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 »
Much to the surprise of a puzzled pundit corps, history may well conclude that, while President Joe Biden and Russia's President Vladimir Putin produced no big-deal breaking news headline, their summit may prove to be one of the 21st century's pivotal events. Also, U.S. intelligence agencies announced long ago that Putin personally approved massive cyber-sabotage of the 2016 and 2020 U.S. presidential campaigns.
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.
A high court in the US state of South Carolina has blocked two executions until the inmates are given the choice of death by electrocution or firing squad. A new law requires inmates on death row to decide between the two methods if lethal drugs are not available. But as prison authorities have not yet formed a firing squad, the executions have been halted by the supreme court.
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.
A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a bear in the Great Smoky Mountains early Friday, prompting the National Park Service to close a back country section to visitors. The attack happened at 12:30 a.m., as the teen was sleeping in a hammock in the the Crosby section of the park, officials said. “The family was able to drive the bear off from the area immediately after the attack and quickly notified the park's emergency communications center,” the National Park Service said.
A tropical system heading toward the Gulf Coast could drench the Triangle this weekend. Heavy rain and flooding are possible Sunday to Monday as wet weather is forecast to move into central North Carolina, according to the National Weather Service. The system — called Potential Tropical Cyclone Three — is expected to become Tropical Storm Claudette on Friday.
Alieu Kosiah has been found guilty of war crimes in a Swiss court, becoming the first Liberian to be convicted over the country's civil war. Around 250,000 people were killed in Liberia's two conflicts between 1989 and 2003, and many thousands more fled. The trial was the first under a 2011 Swiss law that allows prosecution for war crimes committed anywhere in the world.
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 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.
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.
With the lifting of Covid restrictions on hold for the moment, pubs and restaurants - as well as some concerts, summer festivals and gigs - have to continue observing a limit on numbers. The relaxation of rules in Wales and Northern Ireland is also being paused and Scotland is expected to do the same. Indoor and outdoor events can currently take place if they can ensure social distancing between groups, and limit attendance.
A year without Pride Like so many other events last year, the coronavirus pandemic canceled most LGBTQ+ Pride festivals, parades, marches and events in South Carolina and across the globe. Since its inception in 1970, Pride has centered around gathering hundreds to thousands of queer people together to increase visibility of the community and show that they were not going to simply fade away. Everything about COVID-19, however, made such gatherings extremely dangerous.
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.
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 shooting on Interstate 75 in Detroit late Thursday night killed a 2-year-old boy and injured a 9-year-old boy who is in serious condition. Detroit interim police chief James White called the fatal shooting "horrible" and "tragic," and asked anyone with information to come forward. Because the shooting happened on the freeway, Michigan State Police has jurisdiction over the case, but the Detroit Police Department would assist.
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 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.
The House voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq. The 2002 AUMF paved the way for the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. There's a growing bipartisan effort to scrap post-9/11 laws that gave presidents broad authority to wage war.
With the government-imposed attendance caps and physical distance requirements gone, the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks are expected to relaunch several rides, musical acts and nighttime extravaganzas over the next few weeks and other attractions later this summer. In some ways, the parks will never return to pre-pandemic operations. Disney executives say the 15-month closure helped them rethink how best to manage one of the biggest headaches at the resort: the enormous throngs of Disney-loving visitors.
Senate Bill 475, the "Juneteenth National Independence Day Act," passed 415-14. The bill recognizes June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned slavery was ended, as a public holiday. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had freed all enslaved African Americans in rebel states two and a half years earlier.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after they waved guns at protesters in 2020. Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Mark McCloskey admitted to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750.
MEXICO - It's been five years since Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was arrested for the last time. He's been in a US "supermax" prison since 2017, serving a life sentence after being found guilty of all 10 federal charges he faced. But according to official US data, security analysts, and some of his own lawyers, business has never been better for his cartel.
But, while I'm heartened by the fact that Biden stuck to a campaign promise to oppose Hyde if elected, I'm still feeling cynical that Hyde is on its way out: in negotiations like this, it always seems like the first people who get things negotiated away from them are marginalized women and children. As we approach a summer of frustrating back-and-forth over issues like health care access, support for care infrastructure, and family leave, I worry that, once again, marginalized women and children will be left out in the cold—only to be told, once again, that the only way they'll get anything they need is in 2022, by voting for a party all too eager to negotiate them away from the table.
In the weeks that have followed, the safety monitoring systems managed by the FDA and CDC detected dozens of cases of a possible side effect in newly vaccinated teens: an inflammation of the heart muscle known as myocarditis. The cases typically developed in older adolescents, most of them boys, three to four days after they got a second dose. Virtually all were considered mild, presenting as chest pain and tightness that resolved after treatment with over-the-counter medications.
“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.”