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A tip, a hat and a pair of gloves led to ID of Nashville bomber Anthony Quinn Warner; motive remains a mystery – USA TODAY
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</svg></div></div><div id=”videoDetailsContainer” hidden readability=”15″><p>Nashville explosion: Police identify bomber</p><p>Authorities are asking anyone who knew Anthony Warner, the man police say is the Nashville bomber, to come forward.</p><p>Associated Press, USA TODAY</p></div></div></media-video></div><p>NASHVILLE, Tenn.&nbsp;– A tip, a hat and a pair of gloves provided all the evidence authorities needed to identify the remains of a man they say triggered the bomb that rocked this city and took his own life on Christmas morning.</p><partner-banner util-module-path=”elements/partner” class=”spacer-large” min-height=”250″ fluid outstream></partner-banner><p>David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said Monday that a tip from the public put Anthony Quinn Warner on&nbsp;law enforcement radar and that DNA from gloves and a hat retrieved from a car Warner owned help confirm the identification.</p><p>”He was not on our radar,” Rausch said.&nbsp;”Calls that came in from the public were absolutely key to identification, at least with a name, a direction the investigation could take.”</p><p>Authorities are still trying to <a href=”” target=”_blank”>to determine why Warner set off the bomb</a>.</p><p>Warner’s body was essentially incinerated by the force of the blast when his recreational vehicle exploded on a quiet, downtown street, injuring three bystanders. DNA found at the scene was used to identify him, Rausch said.&nbsp;</p><partner-banner util-module-path=”elements/partner” fluid bottom lazy class=”spacer-large” min-height=”250″ outstream></partner-banner><partner-inline util-module-path=”elements/partner” class=”spacer-large” placement=”native-article_link” sizes=”[[300, 250], [3, 3]]” fluid outstream></partner-inline><p>Moments before the blast, a&nbsp;speaker system broadcast a warning to evacuate the area.&nbsp;Officers&nbsp;at the scene before the explosion said the speakers also played the 1960s hit song “Downtown” by Petula Clark. The lyrics, describing downtown as a place to seek refuge from sadness, begin with “when you’re alone, and life is making you lonely, you can&nbsp;always go downtown.”</p><p><span class=”exclude-from-newsgate”><a href=”” target=”_blank”><strong>Man identified as Christmas Day bomber:</strong> A</a>nthony Quinn Warner</span></p><p>Police, acting on the RV’s warnings, evacuated several people from the area. Warner was the only fatality, but more than 40 buildings were damaged.&nbsp;Rausch reiterated Monday that <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Warner acted alone</a>.</p><cta-atoms-container-inline util-module-path=”elements/cta” class=”spacer-large”></cta-atoms-container-inline><p>Still, this sprawling, fast-growing metro area of 2 million&nbsp;people is on edge. The driver of a box truck parked outside a convenience store in neighboring Rutherford County was arrested on felony charges Sunday <a href=”” target=”_blank”>after loudly playing audio “similar to what was heard”</a> in the moments before Friday’s blast.</p><media-image image-set=” bestCrop,,2148,x0,y0 4:3,,2153,x430,y0 3:4,,1614,x0,y0 16:9″ image-alt=”Nashville Metro Police Chief John Drake (left) and officers Amanda Topping and Michael Sipos and James Luellen and Brenna Hosey and James Wells spend a moment in a group hug after a press conference on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.” credit=”Mark Zaleski, The Tennessean-USA TODAY NETWORK” caption=”Nashville Metro Police Chief John Drake (left) and officers Amanda Topping and Michael Sipos and James Luellen and Brenna Hosey and James Wells spend a moment in a group hug after a press conference on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.” orientation=”horizontal” class=”spacer-large” util-module-path=”elements/media”></media-image><p>Tennessee Highway Patrol sent a robot to probe the truck. No explosive device was found, but investigation&nbsp;closed a local highway for five hours on Sunday,&nbsp;Wilson County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Moore said.</p><partner-banner util-module-path=”elements/partner” fluid bottom lazy class=”spacer-large” min-height=”250″ outstream></partner-banner><partner-inline util-module-path=”elements/partner” placement=”native-article_link” sizes=”[[300, 250], [3, 3]]” fluid outstream></partner-inline><p>James Turgeon, 33, was charged with two counts of felony for filing a false report and one count of tampering with evidence and held on $500,000 bond.</p><p>”There is no connection other than the individual taking advantage&nbsp;of the situation,” Rausch said Monday.