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  • Trump's vaccine promises meet reality news

    The president’s optimistic claims that a vaccine for COVID-19 would be ready before the end of the year seem increasingly unlikely to be fulfilled.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:45:43 -0400
  • Louisville police officer sues Breonna Taylor's boyfriend for shooting him during deadly raid news

    A Louisville, Ky., police sergeant who was shot and injured by Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, during the botched raid that left Taylor dead is suing Walker on allegations of assault, battery and intentional emotional distress.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 14:09:27 -0400
  • President Erdogan accused of fuelling the anger that led to French terror attacks news

    The Turkish president’s bellicose rhetoric towards France over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed may have contributed to a climate of anger that led to the deadly terror attack in the city of Nice on Thursday, terrorism experts and EU politicians have said. A woman was decapitated, and two more people killed, in an attack in a church in Nice on Thursday that the city’s mayor described as terrorism after the alleged perpetrator reportedly chanted “Alllahu akbar” as he was arrested. Terrorism experts believe the attack – alongside a stabbing at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and an incident in Avignon where police killed a man brandishing a gun – were retaliation by extremists for France’s hardening attitudes towards Muslims. French President Emmanuel Macron ordered a crackdown on Islamists this month, following the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, something many Muslims consider blasphemous and offensive. Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan has led criticism in the Muslim world of Mr Macron, repeatedly saying he needed mental evaluation over his stance towards Islam.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:35:23 -0400
  • Lawyers: Cop video of shooting of 2 suggests cover-up news

    A body camera worn by a suburban Chicago police officer who shot a Black couple in their car was only turned on moments after the shooting, a fact that the lawyers representing the woman say suggests an attempt to cover up what had happened even before he fired.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:54:40 -0400
  • Tourist arrested for hiding a loaded firearm at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom news

    A 27-year-old woman has been arrested for hiding a loaded firearm at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the Orange County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 21:36:52 -0400
  • Las Vegas police charge driver after man pushed a cyclist to her death, fell out a minivan window, hit his head on a lamppost, and died at the scene news

    Rodrigo Cruz, 22, was the driver of the minivan involved in the two deaths, the Las Vegas police said.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:15:31 -0400
  • Top U.S. officials were briefed on an active threat against Pentagon leaders, say five officials news

    Some officials said the briefings suggested the threat may be potential retaliation for the U.S. military's killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:07:00 -0400
  • Greenwald resigns from The Intercept over Biden article news

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald said Thursday he had resigned from The Intercept after the US investigative media outlet refused to publish his article critical of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:38:27 -0400
  • Major train derailment forces schools and businesses to evacuate in Texas community news

    A video shows the train derailing in front of drivers on a Texas highway.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:26:42 -0400
  • Kavanaugh corrects controversial opinion after Vermont fact-checks false claim about mail-in voting news

    Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos called out Kavanaugh's "erroneous claim" and called for a public correction

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:56:52 -0400
  • Two same-sex couples in military marry in first for Taiwan news

    Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan's military on Friday in a historic celebration with their peers. Taiwan is the only place in Asia to have legalized same-sex marriage, with more than 4,000 such couples marrying since the legislation passed in May 2019. The mass wedding with 188 couples was the first time same-sex couples have been wed and celebrated at a military ceremony.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 00:24:10 -0400
  • Popular Thai pro-democracy figure charged over flash mob rally news

    One of Thailand’s most popular anti-establishment politicians has been charged for his role in an illegal flash mob protest last year, in a move that is likely to fuel the current wave of pro-democracy protests. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, 41, a charismatic billionaire and founder of the dissolved Future Forward party, is accused of five public assembly violations linked to the rally in Bangkok's central shopping district last December, Krisadung Nutcharat, his lawyer, said on Thursday. The charges include failing to notify police of a public gathering, blocking a sky train station, using a megaphone without permission and holding a rally close to a royal residence. Four other people from his Progressive Movement Group and Move Forward Party face similar charges. All five deny any wrongdoing. Mr Thanathorn has been an outspoken advocate of the protest movement that has gripped the Thai capital, Bangkok, since June, and he recently condemned a short-lived emergency order aimed at keeping demonstrators off the streets. During last year’s elections, he and his pro-democracy Future Forward Party, proved to be enormously popular with young, first-time voters, and garnered the third-largest share of seats.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 04:35:34 -0400
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman got served a lawsuit via WhatsApp. Court documents show that he received and read the message. news

