As the Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads in southeastern China, doctors say the symptoms are different and more dangerous than those they saw when the virus started spreading in late 2019.Conditions worsen much more quickly »
Hours before a vote to oust him, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused President Biden of endangering Israel's security by taking a soft line on Iran, and claimed his successor, Naftali Bennett, would be too weak to stand up to Washington. Why it matters: Netanyahu waged a desperate but unsuccessful campaign to stop a "change coalition" from joining together to replace him after an inconclusive election in March. Driving the news: Bennett, a right-wing former tech entrepreneur, will lead the most ideologically diverse coalition in Israeli history, with its members united by little more than a desire to remove Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption and battled through what seemed like a never ending cycle of elections over the past two years.
Three people were killed and at least six people were shot in an early morning shooting Saturday in Cleveland, police said. No other details were released, but it was one of multiple mass shootings to occur Friday and Saturday around the country. At least 14 people were injured Saturday in a shooting in Austin, Texas, where two people were in critical condition, said interim police Chief Joseph Chacon.
Adult film star Dakota Skye was discovered dead in Los Angeles, a family member confirmed. Skye, whose real name was Lauren Scott, came from a family with a history of addiction, her aunt claimed in an interview. "She died almost exactly two years after her mother, my baby sister's, death which was caused by addiction and alcoholism," Linda Arden told The Sun. "Lauren was a product of a highly dysfunctional family involving drugs, alcohol, physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse," the aunt added.
At least 12 people were killed and 39 seriously injured Sunday after a gas line explosion tore through a residential neighborhood in central China. Responders to the early morning blast in the city of Shiyan in Hubei province sent more than 150 people to the hospital, according to officials quoted by state media. Stall keepers and customers buying breakfast and fresh vegetables at a food market were the majority of victims when the explosion hit shortly after 6 a.m., according to the reports.
The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega arrested five opposition leaders Sunday during the biggest one-day round up so far, in what appears to be widespread detentions of anyone who might challenge his rule. The moves over the weekend suggest Ortega has moved beyond arresting potential opposition candidates in the Nov. 7 elections, and has begun arresting any prominent member of the opposition. “It's not just potential candidates any more, it's political leaders,” former general and Sandinista dissident Hugo Torres said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press before he himself was arrested.
A man is dead and his friend is under arrest after a boating accident in Minnesota on Friday. According to investigators, a group of men were on a pontoon boat at Big Sandy Lake when one fell off the front as the boat was moving forward, KMSP reported, and he couldn't be found. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office responded before midnight and began searching for the missing man, 34-year-old Nathen Waldo, according to the TV station.
Joe Manchin, the conservative Democratic West Virginia senator whose defiance over the filibuster rule threatens to stall Joe Biden's domestic legislative agenda, found himself under pressure from both wings of his party on Sunday. Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, adopted a conciliatory approach on CNN's State of the Union show, offering a novel interpretation of Manchin's assertion a week earlier that he would refuse to support Biden's flagship For the People voting rights act, or vote to end the filibuster that would allow it to pass. Later in the same show, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive congresswoman from New York, assailed Manchin for clinging to what she said he saw as “the romanticism of bipartisanship” and an era of Republicanism “that simply does not exist any more”.
President Joe Biden on Sunday explained why he won't hold a joint press conference with Putin. President Joe Biden on Sunday explained why he and Russian President Vladimir Putin won't hold a joint press conference following their meeting in Geneva this week. "I always found, and I don't mean to suggest the press should not know, but this is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass one another," Biden said Sunday during a press conference at Cornwall Airport Newquay, The Hill first reported.
Volunteers at a Texas state park recently ran into a dark, squirming mass of “creepy critters,” video shows — and they're hungry. “What IS this?” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials asked the public in a Facebook post on Friday. The writhing blob of bugs, spotted at Mother Neff State Park, has commenters stumped, and grossed out, in equal measure.
A Texas man has been indicted for a hate crime and stands accused of harassing and assaulting an Asian family while vacationing in Florida, according to local authorities. Wade Ashton, 54, told the family to “go back to where they came from” as they pet his dogs on Okaloosa Island, which apparently upset Mr Ashton. An argument broke out between a woman and Mr Ashton.
