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Omar, Tlaib host news conference on travel restrictions

Omar, Tlaib host news conference on travel restrictions Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan plan to host a news conference Monday afternoon on travel restrictions to Israel and Palestine, after they were denied entry into Israel last week. At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel denied entry to the two Muslim representatives over their support for the Palestinian-led boycott movement. Tlaib and Omar, who had planned to visit Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on a tour organized by a Palestinian group, are outspoken critics of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and support the Palestinian-led international movement boycotting Israel.

French hiker missing in Italy nine days found dead

French hiker missing in Italy nine days found dead The body of a French hiker who disappeared nine days ago south of Naples was found Sunday, local Italian authorities said. "The body of Simon Gautier has been found a short while ago," the authorities in Sapri, near Belvedere di Ciolandre where the 27-year-old hiker was found dead. Gautier called for help on August 9, saying he had fallen down a cliff and broken both legs, but was unable to give his location other than "in the middle of nowhere, on the coast".

Man tells cops he may be hit-and-run driver in fatal crash. He thought he hit a deer

Man tells cops he may be hit-and-run driver in fatal crash. He thought he hit a deer A Palmetto man has come forward to tell authorities he may have been the one involved in the fatal hit-and-run that killed a 13-year-old boy and a 47-year-old man walking along U.S. 19 early Sunday.

Plague-infected prairie dogs cause shutdown of Colorado wildlife refuges

Plague-infected prairie dogs cause shutdown of Colorado wildlife refuges Parts of a Colorado wildlife refuge remained closed off on Sunday after officials first discovered plague-infected prairie dogs there in late July.Wildlife and nature areas near Denver have been shut down as officials continue efforts to stem the spread of the disease.Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000 acre nature area northeast of Denver, was able to partially reopen on Sunday.The refuge is home to many species, including bison and bald eagles, and where the plague concerns first developed in the black-tailed prairie dog.Plague-infected fleas were biting the prairie dogs, and officials began closing affected areas "as a precautionary measure to prioritise visitor health and safety, while also allowing staff to protect wildlife health," according to a statement from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Certain areas remain closed because of the risk posed by hiking through them and taking pets. Dogs are less susceptible to plague than cats, but may pick up fleas that can infect other animals and people, Gilbert Cazier, an environmental health specialist in the Tri-County Health Department, said."If you bring the dog home and he sleeps in your bed, those fleas can then jump and get onto you," Mr Cazier said.Though the plague can now be treated with antibiotics, it has a dark history and, according to the CDC, was responsible for the death of 60 per cent of Europe's population during the Black Death.In 1900, rat-infested ships sailing from areas with plague problems led to epidemics in US port cities, but the last epidemic was in Los Angeles in the 1920s.Today, most plague cases are reported in the western part of the United States, with an average of seven cases reported every year in recent decades. The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, often infects small rodents like rats, mice, and in the most recent incident in Colorado, prairie dogs. Fleas can then transmit the disease to humans and other larger mammals. In addition to fleas, humans can contract plague from coming into contact with the body fluids of infected animals, or by breathing in the coughed droplets of plague bacteria.Bubonic plague is responsible for 80 per cent of plague cases in the United States every year, according to the CDC. A boy in Idaho contracted bubonic plague last year. In 2017, Arizona officials warned residents after discovering plague bacteria fleas. And sadly, in 2015, a star high school athlete died from plague in Colorado.Plague continues to afflict some communities around the world. In 2017, an outbreak of pneumonic plague in Madagascar killed 202, according to reports by the World Health Organisation.Health officials in Colorado have been coating prairie dog holes with an insecticide powder. As the prairie dogs enter their holes and brush up against the powder, Mr Cazier said, it kills the fleas on them and prevents the spread to other animals.Some parts of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and nearby areas will remain closed through Labor Day Weekend, officials announced on Friday. The areas include parts of the wildlife refuge and other open spaces in Commerce City, a suburb outside of Denver. Officials did clarify that Dick's Sporting Goods Park, an event venue nearby would continue to host all events, but that parking was restricted to asphalt parking only, since nearby grassy areas had prairie dog populations.The Washington Post

Iranian tanker at centre of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar, shipping data shows

Iranian tanker at centre of standoff with West leaves Gibraltar, shipping data shows The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further. British Royal Marines seized the tanker in Gibraltar in July on suspicion it was carrying oil to Syria, a close ally of Iran, in violation of European Union sanctions. The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar around 11 p.m. (2100 GMT), Refinitiv shipping data showed.

Police: Fake cop busted pulling over real detectives on Long Island

Police: Fake cop busted pulling over real detectives on Long Island Nassau County police say Valiery Portlock sounded a horn and flashed emergency lights Friday morning as he an attempt to pull over a van in Hicksville, Long Island.

Roller coaster malfunction causes cars to collide; multiple kids taken to hospital

Roller coaster malfunction causes cars to collide; multiple kids taken to hospital Five people were taken to the hospital Friday night after malfunctioning roller coaster failed to stop in Ocean City, Maryland.

