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Biden Cites Jewish Proverb to Condemn Trump: Campaign Update
News Image(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden is a Roman Catholic, but he cited a Jewish proverb to condemn President Donald Trumps comments questioning the loyalty of Jewish Democrats.I cant say it in Yiddish, but what comes from the heart goes straight to the heart, Biden said, referring to an expression that means sincere words from a speaker are received that way by the listener -- and insincere words are not.Jews understand that and Trump does not understand it at all, Biden said Wednesday after a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa, in which he called Trumps questioning the loyalty of Jewish people a dog whistle.Thats not who the American Jewish community is, Biden told reporters. The American Jewish community is extremely well informed and involved and they come from a core value set.Trump attracted criticism on Tuesday when he said that Jews who vote for Democrats show either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty. On Wednesday, however, he went even further, saying that those Jews are disloyal to Jewish people and youre being very disloyal to Israel.A Biden rival, Bernie Sanders, told supporters Tuesday that he was proud to be Jewish and had no concerns about voting Democratic. And in fact, I intend to vote for a Jewish man to become the next president of the United States, he said.Biden Lashes Out at Trump for Attacks on FedBiden said Wednesday that Trumps attacks on the Federal Reserve are an abuse of power that is undermining U.S. global economic leadership.Hes trying to break down every rational barrier thats been set up to prevent the abuse of power and the manipulation of the system and now hes going after the Fed, the former vice president told reporters in Newton. Look, what it does in terms of the rest of the world looking at us for economic leadership and determining whether or not the president is going to manipulate the Fed.Trump has repeatedly criticized the Fed and its chairman, Jay Powell. He recently took to Twitter to urge the central bank to cut interest rates by at least 100 basis points and use quantitative easing to fuel global growth.In a tweet Wednesday morning Trump responded to reports that the U.S. may be near a downturn by calling upon the Fed to Wake up. He said the only problem for the U.S. economy is Jay Powell and the Fed. -- Misyrlena EgkolfopoulouDemocratic Debate May Be Just One Night (7:00 P.M.)You might not have to clear two nights to watch the third Democratic presidential debate.Ten candidates have qualified to participate in the forum, scheduled to take place Sept. 12 and 13. But if no others meet the criteria by Aug. 28, it will be limited to one night, according to ABC News, which is hosting the event in Houston.If more than 10 candidates end up qualifying, ABC will randomly assign the participants to each night. They will have one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions, and 45 seconds for rebuttals.To qualify, candidates need to have received donations from at least 130,000 unique donors and poll above 2% in at least four national polls. Pending verification by the Democratic National Committee, these contenders have qualified so far: Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto ORourke, Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.The debate will be held at Texas Southern University and moderated by ABC anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos. -- Misyrlena EgkolfopoulouBiden, Sanders Compete on Health Care (4:40 p.m.)Union members whose leaders have negotiated generous benefits heard from both Sanders about how he wants them to switch to a government plan and from Biden on how hell let them keep their insurance.In selling their differing views on remaking the U.S. health care system, Sanders and Biden, both seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, fueled the intraparty debate on how far that effort should go.Biden stressed that his proposal to enhance Obamacare with a government-run insurance option would allow union members to keep their employer-provided plans while expanding coverage to uninsured Americans.Youve negotiated really hard for your benefits with your union and employer and my plan, you get to keep it. You dont have to give it up, he told the Iowa AFL-CIO Conference.Sanders said his proposal to create a single-payer system that would eliminate private insurance is best for workers because it would make health care a human right. But he stopped short of defining whether it would require union members to give up their existing insurance.The controversy over Sanderss Medicare for All, which some other candidates also support, is likely to continue as the 2020 contenders vie for the endorsement of organized labor, a key constituency and major source of Democratic votes, volunteers and campaign funds. -- Emma KineryTrump Says China Might Prefer Sleepy Joe (2:20 p.m.)Trump thinks Biden has a powerful ally rooting for him to become president: China.Would China rather wait for more than a year and try to get Sleepy Joe Biden to negotiate with instead of President Trump? Maybe, Trump said Wednesday.Still, Trump said his administrations tariffs have caused so much pain to China that its leaders probably calculate they cant wait for the outcome of the 202O U.S. presidential election. He said his tough stance would force the country to buckle to U.S. demands much sooner.In any case, Biden could never get as good a deal as he will, Trump added.Sleepy Joe doesnt have a clue, he said. Sleepy Joe said, oh, Chinas wonderful. Well, China is wonderful for China but Im wonderful for the USA.Biden has also taken a tough tone toward China. Unlike Trump, however, he said he wouldnt have the U.S. act unilaterally. We must have the rest of the world join us to keep them in check, he said at the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit last month. -- Max BerleyDNC Raises Far Less Cash Than GOP in July (5:30 a.m.)The Democratic National Committee raised $7.75 million in July and ended the month with $9 million in the bank, far behind its GOP counterpart, its latest filing with the Federal Election Commission shows.The Republican National Committee earlier reported raising $20.8 million, and has $46.6 million cash on hand. The party holding the White House usually has an advantage raising money, especially when the opposition has a contested primary contest. The DNC has raised $51.6 million so far in 2019, compared to $117.9 million for the GOP.The DNCs July fundraising included $2.7 million from small-dollar donors, those giving $200 or less. It spent $7.9 million, and reported debts of $5.6 million, its filing shows. -- Bill AllisonComing Up:The Democratic National Committee meets Thursday through Saturday in San Francisco. Most of the top presidential candidates -- except Biden and Buttigieg -- will speak to members on Friday.