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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.

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.

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.

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."> > — 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

2nd-grade student tests positive for the coronavirus after 1st day of school
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:43:27 -0400
The child's school is in Georgia's Cherokee County district, which recommends but does not require masks.

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

Beirut port officials arrested following deadly blasts
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:48:00 -0400
At least 137 people were killed and over 5,000 were injured in the explosions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Priest who blasted 'lukewarm' congregants for not coming to mass over coronavirus fears gets Covid-19
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:47:00 -0400
A priest who criticised coronavirus restrictions was diagnosed with Covid-19 hours after he called congregants “lukewarm” catholics for not coming to church during the pandemic.Monsignor Charles Pope, of Holy Comforter St Cyprian Catholic Church in Washington D.C. was diagnosed and hospitalised with Covid-19 on 27 July, according to Huffpost.

2020 prediction from professor who called every election since 1984
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:15:00 -0400
Allan Lichtman accurately predicted in 2016 that Donald Trump would win, and then be impeached.

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.

Fact check: Nancy Pelosi is not related to KKK grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 16:52:31 -0400
Claims that Nancy Pelosi is the great-granddaughter of Nathan Bedford Forrest have their origin in a satirical news article and are false.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Wait of centuries is over, India PM says, as Hindu temple construction begins
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 02:21:17 -0400
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched the construction of a Hindu temple on a site that has been contested by Muslims for decades in a dispute that has sparked some of India's most bloody communal violence. The Supreme Court ruled last year that Hindus, who believe the site in the northern town of Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, a physical incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, be allowed to build a temple there, ending years of litigation.. Modi, whose Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaigned for more than three decades for the temple, unveiled a plaque at the site in an elaborate ceremony to inaugurate construction.

Trump was ‘stating a fact’ when he said children are less susceptible to coronavirus, White House insists
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 05:32:43 -0400
Donald Trump was “stating a fact” when he said that children are less susceptible to Covid-19, a White House official has said after Facebook removed a post in which the president made false claims about the virus.Courtney Parella, deputy national press secretary, accused Facebook and Twitter of “flagrant bias” after the tech giants penalised Trump and his campaign team for promoting a video in which the president claimed children are “almost immune” from the disease.