</p><p><span class=”exclude-from-newsgate”><a href=”” target=”_blank”><strong>Man charged</strong> after audio similar to that heard in Nashville bombing played from truck</a></span></p><p>The focus of the explosion investigation remains on&nbsp;Warner, 63, a longtime Nashville-area resident.&nbsp;The RV was parked near an&nbsp;AT&amp;T building downtown when the blast occurred. Warner’s father once worked for AT&amp;T, and Rausch said the possibility that AT&amp;T was targeted is one possibility being investigated.</p><p>The building was severely damaged, disrupting Internet, phone and emergency service communication across multiple states. Retailers were also affected – Walmart confirmed that&nbsp;outages affected multiple stores, and shoppers took to social media to report Walmart closures in some locations, while other locations&nbsp;accepted only cash.</p><partner-banner util-module-path=”elements/partner” fluid bottom lazy class=”spacer-large” min-height=”250″ outstream></partner-banner><p>Warner had held&nbsp;several IT jobs, and public records show he had extensive experience with electronics and alarm systems. He recently worked as an independent computer technician with the real estate firm&nbsp;Fridrich&nbsp;&amp; Clark.</p><p>Federal agents have searched his home in Antioch, and the Fridrich&nbsp;&amp; Clark real estate office in Nashville, for clues to Warner’s mental state.</p><p>A neighbor, Steve Schmoldt, described&nbsp;Warner as “kind of low key to the point of, I don’t know, I guess some people&nbsp;would&nbsp;say he’s a little odd.” Warner had placed lights and security cameras outside his home. He built a fence around his yard himself, Schmoldt told <a href=”” target=”_blank”>The Tennessean</a>, part of the USA TODAY Network.</p><p>“You never saw anyone come and go,” Schmoldt said of Warner’s home. “Never saw him go anywhere. As&nbsp;far as we knew, he was kind of a computer geek that worked at home.”&nbsp;</p><partner-banner util-module-path=”elements/partner” fluid bottom lazy class=”spacer-large” min-height=”250″ outstream></partner-banner><media-image image-set=” bestCrop,,1137,x0,y429 4:3,,2000,x8,y0 3:4,,853,x0,y571 16:9″ image-alt=”This undated image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner.” credit=”AP” caption=”This undated image posted on social media by the FBI shows Anthony Quinn Warner.” orientation=”vertical” class=”spacer-large” util-module-path=”elements/media”></media-image><p><span class=”exclude-from-newsgate”><a href=”” target=”_blank”><strong>Anthony Quinn Warner:</strong> Nashville bomber</a>&nbsp;was self-employed IT professional</span></p><partner-inline util-module-path=”elements/partner” class=”spacer-large” placement=”native-article_link” sizes=”[[300, 250], [3, 3]]” fluid outstream></partner-inline><p>Warner had recent legal issues. Court records show Warner became enmeshed in a family dispute after he transferred ownership of a second family home to himself about one month before his brother died in 2018. The case was dismissed in October 2019 at the&nbsp;mother’s&nbsp;request. Family lawyer Yancy Belcher declined comment.</p><p>Court records also show&nbsp;a deed transfer of Warner’s residence from Warner to an individual with a Los Angeles address on Nov. 25 for $0.</p><p>Korenski requested&nbsp;people who knew Warner to contact police&nbsp;and share information while authorities investigate “any and all motives.”</p><p>Schmoldt said it appears Warner didn’t want to hurt anyone else.</p><p>“But if that’s the case, what other message is there?” Schmoldt said. “They have to figure out&nbsp;some kind of motive.”&nbsp;</p><partner-banner util-module-path=”elements/partner” fluid bottom lazy class=”spacer-large” min-height=”250″ outstream></partner-banner><p><em>Bacon reported from McLean, Virginia. Contributing: Natalie Allison, Brinley Hineman and Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean; The Associated Press</em></p><lit-timestamp class=”column ten-column no-gutter spacer-small” slot=”timestamp” publishdate=”2020-12-28 14:00:35 +0000 UTC” updatedate=”2020-12-28 19:11:01 +0000 UTC”></lit-timestamp><p><strong><a href=””></a></strong> <a href=””>(Why?)</a></p>
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House to vote on increasing coronavirus stimulus checks to $2,000 – NBC News
<div readability=”98.90479876161″><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill Monday evening to increase direct coronavirus relief payments to some people to $2,000, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the Republican-run Senate,<a href=”″ target=”_blank”> despite support</a> from President Donald Trump.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>The House is expected to vote on the bill, which would increase the $600 in direct payments to those who earned less than $75,000 last year to $2,000, at around 5 p.m. ET.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>Trump insisted on increasing the payments after his administration struck a deal for the $600 checks as part of a coronavirus relief and government spending package, which passed both chambers of Congress last week.