Protesters defying coronavirus measures gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday, September 19, clashing with police, reports said.This footage shows anti-mask protesters in the central London square holding signs and chanting anti-mask slogans. The crowd included demonstrators who held signs associated with the QAnon conspiracy movement.According to reports, Metropolitan Police officers made several attempts to intervene in the gathering.As of September 19, the UK reported 390,358 positive coronavirus cases and 41,759 deaths tied to the virus. Credit: Kane Solo via Storyful
"Down with feudalism, long live the people," was one of the chants at the biggest demonstration in Bangkok since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup. Saturday's protests moved from the campus of Thammasat University, a traditional hotbed of opposition to the military and royalist establishment, on to Sanam Luang - translated as Royal Field - outside the Grand Palace. Organisers said there were 50,000 people present in the latest demonstration. Police said there were at least 18,000, still enough to make it bigger than a protest last month. Sept. 19 is the anniversary of the coup against the populist then-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006. Among the protesters were many of his red shirt followers, veterans of clashes a decade ago with pro-establishment yellow shirts. So far the latest protests have been peaceful.
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted on his Instagram feed on Saturday (September 19). It comes five days after a Berlin hospital said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently. Navalny is the leading opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He fell ill in Siberia last month and was airlifted to Berlin. Germany says laboratory tests in three countries determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. Western governments have demanded an explanation from Russia. In the post Navalny said he still could not use his phone and had difficulties trying to pour water into a glass. But he praised his doctors, writing: "They have turned me from a 'technically alive human being' into someone who has high chances to become... a man who can quickly scroll Instagram and understands without thinking where to put his likes."
Greek sheep farmers waded through the murky, chest-high waters of what looked like a lake on Saturday (September 19) But it was in fact, the submerged central city of Karditsa, left battered by Storm "Ianos". At least two people have died after the Medicane, or Mediterranean hurricane, pounded central Greece, leaving streets and homes virtually unrecognisable . The storm uprooted trees and caused power cuts on the Ionian islands and the western Peloponnese on Friday (September 18), before moving further inland, hitting the cities of Karditsa, Farsala and their surrounding areas the hardest. The body of an elderly woman was discovered in a flooded house near Farsala, according to fire brigade officials. Authorities were still searching for two more people who had been reported missing. Later, authorities said a 63-year-old man was found dead near a hospital in Karditsa. It was not immediately clear whether he was one of the two reported missing. Also on Saturday, the storm had reached the greater Athens region, Attica, with no immediate damage reported.
VIDEO SHOWS: REAL MADRID PLAYERS TRAINING BEFORE THEIR FIRST LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST REAL SOCIEDAD, COMMENTS BY COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE ON GARETH BALE RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT SHOWS: MADRID, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 19, 2020) (REAL MADRID TV - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF REAL MADRID PLAYERS TRAINING 2. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH, ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING: "I did not speak to him. But as I said before, what he has done here, he has done it well, he did it fabulously. You cannot argue against that. He has won a lot of things here with Real Madrid." 2. VARIOUS OF REAL MADRID PLAYERS TRAINING 3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING: "At the end of the day, it's not like that. It's a more complicated issue. But there are negotiations now. He is in London and what I can tell you is -- because at the end of the day, what I say or what Gareth (Bale) says, it's always about pitting one side against the other. But I've never had a problem with Gareth and he never had a problem with me. I know what he has done for this club and nobody can take that from him. At the end of the day, these things sometimes happen for different circumstances." 