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Police have a suspect in custody after a beheaded woman was found dead on a Shakopee, Minnesota, sidewalk in the middle of the afternoon on Wednesday. Officers with the Shakopee Police Department responded to a stabbing report just after 2:30 p.m. local time and found 55-year-old America Mafalda Thayer's body near a downtown intersection, police said. A search warrant application disclosed that when police arrived, officers discovered the victim's headless body, according to local reports.
An attack on an oil tanker linked to an Israeli billionaire killed two crew members off Oman in the Arabian Sea, authorities said Friday, marking the first fatalities after years of assaults targeting shipping in the region. Without providing any evidence, an Israeli security official said that Israel believes Iran was behind the attack on the ship, citing similar attacks in the past. The U.S. Navy rushed to the scene following the attack and was escorting the tanker to a safe harbor, a London-based ship management company said Friday.
Hong Kong police are investigating an incident where a crowd watching the Olympics booed China's anthem. Hundreds gathered at a shopping mall on Monday to watch a broadcast and cheer on Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung, who won gold in the men's individual foil. When the Chinese national anthem was played, some in the crowd began jeering while others shouted "We are Hong Kong", video filmed at the scene shows.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joined ten other Republican governors Thursday in asking the Supreme Court to essentially let states ban abortion and regulate it in ways not currently allowed, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Why it matters: With the court's newly-installed 6-3 conservative majority, this is the best chance Republicans have had in decades to take on abortion rights. What happened: The governors asked the court to reconsider its past decisions in 1973's Roe v. Wade and 1992's Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Texas governor Greg Abbott on Thursday threatened to issue fines to local officials who enforce new mask mandates. Abbott's warning comes after the CDC reversed course earlier this week and recommended that people in areas with substantial spread of COVID-19 should wear masks indoors — including vaccinated individuals. The new guidance is the result of concerns over the highly transmissible Delta variant.
A strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami warnings in the U.S. state and heightened surveillance across the pacific.
Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, said Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might as well come to his office and arrest his entire staff for not wearing masks. U.S. Capitol Police officers were directed to arrest staff members or visitors who refuse either to comply or leave the premises after being asked, according to a bulletin from Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger. "This is INSANE," Massie tweeted.
The U.S. Justice Department on Friday ordered the Internal Revenue Service to hand over former President Donald Trump's tax returns to a House of Representatives committee, saying the panel has offered "sufficient reasons" for requesting the material. The department's Office of Legal Counsel reversed course and declared that the department erred in 2019 when Trump was still in office when it found that the request for his taxes by the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee was based on a "disingenuous" objective aimed at exposing them to the public. "We cannot know where receipt of the requested tax information will take the committee, any more than the committee itself can predict what it will find or determine," wrote Acting Assistant Attorney General Dawn Johnsen for the Office of Legal Counsel.
The outbreak is believed to have started in Nanjing, a city of more than 9 million people, around 150 miles west of Shanghai. On July 20, nine cleaners at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport tested positive for the virus after cleaning down a plane that arrived from Russia, according to state-run media. Infections have now been recorded in five different provinces including Beijing, and local health authorities have identified the strain as the delta variant.
We didn't train and feed you with tax money so that you can commit feminist acts," one of the comments from An's Instagram reads. Many women and well-known figures, including actress Koo Hye-sun and lawmaker and South Korea's youngest MP, Ryu Ho-jeong, showed support for An amid the wave of sexist comments she received. Even if you win an Olympic gold medal with your own skills and abilities, as long as sexism persists in our society, you get insulted and asked to be deprived of your medal just because you have short hair," Jang Hye-yeong, a female lawmaker, said on social media.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said he directed the removal of his company's advertisements from Fox News programming after the network declined to run one of his commercials. The ad he sought to have aired promotes his cyber symposium event that will discuss the 2020 election. Lindell has repeatedly asserted the election was fraudulent, claiming Dominion Voting Systems machines were manipulated to steal votes from former President Donald Trump.
Former President Donald Trump reportedly pressed officials at the Justice Department last year to declare the 2020 presidential election "corrupt" as part of an attempt to overturn the results. Documents obtained by The New York Times and provided by the DOJ to lawmakers reportedly showed that Trump on Dec. 27 conducted a phone call with Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen and his deputy, Richard P. Donoghue. Donoghue reportedly told the president the DOJ had no power to overturn an election and at one point said that "much of the info you're getting is false," debunking several of his voter fraud claims.
