Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is facing renewed scrutiny over allegations about his behavior and social ties, potentially threatening his public image.'Uncomfortable work environments' »
President Biden and Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib engaged in a tense, roughly eight-minute conversation on the airport tarmac Detroit after Biden's arrival there Monday. Tlaib refused to say what she and the president discussed, but at one point Biden patted the congresswoman's shoulder. Later, during a speech in Dearborn, he lavishly complimented her.
Albert Watkins, the attorney for Jacob Chansley (perhaps better known as "QAnon Shaman"), spoke on the record with Talking Points Memo about his client's alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In the interview, published by TPM on Tuesday, Watkins used shockingly offensive language in an attempt to defend Chansley's alleged actions, saying Chansley has Asperger's syndrome, and asserting that other participants in the riot have intellectual disabilities that were to blame. "These are people with brain damage," he said.
Kyle Theodore Griffith, a 30-year-old from Largo, Florida, went to Walmart to pick up a 24-pack case of soda. According to the Largo Police Department, Griffith was at a Walmart on Missouri Avenue on Saturday, May 15, and bent over to pick up the soda case. A bullet hit Griffith's upper right thigh.
The Treasury Department said Monday that 39 million families are set to receive monthly child payments beginning on July 15.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday slammed the House's Jan. 6 commission deal, and in the process appeared to throw Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), the Republican he reportedly tasked with negotiating the legislation, "under the bus." In a statement, McCarthy specifically complained that the commission was too narrow.
The head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service has denied carrying out a cyber attack on software business SolarWinds which gave hackers access to large portions of the US government as well as hundreds of businesses. Sergei Naryshkin, the director of Russia's SVR spy agency, said he was “flattered” by US and UK accusations that his organisation directed the hack but denied responsibility for it. "These claims are like a bad detective novel," he said.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold from 2025 if the world is to achieve net-zero emissions by the middle of this century. The IEA says that from now, there is no place for new coal, oil or gas exploration or supplies. The energy sector, according to the IEA, is the source of around 75% of the emissions of greenhouse gases that are driving up global temperatures.
Paris police have closed the square in front of Notre-Dame cathedral to the public after tests revealed high concentrations of toxic lead particles. The French Gothic masterpiece spewed out copious fumes of the toxic metal during the devastating fire of April 15, 2019 that melted 460 tons of lead panelling in the roof. Two years on, the restoration proper of the cathedral has yet to begin as workers have spent most of their time - and €165 million (£142m) of the €833 million donated to fund the rebuilding of the cathedral – on securing the site.
A New Jersey police department is reeling following the arrest and suspension of one of its longtime officers after prosecutors said a meth lab was found at his home. Christopher Walls, a 19-year veteran of the Long Branch Police Department, faces several charges related to manufacturing and operating a methamphetamine production facility. He also faces charges related to firearm possession and endangering the welfare of a child.
A tiger that was missing for a week after being spotted roaming around a Houston neighbourhood has been found, police confirmed. India, the nine-month-old Bengal tiger, was turned in to police on Saturday and is said to be in good health. Footage shared on social media last week appeared to show the tiger wandering around the streets of in the west of the Texan city, India's new home is an animal sanctuary.
A slew of millennials have regrets about buying their homes. According to a new poll made up of 1,400 U.S. homeowners from Bankrate, 64% of millennials regret at least one thing about purchasing their home, per CNBC. “These purchases, even for those who are well qualified, can be a leap of faith,” said Bankrate's senior economic analyst, Mark Hamrick.
A man died by suicide inside a federal courtroom in North Dakota after he was found guilty, officials say. A U.S. Marshal told KVRR the man was on trial at the Fargo courthouse and the jury had returned a guilty verdict when he “produced an edge weapon and cut his throat” in front of the judge, courtroom staff and others. A woman who said she was in the courtroom spoke to KVLY but declined to share her name.
Relentless rain has triggered deadly flash flooding and a state of emergency across Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared the state of emergency Monday as rounds of intense rain, thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes threatened the southwestern part of the state. Significant flooding has been reported across Louisiana from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating whether rapper-actor Clifford “T.I.” Harris and his wife, Xscape member Tamika “Tiny” Harris, drugged and sexually assaulted a woman. Allegations that the celebrity couple frequently recruited, drugged and assaulted women at their Atlanta home began in late January when a former friend, Sabrina Peterson, made the accusation and invited women who'd been victimized to share their experiences. Dozens then made claims, which T.I and Tiny vehemently denied.
