Warren G. Harding’s Grandson, Lover Want President’s Body Exhumed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The grandson of U.S. President Warren G. Harding and his lover, Nan Britton, went to court in an effort to get the Republican’s remains exhumed from the presidential memorial where they have lain since 1927. James Blaesing told an Ohio court that he is seeking Harding’s disinterment as a way “to establish with scientific certainty” that he is the 29th president’s blood relation. The dispute looms as benefactors prepare to mark the centennial of Harding’s 1920 …

Hungary drafts ‘war plan’ as cases surge in eastern Europe: Live

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his government was drafting a “war plan” to defend against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Greece, France and Palestine have all reported a record number of daily coronavirus cases. UN chief Antonio Guterres has urged countries to find $15bn during the next three months to fund the ACT-Accelerator programme, a WHO-led global collaboration to hunt for a vaccine and treatments. More than 27.9 million people around the world have been diagnosed with …

Scientists: Climate Change To Blame For Extreme Weather This Year

By Matthew Green LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The planet is showing signs it’s in peril. In recent weeks, the world has seen ferocious wildfires in the U.S. West, torrential rains in Africa, weirdly warm temperatures on the surface of tropical oceans, and record heat waves from California to the Siberian Arctic. This spate of wild weather is consistent with climate change, scientists say, and the world can expect even more extreme weather and higher risks from natural disasters as …

Layoffs Stuck At Historically High Level As 884,000 Seek Jobless Aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits was unchanged last week at 884,000, a sign that layoffs remain stuck at a historically high level six months after the viral pandemic flattened the economy. The latest figures released by the Labor Department Thursday coincide with other recent evidence that the job market’s improvement may be weakening after solid gains through spring and most of summer. The number of people seeking jobless aid each week still far exceeds the number …

Prisoner release issue continues to impede intra-Afghan talks

Doha, Qatar – The Afghan government has deliberately delayed the release of Taliban prisoners to impede the so-called intra-Afghan talks, Taliban officials have told Al Jazeera, as at least 100 inmates remain in jail. “Approximately 100 Taliban inmates are still in jail. Some have been released in the last 24 hours and we have been assured that those remaining will be released soon,” Mohammad Naeem Wardak, the spokesperson for Taliban’s political office in the Qatari capital, Doha, told Al Jazeera. “Our agreement is …

United States formally announces troop reduction in Iraq

The United States military on Wednesday announced it will reduce its presence in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 troops this month, formalising a move that had been long expected. “We are continuing to expand on our partner capacity programmes that enable Iraqi forces and allow us to reduce our footprint in Iraq,” Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, said during a visit to Iraq. The US and Iraq in June affirmed their commitment to the reduction …

Bill Gates Conspiracy Theories Have Circulated For Years. It Took The Coronavirus Pandemic To Turn Him Into A Fake Villain.

Editors’ note: This story has been updated to more clearly attribute phrasing from work previously published in Type Investigations, HuffPost, Pacific Standard, and BuzzFeed News. On May 14, Italian politician Sara Cunial uploaded a video to her Facebook profile calling former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates a criminal and demanding he be tried for crimes against humanity. It was a speech she made in the Italian Parliament in early May, in which Cunial, who represents a district in northern Italy, claimed …

WHO says world must be better prepared for next pandemic: Live

WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says pandemics are “a fact of life” and that the world must be better prepared to deal with future ones. India’s health ministry reported another daily record of 90,802 cases on Monday, bringing the total to over 4.2 million and overtaking Brazil to become the second-hardest-hit country. The world’s coronavirus cases have hit 27.1 million, more  than 18.1 million people have recovered and more than 883,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least …

India Just Banned TikTok

The government ordered 59 Chinese-owned apps to be blocked following border clashes with China that left 20 Indian soldiers dead. Posted on June 29, 2020, at 2:34 p.m. ET   Following rising domestic pressure to boycott Chinese-made goods, the Indian government on Monday ordered 59 Chinese apps to be blocked, including TikTok, WeChat, Shareit, and Clash of Kings. The Indian government framed the move as protecting personal information from what it called “malicious apps,” that “harm India’s sovereignty as well …

Whatever Happened To … The Melting Permafrost?

