1. MLB players reaffirm pay stance, no deal with teams in sight Baseball players reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games.
  2. Being Black In America: 'We Have A Place In This World Too' As protests continue around the country in response to several high-profile deaths of African Americans in recent weeks, black people say they are frustrated, fearful and fatigued.
  3. Nadal not sure about 2020 US Open; depends on COVID, travel If it weren’t for a pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title.
  4. How to network while working from home: Start with reaching out and contacting folks Networking in today's climate takes researching people you want to reach out to, following their posts and commenting for a better chance at engaging.  
  5. As America Struggles To Return To Work, Staggering Unemployment Numbers Loom Friday's labor report is expected to show millions of job cuts and unemployment of around 20% — its highest in more than 80 years. The pandemic will make getting back to work difficult for many.
  6. As Trump Heads To Maine, GOP Sen. Susan Collins Won't Be There To Greet Him Collins has mostly avoided commenting on Trump's pandemic response, but she criticized his administration's decision to forcefully clear peaceful protesters from a square in front of the White House
  7. Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier calls focus on science instead of swimsuits ‘freeing’ In late 2019, Camille Schrier stunned the world when she won the crown for Miss America just minutes after giving a colorful chemistry demonstration in a lab coat.
  8. Ex-Acting AG Matthew Whitaker: Stand with Americans fighting injustice while upholding law and order President Trump has said, “We will stand with the family of George Floyd, with the peaceful protesters, and with every law-abiding citizen who wants decency, civility, safety and security."
  9. Farmers Find Ways To Save Millions Of Pigs From Slaughter When COVID-19 infections forced pork companies to close processing plants, some farmers predicted that it would force them to euthanize millions of hogs. The actual number has been much lower.
  10. Jane Goodall says humanity is doomed if we don't change after this pandemic Primatologist Jane Goodall said that humanity must "drastically change our diets" and our treatment of wild and farmed animals if we want to avoid future pandemics after COVID-19 subsides.
  11. This 100-year-old doughnut recipe dates back to WWI Who knew eating doughnuts could be so patriotic?
  12. 'You have to keep at it': What Black Lives Matter demonstrators can learn from civil rights protests of the past If the civil rights battles of the past tell us anything, it's that activists must be persistent to generate tangible change, historians say.  
  13. Florida man pointed shotgun at nurse after denied hospital entry amid coronavirus: police A Florida man is accused of pointing a gun at a nurse and security guard after he wasn't allowed entry into a hospital to see his wife, due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions, according to a report.
  14. Trump Hates Vote-by-Mail. These Republicans Love It. There’s a major complication in President Donald Trump’s recent crusade against voting by mail, which he has called “a scam” that will lead to “the greatest Rigged Election” in history: In states that Trump desperately needs to win this fall, Republicans love it.Take Arizona, where polls show Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden after he carried the state narrowly in 2016. Republicans pioneered Arizona’s mail-in balloting system, which now accounts for about 80 percent of the state’s vote. “It’s been remarkably successful,” Chuck Coughlin, a longtime GOP operative and a onetime aide to the late Senator John McCain, told me. “There’s been minimal to no fraud for a long period of time.”Republicans say the same in Florida, the quadrennial swing state where voting by mail has become more and more popular in recent years, especially with older GOP voters. (One of the older GOP voters who uses the system is Trump himself.) “Yes, Florida Republicans over the last two decades have dominated absentees,” Joe Gruters, the state’s party chairman, told me.Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the integrity of mail-in voting are puzzling for a variety of reasons, not least because they are unfounded. But they’re particularly awkward for Republican leaders—especially those allied with the president—who need their voters to continue using a system Trump is trying to discredit. The president has, for example, gone after Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, for mailing absentee-ballot applications to every voter in the state as part of an effort to avoid depressed turnout due to the coronavirus pandemic. But GOP leaders in several other states have done the same thing.Read: [The most important 2020 states already have vote by mail]In states such as Florida and Georgia, GOP officials have carefully tried to defend their own systems without directly confronting the president. The Florida Republican Party is fighting a lawsuit brought by Democrats to relax the state’s deadlines for returning ballots and its rules limiting who can collect them. But it is still encouraging GOP voters to cast their ballots by mail if they want. “I agree with the president 100 percent. I’ll begin by saying that,” Gruters replied when I asked him to respond to Trump’s critique of mail-in voting. But he then proceeded to explain why Florida’s absentee system shouldn’t be lumped in with the rest of the country’s. “We have certain laws in place that protect the integrity of elections,” he said. “Florida is somewhat unique and we’re sort of an outlier, but a lot of these states don’t have these protections, and I’m glad he’s fighting.”Trump appears to have succeeded at least in changing the terms of the debate. Among his allies, “vote-by-mail” is fast becoming a forbidden phrase. Multiple Republicans I spoke with in recent days insisted on using the broader term “absentee ballots” even when, in states such as Florida, “vote-by-mail” is the system’s official name. In part, that’s because they are more comfortable siding with Trump against a mail-only election even as they distance themselves from the president’s blunter critique of the actual mechanism of mailing in a ballot.Gruters told me he sent an email to “a couple hundred thousand” Republican voters last month urging them to request an absentee ballot “if they feel more comfortable.” (Trump also urged people to “mail in ballots” in a California election as recently as May 9.) “We will continue to use it as part of our overall strategy for the people who want to vote absentee,” he said. “But what we’re opposed to is any kind of forced vote-by-mail statewide.”Other Republicans question Trump’s attacks on voting by mail as a matter of political strategy. “It’s tough to imagine you’d want to disenfranchise the 25 percent of Americans who voted [by mail] in the election