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As fires ravage California, Trump gives his climate-change solution: 'It'll start getting cooler'California Gov. Gavin Newsom unsuccessfully pressed President Trump on Monday to acknowledge that climate change is making wildfires worse across much of the West Coast.


9/14/2020 3:31:10 PM

Breonna Taylor's mother reaches $12M settlement, police reform agreement with LouisvilleThe family of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot and killed by police in her Louisville, Ky., apartment earlier this year, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city for $12 million that includes an agreement to implement a number of police reforms.


9/15/2020 3:09:50 PM

Armed gangs ‘protecting property’ in wildfire evacuation zones are confronting people at gunpoint, Oregon police say‘The last thing I want to see is something tragically happen because somebody is overreacting’


9/15/2020 1:01:13 PM

Cotton Announces Bill to Revoke China’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ StatusSenator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) announced Monday that he is introducing legislation to repeal permanent most favored nation trade status, a designation that guarantees equal trading opportunity among a nation's trade partners.In an appearance on Fox & Friends, Cotton criticized China’s status as a most favored nation, and said he would introduce legislation this week that would require the president and congress to reassess the status each year.Under Cotton’s new legislation if China were to “shoot missiles at our ships in the Western Pacific” or crack down on Hong Kong as it has done this year, “then we would be able to say each year we are not going to renew most favored nation status for China,” he said. > China should be stripped of its permanent most-favored-nation status.> > Joe Biden voted to give the communist country the special trade status 20 years ago, supercharging the loss of American manufacturing jobs.> > I'm introducing legislation to end it. pic.twitter.com/LWPXmcORlf> > -- Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 14, 2020The senator also blasted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his decades of support of increased trade opportunities with the Chinese Communist Party.“This week is the twentieth anniversary of Joe Biden voting to give permanent most favored nation status to China,” he said. “Just think about that — most favored nation status to a communist country.”He said the status had “supercharged the loss of American manufacturing jobs” and criticized the former vice president for defending it last week during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.Tapper asked Biden, “A lot of people think that allowing China into the World Trade Organization, which you supported, extending most favored nation status to China, which you supported, that those steps allowed China to take advantage of the United States by using our own open trade deals against us. Do you think, in retrospect, you were naive about China?”Biden defended the stance saying, “No, here is the thing. In the context of that, we want China to grow. We don’t want a war with China.”Cotton has shown repeated disapproval of Biden’s stance on China and in March published an article at National Review titled “Joe Biden Is China’s Choice for President,” in which he criticized Biden’s support for China’s most favored nation status. “In the critical fight over whether to grant most-favored-nation trade status and World Trade Organization membership to China in the 1990s — a fight in which, again, many of his party’s leaders in Congress were on the right side — Biden carefully shepherded China through the process from his powerful perch as the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” the longtime China hawk wrote. In 2000, Biden voted to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with the country, which created a path for China to become a member of the World Trade Organization one year later.“Wherever a brake might have been applied — by placing human-rights or labor conditions on most-favored-nation status, for example — Biden voted the measures down and lobbied other senators for Beijing,” Cotton continued. “Unfortunately, China and Biden got their way, and American workers are still suffering from it.”


9/14/2020 9:14:41 AM

Perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear discovered in Arctic RussiaReindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found the immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear, researchers said Monday.


9/14/2020 2:36:58 PM

ICE whistleblower: Nurse alleges 'hysterectomies on immigrant women in US'A complaint alleges unsafe treatment and conditions at a migrant detention centre in Georgia, US.


9/15/2020 1:29:45 PM

Teen hunter run over by corn chopper after falling asleep in field, Michigan cops sayThe teen had been dropped off to hunt earlier in the day, police say.


9/14/2020 8:15:06 AM

American woman's German bar crawl spreads Covid to at least 59 peopleDespite symptoms for coronavirus, 26-year-old went partying while waiting for test results. Bavaria's governor called it a "model case of stupidity."


9/15/2020 1:51:11 PM

Birds are dropping dead in New Mexico, potentially in the 'hundreds of thousands'Scientists are investigating why so many birds are dying and are asking the public for help.


9/15/2020 9:37:35 AM

Poll: Number of Americans willing to get COVID-19 vaccine falls to new low amid fears Trump is putting politics before safetyThe latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll reveals that less than a third of Americans (32 percent) say they plan to get vaccinated, a stunning 23-point decline that reflects rising concern about the politicization of the vaccine process.


9/14/2020 3:37:27 PM

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As fires ravage California, Trump gives his climate-change solution: 'It'll start getting cooler'California Gov. Gavin Newsom unsuccessfully pressed President Trump on Monday to acknowledge that climate change is making wildfires worse across much of the West Coast.


9/14/2020 3:31:10 PM

Breonna Taylor's mother reaches $12M settlement, police reform agreement with LouisvilleThe family of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot and killed by police in her Louisville, Ky., apartment earlier this year, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the city for $12 million that includes an agreement to implement a number of police reforms.


