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    Loading the player... Tension is rising between lawmakers in Washington, D.C., in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday. Democratic senators intend to do whatever they can to block the chamber from holding a vote to replace Ginsburg on the bench, should President Donald Trump put forth a nominee ahead of the November election, CNN reports. Senate Democrats, who are in the minority, on Saturday considered tactics to keep the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from putting up a new justice prior to Nov. 3. With a 53-seat majority, Senate Republicans have vowed to push through a pick as soon as possible, despite McConnell’s move to block a vote on then-President Barack Obama‘s pick in Judge Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016, months prior to the November...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/CNN) — The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat in the popular app stores of Silicon Valley giants Apple and Google starting on Sunday. The Department said Friday that as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok on an app store will be prohibited. Apple and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. While users who have already downloaded the apps may be able to continue using the software, the restrictions mean updated versions of the apps cannot be downloaded. “The only real change as of Sunday night will be [TikTok users] won’t have access to improved apps, updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Friday morning on Fox Business. The restrictions targeting WeChat are more extensive. Beginning Sunday, it will be illegal to host or transfer internet traffic associated with WeChat, the Department...
    New York City cabbies stalled traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge Thursday afternoon to demand debt relief from medallion lenders and the city. “There is a serious humanitarian crisis that is developing in this industry. All we’re asking for us the debt to be forgiven and reduced to $125,000,” New York Taxi Workers Alliance director Bhairavi Desai said during a City Hall rally preceding the demonstration. Video posted on Citizen app shows the caravan of yellow cabs stalled out on Manhattan-bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge at around 12:40 p,m. Traffic got back moving after around five minutes, users reported. The demonstration comes days after Greenwich, Conn.-based Marblegate — which owns 4,000 of the city’s 13,500 medallions — offered to reduce driver debts to $300,000, reported by the Wall Street Journal on Monday. The company’s latest offer to driver amounts to $70 million in total debt relief, according to the...
    Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was ordered by a court to halt operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that triggered fear of a botched tally of mail-in ballots during the presidential election, two state attorneys general said. A federal judge in Yakima, Washington, granted a nationwide injunction sought by several states that had accused DeJoy, a longtime Republican donor, of implementing changes that could delay delivery of time-sensitive absentee ballots and undermine confidence in election results in November, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday in a tweet. Voting by mail rather than in person is expected to surge because of the pandemic. The ruling by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Stanley A. Bastian couldn’t immediately be confirmed in electronic court records. DeJoy had previously assured Congress that he would halt some of the major changes he put in motion at the USPS until after the Nov. 3 election to...
    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A high Peruvian court rejected a request by President Martín Vizcarra Thursday to halt impeachment proceedings being pushed by opposition lawmakers who contend he tried to cover up ties with a controversial ally. The Constitutional Tribunal shot down Vizcarra’s demand in a 5-2 vote but also agreed to advance his request for clarification on what is “moral incapacity,” the accusation detractors are using to try and thwart him from office. Tribunal President Marianella Ledesma said magistrates agreed to let the impeachment proceeding advance because recent events indicate the removal attempt is unlikely to actually result in Vizcarra’s ouster. “The Tribunal considers that there isn’t a risk,” she told Peru21 television. Lawmakers who initiated the impeachment process last week have struggled to garner support and analysts believe they are unlikely to get enough votes to remove Vizcarra. The impeachment would come at a tumultuous time for...
    President Trump's campaign called on a federal judge to stop the state of New Jersey's plans to count mail-in votes prior to Election Day, pending the results of a lawsuit the campaign filed in August. In a court filing in the lawsuit against New Jersey's secretary of state, the campaign, the Republican National Committee and the New Jersey GOP also sought blockage of New Jersey's plan to count ballots without postmarks that are received up to two days after Election Day. MORE THAN 1,600 UNCOUNTED NJ PRIMARY BALLOTS FOUND IN RANDOM BIN AT COUNTY ELECTIONS BOARD "Congress did not intend voting to continue after Election Day," the filing said, according to the New Jersey Globe. The Trump campaign and Republicans sued after Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order calling for ballots to be sent to every registered voter, and for voting to be done mainly through the mail. Anyone who opts for traditional...
    Washington (CNN)Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe reversed course Wednesday on his decision to end in-person election security briefings for key members of Congress by announcing that the intelligence community will continue to provide lawmakers on relevant oversight committees with in-person updates about threats to November's election.Ratcliffe and other agency leaders met with a group of top lawmakers known as the Gang of Eight on Wednesday to propose a "path forward" for providing both congressional intelligence committees with election threat updates later this month, a senior intelligence official told CNN.Russian meddling efforts intensifying as US election nearsLater Wednesday, Ratcliffe issued an on-the-record statement confirming that the intelligence community will continue to offer election security briefings for the House and Senate committees but insisted that the move was consistent with the letter he sent to Congress last month announcing that those updates would "primarily" be provided in written form, rather than...
    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union shouldn’t discard imposing tougher sanctions to get Turkey to give up an “unlawful” hydrocarbons search in the eastern Mediterranean that has ratcheted up tensions, the president of Cyprus said Wednesday. President Nicos Anastasiades said the EU should weigh using “all means at our disposal” while responding to Turkey to avoid setting “a double standard” in how the 27-member bloc chooses to deal with improper activity inside and outside its borders. “As long as unlawful actions are being taken against European Union member states, the European Union’s reaction must be immediate,” Anastasiades said after talks with European Council President Charles Michel in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. Anastasiades was alluding to the 27-nation bloc’s consensus to put sanctions on up to 20 Belarusian officials for alleged election fraud and violence against protesters while being split on whether to impose tougher sanctions on Turkey....
    The sheriff of Clackamas County southeast of Portland, Oregon, has pleaded with local residents to stop setting up armed checkpoints leading into evacuation areas being threatened by wildfires, saying people with firearms are trying to protect property but it could lead to tragic results. "We have a group of different individuals that are actually trying to protect property," Sheriff Craig Roberts told a news conference of reporters Monday. "They actually have been armed and are stopping individuals within the community out there. "First thing Id ask them to do is please stop that. We have reached out to a number of them. If they see somebody suspicious, call us. Let us handle it. It is illegal to stop somebody at gunpoint." Firefighters in Oregon have battled more than 35 wildfires over the past week, NBC networks Portland affiliate KGW reported, and Roberts told the news conference that his office had...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Days of friction between the city and homeless advocates regarding the anticipated removal of residents at Upper West Side hotels have led the de Blasio administration to the decision to halt all efforts in the meantime. Hitting the wires late Monday, and following a demonstration at the Lucerne Hotel and Gracie Mansion, the Legal Aid Society believes the removal of people from current accommodations in the midst of an ongoing health crisis would only imperil lives of some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers who were situated in hotels to provide a pandemic-related safe haven in the first place. “We are pleased that the City has paused any transfers of families with children who are about to start school from the Flatlands shelter in Brooklyn; transfers of disabled adults who have...
