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Presidential Message on National Purple Heart Day, 2020 | The White House

General George Washington established the Purple Heart—then known as the Badge of Military Merit—238 years ago today to recognize meritorious service in action during our Nation’s war for independence. Today, the Purple Heart is reserved for military service members wounded or killed in action. On this day, we pay tribute to these men and women, who have suffered and sacrificed so much for our Nation. The Purple Heart medal, in its present ... Full story

Glacier collapse risk forces Italy Alps evacuation

Image caption The heatwave is accelerating the melting of Planpincieux glacier. Italian authorities have evacuated about 75 people, mostly tourists, from an Alpine valley as huge blocks of ice threaten to crash down from a glacier. Planpincieux glacier, in the Mont Blanc massif, has weakened because of intense summer heat alternating with night-time cold. It lies above Val Ferret valley, near Courmayeur ski resort. A local environmental risk ... Full story

House can sue to force former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with subpoena

House Democrats can sue to force President Trump’s former White House counsel Donald McGahn to comply with a congressional subpoena, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. In a 7-2 decision, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the House has a long-standing right to force government officials to testify and produce documents. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The “effective functioning of the Legislative Branch ... Full story

New U.S. Postal Service chief warns of 'dire' finances as quarterly loss narrows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Friday said the agency faces a “dire” financial position even as it posted a slightly narrower third-quarter loss amid soaring package demand during the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Postal Service eagle logo is pictured on a truck in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said ... Full story

Trump campaign ad manipulates three images to put Biden in a ‘basement’

“Deep in the heart of Delaware, Joe Biden sits in the heart of his basement. Alone. Hiding. Diminished. … Biden has no answers. And after five decades of failure, he never will.”. —Voice-over of Trump campaign ad “ Delaware, ” released Aug. 5. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. You can understand the frustration of the Trump campaign in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. The president can’t hold the big rallies he loves. And his ... Full story

Facebook removes QAnon conspiracy group with 200,000 members

Image caption This symbol and slogan has become an emblem of QAnon. Facebook has deleted a large group dedicated to sharing and discussing QAnon conspiracy theories. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that a "deep state" network of powerful government, business and media figures are waging a secret war against Donald Trump. A Facebook spokeswoman said the group was removed for "repeatedly posting content that violated our ... Full story

Dozens feared dead after flooding in Kerala - BBC News

Image caption Houses were buried under debris. At least 15 people have been killed after monsoon-season floods triggered a landslide in the southern Indian state of Kerala, officials say. Houses in Idukki district were swept away after torrential rain and flooding late on Friday night. Officials say dozens remain trapped under debris, with the death toll expected to rise. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted to condole the loss of lives ... Full story

You swine! German nudist chases wild boar that stole laptop

A nudist bather who chased a wild boar near a Berlin lake after it stole his laptop was applauded by onlookers after a successful pursuit. The photographer who captured the drama said the unidentified nudist was happy for him to share the images, which show him in bare-bottomed pursuit of the boar and her two piglets while fellow bathers look on in amusement. “Nature strikes back,” wrote Adele Landauer , a personal coach, on Facebook. “I showed ... Full story

Brace yourself: America is about to act really awkward about Biden’s female VP pick

Whatever you thought of Walter Mondale, his 1984 running-mate selection of Geraldine Ferraro was a big deal. “By choosing an American woman to run for our nation’s second-highest office, you send a powerful signal to all Americans,” Ferraro said in her speech at the Democrats’ nominating convention that July. “There are no doors we cannot unlock . . . If we can do this, we can do anything.”. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Mondale lost ... Full story

Through ‘Project Smile,’ two brothers lift coronavirus patients’ spirits, one card at a time

The dining room inside the Chadha household in Peoria, Ariz., is unsuitable for hosting guests for the foreseeable future, which isn’t much of a problem considering there’s a pandemic going on. For the past three months, one end of the table has been covered with crayons, markers, cardstock and construction paper, the tools of the trade for brothers Hurshneet, 15, and Pravneet, 12, who have delivered more than 1,300 homemade cards to ... Full story