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This python swallowed its prey and couldn’t slither away
This python swallowed its prey and couldn’t slither awayAte too much? And can’t move off the couch? Well, something like that happened to this python in India.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays: AL Wild Card series preview, schedule, predictions for MLB playoffs
Now, the two American League East foes meet in the one-seed vs. eight-seed matchup in a best-of-3 wild card series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the season series 6-4, while the Jays bested them in run differential 48-44. ScheduleTuesday, Game 1: Blue Jays (Matt Shoemaker, 0-1, 4.71 ERA) at Rays (Blake Snell, 4-2, 3.24 ERA), 5 p.m. ET, TBSWednesday, Game 2: Blue Jays (Hyun-jin Ryu, 5-2, 2.69 ERA) at Rays (Tyler Glasnow, 5-1, 4.08 ERA), 4 p.m. Tampa Bay relievers' 3.37 ERA was third in the majors, and the bullpen was key in the Rays posting a 14-5 record in one-run games.
USA TODAY Sports high school football regional rankings for Sept. 29, 2020
Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood)Record: 2-1; Last result: def. Bixby (Okla.)Record: 4-0; Last result: def. Owasso (Okla.)Record: 4-0; Last result: def. Stillwater (Okla.)Record: 3-0; Last result: def. Corner Canyon (Draper, Utah)Record: 7-0; Last result: def.
USA TODAY Sports Super 25 high school football rankings for Sept. 29, 2020
USA TODAY NetworkThis the USA TODAY Sports Super 25 high school football rankings for Sept. 22, 2020. Teams that were ranked in USA TODAY Sports' Super 25 preseason poll who are not playing football this fall are being excluded from the remainder of the fall rankings. Duncanville (Texas)Record: 0-0; Result: N/A; Last ranking: 23. Austin Westlake (Texas)Record: 0-0; Result: N/A; Last ranking: 78. Denton Guyer (Texas)Record: 0-0; Result: N/A; Last ranking: 2525.
Bad Bunny's glow-in-the-dark Crocs go on sale today
Latin music star Bad Bunny and Crocs joined forces to release glow-in-in-the dark clogs, which go on sale Sept. 29 at noon ET. ET comes just in time for Halloween and exactly seven months after Bad Bunny, who's real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, released his second solo album YHLQMDLG. National Coffee Day 2020:Get free drinks and deals Tuesday at Krispy Kreme, Starbucks, Dunkin', Panera and moreIs Santa Claus coming to town? :Mall Santas may lose gigs in first holiday season since the COVID-19 pandemicThe game is on for some Bad Bunny fans, who are setting alarms to buy a pair of the glow-in-the-dark clogs. In the spirit of Halloween, Crocs also collaborated with Disney to release the new Mickey Mouse Halloween Crocs, on sale for $54.99.
Scientists develop super-enzyme that can eat plastic quickly
Scientists develop super-enzyme that can eat plastic quicklyOur oceans and landfills could soon be a lot cleaner.
San Diego proceeds with 'Spooktacular' Halloween event while other California parks remain closed
"It’s a tricky year for Halloween" given the pandemic but SeaWorld San Diego says it's moving ahead with its annual "Spooktacular" festivities, scheduled for weekend evenings from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1. The park, which reopened in late August, is one of the few California theme parks celebrating this year after its neighbors, including Disneyland and Universal Studios, canceled their Halloween events due to COVID-19. Halloween events at their Florida parks are canceled as well. According to state data, California has reported a 6.3% increase in new cases over the past 14 days. As of Friday, the California Department of Public Health had recorded more than 802,000 cases and upwards of 15,500 deaths.
Portland police seize shields, arrest 24 before march; one officer hospitalized
Police in Portland broke up a planned, unpermitted march before it began Monday and eventually declared an unlawful assembly when protesters reorganized and continue the march anyway. At least 24 people were arrested, a Portland police officer was sent to the hospital and at least five officers were sprayed by a chemical irritant during the unlawful assembly in the Kenton neighborhood, according to police. Police learned of the march and by 8:45 p.m. officers "moved into the park" to seize shields from participants. Kate Brown asked authorities to review "any alleged incidents" involving officers during the law enforcement response to a protest in Portland late Saturday into early Sunday. “Journalists and law enforcement officers have difficult jobs to do during these demonstrations, but I do still believe that we can protect free speech and keep the peace,” Brown tweeted.
Facebook says its campaign helped recruit 100,000 poll workers for Trump-Biden presidential election
Facebook says it estimates that 100,000 people enlisted as poll workers as a result of the campaign which was shown to users in the U.S. over the age of 18. Many poll workers are over 60 and at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. North Carolina election officials told Facebook that over 11,000 people signed up from Saturday to Monday morning, with 60,000 people clicking the link on Facebook. South Carolina officials told Facebook that 20% of signups to date over the weekend came from its recruitment drive. Michigan says it had a 12-16 times surge in poll worker sign ups, recruiting 5,000 people on the Saturday that Facebook ran the poll worker notification.
Universal Orlando announces new rapturous Jurassic World roller coaster
To get people excited about returning to its Florida theme park resort, Universal Orlando went back in time – way back to the Jurassic era. The park announced Monday that Jurassic World VelociCoaster will be coming to its Islands of Adventure in summer 2021. According to limited details shared by Universal, VelociCoaster will include two launches, one of which will hit 70 mph in 2.4 seconds. In 2019, sister park Universal Studios Hollywood overhauled a similar Jurassic Park flume ride to represent the newer "Jurassic World" franchise. Universal Orlando opened Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure in 2019.
Bureau says 2020 US census will actually end October 5, not the end of the month
The tweet said the ability for people to self-respond to the census questionnaire and the door-knocking phase when census takers go to homes that haven't yet responded are targeted to end Oct. 5. Monday's statement was noteworthy in that it was solely attributed to the commerce secretary, while previous announcements about census schedule changes had been made either by Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham or both men jointly. In upstate New York, a census supervisor told her census takers Friday that the Buffalo office was operating with Sept. 30 as the end date, according to a text obtained by AP. In response to the pandemic, the Census Bureau last April pushed back the deadline for ending the 2020 census from the end of July to the end of October. The bureau also asked Congress to let it turn in numbers used for apportionment from the end of December to the end of April.
J Balvin lands 13 Latin Grammy nominations, Bad Bunny and Ozuna right behind him
Associated PressNEW YORK — At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations for the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. Balvin has a chance to win his first album of the year prize — a category with 10 contenders — thanks to his fifth solo album “Colores” and “Oasis,” his collaborative project with Bad Bunny. Ozuna and Bad Bunny will also compete with themselves in several categories.
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper says team used Virginia Cavaliers' turnaround for inspiration
The Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball team walked off the court national champions on April 8, 2019, having completed an unprecedented redemption arc after becoming the first No. Eight days later, the Columbus Blue Jackets finished off their sweep of the history-making Tampa Bay Lightning, who won an NHL-record 62 games that season. Lightning coach Jon Cooper got a Virginia national champions hat not long after, and used their comeback story as inspiration for his own team. I don't know Virginia. Following Tampa Bay's 2-0 victory, Cooper discussed the sacrifices each player and staff member made during the two-month sequester in the NHL's bubble sites of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.
'Edgy' 'Saved by the Bell' reboot to debut on Peacock just in time for Thanksgiving
On Tuesday the streaming service announced that the new episodes would be available Wednesday, November 25, just in time for Thanksgiving. "It’s not even a reboot; it’s a reimagining," executive producer Tracey Wigfield said. "We still maintain that heart with all of the humor," Berkley Lauren said. "It was very important to treat 'Saved by the Bell' with the reverence – people really love this show," Wigfield added. "There’s a great episode that really pays homage (to caffeine pills), where Jessie still has some interesting feelings about that time," Berkley Lauren said.
U.S. Home-Price Growth Picks Up Pace Amid Pandemic Buying Rush
Home-price growth began accelerating in July, a sign that the slow down in home prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic may be reversing. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, which measures average home prices in major metropolitan areas across the nation, rose 4.8% in the year ending in July. On a monthly basis, prices rose 0.8 percentage points from June to July, after staying flat during the previous month. Meanwhile, sales of existing homes have surged, rising 10.5% on an annual basis in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. That included a 44% increase in the sales of homes costing more than $1 million.
New York City Subway Is Low Risk for Coronavirus Transmission, Study Says
A study of transit systems world-wide suggests New York City subway and bus riders are at low risk of being infected with the new coronavirus during their commutes. The report, released Tuesday by a national association of transit agencies, found no correlation between the spread of coronavirus and mass-transit systems. As long as trains and buses are well-ventilated and riders wear masks, public transit is safe, the authors of the report found.
Blackstone Sets Goal to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Blackstone Group Inc., one of the world’s largest owners of real estate, is making a new commitment to cut its carbon footprint. The investment firm has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 15% within the first three years of buying any asset or company across its portfolio. The initiative will begin in 2021 and will apply to new investments where Blackstone controls the energy systems.
LVMH’s Determination to Fight Tiffany Raises Deal Stakes
LVMH has come up with a fresh reason to derail the luxury industry’s biggest deal on record. If there is any escape hatch from its $16 billion purchase of Tiffany & Co., the French company seems determined to find it. Late on Monday, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton filed its countersuit against Tiffany as the two businesses prepare to go to trial in January. It showed a new line of attack. LVMH will try to convince the judge that the pandemic has caused a “material adverse effect” (MAE): an event that allows it to break the...
It Has Been Quite a Ride for This New Yorker
Most New Yorkers who lost their gigs in the pandemic responded by sending out résumés. Joey Van Scyoc created himself a job. Soon after, a neighbor gave him a used bike she was planning to toss. “We pull bikes from garages and barns across America and restore them to new,” says Mr. Van Scyoc of his tiny startup, Bicycle Runners. New tariffs slowed production in China, then demand went bonkers as Covid-fearing consumers decided that cycling beats taking the train.
Japan’s NTT to Take Full Control of Mobile Unit in $40 Billion Deal
TOKYO—NTT Docomo Inc., which broke free of its tradition-minded parent to become a global pioneer of the mobile internet, is returning to its old home in a $40 billion deal that erases its independence. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., the former government monopoly that is Japan’s top telecommunications company, said Tuesday it would buy back the roughly one-third of Docomo it doesn’t already own.
Bond Markets Signal Investors’ Jitters Ahead of First Presidential Debate
Investors in Treasury markets showed signs of nervousness Tuesday ahead of the first debate between the candidates in this year’s U.S. presidential election. Yields fell on both 10-year U.S. government bonds and Treasury inflation-protected securities, known as TIPS. The difference between the two yields, called the break-even rate, shrank, indicating a fall in inflation expectations in markets.
In First Debate, Trump and Biden to Compete for Few Persuadable Voters
WASHINGTON—President Trump and Joe Biden are vying for a narrow slice of persuadable voters as they head into Tuesday’s first televised debate amid a global pandemic and a polarizing fight over the Supreme Court. The former vice president aims to expand his support among seniors, suburbanites and independents, parts of the electorate in which polls show the president has lost ground since 2016. Mr. Trump is seeking to shake up the race and mobilize conservatives with the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed liberal...
Kuwait’s Ruler, a Giant of Arab Diplomacy, Dies
Kuwait’s ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, a veteran diplomat who positioned the small Arab Gulf state as a regional peacemaker and forged a U.S. alliance that deepened after the country was invaded by Iraq in 1990, has died. He was 91 years old. Sheikh Sabah, who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2019, had traveled to the U.S. for medical care following complications from bladder surgery in July. State news agency KUNA reported his death without giving a cause.
The Upshot on Today’s Polls
If he outperforms the polls, he could win more than 400 electoral votes in the largest electoral landslide since 1988. If Mr. Biden can’t pull off Pennsylvania, he has a backup plan: flip Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona; and win Nebraska’s Second Congressional District. The president won comfortably thanks to a large minor-party vote, but polls show Mr. Biden excelling among those who supported Gary Johnson and others in 2016. And many of the state polls in the Sun Belt, like in Nevada or North Carolina, were consistent with a competitive race, as they have been for most of the month. State of the race: Mr. Biden maintains his advantage heading into the debates.
Women on both sides flocked to the Supreme Court after Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination — and they’re just getting started
Wilson believes that the stakes are high in terms of what Barrett’s nomination means for the politicization of the court and potential decisions that could influence her own life and those of other women. And that’s why she showed up to the protest on Sunday. “As a country, we’re in a really critical place,” she says. “After the passing of RBG, there was a moment of kind of dread in knowing what that could potentially mean, and that was realized with the announcement of Trump’s nomination.”
How to support a friend facing depression
Two summers ago, when I tried to take my life, I felt past the point of return to find a willingness to live, at least on my own. For weeks, I felt hopeless and like each day was fighting an uphill, losing battle. I even began seeing a therapist, but things were only getting worse. As part of building a support system, at my therapist’s advisement, I worked up the courage to reach out to one friend about what I was going through. As someone going through training to become a therapist, I thought she would understand and be the least burdened by my struggle.
I went to a party that was supposed to be socially distanced. It ended up testing my boundaries.
After months of isolation, I wanted to reclaim a sense of normalcy. But on the rare occasions I’ve dipped my toes into “normal” life, I’ve found that familiar spaces now seem foreign, and my gauge of what is “safe” can no longer be trusted. I’ve wondered: Would it be too easy to slip back into old social patterns, or could I create new boundaries during this pandemic?
Elementary Schools Reopen in Person, in Milestone for N.Y.C.
Tuesday morning provided another glimpse of how the pandemic has upended the rituals of schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio has described physically reopening schools as a moral imperative, but has stumbled in his push to get classrooms open. The mayor has twice delayed the start of in-person classes over safety concerns and a staffing shortage that the city is still scrambling to fully resolve. A flurry of last-minute changes to instructional plans have frustrated many educators and parents, and some families have said they could not be convinced that schools would actually reopen until they dropped their children off at the front door. Nearly half of the system’s students have opted to continue taking all their classes remotely through at least November.
Pandemic Is Far From Over, Experts Say, Despite Trump Allies’ Claims
(Shane Crotty, a virologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, offered the metaphor of a Lego car. Antibodies recognize the car’s outline and attach themselves, disabling it. But T-cells recognize individual Lego blocks, even internal ones. Antibodies against it fade away; primed T-cells remain. Primed T-cells may lower the odds of dying from the new, dangerous coronavirus, Dr. Crotty said, but that has not been proven.
3 outstanding D.C. hamburgers prove the global appeal of this all-American dish
“I liked it, but I started thinking about goat,” Matey tells me one Sunday evening, when he’s working solo at Appioo. Why can’t I get a goat burger, because basically I don’t like beef.”ADADFor years, Matey has been hankering to create his own goat burger, and the pandemic finally gave him the time to develop it. “You wouldn’t know it’s goat,” Matey says. The goat burger tastes like nothing else on a bun: Smothered with softened onions and surprisingly juicy, the patty takes you to more interesting places than your standard griddled hamburger. ADADThe rest of the Classic relies on standard burger toppings — iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, American cheese — although the result is anything but standard.
Fairfax County firefighter charged with assaulting patient on ambulance
The altercation was captured on the body-worn camera of a Fairfax County police officer, who had the man in custody. The fire department released the video Monday with the faces of the people in the footage blurred. After the man, who is on a gurney, threatens to kill a firefighter, the video shows the firefighter throwing a swab on the man. The man then appears to spit on the firefighter, who appears to respond by striking him. The firefighter “was assaulted as witnessed by the police officer,” said Ron Kuley, the union official.
How to watch the debates like a pro
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Day cares are reopening. But they can only serve small groups and fear for their survival.
But beginning Nov. 1, day cares will only receive funds for children in attendance. It’s a move that would probably push more day cares to reopen. Day cares are private businesses and some received Paycheck Protection Program loans. But the day care had a few scares with the virus and is expected to remain closed until the end of the calender year. Bonilla found a home day care that will take Isabella, but it lacks the advanced preschool curriculum her other day care offers, and she worries Isabella will fall behind.
Live updates: U.N. chief warns that ‘misinformation kills’ as global coronavirus death toll tops 1 million
The incidents highlight a persistent problem with credible test results for people traveling from India to Dubai. At one point, authorities in the United Arab Emirates banned Air India Express flights because several of the carrier’s passengers tested positive on arrival. Dubai has highlighted the Pure Health-approved laboratories as being an acceptable source for the coronavirus test needed to enter the country. One of the blacklisted labs said its letterhead and credentials had been forged to produce the fraudulent test results. Pandemic restrictions require a negative coronavirus test result to enter the UAE.
Opinion | Everything Trump touches dies — including his presidency
He has not paid taxes in 10 of 15 years in large part because he is a world-class failure in business. Do you owe debt… do you owe anybody money who is impacted by any decision you make as president of the United States? Everything Trump touches is made worse. We have every reason to believe things will get even worse for Trump in the days ahead. It seems it’s true that everything Trump touches dies — including his own presidency.
'Crying Nazi' Christopher Cantwell convicted in rape threat, extortion case
“I am grateful to the jury for weighing the evidence in this case and finding that this defendant’s disturbing conduct was unlawful. Cantwell previously pleaded guilty to assault in 2018 after he was accused of using pepper spray during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Cantwell was dubbed the "Crying Nazi" after posting a video online of himself crying after learning a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is also one of two dozen groups and individual defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed last year in connection with the Charlottesville rally. Attorneys asked a judge to order Cantwell to stop making “unlawful threats” against the plaintiffs and their lead attorney.
Sen. Tillis slams Senate Democrats who won’t meet Amy Coney Barrett
Democrats “will find it very hard to go after” Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett if they met with her, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday. "I believe first the whole process has been illegitimate," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Sunday. Schumer, who has said if Barrett is confirmed the GOP "will have stolen two Supreme Court seats," is joined by Sens. She previously clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016, and is devoted to the literal interpretation of the Constitution known as originalism. “Really what the Democrats want to do is distract the discussion away from who would Joe Biden put forth.
Political poison: What’s going on in Guantanamo Bay?
While once front and center of U.S. election campaigns, the politically noxious topic of the 19-year-old Guantanamo Bay prison has made little dent on this year's election cycle. Afghanistan has absorbed 203 former Gitmo inmates, followed by Saudi Arabia, which has taken 140, Pakistan at 63, and Oman at 30. "But if the U.S. war finally ends, it might create political momentum in Washington to resolve the remaining cases and close it." Cucullu also observed that there has been an "abysmal" track record of released Gitmo inmates finding their way back to the battlefield. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBut there have been no such discussions, and thus, for now, the future of the prison remains unclear.
Chinese teacher who poisoned 25 kindergarteners out of 'revenge' sentenced to death
A Chinese teacher has been sentenced to death after a court found that she poisoned more than two dozen kindergarteners, killing one, to wage revenge on a coworker after disagreements “over student management issues." Wang reportedly has a history of trying to poison people’s food. According to the BBC, she once tried to poison her husband with nitrite, but he suffered only minor injuries. “The consequences of her crimes were extremely serious, and she deserves to be severely punished,” the statement added. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWang is reportedly expected to be executed by firing squad or lethal injection.
Bizarre-looking lizards born with bodies almost entirely comprised of their tails
A handful of endangered lizards with bodies nearly entirely comprised of their tails were born at a zoo in the U.K. recently. Four blue tree monitor lizards were born while Bristol Zoo was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, British news agency SWNS reports. Zookeepers have been caring for the endangered reptile species, which was only discovered in 2001. PREHISTORIC-LOOKING 'DINOSAUR OF THE TURTLE WORLD' ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE CAPTURED IN FLORIDAAt birth, the blue tree monitor lizards were just 5 centimeters ( about 2 inches) in length and weighed just 13 grams (half an ounce). RARE, DEADLY RUSSELL'S BIPER SNAKE WITH TWO HEADS SPOTTED IN INDIAIn addition, a pancake tortoise was also born during the lockdown, the zoo added.
NYC elementary schools reopen in key test of resuming learning during coronavirus pandemic
Twice delayed, the elementary school reopening comes over objections from school principals who said the city's complicated, changing plans put them in a staffing bind. Other students are already back in the city's virus-altered version of in-person school, learning sometimes in classrooms and sometimes at home. The principals' union said the late-breaking change was too much. Many other big school systems around the country began the fall term online, though some are reopening physical schools. In Florida, for instance, students opting for in-person learning returned to schools Sept. 21 in Palm Beach County, where the nation’s 10th largest school system has over 197,000 students.
Giuliani on Trump’s debate prep: He’s better prepared against Biden than he was 4 years ago
President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani previewed Tuesday night's first presidential debate against Joe Biden as he is prepping the commander-in-chief. FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE PREDICTED TO GET 74% OF VOTERS WATCHING, POLL FINDS"I think this is a great opportunity for the president to really just be himself. He doesn't have to hold back at all really," Giuliani said. "Joe is a really, really big phony." And on Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, another debate topic, Giuliani warned: "Joe better stay away from her religion."
Armenia, Azerbaijan clashes continue as tensions mount in decades-old conflict
ARMENIA-AZERBAIJAN CLASHES: US, OTHERS MUST INTERVENE AS CONFLICT ESCALATES, EXPERTS SAYTwo days of fighting have killed dozens and left scores wounded. AZERBAIJAN, ARMENIA FIGHT OVER DISPUTED REGION AS TANKS DESTROYED, HELICOPTERS SHOT DOWNGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for an immediate cease-fire in phone calls with the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan, her office said Tuesday. Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan in the conflict, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling on Armenia to immediately withdraw from the separatist region. “The solution to the problem is simple and there is only one solution: Armenia has to withdraw from the territories it has occupied. “They must not consider Azerbaijan and Armenia on an equal footing,” Cavusoglu said.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb fears U.S. headed into 'most dangerous season' for Covid cases
Dr. Scott Gottlieb fears U.S. headed into 'most dangerous season' for Covid casesDr. Scott Gottlieb, member of the boards of Pfizer and biotech company Illumina and former FDA commissioner, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss which models of coronavirus cases and deaths he believes to be the most accurate in order to best understand the trajectory of the virus for the rest of the year.
The Pre-Market Rundown 2: September 29, 2020
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Opening Bell, September 29, 2020
Opening Bell, September 29, 2020Watch the opening bell for the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange from Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
'They blew it'— Jim Cramer says Congress 'missed the boat' on helping small businesses
'They blew it'— Jim Cramer says Congress 'missed the boat' on helping small businessesCNBC's Jim Cramer said Tuesday that Congress "missed the boat" on providing small businesses with further financial assistance. Too many businesses, especially in the hospitality industry, have already closed for another stimulus plan to make a big difference, he says.
How will the White House, Senate react to Democrats' new $2.2 trillion stimulus plan?
How will the White House, Senate react to Democrats' new $2.2 trillion stimulus plan? U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that Democratic lawmakers unveiled a new, $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which she said was a compromise measure that reduces the costs of the economic aid. CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" crew and Ylan Mui discuss the negotiations in Washington.
LVMH is countersuing Tiffany over $16 billion deal — Here are the arguments from both sides
LVMH is countersuing Tiffany over $16 billion deal — Here are the arguments from both sidesLVMH filed a countersuit against Tiffany Monday in a bid to walk away from the $16.2 billion takeover. LVMH says the conditions necessary to close the acquisition haven't been met and it won't be able to complete the deal as it stands. It cited the pandemic, the threat of U.S. tariffs on French goods and Tiffany's request to extend the deal deadline to the end of the year. Faber reports the latest on this developing story.
Looking to buy a used car? Experts say ask these 5 questions first
Where can I buy a used car? How much should I spend on a used car? The average price of a used car during July was $21,558, according to Edmunds, an auto industry analyst site. What steps do I need to take to ensure my used car is safe to drive? Emilie Voss Spokesperson from CarfaxWhat is the most common mistake people make when buying a used car?
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Barclays launch 3 new credit cards to help you earn free nights faster
The three new cards include: Wyndham Rewards® Earner? Card, Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus Card and Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card. Old Wyndham Rewards card holders can continue to use their card or migrate to one of the new cards. WyndhamWyndham Rewards Earner CardThe Wyndham Rewards Earner Card is the entry-level card with no annual fee. Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus CardThe Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus Card is the more premium offer with elevated rewards and benefits. Wyndham Rewards Earner Business CardWyndham is also entering the business card market with the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card.
Biden campaign slams Facebook for 'regression' in its efforts to safeguard the election
"Rather than seeing progress, we have seen regression," wrote Biden Campaign Manager Jen O'Malley Dillon in a letter to Zuckerberg that was obtained Axios. O'Malley Dillon accuses Facebook of failing to act by its commitments to prohibit messages misrepresenting who can vote and how. O'Malley Dillon called for Facebook to remove Trump's posts that violate its policies. Twitter, by contrast, has taken more aggressive actions in the past year on political content, such as fact-checking and obscuring some of Trump's tweets and banning political ads altogether. "As you say, 'voting is voice,'" O'Malley Dillon wrote.
The FAFSA opens Oct 1—and it's more important than ever to complete it ASAP
Schools often distribute student aid funds on a first-come, first-serve basis in order of when students complete the financial aid applications, and this year it will be more important than ever that students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Discover Student Loans polled 1,500 parents with college-bound teens in early March and again in May. As a result, 39% of those who did not plan to apply for federal aid in March, by May said they will. "The FAFSA becomes available on October 1, and some schools award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. "If that's the case, there is an appeals process families can take advantage of to update their financial aid decision."
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah dies at age 91
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah (C) attends the oppening session of the 30th Arab League summit in the Tunisian capital Tunis on March 31, 2019. Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, who ruled over his oil-rich country since 2006 and had been its foreign minister for 40 years, including during Saddam Hussein's invasion, has died. He is expected to be succeeded by his 83-year-old half-brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Sheikh Sabah underwent surgery in July 2020 for an unspecified medical problem and was flown to the United States for further treatment. In August 1990, Saddam's Iraq invaded its strategically located southern neighbor, deposed the emir — Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah — and annexed Kuwait.
Spotify CEO backs Tesla rival after pledging to invest over $1 billion in European ‘moonshots’
LONDON — Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of Spotify, has invested in Swedish battery firm Northvolt, which is building a Gigafactory in Sweden's Lapland region. Current Northvolt shareholders Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, IMAS Foundation, Scania and Volkswagen have also participated in the funding round. The investment in the Tesla rival comes less than a week after Ek pledged to invest 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) of his own wealth into "moonshot" bets in Europe. According to Forbes, Ek is worth $3.7 billion, indicating he's allocating roughly a third of his own wealth to fund European tech. "I want to do my part; we all know that one of the greatest challenges is access to capital," Ek said, adding he wanted to achieve a "new European dream."
New York bankruptcies reportedly surge 40% during pandemic
Bankruptcies in the New York City region have surged 40% during the coronavirus pandemic compared with the same time a year ago, according to Bloomberg. But in New York City, which became the epicenter of the virus in March, the environment has been especially challenged. From March 16 to Sept. 27, 610 businesses filed for bankruptcy in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the publication reported on Tuesday. Owners of small businesses, which have struggled more during the pandemic, are less likely to file for bankruptcy. Yelp data shows that more than 4,000 New York City businesses have permanently closed since March.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb fears U.S. headed for 'most dangerous season' for coronavirus infections
The United States could be entering its "most dangerous season" for coronavirus infections, Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned Tuesday, as the colder weather brings more people indoors. "As we head into the fall and winter, the conditions are right to see continued, more aggressive spread of this virus," Gottlieb said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Gottlieb's comments came one day after global deaths from Covid-19 topped 1 million, and one week after the U.S. eclipsed 200,000 deaths. Gottlieb said Tuesday, "You're certainly seeing the rising infections right now, so we're taking an awful lot of infection into probably what is going to be the most dangerous season for this virus." Although he sees more risk for infections, Gottlieb noted the U.S. has been able to improve the way it treats Covid-19 patients during the course of the pandemic, leading to a declining mortality rate.
Mastermind behind K-pop sensation BTS uses this philosophy for success — and so does Jeff Bezos
Bang Si-Hyuk is know as the mastermind behind K-pop sensation BTS, since he brought the boy band together in 2013. In Bang's case, the "customers" are the extremely devoted BTS fans, who collectively refer to themselves as "ARMY." "The K-pop fandom is very vocal," Bang told Time in 2019. "As a result, working with BTS' fandom is one of the biggest services Big Hit provides." And it's paying off: Big Hit told Billboard it generated 587.2 billion won (about $507.9 million) in revenue last year.
Cramer blasts Congress for failing to pass more stimulus: 'They hated each other and they blew it'
CNBC's Jim Cramer took aim at the federal government's failure to pass a second coronavirus stimulus relief bill to aid ailing small businesses on Tuesday. They can talk all they want, they blew it," said Cramer on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street. Cramer took to Twitter earlier on Tuesday to express frustration over the lack of relief. Cramer emphasized that other efforts to help small businesses, like outdoor seating, were not enough to replace the aid from Congress. "The outside works until its freezing, the outside works until it rains, the outside works until the department of transportation says you can't have many seats, the outside works until the police say you've got social distancing problems.
Retail trade group tells consumers this holiday season to shop 'safe and early'
Consumers begin their Black Friday specials shopping as Macys opens their doors at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day on November 28, 2019 in New York. The retail industry's leading trade group has a message to customers ahead of the 2020 holiday season, which will be unlike any other: Get your shopping done early in order to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Retail Federation announced Tuesday the debut of its new ad campaign, "Shop safe, shop early." "Retailers are ready with inventory and sales, and there's no reason to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to kick off your gift shopping." CDC also noted that shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday or the days that follow are lower risk.
Disney+ now lets you watch movies with friends no matter where you are
Disney+ rolled out a new feature in the U.S. on Tuesday that lets you watch movies and TV shows with your friends no matter where you are. It's a convenient feature to add right now, since most of us are stuck at home and can't watch movies and TV shows with friends like we normally would. And it might help Disney attract new subscribers, since people will be able to watch together. Disney is the latest streaming company to launch a co-watching feature as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps millions at home. Disney-owned Hulu introduced Hulu Watch Party in late May, while Amazon added a co-watching feature to Prime Video in June.
6 ways the coronavirus pandemic has forever altered the retail landscape
Grocery stores, pharmacies and home improvement stores stayed open as essential businesses. Here's a closer look at some ways that the pandemic has forever altered the retail landscape. That's led to investment and expansion of contactless checkout approaches — particularly by grocery stores. In the early weeks of the pandemic, consumers flocked to stores to stock up on pantry staples and hand sanitizer. Sharp split between big spenders and penny pinchersThe coronavirus pandemic has heightened a longstanding wealth disparity among American consumers.
'The girls go crazy over him': Meet Jenisbek Tserik, Mongolia's most eligible eagle hunter
His name is Jenisbek Tserik, an appellation that means "steel warrior" -- an apt description given his achievements. A proud historyAged 26, Jenisbek says he's not married -- but has five girlfriends. Related content Luxury jets whisk VIPs to their destinations in flying palacesBut it's only once the tourists have gone that the eagle hunting season begins. Prize catches includes foxes and hares, whose luxuriant coats make the warmest hats, just like those crowning Jenisbek and his companions. When every unmarried woman in the valley is lining up for you, like they are for Jenisbek, who needs a wife?
Pelosi, Mnuchin set to talk as Democrats release $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to talk Tuesday morning after Democrats unveiled a coronavirus stimulus plan designed to restart progress toward a relief deal. Democrats released the $2.2 trillion legislation Monday night as they struggle to break a weeks-long impasse with the White House over how to structure a fifth relief bill. Pelosi and Mnuchin spoke on Monday night after Democrats unveiled their bill, the speaker's spokesman Drew Hammill said. While the pair agreed to speak again Tuesday morning, it is unclear if they moved any closer to a compromise. Writing to House Democrats on Monday night, Pelosi said her party is "making good on our promise to compromise with this updated bill" because it cuts more than $1 trillion from their original plan.
Colorado couple's 20-year search for extinct fruit finally pays off
The Colorado Orange apple, a late-season apple, was popular in the late 1800s because it could be stored for long periods to be eaten during the winter. It's been long-believed the Colorado Orange apple was extinct. Related content Meet the American woman hunting for Asia's best duriansApples to applesColorado fruit growers have begun grafting new Colorado Orange apple trees in their orchards. Amongst its library of nearly 4,000 watercolor paintings of apples, the USDA had four depictions of Colorado Orange apples. "But, it does us no good to be the only persons growing [the Colorado Orange apple].
Hotels of Pyongyang: New book takes readers inside North Korean capital's colorful accommodations
But in North Korea , the opposite is true. That's the premise of his new self-published book " Hotels of Pyongyang ," with text by Scullin and photographs by Nicole Reed. "I wanted to personally explore these hotels, but also document these hotels in Pyongyang that service international travelers," he explains. However, North Korea is generally free of branding -- there are no advertisements, no TV commercials and no billboards. But she didn't want to bring her laptop with her to North Korea, so she traveled with only her most basic equipment.
As Asia's 'travel bubbles' fail to materialize, travelers face prospect of long winter at home
"Travel bubbles are extremely complex to implement, much greater than what people may have thought originally," says Mario Hardy, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The government announced last week it's creating a special 90-day long-stay visa for international tourists, a plan it hopes to implement by October. Elsewhere in the region: A mixed response to reopeningThough closed to international tourism, Bali remains open to domestic tourists. The country accounted for $277 billion or 16% of the world's total $1.7 trillion international tourism spending, according to the UNWTO. Maldives defies the normIn the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Maldives is made up of more than 1,000 islands, which tourists travel between on seaplanes.
A London coffee shop is charging $64 for its premium brew -- here's what it tastes like
The newly opened coffee shop aims to be the finest in London. Queens of MayfairBased in a very upscale district of Central London, the Queens of Mayfair coffee shop has already sold more than half of its available stock, which can only be drunk on the premises as part of an exclusive experience. The coffee was graded 91.08/95 by the competition's international panel of judges and coffee experts following rigorous tasting and testing, according to Queens. Related content How to brew a better cup of coffee, according to baristas and coffee expertsThere is already great interest in the exclusive coffee experience. Purists will be pleased to hear that the coffee is served black and straight up.
Chadwick Boseman cut his own salary to increase Sienna Miller's on '21 Bridges'
(CNN) Sienna Miller has revealed that Chadwick Boseman reduced his own salary for "21 Bridges" to get her on board the project and ensure she felt fairly compensated. Boseman privately fought a battle with colon cancer for four years before his death in August. Boseman, who also produced "21 Bridges," liked Miller's work and wanted her for the role of detective Frankie Burns, she told the publication. I'd been working non-stop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him." Boseman fought for Miller.
'Avatar 3' is almost done filming
(CNN) "Avatar 2" is finished filming and "Avatar 3" is nearly done, director James Cameron has revealed. As a result of that, we've rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. He continued: "Now that doesn't mean I have an extra year to finish the film because the day we deliver 'Avatar 2,' we'll just start working on finishing 'Avatar 3.' So where we are right now, I'm down in New Zealand shooting, we're shooting the remainder of the live-action. We're 100 percent complete on 'Avatar 2' and we're sort of 95 percent complete with 'Avatar 3.'"
WHO announces Covid-19 rapid tests for low and middle income countries
(CNN) The World Health Organization has announced an agreement to make rapid Covid-19 tests available to lower and middle-income countries across the world. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general said, "a substantial proportion of these rapid tests - 120 million - will be made available to low and middle-income countries. "Being able to deploy quality antigen RDTs, rapid diagnostic tests, will be a significant step forward in enabling countries to contain and combat Covid-19," Sands added. Sands said these tests will help low and middle-income countries to "close the dramatic gap in testing between rich and poor countries." For lower-middle-income countries, 61, and from low-income countries, 14," Sands said, though he did not expand on where that data originates.
MLB Playoffs 2020: Round-by-Round Picks and Predictions
1 of 9Julio Cortez/Associated PressToronto Blue Jays (8) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (1)After a slow start, the Blue Jays capped 2020 with a 25-17 record down the stretch. Hyun Jin Ryu and Taijuan Walker are a solid rotation duo, and Toronto's youth-laden offense was one of the better ones in MLB during the aforementioned stretch run. Rays in 3Chicago White Sox (7) vs. Oakland Athletics (2)Speaking of records against winning clubs, the A's played just six games against such teams and won only two of them. On the heels of their 13-12 run through September, the White Sox aren't without their own red flags. Yet their offense is coming off a strong September, and it's backed by an underrated pitching staff that finished fourth in MLB with a 3.58 ERA.
Paramedics test jet suit that can fly up mountains
London (CNN Business) The world's first jet suit-wearing paramedic could be coming to the hilly terrain of the Lake District in the United Kingdom. Using the 1050 brake horsepower jet suit, a 25-minute hike was reduced to a flight lasting just 90 seconds, according to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which collaborated on the project with jet suit manufacturer Gravity Industries. The jet suit could be a game changer given the treacherous geographical features in the area, which is popular with hikers. Using the jet suit, a walk that usually takes 25 minutes can be dramatically reduced to just 90 seconds. "In many cases this would ease the patient's suffering.
During Tuesday's debate, the echo chambers will be temporarily erased
In 2016, 84 million people watched the first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton — the current record. The lines dividing the various echo chambers will temporarily be erased, and Americans tuning in will see the same debate with no ideological filters applied by the platform in which they are viewing it. Post-debate spinWhile Americans tuning in to the debate will see the same version of events, expect a stream of partisan commentary and disinformation in its immediate aftermath. 'Moderating a presidential debate is like directing traffic'In a piece outlining why Chris Wallace "won't be the Trump-slaying moderators liberals crave," Politico's Jack Shafer wrote that "moderating a presidential debate is like directing traffic." In other words, don't expect Wallace to relentlessly grill Trump onstage as he might in an interview.
Tampa Bay Lightning win the NHL's Stanley Cup
(CNN) The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to win the National Hockey League's 2019-2020 championship. The Lightning won by a score of 2-0 in an empty Rogers Place arena in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Brayden Point and Blake Coleman each scored for Tampa Bay, and Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy held the Stars scoreless in a stellar performance. The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate following the series-winning 2-0 victory over the Dallas Stars in Game Six of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place on September 28, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This is the Lightning's second Stanley Cup win in franchise history with the first coming in the 2003-2004 season.
Dennis Kucinich Fast Facts
PersonalBirth date: October 8, 1946Birth place: Cleveland, OhioBirth name: Dennis John KucinichFather: Frank Kucinich, a truck driverMother: Virginia (Norris) KucinichMarriages: Elizabeth (Harper) Kucinich (2005-present); Sandra Kucinich (1977-1986, divorced); Helen Kucinich (divorced)Children: with Sandra Kucinich-Horn: JackieEducation: Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1973, and M.A., 1974Religion: Roman CatholicOther FactsIs a vegan. When Kucinich was mayor of Cleveland, the city defaulted on close to $15 million in loans. April 2013 - Kucinich joins the Advisory Board of the Kucinich joins the Advisory Board of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. January 17, 2018 - Announces he is running for governor of Ohio. May 8, 2018 - Loses the Democratic primary for Ohio's governor to Richard Cordray.
Fighting rages between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh
Battles raged into a third day in the region that lies within Azerbaijan, but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces since 1994.
Spurs goalkeeping coach Santos given touchline ban for improper conduct
(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur’s goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos has been banned from the dugout for one game for improper conduct in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle United, the Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday. The FA also fined Santos 8,000 pounds ($10,273.60) after the Portuguese admitted to the charges. It was one of many decisions at the weekend to draw criticism on the new handball law. Callum Wilson converted the spot kick to deny Spurs the victory. “... Santos, has been suspended from the touchline for one match and fined 8,000 pounds after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 and accepting a standard penalty,” an FA spokesperson said.
Second seed Pliskova arrests errors to shoot down Sherif
PARIS (Reuters) - Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova managed to rein in her errors and found a way past battling Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif with a 6-7(9) 6-2 6-4 victory in the opening round of the French Open on Tuesday. But Sherif saved five of them in the tiebreak to win the opening set as a frustrated Pliskova slammed her racquet on court. A crucial break in the seventh game of the deciding set then proved enough for the second seed. Pliskova, who retired in the final in Rome with injury before coming to Paris, sealed the match with her fifth ace on her second match point. “I relaxed a little bit in the second set, and of course she was just playing an ugly game,” said Pliskova, who reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2017.
Oregon inmates find redemption in fighting wildfires
The 10 Oregon prisoners carry chainsaws, axes, shovels and hoes into the biggest wildfires the state has seen in a century. A dozen such crews have worked fires in Oregon this month, which has seen over 1 million acres burn and nine people die during this year’s wildfire season. The men in a crew working the forested mountains near Paisley, Oregon, last week were mostly young and fit. All say they say they are blessed to have found a legal, alternative rush. Those connections and sense of purpose, he said, “have helped me deal with a lot of my own demons.”
Kuwait's ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah dies
Slideshow ( 5 images )KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait’s ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died, his office said in a statement read out on state television on Tuesday. Sheikh Sabah, 91, had ruled the Gulf Arab oil producer and U.S. ally since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years. His designated successor is his brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Sheikh Sabah sought to balance relations with Kuwait’s bigger neighbours -- forging the closest ties with Saudi Arabia, rebuilding links with former occupier Iraq and keeping open dialogue with Iran. Oil policy is set by the country’s Supreme Petroleum Council, which is appointed by the emir.
Exclusive: Google, Fitbit deal set to win EU okay after fresh concessions - sources
Fitbit Blaze watch is seen in front of a displayed Google logo in this illustration picture taken, November 8, 2019. Google said it had offered to restrict the use of Fitbit data for Google ads and would also tighten the monitoring of that process, confirming a Reuters report. Third parties will also continue to have access to Fitbit users’ data, with users’ consent. The concessions, reported earlier by Reuters, are set to clear the way for the deal to be approved, the people said. The EU competition enforcer will now seek feedback from rivals and customers before deciding whether to accept Google’s concessions, demand more, or either clear or block the detail.
NBA-Lakers' LeBron faces former Heat team in NBA Finals
(Reuters) - An unexpected NBA Finals matchup between the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat begins this week, capping an unprecedented season interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak before resuming without fans at Disney World in Florida. The West’s top-seeded Lakers last appeared in the NBA Finals in 2010 when they picked up the franchise’s 16th championship, one shy of the Boston Celtics’ all-time mark. Awaiting the Lakers in Game One on Wednesday will be the East’s fifth-seeded Heat, a battle-tested team led by Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo and whose surprising run to the Finals has been no fluke. For their part, the Heat have embraced the underdog role and feel they have yet to play their best basketball. We’re worried about us and being the best Miami Heat team that we can be.”
Fed's Kaplan sees costs to pinning rates at zero
FILE PHOTO: Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Robert Kaplan speaks at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, U.S., October 11, 2019. “I believe there are real costs to keeping rates at zero for a prolonged period of time,” including excessive risk-taking and distortions in financial markets. Each would have very different tax, trade, spending, and other policies with big implications for the economy’s trajectory. Kaplan dissented earlier this month against the Fed’s decision to keep rates at zero until inflation reaches and is on track to “moderately exceed” the Fed’s 2% goal. “I believe that we will learn a lot over the next two years about the impact of monetary policy on achieving our inflation goals,” Kaplan said.
Geopolitical tension is no immediate risk to Azeri gas flows - TAP executive
MILAN (Reuters) - The growing tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan does not pose any immediate risk to the flow of Azeri gas into Western Europe, the head of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) said on Tuesday. TAP is the final leg of a $40 billion project named the Southern Gas Corridor, which will transport gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Italy. “Fortunately the Corridor is a long way from the most critical area,” TAP managing director Luca Schieppati said during an energy conference in Milan. “By the end of the year the gas will flow and we can finally open the southern corridor,” he said. The 878km TAP pipeline, which will have an annual capacity of 10 billion cubic metres of gas, is a cornerstone of the European Union’s energy security policy to wean the bloc off Russian gas.
Universal Health tells employees its corporate network remains offline
(Reuters) - Hospital chain Universal Health Services has on Tuesday told employees that its network remains offline, two days after the company fell prey to an apparent ransomware attack. On Monday the company, which runs some 400 hospitals and care centers across the United States and the United Kingdom, announced it was dealing with an “IT security issue.”UHS has provided no detail on the nature of the issue, but experts said the outage had the hallmarks of ransomware, a breed of malicious software that locks users out of their computers until a digital payment is made. A text message sent by UHS to its staff and reviewed by Reuters said that “the corporate network remains offline.” The message provided no timetable for when computer access would be restored and instructed some UHS employees to “please continue to work remotely using alternative communication channels.”In a statement, UHS said that while “this matter may result in temporary disruptions to certain aspects of our clinical and financial operations,” patient care “continues to be delivered safely and effectively.”The statement was forwarded to Reuters by a UHS spokeswoman using her personal email address. A message seeking further detail was not immediately returned; emails sent to her professional account were returned as undeliverable.
Thiel-backed fintech Deposit Solutions launches in United States
Deposit Solutions will operate in the United States under the SaveBetter.com brand. The U.S. operation will run on Deposit Solutions’ existing technology platform, which is based on the idea of banking as a service. “Deposit Solutions can do for the deposits business what PayPal did for the payments space,” Thiel, who backed Deposit Solutions in 2016, said in a statement. In the direct-to-consumer space Deposit Solutions’ platform, Zinspilot (Interest Rate Pilot), competes with rival German fintech Raisin’s Weltsparen (World Saving) product. Raisin launched a business-to-business product in the United States earlier this year, and plans a consumer product in 2021.
Oil falls as virus cases mount and U.S. debate looms
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices dropped on Tuesday as Europe and the United States grappled with a surge in new coronavirus infections and investors remained cautious ahead of the first U.S. presidential debate. FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is placed on dollar banknotes in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationBrent's November contract LCOc1, which expires on Wednesday, fell 63 cents, or 1.5%, to $41.80 a barrel by 1342 GMT. “Rising numbers of new corona cases in the United States and Europe are limiting the upside potential (for oil prices),” said Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch. [API/S] [EIA/S]The average U.S. crude oil inventory estimate from five analysts polled by Reuters was that U.S. stocks rose by 1.4 million barrels in the week to Sept. 25.
Microsoft says disruption to Teams, Outlook resolved
FILE PHOTO: The Microsoft store is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., June 26, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has resolved a major outage to its Microsoft 365 services that impacted users of business products including Outlook and Teams, the company said on Tuesday. The company said it has rolled back an update to its services, which had likely caused the disruption. Microsoft did not disclose details on how many users were impacted, but outage tracking website Downdetector.com showed that at its peak nearly 8,000 individuals reported issues with Teams and Outlook on late Monday. The issue, which persisted for several hours Monday night, had caused an uproar on Twitter, with several users complaining that the outage meant they could miss their job interviews and deadline for college assignments.
Hunting for crocodiles
David Gray, Reuters PhotographerWe are deep in a forest crowded by Australian paperback trees, the air thick with humidity but eerily silent save for the screeching of tropical birds, when Marcus shouts: "Look, crocodiles!" I can't see anything beyond mud and what little water is left in the small billabong. Hang on a minute: wasn't your son pointing at crocodiles in that water ten seconds ago? Roy treads carefully as the water rises to his knees, seeming for a moment to lose sight of his prey. With the sun blazing and temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit, I am getting pessimistic, when suddenly Roy fires his shotgun.
Beyond Meat triples distribution of plant-based burgers at Walmart stores
FILE PHOTO: Products from Beyond Meat Inc, the vegan burger maker, are shown for sale at a market in Encinitas, California, U.S., June 5, 2019. REUTERS/(Reuters) - Beyond Meat Inc BYND.O said on Tuesday its burger patties will be available at more than 2,400 Walmart Inc WMT.N stores from next week, as it triples distribution with the retailer to tap into the growing demand for its plant-based meat products during the pandemic. Along with the burger, Walmart also sells other Beyond Meat products such as its plant-based sausage in the fresh meat aisle and sausage patties in freezer aisles, the plant-based meat maker said. The sausage and sausage patties, however, were not part of the expanded distribution deal. (This story corrects paragraph 3 to say 800 Walmart stores, not 8,000 Walmart stores)
Kuwait TV cuts to Koranic verses in possible sign of death in ruling family
FILE PHOTO: Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah arrives at Heathrow Airport in London November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File PhotoDUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait television interrupted regular programming to cut to Koranic verses on Tuesday, a move which often signifies the death of a senior member of the Gulf Arab state’s ruling family. Kuwait’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, 91, has been in hospital in the United States since July following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait that same month. Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait, an OPEC oil producer and ally of the United States, since 2006 and has steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years. On Sept. 14 Kuwait’s prime minister had informed his cabinet that the emir’s health was improving.
Kuwait's ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah dies - state tv
Slideshow ( 5 images )KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait’s ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died said an official statement read out on state television on Tuesday. Sheikh Sabah, 91, had ruled the Gulf Arab oil producer and U.S. ally since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years. His designated successor is his brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Beckham's Guild Esports raises £20 million ahead of Friday debut in London
REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo(Reuters) - David Beckham’s Guild Esports has raised 20 million pounds ($25.73 million) and plans to make its debut on the London Stock Exchange on Friday, making the former England soccer captain’s esports enterprise the first to go public in Britain. The company said on Tuesday its oversubscribed offering of 250 million shares was priced at 8 pence per ordinary share. The former soccer star will hold a 4.78% stake in the company following the initial public offering, making him the fourth-largest shareholder, according to a prospectus that has been approved by the UK Listing Authority. Other investors in Guild include Toro Consulting Ltd, the Blue Star Capital Plc, and Schroder Investment Management Ltd. The esports enterprise, which posted a net loss of 1.2 million pounds in the 10 months ended June 30, plans to use the proceeds from the share placing to recruit new players and invest in its brand.
Amid war and turmoil, Kuwait emir struggled for Gulf unity
FILE PHOTO: Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah attends the 28th Ordinary Summit of the Arab League at the Dead Sea, Jordan March 29, 2017. An official statement read out on state television on Tuesday said Sheikh Sabah, 91, had died. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia finally agreed last December on the shared oilfields, ending a five-year dispute. In a rare interview in 2010, Sheikh Sabah traced Kuwait’s political problems back to the constitution, which describes a system that is both presidential and parliamentary. Sheikh Sabah also broke the hold of opposition groups, both Islamists and liberals, on parliament by using executive powers to amend the voting system in 2012.
Financial firms and governments deeply sceptical of cryptocurrencies - survey
LONDON (Reuters) - Financial firms and governments overwhelmingly see cryptocurrencies as risky, a major survey found on Tuesday, with the potential for bitcoin and other digital tokens for use in money laundering and sanctions busting among the chief worries. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoAround 60% of respondents from financial firms, government and the private sector alike to the survey by the Royal United Services Institute think-tank and the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialists said cryptocurrencies were a risk rather than an opportunity. Nearly 90% of respondents from financial firms said they were worried about crypto being used to launder money. Only a fifth of respondents from financial and other private firms said they viewed digital coins as an opportunity, the research found. The survey was based on over 550 responses from financial institutions, law enforcement and financial watchdogs, and legal and insurance firms.
Canada will impose sanctions on Belarus president, other senior officials
FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko stands near service members during an inauguration ceremony in Minsk, Belarus September 23, 2020. Andrei Stasevich/BelTA/Handout via REUTERSOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is imposing sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and 10 other senior officials for committing human rights violations, the foreign ministry said in a statement. More than 12,000 people have been arrested, and hundreds remain in jail, since Lukashenko was declared the landslide winner of an Aug. 9 presidential election that the opposition denounced as rigged. “Since the fraudulent presidential elections in August 2020, the Government of Belarus has conducted a systematic campaign of repression and state-sponsored violence against public protests and the activities of opposition groups,” said the statement. Canada, which announced the sanctions in coordination with Britain, said the measures were part of a broader diplomatic effort to support the people of Belarus.
Devon-WPX deal offers a playbook for future shale consolidation
“This deal represents the form of shale company consolidation that many across the industry have been looking for,” said Andrew Dittmar, a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Enverus. It is the second big shale deal with a similar profile. Chevron CVX.N earlier agreed to buy Noble Energy NBL.O for $13 billion including debt, in a low-premium, all-stock deal. The deal also signals that companies with higher debt-to-equity ratios could be left out in the cold as shale producers consolidate. “It potentially leaves some over-levered companies without dance partners”, said Dan Pickering, founder and chief investment officer at asset manager Pickering Energy Partners.
Auschwitz memorial director offers to share Nigerian boy's blasphemy jail term
LAGOS (Reuters) - The head of Poland’s Auschwitz Memorial has written to Nigeria’s president offering to serve part of a 10-year jail term handed to a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy. If a pardon was not possible, Cywinski said he and 119 other volunteers would take on the boy’s punishment and each spend a month in a Nigerian jail. Two spokesmen for Nigeria’s president declined to comment on the unusual intervention on Saturday. A special adviser to the governor of Kano said he had seen the letter on social media. “The position of Kano state government remains the decision of the sharia court,” Salihu Tanko Yakasai told Reuters.
Germany's debt costs hit historic low despite record borrowing - sources
REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool/File PhotoBERLIN (Reuters) - Germany expects its debt servicing costs to more than halve this year and reach their lowest level despite the government’s decision to take on record new borrowing in the COVID-19 pandemic, two officials told Reuters on Tuesday. The German parliament has temporarily suspended the constitutionally enshrined debt limits to allow the government finance its measures with net new borrowing of 218 billion euros this year and additional 96 billion euros next year. The finance ministry so far has earmarked 9.6 billion euros for debt servicing in its 2020 budget which already marks a drop from some 12 billion euros in the previous year. A finance ministry spokesman declined to comment. In its draft 2021 budget, the ministry has so far earmarked 9.8 billion euros for debt servicing.
Early closing for some Polish bars as COVID infections rise
Slideshow ( 2 images )WARSAW (Reuters) - Restaurants and bars will have to close at 10 p.m. at the latest in areas of Poland worst affected by the coronavirus, the health minister said, adding that there would be no nationwide lockdown. Poland reported 1,326 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, after a record 1,587 new cases on Friday. “Depending on the place and scale of new infections we will be implementing new measures,” Adam Niedzielski told a news conference on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear when the new measures would take effect. “Expecting that the trend of new infections above 1,000-1,500 a day will be continued ... we have increased the base of beds available,” he added.
NY Fed's Williams stresses importance of financial markets resilience
“We need to understand how changes in the market ecosystem —whether due to regulation, technology, or other factors — have influenced market resilience,” Williams said in remarks prepared for the U.S. Treasury Market Conference. The Fed helped to stabilize markets after bouts of volatility last September and in March by conducting large-scale operations in the market for repurchase agreements, or repo, and by purchasing Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities. Studying those scenarios can help lead to reforms that can make the financial system stronger, Williams said. “It’s crucial that our financial system can handle shocks and disruption,” he said. Williams did not comment on his outlook for the economy or monetary policy in his remarks.
Meatpackers deny workers benefits for COVID-19 deaths, illnesses
“That is the ultimate question: How can you prove it?” said Nick Fogel, an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation at the firm Burg Simpson in Colorado. The White House declined to comment on the industry's rejections of workers' claims. Tyson has also denied workers’ compensation claims stemming from a big outbreak in Iowa, workers’ attorneys told Reuters. Workers’ compensation is generally the only way to recoup medical expenses and lost wages for work-related injuries and deaths. Ben Roth, a local workers’ compensation attorney, said five families of employees who died filed workers compensation claims for death benefits, and all were denied.
Syrian amputee gets new lease of life from designing prosthetics, helping others
ALEPPO PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) - Abdelmawla Ibrahim was only 16 when he felt his life was over. Slideshow ( 5 images )“I hated myself, hated my life, I was very depressed,” said Ibrahim, now 24. Ibrahim now works at the al-Bab Centre for prosthetics, funded by a UK-registered charity, Hand in Hand for Aid and Development, that provides medical aid across Syria. Abdelrahim Khlouf, head of the al-Bab centre, said there were tens of thousands of people who have lost limbs in the country’s north in Syria’s nine-year multi-sided war. Ibrahim, who recently got married, said his dream now is to continue his education abroad to gain more knowledge to help others who have lost limbs.
Beyond Meat triples distribution of plant-based burgers at Walmart stores
FILE PHOTO: A guest wears a hat during the Beyond Meat IPO at the Nasdaq Market site in New York, U.S., May 2, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid(Reuters) - Beyond Meat Inc BYND.O said on Tuesday its burger patties will be available at more than 2,400 Walmart Inc WMT.N stores from next week, as it triples distribution with the retailer to tap into the growing demand for its plant-based meat products during the pandemic. Along with the burger, Walmart also sells other Beyond Meat products such as its plant-based sausage in the fresh meat aisle and sausage patties in freezer aisles, the plant-based meat maker said. The sausage and sausage patties, however, were not part of the expanded distribution deal. (This story corrects paragraph 3 to say 800 Walmart stores, not 8,000 Walmart stores)
Kuwait's ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah dies: state tv
Slideshow ( 2 images )KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait’s ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died said an official statement read out on state television on Tuesday. Sheikh Sabah, 91, had ruled the Gulf Arab oil producer and U.S. ally since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years. His designated successor is his brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Meghan loses latest court battle with UK tabloid newspaper
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex with Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex meet young people from a number of mental health projects operating in New Zealand, at the Maranui Cafe in Wellington, New Zealand October 29, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, has lost the latest skirmish in her privacy lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, after London’s High Court ruled on Tuesday the paper could amend its case ahead of a trial next year. Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is suing publisher Associated Newspapers over articles the Mail on Sunday printed last year that included parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Last week, the paper applied for permission to amend its case, arguing that the couple had cooperated with a biography about them which was published in August, and that showed Meghan had intended some private details to become public, including the contents of the letter. The judge, Francesca Kaye, said that while she made no view on the strength of the Mail’s case, the amendments could not be said to be “unarguable or utterly fanciful”.
2020 U.S. ELECTION: What you need to know right now
- Trump's campaign is upping its spending on lawyers as an election legal battle heats up. New FEC data shows Trump spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to litigate voting by mail, including in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. - Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is due to meet senators on Tuesday, beginning with majority leader Mitch McConnell. INVESTOR VIEWHeightened equity market volatility extending beyond the presidential election is the most significant risk for investors, AIA Group's chief investment officer said on Tuesday. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVEImmigrant families separated around the world by Trump's aggressive policies face a new phase of uncertainty: waiting to see who will win the election.
Belarus to sanction some 300 officials from Baltic states in tit-for-tat move: Belta
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it would impose sanctions against some 300 officials from the Baltic states in retaliation for their imposition of travel bans on more Belarusian officials, the Belta official news agency reported. The ministry said it would add about 100 officials from each Baltic state - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - to its sanctions list.
TSX opens lower on fresh movement curbs; oil weighs
The Art Deco facade of the original Toronto Stock Exchange building is seen on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren(Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index fell on Tuesday as fresh lockdown measures imposed by the government on pubs and restaurants dampened recovery hopes while energy stocks fell on lower oil prices. * At 9:34 a.m. ET (1334 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 36.47 points, or 0.22%, at 16,206.34.
Berrettini leads impressive Italian charge in Paris
PARIS (Reuters) - No Italian man has won a singles Grand Slam title in 44 years, but Matteo Berrettini is now leading the charge to become the country’s successor to Adriano Panatta, the 1976 French Open champion. “It’s really good for myself because it push me to achieve more and more. One week one is winning, the other week the other one is winning. “It was really impressive, was a really great period that we had some years ago with her, with Flavia (Panetta), with Sara (Errani), with Roberta (Vinci). I think we had a great period for the girls,” said Berrettini.
Meghan loses latest court battle with UK tabloid newspaper
Slideshow ( 3 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, has lost the latest skirmish in her privacy lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, after London’s High Court ruled on Tuesday the paper could amend its case to include details from a recently published biography. The paper’s lawyers said that showed that Meghan had intended some private details to become public, including the contents of the letter. The judge, Francesca Kaye, said that while she made no view on the strength of the Mail’s case, the amendments could not be said to be “unarguable or utterly fanciful”. Harry and Meghan now live in California, having stepped down from their senior royal roles in March. Meghan’s legal team has budgeted just under 1.8 million pounds ($2.3 million) for the case, while the Mail’s costs are estimated at more than 1.2 million pounds.
Family seeks accountability after meatpacking deaths
Top NewsFamily seeks accountability after meatpacking deathsPostedSaul Sanchez, a 78-year-old who worked at JBS USA’s beef plant in Greeley, Colorado for decades, died of COVID-19 in April. Now, his family says his employer denied benefits to them because, like many others, they can't prove where he contracted the coronavirus. Gavino Garay reports.
Equities slip, bonds rise ahead of U.S. presidential debate
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity benchmarks slipped and government bonds inched higher Tuesday as investors remained hesitant ahead of the first U.S. presidential debate and watched for progress in talks for further fiscal stimulus in Washington. Members of the news media arrive in the hall ahead of the first presidential debate between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 28, 2020. Many see a Biden victory increasing the chances of further fiscal stimulus to counter the economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic, judging such a scenario a boon for stocks. “What seems clear is that were you to see a blue wave, a Democratic sweep, you’d see substantial fiscal stimulus,” said Mike Bell, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Oil prices slipped as investors remained hesitant to take on risk.
Paris attacker wanted to set Charlie Hebdo offices on fire, prosecutor says
FILE PHOTO: A French police officer stands near the Opera Bastille where a suspect in a stabbing attack near the former offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo was arrested in Paris, France September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS (Reuters) - A Pakistani man accused of wounding two people with a meat cleaver in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo last Friday did not know the satirical magazine had moved and wanted to set its offices on fire, the Paris prosecutor said. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference that the suspect carried three bottles of white spirit, a flammable paint thinner. “His initial plan was to enter into the office of the magazine, possibly with the help of a hammer, and then to set it on fire with the bottles of white spirit,” Ricard said. In 2015, twelve people were killed by gunmen who attacked Charlie Hebdo’s office in revenge for the publication of cartoons that mocked the Prophet Mohammad.
Fierce clashes erupt between Armenia and Azerbaijan
Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of firing into each other s territory, far from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, as the worst spate of fighting since the 1990s rages.
Meghan loses latest court battle with UK tabloid newspaper
Slideshow ( 3 images )LONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, has lost the latest skirmish in her privacy lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, after London’s High Court ruled on Tuesday the paper could amend its case ahead of a trial next year. Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is suing publisher Associated Newspapers over articles the Mail on Sunday printed last year that included parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Last week, the paper applied for permission to amend its case, arguing that the couple had cooperated with a biography about them which was published in August, and that showed Meghan had intended some private details to become public, including the contents of the letter. The judge, Francesca Kaye, said that while she made no view on the strength of the Mail’s case, the amendments could not be said to be “unarguable or utterly fanciful”.
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U.S. goods trade deficit rises; inventories increase
The goods trade gap increased 3.5% to $82.9 billion last month. Imports of goods rose 3.1% to $201.3 billion, eclipsing a 2.8% increase in goods exports to $118.3 billion. Trade could subtract from GDP growth in the third quarter for the first time since the second quarter of 2019. But with much of the imports going to replenish inventories, the hit to GDP growth from the bigger goods trade deficit could be modest. The Commerce Department also reported on Tuesday that retail inventories increased 0.8% in August after rebounding 1.2% in July.
Microsoft says disruption to Teams, Outlook resolved
FILE PHOTO: The Microsoft logo is pictured ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has resolved a major outage to its Microsoft 365 services that impacted users of business products including Outlook and Teams, the company said on Tuesday. The company said it has rolled back an update to its services, which had likely caused the disruption. Microsoft did not disclose details on how many users were impacted, but outage tracking website Downdetector.com showed that at its peak nearly 8,000 individuals reported issues with Teams and Outlook on late Monday. The issue, which persisted for several hours Monday night, had caused an uproar on Twitter, with several users complaining that the outage meant they could miss their job interviews and deadline for college assignments.
Nestle CEO says pandemic has made management more hands-on
KONOLFINGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Food company Nestle SA NESN.S said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced its senior management to become more immersed in daily operations as executives need to deal with safety and business continuity issues, its chief executive told Reuters in an interview. “Management style of everyone in senior management, me included, has become so much more operational as you deal with more operational matters trying to ensure safety and business continuity,” Schneider said, adding the committee was now meeting only once a week, versus twice at the beginning of the crisis. “It cost a bit of extra inventory and working capital, but now is not the time to optimize working capital, it’s the time to maximise business continuity. He said he expected industry supply chains to become more local, but that would take a bit of time. He said he himself had taken only two cross-border trips since the company banned international travel in February.
Kuwait TV cuts to Koranic verses in possible sign of death in ruling family
DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait television interrupted regular programming to cut to Koranic verses on Tuesday, a move which often signifies the death of a senior member of the Gulf Arab state’s ruling family. There was no immediate announcement from authorities. Kuwait’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, 91, has been in hospital in the United States since July following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait that same month. Sheikh Sabah has ruled Kuwait, an OPEC oil producer and ally of the United States, since 2006 and has steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years. On Sept. 14 Kuwait’s prime minister had informed his cabinet that the emir’s health was improving.
