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NEW YORK (AP) - Though Black Out Tuesday was originally organized by the music community, the social media world also went dark in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, joining voices around the world outraged by the killings of black people in the U.S.

Instagram and Twitter accounts, from top record label to everyday people, were full of black squares posted in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.

Most of the captions were blank, though some posted #TheShowMustBePaused, black heart emojis or encouraged people to vote Tuesday since seven states and the District of Columbia are hosting the largest slate of primary elections in almost three months.

Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Radiohead, Coldplay, Kelly Rowland, Beastie Boys and were among the celebrities to join Black Out Tuesday on social media.

"I won't be posting on social media and I ask you all to do the same," Britney Spears tweeted. "We should use the time away from our devices to focus on what we can do to make the world a better place .... for ALL of us !!!!!"

Spotify blacked out the artwork for several of its popular playlists, including RapCaviar and Today's Top Hits, simply writing "Black lives matter." as its description. The streaming service also put its Black Lives Matter playlist on its front page, featuring songs like James Brown's "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," N.W.A.'s "(Expletive) the Police," Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and Childish Gambino's "This Is America."

The opening pages of Apple Music and iTunes focused on supporting Black Lives Matter, and SiriusXM said it will be silencing its music channels for three minutes at 3 p.m. EDT in tribute to "all of the countless victims of racism."

The company said it "will continue to amplify Black voices by being a space where Black artists showcase their music and talents, and by carrying the message that racism will not be tolerated."

Some on social media questioned if posting black squares would divert attention away from posts about the Black Lives Matter movement.

"this is the 4th completely different flyer i've seen for it," Grammy-nominated singer Kehlani tweeted about Black Out Tuesday. ""this is the only one without the saying go completely silent for a day in solidarity. the messages are mixed across the board and i really hope it doesn't have a negative effect."

When musician Dillon Francis posted that the hashtag for Black Lives Matter was blank on Instagram because users were posting black squares, rapper Lil Nas X responded with: "this is not helping us. bro who the (expletive) thought of this?? ppl need to see what's going on."

Several music releases and events were postponed as a result of Black Out Tuesday. Interscope Geffen A&M Records said it would not release music this week and pushed back releases from MGK, 6lack, Jessie Ware, Smokepurp and others. Chloe x Halle said its sophomore album will come out June 12 instead of Friday, while the group Glass Animals postponed the Tuesday release of its new single "Heat Waves." Instead of being released Wednesday, singer Ashnikko will drop her song "Cry" and its video on June 17.

A benefit for the Apollo Theater will take place Thursday instead of Tuesday, and South by Southwest postponed an event planned with Rachael Ray.

"At SXSW we stand with the black community and will continue to amplify the voices and ideas that will lead us to a more equitable society," the company said.

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George Floyd Independent Autopsy Findings ... Death from Asphyxia

Baden said George Floyd was dead 4 to 5 minutes into the time Chauvin and the other officers had him pinned - and yet, Chauvin kept his knee there for another 4 minutes-plus.



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Dr. Michael Baden - a famous forensic doctor who has been involved in the O.J. Simpson case, the Jeffrey Epstein case and many others - concluded compression pressure on Floyd's death was the direct cause of death. The medical examiner concluded it was a combination of asphyxia, underlying medical conditions including hypertension and possible drugs or alcohol.

Dr. Baden said there was one cause of death, and you don't really have to go beyond the video to understand. He said Floyd was unresponsive 4 minutes in, yet the cop kept his knee there for nearly 5 minutes longer. Baden says Floyd was in good health and no medical condition contributed to his death.

Dr. Baden said Floyd was deprived of his blood flow to the brain. He also says Floyd couldn't breathe ... something he repeatedly said as he was dying. Baden scoffed at cops who say if you can talk you can breathe. He says simply not the case.

This is a hugely significant development. Anyone charged in this case will almost certainly glom on to the M.E.'s findings and argue the knee didn't cause Floyd's death ... that it was hypertension or something else. Baden says BS ... it was Chauvin's knee to Floyd's neck, and the weight of the officer on his back that caused Floyd's death.

Floyd's family attorney, Ben Crump, and the family have always believed what Baden found, saying they "reject the notion from the Minneapolis Medical Examiner that the knee from the police officer on George's neck for almost nine minutes was not the proximate cause of his death."



