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Parents in a school district in Georgia, are demanding in-person classes. But hundreds of employees have tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19, revealing the biggest blind spot in the fight to reopen schools 4 Aug 2020, 2:58 am
Tucker: ‘Probably Illegal’ for Biden to Only Consider a Black Woman VP 4 Aug 2020, 2:04 am
Fox News star Tucker Carlson—currently facing outrage from network colleagues over his racist rhetoric—upped the ante on Monday night, claiming it was “probably illegal” for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to prioritize Black women in his running mate search while calling those candidates unqualified. Carlson, whose former head writer was recently outed as an outspoken racist, kicked off Monday night’s broadcast of his hit primetime show by singling out the women of color whom Biden is reportedly considering as the vice-presidential nominee.“We’ve taken a closer look at three potential candidates. All of them are said to be on Joe Biden’s shortlist for the job,” Carlson declared, referencing a previous inflammatory segment. “They are Stacey Abrams, Karen Bass, and Kamala Harris. Now, in a normal year, no mainstream candidate would consider any of these people. All of them would be disqualified without debate.”The far-right Fox host first described Rep. Bass (D-CA) as a “lunatic Fidel Castro acolyte” and an armed revolutionary, referring to her past praise of the Cuban dictator and work for a young leftist group during the 1970s. After calling Abrams, a former Georgia state representative and gubernatorial candidate, “delusional” and accusing her of writing “bad porn novels,” Carlson took aim at Sen. Harris (D-CA).“Kamala Harris, meanwhile, is so transparently transactional that even Democratic primary voters who have a strong stomach found her repulsive,” he exclaimed. “Pretty much no one who knows Kamala Harris likes her.”Claiming the three women did not represent a “blue ribbon group,” Carlson then grumbled over the Biden campaign’s apparent prioritization of a woman of color to fill out the ticket.“For what could very well be the most important job on Earth, Biden has decided to hire exclusively on the basis of qualities that are both immutable and completely irrelevant—race and gender,” Carlson huffed. “And that’s it. But wait a second, you ask, isn’t that insulting? Isn’t it wrong? Isn’t it probably illegal?”“Yes, it is all three of those things,” he continued. “But no one’s pushing back against it so Biden is doing it.”Carlson then tore into another Black woman whom Biden is reportedly considering, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Describing her remarks in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi terror attacks as “hateful” and “heinous,” the Fox host accused Rice of committing a “moral crime” by initially blaming the embassy attack on an anti-Islamic video.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Florida man arrested, charged with murder after fatally shooting Burger King worker over drive-thru delay, police say 4 Aug 2020, 1:28 am
Pelosi reportedly told House Democrats that Congress likely won't come to an agreement on another pandemic relief bill until next week 4 Aug 2020, 12:43 am
Panama proposes flying Haitian migrants home after clash 3 Aug 2020, 8:56 pm
The government of Panama said Monday it has proposed giving some Haitian migrants flights back to their homeland after frustrations boiled over at the remote camps where they are stuck. The camps in Panama’s southern Darien province also house some Cuban and African migrants, but about 80% of the 2,000 migrants there are from Haiti. Public Safety Minister Juan Pino said Monday he offered improved medical services or repatriation flights to the migrants, who want to travel overland to the U.S. border but cannot do so because of coronavirus restrictions.
