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|Trump: 'George Washington would have had a hard time beating me before the plague came in'
President Trump suggested that even an opponent as formidable as the nation’s first commander in chief would have had difficulty unseating him before the coronavirus pandemic.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 12:37 PM
|Three killed in Bangalore clashes over Prophet Muhammad post
Police in the southern city of Bangalore opened fire on protesters angered by the Facebook post.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 6:00 AM
|Police officers set dog on black man and say ‘good boy, good boy’ as it bites his leg
A police dog in Salt Lake City was ordered to attack an African American man who was on his knees with his hands in the air.Police officers arrived at Jeffery Ryans’s house in April in Salt Lake City, Utah, after they responded to a call made by someone who said they had heard him arguing with his wife, according to the Daily Mail.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 1:08 PM
|Appeals court seems wary of ordering dismissal of Flynn case
A federal appeals court in Washington appeared inclined Tuesday to let a judge decide on his own whether to grant the Justice Department's request to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. Many members of the court expressed repeated skepticism at arguments from the Justice Department and Flynn's attorneys that a judge was not empowered to probe the motives behind the government's decision to abandon the prosecution of Flynn, who pleaded guilty as part of the special counsel's Russia investigation to lying to the FBI. The case will almost certainly persist for months if the court rejects Flynn's efforts to get a speedy dismissal and returns it to U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who refused to immediately grant the department's request to drop the prosecution.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 2:21 PM
|Pro Poker Player Was Bound, Sexually Assaulted, ‘Lit on Fire’ After Motel Meeting
Susie Zhao, the professional poker player whose charred remains were found in a remote Michigan park in July, was allegedly bound with zip ties and sexually assaulted before she was “lit on fire until she died” after meeting with a convicted sex offender, according to new court documents. Zhao, 33, was last seen around 5:30 p.m. on July 12 by her mother, the White Lake Township Police Department previously told The Daily Beast. The next day, her “badly burned” body was discovered at around 8:05 a.m. in a parking lot near the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, about an hour outside of Detroit. Last week, Jeffrey Bernard Morris, 60, was charged from his hospital bed with first-degree premeditated murder. Authorities discovered the convicted sex offender allegedly met Zhao in a motel room the night before her body was found. Morris, who is homeless and has a “lengthy criminal history” is currently in jail after being denied bail. A Pro Poker Player Was Found ‘Badly Burned.’ Was She Murdered Over Gambling?“This is not the end of the investigation into Susie’s death but the beginning of the pursuit of justice for her and her family,” White Lake Township Detective Chris Hild said in a press conference. “We can only hope that where we are today brings some level of comfort to the healing process.”In new court documents, first obtained by WXYZ, authorities revealed what occurred the night the pro poker player, known on the circuit as “Susie Q,” went missing. Cell phone records indicate Morris and the rising poker star first met on July 12. In an interview with police the night of his arrest on July 31, Morris admitted to picking up Zhao on Watkins Lake Road before they both checked into the Sherwood Motel at around 9:26 p.m. Morris told investigators the pair left the motel at some point to buy some alcohol and that Zhao left the motel at around midnight and took everything with her. Cell phone records, however, show the 33-year-old’s phone didn’t leave the motel until around 5 a.m on July 13, according to the court documents. Surveillance footage near the motel and cell phone records also show Morris left the room at around 5 a.m., before driving to a secluded section of the Pontiac Lake Recreation area—where Zhao was found. Court documents say that evidence suggests Morris was at the 3,745-acre park for about seven minutes. When Zhao was found the following morning, she was identified by fingerprints and was bound with zip ties. She had been sexually assaulted with a large object before being "lit on fire until she died,” the court documents state. A spokesperson for the Oakland County Medical Examiner told The Daily Beast that Zhao’s cause of death is currently unknown, pending an autopsy and toxicology results. When authorities pulled Morris over on a warrant in Ypsilanti weeks later, investigators found several hairs and other evidence with possible bloodstains. They also found duffle bags with a fitted bed sheet that appeared to have blood on it and a wooden baseball bat that also appeared to have a bloodstain. The items were taken to Oakland County Crime Lab for testing. Authorities are now scrambling to understand the motive behind the “mysterious death” that occurred just weeks after Zhao moved back to her home state of Michigan from California on June 9. Two childhood friends of Zhao previously told The Daily Beast that the poker player bounced between several cities—including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Florida—both for her job and because she was “a jet-setter.” According to PokerNews.com, Zhao was successful in the professional worker world, garnering several deep runs in the World Series of Poker Main Event—placing 90th in 2012 to earn $73,805. Over the course of her career, Zhao won $224,671, according to the poker database The Hendon Mob. Despite earlier speculation, authorities have said there is no evidence that Zhao’s death was connected to her gambling.