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  • Trump says he is holding up coronavirus aid to block Postal Service funds for voting by mail news

    The president said on Thursday that he is willing to block a relief package because it contains money for the U.S. Postal Service that would shore up election infrastructure amid the pandemic.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:10:03 -0400
  • He used social media to pimp a 14-year-old in Miami airport hotels, cops say. He’s 17 news

    A 14-year-old runaway told cops she got sold for sex at hotels across the street from Miami International Airport up to five times a day, according to a police report. The first statutory rapist called himself “Slime,” the girl said. He paid in Percocet.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:45:00 -0400
  • Venezuela jails 15 for decades over botched invasion news

    Venezuela on Friday sentenced 15 people to more than two decades in prison over a failed invasion plot that President Nicolas Maduro has said was an attempt to overthrow him.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:51:00 -0400
  • U.S. judge dismisses NRA lawsuit challenging gun shop closures in New York state news

    A federal judge on Friday dismissed the National Rifle Association's lawsuit challenging New York's decision to close gun stores in the state in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision came eight days after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the gun rights group, accusing senior leaders of corruption including the improper diversion of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Mae D'Agostino said the NRA lacked standing to challenge on behalf of its members a March 20 executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo requiring gun stores to close in the state because they were "non-essential" businesses.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:24:00 -0400
  • Minneapolis officer’s bodycam footage shows emotional crowd during George Floyd’s arrest news

    Newly released bodycam footage from one of the officers at the scene of George Floyd’s arrest, shows an emotional crowd pleading with police to get off him in the moments leading up to his death.The footage, that was made available by the Minneapolis Police Department on Thursday, is from the bodycam of Tou Thao, one of the four officers fired after Mr Floyd’s death on 25 May, according to HuffPost.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:56:57 -0400
  • Iran FM says West using Beirut blast to dictate policies news

    Iran's top diplomat on Friday accused Western countries of taking advantage of Beirut’s massive explosion last week that killed and injured thousands to dictate their own policies on Lebanon. The comments by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif came during a visit to Beirut as a senior U.S. official and France’s defense minister were also in the country. The Aug. 4 blast at Beirut’s port, when thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate ignited setting off a massive explosion, killed nearly 180 people, injured 6,000 and caused widespread damage across the city.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 03:25:14 -0400
  • 8 Years After Proving Racism Affected His Trial, North Carolina Inmate Taken Off Death Row news

    Marcus Robinson, who proved in 2012 that racism had affected his sentence, was re-sentenced to life on Friday by the state Supreme Court

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:09:09 -0400
  • The US said federal agents have seized millions of dollars in bitcoin from terrorist groups al-Qaeda and Hamas news

    Officials said it's the US government's "largest-ever" seizure of cryptocurrency accounts controlled by terrorist organizations.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:38:50 -0400
  • 3 women arrested for allegedly attacking a Chili's host for enforcing social distancing news

    "I was kind of fighting for my life," restaurant hostess Kelsy Wallace, 17, said. "I was really scared, calling out for my mama."

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:57:00 -0400
  • Mueller report: FBI lawyer 'altered email' to wiretap Trump aide news

    The case will boost President Trump's view the special counsel's investigation was a "witch hunt".

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:57:45 -0400
  • I used to be critical of Kamala Harris. Now I am going to defend her at every turn news

