Barrett is likely pick for Supreme Court: US election news | US & Canada

  • Joe Biden, Kamala Harris paid their respects to Ginsburg.
  • Trump campaigned in Florida, Georgia and Virginia.
  • Early ballot requests are breaking records.
  • Barack Obama will hold a fundraiser with Harris next week.

Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the US elections. This is William Roberts and Steve Chaggaris.

22:00 ET – Trump warns of duplicate mail-in ballots in Virginia

President Donald Trump warned at a campaign rally in Newport News of a “ballot scam” in Virginia where voters “get two ballots instead of one”.

Local officials in Fairfax and Henrico counties mailed at least 1,400 Virginia voters duplicate absentee ballots in recent weeks because of clerical errors, but only one ballot per voter would be counted, officials said, according to a report in The Washington Post newspaper.

The president has been accusing Democrats of planning to use mail balloting to cheat in the November 3 election

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Coronavirus: What are the different types of COVID-19 tests? | UK News

As the government considers plans to carry out mass coronavirus testing, Sky News looks at the different types of tests available.

There are two different strands of testing – one is to find out if a person currently has COVID-19 and the other determines if they have had it and have built up antibodies.

PCR testing and antigen testing (often confused as the same kind of test) are different methods of testing, but both ascertain whether a person has COVID-19 at the time.

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Ambition for ‘millions’ of tests per day

PCR testing

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing is currently the most common form of testing in the UK and is seen as fairly reliable.

A swab is used to collect an RNA sample (the nucleic acid that converts DNA into proteins) from the patient’s tonsils and inside their nose.

RNA is collected as it carries the genetic information of this

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DVIDS – News – NAVFAC Southeast CERT deploys with new tech for Hurricane Sally

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast dispatched 11 civilian personnel and one military officer from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Sept. 18, as part of a Contingency Engineering Response Team (CERT) to help survey damage caused by Hurricane Sally onboard NAS Pensacola.

The team will have two new technologies with them to help conduct damage assessments, a mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

“This is my first time leading a CERT and I am excited to have this new equipment that will allow the team to operate more efficiently and safely,” said Lt. j.g. Joshua Tenorio, Officer in Charge (OIC). “We will be able to perform damage assessments quicker and with greater detail, allowing us to prioritize necessary repairs.”

Once on scene, CERTs are broken down into separate Damage Assessment Teams (DATs) of two to four individuals that conduct initial damage assessments of facilities on

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FirstComm Launches Microsoft Teams Integration: Targeting Enhanced Business Phone Capabilities | News

AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — FirstComm, a leading technology solutions provider of powerful cloud-based communications, networking and security resources, announced today their Microsoft Teams integration – UC Teams, has officially launched in addition to their already powerful UC packages, elevating the functionality and collaboration between hosted business communications and MS Teams. Customers will now be able to experience the full scope of FirstComm UCaaS telephony features directly through their Teams client, with minimal cost and quick implementation. 

With UC Teams, clients can seamlessly integrate essential business voice components, such as extension dialing, presence, shared line appearance, etc., into a company’s Teams instance, creating an enhanced call experience and optimizing VoIP performance all within the teams instance. “With the massive adoption of MS Teams across the world, we wanted to create a solution that would unify FirstComm’s powerful telephony feature sets with the robust collaboration of MS Teams 

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EPA Celebrates 25 Years of Success with the National Environmental Performance Partnership System | U.S. EPA News Releases

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WASHINGTON (September 24, 2020) — Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS). To commemorate the anniversary milestone, the agency is highlighting the progress made with this unique partnership program that is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness between EPA, states, and tribes.

“Across the nation, EPA works hand in hand with our state and tribal partners to address human health and environmental concerns efficiently and effectively,” said Associate Deputy Administrator Doug Benevento. “As the former head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, I know NEPPS enables us to work together in addressing environmental priorities in communities throughout the country.”

For many years, states and tribes requested greater flexibility in how they use and manage the grant funds they receive from EPA.

