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    A Florida sheriff’s department increased rewards for information on the office’s only unsolved murders in the past 11 years, as two grieving families hold out hope for justice. Tampa affiliate Fox 13’s Evan Axelbank reported on the grieving families’ refusal to let their loved ones’ memories die – and the Polk County Sheriff's Office's unwillingness to give up its search. “They're living in pain, they are living a nightmare right now. … They all sit there wishing that he or she could be back with them. They all sit there knowing that they will never have their loved one back,” Axelbank told Fox News. SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SHOOTING DEATH OF 4-YEAR-OLD LEGEND TALIFERRO Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd made an appeal for help at a press...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. Santa Clara County public health officials give updates on the COVID-19 crisis at 10 a.m. PT. Shannon Bushey with the County Registrar of Voters will discuss elections and voting during a global pandemic. Related Articles Coronavirus: California becomes first state with 600,000 cases of COVID-19 Raiders activate Maxx Crosby off COVID-19 restriction list COVID Sports Daily: Seahawk cut after hotel gaffe, Cardinals set for Saturday doubleheader Carmel gets tough with beach scofflaws Hotel chain adds ‘sniff’ test to root out any guests with coronavirus
    A Connecticut inmate, 32, hanged himself in his cell this week using a prison-issued face mask given to him to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to authorities.  Daniel Ocasio, from Windsor, Connecticut, was found with a ligature around his neck by prison guards at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center early Wednesday morning. The ligature had been fashioned from a cloth mask, the Department of Corrections said.    Ocasio's death comes amid a growing storm over the distribution of face masks among the prison population as advocates say they are vital to protecting inmates trapped in the virus hotbeds while prison guards warn inmates could use them to harm themselves and others.  A Connecticut inmate, 32, hanged himself in his cell at...
    GoFundMe Cannon Hinnant Cannon Hinnant was just a typical 5-year-old boy innocently playing in his own yard in Wilson, North Carolina, when police say a felon who was his neighbor walked up and shot him in the head, killing him. Cannon’s mother, Bonny Waddell, wrote on Facebook that he was a child who “didn’t see color” and “made sure you knew he loved you even if he knew you five minutes… Cannon was always telling everyone he loved him.” She described him as “sweet, innocent, and loving,” adding the hashtag #IWANTJUSTICE. Darius Sessoms is in custody facing a charge of first-degree murder. The boy’s death has galvanized the Internet, where people are widely sharing the hashtag #SayHisName...
    Left, mugshot, right, Facebook Darius Sessoms (l) and Cannon Hinnant Darius Sessoms is a North Carolina felon with pending drug-related cases who is accused of shooting Cannon Hinnant, the 5-year-old son of his neighbor in the child’s front yard. According to KMOV-TV, the child, Cannon Hinnant, was playing in his own yard when Sessoms, a neighbor is accused of running up, shooting him int he head, and then running away. Darius Nathaniel Sessoms is in the custody of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, according to online records. Sessoms, 25, is in custody, and Cannon Hinnant’s name has been trending along with the hashtag #SayHisName, which is often used after police shootings. A woman wrote on Facebook, “Cannon Hinnant…...
    (CBS DETROIT) – A $950 drone belonging to the State of Michigan was being flown to document shoreline erosion damage in the Upper Peninsula when it was suddenly a bald eagle launched an airborne attack.  The large bird tussled with the drone briefly and then ripped off one of the drone’s propellers and sent it to the bottom of Lake Michigan near Escanaba. Hunter King, a pilot for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (ironically EGLE) was operating the drone when the July 21 attack occurred.  He was mapping shoreline erosion for use in the agency’s efforts to document and help communities cope with high water levels. King had completed about 7 minutes of the mapping...
    A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University illegally discriminated against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said.  The findings detailed in a letter to the college's attorneys on Thursday mark the latest action by the Trump administration aimed at rooting out discrimination in the college application process, following complaints from students at some Ivy League schools.  The two-year investigation concluded that Yale 'rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,' the Justice Department said.  The investigation stemmed from a 2016 complaint against Yale, Brown and Dartmouth. A two-year investigation by the Department of Justice found Yale University (pictured) discriminated against...
    The man Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea saved in Lodi, California. Lodi Police Department Lodi Police Officer Erika Urrea saved a 66-year-old man in a wheelchair from being hit by an oncoming train in Lodi, California, on Wednesday. Body camera footage from the incident shows Urrea driving in the area, and stopping when she saw the man's wheelchair had apparently gotten stuck on the railroad tracks. According to a statement from the police department posted on Facebook, Urrea saw the train was approaching and immediately jumped into action. As the train neared, Urrea first tried to move the wheelchair, then pulled the man from the wheelchair and out of the way of harm. The man sustained a leg...
    Andrea Barrow, a 50-year-old woman from Las Vegas, was charged Wednesday for her involvement in a mail scam that tricked thousands of  “elderly and vulnerable” people into sending away money for non-existent prizes, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. Barrow pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, according to the DOJ press release. The fraudulent prize operation accumulated more than $10 million from thousands of victims. The prize letters falsely promised cash prizes if the recipient paid the required fee, the press release said. The operation happened from 2010 until Feb. 2018. (Related: New Jersey Landlord Demanded Sex From Tenants In Exchange For Reduced Rent, DOJ Alleges) Barrow is the fourth to plead guilty...
    A growing number of tourist destinations are slowly starting to allow Americans to reenter their countries — with health and safety mandates in place — following coronavirus-related travel shutdowns. More specifically, U.S. citizens now visit a number of Caribbean-based beach destinations in addition to certain areas in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia. Hotels In Aruba, Dutch Antilles. (Photo: MyLoupe/UIG Via Getty Images) CORONAVIRUS HOTSPOTS LIKE FLORIDA, NEVADA STILL SEEING INCREASED INTEREST FROM TOURISTS, TRAVEL SITE'S DATA SUGGESTS  Countries including Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Cambodia, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, French Polynesia, Jamaica, Maldives, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Serbia, St. Barths, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tanzania, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, United Arab Emirates and the Virgin Islands are currently allowing U.S....
    DNA tests were the key to solving the murder case of 17-year-old Jessica Baggen, who was also raped Jessica Baggen, 17, disappeared on May 4, 1996. Photo: Alaska Department of Public Safety / Courtesy DNA testing were the linchpin in solving the murder case of a teenage girl in Alaska 24 years ago. The Alaska Department of Public Safety announced Tuesday that through the forensic genetic genealogy procedure, investigators were able to compare online DNA genealogy databases with genetic samples from the crime scene. Jessica Baggen, aged 17, disappeared in the city of Sitka on the morning of May 4, 1996, while walking home a day after celebrating his birthday. The young woman was raped before...
