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  • 'It just won't be so exhausting': Obama debuts his closing argument for Biden news

    In a rousing speech before the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, former President Barack Obama lambasted the Trump administration and urged the Democratic faithful to turn out in droves to elect Joe Biden. 

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:09:23 -0400
  • 'They only care about votes': As millions slip into poverty, voting may be the only leverage for a 2nd stimulus check news

    Millions of Americans across the country are fed up with elected officials who haven't worked out a second stimulus bill. As more time passes, Americans don’t care how it gets done; they just want something done.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:39:23 -0400
  • FBI Tells Congress It ‘Has Nothing to Add’ to Ratcliffe’s Claim that Hunter Biden Emails Not Disinformation news

    The FBI said in a letter to Congress on Tuesday that the agency has "nothing to add" to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe's claim that the emails by and to Hunter Biden, revealed last week by the New York Post, are not part of a disinformation campaign.The Post disclosed various emails and documents purportedly from the laptop of Hunter Biden, and reported that a Delaware computer repair shop owner turned the laptop over to the FBI in 2019. Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to the FBI on Sunday inquiring whether the agency possesses "material from Hunter Biden’s laptop."Meanwhile, Democrats have denounced the revelations as possible disinformation. However, DNI Ratcliffe told Fox Business on Monday that the emails are "not part of some Russian disinformation campaign."Jill C. Tyson, director of the FBI Office of Congressional Affairs, responded to Johnson's inquiry by pointing to Ratcliffe's public statements on the matter."Regarding the subject of your letter, we have nothing to add at this time to the October 19th public statement by the Director of National Intelligence about the available actionable intelligence," Tyson wrote in the letter. "If actionable intelligence is developed, the FBI in consultation with the Intelligence Community will evaluate the need to provide defensive briefings to you and the Committee."The FBI is in possession of Hunter Biden's laptop, two senior Trump administration officials told Fox News on Tuesday.One 2015 email revealed by the Post appears to show a senior adviser of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company, thanking Hunter Biden for the "opportunity" to meet his father. Joe Biden was leading the Obama administration's Ukraine policy at the time, while Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma from 2014 to 2019.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:12:23 -0400
  • Christian singer to host evangelical ‘worship protest’ on Washington DC’s National Mall with 15,000 expected to attend news

    The event scheduled this weekend will not require attendees to wear masks or social distance

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:06:01 -0400
  • 'Mama, they just shot us for nothing': Waukegan police officer fatally shoots Black teen, injures woman news

    People are protesting in Waukegan, Illinois, after a police officer fatally shot 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette on Tuesday.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:21:56 -0400
  • America's 1.3 million Jehovah's Witnesses will be sitting out this election news

    Jehovah's Witnesses do not vote, run for public office, serve in the military, or take "any action to change governments."

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:56:24 -0400
  • A 73-year-old in Colorado was fined more than $1,000 after her pet deer gored a woman walking her dog news

    Tynette Housley, 73, was cited on misdemeanor charges of illegal possession of wildlife and illegally feeding wildlife.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:10:08 -0400
  • Friend tries to explain why man hung from the side of Trump Tower in Chicago for more than 13 hours news

    CHICAGO — It's been three days since a man was lifted to safety after hanging on the side of Trump Tower for 13 hours, but one of his closest friends says he's still frightened for him. "He's never done anything like this before. I don't know how it will end up," said Marlen, who didn't want his last name used so he wouldn't be harassed on social media. "I'm really scared." Marlen and his ...

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:04:00 -0400
  • Why are Hong Kong and Taiwan bickering over the fate of a murderer? news

    Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai admits to murdering his pregnant girlfriend in a Taipei hotel room nearly two years ago. He has even said he is willing to return to Taiwan and face trial. Yet he remains a free man. Why?

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 01:44:29 -0400
  • Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Less than a third of U.S. voters plan to cast their ballots in person on Election Day news

    Just 31 percent of respondents said they plan to vote in person on Nov. 3, while 64 percent planned to vote by mail or cast their ballots in early voting. 

