California wildfires torch record 2m acres as new blazes force evacuations

Wildfires have burned a record 2m acres of California, with fresh conflagrations prompting dramatic rescue missions and shrouding much of the US west in smoke that has caused some of the worst air quality in the world. The area burned this year is now larger than the state of Delaware, surpassing the annual state record of 1.96m acres that went up in flames throughout 2018, according to the California department of forestry and fire protection, or Cal Fire. California’s governor, …

Trump’s Campaign Is Testing The Ways It Can Distort Reality Online

The presidential election is just 56 days away, and as Donald Trump struggles to gain ground in key states, he is increasingly relying on deceptively altered media to bend reality in his favor. In the past 10 days, the president’s team has deployed misleading imagery to attack his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, at least three times. White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino tweeted a fake video that appeared to show Biden sleeping through a TV interview. The “Trump …

Untangling Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Finances From Liberty University Won’t Be Easy

WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – After parting ways with President Jerry Falwell Jr in the wake of personal scandals, Liberty University has hired a firm to investigate “all facets” of Falwell’s tenure, including the school’s financial and real estate operations. There may be much to untangle. Falwell, who took over as president of Liberty in 2007 after years as a lawyer handling its real estate interests, intertwined his personal finances with those of the evangelical Christian university founded by his …

Liberty University To Investigate Jerry Falwell Jr’s Tenure As President

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday. In a statement, the board said it had retained an outside firm to investigate “all facets” of the school’s operations under Falwell, and that it was “committed to learning the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship by our former president.” …

RIP King: Fans, Friends, Celebrities Mourn Loss of ‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman

A heartbroken world grieved the loss Friday of actor Chadwick Boseman far too young to cancer at the age of 43. Twitter overflowed with homages, movie clips and Boseman’s scenes on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Tonight Show.” The actor was remembered for his compelling talent — and huge heart. He continued to give to his craft and to others everything he could, even as he faced his own formidable health challenge. “RIP King,” tweeted one fan. “This broke me,” …

Ukrainian Operatives Are Gearing Up Again To Take On The Bidens. They Say They Have Giuliani And Republicans On Their Side.

KYIV — Andriy Telizhenko, his eyes concealed by dark sunglasses, gabbed away between sips of iced tea and puffs of a fat Nicaraguan cigar on the terrace of a glitzy Kyiv hotel in the July heat. A fan blew cool mist in his direction. As smoke rolled out of his mouth, so did conspiracy theories. He paused only briefly to greet some of the VIP guests who sauntered in for lunchtime espressos or champagne; their bodyguards watched conspicuously from nearby …

Japan’s Abe leaves office with legacy of longevity, security

Shinzo Abe, the man who promised to restore Japan’s dignity and revive its economy with his signature policy of “Abenomics”, has resigned after nearly eight years as prime minister, blaming his health. Abe, who will turn 66 next month, has suffered from ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager. The chronic condition is thought to be aggravated by stress. “I cannot be prime minister if I cannot make the best decisions for the people,” he told the media in Tokyo on …

Video Games May Be Key to Keeping World War II Memory Alive. Here Are 5 WWII Games Worth Playing, According to a Historian

The 75th anniversary of Japan formally surrendering to the U.S. aboard the battleship USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, arrives at a moment when the question of how the war is remembered feels more necessary than ever. Veterans’ stories, books, movies and TV shows have kept memories of the war alive for the last 75 years, but how will those stories be told when there are fewer people around who lived through those era-defining years? Recently, some people in younger …

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Already Back For 2020

While the first day of fall isn’t until Sept. 22, Starbucks‘ release of its Pumpkin Spice Latte feels like an unofficial end to the summer season. The iconic drink returned to coffee shops for its 17th year in a row on Tuesday, Aug. 24, along with a few other pumpkin drinks and treats. If you need a refresher, the Pumpkin Spice Latte (aka the PSL) mixes Starbucks’ signature espresso with steamed milk and a combo of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and …

