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Chrissy Teigen is accused of bullying a 16-year-old TV personality and telling them 'I can't wait for you to die'
Courtney Stodden, who was at the center of celebrity gossip circles in the 2010s, revisited the incident of online harassment in a new interview.
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Hamas unleashed a barrage of rockets on Israel, putting Israel's Iron Dome defense system to the test amid rising tensions.
- The Telegraph
A young British woman was strangled to death in front of her baby daughter while her husband was tied up in another room in their home in Athens. The horrific killing of 20-year-old Caroline Crouch in front of her 11-month-old daughter is highly unusual in Greece and has shocked the country. A special police task force has been ordered to investigate the murder, with a manhunt currently underway to identify the attackers.
- The Week
During a Senate Judiciary Committee on "ghost guns" (firearms made at home that lack a serial number) on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tried to change the subject to a debate about police funding. "If you don't support abolishing the police, why do you keep voting for nominees who advocate abolishing the police?," Cruz asked his Democratic colleagues, referring to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke, whom President Biden has nominated to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) responded to Cruz's attempted diversion by telling him his words were "a complete distortion of [Gupta's and Clarke's] positions" before adding that "we're not here to talk about those nominees. If you want to stay, we can do it at the end of the hearing, but right now we're gonna move on." Cruz was next seen getting up and walking out of the room, and though the timing was conspicuous, he left to attend another overlapping committee meeting. "As you well know, Senator Cruz, that is a complete distortion of their positions" -- Sen. Blumenthal (you can then see Cruz walking out of the gun violence hearing) pic.twitter.com/y9eHZFbwnY — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 11, 2021 This story has been updated to include Cruz's explanation for leaving the hearing. More stories from theweek.comConservative Texan Chip Roy slams Elise Stefanik in scathing memo ahead of leadership voteMcCarthy is reportedly gambling that dumping Liz Cheney will get Trump to help make him House speakerThe collapse of the GOP? It's just wishful thinking
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The usually mild-mannered Utah senator "erupted" over Hawley's election objections on January 6, The Washington Post reported.
- The State
“One of my biggest problems after the bite was panic: ‘What got me? What do I need to do? What’s the immediate first aid? How do I know what kind of snake it was?’” she said.
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The Republican Party’s leaders are once again failing to confront Donald Trump's sustained war on reality and truth because they think they need his support to have a chance at winning in an upcoming election.
- Miami Herald
What’s old is new again.
- Associated Press
Democratic Rep. Troy Carter of Louisiana was sworn into the House on Tuesday, adding some breathing room to the party’s tight majority. Carter, 57, represents a majority-Black district centered in New Orleans that extends up the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge. The seat opened after Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond left the position to work as a special adviser to President Joe Biden.
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New images reveal Jupiter's Great Red Spot and its smaller counterpart, Red Spot Jr., in stunning detail
Two telescopes worked together to capture jaw-dropping images of Jupiter through different types of light.
The robbers tried to rob a finance company in Hong Kong's Sheung Shui Town, but the employees quickly noticed they were carrying a water gun.
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‘We need to stop the masks, stop the vaccines and stop Covid-19 from controlling our lives,’ Ms Greene says
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Former Republican congressman says Kevin McCarthy will do anything 'short of throwing his mother under the bus' to become House speaker
But Mitchell predicted that McCarthy won't have enough support in his caucus to win the speakership if he takes back the majority in 2022.
