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Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano state

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 13:38

Nigerian singer sentenced to death for blasphemy in Kano stateMusician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu broadcast a song about Prophet Muhammad in March.


Mauritius oil spill: Fears vessel may 'break in two' as cracks appear

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 13:37

 Fears vessel may 'break in two' as cracks appearThe MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef on 25 July, is now leaking oil off the island.


Mnuchin open to restarting stimulus bill talks. Where do congressional leaders stand?

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 13:24

Mnuchin open to restarting stimulus bill talks. Where do congressional leaders stand?President Donald Trump signed executive actions aimed at coronavirus relief on Saturday.


Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech'

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 13:00

Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech'During the COVID-19 crisis, pets get plenty of attention. Some pet tech can help you keep spoiling your cat or dog when you are with them or away.


AOC slams New York Governor Cuomo over reopening schools in autumn

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:58

AOC slams New York Governor Cuomo over reopening schools in autumnCongresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken a swipe at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over his decision to allow schools to open this fall, a rare case of Democrat-on-Democrat sparring during the pandemic."If it's not safe enough for indoor dining, what makes it safe enough for indoor schooling?" Ocasio-Cortez asked in a tweet. "And restaurants actually have soap in the bathrooms."


Fossil of fearsome 'hell ant' that used tusk-like jaws to hunt its victims discovered in amber

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:39

Fossil of fearsome 'hell ant' that used tusk-like jaws to hunt its victims discovered in amberA 99-million year old fossil of a "hell ant" is giving researchers a glimpse into the behavior of these fearsome ancient insects, a new study reports.


'If I die from the virus, it was just meant to be': 250,000 descend upon tiny South Dakota town for world-famous motorcycle rally

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:37

 250,000 descend upon tiny South Dakota town for world-famous motorcycle rallyExperts worry the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally could overwhelm rural South Dakota and create a super-spreader event as people return home.


Can scientists predict earthquakes? Not exactly — but here’s what they can do

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:32

Can scientists predict earthquakes? Not exactly — but here’s what they can do“Earthquakes have nothing to do with clouds, bodily aches and pains, or slugs,” the U.S. Geological Survey says of people who believe they can predict an oncoming quake.


Guns found in carry-on bags at airports skyrocket — despite fewer passengers, TSA says

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:22

Guns found in carry-on bags at airports skyrocket — despite fewer passengers, TSA saysEighty percent of the guns coming into checkpoints are loaded, officials say.


Sturgeon sorry for exams fiasco and admits student outrage a 'bigger problem' than grade inflation

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 12:22

Sturgeon sorry for exams fiasco and admits student outrage a 'bigger problem' than grade inflationNicola Sturgeon has issued an apology to teenagers hit by this year’s results day fiasco and promised to fix the "unfair" system. After spending much of last week defending the arbitrary downgrading of 124,000 qualifications, under a “moderation” process put in place following the cancellation of this year's exams, the First Minister on Monday confirmed a government u-turn over results. Opposition parties said the First Minister’s apology did not go far enough, and claimed the reversal was motivated by a desire to keep her under-fire Education Secretary and deputy, John Swinney, in his job. The furious row over school qualifications threatened to overshadow the reopening of Scottish schools, for the first time in almost five months, from Tuesday. Many are welcoming pupils back on a “phased” basis over the coming days ahead of a full-time return next week. The EIS, the country’s largest teaching union, said a major survey of almost 30,000 members showed that only one in five were confident that schools are currently safe, with two thirds believing face coverings should be made mandatory among older pupils. However, on school qualifications, Ms Sturgeon admitted: “We did not get this right and I'm sorry for that.” Details of an overhauled system will be unveiled on Tuesday at Holyrood. It is likely that many, if not all, of the 124,000 downgrades will now be reversed. Ms Sturgeon said she had come to the conclusion that the injustice and disillusionment felt by teenagers was a “bigger problem” that the impact widespread grade inflation would have on the credibility of this year’s results.


Royal Caribbean floats testing passengers for COVID-19 when cruising resumes

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:55

Royal Caribbean floats testing passengers for COVID-19 when cruising resumesFor likely the first time in Royal Caribbean Group’s 52-year history, the company has gone nearly four months without a passenger cruise. It’s no surprise then, that the company’s second quarter earnings were the worst on record as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps the industry largely paralyzed.


