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    Country musician Morgan Wallen was arrested for disorderly conduct after getting kicked out of Kid Rock's bar Saturday night, police said. Wallen, known for the songs 'The Way I Talk' and 'Whiskey Glasses,' was kicked out of the Broadway bar by security for kicking glass items inside, WSMV reported. Wallen, who smelled strongly of alcohol, was given the chance to leave with friends but refused and was taken into custody by police, WSMV reported. Wallen was arrested and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct, WSMV reported. “Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air,” Wallen said Sunday afternoon on social media. “I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected.”
  • Country music singer Morgan Wallen apologized Sunday following his weekend arrest on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges. Wallen, 27, was arrested Saturday night after he was kicked out of Kid Rock's bar in downtown Nashville, news outlets reported. Wallen said on Twitter that he and some friends were “horse-playing” after a few bar stops. “We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected,” Wallen tweeted. “Thank you to the local authorities for being so professional and doing their job with class. Love y’all.” Wallen's hits include 'Whiskey Glasses' and “Chasin' You.” He competed on “The Voice” in 2014 and co-wrote songs for Jason Aldean and Kane Brown.
  • At least Tom Brady is a good sport, even when it comes to referencing his most painful loss as a pro football quarterback. Brady, who won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots., had a humorous welcome for Eli Manning when the retired New York Giants quarterback opened a Twitter account. Manning referenced the movie “Hoosiers” with his first post, tweeting “To paraphrase Jimmy Chitwood, ‘I don’t know if it’ll make any change, but I figure it’s time for me to start playing social media.’' Manning led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl victories against the Patriots, including a late comeback in Super Bowl XLII. Manning’s fourth-quarter rally led the Giants to a 17-14 victory, spoiling New England’s bid for a perfect season. Four years later, Manning led the Giants to a 21-17 win against the Patriots. Manning was the MVP in both games. Brady. poking fun at Manning’s late arrival on the social media platform, tweeted “In typical fashion, you never showed up until the 4th quarter anyway.”
  • The talking is over. It’s time to tee it up. Sports fans starved for competition will be treated to a legendary sports foursome that knows plenty about excelling under pressure. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning are teaming up to face Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida. The four players will compete in The Match: Champions for Charity at 3 p.m. EDT on TBS and TNT. The 18-hole event will raise money to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Woods and Mickelson are two of the PGA Tour’s marquee players with 126 tournament victories between them. The pair have combined for 20 major championships, with Woods second all-time at 15. Woods’ Masters victory in 2019 pulled him within three of Jack Nicklaus’ 18 major titles. Brady and Manning have each won eight Super Bowls and eight Most Valuable Player awards, with Brady the owner of a record six Super Bowl rings. Woods and Mickelson have met before in a made-for-television match play event. The two squared off in November 2018, with $9 million at stake, CBS Sports reported. Mickelson won the match, and the cash, in extra holes. This time, the money will not go into the winners’ pockets. WarnerMedia and the golfers will combine to donate $10 million, according to CBS Sports. Charities that will benefit include Direct Relief, the American Red Cross, Save Small Business and the All In Challenge. That’s a starting point. More money will be raised during the event from viewers, who will also have the chance to compete in life raffles that will feature experiences with all four athletes at a future time. “This is different than what Phil and I did two years ago,” Woods told CBS Sports. “That was he and I just having a great time, trying to showcase golf in a different way. We’re coming together to showcase golf in a different way, but it’s about charity. That’s the reason why we’re all doing this.” Two formats will be used during the event. The front nine will be played under a best-ball format, ESPN reported. That means the best score from each team is counted. In a twist, hole No. 5 will be a one-club challenge, CBS Sports reported. Golfers must use the same club for the entire hole, including putting. The back nine will be more interesting, played under modified alternate shot rules, according to ESPN. All four players hit off the tee, then each team picks the ball they want to play for their second shot. Players then will alternate who hits the ball until the hole is finished. The trash talk flew like 4-iron shots before the match, but now the talking is done. It’s time to play for keeps.
