Paul Walker’s daughter commemorates the late actor on what would have been his 47th birthday

Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow shared a commemorative post of her late father on what would have been the actor’s 47th birthday. The photo she posted on Instagram shows her as a baby beside a young Walker. VIN DIESEL, PAUL WALKER’S KIDS UNITE FOR SELFIE: ‘FAMILY, FOREVER’ “The moment I realized we are twins,” Meadow captioned her post on Saturday. “Happy birthday to the most beautiful soul.” Walker died at the age of 40 in a fatal car crash on Nov. …

Twitter And Facebook Flag Trump’s Mail-In Voting Post for Platform Violations

President Trump’s latest flagged social media posts come just days after the North Carolina State Board of Elections reminded voters that it is illegal to cast a ballot twice, in response to another series of disputed tweets from Trump.   Twitter and Facebook both flagged posts by President Trump on Saturday that encouraged Americans to vote by mail as early as possible and then follow up that vote by going to the polls on Election Day to check that it …

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, …

Woodward book lands, quotes Trump acknowledging ‘deadly’ virus early on

The Bob Woodward book that dropped Wednesday is far harder for President Trump to denounce as fake news, given that he granted the investigative reporter 18 tape-recorded interviews. Oh wait. The president issued a preemptive denunciation last month: “The Bob Woodward book will be a FAKE, as always, just as many of the others have been. But, believe it or not, lately I’ve been getting lots of GREAT books!” (That presumably doesn’t include the volumes by Michael Cohen, Peter Strzok, …

Kim Jong Un considered Obama an ‘a–hole,’ Trump tells Woodward

North Korean despot Kim Jong Un considered former President Barack Obama “an a- -hole,” President Trump told Washington Post editor Bob Woodward in touting his own relationship with Kim. Trump made the claim during a series of interviews for Woodward’s upcoming book, excerpts of which were published Wednesday by the broadsheet. Kim reportedly wrote in one letter of “that moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency’s hand at the beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest and hope …

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 …

New York City To Resume Indoor Dining, With Restrictions, Later This Month

Starting Sept. 30, New York City restaurants will be able to open their dining rooms at 25% capacity after being closed for months due to COVID-19.   Months after it was tabled due to COVID-19, indoor dining is coming back to New York City. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that restaurants can resume indoor service on Sept. 30 at 25% capacity and with other safety precautions in place. “We want to thank New Yorkers for the increase …

California Wildfires: Extreme Heat Turns State Into a Furnace

Fires burning from near the Mexico border to the forests of the Sierra Nevada spread a curtain of smoke over California on Monday.   Wildfires Blaze Across California Fire crews faced wildfires from near the Mexico border to the Sierra Nevada that burned thousands of acres and spread thick smoke throughout the state. “Yeah, we copy.” “You guys are taking too much heat. You’ve got to get out.” “Guys, we’re making our way from the top of Carveacre [Road]. I …

US politics live news: Trump and Biden campaigns ramp up

Biden is heading to the crucial battleground state of Pennsylvania on Monday, where he plans to speak with union workers. Trump will hold a 1pm (17:00 GMT) news conference on economic recovery from the pandemic Kamala Harris and Mike Pence are both visiting the key battleground state of Wisconsin, days after Trump and Biden visited the city of Kenosha, a hotspot in the country’s civil and racial unrest.  Biden remains ahead nearly seven points in national polling averages; some polls …

Trump Threatens To Yank Funding From Schools That Teach 1619 Project

President Donald Trump has launched another assault against education intended to address racism in America. On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that the Department of Education was investigating whether California public schools had implemented the New York Times’ 1619 Project into their curriculum. The Pulitzer Prize-winning initiative aims to reframe American history around the year slaves landed on its shores and by “placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” …

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 …

Washington Post Ed Board Pulls No Punches With Latest Searing Critique Of Trump

The Washington Post editorial board spelled out in its latest column why it believes how four more years of Donald Trump as president may irrevocably damage the civic fabric of America. Trump “is a president who does not so much govern the country as harass it,” the newspaper’s board wrote in the op-ed published Friday. In its article ― headlined “Presidents are expected to set the national tone. What we got with Trump has been catastrophic.” — the board recalled …