    (CNN)It's the kind of thing you see in the movies. For one California police officer, it was just a day on the job.Officer Erica Urrea spotted a man in a wheelchair who appeared to be stuck on train tracks, according to a news release from her department in Lodi, near Sacramento. As the railroad crossing arms started to come down, Urrea sprang into action on Wednesday morning, jumping out of her patrol car and running toward the 66-year-old.With the train's horn growing louder, she pulled the man from his wheelchair and off the tracks just in time, the department said. And thanks to Urrea's body camera, the entire rescue, which spanned 45 seconds, was caught on video. Read MoreIn the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Contact tracing is a key tool in bending the curve in the coronavirus pandemic. And now, thanks to a new incentive, more people are cooperating with the process."Without their help, we won't be able to bend the curve," said Victor Scott, Public Health Specialist.Bending the curve of Covid-19 infections: that is the sole purpose of the 2600 contact tracers working right now for the LA County Department of Public Health."It's one of our tools and since the beginning of this pandemic, we've been tried to use it to the best of our ability," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director, Department of Public Health.So far, the public health department has issued more than 210,000 isolation and quarantine orders...
    Tuesday, during a press conference outgoing, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said she was resigning due to a lack of respect for officers in the wake of a city council vote enacting significant budget cuts to the city’s police department. Best said, “After serving this department and this community for over three decades, I can honestly say I have no regrets. There are things I would change, but being a Seattle police officer and the opportunity to be a police chief was the dream of a lifetime.” She continued, “I will continue to do all I can over the next three weeks to set this department up for a smooth transition. I will always love being a Seattle Police Department officer. To...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The third legislative session of the year has begun at the Capitol, and one topic Minnesota lawmakers discussed Wednesday morning was how students will safely start the school year. In a virtual hearing, Minnesota Department of Education officials laid out their plans to a committee of lawmakers. Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker said that all districts must have a plan for distance learning, in-person learning and hybrid learning. Several groups voiced concerns during the hearing. The National Alliance on Mental Illness said that children who are currently feeling isolated might need more mental health services. Also, parents of children with special needs said they could use more support. Questions were also raised on the...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. Santa Clara County public health officials give updates on the COVID-19 crisis at 10 a.m. PT. County Counsel Jeremy Avila will discuss the eviction moratorium in Santa Clara County, with information for landlords and tenants. Related Articles Offices vacancies swell amid coronavirus Pac-12 football in the spring: It can work (if coronavirus is under control), and we have a plan Milpitas community briefs for the week of Aug. 14 San Jose to open public parks and plazas to restaurants, gyms and hair salons Letters: Campaign cash | Prop. 19 praise | Taxes vs. results | Keep schools shut | Note of thanks...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The Detroit Police Department is investigating a shooting that killed one man and injured a woman. It happened Wednesday just after 1 a.m. in the 15700 block of Evergreen during an altercation when a 25-year-old man and a suspect started shooting at each other. Police say, the suspect fled the scene and the 25-year-old man was fatally wounded. During the shooting a 21-year-old woman was also shot. She was transported to a local hospital and is listed in temporary serious condition. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at ‪313-596-2260, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not...
    The American Civil Liberties Union’s sudden call to abolish the Department of Homeland Security is being characterized by opponents as a nonstarter and shameless fundraising attempt, but it is not without support among congressional and other Washington Democrats. The ACLU, which has taken more than 400 legal actions against the Trump administration since January 2017, called Monday for the shuttering of the federal government’s third-largest department. DHS is under its fifth leader since President Trump took office — one of the reasons the civil liberties organization described it as having acquired a “badge of shame.” “Nearly 20 years of abuse, waste, and corruption demonstrate the failure of the DHS experiment. Many knew DHS to be an ineffective superagency,...
              People wanting to visit their loved ones residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be able to starting August 29, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Monday. This will be the first time visitors have been allowed into long-term care facilities since March 31. MDH’s latest guidance assigns levels to nursing homes and assisted living facilities according to the number of reported COVID-19 cases over a 28-day period. If any facility experiences active cases or exposure in the past 28 days, they are ranked “Level 1.” If not, they are “Level 2.” “Level 1” facilities must adhere to restrictions similar to those currently in existence: outdoor and window visitations only,...
    The single most consistent defining characteristic of an emerging dictatorship in a country that started as a democracy is that the dictator regularly holds elections and always wins, because he uses the instruments of government to make sure he wins. Trump has now done this with the Justice Department, the Post Office, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Reserve, and our intelligence agencies. Over at Justice, Attorney General Bill Barr has already said that he intends to investigate Joe Biden and his son’s activities in Ukraine and may report on that just before the election. Trump has seized control of the Post Office, decapitated it’s senior management, and has already begun slowing...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has learned a little something from Attorney General Bill Barr: Whatever you do, pre-spin the findings of watchdog reports before they are actually released. That's what Pompeo's spokespeople did Monday before release of the inspector general's report on his end-run around Congress to make an $8.1 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. It also just happens to be the close of an investigation that had originally been opened by inspector general Steve Linick, before Pompeo had him canned and Linick's replacement subsequently resigned after recusing himself from the arms probe.  So the final report, which clears Pompeo of breaking the law, was issued by acting State Department...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo followed the law governing controversial “emergency” weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, according to a watchdog report that shows State Department officials sidestepping congressional efforts to curtail civilian casualties. “The secretary's emergency certification was executed in accordance with the requirements of the” Arms Export Control Act, the State Department office of the inspector general concluded. “However, OIG also found that the Department did not fully assess risks and implement mitigation measures to reduce civilian casualties and legal concerns associated with the transfer of [precision-guided munitions] included in the May 2019 emergency certification.” State Department officials hailed the report as a vindication of Pompeo’s decisions regarding a batch of arms deals that angered lawmakers, sparking...
    Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on Tuesday announced her resignation, saying that she was not leaving because of pay cuts to her department, but because of the “lack of respect” towards her fellow officers. Best’s resignation comes amid the City Council’s decision to reduce the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition. In response to a reporter who asked if her decision was motivated by protesters who appeared at her home earlier this month, or the City Council’s decision, Best said it "is not about the money, and it certainly isn’t about the demonstrators." “I mean, be real, I have a lot thicker skin than that," Best said. "It really is about the over-arching lack of...
    YET another ex Ellen DeGeneres Show employee has come forward claiming an “abusive” work environment, and she did so while flipping off the show in a new TikTok video. Over the weekend, @ISpyARachel, whose real name is Rachel Hyman, opened up about her experience working on the show, which has been under fire for the last month after multiple allegations of "racism, fear and intimidation.” 9A former Ellen DeGeneres Show employee flipped off the show in a new TikTokCredit: TikTok A TikTok trend started over the weekend of users posting about what happened in their pasts that made them grow a thick skin, set to backing music of the song Bulletproof, and Rachel decided to join in. A smirking Rachel...
