Just 51% of Americans would get coronavirus vaccine right now

Americans are divided on the forthcoming coronavirus vaccine as just 51% say they would get vaccinated for the disease if a vaccine was available today, according to a Pew Research Center poll. That’s a 21% drop from May, when 72% of Americans said they would definitely or probably get a vaccine. The percentage who say they would definitely get a vaccine has been cut in half to … Read more

‘That ’70s Show’ star Danny Masterson appears in court; attorney claims rape charges are ‘politicized’

Danny Masterson, who was recently charged in the rape of three women, made his first court appearance on Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom where his attorney maintained his innocence and claimed that the charges against him were “politicized.” The “That ‘70s Show” alum stood before a judge on Friday in a dark blue suit with a gray tie and face-covering as the three accusers sat in the … Read more

Trump calls mail-in voting a scam, says Democrats are setting up election ‘mess’

President Trump called mail-in voting a “scam” during a Friday press conference, attempting to draw a line between people that specifically request absentee ballots, and states where mail-in ballots are being widely issued. “They’re sending out tens of millions of ballots to everybody, people that didn’t expect them. People are getting inundated with ballots, they’ll be showered with ballots,” Trump said Friday. Several states, including Colorado, … Read more

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, supreme court justice and champion of women’s rights, dies aged 87 – live

Beloved justice was a crucial liberal vote on the court Decision follows report CDC scientists raised objections Trump under fire for ‘shocking’ Covid failures Administration to ban US downloads of TikTok and WeChat Sign up for our First Thing newsletter LIVE Updated Ruth Bader Ginsberg Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Key events Show 7.39pm EDT19:39 Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is dead, court announces 6.49pm EDT18:49 Trump’s … Read more

Victoria records 21 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths

Victoria records 21 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths in the lowest daily increase of new transmissions since June Victoria recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths on Saturday Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day average has plummeted and now sits at 39.3  Angry Melburnians will take to the streets in protest of Stage Four restrictions  There are also fears a new cluster is growing in the … Read more

Victoria Beckham sparks fury as she breaks Instagram’s nudity rules

Victoria Beckham sparks backlash after breaking Instagram’s nudity rules by posting video of model’s breasts… as son Brooklyn shows support for his mother by sharing the same clip The fashion designer posted a picture of a model’s breasts to promote her upcoming collection  Victoria teased a piece ahead of her show for London Fashion Week next week  Her son Brooklyn and his fiancée Nicola Peltz later showed … Read more

New COVID-19 cluster is threatening Melbourne’s path out of lockdown

How a new coronavirus cluster is now threatening Melbourne’s path out of lockdown – as the desperate state brings cops out of retirement to police the growing numbers defying the Stage 4 clampdown Melbourne’s road to recovery is under threat as new southeast cluster grows Five households who visited each other in breach of lockdown have 34 cases  Premier Daniel Andrews has ruled out fining the … Read more

President Trump says there will be enough vaccine available by April

President Trump says there will be enough vaccine available by April – CBS News Live Watch CBSN Live President Trump said Friday that there will be enough vaccine available to protect every American against the virus by April. His claim comes two days after he criticized CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, who told Congress that a vaccine won’t be widely available until next summer. Paula Reid … Read more

Foot Locker to turn its stores into voter registration hubs

In an effort to increase youth voter turnout this November, all Foot Locker-owned stores in the U.S will become temporary voter registration sites starting September 22, the company said Friday. The registration sites include Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Champs Sports and Footaction locations.  Each of the company’s more than 2,000 stores will house a kiosk with a special website where visitors will can check … Read more

Pandemic leaves domestic workers facing tough choices, often without a safety net

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Alicia Cleveland worked as a nanny for three families in the Atlanta area. But as the outbreak spread this spring, she had to give up the work to look after her three children, who were at home after schools closed and all of whom have pre-existing medical conditions. The sudden loss of income and additional demands on her time as a mother … Read more

