The American Museum of Natural History’s sculpture of the president, flanked by a Native American man and an African man, will be sent to an institution dedicated to his life.The vote follows years of protest »
No state has been as successful in its vaccination effort as Vermont, with 64 percent of its population fully inoculated against the coronavirus. Other Northeastern states, including Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, are not far behind, with rates of about 60 percent of residents who have been fully vaccinated. Florida, one of the nation's oldest and most populous states, has vaccinated only 44 percent of its population, even as the governor there, Ron DeSantis, takes a victory lap over his handling of the pandemic.
A homeless suspect arrested for viciously stomping on an elderly Chinese man in New York City in April says he committed the act in retaliation for an earlier robbery. Victim accused: Jarrod Powell, 50, identified Yao Pan Ma as one of his two assailants, whom he described as a “Korean guy” and a Japanese man, according to the New York Daily News. Powell reportedly told detectives that he was robbed of jewelry and money on Amsterdam Avenue on April 22.
The half-billion-dollar National Guard price tag to man the U.S. Capitol for more than five months following the Jan. 6 riot has emptied the Guard's coffers and will affect readiness if Congress does not act, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said Wednesday. National Guard members were deployed in 2020 for more than 21 million service days to respond to missions, including the domestic COVID-19 response, hurricane relief, fighting wildfires, protecting cities ravaged by the George Floyd protests, and overseas missions. The peak deployment in the nation's capital required 26,000 service members from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
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Democrats suffered a chastening defeat over their sweeping election reform Bill on Tuesday night, as Republicans blocked Joe Biden's plans to bolster voting rights across America. The showdown in the US Senate was the first test of Mr Biden's "For the People Act" but it received no Republican support as they filibustered the Bill. In a statement from the White House, Mr Biden described the vote as a "solid Republican wall of opposition" that amounted to "the suppression of a bill to end voter suppression - another attack on voting rights that is sadly not unprecedented".
Nickelodeon's Drake Bell has pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges, and he's facing up to two years behind bars. The actor, known for starring on the Nickelodeon shows Drake & Josh and The Amanda Show, during a hearing Wednesday pleaded guilty to felony attempted child endangerment, as well as a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, The Associated Press reports. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office previously alleged that Bell developed a relationship online with a girl who attended his concert in December 2017 when she was 15, and "while there, Bell violated his duty of care and, in doing so, created a risk of harm to the victim."
President Biden's negotiators are moving toward renewing former President Obama's 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a deal renounced by former President Trump. If the Biden team succeeds, it will be the biggest foreign policy coup of the president's first year — as well as a massive political headache. Trump believed that by canceling the deal Obama had negotiated, he could force Iran to accept far tougher terms.
Ms Murugayan, 40, had pleaded guilty to a number of charges including culpable homicide against Ms Piang. The judge said the prosecution had painted a "shocking" picture of how the 24-year old woman was tortured, humiliated, starved and ultimately killed. He said the case was "one of the worst cases of culpable homicide" in the city-state and that words could not accurately describe the level of abuse the young woman had to endure in the month before her death.
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has directed her department to investigate Indian boarding schools and "shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past, no matter how hard it will be." Hundreds of thousands of children were forced to attend these schools in order to assimilate, and in a memo, Haaland said the Interior Department will "address the inter-generational impact" of these institutions. The investigation will also "uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences," she wrote, and include a report detailing cemeteries and possible burial sites of students.
A Democratic congressman from California has said that the Catholic church should have their tax-free status revoked if they decide President Joe Biden should not be able to take Communion. The comment from Rep Jared Huffman comes after a recent US Conference of Catholic Bishops vote on 18 June to begin the process to deny Mr Biden the ability to take Communion. Mr Huffman wrote on Twitter, “If they're going to politically weaponize religion by 'rebuking' Democrats who support women's reproductive choice, then a 'rebuke' of their tax-exempt status may be in order.”
Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii are in space for study. The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the University of Hawaii's Kewalo Marine Laboratory and were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Video showed dozens of cows running loose in a California neighborhood on Tuesday after escaping from a meatpacking facility. Nearby residents were asked to avoid the area as officials tried to gather the 40 cows that took off from the slaughterhouse when a gate was accidentally left open. More than an hour after their escape, most of the cows were corralled into a cul-de-sac on Friendship Avenue, NBC Los Angeles reported.
