Published Sunday, August 8th, 2021 | 21 clock
Updated Monday, August 9, 2021 | 6:31 pm
COVID vaccines will be required for the military as part of the new U.S. plan
WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the U.S. military will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting next month according to a schedule set by the Pentagon on Monday and approved by President Joe Biden. In memos distributed to all troops, Pentagon leaders said the vaccine was a necessary step to maintain military readiness. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said the mid-September deadline could be accelerated if the vaccine receives final FDA approval or if infection rates continue to rise. “I will get the president’s approval to make vaccines compulsory no later than mid-September or as soon as” Food and Drug Administration approves them, whichever comes first, “Austin said in his memo, warning them to keep up prepare the requirement.
“Code Red”: UN scientists warn of increasing global warming
The earth is getting so hot that in about a decade or so temperatures will likely rise above warming levels that world leaders have been trying to prevent, according to a report released Monday that the United Nations called “Code Red for the Humanity ”. “It’s only guaranteed to get worse,” said report co-author Linda Mearns, a senior climate scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. “Nowhere to run away, nowhere to hide.” But scientists have also somewhat reduced the likelihood of the absolute worst climate catastrophes. The authoritative report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which clearly describes climate change as being human-caused and “clear” and “established fact”, makes more accurate and warmer predictions for 21st 2013.
Epstein prosecutor is suing Prince Andrew, citing sexual assault at 17
NEW YORK (AP) – One of Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime accusers sued Prince Andrew Monday, making allegations that she repeatedly made him publicly against him, including the fact that he sexually abused her in a formal location when she was 17 . Virginia Giuffre’s attorneys filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan, where Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in an adjoining federal prison a month before he committed suicide at the age of 66, where he was ordered to await trial. Giuffre has repeatedly made her allegations against Epstein, his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and Andrew, but the lawsuit was the first time she had confronted Andrew directly in such a formal setting.
Infrastructure on track as the bipartisan Senate coalition grows
WASHINGTON (AP) – After weeks of seizures, launches, and delays, the Senate is well on its way to final approval of the $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan, with a growing coalition of Democrats and Republicans poised to begin phase one of the President Joe Biden’s rebuilding agenda for passage. Final Senate votes are expected around 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, and the bill would then go to the House of Representatives. All in all, around 70 senators appear ready to see the bipartisan package passed, a potentially robust list of lawmakers eager to tap into the billions in new spending for their states and show voters back home that they are delivering be able.
Ex-Cuomo advisors feel each other while lawmakers meet privately
ALBANY, NY (AP) – Legislators took another early step towards the possible impeachment of Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, hours after an adviser who accused him of groping her said in her first television interview that she was initially anonymous stayed fearing the governor’s enablers would destroy them. Brittany Commisso, an executive assistant at Cuomo, explained her interactions with the Democrat in a joint interview with CBS and The Times Union of Albany that aired Monday when a key New York legislative committee met behind closed doors to discuss possible impeachment hearings to discuss. Commisso spoke out in an anonymous interview with the Times Union last winter and then failed to name her as one of 11 women who said they were sexually molested by Cuomo, whose allegations were detailed in a Attorney General’s report last week .
Senate Dems reveals a budget of 3.5 tons for social and climate efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats on Monday released a budget resolution envisaging a massive 10-year cascade of $ 3.5 trillion federal funding, historic sums for family support, health and education programs, and aggressive Efforts aimed at healing the climate. The move is a crucial first step in what is likely a tumultuous month-long democratic legislative march towards a progressive transformation of the federal government that also recognizes President Joe Biden’s highest domestic ambitions. The draft reflects the left leaning of many Democrats in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency and bears the imprint of the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., A longtime progressive voice who is now at the center of his party’s power structure in Congress .
Airplanes help fight California wildfires as smoke clears
Thick smoke, holding down winds and temperatures in the zone of the largest single forest fire in California history, was cleared from the scenic woodlands on Monday, allowing fire-fighters to re-enter the battle to contain the massive Dixie fire. The new clear sky will allow more than two dozen helicopters and two air tankers to fly again and maneuver the ground crew more safely. “Fire activity will increase in this weather. But the good thing is, we can straighten planes, ”said fire department spokesman Ryan Bain. The winds were not expected to reach the violent speeds that helped cause the flame to explode last week.
EXPLORER: How does border policy affect infection rates in the US?
PHOENIX (AP) – As the Delta variant leads to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the US, some critics of President Joe Biden blame the surge in his border policies that allow some migrants to enter the country for asylum to apply. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last week accused Biden of “helping spread the coronavirus”. Fox News host Sean Hannity pointed to migrants who caused “the biggest super-spreader event” and falsely claimed that none had been tested. But public health experts say incoming migrants are not fueling the rising infections in the US. The main culprits are people who refuse to get vaccinated.
Taliban continue, take 2 more Afghan provincial capitals
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The Taliban took control of two other provincial capitals in Afghanistan on Monday, officials said. Her fall marked the latest development in a week-long, relentless Taliban offensive as American and NATO forces complete their withdrawal from the war-torn country. The militants have stepped up their advance in large parts of Afghanistan and aimed their weapons at provincial capitals after capturing large swaths of the predominantly rural area. On Monday, they controlled five of the country’s 34 provincial capitals. At the same time, they are conducting an assassination campaign against high-ranking government officials in the capital, Kabul.
Robert Durst takes a stand on his trial and denies killing a friend
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Robert Durst appeared on Monday at his homicide trial in California and immediately denied killing his best friend who, prosecutors said, wanted to reveal his involvement in his wife’s 1982 disappearance to investigators. “Bob, did you kill Susan Berman?” Durst’s attorney Dick DeGuerin said he was giving testimony to the 78-year-old New York real estate heir. “No,” replied Thirst. “Do you know who did it?” asked DeGuerin. “No, I don’t,” replied Durst, who tried to hear, made an effort to speak and looked extremely frail as he sat in a wheelchair instead of a witness chair.