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>”I simply want to get our great people $2,000, rather than the measly $600 that is now in the bill,” the president <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>tweeted over the weekend</a> from his Florida resort.</p><section class=”inlineVideo___3Rd2d contentBody___1zFVF mv8″><div class=”background___zbjAK”><div class=”player___3fr8s”><div class=”videoPlayer videoPlayer___2h7vD adNotPlaying___xzHl5″ data-test=”video-player”><div class=”videoSlate”><a href=”″ class=”allowClicksOnPreview”><picture class><source media=”(min-width: 1240px)” srcset=”×484.jpg”><source media=”(min-width: 758px)” srcset=”×563.jpg”><img src=”×428.jpg”></picture></a></div></div></div></div><div class=”info___Z7ow1 pt4 pl4 pr8 pt5-m pl6-m pr9-m”><span class=”infoText___-6qz1 f2 ttu mt3″><span>Dec. 28, 2020</span><span>04:20</span></span></div></section><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>Trump cited the scheduled House vote in a statement Sunday announcing that he had<a href=”″ target=”_blank”> finally signed</a> the $2.3 trillion Covid-19 relief and government funding package.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., predicted the supplement would pass the House.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>”Then I will move to pass it in the Senate. No Democrats will object. Will Senate Republicans?” <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Schumer tweeted</a>.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>Schumer told reporters on Monday that he would try to pass the bill by unanimous consent on Tuesday — a procedure that would allow the bill to advance only if there are no objections.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>”Every Senate Democrat is for it, but unfortunately, we don’t have the Republicans on board,” Schumer said, before urging Trump to change that dynamic.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>”These Senate Republicans have followed you through thick and thin. Get them now to act and to support the $2,000 checks,” Schumer said.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., praised Trump for signing the bill on Sunday night, but made no mention of a possible vote on the additional relief in his statement.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>Roy Blunt of Missouri, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, told reporters last week that even if the measure came up for a vote in the Senate, it would <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>not reach the 60-vote threshold needed</a> for passage.</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>In a statement on Sunday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged the president to “immediately call on congressional Republicans to end their obstruction and to join him and Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation to increase direct payment checks to $2,000.”</p><p class=”endmarkEnabled”>”Every Republican vote against this bill is a vote to deny the financial hardship that families face and to deny the American people the relief they need,” Pelosi said.</p></div><div readability=”31″><div class=”article-byline pt3 pb2″ readability=”32″><div class=”article-byline__inner mt2 mt0-m”><span data-test=”article-byline__headshot” class=”article-byline__image article-byline__image article-byline__image–has-image mr4 article-byline__headshot w3-print”><picture class><img src=”×100.jpg” alt=”Image: Dareh Gregorian”></picture></span><span class=”article-byline__name article-byline__name founders-mono f3 lh-title ls-tight pt1 pt4-m ml9 ml0-m ml0-print”>Dareh Gregorian</span><span class=”article-byline__social f2 mt2 mt4-m ml9 ml0-m dn-print” data-test=”article-byline__social”><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” class=”article-byline__social-link”><span class=”icon icon-email”></span></a></span></div><p class=”article-byline__bio article-byline__bio publico-txt f2 lh-copy mt3 mt0-m ml9-m”>Dareh Gregorian is a politics reporter for NBC News.</p></div></div><p><strong><a href=””></a></strong> <a href=””>(Why?)</a></p> Mon, 28 Dec 2020 18:39:00 +0000 en

What you need to know about coronavirus on Monday December 28 – CNN
