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President Trump on Thursday said he is withholding approval for a coronavirus relief package because Democrats want to include funds for mail-in voting. The president said Democrats want $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service, $3.5 billion of which would be used to shore up infrastructure amid logistical challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is predicted to keep some voters from going to the polls in November. “They want $3.5 billion for something that will turn out to be fraudulent, that's election money basically,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro suggested Wednesday night that "something" was going to happen to presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that would keep him from appearing on the ballot come November. Her comment during an appearance on "The Five" as she was answering a question about a recent poll from right-wing outlet Rasmussen that claimed more than half of its respondents didn't believe Mr Biden would survive his first term in office. "For some reason, I just have this feeling that Joe Biden isn't going to be on the ticket," Ms Pirro said.
A 14-year-old runaway told cops she got sold for sex at hotels across the street from Miami International Airport up to five times a day, according to a police report. The girl said she turned all proceeds of that and future encounters over to her pimp, 17-year-old Miami resident Javier Quintero.
Three women are accused of assaulting a 17-year-old restaurant hostess in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, because they were upset they could not all be seated together due to coronavirus social-distancing rules, police said. The incident occurred Sunday after a large group of women entered a Chili's restaurant and asked to be seated at the same table, Baton Rouge police said in a news release. "The employee advised the group that due to social distancing requirements, the business only allowed six at a table," the release said.
Federal agents have seized millions of dollars worth of bitcoin that terrorist organizations were using to carry out their violent campaigns, the US Department of Justice said Thursday. As part of the operation, officials also seized a website and four Facebook pages that ISIS was using to sell fake personal protective equipment. The seizure was just one part of a broader crackdown on the financial operations behind terrorist groups.
A federal judge on Friday dismissed the National Rifle Association's lawsuit challenging New York's decision to close gun stores in the state in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision came eight days after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the gun rights group, accusing senior leaders of corruption including the improper diversion of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino said the NRA lacked standing to challenge on behalf of its members a March 20 executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring gun stores to close in the state because they were "non-essential" businesses.
Venezuela on Friday sentenced 15 people to more than two decades in prison over a failed invasion plot that President Nicolas Maduro has said was an attempt to overthrow him. Amongst those jailed for 24 years was capitan Antonio Sequea, accused of leading the operation, said Attorney General Tarek William Saab. Maduro claimed it was a plot to assassinate him and install opposition leader Juan Guaido in his place, and Caracas accused US President Donald Trump of being directly responsible for the raid, in which eight attackers were allegedly killed.
Iran's top diplomat on Friday accused Western countries of taking advantage of Beirut's massive explosion last week that killed and injured thousands to dictate their own policies on Lebanon. The comments by Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif came during a visit to Beirut as a senior U.S. official and France's defense minister were also in the country. The Aug. 4 blast at Beirut's port, when thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate ignited setting off a massive explosion, killed nearly 180 people, injured 6,000 and caused widespread damage across the city.
On Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court reinstated the life sentence of Marcus Robinson, a 47-year-old Black man who proved before a judge in 2012 that racism had affected trial proceedings that resulted in his death sentence. Robinson had been re-sentenced to life without parole under North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA) but was later moved back onto death row after a series of legislative and legal proceedings. Robinson had originally been on North Carolina's death row after being convicted of first-degree murder in 1994.
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The website for anti-facist group Antifa redirected to Joe Biden's campaign website on Wednesday, which led some people to claim that the Democrats are connected to the organisation. For a few hours on Wednesday, Antifa.com redirected to JoeBiden.com, the campaign website of the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, before it returned back to the original page of the group Donald Trump has described as being run by “anarchists.” The president has attempted to categorise Antifa as a domestic terrorist organisation in recent months, following claims that some of its members engaged in violence at Black Lives Matter protests, but he is unable to do so as it is an umbrella term for various anti-facist groups.
Oregon state police are backing out of an agreement to protect the Portland federal courthouse from rioters, after the Multnomah County district attorney announced he will not prosecute most rioters who are arrested. Portland has seen riots almost every night since the May death of George Floyd, an African American man killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Rioters initially targeted the federal courthouse in the city, but after federal and state law enforcement came to an agreement to jointly protect the courthouse, rioters moved on to attack city police.
Meghan Markle has revealed she was “devastated” to return to America in the wake of George Floyd's killing, but said the protests that followed and the subsequent social and cultural reckoning have “inspired” her. Meghan, speaking to Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th*—as part of the site's “The 19th* Represents 2020 Virtual Summit”—said it was “just devastating, so sad, to see where the country was in that moment.” “From my standpoint, it's not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias,” Meghan said.
