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'How to move to Canada': Americans rush to Google after unwatchable debate
Google reports peak number of searches for ‘How to apply for Canadian citizenship’ after chaotic Trump-Biden skirmish If you watched Tuesday night’s presidential debate thinking it was the height of civility, you’re probably in the minority. For many Americans, it was enough to trigger a potential mass exodus. Related: Trump plunges presidential debate into chaos as he repeatedly talks over Biden
Religious group scrubs all references to Amy Coney Barrett from its website
People of Praise, a tiny charismatic Catholic organization, admits removing mentions and photos of Trump’s supreme court pick A tiny religious organization tied to Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump’s supreme court nominee, sought to erase all mentions and photos of her from its website before she meets with lawmakers and faces questions at her Senate confirmation hearings. Barrett, a federal appeal
Battered, bloodshot Boris is no longer the star of his own show | John Crace
Keir Starmer barely has to get out of second gear to win PMQs now. It must be driving Johnson mad Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Like most narcissists, Boris Johnson is unable to conceive of other people having an independent existence. Rather, they are mere satellites orbiting his ego. Mere objects whose only function is to do his bidding. And to be fair, it’s a wo


Victims and relatives of Las Vegas Strip mass shooting to receive $800m settlement
Deal comes on eve of third anniversary of attack that killed 58 people and injured more than 850 others More than 4,400 relatives and victims of the Las Vegas Strip shooting, the deadliest in recent US history, will receive a settlement totaling $800m from the casino company MGM Resorts International and its insurers, a court announced on Wednesday. The action makes final a deal settling dozens o
California to consider slavery reparations after landmark law passed
State is first to adopt law to develop proposals on paying descendants of enslaved people California will consider paying reparations to descendants of slavery, becoming the first state in the US on Wednesday to adopt a law to study and develop proposals around the issue. The law establishes a nine-member taskforce to develop recommendations for how California could provide reparations to Black d
Facebook removes Trump campaign ads with misleading claims about refugees
The rejected ads claimed, without evidence, that Biden would allow more refugees and thus increase Americans’ risk of Covid-19 Facebook has removed a number of ads from the Trump campaign for making misleading and inaccurate claims about Covid-19 and immigration. On Wednesday the social media platform took down the Trump-sponsored advertisements which claimed, without evidence, that accepting ref
NBA finals 2020 Game 1: Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers – live!
Email Bryan with your thoughts or tweet him @BryanAGraham Lakers or Heat? Our writers give their finals predictions 2.27am BST Miami 23-10 Los Angeles; 5.36, first quarter The Heat rattle off seven quick points coming out of the TV timeout: a driving lay-up and 14ft jumper by Jimmy Butler followed by a long three by Jae Crowder. That’s 13 straight points by the Heat. Butler is 4-for-4 from the fl
Joe Biden tells white supremacist groups to 'cease and desist' – video
Joe Biden warned white supremacist groups including the Proud Boys to 'cease and desist', in Alliance, Ohio, the second stop of his Build Back Better train tour to Pennsylvania. Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacists and the Proud Boys during Tuesday night’s election debate, and on Wednesday Trump claimed he had never heard of Proud Boys, after saying on Tuesday they should 'stand bac
Benefactor of disgraced Nxivm group leader sentenced to seven years in prison
Clare Bronfman admitted that she committed credit card fraud and harbored an undocumented person for unpaid labor and services A wealthy benefactor of Keith Raniere, the disgraced leader of a self-improvement group in upstate New York convicted of turning women into sex slaves who were branded with his initials, was sentenced Wednesday to almost seven years in prison in a federal conspiracy case.
Man arrested and charged with shooting two LA sheriff’s deputies
Deonte Lee Murray was charged with attempted murder in the 12 September ambush, which left the two deputies with head wounds Investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles county sheriff’s deputies earlier this month as they sat in a squad car. The District attorney, Jackie Lacey, said on Wednesday that attempted murder charges had been filed agai
Presidential debates format to be overhauled after calamity in Cleveland
Trump and Biden’s much-criticised clash leads Commission on Presidential Debates to plan ‘additional structure’ in future After a chaotic night in Cleveland, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) issued a surprise statement on Wednesday. It would, it said, soon announce “additional structure … to the format of the remaining debates, to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues”. Relat
The Guardian view on the US presidential debate: a bad night for the world | Editorial
The dismal spectacle reminded viewers what is at stake in November for the US – and the rest of us One unmistakable winner emerged from Tuesday’s presidential debate : Xi Jinping. The loser was the American public – and anyone else unfortunate enough to have sat through the grim 90-minute spectacle. Variously described by commentators as a trainwreck, dumpster fire, shitshow and the worst debate
What does the first climate question at a US debate in 20 years reveal?
The question framed the existence of a human-made climate crisis as something that is for some Americans still debatable The long-awaited climate question in last night’s presidential debate broke a 20-year silent streak from moderators on the crisis – thrusting it into prime time but also revealing just how stuck in the past much of the US is on the issue. After more than an hour of chaos as the
Biden raises record funds as aides jab 'train wreck' Trump after sorry debate
Biden raises $3.8m in an hour as campaign stresses optimism Unedifying Cleveland debate widely seen as an embarrassment Joe Biden broke fundraising records coming out of Tuesday’s acrimonious presidential debate between the Democratic nominee and Donald Trump. Related: Biden tells white supremacist groups to 'cease and desist' after Trump's debate 'embarrassment' – live Continue reading...
