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'Unconstitutional slop': Democrats blast Trump's executive actions on coronavirus relief
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 11:58:47 -0400
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the "kindest thing I could say" after looking at President Trump's executive orders was that he "doesn't know what he's talking about."


Man says he wasn’t allowed into an Arkansas casino because ‘men do not carry purses’
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:39:40 -0400
The casino has since apologized.


Louisville police said protesters, who have been marching against Breonna Taylor's death for more than 70 days, can no longer use public roads
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:46:22 -0400
A handful of people have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and blocking a roadway since the ban started, local media reported.


100 arrested, 13 officers injured in Chicago after police shoot man
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:57:49 -0400
The unrest led to street closures, notably in Chicago's Loop, the center of the city's downtown.


Race in Mauritius to empty oil tanker before it breaks up
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:11:14 -0400
Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius on Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine coastline. Already more than 1,000 tons of the fuel has washed up on the eastern coast of Mauritius, polluting its coral reefs, protected lagoons and shoreline. High winds and waves are pounding the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef two weeks ago and is showing signs of breaking up and dumping its remaining cargo of oil into the Indian Ocean waters surrounding Mauritius.


Fact check: Quarantine 'camps' are real, but COVID-19 camp claim stretches truth
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 13:31:26 -0400
An Instagram post is correct about expansion of quarantine sites during the pandemic, but falsely claims personal information will be accessed there.


Australia's Victoria reports deadliest day of COVID-19 pandemic
Sat, 08 Aug 2020 23:11:07 -0400
Australia’s second-most populous state, Victoria, reported its deadliest day of the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, with 17 people dying, as police thwarted a planned anti-mask rally in the capital of Melbourne. Victoria, at the centre of a second wave of infections in Australia, reported 394 cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, compared with a daily average of 400-500 over the past week. In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Victoria has imposed a night curfew, tightened restrictions on people's daily movements and ordered large parts of the economy to close.


Venezuela: Former American soldiers jailed over failed coup
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 11:18:31 -0400
Luke Denman and Airan Berry were arrested in May while entering Venezuela by sea from Colombia.


Kim Jong-un sends aid to North Korean border city in lockdown
Sat, 08 Aug 2020 22:02:15 -0400
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the distribution of aid to the border city of Kaesong after the area was locked down last month to fight the coronavirus, state media said on Sunday. Authorities raised the state of emergency to the maximum level for the city in July, saying they had discovered the country's first suspected virus case. A train carrying goods arrived in the "totally blocked" city of Kaesong on Friday, the official KCNA news agency reported. "The Supreme Leader has made sure that emergency measures were taken for supplying food and medicines right after the city was totally blocked and this time he saw to it that lots of rice and subsidy were sent to the city," it said. Mr Kim had been concerned "day and night" about people in Kaesong as they continue their "campaign for checking the spread of the malignant virus", the report added. Last month, Pyongyang said a defector who had left for South Korea three years ago returned on July 19 by "illegally crossing" the heavily fortified border dividing the two countries. The man showed symptoms of coronavirus and was put under "strict quarantine", authorities said, but the North has yet to confirm whether he tested positive. If confirmed, it would be the first officially recognised case of Covid-19 in North Korea, where medical infrastructure is seen as woefully inadequate to deal with any epidemic. The nuclear-armed North closed its borders in late January as the virus spread in neighbouring China. It imposed tough restrictions that put thousands of people into isolation, but analysts say the country is unlikely to have avoided the contagion.


Pelosi says Trump's new executive orders on coronavirus relief are 'unconstitutional slop'
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 13:02:57 -0400
Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump's executive orders called states to help cover the costs even though state budgets are already falling short.


Coronavirus live updates: Here’s what to know in South Florida on August 9
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 10:07:31 -0400
We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.


Women who use marijuana during pregnancy are 1.5 times more likely to have a child with autism, according to the largest study of its kind
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:39:00 -0400
In the largest study of its kind, marijuana use in pregnancy was linked to a 50% higher risk of having a child with autism.


