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    By JON GAMBRELL and ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the ruler of Kuwait who drew on his decades as the oil-rich nation’s top diplomat to push for closer ties to Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War and solutions to other regional crises, died Tuesday. He was 91. In a Middle East replete with elderly rulers, Sheikh Sabah stood out for his efforts at pushing for diplomacy to resolve a bitter dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations that continues to this day. His 2006 ascension in Kuwait, a staunch U.S. ally since the American-led war that expelled occupying Iraqi troops, came after parliament voted unanimously to oust his predecessor,...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Swedish government has decided to increase the number of spectators allowed to attend sporting events from 50 to 500 as of Oct. 15. Swedish Sports Confederation chairman Bjorn Eriksson says the decision is “a step in the right direction.” The exemption applies as long as there is no increased spread of infection in the country. Sweden has opted for a much debated COVID-19 approach of keeping large parts of the society open. People in the Scandinavian country kept enjoying many freedoms while most of Europe locked down their populations early in the pandemic by closing schools, restaurants, fitness centers and...
    Officials in Mexico said Monday that 11 people were killed in a massacre at a bar as a turf war plays out between two powerful gangs in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. The bodies of seven men and four women were discovered at the scene, according to Reuters. The report said that rival gangs that involve the Santa Rosa de Lima gang and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Prosecutors said the bullet-ridden bodies were found at a bar near the town of Jaral del Progreso. Local media reported the four dead women may have been employed as dancers at the bar, located on the side of a highway. There was no immediate information on a possible motive in the attack....
    By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. secretary of Commerce says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge's ruling last week that the head count of every U.S. resident should continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted on the Census Bureau's website Monday. The tweet said the ability for people to self-respond to the census questionnaire and the door-knocking phase census takers go to homes that haven't yet responded is ending Oct. 5. The announcement came as a virtual hearing was being held in San Jose, California, as a follow-up to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh's preliminary injunction. ___ Follow Mike Schneider on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeSchneiderAP. Copyright 2020...
    Fact check: Thousands of ballots were not sent to dead people or pets in Nevada, Virginia Boston restaurant operated by Salt Bae shut down for COVID-19 violations Column: A season like no other gets playoffs like no other The playoffs are here, and there’s no better way to start than by throwing out the first ball Tuesday in Minnesota with the cheating Astros and their 29-31 record. © Provided by Associated Press Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Enrique Hernandez, left, and right fielder Adam Kolarek celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) It’s entirely possible, if not terribly likely, that the Astros could suddenly...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan reported Monday that Black residents are no longer being disproportionately infected and killed by the coronavirus, after they accounted for a staggering 40% of deaths and 29% of cases in the early days of the pandemic. For the last two available weeks of data, African-Americans represented 10% of COVID-19 deaths and 8% of cases. They comprise about 15% of the state's population. They still account for at least 38% of confirmed and probable deaths overall, and at least 20% of cases. Some patients' race is not always reported. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II chairs a state task force that is addressing virus-related racial disparities. He credited people of color for...
    By FARNOUSH AMIRI, Report for America/Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The signature-matching requirement for ballots and ballot applications in Ohio are burdensome to voters, but changing the process close to the election could be “particularly damaging," a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson sided Sunday with Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose when he ruled that LaRose's July directive ensures integrity in the state’s election procedures. “Some public officials have unfortunately regularly cast doubt on the security and legitimacy of voting by mail,” Watson wrote in his rejection of a preliminary injunction. “A federal court enjoining part of the State’s procedure for maintaining the security of mail-in voting in the weeks leading up to the...
    The derecho that swept through more than a month ago is still being felt in Iowa, leaving many farmers wondering where they go from here in terms of generating a fruitful crop season. “It’s just unbelievable, is probably the word,” local farmer Rod Pierce told the Associated Press of the storm that recently tore through a flood of Midwestern states leaving crop fields in all of them in shambles. “I don’t know how else to describe it.” In Iowa, the storm described by the National Weather Service as “once in a decade” damaged crops in roughly a third of the state’s 99 counties. What was expected to be a banner year now finds farmers like Pierce scrambling to...
    WILDFIRES have destroyed a famous Napa Valley winery as 2,000 residents were urged to leave their homes in California. Pictures show the Chateau Boswell being put the torch as the Glass Fire continues to rage near St Helena. 18The nearby Black Rock Inn completely engulfed in flamesCredit: AP:Associated Press 18Chateau Boswell burns in the Glass Fire Credit: Getty Images - Getty 18Firefighters attempt to battle the blaze at Chateau BoswellCredit: Getty Images - Getty 18Thousands have been told the evacuate in the Glass FireCredit: AP:Associated Press 18Chateau Boswell was one of many wineries at risk from the fireCredit: AP:Associated Press Meanwhile, the Black Rock Inn was also pictured completely engulfed by flames just one mile away from the winery....
    PITTSBURGH (AP) – President Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years, according to a report Sunday in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid $750 in taxes to the federal government the year he was elected, 2016, and $750 again his first year in office. Speaking at a news conference at the White House, Trump dismissed the report as “fake news” and said he has paid taxes, though he gave no specifics. The disclosure, which the Times said comes from tax return data it obtained extending over two decades, comes at a pivotal moment...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was in jail Sunday on charges of drug possession and receiving and concealing stolen property, after his arrest the night before. The Athletic first reported Beasley’s arrest Saturday night at his home in Plymouth, a suburb of Minneapolis. ESPN reported that police obtained a search warrant for Beasley’s home after a complaint that he brandished a weapon at a person and officers found marijuana and guns in the home. “We’re aware of the situation involving Malik and in the process of gathering more information,” Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. Beasley participated in voluntary workouts at the team facility earlier this year. He has not taken part in group workouts that began this...
