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Sep 22, 2020

'It was so terrifying': Bobcat Fire near Los Angeles forces 4K evacuations, burns homes; 6 accused of starting blazes in Oregon
The Bobcat Fire has burned more than 160 square miles in Los Angeles County. Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming among a dozen states battling major blazes.

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Sep 22, 2020

‘It's a big, big swing': Trump loses ground with white voters
The president is running well behind his 2016 pace with the demographic that sent him to the White House.

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Sep 22, 2020

‘No Right': Schumer Claims It Would ‘Spell the End' of the Senate If Republicans Fill Ginsburg Vacancy
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) claimed Monday that Republicans have "no right" to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the November election, and said doing so would "spell the end" of the Senate.Schumer's comments came in a speech on the Senate floor in response to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell's remarks that President Trump's nominee for a vacancy would receive a vote on the floor of the Senate."By all rights, by every modicum of decency and honor, Leader McConnell and the Republican Senate majority have no right to fill it, no right," Schumer said.Schumer then repeated Ginsburg's alleged statement to her granddaughter in her final days of life that her "most fervent wish" was that she should not be replaced until a new president is installed. He added that Senate Republicans should have "no problem adhering to Justice Ginsburg's dying wish" as Leader McConnell "held the Supreme Court vacancy open for nearly a year in order to ‘give the people a voice' in selecting a Supreme Court justice."He criticized McConnell and Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) for going back on the standard they set in 2016 following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia when Senate Republicans refused to vote on President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland."The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice,"

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Sep 22, 2020

About 9 million people are likely to miss out on a $1,200 coronavirus stimulus check due to a lack of updated government records
The GAO said in a report that those who are eligible but might miss out are "outside of the tax system" and are likely "very low-income."

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Sep 22, 2020

Angered by Arab-Israel ties, Palestine quits chairing Arab League sessions
RAMALLAH, West Bank/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestine has quit its current chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian foreign minister said on Tuesday, condemning as dishonourable any Arab agreement to establish formal relations with Israel. Palestinians see the accords that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed with Israel in Washington a week ago as a betrayal of their cause and a blow to their quest for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalising ties with Israel.

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Sep 22, 2020

AOC rallies liberals over supreme court battle: ‘This is not the time to give up'
New York congresswoman emerges as one of the high-profile faces of the Democratic response on ways to thwart Republicans' plansNew York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has emerged as one of the high-profile faces of the Democratic response to Republicans' plan to quickly seat a new, conservative supreme court justice.Ocasio-Cortez, one of the most prominent champions of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, was quick to offer a rallying cry to supporters discouraged by the late-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last week."This moment is not the time for despair, it is not the time for cynicism. It is not the time to give up. It is not the time for us to say ‘it's too late' or ‘it's too far gone' or ‘I don't know what to do,' we're going to talk about it right now," The New York congresswoman said in an 40-minute Instagram video posted on Saturday."Because it's that important. Because it is not hyperbole. The actual balance of our democracy rests in the actions that we choose to make - that I choose to make, that you choose to make, that every single individual - chooses to make between now and election day."Ocasio-Cortez has also made appearances alongside New York senator Chuck Schumer, the top ranking Democrat in the Senate. They made a joint appearance Sunday night in Brooklyn to urge supporters to mobilize to fight against Republicans' nominee to replace Ginsburg. That has suggested a strong sense of unity between Ocasio-Cortez and one of the most powerful

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Sep 22, 2020

Army gives green light to shape vehicle electrification requirements
The Army has been given the go-ahead to develop requirements to provide electric power to tactical and combat vehicles.

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Sep 22, 2020

Black Lives Matter Removes Language about Disrupting the Nuclear Family from Website
The official Black Lives Matter website no longer includes language encouraging the "disruption" of the "Western-prescribed nuclear family structure."The language had been featured on the site's "What We Believe" page, in which the group had laid out its support for various extreme policies and ideals that went beyond police reform and brutality. Attempts to access the page now yield a message that reads, "Page Not Found. Sorry, but the page you were trying to view does not exist," the Washington Examiner first discovered on Monday.The page had described the group as a "global Black family" that engages "comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts," according to an archive."We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work 'double shifts' so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work," the organization wrote. "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and 'villages' that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable."The website still features an "About" page that explains the

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Sep 22, 2020

China admits Uighur birthrate has dropped by nearly one-third
Chinese officials have admitted that birth rates have plummeted among its ethnic Uighurs, fuelling claims that Beijing is subjecting its Muslim minority to a campaign of forced birth control. Official statistics show that in Xinjiang, the north-western province where most of the 10 million strong Uighur community live, birth rates dropped by almost a third in 2018. The figures follow accusations that Beijing is attempting to reduce the Uighur population by threatening women with fines or spells in mass detention camps if they flout harsh family planning measures. At least a million Uighurs are believed to have passed through the detention camps in recent years, which Beijing insists are voluntary schools to teach Uighurs of the dangers of Islamic extremism. Human rights groups say they are used to eradicate Uighur culture, in tandem with forced abortion and sterilisation policies that amount to "demographic genocide".