    Hundreds of pro-police protesters gathered outside of Seattle’s City Hall ahead of a vote to strip funding from the city’s police department. “This is the silent majority. They’re silent no more,” KTTH radio host Jason Rantz tweeted on Sunday, accompanied by a photo of the pro-police protesters. This is the silent majority. They’re silent no more. pic.twitter.com/15DwhGoiC4— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 9, 2020 Videos and photos of the event showed the mass of people gathered around City Hall chanting, “SPD” while wearing blue in support of the Seattle Police Department. Large rally in support of SPD outside Seattle City Hall pic.twitter.com/2Tddxz0lh4— Amy Moreno (@AmyMorenoNews) August 9, 2020 Hundreds of people outside of City Hall...
    COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A 74-year-old Richardson man with underlying health conditions who died August 3 at a local hospital is the latest person in Collin County to pass away after receiving a COVID-19 diagnosis. The Department of State Health Services reported 180 new cases in Collin County, including 76 in Plano. The total number of positive cases in Collin County is 7,833, including 2,015 in Plano. The county has 2,572 active cases, including 608 in Plano. There are 23 positive cases in the Denton County portion of Plano and 14 people have recovered. With the Denton County cases, the total number of positive cases in Plano is 2,038. Health & Safety What if I think I’m sick? People with...
    Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best pictured in January 2020. Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her resignation on Monday, effective September 2.  Best, who is the city's first Black female police chief, decided to quit hours after the City Council passed cuts to her department's budget. The Seattle Police Department's $409 million budget was reduced by $3.5 million for the rest of the year, which will likely result in about 100 officers being laid off. The cuts amount to far less than the 50% sought by Black Lives Matter protesters.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The police chief of Seattle resigned on Monday, hours after the City Council reduced her department's budget...
    (CNN)Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best announced her retirement Monday night, shortly after a city council vote to cut nearly $4 million from the department's budget."I want to thank Mayor (Jenny) Durkan for her continuous support through good times and tough times," Best said in a letter to members of the Seattle Police Department obtained by CNN. "I am confident the department will make it through these difficult times."She said her retirement will be effective September 2.Durkan said the city is losing an unmatched leader."Her grit, grace and integrity have inspired me and made our city better," Durkan said in a statement. "These last months, I knew Chief Best was the person to lead our city through this challenging time, to...
    The Seattle City Council voted ‘yes’ to sweeping budget cuts for the police department following weeks of protests.  In the 7-1 vote, the city council approved more than $1,000,000 in cuts to the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) budget as the city moves to ‘defund’-and not abolish- the police, according to MyNorthWest. The package includes: Capping staff pay at $150,000 (not including the police chief) Slashing $50,000 from SPD travel and training activities Cutting $800,000 from SPD’s Retention and Recruitment budget As many as 100 layoffs for officers A defund Seattle Police Department (SPD)  (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images) The new law will also redirect more than $1,000,000 away from the Navigation Team in the Human Services Department...
    Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) employees have died in a helicopter crash. Wildlife Biologist Dewey Stockbridge, Fish and Wildlife Technician Brandon White, and State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar were conducting aerial surveys for desert bighorn sheep in West Texas on Saturday when the incident occurred on TPWD's Black Gap Wildlife Management Area in Brewster County. The pilot, a private contractor, survived the crash and was transported to El Paso for further treatment. The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Texas Game Wardens are currently investigating the incident.  State Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Bob Dittmar is one of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees who died in the helicopter crash on Saturday ...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY PETER SENZAMICI, THE CITY. This article was originally published on Aug. 9 at 5:45 pm EDT by THE CITY   As New York slowly reopens, many residents have noticed a disturbing return to normal: The rats are coming back, too. And budget cuts to programs targeting rats are raising concerns streets will only get worse, especially in some long-infested neighborhoods. “The trash is ridiculous and the rats are even more ridiculous,” said Tiffany Joy Murchison, 44, a PR consultant and Bedford-Stuyvesant resident. She said in her nearly 15 years of living in the neighborhood, the rats have never been as...
    The so-called "silent majority" spoke very loudly in Seattle on Sunday. City residents turned out in droves for a "Back the Blue" rally outside city hall ahead of a major vote on Monday that would take funding away from the city's police department. Videos and photographs posted to social media showed what appeared to be thousands of people outside Seattle City Hall, adorned in blue shirts and holding signs to show support for law enforcement. Large rally in support of SPD outside Seattle City Hall https://t.co/2Tddxz0lh4 — Amy Moreno (@Amy Moreno)1597000740.0Seattle resident John Balph, who said that police reforms are needed and called Black Lives Matter "a very worthy movement," said that defunding the...
    Anton Novoderezhkin/Getty In Moscow, the State Department’s offer of $10 million in exchange for evidence of Russian election interference rang hollow. The move was perceived not as a shark bite, but rather as a toothless scowl of the Trump administration—nothing more than an election-year propaganda stunt. “Desperate much?” crowed the Kremlin-funded media outlet RT. “The State Department website will now be overwhelmed by people ratting out their neighbors,” quipped Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. For the benefit of Western audiences, Russian officials and state-sponsored media outlets mocked the idea of such a “bounty” as a ridiculous proposition—but on a domestic front, the State Department’s initiative was met with an obvious pushback, to make sure that no one gets...
    Alex Henderson August 10, 2020 7:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. One of the inspectors general who President Donald Trump fired earlier this year was Steve Linick, former IG for the U.S. State Department. The Project on Government Oversight has investigated Linick's firing and is reporting that according to its sources, the firing was "likely motivated in part by a review into alleged misconduct by the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, Robert Wood 'Woody' Johnson IV, a long-time friend of the president." According to an article that POGO members Danielle Brian, Nick Schwellenbach and Adam Zagorin wrote for the organization's website, "(An) inspection report, which went to the London embassy for comment in late April, about two weeks...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — The Washington School District is delaying the start of classes by nearly three weeks. They were supposed to begin classes on August 20th. Concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic have pushed the start date back to September 8. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was “good for democracy,” if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office. “Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm,” the former vice president said. “The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law.” Joe Biden said he believes prosecuting a former president would be a “very unusual thing and probably not very … good for democracy,” but...
    Facing demonstrations this summer in cities large and small, from Los Angeles to Portland and San Jose to Walnut Creek, police resorted to force against protesters. Often, it seemed to make things worse. Now, some critics are asking: What if the police don’t have the training to do the jobs they’re called upon to do? The right training, experts say, could better equip police for a whole host of challenges, from controlling crowds without violence to de-escalating high-pressure confrontations with armed subjects to understanding officers’ own implicit biases. “No one’s doing it right,” said Randy Shrewsberry, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform. Nationally, California is one of only 13 states to require officers to have...
