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Coronavirus update: U.S. death toll climbs to 155,000, as COVID-19 enters ‘dangerous new phase’ – MarketWatch

The U.S. tally for new confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 continued its march toward 5 million, with the death toll topping 155,000, as White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx warned that the pandemic has entered a “new phase.”

Birx’s warning came after President Donald Trump continued to push his belief that the increase in cases was only a result of increased testing. He tweeted over the weekend that Dr. Anthony Fauci, his administration’s top infectious disease expert, was “Wrong!” for suggesting the U.S. failed to properly respond to the outbreak, while other countries did.

New COVID-19 cases reached 4.69 million in the U.S., with the death toll rising to 155,124, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 1.5 million people have recovered. New daily cases have increased in the past week in 13 states, the data show, and 13 states have seen more than a double-digit percentage of tests turn out positive for COVID-19.

The stock market continued to look past the new case and death tolls, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average
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rising solidly and the technology-friendly Nasdaq Composite
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rallying to fresh records. See Market Snapshot.

In an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Birx said that COVID-19 is now “different” from what was seen in March and April, as it is now “extraordinarily widespread,” into both rural and urban areas. She urged all Americans to keep wearing masks, social distancing and take personal hygiene measures.

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Also read: Who is Deborah Birx — the doctor that both Trump and Pelosi are now suddenly criticizing?

Her dire outlook came hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on ABC’s “This Week,” said as a Trump appointee she had no confidence in Birx, who Pelosi believed should be doing more to refute the misinformation Trump was spreading about the pandemic.

On Friday, Fauci said the reason the U.S. continued to see the pandemic spread rapidly in the U.S. was because when the U.S. started shutting down in response the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. only “functionally” shut down about 50% of the country, while countries in Europe had shut about 95%+ of their countries.

Also read: Heated congressional hearing raises questions about coronavirus testing capacity, protests, Trump’s messaging.

And earlier last week, Johns Hopkins University said the U.S. needed to reset its response to COVID-19, as hospitalization rates matched or exceeded the numbers seen at the peak in the first U.S. hot spot in New York City in March and April. “It’s time to reset,” a report from the university’s Center for Health Security said.

Trump’s response on Saturday was emphatic:

Meanwhile, the White House, Senate Republicans and House Democrats have reportedly made progress on a new coronavirus relief bill, but have yet to reach an agreement on restoring the $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit although that benefit expired on Friday.

Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services, was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday whether the U.S. can improve its testing strategy, tried to put it “in context” by saying testing was being used “selectively.”

“Obviously, we want to increase testing, and we’ve done that,” Giroir said.

He emphasized that what was “incredibly important” to controlling the coronavirus was to wear masks, but that 85% to 90% of people had to wear masks and avoid crowds. When asked whether that means the U.S. should implement a national mask mandate, Giroir said it “really has to be voluntary by the American people,” whether it’s mandated by cities or states.

Regarding Trump’s continued touting of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, despite trials showing it didn’t provide a benefit, Giroir said: “Right now, hydroxychloroquine, I can’t recommend that.”

He did say, however, that therapies such as Gilead Sciences Inc.’s
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remdesivir and steroids were effective, and that a vaccine was “really on the horizon.”

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a “silver bullet” for the coronavirus, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). That comes after Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota who predicted in January that the coronavirus would become the next pandemic, told MarketWatch that he believed Americans will be living with the coronavirus for decades.

Latest tallies

There are now 18.15 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 world-wide, the Johns Hopkins data show, and at least 690,624 people have died. More than 10.7 million people have recovered.

Brazil is second to the U.S. with 2.7 million cases and 94,104 deaths, but is first with nearly 2.1 million recovered.

India is third measured by cases at 1.8 million, followed by Russia with 854,641, South Africa with 511,485 and Mexico with 439,046.

The U.K. has 307,251 cases and 46,295 fatalities, the highest in Europe and fourth highest in the world. Mexico has risen to third in the world in deaths with 47,746.

China, where the illness was first reported late last year, has 88,065 cases, and 4,672 fatalities.

