Bob Caslen, the president of the University of South Carolina, resigned on Wednesday, days after he delivered a commencement address marred by allegations of plagiarism.‘I am sorry to those I have let down’ »
House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., from her leadership role in response to her repeated criticism of former President Donald Trump's lies about the 2020 presidential election and his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Cheney, who had been the No. 3 Republican in the House, had received strong rebukes from her GOP colleagues in recent weeks. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — who had previously said Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot — accused Cheney of “relitigating the past” by continuing to condemn Trump's election conspiracies.
Two boys, including an 11-year-old caught driving a stolen car, were arrested Wednesday after a violent robbery of an elderly Asian man in Northern California, officials said. The 80-year-old victim was strolling near the 14200 block of Acapulco Road in San Leandro, about 12 miles south of downtown Oakland, on Saturday afternoon when two people in hoodies jumped him and swiped his Fitbit in an attack captured on a home security camera. The younger one was driving a vehicle that had been taken in a carjacking in Oakland on Monday, according to San Leandro police.
More than 130 American spies, diplomats and soldiers have suffered brain injuries after targeted “energy attacks” at home and abroad, according to a new report. The US government has launched an investigation into the incidents, which first took place in Havana in 2016, but research by the New York Times has revealed that the problem is much more widespread than previously disclosed. The initial number of confirmed cases was around 60, and predominantly made up of incidents in Cuba and China.
Viktor Medvedchuk, the Kremlin's most prominent ally in Ukraine, left the office of the Prosecutor General on Wednesday after reading the charges against him without being detained, Interfax news agency reported. Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday put Medvedchuk under formal suspicion for high treason as part of a crackdown on his circle that has fuelled tensions between Kyiv and Moscow. Prosecutors have said they are seeking to detain the opposition party leader and businessman on suspicion of treason and the attempted plundering of national resources in Crimea, the territory that was annexed by Russia in 2014.
In a dramatic shift that comes amid fighting in the Gaza strip and clashes between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel, right-wing kingmaker Naftali Bennett has announced he will no longer seek an alternative government to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why it matters: Bennett had been on the verge of a power-sharing deal with centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid that would have made him prime minister for two years until Lapid rotated into the job. Without Bennett, Lapid has no path to a majority, and Israel will almost certainly head for its fifth election since 2019 with Netanyahu still in his post.
The person suspected of attacking an Asian woman with a hammer last week near Times Square has been arrested, police said Wednesday. Ebony Jackson, 37, has been charged with two counts each of felony assault, felony criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction and menacing, according to the New York City Police Department. The attack occurred about 8:40 p.m. ET May 2 on West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th avenues, in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan, police said.
During the White House COVID-19 response team briefing on Thursday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask, inside or outside, or maintain social distance. Walensky said, “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
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The principal of a Texas elementary school was killed Wednesday by her husband, who then killed himself, Texas officials say. The death of 35-year-old Erica Rene Allen occurred in the front yard of her home and was witnessed by neighbors, according to the League City Police Department. Allen is the principal at Heights Elementary School in Texas City.
Republicans in the Arizona Senate have signed a lease to continue their slow-moving audit of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County through the end of June. The state Senate and its contractors had rented the Veterans Memorial Coliseum through Friday, when they must vacate the old basketball arena because it is booked for high school graduations next week. Republicans have hired Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based cybersecurity firm to oversee an unprecedented, partisan review of the 2020 election in Arizona's largest county.
President Joe Biden on Thursday celebrated the new guidelines lifting mask requirements for people who are fully vaccinated, crediting his administration's vaccination program with dramatically reducing the impact of the coronavirus. "I think it's a great milestone, a great day," Biden said, speaking from the Rose Garden. The new guidelines mark a turning point in Biden's fight against the virus, offering the country a renewed hope that a return to pre-pandemic normally is achievable as Covid-19 cases decrease across the country and as more and more people get vaccinated.
Rudy Giuliani, who faces looming legal threats, has hired two attorneys who defended the disgraced sex offender and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, following FBI raids on the former New York mayor's office and home. According to court filings on Wednesday, Arthur Aidala and Barry Kamins informed the US District Court for the Southern District of New York that they will appear on behalf of Mr Giuliani. It follows twin raids on an apartment and offices belonging to Mr Giuliani, a former mayor of New York and attorney for Donald Trump, in April.
