An Associated Press review of court records shows that prosecutors in the more than 1,000 criminal cases from Jan. 6, 2021, are increasingly asking judges to impose fines on top of prison sentences to offset donations from supporters of the Capitol rioters. Dozens of defendants have set up online fundraising appeals for help with legal fees, and prosecutors acknowledge there's nothing wrong with asking for help for attorney expenses. But the Justice Department has, in some cases, questioned where the money is really going because many of those charged have had government-funded legal representation.
Donald Trump predictably made Memorial Day all about himself on Monday. The former president began a post on his Truth Social platform innocuously enough when he wished a “happy Memorial Day to all.” Trump was similarly self-indulgent on 2018's Memorial Day when he suggested fallen soldiers “would be very happy” about the state of the economy under his administration.
Saudi Arabia in May sentenced three men to death from the Howeitat tribe, which traditionally lives on lands earmarked for Neom's development. The cause was that they refused to be evicted from the site, the UN said. "Despite being charged with terrorism, they were reportedly arrested for resisting forced evictions in the name of the Neom project and the construction of a 170km linear city called The Line," the UN experts said.
A cruise ship that navigated rough seas off the South Carolina coast over the Memorial Day weekend has resumed sailing on its next cruise, Carnival Cruise Lines said Monday. Terrified passengers on the Carnival Sunshine took to social media to post video of water pouring through a flooded hallway on a cabin level and pictures of on-board stores in shambles, with merchandise strewn about on the floor as large waves swelled on the sea. Passenger Daniel Taylor said the crew “left us blind, not reassuring us what was going on, where we were heading to, what the plan was," WCIV-TV reported.
Inmates at a Texas federal prison camp are looking forward to Elizabeth Holmes' arrival, per WSJ. Holmes is scheduled to start serving her 11-year sentence at the federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas on Tuesday. The Bryan prison camp is a minimum security, all-female facility about 100 miles from Houston.
A rare animal, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, was spotted at a nature reserve in China, news outlets reported. The Wolong National Nature Reserve, located in China's Sichuan province, recently released video of an albino giant panda wandering in the wilderness, state-controlled outlet CCTV reported on May 27. The video, captured in February, shows the pink-eyed, all-white panda interacting with two other pandas, with normal black-and-white coloration, believed to be a mother and her cub, according to the outlet.
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Violence by armed gangs has fallen "drastically" since the emergence of a vigilante justice movement that has seen at least 160 suspected criminals killed in the last month, a report by local human rights research group CARDH said on Sunday. The situation in the Caribbean country remains extremely volatile as heavily armed gangs continue to drive a humanitarian crisis that has displaced tens of thousands amid frequent kidnappings for ransom, gang rapes, tortures and murders. The vigilante movement, known as "Bwa Kale", began after residents of the capital Port-au-Prince lynched and set fire to over a dozen suspected gang members in the early morning of April 24.
In an uncertain job market, it's not unusual for workers—current and prospective—to turn to the sure thing. And while there's no guarantees in life, a new report reveals the 10 majors that tend to lead to the highest-paying jobs for new graduates in their first four years after school. Knowing what leads to relatively higher earnings can provide something of a guiding light for Gen Z college students nervous about entering a turbulent economy rife with layoffs and, according to some experts, on the precipice of disruption.
Fox News personality Rachel Campos-Duffy received an immediate fact check after making an outlandish prediction about former first lady Michelle Obama. On Friday's episode of “The Five,” Campos-Duffy claimed Obama will run in the 2024 presidential election to take on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. “Well, I've been saying for a long time, I think that Biden's not gonna make it to the end and that Michelle Obama will be brought in,” said Campos-Duffy, who was on MTV's “Real World” before her Fox News gig.
Evangelisto Ramos walked out of a New Orleans courthouse and away from a life sentence accompanying a 10-2 jury conviction, thanks in large part to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision bearing his name. Ramos v. Louisiana outlawed nonunanimous jury convictions as unconstitutional, with justices on the 6-3 majority acknowledging the practice as a vestige of racism from the era of “Jim Crow” laws enforcing racial segregation. The 2020 ruling meant a new trial for Ramos, who was acquitted in March — this time by a unanimous jury — after defense lawyers highlighted weakness in the investigation leading to his prosecution.
Natalia Grace Barnett, a little person with a rare bone-growth disorder, was adopted from Ukraine by a family who thought she was 6 years old. Michael and Kristine Barnett of Indianapolis said Natalia wanted to harm them and their biological children. The convoluted tale is chronicled in the new docuseries "The Curious Case of Natalia Grace" on Investigation Discovery.
A former Federal Security Service officer said Putin could be overthrown by Wagner. The Wagner Army is Putin's private military army, largely made up of mercenaries. The Army chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, could pose an active threat to Putin, said the war analyst.
