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'They just pull up everything!' Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life

A vast fishing armada off Ecuador's biodiverse Pacific islands has stirred alarm over 'indiscriminate' fishing practicesJonathan Green had been tracking a whale shark named Hope across the eastern Pacific for 280 days when the satellite transmissions from a GPS tag on her dorsal fin abruptly stopped.It was not unusual for the GPS signal to go silent, even for weeks at a time, said Green, a scientist who has been studying the world's largest fish for three decades in the unique marine ecosystem around the Galápagos Islands.But then he looked at satellite images in the area where Hope was last tracked - more than a thousand nautical miles west of the islands - and noticed the ocean was...

Tracking the life of Hurricane Isaias
Tracking the life of Hurricane Isaias

Isaias' track from the Caribbean to the United States was a bumpy one. We break down its life as a hurricane and give some interesting facts about the storm.

Ex-UAW chief says GM bribery claims are 'utterly baseless'

Former United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger is denying claims by General Motors that he took bribes paid into foreign bank accounts by Fiat Chrysler in order to stick GM with higher labor costs. Gettelfinger called the company's allegations a "malicious and utterly baseless attack" designed

Modi, Muslims to attend temple ceremony on contested India site
Modi, Muslims to attend temple ceremony on contested India site

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and two prominent Muslims who lived through deadly riots following the razing of a mosque in 1992 plan to attend the foundation-laying ceremony for a Hindu temple on Wednesday on the same site. Modi, whose Hindu nationalist party had led demands for a temple there dedicated to the god-king Ram, will unveil a plaque, his office said in a statement. Construction of the temple was made possible by a verdict last year from the Supreme Court awarding the disputed site to the Hindus.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes
Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump claimed Monday that he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, whose increasing use, he argues, could increase election fraud and uncertainty, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice. "I have the right to do it," Trump told reporters at a White House press conference. There is no precedent or apparent authority for Trump to try to curtail the use of mail-in ballots by executive order, though he could use a document to formalize his opposition to the practice.

Trump Attacks Dr. Birx In An Attempt to Keep a Loyal Soldier In Line
Trump Attacks Dr. Birx In An Attempt to Keep a Loyal Soldier In Line

President Donald Trump attacked Dr. Deborah Birx for the first time on Monday after the White House coronavirus task force coordinator said she believed the virus had entered a "new phase" and that counties with significant community spread should not reopen schools in the fall.Birx's comments came on CNN just two days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) criticized her in a meeting with administration officials, calling her "the worst." One Democratic aide said Pelosi was referencing Birx's apparent deference to the president's inaccurate statements about the virus, including that ingesting bleach should be studied as a possible cure. "She's not a straight shooter," the aide said....

Chicago traffic: Eisenhower Expressway crash closes lanes near North Avenue
Chicago traffic: Eisenhower Expressway crash closes lanes near North Avenue

A crash on the outbound Eisenhower Expressway in the western suburbs has several lanes closed Monday morning.

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Dunkin' employee in Illinois arrested after state trooper finds mucus in coffee

A Dunkin' employee was arrested and fired after a state trooper in Chicago found what police said was mucus in his coffee.

Biden VP announcement to possibly come next week
Biden VP announcement to possibly come next week

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden narrows down the running list as the Vice President decision looms; Jacqui Heinrich reports.

Iran's stock market hits record high amid battered economy

The Tehran Stock Exchange closed at a record high on Sunday, crossing 2 million points for the first time, even as U.S. sanctions, unemployment, inflation and low oil prices batter the Iranian economy. Government authorities also offered additional shares of state-owned companies onto the market Sunday

These 43-square-foot pods were originally for travelers to take a nap at the airport, but now the company is selling them for $50,000 each
These 43-square-foot pods were originally for travelers to take a nap at the airport, but now the company is selling them for $50,000 each

NapCity's pods are modular and customizable, starting at $50,000.

