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Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hasn't personally briefed President Trump on the coronavirus in two months.

Dr. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says he hasn't seen Trump in person since June 2 and had not briefed him since May.

Fauci told the Financial Times he's passed notes on the pandemic to Trump's staff and he's sure the president receives his messages.

President Trump has been critical of Dr. Fauci's opinions on the coronavirus.

In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump said suggested he'd lost confidence in Dr. Fauci because he "made a lot of mistakes".

Dr. Fauci is on record saying Americans should not wear face masks because masks do not prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.

"There's no reason for people to be walking around with a mask," Fauci said back in March.

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Dr. Fauci criticized Trump for saying 99% of people in the world who are infected with the virus "automatically get better."

Fauci said the president was incorrect in claiming 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless.

"I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case."

The fatality rate, or deaths divided by confirmed cases, is about 4.3%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

But Johns Hopkins didn't take into account the millions of Americans who are infected with the virus but have not been tested yet.

According to USA Today, the death toll could be much lower if cases are undercounted because of lack of testing.

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Grocery stores in Florida and Georgia removed Goya products from store shelves amid calls to boycott the company after the CEO heaped praise on President Trump.

Prominent Latinos expressed their outrage after Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue appeared in the Rose Garden and praised President Trump's for his support of Hispanic companies.

"We are so blessed to have you as our leader," Unanue told Trump on Thursday at the White House. Unanue was invited to the White House as part of the president's effort to court Latino supporters.

But prominent Latinos such as Julian Castro called for a boycott of Goya products under the hashtag #Goyaway on Twitter.com this week.

Goya Foods "has been a staple of so many Latino households for generations. Now their CEO, Bob Unanue, is praising a president who villainizes and maliciously attacks Latinos for political gain," Julian Castro, a former Democratic presidential candidate and an Obama administration Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said on Twitter.

"Americans should think twice before buying their products," he added.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is Mexican, added: "Oh look, it's the sound of me Googling 'how to make your own Adobo.'"

Goya Foods donates millions of dollars worth of food to charities and also employees hundreds of workers in its factory.

Unanue said he is not backing down despite the boycott, which he called a "suppression of free speech."

He noted that he also praised former President Obama when he was invited to the White House during Obama's term in office.

"When you're called by the president of the United States, you're going to say, 'No, I'm sorry, I'm busy, no thank you?'" he said. "I didn't say that to the Obamas, and I didn't say that to President Trump."

He said he previously worked with Michelle Obama to help include Goya in nutritional guidance to minority communities.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads Trump by 39% with Hispanics in national polls.

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A Black man's hanging death in Southern California has officially been ruled a suicide based on an autopsy and a purchase from a local Dollar Tree store.

Robert Fuller, 24, was found hanging from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square on June 10.

Authorities launched a monthlong investigation after Fuller's family rejected the official cause of death.

"The explanation of suicide does not seem plausible," his family said in a statement. "There are many ways to die, but considering the current racial tension, a Black man hanging himself from a tree definitely doesn't sit well with us right now. We want justice, not comfortable excuses."

Authorities focused their investigation on the red rope and fabric found in the tree. Police said there was a May 14 purchase on Fuller's EBT card that was consistent with the red rope used in the hanging.

Sheriff's Commander Chris Marks said Fuller had a history of depression and was hospitalized three times since 2017, according to the NY Times.

Fuller told doctors he had suicidal ideations and had previously put a gun to his head. His last hospital admission was in November. He told doctors at a hospital in Nevada that he "did have a plan to kill himself," Marks said.

Jason R. Hicks, a lawyer representing Fuller's family, said he planned to respond to the sheriff's department's finding. The family does not have any comments at this time.
 

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The sheriff of Ventura County, Calif. says "Glee" actress Naya Rivera's body may never be recovered from the deep, murky waters of Lake Piru reservoir.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department Capt. Eric Buschow said in a press conference Thursday that the search for the star is hampered by very low visibility and dangerous debris in Lake Piru.

