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  • Obama endorses challenger to Maine's Susan Collins, under fire for Kavanaugh ...
    August 4, 2020, 2:04 pm

    Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in a race that could help decide which party controls the Senate for at least the next two years.



  • Gun sales spike among African-Americans: 'Our ancestors died for us to vote, ...
    August 3, 2020, 2:59 pm

    When Americans panic, they buy guns ? lots of them. During the first six months of 2020, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, gun retailers reported a record 10.3 million firearm transactions, according to a new survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). And while various demographic groups are buying guns in 2020, African-Americans currently account for the highest increase in gun purchases.



  • 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was impounded in Beirut's port after it was se...
    August 5, 2020, 6:10 am

    The cargo of an abandoned ship, the MV Rhosus, was behind the cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, state media in Lebanon said.



  • ?I?m Not Supposed to Be Talking to You?: Doomsday Mom Called Hubby From Jail ...
    August 4, 2020, 11:41 am

    The day her two children?s remains were found gruesomely buried in her new husband?s Idaho backyard, Lori Vallow called her spouse from jail. ?Are they seizing stuff again?? Vallow asked several times during the June 9, 2020 call from Madison County Jail, after Chad Daybell told her police were at his property. ?What can I do for you??Daybell, an author of apocalyptic novels for a Mormon audience, somberly told his incarcerated wife?who was being held on charges related to the disappearance of her kids J.J Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17?that although police were at his home, he was ?glad? that she called. Doomsday Mom Told Me to Lie to Cops Because Grandma Wanted to ?Kidnap? Son: Pal?I?m not really supposed to be talking to you,? Daybell mumbled at one point, later stating that authorities were ?searching for the kids.? ?We?ll see what transpires.??I?m feeling pretty calm,? he later added in the recorded call played in Fremont County Courthouse on Tuesday during a preliminary hearing in the case against Daybell.The two, who appeared unconcerned that officers were searching the home as part of a nearly nine-month investigation into Vallow?s children, said ?I love you? at least half a dozen times before hanging up. Less than an hour later, Daybell was arrested after investigators found the two children?s remains?one ?tightly? wrapped in plastic and the other badly burned?in his backyard. Court Docs Reveal How Police Found Bodies of Doomsday Mom?s KidsDaybell, 52, is accused of hiding evidence when authorities began to investigate the disappearance of the kids. Daybell and Vallow, who are members of a community of doomsday preppers and were married two weeks after Daybell was widowed, have not been charged in the deaths of the two children. Both, however, are facing charges related to hindering the investigation.Authorities say Vallow?s two children disappeared in September, but they weren?t registered as missing until November. Two weeks before the children disappeared, Daybell texted his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell that stood out as longer and oddly detailed compared to their other messages regarding bills and errands, FBI intelligence Benjamin Dean testified Tuesday.?Well, I?ve had an interesting morning! I felt I should burn all of the limb debris by the fire pit before it got too soaked by the coming storms,? it said. ?While I did so, I spotted a big raccoon along the fence. I hurried and got my gun, and he was still walking along. I got close enough that one shot did the trick. He is now in our pet cemetery. Fun times!?A month later, Tammy Daybell had died of unknown causes. Chad Daybell ultimately declined an autopsy?a move that raised eyebrows?and married Vallow weeks later.Wedding Ring Purchase Is Latest Twist in Doomsday Couple?s SagaDavid Warwick, a friend of Daybell and Vallow, testified Tuesday that the day after J.J. was last seen on September 22, Vallow told him that the autistic 7-year-old he had been ?acting like a zombie.??She said J.J. was being a zombie [and] that he climbed up on to the cabinets,? Warwick testified Tuesday, adding that Vallow said ?he was out of control? so she had her brother, Alex Cox, ?come get him.?In January, after Vallow repeatedly lied about the kids? whereabouts and then fled to Hawaii with her new husband, she was served an order instructing her to return the two minors. Idaho Doomsday Couple Found in Hawaii?Without Missing KidsVallow was eventually arrested in Hawaii after failing to produce her children. Authorities tracked the cellphone movements of her brother, Alex Cox, which showed he was on Daybell?s property on September 23, the same day Vallow told friends he had allegedly taken the 7-year-old. The cellphone data led authorities to locate the children?s remains on June 9, Rexburg Police Department Detective Ray Hermosillo testified on Monday.Cox died in his bathroom in December. The prior July, he shot Vallow?s ex-husband, Charles Vallow, dead in what he said was self-defense during a domestic dispute. While Cox and his sister were questioned by police, neither was charged. Wedding Ring Purchase Is Latest Twist in Doomsday Couple?s SagaOn Monday, Hermosillo described in graphic detail how authorities found a small child?s body in a ?shallow grave? near a tree that had ?three large white flat rocks? placed ?in a row? with ?thin wood paneling? underneath during the June 9, 2020, search of Daybell?s property.?As soon as we lifted the wood paneling out of the hole in Chad Daybell?s backyard, I could immediately smell the odor of a decomposing body,? Hermosillo said, noting that the 7-year-old was ?tightly? wrapped in a black plastic bag. Idaho Attorney General Takes Over Doomsday Couple InvestigationSeveral feet away, authorities discovered ?a mass of burnt flesh and charred bone? they later determined to be the remains of Tylee, in a ?pet cemetery? on Daybell?s property.FBI Special Agent Steven Daniel, who was also at Daybell?s property on June 9, said that the ?pet cemetery? was marked with a small dog statute and was near a fire pit. Soon after excavating the area, Daniel said that he instantly smelt decomposing flesh and investigators began to use hand tools in what he called ?a mess of burned human remains.??Eventually we're able to excavate a few pieces; the major piece ends up being a pelvic piece,? Daniel said. ?At the bottom of the mass we found a melted green bucket and in the bucket a skull and mandible with teeth.?During his closing statement in Tuesday?s hearing, Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood urged Judge Faren Eddins to send Daybell?s case to a district court for trial, stating that the testimony of over a dozen witnesses show the graphic state that Tylee and J.J. were found and the mysteriousness around their disappearance. ?Those bodies were concealed. One of them was destroyed. They were located on Chad Daybell?s property. Alex Cox, whose phone pinged near those locations, became his brother-in-law less than two months later,? Wood said. However, defense attorney John Prior argued that being married to Vallow was ?not an overt act? and the state didn?t ?come close? to having enough evidence to prove Daybell committed any wrongdoing.After less than 15 minutes of deliberation, Eddins sided with the state and ruled there was ?sufficient cause? that Daybell committed the four counts against him. As Eddins gave his ruling, J.J.?s grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, high fived and embraced one another behind Daybell, who remained emotionlessRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



