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Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself one year ago, setting off wave of conspiracy theories and celebrity denials

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 12:14

Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself one year ago, setting off wave of conspiracy theories and celebrity denialsWhen Jeffrey Epstein took his life in a jail cell one year ago - dozens of his victims feared their hope for justice died with him. The registered sex offender, who made a mockery of the legal process since at least 2007, undermined the law one last time. Using orange sheets tied to the railing of a bunk bed in his cell, Epstein hanged himself, snapping a bone in his neck in three places. The ...


Riot declared as fire burns in Portland police union offices

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 12:05

Riot declared as fire burns in Portland police union officesA fire inside a police union building led authorities in Portland, Ore., to declare a riot and turn protesters away from the offices as demonstrations continue in the city after federal agents withdrew more than a week ago.


Maskless woman filmed telling grocery store worked she could be sued for enforcing rules

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 11:42

Maskless woman filmed telling grocery store worked she could be sued for enforcing rulesA maskless woman was filmed falsely telling a grocery store worker she could be prosecuted for telling customers to wear masks - insisting that she was from an organization called the ‘Freedom to Breathe Agency’.The now-viral video shows the woman claiming she’s from the 'agency', which she says protects people's “constitutional rights” and makes sure civil and federal laws are not broken.


National security adviser: 'Almost nothing' left to sanction 'of the Russians'

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 11:40

 'Almost nothing' left to sanction 'of the Russians'CBS News' Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan repeatedly pushed National Security Adviser on Sunday to say whether President Trump has told Russian President Vladimir Putin "to knock it off" when it comes to U.S. election interference. O'Brien said he doesn't get involved with his boss's conservations with other world leaders, but said the Trump administration remains committed to keeping Moscow out of the picture.Trump, O'Brien said, has been tougher than his predecessors. So much so, he argues, that there's little else Washington can do since they've already "sanctioned the heck out of" individuals, companies, and the government in Russia, kicked Russian spies out of the U.S., and closed down consulates and other diplomatic facilities. "Nevertheless we continue to message the Russians, and President Trump continues to message the Russians: don't get involved our elections," O'Brien said, adding that that extends to Beijing and Tehran, as well.> “There’s almost nothing we can sanction left of the Russians,” @robertcobrien says when pressed if @realdonaldtrump ever told Russia's Vladimir Putin to "knock it off" with threats of election interference in 2020 during their last phone call in July pic.twitter.com/KvGtmsrpgo> > — Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) August 9, 2020Brennan, however, pointed out throughout the interview that intelligence reports indicate that that message — and the sanctions — don't seem to have gotten through to the Kremlin, since there's still evidence Russia (and China and Iran) is working to undermine the electoral process stateside. Foreign policy experts have also suggested current sanction policy doesn't always prove to be a deterrent, since Moscow views them as permanent and therefore has little incentive to change its behavior purely based on those actions.More stories from theweek.com 5 scathing cartoons about Trump's 'it is what it is' COVID response QAnon goes mainstream 4 surprising reasons scientists think asymptomatic coronavirus cases are so common


Fact check: Quarantine 'camps' are real, but COVID-19 camp claim stretches truth

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 11:31

 Quarantine 'camps' are real, but COVID-19 camp claim stretches truthAn Instagram post is correct about expansion of quarantine sites during the pandemic, but falsely claims personal information will be accessed there.


