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Nine tourists have been killed in northern India after the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by falling boulders. Three others were reportedly injured in the incident, which happened in the state of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. Dramatic footage posted on social media showed large rocks hurtling down a steep valley and onto a bridge.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Republican candidate for governor of Arkansas who previously served as former President Donald Trump's White House press secretary, penned an op-ed that ran in The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Sunday explaining why she chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Arkansas has one of the lower vaccination rates among U.S. states, with only 45 percent of the population having received at least one dose, according to The New York Times, so Sanders' piece appears to be an attempt at persuasion. She took a light-handed approach, however, writing that she considers the choice to get vaccinated to be a "deeply personal" one.
The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula. "We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it," Putin said speaking at a navy day parade in St Petersburg. Putin's words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Crimea waters.
Trucks carrying water and food on Sunday streamed into a Chinese city at the center of flooding that killed at least 63 people, while soldiers laid sandbags to fill gaps in river dikes that left neighborhoods under water. Residents cleared away mud, wrecked cars and other debris after record rains that started Tuesday and flooded streets and disrupted train service. The rains subsided earlier in the week but some neighborhoods still were waiting for water up to two meters (six feet) deep to drain.
Australian politicians have condemned protests against coronavirus restrictions amid a rise in cases. Thousands marched through Sydney on Saturday to demand an end to lockdown measures, with smaller demonstrations taking place in Melbourne and Brisbane. At least 57 people involved in the Sydney protest have been charged, while more than 500 have been fined.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) on Sunday told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that the Senate's $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package is "about 90 percent of the way there," pointing to mass transit as the issue that's holding up the negotiations. "And we're not getting much response from the Democrats" on the matter, Portman said.
Two political activists were killed in an exchange of fire between supporters of two major Pakistani parties on Sunday during a tight race to elect the regional assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the police said. Supporters of the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party of Prime Minister Imran Khan and opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP) clashed in one constituency, leading to the deaths, police officer Mohammad Shabir told Reuters by phone. Typically, the Kashmir vote has been won by the country's ruling party.
Incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip on Sunday caused at least three blazes in southern Israel, Israeli media reported, raising the possibility of renewed Israeli strikes on the Hamas-run territory. The launches came two months after an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas. The Islamic militant group is upset that Israel has done little to ease a crippling blockade on the territory since the fighting ended, and over delays in indirect negotiations with Israel to resume Qatari financial aid to Gaza.
A young teenage girl was critically injured after the car she was riding in flipped while the driver was “hill jumping” early Sunday in Kansas City, police said. Officers were called to a single vehicle crash about 1:32 a.m. Sunday in the 7500 block of James A Reed Road, Capt. Leslie Foreman, a spokeswoman with the Kansas City Police Department, said in an email. The girl was hospitalized with critical injuries.
The Vatican released information on its real estate holdings for the first time on Saturday, revealing it owns more than 5,000 properties as part of its most detailed financial disclosures ever. The information was contained in two documents, a consolidated financial statement for 2020 for the Holy See and the first-ever public budget for the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA). APSA, a sort of general accounting office, manages real estate and investments, pays salaries, and acts as a purchasing office and human resources department.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday named a second Republican critic of Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, to a special committee investigating the Capitol riot and pledged that the Democratic-majority panel will “get to the truth.” Kinzinger said he “humbly accepted” the appointment even as his party's leadership is boycotting the inquiry. With the committee set to hold its first meeting, hearing from police officers who battled the rioters, Pelosi said it was imperative to learn what happened on Jan. 6, when insurrectionists disrupted the congressional certification of Joe Biden's presidential victory, and why the violent siege took place.
How did your state representative or senator vote on House bill 389, the property tax bill revising provisions regarding the homeowners exemption, circuit breaker, disabled veterans property tax reduction, property tax deferral and taxation of personal property? The bill was rushed through in the final days of the Legislature in May with little consideration of the effect on current property owners who have qualified for the property tax reduction (circuit breaker) program.
HANOI (Reuters) -Vietnam may get more COVID-19 vaccine donations from the United States as it struggles to control outbreaks of the fast-spreading Delta variant, the country's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. Vietnam took delivery of a shipment of 3 million Moderna doses from the United States on Sunday, which brought the amount given by the United States, via the global COVAX vaccine scheme, to 5 million doses. "The U.S. side has said it is also considering more vaccine donations to Vietnam soon," the ambassador to the United States, Ha Kim Ngoc, said in a speech posted on a government website.
