16 WAPT Chief Meteorologist David Hartman has the forecast for Jackson and Central Mississippi.
16 WAPT Chief Meteorologist David Hartman has the forecast for Jackson and Central Mississippi.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday defended its decision to withhold circulation of an intelligence report warning that Russia was trying to portray Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as mentally unstable. A draft of the report, headlined "Russia Likely to Denigrate Health of US Candidates to Influence 2020 Election," was submitted to the agency's legislative and public affairs office on July 7, according to ABC News, which first reported the matter. The draft bulletin reported that Russian state media RT, Sputnik and a Russian proxy website between September 2019 and May 2020 posted allegations about "the poor mental health of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden."
The blast was equivalent to 50 megatons of TNT, making it nearly 1,500 times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined. For decades, footage of history's most powerful nuclear weapon was kept top-secret. Now, Russia is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the moments leading up to the detonation of that hydrogen bomb, known officially as RDS-220 and informally as Tsar Bomba.
Thailand's king has reinstated his royal consort to the position, nearly a year after she was stripped of her titles in a dramatic fall from grace. King Vajiralongkorn returned Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi's rank and titles on Wednesday, the Royal Gazette announced. Sineenat was stripped of her rank in October 2019, only months after being named as the king's companion.
Claim: A photo shows accused shooter Kyle Rittenhouse's armed mother in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on the night protesters were killed. A week after 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse arrived in Kenosha from Antioch, Illinois, and — according to criminal charges — shot and killed two people during a night of protests and chaos, a photo is circulating on social media purporting to describe how he got there. Rittenhouse was recorded on video on Aug. 25 carrying a rifle and saying it was his job to protect life and property.
Joe Biden has even left his basement and, despite his earlier assertions that he would not be traveling during the general election this year, is out on the campaign trail to dispense words of wisdom — e.g., "COVID has taken this year, just since the outbreak, has taken more than 100 year [sic]." The conventional wisdom concerning Biden's about-face is that the race is tightening in Donald Trump's favor. This is being attributed in part to the latter's performance at last week's Republican National Convention, which seems to me an unlikely explanation, and to the rioting in Portland, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and other cities.
Wednesday is the anniversary of the formal Sept. 2, 1945, surrender of Japan to the United States, when documents were signed officially ending years of bloody fighting in a ceremony aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. A: An abbreviation for Victory over Japan Day, marked by the United States and its allies in the war and by the Asian victims of Japan who won their liberation from years of atrocities and oppression. Others, including the United States, mark the day on Sept. 2, while the Philippines, China and Russia observe Sept. 3.
Banging drums, waving flags and lying down to "die", hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists gathered outside Britain's parliament for a second day on Wednesday to demand that the government act to avoid a climate catastrophe. The rallies in London's Parliament Square come after protests planned for earlier in the year were canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus. Police arrested around 160 people on Tuesday for obstructing the roads and officers could be seen carrying more demonstrators away from the area on Wednesday.
A Venezuelan businessman charged in Miami with laundering millions of dollars from oil contracts was gunned down Tuesday by a motorcycle assassin in Venezuela, according to authorities. Leonardo Santilli died from several gunshot wounds in what police described as a possible professional hit, authorities said. According to press reports, the businessman was inside his Toyota 4Runner SUV in a parking lot outside a pharmacy in the seaside city of Lecherias — east of Caracas — when his assailant approached the vehicle on a motorcycle around 5 p.m.
Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday issued new guidelines and restrictions on the FBI's ability to conduct surveillance of elected officials, candidates, and their staff members and advisers, saying such investigations must be "justified and non-partisan." The new rules, which involved requiring the FBI to consider briefing an official, candidate or adviser that they might be compromised by foreign governments before applying for a surveillance warrant, were part of department-wide changes to address problems in the early stages of the Russia investigation. Barr and President Donald Trump's Republican allies have been critical of the Russia investigation and on the FBI's surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser during the early stages of the probe.
