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    Washington, DC (CNN)States are facing a shortage of thousands of poll workers as older volunteers at higher risk for coronavirus complications cancel plans to work on Election Day.The numbers are staggering. Maryland announced in late July that it was short nearly 14,000 Election Day workers -- prompting Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to consolidate precincts into voting centers, in part to reduce the number of people needed.Shortfalls, though, remain a concern for many state election officials, even as record numbers of people are expected to vote by mail in the November elections amid the pandemic. The spring primaries that were held in person illustrated the risks of understaffing polling places in an election that's expected to draw high turnout, with voters...
    A man wears a hat signed by Ted Nugent as he joins thousands of bikers during the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, Aug. 10, 2020. Jim Urquhart for Insider The small city of Sturgis, South Dakota, welcomes more than 700,000 bikers each year for its annual motorcycle rally.  This year, the 10-day event fell in the middle of a pandemic. While 60% of locals responded to a government survey indicating they didn't want the event to take place, health and city officials believed there was no way to keep visitors out. Instead of attempting to cancel the event, they prepared by organizing grocery delivery services for at-risk residents, establishing hand-washing stations, and giving away free masks...
    PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — An illegal marijuana grow at a rural property in Placer County has been raided by authorities. The Placer County Sheriff’s office says, back on on Aug. 5, deputies with their Special Operations Unit served a search warrant at a marijuana grow site in Alta. The site was on a hillside leading directly into the North Fork of the American River, deputies say. At the site, about 2,400 marijuana plants, 400 recently harvested pot plants, and about 200 pounds of processed marijuana was found. Deputies also discovered a “considerable” amount of chemicals around the property. With the grow site being on a hill, the sheriff’s office says it would have been inevitable for some chemicals to...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of residents in Iowa’s three largest cities remained without electricity Wednesday, two days after a rare wind storm that hit the Midwest devastated the state’s power grid, flattened valuable corn fields and killed two people. Major parts of Iowa suffered outages Monday as straight-line winds toppled trees, snapped poles and downed power lines. The storm known as a derecho had winds of up to 112 mph near Cedar Rapids, as powerful as an inland hurricane, as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, including Chicago and its suburbs. Crews have been working around the clock to restore electricity, but they’ve been hindered by large trees...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of residents in Iowa's three largest cities remained without electricity Wednesday, two days after a rare wind storm that hit the Midwest devastated the state's power grid, flattened valuable corn fields and killed two people. Major parts of Iowa suffered outages Monday as straight-line winds toppled trees, snapped poles and downed power lines. The storm known as a derecho had winds of up to 112 mph near Cedar Rapids, as powerful as an inland hurricane, as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, including Chicago and its suburbs. Crews have been working around the clock to restore electricity, but...
    More than a week after Tropical Storm Isaias barreled through the East Coast, thousands on Long Island remain without power. PSEG Long Island utility crews have been working around the clock in 16-hour shifts to restore 4,610 active outages, but 16,874 of the company’s 1,162,455 customers are still without power as of 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12. In Nassau County, 8,647 of its 488,493 customers were still without power, with an estimated restoration time listed as 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13. In Suffolk County, 8,161 of PSEG’s 638,033 customers were reporting outages with an estimated restoration time of 12:45 a.m. on Thursday morning. PSEG officials said that “the damage to many of these circuits is extensive, and...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nearly 600,000 Ohio schoolchildren in 325 districts will return to school this fall for in-person classes, according to figures released by Gov. Mike DeWine. Almost 400,000 students in 55 districts will be attending online, while about 380,000 students in 154 districts will be doing some combination of in-person and online classes, the governor said. The state didn't have information for 78 additional districts. DeWine said he believes that schools are doing a good job of getting ready for all options. But children’s well-being as they return to classes, and their ability to do activities ranging from sports to band to theater, will be influenced by community efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the governor...
    Every pet parent knows the sinking feeling that happens when our beloved fur babies get sick. Whether it’s something as small as a scrape on their nose, an upset stomach, or something as serious as heartworm or a fatal disease, seeing our best friends scared or in pain just breaks our hearts. Knowing they can’t tell us exactly what’s wrong makes the situation even worse, but at the very least we can take comfort in the fact that we can be by their side, comforting them every step of the way. Or that’s what a good pet parent would do … In this story, we see the example of the absolute worst thing a pet parent could do when their...
    An Australian psychologist has revealed the little-known 'syndrome' that stops people from acknowledging their skills and succeeding in their careers. Sabina Read told recruitment company Seek many people suffer from 'imposter syndrome', which is the inability to believe in your own success, abilities and self-worth. While imposter syndrome isn't a clinical diagnosis, it is known to be a 'largely universal fear' that many experience at work. Sabina said imposter syndrome is largely problematic as it interferes with self-development in a negative way by stopping people from applying for a job, asking for a promotion and can lead to becoming a workaholic in attempt to avoid failure. But this syndrome and inner critic can be overcome by following a simple four-step...
    The United Kingdom is firing a third of the contact tracers hired to track the spread of the coronavirus after reports that they had very little to do and were spending their time watching Netflix and doing quizzes. Experts have opined that contact tracing is an essential technique to aid in stopping the spread of coronavirus. It involves tracers contacting people who might have been exposed to others infected with the virus. 'World-beating' Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed in May that the UK would implement a top of the line contact tracing program. "We have growing confidence that we will have a test, track and test operation that will be world-beating and yes, it...
    Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx pledged Monday to bring the dozens of looters and rioters who did a reported $60 million in damages Sunday night to justice, but a new report from the Chicago Tribune calls into question Foxx’s commitment to seeing certain felony cases through. According to the Tribune, Foxx’s office has dismissed “thousands” of felony cases, including gun cases, sex assault cases, attacks on police officers, and even homicides. In all, “25,183 people had their felony cases dismissed” per the Trib. “[T]he Tribune found that Foxx’s higher rates of dropped cases included people accused of murder, shooting another person, sex crimes, and attacks on police officers — as well as serious drug offenses that for decades have...
