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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence overturned by appeals court

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:29

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence overturned by appeals courtA federal appeals court on Friday overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence for helping carry out the 2013 attack, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Tsarnaev and his older brother set off a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the world-renowned race, tearing through the packed crowd and causing many people to lose legs. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld much of Tsarnaev's conviction but ordered a new trial over what sentence Tsarnaev should receive for the death penalty-eligible crimes he was convicted of.


Former U.S. Ambassador Labels Pompeo Speech on China a ‘Psychotic Rant’ in Interview with Chinese Propaganda Outlet

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:28

Former U.S. Ambassador Labels Pompeo Speech on China a ‘Psychotic Rant’ in Interview with Chinese Propaganda OutletCharles "Chas" Freeman, a veteran U.S. diplomat who served in East Asia and as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, slammed a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a "psychotic rant" in an interview Wednesday with a Chinese propaganda outlet.In his July 23 speech at the Nixon Presidential Library, Pompeo said, "Securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time, and America is perfectly positioned to lead it because our founding principles give us that opportunity."The U.S. is upping its hostility toward China "as outlined in Pompeo's psychotic rant of last Thursday," Freeman told Chinese state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday. "China policy is now made by notable anti-China elements, who will have agreed with the many falsehoods and distortions of Pompeo's rhetoric."Freeman has a long history of service in the State Department, and he was President Nixon's Chinese interpreter during his visit to China in 1972. The former diplomat drew controversy in 2009 when he was nominated to be chairman of the National Intelligence Council, after Freeman wrote in an email leaked to the Weekly Standard that China was too restrained in its crackdown of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests."The Politburo's response to the mob scene at 'Tian'anmen' stands as a monument to overly cautious behavior on the part of the leadership, not as an example of rash action," Freeman wrote at the time. "I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government, however appealing to foreigners their propaganda may be."


Coronavirus latest news: Beaches becoming 'unmanageable' as Britons opt for staycations

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:27

 Beaches becoming 'unmanageable' as Britons opt for staycationsUK must heed 'warning light' amid concerns over second wave, says PM 'There was no choice': The 36 hours that forced Johnson to put brakes on Pubs may close so schools can reopen, Prof Whitty suggests Judith Woods: The light at the end of the tunnel has become a train Why the race for a coronavirus vaccine must include developing countries Sign up to The Telegraph Global Health Security bulletin Beaches are becoming "unmanageable" due to large swathes of visitors, local authorities have warned, prompting fears around keeping people safe in the water and social distancing. Daytrippers are flocking to beaches across the country as many opt for a "staycation" in the UK amid uncertainty over holidays abroad. The Coastguard had its busiest day for more than four years on Friday - when the UK recorded its third hottest day ever - as it dealt with more than 300 incidents. In response to the influx, Thanet District Council asked people to avoid four of the area's beaches, including Margate's Main Sands, due to the number of visitors. The Coastguard said the total number of UK incidents was 329, including 232 callouts for coastguard rescue teams, 129 for lifeboats, 22 requiring aircraft and three for a hovercraft. It comes as Europe's largest tour operator Tui extended the cancellation of all UK holidays to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands until August 10 and all holidays to mainland Spain until August 17 following the Government's decision to impose quarantine on all travellers returning from the country. Follow the latest updates below.


House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for documents on Biden's son

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 14:02

House Democrats subpoena Pompeo for documents on Biden's sonThe House Foreign Affairs Committee has subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for documents he turned over to a Senate panel that is investigating Hunter Biden, a son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Committee Chair Eliot Engel said Friday he had issued the subpoena as part of an investigation into Pompeo's “apparent use of Department of State resources to advance a political smear of former Vice President Joe Biden.”


Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:57

Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in AlaskaSeven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Alaska State Troopers said state Rep. Gary Knopp, 67, of Kenai was the sole occupant of one plane. The other plane was flown by a local pilot, and carried a guide from Kansas and four people from South Carolina.


Trump visiting Florida during a pandemic, hurricane threat

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:37

Trump visiting Florida during a pandemic, hurricane threatPresident Donald Trump took a Friday swing through Florida, a state critical to his reelection prospects and bracketed by two storms — one now bringing daily records on COVID-19 deaths and the other swirling just to the south in the form of Hurricane Isaias. Trump delivered a campaign speech with Florida sheriffs that continued his effort to pin a surge in crime in some of the nation’s largest cities on their Democratic mayors as he has threatened to send federal law enforcement to protect what he describes as besieged communities. Speaking soon after a federal appeals court threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing because of potential juror bias, Trump attacked Democratic rival Joe Biden for his shifting position on capital punishment.