Duke of York pictured inside mansion of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Duke of York pictured inside mansion of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein Peering out from behind the 15ft-high solid oak door Prince Andrew is seen to catch himself and check if anyone is watching as he waves goodbye to an attractive brunette. And it may be little surprise that he was concerned that someone might spot him in the doorway of the £63million Manhattan mansion, as it belonged to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. A video of the encounter emerged as the Duke of York faced a growing list of questions over this association with the financier who died in prison in an apparent suicide earlier this month. The Duke is seen in the video emerging in the imposing doorway of the New York building which Epstein's victims have dubbed the "House of Horrors" to chat for a few seconds and then wave goodbye to an unnamed woman. Before he closes the door he peers around it apparently to see if anyone is watching. Less than an hour earlier Epstein had left the house in a thick fur-lined coat in the company of a young blonde woman who was wearing a thin jumper and appeared to be shivering. Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein pictured walking together in Central Park during the 2010 visit  Credit: Jae Donnelly  Witnesses told the Mail on Sunday that the woman entering and leaving the house whilst the Duke was inside "looked very young indeed". The footage is from December 2010 when the Duke, then the UKs Special Representative for Trade, stayed with Epstein in his New York home. Previously pictures have emerged from the same trip of the pair walking together in Central Park. The corridor in which the Duke stood to wave goodbye to the woman is said to contain a number of bizarre items, including a painting of Bill Clinton wearing the dress Monika Lewinsky was infamously wearing when she performed a sex act on him and a chandelier with a life sized female doll hanging from it. Jeffrey Epstein was in prison awaiting trial when he apparently took his own life  Two years before the video was shot Epstein had been convicted of sex with a child and placed on the sex offenders register.   The emergence of the video came after prosecutors in the US said they were continuing their investigations into Epstein's crimes and their attention had turned to his associates. The source said that they had gone public with the footage to try and encourage other victims to come forward. The Duke is braced for the release of further court documents in coming weeks after being named in documents relating to British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is alleged to have "acted as a madam" for her lover Epstein. She has repeatedly denied the claims. Ghislaine Maxwell denies being a "madam" for her former lover Jeffrey Epstein   Buckingham Palace have refused to comment on the video but have recently repeated their "emphatic denial" of allegations against the Duke made by Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein's victims. A spokesman for the Palace said: "Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue." The Duke is currently on holiday in Spain with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. The Metropolitan Police have refused to say whether they will look at requests by Ms Roberts to resume their inquiries into the allegations she made surrounding her time in London. In 2015 Detectives looked at allegations that Ms Roberts, who now uses her married name Guiffre, was trafficked to London for sexual exploitation but they did not to pursue a full investigation.

This Teenager Escaped Repression in West Africa. ICE Claimed He Was an Adult, and Jailed Him Anyway.

This Teenager Escaped Repression in West Africa. ICE Claimed He Was an Adult, and Jailed Him Anyway. Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThis story also appears at Documented, a non-profit news site devoted solely to covering New York City's immigrants and the policies that affect their lives. Subscribe to their newsletter here. From the moment Mahmoud* was detained at the border, he told federal authorities he was 17 years old. He told them at the Border Patrol station. He told them at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement adult detention facility where he was held in Port Isabel, Texas. "They asked me for documents that prove I'm 17 years old and I provided all those documents," he told Judge Frank Pimentel in the Port Isabel, Texas immigration court. "I'm assuming the government must have some basis for concluding that he is older than that," Pimentel responded. The attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told the judge the birth year they had would make Mahmoud 25 years old. "I'm sure [ICE deportation officers] would have looked into that already," the ICE attorney said. ICE spent the next four months fighting to keep him in adult detention. Two years later, Mahmoud can hardly speak about the experience. "It was hard for me in there," he said.  In detention, he could barely sleep and often woke up crying. "He wasn't able to be his young self in detention," said Carina Patritti, an attorney at the Legal Aid Society who has represented Mahmoud. "He had to grow up quickly."Mahmoud says he gave ICE and CBP agents a copy of his birth certificate immediately after he was detained at the border. He fled his home country in West Africa at age 17 after the government targeted him due to his political participation. He quickly gathered some documents and clothing and flew to Brazil. From there, he traveled up to the US-Mexico border and crossed with a group of men from his country. Border Patrol agents found the group and arrested them. In the station, the agents put Mahmoud in a room with a French-speaking translator on speakerphone, he said. The agents asked Mahmoud about his age. He presented them with a copy of his birth certificate and a few other documents and spent the night at the station."They continued to ask me. I told them again, I am 17," he said in an interview. Eventually they hurried him into a van and drove him to the Port Isabel Detention Center, a detention facility for adults. Mahmoud says he told ICE and CBP agents repeatedly that he was 17 years old throughout his detention. Under the Flores settlement, a lawsuit from 1997, the U.S. government is only allowed to detain people under the age of 18 for 20 days, and only in facilities with higher standards of care than adult immigration detention centers. Mahmoud was held for about four months in a privately run facility for adults. Asylum seekers often flee in haste, grabbing what documents or valuables they can find before pushing towards the U.S.. Federal agents scrutinize their documents to spot fakes and catch people trying to game the system. Various branches of the Department of Homeland Security have entire units dedicated to detecting fraudulent documents. This scrutiny is partially due to the fact that minors are allotted more chances to file for asylum and have more freedoms in captivity. "Since 1997, there have been numerous developments affecting DHS's and ORR's age determinations, but there remains no real procedure by which conflicting evidence regarding age may be weighed by a neutral and detached decision maker," said Carlos Holguín, general counsel at the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law, the civil-rights legal organization that brought the Flores case to court. Federal policy dictates that if a "reasonable person" would conclude that an immigrant detained by ICE is an adult, despite their claims to be a minor, then the government will "treat the person as an adult for all purposes."ICE didn't respond to a request for comment. In a court hearing, Mahmoud said that while traveling with a group of migrants through Panama, they had been stopped by border agents. "They were taking all the minors, keeping them and asking them questions," he told Judge Pimentel, so he'd said that he was 25. "All right, well again, I don't know anything about that. What we have to do now is to schedule your case for a hearing," Pimentel responded. In a later hearing, the judge pushed back against ICE's claims about Mahmoud's age. "I respect the fact that [ICE agents are] making immediate type decisions and don't always have the information at hand at the time. But the court is not going to base its determination of the respondents age on how the respondent looks to the court," Pimentel said. He asked the ICE attorney to produce evidence to support their claim that Mahmoud was older than he said he was. The ICE attorney said that they reached out to the government of his home country-which Mahmoud was fleeing-to verify his birth certificate was genuine. They hadn't received a response yet, but the Department of Homeland Security's position on his age remained that Mahmoud "is not a juvenile and we would like to proceed as such," the attorney said. Judge Pimentel asked the ICE attorney for more evidence to support their claim about his age and postponed the hearing for about two weeks. Mahmoud was silent during the exchange.The judge later added, "At some point, if I don't get any answer, then we'll be here until the summertime when at your claim, you turn 18, and then it won't be an issue anymore." Denise Slavin, a retired immigration judge, explained that immigration judges-who are employees of the Department of Justice, rather than part of the independent judicial branch of the government-don't have jurisdiction over where detainees are held. "They can tell them what court their case will be in but not where they're held," she said.After the hearing, ICE agents took Mahmoud to get a dental examination to prove his age. The exam showed he was likely 16 to 22 years old, according to the court recordings. ICE released him to the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees unaccompanied minors, about four months after he entered the Texas facility. Mahmoud was transferred to a facility in Chicago where he was finally able to call his father. There, he saw a counselor three times per week and was able to go outside. "I had no one in detention," he said. Mahmoud was released from ORR custody and was allowed to move in with his cousin in the Bronx. His case was transferred to the New York City immigration court, where he was able to find a lawyer, and together they're fighting for his asylum claim. He is enrolled at a high school in the Bronx for 10th grade and wants to go to college to become an accountant. "The only thing that makes me happy is to think about my opportunity to study here," he said. "No one can stop me to study here, not like in my country."Sometimes thoughts of his journey and imprisonment creep back into his mind. But he doesn't talk about his experiences with any of his friends or at home; he just tries to forget. *This story uses a pseudonym to protect the subject's identity. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire" in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. The attack on the Shaybah oil field, which produces some 1 million barrels of crude oil a day near the kingdom's border with the United Arab Emirates, again shows the reach of the Houthis' drone program. Shaybah sits some 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) from Houthi-controlled territory, underscoring the rebels' ability to now strike at both nations, which are mired in Yemen's yearslong war.

