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The president of the Spanish league says the competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis. Javier Tebas made the announcement a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the league would be allowed to resume from June 8 as long as the country continued to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check. Tebas says the popular Seville derby in the top tier would be a good way to mark the return to competition and “honor those who have lost their lives” during the pandemic in Spain.

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Gov. Ralph Northam has repeatedly urged Virginia residents to cover their faces in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Democrat didn’t heed his own plea when he posed mask-less for photographs alongside residents during a weekend beach visit. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said on Sunday that Northam should have brought a face mask with him during his visit on Saturday to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Critics on social media chided Northam for not practicing what he has preached. Northam has suggested that he will announce a statewide policy on face coverings on Tuesday.

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The White House has broadened its travel ban against countries hard-hit by the coronavirus by denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil in the two weeks before they sought entry to the U.S. President Donald Trump has now banned travel from China, Europe and the United Kingdom and Ireland. He had said last week that he was considering similar restrictions for Brazil. The restrictions are scheduled to take effect late Thursday. The U.S. leads the world in the number of confirmed cases, followed by Brazil, now Latin America’s hardest-hit country. Third on the list is Russia. 

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The California murder trial of real estate heir Robert Durst is likely to move to a new venue this summer, depending on how a judge rules on a defense motion for a mistrial. The Daily Breeze reports the case against the 77-year-old scion of a New York real estate dynasty is expected to move from Los Angeles to Inglewood in July. The defense motion argues Durst cannot get a fair trial because of a long pause in the proceedings caused by the coronavirus. Durst is on trial in the December 2000 killing of Susan Berman in her Beverly Hills home.

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Gov. Phil Murphy says he sees day care centers and camps in New Jersey reopening “sooner than later” as the state begins to end restrictions imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Nation” that day care “is at or near the top of our list” since the economy cannot be reopened successfully without giving working parents “an opportunity to have their kids properly looked after.” The Democratic governor said day care is now limited only to essential front-line health care first responders.

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Time to dust off those boots and tune those skis. At least one resort high in the Colorado Rockies is planning to reopen after a more than two-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus. Arapahoe Basin near the Continental Divide west of Denver will open Wednesday with restrictions, offering a sign of hope for a devastated industry and for mountain communities that were disproportionately affected by the disease early in the pandemic. But the rapidly melting snowpack in the high country means most resorts won’t be able to reopen. So far, only A-Basin is planning to fire up its lifts. A-Basin joins Oregon’s Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Mt. Bachelor in reopening. 

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With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom. Her family is praying at home and her kids are decorating cookies for Eid in a virtual gathering. Like Mujovic, many Muslims in America are navigating balancing religious and social rituals with concerns over the virus as they look for ways to capture the Eid spirit this weekend. “Growing up, I always loved Eid," Mujovic says of the Islamic holiday. "It’s like a Christmas for a Muslim.”

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Turkey’s health minister has announced 32 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the country to 4,340. The minister also tweeted Sunday that there were 1,141 new infections confirmed in the past 24 hours. The total number of infections has reached 156,827. The Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan was marked by a nationwide lockdown, the first of its kind in Turkey to combat the coronavirus. Previous weekend and holiday lockdowns affected a maximum of 31 out of 81 provinces. 

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Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. Several states — and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have lumped together virus tests that measure different things. That can lead to a misleading picture of how many people are currently infected. As they reopen, some states have made it difficult for the public to understand how the number of cases and deaths are trending over time.

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Europeans have soaked up the sun where they could Sunday, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased. Governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travelers to salvage the vital summer tourist season. Across the continent, a mishmash of travel restrictions appears to be on the horizon, often depending on where travelers live and what passports they carry. Germany, France and other European countries aim to open their borders for European travel in mid-June, but it isn’t clear when intercontinental travel will resume. Spain, one of the worst-hit countries in the pandemic and also one of the world’s top destinations for international travelers, says it won’t reopen for foreign tourists until July. 

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the daily number of dead from the coronavirus has moved slightly above 100 again but the trend continues down. He announced Sunday during his daily press briefing that 109 people died on Saturday. There were 84 deaths on Friday. The number of daily deaths has held steady at about 100 over the past week. That represents a significant drop from early April when the number seemed more likely to hit 1,000 than fall below 100. It peaked at 799 deaths on April 8. The latest tally from Cuomo came as the nation’s death toll from the coronavirus was approaching 100,000 on the eve of Memorial Day.