It’s hard to Trump this hairdressing bill | Brief letters
Donald Trump | Panic buying | Swearing parrots | Training for new jobs | Football Donald Trump paid $70,000 to hairdressers ( New York Times publishes details of Donald Trump’s tax returns , 27 September)? He was robbed! Cherry Weston Wolverhampton • Given what we know about Donald Trump’s temperament, any hair stylist prepared to attempt that challenge on a regular basis should be able to charge
Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacy fits pattern of extremist rhetoric
President ‘made his call to violence crystal clear’, critics say, after he exhorted the far-right Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’ Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy during Tuesday night’s debate fits into a pattern of extremist rhetoric that has already baselessly stoked fear of voting fraud amid the president’s urging of his supporters to descend on polling stations in Nov
Black residents nearly four times as likely to be cited by Los Angeles police, report finds
An analysis of low-level infractions in California found Black residents disproportionately targeted in LA and across the state The Los Angeles police department (LAPD) gave 63% of its citations for “loitering while standing” to Black residents in recent years, despite African Americans making up just 7% of the city’s population, a new analysis of public records has revealed. A report released on
Release Breonna Taylor grand jury files by Friday, state attorney general told
Judge gives Daniel Cameron two days to redact personal details Attorney general defends decision to charge only one officer Kentucky’s attorney general has been given until noon on Friday to release the secret grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case, after a delay was sought by the official on Wednesday just as audio recordings were set to be released to the public. The office of the at
Northern California fires rage on as hot, dry weather holds
70,000 people under evacuation orders in wine country No containment of Zogg fire, 150 miles north Flames devoured swaths of brush and trees in northern California on Wednesday amid unseasonably hot and dry weather. High winds that spread new fires this week in the Napa and Sonoma wine country and in a far northern area of the state were reduced to breezes, but vegetation remained ripe for burnin
Athletes dismayed by Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacy in debate
President blames troubles in the US on the ‘left wing’ LeBron James and Steph Curry urge Americans to vote Trump focuses on base during dismal US election debate Athletes reacted with bemusement and dismay after Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacists during the US presidential debate on Tuesday night. The US president was asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he condemned white supremac
NBA finals predictions: Lakers or Heat? Would title elevate LeBron past Jordan?
LA or Miami? Our writers predict the winner, key players and dark horses before the championship tilt Well, that’s the question isn’t it? It’s tempting to say that there’s not much hope, but the Heat have been surpassing expectations all postseason. There’s a simple answer here: limit either LeBron James or Anthony Davis and force the other to try to carry the entire team, hope that they can’t. R
'I'd still prefer to sit outside': restaurants open indoor dining to hesitant New Yorkers
Restaurants open at 25% capacity, but many people are reluctant to return and some owners say the opening may not be enough to secure a future With Plexiglas partitions, UV lights and improved ventilation, New York City restaurants are opening up indoor dining to 25% of their pre-Covid-19 capacity on Wednesday. Whether the diners will come remains to be seen but six months since the city was put
'There's a lot of hurt': four years of fire take toll on California's wine country
Residents are now wearily familiar with the enervating routine of wildfires, alerts and being ready to flee at a moment’s notice As Will Abrams and his wife worked desperately in the early hours of Monday to distract their panicking children from the wildfire flames that crept closer and closer to their car as they fled Santa Rosa, it was not so much fear he felt but a sense of frustration. Fear
Will Covid-19 postpone the NFL season? There are 16bn reasons why it won't
A coronavirus outbreak closed two teams’ facilities on Tuesday. Expect the league to do everything in its power to keep the games going Well, they had been. Until Tuesday, only 36 people in the NFL – seven players and 29 staff – had tested positive for Covid-19. When you consider the thousands of people involved in the league, from coaches to players to support staff, that’s not bad. That means t
Trump interrupts Biden's tribute to late son to raise unfounded accusations – video
Joe Biden was interrupted while paying tribute to his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015, during the first presidential debate against Donald Trump. The former vice-president brought up Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware who served in the army, to highlight Trump’s reported criticism of military members as 'losers'. The president cut in and turned the exchange into an attack on
Presidential debate reaction: Trump condemned over failure to criticise far-right group – live
Trump plunges debate into chaos as he repeatedly talks over Biden President refuses to condemn white supremacists Key takeaways from the debate Analysis: first debate is national humiliation Sign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 12.52pm BST Joe Biden is the first of the two candidates to put out some social media reaction to the debate this morning, and he has gone on the
Serena Williams insists her body is still willing after pulling out of French Open
Williams picked up injury during US Open semi-final ‘My body is doing really well. It’s just bad timing and bad luck’ When Serena Williams pulled out of the French Open moments before her second-round match against the accomplished Bulgarian veteran Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday, she was quick to insist she is still hunting down Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 majors. However, whether ti
How egg freezing got rebranded as the ultimate act of self-care
The procedure has gotten a makeover thanks to fertility startups, but some doctors are pushing back on efforts to appeal to younger women When Valerie Landis underwent her first round of egg freezing in 2015, she was younger than many of the other patients. Landis, a healthcare sales professional, was 33 at the time. Between the pressures of work, which often required traveling internationally fo
Plan to solve Florida's non-existent protest problem is pure 'mini-Trump'
Governor Ron DeSantis wants to crack down on demonstrators to distract from a disastrous pandemic response, critics say For many who heard Ron DeSantis outline his proposed “ Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting Act ” it was a head-scratcher. Why would Florida’s Republican governor suddenly be pushing severe penalties on protesters in a state that escaped the disorder of summer Black Lives M
First Thing: 'This is so unpresidential,' Biden tells Trump
Trump ‘heckled, bullied and lied’ his way through his first debate with Biden, turning it into a national humiliation. Plus, why the US ‘year of fire’ points to the future Good morning. It was, by most 


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