US astronauts pack up for rare splashdown in SpaceX capsule

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:34

US astronauts pack up for rare splashdown in SpaceX capsuleTwo U.S. astronauts about to make the first splashdown return in 45 years said Friday they'll have seasick bags ready to use if needed. SpaceX and NASA plan to bring Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back Sunday afternoon in the company's Dragon capsule, aiming for the Gulf of Mexico just off the Florida Panhandle. Hurley said if he and Behnken get sick while bobbing in the waves awaiting recovery, it won’t be the first time for a crew.


Venezuela supreme court approves extradition request to Italy for ex-oil czar

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:33

Venezuela supreme court approves extradition request to Italy for ex-oil czarVenezuela's supreme court said on Friday it had approved a request to Italy for the extradition of Rafael Ramirez, a once powerful oil minister and former head of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, on corruption charges. Authorities opened a probe into Ramirez over alleged graft in late 2017 and sought an Interpol red alert for him in early 2018, shortly after he left his later post as Venezuela's United Nations ambassador and began publicly criticizing President Nicolas Maduro's handling of the economy, which remains in freefall.


Tsitsi Dangarembga - Booker Prize nominee arrested in Zimbabwe

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 13:18

Tsitsi Dangarembga - Booker Prize nominee arrested in ZimbabweTsitsi Dangarembga was detained as she took part in a protest against alleged government corruption.


New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Majority of Democrats want Biden to pick a Black woman for vice president

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:49

New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Majority of Democrats want Biden to pick a Black woman for vice presidentAs Joe Biden prepares to announce his vice presidential pick, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll finds that most Democrats believe he should tap a Black woman to join him on the ticket.


A hotel in Australia had to ban a pair of 6-foot emus for overstepping their guest privileges

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:35

A hotel in Australia had to ban a pair of 6-foot emus for overstepping their guest privilegesEmu siblings Kevin and Carol are frequent visitors of the Yaraka Hotel in Queensland, but reportedly got a little out of hand last week.


Stephen Miller Spreads Blatant Lies About Mail-In Voting on ‘Fox & Friends’

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:16

Stephen Miller Spreads Blatant Lies About Mail-In Voting on ‘Fox & Friends’Anyone who still thinks Donald Trump was “joking” when he suggested delaying the presidential election this week might want to check out what Stephen Miller had to say about the issue of mail-in voting on Fox & Friends Friday morning. The senior policy adviser began the interview by praising his boss for bringing “the whole nation’s attention to the catastrophic notion of universal mail-in ballots.” But when Miller tried to explain what is so “catastrophic” about the vote-by-mail system, he immediately resorted to lies.“Here’s a shocking thing for your audience to consider,” Miller said. “Nobody who mails in a ballot has their identity confirmed. Nobody checks to see if they’re even a U.S. citizen. Think about that. Any foreign national—talk about foreign election interference—can mail in a ballot, and nobody even verifies if they’re a citizen of the United States of America. Now, this would be happening on a scale of potentially millions of people.”And yet even Fox News, in its own write-up of the interview, had to acknowledge that this scary notion presented by Miller was fundamentally false. Calling the risk of ballot fraud “reportedly rare,” Fox cited a paper from the Brennan Center for Justice called “Debunking the Voter Fraud Myth” that found “infinitesimal” incident rates between 0.00004 percent and 0.0009 percent. “Moreover, proponents of mail-in voting argue that the process would be subject to several degrees of verification,” Julia Musto wrote in Fox’s article, “much like absentee ballots.” Trump himself has said he supports absentee balloting, which he uses to vote in Florida from Washington, D.C., while simultaneously calling mail-in voting “rigged.” Of course, none of the three Fox & Friends hosts pushed back on Miller’s false claims, instead quickly pivoting to John Lewis’ funeral so that their guest had an opportunity to attack former President Barack Obama’s eulogy as “shockingly political” and “totally disconnected from reality.” ‘He’s Terrified of Losing’—Trump Goes Into Hyperdrive to Delegitimize the ElectionLater, co-host Pete Hegseth returned to the issue of supposed voter fraud, asking, “What can be done at the White House to pressure states to actually do validated, in-person voting as opposed to allowing secretaries of states to say, 'Hey, we’re going to mail this one in?’”“Well, one of the things that we need to do, first of all, is raise awareness, so that citizens in every state can put pressure on their local leaders and their governors to fight universal balloting,” Miller replied. “That’s a critical issue. Obviously, the Department of Justice has a responsibility to look at all issues relating to voter fraud in this country.”“But you want to talk about voter suppression? You want to talk about denying people their franchise? That’s what universal mail-in ballots are all about,” he continued.Speaking directly to the fears of the Fox News audience, Miller added, “Universal mail-in ballots are an attempt to dilute the vote of your viewers. It’s an attempt to dilute the vote of Americans who want to have their identities verified, by allowing for massive, endemic fraud. That is scandalous.”Fox Host Jumps on Trump’s ‘Delay the Election’ Train After Mocking Biden’s WarningRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Bill Gates is quietly advocating for the US to lead the global fight against COVID-19

