Delaware judge refuses to dismiss Facebook shareholder suit over user data privacy breaches
A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit alleging that Facebook officers and directors violated both the law and their fiduciary duties in failing for years to protect the privacy of user data.
Jury in defamation suit against Fox won't hear about Jan. 6
A judge says the upcoming trial in a voting machine company’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News for airing false allegations of vote fraud in the 2020 presidential election will not include testimony about the Jan. 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol.
DOJ declines using FBI for Biden classified document search
New details about the investigation into classified documents found at President Joe Biden’s former office and home from his time as Vice President were revealed Tuesday after the Department of Justice considered sending FBI agents to monitor the search for classified material.
Men and dog missing for 10 days amid journey to Florida Keys found on powerless sailboat
Amid a planned journey to the Florida Keys, two men and a pet dog were rescued from a sailboat without power or fuel more than 200 miles off Delaware, 10 days after friends and relatives had last heard from them, the U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday.
Lt. Gov. says DeSantis will send migrants to Delaware, but does that include Cubans?
Responding to a question about an upsurge in Cuban migration during a recent interview on a South Florida Spanish-language radio station, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeannette Nuñez said the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis will send migrants who arrive to Florida illegally to Delaware.
EXPLAINER: What happens next in the Musk-Twitter saga?
Twitter has sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk in an attempt force him to complete his $44 billion takeover of the social media company by accusing him of “outlandish” and “bad faith” actions that have caused the platform irreparable harm and “wreaked havoc” on its stock price.
Ban on renter evictions during COVID-19 pandemic is extended
The Biden administration is extending a federal moratorium on evictions of tenants who've fallen behind on rent during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is extending a federal moratorium on evictions of tenants who have fallen behind on rent during the coronavirus pandemic. AdIn February, President Joe Biden extended a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the pandemic. AdBut Pollock and other housing advocates were disappointed that Biden merely extended the ban without addressing several issues that put many tenants at risk of eviction. “In Massachusetts, judges have green-lighted over 1,700 evictions under the federal eviction moratorium.
The eviction moratorium is expiring. What will Biden do?
Still, they argue the existing moratorium hasn’t been a blanket protection and say thousands of families have been evicted for other reasons beyond nonpayment of rent. Eric Dunn, director of litigation for the National Housing Law Project, noted signs that a decision has already quietly been made. “The question is: What is the extension going to look like?”Dunn and others would like to see the moratorium extended and improved. Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package included more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance, plus more to help tenants who were behind on their utilities, but no extension of the eviction moratorium. One of the biggest changes being advocated is for Biden to make the ban's protection's automatic and universal.
Biden's dogs back at White House after ruff start
President Joe Biden looks on after speaking during an event to mark Equal Pay Day in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden's dogs — Champ and Major — are roaming the White House again, after having been sent to Delaware when Major, the younger dog, injured a Secret Service agent. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at the Wednesday briefing that the dogs met the Bidens last weekend at Camp David in Maryland and came back to Washington on Sunday. The dogs had been in the Biden's home state of Delaware, where Major received some additional training after having been startled by a Secret Service agent who received a minor injury from the fracas. One of the two German shepherds waited on the balcony of the White House on Tuesday evening as Marine One landed on the South Lawn, having ferried the president back from a speech in Columbus, Ohio.
A good boy again: Biden's dog will return to the White House
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden with their grandchildren Natalie Biden and Hunter Biden, walk on the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House in Washington from a weekend trip to Wilmington, Del., Sunday, March 14, 2021. – There is Major breaking news: President Joe Biden’s wayward pup is no longer in the doghouse. The president said “the dog’s being trained now” in Delaware but disputed the idea that the pup was sent away after the incident. He said the dogs went to Wilmington because the first couple was going to be out of town. I was going to be away for two, so we took him home.”AdThe dogs are the first pets to call the White House home since President Barack Obama departed in early 2017 with his pups Bo and Sunny.
