Walnut Creek boutique shop shuts down two months after opening

"All I want to do is keep my little shop going...and I can't." A small business owner in Walnut Creek is losing her new store due to the coronavirus shutdown, but she is determined to come back.

  • 24-Year-Old Protester Dies After Car Drove Into Peaceful Crowd in Seattle
    Time

    24-Year-Old Protester Dies After Car Drove Into Peaceful Crowd in Seattle

    One of two protesters injured after a car drove into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Seattle's Interstate 5 (I-5) early Saturday morning has died, authorities say. Summer Taylor, a 24-year-old Seattle resident, died at Harborview Medical Center in the evening, a spokesperson said to the Associated Press. On Friday, the Seattle Police Department closed I-5 at 11:56 p.m. PT for peaceful protesters, Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said during a press conference Saturday morning.

  • Rockets target US interests despite arrests: Iraq military
    AFP

    Rockets target US interests despite arrests: Iraq military

    Two rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations overnight, Iraq's security forces said Sunday, a little over a week since unprecedented arrests prevented a similar incident. Since October, US diplomats and troops across Iraq have been targeted by around three dozen missile attacks which Washington has blamed on pro-Iranian armed factions. In the first move of its kind, elite Iraqi troops in late June arrested more than a dozen Tehran-backed fighters who were allegedly planning a new attack on Baghdad's Green Zone, home to the US and other foreign embassies.

  • Iran records highest daily death toll from COVID-19
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    Iran records highest daily death toll from COVID-19

    The 163 deaths reported on Sunday exceed the previous record from last Monday, when the health ministry reported 162 deaths in a day. The Islamic Republic has recorded a total of 11,571 deaths and 240,438 infections from the coronavirus, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in a statement on state TV. Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus.

  • Why U.S. F-35s, Stealth Bombers and Attack Drones Could Fail in a War
    The National Interest

    Why U.S. F-35s, Stealth Bombers and Attack Drones Could Fail in a War

    Fighter jets, stealth bombers, attack drones and air-traveling missiles all need to “operate at speed” in a fast-changing great power conflict era. When faced with fast, multi-frequency, long-range precision fire from enemy air defenses, air attackers simply must “operate at speed,” according to U.S. Air Forces, Europe Commander General Jeffrey Harrigian, who used the phrase in a discussion with The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. Harrigian, who is also now the Commander of U.S. Air Forces Africa, ran much of the air campaign during Operation Inherent Resolve against ISIS; he offered a first-hand war perspective in a conversation with retired Lieutenant General David Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute.

  • Biden evokes MLK and George Floyd in Fourth of July message
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    Biden evokes MLK and George Floyd in Fourth of July message

    Evoking the names of Martin Luther King and George Floyd, Joe Biden said Saturday that the U.S. "never lived up" to its founding principle that "all men are created equal." In the Fourth of July video message, Biden said that even though America had fallen short of equality, the effort to live up to the nation's founding ideals continues. It survived the ravages of the Civil War, the dogs of Bull Connor, the assassination of Martin Luther King, and more than 200 years of systemic racism.

  • Florida reports over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its single-day record twice in one week
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    Florida reports over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its single-day record twice in one week

    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida once again broke its record for new coronavirus cases, reaching at least 11,445 reported on Saturday morning. Thursday was the last time Florida set a new record for single-day COVID-19 cases at 10,109. Only New York has reported more than 10,000 new cases in a day, with the Empire State passing its peak back in April.

  • To send a message to China, President Trump should visit Taiwan
    USA TODAY Opinion

    To send a message to China, President Trump should visit Taiwan

    Communist China has officially taken over Hong Kong. The passage on Tuesday of Beijing's so-called “national security law” effectively absorbs the formerly autonomous city in the totalitarian system of the Chinese mainland, threatening its freedoms with extinction. Everyone is now looking to the United States — the leader of the free world — for a strong and principled response.