Watch live: Trump rallies supporters in Minnesota

President Trump is rallying supporters in Bemidji, Minnesota, a state he narrowly lost in 2016 and hopes to win in November. CBS News Battleground Tracker poll shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden is leading in the state, 50% to 41%.  Mr. Trump was in neighboring Wisconsin on Thursday night, where he trumpeted his administration’s work on the coronavirus and criticized Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala … Read more

Trump and other world leaders won’t attend U.N. General Assembly in person this year

United Nations – President Trump, and other world leaders, won’t appear in person at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders next week, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, told reporters on Thursday.   Much like swallows to Capistrano, the world’s national leaders typically migrate each year to Manhattan’s East Side for the United Nations General Assembly in the third week of September. For the … Read more

This video shows just how easily COVID-19 could spread when people sing together

Production of the reality TV show The Masked Singer was shut down last month after several crew members were infected with COVID-19. It’s one of several examples of COVID-19 transmission associated with singing around the world since March, prompting some jurisdictions to ban group singing altogether. In New South Wales, for example, choral singing is banned and there are no-singing rules at weddings and nightclubs. Now … Read more

Democrats set to unveil stopgap bill to prevent shutdown

1 / 2 Virus Outbreak Congress House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, with House Democrats including House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of S.C., left, and Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Friday prepared a … Read more

Opinion | College Football’s Greatest Comeback

Whether or not you like college football, there’s reason to cheer the decision this week by the last two major conferences to play the 2020 fall season. It’s one more sign that Americans are learning to live with the coronavirus rather than surrender to it. On Thursday the Pac-12 Conference announced its intention to hold a shortened season, to begin either Oct. 31 or Nov. 7. … Read more

Opinion | The Hospital Lobbyists Behind Cuomo’s Nursing Home Scandal

Albany, N.Y. Look closely at a questionable Empire State health-care policy, and you’re liable to find the fingerprints of the Greater New York Hospital Association, the hospital and health-system trade group that is one of the most influential forces in New York politics. A case in point is the state Health Department’s directive, issued on March 25, that compelled nursing homes to accept patients who had … Read more

Opinion | College Football’s Greatest Comeback

Whether or not you like college football, there’s reason to cheer the decision this week by the last two major conferences to play the 2020 fall season. It’s one more sign that Americans are learning to live with the coronavirus rather than surrender to it. On Thursday the Pac-12 Conference announced its intention to hold a shortened season, to begin either Oct. 31 or Nov. 7. … Read more

U.S. Senate Democrats report record August fundraising haul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats raised a record $26.9 million in campaign contributions during August, mainly from grassroots donors hoping to see Democrats win the Senate majority in the Nov. 3 election, the lawmakers’ campaign committee said on Friday. The August haul left the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee with $41 million in cash on hand as it entered September and the final two months of … Read more

Regina Cat Rescue converts coolers into shelters for feral felines in the city

Regina Cat Rescue is once again providing winter homes for some of the city’s most vulnerable animals. Volunteers outfitted medical-grade coolers with fleece and a pillow to create DIY cat condos for the city’s feral felines. Read more: ‘Good, stinky food’ used to rescue dozens of Newfoundland feral cats and bring them to Nova Scotia “We often say these coolers get to save lives more than … Read more

2 women charged after 7 animals seized from southeast Calgary home

Two Calgary women are facing charges related to animal suffering after several cats and dogs were seized from a home in the city’s southeast. On Sept. 15, police were called to a residence located in the 0 to 100 block of Erin Meadow Close S.E., after neighbours reported hearing animals inside the home, but had not seen the residents in several days. Police said officers entered … Read more

Montreal to reflect on the idea of reallocating police budget as activists call for action

Montreal’s Commission on Finances and Administration will explore the reallocation of money in the Montreal police’s budget to other services for city residents, as a result of the commission’s pre-budget consultations. Over 23,000 Montrealers responded to an online survey and 39 briefs were submitted. “I think having a reflection is a good thing,” says Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante. “Our society is evolving and I think it’s … Read more

