Casinos can operate at 25% capacity.
Casinos can operate at 25% capacity.
In early August, more than 460,000 motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Sturgis, S.D., for a 10-day celebration where few wore facial coverings or practiced social distancing. A month later, researchers have found that thousands have been sickened across the nation, leading them to brand the Sturgis rally a “superspreader” event. “The Sturgis Rally was one of the largest in-person gatherings since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States,” said Joseph J. Sabia, one of the study's authors, a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies at San Diego State University.
While the Trump administration told Congress at the end of last month that it would no longer personally brief the intelligence oversight committees on foreign threats to elections, it appears the Senate may still get direct access to intelligence officials. On Sept. 1, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the acting chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told local Florida cable channel Spectrum News that he believed he and his colleagues would continue to be briefed in person by the intelligence community on threats to the election. “The relationship between Congress and the intelligence community is at a crisis,” Rubio told Spectrum News.
The family who set off a firework during a gender-reveal gathering that sparked a huge blaze in southern California could face charges and multi-millon dollar fines, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has said. Cal Fire confirmed in a statement on Sunday evening that the El Dorado blaze in Yucaipa — which officials say has torn through some 8,600 acres of land and was only 7 per cent contained on Monday — was started by a smoke generating "pyrotechnic device", used during “a gender-reveal party”. Gender-reveal parties are gatherings where parents expecting a baby hold an event to reveal its sex to family and close friends.
Police in China's Inner Mongolia region have detained at least 23 people following protests last week against a new policy that replaces Mongolian-language textbooks with Chinese ones in classrooms. The push to use the new textbooks, which started in other ethnic minority regions such as Xinjiang and Tibet in 2017, has prompted demonstrations and school boycotts by ethnic Mongolians in at least five cities and counties in Inner Mongolia. Others were for “flagrantly insulting a deceased former leader of the country” and “sharing videos in a WeChat group to obstruct the implementation of the national textbooks policy.”
A Wisconsin priest who condemned Catholic Democrats has the support of a Texas bishop. Father James Altman, pastor of St. James the Less Catholic Church, lashed out at Father James Martin, who participated in the Democratic National Convention. In a 10-minute video posted to YouTube, Altman called the priest a “hyper, confusing spreading heretic” and had harsh words toward Democrats.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would extradite former President Felipe Calderon to the United States if Washington asked him to, according to an interview published on Tuesday. Responding to a question from newspaper La Jornada, Lopez Obrador, a leftist, did not explain what could prompt such an extradition request for Calderon, a conservative rival whom he accused of robbing him of the presidency in 2006. Calderon governed Mexico from 2006 to 2012 and is arguably best known for launching a military-led crackdown on drug cartels that coincided with a spike in homicides and gang violence.
Donald Trump behaves like a mobster and has "a low opinion of all black people", according to the US president's former lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen claims Mr Trump also made racist comments about Nelson Mandela and Hispanics. In the book, Cohen alleges that Mr Trump is "guilty of the same crimes" that landed him in prison, and calls his former boss "a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a conman".
A tiny baby gorilla has been born at the zoo in New Orleans. Keepers don't yet know the sex of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla born Friday to 13-year-old Tumani and father Okpara, Audubon Zoo spokeswoman Katie Smith said in an email. “Tumani is demonstrating excellent mothering behaviors and the entire troop is doing exceptionally well,” Smith said.
The Senate is getting back to work Tuesday after its August recess, and along with averting a government shutdown at the end of September, their agenda includes trying to pass a COVID-19 economic relief package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have agreed on a tentative plan to avoid a shutdown, but coronavirus relief talks are at an impasse. The House passed a $3.4 trillion package in May and the White House doesn't want the price tag to top $1 trillion, maybe $1.5 trillion.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is calling for the public censure of Republican U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins for a Facebook post the group says threatened violence against Black protesters. The civil rights organization said the post in question featured photos of armed Black protesters alongside statements that included: “One way ticket fellas…Have your affairs in order…I'd drop any 10 of you where you stand.” Here's Clay Higgins threatening to shoot on sight a Black militia rumored to be coming to LFT.