    Nearly six thousand Americans renounced their citizenship in the first six months of 2020, a massive increase over the previous six months. The numbers were reported by Bambridge Accountants New York, a firm which specializes in taxes for United Kingdom expatriates and U.S. citizens, which reviewed a government list of Americans who have renounced their citizenship. An IRS rule requires the government to publish these names every three months. In the first six months of 2020, a whopping 5,816 Americans renounced their citizenship, more than twice the number who renounced in all of 2019. The first six months also showed a massive increase over the previous six months – a 1,210% increase from the 444 people who renounced during that...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Severe flooding continues to displace thousands of people in Somalia. The government in recent days issued new warnings to communities living along the Jubba and Shabelle rivers. It said rains in the highlands of neighboring Ethiopia could lead to flash floods in towns such as Jowhar and Beledweyne. Residents have said several people have been swept away. The United Nations has said at least four displaced people have died. More than 100,000 people have had to flee their homes since late June. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appealed for emergency relief for Afgoye town outside the capital, Mogadishu. Afgoye has seen some of the worst flooding, with parts of town swept away and thousands of families...
    Hundreds of members of the Christian faith community converged on a Seattle park on Sunday for a powerful "Let Us Worship" rally. What are the details? Worship leader Sean Feucht led the Sunday event, which saw several hundred people show up to worship, according to KIRO-TV. After the highly attended event, Feucht shared a video on social media featuring the crowd happily worshiping, calling them "the most courageous and bold [people] in America!" "THEY WIN AFTER TONIGHT!!!" HE ADDED. LET US WORSHIP - Sean Feucht - Seattle, WA www.youtube.com He described the scene, which was full of people intent on shutting down the mass worship. "Violent protesters showed up flashing...
    A TANKER that has been leaking oil since running aground off the coast of Mauritius last month has now broken in two. Thousands have been battling to save the island's coastline since the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio struck a coral reef while carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel on July 25. 1The Japanese-owned MV Wakashio struck a coral reef off Mauritius on July 25Credit: AP:Associated Press Officials had previously warned that the ecological disaster already unfolding would be made far worse if the body of the ship were to split. Speaking to reporters, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said: “The boat can still break in two. “The cracks have developed. The situation is even more serious. "Arrangements have been made so...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City More than 2,000 Con Edison customers in Queens remain in the dark almost one week after Tropical Storm Isaias barreled through New York City, leaving, at its peak, 73,000 customers without power in the borough. Dealing with the second-largest number of outages in the company’s history, Con Edison announced last week that power would be restored to all customers in the city by Sunday, Aug. 9. However, by Monday, Aug. 10, about 5,700 customers were without power in Queens, the borough hit hardest by outages, although about half of those without power lost it during separate incidents unrelated to Isaias, Con...
    Power has been restored to thousands in Connecticut, but more than 30,000 are still waiting for crews to make repairs a week after Tropical Storm Isaias struck Litchfield County. As of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 30,634 of Eversource’s 1,281,332 Connecticut customers were still waiting to have their power turned back on. An additional 174 United Illuminating customers were also dealing with outages. Here's the latest breakdown of active power outages in Litchfield County, according to Eversource:  New Milford: 2,631 (18.80 percent of customers); Woodbury: 1,326 (25.49 percent of customers); Winchester: 322 (5.25 percent of customers); Torrington: 273 (1.46 percent of customers); Watertown: 265 (2.58 percent of customers); New Hartford: 115 (3.47 percent of customers); Litchfield: 39 (0.83 percent...
    More than 1,000 tons of oil have leaked into the Indian Ocean, polluting the coasts of Mauritius. The Japanese bulk carrier, “MV Wakashio,” was transporting 4,000 tons of fuel when it ran aground on Mauritius’ coral reefs on July 25. It began leaking oil this week and now there are signs that the bulk carrier is cracking and could break in half, worsening the spill in the ocean. “I think it’s already too late. If the ship breaks in two, the situation will be out of control,” said Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, an oceanographer and environmental engineer. “We’re talking about a major disaster that is progressing and it’s getting more complicated hour by hour.” Satellite images show a dark oil blackening...
    Why do some mosquitoes find us irresistible, while others pay us no attention? To answer this question, a team of researchers from Princeton University (USA) developed a project in sub-Saharan Africa based on the collection of Aedes aegypti spawn. It was a good choice because, in addition to being one of the most fearsome human-specialized mosquitoes responsible for Zika, yellow fever and dengue, its populations are divided into two subspecies. The aegypti subspecies thrives in the tropical urban habitats of America and Asia, where it has specialized in biting humans to the point that 95% of the food of females, who are strongly attracted to our body odor, comes from human blood. . In contrast, females in generalist populations...
    "The more they beat us, the less we believe the official results." Those were the words of one protestor who took to the streets after election results were announced in Belarus. Long-standing President Alexander Lukashenko has claimed a sixth term and 80 percent of the vote. But thousands of protestors have taken to the streets because they don't buy it. The co-founder of the Belarus Free Theatre who also serves as a lobbyist for democracy in her homeland tells Fox News these opposition activists won't go home anytime soon. "They are ready to go and protect their stolen voices," Nadia Kaliada said. She is referring to reports of voter fraud. It is not the first time in Belarus. But this election cycle feels...
    Facebook has uncovered thousands of groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to internal company documents. The tech giant has been under immense pressure to clamp down on hate speech and dangerous conspiracy theories, both of which are found in abundance on the site. Last year the company announced new policies to reduce the visibility of vaccine misinformation on its platform, including rejecting advertising and excluding groups and pages from search results that spread 'vaccine hoaxes.'  Facebook has since June been studying the QAnon movement - a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that says that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping pedophiles in government, business and the media.  Supporters...
    They ‘aint the sharpest tools in the shed… Thousands of people turned up to a concert headlined by Smash Mouth in South Dakota on Sunday night amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 90s pop-rockers and their fans at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally didn’t seem worried about gathering together during the viral outbreak that’s killed at least 160,000 Americans. “We’re all here together tonight! F–k that COVID shit!” front-man Steve Harwell said on stage, earning cheers from the crowd. The iconic 10-day festival was expected to attract some 250,000 motorcycle enthusiasts, scaled down from about half-a-million people who attended in previous years, according to USA Today. Festival goers didn’t have to face many of the social distancing restrictions common elsewhere...
    Predators remain confident despite early postseason exit Thanksgiving Poems to Recite at Your Holiday Table Epic Systems walks back plans requiring thousands of employees to return to work this week Thousands of employees were supposed to return to work to Epic Systems' Verona, Wisconsin campus on Monday, but the company sent a letter to employees over the weekend delaying the move. About 4,000 of its 9,000 employees have worked at its campus voluntarily during the pandemic, the company has said. Some employees have expressed concerns about the plan to return to work.  © Provided by CNBC Judith Faulkner, CEO of healthcare IT giant Epic Systems. Epic Systems shared a letter with employees this weekend informing them that...
