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    1. Disney is Laying Off 28,000 People Due to Coronavirus

      Disney is Laying Off 28,000 People Due to Coronavirus

      Disney is laying off 28,000 employees, the entertainment giant confirmed Tuesday, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hammer its theme park operations, including the continued closing of its California parks and reduced capacity at its open parks in Florida and around the world.

      The cuts, which will affect workers in the parks, experiences and consumer products segment, were detailed in a letter to employees Tuesday. About 67 percent of the affected workers were part-time employees, but it's unclear what the breakdown for each department was. CNBC was the first to report news of the cuts.

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    2. JBS Meatpackers Deny Benefits for COVID-19 Illness or Deaths

      JBS Meatpackers Deny Benefits for COVID-19 Illness or Deaths

      Saul Sanchez died in April, one of six workers with fatal COVID-19 infections at meatpacker JBS USA's slaughterhouse in Greeley, Colorado, the site of one of the earliest and deadliest coronavirus outbreaks at a U.S. meatpacking plant.

      Before getting sick, the 78-year-old Sanchez only left home to work on the fabrication line, where cattle carcasses are sliced into cuts of beef, and to go to his church, with its five-person congregation, said his daughter, Betty Rangel. She said no one else got infected in the family or at Bible Missionary Church, which could not be reached for comment.

      JBS, the world's largest meatpacker, denied the family's application for workers' compensation benefits, along with those filed by ...

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    3. Texas Sheriff Charged in Evidence Tampering in Black Man's Death

      Texas Sheriff Charged in Evidence Tampering in Black Man's Death

      A Texas sheriff who starred on the controversial reality show “Live PD” was arrested Monday on evidence tampering charges in the case of a Black man who died in police custody.

      Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody is accused of destroying or concealing audio and video footage that showed his deputies pursuing and using force on Javier Ambler, 40, in March 2019, according to an indictment.

      The footage was captured by Live PD cameras on the night that Ambler, a former postal worker and the father of two, died following a 22-minute car chase by Williamson County deputies.
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    4. Redfield Voices Alarm Over Trump's Coronavirus Task Force Advisor

      Redfield Voices Alarm Over Trump's Coronavirus Task Force Advisor

      WASHINGTON — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has grown increasingly concerned that President Donald Trump, pushed by a new member of his coronavirus task force, is sharing incorrect information about the pandemic with the public.

      Dr. Robert Redfield, who leads the CDC, suggested in a conversation with a colleague Friday that Dr. Scott Atlas is arming Trump with misleading data about a range of issues, including questioning the efficacy of masks, whether young people are susceptible to the virus and the potential benefits of herd immunity.

      "Everything he says is false," Redfield said during a phone call made in public on a commercial airline and overheard by NBC News.

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    5. California Woman Arrested After Allegedly Ramming Protestors with Her Car

      California Woman Arrested After Allegedly Ramming Protestors with Her Car

      A Long Beach, California, woman was arrested on Saturday after allegedly ramming her car into protesters, seriously injuring two people, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

      Tatiana Turner, 40, was taken into custody after striking a man and a woman with her car in the parking lot of the Yorba Linda Public Library, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Department press release.

      The release states that Turner will be charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. An investigation is ongoing.

       

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    6. 18 to 22-Year-Olds Gatherings Banned in Colorado as Coronavirus Surge

      18 to 22-Year-Olds Gatherings Banned in Colorado as Coronavirus Surge

      Following a surge of coronavirus cases at the University of Colorado-Boulder, health officials announced Thursday that 18 to 22-year-old individuals were banned from gatherings of any size for two weeks.

      “We must take stronger action to stop the spread of this virus in our community,” Boulder County public health director Jeff Zayach said in a news release. “We have researched the actions we can take that would be effective while minimizing the burden on those who have not been the source of increased transmission. We believe this strategy can achieve both goals.”

      Whether indoor or outdoors, anyone aged 18 to 22 years old will not be allowed to gather for two weeks beginning Thursday at 4 p.m. It also ...

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    7. Trump Denies Committing to Peaceful Transition if Losing the Election

      Trump Denies Committing to Peaceful Transition if Losing the Election

      President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose this fall to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The president declined to do so.

      "Well, we're going to have to see what happens," Trump said. "You know that I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster."

      Pressed further, Trump said: "We'll want to have — get rid of the ballots and you'll have a very — we'll have a very peaceful — there won't be a transfer, frankly. There'll be a continuation."
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    8. Johnson & Johnson Enters Phase 3 in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

      Johnson & Johnson Enters Phase 3 in COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

      A fourth Covid-19 vaccine candidate has gone into the final stage of clinical trials in the U.S., with Johnson & Johnson announcing the start of its Phase 3 trial Wednesday.

      The drugmaker follows Pfizer and Moderna, whose Phase 3 trials began in late July. AstraZeneca also started its Phase 3 vaccine trial this month, but it remains on pause in the U.S. after a participant in the U.K. was reported to have developed a spinal cord injury.

      The Johnson & Johnson trial is not expected to yield preliminary results for at least two months.

