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Trump blocks postal funds in attempt to stop Americans from voting by mail

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was blocking Democrats' effort to include funds for the U.S. Postal Service and election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, a bid to block more Americans from voting by mail during the pandemic.

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Congressional Democrats accused Republican Trump of trying to damage the struggling Postal Service to improve his chances of being re-elected as opinion polls show him trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Trump has been railing against mail-in ballots for months as a possible source of fraud, although millions of Americans – including much of the military – have cast absentee ballots by mail for years without such problems.

Trump said his negotiators have resisted Democrats' calls for additional money to help prepare for presidential, congressional and local voting during a pandemic that has killed more than 165,000 Americans and presented logistical challenges to organising as large an event as the Nov. 3 elections.

"The items are the post office and the $3.5 billion for mail-in voting," Trump told Fox Business Network, saying Democrats want to give the post office $25 billion. "If we don't make the deal, that means they can't have the money, that means they can't have universal mail-in voting."

Trump later said at a news briefing that if a deal was reached that included postal funding, he would not veto it.

The amount of money in question is less than 1% of either party's current proposed aid package for Americans struggling because of the pandemic. Senate Republicans have floated a $1 trillion response while the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion bill in May.

The White House negotiating team of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has not met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in six days.

NJ Worker Narrowly Escapes as Wires Erupt Into Fireball

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A New Jersey utility worker narrowly escaped as fallen wires erupted into a fireball, setting the ground ablaze.

The explosive close call was captured on dashcam video obtained by NBC10.
Mondays storm brought down a powerline on Route 70 and Colonial Drive in Manchester Township.

A worker with Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) responded to the scene and tried to get a fallen wire off a traffic light pole around 6:30 a.m. Manchester Township Police Sgt. Christopher Hemhauser was parked nearby at the time.

“I was under the impression that the line was de-energized and based on his actions, I felt he was under the same impression that the line was de-energized,” Sgt. Hemhauser said.

Dashcam video from Hemhausers vehicle recorded as the fallen wires suddenly exploded. The lineman ran for safety as parts of the ground caught fire. Amazingly, the worker wasnt seriously hurt and didnt need medical treatment.

“He was definitely startled,” Sgt. Hemhauser said. “Seemed just like myself. Kind of in shock as to what happened.

Sgt. Hemhauser told NBC10 he and another officer had to flee during an earlier explosion at the same spot. Fire from the second explosion was so intense that it left visible holes in the asphalt.

“Its just a reminder of how dangerous electricity really is,” Sgt. Hemhauser said.

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Climate activists disrupt London’s biggest concrete supplier

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LONDON (Reuters) – Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion on Tuesday disrupted London Concrete, the British capitals biggest supplier of ready-mixed concrete which supplies a major road tunnel project under the River Thames.

Dozens of activists holding a banner saying “The air that we grieve” blocked entrances to the site in east London. The group said it would disrupt the site for the day in an attempt to halt the expansion of the works.

“Concrete has a huge environmental impact and building another tunnel will only make air pollution across East London worse,” said Eleanor McAree, 25, from Extinction Rebellion.

“Air pollution is already at dangerous levels and is affecting the health of children and adults in the area.”

London Concrete is a unit of Franco-Swiss group LafargeHolcim. The Silvertown Tunnel under the Thames will link the Greenwich Peninsula and Silvertown.

Extinction Rebellion wants non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to cut carbon emissions and avert a climate crisis it says will bring starvation and social collapse.

On Monday it sought to sow chaos in five British cities as part of what it says is a “summer uprising”.

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An ice cream recall — NOW? Canadian dairy issues warning amid heat wave

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Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur on Saturday issued a precautionary, voluntary recall of two types of ice cream sandwiches. Specifically: "Iceberg brand 190 mL ice cream sandwiches sold in boxes of 8, and Originale Augustin brand 190 mL ice cream sandwiches sold in boxes of 30, due to a risk of fine metal particles in the product."Retailers should remove the products from shelves, Agropur said in a statement.The recall is being overseen by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. "No cases of discomfort or injury have been reported," the company said. "We take this voluntary action purely for the sake of prudence."Agropur is one of the world's largest dairy processors, its website says. More than 3,000 dairy farmers are paRead More – Source

‘Supporting Our Schools’ Kicks Off With Huge Event Saturday

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  • The drive begins Friday, July 20 — with a massive one day call-to-action collection event on Saturday, July 28 — and ends Sunday, Aug. 26[hhmc]

  • Members of the public interested in donating school supplies can visit 53 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the region[hhmc]

  • See the map above for participating Raymour & Flanigan locations[hhmc]

NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47 New York/WNJU, in partnership with Raymour & Flanigan, City Year New York, United Way and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, announced the official kick-off of their second annual Supporting Our Schools/Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas tri-state school supply drive.

