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  • NexPoint Residential Trust Inc.: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:38:10 -0400
  • Ex-Postal Service worker charged with tossing absentee ballots in dumpster news

    He faces five years in prison. Authorities said such incidents are "exceedingly rare."

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:36:57 -0400
  • Sharps Compliance: Fiscal 1Q Earnings Snapshot

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:26:11 -0400
  • Breonna Taylor grand juror calls police actions "criminal" news

    In Gayle King's exclusive interview, two grand jurors disputed Kentucky Attorney General David Cameron's public comments regarding the case.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:20:00 -0400
  • Black man shot dead by police in Philadelphia, sparking heated protests news

    “I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:16:00 -0400
  • Food workers, rural Americans go hungry despite U.S. government farm aid news

    Yessenia Cendejas pulled up to a moving truck filled with donated food in northeastern Wisconsin, arriving at the mobile food bank straight from her job at a pizza-crust factory, to get sustenance for herself and five children. Cendejas, 35, took a second job at a fast-food restaurant in Green Bay - whose county has Wisconsin's highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita - after her factory employer reduced her hours, but says her income is now half of what it was. As hunger rises in America, the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout is under scrutiny ahead of the Nov. 3 election that could be decided by hotly contested Midwestern states like Wisconsin.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:09:33 -0400
  • Belgium faces decision on possible new lockdown by weekend: official news

    Belgium's federal government should decide by this weekend whether a return to a nationwide lockdown is required, as the country grapples with a resurgence in novel coronavirus cases and hospitals risk running out of beds, an official said. New infections in Belgium, among the hardest-hit countries in Europe, hit a peak of more than 18,000 on Oct. 20, almost a 10-fold increase from the high of a spring wave of the pandemic. Health Ministry spokesman Yves Van Laethem told Belgian broadcaster RTBF on Monday evening that a decision on returning to lockdown would need to be taken by the end of the week.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:59:23 -0400
  • Pfizer not yet ready to release COVID-19 vaccine data news

    Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla has said the company could release data on whether or not the vaccine works as early as this month, but the company said in a presentation that the independent data monitoring board which will determine whether or not the trial has been successful has not conducted any interim efficacy analyses yet. U.S. President Donald Trump had said a vaccine could be available before the Nov. 3 election, but in recent weeks his administration has emphasized that one will be ready this year. Pfizer hopes to be the first U.S. drugmaker to unveil successful data from a late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial, ahead of rival Moderna Inc .

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:51:32 -0400
  • EU weighs buying Roche, Abbott rapid COVID tests amid limited supplies news

    European countries are looking at buying millions of COVID-19 rapid tests mostly from Roche and Abbott, an EU document shows, as global production of the tests is stretched by a surge in infections. Antigen tests are a quicker alternative to the more common molecular PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing kits. Although less accurate, they can give results in minutes instead of the days sometimes needed for PCR tests - a difference that could help better trace cases and contain the pandemic.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:49:12 -0400
  • NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere to face sentencing

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:34:09 -0400
  • Wall Street banks and their staff are leaning left news

    Wall Street banks and their employees have been leaning left in recent years, increasing the proportion of cash allocated to Democrats. Here is the breakdown for the 2020 election cycle, based on data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has dramatically outpaced Republican President Donald Trump in total fundraising during the final months of the campaign ahead of the Nov. 3 election, and that is also true when it comes to winning cash from the banking industry.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:32:00 -0400
  • Germany's Scholz calls for targeted, temporary curbs to slow coronavirus spread news

    German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday that the jump in coronavirus infections over the past few days was "very worrying" and authorities had to quickly implement decisive steps to halt this second wave in the pandemic.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:27:24 -0400
  • The Rust Belt boom that wasn't: Heartland job growth lagged under Trump news