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:22:59 -0400
  • Trump commutes sentence of ex-Georgia teacher convicted of $8 million food stamp fraud news

    The then-Atlanta Public Schools educator was sentenced in 2013.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:32:30 -0400
  • Text Messages Appear to Show Meeting between Joe Biden and Son’s Business Partner news

    Joe Biden appears to have met his son Hunter Biden's business partner in 2017, according to text messages obtained by Fox News.If it took place, the meeting may contradict the former vice president's claim that he "never" spoke with "my son about his overseas business dealings." The text messages came from Tony Bobulinski, the former CEO of SinoHawk Holdings, a joint venture between members of the Biden family and now-defunct Chinese oil company CEFC."Mrng plse let me knw if we will do early dinner w your Uncle & dad and where, also for document translation do you want it simple Chinese or traditional?" Bobulinski wrote in a text to Hunter Biden on May 2, 2017."Not sure on dinner yet and whatever is the most common for a Chinese legal DOC," Hunter replied."Chinese legal docs can be both, i’ll make it traditional," Bobulinski answered. Later on, Hunter replied, "Dad not in now until 11- let’s me I and Jim meet at 10 at Beverly Hilton where he’s staying." "Jim" is James Biden, Hunter's uncle and the former vice president's brother.On the same day, Bobulinski sent a text to James Biden."Great to meet u and spend some time together, please thank Joe for his time, was great to talk thx Tony b," the message states.The Beverly Hilton referred to by Hunter appears to be the Los Angeles branch of the hotel chain. On May 3, one day after the text conversations, Joe Biden participated in a conversation at the Milken Institute's "Global Conference," held in the Beverly Hilton in L.A.Bobulinski has turned over the texts and other documents to various Senate committees for further investigation. Bobulinski also confirmed the authenticity of an email purporting to show that Joe Biden was offered a 10 percent stake in the CEFC-Biden family partnership.Hunter Biden had cultivated a relationship with CEFC and its chairman, Ye Jianming. In November 2017 the Justice Department charged Ye's lieutenant Patrick Ho with corruption and bribery, and Hunter Biden initially agreed to represent Ho in the lawsuit.Ho was eventually sentenced to prison in the U.S. for attempting to bribe the governments of Chad and Uganda. Ye Jianming disappeared in 2018, and is thought to be held by the Chinese government.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:27:20 -0400
  • Mitch McConnell’s hand is discoloured and bandaged – but he insists nothing is wrong news

    Senator appeared to keep his hand in his pocket while walking around the Capitol

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 19:56:42 -0400
  • 'Violated protocols': Cruiser on Carnival Corp. ship blocked from boarding over COVID-19 rules news

    A passenger traveling on AIDA Cruises' AIDAblu was not allowed to reembark after disobeying cruise line protocol on an excursion.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:04:10 -0400
  • A 26-year-old coronavirus patient who was pronounced brain dead in June just walked out of the hospital a survivor news

    Doctors suggested Tionna Hairston's family take her off life support, but they decided to hold on. She's now a COVID-19 survivor.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:25:00 -0400
  • 3 killed, 1 person in critical condition after Texas club shooting news

    A shooting in a Texas club left three dead and a fourth critically injured, police said, hours after another incident in which an officer was shot dead.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:24:26 -0400
  • At least 10 bodies were found by researchers in a dig searching for victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre news

    An estimated 150 to 300 people, who were mostly Black, were killed in the Tulsa Race Massacre, which occurred from May 31, 1921 to June 1, 1921.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:11:00 -0400
  • 26 Neutral Rugs That Make the Case for Beige

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    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 11:41:00 -0400
  • China and Germany heading for superpower status as U.S. influence wanes, says Putin news

