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Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Durham look at…

A former FBI lawyer will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign

This Mideast Deal Is an 'Earthquake'

President Trump's surprise announcement Thursday of a Mideast deal involving Israel and the United Arab Emirates is, to say the least, a "big deal," writes Ben Sales in the Jerusalem Post . In a New York Times op-ed, Thomas Friedman goes so far as to call it a "geopolitical earthquake"—and...

Trump: More Middle East talks after UAE-Israel…

President Donald Trump said Thursday the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state. (Aug. 13)

New Musical About Princess Diana Is Hitting…

"Diana; A New Musical" about the late Diana, Princess of Wales has had to make some major changes due to COVID-19. With Broadway shut down because of the pandemic, live shows have had to make adjustments. Producers of the show have announced it will premiere on Netflix next year ahead of the Broadway opening. The show had begun previews and was scheduled to open on March 31 at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway. The musical is now set to open on Broadway on May 25, 2021.

Trump's younger brother, Robert, is hospitalized…

The White House says President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, has been hospitalized in New York

Computer Games Help to Improve Children's…

Computer Games Help to Improve Children's Literacy, Survey Says. The National Literacy Trust surveyed 4,626 young people in the U.K. between the ages of 11 and 16 and found video games offered children an avenue into reading. 73% of children said playing video games helps them feel like they are part of a story, and 65% said games helped them to imagine being someone else. . This research absolutely suggests that mechanisms that young people themselves already enjoy are the best ways to get them into the wider pattern of reading and writing, Jonathan Douglas, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust, via statement. It's exciting to uncover the opportunities that video game playing can provide for young people to engage in reading, stimulate creativity through writing, enhance communication with friends and family, and support empathy and wellbeing, Jonathan Douglas, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust, via statement

Prince Harry And Meghan Move To Califronia

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are new homeowners. The happy couple recently purchased a home in Santa Barabra, California. A representative for the former royals told CNN that they moved into the home last month. The move comes just months after the two announced that they were stepping back from their royal titles. The couple said at the time that they wanted to be financially independent. The couple have kept a low profile since relocating to Markle's hometown of Los Angeles.

California Now Has the Nation's Most COVID Cases

The nation's most populous state now also has the most confirmed coronavirus cases. The OC Register reports that with 9,544 cases reported Thursday, California has become the first state to report more than 600,000 cases. Florida has recorded 557,137 cases, and Texas has reported 527,715, per...

Exploring the depths of the world's largest cave

Hang Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the world's largest cave. It's so large that it even encompasses its own weather system inside with exotic wildlife thriving.

Social Distancing 'Isn't Helpful' With Airborne…

Social Distancing 'Isn't Helpful' With Airborne Coronavirus, Say Scientists. Researchers from the University of Florida published the findings on the server medRxiv. Their work indicates that aerosol droplets that contain the coronavirus can remain airborne. This means that they can be inhaled by others. The public health implications are broad, especially as current best practices for limiting the spread of Covid-19 center on social distancing, wearing of face-coverings while in proximity to others and hand-washing, University of Florida Study, via 'The Independent'. For aerosol-based transmission, measures such as physical distancing by six feet would not be helpful in an indoor setting, provide a false sense of security and lead to exposures and outbreaks, University of Florida Study, via 'The Independent'. Short-range aerosol transmission, particularly in specific indoor locations, such as crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces over a prolonged period of time with infected persons cannot be ruled out, WHO, via 'The Independent'. Doctors have called the study "a smoking gun," saying it confirms that "that virus in aerosols is infectious.". As of Thursday afternoon, the number of coronavirus infections in the U.S. exceeds 5,200,000. The death toll in the U.S. exceeds 167,000

Rural families without internet face tough choice…

Lee County, deep in the Appalachian Mountains, is one of many rural school districts around the country where the decision over whether to bring students back into classrooms is particularly fraught

ShowBiz Minute: Penn, Midler, Legend

Senn Penn, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston will take part in a reading of the script of "Fast Times at Ridgmont High"; Bette Midler has written a kids' book about a Central Park duck; Chrissy Teigen, John Legend expecting baby No. 3. (Aug. 14)

If ET Calls This Week, We Probably Won't Hear Him

If aliens pick this month to finally send a message to us earthlings, we might not hear it. The famous Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, known for scanning the heavens in search of extraterrestrial signals, has been knocked out of commission for the near future by a giant cable that...

