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Covid-19: Buenos Aires to reimpose lockdown after rise in coronavirus cases

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Argentina President Alberto Fernandez announced on Friday a toughening of lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires and its surrounding area as coronavirus cases are on the rise.

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"We're going back to closing the Buenos Aires metropolitan area so that traffic dramatically decreases, to reduce infections and the need for (hospital) beds," said Fernandez.

From July 1 "we're going to ask everyone to return to isolation at home and to only leave to fetch provisions for daily life," he said.

The measure will last until July 17 with "only essential services and some industrial zones" remaining operational.

The decision comes with coronavirus cases increasing exponentially. Argentina now has more than 1,100 deaths and over 52,000 cases.

Fernandez said the greater Buenos Aires area, home to 14 million of Argentina's 44 million population, "is infecting the rest of the country," where 80 percent of activity has reopened.

Center-left leader Fernandez could not resist a dig at neighbor Brazil's far right President Jair Bolsonaro, saying that the prolonged quarantine had "saved lives."

Students stage ‘lie-in’ outside White House to demand gun control (VIDEO)

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High school students from the Washington, DC area held a ‘lie-in’ protest outside the White House, demanding gun control legislation. The protest comes after the recent school shooting in Florida, where 17 people were killed.

Gathered outside the White House on Monday, activists read out the names of the victims that were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. Students then laid down in the street outside President Donald Trump’s residence for three minutes at a time, in a bid to highlight the relatively short amount of time it took 19-year-old alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz to kill 17 people with an AR-15 rifle.

Cruz was arrested roughly 40 minutes after the attack and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. School students have been at the forefront of protests ever since.

There was a brief scuffle between a protester and a man who brought a pro-gun sign to the rally. Otherwise, the demonstration passed without incident.

“I used to feel pretty safe but this has been happening more and more and the people in Florida probably thought it would never be them until it was, so I don’t know if my school’s next,” one young girl told Ruptly.

“It’s certainly strange to think that children are out here, some of these children are elementary school age protesting about guns," another protester said.

This hasn’t happened anywhere else in the world and you know the news is on and my mom tries to change channel for my little sister who is ten years old, she doesn’t want her to feel scared and unsafe or not sleep at night because she is scared that someone with guns gonna come to her school and kill her and her friends and her teachers.

Students who survived the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas are urging children and parents to join them in a massive new protest. A group of five senior and junior students at the school, led by Cameron Kasky, appeared on several major TV networks over the weekend to drum up support for a “March for Our Lives” rally, scheduled to take place on March 24 in Washington, DC.

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NYPD Reveals ‘Heartbreaking’ Timeline in E. River Baby Case

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  • The father of the infant who was found floating in the East River over the weekend has been taken into custody in Thailand[hhmc]

  • The 37-year-old man from Co-op City is expected to face charges of concealment of a human corpse in connection to the case, authorities say.[hhmc]

  • The baby was discovered near the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge Sunday just after 4 p.m. by a tourist from Oklahoma[hhmc]

The father of the 7-month-old infant who was found floating in the East River over the weekend has been taken into custody in Thailand and is due back in New York next week, the NYPD says.

The father, James Currie, 37, from Co-op City in The Bronx is expected to face charges of concealment of a human corpse in connection to the case, authorities say.

In a Wednesday press conference, NYPD Chief Dermont Shea said there were significant updates in the case over the past 24 hours and provided a timeline of the events leading up to the infant being discovered floating in the river.

The child, who was born in January, was exchanged between the mother and father at the mothers residence around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. However, around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the childs father was seen leaving his home with a backpack covered with a blanket, officials say, adding that it is believed the infant was already deceased at this time.

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Currie was then seen walking in Lower Manhattan, between South Street Seaport and Wall Street Heliport, around 3:10 p.m. with the backback, officials say.

The mother of the infant who was found floating in the East River over the weekend allegedly attempted to get in touch with the childs father, who is now a suspect in the case, before sensing something was amiss and contacting authorities Monday night to report a custodial dispute.

During this call, the mother said the child was not dropped off at daycare, officials say, adding that at some point she hears about the child in the water, fears the worst and starts crying.

It was because of this call that authorities were able to identify the child found in the river.

America’s Largest Outdoor Food Market Returns to NYC

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  • Foodies brace yourself – the Smorgasburg Food Market will return to the Financial District[hhmc]

  • The Port Authority announced the food festival will be a weekly fixture at World Trade Center Oculus Plaza each Friday[hhmc]

  • The weekly food festival will run from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday from April 12 through Oct. 25[hhmc]

Foodies brace yourself – the Smorgasburg Food Market will return to the Financial District this month.

The Port Authority announced Wednesday that a curated version of Smorgasburgs world-class market will be a weekly fixture at the World Trade Center Oculus Plaza campus from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday from April 12 through Oct. 25.

Smorgasburg is the largest outdoor weekly food market in the United States. It was established in 2011 as a spinoff of Brooklyn Flea, and attracts 20,000 to 30,000 visitors a day to eat from 100 vendors at its Brooklyn markets in Williamsburg and Prospect Park in the spring and summer months, and thousands to its Sunday market in Downtown Los Angeles.

