Archdiocese of New Orleans laying off 19 employees
Archdiocese of New Orleans laying off 19 employees
At least 14 people have been shot outside a funeral home in Chicago - one of the worst mass shootings in a city already grappling with rising violence. Mourners were shot at by the occupants of a passing vehicle as they left the home in Gresham, on Chicago's South Side, on Tuesday evening, police said. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she had been assured that the agents would work "collaboratively" with Chicago's police force, local media report.
Britain has agreed with the United States to remove an "anomaly" which allowed the wife of a U.S. official to claim diplomatic immunity from criminal prosecution after she was involved in a road accident in which 19-year-old Briton Harry Dunn was killed. The crash last August has caused friction between London and Washington after Britain criticised the United States for refusing to extradite Anne Sacoolas. Now the loophole that allowed Sacoolas to claim immunity has been closed.
Acting homeland security chief Chad Wolf said yesterday that federal law enforcement officers in Portland “will not retreat”, even as criticism of their deployment rose to a new pitch and protesters flooded the streets in increasing numbers. Mr Wolf spoke just as a leaked homeland security memo revealed that officials have been instructed to gather intelligence on protesters who may be involved in the destruction of monuments and statues. Defending the officers' actions and calling “smear attacks” against them “disgusting”, Mr Wolf told the media that they will see their task through to the end.
Largely resisting the tangential, pugnacious approach he favored during his earlier appearances at the podium, Trump tried instead to rely on data to persuade the American people that his administration is “doing a good job,” in his words, combating COVID-19. At the top of his briefing, Trump unveiled a chart labeled “Case Fatality Rate” in big, bold letters. The largest bar belonged to France (17.1 percent), followed by the United Kingdom (15.3 percent), Belgium (15.3 percent), Italy (14.3 percent), Spain (10.7 percent), the European Union (10.2 percent), Canada (8 percent), Europe (7.5 percent), Sweden (7.2 percent), Germany (4.5 percent), the world as a whole (4.2 percent) — and then, at the very bottom, the United States (3.7 percent).
CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images China used the labor of persecuted Uighur people to make personal protective equipment (PPE) that was then exported to the US and other countries, a new New York Times report found. Many Chinese factories use a work program to recruit Uighur employees, The Times reported, which experts say is forced labor. China has detained at least one million Uighurs in detention camps, which it euphemistically bills as "re-education" camps, and keeps Uighurs under strong surveillance.
Wearing a face mask helps prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. A doctor debunked this common myth by filming himself testing his oxygen levels while wearing six face masks. Despite overwhelming evidence that face masks effectively reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, some people still refuse to wear masks.
A Republican congressman offered an apology Wednesday for the “abrupt manner" he used in a verbal confrontation with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but denied aiming a sexist slur at her. Ocasio-Cortez rejected her colleague's words, saying they were “not an apology” and what she heard was a vulgar slur. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., made his remarks on the House floor a day after the freshman New York lawmaker said he'd angrily harangued her outside the Capitol over her linkage of joblessness and some recent crimes.
Amid a moment of national reckoning on racial issues and the mourning of one of the country's most revered civil rights leaders, new numbers from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll show that American voters have become significantly more aware of racial discrimination and more sympathetic to those protesting to end it, even as the country remains deeply divided over the prevalence of bigotry and its root causes. The poll finds that voters in America are now more likely to say that people of color experience discrimination, to describe athletes kneeling in protest of racial inequality as appropriate, to view the Black Lives Matter movement as a positive force, and to support the removal of Confederate monuments in public spaces. The poll — which was conducted July 9-12, before the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights leader — found that a majority of voters, 56 percent, say American society is racist, while 40 percent disagree.
Kellyanne Conway went on Fox News Wednesday morning to heap praise on her boss for what news anchors have been calling his “new tone” in the previous day's coronavirus task force briefing—his first in several months. “I think it was incredibly important for the president of the United States to provide information to the public, not confrontation with some press people there who were asking questions that had nothing to do with the development of vaccines and therapeutics,” Conway said, perhaps alluding to the question about alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell that prompted Trump to admit he's met her “numerous times over the years” and to say, “I wish her well.” When the White House counselor started lecturing “all those people out there who are resisting wearing a mask,” telling them, “you'll get your liberties back sooner if you wear your mask,” MacCallum cut in to press her on why it's taken so long for the president to arrive at this messaging.
