Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he is scrapping that proposal.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he is scrapping that proposal.
As students nationwide kick off fall classes in a new virtual environment, one Black seventh grader in Colorado is waiting to find out if he will attend school again this fall at all. What started off as a normal day of virtual learning ended with the police being called on the 12-year-old boy because he was playing with a toy gun during virtual art class. Now the boy, Isaiah, has a record with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and received a five-day suspension from the school and a mark on his school disciplinary paperwork saying he brought a “facsimile of a firearm to school” even though he never left his house.
Scientific American on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden, the first presidential endorsement in the magazine's 175-year history. Its editors said they felt “compelled” to do so because President Trump's well-documented rejection of science, from climate change to the coronavirus, has cost tens of thousands of American lives. The pandemic would strain any nation and system,” the editors wrote, “but Trump's rejection of evidence and public health measures have been catastrophic in the U.S. He was warned many times in January and February about the onrushing disease, yet he did not develop a national strategy to provide protective equipment, coronavirus testing or clear health guidelines.
A shocking satellite image shows five tropical cyclones churning in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. The image also captures smoke swirling across the US from historic wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) captured the image on Monday afternoon.
A Texas woman who received nearly $2 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was arrested Tuesday by federal authorities on fraud allegations. Lola Shalewa Barbara Kasali, of Houston, was charged with making false statements to a financial institution, wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. Officials say Kasali, 22, allegedly submitted two fraudulent PPP loan applications for two businesses — Lola's Level and Charm Hair Extensions — and claimed to have several employees and large payroll expenses.
The rise in infections comes as the government continues to lift restrictions throughout the country to try to boost an economy that lost millions of jobs when the virus hit in March. I recovered but I fear Covid might still kill me' Rumours hamper testing in India Tracking the global pandemic In the initial stages of Covid-19, India appeared to be doing fairly well, imposing a strict lockdown, but the virus then hit megacities like Mumbai and the capital Delhi, before surging in smaller cities and rural areas. Despite the increase, the government has eased restrictions.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign has created what it calls the largest election protection program in U.S. presidential history, assembling a team of hundreds of lawyers to fend of expected legal challenges and work to ensure a fair election. The new legal operation will be headed by Dana Remus, the Biden campaign's general counsel, and former White House counsel Bob Bauer. Its "special litigation" unit includes two former U.S. solicitors general, Donald Verrilli Jr. and Walter Dellinger, and former Attorney General Eric Holder has signed on to act as liaison to allied independent voting rights organizations.
Hurricane Sally slowed so much overnight that forecasters say it's drifting more than moving — and that's a dangerous thing. Slow moving cyclones make for longer storm impact, and Sally is moving at just 2 mph, the National Hurricane Center says. Landfall is expected sometime Wednesday near the Mississippi-Alabama state line and the flooding could be “historic,” with widespread areas receiving 10 to 20 inches of rain and isolated amounts of 30 inches along the Gulf Coast, the center reported Tuesday.
Two inmates have died in as many days from coronavirus at the federal prison complex where the U.S. government plans to carry out two executions next week. The virus deaths are likely to raise alarm with advocates and lawyers for the condemned men over the spread of coronavirus at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. As of Tuesday, more than 40 inmates had confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the agency's statistics.
A weeks-old anti-mask protest in Utah has become the source of online backlash after a TV news report detailing the rally went viral on social media. The protest, which drew hundreds to the Washington County School District building in St. George, was held Aug. 21 in opposition to a school mask mandate required statewide by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Washington County School District Director of Communications Steve Dunham expressed frustration at protesters, calling it "so dang selfish" that people wouldn't wear a mask in an effort to protect others.
A $1.5 billion loan from Russia will shore up Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for the time being as he tries to face down mass protests, but not for long. Lukashenko, whose security forces have arrested thousands of opposition supporters demanding his resignation, secured the financial lifeline from Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Black Sea summit on Monday. According to Artyom Shraibman, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, only a fraction of the funds will actually make it to Minsk, given it needs to refinance another $1 billion in loans, including from Russia, and pay $300 million of debt to Russian energy giant Gazprom by the end of the year.
