CA health secretary breaks down state's COVID-19 tier changes
CA health secretary breaks down state's COVID-19 tier changes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Illegal for more than six people to socialise Oxford vaccine trial halted by illness scare Queen plans to return to her Buckingham Palace 'office' Christmas could be cancelled if second wave threat not taken seriously Chinese 'smart city' designed to cope with future pandemic Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has "voluntarily paused" a randomised clinical trial of its coronavirus vaccine in what it called a routine action after a volunteer in the UK developed an unexplained illness. The company, which is developing the drug alongside the University of Oxford, is a frontrunner in the global race for a Covid-19 vaccine.
U.S. military helicopters on Tuesday plucked dozens more campers, hikers and locals from the path of a raging California wildfire, with one pilot describing conditions as more dangerous than combat. California Army National Guard Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters were flying into dense smoke, sometimes landing within 50 feet (15 m) of flames while an extreme wildfire burned through a dead forest in Central California. Pilots and crews were packing aircraft with burn victims and evacuees, rescuing about 100 people on Tuesday, said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Shiroma.
"Money was supposed to have been one of the great advantages of incumbency for President Trump," and when Joe Biden emerged as the "relatively broke" presumptive Democratic nominee in the spring, "Trump and the Republican National Committee had a nearly $200 million cash advantage," The New York Times reports. Five months later, "Trump's financial supremacy has evaporated," and "some people inside the campaign are forecasting what was once unthinkable: a cash crunch with less than 60 days until the election."
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.
China has accused Indian troops of illegally crossing a disputed Himalayan border and firing "provocative" warning shots at patrolling soldiers. China's military said its soldiers were "forced to take countermeasures", though it is not clear what they were. India rejected the allegations and accused Chinese troops of firing in the air during the face-off in the high-altitude Ladakh region.
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.
The first scaled model of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' futuristic Flying-V aircraft took flight in Germany last month in an early milestone for the program. The Flying-V is a flying-wing aircraft where the fuselage is blended with the wings to create a V-shaped plane. Airlines and aircraft manufacturers are turning to flying-wing designs as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional designs.
Biden's campaign is laser-focused on the states in the Midwest and close by that Trump flipped in 2016 -- Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania -- and also making a robust play for Arizona, a state that hasn't backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. Biden is also redoubling his focus on Florida, the biggest prize among the perennial battlegrounds and a state that would virtually block Trump's reelection if it swings Democratic. Biden's allies hoped the devastating toll of the pandemic would put them in a strong position there, but a poll released on Tuesday found voters were closely divided.
At this point, digital privacy is long gone. There's always another device, feature or service tracking what we say, what we look at online and the places we go. Some devices are more intrusive than others, and you may be feeding digital assistants more information than you realize.
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.
The Palestinian leadership has watered down its criticism of the normalisation deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates before an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Wednesday at which the accord will be debated. A draft resolution presented by the Palestinian envoy, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, does not include a call to condemn, or act against, the Emirates over the U.S.-brokered deal. Announced on Aug. 13, the accord was the first such accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years, and was forged largely through shared fears of Iran.
An Indian court on Tuesday allowed the country's financial crime fighting agency to take 10-day custody of former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar's husband, two lawyers familiar with the matter said. Deepak Kochhar's remand in custody comes a day after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate as part of an ongoing probe into allegations of money laundering which ended the career of one of India's most celebrated bankers. Indian authorities have been investigating Kochhar, head of the company NuPower Renewables, and his wife on suspicion of cheating, criminal conspiracy and money laundering.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is facing increased scrutiny as House Democrats investigate allegations that he encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation of campaign finance laws. Five people who worked for DeJoy's former company, New Breed Logistics, say they were urged by DeJoy's aides or by DeJoy himself to write checks and attend fundraisers at his mansion in Greensboro, North Carolina, The Washington Post reported. Two former employees told the newspaper that DeJoy would later give bigger bonuses to reimburse for the contributions.
An estimated 300,000 migrant seafarers like Medina are languishing mostly forgotten on stranded vessels scattered across seas or in ports because of the pandemic, according to the International Transport Workers' Federation, a London-based trade union. By comparison, there are usually 400,000 merchant sailors at sea year-round during normal times. The Philippines, which has a maritime history that dates back to Spanish colonial rule, is at the center of the crisis.