What you need to know about coronavirus right now

(Reuters) – Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and […]

New York governor says 82-year-old woman is state’s first COVID-19 death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An 82-year-old woman who previously suffered from emphysema died at a Manhattan hospital of COVID-19, becoming New York state’s first coronavirus-related death, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. The number of cases throughout the state increased to more than 500, Cuomo told local reporters on a media call. Reporting by Brendan […]

U.S. brewery shooting could spur gun debate in presidential race

Milwaukee (Reuters) – A Molson Coors Beverage Co employee has shot five co-workers to death before taking his own life at the company’s beer-brewing complex in Milwaukee, the latest episode in a rising tide of gun violence already reverberating in the U.S. presidential race. FILE PHOTO: Police investigate a shooting at the Molson Coors headquarters […]

Harvey Weinstein will not testify at his New York rape trial, defense rests case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein will not testify in his own defense at his rape trial, his lawyers said on Tuesday as they rested their case. Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court for his sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, […]

Factbox: Love and basketball – Profiles of Kobe helicopter crash victims

(Reuters) – As investigators probed the cause of a helicopter crash that killed former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others, profiles emerged of the victims who perished in the weekend tragedy near Los Angeles. The following are victims of the crash: KOBE BRYANT Bryant, 41, was just an 18-year-old rookie when he […]

Judge clears path for voter petition to recall embattled Alaska governor

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – The campaign to oust Alaska’s governor received court approval to proceed on Friday when a judge ruled that the allegations against the first-term Republican meet the legal requirements for including a recall initiative on the 2020 ballot. The voters have the right to determine whether Mike Dunleavy, 58, an ally of […]

Fire in Minneapolis leaves 250 homeless on Christmas Day

(Reuters) – Fire swept a hotel apartment building that provides transitional housing for the poor in downtown Minneapolis early on Wednesday, leaving about 250 people homeless on Christmas morning, city officials said. No deaths or serious injuries were reported in the four-alarm blaze. Three residents with minor injuries were taken to a hospital for evaluation, […]

U.S. Justice Department preparing legal action against Live Nation: source

FILE PHOTO: A general view of the Department of Justice building is seen in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to take legal action against Live Nation Entertainment (LYV.N) on allegations the concert promoter has sought to strong-arm concert venues into using its dominant Ticketmaster subsidiary, […]

Amid criticism, Trump signs order targeting anti-Semitism at universities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to prohibit federal funding for colleges and universities that allow anti-Semitism, but the move drew some criticism for potentially limiting free speech. White House senior advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others stand behind U.S. […]

Pressure mounts on FBI for answers on Florida naval base shooting

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. investigators face mounting pressure on Monday to deliver answers on the motive that led a Saudi Air Force lieutenant to shoot and kill three people and wounded eight others at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida. FILE PHOTO: Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, airman accused […]