    Getty Before the halt, evictions in some areas had spiked significantly. The coronavirus pandemic has devastated the American economy, leading to businesses being forced to permanently shutter their doors to the threat of evictions hitting millions of homeowners. On September 4, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) extended the eviction moratorium through to the end of the year, but it does not happen automatically and requires a form sent to a landlord in order to be enacted. Here’s what else you need to know about the CDC’s eviction halt and how you can take advantage of it.You Must Fill out this Form to Avoid Eviction To be protected under the CDC eviction moratorium, renters facing eviction who meet the qualifications should provide a signed declaration to their landlords. You can find the CDC's form here:https://t.co/yPXx7hQF67 — Dina Titus (@repdinatitus) September 12, 2020 Preceding the temporary...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A major computer failure forced BART officials to delay starting all service across the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday and kept all stations closed and commuters scurrying for other options. Officials did not release any details as the nature of the issue, but warned Sunday commuters to seek alternate transportation options. “Partner transit agencies are providing bus service throughout BART’s service area including MUNI, AC Transit, VTA, Tri Delta, CCCTA, and WHEELS,” officials said, BART trains normally begin rolling at 8 a.m. Sunday, but trains never began their daily runs. There was no ETA given as to when trains would begin running. More details as they become available
    Exactly 19 years and one day after the 9/11 attacks masterminded by Afghanistan-based Al Qaeda terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people in the U.S., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joined representatives of the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar on Saturday to kick off peace talks. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that saw four hijacked planes turned into weapons of war precipitated the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan that deposed the Taliban government, which had provided safe haven to Usama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda followers. The peace talks that began Saturday are designed to come up with a power-sharing settlement between the Taliban and the U.S.-backed elected Afghan government to bring an end to the fighting that has raged since U.S. forces arrived in Afghanistan to retaliate for the Sept. 11 attacks. AFGHANISTAN PEACE TALKS BEGIN IN QATAR; POMPEO SAYS 'WE MUST DARE TO HOPE' “Today is truly...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Saturday over the agency’s potential deportation of illegal immigrants back to Somalia, citing coronavirus fears as a reason to halt the deportations. “ICE is set to deport dozens of individuals from my district to Somalia, risking the spread of COVID,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted. “ICE’s actions will not only put these individuals at risk, but could have far-reaching consequences for Somalia. This week, I sent a letter to ICE to get answers.” ICE is set to deport dozens of individuals from my district to Somalia, risking the spread of COVID. ICE’s actions will not only put these individuals at risk, but could have far-reaching consequences for Somalia.This week, I sent a letter to ICE to get answers.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) September 12, 2020 Omar, who has demanded as recently as this week that ICE be abolished, was born in Somalia...
    LONDON (AP) — Oxford to resume trial of coronavirus vaccine it’s creating with AstraZeneca, days after halt due to reported effect. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BRITS will face whopping fines for breaking self-isolation rules as part of new plans to halt the surge in coronavirus cases. Boris Johnson is drawing up new plans to enforce the strict measure amid mounting fears that people are ignoring advice to stay at home. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 9Tough new measures could be brought in to deal with those who flout self-isolation rules - after Health Secretary Matt Hancock blamed a spike in infections on young peopleCredit: Matthew Horwood 9Research by Government group Sage found that just 25 per cent of those told to isolate in their homes are strictly obeying the ruleCredit: PA:Press Association 9Ministers are also considering a police hotline that would allow people to report those they believe aren't isolating properlyCredit: Wales News Service And those who do flout rules could be shopped to police via a new...
    By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A majority of U.N. Security Council members called for an immediate halt to fighting between Myanmar government forces and the Arakan Army guerrilla force following a closed council meeting on the latest situation in the southeast Asian nation. A joint statement from eight of the 15 council nations said the clashes in western Rakhine and Chin states are taking “a heavy toll” on local communities and risk escalating, and stressed that a halt to fighting is “even more urgent in light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Rakhine State.” The government has been embroiled for more than a year in an intermittent conflict with the well-trained and well-armed Arakan Army representing members of the area’s Rakhine ethnic group. The guerrilla force is posing the strongest military challenge to the central government of the many ethnic minority groups who...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A majority of U.N. Security Council members called for an immediate halt to fighting between Myanmar government forces and the Arakan Army guerrilla force following a closed council meeting on the latest situation in the southeast Asian nation. A joint statement from eight of the 15 council nations said the clashes in western Rakhine and Chin states are taking “a heavy toll” on local communities and risk escalating, and stressed that a halt to fighting is “even more urgent in light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Rakhine State.” The government has been embroiled for more than a year in an intermittent conflict with the well-trained and well-armed Arakan Army representing members of the area’s Rakhine ethnic group. The guerrilla force is posing the strongest military challenge to the central government of the many ethnic minority groups who for decades have sought...
    A panel of three federal judges in New York on Thursday prohibited the Trump administration from moving forward with plans to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count used to determine the number of seats states receive in the House of Representatives. The decision temporarily halts an unprecedented proposal with potentially seismic political ramifications. At the center of Thursday’s ruling is a proclamation issued by Mr. Trump in July telling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, to facilitate the collection of data that would allow him to remove immigrants without legal status from the count used for congressional apportionment. The constitutionally-mandated process to determine the number of House seats each state has occurs every 10 years after the census is taken.  The three-judge panel, which convened specifically to hear the case, said the proposal violates federal laws that govern the redrawing of congressional seats and the census...
    A panel of three federal judges in New York on Thursday prohibited the Trump administration from moving forward with plans to exclude undocumented immigrants from the count used to determine the number of seats states receive in the House of Representatives. The decision temporarily halts an unprecedented proposal with potentially seismic political ramifications. At the center of Thursday's ruling is a proclamation issued by Mr. Trump in July telling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, to facilitate the collection of data that would allow him to remove immigrants without legal status from the count used for congressional apportionment. The constitutionally-mandated process to determine the number of House seats each state has occurs every 10 years after the census is taken.  The three-judge panel, which convened specifically to hear the case, said the proposal violates federal laws that govern the redrawing of congressional seats and the census...
    Reuters September 9, 2020 0 Comments Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told a former top aide to stop providing assessments of the threat of Russian interference in the Nov. 3 election, according to a whistleblower complaint released on Wednesday. Brian Murphy, a former Homeland Security deputy undersecretary for intelligence, said in the complaint that Wolf told him in mid-May to begin reporting instead on threats posed by Chinese and Iranian interference. The instruction had come to Wolf from White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Murphy cited Wolf as saying. Neither the Department of Homeland Security nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment. U.S. intelligence assessments that a Russian influence operation aimed at swaying the 2016 election in Republican Donald Trump’s favor has overshadowed much of his presidency with a series of investigations being dismissed by Trump as a hoax. Trump has expressed admiration...
    Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security told government analysts to withhold and alter reports on Russian interference in the 2020 election, the threat of violent white supremacists, information on anarchist groups and other intelligence, a top analyst alleged in a whistleblower complaint. Brian Murphy, the former head of the intelligence and analysis arm of the department, says he was instructed by acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to stop providing reports on Russian disinformation and attempts to interfere with the upcoming election in part because the reports "made the President look bad" – a request Murphy refused because he believed it was improper to withhold intelligence for political reasons. [ READ: IGs to Investigate Federal Forces ]Murphy also says that he was instructed by Ken Cuccinelli, the second-in-command at DHS, to modify a threat assement on white supremacist violence to make the threat appear less severe. Cuccinelli also told...
