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    Scientists: Herd immunity strategy against COVID will kill, not help The 2020 Saveur 100: 21-30 Ex-Monte Paschi Chairman, CEO Convicted of False Accounting (Bloomberg) -- Alessandro Profumo and Fabrizio Viola were convicted on charges of false accounting and market manipulation during their time as chairman and chief executive officer of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA. © Bloomberg Alessandro Profumo A Milan judge ordered Viola and Profumo, who is currently CEO of aerospace conglomerate Leonardo SpA, to serve jail sentences of six years, according to lawyers attending the hearing. The managers were accused of improperly booking transactions dubbed Santorini and Alexandria as repurchase agreements instead of derivatives. Load Error Profumo and Viola were also given fines of 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) each, according to newswire Ansa. The two executives made an “ambiguous and incomplete” accounting of the derivatives transactions between 2012 and the first half of...
    EFL clubs are poised to accept the Premier League’s £50m bail out to keep League One and Two alive. But the cash will be taken 'on behalf of the EFL' and not just the two bottom tiers. 2EFL chairman Rick Parry cause widespread anger for backing Project Big PictureCredit: Rex Features And EFL chiefs will say they plan to set up an effective £30m hardship fund with the second tranche of Prem money which CAN be used by cash-strapped Championship sides. The row between the Prem, FA and EFL has intensified by the selective leaking of emails accusing the various slides of double-dealing. But it seems that the clubs in Leagues One and Two will at least be able to get their hands on the first £20m in survival money that will allow them to continue in business. SunSport revealed how Championship sides believed they had veto power over whether...
    Ray McGuire, vice chairman of Citigroup Inc., speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, April 29, 2019.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Ray McGuire, a top executive at Citigroup, is set to leave the bank and run for mayor of New York. McGuire is a Vice Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory. He has been privately discussing running for mayor since January. "We're in a war for the survival of this great City. Without a doubt we can do this. From the streets to the suites," McGuire told CNBC, while confirming he plans to announce his departure from the bank and jumping into the race. The longtime Citi executive is getting into a crowded Democratic primary field for the mayor's office. Maya Wiley, a former top attorney for Mayor Bill de Blasio,...
    The New York Post's latest report about Hunter Biden is "an avalanche of damning information" that speaks to the corrupt practices "of the Biden family business," Sean Hannity told viewers Wednesday night.  The "Hannity" host then played a clip of Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, denying "ever discuss[ing] with my son or brother or anyone else" and promising an "absolute wall" between personal and presidential business if elected. "What you just watched," Hannity said, "is Biden lying straight to your face." Hannity then laid out details of Hunter Biden's business activities as noted in a report released last month by the Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees.  FLASHBACK: GOP-LED COMMITTEES RELEASE INTERIM REPORT ON HUNTER BIDEN, BURISMA INVESTIGATION "In December 2013, Hunter Biden flew with his father aboard Air Force Two. They took a trip to China," he said. "Hunter admitted he met with Chinese businessmen during the trip ......
    A chairman of a board of elections in South Carolina resigned after he and his wife were accused of removing and defacing multiple Donald Trump campaign signs from someone’s yard, numerous sources reported. A resident of Pawleys Island reported to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday that Trump campaign signs were disappearing from his yard. A deer camera the resident placed in his yard caught the offender on Oct. 4 taking his signs and defacing another by writing “dump” over the Trump name on the sign, Coastal Observer reported. JOHNSON CITY, TX – MARCH 03: A Trump Keep America Great sign along the highway on March 3, 2020 in Johnson City, Texas. 1,357 Democratic delegates are at stake as voters cast their ballots in 14 states and American Samoa on what is known as Super Tuesday. (Photo by Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images) An incident report identifies the offender as Dean...
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are set to make a £50million bail-out offer to keep League One and Two clubs alive. But there will be NO money available for Championship clubs. 3Top flight teams will offer cash-strapped League One and Two sides £50mCredit: Getty Images - Getty And the top flight outfits are also expected to demand the head of English Football League chairman Rick Parry. The majority of Premier League clubs are furious at Parry for conducting secret negotiations with Liverpool and Manchester United that saw the EFL chairman become the public face of Project Big Picture. EFL clubs have come out in support of Parry, pointing to the promise of £250m immediately coming from the Premier League to the lower three divisions as a result of the plan. But there is fierce resistance among the Prem sides to handing over any money to Championship clubs - many of whom have...
    (CNN)As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham had a unique opportunity: He got to kick off the questioning Tuesday of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.How did he mark this historic moment? By giving a purely political speech about the Affordable Care Act in a transparent attempt to bolster his flagging reelection campaign in his home state."From my point of view, Obamacare has been a disaster for the state of South Carolina." Graham began. "All of you over there want to impose Obamacare on South Carolina. We don't want it. We want something better. We want something different. You know, what we want in South Carolina? South Carolina-care, not Obamacare."Graham cast the ongoing debate over the ACA, which the Supreme Court will hear on November 10, as a choice between "consolidating all the power in Washington, have some bureaucrat you'll never meet running this program...
    President Donald Trump attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday amid a row over campaign ads as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs joined the battle with a complaint about being used in one 'without consent.' Fauci was one of the many targets of Trump's ire in an early morning tweet storm where the president also went after Democratic rival Joe Biden and Fox News' Chris Wallace, who moderated the first presidential debate. But Trump's attack on Fauci came after the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases called on the president's campaign to take down an ad featuring the COVID expert appearing to endorse Trump. In his attack, President Trump slammed Fauci's pitching arm, a reference to the doctor's flubbing a pitch during the Washington Nationals' opening game, and appeared to mock his medical advice.  'Actually, Tony's pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications. 'No...
    NBC has cut ties with another top executive following an internal investigation into allegations of toxic workplace behavior that led to the departure of former entertainment president Paul Telegdy. Meredith Ahr, the president of NBC Entertainment's Alternative and Reality Group, also known as the unscripted division, left the network on Monday, The Hollywood Reporter reported.   She is the latest exec to be terminated after the company investigated allegations of homophobic, misogynistic and racist behavior within the division in July. Meredith Ahr, pictured right with ousted NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy in 2018, left NBCUniversal on Monday following claims she helped foster a toxic workplace environment within the unscripted division  Investigators found Ahr and Telegdy's behavior 'was not in line with standards the company expects' from its leaders, the report states. Telegdy was fired in August. Ahr was accused by current and former staffers of fostering a 'mean girls' culture...
    FOOTBALL reacted in fury over a Manchester United and Liverpool-led plot to transform the Premier League. The backlash even saw the Government rap plans described as a “hostile takeover” by Prem chiefs. 3EFL chairman Rick Parry has been at the forefront of 'Project Big Picture'Credit: PA:Press Association Under the proposals drawn up by United — run by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward — and the Reds’ US owners, the top flight would be reduced from 20 clubs to 18. That would result in four teams going down and two coming up in the season before reform. The Carabao Cup and Community Shield would both be scrapped, while EFL clubs are offered an instant £250million bailout payment and promised a quarter of Prem revenues “for 25 years”. TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Breaking news, juicy gossip and the biggest deals   But the Prem’s voting structure would be torn up to give Big...
    Timothy Straker had previously advised the commission before representing the official Vote Leave campaign in a series of skirmishes with the body – Ben Jones A  senior QC who accused the election watchdog of “gross” legal errors is being lined up to chair the body, The Telegraph can reveal. Senior Tories are touting Timothy Straker as a replacement for Sir John Holmes, a former diplomat who is being forced to stand down at the end of a controversial four-year term. Mr Straker, 65, had previously advised the Electoral Commission before representing the official Vote Leave campaign in a series of skirmishes with the body. Sir John’s successor will be chosen by a committee of MPs but, under electoral law, cannot be a member of a political party or anyone who has recently served as a Member of Parliament. Senior figures in Number 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office...