Montreal should restrict police use of facial recognition technology: councillor

A Montreal city councillor said he will introduce a motion next week to restrict the use of facial recognition and other “invasive”surveillance technologies by city police. The motion, to be introduced on Monday, is based on a bylaw adopted by New York City and would be the first in Canada to address the use of facial recognition technology by police, said Marvin Rotrand, the opposition councillor … Read more

Trump says U.S. will have vaccine doses for all Americans in April

By SARAH OWERMOHLE 09/18/2020 04:10 PM EDT Updated: 09/18/2020 04:19 PM EDT President Donald Trump said Friday that there will be enough doses of coronavirus vaccine for every American by April, contradicting administration health officials who have projected the country would not reach that point until mid-2021. “Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month and we expect to have enough vaccines for every … Read more

President of Guatemala Tests Positive For COVID-19

Enlarge this image Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, shown at an event marking the country’s independence earlier this week, tested positive for COVID-19 Friday. Moises Castillo/AP hide caption toggle caption Moises Castillo/AP Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said Friday he’s tested positive for the coronavirus. Giammattei made the announcement to Sonora, a local radio station. He said he feels well, is showing typical symptoms of high fever and … Read more

20 apple orchards and pumpkin patches open this fall around the Chicago area

The summer heat has come and gone. With the weather starting to cool down, the time for fall activities — like apple picking and pumpkin patches — is here. If you’re looking for a way to get out of the house for a few hours because of the coronavirus pandemic, here is a list of apple orchards and pumpkin patches around the Chicago area. Each has … Read more

Seasonal workers in Maine brace for long winter amid coronavirus

There’ll be no crowing this year at Fryeburg Fair’s annual Handsome Rooster contest – a poultry staple of Maine’s largest festival – with participants submitting snapshots online as part of a week-long “virtual fair” on Facebook and Instagram. The Pig Scramble Gamble, Gorgeous Goat competition, and Moo-La-Palooza are also going virtual this October amid the coronavirus pandemic. March and April saw thousands of “we-regret-to-inform-you” messages on social media … Read more

‘It’s So Essential’: WeChat Ban Makes U.S.-China Standoff Personal

Every day for nearly five years, Juliet Shen’s 94-year-old grandmother in Shanghai has begun her day with a WeChat message to her 40 children and grandchildren scattered across the globe. “Good morning, everyone!” she writes. And each time, the diaspora of family members across China, the United States and Central America respond with a cascade of warm replies. Ms. Shen, 27, who lives in Brooklyn, also … Read more

Voters endure long, socially distanced lines to cast early ballots in four states

In-person early voting began in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming on Friday. Amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic, officials are anticipating an unprecedented amount of mailed ballots as voters look to avoid going to polling centers, where the virus could spread. But Friday, scores of voters turned out to cast early ballots, making both a political and health decision to participate in an election in … Read more

See massive turnout for early voting despite pandemic – CNN Video

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Analysis: Biden shows the qualities Trump lacks at CNN town hall

At a unique drive-in event that reflected the reality of America’s socially distanced election season, Biden lacerated the President over the pandemic, became apoplectic several times about Trump’s reported comments that US war dead were “suckers” and “losers,” and marveled that in a recent poll, foreigners expressed more trust in Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping than in the President of the United States. The … Read more

Daniel Dale: Disregard what Trump says about mail-in voting – CNN Video

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White House tries to play defense with falsehoods about former Pence aide Troye

In a flurry of statements from White House aides and President Donald Trump, the administration sought to paint Troye as a disgruntled, low-level employee who was fired. But in doing so, the White House made a series of misleading and sometimes outright false statements about the role Troye had on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the circumstances of her departure. Troye told CNN she … Read more

Emails show top HHS official and Trump ally intimidating CDC official

The emails show Michael Caputo, who served as the assistant secretary for public affairs at HHS until taking a leave of absence earlier this week, confronting a CDC spokesperson for responding to a question from CNN about a vaccine education campaign. “In what world did you think it was your job to announce an Administration public service announcement campaign to CNN?” Caputo said to the spokesperson … Read more

