In tonight's 7 UpFront segment we're looking at the push or vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy in the African American community.
- The Independent
Melinda Gates is ‘haunted’ by Microsoft founder’s association with sex offender, sources say
NASA's Perseverance rover captured the humming sounds of the tiny Ingenuity helicopter flying above the Martian surface. Why it matters: By recording sound on Mars, scientists will be able to learn more about how the Martian atmosphere works and potentially diagnose problems with Perseverance, should they pop up.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Driving the news: NASA released a video Friday showing Ingenuity's fourth flight on April 30 when the helicopter flew a 872-foot round-trip test. Perseverance recorded the flight, capturing the Martian wind and hum of the helicopter's blades spinning at 2,537 rpm. (If you're watching the full video, it helps to use headphones.)"We had carried out tests and simulations that told us the microphone would barely pick up the sounds of the helicopter, as the Mars atmosphere damps the sound propagation strongly," David Mimoun, the science lead for Perseverance's SuperCam Mars microphone, said in a statement. "We have been lucky to register the helicopter at such a distance."The big picture: Ingenuity is the first human-made drone to ever fly on another planet, and NASA hopes the tests it's running with the 4-pound helicopter will pave the way for future missions using other drones on Mars and elsewhere. What's next: NASA will continue to test Ingenuity on Mars, allowing it to go on farther flights and one-way trips, potentially to help scout out areas of interest for Perseverance. More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
- The Telegraph
Follow the latest in our local elections liveblog here Sir Keir Starmer is expected to reshuffle his front bench next month after frontbenchers and MPs called for an overhaul following the "absolutely disastrous" Hartlepool and local election results. After the Conservatives overturned Labour’s 3,600 majority to secure the seat for the first time in its history, party figures from across the political spectrum called for an urgent change in direction. However, others believe Sir Keir is likely to hold off from purging underperformers until June. "It’s not going to happen over the weekend," said one. "The logic is to wait and wait for a bit. He’s got to commit himself to change but the cabinet reshuffle needs to happen in a way that doesn't look like he’s blaming others but strengthening his position." June would also coincide with the timeframe in which Labour expects Boris Johnson to reshuffle his own team, once the final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown is complete.
Derek Chauvin was indicted in the arrest of a 14-year-old whom prosecutors say he knelt on for 17 minutes and hit with a flashlight
Court filings say Chauvin hit the boy with a flashlight, grabbed his throat, and knelt on him for 17 minutes during a 2017 arrest.
- The Week
Newsmax host insists he only wears 'the most prestigious brand in PANTS' after getting dunked on for his khakis
Conservative TV host Greg Kelly, who once complained that the impeachment of Donald Trump was racist against "white folk," was put on the defensive over his choice of pants on Thursday after posting a photo with said former president. "Those are BUGLE BOY jeans I'm wearing," the Newsmax host had tweeted, drawing attention to his multi-pocketed khakis. Chillin’ with 45! (And yes. Those are BUGLE BOY jeans I’m wearing) pic.twitter.com/g8EwzRgrAs — Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 6, 2021 "Honestly one of the most f--ked up pairs of pants I've ever seen," one horrified onlooker wrote, while another observed, "It looks like a pair of cargo pants mated with some jodhpurs and its offspring got all of the worst jeans … er, um genes." Kelly followed up by insisting that the pants were very expensive — "the truth is, they're BALMAIN (the most prestigious brand in PANTS)" — which just goes to show, you really can't buy good taste. Everyone busting my CRACKERS over the “pants”—(partially my fault because I called attention to them with the Bugle Boy comment). The truth is, they’re BALMAIN (the most prestigious brand in PANTS)—my shoes are by Ferragamo. Basically, I’m a Sharp Dressed Man. Thank you ! pic.twitter.com/sDgtoGy9Ol — Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 6, 2021 Read more at Newsweek. More stories from theweek.com5 brutally funny cartoons about the GOP's shunning of Liz CheneyLiz Cheney's heresyThe economic threats that could derail the Democrats' election dreams
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via ReutersThe four former Minneapolis Police officers involved in George Floyd’s death will face another trial after a federal grand jury indicted them on Friday for civil rights violations.The officers—Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas K. Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng—have been indicted for deprivation of rights while acting as law enforcement officers. The officers violated Floyd’s right to be “free from unreasonable seizure” and excessive force, the indictment, unsealed on Friday, says. It also charges them with failing to provide Floyd with medical care during the May 25, 2020 arrest. “The three-count indictment alleges that all four defendants, while acting under color of law, willfully deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional rights,” the Department of Justice said in a press release. The maximum penalty for Friday’s charges is life in prison.