Not long after Silver Little Eagle became a Northern Cheyenne council member at the age of 23, she was severely beaten and robbed, shocking people far beyond Montana.But it was only the start of her travails »
A high court in the US state of South Carolina has blocked two executions until the inmates are given the choice of death by electrocution or firing squad. A new law requires inmates on death row to decide between the two methods if lethal drugs are not available. But as prison authorities have not yet formed a firing squad, the executions have been halted by the supreme court.
The Biden administration has started cutting back its anti-missile systems in the Middle East as it refocuses its military strategy. According to the Wall Street Journal the Pentagon has started withdrawing eight Patriot missile systems from Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Also being withdrawn is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, or Thaad system, currently in Saudi Arabia.
At a time when American politics from top to bottom is sharply and rancorously divided, a unanimous Supreme Court decision on a case wrapped up with the country's culture wars is a rare thing. Fulton v. City of Philadelphia is certainly such a case. The case involved a Catholic social services organization that sued Philadelphia after the city excluded it from a foster-care program due to the organization's refusal to certify same-sex couples as foster parents.
For those fortunate enough to own a home in a Bahria Town development, the elite suburb promises to offer a respite from the clamour of life in much of Pakistan. Prospective residents from Karachi are lured with assurances that they can swap the blackouts, floods and rubbish heaps of the port metropolis for a luxury lifestyle in a manicured architectural fantasia. While Pakistan is often gripped by political and religious protests, the rich are rarely targeted - and the violent intrusion in Bahria Town has shaken elite Pakistani society beyond its gates.
Turkey will secure the Afghan capital's airport after American troops withdraw, in an agreement designed to help the US, Britain and others to keep their embassies open. Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, told Joe Biden that his nation would take a lead role to safeguard the air link out of an increasingly beleaguered Kabul. Contingency plans to continue the safety of the airport had become a priority for diplomats working out how to operate after US troops leave by September.
Alexander Edward Dewsbury, 29, of Columbia, communicated through social media with an underage student and exchanged sexually graphic images and videos with the victim, the Union County Sheriff's office said. Dewsbury is no longer a teacher at Union County Public Schools, where he taught at Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail. Dewsbury is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of indecent liberties with a student, the sheriff's office said.
A beach along a South Carolina riverbank has been shut down after a second person in less than two weeks drowned on Thursday, according to the county parks department. Clifton Beach was temporarily closed Friday after the Spartanburg County Coroner's Office said a 36-year-old man from North Carolina drowned at the site, multiple media outlets reported. An 11-year-old from Oxford, North Carolina, died at the same beach on June 5.
A federal judge threw out U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety rules for cruise companies operating in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic Friday, handing a victory to Gov. Ron DeSantis. In a 124-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida said the agency's “conditional sail order” — a framework of regulations dictating how cruises can restart in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic — can remain in place for Florida cruises only until July 18, granting DeSantis' request for a preliminary injunction while the full case moves forward. After July 18, the rules will become non-binding recommendations for cruise companies as they are for other industries.
Italy's government is under huge pressure to staunch the arrivals of migrants from the coast of North Africa as the country recorded a nine-fold increase in the number of asylum seekers reaching its shores since 2019. Latest figures show the migration landscape shifting, with many more attempts to reach Spain and Italy than Greece, which has adopted hardline policies. On Friday, Greece's migration minister said the government had adopted the measures so “we don't send the wrong message of incentivising people to come”.
Prosecutors on Wednesday urged a judge to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
In 2018, however, federal authorities began investigating whether Wallace and Baldock were planting drugs on people in order to create a reason to arrest them and confiscate money or other property, such as vehicles. Three Somerset police officers who backed up Wallace during a traffic stop raised a concern that Wallace may have planted evidence in order to justify arresting the driver. Two of the officers said that after Wallace stopped the car, they searched it and didn't find any drugs, but that Wallace then approached the car, spent just a moment at the driver's door, and came back holding a small bottle that contained meth.
The World Bank has rejected a request from El Salvador to help with the implementation of Bitcoin as legal tender. The international lender cited concerns over transparency and the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining. Earlier this month, the Central American country announced plans to become the first nation to formally adopt the digital currency.
Catholic Bishops voted to advance guidance that would reproach Biden for receiving communion. The document is in response to Biden's support of abortion rights as a policy matter. Biden, a practicing Catholic who regularly attends Mass, is the second Catholic president.
The death of a man found injured outside of a vehicle that had crashed into a wall Wednesday night might not be Kansas City's latest homicide as originally thought, police said in a news release. Initially police thought the man found just before 11 p.m. in the 3300 block of East 30th Street had been critically injured in a shooting prior to the crash, said Officer Donna Drake, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department.
