At Assange’s Extradition Hearing, Troubled Tech Takes Center Stage

The WikiLeaks founder’s high-profile case was delayed for months by the coronavirus. Now it is being hobbled by faulty livestreams and other technical issues. A supporter of Julian Assange protesting outside the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, in London last week.Credit…Henry Nicholls/Reuters Sept. 16, 2020, 11:47 a.m. ET LONDON — As Mark Feldstein, the first witness on the first day of the high-stakes extradition hearing for Julian Assange, appeared by video link from his home recently, reporters …

Why Biden ties Florida, leads in Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON — As 2016 proved, presidential elections are not about national poll numbers, they are about the states and the Electoral College — and states have their own identities, cultures and voter pools. Over the next few months, the difference between national- and state-level polls and the differences between specific states is likely to become more pronounced as voters turn their attention to the campaign and make final decisions about the two major presidential candidates. This week new NBC News/Marist …

Starz Orders ‘Blindspotting’ Spinoff Series from Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs

By Tyler Hersko, IndieWire Sep 12, 2020 at 6:33pm ©Lions Gate/courtesy Everett Collecti / Everett Collection The world of Blindspotting is headed to the small screen: Starz has greenlit a spinoff series based on the 2018 film, following Jasmine Cephas Jones’ character. Per Starz, the series will center on Ashley, who was nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate …

Nils Lundkvist dilemma pushing Rangers to trade Tony DeAngelo

Here is another reason, perhaps the most significant one, that the Rangers won’t be signing impending restricted free agent Tony DeAngelo to a multi-year contract and instead are seeking to trade the 24-year-old righty defenseman: That is because a contract of longer than one year for DeAngelo would all but ensure losing 20-year-old righty defenseman Nils Lundkvist to unrestricted free agency on June 2, 2022, without ever getting the Swede to Broadway. Teams hold exclusive rights to European-born draft picks …

In Northern California, the Slater fire leaves two dead and a town reeling

When Happy Camp Elementary School in rural Northern California started class two weeks ago, it was one of the few in California to reopen classrooms for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Abigail Yeager had worried at first whether sending her 6- and 8-year-old sons was the safe thing to do and whether wearing masks “was going to freak them out.” Those fears were quickly relieved. Her sons and other students were thrilled to be back in school, and it seemed …

Another California firestorm where warnings did not prevent deaths

The turn in the wind was expected. The U.S. Forest Service and CalFire on Tuesday morning braced for 45-mph gusts across the large Bear fire that had been crawling through the Plumas National Forest — dry and cool air coming from the northeast, so the fire would fan back on itself, onto miles of tinder primed by drought, four days of record heat and three weeks of low fire. The extreme danger was clear. They got that wind and more: …

Ken Robinson, Who Preached Creativity in Teaching, Dies at 70

Dance, he said, is just as important as math. He was knighted for his work, and his TED Talk on schools and the arts was the most viewed of all time. Ken Robinson in 2018. “There isn’t an education system on the planet that teaches dance every day to children the way we teach them mathematics,” he said in a TED Talk that has been downloaded 67 million times, the most in the organization’s history. Credit…Ying Ang for The New …

Saying Goodbye to Australia

With an upcoming departure from Sydney, one Australian reporter reflects on the experience of home and the country’s culture of simple pleasures. Relaxing near Bondi Beach.Credit…Andrew Quilty for The New York Times Sept. 11, 2020, 5:37 a.m. ET The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. This week’s issue is written by Isabella Kwai, a reporter with the Australia bureau. It was the slow pace that struck me most when …

7 Thrilling And Chilling Horror Novels Based On True Stories 

September 9, 2020 at 3:05 pm This original essay by Andrew Pyper coincides with the release of his new book, The Residence, published by Simon & Schuster (a ViacomCBS company).  History is made up of facts, but there’s invariably also gaps in its narrative. Even the most well-documented events leave questions behind. When a horror novelist takes on a re-telling of historical events, these spaces can be filled with unsettling subtexts, paranormal intrusions and twisted psychological motivations. The challenge (as I have recently learned in writing a …

David Rubenstein Dishes On Jeff Bezos, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton, Others In New Book ‘How To Lead: Wisdom From World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, And Game Changers’

(CBS Local)– David Rubenstein is the co-founder of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group and has a net worth of over $3 billion. The author and businessman is friends with and has interviewed some of the top leaders in the worlds of business, entertainment, politics and sports. Those conversations can now all be read in his new book from Simon & Schuster called “How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.” Rubenstein’s book features conversations …