The Philippines, which saw its new caseload surpass 100,000, has ordered a renewed lockdown, and Australia’s Victoria state imposed a “state of disaster” as new restrictions were imposed across the region, according to an Associated Press report.

What’s the latest medical news?

Eli Lilly & Co.
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said Monday that it has started a Phase 3 trial for a treatment that aims to prevent COVID-19 infections in residents and workers in nursing homes. The trial, expected to enroll 2,400 people by September, will be conducted with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with plans to release the late-stage data sometime in the fourth quarter.

Lilly is testing an experimental antibody it developed with the privately held AbCellera Biologics Inc. to see if it can prevent infections in people who live or work in a facility that has recently reported a case of the coronavirus. The antibody was identified in the blood sample of one of the first people in the U.S. to test positive for the virus.

Also Monday, AbbVie Inc.
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Amgen Inc.
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and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
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said they have started enrolling patients in a clinical trial testing three of their drugs as treatments for severely ill and hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The companies are using a platform aimed at minimizing the number of clinical-trial participants and the time it takes to test those drugs under an umbrella group called the COVID R&D Alliance.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC
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and Sanofi
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said Monday that they are in advanced discussions with the European Union to supply up to 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. GlaxoSmithKline said the vaccine candidate uses Sanofi’s technology to produce an influenza vaccine, and Glaxo’s adjuvant technology.

What are companies saying?

• Avis Budget Group Inc.
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plans to offer $350 million in senior notes due 2027, joining the many companies issuing record amounts of debt during the pandemic. The 5.75% notes will be offered as additional notes under the debt dated as of July 2019, in which $400 million in 5.75% senior notes due 2027 were previously issued. The rental car company expects to use the proceeds from the notes offering to redeem $100 million of 5.50% senior notes due 2023, with the rest to be used for general corporate purposes. The company has said last week that it has $1.5 billion in liquidity at the end of the second quarter, and estimated that cash burn would be approximately $900 million, including $100 million in debt retirement.

• Clorox Co.
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reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, as it benefited from demand for cleaning products as a result of the pandemic, while providing an in-line outlook. Sales grew 21.9% to $1.98 billion to beat the FactSet consensus of $1.87 billion, as household and wellness sales, which includes cleaning and professional products, rose 33%. For fiscal 2021, the company expects EPS to be down in the mid-single-digit to be up in the mid-single-digit percentage range, while the FactSet consensus of $7.35 implies a 0.1% decline.

• Upscale department-store chain Lord & Taylor and its owner, clothing rental startup Le Tote Inc., have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Va., came less than a year after Le Tote bought the chain from Hudson’s Bay Co. in a $100 million deal. Lord & Taylor has 38 locations in the U.S., according to the filing, and about 650 employees. Some of the stores, which have been closed since March due to the pandemic, reportedly had new “store closing” signs put up Sunday. Department stores have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and Lord & Taylor’s bankruptcy filing follows those by JCPenney Co.
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Neiman Marcus Inc. and J.Crew Co.

• Mack-Cali Realty Corp.
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reported Monday adjusted funds from operations that missed expectations as revenue surprisingly fell, as the real-estate investment trust has experienced challenges as a result of the pandemic. Office collections averaged 96% during the quarter and 98% in July, while residential collections averaged 98% in the quarter and 99% in July. The company didn’t provide financial guidance given the uncertainties associated with the pandemic. Interim Chief Executive MaryAnne Gilmartin said the company has begun its search for a permanent CEO.

• Marathon Petroleum Corp.
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fresh from the sale of its gas stations to the owners of the 7-Eleven convenience store chain for $21 billion in the largest U.S. energy deal of the year, posted second-quarter earnings, showing a smaller-than-expected adjusted loss but revenue that lagged behind estimates. Revenue fell to $15.024 billion from $33.529 billion, below the $21.729 billion FactSet consensus. “Our second quarter results reflect a full three months of the challenges COVID has created for our business,” Chief Executive Michael J. Hennigan said in a statement. “We began April with demand at historic lows. Despite seeing some recovery during the quarter, demand for our products and services continues to be significantly depressed, particularly across the West Coast and Midwest.” The company is indefinitely idling its Gallup and Martinez refineries and evaluating a strategic repositioning of Martinez to a renewable diesel facility. It’s on track to deliver $1.4 billion capex cuts and at least $950 million of operating expense cuts.

