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Global Statistics

All countries
193,832,322
Confirmed
Updated on July 23, 2021 10:01 pm
All countries
174,253,550
Recovered
Updated on July 23, 2021 10:01 pm
All countries
4,157,204
Deaths
Updated on July 23, 2021 10:01 pm
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Grand Jury Deliberations in Breonna Taylor Case Will Be Released

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Grand Jury Deliberations in Breonna Taylor Case Will Be Released

U.S.|Grand Juror in Breonna Taylor Case Says Deliberations Were Misrepresented

The Kentucky attorney general’s office said it would release the panel’s recordings after a grand juror contended in a court filing that its discussions were inaccurately characterized.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the grand jury’s deliberations and failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman, according to the juror’s lawyer.

The unnamed juror filed a court motion on Monday seeking the release of last week’s transcripts and permission from a judge to speak publicly to set the record straight. Hours later, the office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron granted both requests, saying that the juror is free to speak and that recordings of the session will be made public.

“This is something where the juror is not seeking any fame, any acclaim, any money,” said Kevin M. Glogower, the juror’s lawyer.

Mr. Glogower said the juror came to him last week in a state of turmoil after Mr. Cameron repeatedly said at a news conference that the law did not permit him to charge Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, the two white officers who shot Ms. Taylor, a Black woman, after one officer was shot by her boyfriend — and that the jury had agreed with him.

“While there are six possible homicide charges under Kentucky law, these charges are not applicable to the facts before us because our investigation showed — and the grand jury agreed — that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the return of deadly fire after having been fired upon,” Mr. Cameron said, one of several moments in the news conference where he emphasized such a consensus.

According to Mr. Glogower, the juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not given an option of charging the two officers at a time when the community has been roiled by demonstrations seeking their indictment. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June.

Mr. Hankison was accused of behaving recklessly when he ran into the parking lot and began shooting through Ms. Taylor’s covered patio door, his bullets flying into a neighbor’s apartment. The grand jury concluded that he had no self-defense claim but that he could not be charged with murder because he did not strike Ms. Taylor; he was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment.

Before the charges were announced last week, the city enacted a state of emergency, expecting mass protests. Courthouses shut down and businesses recorded voice mail messages apologizing to patrons for the unexpected closure. More than 200 protesters upset with the decision and demanding justice have been arrested, with some smashing windows and setting fires. One protester fired a gun at least nine times and wounded two police officers.

But legal experts had warned that Kentucky’s vigorous self-defense laws made it unlikely that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove would be indicted on murder charges because Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had fired first during the police raid on her apartment. He had mistaken the officers for an intruder when they breached the door.

“We have no concerns with grand jurors sharing their thoughts on our presentation because we are confident in the case we presented,” Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, said in an email on Monday night, adding that her office would release the recordings of the deliberations by Wednesday.

Ms. Kuhn said no charges could be recommended for those two officers because the investigation had concluded that their use of force was justified.

“Our prosecutors presented all of the evidence, even though the evidence supported that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker,” she said in an email. “For that reason, the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment.”

One longtime criminal defense lawyer, Ramon McGee, said the question of which charges the attorney general presented to the panel was not problematic.

“That is an incorrect assumption on how the grand jury process works,” he said. “Prosecutors make the decision on what witnesses are called, which evidence is tendered and what charges to recommend,” he said.

But the transcripts should be released, Mr. McGee added, because how the attorney general portrayed the process in public was potentially an issue.

Advocates for Ms. Taylor point to the juror’s complaint as evidence of a broken process, which started with the raid and included the release of an incident report that claimed the dead woman had not been injured. Despite a $12 million settlement from the city of Louisville in a wrongful-death lawsuit, Ms. Taylor’s mother said that nothing short of indicting all three officers would amount to justice.

“This just compounds the trust issue,” said Christopher 2X, a community organizer who was with Tamika Palmer, Ms. Taylor’s mother, last week when the attorney general told her the officers would not be charged. She broke down crying, he said.

