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Cop accused of homicide in deadly shooting of Black man at California Walmart

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A California cop was accused Wednesday of deliberate murder after lethally shooting a Black man inside a Walmart not long ago, specialists said. San Leandro Police Officer Jason Fletcher shot and killed Steven Taylor under 40 seconds after he entered the Walmart where Taylor was purportedly attempting to forget about with paying, as per Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley. O'Malley said Fletcher's utilization of fatal power was outlandish to some extent in view of "his inability to endeavor other de-heightening alternatives." "We comprehend the outrage and dissatisfaction and distress that this murdering has brought to you," she said in a video articulation. "What's more, I guarantee you that we will look for equity." The episode, which was caught on record, started on April 18 when Fletcher reacted to the Walmart store after a safety officer called police to report a burglary and conceivable theft. Taylor had supposedly got

Reports show White House Covid team has been venturing up cover suggestions all mid year, just to be overlooked by certain states

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The White House Covid team gave progressively critical suggestions to states about covers over the mid year, just to have them generally disregarded by six expresses, their week after week reports show. The team has declined to disclose the reports, yet the House Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus distributed each report, from June 23 up to August 9, prior this week. These are the states expecting individuals to wear veils when out openly The reports show that the team made custom fitted suggestions to each state - including proposals about veil use. The Trump organization's cover informing - especially from the President himself - has been conflicting and befuddling as the pandemic has advanced with no uniform public procedure set up as the pandemic has spread quickly through the nation, contaminating in excess of 6 million and executing more than 185,000. However, the reports show that the team attempted to urge states to order cover use, even as certain states basic

Salon owner who tangled with Pelosi responds to Trump's call for her to run House

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Elite: She's a salon proprietor and a single parent, and Erica Kious revealed to Fox News Thursday she just will most likely be unable to work in another task from President Trump - Speaker of the House. After Kious wound up going head to head with Nancy Pelosi, who got an unlawful victory at Kious' E SalonSF infringing upon Covid limitations, Trump chose he enjoyed her style. In a tweet Thursday and later at a convention in Pennsylvania, he glided the possibility of Kious running for the House of Representatives and taking over as speaker. TRUMP SUGGESTS HAIR SALON OWNER SHOULD BE 'RUNNING' THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AFTER PELOSI CONTROVERSY "I need the salon proprietor to lead the House of Representatives," Trump said at the Latrobe rally. Kious heard the president call, and reacted in a telephone meet with Fox News late Thursday. "I perceive how hard the president battles for America and it has propelled me to make the wisest decision for the indivi

U.S. Republicans criticize Pelosi over hair appointment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republicans criticized House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday for going to a hair salon in San Francisco in an apparent violation of the city’s coronavirus pandemic regulations, but the Democratic leader said she had been told by the salon the appointment was allowed. Pelosi briefly addressed the issue to reporters in San Francisco, saying, “I take responsibility for falling for a set-up.” Under strict rules to combat the coronavirus pandemic, hair salons in San Francisco were still prohibited from admitting customers on Monday, when Pelosi had her appointment, although salons elsewhere in the state and across much of the country were already open. President Donald Trump and other Republicans seized on a brief video of Pelosi’s appointment, which first aired on the Fox News channel, to accuse Pelosi, the most senior elected Democrat in Washington, of hypocrisy. Trump - who took months to embrace mask-wearing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-1

COVID-19 vaccine could come in late October; White House says no pressure on timing

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- U.S. public health officials and Pfizer Inc said a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for distribution as soon as late October, just ahead of the November election in which the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a major factor among voters deciding whether President Donald Trump wins a second term. Even though the stakes are high for Republican Trump, who is squaring off against former Vice President Joe Biden on Nov. 3, there is no political pressure on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to quickly approve a vaccine, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Thursday. “No one is pressuring the FDA to do anything,” McEnany told a press briefing. Trump has committed billions of federal dollars to rapidly develop vaccines against the virus, which has killed more than 185,000 people in the United States. Critics have said Trump’s lack of leadership on the pandemic has contributed to the world’s highest coronavirus death toll. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preve

