With only 11.8 million doses administered in the United States — less than 4% of the total — the "one and done" vaccine has fallen flat.Millions of doses at risk »
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has returned home, 10 years after he was taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Mr Gbagbo has been living in the Belgian capital Brussels since his release from detention three years ago. In March, the ICC appeals court upheld a 2019 acquittal, saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Mr Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, an ally and former youth leader who was accused of leading a militia backing him.
For those fortunate enough to own a home in a Bahria Town development, the elite suburb promises to offer a respite from the clamour of life in much of Pakistan. Prospective residents from Karachi are lured with assurances that they can swap the blackouts, floods and rubbish heaps of the port metropolis for a luxury lifestyle in a manicured architectural fantasia. While Pakistan is often gripped by political and religious protests, the rich are rarely targeted - and the violent intrusion in Bahria Town has shaken elite Pakistani society beyond its gates.
ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the smash-hit video app TikTok, saw its earnings double last year. The figures underscore TikTok's continued global popularity. It comes as ByteDance and several other Chinese technology giants have come under increasing pressure from governments around the world.
A 94-year-old Asian woman was stabbed in San Francisco by a man who police say had been recently released from jail. San Francisco police said they responded to a stabbing Wednesday morning and discovered a 94-year-old Asian woman with multiple stab wounds, according to a Facebook post. Police said Daniel Cauich, 35, has been identified as the suspect and was arrested on charges of attempted homicide, battery with serious injury, elder abuse, committing felony while on bail or release, great bodily injury enhance and probation violation.
Prosecutors on Wednesday urged a judge to impose a “very substantial” prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
The Iraq war was no exception. Not only did Saddam Hussein have nothing to do with 9/11, deposing him led to chaos and a breeding ground for more terrorism. Regime change led to an Iraq more aligned with Iran than the US.
Investigators from the State Law Enforcement Division searched a Columbia apartment near the University of South Carolina where the slain Paul Murdaugh was living during the university's spring semester. The search was carried out this week after SLED obtained a search warrant from a state judge. A top SLED official declined comment Friday on what investigatorswere looking for or may have found.
The Los Feliz home where Charles Manson's followers savagely killed the LaBiancas has finally sold after spending months on the California real estate market. The house, which was owned by paranormal investigator Zak Bagans according to the New York Post, sold for a discounted $1.875 million. The two-bedroom home was the famous site where Manson instructed his “family” — a group of individuals radicalized by Manson's teachings – to murder Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, one night after they killed actor Sharon Tate and four others in August 1969.
A Michigan father faces charges after shooting and killing a man he believed had assaulted his daughter, authorities say. The incident unfolded Wednesday outside an apartment complex in Harrison Township, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit, according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said the shooting was sparked by an argument between the victim and his girlfriend's 66-year-old father.
If Gov. Ron DeSantis really cared about the meth-addiction problem in Florida, he would not be looking for solutions among immigrants at the Texas or Arizona borders, where he has no jurisdiction to enforce immigration law or run drug stings. But demagogue DeSantis made another round of attention-grabbing headlines when he pledged to send local and state security forces to Texas and Arizona to help police the southern border. Never mind that everyone knows that immigration and border security are federal government issues.
The mysterious shotgun and assault rifle murders of 22-year-old Paul Murdaugh and his 52-year-old mother, Maggie, members of one of the state's most prominent legal families, is the kind of South Carolina happening likely to be discussed for years to come. In the last 125 years across the Palmetto State, such attention-grabbing killings have erupted sporadically from the dark side of the state's cultural DNA. “People are drawn to these crimes for a broad variety of reasons,” says Margaret Oakes, a former lawyer and Furman University professor of English who taught a class this year on true crime writing — an entire branch of nonfiction devoted to stories of lawless behavior, the victims and those who solve the crimes.
The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a sweeping challenge to Obamacare pressed by Republican state attorneys and backed by former President Trump, ruling the plaintiffs had no standing to complain about a law imposing penalties on no one. The decision in California vs. Texas preserves health insurance subsidies for more than 20 million Americans and protections for tens of millions more whose preexisting medical conditions could otherwise prevent them from obtaining coverage. The Texas suit, the third major effort to strike down the national healthcare law, fizzled out in a 7-2 decision.
An all-time low percentage of people said they're very concerned about COVID spreading to them or their family, according to a recent poll. The survey, done by the Associated Press and the National Opinion Research Center for Public Affairs Research, found 21% of respondents said they're “very worried” or “extremely worried” about the virus reaching them or their family — a record low since the pandemic began. Americans also said they're more likely to resume pre-pandemic activities, including visiting friends and family, shopping in-person, going to a restaurant or bar, traveling, exercising at a gym, attending a sports event and going to a movie, theater or concert compared to when they were asked the same question in May 2020.
