The American Museum of Natural History’s sculpture of the president, flanked by a Native American man and an African man, will be sent to an institution dedicated to his life.The vote follows years of protest »
President Biden on Wednesday announced his administration's plan to combat rising rates of violent crime that plague major cities across the United States by further clamping down on gun violence. “I've been at this a long time,” said Biden, who was accompanied by Attorney General Merrick Garland. The White House is seeking to address a number of issues through a flurry of executive orders, from cutting off the flow of illegally sold firearms, to expanding summer programs, and notably by using a chunk of coronavirus relief money for localities and municipalities to allot to police departments.
John McAfee, the tech innovator whose name is synonymous with antivirus software, died by suicide on Wednesday hours after a court approved his extradition from Spain to face U.S. tax evasion charges, officials said. McAfee was found dead in his cell in Barcelona, following the Spanish High Court's preliminary ruling for his removal to the United States, the regional Catalan government told The Associated Press. Guards at the Brians 2 penitentiary found McAfee unresponsive and the jail's medical team certified his death, officials said.
A homeless suspect arrested for viciously stomping on an elderly Chinese man in New York City in April says he committed the act in retaliation for an earlier robbery. Victim accused: Jarrod Powell, 50, identified Yao Pan Ma as one of his two assailants, whom he described as a “Korean guy” and a Japanese man, according to the New York Daily News. Powell reportedly told detectives that he was robbed of jewelry and money on Amsterdam Avenue on April 22.
The half-billion-dollar National Guard price tag to man the U.S. Capitol for more than five months following the Jan. 6 riot has emptied the Guard's coffers and will affect readiness if Congress does not act, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said Wednesday. National Guard members were deployed in 2020 for more than 21 million service days to respond to missions, including the domestic COVID-19 response, hurricane relief, fighting wildfires, protecting cities ravaged by the George Floyd protests, and overseas missions. The peak deployment in the nation's capital required 26,000 service members from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Apple Daily, Hong Kong's last pro-democracy paper and longtime thorn in the Chinese Communist Party's side, will be on the newsstands for the last time on Thursday after it was forced to close amid a Beijing-sponsored crackdown on free speech. One million copies of the last edition of the paper will be distributed on Thursday - a staggering number given Hong Kong's 7.5 million population. The newspaper's final frontpage carried a picture of Hongkongers protesting over the paper's closure on Wednesday, with the headline "Hong Kongers bid a painful farewell in the rain".
Nickelodeon's Drake Bell has pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges, and he's facing up to two years behind bars. The actor, known for starring on the Nickelodeon shows Drake & Josh and The Amanda Show, during a hearing Wednesday pleaded guilty to felony attempted child endangerment, as well as a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, The Associated Press reports. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office previously alleged that Bell developed a relationship online with a girl who attended his concert in December 2017 when she was 15, and "while there, Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim."
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied accusations that the military has gone “woke” on Wednesday and defended the U.S. military academy's teaching of critical race theory, saying that it is important to have some “situational understanding” of the country's history. During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee regarding the budget request for the Department of Defense, Milley said that “on the issue of critical race theory” he believes it is “important actually for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and widely read.” “The United States Military Academy is a university and it is important that we train and we understand,” he said.
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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has directed her department to investigate Indian boarding schools and "shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past, no matter how hard it will be." Hundreds of thousands of children were forced to attend these schools in order to assimilate, and in a memo, Haaland said the Interior Department will "address the inter-generational impact" of these institutions. The investigation will also "uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences," she wrote, and include a report detailing cemeteries and possible burial sites of students.
Andy Burnham should replace Sir Keir Starmer if Labour is to have any chance of becoming electable again, George Galloway has said. Mr Galloway, a former MP who was expelled from Labour and is now running against the party in the forthcoming Batley and Spen by-election, said Sir Keir was a "catatonic, desiccated calculating machine" and Mr Burnham would be a better opposition leader. The latest research shows Mr Galloway has the support of just six per cent of the Batley and Spen constituency ahead of the vote on July 1, but he insists pollsters have underestimated his backing and points to better odds from bookmakers.
A Democratic congressman from California has said that the Catholic church should have their tax-free status revoked if they decide President Joe Biden should not be able to take Communion. The comment from Rep Jared Huffman comes after a recent US Conference of Catholic Bishops vote on 18 June to begin the process to deny Mr Biden the ability to take Communion. Mr Huffman wrote on Twitter, “If they're going to politically weaponize religion by 'rebuking' Democrats who support women's reproductive choice, then a 'rebuke' of their tax-exempt status may be in order.”
