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The Trump administration said Wednesday it will no longer directly run virus testing sites, which it had been doing in hard-hit parts of the country, opting instead to "transition" control of the last of its 13 sites to the states, including seven in Texas.
Administration officials defended the move as necessary to scale up testing at local pharmacies and other retail sites where Americans routinely visit, and they insisted that sites exclusively run by federal bureaucrats were never meant to be permanent.
Still, the move alarmed some lawmakers and prompted swift pushback from at least one local Texas county that warned demand for testing was on the rise and federally backed sites were at capacity.
It comes as President Donald Trump has expressed displeasure with the increased rate of testing nationwide because, he says, it causes case numbers to rise and make the U.S. health crisis look bad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday predicted as many as 150,000 U.S. deaths related to the virus by July 18.
Daily case numbers in Texas, in particular, have been soaring with 5,5551 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

"In May, when (federal officials) made the plan to end support on June 30, we could not have foreseen the continued rise in cases like we have in the past couple of weeks," wrote four House Democrats from Texas in a letter to the administration.

"Without FEMA’s supplies, fiscal aid and personnel, these sites may no longer be able to serve our communities," wrote Texas Reps. Al Green, Sylvia Garcia, Lizzie Fletcher and Sheila Jackson Lee.

Adm. Brett Giroir, as assistant secretary of Health tasked by Trump to coordinate the nation’s testing efforts, said the government is still planning to support testing efforts in Texas and elsewhere, including providing states swabs, reagents and other supplies.

He said the federal government had set up the 41 sites early on in the pandemic as a stopgap measure until local doctors, pharmacies and other retail sites could take over. Of the 41 federal sites originally set up, only 13 remained.

The primary difference, he said, is that the states -- not the federal government -- will control the sites.

"There is no reason that a locally unresponsive bulky parallel system needs to occur when the states could happily take these over," he told reporters.

Last month, the government began dispersing $11 billion to states to help them scale up testing. Giroir said the states can use the money to keep the sites open if they want. He also said he spoke with each state governor’s office to confirm the plan to transition control, and they agreed.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"We’re not pulling the rug out from anyone," Giroir said.

"In my opinion, this is not a story" because it represents a "small fraction" of test sites, he added.

That argument might not be enough to placate administration critics who point to early problems in testing and who say the money isn't flowing from federal coffers fast enough to local communities.

Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat whose home state of Washington was among the first to get hit, said the announcement was the latest signal that the administration wasn’t taking testing seriously.

"The pandemic is clearly getting worse in states nationwide—and instead of trying harder to stop it, President Trump is apparently trying harder to hide it," she said in a statement.

Dr. Umair Shah, the executive director of the Harris County Public Health Department in Texas, already asked the government to hold off on any changes until Aug. 30.

"[Harris County Public Health] is noting a significant increase in demand for COVID-19 testing and has been reaching the capacity of 750 tests per sites at both FEMA-supported sites. Therefore, it is clear COVID-19 testing is needed now more than ever," he wrote in a letter to the administration.

The FBI has completed its investigation into a noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this week and is not filing any federal charges, the organization announced Tuesday.
According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, the noose had been in the garage since as early as last fall.
Wallace, the league's only full-time Black driver, "was not the target of a hate crime," NASCAR said in a statement.
The FBI investigation concluded through video and photographic evidence that a garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been positioned in that garage number 4 since at least October 2019, and thus was not directed at Wallace.
"Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week," Town and Sharp's statement said.

In a press call with media on Tuesday, NASCAR President Steve Phelps said this was "fantastic" news.

"There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred," Phelps said. "It's not who we are as a sport."

Phelps said that NASCAR will be continuing its own investigation to determine "why there was a rope fashioned into a noose." He said the noose was present in the garage during a race in October. On Sunday, a member of Wallace's crew found and reported it to his crew chief, who then brought it to the attention of NASCAR Cup Series Director Jay Fabian, he said.

"To be clear, we would do this again," Phelps said. "The evidence that we had, it was clear that we needed to look into this."

In a statement on Tuesday, team owner Richard Petty Motorsports said team members were "acting in accordance with established protocols" after they discovered a "rope tied in the fashion of a noose" in the garage stall.

"No member of Richard Petty Motorsports, nor Wallace had any involvement with the presence of the rope," the statement said.

Phelps said the show of support around Wallace at Monday's race was a "very powerful image" and "one of the most important days that we had."

Before the race, all 39 other drivers and their crews marched down pit road as Wallace's car was pushed to the front of the field. The words #IStandWithBubba also were seen stenciled on the grass near the racetrack's pit row.

