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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia police officers indicted on misdemeanor charges stemming from actions during May protests against police brutality and racial injustice have been released on their own recognizance after making their first appearance in court. Richmond Police Officers Mark Janowski and Christopher Brown have been charged with assault and battery in connection with a single incident that happened about 5:30 a.m. on May 31, the Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin as saying. McEachin declined to discuss the specific allegations against the officers, and would not identify the detectives’ accuser or accusers. Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith also declined to comment while the case is pending. Janowski, 34, and Brown, 28, were indicted on the charges Monday by a grand jury that initially deliberated 18 indictments for actions involving eight officers, Smith said. The jury only moved forward on the charges against Janowski...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia police officers indicted on misdemeanor charges stemming from actions during May protests against police brutality and racial injustice have been released on their own recognizance after making their first appearance in court. Richmond Police Officers Mark Janowski and Christopher Brown have been charged with assault and battery in connection with a single incident that happened about 5:30 a.m. on May 31, the Richmond Times-Dispatch quoted Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin as saying. McEachin declined to discuss the specific allegations against the officers, and would not identify the detectives’ accuser or accusers. Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith also declined to comment while the case is pending. Janowski, 34, and Brown, 28, were indicted on the charges Monday by a grand jury that initially deliberated 18 indictments for actions involving eight officers, Smith said. The jury only moved forward on the charges against Janowski and Brown,...
    Louise Glück, American poet, wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 McDonalds U.S. quarterly same-store sales rise 4.6%, fueled by Travis Scott promotion U.S. Jobless Claims Declined Last Week While Remaining Elevated (Bloomberg) -- The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell for a second week while remaining elevated, as the labor market makes scant progress amid risks of further weakness without additional federal stimulus. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs decreased by 9,000 to 840,000 in the week ended Oct. 3, with the prior week’s figure revised higher by 12,000, Labor Department figures showed Thursday. Continuing claims, the total number of Americans on state benefit rolls, fell to 11 million in the week ended Sept. 26, a bigger-than-expected drop. Follow Bloomberg’s TOPLive blog for real-time reaction to jobless claims. Economists expected initial claims of 820,000 and for continuing claims of 11.4 million, according to median estimates in a...
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high school principal who was fired last year after telling a student’s mother “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened” was rehired after a recommendation by an administrative law judge. The Palm Beach County school board voted 4-3 on Wednesday to reinstate former Spanish River High School principal William Latson and give him $152,000 in back pay, the Palm Beach Post reported. “If we rehire Dr. Latson, it is going be a stain on this school district that will never go away,” said Karen Brill, the board’s only Jewish member. Board member Chuck Shaw, who voted to fire Latson last year, said he was voting to rehire him to avoid a costly court battle, the Post reported. He said it was unfortunate Latson’s comments had damaged the public schools’ image, but he blamed the situation primarily on the news media, which he said...
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high school principal who was fired last year after telling a student’s mother “not everyone believes the Holocaust happened” was rehired after a recommendation by an administrative law judge. The Palm Beach County school board voted 4-3 on Wednesday to reinstate former Spanish River High School principal William Latson and give him $152,000 in back pay, the Palm Beach Post reported. “If we rehire Dr. Latson, it is going be a stain on this school district that will never go away,” said Karen Brill, the board’s only Jewish member. Board member Chuck Shaw, who voted to fire Latson last year, said he was voting to rehire him to avoid a costly court battle, the Post reported. He said it was unfortunate Latson’s comments had damaged the public schools’ image, but he blamed the situation primarily on the news media, which he said...
    Planning to vote in person this year? What Illinois voters should know before heading to the polls. Chain restaurants closing locations this year Goldman Offers Less-Dire View of Pandemic’s U.S. Economic Damage (Bloomberg) -- The U.S.’s economic scarring from the pandemic is much less severe than initially feared, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s economics team said in a note that offered an upbeat take on America’s situation. © Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg People sit in a seating area in Times Square in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Commercial bankruptcy filings are below the pre-pandemic level, business closures have proved temporary and unemployment has fallen sharply, which bode well for medium-term recovery prospects, economists said in the note. A vaccine, combined with further fiscal support next year, is expected to limit long-term damage and keep the economy on track for a recovery that could “much more rapid than usual,”...
    Coronavirus cases in Arizona declined by as much as 75 percent during the later summer months after a mask mandate was implemented, a new report finds. From late June to early July state health officials were reporting more than 3,500 daily cases of COVID-19. However, after Gov Doug Ducey (R) ordered that all residents needed to wear face coverings, the seven-day average of infections fell to less than 900 daily by early August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Tuesday.  Additional measures that officials say helped curb the spread include limiting large gatherings and closing businesses in which social distancing is difficult to maintain.  In Arizona, coronavirus cases remained stable from early March to mid-May while stay-at-home orders were in effect and businesses were closed. Pictured: Two students wearing protective face coverings at Gila Ridge High School in Yuma, Arizona, September 17 After the stay-at-home...
    Several top deputies of Texas' attorney general have reported to law enforcement that their boss engaged in crimes including bribery and abuse of office, according to an internal letter. In a single-page letter to the director of human resources in the attorney general's office, the seven senior lawyers wrote that they reported Republican Ken Paxton to "the appropriate law enforcement authority" for potentially breaking the law "in his official capacity as the current Attorney General of Texas." "We have a good faith belief that the attorney general is violating federal and/or state law including prohibitions related to improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential criminal offenses," the Thursday letter states. It was first reported jointly by the Austin American-Statesman and  KVUE-TV  and subsequently obtained by The Associated Press. The letter does not offer specifics but nonetheless stands as a remarkable accusation of criminal wrongdoing against the state's top...
    President Donald Trump’s medical team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center appeared in front of cameras to update the public on his condition as he continues to battle the novel coronavirus. As a live stream of the event posted to YouTube by The Hill, which can be viewed here showed, Dr. Conley confirmed that while Trump continued to improve, he was still facing “frequent ups and downs.” Trump’s medical team had previously stated that Trump had no fever and was not on supplemental oxygen. But Chief of Staff Mark Meadows contradicted the statement yesterday, saying that Trump had a concerning drop in his blood oxygen level, as The Daily Beast reported. “The biggest thing that we see is that with no fever now, and with him doing really well with his oxygen saturation levels … yesterday morning we were real concerned by that. He had a fever and his...
    Statistics released by the Greek government show that the country’s birthrate declined by 3.1 per cent in 2019 as deaths increased by 3.9 per cent. According to statistics released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), the country saw a total of 83,763 births in 2019, down from 86,440 the year before. The statistics also do not take into account cases of stillbirths, which increased by a substantial 35.5 per cent in 2019. Deaths of children under the age of one also increased in 2019, raising the overall infant mortality rate from 3.47 per 1,000 live births, to 3.75, newspaper Proto Thema reports. Marriages saw a slight decline last year as well, going from 47,428 in 2018 to 47,137 in 2019, with most unions being state marriages rather than religious ones. European Population Growth Continues to Be Driven by Mass Migration https://t.co/cpW8NMvh9y — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 11, 2019 Greece is just one...
