In heavily Republican Wyoming, their lone congresswoman's defiance of the former president is unpopular. But some residents still stick up for her.'She told the truth!' »
A South Carolina woman caught fire during a police chase Thursday after multiple containers of gasoline exploded in the back of her car, officials said. The woman, identified as 28-year-old Jessica Dale Patterson, was taken to a hospital, the Pickens County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. “Before leaving the scene, Ms. Patterson told deputies that she was transporting several containers of fuel that she was hoarding in the trunk,” officials said.
Colonial Pipeline paid the Eastern European hackers who attacked its network 75 Bitcoin, worth almost $5 million at the time of the ransom payment, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday evening, backing up a report in Bloomberg News. The ransom payment to DarkSide, a group of cybercriminals in or near Russia, allowed Colonial to start restoring its network and work to reopen its massive pipeline from Texas to the East Coast, where gas stations are running out of gas amid panic buying of constrained supplies. A report last month from a ransomware task force said payments rose by 311 percent in 2020 to about $350 million, paid in cryptocurrency, and the average payout was $312,493, Bloomberg reports.
As rockets from Gaza streaked overhead, Arabs and Jews fought each other on the streets below and rioters torched vehicles, a restaurant and a synagogue in one of the worst spasms of communal violence Israel has seen in years. The mayor of the mixed town of Lod, which saw the worst of the violence Tuesday, compared it to a civil war or a Palestinian uprising. Arab experts and activists say the violence was fueled by unrest in Jerusalem that has brought Israel to the brink of another Gaza war, but is rooted in deeper grievances that go back to the founding of the state.
The principal of a Texas elementary school was killed Wednesday by her husband, who then killed himself, Texas officials say. The death of 35-year-old Erica Rene Allen occurred in the front yard of her home and was witnessed by neighbors, according to the League City Police Department. Allen is the principal at Heights Elementary School in Texas City.
During a press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reacted to the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney from her GOP leadership position for speaking out against former President Donald Trump. Psaki called the action “disturbing” without specifically naming Cheney.
LONDON (Reuters) - Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine generates antibody responses three-and-a-half times larger in older people when a second dose is delayed to 12 weeks after the first, a British study said. The study released on Friday is the first to directly compare immune responses of the Pfizer shot from the three-week dosing interval tested in clinical trials, and the extended 12-week interval that British officials recommend in order to give more vulnerable people at least some protection quickly. After Britain moved to extend the interval between doses, Pfizer and vaccine partner BioNTech said there was no data to back up the move.
Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security, praised the Biden administration for taking action to address cybersecurity threats. Krebs spoke with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett for this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast. President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at hardening the federal government's cybersecurity defenses by directing the Commerce Department to author new standards for software vendors supplying the federal government.
Donald Trump has a rich history of fighting back when he's down and making others pay, and that's exactly how he intends to deal with New York City over its plans to fire his company from running a windswept city golf course in the Bronx. Trump's son Eric sees the fight as nothing less than a stand against “cancel culture,” demanding a payout of more than $30 million from the city to get out of the deal in what could turn into a potentially costly legal battle dragging on for years. “They can't throw him out so easily,” says John Ray, a lawyer with experience in public contract disputes who noted that the Bronx deal gives the famously litigious Trump plenty of room to protest.
This photo shows Israel's Iron Dome interception system responding to militant rockets from Gaza. This week Israel has launched airstrikes into Gaza, and Hamas has fired rockets toward Israel. The air attacks have killed dozens of people, mostly in Gaza.
The Wake County school system, Durham Public Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools are switching from in-person to online classes on Friday due to the state's gas shortage. Wake, Durham and Chapel Hill are turning Friday into a remote learning day for students. The districts have enough fuel for school buses but school officials say working from home will reduce the need for students and school staff to commute.
