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    MOSCOW, Sep 18 (.) – Russia’s oil exports will remain stable in October, despite increased processing from refineries, due to a global deal to cut supplies and weak demand due to the coronavirus pandemic, they said on Friday. operators. A draft of the October 1-5 calendar also indicated that Russia’s overseas oil supplies will remain unchanged from the same period in September. Russia plans to ship 3.5 million tonnes of Ural oil from its Baltic ports in September and 1.6 million tonnes of Urals and Siberian light crude from the port of Novorossiisk on the Black Sea. Russia’s crude exports typically peak in September, when many refineries reduce their processing capacity for maintenance, and then drop...
    An Emanuel County man has been arrested on federal charges for owning and operating a cockfighting venue that coordinated weekend contests with a nearby venue raided in June. These coordinated law enforcement actions have now shut down what are believed to be the three largest animal fighting operations in the state of Georgia, with the prosecutions assisted by Georgia’s first dedicated federal animal cruelty prosecutor. Wendell Allan Strickland, 66, of Swainsboro, Ga., was taken into custody Thursday morning, Sept. 17, for charges in a federal indictment on two counts of Sponsoring and Exhibiting an Animal in an Animal Fighting Venture; two counts of Conducting an Illegal Gambling Business; and one...
    Three Republican lawmakers who serve on the House Republican Study Committee are targeting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s political warfare operations in the United States in a new bill, Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Reps. Jim Banks (IN), Mike Johnson (LA), and Joe Wilson (SC) on Thursday morning introduced the Countering Chinese Propaganda Act, which would sanction the United Front Work Department, the CCP’s political warfare arm, and cripple its current operations inside the U.S. The United Front coordinates the CCP’s political warfare operations not only inside China, but overseas to include state-run news media outlets, Chinese propaganda appearing as inserts in American newspapers, and the spreading of Chinese propaganda via American think-tanks, universities, businesses, and other institutions. This week,...
    The download page for ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.Brent Lewin | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — The politics surrounding the future of TikTok's operations in the United States could undermine the need for better understanding and assurances when it comes to protecting user data, a security expert said Thursday.  Beijing-based ByteDance, which owns the popular short video sharing app, rejected Microsoft's bid to buy TikTok's U.S. operations and instead chose Oracle to become TikTok's U.S. technology partner. Sources previously told CNBC that Oracle became ByteDance's partner of choice due to the company's close ties to the Trump administration and its willingness...
    ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a video call on Wednesday that the docking of Turkey's Oruc Reis seismic survey vessel for maintenance does not mean its operations in the eastern Mediterranean are done, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. Oruc Reis returned to waters near Turkey's southern province of Antalya on Sunday for what Ankara called routine maintenance, a move Greece said was a positive first step in easing tensions over offshore natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean. Cavusoglu told an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk that Oruc Reis' maintenance may take "a few weeks", according to the energy ministry. "Once maintenance is finished, we will continue our operations with determination," he said. (Reporting...
    A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and his wife pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to transfer proceeds from undercover operations to private bank accounts that they controlled, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Jose Ismael Irizarry and Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry admitted to the seven-year scheme in which they illegally took a total of $9 million in drug proceeds from investigations, according to a Justice Department press release Tuesday. The money that Irizarry was able to divert was used to purchase jewelry, luxury cars and a home, according to the press release. “Sworn law enforcement agents are entrusted with great responsibility, and the department will hold accountable those who exploit their positions to profit from public corruption,” said Acting...
    MONTEREY COUNTY (CBS SF) — The Dolan Fire burning in Monterey County has spread along the north and east edges of the wildfire and has now burned at least 111,382 acres as of Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The containment of the fire has edged up to 26 percent, with containment on the west side by U.S. Highway 1 and by burnout operations on the south side of the fire along the Nacimiento-Ferguson and Del Venturi Roads and around Fort Hunter Liggett. Those operations were also supported by aircraft retardant and water drops, fire officials said. U.S. Forest Service: Dolan Fire Information Dolan Fire Evacuation Map Three firefighters injured in during a fire shelter...
    ByteDance Ltd, the parent company of TikTok, has been in talks with the U.S. government about ways to avoid a full sale of the U.S. operations of their popular video-sharing app.  Sources familiar with the matter said that the discussions have risen in prominence since the Chinese government took steps to make it difficult to sell to the likes of Microsoft or other technology giants in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports.  The insight comes as the deadline imposed by President Donald Trump on August 6 against the company, soon approaches. Bytedance Ltd., TikTok's parent company, has been in talks with U.S. gov't officials even though the Chinese government has tried to limit the full sale (stock) TikTok could...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There is real concern about a potential spike of COVID-19 in the coming weeks due to two things — the Labor Day Weekend gatherings, and so many children returning to school classrooms. While nothing can be done about the Labor Day celebrations, if there was damage it has been done….but the school year is a different story. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald concedes he’s concerned. “Anytime we have more potential for spread, and that obviously includes kids going back to school, we’ve seen the college kids have been coming back now for the last couple of weeks, whether it’s into the dormitories, or off campus, and now you’ve got the K-12 kids coming back, youth sports, youth...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Police in Maryland investigating reports of a casket photographed bobbing up and down in a river discovered the object was something far less macabre. A post to a local radio station’s Facebook page Tuesday showed a rectangular object with flat sides and a curved top floating in the South River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis. The concrete slab, resembling a coffin, sparked complaints of a possible hazard in the water, The Capital Gazette reported. Department of Natural Resources police were dispatched to the river, where a hydrographic operations team helped pull what turned out to be a floating dock from the water, according to the agency. SOUTH RIVER MYSTERY SOLVED: Our hydrographic operations...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) — The city of Culver City announced Wednesday that it had taken legal action against a gymnastics school and its owner-operator for allegedly offering indoor sessions in violation of health orders aimed at limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus. Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (8450 Higuera Street) flagrantly refuses to comply with public health rules, jeopardizing the health of the entire Culver City community. https://t.co/iJbS96j3m8 pic.twitter.com/AZTOfjW9Iu — City of Culver City (@CulverCityGov) September 2, 2020 The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Santa Monica Superior Court against the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics and owner Tanya Berenson, is seeking to have the gym declared a public nuisance and in violation of an emergency public order. The city...
