Jake Gardner, a white Nebraska bar owner charged in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Black man amid protests in May, has died by suicide, his attorneys said.Body found in Oregon »
President Trump on Monday defended the Republican plan to bring his pick to replace the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a vote so close to an election despite the fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to do the same with Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's nominee, in 2016. When you have the Senate, when you have the votes, you can sort of do what you want as long as you have it,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends. When Obama nominated Garland after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate.
Two men working for an aid agency which helps dispose of unexploded bombs have been killed in an explosion in the Solomon Islands. Briton Stephen Atkinson and Australian Trent Lee were employees of Norwegian People's Aid. The Solomon Islands, a WW2 battleground in the South Pacific, are littered with thousands of unexploded bombs.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky. rejected the government funding resolution House Democrats introduced Monday, leaving the U.S. government on the verge of a shutdown. The current government funding package only lasts another nine days, so on Monday, Democrats released a draft resolution that would extend in through Dec. 11.
An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students, has been fighting extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign that challenges a new state law sending ballots to all active voters amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nevada's Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak in August signed the law passed by the Democratically controlled Legislature that made the state among several that plan to automatically mail ballots to active voters this November. Trump's campaign filed the lawsuit within days of Sisolak's signing.
The husband of a major donor to Boris Johnson's Conservative party has allegedly been secretly funded by a Russian oligarch with close links to Vladimir Putin, according to leaked files. Lubov Chernukhin, the party's biggest female donor, has paid to spend time with each of the last three prime ministers, having played a tennis match with Boris Johnson. Leaked financial documents shared with the BBC and other news organisations show that her husband Vladimir Chernukhin was given £6.1 million, originally by a Russian politician and oligarch called Suleyman Kerimov who faced sanctions from the US because of his close links with the Kremlin.
They include public threats from Republicans set to join her in the House in January — and absolutely no condemnation from congressmembers on the other side of the aisle, she tells the The New York Times Magazine. In an interview with the Times, Omar discussed "hateful" attacks against her from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, as well as the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican House candidate in a far-right Georgia district who held a gun next to a photo of Omar's "Squad" in a campaign video. Greene's video is just one of many "dangerous" people spouting "bizarre, ill-informed conspiracies" about Omar and other Democrats and "terrorizing so many of us," Omar said.
Before he drove to the grocery store parking lot, Romeal Taylor did the same thing he's done every day this summer — he holstered his 9-millimeter handgun to the waistband of his gym shorts until he could feel it hug his right hip. When he arrived at the store in north Minneapolis he spotted six other Black men, some in tactical gear, armed with Glock 23s and Smith & Wesson M&Ps. The ad hoc group of about two dozen men — including a retired firefighter, a healthcare worker and a veteran — formed in the days after George Floyd's killing in response to the local NAACP chapter putting out a call for residents in predominantly Black north Minneapolis to protect small businesses from destruction as fires and unrest engulfed the city.
The Trump administration has named three cities that are slated to lose federal funding after the White House accused them of tolerating crime. New York City, Portland and Seattle are on the list of "anarchist cities" that Trump officials say have failed to stem crime linked to a summer of protests. It follows a memo from Mr Trump earlier this month, threatening the move.
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.
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. China flooded the Taiwan Strait at the northern end of the South China Sea with warplanes over two days last week in an apparent attempt to intimidate the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory. The drills were timed to coincide with the visit to Taiwan by a high-ranking U.S. envoy for talks and to attend a memorial service for former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who led the island's transition to full democracy in the face of Chinese threats.
New data obtained by The Guardian provides a more specific look at how the changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy affected the U.S. Postal Service's on-time first-class mail delivery rate after he took over the role in June. In what North Carolina A&T history professor and former postal worker Philip Rubio described as a "remarkable graphic illustration," The Guardian shows that rates plummeted not long after DeJoy stepped in. The USPS was delivering first-class mail on time about 93 percent of the time during most of the first half of 2020, just shy of its 95 percent goal, and was averaging nearly 91 percent at the moment of leadership transition.
Four Louisiana police officers were indicted Friday in connection with the death of Tommie Dale McGlothen Jr., a Black man with a known mental condition who died at the hospital a short time after his detention and arrest by the officers. The Caddo Parish Grand Jury returned indictments against four Shreveport Police Department officers, Treona McCarter, Brian Ross, D'Marea Johnson and James LeClare, who are charged with negligent homicide and malfeasance. According to Dr. Todd Thoma, the Caddo Parish Coroner, police arrived at the home after McGlothen blocked a driveway and followed a homeowner into his house.
In 2008, the CIA sent a team of four operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back. Internally, the CIA officers blamed the mission failure and deaths of four of their men on Bob Kandra, the Special Activities Division chief at the time.
Coming as they have simultaneously, these crises have made the prospect of a one-term presidency for Donald Trump a very real possibility –the defeat of an incumbent president is something that has only happened four times in the past 100 years. Faced with these historically unfavourable re-election prospects, the Trump administration has engaged in an unprecedented campaign to undermine the democratic process in an effort to stay in power. Mr Trump has made unsubstantiated claims about election rigging for years, but until recently he had never identified mail-in ballots as a problem.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday lifted all coronavirus restrictions across the country, except in second-wave hotspot Auckland, as the number of new infections slowed to a trickle. "Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control," she told reporters in Auckland. New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have halted community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August prompted the government to place the city back in lockdown.
Democrat Sara Gideon has launched a new TV ad making an unsupported claim that Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has used her power in public office to advance legislation to help her husband and his business. Democrats hope they have a chance at flipping the chamber if voters send Gideon, currently the speaker of the Maine House, to the Senate over Collins, who is seeking a fifth term. THE FACTS: Gideon's ad leaves out important details to lob a groundless accusation that Collins voted to line her husband's pockets.
Through August, the CDC had identified more than 10,900 people who may have come in contact with COVID-19 on a plane. The cases fall to contact tracers, who may be hampered by incomplete, inaccurate or stale contact information for those they are trying to reach, the CDC says. There are challenges that might explain why you might not get a call even if you were exposed: The infected passenger didn't have symptoms – even though he or she could have inadvertently spread the virus.
The Supreme Court has rolled back voting rights. And all the while the president, a lifelong grifter, routinely caters to wealth, sucks up to dictators and undermines the Constitution. Young voters need to get over it Yet many younger people bridle at voting for the Democratic Party.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday took down its guidance warning on possible airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus, saying that the draft recommendation was posted in error. The now-withdrawn guidance, posted on the agency's website on Friday, recommended that people use air purifiers to reduce airborne germs indoors to avoid the disease from spreading. "CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump, represents the sixth branch of the U.S. military and the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947.
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.
Spookiness has come early to Wisconsin this year, as a washed-up brain was discovered on a local beach last week. James Senda found what looked like a brain wrapped in aluminum foil and called police, who responded to the scene Tuesday morning. Many expected the brain to be human, but Wisconsin's Racine County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed it's not.
Soon after Scalia's death was announced on Feb. 13, 2016, McConnell said President Obama's Supreme Court nominee would not advance. In 2016, many Republicans argued that allowing a vote on Obama's Supreme Court nominee during an election year would break historic precedent. They argued that the American people deserved a chance to have their say.
“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.”