• Menswear retailer Tailored Brands Inc.
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, the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported. The clothier has been hit hard by pandemic-related store shutdowns, reporting last month that first-quarter sales were down 60%. Since July 1, Tailored Brands has missed interest payments on bonds, slashed its corporate workforce by 20%, announced plans to close up to 500 stores and was notified that it will be delisted by the New York Stock Exchange. The company operated more than 1,400 stores in the U.S. and Canada as of Feb. 1, and employed more than 1,900 people.

• Tyson Foods Inc.
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reported third-quarter earnings that beat expectations. Beef sales fell to $3.65 billion from $4.16 billion last year, though the average price for beef rose 11.6%. Tyson attributed a reduced sales volume to lower capacity caused by a first-quarter fire at a production facility that led to its temporary closure. Average pork prices also rose, up 0.8%, with sales totaling $1.12 billion, down from $1.32 billion. Tyson chicken prices fell 2.4%, and chicken sales fell to $3.11 billion from $3.33 billion. Lower food-service demand hurt chicken sales, the company said. Tyson incurred COVID-19-related incremental expenses of $340 million during the quarter, including worker bonuses, testing and personal protective equipment. Tyson didn’t provide guidance due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

• Beyond Meat Inc.
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said Monday that its Beyond Burgers will be sold at Walmart Inc.’s
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warehouse chain Sam’s Club, and at BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc.
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Beyond Meat began selling at Costco Wholesale Corp.
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last summer. The news comes just days after rival plant-based burger maker Impossible Foods Inc. began rolling out its Impossible Burgers at nearly 2,100 Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets nationwide. Walmart is also selling Impossible Burgers on its website.

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Coronavirus update: Second stimulus may be more than $1,200 per person – AL.com

A letter from the Internal Revenue Service, signed by President Trump, notifies a family via U.S. Mail of an economic impact payment direct deposit made to their account

A letter from the Internal Revenue Service, signed by President Trump, notifies a family via U.S. Mail of an economic impact payment direct deposit made to their account in East Derry, N.H., Monday, April 27, 2020. The funds were provided as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.AP

The second round of coronavirus stimulus checks could go higher than $1,200, President Trump indicated Wednesday.

Speaking in Texas, the president indicated the next relief package could contain more money for individuals struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. When asked if the $1,200 payments from the first round were enough, Trump responded, “We’re going to see it may go higher than that, actually.”

“I’d like to see it be very high because I love the people, I want the people to get it, you know, the economy is going to come back,” Trump said. “We saved millions of lives but now we’re bringing (the economy) back … We gotta take care of the people in the meantime.”

The last round of stimulus checks provided $1,200 for individuals earning up to $75,000 with an additional $500 for dependent children. Couples earning up to $150,000 qualified for the full amount of $2,400. After that, payments drop based on income, capped at $99,000 for singles and $198,000 for couples.

The president didn’t indicate how much the future payments could be.

The next round of payments depends on a compromise being reached between the Senate and House and Republicans and Democrats – no easy feat. Time to reach a deal is running out. Unless it’s extended, this session of the Senate ends on Aug. 7.

Here are the latest coronavirus headlines:

California passes grim milestone

California has broken its own record for the most coronavirus-related deaths reported in a single day.

The state reported 174 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, marking the third time this month California has broken a single-day record. The previous record was set on July 22 when 158 deaths were reported.

Since the first COVID case was reported in February, 8,716 Californians have died of coronavirus. The U.S. has recorded 149,000 COVID deaths.

Congressman positive for coronavirus

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Gohmert, 66, is now the 10th member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus. His positive test came a day after he attended a meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr and other colleagues, Politico reported.

A spokesperson for Barr said the AG would be tested for COVID following his possible exposure.

Georgetown University goes all virtual

Georgetown University announced it will start its fall semester online.

University President John DeGioia said new travel restrictions for Washington, D.C. that require people from coronavirus hotspots to quarantine for 14 days prompted the change.

