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President Joe Biden brushed off hecklers on Friday while speaking a campaign event in Virginia for Terry McAuliffe's bid to return for a second term as governor. A group of people started making a commotion as the president raved about the Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who urged residents of her state to get vaccinated against COVID-19. "Thank God the governor of Arkansas — excuse me, Alabama...," Biden said before the crowd began interrupting his speech.
Dr. Anthony Fauci praised the “qualified, highly respected Chinese scientists” the National Institutes of Health collaborated with at the Wuhan Institute of Virology over the years, defending NIH's funding of bat coronavirus research in China. The U.S. intelligence community said in May at least one of its 18 agencies is leaning toward the lab leak hypothesis, and numerous Trump officials, including the former president himself, have said the Wuhan lab is the most likely origin of COVID-19.
Palestinian health officials on Friday said a 17-year-old youth was shot and killed by Israeli troops during a clash in the occupied West Bank. The shooting occurred in Nebi Saleh, a village where residents have held numerous demonstrations over the years against the expansion of a nearby Israeli settlement on what they say is their land. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa identified the teen as Mohammed Tamimi, a member of a large extended family that lives in the village.
Jailed since March on felony child abuse charges, the owners of Circle of Hope Girls Ranch are now free and on home confinement after one of them reportedly has COVID-19. A southwest Missouri judge on Friday unexpectedly set a $10,000 bond for Boyd and Stephanie Householder. The couple were released from the Cedar County Jail on Friday evening and are out on bond pending trial.
Tucker Carlson's name in communications intercepted by the National Security Agency was revealed through the process of "unmasking," according to a new report. The Fox News host's communications, which were said to be about scheduling an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, were not a target of the NSA, which the agency has already stated, and were not incidentally collected through the process of spying on a foreign target, sources told the Record. The report said Carlson's identity was instead disclosed through a process known as "unmasking," which is when the names of U.S. citizens that are mentioned but covered up in final intelligence reports about the surveillance of foreigners are revealed upon the request of authorized officials, who have the ability to ask for the disclosures, often to understand the information better.
The official advice is to open a window to increase ventilation and slow the spread of Covid, but now there could be an added incentive – the virus may also be spread by flatulence. Ministers have privately pointed to evidence that Covid could be spread by people breaking wind in confined spaces such as lavatories. One said they had read "credible-looking stuff on it" from other countries, although government scientists are yet to produce a paper on the matter.
But Ben & Jerry's wasn't calling for a boycott of Israel proper. It was focused on Jewish settlements in the mostly Palestinian West Bank, which the U.S. State Department regards as “occupied” territory. U.S. policy for decades, before the Trump administration, sought to curb growth of settlements lest they rule out any future political accord between Israel and the Palestinians.
Firefighters say their search for bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Florida apartment block has finally ended, but one victim remains unaccounted for. Nobody has been pulled alive from the rubble since the first hours after the disaster, and officials formally switched from a search-and-rescue mission to a recovery effort on 7 July. The Surfside site has mostly been cleared, with the rubble moved to a state warehouse for further inspection.
The most extensive heatwave of a scorching summer is set to descend upon much of America in the coming week, further roasting areas already gripped by severe drought, plunging reservoirs and wildfires. A massive 'heat dome' of excessive heat will settle across the heart of the contiguous US from Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast, bringing elevated temperatures to the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, the northern reaches of the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific northwest and California. Places used to more mild summers are set for punishing heat, with temperatures expected to breach 100F (37C) in the Dakotas and Montana, a state in which the city of Billings has already experienced 12 days above 95F (35C) this month.
An investigation is underway into how Arlington firefighter Elijah Snow died Monday while vacationing in Cancun, according to Mexican authorities. On Twitter, Mexican authorities said an “investigation folder” has been started in the death of a man from Texas in the municipality of Benito Juárez in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. “The circumstances in which the events occurred are being investigated,” according to the social media post from Fiscalía General Quintana Roo, which is the State Attorney General's Office for Quintana Roo.
A delegation sent to Haiti by President Biden — including U.S. ambassador the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield — left that country shortly after arriving when gunshots were heard at the funeral for assassinated President Jovenel Moïse, the White House confirmed on Friday. Thomas-Greenfield and other officials said the delegation had returned to the U.S. safely, CBS News' Pamela Falk confirmed. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday afternoon that "the presidential delegation is safe and accounted for in light of the reported shootings outside of the funeral."
A musician claims he was cut from the Olympic opening ceremony because he was black, as organisers face a third staffing row in a week. Latyr Sy, a Senagalese percussionist based in Japan for 20 years, accused organisers of racism after he was booked and then cancelled for inclusion at the curtain-raiser. Tokyo 2020 failed to respond to requests for comment from the Telegraph on the allegations on Friday.