    With the U.S. election just a week away, recently released government data and new analysis show just how little progress Trump made in changing the trajectory of the Rust Belt region that propelled his improbable rise to the White House. While job and wage growth continued nationally under Trump, extending trends that took root under President Obama, the country's economic weight also continued shifting south and west, according to data from the U.S. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages that was recently updated to include the first three months of 2020.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:26:11 -0400
  • Explainer: Can Trump call in troops to quell Election Day unrest? news

    WHAT IS THE INSURRECTION ACT? The 1878 Posse Comitatus Act bars the federal military from participating in domestic law enforcement. The Insurrection Act, an exception to the Posse Comitatus Act dating back to 1807, permits the president to send in U.S. forces to suppress a domestic insurrection.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:24:13 -0400
  • Fame or blame? What lies ahead for 'the Squad', as they eye second terms in U.S. Congress news

    They came to Washington to shake things up and in their first two years in the U.S. House of Representatives the four lawmakers popularly known as 'the Squad' achieved stardom but also discovered that life in the political fast-lane can be perilous. New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts' Ayanna Pressley, Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar stand to see their influence grow if Democrats win big on Nov. 3 by capturing the White House and a Senate majority. Ocasio-Cortez's leadership on climate change makes her well-placed to have a voice in legislation that presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to pursue.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:18:44 -0400
  • Consumer companies pitch discounts, bargain products as economic malaise looms news

    Nestle told Reuters earlier this month that it has recently launched single-use sachets of Maggi seasonings in Indonesia and smaller sachets and cooking sauces in the Philippines. It also is promoting recipes that call for cheaper proteins like eggs and canned meat in the Philippines. "We'll give this (affordable products) more emphasis,” Nestle CEO Mark Schneider  said  last week after reporting third-quarter sales,  “because affordability, especially when it comes to the economic consequences of COVID, will become ever more important."

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:15:37 -0400
  • Are U.S. election stories bad for business? How publishers are fighting ad keyword 'block lists'

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:12:34 -0400
  • Pandemic transforms some Americans into voting rights activists in raft of lawsuits

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:12:24 -0400
  • BP reports 3Q earnings plunge amid falling demand news

    BP plc says third-quarter earnings plunged 96% as the COVID-19 pandemic reduced energy prices and demand. Underlying replacement cost results rebounded from the second quarter when BP posted a loss of $6.68 billion. BP is facing the twin challenges of reducing costs to adjust to an era of lower oil prices as the company tries to shift its focus toward renewable energy amid pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:11:19 -0400
  • Juggling act: Tips for balancing remote work and home life in 2020 news

    Almost six in 10 employees say the pandemic has made their workdays less defined, according to a Pulse of the American Worker survey conducted by Prudential Financial. Only a minority, 43%, say they have been successful in keeping work and family separated. "We have found that generally people are doing well working from home, but the main area of concern that keeps popping up is work-life balance," said Adam Pressman, a partner in Atlanta with workforce consultants Mercer.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:10:55 -0400
  • America's protest crackdown: five months after George Floyd, hundreds face trials and prison news