‘Today We Are Able to Breathe’: George Floyd Family Celebrates Derek Chauvin Guilty VerdictThe indictment, stemming from a Justice Department investigation into Floyd’s death, comes just weeks after Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. The three other ex-cops are facing trial in August on separate charges of aiding and abetting Chauvin. The new federal charges mean all four will face an additional trial in relation to Floyd’s death. Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, told The Daily Beast that while he was not shocked by Friday’s indictments, it was “unusual” to file them before Chauvin’s sentencing in June.“Clearly this stems from a decision that this case has enough federal interest and is important in the landscape of the country that it was time to step in now,” Smith said. He speculated that Chauvin’s colleagues may soon start looking for plea deals, and the DOJ “must be feeling pretty confident.”“I don’t know what’s going through the defense counsels’ mind at this point. The federal charges on top of the state charges do provide some additional incentive to try to find a global solution because even if they do find a way to be successful in the state case—they still have the federal case,” he said.Friday’s indictment alleges the four officers “saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Floyd.”It also charges Thao and Kueng separately, alleging that they were aware that Chauvin was holding his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd was handcuffed and not resisting. They “willfully failed to intervene to stop Defendant Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force,” the indictment says. In a gut-wrenching video that went viral last year, Floyd can be heard begging for his mother and saying “I can’t breathe” multiple times. Chauvin has also been charged in a second indictment, unsealed on Friday, stemming from his 2017 arrest of a 14-year-old boy, in which he used a similar neck restraint.The second indictment accuses him of “willfully depriving” the boy after he held him “by the throat” and hit him multiple times in the head with a flashlight. Chauvin also held his knee on the boy’s back and neck while the boy was handcuffed on the ground.Last November, prosecutors asked a judge to allow them to show footage of the boy’s arrest in Chauvin’s 2021 trial—as proof of an apparent pattern of violence—but they were denied. The footage, they said at the time, began after Chauvin and a colleague responded to a domestic assault call. It shows the cops yelling at the teen, who was on the floor on his phone, to get up because he was under arrest.When the boy refused, Chauvin hit him in the back of the head at least twice and grabbed him by the throat, prosecutors said. He then put the boy in a prone position for about 17 minutes—despite pleas that he couldn’t breathe and his mom’s attempt to intervene—until paramedics arrived.Floyd’s family lawyers applauded the indictments on Friday, saying that it “reinforces the strength and wisdom of the United States Constitution” after “hundreds of years of American history in which Black Americans unfortunately did not receive equal justice.”“We are encouraged by these charges and eager to see continued justice in this historic case that will impact Black citizens and all Americans for generations to come,” the statement said.‘Today We Are Able to Breathe Again’Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a Friday statement that the state is still planning to prosecute Kueng, Lane, and Thao in August for the aiding and abetting offenses. Friday’s indictments are also separate from a Justice Department investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department that Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on April 21.“The federal government has a responsibility to protect the civil rights of every American and to pursue justice to the fullest extent of federal law,” he said. “Federal prosecution for the violation of George Floyd’s civil rights is entirely appropriate, particularly now that Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder under Minnesota law for the death of George Floyd.”Floyd was arrested on May 25, 2020, after using a suspected fake $20 bill at a convenience store. His final pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry around the world, re-energizing the Black Lives Matter movement and prompting a new reckoning on race and police brutality.“Chauvin held his left knee across George Floyd’s neck, and his right knee on Floyd’s back and arm, as George Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed and unresisting, and kept his knees on Floyd’s neck and body even after Floyd became unresponsive,” says the Friday indictment. During Chauvin’s four-week trial, prosecutors argued he “betrayed” his badge when he ignored Floyd’s pleas for help and used excessive, deadly force that was not part of his training. Chauvin’s defense that he didn’t cause Floyd’s death and was acting reasonably in a chaotic situation was ultimately rejected by a jury.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
MALE (Reuters) -The speaker of parliament in Maldives, former President Mohamed Nasheed, was being treated for shrapnel wounds and in stable condition after a blast outside his family home on Thursday, a spokesman for his governing Maldivian Democratic Party said. Two close family members, who asked not to be identified due to the sensitivity of the situation, told Reuters Nasheed was talking and responsive before being treated under anaesthesia at the hospital. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a close ally of Nasheed, said an investigation into the explosion was under way.
