Amid the fallout from a sex scandal that would cost Jerry Falwell Jr. his job, Becki Falwell summoned first responders to the couple's home in Virginia.'Empty alcohol containers' »
Support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement among US residents has seen a decrease over the last three months, according to a new poll. In a new survey from the Pew Research Centre, 55 per cent of US adults said they either strongly or somewhat supported BLM, compared to 67 per cent who answered the same in June, just weeks after protests against police brutality and racial violence were reignited. The movement was launched in 2013, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting, but reached national attention again in May 2020, following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd while in police custody.
A 68-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman who were found dead near their home in fire-ravaged Northern California had been packed to evacuate but decided to stay based on "erroneous information" about the blaze, authorities said. A volunteer firefighter in Oregon who used a bullhorn to alert neighbors to approaching flames later found his own home destroyed. In Oregon, 1 million acres have burned and 1,145 homes and 579 other structures have been destroyed, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
A doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison issued a public apology this week after accusations emerged online that they were presenting as Black person despite being mostly of Italian ancestry. CV Vitolo-Haddad — who uses they/them pronouns — wrote in a Medium post Sunday that they resigned from a teaching position and stepped down as co-president of UW-Madison's chapter of the Teaching Assistants' Association graduate workers' union. The situation came to light in a Medium post by an anonymous "affiliate of the university" who accused Vitolo-Haddad of "race-shifting and copious lying."
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.
Rochester police dispersed demonstrators from in front of City Hall on Wednesday morning as protests over the suffocation death of Daniel Prude continued. Protesters who gathered outside the downtown building Tuesday had said that they would remain there until police officers involved in Prude's detainment in March were arrested and fired. A line of helmeted officers swept through the area around city hall at about 8 a.m.
Spotify is wrestling with employees' concerns about how the company is handling episodes of "The Joe Rogan Experience" that some described as transphobic, Vice reported. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek addressed concerns in an all-hands meeting on Wednesday, sources told Vice. Ek said Rogan's podcast had been the subject of 10 meetings and told employees not to leak to the press, Vice reported.
Amy Dorris, a former model and actress, says President Trump assaulted her outside the bathroom in his VIP box at the U.S. Open in September 1997, The Guardian reported Thursday. The Guardian said it learned of Dorris' story more than a year ago from a model agent she had confided in, and Dorris confirmed her allegation 15 months ago but was unwilling to go public before now. Dorris, 48, was 24 at the time; Trump was 51 and married to Marla Maples.
US attorney general William Barr has been accused of “tyranny” by Seattle's mayor after he reportedly asked officials at the Justice Department to consider bringing charges against her handling of Black Lives Matter protests earlier this year. In a phone call last week, Mr Barr had asked justice department prosecutors to charge the Democrat mayor, Jenny Durkan, for allowing the demonstrations and an uatonomous protest zone to continue without police oversight, the New York Times (NYT) reported, citing two sources familiar with the conversation. "The Department of Justice cannot become a political weapon operated at the behest of the president to target those who have spoken out against this administration's actions," said Ms Durkan.
Biologists in New Mexico have sounded the alarm after thousands of song birds were found dead in recent days. New Mexico State University Professor Martha Desmond told local media that the reason for the mass die off is a mystery but could be tied to smoke from wildfires, or the recent cold weather. State biologists have asked people to report sightings of dead birds for further research to be conducted.
The claim: Biden's and Harris' tax plans would raise rates on a family making $75,000 or $3,000 biweekly Viral posts on Facebook claim tax rates for some families would more than double if Democrat Joe Biden is elected president. Bidens tax rate on a family making 75000 dollars would go from 12% to 25%,” reads a post Aug. 16 that has been shared more than 126,000 times. LET THAT SINK IN ALL YOU RIDING WITH BIDEN SUPPORTERS.
Last week I got an email from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent I used to work with when I was a federal prosecutor at the Justice Department. He's a former cop, former military man, and a current Republican with whom innocent discussions have turned into political battles. Through the years of investigations, indictments, arrests, and trials, I found him to be a hardworking and honest agent.
Vice President Mike Pence's former top aide on the coronavirus task force told The Washington Post in an interview published Thursday that some senior White House aides wanted to "wind down" the task force in April. President Donald Trump in early May announced he would wind down the coronavirus task force before abruptly reversing course. Olivia Troye left her White House post in August, and on Thursday she delivered scathing criticism of the president's pandemic response, accusing him of showing a "flat-out disregard for human life."
