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In the continuing fallout from the death of Breonna Taylor, shot by police during a late-night raid on her apartment in Louisville, the office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Monday his office would release grand jury transcripts related to the case, after one of the grand jurors petitioned a judge to allow the records to be made public. Cameron also said his office would not object to the juror speaking publicly about the deliberations. Last week, Cameron announced that the grand jury had declined to bring charges for Taylor's death against any of the three officers involved in the raid in March.
Over the summer, a group called the Transition Integrity Project, made up of election experts from across the political spectrum, ran a series of hypothetical scenarios for how the presidential election might play out. With so many potential disrupting factors in this year's race, nearly all the outcomes they simulated resulted in “a chaotic legal and political landscape” that could tear American democracy apart. President Trump's ongoing baseless claims of voter fraud to undermine mail-in voting, plus his recent refusal to say he would accept the results, have sparked fears among Democrats that he may try to steal the election.
The jet pilot “ejected successfully and is currently being treated," the statement said. The F-35B is a single-seat combat aircraft that can take off and land conventionally and vertically. Photos from the scene posted online by NBC Palm Springs show a military plane on its belly in a farm field near Thermal Airport.
The family of a Dalit (formerly untouchable) woman who died after she was gang-raped has accused police officials of cremating her body without their permission. The 19-year-old was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men in Hathras district in northern India. Local journalist Abhishek Mathur, who witnessed the cremation from a distance, told the BBC that the police kept her family and media away from the funeral pyre.
For many observers, the biggest takeaway of the New York Times' bombshell report on President Trump's finances is how often in recent years Trump has paid little to no income tax, but for former intelligence officials, it's the potential of his massive debt to make him susceptible to foreign influence. The Times exposé, which is based on years of Trump's tax returns obtained by the paper, said the president “is personally responsible for loans and other debts totaling $421 million, with most of it coming due within four years.” The Times report said that the scale of the president's debts, with few obvious income streams to service them, paints a picture “of a businessman-president in a tightening financial vise.”
Anything can go wrong—from a faulty connection, a verbal slip-up, or, as was the case on Tuesday morning's Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani bellowing insane conspiracy theories at the nation with no obvious way to stop him. It's always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. The man who was named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2001 has long since been reduced to sharing the latest Trumpist conspiracy theories on any cable news channel that has the budget to cover any possible subsequent defamation lawsuits.
A disastrous stretch limousine crash that killed 20 people was probably caused by an owner who showed an "egregious disregard for safety" by putting the vehicle on the road despite failing a state inspection that cited issues with the brake system, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The federal board met virtually Tuesday to finalize its report on the probable cause of the crash Oct. 6, 2018, in Schoharie, New York, which killed the driver, all 17 passengers and two bystanders. The limousine, owned by Prestige Limousine of Saratoga County, appeared to suffer brake failure and reached speeds of 100 mph as it descended a steep hill toward the "T" intersection of Routes 30 and 30A where the crash occurred, the NTSB found.
Myles Cosgrove is one of the two Louisville police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in March. This weekend, Cosgrove's family started an online fundraiser to raise $75,000 so he can buy out the rest of his service time and retire from the force early to "focus on the safety of his family." The family wrote in the campaign page that "it has recently become clear that it will be impossible for Myles to safely return to his position."
Tuesday night's presidential debate was baffling and frustrating for many viewers, as Donald Trump shouted over Democratic challenger Joe Biden, and both men chased each other down rabbit hole after rabbit hole. For Fiona Whelan Prine, the wife of beloved country and folk musician, singer and songwriter John Prine who died in April due to the coronavirus, watching Mr Trump boast about his leadership during the pandemic was more than she could bear. Mr Prine was in intensive care for 13 days before ultimately succumbing to the virus.
One of the five Indonesians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines was killed Wednesday during a clash with troops, an Indonesian official said. La Baa was shot during an army operation against the Islamic State-linked group in Sulu province's Patikul town, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said. On behalf of the government, I would like to express my deep condolences to the family of the victim,” Marsudi told reporters.
The United States and Taiwan will work together on infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region and Latin America, officials said on Wednesday, in an implicit pushback for China's own massive regional investment plans. Washington is deeply suspicious of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative to build roads, railways and other facilities to link China to Europe, Asia and beyond, viewing it as a plan to entrap countries into China's orbit with debt diplomacy. China denies this.
President Donald Trump's family members did not wear masks during his debate on Tuesday with the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, defying the rules of the event. Trump's children were pictured wearing masks as they approached their seats, but they took them off for the debate itself. A Bloomberg reporter at the debate said first lady Melania Trump took off her mask after sitting down.