\--With assistance from Bill Allison, Emma Kinery and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou.To contact the reporter on this story: Tyler Pager in Washington at tpager1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at, Max Berley, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:12:20 -0400
Police Arrest Two Louisiana Men in 39-Year-Old Cold Case Murder of Teen
News ImageRapides Parish Sheriff's OfficeAfter nearly four decades, Louisiana police have charged two men they believe brutally raped and murdered an 18-year-old girl before disposing of her body in the woods.Leo Laird, 64, and Gary Haymon, 54, were both charged on Monday in the death of 18-year-old Donna Gayle Brazzell, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriffs Office.The young womans skeletal remains were found near Nichols Cemetery Road in 1980, but authorities were unable to identify them until last month.The Daring DNA Hunt That Cracked Frances Gruesome Cold CaseThese cases never, ever leave a policemans mind, Officer William Earl Hilton, who was first assigned the case, told KBLA. They prey on you all the time. Especially cases like this that you never solve.Authorities declined to elaborate on what evidence led to Laird and Haymons arrest, but said sufficient probable cause was established. Both men have been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape, and aggravated kidnapping.The mystery began on November 5, 1980, when the sheriffs office responded to a call about skeletal remains found in a wooded area near Nichols Cemetery Road. Working alongside Louisiana State Universitys Repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons, investigators were able to determine that the remains, which were likely in the woods for at least two months, belonged to a female victim between the ages of 16 and 21.The lab also created a DNA profile and a facial sketch of the victim but were still unable to make a positive identification.In 2014, the sheriffs office received information in reference to the case that led them to name Laird and Haymon as suspects. It remains unclear what new evidence pointed to the two men.Vatican to Open Tombs in Hunt for Teen Missing for 30 YearsThe sketch of the victim proved key to cracking the case five years later, when a woman contacted authorities claiming the picture resembled her long lost granddaughter. After a DNA comparison last month, authorities confirmed the remains belonged to the womans relative, Donna Gayle Brazzell.Laird, who would have been in his 20s at the time of the alleged murder, was arrested on August 14 and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He is currently being held on a $1 million bold. Haymon is already serving a 49-year prison sentence for second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, and public bribery, authorities said.While he was originally set for release in 2047, authorities said arrangements are in place to have Haymon booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center in reference to his new charges.Quadriplegic Charged in Cold-Case Murder of Bay Area MomRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:53:39 -0400
Parkland students unveil gun violence prevention plan: 'Policymakers have failed, so survivors are stepping up'
News ImageMarch For Our Lives, the group formed by the Parkland students in the wake of the mass shooting at their school in February 2018, has unveiled a new plan for gun control.The Peace Plan is a six-step proposal focused on changing gun laws in America to prevent mass shootings, which continue to ravage the country. The students call their steps C.H.A.N.G.E., with each letter spelling out a goal.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:50:00 -0400
Albania bulldozes restaurant after owner attacks tourists
News ImageAlbanian officials on Wednesday razed a beachfront restaurant whose owner was captured on camera attacking a car rented by Spanish tourists, as the country scrambles to clean up its reputation as a burgeoning holiday destination. The incident, filmed by the victims' tour guide from inside their vehicle, took place at the weekend in Porto-Palermo on the Ionian coast in southern Albania, a popular tourist spot. The restaurant owner, 51-year-old Mihal Kokedhima, was arrested and faces trial for "verbally assaulting a group of Spanish tourists for futile reasons", damaging their car and causing minor injuries, police said.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:17:17 -0400
WIDER IMAGE-"I don't recommend you do this": Thailand's stealthy snake wrangler
News ImageIn the dead of night, Thai firefighter Pinyo Pukpinyo stealthily approaches a python coiled around the rafters of a home in Bangkok, and quickly grabs its head with his bare hands. "This job makes me feel like I'm a superhero," he said.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:00:33 -0400
Drivers in Idaho keep harassing busloads of immigrants' children on their way to pre-school
News ImageOne driver reported experiencing threatening incidents with other drivers while she was driving a busload of children under the age of five.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:23:17 -0400
Hong Kong police in standoff with protesters after sit-in
