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Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, responded to criticism from Republican lawmakers Wednesday that members of the military are taught critical race theory, the academic concept that racism is a systemic, social construct. In recent months, critical race theory has come under fire from conservatives who believe it should not be taught in public schools. Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Milley, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, said there was nothing wrong with learning from history.
Khashoggi's role in helping Nour outsmart the jailers of Tora Prison is told for the first time in “A Revolution Crushed,” Episode 4 in the latest season of Yahoo News' "Conspiracyland" podcast, “The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi. It is a story that illustrates the Saudi journalist's political transformation — and his penchant for inserting himself into the midst of events that rippled through the Middle East. Khashoggi had once been a friend of Osama bin Laden, championing his battles in Afghanistan against the Soviet occupiers.
John McAfee, the founder of antivirus software McAfee, reportedly died by suicide in his prison cell in Barcelona on Wednesday, after a Spanish court approved his extradition to the US on tax evasion charges. The 75-year-old British-American eccentric tech entrepreneur was arrested at Barcelona Airport in October last year for allegedly failing to pay taxes on years of income. According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, officers at Brians 2 prison found Mr McAfee dead shortly after the court decision and are investigating the cause.
President Biden's negotiators are moving toward renewing former President Obama's 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a deal renounced by former President Trump. If the Biden team succeeds, it will be the biggest foreign policy coup of the president's first year — as well as a massive political headache. Trump believed that by canceling the deal Obama had negotiated, he could force Iran to accept far tougher terms.
An influential firebrand cleric was sentenced to another four years in prison in Indonesia on Thursday for concealing information about his coronavirus test result. The three-judge panel at East Jakarta District Court, which was under heavy police and military guard, ruled that Rizieq Shihab had lied about his COVID-19 test result, which made contact tracing more difficult. Shihab has been detained since Dec. 13.
A 13-year-old girl reported Wednesday that she was sexually assaulted by a teen at an elementary school in far north Fort Worth, according to a Fort Worth police report. Fort Worth police are investigating the call. “There is an allegation of assault between two minors,” said Fort Worth Officer Tracy Carter, a police spokesman, in a Wednesday email.
The last time anyone saw two sisters, Destiny and Daysha Hogan, was less than a day before their young bodies were found in a Lauderhill canal. Lauderhill police named their mother, Tinessa Hogan, as a person of interest at a news conference Wednesday evening. Marie Williams, a neighbor, told the Miami Herald that on Monday she saw Hogan swimming in the same L-shaped canal the young sisters would be found in hours later.
A huge rescue operation is under way in Miami-Dade County, Florida, after a 12-storey building partially collapsed, killing at least one person. Images from Surfside, north of Miami Beach, show a huge pile of rubble hanging down one side of a residential apartment building. One woman died, at least eight people were injured and there are fears that others are trapped in the debris.
Missouri's voter-approved Medicaid expansion is unconstitutional because it infringes on lawmakers' authority over spending, a state judge ruled Wednesday in a decision that will be appealed. Gov. Mike Parson's administration isn't required to extend health coverage to roughly 275,000 low-income MIssourians, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem found in his decision. Expansion supporters had hoped he would order the state to implement the program beginning July 1, even though the Republican-controlled General Assembly refused to fund it.
A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to a church near the White House for a photo op.
Former President Donald Trump's one-time chief strategist Stephen Bannon believes the GOP has a chance to pick up 50 House seats in the 2022 mid-terms if they focus heavily on bashing critical race theory during campaigns, he told Politico. Bannon's confidence seems to stem in part from his belief that the backlash against the academic theory, which Politico notes "examines how race and racism permeates society," being taught in schools isn't growing only among, say, QAnon conspiracy theorists.
