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The Justice Department is holding a press conference Thursday amid nationwide protests over racial inequality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd died after being pinned down at the neck by a police officer, prompting massive protests across the country. The now-fired officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder.

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The COVID-19 pandemic thwarted the San Francisco Symphony’s plans to celebrate outgoing musical director Michael Tilson Thomas with a slate of concerts that attest to his influential 25-year tenure. But the orchestra adapted quickly even as it cancelled the remainder of its season.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Thursday ordered all State of Oregon flags at state public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of George Floyd. 

Floyd, a Black man, died last week after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. 

Brown ordered state flags to be lowered from 11 a.m. to sunset Thursday. A memorial service for Floyd will be held in Minneapolis at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. 

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Virginia will remove a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city of Richmond "as soon as possible," Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.

"Today, we're here to be honest about our past and talk about our future," Northam said, adding: "We have to confront where we've been in order to shape where we're going."

The statue will be placed into storage, where it will remain until government leaders and the community can discuss its future, according to the governor.

Hong Kong's legislature has passed a bill making it a crime to poke fun at China's national anthem — a move that puts new limits on anniversary events marking the Tiananmen Square massacre. Under the ban, it is illegal to alter the lyrics of the anthem, or to sing it "in a distorted or disrespectful way."

The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday reported 4,399 presumptive and positive coronavirus cases in the state. 

Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive for the virus but have symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case.

OHA also reported two additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the state’s total to 159.

OHA details the deaths as:

A 68-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on May 21 and died on June 2 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

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A deployment of 50 National Guard troops played a well-publicized role on the streets of Vallejo on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, patrolling to keep government property and critical infrastructure safe amid some looting and violence that took place alongside protests over the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.

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The coronavirus pandemic has pushed unemployment to its highest level since the Great Depression, but the pace of layoffs has been easing. And there are now some signs that the job market could slowly start to recover.

The Labor Department says another 1.87 million people filed claims for unemployment insurance last week. That's down 249,000 from the previous week. While still very high by historical standards, the number has been declining steadily from a peak of 6.8 million the week ending March 28.

A nun in headphones is on the radio — offering expectant families advice for stimulating fetal development.

"Tell the husband to pat [your] tummy," she laughs. "And speak to the [baby]!"

When Sister Astridah Banda, a Catholic nun and social worker in Zambia, first went on the air, she recalls that people were jolted by her manner. "People are always surprised to see sisters can joke," she says. "They think you're always serious and praying – and in such instances, I look at myself and say 'Madame, you and I are one and the same."

The nationwide unrest over George Floyd's killing is being felt deeply in Ferguson, Missouri, where widespread protests over police accountability 2014 made international news.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Trump is a threat to the constitution, The Atlantic reports. Others have also spoken out about the White House's handling of nationwide unrest.

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When the story of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police began making news last week, Anthony McGill felt something roiling up inside him.

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Since a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd on Memorial Day, NPR has faced ethical challenges every hour of every day, including how to describe the killing, how to use the audio of Floyd's last words, how to document Floyd's life and how to describe the mass demonstrations.

The best answer to every one of these questions is: embrace precision, be descriptive, use more words. The more this happens, the better the journalism. When news organizations, including NPR, sometimes fall short, it's usually because of an attempt to economize words.

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Marc Rebillet was supposed to be on tour this summer, playing electronic music at festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

"Of course, those have been canceled," the New York City-based musician said.

As COVID-19 sweeps across the world, musicians have been forced to postpone, reschedule or cancel tours altogether, leaving countless artists struggling to maintain their livelihoods.

For Rebillet, bidding farewell to live shows means he is not only losing ticket sales, but also the force that fueled his work.

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Trevon Ellis spent years building up his north Minneapolis barbershop, the Fade Factory, luring customers with smart haircuts, snacks and friendly conversation.

It took just one terrible night to destroy it all.

"Inside is totally burned down," Ellis says. "Everything was burned to a crisp."

The recent wave of protests against police brutality has left a trail of chaos and destruction in many city neighborhoods, with countless businesses looted and damaged.

There's something about the video of the George Floyd killing that makes it very specific to the Twin Cities.

The video shows a white police killings seen nationwide — but there's a third identifiable person: an Asian American officer seen running interference with the crowd and standing watch. He's now-former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, a Hmong American — which is how you know this isn't "any" city. It's Minneapolis.

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