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Democratic candidate Joe Biden is collecting a trio of Labor Day endorsements from organized labor while running mate Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence are set to campaign in Wisconsin as the 2020 presidential race, disrupted for months by the pandemic, enters its final phase. Biden was heading Monday to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for an AFL-CIO virtual town hall with union President Richard Trumka. President Donald Trump had no public events on his holiday calendar.
Two top leaders of Thailand’s pro-democracy protest movement were released from jail on Monday after police agreed that they no longer needed to be detained for investigation. Bangkok Criminal Court last Thursday ordered Arnon Nampha and Panupong Jadnok to be held in Bangkok Remand Prison at the request of police, who arrested them for allegedly violating the terms under which they had been previously freed on bail. Police said their continued involvement in demonstrations violated the terms of their release.
We think that Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3 is the best non-Apple smartwatch, which is one reason why it’s been very tough to find on sale. However, Amazon is now offering the first real deal on the Tizen-powered watch, selling it at $365.30 instead of the regular $430 price.
Dr. Janice Bacon was exactly the person Kay McField hoped to talk to when she found herself spending most of her days in bed, feeling too depressed to get up as the coronavirus pandemic threatened those around her. A Black primary care physician practicing in Mississippi for nearly four decades, Bacon works at an all-African American-run trio of community health centers in Hinds County, where the population is overwhelmingly Black — and where the most coronavirus cases have been reported in the state. Most of the families that Bacon and the more than 50 other doctors, nurses and social workers serve are African American, low-income and living with health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and asthma that are more common among Black Americans.
A man in his 80s in France took out much more than a fly he was attempting to swat this weekend, partially destroying his home and rendering it uninhabitable. The unidentified individual was reportedly eating dinner at about 7.45pm on Friday when he became irritated by the sound of a fly buzzing round and decided to take action. Grabbing an electric fly swatter shaped like a racquet, he swung at the small insect, but was unaware of the fact that a gas cylinder in his home was leaking. Fly swatters are a common household appliance, designed to emit pulses of electricity that stun or kill an insect as soon as there is contact with the device. A reaction occurred between the electricity from the racquet and the flammable gas in his home, causing a large explosion, which destroyed part of his kitchen and brought down a section of the ceiling. The octogenarian, from the village of Parcoul-Chenaud in Dordogne, remarkably managed to escape with only a burn to his hand. He was taken to Libourne hospital for checks. A local investigator told the Daily Mail: “On this occasion, gas was leaking into the man's house. The very hot zapper ignited the gas, causing a sudden explosion.” “The man was lucky to get away with a burned hand after diving on the floor, but the kitchen was destroyed along with part of the roof.” He has since checked in to a local campsite while his family conduct the necessary repairs to his home, local news outlet Sud Ouest reported. Electric fly swatters are usually harmless to humans, sending out only a small shock, but there are documented incidents of people suffering burns. The fly's fate remains unknown.
At least there won't be a government shutdown. Talks between top Democrats and the Trump administration broke off last month and remain off track, with the bipartisan unity that drove almost $3 trillion in COVID-19 rescue legislation into law this spring replaced by toxic partisanship and a return to Washington dysfunction. Democrats seem secure in their political position, with President Donald Trump and several Senate GOP incumbents lagging in the polls.
Employees of the Bialowieza nature reserve in eastern Poland were searching for a male bison Monday after it injured a vacationer. Local police chief, Tomasz Krupa, said that a 61-year-old man was hospitalized with injuries after he was attacked by the animal while taking an early morning walk in the Bialowieza Forest. Head of the Bialowieza National Park, Michal Krzysiak, told The Associated Press that he later saw traces of a single large bison at the site, most probably a male.
Russia's foreign minister has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad shortly after landing in the Syrian capital on Monday, his first visit since 2012. Russia has been a close ally of Assad in Syria’s devastating nine-year civil war, lending his government in Damascus vital military, economic and political support. Russian troops have been fighting alongside Syrian government forces since 2015, and President Vladimir Putin has visited the war-torn country twice, including in January this year.
Christopher Nolan's Tenet brought in $20 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend as it had the highest grossing opening weekend of any film in the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic forced cinemas across the country to close, CNBC reports. The spy thriller has made nearly $150 million worldwide following up on last week's surprisingly strong foreign debut, adding $78.3 million in foreign markets over the weekend, including $30 million in China.Tenet would have been expected to make $35 million to $55 million in its domestic debut pre-COVID, which would have put it in the neighborhood of other Nolan films such as Interstellar and Inception. The weekend's take was limited by a cap on attendance at 50 percent capacity. Also, only about 65 percent of U.S. theaters have reopened.Back in June, Natascha Tuznik, an infectious disease expert from UC Davis, declared movie theaters "less risky" than gyms and bars when it comes to places you could potentially contract COVID-19. But her prediction hinges on everyone in the theater wearing a mask, refraining from talking, facing the same direction, and remaining socially distant. "Remember, 'less risk' doesn't mean 'no risk,'" Tuznik said. Read all her tips for staying safe at the movies here.More stories from theweek.com 5 scathingly funny cartoons about Nancy Pelosi's salon visit Former RNC and new Lincoln Project member pillories GOP for 'capitulation' to Trump Climate change has arrived
A leading opposition activist in Belarus and two other members of an opposition council went missing Monday, raising fears they were detained as authorities seek to squelch nearly a month of protests against the re-election of the country's authoritarian leader. Maria Kolesnikova, a member of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with President Alexander Lukashenko on a transition of power, was reportedly put on a minibus in the capital, Minsk, and driven away by unidentified people. Last week, Kolesnikova announced the creation of a new opposition party.