    Federal authorities found $27 million in undeclared cash aboard a ship bound for the U.S. Virgin Islands — the largest seizure ever in the region — after a sniffer dog found the cash, federal officials announced. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers were conducting a search of the Norma H II docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when their K-9 alerted them to pallets containing home moving boxes en route to St. Thomas, authorities said. After officers opened one of the boxes, they found greenbacks wrapped in vacuum-sealed packages,  according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Further inspection of the pallets revealed a total of 34 cargo boxes containing the stacks of undeclared cash. W. Stephen Muldrow, U.S....
    Going on month seven of forced business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Jose is continuing to give more business sectors the opportunity to convert their operations outdoors. In a decision Tuesday night, the city council authorized casinos to expand their operations into their private parking lots and additional retail and personal service businesses, such as art studios and dry cleaners, to move onto public sidewalks and into parklets. Councilwoman Maya Esparza was the only council member to vote against allowing the city’s two cardrooms — Bay 101 and Casino Matrix — to operate outside, citing concerns for health and public safety. Prior to the pandemic, Bay 101 and Casino Matrix were expected to generate  $18.9 million for the...
    Algorithmia Platform Integrations Algorithmia Platform Integrations Algorithmia Platform Integrations SEATTLE, Sept. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Algorithmia, a provider of machine learning operations and management software, was recognized for best-in-class security and integration in a recent review of six different machine learning (ML) enterprise lifecycle solutions by Kisaco Research. The study published in August, “Kisaco Research Leadership Chart on Enterprise ML Lifecycle Solutions 2020-21,” compares vendors across five criteria: Data Science, ML Design & Development, Production Operations, Security & Integrations, and lastly Market Execution & Strategy. The report gives Algorithmia top marks for Security & Integrations, and names the company a “market leader.” “Algorithmia’s origins in providing enterprise grade security and integration for deploying ML applications in government agencies...
    Aug 31 (.) – Murphy Oil It said Monday that it resumed its oil and gas production operations at its Gulf of Mexico offshore platforms and that employees and contractors returned to the facility. The company had shut down some of its oil and gas rigs and evacuated personnel last week, before Hurricane Laura hit the region. (Reporting by K. Sathya Narayanan in Bengaluru. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)
    SAN CLEMENTE — Two soldiers were killed and three were injured when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise off Southern California’s coast, the Defense Department said Saturday. Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, California, died Thursday from injuries “sustained during an aircraft mishap while conducting aviation training,” according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command statement. “The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). “Our priority now is to ensure the families of our fallen warriors receive...
    TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019.Dado Ruvic | Reuters Chinese-owned TikTok is not in talks to sell its U.S. business to rival short-video-sharing app Triller, the company told CNBC on Monday.  "We can confirm that we are not and will not be in talks with them. Still, we are flattered by how much they admire TikTok," a spokesperson for TikTok said.  Still, Triller executive chairman Bobby Sarnevesht insisted that the bid had been submitted. "We have confirmation that the chairman (Zhang Yiming) and people pretty high up at ByteDance are aware of it, and, we have correspondence going," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Monday. His comments came...
    HOUSTON, Aug 29 (.) – U.S. energy companies on Saturday made progress in restoring their personnel and oil and gas extraction operations in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Laura, according to data released by the Department. inland. As of midday Saturday, there were 122 offshore oil facilities that were reoccupied, according to Saturday’s data. US crude production was paralyzed at 82%, representing 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd), while gas operations had a decline of 59%, or the equivalent of 1.6 million cubic feet up to date. There were 189 extraction rigs on the US Gulf of Mexico coast that were still out of operation as of Saturday, an improvement from the...
    SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two U.S. Army special operations soldiers, including one from New Jersey, died after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise in California. The Army says 33-year-old Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, of Brick, New Jersey, and 22-year-old Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, of San Bernardino, California, died Thursday from injuries “sustained during an aircraft mishap while conducting aviation training,” according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command statement. Marketta enlisted in the Army in 2011 and was later assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. He was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Both Marketta and Shelton will receive the Meritorious Service Medal posthumously, officials said. Further details about the accident were not...
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. -- Two soldiers were killed and three were injured when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise off Southern California's coast, the Defense Department said Saturday.Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, California, died Thursday from injuries "sustained during an aircraft mishap while conducting aviation training," according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command statement."The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal," said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). "Our priority now is to ensure the families of our fallen warriors receive our...
    A helicopter mechanic from New Jersey was one of two soldiers on an elite nighttime special operations unit killed in a California crash. Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, CA, were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a training exercise off the coast of San Diego, according to the U.S. Army. Both Marketta and Shelton were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Known as the "Night Stalkers," these soldiers are recognized for their proficiency in nighttime operations. Three other soldiers were injured in the crash, military officials said. Marketta and Shelton will posthumously receive the Meritorious Service Medal. Marketta enlisted in the Army as a Black Hawk...
    A helicopter mechanic from New Jersey was one of two soldiers on an elite nighttime special operations unit killed in a California crash. Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, CA, were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a training exercise off the coast of San Diego, according to the U.S. Army. Three other soldiers were injured in the crash, military officials said. Both Marketta and Shelton were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), which is based at Fort Campbell, KY. Marketta and Shelton will posthumously receive the Meritorious Service Medal. Marketta enlisted in the Army as a Black Hawk repairer in 2011, and was later deployed...
    A helicopter mechanic from New Jersey was one of two soldiers on an elite nighttime special operations unit killed in a California crash. Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, of Brick, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, CA, were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed in a training exercise off the coast of San Diego, according to the U.S. Army. Three other soldiers were injured in the crash, military officials said. Both Marketta and Shelton were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), which is based at Fort Campbell, KY. Marketta and Shelton will posthumously receive the Meritorious Service Medal. Marketta enlisted in the Army as a Black Hawk repairer in 2011, and was later deployed...
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Two soldiers were killed and three were injured when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise off Southern California’s coast, the Defense Department said Saturday. Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, California, died Thursday from injuries “sustained during an aircraft mishap while conducting aviation training,” according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command statement. “The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). “Our priority now is to ensure the families of our...
