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California Firefighters make progress coralling big wildfire


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (October 15, 2021) — Firefighters reported significant progress in corralling a wildfire in Southern California coastal mountains on Friday. The Alisal Fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains west of Santa Barbara grew only slightly since Thursday morning to 26.4 square miles (68 square kilometers) and containment of…

Prominent SC Lawyer Alex Murdaugh Who Discovered Wife and Son Dead At Their Home–Allegedly Stole Millions of Dollars


COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 15, 2021) — The attorney for prominent South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, who discovered his wife and son dead at their home this summer, said Murdaugh is resigned that he will serve time in prison for stealing millions of dollars. But Murdaugh continues to insist he had nothing to…

White House to Lift Curbs for Vaccinated Foreign Travelers November 8


WASHINGTON (October 15, 2021)— The White House said Friday it will lift COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective November 8, ending historic restrictions that barred much of the world from the United States. Restrictions on non-U.S. citizens were first imposed on air travelers from China in January 2020…

22 Republican Members of Congress Asked Biden To Rescind Executive Orders And Policies Designed To Reduce Access To Our Oil


CITY OF WASHINGTON--today 22 Members of Congress wrote President Joe Biden a letter "following the recent decision of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 10 other oil-exporting nations, known collectively as OPEC+ to ignore" President Biden's  "request for an increase in production of their oil"--and the Biden…

Microsoft to Shut Down LinkedIn in China Because Of Censorship Concerns


Microsoft will close LinkedIn in China later this year, the company announced Thursday. The professional networking site, which started operating in China in 2014, faces a “significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements” in the country, it said in a blog post. “We recognized that operating a localized…

Biden To Meet Pope Francis At The Vatican During G20 Leaders Meeting In Rome


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 14, 2021)---U.S. President Joe Biden plans to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican later this month, the White House said Thursday. “They will discuss working together on efforts grounded in respect for fundamental human dignity, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, tackling the climate crisis, and…

Apple iPhone Parts Shortage While iPhone Cuts Production For The December Quarter


NEW YORK (October 13, 2021)--There’s a heated debate on Wall Street on Wednesday over what to make of the recent Bloomberg report asserting that Apple has cut iPhone 13 production for the December quarter amid a shortage of components from both Broadcom and Texas Instruments. The story has Apple shares down about 1%, with deeper declines for some…

Biden Has Fewer Dollars To Spend On $3.5 Trillion Dollar Package While Inflation Sky Rockets To A 13-Year High


WASHINGTON (October 13, 2021) - With the calendar slipping toward a new deadline, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning that “difficult decisions must be made” to trim President Joe Biden’s expansive plans for reimagining the nation’s social service programs and tackling climate change. Democrats are laboring to cut away at …

Atlanta’s Superior Court Judge Dismissed A Lawsuit To Allow 3 Respondents To Inspect Absentee Ballots From The 2020 Presidential Election


ATLANTA (October 13, 2021)--- A judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday by three respondents who sought to inspect absentee ballots from last year’s presidential election in Fulton County, a decision that came a day after investigators told the court they were unable to find any counterfeit ballots. Superior Court Judge Brian…

Lee Promised A “Pragmatic” North Korea Policy, Which Entails Securing Permanent Sanctions Exemptions For Key Inter-Korean Projects


SOUTH KOREA (October 13, 2021)---Lee promised to uphold legacy of Democratic predecessors, but experts say any policy change depends on US. “Outsider,” “populist,” a “bulldozer;” these are the labels that have followed Lee Jae-myung throughout his political career. He now has the South Korean presidency firmly in his sights, leading…

Gabby Petito Strangled 3 To 4 Weeks Before Body Discovered In Wyoming According To An Autopsy


JACKSON, Wyo. (October 12, 2021)--— Cross-country traveler Gabby Petito was strangled to death, a Wyoming coroner announced Tuesday. Petito, 22, died three to four weeks before her body was found Sept. 19 near an undeveloped camping area along the border of Grand Teton National Park in remote northern Wyoming, Teton County Coroner…

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi Hosted A Special Summit Of the G20 Major Economies To Discuss Afghanistan


ROME (Oct 12, 2021) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi hosted a special summit of the Group of 20 major economies on Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan, as worries grow about a looming humanitarian disaster following the Taliban's return to power. Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan on Aug. 15, the…

Gun Violence Is Killing An Increasing Number of Children And Teens In Urban Communities


PHILADELPHIA (October 11, 2021) — Gun violence is killing an increasing number of children and teenagers across America, leaving behind shattered dreams and devastated families. Here are three of their stories: SHAQUILLE BARBOUR, 18, OF PHILADELPHIA Shineka and Joseph Barbour, of Philadelphia, laugh as they recall what a hurry their son…

Americans Have Serious Concerns About Cyberattacks On US Computer Systems, Including Major China and Russia Threats According to A New Poll


RICHMOND, Va. (October 11, 2021) — Most Americans across party lines have serious concerns about cyberattacks on U.S. computer systems and view China and Russia as major threats, according to a new poll. The poll by The Pearson Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that…

British Police Not To Take Any Action Against Prince Andrew Regarding Epstein Accuser Sexually Assaulted Claims


LONDON (October 11, 2021) — British police have announced they will not take any action against Prince Andrew after a review prompted by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims that he sexually assaulted her. Virginia Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with Andrew in London in…

GRAINS, BEANS PRICES HIGHER OVERNIGHT; INVESTORS RAISE BULLISH BETS IN CORN


Grain and soybean futures were narrowly higher in overnight trading as investors square positions ahead of tomorrow’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected by analysts to forecast domestic corn production at 14.973 billion bushels, according to a survey by Reuters. If…

Southwest Airlines Hit With Flightaware Cancellations Due To COVID-19


TEXAS (October 11, 2021)---Southwest Airlines has pulled the plug on almost 2000 cancellations leaving  hundreds and thousands of travelers stranded following a  weekend of major service disruptions. According to Flightaware, the carrier has cancelled 348 flights Monday and delayed another 303 flights. The Dallas-based airline had blamed air traffic control…

Merck Ask FDA To Approve Of An Emergency Use Authorization for Molnupiravir, COVID-19 Pill


KENILWORTH, N.J. & MIAMI--(October 11, 2021)-- Merck,  known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics today announced that Merck has submitted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for molnupiravir, an investigational oral antiviral medicine, for the treatment of…

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Underwent Finger Surgery In LA


SEATTLE (October 9, 2021)---the Seattle Seahawks released a statement regarding Quarterback Russell Wilson's injury during Thursday Night Football with the Los Angeles Rams.   Dr. Steven Shin said in a released statement "Russell Wilson injured his right middle finger during last night's game versus the Rams.  He sustained two injuries to…

Southern Border Crisis: “The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” Implementation A Disaster


PANAMA (October 9, 2021)---To reach freedom, migrants risk a dangerous jungle in Panama. More than 91,300 migrants – most of them Haitians – have trekked through Panama’s dangerous Darien Gap jungle so far this year in hopes of reaching North America, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.…

Russia Invited Representatives of the Taliban To International Talks on Afghanistan


RUSSIA (October 9, 2021)---Russia will invite representatives of the Taliban to international talks on Afghanistan that it plans to host in Moscow on October 20, President Vladimir Putin’s special representative on Afghanistan has said. Zamir Kabulov, the representative, did not provide further details on the planned conference in comments carried by…

US 5th Circuit of Appeals court allows Texas abortion law to resume, stopping federal judge’s order to block its enforcement


TEXAS (October 8, 2021)---The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday allowed Texas’ near-total abortion ban to again be enforced after freezing a federal judge’s temporary block of the law. The state appealed the order just two days after it was issued. The 5th Circuit restored enforcement of the law…

Senior U.S. Officials Hold In-Person Talks With Taliban For The First Time Since US Withdrawal


