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Mississippi's new flag won't have Elvis on it, but it could feature a mosquito

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 20:53

Mississippi's new flag won't have Elvis on it, but it could feature a mosquitoDespite the best efforts of some creative residents, Mississippi's new flag will not feature Elvis Presley, Kermit the Frog, or beer cans.Mississippi's old flag — the last one in the U.S. to feature a Confederate battle emblem — was retired in late June amid public outcry and anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. A nine-member commission appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, and state House speaker was tasked with selecting a design for a new flag. There are just two rules: It cannot include the Confederate battle emblem and it must have the phrase "In God We Trust."The public was invited to send in designs, and nearly 3,000 were submitted; the 147 that made it to the second round were posted Monday to Mississippi's Department of Archives and History website. Designs with food and famous people and characters were rejected, The Associated Press reports, but many with magnolias and stars — and in one case, a mosquito surrounded by stars — made the cut.On Friday, the commissioners will meet to pick their top five choices, and by early September, they will narrow it down to one; if they can't choose one, they do have the option of creating their own design. It will then be up to the people of Mississippi, who will vote either for or against the final design on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot.More stories from theweek.com Donald Trump's impotent tyranny QAnon goes mainstream Secret Service says White House complex was never in danger amid officer-involved shooting


Israel closes Gaza goods crossing after balloon attacks

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 20:21

Israel closes Gaza goods crossing after balloon attacksIsrael will close its goods crossing with the Gaza Strip, authorities said Monday, after militants in the Hamas-run territory fired rockets into the Mediterranean and launched incendiary balloons towards the Jewish state. The Kerem Shalom crossing will be closed to all traffic except humanitarian equipment and fuel from Tuesday, COGAT, the defence ministry unit that oversees the crossings, said in a statement. The move comes in response to the "continued launching of incendiary balloons" from Gaza, it added.


Iran wary of Lebanon change after blast

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 20:16

Iran wary of Lebanon change after blastIran is watching developments in Lebanon closely, wary of losing any of its hard-won influence after a deadly mega-blast in Beirut sparked angry demands for reforms to its delicately balanced system. While some protesters have chanted slogans against Lebanon's powerful Iran-backed Shiite movement Hezbollah, most vented their fury against a wider ruling class whose corruption, incompetence and negligence they say caused the August 4 tragedy. In Tehran, student members of Iran's Basij militia gathered in front of the Lebanese embassy, lighting candles and waving the flags of the disaster-hit country and Hezbollah.


US Border Patrol agent arrested and charged with trafficking over 350,000 pills believed to be fentanyl

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 20:00

US Border Patrol agent arrested and charged with trafficking over 350,000 pills believed to be fentanylThe suspect drove to the airport and unloaded two duffel bags into another vehicle. Officials later found nearly $330,000 in his home.


India Air crash survivor recounts final minutes in plane

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:36

India Air crash survivor recounts final minutes in planeYuojin Yusuf was one of 190 passengers aboard an Air India Express plane that skidded and crashed.


Sen. Sasse Tells Trump ‘America Doesn’t Have Kings’ in Response to Recent Executive Orders

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 18:20

Sen. Sasse Tells Trump ‘America Doesn’t Have Kings’ in Response to Recent Executive OrdersSenator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) doubled down on his criticism of President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders in a tweet on Monday afternoon, saying “no president” has the power to make such unilateral policy decisions.“No president — whether named Obama or Trump or Biden or AOC — has unilateral power to rewrite immigration law or to cut taxes or to raise taxes,” Sasse said. “This is because America doesn’t have kings.”> Mr. President- > I understand that you’re mad. A few thoughts…. > ⁰⁰(1) As we’ve discussed before, I don’t think Twitter is the best place to do this. But, since you moved our conversation from private to public, here we are. > (2)…https://t.co/AYF2ApdRR2 pic.twitter.com/2rtiPuhJJB> > -- Team Sasse (@TeamSasse) August 10, 2020Sasse’s comment was the latest in a war of words between the pair that played out on Twitter after the senator called Trump’s executive orders “unconstitutional slop.” “The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop,” Sasse said earlier.The orders, which Trump signed in response to legislative gridlock over additional Covid relief legislation, extended the expanded unemployment benefits Congress approved in March, deferred payroll taxes and extended rent and student loan payment assistance.“President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law. Under the Constitution, that power belongs to the American people acting through their members of Congress,” he continued.The president shot back at Sasse’s initial criticism, calling the senator a “Republican in Name Only” or RINO.“RINO Ben Sasse, who needed my support and endorsement in order to get the Republican nomination for Senate from the GREAT State of Nebraska, has, now that he’s got it (Thank you President T), gone rogue, again. This foolishness plays right into the hands of the Radical Left Dems!” Trump wrote in a Monday morning tweet, branding Sasse as a “Republican in Name Only” or RINO.In his latest response, Sasse accused the president of being “frustrated I didn’t join your re-election committee & that I ran a primary ad admitting to Nebraskans that we sometimes agree and sometimes disagree.”“You also know I never asked for your endorsement nor did I use it in the campaign,” he added. “I have pleaded with you but for bigger things like better U.S. policy on the Chinese Communist Party — and on this, you’ve done a very good job.” Sasse then offered to “move the conversation back to a private channel” if Trump so desires.The senator's criticism of Trump's executive action put him at odds with GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who called the orders a necessary action.“Struggling Americans need action now. Since Democrats have sabotaged backroom talks with absurd demands that would not help working people, I support President Trump exploring his options to get unemployment benefits and other relief to the people who need them the most,” McConnell said.