    By The Associated Press Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts you might not have heard — the voices of leaders speaking at the first all-virtual U.N. General Assembly leaders meeting who might not have captured the headlines and the airtime on Saturday, the fifth day of the 2020 debate. ___ “Let us all spread kindness faster than the virus and not hate, fear and misinformation.” — TUILAEPA...
    By COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Saturday they have seized 500,000 ecstasy pills and arrested three people. The operation took place Friday in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, police said. The street value of the pills was 10 million euros ($11.63 million). First, police arrested a 56-year-old Greek truck driver in a truck rest area west of the northern city. They found 180,000 pills in the truck. Shortly afterwards, police stopped a car where they found 320,000 more ecstasy pills. They also arrested two Iraqis, ages 49 and 52, one a long-time resident of the Netherlands and the other a resident of Greece. A police official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because...
    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police said Saturday they have seized 500,000 ecstasy pills and arrested three people. The operation took place Friday in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, police said. The street value of the pills was 10 million euros ($11.63 million). First, police arrested a 56-year-old Greek truck driver in a truck rest area west of the northern city. They found 180,000 pills in the truck. Shortly afterwards, police stopped a car where they found 320,000 more ecstasy pills. They also arrested two Iraqis, ages 49 and 52, one a long-time resident of the Netherlands and the other a resident of Greece. A police official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The start of the Georgia Tech-Syracuse football game at the Carrier Dome was delayed Saturday to confirm negative COVID-19 test results. Syracuse officials said Saturday players were being retested. This is home opener for the Orange (0-2, 0-2 ACC) in the refurbished Dome. Georgia Tech entered the game at 1-1, 1-0 in the ACC. ___ 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, rewritten or redistributed.
    By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press LUETZERATH, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of anti-coal activists staged protesters in and around a mine in western Germany on Saturday, demonstrating against the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels in Europe's biggest economy. Environmental groups oppose the German government's decision to allow the mining and burning of coal in the country until 2038, a deadline the activists say is too late to effectively tackle climate change. Activists, dressed in colored overalls and braving wind and rain, were also protesting the planned destruction of several villages to make way for the expansion of the Garzweiler strip mine, west of Cologne. An Associated Press reporter witnessed some protesters break through police lines early...
    SEPT. 19 – 25, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published in the past week by The Associated Press from around the world. The selection was curated by AP photo editor Patrick Sison in New York. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Friday that the Trump administration's leading steward of public lands has been serving unlawfully and has blocked him from continuing in the position. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said U.S. Bureau of Land Management acting director William Perry Pendley served unlawfully for 424 days and was never confirmed to the post by the U.S. Senate. Montana’s Democratic governor had sued to remove Pendley, saying the the former oil industry attorney was illegally overseeing an agency that manages almost a quarter-billion acres of land, primarily in the U.S. West. Pendley had remained in charge under an arrangement that Pendley himself set up months ago. In a May 22...
    By MARGIE MASON and ROBIN McDOWELL, Associated Press Lawmakers said Friday that the U.S. government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden —who spearheaded efforts to close a loophole in a federal law that had allowed the import of products made with forced labor— also called on companies that buy goods tainted by labor abuses to be held accountable. “The federal government needs to enforce this law and investigate all instances of forced labor in supply chains and block imports made with forced labor from coming into the...
    Fact check: Claim of double standards between COVID-19, swine flu responses is inaccurate Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Heres everything you need to know about the retailers delivery trials. MAC is back: Mid-American Conference football to return Nov. 4 with 6-game schedule The Mid-American Conference  will return to football competition this fall after a unanimous vote by the conference's 12 presidents on Friday. Heisman contender on playing college football amidst COVID-19: If you want to play you need to chill out USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Another UConn dorm under quarantine due to COVID-19 WTIC Hartford WATCH:...
    Trump pledges to make Juneteenth federal holiday in bid for Black voters Early Walmart drone program pilots will deliver groceries and COVID-19 tests to customers. Heres everything you need to know about the retailers delivery trials. Column: No asterisk needed for most unusual baseball season No need for an asterisk. © Provided by Associated Press Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) is greeted by manager Brian Snitker and coach Walt Weiss, left, at the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020 file photo, San Diego...
    HUNTER Biden and his sister-in-law-Hallie Biden dated after her husband, Beau, died in 2015. The pair briefly dated after his ex-wife, Kathleen, filed for divorce in 2016. 8Hallie Biden is seen here with her late husband, Beau, in 2010Credit: AP:Associated Press Did Hunter Biden have an affair with his brother's widow? Hunter and Hallie Biden, who are siblings-in-law, were romantically linked from 2016 until 2018. According to an interview Hunter did with the New Yorker in 2019, Hunter said he began dating Hallie after he was "recovering from a weeklong crack binge" in Los Angeles. 8Hunter, Joe Biden's second son, dated Hallie after Beau's deathCredit: The Mega Agency He said the two became close in 2016 after they bonded over...
