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Pope 'very pained' by decision to turn Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into mosque 12 Jul 2020, 11:40 am

Pope 'very pained' by decision to turn Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into mosquePope Francis said on Sunday he was hurt by Turkey's decision to make Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum a mosque, the latest religious leader to condemn the move. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said the first prayers would be held in Hagia Sophia on July 24, after declaring the ancient monument was once again a mosque following a court ruling revoking its status as a museum.


Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdown 12 Jul 2020, 10:34 am

Iran blames bad communication, alignment for jet shootdownA misaligned missile battery, miscommunication between troops and their commanders and a decision to fire without authorization all led to Iran's Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in January, killing all 176 people on board, a new report says. The report released late Saturday by Iran's Civil Aviation Organization comes months after the Jan. 8 crash near Tehran. Authorities had initially denied responsibility, only changing course days later after Western nations presented extensive evidence that Iran had shot down the plane.


After a brief break in thunderstorm activity, severe weather to ramp up across the Midwest on Monday 12 Jul 2020, 10:20 am

After a brief break in thunderstorm activity, severe weather to ramp up across the Midwest on MondaySevere thunderstorm activity has been plentiful across the Plains and Midwest so far this month, and after a brief reprieve from wet weather on Sunday, the region will face the threat for potentially damaging thunderstorms once again early week.In the wake of an active day in terms of severe thunderstorm reports across the Midwest on Saturday, an area of high pressure will briefly build into the region to end the weekend, shifting the severe threat away and promoting dry and settled weather for places like Chicago, Minneapolis and Des Moines, Iowa.Although there will not be a threat for severe weather across the Midwest on Sunday, there will be a few areas to watch for potentially drenching and locally severe thunderstorms. One of the areas to monitor closely will be along the Front Range of the southern Rockies and into the southern Plains. Large hail, damaging wind gusts and torrential downpours will be the main hazards across this zone Sunday afternoon and into the overnight hours. Although the hail and wind will pose a threat, any rain that falls across this zone will be beneficial as moderate-to-severe drought conditions are in place.Through the evening and into the overnight hours, it is possible that isolated storms congeal into a larger complex as they sink southeastward through the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.Another area to monitor during the day on Sunday will be across portions of the Ohio Valley, mid-South and southern Appalachians. While a majority of showers and thunderstorms are expected to remain below severe criteria, any storm that pops up in this zone will be able to produce prolific rainfall rates that could lead to flash flooding. These storms will also feature frequent lightning strikes and locally strong wind gusts.Heading into early week, attention will shift back towards the Midwest as yet another disturbance will track into the region, firing up feisty thunderstorms.Motorists traveling on interstates 29, 80, 90 and 94 across the Midwest will need to keep a close eye on the sky, especially during the afternoon hours, as conditions could rapidly deteriorate as thunderstorms develop. Fargo, North Dakota; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, North Platte, Nebraska, and areas in between could be in for another round of thunderstorm activity on Monday.Putting the risks for large hail and damaging wind aside, the persistent wet and stormy pattern is proving to be beneficial for farmers and their crops in the region.The month of July is considered to be the most important month for farmers across the Midwest as this is when crops like corn and soybeans experience the most rapid growth if conditions are conducive.Not only is the water beneficial to the crops, but lightning can aid in plant growth as well. The intense heat given off by a lightning strike can cause nitrogen and oxygen molecules to bond together, forming nitrogen oxides, or nitrates. These newly formed compounds can then get absorbed by water droplets and fall to the ground, providing beneficial nutrients for the plants below.Across the Midwest, there will likely be plenty of lightning flashes within the thunderstorms on Monday.A majority of the Plains and portions of the Midwest may not have much of a break in terms of the wet weather looking ahead to midweek, as a series of weak disturbances could spark daily thunderstorm activity.Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.


Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surge 12 Jul 2020, 10:14 am

Walt Disney World reopens in Florida amid Covid-19 surgeVisitors are required to wear masks, socially distance and have temperature checks on arrival.


