Big states with more stringent COVID-19 restrictions tended to post better economic growth numbers last year than states with fewer limits, a new report reveals.Economist explains why »
At least 13 people were injured in a mass shooting in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, police in the Texas city said Saturday. "I'm happy to report no one has died," interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon told reporters near the scene of the incident in the area of 400 E. 6th Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants. The first call of shots fired came in at around 1:24 a.m.
Concern is mounting over two ships from the Iranian Navy thought to be carrying a cargo of missiles and speeding across the Atlantic Ocean toward Venezuela. Satellite images show the larger of the two ships, the Makran, a forward supply vessel, carrying small, fast attack boats on its deck. A much greater concern would be Caracas acquiring new capabilities, in particular surface-to-surface missiles, which could threaten Venezuela's neighbors, starting with Colombia.
Former Minnesota state trooper Albert Kuehne has pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining the private photos of a 25 year-old woman during an arrest made last year. This week, 34 year-old Kuehne pleaded guilty to the “nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images” for which he is likely to receive two years of probation, NBC News reports. Last March, Kuehne detained an unnamed woman who was suspected of driving while intoxicated after a crash near Minneapolis's Cedar Avenue and Interstate 94.
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.
A Group of Seven plan to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries lacks ambition, is far too slow and shows Western leaders are not yet on top of tackling the worst public health crisis in a century, campaigners said on Friday. While the head of the United Nations welcomed the move, even he said more was needed. Antonio Guterres warned that if people in developing countries were not inoculated quickly, the virus could mutate further and become resistant to the new vaccines.
The Bad Faith Brigade come for Ilhan Omar yet again Here are the rules, OK? The United States is the greatest, most moral country to ever exist. It brings democracy to all the poor savages in the rest of the world, who are incapable of knowing what's good for them.
A higher-than-expected number of young men have experienced heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, according to data from two vaccine safety monitoring systems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.
The small steps to prepare yourself for a potential future ransomware attack will also protect you from other malware and viruses. It's not widely known to consumers and small business users that Microsoft offers built-in ransomware protection. Turning it on is pretty simple: type in "Ransomware Protection" in the Windows 10 Cortana search bar (typically in the bottom lower left of the screen) then select the "Ransomware Protection" screen.
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.
A power plant fire in the US territory of Puerto Rico has left thousands of households without electricity. The fire broke out shortly after the firm reported a cyber-attack, which has not yet been linked to fire. The Caribbean island has struggled with rolling blackouts ever since Hurricane Maria largely destroyed its electrical grid in 2017.
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.
Executives from Alphabet's Google and Amazon.com head the list of witnesses for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee next week, along with an executive from speaker maker Sonos Inc, which has been critical of the two tech giants. Ryan McCrate, an associate general counsel, will speak for Amazon while public policy specialist Wilson White will testify for Google, said Senators Amy Klobuchar, chair of the panel, and Mike Lee, the top Republican, in a statement. In congressional testimony in 2020, Sonos CEO Patrick Spence accused Google and Amazon of using their dominance of search and online retail, respectively, to subsidize the smart speaker market and, potentially, dominate the market for other smart home devices.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that Trump is "extraordinary" and "talented." Putin added that he hopes that Biden is less "impulse-based" than Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped praise on former President Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Friday.
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.
Kevin Strickland has spent the last 43 years in prison for three 1978 murders in Kansas City. A 62-year-old man from Missouri has spent the last 43 years in prison for three murders a local prosecutor and the key witness in the case say he didn't commit. According to a report from ABC News, Kevin Strickland was in 1979 convicted of three Kansas City murders that took place the year prior.
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.
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. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Friday it is still investigating what specifically led to the shooting. Maj. Talal Masri on Friday said 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."
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?
Trump and Biden's first G7 'family photos' tell a very different diplomatic tale. In 2017, Trump made other world leaders wait for him as he took a golf cart to the photo location. In 2021's family photo, leaders are spaced apart likely due to social distancing for COVID-19.
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.
A Las Vegas teenager charged in the killing of her father and seen giggling about “murdering somebody” in the days following his death is the daughter of a former Nevada state senator, reports have said. Sierra Halseth, 16, has been charged alongside her boyfriend Aaron Guerrero, 18, in the murder of 45-year-old Daniel Halseth. Footage of the two teenagers used as evidence in the murder case by prosecutors obtained by KLAS apparently showed the pair giggling about “murdering somebody”.
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.
Trump's 52 miles of new wall cost an average of $46 million per mile, Biden's administration said. It wasn't "a serious policy solution or responsible use of federal funds," the White House said. The White House on Friday pulled more than $2 billion in funding the former administration had diverted for its southern border wall project, sending the money back to the military.
A heartbreaking video shows the moment an Indian elephant bid farewell to its long-time trainer. Damodaran Nair, who took care of elephants in a village in Kerala, died of cancer on June 3. The elephant paid his last respects to his master by waving his trunk and bowing his head.
The wife of Mexican drug lord El Chapo on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court for her role in helping her husband run the Sinaloa cartel of smugglers. Clad in a green jumpsuit and wearing a white face mask, Emma Coronel Aispuro, appeared for a court hearing in Washington, D.C., where she pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money and conspiring to assist the Sinaloa drug cartel. As part of her plea agreement, the 31-year-old former beauty queen also admitted to conspiring to helping her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 when he dug a mile-long tunnel from his cell.
“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.”