you won. That’s a mindset I don’t understand,” Tom Ridge, the Republican former Pennsylvania governor and the former homeland-security secretary, told me. Ridge is now helping to lead a bipartisan group called VoteSafe that promotes mail-in balloting. He noted that Trump has the built-in advantages of incumbency and an enormous campaign war chest that he could use to mobilize his base with a mail-in-balloting drive. “Why he would be sowing potentially seeds of doubt for an outcome when he’s got all these assets perfectly aligned to maximize support from an absentee-ballot perspective is beyond belief,” Ridge said.In a number of states, mail-in voting is particularly popular among older and rural voters, who tend to favor Republicans. “We did it principally to encourage seniors and winter visitors who re-registered [in Arizona] to vote,” Coughlin told me. “His base and Republicans are much better at returning ballots” by mail.In Wisconsin’s Fond du Lac County, the local GOP chairman, Rohn Bishop, took the rare step of snapping back at the president on Twitter last week, replying to one of Trump’s all-caps diatribes about voting by mail with a rant of his own: “THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT MAIL IN VOTING WILL LEAD TO MASSIVE FRAUD AND ABUSE,” Bishop wrote. “IN FACT, WE MAY BE ABLE TO USE IT TO HELP OFFSET THE DEMOCRATS EARLY VOTING ADVANTAGES.”“I kind of screamed at my computer,” Bishop told me when I reached him by phone. Mail-in voting works well in Wisconsin, he said, and helps Republicans in rural parts of the state compete with Democratic strongholds that have more resources to dedicate to in-person early voting. Because rural counties don’t open many early-voting locations, voting by mail is more important. “I just think we can use it to help [Trump] here,” Bishop said.Read: [America’s elections won’t be the same after 2020]In rural America, there’s a bigger risk to Trump’s attacks on mail balloting than merely annoying Republican officials. “Trump’s rhetoric may inadvertently be suppressing Republican votes,” Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida, told me. A reluctance among GOP voters to use the system could lead to longer lines at polling sites, which in turn could discourage voter turnout in places where Trump is stronger, especially if the pandemic remains a factor in November, he explained.The Postal Service could be another problem. Trump is opposed to efforts to shore up the beleaguered agency in preparation for a surge in mail-in ballots. But delays in mail service could disproportionately affect rural areas, especially if Republicans are simultaneously fighting changes that would relax deadlines requiring ballots to be received, and not merely postmarked, by Election Day. “More of the rural ballots are getting returned later,” McDonald said.In Pennsylvania, more Democrats than Republicans requested absentee ballots in every county in the run-up to this week’s primary elections, and the surge of late requests prompted Governor Tom Wolf to extend the deadline for returning ballots by a week in several counties, including Philadelphia. That potential for a late surge is exactly what’s causing states—whether led by Republicans or Democrats—to prepare for the possibility of a huge demand for mail voting this fall.And it means that GOP leaders in many of these states are telling their voters to support Trump—and also, implicitly, to ignore him. “We’re giving people the choice,” Gruters, the Florida GOP chairman, told me. “If you want to vote by mail, vote by mail.”
  15. Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year’s postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
  16. Global stocks and euro surge ahead of U.S. jobs data World stocks held their ground near three-month highs as the euro hit its highest level since March 10, thanks to Europe's stimulus boost, fuelling hopes for a global rebound.
  17. Buffalo Bills quarterback Jake Fromm apologizes for 'elite white people' text Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Jake Fromm has apologized after images surfaced of him referring to "elite white people" in a text conversation from a year ago.
  18. Ditching the day job: From CNN to leading rock guitarist I won't forget the moment I informed my boss at CNN of my intention to leave sports journalism for a career in music.
  19. Ditching the day job: From the sports desk to UK band Sports Team I won't forget the moment I informed my boss at CNN of my intention to leave sports journalism for a career in music.
  20. Police searching for cyclist who was filmed accosting people posting signs supporting Black Lives Matter Police in Maryland are looking for a cyclist who was caught on video assaulting three people posting flyers in support of Black Lives Matter.
  21. Actor Yvonne Orji no longer 'Insecure' about Nigerian-American duality "Can I navigate home? This place that I call home? And if I can't, then is it really?"
  22. Actor Yvonne Orji no longer 'Insecure' about Nigerian-American duality Yvonne Orji, the Nigerian-American actor from the HBO series "Insecure," pokes fun at the real-life struggles she faced to get approval from her Nigerian parents when choosing a career in entertainment.
  23. Ahmaud Arbery's mother says last moments of his life were heartbreaking Among those who learned more about Ahmaud Arbery's death at a preliminary hearing on Thursday was his mother, who called the revelations heartbreaking.
  25. George Floyd protest updates: North Dakota National Guard activated after 'threats' Troops from Minnesota and North Dakota were activated ahead of Friday's protest.
  26. George Floyd protests, Strawberry moon, Trump visits Maine: 5 things to know Friday Vatican official to hold George Floyd prayer service in Rome, President Trump heads to Maine despite concerns of unrest and more things to know Friday  
  27. Mukesh Ambani lands $1.2 billion for Jio from Mubadala Asia's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has just landed another $1.2 billion for his global tech ambitions — this time from Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund.
  28. Over 1,000 US coronavirus deaths reported in the past 24 hours In a little over a week, Americans have gone from taking their first hesitant steps outside again to marching in tightly-packed crowds in cities all over the country.
  29. Giants great Michael Strahan shares thoughts on George Floyd’s death Former Giants great Michael Strahan and Fox Sports football analyst took to social media and gave his thoughts on the death of George Floyd and where we are as a country when it comes to race relations. Strahan said he was upset about the deaths of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and frustrated that...
  30. George Floyd protests in DC: Flood of National Guard troops, law enforcement blurs lines of authority A flood of National Guard troops raises questions about who is in control as George Floyd protests continue near the White House and in Washington, DC