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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Australia whales: 90 dead in mass stranding off Tasmania
Rescuers are racing to save the survivors of a group of 270 whales beached off Tasmania's west coast.

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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

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 200,000 Americans and counting pic.twitter.com/qHrZvUWNhX — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020According to CDC data, more than 70 percent of U.S. COVID-19 deaths are among people older than 65, which mea

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Sep 22, 2020

Tropical Storm Beta makes landfall in Texas, bringing more rain and flooding to hurricane-weary Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm Beta made landfall in Texas on Monday night, the latest storm in an exceptionally busy 2020 hurricane season.

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Sep 22, 2020

Trump promises Supreme Court nominee soon at Ohio campaign rally
Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas reports from Swanton, Ohio.

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Sep 22, 2020

Romney OKs voting on court nominee, all but assures approval
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court, all but ensuring President Donald Trump has the backing needed to push the nomination over Democratic objections that it's too close to the November election. Romney issued a statement saying he would support moving forward. "If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications," Romney said.

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Sep 21, 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 emperor". Mr Ren criticised propaganda that portrayed Mr Xi and ot

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Sep 21, 2020

Los Angeles sheriff's deputies out of hospital, 'long road to recovery' as search continues for gunman
The two deputies underwent surgery on Sep. 12 after they were shot multiple times while sitting in a patrol car parked near a metro stop in Compton.

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Sep 21, 2020

Ted Cruz on importance of Supreme Court battle: Americans 'one vote away from losing rights
Senate Judiciary Committee member joins Laura Ingraham to discuss the road ahead.

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Sep 21, 2020

Dems Balk at Using Their Biggest Weapon in SCOTUS Fight
Facing what they acknowledge to be a nearly impossible task of blocking President Donald Trump from filling a Supreme Court vacancy, Senate Democrats are divided over what precise tactics they should deploy in the days and weeks ahead.On a caucus call Saturday, members laid out two types of approaches that they thought would best suit the party in its efforts to stop the president from filling the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday from complications of pancreatic cancer. One faction felt that a dramatic show of resistance with overt political threats would provide the pressure needed to at least slow down the march of Senate Republicans towards confirming Trump's inevitable nominee.Another faction, composed mainly of moderates, felt that members should stay squarely focused on the implications that the confirmation would have on health care—arguing that the public, especially in key swing states, would be moved by fears that a new court (and even the current eight-member one) could allow for the full destruction of the Affordable Care Act."Those kinds of conversations are going on as we speak," said one senior Democrat privy to the conversations. "Some want to keep the focus on the impact the court will have on health care, others want one or more message-type events to try and clarify what exactly is at stake."The divide was confirmed by two other sources, one of whom downplayed the disagreement as part of standard strategy sessions. A separate source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the

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Sep 21, 2020

Betsy DeVos is under investigation for potentially violating the Hatch Act when she slammed Joe Biden in a Fox News interview
"Today he's turned his back on the kids ... in favor of the teachers union ... and what they have to demand and it's really shameful," DeVos said.

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Sep 21, 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 21, 2020

Why Donald Trump Thinks He Can Flip Minnesota
No Republican presidential candidate has won Minnesota since 1972, but the President's campaign has touted the state as one of its top 2020 pickup targets.

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Sep 21, 2020

Tucker: ‘Pathetic' if RBG's Dying Wish Was to Be Replaced by Next President
Fox News host Tucker Carlson may have reached a new low Monday night, calling the statement that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated just before her death "pathetic," adding that he chose not to "believe for a second" that she said it.Following the death of the iconic liberal judge, NPR reported that Ginsburg had her granddaughter Clara Spera take down a note in her final days: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."Amid the rush by Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump to ignore Ginsburg's request and nominate and confirm a new justice before the Nov. 3 election, the president floated a conspiracy theory that Washington Democrats were actually behind RBG's dying wish."I don't know if she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff or Schumer and Pelosi," Trump told Fox & Friends on Monday. "I would be more inclined to the second. That came out of the wind, it sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe Pelosi or Shifty Schiff. That came out of the wind."Carlson not only doubled down on the president's comments on Monday night but also made sure to add further insult.The Fox News star, who said on Friday night that he was "going to choose not to believe" Ginsburg made that statement, began Monday night's show by mocking progressives' reaction to her death."They told us that Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death was more than sad," Carlson sneered. "They said it was a national crisis that imper

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Sep 21, 2020

Trump: ‘I'm so angry at Republicans'
The president says his fellow Republicans have let him it down when it comes to investigating Obama and the Bidens.

