With vaccines and a new administration, the pandemic will be tamed. But experts say the coming months "are going to be just horrible."A critical period of transition »
Allies of President Donald Trump want a federal court in Michigan to force state leaders to set aside election results and award its 16 electoral votes to the president. A separate conservative group also wants the Michigan Supreme Court to invalidate the results that show President-elect Joe Biden won the state. The latest lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan and before the state's highest court, rely on unfounded allegations of widespread fraud and misconduct that judges in the state and across the country have previously rejected.
An Alabama soldier was charged with reckless murder after allegedly forcing his girlfriend's unruly 5-year-old son to get out of a car at night along a road where the boy was hit and killed by another vehicle, authorities said. Army Sgt. Bryan Starr, 35, surrendered to officials in Russell County after being charged in the death of Austin Birdseye, Sheriff Heath Taylor told a news conference Monday. Starr told investigators the boy began acting up in the car as they traveled on Alabama 165 near their home Sunday night, so he pulled his Dodge Charger into a church parking lot and made the boy get out in the rain, Taylor said.
A photo of an Australian soldier drinking beer from the prosthetic leg of a dead Taliban fighter emerged on Tuesday, as the Chinese and Australian governments continued to trade blows over alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. The photograph of the soldier drinking from an apparent “war trophy” in an unauthorised bar in Afghanistan in 2009 was one of several obtained by Guardian Australia. The bar, known as the Fat Lady's Arms, was set up inside Australia's special forces base in Tarin Kowt, the capital of Uruzgan province.
Republicans are already signaling they won't vote to confirm Neera Tanden, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to run the Office of Management and Budget, next year — and some have even cast doubt on whether she'll receive a committee hearing. One reason for their antipathy is her prolific activity on Twitter, which includes a fair amount of criticism of GOP lawmakers. Indeed, it appears Tanden was expecting this, since she has seemingly deleted a fair number of tweets over the last few weeks.
A grim discovery has been made in Stockholm, Sweden: A man in his forties found wounded in an apartment -- and may have been held captive there by his own mother for nearly 30 years. The mother -- a 70-year-old woman whom neighbors thought lived alone -- has been arrested. The man was reportedly found by a relative on Sunday (November 29).
Leaked documents reveal that China significantly underreported the number of coronavirus cases in the early stages of the pandemic. Health data from Chinese health authorities leaked to CNN shows that officials in the Hubei province, where the virus is believed to have originated, failed to report thousands of new daily cases. On February 10 — when China reported 2,478 new cases — officials privately recorded 5,918 new cases, more than double the published figure.
A Chicago man has been charged with murder after a fight over some Thanksgiving leftovers. James Dixon, 28, allegedly stabbed 52-year-old Vincell Jackson as the man was being escorted out of a house following a holiday gathering. Dixon reportedly put his hands in Thanksgiving leftovers being served Friday at a home where Jackson was the boyfriend of the host.
Warnock was CEO of the group, which was originally founded by failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, until February. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the group, and three others, are under investigation for improper registration activities. While Raffensperger, a Republican who has been vocal in debunking President Trump's claims of election fraud, said that he has not seen signs of widespread, systemic fraud, there is evidence of “third-party groups working to register people in other states to vote here in Georgia.
Switzerland is emerging as a model for how the coronavirus can be contained without a national lockdown, after daily new infections halved since the start of November despite pubs, restaurants, gyms and sports remaining open in much of the country. The figures were hailed as a triumph for the “Swiss special way” by Swiss government doctors last week, and will be seen as evidence that regional tiers can work in the UK. Rather than ordering a general lockdown, Switzerland allowed regions to decide their own measures and only the worst-hit imposed tough restrictions.
Republicans have realised that the end of Donald Trump is near despite his “absurd, doomed lawsuits” and will start distancing themselves from the president, predicts former Republican and co-founder of the Lincoln Project Rick Wilson in a scathing new op-ed. In a strongly-worded piece for the Daily Beast, Mr Wilson wrote that “the dark is rising for Trump's sycophants, toadies and enablers”. Their tough-guy acts and f***-your-feelings s***-talk have become a furious whine of complaints and recriminations as a toxic slurry of rage and despair has left a stinging bile in the back of their throats that won't go away.
The Arecibo Observatory, a huge and previously damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century, completely collapsed on Tuesday. The telescope's 900-ton receiver platform fell onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below. Puerto Rican meteorologist Ada Monzón broke into tears on local TV as she delivered the devastating news to other heartbroken Puerto Ricans across the U.S. territory.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that there was "no reason" Congress couldn't quickly agree on a new stimulus bill. Democrats and Republicans have been at an impasse for months, with Republicans seeking a slimmer deal and Democrats looking for more. Time is short: Congress is meeting for a short session due to end by Christmas, and lawmakers also have to avert a government shutdown next week.
A restaurant in Dallas, Texas, quickly went viral after a video of the owner raising his voice at Black women who were dancing was uploaded to social media. The women were allegedly twerking and dancing on the furniture when Kevin Kelley, the owner, approached them. “I invested a lot of money into buying this building, into developing this concept so Black people could have somewhere nice to go to,” said Kelley.
