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Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, 'Big Jim,' dies at 84

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Still Unknown: Where Did New Zealand Outbreak…

New Zealand's mysterious COVID-19 outbreak stands at 37 cases as of Saturday, the Guardian reports. What's still not clear, reports NPR : Where those cases stem from. Authorities continue to investigate where the family of four who initially tested positive Tuesday—the country's first cases from community spread in 102 days—...

Today in History for August 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Allies mark VJ-Day as World War II effectively ends; Woodstock begins; France's Napoleon Bonaparte born; India gains independence; Blast hits Omagh, N. Ireland; 'The Wizard of Oz' premieres in Hollywood. (Aug. 15)

Greenland's Ice Sheet Has Melted Beyond Repair

Greenland's ice sheet has melted to a point of no return. Efforts to slow global warming will not stop it from disintegrating. That's according to a new study by researchers at Ohio State University, reports CNN. "The ice sheet is now in this new dynamic state, where even if we went back to a climate that was more like what we had 20 or 30 years ago, we would still be pretty quickly losing mass," Ian Howat, co-author of the study and a professor at Ohio State University. Many Republican leaders and officials in the Trump Administration do not believe in global warming. There are some Democrats who believe it is happening but it is rarely a focal point in lawmaking.

Delaware thrust into unlikely starring role in…

Delaware isn't a swing state in the presidential race

NCAA Cancels Fall Championships, Major College…

NCAA Cancels Fall Championships, Major College Football to Continue. In announcing the cancellations, NCAA President Mark Emmert cited not enough participation from schools facing fall restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. . We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships, Mark Emmert, NCAA President, via Twitter. Emmert suggested that championship games for a variety of sports could be rescheduled for the winter or spring. [Cancellation] doesn't mean we shouldn't and can't turn toward winter and spring and say, ‘How can we create a legitimate championship for those students?’ There are ways to do this. , Mark Emmert, NCAA President, via Twitter. Will it be normal? Of course not. We'll be playing falls sports in the spring. Will it create other conflicts and challenges? Of course. But is it doable? Yeah, Mark Emmert, NCAA President, via Twitter. The process of moving fall sports to the spring involves the consideration of the Division I Council and the approval of the DI Board of Directors. The decision does not impact most of college football, as six leagues have committed to having a season. Joined by two infectious disease experts, the NCAA chief medical officer has expressed concerns that COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to college athletics

Gold Could Soar "As High As $3000"

Michael Novogratz told Bloomberg the price of gold could certainly get up to $3,000. The Galaxy Digital CEO and co-founder said the next Fed meeting could be changing things. He said the meeting could be the "juice that accelerates gold and bitcoin." He said investors should be careful in the space, according to Business Insider. The Galaxy Digital CEO and co-founder emphasized that predicting a new high for gold is difficult. This is because it's already reached its record. Once you take out old highs in markets it's really hard to figure out where they could end.

'Ordinary Suburban Housewife' Has an Answer for…

Among the slurs and insults lodged at Sen. Kamala Harris since Joe Biden chose her as his running mate was one about her voice. At least, Lisa Simpson took it as an insult. Jenna Ellis, an adviser and lawyer to President Trump, said Wednesday that Harris sounds like Marge Simpson,...

Funnel cloud looms in Minnesota

Severe storms brought flooding and funnel clouds to Minnesota on Aug. 14. This one shown is from just north of Brownton, Minnesota.

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

Protests in Belarus focus on spot where…

Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at the spot in Belarus’ capital where a protester died in clashes with police, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign

Prince Harry and wife Meghan move into new…

Montecito real estate agenct Pippa Davis discusses the royal couple's choice of home. (Aug. 15)

Hostess Attacked for Following Virus Rules Won't…

When a group of 13 arrived at a Louisiana Chili's last weekend to dine, the hostess explained that the restaurant's social distancing rules limit each table to six people. The group became agressive then, Kelsy Wallace said. She was trying to figure out where to put everyone when one of...

FBI team arrives this weekend to take part in…

A senior U.S. diplomat says a team of FBI investigators is due to arrive in Lebanon this weekend to take part in the probe of Beirut’s massive explosion

R. Kelly Manager Allegedly Phoned in Threat to…

R. Kelly's former manager was charged Friday with calling in a threat to a 2018 screening of Surviving R. Kelly , which examined allegations of sexual abuse against the singer. Donnell Russell faces two counts of threatening physical harm by interstate communication and conspiracy after the filing in New York, where...

Live events workers hold protest in Los Angeles

Members of the live events industry in Southern California held a socially-distanced protest in Los Angeles to raise awareness about their plight, as the coronavirus pandemic affected their sector. (Aug 15)

Voter Suppression Rumors Fly Around Trump…

The United States Postal Service has started reducing post office operating hours. This is happening across several states, according to reports at CNN. They are also removing their iconic blue letter collection boxes as it faces intense pressure. The pressure is mostly to deal with millions of mail-in ballots this fall, according to union officials. Last week the USPS removed letter collection boxes in New York, Oregon, Montana and Indiana. The USPS has also notified postal workers in West Virginia, Florida and Missouri, stating... ...That they will start to reduce their retail operating hours.

Thousands of Britons return from France to avoid…

Thousands of British tourists beat a hasty retreat from France, packing out planes, trains and ferries to return to the U.K. by the early hours of Saturday morning to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home

Chicago Bulls Fire Head Coach Jim Boylen

Chicago Bulls Fire Head Coach Jim Boylen. The Chicago Bulls have announced their decision to relieve Jim Boylen as head coach of the NBA team. . Boylen first joined the team as an associate head coach for the 2015-2016 season before becoming head coach in 2018. . In a statement, the team’s executive vice president of basketball operations, Arturas Karnisovas, said Boylen’s firing was a necessary “next step” to move into a new “era.”. This was a very difficult decision, but it is time for our franchise to take that next step as we move in a new direction and era of Chicago Bulls basketball … Jim is a great human being that cares deeply about this organization and the game of basketball, Arturas Karnisovas, via ‘USA Today’. The Bulls’ decision follows the team’s failure to make it to the postseason for the fourth time in five years. . The team was 22-43, making them one of the eight teams to not qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World

Study Hints Survivor Plasma Fights COVID-19

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors may help. The plasma of recovered patients may help other patients recover, reports CNN. However, it’s not completely proven and some experts worry. Amid the clamor for treatment, many experts believe we may not get a clear answer. More than 64,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma. This is a century-old approach to fend off flu and measles before vaccines. It’s a go-to tactic when new diseases come along but it is not always effective.

Seattle 'Flu' Cases Were COVID, Obscuring the…

In early March, the state of Washington had reported just over 100 coronavirus cases. But Seattle alone may have actually had thousands of infections at that point, according to a new study, because so many illnesses were thought to be the flu instead. The findings by researchers at the University...

Dog jumps for drops as rain falls in Arizona.

Freddy, the dog was pretty excited for his first rain as he chased and jumped trying to catch raindrops in Surprise, Arizona, on Aug. 13.

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

Pompeo inks deal for US troop move from Germany…

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sealed a defense cooperation deal with Polish officials that will pave the way for the redeployment of American troops from Germany to Poland

Trump gets endorsement of NYC police union

President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America" if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November. (Aug. 14)