Stock futures rise slightly following Thursday’s wild ride

People walk outside of the New York Stock Exchange.   U.S. stock futures opened higher on Thursday night after a volatile session in which the recent tech sell-off resumed. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up by 76 points, or 0.3%. S&P 500 futures gained 0.3% along with Nasdaq 100 futures. The Dow ended the regular session down more than 1% along with the S&P 500. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 2%. All three of the major indexes had popped before …

Maine Wedding Linked To More Than 140 Coronavirus Cases

An indoor wedding and reception in Maine last month resulted in at least 147 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the state, including three deaths, state health officials said. The growing outbreak came after about 65 guests attended the Aug. 7 wedding in Millinocket, Maine. Just 10 days later, two dozen people directly associated with the event tested positive for the virus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. As of Sunday, additional confirmed cases linked to the wedding …

India crosses 4 million coronavirus cases with record surge

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks in front of a mural in New Delhi, India on July 21, 2020. Yawar Nazir | Getty Images India’s total coronavirus cases surged beyond 4 million with a record rise on Saturday, making it the third country in the world to surpass that mark, following the United States and Brazil. India added 86,432 cases of the new virus on Saturday, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry. Infections rose across …

States With The Best And Worst Pandemic Safety Nets

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed how vulnerable American workers are like few crises before. Millions of workers around the country have lost their jobs in the ensuing recession. Others have faced life-threatening hazards as “essential” personnel, or had to give up their livelihoods due to a lack of available child care. The help available to workers as they navigate these challenges varies greatly from one community to the next. A new report from Oxfam America, a nonprofit focused on poverty in …

Coronavirus live news: Russia cases exceed 1m; Poland bans direct flights from 44 countries

  Interesting article from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the global push to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, which contains warnings from lead scientists that we are unlikely to get a vaccine until the end of 2021. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) “A return to normal requires a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. What will it take to get one?” https://t.co/aSoV7QUS7v September 1, 2020 Here’s an excerpt: As reopening measures begin across the U.S. …

Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria records 73 new cases and 41 deaths as NSW records 10 new cases

I did a spot check on a bus I was next to and everybody had a mask except one person. If I was catching a bus or a train today I would 100% be wearing a mask. You shouldn’t be catching a bus or train and not wear a mask. It is not more simple than that. We have to put our response of the pandemic into good comparison to what we’re experiencing in the community. If you look at …

How A Massachusetts Primary Could Affect The Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

Puerto Rican voters stand to play a critical role in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, where progressive Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse is hoping to unseat Rep. Richard Neal, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. Nearly one in five residents of the vast House district, which encompasses parts of central and Western Massachusetts, is Latino, the overwhelming majority of whom are Puerto Rican. But who wins the race could also have an effect on the lives of …

WWF Says It Is “Troubled” By An Alleged Human Rights Violation At A Park With A History Of Violence

After guards at a wildlife park funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature were accused of killing a 24-year-old Nepali man earlier this month, the leading conservation charity said it will “advocate for diligence” in the investigation. The case bears striking resemblance to another alleged killing in Chitwan, highlighted in a 2019 BuzzFeed News investigation into the beloved megacharity’s funding of guards accused of human rights abuses. The series led WWF to overhaul its human rights policies, commission a …

Hong Kong police arrest 2 opposition lawmakers over protests last year

Hong Kong police arrested 16 people Wednesday on charges related to anti-government protests last year, including two opposition lawmakers. Pro-democracy legislators Ted Hui and Lam Cheuk-ting were arrested early Wednesday, according to posts on their Facebook pages. Posts on Lam’s Twitter account said he had been arrested on charges of conspiring with others to damage property and obstructing the course of justice during a protest in July 2019. The tweets said he has also been accused of rioting on July …

Jacob Blake paralysed by shooting, his father says

A Black man shot multiple times, apparently in the back, by police in Wisconsin is paralysed from the waist down and has “eight holes” in his body, the father of victim Jacob Blake said. A video of the shooting in broad daylight on Sunday in Kenosha, captured on mobile phone camera that quickly spread on social media, ignited new protests over racial injustice in several cities. It comes three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of …

Google is investing $100 million in telehealth provider Amwell, which will use Google Cloud