“We at Smorgasburg are humbled to return to the World Trade Center and to add to the fabric of such a storied site,” Smorgasburg co-founder Eric Demby said in a statement.

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About 25 vendors will participate, offering a wide variety of food choices for those who work, live or visit the site.

The announcement comes after “a highly successful” three-day open-air food festival and community block partyRead More – Source

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Driver Comes Forward in Freak Flying Tire Highway Death

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  • A driver says he believes a tire that struck a car on Sunrise Highway came from his trailer[hhmc]

  • The 60-year-old driver of the car that was struck died in the ensuing crash[hhmc]

  • The trailer and pickup truck have been impounded for a safety check[hhmc]

A driver has contacted police saying he believes the tire that smashed into another car, claiming a man's life, came from his trailer.

Joseph Nickel, 48, of Islip, said he was driving a pickup truck and pulling a trailer on Sunrise Highway in West Babylon on July 5, according to Suffolk County police.

He told police that he later discovered the trailer was missing a tire.

A tire flew into the westbound lanes of the Sunrise Highway, smashing into the front passenger side window of a Saturn, police said.

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David Dorazio, 60, was driving the Saturn and died when he lost control and hit the center median of the highway.

The tire then hit a second vehicle, a Chevy SUV with two people inside. The shaken driver in that SUV, Mary DiFranco-Garone, described the harrowing 30 seconds in which she witnessed the flying tire hitting the sedan.

"It came from the other side of the highway, and it bounced, hit [the Saturn driver], he hit the wall to avoid him coming back, I swerved, and the tire hit me," she told NBC 4 New York.

"We're very lucky. That poor person, whoever they are. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

Nickel's pickup and trailer have been impounded for a safety check, police said.

‘Blade Runner’ Star Wanted for Questioning in NYC Burglary

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  • Cops are looking to question actress Sean Young in connection with the theft of about $12K in computer equipment from an NYC business[hhmc]

  • Sources say she is believed to have entered the Queens business, where she apparently once worked, without authorization on Thursday[hhmc]

  • Her role with the business wasn't clear, but sources say she appears to have been fired from the job about four months ago[hhmc]

Authorities are looking to question "Blade Runner" actress Sean Young in connection with the theft of two Apple Mac Pros with about $12,000 worth of video production software on them that were taken from a Queens business where she used to work, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation tell News 4.

Sources say the 58-year-old actress, who has 121 film credits over a career spanning more than three decades, appears to have been fired from the business about four months ago. Details on the business and her employment there weren't immediately clear, but sources say she appeared to have gone into the business around noon Thursday without permission and with an unidentified person.

Then the equipment was missing. Cops want to question both Young and the other person.

Young appeared in multiple TV series, from "The Young and the Restless" to "ER" and "The Alienist." She's best known for her film roles in "Blade Runner," "No Way Out" and "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," where she played the role of Lt. Lois Einhorn.

A representative for her didn't immediately return a call for comment, the AP said.

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Light Snow and Rain Expected Tonight After Pleasant Day

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  • A dry and pleasant Sunday is expected to make way for some light snow and rain showers overnight, Storm Team 4 says[hhmc]

  • Sunday will see sunny skies and light winds, with highs in the low to mid 40s[hhmc]

  • Later in the evening, the city will likely see some light snow and rain that could continue into Monday morning[hhmc]

A dry and pleasant Sunday is expected to make way for some light snow and rain showers overnight, Storm Team 4 says.

Sunday will see sunny skies and light winds, with highs in the low to mid 40s. Later in the evening, the city is expected to see some light snow and rain that may continue into Monday morning.

The temperature could dip to around 36 degrees Sunday night.

The precipitation will taper off by Monday afternoon, Storm Team 4 says, though light snow showers across portions of the lower Hudson Valley and northwest New Jersey are possible.

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Christmas Eve is expected to see a high of 44 degrees, with some wind in the afternoon.

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‘Unscripted remarks & bombastic rhetoric’ could derail planned Trump-Kim meeting

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The bombshell news of a planned face-to-face meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un has met mixed reactions. They range from cautions optimism to fears that “unscripted” remarks by the US President might derail the progress.

The announcement that Donald Trump has accepted Kim Jong-un’s invitation to a personal meeting to discuss North Korea’s denuclearization was welcomed to varying degrees by a number of US legislators and opinion-makers.

US sanctions are finally “starting to work,” stated the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ed Royce, noting that the administration can “pursue more diplomacy, as we keep applying pressure.”

Others, including Rex Tillerson, have been showing cautious optimism. Just hours before the announcement was made, the US Secretary of State noted that it is important to be “very clear-eyed and realistic about it,” stressing that the first step was to “have some kind of talks about talks.” Meanwhile, Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, added that “we’re encouraged by this development but there’s a lot of work to be done.”

