- McConnell vows to move forward with replacing Ginsburg, but does he have the votes?
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 22:47:11 -0400 -
Mitch McConnell vowed to hold a vote on a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but the big question is whether he has the votes to confirm a Supreme Court Justice only six weeks before the presidential election.
- Texas police officer charged in death of Pamela Turner, a Black woman whose killing was captured on video
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:53:37 -0400 -
A Texas police officer was indicted this week in the death of Pamela Turner, a Black woman who was killed outside her apartment more than a year ago.
- A Chinese virologist claimed the coronavirus was 'intentionally' released. Turns out, she works for a group led by Steve Bannon.
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:02:00 -0400 -
A strange paper claims China engineered and released the coronavirus. Its authors work for a group once led by the former Trump strategist Steve Bannon.
- How a 'Hillbilly Brigade' saved an Oregon town from raging wildfires
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:13:58 -0400 -
Nicole West steered her bulldozer through the smoldering forest, pushing logs into the underbrush and away from the wildfires ripping through Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Behind West, on the front lines of the 136,000-acre (55,000-hectare) Riverside fire, two young men pulled a water tank behind their pickup truck, struggling to douse the flames. In a year when ferocious wildfires have killed at least 34 people and burned millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California, the brigade has pulled off a miracle in the thick forests around Molalla in recent days, residents and fire officials say.
- Measures to control coronavirus have brought flu infections to 'historic lows.' Scientists want to keep it that way.
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:22:16 -0400 -
Lockdowns and protective measures like the widespread wearing of face masks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have driven influenza infections to record lows, according to a new CDC study.
- Poll shows major decline in support for BLM movement across US over last three months
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:33:07 -0400 -
Pew Research Centre survey compared results from June and September
- Anti-mask pastor hosts church gathering of hundreds in Washington, officials say
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:32:41 -0400 -
Pastor Greg Locke said face masks are “the dumbest thing that’s ever been created by humanity.”
- Pentagon sending troops to Syria after clashes between U.S., Russian military
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:38:00 -0400 -
The troops are meant to discourage Russians from crossing into the eastern area where U.S., coalition, and Syrian Democratic Forces operate, say officials.
- Letters to the Editor: If the L.A. County Sheriff's Department won't clean up its act, disband its union
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:52:49 -0400 -
Angering the people the department serves while stoking the pain fellow deputies is escalation, pure and simple. It has to end.
- As Trump courts Black voters, critics see a 'depression strategy'
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 18:57:38 -0400 -
While the president’s team touts its efforts to court a community that Republicans have long ignored, critics describe them as part of a cynical “depression strategy” designed to minimize Black American turnout.
- Utah police officer charged with assault for ordering K9 to bite Black man who was kneeling with his hands up, prosecutors say
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:24:29 -0400 -
Salt Lake City police officer Nickolas Pearce is facing a second-degree felony assault charge after ordering his K9 to bite Jeffery Ryans on April 23.
- Joe Rogan apologized for spreading misinformation about Oregon fires amid Spotify employee backlash
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:00:09 -0400 -
Rogan has found himself in hot water this week, facing backlash and allegations of transphobia at Spotify.
- Giuliani associates face new federal fraud charges
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:39:40 -0400 -
Federal prosecutors brought new wire fraud charges Thursday against an associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was involved in attempts to get Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Lev Parnas and his business partner, David Correia, were charged with defrauding investors in a business called Fraud Guarantee. A superseding indictment also charged them with additional campaign finance violations.
- Michigan fights outbreak of deadly disease that isn't coronavirus
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:26:09 -0400 -
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it had ramped up nighttime aerial anti-mosquito spraying in high-risk areas of western Michigan after announcing it suspects that 28 horses and one human have contracted the disease in 11 counties in the state. Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is present across the eastern United States as well as parts of the Midwest, but is generally rare in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As of Sept. 9, only 5 people in the United States had been diagnosed with the disease in 2020, CDC data showed.
- Kamala Harris accused of trespassing on fire-ravaged California property for photo-op by family
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:31:15 -0400 -
Residents not yet allowed to return to survey damaged homes
- Tropical Storms Wilfred, Alpha and Beta formed Friday. That’s a record
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:01:10 -0400 -
The breakneck pace of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season claimed another record on Friday after three tropical storms formed within a 24-hour period, hitting fast-forward on the National Hurricane Center’s adoption of the Greek alphabet for storm names.