Tracing apps may stem COVID-19 spread even when only a few use them: study

- Contact tracing apps can sharply reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus even when only a few people use them, a study published on Thursday by researchers at Google and Oxford University showed. An app used by 15% of the population together with a well-staffed contact-tracing workforce can lead to a 15% drop in infection rates and an 11% drop in COVID-19 deaths, according to statistical modeling by the Alphabet Inc unit and Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine. With a 15% uptake of contact tracing apps alone, the researchers calculated an 8% reduction in infections and 6% reduction in deaths. The findings were based on data from a digital tracing system similar to one jointly developed by Google and Apple Inc. The app made by the two tech giants tracks interactions through Bluetooth signals and anonymously notifies a person if someone they met contracts COVID-19. Six U.S. states and about two dozen countries have launched exposure notification apps based on the Apple-Google

Donald Trump blasts military sources who claimed he 'called American WWI dead 'losers' and 'suckers' after scrapped trip to Aisne-Marne cemetery in France', as 'a total lie and disgrace'

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President Donald Trump made disparaging remarks about members of the U.S. military who have been captured or killed, according to a new report. Trump vehemently denied the claims, which were first reported in the Atlantic, that he referred to the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as 'losers' and 'suckers.' A senior Defense Department official with firsthand knowledge of events and a senior U.S. Marine Corps officer who was told about Trump's comments confirmed some of the remarks to the Associated Press, including the 2018 cemetery comments. President Donald Trump talks with reporters at Andrews Air Force Base after attending a campaign rally in Latrobe, Pa., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base Trump vehemently denied the claims, which were first reported in the Atlantic , that he referred to the American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as 'losers' and 'suckers.' T

Techs lead stock sell-off, dollar edges up

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NEW YORK - A gauge of global stocks fell on Thursday from a record high in its biggest one-day decline in nearly three months as the technology sector sold off, while the dollar continued its bounce from more than two-year lows. The S&P technology sector, up more than 35% on the year as the best-performing of the 11 major sectors through Wednesday, dropped 5.83% as investors fled expensive stocks that have pushed major averages higher. The group contains some of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. Investors have been concerned about the narrowing leadership of the market rally that pushed the S&P 500 up 60% from its March 23 low through Wednesday, with gains on Wall Street largely driven by names such as Apple Inc and Microsoft Corp. “There was this chase to get long and people are jealous of the gains that they were missing out on and they just poured in,” said Mike Zigmont, head of trading and research at Harvest Volatility Management in New York. “And eventually

Apple to delay privacy change threatening Facebook, mobile ad market

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- Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) said on Thursday that it will delay until early next year changes to its privacy policy that could reduce ad sales by Facebook Inc ( FB.O ) and other companies targeting users on iPhones and iPads. The delay could benefit Facebook, which last week said the changes to the iOS 14 operating system would render one of its mobile advertising tools “so ineffective on iOS 14 that it may not make sense to offer it.” Apple announced new privacy rules in June that were slated to take effect with the launch of its iOS 14 operating system this fall. Among them is a new requirement that advertisers who employ an Apple-provided tracking identifier, or other tools that have a similar function, must now show a pop-up notification asking for tracking permission. Facebook said last week it would quit using the tool that requires a prompt in its own apps but did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Apple said Thursday that developers will still have the op

Signs of life detected under rubble a month after Beirut blast, says rescuer

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BEIRUT - Rescue workers in Lebanon detected signs of life on Thursday in the rubble of a building in a residential area of Beirut that collapsed after a huge Aug. 4 explosion at a nearby port, rescue workers said. The state news agency NNA reported in the early evening that a team with a rescue dog had detected movement under a destroyed building in the Gemmayze area, one of the worst hit by the blast that killed about 190 people and injured 6,000 others. “These (signs of breathing and pulse) along with the temperature sensor means there is a possibility of life,” rescue worker Eddy Bitar told reporters at the scene. After several hours of digging through rubble, however, the operation was halted because the building was deemed too unsafe. Heavier machinery was required to help lift the rubble safely, a rescue worker said, and it could not be brought until morning. “There’s a lot of danger to the team,” Michel el-Mur told reporters. “There are 10 of them up there, and we can’t take a

Lebanese army finds more explosive chemicals outside Beirut port after huge blast

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BEIRUT - Lebanon’s army said on Thursday it had found 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to Beirut port, the site of a huge blast last month caused by a large stockpile of the same highly explosive chemical. Army engineers were “dealing with it,” according to an army statement carried by the state news agency NNA. The statement said the chemicals were found outside entrance nine to the port. The catastrophic explosion on Aug. 4 that ripped through the city killed about 190 people. The authorities said it was caused by about 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stacked in unsafe conditions in a port warehouse for years. The blast smashed entire neighbourhoods, gutting buildings and injuring 6,000 people. Lebanon’s government quit amid public anger in a nation already brought to its knees by an economic crisis. The public remains anxious that more hazardous materials are being stored badly, putting them at risk. Earlier on Thursday, President Michel Aoun ordered

