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SF police find severed head in refrigerator while investigating missing person case, sources

The homicide investigation began as a missing person case linked to the fatal police shooting of a rampaging car jacking suspect two weeks ago in Daly City, the sources said.

Sources said investigators found Perez’s identification at the scene where police killed 35-year-old Antioch resident Justin Silvernale on April 12.

The run in with Silvernale began at 5:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, when police said he tried to carjack two people at the Chevron gas station at 110 Hickey Blvd. The suspect then allegedly stabbed an off-duty San Francisco police sergeant who tried to intervene.

Arizona man allegedly shoots, wounds 3 officers, barricades self in home before setting it on fire

Police said the 35-year-old man was taken into custody shortly before 1 p.m. to end an incident that began 12 hours earlier when officers on patrol spotted and confronted a suspicious person.

The man ran and then turned around and fired several shots. Police said one officer was treated and released from a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

The second shooting occurred about 7 a.m. when police saw officers tracked the suspect to a Chandler home when the man again fired shots.

Washington state to ease coronavirus restrictions on outdoor activities, no timeline on reopening business

City guidelines for Seattle parks ask that people stay at least six feet apart,
City guidelines for Seattle parks ask that people stay at least six feet apart, not to congregate and to keep moving to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Residents will be allowed to play golf, go fishing and hunting, and use state parks and public lands previously shuttered to help curb the spread of COVID-19, beginning May 5, Inslee said.

Public gatherings, team sports and camping are among the activities still banned.

“If we see a sharp uptake in the number of people who are getting sick or are not following appropriate steps, then we won’t hesitate to scale this back again,” he said in a news release.

Top Manhattan ER doc commits suicide, shaken by coronavirus onslaught

Dr. Lorna M. BreenChris Leary Photography
Dr. Lorna M. BreenChris Leary Photography

The battle-weary ER doctor, 49, was only the latest city health care worker to take her own life.

Two days earlier, a Bronx EMT witnessing the virus’ ruthless toll fatally shot himself with a gun belonging to his retired NYPD cop dad.

Two days earlier, a Bronx EMT witnessing the virus’ ruthless toll fatally shot himself with a gun belonging to his retired NYPD cop dad.

Tragic rookie paramedic John Mondello, 23, worked out of EMS Station 18 in The Bronx, which handles one of the biggest 911 call volumes in the city.

Coronavirus tribute: Air Force Thunderbirds, Navy Blue Angels fly over northeastern US

The U.S. military's elite flight demonstration squadrons -- the Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds -- perform
The U.S. military’s elite flight demonstration squadrons — the Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds — perform “a collaborative salute” over Brooklyn, N.Y., to honor those battling the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP)

The flyover began around noon over the George Washington Bridge between New Jersey and Manhattan, and continued over New York City’s other boroughs before crossing parts of Long Island and Connecticut.

Then the teams headed to south for a similar display in and around the cities of Trenton, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., and Wilmington, Del.

These missions are some of several planned for the upcoming weeks, according to both teams.

South Dakota Residents Throw Parade for Governor Who Refused To Issue Stay-at-Home Order

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during a meeting about the Governors Initiative
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during a meeting about the Governors Initiative on Regulatory Innovation in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Dec. 16, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Video footage posted on the governor’s Twitter account shows fire trucks blaring their sirens and people honking from their cars as Noem walks out of what appears to be the governor’s mansion in Pierre.

The woman filming her tells the governor, “It’s a parade for you! Wave to them!” and Noem waves as she appears to get a little emotional.

“I am so blessed to serve the people of the great State of South Dakota,” she tweeted. “You folks made my day!”

9 states still prohibit religious gatherings during pandemic. All others have religious exemptions for stay-at-home orders.

Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images
Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

According to the Pew Research Center, the states that currently have no limits on religious gatherings are Utah, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

However, nearly one-fifth of the states still have outright prohibitions on all in-person religious gatherings.

Until Sunday, Pew noted, Montana — a typically conservative, hands-off state — also prohibited religious services.

Here are the nine states that still have a ban on in-person services:

Trump, Birx spar with Yahoo reporter over key COVID testing data

Dr. Deborah Birx corrects a Yahoo reporters claim that the U.S. is lagging behind South Korea in coronavirus testing.

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Supporting Our Nation’s Small Businesses

President Trump Delivers Remarks on Supporting Our Nation’s Small Businesses.

Shop owner, veteran defying local lockdown orders speaks out

For more than a month, New York has ordered ‘non-essential’ businesses to close; reaction from Eliot Rabin, Peter Elliot boutique owner.

