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  • Trump on Supreme Court vacancy: 'When you have the votes, you can sort of do what you want'

    Trump on Supreme Court vacancy: 'When you have the votes, you can sort of do what you want'The president on Monday defended the Republican plan to bring his pick to replace the Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a vote so close to an election when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to do the same in 2016.


  • Conservatives claim Trump is target of ‘color revolution’

    Conservatives claim Trump is target of ‘color revolution’“Color revolutions” is the term used for popular uprisings against authoritarian regimes, such as those that took place in former Soviet countries, such as Ukraine and Georgia in, the early-and-mid-2000s. Though likely an unfamiliar term for most Americans, the recent warnings from Trump allies about an American color revolution set off alarm bells for some experts on the topic.


  • Solomon Islands: Men working for WW2 bomb clearing agency die in explosion

    Solomon Islands: Men working for WW2 bomb clearing agency die in explosionThe men were working to help dispose of the many unexploded World War Two bombs on the islands.


  • A Vermont grocery store worker was fired after stopping a purse snatcher who stole from an elderly woman

    A Vermont grocery store worker was fired after stopping a purse snatcher who stole from an elderly womanAmir Shedyak, a grocery store employee, told local news that he was fired after trying to stop a purse snatcher during a shift in August.


  • Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex case

    Israel court says woman can be extradited in child sex caseAn Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, potentially paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle. Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students, has been fighting extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.


  • Boss lures maids to home, chains 1 to bed; other dies trying to escape, TX cops say

    Boss lures maids to home, chains 1 to bed; other dies trying to escape, TX cops sayThe man told one of the women he had inappropriate photos of her, police say.


  • US faces ticking ‘feral swine bomb’ as millions of wild pigs run rampant across country

    US faces ticking ‘feral swine bomb’ as millions of wild pigs run rampant across countryThe wild boars cause $2.5bn in damages annually


  • Navalny asks for his clothes back as no official probe into poisoning launched in Russia

    Navalny asks for his clothes back as no official probe into poisoning launched in RussiaAlexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader who was in a medically induced coma for weeks, has asked authorities to return belongings and clothes that were seized from him as no official inquiry has been launched into his poisoning in Russia. Mr Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, fell suddenly ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow last month and spent weeks on a ventilator in a coma before regaining consciousness earlier this month. Several European laboratories independently confirmed that he had been poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok that was previously used in the attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. Russian officials have launched a preliminary investigation but one month after Mr Navalny was poisoned no criminal investigation has been started. The opposition leader’s team revealed last week that they managed to retrieve water bottles from his hotel room shortly after he fell sick on the plane and that traces of Novichok were found on one of those bottles. The clothes that Mr Navalny wore when he fell ill were seized by authorities before his medical evacuation to Germany. Mr Navalny in a blog post on Monday slammed the Russian government for refusing to investigate his poisoning. “I get a feeling as if I slipped in a supermarket and broke a leg instead of falling into a coma on a plane,” he said. Mr Navalny, a lawyer, said that authorities are obliged to return his clothes that might contain traces of the poison now that the one-month deadline for opening a criminal probe has passed. “Thirty days of the preliminary investigation have been used to hide this important piece of evidence,” he said. “My clothes are an important piece of evidence given the fact that Novichok was found on my body and that contamination by touch is quite possible. I demand that my clothes be packed in a plastic bag and returned to me.” The 44-year old opposition leader said on Saturday that he is now being able to work with a “tremble” but added that simple tasks are still a challenge for him. Doctors have said his condition is improving but said it was too early to rule out long-term damage to his health.


  • Florida man fights off attacking alligator by poking its eyes; survives with 65 stitches

    Florida man fights off attacking alligator by poking its eyes; survives with 65 stitchesMark Johnson, 61, was attacked by alligator and survived with 65 stitches. Here's the trick he used, which FWC warns doesn't always work.


  • What's behind Trump’s push for ‘patriotic education’?

    What's behind Trump’s push for ‘patriotic education’?President Trump has called for schools to teach a “pro-American curriculum” in response to a movement that encourages a greater focus on the role that racism has played in U.S. history.