    Eoin Higgins August 9, 2020 12:50AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was "good for democracy," if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office. "Look, the Justice Department is not the president's private law firm," the former vice president said. "The attorney general is not the president's private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department's judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the...
    This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts purple-colored Yersinia pestis bacteria, the pathogen that causes bubonic plague. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) The New Mexico Department of Health said Friday that a man in his 20s died from the septicemic plague. The death marks the state's first human death of the plague since 2015. The department said the plague originates with wildlife, namely rodents, and is often spread to humans by fleas. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A New Mexico man in his 20s died of the septicemic plague in the state's first death from the condition since 2015, the state's Department of Health announced Friday. The department said the man was based...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Complaints about garbage pickup in Chicago have increased this summer.Last month, there were more than 1,600 complaints about missed trash days, according to the latest city data.That's double than the month before of 767 complaints. Last year July saw only 784 complaints.The biggest spike in complaints came from the Humboldt Park and Englewood neighborhoods.According to the city, people get confused about on when to put their garbage out when trash collection falls on a holiday.The Department of Streets and Sanitation is not expecting any issues this month.In a statement, the Department of Streets and Sanitation said it's not expecting any issues this month.The Department of Streets and Sanitation remains committed to keeping Chicago clean. We have remained...
    A screengrab of the VisitMexico.com website advertising the resort of Tulum, which was mistranslated to "Jumpsuit" on Friday. VisitMexico Mexico's official tourism website was ridiculed on Friday after it was revealed to be riddled with hilarious auto-translate errors. On VisitMexico.com, the resort of Tulum became "Jumpsuit," the town of Aculco became "I Blame," and the city of Ciudad Madero became "Log."  The Tourism Department apologized, but hinted that it may have been sabotage, saying "a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible." On Thursday, the resort of Acapulco removed a promotional video that showed people partying without masks on with the slogans "anything goes" and "there are no rules," The...
    Bradley Cortright August 6, 2020 0 Comments Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says it would be a “very unusual thing” to prosecute a former president, and “probably not very … good for democracy.” However, that does not mean that he would step in to stop the Department of Justice from prosecuting President Donald Trump if he wins the election. Speaking to NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro in an interview that aired Thursday, Biden said, “Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm. The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer.” “I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law,” he added....
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday declared that the “tide is absolutely turning” against China. Since his last State Department press briefing, Pompeo said, the world has witnessed more examples of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s efforts to coerce and control its citizens, and that other nations and the U.S. have put out “a number of statements”: We see it in Hong Kong, where authorities have delayed legislative elections, arrested pro-democracy activists, issued warrants for freedom-loving foreigners, including an American. We see the CCP’s continuing ambition to control Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. And I commend the Treasury Department for using its Global Magnitsky authorities against human-rights violators there just this past week. And we see, too, the CCP’s lawlessness...
    Protesters in Tampa, Florida on May 31, 2020.Kimberly DeFalco After months of calls from Black Lives Matter protestors to defund the Tampa Police Department, Mayor Jane Castor’s mayoral recommendation for the City of Tampa’s 2021 fiscal year budget propose a shocking $13 million increase for TPD, totaling nearly $176 million. The police budget figure was not voiced in Thursday morning’s City Council meeting, during which the mayor shared her presentation for the FY2021 city budget of nearly $1.3 billion. City of Tampa An unignorable detail of the mayor’s presentation was her ardent support for the Tampa Police Department, which she oversaw herself as Tampa’s chief of police from 2009-2015. The mayor’s pro-police spiel started out with her referring to TPD...
    Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Thursday that if he were to beat President Trump in November, he would not block an attempt from the Justice Department to prosecute the former president. Biden said that while the act against a former U.S. president would be "very, very unusual" and "not very ... good for democracy," he would not block such an action, during a virtual interview with the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Tuesday. BIDEN RAISES EYEBROWS WITH REMARK CONTRASTING AFRICAN-AMERICAN, LATINO DIVERSITY "Look, the Justice Department is not the president's private law firm," Biden told NPR reporter Lulu Garcia-Navarro. "The attorney general is not the president's private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department's...
    PHOTO VIA FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONSThe number of Florida prison inmates who have died from COVID-19 increased to 59 on Wednesday, while corrections officials said they have taken additional steps to deal with outbreaks at two facilities. The number of inmates who have died was up from 54 in a Tuesday count. Meanwhile, the number of inmates who have tested positive statewide increased to 9,460 on Wednesday, up from 9,180 a day earlier, according to the Florida Department of Correction. The number of infected corrections workers increased to 1,866 on Wednesday, up from 1,810 on Tuesday. The department said Wednesday it has taken additional steps to try to stem the spread of the disease at Santa...
    The U.S. Department of Justice has restarted its attempts to block California’s net neutrality law, which has been lauded as the “gold standard” for states trying to enact their own regulations in the wake of the federal repeal. Hide The Department of Justice filed complaints to a federal judge in California’s Eastern District seeking to halt the implementation of California’s law. The move is the latest in a legal back-and-forth between the government and the state regarding its net neutrality law, which was also tied to a major court decision regarding the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) repeal of the rules. Hide California passed a net neutrality law in 2018, SB-822, that would reinstate protections similar to the ones the...
    During a portion interview with Fox 11 Los Angeles aired on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated that the Reimagining Los Angeles County proposal that would cut funding for the sheriff’s department, court system, and prosecutor’s office and redirect it to social programs is “laying the groundwork for defunding the sheriff’s department as we know it.” And stated that the county is going to fund “their pet projects through the sheriff’s department’s budget.” Villaneuva said, “This motion is — basically is, they’re laying the groundwork for defunding the sheriff’s department as we know it. Bottom line, that is their goal. And they’re going to fund all of their ideas, their pet projects through the sheriff’s department’s budget. We...
    A Minneapolis commission on Wednesday prevented the Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council’s amendment to dismantle the city’s police department from appearing on the ballot this November, saying that it needed more time to evaluate the proposal. “The Charter Commission had expressed concern that the process to change the city’s charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer,” CBS News reported. “Some commissioners said they were more concerned with making the right changes rather than making them fast.” The proposal would have replaced the department with a poorly defined “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” “The issue would likely have gone to voters if the commission had acted decisively either for or against the...
