Authorities said the mission targeting a drug gang in a Rio slum successfully eliminated two dozen criminals, while residents and activists claimed human rights abuses.One of city's deadliest police raids ever »
LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said a corporate tax rate between 25% and 28% could help pay for badly needed infrastructure, suggesting he could accept a lower rate than what he has proposed in his search for Republican support for the funding. "The way I can pay for this, is making sure that the largest companies don't pay zero, and reducing the (2017 corporate) tax cut to between 25 and 28" percent, Biden said during a visit to Lake Charles, Louisiana. In his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, the Democratic president initially proposed raising the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.
A girl reported to be 11 or 12 years old has been taken into police custody after shooting two students and a cleaner before being disarmed by a teacher at a school in Idaho. The child pulled a handgun from her backpack on Thursday and fired multiple rounds inside and outside Rigby Middle School in the small city of Rigby, about 95 miles southwest of Yellowstone National Park. “It's an absolute blessing" that they weren't more badly injured, said Dr Michael Lemon, the trauma medical director at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Centre.
A mother was arrested after her 4-year-old daughter's lice infestation was found to be so severe that it nearly killed her, Indiana police say. Police in Scottsburg, Indiana, were notified by child services about a 4-year-old who had been hospitalized due to lice, according to an affidavit. The hospital declared her “as a near fatality” due to her extremely low hemoglobin levels.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is almost certainly going to be ousted as No. 3 House Republican next week, even though she voted with former President Donald Trump more often (93 percent) than her likely replacement, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) — as Stefanik's conservative critics point out. While Stefanik has morphed from Trump skeptic to enthusiastic booster, Cheney has transformed from one of those "hold-their-noses-and-deal-with-him" establishment Republicans into, finally, Sen. John McCain's political "heir," Susan B. Glasser writes in The New Yorker. After Trump tried to co-opt "the Big Lie" this week to refer to his false claims that he won the 2020 election, Cheney shot back that "the 2020 presidential election was not stolen," and "anyone who claims it was is spreading the big lie."
France's foreign minister carried a message to Lebanese leaders on Thursday that Paris was losing patience with a deadlock in cabinet talks that has worsened the country's economic collapse. Paris, which has led aid efforts to its former colony, has sought to ramp up pressure on Lebanon's squabbling politicians, after failed attempts to rally them to agree a new government and launch reforms to unlock foreign cash. Last month, France said it was taking measures to restrict entry for some Lebanese officials for blocking efforts to tackle the unprecedented crisis, which is rooted in decades of state corruption and debt.
Residents have had to evacuate themselves from a blaze in a London block of flats covered in the same type of cladding as Grenfell Tower. More than 100 firefighters tackled the fire at New Providence Wharf in Poplar, east London on Friday morning. More than 20 fire engines and around a dozen ambulances were rushed to the scene.
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Florida on Thursday joined Georgia in enacting a sweeping Republican election law that constricts voting rights in the state, and Texas, which already had some of the most stringent voting laws in the country, is on the cusp of joining them. Democrats were not able to stop the new voting laws in the country's biggest red states, but House Democrats passed their own countervailing national voting rights legislation, the "For the People Act" or HR1, in March, and Senate Democrats are working on their own version, S1. When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that "100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration," these voting reform bills might have been what he had in mind.
China emits more greenhouse gas than the entire developed world combined, a new report has claimed. The research by Rhodium Group says China emitted 27% of the world's greenhouse gases in 2019. Scientists warn that without an agreement between the US and China it will be hard to avert dangerous climate change.
Kansas City police say a 32-year-old man killed late Wednesday night was armed with a gun and “causing a disturbance” when he entered a business and was fatally shot by one of its employees. After reviewing video surveillance and interviewing witnesses, investigators determined Davis was involved in an altercation with employees inside a business, Sgt. Jake Becchina, a spokesman with the Kansas City Police Department, said in a statement. Davis was one of three people killed in Kansas City within the span of 10 hours between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning.
Sir Keir Starmer is expected to reshuffle his front bench next month after frontbenchers and MPs called for an overhaul following the "absolutely disastrous" Hartlepool and local election results. After the Conservatives overturned Labour's 3,600 majority to secure the seat for the first time in its history, party figures from across the political spectrum called for an urgent change in direction. June would also coincide with the timeframe in which Labour expects Boris Johnson to reshuffle his own team, once the final stage of the roadmap out of lockdown is complete.