Sailing vessel TS Playfair makes Hamilton its new home

A 47-year-old two-masted sailing vessel has made Hamilton Harbour its new home. Training ship (TS) Playfair, commissioned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1972, is on a mission to teach teens leadership while exploring the rich marine heritage of the Great Lakes, according to non-profit Brigs Youth Sail Training. “We take 13- to 18-year-olds from all different backgrounds and diverse financial circumstances out on the … Read more

Islanders rally to help community rocked by disappearance of teens at sea

People from across Prince Edward Island were doing what they could to support volunteers desperately searching for two 17-year-old boys missing after their small boat capsized Wednesday night off the coast of Prince Edward Island. At a makeshift headquarters at a community centre in Northport, near the spot where the boys went missing, Wendy McNeill said she’s been overwhelmed and amazed by the support. It has … Read more

Calgary mom fears justice will not be served as sentencing hearing approaches for son’s killer

A Calgary mother is speaking out about her experience navigating the justice system with her son’s killer set to be sentenced next week. “I don’t have faith in the justice system at all,” Simone Soop said.  Read more: ‘My son ran for his life’: Calgary mother concerned for safety in wake of suspicious death Simone’s son, 26-year-old Darby Shade (Soop), was stabbed to death in January … Read more

Florida parents reportedly smoking weed, drinking during kids’ remote classes

Some Florida parents have turned to booze and weed to get through remote learning with their kids. Boca Raton Elementary teacher Edith Pride said some parents can be seen walking around unclothed while drinking and smoking during remote learning classes. “We need to make sure parents don’t get on the computer to help their children with joints in their hand and cigarettes in their mouth,” Pride … Read more

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Texas border agents see human smuggling on the rise

Customs and Border Protection agents report rise in human smuggling The City of Laredo, Texas, is home to the busiest border port of entry in the country. From managing 7,000 commercial business trucks driving into and out of the United States into Mexico daily, to an increase in drug trafficking and high human smuggling numbers, Customs and Border Protection agents say they have been busier than … Read more

Man proposes to girlfriend with ‘Will you marry me?’ tattoo on his chest

Bruno Neves. from Great Yarmouth, U.K., popped the question to his girlfriend Patricia Calado with a tattoo that read “Will you marry me?” (SWNS) Proposing to someone is a big moment, but this man took it to the next level with a tattoo. Bruno Neves, who is 33 and from England, actually used a tattoo on his chest to propose to his girlfriend Patricia Calado, 34. The … Read more

CNN’s medical expert says ‘source’ told him ’80-90%’ of COVID deaths could have been saved by scrapped WH mask plan

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta raised eyebrows on Friday over his reporting citing a “source” who said that “80 to 90 percent” of the nearly 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S. could have been saved by the Trump administration if it implemented a newly uncovered mask distribution plan that was apparently scrapped. The Washington Post reported about a document from the U.S. Postal Service saying … Read more

Wisconsin secretary resigns amid unemployment claim backlog

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s top leader has resigned after failing to find a way to address a backlog of tens of thousands of unemployment benefit claims By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press September 18, 2020, 10:00 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Workforce Development’s top leader resigned Friday after failing to find … Read more

The Latest: Jobless rate edges down to 11.4% in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August amid its slow recovery from the pandemic’s damage to the economy. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs during the month. Most were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The state has regained … Read more

Live: UK braces for ‘inevitable’ second wave

Second wave ‘inevitable’ in UK Fresh nationwide lockdown restrictions in England appear to be on the cards soon as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he has “no doubt” of a second wave of infections.                Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it’s “inevitable” a second coronavirus wave would reach the nation. “As I’ve said for several weeks now, that we could … Read more

