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  • Seattle City Council OKs cuts to police positions, budget

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    The Seattle City Council approved proposals Monday that would reduce the police department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — an action supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis but strongly opposed by the mayor and police chief. On Monday, only council member Kshama Sawant voted against the budget package, saying it does not do enough to defund the police. Seattle currently has about 1,400 police officers and the reductions fell far short of the 50% cut to the department that many Black Lives Matter protesters are seeking.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:30:22 -0400
  • Police searched a United Airlines jet after a reportedly hallucinating passenger claimed there was a bomb on board

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    Police officers searched the plane with passengers still on board and offloaded each piece of luggage on the plane to be checked by canine units.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:01:38 -0400
  • AOC slams New York Governor Cuomo over reopening schools in autumn

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

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:58:00 -0400
  • A man in Washington was arrested after being accused of breaking a 72-year-old veteran's jaw during a dispute over wearing face masks

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    Cody Hansen, 35, was arrested in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday after police in Kent, Washington, said he attacked a man in a hotel lobby.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:53:57 -0400
  • Mauritius oil spill: Fears vessel may 'break in two' as cracks appear

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    The MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef on 25 July, is now leaking oil off the island.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:37:35 -0400
  • These states require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test

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    States are opening back up, but some still require or recommend visitors self-quarantine for two weeks. Find out where.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:49:48 -0400
  • Where to Buy Wallpaper Online: 23 Stores With Unique Designs

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    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:21:58 -0400
  • Macron pledges to continue fight against terrorism after seven aid workers murdered in Sahel

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    Emmanuel Macron has pledged to continue France’s fight against terror in the Sahel after seven aid workers — six French and one Nigerien — were murdered and set on fire by gunmen on Sunday in a wildlife reserve in the west African nation of Niger. “Several of our compatriots and Nigeriens were cowardly murdered yesterday in Niger in a deadly attack,” the French president said on Twitter. “I share the pain of their families and loved ones. Some were hired for the most altruistic of missions: to help people.” The aid workers were killed on Sunday morning while driving through the southwestern area of Kouré, an area famed for being home to the last remaining population of west African giraffes, about an hours drive from the capital Niamey. The French humanitarian group ACTED issued a statement on Monday confirming the deaths of seven of their aid workers. The group said that they were ‘horrified’ by the ‘senseless and barbaric killing’. “This heinous crime must not go unpunished, nor will it distract us from our commitment to support the people of Niger,” it said. Kadri Abdou, the president of the Association of Kouré’s Giraffe Guides was also killed in the attack. The area is popular with expatriates living in Niamey, as it one of the few places NGO staff are allowed to visit on days off. It is understood that Nigerien and French forces have been combing through the reserve, searching for the gunmen. Local media reported that the US was also helping with drone surveillance and that one of the gunmen had already been found by Nigerien commandoes. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing but groups allied to both Al Qaeda and Islamic State have both been active in the surrounding Tillaberi region. Some 5,100 French soldiers are battling jihadist groups across the Sahel region which runs underneath the Sahara desert.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 13:16:47 -0400
  • Ron Johnson Subpoenas FBI Director Wray in Probe of Crossfire Hurricane Origins

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    Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) subpoenaed FBI director Christopher Wray last week for documents pertaining to the Russia investigation.Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, issued the subpoena as part of the committee's probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane by the FBI.The subpoena, obtained by Fox News, demands that Wray make available "all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. This includes, but is not limited to, all records provided or made available to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice for its review.""The FBI has already been producing documents and information to the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which are directly responsive to this subpoena," the FBI told Fox. "As always, the FBI will continue to cooperate with the Committee’s requests, consistent with our law enforcement and national security obligations."Both the Homeland Security committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are conducting investigations into the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane probe, whose stated aim was to uncover alleged collusion between Russian operatives and 2016 Trump-campaign officials. Intelligence officials have already declassified various documents pertaining to Crossfire Hurricane as part of the Judiciary Committee's investigation.Many of those documents were uncovered by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz as part of his own investigation into the FBI's applications for FISA warrants to surveil former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz found "at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications."

