NHS seizes non-domestic animals from Scatter Joy Acres
NHS seizes non-domestic animals from Scatter Joy Acres
While the Trump administration told Congress at the end of last month that it would no longer personally brief the intelligence oversight committees on foreign threats to elections, it appears the Senate may still get direct access to intelligence officials. On Sept. 1, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the acting chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told local Florida cable channel Spectrum News that he believed he and his colleagues would continue to be briefed in person by the intelligence community on threats to the election. “The relationship between Congress and the intelligence community is at a crisis,” Rubio told Spectrum News.
The family who set off a firework during a gender-reveal gathering that sparked a huge blaze in southern California could face charges and multi-millon dollar fines, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) has said. Cal Fire confirmed in a statement on Sunday evening that the El Dorado blaze in Yucaipa — which officials say has torn through some 8,600 acres of land and was only 7 per cent contained on Monday — was started by a smoke generating "pyrotechnic device", used during “a gender-reveal party”. Gender-reveal parties are gatherings where parents expecting a baby hold an event to reveal its sex to family and close friends.
In early August, more than 460,000 motorcycle enthusiasts converged on Sturgis, S.D., for a 10-day celebration where few wore facial coverings or practiced social distancing. A month later, researchers have found that thousands have been sickened across the nation, leading them to brand the Sturgis rally a “superspreader” event. “The Sturgis Rally was one of the largest in-person gatherings since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States,” said Joseph J. Sabia, one of the study's authors, a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Health Economics & Policy Studies at San Diego State University.
A Wisconsin priest who condemned Catholic Democrats has the support of a Texas bishop. Father James Altman, pastor of St. James the Less Catholic Church, lashed out at Father James Martin, who participated in the Democratic National Convention. In a 10-minute video posted to YouTube, Altman called the priest a “hyper, confusing spreading heretic” and had harsh words toward Democrats.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he would extradite former President Felipe Calderon to the United States if Washington asked him to, according to an interview published on Tuesday. Responding to a question from newspaper La Jornada, Lopez Obrador, a leftist, did not explain what could prompt such an extradition request for Calderon, a conservative rival whom he accused of robbing him of the presidency in 2006. Calderon governed Mexico from 2006 to 2012 and is arguably best known for launching a military-led crackdown on drug cartels that coincided with a spike in homicides and gang violence.
The Senate is getting back to work Tuesday after its August recess, and along with averting a government shutdown at the end of September, their agenda includes trying to pass a COVID-19 economic relief package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have agreed on a tentative plan to avoid a shutdown, but coronavirus relief talks are at an impasse. The House passed a $3.4 trillion package in May and the White House doesn't want the price tag to top $1 trillion, maybe $1.5 trillion.
India and China accused each other on Tuesday of making provocative military moves and firing warning shots along their disputed border despite talks on ending the escalating tensions. China said Indian forces on Monday crossed into territory it holds and fired warning shots at a Chinese patrol in what it called a violation of their agreements. India denied that and said Chinese soldiers tried to surround one of its forward posts in a “grave provocation” and also fired warning shots.
The first scaled model of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' futuristic Flying-V aircraft took flight in Germany last month in an early milestone for the program. The Flying-V is a flying-wing aircraft where the fuselage is blended with the wings to create a V-shaped plane. Airlines and aircraft manufacturers are turning to flying-wing designs as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional designs.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is calling for the public censure of Republican U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins for a Facebook post the group says threatened violence against Black protesters. The civil rights organization said the post in question featured photos of armed Black protesters alongside statements that included: “One way ticket fellas…Have your affairs in order…I'd drop any 10 of you where you stand.” Here's Clay Higgins threatening to shoot on sight a Black militia rumored to be coming to LFT.
An Indian court on Tuesday allowed the country's financial crime fighting agency to take 10-day custody of former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar's husband, two lawyers familiar with the matter said. Deepak Kochhar's remand in custody comes a day after he was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate as part of an ongoing probe into allegations of money laundering which ended the career of one of India's most celebrated bankers. Indian authorities have been investigating Kochhar, head of the company NuPower Renewables, and his wife on suspicion of cheating, criminal conspiracy and money laundering.
Reading through an otherwise excellent study from journalist Matt Taibbi of the "co-dependent relationship" between President Trump and our major press and political institutions, I was disconcerted by the realization that he and I have shared the same false assumption: that if Trump loses in November, he will, in some sense, go away. Vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden to "make the presidency boring again," conservative commentator S.E. Cupp recently argued at the New York Daily News. Biden, the ad promises, will "bring that back."
Russia's Putin sent staff from RT, the Russian-controlled TV channel, to state media stations in Belarus — a signal that he does not want protestors to push Belarus's Lukashenko out of power. "Putin has decided to fully back Lukashenko to prevent him from falling to this popular uprising," a NATO military official told Insider. Meanwhile, Lukashenko is continuing to arrest any opposition leaders who have not fled the country.
At this point, digital privacy is long gone. There's always another device, feature or service tracking what we say, what we look at online and the places we go. Some devices are more intrusive than others, and you may be feeding digital assistants more information than you realize.
Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar's army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to “shoot all that you see and that you hear” in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday. The comments appear to be the first public confession by soldiers of involvement in army-directed massacres, rape and other crimes against Rohingya in the Buddhist-majority country, and the group Fortify Rights suggested they could provide important evidence for an ongoing investigation by the International Criminal Court. More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017 to escape what Myanmar's military called a clearance campaign following an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group in Rakhine state.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been removed from a medically-induced coma and is responding to speech, but the long term effects of his suspected poisoning are unclear. That's according to the Berlin hospital where he is being cared for on Monday (September 7). It said Navalny is also being weaned off a mechanical ventilator.
"Money was supposed to have been one of the great advantages of incumbency for President Trump," and when Joe Biden emerged as the "relatively broke" presumptive Democratic nominee in the spring, "Trump and the Republican National Committee had a nearly $200 million cash advantage," The New York Times reports. Five months later, "Trump's financial supremacy has evaporated," and "some people inside the campaign are forecasting what was once unthinkable: a cash crunch with less than 60 days until the election."
The Biden Campaign has acquired a popular fan Instagram account created by a 15-year-old, The Verge reports. The account now has 94,000 followers, and the teen behind it has been brought onto the campaign as an official volunteer. This represents a big shift towards digital activism in the campaign, which last week released yard signs inside the popular game "Animal Crossing."
Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Marsudi cautioned the United States and China on Tuesday not to entangle her country in their regional struggle for influence, telling the two superpowers: "We don't want to get trapped by this rivalry." Retno, the chief diplomatic envoy for Southeast Asia's largest country, made the comment in an interview with Reuters ahead of a series of key meetings of regional foreign ministers this week, some of which will include their U.S. and China counterparts. Military activity in the South China Sea has increased this year alongside hostile rhetoric and antagonistic policy moves from China and the United States, raising concerns among some Southeast Asian states that the risk of armed conflict is rising.
The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that followed Memorial Day. Downtown Atlanta was quiet as the 85,000 or so people who come dressed as their favorite superheroes or sci-fi characters for the annual Dragon Con convention met online instead. Huge football stadiums at places like Ohio State and the University of Texas sat empty.
Donald Trump has slashed Joe Biden's lead in some of the key battleground states which will likely determine who wins the US election, according to new polling for The Telegraph. The US president saw the percentage of people who say they will vote for him in six swing states rise between July and early September, according to the survey results. The results will be cheered in the Trump campaign given the president has trailed by a huge margin over the summer as coronavirus cases surged in America.