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' »
The Mexican government said Wednesday it has requested information from the United States about claims that migrants were subjected to hysterectomies at a detention center in Georgia and that a migrant allegedly suffered sexual abuse at a facility in Texas. “A formal request has been made to the appropriate authorities for a report on the supposed negligent actions or rights abuses at immigration detention centers,” Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said. The department said consular personnel would try to guarantee migrants' rights are respected at detention centers.
The claim: If Kamala Harris assumes the role of president, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will become vice president A viral post claims that if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the election but cannot serve his full term, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris would assume the role of president and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become vice president. "You people realize if Biden wins and can't finish his term that Harris becomes Pres and Pelosi VP," the post reads. "Let that sink in."
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 senior U.S. official on Wednesday rejected claims that the government sent an American citizen to Venezuela where he's been charged with plotting terrorist attacks and labeled a spy. Venezuelan authorities say they captured a man identified as Matthew John Heath with a trove of photos, specialized weapons and cash. They say it proves he was plotting attacks on military installations, oil refineries and the electrical service.
Nashville Council Member Steve Glover on accusations that the mayor of Nashville tried to hide statistics regarding coronavirus cases in the city's bars and restaurants.
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."
A California family whose home was burned to the ground in the state's raging wildfires has slammed vice presidential hopeful Kamala Harris for allegedly trespassing on their property to stage a photo-op. Senator Harris and California Governor Gavin Newsom posed for pictures as they inspected damage caused by the fires in the town of Auberry, near Fresno. The politicians first inspected Pine Ridge Elementary school during the 15 September trip, before going across the street to the destroyed home of the Patten family.
BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - President Jair Bolsonaro said late on Wednesday Brazil was being "disproportionately" criticized for fires in the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands, at a time when many places around the world were seeing a surge in blazes. The Pantanal, the planet's biggest wetland, in 2020 has registered the most annual fires since government records began in 1998. In the Amazon, illegal ranchers and land speculators generally set fire to plots of land to clear them for agricultural purposes.
After President Donald Trump was unable to answer basic questions from undecided voters at an ABC town hall event Wednesday night, his debate prep strategy — or lack thereof — became apparent. Asked on "Fox & Friends" how he's getting ready for the first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Sept. 29, Trump said, "I sort of prepare every day, by just doing what I'm doing." Setting Trump's penchant for winging it aside, first-term presidents have historically seen a modest incumbency disadvantage going into debates against challengers who got plenty of practice during the primaries.
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.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department said Thursday that U.S. jobless claims fell by 33,000 from the previous week and that 12.6 million are collecting traditional unemployment benefits, compared with just 1.7 million a year ago. The pandemic has delivered a colossal shock to the economy.
Donald Trump signalled earlier this week he will not formally prepare for his three debates against Democratic foe Joe Biden, and a new report suggests he will wing each session on a bet the former vice president will trip himself with gaffes and forgetfulness. The 74-year-old president for months has tried casting the 77-year-old Mr Biden as too old and mentally slow as he approaches 80 to be the so-called leader of the free world. The president himself made the decision to skip a 2016-like debate preparation session, when former New Jersey Governor Christie played the role of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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.
A tropical storm made landfall in central Vietnam on Friday, killing one person, while seven people died in a lightning strike in neighboring Cambodia. The lightning struck a wooden stilt house under which people were eating in Cambodia's northwestern Battambang province on Thursday evening. The dead included a family of four and three other relatives, said Keo Vy, the spokesperson for the National Committee for Disaster Management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the second time this week, a presidential candidate fielded questions from voters in a town hall setting. “Chief, didn't I meet you when you were chief?” Biden said through a half-smile, pointing at the man preparing to ask him a question. Bill Barrett, a retired police chief who is in his fifth term on city council, wanted to know how Biden will address growing violence in cities and the lack of respect for police and the military.
Ukraine and the United States launched joint military exercises on Thursday, two days after Russia began joint military drills with forces in neighboring Belarus. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said the U.S. Army-led Rapid Trident exercises, taking place near Yavoriv in western Ukraine, would involve about 4,000 servicemen from 10 countries. It said the exercises show the strength of the U.S.-Ukraine strategic partnership and "commitment to enhance readiness in a challenging operational environment, which increases the strong relationships that are necessary for peace and stability."
German police have launched a homicide investigation after a woman died during a cyber-attack on a hospital. Hackers disabled computer systems at Düsseldorf University Hospital and the patient died while doctors attempted to transfer her to another hospital. The ransomware attack hit the hospital on the night of 9 September, scrambling data and making computer systems inoperable.
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.
The Philadelphia Police Department has been deploying officers specifically assigned to locate and remove ATVs from city streets.
Bolivia's conservative interim president, Jeanine Anez, pulled out of next month's general election on Thursday, a move that should strengthen other candidates running against the front-running socialist party of ex-leader Evo Morales. Anez said in a video message she sought to unify those opposing the candidate for the party of Morales, who resigned last year after an election sparked widespread protests. Anez, a former senator, took office in the power vacuum that followed Morales' departure.
“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.”