Howard Monroe reports.
Howard Monroe reports.
Federal judges in the last week have upheld moves by Republicans in Texas and Ohio to limit drop boxes in their states, reversing lower court rulings that would have given voters more options for returning a mail ballot in person before Election Day. The rulings are part of a pattern across the country this year for the Republican Party, which has tried to limit options for voters in many states. In Pennsylvania, the state Republican Party and President Trump's reelection campaign sued to block drop boxes from being used at all but were denied by the state Supreme Court.
A St. Louis couple celebrated in some circles and vilified in others for waving guns at protesters marching on their private street pleaded not guilty to two felony charges at a brief hearing Wednesday. Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are both attorneys in their early 60s, were indicted by a St. Louis grand jury last week on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner originally filed the weapons charge in July.
Hawaii is going to start providing an alternative to its mandatory quarantine rule starting Thursday, but don't pack your swimsuit without knowing the details. On Oct. 15, the state begins allowing tourists to forego a 14-day quarantine if they get negative results to a COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before their departure from the mainland. Does Hawaii actually want tourists?
Germany is to pay €564m (£508m) in aid to Holocaust suvivors to support them during the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced on Wednesday. The aid payments are in addition to reparations the survivors already receive from Germany for their suffering under the Nazis. Holocaust survivors are among those worst affected by the global pandemic according to the Claims Conference, an independent organisation representing Jewish victims of the Nazis which negotiated the new aid package.
Donald Trump continued his return to rallying with a stop in Pennsylvania, his second campaign rally since recovering from coronavirus. After a morning of criticizing Dr Anthony Fauci, the president spent his evening targeting Joe Biden as not a "nice guy", while finding a new member of the Democrat's family to accuse of corruption. Biden's son-in-law, Howard Krein, was reported to be investing in start-ups focused on Covid-10 response while advising Biden on how to respond to the pandemic.
Amy Cooper, the white woman charged with filing a false police report for calling 911 during a dispute with a Black man in New York's Central Park in May, made a second, previously unreported call in which she falsely claimed the man had “tried to assault her,” a prosecutor said Wednesday. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon described the second call as Cooper was being arraigned by video in a case that had garnered worldwide attention but was put on hold for months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cooper did not enter a plea to the misdemeanor charge.
The United States risks angering China by moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan. Notification of the deals have gone to the U.S. Congress for approval in recent days, according to five sources familiar with the situation speaking on Monday (October 12). The move was threatened with retaliation by China, which considers Taiwan a wayward province that it wishes to reunite with the mainland.
On Wednesday morning, the New York Post published a story alleging that Hunter Biden dropped off a laptop at a Delaware computer store for repair and that the device contained nefarious emails and photos. The Post said that “before turning over the gear,” the owner of the computer repair shop, “made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's lawyer, Robert Costello.” The story alleged that the Biden son was setting up a meeting between a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm on which he served and his father, who was then the Vice President.
Two Americans and the remains of a third held captive by Iranian-backed militants in Yemen were released on Wednesday in exchange for the return of about 250 of the Houthi rebels from Oman, according to the White House and sources in the region. Oman's state news said the American captives were flown out of Yemen on an Omani plane. It said 250 “Yemeni brothers” who received treatment in Oman have been returned to Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on two flights as part of the exchange.
Donald Trump has told the New York Economic Club in a virtual address from the White House Rose Garden that China “will own” the US if he loses November's election and promised to hold the superpower “accountable” for the pandemic. In his latest campaign rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night Trump implored suburban women to “please like me” and continued to deride his challenger Joe Biden, saying he “cannot imagine losing to a guy like this” before congratulating coronavirus survivors on being “immune for life”, despite no scientific evidence existing to support the claim and multiple instances of reinfection being reported around the world.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of shooting three people and killing two of them at an anti-racism protest in August, will not face charges in his home state of Illinois, the Lake County State's Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. In a news release, authorities said they determined the weapon used in the August 25 shooting had been purchased, stored, and used in Wisconsin and there was no evidence Rittenhouse ever used or possessed the weapon in the state of Illinois. In Wisconsin, Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted intentional homicide, and a misdemeanor charge of underage firearm possession.
South Dakota officials Tuesday released audio of the 911 call made by state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg on the night he struck and killed a pedestrian. Speaking to reporters from Sioux Falls City Hall, Gov. Kristi Noem and Public Safety Secretary Craig Price provided an update on the Sept. 12 crash that killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever and remains under investigation. "...So we can put a full picture together of the facts that can be objectively reviewed for the benefit of everybody involved."
A trio of space travelers blasted off to the International Space Station on Wednesday, using for the first time a fast-track maneuver that allowed them to reach the orbiting outpost in just a little over three hours. NASA's Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased Baikonur space launch facility in Kazakhstan for a six-month stint on the station. For the first time, they tried a two-orbit approach and docked with the space station in just a little over three hours after lift-off.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer had an uncharacteristically fiery back-and-forth, as the top Democrat was grilled over the two parties' failure to reach a new spending deal to rescue the economy and fight coronavirus. Mr Blitzer asked Ms Pelosi why she would not, as progressive congressman Ro Khanna and others have suggested, compromise on a bill, even if it fell short of the more than $2 billion Democrats in the House are pushing for. Ms Pelosi responded by calling Blitzer an “apologist” for Republicans.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced a second day of questions Wednesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee as Democrats kept up their focus on health care three weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election. Barrett again avoided taking positions on a variety of subjects and rulings, saying it would be inappropriate to comment on cases that may come before her as a justice. Republicans appear on track to push ahead with her confirmation before the election.
A North Florida man came to the Florida Keys in August and fished, chronicling his vacation by posting videos and photos on his Facebook page. The Facebook posts show a protected Goliath grouper being filleted, a batch of undersized lobster on the grill and an undersized nurse shark placed in a swimming pool that is treated with chlorine at his vacation rental in Marathon, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Yansel Garrido, 32, was jailed Tuesday after his arrest on charges of cruelty to animals — for the nurse shark treatment — harvesting a Goliath grouper and possession of six undersized lobsters, all misdemeanors.
An Iowa prosecutor has been charged with harassment for allegedly threatening to pursue meritless criminal charges against his ex-fiancee, a doctor from Iran, that he warned could cause her deportation. Ryan McCord, 40, was an assistant Des Moines County attorney in Burlington when he allegedly harassed the woman for months after they ended their relationship, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. McCord falsely told the woman that he had a pending domestic violence charge against her at the sheriff's office that could be filed if they didn't get back together, the complaint says.
Wisconsin's rising coronavirus crisis reached a distressing new high, as the state reported its worst day of the pandemic yet. Wisconsin on Tuesday recorded a new state record for the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in a single day with 3,279 reported infections, according to the state's Department of Health Services. The health department has now recorded a total of 155,471 confirmed cases since Covid-19 first hit the state, with 1,508 total deaths from the virus.
The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A Michigan congressman says he tested positive for the coronavirus before he was scheduled to appear at a campaign rally in the state with Vice President Mike Pence. Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga said on Twitter on Wednesday that he took a rapid test and was isolating while awaiting results from a second test to confirm the results.