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Sep 22, 2020

China video may simulate attack on U.S. base
With relations between China and the U.S. continuing to deteriorate, a new video released by China's air force may be another source of concern.

The highly-produced piece released on a social media platform shows Chinese bomber aircraft, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, launching a simulated attack on what appears to be an America air base in Guam.

The Pacific island and U.S. territory is home to major military facilities, and its air base would be a likely target for any conflict in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Chinese video - named "The god of war H-6K goes on the attack!" - shows H-6 bombers taking off from a desert base.

A pilot eventually presses a button which sends a missile towards an unidentified runway.

When the missile homes in - a satellite image is shown that looks exactly like the layout of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

The timing of the video's release coincided with China performing a second day of drills near Taiwan to express anger at the visit of a senior official from the U.S. state department.

Neither China or the U.S. immediately responded to requests for comment on the video.



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Sep 22, 2020

Drought-hit Mexicans demand that water sharing with U.S. end
The treaty of 1944 details water sharing between Mexico and the United States, but Mexico is currently behind on their end of the deal.

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Sep 22, 2020

Hawaii Health Department Chemist Cooked Up LSD for Air Force Members: Prosecutors
A government chemist in Hawaii cooked up batches of LSD for active-duty members of the U.S. military who responded to ads for the powerful hallucinogen posted on social media, prosecutors allege.Trevor Keegan, an "extract tech" in the Disease Outbreak Control Division of the state Health Department, was charged earlier this month on one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. His alleged co-conspirator, Austin White, is not known to be affiliated with any government agency. He is facing the same charges as Keegan.The case came to the attention of investigators last September, when a confidential informant tipped off the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) about "an individual [who] was utilizing...Snapchat to advertise and conduct drug sales, particularly with active duty military service members." The existence of the investigation has not been previously reported.Air Force Vet Who Shot Woman for Stealing His Nazi Flag Claims He's Actually the Victim OSI turned the investigation over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which was soon able to identify the Snapchat dealer as White, prosecutors said."White's public Snapchat account showed the public advertisement of various controlled substances for sale with listed prices," says a criminal complaint filed in Hawaii federal court. "One of the advertised controlled substances was Lysergic Acid Diethylamide ("LSD"), more commonly known as ‘acid,' which is a schedule I controll

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Sep 22, 2020

Humpback whale finds escape from Australian crocodile river
Australian officials had feared the whale could collide with a boat or get stranded near crocodiles.

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Sep 22, 2020

Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case
An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students, has been fighting extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.

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Sep 22, 2020

Keith Olbermann Airs Out Ex-MSNBC Colleague Chris Matthews for Terrible Take on Trump and RBG
With a ratio of more than 10,000 replies to fewer than than 2,000 retweets and counting, this tweet from disgraced MSNBC host Chris Matthews is already being touted as the worst take of 2020."Trump is right to show respect for RBG," Matthews tweeted Monday morning, after President Donald Trump went on Fox & Friends and baselessly claimed that the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish was some sort of left-wing hoax. "True presidential behavior," he added. "Far too rare."The most eye-popping replies, however, came from Matthews' former MSNBC colleague Keith Olbermann, who tweeted: "Every day. Every day I had to go through this.""I mean, anybody else see him on ‘Mission Accomplished' night? I had to, I was co-anchoring," Olbermann added, appending the facepalm emoji to punctuate his point. I mean, anybody else see him on "Mission Accomplished" night? I had to, I was co-anchoring. ??????????? https://t.co/dj1eA9x578 — Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 21, 2020Olbermann, a notoriously fierce critic of President George W. Bush during his eight years as host of Countdown on MSNBC, was referring to the infamous moment the 43rd president gave a speech to troops on an aircraft carrier in front of a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner less than two months after the start of the Iraq War.On that night, May 1, 2003, Matthews gushed over Bush on his show Hardball: "He won the war. He was an effective commander. Everybody recognizes that, I believe,

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Sep 22, 2020

Leaked files contain more evidence of Kremlin links to one of the biggest donors to Boris Johnson's Conservative party
The husband of a major donor to Boris Johnson's Conservatives has allegedly been secretly funded by a Russian oligarch with links to Vladimir Putin.

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Sep 22, 2020

Outcry after store employee says he was fired for stopping purse thief in Vermont
"Hey, an old lady's purse just got stolen. I want to do something about it," Amir Shedyak said.

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Sep 22, 2020

Police training cited as defense in many use-of-force cases. But experts say it's outdated.
Police training is often outdated and promotes a react-first, think-later mentality that validates even logic-defying actions, experts told USA TODAY.

