Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is facing renewed scrutiny over allegations about his behavior and social ties, potentially threatening his public image.'Uncomfortable work environments' »
Firms hired to run a partisan audit of the 2020 election for Senate Republicans in Arizona said Tuesday that data was not destroyed, reversing earlier allegations that election officials in the state's most populated county eliminated evidence. The claim of deleted databases was amplified by former President Donald Trump and his supporters, who believe conspiracy theories about election irregularities. Ben Cotton, founder of a computer forensics firm working on the audit, told key senators that he had recovered all data.
Albert Watkins, the attorney for Jacob Chansley (perhaps better known as "QAnon Shaman"), spoke on the record with Talking Points Memo about his client's alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In the interview, published by TPM on Tuesday, Watkins used shockingly offensive language in an attempt to defend Chansley's alleged actions, saying Chansley has Asperger's syndrome, and asserting that other participants in the riot have intellectual disabilities that were to blame. "These are people with brain damage," he said.
Kyle Theodore Griffith, a 30-year-old from Largo, Florida, went to Walmart to pick up a 24-pack case of soda. According to the Largo Police Department, Griffith was at a Walmart on Missouri Avenue on Saturday, May 15, and bent over to pick up the soda case. A bullet hit Griffith's upper right thigh.
Unlike House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seems open to a negotiated House bill that would set up a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
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More than 20 African heads of state and top officials from European governments, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund agreed Tuesday to seek an additional $100 billion for reviving Africa's economies crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the Paris summit aimed at finding ways to help Africa face the crisis and return to growth, with the support of international organizations, including the IMF, the World Bank and the African Union. Macron called on the international community to set a “new deal” for Africa nations.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday slammed the House's Jan. 6 commission deal, and in the process appeared to throw Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), the Republican he reportedly tasked with negotiating the legislation, "under the bus." In a statement, McCarthy specifically complained that the commission was too narrow.
When the Colombian government announced in February that it would grant almost a million undocumented Venezuelan migrants legal status, the move was welcomed as "a historic gesture". The United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, praised Colombia "for its extraordinary generosity". Three months on from the announcement, Lucas Gómez, Colombia's presidential adviser on border matters, in an interview with the BBC is urging other countries in the region to follow suit and for the international community to step up financially to make the integration of the Venezuelan migrants a success.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools still has restrictions in place for upcoming high school graduation ceremonies, despite North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper easing statewide mandates on mask-wearing and crowd-size limits again last week. Some school systems in the region have changed their graduation plans as a result of Cooper's orders, while at least one district is still deciding on possible tweaks to its plans. In April, CMS said graduation ceremonies would be in-person May 24-June 5, but due to the pandemic, the school system would limit the number of guests.
Florida's Department of Health on Tuesday announced 2,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 7.5 million Floridians have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or have completed Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine, according to Monday's vaccine report. In Miami-Dade, 342,924 people have received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 1,063,940 people have either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna.
A man died by suicide inside a federal courtroom in North Dakota after he was found guilty, officials say. A U.S. Marshal told KVRR the man was on trial at the Fargo courthouse and the jury had returned a guilty verdict when he “produced an edge weapon and cut his throat” in front of the judge, courtroom staff and others. A woman who said she was in the courtroom spoke to KVLY but declined to share her name.
A JetBlue flight was forced to make an early landing in Minneapolis on Sunday after a man was acting "erratically and aggressively" towards passengers and crew members, the airline said. year-old Mark Anthony Scerbo was arrested at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport and charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to police. "JetBlue flight 915 with scheduled service from New York's JFK Airport to San Francisco, was forced to divert to Minneapolis after a customer on board began acting erratically and aggressively toward crewmembers and other customers.
Relentless rain has triggered deadly flash flooding and a state of emergency across Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared the state of emergency Monday as rounds of intense rain, thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes threatened the southwestern part of the state. Significant flooding has been reported across Louisiana from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles.
