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A U.S. congressman on Saturday posted a Christmas picture of himself and what appeared to be his family, smiling and posing with an assortment of guns, just days after four teenagers were killed in a shooting at a Michigan high school. Ethan Crumbley, 15, on Tuesday carried out the deadliest U.S. school shooting this year, the latest in a decades-long series of mass shootings at U.S. schools. Massie, who represents a solidly Republican district, posted the picture of himself and six others holding firearms resembling an M60 machine gun, AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gun.
The CEO of Better.com, a digital mortgage company, laid off more than 900 employees over Zoom last week. He accused "at least 250" terminated staff members of working just 2 hours a day, Fortune reported. Better's management team reviewed employee productivity data such as missed phone calls, he said.
Switzerland has just legalized a new way to die by assisted suicide. The country's medical review board has just given authorization for use of the Sarco Suicide Pod, which is a 3-D-printed portable coffin-like capsule with windows that can be transported to a tranquil place for a person's final moments of life. Conventional assisted-suicide methods have generally involved a chemical substance.
Dozens of tanks and soldiers fired explosives and machine guns in drills Monday on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, a main stronghold for a nation that is perhaps the world's least-known military powerhouse. Just across the sea from rival Russia, Japan opened up its humbly named Self Defense Force's firing exercises to the media in a display of public firepower that coincides with a recent escalation of Chinese and Russian military moves around Japanese territory. The drills, which foreign journalists rarely have a chance to witness, will continue for nine days and include about 1,300 Ground Self Defense Force troops.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced a budget proposal on Thursday that includes plans to establish a militia that would answer solely to him. Unlike the Florida National Guard, the Florida State Guard wouldn't receive federal funding or embark on federal missions. DeSantis wants to use $3.5 million of the $100 million budget proposal to fund the state guard he said will “not be encumbered to the federal government.”
David Letterman wasted no time in ripping former President Donald Trump at the rejuvenated Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Deadline reported. The annual Washington arts and culture event, which was repeatedly snubbed by Trump, and delayed and downscaled by the pandemic, was presided over by President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden. Tonight, it is quite nice, very nice, to see the presidential box once again being occupied,” Letterman said to cheers that turned into a standing ovation for Biden.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears to have settled on a strategy to deal with a handful of Republican lawmakers who have stirred outrage with violent, racist and sometimes Islamophobic comments. The path to power for Republicans in Congress is now rooted in the capacity to generate outrage. The alarming language, and the fundraising haul it increasingly produces, is another example of how Donald Trump, the former president, has left his mark on politics, changing the way Republicans rise to influence and authority.
A woman who flew in a private jet to Washington before the Capitol riot is preparing for prison. Jenna Ryan said in a TikTok on Sunday that she planned to practice yoga and lose weight in prison. The Texas realtor said that if she loses weight, "it will be worth going to prison."
Troy Roberts: That's why you have to get help. Dr. Brian Kennedy: She is a risk to the family members. Dr. Brian Kennedy was one of the psychiatrists who saw Caralee.
Insurance companies operating in Louisiana will be charged at least $100 million to pay the claims of two failed property insurers who went belly up in Hurricane Ida's aftermath. But the cost of dealing with the insolvent insurers ultimately will fall on the state after companies recoup the dollars through a series of tax credits. The Advocate reports that the board of the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association — a state-sponsored safety net for policyholders -- voted for the first time since 2004 to charge insurers 1% of their net written premiums to help fill its coffers.
April Jones of Florence, South Carolina, was recently awarded $10 million after she had to get her leg amputated after stepping on a rusty nail in a Walmart retail store roughly six years ago. “The jury sent a message to Walmart that if you come into Florence County and injure one of their own, they will make sure that person is taken care (of),” Roy Willey, one of Jones' attorneys from the Anastopoulo Law Firm, said in a news release.” “We are forever grateful,” he added. The incident occurred on June 26, 2015, while Jones was shopping in the store's central aisle, when she saw several pallets, her 2017 lawsuit stated.
Viccy was 6 years old the night her father, Vincent, was shot and killed by her older brother, Christopher Bennett. I remember being abused earlier in the night. I don't remember the gunshot,” Viccy says.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukraine's armed forces were capable of fighting off any attack from Russia as the country marked its national army day on Monday with a display of U.S. armoured vehicles and patrol boats. U.S. President Joe Biden has pledged his "unwavering support" to Ukraine in its standoff with Moscow and will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to try to defuse the crisis. Ukraine has accused Russia of massing tens of thousands of troops near its border in preparation for a possible large scale military offensive, raising the prospect of open war between the two neighbours.
A man who tested positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant says 15 of his friends are also sick. The man and a group of 30 people attended an anime convention in New York City last month. It's unclear if his friends also have the Omicron variant, but health officials are investigating.
On Friday, Reddit user u/bleachspot asked, "What is something that is illegal but isn't wrong ethically?" People had some incredibly interesting responses. Here's what people shared: 1.
