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    Zion Williamson. Nick Wass/AP Images Zion Williamson said he loves playing in New York and is glad to talk about how much likes it. The NBA world immediately started drawing connections to Williamson and the Knicks. Williamson is at least three years removed from being able to force his way to the Knicks.  Visit Insider's homepage for more...
    Quickly turning around results of the process to detect the new 'super-covid' variant 'isn't an urgent need,' because the findings won't change how the US handles the pandemic, a CDC official told DailyMail.com.  'For less urgent sequencing, when there isn't an urgent need to get the data turned around quickly, it's much more efficient to batch them when it's [for...
    David Alandete FOLLOW Washington Correspondent Updated: 11/18/2020 03:27 AM Save Donald Trump fired the director of the US government’s cybersecurity agency on Tuesday because a week ago he endorsed the integrity and legitimacy of the November 3 elections, against the president’s criteria. In a message on Twitter, Trump said that Christopher Krebs he was wrong...
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it's still unclear what the cause was. The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said last week that they had spotted small amounts of radioactive isotopes...
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it’s still unclear what the cause was. The Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish radiation and nuclear safety watchdogs said last week that they had spotted small amounts of radioactive isotopes...
    (CNN) For an intelligence service that is supposed to operate in the shadows, the GRU seems to attract a lot of headlines.The GRU -- formally known as Main Directorate of the General Staff -- has long been accused by the West of orchestrating brazen and high-profile attacks, including the hacking of Democratic Party email accounts during the 2016 US presidential...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. Here’s another Supreme Court case from this morning: The Supreme Court on Monday made it easier for the president to get rid of the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but allowed the watchdog agency created in the wake of the global financial crisis to...
    The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the federal law which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) during the Obama administration unconstitutionally limited the reasons for which the president could fire its director -- but in doing so allowed the agency to continue operating, saying that the part of the law requiring certain reasons for the director's removal is "severable" from the...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Crow Tribe of Indians reported a weekend homicide in Crow Agency. The incident involved two tribal members and happened at about 5 p.m. Sunday at a convenience store, the tribe said in a news release. The names of those involved were not released. The tribe’s newly formed police department responded and secured the scene, but...
    CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a crewmember of a tanker ship who went overboard approximately 400 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The agency said in a news release Friday night that Coast Guard aircrews flew 22 sorties for a period of 45 combined hours over a search area of...
    A new backlog of Minnesota vehicle registration renewals has sprung up as a result of coronavirus restrictions, officials revealed Friday. Mail-in tab renewals that require extra work to process … well, anything mail related gets complicated when workers are telecommuting. Here’s how the state’s Division of Driver and Vehicles Services, aka “the DMV,” described the problem Friday: “When a mailed-in...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s state investment corporation has approved a $1 million survey plan that will help fund work on a road to reach a mining project. The board of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority voted Wednesday to approve spending up to $500,000 this year for survey work on the so-called Ambler Access Project, The Anchorage Daily...
    Artificial intelligence will help scientists search for signs of ancient life on Mars and other planets thanks to work by NASA scientists in training the system.  The European Space Agency (ESA) Rosalind Franklin 'ExoMars' rover will be the first to have the new AI system when it leaves for the Red Planet in 2022/2023. Allowing these intelligent systems to choose...
    Tehran (AFP) – A gas tank explosion rocked Tehran overnight near a military complex that had come under scrutiny five years ago from the UN nuclear watchdog, Iran’s defence ministry said Friday. The tanks blew up at around midnight, with Fars news agency saying “a number of social media users reported seeing an orange light” in the east of the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Calls to cut the NYPD budget come as the city faces a $10 billion budget gap, and Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council have just five days to solve the fiscal crisis. The streets could get dirtier. There could be fewer firefighters on trucks and possible cuts in the classroom. None of those include de...