US Rep Rashida Tlaib says that some of her Democratic colleagues in Congress express empathy towards the Palestinians in private, but do not in public. The Michigan Democrat made the observation during an interview on MSNBC's The Reid Out on Monday evening. “It is really hard because any of my colleagues that even have some sort of empathy towards Palestinians, they do it quietly with whispering because they continue to be intimidated and bullied by those that want to continue the status quo apartheid in Israel,” Ms Tlaib told host Joy Reid.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating whether rapper-actor Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife, Xscape member Tamika “Tiny” Harris, drugged and sexually assaulted a woman. Allegations that the celebrity couple frequently recruited, drugged and assaulted women at their Atlanta home began in late January when a former friend, Sabrina Peterson, made the accusation and invited women who'd been victimized to share their experiences. Dozens then made claims, which T.I and Tiny vehemently denied.
With quaint, older homes and elegant, cozy, manicured gardens to match, we're starting to wonder if a literal green thumb is straight-up required to live in Fourth Ward. You can both hear the signs of traffic and other parts of city life and also feel the tranquility that comes with a meandering pea gravel walkway leading to a 30-foot-tall white crepe myrtle with a fountain in the foreground. Luckily for us, several homeowners are offering up tours of their gardens at The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward tour on May 22-23 from noon-4 p.m. The annual event was canceled last year (thanks, COVID), but it's back on for 2021.
Darwin's Arch, the famed rock formation in the Galápagos Islands, has collapsed, officials said. The arch was located about a mile away from Darwin's Island, also named for Charles Darwin. UN scientists previously warned that the islands are at risk due to the effects of climate change, the New York Times reported.
The Treasury Department said Monday that 39 million families are set to receive monthly child payments beginning on July 15.
US senator Tom Cotton drew criticism for suggesting the Associated Press (AP) was acting in collusion with Hamas, after an Israeli strike on a building that housed news organisations' offices in Gaza. After the 12-story building was blown-up by Israel on Saturday, the country's intelligence agencies alleged that the AP building was actually a base for Hamas — a Palestinian terrorist group. It follows the UN issuing a warning of “full-scale war” between Israel and Hamas, after days of fighting in and around Gaza.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order which prohibits state entities from requiring masks. This includes counties, cities, and schools. Prisons, jails, and assisted living facilities are exempt.
The fire department said that when crews arrived, fire was coming from a large sign on top of the building. One person was inside at the time.
One lot of Acuvue Vita Brand Diagnostic lenses has been recalled by Johnson & Johnson because of a packaging problem that can lead to the lenses losing sterility. Walmart posted the recall, saying the lenses were sold at select Walmart and Sam's Club stores, but haven't posted a store list yet. Johnson & Johnson says “a limited number of individual contact lens packages” might “have an incomplete packaging seal.”
Rudy Giuliani has complained he is being treated like the head of a drug cartel head amid reports that Donald Trump has abandoned him. Lawyers for Mr Giuliani have condemned prosecutors for the 28 April raid by FBI agents on his New York home and criticised them for gaining electronic access to his accounts. “Unfortunately for Giuliani, and even more unfortunately for the attorney-client privilege and executive deliberation privilege, and the public's perception that those privileges are real, the SDNY simply chose to treat a distinguished lawyer as if he was the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist, in order to create maximum prejudicial coverage of both Giuliani, and his most well-known client – the former President of the United States,” it stated.
A group of House GOP lawmakers refused to wear face masks on the floor during votes on Tuesday in defiance of leadership's rules regarding COVID-19 protocols. House Democrats imposed a rule in January that said members would be fined $500 on a first offense and $2,500 for a second offense if they did not wear a mask on the House floor. The members Tuesday who refused to wear a mask first included Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., who was approached by a staff member of the House Sergeant of Arms during votes and did not put one on.
The Bidens earned $607,336 in 2020, down by more than one-third from 2019, their tax return shows. Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff also earned significantly less in 2020, as Emhoff left his law firm. Both Biden and Harris would pay more taxes under Biden's proposals to expand Social Security.
“We are a nation bobbing in multiple crises. Not one of them involves people taking COVID-19 too seriously.”
“The threat is increasingly concentrated among people who are vulnerable by choice.”
“This announcement would be very welcome if not for one big problem: There is no requirement for proof of vaccination.”
“Joining the protected vaccinated minority, which we hope will rapidly become the majority, is simple.”
“Instead of taking giant steps. I think we should be taking small steps toward the same goal.”