    While the announcement caught very few of us by surprise, a jolt of excitement was inserted into this election. And rightly soThe historic announcement of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s VP pick is another reminder that multiple things can be true at the same time. Harris is undeniably brilliant, has recently introduced bills that would specifically improve the quality of live for Black Americans, and by all accounts she is superior in every way imaginable to the current president. In fact, adding her to the ticket has made me far more enthusiastic about this race than I was even days before the announcement.Throughout this campaign, Biden has said things that made me question his understanding of the Black community, let alone his commitment to fight against social inequality. And yet, here we are, squarely seated in that space where many truths exist at once. Does Biden give me pause? Oh, absolutely. Do I believe he will be a better leader than Trump? Without a shadow of a doubt. But is that the bar? Are millions of Americans expected to capitulate to such a defeating standard from our future leaders?> While I wholeheartedly still believe in the power of voting, I’m now more committed to what I call zoning inThat question lingered in the air of every political conversation I had with my peers over the past few months. Yet with the announcement that caught very few of us by surprise, a jolt of excitement was inserted back into this election. Rightfully so. While lots of articles will focus on the historical weight of this moment, we cannot ignore that Harris isn’t just representation. She is a viable force who has the skills to be the vice-president of the United States. This will undoubtedly bring out more support for the ticket. However, here we are again, still parked at that intersection and carefully holding space for multiple facts to exist at the same time.What does this selection mean for those of us who had fair criticism of Harris when she was running for president? How do we even express this concern knowing that our policy-based questions could be conflated with the sea of misogynoir she will surely face? If Hillary Clinton faced an insane amount of hatred and sexism, what does this mean for Harris in a country where we are still fighting to declare that Black lives actually matter?I was one of the people who publicly expressed concern about Harris during her presidential campaign. A few key things have changed since then. She impressed me with her actions, and I’m hoping that this apparent pivot is what voters can expect of her. Yet more importantly than her recent actions, my politics have changed.While I wholeheartedly still believe in the power of voting, I’m now more committed to what I call zoning in. I’m narrowing the focus of my political efforts and treating voting as simply one tool for change. This change in my political view has caused me to emotionally divest more from a failing two-party system that often places its most vulnerable citizens in the position of choosing between how slowly we want to be metaphorically killed. This is my truth.Yet it is also true that I intend to vote for the Biden and Harris ticket because I believe they present a better chance at improving the lives of marginalized communities than this current administration. I will do this while increasing my efforts to organize on a local level and use every weapon at my disposal to fight for a path for justice that isn’t predicated on me choosing between the “lesser of two evils”. Simultaneously, while Harris starts to fight like hell to re-energize the Democratic base, I’ll use my position as a writer to push back on unfair attacks on her that are simply misogynoir masked as criticism. This nomination almost guarantees that valid criticism and utter hatred of Black women will be on full display, and we will have to quickly learn the difference and respond accordingly.For those currently expressing concern, I challenge you to sit with it a minute and consider if this concern was ever present for any of the other highly questionable candidates. I invite those with criticism to still express it and demand the best from Harris, but I will challenge them to interrogate the root of their angst. I intend to do the same. I’m going to stand with Harris and fight against sexist and racist attacks, celebrate with the Black women who are rejoicing in pride, while I simultaneously organize on a local level and strategize ways to help ensure my community gets more than just a false sense of hope from this ticket. All of this can happen at the same time. * Shanita Hubbard is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:21:57 -0400
  • Close contact with a Covid-19 sufferer brings 20 per cent chance of catching virus, study finds news

    Coming into close contact with a Covid-19 sufferer yields a 20 per cent chance of catching the disease, a new study shows. The large-scale survey, by Imperial College London, found antibodies in one in five people who said they had interacted with a positive case. Overall, some 3.4 million people are now estimated to have been infected with coronavirus – about six per cent of the population. The results come from the world's largest home testing programme looking for past evidence of the disease, using fingerprick testing kits. The study tracked the spread of infection across England after the pandemic's first peak, with volunteers testing themselves at home between June 20 and July 13. People living in London were most likely to have been infected, along with those working in care homes and health care, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people living in larger households. The programme suggested a total of 13 per cent of people living in London had Covid-19 antibodies, compared with less than three per cent in the south-west of England. People working in care homes (16 per cent) and healthcare (12 per cent) returned far higher results than people who were not key workers, at five per cent. The study found that 17 per cent of black volunteers had antibodies, while the categories of Asian and other ethnic minorities had 12 per cent each. The figure among white volunteers was only five per cent. People aged 18-34 showed the highest incidence of antibodies, at eight per cent, while the over-65s had the lowest rate, at just three per cent (the graphic below shows infections by age range during July and August).

