Locals turn out for outdoor dining

Restaurants in Massachusetts are now open for outdoor dining and retailers can allow customers back inside for browsing, with capacity limits and other precautions in place, as phase 2 of reopening the economy begins.

  • 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.

  • Parents of slain Atlanta girl plead for help to find killer
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    Parents of slain Atlanta girl plead for help to find killer

    The parents of an 8-year-old Atlanta girl slain near the site of an earlier police killing pleaded for the public to help find whoever was responsible as their lawyers announced more reward money. In an emotional news conference Monday, the family's lawyers announced an “all-hands-on-deck” effort that will include canvassing several neighborhoods Tuesday to seek clues in the slaying of Secoriea Turner. They've also set up a new hotline for tips that will be staffed by law students with help from lawyers who are volunteering their time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas
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    64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas

    Bring on the prep space Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Remains of Aztec palace, house built by Hernán Cortés found near Mexico City plaza
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    Remains of Aztec palace, house built by Hernán Cortés found near Mexico City plaza

    The remains of an Aztec palace dating back to the mid-1400s and later used by Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés were discovered near a central plaza in Mexico City, officials say. Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History announced Monday that basalt slab floors believed to be part of an open plaza in the Palace of Axayácatl were discovered during an inspection at the Nacional Monte de Piedad, located near the Plaza del Zócalo. Axayácatl was an Aztec ruler between 1469 and 1481 and also father of Moctezuma II, the great Aztec emperor who later died during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

  • 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.

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court oldest justice treated for possible infection
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court oldest justice treated for possible infection

    US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been taken to hospital in Maryland "for treatment of a possible infection", the court has said. It said in Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital she "underwent an endoscopic procedure... to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August". Ms Ginsburg, 87, was "resting comfortably" and would stay in the hospital for a few days.

  • Protests after Pennsylvania police officer filmed kneeling on man’s head and neck
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    Protests after Pennsylvania police officer filmed kneeling on man’s head and neck

    A video of a black man being restrained by police kneeling on his head and neck in Pennsylvania has provoked outrage, with many comparing it to footage of the killing of George Floyd. The incident took place outside a hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Saturday and was filmed by a passer-by. One video, less than 30 seconds long, shows three white officers holding the man on the ground.

  • Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus
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    Trump identifies another hoax: The coronavirus

    President Trump has called many things hoaxes over the years — the investigation into his 2016 campaign's dealings with Russia, his impeachment, global warming — but on Monday he called into question the existence of an epidemic that has killed more than 135,000 Americans. During a flurry of activity on his Twitter account, Trump retweeted a message from game show host Chuck Woolery that claimed “everyone is lying” about the coronavirus as part of a plot to sabotage the economy and hurt Trump's reelection campaign. “The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19,” wrote Woolery in the message promoted by Trump.

  • Detained Chinese professor who criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping is freed
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    Detained Chinese professor who criticised Chinese President Xi Jinping is freed

    A Chinese academic who penned an essay blaming the coronavirus pandemic on President Xi Jinping's authoritarianism and censorship has been released after nearly a week in detention, his friends have told AFP. Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, was taken from his home in the capital by a group of more than 20 people on July 6, according to associates. In an essay published on overseas websites, Xu had written that the leadership system under Xi - China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong - was "destroying the structure of governance".

  • Former Arkansas Gov. David Pryor hospitalized with COVID-19
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    Former Arkansas Gov. David Pryor hospitalized with COVID-19

    David Pryor, a former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator, is hospitalized in Little Rock after testing positive for COVID-19, his family said in a statement Monday. David Pryor and his wife, Barbara Pryor, both received positive test results Friday for the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the statement. David Pryor, who is 85 and a stroke and heart attack survivor, was admitted Saturday to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

  • The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says
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    The St. Louis couple that aimed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters received dozens of offers to replace a firearm that was seized by police, their attorney says

    A lawyer representing Mark and Patricia McCloskey told Forbes that the St. Louis couple has received more than 50 offers to replace a rifle that was taken by local authorities under a search warrant. The McCloskeys went viral last month after they were caught on video pointing what appeared to be a semiautomatic rifle with an extended magazine at Black Lives Matter protestors who were marching to a demonstration outside the St. Louis mayor's house. The married St. Louis couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who went viral for pointing guns at protesters marching past their home, have received 50 or more offers to replace their AR-15 rifle which local authorities seized, Forbes reported.

