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Presidential Debate: Trump says "I don't want to pax tax," but claims he has paid millions in income taxes
Presidential Debate: Trump says "I don't want to pax tax," but claims he has paid millions in income taxes
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President Donald Trump has claimed "he paid millions of dollars in taxes" during the first presidential debate Tuesday, just days after a report by the New York Times showed the president paid no federal income taxes in 10 out of the last 15 years.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested Trump "does take advantage of the tax code" and that the president "pays less tax than a schoolteacher."

"I don't want to pay tax," Trump responded, claiming that all business leaders did the same "unless they are stupid."

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Report: Donald Trump has paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016
Report: Donald Trump has paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016
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The New York Times has reported that US President Donald Trump for 10 of the past 15 years did not pay any income taxes due to reporting losses from his businesses. In 2016 and 2017, Trump has reportedly paid $750 in federal income taxes.

In addition to paying little or no income taxes, the New York Times reports that Trump is in a legal battle with the IRS over a $72,9 million tax refund that he received which the IRS is now disputing and wants back from him.

Law
Canadian woman accused of writing ricin letters to Trump brought before a US federal court

A Canadian woman, who was arrested after sending a letter containing highly toxic ricin to Donald Trump, has been charged with threatening the US president. The 53-year-old was brought before a federal court in New York on Tuesday.

According to the indictment, the envelope containing the poison contained a letter to Trump in which the woman described the president as an "ugly tyrant clown". She accused him in the letter of "ruining the USA and leading it to disaster".

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DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
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The United States Department of Justice has declared New York City, Portland and Seattle "anarchist jurisdictions" as all three cities "have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities." This move comes after President Trump signed a memo that threatened to defund Democratic-led cities he deemed "lawless".

Designated cities face potential financial consequences and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's office is preparing to sue in case of funding cuts.

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Trump administration to ban TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday
Trump administration to ban TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday
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Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat will be banned from all U.S. app stores, so the Trump administration on Friday. The ban, which will take effect on Sunday, will affect over 100 million people in the U.S. who are using the apps. The executive order prohibits any distribution or maintenance of TikTok and WeChat.

Further it will be illegal to host or transfer internet traffic associated with WeChat on Sunday and with TikTok on November 12. This means that WeChat will be shut down in the U.S. as of midnight Monday while TikTok will still function but can't be updated.

"As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance," so Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. "Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party."

TikTok has declined to comment, so the New York Times. Oracle hasn't responded yet.

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AG William Barr reportedly wanted to charge Seattle mayor for allowing BLM protests to continue without police oversight
William Barr, February 2020
William Barr, February 2020 Credit: The United States Department of Justice / Public domain

US Attorney General William Barr reportedly asked prosecutors of the justice department if Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan (D) could be charged for allowing BLM protests to continue in an autonomous police-free zone without police oversight, the New York Times reports, citing two sources familiar with the conversation.

Barr also wanted prosecutors to consider charging protestors with sedition, a charge usually used for people who conspire against the state.

Science • Animals
T-Rex skeleton for sale
Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton to be auctioned
Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton to be auctioned Credit: CHRISTIE’S

You could soon own a T-Rex skeleton. One of the world's biggest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons, nicknamed Stan, will be auctioned off on October 6. The skeleton could fetch a record price, with estimates as high as $8 million.

Until its auction, the approximately 67-million-year-old Stan can be viewed at Christie's in New York.

Technology • Internet & Web
Customs and Border Protection seize 2,000 OnePlus Buds claiming they are "counterfeit Apple AirPods"
Customs and Border Protection seize 2,000 OnePlus Buds claiming they are "counterfeit Apple AirPods"
Credit: CBP

US Customs and Border Protection tweeted that officers at John F Kennedy International Airport had "recently seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $398K had they been genuine."

The box from the tweet picture states that the product is from OnePlus and not Apple, but according to a CBP spokesperson: "Upon examining the shipment in question, a CBP Import Specialist determined that the subject earbuds appeared to violate Apple's configuration trademark."

Sports
Dominic Thiem wins the 2020 US Open
Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem Credit: Pete Staples/USTA

The Austrian Dominic Thiem won the 2020 U.S. Open Sunday after defeating the German Alexander Zverev in a five-set comeback (2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6) at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York.

During the post-match press conference, Thiem said: "It was tough to stay there and to still believe, but I did, It's a Slam final...the belief was always there."

The 27-year-old Thiem won his first Grand Slam silverware.

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Michael Bloomberg to spend at least $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden
Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg Credit: World Bank Photo Collection (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg committed to spend at least $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden.

Florida is one of the the swing state, and it is also the most expensive of the expected battlegrounds in which to campaign. Current polls there show a race that between Trump and Biden effectively tied.

Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey stated "Mike Bloomberg is committed to helping defeat Trump, and that is going to happen in the battleground states."

Sports
Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will play for the 2020 U.S. Open title
Dominic Thiem
Dominic Thiem Credit: Darren Carroll/USTA

Dominic Thiem will face Alexander Zverev for the 2020 U.S. Open title after a victory over Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 7-6 and 7-6. Zverev qualified to the final following a win against Pablo

Carreno Busta.