"These times kind of bring back that positive light of love and passion and solidarity and unity, to unite together and show that love is way stronger than hate," Wallace said on ABC's "The View" Tuesday.

Freddie Kraft, a member of Wallace's racing team, said on Twitter Monday that he was "relieved to know this was a huge misunderstanding."

"Doesn’t change a thing about the amazing sights we saw yesterday. Hopefully we continue to move forward from here," he said.
On Sunday, NASCAR had said it was launching an investigation after a noose was found in the garage stall of Wallace's 43 team at the Lincoln, Alabama, racetrack.

On Monday, the Department of Justice announced its Civil Rights Division was also investigating to determine if any federal laws were violated.

Wallace has been a leading voice in the sport amid calls for justice following George Floyd's death last month at the hands of Minneapolis police. After he pushed for NASCAR to ban the display of the Confederate flag, NASCAR announced earlier this month that it was banning the presence of the controversial flag at all events. Wallace has also raced with a Black Lives Matter paint scheme on his car.

A former Atlanta police officer is facing charges including felony murder and aggravated assault after fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot last week, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Brooks, a black man, "was running away at the time that the shot was fired" by Officer Garrett Rolfe, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said.
"At the time Mr. Brooks was shot," Howard said, "he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury."
Rolfe has since been fired.
If convicted of felony murder, the former officer could face the death penalty, Howard said.

The second officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, was placed on administrative leave.

Howard said that Brosnan has since decided to testify on behalf of the state. But in a statement sent Wednesday evening, Brosnan's attorney, Don Samuel, said that the officer has not agreed to testify.

"He will continue to tell the DA or the GBI [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], or any other investigator what happened. But he is absolutely not guilty of any crime and will not plead guilty and has not agreed to be a 'state's witness,'" the statement said.

Prosecutors have spoken with multiple witnesses, consulted with a Taser expert, looked at physical evidence and viewed surveillance video, dashboard camera and witness cellphone video, Howard said.

Howard said he concluded that Rolfe was aware that the Taser Brooks was holding had been fired twice. Howard explained, "Once it's fired twice, it presented no danger to him or to any other person."

After Brooks was shot, Rolfe "kicked Mr. Brooks while he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life," Howard said. "Secondly, from the videotape, we were able to see that the other officer, Brosnan, actually stood on Mr. Brooks' shoulders while he was there struggling for his life."

Brosnan faces two charges of violations of oath and a charge of aggravated assault for allegedly standing on Brooks' shoulder, the district attorney said.

Brooks, a 27-year-old husband, father and stepfather, was fatally shot on Friday. His death sparked an arson, new protests, an investigation and the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields.

In a sweeping landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is prohibited under federal civil rights law.
"An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids," wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative appointed by President Donald Trump, in the majority opinion.
Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, religion, national origin and sex. The court, by a vote of 6 to 3, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining Gorsuch and the court's liberal wing, said "sex" is a distinct characteristic but inseparable from the concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
"An employer who fires a woman, Hannah, because she is insufficiently feminine and also fires a man, Bob, for being insufficiently masculine may treat men and women as groups more or less equally. But in both cases the employer fires an individual in part because of sex," Gorsuch wrote.
The decision is the most significant affirmation of LGBT rights in the United States since the 2015 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage.

Before the decision, LGBT job discrimination was still technically legal in much of the nation. Less than half the states have laws explicitly prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. An estimated 11 million Americans identify as LGBT according to the Williams Institute.

The court's decision specifically addresses the cases of two gay men and one transgender woman, who were fired from their jobs and who sued their employers alleging discrimination.

Gerald Bostock, a Georgia child welfare services coordinator, said he was dismissed in 2013 for unspecified "unbecoming conduct" after his employer learned he had joined a gay softball league. New York skydiving instructor Donald Zarda was fired in 2010 after a customer complained that he had come out to her as gay during a jump. And, in Michigan, transgender funeral director Aimee Stephens was fired from her job of seven years after telling her boss that she planned to transition. Stephens died last month from kidney disease; Zarda died in an 2014 accident.

"There are truly no words to describe just how elated I am," Bostock said in a statement to ABC News. "When I was fired seven years ago, I was devastated. But this fight became about so much more than me. I am sincerely grateful to the Supreme Court, my attorneys, the ACLU and every person who supported me on this journey. Today, we can go to work without the fear of being fired for who we are and who we love."

Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas dissented in the case. All three argued that Congress, not the court, should explicitly draft protections for LGBT people.

