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1996 Alaska Teen Jessica Baggen Rape-Murder Case Solved Through Genealogical DNA
1996 Alaska Teen Jessica Baggen Rape-Murder Case Solved Through Genealogical DNA

On a brisk early morning in May 1996, 17-year-old Jessica Baggen left a party to walk back to her home in the small town of Sitka, Alaska, after celebrating her birthday with friends.When she missed her curfew, her parents gave her a little more time and then finally called police when she didn't show up. In 1996, teens didn't carry cellphones or post their every move on social media, so no one knew exactly where she was or with whom she had left her birthday party at her sister's house.In the hours that followed, her parents pieced together her last steps and search crews combed a bike trail that ran through a woodland between her sister's house and her parents' home on Sawmill Creek...

Mitch McConnell on stalemate over COVID relief, President Trump
Mitch McConnell on stalemate over COVID relief, President Trump's executive actions, push to hold the Senate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joins Bill Hemmer with insight on 'Bill Hemmer Reports.'

Trump campaign tweets mugshots of alleged criminals, all of them Black, to claim Biden is pro-crime
Trump campaign tweets mugshots of alleged criminals, all of them Black, to claim Biden is pro-crime

Trump campaign Twitter account @TrumpWarRoom has tweeted and retweeted some questionable things in the past. Lately, it's been all systems go against former Vice President Joe Biden, who is set to oppose President Trump in November's election.The latest effort to bring down Biden is a series of tweets that seem to claim Biden is pro-crime. In a blog post, the campaign points to Biden staffer's donations to bail funds amid the nationwide protests against police brutality. The campaign highlighted four alleged "regular criminals," all of them Black, who were supposedly freed from jail thanks to Biden.> Remember Willie Horton? > > President Trump's campaign is tweeting...

Who will Biden pick as VP? Odds surging for two women ahead of expected announcement
Who will Biden pick as VP? Odds surging for two women ahead of expected announcement

Biden is expected to announce his pick ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

An outspoken Tesla critic and short-seller is suing Elon Musk, alleging he defamed him by saying the Tesla short
An outspoken Tesla critic and short-seller is suing Elon Musk, alleging he defamed him by saying the Tesla short 'almost killed' Tesla employees

Tesla eventually dropped the suit when it was unwilling to provide evidence that Hothi had been harassing its employees.

'If I die from the virus, it was just meant to be': 250,000 descend upon tiny South Dakota town for world-famous motorcycle rally

Experts worry the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally could overwhelm rural South Dakota and create a super-spreader event as people return home.

Guns found in carry-on bags at airports skyrocket - despite fewer passengers, TSA says
Guns found in carry-on bags at airports skyrocket - despite fewer passengers, TSA says

Eighty percent of the guns coming into checkpoints are loaded, officials say.

Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases
Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases

Faced with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Cuba announced on Monday a record daily number of new infections. The 93 new cases beat the previous record from May 1 of 74, leading authorities to reimplement lockdown measures that had been gradually relaxed. The health ministry said most of the cases are in the capital Havana and the neighboring province of Artemisa.

Op-Ed: Trump just made another huge and illegal power grab. Be very alarmed
Op-Ed: Trump just made another huge and illegal power grab. Be very alarmed

Trump is attempting to legislate through executive fiat, and that violates the Constitution's separation of powers.

China imposes sanctions on US senators over Hong Kong
China imposes sanctions on US senators over Hong Kong

High-profile US officials are sanctioned but China avoids targeting anyone in the Trump administration.

Hawaii
Hawaii's inter-island quarantine returns Tuesday as state reports 200+ new cases per day

Starting Tuesday, people traveling between islands must quarantine for 14 days. Hawaii has recorded 200+ new cases per day for two consecutive days.

US passes 5m Covid-19 cases as Joe Biden says pandemic
US passes 5m Covid-19 cases as Joe Biden says pandemic 'breaks heart'

US has highest number of cases and highest deaths in world, as Democratic nominee attacks Trump over coronavirus 'failures'The US on Sunday passed 5m coronavirus cases, as Donald Trump's executive orders seeking to break a political impasse over further economic relief were denounced by a Republican as "unconstitutional slop" and Joe Biden accused the president of issuing little more than "excuses and lies".Recriminations have been flying in Washington since talks on further aid for the unemployed and for states struggling with a public health crisis collapsed on Friday.Trump intervened on Friday and Saturday, holding press conferences at his luxury golf club in New Jersey, cheered on by...

