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^Minnesota Human Rights Department launches probe into Minneapolis police<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-CIVILRIGHTS-2ND-LEDE:MS — The Minnesota Department of Human Rights will launch an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody last week.

The probe, announced Tuesday by Gov. Tim Walz, will look at Minneapolis police policies and procedures over the past 10 years to determine whether the department has engaged in discriminatory practices toward people of color.

1150 by Jessie Van Berkel and Liz Navratil in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Officer accused of killing Floyd was disciplined for pulling woman from car during stop<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-FILES:LA — The Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday released personnel records for Derek Chauvin, the now-fired officer accused of killing George Floyd, a black man whose death has sparked protest nationwide.

The records provide some insight into Chauvin's background, starting as a military police officer with the U.S. Army from September 1996 to February 1997 and again from September 1999 to May 2000.

However, the records included little detail about the 17 times Chauvin was the subject of internal affairs investigations by the Minneapolis department.

550 by Erin B. Logan and Molly O'Toole in Washington. MOVED


^Mother of George Floyd's daughter speaks to thousands in Minneapolis<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-FAMILY:MS — The mother of George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter tearfully spoke out at Minneapolis City Hall on Tuesday, saying he was a loving and devoted father who continued to provide for their family before his death at the hands of police.

Flanked by lawyers and retired NBA player Stephen Jackson, Floyd's childhood friend, Roxie Washington struggled through emotion to share that Floyd's life was made up more than his final moments beneath a Minneapolis police officer's knee. Next to her stood their daughter, Gianna.

700 by Shannon Prather and Kim Hyatt in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Can Trump campaign on a vow to end the disorder and unrest that he's fueling?<

CAMPAIGN-TRUMP:LA — With protests erupting across the country, President Donald Trump is ripping a page from Richard Nixon's playbook, claiming to stand for "law and order" and calling out to the "silent majority" that he hopes will grant him a second term.

But 2020 is a long way from 1968, and there's no assurance that Trump's message will resonate the same way it did for Nixon decades ago.

1100 by Chris Megerian in Washington. (Moved as a politics story.) MOVED


^'More interested in power than in principle': Trump is using racial wounds for political gain, Biden says<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN:LA — Joe Biden, in a major speech on civil unrest and protests across the country, delivered a blunt attack Tuesday on President Donald Trump for being "more interested in serving the passions of his base than the needs of the people in his care."

Biden likened Trump to Southern segregationists of the 1960s, accusing him of exploiting national divisions for political gain, and he criticized him for staging a "photo op" in front of a church across the street from the White House on Monday evening after police and National Guard units cleared the way by using force against peaceful protesters.

950 by Janet Hook in Washington. MOVED



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CAMPAIGN-BIDEN:PH — 1100 by Jonathan Tamari, Julia Terruso and Rob Tornoe in Philadelphia. MOVED



^Police say pepper balls were used to clear protesters for Trump's walk to church<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-TRUMP:BLO — The U.S. Park Police acknowledged that its officers used smoke and irritating pepper agents to clear protesters outside the White House on Monday before President Donald Trump walked to a historic church that was damaged by arson.

The police agency denied in a statement on Tuesday that it used "tear gas" to disperse the protesters, who it claimed — in contradiction to news coverage of the event — had attacked its officers. "Tear gas" is a colloquial term used to describe a variety of irritating crowd-control agents, including pepper spray.

350 by Jordan Fabian in Washington. MOVED


^Trump's push to 'dominate' protesters moves Barr to forefront<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-BARR:BLO — As President Donald Trump weighs whether to deploy active-duty military troops to confront protesters across the U.S., he's getting advice from someone who's been there before: Attorney General William Barr.

Barr was attorney general in 1992 when the Insurrection Act was last invoked by President George H.W. Bush to quell riots in Los Angeles over the police arrest and beating of Rodney King.

Now, Barr is playing a central role in orchestrating Trump's hard-line federal response to the demonstrations after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

But his role in Monday's events was among his most dramatic by far.

950 by Chris Strohm in Washington. MOVED


^Vulnerable senators offer mixed reviews of Trump in crisis<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-TRUMP-SENATORS:CON — Senators with the toughest reelection fights offered varying levels of criticism Tuesday for President Donald Trump's hard-line approach to demonstrators, reflecting the tightrope that Republicans especially walk when it comes to the commander in chief.

