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COVID-19 live updates: Nearly 72,000 kids tested positive in US last week

COVID-19 live updates: Nearly 72,000 kids tested positive in US last week

Lubo Ivanko/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States is facing a COVID-19 surge this summer as the more contagious delta variant spreads. More than 614,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and over 4.2 million people have died worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Just…read more »

Gusty winds expected to spread massive wildfires in West

Gusty winds expected to spread massive wildfires in West

Neal Waters/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gusty winds are fanning the already giant flames of wildfires scorching Western states and forcing thousands of residents to leave their homes. A frontal system moving into the region will bring winds with speeds up to 40 mph, which, combined with extremely dry vegetation, won’t bode well…read more »

Former Minneapolis cops want separate federal trial from Derek Chauvin after conviction in George Floyd case

Former Minneapolis cops want separate federal trial from Derek Chauvin after conviction in George Floyd case

Marilyn Nieves/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Three former Minneapolis police officers facing federal charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights have filed motions asking that their cases be severed from Derek Chauvin’s, arguing they won’t get a fair trial if they have to go to court with the convicted murderer of the 46-year-old Black man. Attorneys for…read more »

Wildfires in West prompt new evacuations as they spread through region

Wildfires in West prompt new evacuations as they spread through region

Eisenlohr/iStock(NEW YORK) — Evacuation orders have been issued in several regions in the West due to spreading wildfires. Thousands of residents in Northern California and Montana were ordered to flee their homes as both new and existing wildfires neared neighborhoods. Currently, about 90 large wildfires are burning in 12 states in the West — much…read more »

Cellphone snapshot of grizzly has Yellowstone tourist facing federal charges

Cellphone snapshot of grizzly has Yellowstone tourist facing federal charges

Darcie Addington via US Park Rangers(CHEYENNE, Wyo.) — An Illinois woman is facing federal charges for allegedly disturbing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park after a video surfaced of her attempting to get an up-close cellphone photo of a momma grizzly bear and her three cubs. Bob Murray, the U.S. attorney for the district of Wyoming,…read more »