Burkina Faso army blamed for extrajudicial torture, deaths

Burkina Faso’s military is facing growing accusations that soldiers have tortured and killed civilians accused of aiding Islamic extremists By SAM MEDNICK Associated Press August 25, 2020, 1:23 AM 5 min read FADA N’GOURMA, Burkina Faso — Huddled on the floor in a dimly lit room, one by one the five men displayed wounds they say were inflicted by government soldiers armed with wooden planks, knives and electric cables. A 30-year-old recounted how a soldier held a cigarette lighter to …

The US Government Is Texting Russians Offering $10 Million For Information On Election Interference

KYIV — When Artyom Vysokov received a text message offering him as much as $10 million for information on Russian election interference from a number used mainly for distributing spam and phishing messages, he thought it was “some type of fraud.” But then he saw reports from several Russian news outlets about other people receiving similar messages on their cellphones and realized they were coming shortly after the US State Department announced a new campaign to defend the American presidential …

Coronavirus live news: Iran death toll exceeds 20,000; Australia to provide vaccines to ‘Pacific family’

A boy looks concerned as a health worker collects a nasal swab from his mother during coronavirus screening in Mumbai. Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images The ‘carnival virus’ faces down a coronavirus at the Rose Monday parade in Dusseldorf in February. Photograph: Thilo Schmülgen/Reuters Germany’s carnival season is expected to be cancelled owing to fears that the revelry and mass gatherings could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus, writes Kate Connolly, the Guardian’s Berlin correspondent. The health minister, Jens Spahn, …

UK scraps exam grading system that enraged students, parents

The British government has scrapped an exam-grading policy that was set to deprive thousands of 18-year-olds — especially the more disadvantaged — of their university places LONDON — In a U-turn after days of criticism, the British government on Monday scrapped an exam-grading policy that was set to deprive thousands of 18-year-old school-leavers — especially the more disadvantaged — of places at universities. Roger Taylor, head of the exam regulator Ofqual, said the use of an algorithm to predict the …

Palestinians slam ‘traitor’ UAE for normalising ties with Israel

Occupied East Jerusalem – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) decision to normalise ties with Israel did not surprise Saeed Ibrahim, an 83-year-old Palestinian living in East Jerusalem. For Ibrahim, it was just the latest betrayal of the Palestinian cause by Arab states. “It all began with Anwar Sadat’s visit to al-Quds. It is Egypt who opened the door,” he said, referring to the former Egyptian president’s visit to Israel in 1977.   “Before that, no one dared to say peace with …

Study Hints Survivor Plasma Fights COVID-19 ― But More Proof Needed

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it’s not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they’ll ever get a clear answer. More than 64,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a century-old approach to fend off flu and measles before vaccines. It’s a go-to tactic when new diseases come along, and history suggests it works against some, but not all, infections. …

US COVID-19 cases hit 5 million; Brazil deaths at 100,000: Live | News

The United States has set a record for coronavirus cases, with more than five million people now infected, according to a Reuters tally, as the country’s top infectious diseases official offered hope earlier this week that an effective vaccine might be available by year-end. Brazil’s coronavirus deaths have surpassed 100,000 deaths five months after the first reported case in a sign that the country has not contained the deadly disease. More than 10,000 people have died from coronavirus …

The Onion’s Guide To QAnon

The increasingly popular conspiracy theory QAnon was recently the target of a Twitter crackdown, and several of its adherents are running for office across the country. But what is QAnon, exactly? The Onion breaks down the conspiracy theory with its guide to QAnon. Q: What is QAnon?  A: A conspiracy theory that posits world leaders are secretly evil rather than openly so. Q: What do QAnon supporters believe?  A: That by working together, they can discover a renewed sense of …

The Genuine Truth about the Paleo Diet plan

The paleo diet has its fair share of fans and critics. Thousands of people have actually likewise lost weight by adopting the paleo diet plan, which is also understood as the ‘caveman’ diet. The diet plan basically focuses on eating single component foods such as fish, turf fed meat, goat, poultry, bunny and a lot of other meats. Contrary to popular diets, the paleo diet also encourages the consumption of healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, …

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