4. DEFENDERS SERGIO RAMOS AND DANI CARVAJAL SPRINTING 5. FULL BACK MARCELO SHOOTING 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE, SAYING: "We have more time for that. The season is starting and all he (Eden Hazard) needs to do is ensure he gets to 100 or 120% fitness, that is it." 7. MIDFIELDER TONI KROOS SHOOTING 8. KROOS SMILING AFTER SCORING A GOAL 9. FULL BACK NACHO SCORING A GOAL 10. MIDFIELDER FEDERICO VALVERDE SCORING A GOAL 11. VALVERDE CELEBRATING THE GOAL 12. MARCELO SCORING A GOAL STORY: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday (September 19) he did not say anything to Gareth Bale before he left to sign for Tottenham Hotspur but insisted he had no personal issue with the Wales forward and praised what he did for the Spanish club. Bale travelled to London on Friday (September 18) to finalize a return to Tottenham on loan after seven years at Real which witnessed a remarkable haul of trophies and goals but ended with the player barely featuring at the end of last season. "I did not speak to him," Zidane told a news conference ahead of Real's first game in La Liga away to Real Sociedad on Sunday (September 20), where they will begin their title defense. "But I've never had a problem with Gareth and he never had a problem with me. I know what he has done for this club and nobody can take that from him," he added. While Bale was key to Real winning the 2016 Champions League in Zidane's first season, he was absent from most of the second campaign due to injuries and never managed to re-establish himself as a first-choice player for the Frenchman, even after scoring twice in the 2018 final against Liverpool. But Zidane disagreed with the perception he forced Bale out. "It's not like that. It's more complicated. With Gareth (Bale) it's always about one side against the other," Zidane said. There will now be more expectation on Real's joint-most expensive player, Eden Hazard, although the Belgian is unlikely to feature against Real Sociedad. Hazard's debut season at Real was marred by two ankle injuries and other fitness troubles. Zidane said he would not rush him back to action. "We have more time to prepare for the season and all he needs to do is ensure he gets to 100 or 120% fitness," he said. (Production: Silvio Castellanos, Richard Martin)
Dubbed "Mr Democracy", a memorial service took place on Saturday (September 19) for Taiwan's former president Lee Teng-hui. Lee was credited with ending autocratic rule in favor of free elections. He also championed Taiwan's separate identity from China. But Lee's service took place in the shadow of renewed tensions with China. Just as his election to become Taiwan's first democratic leader did in 1996. China claims the island as its own territory. And on Friday and Saturday sent jets close to the island. Beijing carried out drills in the Taiwan Strait, sending 19 aircraft near the island on Saturday alone. Beijing has expressed anger at the visit of a senior U.S. official to Taipei, who is there for Lee's memorial. Lee died in July at the age of 97 and was president between 1988 and 2000. His landslide victory to become president followed eight months of intimidating war games and missile tests by China in waters around the island. It brought China and Taiwan to the verge of conflict. Speaking at the service Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said Lee had shaped the Taiwan of today. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing also reviles as a separatist, sent a recorded video message, referring to Lee as his "close friend".
Two people were killed and 14 others wounded in a shooting in Rochester, New York, police said on Saturday (September 19). The shooting appeared to start at a backyard party just before 12:30a.m. local time. About 100 people were running to and from a, quote, "very chaotic scene," said Rochester Interim Police Chief Mark Simmons. He added that the two people killed were a man and woman in their late teens or early 20s. Simmons said it was unclear whether the shooting was targeted, or a random act of violence. The wounded were being treated in hospital, but their injuries were not thought to be life threatening.
The clock is ticking. Both Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores from Sunday (September 20). That's unless President Donald Trump agrees to a last minute deal for the sale of TikTok U.S. from parent company Bytedance. Now, with less than 48 hours to go, the video-sharing app is squaring up for a fight. It's asked a U.S. judge to block the ban according to court documents filed late on Friday (September 18). TikTok and ByteDance filed the complaint in a Washington federal court. The U.S. announced the ban on Friday blocking people in the U.S. from downloading the two Chinese-owned apps starting on Sunday. TikTok and Bytedance allege in their complaint that the ban was being introduced for political reasons. And that it would violate the company's First Amendment rights. Trump has been locked in a long-running trade dispute with China. His administration has cited concerns over TikTok's access to the personal data of 100 million Americans. Both ByteDance and TikTok are seeking a quote "declaratory" judgment and an order "invalidating" Trump's move. The White House did not immediately respond when Reuters contacted it for comment early on Saturday (September 19). TikTok has said the ban would "irreversibly destroy" its business in the U.S.
