After high school senior loses mom to COVID-19, choir director fulfills promise to see him off to college

Indy Urban Youth Choir founder and artistic director Kim Kenny is fulfilling a promise to a student’s mom after she passed away from COVID-19.

  • Tragic video highlights systemic problem: Minneapolis police kill black people 13 times more than white people
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    Tragic video highlights systemic problem: Minneapolis police kill black people 13 times more than white people

    “I can't breathe” were some of the last words that a handcuffed George Floyd said as he was pinned on the ground, while a white Minneapolis police officer held a knee to his neck for several minutes on Monday. Floyd, a black man, is now dead. Now the four officers from the Minneapolis Police Department involved in the incident have been fired.

  • Trump, for some reason, compares coronavirus death toll (over 98,000) to that of swine flu (under 20,000)
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    Trump, for some reason, compares coronavirus death toll (over 98,000) to that of swine flu (under 20,000)

    On a day when the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic neared 100,000, President Trump sought to direct the nation's attention back to the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic as a way to smear the reputation of his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who was vice president at the time. Joe Biden's handling of the H1N1 Swine Flu was a complete and total disaster. In the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Trump repeatedly sought to show that he was doing a good job dealing with the pandemic compared with how Biden and then-President Barack Obama had responded to the H1N1 pandemic.

  • Pakistani villager urges India to return 'spy' pigeon
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    Pakistani villager urges India to return 'spy' pigeon

    A Pakistani villager has urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying. The Pakistani villager, who claims the arrested pigeon is his, says the code is actually his mobile phone number. Pakistan's Dawn newspaper has identified the man as Habibullah and reports that he owns a dozen pigeons.

  • US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified
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    US priest who founded Knights of Columbus to be beatified

    The founder of the Knights of Columbus, the influential U.S.-based lay Catholic organization, is moving a step closer to possible sainthood. Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Rev. Michael McGivney, a Connecticut priest who died at age 38 of pneumonia in 1890 during a pandemic similar to the current coronavirus outbreak. The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis had signed off on the miracle required.

  • Huawei CFO Meng to find out if a U.S extradition case against her will proceed
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    Huawei CFO Meng to find out if a U.S extradition case against her will proceed

    A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is scheduled to learn Wednesday if a U.S extradition case against her can proceed. Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, at Vancouver's airport in late 2018. The U.S. wants her extradited to face fraud charges.

  • Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong as tensions over proposed security law boil over
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    Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong as tensions over proposed security law boil over

    Riot police flooded central Hong Kong as people of all ages took to the streets to protest the territory's legislators preparing to debate another bill, one that would make it illegal to insult or abuse the Chinese national anthem. Pro-democracy protesters and politicians say the bill, which carries penalties of up to three years in jail and fines of up to $50,000 Hong Kong dollars ($6,450), is yet another sign of increasing interference from Beijing. Hong Kong Police said they have arrested more than 300 people on a number of charges, including possession of weapons and illegal assembly in the city center, Mong Kok, the Causeway Bay area and Wan Chai area.

  • Russian Jets Blocked US Plane in Unsafe Maneuvers Over Mediterranean, Navy Says
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    Russian Jets Blocked US Plane in Unsafe Maneuvers Over Mediterranean, Navy Says

    A pair of Russian planes restricted a Navy pilot from safely maneuvering over international waters for more than an hour, service officials said on Tuesday. Two Russian Su-35 aircraft on Tuesday simultaneously flew close to each wing of a Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, according to Navy news release describing the incident. It was the third time in two months that Russian aircraft have intercepted Navy aircraft in the Sixth Fleet of operations, the release states.

  • Monterey County DA to investigate if Biden accuser Tara Reade gave 'false testimony under oath' about expert witness credentials
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    Monterey County DA to investigate if Biden accuser Tara Reade gave 'false testimony under oath' about expert witness credentials

    The Monterey County District Attorney's Office announced that it will investigate if Tara Reade misrepresented her educational credentials after she served as an expert witness in court cases for a decade, Politico reported. Several California defense lawyers said they would be reviewing cases where Reade, then known as Alexandra McCabe, testified as an expert witness amid the concern that she "misrepresented her educational credentials in court." Reade claimed she had earned her bachelor's degree from Antioch University in Seattle under a "protected program."