Coronavirus: Brazil becomes second country to pass 100,000 deaths after US
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:38:23 -0400
Brazil’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed 100,000, with the country’s affliction showing no signs of abating as most cities reopen shops and restaurants.The nation became the second in the world to reach the grim milestone by official counts, 10 weeks after the United States.


Israeli military strikes Hamas target in northern Gaza Strip
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 16:59:42 -0400


Georgia school moves online after COVID-19 infections reported
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 21:14:47 -0400
A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes moving online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus when the school year opened last week with most students attending classes in-person.


Where to Buy Wallpaper Online: 23 Stores With Unique Designs
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:21:58 -0400


Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano state
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:38:52 -0400
Musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu broadcast a song about Prophet Muhammad in March.


Health directors told to keep quiet as Florida leaders pressed to reopen classrooms
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:57:46 -0400
Following a directive from the governor, health directors across Florida refuse to give school boards advice on reopening schools amid the pandemic.


Kudlow said he 'spoke out of turn' when saying unemployment benefits can only be extended by Congress
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 12:30:42 -0400
Days before Trump signed four executive orders to bypass Congress, Larry Kudlow said he thought extending the benefits "required an act of Congress."


Mexico's coronavirus outbreak is now the third worst in the world
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:31:00 -0400
The U.S., by a wide margin, leads the globe in COVID-19 cases. But its neighbor to the south has its own alarming spike, making it the third worst outbreak in the world.Mexico has had 52,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths, The New York Times reported Monday. A widespread distrust of hospitals has made the pandemic even deadlier, as Mexicans are reportedly frequently refusing to seek treatment until their COVID-19 symptoms have worsened past the point of possible recovery, or not at all. Additionally, the tendency to avoid hospitals has made it difficult to confirm the true number of coronavirus deaths — those who die at home often aren't tested, so their deaths aren't counted as part of the official death toll. Mexico's government says there were 71,000 excess deaths this spring, deaths that aren't officially COVID-19-related but likely point to an even deadlier outbreak.Last month, nearly 70 percent of Mexicans said they would feel unsafe taking their loved ones to a hospital for coronavirus treatment, writes the Times. The fear, of course, isn't unfounded. Almost 40 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 end up dying, data shows, compared to less than 25 percent in New York City at the peak of the outbreak. Deaths in hospitals also happen quicker in Mexico, though doctors say that's partly because patients wait so long before arriving for treatment.The vicious cycle has many fearing that medical workers are even deliberately infecting patients or allowing them to die, though no evidence suggests that's the case. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com Donald Trump's impotent tyranny Gas explosion in Baltimore could be felt from several miles away Cancel culture and conservative glass houses


Riot declared as fire burns in Portland police union offices
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:05:34 -0400
A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Ore., to declare a riot and turn protesters away from the offices as demonstrations continue in the city after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.


AOC slams New York Governor Cuomo over reopening schools in autumn
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:58:00 -0400
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken a swipe at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over his decision to allow schools to open this fall, a rare case of Democrat-on-Democrat sparring during the pandemic."If it's not safe enough for indoor dining, what makes it safe enough for indoor schooling?" Ocasio-Cortez asked in a tweet. "And restaurants actually have soap in the bathrooms."


Appeals of Nazi camp guard conviction in Germany dropped
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:14:18 -0400
All appeals against the conviction of a 93-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard have been dropped, a Hamburg court said Monday, making the decision legally binding and easing the way for possible future prosecutions. Bruno Dey was convicted last month of 5,232 counts of accessory to murder in Hamburg state court — equal to the number of people believed to have been killed at Stutthof during his service there in 1944 and 1945. Because he was 17 and 18 at the time of his alleged crimes, Dey’s case was heard in juvenile court and he was given a two-year suspended sentence.