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Sep 21, 2020

Storm heading northward toward Japan packing winds, downpour
A tropical storm developing in the Pacific Ocean, was slowly sweeping toward Japan on Tuesday, threatening the main island of Honshu with heavy rainfall and harsh winds. Tropical Storm Dolphin had sustained winds of up to 51 miles per hour as of Tuesday morning. Heavy rainfall have set off mudslides and flooding in wide areas of Japan recently, and the Japan Meteorological Agency warned even weak storms can wreak havoc.

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Sep 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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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Sep 21, 2020

6 Louisville police officers are under internal investigation for their roles in fatal Breonna Taylor shooting
Three additional officers who were at Breonna Taylor's apartment — Tony James, Michael Campbell and Michael Nobles — are also under investigation.

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Sep 21, 2020

Federal judge rules absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after Election Day
Democrats had sued to extend the deadline in the crucial swing state

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Sep 21, 2020

More than 160 world leaders and diplomats call for UK to release Julian Assange
Letter claims Mr Assange will not be able to get fair trial in US

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Sep 21, 2020

Fact check: Anti-maskers in Indonesia were required to dig graves for COVID-19 victims
A Facebook post is truthful in saying Indonesian leaders ordered eight non-mask-wearers to dig graves.

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Sep 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in state at US Capitol Friday after two days at Supreme Court
Ginsburg, 87, died late Friday on the eve of Rosh Hashanah following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Sep 21, 2020

Why Trump reportedly prefers to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court over Barbara Lagoa
President Trump on Monday said he'll probably announce his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday, and word is he's leaning toward the speculative favorite, appellate court judge Amy Coney Barrett, Bloomberg reports.Barrett, whom Trump reportedly met with Monday, is well-regarded in conservative circles, Bloomberg notes, and, because she hails from the Midwest, there's reportedly a sense that her selection could help sway swing voters in Rust Belt and Great Lakes states. Trump also already interviewed Barrett when filling the last Supreme Court vacancy, and he reportedly considers her, per Bloomberg, to be a "smart, hard-nosed conservative jurist who would come across well during televised confirmation hearings" and hold steady on issues like abortion, gun rights, and health care when they come before the court.Additionally, there's reportedly widespread support for Barrett within the White House, and she's also viewed as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) favorite contender.Bloomberg reports that Barbara Lagoa, a Cuban-American from Florida, is reportedly the only other person Trump is seriously considering, but she's a distant second. While the president has spoken highly of her and her selection could help Trump electorally in Florida, he's apparently concerned that she received votes from 27 Democrats when she was confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. While that traditionally may sound like a bonus, the upcoming conf

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Sep 21, 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 21, 2020

Two new studies indicate COVID-19 can spread on long airline flights, promote distancing
Both studies, taking different approaches, found clusters of COVID-19 cases traced back to long airline flights.

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Sep 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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 21, 2020

Florida governor threatens 'unconstitutional' felony charges in sweeping proposal to curb protests
Drivers who kill demonstrators while fleeing ‘mob' not liable, Ron DeSantis says

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Sep 21, 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," McConnell had said then.

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Sep 21, 2020

A man is brutally beaten on a Miami train. He is the fourth person this month, police say.
A 73-year-old Miami man was brutally beaten over the weekend while riding on the Metromover, the fourth person who has been attacked while riding the Miami-Dade transportation system this month.

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Sep 21, 2020

Fact check: In 2016, Ginsburg said president is 'elected for four years not three years'
A post attributes a 2016 quote to the late jurist about presidential power to appoint Supreme Court justices. The post is missing context.

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Sep 21, 2020

Two key GOP senators propose $28.8 billion in airline assistance to avoid job cuts
Two key Republican senators on Monday introduced legislation that would authorize $28.8 billion in payroll assistance to avoid thousands of airline industry layoffs set to begin on Oct. 1. Senators Roger Wicker, who chairs the Commerce Committee, and Susan Collins, who chairs the appropriations subcommittee overseeing airline issues, introduced the measure that would grant airlines a new bailout days before existing payroll support runs out. Airlines are making a last-ditch effort to win funding, but face an uphill battle with Congress shifting its attention to the pending Supreme Court vacancy, congressional aides say.