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As we reported, Chauvin's been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter for Floyd's death. According to the charging docs, the fired cop had his knee on George's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds ... including 2 minutes, 53 seconds AFTER George became unresponsive.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to take action to bring the city of Minneapolis "under control," calling violent protesters outraged by the death of a black man in police custody "thugs" and saying that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Trump tweeted after protesters torched a Minneapolis police station, capping three days of violent protests U.S over the death of George Floyd, who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck.

He said he spoke to the state's Democratic governor, Tim Walz, and "told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

Trump didn't clarify what he meant - Walz has already activated the National Guard - but the tweet drew another warning from Twitter for his rhetoric, with the social media giant saying he had "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence."

The move came a day after Trump signed an executive order challenging the site's liability protections.

Trump, who has often remained silent in the aftermath of police-involved killings and has a long history of defending police, has been uncharacteristically vocal this time, saying earlier Thursday that he felt "very, very badly" about Floyd's death and calling video capturing his struggle "a very shocking sight."

But his language grew more aggressive as violence boiled over in Minneapolis on Thursday night. "These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen," he wrote shortly before 1 a.m.

Although Twitter added the warning to Trump's tweet, the company did not remove it, saying it had determined the message might be in the public interest - something it does only for tweets by elected and government officials. A user looking at Trump's timeline would have to click to see the original tweet. Earlier this week, Twitter fact checked to two of Trump's tweets about mail-in ballots, drawing his anger.

"It seems like they're carrying out a vendetta against the president," Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 2 GOP House leader, said on Fox News Friday.

Once more likely to hew to the "blue lives matter" mantra, Trump, his allies and Republicans in elected office across the nation have been questioning the conduct of the officer who pinned Floyd down and calling for justice. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election year political calculations.

"This is the first race-tinged case that I've ever heard him address" as president, said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist and Trump critic who has known the president for decades. "I think the difference is a November election."

Trump has been silent on a number of high-profile police-involved killings, including that of Stephon Clark, a black man shot by Sacramento, California, police in 2018.

"This is something that is a local matter and that's something that we feel should be left up to the local authorities," then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at the time.

Trump has never addressed the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who was placed in a chokehold by police trying to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes. Video of the encounter was viewed millions of times online, and Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Trump has, however, invoked those words on several occasions to mock political rivals, even bringing his hands to his neck for dramatic effect.

Yet Trump has a long history of injecting himself into racially sensitive cases. In 1989, he took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five young men of color who were wrongly convicted of a brutal assault on a jogger. Trump has never apologized, telling reporters last year: "You have people on both sides of that."

And he has even appeared to advocate for the rougher treatment of people in police custody, speaking dismissively of the police practice of shielding the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are being placed in patrol cars.

But Trump's tone has changed in recent weeks as he has repeatedly expressed dismay at footage of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old black man fatally shot in February in Georgia while jogging.

Trump and his allies have been even clearer on the death of Floyd, who can be heard and seen on tape pleading that he couldn't breathe before he slowly stops talking and moving.

Trump "was very upset when he saw that video," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday. "He wants justice to be served."

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity expressed outrage Wednesday, telling his audience: "The lack of training here is breathtaking."

Even conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who once called Black Lives Matter a "terrorist group," said Floyd's death was totally "unjustified" and he was "so mad."

The outpouring comes as the Trump campaign has sought to chip into the advantage Democrats have with black voters. The campaign hopes either to win enough black support to keep pivotal states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in play or minimize enthusiasm for Democratic rival Joe Biden. There could be a small window after Biden last week told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back Trump "ain't black," a gaffe he later said he regretted.

Biden, who served as vice president under the nation's first black president, remains deeply popular among black voters, who helped him secure the Democratic nomination.

White, the longtime director of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, questioned the sincerity of Republicans' response to the deaths of Arbery and Floyd given the timing.

"Any time we hear politicians speaking about dealing with police brutality in the middle of election year, it's just meaningless rhetoric that has a hollow promise," he said.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said Thursday, "This has nothing to do with politics and is only about making sure justice is done, and anyone who suggest otherwise is only seeking to sew division and ignore the President's unwavering support for the African-American community."

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Rep. Clyburn on The View Says Biden's 'Ain't Black' Comment Made Him 'Cringe'

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn weighed in on presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden suggesting that African American voters who support Trump "ain't black," saying he "cringed" when he heard the comments.



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"I cringed, no question about that," Clyburn said in an interview with "The View" Tuesday morning.

