By unanimous consent, the Senate approved legislation designating June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.Passage all but assured in the House »
One after another, some of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives took to the stage at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to denounce Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to President Biden, and to air other pandemic-related grievances. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was introducing a bill to reduce Fauci's salary to $0 and have him account for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, led the attacks.
Two Fort Hood soldiers were caught smuggling undocumented immigrants in South Texas, according to the Department of Justice. The active duty soldiers were in their Army uniforms and acting like they were on official business when they pulled up to a Hebbronville Border Patrol checkpoint Sunday morning. Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, told officers that he and his fellow soldier, Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, were on their way to San Antonio from Zapata, Mexico, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.
China's government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. The operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor in Taishan, 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of Hong Kong. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gave no confirmation of a leak or other details.
The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, an influential court that has been a springboard for future Supreme Court justices. Jackson is widely seen as President Biden's top candidate for the Supreme Court, especially given his campaign pledge to make history and nominate the first Black woman when a vacancy arises. The Senate vote was 53-44, with Republican Sens.
Vaccine passports on the NHS app will automatically include a user's "natural immunity" to Covid for six months after contracting the virus without the need for an antibody test under a new trial. The scheme will see 180-day natural immunity certificates issued to people taking part in the Government's latest large event trials who have tested positive for Covid this year, even if they have not had an antibody test. Officials hope the scheme could eventually expand the number of people who could use vaccine passports to prove their immunity if they are approved for domestic use in the UK.
Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents that appear to hold the answer.
Now, Naval Special Warfare Command leaders are trying to turn that around, developing programs to seek out recruits from more diverse regions of the country. We have been passive in the way that we recruit, We're SEAL Team. Come find us,” said Rear Adm. H. Wyman Howard III, top commander for Naval Special Warfare, in an interview with The Associated Press.
Key West police officers did not violate an 8-year-old boy's civil rights when they tried to handcuff him at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher in 2018, a federal judge has ruled. The boy's mother, Bianca Digennaro, sued the Key West police officers and the city in August 2020 after her attorney, Benjamin Crump, posted a video of the boy's arrest on his Twitter account. “A mental health crisis at a school, and they feel it is appropriate to arrest, charge and have him become a convicted felon at eight years old,” Crump said after the lawsuit was filed last year.
Joe Biden will use summit talks in Brussels to put on a show of Western strength ahead of his showdown with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Mr Biden will meet Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president, and Charles Michel, the European Council president, for the first EU-US summit since 2014. He has warned the Russian leader that he will set out red lines in the discussions in Geneva and make clear the West would retaliate if Russia continued its harmful activities.
If you thought climbing a tree to get away from bears was a good idea, a video posted Tuesday by Glacier National Park might change your mind. Tourist Anthony James captured on video what happens when a hungry grizzly and black bear meet. “Normally agreeable when food is abundant, grizzly and black bears run into one another more often when food is scarce — like early summer,” Glacier National Park officials said.
A 10-year-old boy who died in the Big Sioux River saved one of his younger siblings who had fallen into the water, family members said. The body of Ricky Lee Sneve was recovered Saturday night, Lincoln County sheriff's officials said. His mother, Nicole Eufers, told the Argus Leader that Ricky was out on the river with his dad and siblings when several fell into the water near Hudson, in southeastern South Dakota.
A Parker County mother and her 25-year-old son were in custody Tuesday and accused of dealing drugs at a home where a fentanyl overdose occurred in April. Investigators also seized more than 12 grams of methamphetamine, 30 milliliters of GHB, 16 pills that resembled Percocet, Xanax and other illegal pills in the Springtown home, according to a news release. The “Percocet” pills are often counterfeit and contain levels of fentanyl in them, authorities said.
The Israeli military said it attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The airstrikes came just days after Naftali Bennett took over as Israeli prime minister. More than 200 Palestinians were killed in May.
A topsy-turvy cockpit video recorded aboard a U.S. Navy fighter jet is making a lot of people queasy on social media. The video, shared Saturday on Facebook, shows the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels practicing over central Wisconsin's La Crosse Regional Airport. It was recorded from the perspective of Lt. Cmdr. Jim Cox, and shows the team lifting off in a cramped formation that puts the Boeing F/A-18 Hornets within about 18 inches of each other at points.
A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement's false prophecies increasingly fail to come true. Many QAnon followers believe former President Donald Trump was fighting enemies within the so-called deep state to expose a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. Trump's loss to President Joe Biden disillusioned some believers in “The Storm,” a supposed reckoning in which Trump's enemies would be tried and executed.
A 63-year-old on day six of a private boating trip Monday went into the Colorado River and became unresponsive before dying. James Crocker, from Lakewood, Colorado, was on a private multi-day boating trip through the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service said. Park officials did not say what led to Crocker becoming unresponsive.
As thousands of members of the Southern Baptist Convention gathered in Nashville on Tuesday to determine the future of the nation's largest and most powerful evangelical Christian denomination, the Rev. Dwight McKissic Sr. was about ready to consign the group to his past. The 65-year-old Black pastor in Arlington, Texas, who has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for over four decades, boycotted the group's annual meeting in protest of its handling of racial justice issues, and invited more than a dozen Black pastors to his church to remotely watch delegates pick a new president. “It will tell me whether it's a convention I want to be a part of or don't want to be a part of.”
Kansas's COVID-19 state of emergency, in place for 15 months, will come to an end Tuesday as top Republican lawmakers canceled a meeting to consider an extension sought by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. The expiration of the emergency declaration is a significant turning point in Kansas's pandemic response, marking the effective end of a disaster-like approach. Over the past year, the governor and state officials have relied on the declaration to deploy the National Guard, suspend regulations and speed vaccinations.
Russia's Vladimir Putin sought to compare crackdowns on his political enemies and the arrests of anti-government protesters in his country to the events of 6 January in an interview published Monday by NBC News. Speaking with journalists in Moscow, Mr Putin claimed that the US and other countries had no evidence for allegations of election interference, ransomware attacks and other malicious activities for which the west has blamed Russia or Russia-based actors in recent years. “Did you order the assassination of the woman who walked into the Congress and who was shot and killed by a policeman?” Mr Putin said, referring to Ashli Babbitt, a California woman who died during the riot after being shot by a member of US Capitol Police, who was cleared of wrongdoing in her death.
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Harvey Weinstein buried his face in his hands after learning he would be extradited to Los Angeles. A judge ruled the disgraced movie mogul must face sexual assault charges in California. The moment was captured on a court livestream on Tuesday.
Chinese fighter pilots have been battling aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence in simulated dogfights to boost pilot combat skills, Chinese media reported. Fang Guoyu, a People's Liberation Army Air Force brigade flight team leader and recognized fighter ace, was recently "shot down" by an AI adversary in an air-to-air combat simulation, according to China's PLA Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military. He said that early in the training, it was easy to defeat the AI adversary.
A French court has fined IKEA $1.21 million for spying on staff. The world's biggest furniture retailer was found guilty of improperly gathering and storing data on employees. Its French unit was accused of snooping on workers over several years.
A 50-year-old Tamarac man died Tuesday morning after diving the Vandenberg wreck off Key West, law officers said. Barry Beckett was diving with Southpoint Divers aboard a dive boat called the Phoenix, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He returned to the boat after a dive and stopped breathing while aboard the boat, said Adam Linhardt, the sheriff's office spokesman.
“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.”