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Sep 21, 2020

Police cancel vacations; prepare for Breonna Taylor decision
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 21, 2020

Millions in military gear vanishes — until eBay post unravels trooper's plot, feds say
The Illinois state trooper is accused of lifting more than $3 million worth of military equipment from a Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina.

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Sep 21, 2020

Secrecy envelopes will cause electoral chaos, official warns
Philadelphia's top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned without secrecy envelopes. Lisa Deeley, chairwoman of the three-member board overseeing Philadelphia's elections, wrote Monday to the state Legislature's presiding Republicans amid a partisan stalemate over fixing glitches in Pennsylvania's fledging mail-in voting law. In the letter, Deeley urged them to back legislation to remove a provision she calls unnecessary and a threat to invalidate more ballots than the margin that decided the state's 2016 presidential election.

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Sep 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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, 2020More stories from theweek.com McConnell unexpectedly rejects Democrats' funding bill, leaving U.S. on the verge of government shutdown The audacious case for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barre

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Sep 21, 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 21, 2020

Trooper wounded in crash faced firing in Black man's death
A Louisiana state trooper was critically injured early Monday in a single-vehicle highway crash that came hours after learning he would be fired for his role last year in the in-custody death of a Black man. Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth received word Sunday that State Police intended to terminate him following an internal investigation into the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene, a case that has drawn mounting scrutiny and become the subject of a federal civil rights investigation. State Police, despite growing pressure, have repeatedly declined to release body-camera footage and other records related to Greene's arrest, citing the ongoing investigations.

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Sep 21, 2020

What Justice Ginsburg's Death Means for the Affordable Care Act—And Democrats' Election Prospects
A woman wearing a mask writes a message in chalk in front of a painting of the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 19 in New York City. Ginsburg died on Sept. 18. Health care was already a major focus in this fall's election, but the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday adds a new layer of urgency to the issue: the Supreme Court is set to hear a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Nov. 10, exactly one week after Election Day.

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Sep 21, 2020

Driver fleeing cops slams into rideshare, killing 2 backseat passengers, Texas cops say
The man faces murder charges.

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Sep 21, 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 origin of the organization — it was founded in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin — and features a shorter list of its goals. The "About" page says the g

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Sep 21, 2020

Why We're Never Buying Rectangular Rugs Again
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 21, 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 21, 2020

Republican group targets ‘hypocrite' Mitch McConnell for turnabout on Supreme Court nominations during election season
‘GOP senator, thy name is hypocrite'

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Sep 21, 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 21, 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 21, 2020

McConnell unexpectedly rejects Democrats' funding bill, leaving U.S. on the verge of government shutdown
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) rejected the government funding resolution House Democrats introduced Monday, leaving the U.S. government on the verge of a shutdown.The current government funding package only lasts another nine days, so on Monday, Democrats released a draft resolution that would extend in through Dec. 11. But McConnell alleged the Democrats' proposal "shamefully leaves out key relief and support" for farmers via Commodity Credit Corp. funding — though CNN reports the Trump administration views those funds as "an unaccountable political slush fund." Senior Dem aide says the Trump admin views the CCC funds as "an unaccountable political slush fund." McConnell makes clear Rs want it in any CR. 9 days til government funding deadline.... https://t.co/AgUazyMW2G — Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) September 21, 2020House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday rejected the idea that she'd use the spending bill as leverage to stop Senate Republicans from filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat. "None of us has any interest in shutting down government, that has such a harmful and shameful impact on so many people in our country," she said, adding that "we have arrows in our quiver."More stories from theweek.com The audacious case for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett An NIH employee has reportedly been using a pseudonym to bash Fauci on a conservative website

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Sep 21, 2020

Conservatives claim Trump is target of 'color revolution'
"Color revolutions" refers to uprisings against authoritarian regimes, such as those that took place in former Soviet countries in the early and mid-2000s. The recent warnings from Trump allies about an American color revolution set off alarm bells for some experts on the topic.

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Sep 21, 2020

Conservatives claim Trump is target of ‘color revolution'
"Color revolutions" is the term used for popular uprisings against authoritarian regimes, such as those that took place in former Soviet countries, such as Ukraine and Georgia in, the early-and-mid-2000s. Though likely an unfamiliar term for most Americans, the recent warnings from Trump allies about an American color revolution set off alarm bells for some experts on the topic.

