Hackers breach Trump campaign website, threaten to release 'evidence' of crimes
The Trump campaign’s website was briefly hacked late Tuesday, with the culprits posting a typo-riddled message on the site threatening to release “evidence” of the president’s “criminal involvement” in a supposed scheme to sway next week’s election.The hackers, whose identity was not immediately known, only managed to crack into the Trump website’s “about” page. The rest of the website remained intact.Within minutes of the breach being discovered, the Trump campaign took down the site, but not before some news organizations were able to screen-grab the ominous message.“This site was seized,” t...
New York Daily News
Trump administration wants Haiti to hold overdue legislative elections by January
MIAMI — If Haitian President Jovenel Moise thought his good relations with Washington would allow him to achieve what all Haitian presidents have wanted — to delay elections and change the country’s constitution to his liking — the Trump administration begs to differ.Moise, in a surprise announcement last Friday, told Haitians that elections would take place only after they have had a chance to vote on a new constitution through a referendum. He did not say when such a vote would happen, or more importantly, who would draft this new constitution.But a U.S. State Department spokesperson said th...
Justice Department can't represent Trump in defamation case over alleged rape, judge rules
NEW YORK — In a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump, a Manhattan federal court judge ruled Tuesday that the Department of Justice cannot intervene on Trump’s behalf in a defamation lawsuit brought by a magazine columnist who accused him of sexual assault in a department store in the 1990s.The ruling by Judge Lewis Kaplan means E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit against Trump — in his personal capacity as an ordinary citizen — can proceed. If Kaplan had allowed the Justice Department to represent Trump, the case would have likely been dismissed because the federal government cannot be sued for defama...
New York Daily News
Seattle company says its spray treatment could make cloth masks more effective against COVID-19
SEATTLE — Cloth masks may be one of our best lines of defense against the novel coronavirus, but they’re far from perfect. Compared to gold-standard N95 respirators, fabric face coverings aren’t as good at filtering out the tiniest droplets and aerosols that can carry the pathogen from one person to another.But a small Seattle startup is hoping to boost the performance of cloth masks with a spray coating that uses minute electrical charges to capture viral particles and prevent them from passing through the fibers.The approach hasn’t been thoroughly vetted and some mask experts are skeptical, ...
The Seattle Times
Prosecutors say they discovered bomb materials connected with Whitmer kidnap plot
LANSING, Mich. — Federal prosecutors have asked for more time to hand down grand jury indictments in their kidnapping conspiracy case involving Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying the recent discovery of bomb components could lead to new charges, including terror-related charges.In a court filing Monday, prosecutors asked for a 40-day extension of the time limit to seek indictments of six men charged under criminal complaints with kidnapping conspiracy.Adam Fox, arraigned in federal court in Kent County, Michigan, faces charges related to what the FBI says was a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen...
Detroit Free Press
Tough fire season takes toll on firefighters' mental health
Josh Baker just got home from a 50-day deployment to three California wildfires. Although his job wasn’t dangerous — he worked on a support team, making calls to track down equipment such as port-a-potties and bulldozers — the hours were long, the stakes were high and the work was exhausting.He’s still feeling tense. “I’m anxious, nerves are kind of frayed, things that would normally not be a big deal — kind of water off a duck’s back — hit a little harder,” said Baker, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) fire captain who spoke to Stateline as a member of the age...
First 'murder hornet' nest in US is found near Canadian border
SEATTLE — After weeks of trapping and searching, entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have found an Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine. It’s the first such nest found in the U.S., and the agency will set out to destroy it Saturday.Four live Asian giant hornets, known to some researchers as “murder hornets,” were caught in two traps this week and tagged, WSDA spokesperson Karla Sapp said Friday.One was followed back to its nest on Thursday.“The nest is inside the cavity of a tree located on private property near an area cleared for a reside...
The Seattle Times
As pandemic started, US fatal overdoses soared in the first quarter of 2020, new data show
PHILADELPHIA — In the first three months of 2020, fatal drug overdoses nationwide rose by about 16%, compared with the same period a year before, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.The new figures cover preliminary reports of fatal overdoses around the country from January through March, the month when the first lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic began.Pennsylvania saw about a 4% increase in drug deaths in the 12-month period between March 2019 and March 2020, compared with the previous 12-month period. New Jersey’s figures jumped 2% in that time...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A meat-lover's mask: Hormel is giving away bacon-scented face coverings
MINNEAPOLIS — Bacon lovers and the pandemic finally have found common ground: Hormel.The Minnesota-based is giving away face masks that smell like bacon.“Don’t just eat bacon,” the company’s website advises. “Inhale it.”The masks, which also are imprinted with images of bacon, supposedly feature “the latest in bacon-smell technology” in capturing the aroma of the company’s trademark “Black Label” premium bacon.“Finally, bacony-bliss can be with you always,” the website enthuses.The masks, made of a breathable, two-ply fabric, meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Emailed threats in Florida dry up as congressional delegation asks for FBI briefing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Threatening emails claiming to be from a pro-Trump group called the Proud Boys that were sent to voters in Florida and other states earlier this week appeared to have come to a halt after the FBI accused Iran and Russia of being behind attacks to influence the U.S. election.But two Florida members of Congress are now requesting an FBI briefing for the Florida delegation and at least seven local election officials say they have not been given any information from authorities on the scope of the issue other than what has been publicly reported.“This request is in direct respo...