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — Two soldiers were killed and three were injured when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise off Southern California’s coast, the Defense Department said Saturday. Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, California, died Thursday from injuries “sustained during an aircraft mishap while conducting aviation training,” according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command statement. “The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). “Our priority now is to ensure the families of our fallen...
    SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA - Two soldiers were killed and three were injured when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise off Southern California's coast, the Defense Department said Saturday. Staff Sergeant Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, New Jersey, and Sergeant Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, California, died Thursday from injuries ``sustained during an aircraft mishap while conducting aviation training,'' according to a U.S. Army Special Operations Command statement. ``The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this regiment that will never completely heal,'' said Colonel Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). ``Our priority now is to ensure the families of our fallen warriors...
    A New Jersey soldier was one of two helicopter mechanics who died in a Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of California, the U.S. military said today. Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta, 33, of Brick, NJ, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, 22, of San Bernardino, Calif., were killed late Thursday on San Clemente Island, which is controlled by the US Navy and used as a training facility for elite units, such as the SEALs. Both soldiers were assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), which is based at Fort Campbell, Ky. Three others were injured in the nighttime special operations unit, but their names have not been released by the military. ‘The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday calling on the United Nations and its 193 member nations to step up action to increase the number of women in military and civilian positions at all levels in the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations. The resolution recognizes “the indispensable role of women in increasing the overall performance and effectiveness of peacekeeping operations,” stressing that a better balance between men and women contributes to “greater credibility” of the U.N. missions among the people they are mandated to protect, and more effective community engagement. The Indonesian-sponsored measure puts a spotlight on the huge disparity between men and women in the U.N.’s 13 peacekeeping operations, despite efforts over decades to improve...
    By Erwin Seba HOUSTON, Aug 28 (.) – Energy companies continued their efforts on Friday to restore operations at offshore platforms and refineries on the US Gulf of Mexico coast, which were shut down by Hurricane Laura, after oil markets they largely ignored its impact. Some 300 offshore production facilities and a half-dozen refineries shut down before the Category 4 hurricane hit the Louisiana coast with 150 mph winds. Citgo petroleum [PDVSAC.UL] It said its 418,000 barrel-a-day plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, suffered wind damage that will take days to assess, preventing an immediate resumption of operations. Sources familiar with operations at the Lake Charles refinery said the hurricane caused extensive damage that could take four...
    CORONADO (CBSLA) — Two soldiers have been killed after a training accident in the Coronado area of San Diego County. A statement from the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command said that an “aircraft incident” occurred during a routine training Thursday night. Two soldiers were killed and three were injured. The Army says the area where the accident happened has been secured and an investigation is underway. The names of the soldiers have not been released pending notification of their families.
    BOSTON (CBS) – Dozens of local volunteers are helping with storm relief efforts on the Gulf Coast. Even though they’ve done it many times before, they say it’s a little different during a pandemic. Craig Bodamer, who’s a retired firefighter from Cape Cod, is already in Houston. He said volunteers are wearing masks and social distancing. (WBZ-TV) “Our operations call for us to work in very close quarters,” said Thomas Gatzunis, with FEMA’s Massachusetts Urban Search and Rescue Taskforce 1. The Beverly-based group has 14 vehicles expected to arrive Friday. “Heavy rescue or water operations, search operations, technical search operations. We have two canines with us,” said Gatzunis. The American Red Cross has deployed 22 people from Massachusetts to help...
    The US retail giant Walmart has said it will team up with Microsoft to make a bid for the US operations of TikTok. Walmart told the BBC it thought a deal with the Chinese video-sharing app, in partnership with Microsoft, would help it expand its operations. TikTok has been given 90 days to sell its US arm to an American firm or face a ban in the country. Earlier on Thursday the firm's boss resigned ahead of the impending ban by US President Donald Trump. Confirming that the company was pursuing a deal, a Walmart spokesperson told the BBC: "We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of US TikTok users while satisfying the...
    Louisiana coastline: Hurricane Laura hits Lake Charles, coastal communities with 150-mph winds Amazon Fresh opens first supermarket in Los Angeles with checkout in cart TikTok likely to announce sale of U.S. operations in the coming days; Walmart has expressed interest TikTok is nearing an agreement to sell its U.S., Canadian, Australian and New Zealand operations in a deal that could be announced as soon as next week, sources say. The deal is likely to be in the $20 billion to $30 billion range, sources say. TikTok hasn't chosen a buyer and is still negotiating with Oracle and Microsoft, sources say. Walmart had been working with SoftBank on a bid for TikTok which is seen as unlikely because there...
    Sheldon Cooper | LightRocket | Getty Images TikTok is nearing a deal to sell its U.S. operations and could announce a deal in the coming days, according to people familiar with the matter. Kevin Mayer, TikTok's CEO, announced his resignation Thursday after news of the announcement leaked to the Financial Times. Mayer was originally going to announce his decision to step down along with the sale agreement next week, but he pushed up the timing to address the news, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Mayer joined TikTok earlier this year after running Disney's streaming video operations.  TikTok hasn't decided on a buyer and is still discussing bids from Oracle...
    China is conducting a series of military drills in four sea regions at roughly the same time, an unusual move that could be sending political signals, reports say. Chinese maritime authorities announced the navy exercises in four locations, including the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea, in multiple notices issued between Friday and Sunday. The naval operations were interpreted by experts as China showing 'its readiness to handle confrontation with the US and self-ruled Taiwan'. China is conducting a series of military drills in four sea regions at roughly the same time, an unusual move that could be sending political signals, reports say. This file picture taken on April 23, 2019 shows a Great Wall 236 submarine of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Brett Brown era in Philadelphia is officially over, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The decision comes just one day after the Sixers were swept out of the Orlando bubble by the Boston Celtics in the first round. The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Brett Brown, sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 24, 2020 Brown was hired on April 14, 2013, to guide the Sixers through “The Process” and survived through three general managers — Sam Hinkie, Bryan Colangelo and Elton Brand. In seven seasons under Brown, the Sixers had two 50-win seasons and three consecutive early playoff exits. Wojnarowski also reports Brand will continue to oversee basketball operations, but the team’s front office is...
