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    More than 6 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.7 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 31, continue below: U.S. surpasses 104,000 deaths Update 3:55 p.m. EDT May 31: The United States has surpassed 104,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus. The U.S. has the highest number of cases and the highest number of deaths worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University, 104,081 people have died in the U.S. Second to the U.S. is the United Kingdom with 38,571 deaths. The U.S. also leads in the number of COVID-19 cases reported: 1,779,853. Second to the U.S. is Brazil with 465,116 cases reported. Rwanda reports first COVID-19 death Update 3 p.m. EDT May 31: Rwanda has reported the country’s first coronavirus-related death. A statement by the nation’s Ministry of Health said the man who died was a 65-year-old truck driver who had recently returned to Rwanda after living in a neighboring country for an unspecified amount of time. Health officials said the patient died due to severe respiratory complications after receiving treatment at an intensive care unit at a COVID-19 facility. According to Johns Hopkins University, Rwanda has 359 reported cases of the novel coronavirus. China reports only two new cases of COVID-19 Update 2:50 p.m. EDT May 31: China reported two new cases of COVID-19 in the country Sunday, noting that one of the two people was a German traveler. China has banned most foreigners from entering the country to try to prevent the introduction of new infections, but agreed to allow the two German flights to bring back businesspeople as it tries to revive economic growth after the coronavirus shutdowns. No new domestic cases have been reported for a week. India’s coronavirus cases increasing significantly Update 1:35 p.m. EDT May 31: India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country. Confirmed infections have risen to 182,143, with 5,164 fatalities, including 193 in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday. Data shows the number of infections increasing exponentially in recent days. Only six countries have reported more coronavirus cases than India. There are concerns that the virus may be spreading through India’s villages as millions of jobless migrant workers return home from cities during the lockdown. Experts warn that the pandemic is yet to peak in India. Crowds return to St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Francis Update 8:48 a.m. EDT May 31: Crowds returned to St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis resumed his traditional greeting from his window, CNN reported. It was the first time the pontiff has addressed a live audience since the lockdown in Italy began three months ago. Francis said he hoped people would “have the courage to change, to be better than before and to positively build the post-pandemic world.” Tourists were absent and only a few hundred people gathered. They wore masks and adhered to social distancing to listen to Francis, CNN reported. US coronavirus cases surpass 1.7M, deaths top 103K Published 12:05 a.m. EDT May 31: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.7 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 1,747,085 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 102,836 deaths. The hardest-hit states remain New York with 369,660 cases and 29,710 deaths and New Jersey with 159,608 cases and 11,634 deaths. Massachusetts, with 95,512 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,768, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 118,917. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Six other states have now confirmed at least 50,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 109,509 cases, resulting in 4,136 deaths • Pennsylvania: 75,697 cases, resulting in 5,537 deaths • Texas: 62,675 cases, resulting in 1,652 deaths • Michigan: 56,969 cases, resulting in 5,464 deaths • Florida: 55,424 cases, resulting in 2,447 deaths • Maryland: 52,015 cases, resulting in 2,509 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia and Connecticut each has confirmed at least 42,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 34,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 21,000 cases; Iowa and Arizona each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 17,000 cases; Mississippi and Rhode Island each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska and Missouri each has confirmed at least 13,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 11,131; Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,493; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • Seattle news station KIRO-TV captured video of a woman stealing a treat from a Cheesecake Factory location in the midst of riots following protests over the death of George Floyd. After several hours of peaceful gatherings and marches earlier Saturday, Seattle police said the crowd turned violent, throwing bottles, setting fires, breaking windows and looting businesses in the downtown area. Rioters, many wearing masks, looted and vandalized stores, including Nordstrom and Old Navy. Windows of the Cheesecake Factory were also smashed, and people were seen throwing bottles of alcohol outside. A KIRO-TV news crew that was recording footage of the scene captured footage of a woman wearing a mask walking away from the restaurant carrying an entire cheesecake on a serving tray. She also appeared to be carrying a wine glass and a champagne flute. The footage of the woman quickly gained traction on social media, where people tried to make light of the chaos. “She seems polite about it,” one Twitter user wrote. “With everything going on, sometimes you have to take a moment to treat yourself,” another person wrote. “It would have gone to waste otherwise,” someone responded. Others said the video made them laugh or smile in the midst of what has been a stressful week.
  • Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? If you’re Clint Eastwood, there is plenty to feel lucky about. As an actor and director, Eastwood has been a presence in American movies for six decades. Eastwood turned 90 on Sunday. Whether he was a lone drifter in spaghetti westerns or rogue cop Harry Callahan, Eastwood has always had a presence. Eastwood was born May 31, 1930, in San Franciso. He was raised in Oakland, and before becoming an established movie star he played Rowdy Yates in the television western, “Rawhide.” But it is on the big screen where Eastwood made a sudden impact. According to Rolling Stone, Pauline Kael described Eastwood as “six feet four of lean, tough saint, blue-eyed and shaggy-haired, with a rugged, creased, careworn face that occasionally breaks into a mischief-filled grin.' In keeping with Eastwood’s stoic persona, his birthday celebration was supposed to be low-key. “We’re just going to do a family thing -- very, very calm, very mellow,” his 34-year-old actor son Scott told “Access Hollywood.” “We’ll sneak a cake in there, definitely. He probably won’t like it.” Eastwood has won five Academy Awards, with two films that won both Best Picture and Directing -- Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). His fifth Oscar was the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995. Here is a look at five of Eastwood’s more memorable films: “A Fistful of Dollars' (1964): The first of a trio of westerns shot in Italy, Italian director Sergio Leone was persuaded to used Eastwood despite coveting Henry Fonda, James Coburn or Charles Bronson for the role of the Man With No Name. Eastwood is eerily intimidating with his poncho, his intense cigar-chewing and his fast trigger finger. “Fistful” was followed by “For a Few Dollars More” in 1965 and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in 1966. The latter movie is considered the best of the trilogy, with Lee Van Cleef cast as the “Bad” and Eli Wallach playing an amoral “Ugly” character. You know who was “Good.' “Dirty Harry” (1971): Eastwood was defined by the macho, .44-magnum toting police inspector in San Francisco. His character was so memorable in this Don Siegel film that Eastwood reprised the Callahan character in four more films -- “Magnum Force (1973), “The Enforcer” (1976), “Sudden Impact” (1983) and :”The Dead Pool' (1988). In “Dirty Harry,” Eastwood hunts down a serial killer named Scorpio, and utters the famous line with a sneer: “You’ve got to ask yourself a question. ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” “Play Misty for Me” (1971): This marked Eastwood’s directorial debut, a film in which he plays a disc jockey in Northern California who picks up a woman at a bar (Jessica Walters). She is the same woman who calls the radio station where Eastwood works and requests the Errol Garner song, “Misty.” Far from being a macho character, Eastwood played a victim as the woman’s obsessive behavior nearly turns fatal. “Every Which Way But Loose” (1978): Rarely did anyone ever make a monkey out of Eastwood, but a beer-swilling orangutan named Clyde did just that in this comedy. Eastwood is able to punch out bad guys and deliver wise-cracking punchlines. “Right turn, Clyde” became a mantra for fans, and the film led to a sequel, 1980′s “Any Which Way You Can.” “The Mule”(2018): Only Eastwood could look intimidating as an 88-year-old. He plays Earl Stone, an out-of-business horticulturist who agrees to drive a truck to a town near the Mexican border. He later discovers he is hauling narcotics for a Mexican drug cartel. Eastwood plays senior citizens well, as “Gran Torino,' “American Sniper” and “Trouble With the Curve” prove. He might be old, but the icy stare remains. Other movies of note: “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” and his latest work, “Richard Jewell.” So, make his day and wish Clint Eastwood a happy birthday.