- Hawaii to allow pre-travel testing program to travelers to avoid 14-day quarantine period
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:33:29 -0400 -
Hawaii Gov. David Ige said on Wednesday the state's pre-travel testing program would give travelers the option of potentially avoiding a 14-day quarantine period on arrival to the state.
- Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are set to deny funding to Connecticut schools over inclusive transgender athlete policies
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:42:36 -0400 -
According to The New York Times, Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration are cutting funding to certain Connecticut schools over their participation in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The conference allows transgender student-athletes to compete with, and against, athletes who share their gender identity, a course of action Trump's administration has repeatedly fought against. If the schools refuse to cut ties with the conference prior to October 1, the education department has vowed to withhold $18 million in desegregation grants.
- Isis leader gave intelligence to the US leading to deaths of al Qaeda fighters, new documents show
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:01:18 -0400 -
The current Isis leader gave intelligence to US forces leading to strikes on al-Qaeda, newly released files show. Documents released on Thursday suggest Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla gave information after his arrest in 2008 on dozens of fellow jihadists as well as the structure of al Qaeda in Mosul. He allegedly provided names for 68 al-Qaeda fighters including 19 from photographs. Three Tactical Interrogation Reports released by the Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC) allege al-Mawla, who at the time was an al-Qaeda judge, identified leading figures behind assassinations, kidnappings and the production of improved explosive devices, used to kill coalition forces. One jihadist was a Moroccan national called Abu Jasim Abu Qaswarah. Thought to be the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in Iraq at the time, he was killed by US forces eight months after al-Mawla named him as a member of the terrorist group.
- Here are the prominent Republicans not supporting Trump, and those who are supporting Biden
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:48:58 -0400 -
Several notable Republicans have publicly endorsed or shown support for Joe Biden instead of their party's incumbent, President Donald Trump.
- Tesla driver charged for appearing to be asleep with the seat fully reclined while traveling at over 86 mph
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:42:05 -0400 -
Canadian authorities said the man was going over 86 mph before being stopped, where police discovered fully reclined seats.
- Communist Organizers Arrested after Allegedly Barricading Officers Inside Aurora Police Department
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:08:38 -0400 -
Six rioters were charged by Colorado district attorneys on Thursday with allegations stemming from anti-police demonstrations in June and July.The demonstrations occurred following the death of George Floyd, who was killed during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers. However, Colorado demonstrations also protested the August, 2019, death of Elijah McClain, an African American man who died after being put in a choke hold by officers in Aurora. Several officers in the Aurora Police Department were fired on July 3, 2020, after photos surfaced in which the officers reenacted the choke hold near the site of McClain's arrest.Riots over the summer in Aurora included a July 3 incident in which demonstrators barricaded police inside a precinct building for seven hours.Prosecutors charged Lillian House and Joel Northam, organizers for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, as well as Whitney Lucero with first-degree kidnapping in connection with the July 3 demonstration. The defendants "unlawfully and feloniously attempted to imprison or forcibly secrete 18 officers with the intent to force them or another person to make a concession to secure their release," prosecutors said in a press release. The charges were brought by the district attorneys for Colorado's 17th and 18th judicial districts, both of which are in the city of Aurora.The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a communist party that "believes that the only solution to the deepening crisis of capitalism is the socialist transformation of society," according to its website. House, Northam, and their party have led many of the demonstrations in Aurora and Denver over the summer, the Denver Post reported.Another demonstrator facing felony charges for engaging in and inciting a riot, Terrance Roberts, is a leader of a group called the Front Line Party for Revolutionary Action.Riots that began after the death of George Floyd have caused almost $2 billion in damages, according to a report from Axios, in the most expensive damage from civil unrest in U.S. history. U.S. Attorney General William Barr has called to prosecute rioters for sedition.
- Canada abandons free trade talks with China: minister
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:26:17 -0400 -
Canada has walked away from free trade talks with China amid soured relations over a Huawei executive's arrest and the detention of two Canadians in apparent retaliation, foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said in a newspaper interview Friday.
- Citigroup employee revealed as Qanon website operator is placed on leave
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:26:53 -0400 -
Jason Gelinas was reportedly receiving $3,000 a month in crowdfunding to run the conspiracy theory website
- Driver launches car across drawbridge as it starts to rise, Michigan police say
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:39:47 -0400 -
A witness said the driver blew out all four of his tires.
