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^Hydroxychloroquine linked to deaths, heart risks in COVID study<

^CORONAVIRUS-TRUMP-DRUG:BLO—<Antimalaria drugs that President Donald Trump has touted for treatment of COVID-19 were linked to an increased risk of death and heart ailments in a study.

Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine didn't benefit patients with the coronavirus, either alone or in combination with an antibiotic, according to the study published Friday by The Lancet medical journal.

250 by John Lauerman. MOVED


^Pakistan plane with 107 on board crashes into houses upon landing<

PAKISTAN-CRASH:DPA — An Airbus A320 plane with 107 passengers and crew on board crashed into a residential area of Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Friday, the country's civil agency said, killing an unknown number of people.

The plane operated by Pakistan International Airline (PIA) crashed moment before landing, said Abdul Sattar Khokhar, a spokesman for the aviation authority.

The crash occurred during the last minute of the flight as the plane was about to land at the Jinnah International Airport, he added.

450 by Qamar Zaman and Zia Khan in Islamabad. MOVED


^'Hong Kong is in a state of shock': New law is China's latest show of strength<

CHINA-HONGKONG:LA — With its COVID-19 outbreak waning, nationalism rising at home and its antagonists in the Trump administration preoccupied by the pandemic and election-year politics, the Chinese Communist Party is boldly moving to crush a dangerous obstacle to its authority.

By imposing a new national security law on Hong Kong, Beijing signaled its determination to squelch a fierce anti-China protest movement — and demolished the longstanding firewall protecting the high-flying territory's human rights and freedoms from interference from the authoritarian mainland.

1100 (with trims) by Shashank Bengali, Alice Su and David Pierson in Shanghai. MOVED


^Actress Lori Loughlin, husband enter guilty pleas in college admissions scandal<

^CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA—<Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband pleaded guilty Friday to charges of fraud in the college admissions scandal, admitting they scammed their daughters' way into USC with lies and illegal payments.

How long Loughlin and her husband J. Mossimo Giannulli will spend in prison for their crimes remains undecided. The judge in the case must still decide whether to accept the couple's guilty pleas and the terms of deals they struck with prosecutors. Under those deals, Loughlin would spend two months in prison and Giannulli would be sentenced to five months behind bars.

550 by Joel Rubin. MOVED




^Little sense of shared grief as virus deaths near 100,000<

^CORONAVIRUS-DEATHS-DIVIDE:LA—<While Americans have shared undeniable hardships since March — including more than 38 million people forced to file for unemployment, and tens of millions more forced to hunker down at home to avoid the contagion — the carnage is hitting them unevenly.

President Donald Trump, loath to dwell on those dismal figures, is both stoking the polarized response and counting on a fragmented experience to distract the nation from the almost incomprehensible death toll — nearly triple that of any other country — which could tar his presidency and jeopardize his chance for reelection in November.

"I don't think we're taking this in," said David Kessler, an author of six books on grief.

2000 (with trims) by Noah Bierman and Eli Stokols in Washington. MOVED


^Americans venture out for holiday travel in test of containment<

^CORONAVIRUS-HOLIDAY-TRAVEL:BLO—<Americans are fleeing weeks of home isolation for beaches, parks and other leisure destinations over the Memorial Day weekend — and that has pandemic experts and businesses concerned about a spike in coronavirus cases.

Many states have begun to lift restrictions at the urging of President Donald Trump while travel and tourism businesses are seeing signs of life after nearly two months of near-zero demand. Yet those limits on public activity helped slow the spread of the virus, and a surge in tourism could mean trouble, said Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

1250 (with trims) by Ryan Beene and Alan Levin. MOVED


^Lockdowns crippled his 'bouncy house' business. Nearly bankrupt, he's pushing back<

CORONAVIRUS-BUSINESSOWNER-ACTIVIST:LA — Jim Edmonds can't say what led him to join an unauthorized protest against the coronavirus lockdowns at the California state Capitol in May, except fear and boredom and a need to do something as his decade-old business — renting out inflatable jump houses — collapsed in a matter of days.

But he can recall how he felt when California Highway Patrol officers grabbed him, pinned his arms behind his back with plastic zip ties and marched him into a holding pen in the building's basement.

"I'm the bouncy house guy, for Chrissakes," he remembers telling them, at first incredulous he was being arrested, then angry. "It was surreal."

1950 (with trims) by Anita Chabria in Roseville, Calif. MOVED



^Horsford's extramarital affair with former Senate staffer shows how narrow House rules are<

HOUSE-AFFAIR-RULES:CON — Rep. Steven Horsford had an extramarital affair with a former Senate intern spanning several years, an example that highlights how narrow the House prohibition against lawmakers sleeping with congressional staffers is.

