The American Museum of Natural History’s sculpture of the president, flanked by a Native American man and an African man, will be sent to an institution dedicated to his life.The vote follows years of protest »
A draft report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that unless drastic and immediate action is taken to limit greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperatures from rising further, life on earth is poised for a catastrophic reckoning. The 4,000-page draft, a copy of which was obtained by Agence France-Presse, states that mankind may have already missed its opportunity to keep the climate from passing a series of thresholds that will further spur the warming of the planet. Life on Earth can recover from a drastic climate shift by evolving into new species and creating new ecosystems,” the report says.
Lamar Richards, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student body president, threw his support behind journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones by calling for the school's board of trustees to vote on granting her tenure, UNC's student newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, reported Tuesday night. In a letter to the board, of which he is a member, Richards said he is making "this formal petition for a special called meeting for the sake of our university's future, not as the sole corrective measure for inclusion efforts on campus, but as the first step to ignite this critical phase of bolstering inclusion for Carolina." Richards made a similar argument in a Twitter thread on Wednesday.
Apple Daily, Hong Kong's last pro-democracy paper and longtime thorn in the Chinese Communist Party's side, will be on the newsstands for the last time on Thursday after it was forced to close amid a Beijing-sponsored crackdown on free speech. One million copies of the last edition of the paper will be distributed on Thursday - a staggering number given Hong Kong's 7.5 million population. The newspaper's final frontpage carried a picture of Hongkongers protesting over the paper's closure on Wednesday, with the headline "Hong Kongers bid a painful farewell in the rain".
Speaking at the funeral of Sen. John Warner, President Biden called the five-term senator, who died at the age of 94, "a man of conscience, character and honor." Biden praised Warner for working across the political aisle "to see each other as fellow Americans, even when we disagree. From John's perspective, especially when we disagree."
The Rev. William Barber of North Carolina was arrested Wednesday with more than 20 others for obstructing traffic in front of the Hart Senate Building during a protest in Washington. Barber and supporters of his National Poor People's Campaign, who protest state and national policies they say are racist or disproportionately affect poor people and those of color, were in Washington for a “Moral March on Manchin and McConnell.” The event was part of a year-long effort planned by the Poor People's Campaign.
Angela Merkel on Wednesday night threatened to scupper hopes of foreign holidays in Europe this summer by demanding that EU countries introduce mandatory quarantine for travelling Britons. The German chancellor urged countries to introduce the quarantine for vaccinated Britons just as the UK Government is finally preparing to relax its rules for returning holidaymakers. Her intervention came ahead of a key meeting on Thursday at which Boris Johnson is expected to approve plans for fully vaccinated people to be able to travel to amber list countries later this summer and not be subject to quarantine when they return home.
A fight that erupted inside a rideshare vehicle ended in gunfire early Wednesday, leaving one person dead and another critically injured, Georgia authorities said. The shooting unfolded just before 5 a.m. outside a Chevron gas station in Atlanta, according to a police news release. Officers arrived to find two men with gunshot wounds.
Sweeping new restrictions will be imposed across Sydney as Australia's largest city grapples with a fast-growing Covid outbreak. Authorities reported 16 new infections on Wednesday, which brings the cluster there to 37 cases. Sydney's 5.3 million residents will have to wear masks indoors, and many will be banned from travelling out of the city.
The prospect of COVID-19 booster shots have been looming since even before any vaccines were granted approval late last year. Most scientists believe boosters will be necessary at some point, though it's not clear when, but they also may want to make sure those bonus shots aren't needed all that often in the long run, Katherine Wu reported for The Atlantic on Wednesday. "Boosting in perpetuity isn't an ideal option, if we can avoid it," Wu wrote.
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A hidden camera caught a worker at a Kendall assisted living facility slapping and pulling the hair of an 87-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease, the Florida Attorney General's office announced Wednesday. Licensed certified nursing assistant Mayte Todd-Molina, 42, was booked into Miami-Dade County jail Wednesday morning on two counts of abuse of an elderly adult. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody stated soon after her 2018 election that elder abuse and elder fraud would be main targets of her office.
It was not a secret that Margarette “Ann” Cuauhtli wanted to leave home when she turned 17. For years, the Arlington teen had been confiding to friends and even some family members about her troubled home life and alleged abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, Gabriel Cuauhtli, in southeast Arlington. So when she disappeared on Oct. 11, 2001 — two weeks before her 17th birthday — and was reported the next day as a runaway to Arlington police by her father, red flags did not immediately go up.
