California Gov. Says Trump Unemployment Executive Action Spells Disaster For Budget

Gavin Newsom, governor of California, speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Newsom outlined his plan to lift restrictions in the most-populous U.S. state, saying a reopening depends on meeting a series of benchmarks that would remake daily life for 40 million residents. Photographer: Rich Pedroncelli/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

California’s coffers are nearly exhausted, and forcing the state to cover a part of extended unemployment benefits would cause “enormous economic strife and enormous stress,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday. Despite the state’s robust reserves at the start of the year, Newsom said, President Trump’s latest executive action would put the state in a… Continue reading California Gov. Says Trump Unemployment Executive Action Spells Disaster For Budget

Pandemic Or Not, Germans Still Prefer Cash

A cashier of a DIY works behind a glass protection as a preventive measure against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Munich, Germany, Thursday, March 19, 2020. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Just as in other countries, grocery stores in Germany are hushed, angst-ridden places these days, where a controlled number of masked shoppers give each other a wide berth in the aisles. At the checkout, the cashiers — also masked — sit behind a plastic screen. Exchange with customers is kept to a minimum and contactless… Continue reading Pandemic Or Not, Germans Still Prefer Cash

DSS arrests 42-year-old man for impersonating President Buhari’s Chief of Staff

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested 42-year-old man, Mohammed Prince Momoh, pictured above, for posing as an aide to the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, to defraud one Benson Aniogo of $50, 000. Disclosing this to newsmen, the spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, said Momoh attempted to defraud Aniogu… Continue reading DSS arrests 42-year-old man for impersonating President Buhari’s Chief of Staff

Not Enough Time’: Census Workers Fear Rushing Count Could Botch Results

A children's book is displayed at a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

With 50 days left to count every person living in the U.S., Census Bureau workers around the country are facing what many consider an increasingly impossible mission. Already hampered by the coronavirus pandemic, a shortened schedule for counting has exacerbated lingering challenges in dealing with health risks, retaining workers and deploying new technology for the… Continue reading Not Enough Time’: Census Workers Fear Rushing Count Could Botch Results

Seattle’s Police Chief Resigns After Council Votes To Cut Department Funds

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best speaks at a prayer vigil at the First AME Church Monday, June 1, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the weekend over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is resigning, abruptly announcing her departure late Monday just hours after the city council voted to strip the police department of some resources, including cutting around 100 jobs. Best, the city’s first Black police chief, will depart after a tumultuous few months in Seattle, where intense protests against racial injustice… Continue reading Seattle’s Police Chief Resigns After Council Votes To Cut Department Funds

Outgoing Seattle police chief says it’s not about the money, it’s about ‘lack of respect’ for officers

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on Tuesday announced her resignation, saying that she was not leaving because of pay cuts to her department, but because of the “lack of respect” towards her fellow officers. Best’s resignation comes amid the City Council’s decision to reduce the department by as many as 100 officers through layoffs and attrition. In response… Continue reading Outgoing Seattle police chief says it’s not about the money, it’s about ‘lack of respect’ for officers

Baltimore gas explosion leaves 2 dead, 7 injured; recovery underway

The Baltimore Fire Department said a second person was killed in Monday’s massive gas explosion that destroyed three rowhouses and displaced approximately 250 people. Fire officials said Tuesday the second victim was a man whose body was found by firefighters sifting through the rubble with their hands and small tools. Monday’s 10 a.m. blast rocked the… Continue reading Baltimore gas explosion leaves 2 dead, 7 injured; recovery underway

DC Circuit Court grills lawyers in Flynn case over whether case should be dropped

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s attorney adamantly argued before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday that District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan overstepped his authority by pushing for further arguments rather than grant prosecutors’ motion to dismiss Flynn’s case. A three-judge panel previously sided with Flynn and issued a writ of mandamus ordering Sullivan to dismiss… Continue reading DC Circuit Court grills lawyers in Flynn case over whether case should be dropped

Stalled coronavirus relief negotiations hit new obstacle: State aid

White House officials and Democratic leaders remained at an impasse Monday over another coronavirus relief package, with aid for cash-strapped state and local governments emerging as the latest obstacle in negotiations. The two sides are at odds over whether states should receive additional funding in the next round of emergency aid — and if so, how much. Negotiators… Continue reading Stalled coronavirus relief negotiations hit new obstacle: State aid

I’ll send Obasanjo back to prison if I become President- ex-gov, Ayo Fayose, says

Immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, says if he becomes President of Nigeria, he would send former President Olusegun Obasanjo back to prison. Speaking in an interview with PlusTV, Fayose who has never hidden his dislike for the former President, said if he becomes President, he will ensure Obasanjo accounts for all the alleged financial… Continue reading I’ll send Obasanjo back to prison if I become President- ex-gov, Ayo Fayose, says