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The 2019 trial of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher gripped the nation due to the heinousness of the crimes of which he was accused. And though the SEAL platoon leader was charged with the 2017 murder of an Iraqi detainee, he was acquitted of all charges but one — posing in a photo with a young dead Iraqi man. However, over the course of the six episodes of the new podcast “The Line,” written and produced by Dan Taberski, the story of how that man died becomes much, much more complicated.
Two Trump family members got “inappropriately – and perhaps dangerously – close” to agents protecting them while Donald Trump was president, according to a new book on the US Secret Service. Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, by the Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, is published next week. Leonnig won a Pulitzer prize in 2015, for her reporting on security failures at the Secret Service.
A Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate that stole data from the Washington, D.C., police department says negotiations over payment have broken down, with it rejecting a $100,000 payment, and it will release sensitive information that could put lives at risk if more money is not offered. The extortion threat comes amid a separate ransomware attack on a major pipeline that's affected part of the U.S.'s fuel supply, highlighting the power of internet-savvy criminal gangs to sow mayhem from a half a world away with impunity. The Babuk group said on its website late Monday that it would release “all the data” it stole from the Washington police department if it did not “raise the price.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered the Russian Federal Service of National Guard Troops to start working on new gun regulations following a school shooting that left at least eight people dead, according to the Kremlin. Driving the news: A gunman on Tuesday morning attacked a school in the city of Kazan and killed seven students and one teacher, while leaving 21 other people hospitalized, AP reports. The suspect was 19 years old and the firearm used was registered in his name, said Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic where Kazan is located, per AP.
A bartender at a family-friendly Kentucky business needed extensive facial surgeries after being assaulted by a woman complaining about drinks, cops say. The alleged assault happened April 2 outside Main Event, a popular entertainment center that features bowling and arcade games in Louisville, according to a citation. Ciara Pardue, 24, ordered drinks from the business and later complained there was no alcohol in them, an arrest citation states.
Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Health officials working through the night Monday retrieved 71 bodies, officials in Bihar state said. More corpses were found floating in the river on Tuesday, washing up in Ghazipur district in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state.
A young British woman was strangled to death in front of her baby daughter while her husband was tied up in another room in their home in Athens. The horrific killing of 20-year-old Caroline Crouch in front of her 11-month-old daughter is highly unusual in Greece and has shocked the country. A special police task force has been ordered to investigate the murder, with a manhunt currently underway to identify the attackers.
Progressives lashed out at the Biden admin. Progressive Democrats on Monday called out the Biden administration for promoting Israel's right to self-defense as the Israeli military pummeled parts of Gaza with airstrikes in response to rocket attacks from militant groups. Most of the rockets launched by militants in Gaza were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system, but two Israelis were killed.
A woman said a Six Flags officer threatened and body shamed her over shorts that were deemed too short for the Oklahoma amusement park. Bailey Breedlove — who documented her experience at the Oklahoma City park on TikTok and Facebook — said she has since been banned from Six Flags. Breedlove said she and her family were at Frontier City Theme Park for around two-and-a-half hours on April 30 before an officer approached her daughter for rolling down a hill on her skate shoes.
Employers' groups and trade unions have expressed concern at the lack of an Employment Bill in the Queen's Speech. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously promised such a bill amid fears that workers' rights could be watered down after the UK left the EU. The TUC said the government had "rowed back" on its pledge, while the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) said the bill was "long overdue".
The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios. Why it matters: Real-world evidence continues to show coronavirus vaccines are effective at keeping people from dying and out of hospitals. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been found to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively, at preventing symptomatic infections.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, suggested that the U.S. could soon see a loosening of indoor mask requirements and that recommendations should become more “liberal” as more Americans are vaccinated. During an appearance on ABC's This Week, Fauci said he agreed with former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who has said now is the time to loosen indoor mask mandates as more than one-third of U.S. adults is fully vaccinated against COVID. “No I think so, I think you're going to probably see that as we go along and as more people get vaccinated,” Fauci told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was reviewing coronavirus data from Seychelles after the health ministry said more than a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week had been fully vaccinated. Both the ministry and the WHO stressed that the majority of those who tested positive had not been vaccinated or had only received one dose, that no one who had died had been fully vaccinated and that nearly all of those needing treatment for severe or critical cases were unvaccinated. But the WHO said it was closely following the situation in the Indian Ocean nation, which has a population of less than 100,000 and daily cases numbers in the low hundreds.
