– Tropical storm Fay is expected to weaken further as it moves inward and become a post-tropical low pressure system on Saturday and dissipate on Sunday, the U.S National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm made landfall on Friday near Atlantic city, New Jersey, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, according to an earlier bulletin issued by the NHC. Fay was located about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of New York City, with maximum sustained…"Tropical storm Fay to weaken, expected to dissipate on Sunday, NHC says"
– California will release up to 8,000 inmates early from state prisons to slow the spread of COVID-19 inside facilities, state authorities said on Friday. Several California prisons have suffered large coronavirus outbreaks and the state corrections department said inmates could be eligible for release by the end of August. The release marks the biggest move yet by California to “decompress” prison populations and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by creating more space for…"California to release 8,000 prisoners to slow pandemic"
– The United States reported at least 62,500 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a record daily increase for a third day in a row, according to a tally. Seven states reported record increases in cases on Friday: Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin. Walt Disney Co stuck to its plans to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando on Saturday even as Florida recorded its second-highest increase in cases ever with more than…"U.S. coronavirus cases rise by record for third day in a row, up over 62,500"
– Goya Foods Inc, the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company and a popular brand among Latino Americans, became the target of a boycott campaign on social media on Friday sparked by its CEO effusively praising President Donald Trump at the White House. The hashtags #Goyaway and #BoycottGoya began trending on Twitter after Robert Unanue, chief executive officer of the New Jersey-based company, appeared with Trump on Thursday for the signing of an executive order creating…"Head of leading Hispanic-owned U.S. food company sparks backlash over praise for Trump"
– Coronavirus deaths among Americans ages 65 and younger are more common among nonwhites than among whites, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in a publication released on Friday. Overall, 34.9% of Hispanic patients who died were younger than 65, while 29.5% of nonwhites who died were under 65, compared to only 13.2% of white, non-Hispanic decedents. Researchers analysed 10,647 COVID-19 deaths between Feb. 12 and April 24 from 16 public…"Among those under age 65, COVID-19 takes greater toll on nonwhite Americans: CDC"
WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney General William Barr designated Seth DuCharme as the new acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York on Friday. DuCharme, the current Principle Associate Deputy Attorney General, will swap roles with the current U.S. Attorney, Richard Donoghue, who is moving to Washington to take over his job as the Principle Associate Deputy Attorney General, the Justice Department said."U.S. Attorney General Barr taps new Brooklyn-based acting U.S. Attorney"
– Brenda Del Hierro was not so thrilled with distance learning when her kids were sent home in March to when the novel coronavirus pandemic hit, yet the Los Angeles mom said she was not convinced it would be safe to send them back to the classroom this fall. Del Hierro said she backs a call by teachers unions in Los Angeles and nationwide to hold off re-opening schools until the latest intense surge of…"‘It just doesn’t feel safe:’ U.S. parents, teachers worry about reopening schools"
– Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, has been sent back to a federal prison in upstate New York after questioning a gag order as a condition of serving his criminal sentence under home confinement, Cohen’s lawyer said. Cohen, 53, had attended a meeting with probation officers in Manhattan on Thursday when he was presented with a list of conditions for home confinement, including that he not engage with news media outlets,…"Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen sent back to upstate NY prison after questioning gag order"
– Florida confirmed its place as an emerging epicenter of the COVID pandemic in the United States on Friday by reporting its second sharpest daily rise in cases, while Walt Disney Co. prepared to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando to the chagrin of some employees. Florida recorded 11,433 new coronavirus cases, the state health department said, more evidence that the virus is still spreading largely unchecked throughout parts of the country. The state…"As Disney World prepares to reopen, Florida posts another daily surge in COVID-19 cases"
NEW YORK – Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, on Friday forcefully denied charges she lured underage girls so he could sexually abuse them, and said she deserves bail. Maxwell filed her request in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan eight days after being arrested in New Hampshire, where authorities said she had been hiding at a sprawling property she bought while shielding her identity. The 58-year-old…"Ghislaine Maxwell denies charges she aided Jeffrey Epstein, says she deserves bail"