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Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in errorWASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department's World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Earlier this month, M...
Tribune News Service
Trudy Rubin: Whether Trump wins or loses, the post-election fight to refresh democracy won't be easy
Last week I got a call from a friend asking if I still had my bulletproof vest from my trips to Iraq over the last decade. She wanted to pass the vest on to a Black lawyer who was traveling to North Carolina to join Democratic poll watchers on Nov. 3, and whose life she feared for.I used to have to travel to places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia or Hong Kong to write about dangerous elections. Not anymore.My friend’s fears were legitimate — coming at a time when President Donald Trump is spewing falsehoods about wide-scale election fraud while encouraging armed white supremacists to support hi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Marcus Rashford overtakes Kylian Mbappe to set new Champions League record
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford – who has been making headlines off the pitch thanks to his his terrific child food poverty petition – became the quickest player to net a hat-trick from the bench in Champions League history on Wednesday evening.The Old Trafford striker came on in the 63rd minute with the scoreline at 1-0 against RB Leipzig, after Mason Greenwood’s first half strike had given the hosts the lead, and netted a hat-trick to seal all three points for the hosts.Rashford bagged his first goal exactly 11 minutes later after being introduced on minute 63. Four minutes on and ...
Football Tribe Asia
France, Germany head towards lockdown as virus surges in Europe
Paris (AFP) - France and Germany moved Thursday toward shutting down sectors of their economies as part of accelerating efforts worldwide to check a resurgent coronavirus and still limit the financial fallout.Hundreds of thousands of new infections took the known global caseload past 44.5 million with nearly 1.2 million deaths, as the disease continues its deadly spread worldwide. India, one of the world's worst-hit nations, surpassed eight million cases with fears of worse days ahead as the religious festival of Diwali draws near.Following significantly relaxed summer seasons, France and Germ...
Lagarde signals more ECB action amid 'fairly dark' economic outlook
European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde on Thursday signalled plans to roll out new emergency measures in December in response to the renewed economic threat from the coronavirus pandemic.Lagarde said the ECB planned "to recalibrate its instruments, as appropriate, to respond to the unfolding situation."The bank is expected to announce the fresh emergency measures in December after drawing up its new growth and inflation projections.The outlook was "fairly dark,“ Lagarde cautioned at a press conference. "A vaccine could give some hope," she added.Lagarde was speaking after the ...
Florida man accessed voter registrations of Gov. DeSantis, Michael Jordan and LeBron James, authorities say
MIAMI — A Naples, Florida, man used a computer to alter Gov. Ron DeSantis’ voting registration and attempted to get into the voting registrations of U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, retired basketball legend Michael Jordan and current basketball icon LeBron James, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.The FDLE arrested 20-year-old Anthony Guevara on Tuesday night on one count of unauthorized access of a computer and one count of altering a voter registration without consent. Guevara is being held in Collier County jail on $5,000 bond.According to an arrest report, when DeSantis went to vote Mond...
Ford Motor Co. reports $2.4 billion net income in third quarter
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co., fresh with new leadership and touting an upcoming lineup of hot new vehicles, reported a $2.4 billion net income Wednesday for the third quarter of the year, an improvement of $2.0 billion from the same quarter last year.Ford reported that earnings in the quarter before interest and taxes — adjusted EBIT — was $3.6 billion, up from the $1.8 billion reported for the same period in 2019 and $1.7 billion a year earlier. EBIT does not include restructuring and other charges.“We plan to compete like a challenger,” CFO John Lawler said on a media call.From the factory floor...
Detroit Free Press
Susan Tompor: US economy to deliver record 3rd quarter — but spiking COVID-19 cases could bring slump
The U.S. economic scorecard is set to post one mind-blowing grand slam Thursday for record growth in the third quarter. But, like much of 2020, don’t be shocked if the economic bump reverts into yet another slump.Worries are building that the COVID-19 spike in Europe possibly could foreshadow widespread shutdowns in the United States — and that would hurt economic growth.Future rollbacks on a regional basis in the U.S. could slow things significantly, possibly contributing to a recession, especially if an alarming level of coronavirus cases continue in many communities and another giant stimul...
Detroit Free Press
Coronavirus crisis in the arts: What if concerts, theater and other live events don't come back in 2021?
SAN DIEGO — Theaters from San Diego to Broadway are closed until at least next fall. Festivals have been pushed back to 2021, including Wonderfront and KAABOO in San Diego and Coachella and Stagecoach in Indio, California. The San Diego Symphony and other orchestras across the nation have been largely silenced. Cirque du Soleil has filed for bankruptcy protection and closed down all but one of its 40-plus worldwide productions.The deadly coronavirus pandemic has led to these and other previously unthinkable situations becoming grim realities — from mass quarantines, plummeting economies and co...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Lagarde tipped to flag fresh stimulus as coronavirus crisis escalates
European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde is expected to signal ECB plans to launch another round of stimulus, possibly as early as December, as governments ramp up restrictions amid a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases.Analysts are expecting the ECB to leave interest rates at historic lows and to maintain its emergency pandemic bond-buying programme at 1.35 trillion euros (1.6 trillion dollars). The programme is currently due to end in June 2021."ECB policy is likely to remain unchanged today," ING Bank wrote in a note to clients. "However, we expect to receive clear hints ...