Marines Want New Shoulder-Fired Rockets with Smaller Blast Signature than M9 Pistol 3 Aug 2020, 8:53 pm
Illinois officials call to abolish history classes in the state until an 'alternative' is set up to highlight underrepresented groups 3 Aug 2020, 8:38 pm
See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Revolutionary Oeuvre 3 Aug 2020, 8:32 pm
As cruising resumes in some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases 3 Aug 2020, 8:30 pm
Journalist and police guard killed in southern Mexico 3 Aug 2020, 7:23 pm
U.S. FAA lays plan for Boeing 737 MAX's return; hurdles remain 3 Aug 2020, 7:02 pm
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday it is proposing requiring four key Boeing Co
Obama targets Texas in first round of 2020 endorsements 3 Aug 2020, 5:11 pm
Former President Barack Obama unveiled his first round of 2020 endorsements on Monday, and he's got his eyes on Texas, at least at the local level.Obama is endorsing 27 Democratic candidates in Texas, including 19 for the state House, where Democrats need to win nine seats to grab the majority. The focus seems to make sense for Obama, The New York Times notes, because Texas districts will be redrawn after the 2020 census, and Democrats want to gain a foothold before that happens. The former president has made it a priority to back candidates whom the National Democratic Redistricting Committee has labeled key to the redistricting process.He decided to stay out of Texas' Senate race between incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and his Democratic challenger MJ Hegar, however. Obama similarly avoided other key Senate races in Republican states, including Montana, Kentucky, and Georgia, where his public support may not provide a boost, or could even prove harmful.> What's missing? Some key red state Senate races, including MT, KY, GA and TX where it is less clear that Obama's public backing would be a benefit.https://t.co/9rIjcI7SvE> > — Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) August 3, 2020In races at the national level, Obama endorsed 52 Democratic House candidates and five for the Senate in battleground states, and he's set to announce a second wave of endorsements for states who have yet to hold their primaries. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com The most damning inside portrait of the Trump administration yet 5 brutally funny cartoons about Bill Barr’s brand of justice Why Democratic voters might stay home on Election Day
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Homicides Spike in 50 Largest Cities across Nation 3 Aug 2020, 4:04 pm
Homicides and gun violence have spiked in major cities around the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, spurred by an economic recession and unrest that arose from protests against police brutality.Across the nation’s 50 largest cities, homicides are up 24 percent this year, totaling 3,612 so far, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of police department data. In 36 of those cities, the homicide rate increased by double digits.Shootings have also surged, but other kinds of violent crime have declined, including robberies, which sank 11 percent across the 41 cities that provided such data.Chicago saw the largest jump in homicides, reporting more than 400 more homicides than last year, an increase of more than 50 percent. Philadelphia and New York City came in just behind the country's third-largest city, both tallying more than 200 more homicides this year. Along with Chicago, Austin and Fort Worth, Tx. saw the largest increase in murders.The staggering increase in violence comes after months of protests against police departments that have included calls to defund and dismantle departments in Minneapolis, where the police custody death of George Floyd sparked national outrage. Homicides in Minneapolis have nearly doubled, with 41 homicides compared to 21 by this time last year.Police and crime experts have attributed the spike in violence to a variety of factors, including a rise in gang violence, an economic recession caused by the shutdown of businesses, and the lack of activity during the pandemic by social institutions that historically help tamp down crime, such as churches and schools.Meanwhile, lockdown orders that have kept residents in their homes may help explain the decline in robberies and rapes, since burglars are less likely to target a home with residents inside, and fewer potential victims were on the streets, experts said. The rise in shootings and murders was particularly stark in disadvantaged neighborhoods rather than the sites of protests against racism and police brutality in many cities.The homicide rate in the nation's major cities is still a far cry from the crime levels of previous decades, such as in 1990, when New York City recorded a total of 2,262 murders.
There may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19: WHO 3 Aug 2020, 3:47 pm
The World Health Organization warned on Monday that, despite strong hopes for a vaccine, "there is no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be."
The director-general of the WHO said there were concerns that vaccines might not prove effective, or that they might convey protections for just a few months.
He said for now, stopping outbreaks hinged on the difficult task of testing, tracing, and social distancing.
According to a Reuters tally more than 18 million people around the world are reported to have been infected with the disease and 688,000 have died.
With cases spiraling globally, the fatality rate appears to hover somewhere below one percent. But Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's lead technical expert on COVID-19, emphasized that number still reflects a global cause for alarm.
"That may not sound like a lot, but it is quite high if you think about a virus that can transmit readily, that can transmit well."
The UN body's emergencies programme director said that nations with particularly high transmission rates such as Brazil and India needed to gird themselves for a grinding fight against the novel coronavirus.
"The way out is long, and it requires a sustained commitment to doing many, many, what on the face are very simple things but are difficult to actually implement."
The United States remains the global epicenter of the pandemic, with more than four-and-a-half million cases and north of 155,000 deaths.
