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Why this former Trump voter says he's the president's 'worst nightmare' — and is backing Biden in November

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:49

Why this former Trump voter says he's the president's 'worst nightmare' — and is backing Biden in NovemberPolarized is a weekly series featuring Americans from all 50 states sharing their views on the 2020 elections. Click here if you would like to be a part of this projectJay Copan may very well be President Donald Trump’s “worst nightmare,” as he describes himself.


If you're traveling, be aware of coronavirus-related restrictions in 17 states — this map shows the rules

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:28

If you're traveling, be aware of coronavirus-related restrictions in 17 states — this map shows the rulesHere's a guide to which states require a 14-day quarantine or negative COVID-19 test for travelers, and which have reopened tourist attractions.


Chicago announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling from 15 states with COVID-19 outbreaks

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:21

Chicago announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone traveling from 15 states with COVID-19 outbreaksChicago is requiring individuals from 15 states experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks to quarantine for 14 days when traveling to the city.


Trump has a plan to stay in the White House if he loses election, former senator says

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:21

Trump has a plan to stay in the White House if he loses election, former senator saysPresident Donald Trump is scheming to retain power in the event of an electoral loss in November, according to a former Senator from Colorado.Tim Wirth published an op-ed in Newsweek where he lays out his theory, apparently inspired in-part by HBO's adaptation of the Philip Roth novel The Plot Against America.


Dozens mourn man who killed himself in busy Beirut district

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:18

Dozens mourn man who killed himself in busy Beirut districtDozens of people lay flowers on a main Beirut street where a man killed himself on Friday, with some blaming his death on the country's economic collapse that has left more and more Lebanese hungry. Reuters could not establish the motive for the apparent suicide. The 61-year-old man shot himself in the head in front of a Dunkin' Donuts store in the capital's busy Hamra district, witnesses said.


Biden narrows list of vice presidential contenders

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:09

Biden narrows list of vice presidential contendersPresumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has narrowed his reported list of vice presidential contenders, with several black women in contention; Jacqui Heinrich reports on the latest.


Daveed Diggs on what Fourth of July means to Black Americans

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:09

Daveed Diggs on what Fourth of July means to Black Americans"What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim."


WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 09:26

WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeksThe World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. "Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial," he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the U.N. agency is conducting. "We expect interim results within the next two weeks."


Concern over coronavirus mars Trump's Mount Rushmore trip

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 09:23

Concern over coronavirus mars Trump's Mount Rushmore tripPresident Trump will visit Mount Rushmore in South Dakota for a Fourth of July celebration, despite controversy about large crowd gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.


Homeless man saves police officer stabbed in the head

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 09:08

Homeless man saves police officer stabbed in the headA homeless man who intervened when a Washington DC police officer was stabbed has said he feels like a “little hero”.The Metropolitan Police Department on Thursday thanked John Burrows, who was said to have saved the police officer’s life after another homeless man attacked his head and back with scissors.


Iraq sets up border posts to try to prevent Turkish advance

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 09:02

Iraq sets up border posts to try to prevent Turkish advanceIraqi troops were enforcing positions along the border with Turkey, officials said Friday, to prevent Turkish forces from advancing deeper into Iraqi territory after two weeks of airstrikes as Ankara continues to target Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Security officials said Ankara has established at least a dozen posts inside Iraqi territory as part of a military campaign to rout members of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, who Turkey says have safe havens in northern Iraq.


Duterte pleads for calm after police fatally shoot troops

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:51

Duterte pleads for calm after police fatally shoot troopsThe Philippine president flew to the country’s volatile south on Friday to plead with military forces not to retaliate following the fatal police shootings of four soldiers, including two officers, in violence the army chief called “a rubout.” President Rodrigo Duterte pledged an impartial government investigation of Monday’s violence in southern Jolo town and promised in a late-night address to military commanders, including army generals, that anyone found guilty will be punished. Duterte asked commanders to ensure their forces remain calm and added that police, like government troops, perform a vital role in maintaining law and order.


