With only 11.8 million doses administered in the United States — less than 4% of the total — the "one and done" vaccine has fallen flat.Millions of doses at risk »
Weather forecasters are predicting that the third named storm of this year's nascent hurricane season will form later this week over the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the potential of flooding rains to the U.S. coastline. There is a 70 percent chance that the low pressure area and thunderstorms currently located in the Bay of Campeche in southern Mexico will strengthen into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said on its website. If so, the storm will be named Tropical Storm Claudette.
A 63-year-old southwest Missouri man pleaded guilty Thursday to threatening to assault U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and another member of Congress, according to court documents. Kenneth R. Hubert of Marionville pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield to two counts of threatening to assault a United States Official. The threats aimed at Cleaver came the day after a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol with the intent to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory.
For those fortunate enough to own a home in a Bahria Town development, the elite suburb promises to offer a respite from the clamour of life in much of Pakistan. Prospective residents from Karachi are lured with assurances that they can swap the blackouts, floods and rubbish heaps of the port metropolis for a luxury lifestyle in a manicured architectural fantasia. While Pakistan is often gripped by political and religious protests, the rich are rarely targeted - and the violent intrusion in Bahria Town has shaken elite Pakistani society beyond its gates.
For the second time this week, Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas facilities in Gaza, with military compounds and a launch site targeted late Thursday night. In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said the airstrikes were in response to incendiary balloons being launched from Gaza into Israel, where they started at least eight fires. On Wednesday, Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas compounds where militants met to plan attacks, the IDF said.
A high court in the US state of South Carolina has blocked two executions until the inmates are given the choice of death by electrocution or firing squad. A new law requires inmates on death row to decide between the two methods if lethal drugs are not available. But as prison authorities have not yet formed a firing squad, the executions have been halted by the supreme court.
A Tory MP is facing trial accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2008, it can now be revealed. Imran Ahmad Khan, 47, the Conservative MP for Wakefield, West Yorkshire, is alleged to have groped the teenager in Staffordshire. Mr Ahmad Khan, who was elected at the 2019 general election, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday by video-link from his lawyers' office.
Through a Facebook support group dedicated to Australians stuck in India, they were introduced to a couple - Linda and Joby - who were planning to move to Sydney themselves, and offered to accompany Johannah on the flight. "We got to know Linda over some weeks, and we trusted them," Drisya said, adding, "They both took care of my child, it was so nice of them, we would like to express our gratitude to them." Linda and Joby also accompanied a second child on the Qatar flight, who was about the same age as Johannah.
Italy's government is under huge pressure to staunch the arrivals of migrants from the coast of North Africa as the country recorded a nine-fold increase in the number of asylum seekers reaching its shores since 2019. Latest figures show the migration landscape shifting, with many more attempts to reach Spain and Italy than Greece, which has adopted hardline policies. On Friday, Greece's migration minister said the government had adopted the measures so “we don't send the wrong message of incentivising people to come”.
After more than 18 years in prison and two decades spent without being formally declared innocent of the charges against him, 72-year-old Charles Fain received a declaration of innocence from the state of Idaho last week and compensation on Thursday. “Today we say we're sorry as a society,” said Sen. Doug Ricks, R-Rexburg, at a press conference at the Statehouse on Thursday. Ricks and Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, sponsored the Idaho Wrongful Conviction Act, which Gov. Brad Little signed into law in March.
The bosses of Jet2, Easyjet and Manchester Airport have criticised the government for not putting the Balearic Islands, including Majorca, on the green travel list. The boss of Jet2 said he was "bewildered" over why they couldn't fly to those destinations. While UK travel is limited, Germans are flocking to popular holiday spots.
Prosecutors on Wednesday urged a judge to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
Good evening, that's all for today. Here's an evening roundup: Coronavirus cases kept rising, with the Office for National Statistics estimating that one in 520 people in private households in England now have Covid-19, but promising new Public Health England data shows a single dose of vaccine reduces the chance of catching Covid and needing hospital treatment by around 75 per cent Italy announced a five-day quarantine for travellers from the UK taking effect from Saturday amid concern at the spread of the Indian/Delta variant Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon imposed a Scot ban on non-essential travel from Monday to two more England hotspots for the variant, Manchester and Salford ...