Trump on Monday declared himself the law-and-order president and said he would use the military against citizens to combat violence and looting, and some of his fellow Republicans praised his leadership. But others defended the right to protest and called for efforts to calm rather than inflame tensions.

900 by Bridget Bowman and Kate Ackley in Washington. MOVED


^'Mayhem': 4 police officers shot during long night of violence and destruction in St. Louis<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-STLOUIS:SL — Four police officers were shot in downtown St. Louis early Tuesday, as a day of peaceful protests turned into a violent and destructive night in the city.

Early in the day, hundreds of people gathered across the St. Louis region again Monday to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes while Floyd was detained.

But tensions rose after the sun fell in downtown St. Louis.

Just after midnight, four officers, all men, were shot near 16th and Olive streets. All four are conscious, and their injuries are considered non-life-threatening.

1350 (with trims) by Rachel Rice, Jesse Bogan and Robert Patrick in St. Louis. MOVED


^De Blasio extends NYC curfew for rest of week as Gov. Cuomo slams him for 'inexcusable' night of chaos<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-NY-CURFEW:NY — New York City's curfew will continue through Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, as he came under fire for a night of chaos and looting in the Big Apple.

A curfew went into effect Monday night at 11 p.m., with the mayor's office initially saying it would be for one night only. But the change comes after the measure failed to curb rampant looting in Manhattan and elsewhere.

550 by Shant Shahrigian in New York. MOVED


^Keith Ellison center stage in case of officer charged with murder<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-ELLISON:MS — Keith Ellison took over the Minnesota attorney general's office last year vowing to spend more time helping state attorneys try complex cases. He also helped lead a yearlong study into the root causes of deadly police encounters — like the one that took George Floyd's life in Minneapolis last week.

The two agendas converged Sunday when Gov. Tim Walz asked Ellison to take over the prosecution of Derek Chauvin, a white officer accused of chocking Floyd, an unarmed black man, with a knee to his neck. Now, one of the nation's loudest civil rights voices is at the center of its most intense police brutality case in decades.

950 by Stephen Montemayor in Minneapolis. MOVED


^National Guardsman kneels after calls from Hollywood protesters, who cheer<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-HOLLYWOOD:LA — It was 1 p.m. and thousands of protesters marching through Hollywood had arrived at Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, where they came across National Guard troops and police.

Some in the crowd chanted, "Take a knee."

After several minutes, at least two of the Guardsmen complied, as the crowd cheered and clapped.

300 by Dorany Pineda in Los Angeles. MOVED


^More looting and arrests amid peaceful protests in LA<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-LA:LA — A day of largely peaceful protests Monday over police brutality and the death of George Floyd ended with another series of looting incidents focused mostly in Van Nuys and Hollywood.

Demonstrations big and small occurred around California as the movement ignited by Floyd's death show no signs of slowing.

But police continued to deal with people who appeared to use the protests as an opportunity to break into stores and steal merchandise.

850 by Matt Hamilton, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Alene Tchekmedyian and Julia Wick in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Hong Kong's leader decries US 'double standards' over protests<

^MINN-POLICE-DEATH-HONGKONG:BLO—<Hong Kong's leader blasted the U.S. for "double standards" in the way it handles protests after the Trump administration vocally supported sometimes-violent demonstrations in the Asian financial hub.

"Look at how the local governments handle chaos in the U.S. and what stance they took on a similar level of chaos in Hong Kong last year," Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a weekly news briefing Tuesday. "They are highly concerned about their national security, while holding different standards for our country, especially over Hong Kong's situation."

500 by Karen Leigh, Alfred Liu and Iain Marlow. MOVED


^Five years after Freddie Gray, Kwame Rose among those who helped quell protest violence in Baltimore<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-BALTIMORE-ACTIVIST:BZ — The entire day of protest in Baltimore had been peaceful. As other cities burned for days, thousands in a city everyone expected to blow up again were rallying against police brutality and racism in expressions that were often deeply painful but measured, sometimes even joyous.

Organizers wanted to keep it that way.

1150 (with trims) by Justin Fenton in Baltimore. MOVED


^16-year-old emerges as a leader at Detroit's Monday protest: 'I felt I made a mark'<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-DETROIT-YOUNGLEADER:DE — When 16-year-old Stefan Perez exited a Michigan Route No. 2 city bus and walked to Detroit Police Department Headquarters, joining the protesters marching through the city, he did not expect to become a leader.