All of the university’s undergraduate and graduate courses will start virtually, though select research projects will continue on campus. In-person courses will begin “as soon as health conditions permit,” DeGioia said.

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[Update: Unboxing video] Galaxy Watch 3 hands-on video confirms specs, hardware and software additions – 9to5Google

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 has now leaked in a hands-on video showcasing the updated design and confirms the internals plus several new hardware and software additions.


[Update 07/28]: The Galaxy Watch 3 has now appeared in a proper unboxing video courtesy of YouTuber The Mobile Central ahead of its unveiling at Unpacked 2020 next week alongside the Note 20 series, Tab S7/S7+, and Galaxy Buds Live.

The unboxing video showcases the Mystic Bronze colorway, which comes complete with a bronze-style strap. It’s a far greater (and higher resolution) look than the previous glimpses, with the 41mm crown being particularly small when compared to the Galaxy Watch Frontier Edition and the previous generation. The color is one of the most impressive new addition.

The rotating bezel showcases the same Galaxy Watch setup that we’ve all come to know and love, but you can get a proper look in the full video below:


This short hands-on video has been uploaded to YouTube by TechTalkTV and while the three-minute video doesn’t throw up many major surprises, it does confirm a lot of what we already knew plus gives us a proper look at the brand new hardware.

We get a glimpse of the 41mm version of the Galaxy Watch 3, which comes with a 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a physical outer bezel. That bezel looks as though it has been shrunk down quite substantially compared to previous generations, while the buttons are far flatter than previous models too.

The design feels like a revision of previous Galaxy Watch models but with some important revisions. The rotating bezel will let you control much of the UI — which is a core selling point of the device. IP68 water and dust resistance plus 5ATM ratings mean that this smartwatch will be ideal for active wearers.

This short video also confirms that the Galaxy Watch 3 will come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. The stainless steel frame and leather strap are also showcased, which was also known thanks to rating board listings over the last few weeks.

One notable addition is that of an ECG measurement sensor and blood pressure monitor. Again, all of these additions ensure that the Galaxy Watch 3 can keep pace with the Apple Watch Series 5 in terms of features.

We were expecting to see the Galaxy Watch 3 ahead of the Note 20 series but it looks like it will be unveiled alongside the upcoming flagship smartphones. Let us know what you’re hoping for from the Galaxy Unpacked event down in the comments section below.

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Coronavirus update: Test positive for COVID? CDC changes quarantine rules – AL.com

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The Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidelines for what people should do if they are diagnosed with coronavirus.

The revised quarantine guidelines say people who test positive for COVID should quarantine for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. Quarantine can end when the patient shows a general improvement in symptoms, including being fever free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medicines. Asymptomatic patients can end isolation 10 days after the date of their first positive test.

“This update incorporates recent evidence to inform the duration of isolation and precautions recommended to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to others, while limiting unnecessary prolonged isolation and unnecessary use of laboratory testing resources,” the CDC said in a statement.

Previously, the CDC recommended people quarantine for 14 days and have two negative tests to end isolation.

The CDC cautions, however, that some people with severe illnesses may still have an “extended duration of isolation” for up to 20 days.

One thing that hasn’t changed – people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should stay home for at least 14 days after their initial exposure.

See all of AL.com’s coronavirus coverage here.

Here are the latest coronavirus headlines

Fauci: Covid may never be eradicated

The world may have to learn to live with coronavirus, according to America’s leading virus expert.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, direct of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he feels the world can get control of coronavirus, it may never eliminate it entirely.

“I think with a combination of good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, which I do hope and feel cautiously optimistic that we will get, I think when we put all three of those together, we will get control of this, whether it’s this year or next year. I’m not certain,” Fauci said. “I don’t really see us eradicating it.”

Fauci said one of the challenges of addressing coronavirus is its unique nature.

“I have never seen infection in which you have such a broad range literally no symptoms at all in a substantial proportion of the population to some who get ill with minor symptoms to some who get ill enough to be in bed for weeks,” Fauci said. “Others get hospitalized, require oxygen, intensive care, ventilation and death. The involvement with the same pathogen is very unique.”