Insider Q&A: Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson
Insider Q&A: Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson

David Heinemeier Hansson has made a name for himself as one of the tech industry's more prominent iconoclasts and industry critics. Hansson spoke with The Associated Press to discuss remote work in the age of the pandemic and why Big Tech's power should be limited. Q: Basecamp is mostly remote.

Carolinas expected to bear the brunt of Isaias
Carolinas expected to bear the brunt of Isaias

Isaias lashed the Bahamas as a Category 1 hurricane, making landfall over Andros Island around midday Saturday before it approaches the Florida coast on Sunday and then eyes the southeastern U.S. coast early in the week.Isaias is expected to turn to the north Sunday, taking it on a path right along the Florida coast before it is predicted to turn more northeasterly and strike the Carolinas early week. Even though the Carolinas are predicted to take the brunt of Isaias, the exact impacts will depend on where the storm makes landfall and how much strength the storm is able to maintain into the beginning of the week. Isaias weakened to a tropical storm late Saturday afternoon after making...

As Trump threatens to ban TikTok, Sarah Cooper mocks him, again, on the platform
As Trump threatens to ban TikTok, Sarah Cooper mocks him, again, on the platform

After President Trump threatened to ban Chinese-owned TikTok, Sarah Cooper took to the app to impersonate him yet again and explain"how to tick tack."

India toxic alcohol: Dozens die in Punjab poisoning
India toxic alcohol: Dozens die in Punjab poisoning

Police make arrests and confiscate supplies of bootleg alcohol which killed at least 86 people.

Two astronauts are preparing to return Earth aboard SpaceX
Two astronauts are preparing to return Earth aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship. Watch their fiery homecoming live online via NASA TV.

Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley plan to undock SpaceX's Crew Dragon from the International Space Station on Saturday and splash down on Sunday.

Florida battens down for Hurricane Isaias which will move up U.S. East Coast
Florida battens down for Hurricane Isaias which will move up U.S. East Coast

The hurricane is expected to move near Florida on Saturday afternoon through Sunday before heading north along the U.S. East Coast.

Life in Lebanon under Hyperinflation
Life in Lebanon under Hyperinflation

This week, while reading a slew of WhatsApp messages from family in Lebanon, I was shocked to hear that my cousin Dalila had to pay the equivalent of USD 200 for dairy products for her family. Expensive dairy is the least of Dalila's worries, however. As a new mother, she is facing quotas when buying products for her baby boy. "Last month was hard because I was only able to buy two of each item - a maximum of two diapers!" she told me. Her biggest problem is getting formula: "All baby formula is out of stock. They are not going to bring them to Lebanon anymore."This is the new normal for Dalila and all mothers during Lebanon's second month of hyperinflation. But for me, this is a shocking...

Senate Democrats want to grill Homeland Security over Portland protest surveillance
Senate Democrats want to grill Homeland Security over Portland protest surveillance

All seven Democrats on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday wrote to the Department of Homeland Security requesting details on its agents conducting intelligence monitoring of ongoing anti-racism protests in Portland. The letter came the morning after Portland's first night in weeks without tear gas after state police took over from federal agents guarding a courthouse that has been the focal point of violence between protesters and officers. In a related move, DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf ordered the agency to stop collecting information on American journalists covering the protests, after the Washington Post reported that the department's Intelligence & Analysis unit had...

Two Oklahoma jail escapees are recaptured after fleeing jail
Two Oklahoma jail escapees are recaptured after fleeing jail

Two county jail escapees, including a murder suspect, have been arrested after breaking out of the Oklahoma County jail in Oklahoma City early Friday by using sheets tied together to climb down the outside of the building from a 12th floor cell, authorities said. Pablo Robledo, 34, who was being held on a first-degree murder charge, was found and arrested Friday afternoon in southwest Oklahoma City by city police and U.S. marshals, said jail spokesman Mac Mullings. Mullings noted that Robledo was arrested without incident shortly before 2:30 p.m. in a neighborhood where he may have family living and authorities had been lookout for him.

