Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks) with a dunk vs the Memphis Grizzlies, 04/14/2021
Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks) with a dunk vs the Memphis Grizzlies, 04/14/2021
As COVID-19 cases continue to fall and an increasingly vaccinated America emerges from the worst of the pandemic, the biggest political challenge facing President Biden may no longer be the virus itself. Instead, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll suggests that the more the U.S. recovers, the more Americans could start to question whether the administration’s multi-trillion-dollar policy agenda is helping or hurting the economy. The survey of 1,561 U.S. adults, which was conducted from May 11 to 13, found that Biden remains relatively popular with the American people — far more popular, for instance, than his predecessor Donald Trump was at any point during his presidency. Yet Biden’s current job approval rating (49 percent) is 5 points lower than it was in late April, and his disapproval rating (40 percent) is 3 points higher. That’s one of the smallest splits in any Yahoo News/YouGov poll since Biden took office. It’s too soon to say whether this movement signals a real shift in public opinion or just a blip in the data; polling averages still show that a majority of Americans approve of how Biden is handling his job, and the variations are within the margin of error. Yet there are other warning signs for the president in the Yahoo News/YouGov numbers.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge ruled Monday that the manslaughter case can proceed against a former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright, and she set a trial date for December. Former Brooklyn Center Officer Kim Potter, who is white, will stand trial Dec. 6, barring any future scheduling conflicts, Hennepin County District Judge Regina Chu said during a pretrial hearing. "I do find that there’s probable cause to support the charge against the defendant, Ms. Potter," Chu said. Potter, who is charged with second-degree manslaughter, appeared at the hearing via videoconference with her attorney, Earl Gray, and sat some distance behind him in his office. She looked straight ahead at the video screen and had little reaction during the hearing, saying, “Yes, your honor,” when the judge asked if the hearing could go forward via videoconference. Potter did not enter a plea during the hearing. Wright was killed April 11 during a struggle with police after a traffic stop. The former Brooklyn Center police chief has said he believes Potter meant to use her Taser instead of her handgun. Body camera video shows her shouting “Taser!” multiple times before firing. Protesters and Wright's family have disputed that the shooting was accidental, arguing that an experienced officer knows the difference between a Taser and a handgun. They had wanted prosecutors to file murder charges. The shooting, which ignited days of unrest, happened amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted of murder for pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe. Police have said Wright was pulled over for expired tags, but they sought to arrest him after discovering an outstanding warrant. The warrant was for his failure to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and had a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. Intent isn’t a necessary component of second-degree manslaughter in Minnesota. The charge — which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison — can be applied in circumstances where a person is suspected of causing a death by “culpable negligence” that creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes chances to cause a death. As Monday's hearing began, Chu acknowledged that Wright's family and friends were listening and extended her condolences to them. After finding there was probable cause for the case to continue, she set deadlines for court filings, saying it would benefit everyone to expedite the case. Prosecutor Imran Ali said the Dec. 6 trial date works for now, but there may be conflicts with the schedules of expert witnesses, once they are determined. “My goal is to try to keep that Dec. 6 trial date if we at all possibly can,” Chu said, adding: “If you need to schedule any type of plea hearing — if that should happen — I’m always available for that.” Ali said the state wants audio and video coverage of the trial be allowed, while Gray objects to that. Unlike many states, cameras are not routinely allowed during most Minnesota court proceedings. Chauvin's murder trial was the first Minnesota criminal trial to be broadcast live on television, with the judge allowing the broadcast due to high interest and pandemic restrictions that limited courtroom space. The trial of Chauvin's three-co-defendants is also going to be broadcast. Brooklyn Center was moving toward firing Potter when she resigned shortly after the shooting. The city’s police chief also resigned, after the City Council fired the city manager. On Saturday, Brooklyn Center's City Council approved a resolution that calls for sweeping changes in policing, including creating a new division of unarmed civilian employees to handle non-moving traffic violations and limiting situations in which officers can make arrests. The city attorney and mayor have said that adopting the resolution commits the city to change, but it is not a final action. ___ Find AP’s full coverage of the death of Daunte Wright at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-daunte-wright Amy Forliti, The Associated Press
VICTORIA — Four extra vaccination clinics have been set up in Surrey, B.C., this week to ramp up immunization in a COVID-19 hot spot with a high number of essential workers. The Health Ministry says the first 1,000 people to show up will be given wristbands for same-day appointments at the clinics, and residents must present identification proving they live in Surrey. Everyone in B.C. aged 18 and up can now book an appointment to get immunized as part of the province's age-based approach. Cases have steadily declined in B.C. this month, but an independent modelling group says continuing restrictions such as a ban on indoor dining until June 15 would keep case counts low, while reopening too soon could risk a surge. The group, made up of researchers from the University of B.C., Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria, says in its latest report that resuming activities on May 25 would also mean hospitalizations will not have dropped enough to make a big difference for the health-care system. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has suggested restrictions could be eased in the coming weeks as vaccination rates climb, though the researchers say behaviour such as wearing masks and distancing, not vaccination, has led to a decrease in cases. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide a major abortion case that could dramatically alter decades of rulings on abortion rights and eventually lead to dramatic restrictions on abortion access. It's been nearly 50 years since the court announced in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that women have a constitutional right to abortion. COULD THIS BE THE CASE THAT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE?
