Federal judge temporarily blocks USPS policy changes nationwide

The opinion from Judge Stanley Bastian in Eastern Washington’s US District Court enjoin Trump administration postal policies as harmful to voters’ ability to cast ballots this November and deliberately suppressive to voters. It places the judge at the center of a political furor in which the court steps into the extraordinary position of stopping the entire USPS from making any changes that may affect efficient mail delivery nationwide. “Although not necessarily apparent on the surface, at … Read more

Opinion: Where’s your health care plan, Mr. President?

But the truth is never what this President is looking for — and so a few hours later, he contradicted Redfield, saying, “It’s just incorrect information. And I called him, and he didn’t tell me that, and I think he got the message maybe confused,” adding, “No, we’re ready to go immediately as the vaccine is announced, and it could be announced in October.” The exchange essentially demonstrated Joe Biden’s point from his speech Wednesday on … Read more

US holds its second high-profile visit to Taiwan in two months as Beijing escalates military pressure

Keith Krach, the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, arrived in Taiwan late Thursday local time, and will represent the US at the memorial service for former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui on Saturday. Krach’s visit comes just over a month after US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar visited Taiwan in mid-August, ostensibly to discuss coronavirus prevention measures but also in a highly symbolic show of support by the … Read more

Métis residents want hunting, fishing rights recognized in southern Saskatchewan

A legal group is asking the Saskatchewan government to recognize the right of Métis people in the Qu’Appelle Valley and area, including the city of Regina, to harvest fish and wildlife for food. The Métis Legal Research and Education Foundation held a press conference outside the Saskatchewan legislature Thursday to bring public attention to the issue. Foundation chair, lawyer and former Métis National Council president Clément Chartier said the right to harvest in the area was … Read more

Critics condemn Trump’s rewrite of America’s legacy of racism in DC speech

Donald Trump The president announced the 1776 Commission, which would teach students ‘about the miracle of American history’ Donald Trump speaks at the White House Conference on American History on Thursday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump on Thursday launched an extraordinary attack on American education at a history conference in Washington DC, downplaying America’s historic legacy of slavery and claiming children have been subjected to “decades of leftwing indoctrination”. Speaking at what was dubbed the … Read more

Biden lambastes Trump over ‘close to criminal’ COVID-19 response

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump for disregarding the risks of the coronavirus on Thursday, blaming him for thousands of unnecessary American deaths and vowing to mount a coordinated national response if elected. “He knew it – he knew it and did nothing,” Biden told a CNN town hall. “It’s close to criminal.” The broadcast was the first town hall-style event that Biden has done since accepting … Read more

The Latest: Calif requires workers comp for virus infection

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California companies must pay workers compensation benefits to any employees that become infected with the coronavirus and they must warn employees of any potential exposure to the virus under two laws that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday. Business groups have criticized the measures as “unworkable.” The law on informing employees requires that businesses tell workers whenever they they have been exposed to someone who has either tested positive, been ordered to isolate or … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The total number of people in the UK in lockdown has risen above 10 million as tough new measures to control the spread of coronavirus come into force in the north east. The new restrictions cover Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. Residents will be banned from socialising in homes or gardens with people outside … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The total number of people in the UK in lockdown has risen above 10 million as tough new measures to control the spread of coronavirus come into force in the north east. The new restrictions cover Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham. Residents will be banned from socialising in homes or gardens with people outside … Read more

Vaccine distribution isn’t as easy as Trump wants people to think

President Donald Trump is suggesting a coronavirus vaccine can be delivered widely in a matter of weeks. But states ultimately tasked with leading the distribution effort are already confronting a host of logistical and supply chain challenges that could dash the Trump administration’s hopes of quickly distributing a vaccine once it’s approved. State and federal officials must ensure providers are equipped to administer a vaccine that needs to be kept at extremely cold temperatures, as one … Read more

Mask skeptic lawmaker takes on side gig overseeing drug company trial

Rep. Andy Harris, a Maryland Republican and medical doctor, has broken with the scientific mainstream during the coronavirus pandemic — decrying stay-at-home orders and warning of a “cult of masks.” Now the five-term congressman has joined the hunt for coronavirus treatments with an unpaid side gig overseeing a drug company trial. Harris is one of three members of the data and safety monitoring board for the trial run by NeuroRx, a small Delaware company whose CEO … Read more

2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump campaign insists it has a “real” health care plan

As the U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches 200,000, the topic of health care takes center stage ahead of Election Day. Federal data released Tuesday reveals nearly 30 million people in the United States lacked health insurance in 2019, prior to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump again this week vowed to release a proposal to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. “I have it all ready. I have it all ready,” Mr. Trump told ABC News on Tuesday during a … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The UK risks spiralling into a homelessness crisis this winter unless a ban on evictions in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak is extended, Labour has warned. The party’s shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire said the Government needed to do more to help renters and called for protection measures to be extended. Renters have been protected from eviction during the … Read more

England and Wales post 21 new Covid-19 deaths in early toll

UK records 3,395 new Covid-19 cases as outbreak grows again, hospital admissions in England TRIPLE in a fortnight and health chiefs announce 21 more deaths as fatalities keep creeping up New daily cases have now been above 3,000 for six out of the last seven days, with an average of 3,354 Test & Trace data shows huge numbers of people are waiting days for results from a crumbling system Hospital cases and numbers of people on … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The UK risks spiralling into a homelessness crisis this winter unless a ban on evictions in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak is extended, Labour has warned. The party’s shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire said the Government needed to do more to help renters and called for protection measures to be extended. Renters have been protected from eviction during the … Read more