    The era when the United States and Russia decided the world's most important questions is in the past, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, saying China and Germany were now heading for superpower status. Addressing a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, Putin suggested that the role of the United States had waned, along with that of Britain and France, while Beijing and Berlin - in terms of political and economic weight -- were heading for superpower status. If Washington was not prepared to discuss global problems with Moscow, Russia stood ready to have that discussion with other nations, said Putin, who was speaking via video link.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:27:38 -0400
  • A jailed Philippine activist is forced to attend her infant's funeral in handcuffs and a hazmat suit news

    The death of Reina Mae Nasino's 3-month-old daughter, River, has sparked an uproar over President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on human rights defenders. The underweight infant was separated from her mother, denying her breast milk that could have prolonged her life.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:00:11 -0400
  • Hunter Biden emails were said to be shopped around in Ukraine for $5 million, while Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there last year news

    Two people told Time they were approached with the emails, and one said the person making the offer had a buyer in mind: the president's allies.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 01:15:23 -0400
  • Ratcliffe: Russia and Iran have obtained voter information news

    Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced on Wednesday that Russia and Iran have obtained voter information.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:11:10 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary Committee approves Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, full Senate vote on Monday news

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court, setting up a full Senate vote Monday.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:33:35 -0400
  • Deer raised in woman's home gores neighbour news

    ‘We can’t say it enough: Wild animals are not pets,’ says Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Frank McGee

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:42:15 -0400
  • Venezuelans 'dying slowly' in rat- and roach-infested homes news

    Sunlight cannot penetrate, the air is fetid and fellow residents include rats and cockroaches -- but that's how 14 families are "dying slowly" in government accommodation in Venezuela's capital Caracas.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:15:09 -0400
  • Ghislaine Maxwell dismisses 'absurd' allegations as lurid details revealed in unsealed deposition news

    Even a prince would sweat at that kind of grilling. For seven hours over the course of two days, Ghislaine Maxwell was interrogated, probed and prodded over everything from sex toys in a laundry basket to whether Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted paedophile, had ever had sex with a child. On the subject of the Duke of York, Ms Maxwell gave the Queen's son her backing. The prince famously told Newsnight that allegations he had slept with Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was a teenager were false, not least because he didn't sweat, but Ms Maxwell came up with a different explanation for why the sex didn't take place – her bathtub was too small. Ms Maxwell had fought hard to keep the deposition, given in April 2016 in response to a defamation claim brought by Ms Roberts Giuffre, out of the public domain. However, on Thursday, on the orders of a New York judge, all 417 pages were unsealed – most of it unsavoury, often lurid accusations, followed by Ms Maxwell's ever-angrier denials.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:16:03 -0400
  • Florida to investigate all COVID-19 deaths after questions about 'integrity' of data news

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida, which has reported the deaths of more than 16,400 people from COVID-19, now says the public may not be able to trust any of those numbers. The state Department of Health on Wednesday ordered an investigation of all pandemic fatalities, one week after House Speaker Jose Oliva slammed the death data from medical examiners as "often lacking in rigor" and ...

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:25:00 -0400
  • Pelosi suggests coronavirus relief deal could slip past November elections news

    "Let’s keep working so that we can do it after the election,” she says.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:16:20 -0400
  • Fake CIA Spy Almost Scammed His Way Into Immunity news

