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Who might succeed Justice Ginsburg? Trump's short list begins with these five women (and one man)

Who might succeed Justice Ginsburg? Trump's short list begins with these five women (and one man)The line to succeed Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court starts with these five federal appeals court judges.


20 Sep 2020 8:45pm GMT

Boss lures maids to home, chains 1 to bed; other dies trying to escape, TX cops say

Boss lures maids to home, chains 1 to bed; other dies trying to escape, TX cops sayThe man told one of the women he had inappropriate photos of her, police say.


20 Sep 2020 4:42pm GMT

A Vermont grocery store worker was fired after stopping a purse snatcher who stole from an elderly woman

A Vermont grocery store worker was fired after stopping a purse snatcher who stole from an elderly womanAmir Shedyak, a grocery store employee, told local news that he was fired after trying to stop a purse snatcher during a shift in August.


20 Sep 2020 3:42pm GMT

Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks for a bike rally weeks after a similar event in Sturgis was linked to COVID-19 cases in 8 states

Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks for a bike rally weeks after a similar event in Sturgis was linked to COVID-19 cases in 8 statesLake Ozark Mayor Gerry Murawski said last week that he didn't expect motorcyclists to wear masks to Bikefest because "that's just the way they are."


20 Sep 2020 3:39pm GMT

Trump asked a group of women at his campaign rally if their husbands 'are okay' with their attendance

Trump asked a group of women at his campaign rally if their husbands 'are okay' with their attendanceThe remarks came as President Trump promised to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday.


20 Sep 2020 3:19pm GMT

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom return

Des Moines says no to governor's demand for classroom returnStudents in Iowa's largest school system are facing the possibility that this most unusual school year could stretch into next summer, and the district could be hit with crippling bills because of a dispute with the governor over the safety of returning to classrooms during the coronavirus pandemic. Des Moines school officials have repeatedly refused to abide by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds' order requiring the state's 327 school districts to hold at least half their classes in-person rather than online. For Des Moines, it's a question of trying to keep its more than 33,000 students and 5,000 staffers from contracting the disease.


20 Sep 2020 2:28pm GMT

Sixty-nine percent of Americans have no confidence in Trump on coronavirus vaccine, poll reveals

Sixty-nine percent of Americans have no confidence in Trump on coronavirus vaccine, poll revealsTwo-thirds of Americans say they are likely to get coronavirus vaccine


20 Sep 2020 2:19pm GMT

Army’s New Target Tracking System Aims to Quicken Artillery Kills

Army’s New Target Tracking System Aims to Quicken Artillery KillsTest teams of soldiers will attempt to reduce the time it takes to see and hit targets to less than 20 seconds.


20 Sep 2020 1:58pm GMT

US sends armoured vehicles to Syria as UN urges Turkey to probe militia's human rights abuses

US sends armoured vehicles to Syria as UN urges Turkey to probe militia's human rights abusesThe US military has sent half a dozen armored vehicles on a 90-day mission to reinforce its troops in eastern Syria, less than a month after four US soldiers were injured during an altercation with Russian troops in the area. The military said fewer than 100 soldiers would accompany the vehicles. There are currently less than 1,000 US troops in Syria, a number that has remained approximately the same since the end of the US military offensive that deprived the Islamic State [IS] of most of the territory in Syria. Russia has deployed military forces to Syria in support of the Syrian regime, while US troops conduct joint patrols and operations with the Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia it backed in 2015 to fight against IS. The US and Russia have previously clashed with each other in Syria, such as a 2017 incident that led to the deaths of around 300 Russian military contractors. "The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary," said Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US military's Central Command. Also on Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Turkey to investigate war crimes committed by groups it backs in northern Syria. Turkey began launching major military operations in 2016 in order to remove Syrian Kurdish militia groups, including the US-supported SDF, from areas they controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border.


20 Sep 2020 12:16pm GMT

Far-right conspiracy theorists say 94% of US COVID-19 deaths don't count because those Americans had underlying conditions. That's bogus.