"The question in these cases is not whether discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity should be outlawed. The question is whether Congress did that in 1964. It indisputably did not," wrote Alito.

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in May 2019 passed the Equality Act which would amend Title VII to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics in the workplace, housing, service and public accommodations under federal law. It has not been taken up by the Republican-controlled Senate or supported by Trump.

The attorney for Harris Funeral Homes, which fired Stephens, accused the court of "redefining 'sex.'"

"Americans must be able to rely on what the law says, and it is disappointing that a majority of the justices were unwilling to affirm that commonsense principle. Redefining 'sex' to mean 'gender identity' will create chaos and enormous unfairness for women and girls in athletics, women's shelters and many other contexts," said John Bursch.

Gorsuch took direct aim at those arguments in his opinion, rejecting concern about "social upheaval."

"They say sex-segregated bathrooms, locker rooms, and dress codes will prove unsustainable after our decision today," Gorsuch wrote, "but none of these other laws are before us; we have not had the benefit of adversarial testing about the meaning of their terms, and we do not prejudge any such question today."

"Those who adopted the Civil Rights Act might not have anticipated their work would lead to this particular result," he wrote. "Likely, they weren't thinking about many of the Act's consequences that have become apparent over the years, including its prohibition against discrimination on the basis of motherhood or its ban on the sexual harassment of male employees. But the limits of the drafters' imagination supply no reason to ignore the law's demands."

"The Supreme Court's historic decision affirms what shouldn't have even been a debate: LGBTQ Americans should be able to work without fear of losing jobs because of who they are," Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement.

While the case is historic for its protections granted to LGBT people, it was also historic for how, logistically, the opinion was granted. While the case was argued months before the novel coronavirus struck the United States, moving the Supreme Court's oral arguments to a virtual setting, the decision was announced in a virtual format. The Supreme Court website quickly faced apparent issues with so many viewers attempting to download the opinion, which is over 170 pages, leading to delays in accessing it.

In his first reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling, President Trump seemed resigned to the ruling.

“They've ruled, and we live with the decision. That's what it's all about. We live with the decision of the Supreme Court,

" he said at an afternoon White House photo op, adding that it was a "very powerful decision."

The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage, protests and calls for police reform in Minneapolis, across the United States and around the world.
Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. The three other officers have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter. All four officers have been fired.
9:44 p.m.: Los Angeles will not prosecute peaceful curfew breakers
Demonstrators in Los Angeles who broke curfew during recent protests will not be prosecuted, officials said.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that curfew violators and those who failed to disperse when ordered by police will not be prosecuted, and City of Los Angeles officials likewise said they will not prosecute those who were arrested "for nonviolent offenses during the protests."
"Powerful, peaceful, passionate protest is inseparable from the American identity, and I am proud of the thousands of Angelenos who have filled our streets to call for justice, cry out for change, and demand racial equality for Black Angelenos and all communities of color," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. "I fully support City Attorney Mike Feuer's decision not to prosecute or seek any punishment for those who broke curfew or failed to disperse during the recent protests, unless those cases involve violence, vandalism or looting."

City officials, however, said that those arrested will have to take part in a menu of programs or forums involving the "exchange of ideas," instead of going to court.

7:32 p.m.: Minneapolis looking at 'year of engagement' in police plan
The Minneapolis City Council said that it is committed to a year of public engagement in its intent to disband the city's police department in favor of a more community-oriented agency.

"I know that we have committed ourselves to a year of engagement. If we move faster than that, that's awesome," Councilman Jeremiah Ellison said Monday in a Zoom call with press hosted by the Justice Collaborative. "You also have to understand that the Minneapolis Police Department has been around for 150 years. So developing an entirely new apparatus for public safety, we've got to do our due diligence and communicate with the public about that."

Councilwoman Alondra Cano, the council's public safety chair, said she wants to get input from the police department in addition to the community.

The City Council said it plans to redirect funds from the police department to other community safety strategies. The council was set to receive an amended city budget from Mayor Jacob Frey on June 12 and make its final determination on June 30, though that timeline may have shifted, Cano said.

"I believe that we should and can redirect funds from MPD into other community safety strategies that can help inform and bring life to that new public safety system that we all want to create," Cano said. "I do want to redirect funds from MPD when we get the chance to take that vote. I'm hoping that happens within the next 30 days."

City Council President Lisa Bender noted that the city's budget is in a "very different place" than it was a few months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We'll be budgeting in a very different environment starting very soon in July," she said, adding that that might impact the City Council's priorities.

With the police union's contract currently up for negotiation, Ellison said it's unclear at this time if the council would move forward with the bargaining agreement.

