Reporters were given access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, currently at the center of a global debate over China's role in the coronavirus pandemic.'We have been targeted as a scapegoat' »
President Trump tweeted on Monday that he is choosing between two locations, Gettysburg, Pa. and the White House, for his speech accepting the Republican nomination, scheduled for the night of Aug. 27. We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations - The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C,” Trump wrote, adding, “We will announce the decision soon!
Getty Images A US Border Patrol agent assigned to Tuscon, Arizona, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking after he was found with thousands of pills and substances that tested positive for cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. Roughly 350,000 pills that tested positive for fentanyl were found in bags that were transferred from the agent's car. Agents found nearly $330,000 in his home and $40,000 in his vehicle.
A video of a woman in a California supermarket claiming to be from the "Freedom to Breathe Agency" was widely shared over the weekend. In fact, wearing a mask in stores is compulsory under California public health rules. The Freedom to Breathe Agency is not a government agency, and has been warned by the real US government after distributing fake exemption cards marked with the Department of Justice seal.
A man in Arkansas was hoping to enjoy a Friday night with his husband at an area casino, but says he was barred from entering because of his purse. Jordan Kirk was carrying a 9-inch by 10-inch cross-body purse when he and his husband tried to enter Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs on Aug. 7, KARK reported. A security guard stopped Kirk and told him he would have to return his purse to his car, despite several women carrying backpacks and large bags who were allowed to enter, Kirk wrote in a Facebook post.
An Indian immigrant who died saving two children from drowning in a California river had “big dreams” of starting his own business, his family said. Manjit Singh, 29, had been cooling off at Reedley Beach on the Kings River, Frenso, on Wednesday, shortly after finishing a driving lesson, when he heard a woman crying out for help. Three of the women's children had got into difficulty while swimming in the river, prompting Manjit, his friends and family to spring into action.
More than 100 Black male leaders, including activists, preachers, rappers and celebrities, in an open letter Monday called on Joe Biden to pick a Black woman as his running mate, saying that if he does not, he will lose the election. "As someone who has said throughout the campaign that VP Joe Biden needs to choose a Black woman VP, the urgency for that pick has gone from something that SHOULD happen to something that HAS to happen," the open letter said, which was published the week that Biden is expected to announce his running mate. The letter was created in solidarity with an April letter signed by more than 700 black women leaders – including pastors, doctors, lawyers and celebrities – calling on Biden to "recognize and seize this moment" by picking a black woman as his running mate.
Large cracks have reportedly appeared in the hull of a cargo ship leaking oil in Mauritius, prompting the prime minister to warn it may "break in two". The MV Wakashio, believed to have been carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil, ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July. Despite bad weather, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said 500 tonnes had been safely pumped out on Monday.
Up to 80 people who are part of the Senate cafeteria staff in the capitol could face layoffs by October if Congress can't emerge from its coronavirus relief deadlock, CNN reports. The company that employs the workers, Restaurant Associates, did not confirm the number, but did not deny issuing warnings of potential layoffs, which are the result of having to close some of its restaurants because of the pandemic. Senators told CNN they believe they will pass a bill that will fund the Architect of the Capitol — the federal agency that oversees the day-to-day function of the Capitol and has a private contract with Restaurant Associates — in time, allowing employees to continue to receive their paychecks, like the CARES Act did.
All appeals against the conviction of a 93-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard have been dropped, a Hamburg court said Monday, making the decision legally binding and easing the way for possible future prosecutions. Bruno Dey was convicted last month of 5,232 counts of accessory to murder in Hamburg state court — equal to the number of people believed to have been killed at Stutthof during his service there in 1944 and 1945. Because he was 17 and 18 at the time of his alleged crimes, Dey's case was heard in juvenile court and he was given a two-year suspended sentence.
Police met a United Airlines flight landing at Newark on Sunday after a passenger said that she thought there was a bomb on board. Police did not find a bomb, and believe that the passenger was hallucinating while under the influence of marijuana and Adderall. A United flight from Los Angeles to Newark was forced to stop short of the gate when it landed on Sunday, after a woman on the flight stood up and said that she thought there was a bomb on board.
Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images A man's body was recovered from a Hard Rock Hotel construction site that collapsed last October, Nola.com reported. Quinnyon Wimberly was one of three workers killed in the collapse. His body was removed from the site on Saturday, after his remains laid in the wreck for 10 months.
