Gov. Pritzker announces more help for Illinois' unemployed

Governor JB Pritzer said more help is on the way for people who are trying to file for unemployment as public health officials announced 2,641 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois Thursday, including 138 additional deaths.

  • A group of D.C. protesters now has a list of demands
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    A group of D.C. protesters now has a list of demands

    As protests continue to erupt around the country, a group of three young African-American activists is attempting to link the demonstrations to a list of demands. The group, Concerned Citizens, has emerged from the nation's capital, a hotbed of the protests that began following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was taken into police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. The group's three leading organizers, Aalayah Eastmond, 19, Seun Babalola, 22, and Ty Hobson-Powell, 24, plan to unveil their demands, which they shared exclusively with Yahoo News, at a protest in Washington on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Cities remove racist monuments before protesters can topple them
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    Cities remove racist monuments before protesters can topple them

    Early Wednesday morning, crews removed the statue of former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner Frank Rizzo from its base near City Hall, a long-standing demand by activists and a step promised by the city in 2017. Over the weekend, demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd had attempted to take down the statue on their own, vandalizing it in the process. Rizzo remains a polarizing figure in the city, a tough-on-crime police commissioner in the 1960s and a tougher-on-crime mayor who campaigned by urging citizens to "vote white."

  • Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore apologizes after saying George Floyd's death is on the 'hands' of looters
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    Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore apologizes after saying George Floyd's death is on the 'hands' of looters

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday faced calls to fire Police Chief Michel Moore after Moore said the death of George Floyd was on the "hands" of those inciting criminal acts at protests as much as the officers involved in Minneapolis. While providing an update on Monday, alongside Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas, Moore reported the LAPD had made 700 arrests on Sunday night — 70 of those arrests, he said, were people "who were either burglarizing or looting, victimizing, businesses further." "We didn't have protests last night.

  • Hong Kong: Tens of thousands defy ban to attend Tiananmen vigil
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    Hong Kong: Tens of thousands defy ban to attend Tiananmen vigil

    Tens of thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong have defied a ban to stage a mass vigil for the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. Officers erected barricades around the city's Victoria Park, but some pro-democracy protesters knocked them down and held candlelit gatherings. Earlier, lawmakers approved a controversial bill making it a crime to insult China's national anthem.

  • EU, China postpone September summit due to pandemic
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    EU, China postpone September summit due to pandemic

    The European Union and China have agreed to postpone a summit planned for this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, German officials said Wednesday. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping and later with European Council President Charles Michel to discuss the Sept. 14 meeting, due to be held in the German city of Leipzig and seen as a key moment in EU relations with China. The European Union has tried to position itself as a mediator between China and the United States.

  • Fox News host alludes to baseless conspiracy theory and calls George Floyd death 'a premeditated hit' that 'was executed extremely poorly'
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    Fox News host alludes to baseless conspiracy theory and calls George Floyd death 'a premeditated hit' that 'was executed extremely poorly'

    Fox News Live on air Wednesday, Fox News opinion host Jesse Watters floated a baseless conspiracy theory circulating through QAnon forums on the death of George Floyd. Watters, co-host of "The Five," speculated through a series of items on the co-working relationship between former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and Floyd, alluding to a potential investigation into the nightclub where they reportedly overlapped — though they may not have known each other. "Yes, maybe [Chauvin] is some insane racist that just wanted to kill an innocent black man — it's possible," Watters said.

  • NYPD Says Looters Are Stashing Bricks. Brooklyn Locals Say Otherwise
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    NYPD Says Looters Are Stashing Bricks. Brooklyn Locals Say Otherwise

    On Wednesday morning, New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot F. Shea tweeted a low-resolution video of an unidentified officer picking up blue plastic crates on a city street corner. The crates, which appeared to be filled with chunks of masonry, had apparently been left next to a garbage can near Avenue X and West 3rd Street in Gravesend, a neighborhood by the water on Brooklyn's south end that's been largely untouched by the protests elsewhere in the borough and the city. "This is what our cops are up against: Organized looters, strategically placing caches of bricks & rocks at locations throughout NYC," Shea wrote.

  • Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin
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    Putin declines British invitation to take part in coronavirus summit: Kremlin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to take part in an online summit on a possible coronavirus vaccine being organised by the British government this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. Putin received an invitation to take part in the summit from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, the Kremlin had said. Scheduled to take place on June 4, the Global Vaccine Summit 2020 is designed to mobilise resources needed to ensure universal availability of the vaccine against the novel coronavirus.

