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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The man behind one of history's most iconic supercars just debuted its $3 million successor — check out the Gordon Murray T.50
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:19:50 -0400
This may become the greatest modern supercar, thanks to a six-speed manual transmission, a naturally aspirated V12, and and a central driver's seat.

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.

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.”

Biden says Harris is 'very much in contention' to be his running mate
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:27:14 -0400
The California Democrat is among the names on Biden's vice presidential shortlist.

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.

Narendra Modi lays Ayodhya temple foundation, delighting Hindus and dismaying Muslims
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:57:37 -0400
Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, has invigorated his Hindu support base after laying the foundation stone of a controversial new temple on a site contested by Muslims. In November, after a decades-old legal battle, India’s highest court ruled a temple could be built in the city of Ayodhya, where a mosque had stood until it was destroyed by Hindu mobs in 1992. Mr Modi made its construction a key pledge as part of his Hindu nationalist campaign, which saw him re-elected with a landslide victory last year. Many Hindus believe the deity Ram was born at the temple site in Ayodhya, and soil was gathered from more than 2,000 holy sites for its building work. Calling it the “dawn of a new era”, Mr Modi said: “India is emotional as decades of wait has ended. For years, our Ram Lalla [the infant Lord Ram] lived beneath a tent; now he will reside in a grand temple.”

Norwegian Cruise Line optimistic about future despite $666 million second quarter loss
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:35:46 -0400
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reported $16.93 million in revenue for the second quarter, mostly from passenger ticket sales. The results marked a sharp fall from the $1.67 billion in revenue reported during the same period last year.

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.

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.

China sentences 3rd Canadian to death on drug charges
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 04:27:47 -0400
China has sentenced a third Canadian citizen to death on drug charges amid a steep decline in relations between the two countries. The Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court announced Xu Weihong’s penalty on Thursday and said an alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, had been given a life sentence. Death sentences are automatically referred to China’s highest court for review.

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.

One American is dying every 80 seconds from coronavirus as Trump shrugs off death toll: ‘It is what it is’
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:19:00 -0400
At least one person in the United States has died every 80 seconds on average over the last seven days, according to new research, as President Donald Trump said the nation’s soaring death toll “is what it is” in a recent interview.The grim figures were first reported by NBC News on Wednesday, which noted its own tally revealed 7,486 people died in the last seven days due to Covid-19.

Biden may have narrowed his VP list down to Kamala Harris and Susan Rice
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:17:58 -0400
Former Vice President Joe Biden could be down to two contenders in his search for a running mate.A new report from Axios details how Biden confidants believe he has narrowed his list down to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. While the report cautions that things could change, it notes that these confidants "would be surprised if he picks anyone else."As far as Harris goes, Axios writes that Biden's brain trust has "deep and trusting relationships" with those who are pushing for the California senator while touting her skills as a prosecutor. But on the other hand, according to the report, Rice is "getting a big bounce" from former President Barack Obama's alumni, who say that picking her would "guarantee the enthusiastic presence" of Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama on the campaign trail.Other possible contenders include Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who the report says is in third place behind Harris and Rice, as well as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). The Washington Post previously reported that Biden was expected to interview five or six finalists but that there was a sense that he still doesn't have "a clear favorite."Though Biden had previously said he intended to make his running mate pick in the first week of August, the announcement is no longer expected to come until next week, prior to the Democratic National Convention's start on Aug. 17. Read more at Axios. More stories from New Lincoln Project ad crowns Jared Kushner 'Secretary of Failure' The Republican problem no one knows how to solve Pelosi doubts Republicans will pass generous coronavirus bill: 'Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn'

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.

Nearly 100 people in Ohio got sick after one man infected with the coronavirus attended a church service
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:06:23 -0400
Experts have said that singing and loud speech can fuel virus spread. Gov. Mike DeWine used this case as a warning to Ohio's religious institutions.

Esper says he underestimated how much racial injustice affects service members
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:31:08 -0400
Defense Secretary Mark Esper called George Floyd's death a wake-up call for military leadership.