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell less than expected last week and applications for the prior period were revised up, suggesting the labor market recovery had shifted into low gear amid fading fiscal stimulus. The weekly jobless claims report from the Labor Department on Thursday, the most timely data on the economy's health, also showed nearly 30 million people were on unemployment benefits at the end of August, laying bare both the continuing economic and human devastation six months after the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States. "With nearly 30 million people unemployed and the ongoing failure of politicians to deliver additional needed fiscal stimulus, the climb out of the pandemic downturn is likely to be slower and more damaging to long-term growth than it should have been," said Ron Temple, head of U.S. equity at Lazard Asset Management in New York.
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. Patten and his sister, Bailee, added that their parents had still not been able to return to their home.
An American woman could face up to 10 years in prison after allegedly spreading coronavirus during a bar crawl in Germany. The unidentified 26-year-old woman faces accusations that she infected 59 people thus far after visiting multiple bars and pubs through the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, even though she was displaying symptoms related to Covid-19. The woman was in Germany because she worked for a hotel resort for the United States forces stationed in Germany, according to reports.
Ron Johnson, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and Joe Biden Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images Democrats accused Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. of abusing his position after he publicly admitted that his investigation into the party's presidential nominee Joe Biden would "certainly" help President Donald Trump's re-election chances. Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has led a probe into Obama-era intelligence activities and Biden's alleged ties to Ukraine for months after a similar effort by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani led to the president's impeachment last year.
Investigative journalist Bob Woodward joins Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff to discuss his new book, “Rage. In the weeks leading up to publication, Woodward has come under fire for not releasing audio recordings of President Trump privately acknowledging the potential severity of the coronavirus pandemic as early as February. He explains, however, that due to the nonlinear nature of reporting, it would not have been feasible to release the audio recordings early because of a lack of context.
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.
A group of Chinese virologists released a strange new paper on Monday that claims the new coronavirus was engineered in a Chinese lab. One of the virologists, Li-Meng Yan, told the Fox News host Tucker Carlson it was a "man-made virus" that the Chinese government released "intentionally." A strange new paper claiming the coronavirus was a "laboratory product" quietly made its way into a repository of preliminary research on Monday.
Attorney General William Barr, in politically white hot comments, called Democrats' concerns Donald Trump would refuse to leave office if he loses the election in November “crap.” Mr Barr lambasted the opposition party, which he dubbed a “mob,” echoing the president's rhetoric, over everything from Covid-era mail-in ballots to allegations they are purposefully trying to sow seeds of doubt about the election's validity – just hours before Mr Trump returned to Twitter and appeared to do just that. Since many states decided to alleviate voters' polling station-related health concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mr Trump and his surrogates, including his attorney general, have said mailed-in ballots would automatically bring fraud.
But now she had been elected the only Black woman on the Cobb County School Board, gaining office in a once conservative suburban community where people who look like her rarely held positions of power. Something had changed in this place, and something had changed in her. I love your hair — your hair looks like my hair,” the girl squealed, calling friends over.
At Tuesday's Apple event, Tim Cook announced that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 would launch the following day. This gave developers only 24 hours' notice to prepare their apps for the update. Now, some developers, including Nintendo, are warning users not to download the update or they could experience glitches.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will not attend the United Nations General Assembly in person next week, a White House official said Thursday – the latest display of how the coronavirus pandemic is upending U.S. diplomacy. The annual meeting usually draws world leaders to New York for several days and Trump has often used his address to frame his foreign policy in domestic terms. Last year, for instance, Trump asserted that the "future does not belong to globalists."
Mexico's Sept. 16 Independence Day celebrations were muted by the coronavirus pandemic, with a small, symbolic gathering replacing the usual massive military parade Wednesday. The ceremony was dominated by the awarding of “Miguel Hidalgo” medals, the country's highest civilian honor, to 58 doctors, nurses and health personnel involved in the treating COVID-19 patients. Independence Day marks the start of the 1810-21 struggle for freedom from Spain, and has also been celebrated the night before for over a century.
This presidential election season joins the last several in being attended by accusations that certain candidates are ineligible because of the requirement in Article II of the Constitution that the president be not only a citizen, but a “natural born” citizen. This time around, some have claimed that Sen. Kamala Harris is ineligible for the presidency because, though born in the United States, her parents were immigrants who had not become citizens by the time of her birth. We believe this claim is untenable.
“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.”