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'They're gonna arrest us all': 'Insecure' star Kendrick Sampson protests on behalf of George Floyd

'They're gonna arrest us all': 'Insecure' star Kendrick Sampson protests on behalf of George Floyd

USA TODAYTV actor Kendrick Sampson says he was hit by rubber bullets and even a police officer's baton while protesting in California.The and star on Saturday to show video from marches in the Los Angeles area.The protests stemmed from the death of , who died after a Minneapolis police officer placed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes, according to video from bystanders."They're gonna arrest all of us," Sampson said in one video clip. "Just to let y'all know, they're telling us to disburse, but they boxed us in."Sampson was one of a number of celebrities who hit the streets this...

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'Just sometimes stop talking': Atlanta Mayor says Trump tweets making anger over George Floyd worse

'Just sometimes stop talking': Atlanta Mayor says Trump tweets making anger over George Floyd worse

USA TODAYAtlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Sunday President Donald Trump's tweets have only helped to stoke the rage fueling the anti-police brutality protests that turned violent in multiple American cities. "There are times that you should just stop. And this is one of those times. He's making it worse," Bottoms told CBS News' "Face the Nation." Cities across the U.S. have seen violent protests in response to the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died after a Minneapolis police officer restrained him by placing his knee on the back of his neck.In his tweets,...

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'There are anarchists': Minnesota officials say 'outside agitators' are hijacking peaceful protests

'There are anarchists': Minnesota officials say 'outside agitators' are hijacking peaceful protests

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he decided to evacuate the police building, noting "brick and mortar is not as important as life."USA TODAY, StoryfulMINNEAPOLIS — Drifting out of the shadows in small groups, dressed in black, carrying shields and wearing knee pads, they head toward the front lines of the protest. Helmets and gas masks protect and obscure their faces, and they carry bottles of milk to counteract tear gas and pepper spray.Most of them appear to be white. They carry no signs and don't want to speak to reporters. Trailed by designated "medics" with red crosses taped to their...

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Colin Kaepernick will help provide legal assistance for Minneapolis protesters after death of George Floyd

Colin Kaepernick will help provide legal assistance for Minneapolis protesters after death of George Floyd

USA TODAYColin Kaepernick will In posts on and on Friday afternoon, Kaepernick said legal assistance will be paid for by his . The group is devoted to educating and empowering young people of color, and developing a new generation of leaders.“In fighting for liberation there's always retaliation. We must protect our Freedom Fighters,” Kaepernick said.following the . Floyd, who was black, died Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes, ignoring Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe and witnesses’ pleas to stop. A bystander recorded the encounter.The officer,...

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Lake of the Ozarks pool partier tests positive for coronavirus

Lake of the Ozarks pool partier tests positive for coronavirus

Springfield News-LeaderSPRINGFIELD, Missouri -- A week after images of Memorial Day weekend revelers jammed into a Lake of the Ozarks pool party at Backwater Jack's Bar & Grill in Osage Beach made international headlines, the Camden County Health Department announced that a Boone County resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus after visiting the Lake of the Ozarks area over the holiday weekend.The Boone County subject arrived at the lake on Saturday, May 23, and "developed illness" on Sunday, according to , which like the News-Leader is part of the USA TODAY Network.The infected...

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Supreme Court won't force states to speed up church reopenings

Supreme Court won't force states to speed up church reopenings

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – A deeply divided Supreme Court refused Friday night to allow churches in California and Illinois to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic with more worshippers than state plans permit.Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote in the more consequential California case announced just before midnight, said choosing when to lift restrictions during a pandemic is the business of elected officials, not unelected judges. He was joined in the vote by the court's four liberal justices.Roberts, the only one of the five to explain his vote, compared in-person church...