  • Letters to the Editor: The Supreme Court futher erodes the wall between church and state
    Los Angeles Times Opinion

    Letters to the Editor: The Supreme Court futher erodes the wall between church and state

    To the editor: The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-to-4 decision, has said that states may not exclude private religious schools if they give tuition grants that support other nonsectarial private schools. To the editor: Your articles refer to "religious schools." There is a difference between the terms "religious schools" and "schools operated by the religious organizations."

  • Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight
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    Rocket Lab: Latest mission from New Zealand lost in flight

    The American launch company that flies its rockets out of New Zealand has lost its latest mission. Rocket Lab said its Electron vehicle failed late in its ascent from Mahia Peninsula on North Island. All satellite payloads are assumed to have been destroyed.

  • Bellagio error leads to one of biggest sports betting losses in Las Vegas history
    The Independent

    Bellagio error leads to one of biggest sports betting losses in Las Vegas history

    Almost a quarter of a million dollars in winning wagers reportedly placed at MGM Resorts last Sunday may have been the largest sportsbook loss in the history of Las Vegas. Seven longtime Las Vegas bookmakers can't recall a larger loss, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Almost all of the approximately 50 bets were placed using self-serve kiosks at the Bellagio resort between 1.30am and 3am West Coast time.

  • Associated Press

    Airstrikes hit Libya base held by Turkey-backed forces

    Libyan officials in the capital of Tripoli said Sunday that overnight airstrikes hit a key military base on the city's outskirts that was recently retaken by Turkey-backed forces. A spokesman for the Tripoli-based forces, Col. Mohamed Gnounou, said the strikes were carried out by “foreign jets” allied with military commander Khalifa Hifter. Hifter's forces are backed by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, while Tripoli is backed by Turkey, Qatar and Italy.

  • Constitutional changes are the 'right thing' for Russia: Putin
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    Constitutional changes are the 'right thing' for Russia: Putin

    President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday constitutional amendments approved in a nationwide vote created the conditions for Russia's "progressive development" for decades to come. One of the changes approved in the week-long vote that ended on July 1 makes it possible for Putin to seek two more terms as president and, if re-elected, to stay in power until 2036. Other changes grant former presidents immunity from prosecution, enshrine a reference in the constitution to God, offer pensions protection and define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

  • Iran: A Budding Drone Superpower? You Decide.
    The National Interest

    Iran: A Budding Drone Superpower? You Decide.

    Here's What You Need to Remember: Until these new drones are actually used, it is unclear whether these are an actual threat or just 21st-century saber-rattling. The Iranian Defense Ministry announced that it has acquired three new bomb-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – more commonly known as "drones" – that are capable of flying almost 1,000 miles and from an altitude of up to 45,000 feet. The announcement was made by Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Amir Hatami on state television on Saturday.

  • Applebee’s employee dies in parking lot while celebrating July 4, Texas police say
    Miami Herald

    Applebee’s employee dies in parking lot while celebrating July 4, Texas police say

    A Fourth of July celebration in Texas came to a tragic end when a woman fell from a moving vehicle in an Applebee's parking lot and died early Sunday, officials say. Around 12:30 a.m., police said a 24-year-old Applebee's employee and some of her coworkers decided to set off fireworks in the Houston restaurant's parking lot after closing for the night, KHOU reported. The 24-year-old woman and an 18-year-old friend stood on the rear bumper, KPRC reported.

  • An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building's elevator buttons.
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    An asymptomatic coronavirus carrier infected an apartment neighbor without sharing the same space. A study blames the building's elevator buttons.

    According to a new study, transmission likely occurred in the elevator, when the neighbor touched the same buttons that the quarantined traveler had. The neighbor was later linked to 70 other coronavirus infections in the local community. Coronavirus particles can live on surfaces like plastic and stainless steel, which are common in elevators, for up to seven days.

  • Trump and Barr are making false claims about mail-in ballots to scare us out of voting
    USA TODAY Opinion

    Trump and Barr are making false claims about mail-in ballots to scare us out of voting

    Nevertheless, last month, when he wasn't busy ineffectually trying to replace the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan with a Trump loyalist, Attorney General William Barr took out after voting by mail as rife with fraud. In this, he was echoing his master, President Trump. In an interview he gave to Fox News, the attorney general said voting by mail “opens the floodgates to fraud.

  • Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
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    Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

    A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.

  • A white man, woman vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4, called racism 'a leftist lie,' California police say
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    A white man, woman vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4, called racism 'a leftist lie,' California police say

    Police in California are looking for a man and woman who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on the Fourth of July. The Martinez Police Department released a statement saying community members had obtained a city permit to paint the mural in downtown Martinez in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. The woman began painting over the mural in black paint while the man spoke with a crowd of onlookers.

  • Florida breaks record with 11,458 new virus cases. Miami-Dade and Broward hit highs, too
    Miami Herald

    Florida breaks record with 11,458 new virus cases. Miami-Dade and Broward hit highs, too

    Saturday's update on new confirmed COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health reflected the state, Miami-Dade and Broward record new single-day highs, rocketing past previous peaks. Florida added 11,458 cases, beating the previous record of 10,109 by 13%. Of Florida's total, Miami-Dade County accounted for 2,418, and 1,348 came from Broward County.

  • The Grand Old Man of India who became Britain's first Asian MP
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    The Grand Old Man of India who became Britain's first Asian MP

    How was an Indian elected to the British Parliament in 1892? What relevance could this historical event have for us today? Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917) is an unfamiliar name these days.

  • Prehistoric ochre mining operation found in submerged Mexican caves
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    Prehistoric ochre mining operation found in submerged Mexican caves

    Researchers diving into dark submerged caves on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula have found evidence of an ambitious mining operation starting 12,000 years ago and lasting two millennia for red ochre, an earth mineral pigment prized by prehistoric peoples. More than 100 dives totaling more than 600 hours in Quintana Roo state turned up numerous mining artifacts, the scientists said on Friday. These included ochre extraction pits, digging tools like hammerstones and small piledrivers made of stalagmites, markers that helped the miners navigate the extensive cave network and hearths used to provide light.

  • Iran's Military Is Armed to the Teeth with Lots of Missiles
    The National Interest

    Iran's Military Is Armed to the Teeth with Lots of Missiles

    Here's What You Need To Remember: Iran's missile collection is quite remarkable and draws on lessons gained during the Iran-Iraq war. During that conflict, Tehran learned that it's cheaper and easier to have a strong defense (many varied missiles) than a strong offense, such as airplanes that are expensive, require lots of maintenance, and could result in pilot deaths. Tehran's missile collection is among the most diverse in the Middle East because Iran relies on modifications to Soviet/Russian and Chinese designs—although there are some domestic improvements thrown into the mix.

  • Keeping COVID-19 outside of camps is a near impossible challenge
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    Keeping COVID-19 outside of camps is a near impossible challenge

    The plan to open or close overnight camps this summer was a wrenching one, for families and camps alike. Parents are increasingly desperate: A recent American Psychological Association survey found 60 percent of parents “have no idea” how to keep kids engaged this summer. Camps depend on the income of two short months to keep going year after year.

  • The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities
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    The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

    reported last month that China delayed the release of critical information about the outbreak to the public and the WHO for several days, and waited more than a week to release the virus' genome — actions that likely delayed the development of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests. The AP also reported in April that top Chinese leaders had known for six days in January that the coronavirus could become a deadly pandemic, but told the world the virus posed a low risk to people and could not be transmitted between humans. At the same time, the WHO, which relies on countries to provide their own data, took China at its word and offered the same advice — which has since proven to be wrong.

  • Bolton: Trump claim he wasn’t told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works’
    The Guardian

    Bolton: Trump claim he wasn’t told of Russia bounty report is 'not how system works’

    Donald Trump's claim not to have been briefed about intelligence suggesting Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill US soldiers is “just not the way the system works”, former national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. Elsewhere, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice said Bolton would have known about the bounties intelligence while he was in the role, which he left in September 2019, and would therefore have briefed Trump himself. I don't buy this story that he was never briefed,” Rice told NBC's Meet The Press.