    A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the police department in the wake of George Floyd's death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. The Charter Commission had expressed concern that the process to change the city's charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer. Some commissioners said they were more concerned with making the right changes rather than making them fast. The proposed amendment followed widespread criticism of law enforcement over Floyd's death. It would have replaced the police department with a "Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention" that backers said would take a more "holistic" approach. That...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. "To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. FBI HAS OPENED 300 'DOMESTIC TERROR' INVESTIGATIONS AS A RESULT OF RIOTS, ATTORNEY TELLS CAPITOL HEARING ON ANTIFA ...
    PHOTO BY COLIN WOLFThe Tampa Police Department is now offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest after someone spilled paint on an illegally produced “Back the Blue” mural, which is located in front of their headquarters on the 300 block of E Madison St. According to TPD, a suspect wearing “all black” and a “black mask” was seen on camera pouring “possibly tar” over the “Back the Blue” mural last night at around 10:00 p.m. The suspect was also seen coming out of a “black hatchback,” which was spotted circling the area earlier that night. The department also says a second suspect poured red paint on the “Back the Blue” mural, and also graffitied “Fuck 12”...
    More than 500 inmates at an Arizona state prison tested positive with coronavirus on Tuesday, according to local health officials.  The 517 inmates who tested positive at the Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson Whetstone Unit make up nearly half up the unit's 1,066 population.    They've been housed together in separate areas and are receiving medical care, according to a statement released by the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, AZ Central reports.  517 inmates tested positive at the Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson Whetstone Unit RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Yale University student demands tuition reimbursement for... Alaskan cruise line cancels all future trips after a... Share this article Share The...
              Dr. Amy Acton stepped down from her role as Governor Mike DeWine’s Chief Health Advisor, the Ohio Department of Health announced Wednesday. DeWine called Acton a “friend and advisor” on Twitter, saying that “she has assured [him] that she is just a phone call away and will be available to continuing advising [his administration] as [they] move through this pandemic.” Acton will return to the private sector to resume working for The Columbus Foundation, where she worked before she was appointed the director of the Ohio Department of Health on February 26, 2019. Acton resigned from the Health Department on June 11, 2020, stepping into a role as the Chief Health Advisor for...
    A Wisconsin Police Department withdrew from an agreement to provide security at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) after the Milwaukee Police Department made changes to its policy, banning the use of chemical irritants including pepper spray. Over 100 police agencies have reportedly withdrawn from agreements to provide officers for security at the upcoming DNC. “Our withdrawal from the DNC security detail is about safety and the fact that the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is setting the police officers up for failure,” Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Lamb said ” … I cannot in good conscience send the members of my department to be a part of that.” At least 3 police...
    What the top 15 school districts are doing to reopen Restaurant sales climbed as stay-at-home orders lifted across the US. Now foot traffic has slumped again. JCPenney is selling its original 118-year-old location in Kemmerer, Wyoming, marking the end of an era for the bankrupt department store © Pictorial Parade/Getty Images James Cash Penney admiring a picture of his first store on his 86th birthday. Pictorial Parade/Getty Images JCPenney is selling its first-ever store location founded in 1902 in Kemmerer, Wyoming, by James Cash Penney. The historic property is one of several locations to be sold off as part of the struggling retailer's bankruptcy recovery strategy –– as disclosed in a recent disposition portfolio. Penney called the store...
    Photo via White House/FlickrAfter months of pointing to the testing positivity rate as the best tool to track COVID-19 spread, Gov. Ron DeSantis now says emergency department visits for symptoms related to COVID-19 are the best way to track the virus’ spread. The Governor acknowledged the change when asked about a recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that schools not reopen until there is a 5% positivity rate. Florida’s positivity rate is currently above 10%. But in recent weeks, some labs or hospitals have reported testing batches with 100% positive results, indicating the labs are not reporting negative results. That has raised questions about the state’s positivity rate, including from DeSantis, who said to use the positivity rate, “you kinda gotta get...
    New York City health commissioner Oxiris Barbot resigned Tuesday, criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio's handling of COVID-19 and expressing her disappointment that the health department's expertise wasn't better utilized, Fox News reported. Barbot had clashed with de Blasio and the NYPD in recent months as the city struggled to endure the impact of the pandemic. She will be replaced by Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, a former senior leader at Health and Hospitals. "I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department's incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been," Barbot wrote in her resignation letter. "Our experts are world...
    Bradley Cortright August 4, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the head of New York City’s Health Department, is stepping down from her position due to her “deep disappointment” with how the city’s government handled the COVID-19 outbreak. In her resignation letter, which The New York Times obtained a copy of, Barbot wrote to Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been.” “Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance, and response work. The city would be well served by having them at the...
    More Than a Million in Dark as Isaias Batters U.S. East Coast Fast-food menu changes that outraged customers The face of department stores is radically changing, and could soon look more like a warehouse than a boutique © Katie Warren/Business Insider Neiman Marcus is closing its store in New York City's Hudson Yards. Katie Warren/Business Insider Department stores were already facing challenges in the form of sales declines and debt. Then, the pandemic hit.  Of the 28 major retailers that have filed for bankruptcy so far in 2020, three are department stores.  Department stores will likely have to evolve to survive, whether that evolution takes the form of downsizing or improving their omnichannel services.  "For those retailers that...
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been plagued by a gang of deputies who sport tattoos with Nazi imagery and have infiltrated a station to enact civil rights abuses against the public, according to a claim made by a whistleblower. In a claim filed in June against Los Angeles County, Deputy Sheriff Austreberto Gonzalez details that roughly a fifth of the 100 deputies at the Compton Station (CPT) are a part of the gang - called the Executioners.  Another 20 deputies are considered to be 'prospects' or close associates of the gang, the filing states.  The filing has prompted a response from Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who took to Facebook to announce that the department was putting its foot down when...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — An unusual fight with a towing lot in west suburban Cicero hinged on a peculiar question of legal authority. Why didn’t Cicero’s department of towing release Arteze Smith’s car when he showed up with not one, but two court orders? CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory explains the issue. It’s safe to assume no one likes the tow yard. “I’m, I’m, I’m so frustrated,” Smith said. A stammering Smith really doesn’t like the auto pound owned and operated by the town of Cicero. His purchase of a shiny Mustang he dubbed “Knight Rider” lasted about a week, and has been locked up since March. “I’m stressed out to the point where I don’t even want to be around...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Department of Justice is scrutinizing Silicon Valley giant Intuit’s $7 billion takeover attempt of Credit Karma, an upstart personal finance firm that became a competitor when it launched a free tax prep offering that challenges Intuit’s TurboTax product. The probe comes after ProPublica first reported in February that antitrust experts viewed the deal as concerning because it could allow a dominant firm to eliminate a competitor with an innovative business model. Intuit already dominates online tax preparation, with a 67% market share last year. The article sparked letters from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. David...
