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Mississippi's next state flag could have featured a giant mosquito. 'It’s their state,' designer says.
Rosete created the Mosquito Flag as a joke, but this week it took on a life of its own. Lawmakers took a historic vote this year to take down the old state flag, which featured the Confederate battle flag. Rosete and nearly 3,000 Mississippians have since submitted designs for a new state flag, some more serious than others. “I’m a sucker for underdog stories and the Mosquito Flag was definitely the underdog going into the competition," Rosete said. If the process was simply a popular vote for any flag design, Rosete thinks his Mosquito Flag would win.
The Treatment That Could Crush Covid
More than 500 clinical trials are under way world-wide in the race to find an effective treatment for Covid-19. Everybody wants it; nobody has it—yet. But one of the most promising therapies for Covid-19 patients uses “medicinal signaling cells,” or MSCs, which are found on blood vessels throughout the body. In preliminary studies, these cells cut the death rate significantly, particularly in the sickest patients. With a powerful 1-2-3 punch, these cells eliminate the virus, calm the immune overreaction known as a cytokine...
‘Fortnite’ maker accuses Apple of illegal monopolistic practices in tech battle royale that appears headed for a courtroom
Apple charges developers 30% of purchases made through the App Store, and 15% after the first year of subscriptions. Google booted Fortnite from the Play Store late Thursday after Epic Games rolled out the same discounted direct-payment option on its app for Android users. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have also questioned the company’s App Store policies and whether they stifle competition. Evercore ISI analyst Amit Daryanani said in a note to clients late Thursday that Apple collects an estimated $30 million monthly from Fortnite. The company generated $13.2 billion last quarter in revenue for its services segment, which includes the App Store.
‘Fortnite’ Kicked Off Apple App Store After Epic Games Moves to Bypass Fees
Breaking News*Google Pulls ‘Fortnite’ App From Play Store for Violating Policies*’Fortnite’ Remains Available on Android Devices(Article below will update)Apple Inc. and “Fortnite” maker Epic Games Inc. are embroiled in a battle over the fees that app stores charge developers, a clash that pits the powerful tech giant against the creator of one of the world’s most popular videogames.
Covid-19 Vaccines Won’t Come With Copays, U.S. Health Official Says
New details emerged Thursday about how hundreds of millions of coronavirus vaccines will be distributed in the U.S. and who will bear the cost. “What we’re hoping is that every American will not only get a free vaccine distributed to many different outlets, but also will not have to pay for the administration of that vaccine,” Mr. Mango said on a call with reporters. Meantime, a collaboration between the federal government and the health-care industry would handle distribution of the vaccines, Mr. Mango said. The government will announce distributor contracts in the near future, Mr. Mango said. The Department of Defense may handle sending doses to military personnel overseas, Mr. Mango said.
Trump says he may give 2020 UN General Assembly address in person
President Trump said he may deliver his speech at the UN General Assembly in person, while other world leaders have opted to send in video recordings. “I’m thinking about going directly to the UN to do the speech,” Trump said at the White House press briefing Thursday. Trump said he thinks appearing in person would better represent the US and that he feels he has an “obligation” to be there. Last month, Reem Abaza, the spokesperson for the president of the General Assembly, said each state in the assembly had been invited to submit a pre-recorded video, which will be streamed into the UN. Trump said Thursday that his speech would be an important one and added he expected the UN hall to have a spacing requirement because of the coronavirus pandemic if he does give it in person.
RZA wrote a new ice cream truck jingle to replace ‘racist’ song ‘Turkey in the Straw’
Get ready to scream for ice cream — with a brand-new song. “Remember that ice cream jingle?” the rap legend, 51, said while introducing his new song. We can make a new ice cream jingle for a new era,’ ” the rapper added. In 2014, NPR documented the history of the tune, which was used in racist minstrel shows and became popularized in 19th-century ice cream parlors that played “popular minstrel songs of the day” and eventually ice cream trucks. The new jingle will be added to music boxes in standard ice cream trucks, according to the video.
Covid-19 surges back into nursing homes in coronavirus hot spots
Covid-19 is particularly dangerous for the elderly, who live in close quarters in many nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. But long-term care facilities today face a threat from the sheer amount of coronavirus in the community surrounding them. Many of them displayed no symptoms but were highly infectious to others — including the staff and visitors of nursing homes. ADAnother recent study found that nursing homes with larger staffs were better able to limit outbreaks when they occur. AD“The number one way we can reduce covid in nursing homes is if everybody in the country would wear a mask,” he said.
Trump heralds peace agreement between Israel and United Arab Emirates
Trump heralds peace agreement between Israel and United Arab EmiratesPresident Trump, during an Aug. 13 White House briefing, spoke on the U.S.-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to establish full diplomatic relations, calling it the “most important diplomatic breakthrough” since Egypt's peace deal with Israel.
Live updates: U.S. was ‘unprepared’ for ‘greatest public health crisis’ in a century, CDC director says
Fortunately for Starr County and its 65,000 residents, help arrived just in time. But three weeks later, with hospitalizations declining, Starr County’s pandemic woes are far from over, Judge Eloy Vera, the county’s top elected official, said Thursday. Most locals were wearing masks and taking other health precautions after the crisis at Starr County Memorial Hospital last month, Vera said. Starr County has some of the worst reported infection and death rates in the entire Southwest, according to tracking by The Post. To date, at least 23 people in Starr County are confirmed to have died of the coronavirus, with 45 suspected deaths pending certification.
Alex Berenson accuses Google of skewing search results for 'socialism and racism' to include 'capitalism'
Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson accused Google Thursday of skewing search results to tie capitalism to racism. However, Google automatically provideed search results for "capitalism and racism" while giving the option to "search only for socialism and capitalism." In addition, when searching "capitalism and racism," Google does not include "socialism" in its results. "I assumed this was a joke, but it’s real: if you Google 'socialism and racism,' the top result you’re offered will be 'capitalism and racism,'" Berenson wrote on Twitter. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment."
Innovation is seeing a major inflection point due to the pandemic, early growth investor finds
"Whether I'm on the public or private side, I've always looked for major inflection points," she said. And, it's been really amazing to see all these emerging technologies addressing some of the country's biggest challenges today." In the case of 3D, Chadda contends it's a key driver for the internet of things and even cybersecurity platforms because working from home is becoming our new reality. "As these emerging technologies come to fruition and start solving some near-term problems, the legacy companies are also very intrigued and they accelerate their own innovation cycles," said Chadda. Chadda may be enthusiastic on innovation, but her take on the broader market is more nuanced.
'The death toll would be enormous,' Fauci says of herd immunity to coronavirus in the U.S.
If the U.S. allowed the coronavirus to spread unchecked in an attempt to try to achieve so-called herd immunity, the "death toll would be enormous," White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday. According to epidemiologists, herd immunity is necessary to contain a virus and is reached when enough of the population is either vaccinated or survive infection and build antibodies to ward of new infections. Letting the virus spread uncontrollably to achieve herd immunity would bring the death toll to a level that's "totally unacceptable," Fauci said. WHO officials have also advised public officials against trying to achieve herd immunity by allowing Covid-19 to rapidly spread throughout their communities. "We're nowhere near close to (herd immunity), which means this virus has a long way to burn in our communities before we ever reach that," Ryan said.
Fauci calls uptick in positive coronavirus tests disturbing
Coronavirus deaths have averaged more than 1,000 per day for 17 days, as the country's public health leaders prepare for what Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield says could be the worst Fall in history. CNN's Athena Jones reports.
Many millennials are worse off than their parents -- a first in American history
Scott Larsen doesn't feel he's doing as well as his father did at the same age. Compounding the problem is that millennials' parents did benefit from an upward shift in job status, making it even harder to surpass their accomplishments. Millennials -- especially black millennials -- have lower homeownership rates than previous generations. Rising house prices and college costsMore than a dozen millennials told CNN of their struggles to meet or exceed their parents' job status or lifestyle. Several millennials told CNN that their college debts are crushing their ability to advance -- an issue their parents largely didn't have to contend with.
Company pulls the plug on buying out Waikiki hotel rooms for college students to study
The idea was to get college students from across the country to pay up to $15,000 each to live and study in Hawaii during the pandemic.
Hancock College honors 300 Class of 2020 graduates with drive-through commencement
After two months of waiting and planning, graduates from Allan Hancock College's Class of 2020 finally received their diplomas Wednesday during a drive-through commencement ceremony, with a backdrop of cheers from family members and college staff. The 332 graduates participated in the livestream ceremony from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with cars entering the campus on West College Drive and following a winding route towards the stage, set up on a lawn bordering Bradley Road. Graduates then exited their decorated cars and crossed the stage to receive their diploma from college President Kevin G. Walthers and take photos. With the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of slowing this spring, Hancock students opted to delay their June commencement rather than have a purely virtual ceremony, holding out for the chance to walk the stage with their families present. Raymond Pacheco gave his daughter Ari a huge hug after she crossed the stage, with other family members also crowding around to give their congratulations.
Monterey High opens center for students to do laundry, pick up supplies
Hide Transcript Show TranscriptSCHOOL LAUNCHED A STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER THIS YEAR... IT'S A ROOM WHERE KIDS CAN DO THEIR LAUNDRY AND PICK UP SUPPLIES. THE SHELVES ARE FULL OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES WITH BACKPACKS BINDERS AND PENS TO CHOOSE FROM. 54:35 YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT OVER 130 STUDENTS WHO DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR STUDENTS WILL BE GOING TO SCHOOL ONLINE... The center opened last Wednesday and students have already been coming in to use it and pick up items.
Amid a pandemic, the Wyoming State Fair is open for business
I think it’s important that we at least have some type of – it might not be normal, but it’s familiar. “We really wanted to get people to enjoy the entire fair. We have completely revamped our ground act schedule.”One of the new developments is the Platte River Stage area, which features free live music every evening rather than a DJ playing popular tunes in a bar environment. “We love having a live music at the fairgrounds and especially this year with so few people having been able to go out and play shows,” Conkle said. “It’s also a cool environment to be able to have them come out and share their craft with everybody.”
Almost every inmate in one Bonneville County Jail pod tests positive for COVID-19
IDAHO FALLS — Almost every inmate in a single pod at the Bonneville County Jail tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone in his pod was tested Monday and of the 35 inmates held in the unit, 34 received positive results Tuesday night. Staff at the jail report the inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 say they do not have symptoms. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, three members of the jail staff have tested positive for the virus. “It is a jail, but our jail is taken care of.
How llamas could help us fight coronavirus
While vaccines take days or weeks to work, the new drugs could help within hours. They enlisted an unlikely species – llamas – which have tiny antibodies known to prevent coronavirus infections. They’re so small that they’re very adept at binding to the “spike protein” that the virus uses to latch onto cells. Because the product acts quickly, it could help people who are newly exposed or who work in high-risk settings, such as health care workers. At Distributed Bio, scientists used computers to model billions of possible variants of antibodies used against a related coronavirus.
VIDEO: Woman arrested after assaulting man over masks at Sky Harbor
PHOENIX — Phoenix police say a traveler at Sky Harbor International Airport was arrested Wednesday after assaulting someone during a mask argument. The victim reportedly told officers that the suspect, 47-year-old Yolanda Yarbrough, struck his face with her hand. Airplane employees say Yarbrough was told masks and face coverings were mandatory, and was again reminded after the plane landed. Another person at the airport captured the incident on video, showing the woman yelling at several people, saying she was going to get on her next flight. Woman arrested after assault at Sky HarborShe was arrested and booked into jail for assault.
Getting Hosed: One Woman Gets Hosed And Bulldozed By The City
The pandemic disrupted our investigation into Ms. Batten’s water bill, but CBS 2 Investigators are back on the case. “I don’t owe them nothing anymore!” Ms. Batten said after our investigation resulted in her new balance. While we cleared her water bill before the pandemic, we learned about another hurdle: an unexpected demolition. In February 2020, the City promptly notified Ms. Batten about the $18,361.00 she owed for the demolition costs the city incurred. “When I get this money, your guess is as good as mine,” Ms. Batten said.
Metro woman says she was brutally attacked by people squatting in vacant home
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A metro woman says she was left for dead after a woman and a teenager beat her over the head with a flashlight and a piece of wood. According to Oklahoma City Police Department officials, it started when the woman and her husband called 911 about unwanted visitors living in a vacant home next door. “I was thinking they were going to kill me,” Donna Reynolds said. Donna Reynolds is barely able to talk or see, but is still able to hold onto her husband Robert’s hand with a tight grip. “A woman came up and started arguing and she broke a flashlight on Donna’s head,” Robert said.
‘You Just Got Shot In The Head’: Bullet Grazes Minneapolis Man Near Loring Park
“I just go about my life the way it was, you know what I mean?” Grendahl said. “My friends were there looking at me and said, ‘You just got shot in the head.’ And I’m like, ‘And? “We just said, ‘I don’t even feel safe being anywhere else out at night,’ and then pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” he said. Suddenly, he said it felt like someone threw a baseball straight down onto his head, enough to make his spine compress. Realizing it was just a deep graze across the top of his head, Grendahl remained calm.
Filled to capacity inside, Ada County Coroner’s Office uses trailer for COVID deaths
The Ada County Coroner’s Office is using a refrigerated 55-foot trailer to house the bodies of those who had or might have been exposed to the virus prior to their death. “Because of the trailer, we are still running at capacity internally, but the trailer has allowed us to put any of the potential COVID overflow out into the trailer,” Owens said. The Ada County Coroner’s Office has jurisdiction over any death that occurs in Ada County, even if the person is not a county resident. Emergency management for Ada County is helping with coordination, she said. Canyon County Coroner Jennifer Crawford said her office has tested only “a handful” of deceased people and is not yet concerned about capacity issues.
Family frustrated after Raytown paramedics didn’t take 67-year-old with COVID-19 to hospital
– A family in Raytown is frustrated over how emergency medical services handled a recent call for help. Her doctor told her that if her symptoms worsened to call for ambulance – not to just show up to the hospital. By the time they arrived at the hospital, Michelle said her mom’s oxygen levels were extremely low. Chlapek said if a patient is not in distress, paramedics give them the option to ride in the ambulance or with a family member. If we felt like we could help her, we would’ve done that.”Chlapek offered an apology to the Taylor family, but they said they want accountability, not words.
David City woman to be deported for using someone else's name to get U.S. passport
Subscribers can log in for unlimited digital access Log in Sign up {{featured_button_text}}A 59-year-old David City woman will be deported to Nicaragua for making false statements in an application for a U.S. passport and for fraudulent use of a Social Security number. The application contained the true J.D.’s name, date of birth, and Social Security number. The true J.D. Terry had falsely filled out the passport application in order to obtain a U.S. passport and received a passport based on the false information. The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General.
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Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced that they will normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to Iran.
2015: A picture and its story
StoryAlkis Konstantinidis: Another inflatable boat packed with dozens of migrants and refugees heading towards the shore. Screams replaced the cheers as they frantically tried to stay afloat on life tubes, or by clinging on to the boat. In this hectic moment, one man, yelling really loud and full of tension, caught my eye so I shot some frames. The distance of the shot hadn’t allowed me to see the details of the picture clearly. Looking back on that day, the most memorable moment was when I opened the picture on my laptop screen and saw the baby, who looked fast asleep.
Three more U.S. states launching coronavirus exposure warning apps
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama are the latest U.S. states launching apps to warn users about potential exposure to the novel coronavirus by tracking their encounters, representatives for the states told Reuters on Thursday. North Dakota launched its app, Care19 Alert, on Thursday and Wyoming will release an app on Friday, , whose company ProudCrowd developed the apps, also said during the event. Washington, which recently tested its CommonCircle app at a hospital, and Pennsylvania are among other states that could formally launch apps in the coming weeks with the Apple-Google technology. For instance, getting contact tracing apps from different states to communicate with each other, as users cross borders, is untested with North Dakota’s app now the first and only in the United States to support that functionality. North Dakota previously released an app, Care19 Diary, to help users remember their location history for contact tracing.
New Zealand to announce decision on coronavirus lockdown extension
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce on Friday whether a lockdown in the country’s biggest city will be eased or extended, as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak. FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. However, Hipkins said genome testing of the strain of COVID-19 contracted by the Auckland family suggested it had originated in Britain or Australia. New Zealanders celebrated when Ardern appeared to eliminate community transmission of the coronavirus with the earlier hard lockdown that forced almost everyone to stay at home. Ardern is expected to announce her decision on lockdown measures at 1730 local time (0530 GMT) after meeting with her cabinet and the release of the daily infection numbers.
Australia's Victoria reports 372 new coronavirus cases, 14 deaths
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria on Friday reported 14 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 372 new daily cases. The state a day earlier reported 278 cases, its lowest one-day rise in more than three weeks, and eight deaths. Authorities have been battling to contain a second outbreak of the virus in Victoria, which has seen triple-digit daily new cases for weeks.
Extend loan repayment freezes until 2021, UK consumer group Which? says
FILE PHOTO: A woman walks through the financial district in the City of London, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON (Reuters) - Consumer group Which? has called on Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority to extend loan repayment holidays and interest-free overdrafts until Jan. 31 to shield millions of households from severe financial distress when the reliefs end in October. showed workers placed on furlough were three times more likely to have defaulted on at least one payment in the last month. also urged lenders to offer wider forbearance options such as payment rescheduling or freezing interest when a further payment holiday is not in the consumer’s best interest.
U.S. Justice Department going 'full tilt' on tech antitrust probe - official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is moving “full-tilt” on its antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and other Big Tech platforms, the department’s second-ranking official told Reuters. “I can’t tell you today what the date will be.”Numerous media outlets have reported the Justice Department is likely to file an antitrust complaint against Google. Attorney General William Barr told The Wall Street Journal in March he wanted the Justice Department to make a final decision on the Google probe this summer. The Justice Department said in July 2019 it was opening a broad investigation of major technology firms on whether they engage in anticompetitive practices. Rosen declined to say how quickly the government might resolve other tech probes, but noted there has been “some division of labor” with the Federal Trade Commission.
New Zealand to announce decision on coronavirus lockdown extension
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce on Friday whether a lockdown in the country’s biggest city will be eased or extended, as officials scramble to contain a coronavirus outbreak. However, Hipkins said genome testing of the strain of COVID-19 contracted by the Auckland family suggested it had originated in Britain or Australia. New Zealanders celebrated when Ardern appeared to eliminate community transmission of the coronavirus with the earlier hard lockdown that forced almost everyone to stay at home. Ardern is expected to announce her decision on lockdown measures at 1730 local time (0530 GMT) after meeting with her cabinet and the release of the daily infection numbers. She has said she will make a decision by Sunday on whether to postpone the Sept. 19 election.
Trump says plans to give nomination acceptance speech from White House lawn: New York Post interview
U.S. President Donald holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) press briefing at White House in Washington, U.S., August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he plans to give his acceptance speech for the presidential nomination at this month’s Republican Party convention from the White House lawn, the New York Post reported. “We’d do it possibly outside on one of the lawns, we have various lawns, so we could have it outside in terms of the China virus,” the Post quoted Trump as saying in an interview, referring to social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Australian billionaire woos Canadians, hoping to build big coal mine in Rocky Mountains
FILE PHOTO: Australian mining heiress and Chairman of Hancock Prospecting group Gina Rinehart prepares to award medals to competitors at the Australian Synchronised Swimming Championships in Sydney, Australia, April 25, 2015. In June, the province of Alberta, home to most of Canada’s oil reserves, rolled back 1970s-era restrictions on open-pit coal mining to jumpstart an economy hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and plunging oil prices. The proposal for Grassy Mountain predates that change. Public hearings are slated to begin in October for the Grassy Mountain, which requires federal and provincial approvals. Coking coal is “less of a concern at the present time than thermal coal,” Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said.
Governor of Venezuela's capital district, key Maduro ally, dies of COVID-19
CARACAS (Reuters) - Dario Vivas, the governor of Venezuela’s Caracas capital district and strong ally of President Nicolas Maduro, died on Thursday of COVID-19 at 70 years old, officials said. Vivas, a senior member of the ruling socialist party, had said on Twitter on July 19 that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was going into self-isolation. “He died in combat ... taking care of his health and all of us in this difficult battle against the Covid-19 pandemic,” Vice President Delcy Rodriguez wrote on Twitter. Vivas is the first top-level Venezuelan government official to die of the virus, though several have tested positive. Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami said on Wednesday he had recovered a month after being infected, while socialist party vice president Diosdado Cabello is in treatment.
Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block funding for mail-in voting
Postal Service and election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, a bid to block more Americans from voting by mail during the pandemic. “The items are the post office and the $3.5 billion for mail-in voting,” Trump told Fox Business Network, saying Democrats want to give the post office $25 billion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said the Republican-controlled Senate was leaving Washington until September, unless there was a coronavirus relief agreement that required a vote. Evidence shows mail voting is as secure as any other method. State election officials have scrambled to expand mail voting capacity.
Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block funding for mail-in voting
Postal Service and election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, a bid to block more Americans from voting by mail during the pandemic. “The items are the post office and the $3.5 billion for mail-in voting,” Trump told Fox Business Network, saying Democrats want to give the post office $25 billion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said the Republican-controlled Senate was leaving Washington until September, unless there was a coronavirus relief agreement that required a vote. Evidence shows mail voting is as secure as any other method. State election officials have scrambled to expand mail voting capacity.
U.S. says Ghislaine Maxwell was isolated in jail for her safety
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said ensuring Ghislaine Maxwell’s safety was a key reason she has been isolated from other inmates at the Brooklyn jail where she is being held on charges she facilitated late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of underage girls. Prosecutors said Maxwell was isolated for reasons of “safety, security, and the orderly functioning of the facility,” and that it was appropriate to closely monitor new inmates facing a “strong likelihood” of many years in prison. They nonetheless said jail officials agreed to give Maxwell 13 hours a day to review materials for her scheduled July 2021 trial, rather than the normal three hours. Prosecutors also said they have acted “expeditiously” in turning over materials, and Maxwell can request victims’ names and make other motions in December after discovery is finished. Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan jail, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
UC San Diego research lab to make environmentally friendly flip flops from algae
(Reuters) - Researchers at University of California, San Diego hope to make future beach visits both environmentally and fashion-friendly, with a new formula for biodegradable flip flops. Mike Burkart, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the public research university in San Diego, California, has developed a polymer from algae, which decomposes naturally. The laboratory initially made gasoline from algae before turning its attention to surfboards, and now the humble flip flop. “Almost every major shoe manufacturer has come to talk to us about the possibility of using our materials in their products,” Burkart said. “We really want those to be able to decompose or be able to be recycled,” he said.
Extend loan repayment freezes until 2021, UK consumer group Which? says
FILE PHOTO: General view of the Canary Wharf financial district, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 6, 2020. has called on Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority to extend loan repayment holidays and interest-free overdrafts until Jan. 31 to shield millions of households from severe financial distress when the reliefs end in October. A survey of 7,400 employers conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce in July found that 29% expect to cut the size of their workforce before the furlough scheme ends. showed workers placed on furlough were three times more likely to have defaulted on at least one payment in the last month. also urged lenders to offer wider forbearance options such as payment rescheduling or freezing interest when a further payment holiday is not in the consumer’s best interest.
Testing mess leaves Texas in the dark as cases spike
“We’re going to have a data team dig deep into it to find exactly what the reason is,” Abbott said. The drop off in testing coincides with a decline in infections after Abbott ordered people to wear masks, reimposed seating limits in restaurants and closed down bars again. Abbott on Thursday stressed the virus is still circulating in every corner of the state. Florida, another hard hit state, has seen a similar decline in testing due in part to disruption from Tropical Storm Isaias. A backlog at a testing lab overnight more than tripled Miami-Dade County’s running average of new cases.
Japan's ruling party executive says must avoid rise in property tax: Nikkei
REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan must avoid any increase in property tax for commercial land as the coronavirus pandemic is hurting many companies, Akira Amari, head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s tax panel, was quoted as saying by the Nikkei newspaper. Japan will set next year’s property tax, or the tax companies pay for the land they own, based on land prices measured in January. “Companies’ ability to pay tax has fallen, so we must come up with ways to (avoid) forcing them to pay higher tax. Given the pandemic, we need to avoid higher tax as much as we can,” Amari was quoted as saying on the property tax in an interview that ran on Friday. “It’s a tax that is linked to Japan’s social welfare system,” Amari said of the consumption tax.
Bald eagle takes down Michigan government drone
A bald eagle took down a government drone in Michigan, state officials said Thursday. "The attack could have been a territorial squabble with the electronic foe, or just a hungry eagle," the department said. A bird-watching couple that was nearby said it saw the eagle strike something and appear to fly away uninjured, department officials said. The device was 150 feet offshore, in about 4 feet of Lake Michigan water, the department said. A state drone coordinator, Authur Ostaszewski, used a kayak and snorkeling gear in his unfruitful search, state officials said.
California court rules Amazon is liable for injuries from defective products
Amazon can be held liable like other traditional retailers for injuries from defective products sold via its sprawling e-commerce marketplace, a California state appeals court ruled on Thursday. The decision overturned a San Diego Superior Court ruling that the world’s biggest online retailer was shielded from liability because it acted as a service provider, which is not subject to California product liability law. In addition to selling its own inventory, Amazon allows third-party vendors to list products for sale on its website. “Whatever term we use to describe Amazon’s role, be it ‘retailer,’ ‘distributor,’ or merely ‘facilitator,’ it was pivotal in bringing the product here to the consumer,” the appeals court held. Both Pennsylvania’s and Ohio’s top courts are currently considering the issue, and federal appeals courts are weighing cases under California and Texas law.
Retardant on windshield when planes collided at Nevada fire
LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of two firefighting planes that collided above Nevada last month, killing both pilots, may have been hit by retardant dropped by the other one shortly before they crashed, according to a preliminary accident report. The National Transportation Safety Board report says witnesses in a nearby firefighting aircraft stated they heard the pilot of one plane announce over the radio he “had retardant on the windshield and was initiating a go-around” on July 30 about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Las Vegas . ADVERTISEMENTWitnesses on the ground said the plane that apparently had retardant on the windshield started to climb and suddenly began a left turn before colliding with the other plane. Both “then descended rapidly to the ground,” the report said. The pilots who were killed were flying Air Tractor AT-902A airplanes, small airtankers that can maneuver in canyons and other tight spots inaccessible to bigger tankers.
Ex-cop’s video captures crowd’s horror during Floyd arrest
Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. Prosecutors say they may revisit the issue of audio-visual coverage of the trials of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. The video made available Thursday comes from fired Officer Tou Thao, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. On Monday, body cam video from two of the other officers, Lane and Kueng, was released under a judge’s order.
Covid-19 Vaccines Won’t Come With Copays, U.S. Health Official Says
New details emerged Thursday about how hundreds of millions of coronavirus vaccines will be distributed in the U.S. and who will bear the cost. The U.S. government will pay for the vaccines and their distribution, and is working with commercial health insurers to offer the shots free of charge and without a copay, according to Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
How Charter Schools Train Teachers
Advocates of school choice sometimes say that a little competition is good for everyone. Case in point: A new analysis suggests that charter schools serve as a proving ground for effective teachers who aren’t yet licensed, but who eventually get poached by traditional public schools. Three academics crunched years of data on Massachusetts teachers in 1,327 traditional schools and 65 charters. Attrition is substantially higher in the latter, they write in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research: “In the...
The Treatment That Could Crush Covid
More than 500 clinical trials are under way world-wide in the race to find an effective treatment for Covid-19. But one of the most promising therapies for Covid-19 patients uses “medicinal signaling cells,” or MSCs, which are found on blood vessels throughout the body. In one pilot study in March, doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York treated a dozen severely ill Covid-19 patients on ventilators with MSCs. A July 10 article in the Lancet reported on 13 critically ill Covid-19 patients also treated with MSCs. Eleven of the 13 patients lived—an 85% survival rate, which mirrors the results from Mount Sinai.
Israel-U.A.E. Pact Sealed After Months of Furtive Talks Among Envoys Trusted by Their Leaders
The pact establishing formal diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates was finalized Thursday morning on a call among President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, U.S. officials said. “This is the best news in 2020—and it hasn’t been a very good year,” Mr. bin Zayed said on the call, according to officials who were listening.
Amid Pandemic, More U.S. Adults Say They Considered Suicide
Nearly 11% of adults said they had seriously considered suicide in the previous 30 days as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on Americans’ mental health, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is more than double the 4.3% of adults who reported doing so in 2018, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The new numbers, from a CDC survey of 5,412 adults conducted between June 24 and June 30, were even more striking for young people and minorities:...
Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Committed a Major Faux Pas at Princess Eugenie’s Wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly committed a major faux pas at Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding. So, they shared the exciting news with family members at the wedding, and (to no surprise) the bride was less than thrilled. The timing makes sense, since Kensington Palace publicly announced Baby Sussex just three days after Princess Eugenie’s wedding. (You know, right before Prince Harry and Markle embarked on the royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.) Still, Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie are known for their close-knit relationship, so we’re fairly confident that they’ve already moved on from the snafu.
Fortnite for Android just got axed from the Google Play Store too
For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play." While all apps in Apple's iOS come from the App Store, Google actually does allow apps like Fortnite to be sideloaded outside of Google Play, but the experience is generally less smooth and accompanied with warnings about malware. Fortnite is still available on Android, just not through Google's app store.
Is COVID-19 worse than the 1918 Spanish flu? Study shows deaths in New York quadrupled in early months
The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which claimed an estimated 50 million lives worldwide, stands as the most frequent point of comparison to the current coronavirus scourge. In some ways, according to a new study, the COVID-19 pandemic has been worse. About 100 New Yorkers per 100,000 died of all causes every month in the four years before the Spanish flu, a figure that nearly tripled in October and November of 1918, the peak of the pandemic in the city. An estimated 675,000 Americans died in the Spanish flu pandemic. By Faust’s estimation, the epidemic the U.S. is going through now, with 25% of the world’s COVID-19 cases and 22% of its deaths, is 20 times worse than a typical flu season.
NYC death toll from COVID-19 was similar to 1918 flu
The rate seen during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic was 70 percent of that seen during the peak of the 1918 flu pandemic, said Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency medicine physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and the study's lead author. New York City (Justin Heiman / Getty Images)“This tells us that these are comparable in terms of their impact,” Faust said. In fact, the relative increase in deaths seen during COVID-19 was greater than what was observed during the peak of the 1918 flu, the study found. The monthly death rates per 100,000 New Yorkers during the 61-day peak of the 1918 flu, and during the 61-day period examined during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. During the peak of the 1918 flu, a total of 31,589 New Yorkers died, out of a population of 5.5 million.
Pompeo Declares Confucius Institute Part of Beijing’s ‘Propaganda Apparatus,’ Applies ‘Foreign Mission’ Designation
However, the institutes are funded by the Chinese government and have been criticized by U.S. officials for allegedly promoting Chinese soft power abroad. The designation as a foreign mission means that the State Department considers the U.S. Center as controlled by a foreign entity, and the Center will have to report basic information on personnel and property holdings to the department. “Confucius Institutes are funded by the PRC and part of the Chinese Communist Party’s global influence and propaganda apparatus,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The United States wants to ensure that students on U.S. campuses have access to Chinese language and cultural offerings free from the manipulation of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies.”Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) The U.S. Center of Confucius institutes is based in Washington, D.C. Directors of the Center have previously decried what they see as complaints “reported without any attempt at balance or to learn more about the actual content and perspectives” of institute programs.
State Department to Require Chinese ‘Confucius Institutes’ to Register as Foreign Agents: Report
The U.S. State Department could move as early as Thursday to announce that Chinese “Confucius institutes” will be required to register as foreign agents, Bloomberg reported. Confucius institutes are Chinese government-funded centers on college campuses in the U.S. and throughout the world, whose stated aim is to promote knowledge of Chinese language and culture. The State Department’s reported decision would label the institutes as “substantially owned or effectively controlled” by a foreign entity. Earlier this year, the State Department applied the same designation to various Chinese state media outlets, including the People’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, and China Global Television Network. The institutes are one aspect of what U.S. officials see as a Chinese campaign of influence at American universities.
Wildfire Rages to 10,000 Acres in One Day North of Santa Clarita
A rapidly growing wildfire burning in forest north of Santa Clarita grew to 10,000 acres on August 12. Over 500 firefighters from the Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire were working on containing the blaze, including firefighting aircraft. Evacuations were ordered for residents living in the area near Lake Hughes Road, which runs through the forest between Santa Clarita and Lake Hughes. Credit: Leigh Brown via Storyful
Portland crowd disperses after confrontations at courthouse, police say
Several arrests were made after street confrontations began on Wednesday night when the crowd blocked traffic for several hours and some protesters launched commercial grade fireworks and threw rocks and eggs, police said. Related video: Portland DA won’t pursue most protest-related chargesAnti-racism protests in Portland and several other cities have at times erupted into arson and violence, and federal officers sent into the Northwest U.S. city have repeatedly clashed with crowds targeting the federal courthouse there. The crowd that converged Wednesday night outside the courthouse building was asked to leave the area immediately, the police said, or be subject to tear gas, other crowd control agents, citation or arrest. After a number of warnings, and confrontations with police, the crowd mostly dispersed by 2:30 a.m. PDT (0930 GMT), they said. U.S. Attorney General William Barr came under fire from Democratic lawmakers earlier this month for sending federal officers to disperse the protesters in Portland.
Uber, Lyft are denied a delay in treating California drivers as employees
Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. failed to persuade a judge to put an extended hold on his order converting their California drivers to employees while they appeal. The appeals process could take years in a case that threatens the business model for the ride-hailing giants and the gig industry as a whole. The companies can ask a state appeals court to overrule Schulman and keep his Aug. 10 order on hold beyond its 10-day expiration. AdvertisementUber and Lyft said they plan to go to the appeals court quickly to get the hold on Schulman’s ruling extended. “The vast majority of drivers want to work independently, and we’ve already made significant changes to our app to ensure that remains the case under California law,” Uber spokesman Matt Kallman said in an email.
Brush fire in West Covina is moving toward homes, officials say
Firefighters responded Thursday afternoon to a brush fire in the city of West Covina that is moving toward homes, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was alerted to the fire at 2:25 pm, according to spokeswoman Leslie Lua. Firefighters responded to the 1500 block of Westridge Road by Galster Wilderness Park. The fire is currently two to three acres and moving toward structures, she said. AdvertisementThe county is providing assistance with a water-dropping helicopter to the West Covina Fire Department.
Ranch fire triggers evacuations for residents of Azusa’s Mountain Cove community
Officials issued mandatory evacuation orders Thursday afternoon as the Ranch fire threatened Azusa’s Mountain Cove community. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was alerted to the brush fire at 2:45 p.m., spokeswoman Leslie Lua said. Firefighters responded to North San Gabriel Canyon Road and North Ranch Road. Residents in the community of Mountain Cove who live north and west of Turning Leaf Way and Boulder Ridge Court, as well as south of Highwood Court, are under mandatory evacuation orders, the Azusa Police Department wrote on Twitter. Residents of the Mountain Cove community off San Gabriel Canyon Road in Azusa are under evacuation orders as the Ranch fire burns.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle move into new California home
Real estate agents and tax records point to a seven-acre estate in Santa Barbara County, according to The Los Angeles Times. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have moved into a new family home, a representative for the couple said Thursday without providing its location or other details. Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were pictured visiting Canada House in London on Jan. 7. AdvertisementArea real estate agents believe the couple bought a $14.65-million estate, which closed in an off-market sale in June, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The seller was a limited liability company tied to Russian investor Sergey Grishin, records show, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Tropical Storm Josephine forms in Atlantic as possible uptick in storm activity looms
Josephine earned its name two days after being dubbed a ‘‘tropical depression,’’ the precursor to a tropical storm. The Atlantic hurricane season only looks to become more active in the coming weeks, with a possible barrage of tropical cyclones not out of the question as a highly favorable atmospheric setup for tropical cyclones looms. Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic on Thursday morning, becoming the earliest J named storm on record and marking the 10th named storm in a season that’s already been brimming with activity. AdvertisementTropical Storm Josephine beats out Jose, which formed on Aug. 22, 2005, as the earliest-named J storm in the Atlantic basin on record. Tropical Storm Josephine, which was a little over 1,000 miles east of the Leeward Islands on Thursday morning, is a compact storm.
Elderly woman struck and killed in Concord
An elderly woman died after she was struck by a vehicle in Concord Thursday morning, the Middlesex district attorney's office said. The woman was struck in the area of Main Street and Thoreau Street at 10:30 a.m., the district attorney’s office said in a press release. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Officers cleared after fatally shooting Antioch man in South San Francisco confrontation
Four officers, including an off-duty San Francisco sergeant and three South San Francisco officers, fired rounds at 35-year-old Justin Silvernale during the early-morning confrontation that began at a Chevron at 110 Hickey Boulevard in South San Francisco. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A few minutes later, officers from the South San Francisco department — including Officer Andrew Hyde and Officer Justin Sakurai — rolled up in their patrol vehicles. South San Francisco police Cpl. Pon joined the San Francisco department in 2007 and was promoted to sergeant in 2014.
Bay Area volunteers can now sign up for large coronavirus vaccine trials
With one injection, Dusta Eisenman and other Bay Area volunteers are joining the unprecedented search for a COVID-19 vaccine, eager to help end the worst pandemic in a century. Next week, UCSF and San Francisco’s Department of Public Health will announce the launch of their study of an AstraZeneca vaccine. Stanford Healthcare expects to participate in two vaccine trials, still unnamed. More information about the Kaiser trial can be found at http://kpstudysearch.kaiser.org. There’s no guarantee that you’ll actually be protected from the virus at any phase of a vaccine trial.
As the state investigates `heinous abuse,’ Philly Council calls for removal of children from Devereux
An Inquirer investigation published earlier this week detailed how 41 children as young as 12, and with IQs as low as 50, were raped or sexually assaulted by Devereux staff members over the last 25 years. Of those, 10 said they were assaulted at Devereux’s three campuses in the Philadelphia suburbs, while the others were abused at facilities in New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, New York, and Arizona.
Philadelphia Tribune workers may strike over unsafe conditions during pandemic
“This is a pandemic, and it’s affecting each and every one of us,” Woods said. “An employer is required to do everything possible to make sure the environment in which people come to work is safe.” He said the union employees may go on strike if conditions don’t improve.
Wildfire burning in national forest about 60 miles west of Fort Collins
A wildfire is burning on national forest land about 60 miles west of Fort Collins, forcing evacuations of nearby campgrounds. We are assisting @usfsclrd with a developing fire near Chambers Lake. — Larimer Sheriff (@LarimerSheriff) August 13, 2020The Cameron Peak fire is burning in the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest west of Chambers Lake, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center. The Chambers Lake Campground has been evacuated voluntarily, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Firefighters are battling the blaze on the ground and air support — two large air tankers and four single-engine air tankers — has been ordered, said Larry Helmerick, fire information coordinator with RMACC.
Green Bay brewery pokes much-needed fun at 2020 with 'dumpster fire' beer | Streetwise
GREEN BAY - It took less than a day for Stillmank Brewing to sell more than half of a new limited run beer that pokes fun at the dumpster fire of a year we're living in. Pre-sales for the beer, called 2020: Welcome to the Sh*tshow, launched Monday morning, and the Green Bay craft brewery ended pre-sales Monday afternoon after roughly 60% of the beer's run was sold, owner Brad Stillmank said. All 2020 needs to round out the misery is a biblical plague and ... oh, come on ... locusts in Africa! The can's design includes a green dumpster marked "2020," with the contents ablaze. Stillmank said patersbiers are considered a "dad beer" that's perfect for an afternoon mowing the lawn.
Rape Crisis Center program helped 72 human trafficking victims
The Rape Crisis Center’s RISE program helped 72 human trafficking victims in the first six months of 2020, the center said in a statement Thursday. Daniele Staple, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)The Rape Crisis Center’s Resources and Integration for Survivor Empowerment, or RISE, program helped 72 human trafficking victims in the first six months of 2020, the center said in a statement Thursday. “Of the 72 victims served by the RCC, 58 were sex trafficking victims and 33 were labor trafficking victims, with some clients experiencing both forms of exploitation,” the statement read. Daniele Staple, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center, said data from the first six months of the program shows that women and girls of color are disproportionately vulnerable to sexual assault and domestic violence.
Delta Airlines contractor got a $25 million bailout. It still laid off workers.
Grant was laid off by Eulen in March 19 after working for them for 10 years. He was told he could reapply for his job, which he did. He was given an interview date, which he said was been canceled with no explanation.
NCAA cancels fall sports championships, though FBS football isn’t affected
“Sadly, tragically, that’s going to be the case this fall. Full stop,” Emmert said. “That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t and can’t turn toward winter and spring and say, ‘How can we create a legitimate championship for those students?’ There are ways to do this. I am completely confident we can figure this out.”
Young people across the country may be moving due to COVID-19, but it’s less clear whether Chicago millennials are following suit
“What’s most interesting is how little these numbers have changed. Right now, where it seems like everything is getting flipped on its head on a daily basis, we’re really seeing some stability in where it is that folks want to live,” Salviati said. “If these migration patterns were some big trend that were happening at a large scale, I still expect we’d be seeing some of that in our data.”
Protesters against police in schools turned away from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s block: ‘It felt normal, coming to say how we feel and being shut down'
Dream Cannon and Essence Gatheright, rising seniors at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a selective enrollment high school in West Englewood, said at the rally they felt disrespected by the LSC’s vote to keep officers but are holding out for the possibility of another vote in the future. Cannon said it was troubling that many of their white teachers and the principal supported police despite the negative experiences and research students have shared.
‘He’s a big teddy bear’: A playful Anthony Rizzo is squeezing every opportunity out of what ‘could be my last year’ with the Cubs
“But to be a superstar and be able to do that is hard,” Ross said. “Especially as long as (Rizzo has) been here and seen players go over the years. He continues to invest in the new guys, the Jason Kipnises, the Steven Souzas and young guys. To invest in their careers and relationships is as powerful a gift as his performance can be some nights.”
Churches, pastors file another lawsuit against Tim Walz’s coronavirus orders
Tim Walz for his coronavirus-related executive orders requiring social distancing, masks and participant caps at religious services and ceremonies. Walz’s executive orders are not exclusive to houses and activities of worship. Houses of worship and religious services and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals are specifically named as places where Walz’s orders apply. Plaintiffs are seeking the court to declare Walz’s orders as unconstitutional under the U.S. and Minnesota state constitutions, as well as an injunction against the executive orders. Stiles said the office has been successful against all challenges thus far to Walz’s executive orders.
Met Council gives $900,000 to expand 3 metro area parks
The Metropolitan Council is giving $900,000 to expand three metro-area parks. The money will buy land for Grey Cloud Island Regional Park in Cottage Grove, Bald Eagle-Otter Lake Regional Park in White Bear Township, and the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve near Rogers. Grey Cloud Island is in Washington County, which administers the park. The Met Council grant will pay $262,000 for 41 additional acres for the park on the island, which is not yet open to the public. At the Crow-Hassan Park, $327,000 will buy a one-acre site.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown restores some restrictions for Malheur County as coronavirus spreads
Kate Brown announced Thursday she will restore Phase 1 restrictions to slow coronavirus in Malheur County, the third eastern Oregon jurisdiction slapped with closures because not enough progress has been made. The new Phase 1 restrictions go into effect Monday and will remain for at least three weeks. Brown allowed many counties to reopen May 15 but warned she would restore restrictions if necessary. Brown last month pushed Umatilla County back into stay-home status and moved Morrow County back into Phase 1. Brown and public health officials have placed eight other counties on the list: Baker, Hood River, Jefferson, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Umatilla and Wasco.
Smart Solutions: Making the most of a strange summer
At our house, we grapple with both for our daughter, who has been allowed to see friends this summer on occasion. During this time, my daughter has been able to engage in activities that made her summer bucket list, a popular plan for kids. During a picnic at a local park, the outdoor setting offered more safety than an indoor venue and everyone brought their own food and blankets. Outdoor birthday celebrations included one at a park in downtown Plymouth where they ate pizza and made their own paintings. Her desire to go for a hike was fulfilled when it happened to be one of the activities at another small birthday party in a local park.
Aemetis: 2Q Earnings Snapshot
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) _ Aemetis Inc. (AMTX) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $2.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Cupertino, California-based company said it had profit of 10 cents. The renewable fuels and specialty chemicals company posted revenue of $47.8 million in the period. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, the company's shares hit $2.79. A year ago, they were trading at 90 cents.
More US churches sue to challenge COVID-19 restrictions
Churches in California and Minnesota, backed by a conservative legal group, filed lawsuits this week against the governors of their states challenging restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak that they contend are violations of religious liberty. In Minnesota, a lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court challenging Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders requiring 6-foot social distancing and the wearing of face masks at worship services. Walz, a former teacher, gets an F in religious liberties,” said Erick Kaardal, special counsel for the Thomas More Society. “Other states, including Texas, Illinois and Ohio, have excluded churches from COVID-19 mask mandates.”
Prosecutors dispute Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend's claims
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday disputed claims by lawyers for a British socialite that they are too slowly releasing evidence and improperly withholding the names of women who were abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein while they were children. In court papers, Manhattan prosecutors defended their handling of charges brought last month against Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, while saying they are “deeply concerned" by the actions of Maxwell's lawyers. “To date, the defendant has yet to ask the Government a single substantive question" about evidence, prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan. “The Government is also prepared to engage in good faith discussions with the defense about an appropriate schedule for disclosure." Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to charges that she recruited three girls, including one who was 14, and joined Epstein in the abuse in the 1990s.
Austin cuts police budget by 1/3 amid national ‘defund’ push
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........AUSTIN, Texas — In a unanimous vote, the Austin City Council moved Thursday to cut about one-third of next year’s $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement agencies in favor of spending more money on social services. “But today, we should celebrate what the movement has achieved for safety, racial justice, and democracy.”The Austin Police Association, which advocates for Austin officers, criticized the proposal ahead of the vote. Since June, Austin City Council members have heard hours of testimony from Austin residents on police use of force on protesters in Austin, including pepper spray and less lethal munitions. Austin council members voted to ban the use of choke-holds and and limit the Austin police budget. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members said in June that they supported disbanding the police department.
Listen to the eerie song a galaxy cluster croons into space
Galaxy clusters are some of the most massive objects in the universe and could apparently start their own band too. SYSTEM Sounds transformed NASA's Hubble data to create the spooky galactic song.
A Massive Asteroid Shower Hit Earth and the Moon 800 Million Years Ago
Researchers calculated that the meteoroids had a total mass 30 to 60 times that of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. As featured on Indian schoolgirls discover asteroid moving toward Earth Radhika Lakhani and Vaidehi Vekariya, both studying in 10th grade, were working on a school project when they discovered the asteroid, which they named HLV2514.
Ducey backs schools reopening without hitting virus metrics
The Republican governor praised Arizona residents for taking the virus seriously, wearing masks, avoiding crowds and taking other steps to avoid contracting or spreading the virus. “My ask today is keep doing what you are doing –- it’s making a big difference,” Ducey said. He said there are variations of virus spread throughout the state and the benchmarks for reopening that were released Aug. 6 were just that, guidelines that are flexible. Trump announced an executive order Sunday that would add $400 per week, but states are required to chip in 25% of that amount. The figures reported by the Department of Health Services increased the state’s totals to 190,794 confirmed cases with 4,383 deaths.
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UK adds France, Netherlands to travel quarantine list
Britain on Thursday said it will reimpose quarantine for travellers from France and the Netherlands, prompting Paris to quickly announce a "reciprocal measure". "Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our list of coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN," transport minister Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter. "If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days." Britain reimposed quarantine for travellers from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas last week. The loosening of lockdown rules will not apply to local hotspots that have seen more stringent measures applied to prevent community spread.
Adult children moving home for lockdown cost parents £2,700, survey finds
Adult children moving back in with their parents during lockdown cost mum and dad £2,700, a study by Barclays found. Many young adults returned to their childhood homes during lockdown, often to escape cramped living conditions in cities and take advantage of their parent’s spare bedrooms. Polling by savings firm AJ Bell for the Telegraph suggested that nearly one in 10 young people moved back in with mum and dad for at least part of the lockdown. And the research by Barclays showed that this came at a cost. Jo Harris, of Barclays Money Mentors, which provides support with finances, said: “As someone who has moved in with their parents during lockdown, I know first-hand how much of an adjustment it can be and how uncomfortable approaching the topic of money can feel.
Coronavirus latest news: 'Unwelcome news' for Britons in France as thousands attempt to avoid quarantine
The move is expected to induce a rush to airports and ports as UK tourists endeavour to avoid quarantine before the deadline of Saturday 4am. Almost half a million Brits are thought to be in France at present. The UK's ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn recognised that the quarantine announcement would be "unwelcome news" for Britons in the country. "I want to be clear that you are not being asked to leave France immediately. "You will obviously want to consider how the need to quarantine for 14 days will affect you and your family when you return home."
The hidden health cost of medical waste
Teves had come from a hospital serving the needs of a poorer developing society, to work in a cutting-edge medical facility in a much wealthier one. She was braced to overcome a knowledge gap at this world-class facility, and face different day-to-day medical challenges. But when she arrived, she faced a very different culture shock: how the new hospital used plastics. Seeing these life-saving items being thrown away when they were so sought-after in the Philippines, Teves decided to do something about it. In the end she managed to fill a large suitcase with “single use” plastic surgical devices that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Beirut explosion: Russell Crowe donates to Le Chef restaurant
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Le Chef has been in Beirut for decadesActor Russell Crowe has donated to a fundraiser to help rebuild an iconic restaurant damaged in Beirut's devastating explosion. Le Chef was left "in shambles" by the blast, according to its GoFundMe page. On Thursday, an organiser said they had received "a very generous donation" from someone named Russell Crowe. The Oscar-winning actor confirmed he made the donation in memory of late chef Anthony Bourdain, who featured Le Chef in one of his documentaries. "Le Chef is a legendary spot in Beirut, famed for its simple, straightforward, home-style classics," he said during his 2010 documentary No Reservations.
Coronavirus travel: Majorca's party capital deserted
VideoEvery year, more than two and a half million British tourists head out to Majorca on holiday. Magaluf has long been the island’s party capital, where young Brits have been coming each summer for decades. But there’s been a huge drop in tourists coming from the UK, partly because Majorca has been added to the list of destinations where travellers have to quarantine on return. The main bars and nightclubs in Magaluf have also been shut down by police, after clubbers were caught on camera ignoring social distancing rules. BBC News spoke to two British Club reps who have found themselves without work and living in a ghost town.
Quiz of the week: Who was named the world's highest-paid male actor?
It's the weekly news quiz - how closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world during the past seven days? If you cannot see the quiz, follow this link. Try last week's quiz via this link. Picture credits: EPA, Reuters, Getty Images, UCL Institute of Archaeology
The girl who picked up an AK47 to defend her family
That night, instead of hiding, Nooria grabbed her father's gun - an AK-47 rifle - and opened fire at the men outside. Local and national Afghan government officials meanwhile declared victory over a "massive" Taliban attack and proclaimed Nooria "a true hero". Rahim would take Nooria as his second wife while Nooria's father would marry Rahim's teenage niece as his second wife. Nooria's village sits in a wide expanse of farmland, surrounded by steep mountains. But as the financially poorer family, they were powerless to stop Nooria's father.
Africa's week in pictures: 7- 13 August 2020
Image caption"We want to go back home," chant Kenyan workers outside their country's consulate in Beirut on Monday. Migrant workers there often report abuse by their employers. Days before, the Lebanese capital was hit by an explosion that has killed dozens of people and made thousands homeless.
Bangladesh: Losing my job as a garment factory worker
VideoSonia, 18, is one of thousands of garment workers who have lost their jobs in Bangladesh due to Covid-19. When global lockdowns caused shops to close, brands cancelled billions of dollars in orders. Clothing sales fell, factories closed down and workers were left without jobs. Sonia told BBC Minute that she now struggles to pay for food or rent. Video journalist, Nabihah Parkar
Georgia School: "We walked into a dangerous situation"
VideoAfter Hannah shared a photo of a crowded hallway at North Paulding High School in Georgia, the school faced national criticism. Then, after Covid-19 cases emerged among students and staff, the school was temporarily closed. Now, parents are facing the tough decision of choosing between in-person or distance learning when the school re-opens. The BBC spoke to students and a parent from the school about the district's decision. Produced by Cody Godwin, Larry Madowo and Sarah FountainEdited by Angélica Casas and Tristan Cimini
Israel strikes breakthrough deal with UAE over settlement expansion
The UAE and Israel are to establish diplomatic ties in a deal halting the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians.
Facebook tells users the source and date of coronavirus stories before they share them
The next time you go to share a coronavirus article on Facebook, you will see the date and source of the story before you post it. The popular social media platform just rolled out a new COVID-19 notification feature in hopes of stemming the tide of misinformation about the virus. A new notification feature on Facebook will tell users the source and date of any coronavirus articles before they share them. This week, the company announced a blanket ban on blackface and antisemitic conspiracy theories. This week, the company announced a blanket ban on blackface and antisemitic conspiracy theories.
Former straight A student, 19, takes plea deal for fatally stabbing her high school classmate
Tanaya Lewis, 19, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder on WednesdayA 19-year-old woman has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a classmate during a fight inside a Detroit-area high school. Tanaya Lewis' plea Wednesday came during a pretrial conference in Macomb County Circuit Court and was made under a guarantee she will be eligible for parole later in life. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing. Lewis was 17 when 16-year-old Danyna Gibson was stabbed in the upper chest and back with a steak knife September 12, 2018 at Warren Fitzgerald High School. Authorities have said the fight was over a male student, and that both girls were straight-A students who had no history of trouble.
FBI appeals for help in finding mom of toddler who was found wandering in Florida parking lot
The FBI is asking the public for help with locating the mother of a toddler who was found wandering around a Florida neighborhood last month after they traveled there from Georgia. Two-year-old Kamdyn Cavett Arnold was discovered in a parking lot of an apartment complex near the 1860 block of SW 68th Avenue in Miramar on the morning of July 27. At the time, the Miramar Police Department shared images of Kamdyn on social media with hopes of locating his parents. His mother, Leila Cavett (right), 21, is still missingAs of Thursday evening, authorities have yet to locate Cavett (right), who was last seen with her son on July 26. Cavett's family members said they last talked to her on July 17 and have no idea why she would've traveled to Florida.
Death Valley is set to reach 127F on Monday - the hottest temperature recorded
Death Valley's temperatures is likely reach 126F on Sunday and 127F on MondayThe temperatures would be record-breaking for the time of yearIt would be the hottest temperature recorded so late in the year. The place still holds the record for hottest air temperature ever recorded which was 134F set in July 1913. Huntington Beach, California is pictured earlier this yearDeath Valley still holds the record for hottest air temperature ever recorded which was 134F set in July 1913. 'If you have to do your workout outside, do it early in the day,' NBC Los Angeles meteorologist Belen De Leon said Thursday. Crews have been assisting from Los Angeles, Culver City Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Ventura County.
Party's over: Airbnb restricts under-25s in UK, France and Spain
Party foul: Airbnb is cracking down on rowdy parties over problems with neighbours and coronavirus fearsAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Airbnb said Friday it is restricting the ability of people under 25 in Britain, France and Spain from renting entire homes via its platform in order to reduce unauthorised parties and ensure safety. Airbnb began cracking down last year as rowdy parties were causing problems with neighbours in certain communities, and with the coronavirus pandemic there has been even greater concern about events where social distancing measures are flouted. Airbnb said it will now begin testing in Britain, France and Spain a ban on under-25s with less than three positive ratings from renting entire homes close to where they live. "The restriction is intended to protect local communities while still allowing younger guests to book listings outside of their local area," Airbnb said in a statement. "Airbnb is committed to being good partners to communities and today’s announcement follows a series of measures taken by the platform to clampdown on antisocial behaviour and unauthorised parties," the company said.
UK adds France, Netherlands to travel quarantine list
"Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our list of coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN," transport minister Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter. "If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days." Britain had initially imposed a blanket quarantine on all visitors arriving in the country, but later carved out "travel corridors", which exempted travellers arriving from certain countries from having to self-isolate. But it reintroduced the quarantine for travellers arriving from Spain in late July, catching airlines by surprise -- as well as thousands of Britons leaving for their holidays. Britain reimposed quarantine for travellers from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas last week.
France and Netherlands added to UK travel quarantine list
"If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days," Shapps added. Britain initially imposed a blanket quarantine on all visitors arriving in the country, but later carved out "travel corridors", which exempted travellers arriving from certain countries from having to self-isolate. But it reintroduced the quarantine for travellers arriving from Spain in late July, catching the airlines by surprise and thousands of Britons leaving for their holidays. It reimposed quarantine for travellers from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas last week. The loosening of lockdown rules will not apply to local hotspots that have seen more stringent measures applied to prevent community spread.
UN chief hopes Israel-UAE deal can help two-state solution
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he hopes the Israel-UAE deal can help realize a two-state solution with the PalestiniansAdvertising Read moreUnited Nations (United States) (AFP)United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday he hoped the Israel-UAE deal can help realize a two-state solution with the Palestinians for peace in the Middle East. Guterres said annexation would "effectively close the door" on negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders and "destroy the prospect" of a viable Palestinian state under a two-state solution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a "historic day" and would launch a "new era" for the Arab world and Israel. But the Palestinians strongly rejected the deal, calling it a "betrayal" of their cause, including their claim to Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. "The secretary-general will continue to work with all sides to open further possibilities for dialogue, peace and stability," the spokesman said.
Wisconsin state agency tells employees to wear masks during Zoom calls, even if home alone
articleA Wisconsin state agency is reportedly mandating that its employees wear face masks during video conferences, even if they are home alone. “Set the safety example which shows you as a DNR public service employee care about the safety and health of others.”Under the Gov. MORE NEWS: Florida sheriff bans deputies from wearing face masks, memo saysThere are exceptions to the rule, however, such as when someone is eating, drinking, or swimming. Furthermore, individuals with health conditions or disabilities that prevent them from being able to safely wear a mask or face covering are exempt. "The most important thing you can do is serve as an example to those around you by wearing a mask or face covering, practicing physical distancing, and following best safety practices."
TikTok-owner ByteDance censored anti-China content in Indonesia until mid-2020: sources
Singapore: Chinese tech giant ByteDance censored content it perceived as critical of the Chinese government on its news aggregator app in Indonesia from 2018 to mid-2020, six people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The sources said that local moderators were instructed by a team from ByteDance's Beijing headquarters to delete articles seen as "negative" about Chinese authorities on the Baca Berita (BaBe) app. ByteDance has grown into a potent online force in recent years, propelled in part by a TikTok short video platform that's taken teenagers by storm. Credit:PAIn a statement to Reuters, BaBe said it disagreed with the claims and that it moderates content according to its community guidelines and in line with Indonesia's local laws. Those guidelines, which are published on its website, do not mention China or the Chinese government.
Belarus to release detained protesters, deputy interior minister says
MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus will release everyone who was detained in protests this week by Friday morning, Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Barsukov told reporters outside the Okrestina detention centre in Minsk. At least two protesters have died and thousands have been detained in a crackdown following President Alexander Lukashenko’s contested re-election that has prompted the West to consider new sanctions on Minsk. “We will release everyone by 6:00 am,” Barsukov said.
A-levels: Anger over 'unfair' results this year
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the results were a "robust set of grades". The overall results, across England, Northern Ireland and Wales, show record highs for A* and A grades. He said students felt grades had been pulled down "in a way that they feel to be utterly unfair and unfathomable". "This results day must have been an absolute nightmare for many schools, colleges, and young people - it is a shambles." He said basing results, in part, on last year's students' results was wrong because "they're different".
Vital Brazil, UFRJ test serum to treat COVID-19
Scientists from Instituto Vital Brazil and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) are studying a hyperimmune serum which may treat COVID-19. The serum is produced from horse blood plasma. In the case of anti-venom serums, horse blood produces defense agents against the toxin inoculated in the body. In the study against the new coronavirus, UFRJ will isolate and inactivate the virus, so that it can start being inoculated in the horses of Instituto Vital Brazil. Another Vital Brazil study looks into the antibodies and DNA of llamas.
Hurricane Season Set to Go From Bad to Worse on La Nina
In either state, the weather patterns over the Pacific actually decrease hurricane-killing wind shear across the Atlantic, allowing more storms to form and strengthen.“We’re continuing the La Nina Watch this month,” said Michelle L’Heureux, meteorologist with the U.S. Tropical Storm Josephine is the latest, forming Thursday east of the Leewards, the arc of islands that separates the Caribbean from the Atlantic. In South America, croplands in Argentina can become more arid, while heavier rains are possible across parts of Brazil. (Adds La Nina definition in second paragraph.) For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.
Bald eagle attacks state’s $950 drone in U.P., sends it to bottom of Lake Michigan
The drone was being operated by a pilot for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) when the July 21 attack occurred. “The attack could have been a territorial squabble with the electronic foe, or just a hungry eagle. The pilot said the drone was about seven minutes into its mapping flight when he noticed that its satellite reception was getting weak. A nearby couple ... later confirmed they saw the eagle strike something but were surprised to learn it was a drone. Flight data showed the drone had hit the lake about 150 feet from shore, and landed in 4 feet of water.
Ex-cop's video captures crowd's horror during Floyd arrest
Ex-cop's video captures crowd's horror during Floyd arrest Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off FloydMINNEAPOLIS -- Newly released body-camera video from a third officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest captures for the first time the growing horror of onlookers who repeatedly pleaded with the officers to get off Floyd. The video made available Thursday comes from fired Officer Tou Thao, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. Floyd died after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes on a south Minneapolis street May 25 as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. On Monday, body cam video from two of the other officers, Lane and Kueng, was released under a judge's order. Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe and called out for his mother before passing out.
