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'Most believe that it was an accident': Pentagon chief contradicts Trump on Beirut explosion
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:15:01 -0400
Less than 24 hours after President Trump said some “great generals” told him they thought that yesterday’s massive explosion in Beirut was an “attack” involving “a bomb of some kind,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper seemed less than convinced by that explanation.


'Blatant disrespect of Black women': Women leaders criticize treatment of Black women being considered as Biden VP pick
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:49:28 -0400
Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Karen Bass, Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings and Stacey Abrams have all been floated as possible running mates for Biden.


Man fights with bear after it enters home with 10 kids inside, Alaska officials say
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 22:22:35 -0400
He went toe-to-toe with the 300-pound predator, and it didn’t go very well


Portland's Black police chief says violent protesters have 'taken away from' the Black Lives Matter movement
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 06:24:11 -0400
While the protests in downtown Portland have largely been peaceful, there have been violent offshoots in other parts of the city this week.


Within 11 days of schools opening, dozens of students and teachers have gotten COVID-19: 'I truly wish we'd kept our children home'
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:10:00 -0400
Schools began reopening several weeks ago. Dozens of students and staff have already tested positive for COVID-19.


Help Lebanon: Remove Hezbollah’s Stranglehold — and Its Dangerous Missile Stockpiles
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:25:13 -0400
Beirut has been ravaged by a massive explosion, likely caused by careless handling of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at its port. As the city is still picking through the debris and thousands search for loved ones, countries such as Turkey, Iran, Qatar, France, and Israel are rushing to provide support. Yet looming over Beirut even now is the presence of the terrorist group Hezbollah with its network of 150,000 missiles, many stored in civilian areas throughout the country.While Hezbollah has not been blamed for the August 4 warehouse fire that led to the massive explosion, it is alleged to have imported and stored similar stockpiles of dangerous munitions and chemicals, such as ammonium nitrate, used in explosives. Hezbollah also helped create the corrupt and negligent political system whose lack of accountability enabled the careless storage of these deadly chemicals for years. For instance, a new report by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies asserts that Hezbollah siphons off billions from around the world into a kind of black market. Money is laundered through Lebanon, allowing Hezbollah to function as a kind of parallel state, one with its own terror army, missiles, companies, financial services, and social servicesThe recent explosion in Lebanon must invite increased scrutiny of the role Hezbollah has played in eroding state institutions and enabling the kind of shoddy negligence that led to this disaster. To shield itself, Hezbollah will scramble to respond, likely either casting blame or portraying itself as riding to the rescue. It has done this before. After launching an attack on Israel in 2006, Hezbollah used the war’s devastation to entrench and enrich itself. It did the same with the Syrian civil war in 2011, using the war next door as an excuse to send fighters to Syria and essentially conduct Lebanon’s foreign policy in place of the government.The results of Hezbollah’s machinations are clear: constant tensions with Israel, and the lurching of once lush and prosperous Beirut from one failure to the next, from brownouts to lack of basic services for citizens. Lebanon is in the midst of a financial crisis and requires some $93 billion for a bailout. Hezbollah has suggested Lebanon turn to China for help, as part of its goal to replace U.S. influence in Lebanon with China, Iran, and other U.S. adversaries. It may try to leverage the devastation to deepen its tentacles over the country using its network of social services and volunteers.What can be done to address Lebanon’s mounting problems, now compounded by this tragic explosion, while reducing Hezbollah’s corrosive influence? First, Hezbollah needs to be isolated from the financial system and from the flow of weapons coming from Iran. In recent years, Hezbollah sought to acquire precision-guided munitions and to establish factories for them in Lebanon. It has also threatened Israeli infrastructure. In a 2016 speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah even threatened to target ammonium-nitrate storage in Israel to cause the kind of explosion that just levelled Beirut. This leaves no doubt that the terrorist group knows exactly the level of devastation it wanted to cause in Israel and the threat it still poses. The Alma Research Center in Israel recently revealed that Hezbollah has 28 rocket-launch sites around Beirut. The recent explosion makes it clear that Hezbollah’s use of civilian areas for weapons storage must be stopped in Lebanon.Yet many countries looking to provide support for Lebanon will likely do so without seeking to disentangle Hezbollah. Russia, Iran, and China may be amenable to working with Nasrallah while Turkey, Qatar, and France could turn a blind eye to the group’s role. Saudi Arabia, once a major backer of Lebanon and broker of the 1989 accords that ended the country’s civil war, opposes Hezbollah’s role. As do other Gulf states, such as the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. can help Lebanon, monitor reconstruction, and advise on implementing financial and port-inspection standards, sidelining Hezbollah in the process.In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, aid will be concentrated on finding missing people and avoiding an economic collapse or a health crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Once this period has passed, it is essential that the dust not merely settle with Hezbollah more entrenched and powerful, its system of illicit weapons and warehouses full of munitions still dotting the civilian landscape. If Hezbollah does capitalize on this disaster, it will only accelerate Lebanon’s economic collapse, and hold the country hostage in a future war with Israel.