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.

Trolls doll pulled after complaints it promotes child abuse
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 17:10:28 -0400
The doll had been designed to giggle when placed in a sitting position, but some parents complain the sound activation button is inappropriately placed under the doll’s skirt and between her legs.

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.”

Rep. Marshall's primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:36:16 -0400
Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a tough year for the GOP. Marshall's first tasks were quickly refilling his campaign treasury and rebuilding Republican unity after an often-bitter primary campaign.

Rudy Giuliani wildly claims Black Lives Matter are a 'domestic terror group' who 'hate white men in particular'
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:18:00 -0400
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has claimed Black Lives Matter is a "domestic terrorist group," despite the group never being tied to a single terrorism event in a global database of almost 200,000."These are killers, and these are people who hate white people. They're people who hate white men in particular. And they want to do away with a mother-father family," Mr Giuliani said on Fox and Friends on Thursday, although ample evidence debunks that claim.

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.

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.

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.

Lebanese officials unloaded a 'floating bomb' and apparently ignored warnings for years, according to reports
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 22:41:24 -0400
Lebanese officials knew they were storing dangerous, explosive materials at the port in Beirut, but ignored years of warnings.

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.

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.

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."

Protest leader Bush ousts 20-year US Rep. Clay in Missouri
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:26:32 -0400
Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer's fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri's Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century. Bush's victory came in a rematch of 2018, when she failed to capitalize on a national Democratic wave that favored political newcomers such as Bush’s friend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Trump claims Biden will 'hurt God. He's against God.'
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:27:58 -0400
At a speech to supporters in Cleveland on Thursday, President Trump said former Vice President Joe Biden is “against God.”

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.

Who left a 4-mile-wide 'Black Lives Matter' mural in Nevada's Black Rock Desert?
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:26:17 -0400
"Black Lives Matter" has been painted on streets throughout the United States, but now it's been etched in the crust of Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

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.

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.

State Department lifts global coronavirus travel advisory
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:50:00 -0400
The State Department on Thursday lifted its Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory, issued on March 19 in order to encourage Americans against traveling overseas amid the coronavirus pandemic.Instead of a blanket travel advisory, the State Department said it will release country-specific guidelines "in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions. This will also provide U.S. citizens more detailed information about the current status in each country. We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic."The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against non-essential travel to 200 specific locations, CNN reports, and there are still travel restrictions in other countries affecting Americans; the European Union, for example, has blocked entry to tourists from the United States.More stories from Pelosi doubts Republicans will pass generous coronavirus bill: 'Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn' Beirut bride filmed during blast says one thing entered her mind: 'Now you are going to die' The terrible trade-off of keeping schools closed

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.

There Are No Women Leading Marine Infantry Platoons. The Corps Wants to Change That
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:57:44 -0400
Nearly 300 female Marines have moved into combat-arms jobs that were previously open only to men.

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.

Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 08:05:09 -0400
Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago." The one-minute ad, which was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before its digital and television release on Thursday, is meant to drum up support among Black Americans, a key constituency for Biden, ahead of November's general election. The ad, titled “Better America,” also takes a direct swipe at Trump, without mentioning the Republican president by name.

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

Pelosi says Congress will resolve COVID-19 aid but must help needy: CNBC
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:20:51 -0400
U.S. lawmakers will resolve their differences over the next batch of COVID-19 aid and reach a deal, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday, but assistance must go to those who need it the most amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Crystal Rogers disappearance: FBI takes over case of missing Bardstown, Kentucky mom, 5 years later
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:59:17 -0400
Five years after the disappearance of Bardstown, Kentucky, mom Crystal Rogers, the FBI has taken over the investigation and is launching a new search.

Canadian shopper explodes in racist rant over liquor store mask policy
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 19:41:33 -0400
Footage of a man exploding in a racist rant after reportedly refusing to wear a mask in a liquor store in Canada has gone viral online.In the video, an older white man not wearing a mask can be seen yelling at two men wearing masks.