News ImageNear the end of the event, the police began what they called a "dispersal operation, using minimum force" after some protesters blocked roads and flashed laser pointers at officers. Police with riot shields faced off at the station entrance against a group of remaining protesters, who sprayed a firehose and spread soap on the floor to slow a police approach, while piling up trash bins, a wheelchair and umbrellas in a makeshift blockade. The station's entrance shutters were lowered, barricading the protesters inside.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:38:56 -0400
Ford's "Mustang-Inspired" Mach E Electric SUV Steps Out in Prototype Form
News ImageSaid to arrive next year, this new battery-powered crossover promises 300 miles of range and a relatively affordable starting price.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:30:00 -0400
Yale failed to stop professor who sexually assaulted students over decades, report says
Yale failed to stop professor who sexually assaulted students over decades, report saysA report commissioned by Yale says a professor assaulted at least five students, and an investigation in 1994 failed to stop him.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 23:46:49 -0400
We can't trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to it
News ImageWhite nationalists pervade law enforcement. Fighting far right violence means continuing our fight for police accountabilityProtesters shout anti-Nazi chants after chasing alt-right blogger Jason Kessler from a news conference on 13 August 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAs mass violence continues, many of us have become rightly afraid for the people we love. We want justice, but we also want protection.So what are the solutions were hearing about following this months violence? One idea we must reject is the idea of trusting law enforcement to protect us from white nationalist violence, given how much they contribute to it. If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldnt they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?White nationalists pervade law enforcement. There is a long history of the military, police and other authorities supporting, protecting or even being members of white supremacy groups. But its not just history. It was revealed last week that a black man in Michigan came upon KKK materials and Confederate flags in plain view while being shown a home for sale the home of a police officer on the force for more than 20 years who shot and killed a black man in 2009 without consequence.Its a widespread pattern. As early as 2006, the FBI flagged it. Another FBI report in 2015, not covered nearly enough, indicated that domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers. (And thats the FBI, which has its own history of white supremacy affinity groups.)White nationalists connect through online networks and offline groups, and openly share tactics for infiltrating and influencing police departments, border patrol, the FBI and the military. That was the case for a Virginia police officer assigned to a high school who was revealed to be a longtime white nationalist and served as a recruiter for Identity Evropa, one of the groups behind the Charlottesville hate rallies and violence. He was not shy about his cover. In chat messages, he discussed ways to downplay appearances of racism, while still promoting white nationalism.Another thing many of those like him are not shy about: stoking and celebrating violence, and promoting hateful misinformation and rhetoric. The Plain View Project tracked publicly posted social media material from more than 3,500 confirmed current and retired law enforcement officers, and found that about 1 in 5 of the current officers, and 2 in 5 of the retired officers, made public posts or comments ... displaying bias, applauding violence, scoffing at due process or using dehumanizing language. The Center for Investigative Reporting was able to identify almost 400 current and retired law enforcement officials who were members of private Facebook Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups.We have seen racist text messages and emails among active officers revealed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and more, including among those in management with direct authority over law enforcement practices. As the Portland case proved, we must come to terms with the depth of association between senior law enforcement and white nationalist leaders and groups people they should be investigating and thwarting, not encouraging and helping to evade justice.Neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia after marching through the campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Photograph: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesIt would be naive to look at cases in which agencies have dismissed white nationalists from their ranks as an encouraging sign, whether in police departments, border patrol (an agent with a pattern of racist text messages ran over a Guatemalan migrant with a truck), the coast guard (a white nationalist aimed to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country), military units (more Identity Evropa members in the Marines), or anywhere else.In truth, would the level of violence committed by law enforcement in communities of color, and at the border, even be possible if racial hatred werent part and parcel of police culture? White nationalists in law enforcement and in many roles in government, such as prosecutors, are dangerous because they routinely abuse their power to attack and debilitate communities of color, including harassment and coercion, financial exploitation, acts of sexual and racially-targeted violence and mass incarceration all officially sanctioned, and all celebrated as part of the larger white nationalist agenda.Within the FBI, there has been an active movement among white nationalist sympathizers to protect their own by unfoundedly targeting nonviolent black activists: inventing the idea of a black extremist threat to justify surveillance of nonviolent black activists and divert attention from truly violent white nationalist perpetrators. This