WMAR-2 News at 11
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The first week of campaigning after Labor Day is now halfway over, and President Trump is once again playing defense — on the Bob Woodward book, on another whistleblower's allegations, and on a report that an administration official was trying to muzzle Dr. Anthony Fauci. It comes after he was already on his heels over the Atlantic article that accused him of disparaging U.S. war dead. And it comes after Trump tried to play offense on “law and order” after the James Blake police shooting in Kenosha — and he's still trailing in all-important Wisconsin.
The owner of the San Francisco salon is shutting down her business after the controversy surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not wearing a face mask inside. The owner of eSalon, Erica Kious, told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday that the salon was closing. “I am actually done in San Francisco and closing my doors, unfortunately,” Kious said, blaming the criticism she received from the Pelosi incident.
A Florida sheriff's office deployed a futuristic algorithm that uses crime data to predict who is likely to commit another crime. In a sweeping six-month investigation published this week, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the algorithm relied on questionable data and arbitrary decisions and led to the serial harassment of people without any evidence of specific crimes. According to the report, former sheriff's office employees said officers went to the homes of people singled out by the algorithm, charged them with zoning violations, and made arrests for any reason they could.
The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) has put up two billboards along Interstate 35 entering Austin after the city council voted last month to cut the Austin police budget. TMPA, the largest law enforcement association in Texas, said on Facebook it released the billboards – which include the hashtag #BacktheBlue – "to raise public awareness that Austin is a defunded city." Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick backed the campaign, calling them "great new billboards" in a tweet on Wednesday, while Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted about them with the hashtag #TexasBacksTheBlue.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is going to use $5 million in coronavirus relief funds on a tourism ad campaign. South Dakota experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases following last month's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which researchers believe might be responsible for more than 19% of all new US cases. The state now ranks second in the country for new cases per capita over the last two weeks, with 439 new cases per 100,000 people, but Noem is actively still encouraging people to visit.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House on Monday, July 06, 2020 in Washington, DC. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images On Wednesday, more details emerged about veteran/author Bob Woodward's new book, "Rage," which is based in part on a series of interviews with President Donald Trump from December 2019-July 2020 and is due out on September 15 — and one of the most damning revelations is that Trump, in February, acknowledged to Woodward how deadly COVID-19 was even when he was publicly claiming that it didn't pose a major threat to the United States.
Parents are questioning if online learning is safe after learning sessions were hacked. KDKA's Shelby Cassesse has more.
Border agents opened a suspicious shipment of chili peppers and found the remains of a primate and other animals inside, officials say. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists inspected the shipment from Thailand and found the body of a lorisid, a primate protected as an endangered species, in April, according to a Thursday news release. Another shipment from Thailand uncovered over 22 pounds of soft-shelled turtle bones possibly protected as an endangered species.
The gang rape of a stranded woman motorist in front of her children has caused outcry in Pakistan with calls for the public hanging of the culprits. Anger over the attack on a woman who had broken down on a motorway outside Lahore was then increased after a senior police officer appeared to blame the victim for her choice of route. A senior Lahore police officer later provoked further condemnation when he appeared to blame the victim.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will no longer be invited to events of the European Parliament's human rights prize, which she won in 1990, EU lawmakers said on Thursday, a protest over accusations of genocide in her country. Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner of Myanmar's then ruling military junta in the 1990s who now rules as state counselor, was awarded the parliament's Sakharov Prize in 1990. As part of that honor, she is also invited to gatherings of prize laureates, EU lawmakers and rights organizations to campaign on rights issues internationally.
Biden's campaign is laser-focused on the states in the Midwest and close by that Trump flipped in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — and also making a robust play for Arizona, a state that hasn't backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. Biden is also redoubling his focus on Florida, the biggest prize among the perennial battlegrounds and a state that would virtually block Trump's reelection if it swings Democratic. Biden's allies hoped the devastating toll of the pandemic would put them in a strong position there, but a poll released on Tuesday found voters were closely divided.
The person in charge of providing health care for low-income Americans spent several million dollars of taxpayer money on furthering her own career, a congressional investigation has found. Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a member of the coronavirus task force, racked up $3.5 million in consulting charges, event costs, and other things that developed her connections within the Republican party, Politico reports via the investigation set to be published Thursday. That included nearly $3,000 on a "Girl's Night" party, about $1,000 to place an op-ed with Fox News, and dozens more line items before Verma was cut off last year.
Elon Musk and Robert Reich, a former US labor secretary, got into it on Twitter. Reich accused the billionaire of being a "modern day robber baron" for cutting worker pay during the pandemic while his own wealth surged. Musk countered that all Tesla workers had stock too, calling Reich a "modern day moron."
A 12-foot-1 alligator killed Sept. 3 in Mississippi is captivating state wildlife experts, not for how big it is, but for how big is used to be. It more than doubled in size since being fitted with a research tag in 2011, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. “Nationally, it is rare to document alligators of this size class with annual growth rates of this magnitude, but (such cases) are always associated with habitats with abundant and exceptional prey resources,” the department said in a Sept. 9 Facebook post.
The woman who publicly recounted how her father died of COVID-19 because he trusted President Donald Trump doubled down on her criticism Thursday following the revelation that the president told journalist Bob Woodward that he intentionally played down the pandemic even though he knew it was "deadly." The woman, Kristin Urquiza, who blamed Trump during an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention last month for the death of her father and blasted his overall handling of the pandemic, tore into the president anew Thursday during a phone call with reporters organized by Joe Biden's presidential campaign. "That betrayal of my father and our country is even more clear now.
The lifeless body of the three-year-old, autistic Noble was recovered from a swimming pool that had already been searched, officials said. The body of a toddler in Toledo, Ohio who had been missing since Friday has been recovered from a swimming pool of an apartment complex. Braylen Noble is the three-year-old boy reported missing by his mother after she discovered a window screen of their third-floor apartment had been pushed out.
As a result, points that Whole Foods workers accrued prior to March 3 have remained on their records longer than expected, forcing some employees to face unexpected punishment for late arrivals or absences, employees said. "All of a sudden we are being ordered by our global HR to hand out corrective action that has elongated roll-off dates for infractions in the middle of a pandemic that is still raging," said one Whole Foods manager. Whole Foods declined to comment on the reason behind the point extension.
Less than a week after celebrating the birth of a critically endangered gorilla, the zoo in New Orleans is mourning its death. The baby western lowland gorilla born Friday died on Wednesday, Audubon Zoo spokeswoman Katie Smith said Thursday. The cause remains undetermined, but officials say Tumani, its 13-year-old mother, may not have produced enough milk.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer has been working closely with “an active Russian agent” trying to smear the president's chief political rival. Derkach, a member of Kyiv's parliament and son of a former KGB officer, has also been supplying documents to Republicans on Capitol Hill, where Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is conducting an election-eve investigation into the Bidens. Derkach—described by the Treasury Department as “an active Russian agent for over a decade, maintaining close connections with the Russian Intelligence Services”—stands accused of orchestrating a “covert influence campaign centered on cultivating false and unsubstantiated narratives” about the Bidens via “edited audio tapes and other unsupported information,” which launched “corruption investigations in both Ukraine and the United States designed to culminate prior to election day.”