    LORD ALAN SUGAR'S needless swipe at Arsenal on Twitter spectacular backfired as he came in for pelters from Gunners fans. The former Tottenham chairman, who owned Spurs between 1991 and 2001, took to social media to boast about his former club's shirt being on sale in Australia. 9Lord Alan Sugar opened himself up to plenty of ridicule on Twitter with a post about a Spurs shirt on sale in an Australian Nike storeCredit: Getty Images - Getty 9 Sugar, 73, is Down Under to film Channel Nine's Celebrity Apprentice Australia. He posted a picture of the 2020-21 Nike home shirt and wrote: "On sale in Sydney. No sign of Arsenal shirt," to his 5.2million followers. But it appeared the photo was take in a Nike store, with the sportswear giant's style, Air Force shoes and the Inter Milan away shirt also in the pic. ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Click here...
    (CNN)Whitey Ford, a Hall of Fame pitcher for the New York Yankees, died at the age of 91, the team announced."The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford," the team said in a statement. "Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x WS Champion and 10x All-Star, The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber. He will be deeply missed."The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. Whitey spent his entire 16-year career as a Yankee. A 6x WS Champion and 10x All-Star, The Chairman of the Board was one of the best lefties to ever toe the rubber. He will be deeply missed. pic.twitter.com/2KDi4V9SeA— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 9, 2020 Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford finished his career with a record of...
    Fact check: Viral photos of Biden and Whitmer without masks are from early March Thanksgiving will be smaller this year — and that means smaller turkeys Yankees Chairman of the Board Whitey Ford dies at 91 NEW YORK (Reuters) - Legendary New York Yankees pitcher and six-time World Series champion Whitey Ford has died at the age of 91, the team confirmed on Friday. © Reuters/Ray Stubblebine FILE PHOTO: Hall of Fame member Whitey Ford tips his cap during introductions for the New York Yankees 64th Old-Timers' Day game in New York Considered one of the greatest ever to put on the pinstripes, the born-and-raised New Yorker was a 10-time All-Star, earning the nickname "The Chairman of the Board" during his 16-season career, all of which he spent with the Yankees. "The Yankees are incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Whitey Ford,"...
    He won more World Series games than any other pitcher, retired with a winning percentage that remains a modern-day record and was the best hurler on what was baseball’s best team for years. Hall of Famer Whitey Ford died Thursday at his Long Island home at 91, the New York Yankees announced Friday. In a sad coincidence, New York City’s two greatest-ever pitchers – Ford and the Mets’ Tom Seaver – died less than six weeks apart. Born on Oct. 21, 1928 in Manhattan, Edward Charles Ford grew up an only child in the same Astoria, Queens neighborhood as Tony Bennett. The blond-haired Ford pitched his first game for the Bronx Bombers in 1950 after being signed as an amateur free agent out of high school for $7,000. He won his first nine games and lost only one (in relief), had a 2.81 ERA and finished second in the...
    The Commission on Presidential Debates is pressing forward with plans to hold one more in-person debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Frank Fahrenkopf, the co-chairman of the debate commission, said the final debate in Nashville, Tennessee, between the two candidates is scheduled to be in person but could be subject to change based on social distancing recommendations due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Right now, the intent is that it would be in person," Fahrenkopf said of the debate on CNN. "But that again will depend on the medical advice we receive as to whether or not it would be safe to do so. And it wouldn't really make much difference whether or not it's a town hall meeting or the regular one-on-one with podiums. It's going to depend on the health issue. And that is what's going to guide us. If there's a health problem,...
    Elliott Broidy, the former finance chairman for the Republican National Committee (RNC), was charged on Thursday for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act in connection with a conspiracy to lobby the U.S. Government to drop a probe of “Foreign Person A,” believed to be Jho Low. It was previously reportedly that the feds wanted to ask questions about a Maylasian businessman who was on the run across China and accused of embezzling billions. Back in April 2018, it was reported that Jho Low, the fugitive in question, was being investigated for laundering millions of dollars from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), “through two associates,” identified as Phengphian Laogumnerd and Pras Michel—the latter appears to be the U.S. citizen, businessman and entertainer identified only as “Person A” in the complaint. The Justice Department also reportedly wanted to know if the two played roles in helping Low make payments to pay his U.S. legal team. That legal...
    The costly and strategically dubious relocation of U.S. Africa Command headquarters from Germany will not happen if President Trump loses the election in November, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said Wednesday. “Trump’s gonna lose, and we’re not gonna move AFRICOM out of Germany,” Smith said in a virtual conversation hosted by the American Security Project. The Washington Democrat said Trump’s call to reduce by 12,000 U.S. troops in Germany and force the command to relocate is without a strategic basis. “It’s a remarkably boneheaded idea, and we will kill it one way or the other,” he said. “It’s gonna stay in Germany, where it’s at, because it just doesn’t make sense to do that." Smith, who has a deep understanding of U.S. security challenges in Africa, said he sympathized with Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s challenge to reorient the Pentagon budget to face great power competition with China...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A person claiming to be Belarusian opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya joined a confidential virtual meeting of the Danish Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee before its members suspected something was wrong, its panel said Thursday. The Committee said in a statement that during Tuesday's meeting, where political unrest in Belarus was being discussed, the person claiming to be “Tsikhanouskaya and her staff had problems with the camera on their PC and it was therefore not possible to see her.” In Copenhagen, participants realized “that something was wrong,” and ended the meeting earlier than scheduled, the committee with representatives of all parties in the Danish parliament said in a rare statement. They later contacted Tsikhanouskaya's staff and found out that they had been talking and listening to an imposter. “I hope it is just a big joke," said Martin Lidegaard, chairman of the 17-member Foreign Policy Committee. Deputy chairman...
    Meat and poultry plant executives are confident that they’ve beefed up health and safety protocols enough so they won’t have to shut down again as a result of COVID-19, despite flu season underway. “I would imagine most of the industry is doing what we’re doing and that is really pushing the flu shots right now. Our wellness centers are giving these out and encouraging people to get them,” Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, the parent company of meat producer Perdue Foods, told Fox News on Wednesday. “We’re continuing the protocols on social distancing and masks as we were during the height of the pandemic. Half a dozen of our harvest plants did 100% [COVID-19] testing," Perdue said. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue said in a statement sent to Fox News that the move is meant “to improve performance and the services these agencies provide.” The secretary of agriculture added that the...
    Uday Shankar will step down as president of The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific and chairman, Star and Disney India, to pursue an entrepreneurial career. He will step down from his positions effective December 31 this year. The news was announced by Rebecca Campbell, chairman of the brand’s Direct-to-Consumer and International segment. Over the next three months, Shankar will work closely with Campbell to identify his successor to ensure a smooth transition. Shekhar Kapur is the New FTII President and Chairman of Its Governing Council A former president of Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF), Shankar is currently senior vice president of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and in line to take over as its next president. On his decision to step down from his current positions at Star and Disney, Shankar said: “I have always believed in the power of creativity and cutting-edge technology to create a...
