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Florida sued by tech companies over law to ban social media content blocking

On Thursday, two groups representing online companies such as Twitter and Facebook sued the state of Florida over a new law that seeks to punish large social media platforms if they remove content or ban politicians.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that will allow the state to fine large social media sites if they inactivate a statewide politician’s account and will let any Floridian sue those companies if they feel like they’ve been treated unfairly. NetChoice, a lobbying firm that represents Twitter, Facebook and other online companies, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association sued, saying the law violates First Amendment rights.

The law, which goes into effect July 1, calls for a $250,000 a day fine if a statewide political candidate’s account is inactivated, and $25,000 a day if they remove an account of someone running for a local office. The law also gives Florida’s attorney general authority to sue companies under the state’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and allows individual Floridians to sue social media companies for up to $100,000 if they feel they’ve been treated unfairly.

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Senate Republicans make revised counteroffer of $928 billion infrastructure spending

Senate Republicans announced Thursday their revised counteroffer of a $928 billion infrastructure spending plan. President Biden had reduced his initial infrastructure proposal by $600 billion — down from $1.7 trillion — in his latest compromise to Republicans. The president said he wanted at least $1 trillion in an infrastructure plan over an eight-year period. Biden said Thursday that he plans to meet next week about the counteroffer with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., who’s leading the Senate GOP’s negotiating team.

Republicans said their plan will not require a tax increase, adding that they oppose Biden’s support for raising corporate taxes that is part of the White House proposal. The GOP plan proposes $506 billion for roads, $98 billion for public transit, $46 billion for passenger and freight rail and more than $72 billion for water infrastructure. The plan also calls for spending $65 billion for broadband, $56 billion for airports and $22 billion for ports and waterways.

At a press conference earlier Thursday, Senator Capito said the plan delivers on what Biden had asked for in earlier talks on a compromise proposal. She said the GOP proposal sticks to “core infrastructure” spending, a Republican priority to stick to traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. “Senate Republicans continue to negotiate in good faith,” Capito said at the press conference.

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Senate Republicans make infrastructure counteroffer to Biden of $928 billion

Senate Republicans announced Thursday their revised counteroffer of a $928 billion infrastructure spending plan. President Biden had reduced his initial infrastructure proposal by $600 billion — down from $1.7 trillion — in his latest compromise to Republicans. The president said he wanted at least $1 trillion in an infrastructure plan over an eight-year period. Biden said Thursday that he plans to meet next week about the counteroffer with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., who’s leading the Senate GOP’s negotiating team.

Republicans said their plan will not require a tax increase, adding that they oppose Biden’s support for raising corporate taxes that is part of the White House proposal. The GOP plan proposes $506 billion for roads, $98 billion for public transit, $46 billion for passenger and freight rail and more than $72 billion for water infrastructure. The plan also calls for spending $65 billion for broadband, $56 billion for airports and $22 billion for ports and waterways.

At a press conference earlier Thursday, Senator Capito said the plan delivers on what Biden had asked for in earlier talks on a compromise proposal. She said the GOP proposal sticks to “core infrastructure” spending, a Republican priority to stick to traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. “Senate Republicans continue to negotiate in good faith,” Capito said at the press conference.

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Senate Republicans make infrastructure counteroffer to Biden of $928 billion

 

Senate Republicans announced Thursday their revised counteroffer of a $928 billion infrastructure spending plan. President Biden had reduced his initial infrastructure proposal by $600 billion — down from $1.7 trillion — in his latest compromise to Republicans. The president said he wanted at least $1 trillion in an infrastructure plan over an eight-year period. Biden said Thursday that he plans to meet next week about the counteroffer with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va., who’s leading the Senate GOP’s negotiating team.

Republicans said their plan will not require a tax increase, adding that they oppose Biden’s support for raising corporate taxes that is part of the White House proposal. The GOP plan proposes $506 billion for roads, $98 billion for public transit, $46 billion for passenger and freight rail and more than $72 billion for water infrastructure. The plan also calls for spending $65 billion for broadband, $56 billion for airports and $22 billion for ports and waterways.

At a press conference earlier Thursday, Senator Capito said the plan delivers on what Biden had asked for in earlier talks on a compromise proposal. She said the GOP proposal sticks to “core infrastructure” spending, a Republican priority to stick to traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. “Senate Republicans continue to negotiate in good faith,” Capito said at the press conference.

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Brooklyn Nets’ Jeff Green out for at least 10 days with plantar fascia injury

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash said Thursday that veteran forward Jeff Green has been diagnosed with a strained plantar fascia, and will be reevaluated in 10 days. The injury will at least keep Green out through the rest of the first-round series, with Game 7 scheduled for June 5 if necessary.

Green suffered the injury in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics and played just 12 minutes in Game 2, with six points and one steal in the Nets’ 130-108 win. The 34-year-old has appeared in 68 games while making 38 starts, averaged 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game during the regular season, while his 41.2 three-point percentage was the best of his career.

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NY Mets’ pitcher Noah Syndergaard to miss 6 weeks because of elbow inflammation

NY Mets manager Luis Rojas says that right-hander Noah Syndergaard will not throw for six weeks after an MRI revealed right elbow inflammation. Syndergaard, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, was just a few weeks away from rejoining the Mets before he left his second rehab start with Class A St. Lucie after just one inning.  Said Rojas: “It’s tough but all in all it’s good to hear there’s no structural damage in the UCL. Let’s see this work with the six weeks without throwing. We pray that he can pitch for us this year.”

