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    The death toll from a massive blast that rocked Beirut Tuesday has risen to at least 78 people — with officials blaming a shipment of ammonium nitrate that sat in a warehouse since 2013 for the deadly explosion that also injured nearly 4,000. The Lebanon defense council declared the port area of the country’s capital a “disaster zone.” “It is unacceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate estimated at 2,750 tons has been present for six years in a warehouse without taking preventive measures that endanger the safety of citizens,” Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said, according to USA Today. It was not known what ignited the shipment. But although the initial assessment by authorities is that the deadly explosion...
    The FBI has opened more than 300 domestic terrorism investigations since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis kicked off nationwide unrest and riots, a federal attorney revealed Tuesday in a hearing on Capitol Hill on Antifa and violent protests. Erin Nealy Cox, a U.S. attorney tapped by Attorney General William Barr to lead a task force on violent anti-government extremists, said the feds have opened hundreds of federal criminal investigations surrounding the violence and rioting since May 28. "They have since May 28 [opened] over 300 domestic terrorist investigations," Cox told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on preventing violent protests. "That does not include any potential civil rights investigations or violent crime associated with the riots." CRUZ, AHEAD OF ANTIFA HEARING, DESCRIBES RIOTS IN US CITIES...
    Getty LeBron James, Lakers For many NBA groups, the morning shootaround has turn into a essential evil, a lightweight early apply on recreation days to evaluation the tendencies of that night time’s opponent. Gamers normally don’t like them a lot however begrudgingly put within the time to go over the scouting report and work on little issues. However LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers, apparently, actually don’t like shootarounds, to the purpose that they’ve gotten Lakers coach Frank Vogel to principally surrender on them. In keeping with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Lakers haven’t been holding shootaround of their NBA restart video games in Orlando. He quoted, anonymously, “somebody...
    President Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter after a game of golf to proclaim the ongoing rise in Covid-19 cases around the U.S. is due to increased testing around the country and not, as health experts have repeatedly explained, because the disease is continuing to spiral out of control around the nation. “This continued Kindergarten-level logic is why we lead the world in Covid cases and deaths,” tweeted Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) in response to Trump’s latest salvo blaming testing for the increase in cases. It doesn’t get less stupid if you say it more. https://t.co/LaG8k9mh93 — Machine Pun Kelly (@KellyScaletta) August 1, 2020 Trump, tweeting after being photographed on the golf course at his club in Potomac Falls,...
    The stress and fear of COVID-19 can take its toll. Melissa Rein Lively, the woman who filmed herself tearing down a mask display in early July at a Target TGT, +0.31% in Scottsdale, Ariz. and posted it on social media, says she spent a week in a mental-health facility after the incident, and is using the public meltdown as a warning to others to seek help for issues related to mental health, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. “I think mental illness has been really something that has not been addressed as a result of this pandemic,” Rein Lively, who said she received death threats after the July 4 incident, told USA Today, “because what happened to me was scary and...
    Sports Illustrated (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 2019) The once-great sports media giant has fallen on hard times We take no pleasure in reporting that Sports Illustrated, the magazine of many of our childhoods, has been pilfered of all its financial value, to the point it’s now resorted to launching its own line of nutritional supplements which are for purchase on Amazon.
    Bethe Correia caught off guard by Pannie Kianzad. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Bethe Correia, an experienced women's UFC fighter, made a basic fail in her "Fight Island" bout Sunday. The Brazilian mistakenly thought the 10-second signal was the end of the round and so she stopped fighting. Her opponent, Pannie Kianzad, made her pay for the mistake and threw seven strikes at her. Correia was hit a number of times in the sequence, which you can watch below, before going on to lose a unanimous decision. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — A women's UFC fighter mistakenly thought the 10-second signal was the end of the round and was swarmed...
    Getty Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope assist LeBron James up. The Los Angeles Lakers shall be with out guard Alex Caruso for his or her first scrimmage agains the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. It was introduced simply earlier than tip-off that Caruso would miss the sport with what’s being dubbed a again contusion. With it simply being a scrimmage, it’s possible the Lakers are simply taking a really conservative strategy with Caruso, as their guard rotation is already dangerously skinny. Beginning taking pictures guard Avery Bradley didn’t be part of the staff in Orlando and veteran level guard Rajon Rondo is anticipated to mis 6-Eight weeks after he fractured his thumb throughout...
