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Anthony Scaramucci, who served as the White House communications director for 11 days in 2017, called President Donald Trump's decision to speak all four nights of the Republican National Convention "beyond ridiculous" during a Sunday appearance on CNN. While a party's nominee typically speaks on the final night of the convention to formally accept the nomination to the top of the ticket, Trump will speak on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. President Trump's family members make up half of the keynote speakers at this week's convention, which will begin on Monday.
A police officer from the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia was fired after a viral video on TikTok showed he used a Taser on an unarmed woman outside her mother's home. Former officer Michael Oxford had been placed on desk duty following the Tuesday incident but was later fired, the Gwinnett County Police Department announced on Friday, citing inappropriate conduct in the field. "The investigation in this case has shown that Officer Oxford violated our policy and did not meet our core values," the department said in a statement.
Famed TV interviewer Larry King is mourning the loss of two children, who died in the space of three weeks, according to Page Six. Daughter Chaia, 52, died on Thursday after battling lung cancer, following the sudden death of his son, Andy, 65. Larry and his remaining three children were said to be "distraught."
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CBS News' Margaret Brennan during Sunday's edition of Face the Nation that there have been positive developments in the United States' battle with the coronavirus pandemic — cases and hospitalizations are declining, and Gottlieb also expects deaths, a lagging factor, will start to trend downward soon, as well. The tide is turning as Sun Belt states like Arizona and Florida see improvements, but Gottlieb said there's still cause for concern. What has experts like Gottlieb particularly concerned is that if those states do see a significant flare-up "it could be more diffused" and "spread across a broader section" of the country.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's acceptance speech to the Democratic National Convention, a speech he spent nearly 50 years waiting to give, marked an unmemorable ending to an overscripted and underwhelming convention. The American people weren't buying what the Democrats were selling. From hearing Hollywood celebrities talk down to Middle America to having Bill Clinton lecture us on how to behave in the Oval Office (really), apart from the tone deafness and the angriness that permeated the airwaves night after night, what stood out most isn't what Democrats said at their convention, but what they didn't say.
Georgia Tech reported at 251 cases of coronavirus cases as of August 22, according to the University's daily tracking report. Georgia Tech reopened last Monday and by Saturday alone, the university reported dozens of students testing positive for coronavirus, including a cluster of at least 17 cases from students in Greek Life housing. Meanwhile, the University of North Carolina, one of the first colleges to reopen in August, reported at least 135 positive coronavirus tests within a week and suspended in-person classes.
The claim about former President Barack Obama has roots in "pizzagate," a debunked QAnon-esque conspiracy theory spawned during Hillary Clinton's second presidential campaign. It alleges that Clinton ran a child sex trafficking ring in the basement of Comet Ping Pong, a Washington, D.C., restaurant.
Florida police arrested a man this week for attempting to cash in a winning scratch-off ticket at the same convenience store he stole it from,authorities alleged. The Clearwater Police Department said in an August 20 statement that the man was identified as 27-year-old Herbert McClellan. According to police, McClellan "stole 13 scratch-off tickets from the Speedway convenience store at 32 Bay Esplanade.
Election officials in several states including Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Montana, have denied rapper Kanye West the opportunity to appear on their ballots over issues with his candidacy applications. Earlier in August, the West campaign withdrew its request to appear on the ballot in New Jersey after there were concerns from election officials over the legitimacy of the signatures he submitted there. West announced his third-party run in early July, and has made headlines for a chaotic campaign that's included late-night tweets about his marriage to Kim Kardashian West, controversial comments on abortion and vaccines, and repeated accusations that his campaign exists to pull support from Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director said the coronavirus could be managed if Americans follow preventative measures to stop the spread of the virus, CNBC reported. "But it is going to require all of us to embrace these mitigation steps," CDC head Robert Redfield said on a conference call. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director said the coronavirus could be contained if most Americans follow safety measures to help prevent the spread of the virus for the next couple of months, CNBC reported.
Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, a Fort Hood soldier who has been missing for five days, was recently transferred to a different unit because he was the victim of "abusive sexual contact," U.S. Army officials said Saturday. "We can confirm there is an open investigation of abusive sexual contact involving Sgt. Fernandes," Lt. Col. Chris Brautigam, a 1st Cavalry Division spokesman, said in a statement to NBC News. "The unit sexual assault response coordinator has been working closely with Sgt. Fernandes, ensuring he was aware of all his reporting, care, and victim advocacy options," he said.
California is struggling to contain huge wildfires burning forests and homes, warned Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday as more than 12,000 fire-fighters battled blazes that have killed six people. Help was on its way from several US states as Gov Newsom put in a plea for assistance from Australia and Canada. More than 12,000 dry lightning strikes started the blazes during a historic heat wave in which thermometers in Death Valley National Park reached what could be the highest ever temperature reliably recorded.
President Trump this week said he would send sheriffs, law enforcement officials, and U.S. attorneys to polling stations to guard against voter fraud in November's election. If anything still remained uncertain, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf cleared it up Sunday. Wolf confirmed to CNN's Jake Tapper that his department has "expressed authorities given to us by Congress" and deploying federal law enforcement to polling sites "is not one of them."
Black Lives Matter and Back the Blue protesters were involved in violent clashes in Portland, Oregon, Saturday. According to reports, the two groups of demonstrators hurled projectiles and attacked each other with weapons. The city has been the site of ongoing protests against police brutality since the death of George Floyd in June.
A 31-year-old Black man, Trayford Pellerin, was shot by Lafayette, Lousiana police officers at a local convenience store, The Daily Advertiser reported. Police involved are under administrative leave until further notice. Pellerin's family is calling for the officers involved to be terminated, according to their attorney.
Congress focuses on USPS as coronavirus relief bill hangs in the balance; insight from House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn.
While touring southern Chiapas state last month, Mexico's coronavirus czar took aim at a vice he considers culpable for the country's pandemic problems: rampant soda consumption. Health Undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell tried to connect soda consumption with COVID-19 deaths, blaming sugar for causing comorbidities such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension – maladies common in Mexico, where almost three-quarters of the population is overweight, according to a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. “Why do we need bottled poison in soft drinks?” López-Gatell asked.
Two tropical storms advanced across the Caribbean Saturday as potentially historic threats to the US Gulf Coast, one dumping rain on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands while the other was pushing through the gap between Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba. Tropical Storms Laura and Marco were both projected to approach the US Gulf Coast at or close to hurricane force, representing a very unusual threat to Americans in their paths. Devastating wildfires in California have torched nearly 1m acres, in areas totalling more than the size of the state of Rhode Island, with 100,000 residents under evacuation orders.
China-based Xiaomi has partnered with Lamborghini to create a miniature Lambo race car in the form of a go-kart: the Ninebot GoKart Pro Lamborghini Edition. The Lamborghini GoKart sits on a Ninebot miniature two-wheel electric scooter that can be removed from the base of the tiny racer and used independently. Despite this scooter base, according to Xiaomi, the $1,446 go-kart has "classic Lamborghini elements," whether it be the iconic yellow paint or the race car-esque rear wing.
In Springfield, Massachusetts, police are searching for a man who approached shoppers in Walmart, hugged them, and then claimed he was infected with COVID-19. The man, seen wearing a mask on CCTV, walked up to one shopper, hugged him, and said: "Just giving you a COVID hug," before laughing and walking away, police have said. One of the victims of the potentially dangerous, unwanted hugs was a cancer survivor.