United States Postal Service Confirmed It Has Removed Mailboxes in Portland and Eugene
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Bald eagle attacks $950 drone, sends it to bottom of Lake Michigan
ESCANABA, MI - In what state officials are describing tongue-in-cheek as a “brazen attack,” a bald eagle recently snatched a $950 drone belonging to the state of Michigan that was being flown to document shoreline erosion damage in the Upper Peninsula. The drone was being operated by a pilot for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) when the July 21 attack occurred. “The attack could have been a territorial squabble with the electronic foe, or just a hungry eagle. A nearby couple ... later confirmed they saw the eagle strike something but were surprised to learn it was a drone. Flight data showed the drone had hit the lake about 150 feet from shore, and landed in 4 feet of water.
Kamala Harris helps 're-imagine' Black women roles
Kamala Harris helps 're-imagine' Black women rolesSoyica Colbert, a Georgetown University vice dean, says Harris' nomination challenges negative notions that Black women can't lead. (August 13)AP
Florida man charged for having more than 2 dozen pipe bombs after one went off
Eliot KleinbergPalm Beach PostBOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — On Wednesday night, 34-year-old Gregory Samuel Haasze's affinity for explosives led to one of them going off, rattling a Boynton Beach neighborhood, police say. That led police to some two dozen more deadly devices, which ultimately landed Haasze in jail. Haasze remained at the Palm Beach County Jail late Thursday with his bail set at $130,000. Boynton Beach police said Thursday the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had taken over the investigation of the incident. Court records show Haasze is represented by the Palm Beach County Public Defender, which as a rule does not comment on active cases.
Bodycam: Salt Lake City police dog repeatedly bites Black man
Bodycam: Salt Lake City police dog repeatedly bites Black manSalt Lake City has suspended the K-9 officer seen in a video showing him commanding his dog to repeatedly bite a Black man.
COVID back to school: Fall semester 2020 means uncertainty and fear
COVID back to school: Fall semester 2020 means uncertainty and fearGoing back to school amid COVID-19 outbreaks means uncertainty and fear for students and teachers, but staying home presents problems too. Harrison Hill and Scott Clause, USA TODAY
Remember going to the movies? 15 things we miss most about theaters
The simple act of going to the movies feels like a distant memory now, five months since many theaters have closed their doors. With thousands of titles available from the couch and numerous new releases going straight to streaming platforms during the coronavirus pandemic, watching movies from home is a popular quarantine pastime. But it doesn’t compare to what it was like to actually go to the movie theater. But watching movies at home ruins the magic of a shared experience, especially when your plus one checks their phone or keeps glancing at incoming texts on their Apple Watch. Drive-in theaters:A guide to the options available near youMandatory masks and empty seats:Here's what to expect when movie theaters reopen
Pinterest workers plan walk out to demand end to workplace racial, gender discrimination
Continuing a reckoning sparked by two Black employees who accused the company of racial bias, employees of the social media service Pinterest are planning a virtual walk out Friday to demand "systemic change.'' "Even when unintended, all forms of discrimination and retaliation at Pinterest must stop,'' said the call to action, posted on a website that represents Pinterest employees. I am [upset/angry/shocked/unhappy/whatever you’re feeling] about the racial and gender discrimination that has happened at Pinterest, and am leaving work early today." Pinterest could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday but it has denied the racial bias charges while saying it's hired a law firm to investigate. In June, the company reported that it had roughly 400 million monthly active users, most of whom are women.
‘Fortnite’ maker accuses Apple of illegal monopolistic practices in tech battle royale that appears headed for a courtroom
Apple charges developers 30% of purchases made through the App Store, and 15% after the first year of subscriptions. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have also questioned the company’s App Store policies and whether they stifle competition. Evercore ISI analyst Amit Daryanani said in a note to clients late Thursday that Apple collects an estimated $30 million monthly from Fortnite. The company generated $13.2 billion last quarter in revenue for its services segment, which includes the App Store. He expects the legal battle to be “a multi-year process that is appealed at every level of the US court system.”
Company Fined for Importing Sweetener U.S. Says Was Made With Chinese Prison Labor
WASHINGTON—A U.S. importer has been fined $575,000 for importing powdered food sweetener that was made by prison labor in China, in violation of federal trade laws, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. The fine against Pure Circle U.S.A. Inc. of Chicago, a PureCircle Ltd. affiliate, marked the first fine CBP officials have issued since the agency stepped up investigations of suspected forced labor in China in the past five years.
How to Cycle Up ‘Mount Everest’
As my altimeter clicked past 27,000 feet for the day — into the range of the low oxygen “death zone” on Mount Everest — and my eyes blurred with sweat and sunscreen, a white Ferrari accelerated past me into a curve. I was drunk with fatigue, but the car was real, as I slowly cycled up the road to Mount Seymour Resort, below Dinkey Peak, in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I was far from the world’s tallest mountain, but straining to finish what is known as the Everesting Challenge. “Everesting” is straightforward: Pick a hill, any hill, and go up and down it until you attain 29,029 feet of climbing. With most cycling events disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, Everesting has become a hot activity for the ultra-endurance set.
The Acclaimed Soba Maker Who Champions Home Cooking
Wandering among the artisanal shops of Kamakura, Japan, with her grandmother, a young Sonoko Sakai used to watch with fascination as tofu makers, tea roasters and rice millers crafted their products by hand. There was a fishmonger who delicately sliced and dried his fish on wire mesh screens, and a senbei (rice cracker) maker who sat on a tatami mat turning over each crisp, aromatic disc with chopsticks above a charcoal grill. As the Queens-born daughter of an executive with Japan Airlines, Sakai, now a cookbook author, teacher and food activist, also spent plenty of time familiarizing herself with other traditions and other tastes. (One of her specialties was a lasagna served with rice, and sometimes a little soy sauce.) “Traveling the world allowed us to dream and imagine,” said Sakai, “but I knew Japan would always be waiting for us.”
All-female Hasidic ambulance corps gets green light after years-long battle
New York State health officials approved a license for an all-female Hasidic ambulance company to provide emergency medical service in orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn. The application by members of Ezras Nashim had been opposed by the rival, all-male Hatzolah ambulance and many rabbis. But the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council on Thursday approved the certificate of need application from Ezras Nashim 23-2. But committee member Jason Haag said it was important to provide “a choice” to women in Borough Park that acknowledged cultural differences. Several members also said they ruled in favor of Ezras Nashim after the female provider and Hatzolah could not resolve their differences.
Coronavirus, Israel, Animal Tears: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
The coronavirus summer surge hit its deadliest day so far this month. Officials across the U.S. reported at least virus 1,470 deaths on Wednesday, the highest single-day total yet in August, according to a Times database. For more than two weeks, the country has averaged more than 1,000 deaths a day. This is about 60,000 higher than the number of deaths that have been directly attributed to the coronavirus. has suffered far more deaths than any other country.
NYC payphone booth haven for heroin-addicts, locals say
A disused Midtown payphone booth is getting new life — as a daytime shooting gallery for drug users, people in the area told The Post on Thursday. “They come with a kit — a bag, a cooking device and the needle that’s waiting for them on top of the phone,” said Wendy Powell. The booth in question has two phones separated by a metal barrier, though only one of the lines actually works. It’s scary.”Pre-pandemic, folks would use the booth for “some weird stuff,” Casale added, “but it’s way worse now.”“It’s sad. “Every day like clockwork they are in that phone booth unpacking their paraphernalia like they can’t get that poison in them fast enough,” he said.
After Beirut’s ruinous explosion, a family waits for a call that never comes
As Lebanese and foreign civil defense teams comb through Beirut’s rubble, no one here knows the true number of missing. “There is no list of the missing so we can look for them,” said Marwan Abboud, Beirut’s governor. In Beirut’s badly damaged hospital wards, families of the wounded and missing flooded the corridors and nearby sidewalks on the night of the blast. AD“The woman I can’t forget was old, she was carrying a photograph,” said Joseph Khalil, at Beirut’s Geitawi Hospital. Ibrahim’s family would like to share DNA samples, but from Tripoli they don’t even know where to begin.
Live updates: U.S. was ‘unprepared’ for ‘greatest public health crisis’ in a century, CDC director says
Fortunately for Starr County and its 65,000 residents, help arrived at the last minute. But three weeks later, with hospitalizations declining, Starr County’s pandemic woes are far from over, Judge Eloy Vera, the county’s top elected official, said Thursday. Most locals were wearing masks and taking other health precautions following the crisis at Starr County Memorial Hospital last month, Vera said. Starr County has some of the worst reported infection and death rates not only in Texas but the entire Southwest, according to tracking by The Post. To date, at least 23 people in Starr County are confirmed to have died of the coronavirus, with another 45 suspected deaths pending certification.
California firefighters save American flag from fast-spreading Lake Fire
California firefighters saved an American flag overnight Wednesday as they battled the fast-moving, “extremely aggressive” Lake Fire near Lake Hughes, video shows. Two firefighters pull the flag down with flames burning just a few feet away. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents northwest of Lake Hughes Road and Lake Elizabeth Road, households along West Trail Mountain View Road in Lake Hughes, and everyone south of Highway 138 down to Old Ridge Route. Authorities also shut down Lake Hughes Road between Castaic and Pine Canyon, and a number of other streets also were closed. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APPAuthorities still expect it to continue spreading and said it could threaten surrounding communities, including Lake Hughes, Leona Valley, Lake Elizabeth, Pine Canyon, Quail Lake, Three Points and others.
Wildlife officers search for elk with tire around its neck
Wildlife officials in Colorado are looking for an elk that has been spotted with a tire around its neck, and they believe it’s the same animal that was seen a year ago with the tire around its neck then, too. Colorado Parks and Wildlife tweeted a video of the unfortunate bull elk this week that had been recorded by a trail camera. Even if officials do catch up with the elk, removing the tire will likely be an ordeal. With breeding season approaching, Clay said there’s concern about what may happen to the elk or other elk it encounters. “Wildlife, especially our antlered wildlife, often get caught up in hammocks, volleyball nets, clothing lines, decorative lighting,” he said.
Joanna Gaines announces new showroom opening in Magnolia Market
Joanna Gaines has launched a new project. The lifestyle guru recently announced the opening of a new showroom called Magnolia Home in the Magnolia Market shopping center in Waco, Texas. In a behind-the-scenes video shared by the Magnolia brand on Thursday, Gaines said she started working on the showroom about a year ago. CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES’ HIT SERIES ‘FIXER UPPER’ IS MAKING A RETURN ON THEIR UPCOMING MAGNOLIA NETWORK“I wanted people to use it as a tool for their own home and now in this space,” she said. JOANNA GAINES ANNOUNCES NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK ‘THE WORLD NEEDS WHO YOU WERE MADE TO BE’Magnolia House will also showcase the brand’s larger pieces including rugs, furniture and wall art, according to a tweet from the brand.
California court rules Amazon can be liable for defective goods sold on its marketplace
A California appeals court's decision could soon make it harder for Amazon to skirt responsibility for unsafe products sold on its platform. Amazon's sprawling marketplace, which hosts millions of third-party sellers, now accounts for approximately 60% of the company's e-commerce sales. The company has previously said it invests hundreds of millions of dollars per year to ensure products sold are safe and compliant. The company still faces several ongoing product liability cases in state and federal courts across the country. "Under established principles of strict liability, Amazon should be held liable if a product sold through its website turns out to be defective."
Georgia student who posted photo of a crowded school hallway and called it 'good and necessary trouble' no longer suspended
(CNN) The mother of a student who was suspended after posting a photo on Twitter that showed her high school's crowded hallways this week tells CNN that her daughter's suspension has been reversed. The viral photo showed students at North Paulding High School, outside Atlanta, crowded in hallways and with few visible masks. Hannah's mother, Lynne Watters, spoke with the school's principal Friday morning by phone, she told CNN. The woman was told her daughter would not be suspended and that a suspension would not appear on her daughter's record. Hannah will be in school on Monday, she and her mother told CNN.
Cause of Monday's Baltimore gas explosion that killed two people still unclear, but local gas company says it's not to blame
(CNN) An investigation by Baltimore Gas and Electric Company into a Monday gas explosion in northwest Baltimore that killed two and injured seven has found that it was not the result of faulty pipes or equipment, the company, better known as BGE, said in a press release issued Thursday. "BGE has found that all of its equipment -- gas mains, gas service pipes and gas meters, as well as electric equipment -- has been operating safely and was not the cause of the natural gas explosion that occurred Aug. 10," the release said. There were also no gas leaks detected or reported in the area where the explosion occurred, and there were no reports of gas odors Monday prior to the explosion, according to the release. The pipes on Labyrinth Road, the street where the explosion occurred, were last inspected in June and July of 2019, and no leaks were found at that time, either, according to BGE. The Baltimore City Fire Department, along with state and federal agencies, continues to lead the investigation into what caused the explosion, according to BGE.
Fortnite maker sues Apple after removal of game from App Store
(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Thursday removed popular video game “Fortnite” from its App Store for violating the company’s in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to sue the iPhone maker seeking to end its in-app payment practices. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoApple cited a direct payment feature rolled out on the Fortnite app earlier on Thursday as the violation. Epic Games does not disclose how many iOS users “Fortnite” has. In both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store, “Fornite” had about 2 million downloads in July 2020, according to mobile analytics firm SensorTower. But Apple users spent about $34 million while Android users spent only $2 million, according to SensorTower data.
Earthquake in Nepal
"I saw women and children lying dead as I helped pull them out of collapsed houses." When the earthquake struck, my wife who is nine months pregnant, fell right in front of me. I saw women and children lying dead as I helped pull them out of collapsed houses. Some people shouted at me for taking pictures and their reactions were fair enough. One man told me to just help carry bricks rather than taking pictures - I did as he said, because he was right.
UC San Diego research lab to make environmentally friendly flip flops from algae
(Reuters) - Researchers at University of California, San Diego hope to make future beach visits both environmentally and fashion-friendly, with a new formula for biodegradable flip flops. Mike Burkart, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the public research university in San Diego, California, has developed a polymer from algae, which decomposes naturally. The laboratory initially made gasoline from algae before turning its attention to surfboards, and now the humble flip flop. “Almost every major shoe manufacturer has come to talk to us about the possibility of using our materials in their products,” Burkart said. “We really want those to be able to decompose or be able to be recycled,” he said.
Mexican carrier Aeromexico seeks debtor-in-possession financing: statement
FILE PHOTO: The logo of the aerial company Aeromexico is seen at the Aeromexico counter at Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City, Mexico, July 1, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican carrier Aeromexico (AEROMEX.MX), which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States at the end of June, said on Thursday in a statement it is seeking debtor-in-possession financing. “Today we obtained, subject to court approval, commitments for a $1.0 billion senior secured superpriority multi-tranche debtor in possession term loan facility, the DIP Facility, with funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management Inc.,” Aeromexico said.
UK imposes 14-day quarantine on arrivals from France
LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France on Saturday because COVID-19 infection rates there are too high, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday. Britain's Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps visits the area where a passenger train derailed near Stonehaven, Scotland, Britain, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Russell CheyneThe government, wary of a second wave of the novel coronavirus, also added the Netherlands, Malta and three other countries to its quarantine list. For UK holidaymakers, France is the second most-visited country behind Spain. France is the second biggest market for tourists coming into the UK, behind the United States.
Brazil's JBS, world's top meat-packer, posts better-than-expected results
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA is seen in the unit in the city of Jundiai, Brazil June 1, 2017. Results from the world’s largest meat-packer showed a net profit of 3.38 billion reais ($629 million). Australian operations suffered less of an impact from COVID-19 in the quarter, JBS said. JBS, which sells meat in 190 countries, increased its consolidated net revenue by 33% to 67.58 billion reais, as all business units increased sales in Brazilian reais. In its earnings statement, JBS also highlighted strong Brazilian beef exports to China, as net revenue from beef sales to the Asian country rose 53%, in dollar terms, over the quarter.
Applied Materials signals improving chip demand with robust forecast
(Reuters) - Applied Materials Inc forecast fourth-quarter revenue above analysts’ estimates on Thursday as demand rebounds for semiconductor equipment and services from the coronavirus-driven slump, and predicted sustained spending into 2021. Dickerson said current spending levels are expected to be sustained or even higher in 2021, based on feedback from customers. In May, Applied Materials flagged a nearly $650 million hit to sales from the pandemic-induced constraints. “We have got a significant chunk of that $650 (million) in fiscal Q3,” Chief Financial Officer Daniel Durn said on the call. Revenue from semiconductor systems, which supplies gears to chipmakers, surged 28% to $2.92 billion.
France to reciprocate Britain's quarantine, minister says
PARIS (Reuters) - Britain’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France will lead to a reciprocal measure, French junior minister for European affairs Clément Beaune said late on Thursday. “A British decision that we regret and which will lead to a measure of reciprocity, hoping that things will return to normal as soon as possible,” Beaune said on Twitter at midnight.
UK imposes 14-day quarantine on arrivals from France
LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France on Saturday because COVID-19 infection rates there are too high, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Passengers from international flights arrive at Heathrow Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, July 29, 2020. “Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN,” Shapps said on Twitter. For UK holidaymakers, France is the second most-visited country behind Spain. France is the second biggest market for tourists coming into the UK, behind the United States.
Trump says he would not veto legislation that included post office funding
Postal Service (USPS) office in midtown Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mike SegarWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would not veto coronavirus legislation that included funding for the U.S. “If we could agree to a bill, the overall bill, which is obviously a much bigger number than just the post office, that would be fine,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Earlier in the day Trump said demands from Democrats that a bill include federal aid for the post office and funding for the election have become major sticking points in negotiations. “The items are the post office and the $3.5 billion for mail-in voting,” he told Fox Business Network, saying Democrats want to give the post office $25 billion.
Apple's famous '1984' video parodied by Fortnite game maker
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fortnite maker Epic Games has used a famous Apple advertisement against the iPhone maker in a social media campaign accompanying a legal battle it launched on Thursday. A scene from the "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite" short released by popular video game "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is seen, after Apple Inc removed the game from its App Store for violating the company's in-app payment guidelines. Apple Inc earlier in the day removed “Fortnite” from its App Store for violating the company’s in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic to file a lawsuit seeking to end Apple’s in-app payment practices. The Fortnite video, watched nearly half a million times on YouTube within hours of its launch, is a parody of Apple's own "1984" commercial here, which launched the Macintosh computer, styled as a threat to the personal computer of the day. At the time, Apple was a tiny challenger in the computer market, but on Thursday Epic’s video described the game maker as “defying the App Store Monopoly”.
Photos of the week
Syrian refugee Ahmed Staifi poses for a picture in front of the house where his wife and two of his daughters were killed in a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 11, 2020. When Staifi rushed home after the blast, he heard his daughter calling out from beneath the rubble of their apartment. One of my daughters was yelling 'Dad, Dad I don't want to die,'" he recalled. But his wife Khaldiya and his youngest and oldest daughters - Jude and Latifa, aged 13 and 24 - were killed. At least 43 Syrians were reportedly killed in the explosion at Beirut port.
Chinese cities find coronavirus in frozen food imports, WHO downplays infection risk
A woman looks at frozen food products in a supermarket following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, August 13, 2020. “People should not fear food, food packaging or delivery of food,” the World Health Organization’s head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan told a briefing. The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters said the public needed to take precautions to reduce infection risks from imported meat and seafood. Li Fengqin, who heads a microbiology lab at the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment told reporters in June the possibility of contaminated frozen food causing new infections could not be ruled out. Xinfadi market, a sprawling food market in China’s capital of Beijing, was linked to a cluster of infections in June.
TikTok deal must benefit U.S. and ensure 'total security,' Trump says
FILE PHOTO: China and U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence LoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday that any deal to sell Chinese-owned social media app TikTok to an American company must “substantially” benefit the United States and provide “total security.”Trump made the remarks after issuing an executive order banning transactions with TikTok’s Chinese parent Bytedance by mid-September after appearing to bless a sale of the popular video sharing app to Microsoft.
U.N. Security Council starts Iran arms embargo vote, result Friday
REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council started voting on Thursday on a U.S. bid to extend an arms embargo on Iran, which is opposed by veto-powers Russia and China, and the result will be announced at a meeting on Friday, diplomats said. The 15-member council has been operating virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic so states have 24 hours to cast a vote. The 13-year-old arms embargo is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France and the United States that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief. To be adopted a resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britain or France. They says several countries would argue that Washington legally could not activate a snapback of sanctions and therefore simply wouldn’t reimpose the measures on Iran themselves.
Proxy adviser ISS to push ahead with lawsuit against SEC over new rule
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission logo adorns an office door at the SEC headquarters in Washington, June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan ErnstBOSTON (Reuters) - Institutional Shareholder Services is pressing ahead with a lawsuit against the Securities Exchange Commission after the securities regulator last month issued a new rule that governs how proxy advisers like ISS advise clients in corporate votes. ISS told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the SEC on Wednesday that it will “reactivate” a lawsuit it originally filed in October and paused in January to give the SEC time to finalize its rule. The lawsuit is the latest turn in a battle between corporate America, proxy advisory firms and the regulator. The SEC spent months crafting a new rule that will require proxy advisers to provide a copy of their reports to corporations at the same time they release them to clients.
AutoZone to hire more than 20,000 U.S. employees
FILE PHOTO: A customer leaves the AutoZone store in Broomfield, Colorado March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking(Reuters) - Automotive parts retailer AutoZone Inc (AZO.N) said on Thursday it plans to hire more than 20,000 employees in the United States to meet growing demand from retail and commercial customers. It is, however, in stark contrast with the broader trend of layoffs across industries that have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. employers announced another 262,649 job cuts in July, up 54% from June. AutoZone said it was adding the jobs across its more than 5,800 U.S. stores.
Three killed in Ivory Coast protests against president's third term bid
ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least three people died during protests in Ivory Coast on Thursday, police said, as small groups burned makeshift road blocks in protests against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to stand for a third term. A demonstrator runs away from tear gas fired by police during a protest against president Alassane Ouattara's decision to stand for a third term, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Thierry GouegnonThe West African nation has seen a number of scattered protests since Ouattara announced last week he would run in the Oct. 31 election, with the opposition accusing him of violating term limits. The executive director of Ouattara’s party, Adama Bictogo, defended Ouattara’s decision to run again, saying: “For us the debate is closed.”Ouattara’s opponents have accused the police of using excess force to break up demonstrations this week. Ivory Coast law limits presidential terms to two, but Ouattara says a new constitution adopted in 2016 acted as a reset button, allowing him to run again.
Trump administration 'satisfied' with China purchase progress in Phase 1 trade deal - Kudlow
FILE PHOTO: White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow addresses a press briefing on the U.S. economy and new U.S. employment and unemployment numbers in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday said the Trump administration is satisfied with China’s progress in meeting commitments to purchase U.S. goods in a Phase 1 trade deal, signaling that the pact will survive an initial review on Saturday. Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Saturday will conduct the first semi-annual review of the trade deal’s implementation in a videoconference. “We have big differences with China on other matters, but regarding the Phase 1 trade deal, we are engaging,” Kudlow said. But Lighthizer has told Trump that China is now buying over 40% of U.S. commodity exports, compared to about 20% in the baseline year of 2017, Kudlow said.
Apple's famous '1984' video parodied by Fortnite game maker
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fortnite maker Epic Games has used a famous Apple advertisement against the iPhone maker in a social media campaign accompanying a legal battle it launched on Thursday. A scene from the "Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite" short released by popular video game "Fortnite" maker Epic Games is seen, after Apple Inc removed the game from its App Store for violating the company's in-app payment guidelines. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) earlier in the day removed “Fortnite” from its App Store for violating the company’s in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic to file a lawsuit seeking to end Apple’s in-app payment practices. The Fortnite video, watched nearly half a million times on YouTube within hours of its launch, is a parody of Apple's own "1984" commercial here, which launched the Macintosh computer, styled as a threat to the personal computer of the day. At the time, Apple was a tiny challenger in the computer market, but on Thursday Epic’s video described the game maker as “defying the App Store Monopoly”.
Southern California wildfire forces evacuation of hundreds of homes
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California wildfire forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes as it raged largely unchecked through densely forested mountains north of Los Angeles that last burned some 50 to 100 years ago, fire officials said on Thursday. The frame of a car stands burned as a fast-moving wildfire, called the Lake Fire, burns in a mountainous area of Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, California, U.S. August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Patrick T. FallonThe blaze has scorched some 10,500 acres (4,249 hectares) since erupting Wednesday afternoon near Lake Hughes in the Angeles National Forest. No casualties were reported but the blaze prompted the mandatory evacuation of some 500 homes in communities about 40 miles (65 km) north of downtown Los Angeles, Mitchell said. The blaze forced officials to close a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 70, the main east-west highway through the mountain corridor.
Florida Teacher Writes Her Own Obituary To Protest Reopening Schools Amid COVID-19
A Florida teacher responded to her district’s plans to reopen for in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic by writing her own obituary. Whitney Reddick, who teaches special education in Jacksonville, Florida, posted the mock death notice to Facebook Aug. 4. In it, she proclaims that she died “while alone in isolation and on a ventilator at a Duval county hospital” last week at age 33. Ron DeSantis (R), Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry (R) and the Duval County school board and superintendent. According to its website, Duval County public schools are slated to reopen next Thursday with both in-person and remote learning options for students.
U.S. rejects Ghislaine Maxwell's complaints about treatment in jail
FILE PHOTO: Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail for her role aiding Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and eventually abuse of minor girls, in Manhattan Federal Court, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. July 14, 2020 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Thursday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s claim that she is being treated “worse” than other inmates at the Brooklyn jail where she is being held on charges she facilitated late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of underage girls. In a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, prosecutors also said it was “at best premature” to require they disclose the identities of three alleged victims named in Maxwell’s indictment. Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.
Postal Service has 'taken steps that have slowed the delivery of mail'
Geoff Bennett reports that the Postal Service has "taken steps that have slowed the delivery of mail" leading to "delays"
Kentucky governor points to virus spread among children
Andy Beshear pointed Thursday to the spread of COVID-19 among children in urging school districts to show patience and hold off resuming in-person classes until late September. And the latest daily statewide report included six virus cases among school-age children in Warren County and six in Hardin County, the governor told reporters. In the past three weeks, 86 school-age children have tested positive for the virus in Warren County, he said. That should reinforce decisions by school districts to delay resuming in-person classes, he said. “That’s a duty that we have to have in this instance.”Meanwhile, Beshear reported 785 new virus cases across Kentucky on Thursday.
Tropical Storm Josephine forms; no warnings in effect
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Josephine formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning, making it the earliest “J-named” storm in a record-setting hurricane season. Josephine was located 865 miles (1,395 kilometers) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the 5 p.m. advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Josephine was the earliest tenth Atlantic named storm on record, breaking the previous record of Jose, which formed Aug. 22, 2005, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. ADVERTISEMENTSo far this year, Cristobal, Danielle, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna and Isaias have also set records for being the earliest named Atlantic storms of their respective place in the alphabet. Last month, Hurricane Hanna, slammed the Texas Gulf Coast with high winds and rains that flooded streets and knocked out power across the region.
Computer scientist, pixel inventor Russell Kirsch dead at 91
FILE - In this 2007 file photo ,Russell Kirsch holds the image of his son, Walden, that was scanned into the world's first digital scanner in 1957. Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world’s first digital photograph, died Aug. 11, 2020 at his home in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reported. Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world’s first digital photograph, died Aug. 11, 2020 at his home in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reported. (Jamie Francis/The Oregonian via AP, File)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Russell Kirsch, a computer scientist credited with inventing the pixel and scanning the world’s first digital photograph, died Aug. 11 at his home in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reported . Russell Kirsch is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan; by children Walden, Peter, Lindsey and Kara; and by four grandchildren.
What a Biden-Harris White House Could Mean for Tech Policy
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate suggests Big Tech might avoid the hammer blow of a breakup if the ticket wins the White House. Newsletter Sign-up CIO Journal The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. PREVIEWWhile vice presidents have limited power to shape or enforce policy from the White House, advocates say she could help prioritize the tech industry’s policy wishlist, which includes issues such as immigration reform. The Trump administration has curtailed visas for highly skilled workers, drawing rebukes from Silicon Valley in recent months. Major tech companies, including Microsoft Corp., have stopped selling the technology to police in the absence of federal regulations.
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Fortnite Uses Apple's Own '1984' Ad Against It In Dispute Over Payments
Fortnite Uses Apple's Own '1984' Ad Against It In Dispute Over PaymentsYouTubeEpic Games, the video game developer behind the mega popular online game Fortnite, just posted a video criticizing Apple for removing the game from its App Store. That is, until a woman in color shows up, and throws a Fortnite axe at the screen and shatters it. The following copy reads, "Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. Epic Games (also being a corporate entity themselves) is making this charge over money. The company introduced a direct payment option within Fortnite to bypass Apple's 30% fee on in-app purchases.
Fauci urges schools to hold classes outdoors as much as possible
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also suggested in his Facebook Live chat with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo that, on school buses, windows should remain open and students wear their masks as much as possible. And when asked by Raimondo what his recommendation would be for reopening schools, Fauci said states shouldn’t take an all-or-nothing approach. “If you want to open schools, do what you need to do,” Fauci said. In an online discussion hosted by Brown University last week, Fauci urged states to take quick action to stamp out even slight upticks in COVID-19 cases.
Russian coronavirus vaccine ‘could kill the acceptance of vaccination if it goes wrong’
Russian president Vladimir Putin says a coronavirus vaccine developed in the country has been registered for use. (AP)Germany has warned that Russia’s claim that it has developed the world’s first coronavirus vaccine could prove “dangerous”. An employee works with what is said to be a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. (AP)UK vaccination progressThere are hopes for a coronavirus vaccine as early as this year after human trials are reported to have shown promising results. (AP)Last month the government signed a deal with pharmaceutical giants GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi Pasteur to secure 60 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine.
Google pulled 'Fortnite' from the Play Store on Android
'Paris Games Week' is an international trade fair for video games and runs from October 26 to 31, 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)Just hours after Apple pulled Fortnite from the App Store, it appears Google has followed suit in its Play Store. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.
Daily Crunch: Apple removes Fortnite from the App Store
Epic Games takes on Apple, Instagram fixes a security issue and Impossible Foods raises $200 million. The big story: Apple removes Fortnite from the App StoreThe controversy over Apple's App Store policies has expanded to include Epic Games and its hit title Fortnite. The company introduced a direct payment option for its in-game currency on mobile, leading Apple to remove the app for violating App Store rules. "Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services," Apple said. The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch's roundup of our biggest and most important stories.
Nerves fray in Argentina, where some flout pandemic lockdown
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In Argentina's capital, authorities closed a bar after customers were seen drinking beer on the sidewalk in violation of pandemic lockdown measures. Some Buenos Aires stores flouted a ban to stay shut, saying online sales are inadequate. Argentina was struggling economically long before the pandemic; isolation measures deepened the pain. With more than 260,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, Argentina is among the top 10 countries contributing the most new cases to the global tally since July 22, according to Johns Hopkins data through Monday. Hospital beds are available and medical workers are more experienced and protected after fighting the coronavirus for months, he said.
As plexiglass barriers become the future of indoor dining, experts worry they may not be enough
Plexiglass shields, barriers, and bubbles could become the norm for indoor dining during the coronavirus pandemic. View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook. And it's one of the many plastic barriers companies are buying to ensure both customers and employees feel protected from transmission of the coronavirus. Story continuesThe increase in orders began in March, after the World Health Organization recommended using glass or plastic barriers to reduce exposure to COVID-19. As businesses reopen, plastic screens and pods may well be on the front lines in the fight for consumer confidence.
Dramatic video shows police officer saving man at the last moment after electric wheelchair gets stuck on train tracks
Bodycam footage of officer Erika Urrea running over to the elderly man to pull him off the train tracks: (Lodi Police Department)A Sacramento police officer managed to pull a man to safety seconds before a train arrived, after his electric wheelchair got stuck on the tracks as he attempted to cross the road. Although the officer was able to pull the man out of the wheelchair and away from the tracks, his legs were still struck by the train as it went past. After the train passed through, Ms Urrea called for help and managed to drag the man away from the train tracks, as she and a responding officer attempted to treat his injuries. The time between the officer leaving her car and the train reaching the wheelchair was 15 seconds, according to the Sacramento Bee. In a statement, the Lodi Police Department wrote: “Officer Urrea risked her own life to save another, and her actions prevented a tragedy today.
Israel attacks, sanctions Gaza over ballon fire bombs
A Palestinian security official in Gaza said "an unexploded missile fired by an Israeli plane" had impacted inside the school area and that "explosives engineering teams are working to disarm it". Police sappers have also been dismantling bombs attached to balloons that landed in southern Israel since August 6. In response, Israel has closed its cargo crossing with Gaza and also reduced the territory's permitted coastal fishing zone. The Gaza Strip has a population of two million, more than half of whom live in poverty, according to the World Bank. While Israel's Iron Dome defence system was capable of intercepting projectiles fired from Gaza, balloons and kites rigged with explosives have proved a different challenge.
A grapefruit-scented perfume ingredient that's toxic to ticks and mosquitoes is the first new insect repellent to be approved in a decade
The introduction of a new insect repellent ingredient could help slow resistance to insecticides. The Environmental Protection Agency approved a fragrant and relatively safe chemical as a defense against ticks and mosquitoes on Monday. The chemical, nootkatone, smells and tastes like grapefruit and is naturally found in the rind of the fruit, as well as in Alaskan yellow cedar trees. The newfound insect repellent shows promise as a protector against ticks in particular, insect toxicology expert Joal Coats told Insider. Other essential oils derived from plants such as peppermint and lemongrass have been found to have some insect repellent properties but poor staying power.
All of the Most Expensive-Smelling Perfumes Have This Important Note in Common
As an ode to the flower, we've found 10 of the best jasmine perfumes that smell beautiful, luxurious, and, yes, very expensive. Additions like melon, cucumber, and prune make this jasmine perfume entirely unique. Comparably, it's a bit more affordable than some of its fellow bottles, and the elegant melding of jasmine sambac and jasmine Egypt infusion makes it extra special. & Durga is one of our all-time-favorite perfume brands, and this tropical interpretation of a classic jasmine perfume is one of the best we've ever smelled. This is not your average jasmine perfume, folks.
Claflin University President on closing the endowment gap and how HBCUs have been handling COVID-19
Dr. Dwaun Warmack, Claflin University President, joined Yahoo Finance to discuss his outlook for the upcoming school year and the the gap between HBCU endowments and PWI endowments.
A beloved lesbian baker in Detroit got a homophobic cake order. Here's why she made it anyway.
LGBTQ-owned bakery Good Cakes and Bakes assistant baker Breann Bailey, 28, of Detroit, sifts flour as she bakes in their Detroit shop on Aug. 11, 2020. LGBTQ-owned bakery Good Cakes and Bakes assistant baker Breann Bailey, 28, of Detroit, sifts flour as she bakes in their Detroit shop on Aug. 11, 2020. LGBTQ-owned bakery Good Cakes and Bakes Co-owner April Anderson with a Strawberry Crunch Cake at her shop on Livernois in Detroit on Aug. 11, 2020. "We would have refused to write that message," Anderson said. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit bakery lesbian owner gets homophobic order from Catholic group
What is ‘mask mouth’? Dentists give tips on preventing bad breath and cavities
Face masks help to protect against the coronavirus, but wearing them can also lead to a stinky side effect. Bad breath and tooth decay are possible when people have on face coverings for long periods of time, dentists told multiple news outlets. Rob Raimondi, co-founder of One Manhattan Dental, told the newspaper. How can you prevent ‘mask mouth’? Dentists say there are ways you can help protect against bad breath and cavities, but ditching your face covering isn’t one of them.
Russian company selling Elon Musk, SpaceX-themed iPhone 12 for $5K
Continue Reading BelowRussian phone accessory firm Caviar is accepting pre-orders for a customized “Musk Be On Mars” iPhone 12 design. HERE'S TESLA'S PLAN IF THE CYBERTRUCK FLOPSApple has yet to even release the iPhone 12. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERECaviar previously announced a solid-gold iPhone 12 with a starting price of more than $23,000. Apple executives confirmed last month that the iPhone 12 would go on sale slightly later than previous models of the top-selling smartphone. CFO Luca Maestri said the iPhone 12 would hit stores a “few weeks later” than the late September release date of last year’s new models.
Apple and Epic Games go to war over Fortnite
"Currently, when using Apple and Google payment options, Apple and Google collect a 30% fee, and the up to 20% price drop does not apply. If Apple or Google lower their fees on payments in the future, Epic will pass along the savings to you." FORTNITE MAKER EPIC GAMES WORTH $17.3B AFTER NEW ROUND OF FUNDINGIn response to Epic's decision, Apple has blocked Fortnite on iOS devices. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store," an Apple spokesperson told FOX Business. "Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly.
Women move to forefront of protests sweeping Belarus over disputed election results
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, the man dubbed “Europe’s last dictator,” seems to have badly underestimated at least two serious threats to his 26-year rule. The country, home to 9.5 million people, has been rocked by protests since Lukashenko, its longtime president, was declared by election authorities to be the landslide winner of Sunday’s national election. Women all across #Belarus are forming human chains of solidarity. Advertisement“She was clearly severely underestimated by Lukashenko,” said Nigel Gould-Davies, who was Britain’s ambassador to Belarus in 2008-09. With the outside world paying more notice as the days passed, the protests were at a tense juncture.
Huntington Beach has become a center of resistance toward COVID-19 safety measures
Huntington Beach has become a center of resistance toward COVID-19 safety measuresWatch LA Times Today at 7 PM on Spectrum News 1 on channel 1, on Cox systems in Palos Verdes and Orange County on channel 99, and live stream on the Spectrum News App. As California grapples with the coronavirus surge – the debate over masks and social distancing is still contentious. One popular beach town in Southern California has become a symbol of resistance toward COVID-19 safety measures. LA Times intern Jake Sheridan has written about the situation in Huntington Beach where there is no shortage of pandemic doubters.
Great white shark sighted off the coast of Wells, Maine
Several beachgoers told a lifeguard they had seen fins in the water off Wells Beach, and a short time later the Maine Marine Patrol notified Wells Harbormaster Michael Yorke of a confirmed great white shark sighting near a buoy outside the mouth of Wells Harbor, police said in a statement. A 9-foot great white shark was spotted in the ocean near Wells, Maine, around noon Thursday, causing lifeguards to clear two beaches, authorities said. The sighting comes less than three weeks after a retired fashion executive was killed by a great white shark while swimming 20 yards off Bailey Island in Harpswell, roughly 60 miles up the coast from Wells. “It is not uncommon for Great White Sharks to be in Maine waters during this time of year,” police said. “Any possible sightings should be reported to the local authorities.”On July 27, Julie Dimperio Holowach, a 63-year-old seasonal resident of Maine, was killed by a great white shark as she swam in the waters off Bailey Island with her daughter.
A new season of Dine Out Boston arrives in a changed landscape
Dine Out Boston , formerly known as Restaurant Week, returns Sunday for its annual August run. Wendy MaedaQ Restaurant in Chinatown, which serves hot pot, sushi, and Chinese cuisine, is on the roster. We're giving out more variety for trying — particularly hot pot, because that's what we specialize in." AdvertisementThe Black Lives Matter movement was a factor in how the tourism bureau looked at charitable giving partners, O’Donnell says. But diversifying the list of Dine Out Boston restaurants may be a longer-term goal.
Nursing homes: Coronavirus cases remain high, experts are critical of tardy test results
The most recent testing data shows 38 percent of the state’s 1,223 nursing homes have patients who are currently infected with the virus. But he said there needs to be more effort in returning faster results for people working in places where “the highest risk to the population exists” — such as nursing homes, prisons and hospitals. “All nursing homes in California are required to have a testing plan in place that includes baseline testing, ongoing surveillance testing and response-driven testing,” she said in an email. At least five health-care workers at skilled nursing facilities in the region have also died from the virus, data shows. At its neighboring facility, Crestwood Treatment Center, another 24 people have the virus, data show.
Belarusian leadership apologizes to injured protesters
The authorities also began releasing protesters, some of whom had bruises and described being tightly packed inside cells. Protesters formed human chains and marched in the capital, backed by at least 10 television presenters and reporters from the tightly controlled state media who resigned in solidarity. The protesters accuse Lukashenko of rigging last Sunday’s presidential election to win a sixth term. The EU partially lifted sanctions, imposed over Lukashenko’s human rights record, in 2016, but could introduce new measures as early as this month. Sergei, one of the freed detainees, said there had been 28 people in a cell that would normally contain five.
When it comes to reopening schools, Dr. Fauci says Rhode Island is in ‘a very good place'
The work Rhode Island has done -- mandating masks and social distancing in public places, closing bars at 11 p.m., restricting gatherings -- has brought the infection rate down enough for the state to find ways to reopen the schools, Fauci said. PROVIDENCE -- The nation’s top infectious disease specialist said Rhode Island is “starting from a very good place” as the Ocean State determines how to reopen schools safely. AdvertisementRhode Island is one of the “green states,” he said, meaning the positivity rate is below 5 percent. Advertisement“You are in a state where chances of getting infection are low,” Fauci said. You have to safely get back to normal.”While Rhode Island is “green,” the cities of Providence, Central Falls, and Pawtucket are not.
FBI’s tally of how often police use force has plenty of holes
But the much-anticipated tally, five years in the making, came up with just nine significant use-of-force incidents for all of Massachusetts last year. The agency counted only use-of-force incidents that officers included in self-written reports — the police versions of events. But barely a third of the nation’s law enforcement agencies took part — only 5,043 out of 18,514. “We count everything from struggles, to compliance techniques, to display of a firearm,” said Lieutenant Michael Kmiec, of the Lynn department. In Massachusetts, only 223 of the state’s 444 law enforcement agencies took part and that likely did not include some of the more egregious ones.
Train crosses over Tempe Town Lake bridge weeks after collapse
Train crosses over Tempe Town Lake bridge weeks after collapseA Union Pacific freight train crosses a bridge over Tempe Town Lake on Aug. 13, weeks after a train derailment and partial bridge collapse. Alison Steinbach, The Republic | azcentral.com
Char Kol, a pop-up Korean restaurant, accused of cultural appropriation, faces protests
Schulson, through his spokesperson, said he and his staff did not intend Char Kol to be authentically Korean, “rather an appreciation of the cuisine.” During the pandemic, with business sinking, his team was charged with thinking about what cuisine could work. Schulson noted that his company’s head chef, Matt Rudofker, who is white, had spent nearly a decade working with Korean American chef David Chang and that his staff enjoyed eating Korean BBQ — grilled meats over charcoal accompanied by side dishes known as banchan.
High school cross-country runner dies after morning workout at Denton park
A high school cross-country runner in Denton has died after being found unconscious at a local park, apparently after a morning practice run. Denton ISD officials identified the student as 17-year-old senior Dylan Dorrell, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported. “We are heartbroken,” Denton ISD athletic director Joey Florence told the Record-Chronicle. “We send our prayers and condolences to the family.”A district spokeswoman told the newspaper that the cross-country team had just conducted a routine workout at the park. “I know that [Dylan] completed the workout, and that’s when unfortunate events happened,” she said, adding that police had ruled out foul play.
Excessive heat warning into Saturday
An excessive heat warning has been issued for Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and counties to the south and east. This warning is in place until 7 p.m. Saturday. Heat index values will approach 110 over the next few afternoons. With the hot and breezy weather expected, there’s an elevated risk for grass-fires, especially to the west of DFW. If you’re not a fan of the heat, a pattern chance is possible early next week with cooler temperatures and rain chances starting late Sunday into Monday.
Office in Lindsey-Flanigan courthouse closes after employee tests positive for new coronavirus
The clerk’s office in the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse is closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, and it’s unclear when it will reopen. The affected employee didn’t feel well at work on Monday and went to get tested for the new coronavirus, said Rob McCallum, spokesman for the Colorado Judicial Department. The other two people working in the clerk’s office were sent home to quarantine after the first employee tested positive, he said. The office will be closed for cleaning, and until they can reshuffle enough staff to operate it, McCallum said. “As soon as we can safely get that office open, we will.”People who need to visit a clerk’s office in person can go to room 256 in the Denver City and County Building while the Lindsey-Flanigan courthouse office is cleaned and disinfected.
Investigators say Collin County parents lied about missing newborn before he was found dead in bucket of tar
The couple was arrested Saturday; both remain at the Collin County jail with bail set at $950,000 for Roland Grabowski and $1,075,000 for Donna Grabowski. Roland and Donna Grabowski each face several felony charges in connection with the death and disappearance of their week-old son, Micah, Collin County authorities said. (Collin County Sheriff's Office)An attorney listed for Donna Grabowski didn’t return a message left at his law office Thursday. The couple told a Collin County Sheriff’s Office investigator that Micah was with someone in Dallas, according to the affidavit. The Grabowskis told investigators that about July 29, they woke up and found Micah dead in their bed.
Milwaukee County buses to increase passenger limit to 15 on Friday, citing mask use by riders
The passenger limit on Milwaukee County Transit System buses will increase from 10 to 15 on Friday, the transit system announced. The increase was "due to high mask usage on buses and other efforts to mitigate risks associated with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic," according to an MCTS statement Thursday. Starting Aug. 1, face masks were required on MCTS buses to help limit the spread of COVID-19. The bus system will continue to provide one free mask per customer while supplies last and has made hand sanitizer available on "a number of buses." Passengers enter buses through the front door and leave through the rear door.
County officials close McKinley Beach for remainder of 2020 after 3 died in dangerous currents
After at least three people have drowned in dangerous currents at McKinley Beach this year, including two last week, Milwaukee County officials decided to close the beach for the remainder of 2020. The decision was officially made on Wednesday by county officials in conjunction with the Milwaukee Health Department, which monitors the water quality. "Thinking long term, we need support from the state legislature to advance our solution to give Milwaukee County new sales tax authority in order to properly serve county residents," the statement reads. Issues recruiting, hiring lifeguardsThe county has been struggling with recruitment and hiring lifeguards for years despite a $150,000 increase in wages in the 2020 county budget. South Shore Beach and Bender Park Beach were closed Thursday due to “elevated bacteria” levels in the water, Lucas said.
A Brookfield mom called mask wearing and social distancing 'pagan rituals' at an Elmbrook School Board meeting
As the Elmbrook School Board debated its reopening plans Tuesday night, a Brookfield mother said her children, which she identified as Christian, should be exempt from the "pagan ritual" of wearing face coverings. After being told by school board member Mushir Hassan that defamatory comments should be avoided, Heidi Anderson directly addressed him. People are allowed between two and three minutes to comment, according to school board vice president Jean Lambert. She said social distancing and mask wearing are not proven to be effective, and that both precautions represent pagan rituals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that face masks and social distancing are two of the most effective ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Principal who made Holocaust comments should not have been fired, judge rules
The school district had known about Latson’s comments for more than a year, but Latson’s supervisors were working with him on improving Holocaust education at the school. He even traveled to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2019 to learn more about the tragedy.
More kids are on path to aviation careers, thanks to nonprofit Aerostar — with boost from U. of C.’s Accelerator for community programs
“It’s real moving to see,” Douglas said. “The South Side has a tremendous amount of talent, wealth of ability and people committed to making these communities stronger. What we created this program to do was to support them, to add value and help them get where they want to go. This is not the university dictating this is how you do it: ‘We’re here to teach you how to be a good nonprofit.’ It’s us saying: What are you trying to accomplish. We’ll put a program together around that to help you get there.
Evanston school leaders report ‘ominous threats’ following Fox News coverage of reopening that highlighted approach to students of color
Board member Joseph Hailpern said he was contacted by six local parents who had issues with the policy, some of whom explicitly expressed that it prioritized students of color over their own children. At least two of those parents said they reached out to him because he is the only white man on the board and they assumed he would share their sentiments, he said.
Suffolk correction lieutenant gets ceremonial "walkout" after 43-year career
Lt. William Berry has completed thousands of shifts during his 43-year tenure as a Suffolk County correction officer. That’s a tenure transcending six sheriffs, eight U.S. presidents and tens of thousands of defendants flowing in and out of the county’s jails. But the veteran officer, who rose through the ranks from correction officer to sergeant to lieutenant, with a stint as executive officer of the Sheriff’s Academy Bureau in Brentwood, has taken his last tour. Berry was feted for a job well done Thursday as dozens of his colleagues — both rank-and-file and command staff — participated in a ceremonial “walkout” to mark his retirement after more than four decades of service with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Errol Toulon presented Berry with a proclamation and Suffolk County Correction Officers Association president Lou Viscusi spoke at the ceremony and also gave Berry a gift from the union.
Maplewood Area Historical Society hosting free open house at Bruentrup Farm
This weekend the Maplewood Area Historical Society is inviting visitors to see a 1923 Pirsch fire truck, take a farmhouse tour, and learn old-fashioned rope-making. The open house at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The event also includes a look at the 3M “Magically Adhered” exhibit, showing the company’s impact on Maplewood, and an exhibit on Gladstone and New Canada Townships. Masks are required indoors and social distancing or mask wearing is required outdoors. Temperatures will be checked, so visitors who are feeling ill are asked to stay home.
St. Paul driver’s BAC was 3 times over limit when he killed pedestrian, charges say
A St. Paul man had a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal limit when he hit and killed a man with his car in St. Paul in April, according to charges filed this week. On April 28, St. Paul police responded to a hit and run involving a pedestrian in the area of Charles Avenue and Vandalia Street. The truck then continues eastbound on Charles Avenue and then turns right on Vandalia, according to the complaint. Surveillance video from the intersection of Vandalia Street and University Avenue shows Vereecke driving the damaged truck southbound on Vandalia Street shortly after the accident, the charges said. Vereecke said that he had little memory of the incident and that he “shouldn’t have really been driving,” the charges said.
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s COVID-19 numbers have stayed mostly stable — and low — over the past month
The best news for Connecticut in recent weeks and months has been a decline in the state’s death toll. After experiencing an average of about 73 deaths a day in April and 54 a day in May, the state saw 13 a day in June, 3.5 a day in July and 1.5 a day so far in August. On three different days last week and two days so far this week, officials reported zero new coronavirus-linked deaths.
Coronavirus in Oregon: 294 new cases and eight deaths
The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday announced 294 new coronavirus cases and eight more deaths. She tested positive Aug. 5 and died Aug. 10 in her home. Oregon’s 378th death is an 80-year-old Clackamas County woman who tested positive Aug. 2 and died Aug. 9. He tested positive Aug. 5 and died Aug. 11 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He tested positive Aug. 7 and died Aug. 9 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center.
Dear Annie: Friend complains about socializing with those who speak with their mouths full
Dear Annie: I realize that this is a difficult issue on which to offer advice, but I suspect it might have widespread interest. But I wonder how you would advise staying out of the fray of unwelcome food particles while not insulting well-meaning people. Dear Annie: I am 77 years old and have known for most of my life that I'm not beautiful. One problem is that my husband is so kind that he would never criticize anything about me, especially my appearance. And when you exude warmth and empathy, there's no way anyone would mistake you for a witch.
Police release body cam footage of Tuesday's officer involved shooting in Colerain Township
Police release body cam footage of Tuesday's officer involved shooting in Colerain TownshipBody camera footage released Thursday shows the aftermath of Tuesday's officer involved shooting in Colerain Township. Cincinnati Police Department
Report from Petoskey: Collectors happy summer show was a go
“People are ready, they want out of their houses,” says dealer Cheryl Herberger of Angel in the Woods of the eager attendees. “We’ve been right on target for sales -- even better.” Distressed and shabby chic items were strong. “They definitely still like vintage,” she says, adding that women ages 30 to 45 are looking for home décor. She agreed that home décor was hot, adding that vintage baskets were a good seller, especially old laundry baskets. She was hopeful that business would continue to be strong, adding that “anything with quality and style always sells.” And that’s true, hopefully, even during a pandemic.
Design Recipes: Mirror magic
The magic of mirrors relates to how you place, use and hang them. Hang mirrors in a pattern. Hang mirrors vertically if looking for ways to make a space with a low ceiling feel taller. Use mirrors in rooms that may not get much light or with limited windows, as mirrors can reflect light. These oversized mirrors can be used in areas where you may not want to hang mirrors or art, or to help create a focal point.
Style at Home: Bedside manner: Have your clutter and clean it, too
To keep what I deem necessities within arm’s reach — what’s the point of relaxing if I have to stand up to retrieve something? Luckily, I was able to pinpoint some stylish solutions that allow me to have my clutter and keep my space clean, too. I like to see my books out and ready to go, even if I’m not yet ready myself to dive in. This keeps your books at hand but cleans up your tabletop for more of life’s necessities, like a hydration station. Trinket plates and trays are a great way to add another design element to your bedroom.
British sports fans to be allowed back into pilot events
LONDON (AP) — British sports fans will be allowed in to some pilot events from this weekend to test the safe return of spectators, with the government hoping bigger crowds can start attending venues from the start of October. Around 300 spectators will attend the final two days of the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre this weekend, the British government said Thursday. It added that more pilot events will follow “with a view to reopening competition venues for sports fans, with social distancing measures in place" from Oct. 1. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called off previously planned pilot events with some fans in attendance during the first two weeks of August amid fears over the coronavirus infection rate. However, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said “we can now make further careful progress on recovery with allowing audiences back for indoor performances, fans back at sports events and the reopening of more COVID-19 secure leisure businesses.”
Cop fired for racist Christmas decorations returns to work
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who was fired for decorating a Christmas tree with racist items has been reinstated through arbitration, a process that makes it difficult to fire officers and has been cited as an obstacle to police reform. The arbitrator ruled that Mark Bohnsack was wrongly terminated for the November 2018 incident, but that he must serve a 320-hour suspension without pay, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday. The city has a right to appeal. Police spokesman John Elder confirmed that Bohnsack is back with the department, but said another officer who was fired over the incident, Brandy Steberg, is not. Elder declined to give further details, saying he wasn’t authorized to discuss personnel matters.
Azure Power: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot
NEW DELHI (AP) _ Azure Power Global Ltd. (AZRE) on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $500,000. On a per-share basis, the New Delhi-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 7 cents per share. The solar power producer posted revenue of $52.2 million in the period. For the current quarter ending in October, Azure Power said it expects revenue in the range of $42.4 million to $45 million.
More US churches sue to challenge COVID-19 restrictions
FILE - In this Sunday, April 5, 2020 file photo, a distance is measured as worshippers line up to take communion on Palm Sunday outside of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, Calif. Churches in California and Minnesota, backed by a conservative legal group, have file lawsuits in August 2020 against the governors of their states challenging restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak that they contend are violations of religious liberty.
Dreaming of cooler days: 21 photos from the 1960s of snow in Tucson
We might not get to experience cooler days for a few months, but that's not going to stop us from looking back on 'em.
Governor reports ‘good news,’ sets target for virus cases
Her remarks came as she began a public briefing on both topics — the state’s response to the virus and participation in the census. Testing detected 177 new virus cases Thursday, the governor said. New Mexico now meets every standard but one — the average number of new virus cases each day. The state added that requirement earlier this summer but didn’t set a specific numerical target until Thursday — of 168 cases a day. Scrase on Thursday said new research suggests bandanas and neck gaiters aren’t as good at blocking the virus as cloth masks.
Excessive heat to bake US Southwest through coming weekend
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........PHOENIX — Excessive heat is expected across the U.S. Southwest into early next week, with forecasters warning of temperatures over 110 degrees (43.3 Celcius) in desert cities such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. High temperatures are expected to be be the norm through Monday across much of Arizona, and the National Weather Service’s office in Albuquerque said high temperature records might be broken in central and eastern New Mexico. Temperatures were expected to reach 114 degrees (45.5 Celcius) in Phoenix on both Friday and Saturday and 113 degrees (45 degrees) in Las Vegas on Sunday. “The 5-day forecast can be described by one word…HOT! Temps warm up to around 114° by Friday and stay there for awhile,” the weather service’s Phoenix office said in a Twitter post.
Advocates demand answers in wake of police shooting
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A coalition of advocacy organizations have voiced concerns after Albuquerque police shot and killed a man who called them to report a home invasion early Tuesday morning. APD Forward spokesman Barron Rogers said bystander accounts of the shooting of Kenneth Reiss, 50, raise “serious questions” about how officers handled the situation and whether lethal force was necessary. “We’re calling on Chief Geier to be open and transparent with the community about the events that took place…” Rogers said. “The community deserves a thorough, transparent, and prompt investigation of the incident.”Rogers asked that the Albuquerque Police Department release any footage of the incident including from lapel cameras, dash cameras and neighbors’ cameras to show how it “escalated to a fatal shooting.”Officers responded around 1 a.m. after Reiss called 911 to report that he had shot two intruders at his home near Garfield and Vassar SE.
Project Runaway star Michael Costello calls out Kylie Jenner for not tagging lesser-known designers
Fashion designer Michael Costello has publicly criticised Kylie Jenner for not tagging lesser-known designers on Instagram after the reality star thanked Olivier Rousteing for designing her Balmain birthday dress. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines“Thank you Olivier for the perfect bday dress. And thank you to the no-name designers who work tirelessly around the clock on custom looks who she won’t tag, mention, or @... unless it’s paid,” the former Project Runway star wrote. The designer’s comment comes after Jenner faced backlash in July after her followers questioned why she had not tagged the designer of an orange dress she wore by UK-based clothing company LoudBrand Studios. Everyone go check out @LoudBrndStudios.”The Independent has contacted Costello for comment.
California megachurch defies state coronavirus order and allows thousands for Sunday services
The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. A California megachurch pastor has defended the decision to open his church to thousands of people for Sunday services, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California, has held multiple Sunday services over the last few weeks, which have been attended by at least 6,000 people, pastor John MacArthur told CNN on Tuesday. Pastor MacArthur, who also claimed during the interview that the state’s coronavirus restrictions made “no sense in light of the actual numbers of deaths,” added that the church did not “orchestrate this, this is a church. According to a tracking project hosted by Johns Hopkins University, in the US as a whole, some 5.2 million people have tested positive for coronavirus.
US suspends private charter flights to Cuba
Image copyright AFP Image caption JetBlue relaunched US commercial flights to Cuba in August 2016The US administration has suspended all private charter flights between the United States and Cuba, to increase economic pressure on Havana. The suspension of charter flights comes into force on 13 October, the birthday of the late Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Authorised US charter flights to Cuba for medical emergency purposes or for search and rescue will still be permitted. US commercial flights to Cuba resumed in August 2016 for the first time in more than 50 years. In May the US Transportation Department imposed a cap on charter flights to Cuba at 3,600 per year.
Video: The adorable cat with four-inch legs who has gone viral
Video: Don't call me shorty: Stumpy cat called Manchester with 4-inch legs becomes an Instagram starMeet the adorable cat with four-inch legs who is living his best life. Manchester, who is nearly two-years-old, is a mixture of two breeds - a Scottish straight and a Munchkin, which are renowned for their extremely...
£3,200 fines for shunning face masks: Payment of £100 will keep on doubling for repeat offenders
Repeatedly refusing to wear a face mask could lead to a fine of up to £3,200, Boris Johnson announced last night. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: 'We introduced mandatory face coverings on public transport to protect people and stop coronavirus spreading. The review of the rules today saw the Netherlands, Monaco and Malta added to the quarantine list - and Portugal remains on it, along with Spain. The latest data on coronavirus cases on foreign soil is being analysed by the Government's Joint Biosecurity Centre (JCB), which reports to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. France's prime minister Jean Castex (pictured at a hospital in Montpellier this week) has told his citizens to 'pull themselves together' amid a fresh surge in coronavirus cases in FranceEarlier this week France's prime minister told his citizens to 'pull themselves together' amid a fresh surge in coronavirus cases.
Now THAT'S how you do outdoor dining! Couple enjoys pop-up date night on Brooklyn Bridge
A New York couple have put their own spin on the city's outdoor dining trend, after they were spotted enjoying a unique date night on Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday night. A New York couple have put their own spin on the city's outdoor dining trend, after they were spotted enjoying a unique date night on Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday nightThe couple were filmed by passersbys enjoying their romantic dinner on Brooklyn Bridge after they arrived armed with their very own portable alfresco restaurant. Jasmin, a 34-year-old construction project manager, told Buzzfeed News she couldn't have picked a more romantic setting than Brooklyn Bridge for a date night with her husband. 'We don't want to do the outdoor dining with other people around. Other creative ideas have involved a BBQ in front of a colorful Manhattan mural with their children and a double date with friends in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Author's no-holds-barred account of what it's like to see your children in the arms of another woman
Tess Stimson is pictured above with husband Brent and their boys Henry and Matt. Only for Jelena, 49, to respond by texting me a photo of her with her arms wrapped possessively around Henry and Matt’s shoulders. My children were tiny; I was already dealing with all the emotions and vulnerability that accompany caring for little ones. When Henry graduated from college in 2017, Brent and Jelena pitched up for the ceremony and basked in his achievement. Tess is pictured above with her sons’ stepmother Jelena.
Neurosurgeon, 36, 'drove at more than 130mph' before crash that killed medical student
Prosecutors in Alabama said during a bond hearing that a Mobile neurosurgeon was possibly driving at speeds topping 130mph before a crash that killed a medical student who was a passenger in his car. According to police, Nakhla was behind the wheel of his high-performance Audi convertible while 24-year-old medical student Samantha Alison Thomas was riding in the car as a passenger. Nakhla is a married father-of-two and a neurosurgeon working at Mobile InfirmaryThomas was pronounced dead at the scene from her injuries. Knizley described Thomas, a third-year student at University of South Alabama Medical School, as a family friend of the surgeon, who is a married father of two. The family are planning to start a scholarship in her name in conjunction with the the University of South Alabama.
Epic sues Apple after 'Fornite' video game is pulled from the App store
Apple has pulled Epic Game's wildly popular Fornite from its App Store, as the developer violated the tech giant's in-app payment guidelines. Scroll down for videoApple has pulled Epic Game's wildly popular Fornite from its App Store, as the developer violated the tech giant's in-app payment guidelines. Epic shared Apple's announcement to remove Fornite on its website: 'Apple has blocked your access to Fortnite on iOS devices! Although it may seem as the right move for Epic, the game developer was the top-grossing online video game in 201, as it took in a whopping $1.8 billion in sales. The video game also took in more money in a single year than any game in history in 2019, according to Nielsen's video game arm SuperData.
