Nearly a year after video footage of George Floyd’s death ignited widespread racial-justice protests and unrest, a jury found ex-cop Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts.Applause erupt outside courthouse »
A California college student missing for nearly 25 years was once buried in the backyard of the home owned by the murder suspect's father, authorities said in a court document. The body of Kristin Smart, which has never been found, was recently moved from the home of Ruben Flores, a prosecutor said, according to a document filed Monday and posted on social media by a reporter for The Tribune of San Luis Obispo. Ruben Flores, 80, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of accessory after the murder for hiding Smart's body after his son allegedly killed her.
ANKARA (Reuters) -Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that any move by U.S. President Joe Biden to recognise the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide will further harm already strained ties between the NATO allies. Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but contests the figures and denies that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide. For decades, measures recognizing the Armenian genocide, stalled in the U.S. Congress and U.S. presidents have refrained from calling it that, stymied by concerns about relations with Turkey and intense lobbying by Ankara.
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries sharply criticized Republican efforts to censure Rep. Maxine Waters. Waters is facing criticism for telling protesters to "get more confrontational." Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the fourth-highest-ranking House Democrat, sharply criticized Republican efforts to censure Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters and said the GOP should deal with its "mess" before attacking Democrats.
The Derek Chauvin trial is over, and the verdict is guilty on all charges. The former Minneapolis police officer has been convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd. The video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd begged that he could not breathe and then went limp sparked probably the largest protest movement in American history.
Malaysian opposition lawmakers led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad submitted a petition to the country's king on Tuesday seeking an end to a coronavirus emergency so Parliament can resume. The king approved Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's plan for an emergency in early January to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but critics said it was a political ruse to help the embattled leader stay in power amid challenges to his leadership. Muhyiddin's government remains in control and has extraordinary powers to introduce laws without parliamentary approval.
Germany's Greens overtook the conservatives to top an opinion poll released on the day that Angela Merkel's conservative bloc named Armin Laschet as its candidate to succeed her as chancellor in a September election. A Forsa poll for RTL/n-tv put the conservative bloc on 21%, down 7 points, while the Greens, who on Monday presented their chancellor candidate, Annalena Baerbock, jumped 5 points to 28%. "The nominations of Annalena Baerbock and Armin Laschet are greatly influencing the political mood," said pollster Manfred Guellner in a statement, adding that while voters viewed Baerbock favourably, Laschet had a negative effect for the conservatives.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy plans to introduce his own resolution to censure Maxine Waters. McCarthy announced his decision after Marjorie Taylor Greene said she wanted to "expel" Waters for "inciting Black Lives Matter terrorism." Waters has maintained that she did not encourage violence when she spoke to protesters near Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis.
Former aides to former President Donald Trump are reportedly looking back at the end of his term as a major missed opportunity to encourage his supporters to get vaccinated against COVID-19. A new report in Politico describes how Trump's "unwillingness to pitch his voters on getting the jab has become the source of frustration for former aides," not to mention experts who believe he could have helped sway those Republicans who say they won't get vaccinated. While Trump was in office, there was reportedly a "monthslong effort to get him to publicly take the lead" on pushing vaccinations.
A 32-year-old mother was found dead Tuesday, next to her sleeping child, inside a car in the parking lot of a Boynton Beach hotel. The suspect — identified as 39-year-old Narcisse Antoine of West Palm Beach — fled after the “domestic-related” shooting and died by suicide, police said. The murder-suicide happened around 1:30 a.m.
A manhunt for a former Texas sheriff's deputy suspected in the fatal shooting of three people in Austin ended Monday when authorities said he was arrested without incident about 20 miles from the scene of the weekend attack.
The powerful Church of Greece said Tuesday it would allow the faithful to take part in Orthodox Easter services next week but limit attendance and hold the services earlier in the day to conform with a government-imposed curfew. The decision comes despite Greece reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and as the country's hospitals are struggling to treat unprecedented numbers of intubated patients. Orthodox Easter services were canceled last year, when Greece had much fewer confirmed cases.
Moderna Inc said on Tuesday it had secured a new COVID-19 vaccine supply agreement with Israel for 2022, under which the country has the option to buy doses of one of the company's variant-specific vaccine candidates. The announcement follows two earlier agreements between Israel and Moderna to supply a total of 10 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna's COVID-19 booster vaccine is in early-stage trials.