    COCONUT GROVE (CBSMiami) – Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on small businesses in South Florida. A new report from Yelp, which provides reviews of businesses, says 2,991 businesses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties closed between March 1st and July 10th. Of them, YELP says 417 restaurants and 285 retail stores permanently closed. Business owners tell CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that have had to use their creativity in order to help them survive amid these difficult times. At Dharma Yoga Studio in Coconut Grove, owner Natalie Morales said she has been holding classes online instead of in person at her Commodore Plaza studio since the middle of March. “We transferred all classes from the brick...
    Reality TV star Phaedra Parks says her business as a mortician is “booming” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Parks — the former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star who’s now on “Marriage Bootcamp” — is also a licensed funeral director and mortician, plus a top Atlanta lawyer, author and activist. She exclusively revealed on Wednesday to Page Six podcast “We Hear” of her mortuary biz: “Oh my gosh, it’s going great, didn’t you hear about that pandemic, girl? We are booming. Unfortunately. We have been jam-packed since the pandemic started.” She said that she’s seen the devastation of the virus first-hand: “I’m not physician, however, I do have a mortuary and I’ll tell you this: Normally in the summer...
    During lockdown millions of us were suddenly forced to work from home for long hours every day for months at a time: smiling through endless Zoom meetings at the kitchen table, perching on the sofa to write reports — or sitting on a hard chair in a spare bedroom. After all, how many of us who usually work in an office actually have an ergonomically designed chair at home? These unfamiliar work stations inevitably put a strain on the body, and according to a recent survey by the Institute of Employment Studies, there has been a 'significant increase in musculoskeletal complaints' in lockdown.  More than half of those surveyed reported new aches and pains: 58 per cent in the neck,...
    TGIF, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories: Personal FinanceConsumer complaints to the CFPB are skyrocketing as the coronavirus outbreak continues ‘The database is like a canary in the coal mine.’ This fizzy canned cocktail has a hint of honey — and a soft spot for bees Siponey Royale combines New York-sourced honey, lemon juice and a four-year-old rye whiskey. Workers at Target-owned Shipt strike over new algorithm-based compensation that they say will lower their pay Shipt says the new model is better at taking into account the time and effort that goes into each order. Here’s how to be that ‘go-to’ person on the job — even if you’re working from home Try these 5 ways to have a better...
    An increase in invasive plants and animal species as a result of human activity could lead to dramatic biodiversity loss across the globe, scientists have warned. Invasions of non-native species — such as the Canada Goose or Japanese knotwood in the UK — have the potential to displace local species and even spread disease. Canada Geese, for example — first introduced to Britain in the mid-18th Century — are aggressively territorial, damage farmland and pose a threat to local biodiversity.   An international team of experts led from Austria collated data from 36 specialists in biological invasions to identify key causes and likely impacts on future biodiversity. Human activities like tourism — both intentionally and otherwise — are key drivers for the...
    HOW ARE WE MANAGING TO SCREW UP EVERY LAST LITTLE DETAIL OF PANDEMIC RESPONSE FFS?! I really don't know how we can properly convey how bad things are about to get in the United States. Americans are losing their jobs. They are running out of money. We are on the brink of a homelessness crisis, and all of that is happening even before the pandemic began to get much much worse. In an interview with CNBC, American Bar Association Task Force Committee on Eviction Chair Emily Benfer estimates that between 20 and 28 million Americans will face eviction between now and September; for context, 10 million were evicted during the Great Recession. She is urging a nationwide moratorium on eviction....
    Outgoing Conservative President Andrzej Duda has been re-elected for a new five-year term as head of Poland, the Election Commission announced on Monday according to almost complete official results. After the counting of 99.97% of the ballots, Andrzej Duda obtained 51.21% of the votes, against 48.79% for his pro-European and liberal rival, the mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski. The results of the last five constituencies that we are still waiting for will not change the final result of the elections, “the chief of the electoral commission, Sylwester Marciniak, told reporters. The result cemented the position of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), in power since 2015. “President Duda is re-elected. But it is not a strong victory,” political analyst...
    Getty UFC Light-weight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov poses for images in the course of the UFC 229 Press Convention at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor on September 20, 2018 in New York Metropolis. Dominance MMA supervisor Ali Abdelaziz, who represents many UFC fighters together with light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, has “banned” ESPN from talking together with his signed fighters, in response to a Twitter put up from Abdelaziz. The supervisor invoked the ban after claiming that one of many reporters is “concentrating on” Abdelaziz’s champions. Abdelaziz wrote: “All @espnmma you might have been banned from speaking to any Dominance fighters as a result of you might have a reporter...