  • Student wearing 'Black Lives Matter' mask at graduation told to remove it
    August 4, 2020, 12:48 pm

    Dean Holmes, 18, was allowed to march in the ceremony with the rest of his classmates after removing the mask.



  • US announces 'highest level' visit in decades to Taiwan
    August 4, 2020, 7:34 pm

    The United States on Wednesday announced its "highest level" visit in decades to Taiwan, a move sure to infuriate China at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing are at historic lows. Washington's trade office in Taipei confirmed that health chief Alex Azar would lead an upcoming delegation to the self-ruled island, which China's communist leaders claim and have vowed to one day seize. "This marks... the first Cabinet member to visit in six years, and the highest level visit by a US Cabinet official since 1979," the American Institute in Taiwan said.



  • Governor Cuomo begs wealthy New Yorkers to come home to save ailing city
    August 4, 2020, 8:09 am

    The governor of New York has begged the city?s wealthy, who fled the coronavirus outbreak, to return and help it recover. Andrew Cuomo said he was extremely worried about New York City weathering the Covid-19 aftermath if too many of the well-heeled taxpayers who fled to second homes decide there is no need to move back. ?They are in their Hamptons homes, or Hudson Valley or Connecticut. I talk to them literally every day. I say. ?When are you coming back? I?ll buy you a drink. I?ll cook,? ? Mr Cuomo told MSNBC, naming popular getaways for the rich. ?They?re not coming back right now. And you know what else they?re thinking, if I stay there, they pay a lower income tax because they don?t pay the New York City surcharge. So, that would be a bad place if we had to go there.? Lawmakers have proposed a wealth tax targeting the city's 100 billionaires to help fill a $30 billion (£23bn) budget shortfall created by the Covid-19 crisis.