<div><img src=”” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><div class=”l-container”><div class=”zn-body__paragraph speakable”><em>A version of this story appeared in the December 28 edition of CNN’s Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. </em><a href=”” target=”_blank”><em>Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday</em></a>.</div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph speakable”>Nursing home residents and frontline workers were among the first to receive the immunization, including a virologist who was part of the team that first isolated Covid-19 in Italy. In Spain, 96-year-old Araceli Rosario Hidalgo said “thank God” as she became the first in the country to be given the shot, <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Reuters reported.</a></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>While most countries followed EU guidance on prioritizing the elderly, health care workers and vulnerable populations first, the Czech Republic took a different approach — administering its first dose to Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>The inoculations provide some respite amid a tough winter surge of the pandemic in Europe, which has seen renewed lockdowns, mounting death tolls and the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in the UK. Germany, once lauded for its pandemic mitigation approach, topped<a href=”” target=”_blank”> 30,000 deaths</a> on Monday after health authorities reported 348 Covid-19 related fatalities in the past day. </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>The vaccination program could go down as one of the greatest achievements in the history of the European project, which has been battered in recent years by a surge in nationalist parties and UK’s departure from the bloc, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Kara Fox reports</a>. The EU’s vaccine strategy marks a positive step towards greater unity after European countries were criticized at the start of the pandemic for not working together. Yet some nations jumped the gun this weekend — doses were administered in Germany and Slovakia ahead of the official start date.</div><div class=”zn-body__read-all”><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>But little could subdue the optimistic mood. German pilot Samy Kramer used his flight path to trace a giant syringe in the sky ahead of the vaccination campaign’s launch. “There are still relatively many people opposing the vaccination and my action may be a reminder for them to think about the topic, to get things moving,” Kramer told Reuters, following his one-hour, 44-minute flight over southern Germany. </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><h3><strong>YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED</strong></h3></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><strong>Q: </strong>Should I take the vaccine if I have underlying conditions?</div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><strong>A:</strong> The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Saturday posted new guidance for people with certain underlying medical conditions, who are at increased risk of more severe Covid-19.</div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>Here are <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>some of the key points</a>:</div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><ul class=”cnn_rich_text”><li>The guidance addresses people with weakened immune systems, people with autoimmune conditions and those who have previously had Guillain-Barre syndrome and Bell’s palsy.</li><li>All of these groups “may receive an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine” according to the recommendations, provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.</li><li>People with HIV and those with weakened immune systems due to other illnesses or medication should be aware of “limited safety data” on the use of Covid-19 vaccinations in those populations, and that they may experience a weakened immune response to a vaccine.</li></ul></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><a href=”” target=”_blank”><em>Send your questions here</em></a><em>. Are you a health care worker fighting Covid-19? Message us on WhatsApp about the challenges you’re facing: +1 347-322-0415.</em></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><h3><strong>WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY</strong></h3></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><strong>Trump signs coronavirus relief and funding bill into law after lengthy delay</strong></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>US President Donald Trump signed the massive $2.3 trillion<a href=”” target=”_blank”> coronavirus relief and government funding bill</a> into law Sunday night, averting a government shutdown that was set to begin Tuesday, and extending billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to millions. </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>The delayed signature came after he blindsided lawmakers last week, criticizing the size of the stimulus checks — negotiated by his own administration.