Dr. Anthony Fauci believes that lockdowns the country saw last year are not likely to return, but he warned "things will get worse."'You know what we really need to do' »
In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian journalist and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani writes about the disturbing reality behind some of the "unclaimed" bodies sent to the country's medical schools. Medical student Enya Egbe fled his anatomy class crying after being disturbed by the corpse he was asked to work on. The 26-year-old still vividly recalls that Thursday afternoon seven years ago at Nigeria's University of Calabar, converging with fellow students around three tables with a cadaver laid out on each.
Taliban forces attacked the Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan with at least three rockets overnight, a spokesman for the insurgent group said Sunday. The goal of the rocket strike was to obstruct airstrikes stemming from Afghan government forces, the Taliban said. "Kandahar airport was targeted by us because the enemy were using it as a center to conduct airstrikes against us," said Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, according to Reuters.
A high-ranking New Mexico Democratic state lawmaker has resigned amid a federal investigation into possible fraud, racketeering, illegal kickbacks and money laundering. Driving the news: Sheryl Williams Stapleton stepped down Friday as New Mexico's House majority leader, and from her seat, after state and federal authorities served subpoenas on an Albuquerque school district where Stapleton is employed. Stapleton works as director of the school district's Career and Technical Education and has been placed on administrative leave along with 11 others pending the investigation.
Mudslides from heavy rains caused "extreme damage” to a major interstate and left it blocked with piles of boulders and logs, Colorado transportation officials said Sunday, as forecasters warned of more flash floods in the coming days across the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin regions. The flood risk was elevated for many areas of the West where recent wildfires burned away vegetation and left hillsides more susceptible to erosion, the National Weather Service said. Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, was closed with no word on when it might re-open after being pounded by flash floods over a three-day period.
Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) said they believe that the massive infrastructure bill has enough support to pass in the Senate, with Manchin saying the chamber should "finish up" by Thursday. Why it matters: A bipartisan group of senators, including Manchin and Collins, have been negotiating the deal for months and are cutting it close to their self-imposed deadline for passing the measure before August recess. Appearing on on CNN's "State of the Union," Manchin expressed optimism, saying, "When you see Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell voting for the same thing, it's unbelievable."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing several calls by Democrats to resign after reports surfaced that he joked about hitting Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel. On Saturday night, McCarthy was reportedly gifted a large gavel by members of Tennessee's Republican congressional delegation during a dinner event. The gavel had the words "Fire Pelosi" inscribed on it, referencing the minority leader's repeated optimistic stance that the GOP will retake the House following the 2022 midterm elections.
For decades, Earth's energy system has been out of whack. Stability in Earth's climate hinges on a delicate balance between the amount of energy the planet absorbs from the sun and the amount of energy Earth emits back into space. But that equilibrium has been thrown off in recent years — and the imbalance is growing, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications.
Country music legend Willie Nelson led more than a thousand spectators in singing “vote them out” Saturday from the steps of the Texas Capitol during a rally wrapping up a four-day march in support of Democratic state legislators who bolted for Washington two weeks ago to block GOP-backed voting restrictions. Families with lawn chairs spread out across the sprawling Capitol greens in Austin. Clergy, politicians, constituents and musicians all spoke out about the proposals to impose voter ID requirements, limit ballot drop boxes and mail voting, and strip local officials of their election authority.
Glenn Allen Brooks was arrested Friday for his alleged involvement with the Capitol riot on January 6. One of the group members then tipped off the FBI. The FBI arrested a California man after receiving a tip of his involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot from a church prayer group member.
In September 2017, Jason Kessler, an American neo-Nazi who helped organize the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, inaugurated a new supremacist group called “The New Byzantium” project. Described by Kessler as “a premier organization for pro-white advocacy in the 21st century,” The New Byzantium is based on the white supremacist leader's misrepresentation of history. His premise is that when Rome fell, the Byzantine Empire went on to preserve a white-European civilization.
Joe Manchin on Sunday said he couldn't guarantee passage of the Senate reconciliation package. AOC said the House could scuttle a bipartisan spending bill absent a reconciliation package with progressive priorities. Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday said that he "can't really guarantee anybody" that the Democratic-led reconciliation package would be approved by the Senate.
The Prince of Wales believes he has become "collateral damage" in a bitter dispute engulfing the Conservative Party. A wealthy client of the nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall was given access to Prince Charles, prompting accusations that Ben Elliot, now chairman of the Tory Party, had profited from his family ties. Mohamed Amersi, 61, a telecoms tycoon, paid a membership fee for a number of years to Quintessentially, Mr Elliot's luxury concierge company, before it arranged a meeting with the prince over dinner in 2013.