      President Donald Trump has repeatedly pressed for faster work on vaccine research — even suggesting that there could be some kind of approval before the Nov ...

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    9. New Research Adds to the Evidence of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Spread

      New Research Adds to the Evidence of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Spread

      Two studies published Tuesday shed light on the so-called silent spread of Covid-19.

      One study, published in the journal Thorax, reports that asymptomatic people can carry as much virus in their noses and throats as people showing symptoms of the illness. The second study, a review published in Plos Medicine, found that while the majority of infected individuals do develop symptoms, they may test positive before those symptoms begin.

      Taken together, the research underscores the need for preventive measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

      "Even if we're seemingly healthy, we have to wear masks" to reduce the risk of asymptomatic spread, Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said.

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    10. Louisville Under State of Emergency Waiting on Breonna Taylor Decision

      Louisville Under State of Emergency Waiting on Breonna Taylor Decision

      Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed an executive order Tuesday that places the city under a state of emergency as Louisville awaits a grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician who died in a police raid at her apartment this year.

      Fischer's order would allow him to impose a curfew and a variety of other restrictions under his emergency powers "due to the potential for civil unrest," according to a release from his office. The order follows a memo from Louisville Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Schroeder on Monday telling officers the department would be employing emergency guidelines effective immediately.

      "In anticipation of Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement in the Breonna Taylor case ...

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    11. Bloomberg Raises $16M to Help Florida Felons Vote in November

      Bloomberg Raises $16M to Help Florida Felons Vote in November

      Former New York Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has raised $16 million to help pay the outstanding fines and fees of felons in Florida, allowing them to regain their voting rights ahead of Election Day.

      The initiative combines funds raised by Bloomberg in the past week from prominent individuals and foundations with $5 million raised by the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to target 32,000 felons in Florida who are already registered to vote and owe less than $1,500 as part of their restitution.

      "The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined ...

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    12. Parents Charged Over Teen Party Causing Entire School Going Remote

      Parents Charged Over Teen Party Causing Entire School Going Remote

      Two Massachusetts parents and their teenage child are facing criminal charges in connection to a party that sparked coronavirus concerns and led the town's entire high school to delay in-person learning.

      The parents and teen in Sudbury, Massachusetts, were charged with violating the state's social host law, the Sudbury police chief, Scott Nix, told NBC News on Tuesday morning. Under the law, “whoever furnishes alcohol” to underage drinkers faces a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment for up to a year, or both.

      The adults were charged with the misdemeanor in Framingham District Court and their child in Framingham Juvenile Court, the chief said.

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    13. Signs of an October Coronavirus Vaccine Surprise Alarms Scientist

      Signs of an October Coronavirus Vaccine Surprise Alarms Scientist

      President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a Covid-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to release any vaccine unless it’s proved safe and effective.

      In podcasts, public forums, social media and medical journals, a growing number of prominent health leaders say they fear that Trump — who has repeatedly signaled his desire for the swift approval of a vaccine and his displeasure with perceived delays at the FDA — will take matters into his own hands, running roughshod over the usual regulatory process.

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    14. President Trump Vows to Replace Ginsburg with a Woman

      President Trump Vows to Replace Ginsburg with a Woman

      WASHINGTON — At a campaign rally Saturday in North Carolina, President Donald Trump left no doubt about the gender of his forthcoming choice for the Supreme Court: "It will be a woman."

      Supporters in Fayetteville chanted, "Fill that seat." Trump said he did not have a nominee yet but would make his choice "next week."

      "We have numerous women on the list," Trump said.

      Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appellate court judge, has emerged as one of the front-runners to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, three sources told NBC News.

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    15. CDC Says Seasonal Flu are Low All Around the World

      CDC Says Seasonal Flu are Low All Around the World

      Social distancing may have kept cases of the flu at historic lows around the world, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

      Data from Australia, Chile and South Africa shows a tiny fraction of influenza cases from April to July, the months that constitute the typical flu season in the Southern Hemisphere.

      In those three regions, there were just 51 influenza positive specimens among 83,307 tests for a positivity rate of 0.06 percent.

      In contrast, the positive rate in those regions during the same time period in years prior was close to 14 percent.

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    16. Federal Officials Wanted 'Heat Rays' to Break Up D.C. Protestors

      Federal Officials Wanted 'Heat Rays' to Break Up D.C. Protestors

      WASHINGTON — For the evening in early June when law enforcement forcibly dispersed a crowd of protesters from Lafayette Square, federal and military officials tried to obtain a sound cannon or devices that are known as heat rays, a whistleblower says.

      In response to questions from the House Natural Resources Committee, Maj. Adam DeMarco, a reservist in the District of Columbia National Guard, said that on the morning of June 1, he was copied on an email from the Defense Department's lead military officer for the National Capital Region. The provost marshal, DeMarco said, asked if the D.C. National Guard had a "long range acoustic device," which is a sound cannon, or "active denial systems," which are heat rays ...