    A resolute Serena Williams recovered from a set and a break down to beat Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday and return to the US Open semi-finals. Williams’ pursuit of a long-awaited record-equalling 24th major title appeared in serious trouble as she struggled to effectively combat the resurgent Pironkova’s combination of forehand slice and backhand power. The Bulgarian – a 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalist – had not appeared on the WTA Tour since playing the All England Club three years ago but dumped out two seeds en route to this stage. As the finish line quickly moved into sight on Arthur Ashe, though, the great Williams proved a step too far for Pironkova. The 38-year-old, beaten in the previous two Flushing Meadows finals, dug in for an exhausting 4-6 6-3 6-2 success and set up her latest semi against either Elise Mertens or Victoria Azarenka. Pironkova – whose 2017 ranking of 131 was...
    WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told a former senior aide to stop providing intelligence assessments on Russia’s interference in the United States, the former official said in a whistleblower complaint released on Wednesday. Former acting Homeland Security undersecretary Brian Murphy also said in the complaint that Wolf told him to begin reporting on Chinese and Iranian interference, and that the instructions to do so came from White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien. U.S. officials have said that Russia, China and Iran have been working to influence the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election. (Reporting by Jonathan Landay Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
    By Jose Luis Gonzalez LA BOQUILLA DAM, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexicans in the drought-hit northern border state of Chihuahua, angry at water from a local dam being diverted to the United States, hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at security troops late on Tuesday, in an attempt to force them to shut the dam gates. The violence at the La Boquilla dam comes amid plans to divert additional water to the United States due to the so-called 'water debt' Mexico has accumulated as part of a bilateral treaty that regulates water sharing between the neighbors. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, seeking to assuage the concerns of Mexican farmers, has struggled to avoid alienating voters in the north while protecting delicate relations with the United States. A Reuters witness said groups of residents in towns surrounding the La Boquilla dam clashed with National Guard troops after they refused to turn off the...
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called on Wednesday on Germany to halt the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as Warsaw sees the project as a threat to the stability of the region. Nord Stream 2, an underwater pipeline to bring gas from Russia to Germany, is 90% complete and is due to start operation next year. But German politicians have suggested they could withhold support after the suspected poisoning of Alexei Navalny, a leading Kremlin critic now being treated in Germany. Germany is consulting European and NATO partners on how to respond if Russia fails to help explain the case of Navalny, who German doctors say was poisoned with a rare nerve agent. Russia says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned. "This reaction should lead, first of all, to the stoppage of work on the Nord Stream 2, which strengthens Russia's power,...
    Workers connecting tubes on the Raven Oil Drilling rig near Watford City N.D.Ken Cedeno | Corbis | Getty Images U.S. taxpayer and conservation groups on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to halt plans to sell oil and gas leases on more than 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of public lands this month after a sale in Nevada drew mostly minimum bids from a weakened drilling industry. The small Nevada auction was the first of six sales the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will hold this month as it resumes its leasing program following a five-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Of the 11 parcels offered on Tuesday, seven sold for the minimum bid of $2 an acre. The remaining four sold for under $10 an acre. The sale of more than 15,000 acres raised about $63,000 in total bids, according to results posted on the online auction website EnergyNet. Oil...
    U.S. taxpayer and conservation groups on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to halt plans to sell oil and gas leases on more than 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of public lands this month after a sale in Nevada drew mostly minimum bids from a weakened drilling industry. The small Nevada auction was the first of six sales the U.S. Bureau of Land Management will hold this month as it resumes its leasing program following a five-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. Of the 11 parcels offered on Tuesday, seven sold for the minimum bid of $2 an acre. The remaining four sold for under $10 an acre. The sale of more than 15,000 acres raised about $63,000 in total bids, according to results posted on the online auction website EnergyNet. Oil and gas drilling on public lands is a key part of the Trump administrations efforts to boost domestic energy...
    Germany has increased pressure on Russia over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, warning that a lack of support in the investigation could “force” Germany to rethink the German-Russian gas pipeline project. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and his government, fell ill on a flight to Moscow last month and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk. After a tense standoff in which Navalny’s wife and allies asked he be transferred to a Berlin hospital, doctors gave the go-ahead and allowed Navalny to move. FILE-In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attends a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany. Germany is increasing pressure on Russia over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, warning that a lack of support by Moscow in the investigation could “force” Germany to rethink...
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing mounting pressure over her country’s ties with Russia after her government concluded that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with a military grade nerve agent. “We must pursue hard politics,” Norbert Roettgen, the conservative head of Germany’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee, said Friday, adding that Germany should respond with the “only language” Russian President Vladimir Putin understands. “That is gas sales,” he said. Roettgen, a senior member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, appeared to be echoing calls from other party lawmakers who have called for the government to reconsider the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is poised to double natural gas imports to Germany directly from Russia. Originally scheduled to go online toward the end of 2019, work came to a standstill last year after the United States imposed sanctions targeting the Western firms needed to construct deep sea pipelines. Only a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Pushback by residents in the Willard-Hay neighborhood in North Minneapolis has forced Hennepin County to stop its plans for en emergency women’s homeless shelter. Some of those neighborhoods are aren’t just celebrating yet; they say there is much more work to do. The building has been sitting empty since 2005, and since that time many in the community have been asking for it to be turned into a much-needed youth center. When word got out that Hennepin County was set to turn the Gordon Center into a women’s homeless shelter, residents came together in protest. Hundreds of people signed a petition in opposition to what Hennepin County had planned for the property, which was to turn the vacant building into a 50-bed Salvation Army shelter for Black single women. It was one of three proposed shelters the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County planned to open in...
    MOSCOW (AP) — All the attempts over the years to stop the work of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have failed — so far. He’s been jailed repeatedly and twice put on trial for embezzlement and fraud. He’s been put under house arrest and splashed in the face with green antiseptic, damaging his sight. He was hospitalized last year for a suspected poisoning while in custody. His brother was jailed for over three years on fraud charges. Now Navalny is in an induced coma in a Berlin hospital after suffering what German authorities say was a poisoning with a chemical nerve agent while the opposition leader and corruption fighter was traveling from Siberia on Aug. 20. The Kremlin has denied involvement, and questioned whether he was poisoned at all. Initially stunned by the attempt on his life, his supporters soon got back to work on their latest campaign against the government...
    Actor Robert Pattinson, star of Warner Bros. The Batman, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and the U.K. shoot has been temporarily suspended. From Vanity Fair:  Robert Pattinson is said to have tested positive for the coronavirus, causing filming of The Batman to be halted just days after the superhero drama resumed work at studios outside of London. Warner Bros. would not comment on any individual worker’s health, sharing only this statement: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.” Vanity Fair confirmed through a highly placed source that Pattinson was the individual who became sick. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said Thursday that the individual is currently isolating in accordance with established protocols. Robert Pattinson is starring as the caped crusader in the new film from director Matt Reeves which had resumed filming just a...