An extensive crime scene remained in Queens Sunday morning at the site where 10 people were shot hours earlier on Saturday night. Police shut down five blocks of 37th Avenue while they investigated.
A British and Romanian were killed in an attack on an Israeli-linked oil tanker in the Gulf. Israel has accused Iran of carrying out the attack and said a strong response is needed. An Iran TV station, linked to the government, said the attack was retaliation for Israeli raids in Syria.
Turkey is battling raging wildfires that are destroying homes and forcing people to flee. Tourists in Turkey are being evacuated from beaches due to raging wildfires amid a severe heatwave with temperatures rising above 40C. Around 100 fires broke out this week across southern and western Turkey, Reuters reported, and at least six people, including two firefighters, have died.
Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena got knocked out of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament on Sunday by Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan of Qatar. If things had gone a little differently, it could have been Dalhausser and Lucena wearing the Qatari flag instead of the Stars and Stripes. In 2005, when they were self-described knuckleheads working as substitute teachers in South Carolina, the Americans were offered airline tickets to Qatar and a chance to become citizens.
Republicans have called the broadly popular infrastructure plan a five-lane highway to socialism. They're gearing up for a midterm message that will label every Democratic policy, no matter how common sense, as part of the so-called "socialist agenda." Perhaps they think that because their congressional candidates did better than expected in 2020 (Kevin McCarthy called the results a "mandate against socialism"), this messaging will continue to work.
MILWAUKEE - The retired Wisconsin Supreme Court justice tasked with leading a review of the 2020 presidential election said there are enough concerns about the integrity of the election to warrant a "very thorough examination." Michael Gableman, who was hired by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos as a special counsel in charge of the investigation, made the comments in an interview that aired Sunday on WISN-TV's "UPFRONT." It is one of the first times Gableman has spoken publicly about the review.
A killer whale got stranded on rocks above the shoreline in Alaska on Thursday. A group of people helped save the whale by spraying it with water until wildlife officials arrived. Six hours after the orca was spotted ashore, the tide rose and it was able to swim out to sea.
A Clemson football player has been arrested after police say he collided with a mail truck, injuring two people in the crash. Fredrick Davis, 19, a sophomore cornerback for the Tigers, turned himself in to Clemson police on Sunday to face a charge of reckless driving, multiple media outlets reported Sunday citing a statement from the Clemson Police Department. Davis is accused of driving 60 miles over the posted speed limit on July 21 when he collided with the rear of a U.S. Mail carrier on U.S. 123 in Clemson.
Rep. Matt Gaetz mocked COVID-19 experts who've been warning about mutations and variants. Gaetz's mocking remarks came as Florida broke its record for daily COVID-19 cases. Rep. Matt Gaetz on Saturday night mocked health officials who've been sounding the alarms about COVID-19 mutations.
Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a candidate who has never held elected office, so badly wants a South Florida congressional seat that she's pumped more than $2.3 million of her own money into the campaign. It's $1 million more than seven other Democratic candidates combined have raised — and more than any other congressional candidate in the country has put into their own campaign in the first six months of 2021. The Miramar resident is CEO of Trinity Health Care Services, a home health agency also based in Miramar.
Elon Musk's Starlink satellite internet venture has secured a license to construct a satellite ground station on the Isle of Man, which will provide "blanket coverage" across Great Britain, the Telegraph reports. Starlink, part of of Musk's SpaceX, has filed an application with the communications regulator for the Isle of Man to improve its broadband coverage for rural areas in northern Britain that cannot be reached by fiber broadband or 5G internet, the newspaper reported.
Donald Trump lashed out after the release of documents showing him pressuring DoJ officials. The documents show Trump urging them to say last year's election was "corrupt." In a statement on Saturday, Trump repeated the election fraud claims in his bid to overturn the election.
Former President Donald Trump met with "cabinet members" at his New Jersey golf club, Mark Meadows said. Trump is "moving forward" with a potential 2024 run in a "real way," Meadows said. Former President Donald Trump is "moving forward" with a 2024 presidential run in a "real way," according to his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
“[The program] stands likely to leave millions of families — disproportionately the poorest and most fragile ones — behind.”
“[Paying] families monthly, instead of one lump sum ... will provide parents with more stability knowing when cash is coming.”
“More parents will disappear from the workforce, and more children will be locked into dependency.”
“Poverty is a political choice, not an inevitability.”
“Time is running out. There are only six months until monthly payments of the credit cease."