A Grand Canyon hiker was a half-mile from the trailhead when he died, park officials said. William Smith, a 60-year-old from Oswego, Illinois, had just completed a day hike Tuesday when bystanders rushed to give him CPR, Grand Canyon National Park officials said. “Bystanders initiated CPR and National Park Service EMS personnel responded and assisted with resuscitation efforts,” park officials said in a Wednesday news release.
It accused the hospital and the provincial health authorities of trying to cover up medical negligence. "These allegations are false, unsubstantiated and only serve to tarnish the good reputation of Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the Gauteng Provincial Government," the latest statement said. Legal action would be taken against the editor-in-chief of Pretoria News, Piet Rampedi, and IOL, it said.
Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' father and conservator, is living in an "RV parked at a warehouse" in Louisiana, The New York Times reported Tuesday, despite an about $16,000/month salary in the court-appointed arrangement granting Jamie "broad control" over his daughter's life and finances. For her part, Britney has pushed back on the conservatorship "earlier and more often than had previously been known," the Times report revealed. The pop star has stayed "largely silent" on the topic in public, while claiming privately that the arrangement "restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets," confidential court records show.
Miami is proud of its beaches — but the Internet says Florida's other beaches are better. Holidu.com, a search and booking website for vacation rentals, analyzed more than 30,000 Google searches to come up with the 10 most popular Florida beaches. And despite seasonal car twerking, the heady aroma of weed and a promise not to enforce a ban on alcohol sales after 2 a.m.
A fine has been issued four months after officials said a man punched a Southwest Airlines worker as he was being kicked off his flight over a face mask. The man, whom the Federal Aviation Administration did not name, was fined $21,000 following the alleged assault at a Dallas airport. The FAA said the man refused to wear his face mask before and after boarding the Southwest plane on Feb. 22.
More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite economic damage from the Covid-19 pandemic. While many poor people became poorer, the number of millionaires increased by 5.2 million to 56.1 million globally, Credit Suisse research found. In 2020, more than 1% of adults worldwide were millionaires for the first time.
President Biden and Attorney General Garland announced initiatives aimed at stemming gun violence. The COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing calls for policing reform after the death of George Floyd have increased the stakes for action. Biden has long pushed for gun control legislation, including a ban on assault weapons.
India Walton, a nurse and progressive activist, upset four-term incumbent mayor Byron Brown in Tuesday's Democratic primary in Buffalo, N.Y., in a bid to become the first socialist mayor of a major American city since 1960.
An electronic road sign on the Dolphin Expressway in Miami-Dade County went beyond traffic warnings this week. Drivers on State Road 836 saw this flashing message: “Arrest Fauci.” Miami-Dade's Expressway Authority said the electronic sign was hacked early Tuesday, and directed other questions to the Florida Department of Transportation, the agency running the sign because of nearby construction.
The Murdaugh family name appears at least nine times in S.C. Highway Patrol notes during the investigation into the 2015 death of Hampton teen Stephen Smith, according to the agency's investigative report obtained by The Island Packet. Smith, 19, was found dead along the rural Sandy Run Road near Hampton on July 8, 2015. In the wake of the June 7 double homicide of Paul Murdaugh and his mother, Maggie, Smith's mysterious death has renewed interest.
A girl in her teens was found dead in a secluded area of Texas county, but her name and cause of death remain of mystery, officials say. Her body was discovered Friday morning off a road in Wharton County, a rural county about 70 miles southwest of Houston. The girl, who was estimated to be 14 to 17 years old, had black or dark brown hair that was shoulder length.
Amid mounting fines from the city and complaints from neighbors, the new Goodtime Hotel in South Beach said it will overhaul its sound system to keep loud music from disturbing residents across Washington Avenue. The hotel, which opened in mid-April at 601 Washington Ave., has received seven citations from the city and more than two dozen complaints due to the loud music coming from the property, which regularly hosts DJ performances on its pool deck. The hotel operators, including local hospitality entrepreneur David Grutman, were called before the Miami Beach Planning Board on Tuesday to discuss repeated noise infractions and violations of the hotel's outdoor entertainment permit, namely a condition that music should not be audible at the nearby Arcadia House Condominiums.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”