According Hissrich, the car went 200 feet into the building. He told CBS News witnesses reported seeing the car traveling at high speeds before crashing.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Biden will warn President Putin against further "aggressive actions." Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday said President Joe Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin against committing future "reckless and aggressive actions" when he meets with him in Geneva later this week.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday that a coronavirus strain known as the Delta variant is likely to become the dominant source of new infections in the U.S. and could lead to new outbreaks in the fall, with unvaccinated Americans being most at risk. The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was first discovered in India and is one of three related strains. Gottlieb says the Delta strain is going to continue to spread, citing new data from prominent British epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, who told reporters last week that the variant is about 60% more transmissible than the original B.1.1.7 variant first found in the United Kingdom.
A bystander captured a video of Jabari Richardson helping a homeless man in Tallahassee, Florida. The video was shared to TikTok and has amassed more than five million views. Richardson told WXTL he was in the process of moving when he spotted the man on I-10.
“Starfield,” the next big game from the makers of “Fallout” and “The Elder Scrolls” will be released on Nov. 11, 2022 for Xbox consoles and PC — and not for PlayStation, according to a new trailer. Why it matters: “Starfield” is about as big as it gets in terms of upcoming blockbuster games and will likely be ace for Microsoft commercially. The science fiction role-playing game was first teased by development studio Bethesda in 2018 and has been greatly anticipated ever since.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that Trump is "extraordinary" and "talented." Putin added that he hopes that Biden is less "impulse-based" than Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped praise on former President Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Friday.
Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador praised Kamala Harris after meeting her this week. "It was such a good meeting that I called her 'president,'" López Obrador told reporters Wednesday. Harris held in-person meetings with Mexico's president to discuss the migrant crisis.
A New Hampshire high school marked students at their senior prom based on their vaccinated status, according to NBC10 Boston. The school's contact tracing system at the senior prom has caused outrage with parents, the report said. Unvaccinated students were labelled with a black marker, a state official told the outlet.
A Scottish rapist who was considered missing, and possibly dead, in California has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after authorities finally tracked him down. Kim Avis, 57, was jailed in the Edinburgh High Court following his arrival back in the UK on Friday after pleading guilty to non-sexual charges. Last month, Avis was found guilty on three counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in the High Count in Glasgow, according to the Crown Office.
A man and a three-year-old child are dead and another man is missing after currents Friday swept them out to sea at a Tampa beach in Florida, authorities said. The man and the child were wading into the water when they "got taken by the strong current" at the beach, said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister at a Friday news conference. They received a frantic 911 call from a woman, whose boyfriend, identified later as Kristoff Murray, 27, saw that the adult and child were struggling.
It was a bad week for China on the world stage. President Biden is getting a warm reception in Europe rallying our democratic allies in the G7, the EU and NATO. This week the leaders of the Western world turned their eyes toward China, and as a result it was one of the worst weeks for Beijing on the world stage in some time.
Cape Cod fisherman Michael Packard said Friday he was swallowed by a humpback whale while diving for lobsters. A doctor at the hospital that treated Packard told The New York Post he should have been more injured. Another fisherman told The Post that people are finding Packard's story "hard to believe."
A high school awarded white students top honors after two Black students were already chosen. Parents at a Mississippi school claimed it had miscalculated the criteria for valedictorian and salutatorian. Breaking with tradition, the school ended up naming two white students as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian.
Timothy J. Wall had mental health struggles before he walked into a Florida Publix on Thursday and shot a grandmother, her nearly 2-year-old grandson and then himself, authorities and family say. Maj. Talal Masri with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Friday that the gunman first shot the child at the Royal Palm Beach grocery store and that the 69-year-old woman then "instinctively jumps in and is trying to stop him." Authorities and Wall's family on Friday described him as a financially troubled individual who struggled with mental health disorders.
A woman who was fired for saying that people cannot change their biological sex won a tribunal appeal. Maya Forstater lost her job in 2019 after she tweeted that trans women are "not really women." Forstater won the support of JK Rowling who has previously said she opposes transgender activism.
“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.”