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Hindu groups in the US have expressed outrage at a morphed photo of the Hindu goddess Durga with Kamala Harris's face, after it was shared online by the vice presidential candidate's niece. Meena Harris, who has been very active on social media with support for her aunt Kamala for the upcoming election, said in a tweet which has now been deleted: “I am speechless, other than to say that the first day of Navratri was LIT.” Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival, which is currently being celebrated, to worship the feminine deity Durga.
Sri Lanka's highest court has ruled that four sections of a proposed amendment to the constitution that would consolidate power in the president's hands will need approval in a public referendum to become law because they are against the people's sovereignty. The Supreme Court's ruling, announced Tuesday by the parliamentary speaker, said that proposed sections that relieve the president from being responsible to Parliament and give him immunity from lawsuits and the power to dissolve Parliament a year after parliamentary elections are against public sovereignty. The constitution now allows the president's actions to be questioned in court and disallows him from dissolving Parliament until six months before the legislature's five-year term ends.
The USPS ordered its uniformed police officers to halt their patrol duties at the end of August, raising concerns about the security of mail-in ballots and sparking a lawsuit against the agency. "Why not wait until after the election to neuter the postal police," a union rep for the officers told The Wall Street Journal. The order came a day after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified to Congress that he would suspend sweeping changes until after the election following criticism they could delay ballot delivery.
A father and son in a pickup truck waving a Trump campaign flag were shot at after honking at a Joe Biden supporter installing a Black Lives Matter sign, police allege. Douglas Kuhn, 50, is being held without bail for allegedly firing a shotgun at Neal Houk and son Bradly Lang in Maryland on Saturday afternoon. The judge hearing the case before Baltimore County District Court on Monday was furious that the current political climate had come to this.
A divided Supreme Court rejected a Pennsylvania Republican effort to curtail mail-in voting, but experts say the Democratic victory may be short-lived — and confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would be a "disaster for Democrats." With Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's three liberals, the court split 4-4 to reject a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block an order from the state's Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots to be counted if they are received within three days of Election Day — even if they do not have a clear postmark. The tie left the state decision in place, which Democratic lawyers hailed as "great news for voting rights."
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his show Monday that his lung cancer had progressed to stage 4 and had become terminal. "The scans did show some progression of cancer," Limbaugh, 69, told his listeners, adding "it's not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction." Limbaugh announced in February he had been diagnosed with "advanced" lung cancer and was undergoing treatment.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has reportedly shut down all hope of passing a COVID-19 stimulus bill in the next two weeks. Discussions on the next relief bill have gone on for months with no actual results since the last package — and the boosted unemployment insurance that came with it — expired after July.
U.S. Army officials announced Tuesday that Vanessa Guillén, the 20-year-old Fort Hood soldier who went missing in April, died "in the line of duty." "The Army conducts a line of duty determination for all Soldier deaths," Fort Hood officials said in a statement. The line-of-duty determination means that Guillén's family will receive Army benefits, such as compensation for expenses, the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, allowances and a funeral with full military honors.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday he had asked local authorities to put mosques in the cities of Bordeaux and Beziers in southwestern France under police protection following threats or acts of violence. "Such actions are unacceptable on the soil of the Republic," the minister said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday. France bleu radio reported on its website late on Tuesday that leaders of the Ar-Rahma mosque in Beziers had filed a complaint with police following hate messages on Facebook, including a call to set the mosque on fire.
Amid an escalation in Donald Trump's feud with Anthony Fauci, a new poll finds the president's attacks on the top US infectious disease official have worked. A special US election poll compiled for The Independent by JL Partners found a majority of Americans, 51 per cent, said they would be confident while taking a coronavirus vaccine. But among Mr Trump's supporters, that figure drops under a scenario in which Mr Fauci endorses a vaccine.
More than 50 former intelligence officials wrote a public letter Monday saying they were "deeply suspicious" that Russia could be involved with the dubious New York Post stories published recently about Joe Biden's son Hunter. In the letter, first reported by Politico, the former officials said they believed the information at the center of the stories had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation." "It is high time that Russia stops interfering in our democracy," the officials wrote.