"There's a lot of trees and plants and such that are under the water that can cause entanglements," he said. "It makes it unsafe for the divers and it makes a more complicated search." He added, "It's a very slow going search."

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The sheriff's office released video from a CCTV camera at the dock that shows Naya, 33, and her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, boarding a rental pontoon boat around lunchtime on Wednesday.

Lake staff found Josey sleeping on the boat later that afternoon when Naya missed the deadline to return the boat. He told police they went swimming together but she never returned to the boat.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department deployed air and dive teams to search for the missing actress. Her wallet and identification were found on the boat. Her purse was found in her black Mercedes Benz G Wagon parked at the dock.

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She was presumed drowned on Wednesday, and the search shifted from a rescue to recovery mission on Thursday.

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Naya was born on January 12, 1987 in Santa Clarita, California. She began her career as a child actress and model, appearing in national television commercials before landing a role on the CBS sitcom The Royal Family at the age of 4. She is pictured above at age 22.

She got her big break as Santana Lopez on the long-running Fox television musical series Glee from 2009 to 2015.

She made her feature film debut in the horror flick At the Devil's Door (2014), and starred as Blanca on the third season of the Lifetime television series Devious Maids in 2015.

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Naya signed a record deal with Columbia Records in 2011 and released a single, "Sorry", featuring her ex-fiancé, rapper Big Sean, in 2013.
 

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A registered behavioral health technician for Centria Healthcare in Saginaw, Michigan was fired Thursday after Internet sleuths "canceled" him for making disparaging remarks about Breonna Taylor.

Benjamin Holthaus is the latest casualty of social media's "cancel culture.” Internet sleuths tracked him down and doxxed him after he wrote an offensive post saying Taylor was not an emergency medical technician and accused her of being "deep in the drug game".

Taylor was shot multiple times in her bed by three plainclothes officers who executed a no-knock warrant at her home in the early morning hours. They were searching for a drug suspect who was already in police custody.

One of the officers was fired but the other two are still on active duty.

Instagram blogger @GossipoftheCity doxxed Holthaus (published his employee's name and phone number) and urged her followers to contact his employer, Centria Autism, who confirmed Holthuas was no longer employed there on Thursday.

"Thank you for sharing this information with us as that type of behavior does not align with our mission or values.

We were informed of this post last week and we have confirmed with our HR Department that this individual is not a current employee. We have requested removal of their association with our organization on social media through each platform."

 

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio kept his promise to paint "Black Lives Matter" in huge yellow letters outside President Trump's former home, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

The mayor was joined by his wife, Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and a group of BLM activists and volunteers on Thursday.

Trump slammed de Blasio's plans to paint the BLM mural outside his luxury apartment building. In a series of tweets last week, the president referred to BLM as a "symbol of hate" on one of NYC's "greatest streets." He called on police to stand up to the mayor and not let the mural happen.

Trump also criticized the mayor for not doing enough to curb violent crime in his city. Shootings in NYC have skyrocketed 200%. There were 49 shootings and 9 murders in NYC last weekend.

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President Trump's former legal advisor Michael Cohen is back in federal custody after breaking the terms of his release from prison due to coronavirus fears.

Cohen was serving a three-year sentence for lying to Congress, income tax evasion and campaign finance charges for paying hush money to women who alleged affairs with his boss, President Trump.

Cohen was released on furlough in May after inmates tested positive for the coronavirus.

He was taken back into custody by U.S. Marshals after a photo published on the front page of the NY Post showed him dining at a restaurant when he was supposed to be on home confinement.

The NY Post published the photo of Cohen, his wife Laura, and another couple dining at the upscale La Bilboquet, a French restaurant near his luxury apartment on the Upper East Side on the evening of July 2.

Cohen was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, and will be transferred to a secure federal prison.

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The search for missing Glee actress Naya Rivera has shifted from a rescue to a recovery effort, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a press conference Thursday.

The 33-year-old star was reported missing after she rented a pontoon boat and went out on the Lake Piru reservoir with her four-year-old son Josey Dorsey around lunchtime Wednesday.