  • Hall of Fame coach Eddie Sutton, who won more than 800 college games and was the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, died Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, his family said. He was 84. According to a statement from the Sutton family, he was surrounded by his three sons and their families when he passed away peacefully of natural causes. The former longtime Oklahoma State University coach died less than two months after his April 4 election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Sutton was a four-time national coach of the year and eight-time conference coach of the year. He had an 806-326 record in parts of 37 seasons at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, and San Francisco. Sutton was preceded in death by Patsy, his wife of more than half a century, KOKI-TV reported. He is survived by sons Stephen, Sean, and Scott. Sean and Scott followed in their father’s coaching shoes. Sean is a current Texas Tech assistant and former OSU head coach. Scott is a current OSU assistant and former Oral Roberts head coach. Sutton reached the Final Four three times, and only finished below .500 twice: his final season at Kentucky and during a half-season at San Francisco, ESPN reported.
  • Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro-wrestler who appeared in the latest series of the popular reality show “Terrace House,” has died. She was 22. Her organization Stardom Wrestling confirmed Kimura's death on Saturday. It said details are still largely unknown and the group was cooperating in an investigation, and asked her fans to be respectful. “We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” the organization said in a statement. Kimura was found dead at her home, Japanese media said. Kimura became the target of massive bullying on social media over her role on the “Terrace House” show on Netflix, which involves three men and three women temporarily living together at a shared house in Tokyo. The show was temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus. In her latest Instagram posting Friday, she published a photo of herself and her cat, with a message saying “Goodbye.” Another posting carried a message “I love you, live long and happy. I'm sorry.' Her death has triggered a wave of messages on social media against anonymous bullying and hateful messages. Kimura, whose mother Kyoko was also a famous pro-wrestler, performed at a sold-out Madison Square Garden event by Japan Pro-Wrestling and U.S. Ring of Honor.
  • Pro wrestler Hana Kimura, who starred in the Netflix reality television show “Terrace House” has died at the age of 22, her wrestling promoters announced Saturday. World Wonder Wing Stardom, the promotion Kimura wrestled for, announced the news Saturday, The Washington Post reported. “Stardom fans. We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away,” the promotion’s statement said “Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends. We appreciate your support during this difficult time.” A cause of death has not been announced, People reported. Kimura was the daughter of female pro wrestling star Kyoko Kimura. Before her death, the native of Japan posted several photographs on social media. Kimura’s last Instagram post showed her with her cat and the caption,““I love you, have a long, happy life. I’m sorry, goodbye,” the BBC. reported. A ferocious competitor in the wrestling ring, Kimura’s pink hair and bubbly personality made her a favorite on “Terrace House Toyko,” the Post reported. The show starred six young people living together in a house and scrutinized their lives and interactions with one another. Their actions were critiqued by a panel of judges and by thousands of online fans. Adam Pacitti, managing director of wrestling website Cultaholic, called Kimra’s death “an absolute tragedy.” “I hope this serves as a reminder that interactions on social media can have a serious effect on the mental health of anyone, no matter who they are. Be kind. RIP,” Pacitti wrote on Twitter. Filming of the latest season of Terrace House Tokyo was halted in April due to the coronavirus, the Post reported.
  • Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's metamorphosis from refugee to the first Somali-American in Congress has been well-documented. Now, Omar is out with a new memoir that offers her own spin on her path to prominence, starting with her childhood in Mogadishu. “This is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman,” set for release Tuesday, offers no revelations on some of the controversies that have dogged Omar. Instead, it sketches rugged years that Omar says made her a fearless fighter, unafraid to skirmish with President Donald Trump and her frequent conservative critics. A YOUNG FIGHTER In her memoir, written with Rebecca Paley, Omar recounts taking on a much taller boy when she was just 7, rubbing his face in the sand after he picked on someone weaker. “I wasn’t afraid of fighting. I felt like I was bigger and stronger than everyone else — even if I knew that wasn’t really the case,” she wrote. It's a theme woven throughout the book, including after she arrived in America and settled in Arlington, Virginia, knowing almost no English. Omar got into fights in middle school to show she wasn't afraid, she writes, and she describes incidents in which she choked one boy until he foamed at the mouth and kept hitting another girl even after being told the girl was pregnant. “Fighting didn’t feel like a choice. It was a part of me. Respect goes both ways,” she wrote. LIFE IN SOMALIA Omar said she grew up the youngest of seven in a loud, opinionated middle-class family, living in a guarded compound in Mogadishu. Her father’s clan was one of the country’s most powerful, and her mother, who died when she was in preschool, was Benadiri, a Somali ethnic minority. Omar, who described herself as a tomboy, said the only place she fit in was within the walls of her family home. Civil war broke out when she was 8, and after her family's compound came under attack by militia, the family escaped and eventually made it to a refugee camp in Kenya, where Omar spent four years before the family moved to the U.S. LOVE AND STRUGGLES Omar recounts meeting her first husband, Ahmed Hirsi, in Minneapolis when she was 16. She said they were in love, and shortly before she turned 19, their families decided they should marry. By 2008, Omar was struggling. Finances were a stressor, she had two small children, and she began questioning her relationships, including her marriage. Since the couple had married religiously – not civilly -- to get divorced, Hirsi had to simply declare the marriage ended, Omar wrote. She then had what she called “a Britney Spears-style meltdown” in which she shaved her head and eloped with a man, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she wrote she “spent so little time with that I wouldn’t even make him a footnote in my story if it weren’t for the fact that this event turned into the main headline later on.” In the book, Omar doesn’t name Elmi or say how they met or when their relationship ended. She later reunited with Hirsi and had a third child. Her book also doesn’t mention her recent divorce from Hirsi and new marriage to a man who works as a consultant for her. “SPECULATION AND CONSPIRACIES” Since Omar ran for state lawmaker in 2016, she has been met with allegations that Elmi, the man she married during her split from Hirsi, is her brother. Omar again denies those claims, saying they originated from a post in an online Somali discussion forum that she said was a last-ditch effort to sink her campaign. “That Somalis were some of my harshest critics might seem absurd. But they refused to accept me because I refused to kiss the ring. It goes back to my inability since childhood to submit to bullies,” she wrote. PUBLIC LIFE Omar was elected to the state Legislature in 2016, knocking off a 44-year incumbent. She describes a statehouse “hostile to my presence” because of her determination to attack the status quo, and recounts confronting a fellow Democratic lawmaker unhappy she'd won a leadership position. The lawmaker told Omar she was different, and eventually said it was because she walks into a room “like a man.” “A white man,” Omar said she responded. As a congresswoman, Omar has come under fire for controversial statements, and has been the subject of attacks and falsehoods by critics. She said in her book that she defends her policies, and her identity is not up for debate. “I am, by nature, a starter of fires,” she wrote.
  • Lady Gaga stormed through her latest single, “Rain On Me,” with some help from Ariana Grande. The catchy song, released Friday morning, is the second to be released off Gaga’s upcoming “Chromatica” album. Gaga previously premiered “Stupid Love,” CNN reported. “Sine From Above,” from the same album, features Elton John. Gaga also released a music video of the song Friday afternoon. In the video, the two singers take a trip to a faraway, futuristic land and dance with their respective crews, Variety reported. The skies open with rain, although Gaga later has to deal with knives falling from the skies. “I’d rather be dry but at least I’m alive,” Gaga and Grande sing in the second chorus. Gaga and Grande are dressed in plastic and leather and dance in a rainstorm against a futuristic backdrop. The video ends with both singers hugging. “Chromatica” was initially scheduled for an April 10 release but Gaga announced in March she was postponing its debut because of the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported. The album will be released May 29 on Interscope Records.
  • Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show from home, painted a brighter side of the world with his favorite music, and said the fight against the coronavirus is a challenge in figuring out ways to help and care for each other. The 71-year-old, known for bestsellers such as “A Wild Sheep Chase” and “Windup Bird Chronicle,” said Friday he hoped the show would “blow away some of the corona-related blues.” Murakami opened the two-hour late night show “Murakami Radio Stay Home Special” with “Look for the Silver Lining” by the Modern Folk Quartet, followed by 18 other songs, selected from classical to jazz, pop and rock. Their common thread: smile, sunshine, rainbow, birthday memories and other happy sides of life. Murakami said comparing the fight against the coronavirus to a war, as politicians often do, is inappropriate. “It’s a challenge for us to figure out how we can share our wisdom to cooperate, help each other and keep balance. It’s not a war to kill each other but a fight of wisdom to let us all live,” he said. “We don’t need enmity and hatred here.” Music serves as an important motif in Murakami’s stories. An avid listener and collector of music, he has also written books on the topic and has a library of records in his study, where Friday’s program was prerecorded. Murakami has hosted his “Murakami Radio” every two months since August 2018 on Tokyo FM. The station said Friday’s show was Murakami’s idea to cheer up those who are under stress, living under a coronavirus state of emergency still in place in parts of Japan, including Tokyo. Murakami began writing while running a jazz bar in Tokyo after graduating from university. Following his 1979 debut novel “Hear the Wind Sing,” the 1987 romance “Norwegian Wood” became his first bestseller, establishing him as a young literary star. Recent hits include “1Q84” and “Killing Comnendatore.” A perennial contender for the Nobel Prize in literature and a social recluse, Murakami said he has worked from home for years and the lifestyle has little changed, though “the corona situation” did affect him in many ways, possibly an inspiration for his future work. Murakami has written stories inspired by events that have violently shaken the society, including the 1995 Tokyo subway gassing by an apocalyptic cult and the deadly quake in Kobe, where he grew up. Rather than documenting an event as it develops, Murakami said that as a novelist he is more interested in transforming it into “a story in a different form,” though he doesn’t know when or how. The world may be experiencing “a large-scale social experiment whose results could slowly spread across the entire society, for better or worse,” he said. Murakami said he worries the post-corona world may be a more closed and selfish place even if it has better protection. “If love and compassion are lacking, the world after the corona will surely be an edgy and insipid place even if masks and vaccines are abundantly distributed,” he said. “Love is important.” ___ Other songs on the playlist: “Waiting on a Sunny Day” by Bruce Springsteen; “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” by Isley Meets Bacharach; “Here Comes the Sun” by Nina Simone; “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King; “Over the Rainbow” by Ella Fitzgerald; “Sun Is Shining” by Bob Marley & The Wailers: “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong; “Happy Birthday Sweet Darling” by Kate Taylor; “Smile” by Eric Clapton; “My Favorite Things Featuring Kathleen Battle” by Al Jarreau; “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” by Lisa Ono; “Happy Talk” by Nancy Wilson; “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” by Brian Wilson; “Put on a Happy Face” by Tony Bennett; “Over the Rainbow” by Fred Lowery; “We’ll Meet Again” by Peggy Lee with Benny Goodman; “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” by Sigrid Onégin; “What the World Needs Now Is Love” by Wei Wei Wuu. ___ This story corrects the number of songs played. ___ Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at


  • A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after police said he raped a 6-year-old girl, who then contracted a sexually transmitted disease. According to and, authorities charged Daniel Prieto, 38, of Williamsport, with child rape, statutory sexual assault and other child sex crimes last week after investigators said he 'engaged in at least three separate sexual acts' with the girl. Prieto, who was arrested Thursday, told police that he'd had sexual intercourse and oral sex with the victim, the news outlets reported. In an interview with investigators, the girl's mother, who had been in a sexual relationship with Prieto, said she and her daughter both tested positive for gonorrhea, reported. The woman said Prieto had been her only sexual partner for years, according to police. Prieto, who is being held in the Lycoming County Prison, was denied bail at a preliminary arraignment, the news outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • More than 5.4 million people worldwide – including at least 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Monday, May 25, continue below: Florida reports lowest number of daily deaths since late March Update 5:04 a.m. EDT May 25: Florida health officials on Sunday reported five new coronavirus-related deaths statewide since Saturday – the lowest day-to-day increase since March 29, records show. According to Orlando’s WFTV, officials also reported 740 additional cases of the virus statewide since Saturday. As of Sunday, the total number of