Is Juul the new big tobacco? Wave of lawsuits signal familiar problems

Vapes were once seen as safe alternatives to smoking, but now the biggest US vape-maker faces similar issues to cigarette companies Savannah West was 16 when she started Juul-ing, a verb often used to describe puffing an e-cigarette of any variety, but in Wests case it meant using the eponymous mint and mango flavored Juul. She started vaping for flavors alone. When a user inhales through the Juul mouthpiece, a battery instantly heats up a pod of liquid, releasing an aerosolized mist of flavor and nicotine. In rapid escalation, West started vaping the equivalent of eight packs of cigarettes a week. I just became so heavily dependent and I felt like I had to do it or I didnt feel …

Ex-governor Mark Sanford to launch 2020 Republican challenge to Trump

Trump and Sanford are longstanding political foes with former South Carolina governor saying: I am going to get in 2020. I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in, Sanford said in an interview on the Fox News Sunday TV political talkshow on Sunday morning. Sanford, 59, and Trump are longstanding politicallaunched an unusual attack against a then sitting House Republican only hours before polls closed in a primary election where Sanford was being challenged. He Sanford, urging voters to support his rival, Katie Arrington. Sanford lost the primary to Arrington. In his tweet at that time, Trump said: Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA [Trumps campaign slogan …

US blacklists Iranian tanker Mike Pompeo says is heading to Syria

Vessel was seized by Britain and held in Gibraltar for six weeks on suspicion it was delivering oil for Assad regime The US has blacklisted the Iranian tanker Adrian Darya, saying it had reliable information it was transporting oil to Syria in defiance of wide-ranging sanctions on the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Previously known as Grace 1, the vessel was seized in July by British marines and held in Gibraltar for six weeks, on suspicion it was delivering oil for Tehrans ally Damascus. The British territory released the ship despite US protests after it said it had received written assurances from Iran that the vessel would not head for countries under European Union sanctions. Tehran later denied it had made …

‘Full-scale emergency’: musician burned in his tent highlights LA’s homeless crisis

Darrell Fields, 62, who was known as Mr Guitar, was often seen playing music on the street and at neighborhood events Los Angeles homeless advocates and Skid Row residents are mourning the death of a beloved guitarist who was killed when his tent was set ablaze in what authorities say was an intentional act. The gruesome death of Darrell Fields, a 62-year-old musician who was well-known in downtown LA and worked extensively with a local advocacy group, was a particularly brutal representation of a severe and worsening homeless crisis in the region. The deadly fire on Monday night came as a charged Jonathan Early, 38, with Fields death, saying he Fields tent on fire while he was asleep in an …

Trial for five men charged with planning 9/11 to start in 2021, 20 years after attack

US charged the five with war crimes that include terrorism, hijacking and nearly 3,000 counts of murder for their alleged roles A military judge has set a trial date for five men held at Guantnamo Bay and facing the death penalty for their alleged role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly 20 years after the atrocities took place. Judge Col W Shane Cohen set a start date of early 2021 in an order setting motion and evidentiary deadlines on Friday. The five defendants include ed, a senior al-Qaida figure who has portrayed himself as the mastermind of the 11 September 2001 attacks and other terrorist plots. The men were first charged in 2008 and military commission proceedings began in 2012 …

Joe Arpaio announces bid for sheriff on second anniversary of Trump pardon

Republican who branded himself Americas Toughest Sheriff was voted out of office in 2016 after 24 years Joe Arpaio announced on Sunday erecting tent cities to house prisoners and forcing inmates to wear pink. A federal judge cited him for criminal contempt in 2017, ruling that he defied a 2011 court order barring his deputies from detaining Latinos solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally. Trump, who had carried Arizona by five points in his 2016 presidential election, pardoned Arpaio on 25 August 2017, before he could be sentenced. In 2018, Arpaio ran for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of Trump. The former sheriff ended up with less than 20% …

Sorry, Mr Trump Greenlands no go. But can I interest you in our little island? | Jack Bernhardt

Its called the United Kingdom. Its in a bit of a state, but its a great opportunity for the right buyer, says comedy writer Jack Bernhardt People say that news these days is unexpected and baffling, but really could there be a more predictably 2019 story than nasty. If the news were a binge-worthy drama, this would be a mid-series episode that The AV Club would rate C-: a worryingly formulaic outing that makes you fear the writers have run out of ideas. The whole idea was a nonstarter anyway Greenland is a proud, independent region. What kind of self-respecting island nation would willingly accept being purchased by the United States? If Trump wants to buy somewhere, he needs to …

