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President Biden agrees with Russian President Vladimir Putin on at least one thing: Relations between their two nations are currently at a very low ebb. Both said as much in interviews leading up to Wednesday's meeting in Geneva, which comes amid tensions over myriad issues, including a spate of cyberattacks emanating from within Russia; Putin's military adventurism along his country's border with Ukraine; and his imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who survived poisoning with a Russian nerve agent. Biden arrives at the summit fresh from enthusiastic meetings with allies welcoming the return of the United States to conventional multilateral diplomacy.
Here's a new one: The Senate GOP seems to have figured out how to kill the infrastructure bill by being for it — or appearing to be so, anyway. Politico reports the chamber's Republicans are thinking about supporting massive new infrastructure spending — worth about $1 trillion — in the belief that by passing a big bipartisan bill, they can kill off the parts of the proposal that progressive Democrats really like, like child care and clean energy. As negotiations over infrastructure spending have dragged out, Dem leadership has apparently settled on a two-track strategy — the bipartisan bill for the "physical infrastructure" stuff that both parties can agree on, presumably with enough votes to overcome a filibuster, and a second bill containing the progressive priorities, to be passed using the filibuster-proof reconciliation process.
The 2020 census is expected to cost $14.2 billion, well below a previous estimate of $15.6 billion, reflecting a slowdown in the price tag for the nation's head count thanks to technological innovations, according to a new watchdog report released Monday. The lower cost came even though the Census Bureau spent an extra $1.1 billion responding to the pandemic, whose spread in the U.S. coincided with the start of the nation's head count for most U.S. residents in March 2020. Technological innovations allowed most households to answer the census questionnaire online for the first time instead of just by mail or phone, surprising statisticians with a self-response rate that exceeded expectations.
The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) is defending efforts to wipe clean government-backed loans to farmers facing decades of discrimination, despite a temporary restraining order on the debt relief plan issued by a U.S. District court last week. A USDA spokesperson said the agency will be ready to process payments on an estimated $4 billion in debt relief for 17,000 Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and Asian farmers once legal battles are resolved. "USDA will continue to forcefully defend its ability to carry out this act of Congress and deliver debt relief to socially disadvantaged borrowers," a USDA spokesperson said on Tuesday.
An Iowa man has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for assaulting a man who asked that he adjust his face mask. Shane Wayne Michael, 42, was sentenced on June 9 after physically attacking and spitting on a man at a Vision 4 Less eyewear on Nov. 11, per Des Moines Register. According to the complaint, Michael of Saylor Township, followed Mark Dinning out of the retail store located at 3945 Merle Hay Road after the man asked him to properly adjust his face mask as it sat below his nose.
A top European diplomat said Tuesday he believes international negotiations with Iran will ultimately succeed in re-imposing limits on its nuclear program, but indicated that more time may be needed. Enrique Mora, who is coordinating the talks in Vienna, said progress had been made on overcoming key obstacles at the talks. “The obstacles (are)...something that I think can be bridged,” Mora told reporters outside the hotel where Iranian officials have been meeting with envoys from Russia, China, France, Germany, and Britain.
The victim, who was hit in the chest, legs and hand, was going for his own firearm to defend himself when he was shot, police said.
India's top court said on Tuesday it has closed all proceedings against two Italian marines over the shooting of two fishermen off the southern Indian coast in 2012, after Rome paid $1.36 million in compensation. Salvatore Girone and Massimiliano Latorre were arrested in February 2012 over the shooting. "Compensation paid by the Italian government, over and above payments already made is adequate," said Justice M R Shah, one of the judges hearing the case in India's Supreme Court, closing the case against the two men in India.
Investigators are likely looking for more than one suspect in the Murdaugh killings, and they won't be saying much about the case until those arrests are made, a retired police detective and criminal investigator says. Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother Maggie Murdaugh, 52, of the powerhouse South Carolina legal family, were found shot to death outside their home in Colleton County on June 7. Those close to the double homicide investigation, including the family and law enforcement, have remained mostly quiet since.
WASHINGTON ― A day after Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted NATO leaders had “confirmed” it would become a member, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made clear no such action was imminent. Stoltenberg's remarks came a day after President Joe Biden refused to give a “yes” or “no” to Ukraine joining NATO while at the alliance's annual summit in Brussels on Monday. Biden did say during a press conference that the U.S. and other NATO allies affirmed support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Autopsies in Tennessee show that a 1-year-old child starved to death in his car seat in a house where his mother died of a drug overdose, while his 3-year-old sister, found alive, had tried for days to feed her brother. The bodies of Tiffany Spears, 32, and her infant son, Nicholas Crowder, were found in February at their home in Portland, about 35 miles northeast of Nashville. The boy had been strapped into a car seat that was left on a bedroom floor.