cases in the state was at 50,867, with 2,237 deaths. Read more here. ‘Person of interest’ identified in bias crimes against Asians in Seattle Update 3 a.m. EDT May 25: Police in Seattle are investigating a growing number of crimes targeting Asians during the outbreak. Seattle officers said the attacks started late Saturday afternoon in the heart of Ballard and moved to Golden Gardens Park. They believe one man is responsible for all the incidents. A victim at Golden Gardens Park said the man spat in his face. The workers at Thai Thani Restaurant said the man threw things at them while demanding to know if they are Chinese. “I hear some noise, and I see some guy angry, yelling,' Umboom Moore told Seattle’s KIRO-TV. That was the first time she knew something unusual was happening Saturday night at the restaurant where she works. “Just like some crazy guy,” she said. “So I just started taking pictures.” Her co-worker, Natthiya Chumdee, said he was yelling at her. “Right over there, he smashed the window,” she said. When he asked if she is Chinese, she told him everyone there is Thai. He asked her to kneel and swear to it. “Well, I’m not going to do that,” she said. “He’s starting [to] lose control. And he comes here, and he says, ‘You know, I’m going to slam the door, this table to you.’” The night before, Tonya McCabe got the brunt of his anger. “He said, ‘Are you Chinese?’” she said. “And I said, ‘No, we’re not.’ And he still kept yelling at us. And I said, ‘If you’re not going to leave, I’m going to call 911.’ And then he said, ‘Better [expletive] call 911.’” Just last week, a man was captured on camera shoving an Asian couple as they walked by. They told Seattle police he spat on them, too. The man in these latest attacks is described as white, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, in his mid-20s to mid-30s and is of a muscular build. He was wearing a white shirt and shorts. It is the same suspect description in two attacks at Golden Gardens Park on Saturday night. “I stand back there, and ... yell to him, ‘Get out, leave!’” said McCabe. It has McCabe and the others working at this restaurant finding a different way to get around this city that is now their home. “I’m afraid to like walk on the street or take a bus,” said McCabe. They told KIRO that the man also approached other Asian-owned businesses in the area before apparently heading to Golden Gardens Park. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call Seattle police. 17-year-old Georgia boy becomes youngest in state to die from COVID-19 Update 2:24 a.m. EDT May 25: The Georgia Department of Public Health said Sunday that a 17-year-old boy has died of the coronavirus, marking the youngest fatality and first pediatric death in the state. Nancy Nydam with the department confirmed the information to Atlanta’s WSB-TV on Sunday. The teen was from Fulton County and had an underlying condition, according to officials. His identity has not been released. More than 1,800 people have died of COVID-19 in Georgia since the outbreak began, with the median age of deaths at 73.6 years old, according to the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of COVID-19 in children have typically been less severe, though there has been growing concern and a new warning about a rare condition recently seen in dozens of children nationwide. A spokesperson for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta confirmed that a team of infectious disease and cardiology experts are evaluating several cases in metro Atlanta of children who exhibited Kawasaki-like symptoms and inflammation. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta physician specialists stressed that it appears to be a rare finding with a low rate in Georgia. New York health officials have already issued a warning about a rare inflammatory syndrome that has infected at least 64 children in that state. A spokesperson for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta said they have experts for treating the symptoms regardless of a potential link to COVID-19. Families should contact their doctor or visit an emergency room if their child develops signs of illness such as high fever, rash, red eyes, abdominal pain and swelling of the face, hands or feet. US coronavirus cases top 1.6M, deaths near 98K Published 12:43 a.m. EDT May 25: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surged past 1.6 million early Monday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,643,238 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 97,720 deaths. The hardest-hit states remain New York, with 361,515 cases and 29,141 deaths, and New Jersey, with 154,154 cases and 11,138 deaths. Massachusetts, with 92,675 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,372, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 110,304. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each. Seven other states have now confirmed at least 42,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 94,020 cases, resulting in 3,754 deaths • Pennsylvania: 71,563 cases, resulting in 5,136 deaths • Texas: 55,861 cases, resulting in 1,528 deaths • Michigan: 54,679 cases, resulting in 5,228 deaths • Florida: 50,867 cases, resulting in 2,237 deaths • Maryland: 46,313 cases, resulting in 2,277 deaths • Georgia: 42,902 cases, resulting in 1,827 deaths Meanwhile, Connecticut has confirmed at least 40,468 cases; Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 31,000 cases; Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota and Tennessee each has confirmed more than 20,000 cases; Washington, Iowa, Arizona and Wisconsin each has confirmed at least 15,000 cases; Alabama and Rhode Island each has confirmed more than 14,000 cases; Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 12,000 cases; South Carolina has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Kansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Utah and the District of Columbia each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by Nevada with more than 7,000; New Mexico and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases, followed by Arkansas with more than 5,000; South Dakota and New Hampshire each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; and Oregon and Puerto Rico each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • Some feathery friends were saved after a Massachusetts state trooper rescued eight ducklings who had fallen through a storm drain grate at a Nahant Beach parking lot, according to police. About 9:20 a.m. Saturday, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Jim Maloney found the baby ducks trapped in water under the heavy grate, Boston's WFXT reported. The ducklings’ mother and one of their siblings – the only baby duck who hadn’t fallen through the grate – were standing off to the side. >> See the Facebook post here Maloney called the Department of Conservation and Recreation for assistance and also received help from Nahant’s Department of Public Works, Lynn Animal Control and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Tim Benedetto. They pried open the storm drain gate and a Lynn Animal Control officer scooped the ducklings out of the drain with a net. The ducklings were placed in a cardboard box, which Maloney put in his police cruiser while waiting for the mother duck. At 10 a.m., officials said the mother and baby duck came out of a grassy area. The eight ducklings were then placed in the area, and the mother duck immediately went to her babies.
  • A South Carolina soldier has died in Afghanistan, WPDE reported. The U.S. Department of Defense announced Thursday that 25-year-old 1st Lt. Trevarius Ravon Bowman of Spartanburg died May 19 at Bagram Air Force Base. He died in a non-combat-related incident. A department news release said the incident is under investigation but didn’t provide details. Bowman was in Afghanistan supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to a unit attached to the 228th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard. “It is with heavy hearts and deepest condolences that we announce the passing of 1st Lt. Trevarius Bowman. This is never an outcome we as soldiers, leaders and family members wish to experience,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Van McCarty, the adjutant general for South Carolina. “Please keep the service members in his unit in your thoughts and prayers, as well as his family as they work through this difficult time.”
  • More than 5.3 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.6 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Sunday, May 24, continue below: Japan expected to lift Tokyo’s state of emergency Monday Update 11:46 p.m. EDT May 24: Japan is expected to end a state of emergency in Tokyo and four other prefectures Monday. Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura asked experts to lift the measure that was put in place about six weeks ago at a special task force meeting allowing businesses to gradually reopen. “It appears the measure is no longer needed in all of the prefectures,” Nishimura said. Japan’s state of emergency is soft and largely a request for people to stay at home and for non-essential businesses to close or operate shorter hours. Experts are expected to give their approval. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would then make an official announcement later Monday. Japan has 16,580 confirmed cases and 830 deaths, according to the health ministry. The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Millions of students return to schools in Australia Monday Update 9:16 p.m. EDT May 24: Millions of students will return to classrooms Monday as school resumes in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland. Schools in the less populous Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory had already reopened as cases throughout the country continue to drop. Students in Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are expected to return to classrooms in stages in June. Safety precautions are still in place. Schools can not have assemblies or field trips. New South Wales has recorded 50 of the country’s 102 deaths. Queensland has recorded six deaths. South Australia and the Northern Territory also have no active cases. The Australian Capital Territory has not had a case in three weeks. The Associated Press contributed to this report.  White House tightens travel restrictions with Brazil Update 6:00 p.m. EDT May 24: Travelers who have been in Brazil for the 14 days preceding their arrival to the U.S. are barred entry to the country, the White House announced Sunday. 'I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States,' President Donald Trump said in the proclamation. The restrictions are intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus. There are 347,398 confirmed cases and 22,013 deaths from the coronavirus in Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins tracking information. “Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, CNN reported. “These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil.” The White House had already banned travel from the United Kingdom, Europe and China, other countries hard hit by the virus. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Spain prepares to open some beaches Monday Update 4:50 p.m. EDT May 24: Spain will open some beaches for sunbathing in Madrid and Barcelona Monday as part of the country’s easing of coronavirus-related restrictions. Bars and restaurants will also open at 50% capacity with outdoor seating available for customers. The two cities account for more than 15,000 of the country’s 28,752 deaths from the coronavirus. Health officials said 70 people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. In March at the height of the outbreak, more than 900 people a day died from the coronavirus in Spain. Travel between regions is prohibited until late June. International travel will not be allowed until July. The Associated Press contributed to this report.  FDA commissioner warns pandemic ‘not yet contained’ Update 12:52 p.m. EDT May 24: Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, warned Americans observing Memorial Day weekend to follow federal guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, saying it “is not yet contained.” “With the country starting to open up this holiday weekend, I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained. It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community,' Hahn tweeted. “Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all.' Boris Johnson says UK schools to begin reopening June 1 Update 12:52 p.m. EDT May 24: Schools in the United Kingdom will start to reopen June 1, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at his daily briefing. “In line with the approach being taken in many other countries, we want to start taking our children back into the classroom, in a way that is as manageable and as safe as possible,” Johnson told reporters. “We said we would begin with early years’ settings and reception, year one, and year six in primary schools.” “We then intend from June 15 for secondary schools to provide some contact for year 10 and year 12 students to help them to prepare for exams next year, with up to a quarter of these students in at any point.' Johnson said schools would need to reduce the size of classes, have staggered breaks and lunch, and staggered  pickup and drop-off of students. Cuomo: Pro sports in New York can begin training camps Update 12:43 p.m. EDT May 24: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said professional sports teams in New York can open their training camps. “Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,' Cuomo said during his daily news conference. “I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it. Do it. Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We people to be able to watch sports to the extent people are still staying home. It gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy.” Crowds at Missouri tourist spot ignore social distancing Update 11:37 a.m. EDT May 24: Large crowds of vacationers were caught on video ignoring social distancing guidelines as they reveled in bars, pools and yacht clubs, The Washington Post reported. The lack of social distancing occurred at the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend, the newspaper reported. One photograph shared by KSDK showed dozens of people crowded at an outdoor patio beneath a sign reading, “Please practice social distancing.” Police: Crowds larger than normal in Daytona Beach, Florida Update 10:30 a.m. EDT May 24: Crowds gathering in Florida’s Daytona Beach were “larger than normal” on Saturday, the Daytona Beach Police Department, tweeted Saturday. “You may have seen larger than normal crowds this evening, both on the beach side, and on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd,” the department said in its tweet. The night was not incident-free however. Daytona Beach police said two people were injured Saturday evening in a shooting that happened at a convenience store near the boardwalk. WFTV reported. The night was not incident-free however. Daytona Beach police said two people were injured Saturday evening in a shooting that happened at a convenience store near the boardwalk. WFTV reported. The two people shot had non-life-threatening injuries, police said. White House adviser: Unemployment will top 20% in May Update 10:08 a.m. EDT May 24: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said he believes the nation’s unemployment rate will top 20% for the month of May. Hassett told CNN said he expects the rate will be even higher in June, but “should start to trend down,” after taht. Hassett thinks it is possible that the unemployment rate could still be in double digits in November. “I think that, yes, unemployment will be something that moves back slower,' Hassett said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “I think it could be better than that. But you’re going to be starting at a number in the 20s and working your way down. And so of course you could still not be back to full employment by September or October. Again if there were a vaccine in July, then I would be way more optimistic about it.” NSA chief says travel restrictions to Brazil likely Update 9:20 a.m. EDT May 24: National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said the Trump administration is likely to announce new travel restrictions to and from Brazil. O’Brien, during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said the administration is likely to make a decision about restricting travel to Brazil on Sunday and said White House officials “hope that will be temporary.” He said the White House would “take a look at the other countries on a country by country basis” in that region. Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens Update 6:55 a.m. EDT May 24: Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of Christianity’s holiest sites, reopened Sunday, The Washington Post reported. The church, which closed several months ago for the first time since the 14th century, allowed 50 people at a time to visit the church, the newspaper reported. Visitors were required to wear masks and maintain a 6-foot distance from one another. “From this Holy Place, in this Easter time, we continue our prayers, asking for the end of this pandemic,” the leaders of the Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian Orthodox churches in Jerusalem said in a statement Saturday. The churches share custody of the site, the Post UK lawmaker calls for Boris Johnson’s aide to resign Update 6:47 a.m. EDT May 24: A growing number of Conservative Party lawmakers are calling for Dominic Cummings, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top aide, to resign. “Enough is enough,” Steve Baker wrote in an editorial for The Critic website. “Dominic Cummings must go before he does any more harm to the UK, the Government, the Prime Minister, our institutions or the Conservative Party.” Several newspapers in the United Kingdom reported that Cummings made a second trip from London to Durham during the coronavirus lockdown. But Johnson’s office on Downing Street refuted the allegations, saying in s statement that “We will not waste our time answering a stream of false allegations about Mr. Cummings from campaigning newspapers.” Other Conservatives agreed with Baiker, taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure. Roger Gale tweeted that Cummings’ position “is no longer tenable” Caroline Nokes tweeted “there cannot be one rule for most of us and wriggle room for others” Craig Whittaker tweeted that “you cannot advise the nation one thing then do the opposite” US coronavirus cases top 1.6M, deaths inch closer to 100K Update 12:05 a.m. EDT May 23: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surged past 1.6 million early Saturday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,622,612 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 97,087 deaths. The hardest-hit states remain New York with 359,926 cases and 28,926 deaths and New Jersey with 153,140 cases and 11,082 deaths. Massachusetts, with 90,889 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,228, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 105,444. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 5,000 cases each. Seven other states have now confirmed at least 41,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 90,778 cases, resulting in 3,672 deaths • Pennsylvania: 70,784 cases, resulting in 5,100 deaths • Michigan: 54,395 cases, resulting in 5,224 deaths • Texas: 53,584 cases, resulting in 1,470 deaths • Florida: 50,127 cases, resulting in 2,233 deaths • Maryland: 45,495 cases, resulting in 2,243 deaths • Georgia: 42,139 cases, resulting in 1,817 deaths Meanwhile, Connecticut, Louisiana, Virginia, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 30,000 cases; Colorado and North Carolina each has confirmed more than 22,000 cases; Tennessee, Washington and Minnesota each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases; Iowa and Arizona both have confirmed more than 16,000 cases; Wisconsin has 14,877 cases; Rhode Island, Alabama and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 13,000 cases; Missouri and Nebraska each has confirmed at least 11,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 9,638; Kansas, Delaware, Kentucky and Utah each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 7,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 6,625; Oklahoma and Arkansas each has confirmed at least 5,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • The Republican National Committee and other conservative groups filed a lawsuit Sunday to stop California from mailing ballots to all voters ahead of the November general election. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced earlier this month that the state would mail all registered voters a ballot, while in-person voting would still remain an option, CNN reported. 'Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Gov. Newsom's executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections,' RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement, CNN reported. The lawsuit, filed by the RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the California Republican Party challenges the expansion of absentee voting. '(It) violates eligible citizens' right to vote,' the lawsuit claims. '(And) invites fraud, coercion, theft, and otherwise illegitimate voting.' State officials stand by the move. “California will not force voters to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “We are meeting our obligation to provide an accessible, secure and safe election this November. Sending every registered voter a ballot by mail is smart policy and absolutely the right thing to do during this COVID-19 pandemic.” The lawsuit is one of nearly a dozen across the country challenging Democrat-led vote-by-mail expansion. The RNC has pored $20 million into the nationwide legal effort, CNN reported. Some states, including Republican-heavy Utah, already conduct their elections completely by mail. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud linked to voting-by-mail, CNN reported.