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  • CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was taken into police custody as he covered the violent protests that have stretched into a third night in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He has since been released. Jimenez, who is African-American, was arrested with two other CNN employees, the news company said. Another CNN reporter, Josh Campbell, who is white, said he was reporting from the same area and was not arrested. But who is Jimenez? Jimenez has been with the cable news network since 2017, starting with the company’s affiliate service, CNN Newsource in Washington D.C. He covered breaking news for 900 CNN affiliate news stations across the country. Some of the stories he’s covered included the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, the Las Vegas mass shooting, and the 2017 hurricanes that battered Florida and Texas.  Before working for CNN, Jimenez as a multimedia journalist at WGEM in Quincy, Illinois, and worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He was also an intern for NBC News, working from the network’s Chicago bureau. He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Jimenez was born in Worchester, Massachusetts, but grew up outside of Atlanta, attending Kennesaw Mountain High School. 
  • More showers and thunderstorms are in our forecast today, as early as the noon hour. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says some storms could be heavy once again.  “Another inch or two of rain, locally even more today. And there may be localized flooding because there are some neighborhoods now that are approaching five and six inches of rain this week”, said Buresh.  Rain and storms are in the forecast for Saturday, which could threaten the planned rocket launch at Cape Canaveral.  “So it’s going to come down to whether or not there’s lightning within 30 minutes, 11.5 miles of the launch pad and that’s gonna be very difficult to get that window”, said Buresh.  WOKV will have live coverage of the launch, set for 3:22 p.m. Saturday on 104.5 FM. If weather scrubs the launch on Saturday, the next opportunity will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Thursday’s storms were heavy to severe in southern Duval County, and Clay and St. Johns Counties.  Three people sustained injuries after lightning struck a home in Middleburg.  LISTEN TO ALL THE WEATHER ALL THE TIME PODCAST HERE
  • More than 5.8 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 Friday, May 29, continue below:  Doctors sue for mail access to abortion pill during coronavirus pandemic Update 5:55 a.m. EDT May 29: A group of doctors, in concert with the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, challenging a rule that requires patients to visit medical facilities in order to obtain abortion pills. In the suit, the physicians argue patients should be allowed to have prescriptions for the drug mifepristone filled by mail, avoiding direct contact with potentially contaminated health care settings during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Of the more than 20,000 drugs regulated by the (U.S. Food and Drug Administration,) mifepristone is the only one that patients must receive in person at a hospital, clinic or medical office, yet may self-administer, unsupervised, at a location of their choosing,” the lawsuit states. Tyson Foods shuts down 7th meatpacking facility amid latest coronavirus outbreak Update 2:53 a.m. EDT May 29: Tyson Foods shut down its Storm Lake, Iowa, pork processing plant temporarily, following the latest novel coronavirus outbreak to infect the company’s operations. Citing a “delay in COVID-19 testing results” as a partial reason for the facility’s idling, the company issued a statement attributing the shutdown to “team member absences related to quarantine and other factors” as well. According to the Des Moines Register, 555 of the Storm Lake plant’s 2,517 employees have tested positive for the virus. The two-day stoppage is intended to allow for deep cleaning and sanitization with plans to reopen for business next week, the company statement said. Since the onset of the global pandemic, Tyson has shuttered six other facilities temporarily, including facilities in Waterloo, Columbus Junction and Perry, Iowa, as well as Dakota City, Nebraska; Logansport, Indiana; and Pasco, Washington, the Register reported. Iowa has confirmed a total of 18,586 novel coronavirus cases, resulting in 506 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. US deaths near 102K, total cases soar past 1.7M Published 12:49 a.m. EDT May 29: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States soared past 1.7 million early Friday 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 1,721,750 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 101,617 deaths.  The hardest-hit states remain New York with 366,733 cases and 29,529 deaths and New Jersey with 157,185 cases and 11,409 deaths. Massachusetts, with 94,895 cases, has the third-highest number of deaths with 6,640, while Illinois has the third-highest number of cases with 115,833. Only 16 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 6,000 cases each. Five other states have now confirmed at least 53,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • California: 103,813 cases, resulting in 3,993 deaths • Pennsylvania: 74,220 cases, resulting in 5,373 deaths • Texas: 60,395 cases, resulting in 1,611 deaths • Michigan: 56,014 cases, resulting in 5,732 deaths • Florida: 53,285 cases, resulting in 2,364 deaths Meanwhile, Maryland, Georgia, Connecticut and Virginia each has confirmed at least 41,000 cases; Louisiana, Ohio and Indiana each has confirmed at least 33,000 cases; North Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Tennessee and Washington each has confirmed at least 20,000 cases, followed by Iowa with 18,586 and Arizona with 17,877; Wisconsin and Alabama each has confirmed at least 16,000 cases; Rhode Island and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Nebraska, Missouri and South Carolina each has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Kansas, Kentucky and Delaware each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Utah, the District of Columbia and Nevada each has confirmed at least 8,000 cases, followed by New Mexico with 7,364; Arkansas and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown.