The Federal Government Must Stop the Deadly Abortion Pill
The Federal Government Must Stop the Deadly Abortion Pill

While COVID-19 dominates the news cycle, a battle is being fought over a deadly drug that has killed over 3.7 million children and at least 24 women. The drug is Mifeprex - commonly known as the abortion pill. On July 13, an Obama-appointed federal judge enjoined the Food and Drug Administration requirements governing the prescription of Mifeprex. He ruled that requiring pregnant women to complete an in-clinic appointment to procure the drugs was a "substantial obstacle" to abortion and was to be suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. This ruling suspends, for the abortion pill, the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), the FDA's rules for "certain medications with serious...

Xi or Tsai? Taiwan opposition jumps on US envoy
Xi or Tsai? Taiwan opposition jumps on US envoy's 'vocal slip'

Taiwan's opposition party demanded a clarification Monday after a US envoy who is visiting appeared to mispronounce the name of the island's president for her arch rival in China. Health chief Alex Azar met with President Tsai Ing-wen earlier Monday in the highest level visit to Taiwan since the United States switched diplomatic recognition to China. In his opening statement he fluffed the name of President Tsai -- pronounced "ts-eye" -- and instead said something closer to "shee".

Helicopter crash kills three Texas Parks and Wildlife workers, officials say
Helicopter crash kills three Texas Parks and Wildlife workers, officials say

The group was conducting an aerial survey of desert bighorn sheep.

Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse mask policy again. Now requiring customers wear masks amid COVID-19.
Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse mask policy again. Now requiring customers wear masks amid COVID-19.

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have reversed course again use of masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Both retailers now require shoppers wear masks.

Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests
Black people in Portland struggle to be heard amid protests

Chaotic and often violent protests against racial injustice have topped the headlines for days, but lost in the shouting are the voices of many Black Portland residents themselves - and their feelings about the unrest are nuanced and diverse. Others welcome white demonstrators because with their larger numbers they can draw attention to the city's racial inequity in ways that Black demonstrators alone can't. Others say a recent vote to cut a specialized gun violence reduction unit is behind a sharp spike in shootings that's devastated their community.

Injured cruise ship worker
Injured cruise ship worker 'forgotten' after seven months in South Florida hotels

From behind the locked window of his 10th-floor hotel room, Paúl Córdova watches dozens of airplanes take off and land each day at Miami International Airport.

A white person and a Black person vote by mail. Whose ballot is more likely to be rejected?
A white person and a Black person vote by mail. Whose ballot is more likely to be rejected?

The changes states are scrambling to make ahead of November to help protect voters from COVID-19 could disproportionately disenfranchise people of color.

Afghanistan to release 400
Afghanistan to release 400 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners in bid for peace

The Afghan government agreed on Sunday to release 400 "hard-core" Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war. Under election-year pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump for a deal allowing him to bring home American troops, the country's grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release. The Taliban militant had demanded the release of the 400, the last batch among 5,000 prisoners to be freed, as a condition to join peace talks.

TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over its ban as early as Tuesday
TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over its ban as early as Tuesday

NPR reported that a source says TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration, arguing that the order "failed to give the company a chance to respond."

Gov. DeWine opens up about COVID-19 test results
Gov. DeWine opens up about COVID-19 test results

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on testing positive and then negative for coronavirus.

Joe Biden
Joe Biden's veepstakes: Val Demings raised her profile during impeachment trial

The impeachment of President Trump brought the former Orlando police chief and her oratory skills to a national audience; Douglas Kennedy reports.

Democrats urge W.House not to quit virus relief talks
Democrats urge W.House not to quit virus relief talks

Democrats on Friday urged the White House to stick with negotiations on a new aid plan for Americans facing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, after Donald Trump said he is ready to bypass Congress to maintain emergency assistance. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the Senate, have been tussling for weeks with Trump envoys over a new aid package.