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2.1M more Americans file for unemployment, bringing 10-week total to more than 40 million amid coronavirus

2.1M more Americans file for unemployment, bringing 10-week total to more than 40 million amid coronavirus

USA TODAYThe number of Americans struggling to make ends meets continues to grow, even as the economy begins to restart after virtually shutting down to slow the coronavirus pandemic.About 2.1 million Americans filed initial unemployment benefit claims last week, the Labor Department said Thursday In just 10 weeks, 40.7 million have sought jobless benefits, which represent the nation’s most reliable gauge of layoffs.The volume of claims has been steadily slipping. The latest claims tally fell below the 2.4 million who filed claims the week before, and the record 6.9 million who sought...

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Nordstrom permanently closing 16 stores and three boutiques. Is your location on the list?

Nordstrom permanently closing 16 stores and three boutiques. Is your location on the list?

USA TODAYSales were down 40% at Nordstrom after temporarily closing its stores due to the , the Seattle-based retailer announced Thursday.But while COVID-19 has led other department stores to file for bankruptcy including and , Nordstrom officials say they are in a strong financial decision.“We’re entering the second quarter in a position of strength, adding to our confidence that we have sufficient liquidity to successfully execute our strategy in 2020 and over the longer term," Nordstrom CEO Erik Nordstrom said in a news release.Still, Nordstrom is not immune from permanent store...

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Roy Halladay’s drug addiction exposed in ESPN documentary 'Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story'

Roy Halladay’s drug addiction exposed in ESPN documentary 'Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story'

USA TODAYThe question was simple and direct.Brandy Halladay let the question swirl around in her head, her lips moved, but no words came out, and after pausing for three, four, five seconds, she finally answered.“Yes,’’ she blurted out.She was asked whether she believed her late husband, Hall of Fame pitcher Roy “Doc’’ Halladay, was an addict. This is the complicated legacy of Halladay. The Halladay family was supposed to be at Citizens Bank Park on Friday in Philadelphia, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Miami Marlins. Instead, ESPN’s E:60 will be televising...

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Trump's social media executive order: Is the Tweeter-in-Chief trying to shut himself up?

Trump's social media executive order: Is the Tweeter-in-Chief trying to shut himself up?

Kathy Kiely and Lyrissa LidskyOpinion contributorsAs advocates for free speech, we can’t help but see a certain irony in the attack President Donald Trump is mounting on social media organizations: Egged on by some of his supporters, including Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that he said is designed to curtail broad protections granted to internet platform providers by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.In fact, the president is taking aim at the First Amendment rights of private companies to engage in their own free speech. At a White House...

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J.C. Penney store closing sales to begin within weeks: 242 permanent store closures planned in bankruptcy

J.C. Penney store closing sales to begin within weeks: 242 permanent store closures planned in bankruptcy

USA TODAYJ.C. Penney will begin at certain stores within weeks, an attorney for the company said Thursday at a court hearing.The chain is through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring plan, leaving it with about 600 remaining locations.Complicating the plan is the , which forced all of the retailer's department stores to close temporarily. Some of those locations have reopened with social distancing restrictions in place.The company's lawyers expect to identify the locations that will be permanently shuttered in a court filing June 4. Bankruptcy Judge David Jones is expected to hold a...

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Tulsi Gabbard withdraws defamation suit against Hillary Clinton

Tulsi Gabbard withdraws defamation suit against Hillary Clinton

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — Former Democratic presidential candidate withdrew her lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a Wednesday court filing, citing more pressing concerns like defeating President Donald Trump. The one-page filing by Gabbard's lawyers in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York stresses the "legal merit" of their case but notes current circumstances amid the coronavirus pandemic require Gabbard and her former presidential campaign organization "to focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in...

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Ex-Google engineer who alleged discrimination against conservative white men asks judge to dismiss lawsuit

Ex-Google engineer who alleged discrimination against conservative white men asks judge to dismiss lawsuit

USA TODAYThe high-profile discrimination dispute between Google and one of its former software engineers has quietly come to an end. Ex-Google employee James Damore has moved to dismiss his lawsuit against the internet giant two years after alleging discrimination against conservative white men. Damore worked as an engineer at Google before being fired in 2017 after criticizing the company's efforts to improve diversity among its workforce. He made the controversial assertions in a memo that circulated throughout the company, triggering anOn Thursday, Damore and three other men involved in...