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Sep 22, 2020

Solomon Islands: Men working for WW2 bomb clearing agency die in explosion
The men were working to help dispose of the many unexploded World War Two bombs on the islands.

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Sep 22, 2020

State auditor: UC wrongly admitted well-connected students


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Sep 22, 2020

Supreme Court vacancy rattles Susan Collins' Senate race
It's so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she'll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it's unclear how the battle over President Donald Trump's effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will affect the Maine Republican's bid for a fifth term. It comes six weeks from an Election Day when Trump might lose and Democrats could win Senate control, and it's further complicating perhaps her toughest reelection race.

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Sep 22, 2020

TikTok deal under new threat as Trump insists on total US control
The US president says he will not approve the deal if Chinese company Bytedance remains involved.

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Sep 22, 2020

Turkey's Erdogan floats regional conference in tense east Mediterranean
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday proposed a regional conference with all Mediterranean coastal states, including the breakaway Turkish Cypriots, to address tensions over maritime boundaries and hydrocarbon exploration in the region. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in a video message, Erdogan said Turkey's primary preference was to solve disagreements "justly and in an appropriate way" through talks, but added that "futile" attempts to exclude Turkey from plans in the eastern Mediterranean could not succeed. NATO members Turkey and Greece are at odds over rights to potential energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean and the extent of their continental shelves.

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Sep 22, 2020

U.S. Labor Department could make it easier to treat workers as independent contractors
During a phone call with reporters, senior department officials said the rule, if adopted, would provide courts with a "cleaner and easier-to-use process" than the complex multi-factor test currently applied in lawsuits alleging workers have been misclassified. Independent contractors are not entitled to many of the legal protections afforded to employees, such as minimum wage and overtime pay. Employees can cost companies up to 40% more than contractors, according to several studies.

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Sep 22, 2020

Walmart rolling back two of its COVID-19 precautions as customer behaviors change
Here's how your next trip to the retailer could soon look different.

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Sep 22, 2020

Trump on Supreme Court vacancy: 'When you have the votes, you can sort of do what you want'
The president on Monday defended the Republican plan to bring his pick to replace the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a vote so close to an election, even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to do the same in 2016.

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Sep 22, 2020

An NYPD officer and US Army reservist has been arrested and accused of spying on Tibetan New Yorkers for China
Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was charged with acting as the agent of a foreign government, wire fraud, and making false statements.

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Sep 22, 2020

Dark web drugs raid leads to 179 arrests
About 500kg of cocaine, heroin and other drugs have been seized as well as guns.

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Sep 22, 2020

Nasa outlines plan for first woman on Moon by 2024
The US space agency (Nasa) formally outlines its $28bn plan to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024.

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Sep 22, 2020

Dark Overlord hacker pleads guilty
A UK citizen is sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay £1.1m to victims.

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Sep 22, 2020

Russia rejects U.S. terms, sees 'minimal' chance to extend New START nuclear pact
Russia sees minimal chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - their last major nuclear arms pact - as it does not accept conditions set out by Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. "I suspect that after President Trump wins re-election, if Russia has not taken up our offer, that the price of admission, as we would say in the U.S., goes up," Billingslea told Kommersant newspaper in an interview.

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Sep 22, 2020

Former UK PM May says government putting UK integrity at risk, could damage N. Ireland peace
Former British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that peace in Northern Ireland and the integrity of the United Kingdom could be damaged by the government's plan to pass a bill allowing it to break its European Union exit treaty. "Its willingness to renege on an agreement it has signed will lead will lead to some questioning ... of the willingness of the government to fully uphold the measures in the Belfast Good Friday Agreement," May told parliament during a debate on the bill. "That in turn will lead to some communities having less willingness to trust the United Kingdom government, and that could have a consequence on the willingness of people in Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom."

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Sep 22, 2020

LAPD officers reportedly used facial recognition 30,000 times in the past decade, contradicting the department's previous denials
Despite frequent denials and refusals to respond to public records requests, the LAPD has been using the controversial technology widely since 2009.

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Sep 22, 2020

'He's loved and will be missed': Firefighter killed in California blaze sparked at gender reveal party ID'd as Charles Morton
Charles Morton died last week battling the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, a wildfire ignited during a gender reveal gathering.

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Sep 22, 2020

EU sanctions Turkish firm over Libya arms embargo violations
The European Union on Monday slapped sanctions on three transport companies for violating the U.N. arms embargo on Libya, including the Turkish shipping firm that operates a vessel at the center of a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and France three months ago. The Avrasya Shipping company, which is headquartered in Turkey, was "found to have violated the arms embargo in Libya." The EU noted that the company operates a cargo ship called Cirkin, which "has been linked to transports of military material to Libya in May and June 2020."

