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Over the course of the past week, a number of prominent Republican lawmakers and conservative media figures have made strong statements in support of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. “These shots need to get in everybody's arms as rapidly as possible,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a press conference Tuesday. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, the No. 2 House Republican, emphasized the importance of the vaccines after receiving his first dose.
President Joe Biden is nominating eight new leaders for U.S. attorney positions across the country, including in the office overseeing the prosecutions of hundreds of defendants charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The nominees announced by the White House on Monday come as the Justice Department is continuing to round out its leadership team under Attorney General Merrick Garland, who traveled to Chicago last week to announce an initiative to crack down on gun trafficking corridors. The Justice Department's 93 U.S. attorneys, who are responsible for federal criminal prosecutions in their respective districts, are likely to be central to efforts to combat violent crime.
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia's most populous state reported a rise in new COVID-19 cases on Monday despite a weeks-long stay-at-home order, while police vowed to crack down on any repeat of a anti-lockdown protest which turned violent at the weekend. New South Wales, which has had more than 5 million people in Sydney city under lockdown for a month, reported 145 new cases of the virus, from 141 a day earlier, as it struggles to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant. "We might need to go harder in some areas and release some settings in others," state premier Gladys Berejiklian said at a televised news conference, apparently referencing five government areas of Sydney's suburbs at the epicentre of the outbreak.
Tucker Carlson was confronted on Friday by a man inside a Montana fly fishing shop, who let the Fox News host know he finds him to be "the worst human being known to mankind." The man, Dan Bailey, captured the interaction on video and posted it to his Instagram page, with the footage going viral over the weekend. Throughout the pandemic, Carlson, the most-watched host on Fox News, has downplayed the coronavirus and stated, falsely, that it's possible the vaccine doesn't work but scientists just aren't telling the truth about it.
A central Missouri firearms dealer charged in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot competed in a shooting contest earlier this month, a federal prosecutor told a judge last week. During a hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tejpal Chawla said prosecutors had just learned that Matthew Loganbill participated in the competition on July 10. “Based on the information that I have and reviewed from online, Mr. Loganbill posted results of the shooting match on his website and indicated he was one of the participants in that shooting competition,” Chawla told U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will become the first member of President Joe Biden's cabinet to visit Southeast Asia this week, seeking to emphasize the importance Washington places on fortifying ties in the region while pushing back against China. The United States has put countering China at the heart of its national security policy for years and the Biden administration has called rivalry with Beijing "the biggest geopolitical test" of this century. Six months into his presidency, however, Southeast Asian countries are still looking for details of Biden's strategy as well as his specific plans for economic, trade and military engagement with the Indo-Pacific.
A man was hospitalized Monday morning after he and his brother attempted to track down a stolen vehicle and the alleged thief fired a weapon, according to Lexington police. Police were dispatched to the intersection of Alumni and Buckhorn drives around 1:30 a.m. Monday for a report of a collision with shots fired, Lt. Ronald Keaton said. The collision involved the stolen vehicle, Keaton said.
Anxious Chinese parents were rushing to hire private tutors to help their children navigate a fiercely competitive education system after the government moved last week to rein in companies in the massive tutoring services industry. China's for-profit education sector has been under scrutiny as part of Beijing's push to ease pressure on school children and reduce a cost burden on parents that has contributed to a drop in birth rates. But though many parents welcomed an effort to reduce the long hours their children spend studying, others said the ban would only add to parents' financial burdens and increase inequality.
A woman suspected of being an Islamic State (IS) member can be repatriated from Turkey, New Zealand says. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the decision to allow the 26-year-old and her two young children to return was not "taken lightly". The woman grew up in New Zealand and Australia and held citizenship in both countries until Australia revoked it last year.
ABUJA, Nigeria—Witnesses to the shocking public kidnapping of Nigerian and British national Nnamdi Kanu—head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group—told The Daily Beast that the separatist leader was stepping out of his car at an airport when a group of heavily armed men forcefully seized him to arrange his transfer to Nigeria. In June, Kanu—who faces multiple charges in Nigeria, including treason—had driven into the underground parking lot at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Kenya's capital city of Nairobi.
A mixed vaccination of first AstraZeneca and then a Pfizer COVID-19 shot boosted neutralizing antibody levels by six times compared with two AstraZeneca doses, a study from South Korea showed. The study involved 499 medical workers - 100 receiving mixed doses, 200 taking two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot and the remainder getting two AstraZeneca shots. All showed neutralizing antibodies, which prevent the virus from entering cells and replicating, and the result of the mixed schedule of vaccines showed similar amounts of neutralizing antibodies found from the group that received two Pfizer shots.
That's how many people had to die globally from COVID-19 before conservatives such as Sean Hannity, Kayleigh McEnany and Steve Scalise finally stopped sowing doubt about the vaccinations and urged their followers to get them. I didn't see Fox News talking head Hannity say this – I'd rather kiss a snaggle-toothed llama that just ate a package of Oreos without flossing afterward than watch his commentary – but he has been widely quoted as saying recently “Please take COVID seriously, I can't say it enough. Enough people have died.
According to federal officials,After ranking in the top 10 among states in the early days of COVID vaccinations, Florida's vaccination rates have lagged and the state ranks just 22nd now as COVID surges. As of Friday, 67.1 percent of Floridians 18 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 57.9 percent of those 18 and over in the state have been fully vaccinated, according to The New York Times vaccination tracker. WHAT WE'RE WATCHING Miami-Dade steps up prevention: What's been the reaction from government officials?
A growing number of countries are looking at switching to different COVID-19 vaccines for second doses or booster shots amid supply delays and safety concerns that have slowed their vaccination campaigns. However, the World Health Organization warned on July 12 against the practice, calling it a "dangerous trend" since there was little data available about the health impact, while Europe's drug regulator made on July 14 no definitive recommendations on switching doses. * Bahrain said on June 4 that eligible candidates could receive a booster shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech or the Sinopharm vaccine, regardless of which shot they had first.
The Capitol-riot suspect known as "QAnon Shaman" is in plea negotiations, his lawyer told Reuters. The negotiations come after Jacob Chansley was diagnosed with mental illnesses while in prison. The Capitol-riot suspect known as the "QAnon Shaman" is in plea negotiations after being diagnosed with mental illnesses while in prison, his attorney told Reuters on Thursday.
Donald Trump pleased thousands of his political supporters on Saturday night when he returned to Arizona for a rally, delivering a near two-hour speech focused on bashing the Democrats and stirring up trouble with the Taliban. Referring to the organisation's leader, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, the former US president appeared to forget his name – instead telling the 5,000-strong crowd he would just “call him Mohammed”. Mr Trump characteristically used the Turning Point Action gathering to blast the “disgraceful” 2020 election, repeating previous and already debunked claims about votes being “stolen” from him.
At an Olympics aiming to set the highest level of television standards, the head of broadcasting at the Tokyo Games is trying to banish overly sexualized images of female athletes.
A North Carolina car dealership on Facebook referred to a first-time car buyer as "Bon Quisha." The employee of Lumberton Honda who made the post was fired, WTVD-TV reported. Trinity Bethune told the outlet the post was conveying a "racial slur."
At an Olympics aiming to set the highest level of television standards, the head of broadcasting at the Tokyo Games is trying to banish overly sexualized images of female athletes. “Sport appeal, not sex appeal” is one mantra Olympic officials push in an effort to reach gender equity on the field of play and on screen. “You will not see in our coverage some things that we have been seeing in the past, with details and close-up on parts of the body,” Olympic Broadcasting Services chief executive Yiannis Exarchos said Monday.
Jewish artifacts illegally confiscated by Nazis during World War II and thought to be lost forever have been found and seized by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, according to the Department of Justice. Seventeen artifacts – including funeral scrolls, communal records and other manuscripts from Jewish communities in Romania, Hungary, Ukraine and Slovakia – were found at a Brooklyn auction house selling them, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. The scrolls and manuscripts date from the mid-19th century to World War II and were taken from Jewish communities during the Holocaust.
As Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warns us that the federal government is days from once again hitting the so-called debt ceiling that limits how much money America can borrow, the question arises: How far will Republicans go to wreck the first term of a Democratic president? Faced with a brutal recession, the new Republican House majority insisted it was ready to intentionally default on America's debt for the first time in American history – unless Democrats agreed to trillions in spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt limit.
A "healthy" 28-year-old in Alabama died of COVID-19 after not getting the vaccine, his mother said. Alabama has the lowest vaccination rate of any US state and is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. After losing her 28-year-old son to COVID-19, an Alabama mother said she regrets that her family didn't get the vaccine.
A man who was attempting to cross the water from Miami to New York in a floating hamster wheel has washed ashore before completing his mission. Authorities were called to a beach near Miami, after locals reported seeing the vessel wash up on the sand, reports Fox News 35. Reza Baluchi, 49, from Florida, was found safe inside and uninjured.
For a great number of Texans, the Alamo is the holiest of holies, a place, a totem, a shrine that physically embodies the values — courage, independence, liberty — they hold precious. Generations of school kids have been taught a comic-book version of events: how the heroic Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Barret Travis and their vastly outnumbered comrades holed up in an old Spanish church and fought valiantly to the death, ultimately helping Texas win its independence from Mexico's tyrannical rule. It's the kind of whitewashed — emphasis on white — curriculum Texas lawmakers seek to enforce with new legislation that would, among other things, end the required teaching of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream" speech.
The claim: China announced an end to its one-child policy and will now allow couples to have three children China's decades-long child-limit restrictions on couples have generated controversy and misinformation on social platforms. In 1980, China introduced a one-child policy in an attempt to slow its surging population growth. The government limited most urban couples to one child and allowed two children for rural families if their firstborn was a girl.
“[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."