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Salty lake, ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars' South Pole
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  • 2020-09-28 20:47:51Z

A network of salty ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars' South Pole alongside a large underground lake, raising the prospect of tiny, swimming Martian life. In the latest study appearing in the journal Nature Astronomy, the scientists provide further evidence of this salty underground lake, estimated

JPMorgan to let most consumer staff work from home until 2021: Bloomberg News
JPMorgan to let most consumer staff work from home until 2021: Bloomberg News
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  • 2020-09-28 20:46:19Z

The directive applies to most of JPMorgan's U.S.-based employees in the consumer unit and excludes branch workers and some in operations, according to the report. JPMorgan did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that the bank had sent its Manhattan workers home after an employee in the equities trading division tested positive for COVID-19.

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Trump's reported tax methods would be par for the course for the rich, experts say
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  • 2020-09-28 20:37:40Z

In addition to real estate tax breaks, Trump could also benefit from a broad flexibility available to the super-rich to report personal expenses, such using their own private jets and holiday homes, as deductible business costs, they say. "It would be very common for my wealthier clients in the world of real estate to report losses or to break even," said Robert Keebler who runs a tax advisory firm in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which serves high net worth clients. "It's not something cooked up in some law firm, it's something Congress devised," he said of the tax breaks enjoyed by the real estate sector and investors with capital gains.

Maryland county to pay $20 million after police killing
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  • 2020-09-28 20:29:38Z

Prince George's County, Maryland, has reached a $20 million settlement with the family of an unarmed man killed this year while handcuffed inside a police vehicle, authorities said on Monday. Corporal Michael Owen fatally shot William Green after arresting him in January 2020. The settlement is

Police need warrant to obtain WiFi location data, privacy activists argue
Police need warrant to obtain WiFi location data, privacy activists argue
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  • 2020-09-28 20:21:00Z

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider whether police should have gotten one in a marijuana robbery case.

Family to receive $20 million in handcuffed man
Family to receive $20 million in handcuffed man's shooting death
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  • 2020-09-28 20:16:00Z

Prince George's County, Maryland, officials settle 9 months after the death of William Green, who was shot 6 times while sitting in a patrol car.

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Sheriff who starred on 'Live PD' charged with evidence tampering in Black man's death
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  • 2020-09-28 20:14:58Z

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody starred on the since-canceled reality show "Live PD."

Former Louisville detective pleads not guilty in Breonna Taylor case
Former Louisville detective pleads not guilty in Breonna Taylor case
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  • 2020-09-28 20:14:57Z

LVMH countersues Tiffany in bid to drop $16 billion acquisition
LVMH countersues Tiffany in bid to drop $16 billion acquisition
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  • 2020-09-28 19:59:43Z

The move comes after Tiffany sued LVMH earlier this month, objecting to the Paris-based company's decision not to go through with the deal they signed last November because of a French government request and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. In its lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court on Monday, LVMH said the agreement with Tiffany had no carve-out for pandemics under the definition of a so-called material adverse effect. As a result, Tiffany assumed the risk of a virus outbreak, LVMH added.

Trump tax revelations spark outrage among some, but supporters defend president
Trump tax revelations spark outrage among some, but supporters defend president
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  • 2020-09-28 19:58:56Z

A report that Donald Trump paid little or no federal income tax in recent years sparked broad outrage on Monday, from rich Democrats to teachers and coffee shop workers taking to social media to claim they had paid more taxes than the U.S. president. The #IPaidMoreTaxesThanDonaldTrump hashtag began trending on Monday, while Democratic rival Joe Biden's election campaign seized on the backlash, launching merchandise with the words: 'I Paid More In Taxes Than Donald Trump.' Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist and a fierce critic of the president, took to Twitter to castigate Trump over his taxes and called for voters to kick him out office on Nov. 3.

The $4 trillion U.S. government relies on individual taxpayers
The $4 trillion U.S. government relies on individual taxpayers
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  • 2020-09-28 19:55:21Z

The U.S. government's over $4 trillion annual budget, the world's largest, relies heavily on individual wage earners whose taxes and retirement benefits are deducted from every paycheck, leaning particularly on the top 20% of income earners. Corporations pay just a fraction of what individuals do into the federal spending pool, which funds the military, transportation safety, veterans benefits, regulatory agencies and programs like NASA. A New York Times investigation https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html published on Sunday shows that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal taxes during the years straddling his 2017 inauguration, and none at...

