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  • Obama says he worries about Trump's efforts to 'kneecap' Postal Service news

    Former President Barack Obama said on Friday he worries about protecting the integrity of November's election in view of efforts by President Donald Trump to "kneecap" the U.S. Postal Service to limit Americans voting by mail during the pandemic. Obama, speaking on a podcast with David Plouffe, who managed his winning 2008 presidential campaign, also played down the seriousness of progressive-moderate divisions in the Democratic Party and said younger voters provided the key to beating Trump. Trump, who opinion polls show is trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, said on Thursday he was blocking Democrats' effort to include funds for the Postal Service in a new coronavirus relief bill, in a bid to stop universal mail-in voting.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:14:17 -0400
  • 43 felony charges, new task forces: Here's what Chicago is doing to combat potential looting news

    Dozens of people have been charged in connection with widespread looting in downtown Chicago earlier this week, the county prosecutor said.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:33:33 -0400
  • North Korea lifts lockdown in city, rejects flood, virus aid news

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lifted a lockdown in a major city near the border with South Korea where thousands had been quarantined for weeks over coronavirus worries, state media said Friday. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency also said Kim replaced Kim Jae Ryong as premier following an evaluation of the Cabinet’s economic performance and appointed Kim Tok Hun as his successor. Entering the last year of an ambitious five-year national development plan, Kim Jong Un in December declared a “frontal breakthrough” against international sanctions while urging his nation to stay resilient in a struggle for economic self-reliance.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:44:22 -0400
  • Chainsaw-wielding men covered in blood arrested on Toronto beach news

    Two men have been arrested after appearing on a Canadian beach spattered in blood and wielding chainsaws.Witnesses alleged that they menaced and “charged” at various people gathered at Toronto‘s Cherry Beach on Sunday morning, before police quickly intervened, responding to reports of a large fight.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:54:00 -0400
  • American tourists are further banned from entering Canada until September and 'citizen detectives' are on the lookout news

    Fear of Americans bringing the coronavirus across the border has led Canadians to report cars with foreign license plates to the police, or vandalize them.

    Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:36:25 -0400
  • What Harris Got from Biden During Her Job Interview news

    Unlike Joe Biden in 2008, Kamala Harris had almost no negotiating leverage. But that may be beside the point.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:10:14 -0400
  • Bald eagle takes down government drone news

    The device was mapping shoreline erosion when it was attacked in the air.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:24:00 -0400
  • Oregon State Police Withdraws from Portland Courthouse after D.A. Announces He Won’t Prosecute Most Rioters news

    Oregon state police are backing out of an agreement to protect the Portland federal courthouse from rioters, after the Multnomah County district attorney announced he will not prosecute most rioters who are arrested.Portland has seen riots almost every night since the May death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Rioters initially targeted the federal courthouse in the city, but after federal and state law enforcement came to an agreement to jointly protect the courthouse, rioters moved on to attack city police.Multnomah County D.A. Mike Schmidt announced on Tuesday that his office would not prosecute most rioters who have been arrested, except where charges include deliberate property damage, theft, or threat of violence. Police have arrested over 500 people since the riots began, but less than 50 have been prosecuted so far.Oregon state police told KOIN 6 on Thursday that they are ending their deployment at Portland's federal courthouse because of anger over Schmidt's decision after being called in to assist as part of the agreement reached between local authorities and the federal government.“The Oregon State Police is continually reassessing our resources and the needs of our partner agencies and at this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority," OSP said in a statement.Governor Kate Brown said the withdrawal was being coordinated between all relevant agencies."This transition was made in coordination with local and federal officials," Brown wrote on Twitter. "If further state support is needed in Portland, OSP troopers will be available to return to the city.""The OSP Troopers assigned to this event demonstrated the best traditions of the agency's commitment to service, however, our initial commitment to the City of Portland has concluded and it is time we integrate this valuable resource back to their respective communities," OSP said in a statement to National Review. "OSP will always be here for Portland, as we have for decades and I'll continue to assess subsequent resource demands with the Portland Police Bureau Chief, whom I have a great deal of respect for and a strong working relationship."