    Some protesters face stacked charges and threats of deportation; others have been charged with police assault with no reports of injuriesLee Percy Christian III didn’t think Arizona law enforcement could stop him from protesting – until they locked him up indefinitely.Earlier this month, Christian, 27, was arrested for “unlawful assembly” after a Black Lives Matter protest in Phoenix and jailed without bond because of outstanding charges from previous demonstrations. Prosecutors later suggested bond be set at $100,000. Christian’s lawyers and a judge agreed he could be released on a lower bond – if he didn’t participate in future public protests.Christian was mortified, but agreed to sign away his right to protests so he could leave jail – he had spent nine days locked up. “I’m guilty until proven innocent,” he said recently on the phone. “We’re in a police state, and the last thing the police want is for me to be out there using my voice.” Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, millions of Americans have marched in cities big and small to protests racial violence and police brutality. The demonstrations have been overwhelmingly nonviolent, yet in many jurisdictions law enforcement has responded with force. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, activists and BLM supporters have been arrested.More than five months since the start of the unrest, hundreds of these protesters have been slapped with serious charges by federal and local prosecutors, according to researchers and a review of court data. Some protesters have faced stacked charges and threats of life sentences. Others have been charged with “assaulting” police officers where there’s no evidence of violence and no reports of injuries. Some arrested protesters have been transferred to immigration authorities.The crackdown comes as Donald Trump, eager to put Democrats on the defense, has ramped up warnings about Black Lives Matter, anti-fascists and the “far left” in the lead up to the election. He has called BLM a “symbol of hate” and claimed without evidence that “Antifa” will “attack your homes”. A crackdown from the ‘top levels of government’Research has shown that the vast majority of BLM-related demonstrations this year have not involved damage to property, harm to people or ties to extremist groups. In fact, physical force at protests has typically come from militarized police units, and the FBI continues to regard white supremacists and far-right groups as the most lethal domestic terror threat.Still, federal prosecutors have doubled down on cases involving leftist protesters. From the end of May through October, federal prosecutors have filed more than 300 felony cases related to protests, according to The Prosecution Project (TPP), a research group that tracks political violence. Of those 300, roughly 30% are in Oregon (where nightly protests have received national attention), 9% in New York, 7% in Pennsylvania and 6% in Minnesota.There are cases in at least 25 other states. The most common allegations include arson, illegal firearm possession, rioting and interfering with officers. Some involved incidents where property was damaged or destroyed during unrest in Portland, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and other cities.The vast majority involve defendants tied to leftist actions such as BLM or anti-fascism, though a small handful have far-right affiliations, according to Michael Loadenthal, director of the project and a Georgetown University professor.Loadenthal noted several other patterns. Prosecutors have classified at least 80 cases as involving “interstate” crimes, a move that increases the potential sentence. But the justifications for this enhancement were sometimes flimsy.A protester in Jacksonville, Florida accused of using a Patron bottle as a weapon was charged with a crime affecting “interstate or foreign commerce”, because Patron liquor is made in Mexico. A protester accused of vandalizing a police car in Utah had charges classified as “interstate” because the car was manufactured in Canada and used on interstate highways.It was also unusual to see the federal government devote such extensive resources to investigating these cases, Loadenthal said, with nearly a dozen different agencies working together, in some cases arresting people at their homes after the protests. The DoJ has further pursued misdemeanors, and publicized these cases, which is also atypical at the federal level, he added.Michael German, a former FBI agent and fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice, said federal prosecutors have targeted leftist protesters more intensely than far-right activists. “Clearly, there is an effort that is directed from the top levels of the justice department to target protesters more aggressively if they are Black Lives Matter, anti-fascist, anti-racist,” he said.A DoJ spokesperson declined to comment, but noted that a recent agency memo encouraging US attorneys to pursue specific charges related to “violent riots”. Secret indictments and indefinite jail timeThe Prosecution Project also tracked more than 500 felony cases connected to protests filed by state and local prosecutors, Loadenthal said. There are likely many more.Although some district attorneys have declined to prosecute protest cases brought to them by municipal police departments, other local prosecutors’ offices have repeatedly partnered with police to bring charges.One such district is Arizona’s Maricopa county, which includes Phoenix and its surrounding cities, where activists say county attorney Allister Adel’s aggressive response to local BLM activists has felt like an attempt to silence them.The local protests have been fierce, fueled by anger at the Phoenix police department over the deaths of several civilians and a string of abuse and excessive force scandals. Bruce Franks