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Sep 21, 2020

At least 5 organizations say they won't help brands audit supply chains in China's Xinjiang region
As concerns grow over the alleged human rights abuses and forced labor in China's Xinjiang territory, five organizations told The Wall Street Journal they won't provide labor-audit or inspection services of companies' supply chains in the region. Two other auditing companies told the Workers Rights Consortium they won't operate in Xinjiang in emails reviewed by the Journal, but did not respond to requests for comment. Another firm confirmed it would no longer conduct audits there, but did not elaborate.The withdrawal of auditors has sparked some mixed reactions, says the Journal. Some other firms acknowledged the challenges of detecting forced labor in Xinjiang — auditors have been detained by Chinese authorities and others are required to rely on Beijing-approved translators who may convey misinformation at factories employing Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking minorities, while some workers simply find the risk of telling the truth to auditors to be too great — but also expressed concern that blacklisting the region could push human rights abuses even further underground.At the same time, there's a sense that third-party auditors generally are more inclined to serve corporate interests, lowering the chances of exposing violations, the Journal reports. That's why labor rights groups and Uighur rights activists have urged organizations to halt audits in Xinjiang. Ultimately, they believe forcing companies to shift their supply chains out of the regio

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Sep 21, 2020

Attention van-lifers: Michelob is offering $50,000 and a camper van to spend 6 months visiting national parks
Applicants for must have "a deep appreciation for nature, the willingness to hike to the perfect photo opp" and "a love of beer."

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Sep 21, 2020

Family of Slain Louisville BBQ Owner Files Suit Over Notorious Killing
The family of David McAtee, a Black Louisville, Kentucky restaurateur who was shot and killed in June by cops and the National Guard during protests over the police killing of local emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, just over 48 hours after the man's nephew was shot and killed in virtually the same spot.It was the latest harrowing episode in a cycle of bloodshed that has seemingly singled out a beloved local family.The lawsuit targets the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Kentucky National Guard, and a slew of officers and National Guard members the family says were involved in the June 1 shooting. It also names the two white Louisville cops previously identified as having been party to the killing—Katie Crews and Austin Allen. When, after the shooting, it was revealed that neither officer had their body camera activated, Mayor Greg Fischer fired Steven Conrad, the local police chief.As has become routine in an era of increased scrutiny of police killings of people of color, the two officers were placed on leave, and a joint state-federal investigation was announced. But attorney Steve Romines, who is representing the McAtees, said the probe into the fatal shooting of the celebrated barbecue chef had been virtually invisible, and seemed to go nowhere."They had indicated that [the investigation] would be transparent and all the information would be provided," Romines told The Daily Beast. "Literally none of it has been provided, and we'r

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Sep 21, 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 21, 2020

Carnival cruise lines reportedly lays off thousands of crew members, a week after announcing it's selling some of its fleet
Carnival Cruises is reportedly laying off around 7,000 employees, the second round of cuts this year as the industry grapples with the pandemic.

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Sep 21, 2020

Florida man fights off attacking alligator by poking its eyes; survives with 65 stitches
Mark Johnson, 61, was attacked by alligator and survived with 65 stitches. Here's the trick he used, which FWC warns doesn't always work.

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Sep 21, 2020

The cruise industry will implement these COVID-19 precautions: testing, masks, ventilation, more
The cruise industry has announced mandatory changes designed to make it safe to sail during the COVID-19 pandemic - ideally by the end this year.

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Sep 21, 2020

Spain deploys army to Madrid to help enforce lockdown
Spanish troops will deploy to Madrid to help enforce a strict new lockdown after thousands of residents took to the streets in protest. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez agreed to send in the army after a meeting on Monday with the regional governor, Isabel Diaz Ayuso. Thousands of soldiers helped battle the outbreak during Spain's first wave and they will return to the job as case number rises over 10,000 per day. "We need help from the army for disinfection ... and to strengthen local police and law enforcement," Isabel Diaz Ayuso told a news briefing. The exact extent of the emergency deployment was due to be decided at meetings on Monday night. Madrid is currently accounting for one third of new cases in Spain and registered 144 out of 432 deaths from Covid-19 in the past week, with some intensive care wards exceeding their capacity. Nearly one million Madrid residents in 37 districts were barred from leaving their neighbourhood from Monday unless for work, family care, or a legal obligation. Other restrictions within these areas include the closure of parks and children's play areas, while all indoor venues must restrict capacity to 50 per cent and close by 10pm. There were protests in many of the 37 districts on Sunday night, with demonstrators pointing out that these are among the poorest neighbourhoods in the capital, with residents living in small apartments and using overcrowded public transport. According to a study by the newspaper El País, all of the 37 districts have average disposable annual income of less than 13,000 e