UNDATED (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. The Democratic governor said during a news conference that “starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin …

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he won't fire his chief aide for allegedly violating the national coronavirus lockdown rules that he helped to create. Johnson is defying a growing clamor for the dismissal of adviser Dominic Cummings. Cummings traveled 250 miles (400 kilometers) to his parents’ home with his wife and son as he was coming down with COVID-19 at the end of March. Britain's lockdown, which began March 23, stipulated that people should remain at their primary residence and not visit relatives. One Conservative lawmaker accused Cummings of “believing the rules don't apply to him.” But the government has defended Cummings and says he won't resign.

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Dozens of fresh graves in Yemen's largest southern city are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there’s been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has reported a spike of coronavirus deaths and infections, including health workers at a COVID-19 facility it runs. The group's operations manager for Yemen says the mortality rate there is “very, very high,” and many people arrive “almost dead, or already dead.”

Riders have packed a vast network of ATV trails in southern West Virginia on the first weekend the system was allowed to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The eight trail networks that make up the more than 700-mile Hatfield-McCoy system are open for Memorial Day weekend. Jeff Lusk, executive director of the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority, tells the Charleston Gazette-Mail that all of the more than 60 lodging providers that serve the trails were booked for the weekend. Gov. Jim Justice reopened the trails late last week as part of the most aggressive phase of his coronavirus reopening strategy. 

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As Yellowstone and other national parks end a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, park officials want visitors to take precautions, such as washing their hands, keeping a safe distance from other people and wearing masks in public. It's unclear whether tourists who often disobey park rules will comply. If not, popular national parks known for drawing shoulder-to-shoulder summer crowds could become the next U.S. hot spots. Park officials say they plan is to let folks guard themselves against COVID-19, just as they do for the usual national park dangers that range from altitude sickness to grizzly bears.

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A German state governor’s proposal to end blanket coronavirus restrictions in his region, which would be a first for the country after a comparatively successful response to the pandemic, is drawing mounting criticism Sunday from other officials. Bodo Ramelow, the governor of the eastern state of Thuringia, said Saturday that he hopes to lift the remaining statewide lockdown rules on June 6 and replace them with “a concept of recommendations and fighting COVID-19 locally if infection figures rise.” In Germany, state governments are responsible for imposing and lifting lockdown restrictions. All 16 states currently have coronavirus rules, and Thuringia’s new approach would raise pressure on other states to ease their lockdowns further. 

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High schools across the country have added pomp to their circumstances to make graduations special amid the coronavirus pandemic. They’re going beyond virtual and instead holding drive-thru processions, in-person ceremonies spacing students apart in big auditoriums with limited guests, or in one town in New Hampshire, sending seniors off with a mountaintop graduation, accessible by chairlift. High school seniors in Las Vegas will pick up their diplomas from their cars at the finish line of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway before driving a celebratory lap, while Missouri seniors will be ferried in a parade of Jeeps.

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Immigrants and their advocates say the U.S. citizenship process has stalled during the coronavirus crisis even as many parts of life have pivoted online or are starting to reopen. A limited number of people have been allowed to take their oath of citizenship in small ceremonies in recent weeks. But advocates say thousands more who have already been approved for naturalization still don’t know when their ceremonies will be scheduled. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says the ceremonies can’t be done virtually because federal law requires them to take place in person.  

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Cooped-up Americans are snapping up new bicycles or dusting off decades-old bikes to stay fit, keep their sanity or have a safe alternative to public transportation. The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be a boon for bike shops, which have seen a surge in sales. Cities throughout the country have closed off streets to traffic, sparking many to buy a new ride or take an old bike for a spin in the quiet streets or up on a mountain trail. All around the world, bicycles are selling out. Officials are trying to take advantage of the growing momentum by expanding bike lanes.

