The American Museum of Natural History’s sculpture of the president, flanked by a Native American man and an African man, will be sent to an institution dedicated to his life.The vote follows years of protest »
The result of the New York City mayoral primary will not be known for another week or two, but as expected, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is currently in the lead. Given the city's strong Democratic tilt, Adams will be the overwhelming favorite to win the general election later this year, should he emerge victorious from the primary. For Tuesday's primaries, the city adopted ranked-choice voting for the first time in its history, a reform that is gaining support around the country among those who want to encourage moderation and bipartisanship in politics.
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.
The Rev. William Barber of North Carolina was arrested Wednesday with more than 20 others for obstructing traffic in front of the Hart Senate Building during a protest in Washington. Barber and supporters of his National Poor People's Campaign, who protest state and national policies they say are racist or disproportionately affect poor people and those of color, were in Washington for a “Moral March on Manchin and McConnell.” The event was part of a year-long effort planned by the Poor People's Campaign.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has used the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union to lash out at Nato's expansion in Europe in a clear message to Ukraine. The Russian leader, in an opinion piece published by Germany's Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, exactly 80 years after Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union, criticised the expansion of Nato as threatening Russia's security and fostering “Cold War-era dividing lines” in Europe. Moscow has been rattled by the fact that former Soviet allies such as Poland and even ex-Soviet republics including Latvia have become members of the Euro-Atlantic military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union.
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Republicans in Michigan have found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state, and they're urging the public not to listen to "demonstrably false theories" suggesting otherwise. The Republican-led Senate Oversight Committee in Michigan spent months investigating the 2020 election in the state, and a 35-page report prepared by Sen. Ed McBroom said that while there are some "glaring issues" with the state's election law, "there is no evidence presented at this time to prove either significant acts of fraud or that an organized, wide-scale effort to commit fraudulent activity was perpetrated in order to subvert the will of Michigan voters," Bridge Michigan reports. Michigan was one of the states that President Biden won in 2020 after former President Donald Trump previously won it in 2016, but Trump since November has continued to push baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud and refused to concede the election.
An Indiana woman on Wednesday became the first defendant to be sentenced in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and avoided time behind bars. Meanwhile, a member of the Oath Keepers extremist group pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, in a major step forward for the massive investigation.
Two young men and a woman, suspected of an armed robbery outside a Hialeah hotel, led police officers on a dramatic car chase that wound up in Broward County. Their silver Mercedes-Benz was eventually stopped in Hollywood, the three were taken into custody and the case might have remained largely anonymous, except for one thing. The backseat passenger, an 18-year-old named Gabriel Rodriguez, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the neck — presumably from a police bullet.
It accused the hospital and the provincial health authorities of trying to cover up medical negligence. "These allegations are false, unsubstantiated and only serve to tarnish the good reputation of Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the Gauteng Provincial Government," the latest statement said. Legal action would be taken against the editor-in-chief of Pretoria News, Piet Rampedi, and IOL, it said.
A fine has been issued four months after officials said a man punched a Southwest Airlines worker as he was being kicked off his flight over a face mask. The man, whom the Federal Aviation Administration did not name, was fined $21,000 following the alleged assault at a Dallas airport. The FAA said the man refused to wear his face mask before and after boarding the Southwest plane on Feb. 22.
People keep spotting illegal drugs washed ashore in the Florida Keys or floating in the waters surrounding the island chain. This time, it's 2.3 pounds of cocaine, or a little more than a kilogram, found Tuesday inside Bahia Honda State Park between mile markers 36 and 37, said U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Adam Hoffner. Hoffner said he didn't have an estimated dollar amount for the cocaine because the case is still being processed.
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.
A bipartisan group of senators said they have reached an agreement in principle with the White House on a $1.25 trillion infrastructure plan, breaking a weeks-long logjam on a sweeping deal to modernize America's deteriorating transportation systems such as rail, bridges and waterways. The agreement was hammered out behind closed doors in the U.S. Capitol with top White House aides in negotiations that lasted into Wednesday evening. "We've agreed on a framework and we're headed to the White House tomorrow," Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters while departing the Capitol after two meetings that lasted several hours.