- 'They should have let us die in the water': desperate Lebanese migrants sent back by Cyprus
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:09:56 -0400 -
Mohammad Ghandour never thought he'd be one of them. "In Lebanon, we are being killed by poverty," Ghandour told Reuters this week, from his mother's cramped three-room apartment where he was staying with 12 other family members. Ghandour, 37, is one of dozens of Lebanese who've attempted the journey since late August, when rights groups say a rise in the number of boats leaving Lebanon began.
- Homeland Security whistleblower not yet ready to testify
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:29:26 -0400 -
- Woodward on decision not to release Trump recordings early: ‘My God, I would have if I could save one life’
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:51:43 -0400 -
Investigative journalist Bob Woodward joins Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff to discuss his new book, “Rage.” In the weeks leading up to publication, Woodward has come under fire for not releasing audio recordings of President Trump privately acknowledging the potential severity of the coronavirus pandemic as early as February. He explains, however, that due to the nonlinear nature of reporting, it would not have been feasible to release the audio recordings early because of a lack of context.
- Trump said he 'did not like' FBI Director Wray's testimony on Russia election meddling
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:31:27 -0400 -
In congressional testimony on Thursday, Wray said that, as in 2016, Russia remains "very active" in efforts to "influence our election."
- Putin will try to kill Navalny again and the West will do little about it, NATO sources say
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:07:59 -0400 -
"The moment he makes that calculation," a source says, "we will just know because Navalny is dead."
- Students and parents complained after a Dallas high school's class assignment placed the accused Kenosha shooter on a list of 'modern heroes'
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:39:26 -0400 -
Rittenhouse was suggested as a "hero for the modern age" along with Malcolm X, George Floyd, and Joseph Rosenbaum, a man allegedly shot by Rittenhouse.
- Hizbollah 'smuggling ammonium nitrate to Europe for attacks' says US counterterrorism official
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:41:31 -0400 -
Hizbollah has smuggled caches of ammonium nitrate to Europe to use in attacks, a top US counterterrorism official has said. The Iran-backed Lebanese Shia group had moved ammonium nitrate through Belgium to France, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland, Ambassador Nathan Sales, Coordinator for Counterterrorism within the US Department of State, told reporters in a briefing on Thursday. Ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound often used for explosives which is also sold commercially for use as a fertiliser, caused the August explosion at a Beirut port which killed 190 people and wounded over 6,500. Some 2,750 tonnes exploded when a warehouse caught on fire. Hizbollah, which has a political and a militant wing, is in control of parts of the eastern Mediterranean port. “Today the US government is unveiling new information about Hezbollah’s presence in Europe,” Mr Sales said. “Since 2012, Hezbollah has established caches of ammonium nitrate throughout Europe by transporting first aid kits that contain the substance. I can reveal that such caches have been moved through Belgium to France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.”
- Coronavirus: Idaho pastor who called himself 'no-masker' in intensive care with Covid-19
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:36:55 -0400 -
‘I want to encourage all of you to begin to regather this Sunday and let nothing hinder you from doing so,’ says Paul Van Noy
- Wilfred might form in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. It’s the last name on the list.
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:24:34 -0400 -
If the system turns into Wilfred, it would be the 21st named storm.
- China launches counter-mechanism to US sanctions list
- Sat, 19 Sep 2020 01:38:56 -0400 -
China said Saturday it had launched a mechanism enabling it to restrict foreign entities, a much-anticipated move seen as retaliation to US penalties against Chinese companies such as telecom giant Huawei.
- Exclusive: Trump plans executive order to punish arms trade with Iran - sources
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:14:36 -0400 -
U.S. President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order allowing him to impose U.S. sanctions on anyone who violates a conventional arms embargo against Iran, four sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the executive order was expected to be issued in the coming days and would allow the president to punish violators with secondary sanctions, depriving them of access to the U.S. market. The proximate cause for the U.S. action is the impending expiry of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran and to warn foreign actors - U.S. entities are already barred from such trade - that if they buy or sell arms to Iran they will face U.S. sanctions.
