Sen. John Barrasso's claim that he wants to make Biden a "one-half-term president" comes after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to block the president's agenda.'Looking forward to a very successful 2022' »
In the first public accounting of its kind in decades, an Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s, with some resurfacing in violent crimes. Government records covering the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force show pistols, machine guns, shotguns and automatic assault rifles have vanished from armories, supply warehouses, Navy warships and elsewhere. In one case, authorities linked an Army pistol stolen from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to four shootings in New York before it was recovered.
Why it matters: Astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo are set to occupy China's new space station. This will be the country's longest crewed space mission ever and the first in almost five years. It marks another significant step in the space program drive of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, seen as a rival to the U.S. in space.
One method Manchin hinted at during the call was lucrative post-office bribes. "Regarding [Sen. Roy] Blunt, Manchin appears to be suggesting — without, perhaps, quite explicitly saying so — that the wealthy executives on the call could dangle future financial opportunities in front of the outgoing senator while lobbying him to change his vote," write The Intercept's Lee Fang and Ryan Grim. The Senate rules could be changed at any time by Democrats, and as the swing vote Manchin could extract just about any goodies for himself or his state he could imagine.
A teenager was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the October fatal shooting of a 44-year-old man in Kansas City, prosecutors said. Jayvon Hunter, 16, of Kansas City, Kansas, was also charged with armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon in the Oct. 19 killing of Cristobal Gutierrez-Castillas, who was shot in the 4400 block of Tracy Avenue. Officers responded to the shooting shortly after noon that day and found Gutierrez-Castillas suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
Mainland Scotland will not move down to the lowest level of Covid restrictions for at least five weeks, Nicola Sturgeon has disclosed as she delayed once more the easing of lockdown. The First Minister said her original plan for the country to move to Level 0 of her five-tier system on June 28 would be postponed by three weeks so more people could be vaccinated. The First Minister appeared to slap down a warning by Jason Leitch, Scotland's national clinical director, that the Indian variant had pushed back the unlocking timetable by eight to 10 weeks, potentially until September.
Since 2005, the amount of heat trapped by the Earth has roughly doubled, according to a new study by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers. This is contributing to warming oceans, air, and land, the scientists write in the study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. "The magnitude of the increase is unprecedented," NASA scientist and lead author of the study Norman Loeb told The Washington Post. "The Earth is warming faster than expected."
Tevin Biles-Thomas, the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, was acquitted Tuesday of triple murder following a 2018 shooting in Cleveland. Seconds after Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Joan Synenberg cleared Biles-Thomas of his charges, the courtroom erupted in chaos as a woman charged at the man on trial. The woman, identified by WKYC as the mother of one of the victims, was grabbed by several deputies as she got close to Biles-Thomas.
A 7-year-old who loved animals died after dogs attacked him in his South Carolina neighborhood, his dad said. Shamar Sherif Jackson and his brother were looking for their chihuahua when they encountered a pack of dogs on Sunday night, their dad said. “They couldn't get away because it was so many dogs coming from different directions,” Carnell Jackson, the children's father, said in a phone interview.
Three bodies and a Piper Comanche 250 airplane remain missing in a California lake, despite hope that underwater surveyors had found the remains that have now evaded searchers for over half a century. Last week, Seafloor Systems workers came upon a mystery plane sitting at the bottom of Folsom Lake near Sacramento. Seafloor Systems staff were testing equipment on Folsom Lake last week when they inadvertently found a plane in one of the lake's deepest points and suspected it might be the missing Piper Comanche.
A Utah woman is speaking out after her sister was left out of her middle school cheerleading team's yearbook photos. Eighth-grader Morgyn Arnold, who has Down syndrome, came home from the last day of school feeling deflated and full of questions about why she wasn't in the photo of the Shoreline Junior High school's cheerleading team, older sister Jordyn Poll said. Morgyn, 14, was officially the team manager, but attended practices, learned routines and cheered alongside her other teammates at every home game, her sister said.
Britain and Australia announced the broad outlines of a free trade deal Tuesday, eliminating tariffs on a wide range of goods as the U.K. seeks to expand links around the world following its exit from the European Union. The pact is expected to boost exports of traditional British products such as Scotch whisky, while boosting imports of lamb and wine from Australia. Crucially for Britain, it will also reduce barriers to trade in financial and other services.
Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone following his private discussions with Biden. "There's no happiness in life," Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a dark tone during his lengthy, rambling press conference following nearly four hours of talks with President Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.
Police say they arrested a suspect who was booked on several charges. The 94-year-old was stabbed multiple times in broad daylight, in what appears to be an unprovoked attack.
Chan was one of 18 scientists who published a letter in the journal Science last month calling for a more in-depth investigation into the virus's origin that takes into account theories about both natural occurrence and laboratory spillovers. The letter helped kick-start a new round of calls to investigate the "lab leak hypothesis," including demands from President Joe Biden and several leading scientists. And while public discussion of a potential lab leak has shifted significantly in recent months, as more people pay attention to a theory that was originally promulgated by former President Donald Trump and his followers, the scientific evidence has remained unchanged, according to intervie...
Public and private high schools have always been on the same footing in Kansas when it comes to sorting them into classifications for high school sports. The Wichita Eagle has learned that the Kansas State High School Activities Association executive board unanimously passed a multiplier proposal on Wednesday that could move private schools up one classification from public schools with similar enrollment. The proposal will be discussed and examined by school administrators from across the state in October.
Royal Caribbean International has postponed the inaugural sailing of its Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship “out of an abundance of caution” after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19, the company's CEO said. Odyssey of the Seas, one of the world's biggest cruise ships, was scheduled to cruise from Fort Lauderdale on July 3 and make stops in the Caribbean after conducting a test cruise with volunteers in late June. Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley announced the changes late Tuesday in a statement posted on Facebook.
Alexander Jackson, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, called police Tuesday morning in a panic, claiming a masked intruder had shot him and his father inside their home. When Cedar Rapid officers arrived at the scene, they found Jackson's parents and his 19-year-old sister—a high-achieving student who introduced then-presidential candidate Andrew Yang during his 2019 visit to Iowa—fatally shot in different rooms of the expansive house. Police, however, now believe it was actually Jackson who murdered his father, 61-year-old Jan Jackson, his 68-year-old mother, Melissa Jackson, and their daughter, Sabrina.
Goldman Sachs has delayed plans to bring all UK staff back into the office after the government extended coronavirus restrictions to July 19. The bank had told staff to be ready to return to the workplace in June, but confirmed the change in a note to workers late on Tuesday. Meanwhile, NatWest said its plans for "priority workers" to return on 21 June were also under review.
Chicago police believe two people entered an Englewood home early Monday and shot eight people — four fatally and seven in the head, according to a police report. The officers entered the first-floor apartment of the house and found four people all unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the head. Three of the surviving victims found at the scene also had gunshot wounds to their heads, the report said.
Biden gave Putin a crystal sculpture of an American bison during their meeting on Wednesday. The president also gifted Putin a custom pair of Aviator sunglasses. Gift-giving is a routine practice between world leaders.
Jeannie Mai is newly married and spilling the beans about what life with new husband Jeezy has been like the last few months. While the couple had planned to marry in Italy, COVID-19 changed their plans, shifting the ceremony to an intimate one in their home.
Tessica Brown, who went viral early this year as "Gorilla Glue Girl" after using the industrial adhesive instead of hairspray, is back. The Louisiana woman became internet famous in February via TikTok, where she posted videos about the disaster she had been dealing with: After running out of her Göt 2b Glued hairspray in January, she had grabbed Gorilla Glue spray adhesive instead. Shampoo didn't work to remove the Gorilla Glue.
Rep. Andrew Clyde refused to shake hands with Michael Fanone, a DC police officer who was assaulted on Jan. 6. Two members of Congress shared Fanone's story on Tuesday via Twitter. "Fanone introduced himself as 'someone who fought to defend the Capitol' and put out his hand," Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted.
Former staffers for Matt Gaetz are removing all mention of the GOP congressman from their resumes amid two ongoing investigations into his conduct, according to a report. Mr Gaetz, of Florida, is currently the focus of a federal investigation into allegations of sexual trafficking and an ethics committee investigation for alleged sexual misconduct in Congress. Despite Mr Gaetz issuing a denial of the allegations, at least 25 former staffers fail to name the GOP figure on their resumes on LinkedIn, Insider found.
“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.”