- The Week
More than 30,000 delegates around Virginia voted Sunday to pick the Republican nominees for statewide office, and by Monday night, two of three nominations were settled. Glenn Youngkin, the former CEO of the Carlyle Group private equity firm who campaigned as a "conservative Christian outsider," beat six other candidates to win the gubernatorial nomination, and Del. Jason Miyares narrowly won the attorney general race Sunday. The lieutenant governor ballots are still being counted. Republicans have not won statewide office in Virginia since 2009. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is barred by state law from seeking a second consecutive term, and Democrats will pick their nominees in a June 8 primary. Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is considered the frontrunner. Youngkin, like all the other GOP gubernatorial candidates, embraced the politics of former President Donald Trump, though he was more nuanced than some of his rivals. He made "election integrity" a centerpiece of his campaign. Election security was certainly an issue among the GOP candidates; Youngkin hired his own private security guards to stand outside the room with the ballots, until hotel security escorted them out. State Sen. Amanda Chase (R), a far-right candidate more closely aligned with Trump, was the second-to-last candidate standing in the GOP's ranked-choice voting system. "She has suggested she might run as an independent if she feels like the nomination process was unfair," The Washington Post reports. The hard-right runner up in the attorney general race, Chuck Smith, demanded a recount. Youngkin's own "enthusiasm for Trump is a tightrope walk in a state where the former president remains popular with the GOP base but not with the electorate as a whole, having lost elections here by more than 5 points in 2016 and 10 points last year," The Associated Press notes. Republicans are hopeful that Youngkin, who has already loaned more than $5 million to his campaign, does better in the suburbs. "It seems to me that Youngkin, who has the most minimal record but is clearly a very good retail politician and has almost unlimited resources, will be able to run the most effective campaign of the Republican candidates," veteran Virginia political analyst Bob Holsworth told AP. More stories from theweek.comTed Cruz walks out of gun violence hearing after failing to change the subjectConservative Texan Chip Roy slams Elise Stefanik in scathing memo ahead of leadership voteMcCarthy is reportedly gambling that dumping Liz Cheney will get Trump to help make him House speaker
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Despite its standing as the world's most vaccinated country, the 115-island archipelago Seychelles is seeing a dramatic resurgence in COVID-19 transmission, bringing its daily case rate to "a higher number of infections per capita than India," The Wall Street Journal reports. To date, approximately 67 percent of Seychelles' population is vaccinated — the majority of those citizens received Chinese vaccine Sinopharm, while the remainder received Covishield, a derivative of AstraZeneca's shot manufactured in India. But according to the island nation's health ministry, "more than one third of new active cases are people who are fully vaccinated." Authorities have not yet disclosed how many of the new cases are among Sinopharm recipients, but "the situation is being watched all over the world for what it says about the effectiveness of vaccines," writes the Journal. On Friday, the World Health Organization cleared the Sinopharm shot for emergency, global use, despite little data on its efficacy in patients over 60. According to the Journal, the authorization is expected to help "alleviate a severe shortage of doses in the developing world, as vaccine exports from COVID-19-struck India grind to a halt." To help curb the spread of infections, the Seychelles government recently instituted new preventative measures, such as early bar closures and bans on household intermingling. The good news, however, is most of Seychelle's cases appear to be mild, said Kate O' Brien, director of immunizations, vaccines and biologicals at the World Health Organization. "The Sinopharm vaccine really requires two doses," she added, "and some of the cases that are being reported are occurring either soon after a single dose, or soon after a second dose." More stories from theweek.comTed Cruz walks out of gun violence hearing after failing to change the subjectConservative Texan Chip Roy slams Elise Stefanik in scathing memo ahead of leadership voteMcCarthy is reportedly gambling that dumping Liz Cheney will get Trump to help make him House speaker
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It remains unclear whether the teenager will be charged as a juvenile or as an adult
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MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty ImagesA massive volley of about 100 rockets was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel’s economic capital of Tel Aviv in a continuous two-hour barrage on Tuesday night, sending evening revelers into restaurant basements doubling as bomb shelters and propelling families into reinforced stairwells or safe rooms.Meanwhile, Israeli fighter jets and drones are striking targets throughout the Gaza Strip. As localized violence in Jerusalem grew into a cross-border conflict, at least 26 Palestinians, including nine children, were killed, according to officials in Gaza.On the Israeli side, three women were killed in the two days of fighting, and upwards of 70 Israelis were hospitalized in the war-like battle between Israeli forces and Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules the Gaza Strip.Violent Jerusalem Clashes Just the Start of Bloody Days to ComeIn Holon, another satellite city south of Tel Aviv, a bus exploded into flames after being