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A man accused of going on a shooting spree across Alabama and Georgia and injuring five people admitted to police that the crime was racially motivated and he was targeting white men. “Basically, he explained throughout his life, specifically white males had taken from him and also what he described as military-looking white males had taken from him,” Detective Brandon Lockhart said of Justin Tyran Roberts during a preliminary hearing. Roberts, a 39-year-old black man, was arrested in connection to the shooting spree that left five people injured over three separate incidents in Georgia and Alabama.
He returned to power in 2009, and for the past 12 years he dominated Israeli politics and came to personify Israel in the eyes of the world. But while personal grudges and political rivalries largely due to Netanyahu's preening personality have no doubt played a key role in his ouster, they do not fully account for the unyielding opposition he has engendered. It is not simply a result of individual grievances and political ambitions that Netanyahu can no longer appease or politically buy off his rivals.
Twenty-eight Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Tuesday, the island's government said, the largest reported incursion to date. While there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after the Group of Seven leaders issued a joint statement on Sunday scolding China for a series of issues and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, comments China condemned as "slander". Chinese-claimed Taiwan has complained over the last few months of repeated missions by China's air force near the self-ruled island, concentrated in the southwestern part of its air defence zone near the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.
Police in Austria say a 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stabbing another man to death told officers he had planned the killing for weeks in order to be imprisoned. Innsbruck police said Tuesday that the suspect, an Austrian citizen, had walked into a police station Monday in the town of Kufstein, near the German border, and claimed responsibility for the killing. The man, whose name wasn't released, told officers that he wanted to be imprisoned because he was unhappy with his life.
Nellie's Sports Bar located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. is under fire after a video went viral showing a security guard dragging a Black woman by her hair down a flight of stairs. The demonstrations started around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, with dozens of people rallying behind Keisha Young, 22, of Maryland, the woman seen being dragged out of the bar in video that was shared on Instagram. Young told the outlet that she did nothing to warrant the mistreatment during her visit to celebrate Pride month.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump pressed the Justice Department during his waning weeks in office to join his failed effort to overturn his election defeat based on his false claims of voting fraud, but its leaders refused, with one decrying the "pure insanity" of the claims, documents released on Tuesday showed. The House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee, which obtained the records as part of an investigation, outlined a series of overtures made by the Republican former president, then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and an outside private attorney, Kurt Olsen, pushing the department to act on Trump's claims. Congress also is investigating the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters trying to stop the formal certification of Democratic President Joe Biden's election victory.
MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist known for her impromptu multi-billion dollar donations to charities and racial equity causes, announced Tuesday that she has given $2.7 billion to 286 organizations. It is the third round of major philanthropic gifts Scott has made, which together rival the charitable contributions made by the largest foundations. Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, wrote in a Medium post that she and her husband, Dan Jewett, made the donations to enable the recipients to continue their work and as a “signal of trust and encouragement” to them and others.
Officials with Texas' power grid operator pleaded with residents Monday to limit their electrical usage amid soaring temperatures and a series of mechanical problems at power plants. The appeal, from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, comes four months after deadly blackouts during a winter storm left millions of people without power — and weeks after state legislators passed a package of measures aimed at fixing some of the problems exposed by the storm. Officials with the nonprofit group, which oversees 90 percent of Texas' energy production, asked residents to set their thermostats higher, turn off lights and avoid using larger appliances until Friday.
A closed-door session with lawmakers that Poland's prime minister requested to discuss a number of cyberattacks on Polish government officials will take place Wednesday, the speaker of the country's parliament said. The hacks include one last week on the private email and social media accounts of Michal Dworczyk, the head of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's office, and Dworczyk's wife. Morawiecki has called such cyberattacks the “new face of contemporary warfare” and said there were signs they were launched from beyond Poland's eastern border.
Tropical Depression Two strengthened into Tropical Storm Bill overnight in the open Atlantic, making it the second named storm of the season, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters are also watching two other disturbances, one of which is forecast to develop into a tropical depression later this week in the Gulf of Mexico and could bring 7 to 10 inches of rain to the Gulf coast, including the Panhandle. Here's what to know: Tropical Storm Bill forecast Bill was moving quickly northeast in the Atlantic near 38 mph with maximum sustained winds near 60 mph with higher gusts, according to the hurricane center's 11 a.m.
The Justice Department will tighten its rules around obtaining records from members of Congress, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday, amid revelations the department under former President Donald Trump had secretly seized records from Democrats and members of the media. “Consistent with our commitment to the rule of law,” Garland said in a statement, “we must ensure that full weight is accorded to separation-of-powers concerns moving forward.” Garland's statement came as a Justice Department official said the top national security official, John Demers, planned to leave by the end of next week.
