Police around the U.S. and law enforcement experts are broadly condemning the way George Floyd, who died in police custody, was restrained by a Minneapolis officer who dug his knee into the man's neck
There will not be competition in the field of simulation football video games for at least a few more years. The NFL, which is shut down during the pandemic, announced Thursday that it has extended its exclusive licensing agreement with Electronic Arts for the Madden NFL franchise. The Players Association...
New York artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is nearing completion of a 20,000-foot portrait honoring frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. (May 28)
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to criticism over adding fact-checking labels to the president’s tweets. According to Business Insider, Twitter tagged mail-in ballots tweets as something that needed to be checked. Dorsey said he’s “ultimately accountable” for Twitter’s actions and asked the public to “leave our employees out of this.” He said: "We'll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally.” President Donald Trump accused Twitter of “striffling free speech.”
Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies President Donald Trump signed the executive order that seeks to curtail social media "censorship" on Thursday. The move comes two days after Trump's tweets regarding mail-in ballots were stamped by Twitter with fact-checking labels. Trump called Twitter's action "political activism" and inappropriate." Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act grants liability protections to certain companies, including social media companies. Trump's executive order targets those companies. Attorney General William Barr stated that Section 230 “has been stretched way beyond its original intention.” Barr said the Justice Department will be utilized to enforce Trump's executive order, which could result in suits being brought against Twitter or Facebook. Democrats and civil liberties groups spoke out against the order. Kate Ruane, ACLU, via CNBC
Mitch McConnell reportedly urged Americans to wear a mask at a Wednesday event in Kentucky. Business Insider reports he is quoted as saying "you have an obligation." "There's no stigma attached to wearing a mask. There's no stigma attached to staying six feet apart." McConnell said. The remarks are a stark contrast to Trump, who has refused to wear one in public. Trump also recently mocked a reporter who did so at a White House press conference. Mitch McConnell is the Republican Senate Majority Leader and typically aligned with Trump. However, McConnell believes wearing a mask is critical in restoring normal life in the US during COVID-19.
With an executive order, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given retail stores the OK to refuse admittance to anyone not wearing a mask. Shoppers "don't have the right" to expose a store owner to the virus, the governor said in his press briefing Thursday, CBS reports. He called the...
New York Allows Store Owners to Deny Entry to People Without Masks Governor Andrew Cuomo's new executive order gives establishment owners permission to issue bans. Andrew Cuomo, via Twitter Andrew Cuomo, via press briefing New York has been hit the hardest in the U.S. with over 360,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Nearly all of the state has started reopening except for New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio says they will likely begin the process within weeks. According to Cuomo, not enough younger people are wearing masks in public areas. He partly attributes this to the early and inaccurate thought that COVID-19 poses less of a threat to young people. Coronavirus can infect people of all ages. Cuomo has often stressed that masks are critical for protecting and respecting other people.
Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today
Giraffes, lions, ostriches and human visitors on hand as Boston's Franklin Park Zoo reopens under strict social-distancing rules in the wake of more than two months of shutdown that caused it to lose almost $3 million (May 28)
US health care workers have been praised as the heroes in this pandemic. But they're also the victims. COVID-19 has killed almost 300 of them, NPR reports. CDC data also show that more than 60,000 health care workers have been infected with the coronavirus. "It is underreported," said the...
Tesla has confirmed that CEO Elon Musk will get the first tranche worth nearly $770 million of a stock-based compensation package triggered by the company meeting several financial metrics
President Trump has been on a tear against the idea of letting people vote by mail because he says it's prone to fraud. Consequently, his press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has been making a similar argument against mail ballots. But the Tampa Bay Times dug up an interesting nugget about the...
Employers must provide agricultural workers with face masks, more hand-washing stations and more frequently disinfect work surfaces under new rules established Thursday by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee. (May 28)
The US's largest workers' union said Thursday more than 3,000 meatpacking workers have tested positive for COVID-19. 44 workers have died in the pandemic so far. According to Reuters, the announcement reflects an increasing toll on plan employees. Meat processors like Tyson Foods Inc, WH Group’s Smithfield Foods and JBS USA temporarily closed about 20 slaughterhouses last month. As workers sickened and stayed away from the plants, shortages of certain products in grocery stores ensued. Despite concerns about outbreaks, President Donald Trump ordered meat-processing plants to stay open to protect the country’s food supply.
President Donald Trump and his allies have taken a very different tone with the in-custody death of a black man in Minneapolis compared with past instances of police brutality involving African Americans
5 Houseplants That Provide Stress Relief If you can't ever seem to relax, especially during these trying times, these 5 houseplants listed by PureWow are sure to give you some relief. 1. Mint Not only is this herb great to cook with, but a study by Wheeling Jesuit University found that the smell can lower frustration and boost awareness. 2. Jasmine A study published in the 'Journal of Biological Chemistry' found this plant's scent to be "as calming as Valium." 3. Aloe This super plant does more than soothe burns and moisturize skin. It also purifies the air of carcinogens and emits oxygen at night. 4. Lavender This flowering herb has been used in aromatherapy for centuries. It has the ability to calm nerves, lower pulse rates and combat depression. 5. Basil This herb contains the compound linalool, which has been found to reduce the activity of certain genes that go into overdrive during stressful situations.
The House of Representatives is dropping consideration of legislation that would have extended US surveillance tools. The move came after President Donald Trump threatened a veto and his fellow Republicans withdrew their support. The two-thirds of the Republican Party that voted for this bill in March have indicated they are going to vote against it now. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D- MD) Statement House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she intends to hold negotiations with the Senate on a possible compromise bill that could be passed and sent to Trump. US intelligence agencies and other backers of the measures say they are essential for fighting militant extremism and tracking foreign spies. But they're opposed by privacy hawks, who say they do too little to protect Americans’ civil liberties.
As civil rights leaders arrived in Minneapolis, relatives of a man killed in a confrontation with police this week urged an end to the violence and looting in the city George Floyd loved. A statement issued by the family's lawyer thanked demonstrators for "standing for justice," but said, "we also...