Police call tear-gassed Polish lawmaker a protest threat

Polish police said Sunday that an officer who sprayed tear gas into the face of a member of parliament during a protest probably did so because he perceived the politician as a threat.

An officer sprayed Barbara Nowacka, a centre-left opposition lawmaker, in the face with the gas as she held out her parliamentary identity card to show him Saturday night. The incident occurred during a protest in Warsaw, the capital, against a restrictive abortion ruling.

“I am standing with my lawmaker’s ID and I get pepper spray in my face from a very close distance. I get it in my eyes, in my ear, and the people standing next to me also get hit,” she said on Sunday on TVN24, describing the incident of the night before.

Warsaw police spokesman Sylwester Marczak acknowledged, at first, that the use of pepper spray against a lawmaker showing her ID looked “shocking.”

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Repeat flooded property near Folly underscores sea-rise threat to land slated for homes | News

FOLLY BEACH — Marshfront lots slated for home development on Bowens Island Road have been partly underwater during recent king tides, raising concern about plans for the property. 

The owner has the permits needed to clear the site and start putting in water and sewer lines, work that began last month. But those permits were first issued in 2007, and don’t expire until next year — underscoring the large window given to landowners to build on their property, even as ocean levels rise and push protected tidal lands onto higher ground.

The situation is not an uncommon one, said Emily Cedzo of the Coastal Conservation League, who added that the advocacy group has heard of similar situations all around the coast. 



Rising tides take Charleston to the brim, threatening businesses

With sea-level rise, “We all are well aware that this is only going to continue to intensify with time,” Cedzo said.

City officials in Folly Beach say

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U.S. Foreclosure Filings on the Rise as COVID Remains an Economic Threat

According to RealtyTrac’s October 2020 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, there were a total of 11,673 U.S. properties with foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions or bank repossessions — in October 2020, up 20 percent from a month ago but down 79 percent from a year ago.
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Rick Sharga

“It’s a little surprising to see foreclosure activity increasing in spite of the various foreclosure moratoria that are in place,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice president of RealtyTrac, an ATTOM Data Solutions company. “It’s likely that many of these properties were already in the early stages of default prior to the pandemic, or are vacant and abandoned, which makes them candidates for expedited foreclosure actions.”

South Carolina, Nebraska and Alabama post highest state foreclosure rates

Nationwide one in every 11,683 housing units had a foreclosure filing in October 2020. States with the highest foreclosure rates were South Carolina (one in

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Malik Beasley charged with felony threat, drug charges

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 6: Malik Beasley #5 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on in the third quarter during the game against the Orlando Magic at Target Center on March 6, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Magic defeated the Timberwolves 132-118. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
Malik Beasley faces multiple felony charges after an alleged incident with an assault rifle. (David Berding/Getty Images)

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley was arrested after police say he pointed an assault rifle at a family of three that approached his rental home during a parade of homes tour in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth.

Beasley and his girlfriend, Montana Yao, are also facing drug charges after the incident led to a search of their home and the seizure of nearly two pounds of marijuana, according to a statement from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Felony charges against Beasley, girlfriend

Beasley is charged with fifth-degree drug possession and felony threats of violence while Yao is charged with fifth-degree drug possession. Both are 23. They have a 1½-year-old son together. The alleged incident took place on Sept. 26.

The Timberwolves released a statement Thursday acknowledging the charges.

“We are aware of

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U.S. Defense Contractor Stocks Slide Over China Sanction Threat

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An F-16V fighter jet by Lockheed Martin releases flares during the Republic of China Armed Forces’ annual Han Kuang military exercise in Taichung, Taiwan, on July 16, 2020.


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China said Monday it would sanction U.S. defense contractors, including

Lockheed Martin,


Boeing’s

defense business and

Raytheon Technologies,

related to a $1.8 billion proposed weapons sale to Taiwan.

It is the latest tit-for-tat between the U.S. and China, and the issue hasn’t escalated to rattle markets broadly—but it could create ripples for U.S. defense contractors.

The moves come as the U.S. has tried to strengthen ties with Taiwan, which the Chinese claim as its territory. Beijing condemned the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, which they said “severely damage Chinese sovereignty and security interests.”

Analysts see Beijing’s sanctions threat as reactive rather than escalatory, noting that there is no set date for implementation, leaving China room

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Bay Briefing: The biggest wildfire threat to homes is something very small

Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Friday, Oct. 23, and on one Oakland street, it’s a four-way race for mayor — and all of the candidates are four-legged friends. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

All the ways a house can catch on fire

“It’s the smallest little details that can save a home.”

While the notion of wildfire threat conjures images of a wall of flame sweeping through homes in wooded areas, fire experts say that structures a mile or two from wildfire fronts can be threatened by windblown embers, a long-overlooked but increasingly common cause of structure fires. One recent study found that as many as 90% building ignitions in the U.S. are caused by embers.

Gregory Thomas reports on how a new focus on embers is changing how experts approach home hardening against fires.

• PG&E says shut-offs are possible Sunday to Tuesday as

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