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^Supreme Court liberals, with Roberts, strike down Louisiana abortion law<

SCOTUS-ABORTION-1ST-LEDE:LA — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the Supreme Court's liberal justices dealt a surprising setback to abortion opponents Monday, striking down a restrictive Louisiana law and pledging to stand by past rulings that have upheld a woman's right to choose abortion.

By a 5-4 vote, the court threw out a Louisiana law that would have required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. If put into effect, it was expected to result in the closing of all but one of the state's abortion providers.

950 by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED


^Joseph James DeAngelo admits he's Golden State Killer, pleading guilty to dozens of crimes<

CALIF-SERIALKILLER-1ST-LEDE:SA — Forty-five years after committing his first murder, Joseph James DeAngelo admitted Monday he was the Golden State Killer, serial killer and rapist and author of one of the worst crime sprees in California history.

Looking frail and speaking in a halting voice, the former policeman entered a string of guilty pleas in a Sacramento State ballroom that was converted into a courtroom for the day.

1200 (with trims) by Sam Stanton, Darrell Smith, Dale Kasler and Molly Sullivan in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED



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CALIF-SERIALKILLER:LA — 1150 by Paige St. John and Luke Money in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^Gilead says it will charge $3,120 per patient for COVID-19 drug<

CORONAVIRUS-DRUG-COST:CON — Gilead will begin charging U.S. patients for the experimental COVID-19 drug remdesivir in two weeks, the company and the government announced Monday, as cases surge and hospitalizations reach crisis levels in several states.

Remdesivir is among the few drugs with promising evidence that it can help COVID-19 patients, with data showing it can modestly hasten recovery time in some people but is not proven to prevent deaths. The coronavirus-related disease has led to at least 502,634 worldwide deaths.

Patients with private insurance will be charged $3,120 for a five-day course of treatment.

750 by Emily Kopp in Washington. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED



^California's slide from coronavirus success to danger zone began Memorial Day<

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF-SURGE:LA — The seeds of the latest surge in coronavirus cases in California appear to have been planted around Memorial Day.

People had been pent up in their homes; businesses shuttered for months amid the stay-at-home order began to open. And as the reopening accelerated, a lot of people were ready to get out.

The beckon of summer rituals followed — day trips to the beach, Memorial Day barbecues, graduation celebrations, Father's Day gatherings. Around the same time, historic protests began, triggered by outrage over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd while in police custody, which sparked unprecedented demonstrations across the nation, including in the streets of California.

It would take a few weeks of incubation. But it's now clear that Memorial Day was the beginning of something. A Los Angeles Times analysis has found that new coronavirus hospitalizations in California began accelerating around June 15 at a rate not seen since early April.

1900 (with trims) by Rong-Gong Lin II, Iris Lee, Sean Greene and Soumya Karlamangla in Los Angeles. MOVED


^LA County coronavirus cases surge past 100,000 with record high one-day tally<

CORONAVIRUS-LA:LA — Los Angeles County confirmed 22 additional coronavirus-related deaths and 2,903 new coronavirus cases Monday, the largest single-day number of new infections the county has reported since the pandemic hit the U.S.

The daily tally brings the total number of coronavirus cases in L.A. County to more than 100,000.

1000 by Colleen Shalby and Maura Dolan in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Virus cases spike while local and state officials bicker over face mask mandates<

CORONAVIRUS-MASKS-ORDERS:SH — Every day, Texas continues to break records in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, rivaling hot spots such as Florida and Arizona as the new center of the U.S. pandemic.

As the situation escalates — spiking to a record 6,584 new cases Wednesday and adding more than 5,000 new infections almost every day last week — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has consistently touted the ways in which Texans can stay safe: Wear a mask, sanitize often, social distance. Last week, he encouraged Texans to just stay indoors, then said he'd put a pause on reopening businesses. By the end of the week, he ordered bars to close and restaurants to cut their occupancy from 75% to 50%.

Yet even as Abbott has warned that Texas will take further measures if the situation doesn't improve, he has refused to allow local officials to penalize people who decline to wear masks in public.

2150 (with trims) by April Simpson in Dallas. MOVED


^Still in short supply, N95 masks are being used over and over<

^CORONAVIRUS-N95-MASKS:MS—<Imagine breathing through a face-hugging N95 mask for an entire eight-hour nursing shift on a hospital floor.