  • Venezuela's Maduro vows to raise gasoline price as Iranian tanker nears
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    Venezuela's Maduro vows to raise gasoline price as Iranian tanker nears

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday pledged to begin charging citizens for gasoline, as the fourth cargo of a five-tanker flotilla bringing fuel from Iran approached the South American nation's exclusive economic zone. Iran is providing the country with up to 1.53 million barrels of gasoline and components to help it ease an acute scarcity that has forced Venezuelans to wait in hours-long lines at service stations or pay steep prices on the black market. With the arrival of the gasoline, Maduro said he would end the policy of providing fuel effectively for free after more than two decades of frozen pump prices.

  • Angry US protests for second night over police killing of black man
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    Angry US protests for second night over police killing of black man

    Demonstrators gathered Wednesday for a second night of protests in the US over the killing of a handcuffed black man by a policeman who held him to the ground with a knee on has neck. As dusk fell police formed a human barricade around the Third Precinct in Minneapolis, where the officers accused of killing George Floyd worked before they were fired on Tuesday. They pushed protesters back as the crowd grew, a day after police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators angered by the latest seemingly needless African American death at the hands of US law enforcement.

  • 20 Republican lawmakers file lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over new proxy voting system
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    20 Republican lawmakers file lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over new proxy voting system

    WASHINGTON – A group of Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the chamber's new proxy voting system, a challenge to the rule that is set to be used for the first time Wednesday. The House developed and passed its historic proxy voting rules this month, allowing members unable to come to Capitol Hill during the coronavirus pandemic to designate another lawmaker as their "proxy" and cast floor votes on their behalf. The goal was to allow lawmakers to have a voice if they could not travel to Washington safely.

  • Coronavirus: How the pandemic in US compares with rest of world
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    Coronavirus: How the pandemic in US compares with rest of world

    Two days after the US recorded its first case of coronavirus, Donald Trump said the situation was "totally under control" and assured the public it was "going to be just fine". Fast forward four months and the virus has spread across all 50 states, leaving a death toll of 100,000 from more than 1.6 million confirmed cases. The death toll in the US became the highest in the world in early April and has risen dramatically since then.

  • Navy admiral submits results of probe on virus-infected ship
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    Navy admiral submits results of probe on virus-infected ship

    The Navy's top admiral on Wednesday received the results of an internal investigation into the spread of the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the firing of the aircraft carrier's skipper in April. The report is not expected to be made public until decisions are made about potentially restoring Capt. Brett Crozier to command of the Roosevelt or disciplining other officers. It was submitted Wednesday to Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations.

  • Levi’s Is Taking 50% off These Best-Selling Jeans Right Now
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    Levi’s Is Taking 50% off These Best-Selling Jeans Right Now

    It's a great time to stock up on the classic 501s. From Popular Mechanics

  • $11,000 in personal items stolen from doctor visiting New York to fight coronavirus, report says
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    $11,000 in personal items stolen from doctor visiting New York to fight coronavirus, report says

    A Texas doctor who moved to New York temporarily to assist in the fight against coronavirus has had $11,000 worth of personal items stolen from her hotel room, according to a report. Police sources told The New York Post that a woman who was believed to be in her 20's reportedly broke into the unidentified doctor's room at the Brooklyn Hotel on Atlantic Avenue at around 9am on Saturday. According to the report, the suspect proceeded to steal around $11,000 worth of personal items from the room including jewelry and clothing.

  • Doctor and nurse marry in hospital chapel after cancelling summer wedding due to coronavirus
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    Doctor and nurse marry in hospital chapel after cancelling summer wedding due to coronavirus

    Churches may be closed amid the coronavirus lockdown, but one lucky couple were able to still to get married in the midst of the pandemic. Jann Tipping, a 34-year-old ambulatory emergency nurse, and Annalan Navaratnam, a 30-year-old acute medical registrar, were married in the Grade II-listed chapel at St Thomas' Hospital in London at the end of last month. The couple, front line key workers treating coronavirus patients, had been forced to scrap a planned summer wedding amid fears that their families would not be able to travel safely from Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka.

  • PHOTOS: US Navy says a pair of Russian fighter jets 'unsafely' intercepted a US patrol aircraft, risking a midair collision
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    PHOTOS: US Navy says a pair of Russian fighter jets 'unsafely' intercepted a US patrol aircraft, risking a midair collision

    US Navy The US Navy has accused two Russian Su-35 fighter jets of conducting an "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept of a P-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft over the Mediterranean Tuesday, releasing photos and video from the incident. The two Russian fighters closed in on both wings of the US aircraft simultaneously, "restricting the P-8A's ability to safely maneuver," the Navy said in a statement. Tuesday's intercept marks the third unsafe intercept over the Mediterranean in two months, following two similar incidents in April.

