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An Indiana city is asking its residents to go outside nightly and wave to their neighbors

(CNN)Hi-diddly-ho, neighborino! Nearly a third of the world’s population are living under coronavirus-related restrictions. To stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far topped more than 580,000 cases globally, health officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing. This includes staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from touching other people. As many continue weeks, and possibly months, of socially isolating at home, it can start to feel quite lonely. But the entire world is in this fight together — so go outside and say hello (a…

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Harvey Weinstein still faces charges in Los Angeles and the city’s prosecutor is requesting his transfer from New York

(CNN)While Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York earlier this month, he’s still facing charges in Los Angeles as well. This process is reliant on many actions by other agencies, so it is unclear when Weinstein will physically be in Los Angeles, Risling says in a statement. Risling also said the DA is aware of concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic. “Our office expects that each agency responsible for processing, transporting and housing defendant Weinstein will follow its protocols and public health guidelines,” he said. The…

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These girls aren’t in school but they’re still saying the Pledge of Allegiance

(CNN)Two sisters in Pennsylvania just finished a full week of learning at home since their school was closed to help stop the spread of coronavirus. “I think a lot of parents wouldn’t think of that (the Pledge of Allegiance), but that’s my normal life too because I teach second grade and that’s kind of my everyday,” he said. Carrington and Brooke said adding the pledge to their school at home routine was Paukovitch’s idea. His daughters have been enjoying the time at home but still stick to a schedule. The…

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Rudy Gobert is donating $500,000 to help people affected by the coronavirus

(CNN)Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to be diagnosed with coronavirus, is donating $500,000 to assist people affected by the virus and related closures. The suspension of the NBA season due to coronavirus isn’t just affecting players and fans, it’s having a sizeable impact on the pay of thousands of hourly employees at arenas across the United States. Vivint Smart Home Arena employs more than 800 part-time workers who handle food service, security, guest services and more. Besides basketball games, the arena hosts concerts and other public events. Four concerts…

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The US is deporting a Tennessee man who was an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp

(CNN)A US immigration judge has ordered a Tennessee resident, who served as an armed guard at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, be deported to Germany. Prisoners were held in “atrocious conditions and were exploited for outdoor forced labor, working to the point of exhaustion and death,” Holt and the court found. The judge also found, and Berger admitted, that he “guarded prisoners to prevent them from escaping during their dawn-to-dusk workday, and on their way to the worksites and also on their way back to the subcamp…

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A cancer patient quarantined on a cruise ship fears she won’t make it home for her chemotherapy

(CNN)A woman quarantined aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship off the California coast has stage 4 cancer and is worried she won’t make it home to start chemotherapy treatment on Monday. ‘I’m in extremely delicate health right now’ Kari said since her diagnosis, her doctors have given her medication to manage her pain, but she hasn’t been given anything to attack the cancer itself and that’s why getting off the Grand Princess is so important. She said she has the utmost sympathy for the passengers and crew that have been…

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For the second time this week in New Orleans, a person was fatally hit by a float during Carnival parade

(CNN)A person was killed Saturday night at the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans when they were hit by a float, authorities said. Cantrell said police responded to the fatality “in record time.” The final part of the parade was canceled, NOLA Ready tweeted. It is the second death during the Carnival season that precedes Mardi Gras. A woman was killed Wednesday night during the Krewe of Nyx parade. She was hit by a tandem float, authorities said. In 2017 a pickup truck went into the crowd and dozens…

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In just 1 week, 3 states considered bills to ban discrimination based on hair texture or style

(CNN)In just one week, three states around the nation introduced or advanced bills that would ban hair discrimination. The Minnesota bill introduced similar legislation earlier in the week. The recent bills come after ‘Hair Love’s’ Oscar The flurry of activity around these bills come as director Matthew A. Cherry won an Oscar for the short film “Hair Love,” a story about a black father trying to do his daughter’s hair. In his acceptance speech, Cherry pushed for the CROWN Act to be passed around the nation. “‘Hair Love’ was done…

