A 12-story condominium building that collapsed near Miami on Thursday was determined to be unstable a year ago, according to a researcher at Florida International University.'Oh my God. We did detect that.' »
Derek Chauvin faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on Friday for the killing of George Floyd, the African American man whose death sparked a global protest movement. Chauvin, a white former officer, was convicted of murder and manslaughter in April after he was filmed last year kneeling on the neck of Mr Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes as he gasped "I can't breathe". The vital footage of the killing led to intense scrutiny of racism in policing in the US, and across the globe, and Chauvin's case has come to be seen as a watershed moment for police accountability.
An overworked 911 call-taker didn't send a Fort Worth police officer on a June 1 domestic call that ended in a double-murder and suicide, according to a news report. Ex-911 operator Kate Colley told KXAS-TV that the stressed 911 dispatcher received a call from Holly Beverly, who reported that her estranged husband was on his way to her apartment in west Fort Worth to harm her. The operator didn't send an officer because the suspect wasn't actually on the scene yet, Colley told the TV station.
Last summer, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chief Anthony Fauci was reportedly sent mail containing white powder that "literally blew up in his face," Politico writes, per a preview of the new book Nightmare Scenario by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta. Luckily, chemical testing came back negative for both anthrax and ricin, but not before Fauci was hosed "down to his skivvies in a chemical lab," standing "naked in what looked like a kiddy pool" while his team awaited results, per Politico. Previously reported excerpts of Nightmare Scenario revealed Trump once joked he hoped COVID-19 would "take out" former National Security Adviser John Bolton, and had even proposed the U.S. house COVID-19 patients at Guantanamo Bay.
The US plans to evacuate thousands of Afghans who worked for the American military ahead of September's troop withdrawal, senior officials have said. Afghan interpreters who have worked for the US for years fear reprisals from the Taliban after the withdrawal. As many as 18,000 Afghans have applied for US visas, but the lengthy process has been hindered by delays.
The virus that causes Covid-19 could have started spreading in China as early as October 2019, two months before the first case was identified in the central city of Wuhan, a new study showed on Friday. Researchers from Britain's University of Kent used methods from conservation science to estimate that SARS-CoV-2 first appeared from October to mid-November 2019, according to a paper published in the PLOS Pathogens journal. The most likely date for the virus's emergence was November 17, 2019, and it had probably already spread globally by January 2020, they estimated.
Arlington police made an arrest overnight in the Wednesday shooting of a 16-year-old boy at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor with help from the U.S. Marshal's Service, according to a news release. Police said they arrested 18-year old Cameron Lavon Stephens without incident. He is being held in the Arlington jail where he is charged with one count of murder, according to the release.
Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott has been asked by the Biden administration to step down, The Associated Press reports, and he told agents on Wednesday that he will "continue working hard to support you over the next several weeks to ensure a smooth transition." Scott was appointed in January 2020 and supported former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies. Scott was especially keen on Trump's unfulfilled promise to build a southern border wall, and did not go along with the Biden administration's directive to use the term "migrant" rather than "illegal alien," AP reports.
At around midday on 11 May, Dario Kopenawa, an indigenous leader, received a desperate phone call from a remote village in the Brazilian Amazon. Palimiú has a population of about 1,000, who live in large communal houses on the banks of a river called Uraricoera. Kopenawa, a member of the Yanomami tribe, is used to hearing pleas for help from communities in the rainforest, but this one was different.
A statue honoring George Floyd that was unveiled during a Juneteenth rally in Brooklyn last week was found vandalized early Thursday, multiple outlets report. The graffiti was discovered just before 7:20 a.m., according to PIX 11. Photos and video show the 6-foot sculpture, which features Floyd's likeness, scrawled with black spray paint while the pedestal was defaced with a web address reportedly affiliated with a white supremacist group, the station reported.
The prospect of COVID-19 booster shots have been looming since even before any vaccines were granted approval late last year. Most scientists believe boosters will be necessary at some point, though it's not clear when, but they also may want to make sure those bonus shots aren't needed all that often in the long run, Katherine Wu reported for The Atlantic on Wednesday. "Boosting in perpetuity isn't an ideal option, if we can avoid it," Wu wrote.
Parents who showed support for the task force gave presentations, while the members did not hear from Idahoans opposed to the panel's work or to the notion that indoctrination is taking place in classrooms. There also was no public testimony, but McGeachin said that won't always be the case. At the start, Republican Rep. Priscilla Giddings, the panel's co-chair, presented a series of documents, which were also published online, that included lessons she said were from K-12 schools in the state, with references to ideas of equity and social justice.
Delivering remarks after announcing a deal with a group of Republican senators on infrastructure, President Biden responded to a question about trusting Republicans on the agreement. Biden said, “I've worked with a lot of these people who are in the room. I know them.
