Several Major League Baseball players opt out of season due to coronavirus

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball players are set to report to training camp ahead of a shortened 60-game season. But several players now say they will not take the field due to concerns about the coronavirus. NBC's Tom Costello reports for In Depth TODAY from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

  • AOC suggests NYC crime spike linked to unemployment and parents shoplifting to feed children
    The Independent

    AOC suggests NYC crime spike linked to unemployment and parents shoplifting to feed children

    New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has insisted that spikes in New York crime are not related to police budget cuts but people needing to pay rent and feed their children. In a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, reported by The Hill, AOC was questioned about the significant rise in crime in the city. “Do we think this has to do with the fact that there's record unemployment in the United States right now?” she said.

  • U.S. judge delays first federal executions in 17 years
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    U.S. judge delays first federal executions in 17 years

    A U.S. federal judge issued an injunction on Monday delaying what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years, scheduled for later in the day, thwarting at least for now the Trump administration's goal of reviving capital punishment at the federal level. Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. district court in Washington ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to delay four executions scheduled for July and August to allow continuation of the condemned men's legal challenges against a new lethal injection protocol announced in 2019.

  • A YouTuber and her friend who got sick at Disney World's reopening are being criticized for ignoring medical advice to go to the hospital after 'violently vomiting'
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    A YouTuber and her friend who got sick at Disney World's reopening are being criticized for ignoring medical advice to go to the hospital after 'violently vomiting'

    A YouTuber and her friend are facing backlash after posting footage of a health scare at the newly-reopened Walt Disney Resort. YouTuber 'That Crazy Disney Lady' streamed her Disney visit with a friend who she says experienced an allergic reaction. In the stream, the woman experienced shortness of breath, elevated blood pressure, and "severe vomiting," ultimately ignoring a medic's advice to go to the hospital.

  • It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down
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    It’s so hot at Death Valley National Park that cars are breaking down

    Having your car break down is never pleasant, but it's probably much worse when it's 128 degrees outside. Some unlucky visitors at Death Valley National Park ran into car trouble Sunday when the extreme heat caused their engines to give out, the park said Monday. Yesterday's excessive heat caused at least three vehicles in the park to break down from overheated engines, which can quickly turn fatal if passengers are stranded in this climate without air conditioning,” Death Valley National Park officials said on Facebook.

  • Ousted U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman: Deal Barr Offered ‘Could Be Seen as a Quid Pro Quo’
    The Daily Beast

    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.

  • Boeing lands the first order of the F-15EX
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    Boeing lands the first order of the F-15EX

    The Air Force has officially placed an order for its first batch of F-15EXs, awarding Boeing a contract on Monday that puts a ceiling value for the entire program close to $23 billion. The first delivery order, which has a not-to-exceed value of about $1.2 billion, covers the first lot of eight F-15EX fighter jets, as well as support and one-time, upfront engineering costs. The contract award is a massive win for Boeing and gives a second life for the F-15 production line in St. Louis, Mo. After years of urging the Air Force to consider an advanced version of the F-15 as a complementary capability to Lockheed Martin's F-35, Boeing found an ally in the Defense Department's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, which in 2019 forced the service to purchase F-15EX planes in order to build capacity.

  • 'I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child': Pressley slams DeVos on reopening schools
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    'I wouldn’t trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child': Pressley slams DeVos on reopening schools

    Rep. Ayanna Pressley tore into Betsy DeVos after the secretary of education backed President Donald Trump's demand that schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 135,000 people in the U.S. DeVos appeared on Sunday morning news shows to defend Trump's insistence that schools reopen even as the number of confirmed cases across the county continue to spike.

  • New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing
    The Telegraph

    New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing

    The gunman behind New Zealand's Christchurch mosque shootings sacked his lawyers on Monday and opted to represent himself, raising fears he would use a sentencing hearing next month to promote his white-supremacist views. Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism arising from last year's massacre, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history. At a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, High Court judge Cameron Mander allowed Tarrant's lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, to withdraw from proceedings at the request of their client.

  • 'Not a Welcoming Name': Calls to Drop 'Plantation' Gain Steam Nationwide
    The New York Times

    'Not a Welcoming Name': Calls to Drop 'Plantation' Gain Steam Nationwide

    When Dharyl Auguste was 3 years old, he and his parents packed all of their belongings and left their home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to immigrate to the United States. The family settled initially in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before moving to nearby Sunrise. When it was time for Auguste to attend middle school, he and his parents relocated again, this time to Plantation, Florida.

  • Seattle mayor, City Council at odds over 50% police cut
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    Seattle mayor, City Council at odds over 50% police cut

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Monday blasted the City Council's plan to cut the police department's budget by 50% and instead proposed transferring a list of functions like the 911 call center and parking enforcement out of the agency's budget. “The community has made clear, they want us to transform the Seattle Police Department and to reinvest in programs that provide this kind of community safety.” Monday's announcement came after weeks of street protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

  • Nearly 1,000 U.S. immigration detention center employees test positive for coronavirus
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    Nearly 1,000 U.S. immigration detention center employees test positive for coronavirus

    More than 930 employees of private contractors running U.S. immigration detention centers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to congressional testimony given by company executives on Monday. The heads of four companies - CoreCivic , The GEO Group , Management & Training Corp (MTC) and LaSalle Corrections - that detain immigrants on contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), reported the infections among employees in response to questions from lawmakers. ICE has reported 45 cases of COVID-19 among its direct staff at detention facilities.

  • 64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas
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    64 Stunning Kitchen Island Ideas

    Bring on the prep space Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Couple who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with guns once destroyed children's beehives
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    Couple who threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with guns once destroyed children's beehives

    St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey drew national attention in June when they flashed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters walking down their street.