Wearing a camouflage baseball cap with a shirt draped over his shoulder, he carried a water bottle on the warm day and walked door to door seeking “community service work” in Clarksville, Indiana, the neighbors told detectives. “That young man looked super to me,” Don Miller, a landlord in Clarksville, told WDRB. The detectives were searching for clues in the gruesome killing of 67-year-old Melody Gambetty, a former employee of the News and Tribune who retired in March, the local newspaper reported.
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With climate change fueling high temperatures across the Arctic, Greenland lost a massive amount of ice on Wednesday with enough melting to cover the U.S. state of Florida in 2 inches (5.1 cm) of water, scientists said. It was the third-biggest ice loss for Greenland in a single day since 1950. The rapid melt followed warm air being trapped over the Arctic island by a change in atmospheric circulation patterns, scientists said, noting that there could be more ice lost.
Former President Donald Trump said Friday that the bipartisan infrastructure bill that cleared the Senate after months of deliberation would lead to a "massive socialist expansion." On Wednesday, the Senate voted 67-32 to move forward with the legislation, with 17 Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues in favor of the bill. Earlier in the day, GOP leaders announced they had hashed out the "major issues" with the proposal, which includes $550 billion in new spending.
A Russian space official on Friday blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for briefly knocking the International Space Station out of position. The space station lost control of its orientation for 47 minutes on Thursday, when Russia's Nauka science lab accidentally fired its thrusters a few hours after docking, pushing the orbiting complex from its normal configuration. The station's position is key for getting power from solar panels and for communications with space support teams back on Earth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a stern warning about the delta variant of the coronavirus: "Acknowledge the war has changed." It concludes that the delta variant is “highly contagious, likely to be more severe” and that “breakthrough infections may be as transmissible as unvaccinated cases.” Infections with the delta variant lead to higher levels of virus in the body, even in breakthrough cases in fully vaccinated individuals, the document said.
A son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi who vanished six years ago and was thought to have died has reappeared and announced his intention to re-enter politics. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is still wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, said he intended to unify Libya at the head of his father's “Green movement”. In his first public remarks since he was sentenced to death by a Libyan court in 2015, the 49-year-old claimed he would command widespread support from the Libyan public fed up with the factions who have fought for control of the country since his father was overthrown.
A Covid outbreak first discovered in the Chinese city of Nanjing has spread to five provinces and Beijing, with state media calling it the most extensive contagion after Wuhan. Almost 200 people have been infected since the virus was first detected at the city's busy airport on 20 July. All flights from Nanjing airport will be suspended until 11 August, according to local media.
Attorney General Merrick Garland urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to withdraw the “dangerous and unlawful” executive order he instituted on Wednesday aimed at restricting the transport of illegal migrants in Texas who may have COVID-19. Garland said Abbott's order, which provides that “no person, other than a federal, state, or local law-enforcement official, shall provide ground transportation to a group of migrants,” cannot be lawfully enforced. “The order would jeopardize the health and safety of noncitizens in federal government custody, federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and our communities,” Garland told Abbott in a letter Thursday, also saying Texas can't enforce the order against federal officials or private organizations working with the federal government.
A 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy who went missing in the area of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park were found safe Friday. Erica Gamerdinger and Keith Griffith were located in Harrogate, Tennessee, about 5 miles from where the girl went missing earlier in the week, officials say. Erica went missing Monday from the Wilderness Road Campground at the park, which borders Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Republican critics of Donald Trump have raked in campaign cash this year as their votes to impeach the former president and investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have put them in the crosshairs of Trump and his allies. Why it matters: The 2022 midterms won't just determine which party controls Congress. Two prime Trump antagonists, Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), were front and center this week as the sole Republicans on the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack.
Six passengers on Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas cruise ship have tested positive for COVID-19. The passengers tested positive Thursday, six days into the week-long, round-trip cruise from Nassau, The Bahamas, with around 1,000 passengers and 900 crew members on board, and are being flown back to the U.S. on Friday from Freeport, a company spokesperson said. Four of the positive passengers are vaccinated and are traveling separately.
The president of the Philippines is continuing threats against those who deny coronavirus vaccines. The president of the Philippines said he doesn't care if people who deny the coronavirus vaccine die from the virus. Rodrigo Duterte told a national address on Wednesday: "For those who do not want it, well, for all I care, you can die anytime."
“[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."