Hostages who had been held for hours inside a Texas synagogue were rescued Saturday night, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, nearly 12 hours after the standoff began.Suspect declared dead »
On a Thursday Zoom call with progressive activists, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said that the upcoming hearings by the Jan. 6 select committee probing the riot at the U.S. Capitol staged by supporters of former President Donald Trump will “blow the roof off the House.” While former Trump administration figures and supporters have defied subpoenas for information and testimony, Raskin said the committee had spoken with more than 400 witnesses to date who have already laid the groundwork for explosive hearings. “I hope everybody will watch and I hope everybody will discuss it and then it will lead to a report that, I hope again, will be a game changer in terms of American history,” Raskin said.
An underwater volcanic eruption has led to tsunami warnings being issued to the people of Tonga. Tonga's capital, Nukuʻalofa, lies 40 miles north of the volcano. The Pacific nation of Tonga has issued a tsunami warning after a massive undersea volcanic eruption.
The unnamed plaintiff, a 30-year-old woman from Tokyo, said she and her husband wanted to have a second child but were concerned after finding out that her husband has a hereditary condition, reported via After deciding to use a sperm donor, they found a man in his 20s on social media who claimed to be a single Japanese man who graduated from Kyoto University, one of Japan's top universities. After having sex with the donor 10 times, the woman finally became pregnant in June 2019. The woman eventually discovered later on in the pregnancy that the donor is actually a married Chinese man who never attended Kyoto University.
A sweeping new Texas voting law that Republicans muscled through the Legislature last year over dramatic protests is drawing fire again, even before some of the most contentious restrictions and changes kick in ahead of the state's first-in-the nation primary. Thousands of Texans — including some U.S. citizens — have received letters saying they have been flagged as potential noncitizens who could be kicked off voting rolls. “It's just a bad situation on a number of levels," said James Slattery, an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, one of several voting rights groups that has sued the state over the new law.
It follows efforts by Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre's legal team to get the "John Does" identified. Ghislaine Maxwell will no longer fight to keep the names of eight "John Does" a secret. Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, who have accused Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking, have asked a judge to unseal material from an earlier civil lawsuit she filed against Maxwell.
Loud blasts were heard in several cities in western Iran early on Sunday, according to local news agencies and postings on social media, but the nature of the blasts was not immediately known. After several similar incidents in recent months, authorities said that the Iranian military was holding unannounced air defence drills amid rising tensions with Israel and the United States. The governor of the town of Asadabad said a "terrifying sound" was heard, but its origin was not clear, the semi-official news agency Fars reported.
While searching for a missing Louisiana mother, investigators uncovered a dismembered body in a freezer at her boyfriend's alleged meth lab. Police have been searching for Julia Dardar, 36, since her estranged husband Michael Dardar reported her missing last month, and have been in close contact with her boyfriend Benjamin Beale, 34, NOLA reports. After reporting his wife missing, Michael Dardar told NOLA that he learned that his estranged wife and Beale went to California to pick up a school bus in December.
Trump called the officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt a "disgrace" and an "out-of-control dope." Former President Donald Trump called the Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol a "disgrace" and claimed the FBI was behind the insurrection. In the first rally of the year in Florence, Arizona, Trump falsely claimed that Democrats wanted to "protect" the officer exonerated of wrongdoing in Babbitt's killing following an internal investigation.
The United Arab Emirates' civil aviation regulator has opened an investigation into an aborted take-off by an Emirates airline passenger jet this month at Dubai airport, the carrier said on Saturday. It is the second inquiry launched into the airline in less than a month, after another passenger jet in December did not immediately increase its ascent after take-off. An Emirates spokesperson said that safety is its top priority and there was no aircraft damage or any injuries as a result of the aborted take off from Dubai on Jan. 9.
Cracker Barrel was ordered to pay $9.4 million to a man who was accidentally served toxic chemicals. Cracker Barrel was ordered to pay $9.4 million to a Tennessee man who sued the restaurant chain after he was served a chemical cleaning agent instead of water. Despite the settlement, the claimant, William Cronnon, may not receive the total amount due to laws related to damages in the state.
Virginia's newly sworn-in Attorney General Jason Miyares announced investigations into the Virginia Parole Board and Loudoun County Public Schools within hours of taking office. In a statement released on Saturday just hours after Miyares and Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin were sworn in, Miyares explained why he has launched an investigation into the commonwealth's parole board as well as Loudoun County Public Schools. "One of the reasons Virginians get so fed up with government is the lack of transparency - and that's a big issue here," Miyares wrote.
Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease. The homeowners in Orange County will receive about $700 per healthy tree destroyed as part of an order issued in state court in Orlando last month. A judgment from a 2014 trial assessed the value of each healthy tree as $344, but fees and interests over the years doubled the per-tree payment.