Authorities in Romania uncovered a stash of rare books and manuscripts worth millions of dollars in September during an investigation into a theft in the UK years earlier.According to reports, the stash included first editions of books by Newton and Galileo stolen from a postal service warehouse in Feltham, UK, in 2017 that was worth around £2.5 million ($3.2 million).The books were found buried in a secret compartment, under a house in Neamt County, Deutsche Welle reported.These photos and videos released by the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism in Romania show the stash. Credit: DIICOT via Storyful
RESENDING WITH COMPLETE SCRIPT EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE IN THE FIRST SOUNDBITE EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART QUALITY AS INCOMING VIDEO SHOWS: LEBRON JAMES SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE, NBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENT, GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO SOUNDBITES, FILE FOOTAGE OF GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO SHOWS: ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 18, 2020) (NBA ENTERTAINMENT - Broadcasters: MUST COURTESY NBA ENTERTAINMENT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE. Digital: NO DIGITAL USE OUTSIDE USA AND CANADA. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE) 1. LOS ANGELES LAKERS FORWARD, LEBRON JAMES SITTING DOWN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOS ANGELES LAKERS FORWARD, LEBRON JAMES, TALKING ABOUT THE RESULTS FOR THE NBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD, SAYING: REPORTER (OFF CAMERA), ASKING: "When you see the results come out tonight and... or today knowing you've won it four times but now you've come in second four times, what's that feeling like for you and what do you think of the results? "Um... pissed me off. That's my true answer. It pissed me off because out of 101 votes I got 16 first-place votes. That's what pissed me off more than anything. You know, not saying that the winner wasn't deserving of the MVP but that pissed me off and I've finished second a lot in my career; either from a championship and now four times as the MVP. Like I said, I never came into this league saying let me be MVP or be a champion. I've always said I just want to get better and better every single day and those things will take care of itself. But some things are just out of my hands, some things you can't control, but it pissed me off." 3. WHITE FLASH 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOS ANGELES LAKERS FORWARD, LEBRON JAMES, SAYING: "I don't know. I'm not going to get… I'm not going to sit up here and talk about what the criteria should be or what it is. It's changed over the years since I've got into the league, I know that. It's just changed, it's changed a lot. Sometimes it's the best player on the best team, sometimes it's the guy with the best season statistically. Sometimes… it's changed over the course of my career. I mean, you don't know, you don't know but Giannis had a hell of a season, I can definitely say that." 5. WHITE FLASH UNKNOWN LOCATION, UNITED STATES SEPTEMBER 18, 2020) (NBA ENTERTAINMENT - Broadcasters: MUST COURTESY NBA ENTERTAINMENT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE. Digital: NO DIGITAL USE OUTSIDE USA AND CANADA. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE) 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KIA MOTORS AMERICA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN REGION, PERCY VAUGHN, SAYING: "It's my honour to present Giannis of the Milwaukee Bucks with the 2019-20 KIA NBA Most Valuable Player award. Congratulations Giannis." GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (OFF CAMERA), SAYING: "Thank you. Thank you." ATHENS, GREECE (SEPTEMBER 18, 2020) (NBA ENTERTAINMENT - Broadcasters: MUST COURTESY NBA ENTERTAINMENT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE. Digital: NO DIGITAL USE OUTSIDE USA AND CANADA. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE) 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MILWAUKEE BUCKS POWER FORWARD, GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, SAYING: "First of all, if you told that young man, that kid that he was 17 and he'd be the MVP player that I would be in this position right now seven years later being the back-to-back MVP, defensive player of the year in the same year… you know, who ever would have to be that crazy. I'm extremely proud. I'm extremely proud for what I've accomplished, from where I was to where I am, where I came from. It's been an unbelievable journey. Nobody would ever have imagined this. Not me, not even myself when I got to the league but at the end of the day there's no emotion. You can't put emotion into this. You've got to keep getting better. My younger self would probably tell myself right now I'm extremely proud of what you've accomplished, but you're not done yet. You're not done yet. The goal is always to be the best. The goal is always to win the championship. The goal is always to make your team successful. I think my younger self would tell myself right now that." 8. WHITE FLASH 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MILWAUKEE BUCKS POWER FORWARD, GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, SAYING: "Obviously, I'm happy for tonight, I'm happy with this award, but I always look forward. I always try to figure out how can I get better? How can I do it again? How can I do it for multiple years to come? How can I be a champion? I'm happy, I'm grateful, but how can I do it again?" CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES (FILE - FEBRUARY 15, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 10. GIANNIS ANTETOKUONMPO TAKING COURT AND GREETING TEAM MATES AND KIDS AHEAD OF PRACTICE FOR 2020 NBA ALL-STAR GAME 11. GIANNIS ON COURT FOR PRACTICE SESSION 12. GIANNIS AT NEWS CONFERENCE 13. GIANNIS SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE 14. VARIOUS GIANNIS ON COURT STORY: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said he was "pissed off" after receiving only 16 first-place votes for the NBA's most valuable player (MVP) award. Milwaukee Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the NBA's MVP for the second straight year on Friday (September 18), receiving 85 of the 101 first-place votes, while James, 35, finished runner-up for the fourth time in his 17-year career. "It pissed me off. That's my true answer," said James after the Lakers' 126-114 victory over the Denver Nuggets