911 services down in multiple US states

Laveta Brigham


Emergency services across at least 14 US states have reported outages of their 911 lines on Monday.

Issues were reported by police departments in counties across Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Impacted counties reported losing connectivity for 911 phone and SMS services, but did not provide any technical details about the source of the outage.

“ATTENTION: The 911 lines are not operational nationwide. This is for phone calls and text messaging,” the Minneapolis police department wrote on Twitter earlier today at the start of the outage.

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13 ways you can pay less taxes, too

Laveta Brigham

13 ways you can pay less taxes, too
13 ways you can pay less taxes, too

According to a New York Times bombshell, President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, and paid the IRS no income tax in 10 of the previous 15 years.

“FAKE NEWS!” the president tweeted early Monday morning, hours after the news broke. But during a debate with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Trump didn’t deny paying no federal income tax some years. He said that made him “smart.”

You may not be able to reduce your tax bill to $0, but chances are there are steps you can take to pay less taxes, without running the risk you’ll be audited.

Here are some of the easiest ways you can cut your tax bill, for 2020 and for many years to come.

1. Contribute to a 401(k), 403(b) or 457 retirement plan

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designer491 / Shutterstock

A great

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Flu Shot Clinic, Coronavirus Testing Coming To Delco This Week

Laveta Brigham

ASTON, PA — Delaware County is offering residents the chance to get tested for the coronavirus and vaccinated for the flu this week.

The county is hosting one day of coronavirus testing and two days of flu vaccinations in Aston.

Whether residents are getting flu shots or coronavirus tests, all must wear masks or face coverings.

Drive-thru and walk-up testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road in Aston.

Testing will be conducted by trained medical staff utilizing a nasal swab (PCR) test kit and is open to all residents 12 years of age and older and individuals who work in Delaware County who have coronavirus symptoms or who have had a known exposure to someone with coronavirus or are critical/essential workers.

Critical and essential workforce—including first responders, healthcare system employees, grocery workers—and those at higher

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The $4 trillion U.S. government relies on individual taxpayers

Laveta Brigham

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s over $4 trillion annual budget, the world’s largest, relies heavily on individual wage earners whose taxes and retirement benefits are deducted from every paycheck, leaning particularly on the top 20% of income earners.

Corporations pay just a fraction of what individuals do into the federal spending pool, which funds the military, transportation safety, veterans benefits, regulatory agencies and programs like NASA.

A New York Times investigation https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html published on Sunday shows that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal taxes during the years straddling his 2017 inauguration, and none at all for 10 of 15 years before then. Trump dismissed the report as “fake news.”

Trump reported https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-ethics/trump-owes-lenders-at-least-315-million-disclosure-shows-idUSKBN1972XM income of at least $594 million for 2016 and early 2017 and assets worth at least $1.4 billion, in a financial disclosure in June 2017.



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CCPOA’s power play + Electric cars in rural California + Prenatal testing

Laveta Brigham

Good morning and happy Monday! Welcome to the new week!


The bad news keeps coming for California correctional officers.

They took a pay cut amid a pandemic that has infected more than 3,500 prison employees, killing nine.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Friday it will close a state prison in Tracy, affecting 469 correctional officers’ jobs, in what could be the first of two closures under Gov. Gavin Newsom.

And some officers feel targeted by the recent public outcry over police killings.

Against that backdrop, their union president announced a new initiative this month to try to regain the political might for which the California Correctional Peace Officers Association was once known.

“Today, we recognize that it is time for us to return to the days of old, when we had a much larger footprint in California politics

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Dog Adoption Rates Have Sky-Rocketed. Here’s How to Bring Home You’re Own Furry Friend

Photo credit: Tony Garcia - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tony Garcia – Getty Images

From Woman’s Day

When a person decides it’s time to adopt a dog, they usually fall into one of two categories: They become so excited about the prospect of never-ending puppy snuggles they assume the entire process will be a cakewalk, or they’re so nervous and anxious they descend down a rabbit hole of Google searches and read a plethora of “how to adopt a pet” guides.