    Group has trouble getting incumbents to agree The League of Women Voters of Putnam County will hold a virtual forum on Oct. 12 with the two candidates seeking to represent the 95th district in the state Assembly, which includes Philipstown. But it hasn’t had any success with other races in the Highlands. Sandy Galef, a Democrat who has served 13 terms in the Assembly, is being challenged by Republican Lawrence Chiulli. He was also her opponent in the 2018 election, which she won with 65 percent of the vote. The forum is being presented in partnership with two League chapters from Westchester County.  The three chapters this week canceled a forum for candidates for the U.S. House seat representing District 18, which includes the Highlands. Scheduled for Oct. 14, it would have included incumbent Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat, and his two challengers: Chele Farley, a Republican, and Scott Smith,...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is being urged by Democrats and a Latino civil rights group to block a new Republican-backed law that could leave thousands of requesters without absentee ballots. Majority Forward, a group aligned with Senate Democrats, and the League of Latino United Citizens have asked the high court to put the new law on hold immediately. They're appealing a ruling released Monday in Johnson County, where Judge Lars Anderson declined to block the new law. Anderson found the law would likely survive judicial review, claiming that requests for absentee ballots do not implicate the fundamental right to vote. At issue is a law passed by the Iowa Legislature in June that prohibits county elections commissioners from filling in missing information on absentee ballot requests like they have in prior elections. Instead, they have to contact voters by phone, email and then mail to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Republican candidate for Cook County State's Attorney is criticizing incumbent Kim Foxx for declining an invitation to debate on ABC 7.Wednesday night, Pat O'Brien expressed disappointment that Foxx has declined the invite saying Cook County voters quote "deserve a real debate on the issues."ABC 7, Univision Chicago and the League of Women Voters of Cook County invited all three candidates to take part in the debate.O'Brien and Libertarian candidate Brian Dennehy had committed.Foxx declined the invitation on Monday.
    (CNN)Women receive less extensive care than men and are more likely to die in the hospital after experiencing a complication of severe heart attacks, researchers reported Tuesday. Heart attack victims may be dying because of coronavirus fears, study findsWomen received important medical procedures less often or later than men, the team reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure. Women were also more likely to die in the hospital than men were: 23% of women died compared to 21.7% of men, the researchers found. In fact, the team noted, gender was a predictor of higher in-hospital death rates, even when adjusting for outside factors."It is very concerning that the young, productive women of our society face these health care disparities," said Dr. Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, a clinical fellow in interventional cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine, in a statement, adding that unconscious bias could be at play. "Our...
    Both President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made special requests before their first debate. Trump's campaign requested that both the president and Biden undergo ear inspections by a third party for electronic devices or other transmitters that may allow for communication, according to Fox News. Following that report on Tuesday, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh released a statement that said, “Joe Biden’s handlers several days ago agreed to a pre-debate inspection for electronic earpieces but today abruptly reversed themselves and declined." The Washington Examiner reached out to the Biden campaign and the Commission on Presidential Debates for comment. The Biden campaign also made a request for two breaks every 30 minutes during the debate, which lasts 90 minutes and is commercial-free. The Trump campaign reportedly denied that request. "Biden’s handlers have asked for multiple breaks during the debate, which President Trump doesn’t need,...
    By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street recovered some of this month's losses as investors looked ahead to a debate between President Donald Trump and his challenger in the November election, Joe Biden. Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo advanced Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index gained 1.6%, led by big tech stocks. “This is welcome cheer, but does not redeem equities from a negative September,” said Mizuho Bank in a report. With no obvious catalyst, its analysts questioned whether the rise was driven by little more than “month-end short-covering,” or traders buying stocks to fulfill commitments to re-sell them. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3% to 3,231.89 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong retreated 0.5% to 23,348.01. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo edged 0.1% higher to 23,539.10. The Kospi in Seoul advanced 0.8% to 2,326.41 and Sydney's...
    Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street recovered some of this month's losses as investors looked ahead to a debate between President Donald Trump and his challenger in the November election, Joe Biden. Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo advanced Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Overnight, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index gained 1.6%, led by big tech stocks. “This is welcome cheer, but does not redeem equities from a negative September,” said Mizuho Bank in a report. With no obvious catalyst, its analysts questioned whether the rise was driven by little more than “month-end short-covering,” or traders buying stocks to fulfill commitments to re-sell them. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.3% to 3,231.89 while the Hang Seng in Hong Kong retreated 0.5% to 23,348.01. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo edged 0.1% higher to 23,539.10. The Kospi in Seoul advanced 0.8% to 2,326.41 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 was off 0.2%...
    SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a lawsuit Monday against an Amazon finance manager accused of leaking confidential company information to family members, allowing them to make nearly $1.4 million by trading based on insider tips. Laksha Bohra, a former manager in Amazon’s tax division who lives in Bothell, Washington; her husband, Viky Bohra; and father-in-law Gotham Bohra have agreed to pay back the stock gains, as well as another $1.2 million in penalties and interest, The Seattle Times reported. The U.S. attorney also filed criminal charges against Viky Bohra. A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment to the newspaper about the fact that no other family members were criminally charged. “Vik Bohra deeply regrets this conduct, accepts full responsibility, and intends to promptly repay the funds,” lawyer Peter Offenbecher said in a statement. An attorney for Laksha Bohra declined to comment. Gotham...
    Image copyright Getty Images Asta UK could return to ownership for the first time in 20 years after a group comprising billionaire Isa Brothers and DTR Capital took the lead in buying the supermarket. It is understood that the Blackburn-based brothers and the private equity firm have been named as preferred bidders. Asta has been owned by Walmart since 1999. Walmart sells majority stake in Asta after merging with Sainsbury’s A deal with the federation could cost Asta $ 5.5.5 billion According to Sky News, it first announced the story, Although this has not been finalized. Apollo Global Management, an American private equity firm, is also in the race.Petrol millionairesAsta already has a relationship with Mohsin and Juber Isa through their petrol forecasting business through the EG Group. The supermarket recently announced its expansion into convenience stores, initially testing “Asta on the Move” in Easy Group’s three...
    SEATTLE (AP) — A supervisor for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle says in a lawsuit she was the target of a smear campaign after she sued over racial harassment by a co-worker with a Nazi tattoo. Cheryl Bishop, a senior supervisory special agent who is Black, said court papers that after her discrimination lawsuit settled for $450,000, the accused supervisor sent an email to 150 people defending himself and reiterating many of the same racist tropes and allegations against Bishop, the Seattle Times reported. The agency repeatedly failed to discipline Bradley Devlin or rein in his racist behavior, allowing him to feel he could lash out again, the lawsuit claims. Devlin has a “German Eagle SS Lightning bolt” tattoo he says he got infiltrating a white supremacist biker gang in Ohio. He has said in court documents he is not racist and described their conflict...
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software vendor Tyler Technologies said Saturday that some of its customers have reported suspicious logins in the days since Tyler warned that it had been hacked with ransomware. In a post on its website and an email to customers, which include many U.S. counties and cities, Tyler said it had "received reports of several suspicious logins to client systems." The company, which had said Wednesday that the hack appeared confined to its internal network, on Saturday urged clients to reset passwords that Tyler staff would use to access customer versions of its software. Tyler provides a wide range of software to local governments, including programs to dispatch police in emergencies and to display local information, including election results. Those programs do not tabulate the votes themselves. Tyler said it is cooperating with the FBI, which has declined to comment. It declined to...
    A couple were arrested after they were caught on camera assaulting two employees at a putting golf venue in Ohio on Wednesday night.  A man and woman, Shaquan Foreman Antoin, 25,  and Dekotha Arnold, 20, have been charged with assault and resisting arrest after the punchup at the location in Independence .  The incident happened just before 11pm after Antoin's card declined.  Shaquan Foreman Antoin, 25, and Dekotha Arnold, 20, were charged with assault and resisting arrest After settling his bill in cash, he then called a worker at the venue an obscenity. The employee subsequently told the pair that the manager would be brought and they would have to leave the venue as a result of their behavior, while another employee asked the pair to calm down. Arnold suddenly flipped and allegedly hit the woman several times in the face while Antoin set about punching both of...
    SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Federal authorities arrested two men on terror charges for allegedly plotting to bomb or shoot up sites including the White House and Trump Tower in New York City in attacks inspired by ISIS. Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Gonzales County, Texas and Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina are both charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. They were arrested in different states last week. The pair had discussed traveling to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group or carrying out attacks at Trump Tower, the White House, the New York Stock Exchange or the headquarters of federal law enforcement agencies, according to court records unsealed this week. They were allegedly studying how to build car bombs, suicide belts and other explosives and discussed plans for attacks with other people over an encrypted messaging application. On Saturday, FBI agents arrested...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The family of a Buckeye man who died in a shooting six months ago has filed a nearly $1 million notice of claim against the Buckeye Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The claim alleges that police officers and sheriff’s deputies were slow to respond to the shooting of 44-year-old Isidro Meza. It also accuses the agencies of gross negligence, wrongful death and negligent supervision, training and hiring of its personnel, according to the Arizona Republic. Meza died March 10 following a dispute with another man, who was arrested. But the county Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in July, stating Meza was shot in self-defense. The notice of claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, alleges that several 911 calls were made in the hours prior to the shooting and law enforcement officers didn’t arrive on the scene until Meza was already dead. The...
    Trump, others to pay respects to Ginsburg at court Olive Garden parents quarterly revenue falls by 28% as pandemic weighs on sales Kanye Threatens to Withhold Gap Line Without a Board Seat (Bloomberg) -- Kanye West upped the pressure on his retail collaborators, threatening on Twitter to withhold any product releases with Gap Inc. until he secures a seat on the company’s board of directors. © Photographer: Brad Barket/Getty Images North America NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 07: Kanye West attends the Fast Company Innovation Festival - Day 3 Arrivals on November 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company) West was set to release a new line of apparel for men, women and kids called Yeezy Gap by next year. It’s not clear if he has the power to delay the line that already began the design phase. A spokesperson for...
    MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a former Florida Congresswoman accused of spending at least $50,000 of campaign money on vacations and restaurant and luxury hotel bills. The federal department’s Public Integrity Section is looking into the expenditures by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a U.S. Rep. from Miami, including a 2017 trip to Walt Disney World with her children and grandchildren, rooms at a Ritz-Carlton resort and a New Year’s Eve meal at a high-end seafood restaurant. Jeffrey Weiner, an attorney for Ros-Lehtinen, said in a statement to WFOR-TV, which first reported the investigation Wednesday, that Ros-Lehtinen was aware of the investigation and she and former staff members and volunteers were cooperating with the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department. In a statement to the Miami Herald, the attorney added that they are turning over campaign finance and other records subpoenaed by the Justice Department. “We ... are...
    LeBron James. Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, and more stars from around the sports world expressed their disappointment with the lack of charges brought against the cops that killed Breonna Taylor. "I've been lost for words today! I'm devastated, hurt, sad, mad!" LeBron James wrote on Twitter. "We want Justice for Breonna yet justice was met for her neighbors' apartment walls and not her beautiful life." "The white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor's life from us must be abolished for the safety and well being of our people," Colin Kaepernick wrote. More athletes joined their calls for action with posts of their own. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, and many more prominent athletes and activists expressed their frustration with the lack of charges brought against the police officers that killed Breonna Taylor. Taylor was shot and...
    Breonna Taylor case: These are the key players at the center of her death investigation McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Might Not Ever Come Back To Menus Dow Falls 500 Points as Fed Warns More Stimulus Needed Stocks ended sharply lower Wednesday as central bank officials warned more fiscal stimulus was needed to rescue a struggling U.S. economy. © TheStreet Dow Falls 500 Points as Fed Warns More Stimulus Needed The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 525 points, or 1.92%, to 26,763, the S&P 500 was off 2.37% and the Nasdaq fell 3.02%. Load Error Amazon.com finished down 4.1%, and Alphabet declined 3.5%. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, like Fed Chairman Jerome Powell before him, said the central bank believed "additional fiscal support will likely be needed" to lift the U.S. economy out of its coronavirus-related downturn. Powell warned Tuesday in congressional testimony that a...
    Stars vs. Lightning: Three keys to Game 3 of 2020 Stanley Cup Final Career changes that dont require more school Dow Drops 400 Points as Fed Warns More Stimulus Is Needed, Tech Tumbles © TheStreet Dow Drops 400 Points as Fed Warns More Stimulus Is Needed, Tech Tumbles Stocks declined Wednesday as central bank officials warned more fiscal stimulus is needed to rescue a struggling U.S. economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 428 points, or 1.57%, to 26,859, the S&P 500 was down 1.9% and the Nasdaq was off 2.57%. Amazon.com and Alphabet declined about between 2% and 3%. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, like Fed Chairman Jerome Powell before him, reiterated the central bank believes "additional fiscal support will likely be needed" to lift the U.S. economy out of its coronavirus-related downturn. Load Error Powell warned Tuesday in congressional testimony that a U.S....
    This undated photo provided by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar shows Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. Courtesy of Taylor Family attorney Sam Aguiar via AP, File A grand jury has charged just one of the three officers involved in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, Brett Hankison, with first-degree wanton endangerment. It declined to charge the other two, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and detective Myles Cosgrov. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is scheduled to discuss the grand jury verdict later this afternoon. Taylor's case has been a focal point for Black Lives Matter protesters since the shooting in March. After George Floyd's death in May, renewed attention pushed Kentucky prosecutors to take the case and the state's attorney general to empanel a grand jury.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A grand jury has charged Brett Hankison, one of the three police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's killing...
    Breonna Taylor case annoucement to be made by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron 5 Major Changes Youll See At Dunkin Stocks Tumble as Recovery Worries Add to Volatility, Tesla Slides © TheStreet Stocks Tumble as Recovery Worries Add to Volatility, Tesla Slides Stocks declined Wednesday as central bank officials warned more fiscal stimulus is needed to rescue a struggling U.S. economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 87 points, or 0.32%, to 27,200, the S&P 500 was down 0.7% and the Nasdaq was off 1.12%. Amazon.com and Alphabet declined more than 2%. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, like Fed Chairman Jerome Powell before him, reiterated the central bank believes "additional fiscal support will likely be needed" to lift the U.S. economy out of its coronavirus-related downturn. Load Error Powell warned Tuesday in congressional testimony that a U.S. recovery from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed...
    Massachusetts elementary school student reportedly sent home after sneezing McDonalds All Day Breakfast might have disappeared forever, as workers and franchisees rally against the beloved menu Stocks Waver as Recovery Worries Add to Volatility Stocks declined Wednesday as central bank officials warned more fiscal stimulus is needed to rescue a struggling U.S. economy. © TheStreet Stocks Waver as Recovery Worries Add to Volatility The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1 point, or 0.01%, to 27,286, the S&P 500 was down 0.26% and the Nasdaq was off 0.47%. Amazon.com AMZN and Alphabet GOOGL declined more than 1%. Load Error Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, like Fed Chairman Jerome Powell before him, reiterated the central bank believes "additional fiscal support will likely be needed" to lift the U.S. economy out of its coronavirus-related downturn. Powell warned Tuesday in congressional testimony that a U.S. recovery from the coronavirus...
    COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Russian navy vessel collided with a Swiss-owned container ship in Danish waters on Wednesday near the Oresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden, Danish defence authorities told Reuters. The Ice Rose, which was sailing from St. Petersburg in Russia to Gothenburg in Sweden, collided with a Russian frigate early on Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the Joint Operation Centre said. He declined to give the identity of the Russian vessel, which had permission to be in Danish waters and had notified Danish authorities of its presence, and said the reason for the collision was not clear. Most of Denmark was covered in fog on Wednesday morning. No one aboard the Ice Rose was injured and there were no signs of oil leaks or ingress of water, the spokesman said. Cyprus-based Maestro Shipmanagement, which manages the Ice Rose, confirmed to Reuters that an incident had occurred, but could...
