Florida physicians call for rapid testing
Florida physicians call for rapid testing
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.
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.
As a result, points that Whole Foods workers accrued prior to March 3 have remained on their records longer than expected, forcing some employees to face unexpected punishment for late arrivals or absences, employees said. "All of a sudden we are being ordered by our global HR to hand out corrective action that has elongated roll-off dates for infractions in the middle of a pandemic that is still raging," said one Whole Foods manager. Whole Foods declined to comment on the reason behind the point extension.
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.
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.
Protesters in Portland and police clashed near City Hall in Oregon's largest city Wednesday and police in a statement said that they made 11 arrests. Protesters hurled what police described as “projectiles” at officers during the demonstration that started Tuesday night and stretched into Wednesday, the statement said. Officers started to disperse the protesters after they refused to do so and used crowd control munitions that were not described in the statement, though tear gas was not used.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A police shooting that wounded a 13-year-old autistic boy in Salt Lake City is revealing shortfalls in the way officers respond to a mental health crisis, an advocacy group said Wednesday, a part of policing that's facing renewed scrutiny during nationwide protests over brutality by law enforcement. Similar questions are being raised in Rochester, New York, following the death of a Black man whose brother called police about his unusual behavior shortly after a mental health evaluation. It comes as demonstrators have urged cities to “defund the police” and shift money to social services instead.
Sgt. Maj. Thomas "Patrick" Payne will receive the Medal of Honor on Friday. Then-Sgt. 1st Class Payne was the assistant team leader of a raid force from 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta that teamed up with Kurdish special forces on a nighttime helicopter assault to rescue more than 70 Iraqi hostages from an Islamic State prison compound in the town of Hawija in northern Iraq. Payne exposed himself to enemy fire multiple times to open a barricaded prison door and free hostages inside -- a brave act that led to him being selected to become the first living Delta Force member to receive the Medal of Honor, sources confirmed to Military.com.
Police arrested a high school senior from Long Island, New York for violating coronavirus safety protocols; Laura Ingle reports.
Robert Fenstersheib, a South Florida personal injury attorney known for his catchy commercials encouraging people to “tell Robert anything,” was killed Wednesday in a shooting. Scott Mager, Fenstersheib's colleague and best-friend, said the Hallandale Beach-based attorney was killed by his son, Michael Fenstersheib. Michael, 35, struggled with “severe mental illness and addiction,” and also shot his long-time girlfriend.
Two women have been indicted on hate crimes after they stole a seven-year-old boy's Make America Great Again hat outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Delaware. Delaware Police arrested Camryn Amy, 21, and Olivia Winslow, 21, on charges of robbery, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of a child. Amy also received two counts of offensive touching.
The president'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.”
Australia's government has ramped up pressure on a state government to relax pandemic border restrictions after a woman was refused permission to attend her father's funeral on Thursday and a dying dad was told he was only allowed to be visited by one of his four children. Sarah Caisip, 26, was refused permission to go to her father's funeral because she was forced to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine in the Queensland state capital of Brisbane in case she brought COVID-19 from her home in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. Mark Keans, 39, is dying of cancer in a Brisbane hospital and has been told by Queensland health authorities that his family would have to choose which one of of his four children who live across the border in New South Wales can visit him, his sister Tamara Langborne said.
A 12-foot-1 alligator killed Sept. 3 in Mississippi is captivating state wildlife experts, not for how big it is, but for how big is used to be. It more than doubled in size since being fitted with a research tag in 2011, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. “Nationally, it is rare to document alligators of this size class with annual growth rates of this magnitude, but (such cases) are always associated with habitats with abundant and exceptional prey resources,” the department said in a Sept. 9 Facebook post.