The North Korean leader's sibling dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy, saying U.S. expectations of talks would "plunge them into a greater disappointment."Impasse over nuclear program »
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has used the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union to lash out at Nato's expansion in Europe in a clear message to Ukraine. The Russian leader, in an opinion piece published by Germany's Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, exactly 80 years after Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union, criticised the expansion of Nato as threatening Russia's security and fostering “Cold War-era dividing lines” in Europe. Moscow has been rattled by the fact that former Soviet allies such as Poland and even ex-Soviet republics including Latvia have become members of the Euro-Atlantic military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) explained why she opposes nuking the filibuster in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Tuesday night, citing fears that the Republican Party would rescind major Democrat-backed legislation, like sweeping voting reform measures or expanded health-care access or retirement benefits, and replace them with pared down, more restrictive laws. In a rebuttal, New York's Jonathan Chait argues that Sinema's filibuster defense "relies on utterly false grounds."
The Australian government lashed out at the UN and blamed China over a move to put the Great Barrier Reef on a list of endangered world heritage sites. Unesco's World Heritage Committee on Tuesday recommended that one of Australia's most valuable tourist assets be reclassified as "in danger" and called for more action on climate change. Australian Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the government was “blindsided” by the committee, which is chaired by China.
A man and woman were discovered fatally shot inside their Detroit home Monday, while their baby was unharmed, police say. Officers found the couple shot to death Monday around 4:15 p.m. at the home in Detroit's north side, the police department said. “Some family members came to check, they hadn't heard anything from anybody in a minute,” neighbor Irene Walker told WJBK.
Manhattan prosecutors are getting frustrated with Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and his lack of cooperation with their investigation into the company, a person familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Monday. Weisselberg, 73, is the most senior executive at the Trump Organization who isn't a member of the Trump family. Prosecutors are looking into whether he paid taxes on benefits he received from former President Donald Trump, including leased cars and apartments, the Post reports.
More than a year after he took a leave of absence from the Chicago Cubs to try to save his marriage, former Kansas City Royals star Ben Zobrist learned his wife, Julianna, was having an affair with the man acting as a pastoral counselor for the couple. It wasn't until June 3, 2020, that Zobrist learned of the affair “when his wife admitted for the first time in response to a set of written requests for admission in a divorce proceeding, that she and Byron Yawn had been engaged in a sexual relationship for several months and that she had lied about this to Mr. Zobrist,” the lawsuit states. Julianna Zobrist filed a counter-complaint in March 2020.
Sir Keir Starmer's closest aide has been reshuffled as part of a major clear-out of his top team as Labour seeks to avoid another potential disaster in the forthcoming Batley and Spen by-election. The 47-year-old, who voted Remain in 2016, served under Sir Keir when he was the shadow Brexit Secretary and was considered one of the leading figures in the push to secure a second referendum. While Labour sources insisted her move was part of a wider restructuring in the leader's office, shadow cabinet sources told The Telegraph it was an effective "demotion" that completed an overhaul of Sir Keir's leadership team.
Police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man with murder for the fatal shooting of a Durham man Monday afternoon. Officers responding to a shooting call around 3:40 p.m Monday on Cherry Grove Street had found a man suffering from a gunshot wound, the Durham Police Department said in a news release. The department identified the man as Marquin Alonso Padilla, a 46-year-old Durham resident.
New York prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump's business have advised Trump's former bodyguard and current chief operating officer, Matthew Calamari, and his son that they should get their own lawyers, not use the Trump Organization's attorneys, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether the Calamaris have illegally avoided paying taxes on benefits provided by the Trump Organization, including housing and cars. New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has been investigating the Trump Organization for a few years, focused most recently on whether the company manipulates the value of its properties to get loans and lower its taxes.
A father who took his 7-week-old daughter to a medical center with severe head injuries is now accused of killing the infant, Kentucky police say. Del'Shawn Banks, 23, took his baby to a Norton Children's pediatrician office, whose staff notified officials after seeing the child's injuries, Louisville police said. The girl was unresponsive and medical staff were attempting life-saving measures when police arrived, according to an arrest citation.
The White House COVID-19 team announced Tuesday the nation is “close to achieving” but likely won't make President Joe Biden's goal set in early May for 70% of all adults to have at least one coronavirus shot, with 160 million fully vaccinated by July 4th. The U.S. has met Biden's goal of having 70% of adults get at least one shot before Independence Day only for those aged 30 and older, but it will take a “few extra weeks” beyond July 4 to get 18- to 26-year-olds to the 70% threshold, according to Jeffrey Zients, the head of the White House Covid-19 response team. This means Biden's vaccination goal will be pushed further into the year, given the original target involved all American adults.
