A Delta flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta was diverted to Oklahoma City, Okla., after a passenger allegedly made terroristic threats and assaulted two flight attendants, police said.Off-duty pilot helped subdue him »
Adult film star Dakota Skye was discovered dead in Los Angeles, a family member confirmed. Skye, whose real name was Lauren Scott, came from a family with a history of addiction, her aunt claimed in an interview. "She died almost exactly two years after her mother, my baby sister's, death which was caused by addiction and alcoholism," Linda Arden told The Sun. "Lauren was a product of a highly dysfunctional family involving drugs, alcohol, physical, emotional, verbal and sexual abuse," the aunt added.
Former President Donald Trump predicted the future of the United States is grim if Democrats did indeed commit voter fraud, as he continues to allege. In an email to his supporters, Trump said the Department of Justice has “no choice” but to “look at the massive voter fraud” that took place during the 2020 presidential election. “The Department of Justice (DOJ) is adding more people onto its roles in order to fight against efforts to limit voting and, I assume, other illegal voting acts,” he wrote in the Saturday email.
At least 14 people were injured early Saturday in a mass shooting in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, according to police in the Texas city. "This is one of the most significant incidents that we've ever had happen in our city," interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said during an afternoon news conference. "I'm happy to report no one has died," Chacon told reporters overnight near the scene of the incident in the area of 400 E. 6th Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus task force coordinator, has been fairly candid about the challenges she faced while working in the Trump administration amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And in a new book about what he considers the federal government's failures to mitigate the spread of the virus, Andy Slavitt, who now serves as a senior adviser on the COVID-19 response to President Biden, reinforces her comments by shedding more light on her experience, CNN reports.
Attorney General Merrick Garland is coming under increasingly intense criticism from progressives who say he is protecting former President Donald Trump. But it's not Trump who stands to be the primary beneficiary of Garland's shield; it's President Joe Biden. The points of tension are myriad, from backing the last administration's immigration and environmental policies to defending Trump in a defamation suit brought by E. Jean Carroll, who says Trump sexually assaulted her and later caused her harm by saying she lied about it.
U.S. regulators are allowing the release of about 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory, but many more doses can't be used and must be thrown out. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it had determined that two batches could be released from the plant, which is owned by Emergent BioSolutions and has been shuttered for eight weeks. But it said several other batches are not suitable for use and additional batches are still under review.
One of the first actions President Biden took when he entered office nearly six months ago was to halt construction of his predecessor's planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a project as inane in its reasoning as in its scope. Now Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has donned former President Trump's mantle of foolishness and announced that if the Biden administration won't build the wall, well, dagnabit, Texas will! Two years ago, 162 miles of fencing the Trump administration planned to build in Texas included 144 miles of privately-owned land.
Republican lawmakers have voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who had let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21. (June 11)
CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Saturday to reset relations with Britain as long as Prime Minister Boris Johnson stands by the Brexit divorce deal he signed with the European Union. Since Britain completed its exit from the EU late last year, relations with the bloc and particularly France have soured, with Macron becoming the most vocal critic of London's refusal to honour the terms of part of its Brexit deal. At a meeting at the Group of Seven rich nations in southwestern England, Macron told Johnson the two countries had common interests, but that ties could improve only if Johnson kept his word on Brexit, a source said.
US lawmakers have introduced five bills aimed at limiting the power held by Big Tech companies. The bills were drafted after a 16-month investigation into the powers of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. "Bills that target specific companies, instead of focusing on business practices, are simply bad policy... and could be ruled unconstitutional," Neil Bradley from the US Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.
Two House Democrats disclosed this week that their smartphone data was secretly obtained by the Trump Justice Department as part of an effort to uncover the source of leaks related to the investigation of Russian-related election interference. It was a stunning revelation that one branch of government was using its power to gather private information on another, a move that carried echoes of President Richard Nixon during Watergate. On Friday, the Justice Department's internal watchdog announced that it was investigating the records seizure.
Vice President Kamala Harris dropped in at the Capitol Pride Walk And Rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The state of play: Harris and second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, joined the crowd, who welcomed them with cheers, according to press reports. The visit had not been on the vice president's public schedule.
An American tourist was wounded by a stray bullet during a shooting attack on a Mexican beach. The unidentified woman was caught in the crossfire of possible gang violence on Friday. An American tourist was wounded by a stray bullet while she was caught in the crossfire of suspected cartel violence in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Cancun on Friday, the Associated Press reported.