Properly fitted, it clings tightly to the skin, protecting the wearer from breathing in pathogens such as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

But those filtered-out germs don't just vanish — the novel coronavirus can live up to 72 hours on surfaces, masks included. Just touching the outside of a contaminated respirator is risky, and it's considered the biggest danger of reusing them.

Yet three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses and other clinicians are being forced to reuse hospital masks in ways that would have gotten them written up a year ago.

1100 by Joe Carlson. MOVED


^Florida posts 5,266 new cases of coronavirus<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA:FL — Florida posted 5,266 new coronavirus cases Monday, down from the past two days but continuing the high daily counts that have halted attempts to reopen the state more broadly.

The Florida Department of Health, which posts the daily updates, reported 28 additional deaths.

The new cases tally falls below Saturday's record-breaking count of 9,585 but continues the high numbers that have prevailed over the past week.

250 by David Fleshler in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Calif. taco restaurant closes temporarily after employees are harassed by mask-averse patrons<

CORONAVIRUS-RESTAURANT-MASKS-HARASSMENT:LA — Hugo's Tacos announced Sunday that it will temporarily close its two locations in Los Angeles after employees reported a mounting onslaught of harassment from customers angered by the business' "no mask, no service" policy.

The harassment, ranging from racial epithets to drinks being hurled at workers through order windows, has taken an emotional toll on the mostly Latino employees, Hugo's Tacos part-owner Bill Kohne told The Times.

350 by Laura Newberry in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Trial by Zoom? Some Fla. courts delay test of virtual juries — for now<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA-ZOOM-TRIALS:OS — Reporting for jury duty in Orange and Osceola counties could in the coming months mean turning on your computer and tuning into a Zoom video call.

900 by Monivette Cordeiro in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Coronavirus pandemic 'is not even close to being over,' WHO chief warns<

CORONAVIRUS-WHO:DPA — Lacking health measures and political unity have allowed COVID-19 to spiral to 10 million cases and half a million deaths, United Nations health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, warning that he feared for the worst in the current environment.

"We all want this to be over, we all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is: This is not even close to being over," the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told a press conference from Geneva.

400 by Albert Otti in Geneva. MOVED



^Supreme Court gives president power to fire consumer agency head at will<

SCOTUS-CONSUMER-AGENCY:LA — The Supreme Court Monday struck down the semi-independent status of the consumer protection agency created in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, and ruled the president has the power to hire and fire its director at will.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, said Congress violated the president's constitutional authority over the executive branch when it established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a director appointed by the president for a five-year term, but who could not be fired except for a specific cause, such as "neglect of duty or malfeasance in office."

350 by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED


^House panel demands Pentagon briefing on Russian bounties<

USRUSSIA-BOUNTY:CON — House Armed Services Committee leaders have pressed the Pentagon for a briefing by Tuesday on reports that Russian spies have been paying insurgents in Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops.

Adam Smith, D-Wash., the committee's chairman, and Mac Thornberry of Texas, the panel's top Republican, requested the briefing and have yet to finalize it, Thornberry told reporters Monday, saying: "It will not be acceptable to delay."

850 by John M. Donnelly in Washington. MOVED


^Witnesses say there were no warnings from Park Police in clearing of square<

DC-PROTEST:CON — Two witnesses to the police clearing of Lafayette Square on June 1, when law enforcement officers aggressively pushed largely peaceful demonstrators from the park, told House members Monday they did not hear police issue warnings to disperse before charging the crowd and deploying nonlethal weapons.

Federal officers, including the U.S. Park Police, are required under a 2015 legal settlement to issue three clear and audible warnings to protesters and leave room for them to exit the area. The USPP said it gave three warnings over a loudspeaker system telling protesters to disperse.

Kishon McDonald, who joined protests June 1 outside the White House, said he did not hear warnings from police that day.

800 by Benjamin J. Hulac in Washington. MOVED


^House proxy voting extended through mid-August<

CONGRESS-PROXY-VOTING:CON — Proxy voting has been extended through mid-August in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi alerted members in a Dear Colleague letter on Monday.

House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving, in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician, notified Pelosi that the public health emergency due to the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic remains ongoing.