    Six Harvey Weinstein accusers urged a judge to reject an $18.9million settlement with the disgraced movie mogul and the board of his former studio, slamming it as a 'cruel hoax' on Monday.    The settlement announced on June 30 would end litigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James and separate class-action litigation, and permit accusers to claim $7,500 to $750,000 each. But in a Manhattan federal court filing Monday, the six women said accusers would receive just $11.2 million after deducting legal fees and costs, with typical awards of just $10,000 to $20,000, while shielding the defendants' insurers from big payouts.  The opposition document was filed on Monday by attorneys for accusers Wedil David, Dominique Huett, Kaja Sokola, Rowena Chiu,...
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (CBS/AP) — Major League Soccer postponed a match between Toronto FC and D.C. United shortly before it was scheduled to begin Sunday morning because of one unconfirmed positive test and one inconclusive test for the coronavirus. The postponement will have an impact on other matches in the tournament, including one for the New England Revolution. The unconfirmed positive test was for a D.C. United player, while a Toronto player returned the inconclusive test. Players and staff are tested the day before each game during the MLS is Back tournament. Because of the positive and inconclusive tests, the league’s protocol for the tournament called for both teams to undergo another set of testing. The league announced Sunday...
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is operating on fumes. If it doesn’t get one other emergency infusion of money, emergency cutbacks will slam town simply as it’s making an attempt to get again on its toes. New York’s significance to the nationwide financial system makes it Congress’ obligation to assist out — however the metropolis, state and the MTA’s unions have to step up, too. The pandemic has value the transit company roughly $10 billion, because of misplaced fares as effectively a collapse in its devoted tax revenues. It’s hoping for $3.9 billion in new emergency federal funding — or it could haven’t any alternative however to close down whole subway strains, with the layoffs that entails. That might imply...
    A Wisconson man who struck and killed a motorcyclist instructed investigators he deliberately crashed head-first into the sufferer as a result of he believed all Harley riders are “white racists,” native officers stated. Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac, has been charged with a murder as a hate crime after he allegedly veered throughout a highway round 6:45 p.m. final Friday to hit former Marine and police officer Phillip Thiessen, 55, on his Harley Davidson, the county sheriff stated throughout a press convention Thursday. “Navarro instructed detectives that he believed the individual driving the bike was white as a result of in Wisconsin, white individuals drive Harley-Davidson bikes, and the Harley tradition was made up of white racists,”...
    An Alabama jail received’t enable inmates to put on face masks to forestall the unfold of the coronavirus as a result of “they’re going to eat them,” an official mentioned in a report. Jailers on the Madison County facility in Huntsville have confiscated inmates’ masks and refused to concern new ones — although at the very least one employee there has examined constructive for the sickness, in response to al.com. Requested why inmates aren’t allowed to put on the protecting gear advisable by the CDC, Brent Patterson, a spokesman for the county sheriff’s workplace which operates the jail, cited security considerations. “You give them face masks [with] a nostril piece — metallic items in them — they’re going to...
    Coronavirus — GENEVA – Some 690,000 people died of AIDS and related diseases in 2019, the lowest number in the past decade according to a report released Monday by the United Nations, however, warns that the death toll could skyrocket this year as an indirect consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruption of treatments and more difficult access to antiretrovirals due to border confinements and closures during the pandemic could cause up to half a million additional deaths annually, warns the report published by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS ( UNAIDS) Sub-Saharan Africa, where almost three-quarters of those affected by HIV are concentrated, could be the region where most of these additional deaths are concentrated, derived...
    Nick don’t like white males, a lawsuit alleges. That’s the declare from a white Manhattan freelance author who says he bought canned from a Nickelodeon channel subsidiary due to his race and intercourse. Robert Carducci says he misplaced his $750-a-day gig creating on-air and digital advert campaigns for Nickelodeon Velocity after being instructed “we have now too many white guys” on the payroll, based on a lawsuit filed June 24 in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom. Carducci is searching for unspecified damages from Viacom Worldwide, Nickelodeon’s proprietor; Viacom declined to remark. Carducci alleges he had been praised for his work, however was dropped in March. A boss confirmed to him that “his contract was not being renewed as a result of...
    Coronavirus — High unemployment figures in Chile worry 1:00 . – Some Latin American countries are watching shocking unemployment figures as the United Nations warns that the pandemic has caused an increase in hunger in the region. “The consequences of the pandemic are being felt most strongly in Latin America,” the UN World Food Program (WFP) said in a statement. “[América Latina] It has seen a nearly threefold increase in the number of people requiring food assistance, and among urban communities in low- and middle-income countries, who are being dragged into destitution by job losses and a precipitous drop in remittances. “ Millions of people are out of work in Brazil, Chile and Colombia, which have attempted to...