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Sep 22, 2020

California mom in viral video alleges police harassment during son's traffic stop
The police officer was wearing a ‘Blue Lives Matter' mask. A mother is going through with a formal complaint after her Black son was treated unfairly by a police officer. Sacramento's KCRA reports in a video that has now gone viral where a mother can be seen addressing a police officer who decided to harass her son after he failed to stop at a stop sign.

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Sep 22, 2020

Biden warns confirming Supreme Court justice before election would cause ‘irreversible damage' and promises to nominate a Black woman if he wins
'Last thing we need is to add is a constitutional crisis that plunges us deeper into the abyss, deeper into the darkness'

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Sep 22, 2020

These gloves help fight COVID-19. But they're made in sweatshop conditions
U.S. trade bans are spurring labor reforms in Malaysia, which produces two-thirds of the world's disposable gloves.

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Sep 22, 2020

Why do farmers get paid by taxpayers?
UK farmers are complaining of a lack of clarity over how they will be rewarded for tending the land.

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Sep 22, 2020

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Sep 22, 2020

Wisconsin Black man falsely arrested at his own home sues city
As reported by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Keonte Furdge was arrested in his home after a neighbor called the police because he was sitting on the patio. Two police officers entered the house with their guns drawn and handcuffed Furdge, 23.

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Sep 22, 2020

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Sep 22, 2020

Three jailed after being caught with 109 undersized lobsters in the Keys, police say
Three Lower Keys residents were jailed Friday after state fish and wildlife police said they were found with more than 100 undersized lobsters and a haul of out-of-season stone crab claws.

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Sep 22, 2020

Trump and Mitch McConnell move closer to securing GOP support for Senate vote on Supreme Court pick before election
‘No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican president's Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year,' key GOP senator says

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Sep 22, 2020

Trump suggests, without evidence, that Justice Ginsberg's "fervent wish" about her replacement was written by Democrats
During an interview on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning, President Trump theorized that a quote attributed to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was manufactured by Democrats. Trump did not offer any evidence for his suggestion. According to NPR, Justice Ginsburg told her granddaughter that her most "fervent wish" was that she would not be replaced until a new president was sworn in.

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Sep 22, 2020

What it's like to stay at a Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt hotel during the COVID-19 pandemic
What is it like to stay at a hotel during the coronavirus pandemic? We stayed at a Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt.

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Sep 22, 2020

US offers $5m-reward for Colombian ELN rebel leader
Wilver Villegas Palomino, a leading ELN member, has been charged with "narcoterrorism" by the US.

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Sep 22, 2020

Vatican steps up opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide
The Vatican doubled down on its opposition to euthanasia on Tuesday, calling it an "act of homicide" that can never be justified or tolerated. A new document, issued as more countries consider legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide, said legislators and politicians who support such laws are "accomplices". Catholic healthcare workers must never give active or passive collaboration and governments the right to conscientious objection, it said.

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Sep 22, 2020

Village broadband mystery finally solved after 18 months of signal failure
Every single day, without fail, for 18 months, an entire Welsh village lost its broadband on the dot at 7am. The mystery left residents and engineers utterly baffled and frustrated. Unable to get online, the 400-strong population of Aberhosan, Powys, repeatedly called telecoms experts, who in turn, repeatedly descended on the village in a bid to identify the problem. In an expensive attempt to solve the problem, they even replaced most of the area's cables. But still, much to their bemusement, the signal continued to plummet from 7am. Eventually, engineers launched an investigation, bringing in a "crack squad" from other parts of the UK. Equipped with a specialist monitoring device called a Spectrum Analyser, the team was dispatched to scope the village from dawn. Michael Jones, an Openreach engineer, said: "We walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6am to see if we could find an electrical noise to support our theory.

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Sep 22, 2020

Birth rates in Xinjiang, where China's Uighur camps are based, plunged by nearly a third in 2018 but China claims it's not forcing sterilizations
One part of China's response was to say an expert was "deliberately fabricating lies," and call him a religious fanatic.

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Sep 22, 2020

Bulgarian court sentences two men to life in prison for 2012 bus bombing
The two men were tried in absentia over the July 18, 2012 attack at Burgas airport on the Black Sea, and their whereabouts are not known. The Specialised Criminal Court found Meliad Farah, 39, an Australian citizen, and Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 32, a Canadian citizen, guilty of being accomplices and ordered them to pay compensation to families of the victims and the injured.

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Sep 22, 2020

‘It affects the elderly. That's it': Trump makes outlandish coronavirus claims as supporters boo masks at Ohio rally
‘I get it, you don't like it,' Lt. Gov. Jon Husted conceded after Trump supporters loudly booed him

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Sep 22, 2020

Gardner supports moving forward on Ginsburg seat, striking blow to Dem chances of halting nomination
Gardner, who is facing a re-election challenge from former Gov. John Hickenlooper in Colorado, was viewed as one of the last potential holdouts.

