World Health Organization reports new global record for coronavirus cases
The global number of coronavirus cases reported on Saturday was highest on record, according to the World Health Organization.Cases rose by 212,326 in 24 hours, with the United States, Brazil and India showing the largest increases.The previous record of 190,566 was set on June 28.The WHO’s announcement comes as several states have paused reopening plans as cases have surged.While Florida has approached New York’s daily case high mark, and passed 10,000 cases a day for four days in a row, Texas has warned that the state could run out of available hospital beds.The U.S. Centers for Disease Cont...
New York Daily News
What asylum stories teach us about the US response to racial justice protests
SAN DIEGO — When immigration attorney Elizabeth Lopez saw videos of police across the United States shoving protesters, shooting them with less-lethal rounds and tear gassing them in recent weeks, she messaged her asylum clients, worried they might get retraumatized.Many immigration attorneys — and the asylees they have represented — see the repressive and violent tactics that law enforcement officers have used across the country to shut down protests against police brutality that particularly affects the Black community as the kinds of human rights abuses that the United States criticizes in ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Despite coronavirus fears, Austin's 'bat attitude' prevails
AUSTIN, Texas — As the sun sets over Lady Bird lake on a warm summer night, a stream of shadows begins to emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. The shadows dart and dance across the orange sky like insects silhouetted by a flame.Tiffany Toronto, visiting family from her home in Maine, watched the display with her children Tuesday. “It’s really a cool thing to watch them all fly out. You look at it and you think, ‘Where are they?’ And then they fly out all at once.”This scene plays out nightly during the summer in Austin. Millions of bats depart their daytime roosts withi...
Citing coronavirus fears, Mexico shuts border with Arizona over holiday weekend
The Mexican state of Sonora is temporarily shutting its border with neighboring Arizona to prevent an influx of coronavirus infections over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich said the measure would prohibit nonessential travel so foreign visitors don’t place “a greater burden” on her virus-stricken state, a popular summer destination among American tourists.Arizona is one of at least 40 U.S. states dealing with a spike of coronavirus cases in recent weeks, along with California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and others. The Grand Canyon State recorded nearly 5,00...
New York Daily News
Endangered butterfly in San Diego County is the focus of a new protection effort
SAN DIEGO — Two environmental groups have filed a petition with the state asking it to provide more protection for a once-abundant butterfly that has seen its numbers fall precipitously in San Diego County and elsewhere in recent decades.The tiny Quino checkerspot should be added to California’s list of endangered species because its remaining habitats are under threat from development projects, according to the petition, which was filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Endangered Habitats League.“It’s alarming that a butterfly that once filled the skies of Southern California is...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Disney: Splash Mountain joining Magic Kingdom's makeovers
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World’s theme parks haven’t reopened from the coronavirus shutdown yet, but there’s a fresh development at Magic Kingdom. Imagineers will revamp the Splash Mountain ride, changing its theme from “Song of the South” to “The Princess and the Frog,” it was announced last week.In the win-win-win category for Disney, it introduces a new attraction without starting from scratch, gives Tiana — the first Black American Disney princess — an increased presence in its flagship park, and it distances itself more from the 1946 film, which has a tainted reputation for stereotypic...
New trade agreement means steep learning curve for auto industry
DETROIT — Imagine being asked to bake a cake but not being told what kind of cake you’ll be baking and knowing you’ll be judged on the results.You might know you need milk, eggs and flour, but whether the cake needs to be chocolate or carrot is pretty important, too, and will change what you pick up during your shopping trip.That’s how Kristin Dziczek, vice president of the Industry, Labor & Economics Group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, described the roll-out of the new trade deal replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. The new agreement, one of the b...
Detroit Free Press
United adding 25,000 flights in August despite spikes in COVID-19 cases
CHICAGO — United Airlines plans to fly about three times more routes in August than it did last month as passengers slowly return to the skies, even as the number of new COVID-19 cases across the U.S. rises.Chicago-based United will have about 60% fewer flights on its schedule in August compared with the same month last year. But travelers are slowly coming back, particularly when it comes to domestic flights, said Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of domestic network planning.The number of people passing through U.S. airport security checkpoints each day topped 600,000 on certain days in l...
Nation and world news briefs
Half of all COVID tests are positive in Mexico, highest in worldAs nations around the world try to get their economies humming again, the number of coronavirus tests coming back positive has turned into the metric to watch. Five percent is the threshold to reopen safely. Ten percent is troubling, 20% outrageous.In Mexico, it stands at 50%.The sky-high results are easy to explain — though not so easy to fix. The Latin American nation has stubbornly shunned widescale testing and instead runs exams only on the sickest of patients. Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez Gatell in late May said anything...
Tribune News Service
New NAFTA takes effect amid carmaker COVID-19 recovery
WASHINGTON — The replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement takes effect today, July 1, meaning automakers have to begin grappling with a new set of trade rules as they try to remain afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.The trade rules by which automakers have played since 1994 are now replaced by a new pact requiring automakers to produce cars with 75% of parts originating from the United States, Canada or Mexico — up from 62.5% — within five years to qualify for duty-free treatment. The pact, known as the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, was signed into law by President ...
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