    The scam was bigger than anyone knew.A sentencing memo filed in federal court by the Department of Justice reveals for the first time the full extent of fake spy Garrison Courtney’s stunning ruse: In addition to the $4.4 million he personally extracted from his victims over the course of more than four years, he was in line for nearly $4 billion in Army, Navy, and Air Force contracts had the FBI not caught him.Even more astonishing, before his double-fake cover was blown, Courtney came “dangerously close” to getting a legal sign-off that could have made it impossible for prosecutors to bring him to justice, authorities said in the new filing.Courtney, who served as a high-level spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration before embarking on his criminal career, pleaded guilty this summer to one count of wire fraud. As The Daily Beast reported, his con was so audacious and complicated—and hoodwinked so many current and former government officials—that seasoned investigators were left slack-jawed.And in a handwritten jailhouse letter, Courtney claimed that his scheme got so big, he didn’t know how to stop it without exposing himself as a “fraud and failure.” According to court papers, after he left his DEA job, Courtney crafted a new, entirely fictional persona as a deep-cover CIA operative on a top-secret mission crucial to national security. He approached defense contractors and convinced them to put him on their payrolls so he would look like an ordinary citizen as he went about his supposedly covert activities. Courtney promised the companies lucrative government contracts in return—and in some cases, delivered.The memo released ahead of his Oct. 27 sentencing includes part of a spreadsheet Courtney maintained to track the federal contracts he was vying for. When investigators disrupted his plot in 2016, Courtney was “seeking to corrupt over $3.7 billion in federal procurements,” prosecutors wrote.“The government had requirements, he knew the requirements, and he was gonna deliver the requirements,” a person involved in Courtney’s scheme—but who escaped criminal charges by cooperating with investigators—told The Daily Beast, explaining that Courtney specifically targeted companies he knew would qualify for the contracts. “He only needed a little bit more time, and he actually would have delivered. If left alone, he’d probably be a billionaire right now.”The scam involved authentic-looking CIA documents, on actual agency letterhead, and briefings by real government officials and military officers in secure rooms called SCIFs. Using these sorts of phony documents, Courtney also managed to convince government employees as well as private citizens that they had been selected to go undercover for the CIA.In a sealed pre-sentencing investigation report, which is footnoted in the prosecutors’ memo, Courtney is quoted as saying, “So many people believed in it and were determined for the ‘program’ to succeed. It seemed to me like the program was actually on the verge of becoming real or legitimate given who was involved and how it was operating.”Courtney was so convincing, he had a number of unnamed public officials try to halt the FBI’s investigation in the name of national security. One “went so far as to threaten the FBI agents with themselves being prosecuted if they continued their investigation,” according to the memo. The feds say Courtney came “dangerously close” to effectively immunizing himself from prosecution” by getting his bogus program legitimized under national security law. If Courtney had convinced officials to sign off on a so-called Security Classification Guide giving the program actual legal cover, “it is chilling to consider what the defendant could have accomplished,” says the memo.How a Fake CIA Spy Fooled Everyone and Swindled MillionsSince everything was supposedly highly classified, none of his marks were allowed to mention Courtney’s phony program for fear of prosecution. In fact, this apparently remains a problem for investigators.“Investigators commonly must confront and overcome the code of silence practiced by organized crime, gang members, or corrupt public officials,” says the prosecutors’ memo. “But here, law enforcement was faced with ordinarily law-abiding witnesses and victims who steadfastly refused to speak because of their mistaken belief that they had a legal and patriotic duty to remain silent. In certain instances, the defendant had fooled his victims so thoroughly that years later, despite the active involvement of cleared special agents from the FBI, and investigators from the CIA’s Office of Inspector General and the Intelligence Community Inspector General (who, by statute, have access to all classified information within their areas of responsibility...)