When it comes to raising a glass to toast good times, the word ‘cheers’ is never far away.
When it comes to raising a glass to toast good times, the word ‘cheers’ is never far away.
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is sharply criticizing an investigation by his own party into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, saying it's “not the legitimate role of government” to try and damage political opponents. GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has said the committee will issue a report before the Nov. 3 election on Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine. Johnson, a close ally of President Donald Trump, is leading the investigation into Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member while Joe Biden was vice president to President Barack Obama.
School Committeeman John Oliveira says he has built an electric fence around his Trump political lawn sign to keep people away after repeated thefts. Oliveira, 54, admits the electrified fence looks terrible and said his neighbors will probably complain, but he did it to protect his property in the city's West End from further thefts. “It hasn't been touched in two weeks since the electric fence went up,” he said.
Federal prosecutors accused a group of hackers based in China and Malaysia with cyberattacks targeting more than 100 companies, government agencies, and nonprofits worldwide in charges unsealed Wednesday. It's one of the largest hacking campaigns to be prosecuted in the US to date, prosecutors said. The hackers are accused of being a part of a China-based hacking operation called APT41, also known as Barium.
A Malaysian man says he found monkey selfies and videos on his missing phone a day after retrieving it in the jungle behind his house. The content - including footage of a monkey that appears to be trying to eat the phone - has been widely shared on social media since Zackrydz Rodzi posted it on Twitter. Mr Zackrydz, 20, told the BBC he realised his smartphone was gone when he woke up at around 11am on Saturday morning.
While the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc known as Caricom remains divided on the issue of Venezuela, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit two of its member states this week as the Trump administration seeks to turn up the pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro. “It's not just that Venezuela produces refugees, they are producing security problems for all of these countries by harboring terrorists, harboring narco-traffickers,” a senior State Department official said Wednesday. Pompeo, who will visit four South American nations, will arrive Thursday in Suriname, where he will meet with newly elected President Chan Santokhi.
The final House Transportation committee report on the fatal design flaws of Boeing's 737 MAX—which killed 346 people in two accidents between 2018 and 2019—show the air disasters could have been avoided. The 239-page report, which was released Wednesday, is the product of an 18-month investigation that confirmed time and again that Boeing caved into “production pressure that ultimately jeopardized the safety of the flying public.” The committee cites competition with Airbus as a primary cause of cuts in costs to maintain the 737 MAX production, even though those shortcuts were fatal.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is struggling to win over Latino voters, made his first campaign appearance in Florida on Tuesday, at the opening of Hispanic Heritage Month. After being introduced by Luis Fonsi, the singer of the international hit, Biden said, "I just have one thing to say," before hitting play. "I'll tell you what, if I had the talent of any one of these people, I'd be elected president by acclamation," Biden said, referring to Fonsi, as well as singer Ricky Martin and actress Eva Longoria, who also spoke ahead of Biden in Kissimmee, Florida.
For years, authorities in Sri Lanka have tried to rid the Indian Ocean island nation of illegal drugs, even attempting to lift a decades-old moratorium on the death penalty to be able to execute drug offenders. The ring allegedly involved officers from the Police Narcotic Bureau who smuggled illicit drugs into the country by sea, stored them in safe houses, ran fake raids and then siphoned off a portion of the seizures to sell to drug dealers, pocketing millions in profits. “This is the first time a big incident like this has taken place in the history of our police,” Sri Lanka's attorney general, Dappula de Livera, said in a televised speech, adding that it has “eroded public confidence in the police.”
A nurse at a Georgia immigration detention center accused the facility of sending patients to a doctor who she alleges performed an unusual number of hysterectomies on immigrant detainees, usually without their consent. Dawn Wooten made the allegations in a whistleblower complaint sent by Project South to the Department of Homeland Security and its inspector general. The allegations have re-centered a conversation on the ugly history of forced sterilization in the US.
