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BUSINESS  
TikTok Vows to Fight White House Ban With 'All Remedies Available'
- The company said it was "shocked" by the executive order. TikTok has issued a  statement  on the White House’s  plan  to ban its popular app, saying it was "shocked" by the executive order and that it will respond in court, if necessary. The order,  issued yesterday  by President Trump, means that TikTok could disappear in the U.S. in 45 days if nothing changes. "We are shocked by the recent Executive ...

Source: entrepreneur.com
US  
Italy prepares to return to school ... with saws
- Rome (CNN) Italy, the first Covid-19 epicenter outside of China, has used an aggressive testing regime and face coverings to beat back a second wave of the pandemic so far. But as the nation's children prepare to return to the classroom, many schools are taking matters into their own hands -- by chopping up the furniture. Social distancing is vital to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, but most Italian schools ...

Source: cnn.com
US   POLITICS  
Russia targeting Biden but China prefers Trump lose, counterintel chief says
- Friday's statement by William Evanina provides grist for both sides. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Russia is targeting former vice president Joe Biden ahead of November’s election, the country’s top counterintelligence official announced Friday. But he also suggested that China is hoping President Donald Trump will lose. “We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily ...

Source: politico.com
US   POLITICS  
Power struggles and a 'personal piggy bank': what the NRA lawsuit alleges
- The 168-page filing from New York’s attorney general alleges a spendthrift group where dissent was not tolerated The National Rifle Association has for decades been one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US, fending off attempts to rein in gun laws through the strength of its millions of members. But even as it tallied successes in recent years, cracks have emerged as members and powerful donors shared ...

Source: theguardian.com
US  
The job market recovery continued in July, but so did the pain for millions
- More people found work last month, but there are doubts about whether the growth can be sustained The US job market extended its recovery in July despite the spread of coronavirus cases around the country, but the pace of improvement slowed as millions of families faced the end of extra jobless benefits. Employers added 1.8 million jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 10.2 percent from 11.1 percent, ...

Source: bostonglobe.com
US   POLITICS  
Stimulus talks break down on Capitol Hill as negotiators walk away without a deal
- Washington (CNN) Negotiations over the next stimulus package intended to bolster the economy and help struggling Americans pay their bills have stalled on Capitol Hill with Democrats and Trump administration officials walking away after talks broke down on Friday and devolved into partisan finger-pointing. No additional discussions are planned after nearly two weeks of daily meetings, and lead White House ...

Source: cnn.com
US  
Ohio governor says he tested negative for COVID-19 hours after announcing positive result
- Ohio governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus — but on Thursday night, he said a second test came back negative. The reason for the discrepancy between the test results was not immediately clear.  DeWine's initial test results were reported ahead of a planned meeting with President Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. Instead of ...

Source: cbsnews.com
US   POLITICS  
Appeals court rules House has authority to enforce McGahn subpoena
- House Democrats can sue in order to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to comply with a congressional subpoena, according to a ruling by a federal appeals court Friday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in a 7-2 decision, ruled the House reserves the right to force White House officials to testify. The court rejected the Justice Department's separation of powers argument that the executive ...

Source: cbsnews.com
US   POLITICS  
Postal Service overhauls leadership team, loses $2.2 billion in 3 months as coronavirus woes persist
- WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years. But the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, disputed reports that his agency is slowing down election mail or any other mail and said it has “ample ...

Source: chicagotribune.com
WORLD   POLITICS  
Hong Kong: US sanctions chief executive Carrie Lam for role in draconian crackdown on political freedom The Independent
- Related video: Hong Kong – what is happening in the Asian economic hub? Hong Kong: US sanctions chief executive Carrie Lam for role in draconian crackdown on political freedom Treasury secretary Mnuchin says US stands with people of Hong Kong and will target those undermining their autonomy The US has imposed sanctions on senior Hong Kong officials, including chief executive Carrie Lam , for their part in ...

Source: independent.co.uk
US   POLITICS  
Column: President Trump hates mail-in voting, until he doesn’t
- OK, let’s try to get this straight. President Donald Trump doesn’t trust mail-in voting — until he does. For example, he denounced the very idea of voting by mail as an invitation to commit voter fraud, a bipartisan suspicion, and a problem which he tends to pin solely on Democrats. That’s politics. But the president changed that tune in the middle of this past week to suggest in a tweet that voting by mail ...

Source: chicagotribune.com
‘Extremely active’ hurricane season possible for Atlantic Basin according to NOAA and Colorado State University
- SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been off to a rapid pace with a record-setting nine named storms so far and has the potential to be one of the busiest on record. Colorado State University updated it’s hurricane outlook on Wednesday - 24 total named storms - 12 hurricanes - 5 major hurricanes (Cat. 3 or higher) * This forecast includes the 9 storms that have already formed this ...

