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California police shoot and kill suspect wanted in Central California shooting spree

(Reuters) – Police shot and killed a man wanted in a Central California “shooting spree”, and three law enforcement officers were wounded in the shoot-out at vineyard where he was tracked down on Thursday afternoon, sheriffs officials said. Mason James Lira, 26, whom sheriff’s documents list as a transient, is suspected of shooting and wounding […]

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Four Minneapolis policemen fired after death of unarmed black man

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Four Minneapolis police officers were fired on Tuesday over the death of an unarmed black man seen in a video lying face down in the street, gasping for air and groaning, “I can’t breathe,” while a white officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. Hours after the officers’ dismissals were announced, […]

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Explainer: What’s at stake in Supreme Court fight over Trump financial records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday considers three blockbuster cases concerning efforts by the Democratic-led House of Representatives and a grand jury working with a prosecutor in New York City to obtain copies of President Donald Trump’s financial records. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump reacts during a campaign rally in Charlotte, […]

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Beaches eyed as United States takes steps toward reopening

(Reuters) – Many Americans flocked to beaches on Saturday as one Florida county expanded access and California experienced a heat wave, even as new coronavirus cases hit a record high in the United States the day before and deaths topped 200,000 worldwide. People walk up and down Huntington City Beach during the outbreak of the […]

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Coronavirus: Business leaders tell Trump testing is key to restarting economy during taskforce phone call, report says

Guaranteed widespread coronavirus testing is the key to restarting the United States workforce, industry leaders told President Donald Trump on Wednesday as part of a new phone-call led business council, reports say. Members on the call emphasised the importance of testing in the first meeting of Mr Trump’s new business council according to one person briefed on […]

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Chicago jail reports 450 coronavirus cases among staff, inmates

(Reuters) – Some 450 inmates and staff have tested positive for coronavirus at Chicago’s largest jail, county corrections officials said on Thursday, representing one of the nation’s largest outbreaks of the respiratory illness at a single site so far in the pandemic. Signs made by prisoners pleading for help are seen in a window of […]

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Coronavirus sweeps across New York, California fears it could be next

NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – New York state suffered another quick and brutal rise in the number of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, staggering hospitals at the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, as California said it could be facing the next major wave of the disease. In New York City, the densely packed home […]

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Indian Wells tennis tournament canceled over coronavirus concerns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Indian Wells tennis tournament, the most prestigious event outside the Grand Slams and tour finals, was canceled on Sunday, over concerns about the spread of a coronavirus in Southern California. “There is too great a risk, at this time, to the public health of the Riverside County area in holding […]

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Twitter tests labels, community moderation for lies by public figures

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Thursday that it was testing a new community moderation approach that would enable users to identify misleading information posted by politicians and public figures and add brightly colored labels under those tweets. FILE PHOTO: The Twitter logo and binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, […]

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IRS, Facebook Square Off In Court Over $9 Billion In Unpaid Taxes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is slated to begin a tax trial in a San Francisco court on Tuesday, as the Internal Revenue Service tries to convince a judge the world’s largest social media company owes more than $9 billion linked to its decision to shift profits to Ireland. The trial, which Facebook expects […]

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