How Harry and Meghan snapped up $14.7m dream home from Russian tycoon
Harry and Meghan bought their dream California home from a Russian oligarch who allegedly threatened to chop up his wife. Miss Sulkess, 30, told the Daily Mail last night: 'I keep reading articles which say that Harry and Meghan have 'quietly' bought this house. AdvertisementThe stunning estate has everything Harry and Meghan and their son, Archie, one, could ever need. From Moscow, Miss Fedoseeva said last night: 'I am in fear of my life and the safety of my loved ones. Miss Sulkess, a former PA to the actress Kate Bosworth, had set up a film company, 12 Productions Limited, with Miss Fedoseeva and they were making a film together.
Would-be tourists forced to cancel vacations amid COVID-19 pandemic are now ordering AIRLINE FOOD
The COVID-19 pandemic has grounded hundreds of thousands of Americans who were set to jet off on international vacations this summer. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal , people across the country have been ordering airline food in order to replicate one part of the journey they are now missing out on. Edwards, 23, ordered several JetBlue snack packs for her and her parents so they could replicate the experience of flying Down Under. But her family aren't the only ones ordering JetBlue snack packs. A Gate Gourmet meal is picturedVermont-based Isaac Krasny, 31, says he bought some of the JetBlue snack packs for their 'novelty value'.
NYC health officials urge residents to get tested for COVID-19 ONCE A MONTH as schools reopen
Health experts in New York City are urging residents to get tested for COVID-19 at least once a month as schools and business are set to reopen, drawing the criticism of doctors who insist the suggestion is 'unrealistic' with results already backed up by two weeks. Since June, city officials have encouraged New Yorkers to get tested, whether they’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or not. Since June, city officials have encouraged New Yorkers to get tested, whether they’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or not. As of Tuesday, the last time local government released coronavirus statistics, 82 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in New York City. In total, the city has reported 233,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 23,602 deaths recorded.
Moscow Targets Chinese Nationals Amid Coronavirus Fears. And the Arctic Heats Up in Record Speed
This week on the podcast:— China has complained that Moscow’s response to coronavirus is discriminatory and risks damaging relations with Beijing. Associated Press correspondents Francesca Ebel and Dasha Litvinova looked at how Moscow authorities went into great lengths to track down Chinese nationals. — The battle for the Arctic is heating up — literally — as countries, companies and citizens wrangle to protect and advance their interests in the region. We’ll speak to American journalist Alec Luhn about the effects of climate change on the Arctic, and Russia’s political and economic strategy for its icy north. The episode was recorded and edited at CM Records Studio in central Moscow.
Protestors form 'solidarity chains' to condemn post-vote crackdown in Belarus
Similar human chains formed in half a dozen other cities, local media reported. Large groups of workers at several major factories staged walk-outs, local media reported. Prominent Belarusians have condemned the violence and urged Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus with an iron grip since 1994, to step down. Police said a protester died on Monday when an explosive device went off in his hand, while his widow told local media he was unarmed. His mother told local media he had heart problems and had gone out to see his girlfriend, not to take part in protests.
Russia Gets Tough on Coronavirus. And What Does Surkov's Departure Say About Modern Russia
From today — that’s Thursday the 20th of February — most Chinese citizens will be temporarily blocked from entering Russia as part of Moscow’s latest moves to contain the spread of coronavirus. The ban covers all Chinese citizens traveling to Russia on employment, tourist and student visas. to discuss Russia’s latest moves to stop the coronavirus spread is Alexander Gabuev , chair of the Asia-Pacific programat Carnegie Moscow Center.
When Not Enough is Way Too Much
?? ????? ??? Or you can describe a quality of money: ????? ?? ?????? ??????? ????? (You can never have too much money). ??? ???? ????????, ? ????? ?? ?????? ?????? ? ???????? ?????????? (Although I deeply respect him, in real life he’s extremely dull and way too proper.) But there is an even easier and more elegant way to describe doing too much of something: you just add the prefix ????- to the verb. ????- as “try all varieties”: ?? ????????? 10 ??????? ????? ???, ??? ????? «????» ????? (He smoked his way through 10 brands before he found the brand he liked best.)
Russia Prepares for a Surge in Coronavirus Cases
This week on the program we look at how Russia is dealing with the coronavirus, with experts on the line to take us through the latest developments and assess how Russia’s health system and economy will cope with the pandemic. — Moscow Times reporter Evan Gershkovich joins us to go over the steps Russia has taken in recent days. — And finally, ING’s Chief Russia Economist Dmitry Dolgin explains how the massive global economic disruption caused by the coronavirus will affect Russia. Read More:Russia Says It Has Very Few Coronavirus Cases. ‘We Don’t Have Enough Intensive Care Beds’: Coronavirus Will Test Russia’s Creaking Healthcare System
Carlos Slim Foundation to support distribution of Covid-19 vaccine
Mexico’s role will be to package the 150 million to 250 million doses of the vaccine to be distributed in the region. According to Argentine President Alberto Fernández, who announced the deal today, the agreement will assure Latin American access to the vaccine as soon as it becomes publicly available, possibly in the first six months of 2021. “AstraZeneca recognizes the urgency of the worldwide pandemic and will work in alliance with partners for the distribution of the vaccine in an egalitarian format,” the Slim Foundation said in a press release. The vaccine’s trials with human volunteers are currently taking place in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa and are scheduled to begin in the U.S. this month. “All Mexicans are going to have access to the vaccine, and there should be no need for the poor to worry,” he said.
More states follow Oaxaca’s lead and move to ban junk food sales to kids
After Oaxaca banned the sale of junk food and sugary drinks to minors on August 5, at least 10 states and Mexico City have expressed an interest in following suit. Oaxaca’s new law, which imposes fines and even jail time for anyone — other than parents — who provide unhealthy packaged foods to children under the age of 18, effectively putting junk food in the same category as alcohol and cigarettes. The health commission is also seeking to limit the advertising of junk food. Federal legislators from four different political parties planned to propose a nationwide ban today on the sale and marketing of junk food to children. Source: Milenio (sp), Animal Político (sp), Excélsior (sp), BCS Noticias (sp)
Please Don't Hurt My Feelings
???????????: insult, injury, affrontOne of my favorite radio shows is — and this is not going to be a big surprise — ??????? ??-??????! The topic was about the notion of hurting people’s feelings in Russian, particularly in Russian legislation, like the law against ??????????? ?????? ???????? (“insulting the feelings of religious believers”). ? ?????? ?? ???? ?? ???????, ?? ????????? (I don’t want to offend or insult anyone). I’ve found it translated in many ways: insult the feelings of believers, assault on religious feelings, insult the sentiments of religious believers, and even religious contempt or a breach of the sanctity of religion. I think the problem is that in English “religious feelings” is an odd phrase, and while you could insult someone’s religion or hurt someone’s feelings, mixing those two concepts gets confusing.
You Gotta Have Heart
First question: Below is a list of meanings of the word ?????? (heart). The problem is your heart (well, my heart) is likely to say: ?????? ?????. The heart has reasons that reason doesn’t understand, literally “you can’t order your heart”). That said, ????? ????? ?????, ? ?????? ?????????? ?????? (I hear those words and my heart bleeds.) When someone is afraid, ?????? ???????????? (my heart skips a beat) or ?????? ???????? (my heart stands still).
Coping with Covid-19: survivor creates a ‘common sense’ guide
Looking for a common sense guide to surviving a coronavirus diagnosis without going to the hospital? He has high blood pressure, diabetes and is overweight, factors he knew put him at high risk for complications. With Mexico poised to surpass 500,000 cases, and after more than 56,000 people have died, Camacho hopes his guide will help others defeat the disease. Forty-two days after he first started showing symptoms, Camacho still struggles with consequences of the disease, including muscle fatigue and a persistent cough, but he is coronavirus free. “I wish you to recover 100% of your health and that you can serve as an example and inspiration to many people who need a light of hope in these times.”Source: Forbes (sp), Infobae (sp), EFE (sp)
World Leaders Are Hyping Bogus COVID Cures
Health authorities across the world have warned of its potentially lethal side effects. Across the globe, the story is the same: Federal and municipal governments, along with individual lawmakers, are promoting a variety of bogus cures and treatments for COVID-19. (The World Health Organization said that in June that three studies which claimed to show that ivermectin was effective as a coronavirus treatment were all highly flawed. Once world leaders couldn’t deny or pray the virus away anymore, the bogus cures started to boom. The global trade in denialism and bogus treatments hasn’t escaped the notice of the World Health Organization.
Cop accused of stealing $10K from resident, prosecutor says
A Palisades Park police sergeant was accused of stealing $10,000 from a borough resident, authorities said Thursday. Christopher Sambogna, 50, was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella. Borough police received a complaint from a resident that Sambogna had taken the money and alerted the prosecutor’s office confidential investigations unit, Musella said in a statement. It was unclear if Sambogna had retained an attorney. Sambogna was scheduled for an Aug. 26 appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court.
Canadians can be arrested by secret police in Hong Kong for criticizing Beijing, committee hears
“The implication is having this hearing and talking about any sort of Canadian policy towards Hong Kong that involves sanctions, is apparently something that will trigger (the new laws). Committee members said it’s an open question as to how Beijing will use extradition laws to go after those charged outside of China and Hong Kong. “Anyone even connected to people speaking out about Hong Kong is implicated. “We can talk about Hong Kong all day, but we have to protect our own citizens in Canada,” he said. Story continues below advertisementLast month, Canada ended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and moved to restrict the export of sensitive military items.
Lucerne Valley Elementary Obtains Waiver to Open to In-Person Instruction
LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (August 13, 2020) — The Lucerne Valley Unified School District is the first school district in San Bernardino County to obtain a waiver to open its elementary school to in-person instruction after the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health approved the waiver on Wednesday. Lucerne Valley’s community case rate “is below the recommended threshold set by the state for considering an elementary school waiver for opening in-person instruction,” she added. Lucerne Valley Elementary School parents will have the choice to select either full-time virtual distance learning or the hybrid model of both distance learning and in-school instruction. This allows us time to fully communicate with all stakeholders.”Lucerne Valley Elementary School Principal Ricky Anderson shared Livingston’s excitement about opening up to in-person instruction for those who choose it. For more information on the Lucerne Valley USD, visit www.lucernevalleyusd.org or www.facebook.com/LucerneValleyUSD/
France to be added to UK quarantine countries
Image copyright EPA Image caption France is the second-most-visited country for UK citizensPeople coming to the UK from France and the Netherlands will be forced to quarantine for 14 days from Saturday. With up to half a million UK tourists thought to be in France at present, the deadline is expected to induce a rush to ports and airports, with thousands of tourists desperate to avoid quarantine. The Foreign Office is now warning against "all but essential travel" to France - the quarantine measure was imposed for Spain on 25 July. It added that there had been a 66% increase in newly reported cases per 100,000 people in France since last Friday. On Thursday, France reported 2,524 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the highest daily increase since its lockdown was lifted in May.
Inside Meghan Markle's First Year With 'Angel' Baby Archie: Swimming Lessons, Secret Classes, and More
The authors also managed to get some new, intimate details about their son Archie and how the couple's first year with him went. In fact, Meghan quietly revealed to her friends at her baby shower that she was expecting a baby boy. A source told the authors that Meghan "knew it would be a hospital birth for a few months" despite discussions of home birth early on. While Meghan and Harry were in Canada, Meghan told friends that her son, “he’s in the ninetieth percentile for height." The authors also reported that in the summer of 2019, Archie was already taking baby swimming classes.
How to make compost and what to put in your compost bin
Yes, it’s is a great way to recycle kitchen and garden waste, and the compost you make can be used to improve your soil to help your plants to grow. So, if you want to bring some life back to your garden and help the environment, a compost heap is worth well worth considering. Keep the heat in by putting a square of old carpet on top as well as the lid, until you’ve finished building up the compost heap. What to put in it your compost binThe balance of what you compost matters. Make sure you’re adding things like fruit and vegetable peelings, plant cuttings, grass, and teabags.
Asda launches first ever Scoop and Bake sponge cake mix for fuss-free baking
Not anymore, as Asda has launched its first to market Scoop & Bake Sponge Mix. That's right, it's cake mix – in a tub. The chilled cake mix promises to rise to perfection every time; all you have to do is pour or scoop the mixture onto a baking tray and pop it in the oven. AsdaBUY NOW ASDA Scoop & Bake Chocolate Flavoured Cake Mix, 500g, £1.80The mix comes in chocolate flavour or vanilla, and costs just £1.80 per 500g tub, which creates your choice of 10 x cupcakes, 15 x fairy cakes or an 8.5-inch loaf. Now they can feel confident about whipping up delicious, showstopping creations that will save on time, money and mess – it’s a piece of cake!”AsdaBUY NOW ASDA Scoop & Bake Vanilla Flavour Cake Mix, 500g, £1.80No more flour covered counters or egg shell in your batter; it all sounds seamless with this ready-to-go mix.
20 Lingerie Brands Every Woman Should Know About
When it comes to intimate apparel, everyone has their own preference and style. While some might like the ultra-strapy, barley there pieces, others might like something a bit more sleek and simple. Women now have so many different intimate apparel companies to chose from. However, with all of the names that have emerged in the market, it can be hard to know where to begin. To help you out, we have rounded up a list of 24 of the best lingerie brands to help you find new pieces to fit your style.
Georgia Nurse and Mom of 2 Dies After Battling COVID-19: 'This Virus is Real'
Georgia Nurse and Mom of 2 Dies After Battling COVID-19: 'This Virus is Real'A Georgia nurse has died after being hospitalized with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Yolanda Coar, an Augusta University nurse manager who was beloved by her community, died on Sunday, her family confirmed in a statement on a GoFundMe page. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved Yolanda Coar today due to unforeseen complications from Covid-19," the statement read. Image zoom Yolanda Coar FacebookAccording to the crowdfunding page, Coar was admitted to Augusta University Medical Center on July 19th. "This is an unfortunate reminder in the community that this virus is real, and it affects real people every day," Coule added.
“When You Take Away the Drama, There’s a Beautiful Love Story There”: Why Prince Harry and Meghan’s Fairy Tale Deserved to Be Retold
You also mention that the people on the press team had not been around when Kate and William were married. Firstly, Meghan was completely not the type that anyone was expecting to be marrying into the royal family. I mean, listen, I think we all expected Harry to marry some Sloane Ranger. I think that if he had said, “Let’s give this another five years,” she would have in a heartbeat. Why do you think Harry was so offended by the conversation?
Get Happy: Dress in Tie-Dye
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Keeping Up With the Millers: Stephen Miller and His Wife, Katie, Found Love in a Hateful Place
This may not have been every girl’s dream wedding, but for the bride, Katie Waldman, it was perfect. Stephen, 34, and Katie, 28, had fallen in love—as young people do—while figuring out how to separate children from their parents at the border. Now, thanks to Katie, Stephen was officially off the market. No, this was the “perfect day,” Katie tweeted, and Stephen Miller, “the perfect man.”To those in the public who didn’t know much about the bride, the whole thing was amazing. Not only had Stephen found a human woman to marry, but Katie, as the pictures showed, was pretty, with a warm, vivacious smile.
Erykah Badu on Her Latest Incense, and Why She Named Them After Jada Pinkett Smith
So I wanted to raise the frequency a little bit and say, “I guess I'll see you next lifetime.”One of the new incense boxes reads, “Reparations for Black Americans. When we're talking about reparations for Black Americans, we're not so much talking about racism. When I mentioned reparations for Black Americans, reparations can come in many forms. So reparations, to me, for Black Americans will be our health, our sanity, our lungs, our pancreas, our stomachs, our guts, our brains—healing those things. Jenna Wortham tweeted out a question last month: “favorite black owned incense company?” And there wasn't much out there.
A Day in the Life of a Beloved Brooklyn Diner in the Age of COVID-19
It’s 10:08 a.m. at Meme’s Diner in Prospect Heights, and the anticipation outside is already growing. Just beyond the doors lies a carefully tended outdoor seating area that boasts six two-tops and one table for four. Still, MeMe’s is set apart by a deeply loyal clientele that’s been drawn to the restaurant’s festive, overtly queer energy since its opening in 2017. Even when closed, as it currently is on weekdays, MeMe’s retains its identity as a neighborhood presence thanks to its omnipresent co-owners, Libby Willis and Bill Clark. Willis is engaged as well, to queer bar pop-up Butch Judy’s cofounder Katie Zanin.
How The Scandi Set Styles Classic Chanel Bags
For spring/summer 2021, the Scandi set made one thing clear: investment purchases are top of the agenda. Nothing spells out luxury like a classic Chanel handbag. Original influencer Pernille Teisbaek has been carrying a pristine snow-white flap bag, while others have given their coveted black and beige 2.55s an airing. Colourful tweed iterations have brought added zest to peppy summer ensembles, and micro vanity cases have lent polish to heatwave looks. Here, 19 pictures that prove Chanel handbags stand the test of time and can be revitalised with seasonal styling quirks.
“Change Requires Hope. Hope Requires Action”: Munroe Bergdorf On What 2020 Has Taught The World
In a letter written exclusively for Vogue, British model and activist Munroe Bergdorf reflects on 2020, and how hope can activate real change. But as difficult and disconcerting as the past six months have been, there is still hope; there is always hope. Living in a time where I can witness this kind of change first hand gives me hope for a better, more inclusive, and fairer future. I can’t wait to watch them change the world and restructure it in a way that works for everyone, rather than just for some. Change requires hope.
Why 2020 Is The Summer Of Rollerskating
Which, as anyone who got their own set of skates this summer in homage will attest, it is not. The Berliner’s Instagram videos have gone viral this summer (she has over 770,000 followers, who hang on her every new upload) and she’s become the mascot for skating’s new boom. If you want a poetic take: perhaps it’s the sense of freedom that rollerskating brings. © Jan ButchofskyIt is important to remember that even as the sport explodes this summer – helped along by social media – it should not be whitewashed. Tinuke O’Yediran and Obie Pearl of Play Tone run rollerskating classes for those who want to tone up.
A Closer Look At Elizabeth Taylor’s 10 Spectacular Engagement Rings
Elizabeth Taylor’s expansive jewellery collection reflected a life filled with love and loss. The actor was engaged 10 times, married eight, divorced seven and widowed once. Her personal life was only marginally less colourful than the precious stones that shone from her many rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches and diadems. Though she had been presented with three before it, Taylor’s first gobstopper jewel came when Mike Todd proposed to the then 24-year-old with a “not quite 30 but twenty-nine-and-a-half” carat engagement ring in 1956. Here, British Vogue takes a closer look at the famous jewellery-lover’s engagement rings.
How The Humble Perfume Became A Lockdown Saviour
No travelling, no friends, no adventures… that about captures the essence of lockdown, right? Unless, that is, you bought a new perfume. Having always had the ability to whisk us away to other places, perfume came into its own during lockdown. While Pur Muguet lays bare the lily of the valley, Pur Magnolia is all about – you guessed it – the magnolia. Fans of a citrusy scent will love Pur Kinkan, which contains the purest form of citrus.
The Lebanese Jewellers Who Are Countering Trauma With Beauty
“It felt like a lifetime.”Selim Mouzannar’s Beirut earrings in diamonds, sapphires and rose gold (value £24,882) are being offered as part of the Auverture raffle for Beirut, auverture.com. The trauma and survivor’s guilt that Mouzannar described are common emotions among the Lebanese jewellers I spoke to. Every penny of the money raised will go to the Lebanese Food Bank and the Lebanese Red Cross – official charities providing aid in Beirut. She has donated an Eternity Step ring in white gold and diamonds to the Auverture raffle. “There is a very strong connection between the Lebanese people and life itself,” she said.
Are Relationships More Romantic When They’re Entirely Unfulfilled?
Read More Do Millennial Men Just Like Having The Option Of Sex – Then Flaking At The Last Minute? When you’re putting yourself out there and getting nothing in return other than men messaging: “What you doing now? I’m just having a last pint with my mate but will be around after that” at 10.45pm on a Tuesday, it becomes deflating. “He’s not going to risk getting fired just to have sex with me.” But obviously I thought about it. I think mine and Max’s relationship is romantic precisely because it’s unfulfilled.
10 engaging biopics to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar
While she does go through a phase of self-doubt, she restarts her career to prove the doubters wrong, nevertheless. Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoGunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl (2020)Having always dreamt of becoming a pilot, Gunjan Saxena's passion knows no bounds. Streaming on Disney+ HotstarI, Tonya (2017)Gifted figure skater, Tonya Harding, becomes the first American woman to perform a triple axel in a competition in 1991. Available to buy on Amazon Prime VideoChhapaak (2020)In 2005, Malti Agarwal's whole life comes crashing down when someone throws acid on her face in a busy market. Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoAlso read:10 new movies and shows coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar this week8 movies that give you a peek inside media culture, on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar8 thought-provoking dystopian movies and shows to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar
Gaming With Coperni: The French Label Launches a New Series of Puzzles, Crosswords, and More
Starting now and through the end of summer, Coperni will release new Instagram “games” every day, including puzzles, crosswords, and dress-up sequences with models. None require complicated filters or downloading a second app; instead, Vaillant, Meyer, and French video director Alexandre Silberstein found clever ways to design around Instagram’s most basic functions: tapping, swiping, and bookmarking images. This was ostensibly a more ambitious endeavor than those youthful activities, with some 50 images, videos, and games in total. But Vaillant and Meyer feel it’s more important than ever to maintain a connection with their community. “We want to engage with our community, have fun, and maybe give them some gifts if they win the games.
Before Its Fall Film Debut, Hood by Air Releases a 13th-Anniversary Archival Capsule
The big news from Hood by Air? This fall, Shayne Oliver and his team will be releasing Genesis, a film project that will launch Oliver’s first collection in four years under the Hood by Air label. “H13A, symbolic of Shayne Oliver’s past as a designer and the 13-year history of HBA, will manifest as a human character in Genesis, a new film,” says a release. Twenty-one years after its release, Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s film is widely read and accepted as a trans allegory, something Lilly recently confirmed to Netflix. The H13A release, priced from $55 to $295, will tie directly into this fall’s film and Hood by Air collection debut, bringing one of New York’s most compelling talents back to fashion’s fore—and no doubt challenging the other brands considering a fall fashion film to rise to HBA’s level.
Milan Fashion Week Will Be a “Phygital” Mix of Digital and Physical Spring 2021 Shows
Today, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana released its official spring 2021 men’s and women’s calendar, billed as a “phygital fashion week” that will blend 28 physical shows with 24 digital ones. Overwhelmingly, though, most of the city’s news-making brands are moving forward with physical runway shows, among them Marni, Versace, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Max Mara, and Giorgio Armani. A few labels that presented digital collections in June are also on the schedule with physical events, including Prada and Sunnei. The benefits of a formal, (partly) physical fashion week could outweigh the cons, namely the “halo effect” and attention it brings to young designers. Other houses are expected to join Gucci in showing later, signaling that “fashion week” could become an increasingly fluid concept, with designers and brands planning shows around the world when it suits them.
Bella Hadid Tests a DIY Dad Pant Styling Trick
I thought I had it figured out, until Bella Hadid showed off her own DIY way of making the men’s pant work for her. Hadid folded the band of her pants down to have them sit at her hips. She accessorized the pants with thick-rimmed Y2K-style sunglasses, wrists full of beaded bracelets, and a vintage-looking brown shoulder bag. As for the rest of the look, it was reminiscent of what Tony Soprano might wear, only ten times sexier. Like Soprano, Hadid opted for a striped bowling shirt in earthy muted colors.
On-Sale Summer Staples That Will Seamlessly Transition Into Fall
Photographed by Karim Sadli, Vogue, February 2016Labor Day is (somehow) already on the horizon and while summer clothing sales have begun and the last hurrahs of summer are quickly approaching, the season isn’t over yet! There is still plenty of time to stock up on stylish summer finds, especially transitional pieces that will have staying power once fall’s crisp, cool air takes hold. Is there something you’ve had your eye on all summer? Are you wondering what your wardrobe will look like come fall? Here, 24 summer sale items to wear now and later.
Lebanese Designer Sandra Mansour on the Beirut Explosion, One Week Later
Sandra Mansour’s showroom in the Gemayzeh neighborhood of Beirut, before the explosion. Photo: Marwan Harmouche / Courtesy of Sandra MansourMansour’s atelier after the explosion. Photo: Courtesy of Sandra Mansour Mansour’s atelier after the explosion. Photo: Courtesy of Sandra Mansour Mansour’s atelier after the explosion. Photo: Courtesy of Sandra MansourOn August 6, two days after the explosion, Mansour was meant to release a collaboration with H&M, but the Swedish company immediately agreed to postpone.
Jennifer Lopez’s High Fashion Hashtag Brings Out Instagram’s Creativity
Given her prominence, Lopez’s style is regularly copied by fans and peers alike, but the star has used the imitations to her advantage. For last night’s season finale, Lopez went full glam in a gilded Balmain cape from Olivier Rousteing’s spring/summer 2020 collection. Black and silver with thousands of tiny beads, it was precisely the kind of opulent fashion Lopez is known for. All entrants put their creativity on display, interpreting the idea in a myriad of ways, all of which Lopez shared on her Instagram stories. With red carpet style in short supply and fashion fans itching for a bit of bling, Lopez’s challenge offered a welcome moment of inspiration and glamour.
Indian Traditions and Old New York Style Took Center Stage at This Wedding at Carnegie Hall
While we’re all currently social distancing and committed to mask wearing, this wedding took place in the months before the coronavirus pandemic began. While everyone was dancing the night away, all of their friends mysteriously took off, leaving Rishi and Dan together. “I asked him out and told him I’d call him the next day with plans.”“I’ll never forget the following day,” Rishi recalls. “Let’s just say people were ready for the wedding!” Dan jokes. “He had suffered a stroke three weeks before our wedding day.
From Copenhagen Fashion Week, Clothes to Lighten the Spirit
In this moment, fashion can and probably should be politicized and used as a means of raising funds and awareness for important issues. The designers who showed their spring 2021 collections at Copenhagen Fashion Week amplified this point, and with that notion front and center, they kicked off what will be a drastically different season. Stine Goya created a special House of Goya spring 2021 collection film starring members of her own team, as well as Copenhagen-based dancers, actors, musicians, and artists. The vaguely heart-shaped sculpture will travel throughout Copenhagen for the next month, celebrating love and human connection. Rains’s sharp, minimalist ready-to-wear was styled by Copenhagen fashion star Pernille Teisbaek with results that were effortlessly cool, while Mark Kenley Domino Tan’s very Scandinavian, soft and monochromic clothes spoke to the serenity and calm we’re all longing for.
Say Their Names: Breonna Taylor, My Great-Great-Grandmother, and Me
She was not given the grace or respect that being in one’s home, in American jurisprudence, is supposed to create. Do I wish that she had told the Rangers, “Yes, come on in,” and swung the screen door open? Because I think those Rangers would have killed, raped, or harmed Laura and her kids no matter what she did. I think her one-word act of resistance was fatal, but I also think her body itself—her Black womanhood—made her a target. This, I believe, is fundamentally why Breonna Taylor died too.
Paul Staehle Accuses Karine of Putting Broken Glass in His Food
After accusing Paul Staehle of abuse and controlling behavior, Karine fled to safety with Pierre. On July 30, Paul Staehle submitted court documents in the aftermath of his huge fight with Karine. "I previously found glass in my food,” Paul accuses in those papers, Us Weekly reports. Paul accused Karine of allowing 16-month-old Pierre “to run in the street [and] get into chemical cabinets.”He repeated his allegation that Karine "assault" him, saying that he has it on tape. Karine has accused Paul of controlling behavior, making unilateral decisions about their lives without consulting her.
Holland Taylor Reveals How She and Sarah Paulson Are Quarantining
Actress Holland Taylor revealed how she and her partner, Sarah Paulson, have been spending their quarantine — and it seems they’ve been switching up their surroundings often. “The fact that I am older makes me steadier,” Holland told Closer Weekly in June. “I don’t worry about some of the things that she may worry about. I’m hopefully that sense of home.”After Holland and Sarah, 45, started dating, they waited an entire year before making their red carpet debut at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January 2016. However, they decided not to address their romance until Sarah opened up during a March 2016 interview with The New York Times.
Kylie Jenner's Balmain Birthday Dress: Pricing Details, Photos and More
Kylie Jenner’s Birthday Dress Must Be Seen To Be Believed — and the Price Will Blow Your MindThat birthday drip! Kylie Jenner showed off the stunning embellished Balmain dress she wore for her 23rd birthday celebration — and unsurprisingly, it’s perfect for the Kar-Jenner mogul. “Thank you my love @olivier_rousteing for the most perfect [birthday] dress,” the birthday girl thanked Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing on August 12 for gifting her the garment in honor of her milestone day. The colorful dress was covered in crystal detailing with a cut-out plunge neckline to highlight her curves. Scroll through the gallery below to see all the photos of Kylie in her extravagant Balmain birthday dress!
Alaskan Bush People Real Names: Bear, Bam Bam, Rain and More
From Kathryn Raindrop to Noah Darkcloud, the Real Names of the ‘Alaskan Bush People’ Are a MouthfulDiscovery Channel‘s Alaskan Bush People has prompted quite a few questions among fans about authenticity, and that includes curiosity around the Brown family‘s real names. Sure, your knee-jerk reaction is probably, “Well, yeah, nobody goes through nine hours of labor, cradles their newborn in their arms and thinks, ‘You’ll be my sweet little Bam Bam. The youngest child in the Browns goes by Rain, but that’s actually a nickname for Merry Christmas Katherine Raindrop Brown. And I call my fans rainbows because my name is Rain, but you do you, boo.” Mic. Keep scrolling to check out the long and bizarre names of the Alaskan Bush People’s Brown family.
Chrissy Teigen Pregnant, Expecting Baby No. 3 With John Legend
Chrissy Teigen revealed she is pregnant in a scene from husband John Legend‘s “Wild” music video on Thursday, August 13. In the music video, Chrissy and John illustrate their love story as they can be seen getting playful on the beach and sharing several romantic moments. VevoBefore the release of the special music video and their announcement, the beauty teased the exciting news by posting a single smiling face with hearts emoji on Twitter. These guys are exhausting!”Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/ShutterstockMonths later in October, she reiterated how she’s not ready for baby No. You still wonder if you’re ready.
Three reasons you don’t see many people of color in the financial services industry — and how to fix it
Of the 551,000 personal financial advisers in 2019, 82.2% were white, 8.6% were Asian, 6.9% were black and 6.3% were Hispanic. Zohlen is speaking specifically to Certified Financial Planners, one of the better-known credentials in the financial planning business. Here are three obstacles keeping people of color out of the financial services industry — and ways to fix it. The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors has a student affiliate program for students to “jump-start” their careers. Part of the problem lies in where to find candidates, Zohlen said.
Five Years of Tech Diversity Reports—and Little Progress
It’s been five years since Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft first released diversity reports, revealing the companies’ workforces were overwhelmingly white or Asian men. Despite their business successes, though, none of these big tech companies has made much progress in diversifying their workforces. The share of black technical workers at Apple is unchanged at 6 percent, less than half blacks’ 13 percent share of the US population. Amazon does not report demographics for its tech workforce, making it impossible to gauge the retail giant’s progress on diversity against other big tech companies. Freada Kapor Klein, a founding partner at venture capital firm Kapor Capital and a longtime advocate for diversity in tech, is baffled by how differently tech companies treat their diversity investments from other business initiatives.
The U.S. Needs Smarter Lockdowns. Now.
With the Covid-19 contagion out of control in many regions, a new round of lockdowns are needed in the United States. There are also several ways we can use what we’ve learned in the past few months to implement lockdowns in less restrictive and smarter ways. While initial lockdowns were blanketed across most commercial and public venues, smarter lockdowns should mainly focus on restricting venues or scenarios we’ve learned most often lead to transmission and superspreading events (e.g., bars, gyms, concerts, indoor dining, and crowded public transport). Institute a Nationwide Public Health ResponseThese approaches can make new lockdowns more palatable, but, ultimately, no matter how thoughtfully executed, lockdowns are not a strategy. We must ensure that people understand that smarter lockdowns are very different, and far more palatable, than what had to be done in March and April.
American Dental Association: Dentistry is Essential Health Care
American Dental Association Responds to World Health Organization Recommendation: Dentistry is Essential Health CareCHICAGO, August 12, 2020 —The American Dental Association (ADA) respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine” dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19. “Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” states ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. Both the ADA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then issued interim guidance for dental professionals related to COVID-19. With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations.”
The Fortnite Mega Drop - Permanent Discounts Up to 20%
The Fortnite Mega Drop is here! Epic direct payment on MobileToday, we’re also introducing a new way to pay on iOS and Android: Epic direct payment. To celebrate the Fortnite Mega Drop, we’re gifting all active players the Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe for FREE. What does the Fortnite Mega Drop mean for Support-A-Creator payments? Get more details in our Epic Direct Payments Blog, or check out our Fortnite Mega Drop Press FAQ.
Apple’s App Store commission structure called into question in antitrust hearing – TechCrunch
Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company’s App Store commission structure in his sworn testimony before the House Antitrust Subcommittee on Wednesday. He claimed the majority of the apps pay no commission at all, with others paying either 15 or 30%, based on the specifics of their particular situation. But the documents shared by the House subcommittee as part of their investigation indicate that exceptions to Apple’s rules have been made — notably, with Amazon’s Prime Video app. The lawmakers had come to the hearing armed with internal Apple emails and interviews from App Store developers who argued that Apple doesn’t uniformly enforce its rules, and plays favorites. Cook also squeezed in a mention about how the vast majority of App Store apps, 84%, pay nothing to Apple in commissions.
Northwestern scientists have discovered the microscopic dental defects that rot your teeth
Northwestern University scientists have gotten one step closer to figuring out what can compromise tooth enamel. Tooth decay, caused by bacteria, weakens this important dental protection. The researchers used scanning transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to learn about the chemical nature and structure of enamel. Let’s drill down: Enamel is composed of rods, which are made up of nanoscale hydroxylapatite crystallites. The information will help understand how enamel becomes soluble—and also how to potentially strengthen it.
What It Takes: Inside the Best Workplaces for Innovators
Video Design forward solutions for families in lockdown If you are a parent, you probably thought your kids would go back to school this fall. Now parents need to come up with solutions to get through the next couple of months and we are here to help!
Coating seeds in these microbes superpowers plants’ carbon capture abilities
It could also store that carbon for a longer time than some “regenerative agriculture” techniques that also aim to capture carbon. Adding a blend of microbes to crops on a farm allows plants to store carbon more effectively. In the normal carbon cycle, a plant sucks up CO2 through photosynthesis, and some of the carbon ends up traveling through the plant’s roots into the soil. “It’s something that’s really straightforward for a grower to be able to adopt,” says Tegan Nock, cofounder of Soil Carbon Co., which recently raised seed funding from Horizon Ventures and other investors. World Resources Institute, a nonprofit that has studied the issue and says that the claims of benefit are exaggerated, points out that soil carbon can often be quickly lost.
America’s coronavirus testing is a disaster. Here’s how we could fix it
As delays in coronavirus test results plague countless cities and states across the country, it cannot be overstated how detrimental these haphazard testing operations are, not only to our nation’s public health, but also to any hope we have of getting our economy moving forward again. These long delays render the results completely useless, not only for the patient, but also for the public health officials who need that data to make crucial decisions. Healthcare costs in the U.S. are often double or triple what they are in other countries. In many places, wait times have averaged over two weeks, and in the worst cases, patients don’t even get a call if their test comes back negative. That is both distressing for patients and a massive disservice to both our public health and economic goals.
Apple wants to be subscription services king with new ‘Apple One’ bundle this October
Apple is on the verge of launching a major subscription bundle that would allow access to more than one of its existing à la carte subscription services, reports Bloomberg. While not a lot of information about the bundle is known, it’s reported that customers will get access to “several” of its services “at a lower monthly price.”The bundle is reportedly referred to as “Apple One” at Apple’s headquarters, though it’s unknown if this will be the brand name of the services bundle when it launches or if this is currently just a code name. As for a launch date, Bloomberg says Apple is preparing to offer the bundle in October, alongside the new iPhone 12 line. Currently, Apple offers the following subscription services at the following single-user price points:Apple Music—$9.99 a monthApple TV Plus—$4.99 a monthApple News Plus—$9.99 a monthApple Arcade—$4.99 a monthiCloud storage plans—$0.99 to $9.99 a monthIt’s likely Apple would probably at least offer Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and Apple News Plus in the Apple One bundle. If Apple wanted to get really competitive, we could see pricing as low as $14.99 per month.
Sick of Zoom happy hour? Try these virtual team-building activities instead
“Virtual teams have to check their process or critique their process more often, I think, than do the colocated teams,” he says. The company builds online trivia games that are text-focused and accessible by email or Slack, meaning it’s possible to play with coworkers without triggering that Zoom fatigue. In general, companies in the virtual team-building world say it’s important to target activities toward a team’s needs. Offsite’s team then edits the videos together, giving the teams something concrete to watch over, yes, a video happy hour. “This is an opportunity for them to get better around doing virtual teams.”
This Pacific island nation plans to raise itself above the ocean to survive sea level rise
The previous president of Kiribati, a low-lying island nation in the Pacific, predicted that the country’s citizens would eventually become climate refugees, forced to relocate as sea level rise puts the islands underwater. But a new president elected in June now plans to elevate key areas of land above the rising seas instead. But the country also plans to physically raise the height of the island by dredging the neighboring lagoon. Something similar happened in the Maldives, where islanders face similar threats from sea level rise. The project will take time, so the planning will need to happen now so that the work can keep up with sea level rise.
Bad design kills: Why COVID-19 spread like wildfire at one of America’s worst prisons
In California’s San Quentin State Prison, the toll of the coronavirus has been staggering. According to experts, a major reason the outbreak has been so extreme in San Quentin and at other prisons is their design. And though San Quentin dates back to the 1800s, some of its design problems are evident in more recent facilities throughout the state prison system. Some prisons may be overcrowded but at lower risk than a place like San Quentin, which is technically operating slightly over its capacity. And the cell blocks in San Quentin are designed for 800 men.
How the WeChat ban could hurt American companies, cut off users, and disrupt global business
Last week, President Trump escalated his crusade against popular apps TikTok and WeChat, issuing orders that will ban the apps in the United States if they’re not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies within 45 days. While TikTok parent ByteDance is in talks for a $50 billion sale to Microsoft, WeChat is a different beast. It’s a crucial marketing platform for U.S. companies, whose business could suffer if their pipeline into the world’s second-biggest economy is cut off. All feared losing access to the lucrative China market if they could no longer advertise or accept payments through WeChat. And some U.S. companies within the sports and entertainment industry are worried the WeChat ban could hurt partnerships with Tencent’s other arms.
Is it safe to go to the dentist? ADA disagrees with WHO over stance on routine dental care
“Oral health is integral to overall health,” ADA president Dr. Chad Gehani said in a written statement. The national dental group and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted guidelines for the industry. On August 3, the WHO released what it called its interim guidance for the dental industry. “Oral health care teams work in close proximity to patients’ faces for prolonged periods. Consequently, they are at high risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 or passing the infection to patients,” it reads.
Bats, bees, lobsters, and gorillas practice social distancing too
In recent years, animals including bats, bees, and tortoises have suffered epidemics that have gutted their populations. But an array of social distancing behaviors helps buffer the damage. They found lots of social distancing at play in response to specific emerging infectious diseases, though the mechanisms vary widely. Thus the researchers conclude that for most animals, significant social distancing is “unsustainable” over the long term. Humans, however, they point out, are a highly social species with the unique opportunity of virtual communication, which may help maintain ongoing social relationships over the long haul.
Epic just slashed prices on ‘Fortnite’ gear by sidestepping Apple and Google
Epic has just permanently dropped the price of items in Fortnite, but only if you bypass Apple’s and Google’s in-app purchase systems. On iOS and Android, Fortnite now offers an “Epic direct payment” option that avoids billing through the App Store and the Google Play Store. Typically, Apple and Google require games on iOS and Android to use their respective in-app purchase systems, thereby entitling them to a 30% cut of all revenues. We reached out to Apple and Google for comment and will update this post if we hear back. UPDATE: Apple has now removed Fortnite from the App Store.
Will we shut down again? Can I travel to Florida? These COVID maps will help guide you
After states made various attempts to restart their economies a few months ago—often to the chagrin of public health officials—many cities and towns across the United States are struggling more than ever to contain coronavirus outbreaks. Nationally, daily new infections have averaged above 50,000 for more than a month, and calls for a coherent national strategy are growing louder. In an op-ed yesterday, doctors writing for Harvard Business Review said “a new round of lockdowns should be implemented to prevent the current worrisome situation from becoming much worse.”For now, at least, it’s up to the states to decide which methods they’ll employ to stop the spread of COVID-19, and while the lack of a national plan has resulted in a hodgepodge of state-level regulations and restrictions, there are a number of resources out there to help you keep track of it all. Online maps are especially useful, and combined with up-to-date data and easy-to-use interfaces, they can be a good starting point for figuring out exactly what’s happening in your state, or a state you plan to travel to. I’ve rounded up some of the best maps I could find below:
Betterment leads an industry-wide coalition to finally fix fintech’s abysmal diversity record
Fintech companies are beset by racial inequality on all sides: They serve predominantly white customers, are understaffed by people of color, and are led by mostly white, male faces. Robo-investment firm Betterment is aiming to change that by spearheading the Fintech Equality Coalition, a working group that will address these many endemic problems. “Creating this coalition is the first of many steps needed to enact real and much-needed change.”Twenty-one fintech companies say they are committed to the plan so far, including Money Lion, Cadre, and Credit Karma. The new effort calls on member companies to publicly publish plans of action and provide regular updates on their progress. “Those of us in the financial services technology industry have a special understanding that social and economic justice go hand-in-hand.
7 Countries That Will Let You Work Remotely If You Want to Escape the U.S.
If you can work from anywhere while your office is shuttered, why work from your boring, old couch? BermudaA slightly less rainy island option is Bermuda, which launched its own version of a one-year visa for remote workers on August 1. The downside is you'll need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As with other countries, you'll need to prove you have the means to support yourself during your stay. The Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic also has long had a longer-term business visa available to those looking to work remotely.
This COVID-swabbing robot is terrifying. But it doesn’t need to be
I’ve just watched the Nasal Swab Robot at work, swabbing a patient for COVID-19. Developed by the robotics company Brain Navi, the robot has completed 15 successful human tests in Taiwan as Brain Navi applies for emergency approval to be deployed in the U.S. The Nasal Swab Robot was developed in eight weeks, built largely upon Brain Navi’s Naotrac robot, which the company dubs “autopilot” brain surgery. Now, I’m not here to question the folks at Brain Navi. Their robot surely performs brain surgery better than I ever could.
Facebook's Best Feature Is a Powerful Insight into What Your Customers Care About Most
Despite its privacy issues, the algorithm, and the way the platform incentivizes incendiary content, people still use Facebook every day. I have theories about that cognitive dissonance and why that might be, but that isn't the point of this column. Instead, there is one killer feature that actually says more about people than it does about Facebook: Facebook Memories. It shows you your status updates or the photos you shared and encourages you to share that memory again. Sure, Google Photos and even the Photos app on iOS (or your Mac) have a similar feature, but there's an important difference.
Twitter Might Be Pursuing TikTok. TikTok Might Be Suing Trump
First, over the weekend we learned that Twitter is supposedly interested in acquiring TikTok. Also, Twitter's market cap is roughly $30 billion, on a good day. There is almost no chance, however, that Twitter could outbid Microsoft, whose market cap is north of $1.5 trillion. The thing that makes TikTok so desirable is that it has the most valuable of assets: a large and engaged audience. Though the companies pursuing TikTok may value that audience for different reasons, make no mistake, they're after the audience, not the dance videos.
Three Ways to Escape the "Speeds and Feeds Trap"
Brands fall into the "speeds and feeds trap" when they can't help but focus on themselves at the expense of the bigger picture of how their product specifically changes the lives of their users. People were starting to use Unified Communications in organic ways that were never quite comprehended by the product teams. Users weren't just getting together the way they used to, huddled around a conference call starfish in the board room - they were communicating one-on-one, faster, with less formality. Do the qualitative research, the ethnography, the deep listening necessary to find out how the most interesting and involved users are using your product. In our case, headsets weren't "the future!"
35 Smart Questions Great Candidates Ask During Job Interviews
In many cases, the part of the job interview when you ask the candidate, "Do you have any questions for me?" To many job candidates, what they ask -- and whether it makes them seem smart -- is more important than how you answer. But then there are the job candidates who do care about how you answer, because they're also interviewing you. They're superstars. Which means your interview prep is just as important as the candidate's.
Recent Grads Are Drowning in Uncertainty. Here’s How to Stay Afloat.
There are nearly fifty million twentysomethings in the United States, most of whom are living with a staggering, unprecedented amount of uncertainty. Henrik Sorensen/Getty ImagesThere are nearly fifty million twentysomethings in the United States, most of whom are living with a staggering, unprecedented amount of uncertainty. And now, millions of new would-be workers have graduated, without the pomp and circumstance, into a global pandemic and recession. And most of you will need to find a job — any job — to stay afloat financially. Yes, twentysomethings are happier when they make strides at work — but twentysomethings who are happy and healthy outside of the office are better workers, too.
How to Filter Hate Speech, Hoaxes, and Violent Clips Out of Your Social Feeds
Use these tools from the biggest platforms to experience a healthier stream of content on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and more
Instagram Reels: How to Capture Videos Using a Timer
When you’re creating a Reels video, you have the option to turn on a timer and record clips of specific lengths. For instance, you can turn on a five-second timer, which will cause the application to record a clip that’s five seconds long after you press the capture button. Our guide will show you how to use this timer feature on Instagram Reels. Step 3: Move the pink slider to choose a time between 0.1 and 15 seconds, and then tap “Set Timer.” Step 4: Tap the capture button at the bottom of the screen to capture a clip with your desired length. Note: Once you tap the capture button, a countdown timer will appear on the screen before your clip is actually recorded.
HBO Max and Selena Gomez Cook Up Exclusive Content on Pinterest
Fans of Selena + Chef, the new unscripted cooking show on HBO Max, starring Selena Gomez, can get her cheesy tortilla chip casserole recipe exclusively on Pinterest. Cooking With Nana, companion content to Selena + Chef, is also available exclusively via Pinterest, on its Today tab. HBO Max is also one of the first brands to use Pinterest’s Story Pins, which enable multipage storytelling via multiple images, videos, lists and text. Pinterest said 80 million people engage with food content on its platform monthly, while 60 million watch trailers and other video and engage with content from platforms such as HBO Max every month. In addition, 87% of Pinners look for daily meals on its platform, and 89% say Pinterest inspires them to try new food.
How Media Organizations Use Push Alerts to Reach Readers
Push alerts aren’t just referral channels for media companies. These publishers’ investment in push alerts comes as more readers use them as a news source. “Push alerts are one of the most fragile relationships we have with readers.”The publishers sent push alerts with different frequencies. “We haggle over alert language,” said Eric Bishop, deputy editor and overseer of push alerts at the media company. Reaching all readersThere is also the potential to reach new and returning readers with push alerts.
In-Store Safety Measures Are as Much Marketing as They Are Public Health
Across the country—even in states where Covid-19 case counts are rising—retailers have, by and large, reopened their doors. However, what stores look like once consumers walk through those doors has been, like most things, altered by the pandemic. That’s meant employing all sorts of changes, not just to ensure safety, but also to lure consumers back in. That’s meant that some of the safeguards put in place to protect consumers from the spread of Covid-19 may not be necessary. “Sometimes they’re doing things that are really well-founded in science; in other cases, they’re doing things that probably the science is dubious on.
These Burger King Face Masks Can Communicate Customers’ Orders for Them
With its latest marketing stunt, Burger King Belgium did just that. Fans can claim one of the 500 masks by sharing their Burger King order on Facebook or Instagram. In response, Burger King wanted to do something to encourage people to take precautions without straying from the playful nature of the brand’s usual messaging. Following an uptick of Covid-19 cases in Belgium, Burger King wanted to promote safety precautionsâ??in a fun way. Burger King BelgiumBurger King certainly is not the first brand to use face masks as a marketing tool.
Using a Bob Marley Classic, Oakley Shows the Unifying Power of Sports
The latest installment of its 2020 For the Love of Sport Campaign, created by AKQA, features a powerful remake of Bob Marley’s 55-year-old song One Love by British-Jamaican singer-songwriter Celeste. “Sport has the power to evoke emotion, whether participating or spectating,” said Ben Goss, Oakley’s global marketing director, in a statement. They found that sports can help people push through boundaries and overcome adversity, even in the most challenging times. “Sport, specifically soccer, was my dad’s favorite love after music,” added Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s son, in the statement. “The world really needs love right now, and we’re thrilled to work with Oakley on this amazing reinterpretation of ‘One Love,’ so it can be meaningful to a new generation during a time when it’s needed most.”
35% of Americans Think Brands Should Extend Their Facebook Boycott to Create Credible Change
What lessons, if any, have Americans learned about the campaign? Per the marketing research blog’s survey, more than half of Americans (58%) thought the Facebook ad boycott was a fair move, and the same number indicated platforms like Facebook should act more responsibly when handling divisive content. Twenty percent of Americans also think brands were just participating in #StopHateForProfit as a public relations stunt, which could hinder brands’ image of authenticity. When it comes to the brands like North Face and Heineken that resumed advertising on Facebook in August after the campaign officially ended, Americans have mixed feelings. About a third (31%) weren’t sure how they felt, another third felt that the brands sent out a strong message (34%) and the remaining respondents (35%) believed real change will only come from a longer boycott.
Apple Is Portrayed as the Evil Empire in 1984 Ad Parody From Fortnite
Fast forward to 2020, and it seems that the Silicon Valley shoe is on the other foot, courtesy of Epic Games, the creator of the wildly-popular Fortnite game. The female hero in the 1984 Apple ad threw a large hammer. With a decidedly populist tone, the goal is to call out the tech behemoth’s monopoly and its actions against Epic Games. The brazen move comes as Apple has already been facing antitrust scrutiny over its App Store policies in Europe. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”
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AP Top Stories August 13 PHere's the latest for Thursday August 13th: UAE and Israel reach peace deal; Protesters take to the streets of Yemen; Man saved from being hit by train in California;Cuba Gooding Jr. in court on sexual misconduct.
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Mental health struggles are rising. Coronavirus is taking a toll on our mental healthThe COVID-19 pandemic is having a big impact on the mental health of Americans amid economic uncertainty, increasing isolation and the fear of health risks. More than 40% of respondents in the survey reported an adverse mental health condition and 11% reported having seriously considered suicide. Real quickOne injured after bullet rips into US Air Force helicopter over VirginiaA U.S. Air Force helicopter on a routine training mission was shot at in Virginia on Monday, causing an injury to one of the craft's crew members. The Air Force UH-1N Huey helicopter was about 1,000 feet above ground and heading for the Manassas Regional Airport when it was struck by a bullet, an Air Force official said.
TikTok employees filing lawsuit, separate from the company, to fight Trump over app ban
The employees' legal challenge to Trump's executive order will be separate from a pending lawsuit from the company that owns the app, though both will argue that the order is unconstitutional, said Mike Godwin, an internet policy lawyer representing the employees. The order would prohibit "any transaction by any person" with TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance. The looming ban has annoyed TikTok users, some of them Trump supporters like Pam Graef of Metairie, Louisiana. She said Trump won't lose her vote over this, but she doesn't understand all the fuss about the app's Chinese ownership. Godwin said the employees' legal challenge will be focused on worker rights, not on the national security claims underlying Trump's order.
Senators Ask FTC to Investigate TikTok Data Collection
Two U.S. senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate TikTok’s data collection practices after a Wall Street Journal article showed that the company covertly collected data on millions of users through a method that appeared to violate Google’s policies. The Journal reported on Tuesday that TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., bypassed a privacy safeguard in Google’s Android devices to collect unique identifiers, called MAC addresses, from millions of mobile devices. The collected identifiers, often used for online advertising, would allow the company to track users’ online behavior without their consent. TikTok collected MAC addresses for at least 15 months, ending with an update released Nov. 18 of last year, as ByteDance was falling under intense scrutiny in Washington, the Journal’s testing showed. The senators asked the FTC to investigate whether the company had stopped collecting these unique identifiers.
Dermstore just cut the price on a ton of cult-loved beauty and skincare favorites
Dermstore just cut the price on a ton of cult-loved beauty and skincare favoritesYour skin will thank you for shopping this sale. This treatment is a favorite among both Dermstore and Sephora shoppers. Aside from working to give you mile-long lashes, RevitaLash is also formulated to help protect, strengthen and nourish each one without irritation. Want to see what other beauty finds are up for grabs? Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Oprah and Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski approve of this indoor grill—and it's $150 off right now
Oprah and Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski approve of this indoor grill—and it's $150 off right nowThis indoor grill really is smokeless. But for many city dwellers or those living in close quarters, there's simply no room for an outdoor barbecue. Thankfully, indoor grills exist, and right now, one of the best smokeless models we've ever tested is up for grabs at a major discount. For a limited time, shoppers can get this Philips Smoke-less indoor BBQ grill for just $127.95, which is $152 off its full list price of $279.95. (Photo: Philips)When we put the Philips to the test against the rest of our best indoor grill picks, we were impressed by its even cooking and solid build.
Brooks Brothers, From Buttoned Up to Stripped Down
How Carnival Has Been Hit by the Coronavirus Crisis Over nearly five decades, Carnival amassed a global fleet of cruise ships. But in the face of a pandemic, health authorities and passengers are questioning whether operators like Carnival can set sail safely going forward. WSJ's Carter McCall explains. Photo: Getty Images
Covid Chasers: The Nurses Fighting Coronavirus From Hot Spot to Hot Spot
Covid Chasers: The Nurses Fighting Coronavirus From Hot Spot to Hot Spot Covid Chasers: The Nurses Fighting Coronavirus From Hot Spot to Hot SpotBy afalkAug. 08, 2020 11:07 amTraveling nurses are offsetting staffing shortages in hospitals around the U.S. where Covid-19 is surging. Four nurses give viewers an intimate look into the mental and physical toll the work is having on them five months into the pandemic. Photo: Chelsea Walsh
U.S. Seizes Fake Website, Cryptocurrency Assets From Terrorist Groups
The U.S. said it seized millions of dollars in cryptocurrency assets and a fake website purporting to sell protective gear in an operation targeting the financial underpinnings of three terrorist groups. Authorities also blacklisted several millions of dollars in other virtual currency assets identified in the investigation that weren’t immediately obtainable, officials said. The operation, the largest ever seizure of terrorist organizations’ cryptocurrency accounts, officials said, shows the extent to which terrorist groups have come to rely on cybertools such as virtual currencies to solicit donations to fund their operations. It was sparked in part by public social-media posts by the terrorist groups, they said. The assets targeted in the complaints unsealed Thursday were seized from numerous virtual currency exchanges.
Bryant Park’s Piano Series Offers Hopeful Note to New Yorkers
These days, New Yorkers have few opportunities to hear live music because of the coronavirus pandemic. But for three afternoons a week, audiences still gather in Midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park to hear some jazz piano. The piano series has been a mainstay since 2004, presented as part of Bryant Park’s larger array of cultural and recreational offerings, ranging from yoga classes to film screenings. The park, which is managed by a nonprofit corporation, has curtailed some activities because of the virus, but not the lunchtime keyboard sessions. “I try to come all three days if I can,” said Harry Hollis, a 71-year-old retiree who lives in Queens’ Jackson Heights neighborhood.
Yale Discriminated by Race in Undergraduate Admissions, Justice Department Says
The Justice Department said it determined that Yale University has discriminated against Asian-American and white applicants, issuing its findings roughly two years after opening an investigation into the school’s admissions practices. The department said Thursday that it found Yale discriminates based on race and national origin, violating federal civil-rights law, and that race was the “determinative factor” in hundreds of admissions decisions each year. It said for the majority of applicants, Asian-American and white students...
Maskless woman hit gate agent after being turned away from flight: cops
An American Airlines passenger was arrested for hitting an employee in Phoenix after being told she couldn’t get on a flight without a mask, according to a report. Yolanda Yarbrough, 47, of Los Angeles, allegedly struck the gate agent on the head when she was turned away from her connecting flight to Las Vegas at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, news station KSAZ reported. “After arriving into Phoenix and being informed that they would not be able to take their connecting flight to Las Vegas, the individual became irate and struck an American team member in the terminal,” an airlines spokesman told KSAZ. Police responded to the gate and arrested Yarbrough on charges for assault, the outlets reported. She has been banned from flying on the airline pending further investigation of the incident, KSAZ reported.
‘Milky Way look-alike’ galaxy found 12B light-years from Earth
Astronomers have found a “Milky Way look-alike” galaxy in deep space, 12 billion light-years from our own, according to a new study. The research, published in Nature, details the discovery of galaxy SPT0418-47, which not only has surprised the researchers but looks similar to other nearby galaxies, throwing a wrench into what experts previously knew about galaxy formation. At 12 billion light-years away, SPT0418-47 is less than 2 billion years younger than the universe itself. It does have a rotating disc and bulge, the first time this type of galaxy has been seen that deep into the universe. “A treasure chest was opening.”Though SPT0418-47 has some similar features to other spiral galaxies, it’s expected it will evolve into an elliptical galaxy, the researchers added.
One in four young adults in the US contemplated suicide during pandemic
One in four young adults in the U.S. said they considered suicide over the last month, according to new government data that paints a bleak picture of mental health issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, the new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40 percent of American adults reported experiencing mental or behavioral challenges tied to the COVID-19 crisis and measures including social distancing and stay-at-home orders. adults reported considerably elevated adverse mental health conditions associated with COVID-19,” the report said. “Addressing mental health disparities and preparing support systems to mitigate mental health consequences as the pandemic evolves will continue to be needed urgently,” the report stated. “Expanded use of telehealth, an effective means of delivering treatment for mental health conditions, including depression, substance use disorder, and suicidal ideation, might reduce COVID-19-related mental health consequences,” it said.
Dan Snyder facing pressure to sell from Washington minority partners
Washington fans are no longer the only ones asking Dan Snyder to leave. In the wake of the removal of the team’s longtime racist nickname and widespread allegations of sexual harassment within the organization, Washington’s minority partners are pressuring Snyder to sell his team, according to the Wall Street Journal. However, the same report also states Snyder, 55, has no plans to give up his ownership. Last year, Washington was ranked the seventh-most valuable team by Forbes, which valued the team at $3.4 billion. A recent legal filing by Snyder suggests at least one of the minority partners has “attempted to leak defamatory information against him.”
‘Vampire’ parasite pretends to be fish’s tongue — but only after eating it first
Michael Bloomberg — who spent nearly $1 billion in a...Grusome photos of a blood-thirsty parasite living in the mouth of a fish having devoured its host’s tongue have surfaced online. Posted to social media by a scientist this week, the X-ray scans show an isopod, also known as tongue-eating louse, nestled in the skull of a wrasse. It then drinks blood from the tongue, eventually draining so much of it that the organ dies, falls off and is replaced by the burgeoning parasite. “I found a tongue-eating isopod in one of our wrasse scans this morning while digitizing it,” Rice University fish scientist Dr. Kory Evans said. The tongue-eating louse is native to the Gulf of California, as well as parts of the Atlantic.
Massachusetts dad allegedly killed by homeless man at Florida hotel
A Massachusetts father was stomped and stabbed to death at a Florida hotel by a homeless man — whose months-long stay at the inn was paid for by a neighboring city amid the coronavirus crisis. He also suffered neck wounds from a “sharp-edged instrument,” and was pronounced dead a the scene, police said. Video footage from the morning of Aug. 2 allegedly shows Washington arguing with Morgan, who was sitting outside his room on a chair, according to the report. Police believe Washington later followed him into the room and murdered him. Washington has denied killing Morgan.
Suicidal thoughts in US adults nearly doubled in June, CDC says
Nearly 11% of United States adults reported seriously contemplating suicide in June. That is nearly double the percentage who did so last summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated. The findings revealed that 10.7% of Americans reported contemplating suicide compared to 4.3% who reported the same thing throughout 2018. The report said 15.1% of Black and 18.6% of Hispanic Americans reported seriously thinking about suicide in June. The suicide prevention lifeline stated on their website the following warning signs may help determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide.
Man held up by stun gun on online date gone horribly wrong
Authorities said a man from Boston had a stun gun pulled on him Tuesday morning, as he was being robbed by a woman he met through an online dating app. The unidentified man rendezvoused with the young woman at a local hotel, the Associated Press reported. He told police the two talked for about 30 minutes before she pointed a Taser stun gun at him and began rifling through his pockets. NAKED TEXAS MAN CHASES DOWN FEMALE DRIVER, DIES AFTER CAMPUS POLICE USE STUN GUN ON HIM: REPORTSShe allegedly stole $100 in cash before law enforcement was called in. The Associated Press contributed to this report
Dogs work together to steal leftovers from counter in hilarious video
A hilarious video shows three dogs working together to steal some leftovers off a kitchen counter in Norway. “My corgi is raised together with his border collie brothers,” Frøystad told SWNS. “Hugo always wants to do the same as they do, run fast, jump high and steal food from the counter. “The moment he got up he attacked the food,” Frøystad added. “Looking back, I’m thinking this video has a really good message,” Frøystad said.
KFC donates 1 million pieces of chicken to teachers with 'back to school buckets'
Teachers have it tough, and getting this school year going is turning out to be even more work than usual thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. To make it easier, KFC is donating 1 million pieces of chicken for its restaurants to share with teachers through its “back-to-school buckets” program, the Louisville-based fried chicken chain announced Thursday. Local KFC franchisees will provide educators in their communities with chicken by catering training meetings, delivering buckets to teachers preparing a virtual curriculum or staff working to keep schools clean, according to the company. In March, the company donated 1 million pieces of chicken to doctors, nurses, first responders and other essential workers. Most of those restaurants aren’t open for dine-in customers, but they are offering other options like drive-thru, carry-out or delivery service.