    The case, filed by former top security advisor Dr. Saad Al-Jabri alleges that bin Salman set a hit squad to assassinate him in Canada.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 04:03:35 -0400
  • Macron Declares ‘France Is Under Attack’ after Islamist Terrorist Kills Three Churchgoers news

    French President Emmanuel Macron declared Thursday that France is "under attack," hours after an Islamic terrorist wielding a knife decapitated a woman and killed two other people at a church in southern France.The attack occurred near the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, a city on France’s southern coast. Two women and a man were killed. At least two of the three victims, including the woman who was reportedly decapitated, were inside the church.“It’s very clear that it is France that is under attack,” Macron said during an address outside the basilica where the attack occurred, calling the incident an "Islamist terrorist attack.”“France will not give up on our values," the French president said.Shortly after the attack, Macron boosted security around the country, increasing the number of soldiers at schools and places of worship from 3,000 to 7,000 troops.The French president also participated in a crisis meeting at the Interior Ministry on Thursday before traveling to Nice in the wake of the attack, which put France on its highest level of alert.Mayor Christian Estrosi said that the suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained and was taken to the hospital alive.The “terrorist” shouted “Allahu akbar,” which is Arabic for “God is great,” as police arrested him, the mayor said, adding that, “the meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”The incident was one of three attacks against France on Thursday. A Saudi man was arrested after he attacked a guard with a sharp tool at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi state media. The guard was hospitalized and suffered minor injuries. Meanwhile, an individual in the French city of Avignon wielded a knife and threatened people passing by while shouting “Allahu akbar” until police fatally shot the suspect.Earlier this month, Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history teacher, was beheaded in a Paris suburb by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen immigrant who was angered by Paty showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his class.After Paty was killed, Macron vowed to crack down on Islamic extremism in France, promising that “the fear is now going to change sides,” and that “the Islamists cannot be allowed to sleep peacefully in our country.”

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:37:46 -0400
  • Kyle Rittenhouse extradited to Wisconsin following terse ruling from Illinois judge accusing him of asking the court to 'ignore binding Illinois law' news

    Rittenhouse, charged in Wisconsin with first-degree homicide over the shooting of three people at Kenosha protests, had been fighting his extradition.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:22:55 -0400
  • Michigan Senate candidate John James is proof all skinfolk ain’t kinfolk news

    OPINION: James is fashioning himself as a moderate who believes in bipartisanship. The problem is when it comes to the party of Trump, you can’t play it both sides. John James is a Black man who has a shot at becoming the next U.S. Senator from the great state of Michigan.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • Tony Chung: Hong Kong activist detained near US consulate charged news

    Tony Chung was detained as he reportedly planned to claim asylum at the US consulate.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:32:54 -0400
  • Jerry Falwell Jr. is suing Liberty University after his forced resignation over sex scandal news

    The former president was ousted earlier this year and now hints he was victim of political retribution.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:14:00 -0400
  • Hillary Clinton joins Electoral College 4 years after it cost her the presidency: 'Pretty sure I'll get to vote for Joe' news

    Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, is one of 29 Democratic electors for New York state in 2020.