Ms Merkel was given a dose of AstraZeneca in mid-April, some two weeks after Germany's vaccine commission recommended that it only be given to people aged 60 and over. The country's vaccine commission at that time recommended cross vaccinating those under 60 who had already had a first jab with AstraZeneca as the second dose. But with deliveries of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson way behind target, Germany may have to rely on combining vector and mRNA vaccines - such as Moderna and Pfizer - in order to fulfil its pledge of offering every adult a vaccine by the end of the summer.
But the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that eight in 10 people over the age of 16 now have antibodies to Covid. For the whole population, including children, nearly seven in 10 have immunity – 54 per cent higher than the modellers predicted. The percentage of those with immunity is likely to be higher still because many under-16s will have had a previous infection and the data only runs up to June 7, meaning it does not include vaccinations and infections in the last fortnight.
Authorities in Colorado were trying to determine Tuesday what prompted a shooting spree in suburban Denver shopping district that left a police officer, bystander and suspect dead. The shooting Monday afternoon in Old Town Arvada came two days after Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed three gun bills inspired by another shooting – a gunman's rampage at a Boulder supermarket 20 miles away that killed that 10 people just three months ago. "My thoughts are with the family and friends of those killed including an Arvada Police Officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty while swiftly and bravely responding to protect civilians," Gov. Jared Polis tweeted late Monday.
Gov. Mike Parson on Monday promised deep and painful budget cuts to colleges, schools and social services if the General Assembly doesn't renew a tax critical to funding Medicaid, while warning that lawmakers standing in the way would “own” the destruction. Missouri faces a budget shortfall of $1.4 billion over the next two years without the tax, the Republican governor said in an afternoon news conference, where he outlined a raft of draconian reductions he said would begin July 1 unless lawmakers act quickly. Parson's ultimatum came as Republicans remain divided over renewing a tax on hospitals that provides billions each year for Medicaid, health coverage program for low-income and disabled Missourians.
Iran's president-elect said Monday he wouldn't meet with President Biden nor negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week's election.
Roomba, Dyson, Bissell, and Shark are on sale across the internet Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
Cannabis users are up to five times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than non-smokers, a new study shows. The class B drug has long been anecdotally linked with mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. It revealed that around three per cent of the population who do not smoke marijuana and do not suffer from depressive episodes have some suicidal thoughts.
The heat in the West is so extreme that you can bake cookies inside your car. Rangers at Saguaro National Park in Arizona cooked up their own treats Monday as temperatures reached 104 degrees. A dark dashboard in a car with closed windows can become scorching hot, park rangers said.
Barack Obama said he backed Sen. Joe Manchin's voting reform bill compromises. Manchin suggested ideas to overcome GOP opposition to a bill defending voting rights. Obama warned restrictive legislation in some states could corrode US democracy if left unchecked.
Italy has said that Americans can enter and bypass quarantine with a negative COVID test taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry; vaccinated travelers are not exempt from the testing requirements. Italy also noted visitors would be allowed to enter the country even if they've recently been in other EU countries. Austria travel Vaccine requirements: Vaccinated travelers need a certificate or vaccine passport.
Including gadgets from Apple, Samsung, Anker, and more Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
Onetime Chicago Cubs baseball star Ben Zobrist is seeking millions in damages after accusing his former minister of having an affair with his wife and bilking his charity, according to a bombshell lawsuit filed in Nashville Circuit Court. Zobrist, the 2016 World Series MVP, filed a lawsuit in May seeking $6 million in punitive and compensatory damages against Byron Yawn, who served roughly two decades as a senior pastor and elder at a Nashville church that the couple attended. Yawn later also managed a charity for athletes that Zobrist founded.
Sian Taylor went viral on TikTok for sharing things she won't be spending money on for her wedding. Taylor won't have real flowers, a big cake, a guest book, or save-the-dates at her weekday wedding. Taylor, 24, took to TikTok last week to share things she and her fiancé Andy won't have at their wedding, primarily because of how costly they are.
In April, Omid began mobilizing armed men into militias to defend Hazara areas against the Taliban and the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan. He said he now commands 800 armed men at seven staging areas mustered into what he calls “self-protection groups. Hazaras get killed in cities and on highways, but the government doesn't protect them,” Omid said.
“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.”