Nearly 30 Massachusetts teens will have to quarantine after a fellow student attended in-person classes despite getting a positive test result days earlier.'A lot of parents are very angry' »
And in its Senate election forecast rolled out Friday, FiveThirtyEight also gave Democrats a slight edge when it comes to winning that body as well. Several Senate seats Republicans currently hold are at risk of flipping to Democrats, FiveThirtyEight predicts. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Joni Ernst's (R-Iowa) races are essentially tossups, while Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.
Emergency calls reveal that Jerry Falwell Jr. was found intoxicated and injured on August 30, a week after a news report alleging a years-long sexual affair between him, his wife, and another man, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday. Falwell's wife called 911 after she had to break into her own home to reach Falwell, who she said was intoxicated and bleeding. The incident came after Falwell resigned as president of Liberty University following several scandals.
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Shortage of 'naive' T cells raises COVID-19 risk in elderly A lower supply of a certain type of immune cell in older people that is critical to fighting foreign invaders may help explain their vulnerability to severe COVID-19, scientists say. When germs enter the body, the initial "innate" immune response generates inflammation not specifically targeted at the bacteria or virus.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is accused of exaggerating his pandemic record during his town hall; reaction and analysis from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on “America's Newsroom.
New reporting on a March 21 meeting in the White House Situation Room quotes Jared Kushner as saying it was "not the role of government" to solve the PPE shortage and prevent states from outbidding each other, according to Vanity Fair. "The federal government is not going to lead this response," Kushner said, according to Vanity Fair. A PPE shortage persists today, with one survey finding 58% of nurses in Florida, Kansas, Missouri and Nevada saying they had to reuse N95 masks for five days or more by the beginning of September.
President Donald Trump intensified efforts to appeal to his core base of white voters on Thursday by downplaying the historical legacy of slavery in the United States and blasting efforts to address systemic racism as divisive. The president's comments marking the 233rd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution amounted to a defense of white culture and a denunciation of Democrats, the media and others who he accused of trying to indoctrinate school children and shame their parents' “whiteness.” Trump has long fanned the nation's culture wars, including defending the display of the Confederate battle flag and monuments of Civil War rebels from protesters seeking their removal.
Students and parents were upset when the suspected Kenosha shooter was on a list of "modern heroes" that they could choose to defend as part of a Dallas high school's class assignment, CNN reported. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide and a string of other felonies tied to the killing of two people at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Joseph Rosenbaum, who was shot and killed in Kenosha, was also on that list.
Weather forecasters have turned to the Greek alphabet as they have run out of storm names for only the second time ever. Twenty storms have already formed in the current “hyperactive” storm season, with Tropical Storm Wilfred and Subtropical storm Alpha being named on Friday as they developed in the Atlantic. Wilfred was the last name on the 2020 list and the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used because of a lack of options.
Canadian authorities said they charged a driver for dangerous driving after they appeared to be sleeping while his Tesla Model S drove on Autopilot. Tesla maintains the software is not misleading. "The people who misuse Autopilot, it's not because they're new to it and don't understand it," Elon Musk told Automotive News in July in response to criticism of the feature's name.
Each week, the Trump campaign says, its staff and volunteers knock on one million American doors. Democratic nominee Joe Biden's team has no plans to begin door-to-door canvassing because of COVID-19. It's security theater, and it may well do the Biden campaign more harm than good.
The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier safely transited on Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world's most important chokepoint for oil shipments, the U.S. Navy said, as tensions with Iran continue to simmer. In a “scheduled” maneuver, the U.S. sent the carrier and several other warships through the strait, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf, according to the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th fleet. The Nimitz, America's oldest carrier in active service, carries some 5,000 sailors and Marines.
The brown, fetus-like figurine was hanging from a whiteboard in a break room at Fire Station 2 for three or four days before the station's only Black female firefighter found it and reported it to higher-ups, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. Officials determined it wasn't a “deliberate or intentional racist or sexist” act, however. Rohlfing said a review of the February incident, which wasn't made public until June, revealed that the white male firefighter had found the doll on the street and “brought it into the station out of curiosity,” WPR reported.
A family in California has claimed that Sen. Kamala Harris and California Gov. Gavin Newsom trespassed on their property for a photo op while surveying damage from the Creek Fire on Tuesday. "What has me really frustrated right now is the fact that these two politicians used my parents' loss for a photo opportunity to push their political agenda!" Trampas Patten wrote on Facebook.
For years, small boats have left northern Lebanon's coast, packed with desperate migrants hoping to reach European shores. Mohammad Ghandour never thought he'd be one of them. "In Lebanon, we are being killed by poverty," Ghandour told Reuters this week, from his mother's cramped three-room apartment where he was staying with 12 other family members.
A tropical storm made landfall in central Vietnam on Friday, killing one person, while seven people died in a lightning strike in neighboring Cambodia. The lightning struck a wooden stilt house under which people were eating in Cambodia's northwestern Battambang province on Thursday evening. The dead included a family of four and three other relatives, said Keo Vy, the spokesperson for the National Committee for Disaster Management.
The downtown Louisville federal courthouse will be closed next week in anticipation of a potential decision in the investigation of Breonna Taylor's shooting death by Louisville police, The Courier Journal learned Friday. Chief Judge Greg Stivers signed an order Friday morning closing the Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House Sept. 21-25. A courthouse official confirmed to The Courier Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, the building is being closed to the public in anticipation of an announcement.
Dr. Anthony Fauci replied in the affirmative on Thursday when asked by MSNBC's Chris Hayes whether he would "take the heat" for any problems with a vaccine. Redfield projected that a vaccine wouldn't be widely available until the new year — a sentiment largely echoed by health experts — but Trump argued one could come sooner. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious-disease expert, has pledged to "take the heat" for any problems with a vaccine for COVID-19.
Taiwan scrambled fighter jets on Friday after a fleet of Chinese military aircraft buzzed the island, stepping up tensions as a senior US official began holding meetings in Taipei. Beijing had earlier announced the start of combat drills in the Taiwan strait aimed at asserting its claim that the island remained "an inalienable part of China". The Chinese government has long considered Taiwan a renegade province, although the democratically-governed island has its own president, currency, foreign policy, passport and military.
The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't updated standards for emergency airliner evacuations in nearly two decades, a period when travelers have increasingly had to deal with tighter aircraft seats, more carry-on bags and support animals, a government watchdog says. The Transportation Department's Inspector General said in an audit report released Friday that the FAA and hasn't done enough research to evaluate the new risks. “This lack of data inhibits FAA's ability to determine how to improve evacuation regulations and protect passenger safety in emergencies,” the report said.
Nathan Law, a leading pro-democracy activist and the youngest lawmaker in Hong Kong's history, took first place in TIME's poll with 3.8% of the 4.7 million votes cast by readers. Law made news in July when he revealed that he fled Hong Kong after China imposed a new, controversial national security law making separatism, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign countries criminal offenses—an attempt at cracking down on Hong Kong protests.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, couldn't become the first woman to be president. Trump has dug into Joe Biden's running mate ever since she became the first Black woman to be on a major party's presidential ticket. President Donald Trump on Thursday continued his line of attack against Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, saying that "if a woman is going to become the first president of the United States, it can't be her."
A Florida elementary school teacher shared her thoughts on remote-learning etiquette when speaking at a school board meeting Wednesday. Only her comments weren't aimed at students — but their parents. Boca Raton Elementary teacher Edith Pride got colorful when describing the “in-formalities” of parents' behavior when they appear in the background of their children's virtual classes.
In a rare admission of wrongdoing, the Indian military on Friday said its soldiers in Kashmir exceeded their legal powers in the killings of three local men it had described as Pakistani terrorists. Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman, said police are investigating whether the men were actually involved in militancy. He said the victims have now been identified as residents of Rajouri district whose families had filed a complaint accusing soldiers of killing them in a staged gunbattle.
Under federal law — the Federal Tort Claims Act — when a federal official or employee commits a tort [civil, or non-criminal wrongdoing] in the course of their official duties, then the United States will substitute itself as the proper defendant in a lawsuit against the employee. What the Department of Justice did is file a sheet of paper that says E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit for defamation against President Trump should proceed against the United States as defendant, rather than Donald Trump, because, when Donald Trump said the statements that he did — including that she's not his type — he was acting within the scope of his employment as president of the United States.
Given that Trevor Noah has been hosting the Daily Show from his $10.2 million midtown Manhattan penthouse these past few months, it makes sense that he might no longer need to hold on to his less-frequented Bel Air mansion. The main suite alone occupies much of the second floor and measures 2,200 square feet, with two marble bathrooms, two custom-built walk-in closets, and a private patio/lounge.
“The SAT is emblematic of higher education’s failure to keep up with the times...Just the stuff that systemic racism thrives on.”
“These tests create unnecessary stress for young people already dealing with mental health challenges.”
“Dropping the SAT requirement makes it harder for colleges to compare applicants against a common standard.”
“The best predictor of college success overall is a simple one: high school grades.”
“What matters more is a broader push to help minority students get better educations.”