Fayçal Ziraoui has caused an online uproar after claiming he has cracked unsolved ciphers attributed to the "Zodiac Killer" and identified him.Potentially ends a 50-year-old quest »
President Biden on Wednesday delivered a eulogy at the funeral of Sen. John Warner, R-Va., at Washington National Cathedral. "I had the privilege of serving with John for three decades in the United States Senate," Biden said. "While we represented different political parties, I can say without hesitation John was a man of conscience, character and honor, with a deep commitment to god and country."
Hong Kong's Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper and longtime thorn in the Communist Party's side, will print its last edition on Thursday as it struggles with financial pressure from authorities. Authorities froze the paper's assets last Thursday, the same day that hundreds of police officers raided its headquarters, arrested five editors and executives, and seized what the paper said was “considerable” journalistic material. The paper had vowed to fight on in a letter to its readers, but on Wednesday its board of directors said print and online editions will stop this week due to “the current circumstances prevailing in Hong Kong.”
A massive country music festival in Kentucky this past weekend started off on rocky footing: Police found meth, marijuana, and an open bottle of alcohol in the first vehicle they stopped at a traffic checkpoint. “We were like, 'Well, this doesn't bode well for the weekend,'” Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told the Lexington Herald-Leader. In all, Edmonson authorities arrested 14 people, and charged four dozen people from five states.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday for a California motorist who said a police officer violated his privacy rights by following him home and then into his garage, where he was given a ticket for drunk driving. B a 9-0 vote, the justices overturned his conviction and said the 4th Amendment usually forbids the police from entering a driveway or a home unless it is true emergency or they have a search warrant. In Lange vs. California, the high court reversed the opinion of California state judges who said police may follow a person if they are in "hot pursuit," even if the suspect's offense is a minor one that could a yield a traffic ticket.
Angela Merkel has urged other European countries to force any travellers from the UK to quarantine in a move that could threaten the Government's plans to open foreign travel to vaccinated holidaymakers. The German chancellor said she would like other European countries to require people entering them from countries with high levels of the Indian or delta Covid variant – like Britain – to go into quarantine, as is the case in Germany. "In our country, if you come from Great Britain you have to go into quarantine – and that's not the case in every European country, and that's what I would like to see," Mrs Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
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Democrats suffered a chastening defeat over their sweeping election reform Bill on Tuesday night, as Republicans blocked Joe Biden's plans to bolster voting rights across America. The showdown in the US Senate was the first test of Mr Biden's "For the People Act" but it received no Republican support as they filibustered the Bill. In a statement from the White House, Mr Biden described the vote as a "solid Republican wall of opposition" that amounted to "the suppression of a bill to end voter suppression - another attack on voting rights that is sadly not unprecedented".
A Johnston County man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the human trafficking of a woman and a minor, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Marvarlus Cortel Snead, a 34-year-old Four Oaks resident, was sentenced Monday to the prison time as well as lifetime probation, the office said in a news release. Snead, who officials say involved a woman and a minor in prostitution around Eastern North Carolina in December of 2017 and January of 2018, was convicted last year after a four-day jury trial.
Miami is proud of its beaches — but the Internet says Florida's other beaches are better. Holidu.com, a search and booking website for vacation rentals, analyzed more than 30,000 Google searches to come up with the 10 most popular Florida beaches. And despite seasonal car twerking, the heady aroma of weed and a promise not to enforce a ban on alcohol sales after 2 a.m.
Dozens of people have reportedly been killed or injured after Ethiopia's air force bombed a market in the northern region of Tigray. Eyewitnesses told the BBC the Ethiopian air force struck the town of Togoga on Tuesday, 25 km (15 miles) from the region's capital, Mekelle. The Ethiopian military denied targeting civilians, saying it carried out the strikes to neutralise "terrorists".
One of six women arrested this month during a federal sting at illegal massage businesses ran a similar operation in Horry County that shut down following a controversial countywide investigation. Ok Hwa Lee, of Little River, was arrested June 16 along with five other woman on charges of conspiracy, bribery, and operating an illegal prostitution enterprise in interstate commerce. Lee was the leader and manager of six North Carolina massage parlors that federal investigators said offered sex acts in exchange for money.
Taliban fighters have seized dozens of districts in Afghanistan as they step up attacks during the final withdrawal by foreign troops, the UN has warned. The insurgents have taken more than 50 of 370 districts since May, UN special envoy Deborah Lyons told the Security Council, warning of "dire scenarios". The hardline Islamist group's recent advances were the result of an "intensified military campaign", Ms Lyons told the the 15-member UN Security Council in New York.
Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' father and conservator, is living in an "RV parked at a warehouse" in Louisiana, The New York Times reported Tuesday, despite an about $16,000/month salary in the court-appointed arrangement granting Jamie "broad control" over his daughter's life and finances. For her part, Britney has pushed back on the conservatorship "earlier and more often than had previously been known," the Times report revealed. The pop star has stayed "largely silent" on the topic in public, while claiming privately that the arrangement "restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets," confidential court records show.
Sweeping new restrictions will be imposed across Sydney as Australia's largest city grapples with a fast-growing Covid outbreak. Authorities reported 16 new infections on Wednesday, which brings the cluster there to 37 cases. Sydney's 5.3 million residents will have to wear masks indoors, and many will be banned from travelling out of the city.
Former President Donald Trump's initial response to the nascent COVID-19 pandemic was to mask the number of cases and, relatedly, keep infected people off U.S. soil, according to a new book, , by Washington Post reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta. Trump berated public health officials — and, unintentionally, his son-in-law and shadow coronavirus task force head, Jared Kushner — for trying to roll out a national testing strategy, the Post reports, citing an advance copy of the book, and he had some pretty radical ideas for how to handle Americans infected with the virus overseas. "Don't we have an island that we own?" Trump asked advisers in the Situation Room in February 2020, Abutaleb and Paletta report.
A man rammed two people with his pickup truck, killing one, attacked other people with a crowbar and pulled a gun before he was shot Monday in a Sacramento-area suburb, authorities said.
But the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that eight in 10 people over the age of 16 now have antibodies to Covid. For the whole population, including children, nearly seven in 10 have immunity – 54 per cent higher than the modellers predicted. The percentage of those with immunity is likely to be higher still because many under-16s will have had a previous infection and the data only runs up to June 7, meaning it does not include vaccinations and infections in the last fortnight.
An Orangeburg woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison following an Horry County jury convicting her in the death of her husband, the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Office announced Tuesday. Donnielle Matthews-Green, 36, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Friday following a week-long trial. Seth Oskin, an assistant solicitor, along with Martin Spratlin, an assistant solicitor, prosecuted the case for the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office.
In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed legislation that will require public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints to support “intellectual diversity.” The survey will discern “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” in public universities and colleges, and seeks to find whether students, faculty and staff “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom,” according to the bill. “That's not worth tax dollars and that's not something that we're going to be supporting moving forward,” DeSantis said at a press conference at a middle school in Fort Myers.
Just after noon Tuesday, Gov. Mike Parson agreed to call a special session to consider renewing the critical Medicaid tax. The state still faces either massive cutbacks in education spending, disability services, nursing home payments and even school transportation, or the collapse of Medicaid, directly endangering 1 million Missourians and indirectly hurting all of us. When Missourians elect a governor and a legislature more interested in partisan messaging and running for higher office than actual governance, calamities like this Medicaid standoff are inevitable.
More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite economic damage from the Covid-19 pandemic. While many poor people became poorer, the number of millionaires increased by 5.2 million to 56.1 million globally, Credit Suisse research found. In 2020, more than 1% of adults worldwide were millionaires for the first time.
The S.C. Law Enforcement Division on Tuesday reopened the investigation into the 2015 death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith based on information gathered during the Murdaugh double homicide investigation, a SLED spokesperson confirmed. In the wake of the June 7 murders of Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, Maggie, 52, rumors have swirled about the possibility of the Murdaugh family's connection to Smith's death. SLED's reopened investigation was first reported by FITSNews Tuesday evening.
Two young men and a woman, suspected of an armed robbery outside a Hialeah hotel, led police officers on a dramatic car chase that wound up in Broward County. Their silver Mercedes-Benz was eventually stopped in Hollywood, the three were taken into custody and the case might have remained largely anonymous, except for one thing. The backseat passenger, an 18-year-old named Gabriel Rodriguez, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the neck — presumably from a police bullet.
The White House COVID-19 team announced Tuesday the nation is “close to achieving” but likely won't make President Joe Biden's goal set in early May for 70% of all adults to have at least one coronavirus shot, with 160 million fully vaccinated by July 4th. The U.S. has met Biden's goal of having 70% of adults get at least one shot before Independence Day only for those aged 30 and older, but it will take a “few extra weeks” beyond July 4 to get 18- to 26-year-olds to the 70% threshold, according to Jeffrey Zients, the head of the White House Covid-19 response team. This means Biden's vaccination goal will be pushed further into the year, given the original target involved all American adults.
“The pandemic has unequivocally proven the public health value of masks. And they should stick around in certain situations.”
“With the steady thrum of anti-mask sentiment in the U.S., it’s highly unlikely that they will continue to be a ubiquitous sight.”
“Wearing masks on airplanes or other modes of transit ... can help keep everyone safe.”
“Just because masks are common in many other nations ... is hardly a reason to emulate the practice.”
“The fact that the flu all but vanished ... is not evidence alone that masks were responsible.”