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The Federal Election Commission in a rare unanimous vote has urged Congress to ban a campaign donation tactic reportedly used by former President Donald Trump's team last year. The FEC on Thursday unanimously voted to recommend Congress ban political campaigns from using prechecked boxes to steer supporters toward making recurring contributions by default, The New York Times reports. "It's important that donors be able to exercise their choices freely," FEC Democratic commissioner Ellen Weintraub told the Times.
A female Palestinian reporter said Thursday that a member of the Hamas-run border patrol in Gaza beat her with a tree branch for not wearing an Islamic headscarf last month, an incident that sparked a public outcry. The Islamic militant group has promised an apology and said it would punish the man. The incident highlighted Hamas' occasionally heavy-handed treatment of both reporters and women in Gaza, where it seized power in 2007 from the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority.
But while on a two-day visit to Kenya, Mrs Samia broke with her custom in Tanzania and wore a face mask the whole time. During her speeches, some in the Swahili language that the two countries share, she delighted business leaders and MPs with anecdotes and quips. Here are five of her best quotes: Goats and face masks The 61-year-old president acknowledged her visit was taking place during a "most difficult time… when we are facing the global pandemic Covid-19": "We're here everybody with masks on our faces - and when I see people with masks on faces it reminds me in our village, when we go and do the herding with the goats, we protect them [with a muzzle] from eating the crops on the way… s...
Remnants of a large Chinese rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere this weekend in an uncontrolled re-entry being tracked by U.S. Space Command, the U.S. military said on Wednesday. The Long March 5B rocket blasted off from China's Hainan island on April 29 carrying the Tianhe module, which contains what will become living quarters for three crew on a permanent Chinese space station. The Tianhe launch was the first of 11 missions needed to complete the station.
The Danish government is considering transferring asylum-seekers to Rwanda for processing in a move described as a "new low" in the country's sharp crackdown on immigration. The Danish parliament was on Thursday due to discuss a new draft bill allowing it to transfer migrants for "adjudication of asylum-claims and accommodation in third countries”. It comes after Denmark's foreign ministry on Wednesday published a memorandum of understanding with Rwanda stating the Danish government's ambition of processing asylum applications "outside of the EU in order to break the negative incentive structure of the present asylum system".
An Oklahoma appeals court on Thursday overturned the death sentence of a man who was convicted of killing a teenager, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state lacks jurisdiction for crimes committed on tribal reservations in which the defendants or victims were tribal citizens. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction and sentence of Miles Sterling Bench, 30, in the 2012 beating death of 16-year-old Braylee Henry inside a convenience store in Velma, about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south of Oklahoma City, where Bench worked. Prosecutors say Henry entered the store to purchase a soda and candy when she was attacked.
Excited to be going back to school, Ja'Mari Oliver told his mother he wanted to run into Safeway on his own to buy a sandwich for lunch. But when the 11-year-old San Francisco boy tried to leave, security guards accosted him to falsely accuse him of stealing the sandwich. I'm Black and that's just how they feel,” Ja'Mari later told his mother, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday the process of removing all contractors from Afghanistan working with the United States was under way as part of President Joe Biden's withdrawal of forces from the country. The remarks are the clearest indication yet that Biden's April order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 extended to U.S.-funded contractors. Asked whether the Pentagon had issued orders to withdraw not just American troops but also contractors, Austin said: "We're going to responsibly retrograde all of our capabilities that we are responsible for and the contractors fall in that realm as well."
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is extremely effective against two dangerous variants of the coronavirus, the B.1.1.7 strain first found in the United Kingdom and the B.1.351 variant discovered in South Africa, researchers reported Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. Moderna also reported Wednesday that, according to early results from its booster shot trial, a third dose of its vaccine given six to eight months after the first two doses boosted antibodies to protect against the South African B.1.351 variant and other worrisome strain found in Brazil. Moderna is testing its original vaccine and a version modified to target the B.1.351 variant.
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The filmmaker behind the sprawling Paramount Network series “Yellowstone” will soon be purchasing the famed Western Texas ranch where he's shot scenes from the show, media reports indicate. Taylor Sheridan, nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for penning the script for “Hell or High Water,” is leading a buyer group set to purchase the 6666 Ranch, the ranch's broker told The Texas Spur. Sheridan told The Texas Spur he couldn't comment on the transaction but noted “the legacy of the 6666 Ranch and Miss Marion's vision for the ranch are vital not only to the ranch itself, but the rich heritage of ranching in Texas.”