9/15/2020 3:09:50 PM

Armed gangs ‘protecting property’ in wildfire evacuation zones are confronting people at gunpoint, Oregon police say‘The last thing I want to see is something tragically happen because somebody is overreacting’


9/15/2020 1:01:13 PM

Cotton Announces Bill to Revoke China’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ StatusSenator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) announced Monday that he is introducing legislation to repeal permanent most favored nation trade status, a designation that guarantees equal trading opportunity among a nation's trade partners.In an appearance on Fox & Friends, Cotton criticized China’s status as a most favored nation, and said he would introduce legislation this week that would require the president and congress to reassess the status each year.Under Cotton’s new legislation if China were to “shoot missiles at our ships in the Western Pacific” or crack down on Hong Kong as it has done this year, “then we would be able to say each year we are not going to renew most favored nation status for China,” he said. > China should be stripped of its permanent most-favored-nation status.> > Joe Biden voted to give the communist country the special trade status 20 years ago, supercharging the loss of American manufacturing jobs.> > I'm introducing legislation to end it. pic.twitter.com/LWPXmcORlf> > -- Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) September 14, 2020The senator also blasted Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for his decades of support of increased trade opportunities with the Chinese Communist Party.“This week is the twentieth anniversary of Joe Biden voting to give permanent most favored nation status to China,” he said. “Just think about that — most favored nation status to a communist country.”He said the status had “supercharged the loss of American manufacturing jobs” and criticized the former vice president for defending it last week during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.Tapper asked Biden, “A lot of people think that allowing China into the World Trade Organization, which you supported, extending most favored nation status to China, which you supported, that those steps allowed China to take advantage of the United States by using our own open trade deals against us. Do you think, in retrospect, you were naive about China?”Biden defended the stance saying, “No, here is the thing. In the context of that, we want China to grow. We don’t want a war with China.”Cotton has shown repeated disapproval of Biden’s stance on China and in March published an article at National Review titled “Joe Biden Is China’s Choice for President,” in which he criticized Biden’s support for China’s most favored nation status. “In the critical fight over whether to grant most-favored-nation trade status and World Trade Organization membership to China in the 1990s — a fight in which, again, many of his party’s leaders in Congress were on the right side — Biden carefully shepherded China through the process from his powerful perch as the senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” the longtime China hawk wrote. In 2000, Biden voted to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with the country, which created a path for China to become a member of the World Trade Organization one year later.“Wherever a brake might have been applied — by placing human-rights or labor conditions on most-favored-nation status, for example — Biden voted the measures down and lobbied other senators for Beijing,” Cotton continued. “Unfortunately, China and Biden got their way, and American workers are still suffering from it.”


9/14/2020 9:14:41 AM

Perfectly preserved Ice Age cave bear discovered in Arctic RussiaReindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found the immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear, researchers said Monday.


9/14/2020 2:36:58 PM

ICE whistleblower: Nurse alleges 'hysterectomies on immigrant women in US'A complaint alleges unsafe treatment and conditions at a migrant detention centre in Georgia, US.


9/15/2020 1:29:45 PM

Teen hunter run over by corn chopper after falling asleep in field, Michigan cops sayThe teen had been dropped off to hunt earlier in the day, police say.


9/14/2020 8:15:06 AM

American woman's German bar crawl spreads Covid to at least 59 peopleDespite symptoms for coronavirus, 26-year-old went partying while waiting for test results. Bavaria's governor called it a "model case of stupidity."


9/15/2020 1:51:11 PM

Birds are dropping dead in New Mexico, potentially in the 'hundreds of thousands'Scientists are investigating why so many birds are dying and are asking the public for help.


9/15/2020 9:37:35 AM

Poll: Number of Americans willing to get COVID-19 vaccine falls to new low amid fears Trump is putting politics before safetyThe latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll reveals that less than a third of Americans (32 percent) say they plan to get vaccinated, a stunning 23-point decline that reflects rising concern about the politicization of the vaccine process.


9/14/2020 3:37:27 PM

Los Angeles authorities have 'promising leads' in search for gunman who ambushed two sheriff's deputies, offer $175K rewardOfficials offered a $100K reward for information leading to an arrest after a gunman shot two LA sheriff's deputies in a weekend ambush.