Jr, a former Missouri state representative and prominent Ferguson activist who now lives in Phoenix, was arrested at a small demonstration honoring Michael Brown on 9 August, and booked into jail on 13 counts, including assaulting officers.Franks, 36, said officers abruptly grabbed him as he tried to de-escalate tensions that had erupted when a line of officers approached with heavy riot gear and shields. In police files reviewed by the Guardian, officers wrote that a supervisor had advised them to take Franks into custody, noting that he was an organizer. Police shouted at Franks to stop resisting, even though one officer noted he heard Franks respond “OK” as he was arrested.A judge dismissed a majority of Franks’ charges, but the Maricopa county attorney’s office convened a grand jury to indict him, a process that allows for a closed-door proceeding. He now faces police assault charges even though officers’ reports make no mention of him causing specific injuries. Franks, who has since filed a claim against the city, noted he has never faced felonies like this in his six years of protesting.Arizona law gives wide latitude to allege assault on officers even when no injuries have occurred, criminal defense lawyers said. “All you gotta do is sneeze wrong, and it’s ‘assault’,” said Franks. “We have so many laws on our books that if prosecutors want to get a charge, they’ll get a charge,” said Kate Levine, a professor at Cardozo Law and expert on district attorneys. Prosecutors face minimal oversight, and many of their calculations are political, she added: “They base their decisions on what is going to get them elected. And police have tremendous power over DA elections.”Lee Percy Christian III said he started protesting in Phoenix this summer because he was sick of watching videos of police killing Black men. He didn’t think police could legally find a way to stop his demonstrations, until this month when prosecutors fought to detain him indefinitely.Prosecutors later suggested a $100,000 bond, which a judge reduced to $1,000 – if he agreed to “no public protests” . Christian said it was hard to accept losing certain first amendment protections, but he was anxious to leave jail: “It hurts. I don’t want to give up my rights. This is intimidation.”Now, he’s trying to figure out how to stay engaged while avoiding street protests: “I don’t want to risk my life. My goal is not to end up in prison because of this movement. My goal is to see change – and I can do that better if I’m not on the inside.”Adel is up for election next month in a county that voted for Trump. Her spokeswoman declined to comment on specific cases, but noted that the courts and Christian’s attorneys ultimately decided his release conditions. She said there were assault cases “where officers received injuries”, but did not provide specifics. Prosecutors pursue charges and indictments when there is a “reasonable likelihood of conviction”, she added.Máxima Guerrero, a well-known migrant rights activist in Phoenix, was arrested at the end of May when she, along with more than 100 BLM supporters and people in the vicinity, was taken into custody. She was transferred to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) custody, because she is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (Daca) recipient. Suddenly, she was threatened with deportation to Mexico.“I was angered and frustrated and confused,” said Guerrero, 30, about arriving to an Ice jail. She feared contracting Covid-19 in detention and then pondered what it would mean to be removed from the US and separated from her family: “I thought, what happens to my car? What happens to my house? What happens to my whole life?”She was released after intense backlash from the community, but forced to wear an ankle monitor as her Ice case moved forward. Her protest charges have since been dropped, which means she is no longer threatened with deportation, and her ankle monitor was removed. But uncertainty and fear has lingered: “I go through phases where I don’t want to talk about it all. There’s a continuous toll.”Phoenix police declined to comment on specific protesters’ cases, but said the people arrested “were involved in criminal activity”. Lives derailed as cases drag on: ‘how do I survive this?’In California, 20-year-old activist Tianna Arata’s life was turned upside down after she helped organize a demonstration in San Luis Obispo, on the central coast, on 21 July.The college student mobilized after the local sheriff said he had “never seen any indication that systemic racism exists in this county”. Her group marched onto a highway and there were no conflicts with police, she said.Once the protest was over, however, officers surrounded Arata and took her to jail, she said, accusing her of multiple felonies including “false imprisonment”and conspiracy. The local prosecutor is pursuing 13 misdemeanors against her.“I was so shaken. Every single protest I’ve ever had any part in, I loudly advocate for nonviolence,” she said. “But they are depicting me as this horrible, evil criminal and trying to ensure jail time.”After media outlets covered the charges against her, she faced an avalanche of racist hate, she said. Her address was leaked online and people even showed up to her home shouting slurs, she said. She has moved away from the region altogether: “I was just focused on how do I survive this?”Police declined to comment, and the district attorney did not respond to inquiries.The crackdown has had a chilling effect on others in San Luis Obispo who are now scared to protest, Arata said. The only silver lining, she noted, is that she now has a larger platform to speak out.“It’s made me realize my work is so far from done,” she added.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 06:00:54 -0400
  • Protests flare in Philadelphia after police fatally shoot Black man

