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California's dark, orange sky is the most unnerving sight I've ever woken up to | Rebecca Solnit
What is happening now is astonishingly worse than any previous fire season. We are in a new kind of era The sky was the muddy yellow of an old bruise at 7am in San Francisco on Wednesday, and by eight it was a dull orange and the darkness that felt like night was coming on. This morning was perhaps the most unnatural-feeling and unnerving of my life, with darkness rather than daytime rolling in.
Don't jump to conclusions about the Oxford vaccine trial suspension | Charlotte Summers
This review process is evidence of rigorous safety measures. As the fight against coronavirus continues, speculation is the last thing anyone needs The Oxford trial, one of the most advanced of the major global programmes to find a vaccine for Sars-CoV-2, has been paused , resulting in much speculation about why, and what this might mean for our efforts to control the pandemic. Is this a cause fo
Biden calls Trump’s handling of Covid ‘almost criminal’ after book revelations
Democrat said in CNN interview Trump ‘waved the white flag’ after highlights from Bob Woodward’s book Rage revealed The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said on Thursday that Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was “almost criminal” as the fallout continued over book revelations that the president admitted in early February that the disease was “deadly stuff” but deli

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Braves just miss out on 30-run mark set by Rangers in 2007 Result came one day after Atlanta suffered shutout loss Manager Brian Snitker was just hoping to shake up the Atlanta Braves’ lineup following a shutout loss. As it turned out, the new mix made National League history. Adam Duvall drove in nine runs with three homers, including a grand slam, and the Braves obliterated their franchise scor
First Thing: an explosive day in politics, but just another for Donald Trump
President knew of seriousness of Covid crisis in February but deliberately misled the US public, he tacitly admits. Plus, Fauci gagged from discussing risks of coronavirus to children Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning, It was a frenetic day in US politics on Wednesday, as a series of explosive reports surfaced on everything from coronavirus to Russian election
Trump heads to Michigan as row over Woodward coronavirus revelations continues – US politics live
1,176 deaths and 33,201 new coronavirus cases reported yesterday Woodward book says Trump knew Covid was deadly but wanted to ‘play it down’ Whistleblower claims Trump loyalists interfered to downplay Russia election threat Winds fuel wildfires in California as blazes rage across US west Pence slated to speak at fundraiser hosted by QAnon supporters Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 11.57am

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Florida sewage spills expected to worsen due to ageing infrastructure
More than 230m gallons spilled in Fort Lauderdale between December 2019 and February 2020 Florida has recently experienced several large sewage spills and the is issue expected to worsen in the state due to its growing population, urban development, the climate crisis and ageing infrastructure that frequently cause existing wastewater systems to fail. For example, between December 2019 to Februar
NFL 2020 predictions: can anyone stop Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs?
The NFL kicks off on Thursday. Is this the start of a Kansas City dynasty? Will Tom Brady thrive in Florida? And will Covid-19 end the season prematurely? This feels like an unanswerable question. The will is there and the NFL’s financial resources can overcome a great many hurdles but I don’t have the foresight to know what comes next in the evolution of this pandemic. NB Continue reading...
Most dangerous phase of US Covid-19 crisis may be yet to come | Barry Eichengreen
The health emergency and the economic fallout is likely to worsen in October April marked the most dramatic and, some would say, dangerous phase of the Covid-19 crisis in the US. Deaths were increasing, bodies were piling up in refrigerated trucks outside hospitals in New York City and ventilators and personal protective equipment were in desperately short supply. The economy was falling off the
Dominic Thiem outclasses Alex de Minaur to reach US Open semi-finals
Second seed too strong for Australian in 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 win Russia’s Daniil Medvedev awaits in semi-final Title favourite Dominic Thiem ruthlessly ended Alex de Minaur’s US Open campaign with a crushing straight-sets quarter-final win in New York. Thiem needed a tick over two hours to send Australia’s last hope packing with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory that further underlined the 27-year-old’s champion
Raptors survive double-overtime thriller against Celtics to force Game 7
Raptors win 125-122 over Celts to force winner-take-all Game 7 Clippers weather early surge to grab Game 4 win over Nuggets The Toronto Raptors faced a sizable early deficit. They trailed in the fourth quarter. And again in the first overtime. And again in the second overtime. Exhausted and on the brink, the reigning NBA champions rose to the moment. Continue reading...