    By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday that movie theaters and other entertainment venues can reopen after nearly seven months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, and lifted a cap so more people in Michigan can attend funerals and other indoor events. The governor also issued an order requiring all preK-12 students to wear masks in classrooms, beginning Oct. 5. She had previously recommended, but not mandated, face coverings for K-5 students. Indoor cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities and trampoline parks are among the places that can open starting Oct. 9. Whitmer changed a 10-person limit on indoor gatherings in much of Michigan to instead by 20...
    ATLANTA (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — NASA astronaut and Houston-area resident Kate Rubins said Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space, which is allowed under Texas law. Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station. “I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins told the Associated Press. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.” Rubins lives in the Houston area as most U.S. astronauts do. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and...
    By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida on Friday in a move to reopen the state's economy despite the spread of the coronavirus. The Republican governor's move is sure to stoke debate in a politically crucial state, where the pandemic has become intertwined with the upcoming presidential election. DeSantis is a major ally of President Donald Trump. DeSantis took the action even as he acknowledged that the pandemic was far from over. Florida has long been a COVID-19 hotspot, with nearly 700,000 people infected by the virus since the pandemic began in March. Nearly 14,000 Floridians have died. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights...
    By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his wife have both tested positive for the coronoavirus. The governor's office said in a statement Friday that Northam is showing no symptoms while those of Pam Northam are mild. Northam and his wife plan to isolate for the next 10 days while working remotely. Northam, a Democrat, is the country’s only governor who is also a doctor. Some Republican lawmakers criticize his restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, calling them too stringent. The governor and first lady were notified Wednesday that a member of the Executive Mansion staff also had tested positive for the virus. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    PARIS (AP) — Paris police say four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and two attackers are on the run. Associated Press reporters at the scene saw police flooding into the neighborhood in eastern Paris, near the Richard Lenoir subway station. A police official said officers are “actively hunting” for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
    PARIS (AP) — Paris police say four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and two attackers are on the run. Associated Press reporters at the scene saw police flooding into the neighborhood in eastern Paris, near the Richard Lenoir subway station. A police official said officers are “actively hunting” for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MIAMI (AP) — Two men face federal charges in South Florida for their part in a migrant smuggling operation that involved kidnapping and torturing Cubans and extorting money from victims’ family members, authorities said. Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, made their initial appearances Wednesday in Miami federal court. Valdes had been arrested in Connecticut, and Crespo was arrested in Texas. Valdes and Crespo had arranged to smuggle their victims from Cuba into the United States, according to a criminal complaint. Instead, Crespo, Valdes, and others transported the victims by boat to Merida, Mexico, locked them in a house and held them captive for ransom. Family members of the victims were ordered to pay a $10,000...
    By JUWON PARK and CHISATO TANAKA, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japanese pop sensation Arashi has a big surprise for fans as they near their planned hiatus at year's end: a collaboration with Bruno Mars on their first all-English single. The band told The Associated Press the multi-Grammy Award-winning musician delved into their back catalogue to understand their unique sound while working on the single that was released last week. “He took into consideration that we are going on hiatus,” said Jun Matsumoto, adding he feels their song, “Whenever You Call,” will appeal to both their hardcore fans and “those who do not know about us.” “We have been releasing music only in Japanese,” Sho Sakurai explained. “In...
    Sept. 18-24, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in the North America region. The gallery was curated by photo editor Courtney Dittmar in New York. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: https://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SEPT. 18-24, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was curated by AP photojournalist Ramon Espinosa in Havana. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com8 Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By MARCELO DE SOUSA, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the pandemic. Rio’s League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood. “Carnival is a party upon which many humble workers depend. The samba schools are community institutions, and the parades are just one detail of all that,” said Luiz Antonio Simas, a historian who specializes in Rio’s Carnival. “An entire cultural and productive chain was disrupted by...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro on Thursday delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil’s continued vulnerability to the coronavirus pandemic. Jorge Castanheira, president of Rio’s League of Samba Schools, announced that the continued spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood. No new date has been set, he said. Rio’s City Hall has yet to announce a decision about the Carnival street parties that take place across the city. But its tourism promotion agency said in a statement to The Associated Press on Sept. 17 that without a coronavirus...
    Sept. 18-24, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Shuji Kajiyama in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Lots of leaders saying lots of things about lots of topics — topics that matter to them, to their regions, to the world. That’s what the speechmaking at the U.N. General Assembly invariably produces each year. And each year, certain enormous topics and certain louder voices dominate. Here, The Associated Press takes the opposite approach and spotlights some thoughts you might not have heard — the voices of leaders speaking at the first all-virtual U.N. General Assembly leaders meeting who might not have captured the headlines and the airtime on Thursday, the third day of the 2020 debate. ___ “It is beyond the shadow of doubt that the United Nations remains more relevant now than it was 75 years ago.”...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press. The department also is examining Google’s online advertising practices, said the person, who could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Antitrust officials at the department briefed state attorneys general Thursday on the planned action against Google, seeking support from states across the country that share concerns about Google’s conduct. The anticipated lawsuit against Google could be the government’s biggest legal...
