Dueling meetings in Oakland address whether to reform or defund Oakland's police department

DEFUND OR REFORM? City leaders and the mayor spoke during virtual meetings Thursday night on structural racism, police reform and the idea of defunding the Oakland Police Department.

  • Disappointing photos show how small Mount Rushmore is in real life
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    Disappointing photos show how small Mount Rushmore is in real life

    But Borglum decided to carve four presidents to make the monument more of a national draw. But in real life, the monument doesn't loom as large as it may seem in photos. Aside from seeing the sculpture itself, the national monument also has hiking trails, a visitor's center, cafe, Sculptor's Studio, kid's play area, and the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village highlighting the thousands of years of Native American history in the area.

  • Portland Police See 240 Percent Yearly Increase in July Shootings
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    Portland Police See 240 Percent Yearly Increase in July Shootings

    Portland police have responded to 17 shootings so far this month, a 240 percent increase when the city saw five in the same timeframe last year, the department announced Monday. In a statement, Portland police chief Chuck Lovell called the spike “alarming.” Portland has faced weeks of unrest following the death of George Floyd in May. Over the weekend, police declared a riot after a bronze sculpture honoring Oregon's pioneers was set ablaze outside the city's justice center.

  • Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child
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    Rocket fired toward US Embassy in Iraq injures child

    The Iraqi military said Sunday that a rocket aimed at Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, home of the U.S. Embassy, struck a residential house and injured a child. Iraqi officials said the embassy's recently installed C-RAM air defense system may have attempted to intercept the rocket as the system was operational late Saturday. A recent spate of rocket attacks have struck close to the U.S. Embassy and targeted American troops in Iraqi bases.

  • U.S. Sends Major Military Muscle to the South China Sea
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    U.S. Sends Major Military Muscle to the South China Sea

    The U.S. Navy and Air Force conducted a joint operation in the South China Sea this weekend. The exercise included two carriers, USS Reagan and USS Nimitz, and a B-52H Stratofortress heavy bomber. China pushed back, accusing the United States of “militarizing” the sea.

  • The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities
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    The WHO changed its coronavirus timeline to say it got its first report about the virus on the internet, not from Chinese authorities

    reported last month that China delayed the release of critical information about the outbreak to the public and the WHO for several days, and waited more than a week to release the virus' genome — actions that likely delayed the development of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostic tests. The AP also reported in April that top Chinese leaders had known for six days in January that the coronavirus could become a deadly pandemic, but told the world the virus posed a low risk to people and could not be transmitted between humans. At the same time, the WHO, which relies on countries to provide their own data, took China at its word and offered the same advice — which has since proven to be wrong.

  • Mexican military finds plane in flames and truck carrying drugs
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    Mexican military finds plane in flames and truck carrying drugs

    Mexican military officials said on Sunday they discovered a small plane from South America in flames after it made an illegal landing on the Yucatan Peninsula possibly carrying hundreds of kilos of drugs. Nearby, military officials said they also found a truck carrying drugs that appeared to be cocaine, packaged into 13 parcels weighting 30 kg (66 pounds) each, and likely coming from the plane. With an estimated value of more than 109 million pesos ($4.9 million), the loss would have a "significant" impact on criminal organizations, said a statement from the Mexican military.

  • Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials
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    Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials

    The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19. The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a combination of two antibodies that block the coronavirus' "spike protein" which it uses to invade human cells. The company is moving to the final Phase 3 stage of a trial to determine if its drug can prevent infection among people recently exposed to the virus -- for example through a person in their household.

  • Trump administration refusing to let Dr Fauci appear on CBS show, host says
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    Trump administration refusing to let Dr Fauci appear on CBS show, host says

    CBS News host Margaret Brennan has claimed that the Trump administration has prevented Dr Anthony Fauci from appearing on her show for three months. The moderator of CBS' Face the Nation, claimed on the show on Sunday that the administration had not approved an interview with Dr Fauci since 5 April. Dr Fauci, one of the country's top infectious disease experts and part of the US government's coronavirus task force, has appeared on various other networks over the last few months to discuss the coronavirus crisis, according to Newsweek.

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley will skip the RNC for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus
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    Sen. Chuck Grassley will skip the RNC for the first time in 40 years, citing coronavirus

    Citing concerns about the coronavirus, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he will not attend this year's Republican National Convention, marking the first time he has sat out a convention since he was elected to the U.S. Senate 40 years ago. Grassley, 86, said he has attended every RNC since he was elected to the Senate in 1980. This year, President Donald Trump will accept the party's nomination for reelection at a convention in Jacksonville, Florida, which is scheduled for Aug. 24-27.

  • Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More
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    Moscow Has a Field Day With Trump’s Fireworks at Mt. Russia-More

    Kremlin-controlled Russian state media set out to tickle U.S. President Trump's fragile ego amid falling ratings after his blustery appearance at Mount Rushmore on Friday. Mentioning that the American head of state had previously toyed with the idea he might be featured alongside Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln, Russia's premier state media channel Rossiya-1 aired a graphic of Trump's mug right up there on the mountain beside them. Given the frequent allusions on Russian state media to Trump as Moscow's friend, even Moscow's “agent” in the White House, maybe the Kremlin would like to see the enormous monument renamed Mount Russia-More.

  • Katsina: The motorcycle bandits terrorising northern Nigeria
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    Katsina: The motorcycle bandits terrorising northern Nigeria

    Motorcycle-riding armed bandits operating out of abandoned forest reserves are ransacking communities in Nigeria's north-west. The groups are the latest to join Nigeria's lucrative kidnap for ransom industry, and are quite brazen in their operations. In the last decade more than 8,000 people have been killed in the states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger and Zamfara, according to the International Crisis Group.

  • Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park
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    Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

    A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852. Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens.

  • U.S. Social Media Companies Cease Hong Kong Data Requests, Citing National Security Law
    National Review

    U.S. Social Media Companies Cease Hong Kong Data Requests, Citing National Security Law

    Several U.S. social media companies have ceased reviewing requests by Hong Kong authorities to search residents' data, following China's implementation of a new national security law covering the territory. The new law gives the Chinese government sweeping power to arrest dissidents in Hong Kong or curtail their activities. “We believe freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and support the right of people to express themselves without fear for their safety or other repercussions,” Facebook said in a statement on Monday.

  • Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat
    Architectural Digest

    Olson Kundig’s Latest Design Embraces Its Hawaiian Habitat

    On a stunning lava rock field site in Kona, this stunning home seems to hover over the landscape as a series of pavilions Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • 7 men were arrested after police said they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes at an Oregon beach
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    7 men were arrested after police said they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes at an Oregon beach

    Police in Lincoln City, Oregon, arrested seven men on Saturday who they say were "highly intoxicated" as they taunted a Black family with racial slurs and Nazi salutes and set off illegal fireworks. The incident happened at a beachside July 4 celebration, and the Black family told police they were intimidated by the men. Six of the arrested men have been identified: Gennadiy Kachankov, 30; Antoliy Kachankov, 28; Andrey Zaytsev, 28; Oleg Saranchuk, 45; Ruslan Tkachenko, 22; and Yuriy Kachankov, 30.

  • China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus
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    China detains professor who criticised Xi over coronavirus

    Chinese authorities on Monday detained a law professor who published essays criticising President Xi Jinping over the coronavirus pandemic and accusing him of ruling "tyrannically", according to friends of the man. Xu Zhangrun, a rare outspoken critic of the government in China's heavily censored academia, was taken from his home in suburban Beijing by more than 20 people, one of his friends said on condition of anonymity. Xu published an essay in February blaming the culture of deception and censorship fostered by Xi for the spread of the coronavirus in China.

  • NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center
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    NASA's powerful Hubble space telescope has beamed back a striking photo of a 'fluffy' galaxy with a ghostly, empty center

    By contrast, other spiral galaxies — including the Milky Way — have more distinct arms where stars and gas are compressed. Hubble is NASA's strongest telescope — but not for long NASA launched Hubble into Earth's orbit in April 1990. Since then, the telescope has discovered new planets, revealed strange galaxies, and provided new insights into the nature of black holes.

  • Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia
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    Predominantly Black armed protesters march through Confederate memorial park in Georgia

    A predominantly Black group of heavily armed protesters marched through Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta on Saturday, calling for removal of the giant Confederate rock carving at the site that civil rights activists consider a monument to racism.

  • Supreme Court says presidential electors may be forced to support winner of popular vote
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    Supreme Court says presidential electors may be forced to support winner of popular vote

    States can make members of the presidential electoral college honour the results of the popular vote and cast their ballots for their pledged candidates, the US Supreme Court ruled on Monday. The unanimous ruling allows states to eliminate the possibility of "faithless electors" going rogue and voting for candidates other than the ones who win their state's popular vote and whom they had previously agreed to support. In the US, a state's popular vote determines which candidate's chosen electors in that state are sent to the electoral college to choose the president.

  • Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations: NYT
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    Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations: NYT

    Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that the novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people, the NYT said https://nyti.ms/2VIxp67.

  • As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous
    USA TODAY Opinion

    As divisions threaten America, the pressure to cancel presidents is dangerous

    Princeton University has decided to remove former President Woodrow Wilson's name from its school of Public and International Affairs, citing his “racist thinking and policies.” Looking solely through the lens of race relations, the case against Wilson is clear. In his 1912 run for the White House, Wilson would warm up the crowds with racial jokes that today would be unprintable. Gazing back across the long century since Wilson was in office shows the progress we have made as a country.

  • 15 Air-Purifying Plants to Cleanse Your Space of Chemicals and Toxins
    Architectural Digest

    15 Air-Purifying Plants to Cleanse Your Space of Chemicals and Toxins

    Breathe easy with these powerhouse plants that purify the air Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • This Chinese Submarine Could Drop a Nuclear Weapon on America
    The National Interest

    This Chinese Submarine Could Drop a Nuclear Weapon on America

    Here's What You Need To Remember: The nuclear submarine club is indeed a highly exclusive club—and those with nuclear ballistic missiles even more so. China's Type 094, or Jin-class nuclear submarines are capable, but they may be tools for promoting national prestige rather than true nuclear deterrence. The Type 094, or Jin-class as it is also known, is operated by the People's Liberation Army Submarine Force.

  • Mexico uncovers 12,000-year-old underwater mine
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    Mexico uncovers 12,000-year-old underwater mine

    A 12,000-year-old ochre mine has been discovered underwater Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico Courtesy: CINDAQ Scientists diving into submerged caves found an ambitious mining operation for the earth mineral pigment red ochre which was prized by prehistoric peoples Courtesy: National Institute of Anthropology and History (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY, ROBERTO JUNCO, SAYING: "It already allows us to begin to understand some of the dynamics of these early societies. What were they doing with this ochre? They used it to paint themselves as some African tribes do today.

  • Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab center attack that left 27 dead
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    Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab center attack that left 27 dead

    Mexican police have arrested three men over a bloody gun attack on a drug rehabilitation center that left 27 people dead, the local prosecutor's office said Sunday. Gunmen burst into the center in the city of Irapuato in the central Guanajuato state on Wednesday, forcing victims "onto the ground and shot them", authorities said. The suspects were captured in a swoop by special forces, the prosecutor's office said on Twitter, calling the incident a "heinous crime."