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President Biden on Wednesday delivered a eulogy at the funeral of Sen. John Warner, R-Va., at Washington National Cathedral. "I had the privilege of serving with John for three decades in the United States Senate," Biden said. "While we represented different political parties, I can say without hesitation John was a man of conscience, character and honor, with a deep commitment to god and country."
Hong Kong's Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper and longtime thorn in the Communist Party's side, will print its last edition on Thursday as it struggles with financial pressure from authorities. Authorities froze the paper's assets last Thursday, the same day that hundreds of police officers raided its headquarters, arrested five editors and executives, and seized what the paper said was “considerable” journalistic material. The paper had vowed to fight on in a letter to its readers, but on Wednesday its board of directors said print and online editions will stop this week due to “the current circumstances prevailing in Hong Kong.”
Democrats suffered a chastening defeat over their sweeping election reform Bill on Tuesday night, as Republicans blocked Joe Biden's plans to bolster voting rights across America. The showdown in the US Senate was the first test of Mr Biden's "For the People Act" but it received no Republican support as they filibustered the Bill. In a statement from the White House, Mr Biden described the vote as a "solid Republican wall of opposition" that amounted to "the suppression of a bill to end voter suppression - another attack on voting rights that is sadly not unprecedented".
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday for a California motorist who said a police officer violated his privacy rights by following him home and then into his garage, where he was given a ticket for drunk driving. B a 9-0 vote, the justices overturned his conviction and said the 4th Amendment usually forbids the police from entering a driveway or a home unless it is true emergency or they have a search warrant. In Lange vs. California, the high court reversed the opinion of California state judges who said police may follow a person if they are in "hot pursuit," even if the suspect's offense is a minor one that could a yield a traffic ticket.
A massive country music festival in Kentucky this past weekend started off on rocky footing: Police found meth, marijuana, and an open bottle of alcohol in the first vehicle they stopped at a traffic checkpoint. “We were like, 'Well, this doesn't bode well for the weekend,'” Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told the Lexington Herald-Leader. In all, Edmonson authorities arrested 14 people, and charged four dozen people from five states.
Angela Merkel has urged other European countries to force any travellers from the UK to quarantine in a move that could threaten the Government's plans to open foreign travel to vaccinated holidaymakers. The German chancellor said she would like other European countries to require people entering them from countries with high levels of the Indian or delta Covid variant – like Britain – to go into quarantine, as is the case in Germany. "In our country, if you come from Great Britain you have to go into quarantine – and that's not the case in every European country, and that's what I would like to see," Mrs Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
Dozens of people have reportedly been killed or injured after Ethiopia's air force bombed a market in the northern region of Tigray. Eyewitnesses told the BBC the Ethiopian air force struck the town of Togoga on Tuesday, 25 km (15 miles) from the region's capital, Mekelle. The Ethiopian military denied targeting civilians, saying it carried out the strikes to neutralise "terrorists".
A Johnston County man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the human trafficking of a woman and a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Marvarlus Cortel Snead, a 34-year-old Four Oaks resident, was sentenced Monday to the prison time as well as lifetime probation, the office said in a news release. Snead, who officials say involved a woman and a minor in prostitution around Eastern North Carolina in December of 2017 and January of 2018, was convicted last year after a four-day jury trial.
A Roma man who died after being arrested by the police in the Czech Republic is being called the “Czech George Floyd” after video footage emerged of a police officer kneeling on his neck. The officer knelt on the man's neck for several minutes while another held his feet during the arrest in the Czech town of Teplice. People were quick to draw comparisons to the case of George Floyd, a black man murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis last year.
Former President Donald Trump's initial response to the nascent COVID-19 pandemic was to mask the number of cases and, relatedly, keep infected people off U.S. soil, according to a new book, , by Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta. Trump berated public health officials — and, unintentionally, his son-in-law and shadow coronavirus task force head, Jared Kushner — for trying to roll out a national testing strategy, the Post reports, citing an advance copy of the book, and he had some pretty radical ideas for how to handle Americans infected with the virus overseas. "Don't we have an island that we own?" Trump asked advisers in the Situation Room in February 2020, Abutaleb and Paletta report.
In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed legislation that will require public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints to support “intellectual diversity.” The survey will discern “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” in public universities and colleges, and seeks to find whether students, faculty and staff “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom,” according to the bill. “That's not worth tax dollars and that's not something that we're going to be supporting moving forward,” DeSantis said at a press conference at a middle school in Fort Myers.
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A 12-year-old boy is in protective custody after a homophobic attack that was filmed live on social media, according to Georgia authorities. The child was removed from his mother's home in Atlanta and is now in the care of officials with the Georgia Division of Family & Children's Services, the Atlanta Police Department said Monday. Authorities stepped in after social media video showed the boy being verbally and physically ridiculed, sparking outcry.
Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' father and conservator, is living in an "RV parked at a warehouse" in Louisiana, The New York Times reported Tuesday, despite an about $16,000/month salary in the court-appointed arrangement granting Jamie "broad control" over his daughter's life and finances. For her part, Britney has pushed back on the conservatorship "earlier and more often than had previously been known," the Times report revealed. The pop star has stayed "largely silent" on the topic in public, while claiming privately that the arrangement "restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets," confidential court records show.
Speaking at the funeral of Sen. John Warner, President Biden called the five-term senator, who died at the age of 94, "a man of conscience, character and honor." Biden praised Warner for working across the political aisle "to see each other as fellow Americans, even when we disagree. From John's perspective, especially when we disagree."
Trump, for example, asked if Kushner accomplished "peace in the Middle East after all" when violence broke out between Israel and Hamas. See more stories on Insider's business page. Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are growing apart over the former president's obsession with the 2020 election, according to a new CNN report, and it's leading Trump to question his son-in-law's accomplishments.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division on Tuesday reopened the investigation into the 2015 death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith based on information gathered during the Murdaugh double homicide investigation, a SLED spokesperson confirmed. In the wake of the June 7 murders of Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, Maggie, 52, rumors have swirled about the possibility of the Murdaugh family's connection to Smith's death. SLED's reopened investigation was first reported by FITSNews Tuesday evening.
A bison seriously injured a hiker in Yellowstone National Park, but park officials don't know why. A 30-year-old woman was hiking with a friend on the Storm Point Trail within the park Sunday when she encountered a bison. Park officials said they don't have any other information on the encounter, including what led to it.
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.
Manchin signaled he could support a party-line infrastructure bill after striking a possible deal with Republicans. Manchin's backing is pivotal to the bill passing without GOP support. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Tuesday said he was open to backing a party-line infrastructure bill.
This time I turned the camera around, because the person behind my favorite pasta dish just happens to be my dad. When it comes to pasta, the dish that I always look forward to most when I visit home is a Greek classic called pastitsio. Pastitsio (pronounced pa-stie-chio) is a baked pasta dish with ground meat and a béchamel sauce.
Toy giant Lego is aiming to put bricks made from recycled drinks bottles on shelves within two years. Lego makes about 3,500 different bricks and shapes, but faces the challenge of coming up with a sustainable product that can last years - decades, even. The goal is to find a product good enough that people don't notice the difference, said Lego's Tim Brooks.
Indian officials say they're closely monitoring "Delta Plus," a version of the Delta coronavirus variant with an extra mutation. Dr Anurag Agarwal, director at one of India's sequencing labs, said it wasn't "worrisome yet." "Delta Plus," also called AY.1, accounts for just 0.00002% of all Delta variants sequenced.
“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.”