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  • Trump rips Biden and Fauci for coronavirus 'bad calls' and again suggests the pandemic nearly over

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    President Trump attacked Joe Biden and the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign rally in Prescott, Ariz.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:29:58 -0400
  • Rush Limbaugh says he's living 'under a death sentence' after discovering his cancer had spread and became terminal

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    The conservative radio host announced in February that he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which he said has since progressed.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:37:56 -0400
  • A teacher called 911 after a man broke into the house of two students during a remote class

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    Two of her students, teenage siblings, didn't log off at the end of class as they normally did. Then they called for help.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:57:17 -0400
  • Heartbreak in the Magic Kingdom: Laid-off Disney workers turn to food banks as coronavirus devastates Florida tourism

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    The coronavirus has led to thousands of layoffs at Disney in Orlando, and devastated the local economy, reports Richard Hall

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:19:49 -0400
  • U.S. spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rubble grab

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    A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid on Tuesday and momentarily touched the surface to collect cosmic rubble for return to Earth.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 20:15:07 -0400
  • Texas doesn’t have to tell voters if their mail-in ballots were rejected until after election: court

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    The ruling allows officials to reject ballots over mismatched signatures without allowing voters to correct them

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:54:29 -0400
  • 12 Everyday Household Items That Are Worth the Investment

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:31:33 -0400
  • Record-setting catch of 110-pound catfish in Georgia has angler under fire. Here’s why

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    Some aren’t happy about what happened to the catfish

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:59:19 -0400
  • Fears of ecological disaster grow over stricken oil tanker in Caribbean

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    Lawmakers from the National Assembly called on the country's government to urgently unload oil from Nabarima to avoid a spill.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:05:44 -0400
  • With just days to go in the campaign, Trump knocks environmentally friendly toilets

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    In a lengthy digression during his rally in Carson City, Nev., on Sunday, President Trump claimed that Americans have to “flush their toilet 15 times” due to restrictions on water usage.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 14:32:13 -0400
  • Singapore Airlines is launching the new world's longest flight that will see flyers spending almost 19 hours on a plane nonstop

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    Singapore Airlines is known for its ultra-long-haul flights with this latest addition securing the top spot on the list of the world's longest flights.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:41:02 -0400
  • Joe Biden supporter who was installing BLM sign arrested for allegedly shooting at passing Trump supporter and son

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    Neighbours said the political signs supporting Democrats had been previously pulled down on multiple occasions

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:12:36 -0400
  • A jailed Philippine activist is forced to attend her infant's funeral in handcuffs and a hazmat suit

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    The death of Reina Mae Nasino's 3-month-old daughter, River, has sparked an uproar over President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on human rights defenders. The underweight infant was separated from her mother, denying her breast milk that could have prolonged her life.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:00:11 -0400
  • Vatican number two says deal with China on appointment of bishops will be renewed

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    Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Wednesday that a controversial deal with Beijing on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops in China would be renewed. Asked by reporters on the sidelines of an event at a Rome university if it was a done deal, Parolin said: "Yes, I can anticipate to you that all will go well ... I'll leave you with a positive signal." The accord with Beijing gives the pope final say over the appointment of Chinese bishops and the government allows all of them, including those hailing from a state-backed Church, to recognise the pope's authority.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:50:08 -0400
  • Justice Department Announces Rule to Bar Some Criminal Illegal Immigrants from Asylum

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    The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Tuesday announced new regulations barring illegal immigrants who have committed certain crimes from obtaining asylum in the U.S., part of the Trump administration's ongoing effort to prevent bad actors from gaining entrance to the country."To ensure that criminal aliens cannot obtain this discretionary benefit, the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security have exercised their regulatory authority to limit eligibility for asylum for aliens who have engaged in specified categories of criminal behavior," the DOJ said in a statement.Under the new rule, immigrants who are convicted felons, have been convicted of smuggling or harboring other illegal immigrants or reentering the country illegally, committed certain drunk driving offenses, committed a crime involving gangs, received government benefits illegally, committed drug trafficking or possession offenses, or committed offenses related to false identification will not be eligible for asylum.Notably, immigrants who have committed certain domestic violence offenses, such as battery or extreme cruelty, will also be barred from asylum even if they were not convicted.Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday on a call with reporters that the rule aims to "bring some sanity to the asylum system and our legal immigration system" and to "get the charlatans out of the system and preserve it for those who are deserving of America's tremendous generosity."Cuccinelli said that he expects the rule to help "speed the process along" of vetting asylum seekers, potentially easing the asylum program's current backlog of over a million cases.Asylum seekers who are currently waiting on their cases in the U.S. but are now ineligible for asylum under the new rule "will be deported" when their cases come up, Cucinelli said.The new rule will take effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.Last year, the administration attempted to deny asylum to all migrants who failed to enter the U.S. through a legal port of entry but that policy was struck down by more than one federal judge, who said it was “inconsistent with” the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:34:26 -0400
  • U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

