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New York man ignites his own house after shooting illegal firework through window – video
New York City man Damien Bend was arrested for arson in connection with a house fire ignited by illegal fireworks in Brooklyn, NY. The house was his own. Video released by Fire Department New York shows a firework shot from Bend's hand enter the house through an open window, unseen by Bend and two others. Bend then re-enters the house to retrieve and let off more fireworks, before the blaze insid
Trump declares US economy is 'roaring back', despite record Covid-19 cases – video
Donald Trump has declared the US economy is 'roaring back' after news of a fall in unemployment nationwide. The results come as states across the country have been gradually lifting Covid-19 restrictions. While 4.8m jobs were added in June, parts of the country have also experienced record numbers of new coronavirus cases Trump administration has no regrets about reopening push, says Mnuchin Cont
Texas governor orders residents to wear face masks as coronavirus cases surge
Republican Greg Abbott had previously said government could not order people to wear masks The governor of Texas has ordered that face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state, in a dramatic ramping up of efforts to control a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The move marks a major reversal for Republican Greg Abbott, who had pushed Texas’s aggressive reopening of
Online privacy experts sound alarm as US Senate bill sparks surveillance fears
The Earn It Act, described as an effort to address sexual exploitation, could threaten encryption practices, opponents say A US Senate bill that critics say would enable widespread censorship and surveillance has taken a significant step towards becoming law, raising alarm among internet freedom advocates. The Senate judiciary committee voted on Thursday to advance the Earn It Act, legislation th
Nine more NBA players test positive before Disney restart, lifting total to 25
Nine more NBA players have tested positive for Covid-19 NBA teams are expected to travel on 7 July to Orlando Nine more NBA players have tested positive for Covid-19, less than a week before teams are set to travel to Florida to resume the 2020 season. Related: NBA star Enes Kanter on fighting injustice: 'Our future is in our hands' Continue reading...
Ghislaine Maxwell arrest sends tremors through Epstein’s celebrity circle
The British socialite is charged with facilitating the financier’s sexual abuse of minors – but others also called him a friend When the British socialite and media heiress Ghislaine Maxwell arrived in New York City in 1991, she was eager to make new friends, and she succeeded in making some of the best kind, such as John F Kennedy Jr, the son of the late president. But the man who became Maxwell
How Ghislaine Maxwell lived a 'life of privilege' on the run
Before the British socialite was arrested, she hid at a 156-acre property in New Hampshire and ‘made intentional efforts to avoid detection’ Even in hiding, Ghislaine Maxwell lived the high life. The British socialite, arrested Thursday for her alleged role in disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein ’s child sex trafficking ring, has been “hiding out in locations in New England” since the now decease
Hong Kong: HSBC and Standard Chartered caught between US and China
As US passes legislation targeting Chinese officials, banks face question of ‘which side their bread is buttered’ HSBC and Standard Chartered risk being caught up in the geopolitical struggle between the US and China after the US House of Representatives passed legislation targeting Chinese officials involved in implementing a national security law in Hong Kong. Banks who do business with officia
Trump administration has no regrets about reopening push, says Mnuchin
Treasury secretary’s comments come as the country sees another day of more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases The US treasury secretary has said the Trump administration has no regrets about pushing states to reopen their economies, one day after the country reported more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases – the fourth record-breaking single-day toll in just over a week, according to Johns Hopkins
Ghislaine Maxwell: the charges against her for role in Epstein's abuse
British friend of billionaire faces six counts relating to sex crimes, conspiracy and perjury Ghislaine Maxwell is charged over her role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, the indictment reads. She faces six counts: conspiracy to entice minors, and enticement of a minor, to travel to engage in illegal sex acts; conspiracy to transport minors, and tran
Ghislaine Maxwell charged over role in Epstein sexual exploitation – video
Ghislaine Maxwell, the close friend of the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein , has been charged over her 'critical role' in helping the now late billionaire groom underage victims and for lying under oath. Maxwell was accused by many women of recruiting them to give Epstein massages, during which they were pressured into sex. Maxwell arrested by FBI on charges related to Jeffrey Epstein Cont
NFL to cut preseason in half as fans may be asked to sign waivers to attend games
NFL scraps first and last week of August preseason games Fans may be made to sign waiver to attend games, per report League still expects to kick off regular season as schedule The NFL will cut its preseason in half and push back the start of exhibition play so teams have more time to train following an all-virtual offseason made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of t
Behind the 4.8m jobs that returned: key takeaways from June’s US jobs report
The White House has boasted the report is a sign of economic recovery, but millions of Americans are still out of work Donald Trump was quick to celebrate the US Department of Labor’s monthly job report on Thursday after it revealed a record 4.8m jobs came back in June as states reopened following coronavirus lockdowns. But while the White House has already boasted the report is a sign of success
Ghislaine Maxwell arrest throws spotlight back on Prince Andrew
Little respite for Duke of York over friendship with British socialite and Jeffrey Epstein The arrest by the FBI of the British woman Ghislaine Maxwell on multiple charges related to the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein throws an uncomfortable spotlight once more on the Duke of York . It comes less than one month after a bad-tempered war-of-words between Prince Andrew’s lawyers and US prosecut
