The North Korean leader, known for heavy drinking and smoking, comes from a family with a history of heart problems.Appears to have lost at least 20 pounds »
Jurors have begun weighing the fate of a University of Tennessee professor charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government. Anming Hu, an associate professor in the department of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering at the university's flagship Knoxville campus, was charged in February 2020 with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements. Defense lawyer Philip Lomonaco has argued that the Department of Justice “wanted a feather in its cap with an economic espionage case, so they ignored the facts and the law, destroyed the career of a professor with three Ph.D.s in nanotechnology and now expects the court to follow their narrative.”
China's government issued a warning to "foreign forces" after Taiwan reported a record 28 Chinese military planes flew over the self-governed island's airspace Tuesday, per Reuters. Why it matters: The warning and deployment of aircraft including fighter jets and bombers comes after G7 leaders issued a statement Sunday urging the Chinese government to respect human rights and calling on peace and "stability across the Taiwan Strait." What they're saying: "We will never tolerate attempts to seek independence or wanton intervention in the Taiwan issue by foreign forces, so we need to make a strong response to these acts of collusion," said Chinese government spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang, accordin...
One method Manchin hinted at during the call was lucrative post-office bribes. "Regarding [Sen. Roy] Blunt, Manchin appears to be suggesting — without, perhaps, quite explicitly saying so — that the wealthy executives on the call could dangle future financial opportunities in front of the outgoing senator while lobbying him to change his vote," write The Intercept's Lee Fang and Ryan Grim. The Senate rules could be changed at any time by Democrats, and as the swing vote Manchin could extract just about any goodies for himself or his state he could imagine.
Police fatally shot a man in Bessemer City on Wednesday morning, multiple media outlets reported. The man was killed near a home on North 12th Street near West Iowa Avenue, Charlotte Observer news partner WBTV reported. No officers were hurt, the station reported, citing Bessemer City Police Chief Tom Ellis.
Since 2005, the amount of heat trapped by the Earth has roughly doubled, according to a new study by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers. This is contributing to warming oceans, air, and land, the scientists write in the study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. "The magnitude of the increase is unprecedented," NASA scientist and lead author of the study Norman Loeb told The Washington Post. "The Earth is warming faster than expected."
Three bodies and a Piper Comanche 250 airplane remain missing in a California lake, despite hope that underwater surveyors had found the remains that have now evaded searchers for over half a century. Last week, Seafloor Systems workers came upon a mystery plane sitting at the bottom of Folsom Lake near Sacramento. Seafloor Systems staff were testing equipment on Folsom Lake last week when they inadvertently found a plane in one of the lake's deepest points and suspected it might be the missing Piper Comanche.
A Utah woman is speaking out after her sister was left out of her middle school cheerleading team's yearbook photos. Eighth-grader Morgyn Arnold, who has Down syndrome, came home from the last day of school feeling deflated and full of questions about why she wasn't in the photo of the Shoreline Junior High school's cheerleading team, older sister Jordyn Poll said. Morgyn, 14, was officially the team manager, but attended practices, learned routines and cheered alongside her other teammates at every home game, her sister said.
Why it matters: Astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo are set to occupy China's new space station. This will be the country's longest crewed space mission ever and the first in almost five years. It marks another significant step in the space program drive of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, seen as a rival to the U.S. in space.
Ryanair and the owner of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports are to launch a legal challenge against the government over the travel traffic light system. The traffic light system rates countries green, amber or red based on their Covid risk. Arrivals from amber countries will need to quarantine, while red-list countries have the strictest rules, with only UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents, allowed to return - and they must pay for a 10-day stay in a government quarantine hotel.
Police say they arrested a suspect who was booked on several charges. The 94-year-old was stabbed multiple times in broad daylight, in what appears to be an unprovoked attack.