    Tokyo, Aug 24 . .- The Tokyo Stock Exchange closed this Monday with an advance of 0.28% in its main indicator, the Nikkei, in line with the increases in other Asian markets. The Nikkei, which groups the 225 most representative stocks on the Tokyo stock market, rose 65.21 points this Monday to 22,985.51 integers. For its part, the Topix, which includes the firms with the highest capitalization, today advanced 0.19% or 3.07 points, to 1,607.13 units. Analysts noted that Tokyo joined the gains that are being made in Asian stock markets by smoothing out the most recent rough edges in relations between Washington and Beijing. Nintendo, whose shares were the ones that monopolized the largest volume of operations, rose 4.78%...
    BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ CHINA HOLDING NEW MILITARY DRILLS China is holding another round of military drills in the South China Sea amid an uptick in such activity in the area highlighting growing tensions. The Maritime Safety Administration said the exercises would run from Monday through Sunday. It warned outside vessels to steer 5 nautical miles (9.26 kilometers) clear of the drill area but otherwise gave no details. China...
    Lyft and Uber will be allowed to continue treating drivers as independent contractors in California amid their appeal in court. Hours after Lyft announced it would suspend rideshare operations in California starting at 11.59pm Thursday, a state appeals court granted an emergency stay for Uber and Lyft. The stay paused a judge ruling requiring the ride-share companies to reclassify their drivers as employees with benefits by Friday. Both companies said they’d be forced to suspend operations in California if the stay wasn’t granted. Now Uber and Lyft have until 5pm PST on August 25 to file written statements agreeing to expedited procedures to reclassify drivers as employees.  Lyft and Uber will be allowed to continue treating drivers as independent...
    (Uber) Los Angeles residents who depend on rideshares to get around may find themselves in a bind this weekend as it appears both Uber and Lyft may only be hours away from halting their services in their home state of California. According to CNN, last week a California court ordered the companies to reclassify their drivers in the state as employees rather than independent contractors and only gave them 10 days to do so. The Lyft logo is displayed on a car on March 7, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Tuesday, Uber sent a message to its user’s warning, “We may have to temporarily suspend ridesharing in California starting this week.” READ MORE: ‘Karen’ incidents happen...
    Lyft will suspend its operations in California effective at 11:59 p.m., the company announced on Thursday, days after a judge ordered rideshare giants, Uber and Lyft, to treat its drivers as employees, not independent contractors.The company says its operations will cease at midnight on Friday."This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips. We're personally reaching out to riders and drivers to share more about why this is happening, what you can do about it, and to provide some transportation alternatives," the company said in a statement on Thursday.Lyft said it doesn't wish to shut down, and it would continue to work with lawmakers to agree on a...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An appeals court has granted a stay on Thursday, giving reprieve to Uber and Lyft to continue operations in California.Hours earlier, the ride-hailing company Lyft confirmed in an online blog post that it would shut down in the state, suspending its rideshare operations beginning at 11:59 p.m. Thursday due to an ongoing legal dispute over the classification of drivers as employees or independent contractors.The announcement came as Uber and Lyft drivers were already expected to protest Thursday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, a demonstration that was planned earlier as they waited to find out if the rideshare giants will temporarily shut down services statewide.Drivers are organizing alongside the Mobile Workers Alliance and the group is...
    Berkeley, Calif. (AP) — Appeals court grants stay, giving reprieve to Uber and Lyft to continue operations in California. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Lyft announced that it would suspend ride-share operations in the state of California at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The potential stoppage of the massively popular ride-sharing service based out of San Francisco stems from a state labor law that forces gig workers to be recognized as employees. "This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips," the Lyft news release stated. "We're personally reaching out to riders and drivers to share more about why this is happening, what you can do about it, and to provide some transportation alternatives. "For multiple years, we've been advocating for a path to offer benefits to drivers who use the Lyft...
    The private transportation company Lyft announced that it will suspend its operations starting at 11:59 pm this Thursday, after a state judge ordered the ride-sharing companies to classify their drivers as employees. Both Lyft and Uber had warned that this decision could end in the suspension of their services in California, since it could skyrocket the personnel costs of these two firms and put their business model in doubt. “Today (Thursday) at 11:59 pm PST, our ride-sharing operations in California will be suspended. This is not something we want for the millions of Californians who depend on Lyft for essential daily rides,” the company said. on your digital blog. Classifying their drivers as salaried employees rather than contractors (their...
    More than 360 fires are burning across California, one person is dead. Heres what we know. Restaurants and diners embrace the once-scorned QR code as they accept the new no-touch reality Lyft to Suspend Ride-Sharing Operations in California (Bloomberg) -- Lyft Inc. said it will suspend ride-sharing operations in California as of midnight, making good on its promise to stop doing business in the state rather than comply with a law to reclassify its drivers as employees. © Bloomberg A designated waiting area for Lyft Inc. ride-sharing is seen empty at San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, California, U.S., on Monday, April 27, 2020. U.S. airlines reached preliminary deals to access billions of dollars in federal aid,...
    The private transportation company Lyft announced that it will suspend its operations starting at 11:59 pm this Thursday, after a state judge ordered the ride-sharing companies to classify their drivers as employees. Both Lyft and Uber had warned that this decision could end in the suspension of their services in California, since it could skyrocket the personnel costs of these two firms and put their business model in doubt. “Today (Thursday) at 11:59 pm PST, our ride-sharing operations in California will be suspended. This is not something we want for the millions of Californians who depend on Lyft for essential daily rides,” the company said. on your digital blog. Classifying their drivers as salaried employees rather than contractors (their...