    By Emilio Parodi and Caroline Copley MILAN/BERLIN (Reuters) - Italian biotech ReiThera is in early talks with the European Union about supplying the bloc with its potential COVID-19 vaccine, a source close to the company said, the latest attempt by Brussels to secure shots as the fight against the pandemic intensifies. The discussions come as Brussels seeks to raise more money to shore up supplies of potential inoculations amid concerns demand next year might exceed supply. The talks with ReiThera, which is developing a vaccine together with Germany's Leukocare and Belgium's Univercells, means the European Commission is now speaking with seven vaccine makers including Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer and CureVac about possible supply deals. On Friday, the European Commission reached an agreement with Sanofi and GSK to buy up to 300 million doses following one with AstraZeneca for up to 400 million doses. The source said ReiThera was in...
    By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets and U.S. futures tumbled Monday after Wall Street fell for a third straight week and investors were rattled by U.S.-Chinese tension over technology and security and a rise in British coronavirus infections. London and Frankfurt opened lower and Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul retreated. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. On Friday, Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 lost 1.1%, led by a sell-off of tech companies that led this year’s rebound. Investors worry they might have become to expensive. Market momentum shifted after the Federal Reserve said last week the U.S. economic outlook is uncertain. Growth in some industries has slowed after additional unemployment benefits that supported consumer spending expired. Lawmakers have yet to agree on a new support package ahead of elections for president, Congress and some Senate seats. “With 43 days to the U.S. election,...
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were lower Monday after Wall Street declined for a third straight week and Britain reported a rise in coronavirus infections. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney retreated. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost 1.1%, led by a sell-off of tech companies that led this year’s rebound. Investors worry they might have become to expensive. Market momentum shifted after the Federal Reserve said last week the U.S. economic outlook is uncertain. Growth in some industries has slowed after additional unemployment benefits that supported consumer spending expired. Congress has yet to agree on a new support package. “With 43 days to the U.S. election, fingers crossed may be what little one can do when it comes to the fiscal stimulus hopes,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. Investors also were rattled...
    By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street declined for a third week and Britain reported a rise in coronavirus infections. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost 1.1%, led by a sell-off of tech companies that led this year's rebound. Investors worry they might have become to expensive. Market momentum shifted after the Federal Reserve said last week the U.S. economic outlook is uncertain. Growth in some industries has slowed after additional unemployment benefits that supported consumer spending slowed. Congress has yet to agree on a new support package. “With 43 days to the U.S. election, fingers crossed may be what little one can do when it comes to the fiscal stimulus hopes,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report....
    Flawless Azarenka hands rare double bagel to Kenin in Rome A State-by-State Guide to the Best Diners In America Stocks Stumble as Federal Reserve Points to U.S. Recovery Risks Stocks declined Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it would keep interest rates low through at least 2023 and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. economy would continue struggling without help from Congress. © TheStreet Stocks Stumble as Federal Reserve Points to U.S. Recovery Risks Economic data that pointed to a U.S. economy that continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic also were pressuring equities. Load Error The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 168 points, or 0.6%, to 27,683, the S&P 500 declined 1.03% and the Nasdaq fell 1.43%. "The Fed is out of tools and stock investors are finally realizing this," said Greg Swenson, founding partner of Brigg Macadam, a London-based investment bank. "With rates...
    (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 30, according to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham.Graham told Fox News' Sean Hannity that Comey had agreed to appear before the panel at the end of the month voluntarily as part of his committee's probe of the FBI's 2016 Russia investigation."He will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions," the South Carolina Republican said of Comey. But another witness Graham had previously eyed to testify will not be appearing: former special counsel Robert Mueller. Graham said Mueller declined an invitation to appear because he doesn't have enough time.Barr says calls for coronavirus lockdown are the greatest intrusion on civil liberties other than slavery in US historyComey declined a request to comment from CNN.Read MoreGraham's committee has held public hearings this year with former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates....
    Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Michael Cohen book debuts at top of bestseller list Trump offered Kelly FBI director's job, demanded loyalty: report MORE will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 30 about the bureau's investigation into Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign, according to Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden Loeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Quinnipiac poll shows Graham, Harrison tied in South Carolina Senate race MORE (R-S.C.). “The day of reckoning is upon us. ...James Comey has agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Graham told Fox News. “He will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions.” Graham said that the committee staff is still negotiating with former FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeBarr criticizes DOJ in...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify on his own volition before the panel in regard to "Crossfire Hurricane" -- the counterintelligence investigation into whether President Trump's campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election. Graham told "Hannity" that Comey will appear September 30th without necessitating a subpoena: "The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane," he said. "I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee and he will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions. We are negotiating with [former Deputy FBI Director Andrew] McCabe; we are hoping to get him without a subpoena -- time will tell." VideoGraham however expressed dismay that the former special counsel behind the Russia investigation's published report, ex-FBI chief, Robert Mueller, refused to appear on his own accord. "Mueller has declined the invitation to the committee to appear to explain his report," Graham...
    Former special counsel Robert Mueller has declined an invitation to testify about the Russia investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Chairman Lindsey Graham. "He says he doesn't have enough time," the South Carolina Republican said Wednesday evening on Fox News host Sean Hannity's show. Graham is leading a congressional investigation into Crossfire Hurricane, the code name for the FBI's counterintelligence inquiry into ties between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, which was wrapped into Mueller's special counsel investigation in May 2017. Democrats had pushed the chairman to invite Mueller to testify about his report as Graham set his sights on dozens of other officials from the Obama and Trump administration who were involved in the Russia investigation. Graham said he would invite Mueller to testify in July after the former FBI director wrote an opinion article in the Washington Post arguing that Roger Stone, a longtime friend...
    LONDON — The international reputation of the United States has declined further in the wake of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research Tuesday from the Pew Research Center. In some of the 13 countries surveyed, favorable views of the US have fallen to record lows. Pew started polling on the topic nearly two decades ago. Although the international image of the US has been in decline since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, Pew found it has been dented further by what is perceived to be a badly handled response to the pandemic. Pew found that a median of just 15 percent of respondents say the US has done a good job during the crisis, in contrast to perceptions around the World Health Organization or the European Union, both of which enjoy majority approval. Though new infections in the US appear to have moderated over...
    In a recent interview with BT Sport Boxing, the IBF Lightweight Champion, Teofimo Lopez, spilled the beans on rumors regarding his opponent, Vasiliy Lomachenko, donating a part of his purse in order to make this fight happen. On being asked his side of the story Lopez said, “It’s pure bull****, and that’s really just what it was. And just for that to even be thrown at and they promoted it that way. You know the same at one point they promoted that I, at one point decided to decline the fight. “No, I declined the offer that they came and did with me. The same way they promoted with Vasiliy Lomachenko and the 800k. Now if they promote our fight, that is actually happening, it’s already signed in deal and said, you know everything’s done with, then we’ll have more views, you know what I mean. But they’re promoting...
    Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images A new report in the National Enquirer claims Matthew Perry was snubbed for the upcoming reunion episode of The West Wing. The story simply isn’t true. The actor’s spokesperson who told Mediaite the situation was “quite the opposite.” Perry received two Emmy nominations for his guest starring role on The West Wing, which ran on NBC from 1999-2006. According to the Enquirer, the Friends star is “tormented” after supposedly being left out of the reunion special, which is set to air on HBO Max this fall. “Being left out stings because they’re actually recreating a real episode of the show, with the actors reprising their roles with new material written by Matthew’s idol Aaron Sorkin,” says an unknown source. “West Wing really has a special place in his heart. It’s just a bummer they couldn’t figure out a way to include him, because he was a...