"It's not our job to tell the U.S. what it should be doing at the subnational level."
The WHO declined to comment on Washington's response to the crisis, but said that while the science was clear, leaders weren't always willing to listen.
"The difficulty for us all is sometimes we know the right path, the difficulty is choosing to walk it."
Sen. Chuck Schumer said a US company should buy TikTok to prevent the Chinese government from accessing user data 3 Aug 2020, 3:40 pm
Mysterious seeds sent from China to the US identified by the USDA 3 Aug 2020, 3:11 pm
The mysterious seed packs from China that hundreds of Americans received in the mail have been identified, according to the US Department of Agriculture.Federal officials warned those who received the seeds not to plant them over fears that some may be invasive species and could destroy native plants and insects.
Bill Gates: What Joe Biden should do on his first day in office to stop the coronavirus, if he is elected 3 Aug 2020, 2:54 pm
Virginia gov faces new hurdle in bid to remove Lee statue 3 Aug 2020, 2:51 pm
A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday that had been blocking Virginia officials from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state's capital city, but he immediately imposed another injunction against dismantling the figure. The new 90-day injunction bars Gov. Ralph Northam's administration from “removing, altering, or dismantling, in any way” the larger-than-life statue of Lee on a prominent Richmond avenue while claims in a lawsuit filed by local property owners are litigated. Now covered in graffiti, the Lee monument has become a focal point and gathering spot amid Richmond's sustained anti-racist protests since the police custody death in Minnesota of a Black man, George Floyd.
She got the virus. Then she was fired. Some sick workers left in cold by employers. 3 Aug 2020, 2:45 pm
Russia says suspected mercenaries detained by Belarus were going to Latin America 3 Aug 2020, 2:02 pm
A Russian diplomat said on Monday a group of more than 30 suspected Russian mercenaries detained in Belarus last week were only passing through Minsk and were on their way to an unnamed Latin American state. Belarusian authorities have said they suspect the men entered their country to plot "acts of terrorism" and destabilise it before an Aug. 9 presidential election. The Russian state says it does not use mercenaries.
Shoprite: Africa's biggest supermarket considers pulling out of Nigeria 3 Aug 2020, 1:45 pm
Ningaloo Reef: Woman injured by humpback whale at Australian tourist spot 3 Aug 2020, 12:06 pm
New York City has already had more shootings in 2020 than in the whole of 2019 3 Aug 2020, 11:33 am
New York City has recorded more shootings so far in 2020 than the whole of last year, authorities have confirmed.There were 777 shootings between January and 2 August 2020, compared with 776 in 2019, according to figures compiled by the New York Post, and later confirmed by New York Police department (NYPD).
Next big COVID-19 treatment may be manufactured antibodies 3 Aug 2020, 11:13 am
Development of monoclonal antibodies to target the virus has been endorsed by leading scientists. Monoclonal antibodies - grown in bioreactor vats - are copies of these naturally-occurring proteins. Scientists are still working out the exact role of neutralizing antibodies in recovery from COVID-19, but drugmakers are confident that the right antibodies or a combination can alter the course of the disease that has claimed more than 675,000 lives globally.
Iran has been covering up its coronavirus death toll, according to BBC investigation which says the true figure is almost 3 times higher 3 Aug 2020, 10:34 am
Verdict looms in killing of Lebanon ex-PM Hariri 3 Aug 2020, 9:58 am
A UN-backed tribunal will give its verdict Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, but questions will remain over a long and costly trial whose suspects remain at large. Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people. The judgment harks back to an event that changed the face of the Middle East, with Hariri's assassination triggering a wave of demonstrations that pushed Syrian forces out of Lebanon after 30 years.
Chicago sees 139 percent jump in murders in July 2020 3 Aug 2020, 9:40 am
Trump will use emergency powers to remain in White House if he loses election, says House majority whip 3 Aug 2020, 9:17 am
Donald Trump could use emergency powers to extend his term in the White House, a senior Democrat has said, as fears grow that the president may attempt to hold onto office should he lose November’s election.James Clyburn, the House majority whip, said he believes Trump has no intention of “peacefully” transferring power to presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who is well ahead in several major polls in the race for the Oval Office.
