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AMERICA PROTESTS-TRUMP — President Trump is addressing the nation from the Rose Garden as protesters demonstrate outside White House. The story will be updated.





AMERICA PROTESTS — George Floyd’s brother pleads for peace in the streets, saying destruction is “not going to bring my brother back at all,” while President Donald Trump berates most of the nation’s governors as “weak” for not cracking down harder on the lawlessness that has convulsed cities from coast to coast. By Aaron Morrison and Matt Sedensky. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, videos, graphic. With AMERICA PROTESTS-NYC — New York City imposes 11 p.m. curfew amid Floyd protests. SENT: 930 words, photos; AMERICA PROTESTS-FEDERAL RESPONSE — U.S. officials vow to “maximize federal law enforcement presence” in the nation’s capital. SENT: 790 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-TRUMP — President Trump derides many governors as “weak” and demands tougher crackdowns in the aftermath of violent protests in dozens of American cities. Trump speaks to governors on a video teleconference that also includes law enforcement and national security officials, telling the state leaders they “have to get much tougher.” Later, the president addressed the nation from the Rose Garden as protesters demonstrated outside the White House. By Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin and Alan Suderman. SENT: 640 words, photos, video, audio.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK — At least a quarter of the COVID-19 deaths in the United States were among nursing home residents, a new report says. The disclosure comes as coronavirus restrictions ease, even as U.S. protests against police brutality spark fears of new outbreaks. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Curt Anderson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. With VIRUS OUTBREAK-NURSING HOMES — Nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from COVID-19, federal officials say. SENT: 740 words, photos; VIRUS OUTBREAK-WHAT’S HAPPENING (sent).

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GEORGE FLOYD-DEATH INVESTIGATION — A medical examiner classifies George Floyd’s death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped as police restrained him and suppressed his neck, in a widely seen video that has sparked protests across the nation. Under “other significant conditions” it says Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension, and lists fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use. By Amy Forliti and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 540 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN — Joe Biden vows to address institutional racism in his first 100 days in office. Biden offers emotional support and promises bold action during an in-person meeting with black leaders in Delaware and a virtual meeting with big-city mayors who are grappling with racial tensions and frustrated by a lack of federal support. By Alexandra Jaffe, Steve Peoples and Will Weissert. SENT: 980 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-VOTING — Tuesday’s primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning in the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new strategies of getting out the vote when it can be dangerous to leave your home. By Nicholas Riccardi and Marc Levy. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. With ELECTION 2020-WATCH — Will Tuesday clinch the nomination for Biden? (sent).

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AMERICA PROTESTS-ANTIFA-Q&A — President Trump has blamed antifa activists for violence at protests over police killings of black people. But the antifa isn’t an organization — it’s an umbrella term for far-left leaning militant groups — and targeting it isn’t simple. By Eric Tucker. SENT: 820 words, photos.




RELIGION-FALWELL VS PASTORS — Nearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University suggest that school President Jerry Falwell Jr. tep down after he mocked Virginia’s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed the state’s governor. SENT: 880 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-RODNEY KING FLASHBACK — When violent protests over the death of George Floyd reached Los Angeles, people of color expressed heartbreak but not necessarily surprise — many had seen it nearly 30 years ago during the Rodney King riots. SENT: 940 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-THE NAMES — The message from protesters around the United States is that George Floyd is the latest addition to a grim roster of African Americans to be killed by police. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FACEBOOK-EMPLOYEES-TRUMP — Facebook employees use Twitter to register their frustration over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to leave up posts by President Trump that suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot. SENT: 640 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ANCIENT CANNABIS — Israeli scientists dig up cannabis traces in ancient temple. SENT: 400 words, photos.




AMERICA PROTESTS-CONGRESS — As Congress convenes while confronting protests outside its doors over the treatment of black people in the United States, the civil unrest and the coronavirus crisis that is disproportionately striking African Americans spark urgent pleas for action. By Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 840 words, photos. UPCOMING: 890 words by 7 p.m., photos. (Replaces VIRUS OUTBREAK-CONGRESS from 2 p.m. digest.)