... some witnesses still refuse to speak with the prosecution team.”Worse yet “is the emotional and reputational damage [Courtney] wrought on his victims,” prosecutors wrote in their filing. “One victim notes that he/she gave up a solid position and career to assume what he/she was led to believe would be an important role assisting the government in the defendant’s bogus program. Former colleagues hold that victim at arm’s length, and the victim has lost job opportunities.”Courtney’s former sidekick, who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition that his name not be used, is an ex-military intelligence officer. The two worked together at cybersecurity contractor Blue Canopy, one of the companies that gave Courtney the “commercial cover” he claimed to need. The ex-coworker said his involvement with Courtney ultimately cost him his life’s savings, his marriage, and his honor.“The FBI agreed not to put my name out there, so I thought I could walk away from this and try to create some semblance of a life,” the coworker said. “All I ever wanted to be was an intelligence officer, and I was really good.”It all came crashing down in 2016 when, prosecutors say, law enforcement began “actively probing” Courtney’s bona fides. In a conversation secretly recorded by the highest-ranking intelligence official in the U.S. Air Force, Courtney brazenly lied about the origins of the program, which he called, among other things, Alpha-214 and FirstNet.“In 2013, it was, I can’t remember if it was 15th or 18th of December... when all the Snowden fallout happened, basically the industry just got nailed,” Courtney told the official. “They were losing... about 3 trillion... So they had the White House meeting... There was a group of about 15 people that were told, ‘You’re in the private sector now. We need you to coordinate with the private sector to get stuff aligned.’ In about 2016 January, which is now, then the government will start to work with you in order to set up the portfolio or program so that we can start putting the proper protocols in place.”Courtney insisted to the official, identified in the filing as a lieutenant general, that any questions about the veracity of the program were simply a result of “miscommunication” between departing Pentagon officials and their successors.The FBI raided Courtney’s Florida home a few months later.“Courtney’s extraordinary capacity to deceive and manipulate others, and his brazen use of the powers of our government, reveal that he is in need of a substantial period of incapacitation,” prosecutors wrote.This past June, Courtney took a deal and agreed to plead guilty. While out on bail, he got a job at Pizza Hut to try and pay his bills, according to a companion filing submitted by Courtney’s lawyer. But Courtney continued to perpetuate his swindle even after his guilty plea, and Courtney was soon remanded to jail to await his sentencing.In the filing, defense attorney Stuart Sears pointed out that Courtney was battling “significant financial problems” when he committed his crimes, but that he used the money to support his family and take care of things like medical bills, not to “support a lavish lifestyle.” This, argued Sears, should be taken into consideration by the judge determining his punishment. He is asking for a sentence of 37 months.In a handwritten letter to U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady from his jail cell, Courtney explained that “what started with a simple lie grew into something I could no longer control or stop without admitting to being a fraud and failure.”In the note, which covered four pages of lined notebook paper, Courtney said he regrets “causing others to become less trusting of the government they interact with.” He admitted that “reputations have been tarnished,” companies have “suffered real financial losses,” and government resources were wasted on the “web” of lies he spun.He went on to promise to use his time in prison to better himself.“As I said in the beginning, it is an over-whelming (sic) feeling entering a jail cell and knowing it will be my home for the foreseeable future,” Courtney wrote. “I will spend the time in jail building back the trust I have lost with my family and others. I will serve my time with dignity and honorably.”He mentioned his (actual) military service, the graduate degree he earned from George Mason University, and his “five wonderful boys.” He also promised to be a model inmate, noting that he has “already started this process.”“I will do whatever it takes to prove to my children that they can still be proud of their dad,” Courtney continued. “Being seperated (sic) from them and knowing that I will not be there to help raise them has been emotionally devastating for them and myself. But, this is my fault and my fault alone and my path to redemption will be making sure they know that and strive to not make the same mistakes I have.”Read 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.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:00:49 -0400
  • Fact check: Biden owns 2 of the 4 homes pictured in a viral meme news