The Midwestern cities seemed to be quieter, slower, and more friendly. Recently, I took a trip to Chicago and Detroit for the first time. When I took a trip to Chicago and Detroit for the first time for two weeks in June, I found the Midwestern way of life slightly different from the one I'm used to in New York.
President Biden will move immediately to replace the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Mark Calabria, an appointee of former President Trump with broad powers over mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Supreme Court opened the door for Calabria's removal with a Wednesday ruling that made clear the president had the authority to oust the regulator. A White House official responded by saying Biden would start the process of inserting an FHFA director who supports the administration's priorities on housing policy.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said Monday that a local report over the weekend about his family's membership in Newport's exclusive Bailey's Beach Club "got the facts wrong," disputing the reporter's characterization of the private club as "all-white." A reporter for GoLocal Provincetown asked Whitehouse over the weekend about his historic membership in the "all-white" club, and he replied, "I think the people who are running the place are still working on that," and "I'm sorry it hasn't happened yet." Whitehouse spokesman Richard Davidson told The Washington Post on Monday that the club has "no such restrictive policy" on race or ethnicity.
Miami is proud of its beaches — but the Internet says Florida's other beaches are better. Holidu.com, a search and booking website for vacation rentals, analyzed more than 30,000 Google searches to come up with the 10 most popular Florida beaches. And despite seasonal car twerking, the heady aroma of weed and a promise not to enforce a ban on alcohol sales after 2 a.m.
The European Commission has announced plans to build a Joint Cyber Unit to tackle large scale cyber-attacks. Recent ransomware incidents on critical services in Ireland and the US has "focused minds", the commission said. It argued cyber-attacks were a national security threat, as incidents in Europe rose from 432 in 2019 to 756 in 2020.
An Indian Trail mother and her 3-year-old child were killed when their SUV crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a pickup truck early Wednesday, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said. Allison Faith Presley, 20, and son Aiden were northbound on Highway N.C. 16 near Mount Ruhama Church Road in Catawba County around 3:20 a.m., when their 2007 BMW X3 crossed the double-yellow line and struck a pickup truck, according to a highway patrol statement. The pickup went off road and overturned, the highway patrol said.
An investigation into the Michigan election by state Republican lawmakers has concluded that there is no evidence of widespread fraud and dismissed the need for an Arizona-style forensic audit of the results. The news comes amid a broad push by many Republicans – from Donald Trump to state parties – to push unfounded lies about Joe Biden's victory, often promoting baseless conspiracy theories and evidence-free accusations of fraud. The Michigan Republican report released on Wednesday followed 28 hours of legislative hearings starring local and national pro-Trump conspiracy theorists such as former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
A girl in her teens was found dead in a secluded area of Texas county, but her name and cause of death remain of mystery, officials say. Her body was discovered Friday morning off a road in Wharton County, a rural county about 70 miles southwest of Houston. The girl, who was estimated to be 14 to 17 years old, had black or dark brown hair that was shoulder length.
More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite economic damage from the Covid-19 pandemic. While many poor people became poorer, the number of millionaires increased by 5.2 million to 56.1 million globally, Credit Suisse research found. In 2020, more than 1% of adults worldwide were millionaires for the first time.
As it has every year since 1992, the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution that calls for the U.S. to lift its embargo against Cuba — and this time the pleading focused on the devastating impact of the economic blockade during the COVID-19 pandemic. The vote on Wednesday was 184 in favor, three abstentions by Colombia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates and two No votes by the U.S. and Israel. Member states once again said the blockade goes against international law and the U.N. Charter.
Unfortunately for taxpayers, “normal” in the nation's capital has become a discussion about whether to spend hundreds of billions or multiple trillions of dollars on infrastructure. As usual, the stagecraft in Washington isn't about whether we invest in infrastructure but how much more the political class has at its disposal to spend on earmarked projects and favored constituencies. A coalition coalesced by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has pushed the General Assembly to raise gas taxes by ten cents a gallon to send an additional $500 million a year to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The Bank of England's newly-designed £50 note featuring the portrait of Alan Turing has entered circulation. It means the Bank's entire collection of currently-printed banknotes is made of plastic for the first time. The BBC was given rare access to the De La Rue banknote printing plant in Essex, where the new Bank of England note is being produced.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”