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It's Trump's call on what the GOP convention will look like
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the Republican National Convention won't be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he'd anticipated. Already the late August event has moved from North Carolina to Florida, and now coronavirus cases are spiking and there's an economic recession. Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether the convention will be worth the trouble. Some are advocating that it be scrapped altogether. They reason that conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety those who attend. Ultimately, the call on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone.
Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. According to state Department of Health statistics released Sunday, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases. California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago. New York had 11,571 on April 15. The numbers come at the end of a grim, record-breaking week in Florida, with about 500 fatalities. On Sunday, 45 more deaths were reported. Throughout May and into June, the state reopened much of its economy with some restrictions.
NEW ZEALAND-MOSQUE SHOOTINGS
New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Australian white supremacist who admitting killing 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month. Brenton Harrison Tarrant had unexpectedly pleaded guilty in March to murder, attempted murder and terrorism. His sentencing hearing was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. It is scheduled to begin in Christchurch on Aug. 24. Tarrant faces life in prison. The judge has some discretion in deciding how many years he must serve before becoming eligible for parole.
Appeals court: 1st federal execution in 17 years can proceed
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the first federal execution in nearly two decades may proceed as scheduled on Monday. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court order that had put the execution of 47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee on hold. Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.
21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Twenty-one people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego. The blaze was called in shortly before 9 a.m. on the USS Bonhomme Richard. The cause is under investigation. Officials don't immediately know where on the 840-foot amphibious assault vessel the fire was sparked. San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard’s home port, and it was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the fire. Officials said about 160 sailors and officers were on board — far fewer than the thousand typically on the ship when it’s on active duty.
BLACK SUBDIVISION-HISTORIC REGISTER
New Orleans' 1st Black subdivision officially historic
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Pontchartrain Park opened in 1955. Although the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled a year earlier that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, segregation was still the law in Louisiana and other Southern states. The president of the Pontchartrain Park Neighborhood Association said it's great to have national recognition of the neighborhood's historical significance. Gretchen Bradford says that once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, the group will hold a grand celebration.
Grandson of Elvis Presley has died at age 27, agent says
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of Lisa Marie Presley has died. He was 27. Presley’s representative Roger Widynowski said in a statement Sunday to The Associated Press that she was “completely heartbroken” after learning about the death of her son Benjamin Keough. He is the grandson of the late Elvis Presley. TMZ reports that Keough died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday in Calabasas, California. Keough is also survived by his sister, actress Riley Keough.
Video that shows officer with knee on man's neck sparks fury
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Video posted on social media that shows a Pennsylvania police officer with his knee on a man’s neck trying to restrain him has prompted protests and a demand from the local Black Lives Matter group to suspend the officers involved. The video shot Saturday night from a passerby’s vehicle shows Allentown officers restraining a man on the ground outside a hospital. A protest formed hours later outside the police station, with calls for an investigation. Allentown Police released a statement Sunday night saying the interaction is being investigated and additional videos are being reviewed.
Record label announces death of rap artist Lil Marlo
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta-based rap artist known as Lil Marlo has died, his record label said. Quality Control Music announced the death of Rudolph “Marlo” Johnson on Sunday in a social media post, saying he'll be remembered as “a man of great talent who feared nothing.” A statement from the Atlanta Police Department says a man named Rudolph Johnson was killed late Saturday in what investigators believe was a targeted shooting. Officers responded to a single-car wreck on Interstate 285 in Atlanta at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. The statement says officers found the driver, later identified as Johnson, dead inside his vehicle. Investigators believe Johnson was shot while driving and that he was the intended target.
AP-VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST
The Latest: Alaska sees highest daily rise in COVID-19 cases
There have been 116 new COVID-19 cases reported across Alaska, the highest daily increase so far in the state. The Anchorage Daily News reports there was one new hospitalization and no new deaths reported in Alaska. The state Department of Health and Social Services says 93 of the new cases involved Alaska residents and 23 involved non-residents. The new cases reported Sunday break a previous record set the day before, when the state reported 77 cases. Alaska has reported 1,774 cases of COVID-19 statewide, including 847 active cases. The state has 17 deaths related to COVID-19.
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