    Median U.S. household income was over $68,700 in 2019, an increase of 6.8% from 2018 and the highest on record, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The number of people in poverty in 2019 was 34.0 million, which is 4.2 million fewer people than in 2018. Household income includes employment bonuses, payments from public assistance, interest and dividends from investment, and Social Security, among other sources. The official poverty rate in 2019 was 10.5%, a decrease from 11.8% in 2018. This is the fifth consecutive annual decline in the national poverty rate. Since 2014, the poverty rate has fallen from 14.8% to 10.5%. The 2019 poverty rate is the lowest rate observed since estimates were initially published for 1959. The number of people in poverty in 2019 was 34.0 million, which is 4.2 million fewer people than in 2018. The rate of people without health insurance in 2019 was 8%,...
    State laws have declined in their capacity to serve charter school students, according to a new report published by the Center for Education Reform. Since 1996, CER has researched, analyzed and ranked charter school laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report ranks state laws and policies impacting education, including authorizers, growth, operations and equity. “The simple and original principle of charter schooling is that charter schools should receive enhanced operational autonomy in exchange for being held strictly accountable for the outcomes they promise to achieve,” the report states. “When charter school laws honor this principle, innovative, academically excellent charter schools flourish. In turn, schools that fail to produce strong outcomes close.” Charter schools are as successful as their policy environments, CER notes. “Some state laws and regulations encourage diversity and innovation in the charter sector by providing multiple authorizers to support...
    Animal and plant species are disappearing at alarming rates according to the Living Planet Report 2020 just released by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Source: World Wildlife Fund/Youtube Nearly 21,000 populations of almost 4,4000 species of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians around the world have declined an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to the report. Species in Latin America and the Caribbean, have been disproportionately impacted, declining, on average, 94% and 84%, respectively. Every two years, the WWF releases its report on ecosystem health and biodiversity, and this year’s report finds steep wildlife population decreases which have not been seen for millions of years. Ecosystem destruction now threatens almost 1 million species with extinction in the coming decades and centuries. Plant diversity is also suffering. The number of documented plant extinctions is twice as many as for mammals, birds and amphibians combined. Plants are...
    New Jersey governor declares Juneteenth a public holiday McDonalds Is Testing This New Way Of Serving Drinks India Factory Output Contracts at Milder Pace in July (Bloomberg) -- © Bloomberg Workers assemble the roofs of a mass rapid transport (MRT) passenger cars at the Alstom SA manufacturing facility in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, India. India’s factory output contracted for a fifth straight month, albeit at a milder pace as activity continued to improve amid the economy reopening. Load Error The Index of Industrial Production fell 10.4% in July, data released by the Ministry of Statistics showed Friday. The decline is shallower than June’s revised contraction of 15.8%, and compares with an estimate for an 11.8% fall in a Bloomberg survey of 33 economists.Key InsightsManufacturing output declined 11.1% from a year ago, while capital goods production dropped 22.8%. Electricity output fell 2.5%, and mining production declined 13%India’s gross...
    It's impossible to deny — humans are destroying the natural environment at an unprecedented and alarming rate. According to a new report out Tuesday, animal populations have declined by such a staggering amount, that only an overhaul of the world's economic systems could possibly reverse the damage. Nearly 21,000 monitored populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians, encompassing almost 4,400 species around the world, have declined an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to the World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report 2020. Species in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as global freshwater habitats, were disproportionately impacted, declining, on average, 94% and 84%, respectively. Every two years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) releases its landmark report, revealing how far species populations have declined since 1970 — an important marker for the overall health of ecosystems. The latest report indicates that the rate populations are declining "signal a...
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets advanced Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a three-day slump for tech stocks. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. Sydney was little-changed. Wall Street’s S&P 500 index ended Wednesday up 2% for its best day in three months. Investors were snapping up lower-priced shares and were encouraged by hopes of possible additional stimulus from the European Central Bank, analysts said. But they warned the recovery was fragile. “To the extent that ‘buy the dip’ mentality persists, this market may possess a somewhat more stubborn bullish streak,” said Mizuho Bank. However, “markets will be prone to more volatility given the opportunistic elements of the rebound and potential pain that ‘group think’ begs,” it said. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3% to 3,264.19 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo added 0.6% to 23,173.89. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was little-changed at 24,478.69. The Kospi in...
    By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets advanced Thursday after Wall Street rebounded from a three-day slump for tech stocks. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul. Sydney was little-changed. Wall Street's S&P 500 index ended Wednesday up 2% for its best day in three months. Investors were snapping up lower-priced shares and were encouraged by hopes of possible additional stimulus from the European Central Bank, analysts said. But they warned the recovery was fragile. “To the extent that ‘buy the dip’ mentality persists, this market may possess a somewhat more stubborn bullish streak,” said Mizuho Bank. However, “markets will be prone to more volatility given the opportunistic elements of the rebound and potential pain that ‘group think’ begs,” it said. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.3% to 3,264.19 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo added 0.6% to 23,173.89. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was...
    It's impossible to deny — humans are changing and destroying the natural environment at an unprecedented and alarming rate. According to a new report, animal populations have declined by such a staggering amount, that only an overhaul of human's economic systems could possibly reverse the damage. Nearly 21,000 monitored populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians, encompassing almost 4,400 species around the world, have declined an average of 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to the World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report 2020. Species in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as global freshwater habitats, were disproportionately impacted, declining, on average, 94% and 84%, respectively. Every two years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) releases its landmark report, revealing how far species populations have declined in the last 50 years — an important marker for the overall health of ecosystems. Experts say the most recent population declines "signal a...
    The number of high school and middle school students using e-cigarettes dropped off this year, declining from last year’s record high. Just under 20 percent of high schoolers and about 5 percent of middle schoolers said that they currently used the products, according to the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey, which was conducted between January and March. Last year, 27.5 percent of high school students and 10.5 percent of middle school students said they used e-cigarettes. “Although the decline in e-cigarette use among our Nation’s youth is a notable public health achievement, our work is far from over,” said Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a press release. Teen use of a drug usually declines when that substance starts to seem riskier, Richard Miech, co-investigator of the Monitoring the Future study and professor at the University of Michigan, told The...
    Mike McCormick, a former White House stenographer, claimed that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s “mental acuity” has declined across the last four years, The Washington Free Beacon reported. “It is a complete difference from what he was in 2017,” said McCormick, who worked with Biden from 2011 to 2017. “He’s lost a step and he doesn’t seem to have the same mental acuity as he did four years ago.” The former White House official, who authored the book Joe Biden Unauthorized, claimed that the Democrat lacks the “energy” and “pace of speaking” he had before. “He’s a different guy,” the author said. McCormick also said that Biden had a tendency to go off-script during his media briefings and conversations with foreign leaders “He’d just make a big joke out of it, and go straight from the hip. And notice, he’s not doing that anymore. He read that [Democratic National Committee...
    President Trump's net worth fell by an estimated $600 million in the past year, Forbes reported on Tuesday.  Trump is still on the magazine's new list of the 400 richest Americans, but he has dropped 64 spots to number 339. Forbes attributed the decline in Trump’s net worth to the coronavirus, noting the pandemic's effects on the industries in which he holds his biggest assets. Values for his office buildings plummeted, as they did for his hotels in big cities.  Trump saw big dips in his New York real estate this year, according to Forbes. He owns 30 percent stake in office and retail space in 1290 Avenue of the Americas, with a net value of $342 million. The property's value declined $109 million in the last year, the magazine noted.  Other properties in New York owned by Trump also saw sharp declines, including a $70 million dip at Trump Tower, which has a...