Biden declines to call for Cuomo to resign, awaits probe
President Joe Biden speaks to the gathered media members upon arrival at the White House in Washington from a weekend trip to Wilmington, Del., Sunday, March 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Sunday passed up an opportunity to join other Democrats calling for the resignation of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is under investigation after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. However, his comments reflect the wait-and-see position the White House has taken regarding Cuomo's future. On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki would not say whether Biden believes Cuomo should resign.
Biden dog Major in doghouse after injuring security agent
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2021, file photo the White House is seen in Washington. Family dogs Major and Champ have been banished from the White House for a doggie time out in Delaware after Major caused a “minor injury” to a Secret Service agent. Jill Biden brought the dogs to the White House shortly after the inauguration in January. Even if my door's closed, they're sitting right outside the door like, ‘Let me in, let me in,’” Jill Biden said. AdMeanwhile, Jill Biden previously promised to broaden the family's pet pool by eventually introducing a cat to the mix, too.
Biden to head to Delaware as CDC recommends avoiding travel
President Joe Biden is scheduled to travel to Delaware over the weekend, his first out-of-town trip since taking office. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that Americans forgo travel as the coronavirus pandemic rages. The White House, which announced Biden’s plans for travel Thursday evening, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why the president planned to travel. Biden and his aides have been meticulous about how they go about their business as they try to reduce chances of infection among White House staffers. Mask wearing is mandatory throughout the White House complex, much of the administration is working remotely, and the duration and size of meetings has been limited.
The Latest: Trump declassifies Crossfire Hurricane material
___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURATION:President-elect Joe Biden appeared at a memorial for COVID-19 victims at the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday evening. ___4:45 p.m.President Donald Trump does not mention his successor, Democrat Joe Biden, by name in his farewell address. A person familiar with Pence’s schedule cited “logistical challenges” in getting from the air base to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremonies on Wednesday. The information was passed from the National Guard Bureau to the D.C. National Guard. ___10:45 a.m.Three new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday.
President-elect Joe Biden says he will require face masks for 100 days
President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at The Queen theater, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)MIAMI – President-elect Joe Biden said on Friday that he will require the use of a face mask for 100 days where he has the power to do so. “These are real matters of life and death.”Biden also plans to distribute 100 million shots of the COVID-19 vaccine during his first 100 days. Biden said he will be using the Defense Production Act to work with private industry to increase the supply of the vaccines. “Our administration will launch a massive public education campaign,” Biden said, adding equity is central to his COVID response.
Congress certifies Biden election after 4 die during insurrection
(Senate Television via AP)WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress certified the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Thursday morning only hours after a violent mob takeover at the Capitol. Vice President Mike Pence was inside the Capitol when rioters knocked down metal barricades. This allowed Congress to resume certifying election results. The FBI has since created an online platform to submit tips related to violent activity at the U.S. Capitol building. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who lost her runoff election Tuesday to Raphael Warnock, was among the Republicans in the Senate who changed their minds about challenging the election results.
Biden calls on mob to ‘pull back,’ urges restoring decency
– President-elect Joe Biden called Wednesday for the restoration of “simple decency” as a mob incited by his predecessor stormed the U.S. Capitol and delayed Congress from certifying the results of November's election. But shortly before he was to begin speaking, demonstrators broke into the Capitol building, reaching as far as the Senate floor. “I call on this mob to pull back and allow democracy to go forward,” said the president-elect. In an address that took only about 10 minutes and was televised against a split screen of the still-occupied Capitol building, Biden attempted to project calm and to say that a deeply divided country can still come together. Upon beginning his speech, Biden said the events at the Capitol “do not reflect a true America.
Biden criticizes pace of vaccine rollout, vows to accelerate
“We need to be honest — the next few weeks and months are going to be very tough, very tough for our nation. Maybe the toughest during this entire pandemic,” Biden said during remarks in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday. At the current pace, Biden said, “it’s gonna take years, not months, to vaccinate the American people.”President Donald Trump deflected Biden's critique. Biden received his first dose of the vaccine on live television last week, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received hers, also on television, on Tuesday. Still, Biden warned that it would take months after he’s in office for Americans to see positive change in the course of the virus.