6 p.m.: Attorney for accused officer says rookie cop committed no crime
An attorney for one of the former police officers accused in the death of George Floyd tells ABC News that his client did not commit a crime and will not be pleading guilty in the case.

Earl Gray, the attorney for former officer Thomas Lane, tells ABC News' Alex Perez that Lane had been on the job for only four days at the time of the incident and that he relied heavily on the advice and training of 20-year veteran officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video holding Floyd down with his knee on Floyd's neck.

Lane was "concerned about the guy," and after medics arrived he "jumped in the ambulance" to perform CPR, Gray said.

Gray said that Lane asked three times, "Shall we roll him over?" but Chauvin refused.

"My client did exactly what he was supposed to do -- followed the experienced officer's advice," Gray said. "He had no knowledge that Chauvin was killing this guy."

Gray said that Lane would not be accepting a plea deal in the case.

President Donald Trump on Monday sent a clear message during a White House roundtable with members of law enforcement: The police are doing a "fantastic" job.
"There won't be defunding, there won't be dismantling of our police and there is not going to be any disbanding of our police," he said at the afternoon event.
"We want to make sure we don't have any bad actors in there, and sometimes, you'll see some horrible things like we witnessed recently, but 99 -- I say 99.9, but let's go with 99% of them are great, great people, and they've done jobs that are record setting -- record setting," Trump said.
The president repeated that country's current crime statistics are "among the best numbers we’ve ever had in terms of recorded history."

"There's a reason for less crime, it's because we have great law enforcement. I'm very proud of them," he added.
Trump made the comments surrounded by top administration officials and half a dozen external participants that included attorneys general from Florida and Kentucky, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and representatives of police departments in Illinois and Colorado.

Attorney General William Barr said federal law enforcement understands distrust of the criminal justice system and acknowledged that for most of U.S. history, the law was discriminatory.

"Law enforcement fully understands and has understood for some time, the distrust that exists in the African American community toward the criminal justice system," Barr said, adding that he is "optimistic" for future reforms.

After the president's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke, Trump called him "my star."

"Hopefully at this time, where there's a lot of people in the country who are feeling different pain and feeling different concerns, law enforcement can be a leader and coming together and helping us work towards bringing solutions that could bring this country forward," said Kushner.

The roundtable comes on the heels of Minneapolis City Council announcing Sunday that it would disband the city's police force in the wake of Floyd's death and long-standing issues with police conduct.

"They want to end the police department -- quote end the police department in Minneapolis -- end. What does that mean? End it," Trump said, noting he saw reports in the papers. "They abandoned their police precinct, something I've never seen before. You had a mayor that asked them to abandon, and now they've abandoned the mayor, it looks like."

Trump called it the "opposite of far thinking" but said once he brought in the National Guard "it was like magic."

He said the roundtable would continue to discuss how policing can be done "in a lot more gentle fashion."

"But we can't give up the finest, law enforcement anywhere in the world is nothing like it," Trump said. "So we're going to be discussing some ideas and some concepts and some things, but we won't be defunding our police.

Trump added, "I guess you might have some cities will want to try but it's going to be very, very sad situation."

As Congress begins to chart a path forward on police reform, Majority Leader McConnell Monday afternoon on the Senate floor also swatted down the idea of any proposal that would defund police in exchange for additional social work and mental health programs, calling the matter "outlandish."

"I'm all for social work, and mental health," McConnell said. "But call me old fashion, I think you may actually want a police officer to stop a criminal and arrest him before we try to work through his feelings."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dismissed emerging calls to defund the police but unveiled with House Democrats earlier Monday a sweeping policing reform bill to "work with our police departments."

In rare public comments James Mattis, President Donald Trump's first and former defense secretary, has blasted the commander in chief for how he has handled the wave of protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer.
"Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people -- does not even pretend to try," Mattis wrote in an essay in The Atlantic. "Instead he tries to divide us."
"We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort," wrote Mattis. "We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children."
Mattis told ABC News Chief Global Affairs Anchor Martha Raddatz, "Enough is enough," shortly after the publication of his essay on Wednesday evening.

Since resigning as defense secretary in December 2018 over Trump's plans to pull U.S. military troops out of Syria, Mattis has never directly criticized the president.
In the essay entitled "In Union There is Strength" Mattis wrote that he has watched this week's events and is "angry and appalled."

"We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers," he wrote. "The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values -- our values as people and our values as a nation.

Mattis wrote that never did he dream the oath to preserve the Constitution that he and other service members took would be used " to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens -- much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside."

