Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is facing renewed scrutiny over allegations about his behavior and social ties, potentially threatening his public image.'Uncomfortable work environments' »
The New York attorney general's office said Tuesday night it has informed the Trump Organization that its investigation into the company "is no longer purely civil in nature" and is now also a criminal one. Why it matters: The attorney general's office is now working with the Manhattan district attorney's office, which has been investigating the Trump Organization for potential bank, tax and insurance fraud. Driving the news: New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) announced in 2019 that her office was investigating Trump Organization finances.
President Joe Biden visited a Ford electric vehicle facility in Dearborn, Michigan following a week of protests in the city against US support for Israel's military strikes in Jerusalem and Gaza. Dearborn is 47 per cent Arab American with one of the largest Muslim populations in the US. On Tuesday, as the president toured the facility to promote his infrastructure agenda, Arab American groups held three protests across the city to demonstrate against Israel's actions in Gaza and the forced removal of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem.
A tiger that was missing for a week after being spotted roaming around a Houston neighbourhood has been found, police confirmed. India, the nine-month-old Bengal tiger, was turned in to police on Saturday and is said to be in good health. Footage shared on social media last week appeared to show the tiger wandering around the streets of in the west of the Texan city, India's new home is an animal sanctuary.
Relentless rain has triggered deadly flash flooding and a state of emergency across Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared the state of emergency Monday as rounds of intense rain, thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes threatened the southwestern part of the state. Significant flooding has been reported across Louisiana from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles.
During remarks at a Ford electric vehicle facility in Michigan, President Joe Biden told Detroit-area US Rep Rashida Tlaib that he is praying for her family in the West Bank. The Democratic congresswoman, the only Palestinian member and one of two Muslim women in Congress, has criticised the administration's response to Israel's attacks in Gaza and the West Bank, and has called for conditioning aid to Israel on its compliance with international human rights agreements. “I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people,” the president told her in his remarks from Dearborn on Tuesday.
Rivers in the Brazilian Amazon region have risen to near record levels after heavy rains, flooding small towns and threatening areas hit hard by Covid-19 with another disaster. In Amazonas state, 52 of the 62 towns and cities have areas under water, and 25 have declared a state of emergency including the capital, Manaus. In Manaus, the Negro river is at its third-highest level since records began in 1920, at 29.72m (97ft).
Joe Biden visited a Ford electric vehicle facility in Dearborn, Michigan amid Arab American protests in the city against US support for Israel's military strikes in Jerusalem and Gaza. While Biden joked around with reporters, the city's Muslim community was “so angry” after giving the president their support. “No, you can't,” Biden replied.
Darwin's Arch, the famed rock formation in the Galápagos Islands, has collapsed, officials said. The arch was located about a mile away from Darwin's Island, also named for Charles Darwin. UN scientists previously warned that the islands are at risk due to the effects of climate change, the New York Times reported.
Downtown Arlington is poised to add a natural grocery store to its cache of businesses and eateries, and owners will have city grant funding to get started. Council approved an agreement that would give Ann's Grocery $245,000 as part of a five-year agreement, so long as the business meets sales requirements, maintain eight jobs and offers a health and nutrition class per quarter for the city. The Dallas-based business Ann's Health Food Center and Market has operated in the Metroplex since 1984, with a location in Waxahachie.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski have made a bipartisan appeal to Congress to reauthorise the Voting Rights Act, a measure that has total support from congressional Democrats but could face Republican roadblocks. The conservative Democrat from West Virginia has joined Republicans to object to the White House-backed For The People Act, which Democrats and voting rights advocates have warned is an urgent and necessary step to combat a wave of suppressive voting laws and protect Americans' access to the ballot. Instead, the two senators have urged House and Senate leaders to take up the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a restoration of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that prohibits racial discrimination at the polls.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order which prohibits state entities from requiring masks. This includes counties, cities, and schools. Prisons, jails, and assisted living facilities are exempt.
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The Supreme Court will hear a case on Mississippi's abortion ban that may challenge Roe v. Wade. Amy Coney Barrett has been criticized for paid speaking gigs to a group that took credit for the law. A constitutional law expert says the justice almost certainly won't recuse herself from the case.
