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‘Naked ballots’ could invalidate thousands of votes in Pennsylvania and cost Joe Biden the election

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 19:49

‘Naked ballots’ could invalidate thousands of votes in Pennsylvania and cost Joe Biden the electionLawmakers warned that invalidating votes could cause ‘chaos’ the ‘likes of which we have not seen since Florida in 2000’


Four charged after Black man is strangled, set on fire in Iowa ditch

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 19:42

Four charged after Black man is strangled, set on fire in Iowa ditchAuthorities and local civil rights leaders said there was no evidence suggesting the victim, Michael Williams, 44, was killed because he was Black.


Fact Check: Rand Paul's office confirms he did not call for a judge to subpoena antifa

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 19:34

 Rand Paul's office confirms he did not call for a judge to subpoena antifaSen. Rand Paul did not call for subpoenas of antifa's travel and financial records as social media users claim. Paul's office confirmed this is false.


Trump order seeks to ban military, government contractors from some diversity training

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 19:32

Trump order seeks to ban military, government contractors from some diversity trainingU.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday that he said would ban the military, government contractors and federal grantees from some diversity training. The lengthy order says it forbids "divisive concepts," including teaching that the United States is "fundamentally racist or sexist" or that any individual bears "responsibility for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race or sex." "Americans should be taught to take PRIDE in our Great Country, and if you don't, there's nothing in it for you!" Trump said on Twitter as the order was issued.


House OKs spending bill, sending legislation to Senate just days before government set to shutdown

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 18:30

House OKs spending bill, sending legislation to Senate just days before government set to shutdownThe House approved a government spending bill Tuesday in hopes of averting a government shutdown that would rock the country in eight days in the midst of a global pandemic.


Australia says majority of 470-strong beached whale pod has died

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 18:27

Australia says majority of 470-strong beached whale pod has diedThe majority of a 470-strong pod of pilot whales found stranded off Australia's remote southern coast has died, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers struggled in freezing waters and fading light to free those still alive. The group, which is the biggest beaching in the country's modern history, were first spotted a wide sandbank during an aerial reconnaissance of rugged Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania state on Monday. After two days of a difficult and dangerous rescue attempt, state marine scientists said at least 380 of the long-finned pilot whales had died.


Louisiana trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crash

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 18:15

Louisiana trooper who faced firing in Black man's death dies in crashA Louisiana state trooper died following a single-vehicle highway crash that happened hours after he learned he would be fired for his role last year in the in-custody death of a Black man.


‘Super pigs’ can have piglets at only 3 months old. They’re terrorizing US, experts say

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 18:10

‘Super pigs’ can have piglets at only 3 months old. They’re terrorizing US, experts say“I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb,” one expert said.


The DOJ is reportedly narrowing the focus of its antitrust case against Google to the company's search dominance

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 18:08

The DOJ is reportedly narrowing the focus of its antitrust case against Google to the company's search dominanceThe new, narrower focus reflected political disagreements between the DOJ and state attorneys general, according to The New York Times.


Cindy McCain, wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, endorses Joe Biden, following a report of Trump privately disparaging military members

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 18:08

Cindy McCain, wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, endorses Joe Biden, following a report of Trump privately disparaging military membersHer support could make waves in the battleground state of Arizona, where her husband served as senator for more than 30 years, ahead of the election.


Biden news: Cindy McCain to back Democratic nominee after Trump’s attacks on her late husband

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 18:07

 Cindy McCain to back Democratic nominee after Trump’s attacks on her late husbandWidow of Republican senator to endorse former VP as SCOTUS pressure mounts


Tesla's $135,000 Model S 'Plaid' will reach 60 mph in under 2 seconds and hit 200 mph — and you can order it now

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:56

Tesla's $135,000 Model S 'Plaid' will reach 60 mph in under 2 seconds and hit 200 mph — and you can order it nowDuring Tesla's first 'Battery Day' event, CEO Elon Musk showed off a brand-new version of its oldest sedan: the Model S Plaid.