    Wed, 28 Oct 2020 23:43:18 -0400
  • Body-camera footage released of Wallace killing; family says officers were improperly trained news

    The footage from body-worn cameras that was taken as police responded to a call about Walter Wallace Jr. shows him emerging from a house with a knife as relatives shout at officers about his mental health condition, a lawyer for the man's family said Thursday.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 06:34:40 -0400
  • Man falls through New York City pavement into 'rat-filled chasm' news

    A man was trapped in a hole teeming with rats for half an hour after a New York City pavement collapsed from under him last Saturday. Leonard Shoulders dropped almost 15 feet into the sinkhole and was unable to cry for help out of fear the rats would get in his mouth. “Rats crawling on him. He can’t move. He just… it was so bad,” the victim’s brother Greg White told NBC News. “He didn’t wanna yell ’cause he was afraid there was gonna be rats going inside his mouth.” Mr Shoulders plunged more than 12 feet into the vault, breaking his arm and leg, when the ground gave way beneath him while he waited for a bus in the Bronx. “He went down feet first," Mr White added. “He was just standing and the sidewalk just — It was like a suction. Like a sinkhole. He just went down."

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 05:10:34 -0400
  • SpaceX delayed its NASA astronaut launch because a red 'nail polish' material was plugging part of its rocket engines news

    SpaceX's Crew-1 launch is now set for November 14 after the company checked tiny holes in its rocket engines for bright-red lacquer.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:59:00 -0400
  • UPS locates mysterious Tucker Carlson package presenter claims contains 'damning' material about Biden family news

    ‘UPS will always focus first on our customers, and will never stop working to solve issues and make things right’

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:30:36 -0400
  • ‘I’m getting my money!’ Florida shopper denied refund returns with a crowbar, cops say news

    A Florida shopper wouldn’t take no for an answer, and things got a little out of hand.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 15:49:25 -0400
  • Rudy Giuliani wants Twitter CEO jailed over limitations on unverified Hunter Biden story news

    'Maybe he’s working for the Chinese,' former mayor baselessly claims

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:59:09 -0400
  • U.S. Senate leader says coronavirus aid bill should advance in early 2021 news

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday said that any new coronavirus aid package should be considered in early 2021, possibly closing the door to such legislation shortly following the Nov. 3 elections. In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, McConnell said, "I think that will be something we’ll need to do right at the beginning of the year, targeted particularly at small businesses that are struggling and hospitals that are now dealing with a second wave of the coronavirus." McConnell, who has resisted considering a comprehensive aid package being sought by Democrats, added, "We probably need to do another package," but said it would have to be "more modest" than the $3-trillion measure the House of Representatives passed in mid-May.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 12:35:54 -0400
  • A Florida man was scalped by a black panther after he paid $150 for an illegal 'full contact' experience at a backyard animal sanctuary news

    Dwight Turner paid $150 to play with, take pictures, and rub the belly of a black panther at a private enclosure behind a house.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:45:15 -0400
  • The Electoral College can pick a president who got fewer votes. Here's why and how. news

    The 2020 presidential election again highlights one of the most confusing and controversial parts of the U.S. elections: The Electoral College.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:29:57 -0400
  • Op-Ed: The immorality of sentencing a 15-year-old to prison forever news

    The Supreme Court needs to state again that a child cannot be sentenced to life without parole unless a trial court determines that child is beyond rehabilitation.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 07:00:32 -0400
  • Angela Merkel heckled in German parliament after warning against Covid 'lies and disinformation' news

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, was heckled by opposition MPs during a speech to parliament on Thursday when she took aim at groups spreading "lies and disinformation" as the country continues to battle coronavirus. The speech – which took place the morning after Mrs Merkel announced a range of sweeping measures to tackle the spread of the virus – warned that the German people find themselves in a "dramatic situation". On Thursday morning, Germany recorded 16,774 new daily coronavirus infections, the highest number of new cases within a 24-hour period since the pandemic began.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 07:59:07 -0400
  • Facebook admits it 'improperly' blocked some political ads due to 'technical issues' as Joe Biden's campaign slams it for being 'wholly unprepared' news

    Facebook said no ads were blocked "because of any partisan consideration," as Biden's camp accused the company of offering "no clarity" on the issue.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 23:18:26 -0400
  • Death toll rises in Vietnam after Typhoon Molave triggers widespread flooding, landslides news