    THERE is no confirmation that there will be a sequel to Enola Holmes yet. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Enola, wishes that a second movie will film because getting to replay the character is a “dream” for her.  6Millie Bobby Brown plays Enola Holmes in the Netflix movieCredit: Netflix Will there be a second movie of Enola Holmes?  A sequel to Enola Holmes is not yet in the works. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Enola, did not confirm if another movie is being filmed but did say she would love to play the character again. "Ultimately, this has been my favorite thing that I've ever done in my life," she says.  "So to do it all over again would be...
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press. The department also is examining Google’s online advertising practices, said the person, who could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Antitrust officials at the department briefed state attorneys general Thursday on the planned action against Google, seeking support from states across the country that share concerns about Google’s conduct. The anticipated lawsuit against Google could be the government’s biggest legal offensive to protect competition since the groundbreaking case against...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is among those being targeted by a nationwide “large-scale, highly sophisticated” phishing campaign, the office of Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. In response to queries from The Associated Press, Inslee spokesman Mike Faulk said in an e-mailed statement that the state is taking proactive measures to protect state systems, but did not provide any information on how many agencies were affected. He said that there was no known indication of any state services being impacted. The office said an indicator in the current phishing campaign is that the sender’s email address doesn’t match the person supposedly sending the email. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
    By SAMYA KULLAB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States has extended a sanctions waiver that enables Iraq to continue importing gas from Iran but this time granting a significantly shorter waiver period, Iraqi officials and the U.S. State Department said Thursday. The development is a sign of unease in U.S.-Iraq relations amid near-daily attacks targeting American presence in the Mideast country and underscores the standing U.S. demand that Baghdad wean itself off dependence on Iranian oil. Washington informed Iraq’s leadership this week of its decision to grant a 60-day sanctions waiver, instead of the 120-day waiver issued over the summer, three Iraqi officials told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman in Maryland has been charged in the death of her 1-year-old son. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that Shakira Shaw faces charges that include first-degree murder and is being held in jail without bail. Her son, Kaleb, was believed to have died several months ago from heart arrhythmia. But police say she recently confessed to ending her child's life. Police said that Shaw, 22, told them that she heard voices of two babies she lost before birth telling her to kill Kaleb. Police said the investigation began in August when Shaw called police and asked how long someone would go to jail for "admitting they did something to their deceased child?” A public defender listed...
    By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid respects to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thursday morning, just two days before he announces his nominee to replace her on the high court. The president and first lady Melania Trump — both wearing masks — stood silently at the top of the steps of the court and looked down at Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin, surrounded by white flowers. The death of the liberal-leaning justice has sparked a controversy over the balance of the court just weeks before the November presidential election. Trump has called Ginsburg an “amazing woman,” but some spectators were not happy that he came. Moments after he arrived, booing could be heard from...
    By MARY ALTAFFER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When world leaders descend on the United Nations for their yearly meeting, U.N. headquarters in New York City transforms into a hectic, vibrant place. Reporters and TV crews start lining up to enter the building very early in the morning. More than 1,000 members of the media converge on New York from all over the world to cover the global gabfest and hundreds of side events. Media work areas are expanded but still cramped because there are so many writers, photojournalists and video journalists. Lounges and conferences rooms buzz with diplomats and ministers attending events or meeting one-on-one. Not this year. The 75th anniversary of the United Nations, which was supposed...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When world leaders descend on the United Nations for their yearly meeting, U.N. headquarters in New York City transforms into a hectic, vibrant place. Reporters and TV crews start lining up to enter the building very early in the morning. More than 1,000 members of the media converge on New York from all over the world to cover the global gabfest and hundreds of side events. Media work areas are expanded but still cramped because there are so many writers, photojournalists and video journalists. Lounges and conferences rooms buzz with diplomats and ministers attending events or meeting one-on-one. Not this year. The 75th anniversary of the United Nations, which was supposed to be a...
    BREONNA Taylor protesters have clashed with cops in Kentucky as fury erupts after no police officers were charged in her death. Louisville officer Brett Hankison was charged on Wednesday with three counts of wanton endangerment – but this was related to the stray shots fired into the apartments of Taylor's neighbors. 48Fires on the streets of Louisville, KY, as protests errupt in the wake of the Breonna Taylor case decisionCredit: AP:Associated Press 48Protesters were seen lighting fires in Louisville as the evening descended into violence on WednesdayCredit: AP:Associated Press 48Officers in Louisville make an arrest as violence erupts Credit: Getty Images - Getty 48The 26-year-old EMT was shot dead in her home in Kentucky on March 13Credit: AP:Associated Press The...
    By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press/ Report for America JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday praised the Trump administration's efforts to make a coronavirus vaccine available to the public in the next few months and asked residents not to allow political divisions to stop them from getting vaccinated when the time comes. "If you are anti-Trump, don’t let this stop you from getting a vaccine," Republican Reeves said during a press briefing Wednesday. Reeves has raised concerns about the politicization of the pandemic from Republicans and Democrats multiple times in recent weeks. He said Wednesday that politics, particularly from politicians on the left who dislike Trump, is “infecting” the scientific process of work on a vaccine. Earlier...
    By JIM SALTER, Associated Press O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The wife of Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson tested positive for the coronavirus after experiencing mild symptoms, a spokeswoman for the governor told media outlets Wednesday. Teresa Parson had been showing symptoms that included a cough and nasal congestion, spokeswoman Kelli Jones told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She took a rapid test that came back positive and was awaiting results of a nasal swab test to confirm the finding. The governor also was tested and was awaiting results, Jones told the newspaper. She did not immediately respond to phone and email messages from The Associated Press. Gov. Parson postponed several events this week, Jones told WDAF-TV in Kansas City. Teresa Parson...