It's impossible to have social peace and shared citizenship when you have such a large class of people who are treated as disposable. You write that the four narratives, by insisting on discrete visions of America, end up “pitting tribe against tribe. Is identity an even bigger obstacle than economic disparity to finding common ground?
Technology companies helped lift stocks higher on Wall Street, nudging the S&P 500 to its third straight all-time high, even as other parts of the market faltered. The S&P 500 had been down 0.3% earlier amid another bout of choppy trading as Wall Street awaits the latest take from the Federal Reserve on inflation. Investors are trying to gauge the strength of the economic recovery and whether emerging signs of inflation will be transitory, as the central bank believes.
The victim, who was hit in the chest, legs and hand, was going for his own firearm to defend himself when he was shot, police said.
A former White House national security advisor who testified at the hearings for President Donald Trump's first impeachment is helping Trump's successor, President Joe Biden, prepare for his first meeting as commander in chief with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Axios reported. Sources told Axios that Fiona Hill was among a group of Russia experts who briefed Biden ahead of the meeting, which is set to take place Wednesday. Hill served as the top Russia expert in the White House from 2017 to 2019, under the Trump administration.
Things got ugly at a Little League championship game in Eastern Kentucky Monday when parents and coaches got into a fight, and now some involved could face criminal charges. Video of the incident shared to Facebook shows more than a dozen adults on the baseball field, some of whom are shouting obscenities at each other. “It's really sad these kids that played hard all season and put their hearts on that field didn't get to finish their championship game because 'adults' wanted to act like this,” Destani Renaye Knox wrote in a Facebook post, which included a video of the altercation.
A United States special forces veteran and his son have admitted to helping smuggle former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box aboard a private jet ahead of his trial for financial crimes. Retired Green Beret Michael Taylor, 60, and his son Peter, 28, pleaded guilty to aiding Mr Ghosn's escape in December 2019 during their first appearance at Tokyo District Court this morning. The indictment claimed that Mr Ghosn fled from his home in Tokyo's Minato Ward to a hotel in the capital and then to another in Osaka Prefecture on 29 December 2019, before he made his way to Kansai International Airport, Japan's Kyodo News agency reports.
A former senior advisor to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said he left his position on Capitol Hill earlier this year in large part because of low pay among congressional staffers. "She's a great boss and I adored my colleagues," Dan Riffle, who was a senior counsel and policy adviser for the influential New York lawmaker, tweeted on Monday, "but with two kids in daycare I just couldn't afford the job." Riffle was responding to a letter from lawmakers led by Ocasio-Cortez calling for a budget increase for House offices to boost staff salaries.
CNN correspondent Barbara Starr has branded the Trump-era Justice Department's past decision to seize her personal email and phone records, as well as those of other colleagues, a “sheer abuse of power”. In an op-ed penned for her outlet on Monday, Ms Starr accused the Trump administration of having manipulated both her and CNN when the DoJ secretly obtained her email records during a probe into news leaks. According to CNN, the DOJ informed Ms Starr on 13 May that prosecutors had procured her phone and email records dating from 1 June, 2017, to 31 July, 2017.
Joshua and Jessica Bustle pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count in connection to the Capitol riot. Jessica Bustle's Facebook posts about the riot were included in the criminal complaint. The couple faces a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has been busy lately—and we don't mean manning the grill at summer barbecues. On Wednesday, he announced the Biden Department of Justice is getting to the bottom of the leak investigations within the Trump administration that led to multiple subpoenas of lawmakers' and journalists' personal information, or as Molly Jong-Fast said on this episode of The New Abnormal, “Watergate on crack. She and producer Jesse Cannon had FBI agent Peter Strzok on to explain why this is just coming to light now, and get his take on the whole affair.
Five more opposition figures have been arrested in Nicaragua ahead of upcoming elections, bringing the total number detained since the start of the month to 12. Those taken into custody include a former health minister and leaders of the leftist opposition Unamos party, which is made up of ex-allies of the country's president, Daniel Ortega. Before his arrest at the weekend, Hugo Torres, a former general and ex-Ortega ally said: “It's not just potential candidates any more, it's political leaders.
Antivirus software exec John McAfee testified against his extradition to the US on Tuesday. In a Spanish court, McAfee claimed he'd spend the rest of his life behind bars if he was extradited, the AP reported. McAfee is wanted in Tennessee for tax-related charges for his alleged failure to disclose income.
Witnesses told police the victim was attacked by at least one person who punched and beat him with fists, then sped away.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”