Dave Bautista turned down 'Suicide Squad' for 'Army of the Dead' because he was offered 'a lot more money'
Dave Bautista said James Gunn wrote a role specifically for him in the upcoming "Suicide Squad" movie.
- The Independent
Ilhan Omar says Democrats need to grow ‘backbone’ and abolish filibuster to overcome Republican opposition
Minnesota progressive says quibbling about bipartisanship is a waste of time given intense Republican opposite to the Biden agenda
- The Telegraph
The German Green Party may be leading in the polls, but it is facing a bizarre grassroots revolt over the use of the word “Germany” that may yet prove its undoing ahead of September's elections. Just four months before polls that the party has a real chance of winning for the first time ever, more than 3,000 members have backed a bid to delete any reference to Germany from the title of its manifesto. “At the heart of our politics are people in their dignity and freedom, not Germany,” said Michael Sebastian Schneiss, a party staffer who is one of those behind the rebellion. The move threatens to become an embarrassment for Annalena Baerbock, the Green candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor, and was immediately seized on by the party’s political rivals. “If the Greens are so ashamed of Germany, why do they want to govern Germany?” Gordon Hoffmann of Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) wrote on Twitter. “The Greens are against Germany, but they want to be elected and rule here!?”, tweeted Volker Wiesing of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).
- Yahoo News
Former President Donald Trump, whose accounts were suspended by Twitter and Facebook over his repeated, baseless assertions that the 2020 election was "stolen," launched a blog on Monday to continue spreading that bogus claim.
- Yahoo News
Just months after then-first lady Melania Trump unveiled her controversial redesign of the beloved space directly outside the Oval Office, some are calling for her successor, Jill Biden, to undo those changes and return the Rose Garden to the celebrated vision realized by the Kennedy administration in 1961.
The death toll from a police raid on a drug gang in a poor Rio de Janeiro neighborhood on Thursday has risen to 28, civil police said on Friday, the deadliest operation ever carried out by the security forces in the Brazilian city. Twenty-four other people and a police officer also died in the operation in the northern Rio neighborhood of Jacarezinho.
Much of the data around a coronavirus variant identified in India is incomplete, scientists say.
- The State
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, spoke with McClatchy in an interview Friday. Here’s what he had to say.
- Business Insider
Arizona election auditors 'indefinitely defer' voter canvassing following DOJ letter expressing concerns about voter intimidation
Republican Sen. Karen Fann responded to the DOJ's concerns Friday, claiming the Senate decided weeks ago to halt voter canvassing.
- Business Insider
Moderna's CEO said he 'didn't lose a minute of sleep' over the US support for waiving patents for COVID-19 vaccines
Pharmaceutical companies usually guard their intellectual property closely. But Stéphane Bancel said a waiver wouldn't affect the company financially.
