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The Los Angeles County Fire Department planned to terminate the employment of two firefighters and suspend a third for allegedly taking graphic photos at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and sharing them with their wives and girlfriends, according to court documents filed this week. The disclosure was made by lawyers for the late basketball star's wife, Vanessa Bryant, in court documents related to her invasion of privacy lawsuit against Los Angeles County. The two firefighters were sent "intention to discharge" letters in December after a fire department internal investigation concluded they had taken photos of the dead bodies in the helicopter wreckage that "served no business necessity" and "only served to appeal to baser instincts and desires for what amounted to visual gossip," Bryant's attorneys said in a declaration in support of delaying the lawsuit trial to allow time for additional investigation.
Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images Rockets are launched from Gaza toward the coastal city of Tel Aviv, Israel on May 11. Photo: Anas Baba/AFP via Getty Images A Palestinian youth comforts an injured boy receiving medical care al-Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza on May 11. Photo: Mahmud HamsA/AFP via Getty Images Israeli emergency services transport an injured man in the town of Holon near Tel Aviv, on May 11.
Police said a Dunkin' store employee fatally punched a 77-year-old customer in Florida after the employee said the man repeatedly used a racial slur against him. Pujols told police that the man was “extremely rude” the day of the punch and had called him a racial slur. A Tampa Police Department report says after he was punched, the victim fell backward and hit his head on the concrete floor.
However, when asked by Lynch if he believed Trump incited the riots, Miller replied, "I think I'd like to modify my original assessment." He said new information led him to believe the assault was far more organized than originally thought — in essence, suggesting that while Trump did "offer" the Capitol to rioters, the president's remarks were not "the unitary factor." Lynch fired back, quoting Miller himself: "Would anybody have marched on the Capitol or tried to overrun the Capitol without the president's speech?
U.S. stocks hit a one-month low on Tuesday as speculation that rising inflation pressure could prompt interest rate hikes sooner rather than later dragged on shares and hobbled the dollar, which hovered near a 2-1/2-month low. Technology stocks were among the biggest losers, mirroring a sell-off in China, where talk of tighter regulation sent technology shares skidding. But U.S. shares clawed back some of their losses over the course of the day, with the tech-focused Nasdaq Composite reversing the bulk of its early 2% decline.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the nation's most populous state would stop requiring people to wear masks in almost all circumstances on June 15, describing a world he said will look “a lot like the world we entered into before the pandemic.” California has required people to wear masks in public places since June 18. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is considering changing its workplace mask rules later this month.
Israel's military was facing questions on Wednesday as to whether its Iron Dome missile defence system needed an upgrade, after five Israeli civilians were killed by rocket strikes. The system, which Israeli officials say has a 90 per cent interception rate, has already avoided heavy loss of life in Tel Aviv, Ashkelon and other cities which became a focal point for Hamas as it sought to overwhelm air defences. But on Wednesday, Israeli analysts said that for some time intelligence sources had been warning that Hamas had significantly improved its weaponry, to the extent that it could "pierce the Iron Dome shield."
A Miami businessman was sentenced to more than six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to fleecing millions from a federal COVID-19 relief program and buying luxury items with the money, including a $318,000 Lamborghini Huracán Evo. David T. Hines, 29, arrested last July, was ordered by a Miami federal judge to turn over the luxury Italian sports car and $3.4 million that he received in government loans. Hines, who owned a South Florida moving businesses, applied to the Bank of America for seven loans under a Small Business Administration program.
The Taliban gained control on Tuesday of a strategic district headquarters in a province in central Afghanistan, just southwest of the capital of Kabul, a provincial council official said. According to the official, Sharifullah Hotak, the Taliban overran the Nirkh district headquarters in Maidan Wardak province. The insurgents confirmed the significant battlefield success.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday papered over the significant skepticism of the 2020 presidential election within the GOP just hours after his conference deposed Rep. Liz Cheney for criticizing fellow Republicans over that very issue. I don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election,” McCarthy said after meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House alongside other congressional leaders. McCarthy's comments run counter to the the campaign he greenlighted to boot Cheney (R-Wyo.
Leon Peysen, 70, was found in the Waco-suburb Hewitt trapped underneath his overturned SUV May 5 with a neck injury believed to be a gunshot wound, KWKT reported. Police now say the crash killed Peysen — because he wasn't shot at all. Security footage revealed Peysen pulled three dogs into the SUV and he was attempting to leave a parking lot when the vehicle reversed suddenly, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Tuesday addressed the recent tensions in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine—as much as could reasonably be done in the time it takes to boil an egg. In recent days, Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at a Jerusalem mosque, nine children were among at least two dozen people killed by Israeli airstrikes, and Gaza militants fired rockets of their own at Israel, killing three. Noah, who acknowledged that there isn't “any TV show [that] in ten minutes is going to solve [the] Israel-Palestine [problem],” did make some keen observations.