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    U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian military aircraft in international airspace near Alaska, NORAD said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:52:00 -0400
  • A night of flirting at a Broward casino leads to man being drugged, robbed, deputies said

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    What started out as an evening of flirting with a woman at a Broward casino ended with him being drugged and robbed, deputies said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:09:32 -0400
  • Human remains were found by researchers in a dig searching for victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre

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    An estimated 150 to 300 people, who were mostly Black, were killed in the Tulsa Race Massacre, which occurred from May 31, 1921 to June 1, 1921.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 22:56:22 -0400
  • 24-hour curfew declared in Africa's biggest city

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    Protesters gathered at a Lagos city centre tollgate which has become the epicentre of widespread demonstrations were shot at on Tuesday evening, according to four witnesses who fled the scene. It was unclear who shot at the protesters but several hundred people were present, in defiance of a curfew imposed hours earlier by the government as youth-led protests that began 12 days ago have spiralled. Authorities on Tuesday imposed a round-the-clock curfew on the Nigerian state of Lagos - including Africa's biggest city - in response to protests against alleged police brutality which they said had turned violent. The national police chief also ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot forces following increased attacks on police facilities, a police spokesman said. The Lagos state governor's spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, said: "The curfew will not end tomorrow. A 24-hour curfew means all round the clock, day and night. It is indefinite. Nobody moves until we lift the curfew." Citizens in the commercial capital stocked up on food after the announcement. Staples such as tomatoes and eggs were sold out in some places as women in markets closed shops and people queued at cash machines. GT Bank, one of the largest lenders in Nigeria, said all its branches would remain closed for the duration of the curfew. Thousands of Nigerians demanding an end to alleged police brutality have taken to the streets every day for nearly two weeks across the country. Amnesty International said at least 15 people had been killed since the protests began. Rights groups had for years accused the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a police unit targeting violent crime, of extortion, harassment and torture. But a video allegedly showing SARS officers killing a man in Delta state sparked the protests. Police denied the incident, and disbanded SARS on Oct. 11, but protests have persisted. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the curfew would apply to all parts of the state, including the metropolis of Lagos, Africa's largest city with 20 million inhabitants. Only essential workers were exempted. It had been imposed as the protests had turned violent, he said. "I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the wellbeing of our society," Sanwo-Olu said. A police station in the Orile Iganmu area of Lagos was set ablaze on Tuesday, TV news station Channels reported. The Lagos Chamber of Commerce said Nigeria's economy had suffered an estimated loss of 700 billion naira ($1.84 billion)in the last 12 days due to the disruption. Early in the protests, police fired on protesters in the Surulere area of Lagos and elsewhere. Armed gangs have attacked protesters in Lagos and the capital Abuja. The southwestern state of Ekiti imposed a curfew hours after the announcement in Lagos. Its governor said protests had been "hijacked" by criminals who sought to "rape, assault, rob and extort innocent citizens". The southern state of Edo on Monday imposed a similar curfew after a jailbreak by prisoners during protests. Police said they had strengthened security around prisons nationwide. The speaker of Nigeria's lower chamber of parliament, Femi Gbajabiamila, said he would not sign off on the federal budget for 2021 unless it included provisions to compensate victims of police brutality over the past two decades. Youth minister Sunday Dare said on Monday the government had met demonstrators' demands for talks on reforms in law enforcement and urged them to enter into dialogue..

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:46:31 -0400
  • A simulation of coronavirus spread in a classroom found kids in the back corners were safest. Here's why.