Facebook accused of pulling post about Kenosha gunman after declaring shooting ‘mass murder’

Facebook has been accused of removing a commentator’s post about Kyle Rittenhouse, the gunman in last week’s deadly shooting in Kenosha, Wis., after the social media giant labeled the incident a “mass murder.” In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, media analyst Mark Dice claimed that Facebook had removed a video that purportedly shows Rittenhouse offering to help a wounded protester. Images posted by Dice purportedly showed Facebook notifying him that it doesn’t allow “symbols, praise or support of dangerous individuals or organizations.” Actions considered “dangerous” by Facebook included “terrorist activity,” …

Wildfires Are First Big Test To COVID-19 Firefighter Safety Plans

Firefighters in the valley area of Vacaville, in northern California, during the LNU Lightning Complex fire on Aug. 19, 2020.   When firefighter Ahri Cornelius got the call that his Missoula, Mont., based crew was deploying to central California, he had some reservations. They’d be traveling from a rural state with a relatively low infection rate to California, a coronavirus hot spot. Cornelius also has a three-year-old toddler back home with a preexisting lung condition. “Coming down here and knowing …

NFL takes over Washington Football investigation

The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been publicly been announced. The person said Commissioner Roger Goodell discussed this step with owner Dan Snyder, who was supportive. After The Washington Post reported 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team, Snyder last …

Facebook Removed Hundreds Of Fake Accounts Connected To Roger Stone, Proud Boys, And PR Firms

Facebook announced it removed hundreds of fake accounts attributed to four different information operations on Wednesday. Two of the operations were tied to professional PR or advertising firms, and one of them was connected to former Trump adviser Roger Stone. According to the company, the four operations spent over $3.5 million on advertising. The network associated with Stone consisted of 50 Facebook pages, 54 accounts, and four Instagram pages. It was also associated with the Proud Boys, a far-right men’s …

Chadwick Boseman’s Last Post Becomes Most-Liked In Twitter History

A tweet posted to Chadwick Boseman’s account announcing the actor’s death is now the most-liked post in Twitter’s history, surpassing a 2017 tweet from former President Barack Obama. “A tribute fit for a King,” Twitter said in an announcement on Saturday, referring to Boseman’s iconic role as King T’Challa in the groundbreaking Marvel superhero film “The Black Panther.” The tweet announcing Boseman’s death had been liked more than 7.2 million times as of Sunday evening.  — Twitter (@Twitter) August 29, 2020 …

Brazil coronavirus deaths surpass 120,000: Live updates

Brazil’s Ministry of Health has reported at least 758 additional coronavirus fatalities during the last 24 hours, with 41,350 new cases, bringing the death toll to 120,262, and the confirmed cases to 3,846,153. Police officers have detained demonstrators in Jerusalem as protests continue against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the alleged corruption in his government. Every Italian region reported new coronavirus cases after a record 99,000 tests turned up another 1,444 cases. …

Zoom Is Fighting Rumors In India That It’s A Chinese Company

After the Indian government banned 59 apps owned by Chinese firms last week, the videoconferencing app Zoom is fighting xenophobic rumors on social media that it is Chinese-owned. It’s not — the company is American and is scrambling to let Indians know. In a blog post on Tuesday, Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s president of product and engineering, tried to clear up misinformation about Zoom’s country of origin. The company, he reminded people, is based in the United States. “We do recognize …

Tim Tebow embraced by QAnon followers after Instagram post

An Instagram post denouncing sex trafficking by Tim Tebow has apparently been embraced by the QAnon conspiracy group. Tebow recently wrote a lengthy post about boys and girls being sold into sex slavery and what he was doing to fight it. QANON HIJACKS #SAVETHECHILDREN HASHTAG: REPORT “Not on our watch. It’s time for Christians around the world to take a stand, to raise our voices and say no more. No more will we allow girls and boys, many of whom are …