Source: mysuncoast.com
US  
Capitol One to Pay $80 Million Fine After 2019 Data Breach
- Capital One Financial Corp has agreed to pay an $80 million penalty after the bank suffered a massive data breach that affected more than 100 million customer records in July 2019. The breach was the result of an unsecured Amazon S3 bucket that housed credit card applications with names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses and dates of birth of customers. The exposed data also included ...

Source: securityboulevard.com
US   POLITICS  
Judge nixes Trump bid to delay suit from woman alleging rape
- A New York judge has knocked down President Donald Trump’s bid to delay a lawsuit from a woman who accused him of rape NEW YORK -- A New York judge knocked down President Donald Trump 's bid to delay a lawsuit from a woman who accused him of rape, ruling in a decision released Thursday that the presidency doesn't shield him from the case. Pointing to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the president isn't ...

Source: abcnews.go.com
DIGITAL   BUSINESS   TECHNOLOGY  
Apple won’t let Stadia or xCloud into iOS, citing App Store guidelines
- Microsoft says Apple "consistently treats gaming apps differently." Cloud gaming is increasingly becoming  a thing , one that lets you play AAA games on a device regardless of the hardware specs. If your device can stream a video, it can probably play Red Dead Redemption on Google Stadia or Halo on Microsoft's xCloud (which is now technically called " Cloud gaming (Beta) with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate "). If your ...

Source: arstechnica.com
Canada Has Placed Its First Vaccine Order, but Don’t Expect a ‘Silver Bullet
- CANADA LeTTER Canada Has Placed Its First Vaccine Order, but Don’t Expect a ‘Silver Bullet’ Before the federal government announced an order for millions of doses of a still unproven vaccine, its top doctor sounded a note of caution. For Canadians anxiously craving an inoculation against the coronavirus, this week brought both optimism and words of sobering caution. The federal government on Wednesday ...

Source: nytimes.com
WORLD  
Canada vows to retaliate against Trump tariffs
- Canada vows to retaliate against Trump tariffs  Canada announced plans Friday to retaliate against the U.S. after President Trump Donald John Trump Biden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test announced Thursday that he is reimposing aluminum tariffs. Trump announced ...

Source: thehill.com
Canada last intact ice shelf, Milne, collapses into Arctic Ocean
- Canada's last intact ice shelf has collapsed, researchers announced Thursday.  A huge section of the Milne Ice Shelf, located on Ellesmere Island in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut, collapsed into the Arctic Ocean, according to the Canadian Ice Service. This created an "ice island" that's about 30 square miles in size. As a comparison, Manhattan Island is about 23 square miles.  “Entire cities are ...

Source: usatoday.com
The US lifts global health travel advisory for not to visit India, China
- The US has lifted the highest level of its global health travel advisory for Americans due to the coronavirus pandemic and restored the previous country-specific system without changing the status of over 50 countries, including that of India and China. The US state department issued the Level 4: Do Not Travel advisory — the highest level of travel advisory — on March 19, urging American citizens not to travel ...

Source: techgenyz.com
Chinese court sentences another Canadian to death for drugs
- BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court said on Friday it had sentenced a Canadian to death for transporting and manufacturing drugs, the second Canadian in two days to receive a death penalty for drugs and fourth since Canada detained a top Huawei executive in 2018. Relations between China and Canada deteriorated sharply after Canadian police detained Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] chief financial officer Meng ...

Source: reuters.com
US  
Former Angels employee charged with supplying fentanyl to Tyler Skaggs
- Former Los Angeles Angels director of communications Eric Kay was charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with the July 2019 death of 27-year-old pitcher Tyler Skaggs , the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced Friday. Kay was arrested in Fort Worth and made his first court appearance Friday morning, according to a Northern District of Texas news release . Kay faces up to ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
US   POLITICS  
Appeals court rules 10¢-a-page charge for court documents is too high
- Appeals court charts a middle course between the plaintiffs and the government. A federal appeals court has ruled that the federal judiciary has been overcharging thousands of users for access to public court records. PACER, short for Public Access to Court Electronic Records, is an online system that allows members of the public (including Ars Technica reporters) to download documents related to almost any federal ...

Source: arstechnica.com
US  
Jerry Falwell Jr. taking leave of absence from Liberty University
- RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation’s top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar even among fellow conservatives. The private university in Lynchburg, Virginia, gave no reason for Falwell’s departure in a one-sentence announcement Friday afternoon. ...

