- via gamespot.comHalo: The Master Chief Collection is changing its progression system for the upcoming Season 2 update. Developer 343 Industries announced that it will soon begin to allow people to purchase "seasonal items." [Update: following the publication of this story, Microsoft removed the word "purchase" from its blog post, so it seems microtransactions may not be coming to MCC]MCC currently has a battle pass-style progression system that players grind through gameplay to unlock new stuff. However, the up
- Voters in Tokyo went to the polls on Sunday to elect their governor, with incumbent Yuriko Koike forecast to clinch a victory, as Japan's capital struggles with rebounding coronavirus infections and prepares for next year's Olympics.The metropolis accounts for 11% of Japan's population, but has represented half of the country's daily infections in recent weeks.Koike, who became Tokyo's first woman governor in 2016, saw her popularity surge this year as her straight-talking approach to the outbre
- The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.Across the country, virus fears dampened or nixed Main Street parades, backyard barbecues and family reunions on a day when Americans typically celebrate their 1776 declaration of independence from Britain.Instead of adopting a unifying tone, Trump -- facing a tough re-electi
- President’s White House speech capping 4 July celebrations says US coronavirus strategy is ‘moving along well’* Coronavirus latest updates* See all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump has celebrated independence day with a string of false and misleading claims attempting to play down the coronavirus pandemic and warning that China will be “held accountable”.The US president staged a “Salute to America” jamboree on the south lawn of the White House with
- Fresh off an astonishingly incendiary speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday night, President Trump picked up where he left off on Saturday and took aim at the media—bizarrely claiming that journalists who call out racism somehow “slander” the entire country and all U.S. military veterans. “To those in the media, who falsely and consistently label their opponents as racists, who condemn patriotic citizens...When you level these false charges, you not only slander me, you not
- Indian-born Dadabhai Naoroji was the first Asian to sit in the House of Commons.
- via politico.comHealth experts fear coronavirus cases will continue to climb after the July 4 weekend.
- via politico.comAgainst a backdrop of tensions over Confederate monuments, Trump's executive order hits at a main theme of his reelection campaign.
- Mexico topped 30,000 COVID-19 deaths Saturday, overtaking France as the country with the fifth-highest death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began.Officials reported 523 more confirmed coronavirus deaths for the day, bringing the nation's total to 30,366 for the pandemic.Mexico's total confirmed infections rose by almost 6,000 to 251,165, about on par with Spain, the eighth highest caseload.
- Shannon LaNier, a TV host in Houston, is pictured in a photo in Smithsonian Magazine alongside his direct ancestor, Thomas Jefferson.
- The World Health Organization is discontinuing its trials of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine - and a combination HIV drug - in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.Saturday's setback came as the WHO reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day.But the WHO on Saturday said the decision does not affect other studies where those drugs are used for non-hospitalized patients or as a prophylaxis.Last month the U.S.
- Florida reported 11,458 new coronavirus cases Saturday, it highest daily tally yet, nearly tying New York's high of 11,571 in April.
A Nigerian Instagram star conspired to launder millions of dollars while flaunting his 'extravagant lifestyle' on social media, prosecutors allegeAlleged scammer, "Ray Hushpuppi," 37, is facing charges related to his role as "key player in a large, transnational conspiracy," prosecutors said.
- Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked nationwide protests
- A pared-down LGBT Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, without the colourful trucks blasting out techno music but with powerful slogans demanding racial equality and protesting against police violence.The French capital's official Pride parade was postponed to November because of the coronavirus epidemic, but organisers decided to hold a march they said should be more politically driven and support the "Black Lives Matter" movement."Because of COVID, the norm
Protester Blamed ‘Black Man’ for Giving Her Molotov Cocktail Gear. Then Cops Found Note From a White Painter.When 27-year-old Samantha Shader was first arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at police, she told detectives that the supplies—including glass bottles—were given to her by a group of Black men and women, according to federal court records.But weeks later, on Friday, police arrested a white man who admitted to providing the materials, 29-year-old Timothy Amerman. According to court records and a Facebook page that appears to belong to Amerman, he works as a painter in
- The coronavirus crisis and the budget shortfall the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is facing, somehow have turned in favor of immigrants with open processes, who must support their visa, green card and citizenship applications with more evidence or documents.
An antifa hoax about a 'peaceful flag burning to resist police' riled up right-wing groups in Gettysburg for no reasonDespite local news outlets and independent fact checkers debunking claims of a flag burning planned for July 4th, some protesters still showed up.
A new strain of coronavirus is more infectious but doesn't make people any sicker than before, according to a global studyOne of the researchers who worked on the study told CNN that the new mutation is "now the dominant form infecting people."
- Likeability matters. It’s not everything, of course, and Joe Biden has weaknesses. But the 2020 contest is not a race between two people with similar high negative ratings, and that may matter to the public in November — it certainly could help explain Biden’s lead in the polls.
- China on Saturday accused Canada of meddling after Ottawa said it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong to protest a tough new national security law imposed there by Beijing.In a statement published on the website of the Chinese embassy in Ottawa, a spokesperson denounced what he said were Canada's "unwarranted comments" on the new law, saying Canadian leaders had "grossly interfered in China's internal affairs.""Some Western countries including Canada have been meddling in Hong K
- via gamespot.comJuly is here, and it's shaping up to be another busy month for Pokemon Go. On top of all the in-game events Niantic has lined up over the next few weeks, a new batch of Field Research tasks is now live, and if you complete enough of them, you'll earn a new Research Breakthrough reward: Larvitar.Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough in July, your reward will be an encounter with Larvitar, the base form of the powerful Tyranitar. There's also a chance that the Larvitar you encounter will b
- The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on July 3 compared with its previous report a day earlier.The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
- A judge says Garrett Rolfe is not a flight risk, granting bond to the ex-Atlanta police off'icer charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks' shooting.
- The president will leave the playing field to Pence and the administration's public health officials.
- Biden's video message came hours after President Trump accused protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history."
Billy Graham, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass: Who Trump wants in the 'National Garden of American Heroes'Trump's order says the "National Garden of American Heroes," should feature Harriet Tubman, Billy Graham and Frederick Douglass among others.
- The Iranian Defense Ministry announced that it has acquired three new drones that are capable of flying almost 1,000 miles and from an altitude of up to 45,000 feet
- In a call-back to simpler times—before the unprecedented global pandemic and nationwide civil unrest—supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have co-opted a notorious joke made by President Trump four years ago on the campaign trail.The year was 2016, and there were just two weeks until the Iowa caucuses. Reality-TV star and real-estate mogul Donald Trump was the Republican frontrunner, and he was, well, confident about his chances.“I could stand in the middle
- Saturday’s update on new confirmed COVID-19 cases from the Florida Department of Health reflected the state, Miami-Dade and Broward record new single-day highs, rocketing past previous peaks.
Follow @GamesUKnews on Twitter!