A sweetheart deal: Germany to exempt unmarried couples from COVID-19 border controls
A sweetheart deal: Germany to exempt unmarried couples from COVID-19 border controls

Germany will give a welcome break to the coronavirus lovelorn from Monday - easing its border controls to allow unmarried couples to reunite after what has been months of separation for some. The exemption will apply to the partners of Germans from countries that Germany considers high-risk - currently most of the world outside the EU - and couples will have to provide some proof that they were in a relationship before the pandemic, the interior ministry said on Friday. Most European Union borders have been closed to non-EU travellers since March, unless they are essential workers or married to an EU resident.

US announces
US announces 'highest level' visit in decades to Taiwan

The United States on Wednesday announced its "highest level" visit in decades to Taiwan, a move sure to infuriate China at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing are at historic lows. Washington's trade office in Taipei confirmed that health chief Alex Azar would lead an upcoming delegation to the self-ruled island, which China's communist leaders claim and have vowed to one day seize. "This marks... the first Cabinet member to visit in six years, and the highest level visit by a US Cabinet official since 1979," the American Institute in Taiwan said.

The CEO of TikTok
The CEO of TikTok's parent firm says Trump's 'real objective' is to ban TikTok, not force a sale to Microsoft

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming reportedly told employees the US government's true objective was to force a "comprehensive ban" on the TikTok app.

14 photos of the low key Hajj: Only 10,000 Muslim pilgrims in face masks made it to Mecca this year.
14 photos of the low key Hajj: Only 10,000 Muslim pilgrims in face masks made it to Mecca this year.

Attendance was limited to people already residing in Saudi Arabia. Usually, 2.5 million Muslims from across the world pack the holy city.

China condemns Germany
China condemns Germany's Hong Kong extradition suspension

China has condemned Germany's decision to suspend its extradition agreement with Hong Kong, accusing Berlin of a "serious breach of international law." Germany's foreign minister announced the suspension Friday following the disqualification of 12 pro-democracy candidates from legislative elections and a subsequent decision to postpone the elections. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam cited a worsening coronavirus outbreak in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in postponing the vote.

James Murdoch Quits News Corp Board Over Editorial Disagreements
James Murdoch Quits News Corp Board Over Editorial Disagreements

James Murdoch has resigned from the board of his family's news behemoth, News Corp, due to disagreements over editorial content published by the company's notoriously right-wing outlets, The Daily Beast has confirmed."Mr. Murdoch informed the Company that his resignation was due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company's news outlets and certain other strategic decisions," a company statement said. He was immediately scrubbed from the company's online list of board directors.The move comes a little over six months after Rupert Murdoch's eldest son issued a stunning rebuke of his family's media empire and its promotion of climate-change skeptics during...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' popularity plummets amid widely panned coronavirus response

In the span of a few months Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has gone from one of the most admired state leaders in America to one of the most disparaged.

Man catches bull shark on Long Island; Officials talk
Man catches bull shark on Long Island; Officials talk 'Shark Patrols'

Another shark sighting pulled swimmers out of the water Friday, raising the number of instances to 11 since Monday.

Conservatives take up death of Black man who supported Trump

The shooting death in broad daylight of a Black man affectionately known in his Milwaukee neighborhood as "The Ras" appears to have mystified police while spurring prominent conservatives in Wisconsin to speculate that he was killed because of his support for President Donald Trump. Bernell Trammell

Two firefighting planes collide while battling Nevada
Two firefighting planes collide while battling Nevada's Bishop Fire; FAA, NTSB investigating

Two airplanes have collided while battling a 500-acre wildfire in southeastern Nevada, according to authorities.

Ex high-ranking Mexican officers charged in drug scheme

Two former high-ranking Mexican law enforcement officials have been accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's notorious Sinaloa cartel, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Luis Cardenas Palomino and Ramon Pequeno Garcia allegedly worked for Genaro Garcia Luna

Mexican president orders creation of state-run medicine agency
Mexican president orders creation of state-run medicine agency

Mexico's government will create a state-run medicine distribution agency and will sign an agreement with the United Nations to purchase cheaper drugs and vaccines on the international market, the country's president said on Thursday. Lopez Obrador said the distribution agency will make sure residents even in the far-flung corners of Mexico have access to medications and vaccines. The current head of Mexico's civil protection agency, David Leon, will lead the new state-run agency.

Tropical Storm Isaias sets a new hurricane-season record as it triggers blackouts and flooding in Puerto Rico
Tropical Storm Isaias sets a new hurricane-season record as it triggers blackouts and flooding in Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Isaias caused power outages and flooding in Puerto Rico. It's headed toward southern Florida.

