Andrew Brown Jr., Apple court date, New York municipal workers: 5 things you need to know Monday – USA TODAY

Andrew Brown Jr., Apple court date, New York municipal workers: 5 things you need to know Monday – USA TODAY


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Funeral to be held for Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina

Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at Monday’s funeral for Andrew Brown Jr., who was killed by sheriff’s deputies serving search and arrest warrants at his Elizabeth City home on April 21. Brown, a Black man, was shot five times, including once fatally in the back of his head, according to an autopsy commissioned by his family. Protesters have taken to the streets after a judge ruled against the release of bodycam footage from the shooting.

Grand Canyon National Park seeks to reduce bison population

Hunters can apply starting Monday to participate in a controlled bison hunt inside Grand Canyon National Park this fall. Federal officials want to reduce the park’s herd by 200 animals, citing damaged water sources, trampled vegetation and harmed archaeological sites. The bison are not native and are descended from a herd brought to the area 115 years ago. Despite the possible benefits of a hunt, some experts are concerned the initiative could open the floodgates for more hunting in national parks around the country. Applicants must pass a marksmanship proficiency test – put three of five shots in a 4-inch circle at 100 yards.

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Apple and ‘Fortnite’ publisher Epic Games head to court over App Store

A legal showdown between Apple and Fortnite publisher Epic Games gets underway Monday in federal court in Oakland, California. The lawsuit stems from Epic’s move last August to allow players of its mobile games to directly pay for downloads and bypass the Apple App Store and Google Play store. Epic said it was effectively giving players a discount because Apple and Google each take a 30% cut of most purchases made in their online stores. Apple and Google then pulled “Fortnite” from their stores, leading Epic to sue both companies, charging that their app stores are anti-competitive and monopolistic. The trial is expected to last four weeks.

New York City municipal workers begin to return to offices

About 80,000 municipal employees who have been working remotely during the pandemic will return to their offices starting Monday. “We’re going to make it safe, but we need our city workers back in their offices where they can do the most to help their fellow New Yorkers, and it’s also going to send a powerful message about this city moving forward,” Democratic mayor Bill De Blasio said, promising strict safety measures. The workforce of about 300,000 city employees includes many like police officers and firefighters who can’t work from home.

Two weather systems bring threat of flash flooding, drastic temperature changes across US

Part of the Southern Plains, the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and the middle to lower Mississippi Valley will be under threat of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding Monday and Tuesday as a storm that soaked previously dry regions of Texas over the weekend moves slowly northeast to start the week. Rain and strong storms made their way across Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and southern Missouri Sunday evening as the storm made its way through the area. A second weather threat is expected to develop over the Rockies into Monday, delivering wet snow to the higher elevations of Colorado and Wyoming and rain to parts of the northern and central Plains, the National Weather Service said. The fast-moving system will then head toward the Midwest, where cities like Omaha, Nebraska, and Minneapolis will experience temperature dips of up to 15 degrees below the norm for early May.



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