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Prosecutor: No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s death

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:16

 No charges for officer in Michael Brown’s deathSt. Louis County’s prosecutor announced Thursday that he will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds amid a renewed and intense national conversation about racial injustice and the police treatment of people of color. Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell's decision marked the third time prosecutors investigated and opted not to charge Darren Wilson, the white officer who fatally shot Brown, a Black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9, 2014. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November 2014, and the U.S. Department of Justice also declined to charge him in March 2015.


Fact check: Joe Biden didn't take a knee upon seeing a flag; he was talking to a child

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 16:09

 Joe Biden didn't take a knee upon seeing a flag; he was talking to a childWhile visiting his childhood home this month, the presidential candidate kneeled to talk to a child. It's false to say he "took a knee" for the flag.


Kamala Harris is on Joe Biden's vice presidential shortlist. Here's what the former presidential candidate ran on.

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:49

Kamala Harris is on Joe Biden's vice presidential shortlist. Here's what the former presidential candidate ran on.Kamala Harris, a US senator from California, is also the state's former attorney general. She dropped out of the race on December 3.


There is no 'zero risk' in easing travel restrictions, WHO says

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:41

There is no 'zero risk' in easing travel restrictions, WHO saysIn a long-awaited update to its guidance on travel, the United Nations global health agency said cross-border trips for emergencies, humanitarian work, the transfer of essential personnel and repatriation would constitute essential travel. "There is no 'zero risk' when considering the potential importation or exportation of cases in the context of international travel," it said in the updated guidance posted on its website on Thursday. A surge of new infections in many parts of the world has prompted some countries to reintroduce some travel restrictions, including testing and quarantining incoming passengers.


Minnesota police make arrest in 34-year cold case using DNA, genetic testing

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:29

Minnesota police make arrest in 34-year cold case using DNA, genetic testing“My mom loved to help people,” her daughter Gina Haggard wrote in a statement read by police.


Trump loyalist who tested positive for coronavirus is America’s ‘dumbest’ congressman, says Lincoln Project co-founder

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 15:14

Trump loyalist who tested positive for coronavirus is America’s ‘dumbest’ congressman, says Lincoln Project co-founderThe co-founder of Republican anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project has called congressman Louie Gohmert ”America’s craziest and dumbest congressman”, following confirmation he tested positive for coronavirus.Steve Schmidt co-founded the Republican political action committee that is aiming to prevent the reelection of Donald Trump, alongside George Conway, the husband of the president’s adviser Kellyanne Conway.


260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:56

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alertSome call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site. The Chinese fleet is “very close" to the edge of the exclusive economic zone around the Galapagos, which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from the archipelago, said its governor, Norman Wray.


CDC: Hundreds sick, 1 dead in nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to chicks, ducklings

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:28

 Hundreds sick, 1 dead in nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to chicks, ducklingsOne person has died and nearly 1,000 have been sickened, the CDC says. Every state except Hawaii and Rhode Island has now reported at least one case.


Austin, Texas, joins growing number of U.S. cities in declaring racism a 'public health crisis'

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:18

Austin, Texas, joins growing number of U.S. cities in declaring racism a 'public health crisis'Dozens of cities and counties have passed similar declarations in the wake of George Floyd’s death.


Republican says he will take Trump-promoted Covid-19 treatment after implying he contracted coronavirus by wearing a mask

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:17

Republican says he will take Trump-promoted Covid-19 treatment after implying he contracted coronavirus by wearing a maskA Texas Republican who tested positive for Covid-19 wrongly suggested he may have contracted the novel coronavirus by wearing a face mask — and said he would be taking an unproven treatment touted by Donald Trump.Louie Gohmert (R—Tx) tested positive on Wednesday during a White House procedural screening just before he was set to fly with the president to Texas on Air Force One.


Herman Cain, former presidential candidate, dies from coronavirus

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:16

Herman Cain, former presidential candidate, dies from coronavirusCain was hospitalized with the virus last month after attending a Trump rally two weeks earlier.


3 Georgia inmates are being praised for rescuing their guard after he fell unconscious and split his head open

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 14:03

3 Georgia inmates are being praised for rescuing their guard after he fell unconscious and split his head openThe story of the inmates' rescue drew attention on social media and prompted donations to the inmates' accounts, according to the sheriff's office.


Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine after GOP Gov. DeWine’s request

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:53

Ohio pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine after GOP Gov. DeWine’s requestThe Ohio pharmacy board changed course on its ban of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment following the governor’s urging to do so.