  • Target will close dozens of its locations nationwide - including two in metro Atlanta, due to ongoing protests and destructive rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In Georgia, two locations in Buckhead will temporarily close.  The chain’s headquarters are based in Minneapolis, where Floyd’s death occurred while in police custody.  now former officer Derek Chauvin is charged in Floyd’s death.   “We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country. At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores. We anticipate most stores will be closed temporarily. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal,” the company said in a statement. Target says employees at the closed stores will be paid for up to 14 days during store closures, including coronavirus pay, and also have the chance to work at other stores. From Channel 2 Action News: During the first night of protests Friday, Atlanta firefighters worked to put out a fire started in the back of the Target at 2539 Piedmont Road. Atlanta fire officials say fireworks were set off in multiple locations as well. Atlanta firefighters worked to put a second fire that happened in a storage room Saturday night. The department can’t say for sure right now if it’s arson, but fire investigators are on the way to see. Atlanta Battalion Chief Kendale Mitchell said part of the building may have been left unsecured from Friday’s protests. “This store was broken into earlier when we were experiencing the protests and the store hasn’t been fully secured all the way. I think they have security on site but may or may not. It’s undetermined if it was a break in at this time or not,” Mitchell said.    
  • Police departments in metro Atlanta on Sunday were preparing for more possible protests that would round out a weekend of demonstrations resulting in hundreds of arrests along with damage to storefronts and shops.  Gwinnett County police, which encountered protesters Saturday at the mall Sugarloaf Mills, said the department is only aware of “the potential for protests” to happen Sunday in Lawrenceville.  “The police department will have an increased presence across the county today and into the night,” spokeswoman officer Ashley Wilson said.  Two police cars were damaged and four people were arrested in Saturday’s protest in Gwinnett, the agency said.  See the AJC’s complete coverage of the Atlanta protests here. Lawrenceville Mayor David Still told the city’s Facebook followers that police are preparing for the potential of activity to crop up Sunday and into Monday. While Lawrenceville supports the right to protest, Still said those gatherings “must be peaceful and respectful.”  “We will not tolerate any destruction of property or any acts of violence,” the mayor’s message reads. “Therefore, the Lawrenceville Police Department will utilize all resources available to protect our city.” The bulk of protest activity on Saturday was in Atlanta, where widespread property damage was reported and more than 150 people were arrested. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has extended the city’s nighttime curfew to run from 9 p.m. to sunrise on Monday.  READ | Georgia to deploy more National Guard troops ahead of new planned protests In Alpharetta, officers were on guard Saturday for the possibility that Avalon, the popular mixed-use shopping destination, would be the target of protest activity.  Alpharetta Department of Public Safety officials said Sunday on the agency’s Facebook page that officers worked with Avalon, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies to stave off any threats of violence.  Spokesperson Jim Cheatham said the department is still “monitoring the situation and are prepared to take steps as needed.”  “As of right now, we do not have any information as to something happening at a location in Alpharetta,” he said. “This could change at any moment and we are monitoring.” Avalon said Sunday that it didn’t experience any issues, and that the development continues to work with Alpharetta police to prepare for any protests that could make their way to the area. Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss said the police department has more officers working and the department is working closely with management at Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in the event protesters show up at the mall.  About 30 people also demonstrated Saturday in downtown, and Moss said those were “peaceful and there were no issues.”  
  • — Phil Collen, guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard, recently surprised a group of high school students who were tuned in for a virtual music lesson. Collen partnered with Yousician, a music education company, to join a Zoom class for music students at Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, New York. The 13 students didn’t know the British musician would be joining their lesson, Patch.com reported. Collen started by performing his band’s 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me.' He then allowed the students to play their own renditions of the hit song and offered feedback. Collen also talked about his music journey and offered advice to the aspiring musicians: “It really comes down to putting the effort in, practicing and getting the technique down,' he said. “It’s all a learning curve. You gotta be you.” According to Patch.com, the students were granted free access to the Yousician platform to continue developing their musical skills over the summer. The students will also receive a free signed Def Leppard shirt.
