A grocery store cashier was killed and an off-duty officer and a suspect were wounded in a shooting following a dispute over the store's COVID-19 mask policy, authorities said.Off-duty officer hit twice »
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday that it is "highly unlikely" a Supreme Court nominee picked by Biden would be confirmed in 2024 if Republicans take control of the Senate. Why it matters: A record number of judges, plus three Supreme Court justices, were confirmed under Trump. What they're saying: Hewitt asked if McConnell would block Biden from filling a 2024 Supreme Court vacancy as he blocked Obama from replacing the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
For nearly a century, fathers of three generations of the Murdaugh family wielded power as South Carolina's top prosecutor for a cluster of counties in a swampy coastal region known as the Lowcountry. The family's fingerprints have been on countless cases tied to the legal system in the Lowcountry. The State newspaper of Columbia noted in 2019 that they helped to put thousands of people in prison and sent more than a dozen to death row and that "year after year, the family law firm in Hampton has won millions of dollars in civil lawsuits, relentlessly pursuing those at fault in fatal collisions."
President Joe Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, surprised locals in Falmouth, England when they dropped into Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Sunday service. The Bidens are in Cornwall, England for the Group of Seven – or G7 – summit, but locals were shocked to see the U.S. president at church ahead of the summit's final day. "I think gobsmacked is probably a very true word," Annie Fitzpatrick, who was at the service, told the Associated Press.
Flames engulfed a chemical plant in Northern Illinois on Monday, forcing the evacuation of neighbors, sending massive plumes of smoke into the sky and threatening an "environmental nightmare," authorities said. Anyone living within a mile of the Chemtool Inc. plant in Rockton was ordered to vacate after flames were reported at about 7 a.m. CT, police and fire officials said. Explosions could be heard around the neighborhood, James Berger of Rockton said.
Evidence that includes newly unearthed Chinese government video continues to mount indicating the Wuhan Institute of Virology studied live bats in its lab, despite longtime lab collaborator Peter Daszak calling this a “conspiracy theory." Footage obtained and released by the Australian and Sky News was purportedly shot from inside the Wuhan lab and shows live bats kept in cages. The video was reportedly produced and released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017 to tout the opening and launch of the Wuhan lab's then-new biosafety level four laboratory.
A supermarket cashier in the U.S. state of Georgia was shot and killed by a customer on Monday in a dispute over the wearing of a face mask before the gunman was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with the store's security guard, the local sheriff said. The guard was also wounded in the incident which occurred at a little after 1 p.m. at the Big Bear Supermarket in DeKalb County, DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox told a news conference. "The wearing of the mask and not wearing of the mask, people have their own opinion about it and it is very sensitive at this time."
Indiana legislators scrambled in the final days of their session to make decisions on spending the state's $3 billion share of the $350 billion in federal coronavirus relief money approved this year for state and local governments. In an example of how states are casting for ways to spend the federal influx, Indiana's budget negotiators wrote in $75 million for the Career Accelerator Program — nearly triple the $27 million going to a 2% increase for the state's higher education system. It's also more than three times what the Legislature appropriated to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's Next Level Jobs program two years ago, and nearly double what lawmakers re-injected into his jobs program for the next biennium.
A Chinese nuclear power plant is investigating an unusually high concentration of gases in one of its reactors, one of its owners said Monday. Reactor 1 at the vast Taishan power plant in Guandong province, north of Hong Kong, experienced an "increase in the concentration of certain rare gases in the primary circuit," according to the giant French energy company EDF, which holds a 30 percent stake in the plant's parent company. "The presence of certain rare gases in the primary circuit is a known phenomenon, studied and foreseen by the operating procedures of reactors," EDF said in statement on its website.
Nellie's Sports Bar located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. is under fire after a video went viral showing a security guard dragging a Black woman by her hair down a flight of stairs. The demonstrations started around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, with dozens of people rallying behind Keisha Young, 22, of Maryland, the woman seen being dragged out of the bar in video that was shared on Instagram. Young told the outlet that she did nothing to warrant the mistreatment during her visit to celebrate Pride month.
A 76-year-old man who had 39 wives and 94 children and was said to be the head of the world's largest family has died in north east India, the chief minister of his home state said. Ziona Chana, the head of a local Christian sect that allows polygamy, died on Sunday, Zoramthanga, the chief minister of Mizoram and who goes by one name, said in a tweet. With a total of 167 members, the family is the world's largest, according to local media, although this depends on whether you count the grandchildren, of whom Ziona has 33.