Biden warns of Trump officials' 'roadblocks' to transition
– President-elect Joe Biden is warning of massive damage done to the national security apparatus by the Trump administration and “roadblocks” in communication between agency officials and his transition team that could undermine Americans’ security. “Right now we just aren’t getting all the information that we need from the outgoing administration in key national security areas. Trump has implemented an “America First” foreign policy that saw the U.S. retreat from longstanding global alliances and treaties. The Trump Administration cut funding from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, withdrew from the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accords. Trump himself has had a contentious relationship with the intelligence community, criticizing its findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to boost his candidacy.
The Latest: Biden says months to fix Trump border policies
– 4 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden says he won’t immediately roll back President Donald Trump’s immigration policies at the border despite some advocates pushing for action as soon as he takes the oath of office in January. Biden said Tuesday that he will work to undo his predecessor’s actions and will focus on “humane” immigration policies that reunify families separated by the Trump administration at the U.S.-Mexico border but it will take time. The Democrat said it may take six months to lift some of Trump’s immigration policies. ___3:45 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden says he is not discussing the investigation of his son with any prospective candidates for attorney general. —-3:25 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden says that the nation has a long way to go in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and is encouraging Americans to avoid large gatherings over the Christmas holidays.
Biden: Trump 'failed' to shore up nation's cybersecurity
– President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday assailed the Trump administration for failing to fortify the nation's cyber defenses, and called on President Donald Trump to publicly identify the perpetrator of a massive breach of U.S. government agencies — a hack some of Trump's top allies have blamed on Russia. Biden, who is being briefed on high-level intelligence in preparation for taking office next month, said planning for the hack began as early as 2019. “There’s still so much we don’t know,” Biden said during a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware. “The truth is, the Trump administration failed to prioritize cybersecurity,” Biden said. Reed served as Biden’s chief of staff during his first term as vice president and has long been a close member of Biden’s inner circle of advisers.
The Latest: Bidens to get first vaccine dose on Monday
President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden pause to talk with Ashley Biden and her husband Howard Krein as they walk from St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):1:30 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will be getting their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. She said the Bidens would also be thanking workers at the Delaware medical facility where they will receive their injections. Joe Biden had just been elected to the Senate and was in Washington setting up his new office at the time of the accident. Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attended the Friday morning service in Delaware at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, a Roman Catholic church.
Hunter Biden, president-elect’s son, says his tax affairs are under investigation
WASHINGTON – President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter is under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, according to a statement released Wednesday. The Biden-Harris Transition team released the statement that led with Hunter Biden saying, “I learned yesterday for the first time that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware advised my legal counsel, also yesterday, that they are investigating my tax affairs.”He went on to say that he is taking the matter seriously, but is confident that a review will “demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”The statement, released by the Biden-Harris Transition team, went on to say: “President-elect Biden is deeply proud of his son, who has fought through difficult challenges, including the vicious personal attacks of recent months, only to emerge stronger.”Hunter Biden became a talking point for President Donald J. Trump against his opponent during the election campaign over the President-elect’s second son joining the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in 2014, around the time Joe Biden, then vice president, was helping conduct the Obama administration’s foreign policy with Ukraine.
Hunter Biden tax probe examining Chinese business dealings
Hunter Biden confirmed the existence of the investigation on Wednesday, saying he learned about it for the first time the previous day. Federal investigators served a round of subpoenas on Tuesday, including one for Hunter Biden, according to another person familiar with the investigation. Hunter Biden has a history of international affairs and business dealings in a number of countries. Hunter Biden has been caught up in controversies before. In a CNN interview last week, President-elect Biden addressed the business dealings of his son Hunter and his brothers, pledging that they would avoid any perceived conflicts of interest during his time in office.