  • Bar owner won't face charges in fatal shooting of Omaha protester
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    Bar owner won't face charges in fatal shooting of Omaha protester

    During protests in Omaha, Nebraska over the weekend, a black activist was shot and killed by a white bar owner after a fight broke out. The county attorney said the shooter will not face charges because he was "defending himself." James Scurlock, 22, was killed by Jacob Gardner, the owner of the Hive Bar and Gatsby Bar in Omaha's Old Market neighborhood around midnight Saturday in the midst of protests against police brutality and George Floyd's death.

  • As protests rock cities, Rand Paul holds up passage of anti-lynching bill
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    As protests rock cities, Rand Paul holds up passage of anti-lynching bill

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is holding up the passage of an anti-lynching bill with broad bipartisan support — the latest delay in an effort to pass a federal law against lynching that goes back over a century. When the Emmett Till Antilynching Act passed the House 410-4 on Feb. 26, lawmakers expected it to pass in the Senate and head to President Trump's desk within days. A Senate version, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, had already passed by unanimous consent in December 2018 and again in February 2019, but the House version needed to pass separately.

  • Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests
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    Pentagon intelligence employees raise concerns about supporting domestic surveillance amid protests

    The government's increasingly militarized response to nationwide protests has sparked concern among employees of a Pentagon intelligence agency, who fear they might be compelled to help conduct surveillance on Americans participating in demonstrations, sources tell Yahoo News. The May 25 killing of George Floyd, an African-American man, in Minneapolis police custody set off a series of nationwide protests, including in Washington, D.C. In response, the Trump administration has sent a wide range of law enforcement and military personnel to the nation's capital to help police the demonstrations. The use of military personnel has prompted questions about overreach, including now at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

  • Airlines to drop service to 75 domestic airports
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    Airlines to drop service to 75 domestic airports

    Fifteen U.S. airlines were granted final government approval on Wednesday to temporarily halt service to 75 domestic airports as travel demand has been crushed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 10 Years Ago Today, SpaceX's Falcon 9 Blasted Off for the First Time
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    10 Years Ago Today, SpaceX's Falcon 9 Blasted Off for the First Time

    The rocket flew its first test flight on June 4, 2010. It's been a decade of spaceflight innovation ever since. From Popular Mechanics

  • New York police take seconds to restore reputation for brutality
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    New York police take seconds to restore reputation for brutality

    It showed an NYPD vehicle in Brooklyn lined up against a metal barricade behind which protesters were chanting during Saturday's demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd. Projectiles were thrown on to the roof of the car, then suddenly a second police SUV drew up alongside and instead of stopping continued to plough straight into the crowd. A 27-second video, now viewed more than 30m times, had quickly shredded years of effort to repair the deeply tarnished image of the NYPD.

  • Protests in Minneapolis turned violent: Officials first blamed outsiders, but that’s not what arrests show
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    Protests in Minneapolis turned violent: Officials first blamed outsiders, but that’s not what arrests show

    Read this: Officials blame 'out-of-state' agitators but those at the heart of protests are homegrown Riot, violence, looting: Words matter when talking about race and unrest, experts say Leggat, the security consultant, said intelligence reports from his colleagues indicate most of the hard-core protesters in Minneapolis were far-left or anarchists, and that far-right groups have not yet made a significant appearance. He said looting is typically done by locals – usually people with no criminal record who just get caught up in the moment. But direct conflicts with authorities come from a mix of both locals and outside groups who see these conflicts as a core part of their mission.

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence
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    AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies tear gas use despite evidence

    President Donald Trump and some of his supporters are claiming authorities did not use tear gas against people in a crackdown outside the White House this week. Law enforcement officials shy away from describing crowd-dispersing chemical tools as tear gas; it evokes police gassing citizens or the horrors of war. Federal institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense have listed tear gas as the common term for riot-control agents.

  • Robert E Lee statue: Virginia governor announces removal of monument
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    Robert E Lee statue: Virginia governor announces removal of monument

    Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam has announced that a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee will be removed from the state capital. The monument has been vandalised during recent protests over the killing of African American George Floyd. At a news conference, a round of applause erupted when Governor Northam said the 12-ton statue would be removed.