    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after Wall Street turned in its biggest weekly decline in more than two months. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong retreated while Seoul and Sydney gained. Southeast Asian markets were mixed. On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P 500 index lost 0.8% on Friday, breaking a streak of gains. Investors have been encouraged by hopes for a coronavirus vaccine and central bank infusions of cash into struggling economies. But forecasters warn the rise in prices might be outrunning uncertain economic activity as case numbers rise in the United States and some other countries. Some are re-imposing anti-disease controls that disrupt business. “The question now is whether there will be a sustained unwinding in this forthy market, or if conviction about fresh central bank liquidity and fear of missing out kicks in once again,” Mizuho Bank said in a...
    A teacher in Michigan says he was fired by a private elementary school that refused to comply with the state's mask mandate for incoming students in the fall. In an interview with Michigan Public Radio (MPR), Nathan Smith explained how he repeatedly warned Oakdale Academy's headmaster that students would face unsafe learning conditions in the fall due to the school's plans to make mask-wearing voluntary for students and continue to hold all-school gatherings in violation of orders preventing large social gatherings in the state. Smith said the school's head, David Stanton, declined to take seriously his repeated efforts to raise concerns about the school's violations, and eventually fired him after asking him to resign. Masks are required for all students under the state's Safe Schools guidelines, but it reportedly isn't clear whether local authorities will take action to force the school or others to comply. Smith has raised concerns with the...
    The majority of Americans said they have no energy and have felt their mental sharpness decline during the pandemic, according to new research. The study asked 2,000 Americans about their time in quarantine and how they’re holding up. SWNS Sixty-two percent of respondents reported their days all feel the same, so they have a difficult time focusing throughout the day. Just over half of those polled were also in agreement that the days are moving by so fast, they always feel tired. The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Tru Niagen, found six in 10 respondents are complaining about feeling more lethargic throughout the day during quarantine. Nearly half of respondents are also worried they may not be able to focus like they used to before quarantine started. As respondents continue to shelter in place, they’re turning to new hobbies to stay active and maintain their mental and physical...
    Most major stock markets and U.S. futures rose Thursday after Wall Street surged to its biggest daily gain since July despite uncertainty about the global outlook. London, Frankfurt and Tokyo advanced while Shanghai declined. Investors have been encouraged by central bank infusions of credit into struggling economies and hopes for a vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic that has plunged the world into its deepest slump since the 1930s. Forecasters warn the stock market recovery might be running too far ahead of economic activity as the United States and some other countries reimpose anti-virus controls that hamper business. “The irony of market exuberance is rich,” said Mizuho Bank in a report. “Record highs on Wall St. make a mockery of policymakers grasping for recourse to the worst downturn in decades.” In early trading, the FTSE 100 in London gained 0.7% to 5,981.93 and the DAX in Frankfurt added 1.4% to...
    The top lawyer at the New York City Board of Elections has taken a “leave of absence” — just weeks before the general election — amid a Department of Investigation probe of his conduct, The Post has learned. The elections board is expected to announce legal counsel Steve Richman’s sudden leave at its meeting Tuesday afternoon. Richman, who sits next to executive director Michael Ryan at board meetings, oversees all election-related legal issues and court cases. The Brooklyn resident has been employed by the board since 2000. BOE insiders confirmed Richman has taken a leave from the board, but declined comment on the nature of the complaint against him. Sources told The Post the complaint centers on Richman’s treatment of a subordinate. A DOI spokesperson issued a “no comment” when asked about the honcho. Richman’s most recent filings with the Conflicts of Interest Board show the BOE’s longtime attorney...
    A new ABC News-Ipsos poll found that Donald Trump’s favorability decreased among Republicans after the Republican National Convention when he took aim at the Democratic Party and its purported failures. In particular, the poll found that the real estate mogul’s favorability dipped among Republicans by 4 points since last week. As for Trump’s opponent, presidential nominee Joe Biden, his favorability rating has remained higher than his unfavorability. In the current iteration of the ABC News poll, 46 percent of Americans viewed Biden favorably, while 40 percent viewed him unfavorably. “Among Democrats, too, Biden’s favorability climbed seven points after his convention — showing signs that he’s solidified support among his base,” the report read. “But Trump’s favorability dipped slightly — by four points among Republicans in the newest survey.” Interestingly, the survey found that Trump’s overall favorability has remained flat. The data showed that approximately 31 percent of Americans viewed the...
    Chris Willman August 29, 2020 2:29AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Variety. Representatives of the late Leonard Cohen's estate and publishing company have both issued statements saying they declined requests for his song "Hallelujah" to be used at the Republican National Convention — even though it was played twice following the conclusion of Donald Trump's speech Thursday night. The estate's attorney made a threat of legal action as part of her statement. : Read more from Variety: Leonard Cohen fans are livid as Trump's speech is followed by "Hallelujah" – twice Said Michelle L. Rice, the Cohen estate's lawyer: "We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC would proceed knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the RNC's use request, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit in such an egregious manner 'Hallelujah,' one of the most important songs in the Cohen song catalogue. We are exploring our legal options." Rice...
    An ex-Hunter College High School staffer was busted Thursday for the alleged sexual abuse of a female student. Asumana Randolph, who worked at the prestigious high school for 26 years, turned himself in to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, sources told the Post. Randolph, who raked in $99,995 in 2019, is expected to be arraigned this afternoon, according to public records. He had worked as a lab technician and faculty adviser to the science club before leaving last year, according to spokeswoman Deborah Raskin. She declined to say whether he was fired over the allegations, but his name and contact information still appear on the school’s website. Randolph’s attorney Patrick Brackley declined to comment. The Upper East Side school — the most selective in the city — boasts distinguished alumni, including “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda and US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.
    (CNN)Before he was identified as the police officer captured in a viral video in which he shoots a Black man multiple times in the back, Rusten Sheskey pedaled around the lakeside city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, as part of the bike patrol and walked the shopping mall beat during the holidays. He'd occasionally bring a squad car home from work and turn on the siren for neighborhood kids, one neighbor recalled. An American flag flies outside his home in a middle-class neighborhood.But four days after Sheskey's shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake prompted protests and rioting in the typically quiet streets of Kenosha, much remains unknown about the seven-year veteran officer and what prompted him to open fire. Authorities have declined to provide information on a number of critical questions in the turbulent days since Blake was shot. Most importantly, they have not offered any detailed explanation for why Sheskey used deadly...
    Hudson’s Bay, the owner of luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue, has ditched its plan to raise up to $900 million in debt after prospective investors requested a higher interest rate than the company was willing to pay, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The pulled bond offering highlights the perceived risk of lending to brick-and-mortar North American retail chains, even as swaths of the US and Canada reopen stores and many industries have had easy access to new financing. Hudson’s Bay, which also owns eponymous department stores in Canada, had sought the bond financing in June to shore up its balance sheet as the COVID-19 pandemic crimped sales. However, Hudson’s Bay declined to take on the extra debt after finding the interest rate would be higher than initially expected and would come with financially restrictive terms, the sources said. Hudson’s Bay also did not immediately need the...
