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About a dozen protesters gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home on Saturday afternoon. It's the second consecutive Saturday protesters have been there, and one said they plan to return every Saturday until the election in November. The dozen or so protesters used spoons to hit pots and pans while they chanted "Vote him out" and "Say her name," referring to Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old killed by police in March.
Wendy Rittenhouse, the mother of accused Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, reportedly received a standing ovation at a GOP event in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, on Thursday. Rittenhouse was invited by conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, who was speaking at the event about "safety and self-defense" organized by the Republican Women of Waukesha County. Police say Kyle Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, from his home in Illinois where he shot three people, killing two of them, at demonstrations following the caught-on-camera police shooting of Jacob Blake.
New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) on Friday pulled out of an event commemorating the former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 at a Tel Aviv rally. A spokesperson for AOC told The Times of Israel (TOI) the popular congresswoman, 30, would not attend the event, organised by Americans for Peace Now (APN), and scheduled to take place next month. The spokesperson did not explicitly outline to the TOI why AOC, considered a rising star in the Democratic party, cancelled her appearance.
Miami-Dade County will reopen bars and nightclubs and will stop issuing citations for not wearing masks outdoors after a sweeping order Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis ended state and some local rules tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The executive order, which took effect Friday afternoon, ends a countywide closure order for bars, nightclubs and strip clubs through Miami-Dade, though Miami-Dade can impose capacity and other restrictions on how those businesses can operate during the pandemic. Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the county's 11 p.m. curfew will remain in place, and that the county plans to continue requiring masks inside businesses if given the legal go-ahead to keep the facial-covering rule.
This week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made the bombshell announcement that the cops who fatally shot Breonna Taylor would not be charged with killing her, calling their use of force in the March raid “justified to protect themselves.” In that justification, he said that one witness corroborated the three officers' insistence that they knocked and identified themselves at Taylor's Louisville home while executing a search warrant in connection with a narcotics investigation. It contradicted claims from Taylor's boyfriend, Kenny Walker, and 11 other residents, who said they didn't hear the cops announce themselves.
Residents of Lake Jackson, Texas, have been warned about using tap water after a deadly brain-eating microbe was found in the city's public water supply. Tests confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri in the system. Officials in Lake Jackson said they were disinfecting the water supply but did not know how long this would take.
Moments after President Trump formally nominated her to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court on Saturday, Judge Amy Coney Barrett promised to “be mindful” of Ginsburg's legacy while also employing the “judicial philosophy” of Justice Antonin Scalia. The flag is still flying at half-staff for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...She was a woman of enormous talent and consequence...Particularly poignant to me was her long friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia, my own mentor. “[Scalia's] judicial philosophy is mine too.
Fred Perry has told Proud Boys to stop wearing its iconic T-shirts ahead of a rally the right-wing group has organised in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday. "It is incredibly frustrating that this group has appropriated our ... twin tipped shirt and subverted our Laurel Wreath to their own ends," the company said in a statement on its website. "To be absolutely clear, if you see any Proud Boys materials or products featuring our Laurel Wreath or any Black/Yellow/Yellow related items, they have absolutely nothing to do with us, and we are working with our lawyers to pursue any unlawful use of our brand."
Victoria, Australia's second most populous state and the epicentre of the country's COVID-19 outbreak, will accelerate the easing of social distancing restrictions as infections slow to fewer than 20 cases a day, its premier said on Sunday. Victoria, which reported 16 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, has placed nearly 5 million residents of its capital Melbourne under one of the world's most stringent lockdowns since early August. With cases well below the record one-day high of more than 700 cases reported in August, state Premier Daniel Andrews said some curbs, including a night curfew, will be removed almost immediately.
Firefighters in New York arrived to extinguish a fire in Brooklyn on Thursday and came across approximately $1 million dollars that fell from the resident's ceiling, according to CBS New York. A source from the New York City Fire Department told the New York Post that the money "just kept falling out." First responders in New York reportedly found up to $1 million in cash while trying to extinguish a fire this week, according to CBS New York.
The looming potential for World War III has become a regular topic on Russian state propaganda shows. Night after night, Vladimir Soloviev, who is often described as the Kremlin's top propagandist, condemns the West's “economically suffocating” strategy of imposing sanctions and suggest war is the logical outcome. The conclusion reached by Soloviev and his like-minded panel of guests is that the country's politicians and titans of business should break all ties with the West, including communicating with their relatives.
Rebelle Communications CEO Laura Fink joins 'America's News HQ' to discuss President Trump's nomination for the Supreme Court.