9/14/2020 11:51:54 PM

Three BLM protesters charged following confrontation with Pittsburgh dinersVideos of demonstrators shouting at customers previously surfaced online


9/15/2020 5:04:10 PM

Biden campaign unveils high-powered legal war roomDemocratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign has created what it calls the largest election protection program in U.S. presidential history, assembling a team of hundreds of lawyers to fend of expected legal challenges and work to ensure a fair election. The new legal operation will be headed by Dana Remus, the Biden campaign's general counsel, and former White House counsel Bob Bauer. Its "special litigation" unit includes two former U.S. solicitors general, Donald Verrilli Jr. and Walter Dellinger, and former Attorney General Eric Holder has signed on to act as liaison to allied independent voting rights organizations.The legal war room is girding itself for potentially decisive legal battles after the election, but it is also combating voter suppression efforts, teaching voters how to cast their ballots, guarding against foreign interference, and protecting access to mail-in voting in the face of issues at the U.S. Postal Service and voter fraud conspiracies touted by President Trump. With the COVID-19 pandemic still active, "some unique challenges this year," Bauer said."We can and will be able to hold a free and fair election this November," Remus said, "and we're putting in place an unprecedented voter protection effort with thousands of lawyers and volunteers around the country to ensure that voting goes smoothly."More stories from theweek.com Trump says he'll be on Fox & Friends every week — but host Steve Doocy doesn't agree to have him Florida 911 dispatcher helps save 2 lives over the course of an hour Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah ponder why Trump superfans still trust him with their lives


9/15/2020 6:54:13 AM

White House blocks Navarro from testifying to House panel about ventilator dealMichael Purpura, deputy counsel to President Donald Trump, wrote to Krishnamoorthi on Sept. 9 that the White House would not make Navarro available.


9/14/2020 6:15:23 PM

'Hi, this is Navalny': Poisoned Putin critic posts photo from hospital as his aide says he plans to return to Russia"I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day," wrote Alexei Navalny, a prominent Putin opponent.


9/15/2020 11:10:13 AM

Photos of coronavirus attacking lung cells show how ‘intense’ infections can get“These images make a strong case for the use of masks by infected and uninfected individuals.”


9/15/2020 2:23:09 PM

Oregon Wildfires Are So Devastating They’ve Brought in a Mobile MorgueThe wildfires engulfing the West Coast have become so dire in Oregon that state police have established a new type of emergency response: a mobile morgue. The state-run facility in Linn County, about two hours outside of Portland, will be operated by a 75-member regional response team that is searching incinerated properties for survivors and victims. While the wildfires have hit 10 states across the country, Oregon has been among the worst affected, with more than 30 active fires, at least 900,000 acres burned, eight deaths, and at least 50 people missing. More than 10 percent of the state’s population has been forced to evacuate, and state officials have begged for a presidential disaster declaration.Like ‘a Bomb Went Off’: An Oregon City Destroyed as Wildfires Devastate West Coast“One week into this wildfire crisis, our state has been pushed to its limits,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown tweeted on Monday evening. The death toll is expected to rise as recovery efforts continue, prompting local officials to use out-of-state resources for a mobile morgue. The facility will quickly identify remains and a separate facility, expected to open this week, will use rapid DNA testing to aid in identification.The mobile morgue—once a symbol of the coronavirus pandemic still plaguing the country—will “give family members closure as soon as possible,” Oregon State Police Capt. Tim Fox told The Oregonian.“We understand this is a super tragic event. We understand this is hard,” he added.Thousands of residents across the West Coast have lost homes to the destructive wildfires, and at least 36 people in three states have died. It took just 45 minutes for Angie Jackson’s family in Talent, OR to have everything they own “burn to a crisp” last week. Jackson said her mother, Corlette, was sleeping on Tuesday after finishing a graveyard shift when she received a call from her other daughter about the Almeda Drive wildfire quickly moving toward the town of 6,641. Jackson’s father, Brian, and brother, Josh, were “hanging out” on the other side of the Totem Pole trailer park, unaware of the wildfire about to wipe out the entire town on the southern edge of the state.When Corlette woke, all she could see was smoke. “She told my sister, ‘I think we are going to be fine,’” Jackson, 33, told The Daily Beast. But less than 10 minutes later, her mother and brother opened their front door to find the driveway of the trailer park alight, prompting Corlette to suggest fleeing the home they’d lived in “forever.”