Jordan summons Israel envoy over Jerusalem 'violations'

Jordan summons Israel envoy over Jerusalem 'violations' Jordan summoned Israel's ambassador on Sunday in protest over "violations" at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the foreign ministry said. It summoned envoy Amir Weissbrod to voice its "condemnation and rejection of Israeli violations" at the highly sensitive site, where Israeli security forces clashed with Palestinian worshippers last week. Jordan, the only Arab country apart from Egypt to have a peace agreement with the Jewish state, supervises Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.

Found: Placer County Sheriff's Office locates missing Granite Bay boy in nearby car

Found: Placer County Sheriff's Office locates missing Granite Bay boy in nearby car The Sunday evening search for an 8-year-old boy who went missing for several hours ended when authorities located him inside a vehicle a block away from his Granite Bay home, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said.

TV presenter punched live on air during protest

TV presenter punched live on air during protest A journalist was knocked unconscious live on air after being punched in the face while covering a feminist protest.Video footage published by TV network ADM 40 shows reporter Juan Manuel Jimenez speaking to the camera as women yell at him during a march in Mexico City.Mr Jimenez can be seen standing in the middle of the crowd as women throw glitter at him and a woman holding a young girl's hand shouts into the reporter's microphone.As the reporter continues speaking to the camera, a man dressed in a white T-shirt and blue baseball cap walks up to him and punches him in the face before calmly walking away.Mr Jimenez can be seen lying on the ground seemingly unconscious as protesters chase after his attacker.At the beginning of the clip, shaky footage also shows another protester with their face covered who appears to grab the journalist and hit him in a separate incident.In other footage shared on social media, news presenter Melissa del Pozo de Milenio of the Milenio Televisión network also appears to be attacked by protesters.The journalist can be seen struggling with a woman dressed in black who has her face covered.The camera then focuses on two women who appear to be stabbing a sign.Demonstrators painted the word "rapists" on the wall of a nearby police station and phrases such as "they don't take care of us" and "rape state" on Mexico City's Angel of Independence monument. The feminist protests were triggered by allegations that two teenage girls were raped by a group of policemen.The demonstrations have become known as the "glitter protests" after marchers doused the city's police chief in pink glitter.Violence against women is a serious problem in Mexico. Human Rights Watch says Mexican laws "do not adequately protect women and girls against domestic and sexual violence".A 2019 report said provisions in Mexican law, including those that make the severity of punishments for sexual offenses contingent upon the supposed chastity of the victim, "contradict international standards".Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, the first woman elected to head the city's government, tweeted that the attorney general's office of the metropolis will investigate and bring charges against those who attacked journalists.