It requires inmates on death row to choose the firing squad or the electric chair (long an alternative in South Carolina) if lethal injection drugs are not available. Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah are the only other states that authorize use of the firing squad as a means to put someone to death. This revival of a previously discredited execution method shows the lengths to which death penalty supporters will go to keep the machinery of death running.
US senator Tom Cotton drew criticism for suggesting the Associated Press (AP) was acting in collusion with Hamas, after an Israeli strike on a building that housed news organisations' offices in Gaza. After the 12-story building was blown-up by Israel on Saturday, the country's intelligence agencies alleged that the AP building was actually a base for Hamas — a Palestinian terrorist group. It follows the UN issuing a warning of “full-scale war” between Israel and Hamas, after days of fighting in and around Gaza.
During negotiations on the American Rescue Plan, Biden essentially said that bipartisan support would be nice, but that he'd be willing to pass the bill without it. The bill was promptly rammed through Congress on a party line vote. He did not strike many notes of collaboration during his first address to Congress, at one point saying on immigration: “If you actually want to solve a problem, I've sent a bill to take a close look at it.
Former Florida tax official and Matt Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to 6 counts on Monday. Greenberg also agreed to cooperate fully with the government in any related cases. The former Florida county tax collector Joel Greenberg formally pleaded guilty to six felony counts on Monday and agreed to cooperate with the US government in the investigation and potential prosecution of others.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally liquidated one of their sole-remaining British companies, marking the final nail in the coffin for Sussex Royal. Documents filed with Companies House revealed that MWX Trading confirmed on May 5 that it was winding up and a liquidator was appointed on May 14. The couple established the company in August 2019, naming their lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, as its secretary and Natalie Campbell, who worked for their charitable foundation Sussex Royal, as director.
Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has announced that he will run for governor of New York in 2022. Twitter users widely mocked the move, with one account holder writing: “I just walked outside in [Illinois] and I swear I can hear the people from New York laughing as they hear Andrew Giuliani is running for Governor!! I'm a politician out of the womb.
Conflict between Israel, Palestinians rages on; pressure for cease-fire grows Fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza City reached a new intensity this weekend, as Israeli airstrikes killed dozens of people and flattened several highrises, including a building that housed The Associated Press and other media. Press freedom groups condemned the attack on the building that houses the AP bureau and accused the Israeli military of trying to censor coverage of Israel's offensive.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has come out against a bipartisan committee to investigate the Capitol insurrection, a proposal drafted by one of his GOP colleagues, as Republicans press for a broader investigation that includes investigating Black Lives Matter protests. His opposition follows accusations from US Rep Liz Cheney – who was ousted from her GOP leadership role with Mr McCarthy's support – that the minority leader withheld critical information about his response to the riot on 6 January, fuelled by the former president's false “stolen election” narrative.
Two brothers who spent decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl have been awarded $75 million (£52 million) by a jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case. Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who were teenagers when they were accused of the crime, spent nearly 31 years in jail before they were released in 2014 after DNA evidence implicated another man. The jury last week decided that the intellectually disabled half brothers should each receive $31 million in compensatory damages — $1 million for every year they spent in prison after their wrongful conviction, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement in November 2017, they described the dish they were eating that night. "It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us," Prince Harry later told the BBC. Markle added, "[We were] trying to roast a chicken and it just — just an amazing surprise, it was so sweet and natural and very romantic.
Ohio vaccinated more people in a single day than in three weeks after announcing a major incentive. Gov. Mike DeWine on May 12 said five vaccinated residents would win a $1 million lottery prize. US states have offered incentives to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and reach herd immunity.
“We are a nation bobbing in multiple crises. Not one of them involves people taking COVID-19 too seriously.”
“The threat is increasingly concentrated among people who are vulnerable by choice.”
“This announcement would be very welcome if not for one big problem: There is no requirement for proof of vaccination.”
“Joining the protected vaccinated minority, which we hope will rapidly become the majority, is simple.”
“Instead of taking giant steps. I think we should be taking small steps toward the same goal.”