    Robert Pattinson has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, forcing filming on The Batman to be halted. Sources told Vanity Fair that the actor, 34, has contracted the deadly virus just days after production resumed on the big-budget film.  It comes after MailOnline revealed that filming of the new Batman film has been halted after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.  Sources on the £100million blockbuster set said the cast and crew had been sent home after one of the team was struck by the virus. Now filming of the movie starring Robert Pattinson at the Warner Bros studio in Hertfordshire has ground to a halt, according to a source. Delay: Filming of the new Batman film has been halted after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19, throwing production into disarray, MailOnline can reveal An insider at the studio in Leavesden said: 'We have been sent a memo telling us that a...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Protesters, lead by the Philly Tenants Union, have been trying to block the courts from opening Thursday to stop evictions. The Philly Tenants Union posted on Twitter Thursday morning letting protesters know they needed help blocking two more court entrances. “We’re BLOCKING THE COURTS from oppening today,” Philly Tenants Union tweeted. “No more evictions! We need help holding down two more entrances: Juniper and East Penn Square (second entrance) One South Broad Street (third entrance).” We’re BLOCKING THE COURTS from oppening today. No more evictions!We need help holding down two more entrances: Juniper and East Penn Square (second entrance) One south broad street (third entrance) — Philly Tenants Union (@PHLTenantsUnion) September 3, 2020 A Philadelphia police source tells CBS3 that protesters have been warned to move and arrests may start at 1 p.m. Police are partially, if not fully, blocking traffic around City Hall circle. A...
    In an effort to thwart an expansion of mail-in voting ahead of the November presidential election, on Wednesday President Trump's campaign filed a lawsuit against Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock. In their suit, the campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) argue that Bullock's order allowing counties to employ universal vote-by-mail due to the coronavirus pandemic was an unauthorized and unconstitutional “brazen power grab." Montana normally allows for voting by mail but only at the request of the voter. BALLOT COUNTING TO RESUME IN TIGHT MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY WITH HEAVY MAIL-IN VOTING Under Bullock's new directive, counties have until Friday to notify the state's leadership about how they would conduct the upcoming election. According to the secretary of state’s elections office, 42 out of 56 counties have already confirmed they plan to hold the elections entirely by mail. “This rushed and unconstitutional directive creates a patchwork election code with no uniform procedures across the state, automatically mails ballots to voters, and...
    By Katie Paul | Reuters SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Thursday it would stop accepting new political ads in the week before the U.S. presidential election in November, bowing to concern that its loose approach to free speech could once again be exploited to interfere with the vote. The world’s biggest social network also said it was creating a label for posts by candidates or campaigns that try to claim victory before the election results are official, and widening the criteria for content to be removed as voter suppression. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post announcing the changes that he was concerned about the unique challenges voters would face due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted a surge in voting by mail. “I’m also worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to...
    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan filed a petition Monday asking the state Supreme Court to block an effort to recall her, arguing that the push is based on a policy disagreement and is vague about what she should have done differently in her handling of widespread protests in June. In appealing her case to the state Supreme Court, Durkan argued that she hadn’t violated any law or standard. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan addresses a news conference about changes being made in the police department Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Seattle. (AP) Her argument reprises some of the arguments she made in King County Superior Court, where a judge ruled that the recall effort could move forward, but also adds some new ones. “Following the most widespread civil unrest Seattle has seen in decades, Petitioners submitted, and the trial court approved, a charge that Mayor Durkan ‘failed to...
    The directors of a student-run radio station at Arizona State University said Tuesday they will halt programming until the university removes the station manager after she posted a controversial tweet.  Blaze Radio’s six directors threatened to resign in a Tuesday Zoom meeting if the university did not remove Rae’Lee Klein as station manager, after she tweeted about Jacob Blake, the Black man shot at least seven times by police in Kenosha, Wis., the Arizona Republic reported.  "Our intention is clear: It is either Rae'Lee or us," station music director Vaughan Jones said in the meeting, according to the newspaper. Klein has said she does not plan to resign as station manager. "I am more than willing to do what I can as a one-man band. There are people willing to step up into your positions as there would be for mine," Klein said.  The threats to stop programming and resign...
    Meaghan Ellis September 2, 2020 0 Comments Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to halt federal funding to provide cloth face masks for schools across the country. In audio recordings obtained by NPR, FEMA representatives and state officials signaled that they were aware the decision would likely face criticism due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to FEMA official Keith Turi, the expenditure is not eligible to be considered a “direct emergency protective measure.” “Supporting schools and other functions — courthouses and other related functions – are not a direct emergency protective measures and therefore they’re not eligible for [federal funding],” Turi said during a call on Tuesday, according to the publication. He added, “There are costs that being incurred and required based on COVID, but they are all not necessarily emergency protective measures, and they’re not necessarily all FEMA-eligible.” The policy change of not providing the reimbursements to...
    The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of some renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The directive comes as eviction moratoriums are now expiring across the nation. An eviction moratorium in Pennsylvania ended on September 1, while other state moratoriums are slated to end within weeks. A recent report from one think tank, the Aspen Institute, stated that more than 20 million renters live in households that have suffered coronavirus-related job loss and concluded that millions more are at risk of eviction in the next several months. The administration's action stems from an executive order that President Donald Trump issued in early August. It instructed federal health officials to consider measures to temporarily halt evictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed up Tuesday by declaring that any landlord shall not evict any "covered person" from any residential property for...
    WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of certain renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Federal, state and local governments have approved eviction moratoriums during the course of the pandemic for many renters, but those protections are expiring rapidly. A recent report from one think tank, the Aspen Institute, stated that more than 20 million renters live in households that have suffered COVID-19-related job loss and concluded that millions more are at risk of eviction in the next several months. The administration's action stems from an executive order that President Donald Trump issued in early August. It instructed federal health officials to consider measures to temporarily halt evictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed up Tuesday by declaring that any landlord shall not evict any "covered person" from any residential property for failure to...
    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of certain renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.Federal, state and local governments have approved eviction moratoriums during the course of the pandemic for many renters, but those protections are expiring rapidly. A recent report from one think tank, the Aspen Institute, stated that more than 20 million renters live in households that have suffered COVID-19-related job loss and concluded that millions more are at risk of eviction in the next several months.The administration's action stems from an executive order that President Donald Trump issued in early August. It instructed federal health officials to consider measures to temporarily halt evictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed up Tuesday by declaring that any landlord shall not evict any "covered person" from any residential property for failure to pay rent.Senior administration...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued a sweeping nationwide order temporarily halting millions of U.S. renters from being evicted, in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The order covers all 43 million U.S. residential renters as long as they meet income eligibility requirements, although an administration official said the government does not expect an "overwhelming" use of the program. The order lasts through Dec. 31 and applies to individual renters who do not expect to earn more than $99,000 this year or $198,000 for joint filers. It also applies to renters who did not report income in 2019 or received a stimulus check earlier this year. Renters must file sworn declarations warning eviction would leave them homeless or force them into a "shared living setting because the individual has no other available housing options" and attest they have "used best...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has issued a directive halting the eviction of certain renters though the end of 2020 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Federal, state and local governments have approved eviction moratoriums during the course of the pandemic for many renters, but those protections are expiring rapidly. A recent report from one think tank, the Aspen Institute, stated that more than 20 million renters live in households that have suffered COVID-19-related job loss and concluded that millions more are at risk of eviction in the next several months. The administration’s action stems from an executive order that President Donald Trump issued in early August. It instructed federal health officials to consider measures to temporarily halt evictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed up Tuesday by declaring that any landlord shall not evict any “covered person” from any residential property for failure to...