struck by a rocket. Holon mayor Motti Sasson was left momentarily speechless, and in tears, by the damage inflicted on his cityThe show of force represents a considerable achievement for Hamas, an internationally recognized terror group that managed to launch an unprecedented shower of rockets and ignite one of the Israel’s main oil repositories, sending huge flames into the night sky over the city of Ashkelon, which led to shutdowns at Israel’s schools and airport. The violence spread like wildfire from the Israel-Gaza border to Israel’s mixed cities, with clashes among Jews and Arabs leading to arson and the complete loss of public order. The Border Police was fully mobilized in an effort to bring calm back to major cities. An emergency was declared in Lod, where thirty vehicles in a majority Jewish neighborhood were set on fire.Israeli officials appeared to have been surprised by the intensity of the attacks. In brief remarks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel is “at the height of combat” and warned that “Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have and will pay a very heavy price for their aggression.”Chief of Staff General Aviv Kochavi said that Israel had struck more than 500 Hamas targets, including “weapons depots and weapons production sites,” adding that “dozens of terrorists, among them terror leaders, were eliminated.”Israel engaged in its “knock on the roof” procedure, in which non-explosive charges were launched at high-rise Gaza buildings, warning residents to leave ahead of strikes aimed at rocket launching sites or “terror leaders.”The Israeli military mentioned two senior commanders killed in the strikes: Hamas’ Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir, the head of an anti-tank guided missile unit in Gaza City, and the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s rocket unit, Samih al-Mamluk.In a public statement from his residence in the Gulf emirate of Qatar, which is Hamas’ principal sponsor, the militia’s leader Ismail Haniyeh declared victory. “We have won the war over Jerusalem!”The rapid escalation into quasi-war began in late April, when Israeli police set up metallic barriers impeding gathering at Damascus Gate, the large, amphitheater-like entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City, and a traditional spot for evening socializing during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends on Wednesday night.Palestinian youths from Jerusalem and from the West Bank protested, mostly peacefully, against the barriers, which were soon removed. But it was too late to stop Lehava, a KKK-like group of Jewish supremacists, who in the ensuing days marched from Jerusalem’s City Hall towards Damascus Gate chanting “Death to the Arabs.”For Lehava, as for Hamas, the rioting and unrest served as an opportunity to show a public presence and attempt to influence minds while the political leadership, for Palestinians and for Israelis alike, hangs in a limbo.Palestinian elections planned for late May were cancelled when the Israeli government refused to allow east Jerusalem Arabs to vote in Palestinian balloting in Jerusalem, the Israeli capital and a city over which Israel exercises sovereign rule. The international community and the Palestinian government demands that east Jerusalem become the capital of their future state. A violent Monday raid by Israeli security forces on worshippers at the Al-Aqsa mosque—which left over 300 Palestinians injured—and a contentious ongoing court case that could lead to the eviction of dozens of Palestinians from East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, further escalated tensions.Shocking Footage Shows Jerusalem Mosque Turned Into a War Zone, Hundreds of Palestinians InjuredMore than an actual battle against a much more powerful enemy, “Hamas wants to entrench in Arab and Palestinian minds the message that it is leading the battle for Jerusalem, that it forced the ‘occupation army’ to retreat,” Gal Berger, the Palestinian affairs analyst for Israeli Kan News, told The Daily Beast. “That is the message Hamas wants to engrave in the consciousness of the Arab world.”On the international front, Israel has been roundly condemned for its handling—or mishandling—of the riots which followed its blockage of Damascus Gate, but few countries have commented on the rocket fire directed at Israeli civilians.The U.S. State Department confirmed that Secretary of State Antony Blinken had spoken with Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, who tweeted that he thanked the United States “for the American support of our right to defend ourselves.”“We expect the entire international community to condemn Hamas' terrorist activities and the rocket fire from Gaza and not to reward terrorism,” he added.Former President Donald Trump weighed in with a statement posted to his website, in which he claimed that “under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies.”“America must always stand with Israel and make clear that the Palestinians must end the violence, terror, and rocket attacks, and make clear that the U.S. will always strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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‘This needs to stop now’: Texas farmer finds five hungry, abandoned migrant girls on his land near southern border
‘It was really hot. I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,’ says farmer Jimmy Hobbs
"I get the optics but Simon filed for divorce from a previous marriage in January. I had nothing to do with their divorce filing," Williams wrote.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are partnering with Procter & Gamble 28 years after Meghan Markle asked the company to change a sexist commercial
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are partnering with Procter & Gamble. Markle wrote a letter to the company about a sexist commercial when she was 11.