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:50:02 -0400
  • An Arizona school district canceled its reopening plans because too many teachers refused to show up news

    Nearly half the teachers in the J.O. Combs Unified School District said they would not show up. Arizona has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sat, 15 Aug 2020 08:05:44 -0400
  • Authorities to allow sea lion killing to help struggling salmon population news

    U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:27:39 -0400
  • Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty to falsifying documents in Russia inquiry; first case brought in DOJ review news

    Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was charged with making false statements in the Russia inquiry.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:44:31 -0400
  • Mexican government forces out over 1,000 immigration officials accused of corruption

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    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:24:14 -0400
  • Indiana police to stop blocking roads during executions news

    Indiana State Police agreed Friday to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions resumed last month and are set to continue, backing down after anti-death penalty activists said in a lawsuit the roadblocks impeded their free speech rights. During the first three federal executions in July following a 17-year hiatus, troopers shut main roads to the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where all federal executions are carried out by lethal injection. A joint notice filed in Indianapolis federal court says state police will no longer prevent demonstrators from convening near an intersection across from the sprawling prison.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:38:37 -0400
  • The US said federal agents have seized millions of dollars in bitcoin from terrorist groups al-Qaeda and Hamas news

    Officials said it's the US government's "largest-ever" seizure of cryptocurrency accounts controlled by terrorist organizations.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:38:50 -0400
  • Wild boar who stole German nudist's clothes to be culled news

    A trained marksman is to be deployed to shoot a wild boar that stole the clothes of a naked German man, Berlin authorities said on Friday. The boar made international headlines last week after photographs of the portly nudist giving chase were shared on social media. But in a sad postscript to the incident, the local forestry department said yesterday (FRI) the boar would have to be killed as it has lost its fear of humans and presents a danger to public safety. The boar in question emerged from the forest with two cubs last week and made its way through crowds of Berliners seeking to cool off in the Teufelsee, one of the city’s many lakes. “You have to put yourself in the boar’s position,” Katja Kammer of the Grunewald forestry department told local RBB television. “The sun is hot on its black fur. So it heads for water or into a swamp.” Forestry officials have been tracking the boar in question for some time, Ms Kammer said. “Fortunately, there have not been any serious incidents involving wild boar at the Teufelssee.” Wild boar numbers are regularly controlled by licensed hunters around Berlin and many other major German cities. When the population becomes too high. the boars emerge from the forests to look for food and can turn aggressive when they encounters humans. In one famous incident, four people including a police officer were injured when they were attacked by a 265-pound boar that had wandered into the Berlin neighbourhood of Charlottenburg in 2012.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:24:29 -0400
  • 3 women arrested for allegedly attacking a Chili's host for enforcing social distancing news

    "I was kind of fighting for my life," restaurant hostess Kelsy Wallace, 17, said. "I was really scared, calling out for my mama."

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:57:00 -0400
  • He used social media to pimp a 14-year-old in Miami airport hotels, cops say. He’s 17 news

    A 14-year-old runaway told cops she got sold for sex at hotels across the street from Miami International Airport up to five times a day, according to a police report. The first statutory rapist called himself “Slime,” the girl said. He paid in Percocet.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:45:00 -0400
  • You Need These High-Design Lawn Games to Maximize Summer Fun

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    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:00:00 -0400
  • US economist proposes $12 trillion in slavery reparations to eliminate black-white wealth gap news

    A renowned economist has said that $12 trillion should be afforded to black Americans in reparation for slavery to help the close wealth gap.Duke University professor, William Darity Jr, and writer, Kirsten Mullen, jointly published a report for The Roosevelt Institute, an American liberal think tank, laying out a case for slavery reparations.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:13:52 -0400
  • Israel-UAE deal a Trump coup, but his sights are set on Iran news

    The Israel-UAE agreement gives the United States a rare diplomatic success in the Middle East -- but it is Iran which President Donald Trump has in his sights, with a strategy that now shifts to the United Nations.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:36:57 -0400
  • Herman Cain died two weeks ago, but his social media accounts are still bashing Democrats news

    "How well prepared is Kamala Harris for the presidency? We take a look. We're not impressed and you won't be either," said a post on Cain's account.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:58:19 -0400
  • U.S. judge dismisses NRA lawsuit challenging gun shop closures in New York state news

    A federal judge on Friday dismissed the National Rifle Association's lawsuit challenging New York's decision to close gun stores in the state in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision came eight days after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the gun rights group, accusing senior leaders of corruption including the improper diversion of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino said the NRA lacked standing to challenge on behalf of its members a March 20 executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring gun stores to close in the state because they were "non-essential" businesses.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:24:00 -0400
  • China attacks new US demand to register Confucius Institutes news

    China accused the United States on Friday of trying to “demonize and stigmatize” relations between the two countries, in a scathing attack on the Trump administration's designation of Chinese-funded language and culture programs in the U.S. as foreign missions of the Chinese Communist Party. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said branches of the Confucius Institute U.S. Center operating at U.S. schools and colleges are a “bridge and link to help people from all over the world learn Chinese, understand China, and strengthen educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries." Zhao said the accusations against the institutes were without basis and were motivated by “ideological prejudice and self-interest."

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:17:29 -0400
  • How New Zealand eliminated the coronavirus for over 100 days, only for the virus to return news

    New Zealand had previously celebrated beating the coronavirus, but new cases were reported in mid-August, possibly because of imported food packages.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:09:00 -0400
  • Nigerian police rescue Kano man locked up in his parents' garage news

    The emaciated aged 30 had been left for at least three years without proper care, police say.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:52:41 -0400
  • Killings of two female U.S. service members prompt families to demand change news

    The recent killings of two young servicewomen, Vanessa Guillen and Natasha Aposhian, highlight issues of sexual harassment and assault in the U.S. military. Their families are now leading the fight for a change in the way the military investigates those crimes.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • ‘Wish I had my baby back.’ Suspect who shot Indiana toddler in mom’s car wanted by FBI news

    “This little girl’s life was stripped from her in an act of senseless violence.”

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:08:22 -0400
  • Greece has secretly sent away more than 1,000 migrants, taking them to the edge of the country's territorial waters and then abandoning them at sea news

    "I left Syria for fear of bombing — but when this happened, I wished I'd died under a bomb," Najma al-Khatib told The Times.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 23:11:00 -0400
  • Antifa website redirected to Biden’s campaign site causes right-wing conspiracy meltdown news

    The website for anti-facist group Antifa redirected to Joe Biden‘s campaign website on Wednesday, which led some people to claim that the Democrats are connected to the organisation.For a few hours on Wednesday, redirected to, the campaign website of the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, before it returned back to the original page of the group Donald Trump has described as being run by “anarchists.”

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:23:43 -0400
  • Fact check: Obama did not resettle 70,000 Somali immigrants in Minnesota news

    The claim that Rep. Ilhan Omar's district received a majority of resettled Somali refugees is false.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:21:02 -0400
  • U.N. says Mali army chief left village unprotected before massacre

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    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:59:40 -0400
  • 34 Camping Essentials for Your RV, Trailer, or Badass Camper Van

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    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:11:00 -0400
  • 9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines news

    A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to bear firearms. “Even well-intentioned laws must pass constitutional muster,” appellate Judge Kenneth Lee wrote for the panel’s majority. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office said it is reviewing the decision and he "remains committed to using every tool possible to defend California’s gun safety laws and keep our communities safe.”

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:21:26 -0400
  • New Jeffrey Epstein Victims, Including 11-Year-Old Girl, Come Forward in Lawsuit news

    A Florida woman who alleges Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted her when she was 11-years-old is among nine accusers who have filed a new lawsuit against the millionaire pedophile’s estate.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges Epstein sexually abused them from as early as 1978—far earlier than Epstein’s previously known instances of abuse—and continued until 2004. Five of the women in the lawsuit claim they were underage when they were abused, including a Tennessee woman who says she was 13 when the financier raped her multiple times. The other four women in the lawsuit were over 18. They were part of a “massive sex trafficking network” run by Epstein for him and his wealthy and powerful friends, it claims.Victoria’s Secret Mogul May Finally Have to Explain His Epstein Ties“These nine Plaintiffs come forward to stand up for themselves and others, after they were sexually abused and assaulted by Epstein,” the lawsuit says. “Some... were raped by Epstein, repeatedly.”Epstein, 66, was found dead by suicide in his jail cell at Manhattan Correction Center last month. The sex offender was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for allegedly abusing dozens of underage girls over two decades, beginning in the 1990s. The charges came 12 years after the disgraced businessman pleaded guilty in state court in Florida to soliciting prostitution. He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars in a widely criticized plea deal, and served 13 before he was released.Some of the most shocking claims detailed in the new suit relate to the woman from Tennessee, whose alleged abuse started in 1978 when she was 13, and continued for a long period. Epstein “sexually assaulted, abused, battered and raped her multiple times,” the lawsuit says.This assault is the oldest abuse allegation against Epstein, who would have been 25 at the time and working on Wall Street after leaving his teaching gig at the Manhattan prep school Dalton. A woman from Florida alleges in the suit that, in 1993, when she was just 11 years old, Epstein “sexually assaulted, abused, battered and digitally penetrated her on three, separate occasions.” She also alleges Epstein forced her “to perform oral sex on him,” according to the lawsuit. How We Got the Scoop on Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest“As a result of the aforementioned sexual abuse, [the woman] suffered and continues to suffer from severe and serious injuries including... severe emotional distress and physical manifestations thereof,” the lawsuit states.The women were allegedly sexually abused by Epstein and his associates in New York, Florida, New Mexico, California, and the United States Virgin Islands—but the suit also claims abuse happened in South Carolina, a location not mentioned in previous lawsuits and criminal cases against Epstein. The suit doesn’t detail how the females met Epstein, or how they came to file a lawsuit together. They were able to sue Epstein’s estate due to New York’s Child Victims Act—which allows individuals abused as children to bring claims regardless of the statute of limitations.Dozens of victims have laid claim to Epstein’s estate, which includes his unsold $88 million Manhattan mansion.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.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:30:01 -0400
  • Russia offered to help the US develop a coronavirus vaccine, but the Americans said no because they don't trust it, report says news

