California has spent $43 million suing the Trump administration. It's paying off, officials say
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has spent $43 million suing President Donald Trump’s administration over the past four years in a legal campaign that the state’s Democratic attorney general says has saved billions of dollars in funding the state would have lost had the White House carried out its policies.The lawsuits have prevented or stalled the Trump administration’s efforts to put a citizenship question on the census, weaken climate change policies, revoke California’s authority to set its own car pollution standards and rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ...
The Sacramento Bee
Florida's COVID-19 case count is lowest since June
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 23.With 4,247 new cases reported Monday, the count is less than half of the new infections only two weeks ago on July 27.A positive trend also is evident in people who need emergency care. Emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness also declined from just two weeks ago with about 3,200 fewer visits.The coronavirus pandemic still has its grips on the state, where 8,408 people have died from the disease. Monday’s report showed 91 more Florida resident deaths and two non-Florida resident deaths....
New COVID-19 testing site set to open near pedestrian crossing along US-Mexico border
SAN DIEGO — Later this week, a COVID-19 testing site will open up just outside a pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro, where tens of thousands of people enter the United States from Mexico every day.The PedEast testing location is thought to be the closest to the U.S.-Mexico border in any state, and is the result, San Diego County says, of a data-driven, community-led strategy that aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Bay communities.Officials have long known that the pandemic has disproportionately affected the South County region, where cases continue to climb. Factors that contribute t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Trump's path to winning Pa. runs through small Rust Belt towns — like one near Biden's hometown
CARBONDALE, Pa. — Mayor Justin Taylor sat in his office in the century-old brick City Hall building overlooking downtown Carbondale, a framed photo of him with former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell on the wall. Taylor became mayor in this small city of 8,000 when he was 25, just a few years out of the University of Scranton.Now, 18 years later, Taylor is a husband, a dad, and an owner of multiple businesses (small-town mayors don’t make much). He has also, like so many of his constituents, jettisoned whatever ties he once felt to the Democratic Party — even if he hasn’t formally changed his regi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Baja California parent groups find remote grave site with four bodies in Tecate
BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico — A collective of parents who search remote areas of Baja California for the remains of their missing children found another burial site in Tecate on Friday with at least four corpses, according to a state official.It’s the third “fosa clandestine” or clandestine grave found in the state since July 11. The discoveries have renewed hope and anger for family members who have lost loved ones in Mexico.This grave was discovered in far eastern Tecate, west of Mexicali. The remote location was southwest of Rancho Libertad-El Encinal, a small municipality in Tecate, which is e...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Nine great documentaries to feed your Olympic fever
The Road to Tokyo may be blocked, but the pandemic can’t completely extinguish the Olympic flame. As a substitute for watching live competition, try these nine documentaries that capture the spirit of the Games:‘More Than Gold: Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics’Morgan Freeman narrates this powerful look back at how a 22-year-old Cleveland wonder almost single-handedly spoiled Adolf Hitler’s party plans with a jaw-dropping performance on the track. The film doesn’t shy away from a sad epilogue that found the once-conquering hero relegated to running against race horses for money. Peacock...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Latest hurricane season outlook calls for 24 named storms
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If this latest prediction is accurate, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be the second busiest on record, behind only 2005, the year that spawned Katrina and Wilma and so many other storms (28 in total) that they ran out of letters to name them.The hurricane experts at Colorado State University said in their latest forecast for the 2020 season, issued Wednesday, that they expect 24 named storms, 12 hurricanes and five major hurricanes this year.That’s up from the numbers they predicted in their outlooks in June and July, the latter of which called for 20 named sto...
Legendary journalist and writer Pete Hamill dead at 85
NEW YORK — Pete Hamill, the Brooklyn-born bard of the five boroughs and eloquent voice of his beloved hometown as both newspaper columnist and best-selling author, died Wednesday morning.He was 85.Hamill fell on Saturday, fracturing his right hip, according to his brother, famed journalist Denis Hamill.Hamill had emergency surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist Hospital but his kidneys and heart failed while in the intensive care unit, his brother said.Hamill’s past health woes included a March 2014 stint at the NYU Medical Center, where the writer cheated death before emerging in...
New York Daily News
Biden says he would reverse Trump immigration policy in push to reach Florida Hispanics
MIAMI — Joe Biden would grant permanent legal status to Venezuelan exiles in the U.S. if he becomes president, end the federal government’s deputizing of local law enforcement on immigration matters, and, on his first day in office, file an immigration bill creating a “legal road map” for roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status, advisers to the presumptive Democratic nominee said Tuesday.Biden’s presidential campaign released staples of his plan for Latinos during a call with reporters, laying out the former vice president’s intent to reverse much of President Donald ...
Mexican man dies in Border Patrol custody after falling off US-Mexico border wall
A man who injured himself while trying to cross the border wall from Mexico into the United States died in Border Patrol custody over the weekend.The man, identified only as a 33-year-old from Mexico, was found on July 26 by Border Patrol agents after falling off the wall into an open field in Yuma, Arizona, Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Sunday.He was “immediately rendered aid” in the field, then transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Saturday.Customs and Border Protection did not clarify details on his injuries“We would like to express ou...
New York Daily News