Florida leads the nation in new cases, recording more this week than California, Texas, New York and Illinois combined. The unvaccinated make up nearly all of the hospitalized and the dead.'This mess is crazy' »
President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally on Friday that was impossible last year because of the pandemic, speaking before nearly 3,000 people in support of a fellow moderate Democrat whose race for Virginia governor could serve as a test of Biden's own strength and coattails. Biden motorcaded across the Potomac River to back Terry McAuliffe, a former governor looking for a second term whose centrist leanings in many ways mirror those of the president. The race is seen as an early measure of voters' judgment on Democratic control of all branches of the federal government.
The leader of the New York State Assembly's impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning of "severe repercussions" after a senior aide to the governor tweeted alleged "attempts to demean the Attorney General." A tweet from senior Cuomo aide Richard Azzopardi discussing Attorney General Letitia James's potential political ambitions served "to undermine [her] investigation [into Cuomo] and send profoundly negative signals to witnesses," according to a Wednesday letter from Charles Lavine, the chairman of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee, which was addressed to top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa.
A man in central China was rescued after spending three days trapped in a flooded underground garage following torrential rains, while at least four bodies were found after a traffic tunnel was drained, a news report said Saturday. The death toll rose to 58 after record rains hit the major city of Zhengzhou on Tuesday, state TV reported, citing Li Changxun, deputy director of Henan Provincial Emergency Management Department. The rains flooded a Zhengzhou subway tunnel where at least 12 people died, knocked out power to a hospital and other buildings and left streets filled with mud.
Tucker Carlson found himself in a pretty kettle of fish after he was confronted by a customer at a fly fishing store. The customer, Dan Bailey, posted a video to Instagram on Friday that showed him confronting the Fox News personality, whom he termed as "the worst human being." "Settle down, son," Carlson, who was laughing throughout Bailey's comments, responded.
Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019, blasted the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) latest attempt at modeling the trajectory of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the United States. The wide dispersion in models forecasting the Delta wave, released by CDC, are deeply disappointing and not actionable,” he said, noting that the CDC seemed to have no ideas as to whether we should expect case numbers to spike or come back down over the coming month. For the week ending August 14, CDC estimates there will be either an average of 10K infections a day, or more than 100K. Either the infection wave will be largely subsiding, or will be raging out of control.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill preventing police from sharing mugshots on social media of individuals accused of non-violent crimes. The bill's sponsor said he hoped the legislation helps to tackle "unconscious bias," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Under the law, police can still share photos of individuals they believe are dangerous who those who are accused of violent crimes.
Palestinian health officials on Friday said a 17-year-old youth was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a clash in the occupied West Bank. The shooting occurred in Nebi Saleh, a village where residents have held numerous demonstrations over the years against the expansion of a nearby Israeli settlement on what they say is their land. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the teen as Mohammed Tamimi, a member of a large extended family that lives in the village.
Firefighters say their search for bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Florida apartment block has finally ended, but one victim remains unaccounted for. Nobody has been pulled alive from the rubble since the first hours after the disaster, and officials formally switched from a search-and-rescue mission to a recovery effort on 7 July. The Surfside site has mostly been cleared, with the rubble moved to a state warehouse for further inspection.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The noise of the gunman racking the slide of his pistol got one victim's attention, all happening in broad daylight.
China denounced NBC for displaying what the nation called an "incomplete map" of its territory during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, Reuters reports. Driving the news: The map was shown on-air as Chinese athletes entered the opening ceremony and did not include Taiwan nor the South China Sea. The display] hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people, the Chinese consulate in New York said in a post on its official Weibo social media platform on Saturday, per Reuters.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday that Cuba is an “example of resistance,” and proposed the entire country should be declared a World Heritage site. While much of Cuba seems stuck technologically in the middle of the last century, López Obrador did not appear to be speaking ironically when he proposed the world heritage designation, which is usually used by the United Nations to honor historical sites. The Mexican leader praised Cuba's ability to stand up to U.S. hostility since 1959.
An man caught by police with guns in his Chicago hotel room said it was "an honest to God accident." Footage viewed by media outlets showed that police had worried "it could've been a Las Vegas thing." Keegan Casteel, 32, was arrested and charged with two felony counts.
A California man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines on social media has died after a month-long battle with the virus. Stephen Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch, had been a vocal opponent of vaccines, making a series of jokes about not having the vaccine. In the days leading up to his death, Mr Harmon documented his fight to stay alive, posting pictures of himself in his hospital bed.