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:17:08 -0400
  • Police: Virginia man found in car trunk after crash in Miami

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:07:50 -0400
  • Analysis: Wolves and weed - U.S. voters choose future of public lands news

    When Ricardo Cortes' oldest son started kindergarten at their neighbourhood school in Oakland, California, he was disheartened by the barren, baking schoolyard. Next week, alongside choosing the president and other elected officials, Oakland voters could make available $200 million for school improvements based on COVID-19 requirements. "Green schoolyards can benefit not only the children at that school, they can provide an accessible network of oases around the whole city," said Amanda Brown-Stevens, executive director of the Greenbelt Alliance, a nonprofit that supports the proposal.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:05:47 -0400
  • Italy okays trial of osteoporosis drug to treat COVID-19 news

    Italy's main medicines regulator gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for human clinical trials on raloxifene, a generic osteoporosis drug that researchers hope may also help reduce COVID-19 symptoms and make patients less infectious. The drug was identified as a potential COVID-19 treatment by researchers using supercomputers to screen more than 400,000 molecules for chemical characteristics that might inhibit the virus, focusing on those already approved for use in humans. "It inhibits virus replication, thus preventing the worsening of patients with mild symptoms, and also decreases infectivity, limiting the viral load," said Marco Allegretti, head of research at Dompé Farmaceutici.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:05:33 -0400
  • Czech Republic reports 10,273 new COVID-19 cases, deaths climb by 164 news

    The Czech Republic reported 10,273 new COVID-19 cases on Monday as it faces one of Europe's biggest surges in infections, according to health ministry data,. The rise is the seventh highest daily tally for the country of 10.7 million people, where the number of cases has jumped past 10,000 since the middle of October. In the past week, the daily number of cases has averaged more than 12,000.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:57:45 -0400
  • Japan's cabinet approves plan for free COVID-19 vaccines news

    Japan's cabinet approved a plan on Tuesday to use public funds to provide novel coronavirus vaccines to the public for free. The plan also calls for the government to bear the cost of any health damage caused by a vaccine, according to a document posted on the health ministry's website. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to provide enough vaccines for the coronavirus for the public by mid-2021.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:56:33 -0400
  • Indonesia reports 3,520 new coronavirus infections, 101 deaths news

    Indonesia reported 3,520 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, taking the total to 396,454, data from the country's COVID-19 task force showed. The data added 101 new deaths, taking the total to 13,512.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:45:13 -0400
  • Driver runs over policeman during protests after fatal shooting of black man in Philadelphia news

    Police in Philadelphia fatally shot a 27-year-old black man after yelling at him to drop a knife, sparking protests that left an officer hospitalised when she was hit by a truck. The shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. occurred on Monday afternoon, local time. Police were called to an incident in the Cobbs Creek neighbourhood as they responded to reports of an individual with a weapon. Police spokesperson Tanya Little said the officers instructed Mr Wallace to put down his knife, but he instead “advanced towards” them. Both officers then fired “several times”.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:43:22 -0400
  • Trust in UK news organisations tumbles during COVID-19 outbreak: Reuters Institute news

    Less than half of Britain's people trust in news organisations as a source for COVID-19 information, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism said. Trust in news organisations as a source about the pandemic fell to 45% in August from 57% in April. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is a research centre at the University of Oxford that tracks media trends.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:36:45 -0400
  • South Korea begins preliminary review of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine candidate news