One of the numerous proposed coronavirus vaccines has produced a strong immune response in test subjects according to a report issued Friday. Johnson & Johnson's JNJ.N Covid-19 vaccine, called Ad26.COV2.S, was well-tolerated by subjects at two dosing instances in early-to-mid stage coronavirus clinical trials. It is the only Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial in the US that is testing a single dose vaccine.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said Thursday that "every story" told of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and other victims of police brutality is "at its core" a lie. Carlson made several claims about Floyd and Blake that omitted certain details. On the same day a federal judge dismissed a defamation case against Fox News, largely due to the network's argument that nobody takes Tucker Carlson seriously, the primetime host said on national television that "every story" about police brutality victims is a lie.
Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy declared Saturday to be a day of mourning for the crash victims and ordered that flights of An-26 planes be halted pending investigation of the crash cause. Zelenskiy, who visited the crash area on Saturday, called for a full assessment of the condition of the country's military equipment and said he wanted an official report on the crash by Oct. 25.
WASHINGTON – A former adviser of Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that "it does not" surprise her that President Donald Trump declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 election, saying that she was involved in closed door conversations with other officials discussing that scenario. Olivia Troye, who worked on the coronavirus task force and served as an adviser Pence on counterterrorism and homeland security, said in an interview with CNN's Wolfe Blitzer that during her tenure, the conversations about Trump staying in power involved White House staffers and other government officials, including members of the intelligence community.
A Missouri man faces up to 15 years in prison for assault after a police officer broke his hand when he punched him in the face. Officer Trevor Spencer was injured as he defended himself in a fight with Matthew Calhoun, according to reports. Calhoun, a 48-year-old probation offender, is accused of starting a fight with the cop when he tried to arrest him during a stop in Branson, Missouri, in December.
A monument shaped like a military transport plane was unveiled on a Serbian hillside on Saturday, commemorating the rescue of hundreds of allied pilots who were shot down by German forces during World War Two. About 500 airmen, mostly Americans, were brought to the village of Pranjani during 1944 to be airlifted back to base in Bari, Italy, in the bold mission behind enemy lines - known as Operation Halyard. U.S. diplomats and senior Serbian officials raised their countries' flags at the site in central Serbia during Saturday's inauguration ceremony.
Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions imposed after a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work. Melbourne and surrounding parts of rural Victoria state were placed under strict “Level 4” lockdowns on Aug. 2, shuttering schools and non-essential businesses, imposing a nighttime curfew and prohibiting public gatherings. The restrictions were scheduled to be eased Sunday if the rolling 14-day average of new infections was between 30 and 50 cases.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan UK, John Legend says that Americans may have to consider leaving the country if President Trump is reelected. Trump has feuded with Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, throughout his presidency. Legend, a strong supporter of 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, has been a prominent political activist for years, with a particular passion for criminal justice reform.
The FBI is investigating blundering conservative operatives Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman for a series of possible crimes, according to a document filed by federal prosecutors. Ironically, the document revealing the investigation was filed just days after Wohl and Burkman staged a fake FBI raid on Burkman's home in a bid for media attention. The FBI investigation centers on Wohl and Burkman's February release of confidential juror questionnaires from the trial of Trump associate Roger Stone.
North Korea said on Sunday it is searching for the body a South Korean official killed by its troops, but warned that South Korean naval operations in the area threatened to raise tensions by intruding across a disputed sea border. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare apology on Friday for the fatal shooting of the South Korean fisheries official in North Korean waters, according to Seoul. South Korea's military has accused the North's soldiers of killing the man, dousing his body in fuel and setting it on fire near the sea border.
But environmental groups challenging the Trump rule in court say it opens up reservoirs like Sutton Lake to similar abuse. These lakes are sources of food, drinking water, recreation and property values for surrounding communities,” said Frank Holleman, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. They've been protected under the Clean Water Act ever since it's been adopted, all the way back to Nixon.
Senator Bernie Sanders claimed there were "a number of plans" Democrats are considering for removing Donald Trump if he were to lose the election but refuse to leave office. Mr Sanders made the comments while appearing on Bill Maher's show on Friday night. He said that while the Democrats' primary goal is to urge voters to overwhelmingly support Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and make a challenge to the results of the 2020 US election moot, there are plans in place should Mr Trump lose but refuse to leave the White House.
Taking visual and interior cues from the successful Kia Telluride, the new, fourth-generation 2021 Kia Sorento looks to be a pretty sweet three-row SUV. And there will be a hybrid option, too. The Sorento is Kia's mid-size SUV offering and a step down from the Telluride in terms of size.
“Enfranchising 16-year-olds would be good for them and good for our democracy.”
“At 16, most kids have little awareness of politics, civics, or American history.”
“Voting is habit forming...which underscores the importance of having as stable an environment as possible for the youngest voters.”
“Keeping the voting age at 18 is not a slap at 16-year-olds. It is recognition that an informed electorate is the best kind.”
“When young people’s participation lags badly, issues important to them receive short shrift in the public discourse.”