Shares of DraftKings (NASDAQ: DKNG) were down 4% in afternoon trading Monday after Florida Republicans delayed the launch of sports betting in the state until October. Gov. Ron DeSantis had worked out a deal with the Indian nation to authorize sports betting and even micro-betting, or bets on outcomes of events occurring within an event. Republican leadership in the state legislature said, "Even the mere possibility of this was unacceptable," according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a disaster for the city of Buckland and Native Village of Buckland in northwest Alaska following flooding from an ice jam last week, his office announced Monday. Dunleavy, in a statement, said the flooding caused "significant damage to homes, roads and utility infrastructure so a declaration is warranted to get the community back on its feet as soon as possible.” According to the statement, flooding that began Wednesday brought more than five feet of water and river ice into the area, prompting evacuations. Some homes are without heat, and a boil-water notice is in place, the statement says. The city of Buckland and Northwest Arctic Borough each declared disasters in response to the flooding, Dunleavy's office said. Water levels have dropped, and officials are undertaking a more thorough damage assessment, his office said. The state disaster declaration makes available disaster aid programs. The Associated Press
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The government's new guidance on masks for vaccinated people has left some Americans confused and sent businesses and states scrambling to adjust their rules. Target and CVS on Monday became the latest retailers to say vaccinated shoppers and workers don't have to wear masks in stores. New York said it will adopt the new mask advice this week, while California said it will wait a month. About 123 million Americans — 37% of the population — are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, and more than 157 million, or 47%, have received at least one dose. WHAT'S THE NEW ADVICE? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week said people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors and can stop social distancing in most places. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. “If you are vaccinated, we are saying you are safe, you can take off your mask, and you are not at risk of severe disease or hospitalization from COVID-19," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “If you are not vaccinated, you are not safe. Please go get vaccinated or continue to wear your mask.” ARE THERE EXCEPTIONS? Yes. The CDC says everyone — vaccinated or unvaccinated — should continue to wear a mask in certain places. Masks are still required on public transportation — buses, trains and planes — and in other settings like hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. Some states and businesses and stores are dropping their mask rules for fully vaccinated people because of the CDC change, while others are keeping them in place. California is waiting until next month to give the public and businesses time to prepare. WHY THE CHANGE? The CDC director says there was new science in recent weeks that supported easing the advice on masks and social distancing. She said there was new evidence that COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world settings, are effective against virus variants and prevent the spread of the virus. In announcing the new advice, she also cited the drop in infections in the U.S., the wide availability of vaccines and the expansion to ages 12 and up for the shots. “I want to be clear that we followed the science here," she said at a White House briefing. WHAT ABOUT KIDS? Children who haven't been vaccinated should still wear masks and keep 6 feet apart. The CDC recommends masks for children age 2 and older in public settings and when with people outside their household. Masks are also advised in schools. That won't change for the rest of this school year and “we’ll be working on school guidance for the fall,” Walensky said on Fox. Child care and camp guidance will also be updated, she said. She noted that some children may not understand why they have to wear a mask if the rest of the family isn't. “I think that that’s going to have to be a family by family decision,” she said on NBC's “Meet the Press.” CAN I STILL WEAR A MASK ANYWAY? Sure. Even though the guidance has changed, “there’s no need for everybody to start ripping off their masks,” Walensky said on NBC. “Those behaviors are going to be really hard to change, and there is no mandate to take it off," she said. “What we’re saying is, now this is safe.” WHO'S GOING TO BE CHECKING? In general, there's no system yet for checking vaccination records of those not wearing masks. Schools, businesses and other places may require proof of vaccination. The federal government has no plans for a “vaccine passport.” “What we are really asking the American people to do is to be honest with themselves and to not remove their masks until they are safe,” Walensky said on Fox. ___ The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. The Associated Press