Jamie R. Grosshans, the last-minute choice of Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Florida Supreme Court, is an anti-abortion defender who has been active in a number of Christian legal groups, including a powerful national organization whose mission is to “spread the Gospel by transforming the legal system.” Grosshans, from the Orlando suburb of Winter Garden, was named Florida's seventh justice Monday, filling the vacancy created last year when President Donald Trump named two of DeSantis' previous appointees, Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. This was the second time in Grosshans' meteoric rise as a judge that she became a finalist for the state's highest court.
Police in Utah are now required to try de-escalation first in most cases, a new policy that went into effect just hours after officers shot a 13-year-old boy with autism in Salt Lake City. Golda Barton told local media last week that police shot her son Linden Cameron, who has Asperger's, shortly after she called 911 because he was having a mental health episode. The policy states that de-escalation tactics are "mandatory prior to using force to effect an arrest unless it would be unreasonable to do so.”
Police in Panama say they have detained two Panamanian nationals who were travelling in a car carrying 79 packets of illegal drugs. Local media have identified one of the detained as the governor of Guna Yala, Erick Martelo. Panamanian President Nito Cortizo wrote on Twitter [in Spanish] that he was "committed to a zero tolerance policy towards any behaviour which goes against the ethics that all public servants have to adhere to".
A huge black creature has been spotted emerging from the murky rivers of remote northern Australia. It's a humpback whale, a long way from home. "It was like a Loch Ness monster kind of thing."
Donald Trump, the US president, warned Tehran it would face severe military retaliation if reports that it is planning to assassinate a US diplomat prove to be true. "Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!” Mr Trump tweeted on Monday evening. The threat comes a day after Politico reported that Iran was weighing up an assassination attempt against Lana Marks, the US ambassador to South Africa and long-time friend of President Trump.
According to a new CDC report, roughly 0.03% of coronavirus cases in kids and teens under 21 have been fatal so far — very few deaths. It's another stark indicator that racism is the biggest reason that Black and brown Americans have a higher likelihood of dying from the coronavirus. According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, very few children who've gotten sick with the coronavirus have died.
Scientists at North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, Russia, on Monday announced a finding of "great importance" — a preserved Ice Age cave bear carcass, estimated to be to be between 22,000 and 39,500 years old. The preserved bear was found by reindeer herders on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island, part of the Lyakhovsky Islands archipelago in northern Russia, according to a statement from NEFU. "Today this is the first and only find of its kind — a whole bear carcass with soft tissues," scientist Lena Grigorieva said in a statement.
As Clare Bronfman awaits sentencing for her role in NXIVM, prosecutors on Monday alleged the Seagram's heiress went to extreme lengths to protect the sex cult's leader—including sending “threatening letters” and attempting to file criminal charges against women who alleged they were branded and manipulated into master-slave relationships. “When I was at my most vulnerable, Clare Bronfman traumatized me,” one former NXIVM member wrote in a lengthy detention memo filed Monday. In the memo, prosecutors detail Bronfman's continued loyalty to the purported self-help group's founder, Keith Raniere, and argue that she should receive a harsher prison sentence for her “obsessive” attempts to investigate and intimidate perceived critics of NXIVM.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that Taiwan has not disclosed information about the reported detentions of five Hong Kongers who may have attempted to flee there by boat to escape possible prosecution at home under a tough new national security law. The Hong Kong government reached out to Taiwan on Monday but has yet to receive a reply, Lam told reporters before a weekly meeting with advisers. Taiwan media have reported that authorities have been holding five people since last month after they were found at sea.
Two years ago, Microsoft sank a data centre off the coast of Orkney in a wild experiment. That data centre has now been retrieved from the ocean floor, and Microsoft researchers are assessing how it has performed, and what they can learn from it about energy efficiency. No humans, few failures Their first conclusion is that the cylinder packed with servers had a lower failure rate than a conventional data centre.