    Despite a gut punch to its budget, BART plans no layoffs or fare hikes as it navigates the financial crisis amid a global coronavirus pandemic that has chased hundreds of thousands of riders from the Bay Area’s core transit system. The annual budget that BART’s board approved Thursday morning also sets the stage for a debate this fall over the...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An audit of Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency released on Thursday found income eligibility was not verified for about 37% of its recipients. State Auditor & Inspector Cindy Byrd conducted the audit of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority at the request of Gov. Kevin Stitt. The audit projected an estimated $845 million in claims were paid to recipients...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government whistleblower ousted from a leading role in battling COVID-19 alleged Thursday that the Trump administration has intensified its campaign to punish him for revealing shortcomings in the U.S. response. Dr. Rick Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, said in an amended complaint filed with a federal watchdog agency that he...
    Nearly twice as many passengers passed through BART turnstiles last week as did during the transit agency’s lowest ridership of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But overall ridership remains a fraction of what it once was, with many once-frequent riders finding other methods of transportation or staying home. The agency surveyed a random sample of 1,268 people who previously identified as...
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Growing desperation in Syria could trigger another mass exodus unless donor countries send more funds to alleviate hunger and the international community ensures aid shipments can reach the war-ravaged country, the head of the U.N. food agency said Thursday. World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley said it’s critical to keep aid flowing through border crossings,...
    This story was produced by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit investigative newsroom. It has become a familiar pattern: President Donald Trump says something that doesn’t line up with the facts held by scientists and other experts at government agencies. Then, instead of pushing back, federal officials scramble to reconcile the fiction with their own public statements. It happened in March, when...
    CARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An east Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing an elk that was part of a university study, wildlife officials said. Sean Doney, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to breaking hunting-related state laws in the December killing of a cow elk in the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a...
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing to furlough nearly 70 percent of its workforce as the agency faces budget shortfalls amid the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesperson for the agency said Wednesday.  About 13,400 of the agency’s 20,000 employees will receive notice that they will be furloughed starting Aug. 3 if the agency does not receive additional funding...
    (CNN)The federal agency charged with granting immigration benefits, processing visa applications and approving citizenship is preparing to furlough more than half of its workforce unless Congress provides additional funding, according to a spokesperson. US Citizenship and Immigration Services notified Congress of its projected budget shortfall last month. While conversations with the Hill are ongoing, according to the agency's statement, preparation...
    A lawsuit filed in Washington alleges that Michael Pack, the chief executive of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, acted illegally last week when he fired the heads of government-funded international news agencies. The suit filed Tuesday on behalf of the Open Technology Fund, a nonprofit corporation that supports global internet freedom technologies, contends that Pack did not have the...
    DETROIT (AP) — Complaints that Tesla’s giant touch screens can fail have drawn the attention of U.S. safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents that it’s investigating failures in the 2012 through 2015 Tesla Model S. Documents posted Wednesday say the agency has received 11 complaints about the screens over the past 13 months in vehicles...
    Tesla Model S dual motor all electric sedan on display at Brussels Expo on January 9, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.Sjoerd van der Wal | Getty Images Complaints that Tesla's giant touch screens can fail have drawn the attention of U.S. safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents that it's investigating failures in the 2012 through 2015...
    Three employees reportedly quit J.K. Rowling's literary agency following the social media firestorm ignited by the "Harry Potter" scribe's controversial comments about sex and gender. Fox Fisher, a former author of The Blair Partnership, said he and three others left the agency, which represents Rowling, due to its lack of support for the transgender community. The famed author first came...