“I don’t think there was ever anything else that she wanted to do. She was playing poker from a very young age,” Meredith Rogowski, a childhood friend, told The Daily Beast. “It was not a surprise. She was very bold and did whatever she wanted to do. Whenever we talked about her job, she was very nonchalant. But I do know it was exhausting to be in that world—it was long hours and some of the people she met weren’t always genuine.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 12:29 PM
|South Dakota Governor to get $400,000 security wall around residence
South Dakota officials said Wednesday they plan to build a security fence budgeted for $400,000 around the official governor’s residence to protect Gov. Kristi Noem.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 6:21 PM
|Black N.Y. City Council Members Claim Progressive Calls to Defund Police ‘Have Overshadowed Our Fight’
In the wake of calls to address racism and police brutality, some black and Latino lawmakers in New York and New Jersey are urging their colleagues to pump the brakes on proposals to slash police department budgets.City councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, a liberal Democrat who represents a West Bronx district where over half of residents are Hispanic and 40 percent are black, said her constituents “want to see cops in the community.”“They don’t want to see excessive force. They don’t want to see cops putting their knees in our necks,” Gibson said. “But they want to be safe as they go to the store.”New York City passed a new budget last month that cut $1 billion from the police department budget and re-purposed the funds for education and social services. The decision came amid calls from activists to slash even more funding from the police budget and as the city suffers a $9 billion revenue loss due to coronavirus lockdown measures."I don't want anyone to misunderstand and think that we don't care and that we have not been working our behinds off to get to a place of equity," Gibson said in early July when the city's new budget was passed, adding that communities must not be "left behind with crime, violence, illegal guns in our communities, no programs, no activities, and no hope for a better tomorrow."Laurie Cumbo, the city council's black Democratic majority leader who represents parts of several Brooklyn neighborhoods including Bedford-Stuyvesant, compared the demands of activists to “colonization.”"These are individuals that have never been seen before, active before,” she said. “This takeover is very similar to many of the movements that we’ve seen in colonization.”Alicka Ampry-Samuel, a black councilwoman who represents Brownsville, one of Brooklyn's poorest neighborhoods, expressed concern that the new voices pushing for reform could overshadow those in her community."We have fought for police reform and more funding every single budget cycle," she said. "This debate is not new to me. What is new are the additional voices of concern added to the conversation, which at times have overshadowed our fight.”Other black and Latino council members, including Antonio Reynoso of Brooklyn, who represents the more gentrified areas of Williamsburg and Bushwick, were more open to cutting funding to the NYPD.“We have wrongly been told our whole lives that police keep us safe,” Reynoso said.In New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, the state's largest city, dismissed calls to dismantle police departments as a “bourgeois liberal” solution to the problem of racism.“I think it’s kind of a knee-jerk reaction,” said the Democratic mayor, who is black.“I think there needs to be significant reforms," he continued. "To get rid of the police department — who would respond to calls for service for violence and domestic abuse?”“At the end of the day, I think that the city and the residents here need police officers in their communities,” Baraka said.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 1:00 PM
|Taiwan says discussing purchase of U.S. mines, cruise missiles
Taiwan is in discussions with the United States on acquiring underwater sea mines to deter amphibious landings as well as cruise missiles for coastal defense, Taiwan's de facto ambassador to United States said on Wednesday. Speaking to the Washington's Hudson Institute think tank, Hsiao Bi-khim said Taiwan was facing "an existential survival issue," given China's territorial and sovereignty claims over the island and needed to expand its asymmetric capabilities. Hsiao said Taipei was currently working with the United States on acquiring a number of hardware capabilities, including cruise missiles that would work in conjunction with Taiwan's indigenous Hsiung Feng missile system to provide better coastal defense.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 1:00 PM
|N95 respirators can be sanitized using crockpots and rice cookers, study finds
Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign say this new method can help hospital workers safely disinfect their N95 respirators.