Big drop reported in vaping by U.S. teenagers

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 national survey, just under 20 percent of high school students and 5 percent of middle school students said they were recent users of electronic cigarettes and other …

O.C. deputy accused of stealing suspect’s credit card, giving it to her son

An Orange County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with filing a false police report after prosecutors said she took a credit card from a suspect and gave it to her son, who then used the card to make purchases. Angelina Cortez, 41, faces the felony charge in connection with a Nov. 19, 2018, incident in which she and her training officer responded to a 911 call about a man stealing wine and batteries from a San Clemente 7-Eleven store. Cortez …

Moria migrants: Fire destroys Greece’s camp on Lesbos

Fire has destroyed Greece’s largest migrant camp, the overcrowded Moria facility on the island of Lesbos. About 25 firefighters with 10 engines battled the flames as migrants were evacuated. Some suffered injuries from smoke exposure. Reports say migrants protesting against coronavirus rules may have started the fire, though this is unconfirmed. Police blocked migrants heading to the port town of Mytilene, leaving them stuck on the road. Moria is home to nearly 13,000 people, more than four times the number …

Kabul bomb: Deadly blast targets Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh

Image copyright Reuters At least 10 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul that targeted First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. Mr Saleh, a former Afghan intelligence services head, escaped with slight burns on his face and hand, he said. Footage filmed shortly after the explosion showed a large plume of black smoke rising from the scene. The blast came as Afghan officials and the Taliban are prepared to begin their first formal talks. Mr …

Oscars: Only diverse films will be considered for best picture

Image copyright AFP/Getty Films hoping to compete for the best picture Oscar will have to meet certain criteria over diversity, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says. The Academy set out four “standards” which it hopes will boost representation and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera. For the 96th Oscars, in 2025, only films that have met at least two of the standards will qualify for the award. The Oscars have been criticised for their …

‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ Launches Behind The Scenes Digital Docu-Series Ahead Of September 14 Debut

September 8, 2020 at 3:15 pm (CBS Local)– “The Drew Barrymore Show” makes its premiere on Monday, September 14 and Barrymore and her team are providing fans a peak behind the curtain of their new daytime talk show with a new digital docu-series called “The Making Of The Drew Barrymore Show.” The four part digital docu-series features Drew taking viewers behind the scenes of her show, where she shares an honest, raw and emotional look at how life has changed for …

Joe Douglas has an explanation for Jets’ lack of spending

September 8, 2020 | 1:39am The Jets enter the season with $31 million in salary-cap space, according to Over The Cap. Only the Browns and Patriots have more. Fans may wonder, why not spend that money to improve the 2020 team? But general manager Joe Douglas said the Jets have a long-term plan and they want to maintain flexibility for next year and beyond. Any cap space not used this year rolls over into next year and 2021 has a …

Julian Assange Appears in London Court for U.S. Extradition Hearing

The case against the WikiLeaks founder, who is accused of obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic documents, was delayed in February because of the coronavirus pandemic. Video transcript transcript Demonstrators Rally Outside Assange’s Extradition Hearing Protesters gathered outside the London court where Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, appeared in a hearing on extradition to the United States. The case was delayed in February because of the pandemic. “We will win!” “We will win, Julian!” “We will win, Julian!” …

Truck Bomb in Somalia Kills 3 and Wounds 3, Including a U.S. Soldier

Africa|Truck Bomb in Somalia Kills 3 and Wounds 3, Including a U.S. Soldier No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Shabab have carried out similar attacks across the Horn of Africa nation. Shabab fighters training in 2011. In recent years, the Shabab, who seek to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government, have lost many of the cities and villages they once controlled.Credit…Farah Abdi Warsameh/Associated Press Sept. 7, 2020, 9:10 a.m. ET NAIROBI, Kenya — Three Somali military officers were …

California wildfires: Gender reveal party blamed for fire

Image copyright EPAOfficials have blamed a gender reveal party for one of several wildfires raging in the US state of California. A “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” at the event sparked the El Dorado fire, which has now spread over 7,000 acres. It is one of more than two dozen blazes across the state. California is currently experiencing a record heatwave, with Los Angeles reporting its highest ever temperature of 49.4C (121F). The National Weather Service described Sunday as “one of the …