But by the end of the fourth night of Detroit protests against police brutality, Perez found himself on his knees in the middle of Michigan Avenue with a megaphone in his right hand, urging protesters to comply with the city's 8 p.m. curfew.

1050 (with trims) by Branden Hunter in Detroit. MOVED


^'Walk with us!' On fourth night, Lexington police officers walk with protesters<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-LEXINGTON:LX — Protesters returned to downtown Lexington for the fourth night in a row Monday, demonstrating against police violence as similar protests continue to unfold across the nation.

200 by Morgan Eads and Jeremy Chisenhall in Lexington, Ky. MOVED


^Two shot dead and 60 arrested in Chicago suburb; town blames 'outside agitators'<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-ILL-SHOOTINGS:TB — Police in riot gear patrolled the streets of Cicero, Ill., Monday night after two people were shot dead and two others were wounded following a day of unrest that the western suburb blamed on "outside agitators."

At least 60 people were arrested as the town deployed more than 100 officers in addition to more than 100 sheriff's officers and state troopers.

200 by Jessica Villagomez in Chicago. MOVED


^George W. Bush: Injustice is suffocating America<

MINN-POLICE-DEATH-BUSH:AU — Transcript of the statement issued Tuesday by former President George W. Bush on the police killing of George Floyd and the protests that have followed.

550 by Jonathan Tilove. MOVED



^Senate confirms Brian Miller to be pandemic inspector general<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF-OVERSIGHT:CON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's controversial pick to oversee a $500 billion coronavirus economic bailout fund.

The chamber voted 51-40 to make Brian Miller the special inspector general for pandemic recovery.

400 by Jim Saksa in Washington. MOVED


^Whitmer ends Michigan's stay-home order, allows bars and restaurants to reopen June 8<

CORONAVIRUS-MICH-REOPENING:DE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this week that she has lifted the state's stay-at-home order and that all Michigan bars and restaurants can reopen at 50% capacity June 8.

But Whitmer said certain restrictions remain in place and she called on Michiganders to keep wearing masks in enclosed public spaces, maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet of separation, and frequently washing their hands.

1100 by Paul Egan and Kristen Jordan Shamus in Lansing, Mich. MOVED


^Chicago will still loosen restrictions on Wednesday as planned, mayor says<

CORONAVIRUS-CHICAGO-REOPENING:TB — Despite widespread looting and heightened public health concerns brought on by thousands of people protesting in tight groups across the city, Chicago will move ahead with looser coronavirus restrictions as planned on Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced.

Lightfoot previously said restaurants, hotels and many more businesses would get to start opening June 3 with reduced capacities and tight rules in place designed to stop COVID-19 cases from spiking.

650 by Gregory Pratt in Chicago. MOVED


^Gov. Cuomo gives green light to New York summer day camps<

^CORONAVIRUS-NY:NY—< New York will allow summer day camps to open at the end of the month as the coronavirus crisis wanes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

A spokesman for the governor said formal guidance will be forthcoming this week that will provide details about safety measures and other steps camps must take.

450 by Denis Slattery in Albany, N.Y.. MOVED


^Can Operation Warp Speed deliver a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year?<

^CORONAVIRUS-VACCINE-EFFORT:LA—<To capture the speed and audacity of its plan to field a coronavirus vaccine, the Trump administration reached into science fiction's vault for an inspiring moniker: Operation Warp Speed.

The vaccine initiative's name challenges a mantra penned by an actual science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke: "Science demands patience."

Patience is essential for those who ply the science of vaccines.

1400 (with trims) by Melissa Healy. MOVED



^Homeland Security grossly understated family separations, watchdog says<

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATION:CON — Customs and Border Protection separated dozens more migrant children at ports of entry in 2018 than it publicly attested to at the height of the Trump administration's so-called zero tolerance policy, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog.

The department's Office of Inspector General identified at least 60 families that were separated in 2018, while CBP claimed it had separated only seven asylum-seeking parents from their children. The report looked at a specific two-month period, from May 6 to July 9.

600 by Tanvi Misra. MOVED


^Lawmakers look at military gear transfers to police<

CONGRESS-POLICE-GEAR:CON — The eruptions of violence at protests of police brutality in recent days have rekindled congressional efforts to end the practice of giving surplus military gear to law enforcement agencies.