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California Governor Weighs Easing Virus Order for Businesses

A drawing of a banana wearing a face mask advises customers they must wear a covering over their mouth and nose before entering a Trader Joe's in Davis, Calif., Monday, April 27,
A drawing of a banana wearing a face mask advises customers they must wear a covering over their mouth and nose before entering a Trader Joe’s in Davis, Calif., Monday, April 27, 2020. Yolo County, where Davis is located, now requires people to wear face masks in public. Face coverings are not required at home, alone in a car, outdoors, walking, hiking bicycling or running.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Newsom on Tuesday planned to outline what it would take to ease his March stay-at-home order, which aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19 by keeping most people at home and closing all but essential businesses.

On Monday, Newsom said the state is “a few weeks away, not months away” from making “meaningful changes” in the order.

It was his most optimistic timeline yet, though he didn’t specify what “meaningful” meant.

Newsom said he will consider different needs based on the types of businesses and where they are located.

He and other governors are working together on guidelines for restarting their economies.

Colorado and Nevada on Monday joined the Western States Pact that also includes Washington and Oregon.

ICE Deports Pakistani National Who Attempted To Launder Money From Al-Qaida

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Saifullah Anjum Ranjha, a 53-year-old Pakistani national who served the past eight years in prison, was placed into a deportation flight at the San Antonio International Airport on Monday, according to a press release from the agency.

ICE’s Enforcement Removal officers escorted Ranjha and ultimately handed him over to Pakistani authorities in Islamabad.

The Pakistani national’s deportation was considered a “high-profile removal,” a special distinction given to national security threats, human rights violators and other foreign fugitives.

Politics:

Tara Reade calls for release of Biden’s Senate records: ‘Why are they under seal?’

“I’m calling for the release of the documents being held by the University of Delaware that contain Biden’s staff personnel records because I believe it will have my complaint form, as well as my separation letter and other documents,” Reade told Fox News on Tuesday.

“Maybe if other staffers that have tried to file complaints would come to light — why are they under seal? And why won’t they be released to the public?”

Fox News on Tuesday asked the University of Delaware for access to the Biden records. The university refused, saying that the papers will not be released until two years after Biden retires.

Law center will file federal lawsuit against Royal Oak for censuring quarantine-opposing commissioner

Royal Oak Commissioner Kim Gibbs. 

Photo courtesy of The Thomas More Law Center.
Royal Oak Commissioner Kim Gibbs. Photo courtesy of The Thomas More Law Center.

The Commission voted 5-2 on Monday night to censure Commissioner Kim Gibbs and requested she tender her resignation after she participated in the Operation Gridlock protest in Lansing on April 15.

The Commission’s final vote was 5-2, and was split down party lines, with the Commission’s only two Republicans dissenting.

TMLC alleges the City Commission violated Gibbs’ U.S. Constitutional rights guaranteed under the First Amendment to free speech as well as the right to freely assemble.

Additionally, TMLC said the censure violates procedural and substantive Due Process guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment.

FLASHBACK: Potential Biden Running Mates Called for Sexual Assault Survivors to Be Heard, Believed

Biden has vowed to select a woman as his vice president, and many of the strongest candidates for the position have been outspoken in giving accusers the benefit of the doubt in cases of sexual misconduct.

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) all supported Christine Blasey Ford when she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 2018.

These Democrats are now dodging questions or remaining silent about former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s claim that Biden assaulted her in a congressional hallway in 1993. Biden has denied the charge through a campaign spokesman.

Neither the Biden campaign nor the vice-presidential hopefuls returned requests for comment.

Hillary Clinton teases she’ll be ‘surprise guest’ at Biden town hall, as endorsement expected

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, announced Tuesday she will join Joe Biden, the party’s presumptive 2020 nominee, in a virtual town hall Tuesday afternoon — where she’s expected to formally back his campaign.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has not yet formally endorsed Biden. But a Democratic source confirmed to Fox News that Clinton will indeed endorse Biden at the 3 p.m. event.

Clinton said on Twitter she was “excited” to join Biden as a “surprise guest” for the town

Republican Study Committee drafts conservative economic recovery framework

GOP congressman Mike Johnson spoke to OAN about the Republican effort to reopen the economy under conservative guidance.

One America’s Jennifer Franco spoke with congressman Johnson for the details.

Tucker: Are coronavirus lockdowns working?

Commentary/Opinion:
Many politicians couldn’t seem less interested in asking.

Andrew Cuomo wishes he ‘blew the bugle’ on coronavirus earlier

Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York on 24 March.
Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in New York on 24 March. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, New York state has confirmed more than 290,000 coronavirus cases and approaching 23,000 deaths.

Countries such as France, Italy and Spain have recorded more deaths but not by much, and New York City alone has the fifth-highest death total in the world, with the UK in fourth.

Speaking to Axios on HBO, Cuomo discussed US reactions to the first news of the outbreak, from China in December.

“When we heard in December that China had a virus problem,” he said, “and China said basically, ‘It was under control, don’t worry,’ we should’ve worried.