The Los Feliz home where Charles Manson's followers savagely killed the LaBiancas has finally sold after spending months on the California real estate market. The house, which was owned by paranormal investigator Zak Bagans according to the New York Post, sold for a discounted $1.875 million. The two-bedroom home was the famous site where Manson instructed his “family” — a group of individuals radicalized by Manson's teachings – to murder Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, one night after they killed actor Sharon Tate and four others in August 1969.
More than 9,300 acres of Big Country ranchland with a unique military history has gone on the market in North Texas. Located about 125 miles northwest of Fort Worth and 65 miles from Abilene, the Tecumseh Ranch features more than eight miles of shoreline on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River and almost five miles of the Tecumseh Creek, according to Hall and Hall Partners, which is handling the bid collection process. There is high expected interest in the property due to its “rare” location in Throckmorton County and amount of water resources in the area, said Tyler Jacobs, a real estate partner at Hall and Hall.
People in Hong Kong have queued up to buy copies of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily a day after its newsroom was raided by police. The raid on the newspaper came as two of its executives were charged under Hong Kong's controversial new national security law. Editor-in-chief Ryan Law and chief executive officer Cheung Kim-hung were the two charged.
A finding in 2002 that one of its priests did not sexually abuse a minor was inaccurate, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced on Friday. “With deep sorrow for the suffering of victims and survivors of abuse, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announces that William Haegelin, a priest who was removed from ministry in 2002 and laicized in 2004, has been the subject of a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor,” the Archdiocese said in a statement. Haegelin's name had been placed on the archdiocese's list of substantiated clergy offenders under the category “Previously Publicized Allegations Not Able to Be Substantiated,” the archdiocese said, but is now listed under the category “Substantiated Allegations of Clergy Sexual Abuse of a Minor.”
But there is a deeper problem: Over the last two decades the U.S. has built an army in its own image, with Afghan security forces relying on some 18,000 contractors for everything from buying fuel and bullets to doing payroll to the critical tasks of maintaining the 162 aircraft used by the AAF and training the pilots who fly them. Since late 2019, 94% of U.S. forces involved in training and advising the air force have left, so contractors have taken on almost all roles. Without continued contractor support, according to a Defense Department inspector general's report earlier this year, those warplanes would be combat effective for only a few months.
Cuba, which says it has developed five COVID-19 vaccine candidates and immunized about 2 million people in the island of 11 million, apparently didn't plan for a crucial part of its vaccination campaign: syringes. Trump-era sanctions made it harder for Cuba to buy syringes from major manufacturers, which are already swamped with orders from bigger, richer countries. Making matters worse, some of Cuba's vaccines require three doses, meaning the Caribbean nation needs more syringes per capita than most countries using the double shots made by Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna and the single-dose jab by Janssen.
The mysterious shotgun and assault rifle murders of 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh and his 52-year-old mother, Maggie, members of one of the state's most prominent legal families, is the kind of South Carolina happening likely to be discussed for years to come. In the last 125 years across the Palmetto State, such attention-grabbing killings have erupted sporadically from the dark side of the state's cultural DNA. “People are drawn to these crimes for a broad variety of reasons,” says Margaret Oakes, a former lawyer and Furman University professor of English who taught a class this year on true crime writing — an entire branch of nonfiction devoted to stories of lawless behavior, the victims and those who solve the crimes.
A woman died after she fell more than 200 feet off a cliff in Wyoming during a hike with her husband, authorities said. The Sheridan County Sheriff's Office said they received a report Tuesday morning of a woman who fell off Steamboat Point. Bighorn National Forest public affairs officer Sara Kirol told The Sheridan Press that Steamboat Point is an “abandoned fire lookout” with pipe railing.
Everything you need to know about House Bill 3979 can be gleaned from the statement Gov. Greg Abbott issued at its signing. In one breath, he called the new law “a strong move to abolish critical race theory in Texas.” Abbott's clear equivocation about the law's utility is telling, about HB 3979 in particular and “anti-critical race theory” legislation in general.
A Florida judge allowed a murder suspect to represent himself at trial and cross-examine witnesses. Ronnie Oneal III is charged with killing his girfriend and daughter and nearly killing his son. A murder suspect accused of shooting his girlfriend, axing his 9-year-old daughter in the head, then stabbing and lighting his son on fire cross-examined the 11-year-old survivor Wednesday in a jaw-dropping courtroom scene.
Chicago police are warning about three recent cases in which a woman stabbed a person on the North Side for no apparent reason.
“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.”