A 47-year-old man in Oregon has been charged with murder in the Nov. 23 shooting death of a Black teenager in an Ashland hotel parking lot.Details of the tragic incident »
McConnell's plan, Bloomberg notes, appears to be a tweaked version of his previous $500 billion proposal (although the full price tag is not yet known), with funds earmarked for a second round of the Payroll Protection Program and coronavirus vaccine distribution and development. It doesn't seem likely to serve as an overture to Democrats and instead caters to several Republican senators by including measures like COVID-19 liability shields for businesses, which the other side of the aisle opposes. Unlike the bipartisan framework from earlier in the day, McConnell's bill does not include any money for state, local, and tribal governments, another nod toward Republicans who remain staunchly opposed to the notion.
Republicans attempting to undo President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take up their lawsuit, three days after it was thrown out by the highest court in the battleground state. In the request to the U.S. Supreme Court, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly of northwestern Pennsylvania and the other plaintiffs are asking the court to prevent the state from certifying any contests from the Nov. 3 election, and undo any certifications already made, such as Biden's victory. They maintain that Pennsylvania's expansive vote-by-mail law is unconstitutional because it required a constitutional amendment to authorize its provisions.
More than 150 parliamentarians from 18 countries have called on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to intervene to ensure justice for 12 people, the youngest of who is 16, who have been detained in mainland China while trying to flee the city by boat. The 12, who had all faced charges in Hong Kong linked to anti-government protests, have been held virtually incommunicado in a mainland prison since they were detained at sea on Aug. 23, apparently while trying to reach the democratic island of Taiwan. Chinese authorities said last week members of the group face charges of illegal border crossing and organising an illicit border crossing, which could carry a sentence of up to seven years in jail.
A Chicago man has been charged with murder after a fight over some Thanksgiving leftovers. James Dixon, 28, allegedly stabbed 52-year-old Vincell Jackson as the man was being escorted out of a house following a holiday gathering. Dixon reportedly put his hands in Thanksgiving leftovers being served Friday at a home where Jackson was the boyfriend of the host.
While the US and its allies have been fighting in the Middle East, the Chinese military has been paying close attention, especially to US special operations. As a result, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is increasingly investing resources in its own special-operations forces. So with everyone gearing up for great power competition, how do Chinese special operations measure up against the US's and what are the biggest difference between the two?
Republicans are already signaling they won't vote to confirm Neera Tanden, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to run the Office of Management and Budget, next year — and some have even cast doubt on whether she'll receive a committee hearing. One reason for their antipathy is her prolific activity on Twitter, which includes a fair amount of criticism of GOP lawmakers. Indeed, it appears Tanden was expecting this, since she has seemingly deleted a fair number of tweets over the last few weeks.
Attorney General William Barr revealed the Department of Justice has been investigating allegations of voter fraud but has not uncovered evidence of enough to have changed the results of the US presidential election. It comes as the campaign of Donald Trump filed its long-promised lawsuit in Wisconsin in an attempt to invalidate hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots in two Democrat-leaning counties. Trump himself, meanwhile, is reportedly considering pardoning his personal attorney - former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has led his disastrous legal challenge to Joe Biden's election victory - before he leaves office in January.
On Tuesday Gabriel Sterling of the Georgia Secretary of State's Office spoke forcefully against post-election threats and rhetoric directed at election staff.
OPEC and allies led by Russia postponed talks on oil output policy for 2021 to Thursday, three sources said on Monday as key players still disagreed on how much oil they should pump amid weak demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. OPEC+, which includes the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other allies, had been scheduled to hold its meeting on Tuesday at 1300 GMT. The group had been due to ease existing production cuts by 2 million barrels per day (bpd) from January.
Leaked documents reveal that China significantly underreported the number of coronavirus cases in the early stages of the pandemic. Health data from Chinese health authorities leaked to CNN shows that officials in the Hubei province, where the virus is believed to have originated, failed to report thousands of new daily cases. On February 10 — when China reported 2,478 new cases — officials privately recorded 5,918 new cases, more than double the published figure.
The United Nations says food has now run out for the nearly 100,000 refugees from Eritrea who have been sheltering in camps in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, which has been cut off from the world for nearly a month amid fighting. “Concerns are growing by the hour,” U.N. refugee spokesman Babar Baloch told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday. Wednesday marks a month since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that fighting had erupted in the Tigray region between federal forces and regional ones, as each government now regards the other as illegitimate due to a dispute over holding elections during the pandemic.
Allies of President Donald Trump want a federal court in Michigan to force state leaders to set aside election results and award its 16 electoral votes to the president. A separate conservative group also wants the Michigan Supreme Court to invalidate the results that show President-elect Joe Biden won the state. The latest lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan and before the state's highest court, rely on unfounded allegations of widespread fraud and misconduct that judges in the state and across the country have previously rejected.