British citizens born in US risk having UK bank accounts frozen

Britons who left US as children being chased by their banks for a US tax ID they do not have Tens of thousands of British citizens born in the US but who left when only a few months or years old risk having their bank accounts in Britain frozen because of intense pressure by US tax authorities on UK banks. In one case, a 74-year-old living in Cambridge has been sent increasingly urgent letters from Barclays demanding her American tax identification number, even though she left the US on the RMS Queen Elizabeth in 1947 when she was just 18 months old. She had assumed that her US citizenship had lapsed. The pensioner, who did not want her name published, …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, and the move is seen to have increased the chances of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement a position more in line with the Brexit policy favoured by the US president. Bolton will be …

‘Coal is over’: the miners rooting for the Green New Deal

An area desperately in need of an economic transformation looks to new promise after Trumps prove empty Set in a wooded valley between the Tug Fork river and the Mate creek, Matewan, West Virginia was the site of the forecast conducted in 2018 by the University of West Virginia estimates coal production will continue to decline over the next two decades. promises made by Donald Trump throughout his 2016 election campaign that he would bring those jobs back. A lot of guys thought they were going to bring back coal jobs, and Trump stuck it to them, said 69-year-old Bennie Massey, who worked for 30 years as a coal miner in Lynch, Kentucky. The town was at the about 500,000 …

Hurricane Maria’s legacy: how the rise of nationalism creates climate victims

Speaking in Puerto Rico near the storms anniversary, David Wallace-Wells warns the the devastation could be routinely replicated but youth activism offers hope Puerto Ricos ongoing struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria could be routinely replicated in other places if the climate crisis spurs nationalistic governments to scale back aid to certain disaster victims. Thats a warning from bestselling author David Wallace-Wells, whose book The Uninhabitable Earth was described in a Guardian deficient in an official report, with many Puerto Ricans claiming the federal government has been indifferent to their plight. The island has since been racked with dysfunction and political turmoil, leading to the recent throwing paper towels at hurricane survivors. David Wallace Wells and students …

Our forever war: How a white male hegemony clings to power | Rebecca Solnit

Mass shootings enforce the oppression built into Americas economic and legal systems and our history We were never not at war. By we I mean the colonizers of this continent, who waged war first against Native North Americas original occupants and then entered into a state of war to keep kidnapped Africans subjugated in slavery. After the official Indian wars ended, we found other means to keep Native people confined and disempowered. After slavery officially ended, we found other means to keep black people impoverished and disempowered. Those means were forms of war. We launched a war to steal Mexicos northern half, a project completed in 1848 with the acquisition of what is now California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona (minus the …

‘People are afraid to be Hispanic’: Trump visits an angry, grieving El Paso

President faces protests as he spends day at sites of mass shootings in Texas and Dayton, Ohio Donald Trump arrived in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to the victims of one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent US history. But the president calls to stay away, as hundreds of residents gathered in the citys Washington Park, mere streets from the US-Mexico border, to denounce him.With much of Donald Trump, your racism, your hatred, your bigotry are not welcome here, Adri Perez of the El Paso ACLU said to the crowd. We must turn our grief into anger and our anger into action. The mood was somber yet resolute. Some got choked up when talking about …

John Oliver on Trump’s rhetoric: ‘Something we cannot afford to get numb to’

The Last Week Tonight host connected the twin mass shootings to white national and anti-immigrant hysteria fostered by Trump After a weekend in which mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton killed at least 29 people and injured dozens of others, John Oliver opened Sundays episode of Last Week Tonight with pointed comments on the absolutely appalling anti-immigrant fuel underlying domestic terrorism. By the time of the shows airing, it was widely reported that the shooter in El Paso, a 21-year-old white man, had published an anti-immigrant screed online before opening fire at a Walmart on Saturday, killing 20. The shooting that targeted a prominent, multicultural city along the Mexican border a place frequently invoked in the presidents comments condemning …

A$AP Rocky pleads not guilty to assault at start of trial in Stockholm

US rapper and two members of entourage accused of attack in Swedish capital on 30 June A$AP Rocky has pleaded not guilty to assault at the start of his trial in Sweden in a case that has strained international relations after celebrity entertainers rallied to the US rappers cause and Donald Trump on 30 June. The men, who say they were responding to harassment and provocations, have been in custody since 3 July and face up to two years in prison if the charges, for his 2013 debut album, Long.Live.A$AP debuted at No 1 on the US Billboard 200. Follow-up At.Long.Last.A$AP was also a No 1 album in the US, certified as a platinum seller, and featured A$AP Yams (Steven …

British man admits brutal stabbing of hair stylist driven by sexual fantasy

Andrew Warren, 58, agrees to testify against co-defendant Wyndham Lathem, who is also accused of killing James Cornell-Duranleau A British man accused in the fatal stabbing of a hair stylist in Chicago that a prosecutor said was driven by a sexual fantasy has agreed to plead guilty in a US court and testify against his American co-defendant in the killing. Original Article : HERE ;