Iran tanker heads to Greece after release, Iran warns U.S against seizure attempt

Iran tanker heads to Greece after release, Iran warns U.S against seizure attempt An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean toward Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said that any at U.S. move to seize the vessel again would have "heavy consequences". The Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, left anchorage off Gibraltar about 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Sunday.

Rubio on climate change: 'We should choose adaptive solutions'

Rubio on climate change: 'We should choose adaptive solutions' Many proposed 'fixes' for climate change have been unrealistic and dangerous. Climate change is a real problem. Real problems deserve real solutions.

John Delaney draws 11 people to 2020 event - does he truly think he can win?

John Delaney draws 11 people to 2020 event - does he truly think he can win? The former congressman has put $24m of his own cash into an increasingly quixotic presidential run - and he's ploughing on despite a near total lack of supportJohn Delaney speaks at the Wing Ding fundraiser in Clear Lake, Iowa. What Delaney lacks in support, he makes up for in optimism. Photograph: Brian Cahn/Zuma/Rex/ShutterstockJohn Delaney has poured a staggering $24m of his own money into running for president. He has been campaigning for the White House for more than two years, and in that time has held more than 200 events in Iowa.On one recent Thursday morning, these efforts translated into a grand total of 11 people coming out to see Delaney, at a campaign event in the small town of Algona, in the north of the state.The former Maryland congressman, former businessman and formerly much wealthier candidate is one of a slew of long-shot candidates for the Democratic nomination. In a crowded, historically diverse field, Delaney is part of a group of white, middle-aged men who are forging ahead with their increasingly quixotic presidential campaigns in spite of a collective lack of support.Delaney strode into Miller's Sports Bar & Grill, one of a chain of bars across Iowa, just after 10am. One of his team had taped a couple of Delaney 2020 campaign posters to a wall in the back of the bar, and a sign-up list was on a table. The crowd, all silver haired apart from a thirtysomething man who walked in late, were sitting patiently at four different tables.Clad in the off-duty politician's uniform of open-necked shirt, blue jeans and casual brown shoes, Delaney got to work, vigorously shaking 11 hands. One member of the crowd was immediately impressed with the 56-year-old."You actually look even better than you do on TV," one woman said."I think I'm just going to stay around here," Delaney quipped.If Delaney was disappointed with the turnout, he didn't show it. Besides, in a way, the 11-person crowd was a positive. The night before, on Delaney's Facebook page, just two people had said they would attend, and one of those was his campaign director.Delaney, who served in Congress for six years before resigning to run for president, was joking when he said he might just stay around Iowa. But in fact, it would be hard for him to spend more time here. The 58-year-old has made 34 separate visits to the state in two years. This trip was the first of three in August. And the actual vote in Iowa - the state's caucuses - is still six months away.It's a grueling schedule. On Thursday alone, Delaney was scheduled to hold five different events in the space of nine and a half hours.With the pleasantries over at Miller's Delaney dived into his pitch. The two most important questions in 2020, he said, are: "Who can beat Trump?" and: "Who is the best leader for this country at this moment in time?"Delaney gestures at the end of his speech during a visit to the Iowa state fair in Des Moines earlier this month. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP"I believe I'm the right answer to those two questions," he concluded.Delaney's problem is that very few people agree. Despite a marathon campaign - he declared his candidacy in July 2017, 18 months before any other major contenders - and a big pot of cash, he is barely registering - even in Iowa. Delaney is currently polling at 1% in the state - in ninth place. Nationally, Delaney has just 0.3% of the vote.But Delaney, an electrician's son turned millionaire, isn't about to let a near total lack of support stop him."I don't want to be the president just to be the president," Delaney said at his second event of the day. "I want to be the president to do the job."Later, Delaney was speaking to a crowd of 15 people, at the Rustic Brew in Hampton, an hour and a half drive east of Algona. He had been allocated an area in the back, in a room with a painting of a reindeer on one wall. Delaney had almost immediately been interrupted by a man wearing a Vietnam cap.The man complained about veterans' hospitals. Delaney, hoping to appease him, said he would allow veterans to visit a wider range of hospitals for their care. The man in the cap said that was exactly the plan he was opposed to. Delaney said he would talk to him about it later, then carried on with his speech. The man in the cap slumped in his chair, mumbling something to himself.The main part of Delaney's pitch is that he can beat Donald Trump and actually pass legislation, whereas, in his view, people such as the leftwing senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are making "impossible promises". After Delaney criticized the more ambitious proposals of his rivals during the recent televised Democratic debates, Warren chopped him down, telling the audience: "I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for."Far from being cowed by that, Delaney told the Guardian that if he could change one thing about his campaign, he actually would have plugged his centrist credentials earlier."The kind of sharp contrasts I'm making now, I would have made them earlier," Delaney said.But what Delaney lacks in support, he makes up for in optimism. He brushed off concerns that he won't make the next Democratic debates - the bar for entry is far higher for the next round, in mid-September - by insisting he could make the one after that, because he expects other candidates to drop out.As Delaney closed out at the Rustic Brew, his campaign manager abruptly announced that the rest of the day's events were cancelled. He had only completed two out of five. The campaign manager put it down to a schedule conflict. John Delaney at the Iowa state fair in Des Moines, on 9 August. Photograph: Eric Thayer/ReutersThe Guardian chased Delaney down in Des Moines the next day, where he was appearing at the Iowa state fair. Delaney spent some time prodding pork chops on a grill - a classic state fair photo opportunity - before speaking for about 15 minutes to a crowd, again pitching his centrist vision. He drew a decent number of people, but his crowd was dwarfed by those who came out for speeches by Warren, Sanders and Biden.Delaney is probably right when he says other people will soon quit the race. The California congressman Eric Swalwell ended his campaign in July, citing a lack of money and a lack of support. Colorado ex-governor John Hickenlooper dropped out last week. Delaney doesn't have to make that choice yet. He has loaned his campaign $24m, but according to Forbes, he is worth $200m, so he has plenty of cash left to splurge.But there will surely come a point where he has to make a decision. Given Delaney is polling within the margin of error of zero, that point might come soon.Or perhaps Delaney, ever the optimist, could bide his time. If Trump wins in 2020, then there's always 2024. If Delaney doesn't bankrupt himself first, maybe he could be a contender.At the very least, he will know his way around Iowa.

