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Consulate closure latest salvo in US-China tussle

Washington (AFP) – The closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston is the latest salvo in a battle between the United States and China for economic and technological supremacy that is shaping up as a new Cold War and includes a high-stakes race for a COVID-19 vaccine.The latest developmentsThe United States ordered the closure of…

Trump announces ‘surge’ of federal agents to crime-plagued US cities

Washington (AFP) – US President Donald Trump announced a “surge” of federal agents to crime hotspots including Chicago on Wednesday, following an increase in violence in the nation’s third-largest city.”I’m announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into communities plagued by violent crime,” Trump said at the White House, with Attorney General William Barr and…

ISS passed overhead July 22, 2020 at 05:15PM

From July 22, 2020 at 05:15PM, until July 22, 2020 at 05:24PM, the International Space Station passed over overhead for 536 seconds.

Highflying Tesla reports surprise Q2 profit

New York (AFP) – Tesla reported a surprise second-quarter profit Wednesday, further boosting shares as it confirmed ambitious targets for 2020 car deliveries despite the coronavirus pandemic.The electric car maker scored profits of $104 million compared with a loss of $408 million in the year-ago period.Revenues fell five percent to $6 billion. The result clears the…

Microsoft sees growth amid pandemic computing demands

San Francisco (AFP) – Microsoft said Wednesday revenues climbed in the past quarter amid strong demand for cloud computing services from pandemic-hit businesses and consumers.Profits in the quarter ending June 30 fell 15 percent to $11.2 billion, the result of increased tax charges compared with a year ago.Revenue meanwhile rose 13 percent to $38 billion,…

Men’s rights lawyer who killed judge’s son suspected of other murder

New York (AFP) – An anti-feminist lawyer suspected of killing the son of a US federal judge before taking his own life is believed to have been involved in the murder of a rival men’s rights activist, the FBI said Wednesday.Roy Den Hollander attacked the New Jersey home of Judge Esther Salas on Sunday, shooting…

Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus, again

Brasília (AFP) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has again tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office announced Wednesday, saying he would extend his two-week quarantine and suspend upcoming travel plans.The far-right leader, who has faced criticism for downplaying the pandemic and flouting social distancing measures, has been in self-isolation in the presidential palace in…

PM Thunderstorms today!

With a high of 86F and a low of 70F. Currently, it’s 79F and Mostly Cloudy outside. Current wind speeds: 4 from the Southeast Pollen: 3 Sunrise: July 22, 2020 at 05:30AM Sunset: July 22, 2020 at 08:14PM UV index: 6 Humidity: 67% via July 22, 2020 at 02:15PM

ISS passed overhead July 22, 2020 at 02:08AM

From July 22, 2020 at 02:08AM, until July 22, 2020 at 02:18AM, the International Space Station passed over overhead for 630 seconds.

ISS passed overhead July 22, 2020 at 12:31AM

From July 22, 2020 at 12:31AM, until July 22, 2020 at 12:42AM, the International Space Station passed over overhead for 631 seconds.