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  • New York City has already had more shootings in 2020 than in the whole of 2019
    The Independent

    New York City has already had more shootings in 2020 than in the whole of 2019

    New York City has recorded more shootings so far in 2020 than the whole of last year, authorities have confirmed. There were 777 shootings between January and 2 August 2020, compared with 776 in 2019, according to figures compiled by the New York Post, and later confirmed by New York Police department (NYPD). The milestone was reached when a man presented to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, north New York, with gunshot wounds on Saturday evening.

  • Homicides Spike in 50 Largest Cities across Nation
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    Homicides Spike in 50 Largest Cities across Nation

    Homicides and gun violence have spiked in major cities around the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, spurred by an economic recession and unrest that arose from protests against police brutality. Chicago saw the largest jump in homicides, reporting more than 400 more homicides than last year, an increase of more than 50 percent. Philadelphia and New York City came in just behind the country's third-largest city, both tallying more than 200 more homicides this year.

  • Portland police declare unlawful assembly during protest
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    Portland police declare unlawful assembly during protest

    The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly Saturday night when people gathered outside a police precinct in Oregon's largest city and threw bottles toward officers, police said. Until that point, federal, state and local law enforcement had been seemingly absent from the protests Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The demonstrations — that for weeks ended with tear gas, fireworks shot towards buildings, federal agents on the street and injuries to protesters and officers — have recently ended with chanting and conversations. Activists and Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night's protest in Portland to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents.

  • Dunkin' employee in Illinois arrested after state trooper finds mucus in coffee
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    Dunkin' employee in Illinois arrested after state trooper finds mucus in coffee

    Police in Illinois arrested a Dunkin' employee after a state trooper found what police said was mucus in coffee he purchased at one of the doughnut chain's locations in Chicago. Vincent Sessler, 25, was arrested Friday on charges of disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and battery to a peace officer after an Illinois state trooper took the lid off his Dunkin' coffee to let it cool and found "a large, thick piece of mucus, which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it," Illinois State Police said in a Facebook post. The incident happened Thursday.

  • One person is dying of COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran: state TV
    Reuters

    One person is dying of COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran: state TV

    One person is dying from COVID-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state television said on Monday, as the Health Ministry reported 215 new deaths from the disease and state media warned of a lack of proper social distancing. Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari was quoted by the state TV as saying the 215 deaths in the past 24 hours took the combined death toll to 17,405 in Iran, and the number of confirmed cases rose by 2,598 to 312,035. State television showed several Iranians in a busy Tehran street without wearing face masks or social distancing.

  • The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school ordered private schools to stay closed until October, but the governor overrode the decision
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    The Maryland county where Barron Trump attends school ordered private schools to stay closed until October, but the governor overrode the decision

    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday issued an emergency order to block the county where Barron Trump goes to school from banning private schools from opening for in-person instruction. On Friday, the Montgomery County, Maryland, health officer issued a mandate that ordered private schools remain closed for in-person learning until at least October 1. President Trump's son, Barron, attends the St. Andrew's Episcopal School in the Maryland county.

  • Residents forced to evacuate as 'Apple Fire' burns out of control in California
    The Telegraph

    Residents forced to evacuate as 'Apple Fire' burns out of control in California

    Nearly 8,000 residents of Riverside County in Southern California were forced to evacuate their homes on Saturday as a wildfire spread uncontained across more than 4,000 acres, the County fire department said. The fire - dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters, who routinely give blazes identifying names - was reported on Friday in Cherry Valley, a community about 75 miles east of Los Angeles. Photographs shared by the Riverside County fire department on Twitter on Saturday showed thick plumes of smoke filling the sky over the mountainous region.

  • She got the virus. Then she was fired. Some sick workers left in cold by employers.
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    She got the virus. Then she was fired. Some sick workers left in cold by employers.

    As of June 12, nearly 700 companies had violated the law's paid-leave provisions and owed back wages to hundreds of employees, according to Labor Department records. Violators include six McDonald's franchises and the franchise owners of a Comfort Suites, Courtyard by Marriott and Red Roof Inn. In all, the businesses owe $690,000 in unpaid wages to 527 employees, who are not identified in the documents.

  • Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns
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    Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

    Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota, seeking the freedom of cruising the boundless landscapes in a state that has skipped lockdowns.

  • ‘Murder hornets’ trapped in US for first time as officials race to eradicate colonies before breeding season
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    ‘Murder hornets’ trapped in US for first time as officials race to eradicate colonies before breeding season

    As the US grapples with the world's worst coronavirus outbreak, a new threat is emerging as Asian giant hornets – known as “murder hornets” due to their lethal sting to humans – are gaining a foothold in the country. After they were first found in Washington State in May this year, the 2-inch (5cm)-long hornets have now been trapped for the first time – giving officials an indication – firstly that their traps work, and secondly of where nests could be situated. Now authorities in Washington State have until mid-September to try and eradicate the invasive species before the breeding season begins.

  • A California couple were arrested on hate-crime charges after they yelled 'white power' during an episode of road rage, police say
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    A California couple were arrested on hate-crime charges after they yelled 'white power' during an episode of road rage, police say

    Torrance Police Department/ Facebook A California couple was arrested on hate-crime and vandalism charges on Friday, the Torrance Police Department said. Gregory and Rachel Howell are accused of yelling "white power" and "only white lives matter" at a Black man and his girlfriend in July. "Never in my life did I think I was gonna experience this," the girlfriend, Itzel Lopez, told KTLA.

  • Prison raid mars relative calm in Afghanistan after ceasefire
    AFP

    Prison raid mars relative calm in Afghanistan after ceasefire

    At least 29 people were killed in a raid on an Afghan prison claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said Monday, as the country waited to see if a government ceasefire with the Taliban would rupture after its formal expiration. Fighting finally ended at mid-afternoon at the jail in the eastern city of Jalalabad, where about 1,700 IS and Taliban inmates were being held. IS's news outlet Amaq said its fighters were behind the raid that had started with a suicide car bomb attack, and saw more than 1,000 inmates escape before most of them were recaptured.

  • Splash Mountain log flume ride sinks at Disney World's Magic Kingdom
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    Splash Mountain log flume ride sinks at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

    Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain hit rough waters Sunday as Twitter users posted video of a submerged log flume ride they were in only moments earlier. The riders tweeted that the ride began taking on water, and they decided to evacuate even though a Disney employee told them they should have stayed in the boat. In a video that's been viewed nearly 200,000 times, a Twitter user named Sky shared footage of the boat after it sank.

  • Fauci says states seeing surge in COVID-19 cases should reconsider some lockdown measures
    Reuters

    Fauci says states seeing surge in COVID-19 cases should reconsider some lockdown measures

    In some states with moderate case counts, experts are seeing "that same insidious increase in percent positive that we had seen and pointed out ... in states like Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota and others", Fauci said during an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Fauci said last week that he was seeing signs the surge of COVID-19 cases could be peaking in the South and West while other areas were on the cusp of new outbreaks. Fauci said that it is crucial that the outbreak be contained before autumn, when influenza cases are likely to spike alongside COVID-19 and more people begin to move indoors, increasing the risk of contagion.

  • These 43-square-foot pods were originally for travelers to take a nap at the airport, but now the company is selling them for $50,000 each
    Business Insider

    These 43-square-foot pods were originally for travelers to take a nap at the airport, but now the company is selling them for $50,000 each

    NapCity started out smalling private pods travelers could rent to take a rest in airports. NapCity makes tiny pods mostly used in airports, where travelers can take a quick nap on a layover. The COVID-19 pandemic completely upended the travel industry, and the company has pivoted to selling what president Stephen Rosenfeld calls "private space as a service."

  • See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Revolutionary Oeuvre
    Architectural Digest

    See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Revolutionary Oeuvre

    A new book by Taschen surveys the Pritzker Prize–winning architect's process, including her paintings and drawings—which are works of art in their own right Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Who is Karen Bass?
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    Who is Karen Bass?