    MADRID – Spain has temporarily prohibited yachting across 100 kilometers (62 miles) of its northwestern coast after orca whales apparently got carried away while playing and damaged several sailboats. Spain’s transport ministry issued the week-long prohibition for sailboats under 15 meters (49 feet) long starting Tuesday. It said the area covered by the ban meant to protect both boats and maritime mammals and could be extended to “follow the migration routes” of the whales. Boats can leave port to go into the open sea between the capes of the Prioriño Grande and la Punta de Estaca de Bares, but they must not remain near the coast off the country’s northwestern tip. The ministry said the first reported incident occurred...
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – An asteroid the size of a school bus is headed our way, but NASA says the space rock will zoom safely past Earth on Thursday. The newly discovered asteroid will come within 13,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) of Earth, well below many of the communications satellites orbiting the planet, scientists said this week. The closest approach will occur Thursday morning over the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Once it’s gone, the asteroid won’t be back to Earth's neighborhood until 2041. Scientists estimate the asteroid is between 15 feet and 30 feet (4.5 meters to 9 meters). By asteroid standards, that’s considered puny. Asteroids of this size hit Earth’s atmosphere and burn up once every year or...
    The Eiffel Tower was briefly evacuated Wednesday morning after somebody called in a bomb threat, the Associated Press reported. An official with the Eiffel Tower, whose name was not authorized to be released publicly, told the Associated Press that police evacuated the building after an anonymous caller said that there was a bomb placed inside. Streets below the tower were blocked off for about 2 hours while police searched for the bomb. (RELATED: Eiffel Tower Evacuated After Man Is Caught Climbing It) The Eiffel Tower and a large area around it in the French capital of Paris was cordoned off by the police after an anonymous tip of a bomb threat pic.twitter.com/hvTHCIG29X — TRT World (@trtworld) September 23, 2020 ...
    Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A young child was fatally shot in an Orlando neighborhood on Tuesday night, sheriff's officials said. A 911 caller reported shots being fired around 9:30 p.m. and deputies arrived at the scene a short time later. They found the child, who had died at the scene, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The agency hasn't released the age or name of the child, but news outlets reported that a woman was heard yelling, “they killed my baby." Neighbors told several Orlando television stations that the child was preschool age. No other injuries were reported. Investigators are still trying to determine what happened. No additional details have been released. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The International Judo Federation has canceled an event in Japan because of the coronavirus pandemic. The IJF had announced a return to international competition after a months-long pause with Grand Slam events in Budapest, Hungary, next month and in Japan in December. They were intended to be part of qualification for the postponed Tokyo Olympics. The Budapest competition now needs to be confirmed within two weeks “pending on a decision from the Hungarian government.” ___ 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, rewritten or redistributed.
    The British government is warning there could be lines of up to 7,000 trucks waiting to cross the English Channel into France immediately after the Brexit transition period expires at the end of this year. Michael Gove, the minister in charge of Brexit preparations, described that situation as a worst-case scenario in a letter sent to logistics firms, estimating that between 30% and 50% of trucks hoping to cross the busy trade route may not be ready for new paperwork and regulations that will come into effect Jan. 1. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE  “This could lead to maximum queues of 7,000 port-bound trucks in Kent and associated maximum delays of up to two days,” the document said, according to the Associated Press. And the delays could last...
    PARIS (AP) — Paris police have blockaded the area around the Eiffel Tower after a phone-in bomb threat. Police cars and tape surrounded the streets below the tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Trocadero Plaza. Some tourists were still walking in the area, but it was unclear if any were still inside the tower on Wednesday. Two police officers at the scene told The Associated Press that the operation was the result of a phone-in bomb threat. Eiffel Tower management did not respond to requests for comment. The 131-year-old tower gets about 25,000 tourists daily in normal years, but visits are down this year because of coronavirus travel restrictions. While the Eiffel Tower is scheduled to...
    PARIS – Paris police have blockaded the area around the Eiffel Tower after a phone-in bomb threat. Police cars and tape surrounded the streets below the tower and the bridge stretching across the Seine River to Trocadero Plaza. Some tourists were still walking in the area, but it was unclear if any were still inside the tower on Wednesday. Two police officers at the scene told The Associated Press that the operation was the result of a phone-in bomb threat. Eiffel Tower management did not respond to requests for comment. The 131-year-old tower gets about 25,000 tourists daily in normal years, but visits are down this year because of coronavirus travel restrictions. While the Eiffel Tower is scheduled to be...
    Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study starting Wednesday will be one of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. A handful of other vaccines in the U.S. — including shots made by Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. — and others in other countries are already in final-stage testing. Hopes are high that answers about at least one candidate being tested in the U.S. could come by year’s end, maybe sooner. U.S. health officials insist the race for a vaccine isn’t cutting corners....
    By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study starting Wednesday will be one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. A handful of other vaccines in the U.S. — including shots made by Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. — and others in other countries are already in final-stage testing. Hopes are high that answers about at least one candidate being tested in the U.S. could come by year's end, maybe sooner. U.S. health officials insist the...
