Federal judge blocks Texas order limiting ballot drop-off sites to 1 per county

Four dead, several injured in Beirut fuel tank explosion

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four people were killed and several more were wounded when a fuel tank exploded in a Beirut building on Friday, the Lebanese Red Cross said.

The explosion caused a large fire to break out in the building in the Tariq al-Jadida neighborhood, a security source said.

One person was critically wounded, while several others were treated for smoke inhalation, the Red Cross and a hospital source said.

Fox News Doctor To Examine Trump, And Twitter Users Jokingly ‘Leak’ Footage

President Donald Trump is sick of people thinking he’s sick, so he’s letting himself be examined live on TV.

The president tested positive for COVID-19 last week but claimed Thursday night that he was “in great shape” to Fox News host Sean Hannity, in a very raspy voice.

He apparently wants to prove it for real Friday night on Tucker Carlson’s show by having Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News contributor, conduct a medical evaluation of the president during the program.

Anyone expecting an honest, transparent look at the president’s health may be slightly disappointed. Media Matters for America points out that Siegel is known for combining coronavirus misinformation with pro-Trump sycophancy.

As a result, many Twitter users were skeptical. Very skeptical.

Some wondered why Carlson’s show was chosen for the exam but answered their own question.

Others jokingly “leaked” photos from the exam.

Others were reminded of a time when another authoritarian ruler attempted to ease health concerns ― badly.

Another person had a suggestion on what Trump could do for an encore after the exam.

Donald Trump Jr. to Hit Campaign Trail After Covid Quarantine

Donald Trump Jr., who self-quarantined after traveling with people who later tested positive for the coronavirus, is planning to take part in 26 campaign events next week on behalf of his father, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The younger Trump flew on Air Force One to last week’s debate in Cleveland with President Donald Trump; first lady Melania Trump; spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany; Hope Hicks, a top White House adviser; Nicholas Luna, Trump’s personal assistant, and campaign manager Bill Stepien; all of whom later were found to have contracted the virus. He stayed home from last Friday until Tuesday, the person said.

He has since tested negative three times, according to the person, who was granted anonymity to discuss his schedule.

Among the events is a bus tour in Florida where the president’s eldest son will be joined by the mixed martial arts fighter Jorge Masvidal and Max Alvarez, the Cuban-American businessman who gave a speech at the Republican National Convention.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, will meet the tour in Miami, the person said.

Throughout the Trump presidency, the younger Trump has often acted as a surrogate for his father, leading to speculation that he might enter politics himself one day.

U.S. Sees Highest Number Of New Coronavirus Cases In 2 Months; L.A. County Above 1K Again

The U.S. reported 56,191 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University data Friday, the highest daily new case total in nearly two months. The seven-day average of daily new cases is now on the rise in 35 of 50 states, up from the mid-20s totals last week.

The United States continues to have the highest number of recorded coronavirus cases in the world, at 7,648,256, according to Johns Hopkins. It continues a a weeklong trend of climbing numbers locally, nationally and globally.

According to the World Health Organization, daily new cases worldwide hit an all-time high of 350,766 on Friday. That number surpasses the previous high, set earlier this week, by close to 12,000. According the the Associated Press, WHO emergencies chief Dr. Michael Ryan said that shutdowns “may be unavoidable where the disease has got out of control again.”

Meanwhile, California and Los Angeles also have experienced recent spikes in new cases that have local officials watching to see if they represent a blip or a trend. On Friday, Los Angeles County a third day of rising numbers with 1,256 new cases Friday, down slightly from Thursday’s 1,280. On Wednesday, LA County reported 1,645 new cases, the largest total since August 22.

Overall the state as of Wednesday had 838,606 confirmed cases to date, with an uptick of 3,806 newly recorded confirmed cases. A total of 67 new deaths were recorded bringing California’s total to 16,428.

WME Music Agent Brent Smith Exits After Investigation

WME has parted company with music agent Brent Smith.  Deadline revealed last month that Smith was suspended for “behavioral issues,” pending an investigation into an unspecified incident. The agency has issued a statement tonight: “Following an investigation based on complaints of bullying behavior by Brent Smith, WME and Brent have mutually decided to part ways.”

Smith is a top agent in the music and hip hop space. His clients include Drake and Kendrick Lamar. Deadline emailed Smith for comment and will update story if he responds.

Federal judge blocks Texas order limiting ballot drop-off sites to 1 per county

FILE PHOTO: A sign sits outside of a mail ballot drop-off site, which will be closed after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order limiting each Texas county to one mail ballot drop-off site, in Houston, Texas, U.S., October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare

(Reuters) – A U.S. district judge on Friday blocked an order from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott limiting the number of drop-off sites allowed for absentee ballots statewide to just one per county – a constraint Democrats denounced as blatant voter suppression.