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The US military has sent half a dozen armored vehicles on a 90-day mission to reinforce its troops in eastern Syria, less than a month after four US soldiers were injured during an altercation with Russian troops in the area. There are currently less than 1,000 US troops in Syria, a number that has remained approximately the same since the end of the US military offensive that deprived the Islamic State [IS] of most of the territory in Syria. Russia has deployed military forces to Syria in support of the Syrian regime, while US troops conduct joint patrols and operations with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia it backed in 2015 to fight against IS.
A white bar owner charged with fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in May during protests in Omaha, Nebraska died by suicide in Oregon on Sunday, according to Gardner's attorneys. "The family of Jake Gardner has asked Tom Monaghan and myself to share the news of his death today, at his own hand," attorney Stu Dornan said at a press conference Sunday. The Hillsboro Police Department in Oregon is conducting an investigation into a cause of death after finding Gardner's body outside a medical clinic, according to a news release.
Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descended upon Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks for its Bikefest this weekend, approximately three weeks after a similar rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, was linked to COVID-19 cases in at least eight states. The five-day festival started on Wednesday, as Missouri continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, Missouri reported 1,387 new cases, and, according to the Associated Press, hospitalizations are rising.
Protesters gathered on Sunday in drought-hit northern Mexico in an attempt to retain control of a dam key to government efforts to diffuse tensions over a water sharing pact with the United States. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has been working to maintain a good relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Friday that Mexico has to comply with its obligations. Under the 1944 treaty, Mexico must deliver 1,750,000 acre-feet of water to the United States over a five-year period.
Donald Trump began his day by tweeting a series of bizarre and misleading claims, including suggesting that UK prime minister Boris Johnson is “looking for a British version” of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. The US president's tirade on Twitter comes amid an explosive row brewing in Congress over Republican attempts to ram through a Supreme Court nominee before November's election, despite the fact Republican senate majority leader Mitch McConnell prevented Barack Obama from nominating his preferred judge in 2016, on the justification that a president should not be able to do so in an election year. Democrats have said everything is on the table in their response to the Republican moves to fill the vacant spot on the bench.
An overnight shooting that left two young people dead and 14 others injured brought further tumult to a city already gripped by civil unrest and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The two people who died — Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander — were 2019 high school graduates. Both were innocent bystanders at a house party that grew out of control, police said.
A judge has blocked a US government attempt to ban the Chinese messaging and payments app, WeChat. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the ban raised serious questions related to the constitution's first amendment, guaranteeing free speech. The Department of Commerce had announced a bar on WeChat appearing in US app stores from Sunday, effectively shutting it down.
Several hundred "Arizona Republicans for Biden" signs have been damaged or stolen from lawns across the state in recent months, the group who displayed them said. The signs had displayed by a political action committee called "Arizona Republicans Who Believe In Treating Others With Respect." The group's president, Daniel Barker, a former Arizona Court of Appeals judge, told the Arizona Republic that his team had put up 1,000 signs, and they still don't know who's taking them down.
Mexico's populist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador was voted in on a pledge to stamp out corruption and largess that went all the way to the country's highest office. For López Obrador, also known by his initials as Amlo, the plane is a symbol of the opulence and waste of the country's political elite, and he vowed to sell it and return the money to Mexicans during his 2018 campaign. After spending nearly two years parked for sale in California and spending almost the same amount of money for having it parked than he would have spent using it (about $1.5 million), Amlo decided in February he would just raffle it off during the September 15 Independence holiday.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that there was no plan for her talk by telephone with new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, after a Japanese envoy had told Tsai that Suga might be open to it, prompting concern in Beijing. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has close cultural and historic ties with Japan, though Japan, like most countries, recognises China's government in Beijing, not Taiwan's. Meeting Tsai in Taipei on Friday, former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori, visiting for a memorial service for late president Lee Teng-hui, said Suga told him that "if there is the opportunity, he hopes to speak by phone or other means".
New York Attorney General Letitia James promised Sunday to expedite the release of body camera footage in cases of alleged police misconduct that her office investigates. Speaking in Rochester, which has been in turmoil since the footage of Daniel Prude's fatal encounter with police was released more than five months after his death, James said her office “will be proactively releasing footage to the public on our own.” “This is footage we obtain as part of investigations conducted by our special prosecutions unit,” James said.
Former President Bill Clinton, who nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court during his first year in office, remembered her as a "force for equality for men, as well as women," and said he was not surprised by the celebrity Ginsburg gained later in life because she "symbolizes everything that's best about America" and was "always on the level." Clinton was far less complimentary of Republicans who have indicated since her death Friday that they wish to replace the liberal-leaning Ginsburg with a Trump appointee, regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election. In three television interviews Sunday, Clinton accused McConnell of hypocrisy because he argued in 2016 that voters should weigh in before then-President Barack Obama tried to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year.
Police in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia have made two arrests as tensions rise over a lobster fishery set up by the indigenous community. Members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation say they have a right to issue fishing licences to their own people. Non-indigenous lobster fishers, however, say their boats are operating out of season and should be stopped.
Despite president Donald Trump's claims that a coronavirus vaccine will soon be available, new polling shows that a majority of Americans have no confidence in him to confirm that it is safe. An ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Sunday shows that 69 per cent of Americans do not have confidence in the president vouching for the effectiveness of a vaccine — 53 per cent saying they have no confidence at all in him doing so. Conversely, just nine per cent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the president to confirm the effectiveness of a vaccine, and just 18 per cent have “a good amount” of confidence.
The vestiges of enshrined racism are evident in the appalling ignorance of the court opinion's first sentence: “Florida has long followed the common practice of excluding those who commit serious crimes from voting.” With that dog whistle, Chief Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals proceeded to again justify as constitutional the racially biased practice of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Florida felons who have failed to pay what are, in effect, indeterminate financial penalties stemming from their convictions. To be clear, the “common practice” of felon disenfranchisement laws in the South is rooted in Jim Crow era constitutional and legislative initiatives designed simply to deny Blacks the right to vote.
Thousands of Israelis resumed their weekly protest Sunday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in central Jerusalem, despite a new nationwide lockdown order aimed at curbing a raging coronavirus outbreak. An exception allowing people to hold public demonstrations was included in the three-week lockdown imposed last Friday. Thousands of Israelis have participated in the protests throughout the summer, calling on Netanyahu to resign while he is on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of bungling the country's coronavirus crisis.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday did not rule out the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump if he tries to push through a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a lame-duck session. The California Democrat said Ginsburg's death made it more critical than ever that Americans vote in the 2020 general election. ABC News "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that even if Democratic nominee Joe Biden emerges victorious and the Democrats retake control of the Senate, Trump and Senate Republicans might still try to get a nominee confirmed.
With all the highest end customizations, the home costs about $413,000 and can be installed in just 90 minutes. Swedish company iOhouse created a luxury, futuristic smart home with Space. The contemporary design comes completely move-in ready, with everything from furniture to sheets and wine glasses already set up. The house is transported by trailer anywhere in the EU, dropped in place by a crane, and residents can move in within 90 minutes.
A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East Alligator River in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with little visibility. The last of the trio managed to navigate its way through shallow channels at the broad river mouth and back into Van Diemen Gulf over the weekend, Kakadu National Park manager Feach Moyle said.
Syrian opposition sources said Russian jets bombed rebel-held northwestern Syria on Sunday in the most extensive strikes since a Turkish-Russian deal halted major fighting with a ceasefire nearly six months ago. Witnesses said the warplanes struck the western outskirts of Idlib city and that there was heavy artillery shelling in the mountainous Jabal al Zawya region in southern Idlib from nearby Syrian army outposts. "These 30 raids are by far the heaviest strikes so far since the ceasefire deal," said Mohammed Rasheed, a former rebel official and a volunteer plane spotter whose network covers the Russian air base in the western coastal province of Latakia.
Few members of the Republican Party have taken a political journey as long as Lindsey Graham's, from ridiculing Donald Trump as a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot" to becoming one of the president's fiercest defenders in Congress, as well as a regular golf partner. Graham has long been known to have flexible politics, and that has served him well in South Carolina for decades. But this November may be his toughest test yet as he seeks reelection and explains to voters how, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he will push for Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the president's aggressive timetable, when the senator was so clearly — even defiantly — opposed to that approach a...
The United States was on the verge Sunday of surpassing 200,000 coronavirus deaths as experts warned the total could double by year's end. Fatigue for social distancing, colder weather and continued contention over mask-wearing and reopening may compound COVID-19 cases and deaths as the year goes on. COVID-19 deaths have outpaced projections made as recently as May, when experts at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at University of Washington predicted about 180,000 deaths by October.
Just this year, amateur aurora-hunters discovered a new type of aurora that could come from space particles heating Earth's upper atmosphere. A NASA intern also revealed a new type of twisting aurora, which led scientists to a mysterious crunch in Earth's magnetic field. The lights at Earth's poles continue to surprise researchers, and other planets' aurorae offer hints at how their atmospheres and magnetic fields behave, too.
Strong winds stoked a wildfire burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue new evacuation orders for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. Meanwhile, officials were investigating the death of a firefighter on the lines of another Southern California wildfire that erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby's gender. The death occurred Thursday in San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.
“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.”