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The US military has sent half a dozen armored vehicles on a 90-day mission to reinforce its troops in eastern Syria, less than a month after four US soldiers were injured during an altercation with Russian troops in the area. There are currently less than 1,000 US troops in Syria, a number that has remained approximately the same since the end of the US military offensive that deprived the Islamic State [IS] of most of the territory in Syria. Russia has deployed military forces to Syria in support of the Syrian regime, while US troops conduct joint patrols and operations with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia it backed in 2015 to fight against IS.
Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descended upon Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks for its Bikefest this weekend, approximately three weeks after a similar rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, was linked to COVID-19 cases in at least eight states. The five-day festival started on Wednesday, as Missouri continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Saturday, Missouri reported 1,387 new cases, and, according to the Associated Press, hospitalizations are rising.
Donald Trump's move to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election is an "abuse of power", his Democratic rival Joe Biden says. Mr Trump has said he will next week nominate a woman to replace the longstanding liberal justice. Mr Biden has urged Senate Republicans to delay a confirmation vote.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that there was no plan for her talk by telephone with new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, after a Japanese envoy had told Tsai that Suga might be open to it, prompting concern in Beijing. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has close cultural and historic ties with Japan, though Japan, like most countries, recognises China's government in Beijing, not Taiwan's. Meeting Tsai in Taipei on Friday, former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori, visiting for a memorial service for late president Lee Teng-hui, said Suga told him that "if there is the opportunity, he hopes to speak by phone or other means".
An overnight shooting that left two young people dead and 14 others injured brought further tumult to a city already gripped by civil unrest and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The two people who died — Jaquayla Young and Jarvis Alexander — were 2019 high school graduates. Both were innocent bystanders at a house party that grew out of control, police said.
Several hundred "Arizona Republicans for Biden" signs have been damaged or stolen from lawns across the state in recent months, the group who displayed them said. The signs had displayed by a political action committee called "Arizona Republicans Who Believe In Treating Others With Respect." The group's president, Daniel Barker, a former Arizona Court of Appeals judge, told the Arizona Republic that his team had put up 1,000 signs, and they still don't know who's taking them down.
Robert W Gore, who invented Gore-Tex technology while working for his father's company in Maryland, US, has died aged 83. Introduced in 1976, the fabric has protected countless walkers, runners and outdoor enthusiasts from wet weather, but is also found in numerous products. A chemical engineer, Robert Gore became CEO of WL Gore & Associates.
A majority of Americans, including many Republicans, want the winner of the November presidential election to name a successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday. The national opinion poll, conducted Sept. 19-20 after Ginsburg's death was announced, suggests that many Americans object to President Donald Trump's plan, backed by many Senate Republicans, to push through another lifetime appointee and cement a 6-3 conservative majority on the court.
Despite president Donald Trump's claims that a coronavirus vaccine will soon be available, new polling shows that a majority of Americans have no confidence in him to confirm that it is safe. An ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Sunday shows that 69 per cent of Americans do not have confidence in the president vouching for the effectiveness of a vaccine — 53 per cent saying they have no confidence at all in him doing so. Conversely, just nine per cent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in the president to confirm the effectiveness of a vaccine, and just 18 per cent have “a good amount” of confidence.
Twin brothers under house arrest on murder charges duct-taped a man and cut his face and toes demanding a ransom payment, authorities said. On Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida announced 23-year-old twin brothers Devon Cooke and Donavan Cooke, of Miami Gardens, were charged with carjacking and kidnapping after they allegedly abducted and assaulted a man in an attempt to collect ransom money. The brothers were under house house arrest on murder and attempted murder charges when the incident happened.
The ongoing spike is further exacerbated by the fear of "twindemic" as the annual flu season approaches The news comes a day after U.S. health officials reversed controversial guidance on coronavirus testing on Friday and now recommends that people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should get tested, even if they're not symptomatic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got rid of language posted last month on its website that said people don't need to be tested if they don't feel sick.
A judge has blocked a US government attempt to ban the Chinese messaging and payments app, WeChat. US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the ban raised serious questions related to the constitution's first amendment, guaranteeing free speech. The Department of Commerce had announced a bar on WeChat appearing in US app stores from Sunday, effectively shutting it down.
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden and his party allies increased their cash holdings to $466 million at the end of August, a campaign official said on Sunday, as President Donald Trump's campaign reported that its cash pile was little changed from a month earlier. The figures reported by each side suggests that Biden, a former vice president who is leading Trump in most opinion polls, could have a financial advantage over Trump as the two sides prepare for the Nov. 3 presidential election. While the Trump campaign started the year with a considerable cash advantage, Biden has closed the gap as Democratic donors consolidated behind him and the Trump campaign has burned through its money more quickly.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked then-President Barack Obama from filling a high court seat during his final year in office following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The Kentucky Republican has put up with Mr Trump's antics since he took office largely because the president has been more than willing to nominate McConnell-preferred conservative federal judges. Now, the duo have a chance to give the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative lean for years to come.