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House pulls FISA bill, will work with Senate on fixes after Trump says he would veto legislation

House pulls FISA bill, will work with Senate on fixes after Trump says he would veto legislation

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – The House on Thursday axed plans to reauthorize key provisions used to investigate terrorism and espionage after President Donald Trump said he would veto the legislation, leaving the future of the key spy bill unclear.  The House had originally planned to vote on the measure Wednesday as one of the first tests to the chamber's new — and historic — proxy voting system, which was crafted due to the coronavirus pandemic. But after delaying the vote by several hours, House Democrats pulled the legislation.The path to passing the legislation, which initially had bipartisan...

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103-year-old Massachusetts woman beats coronavirus, celebrates with Bud Light

103-year-old Massachusetts woman beats coronavirus, celebrates with Bud Light

Donna WhiteheadWicked LocalEASTON, Mass. – Shelley Gunn describes her Polish grandmother, as having a feisty spirit. Stejna certainly displayed that spirit as the 103-year-old woman recently survived a bout with the coronavirus.Three weeks ago, Gunn said Stejna was the first to test positive for coronavirus in her nursing home. She had a low-grade fever and was moved to a separate ward.Stejna didn’t really grasp or understand COVID-19, Gunn said, but did know she was very ill. Gunn said there was always a staff member by her side.As Stejna’s condition worsened, Gunn said they called to say...

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Apple Watch, Fitbit as first line of defense? Tests expand on whether wearables could predict coronavirus

Apple Watch, Fitbit as first line of defense? Tests expand on whether wearables could predict coronavirus

USA TODAYResearch is expanding into whether wearable devices such as an Apple Watch or Fitbit could track a person with or the flu, or perhaps detect and even predict the onset of disease in a wearer.The potential for such data-driven advances could be reassuring as the nation reopens after the shutdown to , which causes the COVID-19 disease. More than 1 in 5 Americans (21%) already wear some type of smartwatch or fitness tracker, according to Pew Research Center.Fitbit has announced its own Fitbit COVID-19 Study to "help determine whether Fitbit can help build an algorithm to detect...

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Justice Department clears 3 senators in stock sales investigation, but Burr's case appears ongoing

Justice Department clears 3 senators in stock sales investigation, but Burr's case appears ongoing

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – The Justice Department has closed its investigation into three senators over stock sales made just before the market slide triggered by the coronavirus outbreak, according to people familiar with the matter.Federal prosecutors notified Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.; and James Inhofe, R-Okla.; that the Justice Department will not be pursuing insider trading charges against them, people familiar with the matter said. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the development, which was by the New York Times.The investigation into...

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump has failed to justify ouster of watchdogs, fueling political speculation

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley: Trump has failed to justify ouster of watchdogs, fueling political speculation

USA TODAYWASHINGTON – A top Senate Republican said the Trump administration has failed to justify and suggested the vague rationale would fuel speculation that "political" motivations are at play. The unusual rebuke – from an Iowa Republican who has long supported government whistleblowers – comes amid intense congressional scrutiny of President Donald Trump's decision to the State Department's inspector general, on May 15. Trump said he removed Linick at the urging of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Linick was investigating two matters that touched directly on Pompeo's actions: allegations...

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Coronavirus live updates: CDC clarifies guidelines on contact spread; New York trends improve; NHL reveals reopening plan

Coronavirus live updates: CDC clarifies guidelines on contact spread; New York trends improve; NHL reveals reopening plan

USA TODAYThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided more detail on the possibility of coronavirus being spread by contact, while the NHL unveiled its plan to restart the season and New York had some optimistic news about how the state is dealing with the pandemic.U.S. stocks roared higher Tuesday amid optimism that national and global economies were slowly awakening from their slumber despite a WHO warning that the world remains in the "first wave" of the pandemic. Still, states were  back up – although some large gatherings, such as a in Missouri, drew ire from health...

