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US surpasses 40 million recorded COVID-19 cases

FORT MYERS, Fla. / CNN — The United States has recorded more than 40 million coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 4 million of them reported in the last month, data from Johns Hopkins University show. It’s worth noting that the count comes with a caveat: Many experts believe the actual number of infections is much higher. Nevertheless, COVID-19 infections have been on the rise in much of the US since early Summer. The country’s seven-day average of new cases Monday (137,270 daily) was more than four times higher than Labor Day of last year (39,355...

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Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten announce the birth of their adopted children

CNN –Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten announced the birth of their twin son and daughter on Saturday. “Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents,” Buttigieg tweeted. “We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family.” Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents. We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family. pic.twitter.com/kS89gb11Ax —...

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Afghans cling to military planes in an attempt to flee Taliban takeover

KABUL, Afghanistan / CNN — Commercial airlines are rerouting flights to avoid the airspace over Afghanistan as the country falls to the Taliban, disrupting passenger services to India, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates. On Monday, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, and Flydubai all announced changes to flights to or over Afghanistan, saying that they would monitor the situation as chaotic scenes unfolded at the main airport in Kabul, the nation’s capital. Hundreds of Afghans flooded the tarmac and large crowds were seen clinging to the outside of military planes. Another...

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Federal judge rules to leave CDC eviction moratorium in place

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich denied a landlords’ request to put the Biden administration’s new eviction moratorium on hold, on Friday. Judge Friedrich did make it clear she felt it’s illegal. She said her “hands are tied” by an appellate ruling the last time courts considered the evictions moratorium in the spring, as reported by the AP. It is likely the Alabama landlords pushing against the moratorium will appeal the decision. Friedrich wrote that the new temporary ban on evictions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that was imposed...

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Duchess of Cambridge shares photo of Prince George on his 8th birthday

LONDON / CNN — Britain’s Prince George Alexander Louis is turning 8 on Thursday. To celebrate the occasion, his parents released a new photograph of their firstborn. Keeping the tradition, the photo of George was taken by his mother, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who is a keen photographer. The Cambridges have been sharing family snaps of George each year on his birthday, a practice they have extended to their other children, 6-year-old Charlotte and 3-year-old Louis. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George ahead of...

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Federal judge rules DACA illegal, blocks new applications

CNN — A federal judge in Texas ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) the Obama-era program shielding certain undocumented immigrants from deportation is illegal on Friday. He also blocked new applicants. The ruling made by Judge Andrew Hanen stops future applicants. This does not immediately cancel current permits for hundreds of thousands of people, however it does leave them in a legal in between, as reported by CNN. DACA was created in 2012 to provide temporary reprieve to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. This group is often described...

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Dallas auction house sells unopened Super Mario 64 game for $1.56 million

Related coverage: Rare ‘Legends of Zelda’ video game sells for a record $870,000 DALLAS (AP)— A copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 that remained unopened sold at an auction for $1.56 million. The 1996 game sold on Sunday, breaking Heritage Auction’s record for the selling price of a single video game, as reported by the AP. The auction house said in a statement that Super Mario 64 was the best-selling game on the Nintendo 64 as well as the first to feature the Mario character in 3D. This past Friday, an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda sold for 870,000. Heritage...

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DOJ to investigate Minneapolis policing practices after ex-officer convicted of murder

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Department of Justice’s investigation into Minneapolis’ policing policies, DOJ officials said. The announcement comes a day after Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of second and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter. During the trial, prosecutors presented the jury with a video recorded by bystanders that showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Prosecutors argued that Chauvin’s actions caused Floyd to die from asphyxiation. Video showed Floyd...

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Airline offers ‘dark tourism’ trip with flight above Chernobyl

CNN – If you’ve ever wanted to see the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, you could get the chance to glimpse it from above. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the catastrophe this month, an aerial tour is being offered that will give passengers a chance to gaze down on the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and the abandoned city of Pripyat, CNN reported. Ukrainian International Airlines is operating the tour on April 25, which is the eve of the date that Chernobyl’s Reactor No, 4 exploded in 1986, sending a toxic plume of radioactivity into the skies over...

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Oregon creamery fire prompts local evacuations

MCMINNVILLE, Oregon / CNN — A three-alarm fire at the Organic Valley Creamery in Oregon triggered evacuations on Tuesday. McMinnville Fire Department responded to the fire at the creamery located at 700 Northeast Highway 99W just before 1:30 p.m., KPTV reported. MMFD asked for residents within a ¼ to 1/2 a mile radius from the fire site to evacuate due to ammonia inside the creamery. Evacuation orders have since been lifted. Ammonia is used to cool the dairy and the supply likely burned off and didn’t get into the larger tanks which was the initial concern, firefighters said. Given...

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