NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft crushed rocks and sent rubble flying as it briefly touched an asteroid, a strong indication that samples were collected for return to Earth, officials said Wednesday. Scientists won't know until next week how much was gathered at asteroid Bennu — they want at least a handful of the cosmic rubble. “We really did kind of make a mess on the surface of this asteroid, but it’s a good mess, the kind of mess we were hoping for,” said lead scientist Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona at Tucson.
Residents in five suburbs in Australia's second-largest city have been put on alert and people living in a public housing block urged to self-isolate after a new coronavirus case in a school sparked fears of a fresh outbreak. Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state, is just emerging from a second wave after a hard lockdown since July helped bring down daily COVID-19 cases to single digits in recent days from a peak of 700 in early August. Authorities have asked people in the affected suburbs and 120 residents living in a public housing block to get tested if they experienced any flu-like symptoms.
Hospitals have seen a 36% rise in coronavirus patients over the past four weeks and Midwest hospitals are setting new records every day. Hospitalizations of virus-stricken patients have set records in every region except the Northeast.
A former Florida deputy accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. Travis Ryan Pritchard, 37, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Jacksonville federal court to producing an image of a child being sexually abused and possessing an image of a prepubescent child being sexually abused. Pritchard began communicating with the girl through an online chat application in December after meeting her several months earlier at a convenience store, according to a criminal complaint.
Jordan on Wednesday reported 2,648 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily number since the start of the pandemic as the country faces a major outbreak with a tripling of deaths in just the last two weeks. The surge in the last month has put Jordan's infection numbers above those of most of its Middle East neighbours and reverses months of success in containing the outbreak. Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh said although the country had entered a "difficult phase" after widespread community transmission, it would not reimpose a national lockdown.
A lawyer for the Justice Department, which is seeking to intervene in the suit brought by E. Jean Carroll, couldn’t enter the New York courthouse because of Covid restrictions.
A group of U.S. Republican senators asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to consider a general waiver that would prevent an increase in biofuel blending obligations next year for oil refiners hit by a collapse in fuel demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. Senators including Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ted Cruz from Texas said the waiver for 2021 would help refiners cope with the pandemic, which has pushed gasoline demand down more than 10% from year-ago levels. U.S. laws require the refining industry to blend increasing amounts of biofuels into their fuels each year, requirements that have helped farmers by creating a huge market for corn-based ethanol, but which refiners say is costly.
Democrats said on Wednesday they will boycott a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote scheduled for Thursday on President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, calling the confirmation process "a sham." The committee has 12 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Its Republican chairman, Lindsey Graham, has signaled that even with Democrats boycotting he will be able to move the nomination forward, according to a panel spokeswoman.
The real estate investment trust, based in Southfield, Michigan, said it had funds from operations of $162.6 million, or $1.60 per share, in the period. Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry. The real estate investment trust posted revenue of $400.5 million in the period.
CHICAGO (AP) _ First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. (FR) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Chicago, said it had funds from operations of $64.1 million, or 49 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 46 cents per share.
The U.S. government is "cautiously optimistic" that one or two vaccines, likely from Pfizer Inc or Moderna Inc, will be available by the end of the year and can begin to be distributed to Americans, officials said during a news conference. Azar said he expects all seniors, healthcare workers, and first responders will be able to receive a vaccine as soon as January, with the rest of the American public able to get a vaccine by April.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A group of poachers set 10,000 traps and captured about 3,600 wild flying squirrels in Florida before putting them on an exotic pet pipeline that sent the animals to Asia. That's according to Florida wildlife officials who announced Monday that seven people have been arrested after a 19-month investigation. The total retail value of the squirrels on the international ...
HOUSTON (AP) _ Crown Castle International Corp. (CCI) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The real estate investment trust, based in Houston, said it had funds from operations of $668 million, or $1.56 per share, in the period.
The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $8.29 billion. Access a Zacks stock report on TSLA at https://www.zacks.com/ap/TSLA
The Justice Department claims that when the president calls his accuser a liar, it's official business.
The White House and Democratic lawmakers are closer to an agreement on coronavirus relief legislation after talks on Wednesday between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Pelosi's spokesman said in a statement. "Today's conversation brings us closer to being able to put pen to paper to write legislation," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said. Pelosi and Mnuchin plan to speak again on Thursday, he said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Brandywine Realty Trust (BDN) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The results matched Wall Street expectations. The Philadelphia-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $60 million, or 35 cents per share, in the period.
NEW YORK (AP) _ SL Green Realty Corp. (SLG) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in New York, said it had funds from operations of $135.5 million, or $1.75 per share, in the period. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.54 per share.
The Supreme Court's deadlock this week in a key election case illustrates the power President Donald Trump's nominee Amy Coney Barrett could wield and reveals why Republicans are hurrying to install her as a justice, Democrats said on Wednesday in their latest pitch to block her U.S. Senate confirmation. Chief Justice John Roberts broke with the four other conservative justices and joined with the court's three liberals on Monday in denying a request by Republicans seeking to block a state court's ruling that extended the deadline for the delivery of mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania by three days.
JERICHO, N.Y. (AP) _ Getty Realty Corp. (GTY) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The Jericho, New York-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $20.2 million, or 47 cents per share, in the period. Funds from operations is a closely watched measure in the REIT industry.
BOSTON (AP) _ Brightcove Inc. (BCOV) on Wednesday reported third-quarter net income of $1.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Boston-based company said it had net income of 3 cents. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 2 cents per share.
On May 17, 2007, Jonathan Sackler, who has since passed away, emailed relatives and a financial advisor, triggering an anxious discussion, according to settlement documents U.S. prosecutors disclosed on Wednesday. Between 2008 and 2019, Purdue transferred more than $10 billion, including roughly $4 billion in cash to Sackler-controlled entities, according to filings. Family members on Wednesday said the transfers were proper and that documents scheduled to be released in the future would support that claim.
“Until solar and wind power take more of the energy load, I like not paying an arm and a leg to heat my house.”
“It is imperative to ramp down greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible.”
“Any kind of ban on fracking would cause severe damage to our stressed economy.”
“Climate scientists are urging us to leave all fossil fuels in the ground so that they’ll never be burned. That includes natural gas.”
“Any immediate economic repercussions to the economy can be offset if oil-and-gas companies are made to pay their fair share.”