A semitruck drove through a crowd in Minneapolis as people celebrated Derek Chauvin's murder conviction. A truck appeared to drive through a crowd of people in Minneapolis celebrating Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict in George Floyd's death on Tuesday. Video of the incident, posted by journalists Grace Morgan and Samantha Hendrickson, shows the truck quickly being surrounded by people as it turned into the crowd.
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An 18-year-old woman in Nevada who suffered seizures after receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has received three brain surgeries related to blood clots, a spokesperson for her family said. Emma Burkey began feeling sick about a week after receiving the one-dose vaccine early this month, spokesman Bret Johnson said. Burkey was first treated at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson before being airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Southern California for specialized care, Johnson said.
Rep. Hal Rogers faces a $5,000 fine for failing to submit to security screening before entering the U.S. House floor earlier this month. The House Ethics Committee levied the penalty after the 21-term Republican allegedly failed to adhere to an officer's request to be wanded by a handheld device after setting off a magnetometer on April 14. “Rep. Rogers returned after voting and asked what he needed to do now,” the memo reads.
Police in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, stopped a group of teens riding their bikes, video shows. One of the teens was seen in the video being handcuffed as cops seized his bike. Police said the teens needed licenses to ride their bikes in the streets.
Russia announced on Monday the expulsion of at least 20 Czech diplomats in a furious response to the gutting of Moscow's most critical intelligence station in central Europe over the weekend, when Czech authorities accused Russian intelligence of being behind two blasts at an ammunition storage facility in 2014. Czechia has accused a notorious Russian intelligence unit implicated in multiple operations across Europe and the UK of conducting two operations in 2014 that led to explosions at a munitions factory in 2014. At the time, the ammunition was said to be headed for Russia's rivals in Ukraine.
With one-third of his eastern Caribbean nation transformed into “a relative wasteland” from the erupting La Soufrière volcano, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tuesday appealed to the international community for help with his country's recovery. It's an extraordinary, existential challenge that is facing us,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said. The leader joined the United Nations in launching an urgent appeal for assistance to address the budding humanitarian crisis and multiple challenges created by the volcano's ongoing explosions.
US Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene's nativist congressional caucus celebrating the heritage of Americans – but only the white ones – ended before it ever really began. The "America First Caucus" was the brainchild of Ms Greene, who is perhaps best known for having been stripped of her committee seats for supporting assassination threats against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on social media and for openly flirting with a number of conspiracy theories, including one that alleged the Parkland School Shooting was fake as well as QAnon. The caucus members were to "follow in President Trump's footsteps, and potentially step on some toes and sacrifice sacred cows for the good of the American nation," according to a policy outline obtained by Punchbowl News.
Sen. Bernie Sanders said the Derek Chauvin verdict was "accountability," but not justice. "We must boldly root out the cancer of systemic racism and police violence against people of color," Sanders said. Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the death of George Floyd.
Putin has ordered thousands of troops to the Russian border with Ukraine and mounted a sea blockade. Russian warships and attack aircraft conducted aggressive exercises off the coast of Ukraine this week adding fears of a blockade to concerns that the movement of more than 100,000 troops could telegraph a Russian invasion. In the past weeks, Russia has moved a massive amount of offensive military capabilities - ranging from elite airborne units to modern armor formations to strike aircraft - into military regions along the border of Ukraine, where Russian-speaking "people's republics" have been fighting against Kyiv for independence since 2014.
Ted Nugent, who has long downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic as a “scam,” said Monday he tested positive for the coronavirus. The controversial singer revealed his diagnosis on Facebook Live and said he has been “sicker than a dog.” Nugent used racist terms to describe the virus, which he spoke about with television personality John Brenkus in a second Facebook Live.
“High-speed rail is bold and attention-grabbing, but the scale of the project makes it near impossible.”
“While a long, slow train ride across the country can be a great thing, the US needs real high-speed rail too.”
“Liberals are right that America has a car problem — but it's commutes, not road trips, that suck.”
“Investments into a high-speed rail system wouldn’t just improve the railroads — automobile traffic could also see some relief.”
“Big cities that are reasonably close together is pretty much a prerequisite for high-speed rail.”