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday issued an order temporarily halting residential evictions on public health grounds, with the goal slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The order lasts through Dec. 31 and applies to individual renters earning no more than $99,000 in annual income. The CDC said an eviction moratorium "can be an effective public health measure utilized to prevent the spread of communicable disease" like COVID-19. Renters still owe rent and the order does not prevent the "charging or collecting of fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis," the CDC said. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a House of Representatives panel earlier the measure was to ensure people "dont get thrown out of their rental homes" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Mnuchin said the actions affect about 40 million...
    Demonstrators wearing protective masks hold signs during an eviction strike in the Brooklyn borough of New York, on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Organizers in at least 15 states are coordinating mass demonstrations targeting banks, corporate landlords, marshals, sheriffs and the courts to protest all who play a role in the eviction process.Nina Westervelt | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration announced Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will invoke its authority to halt evictions through the end of the year in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The move – a draft of which was posted to the Federal Register – is the most significant step taken so far by the White House to fend off what experts predict will be a flood of evictions across the country, after enhanced federal unemployment aid and a federal eviction moratorium expired at...
    New York Attorney General Letitia James has joined a growing coalition of elected officials urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to remove small properties from the city’s tax lien sale. The annual sale, in which private servicing companies purchase property tax debt, will take place Sept. 4 after the May 15 date was postponed. In a letter Aug. 30, James and 57 other elected officials called on the city to remove 4,700 residential properties consisting of three or fewer units.
    (CNN)Donald Trump once claimed that he could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York City and not lose any voters. He's now seeing whether the same is true if he kills Social Security. His unilateral, unprecedented step of deferring the collection of payroll taxes, the backbone of Social Security, is the murder weapon he would use. Trump has already ordered the Treasury Department to stop collecting Social Security's dedicated payroll contributions for the next four months pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code, which permits deferrals of taxes when a disaster is declared. Once re-elected, if he keeps deferring those taxes, all benefits will come to a screeching halt, with no Congressional involvement whatsoever.Read More According to estimates from the independent chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, if all Social Security contributions from payroll tax stopped on Jan. 1, 2021, the nearly 10 million people...
    One of the ways that many of us first became aware of and concerned about climate change was through a “Save the Polar Bears” poster that featured a scrawny, scared-looking polar bear on a tiny fragment of ice. It was jarring and upsetting. Teachers would chime in that our grandchildren may never get to see a polar bear in real life. Sadly, that reality is steadily approaching. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park promotes “conservation of biodiversity” and works “to promote a wider understanding of the natural world and inspire generations to support and protect the world around them.” One of the residents was a 22-year-old polar bear named Victor. He was the oldest polar bear in the UK and lived at the wildlife park and fathered 13 cubs while in a conservation breeding program. Sadly, he passed away in August. While he had a great impact on the conservation of his species, scientists...
    The number of coronavirus cases in India is multiplying with each passing day at a very fast pace. It was just some time ago when few members from Star Plus’ show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Excuse Me Madam actor Rajesh Kumar were tested positive for COVID-19. And now as per the latest report in IWMBuzz, one more actor from the small screen has been diagnosed with the deadly bug. This time it’s Choti Sarrdaarni actor Krishna Soni who has been tested COVID-19 positive. FYI, Krishna plays the role of Rubinder Bajwa aka Robbie (Harleen’s husband) on the show. After Parth Samthaan Tests Positive For COVID-19, Ekta Kapoor and Balaji Telefilms Release Statement (View Tweet).  The report further elaborates that after Soni tested positive, the shooting of the serial has come to a halt. The sets will be sanitised and then after three days, things might get back to business. “Krishna has...
    The attorney general in Texas has warned Harris County to halt mail-in ballots or face legal consequences. Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has suggested for months that steering voters toward wrongly applying for mail-in ballots could result in prosecution, filed a lawsuit Monday claiming Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins violated Texas election laws and shouldn’t have sent unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to more than million registered voters in the county. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE “Election officials have a duty to reject mail-in ballot applications from voters who are not eligible to vote by mail," Paxton said in a statement. "Unfortunately, instead of protecting the integrity of our democratic process, the Harris County Clerk decided to knowingly violate election laws by preparing to send over 2  million ballot applications to many Texans who do not qualify and have not requested to vote by mail. This blatant violation of law undermines our election security and integrity and cannot stand. I will continue to fight...
    The Harris County Clerk’s Office announced this week it would be mailing every registered voter – 2.37 million people – an application to vote by mail. “To learn more about voting by mail in Harris County, please visit http://HarrisVotes.com/votebymail,” it tweeted. On a 3-2 party-line vote, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and two Democratic commissioners voted to spend an additional $17.1 million on mail-in voting. All but $1 million will come from federal CARES Act money intended to help people suffering from the state and local shutdowns. The funds are in addition to the $12 million they approved earlier this year to expand mail-in voting. Analysts note the cost will be seven times more than administering the 2016 election. Critics argue the impact of election fraud from ballot harvesting could be enormous. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Secretary of...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JAN WOLFE A U.S. appeals court on Monday denied a bid by Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, to immediately end the criminal case against him for lying to the FBI about his talks with a Russian official before Trump took office in 2017. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, rehearing an earlier decision by three of its judges, declined to issue an emergency order directing the judge hearing the case to grant the Department of Justice’s request for dismissal. The 8-2 ruling allows U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to hear arguments on whether he must grant the Justice Department’s request to drop the case. The judge has said he is “not a rubber stamp” and wants to carefully scrutinize the Justice...
    NEW YORK - A U.S. appeals court on Monday denied a bid by Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, to immediately end the criminal case against him for lying to the FBI about his talks with a Russian official before Trump took office in 2017.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, rehearing an earlier decision by three of its judges, declined to issue an emergency order directing the judge hearing the case to grant the Department of Justice's request for dismissal.  The ruling allows U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to hear arguments on whether he must grant the Justice Department's request to drop the case.  The judge has said he is "not a rubber stamp" and wants to carefully scrutinize the Justice Department's request before deciding whether to grant it.  Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty two times to...
    Reuters August 31, 2020 0 Comments A U.S. appeals court on Monday denied a bid by Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, to immediately end the long-running criminal case against him. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, rehearing an earlier decision by three of its judges, denied Flynn’s request for an emergency order directing the judge hearing the case to grant the Department of Justice’s request for dismissal. (Reporting by Jan Wolfe)
    Screenshot via CSPAN House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff denied allegations of leaking confidential information Sunday.  President Donald Trump and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe attributed leaks of confidential information to members within the House and Senate intelligence committees.  Ratcliffe, citing the leaks, announced Saturday that the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence will no longer receive in-person election security briefings. The move angered Democratic lawmakers and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who slammed the decision as a way to keep Congress less informed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. California Rep. Adam Schiff on Sunday denied the White House's allegations of leaks coming from within congressional committees, calling the accusation "another falsehood" by President Donald Trump.  Trump and John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, accused lawmakers of leaking confidential information, a belief that led to Ratcliffe's office announcing a significant scaleback in election security...
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s environment ministry said it will continue operations to curb deforestation and fires in the Amazon and other regions, reversing an earlier announcement that it would halt such operations starting Monday. The decision was published on the ministry’s website late Friday after Vice President Hamilton Mourão said Environment Minister Ricardo Salles acted “hastily” when he said the government had run out of money for operations against deforestation. The environment ministry had previously said the economy ministry had blocked over $11 million for environmental protection, a move that would have demobilized over 1,300 firefighters, hundreds of inspection agents, six helicopters and 10 planes. President Jair Bolsonaro and Salles face criticism in Brazil and abroad because of their calls to develop the Amazon as fires and deforestation rise in the region. The prospect of a halt to the environment ministry’s protective efforts in the Amazon and...
    TOURISM chiefs have warned staycationers that Cornwall is FULL after traffic today ground to a halt and the county was hit with flash floods. Brits who don't have a confirmed booking are urged to keep away for the August bank holiday weekend as roads are hit by major delays. ⚠️ Read our weather live blog for the latest news & updates 10Police and tourism bosses have told would-be staycationers to stay away from Cornwall this weekend - because the county is 'full'. Image: SWNS 10It comes as millions of Brits head away for the August bank holiday weekend. Image: Alamy 10But 'biblical' downpours from the south coast to the highlands have caused flash flooding - with people living in Broxburn, West Lothian needing to be rescued from their homes. Image: BBC Roads have been flooded with water after heavy downpours after forecasters warned a fortnight's rain will fall in just...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will temporarily halt C Line (Green) service this weekend to perform rail line maintenence. Green Line rail service will be unavailable between the Harbor Freeway Station and Aviation/LAX Station beginning Friday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. until Sunday, Aug. 30. A free Metro bus shuttle service will be provided to serve riders at the closed stations. Green Line trains will continue to run between the Norwalk Station and the Harbor Freeway Station, as well as between the Aviation/LAX Station and the Redondo Beach Station. The LAX G Shuttle, which provides free service between the airport terminals and the Aviation/LAX Station, will also continue to run from that station on its regular schedule between 5 a.m. and midnight during the weekend closure. Bus capacity will be limited to ensure physical distancing and riders must wear facial coverings while on board. LAX officials encourage Green Line riders...
    Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks kneel during the national anthem on August 8. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The sports world came to a halt on Wednesday as professional athletes protested racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake by sitting out games. The movement began with the Milwaukee Bucks unexpectedly sitting out of a playoff game, followed by other NBA teams scheduled to play on Wednesday. WNBA teams sat out of their games, while some MLB and MLS teams joined in, though others continued. As of Thursday, it appeared there would be more postponements in the NBA and the NHL, though NBA players have agreed to continue the playoffs while demanding action from owners. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. For the second time in 2020, the sports world came to a screeching halt, this time over the fight for racial equality and social justice reform....
    The State Liquor Authority is harassing bars and restaurants and hitting them with “exorbitant fines” — making it nearly impossible to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to nearly two dozen state lawmakers, who this week urged the agency to to work with — not against– the businesses. “We are calling on the SLA to take immediate action to remedy their harsh punishment against small businesses when they need our support most,” Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) wrote in a late Wednesday letter signed by 19 other state senators. Ramos and her colleagues say the penalties are too high and the enforcement process isn’t transparent. The SLA has suspended the licenses of 162 bars and restaurants, filing nearly 900 charges for coronavirus-related social distancing violations. About half of those establishments are within the five boroughs. The businesses face fines of $10,000 per violation that can add up to $35,000...
    The State Liquor Authority is harassing bars and eating places and hitting them with “exorbitant fines” — making it practically unimaginable to remain afloat throughout the coronavirus pandemic, in response to practically two dozen state lawmakers, who this week urged the company to to work with — not in opposition to– the companies. “We’re calling on the SLA to take rapid motion to treatment their harsh punishment in opposition to small companies once they want our assist most,” Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) wrote in a late Wednesday letter signed by 19 different state senators. Ramos and her colleagues say the penalties are too excessive and the enforcement course of isn’t clear. The SLA has suspended the licenses of 162 bars and eating places, submitting practically 900 prices for coronavirus-related social distancing violations. About half of these institutions are throughout the 5 boroughs. The companies face fines of $10,000 per...
    The State Liquor Authority is harassing bars and restaurants and hitting them with “exorbitant fines” — making it nearly impossible to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to nearly two dozen state lawmakers, who this week urged the agency to to work with — not against– the businesses. “We are calling on the SLA to take immediate action to remedy their harsh punishment against small businesses when they need our support most,” Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Queens) wrote in a late Wednesday letter signed by 19 other state senators. Ramos and her colleagues say the penalties are too high and the enforcement process isn’t transparent. The SLA has suspended the licenses of 162 bars and restaurants, filing nearly 900 charges for coronavirus-related social distancing violations. About half of those establishments are within the five boroughs. The businesses face fines of $10,000 per violation that can add up to $35,000 penalties....
    The office is dead. Get yourself a backyard shed Foods you do and dont need to chuck after their expiration date 4 more NBA teams to boycott games as the playoffs come to a screeching halt over police shootings © Provided by INSIDER NBA players' decision not to play comes after police officers in Wisconsin, shot 29-year-old unarmed Black man Jacob Blake seven times in the back. Harry How/Getty Image Four teams joined the Milwaukee Bucks in protesting NBA Playoff games scheduled for Wednesday. The Houston Rockets' Game 5 matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder will not take place as scheduled. The Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will also miss their Game 5 contest. The NBA announced that the games would be rescheduled. The players' decision not to play comes just three days after police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot 29-year-old unarmed Black man Jacob Blake...
    Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, is seeking an 11th-hour plea to the Trump administration to stop the execution on Wednesday. The Navajo Nation's government is asking for a last-minute intervention by President Trump and requesting clemency on the basis that the death penalty violates Navajo culture and sovereignty, according to the Independent. The Supreme Court did not step in to halt the execution on Tuesday. “Mitchell’s life is in president Trump’s hands, and we hope the president will demonstrate his respect for tribal sovereignty and grant Mitchell the mercy of executive clemency," said Jonathan Aminoff and Celeste Bacchi, Mitchell's lawyers, in a statement. Mitchell, 38, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Wednesday. He was convicted in the 2001 killing of 9-year-old Tiffany Lee and her 63-year-old grandmother Alyce Slim alongside...
    Getty: "Olga Puerta, originally from Colombia, holds an American flag as she joins with other people during a ceremony to become American citizens at a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in a Miami Field Office on August 16, 2019 in Miami, Florida." The last-minute miracle happened. BuzzFeed News reports U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has canceled plans to furlough nearly 70% of the immigration agency’s staff on Aug. 30, a last-minute decision that comes just days after the House of Representatives passed urgent legislation aiming to stop the impending furloughs. However, Hamed Aleaziz reports that acting (because of course he is) USCIS Director Joseph Edlow “said in his staff email that while the financial outlook for the agency had ‘temporarily improved’ due to an increase in revenue, they would still need a long term fix from Congress.” USCIS had been scheduled to furlough more than 13,000 of the agency’s 20,000 employees in a matter of...
