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Speaking to an occasionally raucous but mostly disgruntled panel of Pennsylvania Republicans, President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his campaign counsel Jenna Ellis on Wednesday floated the idea that the state Legislature could decide on its own to give Pennsylvania's 20 Electoral College votes to Trump, despite the state's certifying that Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 election in the state. It's the state Legislature that controls this process,” Giuliani told a panel of Republican legislators. It's your power.
Six executives from the US oil and gas giant Citgo were sentenced to lengthy prison terms in Venezuela on Thursday where they have been jailed since 2017 on corruption charges. In 2017, Venezuelan intelligence officers arrested the men upon arrival at what they believed was an emergency budget meeting in Caracas with officials from PDVSA, the state-owned company with a majority stake in Citgo. Following Thursday's closing arguments, Judge Lorena Cornielles sentenced the men, according to the Associated Press.
There's a reason why North Korea has remained quiet about the United States presidential election, The Associated Press reports. The briefing's contents could not be independently verified by news organizations, but Seoul's spy agency alleges North Korea has ordered overseas diplomatic missions to refrain from provoking the U.S., reportedly warning its ambassadors there will be consequences should any of their acts or comments rattle folks in Washington. One South Korean lawmaker said the NIS believes North Korea is nervous that the friendly relationship between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be rendered moot when President-elect Joe Biden steps into the Oval Office in January, so the government apparently wants to ensure tensions remain relatively at ease for now.
France could return to some sort of post-coronavirus normal in about a year if as many as 80% to 90% of its population are vaccinated against the disease, a government scientific adviser said on Thursday. But getting there might prove difficult as the French are among the most sceptical towards vaccination in the Western world, an attitude fuelled by various conspiracy theories in which denial of science is rife. Arnaud Fontanet, a leading epidemiologist, told BFM TV France needed to get a vaccination rate of up to 90% for a return to ordinary life by next autumn.
Shawn Mendes spoke to British GQ for a new interview and said that pressure to be the "pinnacle of fitness" led him to wake up two hours early so he could exercise. The "Wonder" singer said he got into this fitness routine out of fear that if he wasn't physically fit, he'd lose fans. Mendes credited girlfriend Camila Cabello with helping to change his perspective and be more comfortable with his body.
An Iranian scientist long suspected by the West of masterminding a secret nuclear bomb programme was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday, likely to provoke confrontation between Iran and its foes in the last weeks of Donald Trump's presidency. Iran's armed forces chief of staff vowed "severe revenge" for those behind the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who died of injuries in hospital after armed assassins fired on his car, state media reported. "Terrorist groups and the leaders and the perpetrators of this cowardly attempt should know that severe revenge awaits them," he said Fakhrizadeh has long been described by Western countries as a leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted i...
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been accused of overseeing a “killing spree”, after he extended a ban on cities in the state imposing their own mask mandates. On Wednesday, Mr DeSantis extended an executive order issued in September, which prevented local governments from fining residents who refused to wear face masks, or from closing restaurants not complying with coronavirus measures. The decision on 25 September prompted the start of the state's third phase of pandemic measures, which allowed restaurants and bars to open at 100 per cent capacity.
Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office have arrested a 38-year-old Clovis man they say has molested multiple children in the last 18 years and who works at a Clovis church.
Vietnam has been a coronavirus success story, recording about 1,300 cases throughout the pandemic, while the US has recorded the most COVID-19 cases and deaths of any country. O'Brien and his entourage were tested for the coronavirus upon arrival, housed on the same floor of a Hanoi hotel, and had their meals left outside their doors, Bloomberg said. The US Air Force team that piloted O'Brien's plane was not permitted to enter Vietnam and spent the night in neighboring Thailand.
President Trump said Thursday he will "certainly" leave the White House if the Electoral College, as expected, casts its votes for President-elect Joe Biden on Dec. 14, formalizing his victory. Taking questions from reporters for the first time since the election after addressing U.S. troops stationed around the world on Thanksgiving, Trump was asked if he would depart on his own accord. The Washington Post notes it was the first explicit commitment Trump has made about vacating the White House, although his advisers have maintained he would do so for some time.
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Here's a reminder of why you should stop taking Zoom into the bathroom. A New Jersey school board member accidentally broadcast her bathroom break during a board meeting. Frances Cogelja, a Hackensack school board member, resigned Tuesday after the broadcast, NorthJersey.com, part of the USA TODAY Network, reported.
Mexico City has launched a test-and-trace approach to containing the coronavirus, after a rise in hospitalizations that has raised fears of a new economic lockdown in one of the world's largest urban centers. Mexico has one of the lowest testing rates globally, and for months has favored building capacity at hospitals over generating detailed data about localized outbreaks. Mexico City's mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, has shown more willingness to invest in testing than the federal government, and with the capital city's hospitals now at risk of saturation in the coming weeks her administration is scaling up both tests and contact tracing.
Donald Trump Jr. announced Wednesday night that he'd been cleared to end his COVID-19 isolation and celebrate Thanksgiving "the way it's meant to be." On Friday, Trump Jr. announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. It's not clear when Trump Jr. received his positive diagnosis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend even asymptomatic COVID patients isolate for 10 days.
A group of Republicans has lost one of two legal challenges brought before the Texas Supreme Court in the hope of invalidating nearly 127,000 drive-thru votes placed in Houston. The plaintiffs - a longtime activist Dr Steven Hotze, along with state Representative Steve Toth, US House candidate Wendell Champion, and judicial candidate Sharon Hemphill - had challenged the validity of the drive-thru voting on the grounds that it violated federal law. In the plea, they had also argued that Democratic Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins exceeded his constitutional authority by permitting drive-thru voting.
Karen Lima bought her wedding dress without trying it on first. Karen Lima and Robson Costa got married in 2018 after being together for 10 years. Before setting a wedding date, Lima saw her dream wedding dress on Pinterest: a gold Kyha Studios gown covered in head-to-toe sparkles.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would step down after a new constitution is adopted, the state-owned BelTA news agency cited him as saying on Friday. Belarus has been rocked by months of anti-government protests ever since Lukashenko — often referred to as “Europe's last dictator” — claimed victory in an Aug. 9 presidential election that his opponents say was rigged, a charge he denies. It remained unclear whether Lukashenko's comments were sincere or whether he was just paying lip service to the prospect of him stepping aside.
Britain asked its regulator on Friday to assess AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for a possible rollout, while the Philippines and Thailand secured millions of doses, giving the shot a vote of confidence after experts raised questions about trial data. The UK government, which has secured 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, has targeted a rollout to begin before Christmas. "We have formally asked the regulator to assess the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, to understand the data and determine whether it meets rigorous safety standards," British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
In a surprise news conference on Thanksgiving Day, President Trump took questions from the press for the first time since losing re-election—but he doubled down on his “rigged” election claims and appeared to deny the reality that his presidency is ending, saying it will be “very hard” for him to concede to Joe Biden. “I think it's not right he's trying to pick a Cabinet,” Trump complained after railing against the supposed “massive fraud” that he claims gave Biden victory. Reiterating his claims of voter fraud in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia despite the fact that state authorities have already certified the election results in those states, Trump appeared to become combative when asked if he would concede if the Electoral College votes for Biden on Dec. 14.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson claims to have acquired incriminating documents about Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe – and then lost them in the post. In a bizarre segment on Wednesday night's show, Carlson alleged that his team mailed the documents from New York to Los Angeles after receiving them from a “source” on Monday, but that the bundle never arrived. Without providing any further details or evidence, Carlson said the “damning” documents had “vanished” en route, heavily implying foul play.
An Iranian nuclear scientist described as the guru of Iran's nuclear programme has been gunned down in the street in a town near Tehran. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was ambushed in the town of Absard, about 40 miles east of Tehran. Four assailants opened fire after witnesses heard an explosion.
Diego Maradona once said he hated everything from the United States and that George Bush was "human trash." The Argentine soccer legend, who died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday, was a supporter of both Hugo Chavez, the former socialist president of Venezuela, and Fidel Castro. At an anti-Bush protest in Argentina in 2005, he also wore a "Stop Bush" t-shirt that had the "s" in "Bush" replaced by a swastika.
President Donald Trump on Thursday called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an "enemy of the people." The Trump campaign has targeted Raffensperger — a Republican who is the state's top election official — after Georgia voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in nearly 30 years. The outgoing president continues to claim, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud in key states like Georgia helped Joe Biden win the election.
A wrong-way driver is to blame in a crash that caused a head-on collision injuring several people and shutting down a portion of the New Jersey Turnpike for some time Friday, police said.
America could face its "darkest days" in modern medical history if the coronavirus crisis is not brought under control, a top medic has warned. Dr Varon Joseph, chief of staff at Houston's United Memorial Center, said a surge of infections over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays may push hospitals to breaking point. Just over 100,000 new infections were reported on Thursday, although that figure could be artificially low with fewer people getting tested on Thanksgiving.
Seven conservative lawmakers in New Hampshire have called for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether Governor Chris Sununu, a Republican, can be impeached. Sununu has ruled by executive order during the pandemic, and his recent statewide mask mandate violates constitutional rights, the resolution's backers said. But the vast majority of New Hampshire residents approve of the way Sununu handled the pandemic.
“Donald Trump defeated Donald Trump.”
“The victory was a vindication of a style of American politics that many feared was gone forever.”
“Mr. Biden’s victory — and Mr. Trump’s defeat — is a testament to the resilience of American democracy.”
“Trump’s 2020 reelection bid was doomed by his boorish behavior. Time and again, he refused to act like a president.”
“Biden took the opportunity to unite the Democratic Party.”