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PATTAYA, Thailand (Reuters) - Filipina Fuschia Anne Ravena was crowned Miss International Queen 2022 on Saturday at a contest in Thailand billed as the world's largest and most popular transgender pageant. "My first message to everyone is to spread love and peace and unity because that is the most important thing that we do as of the moment and what's happening in the world right now," said Ravena who wore a glittery-silver evening gown. The pageant, which was halted for almost two years because of the pandemic, resumed in the Thai seaside town of Pattaya during Pride Month to also celebrate gender equality, said Alisa Phanthusak, the CEO of Miss Tiffany Show, the organiser.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed 35 bills on Friday, including a law allowing local governments to ban smoking on beaches and in parks, and vetoed five, including legislation that would have made it easier for businesses to sue local governments over ordinances. Here's a look at what some of the new laws will do: — Require the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to issue, replace, or renew an identification card at no charge to anyone with a valid Florida voter registration card and who is experiencing financial hardship. It also will allow people 80 and older to have an identification card issued if they lose driving privileges due to a failed vision test.
The military autopsy of Navy SEAL candidate Kyle Mullen, a Manalapan resident who died hours after completing the grueling portion of SEAL training known as “Hell Week” in early February, revealed the cause of death as pneumonia and indicated that the 24-year-old went untreated until it was too late. Regina Mullen, Kyle's mother, received the report last week and shared its contents with the Asbury Park Press. Written by U.S. Army Regional Medical Examiner Wendy Warren and dated May 2, the report painted a grim picture of Mullen's final moments.
Before he became a leading voice for conservative causes on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator James Lankford spent more than a decade as the director of youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, a sprawling campground about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City that attracts more than 50,000 campers in grades six through 12 each year. In 2009, while Lankford worked at the camp, the family of a 13-year-old girl sued a 15-year-old boy who was alleged to have had sex with her at the camp. Lankford, who was not in Congress at the time, is not alleged to have had any direct knowledge of the alleged assault, has not been accused of any wrongdoing and was not a defendant in the lawsuit, which was settled for an undisclosed amount before it was scheduled to go to trial.
Thomas in a new book said that Americans have seemingly "lost interest" in constitutional matters. Thomas said Scalia shared similar sentiments with him about the lack of urgency in protecting liberties. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in a new book expressed "disappointment" that more Americans aren't more attuned to the Constitution and remaining vigilant about the protection of liberties.
Ukrainian women are selling their nudes online to raise money for their country's troops. The project, named "TerOnlyFans," has already raised more than $700,000 since March. Its founder, Nastassia Nasko, told Insider she feels proud to have found a unique way to help Ukraine.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -South African authorities are investigating the deaths of at least 22 young people found inside a popular tavern in the coastal town of East London, provincial health officials and the presidency said on Sunday. State broadcaster SABC reported the deaths resulted from a possible stampede, but was scant on details as the exact cause of death remained unknown. The bodies will be transported to state mortuaries where relatives are expected to help identify both male and female victims, said Siyanda Manana, a spokesperson for the Eastern Cape provincial health department.
"In the months following Eden's diagnosis, my husband and I practice scenarios in which our children advocate for their safety, their health and each other," the author writes. My daughter, Eden, will soon be diagnosed with a disease we had no idea she had. The camp nurse doesn't sound alarmed when she calls days earlier to tell me Eden has eaten very little.
Within months of getting the car, her son, who has autism, was stopped twice by police in their South Texas town because Carvana (ticker: CVNA), the company that sold the car to Burton, hadn't registered the vehicle in her name, she says. It wasn't until almost six months later that Burton learned the reason for the registration delay: Carvana couldn't transfer the car's ownership to her because the company—officially, at least—hadn't owned the car. Problems with the paperwork from Carvana's earlier purchase of the car for resale were keeping it from getting official ownership, or title, to the vehicle, a Carvana customer-service agent explained in a tense phone call late last year that Burton, of Corpus Christi, recorded.
But Trump-aligned Republicans hostile toward the Utah senator have made his name a recurring theme in this year's primaries, using him as a foil and derisively branding their rivals “Mitt Romney Republicans." Republicans have used the concept to frame their primary opponents as enemies of the Trump-era GOP in southeast Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The anti-tax group Club For Growth, among the most active super PACs in this year's primaries, used “Mitt Romney Republican” as the central premise of an attack ad in North Carolina's Senate primary.
Bailey has upended carefully laid $50 million plans by Illinois Republican leaders to nominate Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, a moderate suburbanite with an inspiring personal story who they believed could win back the governor's mansion in Springfield in what is widely forecast to be a winning year for Republicans. Bailey has been aided by an unprecedented intervention from Pritzker and the Pritzker-funded Democratic Governors Association, which have spent nearly $35 million combined attacking Irvin while trying to lift Bailey. No candidate for any office is believed to have ever spent more to meddle in another party's primary.
The historic news prompted abortion-rights activists to immediately gather outside the Supreme Court and throughout the nation.
Anti-abortion activists should be concerned with other issues that can threaten life, such as easy access to guns, poverty and rising maternity mortality rates, the Vatican's editorial director said on Saturday. In a media editorial on the United States Supreme Court's ruling to end the constitutional right to abortion, Andrea Tornielli said those who oppose abortion could not pick and choose pro-life issues. "Being for life, always, for example, means being concerned if the mortality rates of women due to motherhood increase," he wrote.
