KDKA's Andy Sheehan has more on officials raiding the home on a local mail carrier.
KDKA's Andy Sheehan has more on officials raiding the home on a local mail carrier.
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.
Pakistani police have arrested the second assailant in a gang rape of a woman whose car broke down on a deserted highway at night last month, when two attackers pulled her out of the vehicle and brutally assaulted her as her terrified children watched, helpless. The attack shocked Pakistan and galvanized women's rights activists — especially after a senior Punjab police officer, Umar Sheikh, blamed the victim for being alone at night in the car with her two children and for running out of fuel. Sheikh's remarks also prompted a petition by women's rights activists to have him fired.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday put an end to a lawsuit brought by congressional Democrats that accused President Donald Trump of violating anti-corruption provisions in the U.S. Constitution with his business dealings. The justices refused to hear an appeal by 215 Senate and House of Representatives Democrats of a lower court ruling that found that the lawmakers lacked the necessary legal standing to bring the case that focused on the Republican president's ownership of the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The lawmakers accused Trump of violating the Constitution's rarely tested "emoluments" clauses that bar presidents from taking gifts or payments from foreign and state governments without congressional approval.
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?
In a state known for its political shenanigans, the Senate race in South Carolina is living up to that reputation as campaigning between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison enters its closing days. This week, Harrison has been mounting a campaign to cleave voters from Graham and steer them toward a third, more conservative candidate, although that candidate is no longer actively running. The tactic could appeal to South Carolina voters who voted Graham in but have at times critiqued him as not conservative enough for the state.
There they picked up Father Stan Swamy, an ailing 83-year-old activist and Jesuit priest. The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which deals with anti-terror crimes, arrested him in connection over a 2018 incident of caste-based violence and alleged links with Maoists. In a video recorded days before his arrest, Father Swamy said detectives had questioned him for 15 hours over five days in July.
After spending hours swatting away Democratic questions about her personal judicial views, Judge Amy Coney Barrett made a significant admission on Tuesday afternoon: that she did not consider the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling to a settled legal matter, or a “super-precedent,” at the U.S. Supreme Court. While Barrett did not signal that she intends to vote to undo Roe if given the opportunity, she opened a door that President Trump's previous two nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court did not. In 2018, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearing that Roe was “precedent on precedent” and “settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court.”
The Canadian province of Alberta, which has among the country's highest tallies of COVID-19 infections and is running one of its largest fiscal deficits, said on Monday that it would eliminate up to 11,000 government health jobs to save money. The cuts will not affect frontline clinical staff including doctors and nurses during the pandemic, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said. Some 9,700 to 11,000 Alberta Health Services (AHS) jobs will be outsourced over three years, such as laboratory and laundry services, while 100 management jobs will be eliminated along with certain other office positions.
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.
In lieu of a formal debate, President Donald Trump has agreed to answer voters' questions during a town hall program sponsored by NBC News on Thursday night. NBC News says it has a statement from National Institutes of Health clinical director Dr. Clifford Lane indicating he and White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci have reviewed Trump's medical data and concluded with a “high degree of confidence” the president is “not shedding infectious virus.” Trump tested positive for the coronavirus Oct. 2.
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.
To be fair, it's probably easier to be a COVID-19 denier in New Zealand than in the United States. The COVID denier piped up at a campaign event led by Winston Peters, leader of the New Zealand First party, and deputy prime minister in the coalition with prime minister Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party. Ardern's government has been glowingly praised around the world for its decisive pandemic response which has seen New Zealand record one of the lowest death tolls from the virus on the planet, at only 25 people.
A 39-year-old Italian woman with links to a deposed Roman Catholic cardinal was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the Vatican's latest financial scandal, Italian police and the Vatican said. Cecilia Marogna had worked for Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a former top Vatican official who was fired last month by Pope Francis, who accused him of embezzlement and nepotism. An Italian finance police official told Reuters Marogna was arrested in Milan.
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."
China said Wednesday its reelection to the United Nations Human Rights Council, despite stiff opposition from leading democratic states and rights groups, was proof of the international community's “high recognition” of its achievements in the field. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian also dismissed criticism of China's election Tuesday from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “very absurd,” while attacking Washington's own record and accusing it of interfering in other countries' internal affairs using human rights as a pretext.
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.
The number of migrants U.S. authorities encountered at the border with Mexico ticked up to around 57,000 in September, a source with knowledge of the data said. Irregular immigration into the United States has gradually recovered since collapsing to historic lows in April as the coronavirus pandemic hit. In August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection registered 48,594 encounters.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo has suggested that an increase in violent crime in Las Vegas could be because of cheap hotel deals, which he claims are attracting visitors interested in “creating chaos”. The Las Vegas strip has seen an increase in violent crimes over the last few months, as hotel prices have decreased on average by $10 (£7.73) from last year, due to a fall in bookings amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Although the average price decrease is only $10, the Daily Mail reported that multiple hotels are offering rooms for less than $100 (£77.29) a night, while hotels just off the strip have rooms for less than $50 (£38.65), in order to attract more visitors to the area.
To the U.S. government, it's the backbone technology of a future that America will wrestle with China to control. What, exactly, is 5G wireless — and will you even notice when it comes online? 5G is a new technical standard for wireless networks — the fifth, naturally — that promises faster speeds; less lag, or “latency,” when connecting to the network; and the ability to connect many devices to the internet without bogging it down.