  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman who will lie in state at the Capitol

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman who will lie in state at the CapitolMemorial plans for Ruth Bader Ginsburg will include a private ceremony at the Supreme Court and a public viewing on Wednesday and Thursday.


  • WeChat: Judge blocks US attempts to ban downloads of Chinese app

    WeChat: Judge blocks US attempts to ban downloads of Chinese appThe ban on the Chinese-owned messaging and payments apps was to come in on Sunday night.


  • Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks for a bike rally weeks after a similar event in Sturgis was linked to COVID-19 cases in 8 states

    Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks for a bike rally weeks after a similar event in Sturgis was linked to COVID-19 cases in 8 statesLake Ozark Mayor Gerry Murawski said last week that he didn't expect motorcyclists to wear masks to Bikefest because "that's just the way they are."


  • Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justice

    Armed and Black. How a group of men licensed to carry guns say they are seeking racial justiceArmed Black groups like the Minnesota Freedom Fighters work to protect the streets as calls for racial justice mount.


  • Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt's Saqqara pyramid

    Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt's Saqqara pyramidEgyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, an official said Monday. The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, said Neveine el-Arif, a spokeswomen for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Footage shared by the ministry showed colorful sarcophagi decorated with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, as well as other artifacts the ministry said were found in the two wells.


  • U.S. Space Force deploys troops to the Arabian Desert

    U.S. Space Force deploys troops to the Arabian DesertThe newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula.


  • Bull rider killed in Texas rodeo

    Bull rider killed in Texas rodeoRider was studying animal sciences at Oklahoma State University


  • The cruise industry will implement these COVID-19 precautions: testing, masks, ventilation, more

    The cruise industry will implement these COVID-19 precautions: testing, masks, ventilation, moreThe cruise industry has announced mandatory changes designed to make it safe to sail during the COVID-19 pandemic – ideally by the end this year.


  • Explainer: Democratic 'court packing' would prompt a gloves-off political fight

    Explainer: Democratic 'court packing' would prompt a gloves-off political fightThe vow by Republican President Donald Trump and the Republicans to quickly fill U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat despite a looming election has revived talk among some Democrats of expanding the number of justices on the court. Here are a few things to consider about "court packing." The number of justices on the high court has remained at nine since 1869, but Congress has the power to change the size of the bench and did so several times before that.


  • Susan Collins says the president elected on November 3 should be the one to pick the next Supreme Court justice

    Susan Collins says the president elected on November 3 should be the one to pick the next Supreme Court justiceSen. Susan Collins stopped short of refusing to vote on a nominee before the election — she merely said she believed it would be most fair to wait.


  • US offers $5m-reward for Colombian ELN rebel leader

    US offers $5m-reward for Colombian ELN rebel leaderWilver Villegas Palomino, a leading ELN member, has been charged with "narcoterrorism" by the US.


  • Walmart and Amazon donate to QAnon-promoting lawmaker

    Walmart and Amazon donate to QAnon-promoting lawmakerWalmart, Amazon and other giant companies donated money to the reelection campaign of a Tennessee state lawmaker who used social media to promote the QAnon conspiracy theory.


  • Ilhan Omar says no Republicans have even privately condemned death threats against her

    Ilhan Omar says no Republicans have even privately condemned death threats against herRep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has faced constant threats of violence since her election in 2018. They include public threats from Republicans set to join her in the House in January — and absolutely no condemnation from congressmembers on the other side of the aisle, she tells the The New York Times Magazine.In an interview with the Times, Omar discussed "hateful" attacks against her from Fox News' Tucker Carlson, as well as the rise of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican House candidate in a far-right Georgia district who held a gun next to a photo of Omar's "Squad" in a campaign video. Greene's video is just one of many "dangerous" people spouting "bizarre, ill-informed conspiracies" about Omar and other Democrats and "terrorizing so many of us," Omar said.But despite receiving "a few death threats that have been very publicized where people have been arrested and are incarcerated for it," Omar said she has received no support or condemnation from Republicans. "I can't remember a public statement or private comment of support," she continued.> Interesting juxtaposition here between Biden-esque cries that there are good and decent Republicans who are simply too scared to speak out publicly against Trump and the reality that Ilhan Omar describes. pic.twitter.com/hxAjTS6XSV> > — Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) September 21, 2020Despite being "discouraged" by this lack of unity "sometimes," Omar said she has "hope" that "the lived reality of what exists in American cities and towns" isn't the same as what's online. Read more at The New York Times Magazine.More stories from theweek.com Trump told Bob Woodward that with Mitch McConnell by his side, he's 'broken every record' on judges Biden's polling lead over Trump holds steady at 8 points, but his sizable cash advantage is new Biden drops a 10-second campaign ad featuring Trump and an iffy promise