Client says Arizona massage therapist's 'cuddling' session turned sexual

Client says Arizona massage therapist's 'cuddling' session turned sexual A Phoenix woman's complaint says a "cuddling" session with a massage therapist turned sexual.

The Must-See, Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Cars from the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The Must-See, Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Cars from the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Ohio Police Arrest White Supremacist Who Allegedly Threatened to Attack Jewish Community Center

Ohio Police Arrest White Supremacist Who Allegedly Threatened to Attack Jewish Community Center An Ohio man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly threatening to attack a local Jewish community center.

Zimbabwe deploys security forces to prevent banned march

Zimbabwe deploys security forces to prevent banned march Troops and police were out in force in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo on Monday to prevent a planned opposition march, days after brutally dispersing a similar banned protest in Harare. Soldiers and armed police on horseback and in trucks were seen patrolling the central business district and most of the high density suburbs. One of the city's usually busy areas, the precincts of Tredgold Magistrate Courts, where illegal forex changers ply their trade, was cordoned off by police.

Sacramento files lawsuit to ban 7 men from business district

Sacramento files lawsuit to ban 7 men from business district The city of Sacramento has filed an unusual lawsuit to ban seven men considered to be a "public nuisance" from a popular business corridor. The lawsuit alleges the men are "drug users, trespassers, thieves ... and violent criminals" who have illegal weapons and ammunition and have forced police to dedicate an "excessive amount" of resources to the Broadway corridor. City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood filed the suit Aug. 9 in Sacramento Superior Court, according to a copy posted online by The Sacramento Bee .

The 25 Best Zombie Video Games

The 25 Best Zombie Video Games

Hours-old baby abandoned in Maryland woods found by passerby, hospitalized in stable condition

Hours-old baby abandoned in Maryland woods found by passerby, hospitalized in stable condition The infant was left in a wooded area in suburban Washington on a 90-degree day without so much as a diaper, according to police.

Dick Cheney to appear at Trump 2020 fundraiser as Republican establishment bows to president

Dick Cheney to appear at Trump 2020 fundraiser as Republican establishment bows to president Former vice president Dick Cheney will appear at a fundraiser for Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, according to an invitation for the event, in a sign that the Republican establishment will publicly back his re-election bid.Mr Trump won the Republican nomination in 2016 as an outsider and has often clashed with senior figures in the party, such as Mitt Romney and the late John McCain.However, an invitation to a luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyoming, shows Mr Cheney will appear alongside Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, according to The Washington Post.He will attend the event with his daughter Liz Cheney, who is a Republican congresswoman for Wyoming, for the fundraising group "Trump Victory".Mr Cheney, who was George W Bush's vice president, previously said Mr Trump's 2015 call for a "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," went "against everything [America] stands for and believes in".Earlier this year, Mr Cheney also clashed with Mike Pence, the current vice president, over the administration's foreign policy, criticising Mr Trump's hard-line approach towards US allies in Nato.The invitation reportedly does not list the official titles of Mr Mulvaney, Ms Trump or Mr Kushner and insists that "their participation in the event is not a solicitation of funds".Officials for the Trump campaign confirmed the event but would not say how much tickets would cost.Trump Victory has been known to charge up to six-figure amounts for tickets to its events."Representative Cheney is honoured to be co-hosting this event and working hard to support President Trump's re-election," a spokesperson for Ms Cheney said in a statement. "The president's policies are benefiting Wyoming and the nation."The structure of the Trump Victory committee, which raises funds for both the Trump 2020 campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC), has shown how the president has been accepted into the Republican Party's mainstream.By merging his re-election campaign with the national party, Mr Trump has become less vulnerable to an Republican opponent challenging him in the 2020 primary.However, linking the RNC to Mr Trump's divisive presidency may be risky in the long-term for the Republican Party.In recent weeks, billionaire Stephen Ross has faced calls for a boycott of his Equinox luxury fitness company over his plans to hold a fundraiser for Mr Trump in the Hamptons.Additional reporting by agencies

Iran says U.S. move on north Syria safe zone is "provocative"

Iran says U.S. move on north Syria safe zone is A U.S. agreement to set up a safe zone in northern Syria, a close ally of Iran, is "provocative and worrisome", the Iranian foreign ministry was reported to have said by the semi-official Fars news agency. The United States and Turkey last week agreed to set up a joint operations center for a proposed zone along Syria's northeast border.

