Archive for August 14th, 2020

Trump: TikTok Must Be Sold In 90 Days, Cites 'Credible Evidence' Of Security Threat | | August 14 2020, 10:00 PM

The move follows a previous executive order from the president that would make "transactions" between U.S. citizens and the Chinese-owned app illegal.

U.S. Ambassador Says Israel's Agreement With UAE Holds 'Enormous Upside' | | August 14 2020, 5:40 PM

Israel and the UAE agreed to move toward normal diplomatic relations. For one perspective on the prospective deal, Morning Edition talked to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

An Ice Cream Truck Jingle's Racist History Has Caught Up To It | | August 14 2020, 5:40 PM

Good Humor ice cream asked the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA to come up with a new jingle to replace "Turkey in the Straw," a ubiquitous ice-cream truck song with a racist past.

New Zealand Investigates A Mystery: Where Did Its New Cases Come From? | | August 14 2020, 5:00 PM

The hunt is on to find the source of the coronavirus outbreak, now at 30 cases. The country is working to understand how the virus slipped through its defenses.

Mass Protests Have Followed The Beirut Explosion. What's Next?

US & World | | August 14 2020, 4:40 PM

Last week's explosion has prompted new hopes for political change. But enormous challenges remain. Here's what's at stake and how things may play out.

Federal Appeals Court Throws Out California Ban On Large-Capacity Gun Magazines

Crime & Justice | | August 14 2020, 4:20 PM

The court on Friday ruled that the state's "near-categorical ban of [the magazines] infringes on the fundamental right to self-defense." The decision is a blow to gun control activists.

In Aerial Combat Over Lake Michigan, Eagles: 1; Drones: 0 | | August 14 2020, 3:40 PM

Last month, Hunter King was using a drone to map shoreline erosion for Michigan's environmental department when a bald eagle apparently attacked the vehicle, causing it to crash into the water.

Under Trump, SEC Enforcement Of Insider Trading Dropped To Lowest Point In Decades | | August 14 2020, 3:20 PM

Kodak and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., are facing high-profile insider trading investigations, but data show the Securities and Exchange Commission pursued far fewer insider trading cases last year.

Body Camera Video Of George Floyd And Police Offers New Details Of Deadly Encounter

US & World | | August 14 2020, 2:40 PM

In the police video, Officer Tou Thao seems to get increasingly agitated as the crowd becomes more vocal, with onlookers repeatedly asking him why Floyd's vital signs aren't being checked.

How Should I Cover My Face? A Deeper Look Into Neck Gaiters And Face Shields | | August 14 2020, 1:00 PM

Experts look into a new study that claims wearing a neck gaiter may be worse than no mask at all. And they discuss other face coverings such as goggles and plastic face shields.

Wildfire Season Is Off To A Roaring Start In California And Colorado

US & World | | August 14 2020, 1:00 PM

Two back-to-back wildfires have erupted around Los Angeles. And across the country, major wildfires are burning in a dozen states, including one of the largest in Colorado's history.

Spain Cracks Down On Outdoor Drinking, Smoking In Renewed Push Against COVID-19 | | August 14 2020, 12:40 PM

Spanish authorities announced the new measures as they confront a new wave of COVID-19 after tamping down the disease months ago.

Government Watchdog Says Homeland Security Leaders Were Not Legitimately Appointed

US & World | | August 14 2020, 12:20 PM

Chad Wolf is "acting secretary" of DHS. Ken Cuccinelli is "senior official performing the duties of deputy secretary." The Government Accountability Office says the appointments are invalid.

New Postmaster Hasn't Yet Met Election Officials About Mail-In Ballot Concerns | | August 14 2020, 11:40 AM

It is not clear why the invitation has not been accepted, but those familiar with the exchange say the delay is unusual, considering that absentee ballots will go in the mail as soon as September.

The Pandemic Is Affecting Veterans Courts, Making It Harder For Vulnerable Vets To Get Treatment | | August 14 2020, 10:05 AM

The pandemic is posing challenges for the more than 460 veterans treatment courts across the country. The courts seek to rehabilitate veterans charged with nonviolent crimes, rather than put them behind bars.

'Of Course Black Lives Matter,' Dolly Parton Tells Billboard | | August 14 2020, 10:00 AM

"Do we think our little white asses are the only ones that matter? No!" the singer, songwriter, philanthropist and businesswoman told the music magazine.

Midsummer Shopping In Recovery Mode: July Retail Sales Rise 1.2% | | August 14 2020, 8:00 AM

People particularly stocked up on electronics and appliances, took more trips with stops at gas stations, and cautiously went out to eat as more stores and restaurants reopened.

Poll: Biden Expands Lead, A Third Of Country Says It Won't Get Vaccinated

Politics | | August 14 2020, 4:20 AM

The Democratic nominee for president now leads President Trump by 11 points. And more people are worried about the coronavirus, but 35% still say they won't get vaccinated when one's available.

New California Financial Watchdog Would Take Aim At Predatory Lenders Amid Pandemic | | August 14 2020, 4:20 AM

California may be on the cusp of creating a watchdog agency. Proponents say federal regulators aren't doing their job, leaving leaving millions of Americans vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.

After Beirut, Experts Warn Of 'Dangerous Gaps' In U.S. Oversight Of Ammonium Nitrate | | August 14 2020, 4:00 AM

The experts and regulators are calling for the federal government to renew efforts to bolster safe storage, handling, use and transport rules for ammonium nitrate in the U.S.

Trump Campaign Trying to Win over Black Voters, But President Remains a Tough Sell | | August 14 2020, 4:00 AM

The president's campaign had begun holding "Black Voices for Trump" events, but the coronavirus pandemic shut down in-person campaigning for months. During that time, the election landscape shifted.

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Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos Talks The Future Of Movie Watching And Supporting POC Filmmakers

| August 14 2020, 9:54 AM

Netflix has become most people’s favorite quarantine activity. The streaming service has been providing viewers with content since 2008. Now, the company’s grown beyond past distributing content and has moved into becoming their own production studio, releasing their own brand of film and television content. So what’s next for the streaming service? Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos says the company’s not going anywhere and still sees opportunity to grow, even amidst the pandemic.

FilmWeek: “Sound of Metal,” “Boys State,” “Spree” And More

| August 14 2020, 9:51 AM

Guest host Steven Cuevas and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson and Tim Cogshell review this weekend’s new movie releases on streaming and on demand platforms.