- Swedish Outfitter H&M Severs Ties With Chinese Supplier over Xinjiang Forced Labor Accusations
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 11:04:03 -0400 -
Swedish clothing company H&M said Tuesday that it is severing ties with Chinese yarn producer Huafu Fashion over accusations that the supplier uses "forced labor" of ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang province of China.H&M admitted that the company had an “indirect business relationship with one mill” owned by Huafu Fashion in Shangyu in the province of Zhejiang.“While there are no indications for forced labor in the Shangyu mill, we have decided to, until we get more clarity around allegations of forced labor, phase out our indirect business relationship with Huafu Fashion Co, regardless of unit and province, within the next 12 months,” H&M said.The clothing giant added that it has never done business with another Huafu factory in the Chinese province of Anhui. A March report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute claimed that H&M benefited from forced labor at the Anhui factory.The company also promised to no longer source cotton from Xinjiang and said it launched "an inquiry at all the garment manufacturing factories we work with in China aiming to ensure that they are not employing workers … through what is reported on as labor transfer programs or employment schemes where forced labor is an increased risk."The Chinese government has detained since 2017 an estimated one million if not more Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in “re-education camps” around Xinjiang, which are designed to instill a sense of loyalty to the government and erase the culture attachments of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. Around 80,000 Uyghurs have been forced to work in factories, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute estimated.China claims that the detention camps are for voluntary education and training and are used to combat extremism, but Chinese government documents leaked last year detail how the facilities are run with extreme control over their residents.
- CDC: Measures to control coronavirus have brought flu infections to 'historic lows'
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:26:27 -0400 -
Lockdowns and protective measures like the widespread wearing of face masks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic have driven influenza infections to record lows, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
- Former top Pence aide says White House officials wanted to get rid of the coronavirus task force as the pandemic raged in April
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:57:55 -0400 -
Vice President Mike Pence's former top aide on the coronavirus task force says President Donald Trump showed a "flat-out disregard for human life."
- Pakistan outcry over police victim-blaming of gang-raped mother
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 20:16:48 -0400 -
A police chief's comments spark an unprecedented backlash after a woman was raped in front of her children.
- Fears of a brain drain in Belarus as IT workers prepare to flee brutal crackdown
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:28:38 -0400 -
On the night of the Belarusian presidential elections, Andrey Fedorovich, a 27-year-old web developer with an enviable job and a big flat in Minsk, found himself lying on the ground underneath an abandoned van, hiding from riot police rampaging across the city. “I first thought about leaving when I was lying underneath that van, when I saw what kind of people live in my country,” Mr Fedorovich says. He and his wife have now decided to flee for Kyiv in Ukraine. Belarus - perhaps better known for its tractor factories - has a booming tech industry. Minsk was the USSR's designated tech hub, and now over 10,000 tech workers are based there. These workers have long enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle and were once hailed as the sole hope for the country’s Soviet-style economy.
- China's 1st Supercarrier Could Feature EMALS Launch Technology: Report
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:57:40 -0400 -
The carrier could rival those in the U.S. fleet for size and capability, according to an analysis.
- Soldier from Fort Bragg killed in Navy base crash in Key West
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:28:44 -0400 -
The U.S. Army has identified a soldier struck and killed by a vehicle driven by an on-duty Navy Security Force civilian Monday on a Key West Navy base.
- A hurricane-like storm in the Mediterranean is battering Greece, a rare phenomenon known as a 'Medicane'
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:05:50 -0400 -
Storm Ionas — a so-called Medicane — was battering parts of Greece with strong winds and rain Friday. Intense storms are unusual in the Mediterranean.
- Democrats Just Won Several Major Lawsuits Over Mail Ballots—But Their Fight Continues
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:33:44 -0400 -
After securing a several major court victories on Thursday, Democrats who have been worried about whether the United States Postal Service (USPS) is capable of efficiently and securely delivering ballots before Election Day, breathed a—temporary—sigh of relief. “We are fortunate to have a system where an attorney general could walk into a courtroom and make that case to a federal judge and put a stop to this madness,” says Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who led the coalition of attorneys general in a federal lawsuit that successfully procured a national temporary injunction against changes at the Postal Service. In addition to the case led by Ferguson, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday that expanded mail-in voting access in the state, a blow to the Trump campaign, which had been trying to stop that from happening.
