Mar 18, 2019

French cities ban yellow vest protests after Champs-Élysées violence

Protesters on the Champs-Élysées on March 16. Photo: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Following destructive riots on the Champs-Élysées this Saturday, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that the government is placing a ban on yellow vest protests in some French cities (Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse) and will be replacing Paris' police chief, AP reports.

Between the lines: After the 18th straight weekend of protests, the government is seeking new ways to quell the movement amid criticism its police force has been mishandling rioters by not intervening when things turn violent, France 24 reports. French law enforcement tends to shy from direct engagement with protesters to avoid accusations they've used excessive force; instead they favor deploying tear gas. French President Emmanuel Macron has called a summit with his top officials to strategize on how to handle the riots moving forward.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Live updates: CDC confirms possible community spread of coronavirus

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

U.S. clinicians have found the novel coronavirus in a person who did not recently return from a foreign country nor have contact with a confirmed case, the CDC said Tuesday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response


President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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