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Lockdowns and protective measures like the widespread wearing of face masks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have driven influenza infections to record lows, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The authors of the study urge such measures to remain in place in order to keep the flu from returning, as it customarily does with colder weather, which will soon drive people indoors across much of the U.S. “If extensive community mitigation measures continue throughout the fall, influenza activity in the United States might remain low and the season might be blunted or delayed,” the researchers write in their new study. The study is being published on Thursday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a digest of the latest findings from the agency.
Two people have been killed in a mass shooting in New York state in which 14 other people were also injured. Police confirmed the shooting, which took place at a party, resulted in the deaths of a man and a woman between the ages of 18 and 22. The incident happened during the early hours of Saturday in Rochester, a city on the southern edge of Lake Ontario in New York State.
President Trump wants to Make America #Woke Again. Viewers who watch the Trump campaign's online programming aimed at Black audiences are encouraged to tweet the hashtag #Woke when announcing their support for the president. This subversion of the term, which originated in the Black community as slang for becoming attuned to the injustice and systemic racism prevalent in American society, is part of a larger effort by the Trump campaign to erode Democrats' longtime advantage with African-American voters.
In a year when ferocious wildfires have killed at least 34 people and burned millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California, the brigade has pulled off a miracle in the thick forests around Molalla in recent days, residents and fire officials say. They organized and deployed themselves with little or no help from a small and overwhelmed local fire department - which focused on protecting the town center - or from state and federal agencies that were deployed elsewhere. "We were left on our own to stop this," said West, a 36-year-old ranch hand, as she briefly paused her dozer Wednesday afternoon.
Twin brothers under house arrest on murder charges duct-taped a man and cut his face and toes demanding a ransom payment, authorities said. On Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida announced 23-year-old twin brothers Devon Cooke and Donavan Cooke, of Miami Gardens, were charged with carjacking and kidnapping after they allegedly abducted and assaulted a man in an attempt to collect ransom money. The brothers were under house house arrest on murder and attempted murder charges when the incident happened.
Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his honorary CBE following his conviction for rape and sexual assault. An official announcement in The Gazette confirms that the Queen has annulled his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The decision was made at a recent meeting of the Honours Forfeiture Committee, which is independent from government.
On Friday, Sept. 4, just hours before the start of Labor Day weekend, Russell Vought, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, issued a memo ordering all federal agencies “to cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund” diversity and inclusion programs for employees. The memo referred specifically to “critical race theory,” a previously obscure academic framework that analyzes how the legal system and social institutions perpetuate racism. On Thursday, President Trump continued the attack on critical race theory while speaking at the National Archives Museum in Washington, calling it a “Marxist doctrine holding that America is a wicked and racist nation.”
For years, small boats have left northern Lebanon's coast, packed with desperate migrants hoping to reach European shores. Mohammad Ghandour never thought he'd be one of them. "In Lebanon, we are being killed by poverty," Ghandour told Reuters this week, from his mother's cramped three-room apartment where he was staying with 12 other family members.
New reporting on a March 21 meeting in the White House Situation Room quotes Jared Kushner as saying it was "not the role of government" to solve the PPE shortage and prevent states from outbidding each other, according to Vanity Fair. "The federal government is not going to lead this response," Kushner said, according to Vanity Fair. A PPE shortage persists today, with one survey finding 58% of nurses in Florida, Kansas, Missouri and Nevada saying they had to reuse N95 masks for five days or more by the beginning of September.
Texas is ready to relax coronavius restrictions for the first time in months, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday, but bars remain closed indefinitely and a mask mandate is still in place following a massive summer spread that became one of the deadliest outbreaks in the U.S. In allowing restaurants and gyms to let more people inside, as well as lifting a ban on elective surgeries and nursing home visits under certain criteria, Abbott said a dramatic drop in hospitalized COVID-19 patients has made it possible to begin easing restrictions put in place when new cases surged in June. Texas has nearly 14,500 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, the fourth-highest in the nation, with the vast majority of those deaths occurring this summer.
Fact check: Biden said he'd fact-check Trump during presidential debates Barack Obama on his successor While Obama abstained from criticizing his successor early on in Trump's term, the former president has been an increasingly vocal critic of the sitting president as the Trump era has progressed. He's just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years. A fear and anger that's rooted in our past, but it's also borne out of the enormous upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes,” Obama said to students during a September 2018 speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Thailand on Friday issued a prosecution order for the heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune over his alleged involvement in the hit-and-run killing of a police officer, in a case that has raised questions about impunity for the well-connected. Vorayuth Yoovidhya was accused of crashing his Ferrari in 2012 into a policeman, Wichien Klanprasert, and dragging his body for dozens of metres before fleeing. Prayut Phetkun, a deputy spokesman for the Office of the Attorney-General, said the prosecution order was issued in relation to Vorayuth's previous charge of reckless driving causing death and a new charge of cocaine use.