Biden fractures foot while playing with dog, to wear a boot
Biden slipped while playing with his dog Major, and twisted his ankle. – President-elect Joe Biden fractured his right foot while playing with one of his dogs, an injury discovered in a scan Sunday and that will likely require him to wear a boot for several weeks, his doctor said. Reporters covering the president-elect were not afforded the opportunity to see Biden enter the doctor's office Sunday, despite multiple requests. Leaving the doctor's office to head to an imaging center for his CT scan, Biden was visibly limping, though he walked without a crutch or other aid. Biden sustained the injury playing with Major, one of the Bidens’ two dogs.
‘More people may die’: Biden urges Trump to aid transition
“More people may die if we don’t coordinate,” Biden told reporters during a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware. The Trump administration is working on its own distribution plan, while Biden’s chief of staff indicated his transition team will proceed with their own planning separately because of the obstruction. Last week, a larger group of Republicans in Congress called on the Trump administration to allow Biden to begin receiving national security briefings. Since defeating Trump, Biden has devoted most of his public remarks to encouraging Americans to wear masks and embrace social distancing measures. But on whether Biden should receive coronavirus briefings, many of Trump's allies on Capitol Hill remained dug in.
The Latest: International observers see no fraud in US vote
President-elect Joe Biden listens during a meeting with his COVID-19 advisory council, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):9 p.m.International observers from the Organization of American States say they saw no instances of fraud or voting irregularities in the U.S. presidential election. Some Republicans are renewing their attacks on President-elect Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump in Georgia, with Sens. Political appointees who are looking for job opportunities after President Donald Trump’s election defeat to President-elect Joe Biden should think twice. Carson is the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet known to have tested positive.
Christian churches mirror country's political division
President-elect Joe Biden leaves after mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Something’s wrong when the word of God is censored as hate speech and public officials can blatantly lie and be called servants. Something’s wrong when we can murder unborn children and call it health care,” Hagee said in the livestreamed service. During a brief appearance on stage, he told worshippers to dream big and “expand the tent,” and cited political reasons in extolling the church's educational work. ___Associated Press religion coverage receives support from the Lilly Endowment through the Religion News Foundation.
Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration
– President-elect Joe Biden signaled on Sunday he plans to move quickly to build out his government, focusing first on the raging pandemic that will likely dominate the early days of his administration. White House officials would not comment on whether they would cooperate with Biden's team on the review. A bipartisan group of administration officials from the Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton administrations on Sunday called on the Trump administration to move forward “to immediately begin the post-election transition process." Biden aides said the president-elect and transition team had been in touch with Republican lawmakers. Biden senior adviser Ted Kaufman said the transition team will focus on the "nuts and bolts” of building the new administration in coming days.
Sarah McBride becomes the first openly transgender person to be elected state senator
While most Americans continued awaiting the presidential election results, history was silently being made in Delaware. Sarah McBride, 30, made history on election night by becoming the first openly transgender person to be elected to the state Senate in U.S. history. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted Tuesday night after the election was called. McBride is a former spokesperson for the LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign and also became the first trans person to speak at a major political convention. McBride will represent parts of Bellefonte, Claymont and Wilmington, the state’s largest city.
Iceberg floats toward South Georgia, puts wildlife at risk
LONDON – A giant iceberg the size of the U.S. state of Delaware is floating toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, raising fears it could indirectly endanger young wildlife. The British Antarctic Survey said Wednesday it is concerned the iceberg may run aground near the island, preventing land-based marine predators from reaching food supplies and returning to their offspring. Professor Geraint Tarling, an ecologist with the Antarctic Survey, said it is the time of year when seals and penguins are tending to pups and chicks. The giant iceberg, named A68, has been floating north since it broke off from the Larsen C ice shelf in July 2017, the Antarctic Survey said. South Georgia, located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is a British overseas territory,___Follow AP's climate coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/climate
2020 Latest: Biden campaign willing to fight Trump in court
In the race to 270 electoral votes, Biden has 236, while Trump has 213. ___2:40 a.m.President Donald Trump is vowing to ask the Supreme Court to weigh in on the inconclusive election. Nebraska, one of two states that divides its electoral votes, has five total electoral votes up for grabs. The Republican nominee on Wednesday was awarded six electoral votes from Iowa and three electoral votes from Montana. Biden nets 74 electoral votes for the three Western states, while Trump takes four electoral votes from Idaho.