The program, which is run through the Defense Logistics Agency, dates back to the 1990s, with the goal of finding additional uses for equipment the Defense Department no longer needs, from guns, trucks and armored vehicles to tents, pants and hand-warmers. Over the past three decades, the Defense Department has transferred over $6 billion worth of equipment to various law enforcement departments across the country.

550 by Andrew Clevenger in Washington. MOVED


^Trump sued over executive order targeting social media companies<

^TRUMP-SOCIALMEDIA:BLO—<President Donald Trump's executive order targeting social media companies was challenged in court by a nonprofit group that claims the edict violates free speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The Center for Democracy and Technology sued in Washington federal court Tuesday, claiming the order is an unconstitutional retaliation against Twitter and that it seeks to discourage other companies and individuals from disagreeing with the government.

200 by Bob Van Voris. MOVED


^Nadler seeks to punish Barr for not testifying<

CONGRESS-BARR:CON — The House Judiciary Committee squared off against Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday to counter what Democrats say is continued defiance of Congress for refusing to testify at a Justice Department oversight hearing.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced that he would introduce legislation this week to slash the budget of the attorney general's personal office by $50 million — a proposal unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate or get President Donald Trump's signature to become law.

500 by Todd Ruger in Washington. MOVED


^House may return early to consider policing overhaul<

CONRESS-POLICING:CON — The House could return to session earlier than June 30 to consider legislation to overhaul policing laws in response to the killing of George Floyd and nationwide unrest about racial injustices, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Tuesday.

"If in fact legislation is proposed by the CBC, Congressional Black Caucus, is considered by the committee and ready to go, we will then call all the members back to consider and pass that legislation," the Maryland Democrat said on his weekly press call.

550 by Lindsey McPherson in Washington. MOVED



^Will Joe Biden make a former Florida police chief his 2020 running mate?<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-DEMINGS:WA — Val Demings' rise from Orlando, Fla.'s first black woman police chief to a congresswoman with a central role in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial landed her on Joe Biden's vice presidential shortlist.

And now, as protests over the death of George Floyd grip the country, those same credentials are propelling Demings further into the national spotlight, with interviews last weekend on "Meet the Press," frequent cable news hits and a Washington Post op-ed titled "My fellow brothers and sisters in blue, what the hell are you doing?"

But for Demings, a Democrat who served as police chief from 2007 to 2011 after joining the Orlando Police Department in 1983, the resume that served her so well in the last four years may turn out to be a mixed bag amid the national outcry against police brutality and a flawed criminal justice system.

1150 (with trims) by Alex Daugherty in Washington. MOVED


^Biden fans and the Pa. Democratic establishment are taking a quiet primary victory lap: 'He's the guy to beat Trump'<

^CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-PA-SUPPORTERS:PH—<In Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden is something of a favorite son, with roots in Scranton and a home nearby in Wilmington, the army of establishment Democrats who long backed him and fans who liked him from the get-go are celebrating — briefly, socially distanced, and with eyes toward defeating President Donald Trump in November.

1250 (with trims) by Julia Terruso in Philadelphia. MOVED



^LAPD, FBI collecting protest, looting footage as evidence for future arrests<

LAPD-VIDEO-ARRESTS:LA — Police officers have watched from skirmish lines as protesters and others stole from businesses, threw rocks, ignited fires and bashed in streetlights with skateboards.

More than 1,000 were arrested in Los Angeles alone over the weekend, but officials said they have not given up on tracking down others.

The Los Angeles Police Department has been collecting evidence throughout the protests in recent days over the death of George Floyd, mostly in the form of video footage that could be used to identify individuals and bring charges against them in the future.

The FBI on Monday put out a nationwide call for pictures and videos that could help identify people "actively instigating violence."

This strategy has been used in the past.

But it is also generating concern.

1400 by Kevin Rector and James Queally in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Former SEAL Edward Gallagher sues new Navy secretary, NY Times reporter<

NAVY-SEAL:SD — A retired Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in a closely watched war crimes trial in San Diego last year is suing a New York Times reporter and the Navy secretary, alleging the service leaked documents to smear the SEAL ahead of his trial.

Edward Gallagher, then a chief special warfare operator, was accused of several war crimes by some of his platoon subordinates. He was acquitted of most charges, but was convicted of posing for a photo with an Islamic State fighter's corpse.