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:14:57 -0400
  • Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

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    Hong Kong authorities arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Monday, broadening their enforcement of a new national security law and stoking fears of a crackdown on the semi-autonomous region's free press. Police were seen carting away boxes of what they said was evidence at Lai's pro-democracy Next Digital headquarters. In the evening, police arrested pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow Ting on charges of inciting secession under the same law, according to tweets by fellow activist Nathan Law, who left Hong Kong for Britain soon after the law took effect.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 21:44:35 -0400
  • Schumer says Democrats ready for coronavirus aid talks, if Republicans move

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    U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday that Democrats are ready to return to the negotiating table over coronavirus relief, if Republicans would agree to a larger bill than they have been willing to accept up to now. Last week, Schumer used similar language to urge White House negotiators to agree to a legislative package at least $1 trillion larger than the $1 trillion bill that Senate Republicans have already proposed.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:22:05 -0400
  • Indian immigrant who drowned saving two children in US river had ‘big dreams’ of starting own business

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    An Indian immigrant who died saving two children from drowning in a California river had “big dreams” of starting his own business, his family said.Manjit Singh, 29, had been cooling off at Reedley Beach on the Kings River, Frenso, on Wednesday, shortly after finishing a driving lesson, when he heard a woman crying out for help.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:41:00 -0400
  • US Border Patrol agent arrested and charged with trafficking over 350,000 pills believed to be fentanyl

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    The suspect drove to the airport and unloaded two duffel bags into another vehicle. Officials later found nearly $330,000 in his home.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:00:59 -0400
  • Louisville police said protesters, who have been marching against Breonna Taylor's death for more than 70 days, can no longer use public roads

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    A handful of people have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and blocking a roadway since the ban started, local media reported.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:46:22 -0400
  • Georgia school moves online after COVID-19 infections reported

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    A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes moving online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus when the school year opened last week with most students attending classes in-person.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 21:14:47 -0400
  • Victoria’s Secret Mogul May Finally Have to Explain His Epstein Ties