Each is chasing his first Grand Slam title, even after years of consistently being in the top 10.

The U.S. Open final will be played Sunday 20:00 UTC at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York.

Sports
Naomi Osaka beats Victoria Azarenka to win the 2020 U.S. Open women's singles title
Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka Credit: Simon Bruty/USTA

The Japanese Naomi Osaka won the 2020 U.S. Open Saturday after defeating Victoria Azarenka 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York.

The 22-year-old Osaka celebrated her third Grand Slam title and her second U.S. Open.

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Naomi Osaka to face Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open final
Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka Credit: Simon Bruty/USTA

Naomi Osaka will face Victoria Azarenka for the U.S. Open 2020 title after a victory over Jennifer Brady 7-6, 3-6 and 6-3. Azarenka qualified to the final following a win against Serena Williams.

Osaka and Azarenka pursue their third Grand Slam title.

The U.S. Open final will be played Saturday 20:00 UTC at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York.

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Commemorate 9/11: 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks
9/11 Memorial
9/11 Memorial Credit: unsplash.com/Axel Houmadi

Today Americans are commemorating 9/11 with various tributes across the country. President Trump and the first lady held a moment of silence aboard the Air Force One, while the White House staff observed a moment of silence at 8:46 am ET.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence are attending the 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City.

Lifestyle • Food
NYC restaurant owners file $2b lawsuit against city and state officials
Financier Patisserie closed all its location due to mandated indoor dining shutdown
Financier Patisserie closed all its location due to mandated indoor dining shutdown Credit: Billie Grace Ward from New York, USA / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

New York City restaurant owners have filed a $2 billion class-action suit against city and state officials in Manhattan's Supreme Court, stating a violation of the constitutional rights of mover than 150,000 New York City restaurant owners.

"It’s been nearly six months since New York City restaurants were mandated to shutdown indoor dining, and Mayor de Blasio still does not have a reopening plan, even though the rest of the state has been dining indoors since June," so Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.

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Daniel Prude died of asphyxiation in March after police used "spit hood", footage shows
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP Credit: Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP (Reproduction)

41-year-old Black man Daniel Prude had died of asphyxiation in March after police in Rochester, NY put a so-called "spit hood" over his head and pressed his face into the ground for over three minutes, body camera footage and documents released by Prude's family reveal.

Prude's brother Joe called the police on March, 23 to get help for his brother who was suffering from "an acute, manic, psychotic episode." Prude, who was naked, became agitated but complied with police. The officers handcuffed Prude and put a "spit hood" over his head, as Prude had been spitting at the officers they later told investigators.

In the footage, Prude can be heard yelling "You're trying to kill me!", while officers held down his head for over three minutes. Prude was unresponsive when paramedics arrived and was given CPR at the scene. One officer can be heard saying "he feels pretty cold."

Prude was taken to a hospital where he was taken off life support a week later.

According to the New York state's attorney general an investigation is under way.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Lady Gaga wins five prizes and receives special award at MTV Video Music Awards
Lady Gaga wins five prizes and receives special award at MTV Video Music Awards
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The US musician Lady Gaga won a total of five awards at the MTV Video Music Awards in her hometown New York on Monday night. For her Artist*of the Year win she received a special Tricon Award to honor her commitment as an activist as well as her artistic work.

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RNC, Night 3: Mike Pence attacks Biden, calls him "Trojan horse for radical left", praises administration's Covid-19 response
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC
Mike Pence applauding Donald Trump at the 2016 RNC Credit: Ali Shaker/VOA / Public domain

During the third night of the Republican National Convention, Vice President Mike Pence heavily attacked Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying people "won't be safe in Joe Biden's America" and that a vote for Biden would be "nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left."

Praising the Trump administration's handling of Covid-19, Pence said: "Before the first case of the coronavirus spread within the United States, the president took unprecedented action and suspended all travel from China, the second largest economy in the world." According to the New York Times, "40,000 people had traveled to the United States from China" between the start of the travel ban on Jan 31 and the beginning of April.

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US surpasses 5 million total Covid-19 cases, experts
COVID-19 yard signs along Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. They are in Amharic, English, and Spanish.
COVID-19 yard signs along Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. They are in Amharic, English, and Spanish. Credit: Farragutful / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The United States has surpassed 5 million Covid-19 cases early Sunday while experts warn that the estimated number of true cases might be many times higher.

"That's a huge number of cases and a very large number of hospitalizations and deaths -- and more to come. Because over much of this country, this virus is spreading unimpeded because so many folks are not getting with the program to contain it," so Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.

40% of cases are attributed to only 5 states: Florida, Texas, New York, Georgia and California – the latter has reported the most cases in the country.

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New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA
Wayne LaPierre
Wayne LaPierre Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

New York's attorney general Letitia James announced a lawsuit aimed at dissolving the National Rifle Association (NRA) over allegations that high-ranking executives, including longtime leader Wayne LaPierre, diverted millions of dollars for their personal use.

James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit: "The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organisation went unchecked for decades while top executives funnelled millions into their own pockets."