Sturgeon sorry for exams fiasco and admits student outrage a 'bigger problem' than grade inflation
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:22:35 -0400
Nicola Sturgeon has issued an apology to teenagers hit by this year’s results day fiasco and promised to fix the "unfair" system. After spending much of last week defending the arbitrary downgrading of 124,000 qualifications, under a “moderation” process put in place following the cancellation of this year's exams, the First Minister on Monday confirmed a government u-turn over results. Opposition parties said the First Minister’s apology did not go far enough, and claimed the reversal was motivated by a desire to keep her under-fire Education Secretary and deputy, John Swinney, in his job. The furious row over school qualifications threatened to overshadow the reopening of Scottish schools, for the first time in almost five months, from Tuesday. Many are welcoming pupils back on a “phased” basis over the coming days ahead of a full-time return next week. The EIS, the country’s largest teaching union, said a major survey of almost 30,000 members showed that only one in five were confident that schools are currently safe, with two thirds believing face coverings should be made mandatory among older pupils. However, on school qualifications, Ms Sturgeon admitted: “We did not get this right and I'm sorry for that.” Details of an overhauled system will be unveiled on Tuesday at Holyrood. It is likely that many, if not all, of the 124,000 downgrades will now be reversed. Ms Sturgeon said she had come to the conclusion that the injustice and disillusionment felt by teenagers was a “bigger problem” that the impact widespread grade inflation would have on the credibility of this year’s results.


A woman claiming to be from the 'Freedom To Breathe Agency' filmed telling a grocery employee that she could face legal action for making people wear face masks
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 07:51:14 -0400
The mask-less woman gave the employee a piece of paper claiming she could go to prison for up to five years for telling customers to wear a face mask.


Washington, D.C., police union moves to block release of body cam footage
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:17:51 -0400
The Washington, D.C., police union said on Monday it asked a court to block the mandatory release of body camera footage and names of police officers involved in shootings. The federal district passed a police reform law in July after weeks of protests in the nation's capital and across the globe against systemic racism and police brutality, sparked by the killing of African-American George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.


Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse mask policy again. Now requiring customers wear masks amid COVID-19.
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:23:27 -0400
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have reversed course again use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Both retailers now require shoppers wear masks.


Lindsey Graham Claims Declassified Docs Show FBI ‘Misled’ Congress on Steele Dossier
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:59:44 -0400
Newly declassified documents show that the FBI misled Congress regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier, Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) said on Sunday.The Senate Intelligence Committee, which Graham chairs, is currently conducting an investigation into the origins of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane probe, whose stated aim was to uncover alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian operatives.One document released by the committee on Sunday is an FBI draft of talking points for a February 2018 Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Russia investigation. The talking points, uncovered by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, seek to give the impression that the Steele dossier's "Primary Sub-Source" for intelligence was reliable.The Primary Sub-Source "did not cite any significant concerns with the way his reporting was characterized in the dossier to the extent he could identify it," according to the talking points.However, the FBI knew in early 2017 that the Primary Sub-Source had cast doubt on the dossier's claims that Trump-campaign officials and Russian operatives were working together. The Primary Sub-Source in fact told FBI agents in 2017 that there was "zero" corroboration for some of the allegations in the dossier.The 2018 memo "clearly shows that the FBI was continuing to mislead regarding the reliability of the Steele dossier. The FBI did to the Senate Intelligence Committee what the Department of Justice and FBI had previously done to the FISA Court: mischaracterize, mislead and lie," Graham said in a press release. "What does this mean? That Congress as well as the FISA Court was lied to about the reliability of the Russian sub-source. I will be asking FBI Director Wray to provide me all the details possible about how the briefing was arranged and who provided it."IG Horowitz's report on the FBI's attempts to obtain FISA warrants for former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page revealed "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in those applications.


Niger attack: French aid workers among eight killed by gunmen
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 16:54:55 -0400
The attack happened in a region which draws visitors to the last giraffe herds in West Africa.