  • Protesters who took to the streets angry about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis voiced their outrage and frustration but remained peaceful for hours before the violence erupted. At one point on Saturday, protesters in a group in Washington state started to approach a line of Seattle police, but organizers called the crowd back and urged them to protest peacefully. “[We’re] not thugs, [we’re] activists looking for change,” one protester said, according to KIRO-TV. Before things turned destructive, speakers shared their message, urging everyone to stand up to racism. But as frustration turned to violence, those who remained peaceful worried the message that brought them to the streets would be lost. “I’m out here to protest, not to burn our city. Not to throw rocks at these businesses who supported us all these years,” another protester told KIRO-TV. “I shouldn’t have to worry every day about every black man I know. But no. No destruction. Change,” Washington resident Anika Jones said. After the growing chaos led Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to declare a civil emergency and announce a curfew for the entire city, a move that has been enforced in many cities nationwide, Durkan thanked those who protested without violence. 'I know the vast majority of today's demonstrators came together with the intention to protest, grieve, and commit themselves to justice. For most of today, the demonstrations were peaceful, and I thank all those who chose to exercise their right to protest without hurting others,” Durkan said. Cyrus Habib, Lt. Gov. of Washington, also thanked those who protested peacefully and reminded people that violence only takes away from their message. “To those engaging in the destruction of property -- enough. Violence undermines our cause and begets more violence, distracting from the point,” Habib wrote on Twitter. Some protesters have echoed that sentiment. “This isn’t helping anyone. This is not about George Floyd,' an activist told KIRO-TV. “This is about stealing, and it’s sad because it diminishes the real issue.”
  • Congressman John Lewis criticized the looting and violence that followed peaceful protests in Atlanta and other cities, a position that is bringing him praise and accusations that the Civil Rights-era activist is out of touch.  “We must continue to teach the way of peace, the way of love, the philosophy and the discipline of non-violence,” he said on MSNBC Saturday evening. “And never, ever give up on any of our brothers and sisters. We’re one people; we’re one family. “  Lewis, 80, posted a longer statement on his U.S. House website directly addressing protesters.  “To the rioters here in Atlanta and across the country: I see you, and I hear you,” he wrote. “I know your pain, your rage, your sense of despair and hopelessness. Justice has, indeed, been denied for far too long. Rioting, looting, and burning is not the way. Organize. Demonstrate. Sit-in. Stand-up. Vote. Be constructive, not destructive. History has proven time and again that non-violent, peaceful protest is the way to achieve the justice and equality that we all deserve.” Read more: ‘Atlanta Way’ challenged after violent night of protests A post on Twitter excerpting his statement was shared by Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley among others thanking Lewis for speaking out.  While there were many people praising the congressman, who was badly beaten during a march across Selma’s Pettus Bridge in 1965 and is considered one of the last living Civil Rights leaders, others said he wasn’t fully acknowledging that previous protests often turned violent because of police brutality and that it, along with racism and economic inequality, continue to persist.  User @RykerStevenson replied: “I love you, you are a hero in my family but we have organized, sat in, stood up, voted. We’ve been doing that for decades. Maybe what the country needs is to know that if you murder a black man in the street then every street in major cities across the country will burn.”  Another person on Twitter, @SmizeEyes, wrote: “Look how well that approach turned out for Martin Luther King Jr. & you. I’m sure you still feel the mental & physical scars from that.” The protests, which swept across Atlanta for the past two nights, are sparked by outrage over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Marchers have also voiced concerns about the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed when police in Louisville, Ky., erroneously executed a search on her home. The shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, especially prosecutors’ conduct in that case, has also been criticized.  All of this is happening while many feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to job losses and limitations on daily life that affected African-Americans and other people of color more deeply.  “But what do you do when you've tried all those things and nothing has changed?” Christina M. Brooks wrote. “Trump and the Republicans sit on legislation or ignore it. Booth for gun control and civil rights. They revoke laws that even in a remedial way try to level the playing field. What more can people do?” Several said non-violent protests have proven ineffective.  Despite disagreement with Lewis’s statements, people who appeared to be condescending or disrespectful toward the congressman were generally rebuked.  Complete coverage: Atlanta protests Lewis’s MSNBC interview: 
  • The manned SpaceX docked with the International Space Station on Sunday morning, a day after the rocket lifted off and sent two astronauts into space for the first time from the U.S. in almost a decade. Veteran astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken flew in the first launch of astronauts by a private company, docking at 10:16 a.m. EDT 18 hours, 58 minutes after Saturday’s launch. Before opening the hatch and entering the station, Behnken and Hurley will conduct a series of pressure and leak checks to ensure their safety. Then they will join NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two Russian cosmonauts aboard the station, The Washington Post reported. The spacecraft made its rendezvous with the space station, which was traveling in an orbit at 17,500 mph, the newspaper reported. The mission went smoothly, ground officials said, after Saturday’s launch was witnessed by a crowd that included President Donald Trump.