ISLAMABAD (October 8, 2021) — Senior U.S. officials will hold in-person talks beginning Saturday with representatives of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from the country. U.S. State Department officials said the U.S. delegation will meet Saturday and Sunday in Doha, Qatar, with senior Taliban…

Texas AG Paxton Asked The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals To Restore Texas’ “Fetal Heartbeat” Abortion Law


TEXAS (October 8, 2021)--Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to restore Texas' ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion law, which took effect last month. Texas is "appealing the district court decision to stay our Texas legislation on stopping abortions once a heartbeat…

NYC’s Mayor de Blasio phase out “Gifted and Talented” program for elementary school students


NEW YORK (October 8, 2021)--New York City officials are phasing out the controversial “Gifted and Talented” program for elementary school students, a massive change aimed at addressing racial disparities in the biggest school system in the country. The entry exam identifying students as “gifted” will be eliminated, officials said Friday.…

A Texas abortion provider resumes procedure lawmakers tried to prohibit, after judge halts abortion ban


The ruling late Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman doesn’t protect providers who perform abortions while the Texas law makes its way through the courts. At least one major abortion provider on Thursday resumed providing the procedure to patients who had been previously shut out by Texas' near-total ban,…

US’ Employers Hired At A Slower Pace In September and August: Unemployment Up and New Job Creations and Down


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 8, 2021)--U.S. employers unexpectedly hired at a slower pace in September than in August, with labor supply shortages and virus-related impacts still exerting considerable pressure on the economic recovery. The Labor Department released its September jobs report Friday morning. Here were the main metrics from the…

Former US Envoy For Haiti Resigned In Protest of the Biden Administration’s Mass Deportations of Migrants


The former US envoy for Haiti, who resigned last month in protest of the Biden administration’s mass deportations of Haitian migrants, has warned that sending people back to Haiti will worsen conditions in the crisis-hit Caribbean nation. At a congressional briefing on Thursday, Daniel Foote said deporting Haitian asylum seekers is “not the answer”…

20 People Killed and More Than 200 Wounded After Earthquake Strikes Pakistan


Islamabad, Pakistan (October 7, 2021) – At least 20 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded after an earthquake strikes Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, local officials say, with rescue teams attempting to clear debris and gain access to the area. The 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck as most residents…

Italy To Purchase Six New Piaggio Aerospace Aircraft And Dropping Plans To Buy Drones


ROME (October 7, 2021)— Italy announced it will purchase six new Piaggio Aerospace aircraft to help relaunch the Italian firm, and indicated the government is dropping long-held plans to buy drones from the company, ending the ill-fated story of the Hammerhead UAV. The Italian Defence Ministry said it would spend…

US Senator Hickenlooper Introduced the COMPETES Act To Prevent Oil And Gas Companies From Leasing Taxpayer-Owned Public Lands For Free


Washington, D.C.(October 7, 2021) – Today, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper introduced the Competitive Onshore Mineral Policy via Eliminating Taxpayer-Enabled Speculation (COMPETES) Act, legislation to prevent oil and gas companies from leasing taxpayer-owned public lands for next to nothing. Forty percent of acres leased for drilling go through this non-competitive process. Under current law,…

President Biden Delivers Remarks on COVID-19 Vaccine Progress


CHICAGO (October 7, 2021)---President Biden delivers remarks on the importance of COVID-19 vaccine requirements. Highlights: Biden: spoke about the dignity of protecting America-- COVID-19. The Unions built the middle class, said President Biden. Fact Check: Middle Class Timeline April 1939: For the 1939 World's Fair in New York, the Westinghouse Electric…

Biden Travels To Chicago To Discuss COVID-19 Vaccine Progress


CHICAGO (October 7, 2021)---Nearly one month after announcing a sweeping plan to require millions of Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. President Joe Biden travels to Chicago Thursday to discuss the progress of his initiative. Jeffrey Zients, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters Wednesday that President Biden…

NATO Secretary General: Europe and North America must stand strong together


BRUSSELS (October 7, 2021)---National Security Advisers from across the Alliance met in Brussels on Thursday (07 October 2021) to review progress in key areas, including enhancing deterrence and defence, technological innovation and responding to climate change. ''Today’s meeting was a significant step towards the NATO Summit in Madrid next year,…

CBP Intercepted Loads Of Cocaine And Fentanyl At The Phass International Bridge Cargo Facility


PHARR, Texas (October 7, 2021) —U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility intercepted $1,233,000 in alleged cocaine and fentanyl in two incidents. “CBP officers intercepted these loads of cocaine and fentanyl thanks to great teamwork and the utilization of all…

Apple is working on new tech that allow CarPlay to access functions like climate-control system, speedometer, radio and seats


Apple wants to use its CarPlay feature used in new cars and trucks and control certain aspects of a car's dashboard like climate, the radio and how a person sits. The nascent initiative inside the tech giant, known as 'IronHeart,' will need the help of automakers that already use CarPlay,…

North Carolina Charter School Teacher Resigned For A Racially Charged School Lesson “They Would Have Been Her Field Slaves”


GREENVILLE, N.C. (October 7, 2021) – A charter school in North Carolina is under fire for a racially charged school lesson that ended with a teacher’s resignation and alleged bullying by other students. Parents WITN spoke with said their children were singled out by a teacher in a lesson about the U.S.…

Body Camera Footage Revealed Minneapolis Police Officers Targeted Activists During Death of George Floyd Protest


MINNEAPOLIS (October 7, 2021) - Body camera footage revealed Minneapolis police officers saying they were “hunting” activists when enforcing curfews amid the protests over the death of George Floyd last year. The video shows a group of officers patrolling and using rubber bullets to disperse civilians five days after Floyd’s…

Eighteen Former NBA Players Charged With Defrauding the League’s Health And Welfare Benefit Plan


NEW YORK (October 7, 2021) — Eighteen former NBA players have been charged with defrauding the league’s health and welfare benefit plan out of about $4 million, according to an indictment Thursday in New York. Federal prosecutors planned a news conference to describe the case that was brought in Manhattan…

Polls Show The Virginia Gubernatorial Race A Dead Heat Horse Race


VIRGINIA (October 6, 2021)---the latest Emerson College/Nexstar Media poll of the Virginia gubernatorial election shows a tightening in the race, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe slightly leading Republican Glenn Youngkin 49% to 48%. One percent of voters plan to vote for someone else, and 2% are still undecided. In September, an Emerson/Nexstar…

10/6/2021: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 6, 2021)---Press Secretary Jen Psaki holding her daily briefing to discuss the State of the Biden's Administration plans in regards to National Security, the debt ceiling, unemployment, crime, foreign policy, education, health,  etc. Highlights: Tomorrow, Biden to visit Illinois to focus on vaccination requirements and mandates.…

President Biden Hosts a Meeting with Business Leaders and CEOs on Addressing the Debt Limit


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 6, 2021)-- President Joe Biden delivered remarks at a meeting with Business Leaders and CEOs on the debt limit. The average Chief Executive Officer salary in the United States is $777,429 as of September 27, 2021, but the range typically falls between $587,425 and $1,001,694. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on…

Senate Minority Leader’s New Statement On The Democrats’ Self-created Debt Limit Crisis:


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 6, 2021)--- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today on the debt limit: "The unified Democratic government had two and a half months to address the debt limit through reconcilliation.  Instead, they drifted to the doorstep of yet another self-created Democrat…

Democrats’ Historic Tax Hikes and IRS Spying Would Hurt American Workers and Help China


WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 6, 2021)- – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding Democrats’ reckless tax and spending spree: “President Biden makes two claims about the reckless taxing and spending spree that Democrats are writing behind closed doors. He is saying it…

Robert DuBoise Wrongfully Sentenced To Four Decades In Prison of A Crime He Did Not Commit