    The second-highest in command in the U.S. Marines has tested positive for COVID-19, the Pentagon has confirmed - increasing the concern within the Department of Defense as all senior military chiefs continue to quarantine.  General Gary Thomas, 58, had been in self-quarantine since Tuesday 'out of an abundance of caution' after being notified he had recently been in contact with someone who later tested positive, a statement from the service said. 'The Marine Corps is following established policies for COVID, per CDC guidelines, to include quarantine and contact tracing,' the statement said.  'According to CDC guidelines, any Marine Corps personnel who were in close contact with the general will also quarantine.'  General Gary Thomas, 58, has tested positive for COVID-19, it was confirmed on Wednesday Many senior officials were at a September 27 event for gold star families in the White House Few people were wearing face...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled openness to an airline-relief bill in a call with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after President Donald Trump pulled his negotiators from broader stimulus talks. Pelosi’s receptiveness to stand-alone legislation for airlines doesn’t appear to include other elements of what was to have been a comprehensive relief package, however. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, she rejected pressure from Trump to green-light a bill authorizing $1,200 individual stimulus checks, saying that was insufficient to address the COVID-19 challenge. With regard to carriers, Mnuchin “inquired about a standalone airlines bill” in a phone call with Pelosi Wednesday morning, her spokesman Drew Hammill tweeted. “The speaker reminded him that Republicans blocked that bill on Friday & asked him to review the DeFazio bill so that they could have an informed conversation.” The two spoke again Wednesday evening for about 20 minutes about airline aid, and Hammill said they agreed to...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Republican Party Chairman Rodney Anderson has tested positive for COVID-19. The Chairman was exposed at a personal event over the weekend and immediately started the process of self-quarantining. He and his family will continue to quarantine for the next two weeks. No Dallas County Republican Party staff or volunteers have been exposed, according to a news release from the Dallas County Republican Party. Anderson is expected to make a full and quick recovery, and wants to remind everyone to continue to wear their masks and make safe social decisions. Latest Coronavirus News | Coronavirus Resources
    Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., slammed President Trump's announcement to fully declassify all Russia investigation documents as a sloppy sleight of hand meant to distract from his own problems. "Donald Trump could declassify every single secret in America's vault but he can't erase that he asked Russia to help him win and they complied," Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News. Fresh out of the hospital from coronavirus treatment, Trump late Tuesday tweeted that he authorized the declassification of all documents related to Russia collusion and the Hillary Clinton email probe. "No redactions!" he tweeted. Trump's GOP allies on Capitol Hill immediately praised the announcement as a step toward transparency and urged FBI Director Chris Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspell to carry out Trump's directive. TRUMP AUTHORIZES DECLASSIFICATION OF ALL RUSSIA COLLUSION, HILLARY CLINTON EMAIL PROBE DOCUMENTS "I truly hope Directors Wray and Haspell follow their commander in chief's order," Senate Homeland...
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., told a rally of supporters on Saturday that if Democrats take back the Senate after November, he would be the chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. “If the Democrats gain control of the Senate, you’re looking at the chairman of the Subcommittee on Health,” the self-professed democratic socialist told the crowd in Lebanon, N.H. “And trust me, that the healthcare industry and the drug companies, will understand a very new reality when that happens.” Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to the crowd at a car rally campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Warren, Mich.  (Ann Arbor News via AP) With the November election just four weeks away, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tried to distance himself from the far-left senator -- despite the two of them releasing a “unity platform” in July. ...
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A bankruptcy and corporate law professor will be the new chairman of a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances, officials announced Tuesday. David Skeel will replace José Carrión, who had led the board since the U.S. Congress created it in 2016 as the U.S. territory struggled through an economic crisis and sought to restructure a portion of its more than $70 billion public debt load. It was the biggest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history. Carríon had announced in July that he was stepping down, and two other board members have stepped down since. Those two other positions have not been filled. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and other top military officials have been forced to quarantine after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for Covid-19, according to the Washington Post.  Milley tested negative, but will still be working remotely as he was exposed to the virus after meeting with the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Charles W. Wray, who tested positive on Monday. The head of U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone, and 14 other officials have also been forced to quarantined following the meeting. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins took to Twitter to report that only one member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is not working remotely. All but one member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is now working remotely. — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 6, 2020 CBS’ David Begnaud reported a list of which officials are quarantining following their exposure: BREAKING: CBS News reports top...
    The chairman of an Arkansas county Republican committee died from complications associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday—less than one month after his organization hosted a maskless gathering with other elected leaders. Steven Farmer, who served as the chairman of the Craighead County Republican Committee, died on Tuesday after a weeks-long battle with the coronavirus that resulted in a stay at the ICU and a ventilator, his daughter and the organization announced. The news comes just three weeks after his committee hosted an event with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), who contracted COVID-19 in July, for Reagan Day. Photos of the event show few attendees wearing masks and minimal social distancing. It was unclear whether Farmer attended the event, as he was admitted to the hospital the same week as the gathering. “Dad’s soul is singing today even though ours aren’t. But grief is the...
    Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued an apology to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff for a joke at his expense. When he saw Schiff's name on the guest list at a change of command ceremony on Thursday for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Milley quipped, "I wasn't sure if it was gonna be a hearing or an indictment." Schiff did not attend, according to Stars and Stripes, but Milley issued an apology on Monday to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “Today I spoke with the Honorable Representative Adam Schiff and apologized for a comment I made, in jest, during opening remarks at the DIA change of command,” he said. "My comments were in no way meant to be offensive." A spokesperson for the congressman told Politico that Schiff “appreciated the call, and looks forward to continuing to work with the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
    For older adults, lifetime experiences help generate resilience to pandemic trauma School pressure, sick lawmakers, go-cups: News from around our 50 states Announcing BI Global Trends Festival 2020 speakers: Dont miss Reed Hastings, Carlos Watson, Nouriel Roubini, Jennifer Jordan, and more! © Business Insider Business Insider Gain a better understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted business around the world. Join us for the inaugural Business Insider Global Trends Festival, a five-day virtual event with more than 60 hours of content.  We're bringing together business leaders from Asia, Europe, the US, and the UK onto four virtual stages for a truly global perspective. From live talks to dedicated workshops, the week's programming will be insightful, thought-provoking, and surprising — and accessible from your office or home office.Buy tickets for the event here.This year's speakers are experts in their fields, and more are signing up to participate every week, so watch this...
    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: House panel says Intelligence Community not equipped to address Chinese threats | House approves bill to send cyber resources to state, local governments House approves legislation to send cybersecurity resources to state, local governments House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks MORE (D-Miss.) said Monday that he has requested a briefing from the Secret Service on its safeguards for agents exposed to COVID-19, a day after President TrumpDonald John TrumpQuestions remain unanswered as White House casts upbeat outlook on Trump's COVID-19 fight White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms White House says 'appropriate precautions' were taken for Trump's outing to see supporters MORE left his hospital suite while undergoing treatment for the virus to greet supporters from his motorcade, putting his protective detail at risk of exposure. Trump, who is currently...
    The chairman of the election watchdog is being forced to stand down The chairman of the election watchdog is being forced to stand down after the body drew fury from the Conservatives over a botched attempt to hand itself powers to prosecute political parties. Sir John Holmes is understood to have been told by MPs that he cannot continue in the role – after seeking to extend his four-year term beyond December. The Electoral Commission is also now shelving plans to acquire powers to prosecute scores of criminal offences itself, rather than referring suspected breaches to the police and Crown ­Prosecution Service. It comes after the Conservatives raised “serious concerns” about the leadership and accountability of the watchdog, over the proposals, which Amanda Milling, the party chairman, said would have amounted to the body “marking its own homework”. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph in August, Ms Milling said: “The...
    Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein believe that there should be a delay in the confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The pair penned a statement on Friday, calling on Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to delay the hearings and hold off on committing to a scheduled time for them because of the coronavirus. News spread early on Friday morning that President Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Later that day, Sen. Mike Lee confirmed that he had tested positive as well. "It is premature for Chairman Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease," Schumer and Feinstein wrote. "The unfortunate news about the infection of our colleague...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – After overseeing the layoffs of tens of thousands of employees, Bob Iger, the executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company, has stepped down from a California government task force which was established to help navigate the economic issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The 69-year-old Iger resigned from the Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force, the Sacramento Bee reported Thursday. FILE — Disney CEO Bob Iger attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on Feb. 9, 2020, in Hollywood. (Getty Images) The move came a few days after Disney confirmed it had laid off about 28,000 employees. About two-third of those were part-time employees at Disney’s theme parks in Anaheim and Florida. Disneyland, California Adventure and all other California amusement parks have been shuttered since the pandemic began in mid-March. Downtown Disney reopened in July. California’s continued “unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The chairman of European leaders Charles Michel said he hoped EU governments and the European Parliament would soon find a deal on linking respect for the rule of law and access to EU economic post-pandemic recovery funds. He said the topic was discussed only very briefly at a summit of EU leaders on Friday, without any conclusions. (Reporting by Jan Strupczewski) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    The mainstream media's treatment of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, is a national embarrassment compared to how President Trump and his family are treated, Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz told "Fox & Friends" Thursday. Reacting to former FBI director James Comey testifying about the Russia investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee called his testimony "totally inexcusable" as Comey frequently said he didn't remember or recall certain events. Major networks -- ABC, NBC and CBS -- didn't give a single minute to Comey's Senate hearing on the Russia probe, according to Volicon. Chaffetz said the so-called news organizations were "totally incurious" about investigations when he was chairman because those probes were negative about then-candidate Hillary Clinton or the Obama-Biden administration. He says that all changed when Trump became president. GRAHAM SLAMS FBI ACTIONS IN RUSSIA PROBE: ‘IF THAT DOESN’T BOTHER AMERICA, THEN SOMETHING’S WRONG’ "They put Donald Trump Jr. on the cover...
    Enrique Tarrio, a leader of the Proud Boys, attends a Proud Boys rally on September 26, 2020 in Delta Park, on the northern edge of Portland, Oregon. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images The Proud Boys, an extremist right-wing organization of self-described "Western chauvinists" with links to violence and white supremacist activism, has gained increased attention in recent months. The group was pushed into the spotlight after President Donald Trump told them to "stand back and stand by" at Tuesday night's debate. The fraternity's international chairman, Enrique Tarrio, told Insider that members are running for election this November, but declined to identify them by name. Tarrio told Insider that the groups will be attending fewer rallies in the coming weeks to instead canvass for their members. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Proud Boys was thrust into the national spotlight Tuesday night when President Donald Trump, asked...
    Marc Racicot, a former governor of Montana as well as an ex-chairman of the Republican National Committee, endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president in an interview this week. “Even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him,” Racicot, 72, told Home Ground Radio host Brian Kahn. “That means that I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for president.” The half-hour interview, focused on the state of U.S. politics in general, turned to the 2020 election near its end. FILE - In this July 17, 2004, file photo, former GOP National Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot speaks at a news conference for a Bush-Cheney campaign event in Seattle. The former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President...
    Savannah Rychcik September 30, 2020 0 Comments Former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair Marc Racicot may not agree with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on everything, but that is not stopping him from voting for him in November. In an interview with Brian Kahn, host of Home Ground, broadcast Tuesday evening on Yellowstone Public Radio, Racicot revealed why he is voting for Biden. “I regret that I will cause consternation perhaps in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him,” Racicot said. Kahn pressed Racicot on whether he will not be voting at all or if he will be voting for Biden. “That means that I will be voting for Joe Biden for president. The reason I’m doing that Brian is that I’m not going to march lockstep...
    BILLINGS Mont. (AP) — A former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Marc Racicot made the statement during an interview Tuesday on Yellowstone Public Radio with Home Ground host Brian Kahn. Racicot, 72, served two terms as governor after being elected in 1992 and again 1996. He was chairman of the RNC in 2002 and 2003 before becoming chairman of George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign. Racicot said Trump lacks the patience and humility needed to lead the country. “I regret that I will cause consternation, perhaps, in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him,” Racicot said, adding that he still has policy disagreements with Biden. He added: “But at the...
    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former Montana governor and Republican National Committee chair said he will vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, citing character flaws in President Donald Trump. Marc Racicot made the statement during an interview Tuesday on Yellowstone Public Radio with Home Ground host Brian Kahn, the Missoulian reported. Racicot, 72, served two terms as governor after being elected in 1992 and again 1996. He was chairman of the RNC in 2002 and 2003 before becoming chairman of George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Racicot said Trump lacks the patience and humility needed to lead the country. “I regret that I will cause consternation, perhaps, in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him,” Racicot said, adding that he still has policy disagreements with Biden. “But at the end,...
    A George W. Bush-era chairman of the Republican National Committee says he will vote for Joe Biden over President Trump. Marc Racicot, governor of Montana from 1993-2001, who helmed the national Republican party during the first term of Bush's presidency, said Trump's character is deficient and lacking, and he should be denied a second term. "I regret that I will cause consternation, perhaps in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," Racicot said. "That means I will be voting for Joe Biden for president." Racicot said he would have "disagreements" with Biden, the former two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator. "But the content of a man's character or a woman's character to serve in that capacity is more important than any other issue that I have to consider...
    Former GOP Montana governor and Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Marc Racicot said this week that he would that he will not vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE in November. "I regret that I will cause consternation perhaps in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him," Racicot said during a Tuesday interview on Yellowstone Public Radio. "That means I will be voting for Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE for president.” Racicot did not provide details about why he was choosing to endorse the Democratic presidential nominee, according to The...
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced subpoenas Tuesday for documents and testimony from the Department of Homeland Security as part of the committee's whistleblower investigation. Brian Murphy alleged that officials pressured him to downplay information on Russian influence and the threat represented by White supremacists. The complaint also alleges that Murphy was retaliated against and demoted. Schiff accused the DHS and Joseph B. Maher, the head of its Office of Intelligence and Analysis, of “effectively blocking the whistleblower from testifying” and failing to provide documents. DHS has denied the allegations in both the complaint and from Schiff. WOLF TAKES AIM AT 'FABRICATED' COMPLAINTS, REPORTS AT CONFIRMATION HEARING “The whistleblower complaint from Mr. Murphy is patently false, it's a fabrication, completely,” acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said at a Senate confirmation hearing last week. He said Murphy was reassigned because of allegations he abused his authority by personally directing the collection...
    (CNN)Two women alleged that they were sexually assaulted when they were teenagers by Trevor Milton, the founder and former executive chairman of Nikola Motor Company. The two women -- one who was identified as Milton's cousin, Aubrey Smith, and the other whose identity is being withheld and is referred to as a Jane Doe -- are being represented by Utah-based attorney Craig Johnson. The women allege they were sexually assaulted by Milton in 1999 and 2004 when both women were 15, respectively. Smith's complaint was filed with the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake in Utah on Saturday. Sergeant Melody Cutler with the Department confirmed to CNN Business that it received a complaint regarding a sexual assault incident in September 1999 against Milton, when he would have been 17, on Saturday."Mr. Milton strongly denies these false allegations," said Brandon Messina, a spokesperson for Trevor Milton, in a statement to...
    Nikola Motor Company Badger pickup truckSource: Nikola Motor Company General Motors and Nikola are not expected to finalize a $2 billion deal scheduled to close before Wednesday after allegations of fraud and sexual abuse surfaced against the embattled start-up's founder and former executive chairman, Trevor Milton, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. Executives at both companies are expected to extend the talks, the people said, asking not to be identified because the negotiations aren't public.  The deal was initially viewed as a no-lose situation for GM. The partnership would give the Detroit automaker an 11% stake in the red-hot company for supplying Nikola battery and fuel cell technologies as well as producing its Nikola Badger pickup. Shares of Nikola closed Tuesday down 7.4% to $17.88 – the stock's lowest closing since the company went public on June 4. Nikola's shares rose by more than 4% in after-hours trading. GM shares closed down...
    BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The chairman of a Vermont school board has asked a board member to resign after comments he posted on Facebook regarding Black Lives Matter. Mount Anthony Union School Board Chairman Timothy Holbrook said Monday that the comments from board member Ed Letourneau were “outrageous” and “certainly detrimental to anything the board does. I think it was sufficient reason to ask for his resignation,” the Bennington Banner reported. Letourneau said Tuesday that he’s looking to identify the people who “maligned” him. “They took comments out of the context of the conversation to make me look like a racist and it’s not true,” he said. He said Tuesday that he was not considering resigning. Holbrook said he plans to remove Letourneau from the board's education and finance committees if he does not resign. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
    Gabrielle Union and NBC Entertainment has settled their dispute over the actress claims of a "toxic culture" behind the scenes at "Americas Got Talent," with the former judge claiming on-set racism and discrimination. "Weve reached an amicable resolution," NBC and Union said in a joint statement released Tuesday, according to Mediaite. "NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect." Union previously filed a complaint against the network following her dismissal from the show in June. Her attorney claimed in a statement that NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy "threatened Ms. Union in an attempt to silence her from telling the truth about racist actions that took place on the show." The actress has also mentioned specific complaints about the behavior of other people involved in the show, such as...
    Famous filmmaker and the man who gave us Mr India, Shekhar Kapur gets appointed as the new chairman of Film & Television Institute of India governing council. The ace director has succeeded CID producer, BP Singh as the chairman of the institution and his appointment will definitely get in some amazing results during his entire tenure. Besides his stint as the chairman of the governing council, Shekhar Kapur will also act as the President of FTII society. The institution had earlier made headlines when Gajendra Chauhan was elected as its president. There were some harsh criticisms drawn against his appointment and he was then replaced by veteran actor Anupam Kher. However, after working as the institution’s head for over a year, Kher decided to step down as its chairman and his exit paved way for BP Singh’s entry. We’re looking forward to seeing Shekhar Kapur get involved with the...
    Nikola Motor CompanySource: Nikola Motor Company Nikola's stock slid by about 7% Tuesday after CNBC reported new sex abuse allegations against founder Trevor Milton and General Motors said that it was still in discussions over a $2 billion deal with the electric truck maker, which is expected to close Wednesday. Two women have now accused the 38-year-old billionaire in complaints filed with Utah authorities of sexual abuse when both women were 15 years old. The accusations, stretching back more than 15 years, follow Milton's resignation as executive chairman of Nikola on Sept. 21 after short seller Hindenburg Research released a damning report detailing fraud allegations. GM announced a deal Sept. 8 with Nikola to provide technology to its electric pickups and build them in a partnership the companies valued at $2 billion. The Hindenburg report dropped two days later and it has  reportedly sparked inquiries into Milton and Nikola by the Securities and Exchange...
    Acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been appointed President of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, tweeted to confirm the news on Tuesday: “Happy to inform that renowned international film personality #ShekharKapur has been appointed as the President of FTII Society & Chairman of Governing Council of FTII. @[email protected]” After Anupam Kher, BP Singh, Producer of Popular Crime Show ‘CID’, Named New FTII Chief. “Mr Kapur, who has a vast experience, will add more value to the Institute. I am sure everybody will welcome his appointment,” he added. The director has made his mark in Hollywood as well as Bollywood. He started out as a filmmaker with Masoom in 1983. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Jugal Hansraj, the film was a critical and commercial success. Kapur would score a blockbuster at the box office...
    FURIOUS Prem clubs are poised to today reject Government demands for them to pay a £250million bailout to keep the EFL alive. And the clubs are adamant they will not back down UNLESS they are allowed to open the turnstiles and let fans return to grounds. 2Clubs are furious at Oliver Dowden's attempts to make them pay upCredit: Getty Images - Getty The 20 “shareholder” clubs will meet virtually to show a determined and united front after growing increasingly angry at the attempts by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to “railroad” them into stumping up the survival cash. And the clubs believe they have extra ammunition after a cross-party group of influential MPs plus two former FA chairmen said the Government, not the Prem, had an obligation to step in and prevent the imminent “collapse” of the English league system. Clubs at both ends of the Prem financial scale erupted in...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Two state Republican leaders added their voices Monday in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Florida. Republican Party of Florida Chairman Joe Gruters, a state senator from Sarasota, and incoming House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, described the ballot initiative as “a Trojan horse,” “a trapdoor,” and “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” that will bring to Florida “failed policies” from liberal cities where streets are “covered in poverty, riots, crime.” “Voting ‘no’ on Amendment 2 may save your favorite restaurant from closing, or your favorite waiter or waitress from losing their job,” Sprowls, who will become House speaker after the November elections, said during an online press event with a top lobbyist for the restaurant and hotel industry. Gruters, a certified public accountant, contended the state’s current minimum wage is primarily for entry level positions...
    President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will meet with Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham on Tuesday before her confirmation hearings, which are scheduled for mid-October. Barrett will first meet with Graham, who will be in charge of the Senate confirmation hearings for Barrett which start on October 12. She will then meet with a number of other Senators on Capitol Hill, despite several Democratic Senators saying they refuse to even meet with Trump’s nominee. So far, three Democratic senators have said they refuse to meet with Barrett before the hearings. Those senators include New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono. “I will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett,” Gillibrand tweeted Sunday. “This nomination process is illegitimate,” adding: “I refuse to participate in the further degradation of our democracy and our judiciary.” Blumenthal sent out multiple tweets...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brexit Britain is part of an "arc of instability" that has emerged around the European Union, the bloc's chairman said on Monday, ranking London's decision to leave the EU along with threats from Turkey, Russia, Libya and Syria. "An arc of instability has developed all around us," European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits, said in an online address for the Bruegel think-tank. "In the west, Brexit. ... The result shook up the European Union. This choice of national sovereignty was felt as a failure of European construction," Michel said. "The truth is, the British face a dilemma. What model of society do they want??" Britain left the EU, the world's largest trading bloc, on Jan. 31 after 47 years of partnership to the huge regret of EU leaders who now insist that London accept the economic consequences of looser ties. The process of negotiating...
    BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Brexit Britain is part of an “arc of instability” that has emerged around the European Union, the bloc’s chairman said on Monday, ranking London’s decision to leave the EU along with threats from Turkey, Russia, Libya and Syria. “An arc of instability has developed all around us,” European Council President Charles Michel, who chairs EU summits, said in an online address for the Bruegel think-tank. “In the west, Brexit. … The result shook up the European Union. This choice of national sovereignty was felt as a failure of European construction,” Michel said. “The truth is, the British face a dilemma. What model of society do they want??” Britain left the EU, the world’s largest trading bloc, on Jan. 31 after 47 years of partnership to the huge regret of EU leaders who now insist that London accept the economic consequences of looser ties. The process...
    GOVERNMENT demands for Premier League clubs to pay the £250million EFL bail-out have been criticised by MPs and two former FA chairmen. Lord Triesman and Greg Dyke are among the signatories to the letter, written by Tory MP Damian Collins. 3The Premier League are being called on by the Government to provide the £250m bail-out the EFL needsCredit: AP:Associated Press And in a stinging rebuke of Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the group says it is the Government, and not Premier League clubs, who must be responsible for keeping the lower tiers of English football alive. They say: “We understand that you had hoped that the Premier League clubs might make a significant additional contribution to support the EFL. “Whilst this would be welcome, those clubs too face swingeing losses from lost ticketing receipts and falling revenues from broadcasting matches. “However, it cannot be the Premier League's sole responsibility to sort...
    Mark Rosenker, a transportation safety expert, who served as the first ever vice chairman of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC) and was former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), died Saturday, according to the WMSC. The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission said it was “saddened to share” word of Rosenker’s death, which was due to brain cancer. He was 73. “I am saddened to lose a long-time colleague and friend who has contributed so much to transportation safety as well as many other areas. Our thoughts are with the Rosenker family,” said Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Chairman Christopher Hart, who was appointed to fill the NTSB seat Rosenker departed at the end of his term. Rosenker served as NTSB chairman from 2005 to 2009, worked in President George W. Bush’s administration for two years as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's culture minister said on Sunday that two prominent critics of the BBC who have reportedly been offered important roles in the British media had "strengths". Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked Charles Moore, a former editor of the Daily Telegraph, to become the chairman of the BBC and wants Paul Dacre, a former editor of the Daily Mail, to be chairman of media regulator Ofcom, according to The Sunday Times. Culture minister Oliver Dowden said the process for the appointment of both roles would be launched soon and that the government was seeking "strong, credible" people and a chair of the BBC who could hold it to account. "There are strengths to both Charles Moore and to Paul Dacre," he told Sky News. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; Reporting by Andrew Heavens) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to appoint two Brexit-backing critics of the BBC to key roles in the media, including one as chairman of the publicly owned broadcaster itself, the Times reported on Saturday. The newspaper said Johnson wanted to appoint Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, as chairman of media regulator Ofcom, and he has asked Charles Moore, the former editor of the Daily Telegraph, to become the chairman of the BBC. (Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    EFL chiefs will order ALL Carabao Cup teams to take Covid-19 tests ahead of next week's last-16 clashes. The third round fell into farce as Leyton Orient's 17 positive results ruined their clash with Tottenham and Hull refused West Ham's offer to provide screening. 1EFL chairman Rick Parry has ordered all teams be tested ahead of the Carabao Cup last-16Credit: Rex Features But chairman Rick Parry said: "For the next round we will test everybody. "It was a bit random this time, it wasn't coordinated through the leagues, it was kind of club to club. "Some agreed, some didn't. Hull didn't, West Ham got positive, oddly. "Orient agreed and suddenly 17 positives - the nightmare scenario. "Safety comes first and foremost. I don't think we needed a wake-up call but it has given us one." The EFL confirmed Orient must forfeit the Spurs tie so the Premier League side will now play...
              A new poll shows Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by only 5 points, nearly at the margin of error of 3.9 percent, but the president’s delegation chairman says that does not factor in Trump’s grassroots effort. The Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University released the poll, which is available here. Biden holds a 5-point lead in Virginia over President Donald Trump, 48% to 43%, according to the survey of likely voters released Thursday. Among Virginians who are enthusiastic about voting in the November 3 election, Biden’s lead jumps to 8 points, 51%-43%, the poll said. “Enthusiasm is a key to Biden’s lead and will be a key to turnout on Election Day,” Wason Center Research Director Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo said. “We saw an enthusiasm gap of 6 points between Democrats and Republicans in this survey.” Among those voters,...
    The chairman of the New York Times Co., Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., is retiring and passing on control of the company to his son, the New York Times announced. Sulzberger, Jr., 69, was publisher of the Times for more than 25 years and was chairman since 1997. His son, A.G. Sulzberger, 40, has been publisher of the Times since 2018 and is the latest generation of the family to take over in its nearly 125 year ownership of the paper, according to CNN. NEW YORK, NY – JULY 21: Chairman of New York Times Company Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. attends NY Times Cities For Tomorrow Conference on July 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for New York Times) The family has controlled the company since they purchased it in 1896. Sulzberger, Jr. will return officially December 31 after overseeing significant changes in the paper, including...
    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Pete Bevacqua has been promoted to chairman of the NBC Sports Group. He succeeds Mark Lazarus, who was named chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming in May. Lazarus had been NBC Sports’ chairman since 2011 when he took over from Dick Ebersol. Bevacqua came to NBC Sports in 2018 after a six-year tenure as CEO of the PGA of America. During Bevacqua’s two years at NBC, he has helped negotiate an extension of the division’s PGA Tour rights, adding another NFL playoff game, and re-acquiring the rights for all United States Golf Association championships. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A leading Republican congressman demanded Thursday that the FBI reveal whether it’s investigating allegations of “potential criminal activity” by the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. In a two-page letter, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to write back regarding what he called the “explosive report” released by Republican senators on Wednesday. “Among other findings, the report documented ‘potential criminal activity relating to transactions among and between Hunter Biden, his family, and his associates with Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh, and Chinese nationals,’ ” he wrote. Jordan also said the 87-page report from Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) “shows that the FBI has been aware of some alleged misconduct for years.” “The FBI suffered from a pattern of misconduct and politicization at the highest levels of the FBI during...
    New York (CNN Business)Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., is retiring as chairman of the New York Times Co. as of the end of this year, turning control of the family-controlled company that publishes the paper over to his son.AG Sulzberger, 40, has been publisher of the Times since 2018, the sixth member of the Sulzberger and Ochs family to serve in that role, succeeding his father in that role as well. The family has controlled the company since buying the paper in 1896.Sulzberger, Jr., 69, who was publisher of the Times for more than 25 years, will retire as chairman effective December 31. He held the chairmanship since 1997, overseeing the greatest change in the paper in more than a century. He took it from a purely black-and-white paper to color printing, expanded its national edition and oversaw the transformation from print to online news distribution. Last quarter for the first...
    Outrage over lack of charges in Breonna Taylors death turns into protests across the US Americas most successful employee-owned companies ABS Chairman Emeritus Lopez Quits as Broadcaster Rebuilds (Bloomberg) -- ABS-CBN Corp.’s chairman emeritus, Eugenio ‘Gabby’ Lopez III, has quit and has relinquished his board seats in the Philippine media company and other ventures controlled by the Lopez family. © Bloomberg Employees work in a control room at the ABS-CBN Corp. Broadcasting Center in Metro Manila, the Philippines, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. ABS-CBN, the Philippines' largest media company has asked the country's top court to halt a government order shutting its television and radio stations. Lopez, who previously served as chief executive and the son and namesake of ABS-CBN’s founder, resigned effective immediately for personal reasons, the company said in a statement. He also gave up his board seats in ABS-CBN Holdings Corp., Sky Vision Corp., Sky Cable...
    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. will retire as chairman and a member of the New York Times Co. board by the end of this year, the newspaper publisher said Wednesday. Sulzberger Jr., 69, will be succeeded by his son, A.G. Sulzberger., 40, who has been The Times' publisher since 2018. The last years of the elder Sulzberger's tenure have been marked, in part, by relentless criticism from President Trump, who has repeatedly referred to the newspaper as "the failing New York Times." In May, Trump issued a pair of tweets, referring to Sulzberger and Times executive editor Dean Baquet by name, with the president adding, "I laugh at them all." Sulzberger issued a statement Wednesday about his departure plans. “Serving this essential institution and working alongside so many gifted journalists over the years has been the privilege of my life," Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement, according to the paper. "There’s an old...
    It’s all in the family at the New York Times Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger Jr is retiring as chairman of the New York Times Co. at year-end and passing the reins to his 40-year-old son A.G. Sulzberger. Pinch, 69, already passed down the publisher’s job to A.G. in 2018. Pinch has had an eventful and sometimes tumultuous tenure at the Gray Lady’s where he oversaw the paper’s editorial and business functions from 1992 to 2017 and became chairman in 1997. He will assume the title of chairman emeritus. He oversaw the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal in 2003, which led to the resignations of Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd. He also famously clashed with executive editor Jill Abramson, forcing her out in 2014 on claims that she had misled him about her decision to bring in a co-managing editor. The feud capped months of growing tension between Pinch and Abramson, the first...