You wait for ages for an era-defining monolith created by an unseen alien race to appear out of nowhere – then two turn up at once. After the mysterious emergence of a shiny metallic plinth in the Utah desert piqued the imaginations of sci-fi fans across the world last week, another appeared in rural Romania just a few days later. The objects in Utah and Piatra Neamt have touched off international sci-fi speculation, recalling the classic 1968 Stanley Kubrick film "2001: A Space Odyssey."
A bipartisan group of lawmakers rolled out a $908 billion coronavirus relief plan that would provide aid to state and local governments, small businesses and jobless Americans but not include another round of stimulus checks, as Democratic leaders and the White House remain deadlocked on another economic package and the clock on crucial relief programs set to expire at the end of the year ticks down. The four-month proposal from the bicameral coalition would provide state and local governments facing a cash crunch due to declining revenues with $160 billion and small businesses with $288 billion, including through the Paycheck Protection Program.
A lawsuit in Michigan pushed by allies of President Donald Trump are seeking to fight what voters decided and declare him the winner of the state's electoral votes. To bolster its case, it includes an affidavit from Navid Keshavarz-Nia, a cybersecurity expert who alleges the election data indicates widespread fraud (extensive research and other experts refute such claims). The affidavit says that President-elect Joe Biden won "more than 100% of the votes" in a county that doesn't exist.
China underreported Covid-19 numbers by more than half as it downplayed the severity of the virus and their failure to quickly diagnose cases in the early stages of the pandemic, according to leaked documents. A series of revelations in 117 pages of internal documents from the Hubei Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, obtained by CNN, shows how the Chinese Communist Party withheld vital information as the world grappled to contain the rapidly spreading virus. On 10 February, China publicly reported 2,478 new confirmed cases while privately reporting 5,918 new cases - a 139 per cent difference.
In a Supreme Court ruling just before midnight on Thanksgiving eve, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor penned another of her fiery dissents — this time warning, in her view, of the dangers of the Court's majority position on New York state's Covid-19 restrictions. The high court, in a 5-4 vote, blocked restrictions on religious services that Governor Andrew Cuomo had introduced to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The majority found that Cuomo's restrictions violated the First Amendment's protection of free exercise of religion.
After the mysterious emergence of a shiny metallic plinth in the Utah desert piqued the imaginations of sci-fi fans across the world last week, another appeared just a few days later in rural Romania. The objects in Utah and Piatra Neamt have touched off international sci-fi speculation, recalling the classic Stanley Kubrick 1968 film, "2001: A Space Odyssey." In the Kubrick movie, an alien monolith is a recurring symbol planted by mysterious aliens that appears to be a catalyst in the development of human evolution.
I was an election monitor in Afghanistan after a top candidate cried fraud in the 2014 presidential election and a recount was ordered. I could swap out his name with President Donald Trump's, and you wouldn't know the difference. In April 2014, despite promises of widespread violence, millions of Afghans risked their lives to vote for a new president among eight candidates.
Supermodel Bella Hadid's Thanksgiving mac and cheese is getting a lot of attention and not the positive kind. Some fans are saying that Hadid's soupy mac and cheese looks like a dessert instead of pasta. Hadid shared an Instagram video of rigatoni pasta swimming around in watery cheese sauce.
She took care of COVID-19 patients through the pandemic's first wave in New Jersey. She inserted intravenous lines, pushed fluids, held some patients as they died and helped others to survive at the nursing home where she works. Above all, she followed safety protocols – neither she nor any member of her family became sick.
With almost a month until Georgia voters decide whether Republicans or Democrats control Congress's upper chamber, Donald Trump shared a tweet that asked “why bother voting for Republicans? The US president shared the post on Monday as he continued to attack Republicans' commitment to the electoral process and an election he will not concede, despite two crucial Senate elections next month. Why bother voting for Republicans if what you get is [Doug] Ducey and [Brian] Kemp?
Joe Biden's nominee for a key economic post has deleted more than a thousand of her own tweets, some of which were critical of senators who now hold her fate in their hands. The Daily Beast first reported the steps by Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress (CAP) think tank who Biden has nominated to lead the federal Office of Management and Budget. “Can people on here please focus their ire on [Senate majority leader Mitch] McConnell and the GOP senators who are up [for re-election] this cycle who enable him,” Tanden wrote in June 2019, in a tweet recovered by the Beast.
Moderna has asked US regulators to allow the emergency use of its coronavirus vaccine, starting a process that could allow the shot to be given more widely within weeks. The biotech company filed for emergency-use authorization with the US Food and Drug Administration on Monday, it said in a statement, about a week after Pfizer and BioNTech asked the FDA to authorize their vaccine. The company is also seeking authorization from regulators in other countries.
“This metastasizing debt crisis has had tremendous social costs. An entire generation has been set back.”
“It is not the government’s job to step in and rescue those who took on more debt than their future incomes would support.”
“Many student-borrowers need relief, but well-off borrowers who are thriving — thanks to their college degrees — do not.”
“It will stimulate the lagging economy. And though not everyone will directly benefit, the country as a whole will improve.”
“Canceling student debt would cost billions of dollars each year and would exacerbate, not lessen, economic inequalities.”