Several hundred protesters blocked traffic on a Los Angeles motorway on Wednesday, attacking two California Highway Patrol vehicles, in a demonstration over the death of an unarmed black man who was being taken into custody by police in Minneapolis. The protesters gathered near Los Angeles City Hall, then marched through city streets before streaming on to a nearby freeway.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reportedly signed a letter of intent to sell his Los Angeles properties. Developer Ardie Tavangarian will be the buyer, reports Business Insider. The LLC intends to combine the properties to form a single development. The LLC will also handle all aspects of architecture, construction, and design. Tavangarian, a renowned developer and designer, purchased the properties for an undisclosed amount.
A career woman who married her female best friend - before they fell pregnant "in tandem" using a £72 home insemination kit and a sperm donor found online - describes their babies as "almost twins," as they were born three days apart.Inseparable after meeting at school in Venezuela, South America, Karina Rincon, 31, and Kelly Mesa, 32, then moved to the USA after graduating - living all around the vast country separately, before connecting in Miami, Florida, when they settled there in 2013.Both successful biomedical engineers, until then they had only dated men, but after confessing their true feelings, they became a couple and married in September 2017, when their thoughts turned to starting a family.Priced out of expensive IVF clinics, they bought a £72 home artificial insemination kit, before finding a sperm donor online and doubling their chances of having a baby by both trying - never thinking they would each fall pregnant on their first attempt.Now living as a family of four in Los Angeles, California, after Kelly gave birth to baby Leo on July 7, 2019, and her wife to his sister Sophie just three days later, Karina said: “I’m really glad we didn’t go into labour at the same time."That was a worry of ours, but thankfully, being three days apart meant that I could be there when Leo was born and Kelly could when Sophie was."
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A new strain of the novel coronavirus is rapidly spreading from Europe to the US. According to Business Insider, a new study says the virus is more infectious than its predecessor but is not making people any sicker than before. According to Business Insider, researchers call the new strain G614 and the previous strain D614. One researcher says the new mutation is "now the dominant form infecting people." The US has reported a total of 2,795,437 cases of the disease.
California continues to battle a spike in coronavirus cases. Business Insider reports California has banned people from singing or chanting in places of worship. Early in the virus battle California was praised for its successful early response. Now the state has recently experienced record-highs in new cases. On May 25, California started to allow churches to reopen with safety guidelines. This week, it updated its guidelines to advise against singing.
Instacart has raised another $100 million in funding. Business Insider reports that the $100 million will be added to the $225 million it raised in June. The company is valued at $13.8 billion. Instacart has been growing quickly during the coronavirus pandemic because more consumers opt for online grocery delivery. This new funding will allow the company to scale the business further.
Kroger is giving its employees access to an at-home COVID-19 testing kit. Employees will video chat with a medical professional while taking the test to ensure proper sample collection. Employees will then send the test sample to a lab via overnight shipping. They will receive results within 24 to 48 hours, according to Business Insider. Kroger is giving its employees access to the free at-home COVID-19 tests starting this week.
Financial planning isn't about making perfect decisions with your money. No one is perfect and mistakes are bound to happen. Business Insider spoke to financial experts and compiled a list of simple things people can do to protect their finances. Get control over preparedness and reaction. If it's hard to save, try setting up micro-goals to hold yourself accountable every day. Money management is an ongoing task, and people are better off striving for consistency than perfection.
Law enforcement has kept tabs on demonstrators since anti-police-brutality protests first broke out after the death of George Floyd. According to Business Insider, leaked documents reveal police exchanged protesters' Twitter handles. They also monitored protest plans in private Slack and Telegram channels, and kept lists of people who responded to protest events on Facebook. Records also show law enforcement focusing heavily on perceived threats against officers' lives posted to social media.
Former President Barack Obama has brought "solace" to George Floyd's family. Obama and Floyd's family had an emotional 25-minute phone call recently, reports Business Insider. Al Sharpton spoke with the New York Times, revealing some of the finer details. "I want you to have hope. I want you to know that Michelle and I will do anything you want me to do." Obama The call shows how powerful Obama's role remains in American public life.
One of the four former white Minneapolis police officers who were charged over the death of George Floyd, 46, a black man whose death in custody set off protests for police reform and racial justice, was released on bail on Wednesday. Ryan Brooks reports.
Demonstrators have set fire to a US police station after video emerged online showing a police officer kneeling on the throat of black man who later died. A Minneapolis Police Department spokesman said the protesters broke into the 3rd precinct station, which has become the scene of numerous demonstrations by those angered at the video showing 46-year-old George Floyd's arrest.
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No formal charges have been filed in the George Floyd case following two days of violent protests in Minneapolis, but the U.S. attorney said the investigation was a "top priority." Freddie Joyner has more.