Teen ‘mastermind’ accused of crippling Twitter hack is linked to deadly home robbery
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:03:01 -0400
A Florida teenager who is accused of participating in last month’s Twitter bitcoin scam, which saw several of the world’s highest-profile accounts hacked, has reportedly been linked to an attempted robbery that ended in a lethal shooting.An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times has found that 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark, who is credited by police as one of the “masterminds” of the scam, has also been named in the case of a burglary seven months ago that saw one teenager killed and another wounded.


Joshua Wong and other Hong Kong activists charged over banned June 4 vigil
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:02:40 -0400
Two dozen people in Hong Kong, including pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, have been charged with participating in an illegal assembly at a vigil on June 4 commemorating the crackdown on protesters in and around Beijing's Tiananmen square in 1989. It was the first time the vigil had been banned in semiautonomous Hong Kong, with police citing coronavirus restrictions on group gatherings in refusing permission for it to take place. The anniversary struck an especially sensitive nerve in the former British colony this year, falling just as China prepared to introduce national security legislation later that month in response to last year's often violent pro-democracy demonstrations.


A nuclear sea-launched cruise missile will help deter nuclear aggression
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:16:58 -0400
A Pentagon official argues a nuclear sea-launched cruise missile is a measured response to a growing threat from America's adversaries.


New poll shows plummeting GOP satisfaction with direction of country
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:20:13 -0400
Thanks to a marked shift among Republican voters since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, just 13 percent of Americans surveyed now say they are satisfied with “the way things are going in the United States.”


Virginia mayor urged to resign after saying Biden picked ‘Aunt Jemima’ as his running mate
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:36:41 -0400
A Virginia mayor has been urged to resign after he allegedly wrote that “Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick,” on his Facebook page.Barry Presgraves, the mayor of Luray, Virginia, posted the comment on his Facebook page over the weekend, but swiftly deleted it after backlash from residents and local officials.


Virginia business owner reacts to employee's house arrest for defending shop from robber
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:56:35 -0400
Worker arrested after defending himself from armed robbery; Arlington Smoke Shop owner Jowan Zuber speaks out.


These states require travelers to self-quarantine or present negative COVID-19 test
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:43:45 -0400
States are opening back up, but some still require or recommend visitors self-quarantine for two weeks. Find out where.


A Uighur man recorded life inside a high-security Chinese internment camp. Here's what he said it was like.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 05:45:59 -0400
Mergan Ghappar smuggled a cell phone into a detention camp, and was able to talk to his family and film footage inside. He has since disappeared.


Students say they were suspended and others threatened with 'consequences' for posting photos of their school's packed hallways
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:22:00 -0400
North Paulding High School has cracked down social media sharing after images of a crowded hallway and few masks at the school went viral.


ICE detained hundreds of Mississippi chicken plant workers. Now managers are charged
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:59:30 -0400
The indictments mark the first criminal action prosecutors have taken against company managers after ICE took close to 700 workers into custody last year during a massive raid on food processing plants.