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An Asian U.S. Navy veteran who lost consciousness after being sucker-punched in Los Angeles' Koreatown on Tuesday will press charges if his assailant is caught, NextShark has learned. The 32-year-old victim, who asked to be identified as Leo, was playing on his phone while waiting for a bus near a Chipotle in Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue at around 1:45 p.m. when “this Black man with anger issues sucker-punched me,” he recalled in an Instagram post. Security footage seen by NextShark shows the moment the assailant struck Leo, who quickly hit the ground on his back.
Chevron Corp is planning to relocate its global headquarters to a new leased space in California and sell its existing head office in the state, a company spokesperson told Reuters on Friday. "The current real estate market provides the opportunity to right-size our office space to meet the requirements of our headquarters-based employee population," the company said in an email. Chevron is expected to shift its headquarters to the new site during the third quarter of 2023.
Actor Samuel Jackson slammed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as “Uncle Clarence” for jeopardizing the legal right to interracial marriage with the court's decision Friday to overturn of Roe v. Wade. The same rationale the conservative court employed to reverse the 1973 decision on abortion rights could now be used to eliminate the right to same-sex marriage, contraception and interracial marriage, which was protected in the 1967 Loving v. Virginia ruling, lawmakers and scholars fear. Jackson bashed Thomas as “Uncle Clarence” in a Friday night tweet, referring to the excessively servile Black character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's pre-Civil War novel “Uncle Tom's Cabin.”
A Louisiana woman's account of receiving a citation at a music festival has gone viral. Casey Lacaze-Lachney, known on TikTok by her username @kazzi112, attended a festival on June 11 in Winnfield, Louisiana, where she said she was cited for indecent exposure. In her TikTok post about the incident, LaCaze-Lachney is shown wearing a black t-shirt that covered her shoulders and was cropped just above the belly button, paired with cutoff denim shorts and a studded belt.
LONDON (Reuters) -Vladimir Putin will visit two small former Soviet states in central Asia this week, Russian state television reported on Sunday, in what would be the Russian leader's first known trip abroad since ordering the invasion of Ukraine. Russia's Feb. 24 invasion has killed thousands of people, displaced millions more and led to severe financial sanctions from the West, which Putin says are a reason to build stronger trade ties with other powers such as China, India and Iran. Pavel Zarubin, the Kremlin correspondent of the Rossiya 1 state television station, said Putin would visit Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and then meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo for talks in Moscow.
Stacey Abrams said in a CNN interview that she had changed her perspective on abortion rights. The Georgia gubernatorial candidate was raised in a religious household and grew up being anti-abortion. Georgia Democratic nominee for governor Stacey Abrams explained in a Friday interview with CNN how her perspective on abortion rights has evolved over the years and how she came to support the right to abortion services after being raised in a religious household.
“Permit's name: CAPITOL PAVING OF D.C., INC,” read one sign noting that parking near the construction site would be prohibited till the end of the month. As of Saturday afternoon, a crew of construction workers had covered the bricks with tarps and began pouring concrete in the back alley. Construction workers also told The Daily Beast that police contacted them and mandated that they cover the bricks.
A U.S. Army private from Kentucky pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he plotted to murder members of his unit in an attack that he planned to carry out in 2020 on behalf of a group that promotes extreme violence to bring about the demise of Western civilization, authorities said. Ethan Phelan Melzer, 24, of Louisville, Kentucky, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court. Sentencing was set for Jan. 6, when he could face up to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to murder U.S. military service members, seeking to support terrorists and illegally transmitting national defense information.
We did a lot of due diligence with the property, including making sure we could build the house we wanted on the land and that we could live with the HOA rules. And we made sure it was affordable since we didn't want to take out a mortgage, because we wouldn't actually start building right away and we didn't want to make payments on an empty plot of land. But, unfortunately, we made one big mistake -- and it was a costly one.
STORY: Thousands of people used to attend Pride marches on Istanbul's main Istiklal Avenue but in recent years the government led by President Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party has toughened its stance on LGBTQ+ freedom. Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, but hostility to it is widespread and the police crackdown on the parades have been increasingly tougher over the years. On Sunday, police in riot gear prevented access to Taksim Square and blockaded many streets in the nearby Cihangir neighborhood, where people tried convene.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -China's military said on Saturday that the recent fly through of a U.S. maritime plane through the Taiwan Strait deliberately disrupted the regional situation and endangered peace and stability. Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army, said in a statement that the military had organised air and ground forces to monitor the U.S. aircraft's operation, which had taken place on Friday. The Taiwan Strait has been a frequent source of military tension since the defeated Republic of China government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war with the communists, who established the People's Republic of China.
“More than half of mass shooters exhibited clear warning signs before committing their crimes, which makes such laws worthwhile.”
“It’s very difficult to determine if a person with no obvious criminal or mental illness history poses such a threat.”
“We will not end mass shootings, but smart public policy can reduce them.”
"A wider net is bound to ensnare many people who do not actually pose a threat.”
“They may also further dissuade gun owners from seeking mental health treatment if they fear their guns could be seized.”