Trump fights headwinds as he and Biden battle over Florida
“So glad this great GDP number came out before November 3rd,” Trump tweeted, predicting a dire reversal if Biden is elected. Biden was forced to wrap his speech up early at a drive-in rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds In Tampa after a brief shower turned into a torrential downpour. Biden's campaign also announced he will visit Minnesota Friday, hours before Trump holds a rally in one of the few Clinton-voting states Trump is hoping to pick up this year. Associated Press writers Tamara Lush in Tampa, Florida, Michelle Price in Bullhead City, Kathleen Ronayne in Phoenix, and Will Weissert and Brian Slodysko in Washington contributed to this report. ___AP’s Advance Voting guide brings you the facts about voting early, by mail or absentee from each state: https://interactives.ap.org/advance-voting-2020/.
The Latest: Winfrey boosts Biden at get-out-the-vote event
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON – The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):8:35 p.m.Joe Biden is getting a boost from Oprah Winfrey in the final days of the presidential campaign. While President Donald Trump won all but Minnesota in 2016, Democrats are increasingly optimistic Biden can win at least Michigan and Pennsylvania back, and he’s making a play for Ohio as well. ___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:The presidential campaign shifts west as President Donald Trump visits an Arizona town across the Colorado River from Nevada. The Biden campaign announced the rally on Wednesday but hasn’t said where it will be held. President Donald Trump won Michigan by just under 11,000 votes four years ago, making it his closest margin of victory in any state.
Joe Biden makes key campaign stop in Miami on Monday
MIAMI – Joe Biden is in Miami for the first time as the Democratic presidential nominee Monday, campaigning for votes that could be crucial to his election in the swing state of Florida. “And the key element to Biden winning — or any democrat winning — is to run up the numbers in South Florida. “Since the president went into the hospital on Friday ... more than 100,000 more people have been diagnosed with COVID,” Biden said. “This is not the time to end it.”This is Biden’s first trip to South Florida since becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. Trump rallied Latino supporters in South Florida during a Sept. 25 visit to Doral.
Robert W. Gore, the inventor of Gore-Tex fabric, dead at 83
– Robert W. Gore, whose invention of what created the breathable-yet-waterproof fabric known as Gore-Tex revolutionized outdoor wear and helped spawn uses in numerous other fields, has died. Gore discovered a new form of a polymer in 1969 at a company lab in Newark, Delaware. Gore was born in Utah, the oldest of five children to Bill and Vieve Gore, who both founded the company in 1958. Bob Gore earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota. ___The story has been corrected to say Gore died in Maryland, not Delaware.
The Latest: Biden casts ballot in home state primary
Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden depart after voting early in Delaware's state primary election at the New Castle County Board of Elections office in Wilmington, Del., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON – The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times local):9:35 a.m.Joe Biden has voted in Delaware's primary, casting a ballot by appointment a day before the polls formally open. The Democratic presidential nominee and his wife, Jill, voted Monday morning at the New Castle Board of Elections. Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech on climate change exacerbating the wildfires raging in California and other states later in the day from Wilmington, Delaware, where the couple lives. Monday evening, the former vice president will address via internet the Poor People’s Campaign virtual event “Voting is Power Unleashed.”
Biden confirms virus test, says he'll be tested regularly
Joe Biden said Friday that he's been tested at least once for the COVID-19 virus and promised he will be tested regularly during his general election campaign against President Donald Trump. Theyre going to do it on a regular basis, Biden said of the testing. He noted that the Secret Service agents assigned to protect him and everyone else who comes into his home is tested already. Biden said he didnt know specifically when his next test would be. "I imagine itll be sometime this week, but it will be a regular basis.
From farm to beach, Democrats across America nominate Biden
(Democratic National Convention via AP)SACRAMENTO, Calif. A Montana cattle range, a California beach, a historic bridge in Alabama. These were the sometimes kitschy, sometimes poignant scenes from the first-ever virtual roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention. Fred Guttenberg spoke about Biden's compassion following the murder of his daughter at the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Each state also cast some votes for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the last Democrat in the race to challenge Biden. Following tradition, Delaware, Biden's home state, was the final state to announce its support for Biden, with Gov.