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Opinion/Proctor: Fixing our way out of a critical learning computer shortfall – News – Milford Daily News

Instead of instinctually replacing devices constantly, we should prioritize using things as long as we can, upgrading, fixing and passing them along. It would create a whole new low-cost computer market and make us more resilient against disruptions like the pandemic.

Columns share an author’s personal perspective and are often based on facts in the newspaper’s reporting.

On Monday, my son enters the second grade …via Zoom call.

We are supposed to receive a tablet for remote learning before Monday, but for many school children around the country, the promised devices aren’t showing up.

We don’t have enough computers in my house to all work and learn remotely, so we are hoping that we get the tablet we need by Monday. But we are concerned because an investigation by the Associated Press found that America is some 5 million laptops short of what schools need, thanks to interruptions in the

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Thailand Takes First Legal Action Against Facebook, Twitter Over Content | Top News

By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand launched legal action on Thursday against tech giants Facebook and Twitter for ignoring requests to take down content, in its first such move against major internet firms.

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society filed legal complaints with cybercrime police after the two social media companies missed deadlines to comply fully with court-issued takedown orders, the minister, Puttipong Punnakanta, said.

No action was sought against Alphabet’s Google as earlier indicated, because its video platform YouTube removed the requested content late on Wednesday, Puttipong said.

“Unless the companies send their representatives to negotiate, police can bring criminal cases against them,” Puttipong told reporters.

“But if they do, and acknowledge the wrongdoing, we can settle on fines.”

He did not disclose details of the content or say what laws had been violated. The complaints were against the U.S. parent companies and not

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Factbox: U.S. Counties Using Automated Signature Verification Software | Top News

By Paresh Dave and Andy Sullivan

OAKLAND, Calif./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. election officials trying to deliver speedy results with limited staff have increasingly turned to software that matches signatures on ballot envelopes to voter records. At least 29 counties across eight states use the artificial intelligence technology on mail-in ballots to ease the workload of staff enforcing voter signature rules.

Parascript, the maker of the software, declined to identify users but said they included 30 of the top 100 counties by registered voters.

Here is a list of users Reuters identified and basic details on their use of the software, if known.

Humboldt: Envelopes with no signature and those with very probable mismatches sorted out for staff review.

Marin: Software approves 75% of signatures, and staff checks a sampling.

Merced: All approved signatures reviewed by staff.

Napa: Has not used previously.

San Diego: All approved signatures reviewed by staff.


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‘Recipe for extinction’: why Australia’s rush to change environment laws is sparking widespread concern | Australia news

Anger over proposed changes to national environmental laws is escalating, with legal, health and conservation groups urging that they not pass the Senate, with some warning it would increase the extinction rate.

The government rammed its legislation to change Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act through the lower house on Thursday night, prompting outrage from Labor, the Greens and crossbench.

WWF-Australia says the bill in its current reform is a “recipe for extinction” and lacks standards that would ensure strong protections for nature, as well as a commitment to an independent regulator to enforce the law.

“There is more than just wildlife at stake here,” Rachel Lowry, WWF-Australia’s chief conservation officer, says. “If approved, this bill will fail Australians at this critical moment in time because it fails to incentivise win-win solutions that stimulate our economy and protect the places and animals we love.

“Shifting approval powers to

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DVIDS – News – Depot sees impressive results from Toby 2028 strategic plan

Just one year in, Tobyhanna Army Depot’s long-range strategic plan has delivered big results for the organization – long before its intended completion in 2028.

The plan, called “Toby 2028,” aligns with the depot’s four strategic focus areas, called lines of effort (LOEs): Invest in Our People, C5ISR Readiness, Shape the Future and Strategic Communications.

Heather Fiedler, the depot’s organizational development specialist and overall Toby 2028 lead, says the effort exceeded expectations.

“We achieved a great deal under the Toby 2028 umbrella in just 12 months,” she said. “In the past year, we planned and began nearly $200M of workspace renovations, utilized an enhanced scheduling process that increased key performance metrics by 25%, improved our strategic communications to the workforce, and made great strides towards developing stronger, more emotionally intelligent leaders.” Depot Commander COL John McDonald agreed.

“I am proud of what Team Tobyhanna has

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