Israelis protest bill to stifle protests during coronavirus lockdown
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday against a government-backed bill likely to stifle protests near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home during the current coronavirus lockdown. The measure, which critics said was really intended to block anti-Netanyahu protests, was approved by a parliamentary committee on Tuesday. “They are denying us the right to protest because of political reasons not for health reasons and it’s mind-blowing, the frustration is beyond words, is beyond words. Bickering within Netanyahu’s coalition government prevented street protests from being included in activities restricted by the one-kilometre limit, such as family visits, before the Yom Kippur Jewish fasting day on Monday. Netanyahu says Israel has handled the health crisis relatively well and that he has no political motive in seeking to prevent street protests.
Philadelphia Fed's Harker: Recovery 'should continue' if new virus outbreaks limited
A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn, New York, U.S., September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economic recovery should continue, but depends on people using masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus and eventual deployment of a vaccine, Philadelphia Federal Reserve president Patrick Harker said on Tuesday. The U.S. as well is far from suppressing the spread of the virus or even agreed on the protocols for mask wearing. Even if the recovery continues and a new surge of the virus is avoided, “employment, unfortunately, probably won’t be back to pre-pandemic levels until 2023,” Harker said. Given the high levels of joblessness, “I would urge lawmakers to consider providing additional support soon.”
Giant robot moving in Japan harbour entrances millions on Twitter
TOKYO (Reuters) - Videos showing an 18-metre (59-foot) robot in the Japanese harbour city of Yokohama have entranced the Twitterverse, pulling in more than 6 million views in the past week. The robot is the centerpiece of the Gundam Factory Yokohama, a tourist attraction that was due to open in October, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The videos, shot by a telephoto lens from Twitter user @yoshi115t, show what appear to be motion tests of the white robot that dwarfs boats speeding by in the background. “Mobile Suit Gundam” debuted in Japan in the late 1970s as a cartoon about enormous battle robots piloted by humans. Engineering company Yaskawa Electric Corp 6506.T and industrial robot maker Nabtesco Corp 6268.T are among companies making parts of the giant Gundam in Yokohama, according to the attraction's website.
Pospisil criticises 'bad bubble' at French Open
PARIS (Reuters) - Canadian player Vasek Pospisil has criticised the ‘bubble’ in which players at the French Open must remain, saying it is nowhere near as good as the one provided at the U.S. Open. As soon as I have an opportunity to leave the bubble, I will.”The French Open has moved from its original date in May-June because of the coronavirus pandemic. There were also strict protocols in place at the U.S. Open but players generally applauded the set-up in New York. But that is what it is.”The U.S. Open bubble resembled a “mini campus” with handy distractions like football pitches, pool tables, cabanas, mini golf, basketball hoops and an outdoor food truck. Pospisil also described the balls being used at the French Open as terrible and said it was something the PTPA (Professional Tennis Players Association) would look to change.
IATA reduces air traffic outlook as crisis drags on
Slideshow ( 2 images )PARIS (Reuters) - Global airlines reduced their 2020 traffic forecast on Tuesday, after a small summer rebound evaporated amid renewed coronavirus outbreaks and travel restrictions. Full-year passenger traffic is set to decline 66%, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, compared with a previously forecast 63% decline. “The improvement that we saw in the summer months has more or less stopped,” IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce said. August’s short-lived improvement was driven by domestic routes, down more most 50% year-on-year, while international traffic was 88% lower. A rebound in Russia’s domestic market, up 3% on last year, contrasts with Australian flights still down 88% and Chinese internal traffic still 19% lower year-on-year, IATA said.
Beckham's Guild Esports raises $26 million ahead of Friday debut in London
Former soccer player and MLS team owner David Beckham speaks during an interview in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files(Reuters) - David Beckham’s Guild Esports has raised 20 million pounds ($25.73 million) and plans to make its debut on the London Stock Exchange on Friday, making the former England soccer captain’s esports enterprise the first to go public in Britain. The company said on Tuesday its oversubscribed offering of 250 million shares was priced at 8 pence per ordinary share. The former soccer star will hold a 4.78% stake in the company following the initial public offering, making him the fourth-largest shareholder, according to a prospectus that has been approved by the UK Listing Authority. Other investors in Guild include Toro Consulting Ltd, the Blue Star Capital Plc, and Schroder Investment Management Ltd.
Global Markets: Equities slip, bonds rise ahead of U.S. presidential debate
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Global equity benchmarks slipped and government bonds inched higher Tuesday as investors remained hesitant ahead of the first U.S. presidential debate and watched for progress in talks for further fiscal stimulus in Washington. Many see a Biden victory increasing the chances of further fiscal stimulus to counter the economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic, judging such a scenario a boon for stocks. “What seems clear is that were you to see a blue wave, a Democratic sweep, you’d see substantial fiscal stimulus,” said Mike Bell, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Stimulus packages were also in focus in bond markets, where Germany’s 10-year bond yield fell to its lowest in seven weeks before first-estimate inflation readings for September. Oil prices slipped as investors remained hesitant to take on risk.
New York City Voters Receive Absentee Ballot Envelopes With Wrong Addresses
A number of voters in New York City on Monday received absentee ballots with return envelopes mislabeled with a different voter’s name and address, adding to the chaos surrounding the influx of mail-in voting this election season. Amazing, I received my absentee ballot today and @BOENYC has given me someone else’s privacy envelope with their barcode and everything. pic.twitter.com/VNj9yKtaNK — Gary He (@garyhe) September 29, 2020My mail-in ballot also has someone else's return envelope. Earlier Monday, election officials said the absentee ballots have been mislabeled “absentee military ballot.” The ballots should have read “absentee/military ballot.” They stressed that these ballots are valid and will be counted. Note: absentee ballots say “Official Absentee Military Ballot” in the top corner.
Meghan loses latest court battle with UK tabloid newspaper
Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a panel discussion at King's College London, in London, Britain March 8, 2019. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PoolÊvia REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, has lost the latest skirmish in her privacy lawsuit against a tabloid newspaper, after London’s High Court ruled on Tuesday the paper could amend its case ahead of a trial next year. Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, is suing publisher Associated Newspapers over articles the Mail on Sunday printed last year that included parts of a handwritten letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Last week, the paper applied for permission to amend its case, arguing that the couple had cooperated with a biography about them which was published in August, and that showed Meghan had intended some private details to become public, including the contents of the letter. The judge, Francesca Kaye, said that while she made no view on the strength of the Mail’s case, the amendments could not be said to be “unarguable or utterly fanciful”.
Wall Street opens flat ahead of first presidential debate
FILE PHOTO: A man points a computer screen showing stock information in this illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, France, March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo(Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes were muted at the open on Tuesday as investors stayed away from making big bets ahead of the first presidential debate, while awaiting a reading on consumer confidence. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 23.82 points, or 0.09%, at the open to 27,560.24. The S&P 500 opened lower by 0.68 points, or 0.02%, at 3,350.92, while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 8.52 points, or 0.08%, to 11,109.00 at the opening bell.
Berrettini leads impressive Italian charge in Paris
PARIS (Reuters) - No Italian man has won a singles Grand Slam title in 44 years, but Matteo Berrettini is now leading the charge to become the country’s successor to Adriano Panatta, the 1976 French Open champion. “It’s really good for myself because it push me to achieve more and more. One week one is winning, the other week the other one is winning. “It was really impressive, was a really great period that we had some years ago with her, with Flavia (Panetta), with Sara (Errani), with Roberta (Vinci). I think we had a great period for the girls,” said Berrettini.
Early closing for some Polish bars as COVID infections rise
WARSAW (Reuters) - Restaurants and bars will have to close at 10 p.m. at the latest in areas of Poland worst affected by the coronavirus, the health minister said, adding that there would be no nationwide lockdown. Poland reported 1,326 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, after a record 1,587 new cases on Friday. “Depending on the place and scale of new infections we will be implementing new measures,” Adam Niedzielski told a news conference on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear when the new measures would take effect. “Expecting that the trend of new infections above 1,000-1,500 a day will be continued ... we have increased the base of beds available,” he added.
Schumacher and Ilott handed F1 practice slots
(Reuters) - Mick Schumacher will take part in first Friday practice with Alfa Romeo at the Nuerburgring next week as Ferrari seek to give their three leading junior drivers Formula One race weekend experience. Schumacher, son of Ferrari great and seven-times world champion Michael, is leading the Formula Two standings ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix weekend at the German circuit. Mick Schumacher has won two races in F2 this season and leads Ilott by 22 points. Schumacher and Ilott have driven F1 cars before in test sessions. Schumacher also drove Michael’s 2004 Ferrari around the Mugello circuit this month at a Tuscan Grand Prix celebrating the Italian team’s 1,000th Formula One championship race.
'Deeply unpatriotic': Mary Trump slams the president for not paying taxes for years
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's niece, Mary Trump, say the topic of her uncle not paying income taxes for 10 of the last 15 years must be “hammered on” during the first general election debate Tuesday night. It’s another to do it as a leader of a country you’re supposed to be protecting and caring about, it’s deeply unpatriotic,” she said. Mary Trump published a memoir over the summer that painted a harsh portrait of her uncle. Last week, Mary Trump filed a lawsuit against the president and his siblings, claiming that her family defrauded her out of millions of dollars in inheritance. "They concocted scheme after scheme to cheat on their taxes, swindle their business partners, and jack up rents on their low income tenants" before targeting the teenage Mary Trump after the death of her father, Fred Trump Jr., the suit contends.
Kentucky AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Last week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home. Cameron said last week that two of the officers, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were justified in firing their weapons because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had fired at them. Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker,” Cameron said in the statement. “For that reason, the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment.”On Monday, a grand juror, who was not identified, filed a court motion asking a judge to release the record of the grand jury proceedings. Cameron said in agreeing to the release of the recordings that the grand jury is meant to be a “secretive body.”“It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen,” Cameron said.
Indian rape victim dies weeks after assault, hundreds protest at hospital
Every 15 minutes on average, a woman in India is reported raped, according to 2018 government data released this year. On Monday, the woman was brought from a hospital in Uttar Pradesh state to New Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, where she died while undergoing treatment, authorities said. Hundreds of protesters gathered inside the hospital premises on Tuesday, where they jostled with police and briefly blocked traffic on a main thoroughfare. The woman’s home state Uttar Pradesh, ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, ranks as the least safe state for women in the country. Last December, a 23-year-old Dalit woman died after being set ablaze by a gang of men as she made her way to a court in Uttar Pradesh to press rape charges.
Oil falls as virus cases mount and U.S. debate looms
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices dropped on Tuesday as Europe and the United States grappled with a surge in new coronavirus infections and investors remained cautious ahead of the first U.S. presidential debate. REUTERS/Nick OxfordBrent's November contract LCOc1, which expires on Wednesday, fell 63 cents, or 1.5%, to $41.80 a barrel by 1342 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 fell 81 cents, or 2%, to $39.79. “Rising numbers of new corona cases in the United States and Europe are limiting the upside potential (for oil prices),” said Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch. The average U.S. crude oil inventory estimate from five analysts polled by Reuters was that U.S. stocks rose by 1.4 million barrels in the week to Sept. 25.
Paris attacker wanted to set Charlie Hebdo offices on fire, prosecutor says
Forensic experts investigate the scene of an incident near the former offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS (Reuters) - A Pakistani man accused of wounding two people with a meat cleaver in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo last Friday did not know the satirical magazine had moved and wanted to set its offices on fire, the Paris prosecutor said. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference that the suspect carried three bottles of white spirit, a flammable paint thinner. “His initial plan was to enter into the office of the magazine, possibly with the help of a hammer, and then to set it on fire with the bottles of white spirit,” Ricard said. In 2015, twelve people were killed by gunmen who attacked Charlie Hebdo’s office in revenge for the publication of cartoons that mocked the Prophet Mohammad.
Kuwait's ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah dies: state tv
FILE PHOTO: Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah addresses a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File PhotoKUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait’s ruling Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah has died said an official statement read out on state television on Tuesday. Sheikh Sabah, 91, had ruled the Gulf Arab oil producer and U.S. ally since 2006 and steered its foreign policy for more than 50 years. His designated successor is his brother, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
Trump and Biden get evites as Al Smith Dinner goes virtual
President Donald Trump is expected to be in virtual attendance Thursday as New York City’s annual Al Smith Dinner moves mostly online because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said. Trump has accepted an invitation to return to the dinner for the first time in four years. The white-tie Al Smith Dinner, which raises funds for Catholic Charities, is usually held at a Manhattan hotel on the third Thursday in October. The event comes two days after Trump and Biden debate for the first time on Tuesday. Organizers say this year’s Al Smith Dinner will be dedicated to essential workers who helped save lives and keep the city running during the worst of the pandemic.
Fmr. Mueller attorney expresses 'personal regret'
Andrew Weissmann, former lead prosecutor for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, discusses revelations from the NYT's stories on Trump's taxes, and says he has personal regret over not following the money.
Latino artists pay tribute to the theater amid coronavirus' impact through 'Viva Broadway'
Acclaimed Broadway Latino star Caesar Samayoa remembers the theater before coronavirus. “New York is Broadway, and it feels like a part of our heart is gone," said Samayoa. Caesar Samayoa of "Come From Away" will appear in Viva Broadway: Hear Our Voices on Oct. 1, 2020. Under pre-pandemic circumstances, Latinx theater performers faced challenging employment odds. For the creative team behind Viva Broadway, the hope is to entertain and inspire viewers—and remind them that Broadway will be back.
Trump's boasts about pre-coronavirus economy aren't relevant, economists say
Black unemployment skyrocketed to 16.7 percent in April and then rose again in May, a month in which overall unemployment dropped. Bragging about the pre-coronavirus economy does little to reassure a worried electorate, said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com. “What’s most important is where the economy stands and where it’s headed… GDP will likely be contracting for the full year,” Hamrick said. Biden has said the middle class got a raw deal even before the pandemic, noting Trump’s policies exacerbated economic inequality. That was because of the strength of the stock market and the way the tax cut was designed,” Hamrick said.
What Trump reportedly says in private about his Christian supporters
In public, Donald Trump presents himself as someone who honors and celebrates military service, but in private, it appears to be a very different story. Similarly, Trump also presents himself in public as a hero to people of faith, most notably Christian conservatives who are at the heart of his political base. What's less clear to me is whether those Trump reportedly mocks in private will care, even if they believe every word of The Atlantic's new article. The agreement has, by and large, worked for both parties: Christian conservatives have stood by their Oval Office ally, and Trump has generally kept his promises to them. And so, if/when Christian conservatives see this reporting, will they be surprised?
Weissmann: WH didn't fully cooperate with our investigation
Andrew Weissmann, former lead prosecutor for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, discusses how Trump manipulated the findings in the Mueller Report and why he says the findings from the NYT report are 'potentially indictable'.
Drone video captures the devastation left behind by the fires in California wine country
Dramatic drone video on Monday captured the utter devastation left in the wake of raging wildfires that are wreaking havoc throughout Northern California. This footage showed what little remained of Mountain Hawk Drive in Santa Rosa, about 60 miles north of downtown San Francisco, after flames from the Glass Fire roared through the neighborhood. Firefighters, putting out remaining hotspots in the upscale Skyhawk neighborhood, came upon frames of now-obliterated houses, the skeletons of pickup trucks and bicycles baked to crisps. More than 36,000 acres had been charred so far by the Glass Fire as of Monday night with no containment, Cal Fire said. This year has been the worst wildfire season in state history, with more than 3.7 million acres burned and at least 28 killed so far, according to Cal Fire data.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. (AP Photo)NEW YORK (AP) — At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. Ozuna and Bad Bunny will also compete with themselves in several categories.
AP PHOTOS: Fueled by dry winds, fire rages in wine country
AP PHOTOS: Fueled by dry winds, fire rages in wine countryST. HELENA, California (AP) — Giant blazes taking down buildings, residents fleeing their homes, exhausted fire fighters working around the clock: These are some of the scenes from the wildfire that exploded in the Northern California wine country. Fueled by dry winds, The Glass Fire has raged through Napa and Sonoma counties, quickly tripling in size, burning homes and nowhere near containement. But fire officials were more confident Monday evening, when the winds eased a bit. Full Coverage: PhotographyThe dramatic images are a testament to the fierceness of the fire and the determination of the firefighters: a bright red streak in the sky marks the spot where an air tanker dropped fire retardant; an inn engulfed in flames lights up the sky; embers fly off a tree in a scene reminiscent of fireworks; a tired firefighter rubs his face as he leans against a fire truck; elderly residents being evacuated from a senior home are helped onto a bus. The Glass Fire is one of nearly 30 wildfires burning around California and the National Weather Service warned that hot, dry conditions with strong Santa Ana winds could remain a fire danger in Southern California.
How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study?
How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study? ADVERTISEMENTMid-stage studies of COVID-19 vaccines recruit a few hundred people, including some older adults. Enough study participants have to be exposed to the virus for researchers to be able to tell if the vaccine works. A few websites list vaccine studies for people interested in volunteering. — The website clinicaltrials.gov lets people search for COVID-19 vaccine studies by country.
Greece: Cruise halted for COVID tests, latest are negative
Passengers of the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship stand outside their cabins as the ship is docked at Piraeus port, near Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Greek authorities say 12 crew members on a Maltese-flagged cruise ship carrying more than 1,500 people on a Greek islands tour have tested positive for coronavirus and have been isolated on board. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)Passengers of the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship stand outside their cabins as the ship is docked at Piraeus port, near Athens on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Greek authorities say 12 crew members on a Maltese-flagged cruise ship carrying more than 1,500 people on a Greek islands tour have tested positive for coronavirus and have been isolated on board. Officials from the Health Ministry said results Tuesday from rapid-diagnostic tests given to 150 crew members were all negative, adding that the emergency that halted the cruise would be lifted once the results were confirmed through genetic tests.
The polls agree: most Americans balk at GOP's Supreme Court scheme
Many of the same Senate Republicans who refused to even consider a Supreme Court nominee in 2016, balking at the idea of a confirmation process months before an election, are now scrambling to put Donald Trump's newest choice on the high court. GOP officials are defending their nihilistic hypocrisy by insisting they're simply reflecting voters' will. The latest NBC News/Marist polling found a majority of likely voters in Michigan and Wisconsin -- two key 2020 battlegrounds -- also agreed that the winner of the this year's presidential election should fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. The Washington Post reported last week, meanwhile, that internal Republican polling in 17 swing states pointed in a similar direction. Senate incumbents who are on the ballot in competitive contests this year should probably take note.
How To Invest In Stocks: IBD Digital Webinar Notes
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S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rise 3.9% in July
U.S. home prices rose in April for the eighth straight month, even as sales have stumbled, a sign the coronavirus outbreak has had little impact on real estate values. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4% in April, the largest gain since December 2018, up from 3.9% in March. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4% in April, the largest gain since December 2018, up from 3.9% in March. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 3.9% in July from a year earlier, up from a 3.5% annual gain in June. The 20-city index excluded prices from the Detroit metropolitan area index because of delays related to pandemic at the recording office in Wayne County, which includes Detroit.
The Good Ones: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The Good Ones: Tiny Desk (Home) ConcertThe Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. This is the tiniest of Tiny Desk (home) concerts, a single song, recorded in Rwanda by The Good Ones. They were to play a Tiny Desk concert in May of this year, but the world had other plans. Support means a great deal to these people, and if you like what you hear, their Bandcamp page is a good way to help The Good Ones.
Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recording Will Be Released, Kentucky Attorney General Says
Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recording Will Be Released, Kentucky Attorney General SaysEnlarge this image toggle caption Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesThe recording of grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case will be released this week — an unusual step that comes after a juror disputed Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's public explanation for why no charges were filed that are directly related to Taylor's killing by Louisville police. Jefferson Circuit Judge Ann Bailey Smith has "ordered attorneys to file a recording of the grand jury proceedings" by Wednesday, member station WFPL reports. Cameron says his office will obey Smith's ruling, despite ethical concerns about exposing grand jury matters that are normally never revealed. "The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body," Cameron said in a statement sent to NPR. But the attorney general also warned that releasing the grand jury recording could create problems for an ongoing FBI inquiry into the police shooting that killed Taylor.
Kentucky’s attorney general will release secret grand-jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand-jury proceeding during which charges were considered against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued to have the record of the proceedings opened to the public. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. Last week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home.
When it comes to Social Security, these strategies can pay off for married couples
That’s especially true for the critical decision about when to start collecting Social Security benefits, which can mean a lot of money over many years. Sometimes, though, taking Social Security at 62, when you first become eligible, can make sense, no matter what the Personal Finance Police tell you. Those general rules of thumb still hold in claiming Social Security for couples. (Incidentally, same-sex married couples have the same legal rights to Social Security spousal, survivor, and death benefits as male-female couples do.) It will give you a year-by-year record of your earnings and an estimate of future Social Security benefits.
How a Brush With Covid-19 Spurred the Sale of an Outdoor Grill Maker
BBQGuys has now been sold, to an investor group led by the private-equity firm Brand Velocity Partners, the company announced on Tuesday. When Brand Velocity Partners came calling in January, “I was not serious about selling,” Hackley said. It was work, work, work, and running the company,” he said. Enter Brand Velocity Partners. This has caused BBQGuys revenue to spike 185% each month from March through July.
How This Luxury Chocolate Maker Has Powered Through the Pandemic
Hotel Chocolat reported a 3% full-year gain in revenue, but a 14% drop in the second half of the year due to the pandemic. Pretax profit for the 52-week period came at £2.4 million ($3 million), slightly beating the group’s own expectations. That experience has prepared it for 2021 and beyond, with “100% more supply-chain capacity,” Hotel Chocolat said in a release on Tuesday. Wayne Brown and a team of analysts at Liberum said they are sticking to a buy rating on Hotel Chocolat for several reasons. They highlight a well-positioned company with a “strong differentiated brand” that includes “accessible luxury-price-points,” all contributing to a strong market position.
McCormick’s Stock Split Can’t Lift Shares When the Outlook Is Mixed
Text sizeMcCormick stock is dropping early Tuesday, following its fiscal-third-quarter results; the spice maker also announced a 2-for-1 stock split, following other high-profile companies to do so this year. McCormick (ticker: MKC) said it earned $1.53 a share as revenue rose about 8% year over year to $1.43 billion. Editor's ChoiceIn addition, McCormick said it will split its stock on a 2-for-1 basis on Nov. 30. With the stock split, McCormick joins companies, including Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA), that have made similar moves this year. However, McCormack hasn’t seen yet its shares get the same bounce as other stocks following the announcement.
Amazon Is Getting Ready for the Holiday Shopping Season. It Starts in October With Prime Day.
The e-commerce giant (ticker: AMZN) pushed its Prime Day sales event to Oct. 13 and 14, from its usual July window amid the pandemic. Amazon said in July of last year that Prime Day 2019 was the largest shopping event in its history, at that point, and surpassed its prior record for Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Amazon stock has soared 70% in 2020, amid such shifts to e-commerce. Sebastian wrote that Amazon stock still looks attractive at current levels. Amazon stock was up 1.7% to $3,148.99 Monday morning, while the S&P 500 index was up 1.3%.
Global Virus Deaths Top 1 Million
People walk past a sign advising pedestrians to socially distance due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in Newcastle, northeast England. OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty ImagesText sizeHere’s what you need to know about the impact of Covid-19 to navigate the markets today. • The number of reported coronavirus deaths worldwide passed 1 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The actual total is likely much higher than the reported count and may be as much as double official figures. In the U.S., the number of new daily infections is rising, with more than half of states seeing increases.
Blackstone Sets Goal to Cut Emissions as Sustainable Investing Takes Hold
The goal speaks to the move toward sustainable investments and follows actions by others to cut emissions or adopt net-zero emissions targets. The move will help Blackstone (ticker: BX) with investments around the world, as countries adopt net-zero targets. China, which generates about 30% of global carbon emissions, has made a pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060. Walmart (ticker: WMT) has pledged net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2040. “We said: Now that we have the experience, the team, the capabilities and the technology, why don’t we set a real goal?” Blackstone President Jonathan Gray said.
Polaris Deal Shows Electric Vehicles Are Taking Over. Harley Shareholders, Take Note.
Text sizePolaris unveiled an agreement with Zero Motorcycles to electrify Polaris snowmobiles and off-road vehicles over the next decade. Polaris stock is up 4% in premarket trading,while Harley shares are unchanged. Year to date, Polaris stock is down about 9% as of Monday’s closing price, trailing behind comparable returns of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. Analysts believe Polaris stock is worth $116, about 25% higher than the current $92 price. That $116 a share values Polaris stock for about 16 times estimated 2021 earnings.
iOS 14 review: Finally rid of the grid
iOS 14 reviewThe iPhone home screen hasn’t changed hugely since the original back in 2007; Rows of icons, set in a grid. iOS 14 reviewOver the years, Google’s Android furnished smartphones with widgets of varying utility, and iOS mostly avoided it. iOS 14 review: MessagesThe iOS Messages app was also given plenty of attention this time around, and it needed it, to be honest. iOS 14 reviewPrivacy is a major part of iOS 14. Wrap upiOS 14 may not be groundbreaking but, if you embrace the new widgets and reassess how you use apps, iOS 14 is refreshing.
Trump-Biden debate: a crash you won't be able to look away from
When Chris Wallace moderated the final presidential debate in 2016, the state of the nation and its politics could not have been more different than today. Biden beats you in that.”In the last 2016 presidential debate, Wallace challenged Trump with “sir” eight times. USA TODAY’s Susan Page will moderate the vice presidential debate Oct. 7. When he goes one-on-one with Trump, he’ll have to resist being arrogant, particularly in the face of nasty attacks. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump-Biden debate: A crash you won't be able to look away from
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool ‘have to improve’ after win over Arsenal
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp dismissed suggestions his side had sent out a statement with their 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield. “It was good, a really good game, I pretty much loved each second – I didn’t like the goal we conceded but the reaction I liked a lot. “We were dominant, played good football, were difficult to defend against, played some really good stuff. “Did I hear right that Mr Keane said we had a sloppy performance tonight? This was a sloppy performance tonight?
Trump, Biden head into 1st debate with few voters still undecided
President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden head into their first debate on Tuesday with most Americans already certain about how they will vote in the November election. "Presidential debates matter less than people think," said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. Still, the on-stage meetings of Trump and Biden could sway the thinning group of undecided voters in key battleground states, such as Florida and North Carolina. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 29 percent of Americans see debates as very important or extremely important to their votes. The New York Times noted that the disclosure that Trump paid little or no federal income taxes for years could become a debate focus.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels Diogo Jota can learn a lot from Sadio Mane
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Diogo Jota will learn a lot from watching Sadio Mane and backed his new signing to make significant improvements once he is operating on more than “20 per cent information”. “Diogo came on, played naturally his football, tried to defend the way we defend,” said the manager. “When we are on the bench we are watching the game closely, with attention. “That’s what I try to do – always be focused – and when I’m on the pitch I’m always ready to do my best. “And I helped the team seal the result, that is the most important thing, that we got the three points.”
How Amy Coney Barrett Could Alter the Future of the U.S.'s Climate Change Policy
Conservative jurists are generally skeptical of these powers, and it’s likely a more conservative Supreme Court would seek to limit them. “It’s not a death knell,” says Michael Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University. The Court’s decision meant that combating climate change was, effectively, a responsibility of the executive branch. What kinds of measures he could actually enact to reach those goals will depend significantly on the composition of the Supreme Court. Conservatives have had limited success using that argument in court thus far, but that could easily change if the Supreme Court shifts ideologically.
Vatican defends China bishop negotiations on eve of US visit
ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday answered critics and justified its pursuit of an extended agreement with China on bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting the effort had achieved limited, positive results. The Holy See articulated its position on the eve of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who this month wrote a harsh critique of the Vatican’s 2018 accord with China. Pompeo is scheduled to headline a religious liberty conference on Wednesday with the Vatican secretary of state and foreign minister, two architects of the deal. The agreement included a process for nominating new bishops, regularizing the status of seven bishops who weren’t recognized by Rome and thawing decades of estrangement between China and the Vatican. Tornielli quoted the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, as saying it was worth negotiating an extension to the deal despite “difficulties” aggravated by the virus outbreak.
Macron to meet Belarus opposition leader Tuesday
French President Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday meet with Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya during his visit to Lithuania in what is seen as a major show of support for the activist. Macron confirmed he would meet Tikhanovskaya on Tuesday morning during his three-day visit to Lithuania and Latvia, marking a fresh initiative from the French leader in addition to recent efforts to resolve a political crisis in Lebanon. The French leader also insisted that dialogue with Moscow was necessary, speaking at a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. Tikhanovskaya, whose blogger husband remains in a Belarus prison, also on Monday called for EU sanctions against businesses that support Lukashenko's government. - EU sanctions?
Maryland county to pay $20 million after police killing
By Mimi DwyerLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prince George's County, Maryland, has reached a $20 million settlement with the family of an unarmed man killed this year while handcuffed inside a police vehicle, authorities said on Monday. The family of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old whose 2014 killing by police in Ferguson, Missouri sparked a national uprising against police brutality, received a $1.5 million settlement in the wake of his death. This month, the city of Louisville, Kentucky agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor, whose killing led to months of protests nationwide. The Green case is the first time that Prince George's County, outside the District of Columbia, has charged a police officer with murder for killing someone in the line of duty, county executive Angela Alsobrooks said at a briefing. In a statement released after the settlement announcement, Prince George's County State Attorney Aisha Braveboy said that despite the civil settlement, criminal charges were still pending against Owen.
Support for Brexit is collapsing as poll finds shrinking minority of British people still back leaving the EU
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson GettyA growing number of British people believe it was wrong for the UK to leave the EU. A new poll found that Brexit regret is at its highest level since the 2016 referendum. Just 28% of people think the government is handling Britain's exit from the EU well, compared to 61% who think the government is handling it badly. By contrast, just 39% of people said that Britain was right to leave the EU. Once uncertain voters are removed from the total, the poll suggests 56% think Brexit was a mistake compared to 44% who still think it was right.
Mom’s sudden death left children fending for themselves for five days, Texas cops say
A 71-year-old mother was found dead after school officials asked police to do a welfare check at her home, according to Texas police. Teachers at the Forney Independent School District “sensed something was wrong” Friday when two students were absent and their parent could not be reached, a district spokesperson told McClatchy. The boys, ages 5 and 7, had not been in class since Monday, Sept. 21, according to KTVT. The boys tried to call 911 when their mother collapsed, but they did not have the passcode for her phone, according to KDFW. “We are so thankful that our teachers are building relationships with families to know something wasn’t right, and for our officers that check in our families,” the school spokesperson said.
EU won't accept Britain going back on Brexit deal, Germany's Roth says - magazine
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Europe Minister Michael Roth has written an open letter to the British government saying that the European Union cannot and will not accept London questioning the Brexit agreement signed nine months ago. "The British internal market bill would gravely violate key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement," Roth said in the letter published in Der Spiegel on Tuesday. "The Withdrawal Agreement, which is after all an international treaty, was only negotiated and signed nine months ago and you're already throwing it into question again? The EU cannot and will not accept this," he added. Roth said a fair deal would be possible if both Britain and the EU showed willingness to compromise but added that the EU was well prepared if it came to a no-deal Brexit.
EU-UK trade talks resume under Brexit bill cloud
Negotiators for the EU and Britain are hoping for a breakthrough in trade talks this week, despite feuding over a controversial UK bill that threatens to scupper a post-Brexit deal. Failure to do so would see trade conducted on World Trade Organization rules, with higher tariffs and quotas and almost certain economic chaos for Britain and Europe. Chief negotiators Michel Barnier and the UK's David Frost met last week to prepare the round of talks, in meetings that London characterised as "constructive". - 'Rough patch' -Also on Monday senior EU and UK officials will meet in Brussels to try to find an understanding on the highly contentious issue of the withdrawal bill. Story continuesBrussels intends to launch legal action against the measure, but decided to continue talks on a trade deal as the bill passes through the Commons and House of Lords.
IONTAS and FairJourney Biologics Discover SARS-CoV2 Neutralizing Antibodies with Picomolar Potency
A final panel of 15 potent SARS-CoV2 neutralizing antibodies were then selected, which have biophysical properties well suited for downstream drug development, such as low polyreactivity and resistance to aggregation. IONTAS and FairJourney Biologics’ achievement, which takes advantage of our efficiency and years of experience in antibody discovery, is a prime example of this." Antonio Parada, CEO of IONTAS and FairJourney Biologics, added: "We are proud of the work we have done to develop highly potent SARS-CoV2 neutralizing antibodies in such a short time. FairJourney Biologics and IONTAS announced their partnership to expedite the identification of effective antibodies for a therapeutic to treat COVID-19 patients in April this year. ENDSAbout FairJourney BiologicsFairJourney Biologics is a leading biologics CRO, providing integrated services across antibody discovery, engineering and production to global biopharma.
Former Trump campaign chief Brad Parscale hospitalized after wild police raid in Florida
Brad ParscaleBrad Parscale MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty ImagesPolice reportedly confiscated 10 guns from the Florida home of Brad Parscale, President Trump's former campaign manager, after Parscale's wife told them he was exhibiting suicidal behavior and had loaded a handgun during an argument on Sunday. When I asked how she received the bruising, [Candice] Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her." Candice Parscale told officers that while her husband had not hit her on Sunday, Brad Parscale had knocked her phone out of her hand when she attempted to call his father. Two people who witnessed the encounter said a contrite Mr. Parscale promised that the problem would be sorted out promptly by his wife, Candice Parscale, who handles the books on many of his ventures." "Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we all love him," campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said in a statement Sunday.
Trump ex-campaign boss hospitalized amid threat to harm self
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized Sunday after he threatened to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials. Police officers talked Parscale out of his Fort Lauderdale home after his wife called police to say that he had multiple firearms and was threatening to hurt himself. “Brad Parscale is a member of our family and we love him,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh. A furious Trump was left staring at a sea of empty seats and, weeks later, promoted Bill Stepien to campaign manager. Parscale was originally hired to run Trump’s 2016 campaign by Jared Kushner, the president’s powerful son-in-law.
Coronavirus infection rate rising but scope for more, Indian survey shows
BENGALURU (Reuters) - Coronavirus infection rates among adults in India have risen sharply, a survey showed on Tuesday, although a large percentage of the population has not yet been exposed, suggesting there is scope for cases to rise much further. In the serological survey conducted in August and September, blood samples were tested for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. "However, a large percentage of the population is still unexposed, and the susceptibility of a considerable section of people getting infected exists," he added. The second survey was conducted in the same 700 villages and wards from 70 districts in 21 states as the first survey. Results from the second survey also showed urban slum and non-slum areas had a higher infection prevalence than rural areas.
Cepheid Receives Emergency Use Authorization For SARS-CoV-2, Flu A, Flu B and RSV Combination Test
The four-in-one test is designed for use on any of Cepheid's over 26,000 GeneXpert® Systems placed worldwide, with results delivered in approximately 36 minutes. At the core of every GeneXpert System is the module (or testing bay) where a test cartridge is loaded onto the machine. Our GeneXpert Systems are configured with a varying number of modules, or test bays, to meet the volume requirements of any setting. Smaller GeneXpert Systems are configured with 2 or 4 modules — meaning up to four different tests can be run at one time. Cepheid is dedicated to improving healthcare by developing, manufacturing, and marketing accurate yet easy-to-use molecular systems and tests.
‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Look On in Horror as Rudy Giuliani Blurts Out Biden Dementia Conspiracy Theory
It’s always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. This time, his F&F hosts looked on with visible horror in their eyes as Giuliani shared his completely baseless belief that Joe Biden is suffering from dementia. On Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani says Joe Biden "has dementia. pic.twitter.com/2Ma7DKNBpS — Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 29, 2020With a mischievous cackle, Giuliani began: “The man [Biden] has dementia. “That’s when [Biden] does that ‘I pledge allegiance to the United States... uh... uh... um...
California wildfire burns through Napa Valley wineries, resorts as Glass Fire rages
An explosive wildfire that's raging in areas north of San Francisco has damaged iconic landmarks in the famed Napa Valley region, including wineries and parts of a luxury resort. Flames from the blaze reached the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena. The winery is a familiar landmark along the Silverado Trail road running the length of the Napa Valley. The 475 vintners in Napa Valley alone account for just 4% of the state’s grape harvest but, according to Reuters, half the retail value of all California wines sold. “It’s a huge loss for anyone but for Lamborn family, a small family winery it would be truly devastating.”Gov.
Cardi B trademarking 'WAP' for lines of clothing, shoes, beverages
Get your boots and your coat from Cardi B’s upcoming “WAP” clothing line. Continue Reading BelowFollowing the smashing success of her explicit song with Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B filed to trademark “WAP” for a wide range of fashion items last week, as first reported by TMZ. TOY STORE EMPLOYEE ACCIDENTALLY ADDS 'WAP' TO STORE'S PLAYLISTThe 27-year-old rapper is hoping to slap her viral single’s title on clothing, headwear, footwear, jewelry, backpacks, handbags, fanny packs and luggage, according to the handful of September 23 filings — suggesting that a full “WAP” apparel and accessories range could be coming. Cardi also applied to trademark “WAP” for beverages including beer and liquor, energy drinks, fruit juices and sodas. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESSThis article originally appeared in The New York Post.
Pinterest (PINS) Initiated with a BUY at Guggenheim
Guggenheim analyst Michael Morris initiated coverage of Pinterest (PINS) with a Buy rating and $48 price target. The company is refining its recommendations and expanding content verticals, which we believe will increase the service’s utility and drive higher frequency”. While many have concerns with Pinterest, the analysts at Guggenheim believe that investors are greatly under appreciating the myriad upsides with the online company. Pinterest has high “platform usage and user growth,” while engagement is still consistent. While Pinterest, at the moment, may have a high ceiling for growth, there are caveats that come with being a prominent, well-established internet company.
Weakness in Spice-Maker McCormick May Be a Buying Opportunity
During Friday's Mad Money program, Jim Cramer told viewers that we'll get Q3 earnings from spice-maker McCormick & Co. (MKC) on Tuesday. MKC is trading below the declining 50-day moving average line but above the rising 200-day moving average line. The On-Balance-Volume (OBV) line shows a healthy rise from March to August and only a slight dip in September. Recently the OBV line has turned up ahead of earnings. The weekly OBV line is bullish and confirms the price gains.
Universal Health Services Hit With Ransomware Cyber Attack
Universal Health Services (UHS) - Get Report has reportedly been infected by a different kind of virus. UHS, one of the largest U.S. healthcare chains, was hit by a major cyber attack that hobbled its computer systems and thrust it into chaos – all at a time when it and other healthcare providers continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Criminals have been increasingly targeting healthcare institutions with ransomware during the pandemic, infecting networks with malicious code that scrambles data. For UHS, the attack froze critical computer systems and access to information, which in turn prevented medical staff from viewing lab results, imaging scans, medication lists, and other critical pieces of information doctors rely on, according to the AP. The company did note, however, that no patient or employee data "appears to have been accessed, copied or misused."
Bed Bath & Beyond Launches Same-Day Delivery
Bed Bath & Beyond is partnering with Shipt and Instacart to provide same-day delivery. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) - Get Report said Tuesday that it was launching same-day delivery at its Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby stores. The same-day delivery service is available at a flat rate fee of $4.99 for orders over $39. Bed Bath & Beyond reported digital sales growth of more than 100% in April and May each. Last week, Bed Bath & Beyond named Scott Lindblom chief technology officer to support what the company called its "digital-first, omni-always customer experience."
Stocks Falter Even Stimulus Bill Passes
Stocks fell Tuesday after Congress proposed a potentially powerful new stimulus bill. The 10-Year Treasury yield fell to 0.65%. First off, stocks rallied Monday is it became clear Congress was moving on a stimulus bill and the rally was lead by economically-sensitive stocks like oil and banks. The 10-Year Treasury yield, pressured by Federal Reserve buying of the bond and depressing inflation expectations, rose a tick. Acting as a negative force against the stimulus bill is the possibility that the bill may have taken too long.
McAfee, cybersecurity firm founded by John McAfee, Files IPO
Cybersecurity specialist McAfee files for an IPO on Nasdaq with the ticker MCFE. It’s part of a $95 billion IPO onslaught this year. McAfee Corp., the storied cybersecurity company founded by John McAfee, has filed for an initial public offering. McAfee, San Jose, Calif., in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing didn't specify the size of its proposed offering. As for John McAfee, he founded McAfee Associates in 1987 and ran it until 1994, when he left the company.
Deutsche Bank Remains Bullish on NIO
Electric vehicles seem to be the future of the automobile industry. Deutsche Bank confirms that electric cars are here to stay after releasing a report reiterating their Buy rating and price target of $24 for the leading Chinese electric vehicle company, NIO. However, analysts at Deutsche Bank believe that NIO is in the process of hiring employees which will allow them to launch their new all-electric sedan (EE7) with technological developments outpacing their competitors. NIO, despite the concerns of investors, seems to be doing well in the electric vehicle market in China. Deutsche Bank continues to view them with high potential, let us know what you think in the comments below!
J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Ozuna lead nominations for 2020 Latin Grammy Awards
J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna lead the nominations for the 21st Latin Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning by the Latin Recording Academy. Colombian-born Balvin, with 13 nods, and Puerto Rico’s Bad Bunny, with nine, are both nominated twice in the prestigious album of the year category — each for a solo LP in addition to their collaborative “Oasis” — while Balvin will compete against himself in record of the year as well. One of Balvin’s nominations in the latter category is for “China,” the all-star reggaeton jam that also features Ozuna, from Puerto Rico, who scored eight nods overall. Balvin skipped last year’s ceremony in protest. Here are the nominations in the Latin Grammys’ four major categories:AdvertisementAlbum of the yearBad Bunny, “YHLQMDLG”J Balvin & Bad Bunny, “Oasis”J Balvin, “Colores”Camila, “Por Primera Vez”AdvertisementKany García, “Mesa Para Dos”Jesse & Joy, “Aire (Versión Día)”Natalia Lafourcade, “Un Canto por México, Vol.
Secret grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case to be released
Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Gen. Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued Monday to have the record of the proceedings opened to the public. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met in Louisville last week. The grand jury issued charges of wanton endangerment against only one of the officers over bullets that made their way into the homes of Taylor’s neighbors.
Jerry Reuss shares a memory about Jay Johnstone
Jerry Reuss, who was a teammate of Jay Johnstone’s from 1980-82 and again in 1985 and who famously dressed up as a groundskeeper along with Johnstone to drag the infield during a game, shared the following memory via email with The Times of Johnstone, who died on Monday. “The memories I shared with Jay passed through my mind like the spinning of a Rolodex. “In spring training of 1981, Jay, who had just seen the movie ‘Private Benjamin,’ wanted to play a prank on Tom Lasorda. Jay somehow managed to reenter the room and remove the dye from the shower head, undetected for the second time. That’s also Jay Johnstone.”
Tesla: Electric Carmaker, Battery Maker and Now Lithium Miner
The electric carmaker has reportedly secured its own lithium mining rights in Nevada after dropping a plan to buy a company there. The electric car maker instead plans to dig for lithium on its own in the state. Lithium has been proven abundant in clay deposits in Nevada, though producing commercial quantities in a productive and cost-efficient manner has so far proven illusive. The move takes Tesla a step closer to its plan of mass-producing less-expensive batteries and being master of its own battery supply chain. That followed pledges from the car and battery maker to produce a cheaper, lower-cost battery, build a $25,000 electric car and eventually produce 20 million vehicles a year.
American Airlines Slips: IATA Cuts Forecast as Job Cuts Loom
"August's disastrous traffic performance puts a cap on the industry's worst-ever summer season," said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. "With the dismal peak summer travel period behind us, we have revised our expectations downward to -66%." American Airlines (AAL) - Get Report shares were marked 2.55% lower in early trading at $12.43 each, extending their year-to-date decline to around 57%. Domestic rivals United Airlines (UAL) - Get Report and Delta Air Lines (DAL) - Get Report were marked 3.4% and 2.4% lower respectively. House Democrats crafted a $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill that Speaker Nancy Pelosi says could come to the floor of the House later this week.
How wine country became the epicenter for fires in California
Perhaps no part of California has felt more threatened by fire in recent years than the vast expanse of wine country and the Redwood Empire north of San Francisco. More than 9,000 structures were lost and dozens of people were killed in 2017, when fires swept through Santa Rosa and surrounding communities. More than 50% of Lake County to the north of Santa Rosa has burned in the last decade. Advertisement“Climate change is giving [Northern California] a climate like Southern California, in terms of the degree of drying that the fuels undergo,” Westerling said. But even as soon as next year, officials say, the fire threats could be back again for those in Santa Rosa.
Beyond Meat Surges On Deal To Triple Burger Distribution In Walmart Stores
Beyond Meat said Walmart will triple the number of stores that carry its meatless burgers to 2,400 in a new distribution deal with the world's biggest retailer. Beyond Meat (BYND) - Get Report shares surged higher Tuesday after the plant-based food group said it reached an agreement with Walmart (WMT) - Get Report to expand its distribution t through the world's largest retailer. Walmart will triple the availability of the Beyond Meat burger, which was first launched in 2015, to around 2,400 U.S. locations starting from next week, Beyond Meat said. The expanded agreement follows plans to sell the group's frozen breakfast sausage patties at around 5,000 stores around the U.S, including Walmart, Kroger (KR) - Get Report and privately-owned Publix. Beyond Meat shares were marked 10.7% higher in early trading Tuesday to change hands at $167.43 each, a move that would extend the stock's six-month gain to around 153%.
Miguel Santana is new leader of Weingart Foundation
“Weingart really represented the entrepreneurial spirit, and he’s the L.A. story of his generation,” said Miguel Santana, a former high-level administrator in both the city and county, whose appointment as the next president and chief executive of the Weingart Foundation is being announced Tuesday. “I will miss Fred intensely,” said Antonia Hernandez, president and chief executive of the California Community Foundation. “We’re losing a great leader, and we’re gaining a great leader,” said Robert K. Ross, president and chief executive of the California Endowment, who has served with Santana since 2016 on the Weingart Foundation’s board. Santana has been at the center of city and county political machinations for the last two decades. The Weingart Foundation joined forces with the California Community Foundation, the California Endowment and other nonprofits to play a leading role in getting the HHH housing bond passed.
Boston developer buying Duxbury waterfront property
Merrill H. Diamond, of Diamond Sinacori LLC, said he envisions 35 units for empty nesters on the former Battelle Memorial Institute site. A Boston developer who wants to create high-end residences on the Duxbury waterfront has signed an agreement to buy 11 acres that long housed an environmental research institute. He said he wants the property to remain the "pastoral, bucolic setting . Neither he nor officials at Battelle, which in 2014 moved to a more modern facility in Norwell, would disclose the purchase price for the property. Katy Delaney, a spokeswoman for Battelle, said the organization is pleased with the Duxbury agreement.
Dow Slips in Cautious Trading Ahead of Presidential Debate
Stocks were mostly lower as Wall Street looked ahead to the first presidential debate Tuesday evening between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Investors also assessed a fresh $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid proposal from House Democrats after the global death toll from the virus passed 1 million. The Dow gained 410 points, or 1.51%, to close at 27,584, the S&P 500 rose 1.61% and the Nasdaq rose 1.87%. The scaled back $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package released by House Democrats Monday evening would restore $600 weekly jobless benefits. The U.S. death toll is 205,091, the most in the world and more than 20% of the global total.
Salt Bae’s Boston restaurant faces Boston Licensing Board
A representative from Nusr-Et Boston, the Arlington Street steakhouse run by Internet sensation “Salt Bae,” is slated to appear in a Licensing Board hearing Tuesday at 10 a.m. for three code violations. The meeting will be held over Zoom. The city ordered the restaurant to cease operations Saturday, a week after its opening, when inspectors determined management had repeatedly flouted COVID-19 safety guidelines, permit requirements, and other health measures.
The Stars just had nothing left in Game 6, and other thoughts on the Stanley Cup Final
It was apparent from the start of the evening that the Stars had little left, emotionally or physically, after grinding out a double OT victory, 3-2, Saturday night in Game 5. The Bolts allowed the Stars to land only four shots on net in the first period and again only four more in the second. The Stars were forced to battle uphill night after night, their longest time with a lead in those five games a paltry 15:22 in Game 4. AdvertisementThe icing, and what clinched the Smythe: His 10 goals were the most by a backliner since Brian Leetch posted 11 en route to the Rangers' Cup win in 1994. ? Khudobin’s storybook run fell short in its final chapter, but his was among the most endearing storylines of the Cup season.
Opinion: Don’t believe what Uber and Lyft claim about Prop. 22
By now, you’ve probably seen some slick ads for Proposition 22, paid for by Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies. They’ve outspent all other special interests that came before them: Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Tobacco. They know they must spend big, because it costs a lot to confuse the public about the facts. In the case of those TV ads, the fiction is that all drivers do the work as part-time gigs. But we are mismatched against an industry that will spend whatever it takes to preserve a system that impoverishes drivers.
From mojitos to faux-jitos, cocktail recipes to wet your whistle
And judging by the contents of our inboxes right now, autumn is clearly cocktail book season. The father of the craft cocktail movement, DeGross was the first bartender to use 19th-century cocktail recipes to create hand-crafted modern sips. Subtitled “Why Limit Happy to an Hour?,” this cocktail book from Joanna Saltz and Delish, the popular recipe and food site, offers 100 splashy recipes for mimosas, martinis and other cocktails with a twist. Using the back of a wooden spoon, muddle the mint and fruit. Let cool, then strain out mint leaves, pressing with a wooden spoon to help release the liquid.
‘Pokemon Go’ will connect to ‘Pokemon Home’ by the end of the year
That will get fans of the main series excited, but what’s more interesting is that Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokemon Company, announced that the link between “Pokemon Go” and “Pokemon Home” is coming by the end of the year. With the connection between the two products, players will be able to transfer their pocket monsters from “Pokemon Go” into “Pokemon Home.” From there, they’ll be able to use those Pokemon in the latest main series games and expansions. It appears that the Pokemon transferred to Pokemon Home won’t be able to go back to Niantic’s game, but they will be able to go back and forth between “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield” and “Pokemon Home.”That likely means pocket monsters captured in “Pokemon Go” may be able to be used in future titles. Players just need to move their pocket monsters from “Pokemon Go” to “Pokemon Home,” which has a version of the app on iOS and Android devices. Lastly, for players who are late to “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield,” a full version of the game with the expansion pass will be available Nov. 6.
The 30 minutes that could make or break the 2020 presidential race
So far, nothing about the 2020 presidential race has been must-see TV. AdvertisementSo it is almost by default the first presidential debate on Tuesday night will be the most important evening in the presidential race so far. In 2016, the first presidential debate was the most-watched one in American history, with some 86 million viewers tuning in. In previous elections, political strategists generally point to the first 30 minutes of the first presidential debate as critical. But if Biden survives the first 30 minutes of the first debate, the presidency could be his.
A viral photo showed former Celtic Delonte West homeless. Mark Cuban found him and picked him up.
Among those was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was filmed on Monday picking up West at a gas station in a viral video first reported on by TMZ Sports. TMZ reported that Cuban spent days trying to get in touch with West before contacting him and getting him to agree to meet at a gas station in north Dallas. In a Snapchat video posted with the TMZ report, West could be seen waiting inside the gas station's convenience store. Cuban took West to a hotel, and has offered to pay for his treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility, TMZ reported. As Maese reported, Cuban helped connect West with a financial adviser around 2014.
North Bay man charged with the molestation of two girls, then seeking a hitman to kill them
After a preliminary hearing scheduled on Wednesday, a Solano County judge ordered the defendant, a Vacaville man charged with the molestation of two young girls and hiring a hitman to kill them while he was jailed, to return to court in the coming days for more legal proceedings. Court documents reveal that Thomas, at some point while in jail, allegedly attempted to solicit numerous other inmates in a murder-for-hire plot. Thomas, according to the motion, offered $5,000 apiece for the victims’ deaths and suggested various ways to have the girls and a family member killed. Follow-up interviews with other inmates on Thomas’ cell block allegedly revealed seven were solicited for murder. The investigation was an effort between multiple agencies, including the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office and the Fairfield Police Department.
Bay Area man pleads guilty in federal court to conspiracy to bomb his brother’s home
A Dixon man pleaded guilty Monday in a Sacramento federal court to conspiracy to bomb his brother’s Suisun City home in 2018. Thomas Wayne Capenhurst pleaded to the conspiracy charge and malicious use of explosive materials, McGregor W. Scott, U.S. Attorney for the Easter District of California, said in a press release. According to court documents, Capenhurst offered to pay co-defendant Robert McGraw and another man $10,000 each to place pipe bombs at his brother’s Blue Jay Drive house. Court documents indicated that a family of five was active inside the home, having just returned from a trip to the Bay Area. Capenhurst is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberley J. Mueller on Jan. 4.
SJPD investigating homicide in south San Jose
SAN JOSE — At least one person was killed Monday night in south San Jose, authorities said. A homicide investigation was under way after a slaying on the 6000 block of San Ygnacio Avenue, according to San Jose Police. A tweet from police spelled the street as “San Ygnacio,” but they could be referring to the San Ignacio Avenue in South San Jose. The department did not release any other information at this time. The slaying would be San Jose’s 31st homicide of the year.
EPA chief ridicules California’s proposed ban of new gas cars
By ADAM BEAM | The Associated PressSACRAMENTO — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Monday ridiculed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035, saying the proposal raises “significant questions of legality.”Last week, Newsom signed an executive order directing state regulators to come up with rules that would ban the sale of all new gas-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035. The state came close to mandatory power shutoffs a few other times this year, but was able to avoid them. Related Articles Walters: Is Newsom serious about banning gas-powered cars? “We aren’t going to back down from protecting our kids’ health and the air they breathe.”
Resident describes giant chunks of ash falling in Bay Area
Residents in northern California are dealing with more than just smoke from deadly wildfires in the area, with pictures showing shockingly large chunks of ash that have fallen. Santa Rosa resident Morgan Balaei told CNN Monday she has seen at least two large pieces of ash fall from the sky over her neighborhood in California. Balaei shared her photos with CNN, one showing a giant piece of ash found outside her home Sunday. “It was laying in the street in front of my house,” Balaei told CNN of the large ash chunk. While Balaei lives in an area that has not yet been evacuated, she told CNN the fire is still too close for comfort.
Investigators: Missing Big Bear firefighter may have been picked up by a car
New information has surfaced in the search for a U.S. Forest Service firefighter who went missing Sept. 20 after one of his fellow Big Bear Hotshots died battling the El Dorado fire, investigators said Monday. Carlos Baltazar, 35, may have been picked up near his vehicle, near Highway 18 and Delta Way, northeast of Big Bear Lake, by someone driving a Subaru, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release. His backpack was found near his last known whereabouts, about 75 yards away from where his car was parked. Baltazar is described as a Hispanic man who stands 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. Deputies were asking anyone who was in the area of Highway 18 and Delta Way on Sept. 20 to contact the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (909) 866-7581.
Editorial: Elect Klein, Melton, Cisneros and Din in Sunnyvale
Voters should elect Larry Klein as mayor, newcomer Alysa Cisneros in District 2, current Councilman Russ Melton in District 4, and newcomer Omar Din in District 6. They are experienced, knowledgeable and would keep Sunnyvale on track on housing, transportation and financial issues. She has a solid record on housing issues and is a strong advocate for making Sunnyvale more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. Grossman, an attorney, serves on the Sunnyvale Housing and Human Services Commission and has a history of being engaged in community activities. She is a strong proponent of rent stabilization and does not have Din’s command of financial and housing issues.
Kurtenbach: With Mahomes at the wheel, the Chiefs’ machine looks unbeatable
Since my brain is now dominated by F1, that’s all I could think about Monday night as the Kansas City Chiefs dispatched their closest peer, the Baltimore Ravens, with ease on national TV. But the Chiefs also have the best driver in the game, quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Unless Kansas City finds a way to self-sabotage — or an unlucky crash takes them out — the 31 other NFL teams are playing for second place. That, of course, includes the 49ers, who came one quarter away from beating Kansas City in the Super Bowl last year. This is a level of domination that I don’t think we’ve seen in the NFL in more than a decade.
The fair was canceled, but its deep-fried goodness was a drive-thru away
The fair was canceled this year, but we were able to drive through and choose from our favorite fair foods. I wondered: Would food on a stick sell as well this way? I savored the crispy frybread covered in beans and cheese, passed it to Rhonda and took it back. That's more than they'd sell on a typical Saturday during the fair, when fairgoers would consume 1,030 turkey legs, 550 corn dogs and 500 funnel cakes. We couldn’t ride rides or wander the exhibit halls, but we got a taste of the state fair.
Lindsey Graham (in 2015) perfectly sums up the Trump/Biden race
The occasional well-crafted ones do the same thing and manage to actually entertain. Take some footage of an interview and TV appearances from 2015 by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who these days is perhaps Donald Trump’s No. It’s not just that Graham calls Trump “a race baiting, xenophobic religious bigot.” Or that he says Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is “as good a man as God ever created.”It’s how Graham says these things. But in the clip in which Graham talks about Biden he seems genuinely choked up and full of authentic admiration. It’s enough to make a person think that a Trump supporter might take a long look at that ad and … naaaaaaaah.
Arizona Corporation Commission: These 6 candidates are running for seats in November's election
The Arizona Corporation Commission has five statewide elected officials, with three on the ballot this year and the other two up in 2022. Burns has knocked heads with APS for years following the utility's controversial decision to fund commission candidates' campaigns in the 2014 election. He said Republicans' attacks on renewable energy as being more expensive and raising electric bills are misguided. He runs Sloan Lyons public relations firm with his wife and previously held jobs at Arizona State University. “My priorities are to create a cleaner, more effective energy sector with the goal of 100% renewable energy,” she said.
This Food Network star is taking over Italian steakhouse The Americano in north Scottsdale
Fans of Food Network star Scott Conant's modern osteria Mora Italian in Phoenix will soon have a second restaurant where they can enjoy the chef's signature brand of elevated Italian cuisine. Conant and his SC Culinary Inc. team have partnered with Scottsdale-based Creation Hospitality to take over ownership and operation of The Americano, an Italian-inspired steakhouse in Scottsdale. By mid-October diners can expect to see changes to The Americano menu. Now they keep this Phoenix chef anchoredDue to the pandemic, however, Conant is now in Scottsdale full-time and able to take the reins at the Italian restaurant and steakhouse. SCOTTSDALE RESTAURANTS: Coffee, cocktails and charcuterie: 11 new spotsOther new dishes may include polenta served with port and brandy-marinated foie gras emulsion and robust seafood offerings.
First phase of Peoria's 120-acre Paloma Community Park opens Saturday as the city's largest. Here's what to expect
The first phase of Peoria's new 120-acre Paloma Community Park will open in far north Peoria on Saturday after nearly a year and a half of construction. The park, off Dixiletta Drive and Lake Pleasant Parkway just south of Loop 303, will be the northwest Valley suburb's largest. What you'll find at PalomaSaturday marks the opening of the park's first phase, which is 85 acres and will include:A fishing lake. Paloma is city's 3rd big parkPeoria has a few dozen parks, but Paloma will only be the city's third to offer extensive amenities and is positioned to serve the city's rapidly growing north end. Paloma will be Peoria's third community park, joining Rio Vista Community Park, north of Thunderbird Road between Loop 101 and 91st Avenue, Pioneer Community Park, off 83rd Avenue between Olive and Northern avenues.
Madame Fromage, a St. Joe's professor, ate all 350 cheeses at Di Bruno Bros. in Philadelphia
Come in, really taste the cheese.”Smell the cheese before you eat it. “So much of what you perceive about a cheese really is the aroma.”Notice the rind. “I would say try it unless it's wax or so leathery that it scares you.”More age, more flavor. “A center-cut point, the heart of the cheese, is usually the mildest; it has the least flavor. Around the rind has the most flavor.
Alain Vigneault’s positive reinforcement meant a lot to Alex Lyon | On the Fly
“Those comments speak to how good of a coach he is and how well he understands the team,” Lyon said. “It goes a long way. A lot of times the Black Aces — us extra guys — are forgotten, which is probably how it should be. We’re there to do a job. But for him to go out of his way to say, ‘Nice job, keep it going,’ it really meant a lot to all of us.”
This high quality Bordeaux is food-friendly at at an approachable price
There are a number of terms on the label that indicate superior quality and the wine lives up to its promise. The honorific term Château indicates that this is an estate-bottled wine, where the vintner cultivates their own vineyards adjacent to the winery. Cru Bourgeois is a legal classification for wines of the middle tier, between the expensive crus classes and cheaper entry level offerings. Finally, the Médoc appellation indicates that this wine comes from the most respected of Bordeaux’s wine districts, the storied “Left Bank” of the Gironde estuary.
Graphic artist illustrates a legendary basketball coach to raise awareness about the disease they’re both fighting
“My wife said these were really rare diseases and a lot of people don’t understand them and they can be misdiagnosed,” said Jones, who lives in the Bella Vista section of Philadelphia. “She convinced me that doing education by showing other people’s stories was a good way to go. Basically, working in comics, we tell stories all day.”
Railroad maintenance to close Arlington roads this week, plus other roadwork and traffic updates
There will be several road closures throughout Arlington this week as a result of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Texas Department of Transportation’s Interstate 30/State Highway 360 interchange project. Roads will be closed this week to allow the Union Pacific Railroad to replace ties along railroad tracks throughout the city. The road closures will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and detour signs will be in the area for motorists, according to the city. Highway 360 southbound lanes between Avenue J and Six Flags Drive will continue to be closed until Oct. 31 for median utility work. Highway 360 northbound lanes between Avenue J and Brown Boulevard/Avenue K will continue to be closed through Friday for overhead construction work in the left inside lane.
Uber is hunting someone to fill its offices in Dallas’ Deep Ellum
Transportation firm Uber Technologies is looking for someone to take over five floors of its office space in Deep Ellum. Commercial property firm CBRE is marketing ride-hailing firm Uber offices on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas. The move to sublease its Deep Ellum offices is the second change Uber has made this year for its planned Dallas regional operation. In the summer of 2019 the California-based transportation company said it would open a Dallas office with at least 3,000 workers. The Uber Deep Ellum office sublease is just the latest large block of surplus building space to hit the North Texas market since the COVID-19 pandemic.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued to have the record of the proceedings opened to the public. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. Last week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home.
'Get Through This’ is a song for our time
“The Lord gave me the rest of the song,” he says, “the music and lyrics as well. She knew I was working on it and that I was desirous of a song to minister to the nation and to the world. “Once I got the musicians to learn the song,” he says, “I put together a concept of clippings similar to what are now in the video and sent them so everyone would see the vision.”They recorded the song in Wade’s den. By the time Sunday rolled around and he sang it in church, parishioners knew the song well enough to join in. “I downloaded your song,” the man wrote, “and now I know we’ll get through this.”“That choked me up,” Wade says.
Broncos Mailbag: Should offense run more no-huddle after two productive drives against Tampa Bay?
Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. During the two hurry-up drives against Tampa Bay, the Broncos gained 119 yards. But after Driskel’s struggles against Tampa Bay, the Broncos’ best course should be keeping Bortles to be Lock’s No. As long as the Broncos play hard and scratch out some wins, I think he gets a third season. Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season.
Dallas-area home prices are still headed higher
Dallas had the biggest price gains in more than a year the latest nationwide comparison. Dallas-area home prices were up 3.2% in the just-released S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index. But reports from local real estate agents found that median home sales prices in North Texas were actually 9% higher in July and August than a year earlier. “Housing prices rose in July,” S&P’s Craig J. Lazzara said in the new Case-Shiller report. Case-Shiller’s survey tracks the sales prices of specific homes over time.
Federal court rules in favor of Brookfield resident who made comments about social distancing, masks and Elmbrook School Board member
A federal court has ruled in favor of a Brookfield woman who filed a lawsuit against the Elmbrook School District after she criticized masks, social distancing and Elmbrook School Board member Mushir Hassan at a board meeting Aug. 11The U.S. Eastern District Court of Wisconsin ruled Sept. 25 that the school district could not ban Heidi Anderson from district property. Elmbrook School District chief strategy officer Chris Thompson declined to comment about the case. After being told by school board president Scott Wheeler that defamatory comments should be avoided, Anderson directly addressed board member Hassan, who is Muslim. The Elmbrook School Board could have enforced its two-minute time limit for citizen comments and cut Anderson off once she exceeded the limit, he said. Instead, he said the district flatly banned her from entering school property for any purpose without permission.