Israel moved ground troops to its border with Gaza on Thursday. "They are there in battle procedure, basically preparing for battle," an IDF spokesman told the BBC. Israel and Hamas have exchanged air attacks this week, killing 90 people.
The opposition leader recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other countries as Venezuela's legitimate leader on Tuesday proposed negotiations with the government on resolving the country's crisis and a possible gradual lifting of sanctions. In offering to work with President Nicolás Maduro's administration toward a “National Salvation Agreement,” Juan Guaidó said it is necessary to seek “realistic and viable solutions” to Venezuela's social, economic and political crisis. His announcement through a video on Twitter follows a series of measures recently adopted by Maduro's government aimed at improving relations with the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden.
Public figures are chastised for not taking off their masks post-vaccination over concerns that it dissuades others from getting vaccinated. Vaccinated people who routinely wear masks are themselves vilified as overly anxious or unwilling to trust the latest science. But when it comes to medical rather than political and social debates, there is a strong argument for wearing masks, even after vaccination.
Five days after Ryan Scott Blinston had finished trimming trees at Loreen and Homer Severs' California home last May, the 37-year-old decided to go back and take care of some unfinished business. After forcing his way into the elderly couple's house in Los Molinos, about two hours outside of Sacramento, Blinston cut both of their throats—instantly killing 88-year-old Loreen, authorities say. While her 91-year-old husband miraculously survived, the attack marked the start of a grisly two-month crime spree, during which Blinston allegedly killed two other people he targeted while working for a tree-trimming service.
President Joe Biden told Americans on Thursday that the lifting of the rule on indoor mask wearing was "a great day" in the fight against Covid-19 and that they could now "smile again." The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday said fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most indoor settings, heralding a major step back to normalcy in America. Dr Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said data now showed the "real world effectiveness of the vaccines."
The EPA published an update of indicators tracking the climate crisis on Wednesday. For the first time, the EPA attributed climate change to humans, a press officer told the BBC. For the first time, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that the climate crisis is - at least in part - caused by human activities, the BBC reported.
Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has received a backlash online over her tweet about the escalation of violence in Israel and Gaza. The Israeli actress and former Miss Israel posted: "Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation," adding: "Our neighbours deserve the same." The comments attracted thousands of replies - now switched off - leading to her name trending on Twitter.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting in New York City's Times Square on Saturday that injured a four-year-old girl and two adults. Farrakhan Muhammed was arrested by US Marshals and members of the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in Starke, near Jacksonville, Florida. Shots were fired at approximately 5pm on Saturday as a result of an argument amongst a group of men near the intersection of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Californians have mixed reviews for their two Democratic U.S. senators, a new poll showed, with a plurality disapproving Sen. Dianne Feinstein's job performance while holding a more positive assessment of recently appointed Sen. Alex Padilla. The UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll, co-sponsored by The Times, found that Feinstein's popularity remains underwater, with her ratings virtually unchanged since its last survey in January. Just 35% of respondents approved of her work, while 46% disapproved.
Marjorie Taylor Greene caused a scene in Congress on Wednesday, per The Washington Post. The paper's reporters saw Greene pursue Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and shout at her. Per the report, AOC mostly ignored Greene.
A Minnesota judge ruled that there were aggravating factors involved in the death of George Floyd. The ruling allows for a harsher sentence for former Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murdering Mr Floyd. Chauvin is scheduled to be sentence on 25 June.
As the Manhattan district attorney's criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump enters its final stages, officials in Florida are preparing for "thorny extradition issues that could arise" from a statute in the Sunshine State, Politico Playbook first reported on Thursday. Two officials involved in the "contingency plans" told Politico that law-enforcement personnel in Palm Beach County were looking at what to do if Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s investigation results in an indictment while Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump is residing at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the next few months.
A group of 25 House Democrats has urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to “exert diplomatic pressure” to stop Israel's efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians in East Jerusalem. “Even our allies must be held accountable for human rights violations,” said US Rep Marc Pocan. The lawmakers point to the demolition of more than 5,000 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem within the last 50 years, which are “in clear violation” of international laws governing human rights and war crimes, they say.
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”