  • This is what it looked like after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima ...
    August 5, 2020, 2:57 am

    On August 6, 1945, a U.S. bomber famously known as the Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, marking a historic act of nuclear warfare.



  • A white woman spent years posing online as a Native American scientist and pr...
    August 5, 2020, 10:40 am

    BethAnn McLaughlin admitted Tuesday that she created the @Sciencing_Bi account on Twitter, which had been active from 2016 until July 31.



  • Biden will no longer travel to Wisconsin to accept presidential nomination
    August 5, 2020, 8:57 am

    The decision to pull Biden and other speakers from Milwaukee, where Democrats had once planned to hold a multiday nominating convention in person, ensures the event from Aug. 17-20 will be almost entirely virtual. Biden will accept the nomination and deliver a national address from his home state of Delaware, the Democratic Party said. Separately, Republican President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would "probably" deliver his nomination acceptance speech later this month from the White House.



  • Article 370: Curfew in Kashmir as protesters plan 'black day'
    August 4, 2020, 4:10 am

    Officials anticipate violence on the first anniversary of the revocation of the state's autonomy.



  • Lebanon PM Blames Beirut Explosions on Shipment of Ammonium Nitrate Sitting i...
    August 4, 2020, 3:59 pm

    Massive explosions that rocked the city of Beirut on Tuesday were fueled by a 2,750-ton shipment of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in port since 2013, Lebanon's prime minister announced."I will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened, to hold him accountable and impose the most severe penalties," Prime Minister Hassan Diab told reporters on Tuesday evening. It was not immediately clear why the ammonium nitrate was stored at that location, or how it ended up there.The explosion destroyed Beirut's port and the surrounding area. At least 78 people were killed and thousands more injured in the incident, with city hospitals unable to find room for all patients. Residents of the island nation of Cyprus reported hearing the explosion, and the Beirut newsroom of CNN as well as Lebanon's Daily Star were destroyed."It's like Hiroshima," Beirut mayor Jamal Itani said at a press conference. "There is lots of destruction and the wounded are lying in the streets."The disaster hit as Lebanon continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic as well as hyperinflation and looming economic collapse.While tensions between Lebanon and Israel have increased following an attempt by militants to infiltrate Israel's Golan Heights on Monday, officials from Israel and terror group Hezbollah have denied involvement in the incident.



  • Direct-to-Consumer Furniture Brand Burrow Expands Its Offerings
    August 4, 2020, 2:00 pm
  • Hindu temple ad runs in Times Square despite opposition
    August 4, 2020, 9:03 pm

    A large digital billboard in Times Square is displaying images of a Hindu deity and a temple being built on disputed ground in India, despite calls from a coalition of advocacy organizations ? including Muslim, human rights, anti-fascist and secular groups ? asking advertisers not to show the images. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the groundbreaking for the Hindu temple Wednesday in the Indian city of Ayodhya. Modi supporters planned to gather in New York City's Times Square throughout the day to mark the occasion.



  • Should you send your child back to school? Here?s how to weigh the coronaviru...
    August 4, 2020, 8:46 am

    As parents and caregivers grapple with whether to send their children to school for in-person learning this fall, Dr. Dara Kass, Yahoo News' medical contributor, explains how you can weigh the coronavirus risks based on CDC guidance.



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  • Gun sales spike among African-Americans: 'Our ancestors died for us to vote, ...
    August 3, 2020, 2:59 pm

    When Americans panic, they buy guns ? lots of them. During the first six months of 2020, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, gun retailers reported a record 10.3 million firearm transactions, according to a new survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). And while various demographic groups are buying guns in 2020, African-Americans currently account for the highest increase in gun purchases.