Rarely seen "ghost bird" spotted in River Hills
Rarely seen "ghost bird" spotted in River HillsThe pileated woodpecker, not commonly seen in Milwaukee County is spotted in River Hills. The bird's white coloration is called leucism.
Drowning, meth intoxication causes in Bellagio fountains death, coroner says
A man who perished after jumping into the Bellagio fountains in July died from drowning, the Clark County coroner’s office said, and methamphetamine intoxication also played a role. Las Vegas police investigate a drowning at the Bellagio fountains on the Strip on Friday, July 24, 2020. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)A man who perished after jumping into the Bellagio fountains in July died from drowning, the Clark County coroner’s office said, and methamphetamine intoxication also played a role. Homeless man David Swift, 52, had spoken to some local tourists prior to him inexplicably jumping into the fountains pool on July 24. The coroner’s office said the cause of death was drowning with methamphetamine intoxication as a significant contributing factor.
Buck, Watson, Hagen seeking open Senate District 5 seat
Republican Carri Buck and Libertarian Tim Hagen are once again seeking the Senate District 5 seat, running against Democrat Kristee Watson. Kristee Watson, left, Carrie Buck and Tim Hagan, candidates for Nevada Senate District 5 (Facebook)A trio of candidates, including two education advocates on opposite sides of the political spectrum, are facing off in the race for the competitive and open state Senate District 5. Two of the candidates, Republican Carrie Buck and Libertarian Tim Hagan, ran for the seat in past elections unsuccessfully. Buck narrowly lost to Woodhouse in 2016, while Hagan ran for the seat in 2006 and again in 2016. Like Buck, Hagan supports more school choice for parents, and would support having more charter school options in the state.
New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians odds, picks and best bets
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe New York Yankees (33-27 regular season) and Cleveland Indians (35-25) tangle in a best-of-three AL Wild Card Series opener at Progressive Field Tuesday night at 7 p.m. We analyze the Yankees-Indians MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Has a limited-but-dominant history against current Cleveland bats: .341 OPS, .050 ISO allowed, 24.6% strikeout rate. YankeesRP Tommy Kahnle (elbow) outIndiansRP Emmanuel Clase (suspension) outYankees at Indians: Odds, lines, picks and betting tipsMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Bieber dominates lefty bats (.417 OPS allowed), but New York generates much of its offense from the other batter's box.
Oct. 1 ‘Tree of Light’ project apparently shelved
(Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Eddie Schmitz, a volunteer that restores and upkeeps the Las Vegas Healing Garden, describes the renovations occurring at the garden in Las Vegas on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)Even as the Las Vegas Storytelling Garden becomes a new tribute to victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival shootings, another memorial idea apparently has been shelved. The piece was proposed to be erected across the street from the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden on South Casino Center Boulevard. However, Jace Radke, a spokesman for the city of Las Vegas, said the proposal hasn’t moved beyond the concept phase. So, Radke said, the city is continuing to focus on the Healing Garden and the new Storytelling Garden.
Mock debates? Briefing books? How Trump and Biden are preparing for their first debate in Cleveland
Debate topics:Supreme Court, coronavirus, race among the topics for the first presidential debate Sept. 29Trump has also been preparing for the Cleveland showdown. 'Reassuring and plausible' the goal for Biden, but not a 'fact-checker'The debate comes amid polls showing Biden with a small – but steady – lead against Trump. "Maybe he's going to be great at the debate," Trump said during a campaign rally Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida. "Trump will be ready," a Biden campaign aide said, adding that Trump "spends all day arguing with people and press." "For this debate, (Biden) needs to not get pulled into the swamp of wherever Trump wants it to go," she said.
Wisconsin schools are adapting systems for warning parents about head lice and other outbreaks to track coronavirus
Here are some things to know about COVID-19 contact tracing within the schools. During the spring and summer, staff at the Waukesha County health department reached out to school nurses. "They learned all about contact tracing and disease investigation, what criteria are involved, how to release people, the whole big picture," said Roberts. In the Waukesha County health department, there are community response teams, school strike teams, business strike teams and long-term care strike teams. Those systems help case investigation and contact tracing go more quickly than it normally goes in the community.
Fueled by dry winds, fire rages in wine country — PHOTOS
Flames from the Glass Fire consume the Black Rock Inn, late Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Helena, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Cal Fire Capt. Jesse Campbell works to save the Louis Stralla Water Treatment Plant as the Glass Fire burns in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)An air tanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in St. Helena, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Embers fly from a tree as the Glass Fire burns in St. Helena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. Fueled by dry winds, The Glass Fire has raged through Napa and Sonoma counties, quickly tripling in size, burning homes and nowhere near containement.
Healing Garden is ‘a labor of love’ for 2 volunteers
(Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)Route 91 Harvest festival shooting survivor Sue Ann Cornwell serves as a caretaker of the Healing Garden. (Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)Painted stones placed around memorials at the Healing Garden. (Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)Eddie Schmitz works on restoring the Healing Garden on Sept. 14. (Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)Eddie Schmitz discusses plans for a new tiled wall surrounding the Healing Garden on Sept. 14. (Elizabeth Page Brumley / Las Vegas Review-Journal)The sweat is as thick on his brow as the sentiment is in his voice.
Storytelling Garden to open as complement to Oct. 1 Healing Garden
Construction continues on the Storytelling Garden, adjacent to the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoConstruction continues on the Storytelling Garden, adjacent to the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoConstruction continues on the Storytelling Garden, adjacent to the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoConstruction continues on the Storytelling Garden, adjacent to the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The Las Vegas Storytelling Garden, located to the immediate north of the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden.
South Florida seeks clarity on COVID-19 rules during confusing move to Phase 3
Some government officials across the region say they were just as confused by the state’s sudden move to Phase 3 of reopening from COVID-19. They were working to enforce noticeably vague guidelines on face coverings and business capacity, in lieu of tougher restrictions in previous days. In the meantime, they leaned on attorneys to decipher just what implications the governor’s new executive order has on their power.
Heat grow support system at Disney, including Tyler Herro with Instagram model alongside
With the finish line in sight of the quarantine process that began for the Heat with their July 8 arrival to Central Florida, several players have added family members and friends into the mix in advance of Wednesday’s 9 p.m. start of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hyde5: Where Russell Wilson ranks on Dolphins Top 10 QB misses; Gase gazing — Five Dolphins thoughts
Aaron Rodgers. Nick Saban scouted him like crazy but backed off , as I wrote in a column. The Dolphins took a good Ronnie Brown with the second pick. But this was an odd case where if the Dolphins had a lower pick it would have been better for them. Saban, like most teams, didn’t think Rodgers was worth a high pick.
NFL power rankings for Week 4: The Chiefs are the class of the league, the Bills keep climbing and the Bears move up to No. 15
They’re already talking about possibly moving on from Dwayne Haskins, and that doesn’t bode well for last year’s first-round pick. “There are guys in that locker room that are playing to win,” coach Ron Rivera said. “We have to make sure that everybody is playing well enough to win at that point. There is a cutoff point for me.”
Hey, what are you doing Oct. 13 and 14? You’re shopping, if Target deals and Amazon Prime sales do their job.
Target Deal Days will feature digital deals on thousands of items, more than double what the retailer offered last year as it adjusts to the surge of consumers who have shifted to shopping online during the coronavirus pandemic.
Renovated Four Seasons Hotel plans to reopen Thursday in the middle of a pandemic. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look.
According to Wancha and Tim Churchmack, director of rooms, guests can expect to be greeted at the door with a contactless temperature screening and a set of COVID-19 health questions. Using the Four Seasons’ mobile app created in 2017 for guests to chat with hotel personnel, they can check in virtually, and room keys will be ready at the reception desk. A welcome kit with hand sanitizer, wipes and masks is provided in each room (kids get a mask with Sammy the Skyscraper on it when they enter the lobby), along with a remote control with a band indicating it was sanitized between guests. And those items that were reusable have been replaced with single-use items (from coffee mugs to paper cups), Churchmack said.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have reignited a decades-old ‘frozen conflict.' Here’s why they’re fighting, and dozens are dying.
A man speaks with his child, wounded during shelling, in Stepanakert in the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan, on Sept. 28, 2020. Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Monday morning after erupting the day before, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks. (Areg Balayan/AP)
Disney Plus launches GroupWatch in U.S., letting up to 7 people stream together
Disney Plus subscribers can initiate an invitation to a GroupWatch party via the icon on the Details page of series and movies in the service. They will then get a link to invite up to six other people to watch with them. Invitations must originate from mobile or web, but you can access GroupWatch sessions from your connected TV device or smart TV. Each participant can pause, rewind or fast forward video playback for the whole group.
Reggaeton redemption: J Balvin, Bad Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
J Balvin performs during the Coca-Cola Flow Reggaeton festival in Mexico City on Nov. 23, 2019, from left, Ozuna performs at the Latin American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 17, 2019 and Bad Bunny performs a medley at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 25, 2019. Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations at the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. (AP Photo) (AP)
Niles residents receive award for preserving backyard bur oak tree: ‘It has withstood the test of time’
“When you have something that’s living history, you can not only look into the past, but you can look forward to the future,” Michael Eiermann added. “To me, that also means hope. I have hope with a lot of other issues in the world knowing that tree is still living.”
Will Eloy Jimenez be back in the starting lineup? 4 things to look for in Game 1 of the White Sox-A’s wild-card series.
“Obviously we have a gentleman who is extremely experienced, has had an illustrious career as a designated hitter and I think all of us want to continue to put our best foot forward,” Renteria said of Encarnacion. “He’s been a tremendous addition to us both in the clubhouse, obviously he’s impacted us on the field as well … We will proceed knowing we will make whatever adjustments we need to in order to continue to put us in the best position possible.”
Big Ten football is coming back — but how safe will it be for players and fans? Medical experts answer lingering questions.
Dr. Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health at Muhlenberg College: We are at a familiar place in terms of knowledge from where we were a month ago. I don’t think we have had a major advance in treatments. You see some of the schools having hundreds of cases, having significant cases among the athletic department and the student body at large, and we have the concern these cases won’t stay on campus. There is not a wall between the campus and local community. We have a lot more evidence of failing to manage the risks than we have evidence of successfully demonstrating this can be done and not creating a significant outbreak risk.
Readers respond: Demilitarize, don’t defund
In all fairness, police shouldn’t have to deal with those with mental illness. The city needs a secure mental health facility instead of wasting taxpayer money on City Hall’s pet projects. To those officers still employed, stop feeling sorry for yourselves, the majority of the city is behind you. The current police training manual has to be revamped, and cops need to look like police again instead of an occupying army. Rather than defunding, how about losing the besieged combat look and Rambo gear that has no place in everyday policing?
Portland Tuesday weather: Clear skies, warm temps; smoke may move in this afternoon
Warm and dry conditions are expected throughout the week as a high pressure system remains over the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Weather Service. Some southern Oregon beaches saw high temperatures near 100 degrees Monday. Salem’s record high for this date is 91 set in 1935. Smoke is beginning to drift northward from California and could affect temperatures and air quality in western Oregon by Wednesday. The weather service believes most of the smoke will remain elevated and pass over us high in the atmosphere.
Watch: Former Oregon Duck Dion Jordan recovers fumble, posts sack in first game with the San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers promoted Dion Jordan to the active roster on Wednesday and he made an impact on Sunday. WatchThe sudden change in possession eventually resulted in the 49ers kicking a field goal to give San Francisco a 6-0 lead. Jordan also pressured Jones from the right side on another play that resulted teammate Kerry Hyder dropping Jones for a sack in the third quarter. Jordan finished the game with a sack, two quarterback hits and a fumble recovery while playing 22 defensive snaps in the game. Jordan was the fifth-highest rated defensive player for the 49ers in the game, according to Pro Football Focus.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. On Monday, a grand juror, who was not identified, filed a court motion asking a judge to release the record of the grand jury proceedings. Cameron said in agreeing to the release of the recordings that the grand jury is meant to be a "secretive body."
Haunted houses open for the 2020 Halloween season on Long Island
The haunting season is here and live-action attractions on Long Island are ready to scare. SCHMITT’S FARM HAUNTTHE LOWDOWN After years of experimentation, Schmitt’s is pulling out the classics in this greatest hits Haunted House. WHEN | WHERE Open off-peak nights: Sept. 25-27, Oct. 2-4, 12, 15, 20-22, 26-29 and Nov. 1, 6-8; Peak Nights: Oct. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 (times vary each night) at 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. DARKSIDE HAUNTED HOUSETHE LOWDOWN Old school is the theme of this year’s haunt as Darkside is dialing back to its late ‘90s roots. "As time went on and people got used to being in haunted houses, the interaction got closer and more personal.
Coronavirus closes Waterbury magnet school for two days
The Waterbury Arts Magnet School is closed for two days because of a COVID-19 infection, a school staff member said Tuesday.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have reignited a decades-old ‘frozen conflict.' Here’s why they’re fighting, and dozens are dying.
A woman shows damage to her house after shelling by Armenian forces in the Tovuz region of Azerbaijan on July 14, 2020. The two neighbors in the South Caucasus have been locked in conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan that has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a war there ended in 1994. (Ramil Zeynalov/AP)
Police move in on protesters before N. Portland march; 24 arrested in demonstration (key takeaways)
Several dozen Portland police officers moved on protesters gathering in a North Portland park Monday night, sweeping through the park, confiscating homemade shields and other items in advance of a planned march. KENTON PARKArmored officers swept through Kenton Park, where protesters had gathered, and seized homemade shields prior to the planned march. POLICE EXPLAIN ACTIONPolice said officers saw demonstrators carrying shields and wearing body armor and helmets, as is commonplace at Portland demonstrations against racial injustice. Officers arrived shortly after, standing in the roadway between the largest group of protesters and the union building. Members of the Police Bureau’s rapid response teams, which police protests, were deputized as federal officers.
Balancing Family, Work and Education is Easier Than You Think at Houston’s Belhaven University
The thought of adding a college degree into the mix can seem daunting, until you discover Belhaven University in Houston’s Energy Corridor. Her husband’s business took off so she balanced her work as an estimator for the family business with raising her children. When those daughters reached high school, they began asking their mom why she didn’t have a college degree. In addition to accepting credits from the vast majority of your previous academic work, Belhaven also sets no term limits. Visit the Belhaven Adult and Professional webpage to learn how you can achieve your goals at one of “America’s Best Christian Colleges.”For more information, visit www.belhavenuniversityhouston.com.
Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics odds, picks and best bets
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Chicago White Sox (35-25 regular season) and Oakland Athletics (36-24) open their best-of-three AL Wild Card Series Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Below, we analyze the White Sox-Athletics MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. White Sox at Athletics: Key injuries(Get the latest injury news here.) Enter the top-10 offense of the Chicago White Sox (-121). A winning $100 bet on the White Sox ML will net an $86.24 returnOakland went 6-1 in extra-inning games in the regular season.
An area Walmart will turn into a drive-in movie theater this week
Looking for free tickets to the drive-in? Well, the Amelia Walmart has tickets available for two movie showings this week. The nationwide tour kicked off Aug. 14 and runs through Oct. 21 with 320 showings, all taking place in Walmart parking lots, officials said. There are tickets are available for a 7:30 p.m. showing of "Wonder Woman" on Tuesday and a 7:30 p.m. showings of "The Lego Movie" on Wednesday. Gates open at 6 p.m.More:Starlite Drive-in: How a 73-year-old drive-in theater came to thrive during a pandemic"The free, socially distanced events will offer families a safe drive-in experience at Walmart Supercenters," officials said.
Man, woman shot in drive-by on Detroit's east side
Detroit — A man and a woman in their early 20s were shot in a drive-by just after midnight on Detroit's east side, police said. The double shooting happened on the 4100 block of Maryland, north of Mack, east of Alter, said Janae Gordon, a spokeswoman for Detroit Police Department. Police say a 21-year-old man was walking a 20-year-old woman to her vehicle when a gray or black sedan drove past. Someone inside shot both victims, police said. Police have no detailed description of the suspect vehicle.
What is Cincinnati's favorite coffee shop? Readers tell us ahead of National Coffee Day
There's a day for those coffee-loving people in our lives: National Coffee Day, on Sept. 29. The Enquirer asked its Instagram followers to tell us their favorite local coffee shops. Here is a list of what they told us, and find more local spots and deals for National Coffee Day here. The Mount Lookout coffee shop has a full coffee menu and a variety of small bites and lunch items. Here are Cincinnati's other favorite coffee shops:
Cleves officials meeting tonight to discuss disbanding police department
Village officials said instituting a 1% to 2% income tax or a 10 mill property tax levy could raise the funds necessary to keep the department. The property tax levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $350 a year. The nearby communities of North Bend, Miami Township and White Water Township already contract with the sheriff's office. Cleves officials said if the village chose to use Hamilton County there would be a substation within Cleves staffed with a lieutenant or sergeant seven days a week. The meeting Tuesday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Miami Township Hall at 112 South Miami Avenue.
Headliners Arizona, St. John's drop out of 2020 NIT Season Tip-Off, per report
The 2020 Preseason NIT - also called the NIT Season Tip-Off and set to feature the Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team for the first time - will be played without headliners Arizona and St. John's, according to a report via Twitter from Stadium's Jeff Goodman. UC and Texas Tech remain as the tournament's two headliners, according to Goodman. CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported earlier this month that the tournament is among early season college basketball events moving to Orlando. The tournament had been scheduled to be played in late November at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Champions Classic, the Jimmy V Classic, Orlando Invitational (featuring Xavier), Myrtle Beach Invitational, Charleston Classic, Wooden Legacy and Diamond Head Classic also will be played in Orlando, according to Rothstein's report, and fans aren't expected to attend any of them.
Save the Children? Extremist conspiracy movement QAnon fabricates pedophile claims against Biden as election looms
Crimes against kids are foundational to many conspiracy theories as they're universally horrifying. Viral spread of QAnon groups trigger a crackdown over the summer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Observers say the 2016 presidential election spurred the rise of conspiracy theories once confined to the fringes. But the hijacking of the #SaveTheChildren hashtag on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter is exposing unsuspecting Americans to QAnon ideology. Facebook, Instagram crack down on QThe viral spread of QAnon groups triggered a crackdown over the summer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
State television: Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah has died at 91
Jon Gambrell and Adam SchreckAssociated PressDubai, United Arab Emirates – Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. In a Middle East replete with elderly rulers, Sheikh Sabah stood out for his efforts at pushing for diplomacy to resolve a bitter dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations that continues to this day. His 2006 ascension in Kuwait, a staunch U.S. ally since the American-led war that expelled occupying Iraqi troops, came after parliament voted unanimously to oust his predecessor, the ailing Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, just nine days into his rule. “No question he has suffered from the lack of deference and respect shown by the younger and more brash young princes holding power today.”State television announced his death after playing Quranic prayers. Sheikh Sabah is expected to be succeeded by his half brother, the crown prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rise 3.9% in July
Paul WisemanAssociated PressWashington – U.S. home prices rose at a faster pace in July as the housing market continued to show strength in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 3.9% in July from a year earlier, up from a 3.5% annual gain in June. Sixteen of the 19 cities saw prices rise at a faster pace than they did in June. Helped by rock-bottom mortgage rates, the U.S. housing market has largely withstood the economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak. “An unprecedented lack of for-sale homes combined with persistently low mortgage rates have stoked a competition for housing in recent months that will not relent.’’
Amazon sees its palm recognition tech in stadiums, offices
Associated PressSeattle — Amazon has introduced new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices. Customers at the stores near Amazon's campus in Washington can flash a palm for entry and to buy goods. The company chose palm recognition, according to Dilip Kumar, vice president of Physical Retail & Technology, because it's more private than other biometric technology, and a person would be required to purposefully flash a palm at the Amazon One device to engage. “And it’s contactless, which we think customers will appreciate, especially in current times,” Kumar wrote in a blog post Tuesday. The company expects to roll out Amazon One as an option in other Amazon stores in the coming months, which could mean Whole Foods Market grocery stores.
2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic, despite no ticket sales, raises $2.7M for charity
Detroit — The second annual Rocket Mortgage Classic raised a whole lot of green, despite no ticket sales. Because of COVID-19, the PGA Tour played the second half of its season schedule, including in Detroit, without fans. "We are committed to Changing the Course and working tirelessly to deploy resources and foster great equity and digital access for Detroit residents and families." In 2019, the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which drew tens of thousands of fans to the inaugural tournament at Detroit Golf Club, raised more than $1.1 million for Detroit-based charities. Rocket Mortgage donated $250,000, Rickie Fowler $100,000 and Watson $25,000.
Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods
NEW YORK (AP) — At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations for the 2020 Latin Grammys, including two nominations for album of the year and two for record of the year. The Latin Academy announced Tuesday that Bad Bunny and Ozuna are behind Balvin with nine and eight nominations, respectively. Other nominees include Bad Bunny’s sophomore release “YHLQMDLG” as well as albums from Ricky Martin, Carlos Vives, Jesse & Joy, Kany García, Natalia Lafourcade, Camilo and Fito Paez. Other nominees include Balvin’s “Rojo” and Bad Bunny’s “Vete.”
State television: Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah has died at 91
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. In a Middle East replete with elderly rulers, Sheikh Sabah stood out for his efforts at pushing for diplomacy to resolve a bitter dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations that continues to this day. His 2006 ascension in Kuwait, a staunch U.S. ally since the American-led war that expelled occupying Iraqi troops, came after parliament voted unanimously to oust his predecessor, the ailing Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah, just nine days into his rule. Yet as Kuwait’s ruling emir, he struggled with internal political disputes, the fallout of the 2011 Arab Spring protests and seesawing crude oil prices that chewed into a national budget providing cradle-to-grave subsidies.
Vatican defends China bishop negotiations on eve of US visit
ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday answered critics and justified its pursuit of an extended agreement with China on bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting the effort had achieved limited, positive results. The Holy See articulated its position on the eve of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who this month wrote a harsh critique of the Vatican’s 2018 accord with China. Pompeo is scheduled to headline a religious liberty conference on Wednesday with the Vatican secretary of state and foreign minister, two architects of the deal. The agreement included a process for nominating new bishops, regularizing the status of seven bishops who weren’t recognized by Rome and thawing decades of estrangement between China and the Vatican. Critics of the accord, including the retired archbishop of Hong Kong, some underground faithful in China and conservative Catholics elsewhere, accused the Vatican of betraying the Catholics in China who for decades refused to join the state-sanctioned church.
The Latest: Ice hockey's historic Spengler Cup canceled
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___One of the oldest annual tournaments in ice hockey, the Spengler Cup, has been canceled. Organizers of the event held in Davos, Switzerland, during the December holidays cite the impact of the pandemic.
How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study?
Enthusiasm is high: More than 400,000 people have signed a registry of possible volunteers that’s part of a vaccine network set up by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Older adults, anyone with a serious underlying illness, and pregnant women are typically excluded from this testing stage. Mid-stage studies of COVID-19 vaccines recruit a few hundred people, including some older adults. So volunteers can include people who are over age 65 and people with chronic health problems such as diabetes. Enough study participants have to be exposed to the virus for researchers to be able to tell if the vaccine works.
Clipped wings: Virus turns tennis pros' flights into ordeals
Globally, air travel is down more than 85% from a year ago, according to industry figures. But tennis players cannot home-work. And so, as now-rare world travelers, they've also become unwitting first-hand witnesses of how the pandemic is battering the airline industry. “Shocking” and “weird” is how Sock, competing in Paris at the French Open, described his recent stopover at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. But it saw just 636,883 passengers this July, an 89% plunge compared to the same month last year, according to the Port Authority's most recent figures.
Dutch competition watchdog fines 4 tobacco companies
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch consumer watchdog has fined four major tobacco companies a total of more than 82 million euros ($96 million) for distorting competition by indirectly exchanging pricing information for cigarettes and tobacco. The fine was levied in May but only published Tuesday because three of the tobacco companies asked a court to ban publication, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets said in a statement. The companies involved, the Dutch arms of Philip Morris, British American Tobacco International, Van Nelle Tabak Nederland and JT International Company Netherlands, have filed objections to the decision to fine them, the authority said. According to the ruling, from July 2008 through May 2011, the tobacco companies “accepted competitively-sensitive information concerning the future resale prices of competing cigarettes, and used that information in determining their own pricing strategies,.”
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rise 3.9% in July
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose at a faster pace in July as the housing market continued to show strength in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, rose 3.9% in July from a year earlier, up from a 3.5% annual gain in June. The 20-city index excluded prices from the Detroit metropolitan area index because of delays related to pandemic at the recording office in Wayne County, which includes Detroit. Phoenix (up 9.2%), Seattle (7%) and Charlotte, North Carolina (6%), reported the biggest year-over-year gains. Sixteen of the 19 cities saw prices rise at a faster pace than they did in June.
Albanian prime minister turns down request from soccer clubs
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The prime minister of Albania turned down requests Tuesday of more financial support for the country’s soccer clubs, an ongoing spat that has led most of the top teams in the league to boycott the start of the season. Edi Rama said soccer is independent and the clubs may continue the boycott if they want to. “The government has no obligations to soccer,” Rama said. “Soccer is an industry.”A new sports law with two years tax free for players, a 6% value added tax for investment in sport, “everything which is possible, which is reasonable and profitable for the country and the soccer” has been done, Rama said.
Michael Schumacher's son Mick to make F1 practice debut
MARANELLO, Italy (AP) — Michael Schumacher's son, Mick, will have an official Formula One drive during a race weekend for the first time next week at the Nürburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said on Tuesday. Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari's young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi's car for the first session of the weekend. “I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He's also done demonstration runs in his father's old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.
AP PHOTOS: Fueled by dry winds, fire rages in wine country
ST. HELENA, California (AP) — Giant blazes taking down buildings, residents fleeing their homes, exhausted firefighters working around the clock: These are some of the scenes from the wildfire that exploded in the Northern California wine country. Fueled by dry winds, The Glass Fire has raged through Napa and Sonoma counties, quickly tripling in size, burning homes and nowhere near containement. But fire officials were more confident Monday evening, when the winds eased a bit. The dramatic images are a testament to the fierceness of the fire and the determination of the firefighters: a bright red streak in the sky marks the spot where an air tanker dropped fire retardant; an inn engulfed in flames lights up the sky; embers fly off a tree in a scene reminiscent of fireworks; a tired firefighter rubs his face as he leans against a fire truck; elderly residents being evacuated from a senior home are helped onto a bus. The Glass Fire is one of nearly 30 wildfires burning around California and the National Weather Service warned that hot, dry conditions with strong Santa Ana winds could remain a fire danger in Southern California.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. He said a recording of the grand jury proceedings would be released on Wednesday. There was no conclusive evidence that any of Hankison’s bullets hit Taylor, Cameron said. In Georgia, 11th Circuit this year ruled against releasing grand jury records in the 1946 lynching of two Black couples.
AP Analysis: Dark days ahead for Lebanon as crisis bites
BEIRUT (AP) — In less than a year, Lebanon has been hit by an economic meltdown, mass protests, financial collapse, a virus outbreak and a cataclysmic explosion that virtually wiped out the country’s main port. Yet Lebanese fear even darker days are ahead. The country’s foreign reserves are drying up, the local currency is expected to spiral further downward. Bickering politicians have been unable to form a government, putting an international bailout out of reach. Last week, a French initiative to form a rescue government of specialists fell apart when the political factions split along familiar fault lines, deepened by the U.S.-Iran rivalry.
LVMH files countersuit against Tiffany over $14.5B deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE has filed a countersuit against Tiffany over their ruined merger deal, noting conditions necessary to close the $14.5 billion acquisition of the jewelry chain have not been met. The lawsuit, filed late Monday in Delaware Chancery Court, is the latest legal spat between the two companies over what would have been the the biggest deal in the luxury market. It follows a lawsuit that Tiffany filed earlier this month against LVMH after the French conglomerate—owner of Louis Vuitton, Dior among other brands—said it was pulling out of the pact. In a lawsuit filed earlier in September to enforce the merger agreement, Tiffany said LVMH’s argument had no basis in French law. Tiffany also said that LVMH hasn’t even attempted to seek the required antitrust approval from three jurisdictions.
Global $1.16 Bn Portable Solar Charger (Small, Foldable, Backpack) Markets 2019-2020 & 2026 - ResearchAndMarkets.com
Further, clean energy products have various advantages over the traditional energy product. Portable Solar Charger Market: Growth FactorsThe portable solar chargers have the following features they are small, wearable and handy thus can easily carried by the consumers; it offers portability and enhances the mobile applications of the product which results in the quality end user experience. This fact is driving the growth of the portable solar charger market. This leads to an increased adoption of the portable solar chargers. Majority of the solar portable chargers make use of solar energy only, thus restricting its application in the night as there are chances of the energy draining out.
S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller: US home prices rise 3.9% in July
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2019 file photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. U.S. home prices rose in April for the eighth straight month, even as sales have stumbled, a sign the coronavirus outbreak has had little impact on real estate values. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4% in April, the largest gain since December 2018, up from 3.9% in March.
Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court has close ties to a charismatic Christian religious group that holds men are divinely ordained as the “head” of the family and faith. Former members of the group, called People of Praise, say it teaches that wives must submit to the will of their husbands. Several people familiar with People of Praise, including some current members, told the AP that the group has been misunderstood. Many of the group’s early members were drawn from the campus of nearby Notre Dame, a Catholic university. A 2006 article in the group’s magazine includes a photo of her attending a People of Praise Leaders’ Conference for Women.
They wanted disruption in 2016. Now they’re Trump defectors
The women, all white, Republican, suburban moms, stared back at her. They wanted change and disruption, until they found out what that actually looked like under Trump. To be sure, this could be only a slice of voters, but it’s a caution signal for the Trump campaign. “I was super proud that day I walked out of voting,” said Jensen, who cast ballots for Trump in both the primary and general election in 2016. Four years after casting a ballot for Trump, Jensen joined a Facebook group called “Former Trump Supporters” and posts charts about media bias.
31 prison inmates with coronavirus have died in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Figures from the Virginia Department of Corrections show that 31 prison inmates with COVID-19 have died since the start of the pandemic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Tuesday that the highest toll has been at the Deerfield Correctional Center. It's home to many geriatric prisoners and prisoners with chronic health problems. The state has reported that 17 of its inmates have died. The Virginia Department of Corrections said it is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against police involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. He said a recording of the grand jury proceedings would be released on Wednesday. In Georgia, 11th Circuit this year ruled against releasing grand jury records in the 1946 lynching of two Black couples.
France to ban use of wild animals in circuses, marine parks
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........PARIS — France’s environment minister has announced a gradual ban on using wild animals in traveling circuses, on keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in marine parks and on raising mink on fur farms. “It is time to open a new era in our relationship with these (wild) animals,” she said, arguing that animal welfare is a priority. Pompili said the measures will also bring an end to mink farming, where animals are raised for their fur, within the next five years. The ban does not apply to wild animals in other permanent shows and in zoos. “That transition will be spread over several years, because it will change the lives of many people,” she said.
The Latest: Moscow to keep school kids home 2 weeks in Oct
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........MOSCOW — Moscow authorities are extending school holidays by a week amid a surge of new coronavirus cases. ___Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:MADRID — Spain’s government is providing four more months of furlough to support workers and companies affected by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. ___LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised new adult education and training programs to help workers recover amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Philippines has reported the most coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia. Many experts have warned the virus could spread again after this week’s traditional Chuseok autumn holidays.
State television: Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah has died at 91
Sheikh Sabah is expected to be succeeded by his half brother, the crown prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. In 2003, his half brother and Kuwait’s then-emir, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah, named Sheikh Sabah as the country’s prime minister. “Sheikh Sabah proved a savvy player of the internal politics of the ruling family,” Diwan said. “Thank God, now, what is important is that we have stopped any military action,” Sheikh Sabah said. A longtime widower, Sheikh Sabah lived for years in a palace known as Dar Salwa, which was named after his daughter Salwa, who died of cancer in 2002.
AP PHOTOS: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........EISENACH, Germany — Thirty years after Germany was reunited, many once-decrepit city centers in the formerly communist east have been painstakingly restored and new factories have sprung up. But many companies and facilities didn’t survive the abrupt transition to capitalism. Casualties of the transition included East Germany’s clunky cars, the Trabant and the more upmarket — though still spartan by Western standards — Wartburg. In Eckardts, a village a few miles from Eisenach, a giant cowshed stands abandoned — a relic of one of the collective farms that dominated agriculture in East Germany. Many people left the former East for the West in the years after reunification, seeking better economic opportunities.
Police search for man who wielded hatchet at Virginia church
TROUTDALE, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police are looking for a man who allegedly showed up to a church and attacked an off-duty trooper with a hatchet before disappearing into nearby woods. An off-duty Virginia State Police trooper was present and opened the door to find a man armed with a hatchet alongside a dog, officials said. When the trooper attempted to close the door, the man swung the hatchet and struck the back of the trooper’s hand, the agency said. He was leading people to their vehicles that night when he heard the man “yelling and howling” near the woodline, State Police said. Officers responded to the scene to search for the suspect, but he was not found.
New Albany-Floyd County schools announce back-to-school plan for the rest of first semester
The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation released its reopening plan for the second half of the first semester. Those whose last names begin with A through K will attend school in-person on Monday and Thursday and virtually on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Students with last names that begin with L through Z will attend school in-person Tuesday and Friday and virtually on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Winter break starts Dec. 21, and there is no school on Election Day. While in school, students must wear a face mask at all times through Oct. 17 in accordance with an order from the Floyd County Health Department.
School daze: Average parent is no better at math or science than a 6th grader!
A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. parents finds the average parent these days has the math and science skills of an 11-year-old. When asked how they performed academically as a child, 55% remembered struggling with math and close to 40% said the same for science topics. Math (49%) and science (31%) are among the top subjects listed by parents when asked what topics their kids struggle with today. Over half (58%) of respondents say they’ve been asked by their child for help with a math or science problem. Many parents (72%) say they plan on learning math and science right alongside their kids this school year.
The Best Coffee Makers, Grinders and Beans of 2020
The Best Coffee Makers, Grinders and Beans of 2020For many of us, coffee is a vital part of a morning routine. And if you’re an avid coffee drinker, you know the daily habit can get expensive. We even found which beans will arrive at your doorstep the fastest and freshest! If you can’t start your day without a serious caffeine boost, you’ll want to upgrade to one of the best-tested products we’ve reviewed. These are the best coffee gadgets we’ve tested:
Trump's bid to ban TikTok and WeChat: where are we now?
On 6 August, Donald Trump published executive orders targeting the viral video app TikTok and messaging app WeChat. In the order, Trump cited similar concerns for a WeChat ban, saying the app “allow[s] the Chinese Communist party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information”. Asked about the possible ban, Chinese Americans recently told the Guardian that the WeChat has been a lifeline connecting them to family and friends in China. Because of this injunction, the ban on WeChat is on hold pending an appeal from the Trump administration. “We’re pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban,” TikTok said in a statement.
Giant robot moving in Japan harbour entrances millions on Twitter
TOKYO (Reuters) - Videos showing an 18-metre (59-foot) robot in the Japanese harbour city of Yokohama have entranced the Twitterverse, pulling in more than 6 million views in the past week. The robot is the centerpiece of the Gundam Factory Yokohama, a tourist attraction that was due to open in October, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The videos, shot by a telephoto lens from Twitter user @yoshi115t, show what appear to be motion tests of the white robot that dwarfs boats speeding by in the background. “Mobile Suit Gundam” debuted in Japan in the late 1970s as a cartoon about enormous battle robots piloted by humans. The Gundam franchise is operated by Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. Engineering company Yaskawa Electric Corp and industrial robot maker Nabtesco Corp are among companies making parts of the giant Gundam in Yokohama, according to the attraction’s website.
A Dominatrix on Why BDSM Business Is Booming During Trump and COVID
Oscar Wilde famously said, “Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” It’s a wonderfully worded quote but a bit mistaken about sex, power, and the rest. And yet many do find themselves craving BDSM when they feel especially vulnerable, particularly those with a submissive bent. Even those who have never considered exploring BDSM have certainly experienced the same principals by engaging in conventionally acceptable masochistic acts. It should come as no surprise, then, that those who enjoy exploring their psychological world through sexual powerplay have been given an awful lot to work with.
Michael Schumacher's son to make Formula 1 debut at Nurburgring
Michael Schumacher's son Mick will make his Formula One grand prix debut at the sport's next round at Nurburgring. Englishman Callum Ilott, a member of the Ferrari driver academy like Schumacher, will also be handed his maiden grand prix outing when he participates in practice for Haas. "The fact that my first participation in a Formula One weekend will take place in front of my home audience at the Nurburgring makes this moment even more special. "But the next aim would be for me, if I do make the step into Formula One, is to break that." "It's great that I'll have my first outing at a Formula One race weekend there.
Teenage boy made homemade bombs during lockdown, court hears
A 14-year-old boy developed extreme views influenced by the so-called Islamic State and attempted to make homemade bombs during the coronavirus lockdown, a court heard. Leicester Crown Court heard he researched rudimentary homemade items to make basic bombs and added some to his mother's Amazon wish-list. Jurors heard how the boy had searched an article about Islamic State beheading 21 Christians and another about an attack claimed by Islamic State on churches in Indonesia. "He made a video setting out his wish to be a martyr, again, we say, influenced by propaganda from Islamic State." Addressing the jury, Ms Whyte added: "(The defendant) had drawn various diagrams which you will be able to see and assess.
Britain among worst countries in world for learning foreign language, OECD report reveals
Britain is one of the worst countries in the world for learning a foreign language, an OECD report has revealed. Among 79 countries, the UK ranked in the bottom four when it came to hours dedicated to perfecting second language skills in secondary schools. Pupils reported spending an average of 1.7 hours a week on foreign language learning, according to the 2018 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The OECD's report said there are "considerable disparities" between schools across the world when it comes to having enough teachers and access to teaching resources. In the majority of schools where there were fewer shortages of teaching resources, students scored higher in reading, the data also revealed.
With one week left, here's how Manchester United transfer negotiations stand
United have been slowly getting Porto down on price and, at present, the two clubs are at least £5 million apart. Porto want around £18 million but that is still considered excessive by United. A £12m bid from Roma was dismissed out of hand a week or two back with United demanding £18-20m. The big question, though, is whether United make a move for Sancho before the window closes on Monday week. United certainly need Sancho, that’s beyond any debate, but then that team and squad still needs a lot of things.
US election debates schedule: What time are Donald Trump and Joe Biden going head-to-head tonight?
Donald Trump and Joe Biden will go head-to-head in three debates in the coming weeks. There is also one debate scheduled for the two parties' vice-presidential candidates, Mike Pence and Kamala Harris. Tonight, OhioThe first presidential debate between Mr Trump and Mr Biden will start at 9pm ET (2am on Wednesday morning in the UK). It is being held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and will be moderated by Chris Wallace, an anchor for Fox News. The debate will be split into 15-minute segments which focus on six different topics chosen by Mr Wallace and announced at least a week before the debate.
Pandemic brings Greggs' extraordinary roll to an abrupt end
The so-called “food-to-go” market hasn’t quite gone altogether but it’s been battered by the pandemic. Anyone selling take-away food, as it used to be known, to commuters and travellers, has watched helplessly as business has evaporated. Worse, there seems little, if any, prospect of trade bouncing back as long as lockdown 2.0 remains in place. A warning from Greggs that business will remain "below normal for the foreseeable future” will send shockwaves through the rest of retail-land. It was enough to knock 6pc off its shares, leaving them at a two-year low of 1145p.
Airbnb reports flaw that allowed hosts to see other users’ inboxes
Airbnb has notified Europe’s data protection tsar over a data breach that allowed hosts to see into other users’ inboxes. Last week, a "technical issue" on the Airbnb website briefly allowed some users were able to view previous messages sent and received from another account. The incident has led to concerns that hosts will have to change passcodes associated with their properties as well as fears that large amounts of personal information may have been put at risk. “On Thursday, a technical issue resulted in a small subset of users inadvertently viewing limited amounts of information from other users’ accounts,” the company said in a statement. Users were unable to modify other users’ data, meaning they were unable to send messages, book or alter listings, or perform any actions impacting payments on a user’s account.
Germany demands 'British pragmatism' in Brexit trade talks
Germany has told Britain that a free trade agreement is still possible with a dose of "British pragmatism", even though the Internal Market Bill controversy has cast a "dark shadow" over this week's trade talks. Michael Roth, Germany's Europe Minister, said it was not helpful to "play games" during the negotiations and that both sides had to "make a clean, fair break and then remain friends". Mr Roth warned that, if necessary, the EU was "well prepared" for a no trade deal exit at the end of the transition period on December 31, even if that would be a "huge disappointment". "But it is not helpful to play games. What we need now is that much-vaunted British pragmatism of which we were always a little envious."
‘We were abused, we were abandoned’: the rock star who grew up in a cult
Just add water” is his dry comment), who range from a loving alcoholic to a violent sex addicts. “His joke is ‘People say baking is my crack, people say muffins are my crack, you know what my crack was? Crack.’” Jollett chuckles. What do you do?”For now though, he’s enjoying the unprecedented time at home with his children. I wonder if the experience of fatherhood has in any way altered the way he looks back on that time.
Amigo Loans founder fails to secure board comeback
Shareholders of Amigo Loans have rejected attempts by the founder of the embattled lender to force a return to its board and oust key personnel in a closely contested shareholder vote. Just over 57pc of investors sided with management by opposing James Benamor’s attempt to reclaim control of the firm he founded in 2005 and floated with a £1.3bn valuation in 2018. The result ends Mr Benamor’s second attempt this year to overthrow the existing management and reclaim control of the ailing lender. Mr Benamor believes Amigo failed to adapt to tougher regulation resulting in a nine-figure customer compensation bill. Following the result, Mr Benamor tweeted: “Whilst we didn’t win, shareholders have sent a strong message today: ‘Protect shareholder interests, cut costs, rebuild value fast, or you will be replaced with a capable team.’”
Angela Hewitt, Wigmore Hall, review: Hewitt and Bach provide the kind of shared moment we’ve all been waiting for
Seven years after she began, Angela Hewitt on Monday night completed her majestic traversal of all Bach’s music for harpsichord at the Wigmore Hall. This late, otherworldly work is a compendium of different ways to make a fugue, that most “intellectual” kind of classical music. It sounds like a recipe for a grim mental workout, but in Angela Hewitt’s hands abstract construction turned into dance. Then came the most frustrating moment in all music, where the fugue simply stops, as Bach never lived to complete it. It was the kind of moment we’ve all been waiting for.
Japan's national parks join destinations seeking to woo remote workers
Japan is billing its national parks as the latest scenic base for remote workers. Picturesque surroundings of fishing villages, waterfalls and colourful foliage may entice Japanese workers who’ve spent months in home offices. Most British tourists are unlikely to be able to take advantage of the scheme, at least in the immediate future, given strict entry requirements in place for Japan. Japan is slowly moving towards relaxing entry requirements – from October 1, the rules will allow entry for non-Japanese visitors who will have permission to stay three months or longer. However, those travelling from countries with high infection rates could be excluded from relaxed entry requirements.
6 skin-saving beauty tweaks to adopt during this cold snap
Every skincare expert we speak to always stresses the importance of wearing SPF daily, even in the winter. A study in the Dermatologic Surgery found that wearing sun cream not only protects skin, but it can even reverse the signs of ageing. The study found that wearing good quality, broad-spectrum SPF allows your skin to go into repair mode rather than having to defend itself against UV. Cover FX SPF Booster Drops, £35, lives up to its name. For those who want to top-up at lunch time without ruining their make-up, try Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF, £24.
Decoding the Duchess of Cambridge's casual autumn style formula
The Duchess of Cambridge is no different. Her staple outfit was shown off in all its country-girl glory during today’s visit to the London Scouts Group in Northolt. Rather than wear a designer style, she chose a cotton scarf in the colours of the Union Jack from the Scout store. Available for £8.50 on the Scouts website, this style is primarily used by members when they're travelling abroad - illustrating the Duchess's commitment to representing Britain at all times, even (and especially) at home. The Duchess, who was a Brownie in her school days, has worn the scarf before, most notably during a snowy excursion to the Scouts headquarters in March 2019.
The shock in store for markets: what if Donald Trump refuses to go?
: Trump and the looming Election Meltdown in 2020 by Amherst law professor Lawrence Douglas. “Our Constitution does not secure the peaceful transition of power, but rather presupposes it,” he says. It is therefore crucial who controls the state legislature and state supreme court, and how they choose to behave. This has led to the spectacle of apparent Republican leaders on election night later seeing their victory snatched away. The problem will be an order of magnitude greater this year because Covid-19 is certain to cause a huge jump in ballot voting.
Amnesty International halts operations in India, citing government reprisals
Amnesty International India has stopped operating after alleging the Indian Government froze its bank accounts for continuing to speak out against human rights violations. The human rights watchdog said its finances were frozen on September 10 following a two year “witch-hunt” by the Indian authorities, which included raids on its offices in 2018. This resulted in Amnesty International India having to lay off its staff and pause its ongoing campaigns and research work due to funding restraints. The only other nation where the human rights watchdog has been forced to halt its work is Russia. The Indian Government alleges financial wrongdoing at Amnesty International India, which the organisation denies, but is yet to respond to claims it has frozen the organisation’s accounts.
Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny, Clapham Grand, review: a timely blast of toxicity from the man that wokeness forgot
There are doubtless churches and support groups near the Clapham Grand where Carr was installed for two back-to-back shows on Monday, trialling a new set, Terribly Funny, ahead of a West End run (yes, really) in November. The 48-year-old, seemingly granted the grubby, callous mind of a 14-year-old in perpetuity, has no compunction in airing sweary, potentially offensive material. Now he seems even more like the man that time forgot, long resistant to political correctness, seemingly immune to the onset of the woke era. But his opening Covid-related gags could almost have been penned prior to the pandemic, they so little evince actual concern about it. “I don’t even say ‘fat’ any more, I just say ‘pre-existing condition’.” He lets out one of his oddly sinister seal-yelp laughs.
Alden Ehrenreich: ‘Han Solo isn’t a huge part of my life anymore, but I knew the situation I was putting myself in’
I t doesn’t take long for Alden Ehrenreich to acknowledge the Millennium Falcon in the room. Two years later, Solo seems to be something the actor only wants to vaguely gesture to, and certainly not reference by name. Often, Brave New World takes the uglier urges of humanity and nudges them into the obscene and terrifying. “Huxley really knew how to talk about our instincts, and where they might lead us,” Ehrenreich explains. “I knew, no matter what happened, that I was putting myself in a situation where people would be saying things about me.
What is long Covid? Symptoms last for months
A study released on 20 August found nearly three quarters of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital suffer ongoing symptoms three months later - many were unable to carry out daily tasks such as washing, dressing or going back to work, the study found. Sufferers report a huge spectrum of problems beyond the three NHS-approved symptoms (persistent cough, fever and loss of taste or smell). The app, which has been downloaded more than 3,000,000 times, found that one in every 20 people experience long-term symptoms. An all parliamentary group (APPG) of MPs has also been hearing from Covid survivors about long-term symptoms in a bid to better respond to the growing crisis. Labour MP Andrew Gwynne, a member of the APPG, revealed that he had been unable to shake his own coronavirus symptoms for 18 weeks.
Waitrose to remove plastic packaging from its Christmas wrap
Waitrose has made steps to reduce the waste created during Christmas festivities by removing the plastic wrap from some of its gift paper this year. It will eliminate the use of single-use plastic in these products which cannot be recycled and usually end up on landfill. The gift wrap is made from sustainable FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper and printed using water-based inks. “We’re constantly working to reduce single-use plastic and we’re on a roll with the removal of shrink wrap on gift wrap and many other products including tinned food and tissues. Waitrose announced last week that it would be removing plastic wrapping from all of its multi-buy grocery tins following a successful trial.
Visionary or cultural appropriator? Revisiting Bitches Brew artist Mati Klarwein
Klarwein’s cover art captures the same energy and controversy as the album; distilling it into potent symbolism, surreality and colourful confusion. Isn’t this what jazz music has long since been rooted in? Mati Klarwein’s artwork for Bitches Brew (Columbia Records)Klarwein became a famous artist quite outside the art-world path. Taking it one step further, the rise of the visual album has transformed music into filmic experience with a full team of collaborators. Beyoncé in a still from her visual album, ‘Black is King'Perhaps surprisingly, Klarwein had rather traditional artistic beginnings; in 1948 the teenage Mati and his mother moved to Paris where he enrolled at the Academie Julian.
Nicole Beharie: ‘Miss Juneteenth is not about a western ideal of beauty’
But Miss Juneteenth, a new film following a black former beauty queen, who has high hopes for her daughter to follow in her footsteps, offers a different perspective. The titular “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US, is one that debut writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples attended herself throughout her own childhood. In her youth, Turquoise won Miss Juneteenth, but her life plans were derailed when she became a teenage mother to her now 15-year-old daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze). “Miss Juneteenth is not about proximity to a western ideal of beauty,” says lead actor Nicole Beharie. I think that’s what the younger generations are doing now by standing up in protest, and it’s incredible.”Alexis Chikaeze, centre, takes her place at the Miss Juneteenth pageant (Vertigo)Of course, Miss Juneteenth isn’t simply a “Black Lives Matter Movie”.
Róisín Murphy: ‘Basically, I’m JG Ballard sex-pop’
D o I think about my legacy?” Róisín Murphy ponders. The family splits their time between here, Ireland and Ibiza, although the pandemic has obviously made regular travel more difficult. “Basically, I’m JG Ballard sex-pop,” Murphy says, referring to the post-apocalyptic novelist who has inspired many a pop artist, among them Gary Numan and Madonna. She talks about the songs on Róisín Machine as though they’re characters, but you’ll always find Murphy in there, too. “I love men.
Election 2020 Today: Debate stakes high, Trump's tax bind
Here’s what’s happening Tuesday in Election 2020, 35 days until Election Day:HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. That’s proven more difficult for Trump in the 2020 race, where he has struggled to control the contours of the campaign against Biden. VISION 2020: What’s the difference between absentee voting and mail voting? Trump has tried to confuse the two terms by claiming that absentee balloting is fine, while mail balloting is not. Absentee voting, the president sometimes argues, means someone has to request a ballot as opposed to automatically getting one in the mail, which he calls mail voting.
Newcastle team news: Matt Ritchie facing months on the sidelines with shoulder surgery imminent
Newcastle midfielder Matt Ritchie could miss months of action as he prepares to undergo shoulder surgery. Ritchie was injured in the second half of his side’s 1-1 draw at Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday, sustaining similar damage to the dislocation suffered by team-mate Fabian Schar against the same opposition in July. “He will probably have an operation today – I know he’s seeing the surgeon today or certainly in the next 24, 48 hours," said head coach Steve Bruce. “It’s a very similar injury to Fab Schar, disruption of the joint, so how unfortunate are we? Fabian is ahead of schedule and he's doing well, but obviously we’ve just got to be a bit careful.
James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers
Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic“Whether students are learning virtually at home or in the classroom, the importance of keeping them reading cannot be underscored enough," Patterson said in a statement Tuesday. “Reading teaches kids empathy, gives them an escape when they most need it, helps them grapple with harsh realities, and perhaps most importantly, will remind them that they are not alone — even if they’re unable to see their teachers, classmates and friends in-person," he said. The grant program is administered by Patterson and by Scholastic Book Clubs, which will provide teachers 500 club points to go with the $500 from Patterson. Out of more than 100,000 applicants, 5,000 teachers will receive grants and club points.
Wildlife crime and trade laws are not fit for purpose in a post Covid-19 world
We know how viruses can spillover from certain wild animals to people through wildlife trade, markets and consumption. Our current international regime for regulating wildlife trade and combating wildlife crime, including illegal wildlife trade, is inadequate both for regulating the trade, markets and consumption that pose a risk to public health, as well as for ending wildlife crime. Cites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is the global wildlife trade regulator. Now, turning to illegal wildlife trade. We can do this by developing a fourth protocol on wildlife crime under the UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime (UNCTOC).
Arctic wildfires pose new threat to planet, report finds
Arctic wildfires are not only bigger than ever before; they are also igniting more often and burning in an entirely different way, according to a new report. Siberia’s fire season started two months early this year. Deep inside the Suzunsky pine forest, in the Novosibirsk region, volunteer firefighters are struggling to extinguish blazes that began from dry peat smouldering underground.
Climate crisis: 5,000-year-old penguin graveyard revealed by retreating Antarctic ice
Ernest Shackleton, who arrived in the same region on his 1907–1909 expedition, also made no mention of an Adelie penguin colony in the area. But Professor Emslie found large numbers of bones and feathers alongside what he described as “fresh” remains of birds. The soil was very dry and dusty, just as I've found at other very old sites I've worked on in the Ross Sea, and also had abundant penguin remains in them. However, the radio-carbon dating revealed three sites in the area had been used over three different epochs, with the earliest penguin colony occupying the rocky outcrop around 5,000 years ago. “As warming trends continue in Antarctica and the Ross Sea, additional snow and ice-covered sites may become evident and add to the dynamic record of penguin occupation and abandonment over millennia with climate change," he added.
Coronavirus: Girls in Masai tribes suffering grave abuse ‘as teen pregnancies and FGM cases sharply rise'
Girls in Masai tribes are suffering grave abuse and exploitation as teenage pregnancies and cases of female genital mutilation sharply rise amid the coronavirus lockdown, campaigners warned. Sonal Kadchha, the founder of the organisation, told The Independent forced marriages were surging in the Masai Mara, a massive national game reserve in south-west Kenya, during the public health crisis. She said: “In the Masai Mara - the region where we work - most of the income comes from tourism. In Narok county - where Educating the Children work - the highest number of cases have been recorded in the whole country. Ms Kadchha said the acceleration of female genital mutilation (FGM) is fuelled by girls staying home due to school closures.
Mother charged with stabbing five-year-old daughter to death
A Chicago woman charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her 5-year-old daughter was ordered Monday to be held without bond after prosecutors gave chilling details provided by the child's older sister who witnessed the slaying. According to prosecutors, Serenity's 8-year-old sister told detectives that she was in a bedroom in their apartment in East Garfield Park on the city's West Side when Austin told her to leave the room. The girl did so but then, looking through a hole in the door, she saw her mother pull a knife from under the pillow and attack her sister. According to the proffer, Serenity told her mother she was sorry and pleaded for her to stop. In the proffer, the older girl perhaps provided an explanation; she told detectives that her mother had been walking around the apartment holding a knife after the older girl spilled eggs on the porch.
Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars
A network of salty ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars’ South Pole alongside a large underground lake raising the prospect of tiny, swimming Martian life. Even more tantalizing, they’ve also identified three smaller bodies of water surrounding the lake. These ponds appear to be of various sizes and are separate from the main lake. The surface temperature at the South Pole is an estimated minus 172 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 113 degrees Celsius), and gets gradually warmer with depth. These bodies of water are potentially interesting biologically and "future missions to Mars should target this region," the researchers wrote.
US Election 2020: Trump and Biden facing off in presidential debate
Getty Images Copyright: Getty ImagesIt’s normal for candidates to hold mock debates as preparation, with top aides playing the role of the candidate’s opponent. But Trump has mostly steered clear of this approach and instead relies on aides feeding him notecards to memorise during presidential trips, according to CBS News. Trump campaign manager Tim Murtaugh says that his boss prepares by “regularly facing hostile news media” and says that his presidential duties sufficiently prepare him to face Biden. On Sunday, Trump told an audience of journalists at the White House: "I think this whole thing though is debate prep”. Asked who was playing the role of Biden during mock debates, Trump said it was “maybe a combination” of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former New York City Mayor and personal Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Amanda Knox joins bid to help NXIVM cult leader
Amanda Knox, whose 2007 murder conviction was overturned, has been reported to have aided NXIVM attempts to release it’s leader, Keith Raniere. Members of what New York prosecutors have described a “sex cult” were said to have enlisted Ms Knox in an attempt to help the group’s 60-year-old founder, who himself was convicted on sex trafficiking crimes last year. According to the Albany Times Union, 30-year-old Ms Knox was among 10 NXIVM members who signed petitions that demanded prosecutors answer questions about alleged tampering with evidence, a jury, and witnesses in Raniere’s case. The NXIVM founder is due to be sentenced on 27 October, following his March 2019 conviction for sex trafficking, which could see him handed life imprisonment. “It’s absurd in so many ways that I don’t know where to begin,” said Mr Glazer.
Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil, says Malta after U-turn
Britain’s young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Corruption has cost us billions of euros. Attenborough, 94, presented the fossil to the prince during a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace. He had found it during a vacation in the island nation in the 1960s. Photos released by the palace over the weekend showed Prince George looking intrigued as he inspected the tooth.
Coronavirus: How testing is going in other European countries
The UK's COVID-19 testing capability has come in for major criticism, with some having to wait and travel long distances to find out if they have the virus. "Many people didn't receive results in time and the testing system was mismanaged. "You have COVID-19 symptoms, you returned from high-risk regions or countries, and you had close contact with a positive case," he said. Image: A queue for COVID-19 tests outside a laboratory in ParisSpainSpain - particularly the capital Madrid - has been hit hard with COVID-19 cases recently. "The testing system has been working well in the last months in Spain," he said.
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah dies aged 91
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah dies aged 91 Published duration 15 minutes agoimage copyright Reuters image caption Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah had ruled the oil-rich Gulf state since 2006Kuwait's Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, has died at the age of 91, state media report. In July, Sheikh Sabah was flown to the United States for medical treatment following surgery for an unspecified condition in Kuwait. He had ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state since 2006 and had overseen its foreign policy for more than 50 years. image copyright Anadolu Agency image caption Sheikh Sabah was dubbed the "dean of Arab diplomacy"Sheikh Sabah came to power in January 2006, after Emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah stepped down just nine days into his rule as parliament moved to depose him on health grounds. He had been prime minister under the previous Emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, and for several years had been seen as the de facto ruler.
Oregon hostage situation leaves ‘multiple people' dead
Multiple people died at a property in Oregon on Monday during what police described as a "hostage situation". Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a statement deputies responded to reports of a possible hostage situation at an address in Salem, at around 12:30pm. A trained hostage negotiatior was dispatched to the house on Juneva Place, but as the "incident unfolded, shots were fired," the Marion County Sheriff's Office statement added. There is no reason to believe there is any ongoing threat to the public, the Sheriff's Office said. The sheriff's office said Oregon State Police are at the scene and leading an investigation.
Charlie Hebdo: Terror suspect 'wanted to burn down magazine's office - but did not know it had moved'
A knife attacker who targeted the former office of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo wanted to set them on fire with white spirit, French prosecutors have said. Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference that the Pakistani suspect did not know that the publication had moved when the violent incident happened last Friday. The man was carrying three bottles full of white spirit at the time, Mr Ricard added. Charlie Hebdo came under attack in 2015, when gunmen stormed its offices and killed 12 employees after it published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The satirical publication reprinted the caricatures earlier this year ahead of the trial into the attacks.
Coronavirus: Crew on first post-lockdown Greek cruise test positive for COVID-19
The ship, Mein Schiff 6, flying the Maltese flag and operating for the Anglo-German tourism giant TUI, is carrying 922 passengers and 666 crew members. No one is currently allowed to disembark while personnel from the Greek public health agency have boarded the vessel to carry out tests. Twelve crew members tested positive for coronavirus after 150 randomised samples were taken, the Greek coastguard said on Monday. But according to Greek media reports on Tuesday, follow-up tests on the same crew members proved negative. Passengers had all been diagnosed as healthy after undergoing tests before boarding, according to the coastguard spokeswoman.
VIDEO: Police at the scene of Halifax bank after 'petrol was poured'
Video: Crunch time! Police take giant Walkers crisps multipack to Halifax bank siege after man on 'mobility scooter doused floor with petrol' as 80-year-old is detained following 12-hour stand offArmed police swoop on Halifax branch where negotiator speak with 'man on mobility scooter who is said to have 'poured petrol on floor' sparking evacuation of bank
VIDEO : Fears grow for the 'next million' as global COVID death toll reaches deadly milestone
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Glass Fire ravages Napa Valley, California
Video: Smoking remains of one of Napa Valley's most notable wineries Chateau Boswell are pictured after Glass Fire destroyed the 40-year-old family-owned business in just hoursFootage released by the Napa County Sheriff's Office shows the Glass Fire making its way through Northern California. They warn residents to evacuate.
Video: Woman in her 80s loses leg in horrific accident at Oxford Circus
Video: Woman in her 80s fights for her life after 'losing a leg' when she was hit by a bus in front of horrified onlookers on London's Oxford StreetPolice are on scene where a woman, in her 80s, reportedly lost a leg in a collision with a double decker bus on Oxford Circus, according to witnesses. She is fighting for her life at the moment and Oxford circus was...
Nagorno-Karabakh: Dozens killed as flare-up between Azerbaijan and Armenia intensifies
Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh continued into a third day on Tuesday amid international appeals for a ceasefire. Azerbaijan and the forces of the separatist enclave - supported politically, militarily and economically by Armenia - have been involved in the deadliest flare-up of violence since 2016. The real toll could be much higher, with both sides claiming to have killed hundreds of enemy soldiers. The former Soviet states of Azerbaijan and Armenia fought a bloody war over the mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s. Armenia and Nagorny Karabakh accuse Ankara of supplying arms, "military specialists", drone pilots and aircraft to Baku, which Azerbaijan denies.
Dutch students fight to keep COVID-19 out of shared houses
While COVID-19 restrictions are being tightened all over the world, Dutch students are having a hard time keeping the virus out of their shared houses. “It’s very complicated for students if there are 14 of you living in a house with shared kitchen, shared bathroom,” Dutch Education Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven told the Associated Press. “What we see now is that students are working with one another to work out how to make those houses safe,” she said. “But it’s not like real student life.”Like her, many students living in shared houses have had to enforce new co-living rules to keep the COVID-19 from spreading within their homes. So far, about 100,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Netherlands and around 6,300 have died.
Woman with crooked toes has them corrected in 'hellish' six hour surgery on My Feet Are Killing Me
'There's a big bone sticking out on the side of my foot and a couple of crooked toes.' Source: St. Louis Children's Hospital AdvertisementAs well as having an odd appearance, Susan's foot causes her excruciating pain on a daily basis. 'As I walk I feel the pain in the bone sticking out, it's a horrible sharp pain. 'Oh wow,' he gasps, before explaining: 'Susan's foot is literally at a 90 degree angle, her bones are going off to the side. But in truth, Dr Shaeffer knows just how much work Susan's foot is going to need to straighten it out.
Michelle Dockery enjoys leisurely stroll with her pet dog in London
She was recently announced as one of the leads alongside Sienna Miller in new Netflix series Anatomy Of A Scandal. And Michelle Dockery cut a low-key figure as she enjoyed a leisurely stroll with her pet dog in London on Tuesday. Low-key: Michelle Dockery cut a low-key figure as she enjoyed a leisurely stroll with her pet dog in London on TuesdayDressing for the drizzly London weather, Michelle finished her look with a black anorak, biker boots and a small leather handbag. Michelle appeared in good spirits during her relaxing walk in the British capital with her pet dog. Her appearance comes after she was announced as one of the leads alongside Sienna Miller in new Netflix series Anatomy Of A Scandal.
Leomie Anderson shows off her supermodel shape in a form-fitting blue crop top and leggings
She has walked the runway for Victoria's Secret - and Leomie Anderson looked like she had just strutted off the catwalk as she stepped out in central London on Tuesday. The supermodel, 27, displayed her svelte physique in a form-fitting sporty blue crop top as she arrived at the Capital Xtra offices in Leicester Square. The catwalk queen teamed her zip-up top with matching cobalt and lilac leggings as she headed inside. Leomie recently joined forces with TOWIE star Vas J Morgan, actress Jodie Turner-Smith and Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock to raise mental health awareness for the black community. He added: 'Mental health awareness is very important and it's vital to say it, repeat it, believe it and share it.
Finalists of the 2020 Comedy Pet Photo Awards revealed
AdvertisementMars Petcare has revealed the finalists of its Comedy Pet Photo Awards - and it's a feast for the eyes of animal lovers. The winner - and their funny pet - will take home a cash prize of £3,000 and be crowned pet photographer of the year. Mars Petcare revealed the finalists of its 2020 Comedy Pet Photo Awards. US-based John Carelli took a picture of his Labrador in this snap called 'Look Mom - I Can Walk on Water.' Dean Pollard's 'Super Happy Dog' shows a cheerful golden retriever posing up against a fence at Hill Head Beach in Fareham.
Elsa Hosk is PREGNANT! Supermodel reveals she is expecting her first child with partner Tom Daly
Elsa Hosk has revealed that she is expecting her first child with partner of five years Tom Daly. Elsa posted a stunning photoshoot where she went nude and displayed her growing baby bump with a fur coat draped over her. It follows fellow Victoria's Secret Angels Romee Strijd, who is pregnant with her first child, and Gigi Hadid, who recently welcomed a baby daughter with partner Zayn Malik. Elsa has been dating partner Tom since 2015 after he first shared a photo of the couple together during Halloween that year. Smitten: Elsa has been dating partner Tom since 2015 after he first shared a photo of the couple together during Halloween that year.