Victor Hugo Cuevas was confronted by Houston cops after a tiger was spotted lounging on his lawn. After a short standoff with the cops, Cuevas, 26, took off in a white Jeep - Bengal tiger in tow. The residents of a sleepy West Houston suburb were shocked to see a full-sized Bengal tiger stalking down the street.
During the White House press briefing on Monday, Homeland Security adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said the cyber breach did not affect fuel supplies.
The campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom has failed to gain momentum in recent months as significantly more California voters favor keeping him in office, and only anemic support has surfaced for reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner while other Republican candidates hoping to take the governor's place have little backing, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll that was co-sponsored by the L.A. Times. The survey's results were especially bleak for retired Olympic gold medalist Jenner, as just 6% of Californians who took part in the survey said they would vote to have her replace Newsom — a vast majority of Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated or independent voters said they would not be inclined to support her candidacy. Democratic voters polled also overwhelmingly favored having a prominent Democratic replacement candidate on the recall ballot in case Newsom was ousted from office, putting them at odds with efforts by their state party and Newsom's campaign to prevent that from happening.
AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) - Intensive care medical staff exhausted by the battle against COVID-19 went on strike in some French hospitals on Tuesday to demand better pay and working conditions. The hard-left CGT trade union said the coronavirus crisis had underlined the need to increase the number of nurses and intensive care beds in public hospitals, as well as improve salary terms. At the Robert Ballanger hospital in Aulnay-sous-Bois outside Paris, where all 16 available critical care beds are full - nearly all with COVID-19 patients - nurses worked through their strike to ensure life-saving care was maintained.
President Joe Biden has announced he would be speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, given the hackers responsible were a Russia-based ransomware group. “I'm going to be meeting with President Putin,” Mr Biden said. Date and location have yet to be announced for the meeting between Mr Biden and the Russian president.
A former Arizona Republican attorney general said the people running Maricopa County's much-criticized ballot recount "can't get over" losing the state in 2020. Grant Woods, who switched to the Democratic Party while Donald Trump was president, lamented what he called a refusal to accept reality among the Republican figures pursuing the recount, the Associated Press reported. The recount was ordered by the GOP-led Arizona state legislature following widespread conspiracy theories around the result.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the coronavirus variant first found in India last year as a "variant of global concern". The variant has already spread to more than 30 countries, the WHO says. A mutation is elevated from a "variant of interest" to a "variant of concern" (VOC) when it shows evidence of fulfilling at least one of several criteria, including easy transmission, more severe illness, reduced neutralisation by antibodies or reduced effectiveness of treatment and vaccines.
A young minke whale was rescued from a shallow area of London's River Thames on Sunday. The whale was found again on Monday and was euthanized because it was in poor condition. The injured whale calf that went missing for the second time after rescuers freed it from being trapped in the London's Thames River on Sunday has been euthanized.
The US government declared a regional emergency after a key pipeline was hit by a cyberattack and warned that such attacks are “here to stay. The Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline system in the America, was subjected to a highly sophisticated cyber attack on Friday, drawing attention to the threat of hacking for businesses and government infrastructure. The supply line, which carries 45 per cent of the East Coast's supply of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel, still remains largely shut after two days.
Reporters covering the Biden administration are frustrated with the White House's quote-approval rule. The rule means the White House must approve quotes from an administration official in a story. "The rule treats them like coddled Capitol Hill pages," one reporter told Politico.
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”