    They ‘aint the sharpest tools in the shed… Thousands of people turned up to a concert headlined by Smash Mouth in South Dakota on Sunday night amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 90s pop-rockers and their fans at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally didn’t seem worried about gathering together during the viral outbreak that’s killed at least 160,000 Americans. “We’re all here together tonight! F–k that COVID shit!” front-man Steve Harwell said on stage, earning cheers from the crowd. The iconic 10-day festival was expected to attract some 250,000 motorcycle enthusiasts, scaled down from about half-a-million people who attended in previous years, according to USA Today. Festival goers didn’t have to face many of the social distancing restrictions common elsewhere in...
    BRITS in Spain have been warned to double check their euros after fake "movie money" worth tens of thousands has flooded the country. The notes are used in films and advertisements rather than real money but look authentic in design and size. 1Brits in Spain have been urged to check their euros to see if they are fakeCredit: PA:Press Association/PA Images There is usually a written warning on them which says "this is not legal" but those behind the plot physically scratched the words off with a knife. The notes also lack the usual security strips and logos. Two gangs have been caught, one in the Éibar district of Guipúzcoa in the Basque region and another in Palencia...
    (CNN)The federal agency responsible for granting citizenship, providing immigration benefits and processing visa applications could furlough two-thirds of its workforce at the end of the month after negotiations over the next stimulus package stalled. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, told Congress in May that it expected to furlough the majority of its workforce amid a budget shortfall. The agency asked for $1.2 billion.But the expected vehicle for the funds would be the next coronavirus relief bill, which is now at a standstill. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump announced he would take executive actions to deliver aid to Americans affected by the pandemic after Democrats and the White House were unable to...
    Cash Baker is one of the most popular TikTokers with more than 16.4 million followers. Screenshot Instagram/@cashbaker, TikTok/@cashbaker A famous Christian TikToker with more than 16.4 million followers says he's lost thousands of fans after making a series of TikToks about how he doesn't support other religions and LGBTQ people. The teen, Cash Baker, is the younger brother of TikTok-famous music duo Cash and Maverick. Starting on August 8, Baker came under fire for the videos, which asked non-Christian viewers to read the Christian Bible and pray to Jesus instead of "a false God" and "false prophets." Baker also said that although he "loves everyone," he believes being gay is a sin. In an update, Baker said that...
    BERLIN (AP) — All appeals against the conviction of a 93-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard have been dropped, a Hamburg court said Monday, making the decision legally binding and easing the way for possible future prosecutions. Bruno Dey was convicted last month of 5,232 counts of accessory to murder in Hamburg state court — equal to the number of people believed to have been killed at Stutthof during his service there in 1944 and 1945. Because he was 17 and 18 at the time of his alleged crimes, Dey’s case was heard in juvenile court and he was given a two-year suspended sentence. Dey was convicted under new legal reasoning that even though there was no evidence linking him...
    Thousands in Fairfield County remain without power nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through the East Coast. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, 88,499 of Eversource’s 1,281,332 Connecticut customers were still reporting outages. United Illuminating crews were also working to repair 917 outages that were impacting a total of 2,754 customers in Connecticut. Power was restored to thousands in Connecticut over the weekend but thousands more remain in the dark following the wreckage caused by Tropical Isaias. In Fairfield County, Eversource customers were still reporting outages in: Danbury: 6,167 (16.16 percent of customers); Newtown: 4,550 (39.71 percent of customers); Ridgefield: 4,157 (37.60 percent of customers); Westport: 3,824 (28.12 percent of customers); Bethel: 3,248 (36.21 percent of...
    Thousands in Fairfield County remain without power nearly a week after Tropical Storm Isaias tore through the East Coast. As of 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, 88,499 of Eversource’s 1,281,332 Connecticut customers were still reporting outages. United Illuminating crews were also working to repair 917 outages that were impacting a total of 2,754 customers in Connecticut. Power was restored to thousands in Connecticut over the weekend but thousands more remain in the dark following the wreckage caused by Tropical Isaias. “We know how frustrated our customers who still don’t have power are, and we have thousands of utility workers repairing the extensive damage across the state today who are relentless in their determination to restore power for all customers,” Eversource...
    SATELLITE images have revealed the devastating extent of the Mauritius oil spill that can be seen all the way from space. The island nation of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after oil tanker MV Wakashio leaked 1,000 tonnes of fuel into the Indian Ocean. 15The tanker is in the left hand corner, oozing a huge amount of oil into the oceanCredit: AFP or licensors 15 The Japanese-owned carrier ship struck a coral reef two miles from Mauritius' southeast coast, near Pointe d'Esny, on July 25. As the ship's hull slowly breaks apart some of its oil cargo is leaking into the sea as a desperate recuse operation is underway to try and stop it. When the ship...
    (CNN)Before deciding on whether to hold the 80th annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, the local city council turned to its residents to get their take. "There was a significant amount of discussion that the council had with residents, businesses and state health officials as well as local health officials," Daniel Ainslie, the city manager, told CNN Sunday. The city, home to fewer than 7,000, sent a survey to all households asking if they wanted the rally to proceed on its scheduled date. The massive event usually brings in crowds of about 500,000 over 10 days of drag races, contests and concerts. On its 75th anniversary, nearly three quarters of a million people showed. A little more than 60%...
            by Bethany Blankley  Some school districts are having a difficult time accounting for thousands of devices that were sent home with students this spring to participate in distance learning programs during COVID-19 shutdowns. Federal CARES Act funding allocated money to states to purchase millions of students laptops, tablets and Chromebooks. Now some districts are having difficulty finding them. In Atlanta, Fulton County Public Schools officials say they’re having difficulty trying to retrieve hundreds of mobile devices that have not been returned by students who graduated this year. Emily Bell, the district’s acting chief information officer, said the district runs into this kind of problem every year, but not this late into the summer. “These devices will be...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — As the cleanup continues from Tropical Storm Isaias in Delaware, Gov. John Carney got a firsthand look at the widespread damage on Sunday. After two violent storms in Delaware this week, many residents have gone four or five days without power. Carney says it’s the worst storm damage he’s seen during his time in office. “We’re doing everything we possibly can to make sure all the resources are here,” Carney said Sunday. Haynes Park In Wilmington Heavily Damaged From Friday’s Storms Residents Say Was Worse Than Isaias Thousands of Delmarva customers are still in the dark as the sunset Sunday. “We are relentless, we won’t stop until everybody’s got power,” Carney said. The power company says...
