Medical experts, including the World Health Organization, warned against any overreaction before the variant that originated in southern Africa was better understood.Travel bans popping up in response »
U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on nations expected to meet at the World Trade Organization next week to agree to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines in the wake of the identification of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa. However, the meeting he was referring to was later postponed after the new variant led to travel restrictions that would have prevented many participants from reaching Geneva. "The news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations," Biden said in a statement.
The men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery are not the only ones facing prison time for the February 2020 murder. Former Georgia District Attorney Jackie Johnson was arrested for her role in delaying justice for the Black man, who was chased and killed while running through a mostly white neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia. According to a grand jury indictment, Johnson violated her oath by “showing favor and affection” to Gregory McMichael and “failing to treat Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity.”
Today I'm thankful to have ZERO Brandon voters in my family! she wrote. The “Brandon” dig references the anti-President Joe Biden phrase “Let's Go Brandon.
The World Health Organization has classified the new COVID-19 variant found in South Africa, 'Omicron'. As concerns grow about the 'highly transmissible' variant, the Canadian government has introduced travel restrictions and a ban on foreign nationals coming into the country from seven African countries. These five measures, which will be in place until Jan. 31, 2022, include: Banning the entry of foreign nationals into Canada who have travelled through seven Southern Africa countries in the last 14 days.
Hundreds of unopened FedEx packages were found in an Alabama ravine the day before Thanksgiving, according to the Blount County Sheriff's Office. How they got there remains a mystery, but FedEx was called to come get them, officials said in a Nov. 24 news release. The exact location was not revealed, officials said, but it was on private property.
A mom in Florida helped her son out in a pinch. In video shared to his social media earlier this week, Martin County snake wrangler who goes by the names Trapper Mike and Python Cowboy posted amazing content of his mother assisting him at work. The quick clip shows how they both were able to get a sizable python out from under a white sedan parked in a Florida home's garage.
But the murder convictions of the three white men who chased him may have been secured as much by their own words to investigators the day of the shooting. Greg McMichael, who was in the bed of a pickup truck when his son killed Arbery, told police the Black man "was trapped like a rat" and he told Arbery: "Stop, or I'll blow your f—ing head off! Statements like that allowed prosecutors to give context to the short video that didn't show the entire shooting and had little of the five minutes that the men chased Arbery.
Dave Chappelle visited his former high school earlier this week. A student in attendance said Chappelle's visit was "a grotesque display of ego and narcissism." A student who attended Dave Chappelle's recent appearance at the comedian's former high school said it was a "grotesque" display of "ego and narcissism."
What if we could travel at the speed of light? We're still a long way off, but tech used in spacecraft could one day let us travel from New York to Los Angeles in just one second. Light is the fastest thing that exists.
National Geographic magazine's famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday. The office of Premier Mario Draghi said Italy organized the evacuation of Sharbat Gulla after she asked to be helped to leave the country. The Italian government will now help to get her integrated into life in Italy, the statement said.
Former Fillmore Councilwoman Ari Larson died on Sept. 17 from a health condition that neither she nor her family knew about. Larson died from coronary artery disease, according to a Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office autopsy report. Undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes was a contributing factor to her death.
An Oakdale man died at home Wednesday night, hours after crashing his motorcycle in Modesto and being ejected into a canal, the California Highway Patrol reported. The collision happened about 6:50 p.m. on McGee Avenue south of Claribel Road, said CHP Modesto office spokesman Officer Tom Olsen. Joshua Corrigan, 42, was southbound on a straight stretch of McGee, riding his 2008 Yamaha.
China's Foreign Ministry said the U.S. should face up to its responsibility to restore the environmental damage it caused with its nuclear tests. It said China was willing to engage with the Marshall Islands and other Pacific island nations on the basis of mutual respect and cooperation under the “One China Principle,” in which Taiwan is viewed as part of China. We welcome efforts to boost economic relations and improve the quality of life between the sides,” the ministry said in a statement.
Conspiracy theory-endorsing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga. introduced a bill this week to award Kenosha, Wisconsin, vigilante gunman Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal. The extremist Republican was immediately reminded on Twitter of a similar bill she voted against earlier this year that was passed and awarded Congress's highest honor to the U.S. Capitol Police officers who risked their lives during the deadly Jan. 6 riot.
Local authorities had promised them paperwork, in the form of humanitarian visas, to settle in the country and work. But those haven't arrived. It's left many, like Cuban migrant Orney Perez, struggling to support themselves.
Three years later, Ray is fighting the Virginia Employment Commission in court as the agency tries to take the money back. It's a case that, as Ray's pro bono attorney sees it, illustrates the ethos of a radically dysfunctional agency. Like the teacher who doesn't like children and the librarian who doesn't like books, this is an agency that doesn't like the people that it's supposed to serve,” said Hugh O'Donnell, who has done decades of unemployment compensation work.
Having MEGASPIDER handed into the venom program is so amazing, in my 30+ years at the Park, I have never seen a funnel web spider this big! She is unusually large and if we can get the public to hand in more spiders like her, it will only result in more lives being saved due to the huge amount of venom they can produce. We are really keen to find out where she came from in hopes to find more MASSIVE spiders like her,” said Michael Tate, Education Officer of the Australian Reptile Park, in a press release.
Out came an unlikely pair: Laura Carroll, a petite 50-year-old elementary school vice principal and her 17-year-old daughter, Emily Grover, a popular local tennis star and “A” student at nearby Tate High School. The alleged cheat for glory could have ended with a slap on the wrist if it weren't for local parents' fears, investigators' ambitions and the pair's own stubbornness, according to hundreds of pages of court documents and interviews with people involved. To hear Grover's family, friends and teachers tell it, she was a beloved athlete who worked hard to overcome attention deficit disorder, only to become ensnared in a tech mix-up and made into a sacrificial lamb.
A newly released report from the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims claims the Iranian government deliberately did not close the airspace to civilian flights, using passenger flights to "shield against possible American attacks." At the highest levels of military alertness, the government of Iran used passenger flights as human shield against possible American attacks, by deliberately not closing the airspace to civilian flights. Report by Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims On Jan. 8, 2020, 176 people on board the Ukrainian Airlines flight, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents, were killed when the plane was shot down by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Gua...
UPDATED: The U.S. restricted travel from eight African countries on Friday amid growing concern about a new variant of Covid-19, suspected of being more transmissible. The countries are South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mazambique and Malawi, according to the Washington Post. The new variant was first identified in South Africa.
President Joe Biden will eat his Thanksgiving feast amongst family at the Nantucket mansion of private equity billionaire David Rubenstein, a move that Republicans are critiquing as out of touch as American consumers face an all-time-high bill for their own dinners due to rampant inflation. The White House confirmed Tuesday night that Biden and his family would spend the long weekend at Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein's $30 million property. Rubenstein, who is worth $4.5 billion, will be traveling abroad and will not be at the dinner, according to his spokesperson.
Charles Moose, the former Montgomery County Police Chief who led the investigation into the 2002 sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C. area, has died. He was 68.
Anyone who's a serious fan of Sonic, or of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is probably aware of the 1993 event in which a Sonic the Hedgehog float became caught in high winds, struck a lamppost and injured two people. For over two decades, any report of the crash would show either photographs of the deflated Sonic float lying on the ground, or file footage of it during testing. Earlier this week, ABC7NY shared some archive footage of the 1997 Macy's Parade, in which a Cat in the Hat float injured four onlookers.
A Hawaiian TikToker shared a viral video of tourists appearing to climb the Haiku Stairs in Oahu. Camille Leihulu criticized the video and said, "Outsiders get to blatantly ignore laws." The Hawaiian TikToker Camille Leihulu went viral when she criticized a travel TikToker whose video appears to show her climbing a forbidden hiking trail in Oahu.
Italy has given safe haven to Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed "Afghan Girl" whose 1985 photo in National Geographic became a symbol of her country's wars, Prime Minister Mario Draghi's office said on Thursday. The government intervened after Gula asked for help to leave Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country in August, a statement said, adding that her arrival was part of a broader programme to evacuate and integrate Afghan citizens. U.S. photographer Steve McCurry took the picture of Gula when she was a youngster, living in a refugee camp on the Pakistan-Afghan border.
“I know it doesn’t feel like it, but inflation is both a feature and a bug of a normalizing economy.”
“What is not going to work, and hasn’t worked, is trying to talk people out of the lived reality of higher prices.”
“When inflation expectations rise, actual inflation tends to follow.”
“The Fed must acknowledge that its monetary policy has been a source of inflation, and that it will need to raise interest rates.”
“The supply chain logjams are the core of the problem right now, and that should work itself out over time.”