Molotov-Cocktail-Throwing Lawyers Are the Left’s New Civil-Rights Heroes

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:54

Molotov-Cocktail-Throwing Lawyers Are the Left’s New Civil-Rights HeroesIn the two months since the death of George Floyd, the nation has been beset by often-violent protests and riots. Yet the mainstream media and Democratic politicians have tended to describe the demonstrations as “mostly peaceful,” and to rationalize and minimize them. For many on the left, the real story has not been the violence directed at law-enforcement personnel, the assaults on federal courthouses and police precincts, the toppling of statues, or the destruction of private property; it’s been the use of federal personnel in response.It is only in that context that we can hope to understand the sympathy being generated for Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman.Mattis and Rahman are the lawyers who were caught on camera throwing a Molotov cocktail into an empty, already-vandalized NYPD patrol car in Brooklyn. After setting the vehicle on fire in full of view of the cops, they drove away in Mattis’s van and were quickly chased down and arrested. In their possession, officers found yet another Bud Light bottle turned into a homemade incendiary device and the makings of more in the back seat. Prosecutors later said Rahman had offered Molotov cocktails to other protesters, as well.There could hardly be any doubt about their guilt. In addition to the police video of the firebombing itself, a photographer actually snapped a picture of Rahman, a 31-year-old attorney for Bronx Legal Services, leaning out of the window of the car holding an unlit Molotov cocktail. And shortly before the incident, Rahman gave a filmed interview to a journalist in which she vented her rage at the Floyd killing:> This sh** won’t ever stop unless we fu**ing take it all down. We’re all in so much pain from how fu**ed up this country is toward black lives. This has got to stop, and the only way they hear us is through violence, through the means that they use. “You got to use the master’s tools.” That’s what my friend always says.In the background of the interview footage, Mattis, a 32-year-old attorney, can be seen exiting a 7-Eleven carrying two bags that likely contain the beer bottles that would be used for the car bombing.As subsequent coverage pointed out, the two are unlikely criminals. Though they come from impoverished, immigrant backgrounds — Rahman arrived from Pakistan with her parents at the age of four while Mattis’s mother was an immigrant from Jamaica — they have both attained substantial educational and professional success. Mattis earned a scholarship to a private prep school, attended Princeton University, and then graduated from New York University Law School before becoming a highly paid attorney at a Manhattan law firm. Rahman went to one of the most select public high schools in New York before attending Fordham University for her undergraduate degree and then law school.As lawyers, both knew what they were doing was against the law and what the consequences would be. But as the initial coverage of their case showed, and a highly sympathetic profile published by New York magazine this week confirmed, some on the left see the prosecution of the pair in a different light:> Today, some of Mattis and Rahman’s friends may concede in private that throwing a Molotov cocktail represents a lapse in judgment, but none are willing to discuss the degree to which their friends may have been ethically, professionally, morally, or legally out of bounds. Instead, they emphasize that violence against government property, especially in the midst of political upheaval, is not the same as violence against a person; that the prosecution of their friends for an act of what amounted to political vandalism is far more extreme than the crime itself; that it amounts to a criminalization of dissent and reflects a broader right-wing crusade against people of color and the progressive left — and, as such, demonstrates precisely the horror of the system they were out in the streets that night to protest. There is a version of the Rahman and Mattis story in which they are civil-rights heroes, even martyrs, instead of professionals who crossed a line.The claim that federal authorities are seeking to make examples of the pair is not without justification. Few among the mobs that have set America’s cities aflame and looted private property since Floyd’s killing have been held accountable by the law. Local authorities have too often stood down and let the rioters do as they like, and in those instances where offenders were arrested, most have not faced serious consequences.But Rahman and Mattis were caught in the act of committing a crime that carries the most severe consequences. They face seven federal charges, including arson, conspiracy, and the commission of a “crime of violence” employing what the law defines as a “destructive device.” That last charge means that if they are convicted they will have to automatically serve a sentence that is three times longer than if they had used a gun: a mandatory minimum term of 30 years. With the other charges thrown in, each is looking at the possibility of “non-negotiable” sentences of 45 years to life in prison (though, as New York points out, they have a reasonable hope that the charges against them will be either drastically reduced or dismissed if the Justice Department reverts to Democratic control in January).The possibility of such draconian sentences is part of what is generating support for the pair. But, as the New York profile reveals, the effort to turn them into anti-Trump martyrs is connected to the broader justifications for the protests. For those who have watched in frustration as rioters run amok, their comeuppance is satisfying. For those who share their politics, on the other hand, their serious crimes are a justified effort to bring attention to the alleged evil done by the police and the government.Thus the prosecution of what is, on its face, an open-and-shut case of domestic terrorism has become like everything else in this year of pandemics and unrest: a referendum on the legitimacy of the Trump administration and America’s past. In that way, even privileged lawyers can earn a pass from the Left for brazen violence that in any other context would be damned as criminal behavior worthy of significant jail time. The two lawyers aren’t outliers; they’re living examples of how hatred of Trump has morphed into a willingness to justify the unjustifiable.