To the editor: I was incensed upon reading that the postmaster general appointed by President Trump is doing what he can to hold up the mail on which so many Americans rely. America is becoming a third-world country when an institution as basic as U.S. Postal Service is vulnerable to Trump's whims. To the editor: I think the U.S. Postal Service does a great job.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken a swipe at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over his decision to allow schools to open this fall, a rare case of Democrat-on-Democrat sparring during the pandemic. "If it's not safe enough for indoor dining, what makes it safe enough for indoor schooling?" Ocasio-Cortez asked in a tweet. Mr Cuomo last week surprised many when he announced schools across the Empire State could reopen in a few weeks.
California's public health chief resigned Sunday, days after officials revealed a backlog of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus records that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday were never reported to his administration. Pressed during a news conference about the abrupt resignation of Dr. Sonia Angell, the former director of the state Department of Public Health, Newsom declined to say if he asked her to quit. We're all accountable in our respective roles for what happens underneath us,” he said.
A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes moving online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus when the school year opened last week with most students attending classes in-person.
Chicago police will limit access to the city centre after a night of violence and looting following reports of a police shooting. Police Superintendent David Brown said the area will be restricted from 20:00 to 06:00 and a "heavy police presence" will continue until further notice. As of Monday, Chicago police have arrested over 100 individuals for looting, disorderly conduct and battery against police, among other charges.
Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have reversed course again about the use of masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The two retailers, both part of Dollar Tree, Inc., are now requiring shoppers wear masks like most of the nation's largest retailers. Initially, the company started requiring masks in early July but soon after changed the policy to "request" face coverings in stores where state and local ordinances were not in effect.
Germany has rolled out compulsory coronavirus testing for all arrivals from high-risk areas as infection rates continued to climb across the country. There have been more than 1,000 new infections reported for the past three days, the first time daily new infection numbers have reached four figures since May. Mandatory testing booths were set up at airports across the country.
VERNON YUEN/AFP via Getty Images Jimmy Lai, one of Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy voices, arrested under China's new national security law on Monday. Lai, who partly owns the publisher of the critical Apple Daily newspaper, had predicted his arrest under the new law months before it came into effect, but vowed to stay and fight. "I have feared that one day the Chinese Communist Party would grow tired not only of Hong Kong's free press but also of its free people.
Jim Urquhart/Insider The sleepy town of Sturgis, South Dakota, draws nearly one million people for its 10-day motorcycle rally each year. There were calls to cancel the event this year as the US is gripped by a still-raging coronavirus pandemic, but officials knew bikers would show up in their community, and those surrounding it, no matter what. The local hospital, public safety entities, and the city are bracing for massive crowds, and the possibility of a surge in coronavirus cases to follow.
US Secret Service escorted Donald Trump from an in-progress press briefing into the Oval Office following a shooting outside the White House, where law enforcement and medical personnel were treating a person on the sidewalk. Law enforcement reportedly fired several shots at the person. Videos from the scene show Secret Service vehicles and emergency medical responders rushing to the scene near 17th Street, north of the White House lawn near Lafayette Square.
The Seattle City Council approved proposals Monday that would reduce the police department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition — an action supported by demonstrators who have marched in the city following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis but strongly opposed by the mayor and police chief. On Monday, only council member Kshama Sawant voted against the budget package, saying it does not do enough to defund the police. Seattle currently has about 1,400 police officers and the reductions fell far short of the 50% cut to the department that many Black Lives Matter protesters are seeking.
Gunmen on motorcycles killed six French aid workers, a Nigerien guide and a driver in a wildlife park in Niger on Sunday, officials said. The group was attacked in a giraffe reserve just 65 km (40 miles) from the West African country's capital Niamey, the governor of Tillaberi region, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella, told Reuters. The six worked for an international aid group, Niger's Defence Minister Issoufou Katambé told Reuters.
Four months after more than 1,000 sailors were infected with the coronavirus aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, the Navy has managed to keep its case count low but concerns about sailor burnout are high as they spend longer periods at sea. “I think we're likely going to have to adjust our operating schedules,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday said in an exclusive interview with NBC News. Gilday said the Navy has been able to maintain carrier deployments so far, but the service will have to prioritize where to send available forces if the pandemic continues to stress the force.
“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.”