"In this instance, Joe did not do as well as I hoped in responding, but I will say this, I go about my business every day comparing Joe Biden, to the alternative, not the Almighty. He is not a perfect person. None of us are. So what my decision now is to determine who I feel should be the next president of the United States, and I do that by comparing the candidates to each other, not to the Almighty," Clyburn said.

Biden came under fire Friday for comments he made during an interview with "The Breakfast Club" radio program, in which he quipped that if African American voters support President Trump over him in November, they aren't "black."

"Well, I'll tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black," Biden told radio personality Charlamagne tha God, who hosts the program, which is particularly popular among black millennials, a voting bloc the former vice president is hoping to woo.

Later that afternoon, Biden said that he shouldn't have been so 'cavalier' with his comments during a call with the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

"I know the comments have come off like I was taking the African-American vote for granted. But nothing could be further from the truth," Biden said on the call.

"I shouldn't have been such a wise guy," Biden added, "I don't take [the black vote] for granted at all. And no one, no one should have to vote for any party, based on their race, their religion, their background. There are African-Americans who think that Trump was worth voting for. I don't think so, I'm prepared to put my record against his. That was the bottom line and it was really unfortunate, I shouldn't have been so cavalier," Biden said.

When asked about his message to African American voters who were offended by Biden's comments, the House Majority Whip reiterated his support for the former vice president.

"We sometimes say things we do not really mean, they come out a little bit wrong, and that's what happened here. I think all of us know Joe Biden," Clyburn said.

"I know him, and he knows me. He knows the African American community very well. I've done a lot of stuff for Joe Biden over the years, and I would not have supported him if I did not think that he was best suited to be the next president of the United States. It's just that simple," Clyburn continued. Biden's comments perhaps put a new pressure on Biden to select a woman of color as his running mate for the November election.

Clyburn, who many credit with reviving Biden's campaign with his endorsement leading up to the South Carolina primary in February, bristled at the idea that the former vice president "must" choose a woman of color as his running mate.

"I think we've taken a little too much on to tell a person what he must do. If it doesn't happen, then what? I think - and I've said this before - there should be polling, there should be vetting, and he should be instructed by the polling and the vetting, and should be guided by his heart and his head," Clyburn said Tuesday.

"That is as far as I wish to go with telling him how to conduct himself going forward. We are all human beings, we are all sensitive about our own thinking apparatus, and none of us want to be told what you must do. I don't like that at all. And I would never tell that to anybody," he added.

Last week, Clyburn said it would be a "mistake" to assume that picking a woman of color would immediately boost Biden's standing with black voters. "I think one would make a mistake if one were to feel that a person of color is all that is required to galvanize black voters," Clyburn told ABC News.

"You got to look at what the candidate is proposing."

"So just picking a person of color won't cut it...You got to pick the person that not just got credibility in the African American community, but also is - what's the word he calls - simpatico with him," he added.

The longtime South Carolina congressman has also taken on a major new role as the chairman of the newly established Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in the United States House, which will provide oversight to the massive relief legislation passed by Congress last month to aid the nation's recovery from the pandemic.

Asked about the disproportionate impact that the coronavirus crisis has had on African-Americans, Clyburn pushed for the passage of the HEROES Act, a massive relief bill passed by the House last week that he argues would help alleviate many of the problems facing communities hard-hit by the pandemic.

"I think that South Carolina and other states have got to get serious about spending out the money that is necessary in education, in broadband, in putting in the kind of health care facilities that we need," Clyburn said of his home state, where over 50 percent of COVID-19 related deaths have been African-American individuals.

"We need to have a massive expansion of community health centers, we've got that in the HEROES Act, a massive expansion of broadband, that's in the HEROES Act. Pass the HEROES Act, take care of state and local governments, and we will see a massive improvement in the statistics," he added.

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NBA Legend Patrick Ewing Tests Positive with COVID-19

   

NBA Legend Patrick Ewing Tests Positive with COVID-19

NBA Legend Patrick Ewing has revealed he tested positive with COVID-19.

He shared a tweet stating, "I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones."

Especially now when "stay at home" orders are being lifted and life will try to go back to "normal", Ewing warns that the virus is still very serious and shouldn't be taken lightly.

Ewing is currently in isolation at a local hospital and the only man of the Georgetown Hoyas who has tested positive. He also insures that he will be fine and we will all get through this.

See his full statement below as well as the full list of celebrities who tested positive for Coronavirus.