TAMPA, Fla.(October 6, 2021) - After spending nearly four decades behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Robert DuBoise is now suing the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department officers who allegedly framed him for rape and murder. Robert DuBoise was 18 when he was found guilty of the rape and murder…

US to ask for public comment on reinstating tariff exclusions on Chinese goods


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 5, 2021)---The administration of President Joe Biden will seek out public comment on whether to reinstate any of the Trump-era exclusions to tariffs on Chinese goods that had expired at the end of last year and the beginning of 2021, it announced on Tuesday. The step suggests…

2 European Parliament Called For Facebook Whistleblower Allegations Investigation


Euro News (October 5, 2021)--Two members of the European parliament have called for an investigation into allegations by a whistleblower that Facebook prioritized profits above the public good. Whistleblower Frances Haugen, who left Facebook in May this year, leaked internal company research - including reports that reveal Instagram's impact on…

READOUT: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Call with European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni


WASHINGTON -- Earlier today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen spoke with European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni. Secretary Yellen and Commissioner Gentiloni discussed advances in efforts to reshape the global tax system, which will ensure that profitable corporations pay their fair share and provide governments with the…

UK convenes top defense official to fix – or end – the Army’s Ajax vehicle program


LONDON (October 5, 2021) – A top Ministry of Defence official has been given charge of resetting or recommending termination of the troubled Ajax armored reconnaissance vehicle program destined for the British Army. David Marsh, the MoD’s director of project delivery, was named as the senior official responsible for one…

President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill & Build Back Better Agenda


MICHIGAN (October 5, 2021)---today President Joe Biden delivered remarks on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and Build Back Better Agenda. Highlights: Biden: welcomed by a small and subdued crowd. Biden "everything will be paid for--and not a penny raised in taxes for anyone making less than $400,000 grand." Biden: We invested…

Biden Goes To Michigan To Discuss His Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 5, 2021)--today, President Biden is headed to Michigan to discuss how his Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda will make a generational investment in the state’s infrastructure and resilience. Here’s what workers and their families can expect to see: - In Michigan, there…

France pushing the EU to take a stronger stance against the UK and Jersey energy supply in fishing row


EU (October 5, 2021)--The EU could hit Britain and Jersey’s energy supply over the UK’s failure to provide sufficient fishing licenses to French fishers, France’s EU affairs minister has said. Clément Beaune, who is a close ally of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, said action would be decided on within…

Justice Department Resolves Civil Rights Review of South Dakota Unified Judicial System


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 5, 2021)---The Justice Department announced it resolved a civil rights review of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System (UJS) that will improve access to state courts for people with limited English proficiency (LEP). The Justice Department’s review began after it received a complaint from East River…

DOJ Instructs the FBI To Seek Out Parents Who Have Threatened School Board, Members, Teachers, And Staff


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 5, 2021)--- according the US Attorney General said in a letter ""In recent months, there has been a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff who participate in the vital work of running our nation's public…

US Capitol Police Arrested A Driver With A Controlled Explosive Device At The US Supreme Court


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 5, 2021)---An explosion was heard outside the US Supreme Court shortly after the US Capitol Police closed roads to investigate a suspicious vehicle, according to reports. Moments after US Capitol Police said in a statement they were trying to talk to the driver, reports emerged online…

4 US, UK, Japanese carriers patrolled north of Taiwan to defend is democracy against aggressive China


TAIWAN (October 5, 2021)---Taiwan is committed to defending its democracy against an increasingly aggressive China, the island’s president has vowed, warning of “catastrophic consequences” for the region should it fall. The comments from Tsai Ing-wen, in an essay published on Tuesday, came amid record-breaking incursions by Chinese warplanes into its air defence zone.…

21st OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting concludes” To Stick With Plan for Oil Output”


VIENNA, Austria (October 4, 2021)---The 21st OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting, held via videoconference, concluded on Monday, 4 October 2021. Global oil supply deficit.. last year in almost all countries exceeded predictions. Most countries bought enough oil when the price was low.. and stored it for the future.   More or…

Racist Former Canadian Mayor Sentenced For Publicly Defaming Some Citizens and Businesses


CANADA (October 4, 2021)---Kevin J. Johnston has been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for publicly branding Mohamad Fakih a "terrorist" and a "baby killer" after being ordered to stop defaming the Paramount Fine Foods owner in 2019.  The sentence comes after Johnston was charged earlier this year with contempt for continuing to make racist, defamatory…

Shooting In Tuscon Leaves 3 Officers Wounded And One Dead.


TUSCON (October 4, 2021)--- an active shooter is in custody following an attack which occurred when an AMTRAK Train was at a stop in Tuscon, Arizona.  Three police officers was shot, one officer killed and gunman captured. https://twitter.com/OneJurorMatters/status/1445085517452914694?s=20 A witness told KOLD News 13 that the shooting happened after two…

Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the Administration’s Trade Approach to China


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 4, 2021)--Senior Administration officials on the Administratin's Trade approach to China held a Teleconference on October 3, 2021 at  4:06 P.M. EDT.   MODERATOR:  Thanks, everyone, for joining us today to talk about how the Biden administration will approach the bilateral trade relationship with China.  This…

US Concerned By China’s Provacative Military Activitiy Near Taiwan


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 3, 2021)---The United States is very concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan. We have…

EU and US Exchanged Views On Topics of Mutual Interest As Part of Their Financial Regulatory Dialogue


BRUSSELS (October 4, 2021) — EU and U.S. participants in the EU - U.S. Joint Financial Regulatory Forum (“the Forum”) met virtually, to exchange views on topics of mutual interest as part of their ongoing financial regulatory dialogue. EU participants included representatives of the European Commission, the European Banking Authority…

FDA Issued To Final Rules For Premarket Review of New Tobacco Products


CITY OF WASHINGTON (October 4, 2021)---Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two final rules for the premarket review of new tobacco products. These foundational rules provide additional information on the requirements for the content, format and review of Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs) and Substantial Equivalence (SE) Reports – two of the…

Afghanistan’s Ruling Taliban Security Forces Destroyed An Islamic State Khorasan Province Cell In Kabul


ISLAMABAD (October 4, 2021)— Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban said Monday their security forces had destroyed an Islamic State Khorasan Province cell in Kabul and killed all the militants there. The overnight raid came just hours after a bombing outside the capital’s main Eid Gah mosque on Sunday killed at least eight…

Virginia Gubernatorial Race: Candidate Doesn’t Support Parents Engagement In Educating Their Children


VIRGINIA (October 4, 2021)----Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe's failed education policies have failed the children in Virginia, but McAuliffe blames the parents by seeking to exclude them from participating in the schools curriculum.    Glenn Youngkin  believes that parents should be in charge of children's education. "we must demand that…

Third Victim Dies Following Violent Attack At A Davenport Home


DAVENPORT, Fla. (October 4, 2021) — Authorities said Sunday a third victim has died following a violent attack where an angry electrician wielding a knife and baseball bat killed three co-workers and injured another at the Florida home they shared. Polk County Sheriff’s officials said electrician Shaun Runyon got into…

US Secretary of State Blinken Heads To Paris To Improve US-France Relations And The Transatlantic Allies


WASHINGTON (October 3, 2021)— U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Paris, his first trip to France following an enhanced trilateral security partnership known as AUKUS (Australia, U.K., and the U.S.) that heightened tensions between the transatlantic allies. Experts said they expect Blinken, who has strong personal ties…

One Dead And Four Injured In Waffle House Shooting


BISHOPVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2021) — A sheriff says one man has been killed in a shooting in the parking lot of a Waffle House near a South Carolina interstate. Lee County Sheriff Daniel Simon said the 4 a.m. Sunday shooting also injured an employee and three customers inside the…

Former YES Prep Houston Public Charter School Student Confessed To Shooting Principal


HOUSTON (October 3, 2021) — Authorities say a former student at a Houston public charter school has been charged after confessing to shooting and wounding the campus principal. Houston police say 25-year-old Dexter Harold Kelsey confessed to the shooting Friday at YES Prep Southwest Secondary. Police say he’s been charged…

