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Five people were killed, including a sheriff's deputy, in the wake of a domestic violence call and standoff that turned deadly in rural Southern California, authorities said on Monday. An armed man who was the target a restraining order showed up at a home in Wasco, outside of Bakersfield and about 140 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, on Sunday afternoon, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters. After a 911 call was made and shots heard, Deputies Phillip Campas, 35, and Dizander Guerrero approached and were shot, Youngblood said.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would "absolutely" grant interviews only to journalists of color again after she drew waves of backlash earlier in the year when she announced the policy. "I would absolutely do it again. I'm unapologetic about it because it spurred a very important conversation, a conversation that needed to happen, that should have happened a long time ago," the Democrat said on a segment of the New York Times's podcast Sway, released on Monday.
The good news is that Sarah Huckabee Sanders has come out firmly in favor of COVID-19 vaccines. Huckabee, who served as Donald Trump's White House spokesperson and is now running for governor of Arkansas, urged the state's residents to get vaccinated in a Sunday op-ed for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Along the way, she attacked snooty liberal leaders and institutions like President Biden and The New York Times for planting the seeds of vaccine hesitancy.
The final victim of the condo building collapse in Florida has been identified, a relative said Monday, more than a month after the middle-of-the-night catastrophe that ultimately claimed 98 lives. Estelle Hedaya, an outgoing 54-year-old with a love of travel, was the last victim identified, ending what her relatives described as a torturous four-week wait. Her younger brother, Ikey Hedaya, confirmed the identification to The Associated Press.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all government employees and healthcare workers will have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly as infections due to the delta variant climb. California “will have the strongest state vaccine verification system in the U.S.,” Newsom said on Monday. Government employees may be required to comply as soon as next week, while healthcare workers in private and public hospital systems will have until late August to get the shots if they so choose.
Covid cases have fallen for a sixth day in a row, despite scientists previously predicting that the number of infections could rise to a peak of up to 250,000. The daily reported infections for Monday were just 24,940, a drop of 14 per cent since Sunday and down 15,000 cases since the same time last week. Figures suggest all regions are now seeing declines, with big decreases in previously high areas such as the north east of England, where daily cases have fallen by two thirds since the peak on July 15.
A gunman in Fort Worth, Texas, opened fire on a group of people, killing one person before being stoned to death. Just before 1 a.m. on Monday morning, a man opened fire at a crowd in Fort Worth's Como neighborhood, according to Fox 4. The gunman killed one individual and left two people in critical condition, with a third suffering from serious injuries from gunshots, according to the Star Telegram.
A strong, shallow underwater earthquake shook central Indonesia on Monday but no serious damage was immediately reported and no tsunami warning was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.2 quake was centered at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) about 98 kilometers (60 miles) west-northwest of Luwuk, a town in Central Sulawesi province. Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency official Taufan Maulana said the quake was felt in many parts of the province but there was no danger of a tsunami.
A mixed vaccination of first AstraZeneca and then a Pfizer COVID-19 shot boosted neutralizing antibody levels by six times compared with two AstraZeneca doses, a study from South Korea showed. The study involved 499 medical workers - 100 receiving mixed doses, 200 taking two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot and the remainder getting two AstraZeneca shots. All showed neutralizing antibodies, which prevent the virus from entering cells and replicating, and the result of the mixed schedule of vaccines showed similar amounts of neutralizing antibodies found from the group that received two Pfizer shots.
A consortium of Kansas City civil rights organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Kansas City Police Department, pointing to “disturbing patterns” of officer misconduct and violent policing that targets minorities. The civil rights groups are organized under the umbrella of The Urban Council, which includes the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City, More2, the Kansas City Black United Front and the NAACP's Kansas City branch. The leadership of that association will hold a news conference at 10 a.m.
Louisiana Rep. Clay Higgins has announced his second diagnosis with the coronavirus, revealing that this bout is more severe than his first. The Republican lawmaker from Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District wrote in a Sunday Facebook post that he, his wife, and son have all contracted the virus, though he noted that he and his wife had the “CCP biological attack weaponized virus” in January 2020 as well. I have COVID, Becca has COVID, my son has COVID.
(Reuters) -As scientists gather online to finalize a long-awaited update on global climate research, recent extreme weather events across the globe highlight the need for more research on how it will play out, especially locally. "Global warming was well projected, but now you see it with your own eyes," said Corinne Le Quere, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia. "It's not so much that climate change itself is proceeding faster than expected -- the warming is right in line with model predictions from decades ago," said climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University.
Kidnappers in Nigeria have seized a man who was sent to deliver a ransom payment to secure the release of dozens of abducted school children. The elderly man was sent by the children's parents after they managed to raise 30m naira ($73,000; £53,000) by selling land and other possessions. But they have been left feeling hopeless following his kidnapping.