At a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield said most Americans won't receive a coronavirus vaccine until "late second quarter, third quarter 2021." Hours later, President Trump said Redfield was "confused." Most experts agree that a vaccine won't be available before the election this fall.
Years and years of Palestinian rejection of peace deals did not wear down the certainty that Israel was at fault, but they did wear down the patience of some Arab states who didn't want their entire foreign policies hostage to a revenge fantasy. It's not that the Washington foreign policy brahmins were against any peace deal between Israel and an Arab state. For years they preached that the most stabilizing thing that could happen to the region would be an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights leading to a peace deal with Syria.
A white police officer in Utah was charged with second-degree felony assault after ordering a K9 dog to bite a Black man who had complied with his command to raise his hands, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The Salt Lake City District attorney's office charged Salt Lake City officer Nickolas Pearce with aggravated assault stemming from the April 23 incident in which he ordered his dog to bite Jeffery Ryans after responding to a domestic dispute call. Video footage released last month by The Salt Lake Tribune shows Pearce with a K9 dog approaching Ryans, 36, in his backyard.
in January that she stopped promoting QAnon months earlier, saying it was "more hype than substance". That did not stop voters in Tuesday's primary race from referencing Ms Witzke's support for QAnon, with an 18-year-old, Maggie Kosior, telling AP that "She is a supporter of them and so am I". Ms Witzke is among several controversial candidates with ties to far-right conspiracy thinking, including businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won a Republican primary in Georgia despite her support for QAnon.
A student at Wheat Ridge High School takes notes during sophomore AP U.S. History class on Sept. 25, 2014, in Wheat Ridge, Colo., amid what was then a debate over the Advanced Placement curriculum. This scenario may sound familiar, but it didn't take place just last week, when President Trump threatened the funding of California schools that teach the New York Times' 1619 Project, which reframes the country's origins around the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia.
Virtually alone in the world, the Trump administration will announce on Saturday that U.N. sanctions on Iran eased under the 2015 nuclear deal are back in force. But the other members of the U.N. Security Council, including U.S. allies, disagree and have vowed to ignore the step. That sets the stage for ugly confrontations as the world body prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary at a coronavirus-restricted General Assembly session next week.
Democrat Voters Against Joe Biden is a project of an existing nonprofit advocacy group called Americans for Responsible Government, meaning it can engage in limited politicking and is not required to disclose its donors. Curiously, though it is not explicitly political, the group's online donation page includes disclaimer language required only of registered political committees advising donors that they can only donate $2,800 per election. No such donation limits exist for nonprofits.
It took Abu Haider and his relatives several hours to dig up his nephew's grave and exhume the body at a cemetery in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf built especially for COVID-19 victims. When they had finished, they shrouded the body in white sheets, loaded it on to the back of a pickup truck and set off to re-inter it in Najaf's old "Valley of Peace" graveyard, the traditional resting place for Iraq's Shi'ites. In doing so, Abu Haider is not only reliving the pain of losing a loved one to the coronavirus pandemic that has infected nearly 300,000 Iraqis and killed more than 8,000.
Following a five year investigation, Daimler is to pay $2.2 billion to the U.S. government. Court documents show the diesel emissions cheating probe includes claims from 250,000 U.S. vehicle owners. The German automaker and its Mercedes-Benz USA unit disclosed in August that it had reached a settlement in principle.
Just days after the Trump family took the stage and praised their patriarch at the Republican National Convention, liberals took a closer look at the Trump family's ties to the presidency. On Aug. 26, Ridin' with Biden, a Facebook page dedicated to the election of Democrat Joe Biden, posted a meme that calls the roles of Trump relatives and associates into question. “Trump's daughter works at the White House,” claims the meme.
India is approaching the ninth month of the coronavirus pandemic with more than five million confirmed cases - the second-highest in the world after the US - and more than 80,000 reported deaths. The increase in reported cases has partly to do with increased testing - but the speed at which the virus is spreading is worrying experts. It took 170 days for India to reach the first million cases.