Missing mother found off the coast of Colombia
A missing mother has been found floating alive off the coast of Colombia two years after she lost contact with her family and vanished. She was later identified as Angelica Gaitan, 46, who was found in a very weakened state with signs of hypothermia by fisherman Rolando Visbal. This is the moment Angelica Gaitan, 46, was found in a very weakened state off the coast off ColombiaThis is the moment Angelica Gaitan, 46, was found in a very weakened state off the coast off ColombiaThis is the moment Angelica Gaitan, 46, was found in a very weakened state off the coast off ColombiaWhat she had been doing in the previous two years and how she ended up in the sea is currently being investigated by police. The video shows the moment Visbal and a friend simply identified as ‘Gustavo’ approach the floating woman who is almost completely unresponsive. She said suggestions that her mother had been suicidal over a broken relationship or because of an attack by a former lover were fake news.
Taiwan threatens to punish its pop stars for singing pro-Beijing songs on Chinese TV show
Taiwan has criticised and threatened to fine two pop singers after they agreed to perform patriotic songs on a Chinese TV show celebrating the country’s upcoming National Day. The Taiwanese stars, Ouyang Nana, 20, and Angela Chang, 38, are scheduled to appear on state television tomorrow and sing nationalistic songs such as ‘My Motherland’, a performance seen by as a propaganda coup for Beijing. A raft of the country’s most popular singers and actors will appear on the show and perform patriotic songs, including the 20-year-old musician Ouyang Nana and 38-year-old singer Angela Chang. Nana, known as a cellist and the daughter of a famous Taiwanese politician and an actress, has won extreme popularity in China after actively appearing on Chinese TV shows. In recent months Taiwan has reported a sharp rise in incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defence identification zone (ADIZ).
Cops storm black Texas student's dorm room after white roommates lied and said she threatened them
A black freshman at a college in Texas was woken by police storming her dorm room with guns drawn after a group of students made a false report that she had scissors and threatened to stab people. Evans' mother said the majority of the students involved are white. The students reported Evans to a resident adviser on the Nacogdoches, Texas campus, who then called law enforcement. They could've shot her,' Evans' mother LeShondra said. They could've shot her,' Evans' mother LeShondra (left) saidHer father Chris Evans said, 'Yes we're upset ...
Coronavirus UK: 47 new fatalities in daily preliminary death toll
AdvertisementBritain today recorded another 47 coronavirus deaths in the preliminary total as separate official data revealed weekly fatalities are up by 40 per cent in a week. Britain today recorded another 47 coronavirus deaths in the preliminary total. And daily fatalities reached a 10-week high last Thursday — when 40 deaths were recorded for the first time since July 14. Professor Kevin McConway, a statistician at the Open University, said the rise in coronavirus deaths was 'not too concerning' yet. Of all deaths involving coronavirus, data shows that hospitals have recorded 63.4 per cent of the total, or 33,386 fatalities.
Mavericks owners Mark Cuban reaches out to help troubled ex-NBA guard Delonte West
Troubled former NBA guard Delonte West was met at a Texas gas station by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the latest attempt to help the 37-year-old, who has battled bipolar disorder and a reported drug problem. According to TMZ, Cuban had been trying to reach West for days after a photograph of him begging on the streets of Dallas went viral last week. Troubled former NBA guard Delonte West was met at a Texas gas station by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the latest attempt to help the 37-year-old, who has battled bipolar disorder and a reported drug problem. According to TMZ , Cuban had been trying to reach West for days after a photograph of him begging on the streets of Dallas went viral last week. West, who previously revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, is not seen fighting back in the footage.
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein says Trump created 'the first grifter presidency' in US history
Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein accused Donald Trump of creating 'the first grifter presidency' in US history after the New York Times lifted the lid on the president's years of alleged tax avoidance and extensive debt. Bernstein called the bombshell Times report 'the smoking gun of a pervasively criminal presidency' in an interview with CNN on Monday morning. 'He has created the first grifter presidency in the history of the United States in which his purpose in running for the presidency and exercising the powers of the presidency - the fundamental reason is to bail himself and his family out.' '[The Times report] shows the fundamental corruption and criminality of Donald Trump, and now we have the definitive evidence. 'Now we've seen in front of us, tonight, this homicidal assembly that the president of the United States has called his supporters to be sacrificial lambs.
Police probe claim San Diego officer's social media made light of memorial for man he fatally shot
A police officer allegedly posted an image on social media with laughing faces plastered over a man who he fatally shot's memorial. San Diego police officer Jonathon Lucas and his partner Tevar Zaki shot Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra, 25, after he allegedly pulled a gun on them in downtown San Diego on June 27. Ibarra underwent emergency surgery at UC San Diego Medical Center but died from his injuries on June 29. San Diego police officer Jonathon Lucas and his partner Tevar Zaki shot Leonardo Hurtado Ibarra, 25, (pictured) after he allegedly pulled a gun on them in downtown San Diego on June 27. San Diego Police are continuing to investigate the social media posts and shooting.
Brad Parscale is under investigation for stealing up to $40M from Trump's 2020 campaign
Donald Trump's demoted campaign boss Brad Parscale is under investigation for stealing between $25-$40 million from Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, well-placed sources exclusively told DailyMail.com. Donald Trump's demoted campaign boss Brad Parscale is under investigation for stealing between $25-$40 million from Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, well-placed sources exclusively told DailyMail.comImage Notice Police raced to Brad Parscale's Fort Lauderdale, Florida home Sunday afternoon after his wife Candice ran into the street screaming, trying to get help. On Sunday, his wife Candice fled from the front yard to the passerby, getting into her car. The witness, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals, told DailyMail.com she also noticed evidence of bruising on Candice's upper arms. 'When I asked how she received the bruising, Candace Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her.
New coronavirus cases in the US are rising in 27 states
AdvertisementThe number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States is now the highest it has been in six weeks and has been rising steadily in a total of 27 states for the last two weeks. COVID-19 infections across the United States are currently averaging at more than 41,000 cases per day and have been on the rise since mid-SeptemberThe number of new cases has been rising for two straight weeks in 27 out of 50 states. Texas also reported a 60 percent jump in new cases but that is down to a backlog of several thousands casesThe number of new cases has been rising for two straight weeks in 27 out of 50 states. Cases in North Carolina increased by 60 percent after adding 13,700 cases in a week, while New Mexico saw infection rise 55 percent with 1,260 new cases. Texas also reported a 60 percent jump in new cases but that is down to a backlog of several thousands cases.
Mick Schumacher to make F1 debut in German GP free practice - English
(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 29 - Mick Schumacher, the son of motor-racing legend Michael Schumacher, will get his first taste of Formula One action on October 9 when he drives an Alfa Romeo in free practice at the Nurburgring before the German Grand Prix. The German driver, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA), is currently top of the FIA Formula 2 championship with two wins and 10 podium finishes. At the Nurburgring he will drive Antonio Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo on the Friday and the Italian will get back behind the wheel for the rest of the race weekend.
Go beyond COVID emergency - Conte to UN - English
(ANSA) - WASHINGTON, SEP 29 - Premier Giuseppe Conte told a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Tuesday that "we must look beyond the immediate (COVID) emergency and focus on global action leading to a recovery that is strong, inclusive and sustainable". He said "we must redouble our efforts to design a more sustainable world". Conte said "unprecedented efforts" had been made to overcome the pandemic and its effects, "but there is still a lot to be done".
COVID tests getting better every week - Speranza - English
(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 29 - Italy's COVID-19 testing is getting better with every passing week, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Tuesday. "The tests are improving week on week," he told the Senate health committee. Speranza said the government was weighing whether to extend those used in airports to schools. He added that it will still take months before Italy has a safe and effective vaccine for the coronavirus.
Paris knife attack suspect wanted to set former Charlie Hebdo offices on fire
French police and forensic officers inspect the scene of an attack after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. A man who injured two people in a knife attack outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week admitted he did not know the magazine had moved premises and that he wanted to set its offices on fire, the lead prosecutor in the case said Tuesday. In another admission, the man said he first lied to police when he told them he was 18 but later confessed to being 25 years old. The main suspect, born in Pakistan, confessed to being named Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud, instead of Hassan Ali, as he had first claimed. French prosecutor Ricard added that the man will be presented to an anti-terrorist judge later on Tuesday.
Analysis: lasting peace elusive in Nagorna-Karabakh conflict
Analysis: lasting peace elusive in Nagorna-Karabakh conflictThe UN Security Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday for emergency talks on the military escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Intense fighting in recent days has caused nearly 100 confirmed deaths. FRANCE 24’s international affairs editor Chris Moore says while a ceasefire could be within reach, lasting peace may prove more elusive.
US-Canada border closure puts sick Americans' lives in danger
US-Canada border closure puts sick Americans' lives in dangerFOCUS © FRANCE 24By: François RIHOUAY | Gloria Henriquez 6 minSince the spring, the border between the United States and Canada has been closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This closure impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of American patients, who are used to buying medicine over on the Canadian side of the border, where it's much cheaper. Some Americans suffering from diabetes have even begun decreasing their food intake in order to ration their insulin supply. Our Canada correspondents report.
Ostapenko gets first French Open win since 2017 title
All or nothing: Jelena Ostapenko earned her first French Open win since capturing the 2017 titleAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Jelena Ostapenko said she believes she can return to the world's top 10 with a little more consistency in her game after securing her first French Open victory since lifting the trophy in 2017. The Latvian, 23, blasted 46 winners en route to a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Madison Brengle -- her only win at Roland Garros outwith her shock run to the title three years ago. Ostapenko's raw talent and fearless approach powered her to a stunning French Open triumph that saw her become the first unseeded player to win the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen since Britain's Margaret Scriven in 1933. Ostapenko reached a career high of fifth in March 2018 and made both the quarter-finals and semi-finals at Wimbledon in the two appearances directly after her French Open breakthrough. But if I get my consistency back like in 2017 and beginning of 2018 also, I think I'll be back in like top 10."
Student confesses to brutal murder of 'too happy' couple - English
(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 29 - A 21-year-old man detained over the murder last week of a young couple in Lecce has confessed, sources at the prosecutor's office said Tuesday. Prosecutors suspect De Marco planned the murder long before committing it. This is shown by a map with a route on how to reach the murder scene without being filmed by video cameras. Sources said De Marco told investigators that the reason he killed the couple was because they were "too happy". Investigators said De Santis sent a message to Manta in July telling her that De Marco had asked to return to the flat.
Serie A on edge after Genoa COVID-19 outbreak - English
(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 29 - Eight Genoa players and six members of the team's staff have tested positive for COVID-19. "We can't train today and we probably won't be able to tomorrow either," said Genoa General Manager Flavio Ricciardella. The squad of Napoli, who beat Genoa 6-0 at home on Sunday, are having swabs on Tuesday. "It will be difficult to organize the away trip to Juventus," said Vincenzo Mirone, the head of Napoli's COVID-19 screening programme. When asked if it may be necessary to stop Serie A, he said "I don't think we are in that condition yet".
Cook this: Tortino della Valle Grana — poached pears with radicchio and Castelmagno cheese — from Old World Italian
Article contentOur cookbook of the week is Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from our Travels in Italy by Mimi Thorisson. Over the next three days, we’ll feature more recipes from the book and an interview with the author. The sweetness of poached pairs, sharpness of Castelmagno cheese and bitterness of radicchio combine in a gracefully composed dish Mimi Thorisson first had at a country estate an hour south of her home in Turin. Try refreshing your browser, or Cook this: Tortino della Valle Grana — poached pears with radicchio and Castelmagno cheese — from Old World Italian Back to videoHer friends Andrea and Chicca are the proprietors of Tenuta il Palazzasso, “one of the most beautiful houses I have ever visited,” Thorisson writes, “majestic rooms filled with beauty and curiosities.”Whenever Thorisson visits, she asks Chicca to make her tortino della Valle Grana, which is a family recipe. You’ll need a ring mould to plate the dish as pictured (I used an English muffin ring, which is a bit smaller than Thorisson calls for but worked well).
India to surpass US Covid-19 death toll 'within weeks'
India to surpass US Covid-19 death toll 'within weeks'India is expected within weeks to overtake the United States for having the largest number of coronavirus cases. The government however is unlikely to reimpose restrictions, after its earlier lockdown devastated the economy and pushed millions out of work. Covid-19 has now killed more than one million people around the world, a number UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described as an agonising milestone.
One million dead: Almost 10 months after virus emerged, COVID-19 hits shocking milestone
Article content(Bloomberg) — Global confirmed deaths topped 1 million as major developed and emerging economies endeavour to suppress the coronavirus almost 10 months after it first emerged. Germany may join other European nations in limiting the number of people at gatherings in certain areas to try to reverse a resurgence in infections. Try refreshing your browser, or One million dead: Almost 10 months after virus emerged, COVID-19 hits shocking milestone Back to videoIndia saw a slight reprieve in its case buildup, reporting the slowest increase in almost a month, but hospitals in several states are now struggling to secure medical oxygen. The pandemic is still at its peak and unlikely to be contained in the near future, according to China’s chief epidemiologist. Here are some key virus developments from around the world:Iran Has Its Second-Highest Daily Jump in Cases (7:01 a.m. NY)
Some clear thoughts on windows
Like clockwork, when the temperature dips during fall, that’s often when homeowners begin to notice problems with their windows — and I always hear about it. Before you fire up your next email here’s how to spot issues with your windows — and what to do about it. Try refreshing your browser, or Some clear thoughts on windows Back to videoDiagnosing problem windowsWhy do we need good windows? If you’re windows are no good, odds are they will be letting a ton of heat out of the house. Bad windows could also lead to moisture problems — which in turn can cause mould and rot.
Africa has unusually low fatality rates from COVID-19, and scientists are baffled
Hospitals in many African countries say COVID-19 admission rates are falling. Experts say that some COVID-19 deaths in Africa probably are being missed. That suggests the death toll from COVID-19 could be significantly higher than the official figure, currently over 16,000, researchers say. Even so, there is wide agreement that COVID-19 fatality rates have not so far been as bad as predicted. Scientists and public health experts cite a number of possible factors, including the continent’s youthful population and lessons learned from previous disease outbreaks.
Breakenridge: Why is it so hard for the UCP government to have empathy for addicts?
Article content continuedWhy is it so difficult to have empathy and compassion for those who have lost their lives to addiction and for the families left to grieve these losses? The moralistic and judgmental approach to the question of drug addiction plays a huge role in the stigma that surrounds addiction and the corresponding absence of empathy and compassion. If we really want to save lives and to more effectively respond to this crisis, the government needs to put its ideology aside and be open to evidence. One could argue that the true “unethical” approach is the one that simply involves more of the same. What if, for example, such an approach could save lives?
Less Than 7% of Russia's Waste Is Recycled – Official Analysis
Since entering into force on Jan. 1, 2019, the trash reform program has been criticized for increasing garbage collection costs instead of streamlining and modernizing the process as intended. No more than 7% of Russia's waste is recycled while the rest largely ends up in toxic landfills harmful to the environment and human health, Russian state auditors have said Tuesday. “Analysis showed that, despite the trash reform launched in 2019, the situation in this area still remains dysfunctional,” Russia’s Audit Chamber said in its latest waste management report. That figure compares to more than two-thirds of Germany’s waste and more than 40% of France’s waste recycled in 2017. Overall, the Audit Chamber estimated that there were around 8,323 landfills at the time the National Projects were drafted.
Russian State Duma Goes Partially Remote After 18 Deputies Hospitalized With Virus
The decision was made after eight deputies were hospitalized with coronavirus in the past week, bringing the total number of hospitalized deputies to 18, Interfax quoted Volodin as saying at Tuesday's State Duma meeting. Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, will partially return to remote work to limit the spread of the coronavirus, its speaker Vyacheslav Volodin announced Tuesday. Earlier this month, Volodin asked deputies at higher risk of a severe coronavirus infection to work remotely from their offices. “Please, fulfill the instructions of the State Duma ... [return] to your office, and take part in discussions from there,” he said. Overall, 60 State Duma deputies have been infected and recovered from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
'Nothing to do with us': British fashion brand Fred Perry withdraws polo shirt worn by Proud Boys
Article contentBritish fashion brand Fred Perry has dropped one of its famous polo shirt designs — after it was adopted by the far-right group the Proud Boys. The black and yellow garment, embroidered with a yellow wreath, will no long be available in the U.S. or Canada, the brand wrote in a statement on its website. Try refreshing your browser, or 'Nothing to do with us': British fashion brand Fred Perry withdraws polo shirt worn by Proud Boys Back to videoThe company, named after the late British tennis star Fred Perry, says the shirt is part of a British subcultural uniform, used by several groups with their own values. “We are proud of its lineage and what the Laurel Wreath has represented for over 65 years: inclusivity, diversity and independence,” the statement reads. That association is something we must do our best to end,” the brand said in its statement.
RNC transferring more money to swing states than DNC
(Sean Rayford/Getty Images)Deep-pocketed national party committees are transferring millions of dollars to affiliates in crucial swing states that could decide the fate of the 2020 presidential election. Both committees made their largest transfers to Florida state parties — the DNC transferred $5.8 million and the RNC transferred $7.9 million — indicating the Sunshine State is expected to be as competitive as ever. Following Florida, the DNC also gave big to Pennsylvania and Michigan — states that President Donald Trump won by narrow margins in 2016. The RNC is transferring far more to state party affiliates than the DNC thanks to its overall money advantage. The RNC has heavily outraised the DNC this cycle, bringing in nearly $533 million to Democrats’ $283 million.
Is political violence ever justifiable?
The summer of 2020 was indelibly marked by political violence on the streets of many American cities. In response Andy Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, called for peace because: “We know the answer to violence is never violence.”The protests are unprecedented in recent American history and have prompted fears about the growth of political violence in democratic politics. But political violence is the sort of thing that democracy is supposed to prevent. The idea that political violence has no place in democratic politics relies on the assumption that democratic states are incapable of severe injustice. This is not a call to romanticise political violence.
The White House Reportedly Pressured the CDC to Downplay COVID Risk in Schools
Senior White House officials including Dr. Deborah Birx leaned on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to play down the risk of sending children back to school during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the New York Times. A CDC report earlier this month also indicated that children with mild or no symptoms can spread the coronavirus. The Times report sheds light on the monthslong fight between public health experts and the Trump White House over the coronavirus. Redfield and Dr. Anthony Fauci have both recently criticized Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no background in pandemics whose “herd immunity” position has gained him considerable influence in the White House response. “My difference is with Dr. Atlas, I’m always willing to sit down and talk with him and see if we could resolve those differences.”
NYC to investigate whether Trump paid city taxes: de Blasio
“Our city Finance Department will get to work right away to determine if in fact the president of the United States cheated New York City on his taxes,” he continued. “I think it’s a foregone conclusion at this point, given everything we’ve seen from this guy.”
Japan Airlines to drop gender-specific phrase 'ladies and gentlemen' on flights
Japan Airlines is set to drop the greeting “ladies and gentlemen” from flight announcements made in English, in a move away from gender-specific greetings, according to multiple reports. Announcements in Japanese will remain unchanged because they currently do not use gender-specific language, The New York Times reported. Several other airlines have also made removed the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” from greetings in recent years, such as Air Canada and EasyJet. Japan Airlines in 2017 changed its company policies so LGBTQ employees could receive family benefits previously given only to heterosexual couples, the Times noted. The Hill has reached out to Japan Airlines for comment.
Biden Carries Post-DNC Image Boost Into the First Presidential Debate
Student Blake Wiseman, a stand-in for President Donald Trump, participates in a Monday rehearsal for the first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. Heading into the Sept. 29 debate, Biden is narrowly favored by voters to perform best and more well-liked than the Republican incumbent. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)Joe Biden’s favorability (now 50%) has been above water among likely voters since the Democratic National Convention, while a majority views President Trump unfavorably. Heading into the first debate in Cleveland, 44% of voters said they expect Biden to perform best, compared with 41% who said they expect Trump to do better. The survey of likely voters found 4 percent said they did not know who they were supporting, and 2 percent were opting for someone else.
WH Pressured CDC To Downplay Risk To Children In Reopening Schools
Top White House officials pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this summer to minimize the risk of sending children back to school, according to a New York Times report. “You’re exchanging votes for lives, and I have a serious problem with that,” Troye told the Times in an interview. The former official has become increasingly vocal speaking out against Trump since leaving the White House in August. White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern contended in a statement to the Times that top health officials were in agreement about the reopening of schools. He has also sought to undermine the wisdom of health officials in his administration, complaining about the CDC’s stringent recommendations.
The Biden Campaign Slammed Facebook For Refusing To Take Down Misleading Trump Posts
The Biden campaign has demanded that Facebook ramp up enforcement of misleading and inaccurate posts by President Donald Trump, accusing the social media giant of failing to live up to its recent promises to clamp down on election-related falsehoods. "We’ve faced criticism from Republicans for being biased against conservatives and Democrats for not taking more steps to restrict the exact same content," the spokesperson said in a statement. He also declared that Facebook would not allow political advertisements during the week before the election. “We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy,” Zuckerberg wrote at the time. Facebook added a label at the bottom of the post saying, “Voting by mail has a long history of trustworthiness in the US.”
Trump’s Fav COVID Adviser Brushes Off Redfield And Fauci: ‘I’m Not Here To Make Friends’
Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House COVID-19 task force who is infamous for parroting Trump-friendly but scientifically dubious talking points about the pandemic, brushed off criticism from his fellow team members on Monday night. Atlas, who does not have a background in epidemiology, told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the backlash over his misleading comments about herd immunity and young people’s susceptibility to COVID-19 was just about “delegitimizing” President Donald Trump and “feeding into some kind of false narrative that the President doesn’t listen to the science or the scientists.”“He clearly listens to a lot of people. He understands, in a very common sense way, what the science shows and what should be done to save the American lives, and that’s why I’m here,” Atlas said. “I’m not here to make friends.”Earlier on Monday, NBC News reported that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield was overheard ripping into Atlas during a phone call, complaining that “everything he says is false.”And when Dr. Anthony Fauci, another health expert on the task force, was asked during a CNN interview if he and Atlas were working with each other, Fauci stated that “most” members of the team were working together, but “you know who the outlier is.”It’s not just Redfield and Fauci who appear to be at odds with Atlas; 78 faculty members at Stanford University Medical School issued an open letter to the doctor slamming him for peddling claims about the virus that “undermine public health authorities and the credible science that guides effective public health policy.”Atlas threatened to sue the faculty members in response to the letter with the assistance of Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz. Watch Atlas below:
Greenpeace activists drop boulders into the North Sea to stop illegal fishing
The group alleged that the trawlers that frequent the area are hiding destructive fishing by illegally switching off their automatic tracking systems. Trawling is a method of fishing that involves pulling a fishing net through the water behind one or more boats. Greenpeace has said that they used their flagship Esperanzafor this purpose, assuring that the governmental bodies had been informed firsthand of the drop zones so that trawlers voluntarily avoided it. View the historical track of sailing ship Esperanza in the North Sea area. In August this year, the group had followed the same process into the Adlergrund Marine Reserve, east of Rügen, an island in the German Baltic Sea to stop illegal fishing.
Cambodian man arrested with almost 300 centuries-old jars
Cambodian man arrested with almost 300 centuries-old jars A man in Cambodia has been arrested for possessing almost 300 centuries-old earthenware jars that he is believed to have salvaged from a shipwreckPHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A man on Cambodia’s southern coast was arrested for possessing almost 300 centuries-old earthenware jars that he is believed to have salvaged from a shipwreck, an official said Tuesday. Khieng Phearum, a spokesman for Preah Sihanouk province, said the 42-year-old man was arrested late Sunday after authorities determined that he was illegally keeping 281 small and big jars presumed to be legally protected antiquities at his home. It was not known if the man intended to sell the jars, but he is expected to be charged under a law protecting Cambodia’s cultural heritage. Buth Bupha, a director of the Culture and Fine Arts Department of Preah Sihanouk province, said the origin of the jars and the ship from which they were presumably taken have not yet been established, and experts will study the collection for answers. He said that in 2015, several hundred pieces of similar pottery were collected from a sunken Chinese ship off nearby Koh Kong province.
Amnesty forced to shut down India operations after accounts frozen in government 'witch-hunt'
Amnesty International says it has been forced to close its India operations after the government froze its bank accounts, calling it a “witch-hunt” and “severe reprisals” for the organisation’s human rights advocacy. In its statement, Amnesty India said it operates “through a distinct model of raising funds domestically”, backed with financial contributions by 100,000 Indians in the past eight years. Julie Verhaar, the acting secretary general of Amnesty International, called the freezing of Amnesty India’s accounts an “egregious and shameful act” by the Indian government. Aakar Patel, a former head of Amnesty India, said this would be the fifth time the organisation has had to halt operations. Amnesty vowed to continue advocating for human rights in India, albeit from outside the country.
Pope Francis Suggests Donald Trump Is ‘Not Christian’
ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER — Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump “is not Christian” because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border. “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico. The pope’s remarks came during a wide-ranging, midair news conference in which he also waded into the question of whether the Roman Catholic Church should grant an exception to its prohibitions on abortion and birth control in regions where the Zika virus is causing a public health emergency, including in much of Catholic-dominated Latin America. Researchers say pregnant women are especially at risk, noting that the virus may be responsible for a spike in cases of microcephaly, a condition in which newborns have unusually small heads and brains.
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Casualties mount in Nagorno-Karabakh battle
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Casualties mount in Nagorno-Karabakh battle Published duration 1 hour agoimage copyright Reuters image caption The self-proclaimed authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh say their military has destroyed hundreds of enemy troopsNearly 100 people, including civilians, have died as battles rage on between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The fighting that started three days ago now appears to be spilling out of Nagorno-Karabakh. There are growing concerns that other countries may get directly involved in the conflict in the strategic Caucasus region. Turkey has already openly backed Azerbaijan, while Russia - which has a military base in Armenia - has called for an immediate ceasefire. On Sunday, Russia's foreign minister held urgent talks with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, calling for an immediate ceasefire.
Kuwait state television says its 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has died
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Former Amazon finance manager and family charged with $1.4m insider trading scheme
The SEC is suing Kik over its $100m Kin token ICO Watch NowThe US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a former Amazon finance manager with insider trading. The senior manager was involved in preparing and reviewing financial statements included in Amazon's quarterly earnings. "Bohra disregarded quarterly reminders prohibiting her from passing material nonpublic information or recommending the purchase or sale of Amazon securities," SEC's complaint reads. If an individual has access to pre-release financial information, they may be able to buy or sell stocks and shares based on predictions of what will happen to a company's share prices. "Amazon considered [..] pre-release financial information to be confidential, highly sensitive, material, and nonpublic," the US agency says, adding in the complaint that Amazon has previously demonstrated a "zero tolerance" stance on insider trading.
Texas city where boy, 6, died of brain-eating amoeba to purge water system for 60 days
A Houston-area city where a 6-year-old boy died of a brain-eating amoeba will purge its water system for 60 days to ensure it is safe for residents. The death earlier this month of Josiah McIntyre of Lake Jackson, Texas, from the deadly microbe prompted an investigation that preliminarily identified the amoeba in three of 11 water samples taken in the city. Now, the local water utility is trying to purge any “old water” so the system can be disinfected and replaced with fresh water. Lake Jackson residents were initially warned over the weekend not to use tap water for anything but flushing toilets, but are now being advised to boil tap water before using it for drinking or cooking and to avoid getting tap water up the nose. The family told city officials of two possible places where Josiah may have been exposed to the naegleria fowleri microbe, a city splash pad and the hose at the family's home.
Touchless lattes and self-service kiosks: Office break rooms go virus-proof
Last year, supplying offices with beans and brewers was a $5.7 billion business in the United States alone, according to research firm Packaged Facts. Coffee companies, which saw lockdowns wipe out so-called professional sales that also include the hospitality industry, bet they can revive that business by addressing workers' and employers' concerns. Williamson said a survey of about 170 consumers across the United States Lavazza commissioned in August validated its decision. "What they are telling us is... 'I'm going to come back to the office but I'm nervous about touching the machine'." Employers, suppliers and designers are also experimenting with a one-stop service that allows office workers to refuel without going outside, while those working remotely can do it from the comfort of their home.
Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest
Scientists developing a compact version of a nuclear fusion reactor have shown in a series of research papers that it should work, renewing hopes that the long-elusive goal of mimicking the way the sun produces energy might be achieved and eventually contribute to the fight against climate change. Construction of a reactor, called Sparc, which is being developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a spinoff company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, is expected to begin next spring and take three or four years, the researchers and company officials said. Although many significant challenges remain, the company said construction would be followed by testing and, if successful, building of a power plant that could use fusion energy to generate electricity, beginning in the next decade. This ambitious timetable is far faster than that of the world’s largest fusion-power project, a multinational effort in Southern France called ITER, for International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. That reactor has been under construction since 2013 and, although it is not designed to generate electricity, is expected to produce a fusion reaction by 2035.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. ADVERTISEMENTHe said a recording of the grand jury proceedings would be released on Wednesday. Grand jury transcripts were released in the police shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri. In Georgia, 11th Circuit this year ruled against releasing grand jury records in the 1946 lynching of two Black couples.
State television: Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Sabah has died at 91
FILE - In this March 31, 2019 file photo, Kuwait's ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, attends the opening of the 30th Arab Summit, in Tunis, Tunisia. Television channels in Kuwait cut into their daily programming Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to broadcast Quranic verses amid concerns about the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Television channels in Kuwait cut into their daily programming Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, to broadcast Quranic verses amid concerns about the country's 91-year-old ruler, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. Sheikh Sabah is expected to be succeeded by his half brother, the crown prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah. In 2003, his half brother and Kuwait’s then-emir, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Sabah, named Sheikh Sabah as the country’s prime minister.
Molson Coors to launch Coca-Cola's first alcoholic beverage in the U.S.
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson(Reuters) - Molson Coors Beverage Co TAP.N said on Tuesday that it partnered with Coca-Cola Co KO.N to make and sell an alcoholic version of the beverage company's Topo Chico sparkling water in the United States. The U.S. launch of the hard seltzer version will help Coca-Cola push further into alcoholic drinks and expand its market beyond Latin America and Japan, where it sells Lemon-Do drink. Molson Coors will launch Topo Chico in the first half of 2021, its third hard seltzer to hit the shelves. The low calorie drink will compete with the popular White Claw beverage as well as other hard seltzer from companies, including Anheuser Busch Inbev NV ABI.BR. The launch is expected to strengthen Molson’s plan to revamp its business as consumers shift to low-alcohol spirits, including hard seltzers, and premium beers.
College football bowl projections: Florida joins playoff field
With the Pac-12, Mountain West and Mid-American Conference announcing last week they plan to play college football this fall, all but four of the 130 Bowl Subdivision teams will take the field at various point between now and Dec. 19. So where does that leave the College Football Playoff picture? The Big 12 continues to fall apart with Oklahoma losing and Texas barely surviving Texas Tech last Saturday. That would seem to help the Pac-12 in its bid to make the field after missing out the past three seasons. However, the league is only going to play seven games, putting it a major disadvantage when the committee is also weighing at-large teams from the ACC or SEC.
Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins: American League Wild Card series preview, schedule, predictions
The Minnesota Twins claimed their second consecutive American League Central title, but it's all talk until they win a playoff game. The Twins, who finished 36-24, host the Houston Astros in the three-game AL Wild Card series at Target Field beginning Tuesday. ScheduleTuesday, Game 1: Astros (Zack Greinke, 3-3, 4.03 ERA) at Twins (Kenta Maeda, 6-1, 2.70 ERA) – 2 p.m. ET, ABCWednesday, Game 2: Astros (Jose Urquidy, 1-1, 2.73 ERA) at Twins (Jose Berrios, 5-4, 4.00 ERA) – 1 p.m. Meanwhile, the Astros have eight regulars who played in the World Series last season.
Expanded MLB playoffs, fewer off days create quandary for managers, top relievers: 'Is it safe?'
That 18-game run came over 28 days, with days off wedged into each series, ending with a five-pitcher tag team in Game 7 of the World Series. “Typically, three (days in a row) is where we draw the line, the industry standard of pushing a guy. If the Division Series goes the distance, that will allow just one off day before the ALCS and NLCS – which could bring another seven games in seven days. In 39 Division Series games, Rivera posted a 0.32 ERA, which rose to 0.92 in 33 ALCS games and 0.99 in 24 World Series games. His Division Series ERA (3.67, 16 starts) outshines both his LCS (3.75) and Series (4.06) marks, while his WHIP floats from 1.24 to 1.28 to 1.40.
Multiple people dead after 'hostage situation' in Salem, Oregon
Multiple people dead after 'hostage situation' in Salem, OregonA possible "hostage situation" led to multiple fatal shootings after police responded to a home in the Salem, Oregon.
Today in History for September 29th
Today in History for September 29thHighlights of this day in history: Germany annexes Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland region; America returns to manned spaceflight for the first time since the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster; Pope John Paul the First is found dead in his Vatican apartment.
Conservative women know what it's like to be mocked. We'll defend Amy Coney Barrett.
I started the Network of enlightened Women, known as NeW, that fall as an intellectual home for conservative women on campus. Conservative women and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett should prepare for common ways modern feminists will attack them. This might be a group of open-minded women who hold diverse views, or it might be a group specifically for conservative women. Conservative women must push back. Karin A. Lips is the founder and president of the Network of enlightened Women, which educates women on conservative principles.
Purdue suspends 13 athletes for party that violated coronavirus pledge
— Purdue gave 14 students, including 13 student-athletes, until Wednesday to clear out of their residence hall rooms after being suspended, accused of having a party that violated the university’s coronavirus-era Protect Purdue Pledge, the dean of students announced Monday. In a release issued by Purdue, Sermersheim said University Residences staff found the group having a party in a campus dorm on Saturday. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff remain committed to following the guidelines of the Protect Purdue Pledge, and have been working with the university throughout this process. Doty also didn’t have numbers of other cases, if any, referred to the dean of students office regarding Protect Purdue Pledge violations since the semester began. “The majority of our students are behaving admirably in following the pledge and helping protect the Purdue community.
12 cozy things you can buy with thousands of rave reviews
12 cozy things you can buy with thousands of rave reviews12 cozy things you can buy with thousands of rave reviews (Photo: The Comfy/Ugg)— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. To make your time inside even cozier and more comfortable, we've rounded up 12 soft and snuggly products that have thousands of positive reviews that you can buy online. The wildly popular Barefoot Dreams cardiganEven Chrissy Teigen is obsessed with this brand. This weighted blanket with over 20,000 reviewsIt comes in weights from five to 25 pounds. (Photo: Amazon)A weighted blanket is exactly what your bed is missing.
Cop risks being sprayed to rescue skunk stuck in plastic container
Cop risks being sprayed to rescue skunk stuck in plastic containerThis cop was able to save a skunk with its head stuck in a container without any unpleasant odors.
Duchess Kate toasts marshmallows with Scouts during visit to praise their pandemic work
Through its work, the Scouts aim to help build stronger communities across the United Kingdom, according to Kensington Palace. During her visit, Kate joined Beaver and Cub Scouts to toast marshmallows on a bonfire and make cards to send to a local residential care home. Last year, Kate visited the Scouts Headquarters at Gilwell Park to learn more about the Scouts’ Early Years pilot program, and to celebrate the site’s 100th anniversary year. Kate, who often takes the pictures of her kids released to the public, frequently snaps them in outdoor settings. Attenborough told the intrigued children he found the tooth during a family holiday to Malta in the late 1960s.
The Miami Heat Were 60-to-1 Long Shots. Now They’re in the NBA Finals.
Or the Miami Heat. The Heat might very well be the biggest surprise of the league’s most surprising season. They’re already the biggest long shot to make the Finals in at least 35 years. And they’ll have to do it against the Los Angeles Lakers and some guy who once played for the Heat. Only the Lakers could make a Miami team with Pat Riley as their president look unglamorous.
From Crocs to Nike Dunks, The Grateful Dead Are Taking Over the Shoe Market
Jerry Garcia never wore Crocs. The Grateful Dead’s Gandalfesque frontman died in 1995, seven years before the clog company was even founded. Yet on September 2, Crocs launched a pair of officially licensed Grateful Dead shoes in a resplendent tie-dye pattern. The psyched clogs were a three-way partnership between the band, the Colorado-based clog company and Chinatown Market, a Los Angeles streetwear brand whose products tend to fly off the digital shelves. At just $60, the Dead Crocs were no different: selling out almost the moment they hit the Crocs website.
Rwanda’s Aggressive Approach to Covid Wins Plaudits—and Warnings
Drones mounted with megaphones buzz above Rwanda’s streets and villages, reminding pedestrians to social distance. Health workers in protective clothing take test samples from drivers at traffic intersections. The tiny central African nation of Rwanda is implementing one of the continent’s most aggressive—and technologically sophisticated—strategies to contain the coronavirus. One of the first African countries to detect an outbreak in March, Rwanda has since registered 4,800 cases and 29 deaths. Some tourists, drawn to trekking tours to see Rwanda’s mountain gorillas and the country’s national parks, have trickled back.
Trump Would Double Down on Tax Cuts in Second Term
WASHINGTON—In a presidency full of unexpected twists, tax policy under President Trump happened by the book: Republicans got elected and Republicans cut taxes. Probably more tax cuts. Tax cuts remain a core, unifying aspect of GOP ideology. Full Republican control of government—though unlikely—would yield attempts to forgive this year’s deferred payroll taxes, lock in tax cuts set to expire in coming years and create new breaks. Details are scant as the Trump campaign has released mostly bullet...
Brookfield Cuts Staff as It Tries to Steady Mall Portfolio
Brookfield Property Partners’ recent move to slash staff shows how the firm’s big bet on repurposing shopping malls is slamming into unanticipated challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. The head of the real-estate giant’s retail group sent a memo last week informing staff that around 20% or around 300 employees would be laid off or offered early retirement.
Black, Female and Head of a Public Real-Estate Company. Meet the Only Person to Fit That Description.
Leslie D. Hale made history as the first African-American woman to lead a public real-estate investment trust. Today, a little more than two years later, this industry club of female Black chief executives still has just one member. That has been discouraging at times for Ms. Hale, the CEO of hotel owner RLJ Lodging Trust. She hasn’t been subjected to overt discrimination, she said, but at times she has felt excluded in ways that some peers never have.
Home Buyers Give Puerto Rico Another Look During Pandemic
Sales of Puerto Rican luxury houses and condominiums are spiking during the pandemic, with buyers from New York, California and other higher-tax states embracing the island’s low-tax status. Developers of luxury projects are reporting increasing sales volume and prices compared with 2019. The uptick comes despite years of natural disasters and financial and political upheavals that made many wary of buying property in Puerto Rico. Residents...
Wildfires in Oregon, California Revive Debate Over Spotted Owl Protection
TALENT, Ore.—The wildfires that ravaged the West Coast in recent weeks have renewed a debate in Oregon and Northern California over protections for the northern spotted owl, which some say prevented logging that would have thinned out forests and made the blazes less destructive. The northern spotted owl was listed as a federally threatened species in 1990, which added restrictions to tree-cutting on millions of acres of the region’s national forests. “We have crippled the whole process to do effective federal land management there,” said John Bailey, professor of forestry and fire management at Oregon State University. The West Coast’s latest wildfires are burning in California’s wine country. Cutting down trees in old-growth forests can threaten local wildlife like the northern spotted owl, but such activities are also critical to reducing combustible fuel and lowering the risk of wildfires growing and spreading quickly, according to forest-management experts.
‘Roadschooling’ 101: Families Make Remote Learning Work in an RV
Patricia Winters and her family decided to take advantage of her husband’s remote work arrangement, so they bought a camper. In June, they left their Annapolis, Md., home for a trip out West, with plans to be back in time for school. “At the end of July, our school district decided to go virtual, so I said, ‘I guess we can keep going,’ ” Ms. Winters said. The family of five has logged 11,000 miles visiting 16 states and 14 national parks. But they weren’t fully prepared for the realities of school on the road, or “roadschooling,”...
Ransomware Attack Hits Universal Health Services
Computer systems at Universal Health Services Inc., one of the nation’s largest hospital chains, were taken offline after a malicious software attack crippled the company’s computers and led it to cancel some surgeries and divert some ambulances. The company took down systems used for medical records, laboratories and pharmacies across about 250 U.S. facilities Sunday to halt further spread of the malware attack, Universal Health President Marc Miller said in an interview Monday evening. The outage caused no harm to patients, he said, adding that the company is investigating any reports of patients at risk. People familiar with the incident said it was a ransomware attack. In a ransomware attack, hackers typically exploit computer vulnerabilities to install their software on a targeted computer network.
Trump Faces Biden in First Presidential Debate — Live Analysis
Fewer Americans say the presidential debates are important for how they vote than at any time over the past 20 years, leaving President Trump and Joe Biden with a small pool of viewers who could be swayed in their first televised face-off Tuesday. After the coronavirus pandemic prevented many normal campaign activities and forced both parties’ conventions to be held virtually, the debates will likely be the biggest televised political events leading up to the Nov. 3 election. Both campaigns say they will be important. Still, more than 70% of Americans say the debates won’t matter much to them, a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found, including 44% who say they will not matter at all to their choice, a record high dating to 2000. Most people say they have already made up their minds, and even big events like the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have not led many to say they will change their votes so far.
Cities Experiment With Remedy for Poverty: Cash, No Strings Attached
For 18 months the city would send $500 a month to 125 randomly selected households in low-income neighborhoods. Researchers would compare the effect on participants’ health and economic situation to that of residents who didn’t get payments. They say the best way to combat poverty is to give cash to poor households, trusting them to make their own best decisions. Whereas UBI involves regular payments to everyone regardless of income, Stockton’s experiment targets poor neighborhoods. Stockton’s payments have helped people affected by the recession cover their bills, said Mr. Tubbs.
Legacy of ‘Remember the Titans’ remains strong 20 years later
“Remember the Titans” was released 20 years ago Tuesday, grossing $136.7 million on a $30 million budget. It sold $20 million in DVDs, when they were at their apex,” Howard said. “It was just that we loved this movie and we wanted to make it.”When he wasn’t on the sideline, Boone wanted to be on his boat. Who else is telling any part of your life to the rest of the world?” former Titans linebacker Rufus Littlejohn said. Real life doesn’t play out in the structure of a movie,” Howard said.
Disney to release Baby Yoda Lego set to mark ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2
NY Post may be compensated and/or receive an affiliate commission if you buy through our links. We’re not talking plush dolls any more: Baby Yoda will soon be part of a 1,000 piece Lego set, just in time for the second season of “The Mandalorian.”Disney and Lucasfilm announced “Mando Mondays,” a 9-week-long event that celebrates the “Star Wars” series with the release of toys and other collectables. The first “Mando Monday” will be the Lego set on October 26 — ahead of the October 30 premiere of “The Mandalorian” season 2. The Lego set is available for pre-order on Amazon for $79.99, and includes a buildable model of The Child — the meme-worthy breakout success and toy wonder in the Disney+ series. The set includes Baby Yoda’s signature gearshift knob element plus a sign with information, and the 1,073 pieces that can build a 7.5?-tall brick-built model of the character with a twistable head.
An irate John Harbaugh could be next in NFL’s mask-fining crosshairs
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was seen screaming at a referee early in his team’s 34-20 Monday night loss to the Chiefs, arguing a tripping call against Nick Boyle. NFL coaches are still allowed to be mad during these coronavirus times, however he could run afoul with the league since he had removed his neck gaiter to emphasize his frustration. In Week 2, five NFL coaches were fined $100,000 and their teams $250,000 for violating the NFL’s mask mandate. The Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, Broncos’ Vic Fangio, Raiders’ Jon Gruden and Saints’ Sean Payton were all punished. It appeared the message was received as most TV shots of NFL coaches this week saw their faces covered up until Harbaugh’s explosion.
Sportsbooks are expecting ‘chaos’ early in MLB playoffs
Listen Live to VSiN's sports betting showsLAS VEGAS — A shortened baseball season seemed full of bizarre possibilities. In July, there was speculation that a long-shot team could make a World Series run or one of the favorites could miss the playoffs. At the Westgate SuperBook, Voit was posted at 1,000-1 odds to win the MLB home run title, which the Yankees slugger claimed by hitting 22. The higher-seeded teams host games in the wild-card round, meaning the Yankees will hit the road to Cleveland on Tuesday. The Rays went 6-3 against the Jays this season, but the teams have not met since Aug. 24.
Shannen Doherty: I still have ‘a lot of life’ in me amid Stage 4 cancer battle
Amid her battle with Stage 4 breast cancer, Shannen Doherty says she’s still “got a lot of life” in her. “I was like, ‘OK, do I have good karma? Why would I have bad karma?’ I started taking stock of my life and the things I’d done, and the things I hadn’t done. “At the end of that, what I came out with was, I have good karma. It feels like you’re signing off, and I’m not signing off.”She added, “I feel like I’m a very, very healthy human being.
Fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickups: Justin Jefferson, Myles Gaskin
Justin Jefferson (round 1, pick 22), Tee Higgins (round 2, pick 33), Brandon Aiyuk (round 1, pick 25) and Chase Claypool (round 2, pick 49) will all be hot waiver wire adds this week. He was near-perfect against the Jaguars last Thursday and completed 18 of 20 attempts for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed 12 times for 13 yards and caught three of targets for 54 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wide receiversJustin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (32% rostered)Jefferson had a breakout performance in Week 3 and finished as the No. He finished with just seven fantasy points in Week 3 on the heels of a massive, 10-target game in Week 2.
Shane Bieber is the Indians’ anti-Gerrit Cole and he’s been unhittable
Upon signing Gerrit Cole, the Yankees expected to hold an advantage in Game 1 of any postseason series. Finishing 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts, Bieber became the first player to win MLB’s pitching triple crown since Johan Santana in 2006. While Cole will make his 11th playoff start, Bieber will pitch in the postseason for the first time. … I’m excited for him to go out there and pitch the way he’s been pitching all year long. In two career starts against the Yankees, Bieber holds an 8.31 ERA.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein walks through DC airport without mask, photos show
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson revealed photos of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who has called for mandating wearing masks in airports, walking through a private terminal at Dulles International Airport without a face covering. Carlson during his Monday show ran the photos of the California Democrat passing through the Washington, DC, airport terminal last Friday. “We can be sure of one thing, this isn’t really Dianne Feinstein’s fault,” Carlson said of Feinstein. “Just like when the hair salon framed Nancy Pelosi caught not wearing a mask while getting her hair done, Dulles Airport, the diabolical FBO, probably masterminded the whole thing.”Va. Gov. Ralph Northam in May issued orders that everyone – employees, contractors, visitors and passengers – wear masks at Dulles while in public areas.
Judge orders Pascale Ferrier to be transferred to DC in ricin case
The Canadian woman accused of sending President Trump a ricin-laced envelope has been ordered to be transferred to Washington, DC, to face an indictment after pleading not guilty during a detention hearing in Buffalo, according to reports. On Monday, Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder said Ferrier was a flight risk and had shown an inclination to harm the president and others if released. He said Ferrier should be placed in the custody of US Marshals for the purpose of transferring her to DC to face the charge that she threatened the president’s life. The mailing addressed to Trump was intercepted on Sept. 18 at a White House mail sorting facility where postal workers flagged it as suspicious and contacted the FBI, according to an FBI affidavit. Ferrier could stay with her son in Quebec or possibly with relatives in Texas, Kubiak added.
Meghan McCain gives birth, welcomes daughter Liberty with Ben Domenech
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Meghan McCain’s bundle of joy has arrived. On Monday night, the “View” co-host, 35, welcomed her first child with husband Ben Domenech, a daughter named Liberty Sage McCain Domenech, ABC News reported. According to the outlet, “both mother and baby Liberty are healthy and doing well.”McCain, the daughter of late Sen. John McCain and Cindy McCain, announced her pregnancy in March. McCain had appeared on ABC’s “The View” from home as a precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, McCain spoke out about suffering a miscarriage in 2018, the same year her father died.
Carole Baskin eliminated from ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Baskin and Pashkov received the lowest scores of the evening — a total of 12 out of 30 — after dancing in catsuits to “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.” Nev Schulman of “Catfish” and figure skater Johnny Weir received the highest scores of the night, each nabbing a 24 out of 30. Appearing Tuesday on “Good Morning America,” Baskin said she was “so thankful” for the opportunity. “It will be hard to leave the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ crew, especially Pasha, he has been so wonderful,” Baskin said. Baskin’s time on “Dancing with the Stars” was marred with controversy, as she has been sued for defamation by the family of her missing ex-husband, Don Lewis. Lewis’ loved ones also pleaded for answers in a commercial that aired during the show earlier this month.
Two women accuse Nikola founder Trevor Milton of sexual assault
Nikola founder Trevor Milton has been formally accused of sexually assaulting two women — including his own cousin — when they were teenagers years ago, a new report says. The woman told the outlet that Milton allegedly groped her and put his hands down her pants in a “movie room” at the company’s office in St. George, Utah, in 2004. A police official in St. George told CNBC that a complaint involving a minor was filed there Friday but did not provide any other details. “At no point in his life has Mr. Milton ever engaged in any inappropriate physical contact with anyone,” the spokesman for Milton told The Post in a statement. Both of Milton’s accusers are being represented by Craig Johnson, a former Utah prosecutor, according to CNBC.
The Finance 202: The wealth gap kept widening even before the pandemic, Fed report finds
The top 1 percent own about a third of the nation’s wealth, near the 30-year high for that population. But the report also highlights how White families enjoyed huge advantages even before the recession. “Last year, the median wealth for Black families was less than 15 percent that of White families … White families had median family wealth of $188,200, compared to that of Black families, which was $24,100.”ADADFrom the New York Times's Ben Casselman:Generational transfers of wealth have helped cement that gap. “Last year, about 53 percent of families owned stocks, a slight uptick from 2016, the survey showed,” Rachel writes. Chart topperHere's how different generations compare in terms of their wealth, according to the latest data from the Fed's survey.
The Ravens’ problem isn’t big games. It’s the Chiefs — just like the rest of the NFL.
Those undertones surfaced Monday night during the Ravens’ 34-20 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson admitted the Chiefs are Baltimore’s “Kryptonite” and used a defensive game plan similar to Tennessee’s from the playoff debacle. Reid emptied both barrels on the Ravens, who scored 13 points aside from Devin Duvernay’s kickoff return for a touchdown. “We got beat just about every way you could get beat,” Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said. The Ravens’ defense is built on a great secondary, which allows defensive coordinator Don Martindale to manufacture pass rush by sending extra rushers and exotic blitzes.
National Guard prepared for protests in Cleveland ahead of Trump-Biden debate
The National Guard was already roaming the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, Tuesday, while storefronts were boarded up amid fears of violent protests ahead of the first Trump-Biden presidential debate. The Secret Service is the lead agency for security inside the sealed off area, while the FBI is also helping local police outside along with the National Guard reinforcement, the local news site said. Black Lives Matter is already planning a “Presidential Debate Protest,” the group’s Cleveland president, LaTonya Goldsby, told WKYC. “This presidential debate has just created chaos within the city,” Goldsby told the station. Major General John Harris, the Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard, told WTOL11 that the heavy reinforcements were to ensure “everybody has a chance to express their First Amendment rights” safely.
Georgia voters head to the polls for special election to fill John Lewis’s seat — temporarily
Democrats Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala D. Harris hold a steady lead over President Trump and Vice President Pence, with an edge of 53 percent to 43 percent among registered voters, according to the latest Post-ABC News poll. Some states have already started sending out mail ballots; see how to make sure yours counts. Explore how shifts in turnout and voting patterns for key demographic groups could affect the presidential race. Policy: Where Biden and Trump stand on key issues defining the election. Coming up: Trump and Biden are scheduled to debate three times this fall; here’s what to know about the 2020 presidential debates.
You might want to rethink using a stability ball as your desk chair
Manufacturers often promote stability balls as both workout equipment and furniture. ADADAnd what about the idea that balancing on a stability ball will help you burn extra calories, which is sometimes cited as a benefit? None of this is to say that stability balls don’t belong in fitness routines (the question of stability balls as a solution for hyperactive students is also a separate issue). ADADElliott was part of a team at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga., that compared stability balls with desk chairs. So, she suggested, an at-home worker could switch between, say, a traditional chair, a stability ball, a backless stool and standing (standing all day, however, is also detrimental to the body, she pointed out).
Live updates: Global coronavirus death toll tops 1 million as U.N. chief warns that ‘misinformation kills’
Between March and mid-September, more than 275,000 covid-19 cases were reported in school-aged children, according to the agency’s data. By far the largest share — roughly 63 percent — were found in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17. Adolescents similarly had an average weekly incidence rate of 37.4 cases for every 100,000 children. Among younger children who ranged in age from 5 to 11, the average was 19 cases for every 100,000 children. But the CDC’s findings bolster the theory that teenagers have a higher risk factor than younger students, who appear less likely to become infected and transmit the virus.
Postal Service workers quietly resist DeJoy’s changes with eye on election
At the time of his arrival in June, the Postal Service also was trying to fend off a takeover by Trump’s Treasury Department, according to internal Postal Service documents. ADADMany postal workers see the changes that have slowed mail as violating the spirit, if not the letter, of that law. Postal workers in Michigan and Iowa described seeing entire pallets of boxes go unsorted and sit outdoors in the rain or summer heat. The judges blocked the Postal Service from pursuing DeJoy’s plans, and lawyers representing 19 states and a group of voters who brought the suit are in negotiations with the Postal Service over a potential settlement. It wasn’t built for us,” the worker said of the Postal Service and its relationship with Black people.
The business lunch will eventually be back — because Zoom can’t replace everything
The business lunch will one day make a return, business professors, networking experts and professionals agree. But there is no online substitution for the essential function of the business lunch, which is to put humans in face-to-face contact in a relaxed, neutral setting. “I’d put business lunches in that category. But the business lunch is still a staple for many professionals. Business lunches will no doubt become less frequent as more people work from home, but they may take on more importance.
Presidential debate live updates: Candidates converging on Cleveland as Trump’s court nominee appears on Hill
Tell us, who do you owe the money to?” Harris said. “Do you owe debt to any foreign nation? … Do you owe anybody money who is impacted by decisions you make as president of the United States? “The first thing I said, I said, ‘Did you say 750 point zero zero dollars? You’ve got teachers, you’ve got firefighters, you’ve got front-line workers, you’ve got people doing God’s work to protect and lift us up paying more in taxes than the self-professed billionaire?
Stocks seek direction ahead of Trump-Biden debate
Stock futures dipped Tuesday morning ahead of the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Late Monday night, deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed 1 million globally, including 200,000 in the U.S. Ticker Security Last Change Change % AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 3,174.05 +78.92 +2.55%In corporate news, Amazon unveiled its latest attempt to take on the mobile payments market, with Amazon One. Ticker Security Last Change Change % PZZA PAPA JOHNS INTL 83.42 +1.78 +2.18%Japanese telecom company NTT announced a $40 billion merger for the remaining portion of NTT DoCoMo that it does not already own, according to Reuters. European markets were also slightly lower in mid-Tuesday trading, with the FTSE 100 and DAX both declining approximately 0.6%.
Rachel Campos Duffy: Feminists have an Amy Coney Barrett problem
For the next thirty days, Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, will be the most talked about woman in America. RNC CHAIR MCDANIEL: TRUMP NOMINATION OF AMY CONEY BARRETT TO SUPREME COURT FULFILLS CAMPAIGN PROMISEStudents, colleagues and former professors all agree that she is as brilliant as she is kind, generous, and humble. As America gets a front-row seat to the life and times of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a lot of fair-minded women will conclude that her journey looks a lot like feminism to them! Clearly, Amy Coney Barrett is operating at a higher intellectual and professional level than the vast majority of women. Liberals seem to be slowly and begrudgingly coming to terms with the fact that Amy Coney Barrett is more likely than not to replace their beloved and iconic, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the notorious RBG.
New York Times and Trump taxes: Why it’s not a campaign bombshell
The new battle is over President Trump’s taxes. The two main takeaways from the records: Donald Trump paid remarkably little in taxes over a 15-year period, and he and his companies are under considerable financial stress. Amazon paid no federal income taxes for three years, and it’s got plenty of company. In 10 out of 15 years, the Times says, Trump paid no federal income taxes at all. In 2016 and 2017, he paid $750 in federal income taxes.
California wildfire triples in size as Glass Fire rages through Napa, Sonoma counties
Cal Fire said Monday night the Glass Fire that's raging through Napa and Sonoma counties has tripled in size, burning at least 36,236 acres while remaining 0% contained. "The fire has expanded into Sonoma County at a dangerous rate of spread," the agency said. Some 70,000 people are under evacuation orders, including the entire 5,000-plus population of Calistoga in Napa County. Sonoma County Sgt. In the forested northern part of the state, more than 1,200 people were evacuated in Shasta County for the Zogg Fire.
Dennis Quaid bashes 'cancel culture media,' denies he did a pro-Trump PSA about coronavirus
Dennis Quaid shared a video on Instagram explaining that reports he participated in a pro-Trump ad campaign funded by taxpayers about the administration’s COVID-19 response are inaccurate. Quaid, however, said that all he did was sit down for an interview and public service announcement (PSA) with the director of the National Institute on Health and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci. In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci and I both talked about it before that it was not to be political, as the virus is not political. Quaid previously told The Daily Beast in April that he felt Trump was doing a good job in containing the outbreak. His son, “The Boys” star Jack Quaid, took to Twitter on Sunday to share some choice words for Trump.
Singapore Airlines rethinks 'flights to nowhere' idea, will instead turn Airbus into pop-up restaurant
Singapore Airlines has abandoned an idea to put passengers on “flights to nowhere” — i.e., short plane rides that take off and land at the same airport — in favor of simply sitting guests on a nonmoving Airbus A380 and serving up some dinner. The national carrier of Singapore announced Tuesday that it will be offering three new “experiences” for customers who are based in Singapore, including the chance to enjoy the airline’s signature dishes inside a double-decker A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Additional “experiences” include the family-friendly tours of the Singapore Airlines training facility, to start in late November, and the new SIA@Home meal kits, for those who want to try recreating the airline’s cuisine at home. The idea, which already proved quite popular when Qantas tried it, was ditched following scrutiny over the environmental impact and carbon footprint of the “nowhere” flights, Singapore’s Today Online reported. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWSInstead, Singapore Airlines is now hoping that its new “experiences” — and especially its Restaurant A380 — will prove just as popular.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ fans react after ‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin gets eliminated
'TIGER KING' STAR CAROLE BASKIN SUED FOR DEFAMATION BY MISSING HUSBAND'S FAMILY, ASSISTANT“I feel like I can actually take the season seriously now with Carole Baskin gone, SEE YA #dwts,” one fan remarked on Twitter. Another joked, “If anyone asks, it was Carole Baskin dancing a Samba in a full lion costume that finally broke me in 2020. CAROLE BASKIN IN TEARS ON 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' REFLECTING ON 'TIGER KING' FAME“Woohoo carole f**king baskin is going home, maybe 2020 is starting to turn around for the better #DWTS Ha ha! The “Tiger King” star is currently serving time for a failed murder for hire plot against the “Dancing With the Stars” contestant. The “Tiger King” star’s appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” sparked controversy among viewers who theorize she killed her husband Don Lewis.
Walmart looking at up to $25 billion investment in Tata Group's 'super app': Mint
Walmart is in talks with Tata Group for a potential investment of up to $25 billion in the Indian salt-to-software conglomerate's new "super app," the Mint newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Separately, Bloomberg News reported Tata Group is in discussions with potential investors about stakes in its new digital platform. The Walmart investment could touch $20 billion to $25 billion eventually for a large stake in the proposed super app that will be hosted under a Tata Sons unit, according to the Mint report. Shares of Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Motors and Tata Steel gained more than 1% each, with TCS the top boost to the Nifty 50 index. Tata Group, Walmart and Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Meatpackers deny workers benefits for virus-related deaths, illnesses
said Nick Fogel, an attorney specializing in workers' compensation at the firm Burg Simpson in Colorado. The White House declined to comment on the industry's rejections of workers' claims. Tyson has also denied workers' compensation claims stemming from a big outbreak in Iowa, workers' attorneys told Reuters. The two sides are now litigating the matter in Colorado's workers' compensation system. Under Colorado law, a workers' compensation death benefit provides about two-thirds of the deceased worker's salary to the surviving spouse and pays medical expenses not covered by insurance.
64% of Americans changed their spending habits during the pandemic—here's how
Roughly two-thirds of Americans, 64%, say their spending habits have changed since the start of the pandemic, according to a recent Bank of America survey of over 2,500 adults. The financial spending category includes expenses for services such as financial advisors and life insurance, while the investment category includes actual investments transactions. Long-term savings may not be as much as expectedDespite the increases in some categories, many Americans say they're spending less and saving more right now. Even among those who did manage to reduce their spending, McLay is not confident they'll be able to maintain those lower budgets long-term. "I think the second people can get out of their house, they're going to get out of their house," she says.
AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb and board member Martha Stewart on public debut
AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb and board member Martha Stewart on public debutAgricultural tech start-up AppHarvest is going public through a SPAC. The company merging with Novus Capital Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company. Jonathan Webb, founder and CEO of AppHarvest, and Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as well as AppHarvest board member, join "Squawk Box" to discuss the deal as well as the company's mission.
Full interview with Morgan Stanley CIO Mike Wilson on why market volatility will likely remain high
Full interview with Morgan Stanley CIO Mike Wilson on why market volatility will likely remain highMike Wilson, chief investment officer and chief U.S. equity strategist for Morgan Stanley, joins "Squawk Box" by phone to discuss where he thinks the markets are headed for the rest of the year as well as how various election outcomes could impact investors.
Could the presidential debate swing markets?
Could the presidential debate swing markets? Tuesday's debate has the potential to shift expectations regarding who will win the election, which could lead to market swings. Barbara Reinhard, head of asset allocation at Voya Investment Management, and Donald Schneider, economist on the policy research team at Cornerstone Macro, join "Squawk Box" to discuss the potential impact of various election outcomes on the markets.
Airline layoffs expected Oct. 1 without additional government aid
Airline layoffs expected Oct. 1 without additional government aidCARES Act aid to airlines expires on October 1st. The companies' CEOs have said the industry could face tens of thousands of furloughs if no extensions is approved. CNBC's Phil LeBeau reports.
Former Continental CEO on the future of the airline industry after the pandemic
Former Continental CEO on the future of the airline industry after the pandemicGordon Bethune, former Continental Airlines chairman and CEO, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss the future of the airline industry after the impact from the pandemic.
Pelosi set to speak with Mnuchin about Democrats' $2.2 trillion stimulus plan
Pelosi set to speak with Mnuchin about Democrats' $2.2 trillion stimulus planU.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday that Democratic lawmakers unveiled a new, $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, which she said was a compromise measure that reduces the costs of the economic aid. CNBC's Ylan Mui reports.
Morgan Stanley's Mike Wilson on how the elections could impact markets
Morgan Stanley's Mike Wilson on how the elections could impact marketsMike Wilson, chief investment officer and chief U.S. equity strategist for Morgan Stanley, joins "Squawk Box" by phone to discuss how he expects the election could affect investors. "I don't think the outcome of the election matters as much as policy," Wilson said Tuesday. "Longer-term obviously who's in the White House, who's in Congress matters a ton for policy but we think that effect will be more felt at the sector level."
Advanced U.S. trade balance for August falls to -$82.9B vs -$81.8B estimate
Advanced U.S. trade balance for August falls to -$82.9B vs -$81.8B estimateCNBC's Rick Santelli reports the advanced U.S. trade balance for August.
Two policy experts debate the merit of more federal stimulus
Two policy experts debate the merit of more federal stimulusNeera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, and Lanhee Chen, the David and Diane Steffy fellow in American public policy studies at the Hoover Institution, join CNBC's "Squawk Box" to discuss the merits of passing more stimulus during the coronavirus pandemic.
Amex adds new travel offers to Membership Rewards cards and enhances travel resource hub
CNBC Select has the scoop on the new travel-centric offers starting today across various American Express credit cards. New Amex travel offersAmex is offering a suite of limited-time offers on The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, as well as other Membership Rewards-earning cards. Amex Platinum Card travel offersAmex Platinum cardholders receive the most perks out of any Membership Rewards card, helping you to offset the card’s $550 annual fee (see rates and fees). Membership Rewards card offersWhile Centurion card and consumer and business Platinum card holders have access to the above exclusive benefits, eligible U.S. Membership Rewards cards include the Platinum card, American Express® Gold Card and American Express® Green Card.