Afghan-Taliban peace talks: What's next?

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:39

 What's next?Progress is reported at the historic talks, but the process is still firmly rooted in deep mistrust.


Trump administration admits Taliban still hasn't cut ties with al-Qaida

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:32

Trump administration admits Taliban still hasn't cut ties with al-QaidaTwo senior Trump administration officials indicated Tuesday that the Taliban has yet to fully cut ties with al-Qaida, which the Taliban had agreed to do as part of an agreement with the United States. 


President Donald Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on Saturday

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:26

President Donald Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on SaturdayTrump has said he wants the Senate to vote on his nominee by Election Day, and prominent Republicans say they have the votes to confirm his pick.


Supreme Court panic, the ‘nuclear option,’ and how we got here: Yahoo News Explains

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:24

 Yahoo News ExplainsWith the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the long-term ideological balance of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance. How exactly did a divided nation get here just weeks before a historic presidential election? And where will we go from here? Yahoo News Senior Political Correspondent Jon Ward explains how a controversial Senate decision in 2013 — dubbed the “nuclear option” — opened the door for a substantial change to the nation’s highest court.


Mars drops Uncle Ben's, reveals new name for rice brand

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:03

Mars drops Uncle Ben's, reveals new name for rice brandThe Uncle Ben's rice brand is getting a new name: Ben's Original. Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. “We listened to our associates and our customers and the time is right to make meaningful changes across society,” said Fiona Dawson, global president for Mars Food, multisales and global customers.


If the Senate doesn’t consider a replacement for Bader Ginsburg now, it’s not doing its job | Opinion

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:56

If the Senate doesn’t consider a replacement for Bader Ginsburg now, it’s not doing its job | OpinionPresident Obama reminded his Republican congressional foils after his 2008 victory that elections have consequences. Yet today, Democrats are shocked — shocked! — that the 2016 election would still have any.


Ben Sasse Calls Attacks on Potential Supreme Court Nominee ‘QAnon-Level Stupidity’

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:56

Ben Sasse Calls Attacks on Potential Supreme Court Nominee ‘QAnon-Level Stupidity’Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) on Tuesday hit back at criticism of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, one of two potential nominees to the Supreme Court, connected to her Catholic faith.Barrett is reportedly a member of People of Praise, an interdenominational Christian community organization. A Tuesday article from Reuters questioned whether the group was similar to a totalitarian cult from the novel The Handmaid's Tale, while a story from Newsweek initially asserted that Margaret Atwood, the author of the novel, used People of Praise as inspiration for book's fictional cult.Newsweek subsequently added a correction stating that People of Praise was not in fact Atwood's source of inspiration."These ugly smears against Judge Barrett are a combination of anti-Catholic bigotry and QAnon-level stupidity," Sasse commented in a statement. "People of Praise is basically a Bible study —and just like billions of Christians around the world, Judge Barrett reads the Bible, prays, and tries to serve her community. Senators should condemn this wacky McCarthyism."Barrett is reportedly the frontrunner of the two nominees under consideration for the Supreme Court. President Trump hosted Barrett at the White House on Tuesday for the second day in a row, CNN reported. Also under consideration is Judge Barbara Lagoa, with whom Trump is meeting on Friday.Trump will announce his nominee at 5 p.m. this coming Saturday. Senate Republicans are planning to hold a confirmation vote on the nominee by the end of October, according to the Associated Press. Of the 53 Republican senators, only Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine have indicated they would not vote to confirm a justice before the November elections.


UC schools admitted students based on 'inappropriate' factors: State auditor

Yahoo News - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:47

 State auditorThe University of California “inappropriately admitted" at least 64 wealthy, mostly white students over the past six years as “favors to donors, family, and friends," according to an audit released Tuesday that found hundreds more questionable cases of students accepted to the top UC schools.


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