Texas sheriff arrested in investigation of Black man
Texas sheriff arrested in investigation of Black man's death during 'Live PD' filming
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  • 2020-09-28 19:50:39Z

The sheriff was arrested amid an investigation into the death of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in police custody.

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Brad Parscale's hospitalization reportedly came after he loaded a gun during an argument with his wife
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  • 2020-09-28 19:50:00Z

President Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized this week after officials say he was threatening to hurt himself and after he allegedly loaded a gun during an argument with his wife, who told police he "hits her."The Fort Lauderdale Police Department previously confirmed to CNN that officers on Sunday detained Parscale, who was "threatening to harm himself" inside his home while he was "armed and had access to multiple firearms," and on Monday, additional details emerged on the incident via police reports. According to the Miami Herald, documents describe how Parscale "refused to leave his home and was ultimately tackled by...

A flight attendant was jailed in the UK for dealing drugs after she lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic
A flight attendant was jailed in the UK for dealing drugs after she lost her job due to the coronavirus pandemic
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  • 2020-09-28 19:46:22Z

The flight attendant, who was laid off during the coronavirus pandemic, was short on cash when a romantic partner recruited her to act as a courier.

Woman posing as social worker visits home - and tries to kidnap child, WV cops say
Woman posing as social worker visits home - and tries to kidnap child, WV cops say
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  • 2020-09-28 19:03:16Z

The attempted kidnapping happened after she allegedly made the child's mother take a drug test.

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New York's positive COVID-19 test rate inches up as cases climb in other states
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  • 2020-09-28 19:01:35Z

The percentage of COVID-19 tests taken in New York state that have come back positive has inched up to 1.5%, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday, a worrisome trend for the former epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic. The rise in positivity in New York above the 1% target comes as 27 other states recorded increases in the number of cases for two straight weeks. While New York's positive test rate remains much lower than that of some Midwestern states, where 15% of tests have been coming back positive, it marks a significant uptick from the 1% or below it has been hovering around for weeks.

'Crying Nazi' Christopher Cantwell found guilty of extortion in rape threat case
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  • 2020-09-28 18:53:00Z

Prosecutors said Cantwell sent a series of threatening messages to find the leader of an online group who he believed was harassing him online.

More evidence found in case of man facing 40 child sex abuse charges, Alabama cops say
More evidence found in case of man facing 40 child sex abuse charges, Alabama cops say
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  • 2020-09-28 18:32:25Z

The children were between the ages of 2 and 14, authorities said.

Twitter appoints Rinki Sethi as new information security head
Twitter appoints Rinki Sethi as new information security head
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  • 2020-09-28 18:24:01Z

Sethi had previously worked as the vice president of information security at cyber-security firm Palo Alto Networks Inc, according to her LinkedIn profile. Reuters reported in July that Twitter, which had been without a security chief since December, stepped up its search in the weeks before the breach of high-profile accounts on its platform.

Trump, pressured over pandemic, says states to receive 150 million tests
Trump, pressured over pandemic, says states to receive 150 million tests
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  • 2020-09-28 18:21:50Z

President Donald Trump, under pressure over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, announced on Monday the federal government would ship 150 million rapid tests to U.S. states for opening schools and ensuring safety at centers for senior citizens. "This will be more than double the number of tests already performed," he said, announcing the plan in the White House Rose Garden. Trump said 50 million tests will go to "most vulnerable communities" including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice care.

UN: Africa lost $800B in illegal transfers in recent years
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  • 2020-09-28 18:05:35Z

The United Nations estimates that illegal outflows of capital from Africa totaled over $830 billion in the first 15 years of this century, much of it linked to movements of high-value commodities like gold, diamonds, and platinum - straining the ability of the continent's governments to provide services

An American is facing 2 years in prison after leaving a bad Tripadvisor review for a Thailand resort
An American is facing 2 years in prison after leaving a bad Tripadvisor review for a Thailand resort
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  • 2020-09-28 17:54:15Z

The owner of the resort filed a defamation complaint against the American, Wesley Barnes, saying he posted negative reviews on multiple platforms.

Georgia officer loses job after calling suicidal inmate a
Georgia officer loses job after calling suicidal inmate a 'crazy N word'
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  • 2020-09-28 17:43:00Z

A Georgia police officer is being fired after going on a racist rant against an inmate on suicide watch. Gregory Hubert Brown was placed on administrative leave without pay after he called a suicidal inmate at the Clayton County Jail a "crazy N-word," Sheriff Victor Hill said in a statement over the weekend.