Two firefighters went missing Friday on a fishing trip. Their search remains ongoing

Two firefighters went missing Friday on a fishing trip. Their search remains ongoing The U.S. Coast Guard, along with over a dozen other vessels, are continuing to search for two missing boaters last seen at Port Canaveral on Friday

Tons of pot found in truck full of jalapeno peppers in California, Border Patrol says

Tons of pot found in truck full of jalapeno peppers in California, Border Patrol says A U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog picked up on something strange Thursday night in a tractor-trailer shipment of jalapeno peppers at a San Diego crossing, the agency says in a release.

French waiter shot dead for being 'too slow with sandwich'

French waiter shot dead for being 'too slow with sandwich' A customer shot a waiter dead at an eatery on the outskirts of Paris, apparently enraged at being made to wait for a sandwich, a source close to the investigation said Saturday. The waiter's colleagues called police after he was shot in the shoulder with a handgun in the Noisy-le-Grand suburb east of Paris on Friday night, the source said. The gunman, who a witness said lost his temper "as his sandwich wasn't prepared quickly enough", fled the scene.

Assad regime bombs near Turkish military convoy

Assad regime bombs near Turkish military convoy Assad regime forces carried out an airstrike near a Turkish military convoy in northern Syria on Monday, in a rare example of Damascus directly confronting Turkish troops operating inside Syria. At least one pro-Turkey fighter was killed in the strike and several were injured, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It was not clear if the casualties were Turkish soldiers or Syrian rebels backed by Turkey.    The Syrian regime earlier condemned the military convoy, which it said was carrying weapons for Syrian rebels fighting against regime forces in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, in the south of the opposition-held province of Idlib.  Syrian state media said the convoy was "heading towards Khan Sheikhoun to help the terrorists...which confirms once again the support by the Turkish regime to terrorist groups".  There was no immediate comment from either Damascus or Ankara about the airstrike on Monday. Videos on social media appeared to show the Turkish convoy had halted its advance and was waiting on the side of the motorway.  The Assad regime condemned the Turkish convoy Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images Turkish forces maintain a number of outposts in Idlib, which they say are used for combatting jihadist groups and maintaining a ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia.  The Assad regime frequently complains about the Turkish presence in Syria, saying it is a violation of Syrian sovereignty and is designed to help terrorist groups, but rarely takes direct action against the Turks.   Assad regime forces stepped up their offensive against rebel forces in Idlib in April and have made territorial advances with the support of Russian airpower. At least 500 civilians have been killed since the offensive began, according to the UN. Rebel forces are led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a jihadist group with links to al-Qaeda.   Syrian forces are now on the outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun and are fighting to drive rebel fighters out. The town is best known as the site of an Assad regime chemical weapons attack in April 2017, when nearly a hundred people were killed by poison gas.   Donald Trump ordered airstrikes against a Syrian regime airbase in response to the attack.

Kathleen Blanco: Louisiana gov brought down by Katrina dies

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Migrant children have been molested in federal care, according to families, and the government could end up paying $200 million for it

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How the Government Creates Wealth Inequality

