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Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, shown at a news conference last November, says he sees the possibility of closer relations with the U.S.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 20:11

Two high-ranking Trump administration officials have been to the island recently. The visits come against a backdrop of deepening mistrust and deteriorating relations between the U.S. and China.

President Trump, pictured on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, signed an executive order on certain training about race for federal contractors, expanding an earlier ban on federal employees.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 20:06

The president signed an executive order to combat "race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating." The training cited includes references to white privilege and systemic racism.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, pictured on Sept. 17.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 19:27

The measure includes a last-minute agreement with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Republicans over aid for farmers. The Senate needs to vote on the resolution and send it to President Trump.

A former CDC official criticizes the agency over its latest reversal, this time in guidance on how the coronavirus is transmitted.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:55

Dr. Ali Khan, a former CDC official, says "it's becoming harder to trust what CDC tells us" after the agency posted, then deleted, information on coronavirus transmission. It's the latest flip-flop.

Buildings are engulfed in flames as a wildfire ravages Talent, Ore., on Sept. 8, 2020. Unfounded rumors that left-wing activists were behind the fires went viral on social media, thanks to amplification by conspiracy theorists and the platforms' own design.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:36

False claims that blame left-wing activists for wildfires in Oregon have spread on social media. To stop the rumors, some experts say platforms should take inspiration from the stock market.

Facebook says the fake accounts it removed focused mainly on Southeast Asia. But they also included some content about the U.S. election, which did not gain a large following.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:15

Most of the operation's activity focused on Chinese interests in the South China Sea but also included some content about U.S. politics.

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:50

The party, which police estimate had at least 50 students in attendance, led to the local high school delaying in-person learning by two weeks as a precaution against COVID-19.

Michelle Obama speaks during a 2016 event at the White House with the cast of the Broadway play "Hamilton."
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:20

The performance was part of a virtual voter turnout event hosted by former first lady Michelle Obama and the nonprofit When We All Vote.

Community members and family wear shirts that read "Nana Ayudame or Nana, help me" in Spanish at a vigil for Carlos Ingram-Lopez on June 25 in Tucson, Ariz. Prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges over his death in police custody.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 15:56

He died in April after being handcuffed and held face-down in a garage with two plastic emergency blankets and a "spit sock hood" over his head.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for a safe Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic include new methods of doing classic spooky activities.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 14:21

Door-to-door trick-or-treating and crowded costume parties are out, and haunted forests and outdoor movie nights are in. "If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised," the CDC says.

Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer, here at a press conference this month, says he has no insight about when the state attorney general will make an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case but says the city must be prepared.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 14:21

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is poised to announce whether his office will bring charges against the police officers who shot and killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in March.

<em>Forbes</em> journalist Dan Alexander writes about the president's potential conflicts of interest in <em>White House, Inc</em>. "You can't have a blind trust and have a building that says 'Trump Tower' on the outside of [it]," Alexander says. "How blind is that?"
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 12:22

Dan Alexander of Forbes examines the president's sprawling business interests in a new book. He says Trump has broken a number of pledges he made about how he would conduct business while in office.

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 11:59

Early in the pandemic, most deaths occurred in large cities. But now, as COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., smaller communities are suffering many losses as well.

Nurse Kathe Olmstead (right) gives volunteer Melissa Harting an injection in a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 11:20

A CDC advisory committee is debating this issue Tuesday. Half of U.S. adults could be considered high priority, yet the initial supply is likely to be only enough for 3% to 5% of the population.

The U.S. hit a tragic milestone Tuesday, recording more than 200,000 coronavirus deaths. Here, Chris Duncan, whose 75-year-old mother, Constance, died from COVID-19 on her birthday, visits a COVID Memorial Project installation of 20,000 U.S. flags on the National Mall. The flags are on the grounds of the Washington Monument, facing the White House.
Tue, 09/22/2020 - 11:09

The U.S. death toll has doubled since May. Some experts predict it could nearly double again before 2020 ends. "We are experiencing a tremendous amount of unnecessary suffering," one researcher says.

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