New U.S. COVID-19 cases rise in 27 states for two straight weeks
New U.S. COVID-19 cases rise in 27 states for two straight weeks
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  • 2020-09-28 17:26:43Z

The United States recorded 316,000 new cases in the week ended Sept. 27, up 10% from the previous seven days and the highest in six weeks, according to the analysis of state and county data. The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told ABC News that the country was "not in a good place."

Brad Parscale, former Trump campaign manager, hospitalised after self-harm threats
Brad Parscale, former Trump campaign manager, hospitalised after self-harm threats
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  • 2020-09-28 17:20:22Z

Police called to Fort Lauderdale home said Parscale, who had access to firearms, accompanied officers willinglyDonald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been hospitalised after he threatened to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials.Police were called to the home in Desota Drive in the Seven Isles community of Fort Lauderdale late on Sunday afternoon. The home is owned by Bradley and Candice Parscale."When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the reportee (wife of armed subject) who advised her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself," Fort Lauderdale police said in a...

Police seized 10 firearms from Brad Parscale, committed him for mental health care
Police seized 10 firearms from Brad Parscale, committed him for mental health care
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  • 2020-09-28 17:15:50Z

President Donald Trump's former campaign chief didn't comply with an officer's command, prompting rough arrest, police said.

United Airlines pilots avert layoffs, other workers hope for bailout
United Airlines pilots avert layoffs, other workers hope for bailout
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  • 2020-09-28 17:05:49Z

United Airlines' pilots voted on Monday to accept a deal that would avert 2,850 furloughs set for Thursday, while thousands of other U.S. airline employees are hoping Congress will extend federal aid to save their jobs. An initial $25 billion government bailout that covered airlines' payrolls and protected jobs for six months expires on Sept. 30, driving a fervent last-minute push by the industry for Congress to agree on a fresh stimulus package. Chicago-based United has already put in motion steps to furlough around 12,000 frontline employees, excluding pilots, on Thursday, officials said.

Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts
Zimbabwe elephants died from bacterial disease, say experts
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  • 2020-09-28 17:05:22Z

Parks authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that the recent deaths of elephants have been caused by a bacterial disease that has previously affected elephants in Asia and other animals in southern Africa, although more tests will still be carried out. Fulton Mangwanya, the director-general of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, told a parliamentary committee that 34 elephants have died so far and "many" more could still die "in the short term." "All results to date point to the cause of these elephant deaths being a disease known as hemorrhagic septicemia," said Mangwanya, noting that the disease does not appear to have been previously recorded as causing deaths among...

Official COVID-19 death toll probably underestimates true total: WHO
Official COVID-19 death toll probably underestimates true total: WHO
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  • 2020-09-28 17:03:57Z

The official global toll of deaths from COVID-19 probably underestimates the true total - suggesting it could be over a million already, a World Health Organization official said on Monday. "If anything, the numbers currently reported probably represent an underestimate of those individuals who have either contracted COVID-19 or died as a cause of it," Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergencies expert, told a briefing in Geneva. "When you count anything, you can't count it perfectly but I can assure you that the current numbers are likely an underestimate of the true toll of COVID," he said.

Thieves cut through church wall to steal jewelry from shop next door, Nebraska cops say
Thieves cut through church wall to steal jewelry from shop next door, Nebraska cops say
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  • 2020-09-28 16:51:03Z

The burglars cut through a cement wall to pull off the heist, police say.

U.S. income inequality narrowed slightly over last three years: Fed
U.S. income inequality narrowed slightly over last three years: Fed
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  • 2020-09-28 16:18:52Z

Income inequality in the United States narrowed in the first three years of the Trump administration as rising wages and a low unemployment rate fueled gains for lower-income and less educated families, according to U.S. Federal Reserve data released on Monday. Wealth inequality was largely unchanged, with the top 10% of families holding about 71% of family wealth in 2019, roughly the same as in 2016, the Fed found in its latest Survey of Consumer Finances, conducted every three years. The survey provides a snapshot of how income, assets and debt are distributed across the population, and in this case how the benefits of the final years of a decade-long economic expansion had begun...