    Mannequin Helen Harley Harasti moved to Occasions Sq. proper earlier than the coronavirus pandemic hit New York Metropolis, excited to be yards away from world-class Broadway exhibits. “It was an incredible deal. It appeared like a dream come true,” says the 25-year-old Oklahoma native, whose West 48th Avenue pad was additionally handy for casting calls and photograph shoots. “After which the whole lot shut down.” Residing in shut proximity to overtouristed Large Apple sights means visitors, noise, air pollution — the effort of getting to dodge guileless out-of-towners simply to entry your entrance door. However in mid-March, when the virus began to peak, the Large Apple’s scorching spots turned chilly, and the crowds disappeared, leaving bizarrely empty stretches of...
    Hundreds of elephants in the African country of Botswana have died under mysterious circumstances, and animal activists are criticizing the country’s seemingly slow response to the situation, The Guardian reported. At least 350 elephants have died in the northern part of the country, and indeed, the number may be considerably higher, as the animals’ carcasses can be difficult to spot. The first reports of mass die-offs of the pachyderms started emerging in early May, when a cluster of dead elephants was first spotted. By the end of the month, 169 had died. Further, emaciated and sickly-looking but still-living elephants have been seen, suggesting that more will die soon. Researchers are baffled as to why the animals are dying. The clues,...
    A voter wearing a protective face mask casts a ballot at the polling station at Kazansky railway station in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.Bloomberg A week-long vote on constitutional changes in Russia comes to a close Wednesday, with citizens voting on changes which include an amendment that would allow President Vladimir Putin to run for further terms in office, and potentially lead the country until 2036.  Unlike most votes, however, the one in Russia is seen as a foregone conclusion. The nationwide ballot has also been called a "poll" and "plebiscite" (like an advisory referendum) by experts because the constitutional changes have already been approved by Russia's Parliament, and the public vote on them is seen as more...
    “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams is beneath fireplace for claiming that his present was canceled due to his race. The cartoon, which ran on UPN from 1999 to 2000, was primarily based on a comic book strip by the identical title and featured a pessimistic workplace employee because the title character. “I misplaced my TV present for being white when UPN determined it could give attention to an African-American viewers,” Adams wrote on Twitter. “That was the third job I misplaced for being white. The opposite two in company America. (They instructed me immediately.)” He’s not the one TV determine injecting race into the social media dialog. This weekend, a 2017 tweet from the Hollywood Reporter extensively re-circulated about Lena...
    Savannah Rychcik June 28, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is weighing in on why he believes his police reform bill failed to pass in the Senate. According to Scott, it may have something to do with the president. “My suspicion is that the presidential politics and choosing a vice president was a part of that conversation,” Scott said. Scott argued there was a missed opportunity because what the House wanted to discuss was completely different from what Senate Democrats wanted to discuss. “We missed a golden opportunity, not because the bills weren’t similar enough, but because what the House wanted was not what the Senate Democrats wanted to have a conversation about,” Scott said.Watch his comments below: Why did...
    CROMWELL, Conn. — One other PGA Tour participant within the Vacationers Championship subject examined optimistic for COVID-19 and was compelled to withdraw from the match. Denny McCarthy, after feeling symptomatic Thursday night time, examined optimistic Friday morning. Bud Cauley, certainly one of McCarthy’s taking part in companions on Thursday, examined unfavorable, however instructed Tour officers he was feeling some signs and withdrew as a precaution. For Matt Wallace, who performed with McCarthy and Cauley on Thursday, Friday was a harrowing day. Wallace examined unfavorable and continued play, taking pictures 72 on Friday whereas taking part in alone and lacking the reduce at 2-over. “It hasn’t been the very best day,’’ Wallace mentioned. “I acquired examined this morning, [and it]...
    The Faculty of New Jersey joined Morehouse Faculty and Bowdoin Faculty on Friday in canceling sure fall sports activities. The Division III faculty’s president made the announcement that, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, all-high contact sports activities (soccer, soccer, discipline hockey, basketball, wrestling, rugby, dance and cheerleading) shall be canceled. That’s not simply the groups that symbolize the college. It additionally contains membership and intramural groups. Particular person exercises shall be allowed. “We all know how necessary actions past the classroom are to the TCNJ academic expertise and the way central any specific exercise could also be to pupil retention and success,” president Kathryn A. Foster wrote. “Scholar actions enliven the campus and convey nice pleasure to group...