Former Apple CEO says exceptional growth is ahead for the tech stock
Former Apple CEO says exceptional growth is ahead for the tech stockFormer Apple CEO John Sculley on what's next for the company's shares. With CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders, Guy Adami, Tim Seymour, Dan Nathan and Bonawyn Eison.
Facebook launches new effort it says will fight election misinformation
Facebook launches new effort it says will fight election misinformationNathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy discusses steps the company is taking to launch a voting information center, and how it's working to protect disinformation about the election.
A scientist found a tongue-eating parasite in the mouth of a fish
(CNN) In the course of studying wrasse skulls, an evolutionary biologist found a parasite hiding inside a fish's mouth. The parasite, a tongue-eating louse, is found in a variety of fish and ecosystems, but it's not known to what degree. Evans studies how traits evolved in fish -- a good evolutionary model, since they make up half of all vertebrate species. His current project involves scanning hundreds of species of wrasses (he charts his research on Twitter with the hashtag #BackDatWrasseUp ). Wrasses are the second-largest family of fish, and Evans is creating three-dimensional models of their skeletons to test some evolutionary hypotheses.
The reason we're shooting laser beams between Earth and the moon
(CNN) For the first time ever, scientists received a signal after sending laser beams from Earth to a reflector on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter around the moon. A laser station in Grasse, France, sent the laser beams toward the NASA orbiter, some 240,000 miles away. By simply aiming light at the reflectors, scientists measured how long it took light to travel back from the moon to the Earth. However, that will require more accurate lasers to measure the distance between Earth's laser stations and reflectors on the moon. So a 10-feet-wide laser beam leaving Earth can become a mile wide once it reaches the moon, and it can get even wider as it returns back to Earth.
Breakingviews TV: Vaccines
BreakingviewsBreakingviews TV: VaccinesPostedThe scramble is on, with over 150 different efforts against the coronavirus in development. Robert Cyran explains some of the big questions around them – such as when a vaccine will be available, potential manufacturing problems, and how to ensure people get one.
Breakingviews TV: TikTok
BreakingviewsBreakingviews TV: TikTokPostedIndia is the neglected elephant in the short-form video app’s room. Microsoft and Twitter want pieces of TikTok’s global operations, but seem uninterested its largest market by users. There are practical challenges and political ones. Una Galani explains.
Less is less - Japan's minimalists
Sasaki, once a passionate collector of books, CDs and DVDs, became tired of keeping up with trends two years ago. "I kept thinking about what I did not own, what was missing," he said.
Factbox: Triple win or double-cross - analysts react to Israel-UAE deal
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Middle East analysts and commentators described the Israel- United Arab Emirates deal as - variously - a groundbreaking and historic accord, or a face saving announcement for leaders seeking a way out of their problems. A man takes a picture as the municipality building is lit in the United Arab Emirates national flag following the announcement of a deal to normalise relations between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates, in Tel Aviv, Israel August 13, 2020. May you never be sold out by your “friends.”- Aaron David Miller, senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment, to Reuters via email: (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) “Netanyahu, UAE, and Trump Administration are making a virtue out of necessity. “Netanyahu said the annexation plan was still on the table,” he wrote on Facebook. A full normalization of ties between the UAE and Israel in return for freezing the annexation plan and not for cancelling it.”
England resumes lockdown easing but stiffens punishment on rule breaches
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen ahead of the arrival of Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Micheal Martin, at Hillsborough Castle, in Belfast, Northern Ireland August 13, 2020. Friday’s announcement means trials of crowds at sporting events can also go ahead and indoor theatre, music and performances can resume with socially distanced audiences. Data shows infections in Britain have topped 1,000 three times this month and remain at or above the level seen two weeks ago. Quarantine measures have been imposed on European neighbours where cases are rising more sharply. An accompanying statement issued by Johnson’s office added: “Two weeks ago the ONS (Office for National Statistics) had expressed concerns about a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive.
UK imposes 14-day quarantine on arrivals from France, Netherlands and others
Britain's Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps visits the area where a passenger train derailed near Stonehaven, Scotland, Britain, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Russell CheyneLONDON (Reuters) - Britain will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France, the Netherlands, Malta and three other countries, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday, citing rising COVID-19 infection rates. The British government, wary of a second wave of coronavirus, has been removing countries from its safe travel list over the last few weeks based on infection data. For UK holidaymakers, France is the second most-visited country behind first-choice destination Spain - which has already been removed from the safe travel list. Britain usually welcomes about 3.5 million visitors from France each year according to the same data, making France the second biggest market for tourists coming into the UK behind the United States.
France welcomes the normalization of UAE-Israel relations
PARIS (Reuters) - France welcomes the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday. Israel’s decision to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank under the historic agreement is a “positive step”, Le Drian said in a statement, adding that the suspension “must become a definitive measure.” The accord paved the way for a resumption of talks between Israelis and Palestinians with the aim to establish two states, he said, calling it “the only option” to achieve peace in the region.
Brazil death toll from COVID-19 passes 105,000
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil reported 60,091 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,261 deaths from the disease caused by the virus in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Thursday. Brazil has registered 3,224,876 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 105,463, according to ministry data. Brazil ranks as the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak after the United States.
'We don't need war': Belarus leadership says sorry in bid to quell protests
People greet each other during an opposition rally to protest against police violence and to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus August 13, 2020. The authorities also began releasing protesters, some of whom had bruises and described being tightly packed inside cells. The protesters accuse Lukashenko of rigging last Sunday’s presidential election to win a sixth term. “We don’t fight, we don’t need war,” she said. The EU partially lifted sanctions, imposed over Lukashenko’s human rights record, in 2016, but could introduce new measures as early as this month.
'We don't need war': Belarus leadership says sorry in bid to quell protests
People greet each other during an opposition rally to protest against police violence and to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus August 13, 2020. The authorities also began releasing protesters, some of whom had bruises and described being tightly packed inside cells. The protesters accuse Lukashenko of rigging last Sunday’s presidential election to win a sixth term. “We don’t fight, we don’t need war,” she said. The EU partially lifted sanctions, imposed over Lukashenko’s human rights record, in 2016, but could introduce new measures as early as this month.
Factbox: Triple win or double-cross - analysts react to Israel-UAE deal
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Middle East analysts and commentators described the Israel- United Arab Emirates deal as - variously - a groundbreaking and historic accord, or a face saving announcement for leaders seeking a way out of their problems. May you never be sold out by your “friends.”- Aaron David Miller, senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment, to Reuters via email: (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) “Netanyahu, UAE, and Trump Administration are making a virtue out of necessity. Israel is looking beyond the bilateral dimension of this accord. “Netanyahu said the annexation plan was still on the table,” he wrote on Facebook. A full normalization of ties between the UAE and Israel in return for freezing the annexation plan and not for cancelling it.”
Mexico supports extending U.S.-Mexico land border restrictions another month
FILE PHOTO: An empty walkway at the U.S.-Mexico border is shown during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in San Diego, California, U.S., April 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mike BlakeMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico has told the U.S. government that it supports extending restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared land border for an additional month, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Thursday. Restrictions on non-essential travel at the U.S.-Mexico land border are currently set in place through Aug. 21
England resumes lockdown easing but stiffens punishment on rule breaches
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts on a mask at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HQ during his visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland August 13, 2020. Friday’s announcement means trials of crowds at sporting events can also go ahead and indoor theatre, music and performances can resume with socially distanced audiences. Data shows infections in Britain have topped 1,000 three times this month and remain at or above the level seen two weeks ago. Quarantine measures have been imposed on European neighbours where cases are rising more sharply. An accompanying statement issued by Johnson’s office added: “Two weeks ago the ONS (Office for National Statistics) had expressed concerns about a slight increase in the number of people in England testing positive.
UK imposes 14-day quarantine on arrivals from France, Netherlands and others
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France, the Netherlands, Malta and three other countries, transport minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday, citing rising COVID-19 infection rates. The British government, wary of a second wave of coronavirus, has been removing countries from its safe travel list over the last few weeks based on infection data. “Data shows we need to remove France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos & Aruba from our list of #coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN,” Shapps said on Twitter. For UK holidaymakers, France is the second most-visited country behind first-choice destination Spain - which has already been removed from the safe travel list. Britain usually welcomes about 3.5 million visitors from France each year according to the same data, making France the second biggest market for tourists coming into the UK behind the United States.
Exclusive: ByteDance censored anti-China content in Indonesia until mid-2020 - sources
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant ByteDance censored content it perceived as critical of the Chinese government on its news aggregator app in Indonesia from 2018 to mid-2020, six people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Logos of Bytedance, the China-based company which owns the short video app TikTok, or Douyin, are seen on a strap of an employee card, in Beijing, China August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu WangThe sources said that local moderators were instructed by a team from ByteDance’s Beijing headquarters to delete articles seen as “negative” about Chinese authorities on the Baca Berita (BaBe) app. “If ByteDance will censor BaBe in Indonesia, what’s to stop it from censoring TikTok in the United States?” Hawley said, when asked to comment on the Reuters story. ByteDance bought Indonesian news aggregator BaBe in 2018 after TikTok was briefly banned in the country for showing “pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy”, according to officials.
China's Baidu posts tepid forecast as ad sales remain under pressure
REUTERS/Tingshu Wang(Reuters) - China’s search engine giant Baidu Inc on Thursday forecast third-quarter revenue marginally below Wall Street estimates and warned of low visibility in business due to uncertainty from the coronavirus crisis. U.S.-listed shares of the company fell 5.5% in extended trading as investors looked past Baidu’s second-quarter profit and revenue beat. The company expects current quarter revenue in the range of 26.3 billion yuan to 28.7 billion yuan, the midpoint of which is slightly below the average analyst estimate of 27.57 billion yuan, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Total revenue fell to 26.03 billion yuan ($3.75 billion), edging past analysts’ estimates of 25.71 billion yuan. On an adjusted basis, Baidu earned 10.11 yuan per American depository share (ADS), above expectation of 9.60 yuan per ADS.
France welcomes the normalization of UAE-Israel relations
FILE PHOTO: French European and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, wearing protective face masks, leave following the last weekly cabinet meeting before summer vacation break, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit TessierPARIS (Reuters) - France welcomes the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday. Israel’s decision to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank under the historic agreement is a “positive step”, Le Drian said in a statement, adding that the suspension “must become a definitive measure.” The accord paved the way for a resumption of talks between Israelis and Palestinians with the aim to establish two states, he said, calling it “the only option” to achieve peace in the region.
Chinese cities find coronavirus in frozen food imports, WHO downplays infection risk
A man looks at frozen food products in a supermarket following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, August 13, 2020. “People should not fear food, food packaging or delivery of food,” the World Health Organization’s head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan told a briefing. The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters said the public needed to take precautions to reduce infection risks from imported meat and seafood. Li Fengqin, who heads a microbiology lab at the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment told reporters in June the possibility of contaminated frozen food causing new infections could not be ruled out. Xinfadi market, a sprawling food market in China’s capital of Beijing, was linked to a cluster of infections in June.
California court rules Amazon is liable for injuries from defective products
FILE PHOTO: An Amazon worker delivers packages amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Denver, Colorado, U.S., April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin MohattLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amazon.com can be held liable like other traditional retailers for injuries from defective products sold via its sprawling e-commerce marketplace, a California state appeals court ruled on Thursday. The decision overturned a San Diego Superior Court ruling that the world’s biggest online retailer was shielded from liability because it acted as a service provider, which is not subject to California product liability law. In addition to selling its own inventory, Amazon allows third-party vendors to list products for sale on its website. Both Pennsylvania’s and Ohio’s top courts are currently considering the issue, and federal appeals courts are weighing cases under California and Texas law.
WeWork gets new $1.1 billion commitment from SoftBank, cuts burn rate
FILE PHOTO: A sign is seen above the entrance to the WeWork corporate headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mike SegarNEW YORK (Reuters) - The We Company, owner of WeWork, told employees on Thursday that it cut its cash burn rate almost in half to $671 million from the end of last year and obtained a $1.1 billion commitment in new financing from majority owner SoftBank (9984.T). WeWork said in an e-mail to employees discussing its second-quarter results that it continues to execute on its five-year plan and it has $4.1 billion in cash and unfunded cash commitments, including the new SoftBank funds. The e-mail was seen by Reuters.
Chinese cities find coronavirus in frozen food imports, WHO downplays infection risk
FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at frozen food products in a supermarket following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, August 13, 2020. “People should not fear food, food packaging or delivery of food,” the World Health Organization’s head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan told a briefing. The Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters said the public needed to take precautions to reduce infection risks from imported meat and seafood. Li Fengqin, who heads a microbiology lab at the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment told reporters in June the possibility of contaminated frozen food causing new infections could not be ruled out. Xinfadi market, a sprawling food market in China’s capital of Beijing, was linked to a cluster of infections in June.
Texas, California governors take heat in battle over school reopenings
LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday sought to reassure parents he is doing all he can to keep students safe as most schools in the state prepare to reopen next week. How Abbott handles the pandemic and the reopening of schools could have a big impact on how voters cast ballots in November. Abbott defended his mandate giving local school boards the right to determine if and when schools reopen, curbing the power of local health officials to intervene and order schools closed if COVID-19 outbreaks occur. The Texas governor said schools are ready and argued that in-person classes would not be a significant spreader of the virus if schools follow basic safety precautions. “The ways that COVID-19 will most likely spread in the school setting is in gatherings after school is over,” Abbott told a press conference after meeting with local authorities in Lubbock.
WeWork gets new $1.1 billion commitment from SoftBank, cuts burn rate
FILE PHOTO: The logo of WeWork, a company owned by Japan's SoftBank Group Corp, is seen in the window of an office building in London, Britain, July 3, 2020. REUTERS/Simon NewmanNEW YORK (Reuters) - The We Company, owner of WeWork, told employees on Thursday that it cut its cash burn rate almost in half to $671 million from the end of last year and obtained a $1.1 billion (840 million pounds) commitment in new financing from majority owner SoftBank (9984.T). WeWork said in an e-mail to employees discussing its second-quarter results that it continues to execute on its five-year plan and it has $4.1 billion in cash and unfunded cash commitments, including the new SoftBank funds. The e-mail was seen by Reuters.
Fed's Main Street program sees largest weekly increase so far
FILE PHOTO: Flags fly over the Federal Reserve Headquarters on a windy day in Washington, U.S., May 26, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve’s new Main Street Lending Program for U.S. small and midsize businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic more than doubled its loans in the latest week in its largest weekly increase so far. Data released on Thursday by the Fed showed Main Street loans held by the central bank rose by $131 million to $226 million as of Wednesday from $95 million a week earlier. Under the program, the Fed will buy 95% of a loan initiated by a private lender to a qualified business. It has seen limited use since launching last month, but officials have said interest is growing.
Trump administration rolls back curbs on oil industry methane emissions
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday rolled back regulations aimed at reducing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, its latest move to unwind environmental rules ahead of November’s presidential election. Recent scientific reports highlight the major role methane emissions play in worsening climate change. hereThe new rules remove methane control requirements for the production and processing of oil and natural gas as well as curbs on emissions from transmission and storage. The EPA retained a rule issued in 2012 that limits volatile organic compounds that cause smog, which it says already reduces methane emissions. “But we understand that this rule has drawn diverse viewpoints across our industry.”The API said existing VOC regulations have led to methane emissions falling 60% from 2011-2018.
'We don't need war': Belarus leadership says sorry in bid to quell protests
People hold flowers during a demonstration against violence following recent protests to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus August 13, 2020. The authorities also began releasing protesters, some of whom had bruises and described being tightly packed inside cells. The protesters accuse Lukashenko of rigging last Sunday’s presidential election to win a sixth term. The EU partially lifted sanctions, imposed over Lukashenko’s human rights record, in 2016, but could introduce new measures as early as this month. A rose is attached to a tree during a demonstration against violence following recent protests to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus August 13, 2020.
Top U.S. health official says approval of COVID vaccines unlikely before November
FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. U.S. late-stage vaccine trials launched so far aim to recruit up to 30,000 people. President Donald Trump said last week it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine before the Nov. 3 election, a more optimistic forecast on timing than anything suggested by his own White House health experts. The U.S. government has helped finance the development of several vaccines and therapies through the program aimed at accelerating access to medicines to fight COVID-19. U.S. public health officials last month charged a group of independent scientists and ethicists with developing guidelines to determine who should get the first doses of a vaccine, once one becomes available.
Texas, California governors take heat in battle over school reopenings
LUBBOCK, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday sought to reassure parents he is doing all he can to keep students safe as most schools in the state prepare to reopen next week. How Abbott handles the pandemic and the reopening of schools could have a big impact on how voters cast ballots in November. Abbott defended his mandate giving local school boards the right to determine if and when schools reopen, curbing the power of local health officials to intervene and order schools closed if COVID-19 outbreaks occur. The Texas governor said schools are ready and argued that in-person classes would not be a significant spreader of the virus if schools follow basic safety precautions. “The ways that COVID-19 will most likely spread in the school setting is in gatherings after school is over,” Abbott told a press conference after meeting with local authorities in Lubbock.
U.S. Justice Department going 'full tilt' on tech antitrust probe: official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is moving “full-tilt” on its antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc’s Google and other Big Tech platforms, the department’s second-ranking official told Reuters. “I can’t tell you today what the date will be.”Numerous media outlets have reported the Justice Department is likely to file an antitrust complaint against Google. Attorney General William Barr told The Wall Street Journal in March he wanted the Justice Department to make a final decision on the Google probe this summer. The Justice Department said in July 2019 it was opening a broad investigation of major technology firms on whether they engage in anticompetitive practices. Rosen declined to say how quickly the government might resolve other tech probes, but noted there has been “some division of labor” with the Federal Trade Commission.
Fortnite Maker Sues Apple After Getting Kicked Off App Store
(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Thursday removed popular video game “Fortnite” from its App Store for violating the company’s in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to file a lawsuit against the iPhone maker seeking to end its in-app payment practices. The move came after Epic Games enabled a direct payment feature on the Fortnite app, which Apple said violated its in-app payment guidelines. Analysts believe games are the biggest contributor to spending inside the App Store, which is in turn the largest component of Apple’s $46.3 billion-per-year services segment. Mobile app data analysis firm SensorTower estimated that the game has been downloaded 2.4 million times in the last 30 days and generated $43.4 million on the App Store. Since its release, SensorTower estimates, the game has reached 133.2 million installs and seen $1.2 billion in spending worldwide on Apple’s App Store alone.
The Story Behind HBO's Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn
The tragic events depicted in the documentary Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn call to mind headlines from 2020: a black man is shot to death by a white mob, precipitating months of civic unrest and protest marches marked by anguish and determination. New York in the 1980sYusuf Hawkins, Amir Hawkins and Freddy Hawkins Courtesy of Hawkins Family/HBOThe killing of Yusuf Hawkins in 1989 occurred during a tense moment in New York City history. That summer, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing had called attention to senseless violence enacted against Black communities, especially in Brooklyn. “Galen would always wear a suit; the white students would come to me and say, ‘Mr. “It’s 31 years later and could what happened to Yusuf Hawkins happen tonight in Bensonhurst?
3-year-old with autism and family kicked off Southwest flight over mask, mother says
A Texas mother trying to return home with her two young children said they were kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight because her 3-year-old son who has autism would not wear a face mask. For people on the autism spectrum with sensory sensitives, wearing a mask may not be possible, according to the advocacy organization Autism Speaks. She told KPRC that her son didn't have a mask on during the flight to Midland and it wasn't an issue. They should have some kind of exemption,” she told KPRC. Sadler told KPRC that a family member offered to drive her and her children home.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Drops Lawsuit Against Atlanta's Mask Order
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says he’s dropping a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta in a dispute over the city’s requirement to wear masks in public and other restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council in July to block them from implementing restrictions at the local level, even as case counts and hospitalizations in the state soared. Kemp argued that local governments can’t impose measures that are more or less restrictive than those in his statewide executive orders, which have strongly urged people to wear masks but not required them. He has sought to block local governments from issuing orders requiring that masks be worn, but several cities, including Atlanta, have done it anyway.
Half of Americans will not take a COVID-19 vaccine once made available, poll shows
Dr. Peter Hotez, professor at Baylor College of Medicine, explains the findings of a new AP Poll which shows that once a vaccine is produced, potentially half of Americans will refuse to get it.
Lake Tahoe residents lament influx of visitors amid pandemic
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — South Lake Tahoe residents fed up with the trash-littered beaches and the constant stream of tourists flowing into Lake Tahoe despite the pandemic plan to protest this weekend to demand officials do more to handle the influx of visitors. Now, protests are planned for Friday afternoon and Sunday morning at five locations — Truckee, Tahoe City, Meyers, Incline Village and Kings Beach. “During this crisis, the city has gone above and beyond to keep people safe, keep Tahoe safe and keep Tahoe open,” Fiore said. Tourism is the city’s biggest industry and supported 86,111 jobs before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the bureau, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Total San Francisco visitors are expected to drop to 12.9 million this year, down 52% from last year’s record-high 26.2 million visitors.
Arkansas reports 652 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths
(AP) — Arkansas on Thursday reported 652 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and nine more deaths from the illness. The true number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The Arkansas COVID-19 death toll rose to 582, although the department said two of those deaths occurred last month. Asa Hutchinson also announced a new “healthy-school guide” developed by the state, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Hutchinson has stood by plans to resume in-person instruction, despite concerns raised by pediatricians’ and teachers’ groups about the move.
Retired Lt. Gen.: As a vet, I depend on the postal service. My medication isn't arriving on time.
Retired Lt. Gen Honore sits down with Brian Williams to discuss the failings of the Postal Service and America's coronavirus testing disaster.
Medical review upheld for Saudi prisoner at Guantanamo
FILE - In this June 27, 2006, file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for Saudi citizen Mohammed al-Qahtani, held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)FILE - In this June 27, 2006, file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for Saudi citizen Mohammed al-Qahtani, held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial. Ramzi Kassem, an attorney for al-Qahtani, said he thinks the government is worried about what an independent medical panel would conclude about his client.
Apple drops Fortnite from App Store over direct payment plan
FILE - This March 19, 2018, file photo shows Apple's App Store app in Baltimore. Apple has dropped the hugely popular “Fortnite" game from its App Store after the game's developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Apple's platform. Its developer, Epic Games, said in a blog post Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that it was introducing Epic Direct payments, a direct payment plan for Apple's iOS and Google Play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - This March 19, 2018, file photo shows Apple's App Store app in Baltimore. Apple has dropped the hugely popular “Fortnite" game from its App Store after the game's developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Apple's platform.
Portland State disarms campus police after Black man’s death
(Portland State University via AP, file)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland State University said Thursday it will disarm its campus police force, more than two years after officers from the department shot and killed a Black man who was trying to break up a fight close to campus. ADVERTISEMENT“Over the past few weeks we have listened to many voices across our campus,” Percy wrote in an email to campus announcing the change. The campus police officers got guns for the first time in 2014 following a contentious decision that came despite concerns raised by students. Then, in June 2018, two campus officers fatally shot 45-year-old Jason Washington, a Navy veteran and employee of the U.S. Portland State hired two independent firms, one to examine the school’s policy of arming campus police and another to conduct its own investigation into the shooting.
Austin cuts police budget by 1/3 amid national ‘defund’ push
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a unanimous vote, the Austin City Council moved Thursday to cut about one-third of next year’s $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement agencies in favor of spending more money on social services. That will come to just over $150 million that will be redirected to social services in the 2021 fiscal budget, which starts Oct 1. ADVERTISEMENTSince June, Austin City Council members have heard hours of testimony from Austin residents on police use of force on protesters in Austin, including pepper spray and less lethal munitions. Austin council members voted to ban the use of choke-holds and and limit the Austin police budget. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members said in June that they supported disbanding the police department .
COVID-19 Death Rate For Black Americans Twice That For Whites, New Report Says
COVID-19 Death Rate For Black Americans Twice That For Whites, New Report Saystoggle caption Gerald Herbert/APBlack Americans are becoming infected with the coronavirus at a rate three times that of whites and they are twice as likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new report from the National Urban League, based partly on data from Johns Hopkins University. State of Black America Unmasked paints a "bleak picture" of COVID-19 and people of color, the league's CEO, Marc Morial, said. Blacks and Latinos were also less likely than whites to have health insurance, he noted. The death rate from the disease is also starkly different for Blacks, according to the Johns Hopkins data, with twice as many dying from COVID-19 as whites or Latinos. Whites were nearly 50% more likely to be able to work from home as their Latino counterparts, and 35% more likely than Blacks, according to the report.
Mexico to keep US border closed to non-essential travel
Mexico to keep US border closed to non-essential travelDulce Garcia, right, carries a cup of coffee as she crosses the border from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, Calif., Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Like many in Mexicali, Garcia lives in Mexico but works in Calexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Dulce Garcia, right, carries a cup of coffee as she crosses the border from Mexicali, Mexico, to Calexico, Calif., Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Like many in Mexicali, Garcia lives in Mexico but works in Calexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico plans to extend the closure of its shared border with the United States for another month to non-essential travel, Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday.
‘The Boys in the Band’: A Time Capsule of Art and Identity
Of them, the most artistically successful is “The Boys in the Band,” William Friedkin’s 1970 film version of Mart Crowley’s hit play about a group of unhappy gay Manhattanites who get together for a birthday party and spend the second half of the evening hacking away at each other’s emotional scabs. Widely regarded as shocking when it opened off Broadway in 1968, “The Boys in the Band” later became controversial in a different way because it portrayed its gay characters as bitter and self-hating, a stance that appalled younger men not old enough to remember the tightly closeted world portrayed with unflinching candor by Crowley. Today it is regarded as a kind of time capsule, a gay history play that shows how things were in the bad old days—but it’s also increasingly seen as a first-rate piece of dramatic work in its own right, and Mr. Friedkin’s adaptation conveys with singular brilliance the way “The Boys in the Band” plays on stage. The dramaturgy of “The Boys in the Band” is both conventional to a fault and derivative: It suggests a cross between “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Grand Hotel,” with each actor embodying a now-familiar character type. But “The Boys in the Band” is also unusually well-made, so tightly constructed that it moves to its shattering climax with tremendous speed.
‘Dead Pixels’ Review: Lives Lived Gaming
If you’re enough of a hardcore gamer, you might think of “Dead Pixels” as more sympathetic docudrama than frequently hilarious comedy about absurd people. You might also think it’s perfectly acceptable to put a lid on your child’s playpen so you can play undisturbed. Or to break off a date to run home and rescue Castle Blackfinger. Or feed the beast in the cellar. Or spend your workday bemoaning the fact that Vince Vaughn (“He’s too substantial and insubstantial”) has been cast in the movie version of the game that has taken up residence in your brain and occupies your every waking moment.
Senators Ask FTC to Investigate TikTok Data Collection
Two U.S. senators have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate TikTok’s data collection practices after a Wall Street Journal article showed that the company covertly collected data on millions of users through a method that appeared to violate Google’s policies. Jerry Moran (R., Kan.) and John Thune (R., S.D.) made the request in a letter addressed to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons. The senators urged Mr. Simons to “investigate the company’s consumer data collection and processing practices as they relate to these...
New York City’s Annual 9/11 Light Installation Canceled Over Coronavirus
New York City’s annual light installation in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been canceled to help control the spread of the new coronavirus, organizers said Thursday. The two beams of vertical light have traditionally been set up in lower Manhattan in the days leading up to the anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers. But officials at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum said Thursday that they wouldn’t have the installation this year out of fear that the virus could spread...
A Field Guide to Covid-19 Vaccines and Antivirals
The request was made after the Vancouver, Wash.-based company announced promising data from a Phase 2 Leronlimab drug trial. Investors these days are tracking many antiviral drugs—some of which were designed for other viruses—as well as several vaccine candidates. CytoDyn (ticker: CYDY) started testing Leronlimb on Covid-19 patients earlier in 2020. Earlier this week, Canaccord Genuity analyst John Newman wrote that Phase 3 data for the cocktail could be ready later this year. GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer (PFE), Oxford University, Moderna (MRNA) and Novavax (NVAX) all have vaccine candidates in Phase 3 testing.
Fed says it is developing an experimental digital currency
The Federal Reserve on Thursday announced it is building and testing a hypothetical digital currency, equivalent of cash. Brainard went to great pains to stress that the central bank is not poised to issue digital dollars. A “separate policy process” involving thorny legal questions would be needed if the Fed ever wanted to use a digital currency. “We are taking the time and effort to understand the significant implications of digital currencies and central-bank-digital-currencies around the globe,” Brainard said. “Given the dollar’s important role” as a global reserve currency, it is essential the Fed remain on the frontier of research and policy development of digital currencies, Brainard said.
‘Fortnite’ maker accuses Apple of illegal monopolistic practices in tech battle royale that appears headed for a courtroom
Apple removed the game after Epic began offering players a discount on in-game purchases if they opted to make a direct payment and not buy their digital offerings through the App Store. Apple charges developers 30% of purchases made through the App Store, and 15% after the first year of subscriptions. For more: Apple and Facebook could be most vulnerable among the antitrust suspectsApple’s fee policies around the App Store have come under increased scrutiny from both developers and regulators recently. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have also questioned the company’s App Store policies and whether they stifle competition. Epic argues in its complaint that Apple “harms app developers’ relationship with their customers” through its mandatory involvement in all transactions since customers “often blame Epic” for problems related to payments.
Apple and Epic Square Off Over Fortnite and In-App Payments
Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple after the iPhone maker removed its popular Fortnite title from its App Store because it violated its policies regarding in-app payments. Earlier Thursday, closely held Epic launched a payment system that bypasses the fees Apple and Google charge developers to place apps in their respective stores. It only launched Fortnite on Google Play this year. Apple said it would make every effort to work with Epic to resolve the issue and return Fortnite to the store. Epic has been thrust into the geopolitical turmoil between the U.S. and China because Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings owns a 40% stake.
Online-Only Auctions Offer Collectibles Ranging From Jewels to Meteorites
Making most of the summer downtime could now include trying your hand at collecting unique items—ranging from jewels to meteorites and from affordable artworks to designer skateboards—offered at online auctions. The top lot is a diamond necklace with a 20.21-carat pear-shaped yellow-brown diamond. Separately running now until Aug. 25, Christie’s “Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites” offers 47 lots with prices ranging from US$500 to US$500,000. The largest lunar sphere on Earth is estimated to fetch between US$300,000 and US$500,000 at Christie's online. Meanwhile, “Endless Summer,” a collection of affordable artworks curated by Phillips in partnership with Artsy, will open for online bidding on Aug. 28.
Why the Boom in India’s Pharmaceutical Stocks May Fade
That’s a boiled-down reason why a recent spectacular run in Indian pharmaceutical stocks will likely fizzle out. Companies like Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (ticker: 524715.India), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (RDY), Divi’s Laboratories (532488.India), and Cipla (500087.India) have turned India into the world’s generic drugs powerhouse. More importantly, pharmaceutical multinationals will move to cut their dependence on China and diversify, Pasupuleti predicts. “This is the China Plus One theme.” Dalton is still being selective in its Indian pharma bets. That should bring the Indian pharma stocks back to back to earth.
Online-Only Auctions Offer Collectibles Ranging From Jewels to Meteorites
Text sizeMaking most of the summer downtime could now include trying your hand at collecting unique items—ranging from jewels to meteorites and from affordable artworks to designer skateboards—offered at online auctions. The top lot is a diamond necklace with a 20.21-carat pear-shaped yellow-brown diamond. Separately running now until Aug. 25, Christie’s “Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites” offers 47 lots with prices ranging from US$500 to US$500,000. The largest lunar sphere on Earth is estimated to fetch between US$300,000 and US$500,000 at Christie's online. Meanwhile, “Endless Summer,” a collection of affordable artworks curated by Phillips in partnership with Artsy, will open for online bidding on Aug. 28.
Why the Boom in India’s Pharmaceutical Stocks May Fade
That’s a boiled-down reason why a recent spectacular run in Indian pharmaceutical stocks will likely fizzle out. Companies like Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (ticker: 524715.India), Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (RDY), Divi’s Laboratories (532488.India), and Cipla (500087.India) have turned India into the world’s generic drugs powerhouse. More importantly, pharmaceutical multinationals will move to cut their dependence on China and diversify, Pasupuleti predicts. “This is the China Plus One theme.” Dalton is still being selective in its Indian pharma bets. That should bring the Indian pharma stocks back to back to earth.
A Field Guide to Covid-19 Vaccines and Antivirals
The request was made after the Vancouver, Wash.-based company announced promising data from a Phase 2 Leronlimab drug trial. Investors these days are tracking many antiviral drugs—some of which were designed for other viruses—as well as several vaccine candidates. CytoDyn (ticker: CYDY) started testing Leronlimb on Covid-19 patients earlier in 2020. Earlier this week, Canaccord Genuity analyst John Newman wrote that Phase 3 data for the cocktail could be ready later this year. GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer (PFE), Oxford University, Moderna (MRNA) and Novavax (NVAX) all have vaccine candidates in Phase 3 testing.
Apple and Epic Square Off Over Fortnite and In-App Payments
Text sizeEpic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple after the iPhone maker removed its popular Fortnite title from its App Store because it violated its policies regarding in-app payments. Earlier Thursday, closely held Epic launched a payment system that bypasses the fees Apple and Google charge developers to place apps in their respective stores. It only launched Fortnite on Google Play this year. Apple said it would make every effort to work with Epic to resolve the issue and return Fortnite to the store. Epic has been thrust into the geopolitical turmoil between the U.S. and China because Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings owns a 40% stake.
Joe Biden Says He Wants a National Mask Mandate, Urges Governors to Act
• Joe Biden is pushing for a national mask mandate, saying that instituting one over the next three months could save more than 40,000 lives. While Biden previously said he would make masks mandatory if elected president, he is now calling on governors to institute the mandates. “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum. •Germany is contending with a rise in coronavirus cases, as the country of 83 million reported 1,226 new cases on Wednesday, the highest number since May. • The accuracy of the U.S.’s coronavirus data is being thrown into question due to a steady drop in the daily number of tests being conducted, CNBC reports.
Uber and Lyft lose bid to delay worker reclassification order in California
A California superior court judge denied Thursday the companies request to delay the order from going into effect August 20. On Monday, California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman granted a preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify its drivers as employees. It could lead to a more dramatic move — at least from Uber, which has threatened to leave California for good. Prop 22 would require companies like Uber and Lyft to provide a number of protections laid out in AB 5. There is one key difference that makes it appealing to Uber and Lyft: Prop 22 would keep drivers classified as independent contractors.
Photoshop's upcoming tagging system will help identify edited images
Adobe said the technology would use metadata tagging and cryptography to help the public properly attribute and verify the authenticity of images, videos and other content. It also plans to integrate it into Behance, its social media network for creative professionals. As Wired points out, the initiative could one day help social media networks like Twitter and Facebook bolster the automated systems they already use to flag misleading images. To make a dent against all the misleading images shared online, camera manufacturers, software developers, social media networks and media outlets will need to adopt the standard. The difference here is that publishers could use the company's tagging system to spot a variety of fake images, not just ones created using one tool.
TS Lombard Economist on the latest jobless claims numbers and economic activity as states reopen
Steven Blitz, US Economist at TS Lombard, joined The Final Round to discuss this weeks jobless claims numbers and his outlook for the U.S. economy.
Vroom CEO talks Q2 earnings and the state of the used car market
Paul Hennessy, Vroom CEO, joined The Final Round to discuss the company's second quarter earnings report and consumer trends in the used car market.
Father-and-son doctors died of the coronavirus within weeks of each other in Florida hospitals
ReutersA Florida father and his son — both doctors — died within weeks of each other after they were hospitalized with the coronavirus on Father's Day, the Miami Herald reported on Tuesday. His son, Dr. Carlos Vallejo, 57, died five weeks later, on August 1, after spending 42 days in the intensive-care unit at the Cleveland Clinic Florida. His family told the newspaper that he took all the necessary precautions in treating his patients to avoid contracting the coronavirus. I could talk to him every day for hours," Kevin Vallejo, Carlos' son, told the Herald. The Vallejo family told the Herald that five members of their family were infected with COVID-19.
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'Two cities' collide as Chicago's social time bomb explodes
Joseph Williams, a Black south sider, father of five and community organizer, found himself at a nexus on Sunday when he saw a crowd gathering in his neighborhood after the latest police shooting. Then they put him in the police car like he was the one that did something wrong,” Williams told the Guardian. “When you look at how the system was built, it was never built for our communities to really be successful. Since March, Chicago’s unemployment rate has grown to 15.6%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “If there is going to be one Chicago, make it one Chicago,” he said.
59 Confederate symbols removed, relocated or renamed since Floyd's death
A total of 59 Confederate symbols have been removed, renamed or relocated from public spaces since George Floyd's death in May, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reports. As part of the movement, protesters across the country have demanded the removal of Confederate monuments and statues, some toppling Confederate symbols on their own. report, a total of 40 Confederate symbols have been removed since Floyd died, including 38 monuments and a Confederate flag emblem on a police uniform in South Dakota. Five Confederate monuments were relocated and eight schools, one college, two parks or trails, two roads and one body of water were renamed since Floyd's death, according to the report. SPLC says 125 symbols in total have been removed from public spaces and 103 monuments have been removed or relocated from public spaces since the 2015 shooting.
Kader Exports recalls shrimp over salmonella contamination
Kader Exports is recalling certain shrimp products because of potential salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Continue Reading BelowFrozen cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp sold in 1 lbs, 1.5 lbs. But, the FDA said it tested cooked shrimp and found it had salmonella. Kader Exports agreed to voluntarily destroy the cooked shrimp that had salmonella, the FDA said, adding that the “probable root cause” for the recall is cross-contamination. Click here to see a list of the specific recalled shrimp products.
Market's Action Requires Vigilance
It was another day of mixed action, but the bears were unable to generate any sustained selling momentum. The big cap technology names from the Nasdaq 100 exchange-traded fund (QQQ) led the day, but breadth was mixed and a late flurry of selling hit. It was a mild-looking day, if you just glance at the charts, but the choppiness and rotational action is an indication of growing instability. This is a mild shift in market character that requires increased vigilance. There was less action in the low priced "junk" names, but that isn't all bad.
This Drugmaker Is a Healthy Option for Dividend Seekers
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Apple to Launch TV+ Bundle With Showtime, CBS All Access: Report
The offering pairs Apple's TV+ service with CBS All Access and Showtime for $9.99 per month, and could launch as soon as Monday, Bloomberg reported. Apple's TV+ costs $4.99 per month, while CBS All Access and Showtime cost $9.99 and $10.99 per month, respectively. Apple's TV+ offering launched in November of last year, and Apple offered one free year to buyers of Apple devices. An earlier Bloomberg report indicated that Apple is planning to launch several content bundles, dubbed Apple One, in the coming weeks. Apple hasn't shared subscriber numbers for Apple TV+, but various estimates place the figure at between 10 million and 30 million.
L.A. County sues church for violating COVID-19 orders with indoor worship services
A church that has gained national attention in recent weeks for repeatedly defying state and county orders by holding indoor services is the subject of a countersuit filed Thursday by Los Angeles County. Hours earlier, lawyers representing MacArthur and the church had filed suit against L.A. County public health officials along with Gov. AdvertisementAccording to the county’s lawsuit, the church in Sun Valley started holding indoor services on July 26. L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis previously implored places of worship to host only outdoor services and refrain from holding indoor events. On Tuesday, a judge declined to order the immediate closure of a church in Ventura County that had been holding indoor worship services.
Fortnite maker Epic sues Apple after App Store ejection
Apple Inc. removed Fortnite from the App Store on Thursday, prompting a lawsuit by the game’s creator, Epic Games Inc. Apple requires applications with in-app payments to be billed through the company, which takes a 30% cut of revenue, similar to Google’s store. On Thursday morning, Epic Games told customers it would begin offering a direct-purchase plan for items in the popular battle royale game on both Apple and Google platforms, circumventing the fees. Apple said in a statement that it removed Fortnite because Epic took steps with the “express intent of violating the App Store guidelines.” A representative for Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. App developers have complained for years about the fees Apple and Google charge in their stores.
Talk to the animals and channel your family’s inner ‘ee-i-ee-i-oh’
Most children head first to the farmyard’s separate fenced areas for goats, sheep, chickens, cows, and pigs. 800-733-1830, osv.orgChicks of ?dunghill chickens? hot-foot it through the grass at Coggeshall Farm Museum. (Casey Fredette, courtesy of Coggeshall Farm Museum) Casey FredetteCoggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol, R.I. This is your chance to get close to chickens, pigs, sheep, and goats in the company of a member of the farm staff. Trails open daily sunrise to sunset; barnyard open Sat for guided tour by advance online reservation.
COVID-19: Where do we go from here?
ShareAs the pandemic takes its toll on families and communities around the country, everyone is wondering how long this will last and how to make life decisions. How should people weigh the risks to themselves and others of going back to school, returning to work, and visiting family and friends? Should we place hope in a vaccine coming soon or are we better off getting used to life without one? What does the latest science suggest about when life might return to some semblance of normal, and what should we expect of our political leaders in this pandemic going forward? Join Dr. Ashish Jha, faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkataraman for a conversation about these questions.
Teachers, officers, firefighters, and other municipal workers don’t reflect Greater Boston’s diversity, new study shows
White people make up 85 percent of municipal employees in the 164-community area studied, compared with 74 percent of the civilian workforce. At a time of nationwide protests against racial inequities, the study by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council found that the municipal workforce in Metro Boston is both whiter and older than the region’s civilian workforce and population. They do the day-to-day work of local government, but the region’s teachers, police officers, firefighters, public health nurses, and other municipal employees do not reflect the diversity of the Greater Boston area, a new report found. “With a diverse workforce, you have the opportunity to engage with people from different cultures and backgrounds,” she said. The MAPC study recommends communities collect and publish demographic data and then implement plans to increase their workforce diversity.
Trump is boring. Thank God for the distraction that is Bishop Tom Tobin.
Trump was talking nonsense on Fox News when it dawned on me that this isn’t even fun anymore. AdvertisementThank God for Trump’s favorite Roman Catholic bishop, Tom Tobin of Providence. When Patrick Kennedy was a Rhode Island congressman, Tobin said he should be denied Communion because Kennedy supported abortion rights. Apparently, Tobin believes Biden is not a “real” Catholic because Biden supports abortion rights. In Bishop Tobin’s case, going forward, he might want to consider WWJT instead: What Would Jesus Tweet.
Bay Area Drive-In Movie Theater Guide: Here’s what you need to know
Drive-in movie theaters have been hot in 2020, as families looking for entertainment options during the COVID-19 pandemic have increasingly turned to these social-distancing-friendly venues. Not only do we have the usual suspects — the West Wind locations that have been running for years — but now there many other “pop-up” locations opening around town. Here’s a roundup of some of the drive-in movie locations in the Bay Area and surrounding areas:Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk — Movies shown at Boardwalk’s River Parking Lot (corner of Beach and Third Street) Fri-Sat, Aug. 21-Sept. 26, beachboardwalk.com/Drive-In-Movies. Sunset Cinema Drive-In — Movies set for Aug. 14, 21 and 23 at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga. West Wind Drive-in theaters — Movies running nightly at the company’s three Northern California locations — Capitol Drive-In in San Jose, Solano Drive-In in Concord and Sacramento Drive-In, westwinddi.com.
Coronavirus Entertaining: 10 ways to make small social pod gatherings safer
A July report of outdoor living décor trends from Living Spaces, a California-based furniture retailer, revealed a significant uptick in shopper interest in outdoor furnishings since the pandemic, according to data from Google Analytics. “As we adapt to a new way of life that encourages social distancing, outdoor spaces have become the preferred setting for gatherings,” says Living Spaces stylist Shelby Greene. I am saying, if you are like me and want to gather with a small number of friends, entertain responsibly. Or set up soap and paper towels by an outdoor faucet. Replace cloth hand towels with paper towels in your guest bath.
Alcatraz Island to reopen Monday after being closed five months due to pandemic
After being closed for the past five months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Alcatraz Island — one of Northern California’s top tourist draws — will reopen to the public on Monday, even though the Big House itself will remain padlocked. There will be fewer visitors on the island,” said Charles Strickfaden, a spokesman for the National Park Service. After Muir Woods reopened last month, Alcatraz is one of the last parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to reopen. The indoor portions of Alcatraz, including the cell blocks, the theater and gift shop, will reopen when San Francisco city officials widen health rules to allow indoor museums across the city to reopen, he added. “COVID-19 has affected every sector across the globe, and the hospitality industry is among the hardest hit,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association.
Room to explore: Couple’s new resort home at River Run puts them on the uncrowded west side of Rocky Mountain National Park
Now the Roeders are getting in more park time than ever before, using their new ‘resort villa’ at River Run Resort in Granby as a base camp. 1051 Summit Trail, Granby; from I-70 west of Idaho Spgs, head west on U.S. 40 over Berthoud Pass, past Winter Park, 21 more miles to U.S. 34 to Grand Lake, turn right on Hwy 34 1/3-mile. The usual routine, he adds, is an early start into the park, then wrapping up in time for brunch at one of many grills and pubs in Grand Lake. Meanwhile, they’ve already met other River Run families, many with kids and grandkids. He’s also looking forward to fly fishing—including on the Colorado, running right through River Run; close to a trout-stocked pond.
Watch: Police looking for woman in two-tone sedan who drove into pedestrian at Mesquite intersection
Mesquite authorities are looking for a motorist in a car with a distinct paint job who intentionally struck a pedestrian this week. Police noted the car’s distinctive paint job: the front end is a dark blue, while the back of the sedan is silver. Police noted the car's distinctive paint job. Anyone with information about the incident may call Mesquite police at 972-285-6446 or Crime Stoppers at 877-373-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in this case.
Ongoing construction to make downtown McKinney more walkable, city says
The first phase of an extensive downtown McKinney construction project is set to finish this fall, as work continues on the “Light Up Louisiana” project on Louisiana Street. Ongoing work is taking place between Church Street and Kentucky Street, with construction between Tennessee Street and Highway 5 scheduled to begin early in 2021, according to an update from the city. The project includes “necessary utility, drainage and pedestrian improvements and will also include upgrades to paving, landscape and lighting,” the city says. There, a representative of Axis Contracting, which is leading the project, will take questions and explain the current schedule. The city also continues to offer free valet parking in the area on Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays between 5 to 11 p.m.
Susana Cordova and Janine Davidson: The digital divide will exacerbate education inequalities
Existing educational inequities are being exacerbated by lack of internet access — referred to as the “connectivity gap” or “digital divide” — across the country and here in Colorado. Roughly 186,000 K-12 students in Colorado do not have access to reliable internet service at home. Arleth Flores, a Class of 2020 graduate from Bruce Randolph High School in Denver, struggled with reliable internet access amid an already-tumultuous senior year. This moment has revealed reliable internet access at home is as vital as power and running water. Susana Cordova is the superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
A look at a Wisconsin golf practice facility with a tech driving range
A look at a Wisconsin golf practice facility with a tech driving range"My whole thing as a teaching pro, and just in general, is getting people better, finding different and creative ways to get people better, and this is a great way to do it." Hannah Kirby, Now News Group
Pandemic helps Henderson restaurant get new digs
(Matthew Meyer)Rendering of bar area at the future Served Global Cuisine. (WHL Design Group)Rendering of entrance at future Served Global Cuisine. (WHL Design Group)Rendering showing former teppan table at future Served Global Cuisine. (WHL Design Group)Matthew Meyer is the rare restaurant owner who actually sees a bright side to the business effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. His former restaurant, Served, was in the back of an office park on Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson.
Man charged with killing guest at July Fourth party on Far South Side
A Harvey man has been charged with killing a guest at a Fourth of July party at the Altgeld Gardens public housing complex and wounding another partygoer. Banton, as he was parking his Impala, allegedly bumped his vehicle into a van owned by the son of the female host of the party. The party host tried to get Banton and several of his companions to leave the parking lot. After the shooting, Banton allegedly handed the gun to another individual who placed it in the truck of a car. He has prior felony convictions for identity theft in Kansas, assisting a criminal in Indiana and local convictions for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon, prosecutors said.
Las Vegas police officer sues Metro, union over revocation policy, fees
A Las Vegas officer filed a federal lawsuit against the police union, alleging that fees have been improperly withheld from her paycheck after she requested to revoke her membership. This undated file photo shows Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, File)A Las Vegas officer filed a federal lawsuit this week against the police union, alleging that a 20-day period for officers to revoke their membership is overly restrictive and violates her First Amendment rights. “Officer DePierro is working hard to keep Las Vegas safe during its reopening,” Mark Mix, the foundation’s president, said in a news release. Las Vegas Police Protective Association President Steve Grammas did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Prosecutors will seek death penalty for husband charged with killing nurse in hospital parking lot
The attack happened about 7:30 a.m. July 28 after Merin Joy had left her overnight shift at the hospital. Police said witnesses and surveillance video show her husband, Philip Mathew, attacking her. Police say he stabbed her 17 times before driving over her as he fled, and Joy was able to identify him just before she died. He has been charged with her murder and is in the Broward County jail with no bond.
US cancels private charter flights to Cuba
U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, R-Miami, also said on his Twitter account that he supports measures aimed at preventing Cuba from benefiting from travel and tourism dollars, using them to oppress the Cuban people, which, he said, are then used to “help to the Maduro regime to also oppress the Venezuelan people.“
South Florida hospitals seeing more children arriving with dangerous COVID-related illness
Ford says he saw the increase coming when the state’s positive infection rate rose — and he expects more cases in the next few weeks. The syndrome tends to come on fast and attack children who were exposed to COVID-19 three to four weeks earlier.
Broward’s first day of virtual school: Here’s what you need to know
Yes, these programs for 3- and 4-year-olds will have a structured day like the older kids have, albeit shorter, from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The little ones will have a morning greeting circle, a welcome song, opportunities for movement, phonics lessons and discussions about how they’re feeling. A caretaker will have to supervise.
Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Devil All the Time’ gets first trailer
"I was really eager to work with Antonio because his previous films that I've seen are very raw," says Holland. "I guess it was the challenge of doing a different accent, playing the rural kid, a period film, a new director. Everything ticked the boxes for me."
Zach Plesac says he and Indians teammate Mike Clevinger have been unfairly portrayed as ‘bad people’ after they broke COVID-19 protocols
Plesac maintains his actions weren't malicious and that he and Clevinger practiced social distancing when they were with a small group at dinner and then afterward. Plesac said he has twice tested negative for the virus and understands the risks he took by going out.
Another man claiming police torture at the hands of Jon Burge leaves prison after nearly 30 years
“Keith’s case is a reminder to all of us (that) systemic racism and the oppression of Black and brown bodies in this city and this country has gone on for far too long,” said Sean Starr, one of Walker’s attorneys, shortly after his release.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city will educate Chicagoans about vaccines to prep them in case one to block COVID-19 is developed
“I worry that even once we get a vaccine, that because of the speed with which it’s going to be brought into production, that people are going to be reluctant to take it,” Lightfoot said. “So we’re starting now to do a lot of education about vaccines in general.”
Here’s how to handle someone who constantly interrupts you while speaking
While you may have the desire to say something a bit harsh because of frustration or annoyance, it’s best to communicate what you’re having an issue with and how it makes you feel, but you want to do it kindly. It’s a delicate balance between being honest and expressive, while also not making the other person feel bad and potentially putting them on the defensive.
Daughter says she’s grateful her dad, who’s 63 and wheelchair-bound, is alive after a bullet grazed his head
For a 63-year-old man grazed in the head by a stray bullet outside his St. Paul nursing home, it was the second time he’s narrowly escaped death. He had a stroke in 2012, which left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair. “He’s a sport and he says, ‘I’m good, I feel lucky,'” but he doesn’t want us to worry about him and I do,” his daughter said. The facility recently began allowing residents to go outside, and his daughter and a grandson were able to visit him for the first time since March on Sunday. No one has been arrested and it’s unknown what led to the shooting, police said.
Rockville Centre to pay $110G as part of deal with EPA to clean up power plant
Federal prosecutors and the Environmental Protection Agency reached an agreement Thursday with the Village of Rockville Centre to upgrade a soot-belching power plant after filing a lawsuit that charged the facility violated Clean Air Act mandates. A consent agreement reached as part of the settlement requires the village to pay a civil penalty of $110,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced Thursday. Rockville Centre, which operates one of three municipal electric utilities on Long Island, also agreed to retire three high-emission engines and institute new practices and technologies to reduce nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions from the 33-megawatt plant, which operates chiefly during peak summer demand periods, prosecutors said. Prior federal intervention led the plant in 2018 to come into compliance with some of those 1970-era rules, the suit charges, but “the village continues to violate the nitrogen oxide limits.” The most recent agreement requires the village to come into full compliance by Dec. 31, 2021. “Emission limits on particulate matter and nitrogen oxides exist to help reduce conditions that lead to the formation of dangerous soot and smog,” EPA regional administrator Peter Lopez said in a statement.
Some Oregon superintendents, parents report ‘whiplash’ as state school reopening rules change again
The Oregon Department of Education said in July that schools couldn’t open period unless statewide positive testing rates stayed below 6%. Salem-Keizer Superintendent Christy Perry was preparing for a school board meeting Tuesday when she got the email from the Oregon Department of Education. Perry, who leads Oregon’s second-largest school district, was expecting the latest state guidelines for returning to school. Tucked away in far southeast Oregon, Jordan Valley School District saw itself do a full 360 in the past few weeks. “We knew this was going to be difficult and we’ve never faced anything like this before in the state.”Eder Campuzano of The Oregonian/OregonLive and Emily Cureton of Oregon Public Broadcasting contributed to this story.
Eversource finishes Tropical Storm Isaias restoration Thursday
In the aftermath of the storm, Eversource called in crews from across the country and Canada to help speed up restorations. Officials touted that it took about a third less time to reach substantial restoration than with Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Irene, despite dealing with more damage from Tropical Storm Isaias.
Black Lives Matter mural defaced at South Windsor town hall driveway
Residents spoke for and against the mural at the town council’s July 6 meeting, minutes show. Those opposed to the painting said it was done with no public input and some called for similar recognition of the Blue Lives Matter movement in support of police.
DPSCD offers fun, vaccines and info at back-to-school event
The Detroit NewsDetroit — With the start of classes approaching, the Detroit Public Schools Community District sponsored a socially-distanced event Thursday where parents could enroll their children, get them immunized and enjoy games, prizes and food trucks. The Detroit Health Department offered free vaccinations at Earhart Elementary-Middle School, with food and other activities offered along Scotten Avenue between Earhart and Western High School, along with information about the upcoming school year. The state's largest district, with 51,000 students, DPSCD approved a reopening plan last month that calls for smaller in-person classes and daily safety protocols including cleanings, mask-wearing and social distancing for those who choose to return their children to classroom buildings amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some district teachers, labor leaders and community members are pushing back against the plan, despite the safety measures proposed, arguing it's unsafe to resume in-person instruction. DPSCD is scheduled to begin classes Sept. 8.
Austin cuts police budget by 1/3 amid national 'defund' push
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a unanimous vote, the Austin City Council moved Thursday to cut about one-third of next year's $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement agencies in favor of spending more money on social services. That will come to just over $150 million that will be redirected to social services in the 2021 fiscal budget, which starts Oct 1. Beginning in October, about $21 million will fund social services, community resources including response to the coronavirus, mental health aid programs, violence prevention, victim services and food, housing and abortion access. Another $80 million will be redistributed to similar city services throughout the year, and $49 million will be spent on city's Reimagine Safety Fund, which aims to provide alternative forms of public safety and community support besides policing. Austin Councilman Gregorio Casar, one of the main proponents of cutting the police budget, called the move “unprecedented in Texas” and praised the decision following the vote.
Rights group: Alarming child mortality among Colombian Wayuu
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Lack of access to clean water is leading to alarmingly high levels of child mortality and malnutrition among Colombia’s largest Indigenous group — problems that could grow worse as a result of the pandemic, a human rights group warned Thursday. The death rate of Wayuu children under the age of 5 in rural areas of the La Guajira department has been steadily increasing even as the nation’s overall figures decline, according to the report by Human Rights Watch based on government figures. “Unfortunately, the children of La Guajira were left behind,” said Dr. Alia Sunderji, a pediatric emergency physician with John Hopkins University, which collaborated with Human Rights Watch on the study. The researchers compared the limited potable water availability – just 4% of the Wayuu population in rural areas has access – and other basic services to parts of Africa, despite Colombia’s much higher levels of per-capita income.
Norman mayor Breea Clark seeks mask compliance on Campus Corner
NORMAN — Mayor Breea Clark on Thursday urged Campus Corner business owners to comply with the city's mask ordinance as thousands of students return to the University of Oklahoma for the fall semester. Clark, who visited several bars near campus last week, told The Oklahoman she saw "no masks" and "massive groups, adding "half the staff wasn’t even wearing masks." She shared those concerns during a virtual meeting that attracted about 30 owners and managers, and discussed the possibility of limiting hours and capacity if non-compliance continues. "Our focus will be in a bar or restaurant that has shoulder to shoulder patrons," Clark said Thursday. She said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss "how we can work together to stop the spread of the coronavirus in our community."
Roxbury revival ready to rock
The first floor greets you with a simple, open layout and a stunning kitchen that looks as good as it works. During warmer months, a private deck off the kitchen is just right for taking in the sunset or savoring a meal. Unit 2’s main level includes a guest bedroom with a custom closet and separate full bath. On the lower level, the comfortable master bedroom features a large walk-in closet and master bathroom, plus access to the laundry room. Open house hours are 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Jobs Recovery Slowed in July: A Recap of the July 2020 Jobs Report
Top 18 Companies Hiring in July All information in this article was up to date when published on 8/6/2020 The job market in the United States and around the world is changing quickly.
APD copter target of ‘laser attack’
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department is looking to the public for help finding the person who carried out a “laser attack” on a police helicopter early Thursday. Police said the incident happened around 2 a.m., when APD’s Air 2 helicopter, flying near Copper and Virginia NE, was clearing a call for service and on routine patrol. “Laser attacks on any aircraft are extremely dangerous causing significant distractions, and possible blindness, and can even lead to a crash,” the release reads. “This aircraft is extremely important to help fighting crime in our city, and finding the person/s responsible for this attack is imperative,” the department said. Anyone with information about the incident, which will be reported to the FAA and FBI, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.
Western Colorado fires grow in warm weather, drought
Updated 3 times AlertMeGLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — Fueled by drought conditions, wildfires burning in western Colorado continue to grow in warm, windy weather. If it crosses it, parts of Glenwood Springs north of I-70 would be put on pre-evacuation notice, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported. The Pine Gulch Fire had grown to about 107 square miles (277 square kilometers) and was 7 percent contained as of Thursday. The closure of I-70 has forced drivers headed east or west across Colorado to take long detours around the interstate. Multiple vehicles towing trailers became stuck on the pass, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.
Arizona landlords ask high court to invalidate eviction ban
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Scorching temperatures in Death Valley will shatter records in West, southwest
You know it's hot when Death Valley, California, breaks high temperature records. More than 34 million people are under excessive heat watches and warnings across California and the Southwest. "Usually, California heat waves mean a dry heat, which is a saving grace. And Death Valley, considered the hottest place on Earth, is forecast to reach 126 degrees on Sunday and 127 degrees on Monday. There, high temperatures could reach 100-107 degrees, and those temperatures combined with high humidity will make it feel more like 105-115 degrees.
Fortnite maker sues Apple over removal of popular video game from App Store
Apple on Thursday removed the enormously popular video game Fortnite from its App Store for violating its in-app payment guidelines, in a move likely to escalate debate over the tech giant’s grip over the industry. Its removal from the App Store came after Fortnite circumvented Apple’s in-app payment system and 30% fee, encouraging users to pay the gaming company directly. The App Store has been a a focal point in recent antitrust hearings in Congress. In one line of questioning, the representative Hank Johnson of Georgia told Cook that Apple’s rules for the App store represent “an enormous amount of power”. Cook argued the App Store does not constitute a monopoly because it does not charge the vast majority of apps to list there.
Jodie Turner-Smith chose to give birth at home because of 'systemic racism'
Jodie Turner-Smith has opened up about what it was like being pregnant during a pandemic and her reasons for giving birth to her and her husband Joshua Jackson’s daughter at home. "Delivering at home ensured that I had what every single woman deserves to have: full agency in determining my birth support." “Early in the morning on my third day of labour, my husband and I shared a quiet moment,” she recalled. In her essay, Turner-Smith also reflected on the circumstances surrounding her daughter’s birth, and how she will describe the tumultuous year to her when she’s grown. "I think I will tell her that it was as if the world had paused for her to be born.
Gibraltar’s infamous ‘stay behind’ cave
This tiny territory on Spain’s southern tip has been the subject of fierce diplomatic wrangling for years. Once considered an urban myth, evidence of a top-secret plan to hide spies inside a cave in the Rock has been also discovered. For more on this and other stories watch The BBC Travel Show – every weekend on the BBC News Channel and BBC World News. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called "The Essential List". A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Worklife and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.
Fruit flies' mating ritual starts with SINGING and ends with sex
Scientists have long investigated the mating habits of fruit flies that starts with male serenading a female, which causes a long tubular organ, called ovipositor, to protrude from her rear. Scroll down for videoScientists have long investigated the mating habits of fruit flies that starts with male serenading a female, which causes a long tubular organ, called ovipositor, to protrude from her rear. 'This is the same organ by which fruit flies, and other insects, lay eggs.' Co-author Cecilia Mezzera said: 'We identified a particular pair of neurons in the brain of the female fruit fly that commands the extrusion of the ovipositor.' The team found that the female entices the male to attempt mating by exhibiting her full ovipositor.
Grey reef sharks form lasting 'friendships,' scientists find, rarely straying into outside groups
Grey reef sharks are swift, large-eyed predators that frequent coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Despite the presence of some 8,000 grey reef sharks around the atoll, the tagged fish rarely strayed into other cliques. Grey reef sharks' numbers are dwindling, the result of commercial fishing for their fins. But like many types of shark, grey reef sharks are in serious decline: They are sought after for their fins, which are used in shark fin soup. Last year scientists fitted underwater cameras on more than 370 reefs, attaching bait to lure nearby reef sharks.