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:15

Bill Gates is quietly advocating for the US to lead the global fight against COVID-19The U.S. hasn't led the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. A Senate bill would devote $3 billion for vaccines in the poorest countries.


Hurricane Isaias bringing heavy winds, rain to Bahamas as it takes aim at Florida

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:06

Hurricane Isaias bringing heavy winds, rain to Bahamas as it takes aim at FloridaThe storm is expected to move along or parallel to the east coast of Florida, and then eventually up the entire east coast next week.


Exclusive: CDC projects U.S. coronavirus death toll could top 180,000 by Aug. 22

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 12:05

 CDC projects U.S. coronavirus death toll could top 180,000 by Aug. 22As coronavirus cases have continued to rise in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is forecasting that the total American death toll from COVID-19 could hit 182,000 by the fourth week of August, according to an internal government document obtained by Yahoo News.


Vietnam records first Covid-19 deaths

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:59

Vietnam records first Covid-19 deathsThe country had spent three months without any new infections before an outbreak in Da Nang city.


Judge bans Ghislaine Maxwell lawyers from identifying alleged victims for fear they may be harassed and drop out of case

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:47

Judge bans Ghislaine Maxwell lawyers from identifying alleged victims for fear they may be harassed and drop out of caseThe judge presiding over the Ghislaine Maxwell case has banned her lawyers from publicly naming abuse victims involved in the lawsuit.US District Judge Alison J Nathan ruled that Ms Maxwell’s attorneys cannot reveal the names of the individuals accusing her of sexual crimes in the course of her work for infamous pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.


Jim Jordan tries and fails to get Fauci to say protesters should be arrested for gathering during pandemic

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:45

Jim Jordan tries and fails to get Fauci to say protesters should be arrested for gathering during pandemicDr. Anthony Fauci wants to make it clear he's got nothing to do with the justice system.Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appeared before Congress on Friday for a hearing on the federal government's coronavirus response. That's where Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who's been skeptical of restrictions meant to stem the virus' spread, tried to get Fauci to distinguish between protests against racism in the U.S. and bans on businesses reopening amid the pandemic.Because science indicates crowds exacerbate the spread of coronavirus, Jordan asked Fauci on Friday if the government "should limit the protests." "I'm not in a position to determine what the government should do in a forceful way," Fauci responded. So Jordan kept pressing: "The government is stopping people from going to church," claiming that's something "the five liberals" on the Supreme Court had decided. But Fauci continued holding out, saying he does not "judge one crowd versus another crowd" and would not "opine on who should get arrested or not. That's not my position."Jordan then went so far as to claim Fauci had said "protests increase the spread" of coronavirus. "I said crowds, I didn't say specifically, I didn't say protests or anything, " Fauci firmly responded. "You're putting words in my mouth," Fauci continued before saying he had no data showing the nationwide protests had spread the virus. Watch the whole exchange below. > Rep. Jordan: So, you're allowed to protest, millions of people in crowds...but you try to run your business and you get arrested?> > Dr. Fauci: I don't understand what you're asking me, as a public health official, to opine on who should get arrested or not. That's not my position pic.twitter.com/fAZEqbLz5q> > -- CBS News (@CBSNews) July 31, 2020More stories from theweek.com Could America split up? Democratic congressman calls out maskless GOP colleagues after positive coronavirus test Is Western Europe losing its grip on the coronavirus?


Tech Tent: Congressman, that's a great question!

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 11:29

 Congressman, that's a great question!Will the grilling of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google executives lead to any tangible change?


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