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  • Romney supports holding a vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee

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    If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Sen. Mitt Romney said.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:52:38 -0400
  • The FDA is reportedly about to make approving a coronavirus vaccine before the election a lot tougher

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    The Food and Drug Administration is poised to roll out new, rigorous standards for an emergency approval for a coronavirus vaccine, The Washington Post reports.The standards, which appear to be an example of the agency's efforts to increase public trust amid the politicization of vaccine development, could be unveiled as soon as this week and are expected to be much tougher than what was used for the controversial emergency clearances of potential COVID-19 treatments hydroxychloroquine and convalescent plasma, per the Post. Manufacturers will be asked to follow vaccine trial participants for at least two months after they receive their second shot, two individuals familiar with situation told the Post on condition of anonymity. The agency will also reportedly be looking for at least five severe COVID-19 cases in the placebo group for each trial, as well as some cases of the disease in older people to see if the vaccine works. Given the new standards, plus the time it will take companies developing vaccine candidates to apply for an emergency use authorization and for the FDA to review the data, "it's hard to imagine how an EUA could possibly occur before December," Paul Offit, the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and FDA vaccine advisory board member, told the Post.That will likely allay at least some fears that the White House will try to push a vaccine out before the November election, although there are some people who think the FDA shouldn't grant an EUA for a vaccine at all since there'd still be less safety data required for approval than under normal circumstances. Read more at The Washington Post.More stories from theweek.com America needs to hear the bad news first A mild defense of Republican hypocrisy on the Supreme Court Trump is the only one being honest about the Supreme Court fight

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:26:57 -0400
  • Stranger tries to snatch child from moving SUV outside Costco, California cops say

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    “I’d do anything I could to stop him because that’s the worst nightmare.”

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:09:29 -0400
  • The big fish caught in Xi Jinping's anti-graft net

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    The former head of Interpol, an ex-spy chief and a Xinjiang governor accused of "trading power for sex" are just some of the high-profile officials to suffer spectacular falls from grace in President Xi Jinping's purge of the Chinese Communist Party's upper echelons.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:38:53 -0400
  • Indonesia president warns over super-power tensions in U.N. address

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    Indonesia's President Joko Widodo used his first address to the United Nations General Assembly to warn on Wednesday that global stability and peace could be "destroyed" if growing geo-political rivalries persist. Earlier this month, Indonesia's government protested when a Chinese coast guard vessel entered the portion of the South China Sea it claims.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 23:41:23 -0400
  • Pregnant Bindi Irwin reveals baby's sex: 'You are our world'

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    Irwin and her husband, Chandler Powell, are about to become a family of three.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:21:00 -0400
  • Former Fox News Regular Joe diGenova Claims Network Is Beholden to George Soros