  • A squirrel tested positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado. Are people at risk?
    Miami Herald

    A squirrel tested positive for the bubonic plague in Colorado. Are people at risk?

    Humans can get the plague if an infected animal or flea bites them or if an infected person coughs on them, according to Jefferson County Public Health. Cats are especially susceptible to the plague and if not treated properly, they may die, the release said. They can get the plague through infected flea bites, a rodent scratch or bite or if they eat an infected rodent, according to the release.

  • American Airlines reaches out to US senator maskless on flight
    AFP

    American Airlines reaches out to US senator maskless on flight

    American Airlines said Monday it had contacted top Republican Senator Ted Cruz about its coronavirus prevention policies after a photo of the Texas lawmaker without a mask on a flight went viral on social media. "While our policy does not apply while eating or drinking, we have reached out to Senator Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy as part of our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the traveling public," AA said in a statement. The company refused to say which flight Cruz was traveling on Sunday, and whether or not he wore a face mask while not drinking his coffee.

  • Politico

    DeVos slammed for meetings with conservatives while school reopening debate rages

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is holding three virtual meetings this week with members of the conservative Federalist Society, prompting the nation's largest teachers union to criticize her for spending time on political events rather than plans for reopening schools shuttered by the pandemic. The organization announced that she and high-level staff are holding virtual meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with its chapters in Alabama, Ohio and Arizona to discuss her recently published Title IX regulation governing sexual misconduct in schools and colleges. DeVos has no events on her public schedule this week.

  • French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia
    BBC

    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.

  • Man, 37, who died from coronavirus had dismissed pandemic ‘hype’ on Facebook
    The Independent

    Man, 37, who died from coronavirus had dismissed pandemic ‘hype’ on Facebook

    An Ohio man who died of Covid-19 had repeatedly posted on Facebook about his scepticism of the outbreak – and a tweet containing a montage of his posts is now going viral. Richard Rose, 37, died at home in Port Clinton on 4 July just days after he tested positive for Covid-19. The montage of his posts spreading on social media, which has been viewed 3.5 million times, shows that he tested positive and was quarantined on 1 July, when he was already viewing symptoms.

  • Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown
    Associated Press

    Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown

    A misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and a decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran's Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board, a new report says. The report released late Saturday by Iran's Civil Aviation Organization comes months after the Jan. 8 crash near Tehran. Authorities had initially denied responsibility, only changing course days later after Western nations presented extensive evidence that Iran had shot down the plane.

  • Hamburg sex workers demand Germany's brothels reopen
    Reuters

    Hamburg sex workers demand Germany's brothels reopen

    Prostitutes demonstrated in Hamburg's red light district late on Saturday evening demanding that Germany's brothels be allowed to reopen after months of closure to curb the spread of coronavirus. With shops, restaurants and bars all open again in Germany, where prostitution is legal, sex workers say they are being singled out and deprived of their livelihoods despite not posing a greater health risk. "The oldest profession needs your help," read a notice held up by one woman in a brothel window in the Herbertstrasse, which was flooded with red light after being dark since March.

  • German study finds no evidence coronavirus spreads in schools
    The Telegraph

    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.

  • South Africa's 9 million smokers were faced with cold turkey when the government banned cigarette sales in March as a coronavirus measure. Now Big Tobacco is fighting back.
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    South Africa's 9 million smokers were faced with cold turkey when the government banned cigarette sales in March as a coronavirus measure. Now Big Tobacco is fighting back.

    earlier in July. South Africa's government had also banned the sale of alcohol but has since eased that restriction, which according to an AP report, has led to an increase in "drunken brawls and traffic accidents, putting added strain on hospitals as they deal with the virus." Reuters FITA is also arguing that by banning the legal sale of cigarettes, the South African government is encouraging a black market trade, and putting thousands of jobs at risk.

  • Michigan partygoers test positive for COVID-19 after July 4th lake bash; 43 cases tied to house party
    USA TODAY

    Michigan partygoers test positive for COVID-19 after July 4th lake bash; 43 cases tied to house party

    DETROIT – Michigan health officials are calling for attendees of two Fourth of July parties to monitor themselves for symptoms after partygoers tested positive for COVID-19. Several attendees of a Fourth of July party at Torch Lake Sandbar in northern Michigan tested positive for COVID-19, while more than 40 cases in Saline, Michigan, are linked to a holiday house party. The state health department is asking anyone who attended the party at Torch Lake to monitor themselves and seek testing if symptoms develop and self-quarantine.

  • Bedraggled bald eagle spent 24 hours stuck in a manure pit, Pennsylvania rescuers say
    Miami Herald

    Bedraggled bald eagle spent 24 hours stuck in a manure pit, Pennsylvania rescuers say

    A bald eagle's weekend got off to a rough start in Pennsylvania after it became caught in a manure pit, according to Raven Ridge Wildlife Center. Daniel Gibble, a state game warden, freed the bird Saturday after someone notified the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the agency reported on Facebook. After cutting through a fence to reach the bald eagle, Gibble brought it to the Raven Ridge Wildlife Center, says a Facebook post by the center.

  • Trump confirms he ordered a cyberattack on a notorious Russian troll farm during the 2018 midterms
    Business Insider

    Trump confirms he ordered a cyberattack on a notorious Russian troll farm during the 2018 midterms

    President Trump confirmed in an interview with the Washington Post that the US launched a cyberattack against infamous Russian troll farm the Internet Research Agency (IRA) during the 2018 midterms. The Post reported the attack in February 2019, but this is the first time Trump has confirmed it took place. The IRA was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller in 2018 for conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.