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Q.” The post included a link to a tweet from an account apparently belonging to Virginia Giuffre, who says she was abused for years by Epstein, Maxwell and prominent figures in their orbit starting when she was a teenager. Giuffre had tweeted to express satisfaction with a ruling by a federal judge in New York ordering the immediate release of a deposition given by Maxwell in 2016, in a defamation lawsuit brought against her by Giuffre in 2015. Giuffre accused Maxwell of recruiting her as a teenager to become part of a sex-trafficking ring run by Epstein, who committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial for federal sex-trafficking charges last year.
President Donald Trump and his allies fought for support in pivotal battleground states Friday after a debate performance that gave new hope to anxious Republicans. Democrat Joe Biden, campaigning close to home, tried to clean up a debate misstep while urging voters to stay focused on the president's inability to control the worsening pandemic. The surge of activity with just 11 days remaining in the 2020 contest highlighted the candidates' divergent strategies, styles and policy prescriptions that are shaping the campaign's closing days.
After photos of his bruised hands raised concerns about his health, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he does not have health issues. When asked if there are any health concerns the public should know about, he answered "of course not" and said the bruises raise "no concerns," CNN reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut down concerns over his health raised from photos of his bruised and bandaged hands.
"Pro-life" Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who will almost certainly be seated on the Supreme Court this week, seems to have no problem putting guns in the hands of individual Americans who want to buy them — every Tom, Dick and Kyle. A number of groups advocating gun control and gun safety, including Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, expressed their deep concerns with Barrett's nomination in a recent letter sent to leading members of Congress. The 2008 Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller expanded the meaning of the Second Amendment far beyond militias — regulated or not.
On the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast, former CIA Director John Brennan said it is “outrageous for President Trump to talk about inviting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Washington.
European aircraft operator Comlux just welcomed back its second-largest plane, a Boeing Business Jet 767, that underwent a four-month refurbishment in the US. European private jet operator Comlux specializes in a unique type of aircraft that only an elite group of flyers can afford to enjoy: airliners-turned-private-jets. Comlux has five jets from Boeing and Airbus in its fleet and among the largest is a Boeing Business Jet 767-200ER, affectionately known as "SkyLady."
Former vice president Joe Biden had a perfect response to Donald Trump's claims about his record on race, when the president said he was the least racist person in the room at the final presidential debate. Mr Trump said: “Nobody has doen more for the Black community than Donald Trump … with the exception of Abraham Lincoln – the possible exception – but the exception of Abraham Lincoln, nobody has done what I've done. The Democratic candidate mocked his opponent in his response: “Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we've had in modern history.
At the end of January Ade Alabi made a big investment. The image of the burning precinct, abandoned by police in the face of angry and violent protesters, signalled for him that something different was happening in Minneapolis. This was the station where the four policemen charged in the killing of George Floyd worked.
A final official vote count released Friday gave leftist Luis Arce a smashing victory in Bolivia's presidential election, a vindication for the Movement Toward Socialism party of ousted President Evo Morales, who was barred from running. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said Arce won 55% of the votes against six rivals on the ballot, easily avoiding the need for a runoff. The runnerup was centrist former President Carlos Mesa with just under 29%.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden criticized attacking a political candidate's children as "crass." Biden said he had made a "specific decision" to not mention President Donald Trump's children through his campaign, despite the president's repeated criticisms of Hunter Biden's personal history and business relationships. "Look, I'm running against Donald Trump, not his children," Biden said in an interview on the progressive podcast "Pod Save America."
The first nest of Asian giant hornets found in the US has successfully been destroyed by scientists. The nest, in the state of Washington, was found by putting tracker devices on the hornets and it was sucked out of a tree using a vacuum hose. The invasive species insects, known as "murder hornets", have a powerful sting and can spit venom.
The world is now at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic and some countries are on a dangerous path, facing the prospect of health services collapsing under the strain, the head of the World Health Organization said on Friday. "We are at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the Northern hemisphere," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. "The next few months are going to be very tough and some countries are on a dangerous track."
President Donald Trump targeted Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in a rant at a campaign rally in Florida on Friday. Trump said the US would never see a "socialist" president, "especially a female socialist," apparently referring to Harris, who is not a socialist. The president has tried to paint Harris as a radical in what has so far been Trump's tumultuous run for reelection.