policy was codified in an internal Race Paper that a federal court allowed to remain secret, despite a move for transparency led by my organization, Color Of Change. (And people who have spoken out about internal racism at the FBI have not been treated well.)Investigations have not yet uncovered the extent to which people in law enforcement at all levels are actually involved in white nationalist violence more directly: training and mentorship, advice and tips, offering the social validation that people of color and others are, in fact, the enemy, or offering the social validation that violence is, in fact, the answer.More stories from those who know whats happening inside law enforcement officers lives would help.But we already know enough. We must change the incentives for law enforcement and their unions financial, social, cultural and otherwise that allow the denial of this threat to persist. Instead of allowing news media to praise law enforcement as problem-solvers, we must hold them to account for the harm they enable. Lawmakers across the country must also play their role: investigating the extent of the problem, and forcing a purge of white nationalists and their sympathizers from positions of power and influence everywhere. Fighting white nationalist violence means doubling down on our fight for police accountability.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:29:07 -0400
Guns are a huge part of American society; taking them away won't help: Today's talker
News ImageGuns are vital for protection in America. The acts of the few shouldn't affect citizens' rights to guns, which is protected by the Second Amendment.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:28:12 -0400
Texas school district sued for coloring black pupil's scalp with marker
News ImageParents of a black teenager in Texas are suing their Houston-area school district after three white middle school personnel used a marker to blot out a design in their son's scalp. The federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Sunday against the Pearland Independent School District and the three staff members of Berry Miller Junior High who used the marker to color the student's scalp. The three claimed that his "common African American 'fade' haircut violated the Pearland ISD dress code policy," the lawsuit reads.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:10:00 -0400
Russia, China seek U.N. Security Council meeting on U.S. missile developments
News ImageRussia and China have asked the United Nations Security Council to meet on Thursday over "statements by U.S. officials on their plans to develop and deploy medium-range missiles," according to the request seen by Reuters. Moscow and Beijing want to convene the 15-member council under the agenda item "threats to international peace and security" and have requested that U.N. disarmament affairs chief Izumi Nakamitsu brief the body. The Pentagon said on Monday it had tested a conventionally configured cruise missile that hit its target after more than 500 km (310 miles) of flight, the first such test since the United States pulled out Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 20:36:02 -0400
What Jeffrey Epsteins Last-Minute Will Means for Accusers Trying to Recover Money From His Estate
News Image"It could take many, many years before anybody gets a penny of this"
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:18:14 -0400
CNN Pundits Bodyguard Charged with Assault after Removing Reporter Covering Her Speech
News ImageCNN pundit April Ryan's security guard has been charged with assault after he forcibly removed a local New Jersey reporter from an event at which Ryan was delivering a speech.Charlie Kravotil, editor ofNew Brunswick Today,claims that Ryan's bodyguard, 30-year-old Joel Morris, approached him during Ryan's speech at The Heldrich Hotel on August 3 and stole his camera after he refused to stop filming.A video of the incident shows Kravotil, who secured press credentials for the event, following Morris into the lobby of the hotel to retrieve his camera. After the local journalist reclaimed his camera, Morris grabbed his arm, placed it behind his back, and shoved him out of the hotel.Morris has been charged with harassment, assault, and theft in connection with the incident.Kravotil says he was invited to the event and was allowed to film for roughly two hours before Ryan took the stage to deliver a speech, at which point Morris stole his camera but allowed other people in the room to continue filming. He called on Ryan to apologize for the incident in a Monday tweet.Shes been silent about the unacceptable and illegal behavior of her bodyguard, Joel Morris, and we are still waiting for her comment on this unfortunate incident, Kravotil said in a video posted to Twitter. Maybe now that there are criminal charges, we might hear something from her. I hope, sincerely, that she does comment and I hope she does condemn this. This is unacceptable. . . . In our country, we have freedom of the press.Ryan is a vociferous critic of President Trump and routinely disparages him for his rhetorical attacks on the press, even authoring a book on the subject last year entitled Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:59:00 -0400
Newark man faces child sex charges; mummified remains found
News ImagePolice responding to a call about child sexual abuse said they found mummified remains and an altar to an unknown deity in the home of a man who is now facing multiple charges. Robert Williams is scheduled for an initial court appearance Friday. According to the Essex County prosecutor's office, Newark police investigated after receiving reports that the 53-year-old Williams had been abusing a 13-year-old child for several months.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:21:12 -0400
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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:52:00 -0400
Trump on the trade war with China: 'I am the chosen one' since 'somebody had to do it'
News Image"I am the chosen one," Trump added,looking up at the sky while discussing the trade war. "Somebody had to do it."