Family of Black college student killed by white police officer draws support from Jay-Z, Rihanna and Amy Schumer in bid to reopen case

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:37

Family of Black college student killed by white police officer draws support from Jay-Z, Rihanna and Amy Schumer in bid to reopen caseCollege football standout Danroy "DJ" Henry Jr., 20, was shot and killed by a white police officer outside a New York bar on Oct. 17, 2010, as he drove away from a disturbance he was not involved in. Nearly 10 years later, celebrities join the victim’s family to demand that the case be reopened.


Delay the election? Take Trump seriously. Laws and the Constitution haven't stopped him yet.

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:27

Delay the election? Take Trump seriously. Laws and the Constitution haven't stopped him yet.Look at Trump's track record and don't take his threats lightly, no matter how far-fetched or outrageous they seem. They reveal him for who he is.


Nightmare for Harvey: Ashley Judd Wins Key Ruling in Sexual Harassment Suit

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:23

 Ashley Judd Wins Key Ruling in Sexual Harassment SuitAshley Judd’s sexual harassment lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein will move forward after the actress won a crucial appeal Wednesday.Judd first sued Weinstein for harassment, retaliation, and defamation in 2018, over an incident in which Weinstein invited her to his hotel room in the mid-1990s, asked her to watch him shower, and tried to give her a massage. Judd brought her suit after news broke that Weinstein had told director Peter Jackson that she and Mira Sorvino could be a “nightmare to work with.” A lower court allowed Judd to move forward with her defamation and retaliation claims, but threw out Judd’s harassment claim because Weinstein was not her employer at the time, Variety reports. But on Wednesday the 9th Circuit of Appeals held that Weinstein did hold power over Judd, in the same way that a teacher might hold power over a student, or a landlord over a tenant.On behalf of the three-judge panel, Judge Mary H. Murguia wrote, “[B]y virtue of his professional position and influence as a top producer in Hollywood, Weinstein was uniquely situated to exercise coercive power or leverage over Judd, who was a young actor at the beginning of her career at the time of the alleged harassment,” Variety reports. “Moreover,” Murguia added, “given Weinstein’s highly influential and ‘unavoidable’ presence in the film industry, the relationship was one that would have been difficult to terminate ‘without tangible hardship’ to Judd, whose livelihood as an actor depended on being cast for roles.”Judd’s attorney Theodore Boutrous cheered the decision in a statement to Variety: “This is an important victory not only for Ms. Judd but for all victims of sexual harassment in professional relationships,” he said. “The court correctly holds that California law forbids sexual harassment and retaliation by film producers and others in powerful positions, even outside the employment context, and we look forward to pursuing this claim against Mr Weinstein at trial.”Phyllis Kupferstein, who is representing Weinstein in the case, told Variety that as the case moves back to court, “we expect the truth will come to light.”“The most minimal investigation of the events will show that Mr. Weinstein neither defamed Ms. Judd, nor hindered or interfered with her career, and certainly never retaliated against her,” Kupferstein told Variety. “Instead, Mr. Weinstein championed her work and approved her casting for two of his movies.” Kupferstein told Variety that Weinstein advocated for Judd as his first choice for the lead in Good Will Hunting and flew her to New York to be considered for the role—after which Judd appeared in two Weinstein-produced movies, Frida and Crossing Over.“In addition, the record on Lord of the Rings will finally be made absolutely clear—that Mr. Weinstein had no authority over the project as it belonged to a different production company that had full staffing control of the film,” Kupferstein added.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Man fires 'warning shots' in Miami hotel lobby after telling guests 'you all aren't social distancing'

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 13:20

Man fires 'warning shots' in Miami hotel lobby after telling guests 'you all aren't social distancing'A man was arrested in Florida after firing "four warning shots" and telling a mother and her son that they weren't social distancing in a hotel lobby.


U.S. lets ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen publish book while serving sentence at home

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 12:46

U.S. lets ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen publish book while serving sentence at homeThe agreement between Cohen's lawyers and federal prosecutors also frees Cohen to engage with news organizations and use social media, as he serves the remainder of his three-year term for campaign finance violations and other crimes in home confinement. "There shall be no specific media provision" governing Cohen's activities, according to the agreement, which requires approval by U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan. Cohen, 53, had served about one year of his prison term before being sent home to his Manhattan apartment in May, because of the risk of contracting COVID-19 behind bars.


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