    The private transportation company Lyft announced that it will suspend its operations starting at 11:59 pm this Thursday, after a state judge ordered the ride-sharing companies to classify their drivers as employees. Both Lyft and Uber had warned that this decision could end in the suspension of their services in California, since it could skyrocket the personnel costs of these two firms and put their business model in doubt. “Today (Thursday) at 11:59 pm PST, our ride-sharing operations in California will be suspended. This is not something we want for the millions of Californians who depend on Lyft for essential daily rides,” the company said. on your digital blog. Classifying their drivers as salaried employees rather than contractors (their...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Lyft has announced that they will be suspending operations in California by the end of Thursday. The impending suspension comes after a judge ordered rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber to treat their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. “This change would also necessitate an overhaul of the entire business model — it’s not a switch that can be flipped overnight,” Lyft wrote in an email announcing the impending suspension of service. Uber has also threatened to shut down service in California by Friday. California’s new law on independent contractors would guarantee benefits like overtime, sick leave and expense reimbursement. Companies like Lyft and Uber have criticized the law and it has been brought before the...
    Lyft is suspending operations in California over a law that requires the ride-hailing service to classify its drivers as employees. Service in the state is set to end just before midnight Pacific time on Thursday, the company said Thursday on its blog. Last week, a state judge ordered Lyft and its larger rival, Uber, to treat drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, as required under a law passed in California last year. The transportation companies had claimed that the law did not apply to them.  "This is not something we wanted to do," Lyft said in the announcement, claiming that most drivers did not want to be employees and that following the law would lead to 80% of drivers losing...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rideshare company Lyft has announced that it will be suspending service in California in response to the controversial Assembly Bill 5 and the ongoing legal battle over whether its drivers are classified as independent contractors or employees. Rideshare drivers demonstrate against rideshare companies Uber and Lyft during a car caravan protest on Aug. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Getty Images) Lyft wrote in a blog that its operations in California will be suspended beginning at 11:59 p.m. Thursday. “This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips,” the company said in a statement. Earlier this week, Uber warned its users it may also suspend...
    Lyft will suspend its ride-hailing operations in California at 11:59PM PT on August 20th, the company confirmed in a blog post. Along with Uber, the company was ordered by a state judge to employ its drivers rather than classify them as independent contractors. But Lyft is choosing to end its service in California rather than comply with that order — at least for now. “This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips,” the company writes. “We’re personally reaching out to riders and drivers to share more about why this is happening, what you can do about it, and to provide some transportation alternatives.” Uber has also...
    Hundreds of jobs are coming to the Hudson Valley as Amazon prepares for its latest venture in New York. This week, Amazon announced that it plans to launch a state-of-the-art operations facility in Orange County in Montgomery in time for the 2021 holiday season, generating more than 800 full-time jobs. The fulfillment center, which will span more than 1,000,000-square-feet near the intersection of Route 17K and Route 747 has been in the works for more than a year. The $75.2 million project had to be approved by the Town Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, the town’s Industrial Development Agency. Final approvals came earlier this year. “Amazon is a well-respected employer that will bring good-paying jobs to...
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Gold mining companies in Mali reassured investors on Wednesday that their operations were continuing as normal despite a deepening political crisis in the West African nation. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after soldiers detained him at gunpoint and seized power in a coup. Foreign companies mining in the gold-rich country said they were monitoring the situation but operations were unaffected by the coup in the capital Bamako and staff were safe. Canadian gold miner B2Gold said no operational days had been lost at its Fekola mine, in which the Malian government holds a 20% stake, and all mine personnel were safe. B2Gold said Fekola had sufficient supplies to maintain activities through...
    US President Donald Trump has said tech giant Oracle would be "a great company" to take over TikTok's US operations. It comes after Oracle was reported as a possible buyer of the Chinese social media app's business in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Last week Mr Trump ordered TikTok's owner ByteDance to sell its US business within 90 days or face being shut down Oracle's chairman Larry Ellison is a supporter of Mr Trump and held a fundraising event for him in February. Mr Trump's comments - during a speech in Yuma, Arizona - came after reports that Oracle was working on an offer for some TikTok assets with a group of ByteDance's investors. According to those reports, Oracle...
    The revenues of the Chilean-Brazilian airline LATAM reached 571.9 million dollars during the second quarter of this year, 75.9% less than in the same period of 2019, figures that reflect the crisis facing the company due to the coronavirus. The sharp decline is explained “by the drastic reduction in the operation after the closure of borders and travel restrictions due to the impact of COVID-19. This decrease was partially offset by an 18.4% increase in cargo revenues”, indicated a statement released Tuesday by the airline. Meanwhile, total operating costs between April and June fell by 45.6%, reaching 1,266.7 million dollars and suffered an operating loss of 694.8 million. The reduction of its operations led the airline to lay off some...
    Larry Ellison, co-founder and executive chairman of Oracle Corp., speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Oct. 22, 2018.Bloomberg Oracle, an enterprise software giant, is in talks to acquire social media company TikTok's U.S., Canadian, Australian and New Zealand assets, according to a person familiar with the matter. Oracle is working with a group of U.S. venture capital firms that already have a stake in TikTok, said the person, who asked not to be named because the negotiations are private. The Financial Times earlier reported on the talks and named General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital as two of the investors working with Oracle.  Spokespeople for TikTok and Oracle declined to comment.  Oracle's talks to acquire TikTok's operations...
    The Washington Football Team continued its overhaul Monday, naming Jason Wright as the franchise’s new president and making him the first Black team president in NFL history. Wright replaces Bruce Allen, who was fired after the 2019 season. “This team, at this time, is an ideal opportunity for me,” Wright said in a statement. “The transformation of the Washington Football Team is happening across all aspects of the organization — from football to operations to branding to culture — and will make us a truly modern and aspirational franchise. We want to set new standards for the NFL.” Jason Wright, seen here in his Arizona Cardinals uniform in 2010, was named the new president of the Washington Football Team....
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York politicians and labor leaders are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s opposition to fund the United States Postal Service with $25 billion in COVID-19 relief ahead of the November 2020 elections. President Trump told Fox News viewers on Thursday that he opposed providing the funding on the grounds that it would facilitate mail-in voting, which he predicts will be overwhelmed with fraudulently-cast ballots. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney issued a 10-page letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy calling for USPS to put force behind the request made earlier on in the crisis. “The fact is, the coronavirus and the President’s all-out...
    LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A fire burning between Walden and Red Feather Lakes doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday. Officials say the Cameron Peak Fire is now 10,867 acres and remains uncontained. Cameron Peak Fire (credit: South Metro) Officials say the fire crossed to the a second spot on the south side of Highway 14. It’s burning between Barnes Madow Reservoir and Long Draw Road. The high is closed between Rustic and Gould. Crews expect easterly wind which could push the fire west. They will focus on protecting structures and will also remove potential fuel to help aerial attacks. Cameron Peak Fire map on Aug. 16. (credit: Inciweb) More than 100 personnel are helping fight the fire. South Metro...
    Nicole Karlis August 16, 2020 12:00PM (UTC) On Monday, the New York Times ran a quixotic op-ed from Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. "I Am the C.E.O. of Uber. Gig Workers Deserve Better," the headline read. Though the headline seems to imply it, Khosrowshahi doesn't say that Uber itself should treat their drivers better. Instead, he casts the blame for gig workers' sorry lot on our "outdated" employment system that forces workers to choose between benefits and freedom. Economists and drivers counter that giving Uber drivers the benefits of full-time employees, like health insurance and paid-time off, is vastly preferable to "flexibility." : The op-ed appeared timed to coincide with news that broke later that day that a California judge ruled in a preliminary...
    Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Pharmacy, its first online pharmacy in India, as part of a strategy to expand its business in the Asian country. “data-reactid =” 19 “> The retail giant Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Pharmacy, its first online pharmacy in India, as part of a strategy to expand its business in the Asian country. greatest millionaire man on the planet, began operations on August 14 in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state, in southern India. “data-reactid =” 20 “> The service of the company of Jeff Bezos, the greatest millionaire man on the planet, began operations on August 14 in Bangalore, the capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Amazon Pharmacy markets over-the-counter and...
    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump ordered ByteDance on Friday to divest the U.S. operations of its video-sharing app TikTok within 90 days, the latest effort to ramp up pressure on the Chinese company over concerns about the safety of the personal data it handles. "There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance ... might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," Trump said in the Order. Trump's latest move comes on top of an executive order he issued last week that would prohibit certain transactions with TikTok unless ByteDance divests it within 45 days. ByteDance is already in talks to sell the North America, Australia and New Zealand operations of...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has ordered the Chinese-owned parent company of TikTok to sell off operations in the US within 90 days over a "national security threat." In an executive order issued Friday, the president said he believes there is "credible evidence" that the company - ByteDance - "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," according to CNN. 2Trump ordered TikTok's parent company to sell off operations in the US Credit: Reuters 2The move comes after Trump vowed to ban TikTok last monthCredit: Alamy The order specifically states that ByteDance must destroy all data obtained from US TikTok users and inform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US of its progress afterwards....
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier conducted exercises in the contested South China Sea on Friday, the U.S. navy said in a statement. A strike group led by the USS Ronald Reagan conducted flight operations and high-end maritime stability operations and exercises, the statement said. "Integration with our joint partners is essential to ensuring joint force responsiveness and lethality, and maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific," U.S. Navy Commander Joshua Fagan, Task Force 70 air operations officer aboard USS Ronald Reagan, was quoted as saying. The drill comes amid heightened tensions between the United States and China. Washington has criticised Beijing over its novel coronavirus response and accuses it of taking advantage of the pandemic to push territorial...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday evening directing ByteDance, the Chinese-owned parent company of TikTok, to divest interest in the app's US operations within the next 90 days. Trump explained in the order that he believes there is "credible evidence" that ByteDance "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States" following the company's acquisition of the social media app Musical.ly.The step marks just the latest twist in the dramatic back and forth between the popular video app and the President after he declared last month that he would ban TikTok from operating in the US. Trump issued an executive order last week that would ban the app from operating in the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the Chinese company ByteDance to divest its interest in video-sharing app TikTok's operations in the United States within 90 days. "There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance ... might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," Trump said in the order. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis toured the Pine Gulch Fire operations near Grand Junction on Friday. The fire that was started by lightning last month is now the fourth largest in Colorado history, burning more than 73,000 acres. (credit: CBS) Nearly 800 firefighters are battling the blaze. There are still a number of evacuations in the area — about 18 miles from Grand Junction — and smoke from the wildfire has prompted air quality warnings. (credit: CBS) Evacuated areas are as follows: – County Road 204/Roan Creek Road – 211/Clear Creek Road – 207/Carr Creek Road – 209/Brush Creek Road – A small number of homes on County Roads 200 and 202 Air quality issues will continue...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A 30-year-old man injured in a Revel scooter accident three days before the company suspended its New York City operations last month has died of his injuries, police said Friday. The death of Francis Nunez marked the third fatality involving the scooters in the city. The Bronx resident was driving a scooter in upper Manhattan on the afternoon of July 25 when he lost control and hit a pole. Nunez was taken to a hospital with head injuries and died Aug. 4. A 32-year-old passenger was hospitalized in stable condition and was later released, according to New York City police. The ride-sharing scooter startup announced July 28 that it was suspending operations in New York...
    The Department of Justice announced Thursday the "dismantling of three terrorist financing cyber-enabled campaigns," targeting efforts by the al-Qassam Brigades -- the military wing of Hamas – Al Qaeda and ISIS. U.S. officials said these terror groups used cryptocurrency and social media to raise funds from around the world for their operations. American authorities have now used judicially-authorized warrants to seize millions of dollars from over 300 cryptocurrency accounts, four websites, and four Facebook pages related to the terror groups’ "criminal enterprise." “It should not surprise anyone that our enemies use modern technology, social media platforms, and cryptocurrency to facilitate their evil and violent agendas,” said Attorney General William Barr. “We will prosecute their money laundering, terrorist financing, and violent illegal activities...
    The Lyft logo is displayed on a car on March 7, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) A judge has ruled that Uber and Lyft must treat their California drivers as employees. The ruling would mean that the companies would be responsible for overtime, health care, and other benefits.  The ride-sharing companies have responded by vowing to appeal and threatening to cease operations in the state.  READ MORE: Judge rules Uber, Lyft must classify drivers as employees “The vast majority of drivers want to work independently,” an Uber spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. “When over 3 million Californians are without a job, our elected leaders should be focused on creating work, not trying...
