SNHD: Fentanyl deaths on the rise in Clark County in 2020.
SNHD: Fentanyl deaths on the rise in Clark County in 2020.
An Arkansas senator who shared an article that described the coronavirus pandemic as a “hoax” has contracted Covid-19. Republican senator Jason Rapert, who unsuccessfully introduced a bill to ban gay marriage in the US in 2017, was hospitalised with coronavirus and pneumonia on 24 July. Earlier in the year, as many states were beginning to take social distancing measures to attempt to control the spread of the virus, Mr Rapert shared an article on Facebook that called the pandemic the “biggest political hoax in history”.
U.S. diplomatic staff vacated the American Consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday after Beijing ordered its closure amid rising tensions between the two global powers. China's government ordered the U.S. mission to shutter in retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to force the Chinese Consulate in Houston to close, accusing diplomats there of spying and stealing intellectual property. In Chengdu, footage broadcast by China's state broadcaster CCTV showed U.S. consular staff leaving the facility, a plaque being removed and the U.S. flag lowered.
Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S., satellite photographs released Monday show, likely signalling the Islamic Republic soon plans to use it for live-fire drills. An image from Maxar Technologies taken Sunday shows an Iranian fast boat speed toward the carrier, sending waves up in its wake, after a tugboat pulled her out into the strait from the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. Iranian state media and officials have yet to acknowledge bringing the replica out to the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20 percent of the world's oil passes.
Authorities declared a riot early Sunday in Portland, Oregon, where protesters breached a fence surrounding the city's federal courthouse building where U.S. agents have been stationed. Police demanded people leave the area surrounding the courthouse, around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, and said that those who fail to adhere may be arrested or subjection to teargas and impact weapons. Protesters remained in the streets past 2:30 a.m., forming lines across intersections and holding makeshift shields, as police patrolled and closed blocks abutting the area.
As part of a broader $1 trillion coronavirus relief bill, Republican lawmakers are proposing to cut weekly emergency unemployment benefits established in the previous CARES Act from $600/week to $200/week, people familiar with the unreleased plan told The Washington Post. Democrats want to extend the $600 figure, which is set to expire this week, until January while the unemployment rate remains high, and many economists think keeping things as they are or even raising the total a bit makes more sense than slashing. In that scenario, the weekly unemployment boost wouldn't be tied to a specific number, but would vary for individuals.
Business Insider cross-analyzed this data with Bloomberg's richest ZIP code study to see which candidate the wealthiest neighborhoods in the United States are giving money to. To find the richest ZIP codes in the United States, Bloomberg considered those that had at least 200 tax returns filed during the 2016 filing season and analyzed 500 housing units with data provided by the latest Census survey from 2010. Separately, the New York Times looked at fundraising data from the second quarter of 2020 to create a map that accounts for about 90% of the money donated, considering contributions over $200 made between April 1 and June 30.
The airport in the central Vietnamese tourism hotspot of Danang was packed on Monday after three residents tested positive for the coronavirus and the evacuation of 80,000 people began. The Southeast Asian country is back on high alert after authorities on Saturday confirmed the first community infections since April, and another three cases on Sunday, all in or around Danang. A further 11 cases linked to a Danang hospital were reported late on Monday.
Armed neighborhood patrols have been forming in Minneapolis in the weeks since George Floyd's death at the end of May. Floyd's death has spurred a new surge in violence and crime. According to The Wall Street Journal, the number of shootings in June tripled from last year's number.
Sunday, Jackson police responded to the house on a report of a suspicious incident, according to the statement. After speaking to neighborhood residents, police said eventually the crowd "grew to an estimate excess of 700 people with well over 100 vehicles parked in the area," according to the statement. The owner of the house was contacted, and he told officers that he had "rented out the residence on Airbnb and was hosting a large party," according to the statement.
In the latest escalation, a U.S. consulate in Chengdu in southwestern China shuttered Monday, ordered by China to close in retaliation for the U.S. shutting down its consulate in Houston last week. With the U.S. presidential campaign heating up, all bets are that relations with China will only get worse. Both countries already have suffered heavy losses in a tariff war that erupted in 2018 over Beijing's technology ambitions and trade surplus.
A couple in Minnesota wore swastika masks while shopping at a Walmart, but claimed they were not Nazis and that – despite wearing the symbol of the Nazis on their faces – it was their political enemies who were the fascists. According to The Washington Post, the incident was captured on video by Raphaela Mueller, a 24-year-old woman who was born and raised in Germany. When she and her partner, Benjamin Ruesch, saw the couple and confirmed that they were wearing swastikas, they went to the customer service desk to complain.
Rabbi Noah Farkas has a vision for how Valley Beth Shalom can use the synagogue's giant parking lot to live out its values and fulfill its mission: Cover it with new affordable housing units for senior citizens. The cost of constructing affordable housing is staggering, and getting permission to build is time-consuming and expensive. The legislation is being carried by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who introduced it in March after the demise of Senate Bill 50, his ambitious effort to override local zoning to allow bigger apartment complexes near transit hubs and four-unit buildings in single-family neighborhoods.
"State of the Union with Jake Tapper"/CNN Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Sunday defended her decision to collaborate with federal law enforcement agencies to address a spike in violent crime in Chicago. Shootings in Chicago have increased 75% year-over-year and murders are 78% higher in 2020 than they were in 2019, according to police statistics reported by NBC Chicago. Lightfoot stressed that her accepting help from federal agencies differed from their unwelcome presence in the city of Portland, where federal agents showed up without an invitation from local leaders to quash protests.
Most Americans support the aim of the protests — and Biden leads among all of them. In the upper Midwest, we see this playing out in two key states the president flipped from Democrats in 2016: Biden leads in Michigan by six points, and the president has the slightest one-point edge in Ohio, where he won by a comfortable margin four years ago. Ohio is also a critical part of the president's overall electoral map in 2020.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared an emergency and imposed a lockdown in the border city of Kaesong after the country reported its first suspected coronavirus case, state media said Sunday, adding that a person who defected three years ago to South Korea returned last week and exhibited COVID-19 symptoms after "illegally crossing the demarcation line." Pyongyang shut its borders and put thousands of people in isolation six months ago when the coronavirus pandemic began, but Kim's regime has not acknowledged any coronavirus cases during that span, a feat analysts say was always unlikely.
Three people died as a result of the crash including the pilot, a woman, and a 9-month-old baby girl. The other three passengers were sent to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The woman who was home when the plane crashed into it is in critical condition.
One person not debating is Dr. Anthony Fauci, who says he won't be taking off during the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told MarketWatch that flying is risky right now. "I am in a risk category," Fauci said.
That was how Dickson Yeo set off on a path to becoming a Chinese agent - one who would end up using the professional networking website LinkedIn, a fake consulting company and cover as a curious academic to lure in American targets. Five years later, on Friday, amid deep tensions between the US and China and a determined crackdown from Washington on Beijing's spies, Yeo pleaded guilty in a US court to being an "illegal agent of a foreign power". The 39-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison.
Hawaii prepared for the onslaught of Hurricane Douglas on Sunday, with predictions of high winds, rain and storm surge. “It's definitely going to be a triple threat,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Almanza said. Douglas weakened Saturday to a Category 1 hurricane as it approached Hawaii, but officials warned people should not be lulled into complacency.