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Iran confirms damaged nuclear site was centrifuge facility
July 6, 2020, 12:22 am | Source
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Sunday confirmed that a damaged building at the underground Natanz nuclear site was a new centrifuge assembly center, the official IRNA news agency reported.Iranian officials had previously sought to downplay the fire, which erupted early on Thursday, calling it only an "incident" that affected an "industrial shed." However, a released photo and video of the site broadcast by Iranian state television showed a two-story brick building with scorch marks [...]

NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season
July 5, 2020, 11:51 pm | Source
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season.Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. A CBA extension is still crucial to the process, and the league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership must approve that and the return to play protocols to bring hockey back this summer. [...]

Tattoos, manicures will be available as NYC enters Phase 3
July 5, 2020, 11:44 pm | Source
NEW YORK — Looking for a tattoo to commemorate the chaos of 2020? Now's your chance.Tattoo parlors and other personal care businesses like nail salons will be allowed to welcome customers in New York City starting Monday, as it enters Phase 3 of reopening.The rest of the state's regions have already moved into Phase 3. New York City will still be more limited, as officials decided last week to hold off on allowing indoor dining indefinitely out of concerns that it [...]

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized on anniversary of his famous Rochester speech
July 5, 2020, 11:42 pm | Source
On the same weekend in which famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass 168 years ago delivered one of his most historically resonant speeches, a statue of Douglass was toppled from its base and left near the Genesee River gorge.Located in Maplewood Park, the statue "had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence" on the river side, according to a statement from Rochester police. The statue was left about 50 feet from its pedestal.The base [...]

Duke, Dominion cancel contested Atlantic Coast Pipeline
July 5, 2020, 9:30 pm | Source
RICHMOND, Va. — The developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline announced Sunday that they are canceling the multi-state natural gas project, citing delays and increasing cost uncertainty.Despite a victory last month at the United States Supreme Court over a critical permit, Dominion Energy and Duke Energy said in a news release that "recent developments have created an unacceptable layer of uncertainty and anticipated delays" for the $8 billion project designed to cross West [...]

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes
July 5, 2020, 8:47 pm | Source
TOKYO — Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores were still stranded.Helicopters and boats rescued more people from their homes in the Kumamoto region. More than 40,000 defense troops, the coast guard and fire brigades were taking part in the operation.Large areas [...]

Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open
July 5, 2020, 8:45 pm | Source
PORTLAND, Maine — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children the new norm.The plans for the upcoming school year are taking shape by the day, and vary district to district, state to state. The debates have been highly emotional, [...]

Sheriff: 2 dead, 8 hurt in South Carolina nightclub shooting
July 5, 2020, 5:43 pm | Source
GREENVILLE, S.C. — A shooting at a nightclub early Sunday left two people dead and eight wounded in South Carolina, a sheriff's official said.Two Greenville County sheriff's deputies noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge just before 2 a.m., and saw a large crowd running out of the building, Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference. There was "active gunfire from inside the building," Lt. Jimmy Bolt said in an initial statement, and Lewis said all the shots were fired [...]

Police blotters for Saturday, July 4
July 5, 2020, 5:17 pm | Source
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NY-22: Pandemic, economy key in Brindisi, Tenney rematch
July 5, 2020, 4:08 pm | Source
With the backdrop of a global pandemic, economic recession and presidential election, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, and former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney are set for a November rematch.At this point, the Cook Political Report and FiveThirtyEight list the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District as a toss-up.There’s no polling information on the race available from Zogby Analytics, said CEO Jonathan Zogby. It’s possible that changes, he said, [...]

Vernon Downs results for Saturday, July 4
July 4, 2020, 9:40 pm | Source
HARNESS RACINGVERNON DOWNS SATURDAY’S RESULTS1ST RACE--Pace 1 Mile. Purse $6,600.NEW YORK EXCELSIOR "B" SERIES 2 Year Old Fillies - 1st Division (Declaration Fee $100 + $19.90 Starting Fee)1 One More Try (C. Huckabone III) $34.00 $6.60 $3.806 Take A Chance (T. Buter) $3.20 $2.705 Dark Mirage (L. Stalbaum) $3.60Off: 1:13 Time: 1:56.2ALSO [...]

Police: 2 women hit by car on Seattle highway amid protest
July 4, 2020, 8:20 pm | Source
SEATTLE — A 27-year-old man drove a car onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women, officials said.Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd at about 1:40 a.m., according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol. Video taken at the scene by protesters showed people shouting "Car! Car!" before fleeing the [...]

Billy Graham, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass: Who Trump wants in the 'National Garden of American Heroes'
July 4, 2020, 7:20 pm | Source
President Donald Trump announced during a speech in front of Mount Rushmore on Friday an executive order to establish a "National Garden of American Heroes" featuring statues of "historically significant Americans." The executive order includes a list of former American presidents and historical figures to feature – with Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, and Billy Graham among them. Trump's effort to build more statues comes as [...]

Hot dog champs repeat as NYC marks virus-dampened July 4
July 4, 2020, 6:52 pm | Source
NEW YORK — The coronavirus put a damper on this year's Fourth of July celebrations in New York, but some things stayed the same. Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo repeated as men's and women's champions at Saturday's Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.Chestnut downed 75 wieners and buns in 10 minutes and Sudo downed 48 1/2 in a competition that took place at an undisclosed location with no in-person spectators. Both hot dog totals were world records. "I'm always [...]

'We refuse to celebrate': July 4th protesters say not all Americans are free
July 4, 2020, 6:20 pm | Source
CHICAGO — Not all Americans are kicking back to watch fireworks to celebrate independence this holiday weekend.Amid thousands of protests against police brutality and a pandemic that has disproportionately ravaged communities of color, many people planned to spend Fourth of July drawing attention to what they say is a hypocritical celebration of freedom.Rallies, marches and sit-ins were planned Saturday in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and more than a [...]

Much of US scales back on holiday, but Trump plans to go big
July 4, 2020, 5:28 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump's style, and he aimed to go big, promising a "special evening" in Washington that could bring tens of thousands to the National Mall.Trump's "Salute for America" celebration on Saturday evening was to include a speech from the White House South Lawn that he said would [...]

As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its side
July 4, 2020, 4:55 pm | Source
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Some statues of figures from America's slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted — colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside — may outlast them all.Stone Mountain's supersized sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson [...]

Across Sun Belt, hopes for economy give way to renewed fears
July 4, 2020, 3:57 pm | Source
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — At the beginning of March, Joey Conicella and Alex Marin were riding high. Their new Orlando restaurant, Hungry Pants, had drawn rave reviews. With revenue rising, they planned to hire more servers. Sunday brunch service was coming soon.That was just before the coronavirus struck suddenly, forcing them to close. But in May, as authorities eased safety and social-distancing rules, Hungry Pants reopened at smaller capacity, fueled by hope, hand sanitizer [...]

Police Blotters for Friday, July 3, 2020
July 4, 2020, 12:35 pm | Source
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Jimmie Johnson 1st NASCAR driver to test positive for virus
July 4, 2020, 12:05 am | Source
INDIANAPOLIS — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The 44-year-old Johnson is the first driver in any NASCAR series to test positive and the news Friday evening cast a shadow over the historic NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader races coming up Saturday and Sunday. There was no indication any races would be affected.Hendrick Motorsports said Johnson will not [...]

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