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:43:10 -0400
Britain 'extremely concerned' as Hong Kong consulate official detained in mainland China
News ImageA British Consulate official has been detained in mainland China after urging his girlfriend to pray for me as he attempted to cross the borderinto Hong Kong. Simon Cheng Man-kit, a trade and investment officer at the Hong Kong consulates Scottish Development International section, had travelled on August 8 to a business event in Shenzhen and was due to return the same day. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office said theofficial had gone missing while returning from thecity of 12.5 million that links Hong Kong to Southeast China. We are extremely concerned by reports that a member of our team has been detained while returning to Hong Kong from Shenzhen. We are providing support to their family and seeking further information from authorities in Guangdong Province and Hong Kong, said an FCO spokesperson on Tuesday. The British embassy in Beijing confirmed to The Telegraph that the official had been detained in mainland China. His disappearance 10 days ago comes at a time ofheightened tension between China and Western nations, including the UK, for their support of pro-democracy demonstrationswhich have now entered their eleventh week. According to Hong Kong media outlet HK01, Mr Cheng had crossed into the city via the heavily trafficked Lo Wu border crossing and planned to return the same day using the Express Rail link. The site published screenshots that evening from a telephone conversation between Mr Cheng, a Hong Kong permanent resident and his Taiwanese girlfriend, identified only as Ms Lee, in which she asks: Where are you? Just let me know that you are safe. Hong Kong protests | Read more Mr Cheng responded: Passing through. Pray for me, but did not answer two subsequent calls from his girlfriend. He has not been heard from since. The official, 28, grew up in Hong Kong and studied in Taiwan, Tokyo, Beijing and at the London School of Economics before returning to his home city where he took up a position at the consulate in 2017. It is unclear if he entered China on a diplomatic passport. According to his girlfriend, the British Consulate-General told Mr Chengs family to report the case to the police. An officer at the mainland Chinese police station in Hong Kongs West Kowloon Terminus told HK01 that there were no arrests made on August 8 or 9. Ms Lee said that immigration authorities had told her on August 10 that Mr Cheng was under administrative detention in mainland China, but the reason and location of his detention were unknown. Administrative detention in the mainland can last for up to 15 days Protesters gather for a rally in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Sunday Credit: AFP The immigration department told The Telegraph that it had promptly contacted the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Guangdong for clarification after being alerted by Mr Chengs family. The department said it had provided the family with proper advice and practical assistance and would maintain close contact and follow up with them. His worried girlfriend, described as a financial entrepreneur, told HK01 he had just started to give back to the community. He grew up in public housing and he used his abilities to get to where he is today. Mr Chengs Facebook page displays multiple posts about work events relating to trade and investment and also a trip last year to Glasgow and Edinburgh. In a statement, Ms Lee urged the Chinese authorities to release her partner as soon as possible and to ensure his safety: Simons disappearance confirms a lot of the fears held by the global investment community about arbitrary detention in mainland China, she said. Screenshots of earlier messages between the couple revealed that Mr Cheng planned to delete call records and other apps from his phone before passing into Shenzhen. Fears are rising that authorities are checking phones of passengers to the mainland for any links to Hong Kongs ongoing protests. However, Ms Lee has denied any suggestion of a link to the ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which she said he did not attend or express a view on. hongkers Mr Chengs sudden disappearance while on official duties comes after twoCanadians - Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur -were detained in China last year during Beijings diplomatic dispute with Ottawa over its arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. It is widely viewed that both men - who have been charged with spying are being used as political pawns. It also comes as China steps up its use of exit bans against US citizens amid a bitter trade dispute with Washington. Meanwhile on Tuesday, Carrie Lam, Hong Kongs embattled Chief Executive, said she hoped the weekends rallies, which passed without any violence, were the start of an effort to restore peace to the financial hub. Ms Lam pledged to talk to peaceful protesters and also to launch a fact-finding study to tackle complaints against the police. She revealed that Anthony Neoh, the Independent Police Complaints Council chief, had met with British officials who had personally handled the Tottenham riots in England in 2011 and that the Hong Kong authorities planned to hire overseas experts to provide assistance.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:25:17 -0400
A shark attacked a woman in Hawaii, and authorities are warning it's 'still in the area'
News ImageA 27-year-old woman was bitten twice by a shark while swimming on Tuesday. She is reportedly recovering and in "good health."