2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was impounded in Beirut's port after it was seized from an abandoned ship in 2014, years before the explosion
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:10:49 -0400
The cargo of an abandoned ship, the MV Rhosus, was behind the cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, state media in Lebanon said.


Germany floats a new NATO spending yardstick: 10 percent
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:39:49 -0400
Officials are pushing for a new yardstick to measure Berlin's contributions to NATO, suggesting the country could shoulder 10 percent of alliance requirements.


Pentagon official reportedly has 'no idea' where Trump's Beirut claims came from
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:54:00 -0400
The Pentagon is distancing itself from President Trump's claims about the Beirut blast that killed more than 100 people.Trump on Tuesday said his unnamed "great generals" told him they thought the massive explosion was a "terrible attack." In the early aftermath, there was speculation that the catastrophe was intentional, but it the consensus quickly became that it was almost certainly accidental -- albeit brought on by neglect and mismanagement -- and not linked to any foreign power, proxy forces, or terrorist organizations. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other department officials affirmed they believe it was an accident, as well.The president hasn't repeated his claim from Tuesday, possibly indicating he understands there was no basis for it. But that's what's raised some eyebrows, considering he said he got the information from unnamed high-ranking military officials. A senior Pentagon official, however, told The Associated Press on Wednesday they had "no idea" what Trump was referring to with his comment, leaving some to wonder if it came out of thin air. > So did Trump make it up that US generals told him Beirut was bombed?> > -- Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) August 5, 2020More stories from theweek.com Pelosi doubts Republicans will pass generous coronavirus bill: 'Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn' Trump-endorsed candidate Bill Hagerty wins Tennessee Senate GOP primary Facebook employees report 'pattern of preferential treatment' for conservatives who spread misinformation


Biden asks reporter if he's a 'junkie' in testy exchange over cognitive decline
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:54:58 -0400
Joe Biden asked an African American reporter if he was a "junkie" for questioning whether the former vice president had taken a cognitive test in response to attacks targeting his mental health.At an event for black and Hispanic journalists, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee compared the question to asking CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett if he was using cocaine during the interview.


Texas cancer researcher murdered on jog
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:26:13 -0400
A cancer researcher and mother of two is murdered on her daily jog; Sarmistha Sen was found dead near a creek in Plano, Texas.


This is what it looked like after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 75 years ago
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 05:57:12 -0400
On August 6, 1945, a U.S. bomber famously known as the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, marking a historic act of nuclear warfare.


Children rapidly deported from the United States strain Guatemalan shelters
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:07:55 -0400
Hundreds of migrant children rapidly expelled from the United States under a coronavirus immigration policy are returning to shelters in Guatemala where virus testing and bed capacity are regularly stretched to their limits. Shelter operators, government officials in the Central American nation and international organizations said they are seeing rising numbers of children being sent back to Guatemala alone, with some unable to return to their homes because of domestic abuse or gang violence. "Child protection services, which were already overstretched and under-resourced have now been further compromised by COVID-19," said United Nations children's agency UNICEF spokesman Christopher Tidey.


Former Saudi official accuses Mohammad bin Salman of 'sending hit squad' to kill him
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:24:32 -0400
A former senior Saudi intelligence official has claimed that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman sent a hit squad to Canada in an attempt to kill him. In a 107-page complaint, filed in a Washington DC court, Saad Aljabri claimed the assassins were intercepted by Canadian authorities. The incident was alleged to have happened less than two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident, was killed in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. Mr Aljabri, who was living in self-imposed exile in Toronto, was said to have clashed with the crown prince over issues including the decision to go to war in Yemen, and was dismissed from his cabinet role in 2015. He is suing the crown prince and 24 others for an unset amount of damages In his complaint Mr Aljabri claimed the crown prince "dispatched a hit squad" to Canada in October 2018. The complaint said: "(A) team of Saudi nationals travelled across the Atlantic Ocean from Saudi Arabia ... with the intention of killing Dr Saad."