AMERICA PROTESTS-KENTUCKY — Louisville’s police chief is fired after the mayor learns that officers failed to activate body cameras during a fatal shooting. SENT: 740 words, photos. With AMERICA PROTESTS-ATLANTA-EXCESSIVE FORCE — Two police officers fired over excessive force during protest. SENT: 940 words, photos; AMERICA PROTESTS-FLORIDA — Florida police officer suspended for pushing kneeling woman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-SUBURBS — In several cities that have locked down city centers amid violent unrest spinning off of protests over police brutality, trouble has spread out through neighborhoods and into surrounding suburbs. UPCOMING: 850 words by 8 p.m., photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-WORLD REACTION — Long the target of American criticism, countries like China, Iran, Russia and North Korea seize on the unrest that followed the killing of George Floyd as an opportunity to fire back at the U.S. SENT: 600 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-CORONAVIRUS-TRACKING — Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement’s response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of the coronavirus. By Medical Writer Mike Stobbe. SENT: 790 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-CELEBRITIES — Many celebrities have decided to do more than just tweet about their outrage over the killings of black people at the hands of police. SENT: 890 words, photos.




VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ANTIVIRAL DRUG — A California biotech company says its experimental drug remdesivir improved symptoms when given for five days to moderately ill, hospitalized patients with COVID-19. SENT: 420 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-BLACK BUSINESSES — The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disproportionately impacted African Africans, infecting and killing them at high rates, but black Americans are also experiencing the economic brunt of the pandemic. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-LIVES LOST-CENTENARIAN — The oldest Americans — people who are 100 or older — are among the most vulnerable in the pandemic. SENT: 680 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPAIN — Spain reports no official deaths from the new coronavirus in a 24-hour period for the first time since March. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-FLYNN — The Justice Department’s motion to dismiss its own criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn is “unusual” and the judge is correct in wanting to carefully consider the request before deciding whether to grant it, according to a court filing by lawyers for the judge. SENT: 500 words, photo.

SUPREME COURT-PUERTO RICO — The Supreme Court upholds the oversight board established by Congress to help Puerto Rico out of a devastating financial crisis. SENT: 580 words, photo.

TRUMP-FACT CHECK-SPACE — President Trump takes full credit for the government’s role in the launch of SpaceX, the first-ever private spacecraft to attain orbit with astronauts on board. The path to a commercial launch was actually paved over more than 10 years. SENT: 620 words, photos.




RUSSIA-US — The Kremlin says that PresidentTrump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell him about his proposal to convene an international summit involving Russia. SENT: 370 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Rains from Tropical Storm Amanda leave at least 17 dead, seven missing and cause extensive damage across El Salvador and Guatemala. SENT: 270 words, photos.

YEMEN-AID AT RISK — Aid organizations make an urgent plea for funding to shore up their operations in war-torn Yemen. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.




FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-KENTUCKY — The gunfire that killed a black woman Breonna Taylor and wounded one of the plainclothes police detectives who crashed through her front door fuels a debate over so-called no-knock warrants. SENT: 980 words, photos.

2020 CENSUS — The U.S. Census Bureau reaches its predicted goal for people answering the 2020 census questionnaire on their own. The bureau reports that the self-response rate is 60.5%. SENT: 500 words, photo.

MILITARY BASE SHOOTING — A shooting leaves two airmen dead at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. SENT: SENT: 200 words.




HOME LAUNCH-SPACE STATION — The first astronauts launched by SpaceX declare victory in NASA’s cosmic capture-the-flag game, claiming the prize left behind at the International Space Station nearly a decade ago by the last crew to launch from the U.S. SENT: 580 words, photos.




COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT — Four of the country’s biggest publishers sue a digital library for copyright infringement, alleging that the Internet Archive has illegally offered more than a million scanned works to the public. SENT: 640 words.




AMERICA PROTESTS-SPIKE LEE — It’s not the first time that Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” has been freshly urgent, but Lee’s 1989 film has again found blistering relevance in the wake of George Floyd’s death. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 640 words, photos.

AMERICA PROTESTS-MUSIC INDUSTRY — The music industry plans to turn off the music and hold a day to reflect and implement change in response to the death of George Floyd. SENT: 670 words, photos.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB — Major League Baseball is expected to react negatively to the players’ union’s proposal for a 114-game season at full prorated pay. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m., photos.




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