US Open 2020 quarter-final: Alex de Minaur v Dominic Thiem – live!
Updates from the last-eight clash at Flushing Meadows Any thoughts? Email or tweet @scott_heinrich 2.27am BST First set: *De Minaur 1-4 Thiem (*denotes next server) Both men are really going after their ground strokes and De Minaur is holding his own for the most part, forcing an error from Thiem to claim three break points at 0-40. A thumping ace claws one of those points back, as does a vicious
Daniil Medvedev shrugs off injury to book semi-final spot at US Open
Russian beats compatriot Andrey Rublev in straight sets Medvedev required treatment for shoulder injury and cramp Daniil Medvedev shrugged off an injury scare to beat Andrey Rublev in straight sets and book his place in the US Open semi-finals. The 2019 runner-up required treatment for a shoulder injury and cramp midway through the third set but managed to wrap up a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory.
Two-time champion Brooks Koepka to miss US Open due to injury
World No 8 has been struggling with knee injury Tournament is due to start at Winged Foot next week Two-time winner Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from next week’s US Open at Winged Foot due to injury. Koepka has struggled with a knee injury which saw him sidelined for three months last season and also needed on-course treatment to his hip during his title defence at the US PGA Championship in San F
Trump loyalists interfered to downplay Russia election threat – whistleblower
Brian Murphy claims he was demoted for refusing to accept fabrication of intelligence to match Donald Trump’s rhetoric Trump loyalists running the Department of Homeland Security manipulated intelligence reports to play down the threat of Russian election interference and white supremacists and exaggerate the threat of antifa and anarchist groups, according to the department’s former top intellig
Trump official preventing Fauci from discussing Covid children risk, says report
Dr Paul Alexander reportedly told Fauci’s spokesperson he should not use TV interview to advocate mask-wearing by children A health official hired by a Donald Trump appointee has been working to prevent Dr Anthony Fauci from talking about dangers that Covid -19 poses to children, Politico reported on Wednesday. The attempts by Dr Paul Alexander – who serves as a senior adviser to Michael Caputo,
Trump names three sitting senators among 20 possible supreme court picks
President says Republicans Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz or Josh Hawley could be next selection in move seen as brazenly political Donald Trump named three sitting senators as people he would consider nominating to the US supreme court if he is re-elected. Trump announced 20 names on Wednesday that he said would be added to his previously released list of potential supreme court picks. Continue reading...
'I don't want to create panic': Trump defends coronavirus remarks he made to Bob Woodward – video
Donald Trump said he was 'trying to avoid panic' by not revealing the severity of Covid-19, despite CNN audio published on Wednesday from an interview in February in which he acknowledged the virus was 'deadly'. The president, who defended his comments to the journalist Bob Woodward for Woodward's book Rage, insisted his strategy was focused on encouraging Americans to remain calm, as the virus s
'Good morning, hell': Californians awake to apocalyptic skies as wildfires rage
Orange-hued skies are due to light being filtered through smoke from the state’s worst fire season on record California skies glow orange as wildfires continue – in pictures People in the San Francisco Bay Area and across California awoke on Wednesday morning to an eerie scene of darkened, orange-hued skies and ash raining down as historic wildfires rage across the state. The apocalyptic skies ar
New York doctor accused of sexually abusing patients faces federal charges
Among the women who have come forward is Evelyn Yang, wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang Former New York gynecologist Robert Hadden, who has been accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen patients, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, is now facing federal charges. According to a federal indictment unsealed on Wednesday, Hadden, who surrendered his
California skies glow orange as wildfires continue – in pictures
Dozens of blazes continue to rage in California with a record 2.2m acres burned. Bay Area residents awoke on Wednesday to orange skies California, Oregon and Washington wildfires – live updates Continue reading...