Unless the nurse practitioner agreed to have one hour of sex with him two times a month for one full year, according to the woman's new federal lawsuit, Thompson would make sure her husband and other loved ones received tapes of her highly personal conversations with an unidentified third party. Thompson, a well-known surgeon at Wilkes Medical Center in North Wilkesboro, intimated that he had stalked the woman and used sophisticated video- and audio-recording devices to capture her private communications, the lawsuit claims. On June 11, it says, after threatening her marriage, her reputation and her job, the doctor was eager to initiate what he described as “physical alone time.
A man was hospitalized Monday morning after he and his brother attempted to track down a stolen vehicle and the alleged thief fired a weapon, according to Lexington police. Police were dispatched to the intersection of Alumni and Buckhorn drives around 1:30 a.m. Monday for a report of a collision with shots fired, Lt. Ronald Keaton said. The collision involved the stolen vehicle, Keaton said.
California's largest wildfire is growing this morning after destroying more than a dozen homes over the weekend. After nearly two weeks, the Dixie Fire north of Sacramento is still just 21% contained. It's one of more than 80 fires burning in 11 Western states -- forcing nearly 8,400 evacuations.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger “Pelosi Republicans,” a day after the House Speaker announced that Kinzinger had agreed to join the Jan. 6 panel on the assault on the Capitol. Cheney called McCarthy's remarks “childish.
Today is July 26, known in Cuba as “el 26 de Julio.” It's the day the Cuban government celebrates the birth of the 1959 Cuban revolution, the anniversary of Fidel Castro's 1953 failed attack on the Moncada Barracks, his first salvo against the government of President Fulgencio Batista. The Cuban government usually marks the anniversary with street rallies, speeches and celebrations.
At an Olympics aiming to set the highest level of television standards, the head of broadcasting at the Tokyo Games is trying to banish overly sexualized images of female athletes. “Sport appeal, not sex appeal” is one mantra Olympic officials push in an effort to reach gender equity on the field of play and on screen. “You will not see in our coverage some things that we have been seeing in the past, with details and close-up on parts of the body,” Olympic Broadcasting Services chief executive Yiannis Exarchos said Monday.
According to federal officials,After ranking in the top 10 among states in the early days of COVID vaccinations, Florida's vaccination rates have lagged and the state ranks just 22nd now as COVID surges. As of Friday, 67.1 percent of Floridians 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 57.9 percent of those 18 and over in the state have been fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times vaccination tracker. WHAT WE'RE WATCHING Miami-Dade steps up prevention: What's been the reaction from government officials?
Jen Psaki said the Biden administration didn't want to pick a fight with right-wing media. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the Biden administration didn't want to pick a fight with an outlet like Fox News after President Donald Trump made undermining the media a tenet of his politics.
A man has been arrested and charged after a video of a husky being abandoned by a road went viral. The video was filmed in Horizon City, east of El Paso and close to the Mexican border in southern Texas. Luis Antonio Campos, 68, was arrested on Friday under suspicion of animal cruelty.
Each compartment of the high-security naval base was obstructed by large doors to ensure maximum security. According to Discover Ukraine, the compartments were also blocked by gates made of steel and covered in a layer of concrete. According to Ukraine.com, the base was equipped with adequate ventilation, food, fuel supply, water, and electricity for the 1,500 military personnel at the base, as well as the inhabitants of Balaklava, should a nuclear attack occur.
Christie advised Trump to adjust his 2020 campaign message and focus on the future, per a new book. The former New Jersey governor encouraged Trump to conduct a 'thank you' tour of small businesses. Last summer, then-President Donald Trump was privately concerned about the state of the presidential race, fearing that the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the proliferation of mail-in balloting would threaten his reelection bid, according to a newly-released book by the Washington Post reporters Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
Donald Trump pleased thousands of his political supporters on Saturday night when he returned to Arizona for a rally, delivering a near two-hour speech focused on bashing the Democrats and stirring up trouble with the Taliban. Referring to the organisation's leader, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, the former US president appeared to forget his name – instead telling the 5,000-strong crowd he would just “call him Mohammed”. Mr Trump characteristically used the Turning Point Action gathering to blast the “disgraceful” 2020 election, repeating previous and already debunked claims about votes being “stolen” from him.
“[The program] stands likely to leave millions of families — disproportionately the poorest and most fragile ones — behind.”
“[Paying] families monthly, instead of one lump sum ... will provide parents with more stability knowing when cash is coming.”
“More parents will disappear from the workforce, and more children will be locked into dependency.”
“Poverty is a political choice, not an inevitability.”
“Time is running out. There are only six months until monthly payments of the credit cease."