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:34:32 -0400
  • Oregon State Police leaving Portland over lack of prosecutions news

    The state police were deployed to Portland two weeks ago under an agreement between Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Vice President Mike Pence to withdraw federal agents after weeks of clashes with protesters. President Donald Trump threatened to send National Guard troops to Portland, if requested by Oregon authorities, if local law enforcement was unable to protect the federal courthouse.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:06:54 -0400
  • Meghan Markle: ‘There’s So Much Toxicity Out There’ news

    Meghan Markle has revealed she was “devastated” to return to America in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, but said the protests that followed and the subsequent social and cultural reckoning have “inspired” her. Prince Harry Was ‘Incandescent With Rage’ at the Racism Meghan Markle FacedMeghan, speaking to Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th*—as part of the site’s “The 19th* Represents 2020 Virtual Summit”—said it was “just devastating, so sad, to see where the country was in that moment.” In the peaceful protests and seeing how people “owned” their part in discriminating against others—specifically Black people—Meghan’s feeling “shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration, because I can see the tide is turning.”“From my standpoint, it’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias,” Meghan said.Signaling she was relieved of being free to speak her mind now no longer a “senior royal,” Meghan said she was looking forward to using her voice “in a way that I haven’t been able to of late. So, yeah, it’s good to be home.”Meghan was cast as interviewer in the exchange, congratulating Ramshaw in setting up the non-profit woman-focused politics and culture site. Then Ramshaw asked Meghan why she thought a woman-focused news organization was needed.Meghan’s answer began by noting how a man had originated the word “suffragette,” originally intended as belittling—and what this symbolized in terms of the “ability of influence,” which when coming “from a patriarchal lens…shapes everything we see.”Meghan did not speak about the various legal cases she and Prince Harry have launched against the media—and neither was she asked about them. Nor was she asked about the couple’s meetings with senior figures in the digital world over their demand to de-fund “hate” platforms.Invoking her own “standpoint and personal experience,” Meghan said: “The headline is the clickbait alone. It makes an imprint. That is part of how we start to view the world, how we interact with other people. I think there’s so much toxicity out there.” Harry and she talk about it often, she said, “this economy for attention. That is what is monetizable right now when you’re looking at the digital space and media. If you’re just trying to grab someone’s attention and keep it, you’re going for something salacious versus something truthful.”Instead, Meghan said she wanted journalists to “tell the truth in reporting…through a compassionate and empathetic lens.” This would “help bind people as a community,” she claimed.Meghan went on to talk about the importance of women exercising their right to vote, and to “be really aware of not taking it for granted. My husband has not been able to vote.” (The Royal Family can vote in British elections, but have long chosen not to, according to their stance of political neutrality.)“The right to vote is not a privilege; it is a right in and of itself,” Meghan said. Women’s voices, she said, “are needed now more than ever, and the best way to exercise that is through voting.”Meghan concluded: “From my standpoint, it’s not new to see this undercurrent of racism and certainly unconscious bias, but I think to see the changes that are being made right now is really—it’s something I look forward to being a part of. And being part of using my voice in a way that I haven’t been able to of late. So, yeah, it’s good to be home.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 19:04:09 -0400
  • The Beirut blast leveled historic neighborhoods. Some fear developers may finish the job news

    Restoring historic districts badly damaged in the Beirut blast will be a tall order given Lebanon's weak economy and developers' eagerness to move in.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:33:40 -0400
  • A beloved lesbian baker in Detroit got a homophobic cake order. Here's why she made it anyway. news

    April Anderson, a Detroit pastry chef with national cred, was taken aback by a recent cake order that came into her Good Cakes and Bakes bakery.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:01:18 -0400
  • Nearly half a million Brits in France face a scramble to get home as the UK announces quarantine restrictions from this weekend news

    Boris Johnson's UK government is adding France to its quarantine list as its number of coronavirus continues to rise sharply.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 06:44:49 -0400
  • AOC responds to apparent Democratic party convention speech snub: 'Eternity is in it' news

    Firebrand lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at an alleged snub by the Democratic party after being given just 60 seconds to deliver a speech a next week’s convention.AOC responded on Twitter by posting the poem ‘I have only just a minute’, written by the late Dr Benjamin E. Mays, an American Baptist minister and civil rights leader.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:03:33 -0400
  • US seizes millions of dollars of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela news

    The US says it seized 1.1 million barrels of fuel from four tankers en route to Venezuela.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:47:12 -0400
  • What the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings reveal about Kamala Harris news