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    In a simulation of coronavirus spread in a classroom, students seated in the back corners of the room were safest.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:25:00 -0400
  • Fact check: In 1973, Biden said 'the two-party system' was 'good for the negro'

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    A meme claims Joe Biden said "I know what is good for the negro" in 1973. In fact, he said he thought "the two-party system" was "good for the negro."

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:55:29 -0400
  • Large earthquake off southern coast of Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

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    A magnitude 7.5 earthquake prompted a tsunami warning Monday for a nearly thousand-mile stretch of Alaska’s southern coast, with waves over 2 feet at the nearest community as the threat subsided.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:36:45 -0400
  • Former Mexican defense minister ordered held in U.S. jail without bond

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    Mexico's former defense minister, Salvador Cienfuegos, was ordered held in U.S. custody without bail on Tuesday, pending his trial on drug trafficking charges in a case that could have far-reaching implications for U.S. and Mexican anti-cartel strategy. A U.S. magistrate judge also ordered Cienfuegos, 72, sent to New York to stand trial. Cienfuegos was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last week.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:03:05 -0400
  • The 2021 IKEA Catalog Is Finally Here!

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    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:31:03 -0400
  • Florida company warns employees they might lose jobs if Trump doesn’t win

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    Boss has given hundreds of thousands to Republican political causes

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:52:45 -0400
  • Record-setting Cameron Peak wildfire consumes more than 200,000 acres in Colorado

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    To the south, firefighters near Boulder were also battling a blaze that had torched at least 26 homes.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 14:46:00 -0400
  • 4 French students have been detained after a teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was beheaded

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    The four are suspected of helping Samuel Paty's killer identify him in exchange for cash, Agence France-Presse reported.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:07:59 -0400
  • Germany grants asylum to democracy protestor who fled Hong Kong

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    Germany has granted asylum to a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist who fled after being arrested in relation to last year’s mass protests. The 22-year-old university student, who has not been named, was held by the Chinese authorities on suspicion of rioting and faced up to ten years in prison. She is the first person to be granted asylum by Germany in connection with the democracy protests which gripped the city for much of 2019. Hong Kong police have arrested more than 10,000 people in connection with ongoing democracy protests in the city, including the elderly and children as young as 12. “I am grateful to the German government for granting me asylum,” the unnamed activist said in a statement released by Haven Assistance , an activist group. She fled to Germany via Taiwan a few days after she was arrested at a protest last November, and did not tell her family. “It felt surreal, and I was very upset that I needed to leave Hong Kong like that as I knew I might never return,” she told Reuters news agency. The Chinese government denounced the decision to grant her asylum, saying that it was “always opposed to foreign interference in China’s internal affairs on the issue of Hong Kong”.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:48:22 -0400
  • Taliban ambush kills at least 25 Afghan security personnel

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    At least 25 Afghan security force personnel were killed in an ambush blamed on the Taliban, officials said Wednesday, as spiralling violence imperils ongoing peace talks.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:57:12 -0400
  • Fact check: Joe Biden's childhood apartment later became Section 8 housing

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    A Facebook post falsely claims that presidential candidate Joe Biden said he lived in Section 8 housing as a child.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:45:52 -0400
  • A 21-year-old woman who was filmed feeding a black bear in Tennessee is facing 6 months in jail

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    Kristin Farris, 21, was charged with illegally feeding the black bear in Gatlinburg, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:34:44 -0400
  • Taiwan charges Chinese captain over killing of 'Somali pirates'

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    Officials say the Chinese national ordered the killings while captaining a Taiwanese vessel in 2012.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:41:15 -0400
  • Exclusive: Australian writer detained in Beijing told supporter he was a former Chinese spy

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    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 01:31:45 -0400
  • Pete Buttigieg warns Amy Coney Barrett might put his marriage at risk

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    ‘So many issues are on the line’

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 18:45:33 -0400
  • Unmasked man in Washington grocery store speaks out after video goes viral

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    In the viral video, an employee confronts Scott, who said his medical condition prevents him from wearing a mask.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:39:53 -0400
  • A US lab used rockets to launch a semi-truck into a new tractor trailer built to transport nuclear weapons

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    "You've got to be able to ship nuclear assets safely and securely or you don't have a deterrence program," a lab project manager said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:53:25 -0400
  • Jeffrey Epstein Spent His Final Days Whining About Bullying