Three parks and wildlife employees die in helicopter crash during bighorn sheep survey
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:53:51 -0400
Officials say the pilot survived the crash in south-western Texas and cause of crash is under investigationThree Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees have been killed in a helicopter crash while conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep in the south-western part of the state, according to officials.The crash happened on Saturday in the remote wilderness of Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, which is adjacent to Big Bend National Park, on the Rio Grande that marks the border with Mexico.The victims of the crash were identified as wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, fish and wildlife technician Brandon White, and state wildlife veterinarian Bob Dittmar, according to the TPWD.Officials said the pilot survived the crash and was taken to El Paso, the most westerly city in Texas, on the border with New Mexico, for further treatment, and the patient’s condition is currently not public.“No words can begin to express the depth of sadness we feel for the loss of our colleagues in this tragic accident,” said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director, in a statement.Smith said they were “highly regarded … for the immense passion, dedication, and expertise they brought to their important work in wildlife management and veterinary medicine” and that they were carrying out “their calling to help survey, monitor and protect the bighorns of their beloved west Texas mountains”.The Texas governor, Greg Abbott, asked Texans to pray for the families of the victims of the crash, adding as part of a statement that “our hearts ache today”.Details of the crash are so far limited and an official investigation by the authorities is underway, according to local media reports.Desert bighorn sheep are carefully studied in the wildlife management area. They were a ubiquitous native animal in previous times and were successfully reintroduced after being hunted out by the 1960s for their meat and to reduce competition with farmed sheep.


Catholic bishop rejects idea Trump is ‘pro-life’, saying president is ‘only concerned about himself’
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:07:31 -0400
A Kentucky bishop has claimed Donald Trump cannot be pro-life, because he is “only concerned about himself”.Reverend John Stowe, the Lexington Diocese Bishop in Kentucky, questioned the president’s stance on abortion during a Facebook Live panel with Catholic organisation Pax Ramona.


Sudan rains and floods claim 20 more lives
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:58:56 -0400
At least 20 people were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday in torrential rains and flooding, the latest victims of days of flooding in Sudan, the civil defence said. Heavy rains typically hit Sudan between June and October each year, and this week the country has been badly battered by the downpour. "20 people have died and 13 have been injured while 345 houses were destroyed or badly damaged" across the country Sunday, the civil defence said.


Iran sank a replica US aircraft carrier, then left it in the Strait of Hormuz — now it can seriously disrupt ships in a vital oil route worth $878 million a day
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:23:02 -0400
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps sunk the replica during a July 28 and July 29 operation meant to show how it would take on a US carrier.


A Georgia high school that suspended students for posting pictures of crowded hallways now has 9 reported cases of coronavirus
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 10:35:46 -0400
North Paulding High School in Georgia, whose policy is that masks are a "personal choice," now has 9 reported cases of coronavirus in one week.


Feds seek more time to mull Boston Marathon bomber ruling
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:53:12 -0400
Federal prosecutors said Monday that they need more time to decide whether to ask an appeals court to reconsider the case of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose death sentence was thrown out over concerns over about the jury selection process. The U.S. Justice Department urged the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to give prosecutors until Sept. 14 to file a petition asking the full court to hear the case.


Despite federal guidance, schools cite privacy laws to withhold info about COVID-19 cases
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 20:34:28 -0400
Federal guidance say those laws don't bar disclosure. Schools can publicly share coronavirus case counts as long as they don’t identify individuals.


Analysis: why the corrupt president of Belarus deserves sanctions
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 13:35:15 -0400
Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka deserves sanctions. This election campaign in Belarus, which culminates in a vote on Sunday is the most brutal and dirty in its history. But so far, the EU, the UK and the US have only issued familiar-sounding and futile appeals to the Belarusian authorities condemning their actions. Not imposing sanctions is a de facto licence to continue with repression. Despite all this, the West is unlikely to impose significant sanctions after Sunday. There are several questionable reasons for this. First, Western policymakers fear sanctions against Lukashenko will make him more likely to genuflect to Russia. However, relations with Russia have already deteriorated as Belarus accuses Russia of trying to interfere with its domestic affairs. Sanctions serve as a wake-up call: the Belarusian authorities then might seek - once again - to repair relations with the West and reduce repression for greater assistance in any direct confrontation with Russia.