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will continue its cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq if Baghdad continues to overlook the militants' presence in the region, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, urging Iraqi authorities to cooperate with Ankara. Turkey has regularly attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)militants, both in its mainly Kurdish southeast and in northern Iraq, where the group is based. In June, Ankara launched a new ground offensive, dubbed Operation Claw Tiger, that saw Turkish troops advance deeper into Iraq. On Tuesday, a Turkish air strike in northern Iraq killed two members of Iraq's border guard and their driver, Iraq's military said, calling the attack a "flagrant aggression". Iraq's foreign ministry then said Baghdad cancelled a visit by...
    Governor Brian Kemp, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), recently announced a strong start to the first month of fiscal year 2021, as the state attracted new investment projects. In the month of July, Georgia announced roughly $574 million in new investments and 3,629 new jobs created in nearly every region of the state. “From advanced manufacturing to software development, jobs at every skill level and in nearly every region of the state were created for hardworking Georgians during July,” said Governor Kemp. “As we fight to protect the lives and livelihoods of hardworking Georgians in an unprecedented economic climate, this news serves as a...
    On Monday’s broadcast of Newsmax TV’s “Spicer and Co.,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that Iran, China, and Russia “are engaged in influence operations here in the United States.” And that it is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party prefers 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden over President Trump, given the posture President Trump has taken towards China. Pompeo said, “It is the case that the Iranians, the Chinese, the Russians too, are engaged in influence operations here in the United States. We have a responsibility to take down that misinformation, to share with the American people the risks that are connected to that. And it should be unsurprising to anyone that the Chinese Communist...
    Twitter Inc has approached TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to express interest in acquiring the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, as experts raised doubts over Twitter's ability to put together financing for a potential deal. It is far from certain that Twitter would be able to outbid Microsoft Corp and complete such a transformative deal in the 45 days that U.S. President Donald Trump has given ByteDance to agree to a sale, the sources said on Saturday. The news of Twitter and TikTok being in preliminary talks and Microsoft still being seen as the front-runner in bidding for the app's U.S. operations was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal. Twitter has...
    Microsoft is reportedly chasing a deal to buy TikTok's entire global business as it makes a bid to purchase the US arm of the video-sharing app following President Donald Trump's threats to ban it. According to a Financial Times report on Thursday, the deal to buy TikTok globally includes its operations in India and Europe, five people with knowledge of the talks said.  However, a source familiar with the discussions told Reuters that Microsoft had not raised the prospect of buying all of TikTok in its ongoing negotiations with the video app's parent company ByteDance.  Microsoft refused to confirm or deny the reports when contacted by DailyMail.com.  According to a Financial Times report on Thursday, the deal to buy...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — Nearly $26 million in cocaine and marijuana will not make it to the streets of South Florida or anywhere else thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard crew members unloaded about 3,900 pounds of marijuana and about 1,100 pounds of cocaine at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. The Coast Guard seized the drugs from suspected drug-smuggling vessels in the Caribbean Sea as part of a counternarcotics operation, the agency said. This is a pallet off marijuana offloaded from Coast Guard Cutter Legare in Port Everglades, Florida, Aug. 5, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll “The fight against drug cartels in the Caribbean Sea requires unity of...
    But Autocab, aware of both the existential threat that Uber provided and the distaste most taxi drivers have for the app, went one further. It started opening talks between taxi businesses to create the iGo Everywhere network, creating a patchwork rival to Uber. If your local cab company was based in Nottingham and you traveled to, say, Cardiff, you’d be able to schedule a trip in your Nottingham-based app. And, crucially, keeping you away from installing Uber’s app and using that to look for a ride. “Every month, thousands of people open the Uber app in places the company doesn’t operate to try to get a trip,” said the company in a statement. “Through Autocab’s iGo marketplace, Uber will be...
    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Popular short-video app TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, said on Thursday it plans to open its first European data centre in Ireland with an investment of about 420 million euros ($499 million). Under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump over national security risks, TikTok is in talks with Microsoft about selling its U.S. operations. Trump said he will ban the service in the United States on Sept. 15 if there was no sale. The data centre in Ireland will create hundreds of new jobs, enable faster loading time and safely store European user data, Roland Cloutier, global chief information security officer of TikTok, wrote in a blog post https://newsroom.tiktok.com/en-gb/establishing-a-new-european-data-centre-in-ireland. "This data centre signals our long-term commitment to...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera issued an Administrative Order on Friday clarifying COVID-19 health measures in courthouses and judicial branch facilities. It now includes additional requirements on wearing face masks inside courthouses and judicial branch facilities, including requiring face coverings during all court proceedings and providing disposable masks for those who don’t have them already. Read the full order here.  “As we move forward, with caution and care, into Phase III of the phased resumption of operations, we must take the measures that have proven to be effective in mitigating the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “Those who come to or work...
    REDWOOD CITY — Some indoor businesses and public activities must cease unless they can be modified to operate outside or through offering pick-up services to help contain the coronavirus, the state told San Mateo officials on Saturday. The order, which will take effect midnight Sunday, was in response to the county being more than three days on a state COVID-19 monitoring list, the county posted on its website. The spots are shopping malls, gyms and fitness centers; places of worship and where cultural ceremonies take place, such as weddings and funerals; offices for non-critical infrastructure; as well as personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing, hair salons and barbershops. Shops that offer tattoos, piercings, and electrolysis may not operate...
    President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday that the administration is still considering a move to ban TikTok in the United States. U.S. officials have voiced concerns the app is too intrusive on user privacy and that its parent company, ByteDance Ltd., has ties to the Chinese government that could undermine American security. ByteDance is reportedly considering whether to sell the app — valued at $100 billion — to an American company, including Microsoft. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro suggested earlier this month that the president was planning on taking action against the app, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also issued a warning to American Tik Tok users. “We are looking at TikTok. We may...
    The legal community has adapted faster to technology in the last four months than it has in the last 10 years and to ensure that everyone is keeping up with the latest developments, the Brooklyn Bar Association hosted a continuing legal education seminar on Thursday on e-filing in the Surrogate’s Court. With over 23,000 people in New York State having died due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surrogate’s Court is likely going to be busier than usual settling estates. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore predicted this back in May, when she pushed resources toward the court in an effort to expand its virtual operations. Part of that expansion of operations included bringing e-filing to Kings County faster than expected. To help...