    By ISABEL DEBRE, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A teenage singer from Lebanon this week became the latest to join a global pop band formed by Simon Fuller, the man behind the Spice Girls and “American Idol,” which aims to transform young unknowns into internet superstars. That may seem a grandiose ambition during a global pandemic. But Now United, with over a dozen teenagers drawn from across the world, is plowing ahead, recording and filming new music in the skyscraper-studded city of Dubai this week. Nour Ardakani, 18, told The Associated Press during her visit Wednesday to the United Arab Emirates that she’s “honored" to represent Lebanon. “Arts and music are so important in times like these,”...
    The Associated Press raised eyebrows on Tuesday after the wire service described Cindy McCain's endorsement of Joe Biden as a "stunning rebuke" of President Trump. Cindy McCain, the widow of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, stopped short of formally supporting Biden during her appearance at this summer's Democratic National Convention. Late Tuesday, however, McCain invoked her late husband in a statement backing the former vice president. MEGHAN MCCAIN SAYS THE MEDIA IS 'THE ENEMY' FOR REPUBLICANS The AP tweeted Tuesday evening: "Democrat Joe Biden said Tuesday that Cindy McCain plans to endorse him for president, a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP’s 2008 nominee." Critics panned the wire service for its hyperbolic description of the McCain endorsement. "Stunning to anybody who knows...
    By AAMER MADHANI, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence's airplane struck a bird Tuesday upon takeoff from a New Hampshire airport, causing the pilot to return to the airport out of caution, the White House said. Pence was returning to Washington from a campaign event at an airport hangar in nearby Gilford, New Hampshire. When Air Force Two took off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, it struck a bird. A senior administration official, who wasn't authorized to address the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the vice president and his entourage were in no danger. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Massachusetts, New...
    A STATE trooper got into a car crash and died hours after learning he was would lose his job over his handling of a black man who died in custody.  Louisiana Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth was involved in a single-vehicle accident early Monday on Interstate 20 near Monroe and hospitalized before being pronounced dead on Tuesday, according to the Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office’s chief investigator Warren Lee. 5Authorities initially said Greene died after crashing his car into a tree during a high-speed chase in May 2019Credit: AP:Associated Press No details on how the crash happened were released by police.  Hollingsworth had heard he would be fired in relation to an internal investigation into the death of Ronald Greene, 49, in...
    Around 20 DHS intelligence reports recalled in the wake of Portland controversy McDonalds customers are furious over the loss of All Day Breakfast, but workers and franchisees are pushing for it to disappear forever NCAA approves plan to hold Division I fall 2020 championships in spring 2021 Division I college athletes who play sports normally conducted in the fall will get to compete for a championship this season — they will just have until after the calendar flips to 2021. NCAA has good news for its players, minus some seniors Cincinnati Enquirer See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next UC defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman discusses CB Ahmad Gardner Cincinnati Enquirer Watch:...
    By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press A California firefighter killed while battling a blaze in the mountains east of Los Angeles was identified Tuesday as a member of an elite Hotshot crew dedicated to fighting wildfires. Charles Morton, 39, a San Diego native, was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a squad boss for the Big Bear Interagency Hotshots in San Bernardino National Forest, officials said. He was married and had a daughter. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen said Morton was a well-respected leader who was always there for his squad and his crew at the toughest times. “Our hearts go out to Charlie’s loved ones, coworkers, friends and the Big Bear Hotshots," she said. ”We will keep...
    By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Immigration authorities have stopped sending detained women to a rural Georgia gynecologist accused of performing surgeries without consent, a government spokesman said Tuesday. Dr. Mahendra Amin faces allegations that he administered hysterectomies and other procedures that women held at the Irwin County Detention Center didn't seek or fully understand. Amin has seen at least 60 detained women, said Andrew Free, a lawyer working with other attorneys to investigate medical care at Irwin County, on Tuesday. Bryan Cox, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, confirmed that Amin would no longer see patients, but declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general. The Irwin...
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan journalist and human rights activist held by authorities for weeks on charges of undermining state security, receiving foreign funding and rape, appeared before an investigating judge in Casablanca on Tuesday. Omar Radi’s hearing focused on the charges of “indecent assault with violence and rape” based on a complaint filed by a woman, according to his lawyer, Miloud Kandil. “Radi has denied the allegation of rape and maintained his innocence throughout the hearing,” Kandil told The Associated Press. Radi, who was arrested in late July and jailed in Casablanca, has become something of a cause celebre for journalists in Morocco. The 34-year-old gained prominence last year after his arrest for a tweet that criticized a...
    By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California state audit has found that the University of California wrongly admitted at least 64 wealthy students over the past six years as “favors to donors, family, and friends." The California State Auditor also found in the audit released Tuesday that campus staff falsely designated 22 of the applicants as student-athlete recruits because of donations from or as favors to well-connected families. One campus, the University of California, Berkeley, admitted 42 applicants through its regular admissions process based on connections to staff, leadership, and donors, but those applicants were not as qualified as others who were not admitted, the audit found. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    Getty California Governor Gavin Newsom. California’s unemployment system, facing a backlog of 600,000 applicants according to the Associated Press, has struggled to handle the overwhelming number of applications coming in due to the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact, according to a recent news release from the state’s Employment Development Department. California Governor Gavin Newsom created a Strike Team in the department, tasked with finding the cause of the backlog and solutions for it; that strike team released a report September 16 finding multiple issues with the system, including “logistics and workflow” shortfalls. In the press release, the department reported that the state would temporarily halt accepting any new applications for unemployment for the next two weeks.What’s Wrong With California’s...