“Seconds later, a sheriff’s deputy loudly banged on their front door, telling them they had less than five minutes to get out of their home,” Jackson said. “They only took their pets and my dad’s diabetes medication. The only clothes they took were the ones on their backs.”Just five minutes after they fled, the trailer park—and most of Talent—was completely “scorched,” Jackson said. Her family had already suffered hardship this year when Brian was laid off due to COVID-19, but Jackson said the most heartbreaking part of learning her parents’ home was destroyed was her mother’s realization that she left her wedding ring behind.‘I Just Want My Sister Home’: Searches for Wildfire Missing End in Triumph, Despair“It was my great-grandmother’s ring,” Jackson said, while choking up. The family is staying at an aunt’s house and is anxious to go home and “start their life again.” “It’s heartbreaking to think about them going back home and finding the earth completely scorched. They thought they were going to go back. Now they have to start all over,” she said.As of Tuesday afternoon, upwards of 30,000 emergency personnel continue to fight blazes that have burned more than 4.7 million acres in 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Residents near 39 large fires in California, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado remain under evacuation orders—while officials in Idaho have also issued evacuation orders. Six fires, however, have been contained as rain showers are expected to move into Oregon and humidity will trend across the Pacific Northwest, a development that may bring some relief. “Even with the gradual upward trend of relative humidity, conditions will remain critically dry across much of eastern Oregon, California, the Great Basin, and western Montana,” the National Interagency Fire Center added. Experts warned that unpredictable wind gusts of up to 25 mph, combined with dry weather, may fuel the ongoing disaster. “In California, these La Nina winds that are coming are expected to be hotter and dryer—which is the perfect conditions for these fires to continue,” Maureen Kennedy, an assistant professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma, who specializes in forest management, told The Daily Beast. “Washington State is about to enter the cooler season, so I think we are in a good spot to make progress for the fires.”Winds have pushed smoke across the country and into Canada. On Tuesday, skies over the East Coast, including New York City and Baltimore, were engulfed in a milky haze from blazes thousands of miles away. Alaska Airlines suspended flights out of Portland and Spokane on Monday due to “thick smoke and haze.” Tweets by NWSWakefieldVARelief for firefighters may be several days away, according to experts, who said winds may disperse smoke hanging over West Coast cities but will probably fan the fires.“Right now, there is a lot of wind and fire weather that is too extreme—forcing a lot of emergency personnel to have to wait until the weather changes before taking actionable steps,” Meg Krawchuk, an associate professor at the Oregon State University College of Forestry, told The Daily Beast.“But as the winds shift this week from west to east, this will allow people on the west side of the fire to start setting up their containment lines to get more help on that side that has been hit the hardest by these fires.”State officials have scrambled to contain the domino effect caused by the West Coast fires, using emergency services already strained by the coronavirus pandemic and requesting help from neighboring states and the federal government. President Donald Trump met with California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday to discuss the wildfires, an issue the Democratic governor said was the latest example of catastrophic climate change. Trump, who has been openly skeptical of climate science, seemed to dismiss his pleas to accept the science behind global warming, instead blaming forest mismanagement as the main culprit. Following the meeting, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wrote in an open letter to Trump, slamming the president for refusing to address climate change and saying it would “accelerate devastating wildfires like those you’re seeing today.”“The rules of fighting wildfires are changing because our climate is changing,” Inslee wrote. “There is no fire suppression plan on this planet that does anyone any good if it doesn’t even acknowledge the role of climate change.”In requesting a presidential disaster declaration on Monday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said, “To fight fires of this scale, we need all the help we can get.” While Trump last week approved emergency aid, a declaration would allow additional communications resources, damage assessment teams, and search and rescue support to be distributed. 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.