  • Editor’s note: This story has been updated.  Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Sunday extended the city’s curfew, which will take effect at 9 p.m. and continue until sunrise Monday. Bottoms instituted the curfew Saturday in the wake of a violent protest on Friday that led to damage at businesses and attractions in downtown Atlanta and Buckhead.  The announcement came about noon and a few hours after Bottoms said in national television interviews that 157 people were arrested in protests that again turned violent Saturday night.  The curfew extension was announced on the city’s official Facebook page.  In her Sunday morning interviews on CBS and NBC, Bottoms also was critical of President Donald Trump, saying harsh rhetoric from him is making the situation worse. Cities across the nation, including Atlanta, have been gripped by demonstrations against police violence, and in particular the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man who died after a police officer used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground by the neck. The officer who pinned Floyd has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter, and three officers present have been fired. Complete coverage: Atlanta protests “I think that there is a place in America for peaceful protest, and we know that peaceful protests have had a history of changing things in this country,” Bottoms said on CBS’ Face The Nation. “But it has to be organized and it has to be for a purpose. And when you have violent eruptions like we’ve seen across America, then we lose sight of even what we are talking about. Yesterday, all we talked about was how our cities were erupting across America, but we weren’t even talking about George Floyd and so many others who have been killed in this country.” Bottoms said the 9 p.m. curfew in Atlanta and deployment by Gov. Brian Kemp of National Guard forces “helped tremendously” in quelling unrest. Still, protests led to property damage, arrests and some injuries. Atlanta protests: More National Guard troops to deploy ahead of new planned protests in Georgia Bottoms said outside groups were instigators in turning what started Friday as a peaceful demonstration into a violent one. “Obviously, we are the home of the civil rights movement. So, we … have a long history of protest in our city,” Bottoms said. “But our organizers in Atlanta, many of whom don’t agree with me quite often as mayor, were very clear that this, by and large, after things turned violent, was not an Atlanta-based protest. It looked differently racially in our city than our normal protests looked. … So, we don’t know who they were, but many of them were not locally based.” Atlanta police haven’t identified outside groups and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is seeking more information about those arrested at the protests so far. Bottoms also was asked about comments from Trump in which he told “liberal” mayors and governors to get tougher and threatening to deploy the military. Trump also tweeted the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a reference to comments in the 1960s from a former Florida police chief. Trump also has said he supports peaceful protests, called Floyd’s killing a tragedy and said he stands with Floyd’s family. Asked about Trump making an Oval Office address to the nation, Bottoms said she wants to hear leadership from the president. “What I’d like to hear from the president is leadership,” Bottoms said in an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press. “And I would like to hear a genuine care and concern for our communities and where we are with race relations in America. We know that when he spoke on Charlottesville he made the matter worse. And we’re already — we’re — And we’re well-beyond the tipping point in America. And it’s as my grandmother used to say, ‘If you don’t have anything good to say, sometimes you just shouldn’t say anything at all.’”