Jimmy Lai: Hong Kong media tycoon held amid sweep of arrests
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:21:39 -0400
The arrests of Jimmy Lai and other prominent pro-democracy activists raise fears of a broad crackdown.


Litman: New York wants to dissolve the NRA; it will probably decapitate it instead
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:00:26 -0400
Even if the NRA survives New York's lawsuit, dethroning its CEO and heaping it with humiliation and penalties will be a victory.


Police declare riot in Portland after protesters march on police union building
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:11:00 -0400
Protesters set barricades and start fires in an attempt to breach the police union building; William La Jeunesse reports.


U.S. Attorney General Barr says the left wants to tear down system
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:12:00 -0400
Barr also told a Fox News TV host he was worried that an increase in mail-in voting could lead to a contested presidential election in November, sounding in on an issue often raised by U.S. President Donald Trump. In an interview with conservative pundit Mark Levin, Barr said Democrats had pulled away from classic liberal values and now were akin to the "Rousseauian Revolutionary Party" aimed at destroying the institutions upon which the country was built.


Small farmers left behind in Trump administration's COVID-19 relief package
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:12:00 -0400
The uneven distribution of funds is stark. The top 10 percent got over 60 percent of the pot, while the bottom 10 percent got just 0.26 percent.


As fewer students choose to enroll in the wake of coronavirus, some colleges are promising tuition-free semesters
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:15:46 -0400
Some colleges are making "ninth-semester-free" promises to students, as a new survey says many students may not enroll in the fall.


Man who was given life sentence for $30 marijuana sale to be freed
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 09:32:57 -0400
A man in Louisiana serving a life sentence for selling less than a gram of marijuana is due to be released from prison, his lawyer has said.Derek Harris, who is a military veteran, was arrested in 2008 for selling 0.69 grams of marijuana — an amount worth less than $30 (£23) — to an undercover officer who came to his door.


Court record in Colombia reveals Uribe's mounting legal bind
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:00:58 -0400
The frantic voice message to an inmate in Colombia’s notorious La Picota prison came days before powerful former President Álvaro Uribe was up against a court deadline to submit witness testimony in a potentially damaging case against him. “There’s a big man who wants to talk,” Carlos Eduardo López, a tireless Uribe devotee, told the former paramilitary serving a four-decade sentence. Juan Guillermo Monsalve asked for details.


Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:26:48 -0400
Faced with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Cuba announced on Monday a record daily number of new infections. The 93 new cases beat the previous record from May 1 of 74, leading authorities to reimplement lockdown measures that had been gradually relaxed. The health ministry said most of the cases are in the capital Havana and the neighboring province of Artemisa.


Wild bear that sniffed woman's hair is caught and castrated
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:57:19 -0400
The black bear was captured after he was filmed approaching a visitor at an ecological park.


Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says gig economy companies should be required to establish 'benefits funds' for workers instead of treating them as full-time employees
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:03:06 -0400
The ridesharing company is facing mounting pressure from drivers and labor activists to extend more benefits to gig workers.


Injured cruise ship worker ‘forgotten’ after seven months in South Florida hotels
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 07:00:00 -0400
From behind the locked window of his 10th-floor hotel room, Paúl Córdova watches dozens of airplanes take off and land each day at Miami International Airport.


Trump wants stimulus payments, schools funds in COVID-19 bill: White House
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:59:44 -0400
U.S. President Donald Trump still wants to see coronavirus aid legislation pass that would include stimulus payments to individuals and school funding, the White House said on Monday after talks with congressional Democrats collapsed last week. "The White House is still motivated," White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a briefing.



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