British tourists in France WILL have to quarantine after a surge in Covid cases
France was added to the UK's quarantine list today in a savage blow to tens of thousands of British holidaymakers. France recorded 2,669 new cases of coronavirus today, up from 2,524 on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands faced a stampede to get home from France after it was added to the UK quarantine list last night. The latest data on coronavirus cases on foreign soil is being analysed by the Government's Joint Biosecurity Centre (JCB), which reports to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. France's prime minister Jean Castex (pictured at a hospital in Montpellier this week) has told his citizens to 'pull themselves together' amid a fresh surge in coronavirus cases in FranceEarlier this week France's prime minister told his citizens to 'pull themselves together' amid a fresh surge in coronavirus cases.
Man guilty in terror plot to be released from prison
A Rhode Island man sentenced to 15 years in prison for participating in a plot to behead a blogger on behalf of the Islamic State group will be released early because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge has ruled. He testified that he used Islamic State group propaganda to get attention but was just playing a role and never wanted to commit violence. Wright's Attorney Jessica Hedges said that he found acceptance and an escape in the online world of the Islamic State group. Wright's Attorney Jessica Hedges said that he found acceptance and an escape in the online world of the Islamic State group. Instead, Wright´s uncle Ussamah Rahim told Wright on a recorded phone call that he decided to go after 'those boys in blue,' referring to police.
Colombia seeks extradition of warlord linked to 1,500 murders or abductions
The Colombian government is holding out hope that the United States will hand over a warlord connected to 1,500 murders or abductions despite his attempt to seek refuge in Italy. Successive conservative governments have sent several thousand Colombians to face drug trafficking charges in the United States. Colombia withdrew its extradition request last month and the U.S. case was closed. She cancelled the arrest orders on July 15; Colombia withdrew its extradition request five days later. While extradition of Colombian drug lords has helped relieve pressure on the country's investigators, it's far rarer for Colombia to seek arrests beyond its borders.
Florida man arrested after 26 pipe bombs found near strip mall
Gregory Haasze, 34, has been accused of making 26 explosive devices, some of them filled with metal pellets and nailsPolice in Florida have arrested a man after discovering more than two dozen pipe bombs, including some that contained nails, screws and metal pellets, near a strip mall. Gregory Haasze, 34, is facing 26 felony counts of making, possessing and placing a destructive device after his arrest Wednesday night in Palm Beach County. Some of the bombs were stuffed with metal screws, pellets and nails. The Palm Beach County sheriff’s bomb squad was then called in to disable the devices. He was being held Thursday at the Palm Beach County jail on $26,000 bond.
Over 4% US women use marijuana while pregnant
More than four percent of US women use marijuana while pregnant according to new CDC data - despite risks of low birthweight or autism for their unborn babies,At least two percent of women in eight states reported using marijuana during pregnancy (medium-blue), with the highest rates among women in Maine, of whom 12% use the drugMost obstetricians caution women against the use of marijuana while pregnant. The vast majority (91 percent) of pregnant women who reported using marijuana did so by smoking it. Rates were lowest in New York, where 2.6 percent of women used marijuana. More than 80% of women said the reason they used marijuana while pregnant was to alleviate stress and anxiety (top). 'This is concerning, because we know so little about how cannabis affects pregnant women and their babies.
At least 1 dead in Ivory Coast as protestors rebuke President Ouattara's run for a third-term
At least 1 dead in Ivory Coast as protestors rebuke President Ouattara's run for a third-term© f24Tonight, at least 1 person is dead after protests erupt in Ivory Coast as President Ouattara announces he will run for a controversial third term. In Mozambique, a jihadist group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State has taken control over a port city in the north of the country, the government has tried to play down reports that it has lost control. Finally, our team in Tunisia meets the hoteliers who are feeling the pinch in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Quebec farms facing lost profits and rotting harvests due to shortage of migrant workers
Experienced foreign workers are “essential for the future, for me, and for the majority of growers of vegetables,” he said in a recent interview. “The people from Guatemala are able to work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s not a problem. The Union des producteurs agricoles, which represents about 42,000 Quebec farmers, says there are close to 2,000 fewer migrant workers on Quebec farms than usual. Despite the UPA’s efforts to lure Quebec workers through a recruiting drive, just under 1,400 were assigned to Quebec farms this year. “It didn’t replace, really, the foreign workers,” UPA President Marcel Groleau said in a recent interview.
Herbicide shortage will have major effect on harvests, farmers warn
The agriculture industry is predicting an economic cost of 76 billion pesos (US $3.4 billion) this year due to lower harvests as a result of a government-induced shortage of a controversial herbicide. The shortage will hurt seven million farmers and other workers economically dependent on the agricultural industry, according to two agrochemical industry organizations. In use worldwide since 1974, the herbicide is one of the most used in U.S. agriculture and forestry and is the main ingredient in the herbicide known as Roundup. Because glyphosate indiscriminately kills plant life, in agriculture it can only be used on crops genetically modified to tolerate it. According to Semarnat, the herbicide’s use has increased fifteenfold worldwide since 1996 and is used by 45% of farmers.
Michigan Senate calls rare Saturday session to debate forcing school districts to offer in-person option
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Senate is calling a special Saturday session to tackle the debate centered around forcing school districts to offer an in-person option. Among the topics of debate is whether schools would risk losing their funding if they don’t offer an in-person option, but that’s not a done deal. Some districts, such as the Detroit Public Schools Community District, are offering in-person summer school. Other districts, such as Ann Arbor, have decided to keep everything remote at the start of the school year. The Michigan Senate is set to debate a number of school-related issues Saturday, including the in-person mandate.
The Infuriating History of Why Police Unions Have So Much Power – Mother Jones
As other labor unions have shrunk in recent years, membership in police unions has remained high. But unlike other labor unions, they represent workers with the state-sanctioned power to use deadly force. Scott Walker destroyed collective bargaining rights for his state’s public sector unions in 2011, he left police unions mostly unscathed. That helps explain why these union members are so often caught making racist comments. Across the country, millions of other union members have joined protests to make similar demands.
Fortnite: Apple ban sparks court action from Epic Games
Apple has removed Fortnite from its App Store, preventing players from installing one of the world's most popular games on iPhones. It came after a Fortnite update that let players buy in-game currency at a lower rate if they bought direct from maker Epic Games - bypassing Apple. Fortnite is ludicrously profitable, Epic Games has the money to take Apple on. Epic Games has already attempted to disrupt the PC gaming market with the launch of its Epic Games Store, taking on the dominant player, Steam, in an attempt to lure players away with free games, which have often been popular, top-rated titles. "Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem," it said.
US labels Confucius Institute a Chinese 'foreign mission'
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Concerns are growing about Chinese influence on academic campuses around the worldThe US has designated the Confucius Institute (CI), the Chinese government-run global education programme, as a foreign propaganda mission. In a statement announcing the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the Confucius Institute "an entity advancing Beijing's global propaganda and malign influence campaign" on American classrooms and campuses. Analysis: US-China decoupling impact growsBy Zhaoyin Feng, BBC Chinese, Washington DCChina's Confucius Institute defines itself as a non-profit organisation aiming to promote Chinese language and culture. What are CIsOpen to the general public, Confucius Institutes promote Chinese language but also run classes in culture, from calligraphy and cooking to tai chi. Others defend them, highlighting the benefit of offering access to Chinese language learning that cash-strapped universities simply cannot afford on their own.
Chicken wings imported to China from Brazil test positive for COVID-19, Chinese officials say
Frozen chicken wings imported to China from Brazil have tested positive for the coronavirus, local authorities said on Thursday. A sample was taken from the surface of the wings and tested positive, making them one of the latest food imports to test positive for the virus, according to Reuters. In addition to the frozen wings, which were imported to Shenzhen, the outer packaging of frozen Ecuadorian shrimp sold in Xian also tested positive for the virus on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing local authorities. On Wednesday, traces of coronavirus were found on a package of frozen shrimp in Anhui province. The CDC recommends washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling food, or before cooking and eating food.
Fortnite's maker is suing Apple after the game was removed from its App Store
(CNN Business) The maker of Fortnite is suing Apple after Apple blocked the wildly popular online video game with hundreds of millions of registered players from its app store Thursday. Apple said it had removed Fortnite from the platform as Epic Games was violating the tech giant's guidelines by announcing a way for players to buy in-game currency without using Apple's proprietary payment systems. And then Epic added insult to injury, releasing a video parodying Apple's iconic "1984" ad, casting Apple in the role of villain. Apple's swift decision to boot Fortnite reflects the enormous influence of Epic Games, Fortnite's owner. The clash between the two companies highlights the growing scrutiny over Apple's App Store policies.
Austin cuts police budget by 1/3 amid national 'defund' push
Austin cuts police budget by 1/3 amid national 'defund' push The Austin City Council has voted to cut one-third of the city's $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement in favor of spending more money on social servicesAUSTIN, Texas -- In a unanimous vote, the Austin City Council moved Thursday to cut about one-third of next year's $434 million police budget amid national calls for “defunding” law enforcement agencies in favor of spending more money on social services. That will come to just over $150 million that will be redirected to social services in the 2021 fiscal budget, which starts Oct 1. Since June, Austin City Council members have heard hours of testimony from Austin residents on police use of force on protesters in Austin, including pepper spray and less lethal munitions. Austin council members voted to ban the use of choke-holds and and limit the Austin police budget. In Minneapolis, where George Floyd died, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members said in June that they supported disbanding the police department.
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog, Across Genres
Science FictionThe quick brown fox time-travels over the lazy dog. Alternate HistoryThe lazy dog jumps over the quick brown fox. The American CanonThe quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog and tragically dies, to make a point about the futility of the American Dream. Beach ReadThe quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog (but by a woman). Pulitzer Prize WinnerThe quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog in Nazi Germany.
How China Controlled the Coronavirus
In those days, it still seemed possible to escape the disease by leaving China, and a number of foreign teachers at the university had departed. During the third week of classes, the epidemic officially became a pandemic; by week six, the U.S. death toll had exceeded that of China. One of the students told me that she had ordered her package through Taobao, China’s largest e-commerce site, which is owned by the Alibaba Group. Along the way, I passed a series of white tents marked with the words “China Health,” in English. The American-style Zoom course, with everybody appearing onscreen, wasn’t used by any of the teachers I knew in China.
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Admits Postal Service Needs Billions for Mail-In Voting
ET 2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Admits Postal Service Needs Billions for Mail-In Voting The president has opposed giving the post office more money. Later, speaking directly to Mr. Biden, he added, “To Joe I would say: Stop playing politics with the virus. Playing the attack dog is fairly standard fare for vice-presidential picks, and Ms. Harris is well suited to the role. But on Thursday, Mr. Trump floated the idea that Mr. Barr might not be doing enough. In an interview on the Fox Business Network, Mr. Trump suggested that Mr. Barr and the F.B.I.
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The True Coronavirus Toll in the U.S. May Already Exceed 200,000A New York Times analysis shows a high number of deaths above normal — with the most recent rise in excess deaths focused in the South and West.
Top Chef Winner Hosea Rosenberg Hosts Auction for Research on Daughter's Rare Disorder
Image zoom Sophie Rosenberg Courtesy Hosea RosenbergSpeaking to PEOPLE about the diagnosis, Hosea and Lauren Rosenberg recall noticing something was off with their daughter when she was nearing her first birthday. "Any parent, any person, you don’t want to hear a doctor say, 'I’ve never seen that before,' " Hosea says. Image zoom Hosea Rosenberg and Sophie Courtesy Hosea RosenbergDoctors initially began treating Sophie for arthritis because of the inflammation in her joints, but knew that there was something larger at play when the toddler's X-rays showed underdeveloped bone. She’s little, she’s showing signs, she has a tough time already, but it’s going to get a lot worse for her," he adds. Hosea says that while Sophie is doing well now, they don't want people to take the disorder lightly.
Top Chef’s Melissa King Shares Winning Corn-Coconut Soup Recipe
In this recipe, the sweet corn kernels are blended into a velvety soup with a touch of creamy coconut milk. water4 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from cobs, cobs reserved1 (1-in.) Pour stock through a fine mesh strainer into a heatproof bowl; discard solids. Add 4 cups of the reserved corn stock; bring to a boil over high. Pour soup through strainer into a pot; discard solids.
Man, 38, and 14-Year-Old Boy Found Dead After 'Possible Drowning' at Georgia Campground
The bodies of Antonio Perry and Dejerein Grier were located and recovered by Covington authorities over the course of two daysMan, 38, and 14-Year-Old Boy Found Dead After 'Possible Drowning' at Georgia CampgroundA trip to a Georgia campground took a tragic turn for two people after "a possible drowning" that left both dead, according to authorities. Officials said the incident occurred on Tuesday evening at Factory Shoals Park in Covington, after Perry and Grier "went under and never resurfaced." Around 7 p.m., authorities were called to the scene, where they began a search for the missing pair, who they believed were victims of a "possible drowning." According to Najwa, Grier went for a swim. Something just kept pulling them down," Najwa told WXIA, noting that Perry was a good swimmer.
Venus Williams Wants to Help Women Feel 'Invincible and Incredible' with New Collection
"Us women can take on anything we set our minds to, and a killer outfit just makes things even better," the tennis superstar tells PEOPLEVenus Williams Wants to Help Women Feel 'Invincible and Incredible' with New CollectionVenus Williams is finally back taking the tennis court by storm, and her new collection will help other women feel just as powerful. On Thursday, the EleVen by Venus Williams x Wonder Woman collection launches, featuring athleisure pieces like legging and sports bra sets, cropped tank tops, tennis skirts, windbreakers and a catsuit. The clothing items feature detailing including custom gold foil Wonder Woman insignias and Swarovski crystals. "Our EleVen customers and Wonder Woman have and always will be huge inspirations for me," Williams, 40, tells PEOPLE. Image zoom Venus Williams Courtesy EleVen by Venus Williams"I want women to feel invincible and just as incredible as Wonder Woman when they wear this collection," she says.
Lake Fire Burns Through 10,000 Acres North of L.A. and Continues to Spread: 'A Fire Tornado'
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has been battling the blaze, dubbed the Lake Fire due to its proximity to Lake Hughes, since Wednesday, according to an incident update on their Twitter. Fire officials said the flames broke out north of Los Angeles just after 3:30 p.m., though its cause is currently unknown. Image zoom Lake Fire in Los Angeles Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via GettyImage zoom Lake Fire in California Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via GettyAccording to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the fire is also "actively burning in an area where the fire history is nearly 100 years old." These areas include Lake Hughes Road west of Pine Canyon Road and north of Dry Gulch Road, east of Ridge Route Road, west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78, north of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road and south of Highway 138. RELATED VIDEO: Couple Survives Deadly California Wildfire by Seeking Shelter in Neighbor’s Pool for 6 HoursThis isn't the first time that the rural northern Los Angeles area has been hit by massive wildfires.
4-Year-Old Girl Who Family Called Their 'Little Princess' Killed in Chicago House Fire
“She was a little princess that loved music and doing those TikTok dances," her uncle Edgar Garcia saidA Chicago family is mourning the loss of their 4-year-old daughter following a deadly house fire at a Gage Park home in the early hours of Wednesday morning. J’Marie Hernandez was sleeping alone in a room toward the back of the house when the fire broke out around 4 a.m., family members told the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago Fire Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. No grandparent wants to bury their grandchildren,” Garcia told the outlet. The Chicago Fire Department is urging residents to regularly check and make sure their smoke detecters are working, as it could be a matter of life or death.
The App Gisele and Tom Brady Have Used to Streamline Busy Family Schedules Might Be Your Back-to-School Lifeline
With many families having to deal with blended learning this fall and managing their own piling responsibilities, both at home and for work, it's harder than ever to keep everyone on track. Cozi itself actually conducted a recent study of its active users that echoed this sense of accumulating stressors. In the study, 60 percent of respondents said their school's reopen plan will make managing work, school, household chores, and other logistics of family life harder. Nearly 70 percent reported that the novel coronavirus pandemic has even increased the amount of work there is to do around the house, from added chores to more time spent cooking and cleaning. With parents spread so thin these days, Cozi can definitely be a helpful resource for organizing, delegating, and balancing the overwhelming workloads.
Animal Welfare Group's New Report Exposes Size of Vietnam’s Cat Meat Trade
Though the dog meat trade is legal in Vietnam, the killing and consumption of cats were formerly banned in the country. In January 2020, the law banning such practices was revoked, however, and "cat meat is in more demand than ever," the release claims. Image zoom Courtesy Four PawsImage zoom Courtesy Four PawsIn addition to the rising demand for cat meat, cats have also become popular pets in Vietnam in recent years. "During our research, we also met many pet owners who were desperately looking for their stolen cats. The authorities usually turn a blind eye to this because they are often involved in the cat meat trade, either profiting from bribes or are consumers themselves."
Vaping Linked to Increased Risk of Coronavirus in Teens and Young Adults, Study Finds
Young people who vape were up to 5 times more likely to get COVID-19 compared to non-users, according to researchersYoung adult vape users may have an increased risk of getting COVID-19. COVID-19 also spreads through repeated touching of one’s hands to the mouth and face, which is common among cigarette and e-cigarette users. Sharing devices is also a common practice among young e-cigarette users, according to the study. Image zoom Vape GettyHowever, the study only found an association between vaping and COVID-19 infection, and cannot prove that vaping led to the illness. And we need to tell everyone: If you are a vaper, you are putting yourself at risk for COVID-19 and other lung diseases."
Alaska Teen Was Murdered After 17th Birthday Party in 1996, and Newly-ID'd Suspect Dies by Suicide
Alaska Police said Steve Branch, 66, killed himself after police asked him for a DNA sampleAlaska Teen Was Murdered After 17th Birthday Party in 1996, and Newly-ID'd Suspect Dies by SuicideAlaska native Jessica Baggen had just turned 17, and she was celebrating. Investigators soon landed on a potential suspect, Steven Branch, a former resident of Sitka who moved to Arkansas in 2010. Alaska authorities said they enlisted the Arkansas State Police to surreptitiously obtain a sample of Branch’s DNA but they were unsuccessful. Earlier this month, on Aug. 3, Alaska Bureau of Investigation investigators flew to Arkansas to speak with Branch and obtain a DNA sample. Thirty minutes after investigators left to obtain a warrant for his DNA, police said Branch, 66, died by suicide.
'I Molested You': Woman Got Her Uncle to Confess on Facebook Messenger — Now He's Going to Prison
Marianna Mazzeo says she felt "empowered" after a jury found her abuser guilty'I Molested You': Woman Got Her Uncle to Confess on Facebook Messenger — Now He's Going to PrisonFor nearly two years, Marianna Mazzeo has waited to find out if a jury would finally believe that her uncle molested her from ages 6 to 11. On Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison, according to online court documents. “I’m feeling strong and I’m feeling empowered — two things I haven’t felt in a long time,” Mazzeo tells PEOPLE exclusively. Eventually, they scheduled a video chat on Facebook Messenger, and Mazzeo set up two cell phones: one for the call and another to record their exchange. He was arrested on April 12, 2018, in Port Clinton, Ohio, where he remained in jail while he awaited his trial.
Coronavirus Death Toll in New York City Is Comparable to 1918 Flu Pandemic, Researchers Find
The coronavirus death toll in New York City is comparable to that of the 1918 flu pandemic, a new study has found. A research letter published Thursday compares the two pandemics, specifically analyzing the first two months of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City and the peak of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the city. “This cohort study found that the absolute increase in deaths over baseline (ie, excess mortality) observed during the peak of 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic was higher than but comparable to that observed during the first 2 months of the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City,” the letter said. The latest data from The New York Times and Johns Hopkins University shows that the coronavirus has led to 166,100 reported deaths in the U.S. and 750,744 across the world. The Times reports that the grand total number of deaths, which includes unreported cases and other causes linked to the pandemic is likely around 200,000.
The 10 Hottest Fashion Moments From Season 3 of ‘Selling Sunset’
The third season of Selling Sunset dropped on Netflix on Friday, August 7. Viewers indulged in real estate agent drama, super-luxe listings and so many noteworthy fashion moments from the reality show’s cast. There’s no doubt that Christine Quinn came out on top this season with her statement-making fashion. While Quinn is definitely the Oppenheim Group agent that comes to mind when we think of the show’s fashion, the other agents have some serious fashion game, too. Keep scrolling to check out 10 of the hottest fashion looks from season 3 of the popular Netflix reality show.
Our Favorite Rain Jacket in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
One of our favorite autumn essentials is the perfect raincoat, and we found a serious winner courtesy of Avec Les Filles. Get the Avec Les Filles Water Resistant Moto Detail Trench Coat (originally $219) on sale with free shipping for just $130, available at Nordstrom! Get the Avec Les Filles Water Resistant Moto Detail Trench Coat (originally $219) on sale with free shipping for just $130, available at Nordstrom! See it: Get the Avec Les Filles Water Resistant Moto Detail Trench Coat (originally $219) on sale with free shipping for just $130, available at Nordstrom! Check out more products from Avec Les Files and shop all of the best deals during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
Queen Letizia's Summer 2020 Fashion, Best Looks: Pics
Queen Letizia is one of the most stylish royals in the world and this summer she’s taken it to a whole new level. The Spanish monarch knows how to own every fashion moment, whether she’s turning heads in a ball gown or working it like a boss in a sharp blazer. But over the past couple months, she’s completely upped her game, bringing Us all kinds of chic summer inspo. Just a couple days before this, she dazzled in a clean shirt dress in the same lacy material from Vintage Ibiza. To see Queen Letizia’s epic summer style, keep scrolling.
Meghan Markle’s Famous Jeans Are (Finally) on Sale at Nordstrom — for Now!
Since she slipped into the Mother Looker ankle fray jeans in the Love Gun style for the 2017 Invictus Games, the jeans have become incredibly popular and regularly sold out. Markle’s favorite denim brand is on sale at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year! Grab Duchess Meghan Markle’s famous MOTHER Looker Ripped Fray Ankle Skinny Jeans, regularly $238 now on sale for $159 — hurry, selling fast! While Markle’s Looker Ripped Fray jeans are still in stock (and also available in select sizes), there are other gorgeous Mother Demin styles to grab during the sale. Grab Duchess Meghan Markle’s famous MOTHER Looker Ripped Fray Ankle Skinny Jeans, regularly $238 now on sale for $159 … Hurry, selling fast!
‘Below Deck Med’ Cast Reacts to Malia, Hannah Drug Scandal
As Hannah Ferrier’s drug scandal continues to make waves on Below Deck Mediterranean, several of her costars took to social media to share their reactions. The episode ended with Sandy, 55, calling Hannah to the aft deck and confronting her, leading viewers to speculate that the chief stewardess may be fired. Malia, 30, addressed her decision to snitch on Hannah while appearing on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Monday night. She explained that she first saw the Valium after Hannah had a panic attack over Chef Hindrigo “Kiko” Lorran leaving the show on the August 3 episode. “I like Malia’s arranging skills,” she tweeted, referencing the photo that her castmate took of the drugs.
This Simple Jumpsuit Is the Ideal Foundation for a Fabulous Outfit
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The 37 Best Deals at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020
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Kylie Jenner’s 23rd Birthday Dress Post Slammed by Michael Costello
American fashion designer Michael Costello has strong feelings about Kylie Jenner’s birthday dress. Naturally, the reality star had to have an obligatory birthday photo shoot in the dress for Instagram. (this post has nothing to do with me as Kylie only wears something from me once a year and I’m lucky if I get a decent pic to post. “She purchased the dress and if she tags you or not doesn’t matter, just be happy and move on. Doing things this way is not it!”Another person who sided with Costello wrote, “if this isn’t real af.
13 killed when Indonesian military transport plane crashes in easternmost province of Papua, official says; bad weather suspected cause
13 killed when Indonesian military transport plane crashes in easternmost province of Papua, official says; bad weather suspected cause - AP
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Authorities: 3 yachts have capsized in New Zealand's Wellington Harbour as a strong southerly front hits area; all people onboard accounted for
Authorities: 3 yachts have capsized in New Zealand's Wellington Harbour as a strong southerly front hits area; all people onboard accounted for - NZ Herald
Death toll in Tamil Nadu, India, from Cyclone Vardah at 10 people, Indian officials announce overnight
Death toll in Tamil Nadu, India, from Cyclone Vardah at 10 people, Indian officials announce overnight - NDMA India
New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management issues tsunami warning for New Zealand in wake of magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea
New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management issues tsunami warning for New Zealand in wake of magnitude earthquake in Papua New Guinea - @NZcivildefence
There are some good reasons to check your homeowners insurance heading into spring
There are some good reasons to check your homeowners insurance heading into springAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 4 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comWith weather events wreaking havoc around the U.S. — often in places unaccustomed to them — experts recommend that you review your own homeowners insurance. More in www.cnbc.com »
Hotter winters, darker syrup: Maple farmers fear climate change will upend New York's industry
Added: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe end of winter is normally prime tree-tapping time for New York maple farmers. But as climate change accelerates, hotter winters make it harder for farmers to pull sap from the trees and threaten to end the production season early.
Nashville tornado relief effort puts growing business city to the test
Added: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 4 views | 0 commentsAfter devastating tornadoes struck Nashville, Tennessee, the growing business hub has seen tech giants Amazon and Google, as well as local and regional entrepreneurs, join relief efforts.
Tennessee tornadoes leave at least 19 dead and a trail of destruction
Tennessee tornadoes leave at least 19 dead and a trail of destructionAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 12 views | 0 commentsSource: en.wikipedia.orgTornadoes tore through Nashville and the surrounding areas last night, destroying buildings and leaving downed power lines in their path. At least 19 people were killed and others are still missing. More in www.cnbc.com »
Lake fire: huge blaze north of Los Angeles forces evacuations - USweekly
| Lake fire: huge blaze north of Los Angeles forces evacuationsAdded: 13.08.2020 17:53 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.gbfans.comFirefighters battle to contain blaze before temperatures riseFire in Angeles national forest produces vast plume of smokeA huge wildfire has prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles, with firefighters hoping to rein in the blaze before temperatures spike later on Thursday. The Lake fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in dense forest land in the Lake Hughes area of the Angeles national forest, some 60 miles (97km) north of downtown Los Angeles. A huge wildfire has prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles, with firefighters hoping to rein in the blaze before temperatures spike later on Thursday.The Lake fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon in dense forest land in the Lake Hughes area of the Angeles national forest, some 60 miles (97km) north of downtown Los Angeles. More in www.theguardian.com » Fire, Temperatures Tags: Los Angeles
Hawaii under tsunami watch effective 7:48 am HT after magnitude 8.0 earthquake off Solomon Islands
Hawaii under tsunami watch effective 7:48 am HT after magnitude 8.0 earthquake off Solomon Islands - PTWC
Monsoon rains driven by high winds bring flooding misery to Mumbai - USweekly
| Monsoon rains driven by high winds bring flooding misery to MumbaiAdded: 13.08.2020 17:32 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: forums.realgm.comIndia’s commercial capital grinds to a halt after heaviest August rainfall in 47 years causes widespread floodingThe heaviest monsoon downpour in nearly 50 years has brought Mumbai to a standstill, with stranded passengers at railway stations having to be rescued by dinghies from waist-high water. People who live in areas normally unaffected by the annual monsoon flooding looked out from their high-rise flats at new swirling rivers outside caused by the heaviest single day’s rain recorded in August in 47 years. More in www.theguardian.com » Mumbai Tags: India
Tsunami watch cancelled in Hawaii after magnitude 7.8 earthquake near the Solomon Islands, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says
Tsunami watch cancelled in Hawaii after magnitude 7.8 earthquake near the Solomon Islands, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says - Hawaii News Now
Easter storms sweep through the South, killing at least 19
Added: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 4 views | 0 commentsStorms battered the South on Easter Sunday, killing at least 19 as several tornadoes spun up from Mississippi to South Carolina. Hundreds of homes were damaged, and the storms left nearly 750,000 without power.
Firefighters say coronavirus will obstruct emergency service as wildfire season closes in
Firefighters say coronavirus will obstruct emergency service as wildfire season closes inAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 7 views | 0 commentsIn wildfire-prone states like California and Washington, the coronavirus pandemic has already hindered emergency preparation for the upcoming season.
Can the coronavirus outbreak be contained?
Can the coronavirus outbreak be contained? Added: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 4 views | 0 commentsAs the public and private sectors race to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus, innovations to help identify or limit the spread are also equally important, if not more. CNBC's Nessa Anwar spoke to scientists, entrepreneurs and economists about what countries can do to slow down the spread of the disease. More in www.cnbc.com » Scientists Tags: EU
Coronavirus hits already struggling US farmers: 'We've stopped saying it can't get worse'
Coronavirus hits already struggling US farmers: 'We've stopped saying it can't get worse'Added: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 4 views | 0 commentsSource: dailycaller.comFarm trade groups are lobbying the Trump administration to provide financial aid for farmers enduring price drops amid the coronavirus pandemic. More in www.cnbc.com »
East Africa faces dual shock from coronavirus and locust swarms
Added: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 4 views | 0 commentsAlready being ravaged by the worst infestation of desert locusts in 70 years, East African economies are now staring down the barrel of the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus could weaken climate change action and hit clean energy investment, researchers warn
Coronavirus could weaken climate change action and hit clean energy investment, researchers warnAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe International Energy Agency urges governments to offer economic stimulus packages that invest in clean energy technologies, amid coronavirus crisis.
3-year-old with autism and family kicked off Southwest flight over mask, mother says
3-year-old with autism and family kicked off Southwest flight over mask, mother saysAdded: 13.08.2020 21:57 | 9 views | 0 commentsAlyssa Sadler, of Deer Park, Texas, said her son has a sensory disorder and doesn't like his face touched so he would not wear his mask.
Biden reiterates call for nationwide mask mandates at second event with Harris
Biden reiterates call for nationwide mask mandates at second event with HarrisAdded: 13.08.2020 20:52 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: www.commondreams.org“It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsibilities,” Biden said at his second public event in as many days with his running mate. More in www.nbcnews.com »
Record U.S. coronavirus fatalities and 'startling surge' of cases in children and teens
Record U.S. coronavirus fatalities and 'startling surge' of cases in children and teensAdded: 13.08.2020 20:02 | 15 views | 0 commentsData shows “a startling surge" in children and teens diagnosed with COVID-19, while a sliver of hope emerged that the economy might be starting to mend.
A third of the world could live in places as hot as the Sahara desert by 2070, WEF warns
A third of the world could live in places as hot as the Sahara desert by 2070, WEF warnsAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 5 views | 0 commentsScientists warned that billions of people could be forced to endure "unliveable" circumstances by 2070 if decisive action is not taken to halt climate change.
'Biblical' famines could double global hunger as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UN warns
'Biblical' famines could double global hunger as a result of the coronavirus crisis, UN warnsAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 6 views | 0 commentsFamines of "biblical proportions" are becoming a serious risk as the coronavirus crisis threatens to double the number of people nearing starvation, a U.N. body has warned.
Nearly 60 vehicles involved in a snowy Chicago pile-up, 14 people hospitalized
Nearly 60 vehicles involved in a snowy Chicago pile-up, 14 people hospitalizedAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 4 views | 0 commentsLow traction on the expressway due to overnight snow and icy conditions caused multiple collisions, NBC Chicago reports.
DOJ accuses Yale of discriminating against white and Asian American applicants
DOJ accuses Yale of discriminating against white and Asian American applicantsAdded: 13.08.2020 22:06 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.freedomfightersforamerica.comThe letter, which came after a two year investigation, is a major escalation of the Trump administration's attacks on affirmative action. More in www.nbcnews.com »
Coronavirus: Price cap plan for funerals shelved by CMA
Coronavirus: Price cap plan for funerals shelved by CMAAdded: 13.08.2020 10:24 | 28 views | 0 commentsA long-running investigation finds the sector is not working well for grieving families.
Elizabeth's Brother Is Ready to Fight Andrei in Sneak Peek of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?
The men in Elizabeth's life are definitely not getting along right now. On the last episode of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After, Elizabeth's family's visit to Moldova...
Fornite removed from iPhone App Store as Epic Games sues
Fornite removed from iPhone App Store as Epic Games suesAdded: 13.08.2020 21:20 | 11 views | 0 commentsEpic Games said it was taking Apple to court over monopolistic policies.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020: The Shoe Deals We Can't Walk Away From
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Vote by mail: Which states allow absentee voting
Added: 13.08.2020 21:19 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe coronavirus pandemic will change how millions of Americans vote in November, as states expand access to vote-by-mail as a safer alternative to voting in person.
The poetic reunion that brought Ocasio-Cortez’s second-grade teacher to tears
The poetic reunion that brought Ocasio-Cortez’s second-grade teacher to tearsAdded: 13.08.2020 21:19 | 6 views | 0 comments“Ms. Is that you? !” the Democratic lawmaker replied. “You prepared me perfectly for this moment.”
Is Jared Kushner illegally coordinating with Kanye West?
Added: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 13 views | 0 commentsIn short: We don't yet know. But there are all kinds of thorny legal issues raised by competing campaigns meeting with one another.
Relief talks stumble again as Trump asserts a deal is ‘not going to happen’
Relief talks stumble again as Trump asserts a deal is ‘not going to happen’Added: 13.08.2020 19:19 | 13 views | 0 commentsA conversation between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin led to another round of finger-pointing over negotiations on coronavirus aid.
Pompeo just undercut Trump’s continued dismissal of Russian bounties
Added: 13.08.2020 17:18 | 14 views | 0 commentsThe secretary of state confirmed Wednesday that he issued a stern warning to Russia in mid-July. But both before and after that, President Trump was still dismissing the reports as "fake news" and a "hoax."
Kamala Harris came out swinging for voters that Trump has been targeting hardest
Kamala Harris came out swinging for voters that Trump has been targeting hardestAdded: 13.08.2020 17:13 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.cnbc.comHarris used most of her time to focus on how the Trump administration has harmed Americans broadly, through his response to the coronavirus and matters of race. More in www.washingtonpost.com »
Intelligence Matters: A CBS News original national security podcast
Added: 29.07.2020 12:05 | 13 views | 0 comments"Intelligence Matters" is a weekly podcast about national security and policy hosted by CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell
Detroit's water shutoff stopped amid pandemic, but problems loom
Added: 29.07.2020 11:05 | 13 views | 0 commentsAdvocates who work directly with affected families spoke with CBS News about how COVID-19 has exacerbated their need for running water.
U.S. to withdraw 12,000 American troops from Germany
Added: 29.07.2020 16:27 | 14 views | 0 commentsDefense Secretary Mark Esper said 5,600 troops would be redeployed to other NATO countries and 6,400 would return to the U.S.
In N.Y.C.’s Coronavirus Surge, a Frightening Echo of the 1918 Flu
In N.Y.C.’s Coronavirus Surge, a Frightening Echo of the 1918 FluAdded: 13.08.2020 16:03 | 16 views | 0 commentsThis spring, death rates rivaled those seen during the country’s deadliest pandemic, a new study finds. “What 1918 looked like is basically this.”
‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air
Added: 13.08.2020 13:20 | 17 views | 0 commentsAirborne virus plays a significant role in community transmission, many experts believe. A new study fills in the missing piece: Floating virus can infect cells.
Coronavirus Live Updates: New Zealand Races to Trace Source of New Outbreak
Coronavirus Live Updates: New Zealand Races to Trace Source of New OutbreakAdded: 13.08.2020 10:27 | 22 views | 0 commentsThe country revives its “go hard, go early” approach as officials investigate a mysterious cluster that might be connected to a frozen food warehouse.
Big Tech CEOs testify before House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee
Big Tech CEOs testify before House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee - watch liveAdded: 29.07.2020 16:55 | 14 views | 0 commentsJeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg face lawmakers to defend Big 4 tech companies' market might.
New type of taste cell discovered in taste buds
New type of taste cell discovered in taste budsAdded: 13.08.2020 19:23 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: www.icbmotorsport.comOur mouths may be home to a newly discovered set of multi-tasking taste cells that -- unlike most known taste cells, which detect individual tastes -- are capable of detecting sour, sweet, bitter and umami stimuli. More in www.sciencedaily.com »
'Critical' questions over disease risks from ocean plastics
Added: 13.08.2020 19:23 | 15 views | 0 commentsKey knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of how ocean microplastics transport bacteria and viruses -- and whether this affects the health of humans and animals, researchers say.
Research gets to the heart of organ shape in nature
Research gets to the heart of organ shape in natureAdded: 13.08.2020 19:23 | 15 views | 0 commentsResearchers have shed fresh light on the evolution and function of the shapes we see in nature - using as a model the heart shaped fruits of the Capsella genus.
Betelgeuse’s Mysterious Dimming Likely Caused by Huge Outburst
Betelgeuse’s Mysterious Dimming Likely Caused by Huge OutburstAdded: 13.08.2020 19:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: www.techtimes.comThe red supergiant Betelgeuse is one of the brightest stars in the night sky and appears even more luminous because it is so close to Earth, only 650 light-years away. But the star also periodically changes in brightness, which was first noted in the 1830s by the British astronomer John Herschel. Betelgeuse experienced an unexpected [...] More in feedproxy.google.com » Tags: EU
Researchers Discover New Type of Taste Receptor Cells
Researchers Discover New Type of Taste Receptor CellsAdded: 13.08.2020 18:58 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: phys.orgScientists have discovered a new population of taste cells that can detect multiple types of stimuli, including chemicals from different taste qualities. Taste buds in the mouth are critical to our survival and help us to decide whether a food is a good source of nutrients or a potential poison. They employ three types of [...] More in feedproxy.google.com » Scientists, Cher Tags: Chemicals
You Probably Won’t Catch the Coronavirus From Frozen Food
You Probably Won’t Catch the Coronavirus From Frozen FoodAdded: 13.08.2020 21:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsReports that the virus was detected in a trans-continental shipment of frozen chicken wings sparked concerns online. But experts aren’t worried.
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Reports Nearly 1,500 Daily Deaths, Reflecting Continued Toll of Summer Surge
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Reports Nearly 1,500 Daily Deaths, Reflecting Continued Toll of Summer SurgeAdded: 13.08.2020 18:21 | 24 views | 0 commentsFewer new jobless claims and a rising deficit could further hamper stimulus talks. New Zealand revives its “go hard, go early” approach as officials investigate a mysterious new outbreak.
Coronavirus Live Updates: Fewer New Jobless Claims and a Rising Deficit Could Further Hamper Stimulus Talks
Coronavirus Live Updates: Fewer New Jobless Claims and a Rising Deficit Could Further Hamper Stimulus TalksAdded: 13.08.2020 17:32 | 28 views | 0 commentsThe president’s demands for reopening classrooms helped convince many teachers that it would be unsafe. New Zealand revives its “go hard, go early” approach as officials investigate a mysterious new outbreak.
Simple mod makes quantum states last 10,000 times longer
Added: 13.08.2020 20:58 | 5 views | 0 commentsA team of scientists has announced the discovery of a simple modification that allows quantum systems to stay operational -- or 'coherent' -- 10,000 times longer than before.
Hepatitis B: Natural controllers shed light on immunity mechanisms
Hepatitis B: Natural controllers shed light on immunity mechanismsAdded: 13.08.2020 20:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsSource: www.slideshare.netTo improve our understanding of the antibody response conferring protection against HBV infection, scientists have produced and characterized human monoclonal antibodies specific to viral envelope antigens, referred as HBsAg, from blood memory B cells isolated from HBV vaccinees and natural controllers. More in www.sciencedaily.com » Tags: Scientists
Efficient low-cost system for producing power at night
Added: 13.08.2020 20:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsResearchers have designed an off-grid, low-cost modular energy source that can efficiently produce power at night. The system uses commercially available technology and could eventually help meet the need for nighttime lighting in urban areas or provide lighting in developing countries.
Reconstructing global climate through Earth's history
Reconstructing global climate through Earth's historyAdded: 13.08.2020 20:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsSource: www.freethink.comAccurate temperature estimates of ancient oceans are vital because they are the best tool for reconstructing global climate conditions in the past. While climate models provide scenarios of what the world could look like in the future, paleoclimate studies (study of past climates) provide insight into what the world did look like in the past. More in www.sciencedaily.com » iOS Tags: Temperatures
New catalyst efficiently turns carbon dioxide into useful fuels and chemicals
New catalyst efficiently turns carbon dioxide into useful fuels and chemicalsAdded: 13.08.2020 20:22 | 11 views | 0 commentsBy efficiently converting CO2 into complex hydrocarbon products, a new catalyst could potentially aid in large-scale efforts to recycle excess carbon dioxide.
Israeli Archaeologists Unearth 2,700-Year-Old Administrative Storage Center
Israeli Archaeologists Unearth 2,700-Year-Old Administrative Storage CenterAdded: 13.08.2020 20:14 | 12 views | 0 commentsSource: www.mfa.gov.ilA team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has uncovered the ruins of an important administrative storage center from the 8th-7th centuries BCE. The team, headed by IAA archaeologists Neria Sapir and Nathan Ben-Ari, unearthed an unusually large structure built of concentric ashlars walls in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem. “This is one [...] More in feedproxy.google.com » Jerusalem, USA Tags: Israel
Pancake bonding as a new tool to construct novel metal based magnetic materials
Added: 13.08.2020 19:49 | 14 views | 0 commentsNew research has led to the discovery of a novel magnetic compound in which two magnetic dysprosium metal ions are bridged by two aromatic organic radicals forming a pancake bond. The results of this study can be utilized to improve the magnetic properties of similar compounds.
Pollution linked to antibiotic resistance
Pollution linked to antibiotic resistanceAdded: 13.08.2020 19:24 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.theweek.co.ukAntibiotic resistance is an increasing health problem, but new research suggests it is not only caused by the overuse of antibiotics. It's also caused by pollution. More in www.sciencedaily.com » Tags: LinkedIn
New tools catch and release molecules at the flip of a light switch
New tools catch and release molecules at the flip of a light switchAdded: 13.08.2020 19:24 | 14 views | 0 commentsA team has developed a class of light-switchable, highly adaptable molecular tools with new capabilities to control cellular activities. The antibody-like proteins, called OptoBinders, have potential applications including protein purification, the improved production of biofuels, and new types of targeted cancer therapies.
Big dogs face more joint problems if neutered early
Big dogs face more joint problems if neutered earlyAdded: 13.08.2020 21:28 | 9 views | 0 commentsHeavier mixed-breed dogs have higher health risks if neutered or spayed early, according to a new study.
To understand the machinery of life, this scientist breaks it on purpose
To understand the machinery of life, this scientist breaks it on purposeAdded: 13.08.2020 21:21 | 6 views | 0 commentsBy tinkering with some of life's oldest components, astrobiologists hope to find clues about how life emerged. In a recent article researchers report an unexpected discovery, hinting at an effect that prevents organisms from ever reaching evolutionary 'perfection.'
Busting Up the Infection Cycle of Hepatitis B
Busting Up the Infection Cycle of Hepatitis BAdded: 13.08.2020 20:58 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: en.wikipedia.orgResearchers have gained new understanding of the virus that causes hepatitis B and the 'spiky ball' that encloses its genetic blueprint. They looked at how the capsid -- a protein shell that protects the blueprint and also drives the delivery of it to infect a host cell -- assembles itself. The capsid is an important target in developing drugs to treat hepatitis B, a life-threatening and incurable infection that afflicts more than 250 million people worldwide. More in www.sciencedaily.com » Cher Tags: Targus
Loss of a specific enzyme boosts fat metabolism and exercise endurance in mice
Loss of a specific enzyme boosts fat metabolism and exercise endurance in miceAdded: 13.08.2020 20:58 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: dailycaller.comBlocking the activity of a fat-regulating enzyme in the muscles of mice leads to an increased capacity for endurance exercise, according to the results of a new study. More in www.sciencedaily.com »
Bacterial enzymes hijacked to create complex molecules normally made by plants
Bacterial enzymes hijacked to create complex molecules normally made by plantsAdded: 13.08.2020 20:58 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: newatlas.comChemists have efficiently created three families of complex, oxygen-containing molecules that are normally obtainable only from plants. These molecules, called terpenes, are potential starting points for new drugs and other high-value products -- marking an important development for multiple industries. In addition, the new approach could allow chemists to build many other classes of compounds. More in www.sciencedaily.com » Tags: Bacteria
Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced
Added: 18.06.2020 18:50 | 15 views | 0 commentsLawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client's innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.
Tech experts create creepy tin foil robot baby that can crawl just like a real-life child
Tech experts create creepy tin foil robot baby that can crawl just like a real-life childAdded: 14.01.2018 10:25 | 7 views | 0 commentsProfessors from Purdue University designed the frightening tot to study how infants are exposed to bacteria as they crawl across the ground
Runaway wallaby causes traffic chaos as it leads police on chase across Sydney Harbour Bridge
Runaway wallaby causes traffic chaos as it leads police on chase across Sydney Harbour BridgeAdded: 16.01.2018 3:52 | 7 views | 0 commentsA police officer is heard stifling a laugh as he drives along behind the marsupial in footage filmed from a pursuing patrol car
Three simple words Disneyland employees are never allowed to say to curious fans
Three simple words Disneyland employees are never allowed to say to curious fansAdded: 15.01.2018 16:14 | 7 views | 0 commentsDisneyland is supposed to be a fun experience for visitors - and a lot of work goes into making it so
Stomach-churning moment hundreds of deadly baby spiders burst out of egg sack for the first time
Stomach-churning moment hundreds of deadly baby spiders burst out of egg sack for the first timeAdded: 15.01.2018 9:46 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe tiny, venomous funnel web spiders were filmed by staff at the Australian Reptile Park as they crawled out of their egg sack
'Professional' photographer decides to edit family photo shoot
'Professional' photographer decides to edit family photo shoot - and the end result is terrifyingAdded: 14.01.2018 16:25 | 6 views | 0 commentsThe photographer decided to edit seven of the photos, and they are all rather creepy
Leopard on the loose in Cornwall for nearly a WEEK after breaking out of its enclosure
Leopard on the loose in Cornwall for nearly a WEEK after breaking out of its enclosureAdded: 14.01.2018 19:41 | 6 views | 0 commentsSource: deadpoetssociety.fandom.comThe big cat, believed to belong to Todd Dalton, was only caught when a farmer set a trap after some of his sheep were killed More in www.mirror.co.uk »
President queries Tanzania coronavirus kits after goat test
Added: 04.05.2020 12:21 | 8 views | 0 commentsCoronavirus test kits used in Tanzania were dismissed as faulty by President John Magufuli on Sunday, because he said they had returned positive results on samples taken from a goat and a pawpaw.
Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia's coronavirus battle
Superheroes, from near and far, join Indonesia's coronavirus battleAdded: 04.05.2020 6:58 | 8 views | 0 commentsVolunteers clad as Superman and Spider-Man sprayed disinfectant against the coronavirus on Indonesia's island of Java, flanking a colleague wearing the winged helmet of local superhero Gatotkaca who shouted, "Wear masks, wash hands and stay alert."
Circus Performers With Nowhere To Go Have Been Stuck In A Texas Parking Lot For Weeks, With No End In Sight
Added: 30.04.2020 17:42 | 8 views | 0 commentsA troupe of circus performers have been stuck in a parking lot for nearly two months, and their supplies of food and money are dwindling as the coronavirus pandemic continues with no end in sight, reports. Many of the performers are from countries that have instituted travel bans, meaning that the performers effectively have no homes to go to. Cirque MonteCarlo had been touring through in early March, just as the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic was starting to be fully understood in the U.S. By March 9, the group had made it as far as the town of Grand Prairie, before dwindling ticket sales and shelter-in-place orders forced them to shut down. They've been in a nearby location, which they've declined to divulge due to privacy concerns, ever since.
Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urged
Do your bit for farmers and eat more fries, Belgians urgedAdded: 30.04.2020 10:14 | 8 views | 0 commentsWith potato farmers and processors struggling, Belgians are being urged to eat more fries to offset a slump in demand during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sex toy sales take off amid Colombia's coronavirus quarantine
Added: 14.04.2020 20:02 | 8 views | 0 commentsGerson Monje holds up his cellphone to proudly show off his online sex shop. A red banner reading "sold out!" is plastered across half of the products.
A 64-Year-Old Man Got To Ride In A Fighter Jet, Then Panicked And Accidentally Ejected Himself At 2,500 Feet
A 64-Year-Old Man Got To Ride In A Fighter Jet, Then Panicked And Accidentally Ejected Himself At 2,500 FeetAdded: 13.04.2020 19:24 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.airliners.netA 64-year-old man's gift of a flight in a military fighter jet ended with the man accidentally hitting the "Eject" button in a panic and being launched from the aircraft at 2,500 feet, reports. The comedy of errors that led to the incident began when the unidentified man's employees gifted him a ride in a Dassault Rafale B jet with an experienced pilot. The fighter jets, which can achieve a speed of about 870 miles per hour, are used by the French military. The man and his team showed up at the Saint-Dizier air base in northeastern , where his employees had arranged for him to take the flight, even though the man had no military aviation experience and had never shown any interest in taking a ride in a fighter jet. Even before climbing into the aircraft, data from the man's smartwatch shows that he began to panic as soon as he realized what was happening.
Move over James Bond; India returns alleged bird spy to Pakistan
Added: 29.05.2020 20:43 | 9 views | 0 commentsIndian police have released a pigeon belonging to a Pakistani fisherman after a probe found that the bird, which had flown across the contentious border between the nuclear-armed nations, was not a spy, two officials said on Friday.
Night at the museum: Australian police arrest German student over break-in
Night at the museum: Australian police arrest German student over break-inAdded: 18.05.2020 13:35 | 9 views | 0 commentsAustralian police on Monday charged a German student with breaking into a Sydney museum as security footage showed him allegedly taking selfies next to dinosaur exhibits.
Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown
Added: 08.05.2020 10:20 | 8 views | 0 commentsAs Thailand's capital cautiously reopens many restaurants shuttered over coronavirus fears, the feline "employees" of the Caturday Cafe are back at work.
Five-year-old stopped on U.S. highway wanted to buy Lamborghini, police say
Five-year-old stopped on U.S. highway wanted to buy Lamborghini, police sayAdded: 06.05.2020 10:51 | 8 views | 0 commentsA trooper stopping a car with a suspected "impaired driver" on a U.S. highway on Monday was bemused to find a 5-year-old in the driver's seat, the Utah Highway Patrol tweeted.
Thailand's pet groomer reopens as new coronavirus cases slow
Added: 05.05.2020 12:36 | 8 views | 0 commentsChewy and Miley, both two-year-old Schnauzer dogs, are getting their hair cut at a groomer in Bangkok for the first time since the new coronavirus outbreak began in Thailand in January.
'Darth Vader' enforces lockdown in Philippine village
Added: 04.05.2020 14:02 | 9 views | 0 commentsDressed as "Star Wars" characters, local officials in the Philippines are out and about to enforce strict quarantine measures while also handing out relief packages.
Cuban dons full-body cardboard shield against coronavirus
Added: 18.06.2020 15:04 | 9 views | 0 commentsEver since the novel coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb, popping into the bakery or butchers, or browsing the newspaper stand.
Donald Trump-Supporting Boater Buzzes Through SpaceX Splashdown Zone, Prompting Outrage
Donald Trump-Supporting Boater Buzzes Through SpaceX Splashdown Zone, Prompting OutrageAdded: 02.08.2020 21:46 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: otlibrary.comCrew Dragon splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday after spending two months on the International Space Station. But before the two crew members aboard the capsule were confirmed to be successfully recovered, dozens of boats swarmed the splashdown zone, one with a large blue banner with "Trump" emblazoned across it. The crowd of seacraft prompted outrage among those who believe that the vehicles could have put the recovery efforts in jeopardy. It wasn't clear why private crafts were allowed to be in the zone, but as some noted on social media, they could have prevented rescue teams from doing their job. More in feeds.inquisitr.com » Social media, Mexico, SPA, NASA Tags: Donald Trump
Balloon-like object in Japanese sky sets Twitter afire with talk of UFOs, Godzilla
Added: 17.06.2020 8:48 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe appearance of a mysterious white object in the sky over northern Japan on Wednesday set social media ablaze, with speculation ranging from UFOs to coronavirus and North Korean propaganda.
Thailand's roving dog groomer back in business
Thailand's roving dog groomer back in businessAdded: 16.06.2020 16:48 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.yahoo.comVolunteer pet groomer Kriengkai Thatwakorn is thrilled to be back helping out stray dogs in Thailand, some in urgent need of a shearing after waiting three sweltering months for a trim. More in feeds.reuters.com » Tags: Thailand
Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear
Added: 12.06.2020 18:32 | 9 views | 0 commentsPeacocks, ostriches and baboons joined in an animal baby boom at a Palestinian zoo during the coronavirus closure as they let nature take its course free from human distractions.
Police remove emaciated lion from French circus
Added: 11.06.2020 16:11 | 9 views | 0 commentsFrench police have taken away an emaciated lion from a circus in Vironvay, western France, following complaints from an animal rights organization.
Moment man pulled alive from the rubble 16 hours after Beirut blast
Added: 13.08.2020 17:22 | 5 views | 0 commentsThis is the moment a crowd cheered as a man was pulled alive from rubble 16 hours after a massive explosion tore through the city of Beirut.
Mayor of Luton Tahir Malik steps down after breaching coronavirus lockdown rules by attending 'gathering'
Mayor of Luton Tahir Malik steps down after breaching coronavirus lockdown rules by attending 'gathering'Added: 13.08.2020 17:22 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe council received a number of complaints after he was spotted at a function during the pandemic
Covid-19 rehab to be provided through 'virtual wards' at home for many patients
Covid-19 rehab to be provided through 'virtual wards' at home for many patientsAdded: 13.08.2020 17:22 | 5 views | 0 commentsMany people suffering long-term health problems as a result of Covid-19 will get their care through so-called virtual wards.
Babies' development and behaviour has been affected by lockdown, study suggests
Babies' development and behaviour has been affected by lockdown, study suggestsAdded: 13.08.2020 17:22 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe impact of coronavirus restrictions on newborns could be "severe" and "long-lasting" and has already affected babies' behaviour, a new study suggests.
Italian aviation authority threatens Ryanair with flight suspension over alleged coronavirus breaches
Added: 13.08.2020 17:22 | 5 views | 0 commentsItaly's national civil aviation authority (ENAC) has threatened to suspend Ryanair's right to fly to the country over alleged Covid-19 regulation breaches.
France, Malta and Netherlands added to UK quarantine list as holidaymakers face 14-day isolation
France, Malta and Netherlands added to UK quarantine list as holidaymakers face 14-day isolationAdded: 13.08.2020 22:05 | 7 views | 0 commentsSix more countries have been added to the UK's travel quarantine list, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.
Met is not institutionally racist, says Commissioner Cressida Dick
Met is not institutionally racist, says Commissioner Cressida DickAdded: 13.08.2020 20:28 | 7 views | 0 commentsBritain's most senior police officer told Channel 4 News that allegations around racism in the Met were not "helpful" labels for the force
Boris Johnson insists exam results are 'robust' and 'dependable' amid anger over A Level downgrading
Boris Johnson insists exam results are 'robust' and 'dependable' amid anger over A Level downgradingAdded: 13.08.2020 19:16 | 5 views | 0 commentsBoris Johnson has insisted the exam results published today are "robust" and "dependable" amid mounting anger over downgrading methods.
Two friends found dead off Sussex coast named by police
Two friends found dead off Sussex coast named by policeAdded: 13.08.2020 19:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsAn inflatable dinghy was spotted drifting out at sea on Monday afternoon
Hammersmith Bridge closed to pedestrians and cyclists after 'cracks worsen following heatwave'
Hammersmith Bridge closed to pedestrians and cyclists after 'cracks worsen following heatwave'Added: 13.08.2020 19:16 | 6 views | 0 commentsHammersmith Bridge has been closed to pedestrians and cyclists, after safety inspectors found cracks in the 133-year-old structure had worsened following the recent heatwave.
Stonehaven: Families pay tribute to 'much loved' rail crash victims
Added: 13.08.2020 19:16 | 15 views | 0 comments"No words could ever describe how much he will be missed by us all"
CPS wanted to caution Caroline Flack after arrest but Met Police pushed for criminal prosecution, inquest hears
CPS wanted to caution Caroline Flack after arrest but Met Police pushed for criminal prosecution, inquest hearsAdded: 13.08.2020 17:22 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe CPS wanted to offer a caution to TV star Caroline Flack after her arrest for domestic violence but the Met Police pushed for a criminal prosecution, an inquest has heard.
Amazon Alexa security bug allowed access to voice history
Added: 13.08.2020 18:20 | 8 views | 0 commentsSecurity researchers said they could access conversation history and personal information.
Bletchley Park Trust hit in Blackbaud security breach
Added: 13.08.2020 18:20 | 19 views | 0 commentsThe trust that manages Britain's World War Two codebreaking HQ says donors’ data was exposed.
What's going on with TikTok?
What's going on with TikTok? Added: 13.08.2020 14:20 | 22 views | 0 commentsMicrosoft confirmed it wants to acquire TikTok after President Trump threatened to ban the app.
Coronavirus: England's contact tracing app trial gets under way
Coronavirus: England's contact tracing app trial gets under wayAdded: 13.08.2020 14:17 | 21 views | 0 commentsIt will serve self-isolation alerts based on logs of who the user was recently in close contact with.
ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2 blasts through Kickstarter goal
Added: 13.08.2020 12:47 | 31 views | 0 commentsA new remake of the classic computer raises nearly £900,000 in just two days.
Vehicles stranded on M25 as motorway shuts amid flash flooding
Vehicles stranded on M25 as motorway shuts amid flash floodingAdded: 13.08.2020 22:17 | 4 views | 0 commentsSource: www.metoffice.gov.ukThe Met Office has issued yellow thunderstorm warnings for the next five days More in www.standard.co.uk »
Passengers evacuated from train after landslide in Kent
Passengers evacuated from train after landslide in KentAdded: 13.08.2020 22:17 | 4 views | 0 commentsNineteen people have been evacuated from a train which became stuck after a landslide in Kent, British Transport Police (BTP) said.
UK coronavirus death toll rises by 18
Added: 13.08.2020 22:17 | 7 views | 0 commentsA further 18 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK.
Alexa vulnerability is a reminder to delete your voice history
Alexa vulnerability is a reminder to delete your voice historyAdded: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 6 views | 0 commentsThe one-click hack could've let an attacker view all the conversations you've had with Amazon's voice assistant.
2020 Chevy Corvette suits up for Indy 500 pace car duty
Added: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 7 views | 0 commentsLots of Corvettes have served as pace cars, but it's the first time the mid-engine Corvette will lead cars to green at the Indianapolis 500.
Facebook launches online hub so you can find voting information
Added: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 17 views | 0 commentsThe new center lets Facebook and Instagram users in the US check if they're registered to vote and see facts about voting.
Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-9 look sleek in Carbon Edition trimmings
Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-9 look sleek in Carbon Edition trimmings - RoadshowAdded: 13.08.2020 17:02 | 19 views | 0 commentsA new exterior color on top of red leather should make for an eye-catching combination.
This creepy tongue-eating 'vampire' is a fish's worst nightmare
This creepy tongue-eating 'vampire' is a fish's worst nightmareAdded: 13.08.2020 17:04 | 17 views | 0 commentsSource: www.youtube.comGet a closer look at the blood-sucking parasite that eats, and then replaces, a fish's tongue without it knowing. More in www.cnet.com »
Fornite removed from iPhone App Store as Epic Games sues
Fornite removed from iPhone App Store as Epic Games suesAdded: 13.08.2020 21:10 | 11 views | 0 commentsEpic Games said it was taking Apple to court over monopolistic policies.
What are they doing? Panic as HUNDREDS of Chinese ships gather on edge of rival waters
What are they doing? Panic as HUNDREDS of Chinese ships gather on edge of rival watersAdded: 13.08.2020 11:18 | 20 views | 0 commentsCHINA has sparked panic over its aggressive expansionism as Ecuador's navy conducts surveillance of a massive fleet of Chinese-flagged vessels near the protected waters of the Galapagos Islands.
World War 2 mystery: Glenn Miller’s missing plane could be found within three-mile radius
Added: 13.08.2020 11:18 | 8 views | 0 commentsGLENN MILLER vanished 75 years ago during a flight across the English Channel to perform for troops overseas as part of his iconic World War 2 orchestra - but now, experts believe they know where the plane crashed and it's within a three-square-mile radius.
COVID-19 pandemic has reduced emissions, but it's not enough to fend off climate change
COVID-19 pandemic has reduced emissions, but it's not enough to fend off climate change - RoadshowAdded: 13.08.2020 20:42 | 8 views | 0 commentsA new study shows any positive effects from reduced emissions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic are short term at best.
A sleek coffee maker for $30 and temperature-controlled Ember mugs on sale
A sleek coffee maker for $30 and temperature-controlled Ember mugs on saleAdded: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 7 views | 0 commentsTwo deals that are sure to make a buzz.
iOS update will fix iPhone 11 green tint issue
Added: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 8 views | 0 commentsIf you've been annoyed by your iPhone screen turning green after unlocking it, this update is for you.
North Korea attack: Israel fends off HUGE cyber hack on defence industry
North Korea attack: Israel fends off HUGE cyber hack on defence industryAdded: 13.08.2020 11:18 | 14 views | 0 commentsNORTH KOREA has raised alarm in Israel after an attempted hack on its defence networks.
What a waste! EU spends THOUSANDS on huge banner promising economic recovery
Added: 13.08.2020 18:19 | 19 views | 0 commentsTHE EU spent €11,000 on a campaign banner hanging outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, it has emerged.
Ireland panic: Brexit and COVID-19 blamed as Dublin faces devastating recession
Added: 13.08.2020 16:23 | 15 views | 0 commentsIRELAND has been warned the country could be heading for a devastating recession with both the outbreak of coronavirus and consequences of Brexit blamed.