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As the pandemic upended commencement rituals across campuses, Kim Gaddie wanted to give the University of Oklahoma’s class of 2020 a taste of tradition -- in a way. Armed with boxes of chalk, Gaddie, her husband and a few colleagues spent hours writing the names of graduating seniors on the concrete sidewalk where class members would have lined up to march into the ceremony. By the time they were done, the pathway was festooned with more than 4,000 colorful names. Said one graduate: "I got to go over and see my name and, you know, stand there ... It really meant a lot.”

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Many business owners are changing the way they make money as they attempt to recoup revenue lost to the coronavirus outbreak. The changes can look subtle; for example, when owners of clothing stores decide to beef up their internet business. But often such adjustments involve an entire rethinking of the business model, which is the owner's blueprint for how they run their company. A new approach can bring about significant changes to staffing, technology and inventory. For many companies, it’s a matter of survival, but for others, the changes have been a silver lining amidst the crisis.

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It’s a reverse migrant crisis: Moroccan workers trapped in Spain have been begging their own government to let them come back home. And after more than two months, they're finally being heard. Hundreds of Moroccans headed to work in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta one day in March thinking they’d be home for dinner. But instead they found themselves trapped by Morocco’s abrupt and unusually strict border closure to keep out the virus. They slept in a parking lot, gyms, mosques, churches or with generous employers. A few jumped into the Mediterranean Sea to swim home. Morocco is now starting to let them back in.

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The call from the Washington D.C., clinic brought the news that the hard-working Honduran immigrant couple had most feared — they each had the coronavirus. Roberto and Janeth lost their restaurant jobs in the economic lockdown caused by the pandemic and struggle to put food on the table for their 5-year-old daughter. They are among the up to 12 million immigrants in the U.S. without documentation who are barred from most federal government aid. Medical workers say they know telling working-class patients to quarantine often means jeopardizing their means of survival. Staying at home can mean families lose their jobs, leaving them unable to pay rent or buy food and medicine.

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Memorial Day is meant to pay tribute to veterans who have perished. This year will be even more poignant because of the number of veterans who have died from coronavirus. Many are old, already frail, and the toll has been especially harsh on veterans. Their relatives mourn their deaths as well as the limits on gathering to remember them.

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Youth sports organizations across the United States have come together to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to push for federal help with the coronavirus crisis. The leaders of the coalition are trumpeting the importance of youth sports and sounding the alarm about the future of their organizations. The fate of providers in low-income communities is of particular concern. According to an April online poll by Aspen Institute’s Project Play initiative, 38% of local sports leaders expect to lose up to 50% of their revenue over the next year. An additional 16% said they expect to lose up to 75%.

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Leipzig seemed to enjoy playing in an empty stadium with no protesters as it routed host Mainz 5-0 to move third in the Bundesliga. Germany forward Timo Werner scored a hat trick. Leipzig is used to protests from rival fans due to financial backing from energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull. Supporters have been banned from Bundesliga games in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic. After waiting 75 days Heiko Herrlich made his debut in charge of Augsburg in a 3-0 win at Schalke. Cologne left it late for a 2-2 draw against Fortuna Düsseldorf in a Rhine derby.

The future of publicly funded youth sports is a growing concern because of the COVID-19 crisis. Community leaders are worry a group of children will lose sports forever. Parks and recreation programs are also the most accessible to lower-income families. Those programs are in danger of budget woes. Wayne Moss is the executive director of the National Council of Youth Sports. He calls the coronavirus “an existential threat to the youth sports landscape.” 

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The president of the Spanish league says the competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis. Javier Tebas made the announcement a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the league would be allowed to resume from June 8 as long as the country continued to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check. Tebas says the popular Seville derby in the top tier would be a good way to mark the return to competition and “honor those who have lost their lives” during the pandemic in Spain. Read more

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The White House has broadened its travel ban against countries hard-hit by the coronavirus by denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil in the two weeks before they sought entry to the U.S. President Donald Trump has now banned travel from China, Europe and the United Kingdom and Ireland. He had said last week that he was considering similar restrictions for Brazil. The restrictions are scheduled to take effect late Thursday. The U.S. leads the world in the number of confirmed cases, followed by Brazil, now Latin America’s hardest-hit country. Third on the list is Russia.  Read more