    Kamala Harris’s questioning of Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the Supreme Court won the senator praise for her prosecutorial skill.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:49:59 -0400
  • Bald eagle takes down government drone news

    The device was mapping shoreline erosion when it was attacked in the air.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:24:00 -0400
  • No need to quarantine for up to 3 months after recovering from COVID-19, CDC says news

    Here’s what the CDC says about quarantining after recovering from COVID-19.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:43:02 -0400
  • India announces $500 million for Maldives project to counter China influence news

    India announced a $500 million package to fund a project in the Maldives on Thursday to help it connect the capital Male to three nearby islands, stepping up New Delhi's diplomatic efforts in a region China has also been focusing recently. The Indian Ocean island nation, popular with tourists for its beaches and turquoise waters, has become a focal point in China's Belt and Road Initiative aimed at building trade and transport links across the region. On Thursday, India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid that New Delhi will support the Male connectivity project with a grant of $100 million and a new line of credit of $400 million, the Indian foreign ministry said.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:16:26 -0400
  • Portland State disarms campus police after Black man's death news

    Portland State University said Thursday it will disarm its campus police force, more than two years after officers from the department shot and killed a Black man who was trying to break up a fight close to campus. Portland State President Stephen Percy said the decision to have officers patrol the campus unarmed is the first step in a broader policy to re-imagine safety at the state-funded university in the heart of the city. Activists had been calling for Portland State to disarm campus police long before Floyd's death.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:00:49 -0400
  • 43 felony charges, new task forces: Here's what Chicago is doing to combat potential looting news

    Dozens of people have been charged in connection with widespread looting in downtown Chicago earlier this week, the county prosecutor said.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:33:33 -0400
  • Special Tactics Airman Who Fought Off Taliban Despite Concussion Will Get Silver Star news

    For his actions on May 25, 2013, in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, John Grimesey will receive the Silver Star.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 15:08:13 -0400
  • US economist proposes $12 trillion in slavery reparations to eliminate black-white wealth gap news

    A renowned economist has said that $12 trillion should be afforded to black Americans in reparation for slavery to help the close wealth gap.Duke University professor, William Darity Jr, and writer, Kirsten Mullen, jointly published a report for The Roosevelt Institute, an American liberal think tank, laying out a case for slavery reparations.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:13:52 -0400
  • US says Iran forces board ship in international waters news

    Iranian forces boarded a tanker in international waters in the Gulf of Oman, using a helicopter and two ships to take over the vessel for several hours, US officials said. "Today in international waters, Iranian forces, including two ships and an Iranian "Sea King" helicopter, overtook and boarded a ship called the 'Wila'," the US Central Command said in a tweet on Wednesday.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 03:35:21 -0400
  • Defying precedent, Trump says he will give Republican convention speech from the White House lawn news

    "I'll probably be giving my speech at the White House because it is a great place," Trump told the New York Post on Thursday.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:49:01 -0400
  • Nigerian police rescue Kano man locked up in his parents' garage news

    The emaciated aged 30 had been left for at least three years without proper care, police say.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:52:41 -0400
  • Postal Service warns numerous states that mail-in ballots may be delivered too late news

    The implication is serious, as the ballots of tens of millions of American voters eligible to vote by mail could be discarded because of delays in mail delivery.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:23:00 -0400
  • U.S. Navy carrier conducted exercises in South China Sea on Aug. 14 news

    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.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 22:33:04 -0400
  • Hong Kong media tycoon relieved he wasn't sent to China news

    Jimmy Lai had just finished his morning exercise and was catching up on the news when the police arrived. “There were 15, 20 policemen there, and they said I was under arrest and that they were from the national security department,” the Hong Kong media tycoon recounted in a live-streamed video chat Thursday. Lai, 71, said he was worried he could be sent to the mainland, where the legal system has fewer protections.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 04:22:25 -0400
  • Letters to the Editor: Defunding police isn't about money; it's about dismantling a racist system news

    Police have been able to lie and exert force with impunity for years. Efforts to 'defund' them are meant to hold them accountable.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 06:00:10 -0400
  • Disney debuts matching pixie dust masks for theme park employees news