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:22:40 -0400
Verdict due in Germany knife killing that sparked racist riots
News ImageA 24-year-old Syrian man is expected to face a court verdict Thursday over a knife killing that sparked far-right street violence and protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz. The ruling comes at a sensitive time, one year after thousands of neo-Nazis and enraged citizens marched through Chemnitz, and just over a week ahead of state elections in the ex-communist region. The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which has railed against immigrants and Islam, is forecast to poll strongly in the state of Saxony and neighbouring Brandenburg on September 1.
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 01:30:43 -0400
Farmer's threat prompts U.S. Agriculture Department to pull staff from crop tour
News ImageCORALVILLE, Iowa/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday it had pulled all staff from an annual crop tour after an employee was threatened, and three sources said the threat of violence was made during a phone call from an angry farmer. U.S. farmers have complained this month that a government crop report did not reflect damage from historic flooding this spring. Lance Honig, crops chief at the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, was among the USDA staffers who had to leave the privately-run Pro Farmer tour, three sources with knowledge of the situation said.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:16:36 -0400
Catholic Priest Abuse Survivors' Group Says It's 'Cowardly' That Convicted Cardinal Has Not Been Defrocked
News Image'I don't know what other proof any organization needs other than a conviction'
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 19:43:41 -0400
F-35 stealth fighter jets on fast track to receive laser-based offensive and defensive capabilities
News ImageThe Air Force Research Lab and Office of Naval Research are currently developing fast and precise laser weapons that can burn holes through enemy targets at the speed of light. Concurrently, the U.S. Navy is developing a laser-application for its Marine Corps F-35B, intended to effectively maintain the stealth fighter for future decades of war.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:23:03 -0400
The Latest: Philadelphia police commissioner resigning
News ImageA Philadelphia official says the resignation of Police Commissioner Richard Ross is related to allegations made by a corporal and a patrol officer against several department employees. Deana Gamble is a spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Kenney. Kenney's announcement Tuesday referred to a sexual harassment prevention policy and efforts to prevent discrimination and harassment that were implemented a year ago.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:38:09 -0400
Women 'absolutely terrified' of Donald Trump giving Afghanistan deal to the Taliban
News ImageThe Trump administration's haste to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan could risk the progress on Afghan women's rights since 2001: Our view
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:39:18 -0400
Prosecutor: Cannibalism victim was butchered 'like you wouldn't kill a livestock animal'
News ImageJoseph Oberhansley, 38, is accused of killing his estranged girlfriend and eating parts of her brain and organs in 2014.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 19:58:00 -0400
Russia's new high-altitude drone just flew for the first time, and they want to arm it with one ton of bombs
News ImageOn Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense shared video of a test flight for the Altius-U, a major step forward in its drone program.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:09:52 -0400
Money, muscle, media: how China has handled Hong Kong protests
News ImageChina has deployed a three-pronged strategy to suffocate pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong -- propaganda, economic leverage and intimidation. Here is a look at Beijing's efforts so far to squash a movement that has refused to die. As protests erupted in June, discussion inside authoritarian China was muted, censored on social media or played down on state outlets.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:34:20 -0400
Luntz: I was wrong on climate change
News ImageLuntz urged Democrats to "personalize, individualize and humanize" the impacts of climate change
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:11:03 -0400
Mexican president says government not talking with criminal gangs
News ImageMexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday said his nine-month-old administration's efforts to bring down record rates of violent crime do not include talks with criminal gangs or armed self-defense groups. On Tuesday, Mexico's interior minister told reporters the government was holding talks with "various groups" in states hard hit by violence, in response to a question about organized criminals.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 08:55:01 -0400
Carrie Symonds 'barred from entering the US over Somaliland trip'
