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 Donald Trump's former national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said U.S.-backed peace talks in Afghanistan are doomed to end in "failure" and warned the risk of another 9/11-style attack on America is "very high." The U.S. is "in many ways more at risk today than we were on Sept. 10, 2001," McMaster told USA TODAY in the first print interview for his new book, "Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World." McMaster served as Trump's second national security adviser, appointed to the job in February 2017 after Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was fired for lying about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
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.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded Monday that Russia return the clothes he was wearing on the day he fell into a coma in Siberia, calling it “a crucial piece of evidence” in the nerve agent poisoning he is being treated for at a German hospital. In a blog post Monday, Navalny said the Novichok nerve agent was found “in and on” his body, and said the clothes taken off him when he was hospitalized in Siberia a month ago after collapsing on a Russian flight are “very important material evidence.” Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critic, fell ill on a domestic flight to Moscow on Aug. 20, was brought to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk and was transferred to Germany for treatment two days later.
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.
President Donald Trump has mocked the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish that she not be replaced until a new president can be installed, falsely suggesting the quote was created by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders. Justice Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart and one of the most consequential judges in US history, told her granddaughter just days before she died of complications resulting from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 coffins at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, a burial ground that is also home to one of the world's oldest pyramids, the ministry of tourism and antiquities said. The wooden sarcophagi are ornately painted and covered in hieroglyphs, and were found stacked in two burial shafts, the ministry said in a statement. They have not yet been opened, the ministry said.
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.
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.
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.
It's been a throwaway line in presidential campaigns for years: Roe v. Wade is on the ballot. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so close to a presidential election and the vacancy it creates on the Supreme Court, coupled with President Donald Trump's political imperative to energize social conservatives in key states, urgently provided a new frame for Trump's case for a second term. If Trump is able to install his nominee in that seat, both sides agree there's a better chance than ever that Roe v. Wade — the 1973 decision established a nationwide right to abortion — could be overturned or gutted.
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.
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.
ByteDance's deal with Oracle and Walmart means it will retain control of TikTok's algorithms, the company said in a statement on Monday. TikTok's recommendation algorithm is considered by experts to be the company's "secret sauce," and employees have referred to it as a "crown jewel." China blocked ByteDance from selling the algorithm in late August by passing extraordinary new export restrictions.
Taiwan said on Monday its armed forces have the right to self-defence and counter attack amid "harassment and threats", in an apparent warning to China, which last week sent numerous jets across the mid-line of the sensitive Taiwan Strait. Tensions have sharply spiked in recent months between Taipei and Beijing, which claims democratically run Taiwan as its own territory, to be taken by force if needed. Chinese aircraft crossed the mid-line to enter the island's air defence identification zone on Friday and Saturday, prompting Taiwan to scramble jets to intercept them, and President Tsai Ing-wen to call China a threat to the region.
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.
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.
The supernova explosion of a massive, dying star was so bright that ancient humans would have seen it from Earth about 15,000 years ago. The supernova's blast wave continues to scream through space, heating and compressing dust and gas in a way that causes them to glow in a web of colorful ribbons called the Cygnus Loop. NASA's Hubble space telescope recently captured an image of the Cygnus Loop in unprecedented detail.
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.
Russia sees minimal chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - their last major nuclear arms pact - as it does not accept conditions set out by Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. He spoke came after Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, told a Russian newspaper that Moscow must accept a joint agreement with Washington on extending the treaty before the U.S. presidential election in November.
Parts of Texas and Louisiana braced Monday for flooding and damaging storm surge as Tropical Storm Beta slowly worked its way into a part of the country that's already been drenched and battered during this year's exceptionally busy hurricane season. The storm was no longer expected to gain hurricane strength and forecasters decreased estimated rainfall totals from Beta early Monday, saying in a U.S. National Hurricane Center advisory that up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain could fall in some areas. It was the system's slow movement and storm surge, however, that were generating concerns in coastal communities.
Tesla has “a shot at a record quarter for vehicle deliveries,” Elon Musk told staff in a leaked email on Sunday, seen by Bloomberg. Tesla's current deliveries record is 112,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2019. The pandemic pushed down sales, and therefore deliveries to customers, in the first half of 2020.
Earlier this month in Florida, President Donald Trump absurdly called himself “the great environmentalist.” That's right. The guy, who repealed or weakened more than a hundred environmental protections, proposed unbridled oil and gas leasing on millions of acres of lands and waters, and still denies climate science even as apocalyptic wildfires and hurricanes devastate communities, now expects us to believe he's “number one since Teddy Roosevelt.” Back home in New Mexico there's a local truism, “Dime con quien andas, y te diré quien eres,” which means, “Tell me who you hang around with, and I'll tell you who you are.”
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.
Disney World may have scaled back its September hours but the company's Florida theme parks will temporarily expand their hours for the holidays, lengthening the days at Magic Kingdom and Epcot for the first week of December. The biggest change: in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, it's cutting events that draw big crowds, such as the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional at Epcot and the holiday show Castle Dream Lights. Meanwhile, photo opportunities with Santa Claus and Disney characters will be socially distanced.
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 world, dropped in place by a crane, and residents can move in within 90 minutes.
“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.”