Two of Miami's top-ranked police officers — a couple with almost a half-century of combined law enforcement experience and personnel jackets brimming with commendations and promotions — were fired Tuesday for not being truthful about an accident involving a city-issued SUV, said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo. The termination of Deputy Police Chief Ronald Papier and his wife, Nerly Papier, a commander in Little Havana, came almost three months after Nerly Papier ran her SUV into a curb one morning on her way to police headquarters and blew two tires, an accident she claimed happened after steering quickly away from a car that had veered into her lane of traffic. Acevedo's final decision came after Internal Affairs investigators concluded Nerly Papier had left out important details about the accident, like pedestrians being on the sidewalk when the vehicle jumped the curb and her running at least two red lights while driving the vehicle to the office on its rims.
Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy paper Apple Daily has announced its closure, in a blow to media freedom in the city. The tabloid's offices were raided last week over allegations that several reports had breached a controversial national security law. Police detained the chief editor and five other executives, and company-linked assets were frozen.
Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race may have been watching and listening to humans on Earth, a new study has claimed. The findings state there are 29 planets which are “potentially habitable”, and therefore may harbour life, and that are close enough to our planet to have received human radio waves. The results do not prove aliens are spying on humans, or indeed that aliens exist at all, but researchers sought to find out if it was possible we were being watched by beings on another planet.
Florida congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted that the FBI should be defunded, then deleted it after one minute. A Gaetz spokesperson told Vice that the congressman had made and deleted a "jocular tweet." The FBI is currently investigating Gaetz to find out if he participated in sex trafficking.
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A mother dog sitting at an Oklahoma home was found dead in a garage Saturday after an apparent pit bull attack, police say. The Osage County Sheriff's Office said 28-year-old Rebecca McCurdy was house sitting and caring for dogs at the home west of Skiatook in northeastern Oklahoma, according to KTUL. The homeowner raises pit bulls to sell them and keeps them caged in the garage, the sheriff's office said in a statement to the Pawhuska Journal-Capital.
Immigration authorities in the United States have rescinded one of the policies implemented by the Trump administration that had one of the most profound negative impacts on legal immigrants with pending or upcoming applications. The 2018 policy had granted U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators broader authority to issue case denials over mistakes or missing documents without giving applicants the opportunity to fix them and provide additional documentation. It “resulted in USCIS denying certain benefit requestors an immigration benefit even though they would have demonstrated their eligibility if given the chance to provide additional evidence,” the Department of Homeland Security agency said in a policy alert issued earlier this month.
A girl in her teens was found dead in a secluded area of Texas county, but her name and cause of death remain of mystery, officials say. Her body was discovered Friday morning off a road in Wharton County, a rural county about 70 miles southwest of Houston. The girl, who was estimated to be 14 to 17 years old, had black or dark brown hair that was shoulder length.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to give police the automatic power to enter homes without a warrant when they're in "hot pursuit" for a misdemeanor crime, ruling against an officer who charged a man with DUI after slipping under his garage door. The case involved a California man whom a police officer attempted to pull over 100 feet from his driveway. "On many occasions, the officer will have good reason to enter – to prevent imminent harms of violence, destruction of evidence, or escape from the home," Associate Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court.
The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying Tuesday that U.S. expectations of talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.
A cell phone belonging to Maggie Murdaugh was found on the road outside the 1,700-acre Colleton County estate the day after she and her son Paul were slain, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Although Paul Murdaugh's cell phone was found near his body on the night of the killings June 7, investigators were unable to locate Maggie Murdaugh's cell phone that night, the sources said. It wasn't until the next day, Tuesday, June 8, that a family member using his cell phone's ability to “ping” Maggie Murdaugh's cell phone found the phone on his digital cell phone map, sources said.
But their outrageous behavior in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on our nation's Capitol by supporters of former President Trump cut straight through my filters and forced me to confront their words. With Harris, it was his refusal to vote in favor of awarding medals to police officers who defended the Capitol because the proposed legislation used the word “insurrection” to describe the attack. With Carlson, it was his unsupported allegation that members of the FBI were involved in organizing the attack.
On Wednesday Secretary Yellen asked Congress to extend a July deadline to pay back some of the federal debt. Without an extension, she warned of a "catastrophic" default that could hurt economic recovery. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged Congress on Wednesday to extend a July 31 deadline to pay down a portion of the federal government's $28 trillion in debt to investors and foreign governments.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”