Scammers forced the State Department to temporarily shut down its online bookings for urgent appointments for passports, adding to the frustration of many travelers who are already experiencing long wait times amid a huge backlog in passport applications. Third-party actors used bots to book all available online appointments, the State Department said. Scammers then sold the appointments for as high as $3,000 to applicants with urgent travel needs.
All that dust that gets exposed would mean even more breathing problems and more allergies and asthma for the people who live here,” said Shohreh Farzan, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of Southern California who has been analyzing how the dust around the Salton Sea is affecting children. A resort for celebrities and presidents The Salton Sea was formed in 1905 when the Colorado River breached an irrigation canal and filled up an ancient basin in the desert, creating an oasis for migratory shorebirds and, by the middle of the 20th century, for celebrities and dignitaries.
The Senate Armed Services Committee's surprise decision to endorse a $25 billion increase to the Pentagon's budget this week was an utter blowout — and the clearest sign yet that Democrats are more than willing to back sizable increases to President Joe Biden's military spending plan. The committee adopted a proposal to boost the budget in a whopping 25 to 1 vote Wednesday during a closed door markup of its version of annual defense policy legislation, according to four Senate aides with knowledge of the deliberations. The vote, which boosted the recommended Pentagon budget from $715 billion to over $740 billion, aligned Republican defense hawks with Democrats from across the political spectrum in a bipartisan rebuke of the White House's proposal.
Tributes are pouring in on social media for Stephen Harmon, a 34-year-old congregant of Hillsong Church who died of COVID-19 after he posted jokes about the pandemic. Harmon, a graduate of Hillsong College, died Wednesday after a month-long bout with the coronavirus, The Daily Beast reports. Prior to his death, he shared several social media posts in which he appeared to not take the pandemic too seriously.
Alex Rodriguez was spotted riding down a slide off a yacht while vacationing in St. Tropez alongside several bikini-clad women on Friday. The former Yankees slugger, 45, was seen enjoying the blow-up slide throughout the day, making a big splash each time he hit the sparkling blue water. The athlete, who recently showed off his weight loss after a tumultuous breakup with ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez, put his tanned and toned muscles on display while going shirtless as he relaxed in the blazing sun.
A man in Texas was charged this week with breaching the US Capitol. The criminal complaint says someone who matched with him on the Bumble dating app turned him in. A man in Texas has been arrested after he boasted to a match on an online dating app about attending the January 6 insurrection from "the very beginning."
In a matter of days, things have changed again for the cruise industry in Florida. Judges for the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta reversed course Friday, siding with the state by saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot keep any of its COVID-19 safety measures in place as cruises sail from Florida ports this summer. The reversal comes only six days after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a judge's order that would have declared the CDC's COVID-19 regulations for the cruise ship industry as mere recommendations, not rules.
Ron DeSantis has hit out at President Joe Biden over recent protests in Cuba, which he said the US president was “doing nothing” about. Florida's Republican governor told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity on Wednesday that the Biden administration was not only “doing nothing” to help Cubans in the middle of a social, economic and political crisis, but was “leaving these folks out to dry”. The remarks, as reported by the New York Post, follow Cubans taking to the streets in their thousands on 11 July, outraged by shortages of food and medicine that have been exacerbated by a Covid outbreak and sanctions imposed by the US governments of Donald Trump and Mr Biden.
A watchdog report documented a childbirth at a Border Patrol station in California. The mother and newborn had to stay in the station overnight after their hospital discharge. A newborn baby slept on a bench overnight in a Border Patrol station with her mother, who had given birth into her pants at the station just days earlier, newly released images from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general show.
California's huge Dixie Fire exploded to "megafire" status late Thursday, forcing more mandatory evacuations in nearby communities, fire officials said Friday. "The Dixie Fire is burning in a remote area with limited access, and extended travel times in steep terrain are hampering control efforts," Cal Fire said in a statement. Shannon Prather, the incident commander for the Dixie Fire, said Thursday evening that "this fire is outpacing us at moments."
Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted Friday that the US has an "under incarceration problem." Sen. Tom Cotton said Friday that the country that incarcerates more people per capita than any other has an "under incarceration problem." Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, tweeted a clip of himself speaking on Fox News about the increase in crime currently happening in some US cities.
Sen. Chuck Schumer called on UPS to respond, saying it lost more than 100 AP exams. The College Board initially proposed offering a refund to students or allowing them to retake the exam. Starpoint High School students asked Schumer to request action from UPS or to reimburse them for the lost college credit.
“Thankfully, children are at lower risk for complications from COVID-19, but low risk is not no risk.”
“Guidelines that mandate the masking of children are based on an assessment of risk that is not justified.”
“Masks are easy to use, inexpensive and effective.”
“We’re now 16 months into the pandemic and children remain victims of the Covid political theater.”
“If a community or school isn’t sufficiently vaccinated, it remains at risk of the coronavirus coming back.”