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A man posed as an Uber or Lyft driver to lure women into his car, police say. They want other potential victims to come forward

(CNN)A California man accused of posing as a rideshare driver faces charges including burglary, false imprisonment and attempted sexual battery. Investigators said Ragheb is also linked to two other incidents — in 2018 and 2019 — when Ragheb allegedly posed as an Uber or Lyft driver and tried to get women to enter his vehicle. On at least one occasion, Ragheb allegedly drove a victim to her home and forcibly kissed her, police said. In another case, a victim reported seeing Ragheb in the victim’s backyard, peering into the windows,…

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A 9-year-old boy saves toddler from choking on Lifesaver candy

(CNN)Timothy Prater had seen the YouTube videos. He remembered seeing a poster, too. So when this 9-year-old’s cousin started stomping his feet and holding his throat, Timothy knew just what to do. Timothy remembered watching YouTube videos about the Heimlich, and remembered a poster hanging in Ramer Elementary School’s cafeteria illustrating the steps to save someone from choking. “I just feel happy that he’s alive,” Prather told WREG. “We never know when they’re watching, what they’re picking up on,” Kindergarten teacher Brandi Wardlow told WREG. “To think this little poster…

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Fiery crash kills 2 on I-85 near Atlanta

(CNN)Two people died Saturday morning in a fiery crash on Interstate 85 in suburban Atlanta, according to Gwinnett County police. Two northbound lanes reopened mid-afternoon, and Gwinnett police said on Twitter around 6 p.m. that the other northbound lanes opened and that all roadway repairs were finished. Police have not reported what caused the accident or released details on the two people killed, pending notification of family members. Other wrecks on I-85 in Atlanta have created traffic nightmares. In May 2017, an elevated section of northbound Interstate 85 caught fire…

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USA Gymnastics has offered survivors of Larry Nassar’s abuse a $215 million settlement

(CNN)USA Gymnastics offered Larry Nassar’s victims a $215 million settlement on Thursday as part of a plan for the organization to exit bankruptcy. “Noticeably absent from this plan is any of the specific reforms we’ve publicly asked for, for years,” she wrote on Twitter. “How much is a little girl worth? Apparently far less than the damage she’s incurred.” USAG, the sport’s governing body in the United States, filed for bankruptcy in late 2018 as it struggled to recover from the wide-ranging scandal that landed Nassar in prison. He was…

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Deer tramples man in a McDonald’s parking lot

(CNN)Everybody knows stepping into a parking lot creates the possibility of getting run over by a car — but by a deer? Ken looks to his right, sees the deer and looks directly at it. Showing no sign of stopping, the deer runs right over him, knocking him down. After a quick beat or two on the ground, Ken rolls to his feet and jumps back up. The deer didn’t stop. Worthy, a retired detective, said he’s seen some things on the job but this particular deer encounter caught him…

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Man who killed the McStay family sentenced to death

(CNN)The man convicted of killing a California family of four and burying them in the Mojave Desert nearly 10 years ago has been sentenced to death, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith announced in court on Tuesday. His defense attorney Rajan Maline told reporters outside the courthouse that the decision was a miscarriage of justice and that he believes Merritt is innocent. “There is no evidence to convict Mr. Merritt. It is shocking that we’re in this position today,” Maline told CNN by phone. Merritt’s daughter Taylor…

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Puerto Rican officials begin distributing Hurricane Maria supplies found in warehouse

(CNN)Officials in Puerto Rico began the distribution operation Monday of the Hurricane Maria emergency supplies found in a warehouse over the weekend, according to a general with the Puerto Rican National Guard. While the supplies were reported to be from Hurricane Maria, Reyes could not confirm the purpose of the supplies, saying he did not want to speculate because there was no inventory for the items. Puerto Rico will investigate mismanagement Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired three officials within 24 hours of the supplies being found. Carlos Acevedo, the…

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