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Sep 22, 2020

Ilhan Omar says no Republicans have even privately condemned death threats against her
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has faced constant threats of violence since her election in 2018. They include public threats from Republicans set to join her in the House in January — and absolutely no condemnation from congressmembers on the other side of the aisle, she tells the The New York Times Magazine.In an interview with the Times, Omar discussed "hateful" attacks against her from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, as well as the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican House candidate in a far-right Georgia district who held a gun next to a photo of Omar's "Squad" in a campaign video. Greene's video is just one of many "dangerous" people spouting "bizarre, ill-informed conspiracies" about Omar and other Democrats and "terrorizing so many of us," Omar said.But despite receiving "a few death threats that have been very publicized where people have been arrested and are incarcerated for it," Omar said she has received no support or condemnation from Republicans. "I can't remember a public statement or private comment of support," she continued. Interesting juxtaposition here between Biden-esque cries that there are good and decent Republicans who are simply too scared to speak out publicly against Trump and the reality that Ilhan Omar describes. pic.twitter.com/hxAjTS6X

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Sep 22, 2020

Satellite achieves sharp-eyed view of methane
A Canadian company debuts a powerful new capability to monitor the potent greenhouse gas.

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Sep 22, 2020

Ren Zhiqiang: Outspoken ex-real estate tycoon gets 18 years jail
Ren Zhiqiang went missing earlier this year after writing an essay said to be critical of President Xi.

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Sep 22, 2020

Norfolk Shipyard CO Is 4th Navy Leader to Be Fired in a Month
Capt. Kai Torkelson was relieved of command Monday by Vice Adm. Bill Galinis.

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Sep 22, 2020

Isis ‘Beatles' can stand trial in US after High Court ruling
UK will hand over requested evidence as result of ruling

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Sep 22, 2020

A Kennedy who worked on Jared Kushner's COVID-19 task force said he was asked to distort a coronavirus prediction to make the outbreak seem less bad
Max Kennedy Jr, a Democrat, said he joined Kushner's coronavirus response team hoping that it would rise above politics. It did not.

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Sep 22, 2020

Changing gender won't be made easier, Government confirms, but cost cut to £5
Changing gender will not be made easier, Liz Truss has announced, but the price of a certificate to legally swap sex will be cut to £5. The Minister for Women and Equalities confirmed speculation that the Government will not allow transgender people to self-identity as the opposite sex, stating that gender recognition reform "is not the top priority for transgender people". Instead, they will still be required to live in their acquired gender for two years in order to be granted a gender recognition certificate (GRC), which legally confirms their transition. In 2018, the Government proposed reforming the GRA to allow transgender people to "self-ID" - meaning they would not have to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria by a doctor in order to get a GRC. But campaigners warned such a move would erode women's rights in sports, prisons and single-sex spaces. Responding to the 2018 public consultation on reforming the Act on Tuesday, Ms Truss said the "balance struck in this legislation is correct" because there are "proper checks" in place. Ms Truss announced some changes to the process, including reducing the application fee from £140 to £5 after 34 per cent of transgender people said it was "too expensive". The change comes despite the fact that the majority of people responding to the Government consultation (64.7 per cent) did not believe the fee should not be reduced, with many suggesting that it was not disproportionate in comparison to costs for other legal processes. In the consu

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Sep 22, 2020

Facebook says it is ready for violent unrest in the US election, and has plans to restrict the spread of inflammatory posts
Nick Clegg, Facebook's head of global affairs, told The Financial Times that the company is preparing in case of chaos after the November election.

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Sep 22, 2020

Arctic sea-ice shrinks to near record low extent
Only in 2012 have satellites seen the summer floes in the polar north more withdrawn than in 2020.

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Sep 22, 2020

Jailed Kurdish politician handed another year for insulting Turkey's Erdogan
A former Kurdish parliamentarian jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges has been handed an additional prison term for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan, two of her lawyers said. Sebahat Tuncel was sentenced last week to 11 months and 20 days for calling Erdogan an enemy of Kurds and women in a speech in 2016, comments one of her lawyers defended as legitimate criticism of a political opponent. Tuncel had served in Turkey's parliament for the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP).

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Sep 22, 2020

These gloves help fight COVID-19. But they're made in sweatshop conditions
U.S. trade bans are spurring labor reforms in Malaysia, which produces two-thirds of the world's disposable gloves.

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Sep 22, 2020

Birth rates in Xinjiang, where China's Uighur camps are based, plunged by nearly a third in 2018 but China claims it's not forcing sterilizations
One part of China's response was to say an expert was "deliberately fabricating lies," and call him a religious fanatic.

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Sep 22, 2020

Lam says Australian judge gave no reason for quitting
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday that an Australian judge on Hong Kong's top court gave no reason for his resignation, a move that has raised questions about the semiautonomous Chinese territory's reputation for judicial independence. Judge James Spigelman told Australian media that his resignation was "related to the content of the national security legislation," a reference to a sweeping new law for Hong Kong that was enacted by Beijing's rubber stamp congress in June.