German fury as HUNDREDS of positive tests delayed
Added: 13.08.2020 15:21 | 15 views | 0 commentsGERMANY is reeling after a coronavirus testing blunder meaning 44,000 people - including 900 confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 - have been waiting for their results for more than a fortnight.
North Korea panic: Kim Jong-un's secret office launches desperate plan to raise funds
Added: 13.08.2020 15:18 | 12 views | 0 commentsKIM JONG-UN'S secret money-making office has launched a desperate plan to raise urgent funds in North Korea, it has emerged.
World War 3: China 'ready' for conflict with US over Taiwan row
World War 3: China 'ready' for conflict with US over Taiwan rowAdded: 13.08.2020 15:18 | 21 views | 0 commentsWORLD WAR 3 fears have been synonymous with China in recent years, as tensions with the US over the South China Sea and Taiwan risk accidental conflict.
EU warning: Bloc's 'international credibility' risks crushing blow amid Belarus chaos
Added: 13.08.2020 12:58 | 18 views | 0 commentsEU leaders have been warned the bloc's international reputation could be at risk over Belarus sanctions as protesters continue to clash with the police after the allegedly fraudulent presidential election.
Spain's coronavirus death toll could be HIGHER as UK's figures downgraded
Added: 13.08.2020 12:11 | 19 views | 0 commentsSPAIN has seen a huge spike in cases in recent days but the figure could be even higher after the government admitted there have been "technical problems" with its system in Madrid.
What is next for immigrant 'Dreamers' after U.S. Supreme Court ruling?
What is next for immigrant 'Dreamers' after U.S. Supreme Court ruling? Added: 18.06.2020 19:29 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 against President Donald Trump's move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that offers work permits and deportation relief to certain immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
U.S. House panel hears from Facebook, Google, Twitter on election security
Added: 18.06.2020 19:20 | 15 views | 0 commentsTop officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter were grilled by U.S. lawmakers on Thursday at a virtual hearing on foreign influence and election security ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential contest.
Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, is dead at 92
Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, is dead at 92Added: 18.06.2020 19:02 | 11 views | 0 commentsJean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of slain President John F. Kennedy, who as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s played a pivotal role in the Northern Irish peace process, died on Wednesday at age 92.
Kim Jong-un’s relationship with Donald Trump is like a ‘fantasy film’
Kim Jong-un’s relationship with Donald Trump is like a ‘fantasy film’ - bizarre claimAdded: 13.08.2020 18:23 | 12 views | 0 commentsKIM JONG-UN described his relationship with US President Donald Trump in glowing terms, a new book has claimed.
Bergen stabbing panic: Woman arrested after reports of knife attack in major Norway square
Bergen stabbing panic: Woman arrested after reports of knife attack in major Norway squareAdded: 13.08.2020 18:19 | 6 views | 0 commentsPOLICE have sealed off a major square in the Norwegian city of Bergen, following reports several people have been stabbed.
Shark bombshell: 'Mind-blowing' discovery of 330 million-year-old great white
Added: 13.08.2020 18:19 | 8 views | 0 commentsSHARKS have fascinated humanity for centuries - and researchers were able to shed new light on species from hundreds of millions of years ago after unearthing remains of a great white.
World War 3: Moscow probed US over 'joint attack on China’s nuclear facilities'
Added: 13.08.2020 18:19 | 6 views | 0 commentsWORLD WAR 3 could have erupted after the Soviet Union probed the US over the potential for a "joint attack" on China's nuclear facilities, an expert claimed following a territorial clash on the border.
Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight
Added: 18.06.2020 19:47 | 11 views | 0 commentsU.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.
Juneteenth, reparations and African-American history with Keisha N. Blain
Added: 18.06.2020 19:46 | 13 views | 0 commentsAhead of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the holiday marking the abolition of slavery in the United States, Lauren Young and Arlene Washington of Reuters spoke with Keisha N. Blain, an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and president of the African American Intellectual History Society, as part of our #AskReuters Twitter chat series.
What is Juneteenth and how are people commemorating it this year?
What is Juneteenth and how are people commemorating it this year? Added: 18.06.2020 19:46 | 11 views | 0 commentsJuneteenth, an annual U.S. holiday on June 19, has taken on greater significance this year following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans.
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program
Added: 18.06.2020 19:30 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.
Sarah Gilbert on how her team is making the Oxford coronavirus vaccine
Sarah Gilbert on how her team is making the Oxford coronavirus vaccineAdded: 13.08.2020 18:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsSarah Gilbert, head scientist on the Oxford vaccine for covid-19 explains why we have reason to be hopeful and what her life is like right now
Endangered tigers have made a remarkable comeback in five countries
Endangered tigers have made a remarkable comeback in five countriesAdded: 13.08.2020 18:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsThe number of wild tigers is on the increase in Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Russia, say conservationists
Which covid-19 treatments work and how close are we to getting more?
Which covid-19 treatments work and how close are we to getting more? Added: 13.08.2020 18:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: www.autismspeaks.orgThere are very few drugs shown to help with covid-19, but along with dexamethasone and remdesivir, some new medicines are showing potential More in www.newscientist.com »
NASA has launched its Perseverance Mars rover and Ingenuity helicopter
Added: 13.08.2020 18:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsNASA’s Perseverance rover, which will look for signs of past or present life on Mars and test Ingenuity, the first interplanetary helicopter, is set to launch on 30 July
Strange lightning on Jupiter may be caused by ammonia snowballs
Strange lightning on Jupiter may be caused by ammonia snowballsAdded: 13.08.2020 18:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe Juno spacecraft has spotted lightning on Jupiter that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, and it may be caused by strange, slushy balls of ammonia and ice
REI is selling its brand-new, unused headquarters to shift to remote work
REI is selling its brand-new, unused headquarters to shift to remote workAdded: 13.08.2020 18:47 | 10 views | 0 commentsIt's the beginning of the end for office culture.
From champagne to prosecco: A guide to sparkling wines
From champagne to prosecco: A guide to sparkling winesAdded: 13.08.2020 13:49 | 22 views | 0 commentsAll champagnes are sparkling wines, but not all sparkling wines are champagnes
A year after she died in a plane crash, New Orleans reporter Nancy Parker's husband sues FAA for $23M
A year after she died in a plane crash, New Orleans reporter Nancy Parker's husband sues FAA for $23MAdded: 13.08.2020 15:42 | 14 views | 0 commentsNancy Parker's husband Glen Boyd has filed a $23 million lawsuit against the FAA, saying it knew plane in crash had a substandard maintenance record.
Emirates to return to Birmingham in September
Emirates to return to Birmingham in SeptemberAdded: 13.08.2020 12:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsEmirates has announced it will resume passenger services to Birmingham from September 1st, operating four weekly Boeing 777-200LR flights to Dubai.
Why dark matter should be called something else
Why dark matter should be called something elseAdded: 13.08.2020 18:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsThere are many things that we don't understand about dark matter, but whether it is actually dark isn't one of them, writes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
Bacteria dug up from beneath the seabed may be 100 million years old
Bacteria dug up from beneath the seabed may be 100 million years oldAdded: 13.08.2020 18:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsBeneath the Pacific Ocean there are communities of bacteria that have survived since the reign of the dinosaurs - and some individual cells may have been alive for over 100 million years
Famous left-handed people, including Oprah, Prince William and more
Famous left-handed people, including Oprah, Prince William and moreAdded: 13.08.2020 17:57 | 13 views | 0 commentsHappy International Lefthanders Day! These famous faces are part of the left-handed club.
Drake Bell denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend: 'I am reviewing my legal options'
Added: 13.08.2020 12:49 | 15 views | 0 commentsDrake Bell is denying allegations from his ex-girlfriend about abuse in their relationship, which she said in a TikTok video to her Jimi Ono account.
Beautyworld Middle East to hold largest ever edition from 15-17 April 2019 in Dubai
Added: 13.08.2020 17:19 | 14 views | 0 commentsBeautyworld Middle East 2019 is set to welcome more than 1,750 exhibitors from 62 countries when doors open from 15-17 April at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. With 25 country pavilions, six product groups (Hair, Nails, and Salon Suppliers; Cosmetics and Skincare; Personal Care and Hygiene; Machinery, Packaging, Raw Materials, and Contract Manufacturing; Fragrance Compounds and Finished Fragrances; and Natural and Organic), a comprehensive educational programme (...) -
These cruise ships won't make their debut until 2021 in wake of COVID-19
These cruise ships won't make their debut until 2021 in wake of COVID-19Added: 13.08.2020 19:49 | 12 views | 0 commentsWith the cruise industry idle until late summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new ships from Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Virgin will sail in 2021.
Man held up by stun gun on online date gone horribly wrong
Man held up by stun gun on online date gone horribly wrongAdded: 13.08.2020 21:56 | 9 views | 0 commentsAuthorities said a man from Boston had a stun gun pulled on him Tuesday morning, as he was being robbed by a woman he met through an online dating app.
Dogs work together to steal leftovers from counter in hilarious video
Dogs work together to steal leftovers from counter in hilarious videoAdded: 13.08.2020 21:54 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe video, taken by professional dog trainer Line Fatland Frøystad in Norway, shows two border collies acting as a stepping stool for a corgi to steal food right off a plate.
Graham: FBI director committed to holding officials accountable who broke law at origin of Russia probe
Added: 13.08.2020 21:46 | 7 views | 0 commentsSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham on Thursday said FBI Director Christopher Wray is committed to “holding accountable” those who may have violated the law in the origins of the Russia probe “sooner rather than later.”
Late Herman Cain's Twitter platform takes on Harris, Biden – daughter will share what 'he believed in'
Late Herman Cain's Twitter platform takes on Harris, Biden – daughter will share what 'he believed in'Added: 13.08.2020 21:42 | 6 views | 0 commentsSource: www.motherjones.comHerman Cain has continued tweeting posthumously through his supporters to take on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, making good on a promise to “go on using this platform to share the information and ideas he believed in.” More in www.foxnews.com »
College students shocked to hear 'Biden' student loan plan is really Trump's: 'I hate him, but that's a start'
College students shocked to hear 'Biden' student loan plan is really Trump's: 'I hate him, but that's a start'Added: 13.08.2020 21:39 | 7 views | 0 commentsCollege students told a Campus Reform correspondent they approved of President Trump's recent executive actions deferring student loan payments and payroll tax collection -- believing that such moves were being touted by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
NBA's embrace of social justice causes was 'unavoidable,' Commissioner Adam Silver says
NBA's embrace of social justice causes was 'unavoidable,' Commissioner Adam Silver saysAdded: 13.08.2020 21:35 | 7 views | 0 comments"To be honest, it makes me uncomfortable. I understand critics who say that they turn to sports to avoid controversy," Silver said.
Cuba Gooding Jr. wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask at groping trial court appearance
Added: 13.08.2020 19:11 | 12 views | 0 commentsWearing a mask with "Black Lives Matter" on the inside, Cuba Gooding Jr. was in court for first hearing since the pandemic delayed his groping case.
Google Assistant Goes to Work for Nvidia's Shield TV
Google Assistant Goes to Work for Nvidia's Shield TVAdded: 13.08.2020 17:18 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.spoilertv.comNvidia on Thursday announced that its Shield TV now includes Google Assistant as part of its Shield Experience Upgrade 6.0 update. The update also lets the Shield device work as a SmartThings Hub when paired with a SmartThinks Link. The SmartThings Link, which can be used to connect Shield TV as a SmartThings Hub, will be released in the coming months with a promotional launch price of $14.99. More in www.technewsworld.com » Google Tags: AfD party
Has Google Become a National Threat?
Warning: getimagesize(news-images/20200806/1596730792-89.jpg): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/usweekly/public_html/scripts/newsy.php on line 0Has Google Become a National Threat? Added: 06.08.2020 17:19 | 16 views | 0 commentsSource: www.politico.comThe idea that Google might be becoming a national threat is what struck me when I read a column by Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University. She makes a compelling argument that Google has reached a point where it no longer allows dissent outside the company -- though, given the recent firing of a Google engineer, that may be true inside the firm as well. More in www.technewsworld.com » Tags: GoogleComments: Comments:
Does sunshine kill coronavirus? Was it made in a lab? Will antibiotics help? Burning questions about COVID-19 that refuse to go away
Does sunshine kill coronavirus? Was it made in a lab? Will antibiotics help? Burning questions about COVID-19 that refuse to go away
When will I get my extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits? Why isn’t everyone out of work eligible under Trump’s proposal?
When will I get my extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits? Why isn’t everyone out of work eligible under Trump’s proposal?
The New Puritans
The New PuritansAdded: 13.08.2020 19:40 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.headcoveringmovement.comThe attack on congressional candidate Alex Morse for consensual sexual relationships is disturbing for many reasons, but mostly because it reveals a new American phobia toward adulthood More in www.realclearpolitics.com » Congress Tags: Sex
Kamala Harris Is the Final Piece of the Puzzle
Added: 13.08.2020 20:22 | 9 views | 0 commentsAs millennials, we've never understood why so many people - on both sides of the aisle - rag on Hillary Clinton. The Bill Clinton presidency occurred when we were middle school and what was there about Hillary not to like? She was the first lady who declared that "women's rights are human rights" and helped create the program giving 8 million American children health care.
Were David Brock's Media Matters Illegal Clinton Matters?
Added: 13.08.2020 19:41 | 13 views | 0 commentsDavid Brock, the onetime anti-Clinton journalist turned Hillary Clinton ally and aggressive promoter of Democratic media narratives in recent decades, faces legal actions and disclosures portraying...
Crews try to gain ground on California wildfire
Added: 13.08.2020 20:36 | 12 views | 0 commentsFirefighters hope to rein in a massive wildfire Thursday, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, before temperatures spike later in the day. The blaze quickly spread into some areas that had not burned since 1968, fire officials said. (August 13)
A Story From Chicago That Doesn't Fit Approved Narrative
Added: 13.08.2020 20:28 | 8 views | 0 commentsNational Democrats are silent about the violence in Chicago, about the skyrocketing increase in murders and shootings, and the mobs of looters who pillaged the city's finest shopping district the other day.
Salt Lake City police will stop using K9s on suspects after video shows dog biting Black man repeatedly
Salt Lake City police will stop using K9s on suspects after video shows dog biting Black man repeatedlyAdded: 13.08.2020 20:56 | 10 views | 0 commentsSalt Lake City has suspended the K9 officer seen in a video showing him commanding his dog to repeatedly bite a Black man.
Beirut explosion: Children dealing with the trauma of the explosion
Beirut explosion: Children dealing with the trauma of the explosionAdded: 13.08.2020 14:43 | 15 views | 0 commentsThousands of injured, displaced and traumatised children are dealing with the aftermath of the port explosion.
How Ebola prepared one doctor for Covid-19
How Ebola prepared one doctor for Covid-19Added: 13.08.2020 14:16 | 15 views | 0 commentsHow Ebola prepared one doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo to treat coronavirus.
Calif. officer rescues man from oncoming train
Added: 13.08.2020 21:50 | 10 views | 0 commentsA police officer in California pulled a man from a wheelchair that was stuck on railroad tracks seconds before the train came past, in a dramatic rescue caught on the officer's body camera.
Trump blocks postal funds to prevent expanded mail-in voting
Added: 13.08.2020 19:36 | 11 views | 0 commentsThe Postal Service requires emergency funds to cope with the pandemic and the election, Democrats say.
Coronavirus: Australia encouraged by drop in new Covid-19 cases
Coronavirus: Australia encouraged by drop in new Covid-19 casesAdded: 13.08.2020 18:24 | 12 views | 0 commentsDaily new infections fall to their lowest level since 20 July, as Melbourne remains worst-hit.
France sends jets and ships to tense east Mediterranean
France sends jets and ships to tense east MediterraneanAdded: 13.08.2020 16:16 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe French military deployment comes amid Greek-Turkish tension over oil and gas exploration.
Douglas Emhoff: Kamala Harris's husband and potential 'second gentleman'
Added: 13.08.2020 17:50 | 14 views | 0 commentsDouglas Emhoff is one of his wife Kamala Harris's most enthusiastic cheerleaders - but who is he?
Israel and UAE strike historic deal to normalise relations
Israel and UAE strike historic deal to normalise relationsAdded: 13.08.2020 16:12 | 14 views | 0 commentsIsrael and the United Arab Emirates agree to normalise relations - the third Israel-Arab peace deal.
US jobless claims below 1m for first time since March
US jobless claims below 1m for first time since MarchAdded: 13.08.2020 17:13 | 14 views | 0 commentsSource: www.commondreams.orgThe number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits falls to 963,000. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Claude Julien hospitalized: Canadiens coach to miss rest of series vs Flyers
Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was rushed to a local Toronto hospital on Wednesday night after his team's Game 1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, GM Marc Bergevin said Thursday. Bergevin told reporters that Julien, 60, was taken to the hospital after experiencing chest pains. Assistant coach Kirk Muller will serve as the team's interim head coach in Julien's absence. Montreal captain and star defensemen Shea Weber told reporters that the team was shocked and concerned about Julien's health, but also added that the team wants to rally around their head coach. The eight-seeded Habs enter the first round of the postseason having already advanced past the Penguins in the Toronto bubble.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater to change 'mute grab', honor Chris Weddle
Remastered editions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be released on PlayStation and Xbox platforms in September. The updated versions of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will change the name of the "mute grab," in honor of its creator, Chris Weddle, per Hawk. "For nearly 40 years, we’ve shamelessly referred to this trick as the 'mute' air/grab," Hawk wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. Weddle reportedly said he would rather name the trick the "deaf" or "Weddle" grab, noting “I am deaf, not mute," per Hawk. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be released on Sept. 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
The Guy Who Wrote Facebook's Content Rules Says Its Politician Hate Speech Exemption Is 'Cowardice'
Over 10 years ago, as part of the team monitoring content on the nascent social network, he took an ad hoc list of no-no’s and helped create a document that is the foundation for the company’s content standards. (Though the current version is longer and more detailed, Willner says Facebook’s hate speech rules haven't changed that much in the last decade. He cites research from the Dangerous Speech Project, which studies the types of public speech that spark violence, that backs up his claim. “Restricting the speech of idiot 14-year-old trolls while allowing the President to say the same thing isn't virtue,” writes Willner. “I just feel you aren't paying enough respect to the newsworthiness case,” he wrote in a comment under Willner’s post.
How to Turn Your Photography Camera Into a Webcam
Nikon has webcam drivers coming soon, too! If you don't, look up your camera model and you should be able to find what cable you'll need. The Hard WayIf your camera isn’t on the list above, you’ll need to do some extra work. First, see if your camera's brand has released any webcam drivers. Plug your camera into the capture card, and your capture card into your computer.
A Plan to Turn Military Bases Into ‘Sandboxes’ for 5G
The US government thinks the military could help whip the country’s 5G industry into shape. Michael Kratsios, the acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, Thursday laid out a plan to turn US military bases into sandboxes for 5G experimentation. He also described a vision for advancing US military use of 5G, microelectronics, and artificial intelligence technology to counter one big threat—China. Kratsios, who also serves as the US government's chief technology officer and as an adviser to President Trump on technology matters, says using military bases to test 5G will help companies surmount usual regulatory requirements. Companies will be invited to experiment with software for managing 5G networks as well as specific applications using 5G such as augmented reality.
The Logic Around Contact Tracing Apps Is All Wrong
Singapore was one of the first to release a digital contact tracing app. Countries from Iceland to Australia soon followed, while Apple and Google built a platform that allows their phones to be used for contact tracing. So far, contact tracing apps don’t seem to be doing much to stop the spread of the virus. As a data scientist who studies how contagions like the flu spread across networks and how epidemics can be controlled, I believe we’ve been thinking about contact tracing apps all wrong. They can use contact tracing apps to gather real-time data about which activities or locations might be responsible for a dangerously high number of potential exposures.
She Helped Wreck the News Business. Here’s Her Plan to Fix It
As the cofounder of a social media campaign called Sleeping Giants, Jammi had perfected the art of pressuring advertisers to stop funding websites that peddle hateful content. This past March, as the full horror of the coronavirus pandemic began to reveal itself, Jammi watched the news business go into a financial tailspin. Even as traffic to coronavirus coverage soared, advertisers slashed their marketing budgets, starving publications of revenue. Not only were advertisers spending less, but what they were spending, she suspected, wasn’t making its way to news publications. He added, “We’d be better off ignoring scolds and censors such as Sleeping Giants who, by their own admission, are wrecking the news business.”What Jammi’s critics didn’t know was that she was, by then, recognizing the limits of Sleeping Giants herself and was already plotting her next move.
An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers
Findings published on Thursday by the security firm Check Point reveal that Alexa's web services had bugs that a hacker could have exploited to grab a target's entire voice history, meaning their recorded audio interactions with Alexa. "But we found a chain of vulnerabilities in Alexa's infrastructure configuration that eventually allows a malicious attacker to gather information about users and even install new skills." Underlying flaws in certain Amazon and Alexa subdomains, though, meant that an attacker could have crafted a genuine and normal-looking Amazon link to lure victims into exposed parts of Amazon’s infrastructure. The attacker could also uninstall a skill the user had set up and, if the hacker had planted a malicious skill in the Alexa Skills Store, could even install that interloping application on the victim's Alexa account. Check Point also suggests that a hacker might be able to access banking data history through the attack, but Amazon disputes this, saying that information is redacted in Alexa's responses.
Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup Is On Sale at Nordstrom's
Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale includes not just one, but two ~exclusive~ Diorshow sets with some of the eye and lip products Meghan wore to her royal wedding. Diorshow Volumizing Mascara Set DIOR $59.00 SHOP NOWThe volumizing mascara setConsidering how Dior Beauty never goes on sale, the Diorshow Volumizing Mascara Set is a very good deal for $59. The set includes a full-size Lash-Extension Effect Volume mascara, a full-size Maximizer 3D lash primer and a mini Iconic Overcurl mascara. Meghan wore the regular version of Diorshow's Iconic mascara to her nuptials, but the only difference here is the curled wand shape (which actually makes lifting stubborn lashes slightly easier). The maximizing lip care setIt's been reported that one Dior Lip Glow sells anywhere between every three seconds and one minute.
Meghan's planned career change if she hadn’t married Prince Harry
Meghan Markle was a firm fixture on Suits at the time she started dating Prince Harry. But if she hadn't have been set up on a date with Harry, that fateful night in July 2016, it seems there could have been change on the horizon anyway for Meghan. Getty ImagesFor her first solo project as royal, Meghan Markle conceived the idea of - and later helped to launch - a cookbook titled Together, along with a West London community kitchen. Now that Meghan and Harry aren't frontline working royals, the Duchess will no longer be carrying out projects such as these as part of her duties. It's funny to see that in a weird way, Meghan's two paths (cookbook/royalty) eventually ended up crossing in the end anyway.
Meghan Markle and Prince Charles' Relationship Is So Good, She Sees Him as a "Second Father"
Meghan Markle and Prince Charles have a really loving relationship. Excerpts from Finding Freedom say Meghan sees Charles as a "second father." It's really no secret Meghan Markle's relationship with her dad, Thomas Markle, is complicated. But the good news is that Meghan's relationship with her father-in-law, Prince Charles, is pretty darn sweet by comparison. The source also added that Meghan doesn't think of Charles as a father-in-law—she sees him more as a "second father."
Wear Nicky Hilton’s Leather Jacket (That Paris Hilton Once Borrowed)
Photo-Illustration: Courtesy of Nicky HiltonThis project does not imply that NAACP_LDF endorses the Strategist or eBay. I’ve always admired her style, and I just thought the jacket was the coolest — I immediately fell in love. I definitely wore the jacket a lot — while running around during my L.A. days; quite a bit in London; and to Paris Fashion Week. Email Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape.
Lots of Very Nice Things Are Up to 75 Percent Off (and Under $100) at the Outnet
Photo-Illustration: retailersThe Outnet is having a serious summer clearance sale right now, with tons of (already discounted) designer items on sale up to 80 percent off. Email Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.
48 Best Gifts for Dog Lovers 2020
That’s why we spoke with 23 dog trainers, groomers, and owners about the best dog gifts they’ve ever received and their go-to gift ideas for dog lovers. $14 at Chewy BuyKONG Wubba Friend Dog Toy $14 now 29% off $10 “We call it his ‘bear octopus,’ and we hate it,” writes Alice Gregory of this multi-legged dog toy. Casper’s dog bed comes in three sizes and three colors: blue, gray, and sand. Bean Wicked Plush Throw From $25 “The best gift I’ve ever received as a dog lover was from my mom for my oldest dog, Buster,” says Fraser. $199 at Amazon Buy $199 at Amazon BuyDog booksget the strategist newsletter Actually good deals, smart shopping advice, and exclusive discounts.
Linger Outside Longer in Catherine Zeta-Jones’s Mosquito-Repellent Shawl
It really, really repels them. I signed it — I hope you want my signature on it; if not, you may have to cut it off. If someone is willing to pay extra just for my signature, I find that really special. Email Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape.
Ask the Strategist: What Are Some Cute Hooks to Hang Masks on by a Door?
Can you round up some cute hooks or pegs to hang masks on by a door? But wall hooks can quickly give a space a college-dorm feel, so it’s understandable you want something a bit nicer to look at. The mounting hardware does not come with it, though. $20 at Anthropologie BuyKaye Blegvad Hook $22 $22 If walls (or the hooks on them) could talk, we imagine this one would say, “Stop! Did you remember your mask?” Made of cast brass, it has several fingers to hang things from, but requires mounting hardware to be bought separately.
Hot Watermelon Is Unlikely. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Wrong.
These slabs of cooked watermelon might be called “watermelon steaks,” although the Wikipedia page for watermelon steak cautions that “watermelon is not a nutritional substitute for traditional steak,” on account of being watermelon. He has moved beyond the watermelon steak. It is watermelon mojama:It is possible that the novelty of hot watermelon would have remained exclusive to avant-garde restaurants and backyard BBQs were it not for the 2018 advent of the smoked watermelon ham. The brainchild of Ducks Eatery chef and co-owner Will Horowitz, the smoked watermelon ham was a sensation. Would you like to smoke your own watermelon ham?
New York Film Festival 2020 Announces Lineup
See the festival’s full lineup below:Opening NightLovers RockSteve McQueen, 2020, U.K., 68 minutesA movie of tactile sensuality and levitating joy, Lovers Rock finds the always daring Steve McQueen (Hunger, 12 Years a Slave) in an ecstatic yet no less formally bold mode. Alongside McDormand, the film features deeply affecting turns from David Strathairn and a supporting cast of nonactors, all real-life “nomads” playing versions of themselves. IsabellaMatías Piñeiro, 2020, Argentina, 80 minutesArgentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro continues to explore the porous line between performance and daily ritual in his most visually striking film yet. NotturnoGianfranco Rosi, 2020, Italy/France/Germany, 100 minutesGianfranco Rosi, whose last film, the Oscar-nominated documentary Fire at Sea (NYFF54), won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, returns with an immersive work of nonfiction. Red, White and BlueSteve McQueen, 2020, U.K.John Boyega plays real-life figure Leroy Logan, a member of the London Metropolitan Police Force who both witnessed and experienced firsthand the organization’s fundamental racism.
I’m the Only Doctor in My ER Who Stands Up to the Cops
The cop was to my right, blocking any exit Ms. Wells might have considered. Maybe my life would be stolen, as had those of other Black women, Black babies, Black girls. We acted in small ways that were enormous to Ms. Wells and to me. So during that hour, the officer who harassed Ms. Wells didn’t rape anyone. That hour, that particular police officer didn’t drag anyone to the floor and put his knee on her neck.
Novel Excerpt: ‘Want’ by Lynn Steger Strong
I’m awake, but I pretend that I’m asleep so I can stay in bed a while longer and just listen. They cover you in this thick, salty mud, then spray it off of you with this incredibly strong hose. There’s a sensory deprivation tank in Carroll Gardens, says a woman who wears the softest-looking turtleneck I’ve ever seen. Excerpted from WANT: A Novel by Lynn Steger Strong. Copyright © 2020 by Lynn Steger Strong.
Black Women On Burnout
Women are more likely to experience burnout from work than men because — shocking — they have less authority in the workplace. “Burnout is something that is inculcated into the way that Black women live life.” —Kelly Pierre-Lewis, 37, Connecticut, marketing executive and entrepreneurFrom 2016 onward, burnout resulted in physical issues with my body. I think burnout is something that is inculcated into the way that Black women live life. Even the concept of living an easier life and learning to give ourselves grace, especially as Black women, is imperative for growth. A lot of Black women, because we have so much on our shoulders, push our personal well-being to the back of our minds.
Happy 10th Birthday to This Incredibly Polarizing Shoe
Photo-Illustration: The CutWhen it comes to ugly shoes, we often think of the unholy trinity of Uggs, Crocs, and Tevas. But there’s one controversial footwear choice that is very specific to the 2010s: the Jeffrey Campbell Lita. Sharon Blackburn, a former employee at Jeffrey Campbell who had the job of naming products back then, dubbed the shoe the Lita after the Runaways’ Lita Ford. “I always knew (and said) they were technically ugly shoes … but sometimes the ugly shoes are the cutest?” (Hakakha also tracked down the original inspiration, Marro’s Dungeon boot, for her shoe collection.) lol someone threw a pair of jeffrey campbell litas over the phone wire pic.twitter.com/AGnufgPHzM — g a b y (@gabydvj) November 22, 2016
8 Things You’re Going to Want to Buy From Dermstore Right Now
The highly anticipated anniversary event is on until August 17, and yes, you’re invited. Whether you’re looking to restock some cult-favorites or simply treat yourself to something nice during an especially sweaty summer, here are eight things to consider adding to your gift bag. —Erica Smith, Beauty Writer $40 at Dermstore Buy with code: CELEBRATEA Vitamin C Serum That WorksObagi Professional-C Serum 20% $127 now 15% off $108 My mom and I are both hooked on this very potent, non-irritating vitamin C serum. $39 at Dermstore Buy with code: CELEBRATESilk Pajamas for Your Hairslip Pure Silk Turban $85 now 20% off $68 This luxurious sleeping cap that’s double-lined with silk is another nice treat. $68 at Dermstore Buy with code: CELEBRATE
Tour Anthony Watts’s Plant-Filled East Hampton Home
Design Hunting Design editor Wendy Goodman takes you inside the city's most exciting homes and design studios. Above, he’s used angel vine as a centerpiece for his own alfresco dining table at his home in East Hampton. Photo: Eric StrifflerWatts in the lower level of the house that he and his husband, Dominic Lepere, bought and renovated in East Hampton in 2012. He calls it his “working laboratory,” where he’s able to experiment with different greens and orchids (depending on the light). Photo: Eric StrifflerWatts is also selling a variety of carved wood planters, including the ones shown here.
They Seem Cool: Willie Norris
Photo: Lia Clay MillerWillie Norris is a Brooklyn-based fashion designer with a thing for words. Norris, who is the Willie in WILLIENORRISWORKSHOP, has created T-shirts with text like “Promote Homosexuality” and “the Words Are Right in Front of You,” and his team distributed “Black Trans Lives Matter” shirts for free during the Brooklyn Liberation march at Brooklyn Museum in June. Right place, right time, right people, right vibe. I’m wearing a lot more color. @Forthegworls does amazing work raising money to assist with Black trans folks with rent and affirmative surgery.
Even the Frogs Are Into Throuples Now
A male Thoropa taophora, living and loving out loud. It’s a much more evolved form of relationship, if you think about it.”Is this set-up as fun for the female frogs? Female frogs are often forced into these situations by necessity. Male frogs fight over control of the seeps, and when all of the seeps in an area have been claimed, female frogs must get in line in the hopes of gaining “consistent membership” in some frog guy’s micro-harem. Even once a frog throuple’s dynamics are established, sharing can be difficult for the female frogs.
How Would You Even Begin to Explain This Space Force Tweet?
How would you even begin to explain that–by being part of the shaping. How would you even begin to explain that--by being part of the shaping. pic.twitter.com/EaTooBQz1B — United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) August 12, 2020The Space Force was formed by President Trump in December 2019 as a military service branch within the Department of the Air Force. Still, Space Force admits the tweet was a blunder. pic.twitter.com/CbqmuYftmo — United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) August 10, 2020Stay in touch.
The European Cities Using the Pandemic As a Cure for Airbnb
When 2020 started, many neighborhoods were more than one third short-term housing; in the worst-affected part of town, around 55 percent of residential units had been converted to makeshift hostels and hotels. Now Lisbon is taking advantage of that situation, in order to push some of these units back into the long-term housing market. In Portugal, efforts to regulate Airbnb rentals and increase housing stock were already underway before COVID-19 crushed everyone’s summer plans; the pandemic simply served to rapidly accelerate efforts to deal with the problem. Per square mile, Barcelona has the most Airbnb properties in Europe — and Lisbon is No. Until now, regulation of Airbnb properties has mostly been done by the Italian version of the IRS, but Parliament is currently discussing a national law.
The Coronavirus Was Found on Frozen Chicken Wings
Photo: fotofrog/Getty ImagesA sample of frozen chicken wings in China was found to be contaminated with the coronavirus, authorities said this week. The chicken was imported to Shenzhen from Brazil, where there are currently more than 3 million cases of COVID-19 — the second-largest outbreak in the world, after the U.S. — and is the latest in a series of contaminated food products detected in the country. Earlier this week, officials reported that the virus had been found on the packaging of shrimp imported from Ecuador. (And just because traces of the coronavirus was detected on a surface doesn’t mean it’s necessarily infectious.) That said, it’s pretty much always a good idea to wash your hands, especially before eating or preparing food.
The Coronavirus Was Found on Frozen Chicken Wings
We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. A sample of frozen chicken wings in China was found to be contaminated with the coronavirus, authorities said this week. Earlier this week, officials reported that the virus had been found on the packaging of shrimp imported from Ecuador. (And just because traces of the coronavirus was detected on a surface doesn’t mean it’s necessarily infectious.) That said, it’s pretty much always a good idea to wash your hands, especially before eating or preparing food.
Cuba Gooding Jr. Can’t Use Accuser’s Breast Size as Defense
Prosecutors, pointing to one of Gooding attorney’s past claims that an accuser had expressed insecurity online about having small breasts, asked Judge Curtis Farber to bar this line of questioning. “Do you intend to ask the witness what she feels about the size of her breasts?” Farber asked one of Gooding’s lawyers, Peter Toumbekis. “Tell me the connection between the size of her breasts and the relevance at trial,” Farber asked shortly thereafter. “She actually talks about the fact that she’s self-conscious about her breast size,” Toumbekis said at one point, referring to a purported blog. “Yes, judge,” Toumbekis said.
The Devastating Impact of the COVID Abortion Ban in Texas
Photo: Scott Olson/Getty ImagesIn late March, Texas temporarily banned abortion, using the coronavirus pandemic as a thin excuse. It made already stringent time constraints around abortion in Texas, only legal up to 20 weeks, even more stressful and harrowing. After a prolonged legal battle, clinics were allowed to resume abortions exactly a month after the ban began, on April 22. Many of the patients, clinics said, had intended to receive a nonsurgical medication abortion, allowed only in the first ten weeks of pregnancy in the state, and missed the opportunity. It’s horrifying to imagine the effects of just one month of total loss of abortion care in one state magnified across more places, and for longer periods of time.
Signet Amps Up Safety Measures to Reduce COVID-19 Risk
Signet offers by-appointment shopping, curbside “concierge” pickups and has reduced store hours. “We are trying to give our customer every opportunity to start and end their shopping journey on their terms,” Singleton said. Since temporarily closing stores in late March to reduce risk of virus spread, approximately 90 percent of the fleet has reopened. Employees must wear a face shield and a mask while piercing and customers must wear masks. To ensure consistent best practices, store employees undergo mandatory training to carry out safety and health measures and are trained on advising customers on safety rules and guidelines.
Fortnite Is Going to War With Apple
But, claiming that this violated Apple’s commerce rules on the App Store, Apple removed the app. In tandem with the lawsuit, Epic also premiered a new short in the game today called “Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite,” directly taking shot at the Apple ad. Such an agreement is oppressive, Epic claims, stating that with Apple controlling the sole store option for iOS users, Apple exerts too much control over the market. The more open market on Apple’s Mac devices calls for a 3% tax, Epic said. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”
This Portable Air Conditioner Allows Me to Enjoy My Windows Year-Round
I was about to succumb to this fate again and lose a huge amount of natural light when I discovered the Black+Decker Portable Air Conditioner. This portable air conditioner is perfect for my small one-bedroom apartment. Image zoom amazon.comBlack+Decker Portable Air Conditioner, $300; amazon.comBeyond my immediate glee at avoiding the dreaded air conditioner installation, other parts of my life have also been made easier by this portable air conditioner. From my first night with this portable air conditioner, I’ve really put it to the test. The next morning, I woke up and with a click of the remote the air conditioner began to fill the room with the low buzz of cool air again.
Brassiness Can Ruin Your Hair Color—Here’s How to Get Rid of It for Good
To give your hair a makeover that entirely removes any hint of brass, Graham recommends booking a color-corrective appointment with a professional stylist/colorist. Graham says that, a permanent color is often the greatest culprit of creating brassy, rusty tones. “It’s not actually more permanent than some other hair colors, it simply creates lift,” she says. Because of this phenomenon, many professional colorists like Graham will use a demi-permanent color to avoid brassiness. Unlike permanent hair color, she says a demi-approach fades in a different, more natural-looking way.
Mandatory masks and empty seats: Here's what to expect when movie theaters reopen
Sanitation measures include contactless payment options and reduced auditorium capacities. Cash or credit cards? Cash or credit cards? Number of theaters: 418 screens in 48 theatersMask policy: Guests are encouraged but not required to wear masks. Cash or credit cards?
July 2020 was among the Earth's hottest months ever recorded
July 2020 tied with July 2016 as the second-hottest month ever recorded for the planet Earth. July 2020 also marked the 427th-consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century averageExperts say this is a sure sign of human-caused climate change. July 2020 tied with July 2016 as the second-hottest month ever recorded for the planet Earth, according to a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. July 2020 also marked the 44th-consecutive July and the 427th-consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average, according to NOAA. In the U.S., several states either set or tied their hottest month on record, including Virginia (tied), Maryland, Pennsylvania (tied), Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut (tied) and New Hampshire.
NASA ‘Hidden Figures’ mathematicians, Ella Fitzgerald, BET co-founder among influential women from Virginia
Twelve women were chosen from a list of nearly 70 worthy women, narrowed down by a panel of diverse Virginia women. June Carter Cash Award-winning singer (1929-2003) June Carter Cash Photo: Associated Press, Illustration: USA TODAY Network Grammy Award-winning musician June Carter Cash came from humble beginnings in Maces Spring, Virginia. The Carter Family disbanded in 1943 and Carter Cash started touring with her mother and sisters as the Carter Sisters and Mother Maybelle. In 1950, Carter Cash broke out on her own and made her solo debut at the Grand Ole Opry. She and her then-husband, Robert Johnson, founded the cable television network Black Entertainment Network (BET) in 1979.
Calif. officer rescues man from oncoming train
Calif. officer rescues man from oncoming trainA police officer in California pulled a man from a wheelchair that was stuck on railroad tracks seconds before the train came past, in a dramatic rescue caught on the officer's body camera. (Aug. 13)AP
Gooding flaunts BLM mask as attorney speaks
Gooding flaunts BLM mask as attorney speaksActor Cuba Gooding Jr. showed off a Black Lives Matter face mask after appearing before a judge Thursday in Manhattan. (Aug. 13)AP
NYC mayor defends school reopening timetable
NYC mayor defends school reopening timetableNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held firm Thursday to plans to reopen the nation’s largest public school system within a month, despite public concerns from teachers and administrators that it's too soon to ensure the safe return of students. (Aug.13)AP
Late to shut down. First to reopen. COVID-19 at school. Georgia reports its highest daily death toll.
Ben Lopman, a professor of epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, said the state's approach has been "cavalier." The pandemic won't end unless enough doAfter declaring a statewide public health emergency in March, Georgia Gov. ... As I look at the data and as I talk with our public health officials, I don’t see that it’s based on anything that’s logical." New cases in Georgia began to accelerate in mid-June, according to data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. That's when the governor signed two executive orders that extended the state's public health emergency and existing COVID-19 safety measures.
Logistics Firms Fast-Track Cloud, AI Projects After Covid-19 Lays Bare Supply-Chain Gaps
Global logistics companies are expected to increase their use of digital technology, as manufacturers, retailers and other businesses reset global supply chains battered by the coronavirus outbreak. The goal is to boost the availability of real-time data and enable commercial customers to better manage inventory by closely tracking air, sea and ground freight, said Brannon Kuykendall, chief information officer of Crane Worldwide Logistics. Newsletter Sign-up CIO Journal The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. Brannon Kuykendall, chief information officer of Crane Worldwide Logistics. Crane Worldwide Logistics operates in 120 locations across 30 countries, and has over 2,300 employees, the company said.
U.S. Employers Shed IT Jobs Amid Faltering Reopening Plans
July marked the first month of tech job declines since March, as employers across industries expanded net IT head count in April, May and June, according to CompTIA. While tech jobs remain among the most in-demand, some firms may be hesitant to fill openings as they assess how the economy develops, said Tim Herbert, CompTIA’s executive vice president for research and market intelligence. The unemployment rate for tech jobs stood at 4.4% in July, up from 4.3% in June. Across all sectors, job postings in IT fell to roughly 235,000 in July, down from nearly 269,000 in June and about 358,000 in March. Graig Paglieri, the technology and engineering group president at staffing firm Randstad US, said the company’s clients have been beefing up their IT support staff job postings.
Roper Technologies Is Buying an Insurtech for More Than $5 Billion. Here’s Why.
Text sizeRoper Technologies is scooping up Vertafore for $5.35 billion, its latest acquisition of an insurtech. The $5.35 billion Vertafore deal is Roper’s largest acquisition ever, according to Julian Mitchell, a Barclay’s equity analyst. The deal comes roughly a year after Roper acquired iPipeline, an insurtech, for $1.625 billion. Roper first looked at Vertafore in 2016 when the Denver company was ultimately sold to private-equity firms Vista Equity Partners and Bain Capital for $2.7 billion, Hunn said. Thoma Bravo is buying Majesco (MJCO) which provides cloud-based insurance software that helps other insurers modernize and innovate, for $729 million.
TikTok Deal Could Challenge Microsoft CEO’s Light Touch on Acquisitions
For Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella, completing an acquisition of TikTok’s U.S. business could pose a new challenge: How to reshape a just-bought business quickly, without damaging its successful formula. Mr. Nadella typically has taken a light-touch approach in Microsoft’s biggest acquisitions. After the software giant shelled out $26 billion on LinkedIn in 2016, it took years to integrate the business, in part to avoid disrupting the culture that had made the business-focused networking startup a success.
Justice Department Finds Yale Discriminated Based on Race in Undergraduate Admissions
The Justice Department said it determined that Yale University has discriminated against Asian-American and white applicants, issuing its findings nearly two years after opening an investigation into the school’s admissions practices. The department said Thursday that it found Yale discriminates based on race and national origin, and that race was the “determinative factor” in hundreds of admissions decisions each year. It said for the majority of applicants, Asian-American and white students have one-tenth to one-fourth the...
Opinion | Remote Learning Is Hard. Losing Family Members Is Worse.
Since my parents are essential workers, I’m starting my senior year of high school worrying whether they’re next. When schools went remote earlier this year, low-income students like me, who have limited access to computers and the internet, faced challenges keeping up with schoolwork. Throughout the pandemic, my five-member family has been huddled in a 920-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment, where I share a room with my two brothers. Cases in our county were rising, so she opted instead to take care of my autistic cousin through a respite care program. It’s not much, but in my mother’s words, the extra money will allow us to salir adelante, or get ahead.
Lebanon sees record number of COVID-19 cases following Beirut explosion
Lebanon saw a record number of new coronavirus infections last week — a week after the Beirut port explosion ravaged the capital city, killing at least 172 people and injuring thousands. The country reported 309 new cases — in addition to seven new deaths — on Monday, data from its Ministry of Public Health shows. On Tuesday, that number slightly dipped to 292 new cases, and rose again on Wednesday to 298 cases, the data indicates. Overall, by Thursday night local time, the country had tallied 7,711 coronavirus cases and 92 deaths. “COVID-19 had already drained the health sector even before last week’s explosion, but now — in the aftermath of this disaster — it is causing even more suffering.
Taiwan’s president praises relationship with US as tensions with China grow
I am proud that the relationship between Taiwan and the US has never been closer,” President Tsai Ing-Wen said during a video presentation to the Hudson Institute think tank on Wednesday. She noted that a Taiwanese representative has arrived in Washington and looks forward to working more closely with the US. Tsai said Taiwan’s 23 million people have a right to determine their own future, even if that undermines Beijing’s will. Azar praised Taiwan’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic during his visit. Taiwan has one of the lowest infection rates in the world with fewer than 500 cases and seven deaths.
Texas family stunned to find stranger in grandfather’s casket at funeral
A Texas family got quite the shock when they opened the casket at their grandfather’s funeral — and found a stranger inside, according to a local report. The family, stunned and upset, confronted employees of the funeral home, asking them where Cordova was, the Houston TV station reported. “It almost felt like a really mean joke,” said son Natividad Cordova Junior. “I feel sorry for them, they’re in grief right now with loss of a loved one.”The company gave the family a refund. However, the relatives said it wasn’t enough, adding that funeral home staffers didn’t show any compassion or remorse over the error.
Rochester airport to be renamed after Frederick Douglass
The Greater Rochester International Airport will be rechristened in honor of African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass, after a popular petition called for the air hub to change its name and pay homage to the author, orator and civil rights leader. On Tuesday night, local lawmakers voted to change the New York air hub’s name to Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester International Airport, WHAM reports, celebrating one of Rochester’s most influential residents. Beyond the name change, educational materials about Douglass’ life and legacy will be featured throughout the airport, per WHAM. “I can’t wait to hear the captain say, ‘Welcome to Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport!’”Douglass lived in Rochester for 25 years, the Democrat and Chronicle reports, where he ran and published The North Star, an influential anti-slavery newspaper. “Douglass’ message might be more relevant today than ever since the struggles he fought for remain ongoing,” the petition pitched.
Man gets 18 years in prison for killing 92-year-old roommate
A deranged Soho man who suffocated and fatally strangled his 92-year-old roommate because she was snoring too loudly was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. After suffocating Veronica Ivins with a pillow for 10 minutes, checking occasionally for a pulse, he strangled her with his bare hands to make sure she was dead, according to prosecutors. He then called 911 and confessed, “I killed my roommate.”Leyva, who has mental health issues, told police he snapped after hearing Ivins’ snoring from her room. He had been invited to live in Ivins’ Sullivan Street apartment as her caretaker three years before the murder. After Leyva moved in, neighbors reported that Ivins and her apartment became increasingly untidy.
Homeless man arrested for pushing 7-year-old girl to the ground in NYC
Police arrested a homeless man Thursday for pushing a 7-year-old girl on Staten Island because he didn’t like the look her mother gave him, police and sources said. “He didn’t like the way the mom looked at him,” a police source said. “That’s why he did that to the kid.”Vondell Cox, 20, was arrested for the Monday incident and charged with assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said Cox has a history of psychological problems, but didn’t provide details. The girl was with her mother around noon at Edison Street and Bryant Avenue when Cox shoved her to the ground, causing minor cuts to her knees.
Woman’s body pulled from water between Brooklyn and Governors Island
Police pulled a woman’s body from the Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon, cops said. The body was spotted in the tidal strait between Pier 12 and Governors Island just after 1:30 p.m., according to police. The NYPD’s Harbor Unit pulled the unresponsive woman, whose name or age was not immediately known, from the water and brought her to the Atlantic Ferry Basin Dock, where EMS pronounced the woman dead, cops said. The city’s medical examiner will determine how the woman died.
NASA’s powerful exoplanet hunter finishes primary mission — sort of
During its primary mission, TESS discovered 66 confirmed exoplanets, and a whopping 2,000+ that are still awaiting confirmation. Once it completed that job, it moved on to mapping the northern sky up until its primary mission was completed. Now, as NASA explains, it will flip once again and begin re-examining the southern sky in search of new discoveries. “Now in its extended mission, TESS has turned around to resume surveying the south,” NASA notes. Its cameras now capture a full image every 10 minutes, or three times faster than during the primary mission.
This is when Earth won’t be able to sustain its digital data
The study examines the “incredible” growth of digital bits, the unit used to measure computer data. In the singularity point, more digital bits will be created than atoms on the planet. “At the same time, the digital information production alone will consume most of the planetary power capacity,” Vopson writes. By 2245, the research says, half of Earth’s mass would be digital information mass. “Similarly, at 50% growth per year, by the year 2245, half of the planet’s mass will be made up of digital bits.”
D.C. marks construction milestone on new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge
The project will replace the busy 70-year-old crossing that connects D.C. neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River to the seat of the federal government. ADADThe project on South Capitol Street is also viewed as a major step toward the transformation of the shores of the Anacostia. The South Capitol Street Corridor Project also includes a remake of part of South Capitol Street into a scenic boulevard and major improvements on the Suitland Parkway and Interstate 295 interchanges. Most of the construction has been over the river, limiting the impact on traffic on the existing bridge. More lane closures in nearby roadways have been announced recently as crews work on improvements on interchanges.
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The poetic reunion that brought Ocasio-Cortez’s second-grade teacher to tears
AD“It’s recognition,” she said of Ocasio-Cortez’s response to a self-described “nobody,” whose Twitter following just rocketed from 98 to more than 4,000. Before Wednesday, Jacobs said, she had tried get in vain to get in touch with Ocasio-Cortez and share her pride. A few hours before her note to Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, Jacobs had tweeted a poem of her own. “In another world I danced with my classWrote poetry standing at our classroom windowLaughed at the silly teacher’s drawings on the board. All the unknowing is undoing me.”Then came the reconnection she says she has wanted to make for years.
Trump administration needs to be consistent in its China policy: Fiorina
Trump administration needs to be consistent in its China policy: FiorinaFormer HP CEO Carly Fiorina discusses doing business with China and how the Trump administration has been dealing with it.
Fortnite's maker is suing Apple after being removed from its App Store
(CNN Business) The maker of Fortnite is suing Apple after Apple blocked the wildly popular online video game with hundreds of millions of registered players from its app store Thursday. Apple said it had removed Fortnite from the platform as Epic Games was violating the tech giant's guidelines by announcing a way for players to buy in-game currency without using Apple's proprietary payment systems. Apple's swift decision to boot Fortnite reflects the enormous influence of Epic Games, Fortnite's owner. The clash between the two companies highlights the growing scrutiny over Apple's App Store policies — which are the focus of a European Commission antitrust investigation. It requested an injunction to prohibit Apple's allegedly anticompetitive conduct and to mandate that Apple restore competition.
CNN Business Exclusive: 109 year-old IBM is planning to take on Amazon. Here's how
New York (CNN Business) When former IBM cloud leader Arvind Krishna took over the company's top job earlier this year, the move sent a clear signal about where the company sees its future. "These are businesses that consume IBM software, so that when they sell their software, they pull IBM software," Lord said. A hybrid cloud model makes sense, especially for the large, legacy companies IBM has long worked with. Using a hybrid cloud platform means companies can keep using their hardware systems for data that requires it. "It's probably the best investment IBM could make right now ...
Arrest made in slaying of New York teen stabbed and set afire
(CNN) A Bronx man was arrested Thursday in the death of a teenager who was stabbed and set on fire in an apartment building, police said. Adones Betances, 22, was charged with murder and manslaughter in the slaying of Winston Ortiz, 18, according to police. The pair got into a dispute on the fifth floor of a Bronx apartment building shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to police. During the dispute, Ortiz, of the Bronx, was stabbed three times and an accelerant was poured on him as he was lit on fire, NYPD spokesman Francis Salmon said. His aunt Victoria Ortiz tells CNN she was told someone in the building heard his screams and poured water on his body to put out the flames.
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Impossible Foods raises $200 million in fresh fundingPlant-based burger maker Impossible Foods said on Thursday it secured $200 million in funding, less than six months after it raised the largest investment ever for a food tech startup, bringing total funds raised since its founding in 2011 to $1.5 billion.
China's Baidu beats quarterly revenue estimates
FILE PHOTO: A logo of Baidu is seen at the company's headquarters in Beijing, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang(Reuters) - China’s Baidu Inc (BIDU.O) reported a quarterly revenue that edged past analysts’ estimates on Thursday, as new subscriptions for its video streaming service partially offset a decline in ad revenue from its core search engine business. The search engine giant said total revenue fell 1% to 26.03 billion yuan in the second-quarter ended June 30, above analysts’ estimate of 25.71 billion yuan, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Sister Act: Serena beats Venus to reach Lexington quarter-final
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during the match against China's Qiang Wang REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach(Reuters) - Serena Williams survived another scare to beat older sister Venus 3-6 6-3 6-4 on Thursday in the latest instalment of their reluctant on-court sibling rivalry to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky. Serena, who in her first-round match of the spectator-free tournament was five points from defeat against world number 60 Bernarda Pera, used some clutch shot-making during the decisive set to prevail in a thrilling and hard-fought battle. With the win, Serena improved to 19-12 in career head-to-head meetings with Venus. Top-seeded Serena will next face the winner of a Thursday match between Canadian qualifier Leylah Fernandez and American wildcard Shelby Rogers in the WTA International-level event.
Two Republican senators ask U.S. FTC to investigate TikTok's data collection practices
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with the TikTok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken Nov. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado RuvicWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Republican senators on Thursday asked the Federal Trade Commission for an investigation of video-sharing app TikTok’s consumer data collection and processing practices. The senators sought specific answers from the FTC related to a Wall Street Journal report that described TikTok’s undisclosed collection and transmission of data from millions of U.S. consumers until November 2019. A company spokeswoman said the current TikTok app does not collect MAC addresses. “As the Wall Street Journal points out, the TikTok app is not unique in the amount of information it collects, compared to other mobile apps; however the assertions made in the article misrepresent our intentions for using encryption.”
Top U.S. health official says COVID vaccines unlikely to be approved before November
(Reuters) - The potential COVID-19 vaccines backed by the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program are unlikely to receive a green light from regulators any earlier than November or December of this year, given the time needed for a large-scale clinical trial, National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins said in a call with reporters on Thursday. Collins said he thinks that testing a vaccine in at least 10,000 people could potentially give enough evidence of safety and efficacy to clear it for wider use. The late-stage vaccine trials launched so far in the U.S. aim to recruit up to 30,000 people.
U.S. downloads of WeChat, Signal apps spike after Trump threatens ban
FILE PHOTO: The messenger app WeChat is seen among U.S. flags in this illustration picture taken August 7, 2020. WeChat users in the United States rushed to install the app before it could disappear from the app stores. Signal app downloads in U.S. and China app stores separately jumped by 30% and 90%. WeChat users have also turned to another Tencent-owned chat app, QQ, as the ban did not specifically cover this product. Its downloads in the United States have tripled in the past week, Sensor Tower data showed.
Spain's daily infections spike to 2,935, not yet second wave
Women in protective masks talk during the COVID-19 pandemic in Pontevedra, Spain, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Miguel VidalMADRID (Reuters) - Spain reported 2,935 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest number since the country’s lockdown ended and up from 1,690 recorded the previous day, although officials argued the situation remained manageable. The Madrid region, which failed to report its data the previous day due to technical difficulties, led the tally with 842 new infections in the 24 hours to Thursday, followed by the Basque Country, with 545 cases. The ministry also said 70 people had died over the past seven days, bringing the death toll from the virus to 28,605. The resurgence of the virus has dashed Spain’s hopes of saving the tourism season as many countries have issued no-travel advisories or introduced quarantine requirements for travellers from Spain.
Exclusive: ByteDance censored anti-China content in Indonesia until mid-2020 - sources
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant ByteDance censored content it perceived as critical of the Chinese government on its news aggregator app in Indonesia from 2018 to mid-2020, six people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Logos of Bytedance, the China-based company which owns the short video app TikTok, or Douyin, are seen on a strap of an employee card, in Beijing, China August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu WangThe sources said that local moderators were instructed by a team from ByteDance’s Beijing headquarters to delete articles seen as “negative” about Chinese authorities on the Baca Berita (BaBe) app. Indonesia, a country of 270 million where over half the population is under 30, is one of ByteDance’s fastest-growing markets. ByteDance bought Indonesian news aggregator BaBe in 2018 after TikTok was briefly banned in the country for showing “pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy”, according to officials.
Trump administration to roll back curbs on methane from oil, gas operations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday will roll back regulations aimed at reducing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, its latest move to unwind environmental rules ahead of November’s presidential election. During a visit to election swing state Pennsylvania, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler will formally rescind 2016 Obama administration limits on oil and gas industry emissions of methane, a move criticized by environmentalists when initially proposed last August. The EPA is expected to retain some of the rules issued in 2012 that control methane emissions and also limit those of so-called volatile organic compounds (VOC) that cause smog. “But we understand that this rule has drawn diverse viewpoints across our industry.”The API said existing VOC regulations have led to methane emissions falling 60% from 2011-2018. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoEnvironmental groups said the move comes as scientific reports highlight the major role methane emissions play in worsening climate change.
Three more U.S. states launching coronavirus exposure warning apps
REUTERS/Paresh DaveOAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - North Dakota, Wyoming and Alabama are the latest U.S. states launching apps to warn users about potential exposure to the novel coronavirus by tracking their encounters, representatives for the states told Reuters on Thursday. North Dakota launched its app, Care19 Alert, on Thursday and Wyoming will release an app on Friday, Tim Brookins, whose company ProudCrowd developed the apps, also said during the event. Washington, which recently tested its app at a hospital, and Pennsylvania are among other states that could formally launch apps in the coming weeks with the Apple-Google technology. But developers acknowledge that they still face challenges in convincing users that the tracking and notification systems are private and reliable. For instance, getting contact tracing apps from different states to communicate with each other, as users cross borders, is untested with North Dakota’s app now the first and only in the U.S. to support that functionality.
Applied Materials forecasts current-quarter revenue above estimates
(Reuters) - Applied Materials Inc forecast fourth-quarter revenue above analysts’ estimates on Thursday, signaling a rebound in demand for semiconductor equipment and services from supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shares of the company, whose results are seen as a bellwether for the chip industry, rose nearly 2% in extended trading. The company expects current-quarter revenue to be about $4.60 billion, plus or minus $200 million, above analysts’ expectation of $4.36 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Revenue from semiconductor systems, which supplies gears to chipmakers, rose 28% to $2.92 billion. Net sales rose 23% to $4.4 billion in the third quarter ended July 26, beating analysts’ average estimates of $4.18 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Beirut blast halts American-Lebanese woman's final journey home
Pallbearers carry the casket of Lebanon-born Rita Basbous, 53, after her funeral service at Our Lady of the Cedars Maronite Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 12, 2020. It also put an end to the Basbous family’s plan to bury a beloved wife and mother alongside her relatives. “Before the blast and riots we had a very large set of hurdles to get through but it was doable,” said Rami, 21, after his mother’s funeral on Wednesday in Houston, Texas. After the Basbous family settled in Houston, Rita worked as a teacher and dedicated much of her time to volunteering and helping fellow immigrants, her son said. The son, Rami, said restrictions imposed by the pandemic forced them to get creative and live stream the funeral for family and friends unable to attend.
Apple to bundle ViacomCBS services on AppleTV+ at a discount
FILE PHOTO: The new Apple TV is displayed during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach(Reuters) - Apple will begin selling a bundle of ViacomCBS services at a reduced price on its TV+ streaming service, according to a source familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker will bundle CBS All Access and Showtime content for $9.99 per month. Separately, CBS All Access costs $9.99 and Showtime $10.99 per month on Apple TV+. The bundle is the first of its kind on Apple TV+, which debuted in November with shows such as “Oprah’s Book Club” and Jennifer Aniston’s “The Morning Show”.
Israel, UAE to normalize relations in shift in Mideast politics; West Bank annexations on hold
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueUnder the accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognise Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications and other issues, the joint statement said. Slideshow (4 Images)“Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead,” Trump added.
Fortnite maker sues Apple after removal of game from App Store
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Thursday removed popular video game “Fortnite” from its App Store for violating the company’s in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to file a lawsuit against the iPhone maker seeking to end its in-app payment practices. The move came after Epic Games enabled a direct payment feature on the Fortnite app, which Apple said violated its in-app payment guidelines. Analysts believe games are the biggest contributor to spending inside the App Store, which is in turn the largest component of Apple’s $46.3 billion-per-year services segment. Mobile app data analysis firm SensorTower estimated that the game has been downloaded 2.4 million times in the last 30 days and generated $43.4 million on the App Store. Since its release, SensorTower estimates, the game has reached 133.2 million installs and seen $1.2 billion in spending worldwide on Apple’s App Store alone.
U.S. downloads of WeChat, Signal apps spike after Trump threatens ban
FILE PHOTO: The messenger app WeChat is seen next to its logo in this illustration picture taken August 7, 2020. WeChat users in the United States rushed to install the app before it could disappear from the app stores. Signal app downloads in U.S. and China app stores separately jumped by 30% and 90%. WeChat users have also turned to another Tencent-owned chat app, QQ, as the ban did not specifically cover this product. Its downloads in the United States have tripled in the past week, Sensor Tower data showed.
'Massive poisonous shock': Scientists fear lasting impact from Mauritius oil spill
REUTERS/Reuben PillayThe full impact of the toxic spill is still unfolding, scientists say. The damage, scientists say, could impact Mauritius and its tourism-dependent economy for decades. The spill brings “a massive poisonous shock to the system,” said Adam Moolna, an environmental scientist from Mauritius who lectures at Keele University in Britain. Already, about 15 km of coastline have been affected by the spill, said Mauritius Marine Conservation Society President Jacqueline Sauzier. Slideshow (4 Images)On land, some scientists warn that washed up oil deposits could harden and lead to lasting change.