Floridians braved the rain and fears of COVID-19 to head to the polls in record numbers Monday on the first day of early voting, with slightly more Democrats casting ballots in person than Republicans. A total of about 366,000 people voted: about 154,000 Democrats, 153,700 Republicans and 55,000 unaffiliated voters, according to data from the Florida Division of Elections. In the past, Democrats have generally had an edge in early voting.
This week a Trump supporter went viral for all the wrong reasons after video surfaced of her yelling anti-Black Lives Matter rhetoric at a Starbucks barista in Santee, California. The clip – which was taken by a concerned customer – shows the agitated woman getting into a heated war of words with barista Alex Beckom, 19, after being politely asked her to wear the Trump 2020 mask under her chin, correctly over her face. Instead of leaving quietly, the woman then accused the coffee shop employee of discriminating against her for her political views as a supporter of the president.
Pakistan's army has ordered a probe into the alleged abduction of a provincial police chief, the military's public relations wing said on Tuesday, following an outcry over the incident. The probe, ordered by the country's army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, comes after local politicians alleged that Sindh province's top police official, Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar, had been abducted on Monday by paramilitary troops, who coerced him into signing an order to arrest an opposition leader. Opposition leader Muhammad Safdar, a member of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party, was arrested on Monday following a protest in Karachi, capital of the southern province of Sindh.
A fisherman who reeled in a 110-pound “monster” catfish in Georgia, setting a new state record, is also catching heat for the rare fish's death. The massive fish, hooked last week on the Chattahoochee River, is the largest ever blue catfish caught in Georgia, the state's Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. Tim Trone, of Havana, Florida, took the prized catch to DNR for an official weigh-in this week, and the record was made official.
Four months before his arrest for sexual exploitation of children, cheerleader Jerry Harris ditched his cellphone after a friend told him he might be under investigation, federal prosecutors say. Authorities have not named the person who warned Harris, saying only that it was someone who owns a gym. An amended lawsuit filed Monday claims the unnamed friend is Angela Rogers, co-owner of Cheer Athletics, a prominent cheerleading company whose Wildcats team competed this year on NBC's "America's Got Talent."
Ivanka Trump has been mocked for saying she is using the coronavirus pandemic to learn how to play the guitar, just a few days after it was reported that eight million Americans have fallen into poverty since May. During an interview on Monday, Ms Trump, 38, who serves as an adviser to her father, president Donald Trump, revealed she has started learning guitar over the last few months. For a lot of us during this pandemic, we've reconnected to some of life's simple pleasures — board games, for example.
When people are dismissive of my name or don't bother to try to pronounce it, they are communicating that I am unimportant. That was a particularly difficult message to swallow from teachers. I dreaded the moment in class when the teacher would come to my name in the roll call.
What started out as an evening of flirting with a woman at a Broward casino ended with him being drugged and robbed, deputies said. New details have come to light as deputies try to find the woman. On Sept. 11, a Georgia man met a woman at a Broward casino near Dania Beach, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said.
Early voters in Texas have already exceeded the total number of people statewide who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 — and the election is still 14 days away. Trump won Texas by 9 percentage points in 2016 but is now polling within the margin of error. Early voting in Texas started only a week ago, but the Lone Star State already leads the US in turnout.
Hundreds of people filled streets in the area of Elmwood Avenue Tuesday evening in Providence, Rhode Island, where a weekend crash involving a police cruiser put a man into a coma.
A vaccine scientist has warned that the next few months could be the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, as cases rise in more than half of US states. During an appearance on CNN's New Day on Monday morning, Dr Peter Hotez, the director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, said that the US is about to enter the worst phase of the pandemic. The key is now hanging on for the next four or five months, where we're going to enter what may be the worst period during this epidemic.
“Until solar and wind power take more of the energy load, I like not paying an arm and a leg to heat my house.”
“It is imperative to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible.”
“Any kind of ban on fracking would cause severe damage to our stressed economy.”
“Climate scientists are urging us to leave all fossil fuels in the ground so that they’ll never be burned. That includes natural gas.”
“Any immediate economic repercussions to the economy can be offset if oil-and-gas companies are made to pay their fair share.”