August 05, 2020 - Los Angeles, United States, North America - RNs are demanding that the Senate pass the HEROES Act, a pending bill they are backing that would not only protect health care and other essential workers by ensuring domestic production of PPE through the Defense Production Act and by mandating that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration establish an emergency temporary standard on infectious diseases, but also provide desperately needed economic help in the form of cash payments, extended unemployment benefits, and daycare subsidies through the end of 2020 to families on the brink.
August 05, 2020 - San Francisco, United States, North America - Facebook rolled out its own version of social media rival TikTok in more than 50 countries on Wednesday, embedding the new short-form video service as a feature within its popular photo-sharing app Instagram.
August 05, 2020 - United States, North America - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc has spent $2.07 billion on Bank of America Corp shares since mid-July, after winning regulatory permission to increase what was already its largest common stock holding other than Apple Inc.
August 04, 2020 – United States, North America - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that he has the right to issue an executive order on mail-in voting, and he vowed to sue Nevada over a new law that would send mail-in ballots to every voter ahead of the presidential election.
August 04, 2020 – Houston, United States, North America - U.S. oil refining capacity is set to decline this year by the largest amount in nearly two decades, according data reviewed by VSBCnews sources, reversing what has been small-but-steady annual increases.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday declared a state of emergency for counties on the Atlantic coast with Hurricane Isaias expected to hit the state as early as this evening before moving up north into early next week.
The hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120.7 km) per hour, is currently lashing the southeastern part of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on its Twitter feed.
The NHC said heavy rains may begin to affect south and east-Central Florida beginning late Friday night, and the eastern Carolinas by early next week, potentially causing flooding in low-lying areas.
"It is a very fluid situation," DeSantis told a news conference. "Now is a great time to make your disaster supply kit if you haven't already."
Miami-Dade County officials closed drive-through and walk-up testing sites for COVID-19. Public beaches, parks, marinas, and golf courses were also set to close on Friday as Isaias strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane and forecasters predicted it would reach Category 2.
U.S. President Donald Trump's top immigration enforcement official on Friday announced he will retire from the agency, a staffing shakeup in a key policy area for Trump as he faces re-election in November.
Matthew Albence, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said in a statement that his plan to retire had been prolonged by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has created challenges for ICE operations both in the field and in immigration detention centers, where nearly 4,000 immigrants have tested positive for the disease.
The Republican president has made immigration a major theme of his first four-year term in office and a central part of his 2020 campaign against Democratic challenger Joe Biden, but Americans have become increasingly concerned about the virus and the struggling economy in recent months.
Still, Trump has implemented a number of sweeping immigration measures during the pandemic, suspending the entry of certain foreign workers and green card applicants and allowing U.S. authorities to rapidly deport migrants encountered at the country's borders with Mexico and Canada.
July 30, 2020 - Los Angeles, United States, North America - USA-IMMIGRATION-DACA Immigrants in California are facing more uncertainty and upheaval, after President Trump hardened his stance on so-called ‘Dreamers' on Tuesday, denying new applications and cutting renewals from two years to one year.
July 30, 2020 - San Francisco, United States, North America - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg stumbled at a congressional hearing on alleged abuse of market power on Wednesday, as lawmakers confronted the social media titan with damaging internal emails about the company's acquisitions.
July 30, 2020 - United States, North America - A U.S. judge on Wednesday denied Ghislaine Maxwell's last-ditch effort to keep a potentially damaging deposition from becoming public, as the jailed British socialite defends against criminal charges she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan rejected Maxwell's argument that her recent arrest and indictment were "compelling" reasons to continue sealing her April 2016 deposition, and a deposition by an unnamed Epstein accuser.