Democrats Strain To Rescue A Scaled-Back Version of Biden’s $3.5 Trillion Government Overhaul Plan and Salvage the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill


WASHINGTON (October 2, 2021) — President Joe Biden on Saturday acknowledged frustrations as Democrats strain to rescue a scaled-back version of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan and salvage a related public works bill after frantic negotiations failed to produce a deal. “Everybody is frustrated. That’s part of being in government,” Biden told reporters…

No Vote: Democratic Leaders Run Into Fiscal Infrastructure Road Block As Division Remains


WASHINGTON (October 1 2021)— Democratic leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives delayed a planned vote on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that had been set for Thursday, bowing to party progressives who had demanded action on a larger social policy bill first. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe…

Kilauea Once Again Erupting At It’s Summit, Sending Up Fiery Fountains 100 Feet High


HONOLULU (September 30, 2021) - After a months-long pause, Kilauea is once again erupting at its summit, sending up fiery fountains as high as 100 feet and flooding the floor of Halemaumau Crater with lava. Ken Hon, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge, said the eruption started about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday and that lava…

FDA Cleared First New Major Technological Improvement for CT Imaging


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 30, 2021)--Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the first new major technological improvement for Computed Tomography (CT) imaging in nearly a decade. “Computed tomography is an important medical imaging tool that can aid in diagnosing disease, trauma or abnormality; planning and guiding interventional or…

Unemployment Claims Increased Third Straight Week to 362,000: Virginia Among The Highest State Unemployment Initial Claims


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 30, 2021)--- In the week ending September 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 362,000, an increase of11,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 351,000. The 4-week moving average was 340,000, an increase of4,250   the previous week's unrevised average of 335,750. The…

US Senator Manchin “I Can’t Support $3.5 Trillion More In Spending When We Have Already Spent $5.4 Trillion Since Last March


Washington, DC (September 29, 2021)– Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement about infrastructure and reconciliation negotiations.   “Every Member of Congress has a solemn duty to vote for what they believe is best for the country and the American people, not their party. Respectfully, as I…

A Pro-Life Group Presented SCOTUS With Half Million Signatures Asking It To Overturn Roe vs. Wade Abortion Law


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 29, 2021)---A pro-life group has presented the nation’s highest court with over half a million signatures from Americans asking it to overturn the infamous case that has resulted in 63 million babies dying in abortions. With over 500,000 signatures collected on a petition calling for the…

U.S. and Qatar Together Sanctioned 7 Individuals For Supporting Islamist Political Party and Militant Group Hezbollah


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 29, 2021)---The U.S. and Qatar together sanctioned seven individuals for supporting a financial network of the Islamist political party and militant group Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula.The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement Wednesday that Qatari nationals Ali Reda Hassan al-Banai, Ali Reda al-Qassabi Lari…

Japan’s New Leader and Presumptive Next PM Selected Wednesday


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 29, 2021)— Fumio Kishida is one step away from becoming Japan’s next prime minister after his election Wednesday as leader of the country’s long-serving ruling party. The 64-year-old Kushida, a former foreign minister, defeated vaccination minister Taro Kono in the second round of the conservative Liberal…

North Korea’s Latest Missile Launch Involved A New Hypersonic Weapon


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (September 29, 2021) — North Korea’s latest missile launch involved a new hypersonic weapon, state media said Wednesday, the country’s first test of an advanced missile system that would add yet another unpredictable component to its fast-expanding arsenal. The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) posted its…

9/29/2021: White House Press Secretary Holds Daily Brief


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 29, 2021)---the White House daily briefing. Highlights: White House Press Secretary Psaki: Biden met with two Democratic Senators regarding the $3.5 Infrastructure Bill. Psaki: the White House expected the vaccination rates to decline.  Psaki did not respond the the reporters questions--about the rate have not changed…

Young, Senate Finance Colleagues Urge Democrats to Abandon Proposal that Would Compromise Law-Abiding Americans’ Private Financial Information


WASHINGTON (September 29, 2021) — U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), and all Republican members on the Senate finance and banking committees, sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to abandon the Biden-Harris administration’s unprecedented proposal to expand the reporting of the private, confidential financial data of law-abiding Americans from financial institutions…

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Tennessee, Kentucky Halts Unconstitutional Tax Mandate


Nashville (September 27, 2021) – A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in their lawsuit to stop the Biden Administration from enforcing an unconstitutional tax mandate. The mandate in the American Rescue Plan Act prohibits…

Mayorkas and Abbott Clashed Over Enforcement of the Country’s Immigration Laws


WASHINGTON — U.S. Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas and Texas Governor Greg Abbott clashed Sunday over enforcement of the country’s immigration laws after thousands of Haitian migrants massed – and then were cleared – from the U.S.-Mexican border city of Del Rio, Texas. Mayorkas, in an interview on the “Fox News…

Angela Merkel Remains Chancellor While Germany Irons Out A Federal Parliamentary Election


GERMANY (September 27, 2021)--The joke in Berlin before Germans went to the polls Sunday was that the country’s longstanding chancellor, Angela Merkel, would have to delay her retirement from politics, and would end up delivering the traditional New Year’s address to the nation come January. And that looks likely. Germany…

SCIENTIST FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE FINDINGS: CHOLESTEROL DRIVES ALZHEIMER’S PLAQUE FORMATION, STUDY FINDS


VIRGINIA (September 26, 2021)---cholesterol manufactured in the brain appears to play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, new research indicates. Scientists from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and their collaborators found that cholesterol produced by cells called astrocytes is required for controlling the production of amyloid beta,…

Amtrak Travel Adjustment Due To The Derailment Of the Empire Builder Trains


MONTANO  (September 26, 2021)---On Sept. 25, at approximately 4 p.m. MT, Empire Builder train 7/27, traveling westbound from Chicago to Seattle/Portland, derailed operating on BNSF tracks near Joplin, Mont. There were approximately 141 passengers and 16 crew members onboard. The train consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars, with eight of…

Amtrak’s Passenger Train Bounded To Seattle, And Portland Derailed In Montana


JOPLIN, Mont. (September 26, 2021) — At least three people were killed Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, an official with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said. Dispatcher Starr Tyler told The Associated Press that three people died in the…

U.S. Coast Guard cutter trains with Indonesia’s Maritime Security Agency


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) conducted operations and exercises with the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency and coast guard, the Badan Keamanan Laut (known as BAKAMLA), September 20, in the Singapore Strait.  Together, the crews participated in ship-to-ship communications drills, multi-unit maneuvering and maritime domain…

The Exodus of Haitian Migrants Continues Under Pandemic Powers That Denies Asylum


DEL RIO, TEXAS — The Texas border crossing where thousands of Haitian migrants converged in recent weeks was set to partly reopen Saturday afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Federal and local officials said no migrants remained at the makeshift encampment as of Friday, after some of the nearly 15,000…

IOM Is Concerned About A Sharp Increase In Deaths And Disappearances At Sea Of Migrants


Berlin ISeptember 24, 2021)  – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is extremely concerned about a sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances at sea of migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands along the West African coast. By the end of August 2021, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project recorded 785 people, including 177 women and 50 children, who had died or disappeared so…

White House Daily Briefing, 9/24/2021


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 24, 2021)--White House holds their daily press briefing. Highlight: The Psaki, White House Press Secretary did not respond effectively to the reporters question about Julian Assange after receiving email months ago. Psaki: Biden frustrated about moving police reform forwarded---although there is an agreement with police organizations…

Top Chinese Executive Settles Deal With US Department of Justice To Resolve Criminal Charges


NEW YORK (September 24, 2021) — A top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies has reached a deal with the Justice Department that enables her to resolve criminal charges against her, according to her lawyer and a letter from the Justice Department. The deal with Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief…