In a political moment that seemed inevitable yet improbable, Israeli lawmakers on Sunday brought down the curtain on the long-running rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, installing a new prime minister with similarly hard-line ideology but a stated determination to stem the rancor and polarization that have become hallmarks of the country's public life. By the narrowest possible vote — 60-59, with one abstention — the 120-member Knesset, or parliament, ushered in a ruling coalition cobbled together from wildly disparate political parties with little in common beyond a shared desire to expel Netanyahu from the office he had held for the last 12 years.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out record high finishes on Monday, despite most traders being focused on this week's Federal Reserve meeting and not on adding to existing positions. Investors are seeking new cues from the central bank on its inflation outlook, after recent data indicated the U.S. economy is regaining momentum but not overheating. While the Fed has reassured that any spike in inflation would be transitory, policymakers could begin discussing the tapering of bond buying at the Tuesday-Wednesday meeting.
Rep. Jim Jordan appeared to criticize Biden on Monday for attending diplomatic summits in Europe. "While Biden pals around with his buddies in Europe, the border crisis rages at home," he tweeted. GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio on Monday appeared to criticize President Joe Biden for attending the Group of Seven and NATO summits in recent days, saying that the president should instead focus his energies on the US-Mexico border.
An American father and son pleaded guilty in Tokyo on Monday (June 14), to charges that they illegally helped former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn flee Japan more than a year ago. U.S. Army Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son Peter, could now face up to three years in prison. Buses believed to be carrying the two were seen arriving in court on Monday.
This would be the first tropical depression in the Gulf this hurricane season, which is expected to be more active than normal. The area of potential development in the Bay of Campeche will slowly move northward over waters in the western Gulf of Mexico that are 3 degrees above average for this time of year,” Gulf meteorologist Rocco Calaci says in a Monday morning update. This will accelerate development of this system into a tropical depression (minimum) or perhaps a moderate tropical storm.
The UK government has signed a long list of trade deals over the past year, but they have been rollovers of those the UK already had as part of the EU. Why is an Australia trade deal controversial? Safeguards' promise over UK-Australia trade deal Farmers' opposition to UK-Australia trade deal grows Food and drink sector criticise Australia trade deal The new trade deal is expected to give UK and Australian food producers and other businesses easier access to each other's markets - an ambition perhaps alluded to by the meal served up to the pair on Monday evening - Welsh lamb and Scottish smoked salmon, washed down with Australian wine.
Blue Granite Water Company is asking the S.C. Supreme Court to overturn a regulatory decision last year that denied the company the option of increasing water rates on customers in the Midlands and Upstate. After the company and state regulators deliver their arguments to the court on Tuesday in Columbia, the decision about customers' rates will be in the hands of the five high court justices. Blue Granite, a private utility that serves 30,000 customers across the state, says in court filings the S.C. Public Service Commission was legally wrong to deny a proposed rate hike after hearings last year, arguing the approved rate does not cover the $23 million in needed improvements and investment the company has already made.
As summer weather hit the Fort Worth area in full force this week, some health providers were surprised and disheartened by a trend they're already seeing — an increase in children nearly drowning. Five children were seen at Cook Children's Medical Center on Sunday for nonfatal drowning cases. Of the five children, who ranged in age from 1 to 14, four were at swimming pools and one was at a lake, said Sharon Evans, the hospital's trauma and injury prevention coordinator.
The victim, who was hit in the chest, legs and hand, was going for his own firearm to defend himself when he was shot, police said.
Vodafone UK has chosen Samsung as a supplier for its 5G infrastructure, as it seeks to extend its coverage. One analyst described the move as a "breakthrough" for Samsung, in a market expected to be dominated by Ericsson and Nokia, after the UK joined other countries in banning Huawei products. Vodafone says it aims to broaden its range of suppliers.
Mitch McConnell, the powerful Republican minority leader, said it's “highly unlikely” he'd allow a confirmation vote on a new Supreme Court justice during the remainder of Joe Biden's presidential term if Republicans retook the Senate. I think it's highly unlikely,” he told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday. In fact no, I don't think either party, if controlled, if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election.
The “Delta” coronavirus variant first discovered in India is raising some concerns in the U.S. as the number of infections caused by it doubles every week, according to former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb told CBS News' “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Delta is “probably” going to become the dominant coronavirus strain in the U.S., making up about 10% of current infections and posing greater risks to communities with low vaccination rates. “I think in parts of the country where you have less vaccination, particularly in parts of the South, where you have some cities where vaccination rates are low, there's a risk that you could see outbreaks with this new variant.”
A former AOC staffer said he left his position earlier this year because of low pay among Congressional staffers. In a Monday letter, the New York lawmaker called for a budget increase in order to boost staff salaries. The letter comes two weeks after an Insider report detailing the low pay among many Capitol Hill staffers.
Five Georgia police officers have been fired in the wake of the hanging death of a man in police custody, attorneys of the man's family saidon Monday. The Savannah Police Department fired Cpl. Silver Leuschner and Sgt. Michael Kerr as part of the initial investigation into the death of William Zachery Harvey, 60.
“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.”