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Joe Biden says on morning talk show popular with black listeners that those having a hard time figuring out whether to support him or President Trump "ain't black"

Tesla and Alameda County reach deal to allow automaker to reopen its sole US assembly plant in Fremont as early as Monday, county saying it will work with police to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and agreed upon health and safety measures

US entomologists fear that the newly arrived two-inch long Asian giant hornet has the potential to devastate the country's bee populations, the hornet kills up to 50 people a year in Japan

At least 16 people killed in shooting rampage Sunday in Nova Scotia, Canada, a policewoman and the shooter among the dead, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman said to have moved across the northern part of the province and committed what appears to be several homicides

24-year-old Philadelphia man shoots three teenagers in the legs in self-defense on a bus early Thursday, police says man has permit to carry and that they are reviewing whether anyone should face charges

Boeing 787s need to be turned off and on again every 51 days to avoid pilots being given false data on airspeed and altitude, according to directive from US government

Texas appeals court upholds five-year prison sentence for 45-year-old Crystal Mason who illegaly tried to vote in the 2016 presidential election, Mason who has a tax fraud related felony conviction says she was unaware that the state bans persons on supervised release from voting but the court says her ignorance is irrelevant

Florida politician Andrew Gillum found in hotel room with bag of methamphetamine, was too intoxicated to answer questions from police and in company of man who had overdosed, was previously mayor of Tallahassee and came within 34,000 votes of becoming governor in 2018

US judge orders immediate release of former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning from prison, was scheduled to appear in court on Friday but judge rules it no longer necessary

Harvey Weinstein sentenced in New York court to 23 years in prison for 2013 third-degree rape and 2006 criminal sex act, maintains his innocence and says thousands of men are losing due process, also faces California charge for 2013 rape and sexual assault against two women where trial follows

US Air Force and SpaceX collaborate in exercise where company's satellites interoperate with military systems, goals include studying whether a greater number of smaller satellites can be more robust alternative to fewer large ones

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape and sexual assault, faces up to 29 years in prison, verdict seen as milestone as case has become most prominent symbol of #MeToo movement

Bernie Sanders' victory in Nevada with 46% of votes casts doubt on conventional assumptions that he can't win outside his own base or among blacks or hispanics, received most votes in all demographics except people over 65 where plurality voted for Joe Biden

New Jersey raises its threat level for white supremacists to the topmost category and drops the IS terrorists one level to "low", the El Paso Walmart shooting and local incidents such as the arrest of a man who admitted to instructing neo-Nazis to vandalize synagogues mentioned as examples of the rising threat while the global focus of the IS terrorists resulted in the down-grading, 168 reported instances of white supremacist propaganda distribution during 2019

Inmate at Illinois' largest women's prison says she was raped by a transgender inmate and that the officials tried covering up the incident by claiming the relationship was consensual, the plaintiff says she was terrified of the much bigger and stronger inmate who raped her the first day after moving into the housing unit, the defendant's lawyer says his client has faced similar accusations of sexual harassment since the prison move last April but that those were unfounded and due to transphobia

Movements grow in US to redraw borders between states as rural conservative reject rule of metropolitan liberals, parts of Oregon want to join Idaho, parts of Virginia could go to West Virginia, Chicago could be kicked out of Illinois, California could become two states and New York three autonomous regions

Donald Trump issues several pardons and commutations of sentences, beneficiaries include corrupt politicians Rod Blagojevich and Bernie Kerik as well as fraudsters Michael Milken and Edward DeBartolo Jr, president also considers pardons or clemency for former confidantes Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Mike Flynn

Three female high school students in Connecticut file lawsuit to overturn policy allowing transgender athletes to compete according to identified gender, track runners Terry Miller och Andraya Yearwood to lose right to compete against females if the state policy falls, Chelsea Miller who is one of the plaintiffs says she has lost out four state championships and "countless other opportunities" due to the policy