Democratic Rep Lacy Clay Rips Stacey Abrams For VP Lobbying Campaign: ‘You Can’t Show Up At The Winner’s Window With Loser’s Tickets’

(Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Clay said in an interview Tuesday that Abrams’s lobbying campaign to become Biden’s VP is “inappropriate,” and noted that she lost the race for Georgia governor that catapulted her to national notoriety.

Abrams’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign is still being investigated by Georgia’s ethics commission, the commission chief told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Friday.

“The investigation into the Abrams campaign remains ongoing,” David H. Emadi, the Georgia Government Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission’s executive director, told the DCNF in an email.

World News:

Coronavirus: Spain plans return to ‘new normal’ by end of June

Spain will lift its strict virus lockdown in four phases until the end of June, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.
Spain will lift its strict virus lockdown in four phases until the end of June, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.AFP

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said each region would relax restrictions at a different pace, depending on the severity of its outbreak.

Four Spanish islands will be first to ease measures from 4 May, with the rest of Spain following a week later.

The country has endured some of the world’s toughest containment measures since 14 March, with children banned from going outside for six weeks.

Megachurch engulfed in flames in Indonesia as they raise funds for COVID-19 relief

Christ Cathedral Indonesia outside Jakarta, where an Easter bombing plot by Islamic terrorists was thwarted, was engulfed in flames Monday morning.
Christ Cathedral Indonesia outside Jakarta, where an Easter bombing plot by Islamic terrorists was thwarted, was engulfed in flames Monday morning. (Adria Jerusha)

Riza and Stephanie Casidy, executive pastors of Christ Cathedral, updated the 8,000-member congregation on Instagram LIVE.

“My hand was just shaking. We pour our heart into this church,” Riza shared, fighting back tears, adding, “God is telling us to think of and take care of others, and when we do so, He will be the one to take care of us.”

The church is raising funds for COVID-19 relief as the nation reports its highest single-day rise since the virus was first detected in early March, Jakarta Globe reports. Southeast Asia’s largest country now has more than 9,000 confirmed cases and at least 765 deaths.

Terror attack plagues Israel amid Day Remembrance – TV7 Israel News 28.04.20

1) A terror attack in central Israel – at a time when the Jewish State commemorates its fallen soldiers and victims of terror – leaves a 62-year-old woman in moderate condition.

2) The Israeli government is seemingly making a conscious effort to restart the country’s economy, as it announces its latest decision to reopen school’s throughout the state.

3) Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the Jerusalem government must legislate new laws in parliament, or Knesset in Hebrew, in order to reinstate the use of cellular data spy-ware, for the purpose of tracking civilians that have been diagnosed as carriers of the corona contagion.

Commentary/Opinion:

Doctor: COVID-19 Lockdowns Are Bad for Patient Care

These are some of the tragically overlooked casualties of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Will Witt interviews Dr. Lisa Cassileth in Beverly Hills, CA about virus immunity, prevention, treatment, and the current state of our health care system.

Criticize The Lockdown, Get Censored | The Matt Walsh Show Ep. 475

Today on the Matt Walsh Show, two ER doctors committed the sin of criticizing the lockdowns and their video was removed from YouTube because of it.

We’ll talk about the effort to censor anyone who doesn’t toe the party line on the coronavirus.

Also, Five Headlines, including newly released footage of alien spacecraft, and the Washington Post twists itself into knots to avoid reporting on the Biden sex assault allegations.

And in our Daily Cancellation, I must once again cancel someone very close to me. I hate to do it, but it must be done.

The Most Tragic Case of Governmental, Medical, and Media Malpractice In the History of the World

Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Source: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

With each passing day, we are told that multiple more Americans were in-fact exposed to the virus than the “experts” suspected.

Or more to the point…guessed.

I will keep asking this question until the groupthink-thought-police come to arrest me:

“When has it ever been sound medical or governmental practice to sacrifice – and destroy – the economic, mental, and physical well-being of the 99 percent to MAYBE protect and save the one percent…or less? When?”

This same doctor I spoke with also stressed to me that the “experts” our nation and the world relied upon to shut it down, could not answer one simple question.

That being: Is COVID-19 less or more lethal than the Hong Kong flu pandemic (H3N2) of 1968?

MSNBC Lies About Trump’s Coronavirus Response

In a blistering attack on President Donald Trump, MSNBC’s Steve Benen accused the White House of ignoring the threat of coronavirus throughout January even though intelligence officials were warning about it.

There’s just one problem; it is an absolute lie.

Well, there’s another problem actually, it’s a lie that progressive propagandists have convinced millions of Americans is true.

One tell that gives away the false nature of the story is how little of it is actually about the coronavirus response.

In fact, most of Benen’s ink is spilled rehashing old complaints about Trump’s reading habits.