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Kurt Busch won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the only event on the biggest single day of auto racing. NASCAR was able to go forward for its third Cup event in seven days under a health plan that allowed the series to resume after a 10-week hiatus. The Coca-Cola 600 kicks off four consecutive days of racing at Charlotte. Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson qualified second and was followed by Hendrick Mototsports teammate Chase Elliott. Matt Kenseth qualified fourth while Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon were fifth and sixth for a Chevrolet sweep of the top-six.  Read more

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The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Read more

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With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale. Still, she’s determined to bring home holiday cheer amid the coronavirus gloom. Her family is praying at home and her kids are decorating cookies for Eid in a virtual gathering. Like Mujovic, many Muslims in America are navigating balancing religious and social rituals with concerns over the virus as they look for ways to capture the Eid spirit this weekend. “Growing up, I always loved Eid," Mujovic says of the Islamic holiday. "It’s like a Christmas for a Muslim.” Read more

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Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. Several states — and even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have lumped together virus tests that measure different things. That can lead to a misleading picture of how many people are currently infected. As they reopen, some states have made it difficult for the public to understand how the number of cases and deaths are trending over time. Read more

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On the same weekend that President Donald Trump declared houses of worship are essential, pastors and congregants from some of those churches are cautiously returning to their sanctuaries. In Kentucky and Texas, several held services for the first time in weeks, while practicing social distancing and providing masks for worshippers. Those services come on the same day that Muslims celebrate the Eid al-Fitr -- the feast of breaking the fast -- that marks the end of Ramadan. A festive time for children, many mosques are holding drive through celebrations to maintain distancing. Many churches say they play to open next Sunday. Read more

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Europeans have soaked up the sun where they could Sunday, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased. Governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travelers to salvage the vital summer tourist season. Across the continent, a mishmash of travel restrictions appears to be on the horizon, often depending on where travelers live and what passports they carry. Germany, France and other European countries aim to open their borders for European travel in mid-June, but it isn’t clear when intercontinental travel will resume. Spain, one of the worst-hit countries in the pandemic and also one of the world’s top destinations for international travelers, says it won’t reopen for foreign tourists until July.  Read more

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WNBA teams are making hard decisions this weekend as far as their rosters go. The teams have to get under the salary cap by Tuesday so that they can start paying players on June 1. It’s left many teams with tough decisions on who they will cut and little time to figure it out. Teams typically would be able to evaluate players by their on-the-court actions. Now it’s more based on how quickly they pick things up on Zoom conference calls or how well they understand plays online. Read more

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Nobody was at the French Open on Sunday. Maybe they will be in September. It should have been the first day of the clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament held annually at Roland Garros, with thousands of fans flocking to catch a glimpse of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams. Instead, the grounds in leafy western Paris were deserted on a sunny, blue-sky day because of the coronavirus pandemic. Court Philippe Chatrier, where 15,000 fans cheered Nadal’s record-extending 12th title last June, wouldn’t have needed the new roof that was supposed to debut in case of rain this year. Read more

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Police say a Utah man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of murder after he allegedly reported the death of a 25-year-old woman he’d met on the dating app Tinder. The Layton Police Department says 24-year-old Ethan Hunsaker called 911 to report he’d killed someone inside a home in a Salt Lake City suburb. When officers responded to the home, they found a woman lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds to her torso. It wasn’t immediately clear if Hunsaker has obtained an attorney.  Read more

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A look at the location of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania by county. Read more

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As Yellowstone and other national parks end a two-month shutdown due to the coronavirus, park officials want visitors to take precautions, such as washing their hands, keeping a safe distance from other people and wearing masks in public. It's unclear whether tourists who often disobey park rules will comply. If not, popular national parks known for drawing shoulder-to-shoulder summer crowds could become the next U.S. hot spots. Park officials say they plan is to let folks guard themselves against COVID-19, just as they do for the usual national park dangers that range from altitude sickness to grizzly bears. Read more

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The Department of Health also reported 28 new deaths, bringing a total of 5,124 deaths across the state.  Read more

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About 1,000 protesters denouncing authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's seeking of another term in upcoming elections have held the largest opposition demonstration of the year in the capital Minsk. Many of the demonstrators carried slippers as a symbol of the protest leader's call to “smash the cockroach.” Police, who frequently break up opposition demonstrations, didn't interfere with the protesters Sunday. The Aug. 9 election will see Lukashenko, who has suppressed opposition and independent news media during a quarter-century in power, run for a sixth term. Many of the demonstrators wore masks, defying Lukashenko's dismissal of coronavirus concerns as a “psychosis.” Read more