  • U.S. Considers TikTok Ban as Chinese Threat to Global Internet Freedom Grows
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    U.S. Considers TikTok Ban as Chinese Threat to Global Internet Freedom Grows

    The partnership between Chinese tech companies and the Chinese Communist Party is threatening global Internet freedom. But the U.S. has the chance to push back and safeguard online free speech and privacy worldwide. Last Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News's Laura Ingraham that the U.S. is “certainly looking at” banning TikTok, a video-sharing social-media platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, over its ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

  • When a university closes for COVID-19, its college town may not survive
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    When a university closes for COVID-19, its college town may not survive

    For more than a century, the office supply store A.J. Hastings has opened its doors to the public every day without fail, a community staple in a quintessential college town. “Through thick and thin,” said Sharon Povinelli, who co-owns the store with her wife, Mary Broll. Located in the heart of Amherst, the store has been a mainstay for students at Amherst College and Hampshire College, and the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts.

  • Police across Virginia are searching for people who are putting up offensive flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'
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    Police across Virginia are searching for people who are putting up offensive flyers calling on residents to 'pray for white Americans in 2020'

    Virginia police are investigating white supremacist flyers that are appearing in or near local resident mailboxes across the state. The flyers, which were found in ziplock bags with bird seeds, read, "Most whites insist on making heroes and saints of criminal black." It went on to say, "Most whites are idiots" and called for recipients of the flyer to "pray for white Americans in 2020."

  • 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.

  • Writer and editor Bari Weiss leaves New York Times over 'bullying' and 'harassment' from colleagues
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    Writer and editor Bari Weiss leaves New York Times over 'bullying' and 'harassment' from colleagues

    Opinion writer and editor Bari Weiss is leaving the New York Times claiming she has been bullied and harassed by colleagues over her often controversial opinion articles, and alleging that Twitter is the paper's 'ultimate editor'. Ms Weiss has been a polarising figure for the paper and she frequently generated backlash on social media for her opinions. In a resignation letter posted to her website, she accuses the New York Times of being a paper where "truth isn't a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else."

  • Trump again directs blame at Obama as coronavirus pandemic worsens in U.S.
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    Trump again directs blame at Obama as coronavirus pandemic worsens in U.S.

    President Trump on Monday again sought to redirect blame for his coronavirus response to the Obama administration. Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that increased testing has led to a spike in U.S. COVID-19 cases, was asked by a reporter at the White House whether he was concerned about a resurgence of the virus that has killed more than 135,000 Americans and infected more than 3.3 million. “We have one of the lowest mortality rates anywhere,” the president said before pivoting to an attack on Barack Obama and Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee.

  • German study finds no evidence coronavirus spreads in schools
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    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.

  • Oregon, other states putting names of ousted police online
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    Oregon, other states putting names of ousted police online

    In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody, Oregon has released the names of over 1,700 officers whose transgressions over the past 50 years were so serious that they were banned from working in law enforcement in the state. The online posting last week came after the state Legislature created a law requiring the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish a statewide public database of officers whose certification has been revoked or suspended. “Those who are revoked have tarnished the badge and no longer have the trust of their community, their agency, or our agency as the certifying body,” department director Eriks Gabliks told The Associated Press.

  • Portland Protesters Set Fire to Base of Elk Statue During 46th Consecutive Night of Demonstrations
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    Portland Protesters Set Fire to Base of Elk Statue During 46th Consecutive Night of Demonstrations

    During a night of unrest in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, July 12, protesters set fire to an empty fountain and the base of an elk statue that was recently removed during protests in the area. During clashes on July 11, one protester, named as Donavan La Bella, was hospitalized after he was shot in the head with an impact munition, the Portland Tribune reported. Mayor Ted Wheeler has announced that US Marshals will investigate the incident.

  • This Tennessee doctor caught coronavirus at a meeting about coronavirus. He nearly died.
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    This Tennessee doctor caught coronavirus at a meeting about coronavirus. He nearly died.

    At the time Lewis tested positive, he was already isolating from his family, as do many medical professionals who know they face a high likelihood of infection. Lewis moved into the basement to keep a distance from his wife and five children. He chatted with his wife by standing in the driveway and shouting to her through a window.

  • Tucker Carlson says his former head writer 'paid a heavy price' for racist internet posts
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    Tucker Carlson says his former head writer 'paid a heavy price' for racist internet posts

    On Monday's edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the popular Fox News host addressed the resignation of his show's head writer, who was identified on Friday as the author of a years-long series of racist, sexist and homophobic internet posts under a pseudonym. Carlson acknowledged the posts were “wrong,” but did not offer an apology on behalf of the show or the network, saying his longtime associate had “paid a very heavy price” in losing his job. Over the weekend you may have seen stories about a writer on this show called Blake Neff,” Carlson told his audience.

  • 5 Years Ago, New Horizons Reached Pluto—and We Never Stopped Learning
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    5 Years Ago, New Horizons Reached Pluto—and We Never Stopped Learning

    Here's everything the intrepid spacecraft has taught us about the distant dwarf planet. From Popular Mechanics