ABC Action News Latest Headlines | September 15, 7 p.m.
ABC Action News Latest Headlines | September 15, 7 p.m.
Democrat Joe Biden courted Hispanic voters on Tuesday on his first campaign visit of the year to Florida, saying President Donald Trump had let them down with his divisive immigration policies and a disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic presidential nominee, trying to overcome what opinion polls show is lagging support among the battleground state's Hispanics, said Trump had proven he could not be a leader for all Americans. "Donald Trump has failed the Hispanic community time and time again," Biden told a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Kissimmee, the heart of the state's rapidly growing Puerto Rican community.
Police in Sacramento, California, shot and killed Robert Coleman, an 88-year old Black man, on Saturday. Days later, it was discovered that Coleman was a former member of the police department, the Sacramento Bee reported. Coleman held several positions at the department between the late 1990s and early 2000s.
A weeks-old anti-mask protest in Utah has become the source of online backlash after a TV news report detailing the rally went viral on social media. The protest, which drew hundreds to the Washington County School District building in St. George, was held Aug. 21 in opposition to a school mask mandate required statewide by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Washington County School District Director of Communications Steve Dunham expressed frustration at protesters, calling it "so dang selfish" that people wouldn't wear a mask in an effort to protect others.
Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California's state firefighting agency, said he's lost track of the blazes he's fought this year. After working in Santa Cruz County, his next assignment was to head north to attack wildfires near the Oregon border.
CNBC host Jim Cramer called Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy,” while interviewing her on Tuesday, echoing president Donald Trump, who has repeatedly mocked the house speaker using that name. Cramer made the remark during an interview with the house speaker on Tuesday morning, while he questioned her about the likelihood of a new coronavirus relief package being approved soon. The house speaker briefly laughed and told Cramer: “But you just did, but you just did,” before she then agreed that she knew what the host meant with the remark.
The mayor of the US city of Rochester has sacked the police chief and suspended two other officials over the death of a black man who was hooded and restrained during an arrest. Mayor Lovely Warren said a review had found that the police department had "a pervasive problem", viewing everything "through the eyes of the badge". Police chief La'Ron Singletary announced his retirement last week.
A 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.
A federal judge on Monday issued an arrest warrant for a neo-Nazi podcaster who promoted and attended a white nationalist rally in Virginia that erupted in violence three years ago. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon said Texas resident Robert “Azzmador” Ray has been in “total disregard” of court orders in a lawsuit against him and other far-right extremists and groups associated with the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Moon agreed to hold Ray in civil contempt of court and ordered him to be arrested and brought to Virginia, where the judge said Ray would be jailed until he is questioned under oath by attorneys for the lawsuit's plaintiffs.
Joe Rogan made the inflammatory and false claim in a podcast episode on Friday that Caitlyn Jenner could be transgender as a result of living with the Kardashian women. Throughout the segment, Rogan misgendered Jenner and used her deadname, or the name she previously used before transitioning. Rogan has a history of spreading transphobic misinformation, said Lucas Acosta, a press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
This is for the people who keep asking me about Chicago. Other cities too, sometimes, but it is mostly the City of the Big Shoulders, with its spiraling murder rate, that sends many of you rushing to your keyboards. Why are black people so exercised about police killings of unarmed African Americans, you demand, but not about so-called “Black on Black crime” in the core of our cities?
According to a new CDC report, roughly 0.03% of coronavirus cases in kids and teens under 21 have been fatal so far — very few deaths. It's another stark indicator that racism is the biggest reason that Black and brown Americans have a higher likelihood of dying from the coronavirus. According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, very few children who've gotten sick with the coronavirus have died.
A $1.5 billion loan from Russia will shore up Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for the time being as he tries to face down mass protests, but not for long. Lukashenko, whose security forces have arrested thousands of opposition supporters demanding his resignation, secured the financial lifeline from Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Black Sea summit on Monday. According to Artyom Shraibman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, only a fraction of the funds will actually make it to Minsk, given it needs to refinance another $1 billion in loans, including from Russia, and pay $300 million of debt to Russian energy giant Gazprom by the end of the year.
The U.S. Space Force confirmed that its Space Based Infrared System satellites were used to detect more than a dozen Iranian missiles aimed at U.S. war fighters in Iraq in January, giving Americans and their partners crucial warning. “They operated the world's best missile warning capabilities and they did outstanding work, and I'm very very proud of them,” he said during prepared remarks at the virtual Air Force Association 2020: Air, Space and Cyberspace Conference. SBIRS is the U.S. military's primary missile warning satellite constellation.
President Trump opened a sordid new chapter Tuesday in America's history of ugly political rhetoric, sharing a tweet that falsely suggests Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a pedophile. Presidential campaigns long have trafficked in lurid accusations of extramarital affairs, drunkenness and corrupt behavior. It showed then-Vice President Biden placing his hands on the shoulder of a woman and whispering to her during the swearing-in ceremony for her husband, Ash Carter, as Defense secretary in February 2015.
Bill Gates is not sugarcoating how he feels about the US coronavirus response: It is bad. He told STAT's Helen Branswell that the US response to the virus has been a mismanaged situation every step of the way, and said: it's unbelievable — the fact that we would be among the worst in the world. "You have people at the White House who aren't epidemiologists, you know, saying what a great job they've done," Gates also told Bloomberg.
An Algerian appeals court upheld the conviction of a journalist on Tuesday in what rights campaigners called a new crackdown on dissent aimed at preventing the revival of mass protests that toppled veteran ruler Abdelaziz Bouteflika last year. The Hirak popular protest movement brought thousands of Algerians to the streets for weekly demonstrations, which continued even after Bouteflika quit and a new president was elected in December. A judicial source and a rights group that defends detainees said the appeals court had upheld the conviction of journalist Khaled Drareni on charges which include threatening national unity and "inciting unarmed gatherings".
An American woman has been accused of causing a COVID-19 outbreak in a German town after going on a bar crawl while showing symptoms, according to multiple outlets. The unnamed 26-year-old, who works at a hotel for US armed forces and their families in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, was tested on September 8 and told to quarantine until the results were ready, reports said. However, she went out to a series of bars, including a karaoke bar, local media reported.
A Pennsylvania voter told Donald Trump during a Tuesday night town hall to “stop” interrupting her so she could ask him how he would use a second term to protect people like her who have a pre-existing medical condition. “Please stop and let me finish my question, sir,” Ellesia Blaque, a professor at Kutztown University, said as the president tried to talk over her question during an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia. Mr Trump immediately stopped his retort, but did not directly answer her question after she disclosed a serious medical condition she has had since birth.
A Texas woman who received nearly $2 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was arrested Tuesday by federal authorities on fraud allegations. Lola Shalewa Barbara Kasali, of Houston, was charged with making false statements to a financial institution, wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. Officials say Kasali, 22, allegedly submitted two fraudulent PPP loan applications for two businesses — Lola's Level and Charm Hair Extensions — and claimed to have several employees and large payroll expenses.