• Business
    Associated Press

    Trump facing devastating debt load? Experts say not so fast

    President Donald Trump reportedly must pay back more than $300 million in loans over the next four years, raising the possibility his lenders could face an unprecedented situation should he win a second term and not be able to raise the money: foreclosing on the leader of the free world. Based on Forbes magazine estimates of the value of his buildings, for instance, selling his partial interests in just two properties— an office complex in San Francisco and a Las Vegas tower that houses a hotel and condos — could bring in $500 million alone. Trump’s true financial picture has gotten renewed scrutiny in the wake of a New York Times report this week that he declared hundreds of millions in losses in recent years, allowing him to pay just $750 in taxes the year he won the presidency, and nothing for 10 of 15 years before that.

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  • U.S.

    School Staffer Gets Jail for Sexually Abusing Boy, Telling Him He 'Deserved Special Things'

    Courtney Roznowski was arrested in August after Child Protective Services received a tip

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  • Sports

    Waiver Wire: Week 4

    John Daigle recommends which players to target on waivers for the Week 4 edition of Waiver Wired. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

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  • Health
    Best Life

    These 7 States Are Now Seeing the Worst COVID Spikes in the U.S.

    After the steady declines of late summer, COVID numbers are up across the country, offering a bleak reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is not over yet. The outbreaks may have shifted into new regions, but the signifiers of the next wave remain the same. One of the most effective ways to see which states are suffering the worst COVID spikes is to look at the states that are seeing more than 25 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.This is what the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) calls the "tipping point" for a COVID outbreak, and these states are colored red on the HGHI's map of COVID risk levels nationally. While Alabama, Missouri, Kansas, and Montana have almost crossed into the highest risk territory—each has more than 24 daily new cases per 100,000 people—the following seven states are firmly in the danger zone where Harvard researchers say stay-at-home orders may be necessary again. And for the state most in need of immediate intervention, This State Has By Far the Worst COVID Outbreak in the Country.Read the original article on Best Life. 7 ArkansasAccording to the HGHI map, Arkansas is now seeing 27.1 daily new cases per 100,000 people. The experts at COVID Exit Strategy put the state in the "uncontrolled spread" category, thanks in part to the 24 percent increase its positive test rate has seen over the last 14 days. Just over the past week, there have been 5,685 new COVID cases in Arkansas, per The New York Times, with nearly 82,050 cases in the state thus far. And for more of the states with the worst coronavirus numbers, These Are the States Where COVID Cases Are Skyrocketing. 6 OklahomaJust above Arkansas is Oklahoma, which is currently experiencing 27.3 daily new COVID cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI. COVID Exit Strategy notes that the 14-day test positivity trend has been less severe in Oklahoma but still significant at 16 percent. There have been more than 7,285 new coronavirus cases in Oklahoma over the past seven days, and almost 85,200 cases overall, The New York Times reports. 5 IowaIn Iowa, the daily new case rate is even higher: 28.2 cases per 100,000 people. And the state is also facing a high positive test rate of 16.4 percent, per COVID Act Now. The additional 6,250 coronavirus cases in Iowa in the last week contribute to the over 87,500 cases the state has seen since the pandemic began. And for more on the surges across the country, This Is Why Dr. Fauci Says the U.S. Is "Not in a Good Place" With COVID. 4 UtahState officials in Utah are trying to mitigate the spread of coronavirus with new restrictions, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The results of those efforts have yet to be seen, but as of Sept. 29, Utah is experiencing 30.5 daily new cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI map. Moreover, the state has a high infection rate (1.25) and a high positive test rate (12.9 percent), as reported by COVID Act Now. There have been almost 7,040 new COVID cases in Utah over the past seven days, resulting in nearly 71,450 cases total. 3 WisconsinThe coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin has been drawing attention for some time, and the numbers continue to paint a troubling picture. COVID Exit Strategy points to a nearly 70 percent increase in the 14-day test positivity trend; it's now at 18.5 percent, according to COVID Act Now. And per the HGHI map, the daily new case rate is soaring at 37.3 cases per 100,000 people. That reflects the more than 15,665 new cases over the last week, giving Wisconsin a total of 124,320 COVID cases thus far. And if you want to know more about your state, This Is What Wave of the COVID Pandemic Your State Is In. 2 South DakotaFew states have been higher on health experts' radars recently than the Dakotas, which are suffering the most extreme COVID spikes in the country. South Dakota is now seeing 46.0 new daily cases per 100,000 people, according to the HGHI map, an alarmingly high rate. The state's positive test rate of 25.5 percent is the second-highest in the country—behind only its neighbor to the north. South Dakota has now reached almost 22,000 coronavirus cases, per The New York Times, with nearly 2,870 of those just over the past seven days. 1 North DakotaAs high as South Dakota's numbers are, they're still not as high as North Dakota's, where the daily new case rate has now reached 51.9 cases per 100,000 people, the HGHI says, by far the highest nationwide. The infection rate of 1.12 is high, though not the highest in the country, but the positive test rate of 29.5 percent is currently the worst across the U.S. In the last week, there have been almost 2,740 new COVID cases in North Dakota. As of Sept. 29, the state has seen just over 21,400 cases overall. And for more up-to-date news, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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  • World
    The Telegraph

    Auschwitz director offers to serve time in place of 13-year-old Nigerian sentenced to 10 years for blasphemy

    The director of the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland has offered to serve time for a Nigerian child who was convicted of blasphemy and ordered to spend ten years in prison by a Sharia court . In an open letter, Piotr Cywinski asked Nigeria’s President to intervene and pardon 13-year-old Omar Farouq for the conviction. “As the director of the Auschwitz memorial, which commemorates the victims and preserves the remains of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camps, where children were imprisoned and murdered, I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity,” he wrote. Omar Farouq was arrested earlier this year by religious police in Kano, Nigeria’s second-largest city, after he had a ‘blasphemous’ conversation with an older man. His conviction by a religious court has provoked condemnation by the United Nations and global human rights groups. Mr Cywinski told The Telegraph that he felt he had to act when he heard about Omar. “When I heard about this story last week, I remembered that [Nigeria’s] President Buhari visited Auschwitz in 2018. So I thought that maybe a voice coming from this difficult place would have some effect on him... I have kids that age. "There are some times we have to stop our own silence and try to do something. It’s not enough to just like something on Facebook or retweet it.” Mr Cywinski added that since he sent the letter last week, no one from the government had responded yet. Kola Alapinni, Omar’s lawyer, told The Telegraph that the adolescent has been held in a prison for adults and not been allowed to see any legal representation. If Omar had been older, Mr Alapinni says, he would have been sentenced to death. At a federal level, Nigeria is a secular state. But 12 of the country’s northern Muslim-dominated states have a Sharia system running in parallel to the secular courts. These courts can only try Muslims and regularly serve out medieval-style punishments. Mr Alapinni, a graduate of the University of Essex and a secularist campaigner, says he will keep fighting Omar’s corner. “Section 10 of the constitution says Nigeria is a secular state. We are not Iran; we are no Saudi Arabia; we are not the Vatican. We are a multi-religious state with freedom of thought, expression and religion enshrined in the constitution,” he says. “This should not be happening.”

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