500 by Andrew Dyer in San Diego. MOVED


^Tropical Storm Cristobal forms off Mexico; earliest C-named storm to form since 1851<

^WEA-CRISTOBAL-1ST-LEDE:FL—< The already busy 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially kicked off Monday with a tropical depression, which by midday Tuesday had become Tropical Storm Cristobal.

Cristobal is the third named storm of 2020 in the Atlantic. Both Arthur and Bertha formed ahead of June 1, the official start of hurricane season. It's also the earliest C-name storm in recorded history, according to the National Hurricane Center. It broke the record previously held by Tropical Storm Colin, which formed on June 5, four days after the start of the 2016 hurricane season.

600 by Robin Webb, Brett Clarkson and Wayne K. Roustan in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.. MOVED


^13-year-old boy to plead guilty to charges in stabbing death of Tessa Majors <

NY-STUDENTSTABBED:NY — A 13-year-old boy jailed six months ago in connection with the murder of Barnard College student Tessa Majors is expected to plead guilty for his involvement in her death, court officials said Tuesday.

The 5-foot-5 suspect will appear virtually before Manhattan Family Court Judge Carol Goldstein on Wednesday to enter a guilty plea, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration confirmed.

250 by Molly Crane-Newman in New York. MOVED


^SAT test woes: Plans for at-home tests suspended, some students may not have access to exams<

CMP-SAT-TESTS:LA — SAT tests may not be available this fall to all students who want to take the college admissions exam as the coronavirus crisis has limited the availability of testing sites and efforts to develop an at-home exam have run into roadblocks, the College Board announced Tuesday.

The testing organization is calling on universities and colleges to take these circumstances into account and extend deadlines for test score submissions.

450 by Teresa Watanabe. MOVED


^Facebook's Zuckerberg defends Trump content decisions to staff<

^FACEBOOK-TRUMP:BLO—<Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg told staff at a companywide meeting that he won't change his mind about a decision to leave up posts shared by U.S. President Donald Trump last week that many workers felt violated the company's policies against violent rhetoric.

550 by Kurt Wagner and Sarah Frier. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED


^Judicial watchdog says appeals court justice should be ousted for sexual misconduct<

CALIF-JUDGE-MISCONDUCT:LA — A California judicial watchdog group decided Tuesday that Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey Johnson should be removed from the bench for sexual misconduct, dishonesty and undignified conduct.

Johnson was charged with sexual misconduct toward 17 women at the courts where he worked and at professional functions, including unwanted touching, disparaging remarks and multiple instances of undignified conduct while he was under the influence of alcohol.

350 by Maura Dolan in San Francisco. MOVED


^With many coronavirus restrictions lifted, gun shows are returning to North Texas<

TEXAS-GUNSHOWS:FT — Gun shows are coming back to North Texas after COVID-19 restrictions closed them down.

Gun stores were listed as essential businesses when the stay-at-home orders came down in March, but shows were canceled because of size limits on gatherings.

400 by Elizabeth Campbell in North Richland Hills, Texas. MOVED


^First US gold coin might fetch $15 million in private sale<

^USCOIN-SALE:BLO—<One of the world's most coveted coins is coming to the market.

The Brasher Doubloon, the first gold coin struck in the U.S., is being offered privately at a $15 million asking price, according to numismatic adviser Jeff Sherid. His firm, Los Angeles-based PCAG Inc., is marketing the coin on behalf of a collector he would only identify as a former Wall Street executive.

350 by Josh Friedman. MOVED


^White supremacist group posing as Antifa called for violence online, Twitter says<

^WHITESUPREMACISTS-TWITTER:NY—<A white supremacist group created a fake Twitter account, posed as the leftist Antifa movement and called for violence during the ongoing protests sweeping the nation, the social media giant said Monday.

300 by Nelson Oliveira. MOVED


^Ghost Ship retrial further delayed due to coronavirus<

CALIF-OAKLAND-FIRE:SJ — The Ghost Ship criminal retrial of master tenant Derick Almena could be delayed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After a hearing on Friday, Judge Trina Thompson set the next court date as Oct. 1. But, that date is only to set the future trial date, which means the start of the trial could still be several months away.