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    Long-time Trump ally and former Fox News regular Joe diGenova lashed out at the conservative-leaning network on Wednesday, claiming Fox News “fears George Soros” and wondering aloud what the liberal philanthropist “has on” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.For more than a week now, right-wing media outlets and pro-Trump pundits have railed against Fox News for an on-air segment that featured multiple hosts shutting down Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich just as he began a conspiratorial rant against Soros—who has long been the target of anti-Semitic tropes from the right. After Gingrich asked if the topic was “verboten,” the discussion ended in a long awkward silence.Amid a growing backlash from conservatives—who felt Gingrich was being silenced from criticizing a right-wing bogeyman—Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner later issued an on-air apology for the segment, describing the former speaker as “beloved” and “needed to be allowed to speak.” Gingrich, meanwhile, authored an op-ed complaining that he was the victim of a “Soros cover-up.”DiGenova, who has been absent from Fox airwaves for nearly a year after baselessly accusing Soros of controlling the State Department, appeared on former Fox News contributor Sebastian Gorka’s radio program on Wednesday to claim Fox is in the pocket of the liberal billionaire. (Gorka, a one-time Trump assistant, continues to make frequent guest spots on Fox Business Network.)> Banned Fox News guest and right-wing attorney Joe DiGenova and Seb Gorka are going all in, alleging that ”Fox News fears George Soros, ” while further theorizing about what Soros ”has on” Fox CEO Suzanne Scott. pic.twitter.com/gWEI8nHBws> > — Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) September 23, 2020Alongside his wife Victoria Toensing—both have served as attorneys for President Donald Trump—diGenova argued that Faulkner personally owed Gingrich an apology for interrupting his anti-Soros tirade, adding that she “didn’t correct the record” and acknowledge that Soros has funded local district attorney races. (Gingrich alleged that “George Soros-elected, left-wing, anti-police, pro-criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up” was the main cause of violence at protests.)“Let me just tell you something: Fox fears George Soros,” diGenova exclaimed. “I don’t know what it is, I don’t know what George Soros has on Suzanne Scott—the head of Fox—but the bottom line is this: that network is compromised when it comes to Soros!”At the same time, the Trump-boosting attorney applauded Fox News star Tucker Carlson’s recent anti-Soros monologues, saying the far-right host is “strong enough” to do it while lamenting others will not.“But there are other nighttime hosts who will not touch Soros,” he concluded. “They’ve been told not to. I don’t know why they won’t do it. It’s unbelievable!”Fox News came under fire last year from several Jewish organizations after diGenova said on Lou Dobbs’ show that Soros “controls a very large part” of the State Department and has “corrupted FBI officials,” dabbling in the right-wing trope that the Jewish billionaire was a political puppeteer.Several groups called on Fox to explicitly ban diGenova from its airwaves and issue a public apology, citing the network’s decision to bar a previous guest for similar remarks. While the network never publicly declared that diGenova was no longer welcome, he hasn’t appeared on air since late last year.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:22:36 -0400
  • ‘Good guys are demonized, criminals are canonised’: One of the officers in Breonna Taylor raid speaks out in fiery email

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    A state of emergency has been declared ahead of an expected announcement from the state's attorney general

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 22:02:41 -0400
  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and wife test positive for coronavirus

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    Teresa Parson said she woke up with "cold-like symptoms" and got tested out of an abundance of caution.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:30:47 -0400
  • Republicans can't be stopped from confirming Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Senate Democrat says

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    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse tells “Skullduggery” Democrats do not have the votes to stop the Republicans from confirming Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement. It could happen before the election.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:41:30 -0400
  • Qantas put fully stocked bar carts from its retired 747s up for sale for more than $1,000, and they're already all sold out

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    Qantas packed the bar carts full of wine, snacks, and candy, and sold them for more than $1,000 each.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:16:40 -0400
  • South Florida ICE detainees required to go attend court regardless of whether they have COVID

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    Immigration detainees in South Florida are being required to attend court hearings with other migrants even if they have COVID-19, two sources with the Department of Justice confirmed Wednesday.

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 07:00:00 -0400
  • House passes temporary funding bill, averting shutdown

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    The House on Tuesday night passed a sweeping bipartisan funding bill, averting a government shutdown.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:27:13 -0400
  • France's Macron says U.S. maximum pressure on Iran not working

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    The United States' maximum pressure campaign on Iran has so far failed, France's president said on Tuesday, and he dismissed U.S. efforts to restore U.N. sanctions against Tehran because Washington had left the 2015 nuclear deal. "The maximum pressure strategy, which has been under way for several years, has not at this stage made it possible to end Iran's destabilising activities or to ensure that it will not be able to acquire nuclear weapons," Emmanuel Macron said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. "This is why France, along with its German and British partners, will maintain its demand for the full implementation of the 2015 Vienna Agreement and will not accept the violations committed by Iran."

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:55:55 -0400
  • China running hundreds of detention centres in Xinjiang, say researchers

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    China is running hundreds of detention centres in northwest Xinjiang across a network that is much bigger than previously thought, according to research presented Thursday by an Australian think tank.