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern): 3:45 p.m. Saskatchewan is reporting 178 new cases of COVID-19 today. Two more people have died, one in their 50s and one in their 80s. The province is now dealing with 1,965 active cases. There are 142 people in the hospital, 27 of whom are in intensive care. As of Sunday, 9,343 cases of COVID-19 variants of concern had been identified in Saskatchewan. --- 2:05 p.m. New Brunswick is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 today, including one travel-related case involving a New Brunswicker who is isolating outside the province. Health officials say the new cases involve three people from the Saint John region, five from the Fredericton area, two in the Edmundston region and one from the Bathurst area. New Brunswick has 118 active reported cases of COVID-19. There are 10 New Brunswickers hospitalized with COVID-19: six are in the province and four are outside. --- 1:50 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19, and 93 active reported infections across the province. Officials say all 10 cases have been traced to travel within Canada, or to previously identified infections. Public health is now asking anyone aged 12 and over to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. As of today, 47 per cent of people in the province aged 12 and over have received at least one dose. --- 1:35 p.m. Nova Scotia is reporting 91 new cases of COVID-19 today. Health officials have identified 66 cases in the Halifax area, 17 in the province's eastern zone, five in northern zone and three in the western region. The province has 1,435 known active cases of COVID-19, with 95 people in hospital, including 21 in intensive care. Bookings have also opened today for vaccine appointments for people 30 to 34 years of age, as the province reports having administered 430,856 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Sunday, with 39,235 people having received their second dose. --- 1:30 p.m. Manitoba is reporting 430 new cases of COVID-19 and one death. The percentage of people testing positive, averaged over five days, remains high at 12.7 per cent provincially and 14.3 per cent in Winnipeg --- 1:05 p.m. Nunavut is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 today. There are 65 active cases in the territory: 64 in Iqaluit and one in Kinngait. Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says Nunavut has placed an order for doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with the federal government to vaccinate people ages 12 to 17 in the territory. The Moderna vaccine is currently the only one available in Nunavut. The first case was declared in Iqaluit on April 14. --- 11 a.m. Quebec is reporting 551 new cases of COVID-19 today and eight more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including two in the past 24 hours. Health officials say hospitalizations dropped by seven, to 501, and 116 people were in intensive care, a drop of three. The province says 71,701 doses of vaccine were administered within the past 24 hours, for a total of 4,396,507; about 49 per cent of Quebecers have received at least one dose of vaccine. Quebec has reported a total of 363,847 COVID-19 cases and 11,042 deaths linked to the virus. --- 10:30 a.m. Ontario is reporting 2,170 new cases of COVID-19 today and four more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 566 new cases in Toronto, 556 in Peel Region, and 215 in York Region. Today's data is based on nearly 24,500 completed COVID-19 tests. Ontario says 1,320 people are hospitalized with the disease but notes that more than 10 per cent of hospitals did not submit data over the weekend. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 17, 2021. The Canadian Press
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The spread of the Indian variant has thrown the timings of key coronavirus announcements into doubt. Boris Johnson said last week that the government would be "saying more later this month about exactly what the world will look like" on 21 June and "what role there could be - if any - for certification [having to prove your COVID status] and social distancing". "We need time to assess the latest data on this variant first identified in India so I'm not going to give a set time for doing that," he said.
* Chile's peso set for worst day since January * Peru's sol drops as presidential candidate hints at higher taxes (Updates prices) By Ambar Warrick and Shashank Nayar May 17 (Reuters) - Chilean risk assets tumbled on Monday after a shock result in the vote over the drafting of a new constitution, while higher oil prices and a positive U.S. economic outlook helped support the Brazilian real and Mexican peso. The Chilean peso fell 2.2% and was set for its worst day since January this year, after the country's ruling center-right coalition failed to secure a critical one-third of seats in the body that will draft a new constitution, increasing the chances of the passing of more radical proposals. The copper-producing country's bonds, currency and stocks all sank as jitters spread amongst investors, fearful that Chile's market-friendly constitution, dating from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, could face a major overhaul.
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BNY Mellon Alcentra Global Multi-Strategy Credit Fund, Inc. (the "Fund") today announced the final results of its quarterly tender offer (the "Tender Offer") for up to 2.5% of the Fund's issued and outstanding shares of common stock (the "Shares").
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