News ImageBoris Johnson's girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, has been barred from visiting the US. She had applied for permission to go to the US in the next few days as part of her job with environmental group Oceana but the request was blocked by the American authorities, the Daily Mail reported. The situation could prove embarrassing for the Prime Minister, who is expected to meet US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in France which begins on Saturday. The problem with Ms Symonds' travel plans could be linked to a trip toSomalilandlast year. The US does not recogniseSomalilandas an independent country, instead viewing it as part of Somalia. Applicants under the electronic system for travel authorisation (Esta) visa waiver programme, which allows Britons to spend up to 90 days in the US, are asked whether they have visited Somalia since March 2011. Ms Symonds visitedSomalilandlast year with her friend Nimco Ali, a campaigner against female genital mutilation. Following the reports of Ms Symonds' travel difficulties, Ms Ali said on Twitter: "Somalilandis Africa's best kept Secret, it's my birth place and it's stunning. "For 28 years without international assistance we have rebuilt our Country and are the only democracy in the Horn of Africa. I am happy to personally show anyone around the land I was sourced from." Ms Symonds has no official role in Downing Street and no taxpayer-funded support, although she has been pictured at functions in Number 10 with Mr Johnson. Downing Street declined to comment. Ayan Mahamoud, Head of the Somaliland Mission to the UK said, the country is an "independent, peaceful and stable" nation often wrongly confused with neighbours Somalia. She said: "We have a longstanding and positive relationship with the UK Government, and we have been proud to host members of the Government within the last 12 months, numerous Members of Parliament, and thousands of tourists from the UK every year. We continue to call on the UK Government to support our calls for international recognition and to support Somaliland as we seek to overturn the damaging and unjustified travel restrictions unfairly imposed on our citizens by the US Government.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:59:52 -0400
Here's How Aliens Might See Earth
News ImageIt looks a bit different from the pale blue dot.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:31:00 -0400
Lawsuit accusing ex-bishop of drunken sexual assault settled
News ImageA lawsuit accusing the former bishop of West Virginia's Roman Catholic diocese of molesting boys and men has been settled. The terms of the recent settlement are confidential, Wheeling-Charleston Diocese spokesman Tim Bishop said in a statement. A former personal altar server sued ex-Bishop Michael Bransfield and the diocese in March, saying he was sexually assaulted in 2014 and harassed for years prior.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:48:19 -0400
U.S. Drone Shot Down over Yemen
News ImageA U.S. drone was shot down over Yemen late on Tuesdaybya surface-to-air missile, U.S. officials said.Officials believe Iran providedHouthi rebels with the missile, whichdowned the U.S. military MQ-9 drone southeast of Sanaa,capital ofYemen.The U.S. is expected to publicly chastise Iran for the occurrence.In June, Iran shot down an unmanned American military-surveillance drone over the Gulf of Oman, further damaging the already strained relationship between the two countries.Afterwards, President Trump ordered military strikes on Iranian targets including radar and missile batteries but canceled the order at the last minute due to concerns about casualties.Iran claimed that drone had trespassed over its territory, while the U.S. argued it was in international airspace.News of the downed drone comes as Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the U.S. Wednesday that Iran may actunpredictably.Mutual unpredictability will lead to chaos. President Trump cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable," the foreign minister said during a speech in Stockholm.Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been heightened since theTrump administration reimposed the sanctions lifted under the Obama administrations nuclear deal, which the U.S. announced its withdrawal from in May of last year.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:39:20 -0400
Hannity: There has never been a better friend and ally to the state of Israel than Donald J. Trump
News ImageSean Hannity weighs in on President Trump's relationship with Israel and 'the Squad's' feud.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 22:00:56 -0400
'Storm Area 51' event pushes rural Nevada county to declare emergency
News ImageLincoln County commissioner pre-signed an emergency declaration ahead of the "Storm Area 51" raid event that's drawn more than 2 million RSVPs.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:52:25 -0400
Hong Kong officers arrested for beating man in hospital
News ImageTwo Hong Kong police officers were arrested Tuesday after a video emerged of them beating an older man on a hospital trolly, heaping further pressure on a force already facing accusations of brutality. The footage, recorded in late June, shows two uniformed officers assaulting the man with batons and holding a cloth over his mouth. "It is clear that the actions committed by the police officers concerned are unlawful," said police spokesman John Tse, adding that police viewed the video for the first time on Tuesday.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 07:56:28 -0400
A Mexican judge says 2 people can legally use cocaine but they can't buy or sell it
News ImageA court in Mexico ordered the government to allow plaintiffs to "possess, transport and use cocaine," but not to sell or buy it.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:58:36 -0400
U.S. will act if Iranian tanker tries to deliver oil to Syria: Pompeo
News ImageThe tanker is carrying about 2 million barrels of oil.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:13:11 -0400
See the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant from Every Angle
See the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant from Every Angle
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:01:00 -0400
Where Does the Oxygen in the Universe Come From, Exactly?