Six French tourists among eight killed in Niger

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 11:16

Six French tourists among eight killed in NigerSix French tourists and their local guide and driver were killed Sunday by gunmen riding motorcycles in an area of southwestern Niger that is home to the last West African giraffes, officials said. It is believed to be the first such attack on tourists in the area, a popular attraction in the former French colony thanks to its unique population of West African or Niger giraffes. "There are eight dead: two Nigeriens including a guide and a driver, while the other six are French," the governor of the Tillaberi region told AFP. "We are managing the situation, we will give more information later," Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella said, without indicating who was behind the attack. A source close to the environmental services said the assault took place at around 11:30 am (1030 GMT) six kilometres (four miles) east of the town of Koure, which is an hour's drive from the capital Niamey. "Most of the victims were shot... We found a magazine emptied of its cartridges at the scene," the source told AFP. "We do not know the identity of the attackers but they came on motorcycles through the bush and waited for the arrival of the tourists." The source added that the tourists' vehicle belonged to the French humanitarian organisation ACTED. Grisly pictures seen by AFP of the scene showed bodies lying near a torched off-road vehicle, which had bullet holes in its rear window. Around 20 years ago, a small herd of West African giraffes, a subspecies distinguished by its lighter colour, found a safe haven from poachers and predators in the Koure area. Today they number in their hundreds and are a key tourist attraction, enjoying the protection of local people and conservation groups. However the Tillaberi region is in a hugely unstable location, near the borders of Mali and Burkina Faso. The region has become a hideout for Sahel jihadist groups such as the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS). The use of motorcycles has been totally banned since January in an attempt to curb the movements of such jihadists.


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive, then negative for COVID-19: 7 questions you might have about testing

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 11:14

 7 questions you might have about testingNot all tests work the same way, nor do they always provide identical results. Even the same test — taken twice — can show contradictory outcomes.


The Trump administration reportedly quashed part of an intelligence report that showed Russia is helping him win the 2020 election

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 11:08

The Trump administration reportedly quashed part of an intelligence report that showed Russia is helping him win the 2020 electionPrevious reports from the FBI, CIA, and NSA concluded that Russia attempted to help Trump win in 2016, but Trump has denied those reports' accuracy.


Gottlieb says U.S. could reach 300,000 COVID deaths by end of the year

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 10:37

Gottlieb says U.S. could reach 300,000 COVID deaths by end of the yearThe U.S. surpassed 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday.


Niger: French tourists among eight killed by gunmen

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 10:36

 French tourists among eight killed by gunmenThey were in a region which attracts visitors who want to see the last herds of giraffe in West Africa.


Georgia Police Officers Investigated After Shooting at Minors During Traffic Stop

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 10:29

Georgia Police Officers Investigated After Shooting at Minors During Traffic StopThe children's father said they had been driving home from a Walmart to pick him up


Trump news – live: President attacked over executive orders for coronavirus relief as economic adviser ties himself in knots trying to explain them

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 10:14

 President attacked over executive orders for coronavirus relief as economic adviser ties himself in knots trying to explain themDonald Trump is facing swift backlash from Democrats — and even some Republicans — who say he is attempting to unconstitutionally bypass Congress after coronavirus relief negotiations stalled on Capitol Hill.Critics decried the president latest measures, which he announced on Saturday from his golf club in New Jersey after the US Senate hit an impasse on the negotiations for a new coronavirus relief package, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warning: “If you’re a social security recipient or Medicare recipient, you better watch out if President Trump is re-elected.” The orders were also described by Republican Ben Sasse as "unconstitutional slop."