A flash mob of mostly young people in Myanmar's biggest city staged a brief protest march Thursday against military rule, the latest in a series of actions aimed at reducing the chances of a deadly response by the authorities. In the five-minute protest in Yangon, about 70 marchers chanted slogans in support of the civil disobedience movement that opposes February's army coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Protests also took place in other cities and towns including Mandalay, the country's second biggest city, where Buddhist monks marched, and Dawei in the southeast, where the demonstrators included engineers, teachers, university students and members of LGBT groups.
The car salesman opened the rear hatch of a black Ford Explorer at the Texas dealership, revealing three rifles and what appeared to be over 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Joshua Ellard had led the undercover officer to a more secluded area of the lot because, as he explained, he'd gotten into trouble before for doing gun deals at Covert Auto Group dealership in Hutto, according to court documents. Federal authorities say a tipster alerted them to these firearms sales, and they opened an investigation into Ellard and Craig Tondre, the general sales manager.
Brood X, a group of periodical cicadas that hasn't been seen since 2004, is starting to emerge in parts of the Midwest and along the East Coast. In North Carolina, experts last mapped them in Morganton and Murphy. But the list of possible counties where the brood could surface in 2021 includes Cherokee, Surry and Wilkes, in the western part of the state.
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The top U.S general for Africa is warning that a growing threat from China may come not just from the waters of the Pacific but from the Atlantic as well. U.S. Gen. Stephen Townsend, in an interview with The Associated Press, said Beijing is looking to establish a large navy port capable of hosting submarines or aircraft carriers on Africa's western coast. Townsend said China has approached countries stretching from Mauritania to south of Namibia, intent on establishing a naval facility.
At a White House press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's claim that the Republican Party is united against President Biden's administration.
Brian Kolfage, who founded "We Build the Wall," with Steve Bannon, was indicted in a new tax case. Donald Trump pardoned Bannon before he left office, but didn't pardon Kolfage. Brian Kolfage - the cofounder of a failed crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the US-Mexico border with Steve Bannon - is facing a new tax case after being indicted on federal fraud charges last year.
A judge has ordered Ana Lazara Rodriguez, the former Cuban political prisoner at risk of being evicted from her home in Miami, to post $100,000 in bond money in order to delay her eviction so she can present evidence of bank fraud upon the court. Judge Peter R. Lopez ruled in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on May 5 that Rodriguez, 82, must post the bond in order to halt the Writ of Possession — the final document that allows Miami-Dade Police to physically carry out the eviction — that was issued in the case on Feb. 16, 2021.
The driver of a school bus that was hijacked in Columbia Thursday morning was lauded for keeping 18 elementary school students, and himself, safe from an armed man. A soldier in his third week of training at Fort Jackson escaped officials at the U.S. Army instillation and was armed with a rifle when he got on a bus headed for Forest Lake Elementary School, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. The driver, who has not been publicly identified, was picking up children at a bus stop on Percival Road when the trainee also got on board, Lott said.
The service file of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright includes a commendation for safely resolving an incident involving a suicidal man, as well as a handful of reprimands for driving mishaps. The city of Brooklyn Center late Wednesday released more materials from the service file of Kim Potter, the white officer who shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop April 11. Potter received a chief's commendation in 2007 for her handling of a “suicidal homicidal suspect” and his 2-year-old daughter.
Every Republican in Congress voted against the sweeping pandemic relief bill that President Biden signed into law three months ago. But since the early spring votes, Republicans from New York and Indiana to Texas and Washington state have promoted elements of the legislation they fought to defeat.
Dominion asked a judge not to dismiss its $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani spread false conspiracy theories about Dominion's role in the 2020 election. Dominion Voting Systems has asked a federal judge to deny Rudy Giuliani's movement to dismiss the company's $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against him.
Grand Canyon officials wanted a dozen skilled volunteers to kill bison within the park. More than 45,000 people from across the country applied to kill and remove bison from Grand Canyon National Park, park spokesperson Kait Thomas told McClatchy News. “I just thought it would be a cool experience,” James Vasko, a 27-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, told the Associated Press.
An 8-year-old boy who wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt to school in Oklahoma was forced to turn it inside out and was punished when he wore it again, his mother said. Other children within Ardmore City Schools have worn their own Black Lives Matter shirts in support of Ben Stapleton and his siblings. Jordan Herbert said her son Ben was told by the school principal at Charles Evans Elementary School to turn his shirt inside out on April 30.
“Every college has a public health responsibility to require its students to be vaccinated.”
“While the vast majority of students will likely get the vaccine, schools should honor the decisions of the few who object.”
“A vaccinated campus could be the step toward normality that college leaders are seeking.”
“College students are mobile and spread COVID-19 with them whenever they travel.”
“There almost certainly are going to be legal challenges because the anti-vaccine movement is already preparing for them.”