Several roads and intersections in Middle Tennessee were closed Sunday due to flash flooding.
Several roads and intersections in Middle Tennessee were closed Sunday due to flash flooding.
Oregon officials say they're preparing for a "mass fatality incident" as wildfires continue to spread throughout the state. There are currently six reported deaths in Oregon due to the fires that have devastated millions of acres, and 40,000 residents have been evacuated, with 500,000 more in evacuation zones. Oregon is joined by other states including California, Colorado, and Utah in combatting wildfires that have destroyed the homes of hundreds of people throughout the region.
Several broadcasters won't send camera crews inside Donald Trump's indoor campaign events in Nevada over concerns that staff could be exposed to coronavirus. CNN's Brian Stelter, whose network will not be covering the president's indoor rally on Sunday with its own camera crew, reports that news outlets have been forced to make “tough decisions about how to keep their staffers safe” while the president flouts public safety guidelines by increasing the risk of transmission among large groups at his indoor events. “Major TV networks have decided not to send their camera crews inside, because they feel it will not be safe enough,” he said.
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was sentenced on Sunday to nine months' community service and her mother was ordered jailed for 16 months for tax evasion on earnings from her international career. The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, now a popular TV personality in Israel, had pleaded guilty to tax offences under a plea bargain that also included her mother and agent, Tzipi Refaeli. Israel tax authorities accused the two of evading paying taxes on income of about $7.2 million.
Colorado on Saturday sued the US Postal Service and its postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, seeking to prevent the mailing of official notices to all Colorado residents that the state says contain false and misleading statements about voting in the November election. The USPS notices, which encourage residents who plan to vote by mail to request ballots early and send them in advance of the November 3 election, runs counter to how mail-in voting is conducted in Colorado and could confuse and disenfranchise voters, the state argues in a lawsuit filed in federal court. The state is asking the court to issue an order to block the mailers.
Oregon Fire Marshal Jim Walker resigned on Saturday after Oregon State Police placed him on paid administrative leave earlier that day. While the state police did not give a reason for his leave, sources close to the situation say the police chief lost confidence in Walker's ability to handle the wildfire crisis in Oregon. Walker's replacement will be former Chief Deputy Mariana Ruiz-Temple.
Parents in Williamson County, Tennessee are suing their local school district and superintendent over a district mask mandate, The Tennessean reported. In Williamson County, roughly 30 minutes south of Nashville, a group of parents filed a lawsuit on Friday that claimed the school district is denying "substantially equal education opportunities available to other students in the state" according to the complaint reported in The Tennessean. The complaint asks for a declaration that the district's mandate is "beyond the authority granted to local school boards," noting that a "significant number of school systems within the State does not have a mask mandate in effect."
The wildfires in the western U.S. have produced a smoke cloud that covers almost 1 million square miles and has traveled 1,300 miles, as shown in the above NASA satellite image. The cloud was clearly visible from 1 million miles away and so thick that it obscured the view of California and the northern Pacific Ocean, as seen in the below images.
Two sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles are in critical condition following a shooting in Compton, California on Saturday. Surveillance footage captures a suspect walking up to the deputies' parked patrol car and firing into the passenger side window before running from the scene. Here is what we know so far: Officials called the shooting an “ambush” after a suspect fired into a patrol car, injuring two deputies – a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman – on Saturday night.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk blasted Bill Gates, saying "he has no clue" about the viability of electric trucks. Musk was responding to a Twitter user who asked how he felt about Gates' declaration that electric vehicles weren't practical for long-haul journeys. Gates wrote in the August post: "Electricity works when you need to cover short distances, but we need a different solution for heavy, long-haul vehicles."
An Australian optometrist has been disqualified for tampering with eye prescriptions in an apparent attempt to undermine a colleague. A tribunal in Adelaide found that Ashok Bhoola tampered with 410 prescriptions. Many were returned as a result.
Russians went to the polls on Sunday in regional elections that could prove a test for President Vladimir Putin and the ruling United Russia party. The president's approval ratings have sunk to historic lows this year amid a struggling economy, while protests continue in Russia's far east and neighbouring Belarus. The votes for governors and local councils are also being held in the shadow of the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who remains in a German hospital after suddenly falling ill in Siberia last month.
A tropical depression moving across the Gulf of Mexico has strengthened into Tropical Storm Sally and is threatening Florida with heavy rain, weather forecasters said Saturday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm would bring heavy rain to the Florida Keys as well as southern and western parts of the state. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 40 mph (65 kph) with higher gusts.
Bryant "Corky" Messner, the Republican candidate for US Senate in New Hampshire, made controversial remarks about Chinese students in video footage obtained by Insider. Messner suggested encouraging Chinese students to study the liberal arts instead of "hard sciences," or to outright ban them from studying in the US. Several Chinese and Chinese-American college students in New Hampshire criticized his remarks, telling Insider that it was "dangerous rhetoric for people who look like me or people who have family or friends who are Chinese."
This week, the U.S. State Department downgraded its travel warning for Mexico. The news comes less than two weeks before the current border closure agreement between the U.S. and its southern neighbor is set to expire. Instead, the State Department is listing Mexico's new status as Level 3 "Reconsider travel," along with specified advisories for individual regions.
“Men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'” — British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Historians say Trump missed the important lessons about how other world leaders have navigated crises. Facing the coronavirus, Trump chose a different path, acknowledging that from early on he was intentionally “playing down” the threat from an outbreak that has gone on to kill more than 190,000 Americans.
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has set his sights on Florida as he attempts to help push the Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, into the Oval Office, The Washington Post reports. Bloomberg plans to spend at least $100 million campaigning for Biden in Florida, though his advisers refused to say if the total dollar figure would actually be higher, acknowledging only that it's a "nine figure" plan. Democratic strategists have been waiting to see how Bloomberg, who spent more than $1 billion of his own money on a failed bid for the White House earlier this year, would put his vast wealth to use this election cycle, and, for now at least, the Sunshine State is the beneficiary, with most of the money going toward television and digital ads in both English and Spanish.
A group of African-American families plans to start their own racism-free city on 90 acres of communally-owned land in Georgia. The "Freedom Georgia Initiative" includes more than a dozen families and is intended to create a safe space for black families. The project is being led by real estate agent Ashley Scott and her friend, entrepreneur Renee Walters.
The Philippines has deported a U.S. marine who was convicted of killing a transgender woman in 2014 after he was granted an absolute pardon by President Rodrigo Duterte - a move decried by activists as a "mockery of justice." Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton boarded on American military aircraft bound for the United States on Sunday (September 13) morning, a Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman said. Details of his flight arrangements had not been disclosed until after he left amid tight security arrangements.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump opened a three-day campaign swing through the West on Saturday by claiming Democrats are trying to steal the upcoming election and warning that Joe Biden is incapable of leading the country. Discounting polls that show him running behind, Trump predicted at a campaign rally in Nevada that he would win a second term, but he told supporters that Democrats are trying to "rig" the election. "It's a rigged election – that's the only way we're going to lose," he said, without offering any evidence, during the rally at Minden-Tahoe Airport, about an hour south of Reno.
A bestselling true crime author has died after a freak accident while playing with her toddler son. Shanna Hogan, known for writing Dancing with Death and Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story among others, died after hitting her head at her Phoenix, Arizona, swimming pool while playing with her child. Hogan, 37, was discovered unconscious in the water by her husband Matt LaRussa on August 27, she was transferred to hospital where she died on September 1.