Morgan Stanley's Mike Wilson says to add riskier stocks that will benefit from an economic recovery
The Charging Bull near Wall Street is pictured in New York. (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.) Morgan Stanley's chief U.S. equity strategist Mike Wilson said clients should start rotating out of the bull market leaders and begin adding riskier stocks that will benefit from an eventual economic recovery.
Amazon unveils a way to pay with your palm in stores
Amazon One lets users enter some of the company's stores and buy products with the palm of their hand. Amazon wants to speed up shopping trips by letting users pay with the palm of their hand. The company on Tuesday launched Amazon One, a new biometric technology that enables shoppers to enter and pay for items at stores by placing their palm over a scanning device. To start, Amazon One will be an entry option at two of its dozens of cashierless Amazon Go stores, located near its Seattle headquarters. Over time, Amazon plans to introduce the technology at more of its physical stores in the coming months.
AppHarvest CEO Jonathan Webb and Martha Stewart on startup going public
AppHarvest CEO Jonathan Webb and Martha Stewart on startup going publicJonathan Webb, founder and CEO of AppHarvest, and Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as well as AppHarvest board member, join "Squawk Box" to discuss the company's public debut and mission.
Nio could be the 'next iconic auto brand,' says Deutsche Bank
(This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.) Nio is emerging as a leader among China-based electric vehicle companies, and Deutsche Bank believes the company is just getting started. The firm reiterated its buy rating and $24 target on the stock — a 27% upside from current levels — on Tuesday in a note titled "becoming the next iconic auto brand?"
What to watch today: Wall Street looks to extend late surge in dismal September
(CNBC)Covid-19 has now killed more than 1 million people since the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China late last year and then spread around the world. However, a perceived debate draw could also hamper markets, which desire clarity as national polls, still in Biden's favor, narrow. The original $25 billion in federal pandemic relief in March and a related prohibition on workforce reductions expires Thursday. LVMH accused Tiffany of financial mismanagement during the coronavirus pandemic. Netflix (NFLX) and Spotify (SPOT) are among those who prompt Android users to pay them directly using a credit card.
Here are Tuesday's biggest analyst calls of the day: Alphabet, RH, Hershey & more
Argus upgraded the restaurant hospitality company and owner of brands like Olive Garden and said it thinks the company has "turned the corner" and is benefiting from dining rooms re-opening and expanded takeout options. "Management expects further progress in the second quarter, with the comp decline moderating to 18%, EBITDA of $200-$215 million, and EPS of $0.65-$0.75. We think this guidance is achievable as the company has now reopened more than 90% of its restaurant dining rooms (albeit at limited capacity), and continues to benefit from efforts to expand takeout and delivery orders and simplify its menu. We also expect Darden to continue its record of positive earnings surprises over the past six quarters."
Opinion: Turns out Trump is not a 'winner' after all
Now that The New York Times has exposed 20 years' worth of Trump tax records , the world knows that he is not quite so beautifully rich. Trump long ago decided the world was divided into the suckers who lose and the smart guys who win. Those who long suspected the truth about Trump will find in this news an explanation for his tragic mishandling of the pandemic. The problem for Trump is that last time around he squeaked into office while losing the popular vote by nearly three million. Then Trump will face the reckoning with federal and state tax authorities, which he surely dreads more than Joe Biden.
Coronavirus changed the 2020 money race — and helped Biden erase Trump’s massive cash advantage
"The president's war chest and grassroots army make his reelection campaign an unstoppable juggernaut," said Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager at the time. Biden kept his costs way down by going virtual, while the Trump campaign burned through cash. By the end of June, Biden's campaign committees had about $50 million less than Trump's, $242 million in cash to Trump's $295 million. You might as well send a piece of mail," Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon said at a recent event hosted by Politico. While the Biden campaign devised its general election strategy and its primary message as direct responses to the pandemic, the Trump campaign did the opposite.
U.S. goods trade deficit widens in August
A container ship arrives at Yusen Terminals on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles, January 30, 2019. The United States' trade deficit in goods widened in August, with imports rising as businesses rebuild inventories that were depleted when the Covid-19 pandemic upended the flow of goods. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday the goods trade gap widened by 3.5% to $82.9 billion last month. Imports of goods rose 3.1% to $201.3 billion, eclipsing a 2.8% increase in goods exports to $118.3 billion.
Home prices rose 4.8% in July, according to Case-Shiller index
Nationally, home values rose 4.8% annually, up from a 4.3% gain in June, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. The 20-City Composite rose 3.9% annually, up from 3.5% in June. Phoenix prices rose 9.2%, followed by Seattle with a 7% increase and Charlotte with a 6% increase. "In previous months, we've noted that a trend of accelerating increases in the National Composite Index began in August 2019. This index is actually a three-month running average, so it incorporates prices from May, June and July.
Democrats' new $2.2 trillion bill includes a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks
The big question over whether Congress will pass another coronavirus stimulus bill is, will they or won't they? From jobs to savings to retirement plans, the coronavirus pandemic has upended many Americans' financial lives. Millions of Americans, facing serious financial hardship, are hoping for more relief, including expanded federal unemployment benefits and a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks as the American economy continues to cope with challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, House Democrats have introduced a new, updated bill that reduces the total size of the aid they previously sought with the aim of appeasing Republicans. The proposal, still dubbed the HEROES Act, includes a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks.
A Democratic sweep could hit market initially, but effect likely to be short-lived, Goldman says
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks to attendees at an outdoor "Black Economic Summit" while campaigning for president in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 23, 2020. With Election Day only about a month away, talk of a possible Democratic sweep upending markets is intensifying, but Goldman Sachs believes this fear is overblown. President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will square off Tuesday night in the first presidential debate with the Democratic former vice president leading the polls. Many equity investors fear that Biden's policies — a tax-cut reversal, higher capital gains taxes and tighter regulations — could lead to lower profits, less economic growth and hence lower stock prices. However, Goldman said the market would only see a short-lived impact, even in a blue-wave scenario.
Michael Cohen on Trump's taxes: The facts really do matter here
President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen speaks to CNN's Alisyn Camerota about The New York Times' reporting on Trump's tax returns.
The great grocery boom is slowing down
Food and beverage sales at US retail stores grew 11.5% in August compared with last year, according to Nielsen. That compares with 19% sales growth the prior quarter. That was also a drop from its previous quarter, when grocery sales increased "low double digits." And Costco said food sales grew in the "mid teens" in August from last year, compared with the "low-20's" in July. Promotions have largely been absent from grocery stores in the spring because competition from restaurants had faded and customer demand was intense, according to analysts.
Trump has gone 'doctor shopping': Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Dr. Scott Atlas
Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses what he calls President Trump's "doctor shopping" on behalf of the American people in order to find doctors who tell him what he wants to hear about the coronavirus pandemic.
Opinion: Fox's Chris Wallace will again try artfully to handle a contentious presidential debate
Chris Wallace is a broadcast journalist who lives — comfortably, it seems — with an association with a cable news network that critics increasingly label a propaganda network, one in league with President Trump. For proof, people could take a look at the last head-to-head debate between presidential nominees. That was the third and final debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016; and Wallace moderated that one as well. Yes, that came in the debate Wallace was moderating. For the presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, each one had a single moderator , but a panel of journalists also asked questions.
Disney+ now lets you binge watch with friends, even when you're not together
New York (CNN Business) Pandemic lockdowns have given many people the time to binge watch hours of streaming, but not the ability to do so with friends. Disney DIS Disney+ debuted on Tuesday a new social feature called "GroupWatch." To use the service, Disney+ subscribers select a title to watch and press the "GroupWatch" icon on the details page. The leader then sends out an invite to up to six other Disney+ subscribers, which then plays the content simultaneously on everyone's screens. Viewers can't react by chatting or writing on the screen just yet, but Jimerson said it could become a part of the feature later on.
How to stay safe this fall while a pandemic rages
But if you're outdoors at a crowded area or on streets where it's tough to avoid strangers, do wear a mask, Aronoff said. How to celebrate fall holidaysThe pandemic will certainly complicate the celebration of holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, which all revolve around community and family. How to voteBoth Wen and Aronoff agreed that voting is essential, even during a pandemic, and shouldn't be skipped. Whether you're voting ahead of or on November 3, it's possible to limit your exposure to Covid-19 at the polls. Learn about your polling place if you're voting in-person.
Stimulus chatter is back. Don't get your hopes up
The bill includes additional support for small businesses and airline workers and more funds for education and child care. However, the price tag is still too high for Senate Republicans and the White House, CNN's Manu Raju reports. Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management, told clients that stimulus expectations shouldn't boost markets for long. Economists have increasingly counted out another stimulus deal before the end of the year, and have downgraded expectations for growth accordingly. Restrictions on daily life aimed at controlling the virus, which delivered the largest peacetime shock to the global economy on record, are still in place in many countries, and some are tightening rules again.
Vista Equity Partner CEO talks race, COVID
BusinessVista Equity Partner CEO talks race, COVIDPostedVista Equity Partners founder Robert Smith, who according to Forbes is the wealthiest African-American, discusses the fight for social and economic justice, creating better opportunities for minority communities and why now is the time for systematic change.
Paramedic in jet suit takes part in mountain rescue drill
U.K.-based developers are working with paramedics in the Lake District to test a jet suit's suitability in responding to emergency situations.
What suburban Ohio women will look for in Tuesday’s presidential debate
Ohio is an important battleground in the 2020 presidential race, and women who live in its suburbs are one of the key groups that could swing the state. NBC senior national correspondent Kate Snow talked to a few of them ahead of Tuesday night’s presidential debate in Cleveland.
Nestle CEO: pandemic management is more hands on
BusinessNestle CEO: pandemic management is more hands onPostedCOVID-19 has forced senior management at food giant Nestle to become more immersed in daily operations, according to its chief executive, Mark Schneider. Francesca Lynagh reports.
Exclusive: Google, Fitbit deal set to win EU okay after fresh concessions - sources
FILE PHOTO: Fitbit Blaze watch is seen in front of a displayed Google logo in this illustration picture taken, November 8, 2019. Google said it had offered to restrict the use of Fitbit data for Google ads and would also tighten the monitoring of that process, confirming a Reuters report. Third parties will also continue to have access to Fitbit users’ data, with users’ consent. The concessions, reported earlier by Reuters, are set to clear the way for the deal to be approved, the people said. The EU competition enforcer will now seek feedback from rivals and customers before deciding whether to accept Google’s concessions, demand more, or either clear or block the detail.
'Boom or bust' Ostapenko striving for consistency in game
“I just have to be more confident in my game and more consistent. If there is consistency in my game, I think I’m going to be a very dangerous player and it’s going to be not easy to beat me,” said Ostapenko, who was ranked fifth in 2018. “That’s what I’m working on, my consistency. “After I won it was a tough time,” Ostapenko told reporters. She found 46 winners, compared to just six that Brengle managed, while also having 22 unforced errors more than her 78th-ranked opponent.
Bayern's Sane to miss Super Cup, Alaba doubtful
Soccer Football - Bundesliga - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich - PreZero Arena, Sinsheim, Germany - September 27, 2020. Bayern Munich's Leroy Sane reacts.REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay DFL regulations prohibit any use of photographs as image sequences and/or quasi-videoBERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane will miss Wednesday’s domestic Super Cup against Borussia Dortmund with a knee injury while defender David Alaba is doubtful, coach Hansi Flick said on Tuesday. Defender Alaba is doubtful with a muscle problem, with a final decision to be taken on matchday. The Bavarians almost played through the summer with no real pre-season preparation as they lifted the Champions League in August. They also beat Sevilla last week in the European Super Cup to secure their fourth trophy after also winning the German league and Cup.
Germany's debt costs hit historic low despite record borrowing - sources
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany expects its debt servicing costs to more than halve this year and reach their lowest level despite the government’s decision to take on record new borrowing in the COVID-19 pandemic, two officials told Reuters on Tuesday. The lower-than-expected borrowing costs, partly enabled by the European Central Bank’s loose monetary policy, could create a windfall of several billion euros which would reduce the pressure to cut spending once the coronavirus is contained. The finance ministry so far has earmarked 9.6 billion euros for debt servicing in its 2020 budget which already marks a drop from some 12 billion euros in the previous year. A finance ministry spokesman declined to comment. In its draft 2021 budget, the ministry has so far earmarked 9.8 billion euros for debt servicing.
Czech Republic reports 1,287 new COVID-19 cases, lowest since September 20
Slideshow ( 2 images )PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech Republic reported 1,287 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, its lowest daily tally since Sept. 20, Health Ministry data showed on Tuesday. The country has had one of Europe’s highest infection rates in September as its total tally of cases jumped by more than 40,000. As of the end of Monday, which was a state holiday, it had reported a total 65,883 cases, with 618 deaths.
Denmark: We can slash CO2 by 70% in a decade and still have welfare
Slideshow ( 3 images )COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark said on Tuesday that it could reach its 2030 climate target of reducing emissions by 70%, one of the world’s most ambitious, without compromising its generous welfare benefits. Last year, parties across the aisle passed a law committing Denmark to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% from 1990 levels, or around 20 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, within 10 years. “Our ambitious climate goals are not without costs, but with a wise approach, the bill can be made smaller and managed so that we can afford both climate and welfare,” Climate Minister Dan Joergensen said in a statement. Initiatives launched in the last year will cut around 5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, the government said. Levies on carbon emissions, unpopular among businesses, will be negotiated later this year, the government said.
Ironwood to cut 100 jobs after digestive disease drug fails study
(Reuters) - Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc IRWD.O said on Tuesday it will cut about 100 jobs after its therapy to treat digestive disorder refractory gastroesophageal reflux failed to significantly reduce heartburn severity in a late-stage trial. The company expects to incur one-time costs of about $10 million to $12 million in connection with discontinuing trial and planned reduction in workforce. “As part of this workforce reduction and in light of recent changes in market dynamics related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ironwood plans to restructure its commercial organization,” the company said. The planned reduction of nearly 35% of the company’s workforce is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. These changes will result in total cost savings of greater than $95 million, the company said.
Cheaper energy, VAT cut push German inflation further into negative territory
REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File PhotoBERLIN (Reuters) - German annual consumer prices fell further in September due to lower energy costs and a VAT cut as part of the government’s stimulus push to help Europe’s largest economy recover from the coronavirus shock, data showed on Tuesday. German consumer prices, harmonised to make them comparable with inflation data from other European Union countries, fell 0.4% year-on-year after shrinking by 0.1% in the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office said. “The inflation rate is influenced, among other things, by the VAT cut that came into effect on July 1, 2020,” the office said in a statement. On the month, harmonised prices also fell by 0.4%. The European Central Bank has a target of keeping inflation close to but below 2% in the euro zone.
BBC staff whose tweets break impartiality rules could be axed - Director General
LONDON (Reuters) - BBC Director General Tim Davie said on Tuesday he would discipline presenters and journalists who broke the broadcaster’s impartiality rules by airing their own views on social media, and could fire them for the most serious breaches. Shortly after he became director general at the start of September, Davie had told staff they should not air their own political views on social media because they risked damaging the BBC’s reputation for impartiality. “I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action all the way to termination,” he told a committee of lawmakers. Davie said Lineker had clearly said he understood his responsibilities regarding social media. However in response to Davie saying that presenters could be told to suspend their Twitter accounts, Lineker tweeted: “I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter.
Johnson targets skills after COVID reveals shortage
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will give adults the chance to learn new skills, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, in an effort to boost productivity and aid a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visists Exeter College in Exeter, Britain September 29, 2020. “At this moment, when we need them so much, there is a shortage of UK-trained lab technicians, just as there is a shortage of so many crucial skills,” he said. What we can do is give people the skills to find and create new and better jobs,” Johnson said. British businesses have complained for a long time of a shortage of skills and the country’s productivity has persistently been lower than some comparable economies.
Energy transitions and zero-carbon targets: Kemp
In the past, primary energy source transitions have usually resulted in an increase in total consumption from both the new and older energy sources, especially in the early decades. In a future transition towards zero-carbon energy sources such as renewables and nuclear, consumption from oil, gas and coal would not automatically decline. So energy transition is not the same as carbon transition. From local and regional to national and global, energy systems are characterised by continuous change, sometimes slower, sometimes faster, but never still. It is reasonably certain the energy system of the 2060s will be very different from the 2020s.
Nestle CEO says pandemic has made management more hands-on
KONOLFINGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Food company Nestle SA NESN.S said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced its senior management to become more immersed in daily operations as executives need to deal with safety and business continuity issues, its chief executive told Reuters in an interview. “It cost a bit of extra inventory and working capital, but now is not the time to optimize working capital, it’s the time to maximise business continuity. What the consumer wants to see at this time is shelves that continue to be stored,” Schneider said. He said he expected industry supply chains to become more local, but that would take a bit of time. He said he himself had taken only two cross-border trips since the company banned international travel in February.
UK car dealer Pendragon narrows first-half losses
(Reuters) - British auto dealer Pendragon PDG.L posted narrower first-half losses on Tuesday, benefiting from lower costs and expenses even as revenue halved because of COVID-19 shutdowns. FILE PHOTO: A man passes cars on a showroom forecourt in west London, Britain November 6, 2008. Pendragon said the pandemic would cost it 44.1 million pounds this year. Pendragon posted an underlying pretax profit of 7 million pounds ($9 million) for July and August, compared with a loss of 12 million pounds in the same period last year. For the first half, its underlying pretax loss narrowed to 31 million pounds from 32.2 million pounds a year earlier.
Paris knife attacker wanted to set Charlie Hebdo offices on fire, says prosecutor
FILE PHOTO: A French police stands near the Opera Bastille where a suspect in a stabbing attack near the former offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo has been arrested in Paris, France September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS (Reuters) - The Pakistani man who wounded two people with a knife in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo last week did not know that the satirical magazine had moved and wanted to set its offices on fire, the Paris prosecutor said on Tuesday. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference the man carried three bottles of the flammable paint thinner White Spirit. He also said the man had operated under a false identity and that a photo of his passport on his phone showed that he was 25 years old, not 18 as he first said.
VMware, Nvidia partner to make AI chips easier for businesses to use
FILE PHOTO: The Nvidia booth is shown at the E3 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/ Mike Blake/File Photo(Reuters) - VMware Inc VMW.N and Nvidia Corp NVDA.O on Tuesday announced an effort to make VMware's software for managing data centers work better with Nvidia's artificial intelligence (AI) chips. Its tools are commonly used by large businesses that operate their own data centers as well as businesses that use cloud computing data centers. For many years, much of VMware's work focused on making software work better with processors from Intel Corp INTC.O, which had a dominant market share of data centers. VMware’s software tools will work smoothly with Nvidia’s chips to run AI applications without “any kind of specialized setup,” Krish Prasad, head of VMware’s cloud platform business unit, said during a press briefing.
The business of death
Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters PhotographerAs a photographer I’ve been present at many funerals and I’ve often found myself, in one way or another, surrounded by death and all that it entails. As Venezuelans we are accustomed to all the bloody statistics of “common violence”. Another person I met whose job relates to death was a 76-year-old called Laudelino. Covering this story, I had the feeling that life on Venezuela’s streets is held cheaper every day, but the business of death is increasingly profitable. And it will continue to be as long as the so-called “common violence” becomes ever more common.
Exclusive: Britain hits Airbnb UK with extra £1.8 million tax bill after probe
LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities hit Airbnb UK with an extra tax bill of 1.8 million pounds last year, the home rental company’s accounts showed on Tuesday, following an investigation into the firm. FILE PHOTO: Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. “During 2019, the Company received a revised assessment from HMRC which resulted in additional tax payable of 1.8 million pounds,” Airbnb UK said in their accounts, which were reviewed by Reuters, after two years of contact with HMRC about its tax arrangements. Outside of the extra tax bill for last year, the filings showed that Airbnb UK paid 1.1 million in tax on its profits in the year to Dec. 31 2019, compared to 146,000 pounds in 2018, though profits also rose sharply over the year to 5.6 million pounds from 455,000 pounds. “We are committed to working in partnership with governments... and we will continue to work collaboratively with HMRC,” Airbnb said.
Nestle CEO says pandemic has made management more hands-on
KONOLFINGEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Food company Nestle SA NESN.S said the COVID-19 pandemic has forced its senior management to become more immersed in daily operations as executives need to deal with safety and business continuity issues, its chief executive told Reuters in an interview. CEO Mark Schneider of Nestle smiles during the launch of the Nestle R&D Accelerator in Konolfingen, Switzerland September 28, 2020. “It cost a bit of extra inventory and working capital, but now is not the time to optimize working capital, it’s the time to maximise business continuity. He said he expected industry supply chains to become more local, but that would take a bit of time. He said he himself had taken only two cross-border trips since the company banned international travel in February.
Thyssenkrupp to cut 800 jobs at automotive business
FILE PHOTO: A crane lifts up a steel coil at the storage and distribution facility of the steel plant of German steel maker ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg, Germany, January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File PhotoFRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp TKAG.DE will cut 800 automotive system engineering jobs, it said on Tuesday, and said auto demand could take up to three years to recover. Its shares are trading at their lowest since mid-May when the pandemic’s impact on the stocks of industrial companies around the world was severe. “We don’t expect output figures in the auto industry to return to pre-crisis levels for at least two to three years,” Ingo Steinkrueger, head of Thyssenkrupp System Engineering, said in a statement. Thyssenkrupp in May said that System Engineering would be broken up, with two sub units - car body solutions and lightweight solutions - becoming part of the Automotive Technology division.
Italy set to extend COVID state of emergency as cases tick up - official
ROME (Reuters) - Italy is likely to extend a state of emergency to help keep the coronavirus crisis under control, a senior official said on Tuesday as the government looks to avoid the surge in new cases hitting other European countries. “I believe the government will need to ask for a further extension,” Health Undersecretary Sandra Zampa told state broadcaster RAI. Thanks to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, Italy managed to get the contagion under control by the summer. However, cases have picked up over the past month and an average 1,694 new infections were reported daily in the last seven days. Earlier this week the World Health Organization posted a video praising Italy’s “strong and effective response” to the pandemic.
Futures flat as focus turns to presidential debate
The U.S. flag is seen outside of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday as investors stayed away from making big bets ahead of the first presidential debate, while awaiting a reading on consumer confidence. Wall Street's main indexes closed sharply higher on Monday as bargain hunting for some laggard sectors, including energy .SPNY and financials .SPSY, sparked a broad based rally. A clutch of underwhelming macro-economic data, increase in virus cases and uncertainty related to the presidential election have weighed on markets, putting all three main indexes on track for their worst monthly performance since pandemic-related lockdowns. S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were down 2 points, or 0.06% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 22.5 points, or 0.2%.
Touchless lattes and self-service kiosks: office break rooms go virus-proof
(Reuters) - Out with grimy microwaves and sticky coffee machines with worn-out buttons, in with stylus pens, QR codes, no-touch water coolers and mobile apps that pick what brew the machine will make for you. Last year, supplying offices with beans and brewers was a $5.7 billion business in the United States alone, according to research firm Packaged Facts. Coffee companies, which saw lockdowns wipe out so-called professional sales that also include the hospitality industry, bet they can revive that business by addressing workers’ and employers’ concerns. “We had to very quickly use the weeks (we had) preparing for an app.”Williamson said a survey of about 170 consumers across the United States Lavazza commissioned in August validated its decision. Canteen’s LeBeouf said employers were banking on workers coming back, but they would not be returning to the same office they left before the pandemic.
Coronavirus infection rate rising in India but scope for more, survey shows
Slideshow ( 5 images )BENGALURU (Reuters) - Coronavirus infection rates among adults in India have risen sharply, a survey showed on Tuesday, although a large percentage of the population has not yet been exposed, suggesting there is scope for cases to rise much further. In the serological survey conducted in August and September, blood samples were tested for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The second survey was conducted in the same 700 villages and wards from 70 districts in 21 states as the first survey. Results from the second survey also showed urban slum and non-slum areas had a higher infection prevalence than rural areas. “The new (survey) shows lockdown and containment measures as well as behaviour change at population level checked spread of SARS-CoV-2,” Bhargava said.
Europe is 'screwed' if its parliament sits only in Brussels, says Macron
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Vilnius, Lithuania September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins(Please note language that may offend some readers)PARIS (Reuters) - Europe is “screwed” if the European Parliament ceases sitting in the French city of Strasbourg once a month and convenes only in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. “At the moment I’m fighting tooth and nail for the idea that the European Parliament should convene in Strasbourg,” Macron told university students in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. “If we accept that the European Parliament only gathers in Brussels, we’re screwed, because in 10 years time everything will take place in Brussels and people will only speak amongst themselves in Brussels,” he added. Macron complained in a letter to the president of the European Parliament last week about the assembly’s decision to hold sessions in Brussels only for the time being as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
EV makers AYRO, Karma team up to manufacture delivery vehicles
OAKLAND, Calif (Reuters) - AYRO Inc, a maker of low-speed electric vehicles (EVs) used on college campuses and resorts, on Tuesday said it will work with EV maker Karma Automotive LLC to produce over 20,000 electric delivery vehicles through 2023. Karma is a U.S. subsidiary of one of China’s biggest auto parts manufacturers, Wangxiang Group, which created the firm after buying the assets of defunct startup Fisker Automotive. The contract is valued at over $300 million and Karma will help design, engineer and manufacture the vehicles in its southern California factory near Los Angeles, the firms said in a joint statement. The deal comes as delivery fleet operators face regulatory pressure in California and other states to buy electric vehicles, while coronavirus lockdowns have led to a surge in package and restaurant deliveries. Austin, Texas-based AYRO has an advisory council that includes restaurant chains Panera Bread Company, Jimmy John’s and Firrhouse Subs to advise on what they would like to see in the configuration of delivery vehicles, Keller said.
Poland to cut bar opening hours in areas worst hit by virus
FILE PHOTO: A sign reading "Attention. Stay at home with our beer" is seen on the window of a closed restaurant during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sopot, Poland March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Radu SighetiWARSAW (Reuters) - Polish Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Tuesday that in the regions worst affected by coronavirus infections, restaurants and bars will be allowed to stay open until 1000 PM at the latest. He also told a news conference, that further limits on the number of people who can take part in weddings will be implemented in some places. Wearing face masks will be obligatory outside home in badly hit areas.
Poland expects high numbers of COVID-19 cases in coming days
FILE PHOTO: A health worker wearing protective gear takes a swab sample from a driver at a mobile testing station for miners of the Bielszowice coal mine, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Ruda Slaska, Poland July 27, 2020. Grzegorz Celejewski/Agencja Gazeta/via REUTERSWARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will continue to report high numbers of daily coronavirus cases in the coming days, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Tuesday. Poland reported 1,326 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, after it saw a record last Friday with 1,587 new cases. The ministry is expected to announce new restrictions in some of the country’s regions this week.
PM Johnson sows confusion as UK tightens COVID curbs
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson corrected himself on Tuesday after appearing uncertain about basic social distancing rules that will apply in a large swathe of England. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at Exeter College Construction Centre, part of Exeter College in Exeter, Britain September 29, 2020. “For the prime minister to not understand his own rules is grossly incompetent,” said Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the main opposition Labour Party. “In the North East, new rules mean you cannot meet people from different households in social settings indoors, including in pubs, restaurants and your home. But the proliferation of different rules in different places has led to widespread complaints that citizens can no longer be sure what they can and cannot do, even as they face possible fines for breaching the guidance.
BBC staff whose tweets break impartiality rules could be axed: Director General
LONDON (Reuters) - BBC Director General Tim Davie said on Tuesday he would discipline presenters and journalists who broke the broadcaster’s impartiality rules by airing their own views on social media, and could fire them for the most serious breaches. Shortly after he became director general at the start of September, Davie had told staff they should not air their own political views on social media because they risked damaging the BBC’s reputation for impartiality. “I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action all the way to termination,” he told a committee of lawmakers. Davie said Lineker had clearly said he understood his responsibilities regarding social media. However in response to Davie saying that presenters could be told to suspend their Twitter accounts, Lineker tweeted: “I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter.
Netherlands records 3,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, new record
FILE PHOTO: People with and without masks walk at the Red Light District, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Amsterdam, Netherlands August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Eva PlevierAMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands reported 3,011 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a daily record, as it imposed new measures to combat a second wave of infections, data published by the National Institute for Health (RIVM) showed. “The number of cases rose sharply in almost all regions and in all age groups,” the Institute said.
Target to start holiday discounts in October, take on Amazon's Prime Day
FILE PHOTO: A shopper carries a Target paper bag in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon(Reuters) - Target Corp TGT.N will kick off its holiday season deals in October this year, at the same time as Amazon.com Inc's AMZN.O Prime Day event, aiming to attract customers who are shopping primarily online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “By kicking off our holiday deals earlier than ever ... we’re letting guests know they don’t need to wait or face the crowds to get the best deals,” said Christina Hennington, Target’s chief merchandising officer. Amazon, which postponed the its annual sales event from July to October this year due to the health crisis, said it is investing an additional $100 million in special Prime Day and holiday promotional programs. Target, Amazon and Walmart Inc WMT.N are among some of the retailers that benefited from the increasing shift to online shopping as customers avoid crowds due to the coronavirus, while many retailers have made plans to stretch the busy holiday season.
Ex-IMF head Rato acquitted over Bankia IPO, prompts legal change calls
MADRID (Reuters) - Former IMF boss Rodrigo Rato was acquitted on Tuesday in a fraud trial over the listing of Bankia, when he was its chairman, prompting calls for legal changes from consumer groups. Rato’s lawyer did not reply to a request for comment, while Bankia reiterated on Tuesday any wrongdoing in the case. As part of separate civil proceedings, Bankia has already paid retail investors around 1.9 billion euros ($2.22 billion) in compensation relating to losses they sustained in the IPO. Bankia said this month that any litigation risks stemming from the IPO had been factored into the Caixabank tie-up. Less than a year after Bankia’s IPO raised 3.1 billion euros, it restated a 2011 profit of slightly above 300 million euros with a 3 billion euro loss.
Italy set to extend COVID state of emergency as cases tick up: official
ROME (Reuters) - Italy is likely to extend a state of emergency to help keep the coronavirus crisis under control, a senior official said on Tuesday as the government looks to avoid the surge in new cases hitting other European countries. “I believe the government will need to ask for a further extension,” Health Undersecretary Sandra Zampa told state broadcaster RAI. Thanks to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, Italy managed to get the contagion under control by the summer. However, cases have picked up over the past month and an average 1,694 new infections were reported daily in the last seven days. Earlier this week the World Health Organization posted a video praising Italy’s “strong and effective response” to the pandemic.
Spain extends COVID furlough scheme to January
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain on Tuesday agreed a last-minute extension of a scheme supporting hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed due to COVID-19, as part of a broader social protection package. In a deal reached hours before the ERTE furlough scheme was due to expire, the government agreed with unions and businesses to extend it until Jan. 31. The ERTE extension is part of a broader social protection package adopted by the cabinet on Tuesday, that also includes prolonging a ban on evicting vulnerable tenants. This applies to several categories of tenants, including those who have lost their jobs permanently or are on a furlough scheme. Spain has recorded almost 750,000 coronavirus cases since the epidemic began, with a death toll exceeding 31,000.
U.S. senators aim to stop sale of drugs online by going after tech's legal immunity
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that aims to stop the sale of opioids and illicit drugs online by amending a key federal law that protects internet companies - the latest in a series of bills to go after tech’s legal immunity. The bill adds to mounting calls to reform Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects internet companies from liability over content posted by users. A steadily increasing number of lawmakers have complained about Big Tech’s content moderation decisions, and its legal immunity has come under severe scrutiny. There are several pieces of legislation targeting Section 230 doing the rounds, including one from Republican Senators Roger Wicker and Lindsey Graham. 2 Senate Republican John Thune and a separate one from Republican Senator Josh Hawley.
Paris knife attacker wanted to set Charlie Hebdo offices on fire, says prosecutor
FILE PHOTO: A French police officer stands near the Opera Bastille where a suspect in a stabbing attack near the former offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo was arrested in Paris, France September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS (Reuters) - The Pakistani man who wounded two people with a knife in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo last week did not know that the satirical magazine had moved and wanted to set its offices on fire, the Paris prosecutor said on Tuesday. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference the man carried three bottles of the flammable paint thinner White Spirit. He also said the man had operated under a false identity and that a photo of his passport on his phone showed that he was 25 years old, not 18 as he first said.
Wall Street set for subdued open ahead of first presidential debate
(Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes were set for a muted open on Tuesday as investors stayed away from making big bets ahead of the first presidential debate, while awaiting a reading on consumer confidence. Slideshow ( 2 images )President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will square off later in the day in their first 90-minute televised debate in Cleveland, Ohio, five weeks before the election. Polls show Biden leading Trump nationally and in a number of key battleground states. Speculation around the election has partly pushed up volatility .VIX on Wall Street, with the S&P 500 .SPX ending sharply higher on Monday on bargain hunting for some laggard sectors following a deep slump earlier in September. ET, Dow e-minis 1YMcv1 were down 35 points, or 0.13%, S&P 500 e-minis EScv1 were down 4.75 points, or 0.14%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis NQcv1 were down 37 points, or 0.32%.
Macron meets exiled Belarus opposition leader, promises help
VILNIUS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron became on Tuesday the highest-profile Western leader to visit the exiled opposition leader of Belarus, pledging European support for the country’s people. She has met the prime ministers of Lithuania, Norway and Poland, but Macron is the first leader of a major Western power to meet her. On Monday, Macron urged Belarus authorities to stop unlawful arrests, release protesters detained arbitrarily and respect election results. Macron is expected later in the day to visit French soldiers serving as part of a NATO battlegroup in the Lithuanian town of Rukla. The French leader has promoted strategic dialogue with Russia and criticised NATO.
Danish teenager Tauson shocks Brady in first round
Slideshow ( 3 images )PARIS (Reuters) - Teenage Danish qualifier Clara Tauson caused a shock as she beat American 21st seed Jennifer Brady 6-4 3-6 9-7 in the opening round of the French Open on Tuesday. The powerful 17-year-old Tauson, making her main draw debut in Grand Slams with a ranking of 188, played fearless tennis to edge out the recent U.S. Open semi-finalist. Tauson served for the match at 7-6 but failed to take any of three match points, the last one when her attempted drop shot hit the tape and fell agonisingly back on her side. But she refused to let her chance slide and broke Brady again before clinching victory on her fifth match point. This year’s Australian Open junior champion blasted 48 winners throughout the contest as she added her name to the list of rising young stars in the women’s game.
Europe is 'screwed' if its parliament sits only in Brussels, says Macron
FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Vilnius, Lithuania September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Ints KalninsPARIS (Reuters) - Europe is “screwed” if the European Parliament ceases sitting in the French city of Strasbourg once a month and convenes only in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. “At the moment I’m fighting tooth and nail for the idea that the European Parliament should convene in Strasbourg,” Macron told university students in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. “If we accept that the European Parliament only gathers in Brussels, we’re screwed, because in 10 years time everything will take place in Brussels and people will only speak amongst themselves in Brussels,” he added. Macron complained in a letter to the president of the European Parliament last week about the assembly’s decision to hold sessions in Brussels only for the time being as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Iran's new coronavirus cases exceed 450,000: Health Ministry
Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 450,000 threshold on Tuesday with 3,677 infections identified in the last 24 hours, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV, as the Islamic Republic’s death toll spiked to 25,986. Sima Sadat Lari said 207 people had died in the past 24 hours and the total number of infection cases reached 453,637. However, Iranian authorities said some restrictive measures would be reimposed in Tehran and some other cities classified as “red”, the highest category in Iran’s coronavirus risk scale. Health officials have repeatedly warned that easing restrictions could lead to a rose in infections.
'Boom or bust' Ostapenko striving for consistency in game
“I just have to be more confident in my game and more consistent. If there is consistency in my game, I think I’m going to be a very dangerous player and it’s going to be not easy to beat me,” said Ostapenko, who was ranked fifth in 2018. “That’s what I’m working on, my consistency. “After I won it was a tough time,” Ostapenko told reporters. She found 46 winners, compared to just six that Brengle managed, while also having 22 unforced errors more than her 78th-ranked opponent.
Airline traffic upturn stalled since 75% August decline: IATA
FILE PHOTO: An Airplane of German carrier Lufthansa takes off from Munich International Airport, Germany, August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Michael DalderPARIS (Reuters) - A modest summer upturn in global air travel has stalled since August, when traffic was down 75%, the airline industry’s main global body IATA said on Tuesday. Last month’s slight pickup was driven by domestic routes, where traffic was down 50% year-on-year in terms that reflect distance flown as well as passenger numbers, IATA said. International travel was down 88%. Since then, “the improvement that we saw in the summer months has more or less stopped,” IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce said during an online briefing.
Villarreal's Coquelin tears hamstring
Soccer Football - Spanish Super Cup - Semi Final - Valencia v Real Madrid - King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - January 8, 2020 Valencia's Francis Coquelin REUTERS/Waleed Ali/FilesMADRID (Reuters) - Villarreal midfielder Francis Coquelin has been ruled out of action for around a month after tearing his hamstring in Sunday’s 4-0 defeat by Barcelona, disrupting the club’s plans for him to be their midfield engine this season. A club statement on Tuesday said Coquelin had torn his right hamstring but did not state how long he would be out for, although Spanish newspaper Marca reported he would be missing for four weeks with the injury. Villarreal, who finished fifth in La Liga last season, lost two key central midfielders in the close season, with club servant Bruno Soriano retiring and Andre Anguissa returning to Fulham. Coquelin, who signed from rivals Valencia alongside Dani Parejo, was earmarked as the team’s main holding midfielder but is now set to be out of their next five league games, including the clashes against Atletico Madrid and Valencia. The former Arsenal and Paris St Germain coach was so displeased with the team’s performance against Barca that he offered an apology to the club’s supporters.
U.S. goods trade deficit widens in August
FILE PHOTO: Containers are loaded onto a ship, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in the Port of Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States’ trade deficit in goods widened in August, with imports rising as businesses rebuild inventories which were depleted when the COVID-19 pandemic upended the flow of goods. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday the goods trade gap increased 3.5% to $82.9 billion last month. Imports of goods rose 3.1% to $201.3 billion, eclipsing a 2.8% increase in goods exports to $118.3 billion.
Danish teenager Tauson shocks Brady in French Open first round
Slideshow ( 2 images )PARIS (Reuters) - Teenage Danish qualifier Clara Tauson caused a shock as she beat American 21st seed Jennifer Brady 6-4 3-6 9-7 in the opening round of the French Open on Tuesday. The powerful 17-year-old Tauson, making her main draw debut in Grand Slams with a ranking of 188, played fearless tennis to edge out the recent U.S. Open semi-finalist. Tauson served for the match at 7-6 but failed to take any of three match points, the last one when her attempted drop shot hit the tape and fell agonisingly back on her side. But she refused to let her chance slide and broke Brady again before clinching victory on her fifth match point. This year’s Australian Open junior champion blasted 48 winners throughout the contest as she added her name to the list of rising young stars in the women’s game.
BBC staff whose tweets break impartiality rules could be axed - Director General
LONDON (Reuters) - BBC Director General Tim Davie said on Tuesday he would discipline presenters and journalists who broke the broadcaster’s impartiality rules by airing their own views on social media, and could fire them for the most serious breaches. Shortly after he became director general at the start of September, Davie had told staff they should not air their own political views on social media because they risked damaging the BBC’s reputation for impartiality. “I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action all the way to termination,” he told a committee of lawmakers. Davie said Lineker had clearly said he understood his responsibilities regarding social media. However in response to Davie saying that presenters could be told to suspend their Twitter accounts, Lineker tweeted: “I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter.
EU executive snubs Hungarian demand to oust top democracy official
BUDAPEST/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union executive on Tuesday snubbed a demand by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban that it dismiss its top rule of law official for comments about Hungary’s “ailing democracy”. On Monday, Orban wrote to EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen, demanding that she dismiss her top rule of law official at the Brussels-based EU executive, Vera Jourova. He has in the past sponsored a billboard campaign accusing the European Commission and his own former-ally-turned-foe, U.S. billionaire philanthropist George Soros, of plotting to destroy European civilisation through immigration. Hungary, as well as his nationalist, eurosceptic allies ruling in another ex-communist EU state, Poland, are under EU investigations for undermining the rule of law. Speaking to German magazine Der Spiegel on Friday, Jourova said: “Mr Orban likes to say he is building an illiberal democracy.
Bold feminist poster campaign strikes a chord in Paris and beyond
Paris (Reuters) - A feminist poster campaign in Paris that draws on street art techniques to denounce rape, sexual harassment and murder is striking a chord with city residents and inspiring copycats as far afield as China, its creator said. Nearly 70% of young women living in the Paris area have suffered sexual harassment or violence in public, another government study found. Stern’s first poster message, which she put up in February 2019, recalled her experiences of sexual harassment on the streets of Paris and later in Brussels. Since then, similar poster messages have popped up elsewhere in Europe and in China, she said. “The fact the posters are defaced means their message is striking a chord,” Stern said.
IMF urges higher social spending in Mideast, Central Asia
DUBAI (Reuters) - Governments in the Middle East and Central Asia need to increase spending in areas such as social protection, education and public health, where vulnerabilities have been exposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund said. “The pandemic has further magnified these challenges and brought into sharp focus the urgent need for higher social spending, particularly on health and social protection, to save lives and protect the most vulnerable,” it said. Social protection spending averaged 4.9% of GDP in the region, against 6.6% in emerging markets. While most countries have increased social spending in response to the pandemic, this may not be sustainable without creating new revenues or using resources more efficiently. “Even without increasing outlays, boosting the efficiency of spending would help significantly improve socioeconomic outcomes,” the IMF said.
Moscow extends school holiday as coronavirus cases rise
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Tuesday extended an upcoming school holiday by a week to limit the spread of the coronavirus, days after sources told Reuters that the capital’s hospitals had been told to free up hundreds of beds. On Tuesday, Sobyanin said students would be off school from Oct. 5-18, and urged parents to keep their children at home. “Today a significant proportion of the sick - who are often asymptomatic - are children,” Sobyanin said on his website. The rouble nosedived on Tuesday, hitting 93 against the euro and continuing its sharp downward trajectory from the previous two trading sessions. With 1,167,805 cases, Russia has the world’s fourth highest number of infections.
Meatpackers deny workers benefits for COVID-19 deaths, illnesses
The White House declined to comment on the industry’s rejections of workers’ claims. Tyson has also denied workers’ compensation claims stemming from a big outbreak in Iowa, workers’ attorneys told Reuters. Tom Atkinson, a Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney who has represented meatpacking workers, estimates up to 100 COVID-19 claims were filed by employees at the Worthington plant. Workers’ compensation is generally the only way to recoup medical expenses and lost wages for work-related injuries and deaths. Ben Roth, a local workers’ compensation attorney, said five families of employees who died filed workers compensation claims for death benefits, and all were denied.
Thyssenkrupp to cut 800 jobs at automotive business
A logo of Thyssenkrupp AG is pictured at the company's headquarters in Essen, Germany, November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo SchmuelgenFRANKFURT/DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - German conglomerate Thyssenkrupp TKAG.DE will cut 800 automotive system engineering jobs, it said on Tuesday, and said auto demand could take up to three years to recover. Its shares are trading at their lowest since mid-May when the pandemic’s impact on the stocks of industrial companies around the world was severe. “We don’t expect output figures in the auto industry to return to pre-crisis levels for at least two to three years,” Ingo Steinkrueger, head of Thyssenkrupp System Engineering, said in a statement. Thyssenkrupp in May said that System Engineering would be broken up, with two sub units - car body solutions and lightweight solutions - becoming part of the Automotive Technology division.
Johnson says Britain should attract talented people from around the world
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at Exeter College Construction Centre, part of Exeter College in Exeter, Britain September 29, 2020. Finnbarr Webster/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he remained a supporter of attracting talented people from around the world to Britain after the migrant advisory committee reported shortages of workers in certain occupations. “I remain very, very open to this country being a beacon for scientific geniuses who want to come here, talented people who come and make their lives here. That’s very, very important and we’re going to continue to do that,” he told reporters. “But obviously we also want to have control over our immigration system ... and above all we want to ensure that people growing up in this country get the opportunities and skills that they need.”
Ex-IMF head Rato acquitted over Bankia IPO, prompts legal change calls
MADRID (Reuters) - Former IMF boss Rodrigo Rato was acquitted on Tuesday in a fraud trial over the listing of Bankia, when he was its chairman, prompting calls for legal changes from consumer groups. This included Bankia BKIA.MC itself, which is in the middle of a merger with Caixabank CABK.MC. As part of separate civil proceedings, Bankia has already paid retail investors around 1.9 billion euros ($2.22 billion) in compensation relating to losses they sustained in the IPO. Bankia said this month that any litigation risks stemming from the IPO had been factored into the Caixabank tie-up. Less than a year after Bankia’s IPO raised 3.1 billion euros, it restated a 2011 profit of slightly above 300 million euros with a 3 billion euro loss.
Spain extends COVID furlough scheme to January
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain on Tuesday agreed a last-minute extension of a scheme supporting hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed due to COVID-19, as part of a broader social protection package. In a deal reached hours before the ERTE furlough scheme was due to expire, the government agreed with unions and businesses to extend it until Jan. 31. The ERTE extension is part of a broader social protection package adopted by the cabinet on Tuesday, that also includes prolonging a ban on evicting vulnerable tenants. This applies to several categories of tenants, including those who have lost their jobs permanently or are on a furlough scheme. Spain has recorded almost 750,000 coronavirus cases since the epidemic began, with a death toll exceeding 31,000.
Portuguese police told to remove racist tattoos within 6 months
LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s police force has ordered officers with tattoos bearing racist symbols or language to remove them within six months. The ban, which coincides with increasing ethnic tensions in the country, refers to “racist, extremist or violence-promoting symbols, words or drawings”, the force said in a statement. It also covers earrings, bracelets and rings, the force said in a statement. In August, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa declared “zero tolerance” of racism as authorities launched an investigation after several people, including two Black lawmakers, were the target of e-mailed threats allegedly sent by a far-right group. Former soccer commentator Andre Ventura won in October 2019 the far right’s first seat in parliament since Portugal’s dictatorship ended in 1974, and he is now running for President.
Paris knife attacker wanted to set Charlie Hebdo offices on fire, says prosecutor
Forensic experts investigate the scene of an incident near the former offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS (Reuters) - The Pakistani man who wounded two people with a knife in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo last week did not know that the satirical magazine had moved and wanted to set its offices on fire, the Paris prosecutor said on Tuesday. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference the man carried three bottles of the flammable paint thinner White Spirit. He also said the man had operated under a false identity and that a photo of his passport on his phone showed that he was 25 years old, not 18 as he first said.
Boris Johnson announces ‘radical change’ to UK education system
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson | Leon Neal/Getty Images Boris Johnson announces ‘radical change’ to UK education system Coronavirus has exposed weaknesses in Britain’s system, the prime minister warned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced his government's strategy to overhaul the U.K.'s education system for those over the age of 18. Speaking at Exeter College in Devon, England, Johnson said action was imperative as "the shortcomings of our labor market and our educational system have been painfully apparent" during the COVID-19 pandemic. This policy formed one of the cornerstones of Johnson's pitch to the electorate ahead of the December election, which his Conservative Party won comprehensively. Furthermore, higher education loans will be made more flexible, allowing people to study at different stages across their lifetimes.
Large percentage of India's population not exposed to coronavirus, government official says
People wearing protective face masks wait in line to get tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Anushree FadnavisBENGALURU (Reuters) - A second serological survey conducted in India in August and September showed a large percentage of India’s population had not been exposed to the novel coronavirus, although the prevalence of infection in adults increased, a government official said on Tuesday. Blood samples collected from more than 29,000 adults between Aug. 17 and Sept. 22 showed that the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies increased to 7.1% compared to 0.73% in the previous survey, the director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research said in a press briefing.
Coronavirus deaths rise above a million in 'agonizing' global milestone
“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement. The United States, Brazil and India, which together account for nearly 45% of all COVID-19 deaths globally, have all lifted social distancing measures in recent weeks. Despite the surge in cases, India’s death toll of 96,318, and pace of growth of fatalities, remains below those of the United States, Britain and Brazil. India on Tuesday reported its smallest rise in deaths since Aug. 3, continuing a recent easing trend that has baffled experts. The United States, Indonesia, Bolivia, South Africa and Yemen have all had to locate new burial sites as cemeteries fill up.
Wall Street set for subdued open ahead of first presidential debate
(Reuters) - Wall Street’s main indexes were set for a muted open on Tuesday as investors stayed away from making big bets ahead of the first presidential debate, while awaiting a reading on consumer confidence. FILE PHOTO: A man points a computer screen showing stock information in this illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, France, March 30, 2016. Polls show Biden leading Trump nationally and in a number of key battleground states. Speculation around the election has partly pushed up volatility on Wall Street, with the S&P 500 ending sharply higher on Monday on bargain hunting for some laggard sectors following a deep slump earlier in September. ET, Dow e-minis were down 35 points, or 0.13%, S&P 500 e-minis were down 4.75 points, or 0.14%, and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 37 points, or 0.32%.
Bayern's Sane to miss Super Cup, Alaba doubtful
Soccer Football - Bundesliga - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich - PreZero Arena, Sinsheim, Germany - September 27, 2020. Bayern Munich's Leroy Sane in action. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/FilesBERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane will miss Wednesday’s domestic Super Cup against Borussia Dortmund with a knee injury while defender David Alaba is doubtful, coach Hansi Flick said on Tuesday. The Bavarians almost played through the summer with no real pre-season preparation as they lifted the Champions League in August. They also beat Sevilla last week in the European Super Cup to secure their fourth trophy after also winning the German league and Cup.
Poll: Biden up 9 points in Pennsylvania
While Trump won counties in western Pennsylvania — excluding Democratic leaning Allegheny County — by 29 points in 2016, he now leads Biden in those counties by just 3 points, 50-47. Biden is also winning among 2016 voters looking to pull the lever for a different party this year, with the former vice president earning the support of 8 percent of 2016 Trump voters. The poll also found Trump’s approval rating in Pennsylvania underwater, 43-55, with 49 percent of registered voters responding that they "strongly" disapprove of the president. The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted by phone from Sept. 21-26 among a random sample of 808 adults, including 702 registered voters and 567 likely voters in Pennsylvania. Results among registered voters have a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.5 percentage points, and results among likely voters have a margin of error of plus-or-minus five points.
ACB starts making the rounds on the Hill
ACB starts making the rounds on the Hill Presented bywith help from Sarah Ferris and Marianne LeVineMEET AND GREET -- President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett will officially start meeting with senators today, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Barrett will also meet with several other Judiciary Committee Republicans, as well as Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.). And in the worst-case scenario, House Republicans would still grow their female ranks by at least one or two. The big test, however, will come in November, when the House GOP is once again facing tough political headwinds. -- At the start of the 2020 cycle, House Democrats were worried about the chances of 42 of their members.
‘Last Man Standing’ for GOP, late-night talk for Dems: Where TV ads can reach voters for cheap
To reach Republican voters, Tim Allen’s Fox sitcom “Last Man Standing” scored as a top-10 efficient advertising destination in all four markets, though it didn’t register on the Democratic top-10 list in any of those places. Even the same shows could vary wildly in terms of efficiency between media markets, demonstrating how tricky it could be to craft a money-saving advertising plan. In general, Democratic voters were less efficient to reach on TV, perhaps because Democrats skew younger as a party. And it’s especially expensive to go hunting for independent voters watching TV, given their smaller share of the population, the study found. The most efficient ways to target independent voters included local news and daytime talk shows across the four media markets Advertising Analytics and Nielsen studied.
Trump, Biden Set For First Debate As Tax Story Shadows President
ASSOCIATED PRESS Workers adjust signage as preparations take place for the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Cleveland. The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 29. The Times also reported that Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from his reality television program and other endorsement and licensing deals. “I am looking very forward to the debate,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. Biden is proposing to hike the corporate income tax and raise taxes on people making more than $400,000 if elected.
Sean Hannity Defends Donald Trump's Tax Avoidance With WTF Attack
Donald Trump-supporting Sean Hannity unsurprisingly defended the president after a New York Times’ exposé on Trump’s questionable claims to avoid paying federal income taxes. That story focused on pages from Trump’s 1995 tax return in which he declared a $916 million loss. The latest report is based on two decades of Trump’s tax records. If you don’t like the system, ask yourself, does The New York Times do it? Nevertheless, publicly traded companies like The New York Times Co. file quarterly earnings reports that disclose vast amounts of financial data.
POLITICO Playbook: Numbers that explain the stakes of tonight’s debate
POLITICO Playbook: Numbers that explain the stakes of tonight’s debate Presented by FacebookPresident Donald Trump and Joe Biden will take the stage in Cleveland on Tuesday night for the first presidential debate -- a 90-minute, commercial-free affair moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. SPOTTED: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows having dinner with his family at Landini Brothers in Old Town Alexandria on Monday night. Afterward, he and Melania will travel back to Washington, arriving at the White House at 12:30 a.m.ON THE TRAIL -- BIDEN will travel to Cleveland for the first presidential debate. Learn more about our progressDEEP DIVE -- “Behind the White House Effort to Pressure the C.D.C. “As part of their behind-the-scenes effort, White House officials also tried to circumvent the C.D.C.
Trump, Biden first debate: Everything you need to know
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden come face-to-face for their first debate on Tuesday night amid increasingly nasty attacks on each other. Trump has called Biden a socialist puppet who wants to destroy the suburbs and "hurt God." Biden says Trump is a fraud whose failed leadership during the coronavirus crisis has "caused people to die." Trump, Biden and Wallace won't be wearing masks on stage. The lone vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris of California is up next in Utah on Oct. 7.
The soft bigotry of Trump's low expectations may give Biden a debate edge
"There’s really no debate performance by either candidate that will fundamentally shift the race," one Biden campaign aide said, in an effort to lower the stakes. "President Trump prepares for debates every day by being president and building an excellent record to run on for re-election," Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, said. Biden held a lead over Trump on most other questions, including a 51 percent to 29 percent advantage on handling the pandemic. That creates an advantage for Biden, who has a low bar to clear, she said. "Trump is the first candidate I’ve ever seen who lowers expectations about his opponent before a debate," she said.
With first debate set for Tuesday, how will Trump approach Biden?
The first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is set for Tuesday evening in Ohio, and the Morning Joe panel discusses how Trump might approach facing off against Biden.
Due to coronavirus, nation's oldest Latino civil rights group moves 2021 convention online
RIO RANCHO, N.M.—The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Latino civil rights group in the U.S., has decided to move its 2021 national convention online amid concerns and health orders caused by COVID-19. The state currently limits the number of people at large gatherings and LULAC national conventions typically attract thousands of activists. The group still plans to hold a national convention in Albuquerque in 2023 because the city and the LULAC’s local chapters made financial commitments to hold an event in the city. LULAC spokesman David Cruz said the organization believes this is the first time the group will not hold an in-person annual convention in its history. LULAC national conventions and gatherings have attracted presidents, presidential candidates, and international leaders.
At tonight's debate, it's the incumbent vs. the frontrunner
WASHINGTON — While both have their strengths, neither President Trump nor Joe Biden is a virtuoso debater. And each of them have their challenges at tonight’s first general-election debate in Cleveland, Ohio. But the polling shows that most voters’ minds are already made up heading into tonight’s first debate. $427 million: How much President Trump made from his stint on The Apprentice and related marketing deals, according to a new New York Times story. On the campaign trail today: President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden debate tonight at 9:00 p.m.
Amnesty International halts India operations citing government reprisals
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Tuesday that it was halting its operation in India, citing reprisals from the government and the freezing of its bank accounts by Indian authorities. It is not the first time that Amnesty India has said Indian authorities targeted its operations. In 2018, Indian authorities raided its office and froze its bank accounts on similar charges. Amnesty International’s acting secretary general, Julie Verhaar, called the freezing of the bank accounts an “egregious and shameful act" by the Indian government. Amnesty India has repeatedly condemned what it says is a crackdown on dissent and freedom of speech in India.
Why Joni Ernst is saying Roe v Wade probably won't be overturned
The consequences of Republicans pushing the Supreme Court even further to the far-right will shape the nation's future for many years. But given recent political debates, one issue in particular looms large: reproductive rights and the future of the Roe v. Wade precedent. HuffPost noted overnight:Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) says she doesn't think the Supreme Court will overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling, even though she signed a brief urging the court to do so earlier this year. "I think the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned is very minimal. And yet, there's the far-right Iowan -- herself an opponent of abortion rights -- telling voters there's only a "very minimal" chance Roe will be overturned, despite the obvious judicial arithmetic.
Virus, strife prompt ‘resiliency’ funds in Black communities
She received a $5,000 grant from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce's "Resiliency Fund," which seeks to help Black-owned businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. She received a $5,000 grant from the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce's "Resiliency Fund," which seeks to help Black-owned businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The application process was simple and she qualified for a $5,000 “resiliency” grant, despite being a solo practitioner with no employees or storefront. Elsewhere, female Black civic leaders in Washington state unveiled the Black Future Co-op Fund in June to address damage created by systemic racism. The Black Resilience Fund has helped nearly 3,000 residents with groceries, utility bills, student loans and rent, according to its GoFundMe page.
Election 2020 Today: Debate stakes high, Trump’s tax bind
“I probably say that the tipping point was definitely when he claimed there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville. “I probably say that the tipping point was definitely when he claimed there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville. ADVERTISEMENTVISION 2020: What’s the difference between absentee voting and mail voting? Trump has tried to confuse the two terms by claiming that absentee balloting is fine, while mail balloting is not. Absentee voting, the president sometimes argues, means someone has to request a ballot as opposed to automatically getting one in the mail, which he calls mail voting.
No more UK soldiers to be charged over Bloody Sunday deaths
LONDON (AP) — No more British Army veterans will be charged over the 1972 “Bloody Sunday” killings of 13 civil rights protesters in Londonderry, prosecutors in Northern Ireland said Tuesday. Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service upheld an earlier decision not to prosecute 15 soldiers investigated over Bloody Sunday, one of the deadliest days in Northern Ireland’s decades of violence. One former British soldier was charged last year in the killing of two of the protesters and the injury of four others. British soldiers committed more than 300 of the nearly 3,700 slayings during four decades of Northern Ireland strife, but rarely have been charged with murder. The British government plans contentious legislation to make it harder to prosecute military veterans for alleged offenses committed years earlier.
Amazon sees its palm recognition tech in stadiums, offices
FILE - In this March 4, 2020 file photo, people walk out of an Amazon Go store, in Seattle. Amazon is rolling out a new device for contactless transactions that will scan an individual’s palm. Amazon is rolling out a new device for contactless transactions that will scan an individual’s palm. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has introduced new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices. ADVERTISEMENTThe company expects to roll out Amazon One as an option in other Amazon stores in the coming months, which could mean Whole Foods Market grocery stores.
Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil
(Kensington Palace via AP)1 of 3 In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William and Prince Louis react as Prince George holds the tooth of a giant shark given to him by Naturalist Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough for an outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Britain’s young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Culture Minister Jose Herrera reversed himself after facing a backlash for announcing his intention to reclaim the shark tooth fossil that had been a gift to 7-year-old prince from British naturalist and TV presenter David Attenborough. ADVERTISEMENTAttenborough, 94, presented the fossil to the prince during a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace. Photos released by the palace over the weekend showed Prince George looking intrigued as he inspected the tooth.
German leaders consider how to slow rise in virus cases
German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjust her face mask during a budget debate as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjust her face mask during a budget debate as part of a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. New infections in Germany have hit the highest levels since April in recent weeks, with more than 2,000 new cases per day on several occasions. “We mustn’t allow the virus to spread exponentially again in individual locations,” Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said Monday. Germany has recorded more than 288,000 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with over 9,400 deaths — a toll one-fourth of Britain’s or Italy’s virus deaths.
What Is A Follow-Through Day?
It relies on a follow-through day, a device identified by historical research. Coronavirus Stock Market Crash Survival GuideThe follow-through day requires a set of converging factors. A follow-through day can't pick the exact day that a market bottoms, but it can get you in close to the bottom. Go back in history, and you will find a follow-through day early in every major market uptrend. But the follow-through day, signaling a new uptrend, came on Dec. 2, 1903 — Day 16 of an attempted rally (2).
Dow Jones Today, Futures Flat After Rally; Abbott Labs Gets Covid Boost, Big Lots Soars On Guidance
Stock futures sloshed back and forth in mixed trade Tuesday, as the market paused for a breather on the heels of Monday's stock market rally. XDow Jones futures, S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures all stuck close to their break-even lines, ahead of an early raft of economic news. The Denver-based operation landed an exclusive agreement with Coca-ColaKO to import Topo Chico Hard Seltzer to the U.S. Coca-Cola shares rose 0.4% on the Dow Jones today. Dow Jones Today: Activating The WatchlistThe Dow Jones today and the S&P 500 will both attempt to hold their 50-day moving averages. Only a handful of Dow Jones stocks qualify as leadership-grade growth stocks.
Analysts Boldly Upgrade S&P 500 13 Stocks
Analysts are upgrading ratings on some S&P 500 stocks — headed into one of the murkiest periods for the market yet. S&P 500 Investors Head Into The VoidInvestors are largely in the dark about the upcoming earnings reporting season. Big Hopes For IndustrialsThe S&P 500 industrials sector is one getting the most high-profile upgrades. But it sure beats the 4.3% tumble by the S&P 500 in September and 13% drop by the Energy Select Sector SPDR XLE. Analysts Upgrade Some S&P 500 Leaders, TooAnalysts are turning up their views on some leading S&P 500 stocks, too.
James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers
Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from Patterson. Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from Patterson. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. ADVERTISEMENTThe grant program is administered by Patterson and by Scholastic Book Clubs, which will provide teachers 500 club points to go with the $500 from Patterson. Out of more than 100,000 applicants, 5,000 teachers will receive grants and club points.
Dow futures drift lower as Wall Street braces for big Trump-Biden showdown
On Monday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.61% rose 53.14 points, or 1.6%, to end at 3,351.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.50% advanced 410.10 points, or 1.5%, finishing at 27,584.06, while booking its third session of gains in a row. The U.S. has the highest case tally at 7.1 million, and highest death toll at 205,085 of any country. Monday’s action marked two days of gains of greater than 1% for the three U.S. stock index benchmarks and investors. The day will be marked by stream of Fed speakers, including Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker at 9 a.m., who will speak at the central bank’s Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
Aid group warns that 700,000 children in Syria risk hunger
An international aid group is warning that an additional 700,000 children in Syria face hunger because of the country's badly damaged economy and the impact of coronavirus restrictions. An international aid group is warning that an additional 700,000 children in Syria face hunger because of the country's badly damaged economy and the impact of coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)BEIRUT (AP) — An additional 700,000 children in Syria face hunger because of the country’s badly damaged economy and the impact of coronavirus restrictions, an international aid group warned Tuesday. Save the Children said an unprecedented number of children in Syria are now battling soaring malnutrition rates. It said at least one in eight children in Syria currently suffer lifelong risks for children, including stunting or chronic malnutrition.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. “For that reason, the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment.”On Monday, a grand juror, who was not identified, filed a court motion asking a judge to release the record of the grand jury proceedings.
Louis Vuitton owner blasts Tiffany’s prospects as ‘dismal.’ But it may still want to buy the jeweler — at a cut price
French luxury conglomerate LVMH on Tuesday accused Tiffany & Co. executives of mismanaging the company, and said the New York jeweler’s “performance has been catastrophic and its prospects remain dismal” as a result, in a lawsuit trying to show that the “conditions necessary to close the acquisition of Tiffany have not been met.”- The filing in a Delaware court is the latest development in a dispute between the two companies that became acrimonious after LVMH MC, +0.67% tried to argue for a lower acquisition price of the prestigious jeweler, due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the industry.
Dow futures drift lower as Wall Street braces for big Trump-Biden showdown
On Monday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.61% rose 53.14 points, or 1.6%, to end at 3,351.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.50% advanced 410.10 points, or 1.5%, finishing at 27,584.06, while booking its third session of gains in a row. The U.S. has the highest case tally at 7.1 million, and highest death toll at 205,085 of any country. Monday’s action marked two days of gains of greater than 1% for the three U.S. stock index benchmarks and investors. The day will be marked by stream of Fed speakers, including Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker at 9 a.m., who will speak at the central bank’s Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
Trump’s 2017 tax bill was reportedly $750 — here’s how that compares to the average tax bill for the 1%
The average income tax bill only gets heftier from that point on, the numbers show. (Wamhoff looked at income tax liabilities by adjusted gross income and divided the returns by the total liabilities to get the estimated tax bills.) “Most multi-millionaires pay a helluva lot more than $750 in taxes.”The big pictureIn the 2017 tax year, the average federal income tax bill was $11,175 for all taxpayers, according to the right-leaning Tax Foundation’s review of IRS data. The top 0.1% had a $2.1 million income tax bill, the think tank said. “ The bottom 50% of taxpayers faced a $695 tax bill, an effective tax rate of 4%, according to one analysis.
