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Minneapolis Police Were Sued A Decade Ago In Similar Restraint Case

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 20:26

The department settled for $3 million and offered training for officers in how to restrain people in custody more safely in the 2010 case.

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Justice Department Says Maine's 2-Week Quarantine Rule Discriminates Against Tourists

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:38

Many but not all out-of-state visitors were told to self-quarantine because of the coronavirus. The Justice Department says that is unconstitutional. Some other states have the same rule.

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Trump Says U.S. Will Withdraw From WHO. Does He Have The Authority To Do It?

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:30

In a press conference on Friday, the president said he would immediately severe ties — and funding — to the World Health Organization because of its relationship with China.

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Missouri's Only Clinic That Provides Abortions Allowed To Remain Open

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:11

"Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that it provides safe and legal abortion care," a state commission ruled. It said state health regulators wrongly blocked the St. Louis clinic's renewal in 2019.

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George Floyd and Derek Chauvin Were Once Co-Workers, Ex-Club Owner Tells TV Station

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:37

Maya Santamaria tells KSTP that Chauvin "had a real short fuse" as an off-duty officer for her club, saying he often pulled out mace and pepper spray when she thought it was unwarranted.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Can Hit The High Notes, Too

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:10

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Tracee Ellis Ross about starring in The High Note, a movie about an over-40 superstar singer navigating the music industry with her assistant, who has her own music dreams.

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CDC Director Says New Analysis Exonerates Agency On Testing Delay

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:09

CDC chief Robert Redfield says that earlier testing for the coronavirus would have been like "looking for a needle in a haystack." But other health experts dispute his assertion.

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France Eases Some Pandemic Restrictions And Will Reopen Restaurants, Bars And Parks

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:00

"It will be so nice to be able to go lie on the grass in a park and have a picnic or to sit at a sidewalk cafe again," says a Paris resident. Restaurants and bars will reopen with restrictions June 2.

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Moscow Doubles Last Month's Coronavirus Death Toll Amid Suspicions Of Undercounting

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 15:35

Media reports and analysts have questioned the accuracy of Russia's mortality figures for the virus. The city's health department now says 1,561 people died in April due to coronavirus.

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Biden Calls George Floyd Killing 'An Act of Brutality'

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 15:09

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee called on the nation to better empathize with the pain of black Americans in the wake of the death of the black man by a white police officer.

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CDC Quickly Changed Its Guidance On Limiting Choirs At Religious Services

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:40

A federal official says the White House had not approved the initial version, which included the warning, "The act of singing may contribute to transmission of COVID-19."

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An ER Doctor Lost His Job After Criticizing His Hospital On COVID-19. Now He's Suing

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:33

Dr. Ming Lin was let go in March from a hospital in Bellingham, Wash., after posting criticisms and suggestions on social media. The ACLU is helping him sue for damages and job reinstatement.

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McConnell Says Next Coronavirus Aid Bill Will Be The Last

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:59

The next round of coronavirus aid will be narrowly focused and will not extend federal unemployment assistance, the Senate majority leader says.

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Remembering Pioneering AIDS Activist Larry Kramer

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:58

Kramer, who died May 27, was an early advocate for aggressive research into the HIV virus. He co-founded both the Gay Men's Health Crisis and the protest group ACT UP. Originally broadcast in 1992.

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Trump, Retaliating Against Beijing, Revokes Privileges For Hong Kong

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:28

President Trump says the U.S. would take a number of steps after China's central government asserted more direct authority over Hong Kong, which it had pledged to treat differently.

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Obama On George Floyd's Death And The 'Maddening' Normalcy Of Racism

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:17

Former President Barack Obama has responded to the Minneapolis death that has set off protests and drawn national attention, including President Trump's. Read his full statement.

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The History Behind 'When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts'

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 13:13

In response to the violent protests in Minneapolis, the president tweets a phrase that goes back to the 1960s, used by a white police chief known for inflaming racial tensions in Miami.

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People Can't See It, But This Grocery Worker Still Wears Lipstick Under Her Mask

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 12:36

As a low-wage worker, Yesenia Ortiz wishes she would get paid more during the pandemic because of the extra level of risk she is exposed to.

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7 Shot At Louisville Protest Calling For Justice For Breonna Taylor

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:08

It's not yet clear who shot people in the crowd. The mayor says no officers fired on the demonstrations for the black woman killed by police in her home. Two victims required surgery, he says.

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As Brazil's COVID-19 Cases Continue To Climb, Some Areas Prepare To Ease Restrictions

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:53

Brazil has the world's second-highest number of COVID-19 cases after the U.S. The rise in cases comes as São Paulo, the state with the highest number of deaths, prepares to ease some restrictions.

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