News ImageScientists still don't quite understand. But they're getting closer.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 09:48:00 -0400
Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt
News ImageAll 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport for unknown reasons shortly before noon, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The plane was carrying two pilots and eight passengers, and "all were accounted for, no injuries," said Joe Deal, Oroville's fire and police chief.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 22:00:07 -0400
Neo-Nazi arrested over threat to exterminate Hispanics said 'I thank God every day Trump is president'
News ImageA man arrested by the FBI on suspicion of threatening to kill Hispanic people in Miami allegedly wrote that he thanked God every day that Donald Trump was president.Eric Lin, 35, made a series of threats against the Hispanic community in the Miami area before being arrested in Seattle.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:58:30 -0400
Sanders Hits Back after Co-Sponsor Harris Criticizes Medicare for All
News ImageSenator Bernie Sanders hit back at Senator Kamala Harris Monday evening after Harris said at a fundraiser in the Hamptons that she has "not been comfortable" with the Medicare for All plan she cosponsored with Sanders.&> I don't go to the Hamptons to raise money from billionaires. If I ever visited there, I would tell them the same thing I have said for the last 30 years: We must pass a Medicare for All system to guarantee affordable health care for all, not just for those who can afford it.&> &> -- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 19, 2019Harris courted wealthy donors in the Hamptons and at Marthas Vineyard over the weekend, assuring them that,I believe in capitalism, but capitalism is not working for most people."I think almost every member of the United States Senate who's running for president, and many others, have signed on to a variety of plans in the Senate. And I have done the same," the California Democrat said. "I support Medicare for All. But as you may have noticed, over the course of the many months, I've not been comfortable with Bernie's plan, the Medicare-for-All plan."Harris floundered slightly earlier in her campaign on the question of whether private insurance plans would still be available under her health-care proposal. She originally said private health insurance would be eliminated buthas since backtracked, saying that while she iscommitted to reining in the private insurance companies, phasing out private insurance has to happenover a period of time.Sanders is currently polling ahead of Harris but behind the front-runner, former vice president Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is in second place.
Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:35:47 -0400
Are Max 737s closer to flying? FAA 'looks forward' to international panel's findings as grounding drags on
News ImageThe FAA "looks forward" to a panel's findings on the Boeing 737 Max jets but stands by the process thatcertified a key component of the aircraft.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:26:51 -0400
Canada accused of unlawfully questioning Huawei's Meng
News ImageLawyers for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou alleged in court documents released Wednesday that she was unlawfully detained and questioned by Canadian border agents in Vancouver last year. Border agents detained her under the pretense of an immigration matter and never alerted her to a US warrant for her arrest, questioning her for hours before eventually handing her over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the lawyers said. "From the outset of the applicant's detention," the RCMP and border agents were acting on behalf of "the FBI for the purpose of obtaining and preserving evidence," Meng's lawyers said.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:30:40 -0400
Walmart sues Tesla after solar panels start bursting into flames on store roofs
News ImageIn something of a bizarre story, Walmart is suing Tesla after solar panels it purchased from the EV company caught fire on a number of Walmart stores. As it stands now, Tesla solar panels can be found on as many as 240 Walmart stores across the country. Following a few incidents involving seemingly spontaneous fires, Walmart now wants Tesla to remove the solar panels and foot the bill for all the corresponding damage.As a result of the fires, Walmart is suing for breach of contract and alleges that Tesla's actions in designing and installing the panels failed to live up industry standards.All told, roof fires impacted a total of seven Walmart stores and resulted in damage that ended up costing the nationwide retailer millions.The complaint (via the Los Angeles Times) reads in part:&> To state the obvious, properly designed, installed, inspected, and maintained solar systems do not spontaneously combust, and the occurrence of multiple fires involving Tesla's solar systems is but one unmistakable sign of negligence by Tesla.&> &> ...&> &> To this day, Tesla has not provided Walmart with the complete set of final 'root cause' analyses needed to identify the precise defects in its systems that caused all of the fires described aboveWalmart's complaint further adds that a subsequent inspection into the fires revealed that Tesla was "engaged in widespread, systemic negligence and had failed to abide by prudent industry practices in installing, operating and maintaining its solar systems."It's worth noting that Tesla, as part of its deal with Walmart, was on the hook for maintenance and any upkeep issues arising from the solar panels. That said, Walmart alludes to the fact that the fires were most likely caused by improper installation.Interestingly, Walmart has an outstanding order with Tesla for 45 Tesla Semi Trucks, though it remains to be seen if Tesla will be able to ship those on time.
Wed, 21 Aug 2019 10:12:19 -0400
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