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    Leslie Wexner, the billionaire former owner of Victoria’s Secret, may be forced to reveal details of his secretive longtime association with Jeffrey Epstein amid a bitter legal battle between the pedophile billionaire’s former lawyer and one of his accusers. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ordered the unsealing of correspondence between Wexner and Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, who’s entangled in a defamation lawsuit with Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre. The new trove of court filings show the Victoria Secret’s mogul has refused to testify or turn over documents requested by Dershowitz to support his countersuit claims that Giuffre wanted to extort Wexner.Preska ruled she saw “no reason for that correspondence to remain under seal,” and scheduled an Aug. 17 hearing to decide whether Wexner will be forced to testify in the defamation case.  How We Got the Scoop on Jeffrey Epstein’s ArrestThe records are among thousands of documents in the countersuit Dershowitz filed against Giuffre after she accused the Harvard professor of defamation. While Giuffre has alleged that Epstein, a convicted sex offender, trafficked her to other men—including Dershowitz and Prince Andrew—the lawyer has denied the claims. Hitting back, Dershowitz accused Giuffre of hatching a plan to “falsely accuse him of sex trafficking” in order to “extort a settlement from another party, namely Wexner.”In a June 23 letter, Dershowitz’s legal team noted they had served subpoenas to Wexner, an 82-year-old billionaire, and his attorney John Zeiger, and asked the judge to compel them to provide “a small number of documents directly relevant to the central allegation in this case that Plaintiff [Giuffre] falsely accused Professor Dershowitz of sexual abuse as part of a scheme to extort Wexner.”“With Wexner refusing to produce any documents or appear for a deposition, and Zeiger refusing to produce documents or provide testimony absent the entry of an onerous protective order which would severely hamper Professor Dershowitz’s ability to use the discovery in this litigation, the parties are at an impasse,” Dershowitz’s attorney, Howard Cooper, wrote in the newly unsealed letter filed in Manhattan federal court. “From the beginning of the parties’ negotiations, Wexner and Zeiger have taken an extreme view on confidentiality.”In response, Giuffre’s attorneys slammed Dershowitz’s efforts to “put Mr. Wexner at the heart of false and defamatory” claims against their client—but agreed that he should have to testify. “Defendant has put Leslie Wexner at the heart of his false and defamatory claims that Plaintiff and her counsel were engaged in an extortion plot to extract money from wealthy associates of Jeffrey Epstein by allegedly falsely naming the Defendant,” Charles J. Cooper, who represents Giuffre in the defamation case, wrote in a July 28 letter. Epstein Accuser Says Bill Clinton Partied on Pedophile IslandNoting Dershowitz’s plans to argue that Wexner was “deliberately framed for financial reasons,” Cooper added that for this reason Giuffre was “likewise planning on seeking relevant documents and testimony from Mr. Wexner and Mr. Zeiger” to prove his allegations to be false. Wexner, who stepped down from his post earlier this year, has been notoriously secretive about his relationship with Epstein—who used to manage the billionaire’s personal finances and those of his family charities. Cited as one of the main streams of revenue associated with Epstein’s financial success, Wexner even installed Epstein as a trustee of his eponymous foundation in 1991 and at one point granted him power of attorney. Wexner, whose fortune is associated with several retail brands, including The Limited and Victoria’s Secret, has said to have severed ties with Epstein in 2007—the same year the disgraced financier pleaded guilty in state court to soliciting prostitution. Epstein was sentenced to 18 months behind bars as a result, serving 13 before he was released.In July 2019, Epstein, 66, was arrested by federal authorities in New York and charged with sex trafficking crimes for allegedly luring girls with cash to his Manhattan mansion before sexually abusing them. A month later, Epstein died in a jailhouse suicide.Ghislaine Maxwell’s Lawyers Claim She Was Never in Hiding, Hadn’t Seen Epstein for a Decade “I would never have guessed that a person I employed more than a decade ago could have caused such pain to so many people. My heart goes out to each and every person who has been hurt,” Wexner wrote to employees in a July email obtained by The Columbus Dispatch. “I severed all ties with Mr. Epstein nearly 12 years ago. I would not have continued to work with any individual capable of such egregious, sickening behavior as has been reported about him.”In February, Wexner stepped down as CEO of Victoria’s Secret amid scrutiny about his relationship with Epstein. At the time, Wexer stressed he was unaware of any “illegal activity” by Epstein. In the newly unsealed letters, Zeiger argued Wexner does not have any information that could be used in a trial. Those close to Wexner have previously denied Dershowitz’s claims, with one insider telling The New York Times in 2015 that Wexner had never met Giuffre and that no extortion attempt was made.“Professor Dershowitz will address the admissibility of testimony obtained from Wexner at the appropriate time, upon a complete discovery record including being able to offer the Court Wexner’s actual testimony, as opposed to his lawyer’s self-serving characterization of what it will be,” Cooper wrote in a July 31 letter. Read 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.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 20:44:41 -0400
  • Top Navy official: Sailor burnout a concern amid COVID-19 crisis

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    Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday told NBC News the pandemic has forced ships to remain at sea for longer periods of time.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:53:00 -0400
  • 'They're not equivalent': Pelosi says Russian election interference more serious than that of China, Iran

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    Pelosi and other Democrats have called for information about Russia's effort to "denigrate" Joe Biden to be declassified ahead of the 2020 election.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 19:43:13 -0400
  • Appeals of Nazi camp guard conviction in Germany dropped

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

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:14:18 -0400
  • Indian temple reports huge coronavirus outbreak as cases surge

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    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 06:24:24 -0400
  • 84 arrests made at Sturgis Rally as governor welcomes 250,000 bikers to district

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    Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off in the western part of South Dakota on Friday, leading to 84 arrests in one day, according to a report.The annual rally, which the city council decided would go ahead in June, has drawn thousands of bikers to the state from all over the country, many without masks or social distancing in mind.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:31:15 -0400
  • Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano state

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    Musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu broadcast a song about Prophet Muhammad in March.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 15:38:52 -0400
  • Women who use marijuana during pregnancy are 1.5 times more likely to have a child with autism, according to the largest study of its kind

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    In the largest study of its kind, marijuana use in pregnancy was linked to a 50% higher risk of having a child with autism.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:39:00 -0400
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confronts Pompeo over pipeline sanctions

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    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday he has personally told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of his “dismay” over a warning by three Republican senators who threatened sanctions against a German port operator for its part in a pipeline project with Russia.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 13:07:47 -0400
  • An outspoken Tesla critic and short-seller is suing Elon Musk, alleging he defamed him by saying the Tesla short 'almost killed' Tesla employees