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Sep 21, 2020

US faces ticking ‘feral swine bomb' as millions of wild pigs run rampant across country
The wild boars cause $2.5bn in damages annually

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Sep 21, 2020

Nancy Pelosi wonders how top Facebook employees can 'look themselves in the mirror' because they 'make money off poison'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she holds Facebook "very accountable" for posts on the platform that push the conspiracy movement QAnon.

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Sep 21, 2020

'You ain't from here': Black man hits out at Portland protesters in heated exchange
Portland demonstrations resumed over the weekend following a dayslong break due to poor air quality

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Sep 21, 2020

Didn't hear from contact tracers about that guy coughing on your flight? You might not - even if he had COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logged 1,600 COVID-19 investigations on commercial aircraft from January through August.

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Sep 21, 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 21, 2020

'It was so terrifying': Bobcat wildfire destroys homes, LA nature center; 6 in hard-hit Oregon accused of starting blazes
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 21, 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 21, 2020

Single plane passenger infected 15 people with Covid-19, CDC says
Despite her symptoms, the 27-year-old woman boarded her March 1 flight from London to Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Sep 21, 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/hxAjTS6XSV — Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) September 21, 2020Despite being "discouraged" by this lack of unity "sometimes," Omar said she has "hope" that "the lived

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Sep 21, 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 21, 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 congressional testimony and explained that any slowdowns that occurred

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Sep 21, 2020

Motorhome explodes, sending camper flying after lighting stove, Missouri officials say
Photos show a large debris field in the forest.

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Sep 21, 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 21, 2020

Canadian police in Montreal suburb probe ricin letter sent to the White House
In the trailer for First Kid, the forgettable 1996 comedy about a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president's son, the title character, played by a teenage Brock Pierce, describes himself as "definitely the most powerful kid in the universe." Now, the former child star is running to be the most powerful man in the world, as an Independent candidate for President of the United States. Before First Kid, the Minnesota-born actor secured roles in a series of PG-rated comedies, playing a young Emilio Estevez in The Mighty Ducks, before graduating to smaller parts in movies like Problem Child 3: Junior in Love. When his screen time shrunk, Pierce retired from acting for a real executive role: co-founding the video production start-up Digital Entertainment Network (DEN) alongside businessman Marc Collins-Rector. At age 17, Pierce served as its vice president, taking in a base salary of $250,000.DEN became "the poster child for dot-com excesses," raising more than $60 million in seed investments and plotting a $75 million IPO. But it turned into a shorthand for something else when, in October of 1999, the three co-founders suddenly resigned. That month, a New Jersey man filed a lawsuit alleging Collins-Rector had molested him for three years beginning when he was 13 years old. The following summer, three teens filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit against Pierce, Collins-Rector, and their third co-founder, Chad Shackley. The

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Sep 21, 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 when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to do the same in 2016.

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Sep 21, 2020

Military-style Marshall Plan needed to combat climate change, says Prince Charles
Climate change poses such a severe threat that the world's only option is to adopt a military-style response reminiscent of the U.S. Marshall Plan to rebuild post-war Europe, Prince Charles said on Monday. A long-time advocate for nature, the British royal said climate change was rapidly becoming a "comprehensive catastrophe" that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "At this late stage I can see no other way forward but to call for a Marshall-like plan for nature, people and planet," Charles said in a video recorded for the launch of a week of virtual climate change events in New York.

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Sep 21, 2020

Desert homes threatened by enormous California wildfire
An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday, but officials said calmer winds could help crews corral the flames. At 165 square miles (427 square kilometers), the Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County and it has burned for more than two weeks.

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Sep 21, 2020

Twitter is investigating after anecdotal data suggested its picture-cropping tool favors white faces
Users began to notice that the algorithm behind Twitter's automatic cropping tool appeared to be systematically favoring White faces.

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Sep 21, 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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