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So I said, 'I am going to start an initiative that's going to look at buying Black land, but also preserving the legacy of Black farmers and the legacy of Black food ways. So in June of last year, Lipscombe launched the “40 Acres & a Mule Project,” a reference to the broken promise of reparations for American slaves following the Civil War. The project's goal was to buy 40 acres of land to develop “a safe haven to secure the legacy” of Black agricultural heritage, according to its website.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Republican candidate for governor of Arkansas who previously served as former President Donald Trump's White House press secretary, penned an op-ed that ran in The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Sunday explaining why she chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Arkansas has one of the lower vaccination rates among U.S. states, with only 45 percent of the population having received at least one dose, according to The New York Times, so Sanders' piece appears to be an attempt at persuasion. She took a light-handed approach, however, writing that she considers the choice to get vaccinated to be a "deeply personal" one.
Nine tourists have been killed in northern India after the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by falling boulders. Three others were reportedly injured in the incident, which happened in the state of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. Dramatic footage posted on social media showed large rocks hurtling down a steep valley and onto a bridge.
Armed bandits in Nigeria have seized a negotiator who had been sent to pay ransom money to secure the release of 136 students kidnapped two months ago from an Islamic school in the north of the African nation, the school and parents said. Abubakar Alhassan, director of the Islamic school, said the school and parents have been negotiating with the kidnappers who demanded 30 million naira ($72,993) to release the students from the school in Nigeria's Niger state. Alhassan said the school had contributed to a ransom and some parents sold property to raise cash but they said the negotiator, a 60-year-old man from the community, was taken because kidnappers said the ransom he brought was short.
Incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip on Sunday caused at least three blazes in southern Israel, Israeli media reported, raising the possibility of renewed Israeli strikes on the Hamas-run territory. The launches came two months after an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas. The Islamic militant group is upset that Israel has done little to ease a crippling blockade on the territory since the fighting ended, and over delays in indirect negotiations with Israel to resume Qatari financial aid to Gaza.
The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula. "We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it," Putin said speaking at a navy day parade in St Petersburg. Putin's words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Crimea waters.
Australian politicians have condemned protests against coronavirus restrictions amid a rise in cases. Thousands marched through Sydney on Saturday to demand an end to lockdown measures, with smaller demonstrations taking place in Melbourne and Brisbane. At least 57 people involved in the Sydney protest have been charged, while more than 500 have been fined.
California's largest wildfire merged with a smaller blaze and destroyed homes in remote areas with limited access for firefighters, as numerous other fires gained strength and threatened property across the U.S. West. The massive Dixie Fire, which started July 14, had already leveled over a dozen houses and other structures when it combined with the Fly Fire and tore through the tiny Northern California community of Indian Falls after dark Saturday. An updated damage estimate was not available Sunday, though fire officials said the blaze had charred nearly 298 square miles acres (772 square kilometers) of timber and brush in Plumas and Butte counties.
Offshore energy service companies are out to find foreign-flagged ships hauling pipeline parts and other energy-related equipment from U.S. ports and delivering or installing them in U.S. waters. The Offshore Marine Service Association has launched a ship to gather photos and videos of ships it considers to be violating a 1920 law requiring U.S. vessels to carry cargo between U.S. locations. It will provide such evidence to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which enforces the law, and to trade publications, said Aaron Smith, president and CEO of the association.
The US is heading "in the wrong direction" on the coronavirus pandemic as infections surge among the unvaccinated, a top health expert has warned. Dr Anthony Fauci said the Delta variant of Covid-19 was driving the spike in areas with low vaccination rates. The coronavirus situation in the US is becoming "a pandemic among the unvaccinated", Dr Fauci, the chief medical adviser to US President Joe Biden, told broadcaster CNN on Sunday.
Madagascan police have arrested two former French military members suspected in a plot to kill the nation's president, officials told Reuters on Friday. Police have also tightened the security of president Andry Rajoelina in the wake of the arrests, which follow a months-long investigation. Among the suspects, one is a French citizen, two others have dual French and Malagasy nationalities, while the remaining three are Malagasy.
A young teenage girl was critically injured after the car she was riding in flipped while the driver was “hill jumping” early Sunday in Kansas City, police said. Officers were called to a single vehicle crash about 1:32 a.m. Sunday in the 7500 block of James A Reed Road, Capt. Leslie Foreman, a spokeswoman with the Kansas City Police Department, said in an email. The girl was hospitalized with critical injuries.
Stretching across two vast canvases next to the memorial in Surfside, the Cubist-inspired painting is a jagged expression of grief and horror. The artist, Roberto Marquez, has been working on it for weeks. Now the Champlain Towers South condo site is all but cleared, and the names of the recovered dead have slowed to a tiny, terrible trickle.