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    On the afternoon of July 6, 2019, a force of NYPD officers and FBI agents were, appropriately enough, in a holding pattern at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.The high that Saturday was a sweltering 88 degrees. Skies were overcast and the humidity made the tarmac feel even hotter. A few of the federal agents and New York City detectives were wearing suits and ties; others perspired in their navy blue windbreakers, known as raid jackets, stamped with the yellow letters FBI. As the airport’s ground crew looked on, the small army of law enforcement—close to fifty in all—assembled near “Hangar One,” an area adjacent to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office. They were awaiting the arrival of Jeffrey Epstein.The arrest team had been poised for this moment ever since word came down hours earlier that Epstein had boarded his Gulfstream G550, tail number N212JE, in Paris. Four days earlier, United States Southern District magistrate judge Barbara Moses had signed a sealed arrest warrant for Epstein.The operation at Teterboro would be the denouement of a carefully calibrated, confidential effort that Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney in the district, and his team of prosecutors had begun some six months earlier.The problem, however, was that Epstein wasn’t in the country. He was in France. Law enforcement tracked the movements of his private jet. They knew their best chance for a clean apprehension would be right after he touched down in the United States. Trying to arrest someone like Epstein in one of his palatial homes presented challenges and dangers that the FBI and NYPD were keen to avoid.Epstein had taken off from Paris four other times that year. His last flight, in April, took him from the French capital to Rabat, Morocco, for a nine-hour visit. Flights to and from Teterboro were routine for him—like taking a car service. He expected to be back in his mansion within an hour or so of N212JE’s crossing into American airspace over Maine. The arrest team waited.The police officers and federal agents who made up the arrest force at Teterboro had arrested hundreds of violent felons among them—only seasoned officers and agents with impeccable service records were handpicked for task force work. But the Epstein operation and its secrecy made some nervous. Epstein was rich and had ties to powerful figures in New York media. A source close to the investigation said lawmen feared that someone would give the financier a heads-up.“[Federal officials] were afraid if Epstein learned about the planned arrest in flight, he would turn into Roman Polanski and order his pilot to make a detour, to a place from where he could not be extradited,” said Lieutenant Gene Whyte of the NYPD. “[We] didn’t want to spook him because they were going to arrest him as soon as he landed and before his pilot could restart the engine.”The precautions turned out to be unnecessary. As Epstein’s aircraft taxied to a stop on the tarmac, it was met by sedans and SUVs with lights and sirens blaring. NYPD detectives and FBI agents swarmed the aircraft. They wore their blue windbreaker raid jackets; their sidearms were out. Epstein offered no resistance as he was placed in cuffs. It was 5:30 p.m.No one else on the plane was taken into custody. (Some media reports indicated that 30-year-old Karyna Shuliak—a Belarusian émigrée and dentist who was one of Epstein’s latest romantic interests and a woman with whom he had grown closer of late—had been vacationing with Epstein at his Paris apartment and that she had been on his jet when Epstein was arrested. Law enforcement sources familiar with Epstein’s apprehension, however, dispute this, insisting Shuliak was not on the arriving flight.)After clearing U.S. Customs, Epstein was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and driven some ten miles south, to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, in Lower Manhattan, a federal jail known as the MCC, where prisoners charged with federal crimes are detained while awaiting arraignment or trial.* * *Epstein had grown up in modest surroundings, but he had never experienced conditions like those in the MCC. For a man who had long since grown accustomed to a pampered life, landing in the MCC was a rude awakening, far harsher than anything he’d experienced years earlier in the county lockup in Florida.Robert Boyce had retired from his job as the NYPD’s chief of detectives in April 2018 after a 35-year career with the department. Even though Boyce was no longer the department’s top detective, his gregarious nature and close relationships with top brass within New York’s law enforcement community made him an inviting go-between for someone hoping to assist the beleaguered financier without so much as leaving a fingerprint.Boyce revealed how in the days following Epstein’s July 2019 arrest, a handful of Police Foundation benefactors—those he termed “one-percenters”—embarked on what amounted to a stealth lobbying campaign on Epstein’s behalf meant to ease his discomfort behind bars. Despite the common knowledge that Epstein was a convicted sex offender, these “sweet people” believed the favor bank was open for business, and each caller importuning him sought to make a withdraw on Epstein’s behalf.“They were upper-crust elites who met [Epstein] over cocktails and thought he was charming. He won them over,” Boyce explained.The foundation members making calls on Epstein’s behalf had each, at one time, been generous benefactors of the Police Foundation—one contributed as much as $50,000. “You know, they’re calling not to say, ‘Hello Bob,’ but rather, ‘We’re concerned about a friend of ours who is imprisoned.’ They wanted to buy him things, certain comforts while he was in his jail cell, like a pillow or toiletries.” The callers gave Boyce the impression that each was prepared to cut a personal check on Epstein’s behalf on the spot.Boyce was not inclined to help. By the time the callers reached the former chief of detectives, word had reached him through another former law enforcement official about the nature of the cache of lurid photographs that had been seized from Epstein’s townhouse. The trove of photos numbered in the hundreds, and the subjects were suspected victims of Epstein’s predations.Boyce diplomatically discouraged the callers’ misguided impulses. “I told them, ‘Look, just walk away. This is a bad guy. He is much worse than you can ever know. Don’t walk. Run!’ They immediately said, ‘Thank you very much, chief,’ and hung up.”Epstein’s first night inside the MCC was spent in what’s referred to as the general population. Ninety percent of the MCC population was in “Gen Pop,” including most pretrial prisoners, who tend to be more agitated and potentially more dangerous than those who have been sentenced and are awaiting a prison transfer, or those due for imminent release.The tier Epstein was first sent to—7N—included gang members of MS-13 and various Bloods factions. It was a holding home for murderers, narcotraffickers, and other violent criminals, and jailhouse assaults—either to settle a score or for hire—were common.On Epstein’s second day behind bars, the Bureau of Prisons administrators transferred Epstein from 7N to the ninth floor south, or 9S, and the Special Housing Unit, or SHU (pronounced “shoe”). It was also known in MCC vernacular as the Hole.The MCC was a hard place to keep secrets. The nature of Epstein’s crimes became known inside the building. Rather than harming Epstein physically, several young prisoners in the unit initially sought to intimidate and extort him, according to inmate Michael “Miles” Tisdale, who ran the Inmate Companion Program that had been established to assist at-risk prisoners.“He was ‘run out,’” Tisdale explained, meaning Epstein was ostracized from other prisoners in the housing unit. Tisdale said he heard about this effort initially from one of the guards and later from Epstein himself. “(Other inmates) tried to extort him… they tried to control him by selling him commissary items [like snacks, sodas, and certain meals] for way above what they’re supposed to be sold for.”According to inmate accounts, Epstein did use commissary sales in an effort to secure his safety within the jail.In conversations with another one of his counselors, inmate William “Dollar Bill” Mersey, Epstein expressed the fear that he would be targeted by Black inmates (Epstein did not raise these specific fears with Tisdale, who is Black). As Mersey understood it, Epstein’s worries about his safety were related to his experiences and feelings about race. “He mentioned he’d been bullied at school in Coney Island by Black kids—not by Italians, not by the Irish, but by Black kids,” Mersey recalled.In one conversation, Mersey recalled Epstein asking, “Do I need a big shvar?” (Shvar, or shvartze, is a pejorative Yiddish term for a Black person.) Mersey said he tried to admonish Epstein about his insecurity, advising him to look fellow prisoners in the eye and stand his ground.Within a few days of being assigned to the SHU, Epstein was put on “suicide watch,” which meant he was moved to an even grimmer environment. The suicide watch area consists of four-cell units on the second floor of the jail that provides some of the most restrictive housing in the facility. Inmates assigned to suicide watch are not permitted to leave their cells. Beds are without sheets; clothing is more minimal to prevent self-harming behaviors; lights are never turned off; and inmates are supposed to be under 24/7 watch by both prison guards and staff.Tisdale remembered seeing Epstein in the unit, citing the distinctive jailhouse mufti worn by inmates on suicide watch—a gown with Velcro straps—as proof. Tisdale and Mersey would both assert that Epstein was moved to suicide watch soon after he became an inmate on July 6.“They would not move him from the SHU to suicide watch unless he indicated to a prison psychologist or someone that he felt a desire to kill himself,” Mersey insisted. “You don’t go there unless you express intent to ‘hang up,’” prison parlance for a desire to take one’s own life.The revelation of this previously unreported first instance of Epstein’s being placed on suicide watch raises new questions about prison officials’ efforts to safeguard their high-profile inmate. (A representative for the Bureau of Prisons declined to comment on the allegation.)After several days spent on suicide watch, Epstein was transferred back to the SHU, where all seemed OK until the morning of July 23.Five days after his request to be remanded to house arrest was denied by a federal judge on July 18, Epstein was found on the floor of his cell, semiconscious in the fetal position, with marks on his neck. Epstein’s cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, a muscle-bound former police officer accused of a drug-related quadruple homicide, summoned guards by yelling. (Tartaglione denied any complicity in the incident.)Epstein went back to the SHU, only six days after his purported suicide attempt.On August 9, Epstein’s then cellmate transferred out, with no immediate replacement. Epstein had his cell to himself.In what would have been the last meal served to Epstein, a database from the Federal Bureau of Prisons shows the dinner that night was likely baked ziti or a tofu pasta alternative. By ten, Epstein and the other inmates were locked in their cells for the night.By morning, he would be dead.—Additional reporting by Philip Messing.This is an adapted excerpt from THE SPIDER: Inside the Criminal Web of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Copyright © 2020 by Scoop King Press, Inc. Published Tuesday by Crown, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.Barry Levine is a veteran investigative reporter and editor in print and television. He received the HuffPost’s “Game Changer” award in 2010 and led a reporting team to a Pulitzer prize nomination for investigative reporting and national news reporting. He is the co-author of All the President's Women and lives in New York.Read 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.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 04:38:33 -0400
  • Hundreds of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans volunteer as poll workers to protect the vote