9/15/2020 1:56:25 PM

Theme park worker falls to death from world's tallest swing rideIncident took place at ICON Park, on Orlando’s International Drive, amid routine checks


9/15/2020 4:19:41 AM

US West Coast fires: Is Trump right to blame forest management?Is poor management of forests to blame for deadly fires in the United States?


9/15/2020 7:19:17 AM

An 88-year-old Black man killed by officers in California was a former employee of the same police departmentRobert Coleman, a resident of West Sacramento, worked for the police department for nearly a decade, authorities said.


9/15/2020 6:24:54 PM

Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary relieved of duty following Daniel Prude's deathThe mayor made the announcement during a hastily called press conference on Monday. Singletary learned the news on Twitter.


9/14/2020 6:06:09 PM

Smoke from wildfires returns to Bay Area this weekendSmoke from the historic wildfires burning in the region is expected to return to the Bay Area this weekend after a brief break from the unhealthy air, says meteorologist Mike Nicco.


9/15/2020 12:54:21 PM

Calls for UK ban on all Chinese data firms after leak reveals 40,000 Britons in intelligence filesNo Chinese company dealing with data should be allowed to operate in the UK, a senior Conservative MP has said, following revelations that a firm has collected intelligence on 40,000 people in Britain. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said all Chinese internet and data companies should be ejected from the UK to protect British citizens' cyber security. "The government should automatically ban any Chinese owned companies that are involved in the internet or the use of data,” he told The Telegraph. Sir Iain’s comments came after The Telegraph revealed a Chinese technology company, Zhenhua Data, has compiled an intelligence database of British citizens including members of Parliament, royals and convicts. Hundreds of thousands of social media posts, online biographies and newspaper records on British citizens have been collected and are thought to have been supplied to Chinese intelligence agencies. Experts said the leak showed the Chinese state was using ostensibly private companies as listening posts for its secret services. Although Zhenhua does not have an office in the UK, Sir Iain said the database showed that other Chinese data companies with plans to expand should be automatically banned from operating here. Boris Johnson has already committed to expelling equipment from the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from the UK's networks, while ByteDance, the owner of the social media app TikTok, has abandoned plans to establish an office in the UK amid controversy over its links to the Chinese state. "Straight away, ByteDance should be banned and TikTok should not be allowed to set up their headquarters here," Sir Iain said. "[The Government] needs to look again at how quickly they can get Huawei out of their system. “There is a whole range of things they need to do, which is to say: ‘We now recognise that China poses the biggest threat to democracy and human rights than anywhere else.’” The Zhenhua database revealed on Monday by The Telegraph contains information about the families and children of China critics in the UK, including Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr Tugendhat said he did not support a blanket ban on Chinese data companies, but has “huge concerns” about ByteDance. A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute last year said ByteDance was working with security forces to facilitate human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims - a claim the company denies. Mr Tugendhat said TikTok should not be allowed to set up an office in the UK if it continues to be operated by its Chinese parent company. Bob Seely, the MP for the Isle of Wight, said the Zhenhua files showed the Government must do more to understand the threat of data technology used by China. “This is not just an authoritarian state issue, but it is made much worse by the fact that China is doing it, and is effectively globalising its surveillance state,” he said. “Whether it’s hoovering up information on us or whether it’s spying on their own people, I think we’re really behind the curve on this.” Mr Seely suggested the Government should set up a royal commission or inquiry to analyse data privacy issues. “I think it’s breathtakingly naive of us [...] and I just think there are all these 21st century problems our state hasn’t got its head around,” he said. Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “While the U.K. hands out massive fines to companies that hold private data without good cause, in China it’s not so much a commodity, as an instrument of state power. There’s no point protecting our privacy at home, only to see it violated in Beijing. “Given grave concerns about the ability of the Chinese state to obtain data held by Chinese companies, it stands to reason that we should be wary of allowing any such companies to operate in the UK."


9/14/2020 11:16:24 AM

French analysis concludes Navalny was poisoned in attempted assassination: ElyseeFrance's independent analysis has concluded that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok in an attempted assassination, the presidency said on Monday. "The president expressed his deep concern over the criminal act perpetrated against Alexei Navalany and the imperative that all light be shed, without delay, on the circumstances and responsibilities of this attempted assassination," Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement after holding a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin.


9/14/2020 7:03:27 AM

NC driver charged after video shows SUV run over BLM protester in Tennessee crosswalkA 37-year-old man from Bakersville, North Carolina, turned himself in Monday, police said.


9/14/2020 4:48:33 PM

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As fires ravage California, Trump gives his climate-change solution: 'It'll start getting cooler'California Gov. Gavin Newsom unsuccessfully pressed President Trump on Monday to acknowledge that climate change is making wildfires worse across much of the West Coast.


9/14/2020 3:31:10 PM

Armed gangs ‘protecting property’ in wildfire evacuation zones are confronting people at gunpoint, Oregon police say‘The last thing I want to see is something tragically happen because somebody is overreacting’


9/15/2020 1:01:13 PM

An 88-year-old Black man killed by officers in California was a former employee of the same police departmentRobert Coleman, a resident of West Sacramento, worked for the police department for nearly a decade, authorities said.


9/15/2020 6:24:54 PM

Pelosi: House will stay in session until COVID-19 rescue billHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.


9/15/2020 1:26:32 PM

American woman's German bar crawl spreads Covid to at least 59 peopleDespite symptoms for coronavirus, 26-year-old went partying while waiting for test results. Bavaria's governor called it a "model case of stupidity."


9/15/2020 1:51:11 PM

Hundreds turned out for anti-mask protest in Utah, which is being mocked as 'a straight parody' on social mediaThe demonstration gained national attention after a news report from Salt Lake City TV station KTVX-TV was shared on Twitter and TikTok this week.


9/15/2020 1:05:53 PM

Australian marine authorities left baffled after discovering humpback whale in shark-infested riverMarine authorities were puzzling on Monday over how to persuade at least one wayward humpback whale to leave a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia and continue an annual migration to Antarctica. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in East Alligator River in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with little visibility. Marine ecologist Jason Fowler said he spotted three whales on Sept. 2 while sailing with friends more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the river's mouth. "We happened to bump into some great big whales which completely blew me away," Mr Fowler said on Monday. "The water's incredibly murky. It's got zero visibility. So you can only see the whales when they're right on the surface," he said. He estimated there were two adults and a younger whale, around 10 meters (33 feet) to 12 meters (39 feet) long. "The west Australian humpback whale population has absolutely exploded. It's the great conservation success story in the ocean," Mr Fowler said. "There are so many humpbacks heading up the W.A. (Western Australia state) coast now, they're bound to end up in new places. What's incredibly weird is the fact that they're up a muddy, shallow river full of crocodiles - that's unheard of," he said. Despite the river's name, there are no alligators in Australia. It was named after its many crocodiles by European explorers who apparently couldn't tell the difference.


9/14/2020 7:46:08 AM

Photos of coronavirus attacking lung cells show how ‘intense’ infections can get“These images make a strong case for the use of masks by infected and uninfected individuals.”