The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s in Fairbanks, Alaska, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Kate Ramsayer/NASA hide caption toggle caption Kate Ramsayer/NASA The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s in Fairbanks, Alaska, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Kate Ramsayer/NASA In 2018, we reported on concerns that zombie pathogens — ancient bacteria and viruses that could potentially rise from the dead and threaten humans if the layers of frozen permafrost …

Covid 19 Live Updates

The U.N. warns of looming famines connected to the pandemic. Over 100 cases are linked to an indoor wedding in Maine, including three non-participants who later died. Right Now Officials in West Virginia announced more than 250 new daily cases, raising the state’s seven-day total to its highest level ever. Image Northeastern University said that all students in a special program for first-year students had been forewarned of the obligation to practice social distancing and wear masks when among others.Credit…Hilary …

Biden reveals he’s been tested for coronavirus

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden acknowledged on Friday that he’s been tested for coronavirus. “I have been tested once with a deep test and I’m going to continue to be testing on a regular basis,” Biden told reporters at a campaign event in his home state of Delaware. For most of the summer, the former vice president’s campaign staff sidestepped questions over whether the 77-year-old Biden was being tested for COVID-19. After the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation in March, …

Middle East coronavirus death toll goes over 50,000: Live updates

The death toll from the coronavirus disease in the Middle East is more than 50,000 but numbers still may be an undercount, as testing in war-torn nations like Libya and Yemen remains extremely limited. The United States has said it will stop paying its dues to the World Health Organization, a day after it said it would not participate in the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) , a global vaccine development and distribution project. Steroids have been confirmed to reduce …

C.D.C. Halts Evictions, Citing Health Risks

Florida severed ties with Quest for taking too long to report test results. Medical experts cast doubt on the use of antibody-rich plasma to help hospitalized coronavirus patients.   Australia’s economy shrank by seven percent in the second quarter, sending the country into its first recession in almost 30 years. One of its biggest states is still under lockdown.   A protester in Los Angeles, Calif., calling for an eviction moratorium last month.Credit…Lucy Nicholson/Reuters The C.D.C. cites health reasons for …

In Lebanon, Macron offers the carrot or the stick

Beirut, Lebanon – French President Emmanuel Macron presented Lebanon’s political establishment with two choices during a trip that ended Tuesday: implement reforms, and vital international aid will flow plentifully, but continue on the same path, and the doors to assistance will slam shut – and the country’s ossified political leadership may be directly targeted with sanctions. “I did not come today to give a warning, but I returned to help Lebanon and accompany it to its future,” Macron said on …

CBS Sports Airing 5-Hour ‘Portraits In Black’ Special Focusing On Black Athletes’ Experience With Racism In Sports And Society

(CBS Local)- CBS Sports announced Monday that the network is devoting five hours this Sunday, September 6 to a special set of programming focused on the black athlete experience and the intersection of racism with sports and society in the United States. The special, titled Portraits In Black, will be hosted by The NFL Today’s James Brown and will be devoted to stories that CBS Sports has put together detailing the history and struggles of Black athletes in sports in …

5 alleged MS-13 members charged in murder of teen girl near reservoir

Five alleged members of the MS-13 street gang in Maryland have been charged in the May murder of a 16-year-old New York girl, according to a report. Baltimore County police said the five suspects lured Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez Ardon,16, to Loch Raven Reservoir and killed her because of her possible affiliation with another rival gang. MS-13 CRACKDOWN — THE LARGEST EVER IN NEW YORK — ENSNARES NEARLY 100 MEMBERS, ASSOCIATES Baltimore County police said the five suspects lured Gabriela Alejandra Gonzalez Ardon, 16, …

Look Up! Purple Martins Delight Downtown Nashville

People have flocked to downtown Nashville, Tenn. the past few days to take in a rare sight: thousands of Purple Martins. The migratory birds, on their way south for the winter, rarely roost in urban areas.   Rare purple martins are dazzling birders and bystanders near Nashville’s tourist district each night for the next week or two. Biologists estimate 150,000 have chosen to temporarily roost on the plaza outside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. And the symphony very nearly ran them …

Number of US coronavirus cases nears six million: Live news

The total number of coronavirus cases in the United States is nearing six million, with states including Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota reporting daily records. More than 183,000 people have died from the disease in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of cases globally has gone past 25 million, with deaths exceeding 844,000. More than 16.5 million people have recovered New Zealand has made face masks compulsory as it eases coronavirus restrictions in Auckland that …

California Surpasses 700,000 Coronavirus Cases Even as Its Outbreak Slows

Some in Europe fear a return to lockdowns as cases rise. Colleges struggle to rein in sororities and fraternities. Published Aug. 29, 2020Updated Aug. 30, 2020, 3:06 a.m. ET Image A Los Angeles barber gave a haircut to a client in front of his barbershop this week while observing California’s safety restrictions.Credit…Mario Tama/Getty Images California, as its infection rate declines, becomes the first state to top 700,000 known cases. California on Saturday became the first state to pass 700,000 known …