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Romney is 1st Republican senator to join protest

TOP OF THE HOUR: Romney becomes first Republican senator to march in protest National Guard troops set to leave California cities. Minneapolis City Council members discussing support of radical changes in their city's police department. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Minneapolis council majority backs disbanding police force

A majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council said Sunday they support disbanding the city's police department, an aggressive stance that comes just as the state has launched a civil rights investigation after George Floyd's death. Nine of the council's 12 members appeared with activists at a rally in a city park Sunday afternoon and vowed to end policing as the city currently knows it. Council member Jeremiah Ellison promised that the council would "dismantle" the department. "It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe," Lisa Bender, the council president, said. "Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period." Read the full story at themonitor.com

JC Penney closing 154 stores in first post-bankruptcy phase; Valley stores remain open

J.C. Penney said Thursday that it will start closing 154 of its stores next week in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint. The Plano, Texas-based retailer said it could take about 10 to 16 weeks to complete the closures. A list of the stores closing was published on Penney’s website. None of the stores across the Rio Grande Valley are scheduled to be closed in phase one. Read the full story at themonitor.com

‘How are we here again?’ Black America on edge after police killing of George...

It was as if someone had lighted a fuse. Almost as soon as a cellphone video appeared on social media showing a black man struggling to breathe — and finally going silent — with his neck under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer, black Americans in the city's Longfellow neighborhood took to the streets calling for justice. Within days, the city was smoldering as protestors started fires and torched stores and a police station. Demonstrations swiftly spread to Los Angeles, where activists blocked a highway, and Atlanta, where protesters set a police vehicle on fire and smashed the windows of the CNN Center. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder

The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck was arrested and charged with murder Friday, and authorities imposed an overnight curfew to try to stem three nights of often-violent protests that left dozens of stores burned and looted. Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case. He was also accused of ignoring another officer at the scene who expressed concerns about the black man as he lay handcuffed on the ground, pleading that he could not breathe. Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a small grocery store. An attorney for Floyd's family welcomed the arrest, but said he expected a more serious murder charge and wants all four officers involved to be arrested. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Transportation agency hacked in 2nd Texas government attack

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' transportation agency has become the second part of the state government to be hit by a ransomware attack in recent...

JC Penney plans to close more than 240 stores

By JOSEPH PISANI AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney will close almost 30% of its 846 stores as part of a restructuring...

Pandemic claims yet another retailer: J.C. Penney

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the storied but troubled department store chain J.C. Penney into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth major retailer to meet that fate. As part of its reorganization, the 118-year-old company said late Friday it will be shuttering some stores. It said the stores will close in phases throughout the Chapter 11 process and details of the first phase will be disclosed in the coming weeks. Penney joins luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus, J.Crew and Stage Stores in filing for bankruptcy reorganization. Plenty of other retailers are expected to follow. Read the full story at themonitor.com

More than 1,000 new virus cases, 39 more deaths in Texas

AUSTIN — Texas health officials on Sunday reported more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus and 39 additional deaths due to COVID-19, the disease...

White House aide tests positive for virus ahead of Pence trip

Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, President Donald Trump said, delaying the vice president’s departure for a trip to Iowa. She is the second person working at the executive residence to contract the virus this week. The White House did not officially announce Miller’s positive test and she hadn’t been identified as the infected aide until a meeting between Trump and House Republicans. In answer to a question from a reporter about the infected aide, Trump said that Pence’s “press person,” whom he identified as “Katie,” had tested positive after a reporter asked him about it. Read the full story at themonitor.com