    Q: We are reopening and have a total of 30 full- and part-time employees. What precautions against the coronavirus should be taken so that legally we are OK? -W.B., Encino Ron Sokol  A: An employer has a fundamental duty to provide a safe working environment. Today, it is necessary for employers to make best efforts to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other healthcare authorities, and government regulations. Also, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued its position on a variety of areas that employers should assess, including medical exams, reasonable accommodations for certain personnel, and prevention of pandemic-related harassment. Thus, screening employees upon entering the workplace, protective equipment or gear, and distancing may all...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo zeroed in on John Bolton’s credibility in latest interviews, describing the previous nationwide safety adviser as somebody who was routinely shut out of White Home conferences as a result of he leaked, lied or stretched the reality about what was mentioned. “I haven’t learn the e-book in its entirety, however the excerpts I’ve seen, there’s plenty of falsehoods, there’s lot of lies contained there,” Pompeo stated in an interview Monday with Fox Information’ Sean Hannity. “The president and others, myself included, needed to minimize him out of conferences as a result of he was leaking or he’d twist issues or he’d lie,” he stated. “It was a extremely tough scenario the place John Bolton...
    This article was paid for by AlterNet subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. The Economist’s predictive model currently gives Donald Trump a 2 percent likelihood of winning more votes than Joe Biden in November, but a one-in-eight chance of winning a second term via the Electoral College. With four months to go before voters cast their ballots, his campaign has so far failed to coalesce around a theme. So far they have flailed from “Keep America Great” to “Make America Great Again, Again” to promising a “Transition into Greatness.” According to Politico, Trump’s “team built a comprehensive 2020 reelection plan around winning a slice of black and Hispanic voters,”...
    Savannah Chrisley and her fiancé, Nic Kerdiles, wanted some extra time earlier than tying the knot. On Thursday’s episode of the “Chrisley Confessions” podcast, Savannah, 22, opened as much as her father, “Chrisley Is aware of Finest” star Todd Chrisley, concerning the choice to postpone her marriage ceremony, saying she and Kerdelis made it collectively. “We each realized that issues moved approach too quick and we wanted to return to courting,” she mentioned. Kerdiles, 26, proposed to Savannah in December of 2018 after greater than a 12 months of courting. However final October Savannah informed informed E! Information the couple can be “taking some steps again” of their relationship. The marriage was to have taken place on Could 9,...
    CHICAGO — Officials have confirmed a 9-month-old Chicago boy who died in March died as a result of coronavirus. The baby, Joseph Myles, died from pneumonia due to COVID-19 and another coronavirus, NL-64, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Myles died March 23. Officials announced Myles’ death March 28 but later said they were investigating if COVID-19 had played a role. The Medical Examiner’s Office announced its finding that it had in a Wednesday press release. Myles is among at least 6,095 people who have died from coronavirus in Illinois. Another 78 people died in the last day, the state announced Wednesday. And another 625 people have tested positive for coronavirus here, meaning 129,837 cases have been reported...
    Photos of would-be Georgia voters standing—and, in some cases, sitting—in long lines after 11 pm to cast their ballots in the state’s primary on Tuesday encapsulated what rights groups and lawmakers decried as a disastrous day for democracy and an entirely predictable result of years of deliberate voter suppression efforts by Republican lawmakers and the U.S. Supreme Court. The myriad issues that plagued Georgia’s primary Tuesday—malfunctioning new voting machines, an insufficient number of paper ballots, too-few poll workers, polling places opening late—are hardly unheard of in the state, given that similar problems threw the 2018 midterm contests into chaos, sparking calls for better preparation and stronger protections against disenfranchisement. The coronavirus pandemic added another layer of hurdles, and provided Republicans with additional opportunities to limit ballot...
    KAMPALA – Uganda will lose $1.6 billion a year in earnings from tourism as visitors stay away due to the impact of the coronavirus, President Yoweri Museveni said. Tourism is one of Uganda’s economic mainstays as the east African country attracts visitors to see a range of game including lions, giraffes, buffalos and others that roam its savannahs. Others are drawn by the mountain gorillas in forest in the southwest of the country on the border with Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. “Already Ugandan will lose 1.6 billion dollars per annum from the loss of tourism,” Museveni said in a speech late on Monday referring to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy. The president did not say what...
    On Friday, Kevin O'Leary of ABC's Shark Tank, spoke about how he sees the American economy rebounding after the novel coronavirus pandemic, which he called "a new America 2.0." "One of the reasons the market is so buoyant: I see a new America 2.0 that's much more efficient in how it runs its businesses," O'Leary said while appearing CNBC's Squawk Box. O'Leary's comments came as he was asked by the show's host Joe Kernen, how he sees the road ahead for the U.S. economy following the current pandemic. While the pandemic has caused widespread unemployment across the country, O'Leary mentioned that the current market is "buoyant," or a market where prices gradually increase over time. O'Leary added that one of...