400 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED


^Comer named as House Oversight Committee ranking member<

CONGRESS-OVERSIGHT-GOP:CON — House Republican leaders Monday named Rep. James R. Comer, R-Ky., as the next ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Comer was one of several members who expressed interest in the job after Ohio's Jim Jordan, who had served as ranking member on the oversight panel since the beginning of the 116th Congress in 2019, was named the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

250 by Chris Cioffi in Washington. MOVED



^Trump dismisses virus, polls and recession to tell winning story<

CAMPAIGN-TRUMP-MESSAGE:BLO — The America that President Donald Trump describes is a place where the coronavirus outbreak is only surging because of increased testing, the economy is on the verge of roaring back to life and polls showing him losing reelection in a landslide are fiction.

In the president's telling, many of the Americans protesting police brutality are terrorists, anarchists and looters, and concerns about systemic racism are overblown. He claims that his is the most accomplished presidency in history, outshining all his predecessors but Abraham Lincoln on achievements for Black people.

Four months before Americans decide whether to return Trump to the White House, the president has constructed a narrative of the U.S. under his leadership that veers far from reality.

1550 by Josh Wingrove in Washington. MOVED



^Judge warns public officials about speaking out on George Floyd case<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH:MS — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd appeared in court Monday, where the Hennepin County judge presiding over the cases warned that public officials speaking out about the case are pushing it toward a change of venue if they continue to do so.

It was among several issues at the brief omnibus hearing for Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

650 by Chao Xiong in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Trump campaign sues Pennsylvania over mail ballot drop boxes<

PA-MAILVOTING:PH — The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania state and county elections officials Monday, saying mail ballot drop boxes are unconstitutional the way they were used in the June 2 primary election and asking a federal court to bar them from use in November.

"Defendants have sacrificed the sanctity of in-person voting at the altar of un-monitored mail-in voting and have exponentially enhanced the threat that fraudulent or otherwise ineligible ballots will be cast and counted in the upcoming general election," says the suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

800 by Jonathan Lai in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Couple points guns at protesters marching to St. Louis mayor's home to demand resignation<

STLOUIS-PROTEST-1ST-LEDE:SL — As protesters made their way to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's home on Sunday night, demanding her resignation, they marched and shouted along private Portland Place. They were met by a couple pointing guns and telling protesters to get away.

Protesters chanted to a drumbeat of "Let's go!" Hundreds of them filed by. The couple, Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey, stood outside with weapons. They are personal injury lawyers who work together in The McCloskey Law Center and own a million-dollar home.

1400 (with trims) by Rachel Rice in St. Louis. MOVED


^Shooting at Seattle's protest site kills 16-year-old boy, leaves 14-year-old critically injured<

SEATTLE-PROTESTS-VIOLENCE-1ST-LEDE:SE — A 16-year-old boy was killed and a 14-year-old boy was wounded early Monday morning when they were shot in the protest area known as CHOP, in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Harborview Medical Center spokesperson Susan Gregg said two people were brought in with gunshot wounds, with one arriving in a private vehicle around 3:15 a.m. and the other brought in by Seattle Fire Department medics about 15 minutes later.

850 (with trims) by Sydney Brownstone and Christine Clarridge in Seattle. MOVED


^Gunman who killed 20-month-old boy was targeting father, Chicago police say<

CHICAGO-VIOLENCE:TB — Chicago police believe a 20-month-old boy was shot and killed over the weekend by someone who was targeting his father and mistakenly thought the man was in a car when they opened fire on the South Side, hitting the child in the back seat and grazing his mother.

Police Superintendent David Brown said he struggles to make sense of the level of violence Chicago has seen every weekend since the end of May. This past weekend, at least 18 people were killed and another 48 were wounded. The previous weekend, at least 106 people were shot in Chicago, 14 of them fatally.

900 by Sophie Sherry in Chicago. MOVED


^Chaotic scene as police SUV pushed through crowd after protesters climb on hood<

DETROIT-PROTEST:DTN — What started as a peaceful demonstration against police brutality in Detroit took a troubling turn late Sunday when a throng of marchers surrounded a police vehicle and some protesters jumped on the SUV as it pushed through the crowd.

400 by Sarah Rahal and Gregg Krupa in Detroit. MOVED


^'The boy was asleep': Child killed after gunfire strikes Kansas City apartment<

BOYSHOT:KC — A young boy was fatally shot overnight Monday in Kansas City, police said.

Members of the Kansas City Police Department were called to a shooting about 2:30 a.m. in the 1600 Block of Bushman Road, near East 63rd Street and The Paseo, Kansas City police spokesman Sgt. Jacob Becchina said in an email Monday morning.

