Poland delays abortion ban as nationwide protests continue Poland’s rightwing government has delayed implementation of a controversial court ruling that would outlaw almost all abortion after it prompted the largest protests since the fall of communism. “There is a discussion going on, and it would be good to take some time for dialogue and for finding a new position in this situation, which is difficult and stirs high emotions,” Michał Dworczyk, the head of the prime minister’s office, told Polish media on Tuesday. The decision by the country’s constitutional tribunal promised to further tighten Poland’s abortion laws, which were already some of the strictest in Europe. The tribunal ruled that terminations should be illegal even in cases where a foetus is diagnosed with a serious and irreversible birth defect. This kind of abortion accounts for almost all of the small number of abortions performed legally in the country. The decision has still not been published, despite a Monday deadline, and as such has not entered into force.
Braves break it open with 6-run inning, knock out Clayton Kershaw Sports Pulse: The MLB postseason has two losing teams in it. There was only a 60-game regular season. Does the 2020 World Series champion require an asterisk? Our MLB experts debate. USA TODAY ARLINGTON, Texas – Bryse Wilson was just 10 years old the first time Clayton Kershaw set foot in a National League Championship Series, the 20-year-old southpaw embarking on a postseason career that he’d have no idea would be so torturous, and the Little Leaguer growing up in North Carolina unable to fathom he’d someday be the one adding to the misery.
US blacklists Chinese triad boss 'Broken Tooth' in latest round of anti-corruption sanctions Wan is known as a leader of the 14K Triad, which the US Treasury described as "one of the largest Chinese organized criminal organizations in the world," engaging in "drug trafficking, illegal gambling, racketeering, human trafficking, and a range of other criminal activities." Under the sanctions, any assets held by Wan in the US will be frozen and American citizens are forbidden from doing business with him. Born in the Portuguese colony of Macao, Wan rose through the ranks of the triad to become one of the territory's most powerful crime bosses, waging a bloody war against rival gangs, with bombings, shootings and stabbings a regular occurrence. He was jailed in November 1999 on a host of charges, shortly before the colony was handed over to China.
U.S. Records 100,000 Cases in a Day for the First Time The United States on Wednesday recorded over 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began, bursting past a grim threshold even as the wave of infections engulfing the country shows no sign of receding. The total count of new infections on Wednesday was more than 107,800, according to a New York Times database. Twenty-three states have recorded more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch.
Google Justice Department antitrust lawsuit explained: This is what it means for you Does Google's dominance in search harm you? The Justice Department's antitrust suit thinks so. USA TODAY The Justice Department on Tuesday charged Google with stifling competition and harming consumers in online search and advertising in violation of antitrust laws. It is the most significant legal offensive since the landmark case against Microsoft nearly two decades ago. It is also the first action to result from investigations by the Justice Department, Congress and state attorneys general. Brandon Bernard executed after Supreme Court denies request for a delay Bernard was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m. He was the youngest person in the United States to receive a death sentence in nearly 70 years for a crime committed when he was an adolescent. Bernard said he had been waiting for his chance to apologize to the family of the Bagleys and his own family for the pain he caused. "I'm sorry ...
Coronavirus live news: US breaks new cases record for second straight day as world suffers highest daily deaths I don’t mean to besmirch this blog’s good name with US election content too often, but in case you’re wondering, this is when we just might know the result (Georgia might be called on Thursday night in the US – if Biden manages to overtake Trump’s narrow margin, we could have a winner): Five states have yet to be called: Alaska, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Several news organizations, including the Associated Press and Fox News’ decision desk, have called Arizona for Joe Biden.
'A lot of chaos': Trump's rhetoric, a global pandemic and a tsunami of lawsuits complicate 2020 election President Donald Trump continued to cast doubt on whether or not November's election could be "honest," again questioning the legitimacy of mail-in ballots. The remarks come a day after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. (Sept. 24) AP Domestic WASHINGTON – By Election Night of 1876, Democratic presidential candidate Samuel Tilden was just one electoral vote away from victory. Need More Cult Coverage After "The Vow"? Try These Docs and Podcasts Even after nine hours of The Vow, you might be left wanting more about the NXIVM scandal. After all, The Vow isn’t perfect: There’s certainly some bias — the series’ director, Mark Vicente, clearly didn’t want to paint himself in an irredeemable light, even though he was a pretty high-ranking NXIVM member — and some of the darkest truths about the sex-trafficking cult’s secret society aren’t delved into in earnest. That’s why the much more digestible four-part docuseries Seduced makes such a solid follow-up.
Coronavirus live news: White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive – reports Figures for October showed this week that prices have risen for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in the latest batch of data to confound expectations that the property market would collapse under the weight of lockdowns, recession, unemployment and lack of immigration-driven population growth. And with the Reserve Bank cutting interest rates to a record low of 0.1% on Tuesday, owner-occupier lending hitting an all-time monthly high of $16bn according to ABS data, and savings soaring 20% to give households a property war chest, what is going to stop the Australian housing juggernaut? Nothing is the short answer, according to some expert observers, who argue that because money is cheaper to borrow it is often more affordable to buy a home than it is to rent one.
Coronavirus updates: 'Witch City' announces stricter Halloween guidelines; San Quentin ordered to cut prison population; Spain tops 1M cases Gun sales are up nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic and women are looking for firearm protection. Video Elephant One of the world's most notorious prisons has been ordered to cut its population by half due to a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 28 inmates and resulted in more than 2,200 infections. A California appeals court described the situation at San Quentin State Prison, north of San Francisco, as "the worst epidemiological disaster in California correctional history." State prison officials are now deciding whether to transfer about 1,100 inmates from San Quentin or appeal the order. Meanwhile, in Salem, Massachusetts, also known as "Witch City," officials have announced stricter guidelines for Halloween to prevent gatherings.
UK travelers could be banned from EU after January 1 under Covid rules From that date UK travelers will be subject to the same travel restrictions as all other non-EU countries which -- due to the coronavirus pandemic -- bars all but essential travel to Europe, a European Commission official told CNN on Thursday. The current Brexit transition period ends on December 31 and these travel restrictions will still apply even if the UK and EU strike a trade deal. "The UK is not part of the Schengen area and -- following the end of the transition period -- it will also no longer be treated similarly to a member state," said the European Commission official, adding that the UK "will be subject to the [EU] Council Recommendation on the external travel restriction." The criteria in the recommendation set out by the European Council is primarily based on whether a particular country's epidemiological situation is better or lower than the EU average. CNN's Jack Guy contributed to this report.