Mike Pence slated to speak at fundraiser hosted by QAnon supporters
Caryn and Michael Borland, the hosts of Montana fundraiser, have shared posts supporting conspiracy theory on social media Mike Pence and top officials from Donald Trump’s campaign are slated to attend a Montana fundraiser next week hosted by a couple who have expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to an event invitation obtained by the Associated Press and a review of socia
Trump's Covid-19 response a 'life and death betrayal' of Americans, says Biden – video
Joe Biden took the offensive against Donald Trump during a campaign event in Warren, Michigan after CNN released audio of Trump telling the journalist Bob Woodward in February that he knew coronavirus was 'deadly' and airborne. Biden said the president had 'failed to do his job on purpose' as he knew the danger of Covid-19 but downplayed the severity of the virus for months Trump 'wanted to play
Trump knew Covid was deadly but wanted to ‘play it down’, Woodward book says
US president gave Bob Woodward 18 interviews, forming basis of new book Rage, and said of virus: ‘This is deadly stuff’ Donald Trump knew the extent of the deadly coronavirus threat in February but intentionally misled the public by deciding to “play it down”, according to interviews recorded by one of America’s most venerated investigative journalists. The US president gave Bob Woodward 18 inter
Twitter permanently suspends QAnon account belonging to friend of Scott Morrison for 'harmful activity'
BurnedSpy34 and two other associated accounts have been removed by the social media giant in its crackdown on conspiracy content Twitter says it permanently suspended a QAnon account belonging to a family friend of the prime minister, Scott Morrison, for “engaging in coordinated harmful activity”. Twitter is in the middle of a broader crackdown on QAnon content and is attempting to reduce the amp
Harry Dunn family file wrongful death lawsuit against US driver
Lawsuit seeks financial damages after death of Dunn, 19 Anne Sacoolas, wife of US diplomat, drove car in fatal crash The family of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old British motorcyclist killed in a crash when a car was driven on the wrong side of the road in Northamptonshire last August, filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against the American driver on Wednesday. Related: Trump admitted coron
Steelers' Ryan Shazier retires from NFL after severe spinal injury
Linebacker sustained injury in game during 2017 season 28-year-old was one of most promising defensive players in league Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier announced his retirement on Wednesday, nearly three years after a severe spinal injury forced the two-time Pro Bowler to put his career on hold. The 28-year-old said in a social media post that while he still loves the game, it is tim
A white scholar pretended to be black and Latina for years. This is modern minstrelsy | Yomaira Figueroa-Vásquez and Yarimar Bonilla
Jessica Krug maintained her masquerade by appealing to the worst Hollywood stereotypes about people of color Last week the historian Jessica Krug confessed that she had spent years engaged in a racial masquerade, taking on a North African, Black American, and later a Black Caribbean identity when she was in fact a white Jewish woman from Kansas City. Krug’s confession was likely a pre-emptive mov
US Open quarter-final: Tsvetana Pironkova v Serena Williams – live!
Osaka keeps victims of racial injustice in spotlight with masks Email Bryan with your thoughts or tweet him @BryanAGraham 5.41pm BST Pironkova breaks in fifth game of first set! First set: *Pironkova 3-2 Williams First break of the match to the Pironkova leads, 3-2. #USOpen pic.twitter.com/y2hgPjMd2Q 5.37pm BST First set: Pironkova 2-2 Williams* A promising start for Pironkova, who holds at love.