    THE internet has been going gaga over a pup that looks like a pop star. Five-year-old shih tzu Bontenmaru wasn’t born this way but has been shorn so his hair looks like Lady Gaga’s signature fringe and bob. 3Shih tzu Bontenmaru has become an Internet sensation thanks to his haircutCredit: @bonten._.maru / Splitpics UK And his poker face has attracted thousands on Instagram. Owner Tomoyo Matsuura, from Tokyo, also posts videos of Bontenmaru staring at himself in the mirror.  On reflection, we think he may look more like telly’s Claudia Winkleman. 3Lady Gaga's signature blunt fringe and blonde bobCredit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in NewsBreakingFIND RUBYDesperate search for Ruby Alvarado, 7, and her mom who vanished Saturday...
    With the Covid pandemic shattering the parameters of working life, increasing numbers of city dwellers are dreaming of decamping to the countryside. Their desire for a fresh start, however, poses particular dilemmas. How easy will it be for those entrenched in office culture to earn a living out in the sticks? How much affordable housing is available in rural areas? And with so many seeking an escape to the country, how will society adapt? Topical questions, then — but by no means unique to 2020. Indeed, they were being asked long before coronavirus wreaked havoc on our world — by the Daily Mail, more than a century ago. Back in 1907, this newspaper launched a 'social experiment' to discover how...
    A convoy consisting of thousands of bikers headed for a South Dakota rally will not be allowed to cross Cheyenne River Sioux checkpoints on their way to the event, according to a Native American spokesman. The spokesman said Saturday that the band of travelers would be stopped on their way to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in the name of preventing coronavirus from spreading any further. The seven tribes that make up the Sioux Nation are now in a fight with federal and state officials, who deemed such checkpoints to be illegal. People cheer during a concert at the Full Throttle Saloon during the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 7, 2020 in Sturgis, South Dakota. While the rally usually attracts...
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Protesters hurled rocks at security forces blocking a road near Lebanon's parliament on Sunday in a second day of protests against the government after a huge explosion last Tuesday killed dozens of people and injured thousands. A Reuters correspondent said hundreds were converging on a main square where thousands of Lebanese protested on Saturday against a political elite they blame for the country's economic and political woes "We want to destroy and kill the government. They gave us no jobs nor rights," said Nissan Ghrawi, a 19-year old unemployed demonstrator. (Reporting by Michael Georgy, Writing by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, Editing by Angus MacSwan) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Thousands of Israelis protested Saturday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem as well as his private home in Caesarea, as part of ongoing demonstrations calling to unseat the premier over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the corruption charges facing him. Israeli media reported some 25,000 people came out to protest in front of the Prime Minister’s Residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. Smaller protests also took place outside his private residence in the coastal town of Caesarea and along bridges, highway overpasses and intersections around the country. בלפור כעת (21:00) pic.twitter.com/slmCFV4xYh — ‏Tal Schneider טל שניידר تال شنايدر (@talschneider) August 8, 2020 Protesters chanted “Bibi Go home!” – referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. המחאה...
    Tens of thousands of Con Edison and NYSEG customers are still without in Westchester County five days after Tropical Storm Isaias devastated the region. On Sunday, Aug. 9 at around 9:40 a.m., 34,842 of Con Edison’s 360,045 customers are without power (9.7 percent), and 1,677 of NYSEG’s 33,278 customers in Northern Westchester (5 percent) were reporting outages. Con Ed has estimated that power will be restored no later than 11 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10. NYSEG has not provided an estimated time of restoration. The most outages are in Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck Village, Mount Vernon, Bedford, New Castle, Somers, Mamaroneck Town, Cortlandt, Mount Pleasant, White Plains, Yorktown, Peekskill, Rye and Scarsdale. Con Edison said it has more than 1,650 field workers on the job and is getting help from 819 mutual aid and contractor workers...
    Tenant activists celebrated when Los Angeles ushered in new rules to clamp down on renting homes for short stays, saying the city needed to stop landlords who were running apartment buildings like hotels. But more than a year after that law went into effect, many rental hosts appear to be ignoring it. Thousands of illegal rentals are still being advertised online, according to city officials and a Times analysis of listings on the popular platform Airbnb — and only a fraction have been penalized with fines. The new law limits Angelenos to hosting short-term rentals in their “primary residence,” not in a second home or an investment property — a rule meant to ease the housing crisis. It also requires...
    Things weren’t great before COVID-19, but at least only about 570 families, hungry, broke and on the brink of homelessness, needed help from the volunteers at St. Joseph Center in Los Angeles. Today, that number is about 860. A month from now, it could be in the thousands — or even more. California is rapidly approaching what has been dubbed the “eviction cliff,” or the point where true protection from being evicted during the pandemic will fall away, at least for a short time. If that happens, as many as 1 million families across the state — some 365,000 in Los Angeles County alone — could find themselves at risk of being forced out of their homes,...
    Hospital and city officials prepare for the annual mor rally. Kristina Barker/Reuters The sleepy town of Sturgis, South Dakota, draws nearly one million people for its 10-day motorcycle rally each year. There were calls to cancel the event this year as the US is gripped by a still-raging coronavirus pandemic, but officials knew bikers would show up in their community, and those surrounding it, no matter what. The local hospital, public safety entities, and the city are bracing for massive crowds, and the possibility of a surge in coronavirus cases to follow. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. For more than 10 days every year, the sleepy city of Sturgis, South Dakota, is inundated with up to...
    Thousands of bikers are rolling into South Dakota this weekend for a motorcycle rally, perhaps the largest national public gathering since the pandemic started. Attendees began their arrivals Friday for the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, estimated to have nearly 250,000 bikers out for festivities throughout the 10-day event. "As in most years, the opening weekend is very busy," Christina Steele, spokeswoman for the city of Sturgis told CNN. "Normally, the number of visitors will likely peak around Wednesday and will then begin to taper off." Last year, the event drew crowds totaling nearly 500,000 attendees for the annual motorcycle festival. The population of Sturgis is roughly 7,000 people. Sturgis!pic.twitter.com/1zFk8LXgYA— Pismo (@Pismo_B) August 8, 2020 Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemGovernors'...