9/15/2020 2:23:09 PM

Three BLM protesters charged following confrontation with Pittsburgh dinersVideos of demonstrators shouting at customers previously surfaced online


9/15/2020 5:04:10 PM

Catholic Group Launches $9.7 Million Anti-Biden Campaign in Battleground StatesA Catholic group is launching a multi-million dollar effort to educate Catholic voters in key battleground states about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's "anti-Catholic record and policy agenda" ahead of the general election in November.CatholicVote, a national Catholic political advocacy group, on Tuesday announced the $9.7 million campaign to discourage Catholics from voting for Biden. The organization is producing an "in-depth report on Biden's record on issues Catholics care about," including a shortened "voter guide" version, that it plans to send to five million Catholic voters. The effort will also kick off with a $350,000 digital ad buy in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Michigan.The group's new effort, which involves full-time staff in six states and thousands of volunteers, will reach voters through digital advertising, parish-by-parish canvassing, direct mail, and "get out the vote" efforts in six states.“Joe Biden’s record makes clear he will not protect our Catholic values or defend our way of life. For Catholics who cherish the Faith and their freedom to live it, a Biden presidency represents an existential threat,” said Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.“Catholics are less focused on Joe Biden’s claims about his personal faith, and instead on what his policies would do to the culture, and their freedom to live out their own beliefs,” Burch added.Biden, who frequently touts his Catholic faith on the campaign trail, invoked Pope St. John Paul II during a campaign speech in Pittsburgh late last month as he encouraged voters to remain hopeful about the country's future.“The campaign for the presidency has come down to fear,” Biden said. “But I believe Americans are stronger than that. I believe we’ll be guided by the words of Pope John Paul II, words drawn from the scriptures: 'Be not afraid. Be not afraid.'”“Fear never builds the future,” the former vice president continued. “Hope does. And building the future is what America does.”Despite Biden's willingness to talk about his Catholic faith as he campaigns for president, he remains staunchly in favor of legal abortion, in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church, which prohibits abortion.Biden's presidential platform includes working to codify Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, as well as making sure his Justice Department does "everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate" the case. Biden also supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from paying for abortions.CatholicVote's first ad for its anti-Biden campaign emphasizes Biden's pro-abortion stance and invites Catholic voters to learn more about the Democratic presidential candidate's record on abortion and support for it.


9/15/2020 1:39:21 PM

Theme park worker falls to death from world's tallest swing rideIncident took place at ICON Park, on Orlando’s International Drive, amid routine checks


9/15/2020 4:19:41 AM

Vietnam sentences brothers to death over bloody land clashA Vietnamese court sentenced two brothers to death and handed prison terms or probation to 27 others on Monday, for their roles in the high-profile killings of three policemen in a clash over land rights, the security ministry and a lawyer said. Le Dinh Cong and Le Dinh Chuc were charged with murder and resisting law enforcement before their tightly guarded trial. The brothers' father, Le Dinh Kinh, 83, was shot dead by police during the January clash at Dong Tam, a small rice-farming community next to a military air base, where authorities attempted to build a wall that the villagers said encroached on their land.


9/14/2020 7:18:09 AM

White House blocks Navarro from testifying to House panel about ventilator dealMichael Purpura, deputy counsel to President Donald Trump, wrote to Krishnamoorthi on Sept. 9 that the White House would not make Navarro available.


9/14/2020 6:15:23 PM

'Hi, this is Navalny': Poisoned Putin critic posts photo from hospital as his aide says he plans to return to Russia"I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day," wrote Alexei Navalny, a prominent Putin opponent.


9/15/2020 11:10:13 AM

US West Coast fires: Is Trump right to blame forest management?Is poor management of forests to blame for deadly fires in the United States?


