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Another black man is shot by police

  • Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin as he attempted to enter the driver’s side door of his vehicle
  • Blake’s children, aged 3, 5, and 8, were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting
  • The National Guard has been called into the city while authorities investigate the shooting. Two police officers have been placed on leave
  • Blake is currently in stable condition in an intensive care facility


Democrats should not rule out Trump victory


Alexey Navalny, Russian opposition leader, poisoned

  • Russian opposition leader and Putin critic Alexey Navalny has been poisoned, according to the hospital treating him
  • Berlin’s Charite Hospital stated that Navalny was suffering from “intoxication by a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors”
  • According to the hospital, Navalny has been placed in an artificial coma and is in serious condition
  • The specific substance used to Navalny has not been identified


Delta to furlough more than 1,900 pilots in October

  • Delta Airlines is planning to furlough 1,941 pilots in October
  • The airline announced that the only way it would be able to avoid furloughs is by reaching cost-cutting agreements with the union
  • Around 2,000 Delta pilots have already applied for early retirements, but the company said it was not sufficient to offset the reduced demand


Apple’s attempt to hamper Epic’s Unreal Engine likely blocked

  • Epic Games has requested a court to block Apple’s removal of Fortnite from Apple’s App Store
  • Fortnite was removed from the App Store after Epic allowed users to make purchases within the game, which violated Apple’s App Store rules
  • The judge presiding over the case has said that she is ‘inclined’ to block Apple’s move to hamper Epic’s Unreal Engine, which would affect many other games, but not block Apple’s removal of Fortnite
  • Unreal Engine is a computer graphics tool used by hundreds of other games and apps to support their content


Scientists skeptical about Trump’s supported convalescent plasma treatment

  • Scientists and public health officials have expressed skepticism over convalescent plasma as an effective treatment for Covid-19 patients, despite the FDA granting it an emergency use authorization and Trump touting it as a breakthrough
  • The plasma, taken from recovered Covid-19 patients who have developed antibodies against the virus, is injected into sick patients with the intention of sparking an immune response
  • A Mayo Clinic study of 35,000 patients suggested that the plasma may reduce mortality in some patients, however, the study had no placebo group making it difficult to conclude whether the treatment actually worked


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