A wealthy benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced leader of a self-improvement group in upstate New York convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials, faces sentencing Wednesday in the federal conspiracy case. Seagram's liquor fortune heir Clare Bronfman is due to appear in federal court in Brooklyn. Bronfman, 41, admitted in a guilty plea last year that she harbored someone who was living in the U.S. illegally for unpaid “labor and services” and that she committed credit card fraud on behalf of Raniere, leader of the group called NXIVM.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not having a very good Roman holiday. His 30-plus car motorcade glided over the cobblestone streets of the uncharacteristically dreary, overcast Italian capital Wednesday morning for his second visit in a year. But rather than receiving a hero's welcome, as he did last time—complete with a private audience with Pope Francis and a visit to his ancestral home outside of Rome, he was accused of trying to exploit the pope on President Trump's behalf.
A friend — a professional, smart suburban female voter with good judgment who I've known for years — texted me during the first presidential debate that she was on three different text chains with all women, each a different background, party. Looking through the lens of what's driving President Donald Trump's troubles — his poor relationship with female voters — this debate did nothing to help and, if my friend is right, may have made it worse. Trump's theory was to come out and pummel his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, get under his skin, and then watch him dig deep holes from which he could not climb out.
SpaceX's next astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi — have named their new spaceship "Resilience." The astronauts are set to launch aboard the capsule, a Crew Dragon spacecraft funded by NASA and designed by SpaceX, on October 31. SpaceX and NASA are moving forward with their partnership, gearing up to regularly ferry astronauts to and from orbit in a new era of commercial human spaceflight.
Fire crews on Tuesday battled two ferocious blazes — including one torching portions of the state's beloved wine country — that destroyed homes and forced at least 70,000 people to scramble to safety. The entire town of Calistoga in Napa County was ordered to evacuate Monday as flames closed in on the 5,000-population community, and Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini confirmed three people had died in the Zogg Fire, which has burned through 50,102 acres near Redding in Northern California since Sunday. The Glass Fire, which also ignited Sunday, has charred more than 46,600 acres in the Napa and Sonoma wine region about 45 miles north of San Francisco, according to Cal Fire.
Kentucky's attorney general asked a court Wednesday to delay the release of secret grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor's killing by police just as audio recordings were set to be made public. Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office filed a motion asking a court in Louisville for a week's delay to allow the names of witnesses and their personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, to be redacted. A judge is expected to rule on the motion Wednesday, according to Cameron's office.
Two women and a teenage girl escaped from a burning two-story California home into the early morning darkness Saturday as flames and smoke engulfed both stories. Then one of the women, Feda Almaliti, realized her 15-year-old son, Muhammed, who had autism, was still inside, according to a release from the Fremont Fire Department. Firefighters in Fremont, a San Francisco Bay Area community, arrived a few minutes later and found Feda and Muhammed Almaliti together in a second-floor bedroom, the release says.
Former Hillary Clinton aides, ex-intelligence officials and Senate Democrats are accusing Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe of laundering Russian disinformation before an election after Ratcliffe suggested Clinton attempted to manufacture a scandal about Russian interference in the 2016 election on behalf of President Trump. On Tuesday, Ratcliffe, a loyalist whom Trump placed atop U.S. intelligence in the spring, sent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a letter claiming that in late July 2016, U.S. intelligence acquired “insight” into a Russian intelligence analysis.
Vice President Mike Pence stopped the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from extending a ban on cruise-ship journeys until 2021, Axios reported. Pence, who heads the White House coronavirus task force, told CDC Director Robert Redfield that extending the "no-sail order" to February 2021 was unfeasible, the report said. The news is the latest in a string of stories showing how the White House has sidelined scientific advice during the pandemic.
Cardinal George Pell, who left the Vatican in 2017 to face child sexual abuse charges in Australia, returned to Rome on Wednesday to find a Holy See mired in the type of corruption scandal he worked to expose and clean up. The trip is his first back to Rome after he took a leave of absence as Pope Francis' finance czar in 2017 to face historic sexual abuse charges stemming from his time as the archbishop of Melbourne. After he was absolved by Australia's High Court in April, Pell said he wanted to return to Rome to clean out his Vatican apartment, but intended to make Sydney his home.
A loud blast heard throughout Paris on Wednesday briefly caused panic as edgy residents feared a bombing five days after a terrorist attack outside the former offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The noise was caused by a sonic boom as a military jet broke the speed of sound, police said. Pierre Duclos, who was in a café around the corner from the site of the attack on Friday when the explosion-like noise was heard, said: “Everyone looked at each other and a few people got up and went outside.
President Donald Trump might have choked on his Egg McMuffin on Wednesday when tuning into his favorite morning show. Fresh from an aggressive debate performance which his campaign chalked up as a victory before it had even happened, Trump most likely tuned into Fox & Friends expecting the kind of sycophantic flattery he's become accustomed to over the past four years. All three of the hosts—Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, and Ainsley Earhardt—made clear how deflated they felt the morning after the debate.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”