Far-right conspiracy theorists say 94% of US COVID-19 deaths don't count because those Americans had underlying conditions. That's bogus.In August, the CDC reported that 94% of Americans who died of COVID-19 had underlying conditions. But that doesn't mean the virus only killed 6%.


20 Sep 2020 11:53am GMT

Recipe: Bobby Flay's Salisbury Steak

Recipe: Bobby Flay's Salisbury SteakThe chef and restaurateur demonstrates for "Sunday Morning" viewers his rendition of a classic ground-beef-and-gravy dish


20 Sep 2020 11:36am GMT

Exclusive: Brazil's Lula says he will back anyone who can take on Bolsonaro

Exclusive: Brazil's Lula says he will back anyone who can take on BolsonaroBrazil's former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, barred from elected office due to corruption convictions, said he is open to backing any candidate who can beat far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in the 2022 elections. "I am prepared to support any candidate who is committed to the working people of Brazil and against Bolsonaro," Lula told Reuters on Friday in an interview via video conference. Whether or not he himself runs in the next general election, Lula said depends on the courts.


20 Sep 2020 11:03am GMT

It's the economy, stupid: Biden frames the choice as between Scranton and Park Avenue

It's the economy, stupid: Biden frames the choice as between Scranton and Park AvenueThe 2020 winner must rebuild an economy slammed by COVID-19. Trump has an edge but Biden seeks to be the Main Street choice to Wall Street's Trump.