- Future teachers often think memorization is the best way to teach math and science – until they learn a different way
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:24:42 -0400 -
The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big ideaI found that college students who are taking courses to become teachers can change their beliefs of how science and mathematics should be taught to and learned by K-12 students.Most of these future teachers tell me when they start my course, they believe that K-12 students must memorize science and mathematics knowledge to learn it. They also believe that students cannot acquire knowledge through a process used by scientists and mathematicians called problem-solving. Problem-solving asks students to solve engaging and challenging problems that are provided without a strategy or solution. It also involves group work and a time to present and justify their strategies and solutions to the class. To challenge my students’ beliefs, I ask future teachers to teach science and mathematics to students with problem-solving. At first they often resist because they believe that their students can only memorize science and mathematics knowledge. However, after they have asked the students to use problem-solving and find it successful, they discover that students can learn like scientists and mathematicians The evidence and experiences start to change their beliefs.The way I reached these conclusions was by studying future teachers over the course of four years. I studied 113 future teachers’ beliefs in 10 sections of a course that I taught on how to teach science and mathematics. Throughout the course, I asked the future teachers to discover science and mathematics knowledge with problem-solving. I also had the future teachers teach students at a local school by asking them to learn with problem-solving.To measure changes in future teachers’ beliefs following completion of the class, I asked them to complete a survey at the start and end of the course. At the end, the findings showed that the future teachers were significantly more likely to teach in a way that reflected how scientists and mathematicians solve problems.It also appeared that their teaching of science with problem-solving encouraged their use of the method when they taught mathematics. Conversely, their teaching of mathematics with problem-solving encouraged their use of the method when they taught science. Why it mattersThis study matters because a teacher’s beliefs – their personal philosophy about teaching and learning – often determine how they will teach and what students will learn. And because problem-solving is necessary for scientific and mathematical literacy, students need teachers who will expose them to problem-solving. This study also matters because college professors who work with future teachers can employ similar strategies. They can place future educators in situations in which they must confront their beliefs about teaching and learning with evidence and experiences that contradict their beliefs. What other research is being done?Those who do similar research are trying to figure out how to assure future teachers use problem-solving in their future classrooms. I have taught many education students who did quite well in my course, and successfully used science and mathematics problem-solving with their students. However, former students that I ran into years later often told me that they do not use problem-solving as teachers. Instead, they reverted to simply asking students to memorize science and mathematics information. They told me the reason for this is that teachers in their present schools do not use problem-solving. I find this troubling. What’s nextIt may be that one way to solidify beliefs about teaching through problem-solving instead of memorization would be for science and mathematics faculty to use problem-solving in their college classrooms. Research shows that similarities and coherence between college courses may increase the likelihood that future teachers will believe in the value of problem-solving. If so, then my students may become less likely to abandon the methods learned in their courses. In turn, they may be more likely to help make their future students more adept at mathematics and science.[Deep knowledge, daily. Sign up for The Conversation’s newsletter.]This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.Read more: * I prepare aspiring teachers to educate kids of color – here’s how I help them root out their own biases * The hidden threat of teacher stressPeter C. Cormas does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
- Bolsonaro plays down Amazon fires, accuses NGOs of blocking land titling
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:56:58 -0400 -
BRASÍLIA (Reuters) - President Jair Bolsonaro said late on Wednesday Brazil was being "disproportionately" criticized for fires in the Amazon rainforest and Pantanal wetlands, at a time when many places around the world were seeing a surge in blazes. The Pantanal, the planet's biggest wetland, in 2020 has registered the most annual fires since government records began in 1998. In the Amazon, illegal ranchers and land speculators generally set fire to plots of land to clear them for agricultural purposes.
- Bill Barr responds to Democrats' fear that Trump won't leave office: 'I’ve never heard of that crap'
- Thu, 17 Sep 2020 12:24:24 -0400 -
President’s hand-picked AG says United States on verge of being ruled by a ‘mob’ even though GOP holds two branches
- A dentist who pulled someone's tooth while riding a hoverboard has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud and 'unlawful dental acts'
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:34:00 -0400 -
In a 2016 video, the dentist rolls up to a sedated patient, pulls her tooth while standing on the hoverboard, and rolls away.
- Former zookeeper stole two penguins during night-time break in, court hears
- Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:12:11 -0400 -
A former zookeeper stole two penguins during a night-time raid in order to sell them, a court heard. Bradley Tomes, 25, purloined a total of £25,000 worth of rare birds from the South Lakes Safari in Cumbria, where he used to work. South Cumbria Magistrates court heard that Tomes had cut a hole in the perimeter fence of an aviary where he used to work to steal 12 spoonbill birds in July 2018, before abducting the penguins and three macaws 3 months later. But he was rumbled after he sold the two tiny Humboldt penguins, named Pablo and Penny, on Facebook to animal rescuer Reece Oliver, who became suspicious.