Long-standing wealth gap between Black and white Americans remains substantial, Fed data for 2019 show
The typical white family has eight times the wealth of the typical Black family and five times the wealth of the typical Hispanic family, the Fed said, in its comprehensive report on consumer finances. The median wealth of white families was $188,200 at the end of 2019, while the median wealth of Black families was $24,100. The mean wealth of white families was $983,400, compared with $142,500 for Black families and $165,500 among Hispanics. Both Black and white families have yet to recover their pre–Great Recession levels of wealth, the Fed said. This gap may reflect parental wealth, as Black families are far less likely to receive, for example, down-payment assistance from their parents.
Coronavirus tally: Global deaths from COVID-19 top 1 million, 33.4 million cases and U.S. counts more than 205,000 deaths
An earlier version of this article had an incorrect death toll for the U.S. in the headline. The U.S. has the highest case tally at 7.1 million, and highest death toll at 205,085. Brazil has the second-highest death toll at 142,058, but third-highest case tally at 4.7 million. India is second to the U.S. by case tally at 6.1 million, and has the third-highest death toll at 96,318. The U.K. has 42,090 deaths and 441,573 cases, the highest death toll in Europe and fifth-highest in the world.
So-called hidden unemployment is masking the jobless problem in Europe
The official unemployment rate in the eurozone hasn’t spiked to nearly the same degree as the U.S. The official eurozone unemployment rate only rose to 7.9%, in July, from 7.2% before the pandemic. In the U.S., the jobless rate spiked as high as 14.7% from 3.5% in March. The U.S. unemployment rate has subsequently declined to 8.4% in August. Without school closures and lockdowns, in the second half of 2020 these people should start appearing in unemployment rate statistics, he says.
Amazon rolling out contactless device, Amazon One, at Seattle Go stores
Amazon.com Inc. has announced the launch of Amazon One, a contactless device that scans for payments, loyalty programs and more. Amazon One is rolling out at two of the e-commerce giant’s Amazon Go stores in Seattle, where it’ll be used to gain entry. Amazon AMZN, +2.55% will roll out the device at more of its stores in the coming months. Amazon addressed privacy concerns about Amazon One on its blog. “[T]he Amazon One device is protected by multiple security controls and palm images are never stored on the Amazon One device,” the company says.
How much money could the IRS collect through more audits? How to assess 2 competing estimates
Would increasing the Internal Revenue Service’s funding for audits increase tax collections by more than the cost? One really large open question: Do more aggressive IRS audits deter noncompliance by taxpayers? On this topic, the jury is out, and neither CBO nor Sarin and Summers account for the effects of deterrence in their estimates. But policy makers shouldn’t be deterred because CBO’s estimates are lower than the overly optimistic calculations of Sarin and Summers. This was first published on the think tank’s TaxVox blog — How Much More Money Could The IRS Collect If Congress Gave Them More Money?
How a Brush With Covid-19 Spurred the Sale of an Outdoor Grill Maker
BBQGuys has now been sold, to an investor group led by the private-equity firm Brand Velocity Partners, the company announced on Tuesday. When Brand Velocity Partners came calling in January, “I was not serious about selling,” Hackley said. It was work, work, work, and running the company,” he said. Enter Brand Velocity Partners. This has caused BBQGuys revenue to spike 185% each month from March through July.
Louis Vuitton owner blasts Tiffany’s prospects as ‘dismal.’ But it may still want to buy the jeweler — at a cut price
French luxury conglomerate LVMH on Tuesday accused Tiffany & Co. executives of mismanaging the company, and said the New York jeweler’s “performance has been catastrophic and its prospects remain dismal” as a result, in a lawsuit trying to show that the “conditions necessary to close the acquisition of Tiffany have not been met.”- The filing in a Delaware court is the latest development in a dispute between the two companies that became acrimonious after LVMH MC, +0.66% tried to argue for a lower acquisition price of the prestigious jeweler, due to the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the industry.
Dow futures drift lower as Wall Street braces for big Trump-Biden showdown
On Monday, the S&P 500 SPX, +1.61% rose 53.14 points, or 1.6%, to end at 3,351.60. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +1.50% advanced 410.10 points, or 1.5%, finishing at 27,584.06, while booking its third session of gains in a row. The U.S. has the highest case tally at 7.1 million, and highest death toll at 205,085 of any country. Monday’s action marked two days of gains of greater than 1% for the three U.S. stock index benchmarks and investors. The day will be marked by stream of Fed speakers, including Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker at 9 a.m., who will speak at the central bank’s Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.
Sotheby’s Adds to Masters Week Sales with Rembrandt Work
Rembrandt’s Abraham and the Angels, 1646—measuring only 6 ½ by 8 ? inches—comes on the heels of Sotheby’s sale of a Rembrandt self portrait at a July sale in London featuring works spanning five centuries. The work was featured at the Frick Museum in New York in 2017 in an exhibition focused on Rembrandt’s paintings of Abraham in the Old Testament. The work is considered special because of its biblical theme, making it one of 136 by Rembrandt, and one of 29 depicting an Old Testament scene. Sotheby’s is bringing this masterwork to its January auctions at a time it views the sector as experiencing steady growth. In January, the auction house’s evening sale of Old Masters achieved more than US$61 million, the highest total since 2012, and a 16% rise over the previous year.
It’s time for wealthy donors to embrace reparations, not more charity
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge is emblematic. It’s time for a new kind of promise: A Reparations Pledge. The movement for reparations has gained traction in Congress and cities across the country in the wake of uprisings for racial justice. In a Reparations Pledge, this would be the baseline expectation. Ten years after the Giving Pledge began, we know that philanthropy as usual is insufficient to address the crises at hand.
Oil prices edge lower as coronavirus deaths hit one-million milestone, highlighting demand fears
Crude-oil prices on Tuesday were retreating as investors worried about rising cases of COVID-19 throughout the globe, a development that may harm appetite for oil and other energy assets in the longer-term. The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed one million globally, while the U.S. accounts for more than a fifth of the nearly 33.4 million cases, with more than 200,000 deaths.
Treasury yields slide before presidential debate
Eric Baradat/Agence France-Presse/Getty ImagesU.S. Treasury yields slipped early Tuesday as investors eyed the upcoming presidential debate late Tuesday which could offer further clues on the outlook for the November elections. What are Treasurys doing? The 10-year Treasury note yield TMUBMUSD10Y, 0.656% fell 1.5 basis points to 0.648%, while the 2-year note rate TMUBMUSD02Y, 0.128% edged 0.4 basis point down to 0.127%. The 30-year bond yield TMUBMUSD30Y, 1.422% slipped 1.7 basis points to 1.406%. Bond prices move inversely to yields.
Gold prices aim for first back-to-back gains in 2 weeks
Gold prices on Tuesday were headed higher for a second straight session as a pullback in the U.S. dollar extended, providing room for bullion values to climb, commodity experts said. On Monday, December gold GCZ20, +0.41% GOLD, +0.21% was up $9.70, or 0.5%, at $1,891.90 an ounce, after a 0.9% rise on Monday. Last week, gold and silver prices came under pressure due to the mini rally in the greenback which can make assets priced in the currency relatively more expensive to overseas buyers. Gold enthusiasts and some commodity experts say that gold remains a strong investment in the long term, given persistent concerns about the global economy and monetary policies implemented to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysts say that demand from exchange-traded funds, which must buy gold to mimic the performance of the commodity, also have been a key driver of price gains.
FTSE 100 slips a day after strong gains for U.K. blue chips
U.K. blue-chip stocks slipped on Tuesday after the best one-day advance in three weeks. After Monday’s 1.5% rise, the FTSE 100 UKX, -0.37% slipped 0.4%. HSBC Holdings HSBA, -2.93% shares fell 3%, a day after the U.K. bank surged on news China’s Ping An was boosting its stake. The main event of the day will come after U.K. and U.S. markets close, which is the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. B&M European Value Retail BME, +4.97% rose 5%, as it revised up its first-half earnings guidance for a second time, after like-for-like revenue gains of 23%.
How a Brush With Covid-19 Spurred the Sale of an Outdoor Grill Maker
BBQGuys has now been sold, to an investor group led by the private-equity firm Brand Velocity Partners, the company announced on Tuesday. When Brand Velocity Partners came calling in January, “I was not serious about selling,” Hackley said. It was work, work, work, and running the company,” he said. Enter Brand Velocity Partners. This has caused BBQGuys revenue to spike 185% each month from March through July.
Nikola Stock Drops, Big Lots Gains and the Dow Is Going Nowhere
Nikola Stock Drops, Big Lots Gains and the Dow Is Going NowhereText sizeStocks held their ground neat the break-even line early Tuesday as investors braced themselves for the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Wall Street also has its eyes on the prospects of a fresh stimulus package to support the economy as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. House Democrats released a $2.2 trillion stimulus package late Monday and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to speak with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday. But as attention shifts to appointing a new Supreme Court justice and the coming election, approval of a stimulus bill appears unlikely.
Data Analytics Firm Palantir Set to Debut on NYSE
Text sizePalantir Technologies Inc. signage is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Palo Alto, California David Paul Morris/BloombergThe latest in a wave of stock market debuts for tech firms, Palantir will start trading via a direct listing Tuesday under the symbol PLTR. The listing is drawing lots of interest because of pent-up demand among investors to get into the hot data mining space. Co-founded by billionaire investor Peter Thiel , the Palo Alto, Calif., company is expected to be valued at around $22 billion once its shares start trading at about $10 each.
Global Stocks Ease After Strong Monday Advance as Traders Await Debate
Text sizeGlobal stocks edged lower on Tuesday after the previous session’s strong gains, as investors braced themselves for the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. But as attention shifts to appointing a new Supreme Court justice and the coming election, approval of a stimulus bill appears unlikely. The main event of the day will come after European and U.S. markets close, which is the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. McCormick & Company (MKC) shares slid 1.1% even though the company reported strong third-quarter results as people continue to eat at home. Big Lots (BIG) shares climbed 6.9% after management announced a strong outlook for its third quarter.
Stamkos joins Lightning for Stanley Cup celebration
Beyond repeat Stanley Cup champion Patrick Maroon, winning the Stanley Cup was a first for every Lightning player. As Gary Bettman noted, the Lightning chose to take that group Stanley Cup celebration photo before the trophy was raised. In an emotional moment, Lightning captain Stamkos ended up on the ice, becoming the first Lightning player to raise the Stanley Cup, prompting a jubilant celebration from teammates. Some veterans took their laps, while eventually Nikita Kucherov, Andrei Vasilevskiy, and others celebrated with the Stanley Cup. Stamkos joins Lightning for Stanley Cup celebration originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Lightning win first Stanley Cup since 2004
The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2004 after a Game 6 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday. Brayden Point and Blake Coleman scored as Tampa Bay recorded a 2-0 victory at Rogers Place in Edmonton to win their second Stanley Cup thanks to a 4-2 series success. After scoring 10 goals and providing 12 assists in 25 games, Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP. It's going to take months for it to sink in, but we're going to be champions forever, we're going to be on that Cup forever. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in Game 6 to earn the shutout.
Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars had great playoff runs; what awaits this offseason?
The Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning have had their core together for years and hope to be able to carry that forward. But defense could be an issue, with Mikhail Sergachev due a raise as a restricted free agent. They'll also have to re-sign restricted free agent forward Anthony Cirelli. Anton Khudobin played admirably in Bishop's absence, and he is an unrestricted free agent. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: After Stanley Cup, Lightning, Stars have offseason decisions to make
MLB playoffs odds: Which favorites are susceptible to being upset in three-game Wild Card Series round?
The first ever Wild Card Series round will be three games. The Dodgers are in an unfair spot having to play a three-game series despite being 14 games better than Milwaukee in a 60-game season. PICK: DodgersView photos Mookie Betts and the Dodgers are favorites to win the World Series. PICK: CardinalsThe Marlins are a wonderful story in this strange season, beating the odds to make the playoffs. They’re a well-run team and while Toronto is a fun story, it’s hard to pick against the Rays in this round.
Biden-Trump Debate Moderator Chris Wallace’s Plan: ‘To Be as Invisible as Possible’ (Video)
Fox News’ Chris Wallace says he wants to be “as invisible as possible” as a moderator during Tuesday’s first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. “One of these two people is going to be the next president of the United States and my job is to be as invisible as possible,” Wallace said during a preview for the debate that aired Monday on Fox News. '”During the 2016 presidential race between Trump and Hillary Clinton, Wallace moderated the third and final debate between the two contenders. This is part of civics, the constitution, if you will, in action, because this is helping millions of people decide who we’re going to elect as the next president.”The first presidential debate begins on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. Read original story Biden-Trump Debate Moderator Chris Wallace’s Plan: ‘To Be as Invisible as Possible’ (Video) At TheWrap
Google plans to shut the loophole that lets Netflix, Spotify, and Tinder avoid paying its 30% app tax
Google also said it will make it easier for users to install alternative app stores to its own. The change may mean apps such as Netflix, Spotify, and Tinder which have avoided the 30% fee put up their prices on the Play Store. Google said it will clamp down on a loophole that allows big developers like Netflix and Spotify avoid paying 30% commission on in-app payments. Samat suggested that developers would not be able to tell users how to avoid Google's in-app tax within their Google Play app. "To clarify, Google Play does not have any limitations here on this kind of communication outside of a developer's app."
Dr. Fauci Calls Out ‘Outlandish’ Fox News Reporting on Coronavirus Pandemic
I’m buying almost wild things with the idea that when this ends, I’m going to be like, coming out. [I’m buying] things like sweatpants and biker shorts and sweatshirts — I’m just really into being comfortable, because we’re all stuck at home. I’ve bought a lot of Nike collaboration sneakers, like Stussy and Comme de Garcons. I’m really particular about the leather — leather can be really tough and structured and I’m more into softer, lays-there type of leather. They are kind of shut down right now, which is really, really sad.
Indonesia police fire warning shots at Papua student protest
The 2001 Special Autonomy Law which is set to expire next year was supposed to give the area a larger share of revenue from its rich resources and more political autonomy. Papuan police spokesman Ahmad Kamal confirmed by telephone that police had fired warning shots but denied a claim by a lawyer at the rally that two students had been hurt and three arrested. Extensive protests erupted in 2019 in several cities in Papua in response to claims of racist abuse and physical mistreatment of Papuan students in the city of Surabaya. Some Papuan pro-independence groups warn demonstrations against the renewal of the special autonomy law could persist. Story continuesAdriana Elisabeth, who researches Papuan communities, said that were benefits from special autonomy, such as scholarships and infrastructure, but said the benefits "do not reach those in the grassroots."
New Zealanders may be able to travel to some Australian states before Christmas, Ardern says
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Travel between New Zealand and some states of Australia is possible before the end of the year, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. With the virus largely contained in New Zealand, and as cases continue to decline in Australian regions, talks of a travel bubble with some states have been revived. When asked by state broadcaster TVNZ whether New Zealanders would be able to travel to at least some Australian regions before Christmas, Ardern said: "It is possible." Ardern said Australia was pretty satisfied with both how New Zealand was tracking now and how they are tracking generally. Australia has reported just over 27,000 cases, and 872 deaths, well below the numbers seen in many other developed nations.
Let's be real: Biden is cruising to victory
Those of us who would very much like to see President Trump go down to a decisive defeat in November have plenty to worry about. But we also shouldn't lose sight of the fact that Biden supporters seem to be headed toward a much happier outcome. Might Biden actually be cruising toward a crushing loss I'm just too blind to see coming? The far more likely scenario is that dozens of polls are correct in showing that Biden is on track to win and win big. I suspect Biden will come off fine and certainly exceed the absurdly low expectations the Trump campaign has set for him.
Breonna Taylor grand jury recording to be made public
A recording of the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case will be made public after Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to comply with a judge's ruling to release it. "The grand jury is meant to be a secretive body," Cameron said in a statement released Monday night. The move follows the filing of a motion in Louisville, Kentucky, by a grand jury member to have the sealed transcripts and records released "so that the truth may prevail." During his hearing, the judge ordered that a recording of the grand jury proceedings be entered into the court record. The family's legal team has also demanded the release of the grand jury transcripts, and it has demanded to know whether Cameron recommended charges for the other officers.
Data leak: 2016 Trump campaign listed 3.5 million Black people it wanted to stop from voting
The leak revealed that the campaign compiled data on nearly 200 million voters and divided them up into eight different categories. One category, titled "Deterrence," listed 3.5 million Black voters. In Wisconsin, Black voters made up 17% of the "Deterrence" list, even though just 5.4% of the state's population is Black. Trump's campaign reportedly spent more than $44 million on Facebook ads during the campaign, nearly $20 million more than Clinton. About 2 million Black voters who backed President Barack Obama in 2012 did not turn out to vote for Clinton.
Three presidential debates that changed history
What we do know is that every so often, a presidential debate becomes a turning point in a campaign. Here are three debates from the last 60 years and how they changed the race. (CBS via Getty Images)But for the first televised debate in American history, the U.S. might never have had a President Kennedy. And that November, Kennedy eked out a win in what was at that time the closest presidential election in history. 1992: Bush vs. ClintonBill Clinton, right, at the presidential debate in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 15, 1992, with Ross Perot and President George H.W.
Australia and New Zealand hoping for travel bubble in time for Christmas
An Australia–New Zealand travel corridor is back on the table - GettyNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said travel between New Zealand and Australia could be possible before the end of the year if Covid cases continue to decline. New Zealand has only 59 active cases and 1,477 confirmed cases in total, while Australia has reported over 27,000 cases and 872 deaths. Since Australia’s cases have levelled out, Ardern has said a bubble by the end of the year is “possible”. Instead, a ‘hotspot’ approach has been suggested, allowing travel to open up depending on the number of cases within an Australian state. Story continues“Ultimately, whether New Zealand opens up to Australia will be a matter for New Zealand,” Australia’s Tourism Minister, Simon Birmingham, told Nine News on Sunday.
Nestled in far-right stronghold, German town opens doors to Moria refugees
Although the town of Neuruppin is nestled in an eastern region where the far-right AfD party enjoys some of its strongest support, it is offering to take in refugees again. It comes five years after a huge migrant influx bitterly divided Germany.
Kentucky attorney general agrees to release Breonna Taylor grand jury recordings Wednesday
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed under mild protest Monday night to release recordings from the grand jury proceedings into the police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville and allow the grand jurors to speak about his office's presentation. Despite concerns about tainting an ongoing federal investigation or possible jury pool, Cameron said in a statement, "we will comply with the judge's order to release the recording on Wednesday. The release of the recording will also address the legal complaint filed by an anonymous grand juror." The juror had made the rare move to request the grand jury records be unsealed earlier Monday, suggesting Cameron had not been truthful about the lack of indictment for either officer who fatally shot Taylor inside her apartment. Taylor, 25, was fatally shot after police executed a warrant at her apartment on drug charges tied to her ex-boyfriend.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued to have the record of the proceedings opened to the public. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. Last week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home.
Trump — not Biden — is being underestimated going into the debate
Trump won the Republican nomination partly on the strength of his debate appearances. And while post-debate polls were generally favorable to Hillary in 2016, Trump’s three general election debates were crucial to his victory. Most of the other Republican candidates share an understanding of what conservatism means and what presidential candidates should look and sound like. At the third debate, in October, an exasperated Mike Huckabee was asked if Trump had the character to be president. In the first debate, Lester Holt asked Trump about releasing his tax returns, a topic certain to come up tonight.
Brad Parscale's hospitalization reportedly came after he loaded a gun during an argument with his wife
Parscale's wife showed officers "bruises on her arms from an argument two days prior," the Herald reports. "When I asked how she received the bruising, [Candice] Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her." Officials on Monday also released body cam footage showing Parscale being tackled to the ground outside of his home. According to BuzzFeed News, Parscale's wife described how he had recently been depressed and was making suicidal comments, also saying he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more at the Miami Herald.
'Or gas them': Germany's far-right AfD fires official over migrant comment
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's hard right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party fired an official on Monday who had been caught on a hidden camera discussing gassing refugees. Lueth was already suspended from his position as party spokesman in April, over an email in which he wrote that the word "fascist" was overused. The AfD entered Germany's parliament in an election in 2017 and is now the largest party opposing Angela Merkel's government, a right-left grand coalition. The far right party has been monitored by the security services, and other parties consider it beyond the pale. "Nobody hates our beautiful country like the AfD," tweeted Konstantin Kuhle, domestic affairs spokesman of the pro-business Free Democrats.
'Music is not a crime': U.N. experts urge Nigeria to lift singer's death sentence
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. rights experts asked Nigeria on Monday to release a 22-year-old singer who was condemned to death over an allegedly blasphemous song, and said the sentence broke international law. Yahaya Aminu Sharif was sentenced last month by a sharia court in Kano, in Nigeria's mostly Muslim north, after he performed the song and shared it on WhatsApp. "Music is not a crime," read a joint statement from the group of U.N. rapporteurs. The rights experts said Nigeria should overturn the death sentence and guarantee the singer's safety while he launched an appeal. Story continuesTwo spokesmen for Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari declined to comment on Monday on either of the sharia court rulings in Kano.
Dr. Fauci Calls Out Fox News For Misleading Reports About Coronavirus
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday singled out Fox News for what he called its sometimes “outlandish” reporting on COVID-19 at a time when the public needs vital facts about the pandemic. In highlights from the conversation aired on “The Situation Room,” Fauci spoke of misinformation in the media and also discussed concerns relating to President Donald Trump’s controversial new coronavirus task force adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas. “There is so much misinformation during this very divisive time that we’re in, and the public really needs to know the facts,” he added. “I’m concerned that sometimes things are said that are really taken either out of context or are actually incorrect,” Fauci said. He said most members of the White House coronavirus task force were working together, however, referenced Atlas as an “outlier.”“My difference is with Dr. Atlas.
Refinance your student loans now to save thousands of dollars in interest
Continue Reading BelowMany people have been asking: Is now a good time to refinance student loans? If you're financially stable (have excellent credit and steady income), then refinancing student loans now could save you thousands of dollars in interest. Today's student loan refinance rates Your credit score and income The type of student loans you have1. 10 OF THE BEST STUDENT LOAN REFINANCE COMPANIESThen, use that data — plus your current loan interest rate — and calculate out the savings using an online student loan refinancing calculator. The type of student loans you haveFinally, know what type of student loans you have: there are federal and private student loans.
Apple Stock: A Look At Recent Sell-Side Opinions
On Friday, September 25, a couple of sell-side shops published their updated reports on Apple. Her price target on the stock is $130 per share, suggesting 15% upside from current levels. This becomes even more the case in the face of a stock price that has de-risked over the past month. This could bode ill for iPhone sales going forward. Read more from the Apple Maven:Apple Stock: Another Shot At $2 TrillionApple Stock This Week: A Rebound At LastIs Apple Cheap?
Trump’s ‘secret voters’ may give him an edge: analysts
While Trump has still managed to appear in front of raucous crowds, Biden has kept his in-person audiences to a minimum. The analysts also think Trump’s “secret voters” are not accounted for, meaning the race is already tighter than it appears. Investors looking to position for a Trump win should look at financials, metals, energy and industrials, the analysts said. Additionally, the polls show Biden leading among African American voters by 65 points, down from Clinton’s 80-point margin in 2016. The analysts also see off-campus learning due to COVID-19, a smaller independent vote and voter registration trends favoring Trump.
Stocks seek direction ahead of Trump-Biden debate
Stock futures dipped Tuesday morning ahead of the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Late Monday night, deaths associated with the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed 1 million globally, including 200,000 in the U.S. Ticker Security Last Change Change % AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 3,174.05 +78.92 +2.55%In corporate news, Amazon unveiled its latest attempt to take on the mobile payments market, with Amazon One. Ticker Security Last Change Change % PZZA PAPA JOHNS INTL 83.42 +1.78 +2.18%Japanese telecom company NTT announced a $40 billion merger for the remaining portion of NTT DoCoMo that it does not already own, according to Reuters. European markets were also slightly lower in mid-Tuesday trading, with the FTSE 100 and DAX both declining approximately 0.6%.
LVMH files countersuit against Tiffany & Co. claiming 'blatant breach' amid breakdown of huge deal
French luxury brand group LVMH filed a countersuit Monday against Tiffany & Co., after announcing earlier in September that LVMH was backing out of what was expected to be a historic $16.2 billion deal. TIFFANY LAWSUIT FOR $16B LVMH DEAL FAST-TRACKED FOR JANUARY TRIALTiffany & Co. sued LVMH earlier in September after the acquisition broke down, prompting LVMH to vow to countersue. LVMH also accused Tiffany & Co. of a "blatant breach of its obligation to operate in the ordinary course." "LVMH’s specious arguments are yet another blatant attempt to evade its contractual obligation to pay the agreed-upon price for Tiffany," Roger Farah, the chairman of Tiffany & Co.'s board, said in a statement. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe pandemic has not devastated Tiffany & Co.'s business either, the iconic jeweler said.
Papa John's Cooks Up 18.4% Growth in September Comp Sales
North American systemwide comparable sales at Papa John's rise 23.8% in the three months through September. Papa John's (PZZA) - Get Report said Tuesday that systemwide comparable North American sales jumped 18.4% in September as the pizza chain operator racked up six consecutive months of double-digit comp sales growth. Domestic company-owned comparable sales rose 14.3% in September. System-wide comparable sales growth for international restaurants rose 23.3% for September and 20.6% for the third quarter. Papa John’s also has a headquarters outside London, where its international operations are managed.
Big Lots Shares Up; Retailer Sees Swing to 3rd-Quarter Profit
Big Lots expects to report a fiscal-third-quarter profit, swinging from a year-earlier loss, on mid-teens higher comparable sales. Big Lots (BIG) - Get Report shares rose Tuesday after the discount retailer said it expected to post profit for the fiscal third quarter, swinging from a year-earlier loss, on mid-teens-percent higher comparable sales. Big Lots reported an adjusted net loss of 18 cents a share for the year-earlier third quarter. Big Lots’ stock recently traded at $51.03 a share, up 6.9%. On Aug. 27 the Big Lots board authorized management to buy back $500 million of the company's shares, beginning Sept. 1.
Take a Cautious Approach to Micron Right Now
Prices have been trading above and below the 50-day moving average line as well as the 200-day moving average line. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) oscillator has been moving around the zero line since May and tells us there is little "trend strength". Prices have traded around the 40-week moving average line which now has a negative or bearish slope. The weekly OBV line has been moving sideways since February and tells us that buyers and sellers seem to be balanced. The MACD oscillator has been hugging the zero line.
Chargers paying penalty for untimely mistakes from strong defense
The Chargers can blame a lot of things on the 21-16 loss, but the defense shouldn’t be one of them. Defensive tackle Jerry Tillery has one offsides penalty and one neutral-zone infraction. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)AdvertisementCornerback Casey Hayward said the penalty was demoralizing, but the defense still should have met the moment. Despite losing safety Derwin James to injury before the season, Hayward said he believes the team has enough playmakers to create takeaways. Both Bosa and Hayward said they want the defense to put rookie quarterback Justin Herbert in ideal situations.
This Social Media Stock Is Looking Snap-py
TWTR, SNAP Stocks quotes in this article: FBRight now, social media stocks are having mixed resultsFacebook (FB) is down by 15% in less than a month, while Twitter (TWTR) has been climbing, reaching a one-year high last weekWhich social media stock presents the best opportunity right now? According to the charts, that honor goes to Snap Inc(SNAP) , provider of the popular Snapchat social m...
2020 is the year presidential debates outlive their usefulness
There will be no perfunctory handshakes and reportedly no planned opening statements when the first of three presidential debates kicks off Tuesday. AdvertisementTelevised presidential debates were not designed with Trump in mind, nor his devastating brand of constitutional crisis. President Trump, left, and his 2020 challenger, Joe Biden, will face off in a debate format designed for another era. But Biden, like Hillary Clinton before him, is headed into something very different than the debates of his predecessors. Trump will make Biden’s former adversary in the 2008 vice-presidential debate, “barracuda” Sarah Palin, seem like a stiff-collared Washington traditionalist.
Waiting to Buy the Next Dip Could Turn Into an Expensive Proposition
Sentiment and trading indicators that seemed super-overbought have now unwound to more neutral levels, especially the extreme long positioning in the market and technology sector. The leaders of this market have been technology (growth) versus the likes of financial, energy, materials and other economically sensitive sectors (value). Growth has outperformed value by 45% in just 12 months and most are wondering when to time the turn. Amid the broader macro uncertainty and a mild washout, pick your stocks with conviction on their earnings and fundamentals. It is best not to be too cute in waiting for another dip, for even if it does happen, would you not want to add more to your conviction ideas?
Retired NBA star Kenyon Martin nets $3.025 million for Calabasas home
It took most of 2020, but retired basketball player Kenyon Martin has finally sold his Calabasas home. Records show that the estate sold for $3.025 million — about $600,000 shy of his February asking price. The gated retreat is almost unrecognizable compared to 2016, when Martin bought it from pro baseball player Jason Kubel for $2.8 million. In the years since, Martin replaced hardwood floors with polished concrete, turned tan interiors into whitewashed spaces and painted an “M” in the rotunda-style foyer. (Realtor.com) 11 / 11 The exterior.
Column: When the phone company and the robocall scammer are one and the same
On the one hand there was Globex Telecom, a Canadian provider of internet-based phone service. AdvertisementIf a telecom provider, particularly one beyond U.S. regulatory reach, is in on the racket, it becomes much harder to crack down on the bad guys. Globex’s phone service used what’s known as Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP. The U.S. telecom industry is rolling out its own solution, a technology known as “Shaken/Stir” (and the nerdy James Bond reference is deliberate). Advertisement“This FTC settlement must be a wake-up call to phone service providers so they do more to protect consumers,” she said.
Column: Trump claims the economy will do better if he’s reelected. History says he’s wrong
Both economic growth and stock market gains have been stronger under Democrats than Republicans, according to measurements dating back to Herbert Hoover. First, economic growth. Hoover was hamstrung, however, by his devotion to Republican economic orthodoxy, which was based on keeping government hands out of economic management. Trump’s record hasn’t factored into most analyses of economic growth because the full story hasn’t yet shown up on government statistics. The one element underlying economic growth that gets short shrift in most of these analyses is government investment.
Jesse Collins becomes the first Black producer of the Super Bowl halftime show
Finally, Jesse Collins is getting the spotlight he’s worked so hard for. From the Grammy Awards to the BET Awards to CBS’ ”John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero” special, Collins — alongside his Jesse Collins Entertainment production company — has seemingly produced it all. Now the Emmy nominee is set to become the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show’s first Black executive producer. “Jesse Collins is innovative, creative and one of the only executive producers that speak fluent ‘artist vision.’ He‘s a true artist,” Jay-Z said. Despite past controversies, Collins signing onto the show marks a historic turning point, both for the league and for the producer.
Priority for Mia Lehrer, Berggruen Institute landscape architect: How do we deal with fire?
Founded by designer Mia Lehrer, the L.A.-based Studio-MLA has worked on master plans for the Los Angeles River and the Silver Lake Reservoir and has completed landscape designs for the Natural History Museum Los Angeles as well as SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. Last week, Lehrer was named to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Board of Commissioners (pending confirmation), a body that helps guide governance of the utility. (Studio-MLA)A rendering shows how the trails to the Berggruen Institute might look after landscaping is completed. So the idea of what we have to do is make our soil healthier in our mountains.”Mia Lehrer in her Los Angeles studio. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)AdvertisementHer firm’s landscape for a children’s camp in Santa Clarita, in the vicinity of Magic Mountain, dealt with these issues.
Soccer newsletter: Galaxy still seeking that roadmap to success
Newsletter All about the beautiful game Go inside the L.A. pro soccer scene and beyond in Kevin Baxter's weekly newsletter. But this is the Galaxy, the five-time league champions and the gold standard by which MLS teams were once measured. He just has a way of finding space in the box,” said Bradley, who coached Razov with three MLS teams. He launched that campaign with a video message he ended by saying: “And remember, if the virus doesn’t go to Zlatan, Zlatan goes to the virus.”Looks like the two finally met. AdvertisementPodcastDon’t miss my weekly podcast on the Corner of the Galaxy site as co-host Josh Guesman and I discuss the Galaxy each Monday.
Can employers make flu shots mandatory?
Employers take a variety of approaches to flu vaccines. Yes, employers can generally require flu vaccines for their employees. The prevailing guidance from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is that even though employers can require flu vaccines, the best practice for most employers would be just to encourage vaccines. The facts will be the determining factor of whether the rules for employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccines are similar to rules for employer-mandated flu shots. Apart from mandating vaccines, what can employers do to reduce the chances of their employees getting sick during flu season?
Today's Headlines: One million deaths around the world
AdvertisementNewsletter Must-read stories from the L.A. Times Get all the day's most vital news with our Today's Headlines newsletter, sent every weekday morning. Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. AdvertisementThis photo ran in the Sept. 30, 1966, Los Angeles Times. (Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times)Want more of the Los Angeles Times archives? Advertisement— A collection of violins that survived the Holocaust was due to tour Los Angeles with special performances.
As flames tear through wine country, residents flash back to 2017
A veteran of the Tubbs fire, he had no plans to leave unless “I see flames coming over the hill,” he said. “This isn’t our first rodeo,” Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm said during a news conference, crediting seasoned residents and emergency planners for an unpanicked evacuation. A freakish lightning storm last month also sparked numerous blazes, although not the Glass fire threatening Santa Rosa and surrounding communities. Back in Santa Rosa on Monday afternoon, Jeff Sengstack stood outside his home on a hill just outside the evacuation advisory zone. So on Sunday, as Sengstack watched from his porch as flames shot hundreds of feet into the night sky, he felt deeply stressed.
Essential California: Fires besiege wine country and beyond
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)AdvertisementBut Sonoma County’s sheriff said some people had to be rescued after refusing to leave, and Gov. Los Angeles TimesNewsletter The stories shaping California Get up to speed with our Essential California newsletter, sent six days a week. Enter Email Address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles TimesSupport our journalism Subscribe to the Los Angeles Times. San Diego: sunny, 88.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued to have the record of the proceedings opened to the public. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. AdvertisementLast week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home.
Newton’s police task force to hold first virtual public meeting Aug. 19
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller announced the 12-member volunteer Newton Police Reform Task Force to review the city’s police and offer recommendations to address policing in Newton. The public meeting, which is intended to be a listening session, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m., said city spokeswoman Ellen Ishkanian. The meeting will be held online, and the city will release an Internet link for people to attend the session. Newton’s Police Reform Task Force will ask for people to share their personal experiences with police when it holds its first virtual public meeting Aug. 19. A majority of the task force members are in law enforcement or have careers in the legal system.
High in the hills of Jamaica, Pantrepant Farm
We were staying in the small guesthouse at Pantrepant Farm, an 800-acre cattle and organic farm high in the hills of Trelawny Parish, off Jamaica’s northwest coast. Until recently, his beloved Pantrepant Farm was open only to family and friends. “It’s like the earliest Walt Disney films, when a paintbrush introduced the title,” Blackwell says of the nearly surreal setting of Pantrepant Farm. We left after lunch, traveling the jarring, twisting dirt road through the hills, already missing the farm. PANTREPANT FARM, 800-688-7678, www.pantrepant.com.
Letters: Prop. 19 | Pedestrian hazard | A good example | Columnist’s creative writing | Trump and transfer | Evangelical mystery
Tom ScolesSan JoseCounty health officialsfinally set good exampleThree months ago I complained about the Santa Clara County Health Department not following their own guidance. County health officials should be commended. Is he suggesting King Trump and his dynasty as an alternative, all the more material for his ongoing fairy tales? Rosemary EverettCampbellEvangelicals supportfor Trump mystifyingI don’t understand why 72% of evangelical Christians supported Donald Trump according to a Christian publication. 15 pain | Climate strategies | Questionable column | Global relief He continually lies and has been described as a misogynist with other doubtful characteristics.
Fire claims the life of man in Framingham
A man was fatally injured early Tuesday when a fire broke out in a two-family home in Framingham, according to State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey’s office. The cause of the fire at 15 Clark St. in Framingham is under investigation by Ostroskey’s office, the Middlesex District Attorney, State Police and Framingham fire and police.
‘This could have been a Breonna Taylor’: Police stormed a Black student’s dorm after a false report
AdvertisementTwo weeks later, Evans' family said they are frustrated that the investigation is still ongoing, and have called for the university to take action against the students who made the false report, which they believe was racially motivated. Christin Evans' family and lawyer are calling the incident an act of "swatting," which is a dangerous prank that is meant to cause such alarm that police respond aggressively or even with a SWAT team. After storming Evans' room, officers reviewed security footage from the dorm that proved Evans was innocent, according to KPRC. Evans' parents urged SFA to quickly reprimand the students behind the false report. Christin Evans has now moved into a new dorm and is continuing to take her classes online.
BU students face disciplinary hearings after being caught in ‘grotto’ ignoring social distancing rules
“You just can’t have large-scale parties,” Kenneth Elmore, and dean of students told BU Today. An undetermined number of students ran away, but 20 remained and were identified by police. Their names were shared with the administration, which is in the process of notifying students that their actions will be reviewed by the Judicial Affairs office. Police found the students - all of whom were under the legal drinking age of 21 - were "surrounded by empty and partially full beer cans and a portable speaker playing loud music,'' BU Today reported. The university has not yet suspended students for COVID-19 violations, but has ordered a handful to shift to remote schooling, according to BU Today.
TV tonight: Trump, Biden face off in first of three debates
TV and streaming picks for Tuesday, Sept. 29WATCH THIS:2020 Presidential debate (6 p.m. PT, various networks and cable news channels): Are they ready to rumble? Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden meet in the first of three U.S. Presidential debates this fall. The other two presidential debates will be Oct. 15 and 22, following the vice presidential debate, which is set for Oct. 7. Though they’re strangers, the contestants must work together to bank the maximum amount of prize money available. While exploring issues such as income inequality, jobs and student debt, Kal takes a look at life after high school, and the interrelated value of different paths.
Bay Area senior care companies that lost wage ruling file for bankruptcy
The state labor commissioner’s office determined that the residential care companies owed overtime wages, liquidated damages, interest, and waiting time penalties to seven employees. “The combined amount of the seven awards was more than $2.5 million,” the state Appellate Court determined. Chou and his companies told the labor commissioner and the state court that they couldn’t pay the workers. However, he declared in court papers that all five residences were burdened by mortgages and that the transfers were undertaken for the purpose of “estate planning,” state court records show. “The unpaid wages award ruling,” Chou told the state appellate court, “would bring financial ruin to himself, Welcome Home, and Cardinal Care, and could accordingly disrupt services to the elderly residents of the senior care facilities.”
7 victims in California illegal marijuana growing operation slaying identified
Five women and two men slain early Labor Day at what authorities said was an illegal marijuana growing and processing operation in Aguanga were identified Monday, Sept. 28, by authorities. The men were identified as Khamphour Nanthavongdovane, 53, and Vikham Silimanotham, 64. The women included Khamtoune Silimanotham, 59; Phone Chankhamany, 54; Souphanh Pienthiene, 48; Thongpath Luangkoth, 47; and Samantha Sourignasak, 44. A Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman declined to disclose Monday whether Vikham Silimanotham and Khamtoune Silimanotham were related. Six of the victims died at the site; the seventh, a woman, was hospitalized but died the same day.
Judge sentences 2 Monterey County gang members to multiple life sentences for attempted premeditated murder
SALINAS — Judge Pamela Butler sentenced Sureno gang members Sergio Rodriguez and Francisco Garcia to multiple life sentences last week after a jury found them guilty of gang-related attempted premeditated murder. According to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Butler imposed a total term of 191 years to life on Garcia while Rodriguez received a sentence of 270 years to life Wednesday. Rodriguez fired multiple rounds at a moving vehicle with three victims inside. The defendants then fled the scene and attempted to carjack another resident who was driving into a local trailer park. One of the victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds and underwent successive surgeries to remove several bullets from various parts of his body.
Mill Valley police investigate takeover robbery at CVS Pharmacy
Police are searching for four robbers who targeted the CVS in Mill Valley on Sunday and stole a large number of prescription drugs. The crime happened around 1:30 p.m. at 759 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley police said. Three masked men jumped over the pharmacy counter and ordered the staff open the safe. One wore a black hoodie, another had a black puffy jacket and the third wore a black hooded jacket with white and red stripes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mill Valley Police Department at 415-389-4100 or the anonymous tip line at 415-721-4547.
Marin vigilante pulls gun at Breonna Taylor mural
San Rafael police are investigating an incident where a man pointed a gun at bystanders at a Breonna Taylor memorial in Terra Linda. The man was trying to wash off a chalk mural honoring Taylor, the Black woman who was fatally shot by police in March during a raid in Louisville, Kentucky. This chalk mural at the intersection of Manuel T. Freitas Parkway and Las Gallinas Avenue was originally removed by the city on Sept. 3. The man trying to washing away the mural on Thursday tried to pose as a city worker. San Rafael police Lt. Dan Fink said investigators do have a few leads and hope to identify a suspect soon.
Some Bay Area cities ranked among safest in California
Other Bay Area cities making the top 25 list are Santa Clara, Fremont and San Mateo. Also on the list of safest California cities: Berkeley at 38, Hayward at 42, San Jose at 56, Antioch at 47 and Concord at 50. The report noted Sunnyvale’s low crime rate and that the average household income is $167,144. Its violent crime rate was listed at 6.22% among its 10,000 residents. “Our team diligently identified the safest cities beyond just looking at crime rates,” Antonio Lopez Jr., an analyst for Safety.com, said in a release.
Alameda County voters to consider a host of measures in November
Alameda County voters will face a host of measures this November, including a countywide sales tax hike, lowering the voting age in Oakland school board races and allowing non-citizens to serve on Hayward city commissions. Along with the countywide sales tax Measure W, Alameda County voters in the incorporated areas will be considering Measure V, which would continue the unincorporated area’s 6.5% utility users’ tax through 2033, and Measure X, a $90 million bond to upgrade Alameda County Fire Department stations in unincorporated areas. Measure W marks the second time in less than a year that county voters have been asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase. In March, Alameda County placed on the ballot Measure C, another half-cent sales tax increase. That half-cent sales tax measure received a majority of votes.
Yusmeiro Petit: A’s 2020 relievers as good as Giants’ World Series-winning bullpen in 2014
The first time Yusmeiro Petit hoisted a trophy on United States soil, he was a 10-year-old backup second baseman on the first team from Venezuela to win the Little League World Series. In his 13th major league season, the 35-year-old right-hander is now one of the best relievers in baseball and an unheralded star for an A’s bullpen that posted the lowest ERA of all 30 MLB teams. Fourteen years after Petit made his major league debut with Miami Marlins, he’s the rare pitcher who is improving with age. Every time you finish one season, the next is starting and it’s a chance to come back to the game,” Petit said. Whether the A’s season ends with a World Series title or another playoff disappointment, Petit wants to continue pitching.
New California law prioritizes people over corporate home-buyers
By DON THOMPSON | The Associated PressSACRAMENTO — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. It was among 15 bills Newsom signed into law as renters and home-buyers again struggle during mass layoffs prompted by the pandemic. In addition, it will allow tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing nonprofits and community land trusts 45 days to beat the best auction bid to buy the property. Another bill expands a law that allows crime victims to break their leases without penalty. He also approved a separate bill allowing victims of violent crime and immediate family members of homicide victims to take unpaid leave from work.
Tempe's 6th Street Market returns for its fall season. Here's what's new
The market will operate on Sundays from Oct. 4 through Nov. 29 at 6th Street Park in downtown Tempe. Julie Kent, director of creative placemaking for Downtown Tempe Authority, said events such as the 6th Street Market help vendors to support themselves and their families. While visiting the 6th Street Market, patrons can grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants on Mill Avenue or check out the stores. The Downtown Tempe Authority also hosts spring and fall arts festivals on Mill Avenue, as well as foodie strolls. 6th Street MarketWhen: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 4-Nov. 29 and Feb. 14-April 25.
'I feel like I've known him nearly 6 months': Mackenzie on Connor, life after 'Love Island'
Mackenzie Dipman of Scottsdale made an impression in her four weeks on the reality dating show "Love Island," easily falling into a relationship with Connor Trott — more than once. He gave them to me and basically was like, "I'm going to come get you; I'm going to see you in the outside world." 'I feel like I've known him nearly six months'Q: Where's your relationship at now? I've struggled so much in my past relationships, and I've really given all of myself to guys that I've pursued relationships with, and I've really gotten very little back. And I know that's crazy to say, but it does feel like if you know, you know — you know?
Ethan Hawke is unhinged and kind of great in the Showtime series 'The Good Lord Bird'
Ethan Hawke shrieks and screams and shouts and practically tears the air apart in “The Good Lord Bird,” in which he plays John Brown — a performance so over the top it might be laughable, if it weren’t kind of great. In fact Hawke strikes just the right note in his performance: passionate and unhinged. (The title comes from the ivory-billed woodpecker, whose feathers Brown considers good luck charms.) It’s good and it’s particularly meaningful now, at once an entertaining and often funny unconventional look at history. Of course, moral support is more easily provided than monetary — moral support doesn’t cost anything.
Officer suspended for shooting video of ex-NBA, St. Joe’s basketball player Delonte West
One of two videos circulating on social media shows a thin, shirtless man with tattoos sitting on a curb with his hands cuffed behind his back. Police say that man is West and that an officer shot the video. The video has since been deleted.
A misadventure in pandemic online shopping | Opinion
“Deducting purchases, commodity costs, promotion costs, and store maintenance costs, our profits are very low. Because the price of this product is low, and our profits are meager. So it’s hard to be perfect so we suggest refunding you the 10% of the value you paid as compensation. Do you think this is acceptable? You can keep this product yourself without returning it to us.”
Kentucky attorney general agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Last week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home. None of the the officers were charged in the killing of Taylor, who was shot five times after officers knocked down her door to serve a narcotics warrant serving a warrant on March 13.
A viral photo showed former St. Joseph’s basketball star Delonte West homeless. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban found him and picked him up.
Born in July 1983 in the District, the 6-foot-4 West burst onto the local basketball scene at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md., where he was named as The Post’s Boys Player of the Year as a senior. At St. Joseph’s, West helped lead a team that finished the regular season a perfect 27-0 before losing in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Drafted in the first round by the Boston Celtics in 2004, West went on to play eight seasons in the NBA.
Coronavirus updates: Cases rising in New Jersey, driven by COVID-19 spike in Ocean County
“If I have an issue with someone, I’ll try and sit down with them and let them know why I differ with them and see if we can come to some sort of resolution,” Fauci said. “So, I mean my differences with Dr. Atlas, I’m always willing to sit down and talk with him and see if we could resolve those differences.”
Three positives from a disappointing Phillies season | Extra Innings
The Phillies bullpen, as you may recall, had the National League’s fifth-best ERA in the second half of last season with a 3.98 mark. This season, the Phillies bullpen had the National League’s second-worst ERA in the second half by positing a 7.04 ERA in the final 30 games. The Phillies played just 60 games this season, yet they used just five fewer pitchers than they did for a 162-game season in 2019. They used 29 pitchers, 24 of whom worked as relievers for the worst bullpen in 90 years.
After troubling video of former NBA player Delonte West, a look at Sixers who have spoken out about mental health
“It’s one of those things you constantly have to think about," Richardson said in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. “You have to consciously stay on your mental health, because if you don’t, you can look up and you’re depressed or you’re just not in the right state of mind. I’ve seen guys succumb to that. It’s tough to dig yourself out of that hole. I got a therapist and I’ve been trying to work that out.”
Denver coffee shop prices rose by as much as 50% during the pandemic — here’s why
Over the last six months, a handful of independent cafes with locations around Denver have raised their prices for a single cup. So the question is: What are you really paying for when you buy a cup of coffee for almost five bucks? Not one-size-fits-allOthers in the industry are fighting to maintain coffee prices to avoid discouraging customers during an already uncertain time. Like Queen City, Little Owl hasn’t raised its prices above $3 a cup during the pandemic. “It’s been really, really tough, but we just decided not to rock the boat,” Forey said.
Canadian Pacific will have a virtual holiday train event this year due to the pandemic
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train — which traditionally stops in Hartland, Oconomowoc and Wauwatosa — will be virtual this year because of the pandemic. Communities will still receive a donation from Canadian Pacific to go toward local food pantries. The holiday train event is the biggest fundraiser for food pantries in those communities. Last year, a crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 people came out to see the holiday train and raise food and money for the Hartland Food Pantry and the St. Charles Parish Food Pantry in Hartland. Details have not been announced yet regarding the virtual holiday train event.
Leavitt facing 2 challengers in bid for re-election
A Democrat and a member if the Independent American Party are challenging Assemblyman Glen Leavitt’s bid for re-election in Nevada Assembly District 23. Bill Hoge, left, Brent Foutz and Glen Leavitt, candidates for Nevada Assembly District 23 (Las Vegas Review-Journal)A Democrat and a member of the Independent American Party are facing off against the Republican incumbent in Assembly District 23. Republican Glen Leavitt, who was first elected in November 2018, is a longtime Boulder City resident and works for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. Bill Hoge, who is running as an independent, ran for Nevada state treasurer in 2018. In the midst of the economic crisis in Nevada, Hoge said that the state’s expenses have to be cut.
Breakfast salads, vegetable desserts: A year in a CSA changes her meal plan, fills her freezer
Before 2020, our carnivore household of two would rarely cook a meal with more than one vegetable side dish. Now we are nibbling salad with breakfast, spending more time preparing vegetarian recipes than meaty entrées, sneaking veggies into desserts. Three letters — CSA — explain why we are making more room and time for long-loved and new-to-us fresh produce during this robust growing season. The Dane County farm grows 60-some types of organic produce, enough to feed hundreds through CSA shares and food pantry donations. Add onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until onion is transparent.
10 things I learned in a year in a CSA
Mary BerginSpecial to the Milwaukee Journal SentinelIf you're considering community-supported agriculture, here are some things to know, from a first-time buyer. If a small-share or every-other-week CSA share doesn’t deliver as much as you’d expect, farmers market shopping will help meet in-season expectations. We always buy the littlest cabbage available, so the arrival of one giant CSA head meant thinking broader: cabbage rolls, cabbage chorizo soup, a boatload of coleslaw and sauteéd cabbage. When the size of our first CSA share seemed shockingly big, a neighbor got excess spring turnips, kohlrabi and salad greens. RELATED:Breakfast salads, vegetable desserts: A year in a CSA changes her meal plan, fills her freezerFollow longtime travel and food writer Mary Bergin of Madison at roadstraveled.com.
The coronavirus crisis has claimed another Milwaukee music venue: Riverwest Public House Cooperative
Just 72 hours later, another long-running Milwaukee bar and music venue will be shutting down because of the coronavirus crisis. The Riverwest Public House Cooperative, opened in 2011 with a distinct customer-owned business model, will permanently close following its final trivia night Wednesday. Beyond a diverse live music slate, the Public House typically offered one of the most eclectic events calendars in the city, including fundraisers, community meetings and lectures. The Public House pivoted to make sack lunches and provide water for Black Lives Matter protesters in June, and opened for bar service at limited capacity this summer. At an emergency meeting Sept. 16, the Public House members voted to liquidate or sell the business.
7 shot, 2 fatally, Monday in Chicago
Seven people were shot, two fatally, Monday in Chicago. He was struck in the left shoulder, the armpit and taken to University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. In non-fatal shootings, a woman was shot in South Chicago. The woman was struck multiple times in her abdomen and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
A historical look at teams with losing records in the postseason
The Milwaukee Brewers (and Houston Astros, for that matter) made some history in 2020 by becoming the first teams with a losing record to reach the MLB postseason. 2010 Seattle Seahawks (7-9)If the Brewers beat the Dodgers, maybe Daniel Vogelbach can get the "Beast Quake" moniker as an homage to postseason success for teams with a losing record. 1959-60 Minneapolis Lakers (25-50)The NBA has a long history of sub-.500 teams making the postseason, frequently because the field used to include a larger percentage of teams. But few teams went from as bad as this one (25-50 in the regular season) to as much success (5-4 in the playoffs). The Lakers team had Elgin Baylor at age 25 scoring 29.6 points per game, so they weren't exactly devoid of talent.
Recipe: New ‘Friends’ cookbook offers an actually edible meat trifle
I made that infamous trifle from ”Friends.” But get this: It was actually good. After a mishap with the cookbook, she accidentally combines two recipes and adds layers of beef, peas and onions to the dish. “But then, you know, I thought ‘there’s minced meat pie,’ I mean, that’s an English dessert. But with the help of “Friends: The Official Cookbook” by Amanda Yee (Insight Editions, 175 pp. The first step is making jam from scratch, which has its own separate recipe page honoring “The One with the Jam,” in which Monica can’t stop making jam in an effort to get over a breakup.
IHOP introduces daily ‘IHOPPY Hour’ with $5 value meals
IHOP is introducing “IHOPPY Hour” with prices of meals and snacks that compare to fast-food chains, the company announced Monday. No, alcohol isn’t a part of the new menu that debuts at the majority of restaurants nationwide Monday. And instead of one or two hours of discounts, IHOPPY Hour is eight hours long, from 2 to 10 p.m. daily with $5 or $6 entrees and $3 snacks and sides. The Glendale, California-based chain’s first p.m. value menu was in the works before the coronavirus pandemic led restaurants to close dining rooms, IHOP President Jay Johns said in an interview with USA Today. “We created IHOPPY Hour as a way to provide folks with affordable opportunities to pancake together under our blue roof even more often,” he said.
3 sought in string of armed robberies in southeast Las Vegas
Las Vegas police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a trio responsible for a string of armed robberies in the Las Vegas Valley in September. Two of the three suspects wanted in a string of southeast Las Vegas Valley armed robberies are seen in undated surveillance video. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)One of the three suspects wanted in a string of southeast Las Vegas Valley armed robberies are seen in undated surveillance video. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)One of the three suspects wanted in a string of southeast Las Vegas Valley armed robberies are seen in undated surveillance video. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)Las Vegas police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a trio responsible for a string of armed robberies in the Las Vegas Valley in September.
Man stabbed in domestic dispute in northwest Las Vegas
A domestic dispute in northwest Las Vegas led to the stabbing of a man early Tuesday. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)A domestic dispute in northwest Las Vegas led to the stabbing of a man early Tuesday. Las Vegas police Lt. David Gordon said a man and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument in front of an apartment in the 2300 block of Rock Springs Drive, near West Lake Mead Boulevard, at 12:10 a.m. The woman’s new boyfriend intervened in the argument which Gordon said “further exacerbated” the volatility of the situation. Police were searching for the man early Tuesday, with police saying they’d confirmed his identity.
Lightfoot debuts sweeping multiyear plan to combat Chicago violence
The city is set to unveil on Tuesday a sweeping anti-violence plan that will govern Chicago’s public safety efforts for more than two years. “Our City, Our Safety” will prioritize 15 neighborhoods on the South and West sides, where shootings are most common. Public safety concerns, as well as lack of economic and educational opportunities, are often blamed for the exodus. The new plan calls for a large-scale reconsideration of the CPD’s role in maintaining and fostering public safety in Chicago. The mental health professional would then work to connect the person in crisis with additional resources outside of the criminal justice apparatus.
Jason Benetti — with 6 screens and pizza — will do ESPN Plus Statcast streams for the postseason from his living room: ‘I’m thinking I might do thin crust’
“I kind of felt like a psycho at points because I did forget that there was no crowd,” Benetti said. “You have to be in the moment, so I was trying to remind myself of the people at home while also locking in on the players, because if I thought about how surreal it was, I think I would have been kind of creeped out.”
‘The Crown’ season 4 set for November start on Netflix
Season four begins in the late 1970s, where Queen Elizabeth, played by Olivia Colman, and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. Meanwhile, Charles' romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (“Emma Corrin”) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people.
A 3rd catcher? A 15th pitcher? The return of Albert Almora Jr.? Cubs have multiple options to consider for the last spot on their 28-man playoff roster.
With Victor Caratini committed to catching Yu Darvish, Willson Contreras will serve as the designated hitter in that game. With every run precious in the playoffs, would the Cubs consider adding another catcher, such as Josh Phegley, in the event they lift Caratini for a pinch runner? Or would they be willing to move Contreras to catcher and lose the DH?
Former Chicago schools chief protests with Arlington Heights families, calling for in-school instruction: ‘Our young people are hostages’
“Last spring, we understood the shutdown was to keep us and our kids safe,” Murschel said. “How safe are our kids when they must endure social isolation, anxiety? How safe are they while they hear of friends and classmates who have become depressed or have to cope with the loss of a friend?”
New at Amazon Go: Scan your palm for entry
“In most retail environments, Amazon One could become an alternate payment or loyalty card option with a device at the checkout counter next to a traditional point of sale system,” Kumar wrote. “Or, for entering a location like a stadium or badging into work, Amazon One could be part of an existing entry point to make accessing the location quicker and easier.”
No more British soldiers will be charged over ‘Bloody Sunday’ killings in Northern Ireland
A mural at "Free Derry corner" as the family of victims of "Bloody Sunday" gather before making their way to court as the first listing of the case against "Soldier F" on Sept. 18, 2019, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. “Soldier F,” a British Army veteran in his 60s, was charged with the murders of two men killed during the 1972 incident. Thirteen people died when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators in Derry on Jan. 30 of that year. “Soldier F,” who is unlikely to attend the trial in person, is the only soldier charged in connection with the deaths. (Charles McQuillan/Getty)
James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers
FILE - Author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York on Aug. 30, 2016. Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from Patterson. The grants are to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. The grant program is administered by Patterson and by Scholastic Book Clubs. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)(Taylor Jewell/Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
But the report paid special attention to domestic violence, and the effect the pandemic could be having on it. Crime experts and law enforcement leaders across the country had warned about possible upticks in domestic crimes and family-related incidents as the coronavirus lingered and government restrictions kept more people in their homes and with fewer options to avoid abusive relationships.
Chicago man accused of shooting roommate at Western Illinois University makes first court appearance
Poplous is charged with two counts of Class X felony attempted murder as well as two other felonies related to allegedly shooting another person. A Class X felony, if convicted, carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Who is Chris Wallace? 6 facts about the presidential debate moderator from Fox News
He has long prided himself on his ability to irritate both political sides, already apparent in the run-up to the upcoming debate. Liberal pundits have complained about his choice of debate topics, which include "race and violence in our cities" and the integrity of the election - two hot-button issues for the president. But Trump has attacked Wallace as well, saying the anchor is "controlled by the radical left" without presenting any evidence.
Oregon legislative candidates have raised $13 million so far this election cycle
All 60 state House seats are up for election this year and 16 state Senate seats are on the ballot. In Salem, pastor and health care policy advocate Deb Patterson is running for the Senate District 10 seat and in Bend, Democratic deputy district attorney Jason Kropf is running for the House District 54 seat. Legislative Republican leaders are also among the top fundraisers this cycle, although their opponents in the November election have raised relatively little. House Republican Leader Christine Drazan of Canby, who serves in House District 39, has raised $549,000 and spent $347,000 with most of the money going to a House Republican political action committee. Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod raised close to $400,000 and spent only $55,000, with some of that money going to other Senate Republicans such as Boles.
1 million coronavirus deaths: Viral march across the planet, tracked by a map in motion (Interactive)
At first, the map shows only one splash of color: China, the place where the coronavirus silently began its march. In the United States, President Donald Trump has just declared a state of emergency. The United States has shot ahead of the rest of the world and sits on the cusp of 100,000 dead — 99,166. In the heart of the summer, the United States remains the country with the most dead: 147,656. This map tells the story of an invisible virus that upended the world.
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Oregonians from both parties agree climate change is a problem but say wrong measures being taken to address it
Oregon and Washington residents across the political spectrum agree climate change is a problem, but many think the measures that their state governments are taking to address the issue are the wrong approach, according to a survey. The results represent a stark contrast with national opinions on global warming, which 97% of climate scientists agree is being caused by human activity. In Washington, a 2019 bill that would have imposed a tax on carbon emissions also failed. Respondents to the survey favored government regulation and increased taxes on high-income earners over carbon taxes or cap-and-trade systems. “Washington and Oregon climate politics over the past two legislative sessions have focused heavily on failed efforts to create carbon markets and failed ballot initiatives to levy carbon taxes,” Koski said in a statement.
James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers
“Reading teaches kids empathy, gives them an escape when they most need it, helps them grapple with harsh realities, and perhaps most importantly, will remind them that they are not alone — even if they’re unable to see their teachers, classmates and friends in-person," he said.
No more British soldiers will be charged over ‘Bloody Sunday’ killings in Northern Ireland
A mural at "Free Derry corner" as the family of victims of "Bloody Sunday" gather before making their way to court as the first listing of the case against "Soldier F" on Sept. 18, 2019, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. “Soldier F,” a British Army veteran in his 60s, was charged with the murders of two men killed during the 1972 incident. Thirteen people died when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators in Derry on Jan. 30 of that year. “Soldier F,” who is unlikely to attend the trial in person, is the only soldier charged in connection with the deaths. (Charles McQuillan/Getty)
Detroit council set to vote on facial recognition software contract
Detroit — City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a contract to support the police department's controversial facial recognition software. Residents and activists have repeatedly urged council members to reject the software support agreement and do away with facial recognition, arguing it's flawed and "racist." If approved, the nearly $200,000 contract with South Carolina-based Dataworks Plus will fund software maintenance and support for the city's facial recognition equipment. Detroit's City Council first approved a two-year, $1 million contract for facial recognition software in 2017. In one high-profile case, Robert Williams, who is Black, said he was mistakenly tagged by facial recognition as a suspected shoplifter in Detroit in 2018.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
Dylan LovanAssociated PressLouisville, Ky. — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued to have the record of the proceedings opened to the public. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. Last week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home.
Man, 19, slain in assault at Westland home
Westland — A stabbing in Westland early Tuesday morning resulted in one man's death and another person's arrest, police said. Westland Police Department was dispatched to the area of Palmer and Gloria, west of Merriman, about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on a reported felonious assault. They found a man, 19, wounded. Police arrested a suspect, a 26-year-old Plymouth man, in the victim's death, and say the two were "known to each other." The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office will make a decision on charges once that investigation is concluded.
Circleville woman killed in Jackson Township crash
A Circleville woman was killed and a Grove City man was critically injured after a crash in Jackson Township early Tuesday. According to the Franklin County sheriff's office, the crash was reported around 1:15 a.m. on Route 104 south of Hiner Road. The driver of the Sonic, 22-year-old Olivia Wright, of CIrcleville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither Shuler or Wright were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the sheriff's office said. Deputies continue to investigate whether driver impairment was a factor in the crash.
AG agrees to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor case
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s attorney general has agreed to release the recordings of the secret grand jury proceeding that considered charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to the release hours after a member of the grand jury sued to have the record of the proceedings opened to the public. Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was wanton endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week. Last week, the grand jury in Louisville issued charges against one of the officers for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired into their home.
Pakistan army says Indian fire kills soldier, boy in Kashmir
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Indian troops opened fire across the border in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing a soldier and a 15-year-old boy and wounding four others, Pakistan’s military and other officials said Tuesday, amid tensions between the two South Asian nuclear rivals. In a statement, the military said Pakistani troops responded by targeting the Indian positions where the fire originated, causing “substantial damage to Indian posts” on the Indian side but gave no evidence to back up the claim. District administrator Qaiser Orangzeb said the boy was killed Monday night when Indian mortar shells hit his home along the Line of Control in Kashmir. Pakistan and India routinely accused each other of unprovoked attacks along the tense Kashmir frontier in violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement. Pakistan says India has violated the truce more than 2,000 times this year alone.
Watch the presidential debate with live fact-checking by USA TODAY's team of experts
Meet USA TODAY's team of experts:Ken AlltuckerKen Alltucker USA TODAYKen Alltucker is a consumer health reporter for USA TODAY, covering COVID-19, coronavirus testing, medical billing, drug safety and access to care. John FritzeJohn Fritze USA TODAYJohn Fritze is a White House correspondent for USA TODAY and has covered politics for nearly two decades. Maureen GroppeUSA TODAY staff Maureen Groppe Jack Gruber, USA TODAYMaureen Groppe is a Washington correspondent for USA TODAY, covering Congress and the vice president. Matt LeclercqMatt Leclercq USA TODAY NetworkMatt Leclercq is part of USA TODAY's national news planning team, which includes working with editors from across the USA TODAY Network and managing content for 1A and print news sections. Courtney SubramanianCourtney Subramanian, USA TODAY White House correspondent Courtney SubramanianCourtney Subramanian is White House correspondent for USA TODAY, covering President Donald Trump from the West Wing to the campaign trail.
