National Newswatch

Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Jul 2 2020 — — Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television’s most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99. Downs died of natural causes at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, said his great-niece, Molly Shaheen. “The Guinness Book of World […]

Adult film star Ron Jeremy charged with rape, sexual assault

Jun 23 2020 — — Adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday. Jeremy, 67, whose real name is Ron Jeremy Hyatt, was charged with three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of forcible oral copulation […]

Derek Chauvin was considering guilty plea but deal fell apart: Prosecutor’s office

Jun 10 2020 — — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was considering a guilty plea in the death of George Floyd, but the deal fell apart, ABC News has learned. The Hennepin County prosecutor’s office confirmed to ABC News that Chauvin and his attorney were negotiating to plead guilty to local murder charges and federal civil rights violation charges […]

Trump’s quest to ‘dominate’ amid George Floyd protests sparks new concerns about presidential powers

Jun 8 2020 — — Thousands of soldiers and law enforcement officers descended on the nation’s capital. Steel fences encircled the White House. Heavily armed officers met protesters with flash-bang grenades and chemical agents. The bleak new look for the seat of American democracy last week came matched with rhetoric from President Donald Trump, who began publicly flirting with the […]

U.S. restriction on chipmakers deals critical blow to Huawei

May 18 2020 — — The latest U.S. sanctions on tech giant Huawei threaten to devastate the company and escalate a feud with China that could disrupt technology industries worldwide. Huawei Technologies Ltd. is one of the biggest makers of smartphones and network equipment, but that $123 billion-a-year business is in jeopardy after Washington announced further restrictions on use of […]

Coronavirus updates: Texas reports single highest daily rate increase of infections

May 17 2020 — — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 311,000 people worldwide. More than 4.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to […]

Sanofi walks back after saying US would get vaccine first

May 14 2020 — — French pharmaceutical group Sanofi ensured Thursday that it would make its COVID-19 vaccine, when ready, available in all countries, hours after the the company’s CEO said the United States will get first access. Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson’s comments prompted angry reaction from the French government.

Trump wants to switch focus, push for economic reopening

May 4 2020 — — Anxious to spur an economic recovery without risking lives, President Donald Trump insists that “you can satisfy both” — see states gradually lift lockdowns while also protecting people from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 66,000 Americans.

Americans uneasy about returning to normal as restrictions loosen: POLL

May 1 2020 — — Despite the damaging economic toll of the coronavirus, the country remains apprehensive about a return to normal, with Republicans far more likely to be willing than Democrats to restart day-to-day activities immediately, as states begin to loosen restrictions, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday.

Longtime Trump friend Roger Stone denied new trial

Apr 16 2020 — — Roger Stone will not get a new trial, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Thursday, months after the longtime GOP operative’s sentencing to more than three years in prison on Feb. 20. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who denied the veteran GOP political operative’s bid for a new trial based on alleged juror misconduct, wrote […]