Seattle agrees to America’s ‘most comprehensive protection’ for media and legal observers covering protests against police

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 17:39

Seattle agrees to America’s ‘most comprehensive protection’ for media and legal observers covering protests against policeSeattle authorities have agreed to what campaigners say is the nation’s “most comprehensive protection” for reporters and legal observers covering protests against the actions of police.Following a number of incidents in which reporters and other observers covering Black Lives Matter protests were arrested or else subjected to crowd control weapons such as pepper spray, the city agreed its police force should not target such individuals.


100 arrested, 13 officers injured after Chicago crowds clash with police

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 17:33

100 arrested, 13 officers injured after Chicago crowds clash with policeHundreds smashed windows, stole from stores and clashed with police in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of downtown.


California's public health officer resigns after COVID-19 undercount problem

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 17:31

California's public health officer resigns after COVID-19 undercount problemDr. Sonia Angell offered in a letter to step down as the director of the Department of Public Health over the weekend, and "I accepted her resignation," Newsom told a news conference in Sacramento, the state capital. Calling it a "personnel" issue, Newsom declined to say directly whether the departure of Angell less than a year into her tenure was related to computer problems that caused nearly 300,000 COVID-19 test results to go temporarily unprocessed.


Trump repeats false claim children are ‘immune’ to coronavirus despite 97,000 infections among young people reported in July

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 17:19

Trump repeats false claim children are ‘immune’ to coronavirus despite 97,000 infections among young people reported in JulyNearly 100,000 young people tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July, as school districts across the US plan to reopen during the pandemic.But Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that children are immune from the virus.


Top California health official resigns amid revelation of giant coronavirus record backlog

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 16:45

Top California health official resigns amid revelation of giant coronavirus record backlog“We’re all accountable in our respective roles for what happens underneath us,” California's governor said.


Photos show the oil spill in Mauritius that's leaking 4,000 tons of fuel into the pristine, azure waters of the Indian Ocean

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 16:18

Photos show the oil spill in Mauritius that's leaking 4,000 tons of fuel into the pristine, azure waters of the Indian OceanMore than 1,000 tons of oil has leaked into the Indian Ocean, and environmentalists worry it may be too late to undo the damage.


Police searched a United Airlines jet after a reportedly hallucinating passenger claimed there was a bomb on board

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 16:01

Police searched a United Airlines jet after a reportedly hallucinating passenger claimed there was a bomb on boardPolice officers searched the plane with passengers still on board and offloaded each piece of luggage on the plane to be checked by canine units.


Florida reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 15:59

Florida reports record COVID-19 hospitalizationsTeam Trump's conflicting messaging on mask led to preventable deaths, 100,000 children caught Covid-19 in July


Top Navy official: Sailor burnout a concern amid COVID-19 crisis

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 15:53

 Sailor burnout a concern amid COVID-19 crisisChief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday told NBC News the pandemic has forced ships to remain at sea for longer periods of time.


Mother shares video of armed police surrounding black son after they assumed he was attacker when teen called 911

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 15:42

Mother shares video of armed police surrounding black son after they assumed he was attacker when teen called 911Multiple California police officers were filmed pointing guns at three African American teenagers who were were allegedly being threatened by a homeless man.The mother of one of the teenagers in the video, Tammi Collins, shared an 11-minute clip to her Instagram page, showing officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department aiming guns at them in Santa Clarita, California, on 7 August.


84 arrests made at Sturgis Rally as governor welcomes 250,000 bikers to district

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 15:31

84 arrests made at Sturgis Rally as governor welcomes 250,000 bikers to districtSturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off in the western part of South Dakota on Friday, leading to 84 arrests in one day, according to a report.The annual rally, which the city council decided would go ahead in June, has drawn thousands of bikers to the state from all over the country, many without masks or social distancing in mind.


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