By Letters To The Editor | PUBLISHED: September 21, 2019 at 2:10 am | UPDATED: September 21, 2019 at 6:08 am We must do more than reduce carbon footprint Re: “‘Last generation’ strikes to change views on climate change” (Mercurynews.com, Sept. 14): I am so energized by the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike planned for Sept. 20 in San Jose and other actions planned around the globe. Inspired by the indomitable Greta Thunberg, who began her “Skolstrejk för klimatet” a year ago as a 15-year-old student in Sweden, these actions will surely raise awareness. Karl DanzLos Altos Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about Letter: Each of us must do more than reduce our carbon footprint
By The Associated Press | September 20, 2019 at 4:16 pm Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says the U.S. will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as President Donald Trump has at least for now decided against any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says this is a first step, and he is not ruling out additional moves down the road. He says it’s a response to requests from the Saudis and the UAE to help improve their air and missile defenses. Esper and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, say details of the deployments will be determined over the coming days. Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about Trump is deploying more U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia
By The Associated Press | September 20, 2019 at 2:56 pm By Rob Gillies and David Crary | Associated Press TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Friday that he let down his supporters — and all Canadians of color — by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface. Yet the scandal’s fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh and still-divisive racial history of the neighboring United States. “I hurt people who in many cases consider me an ally,” Trudeau told a news conference. “I let a lot of people down.” Trudeau, 47, is seeking a second term as prime minister in an Oct. 21 election. His leading opponent, Andrew Scheer of the Conservative Party, has assailed him as “not fit to govern” because of the revelations. But key figures in the prime minister’s Liberal Party have stuck by him, including Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who would be a favorite to replace Trudeau as … [Read more...] about After blackface apology, Trudeau’s support appears to hold
By The Associated Press | September 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm By Elliot Spagat | Associated Press SAN DIEGO — A former college student will stand trial on charges he opened fire with an assault rifle inside a Southern California synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people last April, a judge ruled Friday. John T. Earnest had no reaction when San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh ruled that a trial will proceed for Earnest on murder and attempted murder charges in the attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue during services on the last day of Passover. Earnest, 20, also will be tried on an arson charge for a fire at a nearby mosque that happened before the synagogue shooting.Prosecutors on Thursday played a 12-minute recording of the gunman calmly telling a 911 dispatcher that he had just shot up a synagogue to save white people from Jews. Earnest could face the death penalty if he is convicted of murder as a hate crime, although prosecutors haven’t said … [Read more...] about Poway synagogue shooting suspect ordered to stand trial
By Marc A. Thiessen | PUBLISHED: September 20, 2019 at 11:40 am | UPDATED: September 20, 2019 at 11:41 am WASHINGTON — The latest smear on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a disaster for Democrats, and everyone seems to know it except the party’s presidential candidates. No sooner had The New York Times published a new, unsubstantiated allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, then most of the candidates demanded Kavanaugh’s impeachment. “These newest revelations are disturbing,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wrote on Twitter, adding “Like the man who appointed him, Kavanaugh should be impeached.” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., declared Kavanaugh’s “place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Obama housing secretary Julián Castro and former congressman Beto O’Rourke joined in … [Read more...] about Thiessen: Democrats want to impeach Kavanaugh? Go for it!