Inventor of Israel's Iron Dome seeks coronavirus 'game-changer' 12 Jul 2020, 2:17 am

Inventor of Israel's Iron Dome seeks coronavirus 'game-changer'Daniel Gold, who led the team that invented Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system, has a history of safeguarding the country against what he identifies as existential threats. With the nation facing surging coronavirus cases amid a pandemic that has triggered unprecedented economic hardship, Gold is trying to replicate his Iron Dome breakthrough in protecting Israel against the virus. Gold, who heads Israel's Defence Research and Development Directorate and holds PhDs in electronic engineering and business management, has become a celebrated figure in the Jewish state.


The White House Made a List of All the Times Fauci ‘Has Been Wrong’ on the Coronavirus 12 Jul 2020, 1:32 am

The White House Made a List of All the Times Fauci ‘Has Been Wrong’ on the CoronavirusThe White House has undertaken behind-the-scenes efforts in recent months to undercut and sideline Dr. Anthony Fauci—even going so far as to compile a list of all the times he “has been wrong on things,” according to The Washington Post. After canceling some of his planned TV appearances and keeping him away from the Oval Office, White House officials and President Trump have taken to publicly expressing a loss of confidence in the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and face of the administration's coronavirus task force. The apparent attempts to undermine Fauci come as he continues to counter the president's overly optimistic narrative on the state of the pandemic. Against this backdrop, an unnamed White House official told the Post: “Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.” The official attached a list of incorrect predictions Fauci had made, including his doubts early on that asymptomatic spread would play a large role in transmission and a February assurance that Americans did not need to change their behavior. Like many other public health officials, Fauci said at first that masks were not necessary but recently recommended that they be mandated nationwide. “Dr. Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public but he has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on,” Peter Navarro, the president’s trade adviser, told the Post in a separate statement. “Now Fauci is saying that a falling mortality rate doesn’t matter when it is the single most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening. So when you ask me if I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is only with caution.”In recent days, the 79-year-old doctor has offered unsparing assessments of the United States’ current situation. In an interview with 538 published Thursday, he was perhaps at his most blunt: “As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.” The same day, the commander-in-chief told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that Fauci was “a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.” The two haven’t spoken in months, but Fauci has reportedly not complained about that. David Barr, an AIDS activist who knows Fauci, told the Post the doctor has become exasperated that state and local officials aren’t listening to experts.“Our bigger issue with Fauci is stop critiquing the task force...and try to fix it,” another White House official told the Post. The official said Fauci’s high approval and trustworthiness ratings have upset the president as his own deteriorate. The White House has also reportedly sought to keep Fauci out of the the public eye. A CBS anchor said last week that the White House has ignored requests to interview Fauci on air since early April, though he has spoken to print and podcast outlets. The White House maintains the authority to approve or deny interview requests for high-profile public officials and granted requests from PBS, CNN, and NBC to speak with the doctor only to cancel them after Fauci disagreed with Trump in a conversation with Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), according to the Post. The epidemiologist said that Trump’s contention of a lower death rate indicating success in tamping down the virus was “a false narrative.” He warned against “false complacency.” Fauci has also said he’d like to go on Rachel Maddow’s show, which routinely critiques the president, a request that was rejected.Trump himself has been wrong on the coronavirus in a laundry list of ways as he’s pushed to reopen the country, and going after Fauci is not the only time he has attempted to contravene public health guidelines. He famously told Dr. Deborah Birx, the chief medical adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, to “look into” the injection of bleach and the ingestion of sunlight as possible COVID-19 curatives. He’s also pressured the Food and Drug Administration to reinstate its emergency authorization for the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, as has his former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who said doctors “don’t know what they’re talking about.” Trump himself has said he took the drug despite FDA advisories warning it is unsafe to do so and unlikely to prevent or treat the coronavirus.The president donned a face mask for a Saturday visit to Walter Reed Hospital, one of the first and only times he has done so in public after repeatedly shrugging off their importance in recent weeks and even mocking Joe Biden for wearing one. In Dr. Fauci We TrustRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Giuliani calls Biden a pathological liar and a big crook: I can't understand how he's running for president 12 Jul 2020, 12:47 am

Giuliani calls Biden a pathological liar and a big crook: I can't understand how he's running for presidentFormer New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney to President Trump, joins Jesse Watters on 'Watters' World.'


