NYC marathon canceled because of coronavirus fears

The New York City Marathon, the world's largest marathon, was canceled Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others. (June 24)

  • Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets
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    Watch Florida police laugh after shooting protesters with rubber bullets

    Fort Lauderdale police released footage showing officers laughing and celebrating after shooting protesters with rubber bullets during a May protest against police brutality. The police department in South Florida released the nearly 9 minutes of body-camera footage on Wednesday in response to a Miami Herald story that was accompanied by a 2-minute clip of the footage the Herald obtained through a public records request. The Miami Herald reported that the recording was from a Fort Lauderdale officer's body camera during a protest on May 31, after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

  • Pence: Florida can thank President Trump for being prepared to handle COVID cases
    Miami Herald

    Pence: Florida can thank President Trump for being prepared to handle COVID cases

    The coronavirus case numbers are worse than ever in Florida. “I want the people of Florida to know we're in a much better place thanks to the leadership of President [Donald] Trump, the innovation of American industry and to the partnership that we've forged, not just in testing, but in personal protective equipment,” Pence said in an event with Gov. Ron DeSantis at the University of South Florida Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. Pence and DeSantis, along with several federal health officials, noted a handful of differences between the current outbreak in Florida and the earlier ones in New York and Seattle this spring.

  • Seattle police clear out protester-occupied zone
    BBC

    Seattle police clear out protester-occupied zone

    Police have cleared out an area near Seattle city centre that was taken over three weeks ago by protesters, some of them armed. Dozens of people were arrested as heavily equipped officers swept into the district on Wednesday morning following an order by the city mayor. It was city hall that ordered police on 8 June to abandon their precinct after violent clashes with demonstrators.

  • US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela
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    US tries to seize Iranian gas heading toward Venezuela

    U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize four tankers sailing toward Venezuela with gasoline supplied by Iran, the latest attempt to disrupt ever-closer trade ties between the two heavily sanctioned anti-American allies. The civil-forfeiture complaint filed late Wednesday in the District of Columbia federal court alleges that the sale was arranged by a businessman, Mahmoud Madanipour, with ties to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization. “The profits from these activities support the IRGC's full range of nefarious activities, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, support for terrorism, and a variety of human rights abuses, at home and abroad,” prosecutor Zia Faruqui alleges in the complaint.

  • North Korea's response to coronavirus has been a 'shining success', says Kim Jong-un
    The Telegraph

    North Korea's response to coronavirus has been a 'shining success', says Kim Jong-un

    Kim Jong-un has said that North Korea has stopped the coronavirus making inroads in his country and his response to the pandemic has been a "shining success". According to state news agency KCNA, Mr Kim told a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party that North Korea had "thoroughly prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and maintained a stable anti-epidemic situation despite the worldwide health crisis, which is a shining success achieved." He warned against complacency or relaxation in the anti-epidemic effort and urged North Koreans to maintain "maximum alert", KCNA said in a statement.

  • Huge bird of prey catches shark-like fish and flies off in viral video
    The Independent

    Huge bird of prey catches shark-like fish and flies off in viral video

    Visitors to a beach last week would have seen a shark-like fish soaring above their heads thanks to one bird's actions. A video shared online showed one huge predatory bird seen with what appeared to be a shark suspended in its claws above crowds at South Carolina's Myrtle Beach. The woman who witnessed the stunt, Kelly Burbage, shared the video online on Friday where she appealed for wildlife experts to name the fish and the bird.

  • Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina get best marks in Latin America for pandemic response - poll
    Reuters

    Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina get best marks in Latin America for pandemic response - poll

    Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina are the Latin American countries that earned the best grades for their response to the coronavirus, according to a poll conducted in the region and released on Friday, while Brazil was tagged as the worst performer. The survey by the consulting firm Trespuntozero, to which Reuters had exclusive access, shows that in eight of the 10 countries in which the study was conducted, the respondents considered Uruguay one of the best controllers of the pandemic. According to the poll, the performance of Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou against the pandemic had 77.8% approval in his own country; that of Paraguayan Mario Abdo, 76.7%; and that of Argentina's Alberto Fernandez, 68%.

  • Harvard Grad Says She Was Fired from Deloitte Job for Threatening ‘All Lives Matter’ Supporters
    National Review

    Harvard Grad Says She Was Fired from Deloitte Job for Threatening ‘All Lives Matter’ Supporters

    A recent Harvard graduate who threatened to “stab” anyone who told her “all lives matter” has been fired from her job, she announced in a tearful video. Claira Janover, who said in a viral but since-deleted TikTok post that she would “stab” those with “the nerve” to say “all lives matter,” posted several tearful videos explaining that her new employer, Deloitte, had fired her. “I know this is what Trump supporters wanted because standing up for Black Lives Matter put me in a place online to be seen by millions of people,” Janover explained.