  • 'No such thing happened': Former acting AG Sally Yates says Obama, Biden did ...
    August 5, 2020, 1:00 pm

    Yates was dismissed for refusing to defend President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban days after he was inaugurated.



  • 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was impounded in Beirut's port after it was se...
    August 5, 2020, 6:10 am

    The cargo of an abandoned ship, the MV Rhosus, was behind the cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, state media in Lebanon said.



  • Georgia prosecutor asks court to revoke bond for former Atlanta policeman cha...
    August 5, 2020, 8:28 am

    A Georgia prosecutor has asked a judge to revoke the bond for the former Atlanta policeman charged with murder in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, saying in court papers that he had violated its terms by taking an out-of-state vacation. Brooks, a Black man, was fatally shot in June in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, an incident that was caught on video and set off days of protests over racial inequality and social injustice. District Attorney Paul Howard asked the court late on Tuesday to send former officer Garrett Rolfe, 27, back to jail for violating the terms of his bond, which include a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and an order that he stays within the court's jurisdiction.



  • Families mourn after deadly military training accident in California
    August 3, 2020, 6:32 pm

    Authorities have identified the eight Marines and one sailor who were killed in a military training accident off the coast of San Clemente Island last week in Southern California. A search for the missing military members was called off over the weekend. CBS Los Angeles' Rachel Kim reports.



  • Governor Cuomo begs wealthy New Yorkers to come home to save ailing city
    August 4, 2020, 8:09 am

    The governor of New York has begged the city?s wealthy, who fled the coronavirus outbreak, to return and help it recover. Andrew Cuomo said he was extremely worried about New York City weathering the Covid-19 aftermath if too many of the well-heeled taxpayers who fled to second homes decide there is no need to move back. ?They are in their Hamptons homes, or Hudson Valley or Connecticut. I talk to them literally every day. I say. ?When are you coming back? I?ll buy you a drink. I?ll cook,? ? Mr Cuomo told MSNBC, naming popular getaways for the rich. ?They?re not coming back right now. And you know what else they?re thinking, if I stay there, they pay a lower income tax because they don?t pay the New York City surcharge. So, that would be a bad place if we had to go there.? Lawmakers have proposed a wealth tax targeting the city's 100 billionaires to help fill a $30 billion (£23bn) budget shortfall created by the Covid-19 crisis.



  • 'Blatant disrespect of Black women': Women leaders criticize treatment of Bla...
    August 5, 2020, 9:49 am

    Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Karen Bass, Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings and Stacey Abrams have all been floated as possible running mates for Biden.



  • 2nd-grade student tests positive for the coronavirus after 1st day of school
    August 5, 2020, 8:43 am

    The child's school is in Georgia's Cherokee County district, which recommends but does not require masks.



  • A white woman spent years posing online as a Native American scientist and pr...
    August 5, 2020, 10:40 am

    BethAnn McLaughlin admitted Tuesday that she created the @Sciencing_Bi account on Twitter, which had been active from 2016 until July 31.



  • A nuclear sea-launched cruise missile will help deter nuclear aggression
    August 5, 2020, 8:16 am

    A Pentagon official argues a nuclear sea-launched cruise missile is a measured response to a growing threat from America's adversaries.



  • ?You can?t do that?: Trump refuses to discuss coronavirus death rate and says...
    August 4, 2020, 1:43 am

    Donald Trump has maintained that the US is beating the rest of the world on the coronavirus death rate, even as thousands of Americans are still dying every week.Mr Trump?s analysis, which he advanced during a discussion with Axios interviewer Jonathan Swan, is based on deaths as a proportion of cases but ignores deaths per capita ? a measure that puts the US among the worst countries in the world.



  • A massive explosion just devastated Beirut. Here's what the unbelievable dest...
    August 4, 2020, 5:33 pm

    Buildings have been torn apart, and casualties are mounting. One reporter who was on the scene said that it is "absolute chaos" in Beirut.