    Russia on Tuesday became first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine. It has not gone through phase 3 testing, however, and data is being kept secret.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 05:58:26 -0400
  • He was working security at a Key West bar. Police say he’s part of a murder plot news

    Key West police and U.S. Marshals arrested a man working security at a bar in the Southernmost City this week who is a suspect in a stalking and attempted murder case in Nebraska.

    Sat, 15 Aug 2020 06:00:00 -0400
  • After months of haggling, Lockheed moves on German air defense bid news

    Lockheed Martin and MBDA Deutschland have submitted another bid for Germany’s next-generation air defense system, following negotiations throughout the summer that some observers said nearly tanked the project.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:55:03 -0400
  • It Took Newsweek Three Days and a Staff Revolt to Apologize for Kamala Harris Birtherism Op-Ed news

    Editors and executives at Newsweek, a formerly prestigious and popular magazine that in recent years has suffered from self-inflicted wounds and even a criminal investigation of its business practices, are once again digging themselves out of a public relations hole.Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Nancy Cooper and the magazine’s recently hired opinion editor, Trump-backing conservative activist and attorney Josh Hammer, apologized on Friday after nearly a week of defending a right-wing law professor’s op-ed questioning Sen. Kamala Harris’ U.S. citizenship and her eligibility to be Joe Biden’s running mate.“This op-ed is being used by some as a tool to perpetuate racism and xenophobia. We apologize,” read the editor’s note that replaced their earlier detailed defense of the op-ed. “[T]o many readers, the essay inevitably conveyed the ugly message that Senator Kamala Harris, a woman of color and the child of immigrants, was somehow not truly American.”Cooper didn’t respond to email and text messages from The Daily Beast, with which Newsweek was partnered from 2010 to 2013 when IAC, The Daily Beast’s parent company, sold the money-losing magazine to IBT Media’s owners, Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis. The two entrepreneurs have a close and controversial financial connection to a charismatic South Korean evangelical minister named David Jang, touted by some of his followers as the messiah.Hammer—a former Ted Cruz aide and member of the Federalist Society and the right-leaning Claremont Institute, who joined Newsweek in May after writing for Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire—declined to comment, telling The Daily Beast in a brief phone conversation, “I’m not interested in speaking. Thank you.”And then hung up the phone.Several of Newsweek’s journalists were alarmed by Hammer’s arrival because of his hyper-partisan leanings—and especially because former Trump adviser and Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon, perceived as a Hammer ally, apparently continues to hope that he will one day buy the magazine.The Newsweek Media Group’s CEO Dev Pragad and its chief content officer Dayan Candappa—who joined the magazine in 2016 after he was fired from Reuters amid sexual harassment allegations—could not be reached.“The updated editor’s note that tops the op-ed attached here is our response to your query,” Newsweek spokesman Ken Frydman texted The Daily Beast. “Please note that both editor’s notes were written by Nancy Cooper and signed by Josh Hammer. Not the other way around, as you suggested. Also, Josh Hammer denies having Steve Bannon’s contact information.”The essay—by Chapman University law professor John C. Eastman, also a Claremont Institute denizen, and headlined “Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility”—prompted widespread disgust both inside and outside Newsweek, as well as letters demanding a retraction from members of the magazine’s staff for its whiff of birtherism and racism; it was predictably weaponized by Donald Trump and his supporters.During a Thursday press conference/campaign rally in the White House briefing room, a reporter asked Trump about social media rumors—apparently stoked by Newsweek—that Harris was “an anchor baby” and thus ineligible to run.“I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements,”  Trump answered. “I have no idea if that’s right. I would have thought, I would have assumed, that the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president.”Cooper and Hammer’s apology—which acknowledged that “we should have recognized the potential, even the probability, that this could happen”—nevertheless fell far short of staffers’ demands that the magazine retract and remove Eastman’s supposedly erudite exploration of 19th century Supreme Court rulings.Those ancient high court decisions, Eastman claimed, raised “a significant challenge” to Harris’ American citizenship and eligibility to run as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, even though she was born in Oakland, California, to a Jamaican father and Indian mother.“To see this piece run on Newsweek’s website was beyond devastating,” London-based Newsweek correspondent Chantal Da Silva tweeted on Thursday, as members of the magazine’s London bureau sent an anguished and angry letter to top editor Cooper demanding that the essay be taken down. “It is inaccurate and it is dangerous. Journalism should be about informing, not inflaming and certainly not about spreading baseless claims that can only fuel the flames of racism and hatred.”Christina Zhao, a New York-based senior breaking news editor, tweeted: “This is an inflammatory and racist op-ed that should never have been published. That is my opinion.”In their note of apology,  Cooper and Hammer persisted in disagreeing.“Many readers have demanded that we retract the essay,” they wrote, “but we believe in being transparent and are therefore allowing it to remain online, with this note attached.”Senior Newsweek reporter Jason Lemon tweeted: “I’m glad to see my employer Newsweek issue this apology over the op-ed questioning Harris’ eligibility to be VP. But deeply disappointed it was published in the first place.”However, a prominent former Newsweek staffer, who asked not to be further identified, quipped that the magazine’s owners and upper management “are probably loving the clicks and the fact that it’s an editorial controversy unrelated to Jesus and Seoul.”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.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 22:51:02 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton would 'consider' working for a Biden administration news

