Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said authorities were monitoring social media posts from the protests, potentially in order to arrest people defacing or vandalizing property.'We're rounding these people up' »
A "colossal" explosion that rocked the port area of Lebanon's capital Tuesday, killing dozens of people and injuring thousands more, happened at a warehouse where tons of ammonium nitrate were being stored, the prime minister said. "I will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened, to hold him accountable and impose the most severe penalties," Prime Minister Hassan Diab said. Diab said it was "unacceptable" that a shipment of ammonium nitrate estimated at 2,750 tons had been in warehouse for six years without "preventive measures" to protect it.
WASHINGTON – Over 100 Black women leaders and activists slammed comments made of Black women being considered to be Joe Biden's running mate as racist and sexist in an open letter published Wednesday. Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Karen Bass, former US Ambassador Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings and former Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have all been floated as possible vice presidential contenders for Biden. The letter comes as Biden is nearing an announcement on his vice presidential pick.
Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Travelers say they will pay an average of 16-17% more to fly on airlines that block the middle seat, according to a new survey. Airline earnings data suggests that customers are indeed willing to pay up: Even though Delta is blocking off 40% of its seats, its passenger revenue performance rivals United's. The middle seat debate has raged as flying has slowly picked back up during the coronavirus pandemic, with some airlines doubling down on blocking seats, while others, like American Airlines, have begun to fill them again.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images A UK woman said she had to physically remove a chicken nugget from her 6-year-old daughter's mouth after she began to choke on it, she told the BBC. Laura Arber said she found pieces of a protective face mask inside the chicken nuggets. "Just because it says it's a Happy Meal doesn't mean it's safe," Arber said.
Australia's ambassador to Iran has visited a British-Australian academic who was convicted of espionage before being moved recently to a notorious Iranian prison, and found that she “is well,” Australia's government said Tuesday. Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Middle Eastern studies when she was sent to Tehran's Evin Prison in September 2018 and sentenced to 10 years. Australia sought urgent consular access and its ambassador to Iran, Lyndall Sachs, visited Moore-Gilbert in Qarchak Prison on Sunday, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, or DFAT, said in a statement.
New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that New York City had no COVID-19 deaths for three straight days. Despite the progress, the governor issued a stark warning for residents to continue to take the virus seriously — and the city announced it's setting up checkpoints to inform visitors of quarantine rules. "Our progress in New York is even better than we expected, thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers," Cuomo said in a statement.
A Georgia prosecutor has asked a judge to revoke the bond for the former Atlanta policeman charged with murder in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, saying in court papers that he had violated its terms by taking an out-of-state vacation. Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot in June in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, an incident that was caught on video and set off days of protests over racial inequality and social injustice. District Attorney Paul Howard asked the court late on Tuesday to send former officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, back to jail for violating the terms of his bond, which include a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and an order that he stays within the court's jurisdiction.
A second-grade student in Georgia tested positive for the coronavirus after attending the first day of school, leading the district to ask 20 other students and a teacher to self-quarantine for two weeks. The child, a student at Sixes Elementary School in Canton, about 44 miles north of Atlanta, did not begin to show symptoms until after school on Monday, the first day students returned. In a letter to parents, the school's principal, Ashley Kennerly, said the class will be taught remotely while the group is under quarantine.
President Trump discussed the growing number of American deaths caused by COVID-19, the legacy of Rep. John Lewis and the Civil Rights Act during a contentious Axios interview, saying the citation is “under control.
Donald Trump has taken a swipe at Barack Obama's recently delivered eulogy for civil rights hero John Lewis, calling it a “ridiculous” speech intended to attack him rather than commemorate its supposed subject. Calling in to Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning, Mr Trump was invited to opine on Mr Obama's address, which the programme's hosts themselves complained was more political than respectful. Who is having a harder time getting over the 2016 election,” asked host Brian Kilmeade, “Hillary Clinton, or president Obama?
USA TODAY has an update on the states that are discouraging interstate travel by requiring or recommending that visitors and residents returning from other states quarantine. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that beginning August 11, non-Alaska residents need a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival in the state or proof they are waiting on results from a test taken in that 72-hour period. Testing is free for Alaska residents.
The federal agency primarily responsible for the distribution of foreign aid has been roiled in recent days by the most Trumpian of dramas, one involving an anti-LGBT political appointee, blundering conservative operative Jacob Wohl, accusations of stalking, prostitution, and the potential hiring of a young conservative with past racist writings. The chaos seemed set to crest with a slap-dash press conference scheduled for this Thursday. The setting of the entire mess was the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an agency known largely as a bit of a backwater when it comes to the government's foreign policy apparatus, but one with a $16.8 billion foreign aid budget.