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    Military veterans volunteering to assist 2020 election is “one sacred institution protecting another,” one Marine says.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 04:00:00 -0400
  • ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris was warned before child porn arrest by the owner of a gym featured on ‘AGT,’ lawsuit claims

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    Cheer Athletics co-owner Angela Rogers warned 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris about a possible investigation into his conduct, according to a lawsuit.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:18:12 -0400
  • Trump reportedly invited a waiter into a top secret intelligence briefing room to order a milkshake

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    Look, sometimes a man just needs a malted milkshake. Admittedly, there are less opportune moments to indulge in such a craving — say, when you're in a highly classified briefing about Afghanistan with your country's senior defense and intelligence officials.Nevertheless, President Trump reportedly brought such a huddle to a halt a few months after he took office in 2017, Politico reports. "Does anyone want a malt?" the commander-in-chief supposedly asked the top-ranking officials who'd assembled for the briefing at his New Jersey golf club, including the head of the CIA's Special Activities Center, "a little known unit" that is "responsible for operations that include clandestine or covert operations with which the U.S. government does not want to be overtly associated," Spec Ops Magazine explains.Trump urged, "We have the best malts, you have to try them," before inviting a waiter into the code-word-secure briefing room to satisfy his sweet tooth. "The malt episode ... became legendary inside the CIA, said three former officials," Politico writes, explaining that "it was seen as an early harbinger of Trump's disinterest in intelligence, which would later be borne out by the new president's notorious resistance to reading his classified daily briefing." (That is to say, pictures were added to the briefings to help keep him engaged).Still, this is a man who has flexed the power of the nation's highest office to … install a button on his desk in the Oval Office that summons a butler to bring him a Diet Coke. The briefings can wait! To paraphrase a queen of France who was similarly burdened with the trivialities of running a country when there were sweets to consume, let them drink milkshakes.More stories from theweek.com Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:57:00 -0400
  • Submarine murderer Peter Madsen surrounded by armed officers after escaping Danish prison

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    Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen took a female psychologist hostage and then escaped from prison in Copenhagen on Tuesday, keeping police at bay for nearby two hours after he wore what police feared was an explosives belt strapped around his abdomen. The 49-year-old escaped from Herstedvester prison at around 10am, seizing the woman and brandishing a "pistol-like object". "He used her as a shield to threaten the staff to open the gate. It was very violent and the staff, therefore, chose to back off," Bo Yde Sorensen, Chairman of the Danish Prison Federation, told Ekstra Bladet newspaper. "The weapon was life-like so the prison guards at the gate did not dare take any chances in relation to the hostage, who they judged to be in life danger. He threatened to kill her if they did not open the gate." Madsen, who murdered a Swedish journalist on his submarine in 2017, made it little more than half a mile from the prison gates.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:55:54 -0400
  • They Accused a Pakistani Megastar of Sexual Harassment. Then They Were Sued for Defamation