Tweeting his response late Wednesday, Trump mocked Mattis as "the world's most overrated General" and said "the only thing Barack Obama and I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis.

"Glad he is gone!" Trump added noting that he "he didn't like his 'leadership' style or much else about him" and said "his primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations."

"We must reject any thinking of our cities as a "battlespace" that our uniformed military is called upon to "dominate," Mattis wrote in an apparent reference to current Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who recently used that term in a conference call with governors.

"We know that we are better than the abuse of executive authority that we witnessed in Lafayette Park. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution," he continued.

"At the same time, we must remember Lincoln's "better angels," and listen to them, as we work to unite," he wrote. "Only by adopting a new path -- which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals -- will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad."

Mattis' rare public comments about Trump are a major shift for a man who has always maintained he would remain apolitical, as he did during his distinguished Marine career.

"It was an honor to serve under Secretary Mattis in the Pentagon, both as an American and as a former United State Marine," said Mick Mulroy, an ABC News contributor who served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy.

"He exemplifies the ethos of service before self and the principle that military officers should be apolitical," said Mulroy. "I believe he was apolitical as secretary and is now. It was probably a difficult decision to write this statement and that makes it even more important."

In the middle of dual crises confronting the country, voters in eight states and the nation's capital headed to the voting booth on Tuesday - for the single-biggest day of voting since the onset of the coronavirus - restarting a primary season thrown into disarray after states postponed their contests, and injecting some new energy into a transformed campaign trail.
The presidential primary and down-ballot contests come not only amid the unprecedented circumstances of a pandemic, but as the nation remains gripped by unrest and protests, fueled by anger and frustration over systemic racial issues compounded by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer.
Voters in Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota and the District of Columbia held presidential contests, although the primaries for both parties are already settled with two presumptive nominees in former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. Iowa, the first state in the country to hold a presidential contest with its caucuses on Feb. 3, is set to held down-ballot primaries for the U.S. Senate, four U.S. House seats, among other lower-profile races.
The voting will be an early preview of how states attempt to run elections if the virus continues to be a risk in the fall.
But the primaries also unfolded against the backdrop of widespread clashes between police and protesters, as some leaders, including those on the frontlines of the protests, are urging Americans to vote to impel meaningful change on racial injustice.

"If you want change in America, go and register to vote. Show up at the polls on June 9th. Do it in November. That is the change we need in this country," Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta and one of the women in contention to be Biden's running mate, said during a Friday night press conference as her city fell into turmoil.

One day before the primaries, former President Barack Obama, in a lengthy Medium post, refuted the suggestion that voting alone is not enough to satisfy a weary electorate's nationwide calls for reform.

"I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more," Obama wrote.

"If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform," he continued.

The contests also came as the messages from those at the top of the ticket could not be more different.

In the last week, as the president chose to stoke longstanding racial divides rather than trying to comfort a hurting community in a series of tweets, his November rival pushed for unity.

"We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us," Biden said in a statement released over the weekend.

Amid the multiple days of demonstrations in city streets, local election officials were forced to make some eleventh hour adjustments to adapt to the ongoing protests.

In Philadelphia, Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Monday he is extending the deadline for voters to return mail-in ballots by one week, until Tuesday, June 9 in six counties: Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

The move comes after Mayor Jim Kenney said during a press briefing Monday that the city asked for "the state's assistance in making sure our polling places were secure" and "for an extension of the deadline for mail in ballots." Philadelphia has been under curfew for three straight nights. "These actions are appropriate and much needed," he said.

In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser instituted a curfew through Tuesday night starting at 7 p.m., but clarified that it does not apply to voters, poll workers or election officials and volunteers participating in the election.

In Baltimore, a spokesperson for the city board of elections said they "cannot" predict what the protests will look like on election day or what the impact may be, but at least one ballot drop box closed early on Monday and was moved to a different location. The other locations for drop boxes in the city are set to reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

In Iowa, although a spokesperson for Paul Pate, the secretary of state, told ABC News in an email that there are no last-minute changes to adapt to the protests, in an earlier email, the spokesperson noted that county election officials "are working with local law enforcement" and "there are procedures and plans already in place preparing for a variety of scenarios" without providing specific details.

Voters heading to cast their ballots on Tuesday also faced an alternate reality due to the coronavirus - one in which election officials abruptly changed their blueprint for running elections to adjust to social distancing and other state and federal guidelines.

Of the seven states and the nation's capital with primaries for the top of the ticket on June 2, more than half were delayed contests that were initially scheduled in April and May - reflecting the volatility brought on by the coronavirus.