The new Israeli government, headed by a prime minister to the right of Benjamin Netanyahu, will bring neither change nor unity, the veteran left-wing Israeli journalist Gideon Levy wrote this month in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. President Biden took almost a month to call Benjamin Netanyahu after becoming president. Why would the Biden administration be so welcoming of an unwieldy government that's living on borrowed time, led by a prime minister who has championed annexation of the West Bank and contains right-wing pro-settlement parties?
Americans were in trouble, with an average life expectancy that had sunk below that of any other affluent country. Now, new research finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered another crushing blow to longevity in the United States. In just two years, the pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 Americans has slashed close to two years off the average life expectancy.
A “miscalculation” in the cat and mouse game with Russia could lead to full blown war, the head of the Armed Forces has warned, after a tense confrontation in the Black Sea this week. General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff, said the risk of an “unwarranted escalation” involving Britain is “the thing that keeps me awake in bed at night”. There was a standoff between Britain and Russia when a Royal Navy destroyer passed through a contested part of the Black Sea on Wednesday.
Microsoft has officially announced Windows 11, its new operating system which will replace the current version over the next few years. First - Microsoft Teams, the video-calling app which saw a boom during 2020's pandemic, will be integrated into Windows 11 by default. "Looks like Microsoft is killing off Skype," wrote the Irish & Sunday Independent tech editor Adrian Weckler. "Bye bye Skype," added Future Publishing's content director Jeremy Kaplan. "RIP Skype," was the immediate reaction from The Verge's Tom Warren.
Late this weekend, Fort Worth officials plan to open the new North Main Street bridge that leads to the eventual Panther Island — marking another step forward in a project that has been more than a decade in the making and is still years from completion. With a new presidential administration, an impending federal infrastructure bill and the return of appropriations earmarks, officials say that federal funding could soon flow into the project and kick off the next big phase of construction. The upcoming North Main Street bridge opening — scheduled for Sunday afternoon or Monday morning — will be the second of three.
Former President Donald Trump's megaphone, once the loudest in politics, will be put to the test in the coming weeks as he prepares to hold his first rallies since leaving office. While Trump has maintained his firm grip on the Republican Party even after his election defeat, he has struggled to get his message out and dominate headlines as he once did without the power of the bully pulpit or access to his social media accounts. Trump's upcoming rallies in Ohio and Florida and visit to the border with Mexico on Tuesday will represent his biggest uptick in public appearances over the last five months.
President Joe Biden has signed an emergency declaration for Florida after a building collapsed there on Thursday. The declaration will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief. Nearly 100 people are still unaccounted for after the Florida condo collapsed in the wee hours of Thursday.
Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed on Thursday, killing at least one. A resident of the Florida condominium that partially collapsed early Thursday filed a lawsuit in 2015 alleging that one of the building's outer walls was not being maintained properly, court records seen by Insider showed. As of Friday morning, rescue workers were still searching for 99 people who remain unaccounted for in the massive collapse of a section of Champlain Towers, at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside.
Plea deals may be in the works for six people who the federal government says are associated with the Proud Boys and who face criminal charges related to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Prosecutors and defense attorneys told a federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday that they expect to have preliminary negotiations about resolving the case short of going to trial. All six defendants are facing multiple felony charges, including conspiracy, civil disorder, disorderly conduct, obstruction of law enforcement and entering a restricted building or grounds.
Miss Georgetown Morgan Elvis recently posted on Instagram that she was thankful for every day she's given, “both the easy and the hard.” The man, Sidney Moorer, and his wife, Tammy, were convicted of kidnapping Heather and are in state prisons in South Carolina, each serving a 30-year sentence. Morgan, now 24 and a contestant in the 2021 Miss South Carolina pageant, has taken the pain of losing her sister and applied it to helping others who experience a similar trauma.
Critical race theory is one such explanation of lived experience that I have included in my teaching toolkit for over thirty years. Redlining — denying loans for housing in specific neighborhoods — is a verifiable historical fact, for example, to be understood in a broader context. Critical race theory is neither new nor an emergency.
Rudy Giuliani appeared on Newsmax Thursday to discuss the suspension of his New York legal license. Rudy Giuliani has claimed that the suspension of his license to practice law in New York was part of a plot to silence him because he was so effective at arguing former President Donald Trump's election-fraud claims. Giuliani appeared on the right-wing Newsmax network hours after an appelate court in New York suspended his law license on Thursday.
Televangelist Jim Bakker and his church were ordered to pay $156,000 in restitution for selling a fake COVID cure. Bakker advertised a supplement called "Silver Solution" last year that he falsely claimed could prevent COVID. Missouri televangelist Jim Bakker was ordered to pay $156,000 in restitution to the viewers of his religious talk show.
“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.”