  • Boris Johnson told Italy's prime minister the UK had been aiming for coronavirus herd immunity, new documentary reveals
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    Boris Johnson told Italy's prime minister the UK had been aiming for coronavirus herd immunity, new documentary reveals

    Getty Boris Johnson reportedly told the Italian prime minister in March that the UK was aiming for herd immunity, according to a new documentary. Pierpaolo Sileri, a health minister in Giuseppe Conte's Italian government, told Channel 4's Dispatches that UK Prime Minister Johnson informed Conte of his plan during a phone call on March 13. Sileri said: "I remember he said, 'He told me that he wants herd immunity'."

  • Counties in Florida, Iowa worry CDC as emerging coronavirus 'areas of concern'
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    Counties in Florida, Iowa worry CDC as emerging coronavirus 'areas of concern'

    Federal authorities are worried about new coronavirus outbreaks in a number of counties, including in states that have eased lockdown restrictions, like Florida and Alabama, according to a document reviewed by Yahoo News. A list of “areas of concern” also includes persistent hot spots in Midwestern states — including three in Iowa and one each in South Dakota and Nebraska — that are home to major meat processing plants. The list, which has not otherwise been made public, comes from a document created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and disseminated to other federal agencies.

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    Iranian professor jailed in U.S. returns home: report

    An Iranian professor who was acquitted in the United States of stealing trade secrets arrived in Iran on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. Materials science professor Sirous Asgari, 59, was indicted by U.S. federal prosecutors in April 2016. Tehran and Washington have denied reports that his release was part of a prisoner swap.

  • Cars Most Likely to Need a Transmission Replacement
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    Cars Most Likely to Need a Transmission Replacement

    To understand how often such problems occur, we analyzed data on older models from our Annual Auto Surveys to see which major systems can lead to expensive repairs and identify the models that have a significant risk. Three problems areas stood out: Engines, head gaskets, and transmissions. With some models, these problems occur with surprising frequency at a certain age and mileage.

  • Powerful video from 1986 resurfaces showing Biden’s passionate speech against apartheid
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    Powerful video from 1986 resurfaces showing Biden’s passionate speech against apartheid

    A powerful video of then-Senator Joe Biden speaking about apartheid South Africa has resurfaced. The clip, taken from C-Span coverage of a Senate committee in 1986, shows Mr Biden passionately speaking out in support of the majority black population of South Africa, and against the oppressive apartheid regime. Challenging Reagan administration secretary of state George Schultz on government policy towards South Africa, Senator Biden says he is disturbed by the rationale behind it, arguing that it amounts to doing nothing.

  • Minneapolis Police union president said he has been involved in three shootings, 'and not one of them has bothered' him
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    Minneapolis Police union president said he has been involved in three shootings, 'and not one of them has bothered' him

    Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via Getty Images Lt. Bob Kroll, President of Minneapolis' police union, said he and a majority of the Minneapolis Police Officers' Federation's board have been involved in police shootings, during an April interview with STIM Radio host Maxwell Thomas Silverhammer reported on by The Intercept. Kroll said he himself has been involved in three, and while many police officers have experienced PTSD after shootings "not one of them has bothered me." These statements were made a mere month before the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after Minneapolis police officers knelt on his neck and pinned him down during an arrest.

  • In aftermath of George Floyd's death, San Diego police will 'immediately' end use of carotid restraint
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    In aftermath of George Floyd's death, San Diego police will 'immediately' end use of carotid restraint

    At least three major police departments have banned similar neck holds or chokeholds amid increasing attention on policing maneuvers that cut off oxygen to people under arrest or restraint. Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin used a similarly controversial knee-to-neck restraint, pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, which resulted in his death. In San Diego, Police Chief David Nisleit and local elected officials announced Monday that officers would immediately stop using the carotid restraint as a use-of-force procedure amid nationwide protests against police brutality.

  • Prosecutors: 3 men plotted to terrorize Vegas protests
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    Prosecutors: 3 men plotted to terrorize Vegas protests

    Three Nevada men with ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in what authorities say was a conspiracy to spark violence during recent protests in Las Vegas. Federal prosecutors say the three white men with U.S. military experience are accused of conspiring to carry out a plan that began in April in conjunction with protests to reopen businesses closed because of the coronavirus. More recently, they sought to capitalize on protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air, prosecutors said.