Iran's Khamenei urges fight against 'tragic' virus resurgence 12 Jul 2020, 12:16 am

Iran's Khamenei urges fight against 'tragic' virus resurgenceIran's supreme leader Sunday called the resurgence of the novel coronavirus in the country "truly tragic" and urged all citizens to help stem what has been the region's deadliest outbreak. "Let everyone play their part in the best way to break the chain of transmission in the short term and save the country," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a video conference with lawmakers, according to his office. Iran has been struggling to contain the outbreak since announcing its first cases in February and has reported more than 12,800 deaths since then.


New records released in Flynn case as appeals court issues stay of dismissal 11 Jul 2020, 11:25 pm

New records released in Flynn case as appeals court issues stay of dismissalA federal appeals court on Friday delayed a decision to dismiss charges against President Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge join Elaine Quijano to discuss.


Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion ‘hunts and kills protected wild ram’ just four years later 11 Jul 2020, 11:06 pm

Dentist who slaughtered Cecil the lion ‘hunts and kills protected wild ram’ just four years laterThe American dentist who killed Cecil the lion is reported to have hunted another endangered wild animal.Walter Palmer is said to have slaughtered a protected ram in Mongolia, paying up to £80,000 for the kill.


Shooting of man by Baltimore police highlights 'total failure' of city's behavioral health response, agency says 11 Jul 2020, 10:04 pm

Shooting of man by Baltimore police highlights 'total failure' of city's behavioral health response, agency saysBALTIMORE - After Baltimore police officers shot a man who pulled a firearm while undergoing a behavioral health crisis last week, the organization that oversees the city's behavioral health services called the current system "a total failure" that needs better integration of mental health professionals with the police. There is no indication that police dispatchers attempted to connect ...


Migrant rescues in Arizona desert exceed 2019 total despite COVID-19 pandemic 11 Jul 2020, 8:12 pm

Migrant rescues in Arizona desert exceed 2019 total despite COVID-19 pandemicThe number of migrants rescued by Border Patrol agents in the Arizona desert so far this year has already surpassed the total for fiscal year 2019.


Russia's journalists under increasing pressure from the secret services in wake of Putin's shaky referendum victory 11 Jul 2020, 5:15 pm

Russia's journalists under increasing pressure from the secret services in wake of Putin's shaky referendum victoryRussia's intelligence services have 'stepped up' their war on free media, carrying out a series of operations designed to intimidate journalists in the wake of Vladimir Putin's controversial referendum victory last week. In an unprecedented case for post-Soviet Russia, prominent defence reporter Ivan Safronov was seized outside his home on Tuesday morning by secret service agents and arrested on suspicion of treason. Citing the secret nature of the case, the investigators have not published any evidence to back up their claims but the reporter faces 20 years in prison. Last week’s overwhelming approval of constitutional amendments allowing Vladimir Putin to stay in office at least until 2036 was hailed by the Kremlin as a “triumph.” But results at the polling stations that were monitored by independent observers indicated something resembling a split vote. That was an apparent cue for Russia’s FSB secret service to take action.


As coronavirus cases climb, Trump says states with an uptick in cases are 'going to be fine' and will be back to normal 'very quickly' 11 Jul 2020, 4:52 pm

As coronavirus cases climb, Trump says states with an uptick in cases are 'going to be fine' and will be back to normal 'very quickly'Coronavirus deaths are once again on the rise amid a surge of confirmed cases in states like Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida.


Key parts of Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement amount to 'poison pill', senior Brexiteers warn 11 Jul 2020, 3:28 pm