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When the boat was overdue to return, lake staff went searching for it. They found Josey asleep on board the boat. Naya was nowhere in sight.

Authorities suspended the search for the actress around midnight - an action that angered her fans.

"Multiple teams of professional search & rescue personnel are actively searching Lake Piru for clues to the location of Naya Rivera," the Ventura County Sheriff's Office tweeted on Thursday. "With over 80 people involved in the search right now, we are using helicopters, boats, ATV vehicles, and ground personnel to try and locate her."

Captain Eric Buschow told reporters Josey was in good health and "The family is going through a very traumatic time right now."

He said one adult life vest was found on the boat - an indication that Naya wasn't wearing one when she went into the water.

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In one of her last social media posts, Naya urged her fans to make the most of their lives, writing: "No matter the year, circumstance, or strifes everyday you're alive is a blessing. make the most of today and every day you are given. tomorrow is not promised."

The day before she went missing, she shared a photo of herself kissing her son. She captioned the image, "Just the two of us."
 

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Naya's fans pointed out the words are the same as the title of a rap song by Eminem about a mother who drowns in a lake.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled President Donald Trump must release his income tax reports and financial documents to NY prosecutors investigating hush money payments as part of a criminal investigation.

In a 7-2 vote, the justices upheld a Manhattan District Attorney subpoena for the last 8 years of Trump's tax reports, including his personal and corporate tax returns, according to TheHill.com.

In his decision, Justice John Roberts writes that the court established unanimously that "No citizen, not even the president, is above the common duty of producing evidence." He went on to say that the president is "not absolutely immune" from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers.

In an earlier ruling the lower appeals court directed that the case be returned to the district court where the president may raise further constitutional arguments.

It's unclear whether Trump's tax documents will be released prior to the November elections.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to stop calling the coronavirus an epidemic because of a major drop in deaths.

The death rate has fallen so low that "the percentage is currently at the epidemic threshold."

"Based on death certificate data, the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19 (PIC) decreased from 9.0% during week 25 to 5.9% during week 26, representing the tenth week of a declining percentage of deaths due to PIC," the CDC wrote on its website.

In a leaked memo in April, the CDC urged doctors to classify "probable" deaths as COVID-19-related.

The memo stated tests were not necessary to confirm COVID-related death. Doctors complained that the COVID-19 death rate was artificially inflated.

As a result of the CDC's memo, many family members were denied insurance payouts since insurance companies do not cover pandemic-related illnesses.

Families filed lawsuits against doctors and hospitals which effectively ended the false diagnoses and the COVID-19 death rate tumbled.
 

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The woman who was widely criticized for calling 911 on a Black man in Central Park was charged with a hate crime and filing a false police report.

But the Manhattan district attorney will have a hard time making the charges stick. The victim, Christian Cooper, is not cooperating with the prosecution's case against Amy Cooper.

Christian previously condemned the "cancel culture" that destroyed Amy Cooper's life after his video of the incident went viral in May.

Amy lost her high-paying job and was publicly shamed for claiming an "African American man" was threatening her in the park.

Christian defended Amy again on Tuesday in a statement explaining why he won't cooperate.

"On the one hand, she's already paid a steep price. That's not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on... So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me."

Christian's decision not to cooperate drew disbelief, anger and indignation on Twitter.

"Looks like dude don't want to mess up his relationships with other white people......Zaddy must have got in his ear," Twitter activist Tariq Nasheed tweeted.

Others expressed their bitter disappointment in Christian Cooper.

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Mary Kay Letourneau, the schoolteacher who married a former student she was convicted of raping, has died from cancer. She was 58.

Letourneau was a 6th grade teacher at an elementary school in Burien, a suburb of Seattle, when she began an inappropriate sexual relationship with then-12-year-old Vili Fualaau in 1996.

A friend of Letourneau's then-husband alerted the authorities about the relationship. Police caught Letourneau with the boy in a parked minivan at a marina in Des Moines, WA. at 1:20 a.m. on June 19, 1996.

Letourneau, a mother of four, initially told police the boy was 18. Both were fully clothed at the time, but police suspected something of a sexual nature had occurred.