9/15/2020 7:19:17 AM

Calls for UK ban on all Chinese data firms after leak reveals 40,000 Britons in intelligence filesNo Chinese company dealing with data should be allowed to operate in the UK, a senior Conservative MP has said, following revelations that a firm has collected intelligence on 40,000 people in Britain. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said all Chinese internet and data companies should be ejected from the UK to protect British citizens' cyber security. "The government should automatically ban any Chinese owned companies that are involved in the internet or the use of data,” he told The Telegraph. Sir Iain’s comments came after The Telegraph revealed a Chinese technology company, Zhenhua Data, has compiled an intelligence database of British citizens including members of Parliament, royals and convicts. Hundreds of thousands of social media posts, online biographies and newspaper records on British citizens have been collected and are thought to have been supplied to Chinese intelligence agencies. Experts said the leak showed the Chinese state was using ostensibly private companies as listening posts for its secret services. Although Zhenhua does not have an office in the UK, Sir Iain said the database showed that other Chinese data companies with plans to expand should be automatically banned from operating here. Boris Johnson has already committed to expelling equipment from the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from the UK's networks, while ByteDance, the owner of the social media app TikTok, has abandoned plans to establish an office in the UK amid controversy over its links to the Chinese state. "Straight away, ByteDance should be banned and TikTok should not be allowed to set up their headquarters here," Sir Iain said. "[The Government] needs to look again at how quickly they can get Huawei out of their system. “There is a whole range of things they need to do, which is to say: ‘We now recognise that China poses the biggest threat to democracy and human rights than anywhere else.’” The Zhenhua database revealed on Monday by The Telegraph contains information about the families and children of China critics in the UK, including Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr Tugendhat said he did not support a blanket ban on Chinese data companies, but has “huge concerns” about ByteDance. A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute last year said ByteDance was working with security forces to facilitate human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims - a claim the company denies. Mr Tugendhat said TikTok should not be allowed to set up an office in the UK if it continues to be operated by its Chinese parent company. Bob Seely, the MP for the Isle of Wight, said the Zhenhua files showed the Government must do more to understand the threat of data technology used by China. “This is not just an authoritarian state issue, but it is made much worse by the fact that China is doing it, and is effectively globalising its surveillance state,” he said. “Whether it’s hoovering up information on us or whether it’s spying on their own people, I think we’re really behind the curve on this.” Mr Seely suggested the Government should set up a royal commission or inquiry to analyse data privacy issues. “I think it’s breathtakingly naive of us [...] and I just think there are all these 21st century problems our state hasn’t got its head around,” he said. Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “While the U.K. hands out massive fines to companies that hold private data without good cause, in China it’s not so much a commodity, as an instrument of state power. There’s no point protecting our privacy at home, only to see it violated in Beijing. “Given grave concerns about the ability of the Chinese state to obtain data held by Chinese companies, it stands to reason that we should be wary of allowing any such companies to operate in the UK."


9/14/2020 11:16:24 AM

Daimler AG to pay $1.5B to settle emissions cheating probesAutomaker Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA have agreed to pay $1.5 billion to the U.S. government and California state regulators to resolve emissions cheating allegations, officials said Monday. The U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency and the California attorney general’s office say Daimler violated environmental laws by using so-called “defeat device software” to circumvent emissions testing and sold about 250,000 cars and vans in the U.S. with diesel engines that didn’t comply with state and federal laws.


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South Dakota Attorney General claimed he hit a deer, but actually killed a pedestrianA spokesman for the attorney general says Mr Ravnsborg had not been drinking the night of the incident


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US Space Force confirms Space Based Infrared System detected missile attack in JanuaryChief of Space Operations Gen. John "Jay" Raymond has confirmed suspicions that the Space Based Infrared System was used to detect more than a dozen missiles launched at U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq back in January.


9/15/2020 8:43:52 AM

DeVos vows to require standardized tests again: 4 questions answeredEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Sept. 3 that the government intended to enforce federal rules that require all states to administer standardized tests at K-12 public schools during the 2020-2021 school year. Nicholas Tampio, a Fordham University political scientist who researches education policy, puts this declaration into context. 1\. What did DeVos say?Since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, U.S. public school students have had to take federally mandated standardized tests every year. Students got a break in the spring of 2020 when DeVos announced that states could apply for waivers due to the pandemic. “Neither students nor teachers,” she explained, “need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time.”In September, DeVos reaffirmed her commitment to federally mandated testing. “It is now our expectation,” DeVos wrote in a letter to chief state school officers, “that states will, in the interest of students,” administer standardized tests at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. 2\. How is testing data used?As a political scientist who researches education policy, I know that money is the main lever for the federal government to influence states and local school districts. For example, the federal government sets conditions that states must accept to secure Title I funding, which supports schools where many children are being raised in poverty. Only about 8% of the roughly US$720 billion that all levels of government spend on public schools comes from federal sources. Yet federal education money is vital because it helps state and local governments boost their budgets for the education of some of the most vulnerable students, including those with special needs.In the spring of 2019, the DeVos team threatened to withhold $340 million in federal education funds from Arizona. Why? Because the state had not complied with the testing requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind in 2015. In short, states may face a financial hit if they do not heed DeVos’ warning about testing. And if states lose federal funding, they may, in turn, cut their funding for local school districts.In her letter, DeVos called federally mandated tests “among the most reliable tools available to help us understand how children are performing in school.” This data provides information to teachers, parents, policymakers and the public about how schools compare to one another. Without this data, in DeVos’ view, the American people will not have transparency and accountability in public education. 3\. What challenges might schools and students face?But getting good data during a pandemic may prove challenging. The recent precedent for large numbers of students taking standardized tests online, rather than at school or another appropriate public place, isn’t promising.After the College Board administered Advanced Placement tests online in the spring of 2020, students and their families complained when they were not able to upload their exams. What’s more, research shows that physical conditions where the testing happens matters. If administrators cannot adjust the thermostat in a public school building, for example, it can skew test outcomes. As a result, I’m concerned that unequal conditions at students’ homes could make students who face economic hardship or have other challenges where they live score lower than they should – making their scores a less meaningful way to measure their academic strengths and achievements.In response to questions about whether testing will be feasible during the 2020-2021 school year, DeVos has asked chief state school officers to get more creative. “I am reminded of the old saying: Necessity is the mother of invention,” she stated. DeVos also told chief state school officers to follow “the guidance of local health officials.” And yet, her letter lacks any specific guidance on how states could administer tests in case students cannot safely take the tests in public school buildings due to COVID-19 surges. 4\. Could a Biden administration waive testing?Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s official position on education, as spelled out on his campaign’s website, doesn’t mention high-stakes testing. Nor does his campaign say anything about revising the Every Student Succeeds Act, which Congress must revisit and possibly change through an upcoming reauthorization process after the 2020-21 school year.In her letter to the chief state school officers, DeVos observed that “statewide assessments are at the very core of the bipartisan agreement that forged ESSA.” DeVos noted that a bipartisan coalition supports administering tests this year. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]One of Biden’s senior education policy advisers is Carmel Martin. A former Obama Education Department staffer, Martin until recently worked for the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank with strong ties to the Democratic Party that DeVos cited in her decision to proceed with federally mandated testing. If Biden becomes president, therefore, I think it’s reasonable for schools to assume that his education team will only grant waivers, like the one DeVos issued in March 2020, in “extraordinary circumstances.”This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Few US students ever repeat a grade but that could change due to COVID-19 * Reopening elementary schools carries less COVID-19 risk than high schools – but that doesn’t guarantee safetyNicholas Tampio does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