Source: pbs.org
'Trolls World Tour' Doll Pulled From Stores Due To "Inappropriate" Button
- After a barrage of complaints from parents and a petition calling for it to be removed from stores, Hasbro has pulled its Trolls World Tour Poppy doll . People shared their concerns about the placement of a button on the doll they believed could be seen as normalizing child abuse. Earlier this week, the Dreamworks Trolls World Tour "Giggle and Sing" Poppy doll went viral after footage on Twitter highlighted an ...

Source: romper.com
WORLD  
Air India plane crashes in Kerala after skidding off the runway
- (CNN) An Air India Express plane crashed in the South Indian state of Kerala after skidding off the runway and breaking into two while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport. At least 17 people died in the crash, including both pilots, and 46 people are seriously injured, according to CV Anand, Central Industrial Security Force's Inspector General. The flight, number IX-1344, overshot the runway in ...

Source: cnn.com
O Magazine's Billboards Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor
- Oprah's Historic Breonna Taylor Cover Is Now a Billboard Demanding Justice in Louisville ← Use Arrow Keys → Shortly after debuting its striking cover featuring a digital portrait of Breonna Taylor, O, The Oprah Magazine put up 26 billboards demanding justice throughout her hometown of Louisville, KY. The number of billboards represents Breonna's age when she was shot and killed in her home by police officers on ...

Source: popsugar.com
US  
US hiring slows amid signs of longer-lasting economic damage
- U.S. hiring slowed in July as the coronavirus outbreak worsened, and the government’s jobs report offered signs Friday that the economic damage from the pandemic could last far longer than many observers originally envisioned. The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the previous two months. At any other time, hiring at that level would be seen as a blowout gain. But after employers shed ...

Source: miamiherald.com
US  
Jeffrey Epstein victims win chance at justice — Alex Acosta ‘deal’ to get a second look in court: report
- According to a report from the Miami Herald, an entire appellate court agreed Friday to rehear claims that federal prosecutors in South Florida violated the rights of victims of Jeffrey Epstein when they kept them in the dark about a secret plea deal with the now-deceased billionaire financier. "The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a previous panel’s 2-1 decision that rejected a petition by one of ...

Source: rawstory.com
US  
Judge orders COVID-19 tests at California detention center
- A federal judge has ordered immigration officials to conduct weekly coronavirus testing for more than 100 men held at a California detention center SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge Thursday ordered coronavirus testing of everyone held at a California immigration detention center, saying authorities had shown “deliberate indifference to the risk of an outbreak." U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has “lost ...

Source: abcnews.go.com
US   POLITICS  
Biden Backtracks Comments Contrasting Diversity In Black And Latino Communities
- Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sought to clear up comments he made earlier this week that suggested the African American community is mostly not diverse. His comments came during a virtual interview published Thursday morning with journalists from the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In response to a question from NPR's Lulu ...

Source: npr.org
US   POLITICS  
Trump presses debate commission and Biden for debate advantages.
- Trump tries to muscle through changes in presidential debates to gain advantage President Trump’s efforts to influence the timing and makeup of this fall’s presidential debates, some of the last planned events with the power to shift the trajectory of the campaign, have been rejected, with both the independent debate commission and the Biden campaign showing no interest in altering course. But that has not ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
Feeling lax about masks? Think again. Here’s how many lives could be saved if every American wore a mask
- America’s COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. could reach nearly 300,000 by Dec. 1, according to a new projection As people get used to living with coronavirus, social distancing and mask protocols are also easing. America’s COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. could reach nearly 300,000 by Dec. 1, but consistent mask-wearing beginning today could save approximately 70,000 lives, according to new projections based on ...

Source: marketwatch.com
Facebook Tells Employees To Work From Home Up Until Summer 2021
- Facebook has a reputation of either acquiring or cloning its competitors. It's not surprising that a week after Google’s announcement offering employees the option to work remotely up until next June 2021 , Facebook copied its policy. The social media giant said that the company’s employees could work from home—with a slight modification from Google—up until July 2021 . “Based on guidance from health and ...

Source: forbes.com
US   POLITICS  
Biden fires back at ‘insecure bully’ Trump after president says he ‘hurt God
- Joe Biden is hitting back – epically and eloquently – after President Donald Trump attacked the former vice president Thursday. In what some mocked as a "deranged" rant from an Ohio tarmac Trump told supporters Biden has "No religion. No anything. Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He’s against God." Thursday night the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee responded, with 301 words focused on his faith . Biden ...

Source: rawstory.com
US  
NEW YORK CITY – A power outage cast darkness across dozens of blocks in New York City early Friday, as many people in the city were still without electricity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias.
- Con Edison said in a tweet that it was aware of a “brief service interruption," and later stated that a problem with its transmission system “caused three networks in Manhattan to lose their electric supply,” just after 5 a.m. The supply had been restored, according to the statement posted just after 6:30 a.m. Crews have been working around the clock to restore power across the city due to the tropical storm ...