Key parts of Boris Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement amount to 'poison pill', senior Brexiteers warnSenior Brexiteers have warned Boris Johnson that key parts of his Withdrawal Agreement with the EU amount to a "poison pill" that should be replaced as part of post-Brexit trade negotiations. A 120-page report compiled by pro-Leave MPs and lawyers states that exiting the transition period with the current provisions of the agreement in place would have "crippling" consequences for the UK and prevent the country from becoming a "fully sovereign state". The document, which is published as the UK and EU carry out intensive trade negotiations, has been endorsed by a series of senior backbenchers, suggesting Mr Johnson could face resistance in the Commons if he fails to tackle some of their concerns. On Saturday, Mark Francois, the chairman of the influential European Research Group (ERG) of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, said: "The report argues that the remaining elements of the Withdrawal Agreement after we leave the transition period cannot be allowed to stand as they are, and particularly that there must be no remaining role for the European Court of Justice over any aspect of our national life. That is something that I and my colleagues in the ERG would very much support." The report, published by the new Centre for Brexit Policy, includes contributions from Lord Trimble, the former first minister of Northern Ireland, Martin Howe, the Brexiteer QC, and Owen Paterson, the former cabinet minister who chairs the think tank. The key elements it says make up the "poison pill" include the UK having to remain bound to some state aid laws, the creation of "burdensome EU customs mechanisms" at a border in the Irish Sea, a role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for another eight years, and the vast divorce payments, for amounts the report states are "not owing under international law" and are "subject to the determination of the ECJ". The report states: "Although the Government sees the revised Withdrawal Agreement (WA) as only transitional until the end of the transition period in December, there remain serious threats to UK sovereignty that will have crippling economic and strategic consequences for years to come if they are not dealt with now. "Exiting the TP with these threats still in place will not return the UK to a fully sovereign state and is unacceptable." The report urges Mr Johnson to replace the Withdrawal Agreement with a "sovereignty compliant" agreement. A chapter by Lord Trimble states that the current deal "rips the Good Friday Agreement apart” by handing law-making power over Northern Ireland to the EU.


U.S. warns citizens of heightened detention risks in China 11 Jul 2020, 1:27 pm

U.S. warns citizens of heightened detention risks in ChinaThe U.S. State Department warned American citizens on Saturday to "exercise increased caution" in China due to heightened risk of arbitrary law enforcement including detention and a ban from exiting the country. "U.S. citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime," the State Department said in a security alert issued to its citizens in China, adding that U.S. citizens may face "prolonged interrogations and extended detention" for reasons related to state security. "Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government," it added, without citing specific examples.


A revival of ultrafast supersonic passenger jet travel is inching closer to reality – take a look at the prototype debuting in October 11 Jul 2020, 12:18 pm

A revival of ultrafast supersonic passenger jet travel is inching closer to reality – take a look at the prototype debuting in OctoberBoom Supersonic's XB-1 will take to the skies in 2021 to clear a path for the Overture, a supersonic jet that will continue the legacy left by the Concorde.


Seattle mayor and police chief told to remedy ‘unacceptable’ arrest of Independent journalist 11 Jul 2020, 11:47 am

Seattle mayor and police chief told to remedy ‘unacceptable’ arrest of Independent journalistSeattle’s mayor and police chief have been told to remedy the “unacceptable” treatment of journalists, including an Independent reporter who was arrested covering Black Lives Matter protests.Andrew Buncombe was shackled, assaulted and detained for more than six hours after being accused of “failing to disperse” from a demonstration he had the legal right to report on.


‘Parents understand risks’: 15 staffers, 3 kid campers catch COVID-19 in Miami-Dade 11 Jul 2020, 10:00 am

‘Parents understand risks’: 15 staffers, 3 kid campers catch COVID-19 in Miami-DadeAs parents across Miami-Dade County wonder how schools will safely bring students back next month, they can look to local summer camps for an idea of how in-person learning during a pandemic may go.


Paik Sun-yup, major South Korean war hero, dies at 99 11 Jul 2020, 2:27 am

Paik Sun-yup, major South Korean war hero, dies at 99Former South Korean army Gen. Paik Sun-yup, who was celebrated as a major war hero for leading troops in several battle victories against North Korean soldiers during the 1950-53 Korean War, has died. The South Korean army announced his death on Saturday. Born in 1920 in what is now North Pyongan province in North Korea, Paik graduated from a Japanese military academy in Manchuria when the Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule and was a lieutenant in the Japanese army during World War II.


Fourth day of virus protests in Serbia as virus cases spike 11 Jul 2020, 12:54 am

Fourth day of virus protests in Serbia as virus cases spikeThousands protested for a fourth day Friday across Serbia over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic as officials condemned the demonstrations and announced a record jump in cases. The protests were held as the Balkan nation announced a record daily death toll from COVID-19. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said earlier Friday the Balkan state recorded 18 fatalities and 386 new cases over 24 hours in what she described as a "dramatic increase".