A state park in northwest Florida on the Gulf was on high alert Thursday after a swimmer was bitten by a shark. According to a Tweet from South Walton Fire District, an emergency crew was summoned to Grayton Beach State Park in Seaside sometime in the afternoon after calls came in about the attack. SWFD responded to a report of a shark attack off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park Thursday afternoon.
The Los Feliz home where Charles Manson's followers savagely killed the LaBiancas has finally sold after spending months on the California real estate market. The house, which was owned by paranormal investigator Zak Bagans according to the New York Post, sold for a discounted $1.875 million. The two-bedroom home was the famous site where Manson instructed his “family” — a group of individuals radicalized by Manson's teachings – to murder Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, one night after they killed actor Sharon Tate and four others in August 1969.
Northland Pride, an organization that serves the LGBTQ community in Clay and Platte counties, issued a statement Thursday sharply condemning the comments of a North Kansas City council member who compared sexual orientation to pedophilia. The comments by Wes Graves, who represents the city's 1st Ward, came during a discussion Tuesday night about a Pride Month inclusion initiative. In his first meeting since being elected, Graves raised the lone voice of opposition to a proposal that would create an “NKC United” pledge.
More than 30 women are suing the company which owns the streaming site Pornhub, alleging exploitation over the use of explicit videos of them. The women say the videos were uploaded to Pornhub without their consent and have lodged a civil suit in California. The California lawsuit accuses Mindgeek of running a "criminal enterprise".
If Gov. Ron DeSantis really cared about the meth-addiction problem in Florida, he would not be looking for solutions among immigrants at the Texas or Arizona borders, where he has no jurisdiction to enforce immigration law or run drug stings. But demagogue DeSantis made another round of attention-grabbing headlines when he pledged to send local and state security forces to Texas and Arizona to help police the southern border. Never mind that everyone knows that immigration and border security are federal government issues.
After a year of nationwide protests against racial injustice, Black Horry County residents are making plans to celebrate freedom on June 19, a day that has been recently recognized as a national holiday. Juneteenth, the commemoration of the day the last enslaved people were freed, has gained more attention this year. Also called “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day,” the holiday celebrates June 19, 1865, the day when enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas found out they were free.
There have been few travel sectors worse hit by the coronavirus pandemic than the global cruise line industry. In 2019, it contributed more than $154bn (£110bn) to the global economy, says the trade body Cruise Lines International Association. Then we all went into lockdown last March, and the world's cruise ships were anchored up.
Everything you need to know about House Bill 3979 can be gleaned from the statement Gov. Greg Abbott issued at its signing. In one breath, he called the new law “a strong move to abolish critical race theory in Texas.” Abbott's clear equivocation about the law's utility is telling, about HB 3979 in particular and “anti-critical race theory” legislation in general.
Bin Laden, who has denounced the 9/11 attacks, came out last year as a Trump supporter. Osama bin Laden's niece waved a flag that said "Trump won" on a lake outside the villa where President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Wednesday.
Fully vaccinated, Kristinia Robinette understands that her risk of contracting COVID-19 is very low. Robinette is a nursing supervisor for the Lawrence County Health Department in Louisa, where 32% of county residents have chosen to get the vaccine, according to data from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. For nearly a year, masks were the most important tool people had to keep from catching and spreading coronavirus.
Ronald J. Ostrow, a soft-spoken but tenacious reporter who helped vault The Times into the first rank of Washington journalism during the Watergate scandal and won respect from leading Democrats and Republicans alike, died Monday at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 89 and had Parkinson's disease. During more than three decades covering the Justice Department and federal law enforcement agencies, Ostrow won the confidence of major officials — and minor figures too — thanks to his relentless accuracy, fairness and persistence. “He never pulled his punches,” U.S. Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland, who dealt with Ostrow as a mid-level Justice Department official during the Clinton administration, recalled in an email.
Another phrase that I have used is “a plant-based food intake.” If three quarters or more of a plate is beans, rice or vegetables with a smaller amount of fish, chicken or meat that would be a plant-based meal. Plant based is more than fruits and vegetables.
“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.”