Gabriela Linder, the woman with whom Horsford had a sexual relationship, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal that the affair began in 2009 and continued sporadically until it ended in 2019. When they met, Horsford, a Nevada Democrat, was a 36-year old state senator; Linder, then 21, was in college and worked as an intern for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Horsford didn't begin his first stint representing Nevada's 4th Congressional District until 2013 — after Linder stopped working for Reid. If Horsford were to have had a sexual relationship with Linder while he was a member and she was working in the Senate, although there is no indication he did, it would have been permissible under House rules.

950 (with trims) by Chris Marquette in Washington. MOVED



^Want to know who won the presidential race on election night? Get ready to wait<

ELECTION-PA-RESULTS:PH — It's a familiar election night routine: Polls close, and everyone wants to know who won — immediately. Every minute matters for Americans anxiously awaiting the results. News organizations race to meet the demand by using complex statistical models to "call" the winner long before all the votes are counted.

But get comfortable waiting: Instant electoral gratification is about to become a thing of the past.

1500 (with trims) by Jonathan Lai in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Trump campaign slams Biden for remarks on black voter support<

^BIDEN-BLACKVOTERS:BLO—<African-American Republicans slammed Democrat Joe Biden Friday after he told a radio host that if a voter is still undecided, "you ain't black."

Surrogates for President Donald Trump called the comments by the presumptive Democratic nominee "racist and dehumanizing." They come a day after Trump was also criticized for remarks around race at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Michigan.

450 by Mario Parker. MOVED



^Online child sex abuse reports surge as kids spend more time on computers amid coronavirus<

CHILD-SEXABUSE-ONLINE:LA — Law enforcement officials across the country have been overwhelmed in recent months by a surge in tips about online child sex abuse, with social media platforms and other service providers flagging explicit content and suspicious interactions at an alarming rate.

With schools closed, youth activities canceled and kids spending more time online under stay-at-home orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, sexual predators have ramped up their efforts to solicit pictures and videos, officials say.

1300 by Kevin Rector in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Autistic 9-year-old abducted from mother's car found dead<

^FLA-BOYDEAD:OS—<A 9-year-old autistic boy abducted from his mother's car in Miami on Thursday has been found dead. The Amber Alert issued for the child has been canceled.

The boy, Alejandro Ripley, was taken by two unknown black males driving an unknown light blue four-door sedan during an incident near the intersection of SW 158th Avenue and Kendall Drive in Miami.

200 by Richard Tribou. MOVED


^Texas mayor defends belief that women shouldn't lead public prayer<

MAYOR-WOMEN-PRAYER:DA — Wylie, Texas, Mayor Eric Hogue says he believes women can do "anything and everything" — so long as they don't lead public displays of religion.

Hogue is defending his beliefs after the release of an email in which he requests that only male members of a Christian missionary group say a prayer before a City Council meeting.

600 by Tom Steele in Dallas. MOVED




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^California's prisons and jails have emptied thousands into a world changed by coronavirus<

CORONAVIRUS-RELEASED-INMATES:LA — In short order, the coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a sweeping and historic emptying of California's overcrowded prisons and jails, as officials have dramatically lowered the number of people held in custody to avert deadly outbreaks.

State data show California's prisons have released about 3,500 inmates while the daily jail population across 58 counties is down by 20,000 from late February.

The exodus is having a profound and still-evolving effect: Those leaving custody enter a vastly different world in which a collapsed economy, scant job opportunities and the closure of many government offices have compounded the challenges of getting lives back on track.

2400 by Matt Hamilton, James Queally and Alene Tchekmedyian in Los Angeles. MOVED


^How a company misappropriated Native American culture to sell health insurance<

^INSURANCE-SCHEME:KHN—<Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O'NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance.

The self-described "health care cooperative" promised a shield against catastrophic claims. Its name suggested an affiliation with a Native American tribe.

The company promises 24/7 telemedicine and holistic dental care on its website. It says it provides more nontraditional options than "any other health care plan."

It struck Goodridge as innovative. She signed up for a high-deductible plan, paying more than $9,000 in premiums and fees over 13 months, she said. Yet she could not get O'NA to cover her family's medical bills.

A yearlong investigation by the state insurance agency prompted by her complaint concluded she was right, uncovering a business scheme operating in the gray areas of insurance regulation and tribal law to appeal to patients looking to save money on health care.

1900 by Fred Schulte. MOVED




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