Ex-Fed Chair Yellen advises Biden on virus economic fallout
Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was among a team of advisers who briefed Joe Biden on Thursday about the economic fallout from the coronavirus. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and his newly chosen running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, participated in the briefing from separate, socially distanced tables at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware. Word of Yellen's advising Biden is also significant because Biden's campaign had previously been guarded about who was providing it economic expertise. The group was also joined by the Biden campaign's senior policy advisor, Jake Sullivan. ___Associated Press Economic Writer Martin Crutsinger in New York contributed to this report.
AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision
Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision. Whitmer visited Biden last Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The first-term governor of the battleground state has long been on his short list of possible running mates. Flight records show a chartered flight left Lansing's Capital Region International Airport for Delaware Coastal Airport at 5:33 p.m. and returned at 11:16 p.m. The governor's office declined to confirm or deny the trip.
AP sources: Whitmer met with Biden as he nears VP decision
Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision. Whitmer visited Biden Sunday, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Biden is facing calls to select a Black woman to acknowledge their crucial role in Democratic politics and in response to the nation's reckoning with systemic racism. If Whitmer is chosen to join the ticket and Biden wins, Lt. Gov. Biden and Whitmer formed a bond after he campaigned for her in the 2018 gubernatorial election.
Biden proposes overhauling nation's energy sector by 2035
Joe Biden released a plan Tuesday aimed at combating climate change and spurring economic growth in part by overhauling Americas energy industry, with a proposal to achieve entirely carbon pollution-free power by 2035. Senior campaign officials who requested anonymity to discuss strategy said it would require a mix of tax increases on corporations and the wealthy and deficit spending aimed at stimulating the economy. During the primary, some Democrats proposed an outright ban on fracking while Biden limited his opposition to new fracking permits. On a Monday evening fundraising call with renewable energy executives, Biden pledged to make an irreversible impact on the nations efforts to combat climate change. Senior campaign officials said Tuesday morning that the plan includes planks that could be achieved by executive action, and others that would require legislation.
Fay becomes post-tropical cyclone over eastern New York
Pedestrians use umbrellas to protect themselves from inclement weather brought about by Tropical Storm Fay, Friday, July 10, 2020, in New York. Beaches closed in Delaware and rain lashed the New Jersey shore as fast-moving Tropical Storm Fay churned north on a path expected to soak the New York City region. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)MIAMI – A tropical storm that brought heavy rain to mid-Atlantic states and southern New England was downgraded twice Saturday morning as is moved over New York, forecasters said. Fay had closed beaches and flooded shore town streets after it made landfall as a tropical storm Friday afternoon in New Jersey. Forecasters again decreased expected rain totals from Fay.
Watching Sun Belt spikes, other states back off on reopening
NEW YORK New York City and states that likewise seemed to have tamed their coronavirus outbreaks are hitting pause on some of their reopening plans because of the alarming surge in reported infections across the Sun Belt and other parts of the U.S. But the news we have gotten from around the country gets worse and worse all the time, he said. That is higher even than what the nation witnessed during the deadliest stretch of the crisis in mid-April through early May. Outbreaks in Florida, Arizona, Texas and California have already forced those states to backtrack and take such measures as shutting down bars and beaches and curbing restaurant capacity. Phil Murphy announced a pause on Monday, in part because of people not wearing masks and social distancing.
Biden team putting together list of Black female court picks
WILMINGTON, Del. Joe Biden said Tuesday that his team is putting together a list of potential options for his first Supreme Court nominee, which he has already pledged will be a Black woman. We are putting together a list of African American women who are qualified and have the experience to be on the court. While Republicans routinely run on promises of appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court and federal bench, the issue has drawn less focus for Democrats. But a number of advocacy groups have emerged in recent years that aim to pressure Biden and other Democrats to make the Supreme Court an issue in this years election.