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Kandi Burruss Wins Season 3 Of 'The Masked Singer'

   

Season 3 of FOX's hit show The Masked Singer wrapped and Kandi Burruss also known as the Night Angel took home the trophy!

"For so long I had to convince myself that I wasn't enough," Burruss said in her last clue package, adding, "When I didn't find success as a solo artist, I decided to develop other businesses behind the scenes of music. I did what I had to do because I'm a mother."

She added, "I'm here not just for myself, but for all women and for my little angels - to show them it's never too late to be the person you were meant to be."

Burruss beat out the Frog (Bow Wow) and Turtle (Jesse McCartney) for the honor.

After removing her mask, Burruss told the judges, comprised of Jenny McCarthey, Ken Jeong, Nicole Scheriznger and Robin Thicke how much winning Masked Singer meant to her.

"For a long time, I really stopped singing by myself because you get negative feedback and so it kind of messes with your head," Burruss said. "But thank you. So I had really stopped. And I just really appreciate you guys for helping me build my confidence back."



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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A video released Monday shows police in Georgia attempting to search Ahmaud Arbery's parked car in 2017 and when he declines to let them and begins to walk back to the vehicle, an officer tries to use a stun gun on him.



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The video, first obtained by The Guardian, shows Arbery repeatedly declining when a Glynn County police officer asks to search his Toyota. A backup officer arrives, and tells Arbery "don't reach the car" and "keep your hands out your pockets." This second officer then attempts to use a Taser, but the device just clicks loudly, without apparent effect. Arbery is told to get down on the ground, and he goes to his knees.

When Arbery questions why the officers are bothering him, he's told that the area is known for drugs, a suggestion that agitates Arbery, who said he is not on drugs and to check his "s--!" The first officer then pats him down looking for weapons, saying this was just a check, not a search.

Absent probable cause or a court-issued warrant, police generally aren't allowed to search a parked car without permission.

In a police report, also obtained by The Guardian, officers said Arbery, who was parked when confronted, was free to go but could not take his vehicle because his license was suspended. The report said that after he left the scene they noticed Arbery's passenger side window was cracked open and that they smelled what they believed to be marijuana and noticed a bag with a leafy substance inside.

Calls and emails to the Glynn County Police Department and Abery's family attorney Benjamin Crump have not been returned.

Arbery was killed Feb. 23 after a pursuit by a white father and son who armed themselves and gave chase after seeing the 25-year-old black man running in their subdivision. More than two months passed before a video of the killing emerged, sparking an outcry. Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were then jailed on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault.

A judge from outside the coastal Georgia community where Arbery was fatally shot has been appointed to preside over trial proceedings of the two men charged with Arbery's murder, including one defendant with close ties to law enforcement.

Court documents filed in Glynn County show that Superior Court Judge Timothy R. Walmsley was appointed to the case after all five judges in the legal circuit where Arbery was killed recused themselves. Walmsley is based in Savannah, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of where the slaying occurred just outside the port city of Brunswick.

Gregory McMichael, a retired investigator for the local district attorney, told police he thought Arbery was a burglar. He said Arbery attacked his son before he was shot.

Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, has said she believes her son was merely out jogging.

The delay in criminal charges and a cellphone video of the shooting leaked shortly before the May 7 arrests fueled national outrage over Arbery's death.

Last week, defense attorneys for the McMichaels cautioned against rushing to judgment. They said they soon plan to seek a preliminary hearing from a magistrate judge in Glynn County at which new details might be revealed. They also plan to ask that the McMichaels be released from jail on bond pending trial. That decision will now fall to Walmsley.

No court hearings had been scheduled as of Monday afternoon.

Gregory McMichael worked as an investigator for the local district attorney for more than two decades before he retired last year. Attorneys for Arbery's family and others have blamed the delay in arrests in part on the elder McMichael's ties to local law enforcement. The McMichaels weren't charged until after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was brought into the case in early May.

Meanwhile, three district attorneys have passed on prosecuting the case, which now resides with the district attorney of Cobb County in metro Atlanta.

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WARREN, Mich. (AP) - More than 130,000 autoworkers returned to factories across the U.S. for the first time in nearly two months Monday in one of the biggest steps yet to restart American industry, while an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus yielded encouraging results in a small and extremely early test.

At a Fiat Chrysler pickup truck assembly plant in Warren, outside Detroit, workers entered a giant white tent with a sign that read: "Let's restart and keep each other safe." Inside they had their temperatures checked and answered a set of questions on whether they had symptoms of COVID-19.