I'm incarcerated at San Quentin prison for 55 years to life. I didn't think things could get worse until COVID-19.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:55:36 -0400
San Quentin State Prison in California has one of the biggest clusters of coronavirus cases in the US. Here's what it's like inside.


An emergency medicine physician projects that if schools open in the fall, they'll close by the end of October with COVID-19 outbreaks
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 00:20:47 -0400
One doctor said reopened schools could shut down again by the end of October, citing the "confluence" of the flu season and increased exposure.


Here’s how you can apply for up to $2,000 in COVID relief
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:29:27 -0400
Applications for the program, which kicked off Wednesday, are now available online in English, Creole and Spanish.


Opinion: Trump's next executive order could help the jobless, but it's wrong on so many levels
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:19:40 -0400
Democrats would look churlish if they complained, and yet having Trump boost jobless benefits unilaterally would be wrong in several ways.


Joe Biden needs more than the right vice president to restore America | Opinion
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:45:50 -0400
The demand that Joe Biden choose a Black woman as his vice presidential nominee to facilitate Black empowerment is ill-advised and strategically wrong. President Obama’s election is a good example of the fact that one individual, no matter how outstanding, cannot empower a community.


Mississippi: More than 100 children and teachers in quarantine due to coronavirus outbreak two weeks after schools reopened
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:46:22 -0400
More than 100 people in a Mississippi school district have been instructed to self-isolate, due to an outbreak of coronavirus less than two weeks after they reopened.At least 116 people in Corinth, a city in Mississippi, have been told to quarantine for two weeks, after six students and one staff member tested positive for Covid-19 over the past week.


Woman who sued New Jersey country club over wine spilled on $30K Hermès handbag continues legal fight
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 19:11:09 -0400
The lawyer for a woman suing Alpine Country Club in New Jersey for damage to her $30K handbag plans to pursue the case again after judge's dismissal.


China threatens countermeasures as Taiwan prepares for U.S. visit
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 01:09:48 -0400
China on Thursday threatened to take countermeasures over a trip to Taiwan by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, as the Chinese-claimed island geared up for its highest-level U.S. official visit in four decades. The visit, which begins on Sunday, adds to tensions between Beijing and Washington over everything from trade and human rights to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a daily briefing in Beijing that any attempt to deny or challenge the "one China" principle, which states that Taiwan is part of China, would end in failure.


Syrian refugee hailed as hero in Germany after saving woman from rapist
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:46:40 -0400
A Syrian refugee has been hailed as a hero in Germany after he stopped a man raping a woman. The 30-year-old Syrian, named only as Faner O under German privacy laws, intervened after he saw a woman being attacked by a man in the early hours of Sunday morning. With the help of another passerby, he overpowered the rapist and held him until police could reach the scene. The rape victim, who has not been named, is understood to be a trainee police officer. Faner O, who fled to Germany from his native Syria four years ago, works as a car mechanic in the west German city of Wuppertal. He was driving home in the early hours of Sunday morning when he saw a woman being pursued by a man. “It was around half past three in the morning. I had just dropped a friend off and was driving home to my wife and daughter, when I saw a woman walking along Friedrich-Engels-Allee and a man in a red T-shirt running after her. Then they disappeared into the bushes,” he told Bild newspaper. Concerned, Faner O stopped his car and followed them into the bushes, where he found the man pinning the woman to the ground. “He had one hand over her mouth and was choking her with the other. She was resisting, but he was very strong.” The would-be rapist fled but Faner O gave chase. A 20-year-old passerby who had heard the sounds of struggle came to his help, and together they were able to overpower the perpetrator. The rapist has not been named but is understood to be a 20-year-old Afghan migrant known to local police in connection with similar incidents. The woman suffered only minor injuries, according to local police. “She fought hard and cried out for help. This alerted witnesses who rushed to her aid and drove off her attacker. They then gave chase and were able to seize him after a short pursuit. They held him until officers arrived,” police said in a statement. Faner O said he was not afraid during the encounter. “At that moment I was only thinking of helping the woman,” he told Bild. “If something like that happened to my daughter, I’d want some one to help her.”


