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Producers of Alec Baldwin film hire law firm for shooting probe

The producers of the film “Rust” have hired the law firm Jenner & Block to investigate last week’s accidental fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by actor Alec Baldwin.

Philadelphia police to get stun guns after Wallace shooting

Philadelphia will spend $14 million to equip all of its officers with stun guns, train them on how to use them and require officers to wear them while on duty.The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the announcement on the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., which was filmed by a bystander and sparked days of protests over police brutality. The 27-year-old Wallace, who was Black, was having a mental health episode.

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday told a summit of East Asian leaders his country was deeply concerned by China’s “coercive and proactive actions” across the Taiwan Strait, calling it a threat to peace and stability.

Biden also said a trilateral security deal with the United States, Australia and Britain would respect ASEAN centrality and said his country would start discussions with Indo-Pacific partners on a regional economic framework.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin has said that people in the US should pay a “patriotic tax” of 15% if they ended up with zero tax liability.

US, Turkish presidential advisers discuss defense relationship, disagreements

Top advisers to US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke on Wednesday about a range of issues including how to resolve disagreements, the White House said, days after Turkey’s leader threatened to expel U.S. and other ambassadors.

The 50-year-old Australian is wanted in the United States on 18 criminal charges, including breaking a spying law, after WikiLeaks published thousands of secret US files and diplomatic cables in 2010.

The United States asked Britain’s High Court on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s decision that Julian Assange should not be sent to the United States to face espionage charges, promising that the WikiLeaks founder could serve any prison sentence he receives in his native Australia.

Democrats unveil billionaires’ tax as Biden plan takes shape

Pushing past skeptics, Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a new billionaires’ tax proposal, an entirely new entry in the tax code designed to help pay for President Joe Biden’s sweeping domestic policy package and edge his party closer to an overall agreement. Read full story

Philadelphia police to get stun guns after Wallace shooting

Philadelphia will spend $14 million to equip all of its officers with stun guns, train them on how to use them and require officers to wear them while on duty.

Over 600,000 homes without power in eastern US due to storm

A powerful coastal storm left more than 600,000 homes without power in the northeastern United States on Wednesday, forecasters said.The state of Massachusetts was the hardest hit, with 466,000 homes without power as of 8:00 am (1200 GMT). The National Weather Service called the situation dangerous and warned of hurricane-type gusts of wind and many uprooted trees. “Travel is not recommended,” said the NWS office in Boston. Rhode Island was also badly affected, with 91,000 homes without electricity. The NWS said the situation should improve toward the end of the day and that the storm “will move farther offshore tonight.”

Transportation slump drags down US durable goods in September

Orders for big-ticket US manufactured goods declined for the first time in five months in September, largely due to falling orders for planes and cars, according to government data released Wednesday. Durable goods orders last month fell by 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, from August, the Commerce Department reported, but the September decrease was less severe than analysts forecast.

US eases travel hurdles for Covaxin trial participants

At a time when the World Health Organisation (WHO) is dithering on granting Emergency Use Listing (EUL) to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given clearance to Covaxin vaccinated individuals to travel to the US, albeit with a rider. Read full story

Merck & Co has signed a licensing agreement with the United Nations-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) that will allow more companies to manufacture generic versions of its experimental oral antiviral Covid-19 treatment, the US drugmaker and the organization announced on Wednesday.

Merck signs pact to broaden generic manufacturing of Covid-19 pill

US expected to issue its 1st passport with ”X” gender marker

The State Department is expected to announce Wednesday that the United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation — a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don’t identify as male or female.

Wall Street set for slight gains after slew of upbeat earnings

US stock index futures were set to open slightly higher on Wednesday, helped by a fresh batch of upbeat earnings reports that are likely to fuel Wall Street’s record rally. Microsoft Corp rose 2% in premarket trading as it forecast a strong end to the calendar year, helped by its booming cloud business.

The so-called billionaires tax, announced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, is part of a two-pronged legislative strategy that also includes a proposed 15% corporate minimum tax on the most profitable US corporations, which was unveiled on Tuesday

US billionaires would pay tax on unrealized gains from their assets to help finance President Joe Biden’s emerging social-policy and climate-change legislation, according to a proposal unveiled on Wednesday by the top Senate Democrat for tax policy

US Senate Democrat unveils ‘billionaires tax’ for Biden agenda