, 2020
Boogaloo crackdown: Facebook bans movement, gives it same designation as hate groups and terrorists

Facebook has removed accounts, groups and pages on Facebook and Instagram connected to the extremist movement that encourages violence in the U.S.

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June 30, 2020
Kemp signs Georgia’s $25.9 billion budget

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a $25.9 billion budget Tuesday, one day before the start of the new fiscal year. The budget promises sharp cuts but avoids unpaid employee furloughs...

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June 30, 2020
For third time this month, Fox News leads all networks

Mention prime-time television stars in other ages, and you'd think of Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Harmon or Jennifer Aniston. Now it's Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Fox News Channel was the...

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June 30, 2020
Fugitive now in China sentenced in ‘birth tourism’ scheme

A fugitive who pleaded guilty to a visa fraud scheme in which Chinese women gave birth in California so their children would be U.S. citizens has been formally sentenced. Chao...

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June 30, 2020
COVID-19 outbreak on Royal Caribbean ship delays homecoming for Trinidadian crew

Nearly 300 Trinidadians disembarked Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship Tuesday after three and a half months stuck at sea. But they won't be going home just yet....

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June 30, 2020
Missouri governor cuts $450M from new budget

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget as revenues continue to tank because of the coronavirus pandemic. Parson signed the budget...

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June 30, 2020
More than 1,300 baggage handlers and ground crew laid off across Florida airports

More than 1,300 baggage handlers and ground crew employed were laid off last week across Florida's major airports. In Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) filings with the Florida Department...

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June 30, 2020
Carl Reiner, beloved creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies

Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who broke through as a “second banana” to Sid Caesar and rose to comedy's front ranks as creator of “The...

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June 30, 2020
White man charged with pointing gun at Black homeowner

A white Florida man has been charged after he pointed a gun at a Black homeowner and accused the other man of stealing a flyer from his own mailbox, authorities...

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June 30, 2020
Newsom to ‘tighten things up’ as coronavirus cases rise

With coronavirus cases surging, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that he plans to “tighten things up" when it comes to the state's stay-at-home order ahead of a busy Fourth...

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June 30, 2020
Oil company extends bid deadline for Connecticut-size lands

Occidental Petroleum has extended by one week a Wednesday deadline for Wyoming to bid on a swath of land and mineral rights bigger than Connecticut, a spokesman for Gov. Mark...

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June 30, 2020
Worker calls police on Black woman staying at hotel

A worker at a North Carolina hotel has been fired after she called police on a Black woman and her child who were guests there and swimming in the pool....

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June 30, 2020
Adidas HR head resigns as company addresses diversity issues

The head of global human resources at sports apparel and shoe company Adidas resigned Tuesday following criticism from employees of what they see as the company's failure to diversify its...

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June 30, 2020
Teams not able to disclose who goes on IL due to virus

Trying to find out the status of a baseball player coming back from an ankle injury will definitely be easier than learning whether someone tested positive for the coronavirus. New...

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June 30, 2020
Location in Thurston County eyed for Washington airport

A southern Thurston County location is being considered for construction of another large airport in Washington state to meet the increasing need for aviation capacity statewide. The Washington state Commercial...

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June 30, 2020
Doctors urge GOP to halt Texas convention as virus surges

As the Texas GOP presses ahead with plans for a July convention amid a surge in coronavirus cases, the state's largest medical group Tuesday urged the party to reconsider before...

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June 30, 2020
Famed architect Paul Williams’ archive goes to Getty, USC

Before there was Frank Gehry there was Paul Revere Williams, who shaped the face of Los Angeles throughout much of the 20th century, a time in which he also became...

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June 30, 2020
DeSantis vetoed affordable housing funds. But there’s aid for people impacted by COVID

For the first time in a decade, Florida legislators left funds earmarked for affordable housing intact rather than diverting them into a general-purpose slush fund. But $225 million of the...

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June 30, 2020
Ex-Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks granted bond

The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks can be free on bond while his case is pending, a judge ruled Tuesday. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jane...

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June 30, 2020
Florida gov chooses side in sunscreen debate: Slather away!

When it comes to sunscreen, skin cancer and coral reefs, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken the side of sun worshipers who have gotten tacit approval to slather away. The...

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June 30, 2020
SpaceX launches Air Force’s newest GPS satellite

SpaceX launched the military's newest, most accurate GPS satellite Tuesday after a two-month delay due to the pandemic. A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force...

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June 30, 2020
Judge orders online signatures accepted for Idaho initiative

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Idaho officials to accept online signatures for an effort aimed at putting a $170 million education funding initiative on the November ballot. U.S. District...

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June 30, 2020
How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

Stocks rose Tuesday as Wall Street closed out its best quarter since 1998. The S&P 500 gained 1.5%, bringing its gain for the quarter to nearly 20%. That rebound followed...

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June 30, 2020
St. Louis mayor blasted for revealing identity of protesters

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson knows the trauma of violence — she and her children were present when her first husband was shot to death 25 ago during an attempted...

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June 30, 2020
Awkwafina and Zendaya among 819 invited to join film academy

Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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June 30, 2020
Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind...

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June 30, 2020
Amazon Echo vs. Echo Dot—what's the difference?

A comparison of Amazon's two most popular Echo smart speakers

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June 30, 2020
New Mexico tribe transforms old casino into movie studio

A small northern New Mexico Native American tribe has opened a movie studio in a former casino that it hopes will lure big productions. The Tesuque Pueblo recently converted the...

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June 30, 2020
Nursing homes to get financial support for another three months to fight Covid-19 - Donnelly

Nursing homes are to get financial support to see them through the Covid-19 crisis for another three months, new Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said today.

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June 30, 2020
A Texas-based oil and gas company files for bankruptcy

Texas oil and gas company Sable Permian Resources has recently filed for bankruptcy. Sable Permian Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in federal bankruptcy court in Houston,...

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June 30, 2020
Alabama skips tougher virus rules despite worsening pandemic

Faced with climbing virus numbers, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday extended a state health order that limits the number of people in restaurants and stores but didn't follow other...

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June 30, 2020
Huntington-Ingalls gets $936M contract for another destroyer

A Mississippi shipyard has a $936 million Navy contract modification to build another destroyer equipped to launch guided missiles. This comes in addition to a $5.1 billion contract signed in...

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June 30, 2020
Firm to offer balloon rides from Alaska to the edge of space

A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth's surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the planet's atmosphere. Florida-based startup firm Space Perspective plans...

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