    South Korea's food and drug ministry said on Tuesday it had begun a preliminary review of a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca PLC for potential fast-track approval. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said in a statement that it had formed a screening team to review the vaccine candidate, with an application for formal approval expected in 90 days under its rapid approval programme for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:28:36 -0400
  • No trick or treating: Halloween is cancelled for England's high risk areas news

    Trick or treating during Halloween is banned in the areas of England in the highest level of COVID-19 lockdown, a junior minister in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government said on Tuesday. "It's a tough thing," Zahawi said.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:24:08 -0400
  • COVID positive Bulgarian PM: observe measures and keep safe news

    Borissov, 61, said in a posting on Facebook there was no change in his health and he was still feeling a general malaise but that did not prevent him from carrying out his duties as prime minister from home. Borissov tested positive for the virus on Sunday. Bulgaria reported 2,243 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, its highest daily tally.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:07:58 -0400
  • Hong Kong to further relax restrictions on bars and restaurants, reopen beaches news

    Hong Kong will reopen public beaches and increase the number of people allowed to sit together in bars and restaurants starting Friday as the city continues to unwind strict COVID-19 rules put in place in July. Chan said public beaches would reopen Friday with social distancing measures, including masks and bans on large gatherings, still in place. "The epidemic situation has continued to subside over the past two weeks," Chan told a news briefing.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:02:55 -0400
  • Prints donated to Londoners by street artist STIK stolen in transit

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 04:00:27 -0400
  • Tanzanian opposition party says police kill 7 ahead of vote

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    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:59:35 -0400
  • France should prepare for 'difficult decisions' on COVID, minister says news

    France should get ready for "difficult decisions" on new measures to cope with the resurgence of COVID-19, interior minister Gerald Darmanin said on Tuesday before a cabinet meeting to discuss the pandemic. French authorities are looking at options for still tighter measures to fight COVID-19, which has kept spreading despite some of the strictest restrictions in Europe, according to three sources familiar with the government's thinking. "We must expect difficult decisions," Darmanin told France Inter radio.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:51:40 -0400
  • Russia orders wider use of masks, calls for bars to close overnight news

    Russian authorities on Tuesday ordered people across the country to wear facemasks in some public places and asked regional authorities to consider shutting bars and restaurants overnight after a surge in coronavirus cases. The consumer health watchdog told regional authorities to make masks mandatory in parking lots, elevators, taxis and public transport. It also suggested they close bars and restaurants between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (2000 GMT to 0300 GMT).

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:10:14 -0400
  • U.S. offshore energy producers brace for Hurricane Zeta impact news

    Energy firms and ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast were bracing on Tuesday for another test as Hurricane Zeta, the 11th hurricane of the season, entered the Gulf of Mexico. BP, Chevron and Equinor evacuated oil workers and Royal Dutch Shell paused drilling as winds intensified to 85 mile-per-hour (136 kph). Pipeline operator Enbridge evacuated an offshore platform and on Tuesday plans to remove workers from a Louisiana natural gas processing plant.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:05:06 -0400
  • Child malnutrition reaches new highs in parts of Yemen: U.N. survey news

    Parts of Yemen are seeing their highest levels of acute malnutrition in children, heightening warnings that the country is approaching a dire food security crisis, a U.N. report said on Tuesday. Drivers of malnutrition in Yemen worsened in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic, economic decline, floods, escalating conflict and significant underfunding of this year's aid response have compounded an already bleak hunger situation after almost six years of war.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:52:47 -0400
  • Latest on the worldwide spread of coronavirus news

    In Europe, France led a string of countries reporting record increases in infections. * Protests flared across Italy against a new round of government restrictions aimed at curbing a resurgent coronavirus, with violence reported in at least two major northern cities, Milan and Turin. * France reported its highest number of COVID-19 patients going into hospital since April, registering 1,307 new coronavirus patients on Monday.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:20:53 -0400
  • Global foreign direct investment halved in first six months of 2020, U.N. says news