Bayern's Leroy Sané out with new knee injury
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich forward Leroy Sané will miss around two weeks because of a new injury to the same knee he injured at Manchester City last season, coach Hansi Flick said on Tuesday. Flick said Sané won't be available at least until the end of the upcoming international break because of the damaged capsule in his right knee joint. “We hope that after the international break he will back with us,” Flick said. Sané injured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last season while playing for Manchester City, causing him to miss almost the entire 2019-20 campaign. Sané will not be able to feature on Wednesday in the Super Cup game against Dortmund and on Sunday in the Bundesliga game against Hertha Berlin, and likely also Germany's Nations League matches against Ukraine and Switzerland, and a planned Germany friendly against Turkey on Oct. 7.
Aid group warns that 700,000 children in Syria risk hunger
BEIRUT (AP) — An additional 700,000 children in Syria face hunger because of the country's badly damaged economy and the impact of coronavirus restrictions, an international aid group warned Tuesday. Save the Children said the new figures mean that in the last six months, the total number of food-insecure children across the country has risen to more than 4.6 million. After nearly a 10-year conflict that killed some 400,000 and displaced half the country’s population, Syria’s economy has been badly harmed by the war as well as by widespread corruption, Western sanctions and a severe economic and financial crisis in neighboring Lebanon. The local currency crashed in recent months making it more difficult for many Syrians to buy food. The spread of coronavirus in the war-torn country has worsened the situation.
James Patterson awards $500 grants to thousands of teachers
NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of schoolteachers will receive $500 grants from author James Patterson to help students build reading skills, especially as schools struggle to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. “Whether students are learning virtually at home or in the classroom, the importance of keeping them reading cannot be underscored enough," Patterson said in a statement Tuesday. “Reading teaches kids empathy, gives them an escape when they most need it, helps them grapple with harsh realities, and perhaps most importantly, will remind them that they are not alone — even if they’re unable to see their teachers, classmates and friends in-person," he said. The grant program is administered by Patterson and by Scholastic Book Clubs, which will provide teachers 500 club points to go with the $500 from Patterson. Out of more than 100,000 applicants, 5,000 teachers will receive grants and club points.
Global Solar Tracker Market Report 2020: Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecasts, 2014-2019 & 2020-2025 - ResearchAndMarkets.com
Furthermore, the implementation of favorable government policies promoting various solar energy projects driving the market growth. Looking forward, the publisher expects the global solar tracker market to continue its strong growth during the next five years. Key Questions Answered in This Report:How has the global solar tracker market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years? What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the global solar tracker market? What is the structure of the global solar tracker market and who are the key players?
Global Green Data Center Market Report 2020: Market Grew at a CAGR of Approx 18% During 2014-2019 - Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast to 2025 - ResearchAndMarkets.com
Green data centers are usually designed with on-site wind and solar farms that are constructed on the terrace of the building or facility. Looking forward, the publisher expects the global green data center market to continue its strong growth during the next five years. Key Questions Answered in This Report:How has the global green data center market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years? What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the global green data center market? What is the structure of the global green data center market and who are the key players?
Amazon sees its palm recognition tech in stadiums, offices
SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has introduced new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices. Customers at the stores near Amazon's campus in Washington can flash a palm for entry and to buy goods. The company chose palm recognition, according to Dilip Kumar, vice president of Physical Retail & Technology, because it's more private than other biometric technology, and a person would be required to purposefully flash a palm at the Amazon One device to engage. “And it’s contactless, which we think customers will appreciate, especially in current times,” Kumar wrote in a blog post Tuesday.
$1.6 Billion Valve Positioners Industry - Global Market Trajectory & Analytics, 2012-2019 & 2020-2027 - ResearchAndMarkets.com
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Valve Positioners estimated at US$1.2 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$1.6 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% over the analysis period 2020-2027. This segment currently accounts for a 15% share of the global Valve Positioners market. The country currently accounts for a 28.82% share in the global market. China, the world second largest economy, is forecast to reach an estimated market size of US$295.8 Million in the year 2027 trailing a CAGR of 7.5% through 2027. Among the other noteworthy geographic markets are Japan and Canada, each forecast to grow at 2.6% and 3.7% respectively over the 2020-2027 period.
Oklahoma high school football: Dorian Plumley’s return from injury brings optimism to El Reno
El Reno is a different football team with Dorian Plumley on the field. When the senior quarterback plays, the eighth-ranked Indians (2-2, 1-0 District 5A-1) usually excel. Plumley injured his foot in a season-opening victory against Cache. He missed two straight road games and El Reno struggled, losing 31-7 to Piedmont and 41-14 to Weatherford. Plumley returned last week and led El Reno to a 37-0 home win against Noble, running for three touchdowns and throwing for one.
West Ham's work-from-home coach still calling the shots
Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic has become a global phenomenon — and a necessity for one Premier League soccer manager. David Moyes, the coach of English club West Ham, is in the strange position of calling the shots during his team’s games from his living room while he self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. So far, so good. He has reported no symptoms, and his team is winning. A 5-1 win in the English League Cup last Tuesday was followed by a 4-0 victory over Wolverhampton in the Premier League.
Health care expands at top of Massachusetts economy, adds 100,000 jobs over 10 years
Among the top 10 industries in Massachusetts, no sector added more jobs between 2008 and 2018 than health care, according to MassEconomix data studied by the Pioneer Institute. Health care employers in Massachusetts added more workers between 2008 and 2018 than any other industry, nudging the field’s share of statewide employment upward to nearly one-fifth, according to a new report. In 2008, about 16.6% of Massachusetts employees worked in health care, compared to 11.8% in the next-highest category of retail. By 2018, health care represented 18% of total employment and retail remained in second place with about 11.7%. Health care also added far more active establishments than any other sector in Massachusetts, according to the data.
UMass coach Walt Bell doing a makeover of the Minutemen program
UMass football coach Walt Bell labored through the first week of September training camp reimagining the Minutemen program with a clean canvas. “In terms of anything based on last year, I think we all know the answer to that,” said Bell during a Monday afternoon Zoom conference. He also welcomes the challenge of building a team to play an undetermined independent schedule against opponents to be named later. “It is really a different team and obviously one that looks much more like the vision we had for the program. Bell saw enough from that sampling to begin transitioning into situational football, starting at the front end of the playbook.
Donald Trump announces coronavirus testing boost for schools, nursing homes
President Trump on Monday announced that his administration plans to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to schools, nursing homes and other facilities in the coming weeks. Trump during an event at the White House called the 150 million tests a “massive and groundbreaking expansion” in the nation’s coronavirus testing capabilities. Of the 150 million Abbott point-of-care tests, 50 million will “protect the most vulnerable communities,” Trump said. That includes 18 million tests for nursing homes, 15 million for assisted living facilities, and 10 million for home health and hospice care agencies. The Trump administration has already shipped 2.1 million tests to nursing homes and 900,000 to assisted living facilities.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem gets biopic treatment
Alicia Vikander (as Gloria Steinem), Monica Sanchez (as Dolores Huerta) and Janelle Monáe (as Dorothy Pitman Hughes) in 'THE GLORIAS.' Photo Credit: Dan McFadden Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside AttractionsJulianne Moore (as Gloria Steinem) and Bette Midler (as Bella Abzug) in 'THE GLORIAS.' Produced by and starring Cate Blanchett, it’s about the 1970s defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment by housewife-turned-politician Phyllis Schlafly. “The Glorias,” Steinem said during a phone call, “feels magical to me simply because it’s Julie Taymor. “Because the fundamental premise — that Phyllis Schlafly had anything to do with defeating the Equal Rights Amendment — (was wrong).
Amy Coney Barrett deserves to be on the Supreme Court
Like many other liberals, I’m devastated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, which opened the way for President Trump to nominate a third Supreme Court justice in his first term. Regardless of what you or I may think of the circumstances of this nomination, Barrett is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. I got to know Barrett more than 20 years ago when we clerked at the Supreme Court during the 1998-99 term. In a world where merit counts, Barrett and Martinez would both be recognized as worthy of serving on the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court is not and should not be a battlefield of winner-take-all political or ideological division.
Legislator wants colleague Rep. Terry O'Donnell investigated
Rep. Collin Walke spoke out after The Oklahoman reported Rep. Terry O'Donnell introduced a bill last year that allowed spouses of legislators to serve as tag agents. "As an attorney, Rep. O'Donnell should know that one of our ethical obligations is to avoid situations that create the appearance of impropriety," Walke said. Public distrust of the government is only exacerbated when people who are supposed to be public servants create legislation that serves themselves or their spouse. We expect more from our elected officials, and I hope that the questions and motives surrounding this legislation are investigated." O'Donnell, R-Catoosa, told The Oklahoman on Friday he did not do anything wrong or inappropriate.
New members-only group to help women gain policy-making power
A new members-only organization launched Tuesday to offer local women the resources to more quickly attain positions of “power and influence," such as becoming CEOs and holding public office. VEST, a group of “highly influential women from across business and civic sectors,” is accepting new members and will meet monthly. The group will offer executive, professional and personal development, as well as access to partner organizations that can provide career advancement, according to a press release.
Would high court review Oklahoma City panhandling ruling?
The city council may ask the U,S. Supreme Court to rule on a panhandling ordinance. This photo is from August 2010 on the northbound I-235 exit ramp at N 23rd street in Oklahoma City. [Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman]The Oklahoma City Council could decide Tuesday to take its defense of a controversial panhandling ordinance to the United States Supreme Court. The ordinance prohibits individuals from being in medians where traffic is passing by at relatively high speeds.
Howie Carr: Will somebody ask this basic question? Governor’s Council should vet judge candidate Robert Harnais
The former acting sheriff of Norfolk County, Robert Harnais, is up for a $184,694-a-year job as a state judge, and his hearing before the Governor’s Council is scheduled for Wednesday. Actually, it’s probably not such a bad thing for a judge to have been lugged at least once or twice. So last week I called the Braintree Police Department and filed a formal request for Harnais’ A&B incident report. Speaking of the probation department, that’s where Harnais began his lucrative career in the hackerama, more than 30 years ago, after graduating from UMass Boston. Remember the probation department scandal, patronage out of control, multiple federal indictments on corruption charges?
Debate night: Biden and Trump square off at time of mounting crises
Also in Tuesday's headlines: Ignoring a judge's order over how long the census continues and pandemic could get worse in US.
Photos: Thousands pray, march in Washington in support of Trump
Thousands of people packed the National Mall in downtown Washington on Saturday to pray and show their support for President Donald Trump.
5 takeaways from NY Times report on Trump's tax returns
But The New York Times on Sunday revealed that he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the year he won the presidency, and in 2017, his first year in office. Even today, when asked to explain their support for Trump, voters often point to his success in business as evidence of his acumen. Roughly half of Americans pay no federal income taxes, but the average income tax paid in 2017 was nearly $12,200, according to the IRS. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted an emoji calling on followers to raise their hands “if you paid more in federal income tax than President Trump.”“That’s why he hid his tax returns. But you were,” added Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.And Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, said the new report highlights the importance of the House Democratic lawsuit against the Trump administration to access Trump’s tax returns.
Brad Parscale is under investigation for stealing up to $40M from Trump's 2020 campaign
Donald Trump's demoted campaign boss Brad Parscale is under investigation for stealing between $25-$40 million from Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, well-placed sources exclusively told DailyMail.com. Donald Trump's demoted campaign boss Brad Parscale is under investigation for stealing between $25-$40 million from Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, well-placed sources exclusively told DailyMail.comImage Notice Police raced to Brad Parscale's Fort Lauderdale, Florida home Sunday afternoon after his wife Candice ran into the street screaming, trying to get help. The source explained: 'The thing about what Parscale did with the finances of the campaign could actually be totally legal. On Sunday, his wife Candice fled from the front yard to the passerby, getting into her car. Candace stated that they realized that Bradley did not shoot himself when they heard Bradley ranting and pacing around the residence and the dog barking franticly.
University of Lynchburg, Sweet Briar College report zero active COVID-19 cases among students
There are zero active cases of COVID-19 among students at the University of Lynchburg and Sweet Briar College, the institutions announced Monday. UL has seen a total of 88 cases of COVID-19 among students and three cases among faculty and staff since classes started on Aug. 12, according to university spokesperson Janika Carey. Less than one week after classes began in online, in-person and hybrid formats, UL saw five cases of COVID-19 among students and moved all classes online. On Aug. 28, the university saw its highest number of active cases among its student body at 46 — 32 on campus and 14 off campus. According to a Monday update from the university, there are currently two active cases among faculty and staff.
Photos: Remnants of East Germany, 30 years after its end
Police in Maryland investigating reports of a casket photographed bobbing up and down in a river discovered the object was something far less …
Mountain Valley Pipeline foes file challenge to reissued stream-crossing permits
Mountain Valley says there is a public need for the 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to be pumped at high pressure through the pipeline, which will run from northern West Virginia, through Southwest Virginia, and connect with an existing pipeline near the North Carolina line. But the project is two years behind schedule, in large part because of litigation from those who say it is polluting a scenic part of the country. “The Corps has gone ahead and authorized MVP to dig and blast through our streams despite its full knowledge that it has not met its legal obligations or done what’s necessary to protect some of our most valuable and sensitive species,” David Sligh, Wild Virginia’s conservation director, said in an email. “That’s deplorable.”In a letter to the Army Corps, Teaney outlined a two-pronged challenge of the stream-crossing approvals, which were handled through a general process known as a Nationwide Permit 12. The first is that the Army Corps did not take into account the impact on endangered species when it rewrote the process in 2017 — a flaw that “fatally infects” the permits the agency later gave to Mountain Valley in three of its districts through which the pipeline passes, Teaney wrote.
Man hits off-duty state trooper with hatchet during Grayson County church gathering, police say
Virginia State Police are asking for help finding a man who hit an off-duty state trooper with a hatchet during a Sunday night service at a rural church in Grayson County. The man started yelling at Goins, who saw the man was holding a hatchet. As Goins closed the door, the man swung the hatchet and hit the back of the officer’s hand, the news release said. With the door shut, Goins told the members of the church congregation to shelter in the basement. Eventually the man left the property and Goins helped congregation members to their vehicles.
Gold’s Record High Gives New Life to Dollar Doomsayers
Can gold keep going? This year ranks as one of the best on record for investors in the precious metal, with futures prices up almost 24% for 2020 after hitting an all-time high in August. Though gold’s detractors through the ages are numerous and prominent, including the likes of Warren Buffett and John Bogle, the events of this year are giving...
12 cozy things you can buy with thousands of rave reviews
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10 best-selling deals to bookmark for Amazon Prime Day 2020—or buy on sale now
Without further ado, we give you the best deals to bookmark in hopes of an Amazon Prime Day 2020 markdown—or buy on sale now. Get the eufy 11S Slim Robot Vacuum for $189.99 (Save $30)2019 Prime Day Eufy 11S Slim Robot Vacuum Price: $1493. Amazon customers shopped this professional countertop blender in droves last Prime Day when it sold for as low as $59. Get the Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robot Vacuum for $152.27 (Save $127.72)2019 Prime Day Ecovacs Deebot 500 Robot Vacuum Price: $169.997. Get the iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum for $379.99 (Save $70)2019 Prime Day iRobot Roomba 891 Robot Vacuum Price: $299.999.
Home Buyers Give Puerto Rico Another Look During Pandemic
Sales of Puerto Rican luxury houses and condominiums are spiking during the pandemic, with buyers from New York, California and other higher-tax states embracing the island’s low-tax status. The uptick comes despite years of natural disasters and financial and political upheavals that made many wary of buying property in Puerto Rico. Residents of the territory—who must live there at least 183 days a year—pay a Puerto Rico income tax of up to 33% but no other federal or local income taxes. Some U.S. cities or states, where some people already pay over 40% in income taxes, might raise taxes further to cover budget shortfalls. “As awful as the [pandemic] is, it breathes new life into the Puerto Rican economy,” said Rodrick Miller, chief executive of Invest Puerto Rico, a not-for-profit organization trying to attract business investment.
U.S. Retail Bankruptcies, Store Closures Hit Record in First Half
Retail bankruptcies, liquidations and store closings in the U.S. reached records in the first half of 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated industry changes, particularly the shift to online shopping, according to a report. In the first six months, 18 retailers filed for chapter 11 protection, mostly concentrated in apparel and footwear, home furnishings, grocery and department stores, according to the report by professional-services firm BDO USA LLP. They include department-store operators Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., J.C....
A jet suit flight and abortion rights protests: Tuesday’s best photos
Lake District, England Gravity Industries founder and chief test pilot Richard Browning flies his jet suit from a valley bottom in Langdale to a simulated casualty site on the Band, near Bowfell. The Great North air ambulance service said the site would have taken about 25 minutes to reach by foot but Browning arrived in in 90 secondsPhotograph: @GravityIndustries/YouTube/PA
Could Ravens’ John Harbaugh Be Fined For Taking Off Mask To Yell At Ref During MNF Game Against Chiefs?
Could Ravens' John Harbaugh Be Fined For Taking Off Mask To Yell At Ref During MNF Game Against Chiefs?Ravens coach John Harbaugh got fired up Monday night when the team was playing against the Kansas City Chiefs in Baltimore. But he may be fined for what he did next. Hours After Breast Cancer Surgery, 23-Year-Old Ravens Fan Watches Game From Hospital BedOne Baltimore Ravens fan loves the team so much, she wasn't going to let recovering from surgery stop her from watching her team take on the Chiefs during Monday Night Football. 'They Just Beat Us': Despite Early Lead, Ravens Fall 34-20 To Defending Super Bowl Champion ChiefsSadly for the Baltimore Ravens, despite an early lead, the Kansas City Chiefs proved to be too much to handle. Lamar Jackson Calls Chiefs The Ravens' 'Kryptonite,' Says Patrick Mahomes Was 'Outstanding' In MNF MatchupRavens quarterback Lamar Jackson was just as disappointed about the team's loss to the Chiefs Monday night and called them the team's "kryptonite."
Do you pay more than $750 in taxes? You've given more than Trump | Andrew Gawthorpe
Did you pay more than $750 in taxes in recent years? If so, your contribution to the greater good of the United States has been substantially higher than that of Donald Trump. We should also consider the fact that the president of the United States should be held to a higher standard than the average crooked businessman. When policy is made, where do the legitimate interests of the United States end and those of the chronically indebted president begin? The American public can have no way of telling.
I don't want children but being an aunt is the joy of my life
Whatever that feeling is, I don’t know it. That I must hate children, that there was only one real way to have them in your life; to have your own. It is this effortless love I was falsely told I was incapable of feeling because I don’t want children. I have spent my whole life knowing I don’t want children and believing I couldn’t love them. Being a Zia is the joy of my life, and I don’t need or want anything else.
The Klopp-Keane exchange tells us much about how football has changed | Jonathan Wilson
Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) ?? "Did Mr Keane say it was a sloppy performance? United might have been able to rely on comebacks in the Premier League. And it worked, bringing another Champions League and two further finals. Bayern won the Champions League despite perpetually seeming on the brink of being exposed. It’s very early days, and there will almost certainly be some regression to the mean, but the Premier League is averaging 3.67 goals per game at the moment.
The Guardian view of golf's wedge issue: the triumph of brain and brawn | Editorial
He is, in fact, a 27-year-old golfer from California, and the only high life that interests him is the flight of a golf ball, which when hit by Mr DeChambeau goes an outrageous distance. “I’m definitely changing the way people think about the game,” says Mr DeChambeau. What the fuss is about is a power hitter proving unstoppable in a sport where artistry and touch are supposed to be the keys to success. Venus and Serena Williams’ power game revolutionised women’s tennis, and no one argues that their achievements were somehow unethical. Science trumps art and 10,000 hours spent in the gym are never wasted.
American faces prison in Thailand over bad hotel review
An American man is facing two years in prison in Thailand after posting negative online reviews of a hotel resort. Barnes later submitted negative reviews of the hotel online, including one that said the resort’s foreign management “treat the staff like slaves”. “We have no problem with honest reviews, as you can see, many negative reviews are still published. Barnes, who works in Thailand, said he was arrested by immigration police and that his passport had been taken away. Defamation is a criminal offence in Thailand, carrying a maximum sentence of two years in prison, along with a 200,000 baht (£4,915) fine.
Fox News uses 'hate' five times more often than competitors, study finds
Fox News uses the word “hate” five times more often than its main competitors, according to a new study – particularly when discussing opposition to Donald Trump. Instead, we found that Fox used antipathy words five times more often than MSNBC. ‘Hate’ really stood out: it appeared 647 times on Fox, compared to 118 on MSNBC. The study did not only consider uses of “hate” by Fox News hosts, citing remarks by House minority leader Kevin McCarthy to Hannity on 13 February: “Democrats … don’t just hate the president, they hate you, they hate me, they hate the viewers. Fox’s use of the word “hate”, they said, represented a successful if “dangerous business plan when shared crises demand Americans’ empathy, negotiation and compromise.
Firefighters hope dying winds will help contain California wine country blaze
Firefighters hope dying winds will enable them to bear down on a wildfire that exploded in the northern California wine country, prompting tens of thousands of evacuations while a second blaze killed at least three people. However, PG&E said about 24,000 remained without power in areas affected by two fires in Napa, Sonoma, Shasta and Tehama counties. So far in this year’s historic fire season, more than 8,100 California wildfires have killed 29 people, scorched 5,780 square miles and destroyed more than 7,000 buildings. Some 70,000 people are under evacuation orders, including the entire 5,000-plus population of Calistoga in Napa county. The fires came as the region approached the anniversary of the 2017 fires, including one that killed 22 people.
Gamekeepers and farmers boost numbers of one of Britain's rarest birds by installing electric fences around their nests
Gamekeepers and farmers have boosted the numbers of one of Britain's rarest birds by erecting electric fences around its nests. Along with predator control and habitat creation, land managers set up electric fences to protect the nests of the wading birds. A spokesperson for the GWCT explained: "The electric fences were temporary and installed largely by GWCT staff, but one estate was so impressed they started putting them out themselves. Prior to the project, lapwing productivity had dropped as low as 0.4 young per pair. LIFE Waders for Real project leader Lizzie Grayshon commented: “The project wouldn’t have worked without the farmers and gamekeepers driving it.
Sorry, but when did assists become more important than goals?
Son had four goals, Kane had four assists and the latter’s was deemed the most notable performance. Or in this case, being seduced by the realisation that no, Kane is not a clinical finisher, but a selfless provider as well. Two of Kane’s through-balls were on the sixpence, but Son still had to put them away, with the pressure pouring down. Without the assist, the finish is nothing; but without the finish, neither amount to anything. And here comes the “expected assists” metric, whereby assists are not judged on being converted, but on whether they should have been converted.
Leicester City given breakthrough in pursuit of Wesley Fofana after St Etienne reduce asking price
Leicester City have been given a breakthrough in their pursuit of Wesley Fofana after St Etienne reduced their asking price for the French centre-back. It is understood a deal can now be done closer to £36million, as St Etienne risk missing out entirely on a windfall for the teenager. The deal was initially complicated as Claude Puel, who was sacked at the King Power Stadium last year, is now in charge at Geoffroy Stadium and wanted to keep Fofana from his old club. Rodgers has brought in Belgium full-back Timothy Castagne from Atalanta and his arrival has been a success in the early games of the Premier League season. Cengiz Ünder has also arrived on a loan from Roma to bolster his attacking options.
Offloading Oleksandr Zinchenko key to any Manchester City bid for Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico
Manchester City have an interest in Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico but any prospects of strengthening in the left-back position are likely to hinge on the club offloading Oleksandr Zinchenko. City are open to offers for Zinchenko, an attacking midfielder by trade who has been utilised primarily as a makeshift left-back by City manager Pep Guardiola given his long-standing problems in the position. Zinchenko, 23, has previously rebuffed a move to Real Betis and had other chances to go but opted to stay and fight for his place. City are again willing to move him on as they eye potential alternatives at left-back. The Ukraine international issued a statement last month saying his wife, Vlada Sedan, had been wrong to question Guardiola’s tactics during the Champions League quarter-final defeat to Lyon.
Tottenham line up Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger as surprise alternative to Milan Skriniar
Tottenham Hotspur have lined up Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger as a surprise alternative to Milan Skriniar if they cannot agree a deal for the Slovakia international from Inter Milan. Skriniar remains the club’s first choice to strengthen Jose Mourinho’s defence, but Spurs and Inter have so far been unable to agree a fee. With time running out in the transfer window, Tottenham have been forced to consider alternative options - one of whom is Chelsea outcast Rudiger. Rudiger has been left out of Frank Lampard’s squad since the opening Premier League victory over Brighton and the German international is expected to leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer window shuts. Chelsea would ideally want Rudiger to sign an extension to his contract, which has less than two years left to run, before agreeing to loan him out for the season.
Duchess of Cambridge toasts marshmallows as she is named new president of Scouts
The Duchess of Cambridge has become joint president of The Scout Association, marking her new role by meeting up outdoors with Cub and Beaver Scouts. The Duchess is sharing the position - her first presidency of an organisation - with the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Kent, who has been president of the youth movement since 1975. She was also presented with the Silver Wolf Award, the highest award made by The Scout Association which the Duke of Kent also holds. The Duchess described her delight at becoming joint president, saying: "For many children and young people, The Scout Association plays a key role as they build relationships and develop the skills they need to succeed in later life. "I am delighted to be joining the Duke of Kent as joint president of the association and look forward to working with Scouts across the country as they strive to make a positive difference to our society."
Germany demands 'British pragmatism' in Brexit trade talks
Germany has told Britain that a free trade agreement is still possible with a dose of “British pragmatism” even though the Internal Market Bill controversy has cast a “dark shadow” over this week’s trade talks. He warned that, if necessary, the EU was ‘well prepared” for a no trade deal exit at the end of the transition period on December 31, even if it would be a “huge disappointment”. This week’s round of talks is seen as vital if a trade deal is to be agreed by the October 15 deadline set by Boris Johnson or the end of October one set by Michel Barnier. “The UK internal market bill would massively violate key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement, he said. Mr Roth said the EU and the UK needed each other to face common challenges like climate change and coronavirus.
Coronavirus could yet tear through refugee camps this winter, aid groups warn
Refugee camps across the Middle East, Africa and Asia have so far avoided becoming Covid-19 hotbeds, but winter may change that and meanwhile inhabitants' livelihoods are being devastated by economic collapse. Aid groups working with refugees and internally displaced people across the region said predictions that the new coronavirus would tear through crammed camps have yet to be borne out. Effective disease surveillance and rapid quarantine for cases appeared to have stifled outbreaks in some of the world's largest camps, though officials said a lack of testing made the picture unclear. Yet aid groups warned that falling temperatures heading into the winter held the risk of more cases. Most live not in camps but in cheap accommodation or settlements within the host country and have found their livelihoods have collapsed during precautionary lockdowns.
Dean Jones, cricketer who played a key role in Australia’s rise to global dominance – obituary
He never entirely overcame his disappointment. Jones was only 31 when he was discarded by Australia as a Test cricketer in 1992, having scored 3,631 runs in 52 matches at a highly respectable average of 46.55. Jones had wanted to leave the field as a result of suffering from dehydration, sickness and being unable to prevent himself from urinating. Health and safety regulations are such nowadays that he would not have been allowed to continue batting. Yet Border, who was fed up with Australia’s lack of success earlier in the 1980s, not least against England, goaded him into staying at the crease.
Pinterest doubles down on shopping amid Covid ecommerce surge
Pinterest is rolling out new shopping features in the UK to ride a surge in ecommerce demand brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Dan Lurie, Pinterest's head of growth and shopping product, said the site had seen "such accelerated user growth" in ecommerce that "we knew we had to jump into the market with both feet". Britain is seen as one of Pinterest's most important markets with an estimated 15 million monthly users to its site. "We're seeing an unprecedented change in modern retail, ecommerce is becoming more important than ever," Mr Lurie said. They don't feel comfortable going to a store, and this is a place where Pinterest plays a unique role as a digital catalogue or store-front."
Paramedics could arrive by jetpack after Lake District trial cuts response time to 90 seconds
Paramedics could soon arrive at accidents by jetpack after a trial launched in the Lake District saw their response time cut to 90 seconds. The device follows a year of discussions between the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and the firm Gravity Industries, which has developed the technology used. It would normally have taken 25 minutes to reach a casualty in Bowfell, Cumbria, but GNAAS said it only took Gravity Industries founder and test pilot Richard Browning 90 seconds. Andy Mawson, the director of operations and a paramedic with GNAAS, said that ‘jet pack paramedics’ would serve the same purpose as a motorbike responder in an inner-city setting. “This is to get someone there really quickly and give them the best treatment and triage in lieu of a mountain rescue team or our aircraft arriving,” Mr Mawson said.
Early sittings, new menus and drinks for the road: how restaurants are adapting to the 10pm curfew
To mitigate this loss, Claridge surveyed guests for their opinion on altering opening hours and meal structures. One option was a condensed version of the menu, with six courses instead of 10, over a 90-minute sitting. Up and down the country, restaurants are adapting by modifying opening hours, condensing menus, offering specials, or even take-home desserts. Yet with covers down due to the curfew, the restaurant is broadening out by offering lunch, too, on weekends. His lengthy 10-course tasting menu isn't possible for later bookings, so a 'Wood for the Road' offering is available.
'It's like Van Dyck doing paintball' - What happened when Simon Heffer spent a week watching the IPL's 'vulgar slogfest'
This year, of course, there are no crowds, and the IPL is not even being played in India, where Covid-19 is, sadly, rampant. So it has been moved to the United Arab Emirates, and (as with our own behind-closed-doors cricket from earlier in the summer) bovine crowd noises are being piped around the grounds to create atmosphere. Were T20 played without an imitation crowd it would draw attention strongly to what a fundamentally silly and ephemeral exercise it is. Just for balance, a screen showing a middle-aged Anglo-Saxon exuding bemusement would have been valuable, but one suspects that is unlikely to happen. Most of the commentators sound as though they have been at the Benzedrine.
Tommy Eade, devoted countryman, land agent and president of the Royal Forestry Society – obituary
Tommy Eade, who has died aged 90, was agent to Lord Barnard’s Shropshire estate from 1964 until 1995, and later forestry adviser both there and on the extensive Raby estates in Co Durham. Charles Aylmer Eade, called Tommy as a baby by his mother, was born on September 2 1929 at Weeton, near Leeds. His father had given up the Bar to train as a land agent on the expectation (only partially met) that he would inherit the nearby Seacroft estate from his bachelor uncle Darcy Wilson. Tommy’s mother bolted when he was two or three, and did not reappear in his life for more than a decade. Until moving to Uppington aged 14 after his father remarried, Tommy grew up at Astley, a handsome Greek Revival house just north of Shrewsbury, where he was devotedly looked after by “Nan” Shenton.
King Boris may be acting in good faith, rather than in the thrall of his own Wormtongue
Colourful parallels aside, Baker’s remarks resurrect concerns that British democracy has been in thrall to the unelected adviser for too long. That’s how it works: advisers advise, ministers decide. And if ministers – including the prime minister – end up making decisions with which backbenchers disagree, the anger and blame should be targeted where it belongs. True, Wormtongue probably exceeded his remit just a tad by bewitching the king and preventing his men from staging a fightback against Isengard, but who’s to say he didn’t believe he was acting in the kingdom’s best interests? How many elven maids were on the shortlist, is the question that remains unanswered.
Mexico queries US on alleged migrant hysterectomies
Mexico said Monday it had requested more information from the US on medical procedures given to migrants in detention centers, after allegations six detained Mexican women were sterilized without their consent. Rights campaigners alleged two weeks ago that a number of hysterectomies had been carried out at a privately run detention center in the US state of Georgia. The Mexican ministry of foreign affairs said it sent a diplomatic note "to clarify the situation, requesting information on the medical attention that Mexican citizens receive" at the Irwin County Detention Center. The department added that seven of the women interviewed had been treated by the doctor accused of performing the sterilizations. Another of the women said she had undergone a gynecological operation, although there is nothing in her file to support that she consented to the procedure.
Shortages of care workers, butchers and nurse assistants requires migrant labour, advisers tell Government
Shortages of senior care workers, nursing assistants, butchers, bricklayers and welders are so acute that vacancies will have to be filled by migrants after Brexit, say Government advisers. It recommended senior care workers should be added to the shortage occupation list which would mean they could be recruited from abroad on salaries as low as £20,480, 20 per cent below the normal threshold for skilled migrant labour. If that does not occur, or occurs with substantial delay, we would expect the end of freedom of movement to increase the pressure on the social care sector,” said the MAC. Professor Bell said the shortage of butchers, bricklayers and welders was “extraordinary”. Downing Street said the panel had acknowledged that recruiting workers from overseas was not the answer.
Property market surge pushes mortgage lending to record high
Lockdowns made property purchasing next to impossible in the spring, while supercharging demand for moving. Some shops closed for months, storing up demand as customers itched to get new products. Mortgage boomLockdown stopped the housing market dead for several months. Potential buyers were blocked from viewing homes, surveyors struggled to visit properties for valuations, and banks were adjusting to staff working from home en masse. Add to that people who decided they wanted to move home after months of working from kitchen tables, and all of the ingredients were in place for a housing market bonanza.
NHS coronavirus app: Police told not to install track and trace tool on work phones as it reaches 12 million downloads
Police have been told not to download the new NHS Covid-19 app on their work phone, with the new tool already hitting 12 million downloads. The warning came as Matt Hancock, the health secretary, claimed that the app had been downloaded more quickly than any other app in the history of the country. Now police officers have been advised not to install the app on their work devices – instead being encouraged to add it to their personal phones. "I would urge everybody, including every single member in this House, to join the 12.4 million," Mr Hancock said. The app is in the number one spot in both iOS and Android app stores.
The Latest: Karolina Pliskova advances to 2nd round
The Latest from the French Open (all times local):1:20 p.m.Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the second round of the French Open by beating Mayar Sherif 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4. Sherif was the first Egyptian player to qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros. Pliskova finally broke and then held to love for a 5-3 lead on Court Philippe Chatrier. Pliskova clinched victory with an ace on her first match point. The former top-ranked player reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2017 and next faces Jelena Ostapenko The big-hitting Latvian player won the French Open that year.
The Crown: Netflix releases first pictures of season four
Netflix has released the first images from the forthcoming fourth season of its hit royal drama The Crown. The pictures offer fans a glimpse at Olivia Colman, who is reprising the role of Queen Elizabeth, having taken over from Claire Foy in the series’ third season. Among the characters also pictured is Gillian Anderson, who is playing former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles and Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother. Emma Corrin as Princess Diana (Des Willie/Netflix)Season three of The Crown received mixed reviews upon its release.
Trump likely paid less in federal income tax than average middle-class American
"His income tax burden is certainly much lower than the average taxpayer," said Brian Galle, a law professor and tax expert at Georgetown Law. Mr Trump has also characterised the Times' story as "fake news" at a news conference on Sunday evening. About half of all American families paid more in federal income taxes than Mr Trump, according to Ernie Tedeschi, who served as an economist in Barack Obama's Treasury Department. Mr Saez and Mr Zucman's tallies include not just federal income tax but also corporate, state and local taxes. That law lowered the top rate on federal income taxes and slashed the corporate tax rate, both of which were unlikely to have benefited Mr Trump personally.
Zara McDermott poses in a bikini by the water's edge in Cyprus
She was branded a 'fame w***e' by Made In Chelsea's Melissa on Monday night's explosive episode of the show. But Zara McDermott seemed to be trying to move on from the drama on Instagram on Monday when she shared an incredible bikini picture. Posing by the water's edge from a recent holiday in Cyprus, she reclined while looking at the camera, with wet hair, while wearing a floral white two-piece. Nothing to see here: Zara McDermott posed in a bikini by the water's edge in Cyprus on Instagram on Monday as she moved on from being branded a 'fame w***e' on Made In ChelseaShe captioned the image with the words: 'Meet you at the waterfall.' Later, Sam is encircled by bikini-clad Liv, Zara and Tiff, who try to hash out the details of this alleged encounter between Sam and Tiff.
Poland, Hungary hit back on democratic standards in the EU
Threatened with the potential loss of European Union funds over their records on democracy, and feeling like “punchbags,” Poland and Hungary are planning to assess how countries across the EU adhere to the rule of law. The sticking points in Poland are the government's steps to take control of the justice system, and especially the judiciary. In Hungary, it's a number of government-sponsored laws targeting media freedoms, minority rights, the electoral system and academic and religious freedoms. One of the proposed sanctions is to link the level of EU funding for member states in the 2021-27 budget to their rule-of-law standards. Poland and Hungary are protesting that, saying they are not being assessed fairly.
US presidential debate: The questions Trump and Biden need to answer
Exactly six decades after the first ever presidential TV debate, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are ready to face off from behind two podiums – at a safe social distance, of course. Mr Trump, meanwhile, has reportedly been preparing by glancing at videos and flash cards on Air Force One as he buzzes between freewheeling campaign rallies. Re-embracing the Iranian nuclear deal will be humiliating enough for any US president, and Mr Biden would need the EU to help him. But should the present crackpot remain in the White House – legally, at least – Mr Trump doesn’t have to do very much at all. To Mr Biden, then: How can he hope to control Israel when, for the entire Trump presidency, it has largely written, organised and produced the US’s Middle East policy – if Mr Trump ever had one?
Hector Bellerin: ‘Hungry’ Arsenal will stay true to their ‘identity’
"I think when you build a new identity, a new way of playing football, it's not something that happens overnight. It's something that takes a lot of time, it takes losses, it takes wins, it takes a lot of learning," he said. Hector Bellerin says Arsenal should be ‘proud’ of their performance (Getty)"This is our game. "There is a hunger in this team that wasn't there the last few years and we want to win every single game," Bellerin added. "We know we're working really, really well so we're not going to let this affect us.
UFC 253 results: Israel Adesanya finishes Paulo Costa on Fight Island to retain middleweight title
Jan Blachowicz (left) became Poland’s first male UFC champion (Zuffa/LLC via Getty Images)UFC 253 results in full:Main cardIsrael Adesanya (C) def. Paulo Costa via second-round TKO (strikes, 3:59)Blachowicz (C) def. Sijara Eubanks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Hakeem Dawodu def. Alex Da Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)Jake Matthews def. Aleksa Camur via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)Juan Espino def.
UFC: Conor McGregor challenges Dustin Poirier to exhibition bout in Ireland this December
Conor McGregor has challenged UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier to an exhibition bout in Ireland this December. McGregor, the first simultaneous dual-weight champion in UFC history, last fought in January, when he stopped Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just 40 seconds. You want to do an MMA charity fight?” the Irishman wrote to Poirier, a former UFC interim lightweight champion, on Twitter. “Strictly a charity ‘exhibition’. It is unclear whether their contracts with the UFC would allow an ‘exhibition’ bout to take place.
Tim Davie: BBC boss 'prepared to fire stars who break impartiality rules'
Mr Davie, who became DG earlier this month, said new social media rules would be announced in the coming weeks, and would apply to all staff. "I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action, all the way to termination," Mr Davie said. The new social media guidelines will cover people working in all areas of BBC programming, Mr Davie said. MPs asked Mr Davie why Ball is paid more than triple the salary of the station's mid-morning presenter Ken Bruce, despite attracting fewer listeners than him. "With Zoe in particular, she's an outstanding broadcaster, we are in a renegotiation and we'll be looking where we go forward," Mr Davie said.
No further prosecutions over Bloody Sunday shootings, Northern Ireland says
Prosecutors in Northern Ireland have decided not to charge any further ex-soldiers or IRA members in connection to the Bloody Sunday shootings. Stephen Herron, the director of public prosecutions for Northern Ireland, said senior prosecutors had concluded "that the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction". Some said that they were preparing to challenge the prosecutors' decision in court. Prosecutors in Northern Ireland finished reviewing 125,000 pages of evidence in March 2019 and said there was sufficient evidence to prosecute one paratrooper for the murders of two of the victims, James Wray and William McKinney. But the prosecution service had not pursued charges against 18 other suspects — 16 former soldiers and two alleged members of the IRA — because "the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction".
VIDEO : Belarus warns UN sanctions would bring 'chaos and anarchy'
Makei's speech was played hours after the latest in a series of large protests in Belarus over the Aug. 9 re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko.
VIDEO : How Trump and Biden are preparing for first presidential debate
Trump and Biden will face off next week in the first of three presidential debates before the high stakes November election.
Tricky seek-and-find puzzle challenges you to spot the odd cushion in a pile of colourful pillows
A tricky new brainteaser is challenging players to spot the odd pillow out in a colourful illustration. But if you're struggling, concentrate your attention on the potted plants dispersed across the puzzle. If you're struggling, look for one of the darker purple numbers, on the left hand side of the page. If you're struggling to find the answer, then here's a clue - feast your eyes towards the right-hand side of the busy image. If you're struggling to find the answer, then try feasting your eyes towards to bottom right-hand side of the busy graphic.
United Arab Emirates in bid to be first Arab nation to reach moon
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon in 2024, according to the country's prime minister. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the ruler of Dubai, made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday. Sheikh Mohammed's announcement comes after the launch of a Mars probe earlier this year by the UAE, an oil-rich nation on the Arabian Peninsula. If successful in 2024, the UAE could become the fourth nation on the Earth - and the first Arab country - to land a spacecraft on the moon after the US, the Soviet Union and China. The UAE made history on July 20 with the launch of its mission to Mars from the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan.
Japan eager to settle territorial row with Russia, Suga tells Putin
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that he is eager to resolve a territorial dispute that has kept their countries from signing a postwar peace treaty, in their first phone talks since Suga took office earlier this month. Japan’s top government spokesman said Tokyo was given advance notice of the drills last Thursday and had lodged a protest through diplomatic channels. Tokyo argues the annexation was illegal and demands their return, while Moscow says it was a legitimate outcome of the war. In the meantime, Japan and Russia have agreed to carry out joint economic projects on the islands in five areas — aquaculture, greenhouse farming, tourism, wind power and waste reduction — as a trust-building exercise. Since being elected prime minister by the Diet on Sept. 16, Suga has held a series of phone calls with world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Penguin slides across ice on belly as it follows Antarctic researchers for more than a half a mile
An Australian researcher in Antarctica formed an unusual friendship after chatting to an emperor penguin which followed him across the ice on its belly. The penguin is then told to 'keep up' by Williams before it starts sliding on its front again to keep pace. Williams has been stationed in Antarctica since February and he said that part of his job is to monitor emperor penguin rookeries. Emperor penguins are the largest of all penguin breeds and on average grow to a height of 45 inches. During breeding, male emperor penguins keep their eggs balanced on their feet, using their feathers to keep it warm.
No more acorns! Hungry squirrel chows down on a LIZARD in stomach-churning footage
A biologist in south east Arizona was shocked to discover that lizard was on the menu for one squirrel that he came across by the side of a dirt track. Jeff Nordland, from San Diego, California, was on the hunt for photo opportunities when he came across a squirrel sat on the side of the road. Jeff believes the squirrel came across was a Rock Squirrel and that the lizard being eaten was a Clark's Spiny lizard. Speaking about the unexpected sight, Jeff said: 'It's possible that the lizard had been killed by a passing vehicle and then the squirrel scavenged it off the road. Though many people imagine the diet of a squirrel to consist of berries and nuts, they are actually omnivores and so often consume small bird eggs, lizards and snakes.
Thai nursery teacher attacked by parent for beating chidlren
This is the moment a furious mother attacked a teacher who was caught on CCTV assaulting children at a Thai nursery. Teacher Ornuma Ploadprong, 30, was filmed battering the youngsters during nursery classes in Nonthaburi, central Thailand on September 22. A school meeting was held with the parents on September 24 and the teacher admitted manhandling the children. However, the angry mob of parents attacked the teacher while the other staff tried to calm them down. 'If any of the children are found to be mentally affected, investigators will issue more charges against the teacher.'
Man takes stray kitten on worldwide tour of 21 countries after rescuing her in Bosnia
A Scottish man has revealed how he 'bonded straight away' with the stray kitten he saved in Bosnia and has since taken the animal on a worldwide tour. After adopting the feline and calling her Nala, Dean took his new companion on a 21 country tour over the course of two years, and has penned a book of his adventures titled Nala's World. Speaking of his decision to travel the world, Dean said: 'I was just fed up of the whole 9-5 lifestyle we all seem to live. He admitted that people treat him differently when he's with Nala, because they aren't so intimidated by the ' big guy with tattoos and a beard'. 'It opens conversations for everyone, people buy me beers when they see me on the street and it's quite good.'
Elizabeth Banks poses in a plunging navy swimsuit and huge sun hat as she encourages voting
And Elizabeth Banks exuded femininity as she posed in a plunging navy swimsuit from a rural location via her social media account on Sunday. The actress, 46, used the stunning snapshot as an opportunity to remind her followers to vote in the upcoming election. Taking the plunge: Elizabeth Banks exuded femininity as she posed in a plunging navy swimsuit from a rural location via her social media account on SundayElizabeth added a touch of glamour with a delicate gold necklace and cat-eye shades. In the accompanying caption, Elizabeth encouraged others to vote, as she said: 'Is this hat too big? Kylie Jenner is another star who is using her social media platform to encourage voting.
The Crown series four: Emma Corrin is transformed into Princess Diana in new snaps
The images shows Emma Corrin as Princess Diana making a glamorous entrance alongside her husband Charles, while another features Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, on the historic moment she enters Downing Street after being elected as Prime Minister. Another shows Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret during a particularly pensive moment, as she adjust to life following the end of her marriage to Anthony Armstrong-Jones. Helena will once again appear as Princess Margaret, while Tobias will play Prince Phillip. Josh will reprise his role as Prince Charles, expected to take centre stage this series due to his relationship with Diana. Jonathan has said that it will be 'a joy' to act alongside Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.
'Bacteria infection' kills 12 more elephants in Zimbabwe
A bacterial infection causing elephants to suffer 'extremely sudden deaths' has killed another 12 of the animals in Zimbabwe - taking the total death toll from the outbreak to 34. The animals died between August 24 and September 23 this year in and around the wildlife-rich forests between the famous northwestern Hwange National Park and the town of Victoria Falls. A dead elephant is seen in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe on 29 August, 2020. Zimbabwe counts more than 84,000 elephants -- almost double the southern African country's ecological carrying capacity of between 45,000 and 50,000. Neighbouring Botswana, home to the world's largest elephant population of around 130,000, lost around 330 elephants early this year from cyanobacteria poisoning.
Canadian woman charged with mailing ricin to Trump is held without bail after pleading not guilty
A woman charged with mailing ricing to Donald Trump was arrested at the Canada-US border with a semiautomatic handgun, nearly 300 rounds of ammunition, pepper spray, a knife and a stun gun, prosecutors say. Besides the letter's threats was a command to Trump to 'give up and remove our application for this election,' authorities said. According to court documents, Ferrier penned a note to Trump, telling him to 'give up and remove your application for this election.' Ricin is found naturally in castor beans but it takes a deliberate act to convert it into a biological weapon. Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours from exposure to an amount as small as a pinhead.
Ex-mistress of Spain's scandal-hit former king Juan Carlos admits she avoided his children
The ex-mistress of Spain's scandal hit former King Juan Carlos I has opened up about their tumultuous relationship and admitted she avoided his children because meeting them made her 'uncomfortable'. Speaking to French magazine Paris Match, Corinna denied all allegations of wrongdoing and opened up about her affair with Juan Carlos. Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 56, who resides in London, had an affair with Juan Carlos I from 2004 to 2009. I was with my son, who was then five-years-old and when he arrived, the King [Juan Carlos I] took him in his arms. I felt that King Juan Carlos was trying to get me to come back to him, and I didn't want to give a false impression.
Mayor Bill de Blasio struck by electric scooter on Manhattan crosswalk
Mayor Bill de Blasio was struck on the arm by an electric scooter as he stepped on to a crosswalk in Lower Manhattan. The 59-year-old had been crossing the road at 10.15am on Monday when he was sideswiped by a man on the e-scooter. Mayor Bill de Blasio (pictured) was struck on the arm by an electric scooter as he stepped on to a crosswalk in Lower ManhattanThe rider, who was travelling with his seven-year-old daughter, had not been wearing a helmet, according to The New York Post. Bill Neidhardt, the mayor's press secretary, has since urged New Yorkers to take care and follow proper safety precautions. Earlier this year New York City Council voted on bills to legalize the use of electric bikes and scooters citywide (stock image)Earlier this year New York City Council voted on bills to legalize the use of electric bikes and scooters citywide.
Kate Middleton visits a London Scouts Group for outdoor activities
AdvertisementThe Duchess of Cambridge was in her element as she got stuck in with outdoor activities during a visit to a London Scouts Group today. Kate Middleton, 38, dressed down in jeans, a favourite gilet and a Scouts woggle to meet Cub and Beaver Scouts in Northolt, west London this morning. The Duchess of Cambridge was in her element as she got stuck in with outdoor activities during a visit to a London Scouts Group today. The duchess joined the 12th Northolt Scout Group in west London to mark her appointment and appeared in excellent spirits as she chatted with children and volunteers. Mona Mohamed, 28, told the duchess the Scout group helped her 10-year-old brother Yousef Haginor who has autism find friends.
Fauci says he fears coronavirus task force member Scott Atlas is giving bad information to Trump
Donald Trump's latest member of the White House coronavirus task force could be providing the president with misleading or incorrect information, Dr Anthony Fauci has warned. 'So, I mean my differences with Dr Atlas, I'm always willing to sit down and talk with him and see if we could resolve those differences.' A herd immunity strategy allows many people to get sick, and therefore generate immunity to the disease - eventually preventing the spread to the shielded vulnerable population. But an administration official told CNN that the policies Atlas has suggested are in the vein of a herd immunity strategy. 'Those are preventable deaths of our loved ones'Trump has not explicitly mentioned herd immunity, but appears open to the idea.
Multiple people including suspect killed during a hostage standoff with police in Oregon
Multiple people including the suspect have died after police opened fire during a hostage standoff in broad daylight in Salem, Oregon, on Monday. After deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office arrived, a negotiator started talking with the suspect inside. Multiple people have died after police opened fire during a hostage situation in broad daylight in Salem, Oregon, on MondayBut as the trained hostage negotiator was dealing with the suspect, shots were fired. The sheriff's office said: 'Ultimately, there were multiple fatalities during this incident, including that of the suspect.' The sheriff's office said in a news release Monday evening that Oregon State Police were at the scene and is leading an investigation.
Governor Newsom asks Donald Trump for federal aid as California wildfires kill at least three more
The Glass Fire burns in the background as Josh Asbury, an employee of CableCom, installs fiber optic cable in Calistoga, CaliforniaNapa Valley residents Matthew Rivard and Amanda Crean watch the Glass Fire burn in Calistoga, California. 'It's with a sad heart that I come before you today,' said Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini, confirming the three fatalities. A scarecrow rests on a wooden chair in front of a residence in the aftermath of the Glass Fire in Deer Park, CaliforniaThe Glass Fire burns along a hillside in Calistoga, California. Most of the losses occurred after a frenzy of dry lightning strikes in mid-August ignited a massive outbreak of fires. Fire worries were developing across Southern California, although it was unclear how strong the predicted Santa Ana winds would become.
Michael Schumacher 'staying at £27m mansion in Majorca that his wife bought from Florentino Perez
Stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is reportedly spending time at a luxury villa in Majorca his wife bought three years ago from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. The mansion where the 51-year-old is battling to get better has been identified as Villa Yasmin, which Corinna Schumacher is said to have purchased in 2017. The magazine quoted Rouarch, who became mayoress of Andratx in June 2017, as saying: 'I can officially confirm Michael Schumacher is going to move in to our municipality and that everything is being prepared to welcome him.' But family spokeswoman Sabine Kehm told AFP in an email back then: 'The Schumacher family does not plan to move to Mallorca.' Schumacher, the only driver in history to win seven F1 World Championships, was placed in a medically-induced coma after a life-threatening skiing accident in December 2013 in the French Alps.
Deborra-Lee Furness addresses longtime rumours husband Hugh Jackman is 'gay'
Deborra-Lee Furness addressed long-running rumours husband Hugh Jackman is 'gay' during her appearance on Anh's Brush with Fame on Tuesday. The 64-year-old actress and producer rolled her eyes when asked about the persistent rumours by the show's host, Anh Do. Speaking out: Deborra-Lee Furness addressed long-running rumours husband Hugh Jackman is 'gay' during her appearance on Anh's Brush with Fame on TuesdayShe added: '[Hugh's] been gay for so many years, I was gay too when I did [the 1988 film] Shame. '[Hugh's] been gay for so many years, I was gay too when I did [the 1988 film] Shame. Deborra-Lee also spoke about meeting Hugh on the set of the Australian TV series, Correlli, back in 1995.
Breonna Taylor juror 'in turmoil' says AG is misrepresenting the case
Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville police on March 13. Cameron's office had previously said sharing more information would be inappropriate with a criminal case and separate federal investigation ongoing. He said he felt it was the wrong thing to do, given that the grand jury 'is meant to be a secretive body'. The release of the recording will also address the legal complaint filed by an anonymous grand juror.' The other two officers who shot Taylor were not charged at all after Cameron concluded their use of force was justified.
Poll released hours before debate shows just 14% of voters haven't decided who they're voting for
In 2016, Trump won Pennsylvania by a very slim margin. Among those already planning to vote for Biden, 93 per cent say they won’t change their mind before Election Day. And of Trump voters, nearly 9 in 10 – or 89 per cent – say they have made up their minds. Of the 808 adults surveyed in Pennsylvania, 65 per cent say they plan to vote in-person on Election Day. In 2016, only 4 per cent of voters in Pennsylvania participated in voting by absentee ballot.
Man, 64, gets 9 yrs for segregating wife, 80 - English
(ANSA) - CAGLIARI, SEP 29 - A 64-year-old Romanian man got nine years in jail Tuesday for locking up his 80-year-old Italian wife and pumping her full of psychoactive drugs in a successful bid to inherit her house and money. Valentin Furtuna, former first violin at the Cagliari opera house, was found guilty of "segregating" the woman. His Italian lover, Marina Pillon, was acquitted despite a prosecutor's request for five years in prison. The musician was found guilty of aggravated extortion, mistreatment, bodily harm and abduction. His wife died a few years ago.
19 ex-Liguria councillors convicted in expenses case - English
(ANSA) - GENOA, SEP 29 - A Genoa court on Tuesday found 19 former Liguria regional councillors guilty of using public money for private purchases in an expenses scandal. The 'crazy expenses' case covered the 2005-2010 period. They were found guilty of using public money, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousands euros a time, to buy DVDS, plants, sweets, brioches, bottles of wine and stays at hotels with wellness spas.
Coronavirus: Not time to stop Serie A yet - Spadafora - English
(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 29 - Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said Tuesday that he was "very worried" after 14 Genoa players and members of the team staff tested positive for COVID-19. When asked it if may be necessary to stop Serie A, he said "I don't think we are in that condition yet".
Netherlands tightens measures amid second wave
Netherlands tightens measures amid second waveThe Netherlands has tightened social restrictions amid a second wave of coronavirus cases. FRANCE 24 correspondent Stephanie van den Berg reports the measures include limits on the number of people who can congregate indoors and outdoors, but stop short of a nationwide mandate to wear masks.
Macron vows to support Belarus people in talks with exiled opposition leader
Macron vows to support Belarus people in talks with exiled opposition leaderFrench President Emmanuel Macron was in Lithuania Tuesday, in talks with exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in a bid to resolve the country’s political crisis. The meeting was Tikhanovskaya's most high-profile meeting since a presidential election on August 9 in which she has claimed victory against strongman president Alexander Lukashenko.
Bellerin pleads for patience as Arsenal build 'new identity'
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Hector Bellerin said Arsenal are building a new identity under Mikel Arteta and will not be knocked off course by setbacks such as Monday's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. But defender Bellerin said the Arsenal players had faith in Arteta's philosophy despite their first defeat of the season. "I think when you build a new identity, a new way of playing football, it's not something that happens overnight," he said. "It's something that takes a lot of time, it takes losses, it takes wins, it takes a lot of learning. "Every game we understand each other more and I am very positive about what this season holds for us," said Bellerin.
Amazon envisions new palm reading tech in stadiums, offices
(AP-Yonhap)Amazon has introduced new palm reading technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices. Customers at the stores near Amazon's campus in Washington can flash a palm for entry and to buy goods. The company chose palm recognition, according to Dilip Kumar, vice president of Physical Retail & Technology, because it's more private than other biometric technology, and a person would be required to purposefully flash a palm at the Amazon One device to engage. "And it's contactless, which we think customers will appreciate, especially in current times,'' Kumar wrote in a blog post Tuesday. The company expects to roll out Amazon One as an option in other Amazon stores in the coming months, which could mean Whole Foods Market grocery stores.
Gosden calm as Arc history beckons
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Trainer John Gosden says his nerves are steady before he watches stable stars Enable and Stradivarius bid for racing history in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. "They are not excited yet, it is a bit early for them," Gosden told AFP. Usually horses of her class are retired for breeding purposes. "It could be a tall order for Stradivarius if it is bottomless ground but Enable handles it," said Gosden. Whatever the outcome on Sunday, Gosden says it has been a privilege to train two horses of such ability at the same time.
Badminton chief defends calendar changes after outcry
The virus has thrown the badminton calendar into chaos, with officials forced to repeatedly postpone competitions. Badminton World Federation (BWF) president Poul-Erik Hoyer insisted Tuesday it was the best outcome in a difficult year. "Given the challenges we faced, this was the best possible solution under the circumstances," he told a press conference. Officials have acknowledged that changing the dates could affect world rankings and the 2021 season's calendar. Still, Badminton Association of Thailand president Patama Leeswadtrakul said strict measures would be in place to ensure the safety of players and officials at the Bangkok tournaments.
'King' Harris takes tennis message to townships
Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)Having supplanted Kevin Anderson as South Africa's number one, Lloyd Harris is a man on a mission - to take tennis to the football strongholds of his country's townships. Now the 23-year-old, fondly nicknamed 'The King' by his Davis Cup teammates, wants to use his higher profile for good in South Africa. They had their national school championships taking place and there were some top players there," said Cape Town-based Harris. "But these are under-privileged kids and a tennis racquet is expensive so there's a lot of work to do." "The other guys saw that even at 18 I was beating players who were 27, 28, so they called me 'The King'."
William Watson: Our national daycare non-crisis
Between that day and this the Liberals have run the federal government for fully 11,037 days, which, dividing by 365, works out to 30.238 years. The political conclusion from 30 years of not fulfilling their daycare promises is that the Liberals are hypocrites. If in 30 years of governing they have not already brought us a “Canada-wide early learning and childcare system,” I suspect it’s because the country has not wanted it. There’s clearly a crisis in daycare. Given how long this issue has been around, it won’t be surprising if we decide a new federal system is not required.
Analysis: Question of how Donald Trump’s Scottish resorts are financed even more urgent
The 21 October marks the 15th anniversary of the incorporation of Mr Trump’s first Scottish company, set up to facilitate the development of his inaugural Scottish course. Indeed, when he acquired Turnberry, Mr Trump did not just buy the hotel and the golf courses; he acquired SLC Turnberry Limited, the corporate entity which owned them. As well as incurring consistent operational losses, Mr Trump’s Scottish resorts are heavily indebted. This remains a central mystery surrounding Mr Trump’s business interests. What is important is Mr Trump repeatedly pursued external financing, despite the claims Mr Sorial would go on to make.
Revealed: BP And Shell Back Anti-Climate Lobby Groups Despite Pledges
Dean Mouhtaropoulos via Getty Images BP and Shell omitted anti-climate groups from their public reviews of lobbying by their trade associations, demonstrating what one researcher said was the oil giants' "standard business practice." But both BP and Shell refused to disclose full lists of trade associations where they have ongoing involvement. BP remains a member of the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association, the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming. Shell and BP are members of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. This has led Shell to walk away from one of its lobby groups and BP to quit three.
What Biden can do to fix Trump’s Covid-19 mess
Biden will also have to prepare the country for the rollout of a coronavirus vaccine that could take months if not years. When paired with contact tracing, more testing can help public health officials detect outbreaks, get the infected to isolate and the infected’s close contacts to quarantine, and use broader public health measures as needed. 2) Rebuild trust in science and public health institutionsUnder Trump, and particularly throughout this pandemic, trust in many institutions has dwindled. While Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead the White House’s coronavirus task force, Biden could put a scientist or public health official in charge. Different surveys have found a third to half of Americans don’t plan to or don’t know if they’ll get a coronavirus vaccine.
50 Powerful Photos From The Global Climate Protests To Inspire You To Take Urgent Action
When it comes to action on the climate crisis, though, progress has been slow. While Covid-19 restrictions mean in-person protests were on a much smaller scale than last year, the message remains clear: we need urgent action on the climate crisis right now. “We’re fighting for our present, not just our future,” says Mitzi Jonelle Tan, 22, lead convener of the Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP). In New York, a March Against Environmental Racism was organised by BIPOC activists in order to highlight the ways in which people of colour are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. Here, Vogue’s photographers on the ground capture the powerful global climate protests that are inspiring urgent action, giving us all hope for the future.
Elon Musk says he may vote for Trump, despite saying climate crisis is existential threat
With just five weeks to go until the US presidential election, Elon Musk is still an undecided voter. "Um, let's just see how the debates go," Mr Musk said on Ms Swisher's new podcast, Sway. Mr Musk went on to describe his political views as "socially very liberal and then economically right of centre, maybe, or center? "I have spoken to the president about sustainable energy many times," Mr Musk said. Earlier this year, Mr Trump attended the SpaceX and NASA astronaut launch in Florida, and he publicly defended Mr Musk's calls to resume production at Tesla's California plant amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Does Trump's 'tightening financial vise' create a security risk?
But the takeaway from the reporting that may ultimately be the most important is the scope of the Republican's considerable debts and liabilities. The Times found that Trump's finances are "under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed." As the Times added, the obtained materials paint a picture of a president facing "a tightening financial vise." He has exposure to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, to whom?" The Leader of the Free World owes hundreds of millions of dollars, and we have no idea to whom.
Trump could be more than $1 billion in debt — that's a national security risk, experts say
"Someone with a mountain of debt like President Trump is a national security risk and would be unable to get a security clearance if he were any other government employee," former U.S. attorney and national security law expert Barb McQuade told Salon. Advertisement:Indeed, national security authorities tell Salon that debt is one of the most common reasons that the government rejects security clearances. To be considered compromising, experts say, the amount doesn't have to come anywhere near the estimated $1.1 billion that Trump owes. So for me, this is a national security question," Pelosi said. "After President Trump leaves office, he will still know many of the secrets he learned as president.
Why The Trump-Biden Debate Matters
You probably know how you feel about President Donald Trump. So what is there to gain from the beginning of the presidential debates between Trump and Joe Biden? Polling and reporting this summer showed an electorate that appears to have largely made up its mind. The number of voters considering a third-party candidate or who are still firmly undecided is not what it was in September 2016. There’s compelling reason to think general election presidential debates don’t move voters much even in a normal time.
Federalist Society funded trips to universities and conventions by Amy Coney Barrett
Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern University paid for her to come and engage with students. ADBarrett’s disclosure for her first year as a federal judge indicates that her wealth is between just over $1 million and $3.2 million. Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Sonia Sotomayor reported maximum values of $10.6 million, $6.8 million and $6.3 million. Barrett was paid $28,264.45 by Notre Dame to be an adjunct professor while serving as a federal appeals judge. She said that Notre Dame also paid her for three speeches to alumni for its continuing education program.
Palin hints at Senate run in Alaska if Lisa Murkowski opposes Trump's Supreme Court nominee
Sarah Palin hinted at a possible run for Lisa Murkowski's Senate seat if the senator doesn’t support President Trump’s replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. "Lisa Murkowski, this is my house," Palin said, pointing to her Alaska residence in the background. “I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘Will you confirm the nominee?’" Murkowski said on Tuesday . You and I don’t know who that is. And so, I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.”
Young people resume global climate strikes calling for urgent action
School pupils, youth activists and communities around the world have turned out for a day of climate strikes, intended to underscore the urgency of the climate crisis even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. School strike week 110. Today is our global day of climate action, and we strike in over 3100 places! Mitzi Jonelle Tan, an activist, said: “We Filipinos are among the most impacted, ranking second in the latest global climate risk index, yet our contributions to greenhouse gas emissions are so little. The Climate Action Tracker thinktank estimated that the commitments, if followed through, would reduce global temperature rises by between 0.2C and 0.3C.