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone following his private discussions with Biden. "There's no happiness in life," Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone during his lengthy, rambling press conference following nearly four hours of talks with President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, called police Tuesday morning in a panic, claiming a masked intruder had shot him and his father inside their home. When Cedar Rapid officers arrived at the scene, they found Jackson's parents and his 19-year-old sister—a high-achieving student who introduced then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang during his 2019 visit to Iowa—fatally shot in different rooms of the expansive house. Police, however, now believe it was actually Jackson who murdered his father, 61-year-old Jan Jackson, his 68-year-old mother, Melissa Jackson, and their daughter, Sabrina.
Chan was one of 18 scientists who published a letter in the journal Science last month calling for a more in-depth investigation into the virus's origin that takes into account theories about both natural occurrence and laboratory spillovers. The letter helped kick-start a new round of calls to investigate the "lab leak hypothesis," including demands from President Joe Biden and several leading scientists. And while public discussion of a potential lab leak has shifted significantly in recent months, as more people pay attention to a theory that was originally promulgated by former President Donald Trump and his followers, the scientific evidence has remained unchanged, according to intervie...
Chicago police believe two people entered an Englewood home early Monday and shot eight people — four fatally and seven in the head, according to a police report. The officers entered the first-floor apartment of the house and found four people all unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head. Three of the surviving victims found at the scene also had gunshot wounds to their heads, the report said.
Biden gave Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison during their meeting on Wednesday. The president also gifted Putin a custom pair of Aviator sunglasses. Gift-giving is a routine practice between world leaders.
Jeannie Mai is newly married and spilling the beans about what life with new husband Jeezy has been like the last few months. While the couple had planned to marry in Italy, COVID-19 changed their plans, shifting the ceremony to an intimate one in their home.
Tessica Brown, who went viral early this year as "Gorilla Glue Girl" after using the industrial adhesive instead of hairspray, is back. The Louisiana woman became internet famous in February via TikTok, where she posted videos about the disaster she had been dealing with: After running out of her Göt 2b Glued hairspray in January, she had grabbed Gorilla Glue spray adhesive instead. Shampoo didn't work to remove the Gorilla Glue.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to support a resolution to remove congresswoman Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee should the GOP take power in the 2022 midterms. The congressman's remarks came Tuesday morning during an interview with Fox & Friends, where the GOP leader assailed the second-term congresswoman for alleged anti-American views. "I think Nancy Pelosi should remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs committee,” Mr McCarthy said, referring to the speaker of the House, before describing Ms Omar as “an individual that has not once, but on numerous occasions been anti-Semitic”.
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San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana has sliced the asking price of his distinctive 500-acre Napa Valley estate to $24.5 million., according to realtor.com. The equestrian estate in Calistoga, California, was inspired by his and his wife Jennifer's travels in Italy and France during breaks in the NFL legend's career, according to the listing agents. “Villa Montana” originally listed the villa for $49 million in 2009.
After the $55,000 purchase, Read got the parcel he wanted for a personal training studio and unexpectedly, the city's water tower. "I immediately went through the necessary steps to deed the water tower back to the city of Brooksville," Read said in an email to NPR. The tower was accidentally sold to Read because of legal descriptions where the building he wanted to buy was never split off from parent property where the water tower is based, Mark Kutney, the Brooksville city manager, told NPR.
An Asian man delivering food by bicycle in New York was stabbed in the back by another cyclist in broad daylight, in an incident that police are investigating as the latest in a series of anti-Asian hate crimes. The 53-year-old victim was knocked to the ground by the attack, but got back up and completed the delivery with a knife wound – only realising he had been stabbed when he arrived back at the restaurant. The Asian man, whose identity is being withheld, was attacked on Sunday evening when he was running an order in Brooklyn and a hooded assailant pedalled up behind him, asking cryptically: “What happened?
More than 20 GOP lawmakers voted against a bill awarding law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. A few Republican lawmakers took issue with calling the storming of the Capitol an "insurrection." More than 20 Republican lawmakers voted against a bill the House passed on Tuesday awarding all law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the January 6 Capitol riot.
Ex-Rep. Ashley Henley of DeSoto County was shot and killed Sunday while mowing the grass outside a Mississippi home. The body of Henley's sister-in-law, Kristina Michelle Jones, had been discovered there in December. Henley had been vocal about investigating Jones' death, criticizing efforts by authorities.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”