Ohio governor orders masks

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday all citizens will be required to wear masks in public.

The state had already mandated masks for certain COVID hotspots in the state. The new measure goes into effect Thursday at 6 p.m. and required individuals to wear masks indoors at anyplace that’s not a residence, at outdoor locations where 6 feet of social distancing is not feasible and when waiting in line for public transportation.

Those with medical conditions or who are communicating with someone with a disability, as well as people participating in athletic activities, officiants at religious services, those involved in public safety or those eating or drinking are exempt.

Nashville orders restaurants to close at 10 p.m.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said restaurants in the Tennessee town must close each day at 10 p.m. starting this Friday.

Cooper said the order covers restaurants and eateries that “ended up being bars in practice” and any establishment that service alcohol. Drive-through and take-out service will be allowed to continue after 10 p.m.

Nashville has reported some 18,000 coronavirus cases, with 155 virus-related death and 200 current hospitalizations.

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Coronavirus update: UK experimental vaccine prompts immune response in early test. Get the latest. – Hickory Daily Record




Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot.

British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of whom got the experimental vaccine. Such early trials are usually designed only to evaluate safety, but in this case experts were also looking to see what kind of immune response was provoked.

In research published Monday in the journal Lancet, scientists said that they found their experimental COVID-19 vaccine produced a dual immune response in people aged 18 to 55.

Here’s an update on all developments. Scroll or swipe further for in-depth coverage.

  • Signs of governments reassessing their coronavirus response were scattered around the world Sunday, with the mayor of Los Angeles saying the city was reopened too quickly, Ohio’s governor warning his state is “going the wrong way,” Hong Kong issuing tougher new rules on wearing face masks and Spain closing overcrowded beaches.
  • Top Republicans in Congress are expected to meet Monday with President Donald Trump at the White House on the next COVID-19 aid package as the crisis many hoped would have improved has dramatically worsened, just as emergency relief is expiring.
  • Most of the 85 young children in a South Texas county who are known to have contracted the coronavirus tested positive this month amid a surge in the state, a health official said Sunday.
  • A daily record of nearly 1,000 coronavirus cases was reported Sunday in Kentucky, a spike that the governor said should be a “wake-up call” for the state’s citizens to abide by mask and social distancing restrictions.
  • Jack Nicklaus revealed Sunday during the CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus at the onset of the pandemic.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for the latest maps and charts tracking the spread.

These are the national chains requiring customers to wear masks, face coverings

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(Update) NBA 2K21 priced at $70 on next-gen consoles: could be the harbinger for an industry-wide price hike – Destructoid

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UPDATE: Red Bluff Walmart distribution center shooting suspect had been fired in 2019 – Record Searchlight

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Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston released the name of a man who’d been fired from the Walmart distribution center for a shooting rampage Saturday.

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Update at 1 a.m. Sunday

Tehama County sheriff’s officials early Sunday morning said the Red Bluff Walmart Distribution Center shooting suspect, who was killed in a gunfight with police, was fired from the center last year.

The suspect, Louis Lane, 31, of Redding was fired from the distribution center in February 2019 because he did not show up for work, sheriff’s officials said.

Lane showed up at the distribution center at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and crashed his sport-utility vehicle into the employee entrance to the building, officials said. After the SUV caught fire, Lane got out and opened fire inside the building.

Red Bluff police were the first to arrive and in the parking lot of the center they exchanged gunfire with Lane, who was shooting a semi-automatic rifle, officials said. The second officer on the scene seriously wounded Lane. He was taken to hospital where he died, officials said.

Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the rifle’s magazine was illegal in California because it held more than 10 rounds.

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Two are dead, including the suspect, and four are hurt after a shooting at the Red Bluff Walmart distribution center, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saturday. The victim killed — an employee at the facility — has been identified as Martin Haro-Lozano, 45, of Orland. 

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Allison Hendrickson, a spokeswoman for Dignity Health North State, said four patients were in fair condition at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff and two had died. She wasn’t immediately sure whether there were other victims at another hospital. 

Little on the investigation has come out so far, but Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said deputies have determined the shooter circled the parking lot four times before crashing into the building and opening fire with a semiautomatic long gun.

