The North Korean leader, known for heavy drinking and smoking, comes from a family with a history of heart problems.Appears to have lost at least 20 pounds »
Before departing Switzerland following his Wednesday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Biden apologized for being “such a wise guy" while addressing a CNN reporter moments earlier. “I owe my last questioner an apology," Biden said to reporters on the tarmac in Geneva. "To be a good reporter you have to be negative at life,” Biden continued.
Weather forecasters are predicting that the third named storm of this year's nascent hurricane season will form later this week over the Gulf of Mexico, bringing the potential of flooding rains to the U.S. coastline. There is a 70 percent chance that the low pressure area and thunderstorms currently located in the Bay of Campeche in southern Mexico will strengthen into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said on its website. If so, the storm will be named Tropical Storm Claudette.
China's government issued a warning to "foreign forces" after Taiwan reported a record 28 Chinese military planes flew over the self-governed island's airspace Tuesday, per Reuters. Why it matters: The warning and deployment of aircraft including fighter jets and bombers comes after G7 leaders issued a statement Sunday urging the Chinese government to respect human rights and calling on peace and "stability across the Taiwan Strait." What they're saying: "We will never tolerate attempts to seek independence or wanton intervention in the Taiwan issue by foreign forces, so we need to make a strong response to these acts of collusion," said Chinese government spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang, accordin...
The takeout drinks and outdoor construction was enabled by Wolf's pandemic emergency declaration, which the state GOP has nonsensically attacked as some kind of death blow to freedom. They therefore added a constitutional amendment to the recent primary election ballot that would give the legislature the power to overturn a governor's emergency declaration. Unfortunately (in part because it was a low-turnout primary) this amendment passed, and the Pennsylvania legislature has duly canceled Wolf's emergency declaration.
One method Manchin hinted at during the call was lucrative post-office bribes. "Regarding [Sen. Roy] Blunt, Manchin appears to be suggesting — without, perhaps, quite explicitly saying so — that the wealthy executives on the call could dangle future financial opportunities in front of the outgoing senator while lobbying him to change his vote," write The Intercept's Lee Fang and Ryan Grim. The Senate rules could be changed at any time by Democrats, and as the swing vote Manchin could extract just about any goodies for himself or his state he could imagine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden have agreed to develop a cyber-security arrangement between the two countries after discussing the issue of ransomware at their summit in Geneva. Mr Biden says he and Mr Putin will start consultations "to begin to bring some order" after recent high-profile attacks by criminal gangs on critical US companies. President Biden says he raised a recent attack which took a major US fuel pipeline offline with Mr Putin.
Since 2005, the amount of heat trapped by the Earth has roughly doubled, according to a new study by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers. This is contributing to warming oceans, air, and land, the scientists write in the study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. "The magnitude of the increase is unprecedented," NASA scientist and lead author of the study Norman Loeb told The Washington Post. "The Earth is warming faster than expected."
Three bodies and a Piper Comanche 250 airplane remain missing in a California lake, despite hope that underwater surveyors had found the remains that have now evaded searchers for over half a century. Last week, Seafloor Systems workers came upon a mystery plane sitting at the bottom of Folsom Lake near Sacramento. Seafloor Systems staff were testing equipment on Folsom Lake last week when they inadvertently found a plane in one of the lake's deepest points and suspected it might be the missing Piper Comanche.
Chan was one of 18 scientists who published a letter in the journal Science last month calling for a more in-depth investigation into the virus's origin that takes into account theories about both natural occurrence and laboratory spillovers. The letter helped kick-start a new round of calls to investigate the "lab leak hypothesis," including demands from President Joe Biden and several leading scientists. And while public discussion of a potential lab leak has shifted significantly in recent months, as more people pay attention to a theory that was originally promulgated by former President Donald Trump and his followers, the scientific evidence has remained unchanged, according to intervie...
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone following his private discussions with Biden. "There's no happiness in life," Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone during his lengthy, rambling press conference following nearly four hours of talks with President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.