    CARRYING flash flood warnings to Texas on Monday evening, Tropical Storm Beta shaped up to tie the record as the ninth storm to hit the continental US in a year. The record was set more than a century ago, in 1916, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. 6Beta's winds were weakening as it got closer to making landfall and it was not expected to strengthen into a hurricaneCredit: Ventusky 6A boy rides his bike down South Magnolia Street in Rockport, Texas, as Tropical Storm Beta approachesCredit: AP:Associated Press While Beta did not appear on track to become a hurricane, it threatened to dump large amounts of rainfall on the region that has taken a pounding this season. ...
    Probe of Jacob Blake police shooting in final stages, says Wisconsin AG Sizzler files for bankruptcy as the pandemic demolishes sales at casual-dining restaurants AP source: NFL fines 3 coaches, clubs for unmasked coaches A person with knowledge of the punishment tells The Associated Press that at least three NFL head coaches have been fined $100,000 for violating the league’s rules that they wear face coverings on the sideline. © Provided by Associated Press Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio walks the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Don Wright) © Provided by Associated Press San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan walks on...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The number of fatalities from Oregon’s recent wildfires has increased to nine people, the state's Office of Emergency Management confirmed Monday. Fires continued to rage across the West Coast Monday. The Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service reported Monday that 27 large wildfires continue to burn 2,460 square miles (6,370 square kilometers) across Oregon and Washington. There are more than 9,000 fire personnel battling these fires. The Oregon Department of Forestry continues to closely monitor 10 major fires in Oregon, which is a decrease from 17. Fires are removed from the list of wildfires being monitored when they are “100% lined.” One of Oregon's largest wildfires, the Lionshead...
    Actor Michael Lonsdale, who played Hugo Drax in the James Bond film “Moonraker,” died Monday. Lonsdale was 89 years old at the time of his death, according to the Associated Press. “We are very sad to learn of the passing of Michael Lonsdale, who played Hugo Drax in Moonraker. He was an extraordinarily talented actor and a very dear friend. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time” – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. pic.twitter.com/oMepLcSP0d — James Bond (@007) September 21, 2020 Lonsdale’s agent confirmed the news to the outlet. “It was kind of expected,” Loiseau said, the Associated Press reported. “His spirit was alive but his body was tired.” (RELATED: Famous Bond Girl...
    By ANNA LIZ NICHOLS, Associated Press/Report for America LANSING, Mich (AP) — A state building previously named after a slave owner now bears the name of two former state legislators who led efforts to reform Michigan's civil rights laws. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials unveiled the new sign in a ceremony in Lansing on Monday. It marks the first time in state history a state building is named after an African-American woman. Formerly known as the Lewis Cass Building, after a former U.S. senator from Michigan and slave owner, the building will now be called the Elliott-Larsen Building. Reps. Daisy Elliott, a Detroit Democrat and Mel Larsen, an Oakland County Republican, sponsored the 1977 Civil Rights Act that...
    By BABA AHMED, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The head of Mali’s military junta said Monday he will serve as the vice president in a transitional government that is supposed to bring about a return to democracy more than a month after a coup d’etat. The move is likely to be immediately rejected by the international community, which has called on Mali's junta to restore civilian rule as soon as possible or face additional sanctions. Col. Assimi Goita made the announcement himself on Mali's state television, ORTM, saying he had been chosen as vice president. He said that retired Maj. Col. Bah N’Daw has been named president of the transitional government, which is to be inaugurated on Sept. 25....
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Monday reported 233 new coronavirus cases and two additional deaths, increasing the statewide totals to 214,251 cases and 5,478 known deaths. The lower count may partly be due to hospitals sometimes lagging in reporting on the weekends. According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the seven-day rolling average of daily new COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose over the past two weeks — going from 575 new cases on Sept. 4 to 774 on Friday. The increase in the average followed the state Department of Health Service’s recent changing of its case-counting methodology to adopt an updated national standard that newly includes “probable” results from less-accurate antigen testing. The number...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story September 19, 2020, about the 2020 presidential candidates’ views on nuclear strategy, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the Council for a Livable World as Council for a Living World. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    By LIUDAS DAPKUS, Associated Press VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A dual American and Lebanese citizen charged in the U.S. with conspiring to conceal the source of more than $3.5 million in donations during the 2016 U.S. presidential election is in jail in Lithuania, police disclosed Monday. Police said Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja "performed multimillion-dollar transactions and was in possession of significant amounts of money” when arrested. His detention on Sept. 3 on an international arrest warrant was kept secret, and police confirmed it only after Monday’s ruling by a court in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, that he should remain in jail pending extradition hearings. ”The arrest was made exactly two months before the U.S. presidential elections and the detention period was...