John Hume, who worked to end N. Ireland violence, dies at 83 3 Aug 2020, 8:46 am
John Hume, the visionary politician who won a Nobel Peace Prize for fashioning the agreement that ended violence in his native Northern Ireland, has died at 83, his family said Monday. The Catholic leader of the moderate Social Democratic and Labour Party, Hume was seen as the principal architect of Northern Ireland's 1998 peace agreement. “I want to see Ireland as an example to men and women everywhere of what can be achieved by living for ideals, rather than fighting for them, and by viewing each and every person as worthy of respect and honor,” he said in 1998.
The federal pullback in Portland immediately brought calm to the anti-racism protests 3 Aug 2020, 5:27 am
Large crowds have still been showing up at the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, since federal agents disappeared from view Thursday, but there's been a palpable change in atmosphere, and for the first time in weeks, calm. Protesters and members of the Trump administration cited the withdrawal of militarized federal agents and their violent tactics — tear gas, rubber bullets, clubs, legally dubious detentions — as the main reason for the relative peace. With federal agents present, some protesters threw bottles or firecrackers, tried to breach fencing around the courthouse, and shined laser pointers at officers."There is still violence going on in Portland," acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News on Saturday. "But we do see it at a much lower level. We're happy about that." Demetria Hester, one of the mothers who formed a wall between the federal agents and other protesters, told The Wall Street Journal she thinks federal authorities "got the message" and left because they knew "we're not going to back down."Sunday's crowd outside the federal courthouse in downtown Portland, the 67th straight night of anti-racism and police reform protests since the Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, appeared "relatively small," The Oregonian repots. But Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights drew the larger groups that have been congregating since President Trump sent in the federal agents in early July. Oregon State troopers have replaced the federal agents at the courthouse, under an agreement Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) reached with the Trump administration.With federal agents off the streets, the protesters have refocused their efforts on systemic anti-Black racism and their longstanding issues with local policing. A clash broke out Saturday night outside a police precinct across the river in Southeast Portland, as officers aimed bright lights and what appeared to be video cameras at a protest march, and some protesters responded with laser pointers and bottles.The federal agents aren't gone yet — a "quick reaction force" of some 130 agents are hidden around Portland. But they are no longer the issue. "On Saturday night, as protesters downtown marched peacefully through the streets, they noticed through the windows of a different federal building that Homeland Security agents were standing inside watching them," The New York Times reports. "Some in the crowd stopped to flash lights through the window. One agent appeared to respond by raising a middle finger. Then the crowd continued on."More stories from theweek.com The most damning inside portrait of the Trump administration yet 5 brutally funny cartoons about Bill Barr’s brand of justice Why Democratic voters might stay home on Election Day
Emeritus Pope Benedict, 93, 'extremely frail' after visiting dying brother 3 Aug 2020, 4:25 am
Former Pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper on Monday. Benedict, 93, is suffering from erysipelas of the face, a virus that causes a rash and episodes of severe pain, the newspaper reported, citing the former pontiff's biographer, Peter Seewald. "According to Seewald, the Pope emeritus is now extremely frail," the report said. "His thinking and his memory are quick, but his voice is hardly audible at the moment." Mr Seewald reportedly visited Benedict in Rome on Saturday to present him with his biography. "At the meeting the emeritus Pope, despite his illness, was optimistic and declared that if his strength increased again he would possibly take up his pen again," the paper said. Benedict visited his sick brother, Georg, in Germany in June, marking his first trip out of Italy since his shock resignation in 2013. Georg Ratzinger died two weeks later, aged 96.