    After forging a path of destruction over the northern and central Philippines and strengthening over the South China Sea, Typhoon Molave brought its deadly impacts to Vietnam from Wednesday into Thursday, inflicting more damage in a country that has been battered by numerous landfalling tropical systems since the beginning of the month. As of Thursday evening, local time, the death toll has risen to 35 and at least 50 people are still missing, according to state media. The death toll is expected to rise in the coming days as search and rescue missions continue and communications with more remote villages are restored. Soldiers and villagers dig through mud after a landslide swamps a village in Phuoc Loc district, Quang Nam province, Vietnam, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Three separated landslides triggered by Typhoon Molave killed over a dozen villagers and left dozens more missing in the province as rescuers scramble to recover more victims. (Lai Minh Dong/VNA via AP) A dozen of those killed by the typhoon were sailors of two fishing vessels that sank while trying to seek shelter from the powerful typhoon. According to VnExpress International, the vessels sank near the province of Binh Dinh on Tuesday night. While strong winds from Molave created treacherous conditions across the western South China Sea, heavy rainfall caused deadly landslides across central provinces. CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE ACCUWEATHER APP Military officers, who were put on standby by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ahead of Molave's arrival, scrambled to three villages where three separate landslides were responsible for killing at least 19 people and are suspected of burying more than 40 others in thick mud and debris, The Associated Press reported. Homes and roadways in parts of Tra Van village, Tra Leng village and Phuoc Loc district were buried under the landslides. Officers used bulldozers and excavators to help clear gain access to the affected areas and begin rescuing victims, The AP said. Four more residents were killed in Quang Nam province, a tourist draw for an ancient town and Hindu temples, by falling trees and collapsed houses, The AP reported. More than 130 people have been killed in the central Vietnam province since the beginning of October following the tumultuous weather pattern that has brought a relentless series of tropical storms and typhoons. Typhoon Molave is the fourth named tropical system to make landfall over Vietnam this month, and officials are calling this the strongest storm to hit the country in the last 20 years, The Associated Press reported. Molave made landfall just prior to midday Wednesday, local time, according to VnExpress International, unloading torrential rain and damaging winds across the typhoon-weary nation. At landfall, the typhoon had the equivalent strength of a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins. Molave lost some wind intensity just prior to landfall after spending some time with the equivalent strength of a Category 3 major hurricane. Ahead of the storm, officials were preparing to evacuate 1.3 million residents along the coast of central Vietnam, according to Reuters. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also urged provinces in the typhoon's path to prepare by bringing boats ashore. This satellite image shows Typhoon Molave closing in on the Vietnam coast on Wednesday morning, local time. (CIRA/RAMMB) Molave is the fourth named tropical system to make landfall over Vietnam since Oct. 11, according to AccuWeather Lead International Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. It is also the country's sixth landfalling storm this year. Fierce winds were already beginning to whip ahead of Molave's landfall, with a local news agency reporting nearly 82,000 customers had lost power in the province of Phú Yên by Wednesday morning, local time. As of Wednesday evening, local time, Molave had lost enough wind intensity that it was designated a tropical storm over western Vietnam. Molave first developed into a tropical depression to the east of the Philippines late last week and was given the name Quinta by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. Molave is the name used by the Japanese Meteorological Agency for the part of the basin that falls under the agency's purview. Residents wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus wade through a flooded road from Typhoon Molave in Pampanga province, northern Philippines, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The fast-moving typhoon has forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) The storm quickly strengthened into a typhoon with sustained winds of 120 km/h (75 mph) before making its first landfall over San Miguel, Philippines, on Sunday evening, local time. This is equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic and East Pacific tropical basins. Widespread rainfall totals of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) were reported in the northern and central Philippines. More than 120,000 people have been displaced by the storm, and at least eight are missing. As of Friday morning, local time, the typhoon is being blamed for at least 22 deaths in the Philippines. As recovery efforts continue, all eyes will be on the strengthening Typhoon Goni, also known as Rolly in the Philippines. Residents impacted by Molave in the Philippines are likely to face impacts from Goni this weekend. Goni could go on to bring more tropical downpours and gusty winds to Vietnam next week. Keep checking back on and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:50:11 -0400
  • Activists call for justice after Washington D.C. man killed on scooter after police chase news