Impossible Foods raises $200 million in fresh funding
FILE PHOTO: A banh mi sandwich made with a plant-based Impossible Pork patty at the Impossible Foods headquarters in Silicon Valley, in San Francisco, California, U.S., December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Richa Naidu(Reuters) - Plant-based burger maker Impossible Foods said on Thursday it secured $200 million in funding, less than six months after it raised the largest investment ever for a food tech startup, bringing total funds raised since its founding in 2011 to $1.5 billion. The new funding round, which follows a $500 million funding it raised in March, was led by hedge fund Coatue and included existing investors Mirae Asset Global Investments and Temasek as well as new investor XN, the company said. Impossible Foods and rival Beyond Meat Inc have struck high-profile deals with several restaurant chains, including Subway and KFC, but have had to find new strategies to stay afloat as many chains were forced to limit operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, Impossible started selling its burgers online in the United States through its website after beef prices shot up as the pandemic forced several meat plants to shutter.
Spain's Canary Islands curb smoking amid COVID-19 worries
MADRID (Reuters) - The Canary Islands became Spain’s second region to all but ban smoking in the streets on Thursday as part of measures to stop a resurgence of coronavirus infections, and other regions considered a similar ban. REUTERS/Borja SuarezSmoking will be banned when people cannot maintain a 2-metre (6.5-foot) distance between each other on the islands, which are popular with tourists. Officials in both regions said smoking in public places, such as outdoor bar terraces or simply in the street with other pedestrians close, represents a high risk of infection. It’s going to be complicated,” said a bar attendant in the Galician town of Pontevedra who gave his name only as Sergio. There were 99 new cases reported in the Canaries and 107 in Galicia on Thursday, bringing Spain’s total new infections to 2,935 and the cumulative total for the country to 337,334.
Spain's daily infections spike to 2,935, not yet second wave
REUTERS/Borja SuarezMADRID (Reuters) - Spain reported 2,935 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, the highest number since the country’s lockdown ended and up from 1,690 recorded the previous day, although officials argued the situation remained manageable. The new data brought the cumulative total to 337,334 cases in the country. The ministry also said 70 people had died over the past seven days, bringing the death toll from the virus to 28,605. The resurgence of the virus has dashed Spain’s hopes of saving the tourism season as many countries have issued no-travel advisories or introduced quarantine requirements for travellers from Spain. Various Spanish regions have reimposed some restrictions and even come up with new ones, such as a ban on smoking in public spaces in Galicia and the Canary Islands.
Israel hails UAE deal but Palestinians - and settlers - dismayed
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel talked of “history” and Palestinians of “betrayal” after Thursday’s surprise announcement of a deal to normalise relations between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates. A television screen shows U.S. President Donald Trump as Palestinians follow the news on UAE 's agreement with Israel on normalising relations, in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank August 13, 2020. “The Palestinian leadership rejects and denounces the UAE, Israeli and U.S. trilateral, surprising, announcement,” said Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Reading a statement on Palestinian television, Abu Rudeineh said the leadership regarded the UAE’s move as “a betrayal”. But for many Palestinians and Arabs in other countries, the word has overwhelmingly negative connotations.
Jordan says Israel-UAE deal should prod Israel to accept Palestinian state
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said that the deal announced on Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates could push forward stalled peace negotiations if it succeeds in prodding Israel to accept a Palestinian state on land that Israel had occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Safadi said the agreement must be followed by Israel ending any unilateral moves to annex territory in the occupied West Bank that “obstruct peace prospects and violate Palestinian rights”. “The region is at a crossroads...continued occupation and denial of the Palestinian peoples’ legitimate rights won’t bring peace or security,” Safadi added. Jordan lost the West Bank including East Jerusalem to Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Jordan is the second Arab country after Egypt to sign a peace treaty with Israel and many of its more than 8 million citizens are of Palestinian origin.
Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block funding for mail-in voting
Postal Service and election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, in a bid to block more Americans from voting by mail during the pandemic. “The items are the post office and the $3.5 billion for mail-in voting,” Trump told Fox Business Network, saying Democrats want to give the post office $25 billion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said the Republican-controlled Senate was leaving Washington until September, unless there was a coronavirus relief agreement that required a vote. Trump has also criticized state efforts to make voting by mail more widely available, saying without evidence it could lead to widespread fraud. Evidence shows mail voting is as secure as any other method.
'Massive poisonous shock': Scientists fear lasting impact from Mauritius oil spill
REUTERS/Reuben PillayThe full impact of the toxic spill is still unfolding, scientists say. The spill brings “a massive poisonous shock to the system,” said Adam Moolna, an environmental scientist from Mauritius who lectures at Keele University in Britain. Already, about 15 km of coastline have been affected by the spill, said Mauritius Marine Conservation Society President Jacqueline Sauzier. On land, some scientists warn that washed up oil deposits could harden and lead to lasting change. (GRAPHIC - Map showing the extent of oil spill: here)
S&P 500 ends down slightly after flirting with record levels again
REUTERS/Mike SegarThe benchmark S&P 500 rose as high as 3,387.24 during the session, just above its record high closing level of 3,386.15 from Feb. 19. The index’s intraday record high of 3,393.52 was also set on Feb. 19. An 11.2% slump in shares of Cisco Systems weighed on the Dow and S&P 500 after the company forecast first-quarter revenue and profit below estimates. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) shares rose 1.8%, helping to support the Nasdaq and limiting losses in the S&P 500. The S&P 500 posted 15 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 62 new highs and 18 new lows.
Trump administration 'satisfied' with progress on China trade Phase One deal, Kudlow says
FILE PHOTO: White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow addresses a press briefing on the U.S. economy and new U.S. employment and unemployment numbers in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tom BrennerWASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday said the Trump administration is satified with progress on Phase One of the U.S. trade deal with China. “On trade, we are engaged and thus far (U.S. Trade Representative) Lighthizer is satisfied with the progress,” Kudlow said in an interview with Fox News.
Former U.S. Fed Chair Yellen among those appearing at Biden economic briefing
(Reuters) - Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is among those who appeared at a briefing on the economy for U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, his campaign disclosed on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a panel discussion at the American Economic Association/Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) 2019 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 4, 2019. Harris joined the regular briefings that Biden takes on both the public health and economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. Yellen, an academic who had specialized in labor economics, was appointed the first woman Fed chair by Democratic President Barack Obama. It is unclear what Yellen is telling Biden in private, and Biden declined to say when asked by a reporter.
U.S. Justice Department says Yale illegally discriminates against Asians, whites
FILE PHOTO: Students walk on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, October 7, 2009. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Yale University illegally discriminates against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process in violation of U.S. civil rights law, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian American groups concerning Yale’s conduct, the department said in a statement. The department said it was prepared to file a lawsuit against Yale if the school, in New Haven, Connecticut, did not take “remedial measures.”A lawyer for Yale did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Justice Department said in a press release that although the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed race to be considered in college admissions in limited circumstances, “Yale’s use of race is anything but limited.”The elite Ivy League school “uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission,” the Justice Department said.
Fortnite maker sues Apple after removal of game from App Store
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Thursday removed popular video game “Fortnite” from its App Store for violating the company’s in-app payment guidelines, prompting developer Epic Games to file a lawsuit against the iPhone maker seeking to end its in-app payment practices. The move came after Epic Games enabled a direct payment feature on the Fortnite app, which Apple said violated its in-app payment guidelines. Analysts believe games are the biggest contributor to spending inside the App Store, which is in turn the largest component of Apple’s $46.3 billion-per-year services segment. Mobile app data analysis firm SensorTower estimated that the game has been downloaded 2.4 million times in the last 30 days and generated $43.4 million on the App Store. Since its release, SensorTower estimates, the game has reached 133.2 million installs and seen $1.2 billion in spending worldwide on Apple’s App Store alone.
Royal Expert On What Makes Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Step Back So 'Tragic'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s unprecedented decision to step back from the royal family arrived without warning on Jan. 8. HuffPost spoke with Omid Scobie, royal editor of Harper’s Bazaar and co-author of the bombshell biography “Finding Freedom,” on Wednesday about what the royal family is missing now that Harry and Meghan are gone and what was the most “tragic” part of losing them. Damir Sagolj/Reuters The Duke and Duchess of Sussex beaming with joy on their wedding day in 2018. Scobie added that the royal family’s “opportunity to represent diversity and inclusivity is no longer there.” “It’s what makes this such a tragic incident. Simon Dawson/Reuters Meghan and Harry at one of their last engagements as working royals this March.
Mom’s homeschool course on Black history takes off as parents grapple with teaching race
After a summer of Black Live Matters protests, some parents have struggled to explain racial injustice to their children. Sheva Quinn, a homeschooling mom in Georgia, has started a free online class for them to have an honest conversation about police brutality and the origins of the movement.
Wyoming announces COVID-19 testing program for teachers
Mark Gordon announced Wednesday that teachers will be able to be tested for COVID-19 under a new state program as they prepare to return to classrooms statewide. ADVERTISEMENTState Health Officer Dr. Alexia Harrist described that program as a “proactive” measure meant to find cases and control outbreaks. Staff and residents at facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases were tested weekly until the outbreaks disappeared, Harrist said. “We want to make sure teachers know they have access to and feel comfortable coming back to school,” he said. Balow said more than half of the state’s 48 school districts’ plans had been approved.
FBI to join investigation into Beirut port explosion, U.S. diplomat calls for reform
BEIRUT - A top U.S. diplomat said on Thursday the FBI would join a probe of the massive Beirut explosion that killed at least 172 people, urging change in Lebanon to "make sure something like this never happens again." Undersecretary for Political Affairs David Hale said Lebanon needed "economic and fiscal reforms, an end to dysfunctional governance and to empty promises." The explosion at Beirut port injured 6,000 people and forced around 300,000 out of their homes in the city, which was already sinking deep into financial crisis. "The FBI will soon join Lebanese and international investigators at the invitation of the Lebanese to help answer questions about the circumstances that led up to this explosion," Hale said on Thursday. Bulldozers continue work at the base of the destroyed Beirut port silos on Aug. 13, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Tulsa commits $5.6M of virus relief to get students online
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa will spend $5.6 million of the $30 million in federal coronavirus relief funds it received to provide internet services for public school students, Mayor G.T. The funding will provide internet to families without the service so that students can join their classes online. CORONAVIRUS NUMBERSThe Oklahoma State Department of Health on Thursday reported 705 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 11 additional deaths. The department has reported a total of 46,103 confirmed cases in Oklahoma and 638 deaths. The department reported 6,810 active cases, an increase of 27 from Wednesday and said 38,655 people have recovered.
Health Department recommends moving football to spring
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Public Health commissioner recommended Thursday that high school officials move their football and volleyball seasons from the fall to the spring to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. The federal Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and the state Public Health Department also contributed. The study found that 601 nursing home residents out of 2,117 tested at 33 nursing homes were infected with the virus, representing a 28% positive test rate. Of the 601 residents, 90% did not show any symptoms at the time of the testing. ADVERTISEMENTThe deaths of nearly 2,850 nursing home residents in the state have been deemed as related to COVID-19, representing more than 60% of the total coronavirus-related deaths in Connecticut.
As schools reopen, Utah governor urges virus vigilance
Faculty members at Arrowhead Elementary welcome students near the front doors as Washington County School District returns to class Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Santa Clara, Utah. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)Faculty members at Arrowhead Elementary welcome students near the front doors as Washington County School District returns to class Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Santa Clara, Utah. He said there’s no way to ensure a “zero risk” scenario, but said every school district has a plan in case an outbreak occurs. Herbert also emphasized the importance for all teachers, students and staff to comply with the the statewide mask mandate as schools reopen. ADVERTISEMENTThe Washington County School District, which serves nearly 33,000 students, opened for the first day of classes Thursday.
Woman injured in deadly 2017 highway shooting sues police
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A woman seriously injured when police opened fire on a busy Rhode Island highway in 2017 after a high-speed chase in a search for a stolen police cruiser has sued the police. ADVERTISEMENTSurveillance video captured by state highway cameras showed Santos speeding away from officers onto a Providence-area highway, then getting caught in traffic as he merged onto Interstate 95 next to the Providence Place mall. At that point, authorities say, nine officers from Providence and state police shot more than 40 rounds into the pickup. A bullet punctured Demers’ kidney, liver, and diaphragm, her lawyers say in the lawsuit, which was filed against several Providence and state police officers. A grand jury in 2018 determined that that the shooting was “lawful and legally justified.” Police have said the shooting was justified because Santos was putting lives at risk.
14K seek jobless benefits in NJ, falling 17% over last week
It’s the second week in a row that the number of claims fell compared with the week before. For the week ending Aug. 8, there were 13,822 applications, down from 16,573 the week before. “It’s a relief to see initial unemployment claims decline for two consecutive weeks,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said in a statement. Also on Thursday, the state Health Department released a 19-page set of guidelines for how local health departments and schools should monitor and handle a COVID-19 outbreak. The health department divides the state into six regions and provides a color-coded risk assessment, from low risk indicated by green to very high risk shown by red.
2 people arrested in torching of NYPD homeless outreach van
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Brooklyn residents arrested Thursday could face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if they are convicted of federal charges that say they torched a police van in Manhattan used to help the homeless, authorities announced. The complaint did not say if the undercover officer was among law enforcement operatives who have sometimes gathered information during widespread protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ADVERTISEMENTIf convicted of conspiracy to commit arson and arson, they could each face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years. They returned minutes later to apply an accelerant to destroy the van, authorities said. “These organized efforts are not a form of protest, they are crimes,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a release.
I Want To Expand My Social Bubble. Should I Get A Coronavirus Test First?
We thought of having him get a diagnostic test to find out if he is currently infected. Another kind of diagnostic test is an antigen test which can detect the coronavirus' proteins — these are less sensitive, says Daniel Green, a pathologist at Columbia University Medical Center, and can be less accurate. In fact studies show a negative diagnostic test result can be wrong between 5% and 40% of the time, depending on the circumstances. If I can't rely on negative test results, what do I do instead to safely visit someone or merge social bubbles? And that is true whether you've had a negative test, a positive test or not even gotten a test at all.
U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During Pandemic
U.S. Sees Deadly Drug Overdose Spike During PandemicAudio will be available later today. Enlarge this image toggle caption Brian Mann/NPR Brian Mann/NPRNew data from around the U.S. confirms that drug overdoses are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, rising by roughly 18%. In all, more than 60% of counties participating in the information-gathering project reported increases in drug overdoses, with some communities seeing deadly surges in the number of people needing help. "The longer people had to isolate it was relapse, relapse, overdose, relapse, overdose," said Jennifer Austin, who coaches people with substance abuse disorder in Ogdensburg, N.Y."I've had people who I've never worked with before reach out to me and say, 'Jen, what do I do?'" The American Medical Association has also raised alarms about the link between COVID-19, addiction and drug overdoses, particularly in Black and Latinx communities.
Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies
While traditional computers store information as either zeros or ones, quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which represent and store information as both zeros and ones simultaneously. The U.S. has been under pressure to accelerate its efforts in quantum computing, amid competition from China and other countries. Cloud competitors to Amazon, such as Microsoft Corp. and International Business Machines Corp., also offer quantum computing services and access to machines. His team is experimenting with quantum computing services from AWS and other tech companies. Fidelity has increased its focus on quantum computing in recent years in part because it’s becoming easier for coders to develop algorithms for quantum computers without needing to be experts in quantum hardware, he said.
How Video Games, and Coronavirus, Rekindled My Oldest Friendships
In our series First Person, we feature personal essays from WSJ Noted. staff and outside contributors. I was a high school sophomore when Microsoft released the first successful online gaming platform, Xbox Live, in 2002. I still remember the first time my friend Isaac plugged his new XBox into the internet, seeing people halfway across the country control the avatars on screen. For years, my friends and I spent every weekend in Isaac’s basement, playing video games online, talking about girls, and drinking pop.
‘Fortnite’ Kicked Off Apple App Store After Epic Games Moves to Bypass Fees
Apple Inc. removed “Fortnite” from its App Store just hours after the game’s creator unveiled a new payment system that appeared to violate the technology giant’s rules. Epic Games Inc. on Thursday said it launched its own payment system in the “Fortnite” app for devices from Apple and Alphabet Inc.-owned Google, giving players the option to buy digital goods for up to 20% less than what those companies charge. The discount was also available for in-game purchases on gaming consoles and personal computers. The survival game...
Beirut Explosion Unleashes Public Anger at Hezbollah, Lebanon’s Most Powerful Group
BEIRUT—The throngs of antiestablishment protesters marching in Beirut after last week’s devastating explosion have turned their sights on one group above all: Hezbollah, the powerful, Iranian-backed Shiite political party and militia that has in recent years become a nearly untouchable force in Lebanon. Hezbollah, which since its birth has billed itself as a bulwark against Israel and other foreign powers and a protector of Lebanon’s Shia population, is facing new, public criticism as an impediment to political reform.
Trump Adds Coronavirus Adviser Whose Views Closely Align With His Own
WASHINGTON—President Trump this week tapped a new coronavirus adviser whose views on the pandemic closely align with his own. Scott Atlas, who spoke at Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing at the White House, is a radiologist, a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution of Stanford University and a frequent Fox News commentator. He previously served as chief of neuroradiology at the Stanford University Medical Center and has previously advised Republican presidential candidates on health care, including Mitt Romney...
What’s in the Israel-U.A.E Deal?
Israel and the United Arab Emirates moved Thursday to establish formal diplomatic ties, after Israel agreed to halt plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The deal was reached with U.S. backing, and President Trump has hailed it as historic. Here is a look at what the pact involves and what it means for the broader Middle East. What did Israel and the United Arab Emirates commit to?
Facebook and Twitter Could Play a Big Role in the Election
Facebook, Google and Twitter have discussed with federal officials how they can prevent the spread of misinformation in the days before and after the election. President Trump’s repeated attacks on the security of voting by mail are the biggest issue, said several current and former officials from some intelligence agencies. Some current officials working on election security said they consider such messaging from the president to be a more significant threat than efforts by foreign countries to undermine the election’s integrity. Facebook is thinking about how to handle posts in the period between people voting and the results being announced. Experts in both election security and foreign disinformation said Moscow’s efforts to sow division and undermine faith in U.S. democracy have continued and evolved since 2016.
In a true tech Battle Royale, Apple and ‘Fortnite’ maker appear headed for a courtroom
The maker of “Fortnite” has launched a Battle Royale against Apple Inc., accusing the tech giant of seeking to “unlawfully maintain its monopoly.”Epic Games said Thursday it filed legal papers against Apple AAPL, +1.77% after the iPhone maker booted the company’s hit game “Fortnite” out of its App Store. Apple removed the game after Epic began offering players a discount on in-game purchases if they opted to make a direct payment and not buy their digital offerings through the App Store. For more: Apple and Facebook could be most vulnerable among the antitrust suspectsApple’s fee policies around the App Store have come under increased scrutiny from both developers and regulators recently. Apple and Hey’s developers eventually reached a compromise. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have also questioned the company’s App Store policies and whether they stifle competition.
Apple pulls 'Fortnite' from App Store after Epic Games offered discount to cut Apple out of purchases
Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.77% removed the popular "Fortnite" game from its App Store Thursday after "Fortnite" developer Epic Games began offering players a discount on in-game purchases if they opted to make a direct payment and not buy these digital offerings through the App Store. Apple charges between 15% and 30% to developers who offer in-app purchases of digital services through apps that have been distributed through the App Store. The statement also said that Apple will "make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return 'Fortnite' to the App Store." Apple's fee policies around the App Store have come under increased scrutiny from both developers and regulators recently. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have also questioned the company's App Store policies and whether they stifle competition.
CDC director warns America is in for the ‘worst fall…we’ve ever had’
While the world watches and waits for a COVID-19 vaccine to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control, there’s another inoculation poised to be just as important this fall. And either one of those by themselves can stress certain hospital systems,” Dr. Redfield said, noting many hospitals have already been overwhelmed by the number of coronavirus patients. This year, Dr. Redfield said that he’s pushing for 65% compliance. “So by getting that flu vaccine, you may be able to then negate the necessity to have to take up a hospital bed. In fact, less than half of Americans said they would get the COVID-19 vaccine if and when one becomes available.
New species of dinosaur discovered on the Isle of Wight
Four bones found on the Isle of Wight belong to a new species of dinosaur from the same family as Tyrannosaurus rex, scientists say. The dinosaur – which is a new species of theropod dinosaur, the group that includes Tyrannosaurus rex and modern-day birds – has been named Vectaerovenator inopinatus. Robin Ward, a regular fossil hunter from Stratford-upon-Avon, was with his family visiting the Isle of Wight when they made their discovery. I thought they were special and so took them along when we visited Dinosaur Isle Museum. “The record of theropod dinosaurs from the ‘mid’ Cretaceous period in Europe isn’t that great, so it’s been really exciting to be able to increase our understanding of the diversity of dinosaur species from this time.
Australia records its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic
Australia has suffered its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic so far, after 21 people died from the infection on Wednesday. The deaths, which were recorded in Victoria, dented hopes that a second wave gripping the state may be stabilising. The number was two higher than the previous deadliest days earlier this week. But it also recently had new cases of the virus after 102 days with no local transmissions. Coronavirus: what happened todayClick here to sign up to the latest news and information with our daily Catch-up newsletter
Google adds re-opening and COVID-19 info to travel searches
Google has already introduced a number of updates to help people get around during widespread closures and travel disruptions due to COVID-19. View photos Google adds COVID-19 stats to travel searches. Google Trips will also surface statistics about the number of COVID-19 cases at travel destinations. And users will be able to filter hotel search results by properties with flexible cancellation policies. The updates will roll out over the next week, and appear in Google’s search results and at Google’s Trips page.
Epic Games launches a campaign (and lawsuit) against Apple
Epic Games is launching an all-out campaign against Apple and its App Store rules. The ban was an action Epic Games was ready for. Minutes later, Epic Games broadcasted a short video inside Fortnite Party Royale, presenting a spin on Apple's iconic "1984" commercial. On-screen text declared, "Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly. This saga comes just days after Apple attracted criticism for denying Microsoft xCloud, a cloud game-streaming application, from the App Store.
Oil Spill Spreads to the Mahebourg Waterfront in Riviere des Creoles, Mauritius
Oil from the Japanese-owned tanker ship spill lingered on the Mahebourg waterfront in Riviere des Creoles, Mauritius on August 7. The video shows waste and fuel piled on the shoreline and the water. It’s estimated that the Japanese-owned tanker ship Wakashio, which ran aground off the coast in late July, leaked 1,300 tons of crude oil into the ocean. The cleanup effort is underway to remove the remaining oil on the ship before the vessel breaks apart. Credit: Reuben Pillay via Storyful
Apple to launch bundles to boost digital services: BBG
‘Without a muscular stimulus, it will be hard to continue' this pace of improvement: Skybridge Capital Co-CIO
Florida governor compares schools reopening to killing bin Laden
Some Republicans have touted DeSantis as a future presidential candidate: Getty ImagesGovernor Ron DeSantis has compared the reopening of schools in Florida to the operation that killed terrorist Osama bin Laden. Mr DeSantis, an attorney and former naval officer, likened the logistics behind schools reopening to a Navy SEALs operation. “Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too will the Martin County school system,” Mr DeSantis said at a press conference on Wednesday. The reopening of schools in Florida has been a hotly contested issue as coronavirus infections continue to surge. Story continues“We were alerted today that we had a confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campus,” Carl Auckerman’s Wednesday evening email to Palmetto High School parents said.
Apple Pulls Fortnite From App Store, and the Game’s Creator Sues
(Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. removed Fortnite from the App Store on Thursday, prompting a lawsuit by the game’s creator, Epic Games Inc. Previously: Epic Games Challenges Apple, Google Stores With Direct PaymentApple requires applications with in-app payments to be billed through the company, which takes a 30% cut of revenue, similar to Google’s store. On Thursday morning, Epic Games told customers it would begin offering a direct purchase plan for items in the popular battle royale game on both Apple and Google platforms, circumventing the fees. Apple said in a statement that it removed Fortnite because Epic took steps with the “express intent of violating the App Store guidelines.” A representative for Epic didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. App developers have complained for years about the fees Apple and Google charge in their stores.
Kaiser Permanente joins late-stage COVID-19 vaccine study
Kaiser Permanente Logo. "Kaiser Permanente is extremely well-positioned to address this public health emergency," said Nicola Klein, MD, PhD, director of the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center and principal investigator for the trial in Northern California. About Kaiser PermanenteFor 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. http://about.kp.orgFor more information, contact:Vincent.P.Staupe@kp.org, 510-318-1557ksinclair@webershandwick.com, 310-710-0321CisionView original content to download multimedia:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kaiser-permanente-joins-late-stage-covid-19-vaccine-study-301111164.htmlSOURCE Kaiser Permanente
Zaxby's releases chicken-themed relaxation packets, complete with fried chicken-scented candle
Maybe a candle that smells like fried chicken will help? Continue Reading BelowFast-casual restaurant chain Zaxby’s is giving away “relaxation packs” to help. Each pack includes candles scented like fried chicken and crinkle fries, a citrus vinaigrette bath bomb and a sleep mask. How can you get one of these relaxation packs? Well, Saturday is apparently National Relaxation Day, so Zaxby’s is giving them away to an unspecified number of people who request them Saturday at bit.ly/ZensationRelaxation.
Uber, Lyft denied extension to make drivers employees in California
Ticker Security Last Change Change % UBER UBER TECHNOLOGIES INC. 30.46 -0.38 -1.23% LYFT LYFT INC. 28.88 -1.64 -5.37%UBER MAY BE FORCED TO SHUT DOWN CALIFORNIA RIDE SERVICES OVER NEW DRIVER RULINGA spokesperson for Uber told FOX Business that they intend to immediately file an emergency appeal to the ruling. “The court’s ruling is stayed for a minimum of 10 days, and we plan to file an immediate emergency appeal on behalf of California drivers," the spokesperson said. Uber said it will not be able to reclassify and hire more than 100,000 drivers in a matter of days. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREBoth Uber and Lyft have previously threatened to suspend operations in California if their efforts to extend the stay is unsuccessful. A recent Uber analysis found that "rider prices would need to increase" 25% to 111% across California to cover increased costs.
Apple Removes Fortnite From App Store Following Payment Dispute
Apple has kicked out Fortnite from the App Store shortly after the game introduced new payment options. Earlier on Thursday, Fortnite announced that it was implementing direct payments for in-game purchases, circumventing Apple's commission for transactions through the App Store. Under Apple's App Store terms, Apple takes a cut as high as 30% from developers for payments occurring through the platform, including paid downloads and in-app purchases. In 2018, Netflix began directing new members to pay through Netflix's own website rather than through the App Store. At that hearing, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended App Store commissions in part by pointing out that it has never raised the fees.
Watch: Lake fire spawns ‘terrifying’ fire tornado as it burns through Angeles National Forest
Hours after the massive Lake fire exploded in the Angeles National Forest near the 5 Freeway on Wednesday, the blaze exhibited extreme and alarming behavior, at one point forming a tornado-like flaming vortex. AdvertisementFire whirls can occur when trees, a hillside or wall of flames force air to shift or rotate among competing air temperatures and speeds. Eventually, it tilts the rotating air from a horizontal position to a vertical one, giving it a tornado-like appearance. AdvertisementThe Lake fire started in the Angeles National Forest near the 5 Freeway shortly after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Advertisement“This will be a major fire for several days,” Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Robert Garcia said during a news conference.
Lake fire spawned flame tornado
Lake fire spawned flame tornadoThe Lake fire exhibited extreme and alarming behavior as it exploded in size in the Lake Hughes area Wednesday, at one point forming a tornado-like flaming vortex.
1,800 gallons of sewage force closure of stretch of Torrey Pines State Beach
A sewage spill near the coast sent 1,800 gallons of effluent into a storm drain earlier this week, spurring officials to close a stretch of Torrey Pines State Beach. The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health on Wednesday said the ocean at the northern boundary of the state beach was off-limits. Little information about the spill was immediately available, but county officials said 1,800 gallons had gotten into a storm drain before the spill was brought under control. AdvertisementThe closure remains in effect — and signs warning of contaminated water will stay up — until the testing reveals the water is safe for swimmers, officials said. Figueroa writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Lodi police officer rescues man in wheelchair from oncoming train in dramatic video
A police officer in Northern California pulled a man from a wheelchair that was stuck on railroad tracks seconds before the train came past in a dramatic rescue caught on the officer’s body camera. Officer Erika Urrea of the Lodi Police Department was patrolling Wednesday near the train tracks when she saw the man and the railroad crossing arms starting to come down, the Police Department said in a statement. In the video, Urrea rushes from her patrol car and tries to push the man and the wheelchair out of the way as the oncoming locomotive sounds its horn. Unable to move the wheelchair, Urrea is seen dragging the man from it seconds before the train barrels through, striking the wheelchair and the man’s leg, the department said. AdvertisementThe 66-year-old man was taken to a hospital to be treated for a leg injury and remained hospitalized Thursday, said Sgt.
These 6 hotels offer discounts to locals
In the heart of the Seaport district, YOTEL Boston offers skyline views from its rooftop bar, and a special “ Nearcation ” package for New England residents. Meanwhile, Seaport residents and their guests can book a “Seaport Neighbor Offer” for $109 per night on select rooms with valid ID. Christopher Muther/Globe StaffAlso in the Seaport district, The Envoy Hotel offers New England residents 15 percent off their stays with ID, according to their website. The historic Hotel Viking in Newport, R.I., offers locals discounts and Downton Abbey vibes. AdvertisementThe chic Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel in downtown Boston offers New Englanders 25 percent off two nights or more.
Along the Charles River, rose mallows make a spectacular summer display
Primack said beavers also have played a role in the rose mallow’s resurgence by removing birches and other woody vegetation, so there’s more open exposed areas, which is the perfect habitat for rose mallows. There’s even a bee that specializes on rose mallows and other flowers in the genus HibiscusAdvertisementBecause of the dramatic genetic variation in the flowers, rose mallows are popular among plant breeders. Rose mallows are perennials, which die back in the cold weather and regrow in the spring. Their home is located next to the Charles River and has several rose mallows that were planted from wild cuttings by Cossaboom’s mother, Monica, in the 1990s. AdvertisementKemsley said the appeal of rose mallows for her is their natural beauty and the family tradition started by Cossaboom’s mother.
Mass. reports 319 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 21 new deaths
The death toll from confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Massachusetts rose by 21 to 8,568, state officials reported Thursday, and the number of confirmed cases climbed by 319, bringing the total to 113,517. State officials said 27,879 more people had been tested for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of individuals tested to 1,381,178. The health department also is no longer presenting a measure of the change since mid-April highs for key metrics that are being watched closely by state officials. Instead, it now presents the percentage each figure has changed from its lowest observed value. And the three-day average of deaths from confirmed coronavirus cases ticked up slightly from 12 on Sunday to 13 on Monday — 19 percent above its lowest observed value of 11.
Coronavirus and heart inflammation in athletes: What we know about myocarditis
It is also possible that the virus directly invades heart cells in the same way it invades the lungs, by binding to a protein called ACE2 on the surface of cells. This direct attack was seen in patients with MERS, a previous disease caused by a new coronavirus, but so far the evidence on COVID-19 is scant.
Mike Pence says Trump added thousands of Pennsylvania manufacturing jobs: Fact check
It’s true that the number of jobs in Pennsylvania grew between Trump’s inauguration and February of this year. We don’t set out here to determine who deserves credit for that growth. Regardless, Pence is talking about jobs figures prior to the pandemic. He doesn’t just get to stop the clock in February because it provides a more favorable picture. Using the most recent data, Pennsylvania has 600,000 fewer jobs than when Trump took office, and manufacturing jobs are down as well.
New Grapevine hotel to hold ‘micro opening’ next month amid pandemic precautions
Grapevine’s historic district is getting a new addition — Hotel Vin, which is set to open on Sept. 3. Opening a hotel during a pandemic might raise a bit of skepticism, but Grapevine Main’s managing director Tom Santora said they have adapted to create a “micro opening” instead of a grand opening. In light of the pandemic, guests and employees of Hotel Vin will be required to wear masks at all times in indoor public areas. As for the attached Harvest Hall, the opening date hasn’t been set but is expected to take place this fall. Hotel Vin is located at 215 E. Dallas Road.
Dallas County offering up to $15,000 to food pantries serving residents during the pandemic
Dallas County began accepting applications for its Food Pantry Assistance Program this week, seeking to provide financial assistance to organizations that provide food to county residents outside the city of Dallas. This aid aims to reimburse funds to community organizations that existed before the pandemic and that have received an increase in applicants for their services during the COVID-19 crisis, according to information provided by Dallas County. Organizations that request aid must:Have operated from or before March 1, 2019Currently pay local taxesBe located in Dallas County, but not in the City of Dallas. Demonstrate the increased distribution of services or food since March 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemicThe financial aid will be a maximum of $15,000 to organizations that have spent the most on food sistribution. This program is funded by the CARES Act and the Dallas County CARES Initiative.
Las Vegas man pleads not guilty to killing father, 96, during quarrel
Oris Jones, 67, told police he grew angry when his father “began speaking badly about Steve Harvey and bald headed men” while the two were watching TV, an arrest report said. Oris Jones (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)A man accused of killing his 96-year-old father during an argument in July pleaded not guilty to a murder charge last week, according to Las Vegas Justice Court records. Oris Jones, 67, is accused of killing his father during an argument at their home on July 30, the Metropolitan Police Department has said. Jones’ father, 96-year-old Richard Jones, was taken to Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he died. Oris Jones told police he hit his father, but he then declined to speak further without an attorney, the report said.
Salt Lake City police suspend use of K9s after video shows dog biting Black man repeatedly
In a still from a Salt Lake City Police Department body camera, Jeffery Ryans is arrested after Officer Nickolas Pearce ordered his dog to bite Ryans, who had surrendered with his hands in the air, in Salt Lake City, April 24, 2020. The Police Department said that the use of the dogs in arrests would be suspended until the city could review its policies and practices. (Salt Lake City Police Department via The New York Times)
Democratic state lawmakers propose series of ethics changes
“Recent allegations have really brought us together again to say we have to come forward, we have to come forward publicly, and we’re not going to stop until we get real systemic change,” said state Sen. Melinda Bush of Grayslake, who previously also has said Madigan should quit both roles.
Naperville man who killed Downers Grove student while driving drunk says 7-year prison term should be reduced
While he was out of jail on $75,000 bond awaiting trial, Kucharski checked into an addiction treatment center and was residing in a sober living facility. In May 2019, his bond was increased by $25,000 after prosecutors learned that despite a judge’s mandate that he have no contact with the Dunlap family, a friend of Kucharski reached out to them on his behalf to express his remorse, court records said.
Protesters plan to march onto Dan Ryan Expressway on Saturday to rally against police brutality
“We came out here to do one thing: to shut it down,” Pfleger, of St. Sabina Catholic Church, said at the time. “We came here to get their attention. Hopefully we got their attention. … Today was the attention-getter, but now comes the action.”
L&L Tavern in Chicago has a role on new HBO series ‘Lovecraft Country’
Cameras rolled at the L&L in July 2018. It took one day to make over the bar, one to shoot and one to tear down the set, tavern owner Ken Frandsen said. He hopes “Lovecraft Country” is picked up for a second season and the crew returns to his bar, “which would be a great financial windfall after all these months and months” of being closed.
New census deadline could depress response in city’s Hispanic neighborhoods as lawmakers, organizers work to boost count
In Chicago, Latinos have been disproportionately affected by the virus. According to the city’s most recent data, there have been more than 24,580 confirmed coronavirus cases among Latinos, more than any other racial or ethnic group. There have been, however, more than 12,000 confirmed COVID-19 instances in which the person’s race is unknown.
Salt Lake City police suspend use of K9s after video shows dog biting Black man repeatedly
In a still from a Salt Lake City Police Department body camera, Jeffery Ryans is arrested after Officer Nickolas Pearce ordered his dog to bite Ryans, who had surrendered with his hands in the air, in Salt Lake City, April 24, 2020. The Police Department said that the use of the dogs in arrests would be suspended until the city could review its policies and practices. (Salt Lake City Police Department via The New York Times)
Labor Department lawyer says Secretary Scalia intervened in Oracle discrimination case, sought to reassign her to Chicago
One current and one former Labor Department official with knowledge of the case said that the department’s scrutiny of the work of Herold’s legal team increased significantly after Scalia took over as labor secretary. The officials said that Solicitor Kate O’Scannlain, the Labor Department’s top lawyer, began making line edits in legal briefs that the team planned to file in court, which she had not previously done. One of the officials said that it was reasonable for her to take an interest in important court filings but that he was surprised that O’Scannlain, who supervises hundreds of lawyers, would involve herself on such a granular level.
Weekly virus report has mixed results for school reopening plans; cases tick up in Ramsey County
Coronavirus pandemic conditions call for middle and high schools to remain closed in only two Minnesota counties, according to a weekly report released Thursday. Compared to last week’s report, conditions in 14 counties have improved to the point where more students can safely learn in-person. Those include Ramsey County, whose new case rate ticked up to 22 new cases per 10,000 residents. Several are starting the year with distance learning exclusively, including Minneapolis, St. Paul, North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale, Robbinsdale and St. Louis Park. But most private schools, which are not bound by state guidelines, are offering in-person classes every day to all students, according to Pioneer Press research.
Ellington man who kept dungeon for ‘slave training’ gets 29 years in federal prison for child porn
McCord set up a sting on Nov. 13, agreeing to supply Hessler with a “DCF/foster kid” he could train at his “slave quarters,” an arrest warrant affidavit said. The agreed-upon price for two days of “limitless sex (but no bruises)” — was $500, police said. The girl was to be handcuffed, gagged and blindfolded with equipment Hessler left in a trailer near the Manchester hotel and a photo of her sent to him once that was done, the affidavit said.
Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC stop on 'Baby Shark Live!' tour canceled
The spring Oklahoma City stop on the "Baby Shark Live!" [Logo provided]The rescheduling of "Baby Shark Live!" has been halted due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the planned Oklahoma City performance has now been canceled. As previously reported, the "Baby Shark Live!" The safety and health of our audiences is our highest priority and we encourage everyone to follow the guidelines put forth by public health officials," Chesapeake Arena officials announced today on social media.
Uber, Lyft are denied extended delay of driver pay order
Clare RothBloombergUber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. failed to persuade a judge to put an extended hold on his order converting their California drivers to employees while they appeal. The appeals process could take years in a case that threatens the business model for the ride-hailing giants and the gig industry as a whole. The companies can ask a state appeals court to overrule Schulman and keep his Aug. 10 order on hold beyond its 10-day expiration. Uber and Lyft said they plan to go to the appeals court quickly to get the hold on Schulman’s ruling extended. “The vast majority of drivers want to work independently, and we’ve already made significant changes to our app to ensure that remains the case under California law,” Uber spokesman Matt Kallman said in an email.
Apple drops Fortnite from App Store over direct payment plan
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has dropped the hugely popular “Fortnite" game from its App Store after the game's developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses Apple's platform. Apple takes a 30% cut from in-app revenue purchases, which has long been a sore spot with developers. “Fortnite" is free, but users can pay for in game accoutrements like weapons and skins. Its developer, Epic Games, said in a blog post Thursday that it was introducing Epic Direct payments, a direct payment plan for Apple's iOS and Google Play. Epic said the system is the same payment system it already uses to process payments on PC and Mac computers and Android phones.
Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Arts Council OKC moves Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Jennifer Rich and Sam Patel pose with the giant lighted ball in front of the Civic Center Music Hall during the Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Oklahoma City, Tuesday, December 31, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman Archives]Arts Council Oklahoma City is making preparations once again for the Opening Night New Year’s Eve celebration. The big news is that this year's event is moving to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Opening Night is the popular, long-running downtown OKC event for families and friends to ring in the New Year. "We feel this change in venue allows us to control the crowd, to have masks and hand-washing areas available, and to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19," said Arts Council OKC Executive Director Peter Dolese.
American considering cutting flights to many smaller cities
FILE - In this April 30, 2020 file photo, Ethan Cale walks from the American Airlines ticket counter in Salt Lake City. American Airlines is planning to drop flights to up to 30 smaller U.S. cities if a federal requirement to continue those flights expires at the end of next month, an airline official familiar with the matter said Thursday, Aug. 13.
Massachusetts coronavirus 1.5% positive test rate stays at record low
Massachusetts health officials on Thursday reported 21 new coronavirus deaths and 319 new cases as the 1.5% average positive test rate stayed at the new low from a day earlier. The 21 new coronavirus deaths bring the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 8,790, the state Department of Public Health announced. An additional 27,879 tests have brought the state’s total to more than 1.8 million tests. Of the state’s 8,790 total coronavirus deaths, 5,621 are connected to long-term care facilities. The U.S. has recorded more than 5.2 million coronavirus cases — the most cases in the world.
Private prison industry backs Trump, prepares if Biden wins
FILE - This Aug. 28, 2019, file photo shows the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Enforcement Processing Center operated by GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) a Florida-based company specializing in privatized corrections in Adelanto, Calif. Speaking to investors last week, the founder of the private prison company GEO Group, which has been donating large sums to President Donald Trump and Republican candidates, predicted his company would rebound after the November election.
Watch live: Gov. Ducey gives update on coronavirus pandemic in Arizona
Traffic deaths were down slightly last year in Tucson from the previous year. “Excessive speed” was the top factor in most of the recent road deaths, Duffy said. It’s hard to say how much lighter Tucson traffic has become, though it “absolutely” is occurring, said Blake Olofson, a traffic engineer at City Hall. The research showed a noticeable decrease in traffic on Tucson streets when various stay-at-home orders were in place from around mid-March through mid-May. At least 11 states from coast to coast have seen spikes in traffic deaths, the National Safety Council said.
Lujan Grisham to deliver briefing on virus, census
Michelle Lujan Grisham is set to deliver a public briefing Thursday addressing two topics — the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 census. The remote news conference comes as the state makes progress to toward meeting the criteria established by the Lujan Grisham administration to determine when it’s safe to reopen more of the economy. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Just 54% of New Mexico households have responded to the census, about 10 percentage points lower than the national average, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The population count — completed every 10 years — is particularly critical in a state that relies heavily on federal funding. The Census helps determine federal funding for Medicaid, highways, education and a host of other services.
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Met Commissioner says Scotland Yard is willing to assist with US Epstein investigation
Scotland Yard is ready to assist the American authorities with their investigation into the Duke of York’s association with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Dame Cressida DIck has said. Prosecutors in the United States are reportedly frustrated with the Duke’s failure to help with the ongoing inquiry into the billionaire financier, who took his own life last year while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. In June it emerged that officials from the Department of Justice had submitted a formal request to interview him as a potential witness to the investigationKnown as a mutual legal assistance request, if the Duke fails to voluntarily respond he could be called to a UK court to answer questions. Asked about what role Scotland Yard might have in the investigation, Dame Cressida said while it remained a US inquiry, her force would be willing to help at any stage if required.
'Fornite' conquered the video game world. Now, it's taking on Apple's power.
Apple and Epic Games, the maker of the popular video game "Fortnite," became locked in a dramatic standoff on Thursday that immediately renewed questions about Apple's power over the digital marketplace. That led to Apple removing Fortnite, which has 350 million registered players, from its app store. Epic Games, appearing to anticipate the move by Apple, responded by suing the company for anticompetitive behavior. Epic also took a shot at Apple's power by riffing on Apple's famous "1984" commercial, in which the Macintosh creator sought to portray itself as an innovative force defying conformity and overcoming the status quo. The short included the following message to players: "Epic Games has defied the App Store Monopoly.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announces 785 new cases of COVID-19, 6 additional deaths
Andy Beshear announced 785 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, following Wednesday’s record-high report of 1,163 new cases. The state's daily report showed six coronavirus-related deaths Thursday, bringing Kentucky's total to 796 deaths. Public health commissioner Dr. Steven Stack at Thursday’s press briefing said Kentucky is at an all-time high in its case numbers but is hopefully reaching a plateau. Georgia has had about twice as many hospitalizations as Kentucky, Stack said, and four times as many fatalities. At Thursday's briefing, Beshear spoke about a conversation he had with his kids while they were waiting for the test results to come back.
Fortnite maker sues Apple for monopoly abuse after being kicked off App Store
Apple is being sued by the company behind the blockbuster video game Fortnite, claiming the iPhone maker abuses a monopoly over its App Store to charge developers exorbitant fees. Epic Games filed a lawsuit in California accusing Apple of “attempting to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation” after Fortnite was removed from the App Store. The App Store is coming under intense scrutiny, with developers speaking out against the company and regulators in the US and EU investigating the company. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store,” a spokesperson said. It claims that Apple’s rules such as its payment demands are an abuse of its control over iPhone app distribution.
Apple removes Fortnite from App Store due to payment dispute
Apple has removed the hugely popular game Fortnite from its App Store following a dispute with the game’s developer Epic Games over payment options. On Thursday, Fortnite began offering players discounts if they made in-app purchases through direct payment, rather than through the App Store, allowing the developer to bypass Apple's commission fee for transactions. "Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem - including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store," the statement reads, in part. "We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store."
France placed on UK travel quarantine list as coronavirus cases rise again
France has been struck from the Government’s quarantine free travel list, amid rising concern over new cases in the country. Up to 400,000 Britons are currently on holiday in France and now face a last-minute dash to return home before the restrictions come into force on Sunday at 4am. Britain's second favourite holiday destination was removed from the UK's "travel corridor" list on Thursday night as new coronavirus cases hit a post-lockdown daily high with the French health ministry reporting 2,699 infections in 24 hours. "That is why the quarantine measures are very important, and we have to apply them in a very strict way." Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Malta are set to be removed from the "travel corridor" list, Government sources confirmed on Thursday.
The Swedish staycation obsession
The sweet, refreshing aroma of the surrounding pine forest wafts onto the beach at Årsunda, a lakeside tourist spot in Gävleborg, central Sweden. As in many parts of the world, staycations are popular here this summer, with Covid-19 putting would-be travellers off venturing too far from home. “But it’s actually pretty common we are up here in the summer.”The 22-year-old lives in Stockholm, but her parents own a traditional Swedish wooden summer house – built by her grandfather – near the lake. Even before Covid-19, there was a long-running national obsession with staycations in Sweden. Here, they’re known as ‘hemester’, which comes from the Swedish words for home,‘hem’, and holiday, ‘semester’.
Fortnite removed from iPhone App Store as Epic Games sues
Image copyright EPic games Image caption Epic promised cheaper in-game items if players bypassed Apple's paymentsApple has removed Fortnite from its app store, essentially making one of the world's most popular games unplayable on its devices. Apple said Epic had taken the "unfortunate step of violating the App Store Guidelines". Epic Games has already attempted to disrupt the PC gaming market with the launch of its Epic Games Store, taking on the dominant player, Steam, in an attempt to lure players away with free games, which have often been popular, top-rated titles. The Apple app store move comes less than two months after a high-profile developer railed against Apple's rejection of an email app from the store over payment systems. "Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem," it said.
Video: Biden says every American should wear a mask for the next three months
Video:'Everyone single American should be wearing a mask, when they're outside for the next three months at minimum,' said Joe Biden. Biden said wearing a mask is patriotic and Governors should mandate it.
Video:Trump calls Israel, UAE deal a 'truly historic moment'
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Helicopter flies through an amazing full circle rainbow
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Cuba Gooding Jr arrives for pre-trial hearing on groping charges
Gooding Jr is facing six groping charges over three alleged incidents which occurred in 2018 and 2019. One of the women alleged Gooding pinched her buttocks. That is nothing to do with her sexual history. The case began last year after he was reported to police for allegedly groping a woman at Magic Hour Rooftop in Manhattan. He claims Gooding Jr. is the victim of a malicious prosecution that should never have been launched.
NASA finds Betelgeuse ejected hot plasma, cooling into cloud
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals the dimming was likely due to a traumatic outburst that ejected hot material into space. Data shows a dust cloud formed when the superhot plasma was ejected from the star, cooled and formed a dust cloud that blocked light from its surface. The dimming of star Betelgeuse mystified astronomers who feared it would mean an end to the red supergiant, but a new discovery put this claim to rest. Data shows a dust cloud formed when the superhot plasma was ejected from the star, cooled and formed a dust cloud that blocked light from its surface. Being this deep into space caused a cooling effect, resulting in the dark cloud that shrouded part of the star's surface.
Nike worker arrested over bathroom filming of over 50 men
Washington County Sheriff's Office said the peeping tom actually preyed on at least 50 men while working at the sports giant. A spokesperson for Nike told DailyMail.com the company 'terminated Mr. Truong in 2018 and cooperated with the Washington County Sheriff's investigation.' The Washington County Sheriff's Office investigation uncovered at least 50 separate incidents of Truong illegally filming victims at the workplace. Nike has been working with Washington County Sheriff's Office to identify the victims in the footage and so far 23 men have been identified. He was arrested Wednesday and booked into Washington County Jail.
Steiner Studios to develop Brooklyn film and TV production hub
New York City-based Steiner Studios was awarded a multi-million dollar deal to develop a new film and TV production facility in Brooklyn, the Mayor's Office announced Thursday. New York City-based Steiner Studios will create a 500,000-square-foot film and television production hub at the Made in New York Campus at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park, BrooklynNew York City Economic Development Corp chose Steiner for the developmentThe Bush Terminal location will be Steiner Studio's first expansion from their original Brooklyn Navy Yard facility. According to the Wall Street Journal, Steiner Studios has signed a predevelopment agreement for a 49-year ground lease at Bush Terminal with the option for five 10-year extensions. The studio will take over the media-production half of the Bush Terminal campus, occupying 525,000 square feet. 'We're beyond thrilled to have been selected, and to bring 2,200 high-paying jobs and opportunities to Bush Terminal,' he added.
Coronavirus: 71 test positive after Ohio winery event
Seventy-one people tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an event at a winery in northwestern Ohio as experts raise alarm about such gatherings fueling the rampant spread of the virus in rural Midwestern communities. Seventy-one people tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an event the Leisure Time Winery (pictured) in Napoleon, Ohio, last month. A similar trend has emerged in rural counties in Illinois, including Cass, Iroquis, Coles and Saline. Rural counties in Illinois - including Cass, Iroquis, Coles and Saline - have started to see higher rates of coronavirus. The map above shows counties with high rates in yellowIn Wisconsin, case rates in several rural counties are now on par with those in metropolitan areas.
Coronavirus: US 'faces public health decline if masks not worn'
The 1,499 deaths reported on Wednesday marked the largest daily increase since mid-May. 'We haven't done a good job of getting [coronavirus vaccine] information out there.' Meanwhile, the number of cases in Florida continue to trend downward following a huge summer spike across the Sunbelt states. The state reported 8,183 cases on Wednesday, down from the record 15,000 in mid-July. Arizona currently leads the nation with pediatric coronavirus cases, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Scientists hope to bring Malaysian rhinoceros back from extinction with stem cell technology
Article contentSome skin, eggs and tissue samples are all that remain of Malaysia’s last rhino, Iman, who died last November after years of failed breeding attempts. Now scientists are pinning their hopes on experimental stem cell technology to bring back the Malaysian variant of the Sumatran rhinoceros, making use of cells from Iman and two other dead rhinos. Try refreshing your browser, or Scientists hope to bring Malaysian rhinoceros back from extinction with stem cell technology Back to video“I’m very confident,” molecular biologist Muhammad Lokman Md Isa told Reuters in his laboratory at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Once it had roamed across Asia, but hunting and forest clearance reduced its numbers to just 80 in neighboring Indonesia. Iman, 25, died in a nature reserve on Borneo island, following massive blood loss caused by uterine tumors, within six months of the death of Malaysia’s last male rhino, Tam.
France Covid-19 cases 'growing fastest among young' amid second wave fears
French health authorities warned Thursday that new coronavirus cases were rising fastest among younger people, as the number of confirmed infections per day continued to tick up. In total 2,669 tests had come back positive in the past 24 hours, it added, pointing to "regular growth" in daily new cases. The latest uptick in Covid-19 cases has been most marked in Paris but some other cities including Nice, Toulouse, Biarritz, Marseille and Lille have already ordered people to wear masks outdoors. So far almost 30,400 people have died of coronavirus in France -- 17 in the past 24 hours -- and 374 are presently in intensive care. (FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning Subscribe
Men charged over homemade bomb exploded at 'wrong' Sydney house, seriously injuring woman
Police have charged eight men after an alleged retribution attack gone wrong saw a homemade bomb explode at the wrong house — injuring a woman. "It was an improvised explosive device (IED), consisting of aerosol cans containing a highly flammable substance," Detective Chief Inspector Ian Pryde said. Police raided several homes in suburbs across Sydney on Thursday morning, and took nine men — aged between 17 and 20 — into custody. Eight of the men were charged with a string of offences while one man was later released without charges. Police believe the incident was a case of "mistaken identity" — alleging the bomb was meant for someone who did not live at the house.
Fortnite removed from App Store as Epic files for legal action against Apple
Update: Epic has filed for legal action against Apple, after the latter company removed Fortnite from the iOS App Store for adding a new direct payment option. "Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store." Whatever way it goes, it should be interesting to see how Apple, Google, and other game companies respond. Fortnite patch notes | Fortnite tips | Fortnite map | Fortnite new and unvaulted weapons | Fortnite weapon upgrade benches | Fortnite Creative codes | Fortnite 2FA | How to enable cross platform Fortnite matches | How to level up fast in Fortnite | How to get free Fortnite V-Bucks | How to link Fortnite and Twitch accounts | Fortnite Starter Pack
Lesbian baker in Detroit got homophobic cake order: Why she made it anyway
"That was the cake for June, a six-layer cake for Pride month,” Anderson said. “I am ordering this cake to celebrate and have PRIDE in true Christian marriage," the customer said in the order. The church affiliation led them to Church Militant, a Ferndale-based Catholic fringe group. He also said he was acting on his own behalf, without the knowledge of his employer, Church Militant. "We would have refused to write that message," Anderson said.
Exclusive: Over 900 Health Workers Have Died of COVID-19. And the Toll Is Rising.
More than 900 front-line health care workers have died of COVID-19, according to an interactive database unveiled Tuesday by The Guardian and KHN. Explore Our Database KHN and The Guardian are tracking health care workers who died from COVID-19 and writing about their lives and what happened in their final days. Read Their StoriesIt is the most comprehensive accounting of U.S. health care workers’ deaths in the country. Further investigations found that health workers who contracted the coronavirus and their families now struggle to access death and other benefits in the workers’ compensation system. Our reporting has also examined the deaths of 19 health care workers under age 30 who died from COVID-19.
Salt Lake City police will stop using K9s on suspects after video shows dog biting Black man repeatedly
Salt Lake City police will no longer use K9 dogs on suspects after disturbing video showed a police dog apparently biting a Black man kneeling with his hands up, the mayor said Wednesday on Twitter. Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall also said the police department has suspended the officer who commanded his dog to bite the man, whom police identified as Jeffery Ryans, 36. The officer was identified by NBC News and the Salt Lake Tribune as Nickolas Pearce. “I wasn’t running,” Ryans told the Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.
Breonna Taylor's mother: I'm trying to be patient
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Crews try to gain ground on California wildfire
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Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw rents luxury office space
Hannah Morse and Alexandra CloughPalm Beach PostWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has leased an entire floor of a luxury office tower for himself and his top staff, paying a rate double that of less prestigious office space. The sheriff entered into the DiVosta Towers lease in December to prep for a $42 million renovation of his existing headquarters. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Teri Barbera later said the offices might eventually house more employees. The sheriff's office received about $475,000 this year and the previous year in federal forfeiture money. The sheriff’s office will pay $1.7 million over four years and another $400,000 if the lease is extended into 2024.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Barbara Walters and Mary Tyler Moore among inspiring women from New York
As the epicenter of the women’s suffrage movement, New York can lay claim to being the birthplace of women's rights. To commemorate the occasion, the USA TODAY Network is naming 10 American women from each of our 50 states, and the District of Columbia, as Women of the Century. Bella Abzug? Politician, activist (1920-1998) Bella Abzug Photo: Associated Press, Illustration: USA TODAY Network Bella Abzug was a politician with the heart of an activist. She co-founded the Women USA Fund for women’s equality and justice. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, author Pearl S. Buck among influential women from West Virginia
When West Virginia became part of the Union in 1863, only white men were allowed to vote. West Virginia women have been fighting for the right to vote since at least 1895, when the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association was active. Find outBy 1920, West Virginia was ready to play a key role in the women’s suffrage movement. Mary Lou Retton Olympic gold medalist (1968- ) Mary Lou Retton Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY, Illustration: USA TODAY Network Mary Lou Retton is the first American woman to win an all-around gold medal in gymnasticcs at the Summer Olympics. She was president of the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association, and, in 1920, she chaired the West Virginia Equal Suffrage Association Ratification Committee.
19th Amendment centennial: Award-winning author Julia Alvarez among Vermont’s influential women
Decades before the dawn of the 20th century, women in Vermont were locked in a struggle for voting rights. Victories during those times were few, but Vermont women gradually earned the right to vote in school district meetings and held local office positions. The fight continued for the next several years, even as Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, in June 1919. Four hundred women took to the streets of Montpelier to demand Vermont ratify the amendment, standing up against then-Gov. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Country singer Reba McEntire, Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller among inspiring women from Oklahoma
Before statehood in 1907 to present day, Oklahoma women have endured, survived, contributed and thrived. In 1918, Oklahoma became the 21st state to grant women the right to vote in all elections. Oklahoma women have become teachers, doctors, tribal chiefs, innovators, activists, philanthropists, mothers, business executives, attorneys, artists, astronauts, ministers, farmers, journalists, scientists and so much more. Poet Laureate (1951- ) Joy Harjo Photo: Chris Pizzello, AP, Illustration: USA Today Network Joy Harjo is a poet, musician, author, activist and teacher. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Oscar winner Halle Berry and author Toni Morrison among Ohio’s most inspiring women
The assignment from the USA TODAY Network, however, was to choose the 10 most worthy as Women of the Century. PHOTO: Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY, ILLUSTRATION: USA TODAY NETWORK In 2001, Halle Berry became the first woman of African descent to win an Oscar for Best Actress, for her performance in the film “Monster’s Ball.” Berry was born in inner-city Cleveland and named after a landmark department store in the city’s downtown. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s storyMaya Lin Designer and architect (1959- ) Maya Lin. PHOTO: Provided by Maya Lin Studio, USA TODAY Handout, ILLUSTRATION: USA TODAY NETWORK The daughter of an artist and a poet who both fled China in 1938, Maya Lin was born in the university town of Athens. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Columbia Sportswear matriarch Gert Boyle, politicians among inspiring women from Oregon
They are Oregon's Women of the Century, part of a national project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Meet Oregon's Women of the Century:Who is your Woman of the Century? She was appointed to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education in 1979. She led efforts to open ROTC to women and admit women to flying programs. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Whitney Houston, Meryl Streep and Queen Latifah among inspiring women from New Jersey
A century after reclaiming their power at the ballot box, women in New Jersey have continued to disrupt, inspire and make history. Women who died before 1920 were also not considered since we wanted to focus on women who lived in the last 100 years. The women profiled here embody the trailblazing independence of those first American women voters, who forged ahead despite obstacles and naysayers to leave their mark. In high school, she added the honorific “Queen,” convinced that all women should feel like queens despite their life circumstances. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Maya Angelou among inspiring women from North Carolina along with other civil rights activists
There's also Gertrude Weil, who led the fight to get the 19th Amendment ratified in North Carolina and a founder of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. These women, and the women on this list, come from various generations and across the spectrum of categories, with a pioneering spirit that advanced the cause of women, civil rights, and North Carolina. Maya Angelou Award-winning poet and author, civil rights activist (1928-2014) Maya Angelou Photo: Chuck Burton, AP, Illustration: USA Today Network Hers was a remarkable life, linking worlds of civil rights, poetry, acting and teaching. Angelou wrote three books of essays and several books of poetry; she won numerous awards for her contributions to the arts and civil rights. She attended the North Carolina College for Women (now the University of North Carolina Greensboro), and then to the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and golfer Nancy Lopez among inspiring women from New Mexico
The moment was furthered when Michelle Lujan Grisham, herself a former congresswoman, became the second woman to be elected governor of New Mexico, on the heels of the state’s first female governor, Susana Martinez. Choosing just 10 women proved to be challenging given the number of amazing women who have called the state home. The state's first woman to run for Congress, she lost the general election, only to take up the cause of suffrage. Later, she would take up the cause of women, seeking passage of legislation allowing women to serve on juries. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Singer Eartha Kitt, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley among state’s Women of the Century
Pollitzer often visited home in South Carolina and, along with her sisters, founded the South Carolina branch of the Congressional Union, which later became part of the National Women’s Party. The University of South Carolina graduate was the vice president of Rainwater Inc., an investment company until 2012. Toal was an attorney in South Carolina for 20 years before she was elected to the state’s Supreme Court. By then, she had become active with the NAACP, and was present at the founding of its South Carolina Conference. By 1976, the governor of South Carolina had declared her firing unjust.
Judge Rogeriee Thompson, baseball player Lizzie Murphy among influential women from Rhode Island
Did she do the bulk of her work in Rhode Island for Rhode Islanders or in another state? YWCA Rhode Island served as the first home for Progreso Latino (1977), and was the home of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She became the first director of the Latino Policy Institute of Rhode Island at Roger Williams University, where she used her voice to spotlight the Rhode Island Latino experience and to shape public policy. With degrees from Brown and Boston universities, Thompson got her start as a staff attorney with Rhode Island Legal Services, serving several stints in private practice along with years as Providence’s assistant city solicitor, an associate judge in Rhode Island District Court and an associate justice on Rhode Island Superior Court. During her time as chair of the Rhode Island Historic Preservation Commission, she helped identify more than 50,000 historic sites across the state for preservation and helped to get more than 15,000 Rhode Island sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
Beyonce, Barbara Bush, Selena and Simone Biles among inspiring women from Texas
When everything seems bigger in Texas, it would be foolish to expect small feats from the women of the Lone Star State. Throughout Texas' history, women have fought to ensure women's voices were heard: Jovita Idár wrote pro-suffrage articles in a Spanish language newspaper. However, here are 10 Texas women who have made a major impact over the last century. Barbara Jordan Politician (1936-1996) Barbara Jordan Photo: Charles Tasnadi, AP, Illustration: USA TODAY Network Few voices in American history have been more powerful than Barbara Jordan's. Other honors include being inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame and receiving the BioHouston Women in Science Award, Texas Women on the Move Award, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and Rice University Distinguished Alumni Award.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem among influential Women of the Century from Mount Rushmore State
There's also ample opportunity to make an impact on the community, and from the state's inception, South Dakota women have been making their mark. So many South Dakota women in the past century deserve recognition, and narrowing the list to 10 was a challenge for our expert panel. Noem grew up on a farm and ranch near Castlewood, South Dakota, a small community in northeast South Dakota. She earned a degree from South Dakota State University in 2012. She received several awards for her dedication to health care in the state, and she earned an honorary doctorate degree in public service from South Dakota State University in 2018.
