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Friday May 29th, 2020 morning edition

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(CNN) Surveillance video from outside a Minneapolis restaurant appears to contradict police claims that George Floyd resisted arrest before an officer knelt on his neck.

Floyd's death this week sparked protests across the country after video emerged that shows the 46-year-old black man handcuffed and on the ground saying, "I can't breathe," as a police officer holds him down with a knee on his neck.

All four officers involved in the incident have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department.

But that has not quieted calls for them to face criminal charges.

Earlier this week, police said in a statement they were responding to an alleged forgery Monday evening and that Floyd "physically resisted officers.".

But surveillance footage from the nearby Dragon Wok restaurant shows the first point of contact between Floyd and officers.

While there are several minutes where Floyd's interactions cannot be seen from the camera's vantage point, the footage does not appear to support the assertion that Floyd resisted arrest. »

‘If You Say You Can’t Breathe, You’re Breathing’: Mississippi Mayor Defends Officers Involved in George Floyd’s Arrest

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He could repeatedly be heard crying out, “I can’t breathe,” before he eventually lost consciousness.

The officers involved in the horrific incident were fired on Wednesday, but mayor Hal Marx of Petal, Mississippi, took a different approach, defending their actions in a series of since-deleted tweets.

Petal Mayor Hal Marx is under fire for now deleted comments on Facebook and Twitter regarding George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. »

New Zealand Discharges Its Last COVID Patient From The Hospital

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New Zealand has no COVID patients in hospital, the last one is discharged as the nation goes 6 days without any new case.

Auckland| New Zealand has zero COVID-19 patients in the hospital and has not registered a new case for 6 days, the health ministry said today.

The last hospital patient was discharged in Auckland overnight in the latest mark of victory for New Zealand’s internationally-praised response to the pandemic. »

If Trump kicks out Twitter, there's always Germany

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BERLIN (Reuters) - If U.S. President Donald Trump goes ahead with his threat to close Twitter, the micro-blogging site can always relocate to Germany.

After Trump threatened to shut down Twitter for advising its users to fact-check his tweets, a senior German official suggested in a light-hearted tweet that the California-based company would be better off in Europe.

But Europe’s largest economy is also keen to establish itself as a hub for tech entrepreneurship and Twitter Inc would be the ultimate catch. »

Regulation by Shaming: Deterrence Effects of Publicizing Violations of Workplace Safety and Health Laws

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In 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began issuing press releases about facilities that violated safety and health regulations.

Using quasi-random variation arising from a cutoff rule OSHA followed, I find that publicizing a facility's violations led other facilities to substantially improve their compliance and experience fewer occupational injuries.

OSHA would need to conduct 210 additional inspections to achieve the same improvement in compliance as achieved with a single press release. »