    Disney debuted new pixie dust face masks Friday for the company's cast members to promote an "unified" front against COVID-19 at domestic theme parks.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:45:59 -0400
  • North Miami cop shoots a man with a knife coming at partner. Woman says he was stalking her news

    North Miami officers went out to help a woman who said she was being stalked. Soon after, they encountered a man with a knife charging at them, North Miami police said.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 22:27:20 -0400
  • The COVID-19 virus can spread through the air – here's what it'll take to detect the airborne particles news

    A growing body of research shows that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread from person to person through the air. Indoor spaces with poor ventilation in areas where the virus is prevalent are particularly hazardous.In the fictional world of “Star Trek,” public health officials and first responders would be able to determine instantly if a space had a dangerous concentration of airborne virus, and any other pathogen, by simply waving around a tricorder. That technology, imagined 60 years ago, is still firmly in the realm of fiction. However, devices that can rapidly detect particular airborne pathogens – including SARS-CoV-2 – are in the works in various research laboratories. The air we breatheDetection of the presence of airborne virus particles is complicated by the mixture of other particles in the air. The atmosphere includes a large number of floating particles, a significant fraction of which are biological. Typically, with each breath, you inhale about a thousand biological particles.These bioaerosols include live and dead organisms, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, pollen and plant and animal debris. Viruses are the smallest of these particles. They range in size from 10 to 300 nanometers, or millionths of a millimeter. In contrast, red blood cells average about 6 to 8 microns, or 6,000 to 8,000 nanometers, in diameter. Bacteria range from 1 to 4 microns and fungi 5 to 10 microns. Plant and animal debris is generally larger than 10 microns.Most of these biological particles are not a health concern, because most are bits of plants and animals, including humans. However, it only takes a small number of dangerous microbes to produce a pandemic. IDing bad news microbesTo understand the potential threat from bioaerosols, it’s important to identify the small fraction of problematic or pathogenic microbes from among all the bioaerosols present. Bioaerosol identification begins with capturing biological particles from the air, typically by collecting particles on a filter, in a liquid vial or on hydrogels. Often, researchers transfer the collected bioaerosols to a culture medium that is designed to support microbe growth. How the microbes respond to a specific culture medium – the size, shape, color and growth rate of the microbe colony – can indicate the microbe species. This process can take several days to weeks, and is often ineffective. It turns out the scientists can only identify about 1% of airborne microbes with this approach.Increasingly, scientists are relying on gene-based analyses to map viruses and other microorganisms collected in air samples. One popular technique for gene-based analysis is polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which uses an enzymatic reaction to make many copies of a specific gene or portion of a gene so that the genetic sequence – DNA or RNA – can be detected in a sample. A PCR test can be designed to spot gene sequences specific to a microorganism so that detecting the sequence equals identifying the microorganism. This technique is currently the gold-standard for detecting the presence of SARS-CoV-2 from nasal swab samples. PCR-based methods are very accurate in identifying pathogens.Next generation sequencing technology makes it possible to rapidly sequence organisms’ whole genomes. Using these techniques, researchers now have the ability to understand the entire population of microorganisms — their diversity and abundance — in the air. Rapid detectionDespite these advances, there is still a lot of work to be done to be able to instantaneously identify the presence of pathogens in air. Current techniques for identifying microbes are expensive, require specialized equipment and involve long processing steps. They also can’t detect a species from small amounts of genetic material.Recent advances, however, provide some promise for the development of sensors that can provide quick information about bioaerosols. One approach uses laser induced florescence. In this technique, particles are illuminated with light of a particular color or wavelength, and only biological particles respond by fluorescing, or emitting light. This technique can be used to identify and quantify the presence of biological particles in air in real-time but it doesn’t differentiate between a safe and a harmful microbe. Another advance is using mass spectrometry for bioaerosol detection. In this technique, a single bioaerosol particle is blasted apart with a laser and the molecular fragments are immediately analyzed to determine the molecular composition of the particles. Researchers are also using Raman spectroscopy-based sensors. Raman spectroscopy can identify molecular composition from light reflected off of samples without destroying the samples. Big challenge in a small packageThese techniques are advancing instant detection and identification of airborne bacteria and fungi, but they are less efficient in detecting viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. This is primarily because viruses are very small, which makes it difficult to collect them with air samplers and difficult to perform PCR analysis given the small amount of DNA/RNA. Researchers are working to address the limitations of detecting airborne viruses. In our lab at Clarkson University, we have developed a low-cost bioaerosol sensor and collector for wide-scale bioaerosol sampling. This battery-operated sampler uses a micro-sized high-voltage source to ionize airborne viruses, bacteria and fungi and collect them on a surface. Ionization gives the biological particles an electrical charge. Giving the collection surface the opposite charge causes the particles to stick to the surface.Samples from our collector can be analyzed with new portable DNA/RNA sequencers, which allows for near real-time bioaerosol detection with low-cost, hand-held equipment. Where’s my tricorder?These advances could soon make it possible to detect a known pathogen, like SARS-CoV-2, with a portable device. But they’re still far from being a tricorder. [Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]For one, they require relatively high levels of a pathogen for detection. Being able to identify a virus like SARS-CoV-2 at lower levels that are nonetheless sufficient for disease transmission will require developing sensors with lower detection limits. Additionally, these sensors can only be tailored to detect specific pathogens, not scan for all possible pathogens.Though the equivalent of the tricorder in “Star Trek” isn’t around the corner, the need for such a device has never been greater. Now is an opportune time for the emergence of new sensing techniques piggy-backing on the dramatic advances being made in the fields of electronics, computing and bioinformatics. When the next new pathogen emerges, it would be nice to have a tricorder handy.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * Rapid home-based coronavirus tests are coming together in research labs — we’re working on analyzing spit using advanced CRISPR gene editing techniques * Aerosols are a bigger coronavirus threat than WHO guidelines suggest – here’s what you need to knowSuresh Dhaniyala is President, Potsdam Sensors, a startup that is commercializing TracB. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation.Shantanu Sur has received funding from the National Science Foundation Hema Priyamvada Ravindran does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 08:12:13 -0400
  • Antifa website redirected to Biden’s campaign site causes right-wing conspiracy meltdown news

