The city has already agreed to overhaul its 911 system, sending some calls away from police.
The city has already agreed to overhaul its 911 system, sending some calls away from police.
In recent days, experts have become increasingly convinced — and alarmed — that President Trump is pushing to cut corners and rush the release of a COVID-19 vaccine before Nov. 3 to improve his chances in the election. What if he pledged to wait until Nov. 4 at the earliest — that is, the day after the election — to announce that a COVID-19 vaccine had been authorized for public use? Vowing not to unveil a vaccine on the eve of the election might seem politically counterproductive to the president, which is why he probably won't do it.
A small shark hung onto a Florida beachgoer's arm relentlessly over the weekend, and the victim acted like it was no big deal. In video widely seen on social media, an unidentified bearded man in blue trunks is seen standing with a gray nurse shark latched on to his upper arm as he cradles it like a baby. “A beach patron came up to the tower and advised me that this guy needed help out on the sandbar with a shark that was stuck to his arm,” Lifeguard Brian Bricious told 12 News.
Jacob Blake, the black man whose shooting by police triggered protests, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges filed prior to the incident. Mr Blake, who is in hospital paralysed, is accused of criminal trespass, sexual assault and disorderly conduct based on statements by his former girlfriend. The criminal complaint was filed in July, and is unrelated to the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on 23 August.
U.S. Postal Service police barred Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from entering two mail sorting facilities in Florida in the early morning hours on Friday, threatening to escort her from the property if she didn't leave. The Florida Democrat, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said she aimed to inspect a mail plant in Opa-locka and Northwest Miami-Dade. Wasserman Schultz said union members told her about conditions at the processing centers and shared pictures that showed pallets of undelivered mail marked with a receipt date of "July 23."
Lebanon's army said on Thursday it had found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to Beirut port, the site of a huge blast last month caused by a large stockpile of the same highly explosive chemical. The authorities said it was caused by about 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stacked in unsafe conditions in a port warehouse for years. Lebanon's government quit amid public anger in a nation already brought to its knees by an economic crisis.
A Kentucky congressman said a teenager charged with fatally shooting two people with a semi-automatic rifle during the unrest in Wisconsin showed “incredible restraint" and acted in self-defense. Rep. Thomas Massie also told a radio interviewer on Thursday that if he were on the jury, he would vote to acquit the teenager if the evidence was based on video he had seen of the melee. Massie, a libertarian-leaning Republican, defended the Illinois teen, Kyle Rittenhouse.
Blake charged with sexually assaulting a woman At the time of the Aug. 23 shooting, Blake had a warrant out for his arrest for a case filed in July in Kenosha County. According to a criminal complaint, Blake allegedly entered the house of a woman he knew in the early hours of the morning, sexually assaulted her and then took a debit card and car keys before fleeing in her vehicle. Blake is charged in that pending case with felony third-degree sexual assault, and misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct.
The New York City Police Department denied claims that the car was one of its unmarked vehicles. An NYPD representative said the force was asking the driver of the vehicle, and anyone who may have been injured in the incident, to come forward. A car plowed through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Times Square on Thursday, and the police are asking the driver to come forward.
A group of Northeastern students was dismissed for violating the university's coronavirus rules after they were reportedly caught gathered in a room without wearing masks or socially distancing. Tuition and room fees for the 11 students won't be reimbursed. Eleven first-year Northeastern students were dismissed for violating the university's coronavirus rules after reportedly being caught without wearing masks or socially distancing when gathered in a room.
A prominent British human rights lawyer is convening an independent tribunal in London to investigate whether the Chinese government's alleged rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in the far western Xinjiang region constitute genocide or crimes against humanity. The tribunal is expected to reveal new evidence and testimony over several days' hearings next year. While the tribunal does not have government backing, it is the latest attempt to hold China accountable for its treatment of the Uighurs and ethnic Turkic minorities, who have been subject to an unprecedented crackdown since 2017.