A powerful 7.8 earthquake that hit in the waters off the Alaska Peninsula late Tuesday and triggered a tsunami warning sent residents fleeing for high ground over fears of threatening waves before an all clear was given. The 7.8 magnitude quake struck Tuesday at 10:12 p.m. local time and was centered in the ocean about 65 miles south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska. A tsunami warning that was issued for much of coastal Alaska, including southern Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands, was called off about two hours later with no serious damage reported.
After weeks of declining fatalities, there were more than 5,200 U.S. COVID-19 deaths in the week ended July 19, up 5% from the previous seven days, a Reuters analysis found. Nearly 142,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a toll that experts warn will likely surge following recent record spikes in case numbers and an alarming rise in hospitalizations in many states. While some of the increase in new cases can be attributed to more testing, hospitalizations, which are not tied to testing numbers, began to surge in late June as well.
A man has been charged with murder in a case spanning more than three decades thanks to the DNA on a cigarette butt. Prosecutors on Monday submitted a first-degree murder charge against Oklahoma inmate Earl Wilson for the 1985 death of Paul Aikman. Oklahoma attorney general Mike Hunter said investigators matched the 55 year-old's DNA to prints on cigarette butts located at the crime scene.
Sen. Ron Wyden told Yahoo News on Tuesday that he believes the Trump administration's crackdown on protesters in Portland is an unconstitutional and divisive effort to boost the president's sagging reelection efforts. “Trump has a political agenda here,” Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said during an interview with Yahoo News' “Skullduggery” podcast. Portland, the largest city in Oregon, has been convulsed by protests since George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25.
Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon On a Monday night broadcast, Fox News host Tucker Carlson falsely accused a New York Times reporter of planning to publish his home address in an upcoming story. In response, people doxxed the Times reporter, Murray Carpenter, tweeting Carpenter's email, website, and home address, and encouraged others to "start showing up" at his house "during the day and night." At the time of the broadcast, The Times had not published the story at the center of Carlson's claims, and the newspaper tweeted a statement in response saying it "does not plan to publish Tucker Carlson's residence, which Carlson was aware of before his broadcast."
As much of the country experiences an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is carrying President Donald Trump's water by demanding that states reopen their schools after the summer break. She makes this demand with no sense of how schools can do this safely. But just beneath her disregard for public health is a shocking ignorance about the fundamental nature of authority over public schools in this country.
A special police unit collected 420 bodies over the preceding five days in two Bolivian cities, and 80% to 90% of the deceased were thought to have succumbed to COVID-19, authorities said Tuesday. Col. Ivan Rojas, director of the special crime-fighting force, said his officers recovered the bodies from streets, vehicles and homes in the capital, La Paz, and in Bolivia's biggest city, Santa Cruz. Bolivia's Institute of Forensic Investigations said that nationally from April 1 through Sunday, its workers had recovered 3,016 bodies of people in possible COVID-19 cases.
Firefighters rescued six dogs from a burning home in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, authorities told CBS News. The DC Fire and EMS was called to the blaze around noon, Vito Maggiolo, a public information officer with the department, told CBS News. Four residents had already evacuated by the time first responders arrived and weren't injured but the dogs were still inside, Maggiolo said.
Army officials at Fort Hood on Tuesday released the name of another soldier from the post who died after he was found unresponsive last week near a lake. Mejhor Morta, 26, of Pensacola, Florida, is one of at least four Fort Hood soldiers whose bodies were found near the post this year. Fort Hood officials said in a statement Tuesday that the soldier was found Friday in the vicinity of Stillhouse Lake, about 20 miles from Killeen in Bell County.
China reported 11 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 20, down from 22 cases from a day earlier, the health commission said on Tuesday. Of the new infections, eight were in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to a statement by the National Health Commission. The other three were imported cases.