CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 8,270,573 and the nation’s death toll stands at 220,955, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A rise in COVID-19 cases in the Northeast has prompted officials in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to urge their residents to not travel between the three states. California said announced major theme parks including Disneyland would not be opening anytime soon.
TRUMP HAS FOREIGN BANK ACCOUNTS… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump maintains a bank account in China, dealing a blow to the president’s warnings that his Democratic rival Joe Biden is soft on China. According to the report, Trump also has bank accounts in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The China account is operated by Trump International Hotels Management LLC, and paid $188,561 in taxes to the country between 2013 and 2015, according to the Times.
PARENTS OF 545 SEPARATED MINORS CAN’T BE FOUND… Lawyers representing migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border say they have been unable to locate the parents of 545 minors. A court filing obtained by NBC News revealed that he Department of Homeland Security has deported the parents of two-thirds of those children to Central America without reuniting them with their children. The separations were made as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy until last year, when it was ended by executive order and a federal judge ordered separated families reunited.
FORMER RNC FUNDRAISER PLEADS GUILTY… Former Republican National Committee deputy finance chairman Elliott Broidy pleaded guilty yesterday to illegal lobbying for attempting to use his influence to end a federal investigation into a Malaysian bank engaged in money laundering. He admitted conspiring to accept millions after helping to secretly lobby the Trump administration on behalf of Malaysian and Chinese interests. Broidy, who was convicted in 2009 on public corruption and bribery charges in New York, has agreed to pay a $6.6 million fine and faces a prison sentence of up to five years.
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES GOOGLE… The Justice Department has filed a massive antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming the company uses its market power to outcompete rivals. Google already had to pay $9 million in fines after European regulators accused it of disadvantaging rivals. The Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission also have antitrust investigations into Amazon, Apple, and Facebook.
TWO FINAL ‘FAST AND FURIOUS’ FILMS… Universal Pictures announced plans yesterday for two final movies in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. The two additions follow “F9,” which is currently in post-production and premieres next Memorial Day. “F9” features a core cast led by Vin Diesel and includes newcomers John Cena, Helen Mirren, Cardi B and Ozuna.
SPENCER DAVIS DIES… British rocker Spencer Davis died Monday at a California hospital following treatment of pneumonia. He was 81. Davis co-founded the 1960s beat band The Spencer Davis Group, which bore his name but featured vocals by Steve Winwood. The group released its first No. 1 single, a cover of “Keep On Running,” in 1965. The Spencer Davis Group was also known for the songs “Gimme Some Lovin'” and “I’m a Man.” The group disbanded in 1969 but reunited and released two more albums in the 1970s. In more recent years, Davis performed as The Spencer Davis Group with new lineups.
WORLD SERIES GAME 1…
L.A. DODGERS 8 – Tampa Bay 3… The Dodgers cruised past the Rays in the 2020 World Series opener. Cody Bellinger opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and Max Muncy knocked in two runs. Mookie Belts energized the victory with two stolen bases and a solo home run. Starter Clayton Kershaw allowed just a run on two hits over six innings. Lefthander Blake Snell gets the start for Tampa Bay in tonight’s Game 2. L.A. didn’t announce its starter. First pitch is set for 8:08 p.m.