‘Gender equality pioneers’: Influential women from Washington includes state and Seattle politicians
Washington state has a long history as a place where women step up to lead. By 1911 she had been appointed to the state board of education and eventually served 15 years as state superintendent. She returned to Washington to served on the state’s Toll Bridge Advisory and State Highway Commission and later chaired the State Transportation Commission. of Washington, The Seattle Times Library, Illustration: USA TODAY NETWORK Patricia Bostrom was among the pioneering women in sports who fought for gender equality in the 1960s. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
Senator Tammy Baldwin, former Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir among influential women from Wisconsin
A century ago, when women were about to get their right to vote, Wisconsin lived up to its state motto, "Forward, Wisconsin," and granted it first. Or Baldwin and her firsts – first Wisconsin woman elected to the U.S. House and later the U.S. Senate, and the first openly gay person elected to the U.S. Senate. In the end, the following women were the ones we selected as Wisconsin's Women of the Century. Baldwin, a Madison Democrat, was the first Wisconsin woman elected to the U.S. House and later the U.S. Senate. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
‘Equal rights’: Wyoming was first state to grant women the right to vote decades ahead of 19th Amendment
Wyoming has long celebrated that it was the first state in the nation to grant women the right to vote with no restrictions in 1869. For 150 years, women in Wyoming have proved time and time again that they have a seat at the table. It’d take everybody in my life to make what I am today,” Law said in an interview with Women in Wyoming. She was honored in 2019 by the Wyoming Women of Influence for her educational work. Share this storyShare this story on TwitterShare this story on FacebookEmail this storyCopy this url to your clipboard Link copied to clipboard Share this woman’s story
'Fortnite' no longer on Apple's App Store after Epic Games unveils mobile direct payment option
The popular video game is no longer available to download via Apple's App Store after publisher Epic Games announced Thursday a direct payment option for mobile players. A search on the App Store by USA TODAY confirmed Fortnite is not available to download. In a statement to USA TODAY, Apple confirmed Fortnite's removal from the App Store for violating App Store guidelines. In its statement, Apple said it will work with Epic to help bring Fortnite back to the App Store. "Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store," reads Apple's statement.
Politician Tulsi Gabbard, ‘West Side Story’ star Rita Moreno among influential women from U.S. territories
Women in Puerto Rico obtained the legal right to vote in 1935, while women in the Northern Mariana Islands had to wait until 1978. This list features women from the five permanently inhabited territories – Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. “I will continue to represent Puerto Rico with the same pride in every tournament and every event," she said. Rivera Lassén was born in the vibrant sector of Santurce, Puerto Rico. Her work was published across numerous newspapers and magazines in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
There is no such thing as ‘passive’ investing in an America so deeply scarred by racism, says Rachel Robasciotti
Some of that work has recently included a series of essays on social justice investing, and in particular on race in finance. Rachel Robasciotti: Social justice investing really came first. It has everything to do with finance!’ ” — RobasciottiRobasciotti: Our core piece of social justice is racial justice. When we took a look at racial justice, how our country was formed and how we continue to build wealth, when we decided to publish our Racial Justice Exclusion list, that is the entire portion of our portfolio. Robasciotti: I feel more hopeful than I’ve ever been about the possibilities for racial justice in this country.
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Feds bust two suspects accused of torching NYPD van in Manhattan
Smith and Carberry were among four suspects caught on surveillance footage pouring an accelerant on the van from a Patron Tequila bottle that morning then setting it alight, according to prosecutors. Investigators from a federal-local task force that probes arson cases then passed out still photos of the suspects to law enforcement in the city, according to a federal complaint. An undercover officer who had interacted with both the suspects identified them as Smith and Carberry, the complaint states. In addition to the matching photos, an anonymous tipster called police after seeing the surveillance footage in a news report and said she knew where the woman in the footage lived. These organized efforts are not a form of protest, they are crimes,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement.
Harrowing video shows moment Bronx teen is shot in front of her dad
New video captures the moment a gunman opened fire on a crowded Bronx street earlier this week — striking an 18-year-old innocent bystander in the leg right in front of her dad. Cops are looking for three men who got out of a Nissan, one of whom fired six shots before taking off. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, a dark baseball cap and white sneakers. Another man was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and a yellow ski mask, and the third wore a white tank top, cops said. He was wearing a motorcycle helmet, a white T-shirt, long pants and white sneakers.
Distrust of authority fuels virus misinformation for Latinos
While bad information about the virus is a problem for everyone, it can pose a particular threat to communities of people of color who alreadyface worse outcomes from the virus. Other studies also show Latinos in some areas are also twice as likely to die from the illness. Added to this already dangerous mix is a higher level of distrust in authority among Latinos — as is the case for other minority communities — that is helping fuel the spread of misinformation about the virus. That forces some Latinos who need information in Spanish to rely on less-trusted sources like social media. “They keep sending the message.”Feliú-Mójer says it’s just as important to control rumors as it is to control the virus.
US to declare Confucius Institute DC headquarters as foreign mission
The Trump Administration will require the Chinese government-backed Confucius Institutes to register their US headquarters as a foreign mission, the State Department announced Thursday. The Chinese government-backed Confucius Institutes operate 550 Chinese culture and language programs in colleges and universities, including 75 in the US. Last year, a Senate Intelligence subcommittee decried the institutes given that their funding come “with strings that can compromise academic freedom.”The foreign mission designation will require the institute’s Washington DC headquarters, also known as the Confucius Institute US Center, declare all its personnel and property to US authorities. The institutes not only operate programs for college-aged students, they also have K-12 classroom instruction. US officials had accused China at the time cracking down against free speech and suppressing information about the magnitude of the pandemic.
NYC man gets 2 years in prison for molesting girls at daycare center
A Queens man was sentenced Thursday to two years behind bars for sexually molesting two girls at a daycare center operated by his daughter, officials announced. Ramon Rodriguez, 77, of South Ozone Park, started abusing a 7-year-old girl in 2010 and a 5-year-old girl in 2019, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office. “Sadly, this defendant took advantage of his access to his daughter’s childcare business and befriended these vulnerable youngsters for his own depraved desires,” said DA Melinda Katz in a statement. Rodriguez pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child as part of a plea deal. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender, authorities said.
Owner spends years building dog’s vocabulary just to trick her on social media
Dog experts agree that the most straightforward method of training a dog is through positive reinforcement — that is, instant gratification. The word “treat” usually means there’s a pig ear on the way. And don’t even think about uttering the w-a-l-k word unless you’ve got your pants on and sneakers laced. Hazel, with a tennis ball in her mouth, gives Blumenthal, situated outside the frame, all her attention. “So, yesterday I went outside, and outside I saw a squirrel.”The ball drops at this point as Hazel tilts her head in confusion.
Mercedes-Benz maker to pay $2.2B to settle US diesel emissions claims
Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, says it has reached an agreement in principle to settle US claims over emissions from its diesel vehicles for over $2.2 billion. The Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker said late Thursday that the agreement with various US authorities concerns civil and environmental claims involving about 250,000 diesel cars and vans. The company said the civil cases related to a a consumer class-action lawsuit pending before the US District Court for the District of New Jersey. It estimated that “further expenses of a mid three-digit-million” euros would be required to fulfill requirements of the settlements. Like rival Volkswagen and other automakers, Daimler was caught advertising lower emissions for its diesel vehicles than they actually produced.
Apple boots ‘Fortnite’ from App Store over payment system
Mega-popular battle royale game “Fortnite” has been booted from the App Store after launching an in-app payment system that allowed it to circumvent Apple’s stiff 30-percent fees. The move effectively bars any new downloads of “Fortnite” onto iPhones or iPads, as the App Store is the only way to download new software onto Apple devices. Apple’s ban comes after Epic Games, which makes the hit game, rolled out a new direct payment system. Users who opted to pay Epic directly, rather than through the App Store, would receive a 20 percent discount on their purchase. The California-based tech giant charges developers a 30-percent commission for in-app purchases and restricts them from telling users about cheaper purchasing options.
TikTok and its US employees set to sue Trump administration over ban
TikTok and its US employees are planning to take President Trump’s administration to court over his sweeping order to ban the popular video app, according to a lawyer preparing one of the lawsuits. The TikTok order would take effect in September, but it remains unclear what it will mean for the apps’ 100 million US users, many of them teenagers or young adults who use it to post and watch short-form videos. The order would prohibit “any transaction by any person” with TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance. The looming ban has annoyed TikTok users, some of them Trump supporters like Pam Graef of Metairie, Louisiana. Godwin said the employees’ legal challenge will be focused on worker rights, not on the national security claims underlying Trump’s order.
Mike Johnson reveals his biggest life lessons after ‘The Bachelorette’
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)It’s been a whirlwind year for Bachelor Nation favorite Mike Johnson, but it hasn’t been without a few life lessons along the way. I learned that vulnerability is strength, Johnson told us. It’s appreciated when you’re vulnerable.”Johnson was eliminated during Week 7 of “The Bachelorette,” before venturing to Mexico for “Bachelor in Paradise,” where he left in Week 4. “I learned from my time on TV is that I’m not made for everybody,” Johnson said. “Just because I’m in a room full of other alpha males like myself, I am definitely no less than,” he explained.
See all of Christine Quinn’s best fashion moments from ‘Selling Sunset’
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)Christine Quinn is making million-dollar deals with million-dollar fashion to match. The “Selling Sunset” star, 31, donned a wide selection of outfits on Season 3 of the Netflix series, from her black wedding dress to a brown polka-dot bikini to a rainbow coat to a full-on Balenciaga sweatsuit. Her hairstyles didn’t disappoint, either, as she sported high pigtails in one scene and long, sleek hair in another. Quinn previously told Page Six Style that she does her own styling for the show, along with the majority of her beauty looks. “I love being creative and for me, it’s just so fun,” she said.
Robert O’Brien says Trump should be ‘front-runner’ for Nobel Peace Prize
National security adviser Robert O’Brien said Thursday that President Trump should be the front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his work in the Middle East and the agreement announced Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. “When you step back and take a look at what this president has done on the peace front, and it wouldn’t surprise me, it’ll take some time in this environment, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the president’s eventually nominated for a Nobel Prize,” O’Brien said during the White House press briefing. “Today’s work is an example of why he would be rightly considered and should be a front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize,” he added. “And today, we have the Abraham Accords … at last peace between the UAE and Israel,” O’Brien said. “What I have said is the president is often known as the greatest deal maker and he wrote the book ‘The Art of the Deal.’ He’s considered a great, great deal maker, which he is.
5 no-cook salads to keep you and your kitchen cool and happy
No, these salads require no cooking at all, just some chopping to get a variety of flavors and textures to the palate. Nancy’s Chopped Salad, above. (Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Bonnie S. Benwick/The Washington Post)Mediterranean Chopped Salad Bowl With Tuna. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post)Chipotle-Garlic Chopped Salad. [Don’t mess with Tex-Mex: 9 recipes for queso, fajitas, chili and more](Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post)Crunchy Salad With Curry Lime Vinaigrette.
Man shot by Secret Service outside White House assumed ‘shooting stance,’ charging documents say
The documents provide the latest account of the shooting that occurred Monday evening outside the White House grounds as President Trump was holding a nationally televised news conference. Myron Berryman, 51, was charged with one count of assault on a police officer and has been hospitalized since the incident. ADNo weapon was found after Berryman was shot, according to the charging documents. Dorsey said Berryman was initially charged with a felony, but now faces a misdemeanor charge. ADWhen Berryman reached the officer, he “appeared to make a comment” according to the documents.
Live updates: Breonna Taylor’s family meets Ky. attorney general, Louisville mayor, urging action on officers
Their policy suggestions include banning chokeholds, mandating that officers wear body cameras and limiting the power of police unions to keep problem officers on the job. Cities should train police officers to protect residents’ constitutional right to protest; authorities in some cities have sprayed tear gas and pepper bullets at protesters in recent months. Departments should have clear “de-escalation” policies to prevent violence, the report said, and require officers to report all uses of force. And the report said mayors should renegotiate union contracts so officer discipline is swift and transparent, an issue Lightfoot said might require changes to state laws as well. The U.S. Conference of Mayors represents more than 1,400 cities with populations of 30,000 or more.
Live updates: U.S. was ‘unprepared’ for ‘greatest public health crisis’ in a century, CDC director says
MEXICO CITY — Mexico and Argentina announced a deal to produce an initial batch of 150-250 million doses of the AstraZenica vaccine against covid-19 and distribute them in Latin America, with manufacturing potentially starting in early 2021, officials said Thursday. The agreement is the latest signed by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm for global manufacture of the vaccine developed with researchers at the University of Oxford. AstraZenica has also reached deals for production in Brazil, Japan, India and other countries. The U.S. government has arranged to receive 300 million doses of the company’s vaccine. Assuming the vaccine is deemed safe and effective, production would begin in the first few months of 2021, said the representative of AstraZenica in Mexico, Sylvia Varela.
Maker of hit video game Fortnite sues Apple after game’s removal from App Store in dispute over payment system
For years, Apple has strictly enforced its policy of charging app developers a 30% cut of whatever money they earn in payments from Apple customers. Most prominently, music streaming service Spotify made public complaints in Europe, leading to an investigation by the European Commission into Apple’s business practices. AD“The iOS App Store’s monopoly protects only Apple profit, not device security,” he said. In the past, Apple had allowed developers to collect subscription fees outside the App Store, so long as those alternative options were not advertised on the App Store. ADFortnite no longer showed up on the App Store on Thursday afternoon.
Portland officials still cleaning tear gas residue, toxins from streets
Environmentalists in Portland are still trying to clean tear gas residue from the streets as more than two months of protests continue throughout the city and officials worry the chemicals could pollute local waterways. But now officials are worried that toxins from the sprays could be harming the environment. Environmental officials aimed to prevent pollutants from reaching the Willamette River, which runs through downtown and is popular with kayakers, canoeists and boaters. Officials said they’re testing for pollutants that are found in crowd-control agents such as the heavy metals zinc, lead, copper and chromium. Some experts have also worried that the chemicals could also contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, as tear gas and pepper spray trigger coughing and sneezing from anyone impacted by it.
Coronavirus claims lives of father and son in Florida, both doctors
The coronavirus has claimed the lives of two Florida doctors – a father and son. Carlos's son, Charlie, told the news outlet that neither of them had preexisting conditions. His daughter, Gisselle Vallejo, told the Miami Herald he mainly treated patients who were nursing home residents. The younger physician died Aug. 1, five weeks after learning of the death of his father through FaceTime, Carlos’ son, Charlie, told one news outlet. Carlos' youngest son, Kevin Vallejo, 23, told the news outlet he is studying to become a physician as well, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Coronavirus expert says Americans will be wearing masks for ‘several years’
Health experts won’t ask Americans to take off their masks any time soon. That’s the take of Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He has been preparing for an outbreak like the novel coronavirus as part of his work for years. Toner, contrasting the novel virus to seasonal influenza, said until there is a vaccine, communities’ best defense to fight it is through creating distance and wearing masks. ATLANTA MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS SAYS SHE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS“I think that mask wearing and some degree of social distancing, we will be living with — hopefully living with happily — for several years,” he said.
Does wearing a face mask pose any health risks?
Does wearing a mask pose any health risks? Babies and toddlers should not wear masks because they could suffocate. Others can wear masks without risking their health, according to experts, despite false rumors to the contrary. CORONAVIRUS CAN STILL PASS BETWEEN FACE MASK WEARERS - EVEN WHEN THEY'RE 4 FEET APART: STUDYThe coronavirus mainly spreads through droplets that are emitted when people talk, laugh, sing, cough and sneeze. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEWearing a mask may be uncomfortable, but health officials say you should resist any urge to touch your face.
Spotlighting race and gender: Black women in the boardroom
Spotlighting race and gender: Black women in the boardroomCNBC's Sara Eisen reports statistics on black women in the top 200 S&P 500 boards.
Judge rejects Uber, Lyft request for longer stay of August 10 injunction
Judge rejects Uber, Lyft request for longer stay of August 10 injunctionCNBC's Deirdre Bosa reports a judge has rejected Uber and Lyft's request to extend an August 10th injunction.
COVID-19 testing to keep employees safe
COVID-19 testing to keep employees safeA rare Covid-19 testing success story: A consortium of 50 young biotech companies in Cambridge, Mass., banded together to figure out wide-scale employee testing.
Epic Games' Fortnite is no longer available in the Apple App Store
Epic Games' Fortnite is no longer available in the Apple App StoreCNBC's Julia Boorstin reports that a popular mobile game Fortnite appears to be no longer available in Apple's app stores. This comes after Epic Games' CEO Tim Sweeney has complained the fee Apple charges through its usage of the app store is too expensive.
Apple kicks Fortnite out of App Store for challenging payment rules
Apple removed Fortnite from its iPhone App Store on Thursday, saying that the game violated Apple's guidelines for its software distribution platform. The clash between the game maker and the iPhone maker is the latest in a series of high-profile disputes over Apple's App Store policies. Shortly after Fortnite's removal from the App Store, Epic Games tweeted that it has filed "legal papers" in response to Apple's decision. Apple's App Store rules have recently been the focus of congressional scrutiny. In a hearing in July, the House antitrust subcommittee pressed Apple CEO Tim Cook about Apple's App Store policies.
US to treat Chinese cultural organization as an arm of Beijing's government
Washington (CNN) The US State Department designated a Chinese cultural and educational institution as a foreign mission, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, in the latest move by Washington against Beijing. The Confucius Institute US Center (CIUS) says it promotes a network of institutes that provide programming focused Chinese language and culture. The State Department said there are around 500 Confucius classrooms, which are K-12, in the US, which "are affiliated with a university-based Confucius Institute." The Department said they are tracking 75 Confucius Institutes in the US -- 65 of which are actively operating on university campuses, the rest which are standalone. Under the designation, the CIUS will be required to register with the State Department and provide information on its personnel and property in the US and obtain permission for future property acquisition.
What is implicit bias? The invisible racism that hurts Black women at the doctor’s office
Everyone has implicit biases, whether we admit it or not. These implicit biases cause people to rely on assumptions to inform how they read and react to various situations. Black women with endometriosis are more likely to be misdiagnosed compared to white women. “There’s a pervasive de-valuing of Black people's lives and Black people's bodies in general and Black women in particular,” said Sacks. When Black women do advocate for themselves as patients, they worry about being seen as the “angry Black woman” stereotype and compromising their care as a result.
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Judge rejects Uber, Lyft bids to delay California driver injunctionA California judge on Thursday refused to give Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc more time to appeal his decision forcing them to classify drivers in that state as employees, which they have said would necessitate restructuring their businesses.
Exclusive: ByteDance censored anti-China content in Indonesia until mid-2020 - sources
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant ByteDance censored content it perceived as critical of the Chinese government on its news aggregator app in Indonesia from 2018 to mid-2020, six people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. Those guidelines, which are published on its website, do not mention China or the Chinese government. Indonesia, a country of 270 million where over half the population is under 30, is one of ByteDance’s fastest-growing markets. ByteDance bought Indonesian news aggregator BaBe in 2018 after TikTok was briefly banned in the country for showing “pornography, inappropriate content and blasphemy”, according to officials.
Curran backs Anderson to reach 600 test wickets
“He (Anderson) went really well today,” Curran told reporters. “He has proven how good he is and is now approaching 600 (test) wickets. The humid conditions made batting more difficult the longer the day went on, according to the left-arm seamer. From them being 90 for two after a couple of drops, we did well to finish where we did. We spoke about sticking together as a unit and it paid off.”
Andreescu will not defend U.S. Open title
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Tour Finals - Shenzhen Bay Sports Center - Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China - October 30, 2019 Canada's Bianca Andreescu waves after retiring injured from her match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Aly Song(Reuters) - Bianca Andreescu said on Thursday she will not defend her title at this month’s U.S. Open in New York. The 20-year-old Canadian, who has not competed since she suffered a knee injury last October, said on Twitter she made the difficult decision because the COVID-19 outbreak has compromised her ability to reach her highest level of form. “The U.S. Open victory last year has been the high point of my career this far and I will miss not being there,” said world number six Andreescu, who beat Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open final. “However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the COVID pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”Andreescu is the latest top-10 player on the women’s side to skip the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, joining world number one Ash Barty, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (five) and Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens (seven). Her decision also means the Grand Slam will be missing both reigning singles champions as men’s world number two Rafael Nadal previously said he would skip the event.
Two Republican senators ask FTC to investigate TikTok's data collection practices
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with the TikTok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken Nov. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado RuvicWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent U.S. Republican senators sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday asking for an investigation of video-sharing app TikTok’s consumer data collection and processing practices. The letter was sent by Senator Jerry Moran, who chairs the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Senator John Thune, chairman of the Senate Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet.
Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza over fire balloons
TEL AVIV/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it would stop shipments of fuel into Gaza in response to Palestinians in the enclave launching incendiary balloons that have torched tracts of farmland on the Israeli frontier. A Palestinian worker fills a motorbike with fuel at a petrol station in Gaza City August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammed SalemPalestinians in Islamist Hamas-ruled Gaza have launched dozens of helium balloons laden with incendiary material in recent days to pressure Israel to ease its blockade of the territory. Fuel shipments were stopped “in light of the continued launching of incendiary balloons from the Strip toward (Israel) and of the undermining of security stability,” a defence ministry statement said. Citing security concerns, Israel keeps tight control of its border crossings with Gaza and imposes a naval blockade.
Apple removes Fortnite game from App Store
FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc logo is seen hanging at the entrance to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday it removed popular video game Fortnite from its App Store after developer Epic Games enabled a direct payment feature that violated the iPhone maker’s in-app payment guidelines. Epic said it has taken legal action “to end Apple’s anti-competitive restrictions on mobile device marketplaces.”
Three Katyusha rockets fell into Iraq’s Balad air base - statement
CAIRO (Reuters) - Iraq’s Security Media Cell announced on Thursday three Katyusha rockets had fallen into Iraq’s Balad air base, 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, which houses U.S. forces but caused no casualties or losses. A number of rocket and mortar attacks have hit bases hosting coalition forces and landed near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in recent months. The United States blames Iran-backed militia groups.
Two Republican senators ask U.S. FTC to investigate TikTok's data collection practices
FILE PHOTO: U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence LoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Republican senators on Thursday asked the Federal Trade Commission for an investigation of video-sharing app TikTok’s consumer data collection and processing practices. The senators sought specific answers from the FTC related to a Wall Street Journal report that described TikTok’s undisclosed collection and transmission of data from millions of U.S. consumers until November 2019. The letter is the latest example of Washington’s mounting scrutiny of a Chinese-owned company over national security concerns. Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate in China’s national intelligence work.
New Southern California wildfire expected to linger for days
The Lake Fire burns in mountains north of Los Angeles, California, U.S. August 12, 2020. Los Angeles County Fire Air Ops/Handout via REUTERS. NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Southern California wildfire that engulfed more than 10,000 acres in less than a day was slowed on Thursday by light rains, but is still raging and will remain a formidable threat for several days, firefighters said. “This will be a major fire for several days,” U.S. Forest Service regional Fire Chief Robert Garcia told reporters. “Many structures were saved because of the actions of the firefighters last night, who were up all night,” Osby said.
Venezuela environment groups say they are barred from joining oil spill cleanup
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan environmental groups say the authorities have barred them from participating in the cleanup of an oil spill that has contaminated pristine beaches and mangroves, as the government continues to provide few details on the spill’s cause or impact. The environment ministry last week said cleanup had begun, but has not said how much crude has been spilled nor where it came from. South Caribbean Foundation, an environmental non-profit, said it was surprised that national parks regulator Inparques had prevented its members from entering Morrocoy National Park to see the impact of the spill. Morrocoy National Park is famous for its crystalline blue waters and a network of keys that are surrounded by coral reefs and also serve as breeding grounds for marine turtles. Legislators say the spill took place at the El Palito refinery in late July.
Iran official says UAE-Isreal deal will not secure regional peace: Tweet
DUBAI (Reuters) - The agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates will not secure peace in the region, tweeted a special adviser on international affairs to the speaker of Iran’s parliament, in reaction to a Thursday deal between the two states on normalising ties. “UAE’s new approach for normalizing ties w/fake, criminal #Israel doesn’t maintain peace & security, but serves ongoing Zionists’ crimes,” tweeted Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, also a former deputy foreign minister. “Abu Dhabi’s behavior has no justification, turning back on the Palestine cause. W/ that strategic mistake, #UAE will be engulfed in Zionism fire.”
Beirut blast halts American-Lebanese woman's final journey home
Rami Basbous, 21, touches the casket of his mother, Lebanon-born Rita Basbous, 53, during her burial at Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery in Houston, Texas, U.S., August 12, 2020. It also put an end to the Basbous family’s plan to bury a beloved wife and mother alongside her relatives. After the Basbous family settled in Houston, Rita worked as a teacher and dedicated much of her time to volunteering and helping fellow immigrants, her son said. In a time of pandemic, the family said they were grateful to be able to hold an in-person funeral at all. The son, Rami, said restrictions imposed by the pandemic forced them to get creative and live stream the funeral for family and friends unable to attend.
Toyota, Mazda joint venture Alabama plant will now cost $2.3 billion
FILE PHOTO: The logos of Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor are pictured before the companies' joint news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-HoonWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) said on Thursday they will now invest $2.3 billion in a new joint venture Alabama factory, $830 million more than announced in their original plan in 2018. Production is expected to start next year building up to 150,000 future Mazda crossover vehicles and 150,000 Toyota sport utility vehicles annually. The Japanese automakers are expected to receive $97 million in additional tax incentives for the added investment, a person briefed on the matter said.
Belarus minister: we don't consider current situation to be revolution - Tass
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Internal Affairs Minister Yuri Karayev said on Thursday he does not consider events in Belarus to be a revolution, Tass news agency reported. Tens of thousands of people have been protesting against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for several days in a row, despite a violent crackdown that has prompted the West to consider new sanctions.
Israel hails UAE deal but Palestinians - and settlers - dismayed
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel talked of “history” and Palestinians of being “blindsided” after Thursday’s surprise announcement of a deal to normalise relations between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates. A television screen shows U.S. President Donald Trump as Palestinians follow the news on UAE 's agreement with Israel on normalising relations, in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank August 13, 2020. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seemed to be taken by surprise by the Israel-UAE deal and was holding meetings with key aides. Asked if the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization were aware the deal was coming, Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestinian negotiator, told Reuters: “No. He has deceived half a million residents of the area and hundreds of thousands of voters,” said David Elhayani, head of the Yesha Council of settlers.
NSA, FBI expose Russian intelligence hacking tool - report
A general view shows the headquarters of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, formerly known as the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), in Moscow, Russia October 4, 2018. The NSA and FBI said that Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, known as the GRU, was using a hacking tool code named “Drovorub” to break into Linux-based computers. The NSA and FBI connected Drovorub to a specific Russian intelligence team - the 85th Main Special Service Center (GTsSS), military unit 26165. Thursday’s highly technical, 45-page NSA/FBI report is the latest in a series of public call-outs by the U.S government aimed at Russian hacking operations ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. “NSA is sharing this information to counter the capabilities of the GRU GTsSS, which continues to threaten the United States and its allies,” said the NSA’s Wood.
Israel, UAE to normalise relations in shift in Mideast politics; West Bank annexations on hold
REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueUnder the accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognise Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. “Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead,” Trump added. Guterres had urged Israel in June to abandon plans to annex settlements in the West Bank, warning that this threatened prospects for peace with the Palestinians.
Judge rejects Uber, Lyft bids to delay California driver injunction
FILE PHOTO: A sign marks a rendezvous location for Lyft and Uber users at San Diego State University in San Diego, California, U.S., May 13, 2020. In late afternoon trading, Uber shares were down 0.8% while Lyft fell 4.9%. The hearing came one day after the companies threatened to temporarily stop serving California, arguing that treating drivers as employees would undermine their business models. Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates are spending more than $110 million to support Proposition 22, a November ballot measure in California to keep drivers as contractors, but with some benefits. In ordering an injunction, Schulman assailed what he called Uber’s and Lyft’s “prolonged and brazen refusal” to comply with state law.
Biden says all U.S. governors should mandate masks to slow coronavirus' spread
(Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden on Thursday called on all U.S. governors to mandate mask wearing to slow the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 165,000 people in the United States. “Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing.”He said that early delays in calling for masks led to unnecessary deaths. After introducing Harris’ personal story on Wednesday in their first joint appearance since picking his running mate, Biden quickly moved to talking about the urgency of the moment. Biden’s campaign said they collected $34.2 million on Tuesday and Wednesday after announcing Harris as the running mate, a record pace of fundraising. The campaign is still unsure of how they will conduct future appearances, saying they intend to follow local public health guidance that continues to discourage large gatherings.
Mexican central bank cuts rates to 4.5%, but pace of cuts might slow
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s central bank on Thursday cut borrowing costs to the lowest level in four years, cutting its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 4.5%, but there were signs the pace of cuts could slow, with one board member favoring a smaller reduction. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Mexico's Central Bank (Banco de Mexico) is seen at its building in downtown Mexico City, Mexico February 28, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel BecerrilOf the five board members, one voted to reduce the benchmark rate by 25 basis points to 4.75%, the central bank said. The Bank of Mexico, known locally as Banxico, flagged a possible uptick in inflation before the end of 2020, but forecast increasing economic slack and saw significant downside risks to the economy. “There are signs that Banxico’s easing cycle may begin to slow down,” said Sanghani.
Coronavirus contaminated chicken came from Brazil's Aurora, Chinese local government says
BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Chinese city of Shenzhen’s government on Thursday identified a Brazilian meat plant owned by Aurora, the country’s third largest processor of chicken and pork, as the source of chicken wings that tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Aurora, an unlisted company, said in a statement that Chinese authorities had not notified it about the alleged contamination. Once formal notice is received, Aurora will provide the required information to the relevant authorities, the statement said. The Shenzhen government said a sample taken from the surface of the imported frozen chicken wings had tested positive. Shares in Brazil’s largest chicken exporter, BRF SA (BRFS3.SA), fell by more than 7% in late trading, with others in the sector showing smaller losses.
People should not fear spread of COVID-19 in food, packaging: WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Thursday it saw no evidence of coronavirus being spread by food or packaging and urged people not to be afraid of the virus entering the food chain. FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland January 30, 2020. [nL4N2FF076]“People should not fear food, or food packaging or processing or delivery of food,” WHO head of emergencies programme Mike Ryan told a briefing in Geneva. “There is no evidence that food or the food chain is participating in transmission of this virus. Only about 10% of clinical trials are successful and some scientists fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.
Saudi-led coalition says it downs armed drone, two missiles launched towards kingdom
DUBAI (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said it intercepted and downed an armed drone and two ballistic missiles launched towards a southern part of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, in a statement carried by state news agency SPA. The coalition statement said it intercepted an armed drone on Thursday morning and two ballistic missiles on Thursday evening. Both had been launched towards the Khamis Mushait area of southern Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border. Al Masirah TV, run by the Iran-aligned Houthis, said on Thursday the Saudi-led coalition had carried out 36 air strikes during the past 24 hours on Houthi-held territories. Yemen has been mired in conflict since the Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore the Yemeni government ousted from power in the capital Sanaa by Houthi forces.
Egypt's Sisi welcomes UAE-Israel deal, halt to annexation of Palestinian lands
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrives at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool/FilesCAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday welcomed a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel on normalising ties that includes an Israeli agreement to halt further annexation of Palestinian lands. “I followed with interest and appreciation the joint statement between the United States, United Arab Emirates and Israel to halt the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands and taking steps to bring peace in the Middle East,” Sisi said on Twitter. “I value the efforts of those in charge of the deal to achieve prosperity and stability for our region.”Sisi also called Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to congratulate him on the “historic peace step” undertaken by the UAE, according to an Egyptian presidency statement. Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979, the first between Israel and an Arab country.
Israel, UAE to normalise relations in shift in Mideast politics; West Bank annexations on hold
Abir Sultan /Pool via REUTERSUnder the accord, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognise Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. “Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead,” Trump added. Guterres had urged Israel in June to abandon plans to annex settlements in the West Bank, warning that this threatened prospects for peace with the Palestinians.
Two Republican senators ask U.S. FTC to investigate TikTok's data collection practices
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with the TikTok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken Nov. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado RuvicWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Republican senators on Thursday asked the Federal Trade Commission for an investigation of video-sharing app TikTok’s consumer data collection and processing practices. The senators sought specific answers from the FTC related to a Wall Street Journal report that described TikTok’s undisclosed collection and transmission of data from millions of U.S. consumers until November 2019. The letter is the latest example of Washington’s mounting scrutiny of a Chinese-owned company over national security concerns. Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and cooperate in China’s national intelligence work.
Beirut blast halts American-Lebanese woman's final journey home
It also put an end to the Basbous family’s plan to bury a beloved wife and mother alongside her relatives. “Before the blast and riots we had a very large set of hurdles to get through but it was doable,” said Rami, 21, after his mother’s funeral on Wednesday in Houston, Texas. After the Basbous family settled in Houston, Rita worked as a teacher and dedicated much of her time to volunteering and helping fellow immigrants, her son said. In a time of pandemic, the family said they were grateful to be able to hold an in-person funeral at all. The son, Rami, said restrictions imposed by the pandemic forced them to get creative and live stream the funeral for family and friends unable to attend.
Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza over fire balloons
TEL AVIV/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it would stop shipments of fuel into Gaza in response to Palestinians in the enclave launching incendiary balloons that have torched tracts of farmland on the Israeli frontier. REUTERS/Mohammed SalemPalestinians in Islamist Hamas-ruled Gaza have launched dozens of helium balloons laden with incendiary material in recent days to pressure Israel to ease its blockade of the territory. Fuel shipments were stopped “in light of the continued launching of incendiary balloons from the Strip toward (Israel) and of the undermining of security stability,” a defence ministry statement said. Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008 and have traded blows in the past few years. Citing security concerns, Israel keeps tight control of its border crossings with Gaza and imposes a naval blockade.
Toyota, Mazda joint venture Alabama plant will now cost $2.3 billion
FILE PHOTO: Employees walk at the Toyota Motor Corp new plant in Apaseo El Grande in Mexico's central state of Guanajuato, Mexico February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio MaldonadoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) and Mazda Motor Corp (7261.T) said on Thursday they will now invest $2.3 billion (1.76 billion pounds) in a new joint venture Alabama factory, $830 million more than announced in their original plan in 2018. Production is expected to start next year building up to 150,000 future Mazda crossover vehicles and 150,000 Toyota sport utility vehicles annually. The Japanese automakers are expected to receive $97 million in additional tax incentives for the added investment, a person briefed on the matter said.
Amazon calls it the Big Summer Sale: Here's what to know
Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. August is rife with sales, from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale to multiple back-to-school sales on everything from kids face masks to laptops and other tech. And while Amazon has yet to announce the official date for Prime Day 2020, the company has kicked off the Big Summer Sale Event. This first-ever Big Summer Sale (marking the second major sale from the retailer, following its Style Sale), will run through Sept. 7, giving shoppers the opportunity to save upwards of 50 percent on select home, tech, clothing and beauty, among other items. Amazon’s Big Summer Sale: Best kitchen and home products to shop 2020If you’re in the market for a new electric pressure cooker, slow cooker or rice cooker, you may want to check out Instant Pot’s Duo 7-in-1 model.
Venezuela ballerina reinvents training at home in quarantine
The 42-year-old ballerina said her living room is four times smaller than the studio where she practiced daily at the famed Teresa Carreño Theater, and she doesn't dare do jumps in fear of injuring herself on the hard floor. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A book cabinet has become a training bar for Venezuelan ballerina Carolina Wolf. Wolf, 42, said she refuses to let the pandemic stop her from being ready for the reopening of the Teresa Carreño Ballet company — whenever that day comes. Wolf learned the trick of wetting her pointe shoes from her mother, a retired dancer from the National Ballet of Venezuela. “I took them.”Wolf, who has been part of the Teresa Carreño Ballet since 2005, admitted she fights off moments of doubt.
Iowa school districts in showdown with governor over reopening plans
DES MOINES, Iowa — When the Iowa City Community School District decided in mid-July to start the academic year fully online, it seemed like the only logical choice to administrators. Last week, the state denied Iowa City’s waiver request, saying the county’s positivity rate was too low — 6.26 percent — to warrant remote instruction. This site is protected by recaptchaThe board for the Urbandale Community School District, in a Des Moines suburb, voted unanimously on Aug. 3 to keep classes entirely online at one year-round elementary school for at least two more weeks. Charlie Neibergall / APHowever, even if a school district’s county hits that threshold, the state may still deny a request to go fully remote. The Waukee Community School District, west of Des Moines, will bring most students back for in-person classes.
Coronavirus threatens the survival of Colombia's indigenous Wayuu
BOGOTA—Coronavirus is making it more difficult for indigenous Wayuu people in Colombia to survive and putting children at risk of malnutrition, advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Travel restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 have severely their limited access to food, HRW said in a report with the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. The majority of the 270,000 Wayuu live in Colombia’s impoverished and arid La Guajira province in the north of the country. La Guajira has 7 percent of Colombia’s population but accounts for a fifth of malnutrition deaths in children under 5. Of those, more than 75 percent are from indigenous communities, HRW added, citing government data.
Rights group: Alarming child mortality among Colombian Wayuu
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Lack of access to clean water is leading to alarmingly high levels of child mortality and malnutrition among Colombia’s largest Indigenous group — problems that could grow worse as a result of the pandemic, a human rights group warned Thursday. “Unfortunately, the children of La Guajira were left behind,” said Dr. Alia Sunderji, a pediatric emergency physician with John Hopkins University, which collaborated with Human Rights Watch on the study. Over 75% of the deaths are of Indigenous children, even though the Wayuu and other Indigenous people make up less than half of the department’s total residents. The attorney general’s office estimates that about $5 million has been lost in La Guajira to corruption involving health and food programs. Of the 47 prosecutors in La Guajira, only two focus on corruption by public officials.
Police dog shot and killed, suspect injured in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a Tacoma, Washington, police dog was killed and a murder suspect was wounded as police exchanged gunfire with the fleeing man. KOMO reports a Tacoma police officer spotted a car about 1:20 a.m. Thursday with a driver suspected in a murder that had occurred Wednesday evening in Tacoma. ADVERTISEMENTPolice dogs were brought to the scene to help search for the suspect. Officers located the man and authorities say shots were fired. The police dog was killed and the suspect was transported to a hospital with critical injuries.
Forecast says US hotel occupancy may not recover until 2023
Forecast says US hotel occupancy may not recover until 2023FILE - In this May 4, 2017 file photo, signs for the Hyatt Place hotel mark its location in Carnberry, Pa. U.S. hotel demand likely won’t see a full recovery until 2023, according to a new forecast from travel data company STR and consultant Tourism Economics. The two firms say they expect average hotel occupancy of 40% this year, slowly climbing to 52% in 2021. The two firms say they expect average hotel occupancy of 40% this year, slowly climbing to 52% in 2021. The two firms said Thursday they expect average hotel occupancy of 40% this year, slowly climbing to 52% in 2021. In Galveston, Texas, hotel occupancy hit 64% at the end of May before dropping to 48% at the end of July.
California officer rescues disabled man from oncoming train
LODI, Calif. (AP) — A police officer in California pulled a man from a wheelchair that was stuck on railroad tracks seconds before the train came past, in a dramatic rescue caught on the officer’s body camera. Officer Erika Urrea of the Lodi Police Department was patrolling Wednesday near the tracks when she saw the man and the railroad crossing arms starting to come down, the police department said in a statement. The video shows Urrea rushes from her patrol car and tries to push the man and the wheelchair out of the way as the oncoming locomotive sounds its horn. Unable to move the wheelchair, Urrea is seen dragging the man from it seconds before the train barrels through, striking the wheelchair and the man’s leg, the department said. The 66-year-old man was taken to a hospital to be treated for a leg injury and remained hospitalized Thursday in stable condition, said Lodi Police Department spokesman Sgt.
Amazon Stock Leads 8 Growth Winners Setting Up New Buy Points: Mark Minervini
Amazon Stock Leads Growth Names With New Buy PointsMark Minervini and IBD podcast host Irusha Peiris analyzed a number of potentially actionable stock picks. Highlighted below are Amazon stock, Spotify stock, Visa stock and LULU stock. Amazon StockOne potential stock Mark Minervini highlighted was Amazon stock. LULU StockAnother stock idea Mark Minervini offered to investors is LULU stock. To get IBD's real-time assessment of leading names like Amazon stock, check out IBD's Stock Checkup page.
Activist charged in toppling of Minnesota Columbus statue
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor charged an Indigenous activist with a felony on Friday in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally weeks after the death of George Floyd. Mike Forcia, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is charged with criminal damage to property. Forcia, also a Twin Cities American Indian Movement activist, organized the June 10 American Indian Movement rally at the Capitol that resulted in the toppling of the statue, which came as many similar monuments were being pulled down worldwide after Floyd’s death in late May. ADVERTISEMENTThe toppling came after a State Patrol captain warned Forcia of criminal consequences and urged him to work through a Capitol planning board to remove the statue, according to the complaint. Charges against others are still possible, Choi said.
Everyone Needs A Buddy. Even Sharks
But that caricature of sharks is increasingly out of step with what scientists are learning about the animals. Instead, they say, some species of sharks are social creatures, who return day after day to a group of the same fellow sharks. Papastamatiou's team studied gray reef sharks populating the waters off Palmyra Atoll, a sunken island ringed by coral reefs, in the central Pacific Ocean between the Hawaiian Islands and Fiji. They attached small location transmitters to 41 sharks, which allowed them to track the animals' movements around the reef. In addition to knowing where to grab a bite by watching their peers, he says some species of sharks also can learn to solve simple puzzles, just by watching other sharks solve them.
Does sunshine kill coronavirus? Was it made in a lab? Will antibiotics help? Burning questions about COVID-19 that refuse to go away
Six months into the coronavirus pandemic, some people are on edge, while others are just plain confused. “You can get the COVID-19 virus in sunny, hot and humid weather. “There’s no evidence that eating garlic protects against infection with the COVID-19 virus,” the Mayo Clinic added. Another outlandish theory: “Avoiding exposure to or use of 5G networks doesn’t prevent infection with the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 virus is spreading in many countries that lack 5G mobile networks,” the organization said.
Pentagon to Close Half Its Schools in U.S. Over Coronavirus Concerns
WASHINGTON—The Defense Department will offer in-person instruction at half of its U.S.-based schools and all of its schools in Europe during the coming academic year, a recognition of the difference in progress the U.S. and Europe have made in curbing the coronavirus pandemic. The decision, announced Thursday, is the result of a monthslong assessment of which schools were safe to open and what criteria the military would use to make the decision. Schools assessed to pose a low risk of transmitting coronavirus would be allowed...
Cisco’s Bellwether Status Is Fading
It was once taken as gospel that when Cisco Systems sneezed, the entire tech industry caught a cold. But even in a pandemic, the network-equipment giant is less infectious than it used to be. The market’s reaction to Cisco’s latest results provide a good example. Cisco reported a 9.5% year-over-year drop in revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter and projected an even bigger decline for the current period, which ends in October. This would amount to Cisco’s biggest sustained weakness in more than a decade, as many of its customers...
‘I was in so much fear that I started running’: Asian Americans must grapple with racism — as well as the coronavirus pandemic
But now another moment could risk complicating years of progress for Asian Americans: The coronavirus pandemic. The median annual household income of Asian Americans is still the highest of the country per race, with $85,897 dollars, compared to $65,902 for Caucasian Americans, $41,511 for Black Americans, and $51,404 for Latino Americans. When 2020 began, one of her goals was to educate and advocate for Asian Americans to be part of the electoral process. Asian Americans firmly support gun control, according to the 2018 Asian American Voter Survey by APIAVote and AAPI Data. “For decades they thought about Asian Americans as the model minority, the perfect workers,” she said.
Top Design Trends of 2020: From Home Offices to Two-Tone Kitchens
There is an upside to spending more time at home: researching your dream house, down to the cabinet handles. We examined photos that home-décor followers are clicking, liking and scrolling through to better understand today’s trends. Questions about wall colors, window treatments and furniture that appear in the background of photos she posts are frequent fodder. These days, many are ushering in brass-adorned kitchen cabinets and high-contrast living rooms, and are rethinking office areas. They seem to be saying goodbye to the all-white kitchen, acoustically challenged open-floor plan and unequipped outdoor space.
Apple pulls 'Fortnite' from App Store after Epic Games offered discount to cut Apple out of purchases
Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.84% removed the popular "Fortnite" game from its App Store Thursday after "Fortnite" developer Epic Games began offering players a discount on in-game purchases if they opted to make a direct payment and not buy these digital offerings through the App Store. Apple charges between 15% and 30% to developers who offer in-app purchases of digital services through apps that have been distributed through the App Store. The statement also said that Apple will "make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return 'Fortnite' to the App Store." Apple's fee policies around the App Store have come under increased scrutiny from both developers and regulators recently. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have also questioned the company's App Store policies and whether they stifle competition.
Impossible Foods gets $200 million in funding
Impossible Foods Inc. on Thursday said it has landed $200 million in funding — the latest parry in its battle with Beyond Meat Inc. The company’s previous investment round of $500 million in mid-March was one of the largest investment rounds for a food tech startup.
‘I was in so much fear that I started running’: Asian Americans must grapple with racism — as well as the coronavirus pandemic
But now another moment could risk complicating years of progress for Asian Americans: The coronavirus pandemic. The median annual household income of Asian Americans is still the highest of the country per race, with $85,897 dollars, compared to $65,902 for Caucasian Americans, $41,511 for Black Americans, and $51,404 for Latino Americans. When 2020 began, one of her goals was to educate and advocate for Asian Americans to be part of the electoral process. Asian Americans firmly support gun control, according to the 2018 Asian American Voter Survey by APIAVote and AAPI Data. “For decades they thought about Asian Americans as the model minority, the perfect workers,” she said.
Scott Galloway on TikTok and Big Tech’s Antitrust Reckoning
Barron’s spoke recently with tech entrepreneur and New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway about his views on a potential TikTok deal, and separately, the likelihood of antitrust action against U.S. tech giants. On why TikTok matters:Scott Galloway: There’s one stat that distills the power of TikTok, and that is supposedly people are spending more time on TikTok than on Instagram. On why TikTok has been successful:It feels as if it tapped into a certain level of joy. On U.S. concerns over TikTok being owned by China’s ByteDance:Any big Chinese company is effectively a loosely affiliated wing of the Chinese government. And whether you think they’ve done that legal or illegally, they’ve gotten to a point where the entire economy would benefit from the oxygenation of breaking these companies up.
Judge denies delay for Uber and Lyft, which could result in California ride-hailing shutdown
The countdown to a ride-hailing shutdown is on in California after a judge on Thursday denied appeals by Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to extend a stay of an injunction ordering the ride-hailing giants to classify their drivers as employees. On Wednesday, Uber UBER, -1.16% and Lyft LYFT, -5.35% said they would shut down ride-hailing services in the state if they lost their appeals to extend the stay. “I am unconvinced that any extension of the 10-day stay is required,” Judge Ethan Schulman said Thursday in denying the extension. See: Uber and Lyft must make drivers employees because California law has ‘overwhelming’ edge, judge saysA Lyft spokeswoman said Thursday the company will file to extend the stay with a state appeals court, and that if it is unsuccessful, the company will suspend operations in California. Uber has not returned a request for comment.
There is no such thing as ‘passive’ investing in an America so deeply scarred by racism, says Rachel Robasciotti
Some of that work has recently included a series of essays on social justice investing, and in particular on race in finance. Rachel Robasciotti: Social justice investing really came first. It has everything to do with finance!’ ” — RobasciottiRobasciotti: Our core piece of social justice is racial justice. When we took a look at racial justice, how our country was formed and how we continue to build wealth, when we decided to publish our Racial Justice Exclusion list, that is the entire portion of our portfolio. Robasciotti: I feel more hopeful than I’ve ever been about the possibilities for racial justice in this country.
Judge denies delay for Uber and Lyft, which could result in California ride-hailing shutdown
The countdown to a ride-hailing shutdown is on in California after a judge on Thursday denied appeals by Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. to extend a stay of an injunction ordering the ride-hailing giants to classify their drivers as employees. On Wednesday, Uber UBER, -1.21% and Lyft LYFT, -5.43% said they would shut down ride-hailing services in the state if they lost their appeals to extend the stay. “I am unconvinced that any extension of the 10-day stay is required,” Judge Ethan Schulman said Thursday in denying the extension. See: Uber and Lyft must make drivers employees because California law has ‘overwhelming’ edge, judge saysA Lyft spokeswoman said Thursday the company will file to extend the stay with a state appeals court, and that if it is unsuccessful, the company will suspend operations in California. Uber has not returned a request for comment.
Apple pulls 'Fortnite' from App Store after Epic Games offered discount to cut Apple out of purchases
Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.83% removed the popular "Fortnite" game from its App Store Thursday after "Fortnite" developer Epic Games began offering players a discount on in-game purchases if they opted to make a direct payment and not buy these digital offerings through the App Store. Apple charges between 15% and 30% to developers who offer in-app purchases of digital services through apps that have been distributed through the App Store. The statement also said that Apple will "make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return 'Fortnite' to the App Store." Apple's fee policies around the App Store have come under increased scrutiny from both developers and regulators recently. Regulators and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe have also questioned the company's App Store policies and whether they stifle competition.
Good Company: Anasa’s Resort Wear Offers Sustainable Design With Global Handcrafted Charm
“Almost decadent luxury,” says VictoriaDadet-Nganga, who co-founded the line of resort wear in 2017 with Katherine Burdett. “Coming from a finance background, I wanted to move back home and do something meaningful by creating employment opportunities and working with artisans,” Dadet-Nganga says. The hand-woven silk panels are produced in Kenya using a blend of silk and cotton yarn. The silk yarn comes from India, and the cotton yarn is sourced from Uganda, where they use environmentally friendly non-toxic dyes. After that, the women plan to expand the line with a broader collection to touch on different price points.
Scott Galloway on TikTok and Big Tech’s Antitrust Reckoning
Barron’s spoke recently with tech entrepreneur and New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway about his views on a potential TikTok deal, and separately, the likelihood of antitrust action against U.S. tech giants. On why TikTok matters:Scott Galloway: There’s one stat that distills the power of TikTok, and that is supposedly people are spending more time on TikTok than on Instagram. On why TikTok has been successful:It feels as if it tapped into a certain level of joy. On U.S. concerns over TikTok being owned by China’s ByteDance:Any big Chinese company is effectively a loosely affiliated wing of the Chinese government. And whether you think they’ve done that legal or illegally, they’ve gotten to a point where the entire economy would benefit from the oxygenation of breaking these companies up.
China Says Frozen Chicken Wings from Brazil Test Positive for Virus
(Bloomberg) -- Consumers in the Chinese city of Shenzhen have been urged to exercise caution when buying imported frozen food after a surface sample of chicken wings from Brazil tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from the local government. The positive sample appears to have been taken from the surface of the meat, while previously reported positive cases from other Chinese cities have been from the surface of packaging on imported frozen seafood. Consumers should be cautious when buying imported frozen foods and aquatic products, the government added. The ministry reiterated that there’s no scientific proof of Covid-19 transmission through food or frozen food packaging, citing the UN’S Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Three packaging samples of imported frozen seafood tested positive for Covid-19 in Yantai, a northern city of Shandong province, the city government said on its official Weibo account Tuesday.
US calls for shower rules to be eased after Trump hair complaints
Mr Trump said his hair had to be "perfect"The US government has proposed changing the definition of a showerhead to allow increased water flow, following complaints from President Donald Trump about his hair routine. The Trump administration wants this limit to apply to each nozzle, rather than the overall fixture. The changes were proposed by the Department of Energy on Wednesday following complaints by Mr Trump at the White House last month. Video: Trump questions why he's not as popular as his coronavirus task force experts"So showerheads - you take a shower, the water doesn't come out. "If the president needs help finding a good shower, we can point him to some great consumer websites that help you identify a good showerhead that provides a dense soak and a good shower," he added.
Why Trump’s ‘war’ on USPS impacts working families: EPI
Economic Policy Institute Economist Monique Morrissey joins Yahoo Finance's Kristin Myers to discuss why the USPS funding is a main sticking point for White House and Democrats alike.
Apple boots Fortnite from the App Store after Epic adds direct payments
After its creator Epic Games implemented a workaround to duck Apple's hefty developer fees, Fortnite has vanished from the App Store. "If Apple or Google lower their fees on payments in the future, Epic will pass along the savings to you." "Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem - including [its] tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store."
Eagle rips propeller off mapping drone, sends it plunging into Lake Michigan, agency says
A bald eagle met a $950 drone mid-air last month and attacked the contraption, sending it plummeting into Lake Michigan, officials said Thursday. King pressed a button to call the drone home and watched the video screen as it made its journey back. When he looked up, he saw the drone was gone and noticed an eagle flying away. King and the couple began searching for the drone along the shoreline but came up empty. Days later, officials used telemetric data to determine the drone had hit the water 150 feet offshore in roughly 4 feet of water.
Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake
Environmental quality analyst and drone pilot Hunter King said he had completed about seven minutes of the mapping flight when satellite reception became spotty. King pressed a button to return the $950 drone to him and was viewing his video screen when the drone began to twirl. Two birdwatchers who were nearby saw the bird attack something but told officials they didn’t realize it was a drone. The drone sent 27 warning notifications in the 3.5 seconds that it took to spiral to the water, including one noting that a propeller was missing. Data later revealed that it landed in 4 feet of water about 150 feet offshore.
Bald eagle attacks $950 drone, sends it to bottom of Lake Michigan
The giant bird recently attacked a drone, destroying it and sending it to the bottom of Lake Michigan. A bald eagle in Michigan's Upper Peninsula "launched an airborne attack" on a drone operated by the state's Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) late last month, the department said Thursday. The "brazen" eagle versus EGLE clash took place while environmental quality analyst and drone pilot Hunter King was mapping erosion along the shoreline. A nearby couple confirmed to King that they saw an eagle attack something in the sky. Story continues"The attack could have been a territorial squabble with the electronic foe, or just a hungry eagle," EGLE said.
Children in Beirut lost access to their cancer treatment after their hospital was destroyed in the explosion
Hannah McKay/ReutersDozens of children battling cancer in Beirut have lost access to their treatment after hospitals were destroyed in the explosion last week, The New York Times reported. Doctors are worried they could die without access to treatment or be susceptible to catching and dying from the coronavirus. Dozens of children Beirut lost access to cancer treatment following the Beirut explosion, The New York Times reported. Four nurses and at least 13 patients at the hospital were killed, The New York Times previously reported. You have someone who is dying from cancer, and it's her right to get treatment," Tawk said.
Customers attack Chili’s hostess over socially distant seating, Louisiana police say
A teenage hostess at a Chili’s restaurant at in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, went to a hospital with minor injuries after an alleged attack by a group of customers upset over COVID-19 seating restrictions. We mask, we distance, we disinfect, we check every safety box THEN, sanitize the box we just checked. Don Coppola Jr. said Wallace suffered moderate injures and was treated at a hospital, according to the newspaper. Wallace told WAFB the women pulled the hair from her scalp and caused a gash above her eye that required stitches. Wallace is still employed by the restaurant but said she has no plans of going back.
BBG: Apple to launch new subscription plan, ‘Apple One’
According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is preparing to launch a new subscription plan called ‘Apple One.’ It is set to package Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple News+ with a tiered pricing scheme. Yahoo Finance’s The Final Round panel discuss the details of the new plan and how Apple may be making new moves in the fitness industry with an exercise app.
3 Healthcare Stocks Under $10 With Massive Upside Ahead
While there certainly are exciting opportunities at play, biotech stocks aren’t for the faint of heart. Seasoned market watchers know that they are notoriously volatile, prone to huge movements on account of a single update. This makes them riskier investments, but it also enables them to deliver massive returns. Ahead of potential near-term inflection points, shares are changing hands for $4.65 apiece, reflecting an attractive entry point, according to Wedbush. Looking more closely at FPT155, the Wedbush analyst noted, “We see a lot of value in FPT155’s dual mechanism of action which includes CTLA-4 antagonism and CD28 agonism.
Impossible Foods gets $200 million of fresh funds
Investors salivating at the prospect of buying some Impossible Foods stock on the public market will have to wait a little longer. The fast-growing plant-based meat startup said Thursday it secured a fresh $200 million in funding, led by new investor Coatue. "Impossible Foods" burgers made from plant-based substitutes for meat products sit on a shelf for sale on November 15, 2019 in New York City. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, in a statement. To do that, Impossible Foods needs to sustain our exponential growth in production and sales, and invest significantly in R&D.
Fortnite no longer appears in Apple App Store
Apple has removed Epic Games’ Fortnite from its Apple Stores, saying that the company violated in-app payment guidelines by allowing for a direct payment features . Yahoo Finance’s Final Round panel discusses the details and what it means for the scrutiny over Apple’s App Store practices.
Rep. Buck: When Facebook, Twitter remove posts, it's not just 'human error'
Rep. Ken Buck, R.-Colo., doesn't believe Big Tech executives when they say their algorithms aren't biased. The CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple testified before the House Judiciary Committee during a July 29 antitrust hearing; all four denied any kind of algorithmic bias. Even conservatives who aren't "alt-right" or "radical" appear to be censored more often than liberals, he said. While newspapers and other publications can have clear biases that readers can determine for themselves, search engines should not, he said. Rep. Buck said both points are valid, and one does not cancel out the other.
Trump administration asks court to dismiss Big Tech's challenge to social media executive order
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has filed a motion asking a court to dismiss a lawsuit against the president’s executive order targeting social media companies, calling it a “profound misunderstanding,” according to a copy of the motion seen by Reuters. The lawsuit by CDT argued Trump’s social media executive order violates the First Amendment rights of social media companies, will chill future online speech and reduce the ability of Americans to speak freely online. GOOGLE CEO DEFENDS US MILITARY SUPPORT, DOWNPLAYS WORK IN CHINAThe administration argues that the executive order only directs government agencies, and not private companies, to act. “It directs executive officials to take steps that could lead various agencies to examine ... allegations that large social media online platforms have displayed political bias in moderating content,” the motion said. The lawsuit reflects long-simmering tensions between the Trump administration and social media companies that have become key tools in Trump’s political arsenal.
Judge rejects Uber, Lyft bids to delay California driver injunction
Uber and Lyft have said they will appeal. In late afternoon trading, Uber shares were down 0.8% while Lyft fell 4.9%. The hearing came one day after the companies threatened to temporarily stop serving California, arguing that treating drivers as employees would undermine their business models. Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates are spending more than $110 million to support Proposition 22, a November ballot measure in California to keep drivers as contractors, but with some benefits. In ordering an injunction, Schulman assailed what he called Uber's and Lyft's "prolonged and brazen refusal" to comply with state law.
Some Good News for Uber
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Stock Market Today With Jim Cramer: Buy 3M Shares
Jim Cramer discusses stock market news, including buying 3M shares, Vroom's disappointing earnings, and why Uber and Lyft will never be profitable. TheStreet's Katherine Ross discussed breaking news in the stock market on Street Lightning with Jim Cramer. Cramer spoke about buying 3M shares, Vroom's disappointing earnings, and why Uber and Lyft may never be profitable. 3M Stock: Buy or Sell? Want to be alerted before Jim Cramer buys or sells any stock?
Intel Leans on New Transistor Tech to Help Battle AMD, Nvidia
However, neither version of SuperFin will be used by Intel’s Ice Lake server CPU line, which is set to begin shipping by year’s end and will compete against AMD’s anticipated third-gen Epyc server CPU line (Milan). Intel’s GPU PlansFor the discrete GPU market, Intel is promising to launch several offerings between now and the end of 2021. Specifically:Xe-HP and Xe-HPC, a pair of high-performance server GPUs due next year. Xe-HPC, codenamed Ponte Vecchio and meant to be Intel’s flagship server GPU, will rely on a mixture of Intel and third-party manufacturing processes. SG1, a server GPU that stitches together four DG1 GPUs and is expected to ship this year.
Review: Russian thriller ‘Sputnik’ imagines what happens when an alien makes its way to Earth
Written by Oleg Malovichko and Andrei Zolotarev, and based on Abramenko’s short “The Passenger,” the film imagines what happens after most sci-fi films end. In the “Alien” franchise, Ripley spends most of her energy ensuring aliens don’t make their way to Earth. This mystery unfolds from the perspective of Tatyana (Akinshina), a brilliant doctor interested in the field of neuropsychiatry, who has been disciplined for her extreme methods to produce results in her patients. The film swerves from sci-fi to horror to psychological thriller to melodrama, but in a way, it works. And it’s open-ended enough to be the kind of choose-you-own metaphor that the best kind of sci-fi always is.
Team is researching at-home coronavirus testing, Garcetti says
A coalition of scientific experts, bioscience firms, government leaders and foundations is researching at-home coronavirus testing, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday. Political leaders are also calling on the federal government to mandate insurance coverage for rapid test strips nationwide, Garcetti said. It still may be some weeks or even a couple months off, but we need to find even better solutions now,” Garcetti said. There were 1,481 confirmed coronavirus patients in L.A. County hospitals as of Tuesday, a decline of nearly 27% from two weeks before. While hospitalizations have fallen in recent weeks, another key indicator — deaths — has risen since the initial surge of the virus.