  • ?I?m Not Supposed to Be Talking to You?: Doomsday Mom Called Hubby From Jail ...
    August 4, 2020, 11:41 am

    The day her two children?s remains were found gruesomely buried in her new husband?s Idaho backyard, Lori Vallow called her spouse from jail. ?Are they seizing stuff again?? Vallow asked several times during the June 9, 2020 call from Madison County Jail, after Chad Daybell told her police were at his property. ?What can I do for you??Daybell, an author of apocalyptic novels for a Mormon audience, somberly told his incarcerated wife?who was being held on charges related to the disappearance of her kids J.J Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17?that although police were at his home, he was ?glad? that she called. Doomsday Mom Told Me to Lie to Cops Because Grandma Wanted to ?Kidnap? Son: Pal?I?m not really supposed to be talking to you,? Daybell mumbled at one point, later stating that authorities were ?searching for the kids.? ?We?ll see what transpires.??I?m feeling pretty calm,? he later added in the recorded call played in Fremont County Courthouse on Tuesday during a preliminary hearing in the case against Daybell.The two, who appeared unconcerned that officers were searching the home as part of a nearly nine-month investigation into Vallow?s children, said ?I love you? at least half a dozen times before hanging up. Less than an hour later, Daybell was arrested after investigators found the two children?s remains?one ?tightly? wrapped in plastic and the other badly burned?in his backyard. Court Docs Reveal How Police Found Bodies of Doomsday Mom?s KidsDaybell, 52, is accused of hiding evidence when authorities began to investigate the disappearance of the kids. Daybell and Vallow, who are members of a community of doomsday preppers and were married two weeks after Daybell was widowed, have not been charged in the deaths of the two children. Both, however, are facing charges related to hindering the investigation.Authorities say Vallow?s two children disappeared in September, but they weren?t registered as missing until November. Two weeks before the children disappeared, Daybell texted his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell that stood out as longer and oddly detailed compared to their other messages regarding bills and errands, FBI intelligence Benjamin Dean testified Tuesday.?Well, I?ve had an interesting morning! I felt I should burn all of the limb debris by the fire pit before it got too soaked by the coming storms,? it said. ?While I did so, I spotted a big raccoon along the fence. I hurried and got my gun, and he was still walking along. I got close enough that one shot did the trick. He is now in our pet cemetery. Fun times!?A month later, Tammy Daybell had died of unknown causes. Chad Daybell ultimately declined an autopsy?a move that raised eyebrows?and married Vallow weeks later.Wedding Ring Purchase Is Latest Twist in Doomsday Couple?s SagaDavid Warwick, a friend of Daybell and Vallow, testified Tuesday that the day after J.J. was last seen on September 22, Vallow told him that the autistic 7-year-old he had been ?acting like a zombie.??She said J.J. was being a zombie [and] that he climbed up on to the cabinets,? Warwick testified Tuesday, adding that Vallow said ?he was out of control? so she had her brother, Alex Cox, ?come get him.?In January, after Vallow repeatedly lied about the kids? whereabouts and then fled to Hawaii with her new husband, she was served an order instructing her to return the two minors. Idaho Doomsday Couple Found in Hawaii?Without Missing KidsVallow was eventually arrested in Hawaii after failing to produce her children. Authorities tracked the cellphone movements of her brother, Alex Cox, which showed he was on Daybell?s property on September 23, the same day Vallow told friends he had allegedly taken the 7-year-old. The cellphone data led authorities to locate the children?s remains on June 9, Rexburg Police Department Detective Ray Hermosillo testified on Monday.Cox died in his bathroom in December. The prior July, he shot Vallow?s ex-husband, Charles Vallow, dead in what he said was self-defense during a domestic dispute. While Cox and his sister were questioned by police, neither was charged. Wedding Ring Purchase Is Latest Twist in Doomsday Couple?s SagaOn Monday, Hermosillo described in graphic detail how authorities found a small child?s body in a ?shallow grave? near a tree that had ?three large white flat rocks? placed ?in a row? with ?thin wood paneling? underneath during the June 9, 2020, search of Daybell?s property.?As soon as we lifted the wood paneling out of the hole in Chad Daybell?s backyard, I could immediately smell the odor of a decomposing body,? Hermosillo said, noting that the 7-year-old was ?tightly? wrapped in a black plastic bag. Idaho Attorney General Takes Over Doomsday Couple InvestigationSeveral feet away, authorities discovered ?a mass of burnt flesh and charred bone? they later determined to be the remains of Tylee, in a ?pet cemetery? on Daybell?s property.FBI Special Agent Steven Daniel, who was also at Daybell?s property on June 9, said that the ?pet cemetery? was marked with a small dog statute and was near a fire pit. Soon after excavating the area, Daniel said that he instantly smelt decomposing flesh and investigators began to use hand tools in what he called ?a mess of burned human remains.??Eventually we're able to excavate a few pieces; the major piece ends up being a pelvic piece,? Daniel said. ?At the bottom of the mass we found a melted green bucket and in the bucket a skull and mandible with teeth.?During his closing statement in Tuesday?s hearing, Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood urged Judge Faren Eddins to send Daybell?s case to a district court for trial, stating that the testimony of over a dozen witnesses show the graphic state that Tylee and J.J. were found and the mysteriousness around their disappearance. ?Those bodies were concealed. One of them was destroyed. They were located on Chad Daybell?s property. Alex Cox, whose phone pinged near those locations, became his brother-in-law less than two months later,? Wood said. However, defense attorney John Prior argued that being married to Vallow was ?not an overt act? and the state didn?t ?come close? to having enough evidence to prove Daybell committed any wrongdoing.After less than 15 minutes of deliberation, Eddins sided with the state and ruled there was ?sufficient cause? that Daybell committed the four counts against him. As Eddins gave his ruling, J.J.?s grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, high fived and embraced one another behind Daybell, who remained emotionlessRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



