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A rifle-toting U.S. Army trainee hijacked a busload of children in South Carolina on Thursday before letting the kids off, abandoning the vehicle and surrendering, officials said. The trainee from Fort Jackson left the base with a rifle — later found to be without ammunition — at about 7 a.m. ET and tried flagging motorists on Interstate 77 before spotting a school bus stop, authorities said. Lott identified the suspect as 23-year-old New Jersey native Jovan Collazo.
Former Republican pollster Frank Luntz tells Kara Swisher on her New York Times podcast "Sway" that Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 election "could cost the Republicans the majority in the House in 2022." Why it matters: The former president is still the most popular figure in the Republican Party, but his baseless claims about the election have alienated moderates and key GOP leaders — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). Luntz: "More than two-thirds of Republicans believe that the election was stolen."
The family of one of two Americans, both convicted of a fatal stabbing during a scuffle with an Italian police officer, on Thursday blasted the jury for ordering Italy's harshest punishment of life imprisonment, a sentence frequently meted out to mobsters who assassinate state officials. Months after the July 26, 2019 slaying of Carabinieri Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega in Rome, prosecutors asked for indictments for the two teenage friends from California. They described the defendants, then 19 and 18, as being in cahoots from start to finish, even though only one of them wielded the knife in what their lawyers steadfastly contended was in self-defense.
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Two Secret Service agents who rode with then-President Donald Trump as he drove around Walter Reed National Military Medical Center while he was hospitalized with Covid-19 last year needed to wear full medical protective gear, the agency's director said Thursday. Director of the U.S. Secret Service James Murray told a House budget hearing that the former president's desire to be seen outside the hospital in October where he could wave to supporters "was extensively discussed” with doctors beforehand.
A Wisconsin dad accused of fatally hitting his son for eating his cheesecake has pleaded guilty. Milwaukee resident Travis Stackhouse, 30, went to trial this week on charges of first-degree reckless homicide in the death, according to court records. Two days into the trial, he pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide, neglecting a child and child abuse.
If Florida won't allow Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for passengers and crew, the company's CEO says it will take its ships elsewhere. CEO Frank Del Rio made the threat during an earnings call Thursday, just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state Legislature that bans businesses, schools and government entities in Florida from asking anyone to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is the world's third largest cruise company, parent to cruise brands Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.
Brian Kolfage, who founded "We Build the Wall" with Steve Bannon, was indicted in a new tax case. Trump pardoned Bannon before he left office but didn't pardon Kolfage. Brian Kolfage - the cofounder of a failed crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the US-Mexico border with Steve Bannon - is facing a new tax case after being indicted on federal fraud charges last year.
Duggar's computer had "accountability software" that sent internet usage reports to his wife, Anna. According to a federal agent, the software, Covenant Eyes, was registered to both Duggar and Anna. Josh Duggar, who's been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, had an "accountability software" installed on his computer that monitored his internet usage and sent it to his wife, a federal agent testified in a detention hearing on Wednesday.
If you have stayed at the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys, you've stayed at one of the best hotels in the world. Condé Naste Traveler has just released its 2021 Hot List, and the luxury hotel on Little Torch Key made the cut, one of only two Florida hotels highlighted. The adults-only resort is located on a four-acre private island.
Smart cities will be a target for hackers, and councils need to be prepared, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned. Sensors and internet-connected devices may improve urban services, but could also be used by hackers and foreign states to disrupt or spy. The NCSC - an arm of GCHQ - has published guidance for local authorities on how to secure what they call "connected places".
North Carolina teachers are a step closer to not having to pay for a substitute to cover their classes when they take a personal day. Currently, teachers who use personal leave on days when classes are in session are charged $50 to help schools cover the cost of finding a substitute teacher. But the state House unanimously passed legislation on Thursday that waives the “required substitute deduction” for teachers if they provide a reason to their principal for taking personal leave.
Melinda Gates met with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alongside her husband Bill in New York City and soon after said she was furious at the relationship between the two men, according to people familiar with the situation. The previously unreported meeting occurred at Epstein's Upper East Side Mansion in September 2013, on the same day the couple accepted the Lasker Bloomberg Public Service Award at the Pierre Hotel and were photographed alongside then-mayor Mike Bloomberg. The meeting would prove a turning point for Gates' relationship with Epstein, the people familiar with the matter say, as Melinda told friends after the encounter how uncomfortable she was in the company of the wealthy sex offender and how she wanted nothing to do with him.
At a White House press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's claim that the Republican Party is united against President Biden's administration.