How the Government Creates Wealth Inequality There are economic storm clouds on the horizon, but for now wages are rising, jobs are plentiful, and poverty is falling. Democrats running for president need an economic line of attack, so the solution has been to focus on wealth inequality. Senator Bernie Sanders claims that there has been a "massive transfer of wealth from the middle class to the top one percent." Senator Elizabeth Warren lambastes America's "extreme concentration of wealth." Even the establishment Joe Biden laments, "This wealth gap that exists in the United States of America is so profound now."Wealth inequality has risen in recent years, but by far less than the Democrats and many media articles imply. The scarier claims about inequality usually stem from the flawed data created by French economist Thomas Piketty and his colleagues. More careful studies by other economists and the Federal Reserve Board reveal surprisingly modest changes in wealth inequality given the huge revolutions in globalization and technology that have occurred.Are increases in wealth inequality the awful thing that Democrats claim? It depends on what causes them. Much of the recent modest rise in wealth inequality stems from innovations in our economy that are pulling everyone up. Brian Acton and Jan Koum, for example, built huge multibillion dollar fortunes by creating WhatsApp, which provides free phone service for 1.5 billion users globally.Acton and Koum's success may have increased the wealth owned by the top 1 percent, but their product has created massive consumer value as well. Most of the wealthiest Americans are entrepreneurs who have fueled economic growth, which is clear in examining the Forbes 400 list. Wealth created this way is not the zero-sum struggle that Democrats imagine it is.That is the good news. The bad news is that the government itself generates wealth inequality in at least two ways that make us worse off. First, governments give subsidies, regulatory preferences, and other crony-capitalist benefits to wealthy insiders. In the recent Fat Leonard scandal, for example, Leonard Francis gained hundreds of millions of dollars of government contracts by cozying up to Navy officers and providing them with gifts, prostitutes, and other favors to get them to do his bidding.The other way that the government fuels wealth inequality is a deeper scandal. The expansion of social programs over the decades has undermined incentives for lower- and middle-income families to save while reducing their ability to save because of higher taxes. Government programs have displaced or "crowded out" wealth-building by all American families but the richest.Politicians complain loudly about wealth inequality, but their own policies are generating it. This issue receives too little policy attention, but it is profoundly important and reveals the hypocrisy of the political left.Many Americans have saved little for retirement because Social Security discourages them doing so, as does the heavy 12.4 percent wage tax that funds the program. Economist Martin Feldstein found that every dollar increase in Social Security benefits reduces private savings by about 50 cents.Social Security accounts for a larger share of retirement income for the non-rich than for the rich, so this crowd-out effect increases wealth inequality. In a simulation model, Jagadeesh Gokhale and Laurence Kotlikoff estimated that Social Security raises the share of overall wealth held by the top 1 percent of wealth holders by about 80 percent. This occurs because the program leaves the non-rich with "proportionately less to save, less reason to save, and a larger share of their old-age resources in a nonbequeathable form."A study by Baris Kaymak and Markus Poschke built a model of the U.S. economy to estimate the causes of rising wealth inequality. They found that most of the rise in the top 1 percent share of wealth in recent decades was caused by technological changes and wage dispersion, but the expansion of Social Security and Medicare caused about one-quarter of the increase. They concluded that the "redistributive nature of transfer payments was instrumental in curbing wealth accumulation for income groups outside the top 10% and, consequently, amplified wealth concentration in the U.S."More government benefits result in less private wealth, especially for the non-rich. It is not just Social Security and Medicare that displaces private saving, but also unemployment insurance, welfare, and other social spending. Some social programs have "asset tests" that deliberately discourage saving.Total federal and state social spending as a share of gross domestic product soared from 6.8 percent in 1970 to 14.3 percent in 2018. That increase in handouts occurred over the same period that wealth inequality appears to have increased. Generations of Americans have grown up assuming that the government will take care of them when they are sick, unemployed, and retired, so they put too little money aside for future expenses.Cross-country studies support these conclusions. A 2015 study by Pirmin Fessler and Martin Schurz examined European data and found that "inequality of wealth is higher in countries with a relatively more developed welfare state . . . given an increase of welfare state expenditure, wealth inequality measured by standard relative inequality measures, such as the Gini coefficient, will increase."A study by Credit Suisse found: "Strong social security programs - good public pensions, free higher education or generous student loans, unemployment and health insurance - can greatly reduce the need for personal financial assets. . . . This is one explanation for the high level of wealth inequality we identify in Denmark, Norway and Sweden: the top groups continue to accumulate for business and investment purposes, while the middle and lower classes have a less pressing need for personal saving."That is why it is absurd for politicians such as Sanders and Warren to decry wealth inequality and then turn around and demand European-style expansions in our social programs. The bigger our welfare state, the more wealth inequality we will have.The solution is to transition to savings-based social programs. Numerous countries have Social Security systems based on private savings accounts. Chile has unemployment-insurance savings accounts. Martin Feldstein proposed a savings-based approach to Medicare. The assets in such savings accounts would be inheritable, unlike the benefits from current U.S. social programs.Sanders and Warren are right to criticize crony capitalism as a cause of wealth inequality. But their big government approaches to social policy would have the opposite effect on wealth inequality than what they may believe.

Trump administration says transgender workers aren't protected by civil rights, Supreme Court filing reveals

Trump administration says transgender workers aren't protected by civil rights, Supreme Court filing reveals Donald Trump's administration has told the Supreme Court that transgender workers are not protected by federal civil rights law and can be fired because of their gender.The US government is arguing workers should only be protected from discrimination based on their "biological sex", court filings have revealed.A Supreme Court ruling in favour of the administration's position would set a legal precedent, marking a major setback for LGBTQ rights since the Obama administration.The court filing relates to an upcoming court case involving transgender funeral home worker Aimee Stephens, who was fired from her job after telling her employer about her transition."In 1964, the ordinary public meaning of 'sex' was biological sex. It did not encompass transgender status," the document filed on Friday reads.The 1964 Civil Rights Act states employers cannot discriminate based on sex, race, colour, religion, and national origin. "Title VII [of the act] does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons based on their transgender status," the filing argues. "It simply does not speak to discrimination because of an individual's gender identity or a disconnect between an individual's gender identity and the individual's sex."Under Barack Obama, the Justice Department decreed that Title VII did protect transgender workers. This meant Court of Appeals judges sided with Stephens in 2018.But former attorney general Jeff Sessions reversed the government's stance after Mr Trump took office in 2017.The Trump administration has since banned transgender people from joining the US military, reversing an Obama-era policy that allowed them to openly serve.The ban, which puts 14,700 jobs at risk, was formally upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this year.Mr Trump has previously claimed to be "perhaps the most pro-LGBT presidential nominee in the history of the Republican Party".The Supreme Court will hear Stephens's case on 8 October. It is one of three cases concerning LGBTQ workers rights expected to come before the court in the autumn.