    Several thousand people took to the streets in Beirut for what is being called a "day of judgment" for Lebanon's leaders to take responsibility for the massive explosions on Tuesday that killed at least 158 people. Lebanon's Red Cross said more than 100 people were injured in Saturday's demonstrations and BBC News reported that dozens entered a foreign ministry. Riot police fired tear gas on demonstrators who tried to break through the barriers in front of the Parliament building and there were reports of shots fired. A Lebanese police spokesman told Reuters that a policeman died in the clashes.  The demonstrations are being held after the Lebanese government on Friday refused to allow for an independent international investigation into the...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) – An elementary school in Culver City suffered at least $30,000 in damage after vandals broke in and trashed one of its classrooms. (Los Angeles School Police Department) The Los Angeles School Police Department reported Wednesday that Stoner Avenue Elementary School, located at 11735 Braddock Dr., was hit by vandals over the weekend. Officers responded to an alarm at the school to find several suspects fleeing. None of them were caught. When they entered, they found a classroom which had been destroyed, with cabinets open, items strewn across the floor and paint thrown against the walls. The school estimated the damage to be at least $30,000, LASPD reports. No arrests have been made. It’s unclear if there...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The torrential rains and strong winds from fast-moving Tropical Isaias dealt such a wallop that millions were left without power in the Tri-State area, and governors had to put into place emergency orders to speed up the recovery.Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for downstate New York on Wednesday to enable the state to provide additional levels to support to local governments throughout the clean-up and recovery process.Nearly 2.5 million people lost power in the region. Con Edison said the number of power outages from Isaias was the second-largest in the company's history. Only Superstorm Sandy in 2012 caused more.EMBED More News Videos Con Ed is urging patience, saying the destruction from this storm...
    Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers were still without power Thursday after Tropical Storm Isaias unleashed its wrath this week – and some may not get the juice back until Sunday. About 549,000 residents statewide remained powerless as a result of the Tuesday afternoon storm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a conference call Thursday as he bashed the state’s utility companies for the lack of service. “We don’t contract for sunny day service. We contract for every day service,” Cuomo said, adding that the state has roughly 7,000 workers out assisting with storm-related recovery and power issues. The storm downed thousands of trees and caused roughly 300,000 outages in New York City and Westchester County, according to Con...
    Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers were still without power Thursday after Tropical Storm Isaias unleashed its wrath this week – and some may not get the juice back until Sunday. About 549,000 residents statewide remained powerless as a result of the Tuesday afternoon storm, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters during a conference call Thursday as he bashed the state’s utility companies for the lack of service. “We don’t contract for sunny day service. We contract for every day service,” Cuomo said, adding that the state has roughly 7,000 workers out assisting with storm-related recovery and power issues. The storm downed thousands of trees and caused roughly 300,000 outages in New York City and Westchester County, according to Con Edison,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The torrential rains and strong winds from fast-moving Tropical Isaias dealt such a wallop that millions were left without power in the Tri-State area, and governors had to put into place emergency orders to speed up the recovery.Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for downstate New York on Wednesday to enable the state to provide additional levels to support to local governments throughout the clean-up and recovery process.Nearly 2.5 million people lost power in the region. Con Edison said the number of power outages from Isaias was the second-largest in the company's history. Only Superstorm Sandy in 2012 caused more.The emergency order covers the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau,...
    Hydroxychloroquine could prevent tens of thousands of people from dying from coronavirus but the drug has been too politicised, scientists have warned  Hydroxychloroquine could prevent tens of thousands of people from dying from coronavirus but the controversial malaria drug is being discarded prematurely, top scientists have warned. While studies have proven it cannot treat patients who have already caught the virus, experts say it may still be able to stop people from getting infected in the first place. Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the medicine as a 'game changer' without scientific evidence to back up his claims and has even admitted to taking it himself to prevent Covid-19.   British researchers behind the only large global trial testing hydroxychloroquine as a...
    Getty The mistake happened because many foreign workers who annually come to the U.S. for seasonal jobs filed their tax forms incorrectly. Thousands of non-U.S. residents mistakenly received $1,200 checks during the first round of stimulus payments under the coronavirus relief CARES Act, according to NPR. The accident is a result of foreign workers — who came to the U.S. on temporary work visas for seasonal jobs — incorrectly filing their tax forms, the outlet added. Many of which are now spending their money in their home countries. Georgia attorney Clayton Cartwright told NPR that non-residents are supposed to file a 1040-NR form, but that some accidentally file a 1040 — commonly used by U.S. taxpayers. “I would...
    CAIRO (AP) — Seasonal torrential rains have wreaked havoc on houses and infrastructure across Sudan, affecting more than 50,000 people, the United Nations said. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan said late Wednesday that 14 of Sudan’s 18 provinces have experienced flooding in recent days. North Darfur, White Nile, Sennar and Kassala states are the latest to report storms and flooding, the report said. In North Darfur, at least 600 internally displaced people are “in dire need” of shelter and food after a flash flood hit the camp where they lived in the Al Lait area. “The Sudan Meteorological Authority has warned that more heavy rains are expected during August and September in most of...
    Lifetime “Marrying Hundreds of thousands” Season 2 options 5 new {couples} and two returning, fan-favorite pairs from the primary season. Click on right here for particulars on the Season 2 solid. Marrying Hundreds of thousands, Lifetime’s hit actuality collection following relationships the place one associate is extremely rich and the opposite is “undoubtedly not,” returns with an all-new second season on Wednesday, August 5 at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT. Season 2 options 5 new {couples} and two returning, fan-favorite pairs from the primary season – Gentille Chhun and Brian Bru might be again this season, as will Invoice Hutchinson and Brianna Ramirez. In the meantime, the brand new solid members featured on...
    THOUSANDS of Covid deaths are set to be wiped off official records following an urgent review into counting “flaws”. Scientists raised the alarm after discovering anyone who tests positive and later dies is currently included in the Public Health England numbers - even if they are hit by a bus months later. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Thousands of Covid deaths are set to be wiped off official records following an urgent reviewCredit: PA:Press Association It means no-one can ever recover from the virus and all of England’s 265,000 confirmed cases would eventually be added to the toll. Matt Hancock will now step in and bring the figures in line with Scotland and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It costs Chicago taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. On Wednesday night, CBS 2’s Tara Molina continued to investigate fly dumping issues throughout the city – after an entire home demo was just dumped in Brighton Park. Just in the 15th Ward, fly dumping costs about a quarter million dollars a year. That is money that could be spent on projects that improve the neighborhood. At one property in Brighton Park, mounds of debris, junk, and rubble ended up being dumped everywhere. That debris started out miles away at an empty lot in Marquette Park. “An entire house was demolished and basically dropped off in its entirety into the middle of the Brighton Park neighborhood,”...
