In case you need a reminder, here's what the state of Texas says is open and what's closed.
In case you need a reminder, here's what the state of Texas says is open and what's closed.
The biggest challenge is that lawmakers have yet to act on requests from the state election office and nonpartisan voting groups to give election clerks more time to prepare mail ballots to be counted. This is known as pre-canvassing of mail ballots. Pre-canvassing allows counties to open envelopes, flatten and stack the ballots, and begin to scan the ballots, so results can be determined more quickly once tabulation begins on Election Day,” wrote Gene DiGirolamo, a Republican county commissioner in Bucks County, which includes some of Philadelphia's northern suburbs, in an op-ed last week.
A 68-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman who were found dead near their home in fire-ravaged Northern California had been packed to evacuate but decided to stay based on "erroneous information" about the blaze, authorities said. In Oregon, 1 million acres have burned and 1,145 homes and 579 other structures have been destroyed, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. One person was confirmed dead, a number that is "not expected to change," said Thomas Kyle-Milward, a spokesperson for the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
School Committeeman John Oliveira says he has built an electric fence around his Trump political lawn sign to keep people away after repeated thefts. Oliveira, 54, admits the electrified fence looks terrible and said his neighbors will probably complain, but he did it to protect his property in the city's West End from further thefts. “It hasn't been touched in two weeks since the electric fence went up,” he said.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga. an ally of President Trump, blamed George Soros on Fox News Wednesday for indirectly causing a recent rise in violence and property damage in some Democratic-run cities, claiming a slate of "progressive" district attorneys "overwhelmingly elected with George Soros' money" were letting criminals run wild. Soros funds a political action committee that has backed reformist DA candidates since 2016, with some success, but he is hardly the only financial backer, as Fox News reports.
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.
Hurricane Sally brought devastating floods to the coasts of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, with depths of five feet in some low lying areas. As the storm system moved inland to the northeast, it not only left a trail of damage and dangerous downed power lines, it also left a few natural dangers of which people should beware. WKRG meteorologist Thomas Geboy tweeted out footage of a 10-12 foot long alligator in the floodwaters outside a house in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
A white police officer in Utah was charged with second-degree felony assault after ordering a K9 dog to bite a Black man who had complied with his command to raise his hands, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The Salt Lake City District attorney's office charged Salt Lake City officer Nickolas Pearce with aggravated assault stemming from the April 23 incident in which he ordered his dog to bite Jeffery Ryans after responding to a domestic dispute call. Video footage released last month by The Salt Lake Tribune shows Pearce with a K9 dog approaching Ryans, 36, in his backyard.
The US has imposed sanctions on The Gambia's former First Lady Zineb Jammeh after accusing her of corruption during her husband Yahya Jammeh's rule. Mr Jammeh stole about $50m (£38.4m) before he was ousted in 2017, according to The Gambia's justice ministry. Mr Jammeh's 22-year-rule in The Gambia - a popular tourist destination because of its beaches - was marred by allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture and arbitrary detentions.
A former model has accused Donald Trump of sexual assault in an encounter that left her feeling “sick” and “violated” more than two decades ago. Amy Dorris alleges that the US president accosted her during the US Open tournament in New York on 5 September 1997. Ms Dorris, who was 24 at the time, told the Guardian that Mr Trump assaulted her all over her body and forced his tongue down her throat, a claim he denies.
Democrat Voters Against Joe Biden is a project of an existing nonprofit advocacy group called Americans for Responsible Government, meaning it can engage in limited politicking and is not required to disclose its donors. Curiously, though it is not explicitly political, the group's online donation page includes disclaimer language required only of registered political committees advising donors that they can only donate $2,800 per election. No such donation limits exist for nonprofits.
The accident remains under investigation while documents from the state show that the elevator was inspected each of the last four years.
A well-defined low-pressure system in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is forecast to become a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Wilfred as soon as Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. If the system turns into Wilfred, it would be the 21st named storm — and the last name on the list for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Any other storms that form would then be named after the Greek alphabet, beginning with Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.
Coronavirus is still showing up at the White House. A journalist reportedly heard “a couple of positives today,” while at the White House and rumors quickly swirled there were more than one. At a recent briefing, journalists asked press secretary Kayleigh McEnany who on the staff has been infected but she would not reveal the person's name.
Chinese military drills off Taiwan's southwest coast last week were a "necessary action" to protect China's sovereignty, Beijing said on Wednesday, after Taiwan complained the large-scale air and naval exercises were a serious provocation. China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its own, has stepped up military activities near the island, in what Taiwan views as intimidation to force it to accept Chinese rule. Taiwan denounced the two days of exercises last week, which it said took place in Taiwan's air defense identification zone, between mainland Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
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.
Attorney General William Barr referred to coronavirus lockdowns as "the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history" since slavery. Barr made the comments to wide applause during an event at Hillsdale College, a private conservative school, on Wednesday, according to CNN. The comparison was panned on Twitter, with one person saying that Barr appears to have forgotten about the US treatment of Native Americans and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
The Mexican government said Wednesday it has requested information from the United States about claims that migrants were subjected to hysterectomies at a detention center in Georgia and that a migrant allegedly suffered sexual abuse at a facility in Texas. “A formal request has been made to the appropriate authorities for a report on the supposed negligent actions or rights abuses at immigration detention centers,” Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said. The department said consular personnel would try to guarantee migrants' rights are respected at detention centers.
The claim: Former Vice President Joe Biden received five draft deferments from the Vietnam War Less than two months ahead of Election Day, voters are scrutinizing candidates' records. Posts on Facebook honed in on former Vice President Joe Biden and his record of military service — or lack thereof. "Lifeguard/Football player Joe Biden got five draft deferments for asthma during Vietnam," a post claims, alongside a photo of high-school-aged Biden.
At Tuesday's Apple event, Tim Cook announced that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 would launch the following day. This gave developers only 24 hours' notice to prepare their apps for the update. Now, some developers, including Nintendo, are warning users not to download the update or they could experience glitches.
A memo from the Senate Republican campaign committee suggests the GOP is worried its majority in the chamber could succumb to a blue wave this November as Democrats look to expand their electoral reach into typically red states such as Montana, South Carolina, and Georgia. Less than 50 days before the 3 November elections, the internal GOP memo, obtained and first reported by the Guardian , shows how campaign operatives see the races shaping up in 10 key states that will determine whether Democrats reclaim the Senate majority for the first time in two election cycles. "The next few weeks will define the future of our country for generations to come," the memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) reads.