Not in Missouri anymore: Royals move legal home to Delaware
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)SAN FRANCISCO The Kansas City Royals have moved -- not actually, but legally. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., a Missouri corporation, had been a defendant in the suit, which was filed in 2014. That company filed a certificate of conversion with the Missouri secretary of state on Nov. 19 to convert to Kansas City Royals Baseball Club Inc., a Delaware corporation. Then the newly named corporation converted to Kansas City Royals Baseball Club LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. The Royals have a Class A minor league team in WilmingtonCorporate laws are much more universal in Delaware, Royals spokesman Mike Swanson said.
Teen dies trying to save his family from car in canal
A teen died trying to save his family after their car crashed in a canal. MIDDLETOWN, Delaware - An 18-year-old died trying to save his family from a car submerged in water after it plunged off a gravel road and into a canal in Delaware Sunday morning. The teen was driving his two younger brothers, his girlfriend, and a cousin to a youth football game around 9:41 a.m. ET on Sunday when their car went into the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, according to CNN affiliate KYW. "He was a hero and tried to do everything he could to help the remaining passengers in that vehicle," Delaware State Police Master Corporal Michael Austin told KYW.
Joe Biden thinks TV producers should stop putting Giuliani on air
Because he spreads "unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies" through his TV interviews. Barring that, the Biden campaign wants "an equivalent amount of time" to be provided "to a surrogate for the Biden campaign." What the Biden campaign is saying, in essence, is that his conduct is beyond the norms of good-faith television interviewing. "By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation." Both ABC and CBS were offered a Biden campaign surrogate to respond to Giuliani, according to a Biden campaign source.
Tesla board must defend Elon Musk's compensation package, judge says
(CNN) - A Delaware judge ruled that Tesla's board of directors must stand trial to defend chief executive Elon Musk's multibillion dollar pay package. In a February 2018 proxy statement, Tesla's board wrote that it created this pay package to incentivize Musk to grow Tesla's market capitalization. In March 2018, Tesla's shareholders approved Musk's package with about 73% votes in favor, excluding votes from Musk and his family. Tesla valued the pay package at $2.6 billion on its 2018 proxy statement. But if Tesla's market value ballooned, as the payment plan predicted, those stock awards could be worth nearly $56 billion, according to a public filing.
Michigan now officially a no-kill shelter state
WBZ via CNNLANSING, Michigan (CNN) - Michigan is now officially a no-kill state for shelter animals, WILX-TV reported. To be a no-kill state, 90 percent of animals must be returned to owners, transferred to other shelters and rescues or adopted, the station said. "When the shelters in a state combine to meet the 90 percent target, that state is considered no-kill for shelter animals. Only Delaware, which has three shelters, compared to 174 in Michigan, also reached the no-kill benchmark last year." According to the MPFA, approximately 120,000 dogs and cats were being euthanized in Michigan shelters every year then.
Delaware man accused of threatening mass violence at food warehouse
ELKTON, Maryland (CNN) - A Delaware man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a supervisor and making threats of mass violence at the food distribution warehouse where he worked, Maryland State Police said. Brian Knight, 26, was charged with threat of mass violence, second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property after he was arrested without incident Friday at his home in Newark, Delaware, according to the state police. Troopers were called to the Elkton, Maryland, warehouse on Thursday about "an irate individual ... damaging property and threatening to kill everyone in the building," the state police said in a statement. Witness told police that Knight had assaulted his supervisor, smashed items and damaged property, the statement said. He also allegedly made threats of mass violence before leaving in his car.
Delaware recognized as first no-kill state for animal shelters
Delaware is making history as the first and only no-kill animal shelter state in the country, according to Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization. (CNN) - Delaware is making history as the first and only no-kill animal shelter state in the country, according to Best Friends Animal Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization. For a state to be deemed "no-kill," it must achieve at least a 90% save rate for all cats and dogs entering its shelters. Best Friends also says, "We recognize that, for some animals, euthanasia is the most compassionate choice." The Delaware news was announced at Best Friends' recent annual conference.