300 by Anna Spoerre and Robert A. Cronkleton in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^Hurricane center watches 2 systems in Atlantic that may develop<

WEA-ATLANTIC-SYSTEMS:OS — Two systems with low odds of developing are brewing in different parts of the Atlantic on Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

200 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Putin seizes moment to rule until he's 83 amid fading popularity<

RUSSIA-PUTIN:BLO — After two decades in power, Vladimir Putin's approval ratings are at an all-time low as Russia's economy reels under the impact of the coronavirus epidemic and the slump in oil prices. What better time for him to seek to extend his presidency for potentially 16 more years?

It's a measure of how tightly Putin has controlled the operation to amend Russia's constitution that there's little suspense about the result of a referendum on the changes, despite the economic pain unleashed by the virus. Approval in the vote that concludes Wednesday will allow him to seek two more six-year terms after his present one ends in 2024, staying in power until 2036, when he'd be 83.

950 by Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov in Moscow. MOVED


^Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump for killing general<

^USIRAN-TRUMP:BLO—<Iran has issued a warrant to arrest U.S. President Donald Trump and 35 others for the killing of a top Iranian general in January, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

"The 36 individuals who were involved in the assassination of Qasem Soleimani have been identified and they include political and military officials from the U.S. and other governments and the judiciary has ordered that a red notice be sought for them from the international police," Mehr cited public prosecutor Ali Alghasi Mehr as saying in a judiciary meeting on Monday.

250 by Patrick Sykes. MOVED


^China set to approve Hong Kong security law, risking US anger<

^CHINA-HONGKONG:BLO—<China's top legislative body is poised to approve new national security legislation for Hong Kong — a sweeping attempt to quell dissent that risks U.S. retaliation and the city's appeal as a financial hub.

The National People's Congress Standing Committee was expected to make a final administrative push to impose the law on the former British colony when it wraps up a three-day meeting Tuesday in Beijing. That would enact the measure to punish acts of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces in time for the July 1 anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule in 1997.

800 by Iain Marlow. MOVED


^Bangladeshi man trapped inside sunken ferry rescued after 13 hours<

BANGLADESH-FERRY:DPA — Bangladeshi divers have rescued a man 13 hours after he was trapped inside a passenger ferry that capsized on a river near the capital Dhaka, officials said late Monday.

The ferry sank after colliding with another larger passenger ferry in the morning near Farazganj, leaving at least 32 people dead.

300 by Nazrul Islam in Dhaka, Bangladesh. MOVED




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^Gettysburg, home to America's most hallowed battlefield, reckons with symbols of the Confederacy<

GETTYSBURG-CONFEDERATE-SYMBOLS:PH — The nationwide push to take down symbols of the Confederacy, to question why anyone flies a rebel flag at all, has come to Gettysburg, a city of barely 1,100 on the South Dakota prairie, where the buffalo once roamed.

Gettysburg, South Dakota, is approximately 1,400 miles northwest of its sister city in Adams County, Pa., where Union troops defeated Confederate forces in the pivotal battle of the Civil War in 1863. The South Dakota city got its name, according to one account, because soldiers who fought in Pennsylvania settled there. Its slogan is "Where the Battle Wasn't." Its symbol, emblazoned on police cars and uniforms, is an American flag and the traditional Confederate stars and bars.

The city adopted that symbol in 2009, and in 2015 addressed it in a Facebook post, claiming "no racist intentions." An uncle of George Floyd, a Black man murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, happens to live there, and now is calling for its removal.

1150 by Jason Nark in Gettysburg, Pa. MOVED


^Sweeps of homeless camps run counter to COVID-19 guidance and pile on health risks<

HOMELESS-CAMPS:KHN — Melody Lewis lives like a nomad in the heart of downtown Denver.

Poking her head out of her green tent on a recent June day, the 57-year-old pointed a few blocks away to the place where city crews picked up her tent from a sidewalk median earlier this spring and replaced it with landscaping rocks, fencing and signs warning trespassers to keep out.

Lewis then moved just a quarter-mile to a new cracked sidewalk, with new neighbors and potentially, homeless advocates fear, new sources of exposure to the coronavirus.

Several cities across the U.S. are bucking recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by continuing sweeps of homeless encampments, risking further spread of the virus at a time when health officials seek to gain an upper hand on the pandemic.

1400 (with trims) by Jakob Rodgers in Denver. MOVED




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