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A young man accused of deliberately running over a Pakistani Muslim family in London, Ontario, on June 6 has been charged with terrorism this week. The charges: The incident, which killed four adults and injured a child, led to multiple charges against the suspect, Nathaniel Veltman, who was arrested shortly after fleeing the scene. The 20-year-old was first charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) accused Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Tuesday of lying about the Capitol Police officers who helped defend the building from pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6, following Gosar's comment on the officer who fatally shot rioter Ashli Babbitt that day. Why it matters: Cheney accused Gosar, who has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the insurrection, of repeating "disgusting and despicable" lies about what happened. Gosar in a hearing with FBI director Christopher Wray on Tuesday demanded to know why the FBI did not disclose the name of the officer that shot Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, in the left shoulder as she was climbing through a broken window on a door into the Speaker's Lobby, which is located just off the House chamber floor.
A grocery store cashier in the Atlanta area was killed and three other people were wounded Monday in a shooting that followed an argument over wearing face masks in the supermarket, authorities said. DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said the shooting occurred inside the Big Bear Supermarket in Decatur while several people were inside the business. "There was some confrontation, argument — I'm not sure exactly what — in reference to the wearing of masks, at which time the subject pulled out a weapon and shot the cashier," Maddox said at a news conference.
Investigators are continuing to search for a missing 5-year-old last seen outside her home Tuesday evening in east Tennessee, about 30 miles from the North Carolina border. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert just after 11 a.m. Wednesday for Summer Moon-Utah Wells, citing “new information and growing concern about (her) well-being.” Summer Wells was last seen wearing gray pants and a pink shirt, possibly barefoot, outside her home in Rogersville, Tennessee, according to state investigators.
China's government issued a warning to "foreign forces" after Taiwan reported a record 28 Chinese military planes flew over the self-governed island's airspace Tuesday, per Reuters. Why it matters: The warning and deployment of aircraft including fighter jets and bombers comes after G7 leaders issued a statement Sunday urging the Chinese government to respect human rights and calling on peace and "stability across the Taiwan Strait." What they're saying: "We will never tolerate attempts to seek independence or wanton intervention in the Taiwan issue by foreign forces, so we need to make a strong response to these acts of collusion," said Chinese government spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang, accordin...
I had the rare opportunity to watch Vladimir Putin in action during my four-year stint serving as a senior communications aide to former Secretary of State John Kerry. Why it matters: From his timing to his baiting techniques and his postgame spin, Russia's president commands an array of tactics aimed at putting U.S. leaders on the defensive and in response mode — and has decades of experience fine-tuning them. President Biden's arrival may be the last thing he fully controls when he and Putin meet Wednesday for their summit in Geneva.
The Trump administration launched several separate investigations into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and former President Donald Trump and other senior officials pressed hard for evidence the virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Politico and The Washington Post reported Tuesday. President Biden ordered a new 90-day review of the intelligence last month. On April 30, 2020, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence codified that view, saying in a statement the intelligence community "concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified," and would continue working "to determine whether the outbreak began through contact with infected animals or if it was the result of an accident at a laboratory in Wuhan."
Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, was acquitted Tuesday of triple murder following a 2018 shooting in Cleveland. Seconds after Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg cleared Biles-Thomas of his charges, the courtroom erupted in chaos as a woman charged at the man on trial. The woman, identified by WKYC as the mother of one of the victims, was grabbed by several deputies as she got close to Biles-Thomas.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it would be “highly unlikely” that he'd allow President Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if Republicans were to take control of the chamber.
The opening moments of President Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin devolved into chaos on Wednesday, as shoving and yelling broke out among journalists and security officials jostling inside the room where the two leaders were sitting. Driving the news: Politico's Anita Kumar, who is the White House pool reporter for the summit in Geneva, described the scene as the "most chaotic" media scuffle she has seen at a presidential event in nine years. Journalists pushed and shoved, yelling at each other to move but no one did.
Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza early Wednesday morning, with the military saying this was in response to incendiary balloons crossing over from Hamas-controlled territory into Israel. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the Hamas compounds were used by members planning attacks, and the militant group is "responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences for its actions." Additionally, the Israeli military is "prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities."
The House passed a bill Tuesday to award Congressional Gold Medals to honor the Capitol Police officers and others who protected the U.S. Capitol during a pro-Trump riot Jan. 6 by a vote of 406-21. "The desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American Democracy, and the violence targeting Congress are horrors that will forever stain our Nation's history," the legislation says. The bill would provide for four gold medals in honor of the first responders — one for the Capitol Police, one for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police, one for the Smithsonian Institution and one for the Architect of the Capitol.