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:10:44 -0400
  • U.S.-Trained Forces Are Raping Women in Cameroon—and Rebels Are Beheading Them

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    IKOM, Nigeria—Lucy was contemplating closing early for the day when soldiers—believed to be from the Cameroon government’s notorious Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR)—stormed her shop in the northwestern Cameroon town of Bamenda at the end of August, dragged her outside, asked her to take off the shirt she was wearing, and forced her to sit on the bare ground for hours.“When I asked them what I had done wrong, one of them gave me a terrible slap and began to kick me all over my body,” Lucy, who sells foodstuffs close to a market in Bamenda, told The Daily Beast via telephone. “I thought the soldiers were going to kill me.”On the same day Lucy was brutalized by government forces in Bamenda, about 80 other women—mostly traders at the local food market—were detained at a police station for three days, many of them beaten and wounded by soldiers who were searching for English-speaking separatists following the killing of a police officer days before.“The soldiers entered the food market unannounced and began to forcefully remove everybody to the mobile police station,” said Lucy, who wanted to be identified by just her first name. “They looted and destroyed shops and ordered every woman to sit on the ground. The weather was so hot and some women collapsed as a result of the heat.”Slaughtered Because They Spoke EnglishScores of women have been assaulted and abused by both Cameroonian government forces and English-speaking separatists in the northwest and southwest Anglophone parts of Cameroon since violence erupted in the two regions, along the long Nigerian border, more than three years ago.Reports of sexual violence against women have grown in recent months, mostly perpetrated by BIR soldiers who’ve received lots of financial support from the United States in recent years. Last year, Human Rights Watch documented how two BIR soldiers raped a 22-year-old mother in the northwest and how a 23-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl in the same home were raped in front of two children by three BIR soldiers who accused them of hiding separatists. Women have also been assaulted while fleeing from their communities.“Soldiers stopped us as we were heading to the [Nigerian] border and forced us to take off our clothes,” a 17-year-girl, who fled the Cameroonian town of Akwaya with her 25-year-old sister to the Ogoja refugee settlement in Nigeria, told The Daily Beast. “They began to touch our private parts and were about to rape us when they heard gunshots, which made them leave us and run away.”In recent years, the Cameroonian military—including the BIR—has relied heavily on the U.S. for funding. Since 2014, America has given more than $220 million to Cameroon in security assistance—including $700,000 spent so far this year on assisting the country’s military and police.Created in 2001 by the Cameroonian government to tackle armed bandits on its northern border with Chad and Nigeria and its eastern border with the Central African Republic, the BIR soon began to stray from its original mission—allegedly committing a number of human-rights atrocities including extrajudicial killing of civilians suspected to work for Boko Haram militants in northern Cameroon.The elite army unit, which is better trained and equipped than the regular Cameroonian army, is overseen by retired Israeli officers who report directly to President Paul Biya. These officers were recently accused of living extravagantly. One of them was reported to have bought properties worth about $32 million in New York and Los Angeles, and spent his holidays in luxury resorts in the Bahamas, costing $20,000 per night.But the rapid reaction force isn’t the only group that has targeted women and girls in western Cameroon. Armed separatists have assaulted and murdered women amid intensifying violence and growing calls for secession of the northwest and southwest regions.In an astonishing video widely shared on social media last month, three suspected separatist fighters in the southwestern town of Muyuka were seen beating and dragging a woman whom the government later identified as Confort Tumassang, a 35-year-old mother of four. Her hands were tied behind her back and Tumassang, who was accused of collaborating with the military, could be heard in the clip begging for mercy. She was then beheaded and her body abandoned in the street. The incident, which occurred on Aug. 11, came during the same period that reports of sexual assault perpetrated by separatists on women in Anglophone communities began to grow.