Ten people aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship approaching New Orleans have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday night. The Norwegian Breakaway had departed New Orleans on Nov. 28 and is due to return this weekend, the Louisiana Department of Health said in a news release. Over the past week, the ship made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.
A court order that permitted Keith Smith, on a ventilator in a medically induced coma from COVID-19, to be treated with the controversial drug ivermectin, was issued late Friday afternoon. The order, in response to Darla Smith's petition to compel the hospital to administer the drug to her husband of 24 years, was, to some, kind of confusing, and that led to two days of lawyers negotiating its implementation, frustrating Darla's attempts to have her husband receive the drug. The brief order denied Darla Smith's request for an emergency injunction to force UPMC to administer ivermectin, an anti-parasitic that is not part of the medical center's COVID-19 protocols and is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of the viral disease.
Sean Hannity: "If you look pre-COVID" under Trump "we didn't import a single barrel of oil from Saudia Arabia" PolitiFact's ruling: False Here's why: Rattling off a list of praises for former President Donald Trump during an interview with Donald Trump Jr., Fox News host Sean Hannity falsely claimed that under Trump, the U.S. completely scrapped its reliance on oil imports from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. "If you look pre-COVID, your dad, he got us to energy independence," Hannity told the younger Trump during the Dec. 1 episode of "Hannity," his primetime TV show. "We didn't import a single barrel of oil from Saudi Arabia, the Middle East."
Russia said on Monday it was reinforcing its military base in Tajikistan with 30 new tanks and that its forces at the facility had carried out exercises with missile defence systems, highlighting Moscow's concern about turmoil in Afghanistan. The possibility of Islamist militants in Afghanistan infiltrating Tajikistan and other former Soviet republics in Central Asia is a worry for Moscow, which views the region as a defensive buffer to its south. Russian forces on Monday practiced repelling an enemy aerial attack on military facilities using its S-300PS systems, the Interfax news agency cited the Defence Ministry as saying.
A firefighter was hospitalized after a fire engine tire “exploded,” leading to a crash in Eastern North Carolina, officials said. The truck was leaving a Christmas parade when it became “uncontrollable” and hit a pipe on Saturday, Dec. 4, according to the Hubert Volunteer Fire Department. “We had taken the back roads around to avoid the delay of the rest of the parade since we were very near the front,” firefighters wrote in a Facebook post.
Snow fell over parts of Montana on Sunday, December 5, after a cold front moved through the state. Video posted on Sunday shows a snowy landscape at the Smith Coal Mine in Belfry, Montana. The National Weather Service warned motorists to slow down and anticipate icy travel on Monday morning's commute.
Norwegian archaeologists said Monday they have found a cluster of longhouses, including one of the largest in Scandinavia, using ground-penetrating radar in the southeastern part of the country — in an area that researchers believe was a central place in the late Nordic Iron Age. The longhouses — long and narrow, single-room buildings — were found in Gjellestad, 86 kilometers (53 miles) southeast of Oslo near where a Viking-era ship was found in 2018 close to the Swedish border. We have found several buildings, all typical Iron Age longhouses, north of the Gjellestad ship.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A group of white supremacists stormed through downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, bearing American flags and mildly menacing plastic shields while marching to the beat of a snare drum down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But after chanting aggressively about their plans to “reclaim America,” their intended show of force stalled spectacularly when they lost their ride. While the group had marched through the city with threatening chants about their plan to “reclaim America,” by the end of the night it was not even clear how they intended to reclaim their U-Haul.
Suspected Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley along with his parents, who were arrested early Saturday while hiding in a warehouse, have expressed “no remorse,” after an attack that killed four high school students, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said on MSNBC. “We've not seen any remorse” from James and Jennifer Crumbley and their 15-year-old son, said Bouchard, who described the family as “obviously sullen,” adding: “Not a lot of conversation.” “I don't know whether the sullenness is from being caught or whether it's from other emotions that are going on, but they haven't expressed it to us,” Bouchard told host Alex Witt hours after the parents were arrested.
Pope Francis said Monday he accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because the monsignor could no longer govern effectively thanks to the “gossip” about his relationship with a woman a decade ago. Francis was asked en route home from Greece about the surprise decision, which came only days after Archbishop Michel Aupetit put his fate in Francis' hands following French media reports about what he said was an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman. Responding to a question from a French reporter, Francis said there had been some “lapses” with Aupetit involving sexual sins.
“I know it doesn’t feel like it, but inflation is both a feature and a bug of a normalizing economy.”
“What is not going to work, and hasn’t worked, is trying to talk people out of the lived reality of higher prices.”
“When inflation expectations rise, actual inflation tends to follow.”
“The Fed must acknowledge that its monetary policy has been a source of inflation, and that it will need to raise interest rates.”
“The supply chain logjams are the core of the problem right now, and that should work itself out over time.”