Months of mixed messages, political pressure and public gaffes about Covid-19 have caused morale at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to turn "toxic," said four current and two former CDC staffers, with one saying the election could be a "tipping point" for a mass exodus if President Donald Trump wins. "The house is not only on fire," said a veteran CDC staffer who did not want to be named for fear of retribution. Current and former CDC employees told NBC News that career staffers are still struggling to influence key decisions on the pandemic as new daily Covid-19 cases soar nationwide, but are overruled by Trump appointees when politics intrudes.
Kansas police have arrested a man they say abducted his two young daughters from a home where two boys were found dead. Donny Jackson, 40, was found on the highway in Erick, Oklahoma, on Saturday night. The arrest came hours after an Amber Alert was issued and a manhunt spread to three states.
year-old Selena Ann Bradley was pregnant with her third child when her body was discovered in her boyfriend's freezer on Monday. Her boyfriend William James Hernandez was arrested for her death. Hernandez told two people he was involved in Bradley's death according to court records, including his four-year-old daughter.
President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law, both top White House aides, are threatening to sue a group of anti-Trump Republicans for posting billboard ads in New York City's Times Square linking them to the country's almost 225,000 coronavirus deaths. A lawyer representing Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, made the threat on Friday in a letter to the Lincoln Project, calling the ads "false, malicious and defamatory" and saying they constituted "outrageous and shameful libel." "If these billboard ads are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages," Marc Kasowitz said in his letter, which the Lincoln Project posted on Twitter.
Across the country, restuarants have relied on outdoor dining to compensate for losses due to COVID-19, but the businesses face uncertainty as the weather turns cold. Chicago announced a design competition in August to find possible solutions. As temperatures dip and the city's infamous wind kicks up, Chicago's restaurants are looking for ways to provide outdoor dining in the face of a harsh winter.
A second round of stimulus checks could take weeks or months to arrive as Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over the details of another trillion-dollar stimulus bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have struggled to agree on items such as financial aid for state and local governments and protection from COVID-19 liability for employers. "The speaker, on a number of issues, is still dug in," Mnuchin told reporters on Friday.
For more than 15 years, alleged victims of Michael Mearan felt like they were screaming into the void. In voices both strained with emotion and seemingly hardened with trauma, they stepped forward – cautiously, with trepidation – to level their allegations: that Mearan, a former Portsmouth, Ohio, city councilman and still-practicing attorney, trapped them in a cycle of drug abuse and sexual servitude. After decades of rumors and investigations, Mearan was arrested on human trafficking, racketeering and related charges.
Israel said on Friday it will not oppose U.S. sales of "specific weapons systems" to the United Arab Emirates, in an apparent reference to the F-35 warplanes sought by Abu Dhabi. Under a principle of preserving Israel's "qualitative military edge", the United States consults with it on proposed sales of advanced arms to other countries in the region. Israel has reiterated a need to maintain its military superiority even since forging official ties with the UAE and its fellow Gulf Arab state Bahrain under deals brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump last month.
A nine-year-old boy walked to his school grounds to use their internet hotspot, because he doesn't have Wifi at his residence, according to a report by CNN. Jonathon Endecott walks to his school in New Mexico to complete his online work because his mother, whose jobs were affected by the pandemic, could not afford it. "He was like, 'Yeah, I need to be back on the school property, and I could be like a normal kid again,'" his mother, Angel Endecott, told CNN.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany discusses strong debate performance by the president and weighs in on Hunter Biden allegations on 'America's Newsroom.
Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Friday slammed GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying that South Carolina voters should reject the three-term senator at the ballot box this year. Dobbs expressed exasperation that the heads of Twitter and Facebook would not testify before the Senate regarding allegations of anti-conservative bias until after the November election. "I don't know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham," Dobbs said.
Chloe Gray lost her mother and her aunt to the coronavirus. Gray's family lives in Marion County, Florida, where the sheriff banned masks for staff and visitors to his department. For Gray's family, the pandemic has been a "wake-up call," she said.
“Many are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates.”
“Some undecideds turn out to be people who’ve long felt alienated from the two big political parties.”
“They’re not following the 24-hour news cycle. The election and politics are just not a high priority.”
“One common trait: at this stage of the game, the undecided voter doesn’t fit into an easy political profile.”
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”