Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday the police officers who shot Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor should be charged and "let the judicial system work its way." Blake, 29, was shot seven times the back and paralyzed Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while he was trying to get into an SUV that held his three young children. Taylor, 26, was shot and killed March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky, after police forcibly entered her apartment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) got her hair washed and blow-dried at a salon in San Francisco on Monday, and the salon's owner sent security camera footage to Fox News on Tuesday, calling the visit to her business "a slap in the face." California allows only outdoor hair cuts, owner Erica Kious told Fox News, and she will have to shut down her salon in 30 to 60 days if she can't re-open, saying the $12,000 loan she got from the federal Paycheck Protection Program will carry her only so far. The footage showed Pelosi walking through a room with her face mask around her neck, followed by the masked stylist who rented a chair in the salon.
Thailand's king has reinstated his royal consort to the position, nearly a year after she was stripped of her titles in a dramatic fall from grace. King Vajiralongkorn returned Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi's rank and titles on Wednesday, the Royal Gazette announced. Sineenat was stripped of her rank in October 2019, only months after being named as the king's companion.
Indian and Chinese military commanders held talks for a second day Tuesday following a new escalation in tensions along their contested border in the Ladakh region. Both of the Asian giants have accused the other of fresh provocations, including allegations of soldiers crossing into each other's territory, months after their deadliest standoff in decades. Details of the talks which resumed Tuesday morning weren't immediately disclosed.
Republican Sen. Joni Ernst pushed a conspiracy theory that coronavirus deaths in the US are being drastically overcounted because healthcare providers want to be paid more. During a campaign stop in Iowa, her home state, Ernst said she was "so skeptical" of the reported national figures and noted that medical professionals are compensated at higher rates for COVID cases. The unsubstantiated claim has been promoted by the far-right conspiracy group QAnon and President Donald Trump.
The commander of the U.S. Army's Fort Hood is being removed from his position and will no longer assume command of a division at Fort Bliss, according to a U.S. Army statement released Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt was set to take over the 1st Armored Division soon. Now the Army will announce who will take over the division in the coming days.
Mrs Pelosi was pictured in the salon without a mask over her face. The California lawmaker has often criticised President Donald Trump for refusing to wear a mask. "I take responsibility for trusting the word of a neighbourhood salon that I've been to over the years many times," Mrs Pelosi said in a testy press conference in San Francisco when asked about the incident.
A postal service facility in Baltimore, Maryland sat on 68,000 pieces of political mail for five days before the June 2 primary, according to an audit. The audit by the Postal Service's Office Inspector General (OIG), which was published Monday, was done for the purpose of evaluating, “the U.S. Postal Service's readiness for timely processing of Election and Political Mail for the 2020 general elections. Their findings found that the delayed mail sent on May 12 “sat unprocessed” before it came to the attention of management.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden could earn an even bigger popular vote margin than Hillary Clinton did in 2016 and still lose to President Trump. That's the reality FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver revealed in a Wednesday tweet, in which he showed how winning the popular vote would affect Biden's chances of winning the Electoral College. Silver's analysis showed Biden needs a very solid popular vote just to have a good chance of winning, once again renewing arguments against the Electoral College's entire existence.
Chad Gerald got a little too close to the murky water's edge, he told McClatchy News. His August adventure near Francis Marion National Forest could have been the nature lovers' last -- which would have been a real shame for the alligator, he said. If it attacked him, chances are the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources would find and euthanize the animal.
The German occupation of Norway from 1940 to 1945 witnessed a remarkable building campaign to align this northern land with Hitler's New Order. From gleaming highways and ideal cities to maternity centers for a purified Nordic race, plans to remake Norway into a model “Aryan” society fired the imagination of Nazi leaders. As the Greater German Reich expanded and stretched beyond the Arctic Circle, the Nazis wasted no time leaving their mark on the new territories.
Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention backfired when people noticed how similar it was to one given by Michelle Obama in 2008. Trump's former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff wrote in a new book that Trump was not embarrassed by the scandal. After Melania Trump was accused of plagiarizing a Michelle Obama speech for her address at the 2016 Republican National Convention, the future first lady wasn't embarrassed, according to her former friend and adviser Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the Trump administration and Senate Republicans have been discussing a possible revamp of coronavirus relief measures. The new bill will "hopefully" be unveiled next week, Mnuchin said.
And Schmidt reported that Vice President Mike Pence was told to be on standby to take over the duties of the presidency in case the president went under anesthesia, though reportedly that step was not necessary. Fox News host Bret Baier brought up the reporting Tuesday night during an interview with Pence, seeming to catch the vice president off-guard. Pence clearly wanted to avoid answering the question, and when pinned down, claimed he didn't "recall" being on "standby" — extremely evasive language that suggests he may be relying on technicalities to justify essentially lying to the public.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, universities had begun to broach the uncomfortable question of whether standardized tests are needed to make sound admissions decisions. At this moment, 55 percent of all four-year colleges now are test-optional, an 37 percent increase in the past year. It is only one step toward greater social mobility for young people in America and abroad.
The Bisri dam project was approved by Lebanon's government and parliament in 2015 and is funded through a $474 million loan by the World Bank, with a total cost of $617 million. It is supposed to store 125 million cubic meters of water, providing a solution for chronic water shortages to 1.6 million Lebanese living in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, according to the World Bank website. But those opposed to the project, some 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of the capital, say the dam is fraught with technical and corruption issues.
Days after the U.S. Marshals Service announced the rescue of 39 endangered children in Georgia, similar operations are ongoing in two other states as authorities target missing kids who may be victims of sex trafficking. In Ohio, "Operation Safety Net" led to the discovery of 25 children ages 13 to 18 in less than three weeks, the Marshals Service said. The operation is likely to continue into October, U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott said.
President Donald Trump defied requests to stay away and visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, not to urge racial healing after a white officer shot a Black man in the back but to express support for law enforcement in a city rocked by civil unrest. With the United States polarized over issues of racial injustice and police use of force and with the Republican president trailing in opinion polls, Trump is appealing to his base of white supporters with a "law and order" message. An Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Reuters/Ipsos national poll shows that 40% of registered voters support him, compared with 47% for his Democratic rival, former vice president Joe Biden, numbers largely unchanged the last three weeks.
The FBI is investigating reports that a "guy in a jetpack" was seen by pilots flying near Los Angeles' LAX airport nearby to where planes were landing. Jetpacks, once the realm of science fiction, have become a thing of reality in recent years, according to experts. "Tower, American 1997 - we just passed a guy in a jetpack," the pilot of American Airlines flight 1997 from Philadelphia told officials in the control tower as he approached LAX around 18:30 local time (01:30 GMT).
A Pakistani court on Tuesday warned the country's ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to return home by Sept. 10 to face a corruption hearing or risk being declared a fugitive from justice. Sharif has been in London since authorities last November released him so he could travel and seek medical treatment abroad. At the time, the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore permitted Sharif to leave the country for four weeks, with the option to extend the time abroad if he was not able to travel afterward.