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Video shows alleged ballot harvesting in Ilhan Omar’s district

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Video shows alleged ballot harvesting in Ilhan Omar’s district

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A Once-in-a-Century Climate ‘Anomaly’ Might Have Made World War I Even Deadlier

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A Once-in-a-Century Climate ‘Anomaly’ Might Have Made World War I Even Deadlier

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An abnormally bad season of weather may have had a significant impact on the death toll from both World War I and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, according to new research, with many more lives being lost due to torrential rain and plummeting temperatures.

Through a detailed analysis of an ice core extracted from the Swiss-Italian Alps, scientists were able to get a close look at the climate patterns across Europe between 1914 and 1919, linking them to the war and the pandemic for the first time.

The unusually wet and cold conditions could well have contributed to more lives being lost out on the battlefield, as well as interfering with bird migration behaviour – potentially pushing birds and people closer together than they would otherwise have been.

“Atmospheric circulation changed and there was much more rain, much colder weather all over Europe for six years,” says climate scientist Alexander More from Harvard University. “In this particular case, it was a once in a 100-year anomaly.”

“I’m not saying that this was ‘the’ cause of the pandemic, but it was certainly a potentiator, an added exacerbating factor to an already explosive situation.”

Of course, accounts of atrocious conditions in the trenches of the First World War are not new – the rain and mud has been well documented. What this new research does is link those conditions with the once-in-a-century environmental patterns.

Traces of sea salt trapped in the ice core revealed extremely unusual influxes of Atlantic ocean air and associated rainfall in the winters of 1915, 1916, and 1918 – coinciding with peaks in mortality rates on the European battlefield.

Close to 10 million military personnel are thought to have died in the First World War in total. Problems such as trench foot and frostbite would have been exacerbated by the constantly damp conditions, while the quagmires created on the battlefield meant it was much harder to recover and rescue wounded soldiers. Drowning, exposure, and pneumonia claimed more lives.

“We found the association between increased wetter and colder conditions and increased mortality to be especially strong from mid-1917 to mid-1918, spanning the period from the third battle of Ypres to the first wave of Spanish flu,” says archaeologist Christopher Loveluck from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Besides making bad conditions worse for soldiers, the researchers suggest this climate anomaly may have played a big role in creating the perfect environment for the H1N1 influenza strain to trigger a deadlier second wave of the Spanish flu, which picked up as the war ended.

This part of the research is more speculative, but the study points to the bad weather as a reason for mallard ducks – a primary reservoir of H1N1 – to stay put in western Europe, rather than migrating to Russia as normal. This would have kept them closer to military and civilian populations already struggling with unhygienic conditions.

More water would’ve meant a faster spread of the virus as it mixed with bird droppings, the researchers suggest, and perhaps the transmission of a more virulent strain of the flu that went on to kill 2.64 million people in Europe. With the world once again facing a pandemic and climate anomalies today, there might be important lessons to learn here.

The research has been published in GeoHealth.

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Sean Hannity claims Dems ‘put all their eggs in the debate basket’ ahead of first Biden-Trump showdown

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Sean Hannity claims Dems ‘put all their eggs in the debate basket’ ahead of first Biden-Trump showdown

Joe Biden‘s campaign has “put all their eggs in the debate basket” after the Democratic nominee kept a low profile for much of the summer, Sean Hannity claimed Monday.

“I believe his campaign team – they are seeing what we all see,” said the “Hannity” host, who noted that the former vice president’s campaign wrapped up its public events before 10 a.m. ET on 12 separate days in September.

“They see that he is weak, they see that he is frail,” Hannity added. “They see him struggling cognitively. His staff, they made a very conscious decision to hide him.”

Biden’s staff were able to do this, the host argued, with the help of the “corrupt media mob” who deflected any potential conversation about the nominee’s stamina or cognition while the candidate himself memorized debate responses and “attack lines” against the president for weeks on end.

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“The Biden campaign felt it was too risky to put him out on the campaign trail, so they put all their eggs in the debate basket,” Hannity said. “And we’ll see… how well that strategy of studying all summer long has worked out.”

Turning to the debate itself, Hannity predicted Americans would hear “all talk” and new promises from Biden that would never come to fruition, similar to his performance as vice president.

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“Worst of all, he’s now controlled by the radical base of his party and they’re bragging about controlling him,” he said. “If elected, he will carry out their bidding. If successful, his agenda will rip this country apart. It’ll destroy and negate the very freedoms we have enjoyed for our entire history.”