    Karen Bass, D-Calif. has been mentioned as a potential running mate for former VP Joe Biden, who has vowed to pick a woman as his vice president.

  • Nancy Pelosi Tears Into Dr. Birx: ‘I Don’t Have Confidence’ in Her
    The Daily Beast

    Nancy Pelosi Tears Into Dr. Birx: ‘I Don’t Have Confidence’ in Her

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn't mince words on Sunday morning, declaring that she has no “confidence” in White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, whom she blamed for President Donald Trump peddling coronavirus disinformation. Last week, during a closed-door meeting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Politico reported that the speaker tore into Birx. Deborah Birx is the worst.

  • Illinois officials call to abolish history classes in the state until an 'alternative' is set up to highlight underrepresented groups
    INSIDER

    Illinois officials call to abolish history classes in the state until an 'alternative' is set up to highlight underrepresented groups

    Tim Boyle/Getty Images Community leaders in Illinois called for history classes in state schools to stop until a " suitable alternative" is established to represent minority groups in the curriculum. Democratic State Representative LaShawn K. Ford said "current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities," according to NBC Chicago. The state representative is calling for schools to discard history books "that unfairly communicate our history."

  • Mexico crime: Mexican police seize alleged oil theft crime boss The Sledgehammer
    BBC

    Mexico crime: Mexican police seize alleged oil theft crime boss The Sledgehammer

    Mexican security forces have seized the head of a criminal gang specialising in stealing fuel from pipelines in the central state of Guanajuato. José Antonio Yépez, better-known as El Marro - or The Sledgehammer - was one of the most wanted men in the country. Mexican police had been closing in on him in recent months and had taken his mother and sister into custody.

  • Homeland Security official reassigned after intelligence reports on journalists covering protests
    The Independent

    Homeland Security official reassigned after intelligence reports on journalists covering protests

    A US intelligence official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been reassigned following revelations that his office compiled "intelligence reports" on journalists and analysed communications between protesters amid ongoing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon. Brian Murphy was removed from his post following a report in The Washington Post revealing that the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis sent open source intelligence reports to federal law enforcement agencies containing information from two reporters who had published leaked unclassified government documents while covering Black Lives Matter protests.

  • After Missing for 9 Days, Teenager Found Safe Near Washington State Mountain Pass
    Time

    After Missing for 9 Days, Teenager Found Safe Near Washington State Mountain Pass

    A teenager who had been reported missing for nine days was found Saturday afternoon by a search and rescue team near the Cascade mountain range in King County, Washington. year-old Gia Fuda's car had run out of gas and she was reported missing on July 24. She was found west of Stevens Pass on U.S. Highway 2 Sgt. Ryan Abbott, spokesperson for the King County Sheriff's Office, told TIME.

  • Russia says suspected mercenaries detained by Belarus were going to Latin America
    Reuters

    Russia says suspected mercenaries detained by Belarus were going to Latin America

    A Russian diplomat said on Monday a group of more than 30 suspected Russian mercenaries detained in Belarus last week were only passing through Minsk and were on their way to an unnamed Latin American state. Belarusian authorities have said they suspect the men entered their country to plot "acts of terrorism" and destabilise it before an Aug. 9 presidential election. Russian officials have dismissed the accusation and described the men as employees of a private security firm.

  • Bower Studios and West Elm Reprise a Partnership With This New Collection
    Architectural Digest

    Bower Studios and West Elm Reprise a Partnership With This New Collection

    The release includes seven designs to bring harmony home Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • A pastor who told congregants not to be afraid of the coronavirus was hospitalized with COVID-19
    Business Insider

    A pastor who told congregants not to be afraid of the coronavirus was hospitalized with COVID-19

    A Catholic pastor has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation after writing several articles advising his congregants not to fear the virus. Washington, D.C. health officials told those who attended recent services to quarantine after Monsignor Charles Pope of the Holy Comforter Saint-Cyprian Roman Catholic Church was diagnosed. Pope has been a vocal critic of what he felt is an overly cautious approach, and said that some of those who had not yet returned to an in-person church service were "lukewarm" Catholics.