  • U.S. to end sanctions waivers allowing some work at Iran nuclear sites
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    U.S. to end sanctions waivers allowing some work at Iran nuclear sites

    The United States said on Wednesday it will terminate sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out work originally designed to make it harder for Iranian nuclear sites to be used for weapons development. The waivers, which officials said expire on July 27, covered the conversion of Iran's Arak heavy water research reactor, the provision of enriched uranium for its Tehran Research Reactor and the transfer of spent and scrap reactor fuel abroad. In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave no precise justification for the move, which will halt some work originally designed to make it more difficult for Iran to potentially develop fissile material for nuclear bombs.

  • Protest over George Floyd death turns violent, deadly in Minneapolis
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    Protest over George Floyd death turns violent, deadly in Minneapolis

    Protests in Minneapolis over the in-custody death of George Floyd escalated into violence Wednesday night, with a fatal shooting near the site of the demonstrations, widespread looting, multiple fires and the deployment of tear gas. It was the second night of conflict during rallies by thousands enraged by Floyd's death. The demonstrations in the southern part of the city near the site of Floyd's death began peacefully but grew more violent as the night went on.

  • US revokes Hong Kong's special status as anger grows over China law
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    US revokes Hong Kong's special status as anger grows over China law

    The United States has revoked Hong Kong's special status under US law, opening the way for the city to be stripped of trading privileges, as Washington accused China of trampling on the territory's autonomy. The decision came as China's rubber-stamp parliament was set to vote Thursday on a new Hong Kong security law, a move that has triggered renewed protests. Under legislation passed last year to support Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, the US administration must certify that the city still enjoys the freedoms promised by Beijing when it negotiated with Britain to take back the colony.

  • Zambia probes Chinese clothes factory murders
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    Zambia probes Chinese clothes factory murders

    Police in Zambia have arrested three people suspected of murdering three Chinese nationals, dragging the bodies into a factory and setting it alight. Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo has promised a full investigation into Sunday's "barbaric" crime. The attack comes amid a controversial crackdown in the capital, Lusaka, on Chinese businesses accused of discriminating against Zambians.

  • Sweden continues strategy as virus death toll keeps rising
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    Sweden continues strategy as virus death toll keeps rising

    Sweden's government defended its response to the COVID-19 global pandemic on Tuesday despite the Scandinavian country now reporting one of the highest mortality rates in the world, with 4,125 fatalities, or about 40 deaths per 100,000 people.

  • Trump shares disturbing meme of Biden's campaign in a coffin
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    Trump shares disturbing meme of Biden's campaign in a coffin

    President Trump has given the Biden campaign a death sentence — literally. On Tuesday, Trump shared a video declaring former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign effectively over for declaring that black voters who can't decide between him and Trump "ain't black." It first shares the devastating clip, and then cuts to video of Ghana's dancing pallbearers, with Biden's campaign logo on the coffin.

  • This casino owner is giving away 1,000 free flights to Las Vegas
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    This casino owner is giving away 1,000 free flights to Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS – In a bid to stimulate Southern Nevada's paused tourism economy and airline industry, a downtown casino mogul is giving away 1,000 free flights from more than 20 major U.S. cities to Las Vegas as the state reopens amid the coronavirus pandemic. Derek Stevens, the Detroit native turned owner of the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate on Fremont Street, on Wednesday launched the “Keep America Flying” promotion, reports the Reno Gazette Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

  • British mercenaries 'involved in botched operation' backing rebel leader in Libya, according to secret UN report
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    British mercenaries 'involved in botched operation' backing rebel leader in Libya, according to secret UN report

    Six British citizens including two former Royal Marine commandos have been accused of taking part in a botched mercenary mission to Libya to fight on behalf of renegade general Khalifa Haftar. The five men and one woman are named in a confidential report by the United Nations panel of experts on Libya into a botched mission that ended with the mercenaries making a remarkable sea-borne escape after falling out with their hosts. The men, including former Royal Marines Sean Callaghan Louw and Andrew Scott Ritchie, were among around 20 mercenaries who travelled to Benghazi in eastern Libya in June 2019 in a contract organised by a UAE based company called Opus, according to the report seen by the Daily Telegraph.