Video showed dozens of cows running loose in a California neighborhood on Tuesday after escaping from a meatpacking facility. Nearby residents were asked to avoid the area as officials tried to gather the 40 cows that took off from the slaughterhouse when a gate was accidentally left open. More than an hour after their escape, most of the cows were corralled into a cul-de-sac on Friendship Avenue, NBC Los Angeles reported.
Two young men and a woman, suspected of an armed robbery outside a Hialeah hotel, led police officers on a dramatic car chase that wound up in Broward County. Their silver Mercedes-Benz was eventually stopped in Hollywood, the three were taken into custody and the case might have remained largely anonymous, except for one thing. The backseat passenger, an 18-year-old named Gabriel Rodriguez, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the neck — presumably from a police bullet.
An investigation into the Michigan election by state Republican lawmakers has concluded that there is no evidence of widespread fraud and dismissed the need for an Arizona-style forensic audit of the results. The news comes amid a broad push by many Republicans – from Donald Trump to state parties – to push unfounded lies about Joe Biden's victory, often promoting baseless conspiracy theories and evidence-free accusations of fraud. The Michigan Republican report released on Wednesday followed 28 hours of legislative hearings starring local and national pro-Trump conspiracy theorists such as former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
The charges are in connection to seven shoplifting-related cases that occurred between May 11 and June 19, the San Francisco DA's office said.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said Monday that a local report over the weekend about his family's membership in Newport's exclusive Bailey's Beach Club "got the facts wrong," disputing the reporter's characterization of the private club as "all-white." A reporter for GoLocal Provincetown asked Whitehouse over the weekend about his historic membership in the "all-white" club, and he replied, "I think the people who are running the place are still working on that," and "I'm sorry it hasn't happened yet." Whitehouse spokesman Richard Davidson told The Washington Post on Monday that the club has "no such restrictive policy" on race or ethnicity.
The Midwestern cities seemed to be quieter, slower, and more friendly. Recently, I took a trip to Chicago and Detroit for the first time. When I took a trip to Chicago and Detroit for the first time for two weeks in June, I found the Midwestern way of life slightly different from the one I'm used to in New York.
Miami is proud of its beaches — but the Internet says Florida's other beaches are better. Holidu.com, a search and booking website for vacation rentals, analyzed more than 30,000 Google searches to come up with the 10 most popular Florida beaches. And despite seasonal car twerking, the heady aroma of weed and a promise not to enforce a ban on alcohol sales after 2 a.m.
President Biden will move immediately to replace the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Mark Calabria, an appointee of former President Trump with broad powers over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Supreme Court opened the door for Calabria's removal with a Wednesday ruling that made clear the president had the authority to oust the regulator. A White House official responded by saying Biden would start the process of inserting an FHFA director who supports the administration's priorities on housing policy.
The European Commission has announced plans to build a Joint Cyber Unit to tackle large scale cyber-attacks. Recent ransomware incidents on critical services in Ireland and the US has "focused minds", the commission said. It argued cyber-attacks were a national security threat, as incidents in Europe rose from 432 in 2019 to 756 in 2020.
Emergency crews are investigating after several train cars derailed Wednesday in South Carolina. The cars derailed on the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Pickens County around 1:30 p.m. emergency management officials told WYFF.
The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 has been detected in wastewater samples taken at some Kansas City area wastewater treatment facilities, according to tracking by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The data comes as Missouri earned the dubious honor of having the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections in the United States, racking up a 72% increase over the last two weeks, according to a New York Times analysis. The latest wastewater testing, from the week of June 7, found levels of the variant at the Atherton and Rock Creek wastewater treatment plants, both in Independence.
A girl in her teens was found dead in a secluded area of Texas county, but her name and cause of death remain of mystery, officials say. Her body was discovered Friday morning off a road in Wharton County, a rural county about 70 miles southwest of Houston. The girl, who was estimated to be 14 to 17 years old, had black or dark brown hair that was shoulder length.
Unfortunately for taxpayers, “normal” in the nation's capital has become a discussion about whether to spend hundreds of billions or multiple trillions of dollars on infrastructure. As usual, the stagecraft in Washington isn't about whether we invest in infrastructure but how much more the political class has at its disposal to spend on earmarked projects and favored constituencies. A coalition coalesced by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has pushed the General Assembly to raise gas taxes by ten cents a gallon to send an additional $500 million a year to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite economic damage from the Covid-19 pandemic. While many poor people became poorer, the number of millionaires increased by 5.2 million to 56.1 million globally, Credit Suisse research found. In 2020, more than 1% of adults worldwide were millionaires for the first time.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”