    A pair of House Committees issued subpoenas Monday that would require testimony and depositions from top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – including the senior advisor alleged to have walked his dog and performed other errands. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Eliot Engel and House Oversight Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, both Democrats, fired off the subpoenas Monday as part of an ongoing probe into the firing of Inspector General Steve Linick. Pompeo asked President Trump to fire Linick, who was probing a variety of State Department matters, including allegations that aide Toni Porter walked Pompeo's dog and did other tasks while on the government payroll. He also was probing a Saudi arms sale and allegations regarding Pompeo's...
    Lord & Taylor in New York.Richard Levine | Corbis | Getty Images Venerable U.S. retailer Lord & Taylor filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday, becoming the latest in a growing list of storied names to do so amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has crippled the retail sector.  The company estimated both assets and liabilities in the range of $100 million to $500 million, its filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia showed.  A storied department store chain founded in 1826, billed as the oldest in the U.S., Lord & Taylor had been exploring other options as well as filing for bankruptcy. Big names that already filed for Chapter 11 include J Crew Group, JC Penney and Neiman Marcus in May,...
    An NYPD cop fatally shot himself in the head early Sunday in Queens, according to authorities and police sources. First responders found the unidentified off-duty Finest critically wounded inside an apartment on 23rd Street near 31st Avenue in Astoria around 1:50 a.m., officials said. The lawman, who was assigned to the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, Brooklyn and had four years on the job, succumbed to his wounds hours later at Elmhurst Hospital, sources said. He is at least the third NYPD cop to die by suicide in 2020. In February, veteran Det. Paul Federico took his life inside his Queens home. The next month, an NYPD transit cop fatally shot herself inside a department locker-room in Midtown Manhattan. The...
    GLOUCESTER (CBS) – Firefighters used boats to attack a fire in a Gloucester home from the river as flames became too hot to battle by land Saturday morning. Firefighters found heavy smoke pouring Washington Street home when they responded at about 10:30 a.m. after boaters on the Annisquam River saw the blaze from the water. The home was deemed unsafe to enter by the fire commissioner. (Photo credit: Gloucester Fire Department) Firefighters were driven back by the intense heat of the fire, and the Gloucester Police Safe Boat and Harbormaster boats were able to take firefighters to fight the fire from the riverside. “This fire was well advanced by the time firefighters arrived, and the terrain made the response more...
    A puppy was rescued and a firefighter was injured after the animal was stuck in a well in Prince George’s County. On Saturday, the Prince George’s County Fire Department was alerted to the 7400 block of Marlboro Pike in District Heights, Maryland, for a dog stuck in the bottom of a 25-foot deep well, according to posts on Twitter from the Prince George’s County Fire Department. After attempts to pull the dog out, the fire technical rescue crew lowered one firefighter with supplied air down into the space. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with a minor injury after the rescue, according to the fie department. The fire department posted that they are “proud to report, we have a...
    Agriculture officials have captured their first Asian giant hornet this month in Washington State - but are in a race against the clock to find the rest before mating season starts. The Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed in a press release that state's first Asian giant hornet, nicknamed 'murder hornet', was trapped on July 14.  Officials set up bottle trap near Birch Bay in Whatcom County and, following a review at WSDA's entomology lab, confirmed the hornet's species on July 29. This is the first hornet detected in a set trap, rather than found in the environment like the last five confirmed sightings in Washington. 'This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work,' Sven Spichiger, managing...
    A rapping NYPD officer whose lyrics about trigger-happy white cops snowballed into a discrimination lawsuit against the department feels more empowered than ever to speak out against racism, she said — and claims her white colleagues now support her controversial lyrics. Midtown North cop Atisha Samuel can’t join in the anti-police brutality protests rocking NYC and the globe, she told The Post, but continues to “protest in my own way.” “I walk into work with a shirt like this saying ‘Unite Against Racism,’” Samuel explained In a video posted to her “Nukstarr” Instagram account. “I’m enlightening my coworkers, letting them know how much we’ve been oppressed as a people and what they need to do to do better.” Samuel sued...
    Mayor Dave Merandy said on Tuesday (July 28) that the Cold Spring Village Board would seek public input as part of an upcoming review of Police Department operations once there is “something solid to look at.” The review is planned in response to an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A meeting of local police departments and Putnam County officials scheduled for July 27 to discuss how the review might be conducted was postponed until Aug. 6. After noting that the Town of Kent will conduct its own review rather than participate in a collective study, Merandy said Cold Spring would probably do the same.  Officer Greg Naranca, a 15-year veteran of the Cold Spring Police Department, announced his...
    Many Seattle residents have expressed disapproval of the Seattle City Council’s measure to slash police department funding by half, with one telling the council Wednesday the proposal is a “radical experiment” that will only “hurt the vulnerable.” The Seattle City Council is weighing a measure, which would slash police department funding by 50 percent or $85 million for the remainder of the year. According to Q13 Fox, “nearly 300” people signed up to weigh in on the measure during Wednesday’s budget meeting, and many expressed disapproval. One caller phoned in to describe the move as a “radical experiment that will hurt the vulnerable.” “Seattle City Council, you are irresponsibly not fully representing your constituents by making the reckless decision of...
    Trash, trash and more trash has been accumulating across New York City after the budget of the sanitation department was cut by more than $100million. Photos have captured bags filled with leftover food scraps, cans and bottles piled high on sidewalks or overflowing out of corner litter baskets. Dead rats have been found among the waste and raccoons have been spotted climbing out of garbage cans. It comes after City Hall slashed $106 million from the sanitation department's budget, which reduced pickup for trash cans by 60 percent, reported CBS 2 New York.  New York City slashed $106 million to the sanitation department's budget to get costs under control. Pictured: Bags of garbage litter the sidewalk outside a Whole Foods...
    The spread in the states Using criteria provided by the White House, analysts at Covidexitstrategy.org are tracking each state’s progress in reducing symptoms and case numbers and conducting testing. The group of public health and crisis experts includes members from the U.S. Digital Response and Duke University’s Margolis Center for Health Policy and has built the website to track each state’s progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19. Members of the team have experience working at the White House, Department of Health and Human Services and on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the website says. The group says a downward trajectory of illness reported and of documented cases is critical. So far, not many states have a downward trend, but...
    DOVER, Delaware (WABC) -- Due to a high volume of inquiries and reports from residents receiving unsolicited, mislabeled and/or unlabeled packages of seed in the mail, New York residents are being asked to mail them to the USDA.The mystery seeds appear to come from China.The USDA has been investigating this situation, which they say appears to be a "brushing scam" where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.Agriculture officials in all 50 states issued warnings Monday about the seeds and advised people not to plant them.The Delaware Department of Agriculture says they received several reports over the weekend. Residents in Pennsylvania have also told sister station Action News they have received...