  • Thousands protest Netanyahu; many ignore Israeli virus rules

    Thousands protest Netanyahu; many ignore Israeli virus rulesThousands of Israelis resumed their weekly protest Sunday outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence in central Jerusalem, despite a new nationwide lockdown order aimed at curbing a raging coronavirus outbreak. An exception allowing people to hold public demonstrations was included in the three-week lockdown imposed last Friday. Thousands of Israelis have participated in the protests throughout the summer, calling on Netanyahu to resign while he is on trial for corruption charges and accusing him of bungling the country’s coronavirus crisis.


  • Lost whale swims free from crocodile-infested river in Australia

    Lost whale swims free from crocodile-infested river in AustraliaA humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East Alligator River in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with little visibility. The last of the trio managed to navigate its way through shallow channels at the broad river mouth and back into Van Diemen Gulf over the weekend, Kakadu National Park manager Feach Moyle said. "It made its way out on the high tides and we're pleased it appeared to be in good condition and not suffering any ill effects," Moyle said in a statement. Humpbacks follow the western Australian coast in their annual migration from the tropics to Antarctica. A group of recreational sailors first spotted the lost trio on Sept. 2 more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the river mouth. Two of the whales had disappeared before wildlife authorities arrived a week later. Northern Territory government whale and dolphin scientist Carol Palmer said it was a mystery why a whale would stray so far up a shallow river full of crocodiles. "It could have been chased up by some big sharks or maybe it was just a wrong turn," Palmer said. Despite the river's name, there are no alligators in Australia. It was named after the river's many crocodiles by European explorers who apparently couldn't tell the difference. Authorities thought the whale was too big to be attacked by crocodiles, unless it became weak or sick.


  • Leaked files contain more evidence of Kremlin links to one of the biggest donors to Boris Johnson's Conservative party

    Leaked files contain more evidence of Kremlin links to one of the biggest donors to Boris Johnson's Conservative partyThe husband of a major donor to Boris Johnson's Conservatives has allegedly been secretly funded by a Russian oligarch with links to Vladimir Putin.


  • Brain wrapped in aluminum foil washes ashore on Wisconsin beach

    Brain wrapped in aluminum foil washes ashore on Wisconsin beachA medical examiner's office has confirmed the brain is not human. Which begs the obvious question, what kind of brain is it?


  • New details emerge about Jared Kushner’s refusal to help battle COVID-19

    New details emerge about Jared Kushner’s refusal to help battle COVID-19According to a new report, Kushner resisted taking a role in fighting the coronavirus pandemic from the beginning


  • Pelosi won't rule out new impeachment to delay Supreme Court vote if Biden wins

    Pelosi won't rule out new impeachment to delay Supreme Court vote if Biden wins"Well, we have our options," Pelosi told ABC's "This Week." "We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now."


  • Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83

    Gore-Tex: Inventor of waterproof fabric Robert Gore dies aged 83Robert W. Gore's invention has been used in space suits, guitar strings and waterproof jackets.


  • New Zealand ends all pandemic restrictions outside main city of Auckland

    New Zealand ends all pandemic restrictions outside main city of AucklandNew Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday lifted all coronavirus restrictions across the country, except in second-wave hotspot Auckland, as the number of new infections slowed to a trickle. "Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control," she told reporters in Auckland. New Zealand, a nation of five million, appeared to have halted community transmission of COVID-19 earlier this year, but a fresh outbreak in Auckland in August prompted the government to place the city back in lockdown.