At least one person was struck by the suspect’s car, Johnston said. He said the shooter was able to enter the facility, where he shot at random. Johnston couldn’t provide details on when and where during the attack people were injured.

The shooter’s multi-round magazine held more than 10 rounds, making it illegal in California, Johnston said.

There also was a fire at the location, and the suspect appears to have rammed a vehicle into the building, officials said. Johnston could not say whether the fire started from the crash or if it was intentionally lit.

Johnston said later in the evening that the suspect and one victim, an employee, were dead. The suspect, a 31-year-old who still hasn’t been identified, also has a history with the workplace, Johnston said. He added that it has been about a year and a half since then. The motive still hasn’t been determined, he said. 

Red Bluff police engaged in gunfire with the suspect shortly after, and he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound, Johnston said.

“I would estimate 20 to 30 rounds exchanged,” he said, noting that there were so many bullets fired the investigators did not yet have an accurate count. 

Chief Kyle Sanders said the officers fired after the suspect first fired at them “multiple times.” The two officers who fired the shots are on paid administrative leave pending a routine investigation into the shooting of the suspect, Sanders said. 

Meanwhile, officials initially said they hadn’t figured out whether the shooting is related to one earlier in the day in Shingletown, but Johnston later said they were separate incidents. Shasta County Sheriff’s officials have not responded to multiple requests for information about the Shingletown incident, and California Highway Patrol spokespeople referred all questions about it to the sheriff.

Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility’s receiving center who unloads trucks, said he heard the shooter fire from what he judged to be a semi-automatic weapon. 

“It went on and on — I don’t even know how many times he fired,” Thammakhanty said. “I just know it was a lot.”

Thammakhanty and others started running for their lives, and he saw people lying on the ground as he went, he said. 

The shooter looked familiar to Thammakhanty, but he didn’t know his identity. 

Vince Krick was waiting outside because his wife and son work at the facility. They weren’t hurt, but Krick was anxiously waiting to be reunited with them. 

“It was real crazy, because, you know, you can’t do nothing,” Krick said. 

Krick was on the way to pick up his wife when he saw the flames, he said. His wife texted that she was OK, but told him not to come to the front entrance.

The shooting happened right when a new group of workers starts their shift, he said. 

Krick’s wife, a manager, was able to get some employees out the back of the building, he said. 

Dispatchers reported at least one person had been shot, though the extent of injuries wasn’t immediately clear. A man had also reported his leg being run over when the shooter rammed a vehicle into the facility. 

A woman was reportedly bleeding after jumping over a barbed-wire fence to escape. 

“We need to get these people out of here,” a dispatcher said. 

Dispatchers said they needed all units to respond to the facility on Highway 99 south of Red Bluff. 

The suspect was described as being in a white vehicle that had wedged into the building and had what dispatchers believed was an assault-style weapon. The shooter was in the middle of the parking lot, dispatchers said. 

Deputies said a fire had broken out by the time the suspect was detained and they couldn’t get into the building because of the blaze. Johnston said it wasn’t clear whether the suspect started the fire on purpose or the crash caused it. 

The extent of any fatalities or injuries was not yet clear. 

In an email, Walmart director of national media relations Scott Pope said the company is “aware of the situation” and working with law enforcement to investigate. 

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” Pope wrote. “Our focus is on supporting our associates, as well as their families and co-workers in the facility. This is an active police investigation and we will continue to work with Tehama County Sheriff’s Office and assist in their investigation in any way possible.”

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[Update: iPadOS 14 too] iOS 14 includes new light and dark mode wallpapers, download here – 9to5Mac

As usual, one of the things that excite people most about a new iOS release is the inclusion of new wallpapers. As of right now, iOS 14 includes six new wallpapers and you can download them for your iPhone below.

As with all recent iOS wallpapers, iOS 14’s new choices are available in light mode and dark mode variants. This means there are 3 to choose from, each available in two different options. These wallpapers are similar to the designs Apple introduced with iOS 13 last year.

Wanna take your Mac to the next level with the new macOS 11 Big Sur wallpapers? Check those out here.

