North Carolina Reports Highest Daily Coronavirus Infection Increase as State Enters Phase 2 of Reopening

The state's health department said in press release that the new high in daily cases is "concerning."
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Iran releases US Navy veteran Michael White after nearly two years
President Trump announced Thursday that Iran has released US Navy veteran Michael White after detaining him for almost two years. White, 48, was detained in July 2018 after reportedly visiting a woman in the Iranian city Mashhad. He received a 10-year sentence for crimes including insulting Iran’s theocratic leader Ayatollah Khamenei. “I am to happy...
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Ex-analyst under Obama guarantees bail for alleged bomb-throwing lawyer
A former intelligence analyst who worked in both the Departments of State and Defense during the Obama administration guaranteed bail for a New York lawyer who allegedly fired bombed an NYPD vehicle — calling her “my best friend.” Salmah Rizvi, a NYU Law grad who now works for the prestigious DC firm Ropes & Grey,...
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Antarctica research station sees sun set for last time in 5 weeks, enters ‘twilight zone’
Expeditioners at the bottom of the world are now in what's known as the "twilight zone" after the sun set for the last time in several weeks.
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A beer can't solve racial inequality. But craft brewers are hoping it's a start
Craft breweries across the United States are planning to launch a new beer in support of equality for people of color, joining other brands in responding to the growing unrest over racial issues.
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Kelz of ‘Too Hot To Handle’ blasts co-star for using him in post on racism
"DO NOT use me to further your social media gains and to get likes, DO NOT use this movement of #blacklivesmatter because it's a trending # for you."
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Dallas man who lost eye to projectile during protests demands answers
A Dallas man lost his eye to a projectile that struck him during a George Floyd demonstration, according to a report. Brandon Saenz, who is black, said he was peacefully protesting Saturday afternoon near Dallas City Hall when he encountered cops about 10 to 15 feet away from him, news station WFAA reported. “And then...
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George Floyd's friend who was in the car with him says he did not resist arrest
George Floyd did not resist arrest as he pleaded with police officers before his death in Minneapolis, a friend told The New York Times Wednesday.
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New York City Jail Inmate Dies After Being Pepper Sprayed in Cell
Jamel Floyd was 'unresponsive' after the incident and was later pronounced dead at the hospital
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Study suggests Mars may have been a ringed planet in ancient past
There are four planets in the Solar System that have rings — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. A new study, however, suggests that Mars may have also once been a ringed planet. The research highlights that one of Mars’ moons, Deimos, has a slightly altered orbit that suggests there was something responsible for its slight...
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Las Vegas casinos and hotels reopen after coronavirus closings
The casino coronavirus closure has ended. Cards are being dealt, dice are rolling and slot machines flashed and jingled for the first customers who started gambling again early Thursday in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada. “The past few months have presented our city with an unprecedented challenge,” said Derek Stevens, owner of two downtown Las...
Blac Chyna launching music career with single ‘Seen Her’
It's unclear when her first single will be released.
The Senate is slipping from Republicans
While Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden is the big-ticket race in November, the fight for Senate majority is also crucially important. Chris Cillizza explains why the Trump White House is becoming increasingly nervous about losing the majority in the Senate in 2020, and the impact that loss could have.
Nets’ playoff spot suddenly at risk with NBA’s restart plan
The Knicks won’t join the Nets in Orlando. But the Nets could still join the Knicks in the lottery. The 22-team proposal to restart the season that is expected to be approved Thursday by the Board of Governors has made the Nets’ playoff plans a little more precarious than the other 22-team scenario. In one...
George Floyd's life honored at memorial service in Minneapolis
The memorial service was held at North Central University in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck.
John Lewis says his health is improving
Civil rights activist and longtime Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia said his health is improving in an interview on Thursday.
Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond to come down 'as soon as possible,' Va. gov says; 4 others on Monument Avenue to be removed, too
The Robert E. Lee statue and other Confederate monuments on Richmond's Monument Avenue will be removed amid protests over George Floyd's death.
Franklin Graham not offended by Trump’s Bible photo, slams other clergy
President Trump's surprise walk to St. John's Church Monday night was condemned by Democratic leaders and clergy in Washington, but praised by his most prominent evangelical supporter.
Man accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery used racial expletives after shooting him, court hears
The Georgia man who allegedly shot Ahmaud Arbery while he was he was jogging on a residential street stood over the 25-year-old's lifeless body, using racial expletives, according to testimony given Thursday in a Gynn Country courtroom.
Tom Cotton on liberals slamming NYT for printing his op-ed: This exposed hypocrisy of 'woke progressive mob'
The outrage over the The New York Times' decision to publish an op-ed in which Sen, Tom Cotton called for the military to quell violent uprisings over George Floyd's death exposed the hypocrisy of "woke progressives" who "claim to defend liberal values," Cotton said Thursday.
Lea Michele was a ‘nightmare’ to work with on Broadway and ‘Glee,’ says costar
A source described her as a "tyrant."
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa fractures jaw fighting off Soho looters
Curtis Sliwa suffered a fractured jaw as he and his Guardian Angels confronted hammer-wielding looters in Manhattan earlier this week. The 66-year-old founder of the civilian crime-fighting crew and his fellow red berets rushed to Footlocker in Soho Tuesday night after getting word that looters were running amok. The Angels got the young men to...
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hired pollster to gauge presidential run last month
Mark Cuban has flirted many times with running for president, including last month. But he stopped pursuing it after poll show he couldn't break 25%.
The history of the secret White House presidential bunker
President Donald Trump was briefly taken to a White House bunker on Friday night as protesters demonstrated across the street, and while the annex of bunkers and tunnels under the White House are nothing new, they're rarely used by American presidents.