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Sep 22, 2020

‘Devastating': Arctic sea ice shrinks to near record low
Scientist says only hope is for humans to act on climate crisis and slow down ice loss

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Sep 22, 2020

'A crazy year up north': Arctic sea ice shrinks to 2nd-lowest level on record
The amount of summer sea ice in the Arctic has been steadily shrinking over the past few decades because of man-made global warming, experts say.

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Sep 22, 2020

A new startup is recruiting gig workers to help landlords evict people from their homes, calling it the fastest-growing moneymaking gig because of COVID-19
The startup has been described as the Uber for evicting people.

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Sep 22, 2020

Bull rider killed in Texas rodeo
Rider was studying animal sciences at Oklahoma State University

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Sep 22, 2020

As the U.S. hits 200,000 COVID-19 deaths, Trump tells an Ohio rally the coronavirus 'affects virtually nobody'
The U.S. passed yet another "grim milestone" in its COVID-19 pandemic Monday night, Reuters notes, with at least 200,000 Americans dead from the new coronavirus and an average of nearly 1,000 more dying each day. As "the country blew past estimate after estimate" of COVID-19 deaths, Politico's pandemic newsletter said Monday night, "the term 'grim milestone' in headlines became so routine that we banned it."COVID-19 deaths are rising again in the U.S. after a four-week decline, with Texas and Florida leading the news fatalities, Reuters reports, and the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now predicts 300,000 deaths by Dec. 9 and 378,000 by the end of 2020 if current trends continue. The IHME's first projection of U.S. coronavirus deaths, issued March 16, topped out at 162,000. The U.S., with about 4 percent of the world's population, has 20 percent of its recorded COVID-19 deaths.At a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Monday night, President Trump assured his admirers the virus isn't really that bad, noting that it mostly kills "elderly people" and people with "other problems," adding, "It affects virtually nobody." "It affects virtually nobody," Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed

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Sep 22, 2020

Beijing says support for Taiwan independence 'doomed to fail'
China ramped up its rhetoric over Taiwan on Monday, describing any support for its independence as "doomed to fail", and threatened retaliation against US diplomatic visits to the island.

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Sep 22, 2020

China, WHO Could Have Prevented COVID Pandemic, Congressional Report Concludes
An audit by congressional Republicans to be released on Monday concludes that China covered up the initial spread of coronavirus while the World Health Organization "parroted" Chinese propaganda.Various U.S. government officials and agencies have already alleged that China hid the extent and severity of coronavirus following its appearance in the city of Wuhan in late December, and Republicans have accused the WHO of kowtowing to Chinese assessments of the outbreak. The Monday report by Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which was obtained by National Review, represents one of the most comprehensive attempts to delineate responsibility for the pandemic."It is beyond doubt that the [Chinese Communist Party] actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world," the report states. "Research shows the CCP could have reduced the number of cases in China by up to 95 percent had it fulfilled its obligations under international law and responded to the outbreak in a manner consistent with best practices."In particular, the report notes, "as early as mid-December [2019], and no later than December 27th, the CCP had enough information to assess it was legally obligated to inform the WHO that the outbreak in Wuhan was an event 'that may constitute a Public Health Emergenc

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Sep 22, 2020

NASA plans for return to Moon to cost $28 billion
NASA on Monday revealed its latest plan to return astronauts to the Moon in 2024, and estimated the cost of meeting that deadline at $28 billion, $16 billion of which would be spent on the lunar landing module.

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Sep 22, 2020

Trudeau Throne speech: Why this is a big moment for Canadian PM
The Canadian PM says he will unveil an "ambitious" plan for Canada's pandemic recovery.

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Sep 22, 2020

Woman arrested at US-Canada border for poison mailed to White House
The unidentified woman was caught while attempting to cross the US-Canada border and is awaiting charges.

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Sep 22, 2020

Why Trump could possibly end up "behind bars" if he loses
Journalist Jeff Wise examines the type of prosecutions that Trump could face if he loses the presidential election

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Sep 22, 2020

Navalny says nerve agent was found 'in and on' his body
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny demanded Monday that Russia return the clothes he was wearing on the day he fell into a coma in Siberia, calling it "a crucial piece of evidence" in the nerve agent poisoning he is being treated for at a German hospital. In a blog post Monday, Navalny said the Novichok nerve agent was found "in and on" his body, and said the clothes taken off him when he was hospitalized in Siberia a month ago after collapsing on a Russian flight are "very important material evidence." Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critic, fell ill on a domestic flight to Moscow on Aug. 20, was brought to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk and was transferred to Germany for treatment two days later.