The horrifying moment a woman, 26, makes out with her own FATHER, 49, for $1,000 live on breakfast radio - leaving the hosts completely shocked

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A young woman passionately kissed her own father live on breakfast radio on Friday. The shocking moment happened on Australia's Kyle and Jackie O Show as part of a challenge called Boyfriend or Daddy. The segment involves a woman coming into the studio with a male companion, then hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie 'O' Henderson have to guess whether it's her boyfriend or her father. Pass the bucket! This is the horrifying moment a woman, 26, makes out with her own father, 49, live on breakfast radio - leaving the hosts completely shocked  If the 'couple' are able to trick the hosts, they take home a $1,000 prize. Explaining the segment, Jackie said that she and Kyle make their judgements based on 'body language and how uncomfortable might be with certain questions'. It's usually fairly easy for them to tell whether the pair are lovers or related, but Friday's guests went the extra mile to convince they were dating. They shared a quick kiss as they

Oregon man says he acted in self defense in Portland shooting: report

- A 48-year-old Oregon man said he acted in self defense during the fatal shooting of a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland as he thought he and a friend would be stabbed, Vice News reported on Thursday. “I had no choice. I mean, I, I had a choice. I could have sat there and watched them kill a friend of mine of color. But I wasn’t going to do that,” Michael Reinoehl said in a video interview provided to Vice News regarding the Saturday shooting of Aaron Danielson.

GM, Honda to jointly develop vehicles in North America, expanding consolidation

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- General Motors ( GM.N ) and Honda Motor Co ( 7267.T ) on Thursday revealed plans to team up in North America to make a range of vehicles, deepening their ties as the auto industry comes under greater pressure to share technology and costs to meet demands for cleaner vehicles. Under the alliance, Honda and GM said, the companies intend to share common vehicle platforms, including electrified and internal combustion propulsion systems. The companies still need to complete a definitive agreement and officials said greater details on expected cost savings would be available then, but a person familiar with the matter said the savings would run in the billions of dollars for each company. The partnership represents a significant expansion of existing collaborations between the two companies on electric and autonomous vehicles, connected vehicle technology and fuel cells. Honda is an investor in Cruise, the self-driving business that GM majority owns. “Overall, we believe this alliance wo

Pelosi, Mnuchin informally agree on stopgap bill to avoid U.S. government shutdown: ABC News

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WASHINGTON - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have informally agreed on a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month, ABC News reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with a phone call between the two officials.

Caitlyn Jenner reveals being trans 'was not a big part of' split from Kris Jenner: 'There was so many other bigger issues out there'

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Caitlyn Jenner revealed that her being trans 'was not a big part of' her split from her latest ex-wife Kris Jenner. The former Olympian, then known as Bruce, announced the separation from Kris in October 2013 and went public with her gender transition in 2015. Now the 70-year-old has told Rob Lowe on his Literally! podcast that 'There were so many other bigger issues out there' to contribute to the breakup. Side by side: Caitlyn Jenner revealed that her being trans 'was not a big part of' her split from her latest ex-wife Kris Jenner; they are pictured together last year She confessed that 'because of my frustration with myself I might have been a little bit shorter with her, you know, near the end. But there was a lot, boy there was a lot of things going on - and then all of a sudden we didn't have any issues.' In a 'calm' manner they reached the agreement: '"You know what? You know it's not working. I know it's not working.

Gerard Butler wears a protective mask during a solo outing in West Hollywood... two weeks following news of his split from girlfriend Morgan Brown

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News that Gerard Butler had split from longtime girlfriend Morgan Brown went public just two weeks ago. And on Thursday the newly-single 300 star was spotted while out and about in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The 50-year-old actor made sure to wear a protective mask whenever he got out of his SUV to take care of an errand, which is in accordance to health and safety protocols amid the still raging COVID-19 pandemic. On the go: Gerard Butler, 50, was spotted out and about in West Hollywood on Thursday  Butler opted to keep it casual-cool in the fashion department in blue denim jeans and a white t-shirt.   He also donned a pair of black leather boots and dark Aviator-style sunglasses    The Scotland native is also still sporting a full beard and mustache underneath the mask he wore while out in public.        Safety first: The 300 star stepped out of his SUV without a mask, but was sure to put one on before walking across the street to take care of some errands Butl