You can download the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 wallpapers, in their full resolution, below. Be sure to click through and save the full resolution wallpaper, then set it via the Photos app or Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

As always, it’s possible that Apple will add new wallpapers again in the fall. Apple usually releases a completely new set of wallpapers in conjunction with new hardware, so expect the iPhone 12 update this fall to bring even more choices to the wallpaper selection in iPadOS 14.

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June 19 evening update: The latest on the coronavirus and Maine – Bangor Daily News

Mariah Findlay (left) and Daria Kerkhoff study a large bug on the window at Mt. Desert Ice Cream on Exchange Street in Portland on Thursday where the pair were serving curbside cones and dishes. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Another 35 coronavirus cases have been detected in Maine, health officials said Friday.

There have now been 2,913 cases across all of Maine’s counties since the outbreak began here in March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 2,878 on Thursday.

Of those, 2,586 have been confirmed positive, while 327 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.

No new deaths were reported Friday, leaving the statewide death toll at 102. Only two deaths have been reported so far this week.

So far, 328 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 26 people are currently hospitalized, with 11 in critical care and five on ventilators.

Meanwhile, 23 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 2,323. That means there are 488 active and likely cases in the state, up from 476 on Thursday, according to the Maine CDC.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.

—“Two Dover-Foxcroft nonprofits that have been closed since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic — the Center Theatre and Piscataquis County Ice Arena — are bringing drive-in movies to the Piscataquis County seat beginning this Friday and Saturday with the showing of the 2019 film “Wonder Woman.” — Ernie Clark, BDN

—“The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are deeply afraid the trend may be about to reverse itself.” — The Associated Press

—“Health and social services officials told Maine lawmakers on Friday that the coronavirus has caused urgent financial problems as they asked for a share of roughly $1 billion in federal stimulus money to recover from the pandemic.” — Michael Shepherd, BDN

—“In a stunning reversal, the Navy has upheld the firing of the aircraft carrier captain who urged faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy’s top officer said Friday.” — The Associated Press

—“Homebound travelers desperate to venture out for the first time since the pandemic are confronting a vacation landscape this summer that may require coronavirus tests for the family and even quarantines. States from Maine to Hawaii are trying to strike a balance between containing the new coronavirus and encouraging out-of-state visitors to spend their cash on hotels, restaurants and other businesses.” — The Associated Press

— As of Friday evening, the coronavirus has sickened 2,215,587 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 118,991 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 7,800 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 4,238 in Connecticut, 894 in Rhode Island, 331 in New Hampshire and 56 in Vermont.


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Windows 10 May 2020 Update is now causing problems for Google Chrome users – TechRadar



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Windows 10 May 2020 Update is causing more problems, this time for those using the popular Chrome browser, who are being logged out of their account every time they reboot their PC – and this is reportedly happening with other software too, like Battle.net.

As Windows Latest spotted, there are multiple reports of this bug on Google’s own support forum (linked here: 123) and on Reddit, with anecdotal indications that this gremlin not only affects the Chrome browser, but also Battle.net, and possibly Edge.

So it seems that this is an issue with Windows 10 and the latest upgrade, rather than with Chrome. Browser cookies are apparently being deleted randomly, and users are being logged out of their account(s), and forced to log back in repeatedly.

As one person observed: “I have the same issue. Chrome, also Battle.net application like a previous poster mentioned. What’s going on? Everyday when I start my computer I’m logged out of everything.”

Sync is also being errantly paused for Chrome, and another user has said that the login problem manifests with Microsoft Edge as well sometimes (although a different complainant alleges that his Edge browser is fine, whereas Chrome most definitely isn’t).

Spanner in the works

So it appears to be a rather flaky bug, and indeed other folks are reporting that it happens to them every time they close Chrome, as opposed to every time they turn on (or restart) their Windows 10 PC.

It would seem, then, that there’s a fairly hefty spanner in the works somewhere, and hopefully both Google and Microsoft are looking into this issue, and we’ll hear more about what’s going on, and perhaps a potential solution, soon.

We’ve contacted Microsoft to ask if the company is aware of or investigating the reported login disruptions, and will update this story if we hear back.

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