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As fires ravage California, Trump gives his climate-change solution: 'It'll start getting cooler'California Gov. Gavin Newsom unsuccessfully pressed President Trump on Monday to acknowledge that climate change is making wildfires worse across much of the West Coast.


9/14/2020 3:31:10 PM

Armed gangs ‘protecting property’ in wildfire evacuation zones are confronting people at gunpoint, Oregon police say‘The last thing I want to see is something tragically happen because somebody is overreacting’


9/15/2020 1:01:13 PM

Ice shelves propping up two major Antarctic glaciers are breaking upTwo of Antarctica's most important glaciers are breaking free from their restraints, a new study reports.


9/15/2020 11:54:10 AM

ICE whistleblower: Nurse alleges 'hysterectomies on immigrant women in US'A complaint alleges unsafe treatment and conditions at a migrant detention centre in Georgia, US.


9/15/2020 1:29:45 PM

Oregon Man Arrested Twice in 12 Hours for Starting Fires Near Portland FreewayAn Oregon man was arrested early Monday morning for the second time in 12 hours after he set "multiple" fires along a Portland freeway.Shortly after 4p.m. on Sunday, Portland Police were called to assist firefighters in extinguishing a small brush fire along Interstate 205, which caused no injuries or structural damages.A witness flagged down police officers about an hour later and pointed out the suspect, who was in a tent nearby."Officers arrested the suspect, who confirmed he lit the fire with the device," the Portland Police Bureau said.Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, was arrested for using a Molotov Cocktail to start the brush fire and booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of reckless burning and second degree disorderly conduct.Lopez was later released and went on to start six more small fires in the early hours of Monday morning.Portland police responded shortly after 3:30a.m. to reports of multiple fires burning along the west side of the same freeway."Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three," police said. "All were caught early."Officers found Lopez walking along the shoulder and arrested him again. He was taken to a hospital on a Police Officer Hold for a mental health evaluation. Police confiscated a plastic bottle with a wick and a lighter as evidence.Lopez now faces seven counts of reckless burning and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct.Police said arson investigators were following up to see if any other charges are warranted.Lopez is the fifth individual to be arrested on suspicion of arson as fires burn through West Coast states. Two men in Washington state, a man in Oregon and a woman in California have also been arrested.At least 35 people have died as of Monday from fires in California, Oregon, and Washington. In Oregon, a million acres have burned, and more than 40,000 people have fled their homes.


9/14/2020 1:48:33 PM

French analysis concludes Navalny was poisoned in attempted assassination: ElyseeFrance's independent analysis has concluded that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok in an attempted assassination, the presidency said on Monday. "The president expressed his deep concern over the criminal act perpetrated against Alexei Navalany and the imperative that all light be shed, without delay, on the circumstances and responsibilities of this attempted assassination," Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement after holding a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin.


9/14/2020 7:03:27 AM

Pelosi: House will stay in session until COVID-19 rescue billHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.


9/15/2020 1:26:32 PM

It’s peak hurricane season and we’re about to run out of names. What happens then?About 96% of major hurricanes occur from mid-August to late October. But as of Monday, there’s only one name left on the list for the 2020 hurricane season.


9/14/2020 1:44:14 PM

DOJ reportedly opens criminal investigation into John Bolton's bookFormer National Security Adviser John Bolton's recent book has reportedly sparked a criminal investigation at the Justice Department.The DOJ is investigating whether Bolton criminally disclosed classified information in his book The Room Where It Happened, and a grand jury has issued a subpoena to its publisher, Simon & Schuster, for communications records, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.Bolton published his book, which is critical of the president, in June after the Trump administration attempted to prevent it from being released. The administration in June asked a judge for an order to block The Room Where It Happened, but the judge denied the request, saying "the damage" was already "done" since at that point, there were "hundreds of thousands of copies" of the book out there. The judge also said, however, that Bolton had exposed himself "to civil (and potentially criminal) liability" and "likely jeopardized national security by disclosing classified information in violation of his nondisclosure agreement obligations." Bolton has said that the book doesn't contain classified information.Trump has accused Bolton of revealing classified information in his book while also claiming the book is full of "made up stories," and in June, he tweeted that Bolton "should be in jail."According to the Times, the director of national intelligence "referred the matter to the Justice Department last month," and the investigation was then opened by the head of the DOJ's national security division. Some lawyers for the National Security Council and the Justice Department, the Times also reports, "expressed reservations about opening a criminal case," partially because Trump's comments "made it seem like an overtly political act," while others reportedly argued the case "had merit."More stories from theweek.com Facebook and Twitter suspend teen accounts tied to Turning Point's domestic right-wing 'troll farm' Trump says he'll be on Fox & Friends every week — but host Steve Doocy doesn't agree to have him Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah ponder why Trump superfans still trust him with their lives


9/15/2020 11:47:00 AM

Calls for UK ban on all Chinese data firms after leak reveals 40,000 Britons in intelligence filesNo Chinese company dealing with data should be allowed to operate in the UK, a senior Conservative MP has said, following revelations that a firm has collected intelligence on 40,000 people in Britain. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said all Chinese internet and data companies should be ejected from the UK to protect British citizens' cyber security. "The government should automatically ban any Chinese owned companies that are involved in the internet or the use of data,” he told The Telegraph. Sir Iain’s comments came after The Telegraph revealed a Chinese technology company, Zhenhua Data, has compiled an intelligence database of British citizens including members of Parliament, royals and convicts. Hundreds of thousands of social media posts, online biographies and newspaper records on British citizens have been collected and are thought to have been supplied to Chinese intelligence agencies. Experts said the leak showed the Chinese state was using ostensibly private companies as listening posts for its secret services. Although Zhenhua does not have an office in the UK, Sir Iain said the database showed that other Chinese data companies with plans to expand should be automatically banned from operating here. Boris Johnson has already committed to expelling equipment from the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei from the UK's networks, while ByteDance, the owner of the social media app TikTok, has abandoned plans to establish an office in the UK amid controversy over its links to the Chinese state. "Straight away, ByteDance should be banned and TikTok should not be allowed to set up their headquarters here," Sir Iain said. "[The Government] needs to look again at how quickly they can get Huawei out of their system. “There is a whole range of things they need to do, which is to say: ‘We now recognise that China poses the biggest threat to democracy and human rights than anywhere else.’” The Zhenhua database revealed on Monday by The Telegraph contains information about the families and children of China critics in the UK, including Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr Tugendhat said he did not support a blanket ban on Chinese data companies, but has “huge concerns” about ByteDance. A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute last year said ByteDance was working with security forces to facilitate human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims - a claim the company denies. Mr Tugendhat said TikTok should not be allowed to set up an office in the UK if it continues to be operated by its Chinese parent company. Bob Seely, the MP for the Isle of Wight, said the Zhenhua files showed the Government must do more to understand the threat of data technology used by China. “This is not just an authoritarian state issue, but it is made much worse by the fact that China is doing it, and is effectively globalising its surveillance state,” he said. “Whether it’s hoovering up information on us or whether it’s spying on their own people, I think we’re really behind the curve on this.” Mr Seely suggested the Government should set up a royal commission or inquiry to analyse data privacy issues. “I think it’s breathtakingly naive of us [...] and I just think there are all these 21st century problems our state hasn’t got its head around,” he said. Dr Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: “While the U.K. hands out massive fines to companies that hold private data without good cause, in China it’s not so much a commodity, as an instrument of state power. There’s no point protecting our privacy at home, only to see it violated in Beijing. “Given grave concerns about the ability of the Chinese state to obtain data held by Chinese companies, it stands to reason that we should be wary of allowing any such companies to operate in the UK."


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