Russia says no plans to install new missiles unless U.S. deploys them

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Massachusetts RMV suspends 869 more drivers two months after deadly N.H. motorcycle crash

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Patterson Fire is fully contained, while Cottage Fire is nearly so

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Girl, 16, missing from Northwest Indiana; family believes may be with stalker

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Father hopes for justice as Cardinal Pell waits on appeal verdict

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Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

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The Gay Metropolis review: if we can survive Aids, we can survive Trump

The Gay Metropolis review: if we can survive Aids, we can survive Trump Charles Kaiser's update of his seminal history is suffused with belief in civil rights, progress and essential human decencyActivists at the Queer Liberation March in Greenwich Village during the 2019 World Pride NYC and Stonewall 50th LGBTQ Pride day in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/ReutersWhen Charles Kaiser's pioneering account of American gay history was first published, in 1997, the future for LGBT people (the Q hadn't quite arrived) remained deeply uncertain.The liberation narrative that arose out of the events of Stonewall in 1969 had been tragically halted by the HIV/Aids epidemic in the 1980s. Whatever social and institutional acceptance might have been won in the heady days of the 70s was swiftly challenged, even reversed. The project of gay lib, indebted to America's other civil rights movements, was on shaky ground. Yet one of the pleasures in reading Kaiser - a Guardian contributor - is that he, like other liberal progressives of his generation, is an optimist. He continued to see promise in tomorrow.The new edition, revised and expanded, continues the story to around 2016 and, as before, Kaiser remains hopeful for the future. "I am alive," he writes, "at the best time to be gay since Aristotle."The Gay MetropolisI finished reading the revised edition, as I did the first, with real encouragement. That is no mean feat since in 1997 we were still living under the shadow of Aids and in 2019 we are living through the dark realities of the Trump administration. For Kaiser, progress often gets impeded but it wins out in the end. That is largely due to the strident and indefatigable efforts of people who insist on social change in the face of staggering odds. These people, often young, are the heroes of Kaiser's story, documented lovingly throughout his sweeping account.The concluding pages of the chapter on the 1990s show the ways Kaiser keeps faith with a progressive narrative of America's best self. Firstly, in 1995 and 1996, the arrival of antiretroviral drugs or "combination therapy" dramatically slowed the progress of HIV and suggested that a "cure" would eventually be found. We might one day awake from the nightmare of Aids, it suddenly seemed.Secondly, in the landmark 1996 case Romer v Evans, the supreme court overturned Colorado's attempt to forbid the protection of gay people from discrimination. These two events suggested that a corner might have been turned, leading away from the darkest moments of Reagan's deeply discriminatory 1980s.I doubt even a great optimist like Kaiser could have imagined the extraordinary changes around gender and sexuality that have taken place since.> I doubt even a great optimist like Kaiser could have imagined the extraordinary changes that have taken place"At the end of the second decade of the 21st century, gay progress continued with a dazzling velocity," he writes, and "politics and culture created an alchemy whose effect were nearly as powerful as the fusion of the 1960s." (I suspect nothing will ever top the 60s for Kaiser, who came of age in that decade, and that's fair enough.)In the past couple of decades, civil partnerships and marriage between same-sex couples have helped bend the norms of straight, civic society. Popular culture seems to get gayer all the time, from the triumph of Will and Grace to Moonlight, and representation in the mainstream is nothing like the lack it once was. In 2019, we have a plausible, openly gay candidate for president.Perhaps ironically, we are now at a point when the triumph of identity politics has even led to a dismantling of the idea of "identity" itself. A generation of "queer" youth don't feel the same need to label themselves or organize politically around "gay" or "lesbian". Indeed, you could argue that the most pressing and urgent debates around gender and sexuality are connected not to gay and lesbian rights but to trans rights and the complicated, challenging questions that arise from trans politics.When I read Kaiser's book first time round, I was struck by its erudition, elegance and pacey narrative. The overlapping discussions of well-known and less well-known players in the history of gay liberation are skillfully integrated into broader changes in post-war America. The book was among the first accounts that sought to provide an extended history of gay life (admittedly mostly male) before and after Stonewall. And while the focus is mostly New York, the "gay metropolis" of the title, the book offered much more than a local history.Barack Obama hosts a Pride Month reception at the White House in June 2012. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThese features continue to impress and the book has not only survived but remains one of the key popular studies of American social history. Fundamentally, Kaiser's story is one of ever-forward marching, in which the majority of the country is comprised of people he calls "decent Americans", people he respects who end up doing the right thing.The "gay metropolis" is now less literal and more figurative, now encompassing "cities, towns and villages across the world, where every iteration of sexual outsider and gender original has found the courage and dignity to be free." The "gay metropolis" is not so much a specific place as a state of mind and being, something like a global metropolis of progressive possibility.Kaiser ends the expanded version with the Obamas, contemporary America's most potent symbols of progressive hope. But they are no longer in power and their message of hope has been replaced by fear, exclusion, hatred and ignorance. Unfortunately, Kaiser doesn't really take on Trump and the shift from a forward-moving to a backward-looking political reality. That's a shame because he is such a sharp political observer.I expect he might see Trump as a striking aberration in the American story of progress. If gay people can survive Aids, then they can survive Trump, the hopeful logic might run.More to the point, Kaiser invests a great deal of faith in America's youth, out of whom new movements for change necessarily grow. It may be in our "queer" youth, rather than our "gay" youth, that the route out of Trump's deep morass can be found. * Mark Turner is professor of English at King's College London, where he teaches and writes about queer culture

The car was moving when the woman fell onto I-95. Police want to know how it happened

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Biden to skip DNC meeting in San Francisco where 13 candidates are expected

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'Sincere greetings from Russian Far East': Cold War message in a bottle washes up in Alaska

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UPDATE 1-EU says ready for no-deal Brexit, "British would be the biggest losers"

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Not 'invaders': Some Hispanic families in the Southwest predate the US entirely

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Sudan's Bashir got $90 mn from Saudi, investigator tells court

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Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

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7 shot after random Snapchat invites to 'instant house party,' Texas cops say

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Drug dealer spared jail after telling judge his baldness had ruined his life

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