House Abortion Legislation Aimed At Guaranteeing A Woman’s Right, While Allowing Women To Decide Life Or Death Up too Birth


WASHINGTON — The House is voting Friday on legislation aimed at guaranteeing a woman's right to an abortion, an effort by House Democrats to circumvent a new Texas law that has placed that access under threat. The expected House passage is likely to be mostly symbolic, as Republican  in the United…

WANTED: Brian Christopher Laundrie With The Intent To Defraud, Use One Or More Unauthorized Access Devices Follwing the Death of Gabriel Petito


WYOMING (September 23, 2021)---The Federal Bureau of Investigations in Wyoming has issued statement regarding the wanted warrant  of Brian Christopher Laundrie.  According to the FBI, Mr. Laundrie knowingly and with the intent to defraud, used one or more unauthorized access devices, namely a Capitol One Bank debit card and a…

Top US Military Officer Army General Milley At Center of Controversy Again


As the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the gruff, highly decorated Army General Mark Milley reportedly was handpicked by then-President Donald Trump because of his “tough guy” swagger and blunt talk. Under the U.S. Constitution, the president, not the chairman, is the commander-in-chief of the U.S. military.…

United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the People of Yemen


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 23, 2021)--The United States is providing more than $290 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Yemen.  I am grateful to all our partners who also announced contributions today, and I am proud that the United States continues to lead the humanitarian response to…

Kennedy announces $2 million to support bird habitats in southeast Louisiana and Vermilion Parish


WASHINGTON (September 23, 2021) – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $2 million in funding from the Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to support wetland conservation efforts and bird populations in southeast Louisiana and Vermilion Parish. “I am pleased to…

Economy: UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS INCREASED BY 6000 FROM PREVIOUS WEEK


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 23, 2021)-- In the week ending September 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 351,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 3,000 from 332,000 to335,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,750,…

Federal Reserve issues FOMC Statement To Support The US Economy


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 22, 2021)---The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. With progress on vaccinations and strong policy support, indicators of economic activity and employment have…

Honduras to benefit from lifeline for some the world’s most precious biodiverse habitats


UK (September 22, 2021)--- Six of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots – spanning 18 countries – to share funding from the Government’s £100 million Biodiverse Landscapes Fund Projects will tackle biodiversity loss, combat climate change and help deliver our goal to protect 30% of the world’s land and sea by 2030…

Venezuela demands the end of sanctions and urges leaders to build a ‘new world’


MEXICO (September 22, 2021)--- President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday said his country was the victim of a “fierce campaign” of permanent and systematic aggression through economic and financial sanctions coming from the United States and its allies. “Financial accounts are being chased, gold has been seized and blocked from the…

IS Affiliate or ISIS-K, Biggest Danger To The United States And The West Following US Withdrawal From Afghanistan


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 22, 2021)---The biggest danger to the United States and the West following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could well come from the Islamic State terror group’s Afghan affiliate, and not from al-Qaida, despite the latter’s long-standing relationship with the Taliban. The top U.S. counterterrorism official told…

Trump Sues NYT and Niece—Alleging They Hatched An “Insidious Plot” To Obtain His Private Records


NEW YORK (September 22, 2021)-- former President Donald J. Trump has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, three of its reporters, and his niece—claiming they hatched an “insidious plot” to obtain his private records for a story about his tax history. The lawsuit alleges that the newspaper convinced Mary Trump…

Haitian Migrants Released In The USA Following Horse And Whip Treatment


DEL RIO, Texas (September 22, 2021) — Haitian migrants camped at the Texas border are being released in the United States, two U.S. officials said, undercutting the Biden administration’s public statements that the thousands in the camp faced immediate expulsion. The Biden's Administration is prolonging the inevitable of deportation--due to…

Public Health Experts ‘Flabbergasted’ That Biden Hasn’t Picked An FDA Chief Leaving Scientist To Lead The Administration


President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis. The pandemic has taxed the FDA,…

US Secretary Recognized 325 Schools As National Blue Ribbon Schools For 2021


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 21, 2021)--U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona will make the announcement during his Return to School Road…

Chicago: 50 People Were Shot, Nine Fatally, In 45 Separate Shooting Incidents


CHICAGO (September 21, 2021)--More than 50 people were shot, nine fatally, in 45 separate shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, according to the Chicago Police Department. According to police, those incidents included a pair of double homicides on the West and South sides, and multiple drive-by…

PFIZER AND BIONTECH ANNOUNCE POSITIVE TOPLINE RESULTS FROM PIVOTAL TRIAL OF COVID-19 VACCINE IN CHILDREN 5 TO 11 YEARS


NEW YORK AND MAINZ, Germany--(September 20. 2020)-- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced results from a Phase 2/3 trial showing a favorable safety profile and robust neutralizing antibody responses in children 5 to 11 years of age using a two-dose regimen of 10 µg administered…

DHS awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 40 organizations in 25 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 20, 2021)-- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded nearly $10 million in grants to 40 organizations in 25 states to help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization.  The fiscal year (FY) 2021 grants will run through September 2023 and provide funding to organizations that…

US Supreme Court Schedule For The October, November, And December Sessions


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 20, 2021)--- the Court will hear all oral arguments scheduled for the October, November, and December sessions in the Courtroom. Courtroom access will be limited to the Justices, essential Court personnel, counsel in the scheduled cases, and journalists with full-time press credentials issued by the Supreme…

Estonian’s Government Leads The World In Digital Government: What to Expect in Federal Agencies In 2022


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 20, 2021)--federal agencies under President Joe Biden must meet new electronic record targets in 2022, as part of a move to a “digital government.” The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) 2019 Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies: Transition to Electronic Records prompted agencies to move…

Putin Express His Condolences To The People Involved in Perm University Shooting


RUSSIA (September 20, 2021)-- President of Russia Vladimir Putin released a statement to express his condolences to the people involved in the Perm University shooting. Eight students and staff were murdered and others wounded.  President of Russia Vladamir Putin's Opening Remarks: Ms Pamfilova, good afternoon. Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova: Good…

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri Pre-Trial Hearing


VIRGINIA (September 20, 2021)---The Department of Defense and the Office of Military Commissions will allocate seats for news media aboard a military-chartered aircraft for travel from Joint Base Andrews (JBA) in Maryland to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) in Cuba to cover military commission pre-trial proceedings scheduled for United States…

Purdue technology for downscaling transistors could advance semiconductor design


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (September 18, 2021)– An innovation by Purdue University researchers could help the semiconductor industry design transistors that are smaller, use less power and switch from on to off at smaller applied voltages. As a result, the innovation could lead to better and more powerful central processing unit…

“Turkey’s export capacity is its trump card to feature among the world’s top 10 economies”


TURKEY (September 18, 2021)--- Addressing a meeting of Turkish exporters, President Erdoğan said: “Turkey’s export capacity is its trump card to feature among the top 10 economies of the world by constantly increasing its investments and production, raising its quality and technology and expanding its spectrum.” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan…

Netflix sued over “grossly sexist” line in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’


Nona Gaprindashvili, a female Soviet chess champion, is suing Netflix for $5million over a line in The Queen’s Gambit. In the show’s finale, a line compares the accomplishments of fictional chess player Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) to Gaprindashvili – stating she’s never played chess against men. A character remarks: “Elizabeth Harmon’s not at…

Pax­ton Secures Tem­po­rary Restrain­ing Order Against Paris ISD in Mask Man­date Lawsuit


TEXAS (September 17, 2021)--- Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a Lamar County district court issued a temporary restraining order against Paris ISD regarding its unlawful mask mandate. The court agreed with General Paxton that the district lacks “authority to issue or enforce a facemask mandate in light of Governor Abbott’s…

Issuance of New Executive Order Establishing Sanctions Related to the Crisis in Ethiopia