Pope Francis appoints 6 women to senior roles
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:16:00 -0400
Pope Francis has ensured there are more women officials at the Vatican than ever before.


The deadly explosion that devastated Beirut appears to have been far more powerful than the 'Mother of All Bombs'
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:15:25 -0400
Weapons experts estimated that the explosion was many times stronger than the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the US arsenal.


I tried making Guy Fieri's signature recipes for a week, and I didn't love my whole trip to Flavortown
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:18:05 -0400
The Food Network star's known for eating comfort food on "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives," and I tried some of his favorite recipes and meals for a week.


Trump's Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:38:50 -0400
The Trump administration’s top envoy for Iran is stepping down just as the United States tries to moves ahead with a major diplomatic effort that would extend a U.N. arms embargo against Tehran in the face of widespread international opposition. Brian Hook announced his departure on Thursday, a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would call for a U.N. Security Council vote next week on a resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo, which is due to expire in October.


As legal battle over school reopening proceeds, DeSantis stresses importance of sports
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 13:33:12 -0400
Flanked by coaches, athletes and politicians, Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday used sports to emphasize his support of school reopenings.


DOJ moves to seize property from Ukrainian oligarch linked to Rudy Giuliani
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:31:34 -0400


MS-13 gang members charged with sex trafficking, other charges in abuse of 13-year-old runaway
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 20:19:05 -0400
Federal prosecutors allege that gang members beat the girl, raped her and prostituted her in Virginia and Maryland.


Moscow expands COVID-19 express tests to major airports
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:44:49 -0400
Russia is expanding COVID-19 express tests to other major air hubs in Moscow after using them at the country's busiest airport, Sheremetyevo, in the capital, the Russian Direct Investment Fund said on Wednesday. The portable testing system, which fits in two small suitcases, gives results within an hour and is already being used by some Russian companies and at major events, the RDIF said. Moscow announced the resumption of some regular international flights on Aug. 1 to Turkey, Britain and Tanzania, as the coronavirus crisis eases in Russia.


Sri Lankan PM claims landslide victory, strengthening Rajapaksa family's hand
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:26:27 -0400
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party claimed a landslide victory as vote counting in the country's election came to a close on Thursday evening, prompting fears among minority groups. “Our biggest victory has been that people have trusted us and we are ready to uphold that trust,” the Prime Minister told The Telegraph as the results came in. However, critics worry that it further strengthens the hand of the Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist Rajapaksa family, with fears they could rewrite the constitution and further target minorities. In November 2019, Mahinda’s younger brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa was voted in as president. Mahinda himself has previously served as president, and Gotabaya as defence secretary. The brothers remain under scrutiny for alleged war crimes committed during the fight against the Tamil Tigers and the family has been accused of corruption and nepotism. At least four members ran in Wednesday’s parliamentary elections. Still, the brothers' party - a new party called the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna - was expected to win by a large margin with about 80 percent of the votes counted, clinching the majority of the 225 seats in Parliament for Mahinda to return as prime minister. The Rajapaksas were hoping for a two-thirds majority that will allow them to make a much debated constitutional amendment, giving them the power to revert to an all powerful executive presidency system. Amid the coronavirus pandemic and political apathy created by a divided opposition, voter turnout was the lowest in decades. Nonetheless, more than 70 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. The snap election was called after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved Parliament in March, six months ahead of schedule, but was later delayed twice because of the pandemic. Since his election in November, Gotabaya has spearheaded a “campaign of fear”, according to Human Rights Watch, targeting opposition lawyers, activists, and journalists, including earmarked arrests, intimidation, and threats. However, he has gained popularity with some for implementing a rapid lockdown and extended curfew to curb the coronavirus. With a population of 22 million, Sri Lanka has officially recorded only 11 COVID-19-related deaths, although critics dispute the figures. People in quarantine centres were not able to cast their votes on Wednesday. Although the election authorities set an advanced polling day for those under quarantine for July 31, it was later cancelled as there was no legal provision for advanced voting.