Execution blocked after victims' family raises virus concerns 10 Jul 2020, 11:53 pm

Execution blocked after victims' family raises virus concernsDaniel Lewis Lee, a former white supremacist who robbed and murdered a family of three, including their 8-year-old daughter, was scheduled to be executed on Monday.


As COVID crisis worsens, Miami-Dade scaling back $70M program for delivering senior meals 10 Jul 2020, 11:26 pm

As COVID crisis worsens, Miami-Dade scaling back $70M program for delivering senior mealsAs the coronavirus crisis hits a new peak, Miami-Dade is preparing to scale back one of its most expensive and ambitious programs to protect residents from the virus and isolation: a $70 million delivery operation that dropped off more than 8 million meals to the homes of elderly residents.


Five Guys workers ‘turned their backs’ on cops, Alabama police say. Now some are fired 10 Jul 2020, 10:54 pm

Five Guys workers ‘turned their backs’ on cops, Alabama police say. Now some are firedThe company said the employees’ actions “do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee.”


Biden-Sanders unity task force unveils liberal road map 10 Jul 2020, 10:32 pm

Biden-Sanders unity task force unveils liberal road map A task force set up by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders releases a broad array of policy recommendations for the party’s convention platform; Peter Doocy reports.


The Lincoln Project's 'Never Trump' ads expertly troll a president who never fails to take the bait 10 Jul 2020, 10:04 pm

The Lincoln Project's 'Never Trump' ads expertly troll a president who never fails to take the baitThe Lincoln Project, which was created by a group of anti-Trump Republican political operatives last December, believes there is a logic to being a metaphorical fly buzzing around the president’s head. 


Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says ride-hailing will make up only 50% of the company's business moving forward as food delivery growth surges 10 Jul 2020, 9:28 pm

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says ride-hailing will make up only 50% of the company's business moving forward as food delivery growth surges"Our delivery business is growing at rates that, frankly, I didn't think was possible, and we have doubled up on that," Khosrowshahi told NDTV.


Russian accused of harassing Black family in Oregon was ordered deported 10 years ago 10 Jul 2020, 9:07 pm

Russian accused of harassing Black family in Oregon was ordered deported 10 years agoThe man was ordered deported in June 2010.


Jared Kushner said the US would be 'really rocking again' by July. 7 states are shutting back down, and new COVID-19 cases have set records 6 times in July's first 10 days. 10 Jul 2020, 8:59 pm

Jared Kushner said the US would be 'really rocking again' by July. 7 states are shutting back down, and new COVID-19 cases have set records 6 times in July's first 10 days.In Kushner's confident Fox & Friends appearance back in April, he also proclaimed the US was "on the other side of the medical aspect" of the virus.


Author Christopher Buckley: 'Everything Trump touches dies' 10 Jul 2020, 8:41 pm

Author Christopher Buckley: 'Everything Trump touches dies'The son of conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr., Christopher Buckley’s new novel “Make Russia Great Again” is a rollicking satire of Donald Trump’s White House.


Mexico asks Canada to arrest, extradite ex-investigator 10 Jul 2020, 8:30 pm

Mexico asks Canada to arrest, extradite ex-investigatorMexico is to seek the arrest and extradition from Canada of the former chief investigator in the murky disappearance of 43 students in 2014, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Friday. Tomas Zeron, who was head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, is in Canada and work is underway to extradite him, the minister said. "There is going to be no impunity, part of our function at the ministry of foreign affairs is to guarantee that, when there are cases of this nature, extradition occurs," Ebrard said.


Ex-Trump fixer Cohen returned to prison where sentence began 10 Jul 2020, 7:46 pm

Ex-Trump fixer Cohen returned to prison where sentence beganPresident Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was transferred to the same federal lockup in Otisville where he was serving time for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance crimes before the coronavirus pandemic prompted his early release, his attorney said Friday. The move late Thursday came hours after federal authorities said Cohen refused to accept the conditions of his home confinement, specifically that he submit to wearing an ankle monitor. Cohen attorney Jeffrey Levine said Cohen never refused to wear an ankle monitor but raised concerns about conditions of his home confinement that forbade him from using social media, speaking with the press and publishing a tell-all book he wrote in federal prison.


Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disability 10 Jul 2020, 7:11 pm

Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disabilityMore than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned departures, according to an attorney representing the officers. While Floyd’s death in May and the unrest that followed are not the direct cause of many of the disability requests, attorney Ron Meuser said, those events and what Meuser called a lack of support from city leadership were a breaking point for many who had been struggling with PTSD from years on the job. “Following the George Floyd incident, unfortunately it became too much and as a result they were unable to, and are unable to, continue on and move forward,” Meuser said.


Court's religious employer ruling could weaken LGBTQ protections 10 Jul 2020, 7:07 pm

Court's religious employer ruling could weaken LGBTQ protectionsCritics say the ruling, which broadens the “ministerial exception” in employment nondiscrimination law, could open a Pandora’s box of workplace discrimination.


Hundreds of French women protest against new interior minister 10 Jul 2020, 6:53 pm

Hundreds of French women protest against new interior ministerHundreds of women protested in central Paris on Friday against the appointment of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who is under investigation for a rape allegation. Darmanin, who denies the allegation, was promoted to the key post of interior minister in a government reshuffle on Monday. Darmanin, 37, had previously served as budget minister.


On to Mars 10 Jul 2020, 6:25 pm

Carnival Corp. to sell 13 ships, resume cruises in Germany amid COVID-19 pandemic 10 Jul 2020, 6:06 pm

Carnival Corp. to sell 13 ships, resume cruises in Germany amid COVID-19 pandemicAfter record-breaking second quarter losses, Carnival Corporation will begin cruising again during the COVID-19 pandemic in August and shed 13 of its ships by the end of the year.


Remdesivir and COVID-19: New data suggests the experimental drug can shorten how long people are sick 10 Jul 2020, 5:30 pm

Remdesivir and COVID-19: New data suggests the experimental drug can shorten how long people are sickAccording to new results from Gilead, new data shows 74% of patients treated with remdesivir had recovered by their 14th day of hospitalization.


Trump abruptly postpones weekend campaign rally in New Hampshire 10 Jul 2020, 5:25 pm

Trump abruptly postpones weekend campaign rally in New HampshireHis campaign, already wary of another low turnout, blamed the decision on an impending tropical storm.


Ghislaine Maxwell seeks bail, citing coronavirus, and denies Jeffrey Epstein charges 10 Jul 2020, 5:06 pm

Ghislaine Maxwell seeks bail, citing coronavirus, and denies Jeffrey Epstein chargesGhislaine Maxwell, the longtime associate of late financier Jeffrey Epstein, on Friday forcefully denied charges she lured underage girls for him to sexually abuse and said she deserves bail, citing the risk she might contract the coronavirus in jail. Maxwell, 58, filed her request in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, eight days after being arrested in New Hampshire, where authorities said she had been hiding at a sprawling property she bought while shielding her identity. A spokesman for Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.


Protester: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag’s removal 10 Jul 2020, 4:58 pm

Protester: Man pulls gun on anniversary of flag’s removalCounterprotesters said a passing driver pointed a gun at them Friday and said “All Lives Matter,” as competing groups gathered in front of South Carolina’s capitol building to mark the five-year anniversary of the state's removal of the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds. The driver stopped in the middle of the road and stuck his middle finger out at several demonstrators who were on a road median shortly before noon, protester Kamison Burgess told The State newspaper.


Three LAPD officers face felony charges for falsely labeling people as gang members 10 Jul 2020, 3:59 pm

Three LAPD officers face felony charges for falsely labeling people as gang membersAccording to a 59-count criminal complaint, three officers were charged with conspiracy, filing false reports, and prepping fraudulent documents for court.