Florida
Florida's largest police union endorses President Trump in unanimous vote

The Florida PBA makes its first endorsement in eight years; PBA President John Kazanjian explains ahead of his meeting with the president.

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert
260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert

Some 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.

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies a month after hospitalization for coronavirus
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies a month after hospitalization for coronavirus

Herman Cain, the businessman turned Republican politician and commentator, died Thursday after contracting COVID-19. He was 74."We knew when he was first hospitalized with COVID-19 that this was going to be a rough fight," Dan Calabrese, the editor of Cain's blog HermainCain.com, wrote in a Thursday morning post. Cain tested positive for COVID-19 after attending President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was hospitalized earlier this month after having trouble breathing. He was considered especially at risk because he had survived cancer in the past.Just a few days ago, "doctors told us they thought he would eventually recover, although it wouldn't be quick,"...

Taiwan ruling party urges China to stop 'oppression' of Hong Kong

Taiwan's ruling party on Thursday urged the China and Hong governments to stop the "oppression" of people in the city following the disqualification of election candidates and arrests of activists. Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party said recent political developments in Hong

Police Find Child
Police Find Child's Toy Bucket in Secret Sealed Cellar Being Searched for Madeleine McCann

Police and cadaver-hunting dogs are on the scene in a backyard in Hanover, Germany, where a secret sealed cellar has just been unearthed in the hunt for missing Briton Madeleine McCann. The cellar was once under a garden shed on property where German pedophile Christian Brueckner, the latest suspect in the missing-child case, once lived. The shed was torn down years ago, but neighbors said Brueckner once spent hours inside. German Police Dig Up a Backyard in Search of Madeleine McCannPolice were seen Thursday carrying out a number of items from the cellar, including blue bags of forensic evidence and a child's bucket. McCann was just shy of her fourth birthday when she was snatched from...

Mexico supreme court dodges substance in abortion decision
Mexico supreme court dodges substance in abortion decision

Mexico's Supreme Court avoided taking up substantively the issue of abortion Wednesday by rejecting an injunction issued by a judge on technical grounds. Anti-abortion groups celebrated the decision and feminist organizations criticized the court for using technicalities to dodge the issue. In Mexico, abortion in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy is allowed only in Mexico City and the southern state of Oaxaca.

Execution set for sole Native American on federal death row

The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed in late August, the U.S. government announced Wednesday. Lezmond Mitchell, who is Navajo, had been among the first of a handful of inmates set to be put to death after the Trump administration restored federal executions after

Woman filmed appearing to hurl racial slur at postal worker
Woman filmed appearing to hurl racial slur at postal worker

"Whoa. That is not acceptable," one bystander said when the woman appeared to use an anti-Asian slur against a postal worker. "Totally not OK," another person said.

Biden to Announce Running Mate Next Week
Biden to Announce Running Mate Next Week

Written notes on Sen. Kamala Harris and walk with Rep. Karen Bass of California fuels speculation on Biden pick.

Chicago Deputy Police Chief Shoots Himself, Latest in Long History of Suicides at the Department
Chicago Deputy Police Chief Shoots Himself, Latest in Long History of Suicides at the Department

The Chicago Police Department's new deputy chief of criminal networks was found dead on Tuesday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the latest in a history of suicides at the department.Dion Boyd, 57, was sworn into his new post on July 15 after 30-years on the force. Superintendent David Brown urged officers to keep an eye out for colleagues who could be in distress."Let's always remember to take care of ourselves and each other," Brown said at a press conference.The national suicide rate among police officers is about 18 per 100,000 as of 2017, however the rate in Chicago is 60 percent higher."One of the shocking statistics for me was that cops kill themselves...