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Even though COVID-19 restrictions are still enforced, here are some local Memorial Day events that are taking place this year in our communities.   Read more

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Many business owners are changing the way they make money as they attempt to recoup revenue lost to the coronavirus outbreak. The changes can look subtle; for example, when owners of clothing stores decide to beef up their internet business. But often such adjustments involve an entire rethinking of the business model, which is the owner's blueprint for how they run their company. A new approach can bring about significant changes to staffing, technology and inventory. For many companies, it’s a matter of survival, but for others, the changes have been a silver lining amidst the crisis. Read more

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Allentown Police have made an arrest in an armed robbery incident that occurred at a local gas station Saturday night.  Read more

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The call from the Washington D.C., clinic brought the news that the hard-working Honduran immigrant couple had most feared — they each had the coronavirus. Roberto and Janeth lost their restaurant jobs in the economic lockdown caused by the pandemic and struggle to put food on the table for their 5-year-old daughter. They are among the up to 12 million immigrants in the U.S. without documentation who are barred from most federal government aid. Medical workers say they know telling working-class patients to quarantine often means jeopardizing their means of survival. Staying at home can mean families lose their jobs, leaving them unable to pay rent or buy food and medicine. Read more

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It's been a long road for Carissa Cirotti. She started out her college freshman year as a history major at Montclair State University, eager to learn and excel."I did the fall semester, [it was] all good," Cirotti said. However, in the spring semester things took a turn for the worse. "[I ha… Read more

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Leipzig seemed to enjoy playing in an empty stadium with no protesters as it routed host Mainz 5-0 to move third in the Bundesliga. Germany forward Timo Werner scored a hat trick. Leipzig is used to protests from rival fans due to financial backing from energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull. Supporters have been banned from Bundesliga games in a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic. After waiting 75 days Heiko Herrlich made his debut in charge of Augsburg in a 3-0 win at Schalke. Cologne left it late for a 2-2 draw against Fortuna Düsseldorf in a Rhine derby. Read more

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Local congregations have packed food boxes for children, served at food pantries, hosted blood drives, organized days for members to order take out to support local restaurants with an encouragement to leave an extra tip and taken on individual tasks to help out neighbors. Read more

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Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It’s not going to happen. A review by The Associated Press found that at least half of the states are not going to meet White House’s Monday deadline and many aren’t even bothering to try. Many say the logistics, costs and manpower needs are too great to accomplish the testing goal in a two-week window. Some say they need another week or so, while others say they need much more time.  Read more

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President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall. He's asking them to trust him when it comes to an economic recovery. The coronoavirus pandemic has put more than 38 million people out of work in the United States, and Trump is increasingly talking up a future recovery that probably won’t materialize until after the November election. His argument to voters for another term in office asks them to look past the pain being felt across the country and to look ahead toward the promise of an economic comeback in 2021. And he speaks of “a transition to greatness.” Read more

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Mother Nature has since sent that rain out to sea leading to a dry Sunday and Monday, but sunshine will still need to fight through the clouds.  Read more

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Fifteen-year-old Jyoti Kumari rode a bicycle hundreds of miles with her disabled father riding on the back to escape the constraints of India's coronavirus lockdown. The lockdown appears to have staved off an unmanageable spike in coronavirus cases, but it triggered an exodus of migrant workers and crippled the economy. Kumari has been invited to try out with the Cycling Federation of India, the body that sends team to the Olympics, and won accolades as far away as Washington. But she says she didn't pedal her father home to their village in pursuit of fame, but rather simply to survive. Read more

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The Memorial Day holiday weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches where the weather cooperated. It also meant renewed warnings from politicians and health experts to be cautious as the coronavirus continues its spread and deaths nationwide draw close to 100,000. On the Sunday talk shows, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said she was “very concerned” about scenes of people crowding together over the weekend. Meanwhile, the White House announced a ban on travel by foreigners who have been in Brazil in the preceding two weeks.  Read more

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The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. Read more