A Pakistani court on Tuesday sentenced a Christian man to death on blasphemy charges. Asif Pervaiz, a garment factory worker, had been accused by his supervisor of sending derogatory remarks about the Muslim Prophet Muhammad to him in a text message. Insulting the prophet carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country.
A day after President Donald Trump accused the U.S. military brass of wanting to fight wars to keep weapons makers happy, the Army's top general said on Tuesday leaders of the armed forces would recommend sending troops into combat only when it is in American national security interests or as a last resort. Asked about Trump's Monday criticism of Pentagon leaders, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General James McConville declined to comment directly on it, saying the military should remain out of politics, especially close to an election. "Many of these leaders have sons and daughters that serve in the military, many of these leaders have sons and daughters who have gone to combat or may be in combat right now," McConville, who Trump appointed to his post, said during an online forum hosted by Defense One, a media organization focusing on the U.S. military.
Scientist work to stop coronavirus in the body before it has a chance to spread; Claudia Cowan reports.
In a year where fires in the United States and Australia have already set devastating records, scientists are seeing more devastating fire issues in the Arctic Circle. Wildfires primarily in Russia's Sakha Republic have caused a spike in carbon dioxide emissions this year when compared to 2019, according to the World Wildlife Federation. Wildfires early in the season are believed to have been sparked by "zombie fires," which burned underground during the winter, the agency reported.
Relations between India and China have been tense over the past few months, as the two armies faced off against each other along their disputed border in the Himalayan region. A new road to a high-altitude Indian forward airbase is said to have been one of the main triggers for clashes with Chinese troops in June that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead. The two countries have fought only one war, in 1962, when India suffered a humiliating defeat.
Eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners were grounded in late August after Boeing discovered two issues stemming from their manufacture in its South Carolina facility. Each issue on its own isn't enough to warrant a safety concern, according to Boeing, but eight planes currently flying for global airlines were found to have an unsafe combination of both. The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating production defects with the aircraft line, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the country's law enforcement system on Tuesday, continuing a crusade to discredit those who have pressed corruption cases against him ahead of the resumption of his trial early next year. Netanyahu's latest tirade came in response to a report by Channel 12 TV alleging that police covered up a conflict of interest involving one of its senior investigators who was looking into alleged crimes committed by Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Speaking at an event meant to be focused on Israel's struggling battle against the coronavirus, Netanyahu was asked about the report and devoted a chunk of his time accusing the police of conspiring to oust him.
The Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee called on President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday to investigate the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, suggesting sanctions might be necessary. "If the Russian government is once again determined to have used a chemical weapon against one of its own nationals, additional sanctions should be imposed," Representatives Eliot Engel, the Democratic committee chairman, and Michael McCaul, the panel's top Republican, said in a letter to Trump. Germany, where Navalny is in a hospital, has said Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent and wants the perpetrators held to account.
With Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene spinning far out in the Atlantic Ocean, folks should be paying attention to a smaller nearby disturbance along the U.S. Southeast coast, forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said a tropical disturbance about 300 miles southwest of Bermuda could become a tropical depression as it moves northwest over the Atlantic this week. There's a chance it could become a named storm before it reaches the Carolina coast before the end of the week, AccuWeather said.
Speaking about Mr Kolesnikova, President Lukashenko said a border guard “did the right thing by detaining her” as she allegedly “tried to run away to Ukraine. The 38-year old professional musician who entered politics earlier this year as a campaign manager for one of the disqualified opposition candidates, Ms Kolesnikova previously insisted that she was unafraid of the government's threats and that she would stay in Belarus. Anton Herashchenko, Ukraine's deputy interior minister, in a Facebook post called Ms Kolesnikova a “brave woman who took steps to make sure she will not be taken across the border.