9/15/2020 6:49:25 AM

Police body cam footage shows fatal shooting in PennsylvaniaThe Lancaster City Police Department has released body cam footage of a shooting that left 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz dead. The footage appears to show Munoz holding an object, said to be a knife by police, while charging at the officer before being shot. Protests were reported late Sunday evening in response to Munoz’s death.


9/14/2020 9:34:23 AM

Victims of violence ask not to be forgotten in Afghan peace processAs Taliban and Afghan government negotiators met for long-awaited peace talks in Qatar, around 50 families gathered at a graveyard in Kabul on Monday imploring them not to forget the rights of victims of violence. Demonstrating families gathered at a cemetery where many of the victims of a 2018 bomb attack at a school in west Kabul were buried. Historic peace talks kicked off in Qatar's capital, Doha, on Saturday after months of delays in U.S.-led efforts to end 19 years of conflict that the United Nations estimates has killed and wounded more than 100,000 civilians.


9/14/2020 8:38:08 AM

Bill Gates says he struggles to trust the CDC and FDA because officials with 'crackpot theories' have sidelined top-notch experts"This is third grade math. I mean, are you kidding?" Gates told STAT, when asked about the FDA's recent misstep on convalescent plasma.


9/15/2020 12:46:00 PM

A shocking image from space shows a record 5 tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin at the same timeThe satellite image also shows smoke swirling across the US from wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington.


9/15/2020 2:38:00 PM

Federal judge says Chad Wolf 'likely' not legitimate DHS secretary, suspends new asylum policiesA federal judge in Maryland ruled Friday that because the courts will likely agree that acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is serving in his position unlawfully, new asylum restrictions he enacted are "also 'in excess of ... authority,' and not 'in accordance with the law,'" CNN reported Monday night. The judge, Paula Xinis, suspended those restrictions on asylum seekers for two plaintiffs she found demonstrated standing in the case, Casa de Maryland Inc. (CASA) and Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP).The federal Government Accountability Office found last month that Wolf and his deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, were appointed in violation of the Vacancies Reform Act. Xinis read the law the same way the GAO did. "In sum, the court concludes that plaintiffs are likely to demonstrate (former acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin) McAleenan's appointment was invalid under the agency's applicable order of succession, and so he lacked the authority to amend the order of succession to ensure Wolf's installation as acting secretary," she wrote.New York Attorney General Letitia James, who joined 19 other state attorneys general and 10 cities and counties in challenging the asylum rules, welcomed the ruling. "Not only is this decision welcome news for asylum seekers who were unfairly targeted by the Trump administration, but the courts have now found that Chad Wolf has no authority at the Department of Homeland Security," James said.Trump formally nominated Wolf as DHS secretary late last Thursday, after a DHS whistleblower alleged that Wolf and others worked to suppress information about Russian intervening to help President Trump in the upcoming election and downplay the threat of white supremacists. Wolf is unlikely to be confirmed before the election in any case, and all the policy changes he implemented in his 10 months as acting secretary are "in potential jeopardy amid legal challenges," The Associated Press reports.More stories from theweek.com Japan's parliament elects Yoshihide Suga prime minister Trump says he'll be on Fox & Friends every week — but host Steve Doocy doesn't agree to have him Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah ponder why Trump superfans still trust him with their lives


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