Joe Biden Clinches Electoral College Victory with 306 Votes
2020-12-15 00:13:30 UTC
LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - State by state, the U.S. Electoral College convened on Monday to formally confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory as the next U.S. president and effectively end President Donald Trump’s long-shot attempt to overturn the election results.
Members of the Electoral College...
US Imposes Sanctions on Turkey over Russian S-400 Air Defence Missile Systems
2020-12-14 20:48:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on its NATO ally Turkey over its purchase of a Russian air defense system, in a striking move against a longtime partner that sets the stage for further confrontation between the two nations as President-elect Joe Biden prepar...
The Best Movies Coming Out In December 2020
2020-12-14 20:26:43 UTC
Nicholas Barber picks 12 of the best films coming out next month, including a new Pixar animation, the Wonder Woman sequel and Chadwick Boseman's last film.
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Hollywood's Long History of Misrepresentation of Irish
2020-12-18 02:50:45 UTC
Wild Mountain Thyme and cinema's ridiculous Emerald Isle fantasies. Why Hollywood gets the Irish so wrong? Most stories told about Ireland are not for the Irish who live in Ireland, so 'Irishness' in Hollywood only serves the needs of those who will pay to see it. You're not obliged to. Unless yo...
Supreme Court Rejects Trump/ GOP's Bid to Overturn Biden’s Victory
2020-12-12 00:23:12 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest court.
The court’s order was its second th...
GOP's Long March to Fascism Reaches Tipping Point
2020-12-12 00:45:28 UTC
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s victory has quickly become a conservative litmus test, as 126 members of Congress and multiple state attorneys general signed onto the case even as some have predicted it will fail.
U.S. Govt Accuses Facebook of Abusing Its Market Power to Crush Competitors
2020-12-09 23:53:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government and 48 states and districts sued Facebook Wednesday, accusing it of abusing its market power in social networking to crush smaller competitors and seeking remedies that could include a forced spinoff of the social network’s Instagram and WhatsApp messaging se...
Millions of Hungry Americans Turn to Food Banks For 1st Time
2020-12-08 00:37:47 UTC
<p>The deadly pandemic that tore through the nation’s heartland struck just as Aaron Crawford was in a moment of crisis. He was looking for work, his wife needed surgery, then the virus began eating away at her work hours and her paycheck.</p><p>The Crawfords had no savings, mounting bills ...
Irish PM Says Chances of a Brexit- Deal at 50-50
2020-12-07 16:04:37 UTC
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - British and European Union negotiators made a last-ditch effort on Monday to bridge stubborn differences standing in the way of a post-Brexit trade deal, but they had at best 48 hours left to avoid a disorderly parting of ways at the end of this month.
Rudy Giuliani, 76, Gets COVID-19
2020-12-07 02:19:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 76-year-old former New York mayor has traveled extensively to battleground states in recent days and weeks in an effort to help Trump subvert his election loss....
$500M Aid for Small Businesses
2020-12-06 00:07:12 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will provide temporary tax relief and $500 million in aid to small businesses struggling because of coronavirus outbreak restrictions, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.
The tax measures include a three-month automatic extension of the income tax payment d...
US Lawmakers Close to A Coronavirus Stimulus Deal
2020-12-04 19:51:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave an optimistic assessment of the prospects for a mid-sized COVID-19 relief bill and a separate $1.4 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Friday, teeing up expectations for a successful burst of legislative action to reverse months of frustratio...
Fact Check: Trump and His Accomplices Continue to Spread Falsehoods on Social Media
2020-12-04 02:46:11 UTC
(Reuters) — Social media users have been sharing posts which claim to show a video of an employee of the electronic voting company, Dominion Voting Systems, manipulating and stealing voting data. However, a spokesperson for the Gwinnett County government and the voting system implementation manag...
Study: U.S. Students Falling Behind in Math During Pandemic
2020-12-04 02:45:15 UTC
A disproportionately large number of poor and minority students were not in schools for assessments this fall, complicating efforts to measure the pandemic’s effects on some of the most vulnerable students, a not-for-profit company that administers standardized testing said Tuesday.
Moderna Pushes US/EU Regulators to Allow Emergency Use of COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-12-01 00:31:56 UTC
Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.
Multiple vaccine candidates m...
Biden Plans Swift Moves to Protect and Advance LGBTQ Rights
2020-11-28 18:24:10 UTC
As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama.
Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on the...
Tehran Vows Revenge Over Slain Scientist
2020-11-28 15:58:26 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday demanded the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist who led Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program, as the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions across the Mid...
Pennsylvania: US Appeals Court Denies Trump's Election Challenge
2020-11-28 00:45:24 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign’s latest effort to challenge the state’s election results.
Trump’s lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court despite ...
Pennsylvania Officials Ask Federal Appeals Court to Reject Trump’s Campaign Appeal
2020-11-25 05:23:03 UTC
(Reuters) -Pennsylvania officials told a federal appeals court on Tuesday it should reject a bid by U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared the winner of the battleground state, according to a court filing.
Lawyers for Trump’s campaign have...
Keep the Mask: A Vaccine Won't End COVID-19 Crisis Right Away
2020-11-25 04:36:49 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t even think of putting the mask away anytime soon.
Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal in the U.S. and Americans can once again ...
Biden Pushes Past Trump Era with Nominees
2020-11-25 04:36:18 UTC
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Declaring “America is back,” President-elect Joe Biden introduced his national security team on Tuesday, his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from Trump-era “America First” policies by relying on experts from the Democratic establishment to be some of his most...
In a Devastating Ruling, Judge Throws out Trump Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
2020-11-22 11:20:32 UTC
<p>HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge issued a scathing order Saturday dismissing the Trump campaign’s futile effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots.</p><p>The case was always a long shot t...
Biden to Move Ahead with Vaccine Makers Despite Delayed Handoff
2020-11-16 17:26:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s scientific advisers will meet with vaccine makers in coming days as the presidential transition remains stalled because of President Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge that he lost the election. That delayed handoff is especially problematic during a public health...
U.S. Democracy on Trial
2021-09-07 06:23:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winston Churchill was not known for leaving his thoughts unspoken. One of them was this: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried.”
Donald Trump, who has professed admiration for, if not deep knowl...
Key Role for Black Policy Leaders on Biden's Transition Team
2020-11-13 02:24:25 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Black policy leaders will play a pivotal role in President-elect Joe Biden’s transition, marking one of the most diverse agency review teams in history.
Of the 500-plus team members announced this week, more than half are women, and Black men and women are leading more than one-...