New York's hungry rats torment alfresco diners after lockdown famine 10 Jul 2020, 3:55 pm

New York's hungry rats torment alfresco diners after lockdown famine* Surge in rat activity as city starts to open outdoor restaurants * ‘Last night, a customer had a baby rat running on his shoe’New York City is starting to tentatively emerge from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic but a revival in outdoor restaurant dining is facing a new hazard – a plague of rats.Diners are facing a surge in rat activity following a lockdown period where the rodents were cut off from key food sources as businesses including restaurants and grocery stores shut down, forcing rats to battle for snacks and even eat each other.Since 22 June, New York City restaurants have been allowed to serve people again in outdoor settings, prompting sidewalks and car parking spaces to be dotted with tables and chairs. But the resumption of alfresco dining has led to people having unexpected rodent companions for their meals.Giacomo Romano, who owns Ciccio, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan’s Soho, said rats from a nearby park have been harassing diners since the outdoor meals were permitted. “Last night, a customer had a baby rat running on his shoe, and I let you just imagine his reaction,” Romano told NBC.Romano and other business owners have called on the city to do more to reduce rat populations, as the city hauls itself out of a pandemic crisis that has claimed more than 20,000 lives. New infections and deaths have dropped sharply since April but New York City has postponed plans to allow indoor dining due to concerns over surging Covid-19 cases in other states, such as Florida, Texas and Arizona.New York City has waged a long and often fruitless war against rats, with the rodents adapting adroitly to the city’s haphazard waste collection and disposal practices. Rats are a common sight in streets and in the subway, where the rodents have proven themselves adept at spiriting away slices of pizza.The resumption of dining activity is likely to stir a wave of activity among rats following a period of relative famine, meaning interactions with people are set to continue.“Rats are designed to smell molecules of anything that’s food-related,” Bobby Corrigan, an urban rodentologist, told NBC. “They follow those food molecules like heat-seeking missiles – and eventually you know they end up where those molecules are originating.”


Tech Tent: China and US, the great tech schism 10 Jul 2020, 3:36 pm

Tech Tent: China and US, the great tech schismAre we facing a future where global technology gives way to two isolated blocs with different rules?


Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian 10 Jul 2020, 2:41 pm

Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on IranianU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law. The report presented by Agnes Callamard to the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Thursday chronicled events around the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the legal implications of his killing as part of a broader look on the use of drone strikes.


Germany says suspected Egyptian spy had no access to sensitive data 10 Jul 2020, 2:32 pm

Germany says suspected Egyptian spy had no access to sensitive dataA member of staff at the German government press office suspected of working for Egyptian intelligence did not have access to sensitive information, a German government spokeswoman said on Friday. The report said unspecified measures had been taken against the member of staff in December, on orders from federal prosecutors. "Direct access to data from the parliamentary visit programme or other government press office databases, in particular media accreditation and the media service, was not possible," she said.


Utah Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to ‘Civil Unrest’ 10 Jul 2020, 2:29 pm

Utah Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to ‘Civil Unrest’Utah governor Gary Herbert declared a state of emergency in Salt Lake City late Thursday, citing clashes between police and protesters who flooded the streets after the city district attorney announced that the May police killing of Bernardo Palacios Carbajal was justified. “In the case of the Salt Lake City Officer Involved Critical Incident that resulted in the death of Bernardo Palacios Carbajal, District Attorney Sim Gill’s findings provide significant evidence of the justifiable actions of Salt Lake City police officers,” Mayor Erin Mendenhall said in a statement. “This evidence shows that our officers acted according to their training and the state law regarding use of lethal force.”Protesters broke windows to the district attorney’s office, leading police to deem the demonstration an unlawful gathering, the Salt Lake City Police Department said. Demonstrators then disrupted traffic in the city’s downtown area and allegedly used pepper spray on officers. One officer was taken to a nearby hospital. Police arrested two protesters, the department said. The state of emergency order, which closes the Utah State Capitol grounds to the public, will stay in effect until at least July 14. Herbert also offered Utah's Department of Public Safety to Salt Lake City.In May police fired 34 shots at Palacios, leaving him with more than a dozen wounds, after a report of someone making “threats with a weapon,” CNN reported. “I know that for some, today’s decision does not feel like justice,” Mendenhall said. “It has become increasingly apparent in our city and across the nation that there is a difference between what so many feel is morally correct, and what is considered appropriate and justified under the law.”


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