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  • More than 6 million people worldwide -- including more than 1.7 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 31, continue below: U.S. surpasses 104,000 deaths Update 3:55 p.m. EDT May 31: The United States has surpassed 104,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus. The U.S. has the highest number of cases and the highest number of deaths worldwide. According to Johns Hopkins University, 104,081 people have died in the U.S. Second to the U.S. is the United Kingdom with 38,571 deaths. The U.S. also leads in the number of COVID-19 cases reported: 1,779,853. Second to the U.S. is Brazil with 465,116 cases reported. Rwanda reports first COVID-19 death Update 3 p.m. EDT May 31: Rwanda has reported the country’s first coronavirus-related death. A statement by the nation’s Ministry of Health said the man who died was a 65-year-old truck driver who had recently returned to Rwanda after living in a neighboring country for an unspecified amount of time. Health officials said the patient died due to severe respiratory complications after receiving treatment at an intensive care unit at a COVID-19 facility. According to Johns Hopkins University, Rwanda has 359 reported cases of the novel coronavirus. China reports only two new cases of COVID-19 Update 2:50 p.m. EDT May 31: China reported two new cases of COVID-19 in the country Sunday, noting that one of the two people was a German traveler. China has banned most foreigners from entering the country to try to prevent the introduction of new infections, but agreed to allow the two German flights to bring back businesspeople as it tries to revive economic growth after the coronavirus shutdowns. No new domestic cases have been reported for a week. India’s coronavirus cases increasing significantly Update 1:35 p.m. EDT May 31: India reported more than 8,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, another record high that topped the deadliest week in the country. Confirmed infections have risen to 182,143, with 5,164 fatalities, including 193 in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Sunday. Data shows the number of infections increasing exponentially in recent days. Only six countries have reported more coronavirus cases than India. There are concerns that the virus may be spreading through India’s villages as millions of jobless migrant workers return home from cities during the lockdown. Experts warn that the pandemic is yet to peak in India. Crowds return to St. Peter’s Square to hear Pope Francis Update 8:48 a.m. EDT May 31: Crowds returned to St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis resumed his traditional greeting from his window, CNN reported. It was the first time the pontiff has addressed a live audience since the lockdown in Italy began three months ago. Francis said he hoped people would “have the courage to change, to be better than before and to positively build the post-pandemic world.” Tourists were absent and only a few hundred people gathered. They wore masks and adhered to social distancing to listen to Francis, CNN reported. US coronavirus cases surpass 1.7M, deaths top 103K Published 12:05 a.m. EDT May 31: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to climb past 1.7 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 1,747,085 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 102,836 deaths. The hardest-hit states remain New York with 369,660 cases and 29,710 deaths and New Jersey with 159,608 cases and 11,634 deaths. Massachusetts, with 95,512 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,768, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 118,917. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Six other states have now confirmed at least 50,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 109,509 cases, resulting in 4,136 deaths • Pennsylvania: 75,697 cases, resulting in 5,537 deaths • Texas: 62,675 cases, resulting in 1,652 deaths • Michigan: 56,969 cases, resulting in 5,464 deaths • Florida: 55,424 cases, resulting in 2,447 deaths • Maryland: 52,015 cases, resulting in 2,509 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia, Virginia and Connecticut each has confirmed at least 42,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 34,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 21,000 cases; Iowa and Arizona each has confirmed at least 19,000 cases; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 17,000 cases; Mississippi and Rhode Island each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska and Missouri each has confirmed at least 13,000 cases, followed by South Carolina with 11,131; Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,493; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. 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  • Seattle news station KIRO-TV captured video of a woman stealing a treat from a Cheesecake Factory location in the midst of riots following protests over the death of George Floyd. After several hours of peaceful gatherings and marches earlier Saturday, Seattle police said the crowd turned violent, throwing bottles, setting fires, breaking windows and looting businesses in the downtown area. Rioters, many wearing masks, looted and vandalized stores, including Nordstrom and Old Navy. Windows of the Cheesecake Factory were also smashed, and people were seen throwing bottles of alcohol outside. A KIRO-TV news crew that was recording footage of the scene captured footage of a woman wearing a mask walking away from the restaurant carrying an entire cheesecake on a serving tray. She also appeared to be carrying a wine glass and a champagne flute. The footage of the woman quickly gained traction on social media, where people tried to make light of the chaos. “She seems polite about it,” one Twitter user wrote. “With everything going on, sometimes you have to take a moment to treat yourself,” another person wrote. “It would have gone to waste otherwise,” someone responded. Others said the video made them laugh or smile in the midst of what has been a stressful week.
  • Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? If you’re Clint Eastwood, there is plenty to feel lucky about. As an actor and director, Eastwood has been a presence in American movies for six decades. Eastwood turned 90 on Sunday. Whether he was a lone drifter in spaghetti westerns or rogue cop Harry Callahan, Eastwood has always had a presence. Eastwood was born May 31, 1930, in San Franciso. He was raised in Oakland, and before becoming an established movie star he played Rowdy Yates in the television western, “Rawhide.” But it is on the big screen where Eastwood made a sudden impact. According to Rolling Stone, Pauline Kael described Eastwood as “six feet four of lean, tough saint, blue-eyed and shaggy-haired, with a rugged, creased, careworn face that occasionally breaks into a mischief-filled grin.' In keeping with Eastwood’s stoic persona, his birthday celebration was supposed to be low-key. “We’re just going to do a family thing -- very, very calm, very mellow,” his 34-year-old actor son Scott told “Access Hollywood.” “We’ll sneak a cake in there, definitely. He probably won’t like it.” Eastwood has won five Academy Awards, with two films that won both Best Picture and Directing -- Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). His fifth Oscar was the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995. Here is a look at five of Eastwood’s more memorable films: “A Fistful of Dollars' (1964): The first of a trio of westerns shot in Italy, Italian director Sergio Leone was persuaded to used Eastwood despite coveting Henry Fonda, James Coburn or Charles Bronson for the role of the Man With No Name. Eastwood is eerily intimidating with his poncho, his intense cigar-chewing and his fast trigger finger. “Fistful” was followed by “For a Few Dollars More” in 1965 and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in 1966. The latter movie is considered the best of the trilogy, with Lee Van Cleef cast as the “Bad” and Eli Wallach playing an amoral “Ugly” character. You know who was “Good.' “Dirty Harry” (1971): Eastwood was defined by the macho, .44-magnum toting police inspector in San Francisco. His character was so memorable in this Don Siegel film that Eastwood reprised the Callahan character in four more films -- “Magnum Force (1973), “The Enforcer” (1976), “Sudden Impact” (1983) and :”The Dead Pool' (1988). In “Dirty Harry,” Eastwood hunts down a serial killer named Scorpio, and utters the famous line with a sneer: “You’ve got to ask yourself a question. ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” “Play Misty for Me” (1971): This marked Eastwood’s directorial debut, a film in which he plays a disc jockey in Northern California who picks up a woman at a bar (Jessica Walters). She is the same woman who calls the radio station where Eastwood works and requests the Errol Garner song, “Misty.” Far from being a macho character, Eastwood played a victim as the woman’s obsessive behavior nearly turns fatal. “Every Which Way But Loose” (1978): Rarely did anyone ever make a monkey out of Eastwood, but a beer-swilling orangutan named Clyde did just that in this comedy. Eastwood is able to punch out bad guys and deliver wise-cracking punchlines. “Right turn, Clyde” became a mantra for fans, and the film led to a sequel, 1980′s “Any Which Way You Can.” “The Mule”(2018): Only Eastwood could look intimidating as an 88-year-old. He plays Earl Stone, an out-of-business horticulturist who agrees to drive a truck to a town near the Mexican border. He later discovers he is hauling narcotics for a Mexican drug cartel. Eastwood plays senior citizens well, as “Gran Torino,' “American Sniper” and “Trouble With the Curve” prove. He might be old, but the icy stare remains. Other movies of note: “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” and his latest work, “Richard Jewell.” So, make his day and wish Clint Eastwood a happy birthday.