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 17, 2021)---In the midst of ongoing violence, abuses against civilians, and growing humanitarian plight in Ethiopia, President Biden today signed an Executive Order (E.O.) establishing a new sanctions regime in response to the crisis.  With it, the United States will be able to impose financial sanctions…

US Retail Sales Rebounded, As U.S. Retail Sales Trigger Metal’s New Crash


WASHINGTON (September 16, 2021)--- Sales at the nation’s retailers rose 0.7 in August, the Commerce Department said Thursday, despite a huge decline in vehicle sales related to product shortages and shipping concerns.  Groceries sales increased 2.1% since people stayed home due to COVID-19. . Excluding cars, sales rose a robust…

International Organizations, Vaccine Manufacturers Agree to Intensify Cooperation to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine


(September 16, 2021)---The heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, World Health Organization and World Trade Organization met with the CEOs of leading vaccine manufacturing companies to discuss strategies to improve the access to COVID-19 vaccines, especially in low- and lower middle-income countries and in Africa. The Task…

House Freedom Caucus member Matt Krause challenges Ken Paxton for Texas attorney general


TEXAS (September 16, 2021)-- Attorney General Ken Paxton has another  Republican primary challenger, but this time it is someone who has been close to him for years: state Rep. Matt Krause. The Fort Worth lawmaker and founding member of the House Freedom Caucus says he is running as the “faithful conservative…

Census Bureau Delivers 2020 Census Redistricting Data in Easier-to-Use Format


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 16, 2021)---The U.S. Census Bureau today released the 2020 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File to states and the public in an easier-to-use format.    These data are now available on data.census.gov. They are identical to those released Aug. 12 on the Census Bureau’s FTP site and in various…

President Biden to Host Leader-Level Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 15, 2021)--President Joe Biden will reconvene the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) on September 17 to galvanize efforts to confront the global climate crisis. The virtual meeting builds on the Leaders Summit on Climate the President hosted in April and comes six weeks before…

Kim Jong Un’s Sister Critized South Korea’s President, Threatened A “Complete Destruction” Of Bilateral Relations


SEOUL, South Korea (September 15, 2021)) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday criticized South Korea’s president and threatened a “complete destruction” of bilateral relations after both of the countries tested ballistic missiles hours apart. The launches of missiles underscored a return of tensions…

Possible link between antibiotics and increasing speed of breast cancer growth


LONDON (September 15, 2021)--there could be a possible link between antibiotic use and the speed of breast cancer growth, a study of mice suggests. Antibiotics are often prescribed to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy to control infections during treatment. Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) set out to…

High Court accepts request to notify Prince Andrew about accuser’s civil case


LONDON (September 15, 2021)--United States lawyers representing the woman who is suing the Duke of York for alleged sexual assault have asked the British courts to notify the royal about the case. The High Court in London has accepted a request by Virginia Giuffre’s legal team to formally contact Andrew about the civil proceedings…

Ozone destruction layer recovery is an environmental success story


CANADA (September 15, 2021)---The World Meteorological Organization joins the rest of the international community in marking World Ozone Day on 16 September. It highlights the importance of safeguarding the Earth’s protective ozone layer and shows that collective action, guided by science, is the best way to solve major global challenges. The…

Newsom Facing California Recall Launched By Angered California Voters


CALIFORNIA (September 14, 2021)---today voters in  California are heading to the polls to decide whether to remove Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election. But regardless if Newsom is recalled or not--the governor has lost his ability to lead the State.   Although Newsom is defending his expensive COVID-19 pandemic meal,…

Special Envoys Meeting With Japanese Counterpart In Tokyo For Talks on North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program


TOKYO (September 14, 2021)---Special envoys from the United States and South Korea met with their Japanese counterpart Tuesday in Tokyo for talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, following tests conducted by the rogue state Saturday and Sunday. Sung Kim, U.S. special representative for North Korea, and Noh Kyu-duk, South…

Blinken Facing Second Round of Tough Questions From Hill Lawmakers Over Afghanistan Debacle


WASHINGTON (September 14, 2021)--- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is facing another round of tough questioning from lawmakers over last month’s withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan during testimony  Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  During a five-hour appearance via videoconference before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Monday, Blinken staunchly defended the Biden…

Treasury Announces U.S. Support for a Proposal at the OECD to End Official Financing Support for Unabated Coal Power


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 14, 2021)--- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the United States has joined Canada, the European Union, South Korea, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom to co-sponsor a proposal at a September 15 meeting of the OECD’s Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported…

US Capitol Police Arrested A California Man Near The DNC Headquarters, Multiple Weapons In Possession


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 13, 2021)---U.S. Capitol Police said they arrested a California man early Monday near the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington and that multiple knives, a bayonet and a machete were in his truck.  Officers on patrol said that around midnight Sunday they noticed the truck, with…

Quad Summit Held At White House September 24th: Australian, India and Japanese Prime Ministers In Attendance


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Joe Biden will host a first in-person summit of leaders of the "Quad" countries — Australia, India, Japan and the United States — which have been seeking to enhance cooperation to push back against China's growing assertiveness.  The summit will be held at the White House…

Committee On Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs To Vote On Nominations of Nelson, Rosenberg, Gordon, Uejio, and Greene Wednesday


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 13, 2021)--- the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will meet Tuesday, September 15, 2021  in Executive Session to VOTE on the following nominations: Mr. Brian Eddie Nelson, of California, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes, Department of the Treasury; Ms. Elizabeth Rosenberg, of…

Six Dead In Chicago Including A 12 Year Old Boy: 43 Others Sustained Injuries in Shooting This Weekend


CHICAGO (September 12, 2021 Updated September 13, 2021))---Six people have died, including a 12-year-old boy, and 43 others have sustained injuries in shootings so far this weekend across Chicago, police stated. At approximately 5:28 p.m. Friday, a man of unknown age was shot and killed in the 7200 block of…

Iran Agrees To All International Inspectors To Service Surveillance Cameras


IRAN (September 12, 2021)---Iran has agreed to allow international inspectors to service surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there, averting a diplomatic showdown this week. The announcement was made September 12 after talks in Tehran between Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency…

New study finds alcohol companies trying to fool consumers with ‘better-for-you’ marketing tactics


Australia (September 11, 2021)---We are warning consumers not to be fooled by alcohol companies who promote their products as better-for-you, after a study examining the nutrient profile of new alcoholic products marketed as ‘healthy' found that 85 per cent had full-strength alcohol content, and more than a third didn't have…

Biden’s New Broad Set of Federal Mandates Challenged


WASHINGTON  (September 11, 2921)- President Joe Biden’s new broad set of federal mandates, aimed at compelling Americans not yet vaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot, was met with an immediate and forceful backlash from his political opponents. Republican governors, lawmakers and pundits blasted Biden’s plan, unveiled Thursday, as a…

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Meat Snack Products Containing FDA-Regulated Breadstick Products That Have Been Recalled Due To Misbranding And An Undeclared Ingredient


WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ready-to-eat (RTE) breadsticks, meat and cheese products containing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated breadsticks that have been recalled by the producer, Jag Specialty Foods, due to concerns…

OC HEALTH CARE AGENCY COVID-19 UPDATES: CONFIRMS PEDIATRIC DEATH DUE TO COVID-19, EXPLAINS RISK OF MU VARIANT AND DEFINES “BOOSTER” VS. “ADDITIONAL” DOSE


Santa Ana, CA (September 10, 2021) – The OC Health Care Agency (HCA) has confirmed a COVID-related pediatric death in Orange County. In August, a child under the age of 5 with underlying health conditions died of complications related to COVID-19 infection.“My heart goes out to this family who has lost…

District Court Of Appeal Agreed With Florida’s Governor DeSantis’ School Mask Order: Citing Irreparable Harm To Children


FLORIDA (September 10, 2021)---Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration won approval on Friday to put a hold on a Leon County judge’s ruling that said the state could not enforce a ban on strict mask mandates in schools. The 1st District Court of Appeal agreed to a state request to…