    Ginsburg returns to Supreme Court for final time McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Might Not Ever Come Back To Menus Arthur Sulzberger Retires as Times Chairman; Son Succeeds Him (Bloomberg) -- Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. is retiring as chairman of the New York Times Co. after navigating the family-controlled business through the tumultuous decline of print media and the newspaper’s rise as a digital brand. © Bloomberg Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. Sulzberger, 69, will be succeeded by his son, the 40-year-old A.G. Sulzberger, ensuring that a family member continues to lead the board of the country’s most influential newspaper. The changes are effective Dec. 31, the company said Wednesday. The elder Sulzberger led the New York Times through good times and bad, including scandal, internal turmoil and the decline of the newspaper industry at the hands of the internet. In his years as publisher, the Times won 61 Pulitzer Prizes. He...
    By DAVID PITT, Associated Press Sen. Charles Grassley insisted Wednesday that he is not a hypocrite for going back on a statement he made to constituents four years ago about whether the Senate should take up nominations for U.S. Supreme Court justice during an election year. Grassley, an Iowa Republican, drew condemnation from Democrats in 2016 when, as Judiciary chairman, he blocked confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, who was nominated to the high court after Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly in February 2016. At the time, Grassley cited “the Biden Rule” in holding up the process. The reference to such a "rule” stemmed from a speech given by then-Sen. Joe Biden in 1992 that the Senate should not fill a Supreme Court vacancy until after the presidential election. More recently, Grassley told reporters in July that if he still chaired Judiciary and a vacancy occurred, “I would not have a...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are proposing a sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority. The legislation, a wide-ranging package of new and revised bills, will be announced Wednesday morning by the heads of seven House committees. It would, among other measures, limit the president’s pardon power, strengthen laws to ban presidents from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments, better protect independent agency watchdogs and whistleblowers from firing or retribution and require better reporting by campaigns of foreign election interference. Each of the bill’s provisions is a response to actions by Trump or his administration that Democrats saw as abuses of presidential power. It builds on an elections and ethics reform package from House...
    WASHINGTON – House Democrats are proposing a sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority. The legislation, a wide-ranging package of new and revised bills, will be announced Wednesday morning by the heads of seven House committees. It would, among other measures, limit the president’s pardon power, strengthen laws to ban presidents from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments, better protect independent agency watchdogs and whistleblowers from firing or retribution and require better reporting by campaigns of foreign election interference. Each of the bill’s provisions is a response to actions by Trump or his administration that Democrats saw as abuses of presidential power. It builds on an elections and ethics reform package from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the House passed soon...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- At a news conference on Tuesday, Disney officials provided an update on the status of reopening of several of the company's theme parks in the U.S. -- and urged California officials to allow visitors to safely return to Disneyland and California Adventure.The online event included representatives from Anaheim's Disneyland Resort, Florida's Epcot Center, Walt Disney World hotels, and Disney's Animal Kingdom, as well as Josh D'Amaro, chairman of Disney parks, experiences and products."We are ready to open, and we are hoping we will have guidance from the state soon," said Patrick Finnegan, vice president of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney district.The popular shopping district reopened to the public in July with new health protocols in place. California Adventure and Disneyland remain shut down, more than six months after the coronavirus pandemic forced their temporary closure.EMBED More News Videos The coronavirus pandemic continues to take a...
    How the NASCAR Charter system works Ranking Every Fast & Furious Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best Mistry Family Wants to Exit Tata Group After Rebuff on Borrowing (Bloomberg) -- The billionaire Mistry family, the largest minority shareholder of the Tata Group, said it needs to separate its interests after India’s biggest conglomerate took steps to block the family’s attempt to borrow money against Tata shares. © Bloomberg Signage for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of India's biggest conglomerate, was replaced as Tata Sons chairman by his 78-year-old predecessor Ratan Tata at a board meeting on Oct. 24. Tata Sons said the conglomerate's board and Trustees of the Tata Trusts were concerned about a growing “trust deficit” with Mistry, which prompted the company to remove him. Tata Sons Pvt. informed the...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Charles Michel postponed a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday and Friday until the start of October after going into coronavirus quarantine due to contact with an infected security guard, his spokesman said. Michel, who chairs EU summits, tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday, his spokesman said via Twitter, but was following the rules in Belgium, the seat of EU institutions where the summits of EU leaders take place, by going into isolation. "The president today learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for COVID," Michel's spokesman said. "The president is tested regularly and tested negative yesterday. Respecting Belgian rules, he has gone into quarantine as of today." The postponement is a blow to Greece and Cyprus, who must now wait until Oct.1-2 for EU leaders to discuss how to respond to rising...
    LOWER division clubs are facing financial apocalypse after Prime Minister Boris Johnson signalled fans may not be back in grounds all season. The PM told the House of Commons that plans to re-open turnstiles from October 1 have been put on hold in the battle to hold back a deadly second wave of Covid-19. 4Lower league football teams have been left facing an uncertain future Credit: PA:Press Association But his warning that the new measures are likely to be in place for “six months” or more left football on the brink of a catastrophic crisis. EFL chairman Rick Parry has already stated that the 72 clubs anticipate a £200m black hole if crowds do not return. That means £20m in lost income per month. Championship clubs are slightly bolstered by receiving £7m per season in television and “solidarity” payments from the Premier League. But the majority of clubs in Leagues...
              Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rejected U.S. Rep. Mark Green’s (R-TN-07) request to grant churches and other houses of worship a temporary waiver to use long-range FM transmitters without fear of harsh government fines. Pai (pictured above) denied Green’s request this month. Green, in a letter he sent to the FCC in June, specifically cited the COVID-19 pandemic as prompting him to request this. “During the coronavirus pandemic, America’s communities of faith have sought innovative ways to gather without putting their members at risk. Some houses of worship have even held ‘drive-in’ services using FM transmitters. For houses of worship to do this, they must be able to operate without the fear of heavy penalties threatening their services,” Green wrote. “I am writing to ask you to consider granting a temporary waiver for houses of worship to operate FM transmitters with...
    BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a Chinese state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday in a corruption case, the government announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who had become known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan. Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, a court in Beijing announced. The former chairman and deputy party secretary of Huayuan Group was expelled from the ruling party in July. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    BEIJING (AP) — The former chairman of a Chinese state-owned real estate company who publicly criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday in a corruption case, the government announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who had become known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay online that accused Xi of mishandling the outbreak that began in December in the central city of Wuhan. Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power, a court in Beijing announced. The former chairman and deputy party secretary of Huayuan Group was expelled from the ruling party in July. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Republican Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both pledged Monday to “evaluate” a nominee put forth by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I’ve consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Leader,” Grassley said in a statement to the Des Moines Register. “Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that’s what will happen. Once the hearings are underway, it’s my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have.” Grassley contended there is “no such ambiguity in 2020” like existed in 2016 when the White House and the Senate were split between the two major parties. WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 16: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden (L) stands with Judge...
    An American Airlines Inc. McDonnell Douglas MD-82 plane sits parked at a gate while a United Continental Holdings plane taxis down the runway at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of New York.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Republican Senators on Monday introduced a bill that would give the ailing airline industry more than $28 billion in additional aid as carriers get ready to cut more than 30,000 jobs as early as next month. Airlines have struggled throughout the coronavirus pandemic, racking up billions in losses, while a rebound in travel has yet to materialize. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, chairman of the Commerce Committee and Maine Sen. Susan Collins, chairman of the Appropriations  subcommittee that oversees transportation introduced the legislation 11 days before airlines can cut jobs under an aid package that protected workers through the end of this month. Congress approved $32 billion for passenger airlines, cargo...
    He was shot in Kenosha, then received threats – a frightening pattern after high-profile incidents Prices for These Types of Meat Have Fallen Significantly Stocks Close Lower - Bank Shares Tumble, Virus Cases Up Stocks finished sharply lower Monday as bank shares tumbled following a report on suspicious transactions, as investors worried a global recovery could be hampered by a rise in coronavirus infections, and as prospects for another U.S. fiscal stimulus bill dimmed. © TheStreet Stocks Close Lower - Bank Shares Tumble, Virus Cases Up Bank shares reeled Monday following a report that said JPMorgan Chase , Deutsche Bank and other financial services companies had defied money laundering crackdowns even after being fined by U.S. authorities. Load Error JPMorgan fell 3.1% to $95.31, Deutsche Bank shares slumped 8.2% to $8.35 and Bank of New York Mellon gave up 4% to $33.97. The report...