Back at the police station, Letourneau, then 34, said she was babysitting Fualaau and took him home after she and her husband had a fight.

Letourneau and Fualaau's first daughter was conceived about two months later.

Letourneau pleaded guilty to two counts of child rape and was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of sex offender treatment.

The jail sentence was suspended on the condition that she agreed not to contact her adolescent baby daddy.

By then, Letourneau's husband had filed for divorce and moved out of state with their four minor children.

The couple's second daughter was conceived in 1998, before Letourneau was sentenced to serve more than 7 years in prison for child rape.

After Letourneau's early release from prison in 2004, Fualaau, then 20, applied to the court for permission to see her. The couple was married in 2005.

In 2017, Fualaau, then 33, filed for a legal separation from Letourneau, 55.

Fualaau told the NY Post he still loved his wife and they were happy together. He said the separation was for business purposes "in order to sell cannabis."

He said the separation would make it easier for him to obtain a license to sell "cigaweed" - marijuana cigarettes.

"It's not necessarily what you think. When you want to get licensed, they do background checks on both parties," he told the New York Post. "If I decide to be a part of it, I have to be licensed, and I have to be vetted, and so does a spouse. She has a past. She has a history."

Fualaau worked as a DJ in the Washington area but he wanted to start his own business.
The couple's story was the subject of books and a movie on USA Network, titled "All-American Girl: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story."
 

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Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan issued a stern warning to Black people about the vaccine being developed for the COVID-19 virus.

Normally it takes several years of animal and human clinical trials before a vaccine is brought to market. But the COVID-19 vaccine is being fast-tracked to hit the market within months - despite the low death toll.

In a speech titled "The Criterion," Farrakhan urged Africans to be skeptical of the vaccine, citing the country's troublesome medical history of experimenting on Black people.

"I say to my brothers and sisters in Africa... if they come up with a vaccine, be careful," Farrakhan said before also warning Black people in America.

"Do not take their medications. We need to call a meeting of our skilled virologists, epidemiologists, and students of biology and chemistry," Farrakhan said. "We need to give ourselves something better. There are 14 therapies we can treat it with. The virus is a pestilence from Heaven. The only way to stop it is going to heaven."
 

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Governor Brian Kemp ordered 1,000 members of the National Guard to deploy to Atlanta, citing the mayor's failure "to quell ongoing violence with armed individuals threatening citizens".

Atlanta has seen over 75 shootings in the past few weeks.

Kemp, who is Republican, declared a state of emergency in Atlanta on Monday after 8-year-old Secoreia Turner was fatally shot while riding in a car with her mother and a friend near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed last month.

Mayor Bottoms was accused of ignoring the armed Black Lives Matter protesters guarding the burned out Wendy's where Brooks died.
 

In an emotional press conference on Monday, Mayor Bottoms blamed Black Lives Matter activists for the little girl's death.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

On ABC's Good Morning America, Mayor Bottoms was asked if she requested the National Guard to control the protests which turned violent.

"No. An irony of that is that I asked Governor Kemp to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no," she said. "But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard.

"So, I understand if he wants to protect state buildings. We have been coordinating with the Georgia State Patrol -- which we do on any number of occasions... But at no time was it mentioned that anyone felt that there was the need for the National Guard to come in.”

On Monday afternoon Bottoms tweeted that she and her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. She said she had no symptoms.

Gov. Kemp does not plan to mandate mask-wearing in the state of Georgia.

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Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo says the United States is considering banning the Chinese app TikTok due to concerns over national security.

In an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Pompeo said the U.S. government may ban TikTok, which is wildly popular with American children and young adults.

TikTok is a community sharing app that focuses on dance, free-style or performance content videos created by children.

Pompeo said TikTok, which uses Huawei and ZTE technology, is a danger to U.S. national security.

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"We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it," Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones. I can assure you the United States will get this one right too."

He warned TikTok users that their private data is at risk and could get into "the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."

In response to Pompeo's warnings, a TikTok spokesperson said they have "never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked."
 

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