Chances of Stimulus Deal Before November Election Drop as Impasse Continues

Public statements made by members of Congress this week suggest there is pessimism about passing a pandemic stimulus bill, with some warning that the measure won’t be passed until after the November election or after the year is over. “Congress isn’t going to pass more COVID-19 relief before the election,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote […]

Massive Smoke Clouds From Wildfires Darken West Coast Sky

SAN FRANCISCO—Hazy clouds of smoke from dozens of wildfires darkened the sky to an eerie orange glow over much of the West Coast on Wednesday, keeping street lights illuminated during the day and putting residents on edge. The California Highway Patrol urged drivers to turn on their headlights and slow down. Social media was filled […]

Staffer for Top Oregon Democrat Arrested During Riot in Portland

The legislative director for the speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives was arrested during rioting in Portland over the weekend, arrest records show. Kristina Narayan, 29, of Portland, was arrested for interfering with a peace officer. Law enforcement arrested 59 people during the riot, which started late Saturday and went into the early hours […]

Big Drop Reported in Vaping by US Teenagers

NEW YORK—Vaping by U.S. teenagers fell dramatically this year, especially among middle schoolers, according to a federal report released Wednesday. Experts think last year’s outbreak of vaping related illnesses and deaths may have scared off some kids, but they believe other factors contributed to the drop, including higher age limits and flavor bans. In a […]

48 States Approved for Trump’s Unemployment Plan

Forty-eight states have been approved for President Donald Trump’s enhanced unemployment payments. Despite grumbling over details of the plan by governors across the United States, every state but one applied for the enhanced payments. Officials in Nebraska and Nevada—the remaining holdouts—announced last week they were applying for the new program created through Trump’s Aug. 8 […]

Los Angeles Officials Revise Ban on Halloween Activities

Los Angeles County officials revised a ban on trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities after widespread backlash. Public health officials said in guidelines for Oct. 31 that both trick-or-treating and “trunk-or-treating” were banned, citing difficulty maintaining social distance, or 6 feet between non-household members, during the activities. Trick-or-treating involves going door-to-door for candy while trunk-or-treating involves […]

US Confirms It Will End Enhanced Screening for Some International Passengers

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government confirmed on Thursday it will end enhanced screening of some international passengers for COVID-19 and drop requirements that travelers coming from the targeted countries arrive at 15 designated U.S. airports, starting Monday. Reuters reported the planned shift Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement it was […]

Man Charged With Burning Seattle Police Cars During Seattle Riot

The Department of Justice on Sept. 9 charged an Edmonds, Washington, man with setting police vehicles on fire during a violent protest in downtown Seattle on May 30. Kelly Thomas Jackson, 20, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged (pdf) in U.S. District Court with two counts of arson and two counts of unlawful possession of […]

NYC Indoor Dining May Resume Sept 30 With Strict Restrictions, Cuomo Says

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that indoor dining can resume in New York City starting Sept. 30 with a 25 percent occupancy limit, among a slew of other restrictions and requirements amid the ongoing CCP virus pandemic. The city government will also have to provide a team of 400 staff to work with the […]

Rochester Police Union President, Mayor, Call on Each Other to Resign Over Daniel Prude Death

The mayor of Rochester, New York, and the city’s police union president on Wednesday called on each other to resign over the handling of the March death of Daniel Prude. During a press briefing Wednesday, Rochester Police Locust Club President Mike Mazzeo called on Mayor Lovely Warren to resign, saying that there’s a “need for […]