All Americans will be vaccinated against the coronavirus within six months, and some within weeks, according to Operation Warp Speed's supply, production and distribution director. Speaking on Monday, Lieutenant General Paul Ostrowski said all Americans who wanted a Covid-19 vaccine “at that time” would do so. “A hundred percent of Americans that want the vaccine will have had the vaccine by that point in time,” said Lt. Ostrowski to MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian.
Higher natural gas futures prices for 2021 and a continued glut of crude oil are prodding U.S. shale firms to boost gas drilling and production. Shale producers are increasing spending on natural gas, a change from the past, amid forecasts for a 45% jump in gas prices next year compared to a 15% gain for Brent prices. The largest U.S. shale oil producer, EOG Resources, this month said next year it will start selling gas from 15 new wells from a newly discovered field holding 21 trillion cubic feet of gas.
A group of Ohio GOP legislators have filed 12 articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine over the state's coronavirus-related restrictions, according to The Washington Post. The group alleges that the DeWine administration has enacted unconstitutional orders to further prevent the virus's transmission throughout the state. Reps.
A long-shot effort to overturn the presidential election results in Pennsylvania made its way to the Supreme Court Tuesday. Conservative Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and others contend state officials had no right under the Pennsylvania Constitution to expand mail-in voting in 2019, and the state Supreme Court was wrong to uphold that statute. The group called it "an unconstitutional, no-excuse absentee voting scheme."
General Motors will not be taking a stake in the electric vehicle company Nikola, and the company said Monday that it was scuttling one of its marquee vehicles, an electric and hydrogen-powered pickup, after GM pulled technological support from the project. Shares of Nikola plunged 24%. Nikola on Monday released updated terms between the companies for a supply agreement related to GM's fuel-cell system, replacing an agreement signed in September.
The Arecibo Observatory, a huge and previously damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century, completely collapsed on Tuesday. The telescope's 900-ton receiver platform fell onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below. Puerto Rican meteorologist Ada Monzón broke into tears on local TV as she delivered the devastating news to other heartbroken Puerto Ricans across the U.S. territory.
You wait for ages for an era-defining monolith created by an unseen alien race to appear out of nowhere – then two turn up at once. After the mysterious emergence of a shiny metallic plinth in the Utah desert piqued the imaginations of sci-fi fans across the world last week, another appeared in rural Romania just a few days later. The objects in Utah and Piatra Neamt have touched off international sci-fi speculation, recalling the classic 1968 Stanley Kubrick film "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that there was "no reason" Congress couldn't quickly agree on a new stimulus bill. Democrats and Republicans have been at an impasse for months, with Republicans seeking a slimmer deal and Democrats looking for more. Time is short: Congress is meeting for a short session due to end by Christmas, and lawmakers also have to avert a government shutdown next week.
Fox News host Sean Hannity, a loyal defender of Donald Trump, has suggested that the outgoing president should move to use the presidential pardon for his own protection against a supposed legal onslaught from the incoming Biden administration. However, legal experts have reiterated that presidents cannot pardon themselves. During a discussion about unfounded theories that this year's presidential election was stolen from Mr Trump, Mr Hannity raised the spectre of an endless legal “witch hunt” against Mr Trump, his family and his close allies.
She took care of COVID-19 patients through the pandemic's first wave in New Jersey. She inserted intravenous lines, pushed fluids, held some patients as they died and helped others to survive at the nursing home where she works. Above all, she followed safety protocols – neither she nor any member of her family became sick.
Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova said former top US cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs should be "taken out at dawn and shot" and "drawn and quartered". Krebs was fired by Trump last month after saying that the November 3 election was "the most secure in American history" and dismissed the outgoing president's baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud. DiGenova's comments come after Rudy said Giuliani in a recent interview with Fox News that someone should "cut the head off" the Democratic Party while making a throat-slashing gesture.
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon rainforest has skyrocketed to a 12-year high in 2020. Government data released on Monday (November 30) showed more than 11,000 square kilometers have been wiped away, a patch that's roughly seven times the size of London taken out of the world's largest rainforest and that's up 10 percent from 2019. This year, fires have blazed through the Amazon and environmentalists have blamed the government.
European Union members debated on Monday how best to "renew and reinvigorate" transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries considered five broad policy areas on which they see greater opportunities for cooperation when Joe Biden takes over as president after four years of strained ties since Trump introduced his "America First" policy. "The arrival of a new administration and congress ...
“This metastasizing debt crisis has had tremendous social costs. An entire generation has been set back.”
“It is not the government’s job to step in and rescue those who took on more debt than their future incomes would support.”
“Many student-borrowers need relief, but well-off borrowers who are thriving — thanks to their college degrees — do not.”
“It will stimulate the lagging economy. And though not everyone will directly benefit, the country as a whole will improve.”
“Canceling student debt would cost billions of dollars each year and would exacerbate, not lessen, economic inequalities.”