Ghislaine Maxwell: the key unanswered questions following her arrest
The British socialite’s arrest in the US is the biggest development in the case since Jeffrey Epstein killed himself last year The arrest of the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in the US on Thursday morning is the biggest development in the investigation of the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and some in his circles since the wealthy financier killed himself last year in a New York jai
Win for Trump's niece in battle to publish memoir as court lifts injunction
Judge lifts order that sought to block distribution of book President’s brother Robert sued to prevent publication A New York appeals court cleared the way late on Wednesday for a publisher to resume distribution to booksellers of a tell-all book by Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, despite the objections of the president’s brother. Related: US setting new coronavirus case records as 'Russian bou
Why is coronavirus still surging in the US? – video explainer
The US recorded a new all-time daily high of 52,000 new Covid-19 cases on 1 July, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, as Donald Trump repeated his belief the virus would ‘just disappear’. America has now had more than 2.7 million confirmed cases - more than double that of Brazil, the second most-affected country. Dr Anthony Fauci, the US’s top infectious disease expert, has said the co
'We're not going anywhere': Seattle's Chop zone dismantled but cause lives on
The special police-free zone set up by protesters has now been cleared, but activists say they won’t stop the fight for justice The occupied protest zone near downtown Seattle known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or “Chop”, effectively came to a swift end early Wednesday morning when officers largely cleared the area of people and encampments, despite some protests lingering overnight int
From Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, the proud history of black protest in sport
NFL players kneeling in the US and Premier League stars speaking out in the UK is nothing new: sportsmen and women have always been at the forefront of the fight for civil rights We may never know why Jake Hepple, a now unemployed welder from Burnley, thought it was a good idea to hire a plane and have it trail a banner reading “White Lives Matter Burnley” across the skies over Manchester’s Etiha
US employers take back 4.8m workers as coronavirus threatens economic recovery
US sees second consecutive month of jobs growth, but latest figures are from before new surges in infections that threaten the fragile recovery Coronavirus – latest updates US employers took back another 4.8 million workers last month as the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact appeared to wane, marking the second consecutive month of jobs growth. But the latest figures are from before new surg
Sir Everton Weekes, spectacular Steffi Graf and Lothar Matthäus loses it
Plus: Gooch and Smith, a journey into the mind of Roy Keane, the best of Nate Diaz and the Fash FC saga in full 1) On Wednesday, we will celebrate the return of Test cricket with England taking on West Indies. So here’s Sir Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge flaying England as was his wont: twin tons in 1976 ; 214 not out in 1984 ; 223, also in 1984 ; and a partnership with Desmond Haynes worth 289 in 199
First Thing: Trump thinks Covid-19 is 'going to sort of just disappear'
The US is now recording more than 50,000 new cases a day, as infections surge among young Americans. Plus, the black cyclists leading a ‘justice ride’ Good morning. As the US rocketed to another daily case record on Wednesday – an unprecedented 52,000 confirmed new coronavirus infections – Donald Trump repeated his assertion that “at some point” the disease is “going to sort of just disappear ”.
How we can truly repay our frontline health workers: clear their debts | Alissa Quart, Astra Taylor And Brittany M Powell
Many of the workers risking their lives amid the pandemic are burdened with student debt. We owe them more than just applause Every day at 7pm, New Yorkers have cheered, applauded and banged pots and pans for frontline workers. One of those they have cheered for is Shana-Kay Henry, a physician assistant in the city, who, like thousands of others, is praised as a hero for her brave caretaking effo
How America's broken autopsy system can mask police violence
A focus on health conditions rather than officers’ actions tells a misleading tale – and in many areas, coroners need no medical training “I can’t breathe.” With those words, George Floyd, Manuel Ellis and Elijah McClain each seemed to narrate their own deaths. Their autopsies told a different story. Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest, complicating law enforcement subdual”, the report said. “A
'Suddenly they started gassing us': Cuban migrants tell of shocking attack at Ice prison
Refugees say protest against risk of Covid-19 was violently suppressed at New Mexico facility run by private firm CoreCivic This story is published in collaboration with Searchlight New Mexico The migrants were on a days-long hunger strike when guards entered their prison dormitory in full riot gear of gas masks, shields and canisters of pepper spray. The officers corralled the two dozen or so in
Revealed: legislators’ pro-pipeline letters ghostwritten by fossil fuel company
Letters by key legislators including North Dakota’s governor written by officials of MDU Resources, a subsidiary of WBI Energy This March, North Dakota’s governor, Doug Burgum, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) emphatically supporting the North Bakken Expansion Project, a 61.9-mile natural gas pipeline that has angered environmentalists and Native American nations a
US setting new coronavirus case records as 'Russian bounty' row continues - live updates
52,000 new coronavirus cases announced yesterday Alarm grows over Covid-19 spike among young Trump continues to describe ‘Russian bounty’ story as a hoax Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 12.35pm BST Quite a few people on social media have been drawing attention to the design of a new t-shirt in the official Donald Trump store. So the logo on Trump's campaign t-shirt looks vaguely familiar. N
Why did it take so long for Reddit and Facebook to block racist groups? | Siva Vaidhyanathan
Powerful tech companies have two areas of vulnerability - employees and advertisers. Now both are in open revolt This week, in a matter of just 48 hours, several social media 


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