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’ »
Conservative critics of California Gov. Gavin Newsom seem to have made a serious miscalculation by seeking to recall and replace him this fall, new data suggests. Three months ago, a plurality of registered California voters (48 percent) disapproved of the job the Democratic governor was doing, according to a poll conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The official recall campaign, which had launched a year earlier but only recently gained momentum, appeared to have a real (if still remote) chance of success.
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.
Authorities in the western Mexico state of Jalisco are investigating whether the abduction and killing of three siblings could have been a case of mistaken identity. The abductions came as hundreds of people fled villages in the northern part of Jalisco to escape shootouts between drug gangs, and thousands of white-clad demonstrators marched through the state capital, Guadalajara, to protest the killings of the three young people. The three were kidnapped Friday night, when a group of armed men wearing tactical vests with the initials of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel snatched the siblings from their home in the Guadalajara suburb of Tlaquepaque, Jalisco state prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez said Monday.
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.
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.
Human rights groups and Western nations led by the United States, Britain and Germany accused China of massive crimes against the Uyghur minority and demanded unimpeded access for U.N. experts at a virtual meeting on Wednesday denounced by China as “politically motivated” and based on “lies. China's U.N. Mission sent notes to many of the U.N.'s 193 member nations last week urging them not to participate in the “anti-China event. And China's U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun sent text messages to the 15 Western co-sponsors of the meeting expressing shock at their support, urging them to “think twice” and withdraw it.
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.
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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING Former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller told a House of Representatives panel that he spoke with Trump on Jan. 3, three days before the now-former president's fiery speech that preceded the violence and led to his second impeachment. According to Miller's testimony, Trump asked during that meeting whether the District of Columbia's mayor had requested National Guard troops for Jan. 6, the day Congress was to ratify Joe Biden's presidential election victory. Trump told Miller to "fill" the request, the former defense secretary testified.
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.
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.
State troopers in western Kansas caught a smuggled shipment of drugs worth thousands of dollars that was apparently being delivered to Kansas City. Several pounds of methamphetamine, black tar heroin and fentanyl pills were found hidden inside a gas tank, according to documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita. An affidavit detailing the case was written by a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper who is assigned as a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says this is "just the beginning" of airstrikes on Hamas. At least 56 people in Gaza and six in Israel were killed by airstrikes and rockets, reports say. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the death of a Hamas commander is "just the beginning" of attacks against the militant group, as the conflict between the two groups continues to escalate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting in New York City's Times Square on Saturday that injured a four-year-old girl and two adults. Farrakhan Muhammed was arrested by US Marshals and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in Starke, near Jacksonville, Florida. Shots were fired at approximately 5pm on Saturday as a result of an argument amongst a group of men near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.
"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.
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.
The House Oversight Committee held a hearing Wednesday about the January 6 Capitol attack. GOP Rep. Paul Gosar said the rioter who died was "executed" and that others were "peaceful patriots." Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz accused him of downplaying the actions of "violent insurrectionists."
May 13—PENDLETON — Standing outside his vehicle with the door propped open, Justin Harmeson had been stationed at the entrance of Summerlake to direct traffic for only about an hour when he heard a faint crying sound. "At the very first I wasn't able to tell what it was, but after multiple times I kept hearing the noise and was able to tell it sounded like a child crying," said Harmeson, 20. Abdul Azeem Agboola, 3, was reported missing around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday — almost an hour after he was seen on a home surveillance video walking away from his family's home in the 8600 block of Winton Place in the newly developed housing addition of Springbook.
A pair of middle school boys avoided jail time after admitting to the involuntary manslaughter of Californian 13-year-old Diego Stolz. The two teenagers were sentenced to probation for the 2019 death and released into the custody of their parents on Friday, according to The Press-Enterprise. Cellphone video of showed Diego being repeatedly punched before falling and hitting his head on a pillar in the yard of Landmark Middle School in the Moreno Valley, about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
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.
“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.”