    By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Complaints that Tesla's giant touch screens can fail have drawn the attention of U.S. safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents that it's investigating failures in the 2012 through 2015 Tesla Model S. Documents posted Wednesday say the agency has received 11 complaints about the screens over...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Wednesday warned the U.N. nuclear watchdog to expect a “stern response” from his country regarding the agency’s demands for Iran to provide access to sites where Tehran is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material. In a televised speech, President Hassan Rouhani said a stern response “is easy” for Iran...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan said it will soon resolve unemployment claims for about 11,800 people who filed before May. The Unemployment Insurance Agency said Tuesday its goal is to clear a backlog that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic and make a determination on older claims by the end of next week. The agency will soon announce...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division says it is having difficulty keeping up with routine business during the coronavirus pandemic and the agency is asking its customers for patience. The MVD's parent agency, the state Department of Transportation, said Tuesday the division's customer service operations are experiencing delays as MVD faces employee absences due to illness and quarantine...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability recommended the firing of three officers for making false statements regarding their misconduct, the agency announced Tuesday. COPA, which investigates allegations of police misconduct, determined that Officer Clauzell Gause used excessive force in June 2014 against a young man who was brought to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. At...
    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) delayed the expected furloughs of more than 13,000 employees by at least two weeks as the federal agency seeks to secure $1.2 billion from Congress to stay afloat after the global coronavirus pandemic has dried up immigration revenue. The agency had initially alerted more than two-thirds of the workforce they would be furloughed starting July 20, but now...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — International donors pledged over $130 million Tuesday to the United Nations agency helping Palestinian refugees, an amount the organization’s head says is encouraging but not enough to keep operations running through the end of the year. The U.N. Relief and Works Agency has faced a financial crisis since the United States pulled all funding in 2018, leaving...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. It has become a familiar pattern: President Donald Trump says something that doesn’t line up with the facts held by scientists and other experts at government agencies. Then, instead of pushing back, federal officials scramble to reconcile...
    WASHINGTON – U.S. defense and spy agencies played a major role in creating the internet, and now the CIA is turning for the first time to online streaming services to recruit spies between the ages of 18 and 35. “It only takes one new piece … of foreign intelligence … and everything can change in an instant,” a CIA...
    (CNN)Four authors signed to the same literary agency as "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling have resigned in protest at its refusal to make a statement voicing its commitment to transgender rights.Drew Davies, Fox Fisher and Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir (aka Owl) said in a statement that they had invited The Blair Partnership to speak out, but that "they were unable...
    Reuters By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. defense and spy agencies played a major role in creating the internet, and now the CIA is turning for the first time to online streaming services to recruit spies between the ages of 18 and 35. "It only takes one new piece ... of foreign intelligence ... and everything can change in...
    Google’s advertising revenue is expected to drop in 2020 amid pandemics and a lull in international travel, according to a report from marketing research agency eMarketer. The drop is due in part to Google’s core search product’s reliance on the travel industry, which took a hit after the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down travel, according to a forecast from eMarketer,...
    A dozen bars in Texas have had their alcohol permits temporarily suspended as of Sunday after they failed to meet health protocols put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) found evidence to hand down the suspensions for 12 bars located in eight cities, including, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth and El...
    Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma venue management asks Trump campaign for health plan ahead of rally Pompeo slams Bolton account as spreading 'lies,' 'fully-spun half-truths' and 'falsehoods' Twitter flags Trump tweet featuring fake CNN chyron as 'manipulated media' MORE ordered the agency to "restart the DACA process" in the...
    A Transportation Security Administration official is accusing the agency of failing to adequately protect airport screeners from the new coronavirus, endangering both the officers and the traveling public. The top TSA official in Kansas, Jay Brainard, says the TSA’s actions amount to “gross mismanagement." “TSA staff at airports both became a significant carrier to spread the pandemic and were themselves...
    Border agents made several drug trafficking busts at the US-Mexico border in the past week — including the arrest of a US woman who was found with a bundle of drugs hidden in her privates, authorities said. The woman, a 38-year-old US citizen, went over the border at a crossing near El Paso, Texas, at about 5 p.m. on...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of retired black narcotics agents say their former agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, has discriminated against its African-American employees for decades. The group of retired agents said in a statement sent to news organizations this week that Attorney General William Barr was out of touch with racial disparities that permeate not only local police...
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