The first federal ruling on vaccine mandates came in the case involving Houston Methodist, the first hospital system in the country that required all its employees get vaccinated.Decision could have a ripple effect »
Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday that the Justice Department will dramatically increase its focus on preventing voter suppression by doubling the number of lawyers in the civil rights division, in response to a rash of laws that have made it harder to vote in many states. “We will use all existing provisions ... to ensure that we protect every qualified American seeking to participate in our democracy,” Garland said in a speech Friday afternoon. Garland compared his action to that taken by former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who said that the Justice Department needed “a lot more lawyers” to combat laws in Southern states that were trying to make it harder for African Americans to exercise their right to vote.
Adult film star Dakota Skye was discovered dead in Los Angeles, a family member confirmed. Skye, whose real name was Lauren Scott, came from a family with a history of addiction, her aunt claimed in an interview. "She died almost exactly two years after her mother, my baby sister's, death which was caused by addiction and alcoholism," Linda Arden told The Sun. "Lauren was a product of a highly dysfunctional family involving drugs, alcohol, physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse," the aunt added.
One of Brazil's most wanted criminal suspects was killed in a police operation Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, police said. Wellington da Silva Braga, better known as Ecko, was believed to command so-called militia groups in more than 20 neighborhoods. The police communications office said a confrontation erupted when officers arrived at a house to try to arrest Braga.
Blimps of Joe Biden and Boris Johnson floated off the Cornish coast on Friday as hundreds of protesters targeted the G7 summit in southwest England to demand action on the climate, poverty and COVID-19. As leaders of some of the world's richest nations gather in picturesque Cornwall, so have dozens of campaign groups that want to court publicity for their causes and send a message to the Western political elite. Several hundred climate activists - some dressed as blackbirds as a symbol of warning and others banging drums - gathered in St Ives, just a stone's throw from the heavily guarded G7 summit venue at Carbis Bay, and marched along the beach.
At least 12 people were killed and 39 seriously injured Sunday after a gas line explosion tore through a residential neighborhood in central China. Responders to the early morning blast in the city of Shiyan in Hubei province sent more than 150 people to hospital, according to officials quoted by state media. Stall keepers and customers buying breakfast and fresh vegetables at a food market were the major victims when the explosion hit shortly after 6 a.m., according to the reports.
U.S. first lady Jill Biden revealed on Saturday she owned a white surfboard with a big butterfly on it as she met with a group of British military veterans and first responders who take to the sea to recover from the stresses of life. On a visit from the nearby Group of Seven summit taking place in Cornwall, southwest England, Biden introduced herself to the group by saying: "So, I'm Jill, nice to meet you." Biden was meeting the Bude Surf Veterans, volunteer providers of social support and surfing excursions for veterans, first responders and their families.
A suspect was in custody and another was being sought Saturday after an early morning mass shooting in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, Texas, police said. "We continue to work on this case and follow up on leads to apprehend the remaining suspect," the Austin Police Department said in a statement, adding that the U.S. Marshals helped with the arrest. Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon described the violence as historic.
According Hissrich, the car went 200 feet into the building. He told CBS News witnesses reported seeing the car traveling at high speeds before crashing.
MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Brazil President Bolsonaro fined for no mask during motorcycle rally — U.S. governors weigh ending emergency orders as virus cases wane — Aid groups appeal to G-7 for logistical support, cash to get shots into arms to limit variants, dent global pandemic — Moscow's mayor has ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hinted that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India.
Attorney General Merrick Garland is coming under increasingly intense criticism from progressives who say he is protecting former President Donald Trump. But it's not Trump who stands to be the primary beneficiary of Garland's shield; it's President Joe Biden. The points of tension are myriad, from backing the last administration's immigration and environmental policies to defending Trump in a defamation suit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who says Trump sexually assaulted her and later caused her harm by saying she lied about it.
Eight people died and three others were injured when a toxic chemical leaked Saturday at a plant in the southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang, authorities said. The leak happened as workers were unloading a shipment of methyl formate from a vehicle at a chemical handling facility. An investigation is underway, according to the China National Emergency Broadcasting.
(Reuters) -The U.S. Food & Drug Administration on Friday said Johnson & Johnson must throw away millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine that were manufactured at a problem-plagued Baltimore factory but also cleared millions for use. Without disclosing or confirming the number of vaccine doses, the FDA said in a news release that it had authorized two batches of the vaccine for use, that several other batches were not suitable for use and that others were being evaluated. The agency said it was not yet ready to authorize Emergent BioSolutions Inc's plant for manufacturing the J&J vaccine.