Member of jury which convicted Roger Stone is political activist with Twitter history of condemning Donald Trump as well as his co-workers including Stone, could lead to mistrial being declared according to law professor Jonathan Turley

Michael Avenatti convicted of trying to extort Nike and is expected to spend years in prison, will stand trial for two additional crimes later this year, former lawyer gained fame in 2016 when he battled with Donald Trump as representative for porn actress Stormy Daniels

Joe Biden slated to lose donors in wake of crushing defeat in the New Hampshire primaries, fifth place behind Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Warren

Suicides more frequent in US Air Force while becoming less common or being on stable level in other military branches, increased 40% from 2018 to 2019

Federal Reserve bars former Goldman Sachs executive Andrea Vella from further undertakings within the U.S. banking industry, barred on account of involvement Malaysian 1MDB embezzlement scandal

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami replaces plastic cups with 50,000 aluminium ones to reduce plastic waste for the Super Bowl final, will also sell water in cans instead of in bottles, aims to eliminate 99.4% of its single-use plastic this year

Federal agents find 1.3 km drug smuggling tunnel stretching between Tijuana and San Diego County – the tunnel that was found following a multi-year investigation is equipped with air ventilation, electricity, extensive rail system and elevator is the longest such tunnel ever discovered in the area

Santa Cruz in California decriminalises adult use and possession of psychedelic mushrooms, part of diversity of strategies taking care of mental health and offering way out of opioids

Indiana teenager Hunter Wart honored for raising USD 10,000 to install baby community box at the Seymour Fire Department, local fire chief says he was ecstatic as the box was used to abandon a baby girl on Thursday, Wart now trying to raise money to purchase another box for the city

Arizona Supreme Court rules that divorced woman can't use frozen embryos against her ex-husband's will, ruling relied on earlier signed contract saying they had to agree to have a baby or donate the seven unused IVF embryos from 2014, the man's lawyer says state law would have held his client financially responsible for the child for 18 years, new state law passed in 2018 that would have let the woman use the embryos without the man's consent but does not apply retroactively

Proposed Arizona law to bar transgender women from competing against biological women in K-12 schools, community colleges and state universities, Nancy Barto (R) who announced the proposal says it's an issue of basic fairness and that the alternative can result in women being denied crucial educational and financial opportunities – similar legislation proposed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Washington state as part of a national campaign backed by Alliance Defending Freedom

41-year-old Pennsylvania woman faces multiple felony child endangerment and aggravated assault charges after her 16-year-old son is found weighing 12 kg at 112 cm tall, police say the extremely malnourished boy's condition is improving and that he grew in both height and weight after receiving medical care

Pizza delivery driver in Charlotte, N.C, shoots three out of four youths who ambushed him and aimed a rifle replica at his head, fourth robber scared away and arrested, pizza delivery driver not physically hurt, shot perpetrators expected to heal up after hospital care

Antifascists pledge to desist from mounting counter-protest in Richmond, Virginia, rationale ostensibly safety concerns on behalf of both protesters and elderly working-class gun advocates, President of Virginia Citizens Defense League Philip van Cleave notes that some phalanxes of antifascist movement are equally opposed to the proposed laws

Richmond, Virginia authorities brace for impending gun-rights protest on January 20, thousands expected to attend, media draws parallels to Charlottesville 2017

Prosecutor drafts lawsuit claiming Jeffrey Epstein held underage girls captive on his private island in the US Virgin archipelago, lawsuit includes witness accounts of how a 15-year old girl tried to swim to freedom, only to be caught and have her passport confiscated

Dallas man shoots and kills one of three armed robbers storming a social gathering, other two suspects at large, the 25-year-old licensed handgun carrier was released after providing statement to the police

Steve Bannon insists Trump postpone State of the Union address until after impeachment acquittal, claims Nancy Pelosi's dithering is deliberate strategy designed to make trial and speech coincide, Bannon calls impeachment proceedings a 'coup' and the 'crime of the century'