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Sep 22, 2020

Real estate tycoon and critic of China's President Xi Jinping jailed for 18 years
The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticised President Xi Jinping's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Mr Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan. Mr Xi, party leader since 2012, has suppressed criticism, tightened censorship and cracked down on unofficial organisations. Dozens of journalists, labour and human rights activists and others have been imprisoned. Mr Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power, the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court announced on its social media account. It cited Mr Ren as saying he wouldn't appeal. The former chairman and deputy party secretary of Huayuan Group was expelled from the ruling party in July. In a commentary that circulated on social media, Mr Ren criticised a Feb. 23 video conference with 170,000 officials held early in the pandemic at which Mr Xi announced orders for responding to the disease. Mr Ren didn't mention Mr Xi's name but said, "standing there was not an emperor showing off his new clothes but a clown who had stripped off his clothes and insisted on being an e

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Sep 22, 2020

Rush Limbaugh calls for GOP to skip hearings for Trump SCOTUS pick and go straight for floor vote
The conservative radio host hopes to avoid confirmation hearings like Brett Kavanaugh's or Clarence Thomas's

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Sep 22, 2020

Shopper flaunting his gun in checkout line shoots himself in the groin, Oregon cops say
He placed his gun in the front of his pants near the button and accidentally pulled the trigger, police said.

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Sep 22, 2020

'Remarkable' new data shows decline in on-time mail delivery after DeJoy took over as postmaster general
New data obtained by The Guardian provides a more specific look at how the changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy affected the U.S. Postal Service's on-time first-class mail delivery rate after he took over the role in June.In what North Carolina A&T history professor and former postal worker Philip Rubio described as a "remarkable graphic illustration," The Guardian shows that rates plummeted not long after DeJoy stepped in. The USPS was delivering first-class mail on time about 93 percent of the time during most of the first half of 2020, just shy of its 95 percent goal, and was averaging nearly 91 percent at the moment of leadership transition. But by August the national rate had dipped to about 81.5 percent, and was even lower in some postal districts, reaching as far south as 63.6 percent in northern Ohio and just over 61 percent in Detroit, although it's worth pointing out that Detroit had also fallen well below the national average for multiple weeks earlier in 2020, jumping back up shortly before DeJoy arrived. As The Guardian notes, those districts are both in key swing states, which will likely raise some eyebrows, given that DeJoy has already had critics accuse him of trying to slow deliveries with an increase in mail-in ballots expected for the general election because of the coronavirus pandemic.DeJoy denied those allegations during congr

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Sep 22, 2020

LAPD officers reportedly used facial recognition 30,000 times in the past decade, contradicting the department's previous denials
Despite frequent denials and refusals to respond to public records requests, the LAPD has been using the controversial technology widely since 2009.

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Sep 22, 2020

Turkey says EU sanctions on Turkish firm over Libya embargo show bias
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on the battle over the Supreme Court vacancy.

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Sep 22, 2020

Maryland congressional candidate Kim Klacik accuses ‘The View's' Joy Behar of wearing blackface
Things got tense on the latest episode of ABC's "The View" when a Black Republican candidate for the U.S. House accused one a co-host of wearing blackface. Kim Klacik, who is running to represent Maryland's 7th Congressional District that includes part of Baltimore, got into a heated exchange with the group of women hosts after she lodged the claim against Joy Behar. The late Elijah Cummings represented the district from 1996 to 2019.

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Sep 22, 2020

Mass rallies and police data leaks in Belarus keep pressure on Lukashenko
Many walked in a vast column that stretched back several kilometres, decked out in red-and-white opposition colours and chanting "go away" as helmeted riot police patrolled the streets with water canons on hand, a witness said. Several protesters were dragged away from the crowd by security forces. In the city centre, riot police rhythmically beat their shields as a warning while several people threw glass bottles at them.

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Sep 22, 2020

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return
Students in Iowa's largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic. Des Moines school officials have repeatedly refused to abide by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds' order requiring the state's 327 school districts to hold at least half their classes in-person rather than online. For Des Moines, it's a question of trying to keep its more than 33,000 students and 5,000 staffers from contracting the disease.

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Sep 22, 2020

Snorkeler attacked by 10ft bull shark in Florida Keys
Victim was airlifted to Miami hospital with a serious bite wound

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Sep 22, 2020

Sen. Kelly Loeffler stages historically dubious re-enactment to claim she's 'more conservative than Attila the Hun'
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) is willing to reimagine history to prove how conservative she is.Loeffler is trying to fend off both Democrats and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) to protect her relatively new seat, and rolled out a campaign ad Monday trying to prove she's the real conservative in the race. Playing off the idea that she's "more conservative than Attila the Hun," Loeffler's ad features a grunting Attila and a "liberal scribe" who translates for him: "Fight China" and "attack big government" are among his wishes. It's true. pic.twitter.com/Yea3phqB2s -- Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) September 21, 2020The ad begs a lot questions about the accuracy of Loeffler's ad. For starters, Attila didn't have much to do with China; Genghis Khan is probably who Loeffler was going for. Attila was instead focused on attacking western societies -- the sort of thing conservatives usually don't like.The New York Times' Paul Krugman meanwhile wasn't even sure if Attila could be considered conservative, at least for his time. Of course there was the whole sacking cities and slaughtering their inhabitants thing. And I guess that's the part that appeals to modern Republicans 3/ -- Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) September 21, 2