Five key moments from the big tech grilling
Five key moments from the big tech grilling

The heads of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google faced accusations of bias and unfair competition.

Anthony Fauci said eye coverings might eventually be recommended in the US:
Anthony Fauci said eye coverings might eventually be recommended in the US: 'You should probably use it if you can'

"If you have goggles or an eye shield, you should use it," Fauci told ABC. The CDC already recommends eye protection for healthcare workers.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has officially changed its name after quietly dropping the word
Royal Caribbean Cruises has officially changed its name after quietly dropping the word 'cruises' and tweaking its logo

The company, now called Royal Caribbean Group, rolled out the changes quietly in recent months, but announced the change on Thursday.

Portland has become the focal point of Black Lives Matter protests in America, but it has a tortured history when it comes to race
Portland has become the focal point of Black Lives Matter protests in America, but it has a tortured history when it comes to race

For years in Oregon's early history, white locals barred Black people from living in its borders. It's now one of the least diverse states in America.

He prays for Chicago as violence takes children
He prays for Chicago as violence takes children's lives and Trump threatens with federal forces

For a Chicago street pastor, the city cannot be fixed until the underlying causes of violence are addressed, and locals, not federal forces, provide answers.

Tree roots tell story of Van Gogh
Tree roots tell story of Van Gogh's final hours

Postcard paints a picture of Van Gogh's final hours Location: Auvers-sur-Oise, France While searching through his archives a researcher found a postcard which bore a striking resemblance to Van Gogh's final painting 'Tree Roots' Courtesy: Arthenon Courtesy: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (SOUNDBITE) (English) VAN GOGH MUSEUM DIRECTOR, EMILIE GORDENKER, SAYING: "What makes it so extraordinary is you can follow that place on in the course of time. It's almost like you're in a time machine. You can go back to...

Chinese long-range bombers join drills over South China Sea

China said Thursday that long-range bombers were among the aircraft that took part in recent aerial drills over the South China Sea amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing over the strategic waterway. The exercises included nighttime takeoffs and landings and simulated long-range attacks

Former Chinese top banker pleads guilty to massive graft
Former Chinese top banker pleads guilty to massive graft

A former top banker in China pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally receiving over $12 million after being caught last year in President Xi Jinping's sweeping campaign against corruption. Hu Huaibang, former party secretary and chairman of the China Development Bank, had taken advantage of his positions to illegally receive money and goods worth a total of 85.5 million yuan ($12.2 million) between 2009 and 2019, heard a court in northern Chengde city. Hu pleaded guilty at the hearing attended by more than 30 people including national, provincial and municipal people's congress representatives, the report added.

100,000 without power as storm barrels through Caribbean
100,000 without power as storm barrels through Caribbean

A powerful storm is barreling through the Caribbean tonight prompting warnings in the U.S. Virgins Islands and Puerto Rico where about 100,000 are already without power.

Prosecutors: Agents will probe crimes, not bust protests
Prosecutors: Agents will probe crimes, not bust protests

Federal prosecutors worked Wednesday to dispel concerns that federal agents headed to a number of U.S. cities will be used to break up protests, insisting that the agents will work side-by-side with local and state investigators to solve violent crimes. President Donald Trump recently sent federal agents to Portland, Oregon, to protect federal property during the almost daily protests in the city since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Oregon's governor, Kate Brown, said Wednesday that the agents would begin a "phased withdrawal" from Portland starting Thursday.

There was a huge online learning divide between high-poverty and low-poverty school districts this spring
There was a huge online learning divide between high-poverty and low-poverty school districts this spring

A survey shows online classes classes spent less time on instruction overall, while high-poverty districts spent more time reviewing old concepts.

Michigan swing voters voice concerns about a President Biden
Michigan swing voters voice concerns about a President Biden

Pollster Lee Carter breaks down why the 2020 presumptive nominee is not resonating with voters.

Maine woman killed in an apparent shark attack, the first fatal unprovoked attack in the state
Maine woman killed in an apparent shark attack, the first fatal unprovoked attack in the state

Experts say unprovoked shark attacks are incredibly rare. Monday's incident, one professor said, was the first unprovoked shark attack documented.


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