State health officials reported at least 3,747 new positive coronavirus cases in Wisconsin on Thursday.
State health officials reported at least 3,747 new positive coronavirus cases in Wisconsin on Thursday.
Despite pleas from election officials and experts, state leaders in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have so far failed to take action to avert looming delays in the counting of mail-in ballots that could decide who wins the November presidential election. The inaction by officials in both states is shocking to many who are concerned about the potential for social unrest if there is a delay in declaring a presidential winner. I'm actually a little dumbfounded,” Reid Ribble, a Republican former congressman who represented Green Bay from 2011 to 2017, told Yahoo News.
In less than two months, Scott Peterson has gone from facing the death penalty for the 2004 conviction of killing his wife and unborn son to facing the possibility of a new trial. The California Supreme Court, which in August overturned Peterson's death penalty, on Thursday ordered his murder convictions be examined, according to multiple published reports. At issue in what was once a high-profile case: The court said a juror failed to disclose she had been involved with other legal proceedings and, as a result, committed prejudicial misconduct,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has been accused of violating federal election laws for using an intermission at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings to discuss campaign fundraising efforts and call for “help” from South Carolina voters against his Democratic opponent in the November elections. The Republican senator was discussing his re-election bid against Jaime Harrison, the Democratic senatorial candidate who raised a record-breaking $57 million during the third quarter of his campaign, at a break in the committee hearings when he made the remarks.
U.S. Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris canceled travel plans through Sunday as a precaution after one of her staff members tested positive for COVID-19, the Biden campaign said in a statement. Harris, who the campaign said tested negative for the coronavirus on Wednesday and is set to be tested again on Thursday, had planned an aggressive travel schedule in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election between her running mate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. She was scheduled to appear in North Carolina on Thursday, a competitive battleground state where early voting just started and Trump is due to campaign as well.
The U.S. Postal Service agreed Wednesday to reverse changes that slowed mail service nationwide, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock during a pandemic that is expected to force many more people to vote by mail. The lawsuit filed against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the U.S. Postal Service on Sept. 9 argued changes implemented in June harmed access to mail services in Montana, resulting in delayed delivery of medical prescriptions, payments, and job applications, and impeding the ability of Montana residents to vote by mail. The postal service agreed to reverse all changes, which included reduced retail hours, removal of collection boxes and mail sorting machines, closure or consolidation of mail processing facilities, restriction of late or extra trips for timely mail delivery, and banning or restricting overtime.
Poll after poll may give Democratic nominee Joe Biden the advantage next month, but Democrats still have some fears. While Democrats have made voter registration and flat-out voting a major message throughout their pushes for Biden, Republicans have still so far been winning the voter registration game. Democrats haven't publicly acknowledged their shortcomings, but at least one is privately sounding the alarm, Thomas B. Edsall relays in an opinion column for The New York Times.
India said on Thursday that it will provide a diesel-powered submarine to the Myanmar navy as part of maritime security cooperation between the two countries. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said the decision was part of a commitment to help build capacity and self-reliance in neighboring countries. The Kilo class submarine is one of a number that India purchased from the Soviet Union and Russia in the 1980s and 1990s.
Trump claimed quote, "But suburban women, they should like me more than anybody here tonight because I ended the regulation that destroyed your neighborhood. I ended the regulation that brought crime to the suburbs and you're going to live the American dream. And that's what you're going to do.
Sweden will boost military spending by around 40 per cent over the next five years and double the numbers conscripted into the armed forces as it looks to beef up its defence amid growing tensions with Russia, the government said. Sweden, which is not a member of NATO but enjoys close ties with the bloc, ran down its military after the end of the Cold War to save money. “We have a situation where the Russian side is willing to use military means to achieve political goals,” Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told reporters.
In an interview Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country is committed to keeping the border closed until the United States gets control of COVID-19. "The U.S. is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders," he told the hosts of "Smart Start," which airs on Canada's Global Television Network. In the past week, 13 states – including Alaska, Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota, which border Canada – topped their own records for new cases in a seven-day period.
A Black man whose life sentence for making off with hedge clippers in a 1997 burglary drew scathing criticism from the chief justice of Louisiana's Supreme Court was granted parole Thursday. The 3-0 vote during an online meeting of the Committee on Parole means freedom, with conditions, for Fair Wayne Bryant. Louisiana's Supreme Court had denied release for Bryant, 63, earlier this year for the burglary from a carport storage room.
Donald Trump admitted to exposing his chief of staff to coronavirus by allowing Mark Meadows to fly with him to Walter Reed military hospital two weeks ago. The president made the remark during a campaign rally in North Carolina, a battleground where he is in a dead heat with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after winning the state in 2016. "Could you imagine, I had to go to North Carolina to find my chief of staff?" he said with a smirk.
The northern Indiana man who was holding his granddaughter when she fell from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has pleaded guilty in the toddler's death, reports the Indianapolis Star, a USA TODAY Network publication. According to a family attorney, Salvatore "Sam" Anello pleaded guilty Thursday in Puerto Rico to negligent homicide. Attorney Michael Winkleman said in statement that there will be no jail time and probation will be served in Indiana, where the toddler's family lives.
India Oxenberg and mother, "Dynasty" actor Catherine Oxenberg, sat down to discuss NXIVM on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. India Oxenberg, 29, said she was raped by leader Keith Raniere, and that NXIVM was a "ploy for Keith to enslave women for his own sexual desires." Former NXIVM member India Oxenberg spoke publicly about the cult for the first time this week, saying she was groomed and raped by leader Keith Raniere.
The arrest of more than a dozen right-wing extremists who are accused of targeting the governors of Michigan and Virginia is only the latest example of threats of violence, in some cases egged on by President Donald Trump, that loom over the final weeks of a historically divisive race. In rural Iowa, Laura Hubka, the Democratic chair of Howard County, recently took out a concealed-carry gun permit after signs for Democratic candidates in her region were vandalized with bullet holes and she was personally threatened, she said. In central Wisconsin, Tom Stepanek's wife sat him down last month at the kitchen table and warned him that the president might not accept a peaceful transfer of power if he lost in November.
India on Thursday rejected criticism from China of its infrastructure building in border areas which Beijing has described as a root cause of surging tensions between the two countries. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anuag Srivastava said the Indian government has focused on improving infrastructure in border areas "to facilitate the economic development of these areas and also to meet India's strategic and security requirements. India has been building roads in the mountainous area, and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday helped inaugurate 44 bridges in areas bordering China and Pakistan.
A 3-week-old girl was sexually assaulted and battered in an Ocala area foster home, and child welfare officials could have prevented it from happening, according to a lawsuit filed last week in the Marion County Courthouse. Both Kids Central, the Ocala nonprofit agency charged with managing child welfare in the region, and The Centers, which offers case management services, knew that a 16-year-old boy living in the home had sexually assaulted other young children in the past. The foster parents – identified as "the Kleins" – had set up video cameras around the house to monitor the boy's activities.
The states of New York and Virginia will now recognise Juneteenth as a public holiday. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Wednesday designating 19 June as a public holiday, Juneteenth. The legislation was passed through the state legislature in July.
Attorney General William Barr is on thin ice after failing to deliver on two investigations that President Donald Trump claimed would uncover evidence of a broad conspiracy against him. This week, one of those investigations wrapped up with no criminal charges and no public report. The other investigation will not be finished before November 3, throwing a wrench into Trump's plans to tout its findings to boost his reelection chances.
Iran's capital has run out of intensive care beds as the country confronts a new surge of infections that is filling hospitals and cemeteries alike. The single-day death toll hit a record high three times this week. Eight months after the pandemic first stormed Iran, pummeling its already weakened economy and sickening officials at the highest levels of its government, authorities have not been able to prevent its spread.