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Sep 22, 2020

Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally took over
Louis DeJoy's policies, which he said were intended to boost efficiency, led to widespread outcry this summerThe United States Postal Service (USPS) saw a severe decline in the rate of on-time delivery of first-class mail after Louis DeJoy took over as postmaster general, according to new data obtained by the Guardian that provides some of the most detailed insight yet into widespread mail delays this summer.Shortly after taking the helm, DeJoy - a major Republican donor with no prior USPS experience - implemented operational changes he said were intended to make the financially beleaguered agency more efficient. Those changes included an effort to get USPS trucks to run on time and limiting extra trips to transport late mail, with the result that mail was often left behind.Many critics have noted that DeJoy chose to make these changes at the worst possible time, in the midst of a pandemic and months ahead of a presidential election in which a record number of people are expected to vote by mail.In late August, DeJoy announced he was putting the changes on hold until after the election, and last week a federal judge in Washington blocked USPS from implementing them. The changes were clearly aimed at "voter disenfranchisement", given the increased role USPS will play in this year's presidential election, the US district judge Stanley Bastian wrote in his ruling."It is easy to conclude that the recent Postal Services' changes is an intentional effort on the part the current Administration to di

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Sep 22, 2020

NYPD Officer Spied on Tibetan New Yorkers for Chinese Government: Feds
A New York City police officer was arrested Monday by federal authorities, who say the cop has been secretly working as an agent of the Chinese government for the past six years.The accused officer, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, is a community affairs liaison at the 111th Precinct in Queens. He is a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and now serves as a civil affairs specialist in the Army Reserve, according to prosecutors. Angwan served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and holds a secret-level security clearance.Angwang has "maintained a relationship with at least two PRC officials stationed at the [Chinese] Consulate" in New York City, says a complaint unsealed Monday in Brooklyn federal court. One is reportedly assigned to the "China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture," a division of the country's United Front Work Department. Angwang referred to this man as "boss" and "big brother," according to the complaint, and allegedly offered to provide the consulate with inside information about the NYPD."This Department is responsible for, among other things, neutralizing sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of the PRC," the filing explains.China Steals ‘Hurt Locker' Footage for Unhinged Propaganda Film Simulating Attack on U.S. BaseAngwang, who is ethnically Tibetan, allegedly began communicating with his "handler" in 2014, according to court filings. The FBI says it has documented more than 100 conversations between Angwang and his

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Sep 22, 2020

New Zealand ends all pandemic restrictions outside main city of Auckland
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday lifted all coronavirus restrictions across the country, except in second-wave hotspot Auckland, as the number of new infections slowed to a trickle. "Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control," she told reporters in Auckland. New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have halted community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August prompted the government to place the city back in lockdown.

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Sep 22, 2020

‘Nothing is off the table': Democrats threaten extraordinary measures if Republicans fill vacant Supreme Court seat
Democrats could push for massive reforms of two branches of government

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Sep 22, 2020

Arctic summer sea ice second lowest on record: US researchers
Arctic summer sea ice melted in 2020 to the second smallest size since records began 42 years ago, US scientists announced Monday, offering further stark evidence of the impact of global warming.

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Sep 22, 2020

Archaeologists unearthed 27 sarcophagi in an ancient Egyptian city of the dead. They've been sealed for more than 2,500 years.
Egyptians buried their dead in Saqqara for thousands of years. The ancient city has yielded countless discoveries, including human and animal mummies.

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Sep 22, 2020

Chicago postal workers threaten to stop delivering mail after multiple employees shot on the job
It comes as shootings and murders in Chicago are up by 50 per cent compared to last year

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Sep 22, 2020

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have your data. Why not China-owned ByteDance's TikTok?
The Trump administration says it's banning TikTok because the data collected from American users could be accessed by the Chinese government.

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Sep 22, 2020

Fact check: Kamala Harris is a natural-born U.S. citizen and eligible to serve as president
A post claims Kamala Harris is not eligible to serve as president because of her parents' citizenship. That's false. Harris was born in the U.S.

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Sep 22, 2020

Florida's governor is proposing a law that would protect drivers who kill or injure people if they're fleeing a 'mob,' following a spate of incidents of people driving through protest crowds
People have hit protesters with cars dozens of times since the US erupted with protests following the death of George Floyd in May.

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Sep 22, 2020

Biden news: Former VP says he is worried Americans are at risk of becoming numb to the coronavirus death toll
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