    Hudson’s Bay, the owner of luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue, has ditched its plan to raise up to $900 million in debt after prospective investors requested a higher interest rate than the company was willing to pay, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The pulled bond offering highlights the perceived risk of lending to brick-and-mortar North American retail chains, even as swaths of the US and Canada reopen stores and many industries have had easy access to new financing. Hudson’s Bay, which also owns eponymous department stores in Canada, had sought the bond financing in June to shore up its balance sheet as the COVID-19 pandemic crimped sales. However, Hudson’s Bay declined to take on the extra debt after finding the interest rate would be higher than initially expected and would come with financially restrictive terms, the sources said. Hudson’s Bay also did not immediately need the extra...
    Actress Swara Bhaskar, who had landed in trouble for voicing her perceptions on the Ram Janmabhoomi verdict, can breathe a sigh of relief, as, after the Attorney General of India, the Solicitor General’s office has also dismissed advocate Anuj Saxena’s petition to initiate a contempt petition. In the letter rejecting the petition, the S-G office stated that since the A-G has already declined to grant consent in the matter, the request made is misconceived. AG KK Venugopal Declines Request to Initiate Contempt of Court Proceedings Against Actor Swara Bhaskar. In a letter dated August 21, 2020, Attorney General KK Venugopal declined a request to initiate contempt of court proceedings against actor Swara Bhaskar alleging her of making derogatory and scandalous statements in the context of Supreme Court of India. Swara Bhasker Birthday Special: From Tanu Weds Manu to Veere Di Wedding, 5 Special Roles That the Braveheart Actress Owned Like a Boss....
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The top FBI official in Los Angeles violated federal ethics regulations by holding a sensitive meeting of agency brass at a 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers playoff game, according to a federal inspector general’s report. Paul Delacourt, then the FBI Los Angeles field office’s assistant director in charge, was reassigned to the agency’s headquarters in Washington after the report was first issued in June. The inspector general criticized Delacourt’s decisions and “poor judgement.” The report said Delacourt and other high-ranking special agents dined from a free, expansive buffet in the exclusive Stadium Club overlooking the field and surrounded by fans at the game against the Milwaukee Brewers during the National League championship series. One agent drank alcohol at the stadium, it said. Delacourt’s transfer and the inspector general’s report were first reported Tuesday by POLITICO. Lawrence Berger, an attorney representing Delacourt and others named in the...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The top FBI official in Los Angeles violated federal ethics regulations by holding a sensitive meeting of agency brass at a 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers playoff game, according to a federal inspector general's report. Paul Delacourt, then the FBI Los Angeles field office’s assistant director in charge, was reassigned to the agency's headquarters in Washington after the report was first issued in June. The inspector general criticized Delacourt's decisions and “poor judgement.” The report said Delacourt and other high-ranking special agents dined from a free, expansive buffet in the exclusive Stadium Club overlooking the field and surrounded by fans at the game against the Milwaukee Brewers during the National League championship series. One agent drank alcohol at the stadium, it said. Delacourt’s transfer and the inspector general’s report were first reported Tuesday by POLITICO. Lawrence Berger, an attorney representing Delacourt and others named in the report,...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new report shows there were fewer babies born in North Dakota last year while the number of death increased. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state’s Division of Vital Records recently released its “Fast Facts” for 2019. The annual report gives a snapshot of the state by tallying births, deaths, abortions, divorces, marriages, and other statistics, along with other interesting tidbits such as popular baby names. North Dakota had a record population of 762,062 people in 2019. The report said live births fell 1.7% to 10,447 in 2019 from the year before, while deaths in rose 4.2% to 6,611. North Dakota had an average of 28 live births and 18 deaths per day in 2019. The most popular baby names in the year were Liam for boys and Amelia for girls. Divorces last year fell 2.7% to 1,891. The longest marriage ending in divorce was 63...
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - The suspected white supremacist who killed 51 Muslim worshippers last year, a massacre that prompted a global campaign to stamp out online hate, arrived in Christchurch on Sunday ahead of sentencing hearings. Brenton Tarrant disembarked a New Zealand air force plane at Christchurch Airport on Sunday afternoon, wearing a protective vest and helmet and escorted by armed officers, before being directed into the back of a white van, television footage showed. He has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act. Tarrant was transported to Christchurch, the city where the shootings occurred, from Auckland Prison at Paremoremo, the New Zealand Herald reported. A court in Christchurch will begin multi-day sentencing hearings on Monday, where survivors of the attack and family members of those killed will deliver victim impact statements. Tarrant, an Australian, will be sentenced...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY CARL O’DONNELL New York City, once an epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has managed to contain the virus as it reopens, but faces risks of an uptick in cases in the fall, public health experts told Reuters. The city’s success comes from a mix of high rates of compliance with local and federal public health guidance and also substantial immunity among the general population, a result of the severity of the outbreak in March and April, according to public health experts based in New York City. “There was an alignment in New York with the state government, the healthcare system and the media on what to do – namely, lock everything down,” said Mark Jarrett, chief quality officer at Northwell Health. “The lockdown didn’t please everyone but was really...
    By Carl O'Donnell NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City, once an epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has managed to contain the virus as it reopens, but faces risks of an uptick in cases in the fall, public health experts told Reuters. The city's success comes from a mix of high rates of compliance with local and federal public health guidance and also substantial immunity among the general population, a result of the severity of the outbreak in March and April, according to public health experts based in New York City. "There was an alignment in New York with the state government, the healthcare system and the media on what to do - namely, lock everything down," said Mark Jarrett, chief quality officer at Northwell Health. "The lockdown didn't please everyone but was really well accepted." That contrasts with other parts of the country, where political opposition to mask...
    A city in California has agreed to pay $360,000 to settle a lawsuit after a woman alleged that she was slammed against the wall by officers who were called to the scene after her credit card declined for a $16.70 cab fare.  The incident involving Ashley Watts, who is a licensed cosmetologist, occurred on June 26, 2016, in Newport Beach.  Watts, 34, took a taxi from a hotel bar where she had been drinking with friends, but when it was time to pay, her credit card declined the $16.70 fare.  Newport Beach in California has agreed to pay $360,000 to settle a lawsuit after Ashley Watts  alleged that she was slammed against the wall by officers who were called to the scene after her credit card declined for a $16.70 cab fare in 2016  According to court documents obtained by the Orange County Register, Watts alleged that when she...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street Monday, giving the S&P 500 another shot at its record high. The benchmark index was up 0.3% in the first few minutes of trading, just a couple of points below the all-time closing high it reached back in February. Tech stocks were once again leading the way higher, as they have been over the past year. Chipmaker Nvidia was a standout in the early going. Barrick Gold jumped after billionaire investor Warren Buffett disclosed late Friday that his company had made an investment in the gold producer. Treasury yields fell. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story appears below. World markets edged up on Monday though Japanese stocks sank after the country reported a record economic contraction during the coronavirus pandemic. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo fell 0.8% to 23,096.75 after data...
    By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Japanese stocks sank while other Asian markets gained Monday after Japan reported a record economic contraction as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on retailing, investment and exports. Investors in Asia looked ahead to central bank meetings this week in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, with few other market-moving events in sight. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo fell 0.6% to 23,145.28 after the data showed the world’s third-largest economy shrank 27.8% from a year earlier in the three months ending in June. That was bigger than the country's deepest decline during 2008-09 financial crisis. The quarterly decline was 7.8%, not quite as sharp as the 9.5% drop for the U.S. economy for the last quarter. But Japan's economy was already growing very slowly when it fell into recession late last year. And the current slowdown came without any full shutdowns to control the...
