Amid rising crime rates, a polarizing political election and the continued high-profile police killings of Black Americans, some police veterans say they can't recall a tougher time to be an officer.'Most challenging period of my career' »
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been vague about his plans for the military if he wins the election, but one specific promise he has made is to roll back the Trump administration policy that effectively bars transgender service members from serving openly in accord with their gender identity. Meanwhile, a Trump victory in Tuesday's election would add significance to several cases challenging the current policy that are winding their way through the federal courts. If one or more of those cases end up in the Supreme Court, the recent confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a favorite of social conservatives, could mean that legal challenges to the rules would have to clear a particularly high final hurdle.
Kyle Rittenhouse was extradited to Wisconsin after an Illinois judge rejected his legal challenge on Friday. The 17-year-old was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in August over the shooting of three people at anti-police-brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse argued Wisconsin's request to extradite him from Illinois violated his constitutional rights, but the Illinois judge said it wasn't the court's place to rule on those issues, accusing him of asking the court to "ignore binding Illinois law."
America just posted its biggest annualized and single-quarter GDP growth of all time. In fact, the 3.5 percent total GDP shrinkage during 2020 "means we are still down almost as much as we were during the height of the Great Recession," tweets Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton. Economist Justin Wolfers meanwhile debunked the 33.1 percent growth rate the entire Trump family was touting Thursday morning.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said that he first learned about a letter House speaker Nancy Pelosi sent to him regarding coronavirus stimulus talks “in the press.” “I woke up this morning and read @SpeakerPelosi 's letter to me in the press,” Mnuchin said on Twitter. Pelosi aides said they had sent the letter to Mnuchin shortly after midnight, though the treasury secretary said he first saw the letter when Politico's morning newsletter Playbook published it just after 6 a.m., according to the Washington Post.
Two long-rifle shell casings were found in and near Breonna Taylor's Louisville apartment after a botched police drug raid that ended in Taylor's death, Kentucky's attorney general said. It's the first time these specific shell casings have been mentioned by authorities investigating Taylor's death. One of the casings was found by Taylor's sister in her bedroom and the other was found in the parking lot outside the apartment, according to a court filing this week in a criminal case against the sole Louisville police officer charged in connection with the raid.
President Trump told a small group of supporters at his Minnesota rally on Friday that the state's governor had advised him to cancel the event.
Driver charged after his passenger pushed a cyclist to her death from a fast-moving minivan before falling out of the window, hitting his head on a lamppost, and dying The pair pulled up alongside Michelle Weissman, who was in her mid-fifties. Giovanni Medina Barajas leaned out of the window to push her, knocking her to the ground and she died from the impact, according to the Associated Press. Lt. Raymond Spencer told the Associated Press that the momentum of pushing her caused Barajas to fall out of the car, skid at least 150ft before hitting his head on a lamppost and dying at the scene.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Saturday condemned what he called "terrorist" attacks in France, but also warned that remarks by President Emmanuel Macron had "insulted Islam" and "hurt the unity of Muslims everywhere." Conservative Islamic organizations in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, have called for protests and boycotts against France, sharing an image of Macron as a red-eyed devilish snail. "Freedom of speech that injures the noble purity and sacred values and symbol of religion is so wrong, it shouldn't be justified and it needs to stop," the Indonesian leader, who is known by his popular name Jokowi, said in a televised address.
I knew right away it was my son,” Diane said. And I knew right then someone had killed him. According to Sergeant Chris Spencer with the Omaha Police Department, officers responded to the scene at 3009 Hamilton Street and discovered a badly decomposed body beneath a vehicle behind the house.
During recent protests over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia, the U.S.'s largest police union posted what looked like a sympathetic photo. A Philadelphia police office held a Black toddler, with a caption purporting he was found "walking around barefoot in an area that was experiencing complete lawlessness," the National Fraternal Order of Police's Facebook post said. Rickia Young was driving with her toddler son to pick up her 16-year-old nephew when she accidentally drove into an area where police and protesters were facing off.
President Trump made another visit to the swing state of Wisconsin on Friday evening, bringing some unfounded theories and repetitive rants along with him. For starters, Trump celebrated reports that Democratic nominee Joe Biden wasn't driving Black voter turnout, framing it in a way that made it seem like he was happy about the disenfranchisement. "The Black vote is not turning out for him," Trump said of Biden.
A Florida man was mauled by a black panther - a leopard with excessive black pigments - during a $150 "full-contact experience" at a backyard enclosure near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to local media. Dwight Turner's injuries from the attack, which happened on August 31, were so bad that his scalp was "hanging from his head and his right ear was torn in half," his attorneys have said. The leopard was owned by Florida local Michael Poggi who, according to his social media pages, runs an animal sanctuary for rare and endangered animals in his backyard.
Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, facing a challenge from the opposition and dissension within his coalition, on Saturday urged lawmakers to pass the 2021 budget to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The Southeast Asian nation has seen a resurgence in infections that is battering the economy, with the number of cases more than doubling in the past month. "I hope all parliamentarians can put aside political differences to ensure that the 2021 Budget is approved in the interest of the people and the country," he said in a televised address, adding that "an understanding can be framed among members of parliament".