California wildfires have burned nearly 2.1 million acres so far in 2020, surpassing the record for the most land scorched in the state in a single year, CAL Fire Capt. Richard Cordova said Sunday. "This is crazy," Cordova said. "We haven't even got into the October and November fire season, and we've broken the all-time record."> Incredibly, this slipped in "under the radar" due to the more acute short-term wildfire crisis: 2020 has now eclipsed 2018 for the most acres burned in California in a single year during modern era (2,094,955 acres), & "offshore wind" season has not even arrived yet.CAwx CAfire pic.twitter.com/cP6cUYGHBq> > — Daniel Swain (@Weather_West) September 7, 2020The news came as a record-setting heat wave created new challenges for exhausted firefighters who had finally started making headway containing some of the biggest blazes. The temperature in Woodland Hills, California, reached 121 degrees on Sunday, the highest ever recorded in Los Angeles County. The new record was two degrees above the previous high set in 2006. The National Weather Service said the area could get even hotter as a dangerous heat wave continues in California, Nevada, and Arizona, and records could be broken in other parts of the region. San Luis Obispo recorded a temperature of 120 degrees at the Cal Poly weather station, shattering the previous record of 115 degrees, which was set during a 2017 heat wave. "This is unmatched, just unprecedented, unreal," said John Lindsey, a meteorologist with Pacific Gas and Electric. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency in five counties.More stories from theweek.com 5 scathingly funny cartoons about Nancy Pelosi's salon visit Former RNC and new Lincoln Project member pillories GOP for 'capitulation' to Trump Climate change has arrived
Engadget's daily tech news bulletin includes streaming services' regulating in India, the end of the Amazon delivery 'phone tree' hack and more!
In a sign of Berlin's growing frustration over Moscow's stonewalling over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, Chancellor Angela Merkel's office indicated Monday that she might be willing to rethink the fate of a German-Russian gas pipeline project. Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany on Aug. 22, two days after falling ill on a domestic flight in Russia. German chemical weapons experts say tests show Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent, prompting the German government last week to demand that Russia investigate the case.
Confirmations of new coronavirus cases are rising in 22 of the 50 U.S. states, Reuters reports, citing the news agency's analysis of public health data. The news came as Americans gather for the Labor Day holiday weekend that traditionally marks the end of summer, and public health authorities warned that holiday crowds raised the risk of new infections.Most of the states reporting rising infections are in thinly populated parts of the Midwest and South. South Dakota showed the largest increase on a percentage basis, with 3,700 new cases over the past two weeks, a 126 percent increase compared to the previous two weeks. Some of the new cases were linked to the massive annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which attracted hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists in August. Nationwide, the increases were offset by falling new infections in the heavily populated states of California, Florida, and Texas.More stories from theweek.com 5 scathingly funny cartoons about Nancy Pelosi's salon visit Former RNC and new Lincoln Project member pillories GOP for 'capitulation' to Trump Climate change has arrived
The only member of an opposition-leading “troika” of women to remain in Belarus amid a crackdown by authorities was on Monday abducted from the streets of Minsk, local media reported. Maria Kolesnikova is part of the team that spearheaded efforts to oust longtime dictator Alexander Lukashenko in an election last month. An eyewitness told the independent Belarusian news site Tut.by she had seen Ms Kolesnikova walking in central Minsk on Monday morning. “I walked ahead and heard the sound of a phone falling on the pavement and some kind of commotion. I turned around and saw people in masks and civilian clothes were pushing Maria into a minibus,” they said. Calls to Ms Kolesnikova from the Telegraph went unanswered on Monday. Her team said their lawyers were working to ascertain her whereabouts. Belarusian police said they were “clarifying information” about the alleged abduction. Mr Lukashenko claimed victory in the rigged August 9 vote and police launched a brutal crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of Belarusians who came out to protest. Videos on social media have shown similar abductions of demonstrators into unmarked vehicles in the weeks since the election.
A blueprint released by the Biden campaign outlines how they believe President Donald Trump has failed women.
Greece will be bolstering its military with new armament programs, a boost to military personnel and the development of the country’s defense industry, the government spokesman said Monday, as a tense stand-off with neighboring Turkey has led to concerns of open conflict between the two NATO allies. Ankara is currently facing off against Greece and Cyprus over oil and gas exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean. Greece and Turkey have deployed naval and air forces to assert their competing claims in the region.
A killer whale who spent a record 17 days carrying her dead calf while in mourning has become a mother once again. The endangered whale, known as Tahlequah, was spotted with her new calf in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca in American waters, the Centre for Whale Research in Washington said. On its website, the Centre said: "Hooray! Her new calf appeared healthy and precocious, swimming vigorously alongside its mother in its second day of free-swimming life." Also known as J35 among scientific researchers, Tahlequah made international headlines in 2018 after she was documented carrying her dead calf for 17 days over 1,000 miles on a 'tour of grief'. She was also seen diving down deep to retrieve the corpse when it sank. The practice has occasionally been documented among the Southern Resident whales, who inhabit the waters off British Columbia and the American state of Washington, but J35’s lengthy period of mourning attracted global media attention. The population of Southern Resident whales is listed as endangered, and has declined from 88 in 2005 to just 73 today.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the first day of preschool looks a little different this year, leaving some kids and guardians feeling anxious.
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