  • A 100-mph car chase in California ended in the Pacific Ocean, police say. The driver survived and was arrested.
    USA TODAY

    A 100-mph car chase in California ended in the Pacific Ocean, police say. The driver survived and was arrested.

    Police in California say a high-speed chase ended Tuesday after a suspect drove off a cliff and into the Pacific Ocean — only to be safely recovered and arrested. The incident started when police received reports of a man shooting a gun, according to a release from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. Police believe the incident escalated into a carjacking, which resulted in a chase.

  • Terrifying: Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at Germany
    The National Interest

    Terrifying: Why France Once Pointed Its Nuclear Weapons at Germany

    Key Point: During the Cold War, France had Germany zeroed in with tactical nuclear missiles—in case of a Soviet invasion. Today, France has the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world, behind the United States and Russia. Unlike the American or Russian nuclear triad, which is made up of air- land- and sea-based nuclear weapons, France maintains a nuclear dyad of air- and sea-based nuclear missiles.

  • The surgeon general refused to give a yes or no answer when asked if he would advise people to attend large gatherings for the 4th of July
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    The surgeon general refused to give a yes or no answer when asked if he would advise people to attend large gatherings for the 4th of July

    Surgeon General Jerome Adams wouldn't give a yes or no answer during an appearance on the "Today" show asked if he would recommend people attend large gatherings over the 4th of July weekend. When host Craig Melvin asked him if he would advise people to attend large gatherings or not, Adams said, "It's not a yes or no. Every single person has to make up their own mind." President Donald Trump is hosting large events in Washington D.C. and at Mount Rushmore for Independence Day over the weekend, and masks will not be required at either event.

  • Gov. Huckabee on Trump’s re-election strategy: President will face some challenges
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    Gov. Huckabee on Trump’s re-election strategy: President will face some challenges

    Former Arkansas governor and Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee says Trump has 'enough time to remind people the worst thing they can do is vote for Biden' on 'America's Newsroom.

  • Locals remain anxious amid India-China border stand-off
    BBC

    Locals remain anxious amid India-China border stand-off

    In the weeks leading up to the clash, there were reports of scuffles between the two militaries over the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the poorly demarcated border between the two nuclear-armed powers. Deadly brawl Reports from May said that the Chinese forces put up tents, dug trenches and moved heavy equipment several kilometres inside what had been regarded by India as its territory. The move came after India built a road several hundred kilometres long connecting to a high-altitude forward air base which it reactivated in 2008.

  • Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before
    Associated Press

    Court record shows St. Louis couple pulled gun before

    O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The white St. Louis couple who became internationally famous for standing guard with guns outside their mansion during a protest have pulled a gun before in defense of their property, according to an affidavit in an ongoing case. As demonstrators marched near the Renaissance palazzo-style home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Sunday, video posted online showed him wielding a long-barreled gun and her with a small handgun. The protesters, estimated at around 500 racially mixed people, were passing the house on the way to the nearby home of Mayor Lyda Krewson.

  • ‘We’ll be waiting on you.’ Florida sheriff wants to deputize gun owners against protesters
    Miami Herald

    ‘We’ll be waiting on you.’ Florida sheriff wants to deputize gun owners against protesters

    A Florida sheriff warned people protesting police brutality that he would call on individual gun owners to defend themselves if peaceful demonstrations got out of hand. In a three-minute Facebook video, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels said Tuesday that “we'll be waiting on” protesters who are “disrupting the quality of life” in their northern Florida county. “If you threaten to come to Clay County and think that for one second that we'll bend our backs for you, you're sadly mistaken,” said Daniels, with about 17 deputies standing behind him.

  • Miami mayor imposes nightly curfew to fight Florida coronavirus surge
    Reuters

    Miami mayor imposes nightly curfew to fight Florida coronavirus surge

    Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced an indefinite nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. as the July Fourth holiday weekend began and halted the reopenings of venues, such as casinos and theaters that had been set for Friday. "Let's celebrate Independence Day by respecting one another's right to life, liberty and happiness," Gimenez said in a video on Friday, citing the U.S. Declaration of Independence adopted on July 4, 1776. Coronavirus cases are rising in 37 of the 50 U.S. states including Florida which had 9,488 new cases on Friday, according to the state health department, after more than 10,000 new cases the previous day.

