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Russian President Vladimir Putin declined to directly answer a question Wednesday about his authoritarian rule and the jailing and premature deaths of his political opponents. The list of your political opponents who are dead, imprisoned or jailed is long,” said ABC News reporter Rachel Scott during a press conference following Putin's meeting with President Biden in Switzerland. She then referenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been in prison since January after surviving an attempted poisoning.
Another Kentucky resident has been arrested and charged with participating in the Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, the FBI announced Wednesday. Kurt Peterson, a Hodgenville resident, was arrested by federal officials Wednesday morning, the FBI said. He's charged with obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of government property and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, according to the FBI.
President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have officially commenced their summit in Geneva — and, surprisingly, Putin was actually on time for it. Putin arrived "almost exactly on time" for his meeting with Biden at 1:04 p.m. local time in Geneva on Wednesday, The Washington Post reports. The timing caught pundits' attention given that, as former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul noted, Putin "has a habit of showing up late for meetings."
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.
A suspect in the February killing of a 22-year-old Arlington man in Euless was arrested Tuesday night after a massive search at a Dallas nature center that lasted more than three hours. Euless police identified the suspect as 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez. Rodriguez was arrested without incident at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Ridge Preserve in Dallas, according to Dallas police.
TAIPEI (Reuters) -A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the U.S. Navy said on Tuesday, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most the disputed waterway. China frequently objects to U.S. military missions in the South China Sea saying they do not help promote peace or stability, and the announcement follows China blasting the Group of Seven nations for a statement scolding Beijing over a range of issues. "While in the South China Sea, the strike group is conducting maritime security operations, which include flight operations with fixed and rotary wing aircraft, maritime strike exercises, and coordinated tactical training between surface and air units," the U.S. Navy said.
When they forced their way inside, they found a hellish scene, with body parts belonging to the murderer's mother packed into food containers inside the fridge and in other areas of the house. Some police officers were reportedly physically sick when hearing Sánchez Gómez relate that he had killed his mother by strangling her during a dispute, sometime between January and February, before cutting up her body with a saw and kitchen knives. The idea was to make her body disappear,” he said, admitting that he “occasionally” ate parts of her body, while storing others and throwing some out with the rubbish inside plastic bags.
Death row inmate Brad Sigmon, 63, is scheduled to die in the electric chair at 6 p.m. at the Broad River Road Correctional Institution in Columbia, which houses death row inmates and is the center where executions in the state are carried out, according to the state Department of Corrections. Sigmon, who was sentenced in 2002 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend's parents, is the first inmate scheduled to die under South Carolina's new execution law, signed by Gov. Henry McMaster in May.
The BBC charts the dramatic changes in Ethiopia and the big challenges facing the country, as the nation prepares to vote in the first election since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in 2018. The next administration will govern more than 115 million people, making Ethiopia the second-most populous country in Africa after Nigeria and 12th in the world. There are five times more people in Ethiopia now than there were 60 years ago, but the rate of population growth has slowed slightly over the last two decades.
Russian authorities are investigating a possible new Covid variant amid a sudden spike in cases. On Wednesday the country reported 13,397 new cases - around half of which were in the capital, Moscow - and 396 deaths. The more transmissible Delta variant - now detected in 74 countries and behind India's devastating second wave of Covid - has been identified in Russia but there are also fears that a new Moscow variant might be behind the recent spike in cases.
As part of Gov. Ron DeSantis' continued effort to hamper local governments' ability to impose pandemic-related infractions, the state's clemency board on Wednesday pardoned any lingering financial penalties including those against a Broward County gym owner who at one point faced potential jail time. “This action is necessary so we can recover, have a good transition to our normal operations, and also, just a recognition that a lot of this stuff was way, way overboard,” DeSantis said at the start of the meeting. The measure was backed by the governor and the clemency board's two other elected Republicans, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.
Conditions at Guantánamo Bay have worsened under Biden, VICE News reported. Prisoners and their advocates told the outlet that conditions had rapidly changed over the past few months. Conditions at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba have rapidly worsened under the Biden administration, prisoners and their advocates told VICE News.
Juneteenth could become the next federal holiday as a bill backing the effort moves to the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to nationally recognize June 19, a day commemorating the end of slavery in this country. Here's what to know about Juneteenth and the effort to observe it on the federal level.
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.
A Southwest Miami-Dade man with an almost spotless driving record was less than a quarter mile from home last week when, police say, he left a man to die. Miami-Dade police arrested 47-year-old Ravindra Singh Tuesday on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving death. The other person involved in the Thursday night crash at the intersection of Southwest 196th Street and 127th Avenue was the 58-year-old rider of a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday mentioned both the Black Lives Matter movement and the January 6 Capitol insurrection as justification for the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny and the Kremlin's remarkable crackdown on dissent. Putin was asked by ABC News reporter Rachel Scott why so many of his opponents end up dead or in prison. "What are you so afraid of?"
Honolulu police officer Geoffrey H.L. Thom has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Iremamber Sykap. Police have refused to release body camera footage of the shooting. Thom had claimed Sykap rammed him with his vehicle, but Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter said the unreleased body camera footage didn't show that.
The Cuban central bank's decision to temporarily stop accepting cash deposits in U.S. dollars at its banks will make life more expensive for people who receive hard currency through remittancesm as they will need to convert the greenback into other currencies, losing a percentage in foreign-exchange and transaction fees. The monetary authority announced last week that it would temporarily stop accepting cash deposits in dollars, saying that tighter U.S. sanctions are making it difficult to use the currency abroad. The bank is giving Cubans until June 20 to deposit U.S. dollars into their accounts, with the measures taking effect the following day.
President Joe Biden struck a firm but mostly conciliatory tone Wednesday as he described both the flavor and substance of his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Geneva. "The bottom line is I told President Putin that we need to have some basic rules of the road that we can all abide by," Biden told reporters after his meeting with Russia's leader in Switzerland. The two men called the meeting, their first since Biden took office, to discuss a range of issues that have plagued U.S.-Russia relations for months, if not years: cyberattacks, Moscow's increasingly brazen crack down on democracy supporters, and Russia's threat to the NATO military alliance that has long been a bedrock of the U.S.'s security relationship with European allies.
A dramatic scene unfolded in an Ohio courtroom on Tuesday after a judge dismissed murder charges against the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. Judge Joan Synenberg of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said the evidence for the charges was “insufficient” and would not support a conviction in the case against Tevin Biles-Thomas. Suddenly, a figure flashed across video of the court proceedings, and someone offscreen shouts “you've got to be f***ing kidding me”.
Lumber prices have started to come down from historically high levels — but some experts don't expect them to return to normal anytime soon. Supply shortages coupled with increased demand during the COVID-19 pandemic drove prices sky-high, soaring to about $1,500 per 1,000 board feet in May and increasing by nearly 250% between April 2020 and April 2021, according to a National Association of Home Builders analysis. Kyle Little, chief operating officer at Sherwood Lumber, told Fox Business that price points reached an “unsustainable” level and that the recent decline was “inevitable.”
Authorities in California's agricultural heartland weren't looking for a military assault rifle when they went to investigate the domestic assault case, but they found one.
For all of Gov. Ron DeSantis' appalling political stances — from making it harder to vote by mail to picking a fight with the cruise industry over “vaccine passports” — he's consistently been on the right side of one issue: protecting the Everglades. On Tuesday, DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet rejected a judge's ruling that the planned extension of 836/Dolphin Expressway violates Miami-Dade County's development rules to protect water supply, agriculture lands and wetlands. Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried was the only Cabinet member who voted to uphold the judge's decision.
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.
“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.”