A Texas man has been indicted for a hate crime and stands accused of harassing and assaulting an Asian family while vacationing in Florida, according to local authorities. Wade Ashton, 54, told the family to “go back to where they came from” as they pet his dogs on Okaloosa Island, which apparently upset Mr Ashton. An argument broke out between a woman and Mr Ashton.
Missouri's dangerous dance with anti-constitutionalism continued unabated Saturday, when Gov. Mike Parson signed the disturbingly-named Second Amendment Preservation Act. It starts with the usual chatter about states' rights and the Constitution, then assures us the legislature “condemns any unlawful transfer of firearms and the use of any firearm in any criminal or unlawful activity.” It then prohibits local enforcement of most federal gun laws and regulations, including fines for authorities who are working to reduce gun crimes.
Biden told Chuck Schumer to keep the pressure on to cancel $50k in student debt, Schumer said. Biden is reluctant to cancel that amount, saying he does not think he has the executive authority. Democratic lawmakers have been keeping the pressure on President Joe Biden to cancel $50,000 in student debt per borrower.
Santa Clara county, the home of Silicon Valley, issued mandatory water restrictions this week during a severe drought that has already reached historic levels. The move was championed by analysts and researchers who have pushed for more conservation efforts across California amid concerns that the state will fall deeper into a drought disaster through the hot, dry summer and autumn. “We are indeed in a dire situation,” said Rick Callender, the CEO of the water district serving Santa Clara county, during a public hearing Wednesday.
Lewis isn't just a member of the Bahamas Parliament who led the country's recovery after Hurricane Dorian devastated Abaco and Grand Bahama on Sept. He's also a former athlete: He was a member of the Bahamas' 4 X 100m relay team in the 1996 Summer Olympics and the 2000 Summer Olympics. They didn't have do do this,” Lewis said about Miami-Dade County, which made the celebration happen along with the Marlins.
Timothy J. Wall had mental health struggles before he walked into a Florida Publix on Thursday and shot a grandmother, her nearly 2-year-old grandson and then himself, authorities and family say. Maj. Talal Masri with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Friday that the gunman first shot the child at the Royal Palm Beach grocery store and that the 69-year-old woman then "instinctively jumps in and is trying to stop him." Authorities and Wall's family on Friday described him as a financially troubled individual who struggled with mental health disorders.
One of the alleged Capitol rioters went on CNN to apologise for his actions – and to blame Donald Trump for calling on him and others to attack the Capitol. Anthony Antonio appeared on CNN on Friday to offer a mea culpa for his participation in the botched insurrection that left five people dead. "The President of the United States – who at the time he was still the President of the United States – calls all of us to DC," Mr Antonio said.
A high school awarded white students top honors after two Black students were already chosen. Parents at a Mississippi school claimed it had miscalculated the criteria for valedictorian and salutatorian. Breaking with tradition, the school ended up naming two white students as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian.
YouTube has suspended Sen. Ron Johnson's account for spreading medical misinformation. The Republican routinely holds Senate hearings where he promotes baseless conspiracy theories. Sen. Ron Johnson has been suspended from YouTube for a week after his account uploaded a video of him spreading medical misinformation, in violation of Google's detailed policy on the matter.
LONDON—The main aim of President Biden's European tour this week has simply been to show that the United States “is back!” at the heart of the Western diplomatic consensus. The president tried to cajole his colleagues to sign onto a joint statement calling out China directly for forced labor practices in Xinjiang province where the Muslim Uighur minority has been targeted by Beijing. “There is a little differentiation, I think I would say, within—within, I think, the spectrum of how hard they would push on some of these issues,” said a senior Biden administration official said in a briefing to reporters.
The Queen beamed in the sunshine, tapping her feet to the music, as she celebrated her official birthday with a scaled back military procession at Windsor Castle. Her Majesty, 95, sat in the castle's quadrangle to watch the annual pomp and ceremony of Trooping the Colour, this year led by the Scots Guards. It came just hours after she had returned to Windsor from Cornwall, where she met G7 leaders and posed for the traditional “family photo,” prompting chuckles as she quipped: “Are you supposed to look as if you're enjoying yourself?
A Seattle couple is requiring that their wedding guests are fully vaccinated, KING-TV reported. Keri Barnett-Howell and Will Grosswendt want their guests to get the vaccine and show proof. A couple in Seattle, Washington is mandating that all guests of their summer wedding be fully vaccinated in order to attend, according to KING-TV.
“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.”