All of the states holding elections are r3lied on and expanded their vote-by-mail apparatus to adapt to the shifting public health conditions, even as Trump attempts to cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in voting.

As manufacturers around the world race to find a drug to treat COVID-19, a tiny British-Norwegian company developing a treatment for the illness says it is "very optimistic" for the potential of a new drug that would require a patient to take only one pill a day.
BerGenBio, a biotechnology company that employs just 38 people based in Bergen, Norway, and Oxford, England, has developed a drug called bemcentinib, which is currently in phase two of clinical trials.
Richard Godfrey, the CEO of BerGenBio, told ABC News that he has high hopes that the drug, which was initially developed to treat cancer, will benefit coronavirus patients.
Laboratory studies have also demonstrated antiviral activity against Ebola and the Zika virus, he said, "so we had an inkling already that our drug could potentially work in serious viral infections."

The teams at Oxford and Bergen worked closely with the University of Iowa to evaluate the efficacy of the drug. Bemcentinib works by binding to a protein called AXL tyrosine kinase, which prevents it from activating other processes in the cell.
In doing so, the drug can build the cell's resilience, Godfrey said.

"By inhibiting AXL with our drug, you prevented the virus from getting into the cell," Godfrey told ABC News. "And you also prevented the deactivation of the antiviral immune response that that's critical for our bodies to clear infections … so it's a dual mechanism of action that the virus can hijack. That's really important."

There are dozens of potential COVID-19 treatments in development across the world, and given the unknown nature of the disease, we could see multiple combinations of drugs to be tested in trials, Godfrey said.

"Consistently, we're learning in drug development that it's very rare that there's one magic pill, that there's one drug to treat the disease," Godfrey said. "Normally it's a combination of drugs, whether it's complementary mechanisms or mechanisms that support another. So I think we're going to see combinations emerging, and we already are seeing those being trialed."

Bemcentinib is currently being tested on 120 COVID-19 patients in British hospitals, only half of whom are taking bemcentinib in order to allow a head-to-head comparison of its potential benefits.

"It is, quite simply, just a one-a-day pill that the patients take," Godfrey said. "I'm very, very optimistic for the benefit that our drug will bring to patients."

First light has yet to break in New York City, but at a bus depot in the South Bronx, Wayne Lizardi has already been behind the wheel for hours.
“Transit runs 24/7,” Lizardi told “Nightline.” “We can’t stay home. Buses don’t drive themselves.”

Lizardi has shouldered a heavier workload since COVID-19 hit the city.
“There’s extra buses that are running to compensate for the four hours that the subways aren’t running. So I picked up a trip from 2 to 5 [a.m.],” he said.
His bread and butter, shuttling essential workers across New York City at all hours, makes him a frontline worker in the ongoing pandemic. More than 100 of Lizardi’s colleagues in the MTA have died and thousands have tested positive. At one point, 6,000 were home sick or quarantined. Well over 50 percent of the MTA work force are minorities.
“We are putting our lives out there,” he said. “If you were to tell me … ‘You’re going to be out there and you could very possibly die’ … would I have signed up for it? I don’t think anybody would sign up for that. But we did, and we’re here.”

Watch the full story on "Nightline" TONIGHT at 12:05 a.m. ET on ABC

The Bronx is the northernmost of five New York City boroughs, separated from Manhattan by bridges and subway tunnels. It’s home to Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo and nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers, many of whom are essential workers.

“Before COVID-19, the Bronx was known as the poorest borough,” New York City Councilmember Ritchie Torres told “Nightline.” “It's come to be known as the essential borough.”

Many of the workers throughout the borough who didn’t have a choice to stay at home when the pandemic came are people of color earning low wages.

“It's hardly an accident that the Bronx, which has the highest rates of racially concentrated poverty, has become the epicenter of the New York City outbreak,” Torres said.

The pandemic has ravaged the Bronx and left a community bearing New York City’s highest rates of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations. According to the city’s Department of Health, black and Latino residents make up a vast majority of COVID-19 cases at a rate of 2,768 cases per 100,000 people. Residents in the Bronx, who are majority Latino and black, are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than anywhere else in the city.

The deadly pathogen has exposed the stark divides of race and class — the haves and have nots.

In the southeast Bronx, community organizer Tanya Fields has cultivated an urban farm where she, along with her six children and neighbors, grow everything from herbs to fruit trees. They even raise chickens.

“Just being able to pick fruit off of a tree in your community, people really appreciate that,” Fields said.