Coronavirus updates: Cases rise in 40 states; Jersey Shore open, but LA beaches closed; Texas mask mandate begins

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:43

 Cases rise in 40 states; Jersey Shore open, but LA beaches closed; Texas mask mandate beginsIndia is expected to become the third worst-hit country. Face masks are now required in Texas as crowds flock to the Jersey Shore. Latest coronavirus news.


Iran threatens retaliation after what it calls possible cyber attack on nuclear site

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:28

Iran threatens retaliation after what it calls possible cyber attack on nuclear siteIran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said, after a fire at its Natanz plant which some Iranian officials said may have been caused by cyber sabotage. The Natanz uranium-enrichment site, much of which is underground, is one of several Iranian facilities monitored by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog. Iran's top security body said on Friday the cause of the "incident" at the nuclear site had been determined, but "due to security considerations" it would be announced at a convenient time.


Why Is the Public Corruption Unit Prosecuting Ghislaine Maxwell?

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:26

Why Is the Public Corruption Unit Prosecuting Ghislaine Maxwell?A curious detail appears in the press release announcing the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of conspiring with Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse minors. On Thursday, Audrey Strauss, the newly appointed acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Maxwell had been charged in a six-count indictment accusing her of enticing and transporting a minor to travel to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit those offenses and perjury in connection with a sworn deposition. Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell Is Behind Bars. Who's Next?The charges were not a surprise in light of comments by Strauss’s predecessor, Geoffrey S. Berman, last year after Epstein died of an apparent suicide in jail. Berman pledged to the victims of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking crimes that “our investigation of the conduct charged in the Indictment—which included a conspiracy count—remains ongoing.”The unusual part of Strauss’s announcement is that the case is assigned to the office’s Public Corruption Unit. The case against Epstein had also been assigned to this unit, which typically focuses on crimes committed by government officials, employees and contractors. Elie Honig, a former prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, told Law and Crime that sex trafficking cases are typically handled out of the office’s Violent and Organized Crime unit. So why would this case be assigned to the Public Corruption Unit? Prosecutors assigned to such a unit are trained and experienced in handling some of the nuanced issues that arise when government officials are targets of investigations. Charges often involve sophisticated bribery, extortion or fraud schemes in which the parties deliberately speak in coded language to maintain plausible deniability. The case law is replete with gray areas in which quid pro quo arrangements breaching public trust are spun as mere horse-trading politics. Public officials hire top lawyers, and, as natural risk-takers with much to lose, are less inclined to plead guilty than other defendants. As a result, public corruption prosecutors must have the skill set to not only investigate a complex case but also to take it to trial. Maxwell is not herself a public official, but maybe she is not the last to be indicted in this case. The assignment of her case to the Public Corruption Unit suggests that the investigation may touch on subjects who are current or former government officials. Facing a potentially lengthy prison sentence if she is convicted, Maxwell has a strong incentive to cooperate with prosecutors by providing substantial assistance in the investigation and prosecution of others in exchange for a recommendation of leniency. Against whom might she be able to testify?Inside the Secret Sale of Ghislaine Maxwell’s Swanky New Hampshire HideoutLet’s start with the origins of the case in the Southern District of Florida. Last year Alex Acosta resigned as U.S. Labor Secretary over his involvement in the case when he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in 2008. He negotiated a deal with Epstein that allowed him to plead guilty to a single count of soliciting prostitution and serve a 13-month state prison, most of it at his own office on work release. The agreement also included provisions not to charge some of Epstein’s employees or “any potential co-conspirators,” highly unusual language that releases from criminal exposure even defendants whose identities and conduct are unknown. When he negotiated the deal, Acosta ignored the normal practice of notifying the victims. Although no criminal allegations have been filed against Acosta, if the investigation were to include examination of his conduct, that could explain the involvement of the Public Corruption Unit. In addition, the reference to “potential co-conspirators” suggests that there may have been other people who assisted Epstein in recruiting, grooming or transporting underage girls to engage in criminal sexual activity. This description could also include anyone who engaged in sexual conduct with the underage girls. It is a crime to knowingly patronize a person under the age of 18 to engage in a commercial sex act. Because Acosta’s non-prosecution deal bound only the Southern District of Florida, the Southern District of New York is free to charge any of Epstein’s co-conspirators. Again, the assignment of the case to the Public Corruption Unit raises a fair inference that these subjects could be current or former government officials. The charges against Maxwell allege that her crimes occurred in New York, Florida and London. Anyone who traveled with Epstein to these locations or who visited him there and engaged in commercial sex acts with girls they knew to be under 18 could be charged with a federal offense. Epstein was friends with many prominent people, including former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump, who once said of Epstein, “It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” While Clinton and Trump would both qualify as public officials, their friendships with Epstein alone are insufficient to merit investigation without articulable factual allegations of criminal conduct. Such an allegation has been made about Britain’s Prince Andrew, whom the Southern District of New York has sought to interview. One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her when she was 17. In June, Berman issued a statement that the British royal had not been cooperative with his prosecutors. Berman stated that Prince Andrew was seeking to “falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate with the investigation into Epstein, even though the Prince has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly declined our request to schedule such an interview. . . If Prince Andrew is, in fact, serious about cooperating with the ongoing federal investigation, our doors remain open, and we await word of when we should expect him.” Prince Andrew, whether as witness, subject or target, would certainly qualify as a public official such that assignment of the case to the Public Corruption Unit would make sense. In the coming months, we will see movement on the Maxwell case, as she either goes to trial, pleads guilty or otherwise resolves her case. We may also see additional charges against others who assisted Epstein or who patronized the girls he abused. The prosecutors seem to be preparing for the possibility of defendants whose names are known to the public. 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.