    Thousands of foreign nationals living abroad have secured $1,200 stimulus checks meant for American citizens, a report details. Foreign nationals from around the world, all of whom likely secured visas to previously work in the United States, were able to get their hands on stimulus checks that President Trump’s administration began sending out in April to American citizens. The stimulus checks are economic relief after the Chinese coronavirus crisis spurred a nationwide shutdown. A second round of stimulus checks for Americans are expected to begin arriving soon. A report by NPR, though, details how foreign nationals living abroad were sent stimulus checks with no legislative fix thus far to ensure the mistake does not happen in the future. NPR reports:...
    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (CBS) — Utility crews are hard at work in South Jersey trying to restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iasais. PSE&G is reporting more than 271,000 customers are without power, A-C Electric with more than 61,000. Crews working to restore power on Mount Laurel Street in Mount Laurel since late Tuesday night. “I’m just waiting to get something to come back,” resident Darren Douglas said. Douglas lives across the street from where a massive tree took down power and cable lines. He says the sounds of the crash was deafening. “It was absolutely insane. I was woken up by complete noise, wind, devastation,” he said. It’s...
    Thousands on non-U.S. residents who were in the country on temporary work visas have received $1,200 stimulus checks dispensed to them in error under the coronavirus relief CARES Act, NPR reported on Wednesday. The mistake is apparently due to the fact that many of the foreign workers who annually come to the U.S. for low-wage seasonal jobs filed their tax forms incorrectly. "I would say probably anywhere to a third to a half [of first-time foreign filers] are filing the wrong return," Georgia attorney Clayton Cartwright told NPR, noting that errors are especially likely if workers use an online tax service such as TurboTax, which is intended only for U.S. residents. Cartwright, who specializes in immigration tax law, added: "I don't know...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Thousands of New Yorkers remain without power after Tropical Storm Isaias blew its way through the city on Tuesday. According to Con Edison, there at 10,345 outages reported with 193,465 Con Edison customers without service across New York City and Westchester.  Queens by far has the most reported outages with 46,409 people without power in total. The next highest number is in the Bronx, which has 22,404 customers still without power. Brooklyn has 8,523 people reported without power while Manhattan has the lowest number with 69 reported New Yorkers without power. Con Edison is reminding customers to not go near any...
    MAYWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Tropical Storm Isaias took down trees, causing damage and widespread power outages across the area. In New Jersey, PSE&G reported just under 320,000 customers without power early Wednesday morning, and JCP&L had more than 588,000 outages. The orange glow from a transformer fire lit up the sky after the storm in Maywood. Nearby families marveled at Mother Nature’s fast and powerful path through the Garden State. “A lot of high winds and a lot of rain,” West Orange resident Jhon Velasco told CBS2. “As you can tell, a lot of our trees have fallen, so it’s been somewhat scary.” Velasco said it was the worst storm in years. He and his dog Lola were among the...
    About 320,000 Long Islanders have been left without power after Tropical Storm Isaias, packed by whipping winds topping out at more than 70 miles per hour, sped through the region. The total number of outages peaked at more than 330,000 on Tuesday night, Aug. 4, shortly after the storm had passed north. PSEG Long Island is reporting at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 that 135,767 customers are without power in Nassau County and 182,019 in Suffolk County, with another 2,983 in the Rockaway Peninsula. Wind gusts peaked at Republic Airport in Farmingdale at around 78 mph on Tuesday afternoon. Due to the wind gusts, fallen trees, downed power lines and poles, numerous Long Island streets were forced to close as crews worked to...
    (CNN)Despite objections from a majority of its residents, a South Dakota city is preparing to host what some locals say is the largest gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts in the world.Visitors have already begun trickling into the town of 7,000 for the 80th Annual City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. They are expected to number in the tens of thousands by the time the event -- 10 days of drag racing, music concerts and other festivities -- kicks off on Friday.The celebration -- which usually draws about 500,000 people -- will take place as the coronavirus pandemic remains out of control in cities across the country and health experts warn against large gatherings that help fuel the spread. South Dakota has reported...
    California authorities recovered up to 3,000 roosters that were believed to be used in an illegal cockfighting ring on a multi-acre ranch. Several hundred livestock animals in “various states of health” were also found Monday at the Sacred Oak Ranch in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. Several people at the ranch were arrested in the raid. The county district attorney’s office and animal care and control department had also teamed up in the investigation before the sheriff’s department executed Monday’s search warrant. Police said all animals on the property will be inspected and documented by the animal care and control department. As of late Tuesday, charges were still pending against those busted.
    California authorities recovered up to 3,000 roosters that were believed to be used in an illegal cockfighting ring on a multi-acre ranch. Several hundred livestock animals in “various states of health” were also found Monday at the Sacred Oak Ranch in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. Several people at the ranch were arrested in the raid. The county district attorney’s office and animal care and control department had also teamed up in the investigation before the sheriff’s department executed Monday’s search warrant. Police said all animals on the property will be inspected and documented by the animal care and control department. As of late Tuesday, charges were still pending against those busted. Filed under animal cruelty...
    The Lebanese authorities opened an investigation into the causes of the strong explosion that shook the port of the capital. What happened? We already know some details The people of Lebanon are trying to recover from the horror caused by a strong explosion in the port of Beirut that left dozens dead and thousands wounded in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday. The Ministry of Health talks about at least 78 fatalities and more than 4,000 woundedFigures that authorities fear will increase given the number of missing people who may be among the rubble of collapsed buildings. The incident also caused serious material damage to the port and surrounding areas. The President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, declared three days of...
    Lee Price III, 29, is accused of scamming the US government’s Payment Protection Program out of more than $1.6 million A man from Texas has been taken into custody after allegedly fraudulently obtaining more than $1.6 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Lee Price III, 29, from Houston, is believed to have spent the money on luxury items including a Lamborghini, real estate and splashed some of the cash for his own amusement at area strip clubs. Price is charged with making false statements to a financial institution, wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. The complaint as detailed by the Department of Justice alleges Price was involved in a scheme to submit fraudulent PPP loan applications...