U.S. Department of Homeland Security sparks furore and indignation by listing climate activists alongside domestic terrorist organisations in internal memo, list includes Valve Turners - an organisation known for sabotaging critical pipeline infrastructure

Surveillance video of Jeffrey Epstein's cell during his first alleged suicide attempt in July deleted since at least August as the jail listed the wrong cell number connected to the government request to record and save video from outside the cell

Judge orders Google to turn over a year's worth of Jussie Smollett's emails, messages and location data to special prosecution, data will be used to establish whether there were grounds for dismissing all criminal charges

Milk producer Borden Dairy files for bankruptcy, following in footsteps of competitor Dean Foods two months ago, reasons include lower milk consumption, more expensive raw milk and retail chains starting their own dairy processing plants

Butt naked Florida man high on methamphetamine resists arrest by lashing out against police dog Casper, biting his ear between bouts of maniacal laughter and shrill bird noises, Casper finally extricates himself and exacts revenge by biting the man in the head

Several people injured in machete attack on synagogue during a Hanukkah celebration in New York City suburb, two of the victims in critical condition, the unidentified suspect taken into custody

Michael Bloomberg used prison labor for phone campaign, inmates earning 20 USD per month called potential voters to convince them to support billionaire Bloomberg, spokesperson claims to have been unaware

Crop duster filled with holy water blesses entire community of Cow Island, Louisiana and saves time for priest Matthew Barzare who thereby does not have to visit each part of town himself

Commercial survival camps prepare Americans for uncertain future and will shelter members in case of natural disasters or civil war, founder seeks investments to expand from two to ten states

Boeing fires its Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg in bid to restore trust after two fatal crashes forced them to halt production of its best-selling 737 MAX jetliner, chairman David Calhoun takes over as CEO and president

Two shooters kill police officer at cemetery in New Jersey and drives to and fire at Jewish supermarket across town before entering, three victims and suspects found dead inside the kosher market following a four-hour standoff with police

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg enters 2020 Democratic presidential race on Sunday, has been critical of anti-Wall Street crusader Elizabeth Warren and says US cannot afford four more years of President Trump

At least three people killed at Walmart shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma, gunman wearing all black confirmed dead

At least nine mormons killed by drug cartel in Mexico, including three women and six children, authorities suspect they were attacked after being mistaken for members of rival cartel, several children injured and one child still missing

Donald Trump proclaims October 9 Leif Erikson Day, honors the Icelandic Viking who sailed to Vinland over a thousand years ago as well as Nordic-Americans and their contributions to the America of today

78-year-old Bernie Sanders hospitalized for chest discomfort, oldest 2020 candidate cancels campaign events and appearances after having two stents inserted in blocked artery, will rest until further notice

Canada's Green Party admits editing photo on their website of leader Elizabeth May holding a disposable cup, replacing it with a reusable cup with the Green Party logo and a metal straw

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announces impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, Democrats disappointed after Robert Mueller found no evidence of Russian collusion, got their hopes up when allegation emerged claiming the president pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden

Patrick Byrne sells whole stake in his company Overstock after controversy around his connections to Russian agent, entrepreneur and libertarian Byrne will now dedicate himself to fighting the US deep state and moves his assets into gold, silver and cryptocurrencies

Democratic donor Ed Buck arrested after three cases of crystal meth overdoses in his home, under suspicion for having injected his victims with the drug during sexual activities

US drug-maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy protection, designed in part to resolve more than 2,600 lawsuits filed against it over its alleged role in opioid epidemic

Call of Duty gamer who planned a hoax 911 call resulting in Kansas man's death sentenced to 15 months in prison, Casey Viner pleaded guilty to conspiracy in case of "swatting" where he recruited fellow defendant Tyler Barriss, who believing he gave the address to another gamer instead sent the police to an innocent man, who was killed when opening his door, Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison in March

New York Times spreads discredited allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, then calls alleged degrading act at dorm party involving private parts "harmless fun"