The school supply drive begins Friday, July 20 — with a massive one day call-to-action collection event on Saturday, July 28 — and ends Sunday, Aug. 26. Donations can be made in clearly-labeled bins, available at 53 Raymour & Flanigan locations across the tri-state area (see the map above for participating stores). Supplies will be distributed to local students through City Year, local Boys & Girls Clubs and the United Way.

More than 15,000 individual school supply items were donated through the 2017 NBC 4 New York, Telemundo 47 and Raymour & Flanigan Supporting Our Schools/Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive. The inaugural campaign also raised more than $20,000 in donations.

“Many viewers cannot afford to purchase backpacks, notebooks and other important school supplies for their children. The costs can exceed more than $600 per child. We are committed to making a difference and this is why WNBC is joining with Raymour & Flanigan to collect school supplies for local families in need,” said Eric Lerner, president and general manager of NBC 4 New York.

"Teachers are often forced to dip into their budgets or even use their own funds to purchase school supplies for local students. Our Apoyando a Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive will ease the burden on classrooms and will place these important education tools in the hands of those who need them the most,” said Cristina Schwarz, president and general manager of Telemundo 47.

In addition to hosting school supply collections at their 53 tri-state locations, Raymour & Flanigan will also encourage school supply donations through a one-day $100 discount on purchases over $1,000 on Saturday, July 28. An on-site donation to the “Supporting our Schools” school supply drive is required to redeem this discount offer. NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 news anchors and reporters will also appear at several Raymour & Flanigan locations that day to thank Raymour & Flanigan shoppers for their donations to the drive.

“Raymour & Flanigan strongly believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work. Its a key component of our company culture,” said Elisabeth Dwyer, director of media and special events for Raymour & Flanigan Furniture. “For these important reasons, we are thrilled to join with NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 in this years Supporting Our Schools / Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas school supply drive, and look forward to preparing our local students for success in the upcoming school year.”

“Supporting Our Schools” / “Apoyando A Nuestras Escuelas” is a nationwide school supply drive spearheaded by NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. The stations work with local non-profits to help collect supplies and funds that will help students and teachers in need.

For more information about “Supporting Our Schools” including news content about classroom performance, the costs to educate a child and what you can do to help students and teachers, visit SupportingOurSchools.com or ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #SupportingOurSchools and #ApoyandoANuestrasEscuelas.

Student, 5, Walks Out of School, Wanders Into Subway Station

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  • A Good Samaritan found a 5-year-old student after he somehow walked out his Manhattan school in Chelsea Thursday afternoon, police say[hhmc]

  • The boy, who has special needs, was found inside the 23rd Street A-Train subway station two blocks away from PS 11[hhmc]

  • The Department of Education told NBC 4 New York in a statement that the student was 'swiftly and safely found'[hhmc]

A young child with special needs wandered away from his Manhattan school Thursday, and ended up inside a nearby subway station, police say.

A Good Samaritan found the five-year-old boy alone at the 23rd Street A-train station in Chelsea at around 12:30 p.m. and alerted police, according to the NYPD. Officers rushed to the station and learned he somehow walked out of his PS 11 school two blocks away.

After leaving the school, police say the boy walked east on 21st Street, then northbound on Eighth Avenue for two blocks before entering the station.

When the boy was found, he had a piece of paper with his mothers phone number on it in his hand, police said. It wasnt clear if the boy was wearing a coat.

Officers were able to keep the boy calm by playing a memory game with him, officials said. He was then given an NYPD patch.

The Department of Education told NBC 4 New York in a statement that the student was unharmed and was “swiftly and safely found.”

“This serious incident was immediately reported to NYPD,” a spokesperson for the NYC DOE said. “We have referred this for investigation and will ensure appropriate follow-up action.”

According to the school's website, the doors are on lockdown between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day so its unclear how the little boy was able to leave during school hours.

U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends seven years in Ecuador embassy

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LONDON (Reuters) – British police dragged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of Ecuadors embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever leaks of classified information.

Hours after the frail-looking Assange, with white hair and a long beard, was carried head-first by at least seven men out of the London embassy and into a waiting police van, U.S. officials announced he had been charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion.

As he was being hauled out of the embassy in a dramatic scene shortly after 0900 GMT after Ecuador terminated his asylum, the Australian-born Assange was heard shouting, “This is unlawful, Im not leaving.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the news in parliament, to cheers and cries of “Hear, hear!” from lawmakers.

