Florida leads the nation in new cases, recording more this week than California, Texas, New York and Illinois combined. The unvaccinated make up nearly all of the hospitalized and the dead.'This mess is crazy' »
Palestinian health officials on Friday said a 17-year-old youth was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a clash in the occupied West Bank. The shooting occurred in Nebi Saleh, a village where residents have held numerous demonstrations over the years against the expansion of a nearby Israeli settlement on what they say is their land. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the teen as Mohammed Tamimi, a member of a large extended family that lives in the village.
The leader of the New York State Assembly's impeachment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning of "severe repercussions" after a senior aide to the governor tweeted alleged "attempts to demean the Attorney General." A tweet from senior Cuomo aide Richard Azzopardi discussing Attorney General Letitia James's potential political ambitions served "to undermine [her] investigation [into Cuomo] and send profoundly negative signals to witnesses," according to a Wednesday letter from Charles Lavine, the chairman of the Assembly's Judiciary Committee, which was addressed to top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Saturday that Cuba is an “example of resistance,” and proposed the entire country should be declared a World Heritage site. While much of Cuba seems stuck technologically in the middle of the last century, López Obrador did not appear to be speaking ironically when he proposed the world heritage designation, which is usually used by the United Nations to honor historical sites. The Mexican leader praised Cuba's ability to stand up to U.S. hostility since 1959.
Tucker Carlson found himself in a pretty kettle of fish after he was confronted by a customer at a fly fishing store. The customer, Dan Bailey, posted a video to Instagram on Friday that showed him confronting the Fox News personality, whom he termed as "the worst human being." "Settle down, son," Carlson, who was laughing throughout Bailey's comments, responded.
Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019, blasted the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) latest attempt at modeling the trajectory of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the United States. The wide dispersion in models forecasting the Delta wave, released by CDC, are deeply disappointing and not actionable,” he said, noting that the CDC seemed to have no ideas as to whether we should expect case numbers to spike or come back down over the coming month. For the week ending August 14, CDC estimates there will be either an average of 10K infections a day, or more than 100K. Either the infection wave will be largely subsiding, or will be raging out of control.
Firefighters say their search for bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Florida apartment block has finally ended, but one victim remains unaccounted for. Nobody has been pulled alive from the rubble since the first hours after the disaster, and officials formally switched from a search-and-rescue mission to a recovery effort on 7 July. The Surfside site has mostly been cleared, with the rubble moved to a state warehouse for further inspection.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The noise of the gunman racking the slide of his pistol got one victim's attention, all happening in broad daylight.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill preventing police from sharing mugshots on social media of individuals accused of non-violent crimes. The bill's sponsor said he hoped the legislation helps to tackle "unconscious bias," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Under the law, police can still share photos of individuals they believe are dangerous who those who are accused of violent crimes.
China denounced NBC for displaying what the nation called an "incomplete map" of its territory during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, Reuters reports. Driving the news: The map was shown on-air as Chinese athletes entered the opening ceremony and did not include Taiwan nor the South China Sea. The display] hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people, the Chinese consulate in New York said in a post on its official Weibo social media platform on Saturday, per Reuters.
An man caught by police with guns in his Chicago hotel room said it was "an honest to God accident." Footage viewed by media outlets showed that police had worried "it could've been a Las Vegas thing." Keegan Casteel, 32, was arrested and charged with two felony counts.
The delta coronavirus variant continues to surge in the United States, now accounting for 83% of COVID-19 cases in the United States. A common sign you may have COVID-19 is a loss of smell and taste, but you may not have that with the highly contagious delta variant. “It seems like cough and loss of smell are less common,” said Dr. Inci Yildirim, a Yale Medicine pediatric infectious diseases specialist.
Union members at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka have approved a new contract and will return to work Monday, ending a nearly three-week strike at the plant, union officials said. Members of Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union approved the contract Friday. It gives all union members a 4% pay raise over two years and guarantees workers at least one day off each week, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Richard Jessee was speaking to the Nome Nugget, a weekly publication which advertises itself as Alaska's oldest newspaper, as his story went viral online. According to Jessee's interview with the Nugget, he lost his phone when the bear knocked him from his all-terrain vehicle. “There was no doubt about it: the bear was trying to get into my cabin,” he told the Nugget.