Fields is preparing to harvest vegetables to distribute to her neighbors just weeks after recovering from COVID-19 herself.

“I got very, very sick for about three weeks,” she said. “[I had an] unproductive cough, fever of about 101 [degrees], body aches and chills.”

Within days, the virus stormed through the three-bedroom apartment Fields shares with her family. She said it was “impossible” to distance herself from her six kids.

“I was wearing a mask in my house almost 24/7,” she said. “I tried to stay out of common areas like the kitchen, but that’s difficult.”

“My eldest daughter, who is 17, college bound, she got the sickest of all of my children,” she said. “My 16-year-old, who was chronically asthmatic, she was having a lot of wheezing and a lot of problems breathing.”

Attorney General William Barr said Monday he does not expect that the review of the origins of the Russia probe, being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham, will lead to a criminal investigation of either former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden.
President Donald Trump told reporters later Monday he was "surprised."

“I think Obama and Biden knew about it. They were participants, but, so I'm a little surprised by that statement,” Trump told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, saying he would need to take a closer look at Barr’s remarks, which he said he just recently learned about.

Asked if he will be disappointed if there is no criminal investigation into his political rivals, the president wouldn’t say, but said he has no doubt of their involvement in the origins of the Russia probe.
“I don’t know about being disappointed or not,” Trump said. “But I have no doubt that they were involved in this hoax. One of the worst things ever to befall this country, in terms of political scandal. I have absolutely no doubt that Obama and Biden were involved and, as to whether or not it was criminal, I would think it would be very serious. Very, very serious. It was a takedown of a president, regardless of me -- It happened to be me. And in my opinion, it was an illegal takedown.”
Trump called the move a "double standard."

“If it was me, I guarantee that they’d be going after me. In his case, they’re not so -- I think it's just a continuation of a double standard. I'm surprised by it,” Trump said.

Even as the president leveled serious accusations without evidence that his predecessor was involved in illegal activity to take down his presidency, he said he will stay out of the matter and leave it to his “honorable attorney general."

“I've decided to stay out of it,” Trump said. “I will say this: we have an honorable attorney general. He's going to do an honorable job. He's a very honorable man and he's going to do a very honorable job.”

Barr's comment came at an earlier "virtual news conference" from the Justice Department.
“As to President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on the information I have today, I don't expect Mister Durham's work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man,” Barr said.

Barr said there have been “increasing attempts to use the criminal justice system as a political weapon,” and that what happened to President Trump was “abhorrent” and “grave injustice” as law enforcement was used to advance what he called a “false and utterly baseless” Russia collusion narrative.

“The proper investigative and prosecutorial standards of the Department of Justice were abused, in my view, in order to reach a particular result,” Barr said.

But Barr emphasized that abuses of power were not necessarily criminal offense.

He pledged that the “criminal justice system will not be used for partisan political ends.”

Trump has been promoting the idea that Obama and Biden committed crimes.

A commission monitoring $500 billion of coronavirus relief
funding produced its first report Monday -- though
according to the report, there weren't that many receipts to comb through.
The Treasury Department has so far disbursed only $37.5 billion of
the $500 billion carved out in the CARES Act to be used for
emergency lending to businesses, state and local governments,
according to the report from the Congressional Oversight Commission.
The $37.5 billion was put toward purchasing corporate debt, which will largely benefit big companies.
Of the $500 billion total, $29 billion is available for
airlines and $17 billion is available for businesses
"critical to maintaining national security," according
to the report. No loans have been doled out from that
reserved pot of money, nor has any public documentation
been released on who the money is going to, the report said.
One of the most anticipated programs the $500 billion will support
is the Main Street Lending Program, which will provide loans out
to midsize businesses. No money has been disbursed through that program either, the report said.
The Congressional Oversight Commission, created by the $2 trillion
CARES Act passed in late March, will issue a report every 30 days.
So far, though, the commission's work ha been impeded by the delayed

appointment of a leader, which would allow the members to proceed
with hiring staff and arranging meetings. The commission members
so far include Reps. French Hill, Republican of Arkansas, and Donna
Shalala, Democrat of Florida, as well as Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican
of Pennsylvania, and Bharat Ramamurti, a senior Democratic aide who
formerly worked on oversight for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office.
The fifth member of the commission, its leader, will be picked
jointly by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Asked about the delay on Monday,
neither office provided any update on the timeline for their decision.
On May 5, Pelosi said she was "waiting to hear back" from McConnell about their pick.
"We're having conversations. We're going back and forth and hopefully we'll have a decision soon," she told reporters.