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Tucker: Amy Coney Barrett ‘represents everything that made this a great country,’ so Dems ‘despise her’

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Tucker: Amy Coney Barrett ‘represents everything that made this a great country,’ so Dems ‘despise her’

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is causing an uproar among Democrats and according to Tucker Carlson, her happy family is what’s driving them crazy.

Democrats know Amy Coney Barrett’s life refutes the lies they have pushed on the rest of us for decades, [so] they must destroy her personally,” the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host said Monday night. “Her happiness — her family’s happiness — is evidence that they are frauds.”

Carlson surveyed Barrett’s qualifications to fill the seat once held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, qualifications that include having clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, being confirmed by the U.S. Senate as an appellate court judge and raising seven children.

Barret may be the “most impressive person” to receive this nomination, Carlson said, but she’s driving the Democrats “completely insane” because she’s happy and they’re not.

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“Even though on some level, Democrats understand rationally it’s a very bad idea to attack a woman for her family or religious faith, they can’t help themselves,” he said. “So they’re doing it. Amy Coney Barrett represents everything that made this a great country. Therefore, they despise her.”

Several mainstream media outlets have scrutinized Barrett for her Catholic faith, with a particular focus on her membership in the People of Praise organization.

However, according to Carlson, the group is hardly a “fringe sect” since it was born out of the Charismatic Renewal Movement, which has tens of millions of followers — including liberals.

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“Attacking Christianity is the point of this,” the host said. “Why do they hate Christianity? Because at its core, Christianity is a threat to the left because it acknowledges an authority higher than the Democratic National Committee.”

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Patrick Mahomes’ mother, Randi, jabs announcers over son’s name: ‘Ugh I may scream’

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Patrick Mahomes’ mother, Randi, jabs announcers over son’s name: ‘Ugh I may scream’

Randi Mahomes made sure the ESPN broadcasters said her son’s name correctly as the Super Bowl LIV MVP was cooking up something special against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.

Randi Mahomes, the mother of Patrick and wife of Pat Sr., tweeted her frustrations with the announcers referring to her son as “Pat” instead of “Patrick.”

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“If this announcer doesn’t stop calling my son Pat.. ugh i may scream… lol #help,” she wrote as she watched her son throw four touchdown passes and rushed for one more in the game and finished with 385 passing yards and 26 rushing yards in the big 34-30 victory.

The Kansas City Chiefs star commented on his mother’s tweet after the game.

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“My mom says I’m Patrick and my dad is Pat. So hopefully we can start calling [me] Patrick just to keep her happy because I don’t want to hear that tonight,” he told Lisa Salters.

Mahomes’ father goes by Pat. He was a former Major League pitcher who played several seasons in the big leagues.

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick also apologized.

“Guilty, guilty, guilty,” he said. “I apologize, Patrick.”

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Mahomes’ moved to 10-0 in September throughout his career. He came into the final game of the month with 2,919 passing yards and 28 touchdown passes and will finish with 3,304 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.

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Until there’s a Covid vaccine, we need to focus on treating longer-term health consequences

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Until there’s a Covid vaccine, we need to focus on treating longer-term health consequences

As Covid-19 infection numbers show a welcome downward trend in Melbourne and the citys residents look forward to some easing of restrictions, its time to consider the longer-term health consequences …
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Pelosi and Mnuchin push for pre-Election Day stimulus deal as Democrats prepare new $2.2 trillion plan

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Pelosi and Mnuchin push for pre-Election Day stimulus deal as Democrats prepare new $2.2 trillion plan

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who have cut several major deals during the coronavirus pandemic, are trying one final time to ease a bitter standoff on Capitol…
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Brit Hume: Expect Biden to be at ‘top of his game’ in first debate

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Brit Hume: Expect Biden to be at ‘top of his game’ in first debate

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Revelations on Trump’s tax returns stoke long-held national security concerns

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Revelations on Trump’s tax returns stoke long-held national security concerns

(CNN)The likelihood that President Donald Trump personally owes unknown creditors hundreds of millions of dollars has raised concerns about how the President’s financial entanglements could influence…
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