20 Sep 2020 11:00am GMT

QAnon conspiracists believe in a vast pedophile ring. The truth is sadder

QAnon conspiracists believe in a vast pedophile ring. The truth is sadderRather than confront the reality of child abuse, Trump fans have dreamed up an elaborate fiction to justify their support for a morally indefensible president In recent weeks the groups have moved offline and into the real world, using their Facebook pages to organize in-person rallies outside tourist attractions like the Big Red Wagon in Spokane, Washington, and the state capitol building in Salem, Oregon. The believers hold signs that say things like "SavetheChildren" and "Stop Child Trafficking." They're often accompanied by their children, wearing T-shirts and onesies that read "I am not for sale."At first glance they seem innocuous, like petitioners for a non-profit or an inoffensive social cause. But there are giveaways. Some of the signs bear images of pizza slices, a reference to the Pizzagate conspiracy theory that held that Hillary Clinton was operating a pedophilia ring out of a gimmicky Washington DC pizza parlor called Comet Ping Pong. Sometimes the rally-goers wear T-shirts bearing the acronym "WWG1WGA," which stands for "Where we go one we go all," a fist-pumping slogan for adherents of the elaborate and baseless online conspiracy theory called QAnon.The QAnon conspiracy theory is vast, complicated and ever changing, and its adherents are constantly folding new events and personalities into its master narrative. But the gist of it is that national Democrats, aided by Hollywood and a group of "global elites", are running a massive ring devoted to the abduction, trafficking, torture, sexual abuse and cannibalization of children, all with the purpose of fulfilling the rituals of their Satanic faith. Donald Trump, according to this fantasy, is the only person willing and able to mount an attack against them.The conspiracy theory began on 4chan, a digital cesspool of hate speech and conspiracy theorizing, and adherents derive their beliefs from the cryptic postings of Q, an anonymous commenter who they believe to be a highly credentialed member of the Trump administration who is assisting Donald Trump in his heroic fight against the Satanic pedophile Democrats. The conspiracy has spread widely during the pandemic, migrating out of the dark shadows of the internet and on to Facebook, where it is now spreading among an audience of frightened and credulous parents.If the stories spun by QAnon conspiracists strike you as inventive or creatively bizarre, that they are not. The fictions of QAnon are mostly regurgitations of other disproven conspiracy theories. The idea of a secret, all-powerful "cabal" of sadistic Satanists preying on children is not a new one. In that part of its lore, the QAnon conspiracy theory borrows heavily from the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, a strange phenomenon in which hundreds of thousands of otherwise reasonable Americans became convinced that secret cadres of Satanists were operating out of daycare centers, torturing and molesting children for rituals. Meanwhile, the QAnon assertion that Satanist Democrats are farming children underground in order to harvest and drink their blood harkens back to an even older conspiracy theory, the antisemitic blood libel, a medieval fiction that posited that Jewish people stole and murdered Christian children in order to use their blood to make matzah. QAnon may seem detailed and weird in its fantasies, but it is a deeply derivative conspiracy theory, remixing old lies more often than it conjures new ones.Why do conservatives periodically become fixated on elaborate conspiracy theories involving the rape and torture of children? The details of the QAnon narrative don't bear any relation to the way that child sexual abuse actually happens. The Q believers are correct that the sexual abuse of minors is much more common than many assume, but any relation between their beliefs and fact ends there.According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in four girls and one in 13 boys experience sexual abuse sometime in childhood - an alarmingly high number. A sizable minority of those abuses are committed by other children. The prevalence of children being sexually abused by adults is about one in nine girls and one in 53 boys, according to Rainn - a lower but still alarming number. By and large, the adults who sexually abuse children are not strangers or traffickers (or national Democratic politicians). Instead, they tend to be men - and overwhelmingly it is men who sexually abuse children - whom the abused child knows. Ninety-three per-cent of child molesters are known to their victims. fifty-nine per-cent are acquaintances or family friends, and 34% are family members.This reality does not lend itself to splashy headlines. It does not suggest a predator lurking in the shadows, let alone a dark network of nefarious liberals waiting to steal your children. It is less sensational, and it is also sadder. Acknowledging the real ways that children are sexually abused would mean confronting the ways that families and communities can keep dark secrets and enable harm to the most vulnerable. It would mean confronting the fact that for those it happens to, child sexual abuse is not only a matter of sexual violation but also of betrayal by someone they trusted.None of these facts are helpful for conservatives, so they disregard them. But that does not change the psychological purpose that QAnon serves for its adherents. When conservatives take up the mantle of child sexual abuse with conspiracy theories and disinformation, they are assuming a moral position that is usually occupied by liberals: defending the powerless, the voiceless, the disenfranchised. It's not dissimilar to the psychological function of conservative opposition to abortion rights - it's about conservatives' need to see themselves not as the inflictors of pain and needless suffering, but as defenders of the innocent. But like in the abortion debate, the innocent victims in the QAnon conspiracy theory only exist in conservatives' minds.QAnon is an elaborate fiction dreamed up by Trump fans to meet the psychological needs of those who cannot allow themselves to admit what is plain as day to everyone else: that the man they voted for and support is mendacious, narcissistic, incompetent, corrupt and horrifically unfit, both morally and intellectually, for his office. He is so ostentatiously unfit to be president that the only way even his most ardent supporters can justify his position is to elevate their own denial into a baroque theology in which his opponents are Satanic pedophiles, and he is the defender of the children.This delusion has already endangered innocent people and taken lives: one supporter of QAnon famously arrived at Comet Ping Pong with a rifle that he shot into the air, and another QAnon believer assassinated an alleged mob boss on Staten Island whom he reportedly believed was involved in the pedophile ring. If the delusion continues to fester and spread, the violence is sure to continue. * Moira Donegan is a Guardian US columnist


20 Sep 2020 10:40am GMT

Taiwan president says has no plans to talk to Japan's new PM

Taiwan president says has no plans to talk to Japan's new PMTaiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday that there was no plan for her talk by telephone with new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, after a Japanese envoy had told Tsai that Suga might be open to it, prompting concern in Beijing. Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has close cultural and historic ties with Japan, though Japan, like most countries, recognises China's government in Beijing, not Taiwan's.


20 Sep 2020 7:41am GMT

India's coronavirus infections surge to 5.4 million

India's coronavirus infections surge to 5.4 millionIndia's coronavirus case tally surged to 5.4 million as it added 92,605 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry showed on Sunday. The country has posted the highest single-day caseload in the world since early August, and lags behind only the United States, which has 6.7 million cases in terms of total infections. A total of 1,113 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said, taking mortalities to 86,752, which is a relatively low 1.6% of all cases.


20 Sep 2020 5:03am GMT