  • Target will close dozens of its locations nationwide - including two in metro Atlanta, due to ongoing protests and destructive rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In Georgia, two locations in Buckhead will temporarily close.  The chain’s headquarters are based in Minneapolis, where Floyd’s death occurred while in police custody.  now former officer Derek Chauvin is charged in Floyd’s death.   “We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country. At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores. We anticipate most stores will be closed temporarily. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal,” the company said in a statement. Target says employees at the closed stores will be paid for up to 14 days during store closures, including coronavirus pay, and also have the chance to work at other stores. From Channel 2 Action News: During the first night of protests Friday, Atlanta firefighters worked to put out a fire started in the back of the Target at 2539 Piedmont Road. Atlanta fire officials say fireworks were set off in multiple locations as well. Atlanta firefighters worked to put a second fire that happened in a storage room Saturday night. The department can’t say for sure right now if it’s arson, but fire investigators are on the way to see. Atlanta Battalion Chief Kendale Mitchell said part of the building may have been left unsecured from Friday’s protests. “This store was broken into earlier when we were experiencing the protests and the store hasn’t been fully secured all the way. I think they have security on site but may or may not. It’s undetermined if it was a break in at this time or not,” Mitchell said.    
  • Police departments in metro Atlanta on Sunday were preparing for more possible protests that would round out a weekend of demonstrations resulting in hundreds of arrests along with damage to storefronts and shops.  Gwinnett County police, which encountered protesters Saturday at the mall Sugarloaf Mills, said the department is only aware of “the potential for protests” to happen Sunday in Lawrenceville.  “The police department will have an increased presence across the county today and into the night,” spokeswoman officer Ashley Wilson said.  Two police cars were damaged and four people were arrested in Saturday’s protest in Gwinnett, the agency said.  See the AJC’s complete coverage of the Atlanta protests here. Lawrenceville Mayor David Still told the city’s Facebook followers that police are preparing for the potential of activity to crop up Sunday and into Monday. While Lawrenceville supports the right to protest, Still said those gatherings “must be peaceful and respectful.”  “We will not tolerate any destruction of property or any acts of violence,” the mayor’s message reads. “Therefore, the Lawrenceville Police Department will utilize all resources available to protect our city.” The bulk of protest activity on Saturday was in Atlanta, where widespread property damage was reported and more than 150 people were arrested. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has extended the city’s nighttime curfew to run from 9 p.m. to sunrise on Monday.  READ | Georgia to deploy more National Guard troops ahead of new planned protests In Alpharetta, officers were on guard Saturday for the possibility that Avalon, the popular mixed-use shopping destination, would be the target of protest activity.  Alpharetta Department of Public Safety officials said Sunday on the agency’s Facebook page that officers worked with Avalon, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and other agencies to stave off any threats of violence.  Spokesperson Jim Cheatham said the department is still “monitoring the situation and are prepared to take steps as needed.”  “As of right now, we do not have any information as to something happening at a location in Alpharetta,” he said. “This could change at any moment and we are monitoring.” Avalon said Sunday that it didn’t experience any issues, and that the development continues to work with Alpharetta police to prepare for any protests that could make their way to the area. Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss said the police department has more officers working and the department is working closely with management at Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in the event protesters show up at the mall.  About 30 people also demonstrated Saturday in downtown, and Moss said those were “peaceful and there were no issues.”  
  • — Phil Collen, guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard, recently surprised a group of high school students who were tuned in for a virtual music lesson. Collen partnered with Yousician, a music education company, to join a Zoom class for music students at Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset, New York. The 13 students didn’t know the British musician would be joining their lesson, Patch.com reported. Collen started by performing his band’s 1987 hit “Pour Some Sugar On Me.' He then allowed the students to play their own renditions of the hit song and offered feedback. Collen also talked about his music journey and offered advice to the aspiring musicians: “It really comes down to putting the effort in, practicing and getting the technique down,' he said. “It’s all a learning curve. You gotta be you.” According to Patch.com, the students were granted free access to the Yousician platform to continue developing their musical skills over the summer. The students will also receive a free signed Def Leppard shirt.