California beaches back in business for Memorial Day weekend – Los Angeles Times

On Memorial Day weekend, California beaches draw crowds, but officials say there have been no major problems so far.

Memorial Day weekend brought crowds to beaches, trails and parks, but officials said that for the most part there were no major problems and that most people appeared to be following social distancing rules.

Health officials have said this holiday weekend will be a big test of whether California can ease stay-at-home restrictions while continuing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Overall, officials said there were no major problems are beaches, though some places like the Venice Boardwalk saw dense crowds with some not wearing masks.

Officials closed Eaton Canyon Natural Areas & Trails for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend amid concerns that crowded conditions could pose health risks. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation said the area was shuttered “due to overwhelming crowds that were not following the COVID-19 public health requirements.”

Source: California beaches back in business for Memorial Day weekend – Los Angeles Times

One Person Transported To Hospital After Apartment Fire In Hempfield – CBS Pittsburgh

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – One person was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital after a fire at an apartment building on Humphrey Road in Hempfield Township.

The fire was called in around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The fire was contained to one unit in the building.

Residents of the building were evacuated and no other injuries were reported due to the fire.

According to the property manager, the building is owned by Westmoreland County Human Services.

The condition of the person transported to the hospital is unknown at this time.

Source: One Person Transported To Hospital After Apartment Fire In Hempfield – CBS Pittsburgh

Coronavirus in US: White House announces new travel restrictions on Brazil to limit COVID-19 spread – 6abc Philadelphia

The White House has announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus in Latin America’s hardest-hit country.

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Sunday suspending entry into the U.S. for any individual who has been in Brazil within 14 days immediately preceding their attempt to enter the United States, CNN reported.

The proclamation reads in part, “I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”

Source: Coronavirus in US: White House announces new travel restrictions on Brazil to limit COVID-19 spread – 6abc Philadelphia

Man hospitalized after shooting in Brookline | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

By Mick Stinelli:

A man was taken to the hospital on Sunday after being shot in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood.

Police first received reports of a person shot in the 900 block of Norwich Avenue around 12:15 p.m.

Officers arrived on the scene and discovered the man with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital in stable condition.

No other details were immediately available.

Mick Stinelli: mstinelli@post-gazette.com; 412-263-1869; and on Twitter: @MickStinelli

Source: Man hospitalized after shooting in Brookline | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

As Lawrence Co. Moves Into ‘Green’ Phase, Businesses Feel Left In The Dark About Reopening Guidelines – CBS Pittsburgh

LAWRENCE COUNTY (KDKA/AP) — Businesses in Lawrence County are ready to take the next step of reopening, though there are still questions.

On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf said 17 counties are moving to “green,” the least restrictive phase of his reopening plan, on May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.

In the “green” phase, restaurants and bars, salons and barber shops, gyms, theaters, malls and casinos can all open at 50% capacity, Wolf’s reopening plan says. People will still be asked to wear masks in public and observe social distancing, Wolf said, and concerts, sporting events and other large gatherings “will continue to be restricted.”

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Source: As Lawrence Co. Moves Into ‘Green’ Phase, Businesses Feel Left In The Dark About Reopening Guidelines – CBS Pittsburgh

PennDOT centers to close for holiday | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that all reopened driver’s license and photo centers located in yellow-phase counties will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Source: PennDOT centers to close for holiday | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

Somerset County Memorial Day ceremony will be virtual | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

The Somerset County Memorial Day ceremony, sponsored by the Somerset Memorial Day Committee, will be held virtually this year because of COVID-19 concerns.

Source: County Memorial Day ceremony will be virtual | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

With extra barriers and even more simulation, self-driving cars gear up to start testing again | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In Pittsburgh, Uber, Aurora Innovation, Argo AI and Aptiv are competing to develop self-driving cars quickly and safely.

Most autonomous vehicle companies parked the cars and paused testing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. For safety reasons, companies typically have two people in self-driving cars when they are operating autonomously, making social distancing nearly impossible.

Now, as Pennsylvania moves forward with phased reopening plans, some are revving their engines again.

The nearly two-month pause did not cause delays in development, most companies said. In Pittsburgh, Uber, Aurora Innovation, Argo AI and Aptiv, which recently partnered with Hyundai Motor Group, are competing to develop self-driving cars quickly and safely.

Using simulations to work on their software, security guards to test car sensors and Slack channels to chronicle work-from-home adventures, each company claims to be making progress in the autonomous vehicle race.

Source: With extra barriers and even more simulation, self-driving cars gear up to start testing again | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette