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Where 23 states stand on NFL, coronavirus measures

Amid the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in America, the NFL is pressing forward with plans to keep the 2020 regular season on schedule.

The league told its 32 teams Thursday that they can proceed to host training camps at the end of July, which is typical.

What state bodies are saying about the NFL season carries weight. And while it’s all speculative until the pressure point of a late July opening rolls around, some of the governors with significant power over the process have made some telling comments or put forth important guidelines.

With that in mind, we looked at all 23 states with teams in play and focused on what the governors have been saying about the NFL’s fall schedule or their plan to reopen their states to normal business coming out of the summer.

Most recent projection (June 30): A spike in coronavirus cases in Arizona put … Read More

Dogs And July 4 Fireworks Don’t Mix: Check Algonquin Shelters

ALGONQUIN AND LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL — Charlie, Lucy and all the other family dogs making your lives richer are more likely to run away on July 4-5 than at any other time of the year as they flee in terror from the booming fireworks displays commemorating Independence Day. This year, cities and groups across America, including in McHenry County, have canceled a slew of Fourth of July fireworks displays to discourage large crowds where the coronavirus can easily spread. Charlie and Lucy probably haven’t noticed.

In the past, dog owners have had more control over when or if their pets are exposed to loud fireworks. But now, several cities have reported spikes in the number of people shooting off illegal fireworks since the pandemic began.

In Hartford, Connecticut, for example, illegal fireworks have been popping off for months. The police chief there said dispatchers field about 200 noise

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How to Save Money: 101 Genius Tricks

Benjamin Franklin — a man who knew a thing or two about frugal living — once warned: “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.”

From grocery shopping to impulse buys, the choices we make every day have a huge impact on our budget. With these 101 money saving tips, you’ll learn how to spend less and pocket more no matter the day or time of year. Incorporating as many of these hacks into your life as possible could be a real game-changer for your finances — especially since it’s nearly impossible not to find something new on this list that you haven’t tried before.

Our 101 savings tips fall into the following categories:

Everyday lifestyle tweaks Online shopping apps and strategies Food and drink Travel Regular bills and subscriptions Energy and automobile savings Eliminate fees and interest charges Seasonal savings Plus: How to save money

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Walmart stops carrying ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise from online third-party sellers

Walmart will no longer sell “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website, the company announced Monday.

In recent weeks, the retail giant faced backlash for carrying T-shirts that featured variations of the Black Lives Matter slogan, including “Blue Lives Matter,” “Irish Lives Matter,” and “Homeless Lives Matter” online, WRAL reported.

For some, the variations make a “mockery” of the racial and social justice movement, which was founded after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Black teen Trayvon Martin in 2013.

Though the items are sold by third parties, Walmart said it will remove “All Lives Matter” apparel from the site “indefinitely” after employees and customers voiced concern about the message behind the merchandise, a company spokesperson told McClatchy News in a statement.

District removes Black Lives Matters signs from Visalia school, seeks new forum for students

“We fundamentally believe all lives do matter and every individual deserves respect,’‘

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India’s App Ban Threatens China’s Rise as a Global Tech Power

(Bloomberg) — China over the past decade built an alternate online reality where Google and Facebook barely exist. Now its own largest tech corporations from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to Tencent Holdings Ltd. are getting a taste of what a shutout feels like.

India’s unprecedented decision to ban 59 of China’s largest apps is a warning to the country’s tech giants, who for years thrived behind a government-imposed Great Firewall that kept out many of America’s best-known internet names. If India finds a way to carry out that threat, it may present a model for other countries from Europe to Southeast Asia that seek to curtail the pervasiveness of apps like ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok while safeguarding their citizens’ enormously valuable data.

The surprise moratorium hit Chinese internet companies just as they were beginning to make headway in the world’s fastest-growing mobile arena, en route to going global and challenging American

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South Dakota gov says ‘we will not be social distancing’ at July 3 celebration at Mount Rushmore

WASHINGTON — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says the thousands of people who attend the July 3 celebration for Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with President Donald Trump will not be required to practice social distancing despite an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

“We will have a large event at July 3rd. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we will not be social distancing,” Noem, a Republican, said in an interview Monday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

State officials have told the people of South Dakota “to focus on personal responsibility,” said Noem, adding, “Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they’re comfortable with.”

Trump is expected to attend the celebration and

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To His Own Surprise, Crypto Volume Pumper’s Business Is Still Thriving

Eleven months ago, Alexey Andryunin was sure his business was not long for this world. 

A 22-year-old math student from Moscow, Andryunin built a business inflating trade volumes in little-known crypto tokens issued during the 2017 initial coin offering (ICO) craze. In a head-turning interview CoinDesk published last July, Andryunin candidly described the underworld of micro-cap tokens and exchanges surviving on artificial volumes ginned up by paid “market makers” (a traditional finance term used loosely in this context.)

At the time, Andryunin thought his business was heading to a decline: ICOs were moribund, the token market was shrinking and a new wave of regulatory attention was about to scour the shadier corners of the crypto space. 

Related: BitMEX Owner HDR Appoints Former Bank of China Exec to Board

He now says he was mistaken. Business is growing again as token promoters pay him to pump their projects so they’ll be

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Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday.

Ruhollah Zam’s website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings of the protests and embarrassing information about officials that directly challenged Iran’s Shiite theocracy. Those demonstrations represented the biggest challenge to Iran since the 2009 Green Movement protests and set the stage for similar mass unrest last November.

The details of his arrest still remain unclear. Though he was based in Paris, Zam somehow returned to Iran and found himself detained by intelligence officials. A series of a televised confessions have aired in recent months over his work.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced Zam’s death sentence on Tuesday, saying he had been convicted of “corruption on Earth,” a charge often used

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The brands that still have stock

As lockdown measures begin to ease, make sure you have one of these on you: The Independent
As lockdown measures begin to ease, make sure you have one of these on you: The Independent

Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, government guidelines, medical experts and health organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised that regularly washing hands for 20 seconds at a time can prevent the spread of germs.

Health experts have stated that the virus is spread through droplets transmitted into the air from coughing and sneezing, which people nearby can take in through their nose, mouth or eyes.

However, if the droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others, it can spread further.

If you are not able to wash your hands with soap and water, then hand sanitiser is the next best thing, as long as it contains at least 60 per cent alcohol, which will kill microorganisms on the skin.

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Online registrar threatens to drop anti-immigration website

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — An internet registrar is threatening to delist a website that is a leading promoter of white nationalist and anti-immigration views, a move that could make the site accessible only to diehard users willing to use a special browser to find it on the dark web.

Network Solutions’ parent company, Web.com Group, notified a civil rights group on Friday that it has “taken steps” to terminate the company’s account for VDARE.com, which would make it unreachable on the public internet unless it can find another provider willing to register the domain name.

VDARE remained online Monday. The website has until Thursday to transfer the domain before Network Solutions may delete its services, a parent company lawyer said in a letter to a VDARE attorney last week.

In April and in May, the head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent letters urging Network

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