Angela Rayner demands real living wage for care workers

Every one of the UK’s million-plus care workers should be paid at least the real living wage, Angela Rayner has demanded, as care homes brace for a feared resurgence of Covid-19. Labour’s deputy leader said the government must tackle low pay in the industry as she challenged Boris Johnson to follow lockdown “warm words” with meaningful change for the sector. Almost 18,000 residents died from confirmed … Read more

Flu jab 2020: How to tell if you have flu or coronavirus as winter flu season kicks off 

“We also have good antiviral drugs that can be used to limit complications, and even preventively to protect against household spread. “Unfortunately, with coronavirus, we do not have any of these things yet.” “We are already seeing a huge upsurge in people with minor respiratory symptoms – children being sent home from school with coughs and colds, parents being asked to self-isolate because of their children. … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates Police forces across the country have urged people to comply with the new coronavirus rules ahead of a weekend of warm weather. The Government has made social meet-ups of more than six people illegal. The rules apply across England to all ages and to indoor and outdoor gatherings. Failure to … Read more

Coronavirus is ‘not going away,’ warns WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan – video

Play Video 1:45 The World Health Organization warned the coronavirus is ‘not going away,’ as the current global weekly death toll temporarily plateaued at around 50,000. Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies programme said countries entering the winter season had ‘a lot of work to do’ to avoid Covid-19 cases rising and developing countries would also struggle after nine months of pressure on … Read more

Newfoundland and Labrador reports first COVID-19 case in six days

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting one new case of COVID-19, bringing the province’s number of active cases to two. The new case involves a man in the central region of Newfoundland who is between 20 and 39 years old and was travelling to the province from the U.S. The Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health said in a news release the man was asymptomatic … Read more

Pandemic prompts British Columbia to suspend civil jury trials for a year

VICTORIA—Civil jury trials in British Columbia are being suspended for a year in an effort to help courts remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement from Attorney General David Eby says they’ve made the changes in consultation with key legal sectors in an effort to find the best way forward during the pandemic. The suspension starts Sept. 28 and civil jury trials will resume Oct. … Read more

Students anxious for more time as federal loan repayment freeze winds down

Ottawa’s freeze on federal student loan payments and interest is weeks away from its end date, but students and graduates say extending the measure would offer relief from the lasting financial pressures of the pandemic. Gloria Mellesmoen, who is working towards a PhD in linguistics at the University of British Columbia, said she used the interest-free period to make payments on her principal loan amount. “It … Read more

Queensland LNP frontbencher tells new citizens not to bring problems to Australia

Queensland Multicultural leaders express concerns over comments of former party leader John-Paul Langbroek John-Paul Langbroek: “If you do come from some of those countries where they’ve had difficulties or battles, please don’t bring those problems here.” Photograph: Alexandra Patrikios/AAP The Queensland Liberal National party’s shadow minister for multicultural affairs told a cohort of newly-affirmed Australian citizens they needed to assimilate, and warned those from war-torn countries … Read more

Can Annastacia Palaszczuk hold on to ‘fortress Queensland’ in the Covid election?

The Queensland election will be held in six weeks and not a single baby has been kissed. Candidates and party volunteers in Brisbane have taken to standing at major intersections waving campaign signs – or commandeering aircraft to display them – rather than wandering shopping centres or pressing the flesh with voters. The first election debates have taken place via video calls. The October 31 poll … Read more

Trump Now Claims ‘Every American’ Will Have Coronavirus Vaccine By April

Enlarge this image President Trump has made fast-tracking a vaccine against the coronavirus a core tenet of his reelection pitch. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images President Trump on Friday said “every American” will have a vaccine for the coronavirus available by April, escalating already ambitious goals to fast-track a vaccine for the virus that has killed nearly 200,000 people in the … Read more

CDC Reverses COVID-19 Testing Guidance Again: Exposed Without Symptoms Need Tests

(Reuters) – The Trump administration reversed guidance Friday on COVID-19 testing for a second time, urging those exposed to people with the virus to get tested even if they are not displaying symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sparked widespread outcry among state public health officials and experts in late August when it said that people who do not have symptoms may not … Read more