D.C. police officer to protesters: 'If I didn't think change was possible, I would just give up'

Hours into the mandatory curfew in Washington, D.C., several police officers were recorded engaging in peaceful dialogue with protesters. While remaining in opposition to the extended protests over George Floyd's death, one officer appeared to commiserate with protesters' desire to seek change.

  • Trump says a President Biden would get 'no ratings'
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    Trump says a President Biden would get 'no ratings'

    President Trump, whose halting leadership in the face of the coronavirus pandemic Americans increasingly question, boasted Monday about his one undisputed success: the ability to command media attention. The president shared a video, originally posted by his social media director, of former Vice President Joe Biden during a recent campaign event. The heavily edited footage showed Biden asking whether an unidentified noise was rain and telling campaign staff to allow supporters to take cover inside.

  • Xu Zhangrun: Outspoken professor freed after six days
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    Xu Zhangrun: Outspoken professor freed after six days

    An outspoken critic of China's rulers, Professor Xu Zhangrun, has been released after six days in police custody, friends say. The Beijing constitutional law professor was already under house arrest when he was detained on 6 July. He had criticised China's response to coronavirus and what he sees as a Mao-like cult of personality under China's current leader, Xi Jinping.

  • Spike in Shootings Continues over the Weekend in Chicago, NYC
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    Spike in Shootings Continues over the Weekend in Chicago, NYC

    A spike in shootings during the past month and a half continued with 64 shooting victims in Chicago and 28 in New York City over the weekend. While overall crime is down in both cities, there has been an uptick in gun violence in June and July as compared to the same period in 2019. That uptick comes in the midst of massive protests against police kindled by the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by officers in Minneapolis.

  • US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since May
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    US Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes at New Mexico base, marking service's fifth fighter jet crash since May

    A US Air Force F-16C Viper crashed during landing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico Monday, the Air Force said in a statement. The crash is the fifth Air Force fighter jet since mid-May. Two of the previous crashes saw the losses of Air Force pilots. A US Air Force F-16C Viper fighter jet crashed while landing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico Monday, marking the service's fifth fighter jet crash since May.

  • New York mayor 'heartbroken' over shooting death of one-year-old
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    New York mayor 'heartbroken' over shooting death of one-year-old

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio observed a moment of silence and declared himself "heartbroken" on Monday over the death of a 1-year-old boy who was shot in his stroller at a Brooklyn playground, part of a recent surge of gun violence in the city. Toddler Davell Gardner Jr. was killed and three men were wounded on Sunday after two gunmen opened fire at a family cookout in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York media reported, citing New York police. The three wounded men were expected to survive.

  • Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’
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    Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’

    Geoffrey Berman, formerly the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was brought in for a closed-door session of the Judiciary Committee on July 9 to talk about the events surrounding Barr's public announcement on June 19 that Berman had “stepped down” from his post, even though the U.S. attorney made clear to Barr multiple times that he was not stepping down. The next day, Berman said he would leave the job when Barr agreed to let his deputy take over as acting U.S. attorney, as opposed to Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey, whom Barr wanted to install in the position until the Trump administration's pick, Securities and Exchange Commission chief Jay Clayton, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

  • It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down
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    It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down

    Having your car break down is never pleasant, but it's probably much worse when it's 128 degrees outside. Some unlucky visitors at Death Valley National Park ran into car trouble Sunday when the extreme heat caused their engines to give out, the park said Monday. Yesterday's excessive heat caused at least three vehicles in the park to break down from overheated engines, which can quickly turn fatal if passengers are stranded in this climate without air conditioning,” Death Valley National Park officials said on Facebook.

  • America is not prepared for schools opening this fall. This will be bad
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    America is not prepared for schools opening this fall. This will be bad

    The public school district in Charlottesville, Virginia, has proposed a model for schooling this fall that resembles what most districts are trying to do. Because state health officials recommend putting three to six feet between students, and because classrooms were already crowded and schools over-enrolled, the district leadership has decided to alternate attendance. Half the student population will attend Mondays and Wednesdays.

  • 64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas
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    64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas

    Bring on the prep space Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Claudia Conway, 15-year-old daughter of Kellyanne and George Conway, announced plans to delete her social-media accounts per her parents' request
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    Claudia Conway, 15-year-old daughter of Kellyanne and George Conway, announced plans to delete her social-media accounts per her parents' request

    Claudia Conway, the daughter of the White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and the Trump administration critic George Conway, announced Monday that her parents were "forcing" her to delete her social-media accounts. "My parents are forcing me to delete social media so this is my last tweet," Claudia wrote in a Monday-night tweet. Claudia Conway, the 15-year-old daughter of the high-profile political couple Kellyanne and George Conway, announced Monday that she would be deleting her social-media accounts at her parents' request.

  • AOC suggests NYC crime spike linked to unemployment and parents shoplifting to feed children
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    AOC suggests NYC crime spike linked to unemployment and parents shoplifting to feed children

    New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has insisted that spikes in New York crime are not related to police budget cuts but people needing to pay rent and feed their children. In a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, reported by The Hill, AOC was questioned about the significant rise in crime in the city. “Do we think this has to do with the fact that there's record unemployment in the United States right now?” she said.

  • French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia
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    French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia

    A French man accused of molesting hundreds of children in Indonesia has died in a suspected suicide, police say. Francois Camille Abello, 65, was found unresponsive in his cell at a detention centre in the capital, Jakarta, last Thursday, said spokesman Yusri Yunus. Mr Abello was pronounced dead on Sunday night after three days of treatment.