Just this year, amateur aurora-hunters discovered a new type of aurora that could come from space particles heating Earth's upper atmosphere. A NASA intern also revealed a new type of twisting aurora, which led scientists to a mysterious crunch in Earth's magnetic field. The lights at Earth's poles continue to surprise researchers, and other planets' aurorae offer hints at how their atmospheres and magnetic fields behave, too.
There is a powerful new satellite in the sky to monitor emissions of methane (CH4), one of the key gases driving human-induced climate change. Known as Iris, the spacecraft can map plumes of CH4 in the atmosphere down to a resolution of just 25m. This makes it possible to identify individual sources, such as specific oil and gas facilities.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the coronavirus restrictions in its biggest city Auckland will be eased, while all restrictions will be lifted in the rest of the country. Auckland will move to alert level 2 from Thursday, Ardern said at a news conference on Monday, which will limit gatherings to 100 people. The rest of the country will move to level 1 from midnight on Monday, she said.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Sunday implored Senate Republicans to let the winner of the Nov. 3 election decide who will fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Ruth Bader's Ginsburg's death, telling them that to do otherwise risked "irreversible damage" to American democracy. Speaking at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Biden praised Ginsburg for achieving a level of standing in American culture that had been held by few Supreme Court justices. "She did as much to advance the constitutional rights, opportunities and justice for women, as Justice Marshall did for African Americans," he said.
The CDC's weekly report on US COVID-19 deaths breaks down fatalities by age, sex, race, and comorbidities — health conditions that increase a person's risk of a severe case. Because only 6% of Americans who died of COVID-19 had no preexisting conditions, some people think those are the only people who the virus has truly killed. Health problems like diabetes and heart disease make COVID-19 more deadly.
Testing and customer complaints of medical problems resulted in two lots of NP Thyroid tablets getting recalled by manufacturer Acella Pharmaceuticals. NP Thyroid got pulled for subpotency, the same reason Nature-Throid and WP Thyroid got pulled by RLC Labs earlier this month. The Acella-written, FDA-posted recall notice says the tablets “may have as low as 87% of the labeled amount of levothyroxine (T4).
Demonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv and other cities on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions, decrying how the measures have affected daily life even with infection rates rising in many places and the global death toll approaching 1 million. The government recently banned social gatherings of more than six people in the hopes that it would help reverse a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and suggested that tougher restrictions could be coming. Saturday's protest in Trafalgar Square, which was themed “Resist and Act for Freedom,” ended in clashes between demonstrators and London police, as officers tried to disperse hundreds of people holding banners and placards scrawled with anti-restriction messages such as “This is now Tyranny.”
Former President Bill Clinton, who nominated Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court during his first year in office, remembered her as a "force for equality for men, as well as women," and said he was not surprised by the celebrity Ginsburg gained later in life because she "symbolizes everything that's best about America" and was "always on the level." Clinton was far less complimentary of Republicans who have indicated since her death Friday that they wish to replace the liberal-leaning Ginsburg with a Trump appointee, regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election. In three television interviews Sunday, Clinton accused McConnell of hypocrisy because he argued in 2016 that voters should weigh in before then-President Barack Obama tried to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in an election year.
The vestiges of enshrined racism are evident in the appalling ignorance of the court opinion's first sentence: “Florida has long followed the common practice of excluding those who commit serious crimes from voting.” With that dog whistle, Chief Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals proceeded to again justify as constitutional the racially biased practice of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of Florida felons who have failed to pay what are, in effect, indeterminate financial penalties stemming from their convictions. To be clear, the “common practice” of felon disenfranchisement laws in the South is rooted in Jim Crow era constitutional and legislative initiatives designed simply to deny Blacks the right to vote.
With all the highest end customizations, the home costs about $413,000 and can be installed in just 90 minutes. Swedish company iOhouse created a luxury, futuristic smart home with Space. The contemporary design comes completely move-in ready, with everything from furniture to sheets and wine glasses already set up. The house is transported by trailer anywhere in the EU, dropped in place by a crane, and residents can move in within 90 minutes.
“The SAT is emblematic of higher education’s failure to keep up with the times...Just the stuff that systemic racism thrives on.”
“These tests create unnecessary stress for young people already dealing with mental health challenges.”
“Dropping the SAT requirement makes it harder for colleges to compare applicants against a common standard.”
“The best predictor of college success overall is a simple one: high school grades.”
“What matters more is a broader push to help minority students get better educations.”