Dunkin' employee in Illinois arrested after state trooper finds mucus in coffee 3 Aug 2020, 3:07 am
Mexico crime: Mexican police seize alleged oil theft crime boss The Sledgehammer 3 Aug 2020, 1:54 am
Amid allegations, Bryan Callen won't 'lay low,' but he will take a break from podcast 3 Aug 2020, 12:48 am
A California couple were arrested on hate-crime charges after they yelled 'white power' during an episode of road rage, police say 2 Aug 2020, 8:14 pm
Two sisters who hadn't seen each other in more than 50 years were reunited by coronavirus 2 Aug 2020, 7:58 pm
Tropical Storm Isaias moves up coast of virus-hit Florida 2 Aug 2020, 7:58 pm
Trump administration overspent on ventilators by as much as $500 million, Democrats' report says 2 Aug 2020, 7:36 pm
Three dead in attack on Afghan jail, scores of prisoners flee 2 Aug 2020, 7:08 pm
Nancy Pelosi Tears Into Dr. Birx: ‘I Don’t Have Confidence’ in Her 2 Aug 2020, 3:27 pm
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) didn’t mince words on Sunday morning, declaring that she has no “confidence” in White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, whom she blamed for President Donald Trump peddling coronavirus disinformation.Last week, during a closed-door meeting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Politico reported that the speaker tore into Birx. “Deborah Birx is the worst. Wow, what horrible hands you’re in,” she reportedly exclaimed.Pelosi also accused Birx of “spreading disinformation” while simultaneously praising top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci—who has found himself in Team Trump’s crosshairs of late—as a “hero.”Asked whether her reported comments were accurate, Pelosi doubled down on her Birx criticism during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.“I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no,” the House leader huffed.At the end of a contentious CNN interview that included host Dana Bash pressing her on why the administration’s coronavirus response “failed so badly,” Birx was asked to react to Pelosi’s harsh remarks.“I have tremendous respect for the speaker,” Birx deflected. “And I have tremendous respect for her long dedication to the American people.”The White House coronavirus task force member then turned her attention to The New York Times, which recently published a deep-dive into the administration’s “failure” in containing the pandemic and reported that Birx was only giving good news to Trump.“And I think it was unfortunate that The New York Times wrote this article without speaking to me. I could have brought forth the data,” she complained, defending her record. “I provide data every single day with an analysis. The day that they are talking about that I was ‘Pollyannish.’”“It said there was improvement in the New York metro, but ongoing cases in Boston and Chicago, a new outbreak in Houston and full logarithmic spread, and new concerning outbreaks in Baltimore, New Haven, and Washington, D.C,” she continued. “This was not a Pollyannish view. I have never been called Pollyannish or non-scientific or non-data-driven. And I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of utilizing data to really implement better programs to save more lives.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Scientists and environmental groups 'alarmed' by huge rise in Amazon wildfires 2 Aug 2020, 2:43 pm
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says She Has No Confidence in COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx 2 Aug 2020, 2:39 pm
Homeland Security official reassigned after intelligence reports on journalists covering protests 2 Aug 2020, 2:34 pm
A US intelligence official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been reassigned following revelations that his office compiled "intelligence reports" on journalists and analysed communications between protesters amid ongoing demonstrations in Portland, Oregon.Brian Murphy was removed from his post following a report in The Washington Post revealing that the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis sent open source intelligence reports to federal law enforcement agencies containing information from two reporters who had published leaked unclassified government documents while covering Black Lives Matter protests.
Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns 2 Aug 2020, 1:48 pm
Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota, seeking the freedom of cruising the boundless landscapes in a state that has skipped lockdowns.
Thousands evacuate as Apple Fire grows in Southern California 2 Aug 2020, 1:13 pm
These 43-square-foot pods were originally for travelers to take a nap at the airport, but now the company is selling them for $50,000 each 2 Aug 2020, 1:00 pm
Seattle's city council moves to abolish its police department 2 Aug 2020, 12:00 pm
An Arizona congressman who tested positive for the coronavirus criticized Republican lawmakers for refusing to wear masks in the Capitol 2 Aug 2020, 10:35 am
Vote to renominate Trump to be held privately without media present due to coronavirus 2 Aug 2020, 8:43 am
The Republican National Convention is set to be closed to the press and held in private later this month due to coronavirus risks, a spokesperson for the event has said.If the decision stands, the vote to renominate President Donald Trump will be the first nominating convention in modern history without a media presence. The events traditionally attract a great deal of coverage, as parties use the fanfare to spread their message as widely as possible.