  • A California firefighter died while battling a wildfire that was sparked by a gender reveal party

    A California firefighter died while battling a wildfire that was sparked by a gender reveal partyThe firefighter died after going missing in the San Bernardino National Forest. Those at the party could face charges for the death, say investigators.


  • Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return

    Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom returnStudents in Iowa’s largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic. Des Moines school officials have repeatedly refused to abide by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order requiring the state’s 327 school districts to hold at least half their classes in-person rather than online. For Des Moines, it’s a question of trying to keep its more than 33,000 students and 5,000 staffers from contracting the disease.


  • US town hopes herd of goats will protect against wildfires

    US town hopes herd of goats will protect against wildfiresAn Oregon town has recruited a herd of goats to head off the risk of another wildfire. According to the latest estimate, more than 938,000 acres of land were destroyed by the blazes which swept through the state in the north-west of the US. Forest City, a town with around 25,000 inhabitants 25 miles west of Portland, is taking drastic measures to ensure it does not suffer the same fate as other parts of the state. The 230 goats are set to start work this week, chomping through the vegetation in a 14-acre grove which has been earmarked for use as a city park. They have been hired from a company called Healing Hooves, based in Washington State which rents out its goats to landowners in the region. Renting the goats costs around $800 (£489) a day, not counting the costs of transportation. The animals are corralled by an electric fence. The goats are marshalled by Craig Madsen, who has been doing the work for more than 18 years. As fires raged across California and Oregon, Donald Trump said poor land management by local authorities was to blame for the spread of the flames. Ecologists believe removing excess vegetation, especially near power lines and timber, is one way of minimising the risk of a catastrophic wildfire. Mr Madsen believes his herd of goats can clear an acre of brush in about a day and a half. The terrain at Forest City is ideal for his team. “Some of the grove backs onto people’s yards. It’s pretty steep, but goats don’t mind fences and slopes,” Mr Madsen told the Telegraph. “They chew up the undergrowth and if its a fire that is creeping slowly they create a fire break. “The ideal terrain for them is somewhere they have to climb. Their hooves grow fast so rocks can help trim them. “They are pretty agile and they are great for this kind of terrain. Goats have their preferences. They like to browse and prefer blackberries, brush and broad-leaved plants. “People say that goats will eat anything, but actually they are pretty picky.”


  • The ban on TikTok downloads has been postponed by one week after Trump gave his 'blessing' to a deal with Oracle and Walmart

    The ban on TikTok downloads has been postponed by one week after Trump gave his 'blessing' to a deal with Oracle and WalmartSecretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement the deadline for the ban has been moved to September 27 due to "recent positive developments."


  • 'It was so terrifying': Bobcat wildfire destroys homes, LA nature center; 6 in hard-hit Oregon accused of starting blazes

    'It was so terrifying': Bobcat wildfire destroys homes, LA nature center; 6 in hard-hit Oregon accused of starting blazesThe Bobcat Fire has burned more than 160 square miles in Los Angeles County. Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming among a dozen states battling major blazes.


  • The CIA sent a team of 4 operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back.

    The CIA sent a team of 4 operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back.In 2008, the CIA sent a team of four operators on a spy mission targeting China. None came back. Internally, the CIA officers blamed the mission failure and deaths of four of their men on Bob Kandra, the Special Activities Division chief at the time.


  • I'm voting third party in the presidential election. Don't tell me I'm wasting my vote.

    I'm voting third party in the presidential election. Don't tell me I'm wasting my vote.I keep hearing I’m wasting my vote for the presidential election because I’m voting for Libertarian Party candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen.


  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rights

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Second woman on Supreme Court had been nation's leading litigator for women's rightsSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a legal pioneer for gender equality who became the second woman to serve on the high court.


  • Australia coronavirus cases 'set to be lowest in months'

    Australia coronavirus cases 'set to be lowest in months'Hopes are rising after the badly-hit state of Victoria reports just 14 new infections in 24 hours.