By unanimous consent, the Senate approved legislation designating June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.Passage all but assured in the House »
President Biden has made it clear in the weeks preceding his highly-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland that he intends to stand his ground and speak bluntly about what he expects from the Kremlin during the discussions. The description is a change from the rhetoric of former President Barack Obama who, somewhat bitingly, referred to Russia as a "regional power" after it invaded Crimea in 2014, and Washington has often attempted to downplay Moscow's global role over the years, CNN's Kylie Atwood writes.
Ethiopia's state agriculture minister said on Tuesday a majority of farmers in the Tigray region were planting crops on time, after the United Nations warned of famine in the area following conflict that has displaced more than two million people. "Current information indicates that 70% of the farmers have started their farming to cover long season crops like sorghum and maize," Sani Redi Ahmed told a news conference in the capital Addis Ababa. The federal government also expects a "significant portion" of farmers who fled the fighting to return to their land in the next month, he added.
M240 MACHINE GUN A product of the late-70s, this fully automatic machine gun is still used today by every branch of the U.S. military. The modern-day versions of the weapon -- the M240 Bravo and Golf respectively -- is used extensively by ground, air and sea forces. Originally manufactured as a secondary weapon for tanks and light armored vehicles, the M240's reliability as a medium machine gun was later adopted for use by ground and mobile infantry units seeking to replace the Vietnam-era M60 machine gun.
Professor Calum Semple, speaking in a personal capacity, agreed that we shouldn't be giving a vaccine to a child in order to protect his or her grandparents because the risk of death among children is one in a million. While Cabinet minister Lizz Truss said it was her understanding the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) was not recommending offering Covid-19 jabs to under-18s, Prof Semple said spare vaccines should be sent to countries who do not have enough doses. The scientist added: "The virus is spreading in schools, because it's got nowhere else to hide at the moment...I'm veering on the not vaccinating children, only because of the ethical issues, and the need to get the vaccine into the older people."
The Chinese government has acknowledged damage to fuel rods at a nuclear power plant in the south of the country, but said no radioactivity had leaked. China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment said the problem was "common" with no need for concern. The admission comes after CNN reported that the US government was assessing a reported leak at the facility.
Now, Naval Special Warfare Command leaders are trying to turn that around, developing programs to seek out recruits from more diverse regions of the country. We have been passive in the way that we recruit, We're SEAL Team. Come find us,” said Rear Adm. H. Wyman Howard III, top commander for Naval Special Warfare, in an interview with The Associated Press.
After a punishing hurricane season last year, the Gulf Coast could be in for even more drenching rain later this week. The National Hurricane Center is tracking a disturbance near the Bay of Campeche off the coast of Mexico that is forecast to head toward Louisiana, Mississippi and Northwest Florida later this week — possibly as a tropical depression — and bring upwards of 7 inches of rain. As of the 8 a.m. Wednesday advisory, the disturbance was still producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the Bay of Campeche and southern Mexico.
Kyung-mi (not her real name) was mocked online, sneered at by social media bullies and interrogated for hours by police and prosecutors after accusing her K-pop star boyfriend of filming her while they were having sex. She was the victim of a digital sex crime but she told the BBC that "no one was there to listen". "I was in school, young and very lonely.
A boat explosion on Lake of the Ozarks injured six Nebraska residents Tuesday, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. A 2007 26-foot Sea Ray Sundeck boat suffered a mechanical problem when it was secured at a dock around 1:40 p.m. in Camden County, officials say. Three were taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach and the other two were flown to University Hospital in Columbia.
Democrats are holding out hope for a national voting overhaul, a top priority and crucial piece of strategy for the party and the Biden administration. Two rival voting rights bills are currently up for consideration in the Senate: the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. It would create uniform federal election rules for all 50 states, preserving early voting, voting by mail and same-day registration.
While questioning FBI Director Christopher Wray about the Jan. 6 Capitol attack in a hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. said Ashli Babbitt, who was killed as she attempted to breach a set of doors in the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack, was "executed" and that the officer who shot her was "lying in wait." In April, the Department of Justice cleared the U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot Babbitt of criminal wrongdoing in the shooting.
Putin in an NBC News interview wouldn't guarantee Navalny will leave prison alive. The Kremlin's crackdown on dissent is one of many points of contention between the US and Russia. The White House suggested Biden will bring up Navalny during an upcoming summit with Putin.
A topsy-turvy cockpit video recorded aboard a U.S. Navy fighter jet is making a lot of people queasy on social media. The video, shared Saturday on Facebook, shows the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels practicing over central Wisconsin's La Crosse Regional Airport. It was recorded from the perspective of Lt. Cmdr. Jim Cox, and shows the team lifting off in a cramped formation that puts the Boeing F/A-18 Hornets within about 18 inches of each other at points.
The government should offer vouchers to low-income homes to encourage the take-up of ultra-fast gigabit broadband, a report suggests. The Gigabit Take-up Advisory Group (Gigatag) also recommended employers offer staff discounts on the service. The government aims to make gigabit-capable broadband available to 85% of the UK by 2025.
Hillary Clinton said the GOP is doing Putin's work for him by denying the 2020 election results. Clinton said Republicans have been flirting with Putin's authoritarian model of governance. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday said there are people within the US who doing Russian President Vladimir Putin's work for him by continuing to cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election.
How fans cool your space Ceiling fans work by circulating air. What we actually perceive as humans is not so much the temperature,” said Todd Otanicar, a professor at Boise State University who studies the transportation of heat, “… but heat transfer — basically, are we being heated or cooled. As Otanicar explains, this is the difference between a wood stick and a metal hanger in a cold room.
A judge dropped murder charges against Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Simone Biles. A judge said on Tuesday that there was not enough evidence to convict Biles-Thomas. A judge in Ohio has dismissed murder charges filed against Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, citing a lack of evidence.
When Kevin Gallagher posted that he would have to find a new location for Saginaw's only ice cream parlor, he didn't expect the long lines or to run out of the frozen treats. Saginaw's mayor Todd Flippo also posted on social media asking people to stop by and buy pints of ice cream. Gallagher opened his ice cream shop almost five years ago at 1029 N. Saginaw Blvd., but he said the landlord notified him recently that he wasn't renewing the lease and that another tenant was moving in.
A Republican former member of the US House who was famously once dubbed “[Vladimir] Putin's favourite congressman” in a Politico profile was at the US Capitol during the riot that overtook the building on 6 January. Former Rep Dana Rohrabacher, who represented several California districts over three decades due to redistricting, was seen in a photo first posted online by a Twitter account known as “Capitol Hunters,” which seeks to identify participants in the 6 January attack. In the photo, Mr Rohrabacher is seen wearing a winter hat outside the building in the midst of a large crowd.
Former US special forces veteran Michael Taylor, 60, and his son Peter, 28, pleaded guilty on Monday to helping ex-Nissan Motor chief Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan in a box aboard a private jet. The plan, prosecutors say, was Ghosn's idea, Nikkei Asia reported, and one he joked about as a "mission impossible" during a post-escape press conference in Beirut in January 2020. Ghosn, 67, currently lives in exile in his childhood home in Lebanon, likely chosen because it does not have an extradition agreement with Japan.
Texas officials warned SpaceX it might have committed crimes by closing public roads, KGRW reported. In a letter, Cameron County DA Luis Saenz accused SpaceX of knowingly ignoring previous warnings. Local authorities have accused SpaceX of violating the law by attempting to block access to public roads around its spaceport in Boca Chica, Texas, according to the KGRW reporter Rudy Mireles.
Researchers have found a way to attack plastic pollution and create vanilla flavoring in the process by using genetically engineered bacteria. The research, published in the Green Chemistry journal June 10, said the use of the bacteria marks the first “biological upcycling of post-consumer plastic waste into vanillin.” Vanillin is an organic compound that comes from vanilla abstract and creates the aroma and taste of vanilla.
The looming summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin—set to take place in Geneva on Wednesday—has unleashed a flurry of threats from the Kremlin's propaganda machine, and a promise of staunch resistance to American demands on everything from cyberattacks to human rights abuses. On Sunday, Russian state TV aired an interview with insurrectionist Richard Barnett—notoriously pictured with his feet up on a desk in Nancy Pelosi's office on Jan. 6—and his attorney, Joseph McBride. Barnett, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, was introduced as a “colorful” individual, the same expression Putin frequently uses to describe Trump.
Airbnb agreed to pay an Australian traveller $7m after she was allegedly raped at knifepoint in a rental unit near Times Square by someone who reportedly had a copy of the keys to the apartment. The unnamed woman says the rape occurred in 2016 while she and some friends were visiting New York City for New Years Eve. The friends were renting a first-floor apartment on West 37th Street, according to Bloomberg.
“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.”