  • Earthquakes in Southern California last year increased the chances of 'the big one' on the San Andreas fault, research suggests
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    Earthquakes in Southern California last year increased the chances of 'the big one' on the San Andreas fault, research suggests

    The Ridgecrest earthquakes that struck Southern California last July may have increased the chances of a large quake along the San Andreas fault, new research shows. This time last year, a series of powerful earthquakes struck Southern California, culminating in a magnitude 7.1 temblor and a set of aftershocks. Within a week, scientists recorded more than 3,000 quakes in the area around California's Searles Valley.

  • Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela dies at 59
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    Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela dies at 59

    Zindzi Mandela, daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died, a spokesperson for the African National Congress said on Monday. She was 59.

  • France to make masks compulsory in enclosed public places
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    France to make masks compulsory in enclosed public places

    France will in the next few weeks make it compulsory to for people to wear masks in shops and other enclosed public spaces to stop a resurgence of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. The virus, which killed more than 30,000 people in France, has been on the decline, but Macron said it was spreading again in some places as France opens up beaches, bars and restaurants after a two-month lockdown. "We have some signs that it's coming back a bit," Macron said in an interview with French broadcasters.

  • Severe storms put Midwest, Plains in the crosshairs for explosive week
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    Severe storms put Midwest, Plains in the crosshairs for explosive week

    For the past several weeks, severe weather has abounded across portions of the Plains and Midwest and AccuWeather meteorologists say that trend will continue through midweek. Each state across the Great Plains and Midwest has reported at least one instance of severe weather since the start of the month. From damaging wind gusts to hailstorms and even some tornadoes, the nation's midsection has had it all during the first half of July.

  • ‘We’re going to lose a lot of teachers.’ Coronavirus kills beloved Arizona educator
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    ‘We’re going to lose a lot of teachers.’ Coronavirus kills beloved Arizona educator

    Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd loved teaching so much that the 61-year-old Arizona woman returned to work after retiring, according to The Arizona Republic. “She was a wonderful teacher, respected by everyone that she worked with,” said Jeff Gregorich, superintendent of the Hayden-Winkelman Unified School District, KSAZ reported. With kids stuck at home, Byrd shared a classroom with two other teachers for a virtual summer school program, CNN reported.

  • German study finds no evidence coronavirus spreads in schools
    The Telegraph

    German study finds no evidence coronavirus spreads in schools

    Schools do not play a major role in spreading the coronavirus, according to the results of a German study released on Monday. The study, the largest carried out on schoolchildren and teachers in Germany, found traces of the virus in fewer than 1 per cent of teachers and children. Scientists from Dresden Technical University said they believe children may act as a “brake” on chains of infection.

  • 'I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child': Pressley slams DeVos on reopening schools
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    'I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child': Pressley slams DeVos on reopening schools

    Rep. Ayanna Pressley tore into Betsy DeVos after the secretary of education backed President Donald Trump's demand that schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 135,000 people in the U.S. DeVos appeared on Sunday morning news shows to defend Trump's insistence that schools reopen even as the number of confirmed cases across the county continue to spike.

  • China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism
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    China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism

    China said Monday it will impose sanctions on three U.S. lawmakers and one ambassador in response to similar actions taken by the U.S. last week against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against Muslims in the Xinjiang region. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback were targeted, as was the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The four have been critical of the ruling Communist Party's policies toward minority groups and people of faith.

  • Ghislaine Maxwell tried to run away when the FBI arrived at her New Hampshire house to arrest her, prosecutors say
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    Ghislaine Maxwell tried to run away when the FBI arrived at her New Hampshire house to arrest her, prosecutors say

    Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with aiding in the sexual abuse of young girls, took detailed steps to evade arrest, according to prosecutors. When the FBI and other law enforcement arrived at her estate and announced themselves, she ran deeper into the mansion, where she was protected by private security, they said. The FBI had to "breach the door" to get in, prosecutors said.

  • Iranian officials urged to unite after nuclear plant blast
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    Iranian officials urged to unite after nuclear plant blast

    Iran's supreme leader has addressed the country's parliament amid growing divisions and unanswered questions over the explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility earlier this month.

  • US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the US can turn coronavirus around in '2 or 3 weeks if everyone does their part'
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    US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the US can turn coronavirus around in '2 or 3 weeks if everyone does their part'

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the US could turn around its novel coronavirus infections in two to three weeks if "everyone does their part." "Just as we've seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least 6 feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective," Adams said. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams says the US could turn around its novel coronavirus infections in two to three weeks if "everyone does their part" by following official recommendations like social distancing and use of face coverings.

  • Man, 37, who died from coronavirus had dismissed pandemic ‘hype’ on Facebook
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    Man, 37, who died from coronavirus had dismissed pandemic ‘hype’ on Facebook

    An Ohio man who died of Covid-19 had repeatedly posted on Facebook about his scepticism of the outbreak – and a tweet containing a montage of his posts is now going viral. Richard Rose, 37, died at home in Port Clinton on 4 July just days after he tested positive for Covid-19. The montage of his posts spreading on social media, which has been viewed 3.5 million times, shows that he tested positive and was quarantined on 1 July, when he was already viewing symptoms.

  • Pro-Police Agitators and Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash in Brooklyn
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    Pro-Police Agitators and Black Lives Matter Protesters Clash in Brooklyn

    During multiple incidents in Brooklyn, N.Y. over the weekend, groups of dueling demonstrators supporting the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement became engaged in physical altercations. Video footage from the scene shows, on numerous occasions, people in attendance to support the NYPD directing racist, sexist and vulgar language at smaller groups of BLM supporters. Videos of violent interactions between the two groups spread widely over social media, in particular on Sunday night, as did examples of aggressive policing by NYPD officers.