    A brewery in the German state of Bavaria has been forced to suspend beer production after a family of storks made themselves at home in one of its chimneys. The plucky birds -- a protected species in Germany -- built a nest in the Zwanzger brewery in the village of Uehlfeld in early spring, bringing production to a grinding halt, brewer Christian Zwanzger told AFP. Uehlfeld has long been a favorite haunt for the storks, which often return to the same spots every year to build their nests. "We already had one last year (on the roof) and the young storks, when they come back, often come to the same place. So they looked for a place to build their...
    After two years of searching, a California man finally received a new liver during a live donor transplant earlier this year – just a week after his nephew donated his liver to another man, according to a report. George Rogers of Fresno, Calif., was diagnosed with liver failure in November 2018 and after several failed attempts to get a new one -- including from his nephew, Casey Rogers, who turned out not to be a match -- he was referred to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), FOX 26 in Fresno reported. While 95 percent of liver transplants in the United States are from deceased donors, 60 percent of the procedures at the medical center in Pennsylvania are live. Notably, the liver is...
    Boston Properties posted a substantial drop in earnings for its first full quarter since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., as the public health crisis led to a drop in the firm’s rental income and parking revenue. The Boston publicly traded real estate investment trust, one of Greater Washington’s largest commercial real estate owners, posted funds from operations (FFO) of $236.9 million for the three months ended June 30, down 14.3% from $276.3 million for the same period in 2019. Funds from operations is the basic measurement of performance for REITs and reflects a company’s cash flow from its operating properties. The company attributed a large part of its drop in FFO to Covid-19, including write-offs from retail tenants...
    SANTA FE, N.M. - U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson is defending a decision to deploy 35 more federal agents to Albuquerque to address violent crime, urging the city's Democratic mayor to embrace the effort. A letter to the mayor Tuesday reiterated that the new agents will conduct "classic crime fighting" activities by augmenting existing federal task forces in Albuquerque. President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced last week the new law enforcement deployment, with assurances it would not involve agents in tactical gear like those used to confront protesters in Portland, Oregon, where demonstrations have spiraled into violence. The plan was greeted warily by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who said agents should be monitored to...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson is defending a decision to deploy 35 more federal agents to Albuquerque to address violent crime, urging the city's Democratic mayor to embrace the effort. A letter to the mayor Tuesday reiterated that the new agents will conduct “classic crime fighting” activities by augmenting existing federal task forces in Albuquerque. President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced last week the new law enforcement deployment, with assurances it would not involve agents in tactical gear like those used to confront protesters in Portland, Oregon, where demonstrations have spiraled into violence. The plan was greeted warily by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who said agents should be monitored...
    MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday one civilian was killed and three were injured in a U.S. air strike in Somalia in February, the second such admission since it launched quarterly reports on civilian casualties in its Africa operations. In a report, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said a verification of the facts and circumstances about a Feb. 2 air strike triggered by allegations of civilian deaths established one civilian had been killed while three were injured. "Unfortunately, we believe our operations caused the inadvertent death of one person and injury to three others who we did not intend to target," AFRICOM's commander, Gen. Stephen Townsend was quoted as saying. "We work hard to prevent civilians from getting...
    A moped sharing company said Tuesday it is suspending its services in New York City after the death of a second rider.  The moped company Revel tweeted it will be shutting down services in New York City until further notice as it reviews and strengthens its safety measures.  “New York riders - starting today, NYC service will be shut down until further notice. We’re reviewing and strengthening our rider accountability and safety measures and communicating with city officials, and we look forward to serving you again in the near future,” Revel tweeted.  New York riders - starting today, NYC service will be shut down until further notice. We’re reviewing and strengthening our rider accountability and safety measures and communicating with city...
    Scooter sharing company Revel is suspending its operations in New York City following two fatal accidents. Noam Galai/Getty Images The company posted a note on its app Tuesday notifying users of the “temporary shutdown” as it reviews “rider accountability” and safety measures. Jeremy Malave, 32, died after crashing into a light pole at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday and suffering head trauma. A helmet was found nearby, but authorities have not determined if he was wearing it, according to the Daily News. His death came 10 days after CBS New York reporter Nina Kapur died from head injuries when the Revel she was a passenger on swerved and threw her off. Kapur and the scooter's operator were not wearing helmets...
    McDonald's will close 200 locations in the United States as the chain faces a bumpy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic after second quarter global sales dropped by 30 percent due to lockdowns limiting operations to drive-thru and delivery.   The fast-food company reported a bigger-than-expected drop in second-quarter profits on Tuesday as a result of much lower sales due to coronavirus closures that affected most of the chain's worldwide network.     The fast-food company suffered a 68 percent drop in profits to $483.8 million, following a 30 percent decline in revenues to $3.8 billion.   McDonald's is set to accelerate restaurant closures this year across the US and plans to permanently close 200 locations. More than half are lower sales locations that are inside Walmart stores. ...
    Last week Intel revealed that yields for CPUs manufactured on a 7nm process were running a year behind schedule, which will slow its transition to the technology that lets it build more efficient processors. Now the chipmaker has reshuffled executives in charge, with chief engineering officer Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, who had been leading its Technology, Systems Architecture and Client Group (TSCG), leaving the company. Now the push for 7nm and 5nm processes is lead by Dr. Ann Kelleher, as the group is being split up under different people who will all report directly to the CEO. Another key change is Keyvan Esfarjani taking over Kelleher’s former responsibility of manufacturing and operations, where he will “lead global manufacturing operations and continue...
    WOODLAND (CBS13) – A gym in Woodland has been slapped with a hefty fine for refusing to follow state orders and cease indoor operations. Last week, Fit Republic Gym was fined $2,500 for continuing to operate. The gym is the first business in the county to be fined, according to Yolo County Public Information Officer Jenny Tan. She says the fine came only after the gym’s owners were given several chances to comply, but wouldn’t. “The county tried multiple times to educate and work with them on how to be compliant with local/state regulations and when the state of California required gyms to close,” she said. On July 13, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a big step back and ordered the...