Source: usatoday.com
US   MEDICINE  
Coronavirus: Asymptomatic cases 'carry same amount of virus'
- People with symptomless Covid-19 can carry as much of the virus as those with symptoms, a South Korean study has suggested. South Korea was able to identify and isolate asymptomatic cases through mass testing as early as the start of March. There is mounting evidence these cases represent a considerable proportion of coronavirus infections. But the researchers weren't able to say how much these people actually ...

Source: bbc.com
Lockdown Emissions Drop Will Have No Effect on Climate. But the Right Recovery Could
- A green recovery that invests in low carbon technologies, avoids fossil fuel lock-in, and cuts global emissions to net-zero by 2050 could put the planet on track to meeting the Paris Agreement goals and curbing climate change. Figure a (left) is annual mean daily emissions from 1970–2019 (black line). The red line shows the daily emissions up to end of April 2020 estimated here. Figure b, is daily CO2 emissions ...

Source: courthousenews.com
US   POLITICS  
Biden hits Trump for shortchanging states on National Guard costs
- Following new directives on Friday, only five states will continue to get full federal funding, while others have to kick in 25 percent. FEMA will now cover the full National Guard costs, which the states were previously ordered to fund themselves. Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo Joe Biden took President Donald Trump to task on Friday for cutting back federal funding for National Guard coronavirus relief efforts in most ...

Source: politico.com
Cardinals report additional positive tests for coronavirus; series vs. Cubs postponed
- Just when it appeared MLB would stage its first full slate of games without a single coronavirus-related postponement in nearly two weeks, the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday reported additional positive tests, MLB announced, resulting in their scheduled game against the Chicago Cubs being called off. The latest positive was probably related to last week’s outbreak that ultimately saw seven Cardinals players and ...

Source: washingtonpost.com
How I Learned to Style My Frizzy Asian Hair
- Growing up, I hated my hair. I came of age in the early 2000’s, which was when stick straight strands were in, and I had a head full of coarse, uneven waves that were prone to puffing up no matter how much Frizz Ease I drenched them in. (Living in New Orleans, which, among other things is known for its high heat and year-round humidity, did not help.) I found it especially frustrating that all of the Asian women ...

Source: purewow.com
US   POLITICS  
Utah BLM protesters could get life in prison for splashing paint
- Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they are convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest. The potential punishment stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and critics say it does not fit the alleged crime. The felony criminal mischief charges are more serious because they carry a gang enhancement. Prosecutors said on ...

Source: theguardian.com
Beirut explosion: Rescuers recover more bodies
- BEIRUT – Rescue teams were still searching the rubble of Beirut’s port for bodies on Friday, nearly three days after a massive explosion sent a wave of destruction through Lebanon’s capital, killing nearly 150 people and wounding thousands. At least four more bodies have been recovered in the last 24 hours, and authorities say the death toll has risen to 149. The blast shredded a large grain silo, devastated ...

Source: usatoday.com
US   MARKETS  
Mortgage rates hit another all-time low
- If it seems like you keep hearing about mortgage rates hitting yet another record low , that's because you are. The 30-year mortgage rate just hit its eighth record low so far this year. The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to a record low of 2.88% this past week, according to Freddie Mac. That's the lowest level in the nearly 50 years of the mortgage giant's survey. The 15-year ...

Source: cnn.com
Trump to sign order seeking to boost domestic drug manufacturing
- President Trump Donald John Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday to require government agencies to "Buy American" for certain essential medicines, and encourage U.S. manufacturing of drugs. The White House billed the order — which Trump will sign during a trip to Ohio, a swing state in the coming election — as part of the president's efforts to boost U.S. manufacturing. White House adviser Peter ...

Source: thehill.com
SCIENCE  
Amber fossil reveals hunting prowess of ancient 'hell ant'
- Aug. 6 (UPI) -- An ancient amber fossil has offered scientists new insights into the deadly hunting prowess of the "hell ant" species Ceratomyrmex ellenbergeri . The 99-million-year-old amber, unearthed in Myanmar, trapped a member of the Haidomyrmecine subfamily -- the group known as hell ants -- just as the predator snatched a cockroach relative with its scythe-like mandibles. Animal behavior rarely becomes ...

Source: upi.com
US   MARKETS  
Housing Affordability Hits 18-Month Low on Lack of Supply, Higher Prices
- Despite low interest rates, a supply shortage coupled with rising home prices contributed to a decline in housing affordability in the second quarter of 2020, according to the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released today. In all, 59.6% of new and existing homes sold between the beginning of April and end of June were affordable to families earning an adjusted U.S. median income of $72,900. This ...

Source: nahbnow.com