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    Tesla eventually dropped the suit when it was unwilling to provide evidence that Hothi had been harassing its employees.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:52:57 -0400
  • Lebanon government resigns amid explosion fallout

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    Lebanon's government resigned during a cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss early elections following last week's catastrophic explosion in Beirut, the country's health minister has said. "The whole government resigned," Hamad Hassan told reporters at the end of the meeting. Prime Minister Hassan Diab was expected to travel to the presidential palace to "hand over the resignation in the name of all the ministers," Mr Hassan said. Pressure has mounted on the government to step down amid growing anger from a public that holds it accountable for the explosion that damaged half the capital last Tuesday. Three ministers had already offered their resignations ahead of the meeting, while Foreign minister Nassif Hitti resigned the day before blast, warning the country was at risk of becoming a failed state and the government seemed incapable of reform. Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni, a key negotiator with the International Monetary Fund over a rescue plan to help Lebanon exit a financial crisis, prepared his resignation letter and brought it with him to a cabinet meeting, a source close to him said.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 06:39:43 -0400
  • 'Unconstitutional slop': Pelosi slams Trump's executive actions on coronavirus relief

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    The Speaker and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer didn't say if they will challenge the president in court.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 12:23:00 -0400
  • Protesters met with jeers by crowd with guns in Nevada city

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    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:40:48 -0400
  • Fact check: Masks can keep out COVID-19 particles even though smaller than dry wall dust

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    Masks may not completely stop drywall dust, but that doesn't mean they aren't effective against COVID-19.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:07:50 -0400
  • Mississippi's new flag won't have Elvis on it, but it could feature a mosquito

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    Despite the best efforts of some creative residents, Mississippi's new flag will not feature Elvis Presley, Kermit the Frog, or beer cans.Mississippi's old flag — the last one in the U.S. to feature a Confederate battle emblem — was retired in late June amid public outcry and anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. A nine-member commission appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, and state House speaker was tasked with selecting a design for a new flag. There are just two rules: It cannot include the Confederate battle emblem and it must have the phrase "In God We Trust."The public was invited to send in designs, and nearly 3,000 were submitted; the 147 that made it to the second round were posted Monday to Mississippi's Department of Archives and History website. Designs with food and famous people and characters were rejected, The Associated Press reports, but many with magnolias and stars — and in one case, a mosquito surrounded by stars — made the cut.On Friday, the commissioners will meet to pick their top five choices, and by early September, they will narrow it down to one; if they can't choose one, they do have the option of creating their own design. It will then be up to the people of Mississippi, who will vote either for or against the final design on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot.More stories from theweek.com Donald Trump's impotent tyranny Protesters, police clash during 2nd night of protests over disputed Belarus election Trump says the 1918 flu pandemic began in 1917, 'probably ended the Second World War'

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:53:00 -0400
  • Mother shares video of armed police surrounding black son after they assumed he was attacker when teen called 911

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    Multiple California police officers were filmed pointing guns at three African American teenagers who were were allegedly being threatened by a homeless man.The mother of one of the teenagers in the video, Tammi Collins, shared an 11-minute clip to her Instagram page, showing officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department aiming guns at them in Santa Clarita, California, on 7 August.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:42:09 -0400
  • Wild bear that sniffed woman's hair is caught and castrated

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    The black bear was captured after he was filmed approaching a visitor at an ecological park.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:57:19 -0400
  • As fewer students choose to enroll in the wake of coronavirus, some colleges are promising tuition-free semesters

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    Some colleges are making "ninth-semester-free" promises to students, as a new survey says many students may not enroll in the fall.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:15:46 -0400
  • Iran closes down newspaper after expert doubts official coronavirus tolls

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    Iran shut down a newspaper on Monday after it quoted a former member of the national coronavirus taskforce as saying the country's tolls from the epidemic could be 20 times higher than official figures, state news agency IRNA reported. "The Jahan-e Sanat newspaper was shut down today for publishing an interview on Sunday," the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Mohammadreza Saadi, told IRNA. On Sunday, the newspaper published an interview with Mohammadreza Mahboubfar, in which he said: "The figures announced by the officials on coronavirus cases and deaths account for only 5% of the country's real tolls".