“My 17-year-old cousin was raped by two rebels on her way to the market." Helen, a 25-year-old hairdresser in Muyuka, told The Daily Beast via telephone. “They beat her up and threatened to kill her before eventually raping her.”The U.S.-Backed Military Slaughters Women and Children in CameroonRape has become one of the most common forms of violence against women in the conflict in the western Cameroon. A study last year by the Rural Women Center for Education and Development, a Cameroonian non-profit group, revealed that at least 300 school-age girls from the northwest region became pregnant after being raped by suspected separatist fighters or government soldiers, and that many victims terminated their pregnancies with unsafe or crude abortions. Following the revelation, Cameroon government officials noted that the actual number could be much higher, as many girls involved in the practice do so in hiding.“It is obviously clear that rape has become a weapon of war in the conflict in western Cameroon,” Eno Edet, a human rights lawyer and advocate in Cross River State—which is hosting the vast majority of Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria—told The Daily Beast. “There are dozens of Cameroonian girls in refugee settlements here in Cross River with stories of sexual assault perpetrated by separatists or government forces back in their country.”Cameroon’s western regions descended into conflict in 2016 when the government repressed peaceful protests by English speakers against perceived marginalization. It turned into a full war when separatists declared western Cameroon an independent nation in October 2017. Over 3,000 civilian deaths have been recorded, along with dozens of soldiers killed by separatists. More than 700,000 Anglophone Cameroonians have been displaced during the crisis, and at least 52,000 people are currently taking refuge in Nigeria.As The Daily Beast previously reported, Anglophones make up about 20 percent of Cameroon’s population of 26 million. In February 1961, the United Nations organized a referendum in which English-speaking Cameroonians, then under British rule, voted to rejoin Francophone Cameroon. Both merged on Oct. 1, 1961, and inherited a constitution which recognized the country as a federation of two states with “the same status.” But not long after the reunification, things began to change. Then-President Ahmadou Ahidjo, a Francophone, replaced the two federal states with six regions. He appointed federal inspectors of each region and gave them more power than locally elected politicians. Ahidjo followed up by discarding the currency used by the Anglophones. He refused to recognize Cameroon’s membership of the Commonwealth, and he abolished federalism altogether through a national referendum.Incumbent President Paul Biya, also a Francophone, succeeded Ahidjo in November 1982 and began to introduce policies similar to that of his predecessor. In 1983, he split the Anglophone region into the Northwest and Southwest provinces. A year later he changed the country’s official name to the Republic of Cameroon, as it was known as when it was a Francophone territory, and removed the second star from the flag that had stood as a representation of the Anglophone region.Many prominent figures in Cameroon’s western region from time to time condemned the policies of the Biya administration as they affect the western region, but when the government went ahead to appoint French-speaking magistrates in Anglophone courts, many believed he had gone too far.Unfortunately, the conflict that followed has crippled social amenities and left much of the Anglophone region in ruins. But it is the frequent targeting of women and girls by major players in the war that leaves many in English-speaking communities worried.“We are living in fear because women are becoming victims of rape every day,” said Helen, the hairdresser in Muyuka. “The other day, it was my cousin [who was raped]. Tomorrow, it could be another innocent woman. No woman is safe here.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 06:01:57 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor: What happened on the night of her death?