Everything you need to know about House Bill 3979 can be gleaned from the statement Gov. Greg Abbott issued at its signing. In one breath, he called the new law “a strong move to abolish critical race theory in Texas.” Abbott's clear equivocation about the law's utility is telling, about HB 3979 in particular and “anti-critical race theory” legislation in general.
In fact, Kentucky is the only state in the nation to build such infrastructure — a high-speed, fiber-optic cable extending more than 3,000 miles to connect every one of its counties. You might compare that cable to an interstate highway that passes through each county. With the cable installed, individual county governments and local internet service providers (ISPs) can begin building “exit ramps,” extending the broadband into underserved areas.
Bin Laden, who has denounced the 9/11 attacks, came out last year as a Trump supporter. Osama bin Laden's niece waved a flag that said "Trump won" on a lake outside the villa where President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Wednesday.
UK food and drink exports to the European Union almost halved in the first three months of the year, compared with the same period in 2020. The trade body said the decline was largely due to changes in the UK's trading relationships, but said the pandemic was also a factor. "The most recent ONS trade statistics show that for both March and April, overall exports to the EU have exceeded the average levels across 2020," a government spokesperson added.
A urine test developed by researchers at the Nagoya University in Japan can pinpoint a person who has a brain tumor — regardless of its size or malignancy — with 100% accuracy, according to a new study. Decorated with 100 million zinc oxide nanowires, the test works by plucking tiny molecules called microRNAs from just a millimeter of urine in much greater quantities and varieties than traditional tests. The test's non-invasive nature and easy handling could help to earlier detect and treat aggressive brain tumors, which go largely unnoticed until symptoms appear and have grown too large to be surgically removed, eventually improving brain cancer patient survival.
Ronald J. Ostrow, a soft-spoken but tenacious reporter who helped vault The Times into the first rank of Washington journalism during the Watergate scandal and won respect from leading Democrats and Republicans alike, died Monday at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 89 and had Parkinson's disease. During more than three decades covering the Justice Department and federal law enforcement agencies, Ostrow won the confidence of major officials — and minor figures too — thanks to his relentless accuracy, fairness and persistence. “He never pulled his punches,” U.S. Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland, who dealt with Ostrow as a mid-level Justice Department official during the Clinton administration, recalled in an email.
A Southern California man charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in a road rage incident last month told police he pulled out a gun and fired at a car on the freeway after he got angry with a driver who made a rude gesture, prosecutors said. Orange County prosecutors wrote in a court document filed Wednesday that murder suspect Marcus Eriz, 24, told police on June 6 that he grabbed the loaded gun, rolled down the window and shot at the car driven by a woman who gestured toward him on a freeway while he was on his way to work on May 21. The shot killed 6-year-old Aiden Leos while he sat in a booster seat in the back of his mother's car on his way to kindergarten, prosecutors have said.
Three people are dead and two remain missing after a group floating down a North Carolina river on inflatable tubes went over a dam, authorities said. Rockingham County emergency officials said four others were rescued. (June 17)
Rep. Ronny Jackson, a White House doctor under Trump, has called on Biden to take a cognitive test. Jackson said on Thursday he was circulating a letter among House GOP colleagues. More than a dozen Republicans have signed the letter, which Jackson said he sent to Biden directly.
A debate on whether Mattie Parker's 5-year-old son would don appropriate clothes in time for her swearing in ceremony was answered when he swiftly appeared in the foyer fully dressed, but definitely shy. This is not an uncommon scene at Parker's home, which she described in a text as “maybe mass chaos!” As Fort Worth's next mayor Parker, 37, must lead a city of more than 900,000 that, like her son Laney, doesn't always know which direction it wants to go. The chaos of family life will be an asset to Fort Worth, Parker said in an interview recently, noting that her new council colleagues represent more than 20 children between their families and extended families.
An art gallery in the Chinese city of Shanghai has apologised for promoting an exhibit that ranked images of women from "prettiest to ugliest". After an outcry on social media, the OCAT Shanghai gallery said it had removed the exhibit. In his introduction to the project, he says he recorded the women as they passed by him on a university campus, the South China Post reported.
A Canadian couple who drew widespread criticism for flying to a small Indigenous community in January to get vaccinated pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating local coronavirus restrictions, according to court records. The couple, Rodney and Ekaterina Baker of Vancouver, British Columbia, appeared virtually in Yukon Territorial Court and pleaded guilty to charges under the territory's Civil Emergency Measures Act, which was enacted during the pandemic and required people to isolate themselves for 14 days after entering Yukon, records show. While the Bakers will not face jail time, they were each fined $1,000 plus a $150 surcharge, totaling $2,300 for the couple.
“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.”