VITRY-SUR-SEINE (Reuters) - Perceval Gete, a 12-year-old French boy, is one of the youngest people in Europe to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, and to accommodate his young age, the nurse administering the jab had to use a special child-size needle. His mother brought Perceval to a vaccination centre near Paris on Tuesday, the first day the age of eligibility in France was lowered to 12, because, she said, the more people get inoculated, the sooner pandemic restrictions can be lifted. "I wanted it to be done as soon as possible," his mother, Melanie Gete, said at the vaccination centre in the suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine after Perceval had the jab.
A man died in the early morning hours Monday after he was found inside a car with a gunshot wound, the Cayce Department of Public Safety said. Jose L. Gonzalez, 42, died at the scene after being shot once, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. No other injuries were reported by the Department of Public Safety.
A French energy company says it is working to resolve a "performance issue" at a nuclear plant in China following claims of a potential leak. EDF Energy confirmed that gases that had built up in a component of the plant were deliberately released. "We are not in a scenario of an accident with a melting core," an EDF spokesman who did not want to be named told AFP news agency.
Ireland will double the quarantine period for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated arrivals from Britain to 10 days but still plans to allow people to move more freely between the two countries from mid-July, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said. The change is due to the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant in Britain, which delayed plans to lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions there by a month on Monday. "It is just to reflect concern about the Delta variant and to try and hold back the development of that variant here as much as we can and give us time to get vaccines out to give us cover against it," Ryan told reporters on Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia executed a 26-year-old for protesting against the government, Reprieve said. Al-Darwish's family received no advance notice of his execution, according to human rights groups. Saudi Arabia has executed a young man over his reported involvement in anti-government protests when he was a teenager, human rights groups said Tuesday.
Designed by naval architect Iván Salas Jefferson, founder of Iddes Yachts, the 300-meter vessel has a radically aerodynamic look. It's been envisioned as an “extreme technology platform,” incorporating robotics, AI, and quantum computing to attract the best and brightest minds from a wealth of fields. Designed to resemble Earth, the orb's “science city” will house top climate scientists, who will use the ship's state-of-the-art tech to develop innovative solutions.
A former White House national security advisor who testified at the hearings for President Donald Trump's first impeachment is helping Trump's successor, President Joe Biden, prepare for his first meeting as commander in chief with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Axios reported. Sources told Axios that Fiona Hill was among a group of Russia experts who briefed Biden ahead of the meeting, which is set to take place Wednesday. Hill served as the top Russia expert in the White House from 2017 to 2019, under the Trump administration.
A 68-year-old skier slid uncontrollably down a snowfield Sunday in Rocky Mountain National Park, officials said. He had fallen up to 500 feet before crashing into rocks, the Colorado national park officials said. He was alone but other skiers on Sundance Mountain watched his descent and rushed to help him.
An off-duty Delta flight attendant accused of causing a disturbance on a Delta flight, is facing federal charges. Authorities say Stephon Duncan forced an Atlanta-bound flight to divert to Oklahoma City last week. An "out-of-control" Georgia man is facing federal charges for allegedly causing a disturbance aboard a Delta flight, authorities said.
Senior DOJ officials were deeply alarmed by top Trump officials' fixation on the election results. Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows repeatedly asked DOJ to investigate bogus conspiracy theories. Senior officials at the Justice Department expressed deep frustration and alarm with top Trump officials' fixation on the election results in the final days of Donald Trump's presidency.
Lina Khan rode a bipartisan wave of tech industry skepticism to a Federal Trade Commission seat on Tuesday, giving the five-member commission a third Democratic vote and the opportunity to usher in a new era of more assertive antitrust enforcement. Khan, 32, was a favorite of progressive antitrust advocates, who cheered her nomination by President Biden as a step toward reining in the marketplace power of some of the largest companies in the nation. Over the past few months, she managed to woo lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are increasingly concerned about tech giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon.
Have you ever been sitting at Pollo Tropical, cozying up to a mountain of delicious fried yuca and your favorite TropiChop and thought: All this moment needs to be perfect is some cheap alcohol? Miami's favorite fast-casual Caribbean chicken restaurant has added alcohol to its menu for the first time in the form of a proprietary canned mojito. The ready-to-drink cocktail is the company's first under a new brand, La Palmita Cocktail Company.
Yun “Lucy” Li, 25, and her partner Oliver Karafa, 28, fled Canada by boarding a flight to Eastern Europe just a day after the incident. According to Hamilton law enforcement, they traveled through Slovakia, Karafa's home country, and the Czech Republic before landing in Budapest, Hungary, where Canadian authorities honed in on them with the help of their European counterparts on Saturday. The duo are suspects in the murder of Tyler Pratt, a father of three who was shot and killed at a home in the Canadian city of Hamilton on Feb. 28, according to Hamilton police.
“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.”