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    Women in Pakistan came forward with allegations of sexual harassment as the MeToo movement took hold. Now, they're facing defamation lawsuits

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:03:23 -0400
  • US spies and diplomats accuse Trump administration of cover-up after mysteriously getting sick in Cuba, China and Russia

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    Cases of a mysterious illness were first reported in Cuba in 2016

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 21:28:08 -0400
  • Fake naked photos of thousands of women shared online

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    Fake naked images of thousands of women are being made from social media photos.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:40:05 -0400
  • I've only been using Apple's new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro for a few hours, but I can already tell they're dramatically different from their predecessors

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    Apple's iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro come with small changes like a new design and better camera that come together to feel like a big update.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 16:40:31 -0400
  • Las Vegas resorts increase security amid shootings, fights on the Strip

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    The city is seeing an increase in violent events amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:30:57 -0400
  • 3 killed, 1 person in critical condition after Texas club shooting

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    A shooting in a Texas club left three dead and a fourth critically injured, police said, hours after another incident in which an officer was shot dead.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:24:26 -0400
  • Iraqi leader battles pressure from friends and foes in security crackdown

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    It was a series of intercepted phone calls on a tense night in June that made Iraq’s new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi fully realise how few friends he had. During one call, a senior Iraqi leader with strong ties to Iran instructed the security chief for Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, which hosts government buildings and foreign embassies, not to stand in the way of militiamen who were storming the area, two Iraqi security officials said. During the hours-long standoff, the militia detained several members of a U.S.-trained counter-terrorism force, according to the security officials and two militia sources.

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:16:51 -0400
  • Trump's campaign just reported $63 million in the bank. What happened to its $1 billion war chest?

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    President Trump's "sprawling political operation has raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire," The Associated Press reports. Late Tuesday, the Trump campaign said it entered the final month of the campaign with just $63 million in the bank, far less than the $177 million war chest Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reported.Trump and his shared committees with the Republican National Committee, which jointly raised $1.5 billion since the start of 2019, entered October with $251 million on hand, versus $432 million for Biden and his joint committees with the Democrats National Committee, The New York Times reports. What happened to Trump's once-massive cash advantage over Biden?"They spent their money on unnecessary overhead, lifestyles-of-the-rich-and-famous activity by the campaign staff, and vanity ads," like a $10 million Super Bowl commercial and $1.6 million in the deep-blue Washington, D.C. media market, anti-Trump veteran GOP consultant Mike Murphy told AP. "You could literally have 10 monkeys with flamethrowers go after the money, and they wouldn't have burned through it as stupidly."The Trump campaign spent significantly more to raise money over the summer than the Biden campaign, and raised significantly less money than Biden.Other questionable expenditures include $100,000 on Donald Trump Jr.'s book, $39 million in legal and "compliance" fees, and at least $218,000 for Trump surrogates to travel on private jets provided by campaign donors, AP notes. Also, "since 2017, more than $39 million has been paid to firms controlled by [Brad] Parscale, who was ousted as campaign manager over the summer. An additional $319.4 million was paid to American Made Media Consultants, a Delaware limited liability company, whose owners are not publicly disclosed."Trump's campaign insists it has enough money for the final leg, "almost three times as much as 2016," campaign manager Bill Stepien said Monday. But the campaign has canceled ad buys in Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, shifting resources to Georgia, Arizona, and Florida, Politico reports. Both campaigns are being aided by outside groups — GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson just poured $75 million into a new super PAC helping Trump — but fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg's $100 million investment to defeat Trump in Florida "has thrown Trump into a defensive crouch across the arc of Sunbelt states," Politico says, forcing Trump "to spend big to shore up his position and freeing up Democratic cash to expand the electoral map elsewhere."More stories from theweek.com Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls

    Wed, 21 Oct 2020 03:26:23 -0400
  • Someone stole my American Airlines miles! What can I do?

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    Q: Someone stole 50,000 miles from my American Airlines AAdvantage account. The points were redeemed for a flight.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 18:00:00 -0400
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