    D.C. police were pursuing Karon Hylton-Brown when the scooter rider was struck by a car. Protesters in Washington, D.C. have taken to the streets after a 20-year-old man on a scooter was killed after allegedly being pursued by police. Karon Hylton-Brown was reportedly riding a moped on the sidewalk one week ago without a helmet when D.C. police tried to stop him, and he didn’t stop.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:47:02 -0400
  • “Over 1,000 people died today”: Don Jr. falsely claims that COVID-19 deaths are “almost nothing” news

    Deaths rose to 1,040 on Thursday as the number of new COVID-19 cases hit the highest number on record

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:38:49 -0400
  • Mnuchin Says He First Saw Pelosi’s Letter on Coronavirus Stimulus Negotiations ‘In the Press’ news

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said that he first learned about a letter House speaker Nancy Pelosi sent to him regarding coronavirus stimulus talks "in the press."“I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi ’s letter to me in the press,” Mnuchin said on Twitter. “Enclosed is my response. Her ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW!”> I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi’s letter to me in the press. Enclosed is my response. Her ALL OR NONE approach is hurting hard-working Americans who need help NOW!> > -- Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) October 29, 2020Pelosi aides said they had sent the letter to Mnuchin shortly after midnight, though the treasury secretary said he first saw the letter when Politico’s morning newsletter Playbook published it just after 6 a.m., according to the Washington Post.The letter outlined a number of outstanding issues in the negotiations including state and local aid, school funding, child-care money, tax credits for working families, unemployment insurance aid and liability protections for businesses. Mnuchin’s letter said that because Pelosi had sent the letter “to my office at midnight and simultaneously released it to the press, I can unfortunately only conclude it is a political stunt.”He tweeted his letter one minute after sending it to Pelosi’s office. In the letter he mentioned that the pair had negotiated nearly every day over the past 45 days “in an attempt to reach a serious bipartisan compromise,” as coronavirus cases surged and the economy struggled.Pelosi's office pushed back against Mnuchin's response.“It is disappointing that the White House wasted time on this letter instead of meaningful responses to meet the needs of the American people,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said.Democrats and Republicans have since remained in political gridlock for months over the size and contents of a second round of stimulus relief. While the White House has offered $1.9 trillion, Democrats have pushed for a more expansive bill at $2.2 trillion.The California Democrat's letter outlined the outstanding issues and said she was waiting for an answer from the administration regarding the Democrats’ language on a national coronavirus testing strategy after Mnuchin had said on October 15 that he was ready to accept after some small edits. Mnuchin, however, said that the administration had accepted Pelosi’s proposal on dollars and language for coronavirus testing, and had also provided notes on the section on contact tracing. He added that he has worked alongside other agencies and committee chairs on responses on several areas of coronavirus relief, including rental assistance, small businesses and funding for the Postal Service. “While you accuse the Administration of holding up negotiations, you refuse to bring to the floor of the House stand-alone legislation to support Airline workers, additional Paycheck Protection Program payments to small businesses, and additional Direct Payments that we can fund using already approved money that we have not spent,” Mnuchin wrote.In her letter Pelosi called on Mnuchin, President Trump, and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to create a path forward for negotiations after the November 3 election. “Your responses are critical for our negotiations to continue,” Pelosi wrote in her letter. “The President’s words that ‘after the election, we will get the best stimulus package you have ever seen’ only have meaning if he can get Mitch McConnell to take his hand off the pause button and get Senate Republican Chairmen moving toward agreement with their House counterparts.”Pelosi and Trump on Thursday both expressed hope that a stimulus bill could be passed after the election. In a news conference on Thursday, Pelosi said she was optimistic that Joe Biden would win the presidency, but said that she would not pass a small bill with the intent of adding more relief once Biden takes office.“We’re not talking size, we’re talking quality. We’re not going to take a small bill” that has provisions Democrats have found to be unacceptable, Pelosi said.“I want a bill for two reasons. First and foremost the American people need help. They need real help. And second of all, we have plenty of work to do in a Joe Biden administration … So we want to have as clean a slate as possible going into January,” Pelosi said.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:01:27 -0400
  • Walmart removes guns and ammunition from shelves ahead of election amid fears of civil unrest news