Alberta Court orders recalculation of $1.4B in damages, supports Dow in Nova lawsuit

Both sides are welcoming an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that supports a trial judge decision in favour of Dow Chemical Canada over Nova Chemicals Corp. but orders a recalculation of its award of $1.4 billion in damages. The appeal court agreed with the original judge who ruled in 2018 that Dow was correct in asserting that a jointly owned ethane cracker at the Joffre petrochemical complex in central Alberta had been operated by Nova at … Read more

England and Wales post 21 new Covid-19 deaths in early toll

UK records 3,395 new Covid-19 cases as outbreak grows again, hospital admissions in England TRIPLE in a fortnight and health chiefs announce 21 more deaths as fatalities keep creeping up New daily cases have now been above 3,000 for six out of the last seven days, with an average of 3,354 Test & Trace data shows huge numbers of people are waiting days for results from a crumbling system Hospital cases and numbers of people on … Read more

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The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday – Friday plus breaking news updates The spread of coronavirus has returned to “alarming rates of transmission” in Europe this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Dr Hans Kluge, the European director of WHO, said 300,000 new infections were reported last week and more than half of the countries reported a rise of more than 10 per cent in cases over the last two … Read more

Coronavirus live news: cases in France hit one-day high as WHO warns of ‘alarming’ transmission across Europe

Cases in France hit 10,593 in 24 hours; WHO warns against shortening quarantine in Europe CDC director says vaccine won’t be widely available until late 2021 ‘Off the charts’: Ireland’s contact tracers face return of sleepless nights Chinese border city enters ‘wartime’ mode to tackle Covid outbreak 100-year-old man leaves hospital after surviving coronavirus LIVE Updated Play Video Coronavirus: ‘alarming rates of transmission’ in Europe, says WHO – video Key events Show 2.58pm EDT14:58 France sees … Read more

How Western University’s largest COVID-19 cluster happened

Three households, one night at a club and a few other gatherings are responsible for the majority of the 28 novel coronavirus cases identified so far among Western University students, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU). At a media briefing Thursday afternoon, medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie walked through the series of events between Sept. 8 and 13 that the health unit has pieced together to help explain how 15 of the cases … Read more

England and Wales post 21 new Covid-19 deaths in early toll

UK records 3,395 new Covid-19 cases as outbreak grows again, hospital admissions in England TRIPLE in a fortnight and health chiefs announce 21 more deaths as fatalities keep creeping up New daily cases have now been above 3,000 for six out of the last seven days, with an average of 3,354 Test & Trace data shows huge numbers of people are waiting days for results from a crumbling system Hospital cases and numbers of people on … Read more

England and Wales post 21 new Covid-19 deaths in early toll

UK records 3,395 new Covid-19 cases as outbreak grows again, hospital admissions in England TRIPLE in a fortnight and health chiefs announce 21 more deaths as fatalities keep creeping up New daily cases have now been above 3,000 for six out of the last seven days, with an average of 3,354 Test & Trace data shows huge numbers of people are waiting days for results from a crumbling system Hospital cases and numbers of people on … Read more

American woman could face up to 10 years in prison after allegedly spreading coronavirus during German bar crawl

An American woman allegedly infected at least 59 people with coronavirus after going to the pub (AFP via Getty Images) An American woman could face up to 10 years in prison after allegedly spreading coronavirus during a bar crawl in Germany. The unidentified 26-year-old woman faces accusations that she infected 59 people thus far after visiting multiple bars and pubs through the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, even though she was displaying symptoms related to Covid-19. The … Read more

U.S. Senator Johnson quarantined after COVID-19 contact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who was due to join President Donald Trump in Wisconsin on Thursday, has instead entered quarantine after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said in a statement. Johnson, 65, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has tested negative for COVID-19 and is experiencing no symptoms but will remain in quarantine until Sept. 29, the statement said. He was due to travel with … Read more

Study: Ending census early will cost Florida, Montana seats

A briefcase of a census taker is seen as she knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Winter Park, Fla. A half-million census takers head out en mass this week to knock on the doors of households that haven’t yet responded to the 2020 census. (AP Photo/John Raoux) More ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ending the 2020 census at the end of September instead of the end of October, could cost Florida … Read more

Critics condemn Trump’s rewrite of race in America in DC speech – live

President launches extraordinary attack on education Twitter flags Trump tweet for false statement on mail-in voting Trump accused of sexual assault by former model US health official laments ‘politicization’ of CDC Barr criticized for comparing shutdown orders to slavery Sign up for our First Thing newsletter LIVE Updated Donald Trump speaks to the White House conference on American History at the National Archives Museum. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP Key events Show 4.08pm EDT16:08 House committee wants answers … Read more

Critics condemn Trump’s rewrite of race in America in DC speech – live

President launches extraordinary attack on education Twitter flags Trump tweet for false statement on mail-in voting Trump accused of sexual assault by former model US health official laments ‘politicization’ of CDC Barr criticized for comparing shutdown orders to slavery Sign up for our First Thing newsletter LIVE Updated Donald Trump speaks to the White House conference on American History at the National Archives Museum. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP Key events Show 4.08pm EDT16:08 House committee wants answers … Read more

Gulf between Trump and doctors on mask wearing gets wider

WASHINGTON (AP) — The gulf between President Donald Trump and public health officials over wearing face masks keeps widening, undercutting medical experts who say consistent face covering is one of the best tools — short of a vaccine — to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Trump has gone back and forth on protective masks in the roughly six months since the virus has taken root in the U.S., muddying the message from doctors and other … Read more