In reality, adopting a dog is a little bit of both: You’re excited, and scared, and nervous, and can’t wait to have a furry friend to cuddle and play with. And now that a large number of Americans are continuing to sheltering-in-place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, more and more people are adopting pets and expanding their families, one little fluff at a time. But there will always be dogs who need homes, even in

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The Inevitable Marriage of Yield Farming and NFTs, Explained

Why is the marriage of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and decentralized finance (DeFi) happening now? It’s debatable but you can make an argument that it comes back to DeFi’s favorite robo-advisor for yield: Yearn.Finance.

Lately, everything in DeFi seems to link back to Yearn.Finance in some way.

The excitement in DeFi has shifted to the NFT market, with something like a Weird DeFi moment getting ever weirder, as groups form up to mint rare digital artifacts to be attained in unique ways and financialize their ownership, thanks in part to picks-and-shovels work undertaken by the yeomen of online collectibles.

Related: First Mover: Bitcoin Low Exchange Balance Looks Bullish but Chart Looks Bearish as $11K Nears

The plethora of strange new experiments has been led in particular by the token MEME, inspired by a tweet from ConsenSys staffer Jordan Lyall. To explain MEME, though, a lot of other developments need to be

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Britons left with just eight restriction-free travel options

Mainland Greece is still on the cards for holidaymakers from England and Wales
Mainland Greece is still on the cards for holidaymakers from England and Wales

British holidaymakers can now visit just eight countries without restrictions, as Liechtenstein begins its ban on travellers from the UK.

Of the UK’s green-listed countries, only Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, mainland Greece, Gibraltar and San Marino are welcoming British people without the need to take a Covid-19 test or go into quarantine on arrival.

In recent weeks the UK’s travel corridor list has shrunk. Last Thursday, Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced that anyone arriving into the UK from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the island of Curacao would have to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Holiday favourites including Spain, France, mainland Portugal and a number of Greek islands are red-listed, as Covid-19 cases at the destinations exceed the threshold of cases per 100,000 over a seven-day average. In Scotland, the whole of Greece is red-listed.


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Why I’m Removing My Republican Tattoo After 21 Years In The GOP

(Photo: Marie Hickman via Getty Images)
(Photo: Marie Hickman via Getty Images)

It’s a long story involving online college “Jeopardy,” the University of Colorado at Boulder and too much cheap vodka, but suffice it to say that late one night in the fall of 1999, when I was newly 18, I got the Republican elephant tattooed on my body. 

For a while, I was quite pleased with that decision, willingly going to battle against my liberal friends and roommates, always leaning on my conservative values of fiscal responsibility, limited government, personal accountability and private sector efficiencies.

Fast forward 21 years to an all-time high deficit, beyond questionable extensions and abuses of federal power, astounding private sector corruption, and a president who insults everyone who calls him out on his lies as fake, weak, nasty dummies, and my previous Republican defenses are out the window. That little red-and-blue pachyderm represents something different today than it did at

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The danger in postponing cancer screenings during the pandemic

Dr. Pulin Sheth reads a mammogram at Keck Medicine of USC. <span class="copyright">(Ricardo Carrasco III / Keck Medicine of USC)</span>
Dr. Pulin Sheth reads a mammogram at Keck Medicine of USC. (Ricardo Carrasco III / Keck Medicine of USC)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a distressing downturn has occurred — cancer screenings dramatically decreased across the country. Early detection of cancer can improve the chances of survival. By delaying screening, patients are also delaying treatment and putting their health at risk.

Not surprisingly, with the disruption in routine cancer screenings, new cancer diagnoses have also decreased. Research published in an American Medical Assn. online journal showed that the average weekly number of new diagnoses of six common cancers — breast, colorectal, lung, gastric, pancreatic and esophageal —

fell by more than 45% from March to mid-April compared with the previous two months.

In mid-June, weekly screening volumes for breast, colon and cervical cancer were as much as 36% lower than their pre-COVID-19 levels, according to a July report by the Epic

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