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Donald Trump lashes out at 'stupid' Republican critics during Nevada rallyPresident Donald Trump lashed out at "stupid" critics from within his own party and called for unity on Sunday after growing Republican criticism and warnings of a "bloodbath" in the November 3 election. Mr Trump issued the comments as he and his Democratic opponent Joe Biden hit the ground in crucial swing states in the final stretch before an election that opinion polls show the real estate mogul is at serious risk of losing. Speaking to a rally in the western state of Nevada, Mr Trump ranged from attacks on Mr Biden and boasts about his economic policies to discussions on bathroom water pressure and a shirt worn by the commissioner of the National Football League. But he also addressed comments from Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who recently told constituents Mr Trump "kisses dictators' butts", mistreats women and uses the White House as a business. Other Republicans have warned of electoral losses in the polls that will include congressional races, including Senator Ted Cruz, who like Mr Sasse said there was a risk of a "bloodbath".

10/18/2020 9:28:55 PM

Rapper charged with coronavirus benefit fraud after boasting in song about benefit fraudNuke Bizzle bragged about fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits in a music video on YouTube prior to his arrest.

10/18/2020 11:31:01 AM

Elon Musk's SpaceX keeps winning US military contracts — here's why, according to an aerospace expertSteve Nutt, professor at the University of Southern California, says Elon Musk's SpaceX is now the main alternative to traditional contractors.

10/18/2020 6:30:00 AM

Many homes likely lost in north-central Colorado firesNearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe a large number of homes were destroyed. The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from downtown Boulder. The National Center for Atmospheric Research's Mesa lab recorded gusts of 59 mph (95 kph) on Saturday.

10/18/2020 12:50:22 PM

Boy, 12, finds dinosaur skeleton of 'great significance' while out hikingBones are from duck-billed Hadrosaur which roamed area 69 million years ago

10/17/2020 8:14:01 AM

A Kansas man was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill the mayor of Wichita over the city's mask mandateMayor Brandon Whipple said he believed that the threat against his life from was credible and not just "some guy popping off on social media."

10/17/2020 10:46:03 AM

China warns U.S. it may detain Americans over prosecutions: WSJThe Chinese government has warned Washington it may detain Americans in China in response to the Justice Department's prosecution of Chinese military-affiliated scholars, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The newspaper, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, said Chinese officials had issued repeated warnings through multiple channels to U.S. government officials. The paper said China's message was the United States should end prosecutions of Chinese scholars in U.S. courts, or Americans in China could find themselves in violation of Chinese law.

10/17/2020 5:22:37 PM

Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coastA Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday.

10/18/2020 12:53:04 PM

US schedules first federal execution of woman since 1953Lisa Montgomery is due to become the first woman to face federal execution in the US in 67 years.

10/18/2020 7:34:34 PM

Ron Johnson Asks FBI to Clarify Whether It Possesses ‘Material from Hunter Biden’s Laptop’Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) has sent a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray asking him to clarify whether the agency possesses documents from the laptop of Hunter Biden, Fox News reported on Sunday.The request comes after the New York Post revealed various emails written by or sent to Hunter Biden, who from 2014 to 2019 served on the board of Ukrainian natural-gas firm Burisma Holdings. In an email sent in 2015, a senior Burisma adviser thanks the vice president's son for providing the "opportunity" to meet with Joe Biden.The Post stated that the documents were found on a computer deposited at a Delaware repair shop. The the store owner turned over the computer to the FBI in December 2019, but made a copy of the documents on a separate hard drive.Johnson, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated in his letter that a whistleblower had contacted the committee on September 24, 2020, claiming that he had turned over a computer belonging to Hunter Biden to the FBI. Johnson wrote that staffers immediately asked the FBI to confirm some details in the whistleblower's claim, however the FBI responded that they could not confirm or deny the information.It was not immediately clear if the whistleblower who contacted the Senate Intelligence Committee is the Delaware shop owner mentioned by the Post."I have a responsibility to validate and verify the contents of any information produced to my committee," Johnson wrote. "The committee must know if it receives information that could be fraudulent or not accurate."The senator added, "The committee must know whether the FBI has assessed the validity of materials the whistleblower has provided, and what, if any, actions the FBI has taken since obtaining this information." Johnson asked the FBI to confirm if it does "possess material from Hunter Biden's laptop."Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), another member of the Intelligence Committee, also weighed in on the email controversy on Sunday.> It appears the FBI had contents of hunter Bidens laptop since at least December 2019. What did they do to verify the info & take action? why has it taken so long to learn about it? If vp Biden lied about his interactions w hunters foreign business partners, Americans deserve 2kno> > -- ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) October 18, 2020"It appears the FBI had contents of hunter Biden's laptop since at least December 2019," Grassley wrote on Twitter. "What did they do to verify the info [and] take action? Why has it taken so long to learn about it?"Neither Hunter Biden nor the Joe Biden campaign have denied the veracity of the emails and documents uncovered by the Post. An attorney for Hunter Biden told the Washington Post that he was "certain" that a meeting between the Burisma adviser and Joe Biden "never happened."

