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COVID-19, also referred to as the coronavirus, is sweeping the globe. It’s a pandemic the vast majority of us have never experienced. We need to hunker down, stay home, and “flatten the curve” is we want to minimize the effects of this deadly virus.

Deeper job cuts at Boeing as pandemic throttles air travel

Deeper job cuts at Boeing as pandemic throttles air travel 1Boeing said Wednesday that it will cut 7,000 more jobs as it continues to bleed money during a pandemic that has smothered demand for new airline planes.

The company said that when retirements and other employee departures are included, its workforce will shrink to about 130,000 by the end of next year, or 30,000 fewer people than it had at the start of 2020. Just three months ago, the company figured 19,000 workers would leave.

Boeing Co. outlined the job cuts on the same day it reported a $449 million loss for the third quarter, a swing from the $1.17 billion it earned in the same period last year. The loss was not as bad as feared, however.

Revenue tumbled 29% to $14.14 billion.

Source: Deeper job cuts at Boeing as pandemic throttles air travel

Germany and France prepare new lockdowns as COVID sweeps Europe | Reuters

Germany and France prepare new lockdowns as COVID sweeps Europe | Reuters 2BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) – Germany decided to shut bars and restaurants for a month on Wednesday and France prepared to tighten controls on movement as the coronavirus surged across Europe and financial markets tumbled at the likely cost of a second lockdown.

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Virginia Gov. Northam also a possible target of Whitmer kidnapping plotters, FBI agent tells court – The Washington Post

Virginia Gov. Northam also a possible target of Whitmer kidnapping plotters, FBI agent tells court - The Washington Post 3GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Accused conspirators charged in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also discussed “taking” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, an FBI agent testified at a court hearing Tuesday.

During the hearing here in Grand Rapids to discuss the charges filed last week against members of a self-proclaimed militia accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic governor, FBI Special Agent Richard Trask revealed that months ago some of the suspects met in Dublin, Ohio, where Northam, also a Democrat, was discussed as a potential target.

“At this meeting they discussed possible targets, taking a sitting governor, specifically issues with the governors of Michigan and Virginia, based upon the lockdown orders,” Trask told the court, referring to state-mandated restrictions implemented to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Source: Virginia Gov. Northam also a possible target of Whitmer kidnapping plotters, FBI agent tells court – The Washington Post

SC Senate debate replaced by separate interviews after Harrison insisted on COVID tests | Palmetto Politics | postandcourier.com

SC Senate debate replaced by separate interviews after Harrison insisted on COVID tests | Palmetto Politics | postandcourier.com 4COLUMBIA — The second debate in South Carolina’s competitive U.S. Senate race was scrapped hours before it was scheduled to begin Friday night after Democratic challenger Harrison insisted that Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham take a coronavirus test in advance and Graham refused.Instead of an hour-long debate, the two candidates participated in separate 25-minute interviews hosted by television station WSPA in Spartanburg that covered a range of topics including the Supreme Court, economic relief during the pandemic, vaccines requirements for schools, police brutality, health care and more.The decision to move to a forum format put an end to tumultuous back-and-forth in the final 24 hours before the debate.

Source: SC Senate debate replaced by separate interviews after Harrison insisted on COVID tests | Palmetto Politics | postandcourier.com

FBI charges six who it says plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – The Washington Post

FBI charges six who it says plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer - The Washington Post 5The FBI revealed Thursday that it thwarted a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, unsealing charges against six people who it said contemplated a violent overthrow of the government and conducted firearms training, tested explosives and tactical drills.

The plotters, according to an FBI affidavit, seemed to be motivated by their belief that state governments, including Michigan’s, were violating the Constitution. One of those involved complained in June that Whitmer (D) was controlling the opening of gyms — an apparent reference to coronavirus shut down restrictions. But unbeknown to them, the FBI had confidential informants recording many of their discussions, according to the affidavit.

President Trump has been publicly critical of Michigan’s leaders over the state-imposed measures to stem to spread of coronavirus, tweeting in April, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN.”

Federal and state authorities are scheduled to have a news conference on the charges at 1 p.m., and Whitmer is expected to deliver a statement at 3 p.m.

Source: FBI charges six who it says plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – The Washington Post

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