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    17. Officer Charged with Felony After Releasing Dog After Black Man

      Officer Charged with Felony After Releasing Dog After Black Man

      A Salt Lake City police officer who allegedly sicced a K9 on a Black man who had his hands in the air has been charged with aggravated assault, authorities said.

      Officer Nickolas Pearce was charged with the second-degree felony on Wednesday by the Salt Lake County District Attorney over the incident on April 24.

      Jeffrey Ryans was in his wife's backyard when confronted by Salt Lake City police who were responding to a report of a domestic dispute, prosecutors said.

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    18. Residents Warned About Letter Targeting Minorities with Coronavirus Vaccine Misinformation

      Residents Warned About Letter Targeting Minorities with Coronavirus Vaccine Misinformation

      A New York state senator issued a warning to residents of suburban Nassau County about a letter that falsely claims the government is looking for "minorities to experiment on" with the coronavirus vaccines.

      The letter was taped to the doors of dozens of homes on the North Shore of Long Island on Saturday, state Sen. Anna Kaplan said in a press release that included a redacted copy of the full letter.

      "Parents who will be sending their children to school this fall should be mindful of any and all documents or waivers they're asked to sign," the top portion of the letter reads. "In a rush to find a vaccine for the COVID-19 or Corona Virus, the government is ...
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    19. South Dakota AG Struck and Killed Man with his Vehicle

      South Dakota AG Struck and Killed Man with his Vehicle

      South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg released a statement to media late Monday with his account of the Saturday night car accident in which he apparently struck and killed a man.

      In the statement, Ravnsborg said that after he crashed he called 911 to report an animal strike. Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek responded.

       Ravnsborg said he searched a ditch with his cell phone flashlight, with help from Volek, for what Ravnsborg believed was the body of a large animal — a deer perhaps — and found nothing.
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    20. Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Being 'Reimagine' for Coronavirus Safety this Year

      Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Being 'Reimagine' for Coronavirus Safety this Year

      The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a nearly century-old New York City institutionwill be radically pared down from its usual larger-than-life format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, officials said Monday.

      The department store announced that it had to "reimagine" the upcoming 94th edition of the parade on Nov. 26 and said it'll be staged in a manner similar to its Fourth of July fireworks show.

      "Following our successful, safe and innovative production of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, it is our intention to similarly reimagine Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November," the retail giant said in a statement.
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    21. Nevada Governor Calls Trump's Indoor Rally 'Reckless and Selfish'

      Nevada Governor Calls Trump's Indoor Rally 'Reckless and Selfish'

      WASHINGTON — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, criticized President Donald Trump for violating the state's rules on Sunday night by holding an indoor campaign rally attended by thousands of people.

      Trump "is knowingly packing thousands into an indoor venue to hold a political rally" the governor wrote in a lengthy Twitter post. He added that Trump has "forgotten that this country is still in the middle of a global pandemic."

      Trump responded to Sisolak, saying that the governor's office had nixed outdoor sites that his campaign proposed.

      "This is an insult to every Nevadan who has followed the directives, made sacrifices, and put their neighbors before themselves," Sisolak said. "It's also a direct threat to all of ...

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    22. TikTok Reaches Deal to Sell to Oracle, Rejecting Microsoft

      TikTok Reaches Deal to Sell to Oracle, Rejecting Microsoft

      TikTok has reached an agreement to partner with software giant Oracle, a landmark deal that could redefine how the U.S. and China square off over the reach of their homegrown technology companies.

      The deal, which was confirmed Sunday by a source with direct knowledge, comes after the Trump administration pressured TikTok to sell its U.S. business over concerns about the threat to national security. The administration alleged that the company's ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance, meant it would have to hand over data about Americans if asked by China's government. TikTok has denied that it would hand over data, which it stressed is stored outside China.

      The source would not detail which parts ...

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    23. Russia, China, Iran Launched Cyberattacks on President Campaigns, Says Microsoft

      Russia, China, Iran Launched Cyberattacks on President Campaigns, Says Microsoft

      Hackers working for Russia, China and Iran have recently escalated their attacks around the U.S. presidential race as Election Day looms, Microsoft says.

      Microsoft's vice president of customer security and trust, Tom Burt, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the company's cybersecurity experts had recently seen an uptick in hackers' targeting campaigns.

      "In recent weeks, Microsoft has detected cyberattacks targeting people and organizations involved in the upcoming Presidential election," Burt wrote.

      As the company behind the Windows operating system and the Office program suite, Microsoft has broad insight into the infrastructure that hackers use to launch attacks.

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    24. Coronavirus Testing Lab in Boston Suspended After 400 False Positives

      Coronavirus Testing Lab in Boston Suspended After 400 False Positives

      A Boston lab suspended coronavirus testing after an investigation uncovered nearly 400 false positive COVID-19 results.

      Orig3n, a biotechnology company which counts dozens of nursing homes as its clients, ceased testing on Aug. 8 at the request of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The suspension came days after state health officials became aware of an unusually high number of positive coronavirus tests.

      An investigation found that there were at least 383 inaccurate positive results from the lab that, upon re-testing, came back as negative.

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