St. Tammany K-9 deputy Thor retires
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has been accused of violating federal election laws for using an intermission at the Supreme Court confirmation hearings to discuss campaign fundraising efforts and call for “help” from South Carolina voters against his Democratic opponent in the November elections. The Republican senator was discussing his re-election bid against Jaime Harrison, the Democratic senatorial candidate who raised a record-breaking $57 million during the third quarter of his campaign, at a break in the committee hearings when he made the remarks.
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden flew on an airplane with a person who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 but Biden was not in close contact with the person and there is no need for him to quarantine, his campaign said on Thursday. "Vice President Biden was not in close contact, as defined by the CDC, with this individual at any time," the statement said, adding they both wore masks during the flights, which occurred on Monday and Tuesday. "Given these facts, we have been advised by the Vice President's doctor and the campaign's medical advisors that there is no need for the Vice President to quarantine," it said.
In less than two months, Scott Peterson has gone from facing the death penalty for the 2004 conviction of killing his wife and unborn son to facing the possibility of a new trial. The California Supreme Court, which in August overturned Peterson's death penalty, on Thursday ordered his murder convictions be examined, according to multiple published reports. At issue in what was once a high-profile case: The court said a juror failed to disclose she had been involved with other legal proceedings and, as a result, committed prejudicial misconduct,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, pressed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett about the process for recusal in a case before the court concerning the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
Conservative Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett struggled to name the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment on the third day of her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill. Ms Barrett, president Donald Trump's pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a justice on the US Supreme Court, was asked to name the five constitutional freedoms by Republican senator Ben Sasse during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The senator asked: “What are the five freedoms of the First Amendment?
Sen. Kamala Harris has canceled all campaign travel through this weekend “out of an abundance of caution” after a flight crew member and her communications director tested positive for coronavirus, the Biden campaign announced Thursday. Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, has tested negative for coronavirus three times over the past week — including on Thursday — the campaign added. “Senator Harris was not in close contact, as defined by the CDC, with either of these individuals during the two days prior to their positive tests; as such, there is no requirement for quarantine,” Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon said in a statement.
The owner and director of a private elementary school that collapsed in Mexico City during the 2017 earthquake killing 19 children and seven adults was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years in prison. Mónica García Villegas had been convicted of charges equivalent to manslaughter in September. Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy Ramos said via Twitter after the sentence handed down, “We achieved justices for the victims!” Her office had asked for a sentence of 57 years.
President Donald Trump's lawyer and the New York Post getting their hands on a mysterious laptop purportedly containing embarrassing information about Hunter Biden is "too perfect," an Estonian intelligence official told Insider. The emails that the Post reported on are probably a mixture of real and manipulated material — a classic Russian disinformation tactic, the official said. An Estonian intelligence official with knowledge of Russian intelligence operations says the Hunter Biden computer email scandal hints at a Russian disinformation operation.
Donald Trump admitted to exposing his chief of staff to coronavirus by allowing Mark Meadows to fly with him to Walter Reed military hospital two weeks ago. The president made the remark during a campaign rally in North Carolina, a battleground where he is in a dead heat with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden after winning the state in 2016. "Could you imagine, I had to go to North Carolina to find my chief of staff?" he said with a smirk.
A 3-week-old girl was sexually assaulted and battered in an Ocala area foster home, and child welfare officials could have prevented it from happening, according to a lawsuit filed last week in the Marion County Courthouse. Both Kids Central, the Ocala nonprofit agency charged with managing child welfare in the region, and The Centers, which offers case management services, knew that a 16-year-old boy living in the home had sexually assaulted other young children in the past. The foster parents – identified as "the Kleins" – had set up video cameras around the house to monitor the boy's activities.
An extra 10,000 children per month may die this year from malnutrition due to the COVID-19 crisis, the head of the World Health Organisation warned on Wednesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a U.N Food and Agriculture (FAO) conference that due to the pandemic he expected a 14% rise in cases of severe child malnutrition this year - or 6.7 million more people - mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. "We cannot accept a world where the rich have access to healthy diets while the poor are left behind... the rich can afford to stay home, the poor must go out to work," he said.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 11 percentage points, 53 percent to 42 percent, in a Wall Street Journal/NBC News national poll of registered voters released Wednesday. That's an improvement for Trump from the last WSJ/NBC poll earlier this month, which found him behind by 14 points, but it's larger than the 8-point lead Biden had in September. Biden's 11-point lead is a little higher than his polling average — 10.2 points at FiveThirtyEight and 9.2 points at RealClearPolitics — but it points to a steep climb for Trump three weeks before Election Day.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said the brutal killing of George Floyd was "very, very personal" for her because she has two Black children, but she would not say whether racism is "systemic" in the US during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. "Senator, as you might imagine, given that I have two Black children, that was very, very personal for my family," Barrett said in response to questioning from Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. Barrett said she was with her 17-year-old adopted daughter from Haiti, Vivian, when "all of this was erupting and it was very difficult for her."
Cheese producers reacted angrily Wednesday to the Mexican government's decision to halt the distribution of some products of major manufacturers for a host of alleged labelling violations. Business groups said the move by the Economy Department could unfairly damage the reputations of producers. For example, the department accused the Philadelphia brand of improperly labelling “reduced fat” on a single slices American cheese product.
A growing body of evidence suggests that blood type may play a role in the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus or developing life-threatening complications from the illness. Two studies on the topic were published Wednesday in the journal Blood Advances, a publication of the American Society of Hematology. Blood type, the researchers found, stood out as a potential key difference between the two groups.
Donald Trump has denied that he is lagging behind Joe Biden in the national polls, telling Fox Business he regards all mainstream media forecasts as “fake” and denying that his latest campaign rallies amount to coronavirus superspreader events, insisting his crowds do wear face masks while falsely claiming the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) doubts their efficacy. Nevertheless, the president is losing to Biden by as much as 17 points some surveys and only last night he acknowledged his fears that he could lose Iowa, admitting in Des Moines: "For me to only be up six [in Iowa], I'm a little bit concerned, I'll tell you that."
As for why North Korea decided to build a new, even larger liquid-fueled missile, Hanham told Insider that it was a question that had "a lot of us scratching our heads over." The large size of the new missile offers the possibility of a larger warhead with a higher explosive yield, increasing destructive power and reducing demands for increased accuracy. It also opens the door to multiple warheads, with which North Korea could try to overwhelm US missile-defense systems.
WASHINGTON – Democrats warned Wednesday that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's almost certain confirmation could launch a new chapter of conservative judicial activism, though the federal appeals court judge sought to portray herself as a mainstream jurist without any agenda. As the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing drew toward a close Wednesday, several Democrats acknowledged Barrett would be confirmed to succeed the late liberal Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, most likely by a party-line vote before Election Day. "It seems that the fix is in," Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.