Month: September 2020

‘We’re all hackable’ warns ultra-violent body-swap horror creator

Los Angeles (AFP) – Releasing a horror film in 2020 presents a challenge: how do you compete with a deadly pandemic, raging protests over racism and the most viciously polarized US election in recent memory?For Brandon Cronenberg — son of legendary director David Cronenberg — making an ultra-violent movie about corporate assassins who control other…

As virus rebounds in New York, Orthodox Jewish communities decry stigmatization

New York (AFP) – As cases of coronavirus tick up again in New York, particularly in neighborhoods with significant populations of Orthodox Jews, some residents of those areas say they feel attacked or insulted, accusing authorities of creating a stigma based on their faith.For two weeks the positivity rate — the proportion of positive results out…

Fire damage to US wine region laid bare as latest death confirmed

Calistoga (United States) (AFP) – The scale of wildfire devastation to Napa’s world-famous wine region was laid bare Wednesday as firefighters reported minor progress battling the flames and a separate California blaze claimed its latest victim.At least a dozen Napa wineries and vineyards were burned as the so-called Glass Fire erupted this week, with the…

US court approves $800 mn settlement in Las Vegas mass shooting

Los Angeles (AFP) – A US court on Wednesday approved an $800 million settlement for victims of America’s worst mass shooting — a rampage that left 58 dead and more than 800 wounded in Las Vegas.In the October 2017 massacre, a man named Stephen Paddock opened fire with high-powered rifles from the 32nd floor of…

Trump backpedals over racist group row, Biden blasts him as ’embarrassment’

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump scrambled Wednesday to quell an uproar over his failure to explicitly denounce white supremacist groups during his debate debacle with Joe Biden, who branded his election rival a “national embarrassment.”The bitter adversaries returned to the campaign trail one day after their off-the-rails showdown in Cleveland made headlines less…

American Airlines says to start furloughing 19,000 workers

New York (AFP) – American Airlines will begin furloughing 19,000 workers from Thursday, the company announced, as US officials have failed to reach a deal on fresh aid to the pandemic-hit air travel sector.US carriers that received billions in aid from Congress had promised to refrain from laying off workers until the end of September,…

Canada judge mulls evidence claim in Huawei exec case

Vancouver (AFP) – A Canadian judge on Wednesday adjourned Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing to consider the defendant’s claims that key evidence had been omitted.During three days of hearings, Meng’s lawyers argued that a PowerPoint slideshow she gave in 2013 should be included in the case record, accusing the US of having omitted…

Debate commission promises ‘order’ after Trump-Biden chaos

Washington (AFP) – The next rounds of US presidential debates will be “more orderly,” organizers promised Wednesday, as the moderator of President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden’s toxic Cleveland showdown admitted it had gone “off the rails.””Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates…

NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station to Answer Questions from High School Students

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, currently aboard the International Space Station, will answer questions posed by high school students from across the nation this week. from NASA Article –

Gunman charged in ‘cold-blooded’ shooting of two Los Angeles police

Los Angeles (AFP) – A US gunman was charged Wednesday with shooting two Los Angeles police officers in their car at close range, after his arrest over a different crime led investigators to the weapon allegedly used in the attack.Police launched a manhunt earlier this month to find the suspect described as an “animal” by…