Two deputies in critical condition after being shot at Los Angeles-area train station

Two Los Angeles deputies are out of surgery and in critical condition Sunday after being shot multiple times in Compton, California, while in a patrol car. The department tweeted that the man and woman had been ambushed as they sat in a parked patrol vehicle on Saturday evening. Officials said the suspect remained at large. The department tweeted security video of the incident, saying, “The gunman walked up on the deputies and opened fire without warning or provocation.” Deputy Morgan Arteaga said the attack was reported about 7 p.m. at a train station in the city of Compton. The sheriff’s department has a unit that patrols Los Angeles Metro trains; it’s also contracted to police that city. “They are still alive,” Arteaga said. The Metro Blue Line train station where Deputy Eric Ortiz said the attack took place is near the sheriff’s Compton Station. Moments ago, 2 of our Sheriff …

Belarus opposition figure Maxim Znak taken from office by masked men

Belarusian authorities have detained one of the last leading members of an opposition council who had remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. Maxim Znak, a lawyer and member of the coordination council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with the country’s leader on a transition of power, was taken out of the council’s office by unidentified people in ski masks, his associate Gleb German said. He said Znak only had time to text message “masks” before they took the phone away from him. Unidentified people were also trying to enter the apartment of the last member of the council’s executive presidium who remained free, Svetlana Alexievich, who won the 2015 Nobel prize in literature. Last month Alexievich was questioned by Belarusian investigators, who have opened a criminal investigation into members of the coordination council, accusing them of undermining national security by …

Watch a Florida School Counselor Discuss Returning to School During the Pandemic

Florida school counselor Stacey King was “really, really scared” about returning to school during the coronavirus pandemic, she tells Katie Couric in a video series produced with TIME. King, a counselor at the Sanibel School, a small public school in Sanibel, Fla., is now working with about half her students in person, while the rest learn from home. For those at school, that means a combination of hand sanitizer, plexiglass desk dividers and masks. “It’s very different to be in front of a classroom of kids, and all you can see are their eyes,” King says. “It has been a challenge.” Teachers across the country have been adapting to an unprecedented school year, as districts bring students back to classrooms, continue with months of more remote learning or develop a mix of in-person and virtual instruction. Many teachers have raised concerns about whether it’s safe to return yet, leading to …

A young Latino was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy. His family is suing amid officers’ gang allegations.

The parents of Andres Guardado filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Los Angeles County and its sheriff’s department Tuesday afternoon after waiting more than two months to get answers on their teen son’s fatal shooting involving two sheriff’s deputies. Guardado, 18, was shot five times in the back June 18 while working as a security guard at an auto body shop in Gardena. The officers involved in his killing have been identified as Deputies Miguel Vega, who opened fire, and Chris Hernandez, who didn’t shoot. Both are deputies at the sheriff’s station in Compton, California. Andres Guardado.Family photo Officers allegedly saw him with a gun; Guardado then ran away and officers chased him into an alley in the back of a building where he was killed, Capt. Kent Wegener, head of the homicide bureau, said in a press conference in June. While a 40-caliber semiautomatic pistol that hadn’t been fired …

Saudi Arabia says flights to, from UAE can fly over kingdom

Saudi Arabia says that flights to and from the United Arab Emirates “from all countries” will now be able to use its airspace, a vaguely worded announcement that apparently allows flyovers by Israel following a deal to normalize UAE-Israel relations By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press September 2, 2020, 1:37 PM • 4 min read DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that flights to and from the United Arab Emirates “from all countries” will now be able to use its airspace — a statement apparently allowing flyovers by Israel following a deal to normalize UAE-Israel relations. The vaguely worded statement avoided naming Israel directly. However, the announcement came just days after the kingdom allowed the first direct Israeli commercial passenger flight to use its airspace to reach the UAE. Any direct flight between the two nations would need to use Saudi airspace to be commercially viable. The statement …

Massachusetts’ Senate Primary Has Totally Scrambled Democratic Politics

LAWRENCE, Mass. – The yell came clear from the 10th story of an apartment building at the intersection of Essex and Broadway in this heavily Latino, working-class city: “KENNEDY! KENNEDY!” Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, sporting a shock of red hair that makes it clear that yes, that man on your sidewalk is, in fact, a member of America’s most famous political dynasty, looked up and yelled back, asking the woman in Spanish if she planned to vote. Yes, she responded, for him. It was the type of scene — a working-class immigrant pledging their vote to a Kennedy in a Democratic Primary — that has powered the family’s political pursuits for more than a century, from Honey Fitz’s first term as mayor of Boston in 1910 all the way through Joe Kennedy III’s first election to the House in 2012. But Kennedy’s challenge to Democratic Sen. Ed Markey, a …

Australian citizen detained in China amid increasing tensions between Canberra and Beijing

