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 »
The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, an influential court that has been a springboard for future Supreme Court justices. Jackson is widely seen as President Biden's top candidate for the Supreme Court, especially given his campaign pledge to make history and nominate the first Black woman when a vacancy arises. The Senate vote was 53-44, with Republican Sens.
All 19 workers at a fast food restaurant in Pakistan were detained after refusing to give a group of police officers free burgers last week. Staff at the chain Johnny & Jugnu in Lahore were rounded up at 0100 (2000 GMT) on Saturday and held overnight. Nine police officers involved in the incident have now been suspended.
A convicted felon accused of raping and killing a Tennessee corrections administrator and then escaping from prison on a farm tractor was sentenced to life without parole Monday after striking a deal with prosecutors. Curtis Ray Watson told a judge that he agreed to plead no contest to first-degree murder in the perpetration of a rape in the death of Tennessee Department of Correction administrator Debra Johnson, 64. Lauderdale County Judge Joe Walker gave Watson, 46, a life sentence for the murder charge and an additional 25 years for the rape charge.
The U.S. Justice Department has urged the Supreme Court to reinstate the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, despite President Joe Biden's stated opposition to capital punishment. The department in a 48-page brief filed late on Monday argued that a lower court wrongly overturned Tsarnaev's death sentence and ordered a new trial to determine what sentence he deserved for carrying out with his older brother the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. The filing marked the latest deviation between the policy views of Biden, a Democrat who has said he wants to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level, and the Justice Department, whose independence he has vowed to promote.
Vaccine passports on the NHS app will automatically include a user's "natural immunity" to Covid for six months after contracting the virus without the need for an antibody test under a new trial. The scheme will see 180-day natural immunity certificates issued to people taking part in the Government's latest large event trials who have tested positive for Covid this year, even if they have not had an antibody test. Officials hope the scheme could eventually expand the number of people who could use vaccine passports to prove their immunity if they are approved for domestic use in the UK.
As a severe drought in California dries out lakes across the state, officials have found the remains of what they believe to be a 1960s plane crash. The plane matches the description of the Piper Comanche 250, which went missing on New Year's Day 1965. A underwater surveying company testing equipment in Folsom Lake near Sacramento found the fully intact plane in one of the lake's deepest points.
China's government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. The operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor in Taishan, 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of Hong Kong. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gave no confirmation of a leak or other details.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said the country's economy improved this year but called for measures to tackle the "tense" food situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and last year's typhoons, state media said on Wednesday. Kim chaired a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party's central committee on Tuesday to review progress on major policies and craft measures to resolve economic issues, according to the official KCNA news agency. The committee set goals and tasks to achieve its new five-year economic plan outlined at its previous session in February, including increased food and metal production.
Key West police officers did not violate an 8-year-old boy's civil rights when they tried to handcuff him at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher in 2018, a federal judge has ruled. The boy's mother, Bianca Digennaro, sued the Key West police officers and the city in August 2020 after her attorney, Benjamin Crump, posted a video of the boy's arrest on his Twitter account. “A mental health crisis at a school, and they feel it is appropriate to arrest, charge and have him become a convicted felon at eight years old,” Crump said after the lawsuit was filed last year.
Trevor Reed got a long prison sentence over claims he drunkenly assaulted Moscow police officers. Joe Biden is expected to bring up Reed's case while meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. In an NBC News interview this week, Putin called Reed "just a drunk" who "got himself s---faced."
A French man who fought for years for the right to euthanasia at home has died in a medically assisted suicide in Switzerland at the age of 58, friends and euthanasia activists said on Tuesday. Alain Cocq, who for decades had suffered a painful and incurable degenerative disease, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Berne, Switzerland, his legal representative Sophie Medjeberg said on her Facebook page. "Alain Cocq died this morning... according to his desire, in dignity ...finally rest in peace Alain," she said.
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.
A Fort Worth man who in 2019 surrendered a pit bull puppy that was covered in scabs, bloody, malnourished, dehydrated and had his eyes swollen shut was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years' probation for animal cruelty. Lewis Lamont Wilson had adopted the puppy, Perkins, just a few months before he handed the dog off to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter. On Tuesday, Wilson, 37, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of animal cruelty and was sentenced to probation.
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 Israeli military said it attacked Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The airstrikes came just days after Naftali Bennett took over as Israeli prime minister. More than 200 Palestinians were killed in May.
Joshua Tree National Park officials found a body in the park days after they began searching for a missing man. Patrick Lynn Welz, a 38-year-old from Twentynine Palms, was last seen on June 5 leaving for a drive to Riverside to visit his father, according to the National Park Service. Five days later, he was reported missing to the National Park Service.
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”.
President Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week. Progressive Democrats are calling on President Joe Biden to take a more assertive approach toward Russia than his predecessor, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has a tradition of playing mind games with American presidents.
Harvey Weinstein buried his face in his hands after learning he would be extradited to Los Angeles. A judge ruled the disgraced movie mogul must face sexual assault charges in California. The moment was captured on a court livestream on Tuesday.
It's been a good spring for Russian President Vladimir Putin. First, the White House announced that they were waiving sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream II gas pipeline to Germany, and then days later it was announced that U.S. President Joe Biden and Putin would meet for a day-long summit in Geneva on June 16. These overtures towards Moscow stand in stark contrast to the most recent round of sanctions against Russia that the Biden administration imposed just a few weeks ago. Everywhere we turn today we find examples of Russia's aggressive intelligence operations directed against the U.S. and its allies.
Saudi Arabia executed a 26-year-old for protesting against the government, Reprieve said. Al-Darwish's family received no advance notice of his execution, according to human rights groups. Saudi Arabia has executed a young man over his reported involvement in anti-government protests when he was a teenager, human rights groups said Tuesday.
Ms Harrington previously made national headlines in the days following the presidential election in November when she claimed that President Biden would not be inaugurated on 20 January despite Mr Biden having been projected the winner a day earlier. Speaking in interviews with several local news outlets, Ms Harrington repeatedly claimed that Mr Biden had in fact lost the election, and argued that a media narrative was attempting to “coronate” Mr Biden as president. She also echoed the baseless fraud claims about votes in Arizona, Michigan, and Pennsylvania that other associates of Mr Trump also spread in the weeks after the election ended.
Some 11,000 students at a Wuhan university and their parents attended a mass graduation ceremony held in a stadium more than 18 months after the pandemic first began in the city. The graduates in the pandemic's former epicenter were not wearing masks nor social distancing. This is because China has reported less than 20 cases per day across its 23 provinces.
The manager of a Shake Shack restaurant is suing New York police officers and a local police union after three NYPD officers falsely alleged that their milkshakes had been laced with bleach. Marcus Gilliam, who runs a Manhattan branch of the popular fast food chain, filed the case against the Police Benevolent Association, Detectives' Endowment Association, unidentified NYPD officers and the City of New York on 14 June. The lawsuit states that the allegations that the milkshakes contained bleach caused him to be “falsely arrested, and suffered emotional and psychological damages and damage to his reputation”.
“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.”