Nashville explosion: 'Bomber' identified as man who died in blast
The Christmas morning explosion that tore through a section of Nashville's downtown was a deliberate bombing and "feels like" it had a connection to the AT&T building severely damaged in the blast, Mayor John Cooper said Sunday. The man behind the blast was identified as Nashville man Anthony Q. Warner, U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran said Sunday. Warner is believed to have died in the explosion. DNA found at the scene was matched to samples taken at another location searched by investigators, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch confirmed. Investigators said they do not believe there was anyone else involved. "Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present when the bomb went off, and he perished in the bombing," Cochran said.
Warner: Nashville 'bomber' was a longtime resident with electronics expertise.
Trump reverses on coronavirus stimulus deal, signs package he called a 'disgrace'
President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package on Sunday, reversing course after he posted an unusual video message on social media last week, calling the bipartisan legislation a "disgrace." After weeks of negotiation and bipartisan votes of approval in the House and Senate, Trump on Tuesday unexpectedly slammed the COVID stimulus legislation but stopped short of saying he would veto it. The message upended Washington, drew bipartisan condemnation and threatened to end a chaotic year with a government shutdown. Without the bill, which was attached to a $1.4 trillion spending measure to keep the government running through September, government funding had been set to run out at midnight on Monday. The relief package provides up to $600 in direct stimulus checks to millions of Americans and extends unemployment benefits, as well as a program intended to help small businesses retain their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
'Devastating consequences': Biden blasts Trump for not signing relief bill before unemployment aid lapses.
'We're heartbroken': CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski reveals 9-month-old daughter died on Christmas Eve.
Virtual Kwanzaa celebrations offer a moment of reflection after a difficult year for the Black community.
Judge delays execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row.
Alvin Kamara ties NFL record with six TDs as Saints rout Vikings to clinch division title.
Utah running back Ty Jordan dies after standout freshman season.
Phil Niekro, who rode his knuckleball to the Baseball Hall of Fame, dies at 81.
Ancient fast food eatery excavated in Pompeii: 'We know what they were eating that day'
"I'm still in total shock": How Kristen Wiig transformed into Cheetah for 'Wonder Woman 1984.'
Military member charged in Illinois shooting that left 3 dead, police say
A 37-year-old military member has been charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder after police say he gunned down multiple people at random in an Illinois bowling alley. Three people were killed and three others were injured in the shooting on Saturday at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Illinois. Duke Webb of Florida, who is an active U.S. Army member, is being held in the Winnebago County Jail without bond. "We believe this was a completely random act, and there is no prior meeting or any kind of relationship between the suspect and any of the victims in this case," Police Chief Dan O'Shea said.
More contagious COVID-19 variant identified in Canada
Officials in Canada have confirmed the first two known Canadian cases of a more contagious variant of COVID-19 that was first identified in the United Kingdom. The new strain appears to be more infectious but doesn't seem to make people any more sick. It has also been detected in several other countries, including Denmark, France, Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands. Experts say there’s no evidence to suggest that vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna wouldn’t work to protect against the strain, but more information is needed to confirm this. Starting Monday, the U.S. is requiring all air travelers from the U.K. to provide a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of departure as a response to the new strain.
U.S. to require negative COVID-19 test for air passengers traveling from UK.
Americans continued to travel despite CDC warnings
More than 1.1 million people traveled through airports around the United States on Saturday, nearing Wednesday's pandemic travel record – despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stay at home to quell coronavirus cases. The 1,128,773 people screened by the Transportation Security Administration on the day after Christmas is roughly half the number of travelers screened on the same day in 2019 and just 62,000 less than the 1,191,123 screened on Dec. 23, which was the most on any day in the U.S. since the pandemic began.
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