An Australian citizen who works as a TV anchor for a Chinese state-controlled broadcaster has been detained as tensions between Canberra and Beijing escalate. The Australian government was notified on 14 August that Cheng Lei, an anchor for a business show on the China Global Television Network, had been detained in Beijing. In a statement released on Monday night, Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, acknowledged the detention and said a consular visit had been conducted via video link. “Australian officials had an initial consular visit with Ms Cheng at a detention facility via video link on 27 August and will continue to provide assistance and support to her and her family,” Payne said. The foreign minister said “further comment will not be provided owing to the government’s privacy obligations”. It is highly unusual for foreign journalists to be detained in China. Cheng was born in China but later became an …

United says it will drop widely scorned ticket-change fees

United Airlines says it is dropping a controversial $200 fee on consumers who change a ticket for travel within the United States   United Airlines says it listened to customers and is dropping an unpopular $200 fee for most people who change a ticket for travel within the United States. “When we hear from customers about where we can improve, getting rid of fees is often the top request,” United CEO Scott Kirby said in a video posted Sunday. United’s move will put pressure on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines to drop their change fees, also $200 on domestic travel. Delta and American said they are waiving change fees for travel affected by the virus through the year’s end. Southwest Airlines does not charge change fees, a policy which its CEO says has helped it gain more business. United said that it eliminated change fees for people who buy …

White Supremacists Were ‘On A Hunting Spree’ In Kenosha, Says Local Lawmaker

A Wisconsin lawmaker has accused armed vigilantes in Kenosha of organizing a “hunting spree” against protesters with little interference from local police. “I literally witnessed firsthand a massive amount of organized white supremacists driving around in pickup trucks, targeting protesters,” Democratic state Rep. David Bowen of Milwaukee said in an interview Thursday on “Democracy Now.” “They were there not there to try to defend businesses,” added Bowen, who was at the protest Tuesday night when two demonstrators were fatally shot. “They were there to hurt people. They were armed, and they were using chemical irritants. They were harassing protesters.” A possible vigilante recruit and Donald Trump supporter, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, has been charged with homicide in the shooting deaths of two demonstrators and the wounding of a volunteer medic Tuesday night. He traveled from his home in Illinois armed with a semiautomatic rifle, according to investigators. The shootings were captured on video. The …

Indigenous tribe in Ecuador appeals for help to deal with coronavirus

Climate change and multinational corporations have long posed a threat to the people of the Amazon rainforest. Now, however, the region’s indigenous tribes face an even more immediate danger: coronavirus. Despite living deep in the heartland of Ecuadorian rainforest, the indigenous Achuar tribal people have fallen victim to the pandemic. Over the last several weeks, Covid-19 has struck at the heart of the Achuar community in Ecuador, which is made up of 13,000 people living in 88 groups over 800,000 hectares (3,000 sq miles) along the Pastaza River basin. A further 15,000 Achuar are based in neighbouring Peru. Eight Achuar people in Ecuador have died so far, including a four-month-old baby, and around 90% of the country’s Achuars are thought to have been infected to date. Ecuador has been a hotspot of the virus in Latin America, with more than 110,000 cases reported and almost 6,500 deaths registered. The Achuar …

Man removed from Ryanair flight after testing positive for coronavirus – video

Play Video 0:18 Footage shows a passenger being removed from a Ryanair flight by officials dressed in hazmat suits after he received a text message saying he had tested positive for coronavirus. The flight, en route to Pisa, was delayed at Stansted by one hour and 20 minutes Staff in hazmat suits take passenger with Covid-19 off Ryanair flight Thu 27 Aug 2020 14.46 EDT Last modified on Thu 27 Aug 2020 14.50 EDT Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Topics Stansted airport Coronavirus outbreak Air transport Ryanair Read the Original Article HERE

NFL teams cancel practice in response to Blake shooting

The New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Football Team and Green Bay Packers all canceled practices in an apparent response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer August 27, 2020, 3:00 PM • 4 min read FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Washington Football Team and Green Bay Packers all canceled practices in an apparent response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin. The Jets were scheduled to start warmups at 9:20 a.m. EDT on Thursday, but the field remained empty. The team provided no immediate details on their decision to not practice. Blake, 29, was shot by police officers, apparently in the back, on Sunday as he leaned into his SUV, three of his children seated inside. The shooting was captured on cellphone video and ignited new protests in …

Pro sports teams delay games after Milwaukee Bucks refuse to play in protest of Jacob Blake shooting

Professional basketball, baseball and soccer teams postponed their games Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the floor during a playoff match in a protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Top-ranked pro-tennis player Naomi Osaka also said she would sit out a semi-final match at the Western Southern Open scheduled for Thursday. “Before I am a athlete, I am a Black woman,” she said in a statement. “And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand.” The National Basketball Association announced the decision Wednesday evening, citing the Bucks and saying it was delaying other fifth playoff games between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets and between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers. The games will be rescheduled, the NBA said. In a joint statement Wednesday night, the players of the Milwaukee Brewers and …