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    The 26-year-old was killed by police in her Louisville home, sparking protests and calls for justice.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:07:07 -0400
  • Conjoined twins are successfully separated after being locked in embrace

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    Amelia and Sarabeth Irwin were born attached at the chest and upper abdomen in June 2019. Luckily, the conjoined twins did not share a heart.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:28:00 -0400
  • “Political hit job”: GOP’s Biden report littered with debunked claims and “Russian disinformation”

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    The GOP's much-hyped report recycles allegations that were debunked a year ago. It also undermines its own findings

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:07:13 -0400
  • Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny mocked Putin for suggesting that he poisoned himself

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    Putin's critics and opponents have routinely been poisoned and some have been killed. Navalny is seemingly the latest victim.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:08:26 -0400
  • Great power competition heats up in the thawing Arctic, and the US must respond

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    Russia and China have been busy in a rapidly changing Arctic, and America seems to have barely noticed.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 10:53:25 -0400
  • Mark Zuckerberg claims he's 'probably been the most outspoken CEO in the country' against Trump

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    In leaked audio recordings from internal Facebook meetings obtained by The Verge, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg can be heard attempting to juggle the calls from his generally liberal-leaning employees to take a harder line against the Trump administration and complaints about censorship of posts from the site's more conservative user base.Zuckerberg's comments weren't too far off from those he's made publicly, and he maintained his belief that Facebook has to "take into account that there are different views on different things, and that if someone disagrees with a view, that doesn't necessarily mean that they're hateful or have bad intent."In one recording, Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg can be heard echoing this sentiment to the company's incoming interns, telling them "what we do is really try not to take a point of view" and explaining that she doesn't let her own "very strong point of view on this president ... enter into my judgments when I'm doing policy changes."At the same time, Zuckerberg, at one company Q&A session in July, addressed employees' concerns that he might be too soft on Trump. "I think I've probably been the most outspoken CEO in the country against — on the many things that I disagree with this president on," he said, citing his disapproval of Trump's stances on immigration and climate change, as well as his "divisive and inflammatory rhetoric, that I've called disgusting." Read more at The Verge.More stories from theweek.com America needs to hear the bad news first A mild defense of Republican hypocrisy on the Supreme Court Trump is the only one being honest about the Supreme Court fight

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:25:00 -0400
  • Coronavirus: 90% of Americans have not been exposed to Covid-19, CDC director warns

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    CDC Director Robert Redfield tells Capitol Hill ‘more than 90% of the population’ remains susceptible to the novel coronavirus

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:35:43 -0400
  • Navy releases documents from Cold War loss of submarine

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    The Navy began releasing documents from the investigation into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history on Wednesday, but the Navy said the documents released under a court order don’t shed any new light on the cause of the sinking. The first of the documents released were 300 pages from the official inquiry into the sinking of the USS Thresher on April 10, 1963. The loss of the nuclear-powered submarine and all 129 men aboard during a test dive in the Atlantic Ocean delivered a blow to national pride during the Cold War and became the impetus for safety improvements.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:53:52 -0400
  • Two Republicans resign from North Carolina election board

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    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 01:29:08 -0400
  • Neighbor angry over kids playing near his yard kills their grandma, Colorado cops say

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    “If I could take a bullet for her, I would have.”

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:30:21 -0400
  • Pablo Escobar: Money hidden in wall found in drug lord's house

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    A plastic bag with money worth $18m (£14m) is found in a wall by one of the drug lord's nephews.

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:49:36 -0400
  • Litman: If Amy Coney Barrett is nominated and confirmed, it will be a shame for the Supreme Court

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    President Trump and the GOP are fashioning a court that for decades will be viewed by most Americans with anxiety and derision rather than as a bulwark against government oppression.

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 06:00:20 -0400
  • The DOJ is reportedly narrowing the focus of its antitrust case against Google to the company's search dominance

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    The new, narrower focus reflected political disagreements between the DOJ and state attorneys general, according to The New York Times.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:08:30 -0400
  • 'No way in hell': Some wary parents won't vaccinate kids, setting up future school showdowns

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    "This is going to be a huge issue, and I don't think most people understand that yet," a school law attorney said.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 05:02:00 -0400
  • Israel to toughen lockdown rules as coronavirus infection rate nears 7,000 per day

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    Israel, the first major country to impose a second nationwide lockdown, is poised to make those restrictions even tougher after the number of coronavirus infections approached 7,000 per day. Some 6,900 cases were recorded on Tuesday, according to Israel’s health ministry, while the total number of confirmed cases, including those who have recovered, stands at nearly 200,000 in a country of 8.8m people. Ronni Gamzu, the coronavirus csar, has criticised Israelis for failing to follow the rules required by the second lockdown, which include the closure of schools, many shops and a ban on travelling 1,000 yards beyond the home, excluding essential reasons. “It should be noted that we do not currently see full cooperation from the public, neither the ultra-Orthodox public nor the secular public. We have also seen certain violations of the guidelines and this requires further tightening,” Mr Gamzu warned, according to the Times of Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israel prime minister, has reportedly urged his Cabinet to pass a resolution on Wednesday that will impose tougher lockdown rules, such as a ban on communal prayer and the temporary closure of Ben Gurion airport. Unlike during the initial phase of the first lockdown, open air markets have been allowed to continue trading, while there are no restrictions on exercising alone outdoors. Synagogues have stayed open, following pressure from religious leaders, but Israeli officials say indoor communal prayer may have to be banned as infections rise.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:26:59 -0400
  • 'Placed intentionally to cause harm': Michigan city closes playgrounds after discovery of 41 razor blades

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    The Eaton Rapids Police Department found razor blades at two playgrounds, prompting the city to temporarily close all parks to ensure safety.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 23:13:48 -0400
  • Louisiana trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crash