    Contact tracing can stop COVID-19 — only if Americans allow government access to personal data More pain ahead for landlords as restaurant bankruptcies poised to balloon in coming months Lions halt practice to call attention to police shooting of Jacob Blake The Detroit Lions canceled afternoon practice Tuesday and decided to use their energy and platform to discuss the weekend shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Standing outside of the team’s practice facility in Allen Park, Michigan, head coach Matt Patricia and his players displayed messages written on a white board that read, “The World Can’t Go On! (Stop and Listen)” and “We Won’t Be Silent (One Pride).” Detroit Lions players and coaches addressing the media about the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. No practice today. https://t.co/JPUtbk5V2b— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) August 25, 2020 © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Lions offensive tackle Taylor Decker addresses...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The only Native American man on federal death row is asking a judge to halt his execution until he receives a determination to his clemency petition from the Justice Department and President Donald Trump. Lezmond Mitchell’s lawyers filed papers in federal court in Washington seeking to delay his execution, which is currently scheduled for Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Navajo government has been asking officials to spare his life on the basis of cultural beliefs and sovereignty. Tribal leaders have appealed to Trump and Attorney General William Barr, asking them to call off the execution. Mitchell submitted a clemency petition to the Justice Department after his execution was scheduled earlier this summer. Two prior petitions had been denied in 2017 and 2019. In the court filing, Mitchell’s attorneys wrote that a Justice Department attorney, Kira Gillespie,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The only Native American man on federal death row is asking a judge to halt his execution until he receives a determination to his clemency petition from the Justice Department and President Donald Trump. Lezmond Mitchell’s lawyers filed papers in federal court in Washington seeking to delay his execution, which is currently scheduled for Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Navajo government has been asking officials to spare his life on the basis of cultural beliefs and sovereignty. Tribal leaders have appealed to Trump and Attorney General William Barr, asking them to call off the execution. Mitchell submitted a clemency petition to the Justice Department after his execution was scheduled earlier this summer. Two prior petitions had been denied in 2017 and 2019. In the court filing, Mitchell’s attorneys wrote that a Justice Department attorney, Kira Gillespie, told them she “could...
    By MAE ANDERSON NEW YORK (AP) — Teachers and parents got a brief glimpse of a new kind of pandemic-era nightmare Monday when Zoom — the video-conferencing service that powers everything from distance learning to business meetings to casual, socially distant get-togethers — abruptly went dead. For roughly two-and-a-half hours Monday morning, many users were unable to load the Zoom website; others could neither host nor join scheduled meetings. Zoom fixed the problem by 11:30 a.m. ET, the company reported on its status page. The timing was less than ideal, since many schools across the U.S. were just starting online instruction after a summer surge in the coronavirus pandemic scotched many plans to reopen classes with students present in the flesh. “Today was horrible,” said Jacqueline Donovan, a professor at Broward College in Broward County, Florida. Her 12-year-old daughter Michaela and 14-year-old son Jayden were trying to log onto Zoom...
    (Bloomberg) – Mexico’s inflation accelerated beyond the central bank’s target in early August due to a surge in fruit and vegetable prices, raising expectations that the bank will soon halt a cycle of interest rate cuts. Prices rose 3.99% from a year ago, the National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI) reported on its website Monday, more than a Bloomberg survey median estimate of 3.89%. Prices rose 0.24% compared to the previous two weeks. The central bank has an annual inflation target of 3%, plus or minus one percentage point. Inflation data has been collected virtually since April, due to the fact that the country is under partial containment measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Key facts Banxico, as the central bank is known, has reduced borrowing costs by half a point in each of the last five months to 4.5%, a minimum of four years But...
    (CNN) — The House approved legislation Saturday to allocate $25 billion to the US Postal Service and ban operational changes that have slowed mail service around the country. The bill passed 257-150, largely along party lines, with Democrats supporting it. More than two dozen Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, defying House GOP leaders and President Donald Trump, who actively urged Republicans to oppose it. On the eve of the vote, the White House threatened to veto the bill. The measure isn’t expected to reach Trump’s desk, however, as the Republican-held Senate is unlikely to vote on it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had predicted bipartisan support for the USPS legislation ahead of the vote Saturday. “We will pass the bill and it will be in a bipartisan way today and then we will send it to the Senate,” Pelosi said, adding that Republicans “will be hearing from their...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — House approves bill to halt Postal Service changes blamed for delays, send $25 billion to boost USPS ahead of election. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that the United States Postal Service Board of Governors and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy made the decision to halt all operational changes until after the election without consulting the White House ahead of time. “The Postmaster General did that on his own,” the former North Carolina Republican Congressman said in response to a question from CBS’ Paula Reid outside the White House. “I know that he met with the Board of Governors yesterday. I did talk to him as he gave me an update on the announcement he was planning to make.” (RELATED: Postmaster To Suspend USPS Changes Until After Election) WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy arrives at a meeting at the office of Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) “That was an independent decision made by the Postmaster...
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will halt evictions and foreclosures for owners with FHA loans through the end of the year, reports Politico. The announcement comes a day after the Mortgage Bankers Association reported nearly 16% of FHA loans are delinquent, the highest level in records going back to 1979. FHA loans are used by many minorities, lower-income and first-time homebuyers because low down payments make homeownership more affordable. The ban applies to roughly 8.1 million homeowners, according to Politico. "The Trump administration is looking at using authorities within its jurisdiction to extend relief through the calendar year for Americans experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus, which includes existing funds as well as moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions," a person familiar with the situation told the news outlet. Marina Walsh, the MBAs vice president of Industry Analysis, said ongoing uncertainty around the "ambiguous status of enhanced...
    By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's top lawyer has asked a federal court to temporarily halt payouts in a bankruptcy case involving the two nuclear plants caught up in a $60 million bribery and corruption probe. In a filing Monday, Republican Attorney General Dave Yost said the arrests of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in an alleged pay-to-play scheme surrounding a bill that bailed out the Energy Harbor plants “raises concerns that the Debtor may not have entered into the bankruptcy with clean hands.” Energy Harbor is the former FirstEnergy Solutions, a one-time subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. The sub-company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2018, amid a mounting debt load exacerbated by the rise of competition from natural gas power in the East and Midwest. In a separate filing Monday, FirstEnergy made clear it is the government's “Company A,” accused of...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s top lawyer has asked a federal court to temporarily halt payouts in a bankruptcy case involving the two nuclear plants caught up in a $60 million bribery and corruption probe. In a filing Monday, Republican Attorney General Dave Yost said the arrests of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in an alleged pay-to-play scheme surrounding a bill that bailed out the Energy Harbor plants “raises concerns that the Debtor may not have entered into the bankruptcy with clean hands.” Energy Harbor is the former FirstEnergy Solutions, a one-time subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. The sub-company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2018, amid a mounting debt load exacerbated by the rise of competition from natural gas power in the East and Midwest. In a separate filing Monday, FirstEnergy made clear it is the government’s “Company A,” accused of helping underwrite a Householder-led scheme to...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some of Nebraska’s jails and prisons continue to struggle to control the spread of the coronavirus within their walls. That struggle was on display this week in the Douglas County Jail, which on Thursday confirmed 35 new COVID-19 cases among the jail’s employees and seven new cases among inmates. Since the onset of the pandemic, a total of 92 employees, two contractors and 66 prisoners have tested positive at the jail. “Given the spread of the virus in the facility, we anticipate there are more positive cases,” jail Director Mike Myers said. “We are closely monitoring our population and will continue to test anyone who shows symptoms.” The Nebraska state prisons system has also seen new confirmed cases nearly every day this week among staff. The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said Thursday that two more staffers with the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln had...
