In a story first seen in the New York Times, as the pandemic prompted many to make major changes in their lives, some millennials have quit their 9-to-5 jobs to pursue their passions.
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As two Korean Americans recover from an attack at their west Baltimore liquor store, another store owner told the 11 News I-Team he had his own run in with the suspect.
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Ivanka Trump faces more anti-vaccine backlash from her followers after posting a photo of her 2nd COVID-19 shot
Many of Ivanka's anti-vaxx supporters rejected her efforts to promote the vaccine in the comments to her social media posts.
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Remo Casilli/AFPROME—Two Americans have been sentenced to life in an Italian prison after a teenage vacation in Rome ended in a brutal fight that left a local police officer dead.Finnegan Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, from California, got themselves into trouble after trying to buy cocaine during their vacation in the summer of 2019. After a botched drug deal, they killed Carabinieri officer Mario Cerciello Rega, 35.The men were found guilty of murder, assault, killing a public official, and extortion for stealing a backpack from a drug pusher and demanding money or drugs in exchange. Elder was separately found guilty of carrying a military grade knife, which is a prohibited weapon in Italy. Two female judges led six jury members to a verdict after 10 hours.Elder was on holiday in Rome and Natale-Hjorth visiting his grandparents at the Roman seaside when the two former classmates decided to meet up for a night of partying in Rome on July 26, 2019. Natale-Hjorth called a person he knew could find them cocaine, who set them up with a dealer, according to their own admission.The young Americans paid around $100 for what they thought was a gram of coke, but which turned out to be crushed aspirin. Angry, they stole the backpack from the man who set up the drug deal. When the man called his phone, still inside the bag, they made a deal to return the backpack in exchange for their money back or more drugs.Americans Jailed for Stabbing Italian Cop Turn on Each OtherBut rather than meeting the Americans, the interloper called the police. Two Carabinieri officers, Rega and Andrea Varriale, met the Americans on behalf of the interloper. It’s unclear why the police chose to play along rather than arresting those involved with the sale of the drugs. The interloper has denied being a police informant.When the Americans saw the two undercover cops rather than the man who set up the botched drug deal, they say they thought they were thugs. When Elder addressed the court during the 14-month trial, he said that in the U.S., police would never have shown up for that type of exchange, so he was led to believe the men posed a threat.The Americans say the police attacked them first. Elder fought with Rega and Natale-Hjorth fought with Varriale. Neither officer had their service weapon or handcuffs. It’s still unclear if they had their badges. Varriale says they identified themselves as law enforcement in Italian. The Americans say they did not.At some point, Elder pulled out a knife he had brought from the U.S. and stabbed Rega 11 times in the back and sides, implying the officer was on top of him. Rega died sometime later in a Rome emergency room.Rega, who had just returned from his honeymoon in Madagascar after marrying his wife in the same southern Italy church where his funeral was held, was a decorated member of the Carabinieri in Rome.Varriale was later investigated for first saying he had his service weapon, and later admitting he did not. He was put on probation for not carrying his weapon that night. The officers had also not informed central dispatch of their movements or called for backup.Elder, who has been diagnosed with mental health issues that lead to extreme paranoia, said he feared for his life. His American lawyer, Craig Peters, said that he had spent much of his life fearing he would be attacked by strangers. He was sure that night his worst fears had come true.“Finn took a knife to Italy and he should not have. Finn took a knife that night to help protect he and his friend from who he thought might be thugs that might be coming to get them. And their worst suspicion is what they thought had happened and actually arrived,” Peters said.“He stabbed a guy and that ultimately ended up in that guy dying. Those are all horrible things. His mental health issues don’t wipe out any of those issues, but they inform how we look at those issues. Finnegan I think has been fearful of the world for a long time because of his own mental health issues and this was just another night where he was worried about bad things happening and reacted.”The case, which divided Italy, pitted those who see the Americans as cold-blooded assassins and those who have little trust in the police. After the murder, then-prime minister Giuseppe Conte called the death “a deep wound for the state.” And even with a verdict and sentencing, that wound may never heal.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.
CHICAGO (Reuters) -Novavax Inc's COVID-19 vaccine had efficacy of 51% against infections caused by the South African variant among people who were HIV negative, and 43% in a group that included people who were HIV positive, according to a new analysis published on Wednesday. The variant, known as B.1.351, carries mutations that threaten the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, several studies have shown. Most vaccine makers, including Novavax, are testing versions of their vaccines to protect against emerging variants.