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    A Louisiana state trooper died following a single-vehicle highway crash that happened hours after he learned he would be fired for his role last year in the in-custody death of a Black man.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:15:35 -0400
  • Michael Bloomberg pays off $16m in fines to help 32,000 black and Hispanic felons vote in Florida

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    'It immediately activates tens of thousands of voters who are predisposed to vote for Joe Biden'

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:26:07 -0400
  • 2nd Texas death row inmate declared intellectually disabled

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    For the second time in as many weeks, Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of an inmate after agreeing with findings that he was ineligible to be executed because of an intellectual disability. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals changed the death sentence that Gilmar Guevara had faced to life in prison. Guevara, 50, of El Salvador, was convicted and sentenced to death for the June 2000 fatal shootings of 48-year-old Tae Youk, of South Korea, and 21-year-old Gerardo Yaxon, of Guatemala, during the attempted robbery of a Houston convenience store.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:09:10 -0400
  • India aims to cut crop waste burning in Punjab and Haryana by 80%

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    India is likely to reduce crop waste burning, a major source of air pollution during the winter months, by 75-80% in Punjab and Haryana states, part of the country's farm belt that borders the capital New Delhi, two government officials said on Tuesday. Every winter, a thick blanket of smog settles over northern India, as a combination of factors such as the burning of crop residues, industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust brings a sharp spike in pollution. The federal government and the state governments of Punjab and Haryana have ensured that rice farmers can easily hire machines to dispose of the paddy stalks and straw, said the officials, who did not wish to be identified in line with government policy.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:00:33 -0400
  • Bolton allegedly tried to share details of Trump's Ukraine dealings during impeachment, but the White House stopped him

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    Former National Security Adviser John Bolton reportedly tried to do his part during President Trump's impeachment hearings.Bolton famously refused to testify during Trump's impeachment trial regarding the president's alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine, only confirming the deal months after the fact. But Bolton apparently did try to divulge some details from his book regarding Trump's Ukraine dealings — the White House just wouldn't let him, an official overseeing Bolton's book's prepublication review said in a Wednesday court filing.Ellen Knight, a career federal official formerly overseeing the National Security Council's records, was tasked with reviewing Bolton's book and making sure it didn't contain classified information, The New York Times describes via the filing from Knight's lawyer. During that process, Bolton requested a speedier review of a part of his book regarding Trump and Ukraine so he could release it during the impeachment trial. Knight's lawyer said at that point, Bolton's memoir The Room Where it Happened didn't have any classified information and Knight was "prepared to clear the manuscript," but White House aides still denied his request.Through her lawyer, Knight alleged that the "apolitical process" of prepublication review was "commandeered by political appointees for a seemingly political purpose." Bolton's book was the only time Knight had been asked to take several "unusual" steps within the review process, and she hadn't heard of predecessors having to do so either, her lawyer said.The court filing comes a week after the Justice Department opened a criminal inquiry into Bolton's book to determine whether it shared classified information. The White House tried to shut down the publication of Bolton's book even after copies of it were already in the hands of journalists.More stories from theweek.com America needs to hear the bad news first A mild defense of Republican hypocrisy on the Supreme Court Trump is the only one being honest about the Supreme Court fight

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:54:44 -0400
  • Seattle City Council Votes to Cut Some Police Jobs and Funding, Overriding Mayor’s Veto

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    The Seattle City Council voted on Tuesday to cut a number of police positions and some funding for the city's law enforcement, overriding a veto on the proposal from Mayor Jenny Durkan.Calls to defund the police department entirely arose following the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by officers in Minneapolis. Demonstrators in Seattle set up an "autonomous zone" without police in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood for several weeks in June, but the zone was disbanded after four shootings occurred in or near the area.The City Council will cut up to 100 officers from the police, eliminate the force's "navigation team" that clears homeless encampments, and use $3 million in emergency reserves to fund a safety-research project. Seattle police currently operate with a budget of $400 million and 1,433 uniformed officers. Former police chief Carmen Best, Seattle's first black head of the force, resigned last month after the City Council announced the intended reforms and cut Best's salary to well below that of her white predecessor."Countless videos of Black and brown lives lost here in Seattle and across the country shows us that not everyone feels safe in our community, and not everyone is safe,” Council President M. Lorena González said during the veto-override session, in comments recorded by the Seattle Times.Public comments during an hour-long session preceding the vote were mostly in favor of the Council's cuts, with some commenters urging councilmembers to "hold the line" in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement.However, group of small business owners is currently suing the city over its decision to cede the Capitol Hill neighborhood to protesters.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:00:58 -0400
  • Man who drove into California protesters used vineyard as 'tactical training camp,' officials say