Additional delays in Syndergaard’s rehab will likely cost a second straight season and perhaps bring an end to his time in New York. The 28-year-old is eligible for free agency after the season. Rojas said he hasn’t “really thought about” the possibility of Syndergaard not pitching again for the Mets, adding, “Right now, just being in the middle of the season, I’m looking forward to having everyone healthy at some point.”

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President Biden asks to have intelligence agencies further investigate origins of COVID-19

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he has asked the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to find the likely origins of COVID-19 and provide him with a report within 90 days. Biden said that questions continue to grow about whether the coronavirus was caused by an accident in a Chinese laboratory or if it developed from human contact from an infected animal. Biden said in a statement, “I have also asked that this effort include work by our national labs and other agencies of our government to augment the intelligence community’s efforts.” 

Biden said he’s asked for further inquiries that may be required, including specific questions for China. The President added that the U.S. intelligence community has “coalesced around two likely scenarios,” but “had not reached a definitive conclusion.” Most of the intelligence community lean toward the likelihood that the virus emerged from human contact with an infected animal, however others lean towards the possibility of a laboratory accident.  Said Biden: “The majority of the intelligence community members do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other. The United States will also keep working with like-minded partners around the world to press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.”

Republicans senators questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, about the lab leak theory at a Senate appropriations committee hearing Wednesday. Fauci said he still believes the virus occurred naturally, but supported the idea that investigations should continue to determine what happened.

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Gunman dead, 8 others killed in mass shooting at San Jose, CA rail yard

At least eight people were killed during a shooting at the VTA light rail yard in San Jose, California. Police spokesman Russell Davis said the gunman, an employee at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail hub. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the gunman took his own life. The suspect was identified as Samuel J. Cassidy, 57, who has been licensed with the Bureau of Automotive Repair as a smog check repair technician since 2003. He previously worked for a car dealership in the city. Around the same time of the shooting, the San Jose Fire Department responded to a large structure fire at an address listed to Cassidy.

The VTA runs three light rail lines covering more than 40 miles, and also operates 70 bus lines in the region. The incident also marks the Santa Clara County’s second mass shooting in less than two years. In 2019, a gunman opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people and wounding 17 others.  California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted: “We are in close contact with local law enforcement and monitoring this situation closely.”

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Angels’ Mickey Callaway fired and banned from MLB until at least end of 2022 season after sexual misconduct allegations

 In a statement released Wednesday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway was placed on MLB’s ineligible list through the end of the 2022 season after the league’s investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct, concluding during their investigation that Calloway “violated MLB’s policies and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted.”  MLB said Callaway’s placement on the ineligible list is immediate, and he will be eligible to apply for potential reinstatement at the end of the 2022 campaign.  The Angels issued a follow-up statement announcing the firing of Callaway as pitching coach, adding: “We appreciate Major League Baseball’s diligent investigation and support their decision.”
Callaway said in a press release: “My family and I fully support MLB’s strong stance against harassment and discrimination and are grateful to the Commissioner and his office for their thorough investigation. I apologize to the women who shared with investigators any interaction that made them feel uncomfortable. To be clear, I never intended to make anyone feel this way and didn’t understand that these interactions might do that or violate MLB policies. However, those are my own blind spots, and I take responsibility for the consequences. In my 25 years in professional baseball I have never taken for granted the privilege of being even a small part of this great game of ours. To say I regret my past poor choices would be an understatement. I remain hopeful that I can return to baseball when eligible at the conclusion of next season, but for now, I plan to work on my own shortcomings and repairing any damage I have caused with my colleagues and, particularly, my family.”
Five anonymous women, all of whom work in sports media, accused Callaway of inappropriate behavior earlier this year. According to the women. The alleged behavior spanned nearly five years and his employment with three organizations, including his time as the Cleveland Indians’ pitching coach and manager of the New York Mets.  The Angels, who hired Callaway as the team’s pitching coach after the 2019 season, suspended Callaway in February.

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Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson to face Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau for “The Match”

The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that Buccaneers’ QB Tom Brady will team-up with Phil Mickelson for a golf battle against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau this summer in the fourth edition of The Match. Capital One’s The Match airs at 5 p.m. EDT July 6 from the Reserve at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Mont. The event, which takes place on a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, airs on TNT. The Match format started when Mickelson bested Tiger Woods in a head-to-head battle in 2018 in Las Vegas. Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning then beat Mickelson and Brady in the second edition of the celebrity showdown in 2020 in Hobe Sound, Fla. The Match format features the golfers on live mics as they exchange banter and trash talk throughout the competition. Players will alternate shots in the match play event.

Mickelson tweeted Wednesday: “It’s game time! My partner Tom Brady and I are back and ready to settle some unfinished business. See you in Montana, Aaron Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau.” Brady tweeted Wednesday:Two old guys against the young bucks. Bryson better get used to laying up because we know Aaron Rodgers isn’t going for it.” DeChambeau tweeted: “Can’t wait to unleash the beast in Big Sky. Get your popcorn ready, this is going to be epic.”

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