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US surpasses three million coronavirus cases

Image caption California and Texas each reported more than 10,000 new daily cases on Tuesday. More than three million people in the US have tested positive for Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 131,000 deaths have been reported, and on Tuesday the US broke its record for most new cases reported in one day. Despite the rise, the White House wants to press forward on some reopenings, including for schools. US Vice-President ... Full story

Puerto Rico residents go without water every 24 hours in drought during pandemic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Puerto Rico is not only enduring a health crisis but also a worsening drought, forcing tens of thousands to go without running water every 24 hours. For nearly a week now, more than 140,000 residents, including some in the island’s capital of San Juan, have been experiencing an intermittent water supply. On Monday, Puerto Rico’s Governor Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency ... Full story

Trump is making it harder and harder to escape blame on the coronavirus

Throughout his presidency and especially the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump has avoided blame — to use a phrase — like the plague. When the outbreak took off and U.S. testing and medical equipment weren’t up to snuff, he blamed the Obama administration for leaving the cupboard “bare” ( it didn’t , and he had been president for three years by that point). When governors complained about the lack of ventilators, he blamed them for not ... Full story

Warren Buffett donates $2.9 billion to Gates Foundation, family charities

(Reuters) - Warren Buffett has donated roughly $2.9 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc ( BRKa.N ) stock to four family charities and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the latest but not largest contribution in his plan to give away his fortune. FILE PHOTO: Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett walks through the exhibit hall as shareholders gather to hear from the billionaire investor at Berkshire Hathaway Inc's annual shareholder meeting ... Full story

Canada projects $343bn deficit amid Covid 'uncertainty'

Image caption Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Canada is projecting a $343bn ($241bn, £200bn) deficit - more than a 1000% increase - for the upcoming fiscal year. The government has been pumping money into the economy since March, to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. It is the largest deficit, when compared to the country's GDP, since World War Two. About a third of the workforce is unemployed, and the economy is expected to shrink by almost ... Full story

The more data we get, the more obviously wrong Trump’s ‘it’s just because of testing’ becomes Washington Post

After the initial surge in coronavirus cases in the United States in March, the seven-day average of new daily cases fell to just over 20,000 in early June. That decline became central to Vice President Pence’s argument that the country wasn’t seeing a new wave of infections last month — but since June 9, the average has trended back up. Higher and higher, in fact, with the seven-day average passing 50,000 this week. Support our journalism. ... Full story

Shepard Smith, former Fox News anchor and frequent Trump target, to host CNBC nightly news show

Fox News veteran Shepard Smith, who abruptly departed the network last year, will host a news program on CNBC starting this fall. “The News with Shepard Smith” will air at 7 p.m. on weeknights, the network announced Wednesday. “We’re thrilled that Shep, who’s built a career on an honest fight to find and report the facts, will continue his pursuit of the truth at CNBC,” network chairman Mark Hoffman said in a statement. Support our journalism. ... Full story

George Floyd warned police he thought he would die because he couldn?t breathe, according to body cam transcripts Washington Post

MINNEAPOLIS — George Floyd repeatedly begged police officers not to shoot him and complained of being claustrophobic as they tried to place him in a squad car in the minutes before he was killed on a South Minneapolis streetcorner in May, according to transcripts of police body camera footage from the scene released Wednesday. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The transcripts make clear that Floyd was trying to cooperate with police but ... Full story

Kanye West breaks with Trump, claims 2020 run is not a stunt

NEW YORK -- Kanye West says he is no longer a Trump supporter. The rapper, who once praised President Donald Trump and said the two share “dragon energy,” tells Forbes that he is “taking the red hat off” — a reference to Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” cap. In a story published Wednesday, West also insisted that his weekend announcement that he’s running for President was not a stunt to drum up interest in an upcoming album. ... Full story

Window into virus surge: Death, recovery at Houston hospital

Window into virus surge: Death, recovery at Houston hospital July 8, 2020 GMT. HOUSTON (AP) — A few weeks after more than 100 people attended her husband’s funeral, the widow herself was on the brink of death. Her oxygen levels had fallen deadly low due to complications from COVID-19, and her heart stopped. Ten people, each in two layers of protective equipment, surrounded her hospital bed. ... Full story