Editor’s Note: This listicle is part of a weekly series by The Ball State Daily News summarizing five stories from across the United States. All summaries are based on stories published by The Associated Press.
A poll reflecting the unhappiness in the U.S. in 2020, Atlanta mayor’s vow to change use of force by police officers, changes to policing being sought by President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans, a partial rebound for U.S. retail sales and the Academy Awards being delayed make up this week’s five national stories.
2020 has been rough on the American psyche with people more unhappy today than they’ve been in nearly 50 years. This conclusion comes from the COVID Response Tracking Study, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. It finds that just 14 percent of American adults say they’re very happy, down from 31 percent who said the same in 2018. That year, 23 percent said they’d often or sometimes felt isolated in recent weeks. Now, 50 percent say that.
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Atlanta’s mayor is vowing to change police use-of-force policies and require officers to receive continuous training in how to deescalate situations before consequences become fatal. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced her plans after the police killing of a black man, Rayshard Brooks, outside a fast-food restaurant Friday touched off more large protests in the city. The mayor said she’ll require officers to intervene if they see a colleague using excessive force.
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President Donald Trump is set to announce executive actions on police procedures and Senate Republicans are preparing a package of policing changes as the GOP rushes to respond to mass demonstrations over the deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans. It’s a sudden shift for the Republican Party, warily watched by Democrats, showing how quickly mass protests over police violence and racial prejudice are transforming national politics.
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U.S. retail sales jumped by a record 17.7 percent from April to May, with spending partially rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months. The government’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales have retraced some of the record-setting month-to-month plunges of March (8.3 percent) and April (14.7 percent) as businesses have increasingly reopened.
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For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s effects on the movie industry. The Academy’s Board of Governors also decided to extend the eligibility window beyond the calendar year to Feb. 28, 2021, for feature films.
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