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    Benjamin Hung, 28, is accused of possessing a machete, a Glock and other weapons in his truck and driving into a crowd of racial justice protesters in Pasadena.

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:16:00 -0400
  • College freshmen moved into dorms with hopes of having a 'normal' semester. 3 students told us why they quickly moved back home.

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    Students at the University of Alabama, University of Missouri, and the University of Michigan told Insider why they decided to move out of their dorms.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:32:36 -0400
  • Delta has now banned some 350 passengers for refusing to wear masks during flights — and it's adding 100 people a month to its no-fly list

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    CEO Ed Bastian said that Delta has banned about 350 people from its flights, for refusing to wear masks on board during the pandemic.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:38:38 -0400
  • Boost for Sturgeon's independence plans as Starmer concedes SNP majority will be referendum mandate

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    Sir Keir Starmer yesterday delivered a huge boost to Nicola Sturgeon's plans for a second independence referendum by conceding she would have a mandate for a vote if the SNP wins a Holyrood majority next year. For the first time since he became Labour leader, he said that he stood by comments he made in January, when he said independence was a matter for the Scottish people and that he did not believe it would be right to block a new vote if it was agreed by Holyrood. Since he replaced Jeremy Corbyn in April, Sir Keir has tried to dodge questions about what should happen if the SNP wins a majority next year, which polls currently suggest is the most likely result. However, pushed repeatedly over the issue on Sky News, he said he stood by his previous comments that “these issues are questions for Scotland”. His comments will be welcome to Ms Sturgeon, who has come under pressure from sections of her own party for a failure to deliver a second referendum.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 14:06:19 -0400
  • Chinese death-row inmate digs tunnel to escape Indonesian jail

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    A Chinese drug trafficker on death row escaped from a jail near Indonesia's capital after digging a 30-metre (100 feet) tunnel from his cell, police said.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:33:38 -0400
  • TikTok asks judge to block U.S. from barring app for download

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    TikTok asked a U.S. judge on Wednesday to block a Trump administration order that would require Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to remove the short video-sharing app for new downloads starting on Sunday. A federal judge in San Francisco on Saturday issued a preliminary injunction blocking a similar Commerce Department order from taking effect on Sunday on Tencent Holdings' WeChat app. On Saturday, the Commerce Department announced a one-week delay in the TikTok order, citing "recent positive developments" in talks over the fate of its U.S. operations.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 15:07:45 -0400
  • Trump - news: President suddenly cuts short press conference for emergency call

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    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 20:30:47 -0400
  • Trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crash

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    Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was pronounced dead Tuesday following a brief hospitalization, Warren Lee, chief investigator for the Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office, told The Associated Press. Hollingsworth had been airlifted to Shreveport early Monday after crashing his personal vehicle on Interstate 20 near Monroe. Hours before, Hollingsworth had received word that State Police intended to terminate him following an internal investigation into the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, a case that has drawn mounting scrutiny and become the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:03:35 -0400
  • Eric Shawn: Trump targets China at the UN

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    Trump blames Beijing for unleashing coronavirus on the world.

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 21:43:14 -0400
  • Ban on natural hair discrimination passes in House. ‘Everybody should feel empowered’

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    The CROWN Act banning discrimination based an individual’s natural hair passed the U.S. House.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:14:36 -0400
  • "Zombie" storm regains strength in bizarre 2020 season

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    "Welcome back to the land of the living, Tropical Storm Paulette," the National Weather Service said.

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 06:50:00 -0400
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