Bob Caslen, the president of the University of South Carolina, resigned on Wednesday, days after he delivered a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism.‘I am sorry to those I have let down’ »
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tried to "aggressively confront" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, shouting questions about why the New York Democrat supports "terrorists and antifa," according to a report. Two reporters from the Washington Post said they witnessed the interaction outside the House chamber. The report said Greene yelled to Ocasio-Cortez, and the Democrat continued walking.
Muslim countries must show a united and clear stance over Israel's conflict with the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, Turkey's vice president, Fuat Oktay, said on Thursday, criticising world powers for condemning violence without acting. "What we desire is that active measures are taken," Oktay told reporters after morning prayers marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. In several days of conflict, Hamas has fired volleys of rockets towards Israeli cities and Israel has launched air strikes against the Islamist faction in the Gaza Strip.
When a Dunkin' customer hurled racist slurs at an employee, he was met with a punch to the head that proved to be fatal. This is when he began arguing with the store's Black manager, Corey Pujols. Pujols, 27, told police that the man was being “extremely rude” and called him a racial slur.
George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), applauded House Republicans on Wednesday for ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her position as the No. 3 House GOP leader. Bush tweeted that "we need leaders in Congress that stand up for conservative Republican ideology, and Liz Cheney is not that leader," over a quote in which he says Cheney should be "reigning [sic] fire" down on Biden, not "the president," presumably referring to former President Donald Trump.
Authorities in Australia's second most populous state warned on Wednesday the next few days would be critical to preventing a coronavirus outbreak after a man in his 30s tested positive a day earlier for COVID-19. The unidentified man was the first locally transmitted case in Victoria state in more than two months. Health officials said it was most likely he contracted the virus while serving his 14-day hotel quarantine in neighbouring South Australia state.
A Miami businessman was sentenced to more than six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to fleecing millions from a federal COVID-19 relief program and buying luxury items with the money, including a $318,000 Lamborghini Huracán Evo. David T. Hines, 29, arrested last July, was ordered by a Miami federal judge to turn over the luxury Italian sports car and $3.4 million that he received in government loans. Hines, who owned South Florida moving businesses, applied to the Bank of America for seven loans under a Small Business Administration program.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) claimed that Ashli Babbitt, who was fatally shot by police during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, was "executed." CLIP: @RepGosar at January 6th U.S. Capitol Attack hearing: "The DoJ is harassing peaceful patriots across the country." During Wednesday's House Oversight Committee hearing, Gosar asked former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, "Who executed Ashli Babbitt?" He made sure to first mention that "Babbitt was unarmed," and then "referred to her death as a homicide," reports Vice News.
A single-engine plane collided with a jet in the Colorado sky, officials said. The planes collided in midair above Cherry Creek State Park at about 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office officials said during a news briefing. The single-engine Cirrus SR-22 plane crashed in a field, officials said, but it deployed a parachute before hitting the ground.
PARIS (Reuters) -Air France and Airbus should stand trial for involuntary manslaughter over their role in a 2009 crash in the Atlantic that killed 228 people, the Paris court of appeal ruled on Wednesday. The ruling reverses a 2019 decision not to prosecute either company over the accident, in which the pilots lost control of the Airbus A330 jet after ice blocked its airspeed sensors. Victims' families welcomed the ruling, but Airbus and Air France said they would seek to overturn it at the Cour de Cassation, France's highest appeal court.
The body recovered from a vehicle submerged in a Houston-area lake Tuesday has been identified as Erica Hernandez, a mother of three who had been missing for more than three weeks, police said. Police in Pearland, where the vehicle was found, said Wednesday it was notified by the Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office that the remains have been identified as those of Hernandez, 40. Officials are awaiting conclusions in a medical examiner's report, NBC affiliate KPRC reported.
To the editor: After the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo. from House Republican leadership, I sent the following letter to party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. I urge like-minded individuals to do the same: "I am a senior citizen who has been a registered Republican as long as I can remember.
Giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine but delaying a second dose among people younger than 65 could lead to fewer people dying of the disease, but only if certain conditions are met, a predictive modelling study showed. For example, Pfizer has said there is no clinical evidence to support Britain's decision to extend the gap between doses of its vaccine to 12 weeks, but data from the rollout in England shows protection against death of around 80% from one dose, with a 70% decline in infections. The U.S. study, published in the BMJ British medical journal, used a simulation model based on a "real-world" sample of 100,000 U.S. adults and ran a series of scenarios to forecast potentially infectious interactions under different conditions.
Brace yourselves, bourbon fans: A Kentucky whiskey that was named the 2021 Best Bourbon in the World at the end of March is coming to store shelves, along with one of the most-sought after annual releases. Buffalo Trace Distillery announced on Wednesday that the whiskey made through an interactive project called “Craft Your Perfect Bourbon” will be available this month. The C.Y.P.B. is a version of Buffalo Trace's popular Weller, selected by drinkers who were asked to choose their ideal bourbon.
This is a story about Rebekah Jones, a former dashboard manager at the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), who has single-handedly managed to convince millions of Americans that Governor Ron DeSantis has been fudging the state's COVID-19 data. When I write “single-handedly,” I mean it, for Jones is not one of the people who have advanced this conspiracy theory but rather is the person who has advanced this conspiracy theory. It has been repeated by others, sure: by partisans across the Internet, by unscrupulous Florida Democrats such as Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist, and on television, by MSNBC in particular.
After claiming his CIA affiliation, the man displayed an FBI badge to an officer. He then told a second officer he worked for the U.S. Treasury. Every one of those things was a lie.
An Alabama District Attorney has said that a woman pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery, apparently to pay for plastic surgery. The trial was expected to start next month but Iconic Facce, the defendant, asked her lawyer to offer a guilty plea on her behalf before it started. This lead to Judge Randi Peresich Mueller sentencing Facce to 15 years for each charge, which will be served simultaneously.
The EPA published an update of indicators tracking the climate crisis on Wednesday. For the first time, the EPA attributed climate change to humans, a press officer told the BBC. For the first time, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that the climate crisis is - at least in part - caused by human activities, the BBC reported.
Several Mecklenburg County teens became the first of their age group in the Charlotte area to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. Novant Health began vaccinating kids ages 12 to 15 Wednesday evening at its east Mecklenburg location at 6070 East Independence Blvd. The hospital system plans to begin accepting walk-ins in that age group at all vaccine locations Thursday starting at 3 p.m. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine Monday for use in 12- to 15-year-olds.
One of Shawnee's goals is to create a destination spot where people want to congregate and have fun. To that end, the City Council has created a Downtown Shawnee Common Consumption Area, which allows the possession and consumption of liquor during civic and special events and on sidewalk cafes and patios. In a memo to the council, the city staff said the common consumption area will support “a diverse, interactive downtown by expanding event offerings,” create opportunities for downtown businesses to participate in civic events, limit the fees and permits required and allow for more outdoor spaces that follow COVID-19 safety protocols.
Biden met with McCarthy, Pelosi, Schumer, and McConnell to discuss a bipartisan infrastructure plan. After the meeting, Pelosi told reporters a bill will "absolutely" be ready by July 4. Republicans are not so optimistic and are unwilling to compromise on tax hikes to fund the plan.
A fight broke out at a Marathon gas station in Knightdale, North Carolina, on Tuesday. One woman tried to cut the line for fuel, sparking the dispute, WRAL reported. A fight broke out at a gas station in North Carolina on Tuesday as people scrambled to fill up their cars amid a fuel shortage caused by a cyberattack that knocked out a crucial US pipeline.
But police in Montgomery County, Alabama, say they received a 911 call Monday evening from a Circle K convenience store along a highway outside Montgomery about the missing baby, who weighs 10 pounds and was last seen in a camouflage onesie. Further details of the infant's disappearance have not been made public, though police say they are reviewing security footage. The father, Caleb Whisnand, and mother, Angela Gardner, did not refer to their son by name during their Wednesday remarks.
"We need people back to work," West Virginia's Democrat senator told Politico. There's some division among Democrats on whether the Biden stimulus measure should be renewed. Sen. Joe Manchin said he won't back extending the $300 federal unemployment benefit from President Joe Biden's stimulus, which could possibly torpedo the jobless measure once it expires on Sept. 6.
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”