By unanimous consent, the Senate approved legislation designating June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.Passage all but assured in the House »
One after another, some of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives took to the stage at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to denounce Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to President Biden, and to air other pandemic-related grievances. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was introducing a bill to reduce Fauci's salary to $0 and have him account for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, led the attacks.
Two Fort Hood soldiers were caught smuggling undocumented immigrants in South Texas, according to the Department of Justice. The active duty soldiers were in their Army uniforms and acting like they were on official business when they pulled up to a Hebbronville Border Patrol checkpoint Sunday morning. Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, told officers that he and his fellow soldier, Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, were on their way to San Antonio from Zapata, Mexico, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
China flew a record 28 fighter jets toward the self-ruled island of Taiwan on Tuesday, the island's defense ministry said, the largest such display of force since Beijing began sending planes on a near daily basis last year. Taiwan's air force deployed its combat air patrol forces in response and monitored the situation in the southwestern part of the island's air defense identification zone with its air defense systems, the Ministry of National Defense said. The planes included various types of fighter jets including 14 J-16 and six J-11 planes, as well as bombers, the ministry said.
The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, an influential court that has been a springboard for future Supreme Court justices. Jackson is widely seen as President Biden's top candidate for the Supreme Court, especially given his campaign pledge to make history and nominate the first Black woman when a vacancy arises. The Senate vote was 53-44, with Republican Sens.
Israel scrapped rules on wearing face masks indoors on Tuesday, having abandoned its domestic vaccine passes, as the coronavirus infection rate fell to single digits. As Britain's hopes of a Covid "Freedom Day" were dashed this week, a very different picture has emerged in Israel, where citizens no longer need to face masks in closed spaces such as supermarkets and banks. The announcement came just four months after Israel set up the green pass system at the height of its vaccination drive, the fastest in the world.
A lawyer representing the family of Mallory Beach, the 19-year-old woman killed in a 2019 boat crash involving Paul Murdaugh, said Tuesday that police improperly tried to influence the original boat crash investigation. Mark Tinsley, an Allendale-based attorney for the Beach family, was responding to news that the S.C. Attorney General's Office planned to keep the investigation into the boat crash open. Murdaugh, who was shot to death last week, was indicted on boating under the influence charges in the crash that killed Beach.
China's government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. The operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor in Taishan, 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of Hong Kong. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gave no confirmation of a leak or other details.
Iranians elect a new president on Friday in a race dominated by hardline candidates close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with popular anger over economic hardship and curbs on freedoms set to keep many pro-reform Iranians at home. The front-runner in a carefully vetted field is Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judge seen by analysts and insiders as representing the security establishment at its most fearsome. But the authorities' hopes for a high turnout and a boost to their legitimacy may be disappointed, as official polls suggest only about 40% of over 59 million eligible Iranians will vote.
Vaccine passports on the NHS app will automatically include a user's "natural immunity" to Covid for six months after contracting the virus without the need for an antibody test under a new trial. The scheme will see 180-day natural immunity certificates issued to people taking part in the Government's latest large event trials who have tested positive for Covid this year, even if they have not had an antibody test. Officials hope the scheme could eventually expand the number of people who could use vaccine passports to prove their immunity if they are approved for domestic use in the UK.
Key West police officers did not violate an 8-year-old boy's civil rights when they tried to handcuff him at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher in 2018, a federal judge has ruled. The boy's mother, Bianca Digennaro, sued the Key West police officers and the city in August 2020 after her attorney, Benjamin Crump, posted a video of the boy's arrest on his Twitter account. “A mental health crisis at a school, and they feel it is appropriate to arrest, charge and have him become a convicted felon at eight years old,” Crump said after the lawsuit was filed last year.
The pilot of a Ryanair flight that was diverted to Belarus last month, leading to the arrest of a dissident Belarusian journalist, had no alternative but to land the plane in Minsk, the head of the budget airline said Tuesday. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary appeared before a British Parliament committee to give evidence on the May 23 diversion. The scheduled flight from Greece to Lithuania changed course and landed in Belarus' capital.
Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents that appear to hold the answer.