10/18/2020 10:58:55 AM

Democrats outnumber Republicans in Florida’s mail-in votes so farAs Americans have been urged to vote early and mail-in ballots have been put under the microscope, early results in Florida reveal that Democrats have an early edge on Republicans as the November 3 election draws closer. The Florida Division of Elections reports that 49 percent of the mail-in ballots are from Democrats and more than 30 percent are from Republicans thus far. The Division of Elections shows that 2,423,573 Florida citizens have mailed in the ballots for the forthcoming election as of Saturday, October 17.

10/18/2020 10:44:57 AM

San Francisco mayor slams the 'lefty movement' for blocking efforts to address affordable housing crisisSan Francisco Mayor London Breed said on the Freakonomics podcast that the city's "lefty" supervisors have stalled her affordable housing plans.

10/17/2020 8:45:00 AM

Decapitated French teacher warned not to show Prophet Muhammad images before attack"We said to the teacher it was not good to show photos like this and that it would cause a huge problem," student Martial Lusiela told NBC News.

10/17/2020 8:54:00 AM

Queen grants rare royal pardon to murderer who fought off a terrorist knife attacker with a 5-foot narwhal tusk on London BridgeSteve Gallant was on his day release at a conference set up to help rehabilitate prisoners when the terror attack took place last November.

10/18/2020 6:55:02 AM

'Big pile' of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet knownAndrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes. There are no plans to eradicate the eels.

10/17/2020 8:41:30 AM

Ahead of 3rd debate, Trump again goes after moderator. This time it's NBC's Kristen Welker he calls 'unfair.'Trump praised Welker in the past, complementing her in January for landing a gig on NBC's "Today" show. "They made a very wise decision," Trump said.

10/18/2020 5:07:37 PM

Letters to the Editor: We've always had white nationalists, but social media amplifies the threatA former official in the Anti-Defamation League recalls dealing with anti-Semitic white nationalists and warns that social media poses a unique threat.

10/17/2020 5:00:57 AM

Woman with Down’s syndrome says she is 'better off dead' in eyes of the law, ahead of  legal challengeA woman with Down’s syndrome has claimed that she is “better off dead” in the eyes of the law, ahead of launching a landmark legal challenge to the Government’s abortion legislation. Heidi Crowter, who has Down's syndrome, has called for a judicial review to change the current law which allows parents to terminate pregnancies where the foetus has the condition from at any time up until its birth. Following months of campaigning and legal battling, the High Court has given the green light for her landmark challenge against health secretary Matt Hancock to be heard on the grounds of discrimination against disabled people. She told The Sunday Telegraph: “The current law is unfair. It makes me feel like I shouldn’t exist, and that I’d be better off dead in the eyes of the law. “The policy basically says that it’s normal for a baby with Down’s syndrome to be terminated right up until birth. “The reason why this is important to me is because I have Down’s syndrome, I know what it is to have it, and my husband has it.” Asked how she feels to have been given the go-ahead with her landmark legal battle, she added: “I feel amazing knowing that the case is going to be heard in the High Court.”