I urge @realDonaldTrump to see these discussions with Kim Jong-un as the beginning of a long diplomatic process. The President must abandon his penchant for unscripted remarks and bombastic rhetoric to avoid derailing this significant opportunity for progress. #NorthKorea

— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) March 9, 2018

“This is a major improvement over diplomacy that consisted of shouting insults at each other,” William Perry, once Bill Clinton’s secretary of defense, told Politico.

Dennis Rodman, a former NBA superstar who met Kim during his travels to North Korea in 2013 and 2014, praised Trump’s willingness to negotiate with Pyongyang, telling the Associated Press that he stands ready to engage in “basketball diplomacy” in the coming months. “Well done, President Trump. You’re on the way to a historical meeting no US president has ever done,” Rodman said. “Please send my regards to Marshal Kim Jong-un and his family.”

Colorado’s Senator Cory Gardner (R) said that the “price of admission” to the negotiations table must be “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Democrat Ed Markey of Massachusetts in the meantime advised Trump to avoid any “unscripted” remarks that could undo the progress “of a long diplomatic process.”

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Save the Date! Clear the Shelters Returns Aug. 18

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  • Save the date! NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 announced the fourth annual Clear the Shelters drive will be Saturday, Aug. 18[hhmc]

  • More than 80 tri-state area animal shelters and rescues will participate in the 2018 event[hhmc]

  • Since 2015, the tri-state drive has helped 6,810 local pets find new homes, including 4,515 in 2017 alone[hhmc]

NBC 4 New York and Telemundo have announced the return of their popular pet adoption campaign Clear the Shelters™. Launching in August and culminating with Clear the Shelters™ day on Saturday, Aug. 18, the stations fourth annual Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption initiative will include the participation of more than 80 animal shelters and rescues from across the tri-state area.

On Aug. 18, all participating animal shelters and rescues will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees to help families adopt a new pet. Visit CleartheShelters.com to access the most up-to-date list of participating shelters and rescues near you. Local shelters and rescues interested in joining the adoption drive can learn about how they can register here.

Clear the Shelters™ has quickly grown over the past three years, with tri-state participation doubling and adoptions tripling. Since 2015, 6,810 local pets found new homes, including 4,515 in 2017. Nationally, NBC and Telemundo stations Clear the Shelters™ effort has resulted in more than 150,000 pet adoptions.

“This is the time of year that shelters and rescues need help the most. Many are filled to capacity with homeless pets in need of a loving home. The WNBC team is passionate about making a difference and on August 18, we look forward to clearing the shelters across the Tri-State region,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York.

“Few moments compare to a child meeting their new pet for the first time. It is a special experience. Through our August 18 Desocupar Los Albergues pet adoption drive, we look forward to making more of these special moments possible for our viewers,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47.

For more information about the stations pet adoption campaign, visit CleartheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on social media by using the hashtag #CleartheShelters. To access information in Spanish, please visit DesocuparlosAlbergues.com and follow #DesocuparlosAlbergues.

Clear the Shelters™ is an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Clear the Shelters™ is sponsored nationally by Cats Pride® and Hills Pet Nutrition.

Cats Pride® is committed to always improving its products, and the lives of cats and their people. Every time a consumer buys a green jug of Fresh & Light litter, Cats Pride will donate a pound of litter to animal welfare organizations across America. To learn more, visit catspride.com.

Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, the mission of Hill's Pet Nutrition is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Visit HillsPet.com to learn about Hills and its Food, Shelter & Love program, which has provided more than $290 million in Hills pet foods to shelters, helping more than nine million pets find new homes since 2002.

EU weighs options for granting Brexit delay next week

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union envoys on Friday discussed options for granting Britain another Brexit delay next week.

A Brussels official said Donald Tusks proposal for a postponement of up to a year had gained support, but national diplomats said all options were still open.

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Wednesday must decide by unanimity on any further delay. British Prime Minister Theresa May asked the bloc on Friday for a second postponement until June 30, with the possibility of leaving earlier.

Tusk, who will chair the summit, has instead proposed a delay of up to one year, which could be cut short if the UK parliament approves an EU divorce deal. May is in talks with the opposition Labour party to try to get the votes.

“Discussion showed wide support for Tusks idea of a long flextension,” the EU official said on condition of anonymity.

EU leaders only two weeks ago rejected a request from May for a reprieve until June 30 and several national diplomats said all options were still on the table – from refusing a further delay and heading towards a no-deal Brexit to granting Mays request or pushing for a long postponement.

“We are waiting to see if there is any real progress with Labour. Depending on what May comes with on Wednesday, how much clarity there is on the UK side, we still have the three options,” said another EU diplomat briefed on the meeting.

“Accepting her request is tough for some in the EU. June 30 is as tricky as it was two weeks ago because of the sensitivities around the European Parliament elections … A long delay is a way of reducing uncertainty and avoiding constant emergency Brexit summits.”

May has accepted that Britain will have to prepare to elect members of the European Parliament, but hopes to leave the bloc in time to pull out of polling.

As was the case two weeks ago, May will address the other 27 national EU leaders and answer their questions before leaving the room and letting them decide.

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