"I feel safer than being anywhere at any stores, because they got the screening and everything," said Ann'alazia Moore, a janitor at the factory. "I feel like that's amazing. That's smart. I like that. So, I feel more safe. I won't get sick."

Detroit's Big Three - Fiat Chrysler, General Motors and Ford - as well as Honda and Toyota all had screening procedures in place at dozens of factories that reopened from the Great Lakes states south to Tennessee and Texas and out west at Tesla's factory near the San Francisco Bay.

But no one was immediately cranking out vehicles, because it will take time to get the plants restarted.

Many workers were afraid of getting the virus but believed the automakers were trying to keep them safe.

"The parts of the plant where people would be closer together, they've put up a lot of partitions," said Cole Stevenson, who installs steering wheels at a Ford pickup truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan. "You can tell they've taken tape measures to just about any surface two people would need to be near each other."

Meanwhile, an experimental vaccine by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. triggered hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers. They were found to have antibodies similar to those seen in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

Further studies on the vaccine's safety, effectiveness and optimal dosage still need to be done. But stocks rallied on the news on Wall Street.

Worldwide, about a dozen vaccine candidates are in the first stages of testing or nearing it. Health officials have said that if all goes well, studies might wrap up by late this year or early 2021.

Despite warnings from health experts that the virus could make a resurgence, many states have eased their lockdowns under pressure from President Donald Trump to save businesses and livelihoods. About 36 million Americans have applied for unemployment benefits over the past two months, and U.S. unemployment surged in April to 14.7%, a level unseen since the Depression.

U.S. health authorities will be watching closely for a second wave of infections over the next few weeks and worry that Americans will disregard social distancing over the coming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer.

Elsewhere around the world, Europe pushed ahead with its reopening, allowing people into the Acropolis in Athens, high-fashion boutiques in Italy, museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Bavaria.

More than 4.7 million people worldwide have tested positive for the virus and over 315,000 deaths have been recorded, including about 90,000 in the U.S. and over 160,000 in Europe, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Those figures are believed to understate the true dimensions of the outbreak because of limited testing, differences in counting the dead and concealment by some governments.

In other developments, the World Health Organization bowed to calls from most of its member states to launch an independent investigation into how it responded to the coronavirus. Trump has repeatedly attacked both WHO and China, claiming the U.N. agency helped Beijing conceal the extent of the outbreak in its early stages.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the probe will take place "at the earliest appropriate moment." The announcement, made at WHO's annual meeting, came after a watchdog body found possible shortcomings in the agency's warning system and its role in providing travel advice to countries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping defended China's record, saying the country provided all relevant outbreak data to WHO and other countries, including the virus's genetic sequence, "in a most timely fashion." He also announced that China will give $2 billion to the global fight against the virus.

But the Trump administration stepped up its attacks at the meeting, with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar accusing WHO of failing to obtain the information the world needed as the outbreak emerged.

Without mentioning China by name, Azar said: "In an apparent attempt to conceal this outbreak, at least one member state made a mockery of their transparency obligations, with tremendous costs for the entire world."

He said the United States has allocated $9 billion for the global coronavirus response.

With new infections and deaths slowing considerably in Europe, many countries are preparing to reopen their borders and trying to draw up rules for a highly unusual summer tourist season.

"This vacation this year won't be like the ones we know from the past," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told ZDF television. "The pandemic is still there, and we must at least have safety precautions for the worst case that the figures get worse again."

Greece reopened some of its ancient sites, along with high schools, shopping malls and mainland travel. Paving stickers were used to keep visitors apart. Tourists were local, for the country still has a 14-day quarantine for arrivals, and travel to Greek islands remains broadly restricted.

Churches in Italy and at the Vatican resumed public Masses. Guards in hazmat suits took the temperatures of the faithful entering St. Peter's Basilica, where Pope Francis celebrated an early morning Mass in a side chapel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II.

Across town, the Rev. Jose Maria Galvan snapped on latex gloves and a face mask before distributing Communion to a dozen parishioners at his Sant'Eugenio parish.

"Before I became a priest I was a surgeon, so for me gloves are normal," he joked.

Turkey's president announced a four-day curfew during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The country has opted to impose short weekend and holiday curfews, instead of full lockdowns, fearing damage to the already troubled economy.