Mexico army to probe soldiers in border deaths

Mexico’s Defense Department says it will investigate about two dozen soldiers who took part in a border gun battle caught on a videotape in which a voice can be heard saying “kill him” after the confrontation was over By MARIA VERZA Associated Press August 26, 2020, 8:23 PM • 4 min read MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Defense Department said Wednesday it will investigate about two dozen soldiers who took part in border gun battle caught on a videotape where a voice can be heard saying “kill him” after the confrontation was over. Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio said the investigation into the July shooting will be carried out by military prosecutors. The shootout in the border city of Nuevo Laredo ended in the death of nine suspected gang members and three apparent kidnap victims who were being carried in the back of the gunmen’s truck. Occupants of the truck engaged in …

Here are the highlights from Night 2 of the Republican National Convention

US First Lady Melania Trump addresses the Republican Convention during its second day from the Rose Garden of the White House August 25, 2020, in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski | AFP | Getty Images The second night of the Republican National Convention featured a varied lineup of speakers who focused on the economy, foreign policy  and social issues in their push for President Donald Trump‘s reelection. The Republican largely virtual convention broke with a number of norms. First lady Melania Trump spoke from the White House, which has not been used in modern conventions by either party. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speech from Jerusalem has come under investigation from Democrats who question whether the top U.S. diplomat can lawfully participate in the convention. Trump’s big convention speech is scheduled for Thursday night. But the president has already spoken on numerous occasions throughout the convention proceedings. He appeared on Tuesday …

Jacob Blake shooting: second fatality confirmed in Kenosha after overnight protests – live

11.24am EDT 11:24 Vice-president Mike Pence will apparently address the shootings in his speech at the Republican national convention tonight. We’ll have to wait and see how Pence handles that, but it will likely be a tricky line for him to negotiate. Republicans have blamed Democrats in Wisconsin for the protests, and GOP adherents don’t take kindly to criticism of the police. Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) .@jeffzeleny reports that Pence in his speech tonight will address violence unfolding in Kenosha last night that left 2 people dead. Reporting on the ground indicates members of an armed militia were present on the streets. Will be interesting to see how Pence addresses that. August 26, 2020 11.08am EDT 11:08 The head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team gave an emotional response when asked about the shooting of Jacob Blake, telling reporters: “We keep loving this country and this country doesn’t …

Democrats slam Pompeo for unprecedented GOP speech

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump is expressing sympathy for families affected by COVID-19, an “invisible enemy” she said has challenged America but brought its citizens together. In her prime-time Republican National Convention address on Tuesday night, the first lady said she has “been moved in the way Americans have come together in such an unfamiliar and frightening situation.“ She says her husband “will not rest until he has done all he can” to stem the “invisible enemy” of the coronavirus outbreak. Mrs. Trump also talked about “the beautiful side of humanity” she has observed in the wake of natural disasters around the country, noting that a common thread “is the unwavering resolve to help one another.” The first lady spoke from the newly renovated Rose Garden, where her husband was front and center in the audience gathered to hear her remarks. The seats in the audience were about 2 feet apart, …

Western Carolina football players propose boycott over video

A football player at Western Carolina University has called on his teammates to boycott team activities after several racist videos involving students at the school circulated on social media August 25, 2020, 11:22 PM 4 min read WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Western Carolina University football player has called on his teammates to boycott team activities after several racist videos involving students at the school circulated on social media. Sophomore safety Jaylon McMillon said he and other members of the Catamounts football team agreed during a Zoom video Sunday not to take part in workouts — practices started back in mid-July — and other activities in preparation for what will be just a two-game fall non-conference season in November, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. The players have the backing of head coach Mark Speir, who called the videos reprehensible. On Tuesday evening, the school announced that the five students who appeared in …

Coronavirus cases linked to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally found in 8 states

Coronavirus cases linked to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally have been confirmed in South Dakota and at least seven other states. The North Dakota Health Department tweeted Monday that 17 people “who are connected to” the large rally have tested positive for the virus. “Those who attended the rally should closely monitor for symptoms & get tested at a free ND testing site,” the agency said. Other cases have been confirmed in Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming and South Dakota, where the 10-day rally was held, The Associated Press reported. About 103 cases in total have been linked to the event. Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings. Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak A spokesperson said Tuesday that the South Dakota Health Department has found 40 cases of COVID-19 related to the event, including three-out-state cases. One of those cases is …

Black Lives Matter Protester Shot While Marching Through Pennsylvania

A Black Lives Matter protester marching with a group of fellow activists through rural Pennsylvania was allegedly shot by a white man on Monday night, according to witnesses and a live-streamed video of the incident.  The 27-minute video, posted to Facebook by activist Frank Nitty, shows the Wisconsin-based protesters — who are in the middle of a 750-mile march from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. — standing on a road in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania, a little before midnight.  Near the end of the video, two white men can be seen standing in front of a nearby house. One of them appears to be holding a gun. Multiple gunshots can then be heard in the video, as Nitty and other activists scramble and duck into the nearby cars that were accompanying them on their march.  “We’re leaving! You don’t have to get violent!” one protester can be heard screaming.  The video then shows …