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Funeral of mayor of South Korean capital held amid allegations of sexual abuse

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) – Friends, family and colleagues attended the small funeral Monday for the longtime mayor of Seoul, one of the country’s most prominent elected officials, who leaves a complex legacy amid a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead on Friday; he left a note thanking and apologising to “everyone”. Police did not give a cause of death but said there was no sign of foul play. His death came days after one of Park’s former secretaries filed a complaint alleging the 64-year-old had sexually harassed her, prompting a police investigation. A representative of his family issued a statement vowing legal action against those who spread “groundless statements,” without elab...

Pennsylvania police investigating after 'disturbing' video shows officer kneeling on man's neck in Allentown

Police in Pennsylvania are investigating after an officer appeared to put a knee on the neck of a person during an incident captured on video by at least one bystander that drew comparisons to the death of George Floyd. The Allentown Police Department is conducting a use of force investigation, according to a statement released Sunday. Video of the incident on Twitter shows three officers on top of a screaming man. One of the officers appears to put a knee on the man’s neck after first trying to restrain him by other means. The video drew immediate condemnation from attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family. Crump shared video of the incident on Twitter, describing it as “exactly what led to (Floyd’s) death.” He also called for police to identify ...

Coronavirus kept them apart for 114 days. So she took a dishwashing job to see her husband

Mary Daniel took a dishwashing job at the memory-care center where her husband lives so she would be able to spend time with him after the center was locked down in March because of concerns over COVID-19. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Twice a week Mary Daniel ties an apron around her waist and starts rinsing dinner dishes at a Jacksonville memory-care center. She then stacks them in a commercial dishwasher, between mopping floors and taking out garbage. At $9 an hour, it’s her dream job — a job that gives her the only opportunity to be with her husband Steve, a job that gives her the only chance to hold his hand, to watch TV with him, to get him ready for bed, just as she used to do. Steve Daniel has been a patient at Rosecastle at Deerwood since last July. In March the facility went into lo...

Wild bison to roam England's woodlands for the first time in 6,000 years as 'ecosystem engineers'

Lowland European bison grazes in the Bialowieza Primeval Forest, Poland. July 2009. They are the closest relative to the now extinct steppe bison that once roamed the ancient Britain. REUTERS/Peter Andrews A herd of bison released in southern England will be the first bison to return to England 6,000 years after their ancestors became extinct. Environmentalists say bison are a “keystone species” that can naturally manage woodlands. European bison imported from Poland and the Netherlands will form the core of the new herd. Beavers have already been successfully reintroduced into the UK and there are discussions about releasing other extinct species, including wild lynx and even wolves. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. A herd of wild bison will be released in sout...

Pope joins criticism of Turkey turning Hagia Sophia into mosque

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Sunday joined an international chorus of condemnation of Turkey’s decision to convert Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia landmark back into a mosque. “I think of Hagia Sophia, and I am very saddened,” Pope Francis said towards the end of his midday sermon in Saint Peter’s Square. It was the Vatican’s first reaction to Turkey’s decision to transform the Byzantine-era monument back into a mosque, a decision that has already drawn criticism from around the world. The Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano on Saturday carried reaction from different countries to Friday’s decision to turn the monument from a museum back into a mosque, but without any comment. A magnet for tourists worldwide, the Hagia Sophia wa...

Do children spread coronavirus? What doctors say about going back to school

President Donald Trump is pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, despite coronavirus infections surging nationwide. While experts say there are significant social benefits to resuming in-person classes, they caution that schools will need to balance those against potential risks to provide a safe learning environment for students — as well as teachers and administrators. Evidence suggests that children are not as susceptible as adults to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Even among those who have been infected, it’s relatively rare for children to develop serious complications or require hospitalization. But this doesn’t mean classrooms can be exempt from social distancing and other safety precautions, particularly if schools intend to we...

Daniel Lewis Lee: First US federal execution to go ahead after 17 years

Lee killed a family of three before dumping their bodies in a lake The first federal execution in the United States for more than 17 years is set to go ahead in Indiana on Monday following a ruling by an appeal court. The execution of convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee had been blocked on Friday by a federal judge. This came after relatives of the victims sought a delay, saying they feared attending in person could expose them to coronavirus. But the government appealed and the injunction was overturned. The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeal said no federal statute or regulation gave the victims the right to attend the execution. The relatives are going to appeal to the Supreme Court. How US death penalty capital changed its mind US government death penalty move draws sharp criticism Lee, a ...

COVID-19 will peak in Florida later this month, AdventHealth CEO says on Face the Nation

ORLANDO, Fla. — The peak of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida will be “sometime in front of us in July,” AdventHealth’s president and CEO said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation. Terry Shaw said that his projection is assuming that people practice social distancing and wear masks to slow the spread of the virus. His remarks come as Florida on Sunday reported 15,300 new COVID-19 cases, once again shattering its record for a single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began and for the first time breaking a national one-day record, according to The New York Times. The statewide total, including nonresidents, is now 269,811. Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, also on Face the Nation, said, “Things are going to get worse before they get better” and that some models show that there’...

Mexico surpasses Italy to post world's fourth-highest coronavirus death toll

By Drazen Jorgic MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Deaths in Mexico from the coronavirus pandemic rose above 35,000 on Sunday, with the Latin American country overtaking Italy for the world’s fourth-highest death total, according to Reuters data. But leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that the pandemic was “losing intensity” in Mexico, and blamed what he called “conservative media” for causing alarm. Mexico on Sunday recorded 276 additional fatalities and 4,482 new infections to bring its coronavirus death toll to 35,006, with 299,750 confirmed cases. Italy has recorded 34,954 deaths and 243,061 cases. Mexico trails the United States, Brazil and the UK in total deaths. While Italy appears to have tamed the virus, the pandemic is showing f...

Four more states, including Delaware, added to Pennsylvania travel quarantine list

State health officials in Pennsylvania have added four states, including neighboring Delaware, to the travel quarantine recommendation aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth.

Florida breaks state, US record with 15,300 coronavirus cases reported in single day

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported 15,300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, shattering state and U.S. records for single-day cases. The statewide total, including nonresidents, is now 269,811. New York previously held the record for most daily cases reported by a state since the pandemic began, announcing 12,274 on April 4. On Sunday, Florida also broke its record for most tests administered in a day with 99,003. More than 2.5 million people have been tested in the state to date. The latest positivity rate of new cases statewide was 11.25%, according to the Florida Department of Health. That’s the lowest rate reported in the past two weeks. The highest rate for the same period was 18.35% for cases reported Wednesday. Central Floridians had reported lengthy delays getting test results. The relativel...

U.S. appeals court says first federal execution in 17 years can proceed Monday

(Reuters) – The first federal execution in 17 years is set to go ahead on Monday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a lower court injunction, saying a lawsuit by the victims’ family that had put the execution on hold had no legal standing. Daniel Lewis Lee was convicted in the killing of three members of an Arkansas family in 1996. But some relatives of his victims opposed him receiving the death sentence. He is due to be put to death by lethal injection at the U.S. Justice Department’s execution chamber in Terre Haute, Indiana. His execution had been blocked on Friday by a federal judge after some of the victims’ relatives sued, saying they feared that attending could expose them to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. As the number...

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