Two Ohio siblings accused of cutting down a 250-year-old walnut tree are facing felony charges. Todd Jones and Laurel Hoffman said they believed tree was part of Jones' property. Prosecutors said the stump of the tree was about eight feet outside their property line.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said this week that mouthwash is one way to protect from COVID-19 but the manufacturer of Listerine and medical experts say studies of the idea haven't yet concluded it's a proven antidote. Johnson in a town hall event on Wednesday said a "standard gargle" of mouthwash "has been proven to kill the coronavirus" or may reduce viral replication to help protect from a serious surge of COVID-19 cases. "Why not try all these things?" he said, including mouthwash in a list of alternatives to COVID-19 vaccines and face masks, like taking supplements of Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Zinc.
Scientists warn that omicron's whirlwind advance practically ensures it won't be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world. Every infection provides a chance for the virus to mutate, and omicron has an edge over its predecessors: It spreads way faster despite emerging on a planet with a stronger patchwork of immunity from vaccines and prior illness. Experts don't know what the next variants will look like or how they might shape the pandemic, but they say there's no guarantee the sequels of omicron will cause milder illness or that existing vaccines will work against them.
Steve Bannon said that speakers at Donald Trump's rally will decertify Joe Biden's electors in Arizona. Law professors told Poynter there is no legal mechanism for decertifying the 2020 election results. Some Republicans want Arizona's election results decertified despite audits affirming Biden's win.
Officials in Mexico have seized 380,000 boxes of Kellogg's cereal, AP reported. Cartoons featured on the boxes were thought to breach recent legislation to improve kids' diets. The raid mainly took place at a warehouse located north of Mexico City.
Mark Schlissel has been removed as president of the University of Michigan due to an alleged "inappropriate relationship with a university employee," the school said Saturday on its website. The removal was effective “immediately,” the University of Michigan Board of Regents said, adding that members learned on Dec. 8, 2021, about the relationship from an anonymous complaint and that an investigation revealed that “over the years,” Schlissel used his university email account to “communicate with that subordinate in a manner inconsistent with the dignity and reputation of the university.” “As you know, the Regents received an anonymous complaint regarding an alleged sexual affair between you and a subordinate,” the board wrote in its letter to Schlissel informing him of his removal.
Passengers aboard a Norwegian cruise ship are stuck at sea this week after the cruise line decided to cancel the cruise mid-voyage due to COVID-19 concerns. Aimee Focaraccio, who boarded a 10-day cruise on the Norwegian Gem from New York, told USA Today that she was notified on Thursday that the cruise would be canceled due to issues related to COVID-19, but was not provided an early return date. "We will arrive as per schedule on the 19th in the morning," cruise ship personnel reportedly said, according to a recording Focaraccio provided the news outlet.
A Florida police sergeant has been relieved of his supervisory responsibilities and is under investigation after he was filmed grabbing an officer by her throat, according to officials. Sunrise police shared body camera video of the Nov. 19 incident with NBC News, but the footage was muted with faces blurred, except for the sergeant's. Police officers were arresting a "verbally and physically resistive" suspect, accused of a violent felony, when the unidentified sergeant arrived and became aggressive with him, Sunrise Police Chief Anthony W. Rosa said in a statement.
Microsoft said late Saturday that dozens of computer systems at an unspecified number of Ukrainian government agencies have been infected with destructive malware disguised as ransomware, a disclosure suggesting an attention-grabbing defacement attack on official websites was a diversion. The attack comes as the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine looms and diplomatic talks to resolve the tense stand-off appear stalled. Microsoft said in a short blog post that amounted to the clanging of an industry alarm that it first detected the malware on Thursday.
Check out: Here's how the Federal Reserve may shrink its $8.77 trillion balance sheet to combat high inflation Meanwhile, yields for the 10-year Treasury note yielded 1.771% Friday afternoon, which means that yields have climbed by about 26 basis points in the first 10 trading days to start a calendar year, which would be the briskest such rise since 1992, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Back 30 years ago, the 10-year rose 32 basis points to around 7% to start that year. The 2-year note (BX:TMUBMUSD02Y) which tends to be more sensitive to the Fed's interest rate moves, is knocking on the door of 1%, up 24 basis points so far this year, FactSet data show.
New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a civil fraud investigation into the Trump Organization's business dealings. During his rally in Arizona, Donald Trump claimed he did not know who she was. In December, Trump filed a lawsuit against James, accusing her of harassing him with investigations.
The largest satellite provider in the United States said late Friday it will drop One America News, a move that could financially cripple the rightwing TV network known for fueling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. The announcement by DirecTV, which is 70% owned by AT&T, comes three months after a Reuters investigation revealed that OAN's founder testified that AT&T inspired him to create the network. Court testimony also showed that OAN receives nearly all of its revenue from DirecTV.
“Air travel is a funnel point through which millions of Americans pass each week. Requiring vaccinations would save lives.”
“Get ready for a snarled mess at airports around the country if airlines are forced to verify that passengers are vaccinated.”
“The only way to protect our industries, our work and our economy is to mandate vaccines on airplanes and schools, etc.”
“Of course airplanes, thanks to their ventilation systems, are the opposite of superspreader sites.”
“At the very least, Biden should extend that 24-hour testing requirement to all domestic air travel.”