The prospect of COVID-19 booster shots have been looming since even before any vaccines were granted approval late last year. Most scientists believe boosters will be necessary at some point, though it's not clear when, but they also may want to make sure those bonus shots aren't needed all that often in the long run, Katherine Wu reported for The Atlantic on Wednesday. "Boosting in perpetuity isn't an ideal option, if we can avoid it," Wu wrote.
An electronic road sign on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami-Dade County went beyond traffic warnings this week. Drivers on State Road 836 saw this flashing message: “Arrest Fauci.” Miami-Dade's Expressway Authority said the electronic sign was hacked early Tuesday, and directed other questions to the Florida Department of Transportation, the agency running the sign because of nearby construction.
In a fit of romantic rage, a 20-year-old woman in Louisiana allegedly recruited a squad of teenage boys to murder her ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. Mykia Tyson is said to have driven the four boys she enlisted to the new boyfriend's house in Lacombe, Louisiana in early June, but when the proposed hitmen arrived, the teenager meant to shoot the boyfriend bailed on the murder plot. At the last second, 19-year-old Delester Magee intentionally missed the target, firing shots into the side of the home instead, authorities said.
President Biden will move immediately to replace the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Mark Calabria, an appointee of former President Trump with broad powers over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Supreme Court opened the door for Calabria's removal with a Wednesday ruling that made clear the president had the authority to oust the regulator. A White House official responded by saying Biden would start the process of inserting an FHFA director who supports the administration's priorities on housing policy.
As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Missouri is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the country: It is seeing an alarming rise in cases because of a combination of the fast-spreading delta variant and stubborn resistance among many people to getting vaccinated. The hope among some health leaders is that the rest of the U.S. might at least learn something from Missouri's plight. “If people elsewhere in the country are looking to us and saying, 'No thanks' and they are getting vaccinated, that is good,” said Erik Frederick, chief administrative officer at Mercy Hospital Springfield, which has been inundated with COVID-19 patients as the variant first identified in India rips through the largely non-immunized community.
When loud blasts and construction noises were heard at Number One Observatory Circle in 2002, neighbors complained and received letters that read, "Due to its sensitive nature in support of national security and homeland defense, project specific information is classified and cannot be released." The letter sparked rumors that a secure bunker was being built after the attacks of September 11, 2001. A spokesperson for the US Navy told the BBC in 2002 that the construction was "an infrastructure and utility upgrade."
An Instagram post uploaded after John McAfee's death was announced Wednesday appeared to be a shoutout to the QAnon conspiracy theory, turning the apparent suicide in prison of a notorious software impresario into a surreal moment while sparking a frenzy of baseless speculation. It came after McAfee was found dead of what Spanish authorities believe to be suicide in a prison cell earlier the same day. The post was not the first time someone besides McAfee appeared to post to his Instagram.
Former President Donald Trump's initial response to the nascent COVID-19 pandemic was to mask the number of cases and, relatedly, keep infected people off U.S. soil, according to a new book, , by Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta. Trump berated public health officials — and, unintentionally, his son-in-law and shadow coronavirus task force head, Jared Kushner — for trying to roll out a national testing strategy, the Post reports, citing an advance copy of the book, and he had some pretty radical ideas for how to handle Americans infected with the virus overseas. "Don't we have an island that we own?" Trump asked advisers in the Situation Room in February 2020, Abutaleb and Paletta report.
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.
In recent months, local media and public security bureaus across China have reported a surge of mostly men targeting women in romance scams using Study Xi, Strong Nation, an app created by the Communist Party's propaganda department in 2019 to promote study of "Xi Jinping Thought." The scammers duped victims by claiming their official positions prevented them from using social media or normal dating apps. Instead, they chatted daily on Study Xi, Strong Nation, where many civil servants, teachers, employees of state-owned companies and bureaucrats have been required to score points by studying "Xi Jinping Thought."
A man rammed two people with his pickup truck, killing one, attacked other people with a crowbar and pulled a gun before he was shot Monday in a Sacramento-area suburb, authorities said.
“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.”