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Trump: 'George Washington would have had a hard time beating me before the plague came in'
News ImagePresident Trump suggested that even an opponent as formidable as the nations first commander in chief would have had difficulty unseating him before the coronavirus pandemic.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:37:55 -0400
Air Force helicopter shot at from ground while flying over Virginia, crew injured
News ImageFBI investigating shot fired at UH-1N Huey flying over Virginia which injured a crew member.
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:13:00 -0400
This Is Reparations: Black Lives Matter Holds Rally to Support Suspects in Recent Chicago Looting
News ImageMembers of Black Lives Matter Chicago held a rally on Monday night in support of more than 100 people arrested following widespread looting and rioting in the city the night prior.Speaking at the rally outside a police station in the South Loop where organizers said the suspected looters are in custody, organizer Ariel Atkins excused the looting which reportedly caused at least $60 million in property damage and left 13 police officers injured calling the theft reparations, NBC Chicago reported.I dont care if someone decides to loot a Gucci or a Macys or a Nike store, because that makes sure that person eats, Ariel Atkins, a BLM organizer, said. That makes sure that person has clothes.That is reparations, Atkins added. Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.Hundreds of people swarmed downtown Chicago early Monday, breaking the windows of dozens of businesses and stealing anything they could, including merchandise and cash machines, after Chicago police officers shot an armed man in Englewood on Sunday.Latrell Allen, 20, had fired shots at police prompting them to return fire, striking and wounding him, police said. Allen now faces attempted murder charges after the incident.This person fired shots at our officers, CPD Superintendent David Brown said. Officers returned fire and struck the individual.Black Lives Matter organizers expressed skepticism over the shooting, showing concern that none of the officers involved had worn body cameras.Police say a lot of things, Atkins said. Even though the Department of Justice said with the consent decree they are no longer allowed to chase people, they decided they were going to chase, and they shot this young man multiple times."The unrest was sparked by a social media post urging people to descend on Chicagos business district after the officer involved shooting. A video posted on Facebook around 6:30 p.m. falsely claimed that officers had shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, Fox News reported.This was not an organized protest. Rather, this was an incident of pure criminality," Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters of the looting. "This was an act of violence against our police officers and against our city.Hoping to prevent additional looting in the Central Business District, police are setting up barriers and raising bridges in downtown Chicago. Expressway exits are also closed and CTA trains and buses are running limited routes, NBC Chicago reported.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:40:59 -0400
Pro Poker Player Was Bound, Sexually Assaulted, Lit on Fire After Motel Meeting
News ImageSusie Zhao, the professional poker player whose charred remains were found in a remote Michigan park in July, was allegedly bound with zip ties and sexually assaulted before she was lit on fire until she died after meeting with a convicted sex offender, according to new court documents.Zhao, 33, was last seen around 5:30 p.m. on July 12 by her mother, the White Lake Township Police Department previously told The Daily Beast. The next day, her badly burned body was discovered at around 8:05 a.m. in a parking lot near the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, about an hour outside of Detroit.Last week, Jeffrey Bernard Morris, 60, was charged from his hospital bed with first-degree premeditated murder. Authorities discovered the convicted sex offender allegedly met Zhao in a motel room the night before her body was found. Morris, who is homeless and has a lengthy criminal history is currently in jail after being denied bail.A Pro Poker Player Was Found Badly Burned. Was She Murdered Over Gambling?This is not the end of the investigation into Susies death but the beginning of the pursuit of justice for her and her family, White Lake Township Detective Chris Hild said in a press conference. We can only hope that where we are today brings some level of comfort to the healing process.In new court documents, first obtained by WXYZ, authorities revealed what occurred the night the pro poker player, known on the circuit as Susie Q, went missing.Cell phone records indicate Morris and the rising poker star first met on July 12. In an interview with police the night of his arrest on July 31, Morris admitted to picking up Zhao on Watkins Lake Road before they both checked