U.S. Homeland Security warns that Russia is trying to undermine confidence in mail-in voting

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning that Russia is trying to undermine Americans’ confidence in the security and validity of mail-in voting. In a bulletin labelled “For official use only” circulated on Thursday, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis said Russia was “likely to continue amplifying criticism of vote by mail and shifting voting processes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic to undermine public trust in the electoral process.” The bulletin said that in mid-August, Russian state media outlets and proxy websites published criticism of widespread mail-in voting, “claiming ineligible voters could receive ballots due to out-of-date voter rolls, leaving a vast amount of ballots unaccounted for and vulnerable to tampering.” It said that since March, Russian outlets also sought to undermine confidence in mail-in voting processes, alleging that they provide “vast opportunities for voter fraud.” The bulletin said Russia is likely to step up trolling by

Facebook to limit last-minute political ads in final U.S. election push

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SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc ( FB.O ) said on Thursday it would stop accepting new political ads in the week before the U.S. election day on Nov. 3, in a series of moves the company billed as its final plan for reducing risks of misinformation and election interference. Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, will continue to allow campaigns and others to run political ads that are already in the system, and will permit them to change spending amounts and user targeting, but will block adjustments to the ads’ content or design. The company also said it was creating a label for posts by candidates or campaigns that try to claim victory before the election results are official. In an interview on CBS News aired on Thursday, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said of the measures: “This will definitely apply to the president once this policy goes into place, and it will apply to everyone equally.” President Donald Trump is running for a second term, facing Democratic challenger Joe B

Exclusive: Biden garners more Republican endorsements, this time from ex-governors

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- Nearly 100 Republican and independent leaders will endorse Democrat Joe Biden for president on Thursday, including one-time 2020 Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld and the former Republican governors of Michigan and New Jersey, people involved in the effort told Reuters. The latest Republican-led effort to oppose the re-election of President Donald Trump also includes current and former Republicans in the key battleground state of Michigan that will help decide the outcome of the Nov. 3 election, the group’s members said. Called ‘Republicans and Independents for Biden’, the group is headed by Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey who has become one of Trump’s fiercest critics and who spoke at the recent Democratic National Convention in support of Biden. “Biden is a decent man, he’s a steady man,” Whitman told Reuters. “Trump is trying to paint the world of Joe Biden as horrific - but that’s Trump’s America now.” She accused Trump of betraying c

Dog The Bounty Hunter talks about 'adjusting' to life after the death of his beloved wife Beth and how it's given him more strength and courage

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Some eight months after his beloved wife Beth Chapman died of complications from cancer at the age of 51, Dog The Bounty Hunter shared his grief with fans. Now, just over two months after the one-year anniversary of her death, the reality star is once again opening up about how the loss has transformed his life. 'It is the worst thing I have ever been through in my entire life,' Dog (born Duane Chapman), 67, confessed in an interview with the Daily Star . 'It just feels terrible to lose a spouse and have your wife go before you,' said the reality TV star. Heartfelt: Dog The Bounty Hunter (born Duane Chapman), 67, shared about how he has had to adjust to life after the death of his beloved wife Beth Chapman in June 2019 Dog and Beth shot into reality TV stardom following the premiere of Dog The Bounty Hunter series, where they chased down criminals on the run, on A&E in 2004. After the original show was canceled in 2012, the couple then starred in the spin-off series

Wall Street's 'fear gauge' spikes but unlikely to be pointing to a market crash

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NEW YORK - Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ is soaring again, as investors spooked by Thursday’s market decline rushed to load up on options protection, but analysts said the intensity of the move in volatility does not necessarily point to a market crash. The Cboe Volatility Index , which for weeks had been easing toward its longer-term average price of 19.4, on Thursday jumped 7.03 points, its largest one-day rise since June 11, and ended the session at a nearly 10-week closing high of 33.60. Recently, the VIX and S&P 500 index .SPX broke their historical pattern of moving in opposite directions by moving higher together, alarming some investors. The jump in volatility on Thursday produced massive moves in volatility-linked exchange traded products. The ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF ( UVXY.P ) jumped 20%, while the ProShares Short VIX Short-Term Futures ETF ( SVXY.P ) slumped 6.8%. Prior to Thursday’s market drop investors were lapping up bullish call options in a bet t