    A viral meme purports to show four $3 million-$7.5 million homes Biden owns. He only owns two of them, neither of which cost more than $3 million.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 21:39:58 -0400
  • A 28-year-old volunteer in AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine trial has died, but a report says he was in the control group and given a placebo news

    Brazil's O Globo newspaper reported that the man was not given a dose of the company's trial vaccine and that he died from COVID-19 complications.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 05:55:01 -0400
  • Democrats seize on U.S. Supreme Court election deadlock in Barrett fight news

    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.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:43:05 -0400
  • Mexico reaches deal to pay water debt to US news

    Mexico announced Thursday it has reached a deal with the United States to pay the shortfall in its annual contribution of water from border-area rivers by giving the U.S. Mexico's rights to water held in border dams that normally supply cities and towns downstream. The agreement announced Thursday allows Mexico to meet the Oct. 24 deadline which, if missed, could have endangered a cross-border water sharing treaty that greatly benefits Mexico. Mexican officials has also worried the water debt could have become an issue in the upcoming U.S. elections.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:16:04 -0400
  • European nations should shape their air-combat fleets to support the F-35, US analysts say news

    A report commissioned by U.S. European Command considers the hypothetical premise of a Russian land grab on NATO's eastern flank.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:13:01 -0400
  • Italy angered by supposed land grab by France on top of Mont Blanc news

    An icy chill has descended over relations between Italy and France over who owns Mont Blanc – or to the Italians, Monte Bianco. The diplomatic spat stems from an ordnance issued by the French authorities which is designed to protect Western Europe’s highest mountain from environmental damage. That includes limiting the number of paragliders allowed to swoop from its wind-blasted peaks and ridges as well as blocking ill-equipped hikers who sometimes set off in jeans and trainers. But to the fury of some Italians, the ordnance included not just the French side of the border, but also a chunk of Italian territory. Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s foreign minister, wrote a formal letter of complaint to the Macron government on Wednesday, expressing “strong disappointment” over the supposed land grab.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:00:31 -0400
  • Kobe Bryant’s Widow Vanessa Lists Tuscan-Style Southern California Home news

    The couple purchased the three-bedroom dwelling in Irvine as an investment in 2013

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:20:00 -0400
  • US and Russia Scramble Jets in Another Exchange of Aerial Intercepts

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    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:37:48 -0400
  • California ordered to halve San Quentin population after showing 'deliberate indifference,' court says news

    The ruling sends a clear message that officials overseeing San Quentin have not done enough to protect inmates from the coronavirus after a summer outbreak.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:37:08 -0400
  • Senate Judiciary Committee authorizes subpoenas for Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over Hunter Biden stories news

    Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he hoped it would give the panel "leverage" to secure testimony from the CEOs.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:30:35 -0400
  • US voters are receiving threatening emails from foreign servers warning them to vote Trump 'or we will come after you' news

    The emails purport to be from the Proud Boys group but were sent from foreign servers, the New York Times reported.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:04:23 -0400
  • Minn. judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd's death news

    A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck, but the more serious second-degree murder charge remains.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:46:09 -0400
  • AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial Brazil volunteer dies, trial to continue news

    Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue. Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment "there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial." AstraZeneca declined to comment immediately.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:00:23 -0400
  • Harrison: Record $57M haul in US Senate race has been spent news

    Jaime Harrison raised a record-shattering $57 million last quarter in his bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, but the South Carolina Democrat told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cash is already spent. Harrison's financial haul in the third quarter of this year was the most ever brought in by a Senate candidate in a quarterly fundraising period and came as other Democratic Senate challengers raked in eye-popping cash against Republican incumbents. At the time, pundits questioned if Harrison, an associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee, would even be able to spend the mountain of money, noting South Carolina's relatively small size and inexpensive media markets.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 15:13:14 -0400
  • Can Poland, the dirty man of Europe, end its love affair with coal? news

    Cooling towers can be seen in every direction from Katowice, the regional capital of Silesia, Poland’s coal country, trailing smoke along the skyline. Miners peer down from billboards. Coal, of which there is an abundance in Poland, is stamped on the country’s cultural identity, the legacy of an energy policy that is as much about a national sense of independence as it is about providing power. While the rest of Europe has spent much of the last decade cutting off its coal habit, Poland has held out, still relying on coal to provide 74 per cent of the country’s electricity. It now has the highest coal use in Europe, overtaking Germany in production for the first time this summer. That is a problem for the European Union’s bold green plans. Poland is the only EU country to refuse to sign up to a legally binding target to reach net zero emissions (as much carbon sucked up as emitted) by 2050, rejecting such calls as an unfair attack on its growing economic prosperity. “As children, we are taught that coal is our treasure, our economy is paid with coal and it is the core of our independence,” says Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera, the CEO of think tank Forum Energii. “When it comes to the energy strategy, people are very emotional.”