    BEIJING (AP) — Japanese stocks sank while other Asian markets gained Monday after Japan reported a record economic contraction as the coronavirus pandemic weighed on retailing, investment and exports. Investors in Asia looked ahead to central bank meetings this week in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, with few other market-moving events in sight. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo fell 0.6% to 23,145.28 after the data showed the world’s third-largest economy shrank 27.8% from a year earlier in the three months ending in June. That was bigger than the country’s deepest decline during 2008-09 financial crisis. The quarterly decline was 7.8%, not quite as sharp as the 9.5% drop for the U.S. economy for the last quarter. But Japan’s economy was already growing very slowly when it fell into recession late last year. And the current slowdown came without any full shutdowns to control the pandemic. “The road ahead...
    With bullets flying over Broadway, New Yorkers are buying up bulletproof vests. Midtown dealer Brad Pedell — who runs 221B Tactical — claims sales of body armor are up 80 percent this year compared with 2019 due to the “unrest” in the city and nationwide. “You wouldn’t believe the people who call up and say, ‘I’m scared,’” Pedell told The Post. He said most buyers are from the Bronx and Brooklyn, where shootings have skyrocketed. Pedell’s customers tend to keep their purchases — and motivations for buying — to themselves. A Manhattan woman who bought a vest declined to discuss her decision, texting, “I am a private citizen and I keep a low profile.” A Queens man, who bought one for a family member who works in a crime-ridden Bronx neighborhood, declined to discuss the matter when questioned by a reporter. Pedell said customers tell him they need the protection...
    As the presidential election nears, American voters are sure to be asked if they’re better off financially than they were four years ago. Donald Trump isn’t. The president’s net worth has declined $300 million in the past year to $2.7 billion, erasing 10% of his fortune since he took office, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The drop marked the sharpest decline since Bloomberg began tracking his fortune in 2015. It started with a decrease in income across the Trump Organization’s portfolio of office buildings and was compounded by the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on property markets. Trump’s critics would say some of that is his own fault. They have accused him of failing to take the pandemic seriously as it spread, pushing a dubious drug therapy instead of mask-wearing, and leaving states to bid against each other for scarce medical supplies. The president has falsely claimed the country would have...
    Russia supplied to assist the U.S. with the coronavirus vaccine, but the U.S. declined, Russian officers advised CNN Thursday.  Russian officers instructed the network that they proposed “unprecedented cooperation” with the U.S.’s Operation Warp Velocity, the initiative to establish a COVID-19 vaccine. But the Russian officials explained the “U.S. is not presently open” to their support.  “There is a typical feeling of mistrust of Russia on the American facet and we feel that systems — like vaccine, screening and remedies — are not remaining adopted in US mainly because of that mistrust,” a senior Russian official instructed CNN. U.S. officials explained to CNN that Russia’s vaccine is not deemed to be properly-designed, with one American general public wellness formal saying, “You can find no way in hell the US tries this (Russian vaccine) on monkeys, let by yourself people.” The report will come soon after Russia announced Tuesday that it...
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — New applications for unemployment assistance dropped to 1,611 in Montana last week, the U.S. Employment and Training Administration said Thursday. That's a decrease of 14% from the previous week. By comparison, more than 20,000 new unemployment claims were made during both the last week in March and the first week in April, when the economy was initially shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just over 135,000 Montana residents have been unemployed at some point since the pandemic began, which represents nearly 30% of the workforce that is eligible for unemployment insurance, officials said. The Montana Department of Labor made 35,900 unemployment payments totaling over $17.5 million last week, the first week that the additional $600 in federal unemployment benefits were no longer available. Previous statewide weekly payments had totaled over $40 million. Gov. Steve Bullock announced Wednesday that Montana would use some of the state's...
    He did not cite any figures to back up his claim, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated last week that payroll employment increased by about 9.3 million between May and July. The Trump administration has been roundly panned for its poor handling of the public health crisis and its economic aftermath. Trump ignored medical advice and pushed to prematurely open the economy, leading to massive spikes in coronavirus cases. The jobs Pence now claims to have "created" are largely a function of closed businesses reopening. "For the most part, these aren't new jobs. Nearly all of the people returning to work were on temporary layoffs," wrote investment analyst John Persinos on Monday. "After three consecutive months of falling unemployment, we still find ourselves at levels of joblessness that resemble the nadir of the Great Recession." Millions of Americans have become unemployed, temporarily or permanently, since the start of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based 3M is reporting some positive news Thursday morning, saying that sales in July 2020 represented a 6% increase year-over-year. The $2.8 billion in sales reported were driven in part by organic local-currency sales, which went up 3%. The other component of the increase was attributed to acquisitions. “Total sales increased 29 percent in Health Care, 9 percent in Consumer, and 6 percent in Safety and Industrial, while Transportation and Electronics declined 7 percent. Organic local-currency sales increased 11 percent in Health Care, 9 percent in Consumer, and 8 percent in Safety and Industrial, while Transportation and Electronics declined 6 percent,” the company reported. The news was greeted with a rise in 3M’s stock prices. They went up 1.5% in premarket trading, as reported by Barron’s, in what’s being taken as a good sign for the recovery of industrial markets. 3M has been in the news frequently...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg said Thursday its second quarter net profit dropped 7.3% to 2.9 billion kroner ($458 million) as all its markets were affected “to a greater or lesser extent” by the global coronavirus outbreak. The Copenhagen-based brewer said it saw "a modest decline in western and eastern Europe, while the solid growth continued in Asia." “Recognizing that we’re faced with a new market reality, including changed consumer preferences and a reduced level of on-trade activity, we’re taking measures to adapt our business accordingly,” CEO Cees ’t Hart said. “To mitigate the impact of weaker volumes and mix, we’ve reinforced our focus on costs, cash and liquidity,” he said. Carlsberg said its second quarter revenue declined 14.6% and total sales volumes declined 7.8%. After suspending its outlook for 2020 on April 2 due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the brewer issued a new one,...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish brewer Carlsberg said Thursday its second quarter net profit dropped 7.3% to 2.9 billion kroner ($458 million) as all its markets were affected “to a greater or lesser extent” by the global coronavirus outbreak. The Copenhagen-based brewer said it saw “a modest decline in western and eastern Europe, while the solid growth continued in Asia.” “Recognizing that we’re faced with a new market reality, including changed consumer preferences and a reduced level of on-trade activity, we’re taking measures to adapt our business accordingly,” CEO Cees ’t Hart said. “To mitigate the impact of weaker volumes and mix, we’ve reinforced our focus on costs, cash and liquidity,” he said. Carlsberg said its second quarter revenue declined 14.6% and total sales volumes declined 7.8%. After suspending its outlook for 2020 on April 2 due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the brewer issued a...
    A new report alleges that the true extent of the number of deaths that New York’s nursing homes suffered under the leadership of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo may be far higher than what has been reported due to the way that the statistics are gathered and counted. “New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount,” the Associated Press reported. “Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there.” The AP gave one example as an illustration of the problem: the Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx. According to the AP, on paper, the nursing home only reported a total of four deaths from the coronavirus out of its nearly 150-bed facility. However, the true number is 21...
    By Graham Keeley BARCELONA (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of Spaniards believe former King Juan Carlos, who left the country this week amid a financial scandal, should not have gone abroad, according to an opinion poll published on Sunday. Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014 in favour of his son Felipe, abruptly announced his decision to leave on Monday but there has been no official confirmation of where he went, setting off an international guessing game. The poll by SigmaDos for the conservative newspaper El Mundo found 63.3% of those questioned felt it was a bad idea for the 82-year-old ex-monarch to have left, while 27.2% agreed with his departure. Some 80.3% said they thought Juan Carlos should face any potential legal proceedings. The poll, carried out between Aug. 4-6 after he left, found 12.4% said he had nothing to answer for and 7.3% did not voice an opinion. In June,...