Students at viral Georgia high school say they face expulsion for remaining home amid pandemic
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:44:00 -0400
Students at a Georgia high school that went viral this week after a photo of its crowded, mostly mask-less hallways on the first day of school surfaced online told BuzzFeed News they had little choice to attend class in person despite the coronavirus pandemic.One North Paulding High School student's parents were prepared to keep him home after seeing the photo, but when his mother spoke to the school she learned students who chose to stay home because of concerns over the virus could face expulsion or suspension, BuzzFeed reports.A parent of a student at a nearby school said she tried to enroll her daughter in the Paulding County School District's virtual learning option, but wound up on the waiting list after it filled up and was told her daughter "would be withdrawn" from the school if she didn't show up in person.> Outrage has spread across a Georgia community after a photo of students crammed in a hallway went viral.> > LaShanda Hambrick, whose child attends the neighboring high school, was forced to send her daughter to school on the first day because otherwise "she would be withdrawn." pic.twitter.com/nRr071OOpj> > — CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) August 5, 2020Per BuzzFeed, many parents, students, and teachers at North Paulding High School — where there are reports of positive coronavirus cases among students and staff — are concerned about the situation and think it's irresponsible in-person learning is back in session, but others are in favor, noting that virtual distancing is a challenge for many families. Read more at BuzzFeed News.More stories from theweek.com Pelosi doubts Republicans will pass generous coronavirus bill: 'Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn' Trump-endorsed candidate Bill Hagerty wins Tennessee Senate GOP primary Facebook employees report 'pattern of preferential treatment' for conservatives who spread misinformation


No more medical exemptions: Alaska Airlines says anyone who can't or won't wear a mask won't be allowed to fly
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:58:26 -0400
Alaska Airlines said Wednesday that it will no longer allow medical exemptions from its mask requirement, part of an effort to slow the coronavirus.


Op-Ed: U.S. leaders knew we didn't have to drop atomic bombs on Japan to win the war. We did it anyway
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 06:05:25 -0400
We've been taught that the U.S. had to drop atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. Historical evidence shows Japan would have surrendered anyway.


Trump banned Jeffrey Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after he hit on teenage girl, book claims
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:54:56 -0400
Donald Trump banned Jeffrey Epstein from Mar-a-Lago after the disgraced financier hit on another member’s teenage daughter, a new book has claimed.Epstein was a member of the now-president’s Palm Beach, Florida, club until 2007, according to The Grifter’s Club, a detail that has contradicted what Mr Trump’s company previously said about the president’s relationship with the convicted sex predator.


N. Korea's escalating virus response raises fear of outbreak
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 21:27:20 -0400
North Korea is quarantining thousands of people and shipping food and other aid to a southern city locked down over coronavirus worries, officials said, as the country’s response to a suspected case reinforces doubt about its longstanding claim to be virus-free. In late July, North Korea said it had imposed its “maximum emergency system” to guard against the virus spreading after finding a person with COVID-19 symptoms in Kaesong city, near the border with rival South Korea. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un then ordered a total lockdown of Kaesong, and said the suspected case was a North Korean who had earlier fled to South Korea before slipping back into Kaesong last month.


Federal judge rules the government owns an undeveloped island off Key West — not a developer
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:15:21 -0400
Government, not developer, owns undeveloped Island off Key West: judge


President Trump flips on his longstanding attitude toward mail-in ballots
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:45:49 -0400
President Trump has repeatedly denounced mail-in ballots, but he is changing his tune for Florida. Weijia Jiang reports.


Black man's life sentence in stolen hedge clippers case is 'cruel and unusual,' Louisiana judge says
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:04:54 -0400
Repeat offender laws sent Fair Wayne Bryant to prison for life after trying to steal hedge clippers. Louisiana’s Supreme Court won't review the case.