A prominent Venezuelan opposition activist said Wednesday that his movement's recent offer to negotiate with President Nicolás Maduro's administration was prompted by the country's urgent humanitarian crisis and prolonged political stalemate. Leopoldo Lopez told the Associated Press that his opposition group has not yet received a response to its proposal from the Maduro government. Lopez is close to Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other countries as Venezuela's legitimate leader.
Republican leaders told President Joe Biden on Wednesday that they will draw a hard line on raising taxes to pay for infrastructure, demonstrating the substantial challenges ahead for a potential bipartisan deal on Biden's infrastructure and jobs plan. Democrats and Republicans left the meeting saying they would try to zero in on areas of agreement they could reach on a bipartisan bill. GOP leaders told reporters that they still had to reach an agreement with Democrats over what exactly meets the definition of infrastructure.
Israel unleashed new airstrikes on Gaza Tuesday, hitting the high-rise home of a Hamas field commander and two border tunnels dug by militants, as Hamas and other armed groups fired dozens of rockets toward Israel. It was an escalation sparked by weeks of tensions in contested Jerusalem.
An Indigenous New Zealand lawmaker was thrown out of Parliament's debating chamber Wednesday for performing a Maori haka in protest at what he said were racist arguments. Rawiri Waititi's stance came after ongoing debate among lawmakers about the government's plans to set up a new Maori Health Authority as part of sweeping changes to the health care system. Waititi, the co-leader of the Maori Party, said those arguments amounted to racist rhetoric.
A California councilwoman is being criticized after referring to COVID-19 as the “China Virus” in an email to the city's mayor. Temecula councilman Matt Rahn called for better standards for his colleagues during a May 11 meeting and highlighted an email sent by councilwoman Jessica Alexander, saying that her “China Virus” reference was “exceptionally insensitive.” Rahn read from Alexander's email sent on May 4 to Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards and City Manager Aaron Adams, which said: “Mayor Edwards, during our last meeting, you stated that we are not opening chambers due to the possibility that we may not receive the $14 million dollars from the China Virus Relief fund.”
A suspected gas thief made a mess Wednesday while trying to steal fuel out of U-Haul trucks in Georgia. The suspect drilled holes into the gas tanks of several trucks, creating a fuel spill, the City of Griffin Police Department said, and firefighters spent the morning cleaning it up. The theft comes as the fuel supply in the Southeast is strained, following a cyberattack by a group of Russian criminals that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, an oil and gas artery responsible for supplying nearly half of the East Coast's fuel, McClatchy News reported.
Forty-eight people have been reported dead overnight in escalating violence between Gaza and Israel. Hamas launched volleys of rockets toward Tel Aviv, and Israel launched air strikes. A total of 48 people in Israel and Gaza have died in intense overnight hostilities that saw hundreds of air strikes and more than 1,000 rockets fired.
A federal advisory committee on Wednesday recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12-15 after reviewing clinical trial data that shows the shot is safe and effective in adolescents. Now, the only step left before states have the formal green light to open up vaccinations to millions of teens as early as Thursday is approval from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, which officials expect will come soon, several news outlets reported.
More than 120 retired US military leaders have signed an open letter appearing to advance a false conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was rigged and questioning President Joe Biden's mental capacity to serve. "Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the 'will of the people' our Constitutional Republic is lost," said the letter released Tuesday by "Flag Officers 4 America," and signed by 124 former admirals and generals. "The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020."
During a press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reacted to the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney from her GOP leadership position for speaking out against former President Donald Trump. Psaki called the action “disturbing” without specifically naming Cheney.
A man accused of opening fire at Times Square in New York City and injuring three people, including a 4-year-old girl, was arrested Wednesday in Florida after a four-day manhunt. Farrakhan Muhammad, 31, opened fire at the tourism attraction in the heart of Manhattan during a dispute with his brother, the New York Police Department announced at a mid-day news conference. It's a daytime shooting, Times Square, thousands of hours of video cameras to be viewed, witnesses to be interviewed, the eyes of the world were on them, they were watching.
More than 100 Republicans say they will leave their party and form a new one if it doesn't split from former President Donald Trump. The group, which includes former governors and lawmakers, plans to release a letter outlining the threat on Thursday. The preamble to the statement, published by The New York Times, says: "When in our democratic republic, forces of conspiracy, division, and despotism arise, it is the patriotic duty of citizens to act collectively in defense of liberty and justice."
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”