U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in Va. law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday formally dismissed a case in which Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he took part in the deadly 2002 "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in the Washington area, was challenging his life without parole sentence.

  • 'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus response
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    'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus response

    One of those is a doctorate in economics (the other is a master's in public policy), but Navarro has used it to suggest that he has broad expertise related to the coronavirus crisis. On Monday, he argued on air with CNN anchor John Berman, who asked him about the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment. Over the weekend, there had been reports that Navarro had clashed bitterly on the matter with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top National Institutes of Health epidemiologist who is on the coronavirus task force.

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules governor's attempt to postpone election, despite coronavirus concerns
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    Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules governor's attempt to postpone election, despite coronavirus concerns

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court Monday evening overruled a decision by the state's governor to postpone their primary election from this week to June, putting the Tuesday election back on just hours after the the governor had tried to push it back. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday morning issued an executive order to postpone state elections scheduled for Tuesday until June 9, a dramatic last-minute move that capped weeks of indecision by state leaders. But Monday evening, the state's highest court overruled that decision in a 4-2 vote, with the vote breaking down along partisan lines, with Republican judges in the majority.

  • Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion
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    Mideastern burial traditions clash with fears of contagion

    Mohammed al-Dulfi's 67-year-old father died on March 21 after a brief struggle against the new coronavirus, but it would take nine days for his body to find a final resting place in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. On two occasions, the family rejected remote burial plots proposed by the government outside Baghdad for him and seven other coronavirus victims, al-Dulfi said. A fight broke out between the families and the Health Ministry's team.

  • U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown
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    U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown

    At the start of what is expected to be the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the White House tried to offer some hope that measures to contain the spread were working. The virus killed 1,264 over 24 hours in the U.S. as of 2:05 am ET on Tuesday, according to NBC New's tracker. Meanwhile China, where the pandemic broke out, claimed that not a single new death was reported, and the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the new virus was first identified, prepared for lockdown measures to be lifted.

  • 'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.
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    'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.

    In Italy, new data show that 20 percent of health care workers tested positive for COVID-19. In the U.S., people in my age group, 20 to 44, who test positive for coronavirus have a one in five chance of requiring hospitalization, and about a fifth of those end up in an intensive care unit. If I get infected, my chance of dying is one in 500.

  • Acting Navy secretary resigns amid uproar over leaked speech
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    Acting Navy secretary resigns amid uproar over leaked speech

    Thomas Modly, the acting secretary of the Navy, submitted his resignation on Tuesday, one day after a recording of him disparaging the ousted captain of an aircraft carrier dealing with a coronavirus outbreak became public. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he accepted Modly's resignation Tuesday morning, and said he is installing James McPherson, the current acting undersecretary of the Army, as Modly's replacement. Secretary Modly served the nation for many years, both in an out of uniform.

  • Scammers try selling world's tallest statue as pandemic boosts India's cyber crime
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    Scammers try selling world's tallest statue as pandemic boosts India's cyber crime

    Police in India lodged a case this week against an unknown online fraudster who tried selling the world's largest statue for $4 billion, claiming the proceeds would be used to help the Gujarat state government fund its fight against the coronavirus. While the plot to sell the "Statue of Unity", a monument that is nearly twice the height of New York's Statue of Liberty, is among the most brazen cases, police say cybercrimes have surged since the health scare gripped the country. With scams ranging from free mobile recharges, to offers of free Netflix subscriptions, federal home ministry officials say there has been 86% percent rise in cyber crime in the past four weeks.

  • Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet
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    Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet

    China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, Education Minister Abraham Weintraub insinuated China was behind the global health crisis. "Geopolitically, who will come out stronger from this global crisis?" he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

  • Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows
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    Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows

    China has reported no new deaths from coronavirus anywhere in the country, for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. For months now, every morning at 03:00, officials in China have put together the latest figures on the spread of the virus to share with the world. World Health Organization Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed China for the "speed with which [it] detected the outbreak" and its "commitment to transparency".

  • Trump coronavirus task force 'beginning to see glimmers of progress,' but models still show 100,000 U.S. deaths from virus
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    Trump coronavirus task force 'beginning to see glimmers of progress,' but models still show 100,000 U.S. deaths from virus

    The Trump administration said Sunday that it was “beginning to see the glimmers of progress” in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the United States and across the globe. “We are beginning to see the glimmers of progress,” Vice President Mike Pence said during a hastily called briefing of the White House coronavirus task force, adding, “The experts will tell me not to jump to any conclusions, and I'm not.” Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading expert in infectious disease on the task force, said that there were encouraging signs in Spain and Italy, two countries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Wisconsin Voters Defy Stay-at-Home Orders With Polls Open
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    Wisconsin Voters Defy Stay-at-Home Orders With Polls Open

    Democrats have accused the state's Republicans of political motives in refusing to delay the vote, saying that lower turnout caused by the pandemic would help ensure that a Republican incumbent candidate for the state Supreme Court, Daniel Kelly, would be re-elected to a 10-year term, cementing his party's 5-2 majority. But Republicans countered that voting rules shouldn't be changed so soon before an election and called attempts to loosen them by the governor and a federal judge a constitutional overreach. Candidates Weigh In The state court race bled over into the presidential race, with Biden endorsing Kelly's challenger, Jill Karofsky.

  • Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus
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    Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of 1 billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's official website said on Monday.

  • US sees coronavirus window to push Taiwan's global status
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    US sees coronavirus window to push Taiwan's global status

    The Trump administration is seizing the opportunity of the coronavirus pandemic to push a cause that has long been an irritant in U.S. relations with China: Taiwan. The virus has added yet another dimension to U.S.-China tensions that were already wracked by a trade war and heated discussions over intellectual property, human rights and Chinese policies in Hong Kong and the South China Sea. And, while U.S.-China differences over Taiwan have waxed and waned for decades, they have persisted and are reaching new heights as the world grapples with the exponential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • The Bureau of Prisons just bought $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine, the unproved coronavirus treatment touted by Trump
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    The Bureau of Prisons just bought $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine, the unproved coronavirus treatment touted by Trump

    Associated Press/John Locher The Bureau of Prisons placed an order for $60,000 worth of hydroxychloroquine sulfate tablets in March, federal spending records show. A Bureau of Prisons spokesperson told Insider the drugs were intended to treat COVID-19 patients. The novel coronavirus has been spreading rapidly throughout federal prisons, and the BOP reported Monday that eight inmates have died so far, and at least 195 have tested positive.

  • Coronavirus live updates: Boris Johnson in intensive care, U.S. death toll tops 10,000
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    Coronavirus live updates: Boris Johnson in intensive care, U.S. death toll tops 10,000

    The number of deaths in the U.S. topped 10,700 by Monday night, according to NBC News' tally. The rising toll comes as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, said Sunday that the U.S. is "struggling" to get the coronavirus outbreak under control. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has passed 337,000.

  • Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising
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    Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear the Catholic Church's challenge to a local ban on religious advertising. The case, brought by the Archdiocese of Washington against the District of Columbia region's mass transit system, would have been the latest example of religious freedom appeals heard by the conservative-leaning court. The justices already are considering four major religion cases, all brought to them by religious organizations after lower court losses: • School choice: Three Montana women challenged a Montana ban on state funds being used to pay for religious education.

  • Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles
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    Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles

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  • New coronavirus cases in Italy fall to 25-day low, deaths rise by 604
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    New coronavirus cases in Italy fall to 25-day low, deaths rise by 604

    Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 604 on Tuesday, a lower daily tally than the 636 seen the day before, while the number of new cases posted the smallest increase since March 13. The total death toll in the world's hardest-hit country since its outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 rose to 17,127, the Civil Protection Agency said. The total of confirmed cases increased by 3,039 on Tuesday to 135,586, the second successive daily decline, underscoring growing confidence that the illness is on the retreat thanks to a nationwide lockdown introduced on March 9.

  • Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'
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    Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'

    Trump used Monday's briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as “very fair.” After kicking off the briefing by praising his own administration for its response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Trump opened the briefing up to questions, during which he refused to acknowledge any criticism of his handling of the pandemic that has brought the United States to a virtual standstill. One point of contention was a report released today by the inspector general of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

  • As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn’t Provide Care’
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    As New York Posts Highest One-Day Death Toll, Cuomo Says No Victim Died ‘Because We Couldn’t Provide Care’

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that no victim of the coronavirus has died because the state could not provide health care for them, even as New York posted its highest number of deaths in one day. A record 731 New Yorkers died between Monday and Tuesday, Cuomo reported. The governor warned Thursday that New York state only had enough ventilators for six days and was considering how to increase the supply.

  • Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state
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    Coronavirus map of the US: latest cases state by state

    The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 continues to grow in the US. Mike Pence, the vice-president, is overseeing the US response to the coronavirus. So far, 80% of patients experience a mild form of the illness, which can include a fever and pneumonia, and many of these cases require little to no medical intervention.

  • California lends 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories
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    California lends 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories

    The White House said Monday that 500 ventilators on loan from California will be shipped to Nevada, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam as the nation faces a crush of coronavirus-related hospitalizations. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier the nation's most populous state would share some of its ventilators, a necessary tool to keep struggling patients breathing, with the national stockpile even as it hunts for more of its own supplies. Newsom suggested that New York may be one of the states to receive the ventilators, but he said the federal government was best poised to decide where they were needed most.

  • 86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19
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    86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19

    The coronavirus pandemic is affecting nearly everyone in the world in different ways, but for one Louisiana family, the deadly virus inflicted a particularly devastating blow. Four members of the same family died after contracting the virus, including the 86-year-old matriarch. Antoinette Franklin and three of her sons all died within days of each other.

  • Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself
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    Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself

    All of the doors and windows were locked from the inside, according to the sheriff's office. Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, were found dead in separate rooms with obvious signs of trauma to their heads, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The couple, who were not married, had been together for eight years, according to Cathy Hoffmeyer, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

  • The Vatican Welcomes Back Cardinal Pell After Stunning Sex Abuse Reversal in Australia
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    The Vatican Welcomes Back Cardinal Pell After Stunning Sex Abuse Reversal in Australia

    Many Vatican insiders who felt Pell was a scapegoat convicted for the sins of many others will now feel vindicated, while survivors of clerical sexual abuse feel as if they have been victimized all over again. Pope Francis earlier said he would refrain from commenting until all the Australian court processes played out. But at his televised mass Tuesday morning, he seemed to send a subtle message of support for Pell.