Archive for July 2nd, 2020

No Federal Mandates For Masks On Planes Or Empty Middle Seats | | July 02 2020, 10:40 PM

As some airlines try to sell every seat on every flight, the Trump administration urges them to leave some seats empty and wants passengers to wear masks, but neither will be required.

Washington NFL Team's Sponsor FedEx Formally Asks For Team Name Change | | July 02 2020, 10:20 PM

FedEx, which paid $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to the Redskins' stadium, says it has "communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name."

LA Sheriff To Fine $300 For Not Wearing A Mask In Public

Health | | July 02 2020, 9:00 PM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood Station said in a Facebook post that it would issue citations for not wearing a mask that come with a $250 fine and $50 in fees.

Landslide At Myanmar Jade Mine Kills At Least 162 | | July 02 2020, 7:20 PM

The death toll makes the disaster the worst known in the jade mining industry, surpassing an accident in 2015 that killed 113 people.

In Arizona, Nearly 1 In 4 Coronavirus Tests Now Comes Back Positive

Health | | July 02 2020, 7:00 PM

The percentage of positive tests in Arizona is more than three times the national average, and hospital capacity has become a concern.

Coronavirus FAQs: Is It Safe To Dine Indoors — Or Outdoors?

Health | | July 02 2020, 6:40 PM

We look at the risks to consider (and precautions to take) before a restaurant meal. Also: How risky is it to fly on fully booked flights?

The NFL Will Play 'Lift Every Voice And Sing' Before Each Season-Opener Game | | July 02 2020, 6:40 PM

The song known as the Black national anthem will play before "The Star Spangled Banner." The league is working with players on a variety of measures to recognize victims of racism.

Hong Kong Activist Nathan Law Says He Has Fled Abroad Amid Beijing-Backed Crackdown | | July 02 2020, 6:20 PM

Law, who spoke to NPR's All Things Considered, announced late Wednesday that he had left the country following the enactment of a draconian new national security law targeting the territory.

Senator Puts Rare Hold On Military Promotions Over Ousted Army Officer | | July 02 2020, 5:40 PM

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified in impeachment hearings. He's been due for promotion to the rank of full colonel, but that has not happened. Sen. Tammy Duckworth wants assurances that it will.

As China Imposes New Hong Kong Law, U.S. And Allies Take Steps To Retaliate

US & World | | July 02 2020, 5:00 PM

The U.S. is cutting back its special treatment of the territory, while the U.K. offers a pathway to British citizenship for Hong Kongers.

Face Masks Mandatory In Most Of Texas, Starting Friday

US & World | | July 02 2020, 5:00 PM

With COVID-19 cases setting records, Gov. Greg Abbott is requiring most Texans to wear face coverings in public. The order takes effect Friday and applies to counties with 20 or more cases.

Supreme Court Acts To Postpone More Controversies, From Mueller Report To Abortion

Crime & Justice | | July 02 2020, 3:00 PM

The decisions ensure none of these cases will be decided before the November election.

Amid Protests And Virus Fears, Firearm Background Checks Hit All-Time High

US & World | | July 02 2020, 2:40 PM

The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System set a record in June with 3.9 million background checks. The previous record of 3.7 million background checks was set in March.

Maine Fireworks Businesses Struggle As Public Displays Are Canceled

US & World | | July 02 2020, 2:40 PM

Pyrotechnics companies try to make ends meet during what is usually their peak season. One company has seen more than 90% of its business dry up amid the pandemic.

Some States To Out-Of-Towners: If You Come Visit, Plan To Quarantine For Two Weeks

US & World | | July 02 2020, 1:40 PM

The 14-day quarantine rule — which in some areas carries fines of up to $10,000 — is meant to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but enforcement varies from state to state.

Another Day, Another Coronavirus Record In Florida

US & World | | July 02 2020, 12:40 PM

The surge of coronavirus cases in Florida shows no signs of slowing down. The state hit another daily record with more than 10,000 cases reported on Thursday. Hospitalizations are increasing, too.

'We Have A Black People Problem': Facebook Worker Claims Racial Discrimination | | July 02 2020, 12:00 PM

The complaint alleges a hostile environment for Black workers echoing longstanding criticism of the tech company's lack of diversity.

For Skipping The Census, Homes In These 6 Places Get Door Knocks First

US & World | | July 02 2020, 10:20 AM

After delaying in-person visits because of COVID-19, Census Bureau workers are heading to unresponsive homes in Idaho, Maine and West Virginia, as well as parts of Louisiana, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, Charged In Connection To Jeffrey Epstein Abuse Case

Crime & Justice | | July 02 2020, 9:40 AM

The British socialite has previously been accused of helping Epstein run an alleged sex-trafficking ring that victimized teenage girls.

Hiring Surged In June. Employers Added 4.8 Million Jobs Before New Spike In Infections | | July 02 2020, 7:40 AM

U.S. employers added 4.8 million jobs last month as the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%. There are indications that the job growth has slowed recently amid a surge of new coronavirus infections.

COVID-19 Exploits Cracks In Chilean Society | | July 02 2020, 6:00 AM

It's a wealthy nation with a robust health care system. So why does Chile have one of the highest coronavirus infection rates per capita of any country in the world?

Trump And McConnell, Via Swath Of Judges, Will Affect U.S. Law For Decades

Crime & Justice | | July 02 2020, 4:20 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been advancing the White House's judicial candidates with single-minded focus. Two hundred have been confirmed.

Drive-Through Naturalizations Make New U.S. Citizens In The COVID-19 Era

US & World | | July 02 2020, 4:00 AM

After months of not naturalizing new U.S. citizens due to the coronavirus shutdown, immigration officials have begun offering drive-through naturalization ceremonies that take just a few minutes.

Another Unwanted U.S. Record: 50,000 New Coronavirus Cases In 1 Day

Health | | July 02 2020, 2:20 AM

Johns Hopkins University's tracking site shows almost 2.7 million confirmed cases in the U.S. as of Wednesday. Total U.S. deaths from COVID-19 are more than double those of Brazil, which ranks second.

LA Diary: The Pandemic Shipwrecked Their Pirate Party, So Mom Planned A Parade | | July 02 2020, 1:48 PM

The consensus: Best birthday party ever!

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How Has The Order To Shutter Bars And Restaurants Affected You?

| July 02 2020, 9:32 AM

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivered an update on California's response to coronavirus, announcing that he was closing indoor operations in multiple business sectors in watch list counties — including restaurants — as well as all operations of bars.

COVID-19 AMA: Business Closures Announced Again For 19 CA Counties As Case Numbers Continue To Rise

| July 02 2020, 9:10 AM

In our continuing series looking at the latest medical research and news on COVID-19, Larry speaks with Dr. Timothy Brewer, epidemiologist and professor of medicine at UCLA.

The SoCal Impact Of Hong Kong’s New National Security Law

| July 02 2020, 8:19 AM

Hong Kong police made the first arrests Wednesday under a new national security law imposed by China’s central government, as thousands of people defied tear gas and pepper pellets to protest against the contentious move on the anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule.

Amid Criticism Of How It Handles Hate Speech, Facebook Bans ‘Boogaloo’ Network

| July 02 2020, 8:09 AM

Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network loosely associated with the broader “boogaloo” movement, a slang term supporters use to refer to a second Civil War or a collapse of civilization.

Contextualizing The History And Symbolism Of The Confederate Flag

| July 02 2020, 8:04 AM

NASCAR announced it will ban it from being on display at racing events. Mississippi's governor finalized the legislature’s decision to remove the symbol from the state flag.