  • Direct-to-Consumer Furniture Brand Burrow Expands Its Offerings
    August 4, 2020, 2:00 pm
  • Lebanon PM Blames Beirut Explosions on Shipment of Ammonium Nitrate Sitting i...
    August 4, 2020, 3:59 pm

    Massive explosions that rocked the city of Beirut on Tuesday were fueled by a 2,750-ton shipment of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in port since 2013, Lebanon's prime minister announced."I will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened, to hold him accountable and impose the most severe penalties," Prime Minister Hassan Diab told reporters on Tuesday evening. It was not immediately clear why the ammonium nitrate was stored at that location, or how it ended up there.The explosion destroyed Beirut's port and the surrounding area. At least 78 people were killed and thousands more injured in the incident, with city hospitals unable to find room for all patients. Residents of the island nation of Cyprus reported hearing the explosion, and the Beirut newsroom of CNN as well as Lebanon's Daily Star were destroyed."It's like Hiroshima," Beirut mayor Jamal Itani said at a press conference. "There is lots of destruction and the wounded are lying in the streets."The disaster hit as Lebanon continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic as well as hyperinflation and looming economic collapse.While tensions between Lebanon and Israel have increased following an attempt by militants to infiltrate Israel's Golan Heights on Monday, officials from Israel and terror group Hezbollah have denied involvement in the incident.



Channel 8 San Diego

  • Obama endorses challenger to Maine's Susan Collins, under fire for Kavanaugh ...
    August 4, 2020, 2:04 pm

    Democratic Senate candidate Sara Gideon is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in a race that could help decide which party controls the Senate for at least the next two years.



  • Gun sales spike among African-Americans: 'Our ancestors died for us to vote, ...
    August 3, 2020, 2:59 pm

    When Americans panic, they buy guns ? lots of them. During the first six months of 2020, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, gun retailers reported a record 10.3 million firearm transactions, according to a new survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). And while various demographic groups are buying guns in 2020, African-Americans currently account for the highest increase in gun purchases.



