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New York City mayor helps paint 'Black Lives Matter' outside Trump Tower
Slogan painted on Fifth Avenue a week after president tweeted it would be ‘a symbol of hate’ New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, took part in painting “Black Lives Matter” in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Thursday, a week after Donald Trump tweeted it would be “a symbol of hate”. De Blasio was flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the Rev Al Sharpton as he helped paint the racial ju
Fauci says states with surging Covid-19 cases should pause reopening efforts
Public health expert made remark after US set world record for most new Covid-19 cases reported in one day As the US set a world record for most Covid-19 cases in one day, with 60,000 reported on Wednesday, Dr Anthony Fauci, a senior member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, said states needed to pause reopening efforts. Related: Some Republican senators to skip national convention due to
Biden unveils $700bn 'buy American' proposal to revive US industry
Democratic contender lays out optimistic economic vision Biden accuses Trump of protecting wealthy ‘cronies and pals’ In an election year shaped by overlapping national crises, Joe Biden on Thursday laid out an optimistic economic vision, presenting a moment of turmoil as a “tremendous opportunity” to revive American industry, address systemic inequality, and prepare the US for threats posed by f

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College football takes first hit as Big Ten scraps all nonconference games
Big Ten moving to conference-only model for all sports this fall Soccer, cross country, field hockey and volleyball also affected SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12 all say they plan to play fall sports The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus
Trump's ex-fixer Michael Cohen back in custody over early-release rule breach
Bureau of Prisons says Cohen, who was released in May over coronavirus concerns, ‘refused conditions of home confinement’ Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was returned to federal prison on Thursday, after balking at certain conditions of the home confinement he was granted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Related: Trump’s taxes may be released to grand jury, sup
Top US general vows response if military confirms reports of Russian bounties
Gen Mark Milley tells lawmakers Pentagon is investigating reports Russia paid for attacks on US soldiers in Afghanistan America’s top general has said military intelligence agencies are working to corroborate reports of Russia paying Taliban fighters bounties for killing US soldiers and vowed a response if they were confirmed. Gen Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told the H
'Make things right': criminal justice officials urge California to release prisoners amid Covid-19 surge
San Francisco attorney general and lawmakers issue joint call San Quentin prison has recorded 1,500 cases and seven deaths California lawmakers and top criminal justice officials joined organizers and families to urge the California governor, Gavin Newsom, to release thousands of people from state prisons, as several of the state’s facilities battle dramatic surges in coronavirus cases. “We are i
Detroit: civil rights coalition sues to bar water shutoffs for residents
Class action aims to force city with one of country’s most expensive water rates to institute affordable payment plan A coalition of civil rights groups have filed a landmark class action to permanently ban water shutoffs for Detroit residents and force the city to implement an affordable payment plan. Detroit, which has one of the most expensive water rates in the country, has disconnected more
Covid-19 cases tied to fraternity parties disrupt UC Berkeley’s reopening plans
Forty-seven cases make it ‘harder to imagine bringing our campus community back’ as planned, university says Plans for the fall semester at the University of California, Berkeley, are in question after 47 new Covid-19 cases tied to fraternity parties emerged in the past week. University officials warn the outbreak could jeopardize the ability to move forward with in-person classes in the months a
US push to dilute energy regulations as bailouts to fossil fuel firms
Trump’s energy secretary Dan Brouillette promotes ‘all fuels’ free-market strategy at climate and sustainability summit The US has argued for less regulation of the world’s energy systems, speaking out against the policy interventions promoting clean energy that are central to a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis. Dan Brouillette, the US energy secretary, told a global summit of energy
Wisconsin court upholds Republican laws curbing powers of Democratic officials
Lame duck session of state legislature passed laws blocking new governor and attorney general from pulling out of lawsuits The Wisconsin supreme court gave state Republicans a significant victory on Thursday, upholding a suite of laws passed during a lame-duck session in 2018 designed to curb the power of incoming Democratic officials. Related: Court reinstates Wisconsin voting restrictions in vi
Tiger Woods to return to PGA Tour action at next week's Memorial in Ohio
Woods commits to next week’s Memorial in Dublin, Ohio Reigning Masters champion last played on tour in February Tiger Woods announced on Thursday that he will compete at next week’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, the 15-times major champion’s first PGA Tour event in five months. “I’m looking forward to playing in the @MemorialGolf next week,” Woods said on his Twitter account. “I’ve missed