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The mother-daughter duo bought immaculate side-by-side mansions last year, but the prices of these places—which are both still under construction—have just been revealed
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Dominion bashes the election firm running the Trump-supported recount in Arizona, saying it's already 'committed serious errors'
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Family friend appeals for donations after Amazon refused to return 918 SpongeBob SquarePants ice treats
Divorce is usually caused by one of the '3 i's,' therapists say. Here's what they are, and how they destroy a marriage.
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Every high-flying Starship so far has exploded. Still, NASA plans to help SpaceX turn the launch system into a moon lander for astronauts.
A YouTuber who said she euthanized her dog that bit her son is being accused of 'animal cruelty' by some viewers
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The Queen came to the Duchess of Sussex’s aid in her legal battle against the Mail on Sunday on Wednesday by dismissing claims that she owned the copyright to a letter Meghan wrote to her father. Her Majesty’s lawyers intervened in the High Court case as the two sides locked horns over one of the final bones of contention. The Duchess’s former communications secretary, Jason Knauf, also “emphatically” denied having any copyright claim to the letter, landing a final blow to the newspaper’s case. Their interventions on Wednesday paved the way for Lord Justice Warby to award a summary judgment on the outstanding copyright claim and with it, further costs. The Duchess successfully sued Associated for breach of privacy and copyright relating to the publication of five articles featuring extracts of the letter in February 2019. In February, she won a summary judgment, a legal step negating the need for witness evidence, in relation to the privacy claim and the bulk of the copyright claim. One of the final issues on which both sides disagreed was whether the Duchess was the sole owner of the copyright of the letter, having admitted that she sought guidance from others, including Mr Knauf and her husband, Prince Harry. Associated suggested that the Duchess sought professional advice because she knew the letter would be made public and that it was intended for use as part of a media strategy to enhance her image. As a co-author, Mr Knauf’s role at Kensington Palace might have rendered the letter Crown copyright. However, the court heard that Mr Knauf had confirmed in writing, via his solicitors, that despite making a “very minor suggestion” that Meghan include a reference to her father’s ill health, he did not co-write the letter. As such, he said he had no wish to become a party to ongoing legal proceedings.
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Psychotherapists could be criminalised for treating children who want to be transgender under new laws banning conversion therapy, the Government has been warned. Mental health professionals say that under new laws they could lose their licence or even face prison terms for exploring the reasons behind a child's belief that they were born in the wrong body. A group of therapists are now calling on ministers to exclude professional treatments of gender dysphoria from the ban, which could be announced as early as next week. A petition calling on the Government to "safeguard evidence-based therapy" in the new laws has received more than 7,600 signatures. If it reaches 10,000 minsters are required to provide a response. It states: "We ask the Government not to criminalise essential, explorative therapy. Such well-meaning legislation might ironically deny vulnerable children the help they need." The Government last night said that it would not comment on the contents of the policy but that it will be announced "shortly". Liz Truss, the Minister for Women and Equalities, has already pledged that the ban will extend to cover those in the trans community. It has already faced criticism from religious groups, who say that it could criminalise church leaders. Now further concerns are being raised by a number of medical professionals, including Dr David Bell - who blew the whistle on practices at the NHS’s Tavistock clinic - who warned it could be a Trojan horse for trans activists to put pressure on clinicians.
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An Alabama state trooper arrested last week on charges he raped an 11-year-old girl had been kicked out of the FBI amid a string of sexual misconduct allegations but was hired by the state agency with the apparent help of a fake bureau letter that scrubbed his record clean. An Associated Press investigation found Christopher Bauer was suspended without pay and stripped of his security clearance in the FBI’s New Orleans office in late 2018 — effectively fired — amid allegations that included a co-worker’s claim that he raped her at knifepoint. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the state police, told AP that it conducted a “full and thorough” investigation into Bauer’s background when he applied to be a trooper in 2019 and that “no derogatory comments were uncovered by former employers.”
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NASA researchers are plotting out how robots could build a radio telescope inside a moon crater. It would show the universe in new wavelengths.
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Health officials rushed to vaccinate thousands of people in Bangkok's biggest slum on Wednesday as new COVID-19 cases spread through densely populated low-income areas in the capital's central business district. Thailand recorded 2,112 new cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday. More than half of the 74,900 cases reported by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, or 46,037, have been confirmed since April 1.
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Kim Reynolds calls restricting transgender athletes a 'fairness issue' as critics decry hurtful message
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said his caucus was united against President Biden’s agenda shortly after former President Donald Trump criticized McConnell as “gutless and clueless.”
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The 7 most anticipated new movie releases in May, from Netflix's 'Army of the Dead' to 'A Quiet Place Part II'
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