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Cirque du Soleil cancels North Carolina shows over transgender law

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Cirque du Soleil is canceling shows in North Carolina over a new state law that it called discriminatory, the performance group said on Friday, becoming the latest entertainment act to take a stance against the measure.

“The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all … Cirque du Soleil believes in equality for all,” the group said in an online statement.

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The decision affects performance scheduled through July in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh. Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and rock star Bruce Springsteen also have canceled concerts in the state in protest of the law.

The measure passed last month requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender and prohibits local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

More than 160 business executives have signed a Human Rights Campaign letter pushing for the law’s repeal, and PayPal Holdings and Deutsche Bank halted plans to add jobs in the state.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins, additional reporting by Daniel Wallis; editing by Chris Reese and Grant McCool)


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BUSTED: Cops fired for framing Stormy Daniels reportedly arrested on federal corruption charges

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On Tuesday, the Scioto Valley Guardian reported that two former Columbus police officers for the vice unit have been arrested on a number of federal charges.

Ex-Officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster are the same officers who allegedly conspired to frame porn star Stormy Daniels, who became a national name after suing to get out of a nondisclosure agreement negotiated by President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen to bury the story of Trump's sexual affair with her.

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Authorities searching for spring breakers who flew from Cabo on private plane with 28 COVID-19 victims

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Texas authorities are on the lookout for a group of spring breakers who returned from Cabo San Lucas testing positive for the coronavirus.

According to Alyssa Goard at KXAN News, public health officials announced Tuesday that about a week and a half ago, about 70 students in their 20's flew back to the United States on a chartered plane while others used commercial flights. There are 28 youth from the trip who have tested positive for COVID-19.

"Austin Public Health and UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every spring breaker onboard the plane using flight manifest from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 28 confirmed cases are self-isolating at this time. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested. The Department of State Health Services has been notified.

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Trump’s schedule is empty because he’s spending his days chatting with titans of industry, world leaders, and celebrities

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President Donald Trump isn't jetting off aboard Air Force One every few days to preside over MAGA and KAG campaign rallies anymore, now that his pandemic is keeping much of the nation – including the president – at home. World leaders have stopped calling – at least in person – so his televised Oval Office diatribes have come to an end, at least temporarily.

Trump's calendar has been looking pretty empty these days (not a dramatic change from pre-pandemic days.)

Here's Trump's public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don't include all of a president's activities.) pic.twitter.com/dst1Nybqbg

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