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would consider a role in Joe Biden's administration if the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is elected in November."I'm ready to help in any way I can because I think this will be a moment where every American – I don't care what party you are, I don't care what age, race, gender, I don't care – every American should want to fix our country," Ms Clinton said.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:53:00 -0400
  • Iowans grapple with aftermath of Monday's deadly derecho, 'a disaster that we have never seen' news

    The National Guard arrived in Cedar Rapids on Friday to assist residents there after Monday's deadly derecho storm that was like a hurricane

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:00:33 -0400
  • U.S. Navy carrier conducted exercises in South China Sea on Aug. 14 news

    A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier conducted exercises in the contested South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. navy said in a statement. A strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan conducted flight operations and high-end maritime stability operations and exercises, the statement said. "Integration with our joint partners is essential to ensuring joint force responsiveness and lethality, and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific," U.S. Navy Commander Joshua Fagan, Task Force 70 air operations officer aboard USS Ronald Reagan, was quoted as saying.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 22:33:04 -0400
  • Portland State disarms campus police after Black man's death news

    Portland State University said Thursday it will disarm its campus police force, more than two years after officers from the department shot and killed a Black man who was trying to break up a fight close to campus. Portland State President Stephen Percy said the decision to have officers patrol the campus unarmed is the first step in a broader policy to re-imagine safety at the state-funded university in the heart of the city. Activists had been calling for Portland State to disarm campus police long before Floyd's death.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:00:49 -0400
  • US seizes millions of dollars of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela news

    The US says it seized 1.1 million barrels of fuel from four tankers en route to Venezuela.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:47:12 -0400
  • Bison violently attacks motorcyclist in South Dakota news

    A motorcyclist has survived a violent attack by a bison in the Black Hills of South Dakota, sheriff’s officials said.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:04:51 -0400
  • Cops’ helicopter got too close — so Georgia man shot it, feds say. He’s going to prison news

    Terry Kielisch reportedly told investigators “he didn’t like it flying near his home.”

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:53:37 -0400
  • Cancellation policies for the 4 major airlines show it’s almost impossible for customers to just get their money back news

    Many Americans are postponing or canceling their travel plans, and airlines are trying to hold on to the profits for as long as they can.

