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Biden evokes MLK and George Floyd in Fourth of July message

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:56

Biden's video message came hours after President Trump accused protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history."


Florida reports over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases, breaking its single-day record twice in one week

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:30

New York is the only other state that has seen more than 10,000 new cases in a day, with its peak passing in April.


Billy Graham, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass: Who Trump wants in the 'National Garden of American Heroes'

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:29

Trump's order says the "National Garden of American Heroes," should feature Harriet Tubman, Billy Graham and Frederick Douglass among others.


Iran: A Budding Drone Superpower? You Decide.

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 12:27

The Iranian Defense Ministry announced that it has acquired three new drones that are capable of flying almost 1,000 miles and from an altitude of up to 45,000 feet


Turkey: Fireworks factory employees detained after explosion

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:51

Turkey’s official news agency says three people have been detained in connection to a massive explosion at a fireworks factory that left at least four people dead. Anadolu news agency reported Saturday that a manager and two supervisors were detained following Friday’s explosion in northwestern Sakarya province. Television footage on Friday showed a large, mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke rising from the factory amid sounds of explosions.


Dems: Biden Could Shoot Me on 5th Ave. And I’d Still Vote for Him.

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:44

In a call-back to simpler times—before the unprecedented global pandemic and nationwide civil unrest—supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have co-opted a notorious joke made by President Trump four years ago on the campaign trail.The year was 2016, and there were just two weeks until the Iowa caucuses. Reality-TV star and real-estate mogul Donald Trump was the Republican frontrunner, and he was, well, confident about his chances.“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?” Trump said, mimicking firing a gun with his fingers, at a campaign stop in Iowa. “It’s, like, incredible.” Afterward, Trump tweeted: “My speech was very well received. Truly great people! Packed house—overflow!”“His audiences love it,” NPR reporter Don Gonyea wrote at the time: “They say, ‘Yeah, sometimes he makes me cringe, but I still like him and I still think he’s the right thing for America.’”But now Biden supporters are co-opting the joke on Twitter, for their own amusement, even jokingly offering to take a bullet themselves in a sign of just how passionate the November election is shaping up to be.“Joe Biden could shoot me in the middle of 5th Avenue& I would apologize to him for using up one of his bullets and then I would crawl on my hands & knees thru invected proven class to the polling place to vote for him on Nov. 3 [sic],” wrote @rmertel. In reply, @PattysYorkie tweeted, “I may have a hard time doing all of that, I’m a little old. But I’ll be damned if I wouldn’t try!”“Joe Biden could shoot me on 5th Avenue & I would ask the ambulance to drop me off at the polls,” wrote @maryruthedk.“Joe Biden could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot Joe Biden and I’d still vote for him,” added @if_you_see_kaye.“Joe Biden can stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot one hundred people and we’re still voting against Trump,” tweeted @FrankXMjr. “The con is up.”“Joe Biden could shoot me on 5th avenue and if I survived I would vote for him, if I didn't my last words would be...he did it in self-defense so vote for Joe,” @Hamsteronstilts wrote.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Trump sows division at Mount Rushmore speech as U.S. grapples with crises

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:41

President Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day.


Florida breaks record with 11,458 new virus cases. Miami-Dade and Broward hit highs, too

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:33

Saturday’s update on new confirmed COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health reflected the state, Miami-Dade and Broward record new single-day highs, rocketing past previous peaks.


Berlin metro to complete change of derogatory station name by year-end

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:32

Berlin's public transport company BVG said on Saturday that completing the renaming of a city centre metro station with a name based on a derogatory word for Black people will take until the end of the year. "Mohrenstrasse" metro station literally means Moor Street, using the medieval term for people from North Africa. BVG said on Friday it would change the station name, amid a worldwide reckoning with buried legacies of racism and colonial crimes underpinning many western societies, sparked by the death in the United States of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of a police officer.


Florida, Texas post daily COVID-19 records as 'positivity' rates climb

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:27

For a sixth straight day, Texas also registered an all-time high in the number of people hospitalized with the highly contagious respiratory illness - 7,890 patients after 238 new admissions over the past 24 hours. By comparison, New York state - the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak months ago, reported just 844 hospitalizations on Saturday, far below the nearly 19,000 hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients at the peak of its coronavirus crisis. During the first four days of July alone, a total of 14 states have posted a daily record increases in the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has killed nearly 130,000 Americans.


American pride falls to record low, poll shows

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:25

American patriotism has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 20 years.


Puerto Rico hit by 2 earthquakes in latest in series of tremors

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 11:21

Puerto Rico was shaken by two strong earthquakes on Friday, but the island reported zero injuries in the latest series of tremors.


24-Year-Old Protester Dies After Car Drove Into Peaceful Crowd in Seattle

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:41

The driver sped around a series of vehicles set up by the protesters to protect themselves


Roadblocks seal off neighbouhoods in Pakistan's 'smart lockdowns' as Imran Khan switches tactics again

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:39

Mohammad Alim Khan ducked under a cordon and stepped out of his sealed neighbourhood into temporary freedom, after managing to persuade a policeman his errand was a legitimate emergency. For the past three days the security guard had found himself locked down and hemmed in by roadblocks after streets around his home near Mohammadi Chowk were declared a coronavirus hotspot. Dozens of such locales have been declared sealed across Pakistan in recent weeks as the world's sixth most populous country has tried to switch tactics against its covid-19 outbreak. Having found a nationwide lockdown in the early days of the pandemic too costly, officials are instead trying more targeted “smart lockdowns”: aiming at virus hotbeds, while allowing most of the economy to resume work. “It's good that they have sealed the area, it's for our own safety. It's difficult, but it's for our good,” Mr Khan told the Sunday Telegraph as he set out to get medicines. Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, has touted the scheme as a solution his nation's quandary of how it can afford to tackle the disease. While the country locked down in mid-March, restrictions were eased during May, even as cases rose, because the government said the economic damage being wrought on the poor was unsustainable. In a country where millions earn a subsistence wage from daily labouring, locking down the economy would starve huge numbers, the former cricketer has warned. Like many countries, the Western playbook of containing the virus has proved futile in Pakistan.


Japan flooding: Many feared dead in flooded care home

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:39

Fifteen people are believed dead and nine are missing on the island of Kyushu amid devastating rains.


Spain locks down a region of 200,000 people indefinitely after it experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:29

The government's news agency reported that the region had seen 72,860 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12,586 deaths.


Somalia restaurant attack: Six killed by al-Shabab

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:24

Militant group al-Shabab said it carried out the bomb explosion in the town of Baidoa.


US aircraft carriers conduct drills in South China Sea

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:21

Two US aircraft carriers have carried out drills in the South China Sea, a US Navy spokesman said Saturday, after the Pentagon expressed concerns over Chinese military exercises around a disputed archipelago. The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan conducted dual carrier operations in the waterway to "support a free and open Indo-Pacific," the spokesman said. The drills came as the Pentagon said it was "concerned" about Chinese military exercises in the South China Sea, warning the manoeuvres will "further destabilise" the region.


'We call them land yachts': The wealthy are spending millions to travel in luxury RVs this summer, and it's reshaping the entire look of high-end travel

Yahoo - Art News - Sat, 07/04/2020 - 10:05

With coronavirus travel restrictions still in place, interest in luxury RVs is surging, and elite travelers are willing to pay top dollar for them.


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