US federal government spent record USD 4.2 trillion in first eleven months of fiscal 2019 (October through August), running a deficit of USD 1.1 trillion

Actress Felicity Huffman is sent to 14 days in prison and USD 30,000 fine for paying an admissions consultant USD 15,000 to have her daughter's answers on the SAT corrected, part of a college admissions cheating scheme across US

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma near agreement with 2,000 cities, counties and other plaintiffs suing the company and Sackler family over role in US opioid crisis, in deal valued at up to USD 12 billion, more than dozen other states opposed or uncommitted to deal, setting stage for legal battle in bankruptcy proceedings starting next week

Justin Trudeau calls a federal election for 21 October, opinion polls indicate tough race for the prime minister, who is seeking a second term in office, with both Liberals and Conservatives on just over 30% support

Gun sales surge 15% in US compared to 2018, driven in part by Americans seeking self-protection and deep concerns congressional Democrats are going to push through expanded gun control legislation

Donald Trump fires his National Security Advisor John Bolton, says he disagreed strongly with many of Bolton's suggestions and that a replacement will be appointed next week

Grocery chain Fred Meyer posts fliers seeking replacement workers in the event of a strike, promises a USD 15 hourly wage which is more than some of the union members make, does not sit well with the union who wish they would share those resources with people who have given their lives and careers to the company instead

McKrae Game comes out as gay after decades in the closet, founded one of the US's largest conversion therapy ministries, now asks for forgiveness and wishes to close down all similar practices

City of San Francisco designated National Rifle Association domestic terrorist organisation, NRA says the ludicrous stunt is an effort to distract from real problems, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, and promises to continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans

At least 25 people killed and 11 were badly injured in Mexican bar fire in Coatzacoalcos police say was set deliberately by gang members, survivors say men believed to be gangsters blocked exits before setting venue on fire, media report bar was peppered with gunfire and Molotov cocktails thrown inside

Drug maker Johnson & Johnson must pay USD 572 million for its part in fuelling opioid addiction crisis in Oklahoma, US judge rules in first case to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits filed against opioid makers and distributors, the company says it will appeal

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes outpatient radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer, tumour treated definitively and no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body, the 86-year-old Supreme Court Associate Justice has previously been treated for pancreatic, colorectal and lung cancer

Court rules abortion organisation Planned Parenthood to pay USD 3 million in damages to whistleblower and former employee Mayra Rodriguez in wrongful termination case, was dismised after raising concerns about ethical and legal breaches at abortion facilities run by group

Jeffrey Epstein signed a will two days before his alleged suicide, US media reports say, assets include USD 56 million in cash, USD 14 million in fixed income investments and USD 18 million in aviation assets, automobiles and boats as well as a collection of fine arts, antiques and other valuables not yet appraised, the paedophile’s victims will go after his assets for damages

Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers unsatisfied with medical examiner's ruling their client hanged himself, promise their own independent probe, demanding access to pivotal videos from prison "if they exist as they should"

US attorney's aide Tawanna Hilliard accused of using government computers to identify and expose snitches for her Bloods gang member son Tyquan Hilliard, who is serving ten years in prison for robbery, the mother faces up to 20 years in prison on obstruction charge alone

Study showing white police no more likely to shoot minorities draws fire, researchers studied 900 fatal US police shootings in 2015 concluding there is no racial bias among police, undercuts central tenets of Black Lives Matter movement who claim black men dies at the hands of police due to colour of their skin

US trend sees drop in sports participation among poor and middle-class families, while children from better off families participate in ever great numbers, according to The Aspen Institute's Project Play report, attributed to rising cost of playing sports and hope of securing college admissions

Jeffrey Epstein autopsy finds his neck broken in several places, such injuries can occur to people who hang themselves or who are strangled, unclear when autopsy report will be finished or made public

Naked burglar arrested in Los Angeles when found stuck in chimney, where hid after being confronted by owner of another home he tried to burglarize, claims someone laced his drink the night prior