GM will unveil the revived, electric Hummer pickup this fall - and promises the world
GM will unveil the revived, electric Hummer pickup this fall - and promises the world's first 'super truck'

The all-electric pickup will have 1,000 horsepower and be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds. GMC also teased the Hummer SUV.

Mumbai
Mumbai's slums may be reaching herd immunity, study finds

Some of the largest slums in Mumbai, India, may be nearing herd coronavirus immunity, a new serological survey found, Bloomberg reports.The study tested 6,936 people across three suburbs in Mumbai - Dahisar, Chembur, and Matunga - and discovered that 57 percent of the subjects had coronavirus antibodies, a figure far higher than the 21 percent found in New York City in April and 14 percent in Stockholm, Sweden, in May. Per Bloomberg, epidemiologists generally believe a population must reach infection levels of 60 percent to achieve herd immunity, so the study indicates the neighborhoods are pretty much there. The survey appears to go hand-in-hand with a steep decline in cases in the slums...

The fashion influencer who fled NYC for the Hamptons while infected with COVID-19 received up to $350,000 in government PPP loans, report says
The fashion influencer who fled NYC for the Hamptons while infected with COVID-19 received up to $350,000 in government PPP loans, report says

Arielle Charnas' brand, Something Navy, secured a loan of between $150,000 and $350,000 from the government in April, Page Six reported.

Anger grows over Hong Kong university sacking of activist
Anger grows over Hong Kong university sacking of activist

A prominent Hong Kong democracy activist vowed Wednesday to appeal his sacking by a top university as city leaders and education chiefs were accused of failing to defend academic freedoms under Beijing's tightening grip. Law professor Benny Tai, 56, said he was fired on Tuesday by a disciplinary committee at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) because of being jailed last year for taking part in pro-democracy protests. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Tai said he would appeal against the university's decision and consider launching a judicial review.

Letters to the Editor: If Joe Biden picks Karen Bass as his VP, L.A.
Letters to the Editor: If Joe Biden picks Karen Bass as his VP, L.A.'s major loss would be America's gain

Karen Bass is a proactive member of Congress who serves her constituents as well. She would make an excellent vice president.

'Act now and act fast': Vietnam says every city at risk of coronavirus

Vietnam, virus-free for months, is bracing for another wave of COVID-19 infections after state media reported new cases in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Danang. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the current wave of infections was different to a second wave Vietnam fought in March, and every province and city in the country was at risk, state broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) reported.

China
China's Mars probe photographs Earth en route to Red Planet

China's first Mars probe has beamed back a photo of the Earth and the Moon as it heads toward its destination, the country's space agency said Tuesday. The image, which shows the two celestial bodies as small crescents in the empty darkness of space, was taken 1.2 million kilometres (746,000 miles) away from Earth three days after the Tianwen-1 mission was launched on Thursday, the China National Space Administration said. China joined the United States and United Arab Emirates this month in launching a mission to Mars, taking advantage of a period when Mars and Earth are favourably aligned.

US warns Venezuela vote will be worse than ever
US warns Venezuela vote will be worse than ever

The United States warned Tuesday that elections planned in Venezuela later this year would be deeply fraudulent, accusing leftist leader Nicolas Maduro of seeking to manipulate the outcome. Venezuelan authorities have called December 6 elections for the National Assembly, the only government branch led by the opposition but which has been left powerless. The regime-controlled Supreme Court had named directors of the electoral body, which expanded by two-thirds the number of seats in the legislature, citing a demographic increase in a country that has seen millions flee the crumbling economy.

McConnell draws red line on liability protection in coronavirus bill
McConnell draws red line on liability protection in coronavirus bill

McConnell also said that he would leave negotiating with Democrats to Mark Meadows and Steven Mnuchin.

Four companies will square off to win money to build Skyborg drone prototypes
Four companies will square off to win money to build Skyborg drone prototypes

Not all the companies that won Skyborg contracts are assured to score orders to build prototypes.