    Walmart says it will continue selling them if customers make a special request, however

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 01:25:57 -0400
  • Who is leading key Senate races less than a week from election? Here’s what polls show news

    With five days to go, here’s how candidates stack up in key U.S. Senate races.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 18:15:46 -0400
  • Coronavirus updates: El Paso, Texas, to go on 2-week shutdown; New York tops 500K cases; Wisconsin runs low on ICU beds; 227K US deaths news

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom says no, again, to reopening theme parks. India tops 8M cases. CVS adds more rapid testing sites. Latest COVID news.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 22:22:24 -0400
  • Nice stabbings: Pictured, the church worker among three killed in suspected terror attack news

    Reports that Nice attacker passed through Lampedusa spark political row in Italy Leo McKinstry: The Nice attack is an appalling assault on Western civilisation Malaysian ex-PM tweets that Muslims have 'right' to kill French people after deadly attack Rakib Ehsan: The vilification of Macron by Muslim countries is disturbing A woman has been decapitated, and two others have been killed, during a knife attack inside the Notre Dame Basilica church in the French city of Nice. The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that the incident is a "terrorist" attack. Here's what we know so far: At least three people, two women and a man, have been killed, including one woman who was decapitated. The man is reportedly the sexton of the church. The man, a sacristan at the church, has been named locally as 45-year-old, father of two Vincent L. The suspected attacker has been identified as Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant who arrived in France from the Italian island of Lampedusa in October. He is reportedly unknown to French security services. Nice mayor Christian Estrosi said it was a terrorist attack, and that the "Islamo-fascist" assailant "didn't stop shouting Allahu Akhbar even under medication" after being shot and arrested. France raises its alert status to "terror attack emergency" - PM Castex. President Emmanuel Macron has delivered a defiant message to the French people, saying the attacks would not force France to "give up our values". A Saudi citizen has also been arrested in Jeddah for stabbing a security guard outside the French consulate with "a sharp tool".

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:37:02 -0400
  • COVID-19 means US Air Force bombers flying around the world are operating in a 'degraded' environment news

    The ongoing pandemic "means that we can't always stick to the same timelines, the same procedures," Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Middents told Insider.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 15:16:37 -0400
  • Five things to know about Moldova news

    The ex-Soviet country of Moldova, which holds a presidential election on Sunday, is landlocked between EU member Romania, with which it shares a common language, and Ukraine.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 01:28:24 -0400
  • Record-breaking GDP growth leaves U.S. economy in the same place as the height of the Great Recession news

    America just posted its biggest annualized and single-quarter GDP growth of all time. It isn't that impressive.The U.S. GDP jumped at a 33.1 percent annualized rate in the third quarter, a growth of 7.4 percent from Q2, Commerce Department records released Thursday reveal. But as Gregory Daco, the chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, put it in a tweet, that growth is both "record-breaking and meaningless at the same time."It's true that the 7.4 percent GDP rise from Q2 to Q3 is a record. But it also comes after a record contraction from Q1 to Q2, and a total loss of 10.3 percent throughout 2020, so it doesn't even come close to making up what was lost amid the pandemic. In fact, the 3.5 percent total GDP shrinkage during 2020 "means we are still down almost as much as we were during the height of the Great Recession," tweets Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton.> Translation into % difference from pre-Covid> > US GDP -3.5% > \- consumer spend -3.3% > \- business investment -4.9% > \- residential invest +5.1% > \- exports -15.3% > \- imports -7.1% > \- federal gov spending +2.6% > \- state and local gov spending -1.9%> > — Gregory Daco (@GregDaco) October 29, 2020Economist Justin Wolfers meanwhile debunked the 33.1 percent growth rate the entire Trump family was touting Thursday morning. Looking at annualized growth reveals how much bigger the economy would be if it "grew at this rate for the next three quarters," Wolfers tweeted. "But there's no chance that will happen, so the annualized rate answers a question no one is asking." And if that wasn't convincing enough, Wolfers had another way of looking at it. Kathryn Krawczyk> If you have a cranky uncle who insists that you focus on annualized rates, point out that the number of new covid cases in Q3 rose to be +87% higher than in Q2, which is an annualized rate of +1,123%.> > — Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) October 29, 2020More stories from How to make an election crisis 64 things President Trump has said about women Republicans are on the verge of a spectacular upside-down achievement