    The website for anti-facist group Antifa redirected to Joe Biden‘s campaign website on Wednesday, which led some people to claim that the Democrats are connected to the organisation.For a few hours on Wednesday, redirected to, the campaign website of the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, before it returned back to the original page of the group Donald Trump has described as being run by “anarchists.”

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:23:43 -0400
  • Green card wealth test can be enforced in most states, court says news

    The "public charge" rule gives officials more power to deny green cards to applicants found to rely — or be at risk of relying — on government assistance.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:39:00 -0400
  • ‘Enormous Price to Pay’: Pompeo Says He Warned Russian Foreign Minister against Bounties on U.S. Troops news

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he warned Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov against placing bounties on the heads of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, assuring him there would be “an enormous price to pay.”“If the Russians are offering money to kill Americans, or for that matter other Westerns as well, there will be an enormous price to pay. That’s what I shared with foreign minister Lavrov,” Pompeo said during an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.“I know our military has talked to their senior leaders as well. We won’t brook that, we won’t tolerate,” Pompeo continued.Reports broke in June that U.S. intelligence found that at least one American soldier, as well as a number of Afghan civilians, died as a result of alleged secret bounty payments that Russia offered Taliban militants to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan.Intelligence about the alleged bounty offerings by Russia was reportedly included in the president’s daily written intelligence briefing in February, but the White House claims Trump was not verbally briefed on the matter until the New York Times’s June 26 report on the issue. The Times reported that some bounties as high as $100,000 were paid for each U.S. or allied troop killed.The Washington Post said in a similar report that several American service-members died as a result of monetary rewards that a Russian military intelligence unit offered to terrorist militants to target U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan.Pompeo's warning to the Russian foreign minister reportedly came during a July 13 phone call that was officially held to discuss a separate topic, the possibility of meeting between the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.The secretary of state expressed Washington’s intense opposition to the bounty program but did not speak about the specific intelligence indicating that Russia paid Taliban fighters and other Afghanistan militants to kill U.S. service members.Last month, President Trump said he has never discussed the intelligence with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite several phone calls between the two heads of state since the intelligence was made known. Trump has said he was not briefed on the intelligence because there was not a consensus about its reliability within the intelligence community.Meanwhile, the U.S. has been entrenched in negotiations with the Taliban and the Afghan government over a peace agreement that involves the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:48:07 -0400
  • Mexican government forces out over 1,000 immigration officials accused of corruption