A mystery bidder paid $28 million for a seat on a spaceship with billionaire Jeff Bezos during a live auction on Saturday. It concluded a month-long bidding process for the sightseeing trip on Blue Origin's maiden voyage next month. Within four minutes of the opening of Saturday's live phone auction bids reached beyond $20 million.
A plane that crashed in 1965 and was never found may have been located in a California lake. Workers testing underwater surveying equipment found a plane in Folsom Lake, CNN reported. The wreckage of a small airplane was found deep underwater in a California lake as workers were testing surveying equipment, CNN reported.
Mall owner Washington Prime Group Inc is preparing to seek bankruptcy protection as soon as this week after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to temporarily close some of its roughly 100 shopping centers across the United States and businesses were unable to pay it rent, people familiar with the matter said. The Columbus, Ohio-based company, formed in 2014 following a spin-off from mall giant Simon Property Group Inc, owns properties that include open-air town centers and enclosed malls, with roughly a third concentrated in the Midwest. Its tenants include brand-name retailers pushed to the brink by the pandemic, such as J.C. Penney Co Inc, which filed for bankruptcy last year.
Boris Johnson was left infuriated on Saturday when Emmanuel Macron suggested in head-to-head G7 summit talks that Northern Ireland was not part of the UK. The Prime Minister attempted to explain his frustration with the Northern Ireland Protocol by asking Mr Macron what he would do if sausages from Toulouse could not be moved to Paris, according to a UK government source. The French president was said to have retorted by arguing that the comparison did not work because Paris and Toulouse were both part of the same country, incorrectly suggesting Northern Ireland is not within the UK.
Virgin Atlantic is exploring whether it could launch a flying taxi service as part of a partnership with Bristol-based Vertical Aerospace. The airline suggests electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL) could fly from towns to major airports. Vertical Aerospace is conducting test flights of its aircraft this year.
Vice President Kamala Harris dropped in at the Capitol Pride Walk And Rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The state of play: Harris and second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, joined the crowd, who welcomed them with cheers, according to press reports. The visit had not been on the vice president's public schedule.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that Trump is "extraordinary" and "talented." Putin added that he hopes that Biden is less "impulse-based" than Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped praise on former President Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Friday.
Cayley Mandadi, 19, a sophomore at Trinity University, was last seen alive at a San Antonio music festival with her boyfriend Mark Howerton, 22, on Oct. 29, 2017. Howerton told police that on the night of the concert the couple took party drugs and had consensual sex. At some point, Cayley stopped breathing.
A high school awarded white students top honors after two Black students were already chosen. Parents at a Mississippi school claimed it had miscalculated the criteria for valedictorian and salutatorian. Breaking with tradition, the school ended up naming two white students as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian.
A Texas man has been indicted for a hate crime and stands accused of harassing and assaulting an Asian family while vacationing in Florida, according to local authorities. Wade Ashton, 54, told the family to “go back to where they came from” as they pet his dogs on Okaloosa Island, which apparently upset Mr Ashton. An argument broke out between a woman and Mr Ashton.
Trump and Biden's first G7 'family photos' tell a very different diplomatic tale. In 2017, Trump made other world leaders wait for him as he took a golf cart to the photo location. In 2021's family photo, leaders are spaced apart likely due to social distancing for COVID-19.
Kevin Ware Jr., a former NFL tight end whose girlfriend, Taylor Pomaski, has been missing for nearly two months, was arrested at a Spring, Texas, strip mall on Friday after missing his bond supervision hearings in April and May. “There could be others that were around the house that night,” Eric Zuleger, a former boyfriend of Pomaski's for six years with whom she remained friends, told KPRC 2. Ware, who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Washington's NFL team, was first arrested on April 19 on drug and weapon charges, according to ABC 13.
Pending a Knesset vote, Naftali Bennett will become Israel's next prime minister. Israel's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, could soon be out of office after an unlikely coalition of eight opposition parties successfully reached a deal to form a new government. If the coalition is ratified in Israel's Knesset on Sunday afternoon, Netanyahu will be replaced as prime minister by his former Chief of Staff and the head of the right-wing Yamina party- Naftali Bennett.
“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.”