Despite the incomplete staffing, the first report served as an
initial blueprint for the commission's next few years. The report
framed how the country got to this point, what steps the government
has taken to address it, and where oversight of the money will be necessary.

At the root of it all, the commission wrote, are two main questions: What
are the Treasury and the Fed doing with the $500 billion of taxpayer money, and who is that money helping?
The commission should have plenty to dig into once funds begin to be
disbursed. The Federal Reserve has already committed to releasing monthly

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 281,000 people worldwide.
More than 4 million people across the world have been
diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory
virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science
and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are
believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported
cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.
Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States
8:56 p.m.: Member of Joint Chiefs gets conflicting results on COVID test
General Joseph Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will receive a third test for the coronavirus
on Monday after he received conflicting test results on Saturday, according to a U.S. official.
The general tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday afternoon but a
subsequent test Saturday was negative, according to a Pentagon spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Admiral Mike Gilday, the Chief of Naval Operations and
another member of the Joint Chiefs, will self-quarantine for a week

Gilday tested negative for COVID-19, but a U.S. official told ABC News
that he will self-quarantine for the next week out of an abundance of caution.
He did not attend the Joint Chiefs meeting with President Donald Trump at
the White House on Saturday night as he awaited the results of a test taken on Friday, said the official.

2:57 p.m.: Fauci, 3 others to testify by videoconference at hearing
All four administration witnesses scheduled to testify before the Senate
Health Committee this week will appear by videoconference out of "an
abundance of caution," the committee chairman said Sunday.

Three of the four witnesses are in some form of quarantine after
possibly being exposed to COVID-19: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of
the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Dr. Robert Redfield,
director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.

A fourth witness, Dr. Brett Giroir, is also scheduled to testify at
Tuesday's Senate Health Committee hearing about the government response to COVID-19.
The quarantine measures follow the discovery of two known coronavirus
cases at the White House, including the vice president's press secretary.

After months of stalled nuclear negotiations and ratcheting up rhetoric, North Korea
has promised to deliver a "Christmas gift" to the U.S. -- a warning that has American and South Korean
officials on high alert this week for a potential long-range missile test.
If so, it would be the first long-range missile test in over two years, which is not only another
flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions on Pyongyang, but also a breach
of Kim Jong Un's personal pledge to President Donald Trump not to test such weapons.
That could mean a swift unraveling of Trump's diplomatic efforts to end North Korea's nuclear
weapons program, perhaps even a return to his days of threatening "fire and fury" on "Little Rocket Man."
The threat of a test even has commercial airliners on edge. The U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration issued an alert earlier this month warning of "longer-range missile test
launches prior to the end of 2019, or in the early part of 2020," according to a threat analysis obtained by ABC News.
In a Dec. 3 statement, North Korea's vice minister of foreign affairs said,
"What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get."
The "option" that North Korea wants is the U.S. abandoning its "hostile policies" of demanding
North Korea's nuclear disarmament and refusing to provide sanctions relief until it starts
to do so -- something the Trump administration says it will not do. The ultimatum echoed one
from Kim himself in April, telling Trump that he would wait until the end of the year for the
U.S. to be more flexible and take a new approach to their talks. The two leaders' second summit
in Hanoi, Vietnam, last February ended when Kim offered to dismantle the nuclear facility at
Yongbyon in exchange for an end to U.N. economic sanctions. That would have left North Korea's
secret nuclear sites and its nuclear arsenal, so Trump walked away.

A former Arkansas 911 dispatcher was cleared of wrongdoing following accusations that
she mishandled a call with a drowning woman and told her to "shut up" just moments before she died.
An internal investigation concluded that operator Donna Reneau violated policy by being
rude during an August call with Debbie Stevens shortly before her death, but she did
nothing that would have warranted her termination, according to the Fort Smith Police Department.
"No evidence of criminal negligence or activities on former Operator Reneau’s part. In fact,
the evidence shows that while Operator Reneau spoke rudely to Mrs. Stevens during the call,
she actually bumped the call up in the order of importance shortly after receiving it," the department said in a report released Friday.
Stevens' death made national news earlier this year when the department released audio
of the 911 call. Stevens only had minutes to live, but Reneau appeared unconcerned and
even scolded the 47-year-old woman for driving into such deep waters.
Fort Smith police got a call from Stevens, 47, at around 4:38 a.m. on the morning of
Aug. 24. She had been delivering newspapers for the Southwest Times Record when her
sport utility vehicle was swept away in a flood and then trapped among trees as the
waters continued to rise, police said. Stevens first called a family member, Fort Smith police said, and then she called 911.

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