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    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:24:14 -0400
  • After months of haggling, Lockheed moves on German air defense bid news

    Lockheed Martin and MBDA Deutschland have submitted another bid for Germany’s next-generation air defense system, following negotiations throughout the summer that some observers said nearly tanked the project.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:55:03 -0400
  • German businessman in Wirecard probe dies in Philippines news

    A German businessman in the Philippines wanted for questioning over the Wirecard accounting scandal has died, the justice minister said Thursday. Christopher Reinhard Bauer died from "natural causes" on July 27 at a hospital in the capital Manila and was later cremated, Menardo Guevarra told AFP. "He was the same person summoned by the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) in connection with the Wirecard fraud investigation," he said, after the government obtained official documents that confirmed earlier reports of Bauer's death.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:10:02 -0400
  • Americans are drinking more during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how much alcohol is too much? news

    Experts caution against drinking "to cope with negative emotions" associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how much you should be drinking.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:59:23 -0400
  • Amber Alert resolved for 16-year-old Florida teenager, authorities say news

    UPDATE: The Amber Alert for the unidentified 16-year-old girl has been resolved Friday night, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 14:09:13 -0400
  • Motorcyclist survives violent bison attack in South Dakota news

    A motorcyclist has survived a violent attack by a bison in the Black Hills of South Dakota, sheriff's officials said. A bystander's video shows several bikers had stopped while a herd of bison crossed a road in Custer State Park on Wednesday. A 54-year-old Iowa woman got off the motorcycle on which she was a passenger and approached a bison calf, the Custer County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 10:27:19 -0400
  • Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty to falsifying claim made to continue surveillance of key figure in Mueller probe news

    It is the first legal development to come from a review of former special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:43:04 -0400
  • Chainsaw-wielding men covered in blood arrested on Toronto beach news

    Two men have been arrested after appearing on a Canadian beach spattered in blood and wielding chainsaws.Witnesses alleged that they menaced and “charged” at various people gathered at Toronto‘s Cherry Beach on Sunday morning, before police quickly intervened, responding to reports of a large fight.

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:54:00 -0400
  • Turkey grants citizenship to Hamas operatives plotting terror attacks from Istanbul news

    Turkey is granting citizenship to senior operatives of a Hamas terrorist cell, the Telegraph has learned, raising fears that the Palestinian group will have greater freedom to plot attacks on Israeli citizens around the world. Turkish identity papers seen by the Telegraph show that at least one of 12 senior Hamas members, who are using the country as a base of operations, has received Turkish citizenship and an 11-digit identity number. According to a senior source, seven of the 12 operatives have received Turkish citizenship, as well as passports, while the other five are in the process of receiving them. In some cases, the operatives are living under Turkish aliases. Hamas is proscribed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organisation, while in Britain the group's armed wing has been banned. Hamas says its main goal is to liberate Palestinians from Israeli occupation and establish an Islamic state. However, Turkey insists the group is a legitimate political movement which has been democratically elected in Gaza. A senior source in the region claimed of the operatives: "These are not foot soldiers but the most senior Hamas operatives outside of Gaza. [They] are actively raising funds and directing operatives to carry out attacks in the present day.” "The Turkish Government gave in to pressure by Hamas to grant citizenship to its operatives, thereby allowing them to travel more freely, endangering other countries that have listed Hamas as a terror group,” the source claimed. When contacted by the Telegraph about the allegations, a spokesman for the Turkish government declined to comment on what it described as baseless claims against Turkey by a foreign government.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:22:01 -0400
  • Opinion: Sign of the times: A bishop bashes Biden and Catholics object (or yawn) news

    The reaction to a slam on Biden by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is evidence America's Catholic voters no longer take their cues from the hierarchy.

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 14:59:56 -0400
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