Navarro Defends Trump, Claims ‘the Lord’ Created Executive Orders

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 10:05

Navarro Defends Trump, Claims ‘the Lord’ Created Executive OrdersWhite House trade adviser Peter Navarro continued his reputation for saying outrageous things on Sunday, claiming “the Lord” created executive orders to cut through partisanship and calling Donald Trump the “hardest-working president in history” when confronted on Trump’s latest golf weekend.Amid stalled coronavirus relief negotiations between Democrats, Republicans, and the White House, the president issued a series of executive actions and memos from his New Jersey golf club this weekend. The potentially illegal orders Trump signed reduces the unemployment benefit bonus to $400 a week, requires states to fund 25 percent, provinces a payroll tax holiday, and calls for a continued eviction moratorium.Appearing on NBC News’ Meet the Press to defend the president’s orders, Navarro was asked by host Chuck Todd whether he’s confident that the orders will stand up to legal scrutiny since Congress is the branch tasked with budgetary powers.“Well, one of the things I learned here, Chuck, at the White House going through a lot of work on executive orders is what we have the statutory authorities to do, and I’m confident that every single one of those orders which cleared through the office of legal counsel will stand up,” Navarro declared, adding that the orders deliberately included non-decisive language.The Trump aide then shifted course and laid blame for the stalled negotiations at Democrats’ feet, taking personal potshots at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while suggesting Democrats purposely want a coronavirus relief package to fail.“The question the president has is whether the Democrats really are sincere when they come to the table, and I’m not sure,” he huffed. “It doesn’t help when Speaker Pelosi goes out after every day, with her scarves flying and just beats the heck out of us for being cruel people.”Todd, meanwhile, followed up by pressing Navarro on the president’s own role in the failed negotiations.“Where is the president? Why was he at his golf club all weekend?” Todd wondered aloud. “Why isn’t he negotiating? Look, I understand you guys don’t like each other, that Nancy Pelosi and the president — where is he? Why isn’t he involved?”“You have to understand this is the hardest-working president in history,” Navarro shot back. “He works 24/7.”After that bit of obsequiousness, Navarro insisted the real problem is “the swamp” in Washington before heaping praise on executive orders—a tool the president had previously derided when used by his predecessor.“The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders because of partisan bickering and divided government,” Navarro exclaimed. “That’s what we have here, but the president has taken action.”“His constituency is mainstream Republicans and blue-collar Democrats and independents who are sick and tired of the swamp and he reached out and he took action,” he added. “He didn’t have to — he could have just let this keep going, and he did not. He took action, action, action, and action.”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.


'Unconstitutional slop': Democrats blast Trump's executive actions on coronavirus relief

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 09:58

 Democrats blast Trump's executive actions on coronavirus reliefHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the "kindest thing I could say" after looking at President Trump's executive orders was that he "doesn't know what he's talking about."


A white person and a Black person vote by mail. Whose ballot is more likely to be rejected?

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 09:34

A white person and a Black person vote by mail. Whose ballot is more likely to be rejected?The changes states are scrambling to make ahead of November to help protect voters from COVID-19 could disproportionately disenfranchise people of color.


A body was recovered from the wreckage of the New Orleans Hard Rock hotel 10 months after it collapsed

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 09:30

A body was recovered from the wreckage of the New Orleans Hard Rock hotel 10 months after it collapsedThe hotel collapsed last October. It killed three construction workers, including 36-year-old Quinnyon Wimberly, whose body was recovered on Saturday.


New Zealand has now gone 100 days with no new local COVID-19 cases — and it hasn't been on lockdown since June

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 09:20

New Zealand has now gone 100 days with no new local COVID-19 cases — and it hasn't been on lockdown since JuneLife has returned to normal for most New Zealanders, with bars, restaurants, and sporting events open for business.


Trump allows some unemployment pay and defers payroll tax

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 09:12

Trump allows some unemployment pay and defers payroll taxPresident Trump on Saturday claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a smaller amount after negotiations with Congress on a new COVID-19 rescue package collapsed.


Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas warns of layoffs if cities don't get federal aid

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 09:10

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas warns of layoffs if cities don't get federal aidThe mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, predicts cities will have to resort to drastic budget cuts and layoffs without more money from Washington.


Gunmen kill six French aid workers, their driver and guide in Niger, minister says

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 09:05

Gunmen kill six French aid workers, their driver and guide in Niger, minister saysGunmen on motorcycles killed six French aid workers, a Nigerien guide and a driver in a wildlife park in Niger on Sunday, officials said. The group was attacked in a giraffe reserve just 65 km (40 miles) from the West African country's capital Niamey, the governor of Tillaberi region, Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella, told Reuters. The six worked for an international aid group, Niger's Defence Minister Issoufou Katambé told Reuters.


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