Youth Choir Brings People To Tears With Powerful National Anthem To Open DNC

China reports 22 new coronavirus cases

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China reported on Tuesday (Aug 18) 22 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 17, same as the tally a day earlier, the health authority said.

All of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement, making it the second straight day for zero new locally transmitted cases. There were no new deaths.

China also reported 17 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 37 a day earlier.

As of August 17, mainland China had a total of 84,871 confirmed coronavirus cases, it said. China’s death toll from the coronavirus remained unchanged at 4,634.

Man fatally shot Monday afternoon at Aurora motel – The Denver Post

A man was shot dead Monday at an Aurora motel on East Colfax Avenue, police said.

At about 2:20 p.m., officers responded to the Radiant Inn, 10950 E. Colfax Ave., and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said in a news release. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide. Police did not release information Monday on a suspect in the case.


Quibi CEO Meg Whitman Joins Republicans Backing Joe Biden at Democratic National Convention

Meg Whitman’s appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Monday was brief — even shorter than a Quibi — but she got her point across.

Whitman, now the CEO of the short-form streaming service, threw her backing behind Joe Biden, seeking to showcase the Democrat’s appeal to Republican voters.

“Donald Trump has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy,” Whitman said. “For me, the choice is simple. I’m with Joe.”

Whitman was joined by former New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman and former Rep. Susan Molinari in giving a quick set-up for former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who ran in the Republican primary in 2016.

“Joe Biden is a man for our times, times that call for all of us to take off our partisan hats,” Kasich said.

Though she was the Republican nominee for California governor in 2010, Whitman has been backing Democrats lately. She supported Hillary Clinton in 2016, calling President Trump a “dishonest demagogue.”

She also contributed $505,600 to the Biden Victory Fund in June, and she supported former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, for governor of California in 2018.

China Announces Anti-Dumping Probe on Australian Wine

China started an anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine, the Ministry of Commerce said in astatement Tuesday.

The probe would normally finish within a year, but can extend to Feb. 18, 2022, according to the statement. The investigation applies to wine sold in containers holding two liters or less.

Australia’s China Ties Fray Even as Two-Way Trade Booms

Relations between Canberra and Beijing, which have close economic ties, have grown increasingly frayed in recent months. Following an Australian demand earlier this year for China to allow international investigators to probe the origins of Covid-19, China halted some beef imports and then placed tariffs on Australia’s barley exports inMay after the conclusion of earlier anti-dumping probe.

Shares of an Australian wine maker tumbled on the news. Treasury Wine Estates Ltd.fell as much as 14.3%, the most since Jan. 29, while Australia’s benchmark index advanced.

— With assistance by Sharon Chen, and Miao Han

Michelle Obama Says Donald Trump Is 'Clearly in Over His Head' During Passionate DNC Speech

While she delivered a blunt recap of Trump's presidency and noted his lack of "empathy" while in the White House, Obama also extolled the character of her husband's former vice president.

Biden will accept the Democratic Party's nomination on Thursday night following four nights of supportive speeches from the party's most prominent figures.

Monday night's slate of speakers was headlined by Obama.

"He is a profoundly decent man guided by faith," she said of Biden. "He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and lead our country."

Youth Choir Brings People To Tears With Powerful National Anthem To Open DNC

The Democratic National Convention opened with a stirring rendition of the national anthem, delivered by a choir of young singers from around the nation. 

The 57 voices chosen for the event represented each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, the five populated U.S. territories and the Cherokee Nation. They were recorded in socially distanced settings.

Their take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” drew immediate widespread praise … and even had some people holding back tears: