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Legendary talk show host and former CNN interviewer Larry King has Covid-19, according to a source close to the family. King, 87, has been hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than a week, the source said. Due to protocols at the hospital, King's three sons have been unable to visit him, according to the source. King, who has Type 2 diabetes, has confronted a series of medical issues over the years, including several heart attacks and quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. In 2017, King revealed he had been diagnosed with lung cancer and successfully underwent surgery to treat it. He also underwent a procedure in 2019 to address angina. His own medical issues inspired him to start the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, a non-profit aimed at helping those without health insurance afford medical care. King hosted CNN's "Larry King Live" for 25 years, interviewing presidential candidates, celebrities, athletes, movie stars and everyday people. He retired in 2010 after taping more than 6,000 episodes of the show. But he couldn't stay off the airwaves for long. In 2012, he became the host of "Larry King Now," a thrice-weekly show on Ora TV, an on-demand digital network he co-founded with Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim, according to Forbes. Last year, two of King's adult children died within weeks of each other. His son, 65-year-old Andy King, passed away of a heart attack in late July, followed by King's 52-year-old daughter Chaia King, who died in August shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer. King's Twitter feed, @kingsthings, has 2.4 million followers. His most recent tweet was on November 26, when he wished his followers a happy Thanksgiving President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee on Sunday announced there would be a virtual parade after the swearing-in ceremony on Inauguration Day as part of efforts to keep crowds to a minimum amid the coronavirus pandemic. The televised, virtual parade will feature performances in communities across the country, the committee said in a news release, much like the virtual program at the Democratic National Convention, which was forced to go online over the summer in efforts to keep the virus from spreading. "The parade will celebrate America's heroes, highlight Americans from all walks of life in different states and regions, and reflect on the diversity, heritage, and resilience of the country as we begin a new American era," the inaugural committee said in the release. The committee said it would announce participants in the coming weeks. The inaugural committee has urged Americans not to travel for Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' inauguration on January 20. The committee said earlier this month that Biden and Harris would take their oaths of office at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, during a significantly scaled-down ceremony that will feature stringent health and safety protocols. After the swearing-in ceremony, Biden, Harris, incoming first lady Jill Biden and incoming second gentleman Doug Emhoff will participate in a pass in review on the East Front of the US Capitol with members of the military, the committee said on Sunday. "Pass in Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflect the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief, during which the President-elect, hosted by the Commander of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, will review the readiness of military troops. Every branch of the military will be represented in this event," the committee said. Participants will practice social distancing and there will be "vigorous health and safety protocols in place," according to the committee. In another attempt to keep crowds to a minimum, as the death toll in the US continues to climb amid the pandemic, Biden will receive a presidential escort from 15th Street in Washington, DC, to the White House, "providing the American people and world with historic images of the President-elect proceeding to the White House without attracting large crowds and gatherings," according to the committee. The committee said every branch of the military will be represented in the presidential escort, "including The U.S. Army Band, a Joint Service Honor Guard, and the Commander-in-Chief's Guard and Fife and Drum Corps from the 3rd U.S. Infantry 'The Old Guard.'" Last week, the committee announced it would be hosting a national memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to Covid-19 and invited cities and towns around the country to participate. The memorial will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET on January 19 and will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC, the committee said. As coronavirus cases spike across the country, Biden's inaugural committee has said it was consulting with medical experts and that it has hired professional staff to focus on health and safety protocols in order to hold a safe event. Dr. David Kessler, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration who has been advising Biden on the pandemic, has joined the planning committee as its chief medical adviser. In order to pull off the virtual programming, the committee has brought on Stephanie Cutter and Ricky Kirshner as executive producers, and Rod O'Connor as a senior adviser. They will work with other professionals who also helped produce the Democratic convention, as well as past presidential inaugurations, Super Bowl halftime shows and the Tony Awards Two men BASE jumped from the rooftop bar of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Nashville on Friday, causing a "mass panic" among the bar's patrons, police said. Hotel security told police that two men approached the ledge of the rooftop bar on the hotel's 25th floor on Friday evening and jumped off it, according an incident report from Metro Nashville Police. When the men jumped, patrons at the bar started screaming and there was a "mass panic," according to the police report. Witnesses looked over the edge of the building, and saw the two men parachuting across the road to an adjacent parking lot. Once they landed, they got into a parked car and drove off, according to the report. A patron at the bar posted video footage of the incident on social media. BASE jumping is an extreme sport and BASE is an acronym for building, antenna, span and earth. Unlike skydivers, who parachute out of planes, BASE jumpers practice their sport from fixed points like skyscrapers, cliffs or bridges. Hotel security told police they believed the men may have been guests at the hotel and, according to the report, video of the incident was provided to police. The identities of the men are unknown. The rooftop bar is open to both hotel guests and local patrons. The hotel chain confirmed the two men were hotel guests in a statement. A sheriff's deputy and two civilians are being treated for serious injuries at a hospital after a suspected shoplifter opened fire at a Walmart in Sterling, Virginia, northwest of Washington, D.C., authorities said Saturday. The incident began when two loss prevention officers at Walmart allegedly observed a man stealing items from the store and attempted to escort him into an office, according to a statement from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Two deputies responded to try to take the man into custody, the statement said. During a struggle, the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband and allegedly started shooting, hitting both loss prevention officers and one of the two deputies, according to the sheriff's office. Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman spoke to reporters about Saturday's shooting at a Walmart in Sterling, Virginia. Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman spoke to reporters about Saturday's shooting at a Walmart in Sterling, Virginia. The second deputy returned fire, hitting the suspect, authorities said. "I don't know what the injuries were, certainly not severe enough to keep him from running and jumping into a truck and driving away," Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman said. The truck was parked behind the store with the keys in it, according to the sheriff's office. A vehicle chase ensued, and the Fairfax County Police Department, following a lookout alert for a stolen vehicle, apprehended the suspect, the sheriff's office said. The man was taken to a hospital and charges are pending, according to authorities. Chapman said the suspect is a man in his early 20s, according to CNN affiliate WJLA. All the victims' injuries are non-life-threatening, but the deputy was shot and struck several times, Chapman said. Andrew Lu moved to Georgia in 2017. By 2018, he was canvassing for Stacey Abrams' gubernatorial campaign. The 35-year-old, who was working in Oakland, California, before the move, said he was a registered Republican until his early 20s. But even when he had a change of heart politically, he says he usually didn't vote. That changed when he came to the East Coast. "Since I'm no longer in California, I can't hide behind, 'Oh, it's a blue state,'" Lu, who grew up in Los Angeles, said. "Now I have to put my words into action."