They were helping fight the Grizzly Creek Wildfire near Glenwood Springs.
They were helping fight the Grizzly Creek Wildfire near Glenwood Springs.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer has been working closely with “an active Russian agent” trying to smear the president's chief political rival. Derkach, a member of Kyiv's parliament and son of a former KGB officer, has also been supplying documents to Republicans on Capitol Hill, where Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is conducting an election-eve investigation into the Bidens. Derkach—described by the Treasury Department as “an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services”—stands accused of orchestrating a “covert influence campaign centered on cultivating false and unsubstantiated narratives” about the Bidens via “edited audio tapes and other unsupported information,” which launched “corruption investigations in both Ukraine and the United States designed to culminate prior to election day.”
The owner of the San Francisco salon is shutting down her business after the controversy surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not wearing a face mask inside. The owner of eSalon, Erica Kious, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday that the salon was closing. “I am actually done in San Francisco and closing my doors, unfortunately,” Kious said, blaming the criticism she received from the Pelosi incident.
A Florida sheriff's office deployed a futuristic algorithm that uses crime data to predict who is likely to commit another crime. In a sweeping six-month investigation published this week, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the algorithm relied on questionable data and arbitrary decisions and led to the serial harassment of people without any evidence of specific crimes. According to the report, former sheriff's office employees said officers went to the homes of people singled out by the algorithm, charged them with zoning violations, and made arrests for any reason they could.
The person in charge of providing health care for low-income Americans spent several million dollars of taxpayer money on furthering her own career, a congressional investigation has found. Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a member of the coronavirus task force, racked up $3.5 million in consulting charges, event costs, and other things that developed her connections within the Republican party, Politico reports via the investigation set to be published Thursday. That included nearly $3,000 on a "Girl's Night" party, about $1,000 to place an op-ed with Fox News, and dozens more line items before Verma was cut off last year.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is going to use $5 million in coronavirus relief funds on a tourism ad campaign. South Dakota experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases following last month's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which researchers believe might be responsible for more than 19% of all new US cases. The state now ranks second in the country for new cases per capita over the last two weeks, with 439 new cases per 100,000 people, but Noem is actively still encouraging people to visit.
The woman who publicly recounted how her father died of COVID-19 because he trusted President Donald Trump doubled down on her criticism Thursday following the revelation that the president told journalist Bob Woodward that he intentionally played down the pandemic even though he knew it was "deadly." The woman, Kristin Urquiza, who blamed Trump during an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention last month for the death of her father and blasted his overall handling of the pandemic, tore into the president anew Thursday during a phone call with reporters organized by Joe Biden's presidential campaign. "That betrayal of my father and our country is even more clear now.
Maryland has acquired 250,000 coronavirus rapid point-of-care antigen tests that will be used at congregate settings across the state, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. Hogan said the $8 million acquisition of rapid tests will be deployed to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and correctional and juvenile detention centers across the state.
When he couldn't reach his cousin Jake Hyland on Monday, Jim Mabry drove to his family's remote property in rural Washington state, where wildfires turned pastures of 4-foot-high sage into dust. On Tuesday, Mabry discovered Jake's truck stuck in a ravine, about a quarter of a mile from the land. “When I first saw the truck, I didn't want to search,” Mabry told The Daily Beast.
The gang rape of a stranded woman motorist in front of her children has caused outcry in Pakistan with calls for the public hanging of the culprits. Anger over the attack on a woman who had broken down on a motorway outside Lahore was then increased after a senior police officer appeared to blame the victim for her choice of route. A senior Lahore police officer later provoked further condemnation when he appeared to blame the victim.
Nobel peace laureate Denis Mukwege has been placed under the guard of United Nations security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo after death threats against him. The gynaecologist and his colleagues have treated tens of thousands of rape victims and he went on to share the Nobel Prize in 2018. Dr Mukwege said he received death threats after condemning a massacre.
It's not clear if President Trump would seriously consider one member of a trio of well-known conservative senators — Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) — to fill the next Supreme Court opening should he still be in the White House. Hawley, for his part, has already said he wouldn't be, and there's been some chatter all three could have their eyes on the Oval Office instead.
Flames were bearing down on Sandy Butler's home in the wooded hills of Northern California when she called her son to say that she and her husband were going to climb a fence and try to find shelter in a nearby pond. It's the last the family heard from the couple, who were missing Thursday after a fire roared with menacing speed across the Sierra Nevada foothills and destroyed much of the town of Berry Creek. “We're still hoping and praying for good news,” said Jessica Fallon, who has two children with the Butler's grandson and considers them her own grandparents.
Elon Musk and Robert Reich, a former US labor secretary, got into it on Twitter. Reich accused the billionaire of being a "modern day robber baron" for cutting worker pay during the pandemic while his own wealth surged. Musk countered that all Tesla workers had stock too, calling Reich a "modern day moron."
Intelligence officials have long been warning that Russian agents will inevitably try to interfere in the 2020 campaign—now some appear to have been caught targeting nearly 200 political operations, including a a key communications firm with deep ties to the Biden campaign. Reuters reported Thursday morning that suspected Russian state-backed hackers have attempted to breach the systems at Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, a strategy and communications firm working hand-in-glove with Joe Biden's campaign. The failed hacking attempt was brought to SKDK's attention by Microsoft, which reportedly gathered information identifying hackers linked to the Kremlin as the most likely suspects.
Border agents opened a suspicious shipment of chili peppers and found the remains of a primate and other animals inside, officials say. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists inspected the shipment from Thailand and found the body of a lorisid, a primate protected as an endangered species, in April, according to a Thursday news release. Another shipment from Thailand uncovered over 22 pounds of soft-shelled turtle bones possibly protected as an endangered species.
The lifeless body of the three-year-old, autistic Noble was recovered from a swimming pool that had already been searched, officials said. The body of a toddler in Toledo, Ohio who had been missing since Friday has been recovered from a swimming pool of an apartment complex. Braylen Noble is the three-year-old boy reported missing by his mother after she discovered a window screen of their third-floor apartment had been pushed out.
Dr. Anthony Fauci privately said President Donald Trump's attention span was "like a minus number," according to Bob Woodward's new book. Fauci also told an associate that Trump's "sole purpose is to get reelected," Woodward wrote. Trump has a rocky relationship with Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious disease, because of their differing views on how to handle the coronavirus pandemic.
The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) has put up two billboards along Interstate 35 entering Austin after the city council voted last month to cut the Austin police budget. TMPA, the largest law enforcement association in Texas, said on Facebook it released the billboards – which include the hashtag #BacktheBlue – "to raise public awareness that Austin is a defunded city." Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick backed the campaign, calling them "great new billboards" in a tweet on Wednesday, while Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted about them with the hashtag #TexasBacksTheBlue.
Less than a week after celebrating the birth of a critically endangered gorilla, the zoo in New Orleans is mourning its death. The baby western lowland gorilla born Friday died on Wednesday, Audubon Zoo spokeswoman Katie Smith said Thursday. The cause remains undetermined, but officials say Tumani, its 13-year-old mother, may not have produced enough milk.