A Hong Kong real-estate tycoon wants to build a new city in Ireland for 50,000 emigrants fleeing China
A Hong Kong real-estate tycoon wants to build a new city in Ireland for 50,000 emigrants fleeing China's crackdown

Nextpolis would house 50,000 emigrants from Hong Kong on a 31.07 square mile site located between Dublin and Belfast.

Review: The lies and mistakes that led us into Iraq, laid out in a new book
Review: The lies and mistakes that led us into Iraq, laid out in a new book

Robert Draper has written an authoritative account of the deceit and misjudgments that the George W. Bush administration used to lead America to a ruinous war.

Postcard helps Van Gogh family reveal exact spot where artist painted hours before his death
Postcard helps Van Gogh family reveal exact spot where artist painted hours before his death

An art expert has pinpointed the exact spot where Vincent van Gogh was painting just hours before he shot himself, museum officials announced on Tuesday at a ceremony commemorating the 130th anniversary of his suicide. The picture, Tree Roots, was identified as the Dutch post-impressionist painter's last work a few years ago. Now, an early postcard has made it possible to locate the scene it depicts in Auvers-sur-Oise, a village north of Paris. Willem van Gogh, the great-grandson of the artist's brother Theo, and Emilie Gordenker, director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, unveiled a plaque at the spot, which will soon be opened to the public. It is a short walk from the Auberge...

The Lincoln Project savagely reminds America of everything it has lost due to
The Lincoln Project savagely reminds America of everything it has lost due to 'Trump's virus'

Amid all the fights over wearing masks, keeping a safe distance apart, and opening businesses and schools, Americans presumably agree on at least one thing: COVID-19 has been terrible - socially, economically, in thousands of little ways, dozens of big ones. That's the starting point for a new Lincoln Project ad released Tuesday, capitalizing on President Trump's dismal approval ratings on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and making that personal.The ad starts with some "memories COVID took from us," things like birthday parties for children, weddings, first kisses, communal prayer, high school football, being with elderly parents as they die. "COVID has robbed...

Ex-FBI agent Strzok due out with book about Trump, Russia
Ex-FBI agent Strzok due out with book about Trump, Russia

Former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who played a key role in the Russia investigation but whose pejorative text messages about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign made him a target of the president's wrath, is releasing a book on his concerns the president could be compromised. "Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump" is due out Sept. 8, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media said in a statement to The Associated Press. The book will offer an insider's view on some of the most sensational and politically freighted investigations in modern American history, including into whether the 2016 Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to...

Vietnam agrees $348 million Japan loan to build six patrol vessels: media

Vietnam on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to borrow 36.63 billion yen ($348.2 million) to build six patrol vessels, state media reported, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea. The vessels, to be delivered to the Vietnam coast guard by October

Portland protests: US attorney general to condemn attacks on buildings
Portland protests: US attorney general to condemn attacks on buildings

In congressional testimony, William Barr will defend sending federal security forces to the city.

Notre Dame withdraws from hosting first presidential debate because of COVID-19 constraints
Notre Dame withdraws from hosting first presidential debate because of COVID-19 constraints

The first debate between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will take place in Cleveland.

A former Border Patrol agent describes the special federal unit deployed in Portland as one of
A former Border Patrol agent describes the special federal unit deployed in Portland as one of 'the most violent and racist in all law enforcement'

The specially trained officers are the "biggest guys, like the jocks in a football team," former Border Patrol agent Jenn Budd told The Guardian.

What Tom Cotton
What Tom Cotton's 'necessary evil' comment says about America

Sometimes the culture wars are a distraction from the problems facing America. Sometimes they illuminate the underlying causes of those problems. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has offered an example of the latter phenomenon.Last week, Cotton introduced a bill to prohibit federal funds from being used in schools to teach "The 1619 Project," which posits that slavery was embedded in the country's very foundation. Over the weekend, the senator explained his thinking to the Arkansas Democrat, a newspaper in his home state: "We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can't understand our country," Cotton...


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