What will cruising look like? Industry offers clues. But there's still no timeline
Cruise companies are stepping up their pressure on U.S. health authorities to allow them to cruise again amid the COVID-19 pandemic.On Monday, Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings submitted health and safety protocols to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the agency’s request for public comments about how to safely resume cruises. The protocols include testing all passengers and crew for COVID-19 before boarding, requiring masks and expanding medical capabilities on cruise ships.The cruise industry’s lobbying group, Cruise Lines International Ass...
Lindsey Graham reverses 2016 declaration that justices shouldn't be pushed through in an election year
Senate Judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham’s Saturday announcement that he intends to support the president’s Supreme Court justice nomination during an election year pits him against one of the most prominent voices in the Republican party.That would be his 2016 self.As debate swirls on whether President Donald Trump should replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, progressive activists are circulating video of the South Carolina senator stating in 2016 that Republicans were setting precedent against appointing new justices with an election on the horizon by blocking President Ba...
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U.S. Open notebook: Jon Rahm struggles with bumpy greens, two amateurs impress
MAMARONECK, N.Y. — World No. 2 Jon Rahm said he was victimized by bumpy greens at the end of the day. He finished at 1-under.“They’re bentgrass greens that are soft after 140 players went through them. They’re going to get a little bumpy. It’s just how it is. It’s golf. When you’re playing putts with two, three, four feet of break, you’re not hitting them that firm. And when they’re a little bit irregular, you might get some odd bounces. And that’s what happened to me today. I kind of lost confidence with the pace of the putts I was hitting.Still, Rahm said, “as hard as it is to believe that I...
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Paris Hilton feels relieved after talking about abuse ordeal
Paris Hilton has admitted a "weight has lifted off [her] shoulders" after she opened up about the alleged abuse she experienced at school.The 39-year-old socialite was sent to residential behavioural school Provo Canyon in Utah as a teenager and in her new documentary, 'This Is Paris', she opened up for the first time about the experiences of physical and mental abuse she was allegedly subjected to while a pupil there.And while Paris initially had second thoughts about making her ordeal public, she's now glad that she did as it's helped other "survivors".She told Sky News: "I definitely feel l...
Trump administration sanctions Russian agent for pushing 'false' Biden smear with Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani has apparently been in cahoots with a full-blown Russian spy this whole time.A KGB-trained Russian agent was slapped with U.S. sanctions on Thursday for allegedly orchestrating a baseless smear campaign against Joe Biden — an effort that Giuliani was intimately involved in coordinating and amplifying for President Donald Trump’s benefit.In a statement, the Treasury Department said Andrii Derkach, a pro-Kremlin member of Ukraine’s parliament, has since late last year pushed “false and unsubstantiated” corruption accusations against Biden and his son, Hunter, as part of Russia’s il...
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Running an election in a pandemic, in 10 steps
WASHINGTON — When the pandemic hit and more than a thousand usual poll workers backed out of working the April primary in Madison, Wisconsin, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl needed replacements who were available to work late, had customer service skills and knew how to assess a photo ID.Coincidentally, her office also handles licensing for a couple thousand people who fit that description and were out of work because of COVID-19: bartenders.Chad Vogel, who owns three bars on the east side of town, worked at the elementary school that serves as his own neighborhood polling place — and he ran i...
Boeing admits a new quality issue on the 787 and tallies more 737 Max cancellations
Boeing on Tuesday disclosed a new manufacturing quality issue with the 787 Dreamliner, this time with assembly of the airplane’s horizontal tail in Salt Lake City. The disclosure comes after last week’s revelations of quality control problems at Boeing’s South Carolina plant affecting the 787’s aft fuselage.Boeing also released data Tuesday showing the tally of lost 737 Max orders this year is now approaching 1,000 jets.During fabrication in Salt Lake of the 787’s horizontal tail — known as the stabilizer — engineers discovered earlier this year that “certain components were clamped together d...
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Mark Zeigler: Coronavirus craziness could play into Padres' hands
The first major professional sports league to return after coronavirus shutdowns was Germany’s Bundesliga, on May 16. Borussia Dortmund hosted rival Schalke 04 in an empty Westfalenstadion; Dortmund won 4-0.Then something strange happened. Home teams suddenly stopped winning with no fans to cheer them — geisterspiele, or ghost games, as Germans call them. Over the next 22 geisterspiele, home teams won just twice.The first U.S. pro league to return was the National Women’s Soccer League, which played a preliminary round starting June 27 followed by a single-elimination tournament in Utah withou...
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Minnesota rider believed to be first to die from COVID-19 after attending Sturgis rallyMINNEAPOLIS — A participant in last month’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is among the 1,830 people in Minnesota who have died of COVID-19.The rider was a man in his 60s with underlying health conditions who was hospitalized and placed in intensive care following his infection with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.Fifty Minnesotans who took part in the Sturgis event, which draws hundreds of thousands of people each summer, have tested positive.N...
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Donovan Mitchell's reported pending extension kills dream of Knicks partnership
NEW YORK — The Knicks can forget about landing c.The speculation of Mitchell returning to New York this offseason was never rooted in reality anyway, but now it’s a trashed rumor with the news he’ll finalize a max contract with the Utah Jazz. Mitchell, who shined in the bubble before Utah was eliminated Tuesday, will sign off on the five-year, $170 million deal once he’s eligible in October, according to Yahoo.Given Mitchell’s issues with teammate Rudy Gobert over their COVID-19 infections in March and his social media spats with Jazz fans who were upset about his support of the Black Lives Ma...
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