Kim Jong Un Weight Loss Steals The North Korea’s Annual Military Parade


NORTH KOREA---Kim Jong Un shows huge weight loss at North Korea's annual military parade Thursday.  North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has appeared to have lost weight after appearing during a military parade to celebrate the country's 73rd anniversary.  However, this year’s middle-of-the-night military parade did not feature any major…

Judge in Epic suit says Apple restrictions anti-competitive


CALIFORNIA (September 10, 2021)-- A U.S. judge on Friday issued a ruling in "Fortnite" creator Epic Games' antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) App Store, striking down some of Apple's restrictions on how developers can collect payments in apps. The ruling says that Apple cannot bar developers from providing buttons or links…

USA Imposes COVID-19 Mandates, While Denmark Dropped Proof-Of -Vaccination Or Vaccine Passports


COPENHAGEN (September 10, 2021)---- Denmark Friday dropped proof-of-vaccination — or vaccine passports — requirements at nightclubs, the last of the European nation’s COVID-19 restrictions, after a successful vaccination program led to almost 87% of all adults being fully vaccinated. The country is offering democracy and not control of its people--due…

Biden Mandates Sweeping Vaccine To Combat Surge Of Delta Variant


WASHINGTON (September 10, 2021)--- U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a new six-point plan to combat the surge in recent weeks of delta variant coronavirus cases and deaths, including sweeping vaccine mandates and other measures.  Biden ordered 2.5 million federal workers and contractors, workers in most hospital and health…

Producer Price Index for final Demand Increased 0.7 Percent In August, Largest In 1 Year


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 10, 2021)---The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.7 percent in August, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Final demand prices moved up 1.0 percent in July, the same as in June. (See table A.) On an unadjusted basis, the final…

Economic Report: 142 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment in July 2021


CITY OF WASHINGTON (August 10, 2021)---In July, 142 metropolitan areas had over-the-year increases in nonfarm payroll employment and 247 were essentially unchanged.  The largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in Ocean City, New Jersey (+21.9 percent), Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii (+21.1 percent), and Atlantic City-Hammonton, New Jersey (+14.1 percent). The largest…

US Department of Justice Filed Possible Frivolous Lawsuit, Over Texas Abortion Law: Asked Judge To Declare Law Invalid


AUSTIN, Texas (September 9, 2021) — The Justice Department on Thursday sued Texas over a new state law that bans most abortions, arguing that it was enacted “in open defiance of the Constitution.” The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas, asks a federal judge to declare that the law…

Nine Republican Members of Congress Wrote Majority Leader Letter Objecting To David Chipman’s Nomination To Lead AFT


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 9, 2021)--- nine Republican e Members of the House of Representatives wrote Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer a letter pointing out the how David Chipman is unfit to lead the AFT.  President Joe Biden's nominated David Chipman to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco…

Groups In Mexico Filed Legal Action To Block “Massive Deportations”


MEXICO CITY (September 9, 2021) - Four migrant defense groups in Mexico announced Wednesday that they had sought court injunctions to block what they called "massive" deportations, arguing the government was violating due process and Mexican and international law governing asylum. The groups said one legal action was filed September 3…

Taliban Authorities Are Allowing 200 Americans To Leave The Country


KABUL—Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities are allowing some 200 Americans, U.S. permanent residents and holders of other Western passports to leave the country on a flight to Qatar scheduled for Thursday, the first such departure by air since U.S. forces withdrew last month, Qatari and American officials said. A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 landed…

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at a Joint Press Availability


SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon.  Let me first start by saying to Foreign Minister Maas, my friend Heiko, thank you so much for what has been a very productive almost-day in Germany.  We’ve been in very close contact from virtually my first day as Secretary of State.  We’re partners across a…

U.S. EPA and UNEP partner to protect human health and the environment


Washington, (September 8, 2021 – Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a renewed five-year Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement addresses key areas of collaboration to strengthen environmental governance, create healthy communities, transition towards green economies, and respond to climate change and other global…

Through Democratic Delays, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Texas voting bill into law


TEXAS (September 7, 2021)--- SB 1 makes up Republicans’ third attempt to pass a far-reaching law that restricts how and when voters cast ballots. It takes particular aim at voting initiatives used in diverse, Democratic Harris County in the 2020 election. Though delayed by Democratic quorum breaks, Texas has officially…

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah at a Joint Press Availability


Doha, Qatar (September 7, 2021)---Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah delivered these remarks at a Joint Press Availability. DEFENSE MINISTER…

G7 Group Urged Tunisia’s President To Appoint A New Head Of Government and “Return To A Constitutional Order”


The G7 group of advanced economies has urged Tunisia's President Kais Saied to appoint a new head of government and "return to a constitutional order", weeks after his his power grab that opponents have branded a coup. The statement from the G7 ambassadors, put out by the British Embassy on social media on Monday, is the most…

Health Secretary urges G20 to protect clinical trial pioneers and recognise vaccines


UNITED KINGDOM (September 5, 201)--On first international visit as Health and Social Care Secretary, he will push G20 countries to recognize vaccines and follow the UK’s clinical trial leadership: G20 countries must stand up for the rights of people taking part in life-saving COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials to protect future…

Kim Jong Un: DPRK tried to import $1 million in Lexus vehicles in 2020


North Korea attempted to acquire multiple high-end Lexus sport utility vehicles worth more than a million dollars in total last year, a forthcoming U.N. report shows, suggesting that DPRK interest in sanctioned luxury cars has not ceased despite recent COVID-19-related economic woes. A Nanjing-based company was involved in efforts to…

Biden Directs Justice Department To Begin Process of Declassifying 911 Attack Documents


CITY OF WASHINGTON---President Joe Biden has directed the Justice Department and other agencies to begin a six-month process of declassifying documents related to the FBI's investigation into the 9/11 attacks, which the victims' families believe could detail connections between the 19 hijackers and Saudi authorities. The president signed an executive order on Friday directing the…

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini Opening Remarks at Pentagon Meeting


VIRGINIA (September 3, 2021)---SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LLOYD J. AUSTIN III: Well, Minister Guerini, it's a pleasure to welcome you back to the Pentagon. I fully appreciate the fact that you were here about a year ago but it's great to see you again after the NATO Summit that we had…

United States Obtains $140 Million in False Claims Act Judgments Against South Carolina Pain Management Clinics, Drug Testing Laboratories and a Substance Abuse Counseling Center


SOUTH CAROLINA (September 3, 3021)---On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina entered default judgments for the United States totaling $136,025,077 against Oaktree Medical Centre P.C. (Oaktree), FirstChoice Healthcare P.C. (FirstChoice), Labsource LLC (Labsource), Pain Management Associates of the Carolinas LLC (PMA of the Carolinas) and…

Readout of Meeting between the U.S. Department of Justice and EU Commission


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 3, 2021)---U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland met today with European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson in Washington, D.C., to further strengthen the partnership between the United States and the European Union on fighting transnational crime and terrorism. In their inaugural meeting, the leaders reaffirmed…

NASA Invites Media to Kennedy for Artemis Activities


FLORIDA (September 3, 2021)---NASA is inviting a limited number of media to capture imagery of the fully stacked and integrated Artemis I mission Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Experts from NASA, industry partners, and contractors will be available for interviews at the media…

Qatar Says Efforts Underway to Reopen Airport in Kabul


AFGHANISTAN (September 3, 2021)---Qatar’s foreign minister said Thursday that efforts are underway to reopen the airport in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, but cautioned it was unclear when flights would resume. Ariana Afghan Airlines told the Agence France-Presse that its domestic flights were set to resume Friday.   A group of technicians from…

Biden’s Administration Authorized the Country’s Emergency Oil Reserve To Loan 1.5 Million Barrels of Crude To An Exxon Mobile Refinery In Louisiana