While the full extent of the damage is unknown, if not repaired soon it could sink and spell environmental disaster, polluting turquoise seas along the vast coastline of Venezuela and several neighboring Caribbean nations, government critics and maritime experts say. Adding to concerns, Venezuela's socialist government has said nothing publicly about its plans for the container. However, anti-government oil workers like Eudis Girot, head of the Unitary Federation of Petroleum Workers of Venezuela, has launched a campaign seeking to get President Nicolás Maduro to pay attention.
The family of a 29-year-old Black man fatally shot by deputies during a traffic stop over a bicycle code violation on Monday has demanded accountability and justice amid a fresh wave of protests. Family members say Dijon Kizzee was fatally shot by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies after they attempted to stop him while he was riding a bicycle in violation of vehicle codes. Almost immediately after the incident, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in outrage, chanting for justice as they marched to the South L.A. Sheriff's Station on Imperial Highway.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is investigating hush money payments made during the 2016 presidential race to two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, allegations Trump has denied. But Vance recently suggested the probe goes further and involves the Trump Organization. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero last month rejected Trump's efforts to keep his records from Manhattan prosecutors – another blow to the president, who has unsuccessfully fought the subpoena all the way to the Supreme Court once and is likely to wind up there again.
A Minnesota man who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota last month has died from COVID-19, Minnesota health officials reported on Wednesday. The death is the first reported that is possibly linked to the biker rally that drew hundreds of thousands of people. The rally went forward despite fears it could become a super-spread event, with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem welcoming bikers and the tourist dollars they spend.
Due to high demand for the all-electric Taycan, Porsche is borrowing 400 employees from Audi for at least two years to keep up production, reported German industry publication Automobilwoche. Porsche began delivering the Taycan, which starts at $103,800, in the US this year. It's competing in the growing segment of luxury electric cars that Tesla CEO Elon Musk pioneered.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times the back should be criminally charged. Biden joins his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, a former California attorney general, in calling for officer Rusten Sheskey to be charged in the shooting, which left Blake paralyzed. Sheskey shot Blake, a Black Kenosha man, seven times in the back after Blake walked away from officers and was attempting to enter a small SUV with his three children in the back seat.
Hindered by frayed ties with Europe, limited leverage and doubts about President Donald Trump's devotion to democracy in Belarus, the United States is gingerly trying to nudge the former Soviet state toward new elections without provoking Russia. Current and former U.S. officials acknowledge the challenge of promoting change in Belarus, which faces protests over an Aug. 9 election that the opposition says was rigged to extend the 26-year-old reign of President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko, who denies fraud, has responded with a violent crackdown on the protests and shown no sign of backing down despite sanctions imposed by three Baltic states on Monday and the threat of impending U.S. sanctions.
The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and one of her top aides for continuing to investigate war crimes allegations against Americans. The sanctions were immediately denounced by the court, the United Nations and human rights advocates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the moves as part of the administration's pushback against the tribunal, based in The Hague, for investigations into the United States and its allies.
A COVID-19 vaccine could be available earlier than expected if ongoing clinical trials produce overwhelmingly positive results, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease official, said this week. Although two ongoing clinical trials of 30,000 volunteers are expected to conclude by the end of the year, Fauci said an independent board has the authority to end the trials weeks early if interim results are overwhelmingly positive or negative. The Data and Safety Monitoring Board could say, "The data is so good right now that you can say it's safe and effective,” Fauci said Tuesday.
Thailand's prime minister on Wednesday congratulated the nation for having achieved 100 days without a confirmed locally transmitted case of the coronavirus, even as security along the border with Myanmar is being stepped up as a measure against the disease. Thailand has sustained relatively light health damage from the pandemic, even though in January it was the first country outside China to confirm a case. Thai health authorities reported eight new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, all in people arriving from abroad, bringing the country's total to 3,425, including 58 deaths.