    (CNN)California authorities are crying foul against occupiers of an L.A. property after approximately two to three thousand roosters were found being bred for cockfighting. On Monday, L.A. County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant on a multi-acre property in the Chatsworth neighborhood as part of an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for fighting purposes, according to a news release. Police also found several hundred livestock on the property in "various states of health," the sheriff's department said. Pictures from the scene showed roosters packed into cages, as well as dogs and even a horse with what appeared to be blood on its legs. This dog was one of the hundreds of other animals found...
    Footage of students not social distancing inside corridors and gyms has emerged as tens of thousands of students returned to school for the first time this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. Students across the country resumed in-person classes on Monday for the first time since March with schools reopening in parts of Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. One image of a crowded corridor at a school believed to be in Paulding County, Georgia, sparked concern given the lack of social distancing among students.  Only a handful of students in that photo could be seen wearing masks.    There is no statewide mandate in Georgia requiring people to wear masks.  The Georgia Department of Education's guidelines for reopening states that while masks...
    A U.S. agency has seized more than 4,000 new laptops en route to an Alabama school district because the laptops involved an electronics manufacturer implicated in the forced labor of Uighur Muslims in China, ABC reported.  The U.S. Department of Commerce intercepted the laptops and is holding them in customs because an electronics manufacturer related to the device’s production, Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co. Ltd., is one of 11 companies facing sanctions by the U.S. for suspected use of forced labor in Xinjiang, according to ABC. This photo taken on June 2, 2019 shows buildings at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center, believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, north of...
    The expansion is a big step towards broader 5G adoption throughout the country — you’ll probably want to be able to connect to a 5G network when you pick up a 5G-ready phone, after all. T-Mobile says it’s working with OnePlus, Qualcomm and Samsung to make sure compatible devices can access the standalone 5G network after a software update. “Since Sprint became part of T-Mobile, we’ve been rapidly combining networks for a supercharged Un-carrier while expanding our nationwide 5G footprint, and today we take a massive step into the future with standalone 5G architecture,” Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s president of technology, said in a press release . “This is where it gets interesting, opening the door for massive innovation in...
    SAN ANTONIO – Family Services teamed up with the Alamo Quarry Market, the Ancira Auto Group and United Healthcare to fill thousands of backpacks with back-to-school supplies for needy families. Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    An adorable Shih Tzu has won thousands of Instagram followers thanks to his resemblance to pop megastar Lady Gaga. Bontenmaru, five, who is named after a Japanese samurai, and lives in Tokyo, has become an internet star racking up more than 22,000 Instagram followers. His owner Tomoyo Matsuura thinks his fame is due to the resemblance to the Poker Face hitmaker's signature 'do of a blunt fringe and short blonde bob. Bontenmaru, five, who is named after a Japanese samurai, and lives in Tokyo, has become an internet star racking up more than 22,000 Instagram followers Puparazzi! The pooch sits on a countertop at his Tokyo apartment showing off his blunt fringe and chopped 'do Photos show the...
    CHATSWORTH, Calif. (KABC) -- Sheriff's deputies raided a Chatsworth property on Monday and found 2,000 to 3,000 roosters that were being bred for cockfighting, officials say.Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies served a search warrant on a large, multi-acre property located in unincorporated Chatsworth just north of the 118 Freeway around 7 a.m. Monday.They found 2,000 to 3,000 cockfighting roosters on the property, in addition to several hundred livestock animals described as being in "various states of health."Investigators were staying on scene to determine who owns the animals and whether any crimes were involved.Several people at the property were detained. Sheriff's deputies detained several people at a Chatsworth property where thousands of cockfighting roosters were found. LASD Photos from the...
    President Trump suggested that a New York Democratic congressional primary be held again. "I think you probably have to take the Carolyn Maloney race and run it over again," he said during a press conference on Monday. "How can you do this? And this is a small race, with literally thousands of people. Small thousands. And it’s all messed up." In the Democratic primary for New York's 12th Congressional District, Rep. Maloney has a slight lead over her challenger Suraj Patel. However, more than 12,000 mail-in ballots have been disqualified, leading to much confusion. Ballots were first cast six weeks ago, and a result has yet to be reached. Trump decried the dangers of mail-in voting at the briefing, arguing...
    President Trump on Monday called for a re-do in the tightly-contested Democratic primary for New York’s 12th congressional district, a razor-thin race beset by issues with thousands of mail-in ballots — hours before incumbent Carolyn Maloney was set to be named the victor. “I think you probably have to take the Carolyn Maloney race and run it over again,” said Trump in a White House briefing. “I mean, this is a small race with literally thousands of people, small thousands, and it’s all messed up.” Though the primary was held in late June, the results are still up in the air, in part due to problems with mail-in ballots. Suraj Patel, who is challenging Maloney for the seat representing...
    Texas isn't including positive COVID-19 test results in its official tally if those positives come from rapid-result tests, meaning there could be tens of thousands more cases in the state than the official statistics report, according to the Houston Chronicle. Thousands of Texans have taken the antigen tests that deliver results in 30 minutes or less. The tests are reportedly used in doctors offices, hospitals, and clinics. But state guidelines consider a positive result from an antigen test to be a "probable" COVID-19 case, rather than a confirmed case. The Texas Department of State Health Services currently only reports confirmed cases to the public. The rapid-result tests have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration under an emergency...
    The Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank and the North Texas Food Bank have partnered to provide 87,500 meals to families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, every other Monday from August 3 to September 28, 2020. People must go to the food bank, they will remain inside their vehicles and open their trunks so that volunteers can place food directly inside the vehicles. Families must be in a vehicle to receive food. You cannot hike. Food distribution will be at Wells Fargo Auto, located at 6051 North State Highway 161 in Irving: Monday, August 3, from 8 to 11 am Monday, August 17, from 8 to 11 am Monday, August 31, from 8 to 11 am Monday, September 14, from...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is investing in education throughout his city. On Monday, Mayor Sam Liccardo announced that the city will provide 11,000 high-end hotspots with unlimited 4G LTE data plans to unconnected and under-connected students and residents through a new public-private partnership with AT&T.Building a Better Bay Area: Back to SchoolThe new partnership also accounts for outdoor Wi-Fi at libraries, community centers, and parks. Officials say it will provide residents in the area with stable internet connection whether the library and community centers are open or not."In these challenging times, we are prioritizing getting 8,000 students rapidly connected to the internet -- which will enable them to successfully participate in online learning this...