The Oscars' new diversity rules are all well and good, but will they make any difference? | Steve Rose
The Academy has made a set of rules for best picture nominees that almost every film already meets. So will they lead to any actual change? Here’s a quiz for cinephiles: think of a movie that wouldn’t have won best picture under the Academy’s new representation and inclusion standards. Under the new regulations , which will come into effect for the 2025 Oscars, entries for best picture must satis
Tiffany sues LVMH for scrapping $16bn takeover
Luxury group says it cannot go ahead with buyout of jeweller, blaming ‘succession of events’ A legal battle has broken out between two of the world’s biggest luxury goods groups after LVMH ditched its planned $16.2bn (£12.5bn) takeover of the New York jeweller Tiffany. Bernard Arnault’s luxury goods empire, which owns brands such as Louis Vuitton , Dior and Moët & Chandon, said it could not go ah
Manchester United Women sign USA World Cup winners Heath and Press
Tobin Heath and Christen Press are USWNT stalwarts United’s Casey Stoney hails arrival of experienced duo Manchester United have confirmed the signing of two-time World Cup winner Tobin Heath for the 2020-21 season. She will be joined at the club by her USA teammate Christen Press Heath has the greater experience of the two. The 32-year-old winger has been a key player in a USA team that has won
Conflicts since start of US 'war on terror' have displaced 37m people – report
Study focuses on post-9/11 wars in which US initiated combat or took part in military operations Conflicts with US military involvement have displaced at least 37 million people since the beginning of the “war on terror” nearly two decades ago, a report has estimated. The invasion of Iraq and the decades of instability that have followed in the country have uprooted at least 9.2 million so far, t
Norwegian far-right MP nominates Donald Trump for Nobel peace prize
Christian Tybring-Gjedde puts Trump forward for second time, over Israel-UAE detente A Norwegian far-right MP has nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel peace prize for a second time, citing his role in the normalising of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than
Matt Every: 'The marijuana stigma sucks. That’s less than a per cent of my life'
US golfer has as many PGA Tour wins as drug suspensions and feels his portrayal on Google and Instagram is not genuine Matt Every’s reticence about public comment is as understandable as it is unfortunate. The cruel reality is that the 36-year-old Floridian has as many PGA Tour wins – two – as he has suspensions linked to marijuana. That the latter is the more common point of reference has forced
Come on kids, let's get back to normal! (But listen: if gran dies, it's your fault) | Joel Golby
Matt Hancock has teed up the next instalment of the Covid blame game by preemptively accusing the young of senicide If there’s one thing this government has consistently proven itself to be good at, it’s coming up with a catchy slogan which is then impossible to de-escalate. We saw it first with “stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives”, which I think kind of worked actually – if there’s one th
The world's central banks are starting to experiment. But what comes next? | Adam Tooze
With the spectre of deflation looming in the wake of Covid-19, radical new policies could revolutionise the world economy Are we seeing the end of the supremacy of the US dollar? With soaring government spending and gaping deficits are we on the cusp of a great surge of inflation? In light of the extreme financial measures required by the Covid-19 crisis and the alarming polarisation of US politi
Naomi Osaka keeps victims of racial injustice in spotlight with US Open masks
Player wore covering with George Floyd’s name before latest win ‘I’m a vessel, in order to spread awareness,’ says title favourite Naomi Osaka continued to highlight racial injustice in the United States by wearing a mask displaying the name of George Floyd, the black American who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis in May, before her quarter-final win at the US Ope
Trump's reelection strategy is torn from white supremacist playbooks | Jean Guerrero
Trump and Stephen Miller want to stoke panic about antiracist activists, even though white supremacists are the real threat to Americans President Trump’s re-election strategy consists of convincing enough Americans that anyone who supports racial equality wants to destroy the US, while at the same time insisting that systemic racism is not real but rather a figment of the left’s imagination. It’
First Thing: unmasked Trump mocks Biden at hundreds-strong rally over social distancing
Trump broke North Carolina regulations on mask-wearing and mass gatherings at a rally. Plus, 150 people have been rescued after getting trapped by California blazes Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning. Donald Tru

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