    By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death drew mourners to the steps of the Supreme Court, where they sang “Amazing Grace” in the dark. Fresh off a rally stage in Minnesota, President Donald Trump learned of the loss and praised Ginsburg as an “amazing” woman. Such grace notes didn’t last long. They were overwhelmed as swiftly as the sagebrush of Western wildfires, little boats in the hurricanes and hospitals at the height of infections in this year of calamity and a book named “Rage.” With a court seat open, yet another fiery fight is lit between partisans clashing over matters of racism, policing, masks, lockdowns, how to vote and for whom to vote, as...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it reached the White House. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said Sunday. Her name was not immediately released. The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. It was...
    CHADWICK Boseman and Naya Rivera were remembered at the virtual Emmys after their shocking deaths in 2020. Fans were reminded of the two stars' passing during the awards show as musician H.E.R. performed live to honor their memories as well as others that Hollywood lost. 7Chadwick Boseman appears during the Emmys in memoriamCredit: AP:Associated Press The Grammy winner sang her version of Nothing Compares 2 U while a montage of stars gone played . Others notable faces included Regis Philbin, who died at the age of 88 on July 14, Carl Reiner, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard, and Kirk Douglas. The segment ended with a quote from the Black Panther star: "Purpose crossed disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said. The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. It was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump and a preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, according to the officials. The officials were not...
    THE father of AJ Freund has been sentenced to decades in prison after the five-year-old’s brutal beating death last year. AJ died in April 2019 after his prosecutors said his parents, Andrew Freund Sr, 61, and JoAnn Cunningham, 37, punished him for wetting himself. 10AJ Freund, five, died in April 2019 from blunt force trauma after his parents beat him to deathCredit: Davenport Family Funeral Home 10Dad Andrew Freund Sr was sentenced to 30 years behind bars on Friday for AJ's deathCredit: WGN 9 As a result, he was left with severe brain swelling. Freund on Friday pleaded guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery of a child, involuntary manslaughter, and concealment of a homicidal death. Prosecutors agreed to then...
    A HOMEOWNER was reported to police by an election official for urging voters to drop their mail-in ballots in a toilet on their front lawn. The resident in Mason, Michigan, had placed a toilet on their property next to a large sign with an arrow that read: “Place mail in ballots here!” ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 5A homeowner in Michigan has displayed a toilet on their front lawn alongside a sign that reads: 'Place mail in ballots here!'Credit: AP:Associated Press But last Monday, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said she filed a police report because she believes the display could confuse or mislead people who aren’t familiar with the...
    WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. (AP) — Shots were fired late Saturday afternoon inside Lehigh Valley Mall but there are no victims that authorities have found, Whitehall Township Police said. A large police presence remained at the scene Saturday evening as officials said on Twitter that officers were still searching the mall. around 7:30 p.m. Police had arrived on the scene shortly before 5 p.m. Police Chief Michael Marks said at an 8 p.m. news conference that shots were fired in the mall's lower level but police have not yet found anyone wounded. No arrests have been made, he said. Allentown man Steve Royer told The Morning Call that he was walking out of J.C. Penney when he heard four or five...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators were arrested Saturday in New York City's Times Square while protesting federal immigration officials and city police, authorities said. City police said in an email to The Associated Press that “several” protesters were taken into custody, but did not release details of the charges. WINS-AM reported that dozens of people were arrested when they refused to move from a city street where they sat down and blocked traffic. Many protesters accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of mistreating migrants, including claims that migrants were subjected to questionable hysterectomies at a detention center in Georgia. ICE's acting director, Tony Pham, said Friday that the agency was looking into the allegations and if they are true officials...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The letter was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump, the official said. A preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, a poison found naturally in castor beans, the official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Federal investigators were working to determine where the enveloped originated and who mailed it. The FBI, the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were leading the...
    MARTIN D. Ginsburg was an American tax lawyer and the husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Martin, 78, passed away in 2010 from cancer. 11Martin D. and Ruth Bader Ginsburg married in 1954Credit: AP:Associated Press Here is more on Marty Ginsburg’s life. Who was Ruth Bader Ginsburg's husband?  Martin “Marty” D. Ginsburg, 78, was an American tax lawyer from Brooklyn, New York.  He was also a professor at Georgetown University Law Center and served as counsel to the American law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. 11Marty was a tax lawyer and a law professor at Georgetown UniversityCredit: AP:Associated Press When did Ruth Bader Ginsburg's husband die?  Marty passed away in June of 2010 after being diagnosed...
    The Associated Press has accused President Donald Trump of appealing to white voters and downplaying the legacy of slavery in the United States during his Constitution Day speech at the National Archives on Thursday. Under the headline “Trump downplays legacy of slavery in appeal to white voters,” AP reported that the president’s speech Thursday amounted to “a defense of white culture and a denunciation of Democrats, the media and others who he accused of trying to indoctrinate school children and shame their parents’ ‘whiteness.’” Furthermore, AP reported: He also argued that America’s founding “set in motion the unstoppable chain of events that abolished slavery, secured civil rights, defeated communism and fascism and built the most fair, equal and prosperous nation...
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced Friday that the U.S. will have 100 million doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine manufactured by the end of 2020."As soon as a vaccine is approved, my administration will deliver it to the American people immediately. Distribution will begin 24 hours after notice," Trump said during the Friday news conference.He said the government will have enough vaccines to distribute to every American by April.The president's recent statements on vaccine readiness contradict the government's top health experts.Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had predicted that a vaccine would be available to the general public sometime in the spring or summer of 2021, a statement Trump rebutted by calling Redfield...