  • A Nassau County woman has been arrested for felony animal cruelty for allegedly shooting a dog in the head with a crossbow bolt on May 16. Carey Wilson, 37, was arrested May 27.   Thursday, she shared her story exclusively with Action News Jax.   “My goal was not to hit the dog directly,” Wilson said. “I was trying to scare it off.”  Nassau County animal control officers say the yellow lab- they’re calling Unicorn- is doing much better.  He has been treated for heartworms, and they said they’ll take applications for adoption once he clears certain medical hurdles.   Officers said the bolt ricocheted off Unicorn’s skull and just went through the skin, meaning he was incredibly lucky.   Wilson contends the dog was repeatedly in her fenced-in yard killing animals, even lunging toward her daughter who has mobility issues.   “The dog doesn’t want to leave, so I grabbed a crossbow, my intentions were not to kill the dog, but to try to get the message across, ‘Get out the yard,” Wilson said.  Animal control said the story doesn’t add up, saying it has received zero calls from her or from her Hilliard address. The report states she told an officer she was tired of lying and admitted to shooting the dog with a crossbow.   It states the weapon was brought from Jacksonville, which animal control officers said speaks to premeditation.  It goes on ‘the dog was in the yard peeing on her car tire,’ and ‘was not being aggressive.’   “The police report calls you a liar,” Action News Jax Reporter Russell Colburn said to Wilson. “Why should people believe you?”   “My close people know who I am, they know the truth,” Wilson said.   Action News Jax also tracked down Unicorn’s former owner, who said he surrendered him to animal control because he couldn’t afford the medical bills after this.   “It’s rough,” Nick Sweat said. “We enjoyed the dog. He’s a good dog, he’s a family dog, wouldn’t hurt anybody.”   Wilson also admitted to Action News Jax she took things too far.   “It was extreme,” Wilson said. “I wish there was a different outcome.”
  • For the second time this week Twitter flagged the content of a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump Friday, citing his early-morning comments criticizing the city of Minneapolis’ riot response for “glorifying violence.” The death of George Floyd while in police custody sparked the third consecutive night of nationwide protests, and Minneapolis remained the epicenter of the unrest, culminating with the storming and burning by protesters of the city police department’s third precinct. Just after midnight, Trump addressed the protests by admonishing the city’s “total lack of leadership” before threatening to authorize military intervention. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at Trump during a news conference. “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else, during a time of crisis. Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we’re going to get through this,” Frey said. Watch Frey’s response below. It was Trump’s second tweet in the series, however, that attracted Twitter’s attention:  “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!,” Trump tweeted. See the tweet below. Within an hour, Twitter attached the following disclaimer to the president’s tweet, but did not remove the statement from the social media platform. “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” Friday morning’s actions came less than one week after Twitter added fact-check warnings to two of Trump’s tweets calling mail-in-ballots “substantially fraudulent” and predicting a “Rigged Election,” The Associated Press reported. and only one day after the president signed an executive order aimed at limiting the broad legal protections enjoyed by social media companies, NPR reported.

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