Union members at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka have approved a new contract and will return to work Monday, ending a nearly three-week strike at the plant, union officials said. Members of Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union approved the contract Friday. It gives all union members a 4% pay raise over two years and guarantees workers at least one day off each week, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
A Florida man who did not tell his partners about his HIV status was sentenced to two years in prison. Gentry Burns pleaded no contest to one count of uninformed HIV-infected sexual intercourse, WESH 2 reported. In addition to the two-year sentence, Burns will face 12 months of probation.
The delta coronavirus variant continues to surge in the United States, now accounting for 83% of COVID-19 cases in the United States. A common sign you may have COVID-19 is a loss of smell and taste, but you may not have that with the highly contagious delta variant. “It seems like cough and loss of smell are less common,” said Dr. Inci Yildirim, a Yale Medicine pediatric infectious diseases specialist.
Richard Jessee was speaking to the Nome Nugget, a weekly publication which advertises itself as Alaska's oldest newspaper, as his story went viral online. According to Jessee's interview with the Nugget, he lost his phone when the bear knocked him from his all-terrain vehicle. “There was no doubt about it: the bear was trying to get into my cabin,” he told the Nugget.
Scammers forced the State Department to temporarily shut down its online bookings for urgent appointments for passports, adding to the frustration of many travelers who are already experiencing long wait times amid a huge backlog in passport applications. Third-party actors used bots to book all available online appointments, the State Department said. Scammers then sold the appointments for as high as $3,000 to applicants with urgent travel needs.
In her first interview with Fort Worth detectives, Jade Scenters said her boyfriend had pointed a handgun at himself when she pulled it away and the gun went off. The bullet struck 21-year-old Arrington Colbert in the temple, killing him on the morning of June 27 at their Fort Worth home. In a police interview earlier this month, the 20-year-old Scenters changed her story, saying she never grabbed the gun, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
From the pandemic's earliest days, Dr. Anthony Fauci has drawn political fire from COVID-19 skeptics. As director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Fauci is steeped in the scientific disciplines of virology, immunology and vaccine design. The latest example occurred this week on Capitol Hill, when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) effectively accused Fauci of sending U.S. tax dollars to China so scientists there could soup up coronaviruses culled from bats and make them more dangerous to people.
The bridge, mainly made out of wood, was located in Uryum village, over 4,500 kilometres away from Moscow.As the truck reached the middle of the bridge, it started failing under the load, eventually falling into the swollen river along with the vehicle.The driver was later reported to have survived, but the truck could not be recovered from the water.The suspension bridge was constructed in place of a road bridge that was destroyed during one of the previous floods in the area. Currently, the residents of Uryum village do not have a way to cross the river after the accident.Bridge in Uryum is not the only one in the region that got damaged by extreme rainfall.
Arkansas is among the states seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, as many residents are unvaccinated. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said it's "disappointing" that vaccines have become "political." Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday it's "disappointing" vaccines have become "political," as his state deals with a COVID-19 surge.
A North Carolina car dealership on Facebook referred to a first-time car buyer as "Bon Quisha." The employee of Lumberton Honda who made the post was fired, WTVD-TV reported. Trinity Bethune told the outlet the post was conveying a "racial slur."
California's huge Dixie Fire exploded to "megafire" status late Thursday, forcing more mandatory evacuations in nearby communities, fire officials said Friday. "The Dixie Fire is burning in a remote area with limited access, and extended travel times in steep terrain are hampering control efforts," Cal Fire said in a statement. Shannon Prather, the incident commander for the Dixie Fire, said Thursday evening that "this fire is outpacing us at moments."
A teen caused a United Airlines flight to be evacuated after he AirDropped an image of a gun to other passengers. Passengers were removed from the plane and rescreened, NBC Bay Area reported. A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Orlando was evacuated on Thursday after a teenager sent a photo of an airsoft gun to other passengers on the plane, according to NBC Bay Area.
“Thankfully, children are at lower risk for complications from COVID-19, but low risk is not no risk.”
“Guidelines that mandate the masking of children are based on an assessment of risk that is not justified.”
“Masks are easy to use, inexpensive and effective.”
“We’re now 16 months into the pandemic and children remain victims of the Covid political theater.”
“If a community or school isn’t sufficiently vaccinated, it remains at risk of the coronavirus coming back.”