WASHINGTON - U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday authorized the country's emergency oil reserve to loan 1.5 million barrels of crude to an Exxon Mobil refinery in Louisiana to relieve fuel disruptions in Hurricane Ida's wake.  Earlier, President Joe Biden directed Granholm to use all tools, including the Strategic…

Taliban Briefly Detained A Former British Soldier Who Was Trying To Evacuate 50 Afghan Employees and 350 Relatives


AFGHAN (September 2, 2021)---The Taliban on Thursday briefly detained a former British soldier who was trying to evacuate overland 50 Afghan employees and 350 of their relatives, according to British media reports.   Ben Slater says he launched his own evacuation bid after British officials failed to approve visas in…

Texas Abortion Law Goes Into Effect: Allows Private Citizens To Sue Abortion Providers


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 2, 2021)--during the worse hurricane  and flooding across the Gulf Coast and Northeast--the United States Supreme Court released its thundering decision which--sent shock waves across the Nation regarding women health late Wednesday.  Putting the conservative majority justices against the liberal minority justices and the Chief Justice.…

Biden To Deliver Remarks About Hurricane Ida: “We All Are In This Together, The Nation Is Here To Help”


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 2, 2021)--President Joe Biden to deliver remarks about Hurricane Ida. Highlights: Biden: spoke to Governor Murphy about the floods in New Jersey. Biden plans to speak to the Governor of Philadelphia later today. Biden New York recorded more rain September 1st than received during the entire…

Ozone Damages On Weather: “Storms Are Coming In More Frequently”


NEW JERSEY (September 2, 2021)---During a press conference following the flooding in  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said "The world is changing, these storms are coming in more frequently." https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1433436118645628929?s=20 In a study of the World Forum "the effect of the ozone hole on weather patterns is most pronounced in…

Damaging Tornadoes, Flash Flooding from Ida’s Remnants Ripped Through Philly, New Jersey, New York Leaving 8 Dead And Major Damages


WEATHER (September 2, 2021)--- Three days after making landfall in southeastern Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, what was left of Ida advanced northward across the Northeast as a tropical rainstorm unloading more than a month’s worth of rain just a few hours into September. Ida also spun up several…

Afghans Arriving In Turkey After Fleeing the Taliban–Fought Alongside NATO Forces


Afghanistan (September 1, 2021)-- Among the growing numbers of Afghans arriving in Turkey after fleeing the Taliban are those who fought alongside NATO forces. As Dorian Jones reports for VOA from Istanbul, they are now looking for help from countries with whose soldiers they served. Video editor: Rob Raffaele Source:…

Biden’s Job Approval Fluctuates Daily: Monthly Approval Rating 46% In August


CITY OF WASHINGTON (September 1, 2021)---When tracking President Biden’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results for Biden’s…

Ida Classified As A Post Tropical Cyclone, Moving Through Mid-Atlanta And Eastern Regions: Maryland Apartment Hit By Flooding Waters


WEATHER (September 1, 2021)---the people in apartments off of Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville, Maryland woke up to about 6 feet of storm water in their apartments.  The resident's did not have time to escape the surprise of the flooding waters.  One male drown and one was missing.  About 50 people…

Fighting Between Taliban Fighters and Anti Taliban Resistance Forces In Panjshir Valley


ISLAMABAD (September 1, 2021)--- - Heavy fighting has started between Taliban fighters and anti-Taliban resistance forces based in the Panjshir valley after talks between the two sides failed to resolve their differences. A resistance spokesman claims a Taliban offensive was repulsed with the Taliban suffering heavy losses. The resistance is…

Saudi Arabia’s Former Intelligence Chief: USA Weapons Could Fall Into Hands of Armed al-Qaeda Groups


AFGHANISTAN (August 31, 2021)--- Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief has criticised the manner of the United States (U.S.)withdrawal from Afghanistan and said the kingdom feared American weapons could fall into the hands of armed groups such as al-Qaeda. Speaking with CNBC News on Saturday, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who led Saudi…

Senator McConnell and Congressman Barr Unveil $2.3 Million Grant to Jumpstart Paris-Bourbon County Economic Recovery Plan


Paris, KY— U.S. Congressman Andy Barr (KY-06) and U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the Paris-Bourbon County Economic Development Authority in Paris, Kentucky is receiving a $2.3 million federal grant for roadway infrastructure improvements to accommodate the expansion of the Paris-Bourbon County Industrial Park. Congressman Barr…

Taliban Carrying Out “House-To-House Executions


Afghanistan (August 31, 2021)---The Taliban is carrying out “house-to-house executions,” according to reports, as newly released audio provides a glimpse into the extremist militants’ rule over Afghanistan since the US withdrawal. Obtained by  Fox News, the audio features an Afghan man, who reportedly worked with Americans on the ground, talking about…

Candidate for Governor Larry Elder In California’s Recall Newsom Race To Win It!


CALIFORNIA (August 31, 2021)---California Governor Candidate Larry Elder is running "for Governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people. Our government is what’s ruining the Golden State. Our schools are closed to both students and their parents. Our streets aren’t safe from rising violent crime or…

Biden Administration to Probe State Laws: “Muzzling” Children In School


CITY OF WASHINGTON (August 30, 2021)---The U.S. Education Department on Monday opened a civil rights investigation into five U.S. states that have banned school districts from requiring face masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus, suggesting that the bans discriminated against students with disabilities.  The agency sent letters to…

US To Host A Virtual Ministerial Meeting With Key Partners on Afghanistan Monday


CITY OF WASHINGTON (August 30, 2021)---- On Monday, August 30, 2021, the United States will host a virtual ministerial meeting with key partners on Afghanistan, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Qatar, the European Union, and NATO.  The participants will discuss an aligned approach for the days and weeks ahead. The statement also said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken would…

USA Joined Other Countries In Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances


CITY OF WASHINGTON (August 29, 2021)---The text of the following statement was released initially by the Governments of the United States of America, Albania, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican…

West Virginia Governor Issued A State of Preparedness For All 55 Counties Sunday Ahead of Hurricane Ida


CHARLESTON, WV (August 29, 2021) – Gov. Jim Justice issued a State of Preparedness for all 55 counties in West Virginia on Sunday ahead of the remnants of Hurricane Ida, following the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service. Hurricane Ida is forecast to hit the Gulf Coast later today as a…

Afghan children ‘at greater risk than ever’, top UNICEF official warns


George Laryea-Adjei, Regional Director for UNICEF South Asia, said children have paid the heaviest price in recent weeks of increased conflict and insecurity. [embed]https://twitter.com/UNICEFAfg/status/1431857636060893184?s=20[/embed] Not only have some been forced from their homes, and cut off from their schools and friends, they have also been deprived of basic healthcare that can protect them against…

Turkey’s President Delivered Speech At UCAV Delivery: Turkey No. 4 Country in UCAV Technology


TURKEY (August 29, 2021)---President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at course completion and delivery ceremony of Bayraktar Akıncı Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV). “We have gathered here today for the delivery of Akıncı UCAV, which is the new symbol of Turkey’s engineering capabilities and the new representative of our…

US Military Forces Conducted Airstrike To Deter A Possible Bombing Sunday In Kabul


KABUL (August 29, 2021)--- The U.S. military conducted an airstrike in a crowded neighborhood northwest of Kabul's international airport Sunday in order to deter a possible bombing, a U.S. official confirmed.  A military official told Fox News that a vehicle-born improvised explosive device (IED) posed an "imminent threat" to the airport. The U.S. military acted to…

US Navy Identifies Sailor Who Was Kiled During An Attack at the Abbey Gate of the Kabal Airport


NAVY (August 28, 2021)--A Sailor assigned to 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California, was killed during an attack at the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 26, 2021.         WASHINGTON (Aug. 28, 2021) An undated portrait of Navy Corpsman…