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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Two fired Orange County sheriff's deputies convicted of lying on their police reports testified recently before a grand jury that they didn't know it was illegal to falsify the documents, transcripts show. read more


With more than 55,000 new coronavirus infections counted nationwide on Friday, the U.S. recorded the most new cases in a 24-hour period since mid-August, as four states set records for the most cases detected in a single day. read more


From Myanmar to Canada, people are asking: How did a superpower allow itself to be felled by a virus? And why won't the president commit to a peaceful transition of power? read more


Texas authorities have issued a warning amid concerns that the water supply in the southeast of the state may contain the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri following the death of a 6-year-old boy. read more


Governor Gavin Newsom today signed legislation strengthening protections for LGBTQ+ Californians, including a measure to track the effects of COVID-19 on the community, a bill establishing the Transgender and Wellness Equity Fund and a bill requiring the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to house transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex (TGI) individuals in a manner that matches their gender identity while supporting health and safety.

"California has some of the strongest pro LGBTQ+ laws in the nation and with the bills signed today, our march toward equality takes an additional step forward," said Governor Newsom. "These new laws will help us better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ community, establish a new fund to support our transgender sisters and brothers and advance inclusive and culturally competent efforts that uphold the dignity of all Californians, regardless of who you are or who you love." Included in the pro-equality package of bills signed into law today is SB 932 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which aligns with emergency regulations announced by the California Department of Public Health in July requiring better and more timely collection and reporting of communicable disease data from providers and laboratories on a patient's gender identity and sexual orientation. This legislation will provide public health officials with more information on patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, which is essential to addressing health inequities and designing public health interventions that help California's diverse communities. The Governor also signed SB 132 by Senator Wiener requiring CDCR to house transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex people according to their own sense of where they will be safest. This new law will require CDCR to record the individual's self-reported gender identity, gender pronouns and honorifics throughout an inmate's term. read more


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is lifting all restrictions on businesses statewide that were imposed to control the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Most significantly, that means restaurants and bars in the state can now operate at full capacity. read more


Two elderly women in small towns in Wisconsin voted by mail during April's presidential nominating contests. Both were sheltering in place as coronavirus surged across their state. read more


Saturday, September 26, 2020

President Trump, after twice declining to commit to a peaceful transition of power, told a 9 p.m. "Make America Great Again" rally in Newport News, Va. that he would only lose if there was "mischief." read more


A skeptical Delaware judge on Thursday implored a Republican Party attorney to clearly explain how she believes his Chancery Court should intervene with the state's new vote-by-mail system. read more


The Koch linked group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), moved ahead with what will likely be an expansive and expensive campaign to help push Trump's nominee through the Senate. read more


Around one thousand supporters of the right-wing Proud Boys group, some armed, rallied in Portland, Oregon on Saturday in a largely peaceful event that drew far fewer followers than had been forecast by organizers, police said. read more


Jack Barile had been waiting much of the summer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to publish his research on the most effective way to persuade people to wear masks in a pandemic. read more


The longest-serving Republican in the Connecticut House of Representatives is denouncing GOP state Sen. Eric Berthel, saying he is "unfit to hold the office of state senator" because of his association with the QAnon conspiracy movement. read more


In a rare move, a federal prosecutor is denouncing Attorney General William Barr for abusing the Justice Department's authority to support President Donald Trump. read more


A federal judge in Montana has ousted President Trump's top public lands official. The ruling blocks William Perry Pendley from continuing to serve as the temporary head of the Bureau of Land Management, a post he's held for more than a year. read more


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