Fourth U.S. judge issues order blocking Postal Service cuts
Fourth U.S. judge issues order blocking Postal Service cuts
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  • 2020-09-28 16:16:59Z

A fourth judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction barring the U.S. Postal Service from making service reductions ahead of the November presidential election that critics have said could prevent timely ballot deliveries. U.S. District Judge Gerald McHugh in Pennsylvania joined three other judges who have issued similar orders since Sept. 17 after the Postal Service in July restricted late trips by trucks and letter carriers and instituted overtime restrictions. Judge Emmet Sullivan in the District of Columbia late Sunday issued a similar order, while judges in Washington State and New York issued injunctions since Sept. 17.

U.S. pension funds sue Allianz after $4 billion in coronavirus losses
U.S. pension funds sue Allianz after $4 billion in coronavirus losses
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  • 2020-09-28 15:54:40Z

Pension funds for truckers, teachers and subway workers have lodged lawsuits in the United States against Germany's Allianz, one of the world's top asset managers, for failing to safeguard their investments during the coronavirus market meltdown. In March, Allianz was forced to shutter two private hedge funds after severe losses, prompting the wave of litigation the company says is "legally and factually flawed". The fallout has also prompted questions from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Allianz has said.

Texas county on alert over brain-eating amoeba after death of six-year-old
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  • 2020-09-28 15:41:13Z

Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday issued a disaster declaration for Brazoria County after Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic amoeba, was found in the water supply of the city of Lake Jackson in the greater Houston metropolitan area. The single-celled organism is commonly found in warm freshwater and soil

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Trump's taxes on the front burner on eve of first debate with Biden
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  • 2020-09-28 15:41:08Z

Democrats seized on a fresh line of attack on the eve of the first U.S. presidential election debate, accusing Republican President Donald Trump of gaming the tax code after a report showed he paid paltry amounts of federal tax in recent years. The self-proclaimed billionaire, who is seeking reelection in the Nov. 3 vote, paid only $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his businesses to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing tax-return data. The report also said Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017, despite receiving $427.4 million...

Pakistan opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif arrested
Pakistan opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif arrested
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  • 2020-09-28 15:40:20Z

Anti-corruption investigators arrested the leader of Pakistan's opposition, days after parties vowed a campaign of marches to dislodge Imran Khan from power. Shehbaz Sharif, who leads the opposition in the national assembly, was arrested in Lahore when the city's high court rejected a bail plea in a money laundering case. Colleagues from his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party condemned the arrest as part of an ongoing campaign of political intimidation against opposition leaders. His arrest came a week after his brother, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, had attempted to galvanise opposition to Mr Khan's government which he said had been put in power my generals acting as a "state...

'Dangerous and stupid': Two men arrested for pointing lasers at police helicopter
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  • 2020-09-28 15:34:44Z

Let's hope this doesn't turn into a disturbing trend.

GM will repay $28 million to Ohio in tax incentives after closing plant
GM will repay $28 million to Ohio in tax incentives after closing plant
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  • 2020-09-28 15:34:27Z

General Motors Co will repay $28 million in state tax incentives to Ohio after the largest U.S. automaker came under heavy criticism for closing its Lordstown Assembly plant in March 2019. GM's agreement with the Ohio Tax Credit Authority also requires the Detroit automaker to pay $12 million for "community support programs" in the Mahoning Valley. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost had demanded that GM repay $60 million in state tax credits after it closed its Lordstown Assembly plant in March 2019 and failed to retain 3,700 jobs in exchange for the credits.

California wine country fire quadruples in size, more evacuations ordered
California wine country fire quadruples in size, more evacuations ordered
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  • 2020-09-28 15:29:07Z

A wildfire in northern California's Napa Valley wine country more than quadrupled in size overnight to some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares), burning homes and vineyards and forcing officials to order thousands of residents to evacuate on Monday. As the small city of Santa Rosa emptied out around him, Jas Sihota stationed himself on his front porch with his garden hose close at hand, darting out every 15 minutes or so to douse spot fires around neighboring houses seeded by wind-blown embers under a hazy red sun. Sihota, a radiology technician at a nearby hospital, had not slept in some 24 hours since the blaze, since named the Glass Fire, ignited on Sunday morning near Calistoga about 60...