</div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>The chaos comes as the US prepares to grapple with <a href=”” target=”_blank”>potential holiday Covid-19 surges</a>. Hospitals across the country have reported more than 100,000 patients for the 26th day in a row. Despite warnings from officials, hundreds of thousands of people were screened at airports nationwide last week. It prompted America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, to warn that America’s Covid-19 battle may yet see its “darkest days.” </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><strong>Journalist who documented Wuhan coronavirus outbreak jailed</strong></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>Chinese journalist Zhang Zhan, 37, who reported from Wuhan at the height of the initial coronavirus outbreak, has been jailed for four years by a Shanghai court. She was found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to one of her defense lawyers Zhang Keke on Monday. The offense is commonly used by the Chinese government to target dissidents and human rights activists, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Nectar Gan and James Griffiths report. </a></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>While Zhang is one of a number of independent reporters who have been detained or disappeared in China since the beginning of the pandemic, she is the first citizen journalist known to have been sentenced for her role in reporting on the coronavirus pandemic. </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><strong>Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine could get UK approval in days</strong></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is set to receive UK regulatory approval within days and could be rolled out by January 4, British media reported on Sunday. It comes after UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the company had submitted its “full data package” for the vaccine to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for review. </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>Last month, the lack of clarity surrounding several aspects of the data from the vaccine trials raised some eyebrows in the scientific community. But — if approved — AstraZeneca’s vaccine could <a href=”” target=”_blank”>prove more valuable for the</a> world than Moderna or Pfizer’s candidates. The shot, developed with the University of Oxford, is considerably cheaper than the others; is far easier to transport and distribute; and AstraZeneca has promised to supply hundreds of millions of doses to low- and middle-income countries, delivering the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis to those nations in perpetuity. </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><h3><strong>ON OUR RADAR</strong></h3></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><ul class=”cnn_rich_text”><li>2020 was a tumultuous year for most people, and that’s no less true for Queen Elizabeth II. That said, the pandemic has given <a href=”” target=”_blank”>her renewed relevance. </a></li><li>Israel entered its third lockdown on Sunday as coronavirus<a href=”” target=”_blank”> cases continue to climb.</a> </li><li>Japan will ban foreign nationals from entering the country from today through to the end of January after several cases of the new Covid-19 <a href=”” target=”_blank”>variant were recorded there.</a></li><li>In Europe — home to some of the richest countries and most generous social safety nets — concerns around hunger and deprivation existed long before the Covid-19 crisis. And <a href=”” target=”_blank”>when the pandemic hit, things got even worse. </a></li><li>A Boy Scout troop helped create a ‘hug booth’ for nursing home residents, allowing them to embrace visitors without <a href=”” target=”_blank”>touching at all.</a></li></ul></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><strong>Vaccine passports may be on the horizon</strong></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and abroad, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel, shop and go to the movies again. But in order to do those activities, you may eventually need something in addition to the vaccine: A vaccine passport application.</div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>Several companies and technology groups have begun developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their Covid-19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials that could be shown in order to enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Here’s how.</a></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><h3><strong>TODAY’S PODCAST</strong></h3></div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”><em>”When I look back on this year, I’m going to remember the lives that we lost … I’m going to carry the lessons we learned at their expense for the rest of my career.” </em>– CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta </div><div class=”zn-body__paragraph”>In today’s episode, Dr. Gupta opens up to Anderson Cooper about what it’s been like to cover the pandemic every single day. <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Listen Now</a>. </div></div></div><p><strong><a href=””></a></strong> <a href=””>(Why?)</a></p> Mon, 28 Dec 2020 13:14:00 +0000 Tara John, CNN

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