Florida's COVID-19 case count is lowest since June

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:40

Florida's COVID-19 case count is lowest since JuneFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 23. With 4,247 new cases reported Monday, the count is less than half of the new infections only two weeks ago on July 27. A positive trend also is evident in people who need emergency care. Emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness also declined from just two weeks ago with about 3,200 ...


US Election 2020: Can Susan Rice help Democrats to victory?

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:26

 Can Susan Rice help Democrats to victory?A former national security adviser is on the short list to become the Democratic vice-presidential nominee.


Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:26

Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus casesFaced with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Cuba announced on Monday a record daily number of new infections. The 93 new cases beat the previous record from May 1 of 74, leading authorities to reimplement lockdown measures that had been gradually relaxed. The health ministry said most of the cases are in the capital Havana and the neighboring province of Artemisa.


The White House? Gettysburg? Florida? Trump team looks at options for nomination speech

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:26

The White House? Gettysburg? Florida? Trump team looks at options for nomination speechThe nomination acceptance speech is the most attention-getting event of a convention. Because of coronavirus, Trump may deliver his from home.


Retired US police officer tracks down man who shot him and escaped jail after 50 years on the hunt

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:20

Retired US police officer tracks down man who shot him and escaped jail after 50 years on the huntA retired US police officer has revealed how he finally managed to track down a man who escaped jail after shooting him almost five decades ago. Officer Daril Cinquanta first encountered Luis Archuleta in Colorado in 1971, when the notorious criminal shot him in the stomach. Archuleta was jailed over the shooting, but managed to escape from prison three years later after feigning an illness to secure a hospital visit. “It was an escape from a Hollywood script,” Mr Cinquanta said, complete with “a hostage, a getaway car, an accomplice with guns.” When Mr Cinquanta learned of his attacker's escape, he made it his mission to track him down. Years of calling contacts for potential leads led Mr Cinquanta to San Jose, California in the 1980s, but the trail appeared to run cold. Undeterred, Mr Cinquanta continued his search for his attacker and was rewarded with a tip off this June, 47 years after Archuleta went on the run. The tip came from an anonymous caller who suggested Archuleta was now living under the alias Ramon Montoya at an address in Española, New Mexico. Mr Cinquanta's research revealed that Mr Montoya had been charged with drunk driving in 2011 and a search of the police database showed that his mug shot matched Archuleta. “I couldn’t believe it,” Mr Cinquanta told CBS Denver. “I’ve been chasing the guy all of this time, and dead end after dead end after dead end.” Mr Cinquanta, who is now retired, alerted the local police force and the FBI, who tracked down Archuleta, now 77, and arrested him on August 5.


Lebanon's prime minister and his entire cabinet have resigned following last week's deadly explosion in Beirut

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:15

Lebanon's prime minister and his entire cabinet have resigned following last week's deadly explosion in BeirutLebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced that his government would resign from power after the August 4 explosion.


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confronts Pompeo over pipeline sanctions

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 11:07

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas confronts Pompeo over pipeline sanctionsGerman Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday he has personally told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of his “dismay” over a warning by three Republican senators who threatened sanctions against a German port operator for its part in a pipeline project with Russia.


‘They’ve had enough of everything’: Record numbers of Americans are giving up their US citizenship

Yahoo News - Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:58

 Record numbers of Americans are giving up their US citizenshipRecord numbers of Americans are renouncing their citizenship according to numbers reported by a New York accountancy firm.Bambridge Accountants reports that 5,816 people gave up US citizenship in the first half of 2020 — a 1,210 per cent increase on the previous six months in which only 444 cases were recorded.


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