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What is Juneteenth and how are people commemorating it this year?

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:19pm
Juneteenth, an annual U.S. holiday on June 19, has taken on greater significance this year following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans.

Japanese researchers confirm coronavirus testing in sewers as possible outbreak warning system

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 9:59pm
Japanese researchers confirmed the presence of the coronavirus in wastewater plants, a finding that could serve as a signal for future outbreaks.

Show me the data: U.S. doctors skeptical of reported COVID breakthrough

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 9:45pm
The report on Tuesday of a powerful treatment for the new coronavirus brought skepticism along with optimism among U.S. doctors, who said the recent withdrawal of an influential COVID-19 study left them wanting to see more data.

South Korea says will no longer accept unreasonable behavior by North Korea

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 9:20pm
South Korea's presidential Blue House said on Wednesday that recent North Korean criticism of President Moon Jae-in was senseless and that it will no longer accept unreasonable behavior by the North.

Facebook closes political ads loophole ahead of U.S. presidential election

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 9:13pm
Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company's election transparency measures.

U.S. sues ex-Trump adviser Bolton to block book publication

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 8:10pm
The United States on Tuesday sued former national security adviser John Bolton, seeking to block him from publishing a book about his time in the White House that it said contained classified information and would compromise national security.

U.S. calls bid by men to avoid extradition over ex-Nissan boss Ghosn's escape 'flawed'

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 7:58pm
U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday said a former Green Beret and his son, wanted by Japan for helping former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn flee the country, were advancing a "flawed" interpretation of Japanese law to fight their extradition.

PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in California wildfire

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 7:56pm
Pacific Gas & Electric pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a devastating 2018 wildfire in Northern California touched off by the utility company's power lines.

Asian stocks set to rise as drug trials, data push Wall Street higher

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 7:00pm
Asian stocks were set to climb on Wednesday after another late Wall Street surge in response to upbeat trial results for a COVID-19 treatment and data showing U.S. consumers spent big in May.

Record spike in new coronavirus cases reported in six U.S. states as reopening accelerates

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 6:18pm
New coronavirus infections hit record highs in six U.S. states on Tuesday, marking a rising tide of cases for a second consecutive week as most states moved forward with reopening their economies.

Wall Street closes higher on signs of economic recovery

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 6:16pm
Wall Street advanced on Tuesday as the prospect of additional stimulus and a record jump in retail sales suggested the U.S. economy could bounce back sooner than expected, five months into its pandemic-inflicted recession.

Steroid drug hailed as 'breakthrough' for seriously ill COVID-19 patients

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 5:17pm
A cheap and widely used steroid called dexamethasone has become the first drug shown to be able to save the lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists said is a "major breakthrough" in the coronavirus pandemic.

Explainer: The coronavirus risks of everyday activities as economies reopen

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 4:56pm
Americans have started returning to more normal lifestyles with the end of coronavirus lockdowns. But what activities are safe?

Why some black-owned U.S. businesses are hardest hit by coronavirus shutdowns

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 4:08pm
After 15 years working as a hair stylist in other people's salons, Gary Connell opened his "Healthy Hair" studio in Montgomery County, Maryland in early March, sinking his savings into a two-chair shop in a busy mall.

Stocks and dollar gain on U.S. retail sales, drug trial

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 3:49pm
Risk appetite found new life on Tuesday on a record rebound in U.S. retail sales, fresh support from the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan, and upbeat trial results for a COVID-19 treatment, driving global equity markets higher and boosting the dollar.

Exclusive: CureVac becomes second company to test coronavirus vaccine in Germany - sources

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:55pm
Unlisted biotech firm CureVac, which is due to receive German state backing, will become the second coronavirus vaccine developer to launch human trials of an experimental immunisation in the country, two people familiar with the plans told Reuters on Tuesday.

U.S. to impose sanctions aimed at blocking Syria military victory

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:52pm
The United States will impose sanctions on Wednesday aimed at cutting off revenue for Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government in a bid to push it back into United Nations-led negotiations and broker an end to the country's nearly decade-long war.

Stocks, dollar gain on U.S. retail sales, drug trial

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:23pm
A record rebound in U.S. retail sales, fresh support from the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan, and upbeat trial results for a COVID-19 treatment boosted risk appetite on Tuesday, driving equity markets higher and strengthening the dollar.

Indian army says 20 soldiers killed in border clashes with China

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:15pm
The Indian army said on Tuesday that 20 of its soldiers were killed in clashes with Chinese troops at a disputed border site, in a major escalation of a weeks-long standoff in the western Himalayas.

Wall Street jumps as May retail sales boost hopes of swift recovery

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:12pm
U.S. stocks advanced on Tuesday after a record surge in May retail sales revived hopes of a swift post-pandemic economic rebound, with sentiment also lifted by data showing reduced COVID-19 death rates in a trial of a generic steroid drug.