Prominent plaintiffs’ firms sought government bailout to stay afloat

By Caroline Spiezio and Tina Bellon NEW YORK (Reuters) – Several prominent plaintiffs’ law firms, known for striking large settlements with companies like German carmaker Volkswagen AG (DE:) and Equifax Inc (NYSE:), were approved for loans that totaled tens of millions of dollars in government aid meant to help small businesses stay afloat during the […]

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Army Officer Who Clashed With Trump Over Impeachment Set to Retire

WASHINGTON — An Army officer who was a prominent witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump last year said on Wednesday he has decided to retire after his promotion was imperiled by objections from the White House. The incident is the latest in what Pentagon and congressional officials say could be another flash point […]

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Ady Barkan Endorses Joe Biden for President

Ady Barkan, the prominent liberal activist and advocate for “Medicare for all,” is endorsing Joseph R. Biden Jr. for president, in a sign that some progressives who opposed Mr. Biden in the Democratic primary race are increasingly willing to actively support him against President Trump. In the primary campaign, Mr. Barkan endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren […]

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Biden-founded law firm, a company tied to Pelosi received PPP funds, docs show

A prominent Delaware law firm founded by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan for between $150,000 and $350,000, according to records released Monday by the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration. The Trump campaign told Fox News that the records conflict with recent messaging from the Biden […]

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British film and television pioneer Earl Cameron dead at 102

Earl Cameron, one of the first black actors to have a prominent role in British television and film, died on Friday at the age of 102. According to Cameron’s agent, he “passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and family” in Kenilworth in Warwickshire, reports Deadline. Cameron was born in Bermuda in 1917, […]

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Israeli congregation wins restraining order after 9 years of ‘harassment’ from anti-evangelism group

An Israeli congregation announced it won a court case against a prominent anti-evangelism group after years of alleged harassment, including property damage. Pastor Israel Pochtar of Congregation Beit Hallel, a Messianic Jewish congregation — Jews who believe Jesus was the Messiah — in the southern coastal city of Ashdod, announced a restraining order preventing ultra-Orthodox, Jewish anti-missionary organization, Yad […]

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Hachalu Hundessa, Ethiopian Singer and Activist, Is Shot Dead

NAIROBI, Kenya — Hachalu Hundessa, a prominent Ethiopian singer, songwriter and activist, has been shot dead in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in a killing that risked heightening tensions in a nation taking stuttering steps toward establishing a multiparty democracy. Mr. Hundessa, 34, was shot late on Monday night in the Gelan Condominiums area of […]

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Prominent Russian Director Is Convicted of Embezzlement

MOSCOW — One of Russia’s most prominent theater and film directors was convicted on Friday on an embezzlement charge that was widely seen as manufactured to justify a crackdown on independent theater. The Meshchansky Court in Moscow was expected to announce the sentence later on Friday. Prosecutors have asked for a term of six years […]

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Decades-Old Soviet Studies Hint at Coronavirus Strategy

MOSCOW — To the boys, it was just a sugary treat. To their parents, prominent medical researchers, what happened in their Moscow apartment that day in 1959 was a vital experiment with countless lives at stake — and their own children as guinea pigs. “We formed a kind of line,” Dr. Peter Chumakov, who was […]

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Warren and Booker Press Meatpackers on Exports to China

Two prominent Democrats in the Senate are questioning how meatpacking companies could justify exporting record amounts to China in April while warning of a shortage of pork and beef across the United States. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey sent a letter late Monday to the chief executives of Smithfield, […]

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NCAA bars states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting all title events

The NCAA is expanding its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its championship events. The current ban, in place since 2001, prevents states from hosting what the NCAA calls predetermined championship sites, such as men’s basketball tournament games. Mississippi is the only state currently affected by the policy. The Confederate battle flag […]

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US offers $10M rewards each for arrests of 2 Colombian rebel chiefs

The United States is offering rewards of up to $10 million each for the arrests of two prominent Colombian rebels who were key figures in the nation’s historic peace process but have since returned to arms. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of State offered the prize Thursday for help in bringing […]

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Promotion in Jeopardy for Army Officer Who Challenged Trump on Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The promotion of an Army officer who was a prominent witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump last year is imperiled in what Pentagon and congressional officials say could be another flash point between the president and the military. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a decorated Iraq war veteran who served on […]

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Dutch cenbank chief Knot positive on European spending plan

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – While the Dutch government has been a prominent sceptic of a plan for the European Union to spend 750 billion euros on economies hurt by coronavirus, the president of the country’s central bank on Friday praised the idea. In a speech to Dutch business leaders, Klaas Knot said a European Commission plan […]

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LeBron James and Other Stars Form a Voting Rights Group

WASHINGTON — The N.B.A. superstar LeBron James and a group of other prominent black athletes and entertainers are starting a new group aimed at protecting African-Americans’ voting rights, seizing on the widespread fury against racial injustice that has fueled worldwide protests to amplify their voices in this fall’s presidential election. “Because of everything that’s going […]

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George P. Bush, Texas land commissioner and son of Jeb, will vote for Trump

Texas land commissioner George P. Bush, son of Jeb, is the first prominent member of the Bush family to announce he will be voting for President Trump’s reelection.  Bush is both the son of the former Florida governor (a 2016 Trump primary opponent) and the nephew of former President George W. Bush. He told the Dallas […]

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U.K. Lab to Sidestep Drug Industry to Sell Potential Virus Vaccine

LONDON — A prominent British laboratory is forming a special partnership that would sidestep the drug industry to sell a potential vaccine against the coronavirus without profits or licensing fees in Britain and in low- and middle-income countries. Scientists, nonprofit groups and public health experts have urged that any successful vaccine to combat the pandemic […]

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Louis Sheldon, Anti-Gay Minister With Political Clout, Dies at 85

The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, a forceful opponent of gay rights who had the ear of prominent political figures in the 1980s and ’90s and used his platform to lobby against what he called “the homosexual agenda,” died on May 29 in Southern California. He was 85. The Associated Press said his son-in-law, James Lafferty, […]

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USC cuts ties with prominent booster who tweeted protesters and looters ‘should be shot’

USC took swift action in distancing itself from a prominent booster and season-ticket holder, revoking her season tickets and Trojan Athletic Fund membership on Monday after a string of “abhorrent and blatantly racist tweets” were brought to light in the wake of the weekend’s mass protests over the death of George Floyd. Marla Brown, an […]

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U.S. and Chinese Scientists Trace Evolution of Coronaviruses

An international team of scientists, including a prominent researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has analyzed all known coronaviruses in Chinese bats and used genetic analysis to trace the likely origin of the novel coronavirus to horseshoe bats. In their report, posted online Sunday, they also point to the great variety of these viruses […]

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LeBron James reacts to death of George Floyd: ‘Why doesn’t America love us?’

LeBron James has added his voice to those of prominent athletes around the world expressing outrage over the death of George Floyd. In a Twitter post Sunday morning, the Lakers star wrote, “Why Doesn’t America Love US!!!!!???? TOO. This isn’t the first time James has spoken out on social media since Floyd, a black man, […]

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