A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 700 amid collapsed buildings and flooding, officials said. A small tsunami struck the Seferihisar district south of Izmir, the city in western Turkey that was the worst affected by the quake, said Haluk Ozener, director of the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute. At least 17 people were killed in Izmir, Turkey's third-largest city, including one who drowned, and 709 were injured, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency, or AFAD.
But despite both of Texas' Republican senators being convinced there's a tough competition in the traditionally red state, both President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden haven't really campaigned there, The New York Times reports. Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) tight 2018 race against Democrat Beto O'Rourke was one of the first indications Texas could become a tossup in 2020. Cruz has tried to convince Trump that "we have a fight" in Texas, he tells the Times.
Voting, which got under way at 0400 GMT, was brisk, with lines forming outside several polling stations in the capital Tbilisi. A majority of polls suggest the ruling Georgian Dream party - founded and funded by the country's richest man, Bidzina Ivanishvili - is leading, but it is not clear whether it will be able to get more than 40% of the votes needed to form a single-party government. Reuters correspondents saw long queues outside polling stations in central Tbilisi with voters wearing protective masks due to the coronavirus concerns.
Prosecutors have brought additional charges against seven members of 1488, a white supremacist gang based in Alaska. The group members also assaulted and removed tattoos belonging to two other members, the indictment says. Federal prosecutors in Alaska have announced additional charges against members of a white supremacist gang charged in the kidnapping and death of one of their former members.
The complaints from President Donald Trump and his allies have been growing louder as the election approaches: Why isn't the mainstream media covering the Hunter Biden laptop story? Trump and his allies say there is evidence of corruption in emails and documents allegedly found on a laptop belonging to Democrat Joe Biden's son. They say those and other documents show that Hunter Biden used his father's influence to enrich himself through business deals in Ukraine and China, and that his father not only facilitated that, but may have benefited financially.
The night of Oct. 12 was like any other for former beauty queen Leanza Cornett, according to her roommate, Sue Roberts. Miss America 1993 was in her kitchen at her Jacksonville home when she accidentally fell, Roberts wrote on the Facebook page called “Leanza Cornett's Circle of Love.” The page was for the 49-year-old beauty queen's friends as well as employees at Walt Disney World, where Cornett had played Ariel in the live-action “Voyage of the Little Mermaid” show in the early '90s.
Minnesota's secretary of state said Thursday it's too late for voters to mail back their absentee ballots if they want to make sure their votes count, after an appeals court ruling indicated that mail-in ballots arriving after Election Day are at risk of being invalidated. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Minnesota absentee ballots arriving after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a final court order. The ruling doesn't block Minnesota's seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots outright, but puts the grace period in danger.
To coincide with Sunday's World Vegan Day, Britain's first permanent vegan butcher, Rudy's, is opening, set to sell meat-free versions of traditional products such as baycon, soysage and turk'y. Demand for vegan products has surged in recent years in Britain, with increasing numbers of people cutting out animal-derived ingredients completely, while others reduce the amount of meat and dairy they consume each week. "People understand what it is that we're selling," co-founder Matthew Foster told Reuters.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 751,000, the lowest since March, but it's still historically high and indicates the viral pandemic is forcing many employers to cut jobs. Applications for unemployment aid fell 40,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday. They fell in 30 states, including big drops in California, Florida and Texas.
Fox News Donald Trump Jr. falsely claimed on Fox News that COVID-19 deaths were down to "almost nothing" on the same day that the disease killed more than 1,000 people and cases hit a new record high. Don Jr. tried to downplay the deadly pandemic spreading uncontrolled throughout most of the U.S. while complaining about Minnesota's decision to cap attendance at an upcoming Trump rally at 250 people. "I put it up on my Instagram a couple days ago, 'cause I went through the CDC data.
Tati Bruening, 19, has built a business around taking portraits of TikTok stars like Chase Hudson (26 million followers) and his friends. She has become the choice fashion and portrait photographer for many of these Gen-Z influencers. Bruening told Business Insider that she first got in touch with TikTok creators by direct messaging them on Instagram.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte wants another term in office. In an interview published Saturday in Dutch daily De Telegraaf, Rutte confirmed that he will lead his People's Party for Freedom and Democracy into the next national election on March 17. The conservative party, known by its Dutch acronym VVD, currently leads national polls and observers credit Rutte's steady leadership of the country over the past decade, as well as through the coronavirus pandemic, as the key reason for its popularity.
“Many are longtime Republicans wrestling with what they see as a choice between two lousy candidates.”
“Some undecideds turn out to be people who’ve long felt alienated from the two big political parties.”
“They’re not following the 24-hour news cycle. The election and politics are just not a high priority.”
“One common trait: at this stage of the game, the undecided voter doesn’t fit into an easy political profile.”
“More realistically...these voters may not be motivated to vote at all in the 2020 election.”