US Attorney General Bill Barr slams inadequate Manhattan jail where Epstein died, saying there will be accountability, issues stark warning to Epstein's co-conspirators and assures case will continue against anyone complicit

Jeffrey Epstein told guards and other inmates weeks before he died someone tried to kill him, death comes 24 hours after court documents were unsealed implicating powerful men in sex scandals, Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death, FBI and Inspector General to open investigations

Miniature horses allowed as service animals on airplanes according to updated US Department of Transportation guidance, up to three animals per person allowed, reptiles and spiders banned

Marvin Minsky, AI pioneer at MIT, named by witness in deposition released in connection with Jeffrey Epstein underage girls sex trafficking investigation, known previous associate of Epstein, deposition also names Prince Andrew of Britain and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson

Armed former firefighter makes citizen's arrest of 20-year-old donned with body armor and military fatigues carrying tactical weapons and 100 rounds of ammunition while filming himself at Walmart in Springfield, MO, customers fled as store manager pulled the fire alarm, no shots fired and no one injured

14-year-old girl in Kentucky home alone with her two sisters stops two men from breaking in by firing a 9mm pistol in their general direction, constable Daniel Castle says she did a good job and encourages everyone who can to legally carry a firearm to protect themselves and their families just in case the need arises

Joe Biden makes another gaffe telling a crowd that poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids, Biden is the 2020 Democratic primary frontrunner

Canadian man survives grizzly bear attack by stabbing its neck with a 5 cm pocketknife, ties shirt sleeve around his bleeding leg and cycles 7 km to a logging camp, where he gets help and an ambulance helicopter is called, the bear is tracked and put down

51% of mass shooters in 2019 were black, 29% were white, and 11% were Latino, data from Mass Shooting Tracker shows, white people and Latinos dramatically underrepresented among mass shooters, while African Americans are highly overrepresented, media creates own narrative by portraying mass shootings as white man's problem

Texas police apologise after two white officers on horseback lead handcuffed black man by rope to police staging area, police chief says department policy immediately changed to prevent use of technique

The left-wing and Antifa supporter who killed nine at the Dayton shooting was obsessed with violence and mass shootings, had a hit list of fellow students he wanted to kill or rape

Mexico vows to take legal action against US for failing to protect Mexican citizens after the El Paso mass shooting, demands conditions established to protect Mexicans in the United States

Ohio gunman Connor Betts described himself as pro-Satan leftist who hated President Trump and supported Elizabeth Warren, said he wanted socialism and that he wouldn't wait for it, his sister one of the victims

Democratic Socialists of America National Convention in Georgia came to a halt over formal complaint by delegate of sensory overload from "guys" whispering, prompting another comrade to angrily demand immediate end to use of gendered language, followed by the first delegate saying the heckling and the hissing is triggering to his anxiety

Nine people killed and at least 16 hospitalised after shooter opens fire in a bar in Dayton, OH, gunman shot dead

At least 20 people killed and 26 wounded in mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso, TX, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius in custody

Home of Elijah Cummings burglarized, representative of Maryland's 7th congressional district since 1996 and has been heavily criticized by President Trump for the high crime rate in his district including Baltimore

President Trump says USA will shortly end AIDS epidemic and cure childhood cancer, promises new breakthroughs in science and medicine, makes the pledges at a rally in Cincinnati, OH

Woodstock 50 anniversary music festival officially canceled, widely expected after troubles finding a venue and headline artists pulling out, proclamations any profit would be used for fighting climate change and encouraging Americans to vote did not help

President Trump meet with 20 African American faith leaders, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., calls meeting sincere and productive, says Trump is not a racist and that the higher job market and the criminal justice reform help African Americans

Shooter kills three and injures 15 others at Gilroy Garlic Festival in San Jose, CA, 6-year-old boy among victims, perpetrator killed minutes after attack began, manhunt underway for a second individual involved