    Florida’s DeSantis Seeks Tough Penalties for Protesters Prices for These Types of Meat Have Fallen Significantly Nikola founder Trevor Miltons resignation amid fraud allegations marks a swift fall after a years-long climb © Massimo Pinca/Reuters Nikola founder Trevor Milton stepped down from his post as executive chairman early Monday morning. Massimo Pinca/Reuters EV startup Nikola founder Trevor Milton stepped down on Monday amid allegations of fraud. Earlier this month, short-seller Hindenburg Research published a report that accused Nikola and Milton of fraud and false statements. Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice have opened investigations into Nikola following Hindenburg’s allegations. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Trevor Milton, the founder and chairman of electric truck startup Nikola, has stepped down from his role following a short-seller's allegations of fraud and deceptive statements. Load Error After Hindenburg Research published a report accusing...
    Anarchy jurisdiction: New Yorkers mock the new label from the DOJ Prices for These Types of Meat Have Fallen Significantly Trevor Milton steps down as Nikola chairman in battle with short seller Nikola founder Trevor Milton has stepped down as executive chairman after a short seller accused Milton and the hydrogen and electric truck startup of misleading investors and overstating the value of a business deal. © Massimo Pinca/Reuters/Alamy 2CJFMB7 CEO and founder of U.S. Nikola, Trevor Milton speaks during presentation of its new full-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell battery trucks in partnership with CNH Industrial, at an event in Turin, Italy December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca Milton has also resigned from the company's board, Nikola said in a statement on Sunday. The company has previously denied the allegations and threatened legal action against the research company that made them. Load Error Stephen Girsky, a former vice...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he will support Gulf Coast businessman Frank Bordeaux to become the new chairman of the state Republican Party. Jackson attorney Lucien Smith has been chairman the past three years. He said in a news release Monday that he will not seek to remain in that role but will nominate Bordeaux during the next meeting of the state party executive committee. Bordeaux is vice president of an insurance company and was the Harrison County chairman for Reeves' 2019 campaign for governor. "His work ethic, integrity, and conservative credentials are unmatched," Reeves said in the GOP news release. In July, Reeves appointed Bordeaux to a nine-member commission to propose a new state flag design. Mississippi legislators voted in late June to retire a 126-year-old state flag that was the last in the nation to include the Confederate battle emblem. Legislators said...
    DOJ names New York City, Portland, Seattle anarchist jurisdictions that could lose federal funding What its like to attend the Monaco Yacht Show — in a country where the poverty rate is 0 — when you are not a millionaire Nikola chairman Trevor Miltons resignation was a shock to industry experts — but they say his experienced replacement may be better equipped for the road ahead © Massimo Pinca/Reuters Nikola founder and executive chairman Trevor Milton. Massimo Pinca/Reuters Nikola's founder and former CEO on Monday relinquished his role of executive chairman of the company's board.  The move took investors and analysts by surprise, with shares falling as much as 26%. Analysts say the hiccup should only be temporary. They largely remain positive on the company's outlook — and say there are big promises to fulfill going forward.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  The fallout is continuing...
    Report: Colts Hooker out for season with torn Achilles This Was the Most Popular Teen Idol the Year You Graduated Nikola dives 30% after founder Trevor Milton steps down as executive chairman © Massimo Pinca/Reuters Massimo Pinca/Reuters Nikola tanked as much as 30% on Monday after its founder, Trevor Milton, voluntarily stepped down as the executive chairman and a member of the board. Stephen Girsky, a former vice chairman of General Motors, took the reins as the company's chairman after Nikola's board approved Milton's proposal, Nikola said on Sunday. Nikola shares have traded with massive volatility since the short-selling firm Hindenburg Research accused the automaker of lying about its technology and order book. While Milton's departure is likely to be viewed as "a major near-term gut punch" by Wall Street, the stock is still in a "prove me" phase with plenty of time to meet its goals, the...
    Californians moved to Oregon for affordable housing. Wildfires left them homeless Which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions? 5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday 1. Wall Street to continue three straight weeks of selling © Provided by CNBC A pedestrian wearing a face mask looks at a smartphone while passing in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, on Monday, July 20, 2020. Dow futures pointed to an over 450 point point decline at Wall Street's open as the stock market comes off three straight weeks of selling. A number of factors were pressuring stocks Monday morning. European markets tanked as the U.K. considers another coronavirus lockdown. U.S. tech stocks, once the leaders of the market's recovery from its March 23 coronavirus-bottom, continued lower The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg threw uncertainty over the Supreme Court into the presidential race...
    U.S. faces a smoldering COVID-19 pandemic nationwide as flu season starts Which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions? Nikola founder Trevor Milton resigns following fraud allegations © Massimo Pinca/Reuters Nikola founder and executive chairman Trevor Milton. Massimo Pinca/Reuters Trevor Milton, the founder of electric truck startup Nikola, has stepped down as executive chairman following fraud allegations against the company.  Milton said "the focus should be on the company and its world-changing mission, not me." Stephen Girsky, a former vice-chairman of General Motors and a Nikola board member, will replace Milton. He will have the title of chairman. Hindenburg Research, a short-seller, published a lengthy report accusing the electric truck maker Nikola of fraud on September 10. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US electric truck company Nikola announced on Monday that its founder Trevor Milton is stepping down as executive chairman with immediate effect, following...
    I meant no disrespect - China team cuts ex-NBA guard Lawson over lewd posts Dr. Fauci warns that these 3 places must close Nikola founder Trevor Milton steps down as chairman in battle with short seller Nikola founder Trevor Milton has stepped down as executive chairman after a short seller accused the hydrogen and electric truck startup of misleading investors and overstating the value of a business deal. © Massimo Pinca/Reuters/Alamy 2CJFMB7 CEO and founder of U.S. Nikola, Trevor Milton speaks during presentation of its new full-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell battery trucks in partnership with CNH Industrial, at an event in Turin, Italy December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca Milton has also resigned from the company's board, Nikola said in a statement on Sunday. The company has previously denied the allegations and threatened legal action against the research company that made them. Load Error Stephen Girsky, a former...
    Following a fraud accusation by a short firm and potential probe by the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Nikola founder Trevor Milton is stepping down as executive chairman. “Nikola is truly in my blood and always will be, and the focus should be on the Company and its world-changing mission, not me,” Milton said in a statement (via the Financial Times). “So I made the difficult decision to approach the Board and volunteer to step aside as Executive Chairman.” Former vice-chairman of General Motors and Nikola board member Stephen Girsky will take his place, the company said. GM recently sealed a billion-dollar deal with Nikola to supply it with batteries, fuel cells and other parts. GM will also build the “Badger” hydrogen-powered pickup truck for Nikola.
    Trevor Milton CEO of NikolaMassimo Pinca | Reuters Nikola announced early Monday that founder Trevor Milton is voluntarily stepping down from his roles as executive chairman and a member of its board. The electric truck company said the board accepted Milton's resignation, adding that Stephen Girsky, former vice chairman of General Motors and a member of Nikola's board, has been appointed chairman of the board, effective immediately. "Nikola is truly in my blood and always will be, and the focus should be on the Company and its world-changing mission, not me," Milton said in a statement. "So I made the difficult decision to approach the Board and volunteer to step aside as Executive Chairman. Founding Nikola and growing it into a company that will change transportation for the better and help protect our world's climate has been an incredible honor." The announcement comes after short-selling firm Hindenburg Research accused Nikola of...