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US Rep Rashida Tlaib says that some of her Democratic colleagues in Congress express empathy towards the Palestinians in private, but do not in public. The Michigan Democrat made the observation during an interview on MSNBC's The Reid Out on Monday evening. “It is really hard because any of my colleagues that even have some sort of empathy towards Palestinians, they do it quietly with whispering because they continue to be intimidated and bullied by those that want to continue the status quo apartheid in Israel,” Ms Tlaib told host Joy Reid.
Currently, the most contagious form of the coronavirus was reported to be the B.1.117 that has been dominant in the U.K. and Europe since the winter and now makes up three-quarters of coronavirus infections in the U.S. Last week, the B.1.617 variant, first found in India, was officially classified as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization,, which detailed in a report the variant and its three lineages — versions that differ slightly in the mutations in the virus's spike protein. Early data suggests that one of the lineages, B.1.617.2, which has been detected most frequently in the U.S. and the U.K., may be the lineage associated with the greatest transmissibility.
Edward Caniglia and his wife had a nasty fight on Aug. 20, 2015, so bitter that his wife decided to spend the night at a hotel. When Caniglia didn't answer the phone the next day, his wife, Kim, called the Cranston, Rhode Island, police, worrying that he might be suicidal. Officers questioned Caniglia and sent him to Kent Hospital for an evaluation, a step Caniglia said he agreed to only after police assured him they wouldn't take his guns.
A lawyer for Joel Greenberg, an associate of US Rep Matt Gaetz, promised “must-see television” after his client pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges, potentially imperiling the congressman's political career if Mr Greenberg's cooperation with the government implicates Mr Gaetz. The lawyer, Fritz Scheller, made the comments to reporters on Monday when they asked about any potential connections between Mr Gaetz and the case. Mr Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal charges, which set off a flurry of speculation as to what the plea will mean for Mr Gaetz, who has continually denied any wrongdoing.
Darwin's Arch, the famed rock formation in the Galápagos Islands, has collapsed, officials said. The arch was located about a mile away from Darwin's Island, also named for Charles Darwin. UN scientists previously warned that the islands are at risk due to the effects of climate change, the New York Times reported.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order which prohibits state entities from requiring masks. This includes counties, cities, and schools. Prisons, jails, and assisted living facilities are exempt.
It requires inmates on death row to choose the firing squad or the electric chair (long an alternative in South Carolina) if lethal injection drugs are not available. Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah are the only other states that authorize use of the firing squad as a means to put someone to death. This revival of a previously discredited execution method shows the lengths to which death penalty supporters will go to keep the machinery of death running.
During his four years in office, Trump broke with long-standing U.S. positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – offering full-throated support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line agenda, greenlighting Jewish settlement expansion and severing diplomatic channels with the Palestinians, among other steps. Biden has been clear he supports a two-state solution to the intransigent conflict, but he has punted on some of the most contentious issues, even as the worst violence in years grips the region. The spark that ignited the conflict was an effort by Jewish settlers to evict Palestinian families from their homes in East Jerusalem.
Elizabeth City council member Gabriel Adkins has said that police urinated on his property twice after he spoke out concerning the police killing of Black man Andrew Brown Jr. Mr Brown, 42, was shot dead by police as they executed an arrest warrant on drug charges in the coastal North Carolina town on 21 April. A district attorney in North Carolina said the shooting was justified. District Attorney Andrew Womble made the judgement on Tuesday after reviewing the results of a probe carried out by the state's Bureau of Investigation.
“We are a nation bobbing in multiple crises. Not one of them involves people taking COVID-19 too seriously.”
“The threat is increasingly concentrated among people who are vulnerable by choice.”
“This announcement would be very welcome if not for one big problem: There is no requirement for proof of vaccination.”
“Joining the protected vaccinated minority, which we hope will rapidly become the majority, is simple.”
“Instead of taking giant steps. I think we should be taking small steps toward the same goal.”