  • The Best Bike Lights to Illuminate Your Ride
    Popular Mechanics

    The Best Bike Lights to Illuminate Your Ride

    See what's coming and stay visible with these 11 bicycle lights. From Popular Mechanics

  • 'We're not going anywhere': Seattle's Chop zone dismantled but cause lives on
    The Guardian

    'We're not going anywhere': Seattle's Chop zone dismantled but cause lives on

    The occupied protest zone near downtown Seattle known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or “Chop”, effectively came to a swift end early on Wednesday morning when officers largely cleared the area of people and encampments, despite some protests lingering overnight into Thursday. “We had a space called the conversation cafe where people could come to learn about racism and to talk about it in ways they don't get to do in their daily lives.”

  • Stonewall Jackson statue, other Confederate monuments come down along Richmond's Monument Avenue
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    Stonewall Jackson statue, other Confederate monuments come down along Richmond's Monument Avenue

    The city of Richmond has made good on its promise to take down all the Confederate statues along Monument Avenue, starting Wednesday with the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue and continuing Thursday with a Matthew Fontaine Maury monument. Mayor Levar Stoney cited “emergency powers” in ordering the removal of the four city-owned memorials along the iconic Richmond avenue. A crew Thursday morning pulled the statue of Maury – a Confederate Navy officer and scientist – from its base as another crowd looking on cheered.

  • Trump ally Herman Cain who attended Tulsa rally hospitalised with coronavirus
    The Independent

    Trump ally Herman Cain who attended Tulsa rally hospitalised with coronavirus

    Herman Cain, a Republican politician and 2011 primary candidate for the party's presidential nominee, has been hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19. Mr Cain, a conservative columnist and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, is currently being treated in an Atlanta-area hospital. A spokesman for the 74-year-old released a statement on Twitter on Thursday saying: "On Monday June 29, Herman Cain was informed that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

  • McConnell warns Democrats about changing Senate rules to kill the filibuster
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    McConnell warns Democrats about changing Senate rules to kill the filibuster

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a message for Democrats: Don't end the legislative filibuster if you win control, or you'll regret it. McConnell called on "responsible Democratic senators" not to be "stampeded by the hard left" and preserve "the one institution that guaranteed that America stayed in the middle of the road." McConnell's remarks come as Democrats debate among themselves whether to preserve the super-majority requirement to pass legislation if they win control of the White House and Congress this fall and their agenda is obstructed.

  • India Kanpur: Eight policemen killed in clash with gang members
    BBC

    India Kanpur: Eight policemen killed in clash with gang members

    Eight Indian policemen have been killed, and seven more injured, in an encounter with gang members, reports say. The officers were fired upon during a raid in search of a notorious local gangster in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The gangster, Vikas Dubey, is accused in 60 criminal cases for various offences, including attempted murder.

  • US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune
    Associated Press

    US victims of FARC rebels win claim to Venezuelan's fortune

    Three American defense contractors held for five years by leftist rebels in Colombia moved closer to collecting on a $318 million judgment against their former captors when a U.S. Supreme Court justice rebuffed an appeal by a sanctioned Venezuelan businessman whose assets they seek to claim. Justice Clarence Thomas refused to hear an emergency appeal by Samark López, letting stand an order by a federal appeals court immediately turning over $53 million from the businessman's previously seized U.S. bank accounts, though the appeals court judgment is being contested.

  • Did Russia Give Us a Sneak Peak of Its New Nuclear Hunter-Killer Attack Submarine?
    The National Interest

    Did Russia Give Us a Sneak Peak of Its New Nuclear Hunter-Killer Attack Submarine?

    Key Point: The Laika will have features that can rival its Western rivals—and an even more versatile arsenal of features. Last December Russian state-owned TV aired a segment that may have revealed the first views of a new Russian submarine, reported H. I. Sutton for Forbes.com earlier this year. Eagled-eyed Sutton noted that the segment "showed an official model of a new submarine together with previously known types."

  • The killing of 26 people at a drug rehab center in Mexico thought to be part of a gang war
    LA Times

    The killing of 26 people at a drug rehab center in Mexico thought to be part of a gang war

    Drug rehabilitation centers have been frequent targets of attack in Mexico's bloody gang wars. Authorities suspect the assault was part of a ferocious turf battle between two criminal organizations — the local Santa Rosa de Lima gang and the powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel — that has transformed once-peaceful Guanajuato into one of Mexico's deadliest states. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed Thursday to not “abandon” Guanajuato and suggested that state authorities investigate possible links between local officials and organized crime.