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:38:50 -0400
  • Israel closes Gaza goods crossing after balloon attacks

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    Israel will close its goods crossing with the Gaza Strip, authorities said Monday, after militants in the Hamas-run territory fired rockets into the Mediterranean and launched incendiary balloons towards the Jewish state. The Kerem Shalom crossing will be closed to all traffic except humanitarian equipment and fuel from Tuesday, COGAT, the defence ministry unit that oversees the crossings, said in a statement. The move comes in response to the "continued launching of incendiary balloons" from Gaza, it added.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 22:21:55 -0400
  • Big Tech Allies Join Biden Campaign

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    The Biden campaign has enlisted several allies of big tech companies as part of its policy planning initiatives, the New York Times reported on Monday.While the campaign is facing pressure from more progressive advisers to take a combative stance against companies such as Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, a number of former consultants for and senior employees of those companies are now advising the campaign.The advisers include Avril Haines, a former Obama administration national security official who worked as a consultant for data-mining firm Palantir; Antony Blinken, a veteran of the Obama State Department and co-founder of lobbying firm WestExec, which has worked with Google; and Cynthia Hogan, a former lobbyist for Apple who is now part of Biden's vice-presidential selection team.Other veterans of the tech industry or consultants for tech companies have joined the Innovation Policy Committee, the Biden campaign's 700-person policy advisory team. The presence of big tech allies in the Biden campaign comes despite statements from Biden himself saying that internet companies should lose certain legal protections."Section 230 should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one," Biden said in a 2019 interview with the Times. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives legal immunity to internet companies if a third party publishes false or defamatory content on their platforms. Biden and other Democrats have complained that platforms such as Facebook allow the Trump campaign to spread misinformation.Matt Hill, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, denied that the presence of tech industry allies would make a Biden administration more amenable to those companies' concerns."Many technology giants and their executives have not only abused their power but misled the American people, damaged our democracy and evaded any form of responsibility," Hill told the Times. "Anyone who thinks that campaign volunteers or advisers will change Joe Biden’s fundamental commitment to stopping the abuse of power and stepping up for the middle class doesn’t know Joe Biden."

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:07:06 -0400
  • Florida reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations

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    Team Trump's conflicting messaging on mask led to preventable deaths, 100,000 children caught Covid-19 in July

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:59:16 -0400
  • Court record in Colombia reveals Uribe's mounting legal bind

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

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 00:00:58 -0400
  • Injured cruise ship worker ‘forgotten’ after seven months in South Florida hotels

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    From behind the locked window of his 10th-floor hotel room, Paúl Córdova watches dozens of airplanes take off and land each day at Miami International Airport.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 07:00:00 -0400
  • Seattle agrees to America’s ‘most comprehensive protection’ for media and legal observers covering protests against police

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    Seattle authorities have agreed to what campaigners say is the nation’s “most comprehensive protection” for reporters and legal observers covering protests against the actions of police.Following a number of incidents in which reporters and other observers covering Black Lives Matter protests were arrested or else subjected to crowd control weapons such as pepper spray, the city agreed its police force should not target such individuals.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:39:00 -0400
  • Putin Announces Russia Has Approved a Coronavirus Vaccine and That His Daughter Has Been Given a Shot

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has become the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine, and that his own daughter has received the shot. The vaccine is in production and millions of people, including teachers and front line health-care workers, will be given the shot beginning this month, he claimed. China has already authorized one vaccine for use in its military, ahead of definitive data that it is safe and effective. The Russian vaccine was reportedly given to the scientists who developed it as well as 50 members of the Russian military and a handful of other volunteers. Putin made the announcement during a televised video conference call with government ministers, saying: “This morning, for the first time in the world, a vaccine against the new coronavirus was registered,” adding that his daughter was among those to be inoculated. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Tue, 11 Aug 2020 05:30:39 -0400
  • A woman claiming to be from the 'Freedom To Breathe Agency' filmed telling a grocery employee that she could face legal action for making people wear face masks

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    The mask-less woman gave the employee a piece of paper claiming she could go to prison for up to five years for telling customers to wear a face mask.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 07:51:14 -0400
  • Iran says European insurers should pay compensation for downed Ukrainian plane

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    Iran will not compensate Ukraine International Airlines for its plane Tehran accidentally downed in January because the passenger jet was insured by European firms, the head of Iran's Central Insurance Organisation said on Monday. "The Ukrainian plane is insured by European companies in Ukraine and not by Iranian (insurance) companies," said Gholamreza Soleimani, according to the Young Journalists Club news website affiliated with state TV.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 06:26:15 -0400
  • Riot declared as fire burns in Portland police union offices

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    A fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Ore., to declare a riot and turn protesters away from the offices as demonstrations continue in the city after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:05:34 -0400
  • Biden teases VP pick: 'Are you ready?'