A Tennessee state trooper accused of tearing off a man's mask during an encounter outside the state capitol last month has been arrested on assault charges, court and jail records show. Harvey Briggs, 52, was booked into the Davidson County Sheriff's Office around 9:22 p.m. Thursday. Arrest warrants state Briggs “ripped a mask from the face of a protester who was taking part in a 'peaceful demonstration' near the Tennessee State Capitol on Aug. 10,” WKRN reported.
The University of Southern California has placed a communications professor on leave after a group of black MBA candidates threatened to drop his class rather than “endure the emotional exhaustion of carrying on with an instructor that disregards cultural diversity and sensitivities” following the instructor's use, while teaching, of a Chinese word that sounds like a racial slur. Greg Patton, a professor at the university's Marshall School of Business, was giving a lecture about the use of “filler words” in speech during a recent online class when he used the word in question, saying, “If you have a lot of 'ums and errs,' this is culturally specific, so based on your native language.
Thousands of protesters defying a government coronavirus lockdown to take part in an religious festival clashed with riot police in Nepal on Thursday, leaving several people injured. The protesters had gathered in the city of Lalitpur where a 5-story-high chariot holding a statue of the deity Rato Machindranath was built but parked for months because of government orders not hold the annual festival due to fear over the spread of the coronavirus. Police officers in riot gear blocked the protesters when they moved the chariot, dousing them with water cannons.
“I do not want to talk to you, especially Williamson County,” the 20-year-old said in body camera footage. Moments later, without provocation, deputy Lorenzo Hernandez grabbed the young woman. The violent escalation of what should have been a routine law enforcement interaction is the latest in a string of aggressive encounters by Williamson County Sheriff's deputies that have come to light amid ongoing investigation by the American-Statesman, part of the USA TODAY Network.
A fundraising campaign set up on behalf of the owner of the San Francisco salon at the centre of a controversy with house speaker Nancy Pelosi has raised more than $140,000 (£106,150) in just two days. The GoFundMe page, that describes itself as the official and only valid fundraiser for the owner of eSalon, Erica Kious, was set up by former Nevada State GOP chairman Amy Tarkanian on Wednesday and is looking to raise $300,000 (£226,990). Earlier on Wednesday, Ms Pelosi asked for an apology from Ms Kious, after she criticised the house speaker's hair appointment, while the salon owner told Tucker Carlson of Fox News that her business was “done,” following death threats, according to the Daily Mail.
President Trump was slammed on Friday by Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot famous for landing a damaged plane on the Hudson River in 2009, saving all 155 people on board. Sully, a US Air Force veteran, criticized Trump as "a coward" who is "completely unfit for" office in a scathing Twitter thread. Sully, a registered Republican, tweeted the comments in response to reports that Trump referred to fallen soldiers as "suckers" and "losers," and that the president did not understand why people chose to serve in the armed forces.
Turkish lawyers and advocates have criticized the head of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for not defending human rights and the rule of law robustly enough while meeting President Tayyip Erdogan and top judiciary in Ankara. The European court's president, Robert Spano, began his four-day visit to Turkey with a speech on judicial independence in which he criticized the country's arrests of judges and emphasized the principal of subsidiarity, under which Turkish courts must recognize ECHR rulings. Last week, lawyer Ebru Timtik died in an Istanbul hospital after a 238-day hunger strike following her conviction last year for membership of a terrorist organization.
The largest solar telescope in Europe has released unprecedented close-up images of the sun — and they are a little bit terrifying. GREGOR, a telescope operated by a team of German scientists at the Teide Observatory in Spain, has obtained new high-resolution images of the intricate structure of the sun — the best ever captured by a European telescope, scientists said. Researchers attributed the never-before-seen detail of the images to a major redesign of the telescope by scientists and engineers at the Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS).
A college professor in Argentina experiencing COVID-19 symptoms died after gasping for breath while conducting a Zoom lecture. Paola de Simone, 46, a professor of government and international relations at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires, died Wednesday, the university said in a statement on Twitter. A wife and mother, de Simone said she had been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for at least four weeks, according to a Aug. 28 Twitter post.