    Global foreign direct investment (FDI) plunged by 49% in the first half of 2020 from the same period a year ago and is on course to fall as much as 40% for the year, driven by fears of a deep recession, the United Nations said on Tuesday. FDI flows to European economies turned negative for the first time ever, falling to -$7 billion from $202 billion. Flows to the United States fell by 61% to $51 billion, the U.N. Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in a report.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:07:13 -0400
  • Explainer: What to watch at the fifth plenum of China's Communist Party news

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and members of the Central Committee, the biggest of the ruling Communist Party's elite decision-making bodies, are meeting this week to formulate economic and social policy goals for the next five years. Policy proposals will be discussed at the plenum, the fifth meeting of the Central Committee since the 2017 party congress, on Oct. 26-29. The final blueprint will be approved and released when the National People's Congress, or parliament, meets in its annual session next year.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 01:49:23 -0400
  • What you need to know about the coronavirus right now news

    Australia's epicentre of COVID-19 infections, its second-most populous state of Victoria, said on Tuesday it had gone 48 hours without detecting any new cases for the first time in more than seven months. From Wednesday, Victoria will allow restaurants and cafes to re-open in its capital of Melbourne after a stringent lockdown lasting more than three months. Despite dwindling infections and businesses set to reopen, Victoria will only ease limits on social gatherings in the home, allowing two adults and dependents from one house to make one daily visit to one other household.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 01:32:04 -0400
  • New business jet travelers help fuel order recovery during pandemic news

    Affluent travelers avoiding commercial flights during the pandemic are helping fuel a recovery in pre-owned corporate aircraft transactions this year and reviving shoots of demand for new planes even as the business aviation industry braces for a slump in 2020 deliveries. Jets built as corporate aircraft, which can carry from roughly a handful to 19 travelers, tout less risk of exposure to the coronavirus because their passengers can avoid airports and generally select who comes on board. Private flights have mostly recovered better than those of commercial airlines, with operators like NetJets reporting improved demand this summer.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 01:04:17 -0400
  • U.S. to announce plan for Medicare, Medicaid to cover early COVID-19 vaccine: Politico news

    According to the plans, Medicare and Medicaid will now cover vaccines that receive emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. The changes are expected to be announced on Tuesday or Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the report added.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:47:27 -0400
  • HSBC to revamp business model as lower interest rates hit profit news

    HSBC Holdings PLC on Tuesday signalled it would embark on a pandemic-induced overhaul of its business model, seeking to flip its main source of income from interest rate to fee-based businesses. Reporting a 35% tumble in quarterly profit, Europe's largest bank also accelerated plans to shrink in size, targeted deeper cost cuts, and said it will resume conservative dividend payments when able. The planned business model changes mark one of the biggest shifts in strategy to date from HSBC, which has long touted its ability to generate interest income from its more than $1.5 trillion in customer deposits.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:08:48 -0400
  • Cop run over during Philadelphia protest over fatal police shooting news

    One witness told CBS Philly that he and several others tried to get the man with the knife to drop it prior to the shooting.

    Tue, 27 Oct 2020 07:52:00 -0400
  • Twitter flags Trump tweet on mail-in ballots over "disputed" content news

    "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process", Twitter's disclaimer said Trump has repeatedly attacked mail-in voting, claiming without evidence that it will lead to widespread fraud. Twitter has also previously flagged posts from Trump, including a tweet earlier this month in which Trump claimed he was immune to the coronavirus, with the social media company saying the tweet had made "misleading health claims".

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:41:42 -0400
  • Philippines' Duterte wants government-to-government deal for COVID-19 vaccines news

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would favour a government-to-government deal for the purchase of coronavirus vaccines to prevent the risk of corruption, adding that Manila would not beg other nations for access to vaccines. The Philippines, with its more than 108 million people and among the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Asia, is considered as both a suitable location for clinical trials and a large market for global vaccine manufacturers. "Let me tell everybody that we will not beg, we will pay," Duterte said in a weekly televised address.

    Mon, 26 Oct 2020 22:34:05 -0400
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