A Westchester County resident who contracted West Nile Virus has died.
A Westchester County resident who contracted West Nile Virus has died.
In a congressional hearing Wednesday, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, held up the disposable surgical mask he had been wearing and declared that the simple covering may ultimately be better than a much-hoped-for vaccine. “This face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” Redfield said, referring to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Redfield went on to say that a vaccine could have an immunogenicity of 70 percent, meaning that it may not work in close to one-third of people to whom it is administered.
Just days after the Trump family took the stage and praised their patriarch at the Republican National Convention, liberals took a closer look at the Trump family's ties to the presidency. On Aug. 26, Ridin' with Biden, a Facebook page dedicated to the election of Democrat Joe Biden, posted a meme that calls the roles of Trump relatives and associates into question. “Trump's daughter works at the White House,” claims the meme.
The UN children's agency Unicef has called on the Nigerian authorities to urgently review an Islamic court's decision to sentence a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in prison for blasphemy. The boy was convicted in August of making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a friend in northern Kano state. Kano is one of 12 Nigerian states practising the Sharia legal system alongside the country's secular laws.
Hurricane Sally brought raging winds and pouring rain as it cut a path through the Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning, and photos of the new Three Mile Bridge in Pensacola, Florida — or what remains of it — showcase the storm's destructive power. “Many of us, we're beating ourselves up this morning,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said during a press conference. Weather forecasts had promised a relatively mild battering, he said, but Hurricane Sally hit harder than anticipated.
Kamala Harris did not step off of her private plane on her way to visiting the scene of a devastating California wildfire so much as she bounced. The vice presidential nominee did so in Timberland boots, drawing a wave of online cheers and boos, in what might be the first true sartorial scandal of the Biden/Harris campaign. “THE TIMBS THO,” Meena Harris, Kamala's niece wrote on Instagram.
The United States said on Wednesday it plans to impose sanctions on those who violate a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which Washington says will now stay in place instead of expiring in October as agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal. U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams said Washington could deny access to the U.S. market to anyone who trades in weapons with Iran, which President Donald Trump's administration accuses of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied it is developing nuclear weapons.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is struggling to win over Latino voters, made his first campaign appearance in Florida on Tuesday, at the opening of Hispanic Heritage Month. After being introduced by Luis Fonsi, the singer of the international hit, Biden said, "I just have one thing to say," before hitting play. "I'll tell you what, if I had the talent of any one of these people, I'd be elected president by acclamation," Biden said, referring to Fonsi, as well as singer Ricky Martin and actress Eva Longoria, who also spoke ahead of Biden in Kissimmee, Florida.
A student at Wheat Ridge High School takes notes during sophomore AP U.S. History class on Sept. 25, 2014, in Wheat Ridge, Colo., amid what was then a debate over the Advanced Placement curriculum. This scenario may sound familiar, but it didn't take place just last week, when President Trump threatened the funding of California schools that teach the New York Times' 1619 Project, which reframes the country's origins around the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia.
The final House Transportation committee report on the fatal design flaws of Boeing's 737 MAX—which killed 346 people in two accidents between 2018 and 2019—show the air disasters could have been avoided. The 239-page report, which was released Wednesday, is the product of an 18-month investigation that confirmed time and again that Boeing caved into “production pressure that ultimately jeopardized the safety of the flying public.” The committee cites competition with Airbus as a primary cause of cuts in costs to maintain the 737 MAX production, even though those shortcuts were fatal.
While the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc known as Caricom remains divided on the issue of Venezuela, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit two of its member states this week as the Trump administration seeks to turn up the pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro. “It's not just that Venezuela produces refugees, they are producing security problems for all of these countries by harboring terrorists, harboring narco-traffickers,” a senior State Department official said Wednesday. Pompeo, who will visit four South American nations, will arrive Thursday in Suriname, where he will meet with newly elected President Chan Santokhi.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is trailing her Democratic opponent in the closely watched Senate race by more than 10 points, according to a new poll released Wednesday. A new Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters surveyed in Maine found the incumbent trailing her opponent Sara Gideon, the state's House speaker, by 12 percentage points. Collins is one of the last moderate Republicans from New England remaining in Congress.
Under pressure from the amusement industry and tourism-dependent cities, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday vowed action "very, very shortly" that could reopen Disneyland and other shuttered theme parks. "We will be making announcements soon as it relates to theme parks and amusement parks," he said at a briefing on the coronavirus and the state's wildfires. "I am not here today to make that presentation, but want folks to know we are actively working in a number of sectors."
The European Union's chief executive, set to unveil contentious new asylum policies for the bloc next week, described immigration on Wednesday as a normal fact of life and said the continent should learn to manage it. In a major policy speech to the European Parliament that drew applause and the occasional heckle, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said immigration policy must recognise "that each human being has a solemn diginity". Since 2015, when more than a million people reached Europe by sea and thousands died trying, migration policy has been a source of quarrel within the bloc.
Democrat Amy McGrath tried to turn Mitch McConnell's Senate seniority into a liability Wednesday, accusing the Republican leader of helping to create an “inept mess” as Congress struggles to break an impasse on more coronavirus aid in a hyper-partisan environment. Speaking at a virtual event hosted by two Louisville professional groups, McGrath later acknowledged that McConnell's long Senate career looms as her biggest challenge in trying to unseat him in the November election. McConnell, who is seeking a seventh term, has been in office so long, she said, that it's “really hard to get people to believe that he can be defeated.”
Fox News daytime host Sandra Smith seemed to have a different take when she spoke with White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday and repeatedly grilled her on various instances during which Trump seemed to hurt his own case that—despite what you may have heard him tell Rage author Bob Woodward—he's actually been “up-playing” the coronavirus pandemic. The anchor began with Trump's claim that “herd mentality” would make the virus “disappear,” even without a vaccine. “Is the president going at it on his own with these forecasts or do the medical experts advising him agree with those forecasts?” Smith asked.
Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic. "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," the Caribbean island nation's government said. It aims to complete the process in time for the 55th anniversary of independence from Britain, in November 2021.
This week, astronomers announced they detected a sign of potential microbial life on Venus: the presence of phosphine gas. Follow-up research is needed – and by coincidence, a spacecraft happens to be scheduled to fly by Venus next month. The BepiColumbo spacecraft will swing past Venus on its way to study Mercury.
A memo from the Senate Republican campaign committee suggests the GOP is worried its majority in the chamber could succumb to a blue wave this November as Democrats look to expand their electoral reach into typically red states such as Montana, South Carolina, and Georgia. Less than 50 days before the 3 November elections, the internal GOP memo, obtained and first reported by the Guardian , shows how campaign operatives see the races shaping up in 10 key states that will determine whether Democrats reclaim the Senate majority for the first time in two election cycles. "The next few weeks will define the future of our country for generations to come," the memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) reads.
Journalist Annie Jacobsen states in a 2014 interview that this was prompted by the Allies' concerns over Hitler's potential weapons arsenal. "Fall of 1944, right after the Normandy landings, scattered among the Allies' troops are these little units of scientific intelligence officers and they're working to find out Hitler's biological weapons, his chemical weapons and his atomic weapons," said Jacobsen, author of "Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America." These intelligence officers eventually discovered while the atomic weapons program was not as advanced as initially feared, Hitler's biochemical weapons were.