A 76-year-old man who had 39 wives and 94 children and was said to be the head of the world's largest family has died in north east India, the chief minister of his home state said. Ziona Chana, the head of a local Christian sect that allows polygamy, died on Sunday, Zoramthanga, the chief minister of Mizoram and who goes by one name, said in a tweet. With a total of 167 members, the family is the world's largest, according to local media, although this depends on whether you count the grandchildren, of whom Ziona has 33.
In the first public accounting of its kind in decades, an Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s, with some resurfacing in violent crimes. Government records covering the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force show pistols, machine guns, shotguns and automatic assault rifles have vanished from armories, supply warehouses, Navy warships and elsewhere. In one case, authorities linked an Army pistol stolen from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to four shootings in New York before it was recovered.
As a severe drought in California dries out lakes across the state, officials have found the remains of what they believe to be a 1960s plane crash. A underwater surveying company testing equipment in Folsom Lake near Sacramento found the fully intact plane in one of the lake's deepest points. The survey company, Seafloor Systems, first picked up the mysterious object on a sonar device.
If you thought climbing a tree to get away from bears was a good idea, a video posted Tuesday by Glacier National Park might change your mind. Tourist Anthony James captured on video what happens when a hungry grizzly and black bear meet. “Normally agreeable when food is abundant, grizzly and black bears run into one another more often when food is scarce — like early summer,” Glacier National Park officials said.
The death threats didn't keep former Venezuelan prosecutor Luis Sanchez from investigating government corruption, nor did a nearly successful assassination attempt against his supervisor working a multibillion-dollar embezzlement case. But these efforts came to a screeching halt when the main suspect was appointed attorney general of Nicolás Maduro's regime. Today, Sanchez, 34, father of a young boy and girl, nears the fourth anniversary of his arrest after the new attorney general accused him, ironically, of corruption.
Now, Naval Special Warfare Command leaders are trying to turn that around, developing programs to seek out recruits from more diverse regions of the country. We have been passive in the way that we recruit, We're SEAL Team. Come find us,” said Rear Adm. H. Wyman Howard III, top commander for Naval Special Warfare, in an interview with The Associated Press.
Jinguashi was the location of Kinkaseki camp, one of more than a dozen prisoner of war (POW) camps, where around 4,350 Allied soldiers were held captive during World War Two. Taiwan was a Japanese colony at the time and the soldiers - who were captured by the Japanese military between 1942 and 1945 - were forced to work in copper mines under appalling conditions. At the camps, they would be forced to clear massive stones from the valleys for the farming of sugar cane and dig up a man-made lake on a paltry diet of rice and watery vegetable soup.
A 63-year-old on day six of a private boating trip Monday went into the Colorado River and became unresponsive before dying. James Crocker, from Lakewood, Colorado, was on a private multi-day boating trip through the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service said. Park officials did not say what led to Crocker becoming unresponsive.
Police in Tennessee have charged a man accused of trying to sell a car with his girlfriend's body in the back seat. Pamela Paz, 44, was found dead in a “small parking area” under an overpass in Nashville on May 2 after a passerby reported seeing her lying in the lot, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Robert Johnson, 31, who police say was her boyfriend at the time, was wanted for questioning in the case and arrested May 6, according to police.
Trevor Reed got a long prison sentence over claims he drunkenly assaulted Moscow police officers. Joe Biden is expected to bring up Reed's case while meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. In an NBC News interview this week, Putin called Reed "just a drunk" who "got himself s---faced."
A French court has fined IKEA $1.21 million for spying on staff. The world's biggest furniture retailer was found guilty of improperly gathering and storing data on employees. Its French unit was accused of snooping on workers over several years.
A topsy-turvy cockpit video recorded aboard a U.S. Navy fighter jet is making a lot of people queasy on social media. The video, shared Saturday on Facebook, shows the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels practicing over central Wisconsin's La Crosse Regional Airport. It was recorded from the perspective of Lt. Cmdr. Jim Cox, and shows the team lifting off in a cramped formation that puts the Boeing F/A-18 Hornets within about 18 inches of each other at points.
“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.”