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Alphabet’s Google Cloud, speaks at the Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco on April 9, 2019. Michael Short | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google‘s cloud division is investing $100 million in Amwell, formerly known as American Well, a company that builds technology for virtual doctors’ visits. The company has filed to go public, and Google’s investment will be a concurrent private placement at the IPO price. As part of the partnership, Amwell will move parts of …

New Tennessee Law Severely Sharpens Punishments for Some Protesters, Potentially Endangering Their Voting Rights

A new Tennessee law, signed by the governor this week, makes it a felony for protesters to camp out overnight on state property. If convicted, they could lose their voting rights and face up to six years in prison. Although some states are moving towards restoring voting rights for felons, it remains illegal for felons to vote in Tennessee. For more than two months, dozens of people had been sleeping outside the state capitol as they protested day and night …

Israel’s Netanyahu Accepts Proposal for Budget Negotiation Extension, Avoiding New Election

(JERUSALEM) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that he had accepted a proposal to extend budget negotiations, preventing the government from collapsing and plunging the country into a new election. In a nationally televised address, Netanyahu said that now was not the time to drag the country into a fourth parliamentary election in less than two years. “Now is the time for unity. Not for elections,” he said. Netanyahu and his rival and coalition partner, Benny Gantz, had …

Wildfires Raging in California Are Some of the Largest in the State’s History

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Lightning-sparked wildfires in Northern California exploded in size Friday to become some of the largest in state history, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes and other structures as reinforcements began arriving to help weary firefighters. More than 12,000 firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers are battling wildfires throughout California. Three groups of fires, called complexes, burning north, east and south of San Francisco have together scorched 991 square miles (2,566 square kilometers), destroyed …

Stock futures rise slightly following last week’s gains

U.S. stock futures rose slightly early Monday after Wall Street logged its third consecutive weekly gain, but fell short of breaking the all-time high set on Feb. 19. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose about 70 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures popped 0.37% and nearly 0.75%, respectively.   The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% last week and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.1%. The Dow gained 1.8% last week. Despite those gains, the S&P 500 failed to notch a fresh …

Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars as COVID-19 Surges in Iran. This Activist Is Risking Her Life to Get Them Out

It was the acclaimed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh whom activist Shaparak Shajarizadeh credits with saving her life. Detained in February 2018 for taking part in the White Wednesday civil disobedience movement against Iran’s mandatory veiling law, Shajarizadeh was placed in solitary confinement while Iranian authorities denied her access to her lawyer. Released, briefly detained again the next month, and again in May while on holiday with her son, she began a hunger strike, initially refusing water. “Nasrin came …

‘It Was a Planned Attack.’ Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says Looting Was Organized

A day after looters smashed-in retailer’s windows, carried away loads of high-end merchandise and overwhelmed police officers in downtown Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the violence was an organized raid and not a demonstration of angry protest. “When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and sophisticated equipment used to cut metal, and the methods that were used, and how quickly it got spun up… that wasn’t any spontaneous reaction,” Lightfoot …

3 dead, 6 in hospital after train derails n Scotland

British Transport Police say three people died and six were taken to hospital after a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland amid stormy weather LONDON — British Transport Police say three people died and six were taken to hospital after a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland amid stormy weather. The train’s driver was among the dead in Wednesday’s incident, which occurred after heavy rain. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. ——— A train derailed …

Storm Floods Greek Island, Leaving a Baby and 6 Others Dead

(ATHENS, Greece) — Seven people, including an elderly couple and an 8-month-old baby, have been found dead as a storm hit the Greek island of Evia, authorities said Sunday. One person was still missing and dozens of others were trapped by floodwaters in their homes and cars. Greece’s meteorological service said parts of Evia saw rainfall that reached 300 millimeters (11.8 inches), some 80% of the annual rainfall for the area, which is only about 375 millimeters (14.8 inches), usually …

Coronavirus live news: pandemic plunges UK into deepest slump on record; 10 die after fire at Indian Covid facility | World news

10.46am EDT 10:46 Saudi Arabia will soon begin Phase III clinical trials on around 5,000 people for a coronavirus vaccine. This stage of development will see a placebo being used alongside the vaccine, in the cities of of Riyadh, Dammam and Mecca. The vaccine, developed by China’s CanSino Biologics Inc, uses a cold virus known as adenovirus type-5 (Ad5) to carry genetic material from the coronavirus into the body. Researchers said last month that CanSino’s vaccine, co-developed with China’s military …