A Syrian refugee has been hailed as a hero in Germany after he stopped a man raping a woman. The 30-year-old Syrian, named only as Faner O under German privacy laws, intervened after he saw a woman being attacked by a man in the early hours of Sunday morning. With the help of another passerby, he overpowered the rapist and held him until police could reach the scene.
In July, BethAnn McLaughlin — who admitted to The New York Times on Tuesday that she created the fake persona — had announced that @Sciencing_Bi had died as a result of the virus. McLaughlin, who previously faced allegations that she bullied people of color as part of her work as the leader of MeTooSTEM, had also used the fake account @Sciencing_Bi to come to her own defense. Arizona State University, where the persona behind the account claimed to work, told BuzzFeed News it couldn't match the woman's Twitter persona with any of its own faculty members.
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Police in New Jersey have arrested the woman they said was involved in a mask dispute at a Staples store last week that left a customer with a broken leg. Terri Thomas, 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree aggravated assault, Hackensack police said in a news release. Margot Kagan, 54, of Teaneck, told police she was using a fax machine at a Staples store in Hackensack last Wednesday, when a woman, identified by police as Thomas, approached a machine next to her with a mask pulled down below her mouth.
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is cutting a further 353 staff as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on museums around the world due to restrictions on movement and concerns about public gatherings. The reduction will come through a combination of the elimination of positions, voluntary retirements and furloughs, a spokeswoman for the museum said in an emailed statement. The museum is projecting a $150 million loss in revenue due to the pandemic, the spokeswoman said.
Lebanon is currently in the depths of an economic and political crisis. The Lebanese lira, pegged to the US dollar, has depreciated 80% since October 2019. The country's hospitals are also struggling with the coronavirus outbreak, with many experiencing shortages of personal protective equipment and ventilators.
It's caused to a great extent by the president and his enablers who are calling peaceful protesters anarchists and terrorists, and sending paramilitary forces into American cities. Texas Republican and committee chair Ted Cruz, who sought to draw attention to “antifa“ violence against police, echoed the administration's vision of a nation under siege by organised left-wing domestic terrorists, despite arrest data and federal prosecutions showing that it's far-right extremist violence that presents a violent threat to the US.
A U.S. Army Special Forces colonel is awaiting court-martial on multiple counts of sexual assault. Col. Kevin M. Russell, who has had extensive operational experience with the 7th Special Forces Group, is facing five counts of violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Task & Purpose reported. U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) released a statement, confirming that Russell "is accused of sexual assault and abusive sexual contact."
The Trump administration's efforts to deport undocumented immigrants en masse just got more expensive. In April, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, increased its payments under a contract awarded in 2017 to Classic Air Charter, a company that subcontracts chartered deportation flights out of the country, primarily to Mexico and Central and South America, but also, more recently to other regions. The increase swells the already high cost that the federal government pays to fly undocumented immigrants out of the country.
A Pakistani court has sparked outrage by ruling a 14-year-old Christian girl was legally married to a Muslim man who allegedly abducted her at gunpoint. In a case that has renewed focus on the persecution of Pakistan's Christian minority, the Lahore High Court ruled on Tuesday that Maira Shahbaz had willingly converted to Islam and married Mohamad Nakash. The girl and her family claim that she was kidnapped in April by Mr Nakash and two accomplices from near her home in the city of Faisalabad.
We ain't seen nothing yet: The ravages of Hurricanes Hanna and Isaias are just a prelude to the main act to come, top forecasters said Wednesday, with 10 more hurricanes likely to follow. "We have increased our forecast and now call for an extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season," meteorologist Phil Klotzbach said. In all, Klotzbach and his Colorado State University forecast team predicts 24 named storms in 2020.
Recession-hit Argentina announced on Tuesday it has reached an agreement with three major creditors over the restructuring of a $66 billion debt, which the IMF described as a "very significant step" to solving its latest sovereign default crisis. The government of President Alberto Fernandez had set an August 4 deadline to complete a deal but it has now pushed the date to August 24 "to give effect to the agreement," which came after months of wrangling and extensions. "We resolved an impossible debt in the biggest economic crisis in memory and in the midst of the pandemic," said a delighted Fernandez.
This article about college closures was produced in partnership with The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Yvonne Mendez was only six months away from graduating with a registered nursing degree from Anamarc College in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, when her plans for the future fell apart. The school, a for-profit institution with campuses in Texas and New Mexico, had just told students it was shutting down, catching everyone off guard.
“He’s not a radical. But he is running on the most liberal policy platform of any Democratic candidate in modern history.”
“Public opinion has been shifting leftward, and Biden’s thinking has shifted with it.”
“Biden shows that he’s more moderate than some in his party.”
“Biden has always been a creature of his time, and the COVID-19 crisis could force him to veer further left.”
“Liberal activists have lauded the campaign’s outreach to progressives.”