Thousands of protesters ignored a curfew and vows of a forceful police response to take to the Minneapolis streets for the fourth straight night, as the anger that began with the death of George Floyd in police custody spread to more cities across the U.S. The Pentagon on Saturday ordered the Army to put military police units on alert to head to the city on short notice at President Donald Trump’s request, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders
In relatively recent times, scientists have discovered remarkably intact remains of extinct species. They’ve also made great advances in gene editing and genome sequencing. Both are key ingredients for bringing back a variety of creatures that have been lost to time. In fact, scientists are already working on resurrecting a variety of them, ranging from wooly mammoths to passenger pigeons.
Joe Biden has assured George Floyd's family that he'll do everything he can to bring justice in the Minneapolis man's death. The former vice president made the disclosure in a five-minute video livestreamed Friday, in which he addressed Floyd's death and racism in the nation generally, USA Today reports. The...
Demonstrators took to New York City streets on Friday for a second day in protest of the death of George Floyd, the black Minnesota man killed in police custody, and invoked the names of other black people who died at police hands. (May 29)
The Minneapolis police officer who restrained an unarmed black man by kneeling on his neck has been arrested. According to Reuters, officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder. The victim, 46-year-old George Floyd died a short time after Chauvin knelt on his throat for five minutes. Cellphone footage shows Floyd repeatedly gasping for air while pleading to Chauvin who is kneeling on his neck. Floyd pleads “Please, I can’t breathe.” After several minutes, Floyd gradually grows quiet and ceases to move. Floyd's death has sparked three days and nights of protests and riots in Minneapolis and other cities across the country.
Preliminary results from a survey of seawater quality during Italy’s coronavirus lockdown indicate a sharp reduction in pollution from human and livestock waste in the seas off Rome
Barack Obama Issues Public Statement on George Floyd’s Death On May 29, former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to publicly address the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. In his statement, Obama expressed his “anguish” for the situation and connected it to the systemic racism faced by millions in the United States. Barack Obama, via Twitter Obama went on to say that institutions infected by “bigotry” and “unequal treatment” shouldn’t be normal in “2020 America.” Barack Obama, via Twitter He concluded by saying that although the investigation into Floyd’s death will largely be up to Minnesota officials, it’s up to everyone to work together and create a “new normal.” Barack Obama, via Twitter Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, was arrested and charged with murder on Friday.
Florida officials have approved plans for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World. The plan is to begin the reopening in Orlando starting on July 11, reports Reuters. The successful reopening of its parks is a signal event for Disney and the rest of the world. This is as governments and companies strategize lockdown while COVID-19 is still a threat. When the Disney parks reopen, guests and employees will be required to wear masks. They will also need to undergo temperature checks. Disney estimates it lost $1 billion at its theme parks division from January through March.
With Joe Biden considering her for his running mate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar is being questioned about her record. That includes her tenure as a prosecutor in Minneapolis. In her seven years, Klobuchar handled cases not unlike the one tearing apart the city now. When presented with cases against police officers...
Trump Announces US Will Cut Ties With the WHO In a press conference, Trump said the World Health Organization (WHO) has not made reform changes requested by the U.S. President Donald Trump, via press conference Trump has repeatedly criticized the organization for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The president added that the U.S. will now send funds that would normally go to the WHO to other global health needs. Trump has also alleged that the WHO helped China cover up information regarding the coronavirus. He's even said that China, where the virus originated, controls the WHO. The withdrawal comes soon after the U.S. COVID-19 death toll crossed the 100,000 mark.
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, responded to the police killing of a black man in Minnesota with an empathetic contrast to President Donald Trump, who has suggested authorities could respond with violence to racially charged protests around the country
Elon Musk doesn't take a salary from Tesla. He doesn't seem to need one. The company has met its financial goals, Mashable reports, which makes Musk eligible for his reward. He can now buy 1.69 million shares at $350.02 apiece. At Thursday's closing price of $805 or so,...
President Trump's fight with Twitter has escalated further now that the site has restricted one of his tweets for "glorifying violence." Background and related coverage about the controversy: The tweet: Early Friday, Trump was tweeting about the violence in Minneapolis . "....These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and...
Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Park near the White House after marching in the nation's capital to protest against the death of George Floyd while in police custody. (May 29)
New rape accusations have been leveled against Harvey Weinstein. According to Newser, four new cases have emerged accusing the disgraced Hollywood exec. The accusers say the movie mogul sexually assaulted them between 1984 and 2013. Court documents show that one of them says she was about 17 years old when the rape occurred. She alleges Weinstein invited her to his hotel room to talk about her potential showbiz career and raped her. She goes on to say that he threatened her with physical harm if she told anyone what had happened. Weinstein, who has accused by more than 100 women and is currently serving 23 years in a New York prison.
Happy Birthday, Normani! Normani Kordei Hamilton turns 24 years old today. Here are five fun facts about the singer. 1. She started taking dance classes when she was 3 years old. 2. She used to be a gymnast. 3. Normani made it to the finals on 'Dancing with the Stars.' 4. Her favorite color is pink. 5. She became a member of Fifth Harmony through 'The X Factor.' Happy Birthday, Normani!
Donald Trump says he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization. He takes issue with the organizations handling of the coronavirus, according to Reuters. Trump's latest take is that the WHO had essentially become a puppet of China. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, Trump went ahead with repeated threats. Most were to eliminate US funding, which amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars a year. He said Chinese officials “ignored their reporting obligations” about the virus to the WHO. He also claims China pressured the WHO to “mislead the world” when the virus was first discovered.
Remember all the hubbub last year over Kylie Jenner's ascension to the crown of "youngest ever self-made billionaire" at age 21? That title just got yanked by Forbes , which has removed her from its famous ranking of billionaires after looking more closely at what it now calls her "web of...
New York Allows Store Owners to Deny Entry to People Without Masks Governor Andrew Cuomo's new executive order gives establishment owners permission to issue bans. Andrew Cuomo, via Twitter Andrew Cuomo, via press briefing New York has been hit the hardest in the U.S. with over 360,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Nearly all of the state has started reopening except for New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio says they will likely begin the process within weeks. According to Cuomo, not enough younger people are wearing masks in public areas. He partly attributes this to the early and inaccurate thought that COVID-19 poses less of a threat to young people. Coronavirus can infect people of all ages. Cuomo has often stressed that masks are critical for protecting and respecting other people.