Court reverses order to shut down Dakota Access pipeline
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:17:07 -0400
A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a judge’s order that shut down the Dakota Access pipeline pending a full environmental review. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with pipeline owner Energy Transfer to keep the oil flowing, saying a lower-court judge “did not make the findings necessary for injunctive relief.” The appeals court said it expects the parties to “clarify their positions” in the lower court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seattle City Council Won’t Slash Police Budget, but OKs Cop Layoffs
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 18:28:25 -0400
A majority of Seattle’s City Council on Wednesday voted down a proposal to slash the police department’s remaining 2020 budget by 50 percent. But the council did pass a slew of other defunding efforts, including ones that would cut 100 officers from the agency this year through layoffs and attrition.The vote by the budget committee—which came one day after the city’s mayor and police chief held a press conference to criticize the proposal—signaled some progress for Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality advocates who’ve pushed to defund departments across the U.S. and reallocate funds to community services, including housing and youth programs.The budget-cut plan, proposed by council member Kshama Sawant, would have cut $54 million from the Seattle PD immediately through layoffs and reallocated it to programs, including $34 million for affordable housing. Sawant was the only member to vote in favor of the proposal, while another council member abstained and the remaining seven voted against it.While the council’s budget committee voted on a variety of amendments related to police funding, activists marched from a King County juvenile detention facility to City Hall. One reporter on scene captured demonstrators chanting, “Bad boys. Bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when we defund you?”Shootings Rise in Big Cities Along With Calls to Defund the PoliceSeattle’s vote comes on the heels of other local governments, including the Washington D.C. Council, passing legislation to dismantle or cut the budgets of police departments. In late June, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a proposal to disband the city’s police department—and replace it with a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention—following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed May 25 by a Minneapolis cop who kneeled on his neck during an arrest.Minneapolis’ charter commission voted 10-5 against the city council’s proposal on Wednesday, saying they needed more time to review it. The decision meant voters won't get to decide on the amendment on a November ballot. The Seattle council’s budget committee unanimously passed a series of amendments, including adding $4 million to the Human Services Department for a community safety initiative which would be an “alternative to traditional policing.” The funding for that effort would come from a loan authorized by separate legislation.They also voted to cut $886,000 from the Seattle PD and reallocate it to a proposal that would add $10 million for community-led organizations “to increase public safety.” (The remaining $9.1 million would come from interfund loan to be addressed in separate legislation.) The cuts approved included $36,000 from the police department’s remaining 2020 budget for implicit bias training; $50,000 from SPD’s 2020 travel budget; and $800,000 from the department’s recruitment and retention activities. > Protesters gathering near the youth jail for today’s march to City Hall. Saw a handful of bike cops on my way over, though they seem to be around the block now.> > — Heidi Groover (@heidigroover) August 5, 2020The committee also unanimously approved a “consent package” which includes ordering the police chief to eliminate the mounted unit and public affairs unit, each of which has four officers; lay off five members of the community outreach unit; lay off two members of the 29-officer SWAT team; and let go of 30 officers through attrition. All told, the council approved a reduction of 54 officers from the department.This package also included $50,000 in funding to contract with a community-based organization to create a non-police 911 response system.On Monday, KOMO News revealed the proposal to slash the Seattle Police Department’s budget by 50 percent appeared to be “losing steam” among the nine council members. The remainder of the Seattle PD’s unspent budget is an estimated $188 million, the outlet reported.Council member Sawant slammed her colleagues in an interview with the TV outlet and on Twitter, where she claimed Democrats on the budget committee “ganged up against our movement’s proposals to Defund the police...”> To see Democratic Party politicians in their real role, watch today's Seattle City Council Budget Committe, where they ganged up against our movement's proposals to Defund the police by at least 50%, fund community programs, and increase significant funds for affordable housing.> > — Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama) August 4, 2020“I’m not surprised,” Sawant told KOMO News, “but it’s quite interesting to see how council members are now displaying how they actually stand and I hope members of the public are watching.”Last month, protesters targeted the homes of two council members who supported reducing the police budget but wouldn’t commit to slashing it by 50 percent, the Seattle Times reported. The demonstrations allegedly included making noise outside one councilor’s home at night and leaving notes on his door warning, “Don’t be racist trash.”In June, another group visited Mayor Jenny Durkan’s residence, which was tagged with spray paint, according to the Times. Durkan asked the council to probe Sawant for taking part in that protest but council president Lorena González declined. Meanwhile, Police Chief Carmen Best said her neighbors had to stop a “large group of aggressive protestors” from trespassing at her home on Saturday. One of the demonstrators, Nicole Gitaka, told King 5, a local news station: “All we were doing was walking and they met us with guns, I don’t know who the aggressor is at that point, but I don't think it’s us.”> Crowd gathers across from the site for the new youth jail for a march and rally pertaining to the city council’s vote today on defunding the SPD seattleprotest seattleprotests> > — Elizabeth Turnbull (@LizTurnbull5) August 5, 2020This summer, Seattle police swept through an autonomous protest zone known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Area (CHOP) with blast balls and pepper spray, arresting at least two dozen people after Durkan issued an executive order to clear the area.Previously called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), the six-block stretch near downtown was occupied by demonstrators in the wake of Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter protests. But the site also brought multiple shootings, including the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy, and injuries to both cops and protesters. One Tacoma man was charged with arson for torching the police department's East Precinct building during the CHOP protest.Last week, the head of Seattle’s police union warned defunding cops would bring higher crime rates and make CHOP or CHAZ “look like child’s play.”Was Seattle’s Notorious Protest Zone Doomed by Recent Shootings?On Tuesday, Durkan and Best held a press conference to ask council members to hold off on deep cuts to the police budget until 2021.Durkan said the city shouldn’t make “hasty decisions” when it comes to defunding the police department. “We should make right decisions,” Durkan told reporters. “That doesn’t mean slow; it just means thoughtful.”“The chief and I, again, we are absolutely committed, committed to reimagining how policing works in the city, to having a better community-based response, to have a public health and harm reduction based response,” Durkan added. “But we also know that policing is complicated and that sometimes you do need a police officer to respond.”For her part, Best said “there are some good approaches” in the council’s proposals and that “some of the ideas SPD already had and has raised before.”“But what is problematic is these are approaches without any clarity on how they will become reality. What is the plan? “ Best asked. “The push from Council and some of our community is to do these large-scale changes in 2020 with no practical plan for community safety. And I believe wholeheartedly that is completely reckless.“Council has directed me to lay off 70 or more officers basically overnight,” the chief added. “And I cannot do that in good faith knowing there are no systems in place to bridge the gap.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Baltimore is investigating after officials removed 5 approved Black Lives Matter murals
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:54:53 -0400
The city department blamed a "miscommunication" for the error, but also said a staff member accused of problematic behavior is under investigation.

Tourist damages 200-year-old sculpture during photo op
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 12:50:00 -0400
Surveillance footage shows the man sit on the sculpture for a photo op before noticing the damage and awkwardly leaving the scene.

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.

Kim visits North Korea flood zone, orders shelter, food aid
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 21:28:33 -0400
Leader Kim Jong Un visited parts of southern North Korea where days of torrential rains have flooded hundreds of houses and vast areas of agricultural land, state media reported Friday. The last time state media reported about Kim’s such visit was in September 2015, when he inspected recovery work at a flood-hit northeast city, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry. The Korean Central News Agency said Friday Kim inspected a town in North Hwanghae province where a water levee gave way due to the heavy rains and rainstorm.

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.

Bill Gates issued a stark warning for the world: 'As awful as this pandemic is, climate change could be worse'
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:44:45 -0400
Gates said to understand the impact climate change will have, we need to "look at COVID-19 and spread the pain out over a much longer period of time."

As U.S. Congress wrangles over aid, millions of renters get desperate
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 06:16:25 -0400
Geno and her wife, a full-time student who receives $900 in monthly disability benefits, have been able to keep paying their nearly $1,200 rent bill and other expenses largely because Geno was among those eligible to receive up to $600 in enhanced weekly unemployment benefits enacted under the CARES Act, the coronavirus aid package passed by Congress in March. Congress recently let those benefits lapse, cutting her total weekly payments including state benefits from $1,100 after taxes to just shy of $600. A tax refund due to arrive this week should help pay the rent for September.