    (Reuters) - A wildfire east of Los Angeles that has already burned more than 26,000 acres was only 5% contained and spreading north and east on Monday, prompting a fresh round of evacuation orders, authorities said. The fire, dubbed the Apple Fire by local firefighters and not related to technology company Apple Inc, has already forced about 8,000 residents from their homes in Riverside County. The blaze was first reported in Cherry Valley, a community about 75 miles (120 km) east of Los Angeles. The Apple Fire is just the third wildfire in California this year to burn over 10,000 acres and it is expected to quickly become the state's biggest blaze so far this fire season. The state's department...
    MARS was once covered in huge ice sheets that carved out thousands of giant valleys, experts have revealed. The Martian ice age saw glacial ice change the red planet's landscape – in the same way as on Earth. 4The early Martian landscape probably looked similar to this photo of the Devon ice cap, researchers sayCredit: University of British Columbia It challenges previous theories that Mars was "warm and wet" at the time, covered in rivers, oceans and under heavy rainfall. Now scientists believe that there was so much ice 3.8billion years ago that it created huge valleys, which can still be seen today. The discovery involved using computer modelling to reveal how thousands of individual Martian valleys were created. "For...
    (CNN)South Africa's supermarket retailer, ShopRite, has announced plans to exit Africa's biggest economy, Nigeria, 15 years after it opened in the West African country. In a statement released Monday, the company said it is re-evaluating its operating model and has been approached by many investors willing to take over its Nigerian stores.It added that it has decided to initiate a formal process to consider the sale of all or a majority stake in its retail supermarkets in the country. "Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited may be classified as a discontinued operation when ShopRite reports its results for the year. Any further updates will be provided to the market at the appropriate time," read the statement. CNN has reached the company for...
    THOUSANDS of fires have erupted in the Amazon rainforest, threatening a repeat of the catastrophic blazes that devastated the region last year, Brazil's space agency has reported. The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) recorded 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month, up from 5,318 in July 2019. 8Fires erupted across the Amazon rainforest last month, according to a new reportCredit: Christian Braga / Greenpeace A huge surge was detected towards the end of the month, with more than 1,000 fires registered on July 30, the highest number for a single day in July since 2005, according to a separate analysis by Greenpeace Brasil. The blazes come as Brazil prepares to enter its annual "fire season", which typically hits in August...
    THOUSANDS of cancer patients will be treated at home to avoid the risk of Covid-19 in hospitals under a new NHS scheme. NHS England is making a selection of drugs available for patients diagnosed with conditions such as leukaemia, bowel cancer and prostate cancer, that can all be administered at home. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Cancer patients will now be able to receive treatment at homeCredit: Getty - Contributor Shielding has now ended in England and Scotland meaning that many people who had been classed as vulnerable are now starting to re enter into the new normal. Cancer patients were part of this shielding requirement and experts say the roll out of...
    (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. removed far more than 30,000 applications, 90% of them online games, from its Iphone Application Shop in China on Saturday, Qimai Study Institute claimed. The crackdown, which began in June and escalated in July, finishes the unofficial exercise of permitting online games to be printed when awaiting acceptance from Beijing’s censors, which all titles that are paid out or offer in-application purchases ought to attain. The loophole existed only on the Apple iphone, as local Chinese Android sellers currently adhered to the rule without having exception. Immediately after the Saturday purge, there had been about 179,000 games remaining in Apple’s China keep, of which 160,000 have been totally free. Apple experienced previously warned developers and publishers...
    (CNN) — Thousands of light-years away, there’s a “space butterfly” colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. It’s an image we’ve never seen in this much detail before. So named for its resemblance to the winged insect, the “butterfly” is actually a planetary nebula — a giant cloud of gas that forms around an ancient star that hasn’t yet exploded. The European Space Observatory’s (ESO) aptly named Very Large Telescope, stationed in host country Chile, recently captured a vibrant image of the interstellar object. This highly detailed image of the fantastic NGC 2899 planetary nebula was captured using the FORS instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. This object has never before been imaged in...
    A wildfire burning in Southern California forced thousands from their homes as firefighters work to contain the blaze. The fire, which has been dubbed the "Apple Fire," has ripped through more than 20,000 acres in Riverside and San Bernardino counties just east of Los Angeles. At least one home was destroyed, and two other structures have been damaged by the fire. More than 7,800 people were evacuated as of Saturday night. One resident who lives near the area told KTLA that the San Bernardino National Forest was at high risk for a fire, with little rain leaving lots of dry bushes and sticks to fuel the blaze. “Even though we’ve had fires in the past, it’s been...
    (CNN)Thousands of light years away, there's a "space butterfly" colored with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. It's an image we've never seen in this much detail before. So named for its resemblance to the winged insect, the "butterfly" is actually a planetary nebula -- a giant cloud of gas that forms around an ancient star that hasn't yet exploded. The European Space Observatory's (ESO) aptly named Very Large Telescope, stationed in host country Chile, recently captured a vibrant image of the interstellar object. It's known as NGC 2899 (NGC stands for New General Catalogue, which lists nebulae and other astral bodies like this one). It's located somewhere between 3,000 and 6,500 light years away from Earth in...
    BERLIN — Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections. With few masks in sight, a dense crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate. Protesters who came from across the country held up homemade signs with slogans like “Corona, false alarm,” “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “We are the second wave.” They chanted, “We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom!” Police used bullhorns to chide participants to adhere to social distancing rules and to...
    Byte, a social media app released in January, might swallow up a good chunk of TikTok’s 800 million users as President Trump threatens to ban the China-based tech. On July 9, just two days after the feds first mentioned taking action against TikTok over concerns China was using it to data-gather and spy on Americans, 622,000 web rats fled the sinking app and downloaded Byte, according to data from Sensor Tower, a website that tracks app data. Unlike TikTok, Byte is American-made. It was created by Dom Hofmann, the co-founder of Vine, another wildly popular app that was acquired by Twitter in 2012 but shuttered in October 2017. That’s when Hofmann began working on Byte. Confusingly, TikTok is owned by...
    They were 15,000 people marching, this Saturday, August 1, in the streets in Berlin. Their aim is to counter measures taken by the German government to contain the coronavirus. Fundamental rights violated Many gatherings took place in Berlin, German capital, this Saturday August 1st. Protesters want to denounce the government’s strict policy to fight the new pandemic coronavirus. Since the end of confinement in Germany, the demonstrations followed one another. According to the German police, they were 15,000 to gather in front of the Brandenburg Palace, relates Le Figaro. According to them, the measures put in place by the government to counter the Covid-19 violate their fundamental rights, seeing the virus as harmless. > Read also: Coronavirus in Germany: reinforced...