It's likely investigators are looking for more than one killer in the Murdaugh double homicide, and that investigators will remain mum about the case until arrests are made, a former police detective with decades of experience told The Island Packet on Tuesday. Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother Maggie, 52, were found shot to death outside their home in Colleton County on June 7. State officials and law enforcement have said little about the killings, but the case has gained national attention because of the family's reputation and because Paul faced three felony charges in the 2019 Beaufort County boat crash that killed Mallory Beach.
Britain and Australia announced the broad outlines of a free trade deal Tuesday, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the U.K. seeks to expand links around the world following its exit from the European Union. The pact is expected to boost exports of traditional British products such as Scotch whisky, while boosting imports of lamb and wine from Australia. Crucially for Britain, it will also reduce barriers to trade in financial and other services.
The intrigue: By naming Khan FTC chair just hours after the Senate confirmed her appointment as one of five commissioners at the agency, the White House took both the industry and many D.C. insiders by surprise. Khan, 32, is a Columbia Law professor known for her argument that Amazon's retail business should be separated from its selling platform and for advocating broad updates of antitrust law to deal with digital-age problems. "The difference between being a mere commissioner and being chair is the difference between going to the moon and going to Mars," said William Kovacic, former FTC chairman.
The Government will today announce a crackdown on Russian and foreign meddling in UK elections by tightening the rules on campaign spending. Chloe Smith, the constitution minister, will set out plans to prevent spending by sources that have no "genuine and legitimate interest" in British democracy during regulated campaigning periods. Speaking at an event organised by the Policy Exchange think tank, Ms Smith will announce changes which will effectively ban overseas campaigners who are ineligible to vote or stand in UK elections from influencing them.
A Fox News host remarked that Vladimir Putin is more accessible to the press than Joe Biden. Harris Faulkner said Putin took questions for longer than Biden and VP Kamala Harris combined. Her observation did not factor in Biden's press conference right after Putin's.
Top Republicans are moving to block a Senate inquiry into the Trump justice department's secret seizure of data from Democrats to hunt down leaks of classified information, fearing a close investigation could damage the former president. Trump, who is facing a mounting crisis of legal problems and political criticism, still wields huge power among Republicans, and has hinted recently at a return run for the White House. In fiery remarks, the Republican Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, criticized the rapidly expanding congressional inquiries as unnecessary and accused Democrats of embarking on “politically motivated investigations”.
CNN correspondent Barbara Starr has branded the Trump-era Justice Department's past decision to seize her personal email and phone records, as well as those of other colleagues, a “sheer abuse of power”. In an op-ed penned for her outlet on Monday, Ms Starr accused the Trump administration of having manipulated both her and CNN when the DoJ secretly obtained her email records during a probe into news leaks. According to CNN, the DOJ informed Ms Starr on 13 May that prosecutors had procured her phone and email records dating from 1 June, 2017, to 31 July, 2017.
A study of nearly 2 million coronavirus patients across the country found that about a quarter developed at least one long-COVID symptom such as “brain fog,” breathing difficulties or high cholesterol 30 days or more after initially testing positive. Meanwhile, about 28% of those who had symptoms but were not hospitalized and 50% of patients who were admitted to the hospital went on to develop long-COVID, according to the study published Tuesday by the nonprofit FAIR Health. The study was based on data of over 34 billion private health care claim records of patients who got infected with the virus between February and December 2020, containing “the largest population of COVID-19 patients ever studied for long-haul COVID,” according to FAIR Health.
Cisco Systems, one of the largest makers of networking equipment, like routers and wireless networks, is launching a new Rural Broadband Innovation Center on its campus in Research Triangle Park — an investment it says will be focused on bridging the digital divide between rural and urban areas. The campus, which will be kick-started with $20 million, will work on technical solutions to make it easier for internet service providers to reach rural residents and reduce the expense of doing so. Guy Diedrich, Cisco's global innovation officer, said the pandemic has made it clear how important a digital connection is — especially as health care and jobs increasingly become more digital focused.
Trump's White House pushed a bizarre election fraud conspiracy theory involving Italian satellites. Trump's chief of staff pressed officials to investigate baseless claims of election fraud. One Department of Justice official branded the conspiracy theory "pure insanity."
Tensions around Taiwan have escalated in recent months, with US officials warning of potential China action. Those warnings focus on a potential invasion attempt by China, which has increased its military activity in the area. But Taiwan and the US face a threat short of an invasion: a Chinese blockade that could cut Taipei off from the world.
A spokesperson for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says the leader will not cooperate with a probe by the International Criminal Court into the thousands of alleged extra-judicial killings in his country, all part of its bloody war on drugs. The ICC's chief prosecutor asked the court on Monday (June 14) to open the case, which she has previously said could uncover crimes against humanity, and referred to a series of Reuters investigations in her preliminary findings. On Tuesday (June 15), families of some of the dead cheered the court's move.
“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.”