The history of the secret presidential bunker
President Donald Trump was briefly taken to a White House bunker on Friday night as protesters demonstrated across the street, and while the annex of bunkers and tunnels under the White House are nothing new, they're rarely used by American presidents.
Travis McMichael allegedly yelled racial slur at Ahmaud Arbery after shooting
Moments after Travis McMichael allegedly murdered unarmed Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery, he reportedly said, “F—ing n—er,” according to shocking new court testimony in the racially charged killing. McMichael, 34, his father, Gregory, 64, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, who are white, are in court on Arbery’s felony murder. Glynn County Chief Magistrate Judge...
NFL gives coaching staffs permission to return to team headquarters, beginning Friday
Commissioner Roger Goodell instructed that as long as the return to work coincides with local governments' measures, teams can get back to work.
'You can't run away': Hong Kong protesters defy police and an official ban to hold their annual Tiananmen vigil
Increasing repression from Beijing has united two generations in Hong Kong, those whose lives pivoted in 1989 and those who weren't even born then.
WATCH LIVE: Justice Department Holds Press Conference Amid Nationwide Protests
Attorney General William Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray and others are speaking amid nationwide protests over racial inequality and the death of George Floyd.
Veteran detained in Iran has been released
Michael White, an American detained in Iran, was released on Thursday after more than a year in custody, according to a person familiar with negotiations.
Carrie Underwood’s husband opens up about her miscarriages
The couple discussed suffering multiple miscarriages on the second episode of video series.
Dental clinic owner says Minneapolis police couldn't respond while vandals destroyed his business
A dental clinic owner said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that vandals destroyed his business during the George Floyd protests last week, explaining that police officers could not respond to stop the damage.
Karol Markowicz: No lockdown for protests — so why keep businesses closed?
Remember COVID-19? Owners of small businesses that have yet to open but are in danger of being smashed by rioters sure do.
Floyd protests are sparking a surprising debate in black America
Omar Wasow is a researcher who works in a world of charts and data. But his analytical reserve cracked after watching a video of George Floyd dying while being arrested by police.
ECB gives another shot of stimulus as economy reels
The European Central Bank approved a bigger-than-expected expansion of its stimulus package on Thursday to prop up an economy plunged by the coronavirus pandemic into its worst recession since World War Two.
Democrats sound alarm over unidentified law enforcement patrolling D.C. protests
Virginia Congressman Don Beyer, a Democrat, said he is working on legislation after photos emerged of unidentified, armed federal law enforcement near the White House.
Teen ‘anarchist’ allegedly brought Molotov cocktails to Massachusetts protest
Vincent Eovacious, 18, was arrested Wednesday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and civil disorder in the demonstration late Monday in Worcester, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.
Summerfest canceled over coronavirus concerns, Dave Matthews Band and others to play in 2021
For the first time in its history, there will be no Summerfest in Milwaukee. But some acts booked for 2020 will perform in 2021.
Fears for Brazil's indigenous tribes as coronavirus death toll continues to climb
Brazil’s coronavirus numbers have skyrocketed, with a record number of cases and deaths almost every day.
Big Bird and Elmo Will 'Address Racism' in Virtual CNN Town Hall
CNN is teaming up with the perennial children's program "Sesame Street" in a virtual town hall that will "address racism" in America in the wake of the police involved death of George Floyd.
Carrie Underwood confesses she was 'angry' with God after multiple miscarriages: 'I was hurt'
Carrie Underwood opened up like never before about one of the hardest times in her life both mentally and emotionally.
Special Report: How union, Supreme Court shield Minneapolis cops
Long before the death of George Floyd last week, efforts to overhaul the way policing is done in Minneapolis repeatedly fizzled in the face of a powerful 800-member union that championed military-style police tactics.
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter tell high school grads: ‘Party on!’ 
They delivered a totally bodacious message to the class of 2020.
Amazon workers sue over lax workplace policies in coronavirus crisis
Staten Island Amazon workers sued the company over its handling of the coronavirus crisis, saying lax workplace policies put them at risk of catching the deadly disease. The federal lawsuit aims to hold Amazon legally accountable for what workers say are insufficient efforts to protect them from the coronavirus, which has reportedly killed at least...
Giant restaurant rat ignored by grossed-out employees
A giant rat was spotted behind the counter at a Wendy’s Milk Bar in Midland Gate, Australia. Video shows workers at the Australian ice cream franchise not addressing the rat in the room as they continued to serve customers. “They know it’s there,” patron Michelle Pellegrino said. “They could at least kick it out of...
Rudy Giuliani and Piers Morgan have heated on-air exchange over Trump
Rudy Giuliani and “Good Morning Britain” host Piers Morgan got into a heated and loud exchange on Thursday during an interview about whether President Trump used racist language in remarks about the outbreaks of looting during the George Floyd protests. The former Big Apple mayor, appearing on the show from New York blamed the “left-wing...
Hundreds, including Al Sharpton, Eric Garner's mom, to attend George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis
Hundreds, including Rev. Al Sharpton and the mother of Eric Garner, are expected to attend a private memorial service in Minneapolis Thursday afternoon to honor George Floyd, who died Memorial Day in police custody, sparking ten consecutive days of peaceful protests and nighttime riots in major metropolitan cities nationwide.
Lindsey Graham Postpones Vote on 'Obamagate' Subpoenas
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has postponed a vote on whether to authorize subpoenas as part of the panel's investigation into the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia probe.
Controversial hydroxychloroquine research under scrutiny as experts raise 'serious scientific questions'
Controversial research into the effectiveness of COVID-19 drug hydroxychloroquine is coming under scrutiny as experts raise “serious scientific questions” about the data used.