In France, authorities were concerned after about 70 infections popped up in the country's schools since they started reopening last week. France reopened about 40,000 preschools and primary schools last week, with classes capped at 15 students.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Security camera footage taken in December outside a home being built in coastal Georgia raises new questions about what Ahmaud Arbery was doing at the site two months later right before he was fatally shot in the neighborhood.

A white father and son remain jailed on charges of felony murder in the 25-year-old black man's death. Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after spotting him running in their subdivision Feb. 23. Just before the shooting, a security camera recorded Arbery inside the open frame of a home under construction on the McMichaels' street.

Gregory McMichael, 64, told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar responsible for recent break-ins in the neighborhood just outside the port city of Brunswick and said Arbery attacked his son before he was shot. Arbery's mother has said she believes her son was merely out jogging.

On Friday, an attorney for the owner of the house under construction released a short video taken by a security camera on Dec. 17. It shows a black man in a T-shirt and shorts leaving the site with his back to the camera. He walks a few steps toward the road, then starts running at a jogger's pace.

"It now appears that this young man may have been coming onto the property for water," J. Elizabeth Graddy, the attorney for homeowner Larry English, said in a statement. "There is a water source at the dock behind the house as well as a source near the front of the structure."

It is not known if the person in the Dec. 17 video is Arbery.

Meanwhile, a defense attorney for Gregory McMichael told reporters Friday that they have interviewed witnesses, reviewed video footage and examined other evidence that "tells a very different story" about Arbery and the two men charged with killing him.

"The truth will reveal this is not just another act of violent racism," attorney Franklin Hogue told a news conference outside his Macon office. "Greg McMichael did not commit murder. Greg McMichael is not a party to the crime of murder."

He declined to give details.

Attorneys for Arbery's parents have said security camera video from the same home construction site Feb. 23 shows Arbery on the property right before the shooting. They also say the footage shows Arbery committing no crimes.

English has said nothing was ever stolen from his property, though his security cameras recorded someone coming onto the property several times in recent months.

Travis McMichael, 34, called 911 to report a possible trespasser on English's property the night of Feb. 11, less than two weeks before Arbery was shot. He described a "black male, red shirt and white shorts."

"When I turned around and saw him and backed up, he reached into his pocket and ran into the house," Travis McMichael told the 911 operator. "So I don't know if he's armed or not. But he looked like, he was acting like he was. So be mindful of that."

Defense attorneys for both McMichaels have cautioned against a rush to judgment in the case. The father and son are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.

"We know the ending," Jason Sheffield, an attorney for Travis McMichael, told reporters Thursday. "What we don't know is the beginning."

The men weren't arrested until May 7, more than two months after the shooting, after an outside prosecutor assigned to the case asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved. The day before the arrests, a cellphone video of the shooting leaked online, fueling a national outcry.

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Two of music's biggest names who were perhaps closest to Andre Harrell have broken their silence.

Both Diddy and Mary J. Blige took a few days to gather their thoughts on their shared mentor but they opened up about losing the Uptown Records founder on Monday (May 11). Via Instagram, Diddy shared a touching tribute to Harrell, including a video of the Bad Boy impresario thanking Harrell for giving him his initial opportunity at Uptown.

"Dre, I'm only standing up here because you gave me a chance," he says tearfully. "But most importantly, what we all have to do, as a black man, you took me underneath your wing and was patient with me and you taught me and you talked to me and you taught me about the game ... you believed in me."

The sentiment remained in his caption as he wrote, "I honestly still can't believe it. I've got to give myself the reality of this in doses. Because I can't even handle this. I hope to God that you are all blessed to have someone in your life that loves you and believes in you like this man believed in me."

King Andre Harrell

Mary echoed Diddy's sentiments. Harrell had signed Blige as a background vocalist to Uptown Records in 1989, the first woman signed to the imprint. Three years later, she exploded on the R&B scene with "Real Love" and began a historic career of hip-hop soul dominance. She shared a video to her Instagram account of a talk show appearance in the '90s where Harrell explains how he saw Blige evolve from a young woman to "a real lady."

She captioned the post, "I don't know where I would be if you didn't believe in me. RIP @andreharrell ... This can't be real. Thank you for helping me and loving me until the last days of your life. Rest easy my musical father. I will continue to do my very best to make you proud and continue to find joy and inspiration in your life and legacy. Another angel watching over me."

Mary J. Blige

Harrell passed away last Thursday (May 7) at his West Hollywood, California home of heart failure. He was 59.

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