Dominican Republic chooses leader amid rising COVID-19 cases

The Dominican Republic is holding presidential elections that had already been delayed by the pandemic, even as the count of new infections continues to riseBy MARTÍN JOSÉ ADAMES ALCÁNTARA Associated PresssJuly 5, 2020, 4:16 PM2 min readSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — With COVID-19 cases still surging, the Dominican Republic on Sunday held presidential elections that…

Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd has been released from jailJuly 5, 2020, 4:09 PM2 min readMINNEAPOLIS — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, according to Hennepin County jail records. Tou Thao, age 34, is the third former…

Naked men and drunks: England assesses the reopening of pubs

The reopening of pubs in England didn’t overwhelm emergency services as many had feared before the biggest easing of Britain’s coronavirus lockdownBy PAN PYLAS Associated PressJuly 5, 2020, 4:20 PM5 min readLONDON — It seems to have been more like a typical Saturday night than a drunken New Year’s Eve. The reopening of pubs in…

A humanitarian group says its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received instructions to sail to an Italian port, where its passengers can be disembarkedJuly 5, 2020, 4:03 PM2 min readROME — A humanitarian group said Sunday its rescue ship with 180 migrants stranded aboard for days has “finally” received…

I’m a professional bridesmaid: Strangers hire me to pretend to be their close friend during their wedding — and yes, I have way more than 27 dresses

After being a bridesmaid for countless friends and family members, Jen Glantz realized there was a need in the wedding industry for a hired ‘bridesmaid’ figure for brides who might not have close, reliable friends to support them on their big day.She started her business by posting an ad on Craigslist — and she got…

Death toll rises to 6 in Turkey fireworks factory explosion

The death toll from a massive explosion in a fireworks factory in Turkey has increased to sixJuly 5, 2020, 1:55 PM1 min readISTANBUL — The death toll from a massive explosion in a fireworks factory in Turkey has increased to six. The governor of Sakarya in northwest Turkey announced two new deaths and said rescue…

Sudan’s state media says a government delegation has arrived in Central Darfur province for talks with hundreds of protesters camped outside a government buildingBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressJuly 5, 2020, 2:19 PM3 min readCAIRO — A Sudanese government delegation arrived Sunday in Central Darfur province for talks with hundreds of protesters camped outside a government…

‘Animal Crossing’ users are wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, making signs, and organizing virtual protests

As protests have organized across the US and around the world against police brutality and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, video game users are also uniting for the cause.In “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” players are creating customized signs and clothing for their game characters that say “BLM” and depict symbols of “No…

‘Pile of garbage’: Wirecard’s stock is so toxic after its $2 billion accounting scandal that even the hig.. – Markets Insider

German fintech Wirecard filed for insolvency in June following a $2 billion scandal, which saw its former chief executive Markus Braun get arrested and resign.  Wire card’s share price tanked 97% from $117 to just under $4 in less than three weeks.  But even as it slumps, the stock is too toxic for the highly…

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of “Black Lives Matter”: Black people suffer disproportionately. They face countless challenges to good health, among them food, transportation and income. The stress of living with racism has very real, physical effects. And they are especially prone to diabetes, hypertension and other…