NAVY SHIP FIRE
21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Twenty-one people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego. The blaze was called in shortly before 9 a.m. on the USS Bonhomme Richard. The cause is under investigation. Officials don’t immediately know where on the 840-foot amphibious assault vessel the fire was sparked. San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard’s home port, and it was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the fire. Officials said about 160 sailors and officers were on board — far fewer than the thousand typically on the ship when it’s on active duty.
BC-VIRUS OUTBREAK-THE LATEST
The Latest: Heat wave brings crowds to California’s beaches
A heat wave has brought crowds to California’s beaches, where people mostly heeded warnings to keep a safe distance from each other as the state grappled with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. Lifeguard Chief Jason Young says people are spread out on Orange County beaches. Temperatures soared into the 90s in many areas from San Diego north to the San Francisco Bay Area. The statewide death toll increased by 71 to hit 7,107. There are more than 320,800 positive cases statewide. Meanwhile, two more inmates from San Quentin State Prison have died.
Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. According to state Department of Health statistics released Sunday, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases. California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago. New York had 11,571 on April 15. The numbers come at the end of a grim, record-breaking week in Florida, with about 500 fatalities. On Sunday, 45 more deaths were reported. Throughout May and into June, the state reopened much of its economy with some restrictions.
Appeals court: 1st federal execution in 17 years can proceed
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the first federal execution in nearly two decades can proceed as scheduled on Monday. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a lower court order that had put the execution of 47-year-old Daniel Lewis Lee on hold. Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell.
Record label announces death of rap artist Lil Marlo
ATLANTA (AP) — The rap artist known as Lil Marlo has died, his record label said. Quality Control Music announced the death of Rudolph “Marlo” Johnson on Sunday in a social media post, saying he’ll be remembered as “a man of great talent who feared nothing.” A statement from the Atlanta Police Department says a man named Rudolph Johnson was killed late Saturday in what investigators believe was a targeted shooting. Officers responded to a single-car wreck on Interstate 285 in Atlanta at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. The statement says officers found the driver, later identified as Johnson, dead inside his vehicle. Investigators believe Johnson was shot while driving and that he was the intended target.
Grandson of Elvis Presley has died at age 27, agent says
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of Lisa Marie Presley has died. He was 27. Presley’s representative Roger Widynowski said in a statement Sunday to The Associated Press that she was “heartbroken” after learning about the death of her son Benjamin Keough. He is the grandson of the late Elvis Presley. TMZ reports that Keough died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday in Calabasas, California.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-REOPENING SCHOOLS
‘Moving target’: Schools deal with new plans, Trump demands
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling for new guidance from federal health officials to reopen the nation’s schools buildings. But many school leaders say they’re sticking with their plans. The Trump administration wants schools to fully reopen this fall. And the president is threatening to withhold funding from schools that want to bring students back for only a few days a week. School district leaders across the nation say there’s still a lot of uncertainty about how schools will reopen. Some say they’re in holding pattern waiting for new directives from Washington and their own state leaders.
Chatham announces plan to buy newspaper publisher McClatchy
NEW YORK (AP) — Hedge fund Chatham Asset Management said it plans to buy newspaper publisher McClatchy out of bankruptcy, ending 163 years of family control.The hedge fund did not put a price on the deal in an announcement Sunday. The agreement still needs the approval of a bankruptcy judge. McClatchy is one of the largest newspaper companies in the U.S.; it owns 30 papers including the Miami Herald, the Charlotte Observer and the Sacramento Bee. It filed for bankruptcy protection because of a heavy debt load stemming from its $4.5 billion purchase of the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain in 2006, just as the newspaper industry went into steep decline.
Average US gas price up 2 cents over 2 weeks to $2.24/gallon
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline increased by 2 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.24 per gallon. That’s 59 cents below the average pump price from a year ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says the increase comes as crude oil prices rise. The highest average price in the nation for regular-grade gas is $3.20 per gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average is $1.79 in Houston. The average price of diesel is $2.54, down a penny from two weeks ago.
ELECTION 2020-THE LATEST
Joe Biden wins Democratic primary in Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico. Biden faced seven other candidates on the ballot, though all the others have dropped out of the race. Biden has already locked up enough delegates to become the party’s nominee. The primary was scheduled for March but was delayed until Sunday because of the coronavirus pandemic. Residents of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens but they cannot vote in the general election in November. However, both Democrats and Republicans invite delegates from the U.S. territory to their respective political conventions.
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