Also, booster shots may be suggested for people with suppressed immune systems who have been vaccinated, Fauci said. Fauci, who also serves as President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, told CNN's "State of the Union" that he has taken part in conversations about altering the mask guidelines. He noted that some local jurisdictions where infection rates are surging, such as Los Angeles County, are already calling on individuals to wear masks in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status.
Offshore energy service companies are out to find foreign-flagged ships hauling pipeline parts and other energy-related equipment from U.S. ports and delivering or installing them in U.S. waters. The Offshore Marine Service Association has launched a ship to gather photos and videos of ships it considers to be violating a 1920 law requiring U.S. vessels to carry cargo between U.S. locations. It will provide such evidence to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which enforces the law, and to trade publications, said Aaron Smith, president and CEO of the association.
Over 100 years ago, a small strip of Manhattan Beach, Calif. was one of the few places on the West Coast that welcomed people of color who wanted to go to the beach. That was stripped away by agitated white residents who didn't want to see Black people in their area.
Stretching across two vast canvases next to the memorial in Surfside, the Cubist-inspired painting is a jagged expression of grief and horror. The artist, Roberto Marquez, has been working on it for weeks. Now the Champlain Towers South condo site is all but cleared, and the names of the recovered dead have slowed to a tiny, terrible trickle.
Shenita Russie caught COVID-19 while working in Boston as a mobile respiratory therapist, Newsweek reported. Russie has racked up an eye-watering amount in medical bills. A healthcare worker from Arkansas has said that she has racked up medical bills of close to $1 million after she was hospitalized from COVID-19, she told THV11.
More than 22,000 firefighters were combating "extreme fire behavior" across the West on Sunday as homes burned and thousands of residents fled fast-spreading flames. The Dixie Fire in Northern California and the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon were the most ravenous among at least 88 major wildfires across 13 states. Firefighters were struggling with rugged terrain in hot, dry conditions, the National Interagency Fire Center said.
Former President Trump, again upending American political norms, is moving to remake Congress and the Republican Party in his own image. Since leaving the White House, he has issued a spate of endorsements of House and Senate candidates for next year's crucial midterm election, including an array of political outsiders, conspiracy theorists and others who — like Trump himself — break the traditional mold. While most former presidents have steered clear of politics, Trump is intervening in Republican primaries like an old-style ward boss: rewarding allies, punishing enemies and trying to use his vast popularity among Republican voters to keep himself and his agenda at the center of the GOP.
Madagascan police have arrested two former French military members suspected in a plot to kill the nation's president, officials told Reuters on Friday. Police have also tightened the security of president Andry Rajoelina in the wake of the arrests, which follow a months-long investigation. Among the suspects, one is a French citizen, two others have dual French and Malagasy nationalities, while the remaining three are Malagasy.
A man accidentally shot himself while showing off his gun at a bar in Florida, local reports say. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the incident happened on Thursday night at O'Riley's Uptown Tavern in Pensacola. Police told WEAR-TV the self-shooter is 28-year-old Carlos Feituuaki Tuifua, who survived and is recovering.
Against a backdrop of fields, cows lazily grazing and a silo stretching toward the evening sky, Rachelle and Chris honored 10 years of marriage and looked forward to the rest of their lives together. Rachelle said the celebration was not just for them but for their daughter, for family and friends, and for the many people who have followed her story since the “paralyzed bride” national headlines. They delayed their wedding by a year after Rachelle's injury occurred, then tied the knot in a wedding at Fearrington Village — “on a sweatier day than today,” recalled Cynthia Wooten, who officiated Thursday's ceremony.
A Kentucky resident told Sen. Rand Paul to "get f---ed" during a virtual town hall meeting. Paul has been criticized for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine and encouraging people to ditch masks. Sen. Rand Paul was told to "get f---ed" during a virtual town hall meeting.
The search for bodies at the site of the Surfside, Florida, condo collapse has come to an end, with firefighters and search crews recognized at a ceremony on Friday. The June 24 collapse killed 97 people – 96 bodies were pulled from the debris and one died at a hospital after being removed – and one person who is missing has still not been identified among the remains. Officials said no more bodies were found in the rubble, but investigators were still sifting through the debris where it is now housed in separate locations.
“Thankfully, children are at lower risk for complications from COVID-19, but low risk is not no risk.”
“Guidelines that mandate the masking of children are based on an assessment of risk that is not justified.”
“Masks are easy to use, inexpensive and effective.”
“We’re now 16 months into the pandemic and children remain victims of the Covid political theater.”
“If a community or school isn’t sufficiently vaccinated, it remains at risk of the coronavirus coming back.”