in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. "It pissed me off because out of 101 votes, I got 16 first-place votes. "You know, not saying that the winner wasn't deserving of the MVP. But that pissed me off. And I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as an MVP." The award is voted on by a global panel of sports writers and broadcasters. James, a three-time NBA champion, questioned the criteria of selection. "I'm not going to sit up here and talk about what the criteria should be or what it is. It's changed over the years since I've got into the league. "Sometimes it's the best player on the best team. Sometimes it's the guy with the best season statistically. I mean, you don't know. But you know, Giannis had a hell of a season; I can definitely say that." Giannis, the 25-year-old Greek powerhouse, was also named the Defensive Player of the Year this month, joining Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan and Houston Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win both awards in the same season. Antetokounmpo dominated this season averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in just 30.4 minute per game as the Bucks finished with a 56-17 record to top the Eastern Conference. The Bucks were, however, eliminated in the Conference semi-finals by the Miami Heat who won the series 4-1. (Production: Tim Hart)
Two people were killed and 14 others were injured in a mass shooting at a house party in Rochester, New York, in the early hours of September 19, local reports said.Acting Rochester Police Chief Mark Simmons said a man and a woman, both aged between 18 and 22, were killed at an illegal house party near Goodman Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. They were among 16 victims who had been shot.This footage shows the scene in Rochester shortly after the shooting with a heavy police presence.Police said they were called to the house about 12:25 am on Saturday and officers arrived to a chaotic scene in which a crowd of about 100 people gathered. Simmons told reporters at the scene “this is truly a tragedy of epic proportions.”The 14 wounded people were taken to two hospitals and none of them were believed to have life-threatening injuries. Credit: Geoffery Rogers via Storyful
Voters stood in line for several hours at polling places in Fairfax, Virginia, on September 18, the first day early voting for the November election was allowed in the state.Early voting also opened in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Minnesota, according to reports.Footage taken by the team of Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor from the Fairfax County Government Center, shows hundreds of people socially distancing, as the line spanned for blocks.According to news reports, election workers had to open an additional voting room at the government center. Several voters were prepared with lawn chairs, the report said. Credit: Justin Fairfax via Storyful
Police in Portland fired crowd control munitions late on Friday, September 18, after declaring a protest near the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility an “unlawful assembly,” local reports said.KATU2 reported federal officers were seen at the facility.This video shows protesters falling back along South Moody Avenue amid clouds of smoke as officers approach. Credit: Tyler Ensign via Storyful
Police and protesters clashed during an anti-ICE protest in New York City on September 18.Footage uploaded to Twitter by Joshua Potash shows protesters marching in Manhattan, chanting “justice, now” and “fire, fire genocider” before scuffling with a crowd of police officers outside Washington Square Park.The protests follow a whistleblower complaint alleging that a doctor had performed questionable hysterectomies on several women at an immigration detention facility in Ocilla, Georgia. Credit: Joshua Potash via Storyful
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneering champion of women’s rights and the second woman ever to serve on the nation's highest court, died on Friday at her home in Washington surrounded by her family. She was 87. The cause was complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the Court said in a statement. Rising from a working-class upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993. During her decades on the court, she provided key votes in landmark rulings securing equal rights for women, expanding gay rights and safeguarding abortion rights. Her departure could dramatically alter the court’s ideological balance, which currently has a 5-4 conservative majority. The Senate confirmation battle over a Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg is likely to be fierce - especially since Republicans blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee in an election year in 2016 because, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said at the time, (quote), “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” But on Friday night, McConnell made it clear that that rationale would not apply here, saying in a statement, (quote), “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” Supreme Court appointments require Senate confirmation, and Trump's fellow Republicans control the chamber. Trump, seeking re-election on November 3, already has appointed two conservatives to lifetime posts on the court - Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. Known as the "Notorious RBG", Ginsburg had become something of a cult figure for liberals in recent years. She was also the subject of the documentary “RBG” and the film “On the Basis of Sex,” both released in 2018. Summing up her lifelong work toward gender equality, Ginsburg said in the documentary, (quote), “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.” NPR reported that Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter just days before her death, saying her (quote) "most fervent wish" is to not be replaced until a new president is installed.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a stalwart liberal on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993, died on Friday at age 87, the court said, giving President Donald Trump a chance to expand its conservative majority with a third appointment at a time of deep divisions in America with a presidential election looming. Ginsburg, a champion of women's rights who became an icon for American liberals, died at her home in Washington of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said in a statement. She was surrounded by her family, it said.