Ballistics record in Breonna Taylor case doesn
Ballistics record in Breonna Taylor case doesn't match Kentucky attorney general's findings
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  • 2020-09-28 15:27:00Z

Ballistics records in the shooting of Breonna Taylor by Louisville, Kentucky, police tell a different story than the one Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron presented last week, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.Police shot and killed Taylor in her apartment while executing a no-knock warrant in March. A grand jury investigation concluded Taylor's boyfriend fired at officers when they entered, and they returned fire, Cameron announced Wednesday. But Cameron's assertion that the investigation ruled out "friendly fire" as the source of the 9mm shot that hit Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly's thigh isn't backed up by a Kentucky State Police ballistics report from the scene, Vice...

Police took 10 guns from Trump associate
Police took 10 guns from Trump associate's Florida home after wife showed them bruises
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  • 2020-09-28 15:25:40Z

Officers also wrote in their reports that Parscale's wife told them he had post-traumatic stress disorder and had become violent in recent weeks.

1 person dies as Nairobi hospital workers strike in Kenya
1 person dies as Nairobi hospital workers strike in Kenya
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  • 2020-09-28 15:11:12Z

A man has died outside an emergency ward of Kenya's largest referral hospital after he was not treated for hours by striking staff, a witness said. Pay raises for Kenyatta National Hospital workers were approved by the government in 2012 but the workers say they have not received the increases. Evans Nyabuto, a motorcycle taxi driver in Nairobi's Kawangware area, was not feeling well Sunday evening and by Monday morning he was vomiting blood, said colleague Christopher Muvya.

German far-right party fires official over migrant comment
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  • 2020-09-28 15:07:17Z

The far-right Alternative for Germany party has fired a prominent official following reports that he made comments suggesting that migrants could be killed. The party confirmed Monday that Christian Lueth, who was already suspended from his post as parliamentary spokesman in April after allegedly describing

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Trump says he paid 'millions' in taxes, is 'under-leveraged'
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  • 2020-09-28 14:43:48Z

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Trump he paid "many millions of dollars in taxes" but was entitled to depreciation and tax credits and also said he was under-leveraged, having more assets than debt. The Republican president was responding to a New York Times report that he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises. "I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits," he wrote on Twitter.

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus
Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus
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  • 2020-09-28 14:28:32Z

Zimbabwe's schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. Raymond Majongwe, secretary-general of the Progressive Teachers Union which is one of the largest in Zimbabwe, said teachers would report for work as soon as the government agreed to their demands. Teachers in Zimbabwe's government schools earn less than $50 a month and are demanding that they be paid at least $500 a month, he said.

Pelosi rallies U.S. House Democrats on possible presidential election decision
Pelosi rallies U.S. House Democrats on possible presidential election decision
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  • 2020-09-28 14:18:43Z

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rallying Democrats to prepare for a once-in-a-century election scenario requiring Congress to decide the outcome of the presidential race, if neither Democrat Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump wins outright. In a campaign letter to colleagues, Pelosi told her fellow House Democrats that recent comments by Trump demonstrate that he could ask the House to decide the race if it is not clear which of the two had received the minimum 270 Electoral College votes in the Nov. 3 presidential election to gain office.

Former Kosovo separatist commander appears in court
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  • 2020-09-28 14:08:29Z

A former commander of separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war appeared at a special court in the Netherlands on Monday to face charges that he was involved in the torture of detainees and the murder of one prisoner held at a compound in Kosovo during the conflict. Salih Mustafa was arrested Thursday

Video in Breonna Taylor case may show police policy violation
Video in Breonna Taylor case may show police policy violation
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  • 2020-09-28 13:56:38Z

Other evidence also shows that the one shot fired by Taylor's boyfriend may not have hit an officer.

Labour MP Claudia Webbe charged with harassment
Labour MP Claudia Webbe charged with harassment
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  • 2020-09-28 13:14:14Z

Claudia Webbe, the Labour MP for Leicester East, has been charged with harassment, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced. Ms Webbe, who was elected in the 2019 election, is accused of carrying out the harassment between 1 September 2018 and 26 April this year. She is accused of harassing "one female", the CPS said. On Monday Ms Webbe said she is "innocent of any wrongdoing" and that she will "vigorously" defend herself in court. Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS's Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "The CPS has today decided that Claudia Webbe, MP for Leicester East, should be charged with an offence of harassment against one female. "The CPS made...

Germany confirms one more African swine fever case in wild boar
Germany confirms one more African swine fever case in wild boar
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  • 2020-09-28 13:09:07Z

One more case of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in a wild boar in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, the agriculture ministry said on Monday. There have been 36 confirmed cases since the first one on Sept. 10. All were in wild animals with no farm pigs affected, the ministry said.


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