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Another eight sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have again tested positive for the coronavirus after having gone through at least two weeks of isolation and testing negative twice in a row before being allowed to return to the ship, bringing the total number to 13 sailors. The cases are raising questions about if a second infection or a relapse is possible, as well as about the accuracy of the testing. Infections with the virus could possibly be at such a low level that it's not detected by the test.
➤REPORT: STATE DEPT. I-G FIRED BY TRUMP WAS PROBING IF POMPEO HAD STAFFER DO PERSONAL ERRANDS: The State Department inspector general fired by President Trump on Friday night, Steve Linick, was investigating if Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a staffer do personal errands for him and his wife, including walking his dog, picking up his dry cleaning, and making dinner reservations for the couple, CNN said Sunday, citing a Democratic aide. It was previously reported that Pompeo had recommended that Linick be removed. The firing was the latest of a string of recent dismissals by Trump of independent government watchdogs who do administration oversight. The move drew bipartisan criticism from Congress, including from Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who's long championed inspectors general. But Republican Senator Ron Johnson told CNN yesterday that White House officials had explained the reason for Linick's firing to him and he understood it, but he wouldn't elaborate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on CBS' Face the Nation that she hadn't been given any additional reasoning, calling the firing "very unsavory."
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➤13 SHOT AT LOUISIANA MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thirteen people were shot at an impromptu memorial service Saturday night (May 16th) in a vacant lot in Bogalusa, Louisiana. No one was killed, but one victim was in critical condition. Police said they believe the shots were fired from a car that drove by. No arrests have been made. A large group of people had gathered to remember a man named Dominique James, who was missing for several days before being found dead inside his vehicle in a wooded area on May 8th in what police consider a homicide. The gathering was held after James' family was told they couldn't have a regular memorial service because of coronavirus stay-at-home orders.