    The president is upbeat about his strategy to beat coronavirus Hospitals in Madagascar have been struggling to cope with a surge of Covid-19 cases, while the president has been promoting an unproven product he says can cure the disease despite the World Health Organization (WHO) warning against using untested remedies. Cases have quadrupled in the past month in the Indian Ocean island, with more than 13,000 infections and 162 deaths from coronavirus, which has spread to all but one of its 22 regions. Despite the spike, President Andry Rajoelina stands by the herbal concoction called Covid-Organics, which was launched to great fanfare in April. It is produced by the Malagasy Institute of Applied Research from the artemisia plant – the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment – and other Malagasy plants. The drink has been marketed as a prevention and remedy – and for the last...
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday welcomed a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel on normalising ties that includes an Israeli agreement to halt further annexation of Palestinian lands. "I followed with interest and appreciation the joint statement between the United States, United Arab Emirates and Israel to halt the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands and taking steps to bring peace in the Middle East," Sisi said on Twitter. "I value the efforts of those in charge of the deal to achieve prosperity and stability for our region." Sisi also called Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to congratulate him on the "historic peace step" undertaken by the UAE, according to an Egyptian presidency statement. Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979, the first between Israel and an Arab country. (Reporting by Omar Fahmy and Nadine Awadalla; Writing by...
    Louisville, Kentucky radio station 97.1 FM WXOX has organized a national simulcast on August 13 for dozens of radio stations throughout the country to pause their programming in honor of Breonna Taylor, as Thursday will officially mark the fifth month since her death, according to a post on WXOX’s website. “On this day, we will pause our broadcast to recognize the women who were stolen from their families and loved ones far too soon. Together we will celebrate the lives of these unique individuals — recognize the pain their loss has caused their communities and use our voices to demand the justice they deserve,” said the station. One of Taylor’s favorite songs will play as part of the tribute followed by a special message from her family. It will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. The Hill reported that the station’s manager, Sharon Scott, confirmed the song “Everything” by Mary J....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The head of ride-sharing giant Uber Wednesday said the company could temporarily halt service in California in response to the gig worker law which took effect in January and was upheld by a judge earlier this week. Rideshare drivers demonstrate against Uber and Lyft during a car caravan protest on Aug. 6, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) In an interview Wednesday, Dara Khosrowshahi told CNBC that if the company’s court appeal fails, Uber will be forced to temporary shut down. “If the court doesn’t reconsider, then in California, it’s hard to believe that we’ll be able to switch our model to full time employment quickly,” Khosrowshahi said. “So I think Uber will shut down for a while.” On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The ruling was in response to a lawsuit...
    (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan on Tuesday denied a request from the National Collegiate Athletic Association to freeze a lower court ruling that allows colleges to compensate athletes for education-related expenses, clearing the way for the ruling to go into effect.The NCAA asked the court to put the lower court ruling on hold while it appealed the decision. A panel of judges on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling earlier this year that the NCAA violated federal antitrust law when it barred schools from certain expenditures for student athletes. The case marks the latest battle concerning student athlete compensation. The lawsuit was brought by former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston in 2014 when he and his attorneys argued that NCAA rules that place any limit on compensation from universities to athletes violated antitrust law. The NCAA has argued that additional compensation beyond scholarships blur the...
    (CNN)Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, said in a court filing Monday that they've learned of "critical new information" that impacts her criminal case and a civil case where dozens of documents are expected to be unsealed.Her attorneys have asked that the documents, including depositions, remain sealed for three weeks as they work with prosecutors to see if they can share information with the court.Jeffrey Epsteins homes in New York and Palm Beach are for sale for a combined $110 millionThe filing did not provide details about the new information, saying that Maxwell's attorneys aren't at liberty to disclose it because it's subject to a court protective order in the criminal case. Maxwell's attorneys initiated conversations with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York over the weekend with the intention of modifying the protective order so they could share...
    Virginia's Supreme Court voted Friday to grant Gov. Ralph Northam's (D) request to halt evictions for another month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "As the ongoing Congressional stalemate leaves Virginians without federal housing protection, this is a critical step towards keeping families safely in their homes," Northam tweeted Friday about its ruling. BREAKING: The VA Supreme Court has granted my request for a statewide eviction moratorium through September 7th. As the ongoing Congressional stalemate leaves Virginians without federal housing protection, this is a critical step towards keeping families safely in their homes.— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) August 7, 2020 The governor previously urged the court in a letter to suspend evictions through early September after state and federal measures against evictions expired last month, The Washington Post reported. In a divisive ruling, four of the court's seven justices voted to extend the moratorium through Sept. 7. The four justices – William...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will temporarily halt C Line (Green) service between the Crenshaw and Redondo Beach stations from Friday to Saturday for construction to connect the future Crenshaw/LAX Line. Construction is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. A free bus shuttle service will be provided to rail stations that will be out of services at Hawthorne/Lennox, Aviation/LAX, Mariposa, El Segundo, Douglas and Redondo Beach stations. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and every 20 minutes at other times. Regular C Line rail service will continue between Norwalk and Crenshaw stations, where passengers will transfer to bus shuttles to continue their trip. Metro recommends passengers plan their commute times. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City An announcement by the U.S. Census Bureau to end data collection for the 2020 survey of households up to three months early was not well-received by New Yorkers involved in generating an accurate count. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham says the Sept. 30 cutoff – a month early – was instated in order to prepare to meet the Dec. 31 deadline for the agency’s findings, but leaders in the five boroughs claim this is a deliberate effort to disenfranchise working-class families. New York City Census Director Julie Menin, for example, said that this is an opportunity to undercount communities in cities that are predominantly liberal to deprive federal resources in the future. “This is nothing but a disgusting power grab from an Administration hell-bent on preserving its fleeting political power...
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a global nonprofit that has been a pugnacious player in local politics, sued the city of Los Angeles on Tuesday to stop some real estate developments vetted under Councilman Jose Huizar from moving forward. Huizar has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that include bribery, money laundering and racketeering in an ongoing pay-to-play probe. Federal prosecutors have accused him of heading up a criminal enterprise fueled by cash bribes and lavish gifts from real estate developers seeking to build new skyscrapers in his downtown district. In its lawsuit, AHF argues that the city should pause some of the building projects that were vetted under a council committee that was headed by Huizar and included Mitchell Englander, a former councilman who admitted to lying to federal investigators about cash and other gifts he had received from a businessman seeking to meet developers. The nonprofit wants the court to...
    (CNN)The Census Bureau announced Monday evening that field data collection will end a full month earlier than originally planned. it's a sign that the Trump administration has abandoned its plan to extend the window for counting the nation's population, which it earlier said needed to be longer because of the coronavirus pandemic. To be counted, households must complete the survey by September 30, rather than October 31, as the Census Bureau had announced when it adjusted plans due to the virus. The bureau will also end its labor-intensive efforts to knock on the doors of households that have not filled out the survey online, by paper form, or by phone. The shift is part of an effort to "accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts" by the end of the year deadline, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham said in a statement. "The Census Bureau's new plan reflects our...