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Jimmy Fallon apologizes for 'terrible decision' to wear blackface on 'Saturday Night Live'

Jimmy Fallon apologizes for 'terrible decision' to wear blackface on 'Saturday Night Live'

USA TODAY has issued an apology after video surfaced of the late-night host performing in blackface on "Saturday Night Live" two decades ago.In , which made the rounds Monday on Twitter, Fallon appears in dark face paint while impersonating comedian Chris Rock."In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface," the comedian, 45, wrote Tuesday on . "There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."USA TODAY has reached out to representatives...

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On masks and hydroxychloroquine, as a physician, I know science supports President Trump

On masks and hydroxychloroquine, as a physician, I know science supports President Trump

Dr. Robin ArmstrongOpinion contributorWhile Washington continues to ignore the very real scandal involving the unmasking of Michael Flynn at the hands of Obama administration officials like former Vice President Joe Biden, the media is manufacturing a different scandal: outrage at President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask and for taking hydroxychloroquine.As a physician, I know the science supports President Trump’s decision.Early in the virus’ outbreak, the question of whether to wear masks was one my colleagues and I debated among ourselves. There is evidence on both sides....

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Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra trade loving messages on 2-year anniversary of their first date

Nick Jonas, Priyanka Chopra trade loving messages on 2-year anniversary of their first date

USA TODAYAwwwwwww.Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are still happily in love,two years after their first date, and .To prove it, the A-list couple spent part of Memorial Day swapping appreciative social media posts celebrating their time together. The "Quantico" actress was first. She posted their first selfie together, apparently at Dodger Stadium, to her and , saying, "2 years ago today we took our very first picture together. Every day since then you have brought me endless joy and happiness. I love you @nickjonas  Thank you for making our life together so incredible. Here’s to many more...

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Republicans sue to block California Gov. Newsom from mailing ballots to all voters

Republicans sue to block California Gov. Newsom from mailing ballots to all voters

USA TODAYThe Republican Party launched a legal battle to block California Gov. Gavin Newsom from sending all voters in his state mail-in ballots for the general election, arguing the move is unconstitutional and invites voter fraud. The Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee and California Republican Party and Secretary of State Alex Padilla in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.In their complaint, the groups called the Democratic governor's action an illegal "usurpation of the legislature's authority" to set the "time, place...

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Bryce Dallas Howard graduates from NYU after enrolling in 1999: '21 years in the making'

Bryce Dallas Howard graduates from NYU after enrolling in 1999: '21 years in the making'

USA TODAYis a college graduate. The "Jurassic World" star, 39, announced that she graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts more than two decades after she originally enrolled in 1999. "I am so overcome with joy to share that I have officially graduated from NYU!" Howard wrote on Friday. "I first enrolled in undergrad in ’99, then took a leave of absence to start working as an actor, so this has been 21 years in the making!"She called the academic feat a "dream," even though she wasn't able to attend an in-person graduation and walk across the stage, like many graduates...

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Country star Morgan Wallen arrested for public intoxication after being kicked out of Kid Rock's bar

Country star Morgan Wallen arrested for public intoxication after being kicked out of Kid Rock's bar

Nashville TennesseanCountry singer was arrested Saturday night in downtown Nashville and s.Police said Wallen got kicked out of Kid Rock's bar and steakhouse on Lower Broadway at about 11 p.m. for "kicking glass items." On the street, police said, he got into verbal fights with passersby while officers watched."Officers gave (Wallen) several opportunities to walk away with his friends, but he refused," Wallen's arrest warrant states.Police arrested him, saying he was "a danger to himself and the public."Wallen, 27, responded to the charges Sunday afternoon, saying he went out in downtown...

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