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:01:03 -0400
  • 100-year-old voter shares advice ahead of election, names favorite president in her lifetime news

    Voting since she was eighteen, Mabel Cook votes in her fifteenth presidential election. Great-grandkids witness the monumental event

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:10:16 -0400
  • Student’s ‘Homosexuality is a sin’ shirt didn’t violate dress code, Tennessee suit says news

    The 15-year-old student said she was told to change after wearing a shirt that said “Homosexuality is a sin” to a classroom where “a pro-homosexual symbol” was on display, according to court filings.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:39:10 -0400
  • Biden Confronted at Debate over Hunter’s Dealings, Issues Blanket Denials news

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday called Rudy Giuliani a “Russian pawn” and claimed stories of his involvement in his son’s foreign business dealings are “not true,” saying he has “not taken a penny from any foreign source in my life.”The comments came during the final presidential debate on Thursday evening. Earlier in the day the recipient of an email that purportedly detailed a business arrangement between a Chinese company and the Biden family confirmed that the email is “genuine” and said the family “aggressively leveraged the Biden family name to make millions” from foreign entities. Giuliani provided a trove of documents to the New York Post last week that includes a number of emails between Hunter Biden and foreign business partners. One email exchange between the younger Biden and representatives of a Chinese energy firm reads, “20” for “H” and “10 held by H for the big guy?” Tony Bobulinski, who is listed as a recipient of the email, told Fox News that the "big guy" is a reference to Joe Biden, who was slated to receive a ten percent equity stake in the joint venture.Biden lashed out at Giuliani at the debate.“We are in a situation where we have foreign countries trying to interfere in the outcome of our election,” he said. “[Trump’s] own national security advisor told him that what is happening with his buddy Rudy Giuliani — he’s being used as a Russian pawn, he’s being fed information that is Russian, that is not true,” he said.Though Biden claimed that Giuliani has been fed untrue information, he has not come out and said the emails were forged.President Trump pushed back, accusing Biden of "getting a lot of money from Russia.""You probably still are, but now with what came out today it's probably even worse. All of the emails … of the kind of money that you were raking in, you and your family," he said.Biden responded: "I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.""I don't make money from China, you do," Trump responded. "I don't make money from Ukraine, you do. I don't make money from Russia, you made $3.5 million, Joe, and your son gave you — they even have a statement that 'We have to give 10 percent to the big man.' You're the big man."The former vice president claimed there was "nothing unethical" about Hunter Biden's involvement in Ukranian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings.He said though questions had arisen over whether he had done something wrong in respect to Hunter Biden's role on the board of Burisma that, "every single solitary person, when [Trump] was going through his impeachment, testifying under oath, who worked for him said I did my job impeccably, I carried out U.S. policy, not one single, solitary thing was out of line."He accused Trump of "trying to bribe the Ukranian government to say something negative about me, which they would not do and did not do because it's never, ever happened.""My son has not made money in terms of this thing," he said.Later, the pair clashed again when Trump accused Biden of being a "corrupt politician" over the news of the Biden family's foreign dealings."There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said what he’s accusing me of is a Russian plant," Biden said. "Five former heads of the CIA — both parties — say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except him and his good friend Rudy Giuliani."The documents Giuliani had given the New York Post were reportedly recovered from a laptop computer that was dropped off at a repair shop in Delaware in April 2019 but never retrieved that purportedly belongs to Hunter Biden. Fox News reported Thursday that the FBI had subpoenaed the laptop in connection with a money laundering investigation."You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?" Trump asked. "The laptop is Russia, Russia, Russia? You have to be kidding me, here we go again with Russia."

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 22:08:29 -0400
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    There is no evidence of a Flora and Fauna Act under Australian law that classified its Aboriginal population as plants and animals.

    Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:34:18 -0400
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    Numerous scandals, after two decades of Middle East wars, have caused concern about Navy special operators' readiness for great-power competition.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:16:37 -0400
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