  • 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was impounded in Beirut's port after it was se...
    August 5, 2020, 6:10 am

    The cargo of an abandoned ship, the MV Rhosus, was behind the cataclysmic blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, state media in Lebanon said.



  • ?I?m Not Supposed to Be Talking to You?: Doomsday Mom Called Hubby From Jail ...
    August 4, 2020, 11:41 am

    The day her two children?s remains were found gruesomely buried in her new husband?s Idaho backyard, Lori Vallow called her spouse from jail. ?Are they seizing stuff again?? Vallow asked several times during the June 9, 2020 call from Madison County Jail, after Chad Daybell told her police were at his property. ?What can I do for you??Daybell, an author of apocalyptic novels for a Mormon audience, somberly told his incarcerated wife?who was being held on charges related to the disappearance of her kids J.J Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17?that although police were at his home, he was ?glad? that she called. Doomsday Mom Told Me to Lie to Cops Because Grandma Wanted to ?Kidnap? Son: Pal?I?m not really supposed to be talking to you,? Daybell mumbled at one point, later stating that authorities were ?searching for the kids.? ?We?ll see what transpires.??I?m feeling pretty calm,? he later added in the recorded call played in Fremont County Courthouse on Tuesday during a preliminary hearing in the case against Daybell.The two, who appeared unconcerned that officers were searching the home as part of a nearly nine-month investigation into Vallow?s children, said ?I love you? at least half a dozen times before hanging up. Less than an hour later, Daybell was arrested after investigators found the two children?s remains?one ?tightly? wrapped in plastic and the other badly burned?in his backyard. Court Docs Reveal How Police Found Bodies of Doomsday Mom?s KidsDaybell, 52, is accused of hiding evidence when authorities began to investigate the disappearance of the kids. Daybell and Vallow, who are members of a community of doomsday preppers and were married two weeks after Daybell was widowed, have not been charged in the deaths of the two children. Both, however, are facing charges related to hindering the investigation.Authorities say Vallow?s two children disappeared in September, but they weren?t registered as missing until November. Two weeks before the children disappeared, Daybell texted his ex-wife, Tammy Daybell that stood out as longer and oddly detailed compared to their other messages regarding bills and errands, FBI intelligence Benjamin Dean testified Tuesday.?Well, I?ve had an interesting morning! I felt I should burn all of the limb debris by the fire pit before it got too soaked by the coming storms,? it said. ?While I did so, I spotted a big raccoon along the fence. I hurried and got my gun, and he was still walking along. I got close enough that one shot did the trick. He is now in our pet cemetery. Fun times!?A month later, Tammy Daybell had died of unknown causes. Chad Daybell ultimately declined an autopsy?a move that raised eyebrows?and married Vallow weeks later.Wedding Ring Purchase Is Latest Twist in Doomsday Couple?s SagaDavid Warwick, a friend of Daybell and Vallow, testified Tuesday that the day after J.J. was last seen on September 22, Vallow told him that the autistic 7-year-old he had been ?acting like a zombie.??She said J.J. was being a zombie [and] that he climbed up on to the cabinets,? Warwick testified Tuesday, adding that Vallow said ?he was out of control? so she had her brother, Alex Cox, ?come get him.?In January, after Vallow repeatedly lied about the kids? whereabouts and then fled to Hawaii with her new husband, she was served an order instructing her to return the two minors. Idaho Doomsday Couple Found in Hawaii?Without Missing KidsVallow was eventually arrested in Hawaii after failing to produce her children. Authorities tracked the cellphone movements of her brother, Alex Cox, which showed he was on Daybell?s property on September 23, the same day Vallow told friends he had allegedly taken the 7-year-old. The cellphone data led authorities to locate the children?s remains on June 9, Rexburg Police Department Detective Ray Hermosillo testified on Monday.Cox died in his bathroom in December. The prior July, he shot Vallow?s ex-husband, Charles Vallow, dead in what he said was self-defense during a domestic dispute. While Cox and his sister were questioned by police, neither was charged. Wedding Ring Purchase Is Latest Twist in Doomsday Couple?s SagaOn Monday, Hermosillo described in graphic detail how authorities found a small child?s body in a ?shallow grave? near a tree that had ?three large white flat