Shenita Russie caught COVID-19 while working in Boston as a mobile respiratory therapist, Newsweek reported. Russie has racked up an eye-watering amount in medical bills. A healthcare worker from Arkansas has said that she has racked up medical bills of close to $1 million after she was hospitalized from COVID-19, she told THV11.
A man accidentally shot himself while showing off his gun at a bar in Florida, local reports say. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the incident happened on Thursday night at O'Riley's Uptown Tavern in Pensacola. Police told WEAR-TV the self-shooter is 28-year-old Carlos Feituuaki Tuifua, who survived and is recovering.
A couple from Washington left one-star reviews of a roofing company after a receptionist was rude to them, KGW8 reported. A couple from Vancouver, Washington is being sued for $112,000 after leaving a one-star Google review of a roofing company, KGW8 reported. Autumn Knepper and Adam Marsh each wrote a negative review of Executive Roof Services after two phone calls with one of the company's receptionists turned sour, they told the local broadcaster.
College officials have been put on notice: targeting religious student groups isn't just unconstitutional, it's costly. A federal court of appeals this month agreed with my firm, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, that University of Iowa officials “turned a blind eye to decades of First Amendment jurisprudence” by punishing Christian, Muslim, and Sikh groups for the crime of asking their leaders to agree with their faith. That blatant violation meant the officials weren't shielded by “qualified immunity,” a rule that protects government officials from personal liability when making close judgment calls about constitutional rights.
Donald Trump pleased thousands of his political supporters on Saturday night when he returned to Arizona for a rally, delivering a near two-hour speech focused on bashing the Democrats and stirring up trouble with the Taliban. Referring to the organisation's leader, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, the former US president appeared to forget his name – instead telling the 5,000-strong crowd he would just “call him Mohammed”. Mr Trump characteristically used the Turning Point Action gathering to blast the “disgraceful” 2020 election, repeating previous and already debunked claims about votes being “stolen” from him.
Outside the public spotlight trained on the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys, the right-wing extremist groups most associated with the Capitol riots, federal authorities are striving to rein in what many experts say is a far more violent and secretive threat – white supremacist prison gangs operating inside the wire and out on the streets. The Justice Department last week unsealed indictments against 16 members of Unforgiven, Florida's largest white supremacist gang, charging them with engaging in a criminal racketeering enterprise that involved murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Last October, five indictments in three different states named 24 defendants, including alleged Aryan Circle gang members and associates on similar charges.
A Kentucky resident told Sen. Rand Paul to "get f---ed" during a virtual town hall meeting. Paul has been criticized for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine and encouraging people to ditch masks. Sen. Rand Paul was told to "get f---ed" during a virtual town hall meeting.
An American Airlines passenger was arrested in New Orleans after refusing to wear a mask, police said. Witnesses told The New Orleans Advocate that the woman was heard screaming while being led away. An American Airlines passenger caused significant disruption to a flight in New Orleans after refusing to wear a mask or exit the plane.
US Rep Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman from Illinois known for his criticism of former President Donald Trump, has been appointed to the House panel being created to investigate the riot at the US Capitol on 6 January. Speaker Nancy Pelosi confirmed on Sunday that she would ask the congressman to join the panel during an interview with ABC's This Week following days of speculation on the issue. Mr Kinzinger will be one of two Republicans on the bipartisan committee following House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's decision last week to withdraw all of his nominations after Ms Pelosi declined to name two of them, conservative Reps Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, citing Mr Jordan's potential status as a material witness to the events of the riot and Mr Banks's unserious comments about the attack on the Capitol to members of the news media.
Alcala was known as the "Dating Game Killer" because he was a contestant on the television show 'The Dating Game' in 1978. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Convicted serial killer Rodney James Alcala, 77, an Orange County man who was on California's death row, died of natural causes in the early hours of July 24 at a hospital in Kings County, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Xiao Qiumei, an influencer who was popular on the Chinese version of TikTok, died after a fall. The Sun reported that the 23-year-old was filming herself in a crane cabin when she fell. Xiao was known for regularly sharing videos of her job as a crane operator on social media.
Most of the nation can expect above-average temperatures in coming days as a giant heat wave is expected to spread across much of the continental U.S. beginning next week. The heat wave will bring temperatures at least 5 to 10 degrees higher than average to much of the country, according to estimates by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which predicts a high probability of above-average temperatures for most of the U.S. over the next several days. Add in climbing humidity, and many people will experience temperatures that will feel well over 100, according Capitol Weather Gang meteorologist Mike Cappucci.
“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.”