    Sat, 15 Aug 2020 08:30:00 -0400
  • Bolsonaro 'led Brazilian people into a canyon', says ex-health minister news

    Luiz Henrique Mandetta accuses president of playing a ‘pivotal’ role in steering economy towards catastropheHistorians will savage Jair Bolsonaro for leading Brazilians into a deadly “canyon” with his shambling, self-interested and anti-scientific response to Covid-19, according to his former health minister.In an interview with the Guardian, Luiz Henrique Mandetta accused the Brazilian president of playing a “pivotal” role in steering Latin America’s largest economy towards a catastrophe. Bolsonaro played politics with citizens’ lives at a time of global crisis, he said, as Brazil’s death toll rose to more than 105,000. Only the US has suffered more deaths.Mandetta, who has hinted he will challenge Bolsonaro for the presidency in 2022, became a household name in the early stages of this year’s pandemic. He drew praise from left and right for his accessible, science-based alerts over the threat of coronavirus during daily press conferences.A 55-year-old orthopedic doctor, Mandetta was elected to congress in 2010 and has faced criticism for opposing the Mais Médicos (More Doctors) health scheme that sent Cuban doctors to remote and deprived parts of Brazil. He was named health minister in November 2018, shortly after Bolsonaro’s shock election.But he was sacked in mid-April after publicly challenging Bolsonaro’s sabotaging of social distancing. Speaking from his base in the midwestern city of Campo Grande, he said the two had not spoken since.On the day Mandetta was fired Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll stood at about 2,000. Four months later it has risen to over 105,000 with the former minister one of many who blames Bolsonaro for the tragedy’s scale.Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the pandemic, undermined containment measures and attended protests and barbecues, using face masks incorrectly, if at all.Mandetta said the fight against Covid-19 had been fatally compromised by Bolsonaro’s “utter contempt for science” – which saw him belittle the disease as a “little flu” and trumpet ineffective treatments such as the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.“It’s interesting that he totally rejects science and mocks all those who speak of science. Yet when there’s any prospect of a vaccine he’s the first to come knocking on science’s door ... as if a vaccine would redeem him from his shambling march through this epidemic.”Mandetta also attacked Bolsonaro’s “complete sabotage” of the health ministry. After Mandetta and his team were evicted, another health minister, Nelson Teich, took charge but lasted less than a month after also clashing with the president over Covid-19. Since May the ministry has had an army general with no medical experience as its stopgap leader.Mandetta – who said he felt anguished and impotent about the situation – claimed that by forcing out specialists and surrounding himself by yes men Bolsonaro had lost touch with reality.“When you’re in a situation where you surround yourself with people who say what you want to hear and not what is the truth … the leader ends up blinding himself to what is happening,” he said. “He listens but doesn’t hear. He looks but doesn’t see.”The ex-minister suspected Bolsonaro’s refusal to comfort grieving families reflected guilt over the realisation his actions had cost lives.“He led the Brazilian people into a canyon in quick march and people have fallen off and died – and having to recognize that this was a mistake, that this caused pain, I think must be politically tricky for him right now.”Perhaps once the tragedy was over Bolsonaro might publicly express remorse, Mandetta said. But how could Brazilians believe the words of a man who had “openly criticized those who sought to save lives”?He warned that without an urgent change in direction the average number of daily deaths – which has been close to or above 1,000 for nearly three months – was only likely to fall in late September.Mandetta, who is from the rightwing party Democratas, has declined to confirm he will run for president but said Brazil needed a leader who could “pacify” the country after Bolsonaro’s “toxic” term.“I hope the leader who emerges victorious in 2022 is capable of rebuilding Brazil’s broken social fabric, giving this country a sense of unity … and accepting that it just isn’t normal to go around saying Brazilians like to roll around in the sewage.”Mandetta predicted Bolsonaro would eventually pay a political price for “making a beeline down the path of denial”. But on Friday one of Brazil’s top pollsters found the president’s approval rating had risen to its highest level since he took office in January 2019.

    Sat, 15 Aug 2020 04:00:37 -0400
  • Rudy Giuliani: US would become ‘banana republic’ if Biden administration prosecuted Trump news

    President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said that if a future administration under Joe Biden tried to prosecute Donald Trump, the country would become a “banana republic.”During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Mr Giuliani was asked "how damaging would it be for a Biden administration to criminally prosecute a former president?"

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 18:20:05 -0400
  • Fact check: Some — not all — hair salons in California will open in protest on Aug. 17 news

    Posts falsely claim that all hair salons in California will open on Aug. 17 in protest of statewide restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sat, 15 Aug 2020 10:29:03 -0400
  • School cancelled in Arizona area after 'sick out' over reopening

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    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 22:36:18 -0400
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