Garrett Rolfe, the white former Atlanta police officer charged with murdering Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, may be put back onto the force. On Wednesday, the Atlanta Civil Service Board, which evaluates city government firing decisions, held that the police department hadn't followed proper procedure when it swiftly fired Mr Rolfe after the shooting last June. Mr Rolfe fired upon Mr Brooks as he ran away on foot from a drunk driving arrest.
Rudy Giuliani has reportedly sacked most of his entourage to cut costs as his legal troubles - and fees - mount. Politico reported that Giuliani fired as many as five people since the FBI raided his properties. Rudy Giuliani has drastically reduced the size of his entourage and reportedly fired as many as five people since the FBI raided his properties last week, Politico reported.
A man has been arrested after he was caught on security camera footage brutally beating two Asian women with a cinder block as they were trying to close up a liquor store in Baltimore, Maryland. Daryl Doles, 50, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, according to police. It was not specified whether the attack is being treated as a hate crime.
A TikTok user's video of a moldy Starbucks cake pop is going viral and grossing out social media users everywhere. The video posted by Taylor Boullard, who goes by username @teabezel28 on TikTok, has been viewed more than eight million times in just four days and shows the inside of a cake pop from the coffee chain's bakery. Underneath the colorful frosting and sprinkles, you see the vanilla cake and what appears to be chocolate chips.
Temperature checks are over at Universal Orlando Resort. Starting Thursday, no one will need to have their temperature taken to enter Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay, according to Universal's website. Walt Disney World Resort also posted on its website that it will stop temperature screenings for employees, dubbed “cast members,” on Saturday, May 8, and for guests on May 16 at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Blizzard Beach.
Hungary's Sziget, which organises some of the largest music festivals in Europe, said on Thursday that it had cancelled this summer's main event in Budapest and would instead make a "grand comeback" in 2022. The Sziget Festival routinely draws several hundred thousand visitors to an island in the River Danube in the Hungarian capital, with the Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone and Macklemore among the star guests at the last festival in August 2019. "With sadness in our heart but knowing our responsibility, seeing all the uncertainty around ... we have made a decision to prepare for next year's Sziget festival instead," said Tamas Kadar, lead organiser of Sziget, in a statement.
Workers at the Maricopa County recount are investigating an absurd theory that 40,000 Biden ballots were smuggled in from Asia. The recount is partially funded by a lobbyist group, which raised over $1.5 million for the effort. The Maricopa County vote recount has taken a surprising turn, with UV lights and high-tech cameras being deployed as workers comb through ballots, checking for traces of bamboo fibers in the paper.
Joe Dan Channel was granted parole from a Texas prison in late 2019. In Florida, Lawrence Carter, a disabled Vietnam veteran in his late 70s, also fell ill from COVID-19 while he was incarcerated and died. The coronavirus tore through the nation's prisons, jails and immigration detention centers over the past year, killing more than 2,700 people who were incarcerated.
A New Jersey township has fired a long-serving police officer who called Black Lives Matter demonstrators “terrorists” on social media. Last June, veteran Hopewell Township police officer Sara Erwin wrote a Facebook post calling the group “terrorists” and criticising those who supported the movement online. Last night as I left for work I had my two kids crying for me not to go to work,” she wrote, according to NJ.com.
Two months after committing to "transformational change," members of the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the tiny but powerful group of international journalists that hands out the Golden Globe Awards, voted Thursday to move forward with sweeping reforms proposed by its board earlier this week. The vote via Zoom by the group's members came as the HFPA reached a self-imposed deadline to reveal its plans to address a wide range of issues raised by a Feb. 21 Times investigation, including the group's lack of any Black members along with alleged ethical lapses and financial improprieties. “Today's overwhelming vote to reform the Association reaffirms our commitment to change," said HFPA President Ali Sar in a statement.
US Space Command says it is watching fragments of a Chinese rocket expected to crash soon. The location of the debris will be known only "hours" before its reentry, Space Command said. The Pentagon has said it is tracking a chunk of a Chinese rocket that is expected to come back into the atmosphere in the coming days in an uncontrolled reentry.
“Every college has a public health responsibility to require its students to be vaccinated.”
“While the vast majority of students will likely get the vaccine, schools should honor the decisions of the few who object.”
“A vaccinated campus could be the step toward normality that college leaders are seeking.”
“College students are mobile and spread COVID-19 with them whenever they travel.”
“There almost certainly are going to be legal challenges because the anti-vaccine movement is already preparing for them.”