    Media mogul Tyler Perry delivered his opinion on the movement to defund the police that has garnered notoriety since the nationwide protests against police brutality began in late May. The actor said he does not support "taking money from the police department" and proclaimed that "we need more police." Perry appeared on "Anderson Cooper 360" Wednesday night, where he weighed in on the contentious debate over defunding the police. "You gotta understand this: I am not for taking money from the police department," Perry told CNN host Anderson Cooper. "I think we need more police." "My studio is in a neighborhood where I think we need police," Perry said. "But we don't...
    Photo via Florida Department of HealthToday, The Florida Department of Health reported a record 253 new coronavirus fatalities, marking the third day in a row the state has surpassed its own daily record for COVID-19 deaths. Officials also reported 9,956 new infections, bringing Florida’s total number of COVID-19 cases of 461,379. Florida has now logged a total of 6,586 COVID-19 deaths, which means the state is now averaging 154 deaths per day.  According to John Hopkins University, the positivity rate is now 19% in Florida.  Florida also added 518 new hospitalizations. Since March, 26,017 people have been hospitalized in Florida, according to the Department of Health. Currently, roughly 1,500 people are hospitalized in Tampa Bay, which has about 18 percent...
    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON, Jul 30 (.) – The US economy has contracted at its fastest pace since the Great Depression in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic devastated personal and business consumption, while the fledgling recovery is threatened due to outbreaks of the disease. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) collapsed at an annualized rate of 32.9% in the last quarter, the most severe contraction in production since the government began taking records in 1947, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The decline in GDP more than tripled the last major retraction of the economy, of 10%, registered in the second quarter of 1958. The economy decreased at a rate of 5% in the first quarter. Analysts polled by . had...
    On August 18, Miami Dade voters will be heard about who will lead the recovery of the county after the pandemic, who will represent South Florida to secure funds in Tallahasee and who will take the voices of its residents to the Capitol in Washington, in addition , who will watch over justice by choosing a prosecutor and numbers of judges. Today, the Elections Department conducted accuracy tests on the machines that count the ballots. The department states that voting by mail is completely safe, as long as the voter does not deliver the ballot to a third person or group. “We take many measures to protect the voter vote, starting with the vote by mail....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Gov. Tim Walz will announce tomorrow if Minnesota schools can safely reopen in the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision comes as the President is threatening to withhold classroom funding in schools that don’t reopen. In Minnesota, that’s hundreds of millions of dollars. The state spends $13 billion a year on public schools; 95% of it comes from Minnesota taxpayers. However, the federal government funds Minnesota school programs too. In 2019, it provided a total of $833 million. President Trump, however, is threatening to withhold funding from schools that don’t reopen this fall. He’s made several tweets and public comments, like when he said on July 6 that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”or on July 8...
    The State Department appointed longtime Senior Foreign Service member Jim DeHart as the U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region Wednesday. DeHart holds the rank of Minister Counselor and has been a member of the Senior Foreign Service for 28 years, according to the State Department. He most recently served as a senior adviser in South Korea and previously led the U.S. diplomatic mission in Oslo, Norway. Eyeing #Russia and #China, @StateDept announced the appointment of U.S. Coordinator for the #Arctic Region Jim DeHart to lead the policy-making & diplomatic engagement on Arctic-related issues to advance U.S. interests in the region related to safety and security. @VOANews pic.twitter.com/4VlhsAqZiX — VOA Nike Ching 张蓉湘 (@rongxiang) July 29, 2020 A senior State...
    Portland protests: Homeland Security and Oregon reach deal to begin withdrawing federal agents from city Cheesecake Factory customer claims latex glove was found inside pasta order for her high-risk husband J.C. Penney liquidation not in the cards, as retailer moves toward a sale this fall For bankrupted J.C. Penney, a liquidation is "not in the cards," according to the department store chain's attorney.  Penney is moving forward with a sale that should be completed by this fall, attorney Joshua Sussberg of Kirkland & Ellis said during a court hearing Wednesday afternoon. All stores have reopened  Off-Mall locations (173 stores) continue to perform better than Mall locations (520 stores), comping down ~(26%) vs. ~(33%) since reopening He said there are three bids being...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. Santa Clara County public health officials give updates on the COVID-19 crisis at 10 a.m. PT. Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, County of Santa Clara COVID-19 Testing Officer, will also discuss the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Latinx community. Related Articles Coronavirus: California breaks single-day death record, with fatalities all over the state Coronavirus: These 8 killers died on San Quentin’s Death Row 2 Bay Area artists offer starkly different takes COVID-19 pandemic Cloverleaf Family Bowl knocked down by coronavirus Screen time and kids: Parents need to worry less about hours logged
    A J.C. Penney store in Laguna Hills, CaliforniaScott Mlyn | CNBC For bankrupted J.C. Penney, a liquidation is "not in the cards," according to the department store chain's attorney.  Penney is moving forward with a sale that should be completed by this fall, attorney Joshua Sussberg of Kirkland & Ellis said during a court hearing Tuesday afternoon.  "I want to say, unequivocally, we have had not one discussion about a liquidation," Sussberg said about Penney's restructuring process. "It's simply not in the cards."  Sussberg called attention to a report earlier in the week from the New York Post that said the private-equity firm Sycamore was planning to make a $1.75 billion bid to buy the 118-year-old department store chain and merge it with the...
    Science Alert. “data-reactid =” 12 “> For a few days some United States citizens is it so receiving in their houses some packages originating in China inside which he findsn bags with seeds they have not bought no request. The United States Department of Agriculture has asked those who receive them to keep the packaging, wait for an official to come to collect them and, above all, to don’t plant them, as collected by Science Alert. Keep the packaging and don’t plant seeds of unknown origin!“The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published this Monday in a statement shared through social media.” Data-reactid = “15”> “If you receive them [estas semillas no solicitadas], contact the State Department of Agriculture...
    The same day William Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday laid out guidelines for a formal impeachment inquiry into the attorney general to consider possible abuses of the powers of his office. The government watchdog group in a new report suggests Congress draw from the second article of impeachment faced by President Richard Nixon in 1974 by focusing on whether Barr’s actions have been “seriously incompatible with our system of constitutional government.” CREW executive director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement that the Justice Department under Barr “has abandoned its role as the guardian and keeper of the law and its institutional commitment to administering the law free from favor, pressure, and politics.” Bookbinder...