EPL breaks silence on reasons for stalled…

The head of the Premier League says the consortium which withdrew its bid to buy English club Newcastle declined an offer of independent arbitration into the long-running case after a request for additional information from competition organizers

Americans Facing Frosty Reception in Canada

Americans are facing some rare hostility from Canadians eager to keep travelers—and any possible coronavirus infections—away from the Great White North. Vehicles with American plates have reportedly been vandalized in Canada, while occupants have been told to "go home," reports the BBC . The 5,525 miles of border...

Heat wave adds to California fire danger

A heat wave is expected to bring triple-digit temperatures and extreme fire danger to large parts of California over the weekend. Crews are battling several major fires including one that forced the evacuation of about 100 rural homes. (Aug. 14)

NCAA President: No Fall Championships This Year

The NCAA has officially canceled fall championships, according to reports at CNN. This is a decision that could potentially push fall sports to the spring. "We cannot now at this point have fall NCAA championships," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. The NCAA's decision puts every fall sport, including FBS football, into a tailspin. However, it doesn't mean that fall sports simply won't happen, Emmert said. "If schools and conferences want to move forward, and try and have it and more than half of them want to do it... and that's surely the indication now... then let's do it." COVID cases continue to soar in the US and deaths aren't slowing whatsoever.

Miami businessman pleads guilty in Vermont ski…

A Miami businessman accused of being the mastermind behind the largest fraud case in Vermont’s history has pleaded guilty

Americans' Confidence in Police Falls to Historic…

Americans' Confidence in Police Falls to Historic Low, Poll Says . According to a recent Gallup poll, 48 percent of Americans have "quite a lot" of confidence in the authorities. That is the lowest percentage since Gallup started the poll in 1993 following California's Rodney King riots. In 2004, confidence in police reached a high of 64 percent. In 2019, 53 percent had faith in the police. . According to the latest poll results, there is a significant racial divide regarding Americans' confidence in police. Only 19 percent of Black adults have confidence, while 56 percent of White adults say the same. Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones says he is not surprised by the results considering recent calls to "defund the police" following the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. There have also been massive nationwide protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement. The protests have led to budget cuts for enforcement agencies in Seattle and New York City. Jones adds that unless authorities adopt reforms, confidence may not rise in the foreseeable future

Los Angeles Reports First West Nile Virus Death…

Los Angeles County health officials have confirmed the region's first West Nile virus death of the 2020 season. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said the patient was an elderly resident of South Los Angeles. According to UPI, she was hospitalized and died from West Nile virus-associated neuro-invasive disease. Health officials warned that the West Nile virus continues to be a serious health threat. A total of five cases have been reported in Los Angeles County this year.

Governor Drops Suit Over Atlanta Mask Mandate…

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday announced that he was withdrawing the suit he filed against Atlanta's mayor and city council in a bid to block it from enforcing a mask mandate—but not because he's admitting defeat. Far from it. In a statement, the Republican said he would be...

Homes and cars destroyed in massive wildfire

Numerous structures were destroyed as the Lake Fire, burning in California's Angeles National Forest, scorched through more than 10,000 acres.

CDC Issues Dire Coronavirus Warning for This Fall

CDC Issues , Dire Coronavirus Warning , for This Fall. The stark warning was issued by Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For your country right now and for the war that we're in against Covid, I'm asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds, Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC Director, via CNN. Without taking these simple precautions, Redfield said the U.S. faces "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had.". I'm not asking some of America to do it. We all gotta do it, Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC Director, via CNN. In addition to the standard coronavirus precautions, Redfield is urging Americans to get a flu vaccine. The CDC has upped its purchase of flu vaccines this year to 10 million for uninsured Americans. More than five million people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus. The official death toll has exceeded 166,000, though U.S. deaths are now more than 200,000 higher than at this time in 2019. On Wednesday, the U.S. again broke the record for single-day coronavirus deaths with 1,499 reported. 55,910 new cases were reported on the same day

Trump's counter to Democratic convention? Swing…

President Donald Trump is looking to counter next week’s Democratic National Convention with travel to several swing states — including Wisconsin, which was to have hosted the Democratic gathering

On This Day: 14 August 2001

Timn Burton's remake of "Planet of the Apes" premiered in London with stars Mark Wahlberg and Helena Bonham Carter. (Aug. 14)