Gov. Huckabee on Trump’s re-election strategy: President will face some challenges

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:25

 President will face some challenges Former Arkansas governor and Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee says Trump has ‘enough time to remind people the worst thing they can do is vote for Biden’ on ‘America’s Newsroom.’


Portland Police Retreat Into Precinct Building as Riot Declared

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:16

Portland Police Retreat Into Precinct Building as Riot Declared

Portland Police declared a riot on July 2 after a number of flash-points between police and protesters were reported around the Multnomah County Justice Center and an adjacent courthouse.

Video here shows several officers retreating back inside the central precinct police building as they are confronted and shouted at by protesters.

Police said a riot was declared shortly before midnight after “large rocks, full cans, and bottles” were thrown at officers.

Police said fireworks were also launched towards officers, and that a fire broke out inside the courthouse after its doors were broken.

“Because of the violent nature of the demonstrators while officers cleared the area, crowd control munitions were used and several arrests were made,” police said. Credit: Garrison Davis via Storyful


Senator warns of political pressure on U.S. probe into hackers of green groups

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:11

Senator warns of political pressure on U.S. probe into hackers of green groupsA Democratic U.S. senator says he has written to Attorney General William Barr outlining his concerns about potential "political interference" by the Trump administration in an investigation of a private espionage firm that targeted environmental groups in the United States. Last month Reuters reported https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-cyber-mercenaries-exclusive/exclusive-obscure-indian-cyber-firm-spied-on-politicians-investors-worldwide-idUSKBN23G1GQ that U.S. law enforcement was investigating aspects of a seven-year-long hack-for-hire operation carried out by a New Delhi-based firm called BellTroX InfoTech Services on behalf of unknown clients. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a letter https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6980750-20200702-Letter-from-Whitehouse-to-Barr.html to Barr and in an interview with Reuters on Thursday that the investigation was being carried out by prosecutors in New York and that unnamed sources had alerted his office that the Department of Justice has taken what he said was "an interest in this matter which seems inconsistent with ordinary procedure."


Sikh pilgrims in deadly Pakistan train crash

Yahoo News - Fri, 07/03/2020 - 08:10

Sikh pilgrims in deadly Pakistan train crashAt least 21 die as an express train hits a van carrying the pilgrims near the city of Lahore.


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