No oxygen plants' Dr Mahamud said that during the second wave in Somalia up to 25 people were dying each day in his hospital because of a lack of oxygen: "It is really stressful to work in this condition." According to World Health Organization (WHO), of the 14,823 confirmed coronavirus cases in Somalia as of 16 June, 775 people have died. Health professionals say the real figure could be many times higher because there is no proper reporting mechanism, and many deaths occur in villages.
When developers first broached the idea in 2018 to build a five-star hotel near the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, they said the 145-room hotel would cost $63.5 million to build. The producer price index for construction materials has increased 26 percent since the luxury hotel first became public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. Eric Hotze, a developer behind what's called Hotel Bravo, acknowledges it has probably become more expensive to build his project.
Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, called police Tuesday morning in a panic, claiming a masked intruder had shot him and his father inside their home. When Cedar Rapid officers arrived at the scene, they found Jackson's parents and his 19-year-old sister—a high-achieving student who introduced then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang during his 2019 visit to Iowa—fatally shot in different rooms of the expansive house. Police, however, now believe it was actually Jackson who murdered his father, 61-year-old Jan Jackson, his 68-year-old mother, Melissa Jackson, and their daughter, Sabrina.
A Fox News host remarked that Vladimir Putin is more accessible to the press than Joe Biden. Harris Faulkner said Putin took questions for longer than Biden and VP Kamala Harris combined. Her observation did not factor in Biden's press conference right after Putin's.
Goldman Sachs has delayed plans to bring all UK staff back into the office after the government extended coronavirus restrictions to July 19. The bank had told staff to be ready to return to the workplace in June, but confirmed the change in a note to workers late on Tuesday. Meanwhile, NatWest said its plans for "priority workers" to return on 21 June were also under review.
Police say they arrested a suspect who was booked on several charges. The 94-year-old was stabbed multiple times in broad daylight, in what appears to be an unprovoked attack.
Chicago police believe two people entered an Englewood home early Monday and shot eight people — four fatally and seven in the head, according to a police report. The officers entered the first-floor apartment of the house and found four people all unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head. Three of the surviving victims found at the scene also had gunshot wounds to their heads, the report said.
Biden gave Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison during their meeting on Wednesday. The president also gifted Putin a custom pair of Aviator sunglasses. Gift-giving is a routine practice between world leaders.
Jeannie Mai is newly married and spilling the beans about what life with new husband Jeezy has been like the last few months. While the couple had planned to marry in Italy, COVID-19 changed their plans, shifting the ceremony to an intimate one in their home.
Tessica Brown, who went viral early this year as "Gorilla Glue Girl" after using the industrial adhesive instead of hairspray, is back. The Louisiana woman became internet famous in February via TikTok, where she posted videos about the disaster she had been dealing with: After running out of her Göt 2b Glued hairspray in January, she had grabbed Gorilla Glue spray adhesive instead. Shampoo didn't work to remove the Gorilla Glue.
Billie Eilish has come under fire for allegedly saying “ch*nk” and using a mock Asian accent in a series of clips posted on TikTok this week. In one of them, Eilish can be heard seemingly saying the word “ch*nk.” User @lcxvy also included a clip in which Eilish's brother, Finneas, allegedly calls her out for “talking with a blaccent.”
It's been a good spring for Russian President Vladimir Putin. First, the White House announced that they were waiving sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream II gas pipeline to Germany, and then days later it was announced that U.S. President Joe Biden and Putin would meet for a day-long summit in Geneva on June 16. These overtures towards Moscow stand in stark contrast to the most recent round of sanctions against Russia that the Biden administration imposed just a few weeks ago. Everywhere we turn today we find examples of Russia's aggressive intelligence operations directed against the U.S. and its allies.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law requiring daily moments of silence in schools. Teachers can't make "suggestions as to the nature of any reflection" students may engage in. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law this week that requires schools to hold daily moments of silence for students.
Rep. Andrew Clyde refused to shake hands with Michael Fanone, a DC police officer who was assaulted on Jan. 6. Two members of Congress shared Fanone's story on Tuesday via Twitter. "Fanone introduced himself as 'someone who fought to defend the Capitol' and put out his hand," Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted.
“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.”