US election live updates: Biden to lay out pandemic response plan

Democratic candidate Joe Biden set to give a speech on the coronavirus on Wednesday from Delaware. President Donald Trump holds call with Jewish leaders day after UAE, Bahrain, Israel deal signings. Vice President Mike Pence goes to Ohio, where polls show close race, despite Trump’s eight-point 2016 victory. Biden ramps up healthcare ads day after Trump confronted on Obamacare at town hall. Jill Biden heads to New Hampshire and Ivanka Trump goes to Arizona, with 48 days until November 3. …

‘Mulan’ Disappoints At Box Office With $23 Million Opening In China

Moviegoing audiences in North America are not rushing back to the theater just yet and “Mulan” is also faltering in its China release as the global box office slowly comes back online in the COVID-19 era. In the second major weekend for U.S. and Canadian movie theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” earned only $6.7 million from 2,910 locations, according to studio estimates Sunday. Warner Bros’ sci-fi thriller was viewed as the main litmus test for whether audiences were ready to embrace the theatrical …

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 …

Toots Hibbert, a Father of Reggae, Is Dead

The first to use the word reggae on a record, he sang in a soulful tone and wrote songs with subtle social commentary, helping bring the sounds of Jamaica to the world. Toots Hibbert in 1974. He was adored by critics and fellow musicians for a body of work that helped establish some of reggae’s fundamentals.Credit…Michael Putland/Getty Images Sept. 12, 2020Updated 9:07 a.m. ET Toots Hibbert, one of the fathers of reggae music, whose vocals imbued the genre’s sound with …

Trump Accuses Judge of ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Him in Tax Ruling

New York|Trump Accuses Judge of ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Him in Tax Ruling The president is appealing an order that allowed his tax returns and other financial records to be released to the Manhattan district attorney. President Trump’s lawyers have argued that turning his financial records over to prosecutors would cause him irreparable harm. Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times Published Sept. 11, 2020Updated Sept. 12, 2020, 8:48 a.m. ET President Trump’s lawyers on Friday accused a federal judge of “stacking the …

Biden, Trump commemorate 9/11: US elections live news

Joe Biden and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence start the day in New York City at the 9/11 memorial museum at Ground Zero. Biden and President Donald Trump both visit the Shanksville, Pennsylvania memorial site. Kamala Harris speaks at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Fairfax, Virginia. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presides over a moment of silence at the US Capitol building.  Here are the latest updates: Friday, September 11 15:30 ET – Kanye West will remain off …

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 …

Activists Are Demanding Facebook Suspend An Indian Executive Who Shielded Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

NEW DELHI, India — More than 40 human rights groups and internet watchdog organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Muslim Advocates are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to suspend Ankhi Das, the company’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, after the Wall Street Journal revealed that she decided not to apply the social network’s hate speech policies to politicians from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party who posted anti-Muslim hate speech. In an open letter, …

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 …

Pompeo defends Trump plan for troop withdrawals, addresses Woodward book

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday night defended the Trump administration’s plans to partially draw down troop levels from Afghanistan and Iraq, saying the moves were possible because of the president’s “effective counterterrorism strategy.” “The decisions the president has made about the number of troops we’ll have there reduces American risk for our young men and women, and reduces the cost to American taxpayers,” Pompeo said during a wide-ranging iinterview on “Fox News @ Night.” “And we’re doing all of this …

Los Angeles County Issues Guidance Discouraging Trick Or Treating This Halloween

A store in Alhambra, California is stocked with Halloween decorations in September. Los Angeles County has issued health guidance discouraging people from trick or treating this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images A store in Alhambra, California is stocked with Halloween decorations in September. Los Angeles County has issued health guidance discouraging people from trick or treating this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. …

George Bizos, Anti-Apartheid Lawyer Who Defended Mandela, Dies at 92

A champion of human rights, he represented his client and friend in the so-called Rivonia trial of leaders of the African National Congress in the 1960s. George Bizos in 2011 touring the building where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had a law office in Johannesburg.Credit…Denis Farrell/Associated Press Sept. 9, 2020Updated 5:28 p.m. ET George Bizos, who fled the Nazi occupation of his native Greece at age 13 to become one of South Africa’s most prominent human rights lawyers, championing Black …

Live Covid-19 News Updates

Britain will ban most gatherings of more than six people starting Monday. Indoor dining in N.Y.C. will return with limits on Sept. 30.   Top U.S. health officials update Congress on vaccine development and distribution plans. Video transcript N.I.H. Director Has ‘Cautious Optimism’ for Covid-19 Vaccine by End of 2020 Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, emphasized to senators that coronavirus vaccine development and distribution would be determined based on science and not politics. I …

What happens if you catch the new coronavirus?

A new coronavirus that emerged in China late last year has spread to at least 188 countries on six continents, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak of the pathogen a pandemic.  More than 898,000 have died from the virus worldwide and the number of reported cases has exceeded 27.6 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 18.3 million people have recovered so far. More: International fears grow with virus deaths in Italy, South Korea …

The Trump Administration Is Considering Excluding Some Immigrant Children From A Controversial Pandemic Border Policy

The Trump administration is considering changing a pandemic-related border policy to no longer quickly return unaccompanied immigrant children to four countries that require them to test negative for the coronavirus before entering, according to a draft of the order obtained by BuzzFeed News. The draft would amend an unprecedented order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this year that allows border officials to expel immigrants at the southern border instead of housing them at facilities in …

Eva Longoria Has News For Democratic Convention Critics Who Called Her Out Of Touch

Given her decades-long history of political activism, philanthropy and advocacy, Eva Longoria seemed well-positioned to host the Democratic National Convention last month. That didn’t stop some critics from using her celebrity to cast her as out of touch. The actor’s thoughts on that are simple: They’re wrong. “I showed up there not as a celebrity but as an American,” she told HuffPost in a phone conversation Tuesday. ”I went to college on student loans, I had credit card debt, I …

Michigan Democratic governor’s residence getting security upgrades, including new perimeter fence

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s state-owned residence will get a $1.1 million security upgrade, with a new 8-foot-tall barrier around the perimeter. Whitmer said in May that there had been an “explosion” of threats against her, as police brutality protests raged on across the nation and on the heels of protests against her COVID-19 lockdown, known to be one of the most stringent in the nation. Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown called the renovations “routine maintenance and upgrades” that were needed to “to …

Trump’s ex-lawyer Cohen links Falwell’s endorsement in 2016 to suppression of racy photos

In his book released today, Michael Cohen, the former fixer for U.S. President Donald Trump, ties for the first time the 2016 presidential endorsement of Trump by American evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr to Cohen’s own role in helping to keep racy “personal” photographs of the Falwells from becoming public. As Reuters reported last year, the Falwells enlisted Cohen to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen said in a recording, made surreptitiously by comedian Tom …

Boston Pub Struggles To Stay In Business As Other Establishments Stay Closed

Opening day brings a small bump in business to Cornwall’s, mostly from neighborhood regulars. But the initial rush would fizzle out soon after, leaving the family-owned pub just barely covering its costs. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption toggle caption Tovia Smith/NPR Few people have been looking forward to colleges reopening – and staying open — this fall, as much as the adults who run Cornwall’s Tavern in Boston’s Kenmore Square. A go-to for students and faculty at Boston University, the family-owned …