              Unidentified seeds, seemingly from China, have arrived unsolicited across the country. Agricultural officials are asking residents not to plant these seeds. Stating that they may be from invasive, destructive, or otherwise dangerous plants. Officials in at least 27 states have reported unsolicited packages of seeds delivered to residents. Similar packages have begun arriving throughout the U.K. Jane Rupp, a Better Business Bureau representative, believes that these shipments could be part of a brushing scam, where online sellers ship large quantities of cheap merchandise to increase their overall ratings and visibility by creating fake reviews in the recipients name, reports Fox. Similar cases were reported in late 2019 with Americans receiving unordered, low cost,...
    Attorney General William Barr testified before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Excerpts from his prepared remarks follow: The horrible killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis understandably jarred the whole country and forced us to reflect on longstanding issues in our nation. Those issues obviously relate to the relationship between law enforcement and the African American community. Given our history, it is ­understandable that among black Americans, there is at least some ambivalence, and often distrust, toward the police. Until just the last 50 years or so, our laws and institutions were explicitly discriminatory. It was not until ’60s that the civil rights movement succeeded in tearing down the Jim Crow edifice. Our laws ­finally came to formally embody the...
    A British mother plans to sue the Metropolitan Police after officers stormed her home and arrested her 12-year-old son after he was seen with a toy gun. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police, however, says he reviewed the incident and believes the officers worked professionally and well within their scope of duties. What are the details? Alice Mina Agyepong, 42, said that she was napping in her home last week when "dozens of officers" raided her Camden, England, home and took her 12-year-old son, Kai, into custody. According to the Evening Standard, a passerby reportedly phoned police after seeing the child with a toy gun in his living room. When officers arrived...
    Police believe they may have solved the mystery of unsolicited seed packages being sent to U.S. addresses from China - a bizarre phenomenon reported in at least 31 states. The packages may be be tied to a fake product review scam, known as 'brushing', police said. 'We have done some researching and it does appear that these seeds are tied with an online scam called 'brushing',' the Whitehouse police department in Ohio said.  'A brushing scam is an exploit by a vendor used to bolster product ratings and increase visibility online by shipping an inexpensive product to an unwitting receiver and then submitting positive reviews on the receiver's behalf under the guise of a verified owner.' Residents in at...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A high-ranking member of the Chicago Police Department was found dead Tuesday with a gunshot wound in an apparent suicide at the Homan Square facility.CPD Supt. David Brown identified the officer as Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a 30-year-veteran of the department, at a news conference."We are shocked, saddened at the loss that is deeply felt by me and the many colleagues and friends with home Deputy Chief Boyd worked and mentored throughout this career," said Brown.EMBED More News Videos CPD Superintendent David Brown gives update on officer who died by suicide. Paramedics responded to the facility at 1011 S. Homan Ave. about 9:30 a.m. for an unconscious person, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The person was...
    Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are warning Americans not to open suspicious and unsolicited packages they receive from China, as they contain unidentified seeds, ABC News reported. And of course, officials warn even more explicitly not to plant those seeds. Across the country, people have received nondescript packages that wouldn’t otherwise raise an eyebrow. They’re plastic, light gray, with a return address from Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai, China. A label indicates that they supposedly contain jewelry or earrings. Instead, however, is a clear plastic bag of unidentified seeds. “Do not plant seeds from unknown origins,” the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) warned, in a statement. Indeed, strict international covenants forbid the transport or mailing of...
    Those mysterious seeds sent from China and Kyrgyzstan that the Minnesota Department of Agriculture warned about this week could be the product of an international internet scam known as “brushing.” As of Tuesday, more than 150 residents from across the state had reported receiving unsolicited seed packets, which were sent in small white packages and labeled as jewelry, said Denise Thiede, the agency’s seed unit supervisor. Minnesota is one of more than a dozen states reporting the arrival of the mysterious seeds; multiple agencies on Monday issued warnings urging the public not to plant them. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has been receiving reports of residents receiving unsolicited packages of seeds appearing to come from China. (Courtesy of state of...
    A federal attorney said Monday that federal officers won’t leave Portland during violent protests, The Associated Press reported. U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon said during a news conference that federal officers will note leave the city until protesters stop attacking the U.S. courthouse in Portland, the AP reported. (Related: Media Downplays Ongoing Violence In Portland, Claims ‘Right-Wing’ Outlets Are Playing Up The Unrest) “It is not a solution to tell federal officers to leave when there continues to be attacks on federal property and personnel. We are not leaving the building unprotected to be destroyed by people intent on doing so,” Williams said, the AP reported. The Portland Police Department declared Saturday’s protests officially a...
    Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., reacted to Attorney General Bill Barr’s opening tribute to the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. Barr, in his opening testimony before the House Judiciary committee, paid respects to Lewis, an “indomitable champion of civil rights and rule of law,” and highlighted his “unwavering commitment to nonviolence.” “You started your testimony with eloquent words about the life and legacy of John Lewis fighting systematic racism,” Richmond said. “When you all came here and brought your top staff, you brought no B lack people,” the Louisiana Democrat pointed out. “That, sir, is systematic racism. That is exactly what John Lewis spent his life fighting.” JOHN LEWIS, CIVIL RIGHTS ICON, CONGRESSMAN FOR 33 YEARS, DEAD AT 80  “And so...
    Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) went after Bill Barr on Tuesday as he opened up the attorney general’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was delayed because of a minor car accident Nadler was caught up with beforehand, but once the session finally got underway, the committee chairman swiftly accused Barr of flouting the responsibilities of his position. Nadler used much of his opener to argue that Barr conducted “a persistent war against the department’s professional core in an apparent attempt to secure favors” for President Donald Trump. From there, Nadler honed in on Barr’s responsibility for the incident in June where racial justice protesters were forcefully removed from the front of the White House so Trump...
    London (CNN Business)Even the best businesses in high-end retail aren't insulated from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.Selfridges, the only department store named best in the world four times, is shedding 14% of its workforce as it faces its "toughest year" because of the pandemic. The UK retailer, which was founded in 1908, said it was expecting annual sales to be "significantly less" than last year, and that about 450 jobs will be axed. The chain has four stores: one on London's Oxford Street, two in Manchester and one in Birmingham.Selfridges said it was reviewing all non-essential costs and pausing a number of projects and initiatives. It reopened its doors last month after closing when a government-mandated lockdown began in...
    Photo via Adobe ImagesFlorida’s agriculture secretary is raising concerns about packages of seeds bearing Chinese characters and the name China Post that people are receiving unsolicited in the mail. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is asking Floridians to report the “suspicious seed packages,” which might also be labeled as jewelry. “Plant seeds from unknown sources may introduce dangerous pathogens, diseases, or invasive species into Florida, putting agriculture and our state’s plant, animal and human health at risk,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a prepared statement. “Anyone receiving these suspicious seed packets should not open them, should not plant them, should limit contact with them, and should report them immediately to both our department and USDA...