A Florida man who did not tell his partners about his HIV status was sentenced to two years in prison. Gentry Burns pleaded no contest to one count of uninformed HIV-infected sexual intercourse, WESH 2 reported. In addition to the two-year sentence, Burns will face 12 months of probation.
From the pandemic's earliest days, Dr. Anthony Fauci has drawn political fire from COVID-19 skeptics. As director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Fauci is steeped in the scientific disciplines of virology, immunology and vaccine design. The latest example occurred this week on Capitol Hill, when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) effectively accused Fauci of sending U.S. tax dollars to China so scientists there could soup up coronaviruses culled from bats and make them more dangerous to people.
Scammers forced the State Department to temporarily shut down its online bookings for urgent appointments for passports, adding to the frustration of many travelers who are already experiencing long wait times amid a huge backlog in passport applications. Third-party actors used bots to book all available online appointments, the State Department said. Scammers then sold the appointments for as high as $3,000 to applicants with urgent travel needs.
President Biden was heckled while appearing at a rally for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. President Joe Biden was heckled during a Virginia campaign appearance on Friday, brushing off the disturbance while rallying support for former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is seeking to reclaim his old job later this year. Biden, who traveled a short distance from the White House to Arlington, Va., spoke before roughly 3,000 people for McAuliffe, a prodigious fundraiser and former Democratic National Committee chairman who served as governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018.
A North Carolina car dealership on Facebook referred to a first-time car buyer as "Bon Quisha." The employee of Lumberton Honda who made the post was fired, WTVD-TV reported. Trinity Bethune told the outlet the post was conveying a "racial slur."
Arkansas is among the states seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, as many residents are unvaccinated. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said it's "disappointing" that vaccines have become "political." Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday it's "disappointing" vaccines have become "political," as his state deals with a COVID-19 surge.
California's huge Dixie Fire exploded to "megafire" status late Thursday, forcing more mandatory evacuations in nearby communities, fire officials said Friday. "The Dixie Fire is burning in a remote area with limited access, and extended travel times in steep terrain are hampering control efforts," Cal Fire said in a statement. Shannon Prather, the incident commander for the Dixie Fire, said Thursday evening that "this fire is outpacing us at moments."
A teen caused a United Airlines flight to be evacuated after he AirDropped an image of a gun to other passengers. Passengers were removed from the plane and rescreened, NBC Bay Area reported. A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Orlando was evacuated on Thursday after a teenager sent a photo of an airsoft gun to other passengers on the plane, according to NBC Bay Area.
New York prosecutors filed a 55-page motion seeking permission to admit new evidence in R. Kelly's trial. The filing alleges that Kelly bribed officials and sexually abused underage boys. The disgraced R&B singer is due to stand trial on August 9 in New York on racketeering charges.
Cases of a deadly fungal infection resistant to all existing treatments have been spreading through nursing homes and hospitals in the United States for the first time, health officials said. Outbreaks of Candida auris, an emerging yeast infection first identified in Asia in 2009, were reported in a Washington DC care home and at two Dallas, Texas, hospitals. Among the cases were several that were impervious to all three major classes of medications.
A California family said Southwest Airlines "just wanted them off the plane" when their 3-year-old son refused to keep his face mask on. After the experience, the family is vowing to never fly on the airline again. Eric Hansen, his wife, and their toddler were all ready to fly from Las Vegas to San Jose on Friday 23 July, KRON4 reported.
On masks: Face masks won't be required for Las Vegas tourists, despite COVID delta variant concerns Las Vegas has reopened: Here are the hottest things to do, places to stay this summer and fall Face masks required for employees, optional for guests COVID-19 cases are rising in the state, and the Southern Nevada Health District recently issued an advisory recommending that vaccinated and unvaccinated people "wear masks in crowded indoor public places where they may have contact with others who are not fully vaccinated." Following that move, the Clark County Commission, whose jurisdiction includes the Las Vegas Strip, voted on July 20 to require employees to wear masks when indoors.
“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.”