into the Sherwood Motel at around 9:26 p.m.Morris told investigators the pair left the motel at some point to buy some alcohol and that Zhao left the motel at around midnight and took everything with her. Cell phone records, however, show the 33-year-olds phone didnt leave the motel until around 5 a.m on July 13, according to the court documents. Surveillance footage near the motel and cell phone records also show Morris left the room at around 5 a.m., before driving to a secluded section of the Pontiac Lake Recreation area where Zhao was found.Court documents say that evidence suggests Morris was at the 3,745-acre park for about seven minutes.When Zhao was found the following morning, she was identified by fingerprints and was bound with zip ties. She had been sexually assaulted with a large object before being "lit on fire until she died, the court documents state.A spokesperson for the Oakland County Medical Examiner told The Daily Beast that Zhaos cause of death is currently unknown, pending an autopsy and toxicology results.When authorities pulled Morris over on a warrant in Ypsilanti weeks later, investigators found several hairs and other evidence with possible bloodstains. They also found duffle bags with a fitted bed sheet that appeared to have blood on it and a wooden baseball bat that also appeared to have a bloodstain. The items were taken to Oakland County Crime Lab for testing.Authorities are now scrambling to understand the motive behind the mysterious death that occurred just weeks after Zhao moved back to her home state of Michigan from California on June 9.Two childhood friends of Zhao previously told The Daily Beast that the poker player bounced between several citiesincluding Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Floridaboth for her job and because she was a jet-setter.According to PokerNews.com, Zhao was successful in the professional worker world, garnering several deep runs in the World Series of Poker Main Eventplacing 90th in 2012 to earn $73,805. Over the course of her career, Zhao won $224,671, according to the poker database The Hendon Mob. Despite earlier speculation, authorities have said there is no evidence that Zhaos death was connected to her gambling.I dont think there was ever anything else that she wanted to do. She was playing poker from a very young age, Meredith Rogowski, a childhood friend, told The Daily Beast. It was not a surprise. She was very bold and did whatever she wanted to do. Whenever we talked about her job, she was very nonchalant. But I do know it was exhausting to be in that worldit was long-hours and some of the people she met werent always genuine.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.
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:29:35 -0400
US health chief slams China over virus on Taiwan trip
News ImageThe coronavirus might have been stamped out more quickly had it emerged in democratic Taiwan instead of autocratic China, the US health secretary said Tuesday during a historic diplomatic trip to Taipei. Alex Azar's renewed criticism of China's handling of the pandemic is likely to further stoke already fiery tensions between the United States and China, where the disease first appeared late last year. "I believe it is no exaggeration to say that, if this virus had emerged in a place like Taiwan or the United States, it might have been snuffled out easily," he added.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:39:30 -0400
Coronavirus live updates: Nasal spray can help fight COVID-19; Kentucky Derby bets on smaller crowd; Florida sheriff bans masks
News ImageScientists in California develop say their nasal spray "AeroNabs" can help against COVID-19. Texas surpasses 500K cases. Latest news.
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:06:08 -0400
Photos show the oil spill in Mauritius that's leaking 4,000 tons of fuel into the pristine, azure waters of the Indian Ocean
News ImageMore than 1,000 tons of oil has leaked into the Indian Ocean, and environmentalists worry it may be too late to undo the damage.
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:18:03 -0400
The Perseid meteor shower, which NASA says is the best of the year, peaks Tuesday night. Here's how to catch it.
News ImageThe Perseids meteor shower, considered the year's best, peaks Tuesday night. Here's how to watch the show.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020 15:40:00 -0400
Coronavirus may spread farther than 6 feet indoors
News ImageA classroom simulation shows how the spread of the virus is significantly cut down simply by placing ventilation near a teacher.
Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:25:00 -0400
Trump says he is considering the great battlefield at Gettysburg for his convention speech
News ImagePresident Trump tweeted on Monday that he is choosing between two locations, Gettysburg, Penn. and the White House, for his speech accepting the Republican nomination, scheduled for the night of Aug. 27.
Mon, 10 Aug 2020 17:07:12 -0400
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