- The Daily Beast
JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty ImagesBOGOTÁ—As Colombia concludes nine days of nationwide protests with hundreds of thousands of individuals taking to the streets, a dispirited government led by lame duck President Ivan Duque continues to cast aspersions that the marches have been premeditated, organized and financed by illegal groups involved in narco-trafficking.The concern is what comes after these declarations, as there is neither any sign that the protests—triggered at first by an unpopular tax reform bill—are diminishing in size or spread, nor that the government plans to de-escalate their militarization of towns and cities.“These actions were organized and financed by the FARC dissident groups and the ELN guerrillas,” said Minister of Defense Diego Molano on Sunday. “Amongst the criminal organizations, we have identified the following movements or groups: JM19, Luis Otero Cifuentes, Gentil Duarte, the escudos azules, and the escudos negros,” added Molano, referring to illegal armed groups involved in cocaine production and trafficking in Colombia.Colombian Cops Killed, Maimed, and Sexually Abused Protesters During Anti-Police UprisingPart of a tired strategy employed in Colombia which people now openly question, this laundry list of armed groups detailed by Molano has also been repeated by the president and the district attorney. But this narrative feeds into something even more worrying: the possibility that the government, with momentum now firmly with protesters, may declare a state of emergency.The move to declare a state of emergency, albeit drastic, would permit authorities to skip due process, control the flow of information, make arbitrary detainments, and further erode human rights. Local NGO Temblores has registered 37 homicides, 1,708 cases of police brutality, and 10 cases of sexual violence at the hands of the police since protests began on April 28, and international organizations like Amnesty International have called on authorities to guarantee the Colombian people’s right to peaceful protest.“They look like war warriors in the early ’90s casting about for a new enemy to accuse their political opponents of colluding with,” Adam Isacson, director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), told The Daily Beast. “For 50 years they delegitimize peaceful political opponents by accusing them of links to the FARC. Some got killed by paramilitaries—and it was certainly impossible to have a big broad-based protest.”Isacson added: “Now the big national guerrilla group is gone. But they’re still trying to stigmatize the protesters by tying them to guerrillas. It looks sort of ridiculous now because the new enemy is small, dispersed, and not very ideological.”Nightly running street battles in smaller towns, in addition to major cities, have led to the government miscalculating the extent of the resentment and polarization in the country. Images of bloodied citizens have flooded social media, footage of police tasering and killing protesters and ARVs popping off tear gas and flash-bang grenades into crowds have circulated on social media, prompting global outrage.“We are marching for equality and that the injustices, deaths and massacres are brought to an end in Colombia,” Luisa, a student protester in Bogotá, told The Daily Beast. “We’re marching for dignity, education and food.”The overarching belief amongst protestors is that the government is deaf to the needs of the people and out of touch with reality. Poverty levels rose to 42.5 percent of the population last year amid coronavirus lockdowns, further increasing longstanding inequities within Colombian society. The number of Colombians living in extreme poverty grew by 2.8 million in 2020.Although the discontent has led to the wanton vandalism and destruction of police stations and public transport systems over the past week, it finds its roots in profound issues. Protesters are demanding that the government commit to the 2016 peace accord with the FARC and prevent further massacres and killings of social leaders in the country. According to Colombian research NGO Indepaz, there have been 33 massacres and 57 killings in 2021 so far carried out by illegal armed groups, a problem that the government has failed to appropriately address.Other demands voiced by protesters include the outlawing of fracking, acting on rampant police brutality, and putting an end to the spraying of chemicals on coca plants across the country, which are harmful to humans and the environment.Instead of addressing these concerns, President Duque’s move has been to militarize the country, crack down on the democratic right to protest, and spin information suggesting that what is currently taking place in Colombia is little more than a “narco-terrorist” plot.It begs the question, who is calling the shots?“I think the government is talking to its base, which is becoming more radicalized as the protests are evolving,” Sergio Guzman, of Colombia Risk Analysis, told The Daily Beast. “I think they are waiting to see what sticks. This is because the reality sheds a negative light on them as they cannot address the facts.”While there may be ELN and dissident support networks members taking part in some of the vandalism, there is no evidence to suggest that they’re masterminding it or even commanding very many people.The question remains: If this cold war rhetoric is unsuccessful, then what comes next?Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
- Associated Press
Joking that he was a “marked man in Congress ... but a Florida man," Gaetz called former President Donald Trump “the undisputed leader of the Republican Party." Gaetz held up himself and Greene as challengers to the establishment and successors to Trump's populism.
- Associated Press
Thailand's prime minister said he wants to secure more vaccines for his country and give as many first doses as possible, as it battles a surge of the pandemic with Bangkok reporting a record number of cases. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced Friday night it will extend restrictions that were due to end this weekend until May 17. Bangkok has recorded more than 500 new cases every day since the beginning of this month, with no sign of decline, said Taweesilp Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration.