Police in Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Savannah were all investigating mass shootings that erupted over a six-hour streak that began Friday night.'It's disturbing and it’s senseless' »
Vice President Kamala Harris walked in the Capital Pride Walk and Rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, making history as the first sitting vice president to march in a Pride event. Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff walked and waved, wearing graphic T-shirts that read “Love is love” and “Love first. Harris greeted those around her with declarations of “Happy Pride!
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt Monday morning that it was "highly unlikely" a Republican Senate would confirm a Biden nominee to the Supreme Court in 2024 should the GOP recapture the Senate next year. When asked what would happen if a justice retired in 2023, McConnell more or less confirmed what has been obvious for some time – Democratic presidents will never get to fill a Supreme Court seat while Republicans hold the Senate.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a state regulator's decision that there is sufficient need for Enbridge Inc's Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, handing the company a major victory in its lengthy battle with environmental opponents. The decision clears another hurdle for the Canadian company's efforts to replace the aging pipeline that carries Alberta oil sands crude through the state. A three-judge panel voted 2-1 to affirm the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's decision to grant Enbridge key permits for the project, turning back a legal challenge by environmental and tribal groups.
The state Supreme Court declined on June 9 to review a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Fayette County Detention Center officer Sgt. John Lowe, who was fired by the city in 2017. That means a 2020 Court of Appeals decision upholding a 2019 judgment by Fayette Circuit Court Judge John Reynolds reinstating Lowe and ordering the city of Lexington to pay him back wages and benefits now stands. Lawyers for Lowe estimate the city could owe Lowe as much as $600,000 in back pay, plus interest, said Scott Crosbie, whose law firm handled the case on behalf of Lowe.
Yet it made some important changes, like offering a path to retroactive sentencing adjustment for some people serving unduly onerous prison terms, often thanks to now-rescinded mandatory minimum rules that forced judges to issue harsh sentences for certain convictions, especially anything to do with crack cocaine. On Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously dealt that reform a gutting blow. All nine justices held in Terry v.
Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents that appear to hold the answer.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is vying to mend Turkey's battered relations with its Western partners, said Monday that a revival of dialogue with fellow NATO member Greece to resolve long-standing disputes will serve “stability and prosperity” in the region. Speaking on the sidelines of a NATO summit, Erdogan also lamented what he said was a lack of support by Turkey's NATO allies in its fight against terrorism. It was a veiled reference to Turkey's disappointment with U.S. military support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, who Ankara argues are inextricably linked to a decades-long Kurdish insurgency in Turkey.
Taiwan will be a "force for good" and continue to seek even greater international support, the presidential office said, after the Chinese-claimed island won unprecedented backing from the Group of Seven of major democracies. The G7 leaders on Sunday scolded China over human rights in Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan presidential office spokesman Xavier Chang said this was the first time the G7 leaders' communique has stressed the importance of peace and stability in the strait and first time since its founding there was "content friendly to Taiwan", expressing deep thanks for the support.
A man was arrested for his involvement in a shootout along a Pineville highway last month. Elizaul “Zaul” Trujillo was arrested in Pennsylvania. He is accused of being involved in a shootout with another driver on May 6 along Pineville-Matthews and Park Road.
The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips and his estranged wife, Autumn, have agreed a divorce settlement, narrowly avoiding a courtroom showdown. The couple, who have two daughters aged 10 and nine, confirmed that they had resolved the financial aspects of their divorce "amicably". It came just hours after a five-day trial had been scheduled to begin at the High Court.
As Democrats and Republicans ready themselves for 2022 midterm elections, some GOP congressmembers are facing a steeper-than-usual uphill battle, despite consistently-conservative voting records and reports of caucus-wide respect. Texas Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican with values largely in touch with his GOP base, denounces President Biden's administration every chance he gets.
The United States on Monday crossed the grim milestone of 600,000 COVID-19 deaths, according to a Reuters tally, as slowing vaccination rates threaten the Biden administration target of having 70% of U.S. adults receive at least one shot and 160 million fully inoculated by July 4. The early success of the U.S. vaccine rollout has had a huge impact on the pace of COVID-19 fatalities in the country. It took 113 days to go from 500,000 total U.S. COVID-19 deaths to 600,000 - the second slowest 100,000-death jump since the pandemic began.
Two more people have been charged in connection with a Lexington homicide after victim's body was set on fire in a barn, according to court records. Martae Laron Shanks and Autumn Owens, both residents in the building where 38-year-old Lazarus Parker was allegedly shot and killed, have been charged with arson, abusing a corpse and criminal mischief, according to an indictment from a Fayette County grand jury. The grand jury alleged that Shanks and Owens either intentionally started the fire or tried to help with the fire by purchasing gasoline in Fayette County and then taking it to Bourbon County to burn Parker's body.
(Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a free speech challenge to a federal anti-riot law brought by two members of a militant white supremacist group who pleaded guilty to crimes related to a deadly 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The justices declined to hear appeals by the two California men, Michael Miselis and Benjamin Daley, of a lower court ruling that upheld their convictions under the 1968 Anti-Riot Act but also deemed some parts of the law a violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech. Miselis and Daley were members of the Southern California-based Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group that billed itself as "combat-ready" and whose purpose was to engage in violent attacks on counter-protesters at various political rallies.
A French energy company says it is working to resolve a "performance issue" at a nuclear plant in China following claims of a potential leak. EDF Energy confirmed that gases that had built up in a component of the plant were deliberately released. It comes after CNN reported that the US government had been assessing reports of a leak at the Taishan plant.
Jennifer Bridges, a registered nurse in Houston, is steadfast in her belief that it's wrong for her employer to force hospital workers like her to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or say goodbye to their jobs. In a stinging defeat, a federal judge bluntly ruled over the weekend that if employees of the Houston Methodist hospital system don't like it, they can go work elsewhere. The ruling Saturday in the closely watched legal case over how far health care institutions can go to protect patients and others against the coronavirus is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S. But it won't be the end of the debate.
When Republican Mark Sanford lost his 2018 congressional primary after not aligning himself closely enough with then-President Donald Trump, the former South Carolina congressman and governor recognized his political mistake. “A lot of people would come up to me over the course of this campaign and they'd say, 'Are you for or against Trump?' and I'd say 'I'm neither for nor against Trump,'” Sanford said in his concession speech that night. Now, in a new book set to be released on Aug. 24, Sanford will unpack what he has long described as Trump's “cult of personality” and the lasting damage he thinks the former president has had on the Republican Party.
NATIONAL OUTLETS WATCHING SC Monday afternoon: As news continues to spread about the Murdaugh double homicide and Paul Murdaugh's indictment in the fatal 2019 Beaufort County boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach, national and international outlets have begun publishing their own stories. A friend of the Murdaughs said the family is “confident justice will be served” in the double homicide during an interview on national television Monday. In the brief interview with Fox News, Tangie Peeples Ohmer said she'd recently spoken with Alex Murdaugh, the father and husband of the victims.
Authorities said on June 7 Veltman was charged with first-degree murder because the crime was "pre-planned and premeditated." Police said they gathered a "variety of sources," including online information, to determine the crime was hate-motivated, according to the London Free Press reporter Juha Jonathan. The victims were a 74-year-old woman, a 46-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman, and a 15-year-old girl, all of the same family.
A new federal intelligence report warns that adherents of QAnon, the conspiracy theory embraced by some in the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, could target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement's false prophecies don't come true. Many QAnon followers believe former President Donald Trump was fighting enemies within the so-called “deep state” to expose a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibals operating a child sex trafficking ring. Trump's loss to President Joe Biden disillusioned some believers in “The Storm,” a supposed reckoning in which Trump's enemies would be tried and executed.
Wake County could become the first school district in North Carolina to file a lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul over its role in the increase of vaping among teenagers. The Wake County school board will vote Tuesday on a proposal from four law firms to represent the district in a federal lawsuit accusing Juul of targeting minors to get them addicted to e-cigarettes. The potential litigation comes at a time when vaping has skyrocketed among teens in North Carolina and nationally in recent years.
Here's the latest cynical ploy Florida's GOP lawmakers have come up with to explain their short-sighted and irresponsible battle with the cruise industry over vaccine passports: We were only trying to protect minorities. That's what the House sponsor the measure, Republican Rep. Tom Leek of Ormond Beach, told the Miami Herald last week as he tried to justify the state ban that has thrown the cruising industry into limbo. Leek explained that he and other House Republicans think that requiring vaccinations would be unfair to minority populations because a higher percentage of white people have been vaccinated than Black or Hispanic people.
A group of eight teens from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who'd traveled three hours to the beachfront town of Ocean City, Maryland, were walking on the boardwalk Saturday evening when police approached them about the local vaping ordinance at least one of them was allegedly violating. According to two of the teens' parents who spoke to The Daily Beast, the vapes were put away and some words were exchanged between police and the group after the cops allegedly followed them. A scuffle ensued that resulted in one of the teens getting tased and another kneed viciously and repeatedly in the chest while being held down by other officers, according to videos that went viral on social media.
A 49-year-old man left a Best Western hotel in Arizona on June 10 to hike at the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon National Park officials said Monday they launched a missing person search for Charles Lyon, a hiker from Tyler, Texas. On Friday, park officials found Lyon's car abandoned at the South Rim near Lipan Point.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”