10/17/2020 7:16:08 AM

Rudy’s ‘Russian Agent’ Pal Teases ‘Second Laptop’ With Hunter Biden KompromatRudy Giuliani has dismissed concerns that his latest anti-Biden smears are part of a foreign-election interference plot, but a Ukrainian lawmaker recently deemed an “active Russian agent” by the U.S. Treasury is now touting further details to come.Andrii Derkach, one of the key players in Giuliani’s years-long dirt-digging mission against Joe Biden in Ukraine, piggybacked on the former New York City mayor’s latest Biden smears—supposedly involving a forgotten laptop. Derkach claimed on Facebook that there is a “second laptop” with evidence of corruption involving the Biden family.Chinese Billionaire’s Network Hyped Hunter Biden Dirt Weeks Before Rudy GiulianiThe claim appears to muddy the waters around Giuliani’s latest “smoking gun” charge against Hunter Biden. He says they came to light after an obscure Delaware computer repair shop owner found Biden’s laptop in his possession and copied the hard drive before alerting federal authorities and inexplicably Giuliani’s own lawyer. Now, with Derkach jumping in with claims of a “second laptop,” that would mean private computer contents allegedly connected to Hunter Biden have somehow found their way into the hands of three separate parties: A media empire controlled by a Chinese billionaire who’s tight with Steve Bannon; a random Delaware shop owner who is outspoken in his support of Trump; and Derkach, a Ukrainian conspiracy theory peddler who studied at Moscow’s FSB academy.Derkach wrote on Facebook about the questionable New York Post report that relied on unverified images of emails provided by Trump allies to supposedly prove a corruption scheme by Biden and his son involving Ukrainian gas company Burisma. He then said there was a second laptop, which was used by “two representatives for the interests of [Burisma founder Mykola] Zlochevsky.”“That laptop was given to Ukrainian law enforcement,” Derkach wrote, adding that the Burisma representatives who used the laptop were now serving as “witnesses in criminal proceedings.” He said the witnesses were ready to testify about an international corruption scheme involving Biden and his son, Hunter, who served on the board of the gas company. It has already been reported that Russian intelligence agents successfully hacked into Burisma computer networks last year, although it is not clear how much they were able to access and copy.Despite what Team Trump would have the public believe is a towering mountain of evidence, neither Joe or Hunter Biden have been charged with any wrongdoing, and Ukrainian prosecutors confirmed months ago that they had found no evidence of any crimes.Derkach is no newbie to the Biden saga. While cozying up to Trump allies like Giuliani during impeachment proceedings, he held repeated press conferences in Kyiv touting purported proof of corruption by the former vice president, and claiming it was not Russia that interfered in the 2016 election, but Ukraine. He also featured prominently in an “exposé” by the Trumpian One America News Network, and met with Giuliani in Kyiv last year as part of their anti-Biden mission. His claims have not held up under scrutiny. After Derkach was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in September for working as a foreign operative, Giuliani insisted he had not seen “any evidence” to conclusively say whether Derkach was working as a Russian agent or not. He told The Daily Beast this week that he believed it was a toss up whether his partner in the Biden smearing campaign was an active intelligence operative. “The chance that Derkach is a Russian spy is no better than 50/50,” he said.Rudy: Only ‘50/50’ Chance I Worked With a ‘Russian Spy’ to Dig Dirt on Bidens and UkraineBut U.S. intelligence officials had begun warning in spring 2019 that Derkach was part of a Russian effort to worm their way into the U.S. presidential election and spread the narrative that Biden and his son were involved in nefarious corruption schemes overseas. Giuliani’s allegations against Biden have evolved drastically since he first began his attacks on Trump’s then presumed 2020opponent by claiming the former vice president improperly forced out a Ukrainian prosecutor. After numerous “exposés” on Biden’s supposed abuse of power aired on OAN largely failed to gain much traction, Giuliani shifted his focus to Biden’s son, Hunter, who he has now deemed a “national security risk.”Bizarrely, even Giuliani’s allegations against the younger Biden have pinballed all over the place, from his initial claim that Hunter used access to his father to line his own pockets, to his very personal attacks on his admitted struggles with substance abuse, and, perhaps most desperately, his latest smear that Hunter Biden engaged in “disgusting sexual behavior.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

10/18/2020 4:08:32 AM

Republican chairwoman refuses to condemn QAnon, instead pivots to AntifaRNC chair Ronna McDaniel dismisses conspiracy theorists as fringe group, ‘not part of our party’

10/18/2020 2:15:43 PM

A Kentucky postal worker who trashed over 100 absentee ballots was fired and could face federal chargesThe report comes at a time of heightened anxiety over voting, amplified by President Donald Trump's widely debunked claims of rampant fraud.

10/17/2020 2:12:41 PM

Ankara-backed nationalist ousts president in Turkish Cypriot pollRight-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar, backed by Ankara, scored a surprise victory in a run-off presidential election Sunday in breakaway northern Cyprus, ousting pro-reunification incumbent Mustafa Akinci.

10/18/2020 12:56:48 PM

'Log off! Log off!' teacher orders students when sexual assault livestreamed during first grader's remote learning classCHICAGO - An 18-year-old man out on bond for a gun case was held without bail after he livestreamed himself during a sexual act with a 7-year-old first grader on break from her Chicago Public Schools remote learning class on Thursday prosecutors said. Catrell A. Walls, of the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the South Side, was arrested Thursday afternoon shortly after 3:30 p.m., after he was ...

10/17/2020 3:27:00 PM

Pakistan stops bid to smuggle endangered falconsThe falcons are on the endangered species list and are said to be worth almost £1m.

10/17/2020 9:36:08 AM

GOP Sen. Sasse unleashes scathing attack on Trump, 'TV-obsessed' narcissistThe Nebraska lawmaker warned the president will hand the Senate to Democrats if he loses in November.

10/17/2020 9:03:20 AM