The debt ceiling deal that U.S. President Joe Biden and House Republican Kevin McCarthy agreed over the weekend adds new conditions to food aid that will impact one segment of the U.S. population specifically - GenXers with no dependents. The deal targets recipients of the Supplementary Nutrition Program, or SNAP, between the ages of 50 and 54, adding new requirements that they work 20 hours a week to receive the aid. Previously, work requirements to receive SNAP ended at age 50.
Rescue operations were underway Sunday evening after part of an apartment building collapsed in Davenport, Iowa. Authorities did not immediately say whether anyone was killed. (May 29)
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Passengers aboard the cruise ship Carnival Sunshine were left distressed as large waves churned up by a powerful storm off the Southeast coast pounded the vessel, delaying its return from the Bahamas over the Memorial Day weekend. Video shared on social media Sunday by Brad Morrell, filmed outside his room onboard the cruise ship that was returning to Charleston, South Carolina, shows dark clouds covering the sky and large whitecaps raging in the surrounding waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise ship passengers reported water damage and broken glass, as well as high waves that battered the vessel.
Sam Wedll has been driving his Toyota Tacoma pickup on the rugged roads of Northern California for seven trouble-free years, racking up almost 100,000 miles, so he's interested in the redesigned version of the truck coming later this year. The Tacoma, known as the Taco to its legions of loyalists, is the leader of the pack in midsize pickups, one of the fastest-growing auto markets of the past decade. General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co., which abandoned the market segment when sales slowed early this century, returned with new trucks to take on the Tacoma, which has dominated the medium truck market for almost two decades.
The last time Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey had a direct exchange on Twitter was very tense. "Twitter went from real time to 1 minute delay," Dorsey mocked on the decentralized platform Nostr on Feb. 8, after it was reported that Twitter was hit with an outage. The criticism followed a tense exchange between the two billionaires two months earlier, after Musk claimed that Twitter 1.0 did not do implement any measures about the safety of children on the platform.
A rare white bison calf has been born at a Wyoming state park, officials reported. A 2-year-old white bison gave birth to the calf at Bear River State Park near Evanston, park officials said May 16 on Facebook. The National Bison Association told KUTV the birth of a white bison is normally a “1 in 10 million” occurrence.
Russia's Interior Ministry on Monday issued an arrest warrant for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham following his comments related to the fighting in Ukraine. In an edited video of his meeting on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that was released by Zelenskyy's office, Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, noted that “the Russians are dying” and described the U.S. military assistance to the country as “the best money we've ever spent.” While Graham appeared to have made the remarks in different parts of the conversation, the short video by Ukraine's presidential office put them next to each other, causing outrage in Russia.
"Goodbye, I'm off to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a startup founder," I wrote in an email last year addressed to everyone I knew at Google, where I worked at the time. Five months later, I was in bed watching TV, wearing the same pajamas I had on for the past four days, with a startup business proposal mostly forgotten.
A "skiplagging" passenger said she has "no remorse" because of what airlines charge for flights. A frequent flyer who's been "skiplagging" for more than a decade said she doesn't feel guilty because airlines have a "chokehold on prices." Skiplagging — or "hidden-city" ticketing — is a practice where travelers book flights with a layover in a city they want to visit and then don't take their second flight to the supposed final destination.
For reasons we're not clear on yet, Ford has made the STX Special Edition Package standard equipment on the just-introduced 2024 Ranger at launch. The package dresses the midsize pickup in body-color trim, LED headlights, halogen fog lamps, damped action for the tailgate, and 17-inch aluminum wheels outside, with premium cloth seats, a digital gauge cluster, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment, and lane-keep assist for the benefit of those inside. Ford added the package to the current Ranger's base XL trim in 2021 to provide some features that previously required stepping up to the XLT, charging $995 but requiring the $1,135 XL 101A Equipment Group as well.
US prosecutors allege that Lee, a cryptocurrency executive best known for inventing the Cash App payments service, was not killed in a random and unfortunate encounter, but by a fellow tech worker. Nima Momeni, a 37-year-old acquaintance of Lee, had confronted him over a relationship with Mr Momeni's sister, the wife of a prominent local plastic surgeon, before stabbing him with a four-inch kitchen knife. Instead of acting as a symbol of a city in decline, Lee's murder has instead shone a light on a different aspect of San Francisco – an underground scene of extramarital affairs, casual drug use and partying, and the tech elite that participates in it.
Georgia officials are begging people to put some clothes on before taking a driver's license photo. People in Georgia can use digital driver's licenses at checkpoints, and snap their own ID pictures. "Cheers to technology and keeping things classy!" the Department of Driver Services wrote on Facebook.
The United States "won't tolerate" China's effective ban on purchases of Micron Technology memory chips and is working closely with allies to address such "economic coercion," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Saturday. Raimondo told a news conference after a meeting of trade ministers in the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework talks that the U.S. "firmly opposes" China's actions against Micron. These "target a single U.S. company without any basis in fact, and we see it as plain and simple economic coercion and we won't tolerate it, nor do we think it will be successful."