Timberland boots have come to be an emblem of the Black community, and this week—after a much-buzzed-about photograph of her stepping off a plane in California—vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has owned that statement. She was sure to take that cultural icon with her while conducting political, grassroots work, inspecting a site of the recent, devastating wildfires. It was as if she was letting the Black community know that she stands with them, and has not forgotten who she is or where she came from.
Each week, the Trump campaign says, its staff and volunteers knock on one million American doors. Democratic nominee Joe Biden's team has no plans to begin door-to-door canvassing because of COVID-19. It's security theater, and it may well do the Biden campaign more harm than good.
Homes were destroyed Friday by an unrelenting wildfire that reached a Mojave Desert community and was still growing on several fronts after burning for nearly two weeks in mountains northeast of Los Angeles. Officials were investigating the death of a firefighter on the lines of another Southern California wildfire that erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby's gender. The death occurred Thursday in San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of LA, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano discusses the political impact of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on 'Fox & Friends Weekend.
MicroClimate created a visor with air filters that looks like a helmet, called Air. Air is just one of many unusual designs for face coverings since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In the dystopia of 2020, being able to afford a personal microclimate helmet to wear around might be the next status symbol.
A "Vote By Mail" sign is displayed along a road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 12, 2020. After securing a several major court victories on Thursday, Democrats who have been worried about whether the United States Postal Service (USPS) is capable of efficiently and securely delivering ballots before Election Day, breathed a—temporary—sigh of relief. “We are fortunate to have a system where an attorney general could walk into a courtroom and make that case to a federal judge and put a stop to this madness,” says Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who led the coalition of attorneys general in a federal lawsuit that successfully procured a national temporary injunction against changes at the Postal Service.
Along the Bagnell Dam Strip in the heart of the Lake of the Ozarks, thousands of motorcycles are tightly parked in the middle of a two-lane highway. Tourists from across the country have been cutting loose along the historic stretch, known as the “main party hub” of the Missouri resort area, for months—but over the last three days, the highway lined with bars, hotels, and concert venues has been home to one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the Midwest: Lake of the Ozarks' Bikefest. Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts have flooded the area for the annual rally, which started Wednesday, participating in five days of rides, fairs, music concerts, and coordinated stops at local bars and restaurants.
The dismissed captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier knew he was jeopardizing his military career when he broke protocol and sent a now-famous email warning of possible sailor deaths due to a coronavirus breakout on board, But Brett Crozier says in a witness statement obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle that he did so in an urgent effort to help avoid a “larger catastrophe." Crozier's witness statement, recorded in May during the Navy's investigation into the handling of the outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, provides a look at his thinking when he sent the March email that upended the military world and brought condemnation from the top Navy admiral overseeing the carrier.
Bill Gates doesn't think it's fair to call Elon Musk "the next Steve Jobs," the billionaire philanthropist said during an interview on Bloomberg TV Thursday. When asked by Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker if Musk was indeed the next Jobs, Gates replied: "If you know people personally, that kind of gross oversimplification seems strange. Elon's more of a hands-on engineer; Steve was a genius at design and picking people and marketing.
Ukraine's foreign minister warned Russia on Friday against taking steps that undermine may undermine Belarus' sovereignty and destabilise the region, while Britain called for sanctions on those in Belarus responsible for the "fraudulent elections". Dmytro Kuleba, speaking at an urgent debate on Belarus at the U.N. Human Rights Council, he said: "It is heartbreaking to watch the footage of our close neighbours viciously beaten down and arbitrarily detained on the streets of their native cities." "We warn the Russian Federation against taking steps that may lead to undermining political sovereignty of Belarus and thus destabilizing the wider region," he said.
Coronavirus was not the main cause of death for nearly one third of recorded Covid-19 victims in July and August, research by Oxford University has found. Analysis shows that around 30 percent of people included in the coronavirus death toll by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) over the summer months had died primarily from other conditions. It means someone who suffered a heart attack, or even died in a road traffic accident, may have been included in the figures if they had also tested positive for coronavirus at some point, or if doctors believed the virus may have exacerbated their condition.
Seventy-five years after the Holocaust ended, this is a fitting time to look back and see what has been learned about a watershed event that shaped the world we live in today. The U.S.—a nation where many Holocaust survivors rebuilt their lives, and that was the home of over 400,000 soldiers who died defeating fascism as well as many veterans who were among the first eyewitnesses to the Holocaust—has made a significant commitment over the decades to Holocaust education. This has ranged from ceremonies, memorials, courses, curricula and education mandates by some states, to the creation of centers and museums, and the establishment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“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.”