But in Washington, President Donald Trump, who in 2016 said “I love WikiLeaks” after the website released emails that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia to harm his election opponent Hillary Clinton, told reporters he had no opinion on the charges against Assange.

“I know nothing about WikiLeaks. Its not my thing,” Trump said.

Assange gave a thumbs up in handcuffs as he was taken from a police station to a London court, where he pronounced himself not guilty of failing to surrender in 2012.

Judge Michael Snow called Assange, wearing a black jacket and black shirt, a “narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests” and convicted him of skipping bail. Sentencing will be at a later date.

Police said they arrested Assange, 47, after being invited into the embassy following Ecuadors withdrawal of asylum. He took refuge there in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault investigation that was later dropped.

Assange was carried out of the building – located behind the luxury department store Harrods – carrying a copy of Gore Vidals “History of The National Security State”, which he continued reading in court.

Scientists have found a ‘fossil graveyard’ linked to the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs

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The team of paleontologists from the University of Kansas and the University of Manchester found the "motherlode of exquisitely preserved animal and fish fossils" in North Dakota, according to a study published Monday. The impact of the asteroid, which created the Chicxulub crater beneath Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, was one of the most destructive events in Earth's history, extinguishing 75% of the planet's animal and plant species.The devastation caused by the impact included massive tsunami-like surges and "ejecta" — torrents of rocks, like fine sand and small glass beads — the report said."A tsunami would have taken at least 17 or more hours to reach the site from the crater, but seismic waves — and a subsequent surge — would have reached it in tens of minutes," said Robert DePalma, the report's lead author. At the fossil site — Tanis in North Dakota's Hell Creek Formation — the surge left "a tangled mass of freshwater fish, terrestrial vertebrates, trees, branches, logs, marine ammonites and other marine creatures," DePalma, a doctoral student from the University of Kansas, said."No other site has a record quite like that," said DePalma. "And this particular event is tied directly to all of us — to every mammal on Earth, in fact. Because this is essentially where we inherited the planet. Nothing was the same after that impact. It became a planet of mammals rather than a planet of dinosaurs."Meteor lights up the night sky over northern Florida Phil Manning, a paleontologist from the University of Manchester and co-author of the study, called the find a "unique geological and paleontological treasure trove" that contains the first direct evidence of larger organisms killed by the Chicxulub impact."The sediments, fossils and associated impact debris make this an important site for those who study the extinction event that helped wipe out the dinosaurs," he said.However, prominent paleontologists not involved in the study sounded a note of caution. "The geological interpretation seems very credible to me, and the fish fossils do seem to record a catastrophic event at or near the asteroid impact. But the dinosaur aspect of the story isn't so clear to me," Stephen Brusatte, a lecturer and researcher in paleontology at the University of Edinburgh, told CNN."The only dinosaur fossil mentioned in the paper is a single partial hip bone," he added. "I hope there are other dinosaur foRead More – Source

NJ Principal Who Died Trying to Save Teen Stranger Mourned

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  • A principal who had agreed to donate bone marrow to a stranger died weeks after he lapsed into a coma during the procedure, his family said[hhmc]

  • Hundreds gathered to mourn Westfield High School Principal Derrick Nelson, 44, at a funeral in Scotch Plains on Tuesday[hhmc]

  • Nelson underwent the typically low-risk donation procedure at Hackensack University Medical Center in February[hhmc]

Hundreds of family members, students and colleagues gathered Tuesday to mourn a beloved New Jersey high school principal who died after agreeing to donate bone marrow to a 14-year-old stranger in France.

Westfield High School Principal Derrick Nelson, 44, told the school's newspaper in February that he had found out last year he was a match for a girl in France who needed a bone marrow donation. Nelson underwent the typically low-risk donation procedure at Hackensack University Medical Center the same month.

He lapsed into a coma during the procedure and died weeks later.

Grieving family members wore a button honoring Nelson, who spent 3 1/2 years as the principal of Westfield High, with pride as mourners remembered the educator and community member who touched so many lives.

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"My cousin lived his life the way that he died, in service to others with love," relative Inga Butler said.

Butler said Nelson started his career in the corporate sector, but quit that job to serve others — first in the Army Reserve, then as a public school educator.

Butler estimated the risk of what happened to Nelson at one in a billion. It just happened to be that he was the billionth person, she said.

Nelson, who had a 6-year-old daughter and was engaged to be married, didn't know the French teen but wanted to help nonetheless, he told the high school newspaper in February, before the procedure.

"If it's just a little bit of pain for a little bit of time that can give someone years of joy, it's all worth it," he told the student newspaper.

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