Outrage in India as low-caste teen dies after gang rape
Indian women protest for action against sexual violence in the country, in 2019A Dalit teenager allegedly raped by four upper-caste men died of her injuries on Tuesday, sparking outrage from Indian activists, politicians and Bollywood stars. India's 200 million low-caste "untouchable" Dalits have long faced discrimination and abuse and campaigners say attacks have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The 19-year-old woman was brutally assaulted in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on September 14, according to a complaint filed by the family with police. Priyanka Gandhi, a member of the opposition Congress party, blamed the assault on the deteriorating law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party. Women in India are subjected to alarming levels of sexual assaults, irrespective of their caste or class.
Chinese websites claim Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan part of China; draws ire of Central Asia
New Delhi: After claiming large portions of the South China Sea and the Mount Everest, two Chinese media have been claiming that central Asian countries like Kyrgystan and Kazakhstan have been part of China and with Kazakhstan even "eager to return back to China". Meanwhile, Sohu.com, another major Chinese internet company headquartered in Beijing published an article which said: "Kazakhstan is located on territories that historically belong to China". When it comes to Kazakhstan, China has an outsized role in its energy sector. China approved the establishment of two districts to administer disputed Paracel & Spratly island in the South China Sea. Before that Bejing had issued new names for 25 islands/ reef & 55 undersea entities in the South China Sea in a bid to "reaffirm" its sovereignty in the region.
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Casualties mount in Nagorno-Karabakh battle
Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Casualties mount in Nagorno-Karabakh battle Published duration 47 minutes agoimage copyright Reuters image caption The self-proclaimed authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh say their military has destroyed hundreds of enemy troopsNearly 100 people, including civilians, have died as battles rage on between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The fighting that started three days ago now appears to be spilling out of Nagorno-Karabakh. There are growing concerns that other countries may get directly involved in the conflict in the strategic Caucasus region. Turkey has already openly backed Azerbaijan, while Russia - which has a military base in Armenia - has called for an immediate ceasefire. On Sunday, Russia's foreign minister held urgent talks with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, calling for an immediate ceasefire.
Dual-flush toilets 'wasting more water than they save'
Thames Water says design is more likely to leak as Waterwise warns 400m litres are being lost from UK toilets a dayToilets specially designed to save water are wasting more than they conserve, the UK’s largest water firm has warned. Campaigners have warned for years that dual-flush toilets, introduced as more efficient alternatives that were expected to use less than half the amount of water per flush, are more prone to leaks. “Because there’s so many loos that continuously flow all through the day and night, collectively that water loss is now exceeding the amount of water the dual-flush design should be saving,” said Andrew Tucker, water efficiency manager at Thames Water. England could run short of water within 25 years Read moreThames Water said poor design and materials cause water to flow continuously into the bowl. And, according to the BBC, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association has acknowledged that the design of many dual-flush toilets is inherently more prone to leakage.
Boris Johnson blasts UK's 'snooty' attitude to vocations as he unveils £2.5bn Covid training scheme
Boris Johnson launched a desperate bid to stop coronavirus blighting the prospects of millions of workers today by offering digital boot camps and free college courses. AdvertisementThe government is also committing £8million for digital skills boot camps, expanding successful pilots in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and introducing programmes in new locations. From next year, boot camps will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering. Boot camps are employer-led, short, flexible training courses for adults, linked to guaranteed interviews and tailored to meet business and economic demand across the country. The second phase of boot camps will be trialled in West Yorkshire, the South West and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Foreign butchers and bricklayers 'needed in UK'
Image copyright Getty ImagesButchers, bricklayers and welders are in such short supply that UK employers should be able to recruit them from abroad when EU freedom of movement rules end, government advisers say. The Migration Advisory Committee also wants senior care workers and nursing assistants to be added to the "shortage occupation list". And it warned of shortages in frontline social care staff as most roles do not earn enough to be included on the list. The shortage occupation list, which highlights the occupations employers are having difficulty in finding workers for, includes a minimum salary requirement of £20,480. The MAC said there was a need to make social care jobs more attractive to UK workers by increasing salaries.
French ministers in spotlight over poor take-up of 'centralised' Covid app
France is looking across the Channel with rare admiration after the NHS Covid-19 test-and-trace app was downloaded 12.4m times in four days – a much greater take-up than its French equivalent. An estimated 3 million people have downloaded the French app, called StopCovid, since its launch in June. In August it was revealed that the app had sent only 72 alerts. “Yes, I’ve pushed the French to do so, but I haven’t done so,” Castex told France2 television. The UK app is linked to Apple and Google, while the French app was developed by a French research institute.
SEC: Fiat Chrysler to pay $9.5M for misleading investors
SEC: Fiat Chrysler to pay $9.5M for misleading investors Fiat Chrysler will pay $9.5 million to settle charges from U.S. securities regulators that it misled investors about emissions control problemsDETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler will pay $9.5 million to settle charges from U.S. securities regulators that it misled investors about emissions control problems. The SEC said that Fiat Chrysler agreed not to violate reporting provisions of U.S. securities laws. Last year Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, including a $300 million fine to the U.S. government, to settle allegations that it cheated on diesel emissions tests. Fiat Chrysler has maintained that it didn’t deliberately scheme to cheat and the company didn’t admit wrongdoing. Also last year, the SEC said Fiat Chrysler would pay $40 million to settle allegations that it misled investors by overstating monthly sales numbers over a five-year period.
Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent bans children from naturist events
Image copyright Google Image caption Waterworld said similar events had taken place over the last 20 years and it had had no reasons for concernA water park has banned children from private naturist functions after staff were allegedly "abused" by people protesting against a weekend event. Up to 30 demonstrators gathered at Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent while a British Naturism event was under way. But bosses said it had become clear "a growing number of customers" were unhappy these private events were open to both adults and children. He said his staff had been "subjected to unacceptable and unwarranted abuse from those protesting" outside an event on Saturday. Mr Chaudry said similar events had taken place over the last 20 years "happily and peacefully" with "all appropriate health, safety and safeguarding policies in place, giving our team no reasons for concern".
Man charged with killing woman in dispute over minor crash
Man charged with killing woman in dispute over minor crashST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis authorities are looking for a man who allegedly shot and killed a woman after a minor traffic accident over the weekend that did not involve him. Deion Whalen, 23, of Riverview, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of VIctoria McBee, 34. Whalen “poses an immediate danger to the victim’s family, and the community at large,” police said Monday. ADVERTISEMENTMcBee “attempted to de-escalate the situation before finally pushing the defendant,” prompting Whalen to shoot her at point-blank range, according to charging documents. Whalen has pending drug charges from last year in St. Louis Circuit Court and received probation in a 2016 drug case.
Purging water system of brain-eating microbe to take 60 days
(Courtesy of Maria Castillo via AP)1 of 6 This undated photo provided by Maria Castillo shows her son Josiah McIntyre. Mundo said Lake Jackson residents are still urged to boil their tap water before using it. Maria Castillo, Josiah’s mother, said Monday that her son first started showing flu-like symptoms. The city’s water utility is trying to purge its system of any “old water” so the system can be disinfected and replaced with fresh water. In very rare instances, naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated and contaminated tap water) enters the nose.
Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics: American League Wild Card series preview, schedule, predictions
Jeff Samardzija’s impact on the Chicago White Sox was minimal. Yet, no player may have as much impact on this week’s wild-card series pitting the White Sox and the Athletics in Oakland. The December 2014 trade that sent Samardzija to the White Sox and accelerated an Oakland tear-down will be central to the best-of-three AL wild-card series that commences Tuesday at the Coliseum. ET, ESPNWednesday, Game 2: White Sox (Dallas Keuchel 6-2, 1.99) at Athletics (Chris Bassitt 5-2, 2.29 ET) – 3 p.m. With that in mind, keep an eye on White Sox rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal.
Breonna Taylor's heartbreaking death exposes a chasm between law and justice
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, acknowledged that he was the first to fire when officers executed a search warrant at Taylor’s apartment. Crump also claimed it was improper to execute a search warrant at Taylor’s address because the “real suspect” of the investigation, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, was already in custody. While police took Taylor’s ex-boyfriend into custody around the time of the raid on Taylor's apartment, that did not void the search warrant. The two officers were assigned to a search team, handed a warrant signed by a judge and ordered to search Taylor’s apartment. A search warrant is based on probable cause at the time the warrant is issued.
Yankees vs. Indians: American League Wild Card series preview, schedule, predictions
In this strange campaign, it's only fitting that the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians meet in the best-of-three American League Wild Card Series given the ups and downs that each team endured over 60 games. The Yankees started the year hot, winning 16 of 22, but lost 15 of their next 20. ScheduleTuesday, Game 1: Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 7-3, 2.84 ERA) at Indians (Shane Bieber, 8-1, 1.63 ERA) – 7 p.m. ET, ESPNWednesday, Game 2: Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 3-3, 3.56 ERA) at Indians (Carlos Carrasco, 3-4, 2.91 ERA) – 7 p.m. Facing Cole in Game 1, the Indians are going to have a tough time getting into a rhythm at the platePredictionYankees in 3
2020 election live updates: Anticipation builds for first Trump, Biden debate in Cleveland; Amy Coney Barrett visits Capitol Hill
You can tune into USA TODAY's debate live stream and watch it live. ? 35 days until Election Day, eight days until the vice presidential debate, 113 days until Inauguration Day, 94 days left in 2020. You can follow all of USA TODAY's politics reporters on Twitter or subscribe to our daily On Politics newsletter. How Trump, Biden are preparing for debateFormer Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump have relied on friends to help them prepare for Tuesday's first presidential debate in Cleveland. - Savannah BehrmannHow to watch tonight:How to watch the first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump
Oregon man dies in 100-foot fall off cliff into ocean while posing for photo in tree
SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon man died Sunday after plunging 100 feet into the ocean during a hike at a state park on the Oregon Coast. Troopers and medics responded at 1:48 p.m. to Oswald West State Park for a report of a person who fell off a cliff, according to state police. Investigators say Steven Gastelum, 43, of Seaside, and a second person, walked down Devil's Cauldron trail to take a photograph at the cliffside viewpoint. When Gastelum climbed up a tree to pose for the picture, a limb broke, causing him to fall 100 feet into the water below. More:Man dies while posing for a photo at Machu PicchuGastelum was taken by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Fact check: Thousands of ballots were not sent to dead people or pets in Nevada, Virginia
A widely shared post on Facebook claims that hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots in Virginia and Nevada were found under the names of dead people and pets. However, there is no evidence ballots were sent to deceased voters or pets. Our ruling: FalseThe claim that hundreds of thousands of ballots were sent to dead people and pets in Virginia and Nevada is FALSE, based on our research. About 500,000 voters in Virginia were sent vote-by-mail applications, not an actual ballot, that included incorrect return addresses. In Nevada, ballots for the primary election were returned due to a change of address.
Politics infected America's COVID-19 response. People are dying because of it.
Yet, we’ve been the hardest hit and slowest to recover from the global coronavirus pandemic. The government should work with the medical community to develop a cohesive, nuanced coronavirus response. In the United States, the need to remove politics from medicine is urgent. In the face of all this uncertainty, one steadfast truth remains: We must start listening to the medical community and stop playing politics with people's lives. Dr. Alexander Salerno is a physician at Salerno Medical Associates, a family-run practice that serves East Orange and Newark, New Jersey.
Yes, teachers are underpaid. Here's how much high school teachers are underpaid in each state
On average across the United States, a high school teacher working in a public school earns $65,930 a year. Of the 25 states with the smallest teacher wage penalties, public school spending per student is greater than the national average of $12,612 per student in 13 states. Of the states with the largest teacher wage penalties, public school spending per student is higher than the national average in only four states. To supplement and provide context for the ranking, we calculated the average wage of public high school teachers in every state using data from the BLS' Occupational Employment Survey. Current spending by each state on public elementary and secondary schools came from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2018 Annual Survey of School System Finances.
Need another income stream? Here are 5 reasons to invest in dividend-paying stocks for retirement.
Here's a look at five key reasons you should consider adding some (or many) dividend-paying stocks to your portfolio. Dividends generate incomeThe first reason is perhaps the most obvious one: Dividend-paying stocks generate income. Dividend-paying stocks can be relatively stableAnother upside of dividend-paying stocks is that they're often relatively stable, compared to stocks of other companies. Dividend-paying stocks can grow brisklyRemember, too, that dividend-paying stocks don't merely offer dividends. But a handful of little-known "Social Security secrets" could help ensure a boost in your retirement income.
I lost my son to an opioid overdose. COVID-19 will only bring more deaths of despair.
As a young man, Biden lost his first wife and young daughter in a car accident. And second, … the best way through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose.”On July 13, 2018, I was called to my own cause when we lost our son Alec to an accidental overdose on his 26th birthday. Addiction is a disease of the brain, but the severity of the overdose epidemic is mostly human-made. During one of the last conversations I had with our son Alec, I was running for statewide office. I asked him how to address his addiction disease if the question was asked of me while campaigning.
ShowBiz Minute: Ai Weiwei, Seyfried, Prince George
ShowBiz Minute: Ai Weiwei, Seyfried, Prince GeorgeDissident Ai Weiwei protests possible extradition of Julian Assange; Amanda Seyfried and her husband Thomas Sadoski have a baby boy; Malta seeks shark tooth fossil presented to Prince George.
Donald Trump's tax returns has many wondering what they're doing wrong
It's a natural question after reading the New York Times’ extensive report based on President Donald Trump's tax return data that spanned more than two decades. "Sources of income matter under our current federal income tax laws." And withdrawals made from a traditional 401(k) plan are taxed at ordinary income tax rates. "In America, if you don't have income, you don't owe income tax." If Trump's tax situation was triggered by huge business losses, accounting experts agree that the tax system rightly enables a business to deduct appropriate losses.
United Airlines pilots approve deal that delays furloughs, reduces involuntary job cuts
David KoenigAssociated PressPilots at United Airlines voted to approve an agreement that will avoid about 2,850 furloughs that were set to take effect later this week and another 1,000 early next year. The Air Line Pilots Association said Monday’s deal will let United spread a reduced amount of flying across the airline’s 13,000 pilots to save jobs at least until next June. “Our members understood that in order to protect pilot jobs, we needed to approve this agreement,” said Todd Insler, chairman of the union’s United Airlines council. Pilots have special training requirements that make it more difficult and time-consuming to bring them back, which gave the pilots’ union more leverage to negotiate a jobs-saving deal. About 94% of United pilots took part in the ratification vote.
Heading to Seattle? Here's how to fit in day trips to national parks like Mount Rainier
You can conquer the High Divide in Olympic National Park, hike the Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park or kayak in North Cascades National Park. Olympic National ParkREI Adventures offers several different types of trips to this well-known national park. It’s impossible not to be inspired by its greatness.”Mount Rainier National Park“Mount Rainier is my beacon and the park is like home,” says Gyselman. “It’s quintessential Pacific Northwest.”Just like Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier is home to a variety of critters. It was unbelievably cool and a memory I’ll hold onto forever.”North Cascades National ParkNorth Cascades National Park, about a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle, is often called the American Alps.
Trump-Biden debate: a crash you won't be able to look away from
Peter FuntOpinion contributorWhen Chris Wallace moderated the final presidential debate in 2016, the state of the nation and its politics could not have been more different than today. A crash you can't look away fromI expect the 90-minute prime-time event to draw one of the largest audiences in the 60-year history of televised presidential debates (2016’s first debate had 84 million viewers). Biden beats you in that.”In the last 2016 presidential debate, Wallace challenged Trump with “sir” eight times. USA TODAY’s Susan Page will moderate the vice presidential debate Oct. 7. When he goes one-on-one with Trump, he’ll have to resist being arrogant, particularly in the face of nasty attacks.
You don't need to spend $1,000 on a phone. Here's how to get a smartphone for under $300.
But first – here's what you need to look for in a budget phone: as much power and storage as you can afford and a decent battery. TCL 10LThe Chinese company, best known for making high-quality, budget priced TVs (a 50-inch with built-in Roku streaming for under $300) also has a line of budget phones. It also has a large 6.4 inch screen, two-camera lenses, wide angle and super wide angle, plus the ability to get in close with the macro lens. It has a large 6.5 inch screen, three-camera lenses and a headphone jack. Or, if you need the smartphone, there's the Jitterbug Smart 2, which is a basic, bare bones smartphone, for $149.
Food Network's Carla Hall's advice to small businesses
Food Network's Carla Hall's advice to small businessesWhen she was a contestant on Top Chef, food entrepreneur Carla Hall recalls a defining moment that changed her outlook on the show — and life.
Coronavirus updates: 1M deaths worldwide; Democrats' $2.2 trillion relief package appears doomed; Navajo Nation reports zero deaths
House Democrats unveiling a doomed $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief aid package that would include a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks, bring back the $600-a-week unemployment benefit and provide another round of small business loans through the Paycheck Protection Program. ? Today's numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 7 million cases and 205,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Globally, there have been more than 33 million cases and more than 1million fatalities. House Democrats $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief package appears doomedHouse Democrats unveiled a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in a longshot push to break the impasse on relief negotiations before the election, though the bill is likely to face opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate if it passes the House. Navajo Nation reports 22 new COVID-19 cases but zero additional deathsNavajo Nation health officials on Monday reported 22 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total tally to 10,312.
NFL power rankings: Chiefs reclaim No. 1 spot as Packers, Seahawks vie for top NFC team
NFL power rankings, 2020 post-Week 3 edition (previous rank in parentheses):1. Packers (4): They're the sixth team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to start 3-0 while scoring at least 35 points in all three games, but only because ...3. L.A. is running more often than any other team, yet QB Jared Goff paces league with 13.7 yards per completion. 1 defense in the league ... and it's not even close with Indianapolis allowing nearly 65 fewer yards per game than second-ranked Pittsburgh. ***Follow USA TODAY Sports' Nate Davis on Twitter @ByNateDavisIf you love talking football, we have the perfect spot for you.
Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn's heartbreaking interview is hard to watch: 'It was a good run'
For the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars, who finished third in the Central Division, it was a surprising run that came up just short, losing the Cup in six games. Here's how the post-game news conference via Zoom went for Jamie Benn:"What's the feeling like for you guys right now?" "Hey, Jamie, are you able to even think about the run you guys had, or is this too much for you right now at this moment?" WHAT'S NEXT:Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars had great playoff runs; what awaits this offseason? Since Benn entered the league in 2009, Dallas has reached the playoffs four times, with this one being the first time it got past the second round.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helping troubled former NBA player Delonte West
Mark Cuban is trying to help Delonte West through his mental health struggles. The Dallas Mavericks owner confirmed to ESPN on Monday that he picked up West from a Dallas-area gas station in an attempt to get the former NBA player's life back on track. Earlier this year, former college teammates, like Jameer Nelson, and coaches expressed concern via social media when videos of a shirtless and rambling West went viral. "We are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs," tweeted Phil Martelli, West's coach at St. Joseph's, in . Throughout his career, West discussed his mental health, which included a bipolar disorder diagnosis.
Meghan McCain welcomes first child, reveals newborn's patriotic name
Meghan McCain welcomes first child, reveals newborn's patriotic nameMeghan McCain announced she was expecting her first child eight months after opening up about her previous miscarriage.
Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen Fights for Workplace Equality. Covid-19 Makes That Job Harder.
It’s been three years since the #MeToo movement ignited a global reckoning with sexual harassment and discrimination against women, while toppling entertainment moguls, CEOs and other leaders. Whether working from home or in the workplace, women are shouldering more of the burden for child care as many schools and day-care facilities remain closed, Ms. Tchen says, and the strain is forcing many to drop out of the workforce. “We’ve had a pandemic, a health-care crisis, an economic crisis, a racial-justice crisis,” Ms. Tchen says. “We now have a caregiving crisis.”Ms. Tchen recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal by phone from Chicago. Here are edited excerpts of the conversation.
Dating Back to 1910, This Eight-Bedroom Montreal House Has Incredible Attention to Detail
More: A Sprawling Estate in Toronto Feels Like a Quiet Country ManorIn the dining room, original wood-carved wall decor remains in mint condition. Sliding doors connect the living room to the dining room, whose flourishes make it “the key to the house,” Mr. Jasmin said. Built-in cabinets include a bar on whose side the builder of the home carved his initials, according to Mr. Jasmin. Engel & VolkersA discreet door opens from the dining room to a full bathroom, along with a maid’s bedroom, a powder room, and access to the kitchen. The home faces Outremont Park—“probably the nicest park in Montreal,” Mr. Jasmin said, for its fountains, centennial trees, and “beautiful playground.
Smart Security: A Guide to High-Tech Safes
Verifi Smart Safe S6000The Verifi Smart Safe S6000 is so confident in its fingerprint sensor that it eschews the backup keypad entry that comes standard on most other biometric safes—and Verifi has good reason to be proud of its scanner. The Verifi Smart Safe S6000, which can store up to 40 different fingerprints—and sounds an alarm when one not on file is used—is available for $325. The Motorola Flex Smart Safe is available for $129. Yale Smart Cabinet LockTurn any cabinet or drawer into a smart safe with the Yale Smart Cabinet Lock. The Yale Smart Cabinet Lock plans to launch this fall, but a price has not been announced yet.
EPA Raises Legal Questions About California’s Plan to Ban New Gas-Powered Cars Starting in 2035
WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency raised concerns about California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to ban sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered passenger cars in the state by 2035, arguing that the mandate is impractical and possibly illegal. In a letter to Mr. Newsom on Monday, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said a statewide shift to electric vehicles would strain California’s electric grid. Mr. Wheeler also said the order likely wouldn’t be able to be implemented by the California Air Resources Board without approval from the EPA, noting that the Trump administration in 2019 took away California’s power to set its own vehicle tailpipe emissions standards. “We aren’t going to back down from protecting our kids’ health and the air they breathe.”
Supreme Court Fight to Stir Up Partisan Voters in Pivotal North Carolina Senate Race
The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upended politics in Washington, thrusting a battle over the ideological direction of the Supreme Court into the final weeks of the election. But several hundred miles south of the Beltway, the vacancy has so far done little to shake up a pivotal Senate race in North Carolina, where Republican incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis is running against Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham. Instead, each party is incorporating the court fight into their existing strategies.
Blackstone Sets Goal to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Blackstone Group Inc., one of the world’s largest owners of real estate, is making a new commitment to cut its carbon footprint. The investment firm has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 15% within the first three years of buying any asset or company across its portfolio. The initiative will begin in 2021 and will apply to new investments where Blackstone controls the energy systems. Schneider will tabulate usage, cost and associated emissions data based on monthly energy bills from each new piece of Blackstone’s portfolio. Emissions reductions will be reported in aggregate against the firm’s overall target.
Ransomware Attack Hits Universal Health Services
Computer systems at Universal Health Services Inc., one of the nation’s largest hospital chains, were taken offline after a malicious software attack crippled the company’s computers and led it to cancel some surgeries and divert some ambulances. The company took down systems used for medical records, laboratories and pharmacies across about 250 U.S. facilities Sunday to halt further spread of the malware attack, Universal Health President Marc Miller said in an interview Monday evening.
Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: What’s Behind the Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh
International concern is growing over rapidly escalating turmoil in the South Caucasus as fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues to spiral, threatening to draw in regional powers and destabilize an area that serves as an important energy corridor for global markets. Tuesday saw a third day of clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics that have been embroiled in a simmering conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh for almost three decades. accWhy are Armenia and Azerbaijan...
NYC Schools for Elementary Students Reopen Amid Confusion and Hopes
New York City children in elementary schools, including ones that stretch through eighth grade, are expected to enter classrooms Tuesday for the first time since city schools shut down in spring due to the new coronavirus. Students’ return marks a new chapter in what many parents and educators have called the most hectic and anxiety-ridden back-to-school season in memory. Students going to school buildings will typically do so for one to three days a week to allow for social distancing. Schools serving kindergarten through fifth grade and K-8 are opening classrooms Tuesday, after giving instruction virtually last week. About 300,000 students in all those programs are expected to be in schools over the course of this week.
Tiffany, United Natural, Piedmont Lithium: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today
Here’s what we are watching as markets kick into gear Tuesday. stock futures edged lower, a day after both the Dow industrials and S&P 500 rebounded sharply. Wall Street’s fear gauge, the VIX, is signaling more turbulence in equities. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite has declined almost 6% this month, capping its gains so far this quarter to roughly 10%. Read our full market wrap here.
U.S. Retail Bankruptcies, Store Closures Hit Record in First Half
Retail bankruptcies, liquidations and store closings in the U.S. reached records in the first half of 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated industry changes, particularly the shift to online shopping, according to a report. In the first six months, 18 retailers filed for chapter 11 protection, mostly concentrated in apparel and footwear, home furnishings, grocery and department stores, according to the report by professional-services firm BDO USA LLP. This year is on pace to rival 2010, when 48 retailers filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the 2007-09 recession, BDO said. Retail bankruptcies in 2020 have already surpassed the 22 such filings recorded last year. “This is almost certainly the worst year in recent history for retail,” said Kyle Sturgeon, a managing partner at Atlanta-based turnaround advisory firm Meru LLC.
12 injured in Washington Heights apartment building blaze
A police investigation has been launched into the alleged ballot...A man who was injured in the fire at 545 W 158th St. in Manhattan, is taken to an ambulance. A man who was injured in the fire at 545 W 158th St. in Manhattan, is taken to an ambulance. People who evacuated the building watch as firefighters battle a 2 alarm fire at 545 W 158th St. in Manhattan. The blaze broke out on the fifth floor of the six-story apartment building on West 158th Street near Broadway around 4:30 a.m., officials said. A dozen civilians were hurt — one of them with serious injuries, four with serious but non-life-threatening injuries and seven with minor injuries, the FDNY said.
New book ‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey’ reveals shocking family secrets
Get ready to sip the tea, dahlings — as only Mariah Carey can brew it. The superstar pop diva is serving all the dish that you can eat up in her much-anticipated memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” out on Tuesday. But by then, loyal Lambs — as Carey’s faithful fans are called — will know a lot more secrets about the star from reading her book. She felt she didn’t belongGrowing up biracial, with a white mother and a black father, Carey didn’t feel that she belonged — or even deserved to exist. “There was a time in my early childhood when I didn’t believe I was worthy of being alive,” she writes.
Amazon’s new gadget lets you pay with the palm of your hand
Amazon is getting into palm-reading — but it wants to sell you groceries rather than tell your fortune. The e-commerce colossus unveiled a new gadget Tuesday that will let shoppers pay with the palms of their hands at its retail stores. The so-called Amazon One device uses high-tech imaging and algorithms to create a “unique palm signature” based on the hand’s ridges, lines and other features. The palm images Amazon One uses are encrypted and stored in a “highly secure” cloud, and customers can request to have their palm data deleted, Kumar said. The system “requires someone to make an intentional gesture by holding their palm over the device to use,” he wrote.
Conor McGregor, Dana White feud escalates after exposed messages broke ‘man code’
It may just be Conor McGregor vs. Dana White in the octagon soon. Just two days earlier, McGregor took to Twitter to post several screenshots of Instagram direct messages between him and White from earlier this year. He also tweeted Friday that he plans to fight Pacquiao in boxing next. McGregor also claims that White is aware of the potential Pacquiao fight and that he has the “legal letters” to prove it. In order to go through with the boxing match against Pacquiao, McGregor would need the promotion’s approval.
NFL Power Rankings for Week 4: Tom Brady has Buccaneers rising fast
3 Baltimore Ravens on the road Monday night, further cementing their early place atop the list for a third straight week. Kansas City Chiefs, 3-0 (Last week: 1)Mahomes zipped the ball around for 385 passing yards — with TD tosses to four different receivers — to become the fastest player in NFL history to 10,000 passing yards (34 games). The underrated KC defense also held Jackson under 100 passing yards (a career-low 97) and to one offensive touchdown. Russell Wilson’s 14 TD passes are the most through three games of any quarterback in NFL history, one more than Mahomes in 2018. Offensively, the Gase/Darnold unit is ranked dead last in the league in scoring, total yards, passing yards and first downs.
Trump denies ‘ridiculous’ report that he wanted Ivanka to be his running mate
President Trump is calling reports claiming he wanted his daughter Ivanka Trump to be his 2016 running mate “ridiculous.”“Now Fake News @CNN is actually reporting that I wanted my daughter, Ivanka, to run with me as my Vice President in 2016 Election. “These people are sick!”CNN reported about the vice president story based on earlier reporting by Bloomberg News and the Washington Post. Ivanka Trump finally put an end to the conjecture when she told her father that it wouldn’t be a good idea. The Trump campaign shot down the story when it was first reported last week. Gates, an associate of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty in February 2018 to lying to federal investigators about lobbying work he and Manafort did with Ukraine before joining the Trump campaign.
Teacher sentenced to death for poisoning kids with nitrite-laced porridge
A monstrous kindergarten teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning 25 children — one of whom died — with breakfast porridge laced with sodium nitrite as revenge after a fight with a colleague, according to reports. The court in Jiaozuo on Monday described Mengmeng Kindergarten teacher Wang Yun as “despicable and vicious” for putting the toxic compound into the children’s food, the Global Times reported. One of the poisoned kids died in a hospital 10 months after the poisoning, the BBC reported. “The kids said the porridge tasted salty,” one parent told the Beijing News, according to the Global Times. The court said Wang also used sodium nitrite, which she bought online, on her husband after an argument in 2017.
Minneapolis police probing alleged ballot harvesting plot helping Rep. Omar
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get updates on the 2020 presidential election and moreA police investigation has been launched into the alleged ballot harvesting plot helping progressive “squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar. “ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER FRAUD BEING EVALUATED,” the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) announced on Twitter Monday, hours after President Trump called for an investigation into the “misdeeds.”“The MPD is aware of the allegations of vote harvesting. All these here are absentee ballots,” Mohamed says in the video posted on July 1, according to the report. Omar Jamal, a Minneapolis community leader, then implicated Democratic congresswoman Omar in the alleged scheme, saying Mohamed is “one of” her “many people.”“It’s an open secret. She will do anything that she can do to get elected and she has hundreds of people on the streets doing that,” Jamal told Project Veritas in an interview last week.
How NYC restaurants are prepping for indoor dining: Poles, Plexiglas, UV lights
Big Apple restaurants say that safety is their main dish as they gear up to launch indoor dining on Sept. 30 for the first time in six months. At Starr’s Buddakan, Upland, Pastis, El Vez and La Mercerie, “We’re following the letter of the law,” he said. He has practice: His Philadelphia restaurants have been serving inside for months under rules similar to New York’s without a problem. Other owners said they won’t know how popular indoors will be for a few weeks. Tamarind Tribeca owner Avtar Walia divided his 11,000-square-foot Indian palace into four sections on the main floor and mezzanine.
Michael Flynn faces showdown before judge over Justice Dept. bid to drop prosecution
The Justice Department in May moved to drop Flynn’s guilty plea to lying about his pre-inauguration contacts with then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, in which Flynn asked that Moscow not respond to U.S. sanctions until Trump took office. The Justice Department asserts the executive branch has sole power to dismiss cases. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying in an FBI interview on Jan. 24, 2017, to conceal conversations with Kislyak. In response, more than 1,100 former prosecutors said in a friend-of-the-court brief that the Justice Department distorted facts and appeared to have been bent to serve the president’s will. Flynn faces a sentence of zero to six months under his initial plea deal.
Going from townhouse to a real dream home in Jack’s Run
So as she drove out in mid-July to Jack’s Run, a K. Hovnanian Homes community in Purcellville, Va., she was excited. Home-schooling area: Todd’s is one of 28 Jack’s Run homesites, each a minimum of one acre. Much of the development is surrounded by a tree conservation area, and it is bordered to the west by the Jack’s Run stream and scenic overlook. ADADNearby: Jack’s Run is in Purcellville, a hub of western Loudoun County that features many restored Victorian homes and commercial buildings and a bustling downtown with more than 50 restaurants. Jack’s Run is 50 miles from Washington, 15 miles from Leesburg Executive Airport and 28 miles from Dulles International Airport.
After TV footage of a fatal police chase was destroyed, a Texas sheriff has been indicted
Instead, it was destroyed, “Live PD” producers said, under instructions from the deputies’ boss: Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody (R). ADThis time, however, his involvement in “Live PD” has led to criminal charges. ADAccording to the contract between Williamson County and “Live PD,” the show could destroy any unaired footage unless court order or other legal request said otherwise. But two months after Ambler’s death, the sheriff told them the investigation was completed, and producers went ahead and tossed the footage. That outpouring, which prompted A&E to cancel “Live PD” in June, also turned Ambler’s death into a rallying cry for Texas protesters.
There are many Gloria Steinems in ‘The Glorias.’ One of them was my boss.
ADADI worked as Gloria’s administrative assistant in the 1980s, just a few years after graduating from our alma mater, Smith College (Gloria was Class of ’56). “It’s very hard, because somehow I had persuaded myself that she would always be there,” says Gloria, who turned 86 in March. You might learn something.”“How smart of me to say that,” Gloria says when I remind her of the advice that changed my life. No one can fire you.”'No is a complete sentence'Taymor, best known for such visually bold films as “Frida” and “Across the Universe,” directs “The Glorias” as a time-shifting chronicle of Gloria’s life and career, adding magical realist touches to reflect her evolving consciousness. (Even more surreally, that same party, which Gloria insisted be held as a fundraiser for Ms., is re-created in “The Glorias,” this time with Midler playing Bella Abzug.)
Live updates: Global coronavirus death toll tops 1 million as U.N. chief warns that ‘misinformation kills’
New York’s Rockland County, which became one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots early in the pandemic, is witnessing a worrisome new surge in infections. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) announced Monday that two villages in the county, Spring Valley and Monsey, had reported positivity rates of 30 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Enforcing public health restrictions in New York’s ultra-Orthodox enclaves has proved challenging for authorities who risk being accused of anti-Semitism if they single out a specific group. “I said to last week that these rules apply to all religious gatherings and religious celebrations,” Cuomo said. “Public health is public health.”
Power Up: Trump campaign lowers expectation for three states he flipped in 2016
“Look at the electoral votes,” a Trump campaign official told us. ”“We want to win Pennsylvania and we believe we will but by no means does [Trump] have to win Pennsylvania,” the Trump campaign official added. In 2016, Trump lost Minnesota — the state that's “ long been the one that got away ” for Republicans by less than two points. “Everyone thinks TV spending is the silver bullet – this isn't 2000 anymore,” the senior Trump campaign official told us. Chaser: “One thing that field [organizers] are really good at: chasing absentee ballots,” the senior Trump campaign official added.
Census Bureau announces new ‘target date’ of Oct. 5 to finish 2020 Census count
Koh’s preliminary injunction had blocked the bureau from stopping on the earlier date. A Census Bureau spokesperson on Monday said the bureau was investigating the report. “I still have active cases, and was preparing to go out in the field,” the enumerator said. I was told to never look in mailboxes, peek in windows, or make any assumptions.”ADThe battle over the census end date comes after the government had initially said that because of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic it needed until Oct. 31 to finish the count. The bureau has yet to provide a rationale that establishes that ending the response period early will produce an accurate census.”AD
Fresh evidence shows the Trump campaign sought to dissuade African Americans from voting in 2016
Fresh evidence shows the Trump campaign sought to dissuade African Americans from voting in 2016Plus, intelligence professionals say President Trump’s debts and foreign deals pose national security risks, and a new poll shows Joe Biden leading in Pennsylvania ahead of the first debate.
Trump, Biden and the facts: The tale of the tape
Here’s the tale of the tape in how Trump and Biden measure up before their first presidential debate. ADEven after nearly four years as president, Trump appears to have little idea of how NATO is funded and operates. But he has never offered a plan that would do so and repeatedly claimed (falsely) he effectively eliminated Obamacare. Trump repeatedly said U.S. Steel was building six to eight new steel plants, but that wasn’t true. Trump falsely accused Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) of Minnesota of supporting the terrorist group behind the 9/11 attacks.
Barrett begins visits with senators as several Dems refuse to meet with her
"I believe first the whole process has been illegitimate," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Sunday. Schumer, who has said if Barrett is confirmed the GOP "will have stolen two Supreme Court seats," is joined by Sens. REPUBLICANS EYE AMY CONEY BARRETT SENATE FLOOR VOTE AT END OF OCTOBER, JUST DAYS BEFORE ELECTION"Should a qualified nominee ... be put forward, I will vote to confirm," Gardner said earlier last week. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have said they oppose moving ahead with the confirmation ahead of the election. "By nominating Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has put Americans' health care at grave risk," Schumer said at a Saturday press conference in New York City.
Steve Doocy: The Doocy family's delicious debate night dessert
Preheat oven to 375°F and set the cast-iron skillet inside to get hot for 10 to 20 minutes. In a larger bowl, combine the Bisquick, milk, and the 1/2 cup sugar and whisk until it’s as smooth as you can get it. Carefully remove the hot pan from the oven, add the butter to the pan and watch it quickly melt. Once melted, immediately pour the batter into the butter in the hot pan, but do not mix the batter with the butter. Recipe adapted from "The Happy in a Hurry Cookbook by Steve and Kathy Doocy."
Oregon 'hostage situation' leads to multiple people dead, state police investigation
A reported "hostage situation" in Oregon on Monday led to a fatal shooting with multiple deaths, according to officials. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a news release the incident unfolded at 12:30 p.m. local time at a home in Salem over the possible hostage situation. "As the incident unfolded, shots were fired," the sheriff's office said. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPOfficials said in a news release Monday night that Oregon State Police were at the scene and are leading an investigation. "Any deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated, as outlined by protocol," the sheriff's office said.
Michigan man fatally shot after argument in line at local haunted house
A Michigan man was fatally shot and his attacker is on the loose after the pair is believed to have had an argument while standing in the line to get into a Detroit haunted house, police said. “The victim and the suspect exchanged words as the suspect thought the victim had cut in line ahead of him,” police added. It’s not clear when the other man also left the line and made his way to the lot, but police said witnesses later heard bullets being fired. WOMAN'S PROFANITY-FILLED MELTDOWN ON FLIGHT TO DETROIT CAUGHT ON CAMERAThe victim, whose name was not immediately released, was shot in the neck, chest and side, police said. He was found lying on the concrete and was rushed to an area hospital, but could not be saved.
Mexico launches special guard force to protect mining companies from drug cartels
Mexico is now deploying guards equipped with assault rifles to help protect mining companies from attacks by drug cartels. Continue Reading BelowThe government force launched Monday and contains the first 118 graduates of a special training course, the Associated Press says. The Fresnillo mining company said the robbery occurred near its Herradura mine in the border state of Sonora. The Fresnillo mining company also said the robbery was carried out by “organized crime,” a phrase commonly used in Mexico to refer to drug cartels. The company said employees have had security incidents on roads leading to the mine in a remote part of Chihuahua state, a region plagued by drug cartels.
Hyundai developing 'transformer-class' walking car for production
So-called "flying cars" may be all the buzz these days, but Hyundai has established a new team in Silicon Valley tasked with developing a production version of the futuristic Elevate walking vehicle concept it unveiled at CES in 2019. “We aim to create the world’s first transformer-class vehicle, also known as the Ultimate Mobility Vehicle,” said vice president Dr. John Suh, who is director of the New Horizons Studio. TEST: HOW SMART IS THE HYUNDAI SONATA'S SMART PARK? Hyundai did not say when it expects to have a working prototype or production vehicle ready. Of course, like many automakers, Hyundai’s feet may be on the ground but it is reaching for the sky.
Billionaire David Tepper returns to New Jersey, faces $120 million tax bill
Billionaire David Tepper returns to New Jersey, faces $120 million tax billBillionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper left New Jersey for Florida and it affected the state's entire budget. Now he's back in the Garden State. CNBC's Robert Frank joins "Squawk Box" to explain what it could mean for the state's budget.
Investopedia: Investors remain bullish despite high anxiety about the election and the pandemic
Investopedia: Investors remain bullish despite high anxiety about the election and the pandemicCaleb Silver, editor-in-chief at Investopedia, discusses the results of a survey of young and older investors, how they feel about the economy and election outcome, and what they're doing with their money to coincide with these events.
Loftin: Most focused on keeping investor expectations realistic in this environment
Loftin: Most focused on keeping investor expectations realistic in this environmentGerald Loftin of Proficient Wealth Counselors discusses how to position investors for a potential 7 to 9% return this year, and sectors that continue to be in favor, such as technology and healthcare.
Add to cyclical exposure in the year ahead: JPMorgan
Add to cyclical exposure in the year ahead: JPMorganGrace Peters, head of equities strategy at JPMorgan Private Bank, discusses what type of cyclical stocks investors should be adding to their portfolios in the year ahead.
Here are the companies driving corporate diversity and inclusion
Here are the companies driving corporate diversity and inclusionThe tenth annual Delivering Alpha conference will kick off Wednesday as a totally virtual event. One of the big topics of the day will be corporate diversity. CNBC's Leslie Picker joins "Squawk Box" with a preview.
Would shareholders receive an advantage from more airline aid?
Would shareholders receive an advantage from more airline aid? A major funding expiration for airline workers looms. More than 100,000 employees are expected to be laid off if Congress doesn't reach a deal extending the Paycheck Protection Program. Nicholas Calio, Airlines for America president and CEO, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss.
B. Riley's Mark Grant urges investors to be cautious in current environment
B. Riley's Mark Grant urges investors to be cautious in current environmentMark Grant, chief global market strategist at B. Riley FBR, tells CNBC's "Squawk Box" that it's time for investors to exercise caution with their portfolios and that preservation of capital is more important now than ever before.
Bell: September's decline in the tech sector presents a real opportunity for investors
Bell: September's decline in the tech sector presents a real opportunity for investorsLindsey Bell of Ally Invest says despite steep losses for the tech sector and several names within this month, the pandemic is still presenting this group with an opportunity to shine, as people are changing the way they operate.
Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated ESG investing trend: CEO
Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated ESG investing trend: CEORebeca Minguela, founder and CEO of Clarity AI, discusses the rising demand for ESG tracking and monitoring and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on that trend.
Wall Street analysts back Virgin Galactic, but two traders lay out why it’s not a buy yet
Wall Street is hitching a ride with Virgin Galactic. Susquehanna and BofA Securities initiated coverage of the stock on Monday with a buy rating. Susquehanna analysts called Virgin an innovator of space technology, while BofA said its growth potential is "unparalleled." In the same interview, New Street Advisors founder Delano Saporu said the stock's fundamentals are keeping him away. Commercial operations haven't begun.
Paychex September small business report shows slow increase in hiring
Paychex September small business report shows slow increase in hiringPaychex is out with its September report on small business employment. It shows an increase in hiring in the past month, the first national increase since May, however, hiring is still down over three percent year-over-year. Marty Mucci, CEO of Paychex, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss.
JPMorgan: We're positive on U.S. industrial and construction material companies
JPMorgan: We're positive on U.S. industrial and construction material companiesGrace Peters, head of equities strategy at JPMorgan Private Bank, discusses which sectors in the U.S. are likely to benefit in the next year.
5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday
Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures were steady Tuesday morning, one day after the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose for the third straight session. Jonathan Ernst | ReutersPresident Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off in their first presidential debate Tuesday night at a time when Covid-19 has severely curtailed their campaign appearances. A perceived debate draw could hamper the markets, which desire clarity as national polls, still in Biden's favor, have been narrowing. House Democrats on Monday unveiled a new, $2.2 trillion relief bill, which lopped $1.2 trillion off their original legislation. But that's still nearly a trillion dollars more than what the president has indicated he'd be willing to sign.
Nokia wins 5G deal with BT after Huawei was banned from UK networks
LONDON — Nokia announced Tuesday that it has signed a major 5G equipment deal with BT, which is the biggest telecoms group in Britain. The announcement comes after the U.K. said in July that it would ban Huawei equipment from its 5G network rollout, and it suggests Nokia is replacing Huawei's remaining share of infrastructure in BT's 5G network. Philip Jansen, CEO of BT Group, said in a statement: "In a fast-moving and competitive market, it's critical we make the right technology choices." Under the deal, Nokia will provide 5G equipment and services at BT radio sites across the U.K. Nokia currently powers BT's network in London, the English Midlands and some rural locations — but that footprint is now set to expand.
Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: McCormick, Walmart, Amazon, Big Lots & more
McCormick (MKC) – The spice maker came in one cent a share ahead of estimates, with quarterly earnings of $1.53 per share. The company is projecting fiscal 2020 adjusted earnings per share of $5.64-$5.72, compared to a consensus estimate of $5.76. Amazon.com (AMZN) – Amazon launched a $4.99 per month personal shopping service for men, an expansion of its existing Prime Wardrobe service. Universal Health Services (UHS) – Universal Health Services took its computer systems offline after the hospital operator was victimized by a malware attack. United Natural Foods (UNFI) – United Natural Foods reported quarterly earnings of $1.06 per share, beating the 74 cents a share consensus estimate.
Mars might have salty ponds next to its underground lake, raising possibility of Martian life
(CNN) Two years ago, scientists detected what looked like a salty lake under the surface of Mars' southern ice cap. Now, new research has found more evidence of the lake, and also revealed a number of smaller salty "ponds" nearby -- raising the possibility there may be life on the Red Planet. In the new study, Italian scientists used the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft. The radar covered a larger area of the Martian surface and gathered additional data, allowing the scientists to "confirm the liquid nature of the previously observed lake," the research team said in a statement. "The presence of a subglacial lake could have important consequences for astrobiology and the presence of habitable niches on Mars," the statement added.
It's not too late to buy into the rebound, according to one strategist
Investors still have a chance to get in on what could be a six- to 12-month market rebound, says one strategist. We also know that we're in a global synchronized pivot higher off of very weak levels in the global economy and that really sets the stage for intermediate-term opportunity." "The question that I had to ask myself is, 'Why do I want to buy weakness now when I didn't want to buy it in early March?'" Number two, we have a synchronized global recovery," he said. So, what you're left with, again, are the two things that have been the driving force behind our bullishness since May: excess liquidity and a synchronized global recovery."
Bed Bath & Beyond teams with Shipt and Instacart for same-day delivery before holidays
Bed Bath & Beyond and buybuy Baby stores across 48 states will offer the service, but customers must reside in eligible ZIP codes to use it. As of May 30, Bed Bath & Beyond had a total of 1,478 stores, including 955 of its namesake Bed Bath & Beyond shops, and 127 buybuy Baby locations. Bed Bath & Beyond is partnering with Target-owned Shipt, which helps fulfill same-day orders for a number of other retailers including Costco and Kroger, and Instacart. Bed Bath & Beyond might be seen as an underdog compared with its larger big-box competitors. Bed Bath & Beyond is set to report quarterly earnings before the market open this Thursday.
Earnings season kicks off soon and results could be better than feared
Earnings season kicks off in a couple weeks and here's why it may be better than expected. Raich believes that based on early results, there is a very high chance that companies are going to be reporting substantially higher earnings than have been estimated, just like they did in the second quarter. Raich points to the first 12 companies reporting, all of whom have reported third quarter results better than expected. Then, as the reopening story got better, the numbers got better. Second, companies are continuing to withhold earnings guidance.
Here's what Joe Biden has to do in the first debate with President Trump
Kevin Lamarque | ReutersWASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden prepare to face off in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Biden has spent nearly a week diligently preparing for what is likely to be one of the most watched presidential debates in modern history. Below is a Trump campaign ad emblematic of the kinds of attacks it has leveled against Biden over his mental acuity. A few weeks ago, after six months of accusing Biden of cognitive decline, the Trump campaign abruptly switched gears to arguing that Biden is a master debater with decades of experience. Joe Biden gave speeches for 36 years in the Senate, and he gave speeches and cut ribbons for eight years as vice president. These issues have proven fertile ground for Biden campaign ads like the one below.
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McKenna EwenMisleading content shared by Trump and his team is often defended as humor. But his supporters aren't always in on the joke.
Coronavirus live updates: New infections rise in more U.S. states; meatpackers deny workers compensation for virus
This is CNBC's live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks.
Private jets are more accessible than ever. Here's how to hire one
How to charter a private jetIt's possible to book private charters directly from companies such as BLADE XO , and JSX . Although it's expensive, private jet hire offers advantages like the ability to set your own itinerary. Private jet travel may have as few as 20 touchpoints as most jets depart from a private terminal. Related content Bombardier Global 7500 vs Gulfstream G650: Battle of the private jetsIs private jet travel a fad? A recent Corporate Jet Investor's poll of 500 private jet executives indicates that 92% of the respondents are optimistic about private jet travel in 2021.
4 things to know about the New York Times report on Trump and 'The Apprentice'
Trump on Sunday denied the New York Times story and claimed that he pays "a lot" in federal income taxes. Then 'The Apprentice' happenedBefore being approached to host "The Apprentice" nearly 20 years ago, Trump was not in an enviable position, according to the Times. After being asked to join "The Apprentice," Trump was awarded a 50% share of the show's profits, according to the Times. One plaintiff who has pursued action against Trump in court was cited as having "signed up after she 'watched clips of ACN appearing on 'Celebrity Apprentice,'" the Times reported. But that "went into a steep decline starting in 2011, falling, along with the show's ratings," the newspaper reported.
Target won't be left out of this year's Prime Day
New York (CNN Business) Target isn't letting Amazon hog the sales spotlight during Prime Day. On October 13 and 14, Target is holding Deal Days (the same days as Amazon's Prime Day event). Target is also hoping the event will provide a boost to its Target Circle, it's roughly year-old free loyalty program , to access some of the deals. Target TGT is also joining other retailers in demolishing the traditional Black Friday rush because of the pandemic. Black Friday deals will be sold online and in stores for the entire month of November, it said, and it will offer "weeklong discounts and digital deals every day" beginning on November 1.
A boy sent his Baby Yoda doll to Oregon firefighters. Now they take it on their calls
While at the store, Carver's eyes fixed on something in the toy aisle -- a Baby Yoda doll. Carver knew the firefighters would need the Baby Yoda more than he did. For those not familiar with "The Force," Baby Yoda -- or "The Child" -- is a character from the Star Wars Disney+ original series "The Mandalorian." The character took over the internet last year with its big ears and adorable doe eyes. Carver had a feeling the firefighters would need the doll more than he did, so he sent it off in a care package along with a note.
Cardinal George Pell set to return to Rome after acquittal on child sex abuse charges
Rome (CNN) Cardinal George Pell is due to return to Rome Wednesday, a source close to him told CNN Tuesday, marking his first return since his acquittal nearly six months ago on child sex abuse charges and release from prison in his native Australia. The source said there was no official reason for his return beyond that he had always said he wanted to come back to Rome. The source did not know how long Pell planned to stay in Rome. Pell served at the Vatican from 2014 to 2019 as Minister of Economy, in charge of Pope Francis' financial reforms which largely stalled when he was called back to Australia to defend his name. In 2018, Pell became the most senior Catholic official to be convicted of child sex abuse.
Investor: The stock market feels like 1999 again
How will the markets look ahead of the elections? Not great according to Mike Novogratz, founder & CEO of Galaxy Digital Holdings. Here's why he feels like the market is reminiscent of 1999's infamous tech bubble.
Tampa Airport introduces COVID-19 testing in terminal
In a first, Tampa International Airport hopes to win back the confidence of passengers by introducing pre-flight COVID testing right in the terminal. NBC’s Kerry Sanders joins TODAY with a look at how the voluntary test program works.
Drone video reveals Glass Fire devastation in northern California
Firefighters in the city of Santa Rosa, inside California's wine country, have been battling wildfires that have destroyed communities and forced the evacuation of thousands.
Second seed Pliskova arrests slump against Sherif to advance
Slideshow ( 2 images )PARIS (Reuters) - Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova managed to rein in her errors and found a way past battling Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif with a 6-7(9) 6-2 6-4 victory in the opening round of the French Open on Tuesday. Pliskova had 27 unforced errors and hit six double faults in the first set under the open roof of Court Philippe Chatrier as the 24-year-old Sherif, making her Grand Slam main draw debut, saved eight setpoints to win the opener in the tiebreaker. Former world number one Pliskova improved drastically in the second to level the match with three breaks of her opponent’s service games and a crucial break in the seventh game of the decider proved enough. Pliskova, who retired in the final in Rome with injury before coming to Paris, sealed the match with an ace and will next meet 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko, who earlier defeated American Madison Brengle 6-2 6-1.
German doctor admits to years of blood doping
MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - A German sports doctor on trial for masterminding an international doping network for athletes admitted on Tuesday to helping athletes with blood doping for years but said he made no profit. Defendant Mark S., a German sports physician, accused of masterminding an international blood-doping network and four co-defendants are accused of helping at least twenty athletes to undergo performance enhancing blood transfusions. The defendant also said he never put the athletes’ health at risk but did admit to blood doping. Mark S. was arrested in Germany. Four other suspects are on trial accused of helping him with the collection and supply of blood.
Duchess Kate toasts new scout appointment with marshmallows
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge spends the day learning about the importance of parent-powered initiatives, Battersea Park in London, Britain September 22, 2020. Jack Hill/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - Kate, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, marked her appointment as joint president of Britain’s Scout Association on Tuesday by joining scouts in north London for their traditional activity of toasting marshmallows over a camp fire. “For many children and young people, The Scout Association plays a key role as they build relationships and develop the skills they need to succeed in later life,” Kate said in a statement. To mark the occasion, the duchess visited youngsters from the 12th Northolt Scout Group to hear how they had coped during the coronavirus pandemic and to join in with some of their sessions. “Scouting is more important than ever before, giving young people life skills, a sense of connection and belonging, and supporting communities in areas of deprivation that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19,” its chief executive Matt Hyde said.
Oregon inmates find redemption in fighting wildfires
Joshua Rutledge, 42, and Guillermo Rojas, 29, who are inmates from Warner Creek Correctional Facility, working as firefighters, prepare to help mop up hotspots from the Brattain Fire, after waking up in Paisley, Oregon, U.S., September 19, 2020. REUTERS/Adrees LatifThe 10 Oregon prisoners carry chainsaws, axes, shovels and hoes into the biggest wildfires the state has seen in a century. A dozen such crews have worked fires in Oregon this month, which has seen over 1 million acres burn and nine people die during this year’s wildfire season. The men in a crew working the forested mountains near Paisley, Oregon, last week were mostly young and fit. All say they say they are blessed to have found a legal, alternative rush.
Iran's new coronavirus cases exceed 450,000: Health Ministry
Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 450,000 threshold on Tuesday with 3,677 infections identified in the last 24 hours, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV, as the Islamic Republic’s death toll spiked to 25,986. Sima Sadat Lari said 207 people had died in the past 24 hours and the total number of infection cases reached 453,637. Coronavirus has surged in almost all of Iran’s 31 provinces, but President Hassan Rouhani said last week that his government had no plans to impose a complete lockdown despite the growing number of cases. However, Iranian authorities said some restrictive measures would be reimposed in Tehran and some other cities classified as “red”, the highest category in Iran’s coronavirus risk scale. Health officials have repeatedly warned that easing restrictions could lead to a rose in infections.
Unequal education: Pandemic widens race, class gaps in U.S. schools
The Lentz family lives in the predominantly white York Suburban district, which boasts above-average scores on the tests. The financially struggling York City School District has cut or furloughed more than 100 people, including dozens of teachers, and ended its performing arts program. But that doesn’t mean it’s students are getting an equal education, because the city students’ needs are so much higher. Academics is like a backburner,” said Cristina Lentz, who was a social worker in York City schools for three years before resigning in 2019. Lentz, who now works for a behavioral health organization, is happy with how York Suburban is handling the pandemic.
Pictures of the decade: Part three
AdvertisementFrom Haiti's devastating earthquake to war in Syria, Reuters photographers have covered the biggest news stories of the decade, capturing images of armed conflict, natural disasters, the plight of migrants and the drama of sport. Below is a selection of some of the best Reuters pictures taken between 2010 and 2019, accompanied by the photographers' comments. "Photographs really helped highlight the plight (of Rohingya refugees)," said Danish Siddiqui, whose image was part of a package which won Reuters the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography. Protesters celebrated but a few minutes later, riot police arrived and dispersed them very quickly," Carlos Garcia Rawlins said. For part two of Pictures of the decade click here.
Norway safety regulator to investigate Equinor LNG plant fire
FILE PHOTO: Equinor's flag flutters next to the company's headqurters in Stavanger, Norway December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ints KalninsOSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has launched an investigation into Monday's fire at Equinor's EQNR.OL liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in northern Norway, the agency said on Tuesday. “No reports have been received of injuries to personnel,” the PSA said. Equinor said it was too early to tell how long the production outage at the Melkoeya LNG plant would last.
Spain to extend COVID furlough scheme to January - sources
REUTERS/Sergio PerezMADRID (Reuters) - Spain is due on Tuesday to extend a scheme supporting hundreds of thousands of workers furloughed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a labour ministry source said. With Spain among the European countries hardest hit by the new wave of coronavirus cases, the government has reached agreement with unions and business leaders on extending the ERTE scheme until Jan. 31, the source told Reuters. ERTE, from which millions of workers in Spain have benefited since mid-March, was due to expire on Wednesday. This applies to several categories of tenants, including those who have lost their jobs permanently or are on a furlough scheme. Spain has recorded almost 750,000 coronavirus cases since the epidemic began, with a death toll exceeding 31,000.
Lebanon's Amal movement 'surprised' by Macron accusations
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Amal movement expressed surprise on Tuesday over accusations by French President Emmanuel Macron that the Shi’ite party triggered the collapse of talks to form a new government. Macron admonished Lebanon’s leaders for serving their own interests ahead of their country’s, saying he was “ashamed” of their behaviour. He also questioned the role Lebanon’s two main Shi’ite groups, Amal and Hezbollah, played in obstructing the formation of government. “The movement, while it respects the role French President Macron has played, is surprised by comments he made that included accusations and holding (the Amal Movement and Hezbollah) especially responsible,” for stalling the process, Amal said in its statement. But there was deadlock over a demand by Amal and Iran-backed Hezbollah that they get to name several ministers, including the finance post.
Pompeo urges Greece and Turkey to press on with talks
ATHENS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged NATO allies Greece and Turkey on Tuesday to continue talks on a maritime boundaries dispute as soon as possible. Slideshow ( 5 images )Greece and Turkey, at loggerheads on a range of issues, have agreed to resume exploratory talks over contested maritime claims in the eastern Mediterranean following weeks of tensions but have not announced a date for the talks. Pompeo is on a two-day trip to Greece following an increase in regional tension over energy resources. Athens and Ankara have agreed to resume the exploratory talks on maritime boundaries “in the future”, with Istanbul the venue. “(We) encourage them to resume discussion of these issues as soon as possible,” Pompeo said.
UK university students will be able to go home for Christmas - minister
FILE PHOTO: A view shows a Teeside University lecture taking place at the Middlesbrough's Town Hall, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Middlesbrough, Britain September 28, 2020. REUTERS/Lee SmithLONDON (Reuters) - British university students will be able to return home for Christmas despite the impact of local COVID-19 lockdowns that are already impacting students in large parts of the country, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Tuesday. “We are going to work with universities to make sure that all students are supported to return home safely and spend Christmas with their loved ones if they choose to do so,” he told lawmakers. “There may be a requirement for some students to self isolate at the end of term.”
Lewis checks out at Britain's Tesco, leaving challenges for new CEO
LONDON (Reuters) - Dave Lewis steps down on Wednesday after six years as Tesco chief executive, during which he got Britain’s biggest retailer back on track after an accounting crisis, leaving new challenges for his successor Ken Murphy. But by October last year, Lewis declared Tesco’s turnaround complete, its position as clear market leader among Britain’s supermarket groups reinforced. A week after Murphy starts, analysts expect Tesco to report second quarter UK like-for-like sales growth similar to the first quarter’s 8.7%, but anticipate increased costs will drag down core earnings. Murphy's appointment at Tesco follows Simon Roberts taking over as CEO at arch rival Sainsbury's SBRY.L in June. It means that Britain's two biggest supermarket groups will be run by Boots alumni, who know each other well.
Exclusive: Google set to win EU approval for Fitbit deal with fresh concessions, sources say
Fitbit Blaze watch is seen in front of a displayed Google logo in this illustration picture taken, November 8, 2019. REUTERS/Dado RuvicBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet GOOGL.O unit Google is set to win EU antitrust approval for its $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit FIT.N with its latest concessions to address EU antitrust concerns, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Google has offered to restrict Fitbit data, a pledge similar to an earlier offer to the European Commission, the people said. It has also offered to make it easier for rival makers of wearables to connect to the Android platform by offering them access to Android application programming interface (API), they said.
Exclusive: EU concessions include data pledge on Fitbit deal, Google says
The logo of Google is seen on a building at la Defense business and financial district in Courbevoie near Paris, France, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Charles PlatiauBRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet GOOGL.O unit Google has offered a data pledge similar to a previous offer to EU antitrust regulators investigating its $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker maker Fitbit FIT.N, the company confirmed on Tuesday. The concessions to the European Commission include allowing third party makers of wearables access to its mobile operating system Android, Google said. Reuters had earlier on Tuesday reported on the details of Google’s concessions which will likely secure EU approval for the deal.
Tiffany says LVMH countersuit an attempt to avoid full purchase price
(Reuters) - Tiffany & Co said on Tuesday LVMH’s countersuit to drop its $16 billion acquisition of the U.S. jeweler was an attempt to avoid paying the full purchase price. Paris-based LVMH countersued Tiffany on Monday, arguing that its agreement with the company had no carve-out for pandemics under the definition of a so-called material adverse effect. As a result, Tiffany assumed the risk of a virus outbreak, LVMH said. “LVMH cannot show that the steps Tiffany took to protect the health and welfare of its employees and customers during the pandemic violated the Merger Agreement,” Tiffany said. The judge said during a hearing that he hoped Tiffany and LVMH could have “productive discussions to avoid the need for litigation.”
Unequal education: Pandemic widens race, class gaps in U.S. schools
The Lentz family lives in the predominantly white York Suburban district, which boasts above-average scores on the tests. The financially struggling York City School District has cut or furloughed more than 100 people, including dozens of teachers, and ended its performing arts program. But that doesn’t mean it’s students are getting an equal education, because the city students’ needs are so much higher. Academics is like a backburner,” said Cristina Lentz, who was a social worker in York City schools for three years before resigning in 2019. Lentz, who now works for a behavioral health organization, is happy with how York Suburban is handling the pandemic.
Exclusive: Britain hits Airbnb UK with extra $2.3 million tax bill after probe
LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities hit Airbnb UK with an extra tax bill of 1.8 million pounds ($2.3 million) last year, the home rental company’s accounts showed on Tuesday, following an investigation into the firm. Small toy figures are seen in front of diplayed Airbnb logo in this illustration taken March 19, 2020. “During 2019, the Company received a revised assessment from HMRC which resulted in additional tax payable of 1.8 million pounds,” Airbnb UK said in their accounts, which were reviewed by Reuters, after two years of contact with HMRC about its tax arrangements. Outside of the extra tax bill for last year, the filings showed that Airbnb UK paid 1.1 million in tax on its profits in the year to Dec. 31 2019, compared to 146,000 pounds in 2018, though profits also rose sharply over the year to 5.6 million pounds from 455,000 pounds. “We are committed to working in partnership with governments... and we will continue to work collaboratively with HMRC,” Airbnb said.
UK's Johnson says he is fit as a butcher's dog after losing weight
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Downing Street, London, Britain September 9, 2020. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he was fitter now than he was before he had COVID-19 in April and that he felt much better after losing weight. Johnson was hospitalised and spent three nights in intensive care when he was ill with the novel coronavirus. “I’m fit as a butcher’s dog, thanks basically to losing weight,” said Johnson, adding that before his weight loss he had weighed 17st 6lb (112 kg), which he said was too much for a man with a height of 5ft 10in (1.78 m). “I hesitate to give anybody any advice but losing weight is a very good thing to do,” said Johnson.
UK university students will be able to go home for Christmas: minister
FILE PHOTO: A cloth face mask lies on the pavement near Oxford University buildings, ahead of the new academic year, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Oxford, Britain, September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) - British university students will be able to return home for Christmas despite the impact of local COVID-19 lockdowns that are already impacting students in large parts of the country, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Tuesday. “We are going to work with universities to make sure that all students are supported to return home safely and spend Christmas with their loved ones if they choose to do so,” he told lawmakers. “There may be a requirement for some students to self isolate at the end of term.”
Lebanon's Shi'ite Amal movement surprised by Macron accusations
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference on the political situation in Lebanon following Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Moustapha Adib resignation, in Paris, France September 27, 2020. Lewis Joly/Pool via REUTERSBEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Shi’ite Amal movement expressed surprise on Tuesday over accusations French President Emmanuel Macron made against them. “The movement, while it respects the role French President Macron has played, is surprised by comments he made that included accusations and holding (the Amal Movement and Hezbollah) especially responsible,” in a reference to the collapse of government formation talks, the statement said.