BROADCASTERS: NO USE. DIGITAL: NO USE AUSTRALIA BROADCASTERS. NO USE ABC, CNN, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC. VIDEO MUST BE USED IN ITS ENTIRETY. EXISTING GRAPHICS MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY CLIENT’S OWN GRAPHICS BUT NO FURTHER EDITS ARE PERMITTED, INCLUDING FOR LENGTH**~ "There is no doubt - let me be clear - that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden told reporters at an airport in New Castle, Delaware, after learning of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. "This was the position that the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today.”
BROADCASTERS: NO USE. DIGITAL: NO USE AUSTRALIA BROADCASTERS. NO USE ABC, CNN, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC. VIDEO MUST BE USED IN ITS ENTIRETY. EXISTING GRAPHICS MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY CLIENT’S OWN GRAPHICS BUT NO FURTHER EDITS ARE PERMITTED, INCLUDING FOR LENGTH**~ "She led an amazing life," Trump said on Friday (September 18). In brief remarks to reporters before boarding the Air Force One following the Minnesota rally, Trump did not mention any potential plans to nominate a replacement for Ginsburg, who died of pancreatic cancer earlier on Friday.
Following the news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday, September 18, flags outside the United States Supreme Court and the US Capitol were flown at half-staff.Ginsburg, 87, died from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the Supreme Court said in a statement.“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts said in the statement.“Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”Ginsburg became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and was quoted in reports as a “pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s unlikely cultural icon.”Footage from near the US Capitol building shows a flag at half-staff. Credit: @cameronahahn via Storyful
Following the news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday, September 18, flags outside the United States Supreme Court and the US Capitol were flown at half-staff.Ginsburg, 87, died from complications of metastatic pancreas cancer, the Supreme Court said in a statement.“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts said in the statement.“Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”Ginsburg became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and was quoted in reports as a “pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s unlikely cultural icon.”Following the announcement of her death, individuals began gathering at the Supreme Court, as can be seen in this footage. Credit: Michael Wille via Storyful
BROADCASTERS: NO USE. DIGITAL: WTVR. NO USE AUSTRALIA BROADCASTERS. NO USE ABC, CNN, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC. VIDEO MUST BE USED IN ITS ENTIRETY. EXISTING GRAPHICS MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY CLIENT’S OWN GRAPHICS BUT NO FURTHER EDITS ARE PERMITTED, INCLUDING FOR LENGTH / NO USE RICHMOND, VA MEDIA MARKETS**~ "We are excited to exercise our rights as a citizen and we are revved up to vote for our candidate.” Motivated voters cast their ballots Friday in Minnesota, as the first day of early voting got underway in the state - along with South Dakota, Wyoming and Virginia. “It’s now or never.” “It’s an incredibly important vote.” Voters in Richmond, Virginia waited in line for a polling station to open… While in Fairfax County - closer to Washington, DC - the line to vote stretched on for hours by midday, according to the Washington Post. The candidates on Friday headed to Minnesota… a state which Donald Trump lost in 2016 and where the president was scheduled to hold a campaign rally. Democrat Joe Biden - who has a comfortable lead in the state, according to recent opinion polls - spoke in Hermantown about Trump's handling of the coronavirus: "In the midst of this unprecedented national crises, Trump has given up on even pretending to do his job. Almost 200,000 lives lost in the last six months." Some voters in Minnesota said they chose to mask-up and vote early to avoid potential crowds on Election Day - citing concerns about the coronavirus. The pandemic is expected to cause a major surge in voting by mail as well. But with Trump repeatedly suggesting, without evidence, that mail-in ballots lead to fraud… and with some questioning whether their ballot would be handled properly by the post office… some early voters in Minneapolis said they wanted to show up to make sure their vote was counted. “I did mail a couple of years ago and that was very convenient, but now there is obviously a fuss about that working or not working so I thought why not get up, stand in line and get it done in person.”
