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US layoffs climb to 41 million, despite business reopenings

US layoffs climb to 41 million, despite business reopenings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, bringing the running total since the coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March to about 41 million. The government figures underscore the continuing damage to businesses and livelihoods from the outbreak that has now…

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2nd Night of Violent Protests Over Minneapolis Man’s Death

2nd Night of Violent Protests Over Minneapolis Man’s Death

Minneapolis, MN (AP) — Protests rocked Minneapolis for the second straight night Wednesday after a man’s death in police custody. The protests began outside the police precinct in the part of the city where 46-year-old George Floyd died on Memorial Day. Four Minneapolis officers were fired after video footage showed one of them kneeling on…

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Mayor: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged

Mayor: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis called for charges to be filed against the white police officer who pressed his knee into the neck of a black man during an arrest, even after the man stopped moving. Mayor Jacob Frey said Wednesday that Derek Chauvin should be criminally charged in connection with Monday’s death…

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World Watches as South Korea Cautiously Returns to Life

World Watches as South Korea Cautiously Returns to Life

Seoul, South Korea (AP) — As South Korea significantly relaxes its rigid social distancing rules as a result of waning coronavirus cases, the world is paying close attention to whether it can return to something that resembles normal or face a virus resurgence. Already, a mini-outbreak linked to nightclubs in Seoul has tested South Korea’s…

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Video shows officer kneeling on neck of black man who died

Video shows officer kneeling on neck of black man who died

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis was seen on a bystander’s video pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck. The officer kept his kept his knee on the man for several minutes after the man stopped moving. The death Monday night…

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