POSTED AUGUST 11, 2020 2:27 PM
|Americans might face a long wait for the COVID economic relief Trump promised in executive order
Trump's plan to give $300 per week in unemployment benefits faces a number of legal, logistical and funding hurdles.
POSTED AUGUST 12, 2020 5:01 AM
News – Insurance Journal
|Major Reinsurers Brace for Large Losses from Beirut Port Blast
Some of the world’s biggest reinsurers are bracing for potential losses running into tens of millions of euros after last week’s explosion that ravaged much of downtown Beirut. Property damage alone from the blast, which killed more than 150 people …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 9:58 AM
|2.9 Magnitude Aftershock Rattles North Carolina
A magnitude 2.9 aftershock on Tuesday rattled the North Carolina town where a 5.1 earthquake on Sunday shook items from grocery store shelves and caused damage to homes and businesses, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS website showed the …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:46 AM
|More Than 900 Students, Staff Quarantined by Georgia School District
A Georgia school district has quarantined more than 900 students and staff members because of possible exposure to the coronavirus and will temporarily shut down one of its hardest-hit high schools, officials said Tuesday. The quarantine figures from the Cherokee …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:40 AM
|17 Georgia Residents Settle Federal Lawsuit Over Wrongful Arrests for $375K
A Georgia county’s commissioners have approved a settlement for a lawsuit that alleged residents were wrongfully arrested due to erroneous information that was given to state officials regarding their driver’s licenses. The $775,000 settlement approved last week by DeKalb County …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:34 AM
|Sterling New Age Cyber, Elpha Secure Launch ES-1000 Cybersecurity Package
Cybersecurity insurance company Elpha Secure and partner Sterling New Age Cyber have introduced ES-1000, a service bundle package that focuses on mitigating risk and cyber threat to clients through cyber software, educational resources and professional consultation. SterlingRisk Programs, a division …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 6:25 AM
|Michigan’s Accident Fund Insurance Grants $3.5M in Early Workers’ Comp Dividends
Lansing, Michigan-based Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, a national provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has granted $3.5 million in early dividend payments to policyholder groups that achieved targeted safety results in 2020. The group dividend payments reached more than …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:45 AM
|Louisiana’s LUBA Workers’ Comp Adds Tucker as VP, Sales Manager
Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based workers’ compensation insurance company, LUBA Workers’ Comp, has hired David Tucker as vice president and sales manager. Tucker has more than 10 years of service in the insurance industry, with experience in agency relations, risk mitigation, operations, …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:38 AM
|P/C Insurance Software Firm Duck Creek Hikes IPO Price Range
Duck Creek Technologies Inc., a software company that serves the property and casualty insurance market, on Wednesday raised the price range for its initial public offering (IPO) and expects to raise about $375 million. Boston-based Duck Creek, which is backed …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:00 AM
|Disney World Settles With Actors Over COVID-Testing
Walt Disney World actors, who argued that the Florida theme park’s proposed coronavirus safeguards were inadequate to protect them, have resolved a dispute over COVID-19 testing, a union statement said on Wednesday. The Actors’ Equity Association had called on Walt …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:00 AM
|Federal Reserve Policymakers See Slow Economic Growth Until Virus Contained
The U.S. economic recovery will be slow until the coronavirus is under control, and Americans will have to manage life with the virus for at least the next several months, three Federal Reserve policymakers said on Wednesday. After rebounding strongly …
POSTED AUGUST 13, 2020 5:00 AM