A firefighter battling the El Dorado Fire in California died on September 17, officials reportedThe fire burning in the San Bernadino National Forest reportedly was sparked on September 5 by a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device employed in a gender reveal party.As of September 18, the fire had burned 21,678 acres, according to officials.This footage was recorded overnight on the evening of September 17 by local law enforcement. The officers were patrolling Highway 38, which runs through San Bernadino National Forest. Credit: Big Bear Sheriff Station via Storyful
A lawyer for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told a British court Friday that she witnessed an ally of President Trump offering to arrange a pardon for Assange in exchange for information that would "benefit President Trump politically." The witness account provided by Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, identified a 2017 meeting between the now former Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy where Assange had been holed up since 2012 to avoid extradition charges to Sweden on an alleged sex crime charge that has since been dropped. According to Robinson's testimony, Rohrabacher and an assistant proposed that if Assange identified the source of the 2016 hacking of Democratic emails, President Trump was willing to offer "some form of pardon, assurance or agreement, which would both benefit President Trump politically and prevent U.S. indictment and extradition." Assange's legal team first made this claim earlier this year as it tries to fight extradition to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law of the release of confidential cables by Wikileaks in 2010 and 2011. The White House has called that assertion a "total lie." For his part, Rohrabacher in the past denied the claim that he was serving as Trump's emissary when he went to visit Assange. Wikileaks is at the center of controversy still swirling around the 2016 race for the White House. U.S. investigators have concluded that the hacked emails released from the Democratic National Committee which damaged 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were stolen by Russia to sway that year's election. WikiLeaks published those emails, and Trump repeatedly referred to them in the campaign's final stretch. (NAT TRUMP)"It’s been amazing what’s coming out on WikiLeaks." (NAT TRUMP) Wikileaks! I love Wikileaks! The 2016 election leaks are not directly a part of the current U.S. criminal case seeking to bring Assange to the U.S.
Hurricane Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Wednesday, September 16, killing at least two people and causing widespread destruction.Videographer Ryan Dalton Carlton captured drone footage showing the devastation in Gulf Shores on Thursday, September 17.“Not the usual cheerful or super cinematic video, but I thought it’d be important to spread word about what happened to Gulf Shores,” he said.The footage shows flooded streets, fallen trees, and downed power lines.At a news conference on Thursday, Alabama Gov Kay Ivey encouraged residents to stay away from power lines while linemen work at “warp speed” to repair the damage done to the area’s electrical grid.According to reports, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said the damage to the city was worse than when Hurricane Ivan, one of the most destructive storms in history, made landfall 16 years ago as a Category 3.The Gulf Shores tourism bureau’s website said the town is closed to visitors until at least September 26 while damage is assessed and cleanup begins. Residents were urged to stay off roads unless it is an emergency because of debris and downed power lines.“Our area has sustained significant damage with major flooding, extensive power outages, structural damage, wide-range beach erosion, fallen trees, and many roads are closed/impassable,” the tourist site said. Credit: Ryan Dalton Carlton via Storyful
The Trump administration on Friday announced it is sending nearly $13 billion in federal aid to Puerto Rico to help it recover from 2017's devastating Hurricane Maria. The White House said the aid, directed at the territory’s energy and education systems, exceeds the total public assistance funding in any single federally-declared disaster other than Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy in 2005. The announcement comes just days after Trump’s presidential rival, Democrat Joe Biden, courted Hispanic voters in Kissimmee, Florida, which received a big influx of people from Puerto Rico after the territory was devastated by Maria three years ago. Biden cited what he called Trump’s “neglect” of Puerto Rico, echoing top Democrats Friday who said Trump had delayed and withheld the aid for the last three years, stunting Puerto Rico's ability to rebuild from the storm that killed more than 2,500 people and left the island without power for weeks. Biden also reminded voters of Trump's response on a visit to the island after Maria during which he tossed paper towels into a crowd in a manner similar to tossing basketballs into a hoop. (FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN): “I'm not going to throw paper towels at people whose lives have just been devastated by a hurricane. The world saw that not just the United - the world saw that, it was mortifying.” Trump has defended his handling of the hurricane recovery effort. (REPORTER): “Why not three years ago – why 46 days until the election?” Questioned about the timing of the aid package Friday, Trump blamed Democrats and said, “We’ve been working on it for a long time to get it passed.” Since Maria, Puerto Rico has weathered more hurricanes, earthquakes, the coronavirus pandemic and political upheaval, as well as increased federal scrutiny into its use of U.S. aid.