After McCain suggested America move on from discussing the deadly Capitol siege that took place in January, Hostin said the insurrection is something we should never forget. The party of law and order, [Republicans] should be ashamed of themselves for what they did yesterday, what they continue to do, and that is an important story that we should never, ever, ever stop talking about or forget,” said Hostin. Only have one response to Meghan McCain's opinion, on #TheView this morning, concerning the insurrection on January 6.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a "pretty belligerent person." The comments came after Greene, a report said, chased after Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for pursuing her down a hallway in the Capitol and berating her on Wednesday.
A Georgia man decided to skip the long lines forming outside gas stations in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack and stop by a line of parked U-Hauls instead. A 25-year-old man drilled holes in the fuel tanks of multiple U-Haul trucks Wednesday, spilling 35 to 45 gallons of gas, the Griffin Police Department said. Surveillance images, some of which were shared on the department's Facebook, show a suspect with a fuel can walking near what is thought to be his red truck, according to police.
Gov. Ron DeSantis pledged to pardon any Floridian prosecuted for breaking mask and distancing rules. The CDC on Thursday said vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks or practice distancing. Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would pardon anyone in Florida prosecuted for violating mask or social-distancing COVID-19 rules.
A group of 25 House Democrats has urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to “exert diplomatic pressure” to stop Israel's efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians in East Jerusalem. “Even our allies must be held accountable for human rights violations,” said US Rep Marc Pocan. The lawmakers point to the demolition of more than 5,000 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem within the last 50 years, which are “in clear violation” of international laws governing human rights and war crimes, they say.
Buckingham Palace reportedly asked a Trump supporter to remove an image of the Queen from his bus. The doctored image showed Queen Elizabeth II wearing a MAGA hat, BuzzFeed News reported. The bus belongs to Trump supporter Buddy Hall and appeared at a May 7 Republican rally in Florida.
Two of Andrew Yang's opponents in New York City's mayoral race suggested Yang cheated on a pop quiz during a New York Times editorial board interview. Advisers to Shaun Donovan and Scott Stringer both said they doubted Yang answered the questions without getting help. Neither of Yang's opponents have evidence that he broke The Times' interview rules.
An open letter signed by 124 retired US military officers has called President Biden's health into question, earning a strong rebuke from Hillary Clinton and others. “The mental and physical condition of the Commander in Chief cannot be ignored,” wrote Flag Officers 4 America, an organisation of former generals and admirals. As evidence, the letter only cites “recent Democrat leadership's inquiries about nuclear code procedures”, which it interprets as “raising the question about who is in charge”.
Reporters said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was screaming when she confronted AOC in Congress. Jacqueline Alemany told CNN about watching the angry encounter. Greene denied yelling, saying she was "talking" when she ran after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Greenberg's attorneys and federal prosecutors will formally announce the plea to a judge Monday. See more stories on Insider's business page. The former Florida county tax collector Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to six felony counts including sex trafficking, identity theft, and wire fraud, a significant downgrade from the 33 federal charges he was facing through multiple indictments, Insider has learned.
Elise Stefanik has been elected as the new chair of the House Republican conference in a secret ballot of party members. Ms Stefanik is now the party's number three in the House of Representatives, replacing Liz Cheney of Wyoming who was removed from the post earlier this week for her lack of fealty to Donald Trump. There were several other write-in candidates including Ohio's Jim Jordan, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, and Cathy McMorris of Washington.
Prince Harry is opening up about his relationship with his father. The 36-year-old royal recently appeared on Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert" podcast and gave fans a peek into his relationship with his father. "He treated me the way he was treated," the Duke of Sussex said.
A San Francisco man said he'll keep riding in the back seat after his arrest, KTVU reports. Param Sharma said he is "very rich" and will keep buying Teslas as his cars are impounded. Tesla sells a feature called Full Self-Driving Capability, but it doesn't make cars autonomous.
This tourism and entertainment capital reached a new milestone this week, as major casinos along The Strip flipped to full capacity without social distancing. Based on workforce vaccination rates at Las Vegas' biggest properties, the Nevada Gaming Control Board granted waivers to flip casino floors to full capacity. Clark County lawmakers with jurisdiction over Las Vegas-area businesses approved plans to allow 100% occupancy at non-casino places once 60% of eligible county residents get a vaccine shot.
“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.”