rocks? placed ?in a row? with ?thin wood paneling? underneath during the June 9, 2020, search of Daybell?s property.?As soon as we lifted the wood paneling out of the hole in Chad Daybell?s backyard, I could immediately smell the odor of a decomposing body,? Hermosillo said, noting that the 7-year-old was ?tightly? wrapped in a black plastic bag. Idaho Attorney General Takes Over Doomsday Couple InvestigationSeveral feet away, authorities discovered ?a mass of burnt flesh and charred bone? they later determined to be the remains of Tylee, in a ?pet cemetery? on Daybell?s property.FBI Special Agent Steven Daniel, who was also at Daybell?s property on June 9, said that the ?pet cemetery? was marked with a small dog statute and was near a fire pit. Soon after excavating the area, Daniel said that he instantly smelt decomposing flesh and investigators began to use hand tools in what he called ?a mess of burned human remains.??Eventually we're able to excavate a few pieces; the major piece ends up being a pelvic piece,? Daniel said. ?At the bottom of the mass we found a melted green bucket and in the bucket a skull and mandible with teeth.?During his closing statement in Tuesday?s hearing, Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood urged Judge Faren Eddins to send Daybell?s case to a district court for trial, stating that the testimony of over a dozen witnesses show the graphic state that Tylee and J.J. were found and the mysteriousness around their disappearance. ?Those bodies were concealed. One of them was destroyed. They were located on Chad Daybell?s property. Alex Cox, whose phone pinged near those locations, became his brother-in-law less than two months later,? Wood said. However, defense attorney John Prior argued that being married to Vallow was ?not an overt act? and the state didn?t ?come close? to having enough evidence to prove Daybell committed any wrongdoing.After less than 15 minutes of deliberation, Eddins sided with the state and ruled there was ?sufficient cause? that Daybell committed the four counts against him. As Eddins gave his ruling, J.J.?s grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, high fived and embraced one another behind Daybell, who remained emotionlessRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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    The governor of New York has begged the city?s wealthy, who fled the coronavirus outbreak, to return and help it recover. Andrew Cuomo said he was extremely worried about New York City weathering the Covid-19 aftermath if too many of the well-heeled taxpayers who fled to second homes decide there is no need to move back. ?They are in their Hamptons homes, or Hudson Valley or Connecticut. I talk to them literally every day. I say. ?When are you coming back? I?ll buy you a drink. I?ll cook,? ? Mr Cuomo told MSNBC, naming popular getaways for the rich. ?They?re not coming back right now. And you know what else they?re thinking, if I stay there, they pay a lower income tax because they don?t pay the New York City surcharge. So, that would be a bad place if we had to go there.? Lawmakers have proposed a wealth tax targeting the city's 100 billionaires to help fill a $30 billion (£23bn) budget shortfall created by the Covid-19 crisis.



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    The decision to pull Biden and other speakers from Milwaukee, where Democrats had once planned to hold a multiday nominating convention in person, ensures the event from Aug. 17-20 will be almost entirely virtual. Biden will accept the nomination and deliver a national address from his home state of Delaware, the Democratic Party said. Separately, Republican President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would "probably" deliver his nomination acceptance speech later this month from the White House.



  • Article 370: Curfew in Kashmir as protesters plan 'black day'
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    Officials anticipate violence on the first anniversary of the revocation of the state's autonomy.



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    A large digital billboard in Times Square is displaying images of a Hindu deity and a temple being built on disputed ground in India, despite calls from a coalition of advocacy organizations ? including Muslim, human rights, anti-fascist and secular groups ? asking advertisers not to show the images. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the groundbreaking for the Hindu temple Wednesday in the Indian city of Ayodhya. Modi supporters planned to gather in New York City's Times Square throughout the day to mark the occasion.



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