Month: August 2020

Facebook threatens ban on Australians sharing news posts

Sydney (AFP) – Facebook threatened Tuesday to block users and media organisations in Australia from sharing news stories if a government plan to force digital giants to pay for content goes ahead.Australians would be stopped from posting both local and international news stories on Facebook and Instagram, the company said, claiming the move was “not…

Mnuchin eyes new spending proposal, says Democrats won’t negotiate

Washington (AFP) – US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday said Republicans will soon unveil a new spending bill to aid the coronavirus-battered economy amid an ongoing impasse with Democratic lawmakers.The White House and Congress have been deadlocked for weeks over a successor to the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed as the pandemic struck in…

US airlines drop change fees amid Covid-19 downturn

New York (AFP) – Major US airlines on Monday joined in the move to eliminate change fees for domestic travel in the latest concession to customers amid a bruising industry downturn.United Airlines led the way Sunday and was followed¬†on Monday by American Airlines and Delta Air Lines who said they too will end steep change…

No plans for Trump to meet family of Kenosha man shot by police

Washington (AFP) – Donald Trump has no plans to meet with relatives of a black man who was shot by police when the president visits the Wisconsin city where the shooting sparked violent demonstrations, the White House said Monday.Trump travels to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday, defying Democratic leaders there who have reportedly urged him not…

K-pop’s BTS first all-South Korean act to top US singles charts

New York (AFP) – K-pop sensation BTS has become the first all-South Korean act to rule the top US singles chart, industry tracker Billboard announced Monday, with their English-language “Dynamite” hitting number one.It is another milestone cementing the seven-member boy band’s global dominance, coming hours after BTS beat American heavyweights including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande…

Trudeau condemns toppling of statue of Canada’s first prime minister

Montreal (AFP) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday condemned the weekend toppling of a statue of Canada’s first prime minister in Montreal by anti-racism activists, saying a focus on improving society today, and not historical wrongs, will best advance the fight for equality.John A. Macdonald was prime minister of Canada for 19 years between…

Biden calls for end to ‘lawlessness’ in protest-hit US cities

Pittsburgh (AFP) – Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden on Monday called for an end to “lawlessness” and violence in protest-hit US cities, while blaming Donald Trump’s “toxic” presidency for fueling unrest that has left several people dead.”Looting is not protesting, setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and…

Porn actor Ron Jeremy charged with assaulting teen, 12 more women

Los Angeles (AFP) – Adult film performer Ron Jeremy has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl and a dozen more women, Los Angeles prosecutors said Monday.The controversial star of the pornographic industry, who appeared in over 1,700 hardcore movies, had already been charged in June with raping three women and sexually assaulting a…

Partly Cloudy today!

With a high of 74F and a low of 54F. Currently, it’s 73F and Partly Cloudy outside. Current wind speeds: 6 from the Southwest Pollen: 3 Sunrise: August 31, 2020 at 06:10AM Sunset: August 31, 2020 at 07:20PM UV index: 6 Humidity: 44% via https://ift.tt/39gcPzv August 31, 2020 at 02:15PM

Biden fights back, accusing Trump of fomenting US violence

Pittsburgh (AFP) – White House hopeful Joe Biden will ask voters “are you safe in Donald Trump’s America” with a speech Monday in the swing state of Pennsylvania where the Democrat will accuse the president of fomenting politically explosive violence.The stakes for Biden in the Pittsburgh address couldn’t be higher nine weeks from election day.Emerging…