450 by Angela Ruggiero in Oakland, Calif. MOVED


^Agency puts Florida police officer on leave after videos reportedly show him kneeling on man's neck<

FLA-OFFICER-LEAVE:OS —A Florida police force has started an internal investigation after it was tagged in a social media post showing an arrest in which an officer is reportedly seen kneeling on the head and neck of the man being arrested.

The arrest came on May 18, by the Sarasota Police Department of Patrick Carroll, 27, after responding to a domestic battery call.

250 by Richard Tribou in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^'Baby June' homicide remains unsolved two years after infant's body found in ocean<

FLA-DEADBABY:FL — It has been two years since an off-duty firefighter found the body of an infant floating in the ocean, and investigators are once again asking for the public's help identifying "Baby June" in hopes of solving her death.

Boynton Beach firefighter Chris Lemieux was aboard a charter boat on the afternoon of June 1, 2018, when he spotted the body off Boynton Beach Inlet and called 911.

300 by Wayne K. Roustan in Boynton Beach, Fla. MOVED



^'New era' for China-Japan ties dissipates over Trump-Xi fight<

CHINA-JAPAN:BLO — What was meant to be a landmark year for Japan-China relations has turned sour, as the U.S. standoff with Beijing leaves Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caught up in a fight between his country's biggest trading partner and its sole military ally.

850 by Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo. MOVED


^Trump's planned exit from WHO threatens efforts to control polio, tuberculosis <

^USWHO-PROGRAMS:BLO—<Global efforts to control polio and tuberculosis stand to suffer alongside the battle against the pandemic as a result of U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw from the World Health Organization.

Trump's decision last week to terminate the U.S. relationship with the global health body, about a month after he halted funding, leaves many unanswered questions. If he plans to withdraw all U.S. financing and expertise from the WHO, scientists fear a resurgence of deadly diseases the agency has spent years trying to destroy.

850 by Suzi Ring. MOVED


^Trudeau silent for 20 seconds after being asked about Trump<

TRUDEAU-TRUMP-1ST-LEDE:DPA — Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday hesitated for 20 seconds before answering a question about President Donald Trump's handling of protests gripping the United States.

Trudeau's long silence came when a reporter asked him to comment on Trump's threat to use the armed forces to quell violence.

550 by Sophie Wingate and Levon Sevunts in Montreal. MOVED



^Report: Deforestation, linked to pandemics, increased in 2019<

ENV-DEFORESTATION:CON — Deforestation of tropical old-growth forests increased last year, according to new satellite data unveiled Tuesday, wiping out acreage roughly the size of Switzerland in a period when experts are raising alarms about the transmission of a variety of diseases, including the novel coronavirus, that jump between animals and humans.

Earth in 2019 lost 9.3 million acres of primary tropical forests — swathes of pristine ecosystems that humans had left largely untouched. Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia saw the largest losses, while Bolivia and Australia experienced record tree losses for those countries due to wildfires.

600 by Benjamin J. Hulac in Washington. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.



^Climbing out from coronavirus: Northern California county sags under weight of economic crash<

CORONAVIRUS-CALIF-NORTH:LA — In the old mining towns that helped birth this state, the bonanzas could be counted on every summer in recent years — not in the extraction of ore, but in tourism, festivals and destination weddings.

Now businesses are hoping just to survive the summer, even as the novel coronavirus itself has left the region largely unscathed.

Residents in many of the state's rugged northern counties, from the Del Norte coast to here in the Sierra foothills, are largely watching the pandemic unfold from afar, as if it were one more nightmare in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Some feel stuck in a blind spot of public debate, lost between the terrible reality of the worst of the scourge and the noisy extremists who call it a hoax.

1900 (with trims) by Joe Mozingo in Nevada City, Calif. MOVED


^College students want their money back. It'll be tough to get it<

CMP-STUDENTS-REFUNDS:SH — The coronavirus left Grainger Rickenbaker, a 21-year-old Drexel University student and hockey goalie, without in-person lectures, seminars or labs as the school switched to remote learning.

So he sued.

Rickenbaker is suing the Philadelphia university for the pro-rated price of his tuition, saying he didn't get what he paid for. His lawsuit is one of at least 100 closure-related suits filed against colleges and universities in federal and state courts.

Some legal experts say cases such as Rickenbaker's will be tough to win.

1600 (with trims) by Elaine S. Povich in Washington. MOVED




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