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:27:35 -0400
  • 7.0 earthquake rocks Greece and Turkey news

    A 7.0 earthquake was reported Friday off the Greek island of Samos, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 08:17:22 -0400
  • As election looms, U.S. authorities seek to separate bluster from threats news

    When former special agent Tom O'Connor held a training session for new recruits this month at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Virginia headquarters, he turned to a key example to underscore the threat of domestic extremist attacks: the October 2018 mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fact that the alleged gunman was not known to police serves as a stark reminder of the difficulties facing U.S. law enforcement agencies around next Tuesday’s general election when Republican President Donald Trump will seek to fend off Democratic challenger Joe Biden, former law enforcement officials said. Law enforcement, which has warned of potential violence around the Nov. 3 vote, must prepare for a range of potential threats, from spontaneous acts of violence to more organized, planned attacks, according to officials.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 06:18:41 -0400
  • Leanza Cornett: Former Miss America, 49, dies from brain injury after fall news

    Former Miss Florida, Miss America and Disney performer had been in intensive care following a fall

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:30:50 -0400
  • The independent candidate who could decide the Senate news

    A Senate hopeful in Maine who would be a spoiler in any other race says the state's unusual voting system will help oust Susan Collins.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 04:30:13 -0400
  • Two men killed in double shooting in Miami-Dade. They didn’t know each other, police say news

    Two men died in a shooting near a middle school in Northwest Miami-Dade late Thursday, police said.

    Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:00:21 -0400
  • Biden campaigns in Florida ahead of election news

    Joe Biden campaigned in Florida on Thursday.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:03:43 -0400
  • Searchers find 59 bodies in Mexico mass graves, dig for more news

    Search teams dug for more remains Thursday at a site in central Mexico where 59 bodies have already been found in clandestine graves over the past week in an area known as a cartel battleground. It was the largest such burial site found to date in Guanajuato, the state with the largest number of homicides in Mexico, though bigger clandestine burial sites have been excavated in other parts of the country. Especially striking about this discovery, but also a testament to the prevailing level of fear, is that the site is in the town of Salvatierra, not a desolate area out in the countryside.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:13:10 -0400
  • The Government has agreed only three claims by families of deceased Windrush victims news

    The Government has settled only three of the 71 claims by families of dead victims of the Windrush scandal, according to Home Office data. Around one in eight (12 per cent) of Windrush victims claiming compensation have received payouts, according to the official figures. Of 1,587 claims made to the scheme by the end of September, £1,619,291.42 had been paid out to 196 people, around 12 per cent of those who had applied. The data also showed 71 claims have been made for people who have already died, but only three have resulted in payments so far. Some 124 claims have been subject to an appeal over the decision made, while 81 eligible applicants were told they were not entitled to any money because their claims did not demonstrate that they had been adversely affected by the scandal. The fund has an estimated budget of at least £200 million. Previously, Home Secretary Priti Patel described the scheme as "complicated" and said she wanted to see payments "sped up". Earlier this year, Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson (see below) died, aged 64, just weeks after delivering a petition to Downing Street calling for action to address the failings that led to the scandal and demanding swift compensation for victims.

    Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:44:36 -0400
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