The supreme court just delivered a huge blow to Trump's belief that he's above the law | Lloyd Green
The court said that Trump can’t conceal his finances from the American people - another hole in his shaky re-election bid Donald Trump’s future may rest with the nation’s voters and a New York grand jury, although not necessarily in that order. On Thursday, the US supreme court upheld a subpoena issued by Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance, which demands eight years of Trump’s tax returns
Some Republican senators to skip national convention due to pandemic
Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Chuck Grassley, the party’s oldest senator, among those who will not attend in-person event A handful of Republican senators have said they are not planning to attend the Republican national convention in Jacksonville, Florida, later this summer. That group includes the Republican party’s oldest senator, Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley, 86, told the Des Moines Reg
Philadelphia Union wear names of black Americans killed by police on shirts
Union honor Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, others on shirt backs Philadelphia win in their first match of MLS is Back tournament Philadelphia Union players wore the names of black Americans killed by police on the backs of their shirts instead of their surnames for Thursday’s match against New York City FC in the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando, Florida. Related: MLS is back ... in a Covid-19 hot
Naya Rivera: sheriff's office says this 'may well be a case of drowning' – video
The former Glee star Naya Rivera is missing, with a search operation under way at a lake in southern California. The Ventura County sheriff's department confirmed on Wednesday that Rivera, 33, was the person being searched for at Lake Piru, approximately 56 miles north-west of downtown Los Angeles. The Sheriff’s office captain Eric Buschow said aerial and dive teams were searching for a woman who
US unemployment claims up by 1.3m as states back away from reopening plans
Number of new filings decreased since April peak but remained above a million each week since forced shutdowns began As new Covid-19 cases continue to surge in states throughout the US, another 1.3 million people filed for unemployment last week, highlighting the grim reality that any type of economic recovery may be far off. While the number of new unemployment filings has decreased significantl
PGA Tour sends out Covid-19 positive threeball at Workday Charity Open
Dylan Frittelli, Denny McCarthy and Nick Watney put in group Tour follows ‘symptom-based model for return to work’ The PGA Tour has deployed its first Covid-19 threeball after confirming a trio of players who returned positive tests would remain in the field for the Workday Charity Open. The tour has cited guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as key to allowing Dyl
Workers fight back as US hotels try to lay off staff and hire on the cheap
New legislation in California and other states aims to stop big firms using the pandemic to dismiss long-serving employees In early March, Antonio Rodriguez, a banquet waiter for 11 years at the luxurious Terranea resort in Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles, was told he was being temporarily furloughed because of Covid-19. Rodriguez, 58, took that setback in stride, but then in mid-May he receiv
US supreme court to rule on Trump tax returns while coronavirus cases soar – live updates
Trump criticized Fauci and said US was in a ‘good place’ as cases reached 3m George Floyd told officers ‘I can’t breathe’ more than 20 times, transcripts show Court to rule if congressional committees are allowed to see Trump tax records Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 12.19pm BST Yesterday the Cook Political Report published their latest analysis of where the electoral college votes might
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The White House is pushing for students to return to school despite skyrocketing infections. Plus, the extraordinary story of ‘Mama Boko Haram’ Good morning, Mike Pence, the chief of the White House coronavirus taskforce, has waded into the pandemic’s latest political battlefield: schools. “ It’s time for us to get our kids back to school ,” the US vice-president insisted on Tuesday, as the US re
Drivers target Black Lives Matter protesters in 'horrifying' spate of attacks
Tensions also continue in some areas as officers confront crowds with flash-bang grenades and pepper spray Sustained demonstrations across the US calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality in the wake of the May killing of George Floyd are being met with a rising trend for apparent counter-protesters using vehicles to threaten or slam into marchers. Tension has also continued betwe
After a miscarriage, advice to ‘just make another baby’ made me feel worse
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Televangelists take a slice as churches accept billions in US coronavirus aid
Revelations raise concerns about separation of church and state Jimmy Swaggart and other controversial pastors accept loans More than 10,600 religious organizations have taken at least $3bn in coronavirus financial aid from the US government, according to an analysis by the Guardian, raising concerns about the separation of church and state. Related: Trump criticizes Fauci and says US in a 'good
'Opioid overdoses are skyrocketing': as Covid-19 sweeps across US an old epidemic returns
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