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    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate this week, teasing a reporter on Sunday by asking, "Are you ready?"Biden has said he will choose a woman as his vice presidential pick, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice having emerged as frontrunners. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and California Rep. Karen Bass have also been floated by analysts as potential picks."[Biden] has a very difficult decision to make … but it's almost an embarrassment of riches," Howard University political science professor Niambi Carter told USA Today, while others have worried that Biden's delay has made his choice "messier than it should be" and pitted "women, especially Black women, against one another." Check out the seven candidates The Week's Matthew Walther believes have the best chance here.More stories from theweek.com Donald Trump's impotent tyranny Protesters, police clash during 2nd night of protests over disputed Belarus election Trump says the 1918 flu pandemic began in 1917, 'probably ended the Second World War'

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 08:03:00 -0400
  • Why the fuss? The US, Taiwan and China -- a guide

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    Why has the United States' highest-level visit to Taiwan for four decades sparked such anger from Beijing? Here is a recap of the key issues surrounding the delicate relations between the US, China and Taiwan. The deep rift between China and Taiwan dates back to China's civil war, which erupted in 1927 and pitted forces aligned with the Communist Party of China against the Nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:16:27 -0400
  • Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security. Its tactics are fearsome: ACLU director

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    The very premise of a 'homeland security' bureaucracy is chilling. It's a loaded weapon that sits on the proverbial coffee table in the Oval Office.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 19:10:19 -0400
  • Can scientists predict earthquakes? Not exactly — but here’s what they can do

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    “Earthquakes have nothing to do with clouds, bodily aches and pains, or slugs,” the U.S. Geological Survey says of people who believe they can predict an oncoming quake.

    Mon, 10 Aug 2020 14:32:52 -0400
  • Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

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    As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this year, financial and enrollment problems aggravated by the pandemic have forced the permanent closure of more than 140 Catholic schools nationwide, according to officials who oversee Catholic education in the country.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 08:05:05 -0400
  • Sweden looks to US model to curb deadly gang shootings

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    Police in Stockholm are considering using a strategy against gun violence pioneered in gang-ridden US cities to counter a wave of shootings including an incident in which a 12-year-old girl was killed in crossfire last week. Senior officers from the Swedish capital have visited the southern city of Malmö, which has greatly reduced its shootings by using the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) methods pioneered in the 1990s in US cities. “They reacted very positively,” Rolf Landgren, the police commissioner who leads the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) programme in Malmö, said. The shooting of the girl at a petrol station in Stockholm has led to renewed calls for police to clamp down on the gang violence that has resulted in close to 100 shootings in the first four months of this year alone. Police believe she was hit by a bullet fired at two men with links to a known gang. Malmö is on track this year to record its lowest number of shootings in a decade, with only nine registered so far, down from a peak of 65 in 2017. This is in line with results in US cities. A study of GVI in Boston found that it led to a 63 per cent fall in youth homicide. Mr Landgren said it had taken years of deadly violence before Malmö’s police began to consider GVI – a method developed by David Kennedy, a criminologist, for Boston during the peak of its gun violence in the Nineties. “We had figures way, way higher than we had ever seen before. We needed to break that spiral,” he said. In Malmö, the programme, called Ceasefire, was launched in late 2018. Known or suspected gang members are offered help to leave gang life and warned that if they continue to engage in gun crime, they risk continual police harassment. Suspects are continually targeted using laws that were designed to tackle football hooligans. The bullet-proof car owned by a 30-year-old suspected gang leader was stopped so frequently that he reported the police to Sweden’s parliamentary ombudsman for harassment. The man has since been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, after drugs and weapons were found during a raid. He has appealed the sentence.

    Sun, 09 Aug 2020 09:33:58 -0400
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