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Alabama driver fatally shot man for crossing road too slowly

An Alabama driver shot dead a pedestrian — for taking too long crossing the road, according to police.

Johnarian Allen, 29, was hit eight times in a barrage of bullets Thursday as he crossed outside a store in Union Springs, a small town about 45 miles southeast of Montgomery, according to WSFA 12 News.

Driver Jermiah Penn, 22, fled the shooting scene — but later arranged to hand himself in via a friend who is a sheriff’s deputy, police said.

He allegedly confessed to jumping out of his vehicle and firing multiple times because he felt Allen wasn’t moving out of the roadway quickly enough, Union Springs Police Chief Danny Jackson told the station.

Penn is being held on a capital murder charge in the Bullock County Jail, police said.

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Movie theaters in NJ can reopen Friday at reduced capacity

New Jersey movie theaters and other indoor performance venues can reopen this week with limited capacity, the state’s governor announced Monday.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s signing an executive order allowing for movie theaters and other indoor venues to reopen on Friday from their coronavirus-induced closures.

Face masks and social distancing will be required and capacity will be capped at the lesser of 25 percent or 150 people, the governor said.

Earlier Monday, Murphy announced that indoor dining will be able to resume in the Garden State, also beginning on Friday at 25 percent capacity.

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AMC sells foreign movie theaters for $77M amid COVID-19 crush

AMC Entertainment, the largest movie theater chain in the US, is selling off nine cinemas in the Baltic region as the coronavirus crushes sales.

The company on Monday announced that it has signed a deal to sell nine venues across Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, to Up Invest, owners of a Baltic cinema group, for $77 million. AMC acquired the nine theaters in 2017 for $929 million from Nordic Cinema Group.

AMC closed all 600 of its national locations on March 17,  and while it has slowly reopened some locations in the US and abroad, demand remains down as the virus rages on.

AMC president and Chief Executive Adam Aron touted the Baltic deal before turning to the current state of its business.

“We continue to be encouraged by attendance levels at theaters that have reopened in Europe, where ...

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Kim Jong Un may be furious about rumors of sister Kim Yo Jong’s rise in power

Kim Jong Un’s sister, who has vanished from public view, may have been purged by the paranoid and vindictive North Korean despot amid reports that she’s his “de facto second-in-command,” according to a report.

The South Korean news outlet Chosun Ilbo has reported that the leader’s 32-year-old sister, Kim Yo Jong — who has not been seen since July 27 — may be lying low to offset speculation that he ceded some authority to her.

But speculation has been mounting that the dictator, who is known for executing his rivals, took offense at her rising public profile as rumors swirled that he had been gravely ill, the Sun reported.

Last week, images emerged showing the reclusive tyrant chairing meetings and inspecting typhoon-ravaged fields near Pyongyang.

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Cuomo predicts COVID-19 outbreaks in K-12 schools amid reopenings

A coronavirus outbreak in schools that forces them to shutter and turn to all-remote learning is inevitable, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday.

The governor’s bleak outlook comes ahead of schools reopening with blended learning schedules across the state — and as SUNY Oneonta closes a week into classes after more than 100 students tested positive for COVID-19.

“I believe colleges are the canary in the coal mine,” Cuomo said at a press briefing. “What we’re seeing in colleges I think is going to be replicated in K–12.”

All of the state’s 700 school districts had to submit reopening plans to be approved by the state — with many, including New York City, recommending regular coronavirus testing for staffers and randomized temperature checks of students.

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Amazon gets FAA approval to deliver packages by drone

Amazon just got one step closer to sending flying robots to your front door.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave the e-commerce colossus approval to make deliveries with drones that could drop off packages within 30 minutes after they’re placed.

The FAA granted Amazon’s Prime Air service an “air carrier certificate” under its Part 135 regulations, which allows the company to carry packages on drones that fly beyond the operator’s line of sight, the agency said Monday.

Amazon plans to use the certification to start testing customer deliveries with drones — though the company said it will be some time before they’re hovering over shoppers’ yards on a large scale.

“This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon...

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Elderly Florida woman killed by dog, son seriously injured

An elderly Florida woman was fatally mauled by her dog, which also seriously hurt the woman’s son as he attempted to save her.

Carolyn Varanese, 84, was pronounced dead late Friday in Margate, where her dog — identified by cops as a mixed breed — was later found tied up in the back of her home, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Varanese and her son, Joseph Varanese, 57, were both bitten several times during the attack, Margate police Lt. Al Banatte told the newspaper.

Carolyn Varanese, who used a wheelchair, was pronounced dead at the scene, while her son was hospitalized for his injuries before being released Saturday, the newspaper reports.

A family friend told WPLG that Varanese had let the dog sleep in her bed just days earlier...

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De Blasio hints indoor dining won’t return in NYC until COVID-19 vaccine

The resumption of indoor dining in New York City hinges on a “huge step forward” — like the development of a coronavirus vaccine, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

The mayor sounded less than optimistic that eatery owners and workers would be able to start earning a living again — and diners able to enjoy a meal inside an eatery — before the June 1, 2021 return date, set earlier this month.

“We do expect — and pray for and expect — a vaccine in the spring that will allow us to get more back to normal,” he said at his daily press briefing, “but I will absolutely tell you, we’re going to keep looking for that situation where we can push down the virus enough where we would have more ability to address indoor dining.”

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McDonald’s slams ‘morally bankrupt’ ex-CEO amid battle over affairs

McDonald’s blasted its former CEO Steve Easterbrook on Monday for seeking to wiggle out of the company’s lawsuit accusing him of accusing him of lying about trysts with underlings.

In a fiery statement Monday, the fast-food giant called Easterbrook’s bid to dismiss the suit as “morally bankrupt,” and argued in legal papers that he should be forced to defend himself in court.

“When McDonald’s investigated, its CEO lied,” the Chicago-based chain said in a court filing. “… Easterbrook should be required to defend his conduct on the merits and in this court.”

“His argument that he should not be held responsible for even repeated bad acts is morally bankrupt and fails under the law,” McDonald’s added in a statement to the press.

McDonald’s is seeking to claw back t...

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Twitter removes QAnon theory about COVID-19 stats retweeted by Trump

Twitter has removed a post from a supporter of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that contained false information about coronavirus death statistics in the United States.

The tweet — originally posted by user “Mel Q,” who copied it from someone’s Facebook post — claimed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “quietly updated” its numbers to “admit that only 6%” of COVID-19 deaths were actually from the illness, CNN reported.

The 94 percent of other deaths, the tweet claimed, were due to two or three “other serious illnesses.”

A message from Twitter said the tweet was “no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.”

On Wednesday, the CDC said in an update that for 6 percent of the deaths included in its statistics, “Covid-19 was the only ca...

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