British tourists face a race to return from France after Boris Johnson said that returning holidaymakers from there would have to quarantine for 14 days from this weekend. France, along with five other countries, would be removed from the "green list" of countries which are exempt from quarantine restrictions as the country recorded a sharp uptick in coronavirus infections. Travel bosses have warned that it will be hard for Brits to get back to the UK.
People who have recovered from COVID-19 don't need to quarantine for up to three months after the infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The updated guidance suggests the people who have tested positive for the coronavirus have a low risk of reinfection during that time period. The CDC did not announce the new guidelines, instead updating its website with information about quarantining after exposure to people with the virus.
The US says it has taken control of four Iranian fuel shipments bound for Venezuela in the largest-ever seizure of its kind. About 1.1 million barrels of fuel were confiscated "with the assistance of foreign partners", according to the Justice Department. Washington said the shipments violated US sanctions.
That one second equaled more than 15 years of war,” Dagher said, referring to the 1975-1990 civil war that made the Lebanese capital a byword for destruction. Dagher, a 60-year-old architect, had spent decades restoring his family's elegant two-story, 4,800-square-foot house that his great-grandfather had first completed in 1875. In the eastern Beirut neighborhood of Gemmayzeh, it stood as a jewel-like example of the late Ottoman and French Mandate houses of fin-de-siecle Lebanon, with its facade of three arches and wide balconies.
The Mexican government has forced the resignation or sidelined more than 1,000 immigration officials over allegations of corruption and other irregularities, a senior official said on Friday. As part of an administrative modernization plan, the National Migration Institute (INM) installed video surveillance systems at its offices that have since detected irregularities that ranged from immigration officials extorting migrants, to workers sleeping on the job. INM chief Francisco Garduno said "more than 1,040 INM public servants have had to resign or have been subject to an internal review.
The photo has circulated for years, shared on Twitter feeds and political sites when issues of racism and discrimination dominate the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, much younger than he is now, smiling beside another white man in front of a Confederate battle flag. The Kentucky Democratic Party, for example, uses the picture periodically and featured it again in a pair of blog posts criticizing the Louisville Republican this summer. The photo got a wave of attention last year after a racist picture from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook turned up and Northam admitted to once wearing shoe polish on his face for a Michael Jackson costume.
Newly released bodycam footage from one of the officers at the scene of George Floyd's arrest, shows an emotional crowd pleading with police to get off him in the moments leading up to his death. The footage, that was made available by the Minneapolis Police Department on Thursday, is from the bodycam of Tou Thao, one of the four officers fired after Mr Floyd's death on 25 May, according to HuffPost. Mr Floyd died after his neck was knelt on for more than eight minutes by Derek Chauvin, who at the time was a Minneapolis police officer but has now been charged with with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
He was knocked down by the force of the blast that also destroyed one of his radios and wounded the Army Special Forces soldier with him. Grimesey would later learn that he had suffered a severe concussion. He couldn't get rid of the ringing in his ears, but he forced himself to begin thinking methodically of a plan to defeat an overwhelming enemy force and save the lives of his teammates.
Jimmy Lai had just finished his morning exercise and was catching up on the news when the police arrived. “There were 15, 20 policemen there, and they said I was under arrest and that they were from the national security department,” the Hong Kong media tycoon recounted in a live-streamed video chat Thursday. Lai, 71, said he was worried he could be sent to the mainland, where the legal system has fewer protections.
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A bald eagle met a $950 drone mid-air last month and attacked the contraption, sending it plummeting into Lake Michigan, officials said Thursday. Hunter King with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy — also known as EGLE — was piloting the drone on a mission to map erosion along the shoreline on July 21. The drone had been in flight for seven minutes on its fourth day when King noticed satellite reception had gotten spotty near Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula, the agency said.
“It may be a campaign tactic, but older workers, be forewarned. Ageism runs deep in our culture.”
“Genuine concerns about the capacities of people who want the world’s most powerful job mingle bizarrely with insults.”
“Joe Biden and Donald Trump are both old. But the media should not be making mental illness a campaign issue, on either side.”
“The Trump campaign is now betting his reelection’s already slim chances on Biden proving Trump’s diagnosis is right.”
“The nightmare scenario for Democrats is that, at a pivotal moment, Biden will struggle to put together a coherent thought.”