Ohio state Sen. Andrew Brenner (R) showed up to work Monday, participating in a videoconference meeting of the budget-adjusting Ohio Controlling Board. "The problem for Brenner was that he did so while driving, while his government meeting was being recorded, and while his legislative colleagues were pressing to tighten rules on using smartphones behind the wheel," The Washington Post reported Thursday. "A recording of the nearly 13-minute videoconference — much of which overlapped with Brenner's drive — showed the seat-belt-using senator repeatedly glancing in the direction of his phone, which had been placed to his right."
HANOI (Reuters) -Vietnam's health ministry on Friday reported its first death in a patient who received AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine shot, as the country is battling a new outbreak. A 35-year-old female health worker in the southern province of An Giang died on Friday, one day after she received her first coronavirus vaccine shot, the Ministry of Health said in a statement, adding that she died from allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. The Southeast Asian country has inoculated around 750,000 people against the coronavirus since it started its vaccination campaign early March, according to the ministry.
At a White House press briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's claim that the Republican Party is united against President Biden's administration.
Republican officials are rendering an unequivocal verdict: They want to cement former President Trump's politics and policies into the foundation of the GOP for many years to come. Why it matters: The debate over Trump's post-election hold on the GOP is over — it has gotten stronger since the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. The evidence is overwhelming: House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, a Trump critic, is expected to get booted from leadership next week for saying Trump's claims of an illegitimate Biden victory are lies and destructive.
The families of 16 children in Johnson County are suing the Blue Valley and Olathe districts, arguing that their students should be allowed to attend school during the pandemic without wearing masks. Attorney Linus Baker said the parents he is representing challenged their districts' mask requirements under Senate Bill 40, which empowers parents to quickly fight such COVID-19 restrictions. The lawsuit, which began in Johnson County district court, was moved to federal court this week.
A federal judge ruled against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions on Wednesday, but real estate experts said that the ruling has no immediate impact on South Florida landlords and renters. U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Dabney Friedrich argued in her ruling filed on Wednesday that the CDC moratorium should be lifted. In January, President Joe Biden extended the CDC moratorium until June 30.
The US has thrown its support behind a move at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily lift patent protections for coronavirus vaccines. Advocates of the move say it would increase global vaccine production, but drugs manufacturers argue it will not have the desired effect. The decision by US President Joe Biden comes amid pressure from Democrats in his party to remove patent protections.
But giddy, greedy DeSantis is using this bill, now law, for two purposes: To set up roadblocks for Democratic voters, who sent in a record number of votes by mail, to do so again in 2022 — and to keep peddling the big lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. Under a cloud The voting bill is awash in irony and chicanery. Republicans were the big cheaters in the 2020 election in Florida.
A majority of Americans in a new poll said they support requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination — but only for some activities. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said in a Gallup poll released Friday that they would approve of vaccine passports as a requirement for airplane travel while 55% favored passports before someone could attend events with large crowds such as sporting events and concerts. The use of vaccine passports to prove inoculation against the coronavirus has become a controversial topic, and the governors of some states, including Arizona, Florida and Texas, have issued executive orders barring the use of vaccine passports.
A high-school teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, has been placed on administrative leave over remarks she made during a class discussion on police killings, KUAC reported. A video of the discussion - which happened during a virtual class meeting - was posted to YouTube last week. Gardner" in the video, and a Connie Gardner is listed as a special-education teacher on the Lathrop High School website.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she plans to leave the role next year to spend more time with her family. "I think it's going to be time for somebody else to have this job in a year from now or about a year from now," Psaki said in an interview with CNN's David Axelrod, her former colleague in the Obama administration, on Thursday. Psaki, who delivers regular press briefings as the public face of President Joe Biden's administration, said she wanted to be able to spend more time with her two young children.
Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, has warned Moscow that Washington will “respond” to any acts of aggression or recklessness carried out by the Russian government. Speaking during a meeting of G7 ministers in London, America's top diplomat attacked Vladimir Putin's administration over its treatment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and interference in US presidential elections. Mr Blinken also spoke out against what he said was Russia's “cyber intrusion” during the hacking of the US tech company SolarWinds last year.
Duggar's computer had "accountability software" that sent internet-usage reports to his wife, Anna. A federal agent said the software, Covenant Eyes, was registered to both Duggar and Anna. Josh Duggar, who's been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, had "accountability software" installed on his computer that monitored his internet usage and sent reports to his wife, a federal agent testified in a detention hearing on Wednesday.
“Every college has a public health responsibility to require its students to be vaccinated.”
“While the vast majority of students will likely get the vaccine, schools should honor the decisions of the few who object.”
“A vaccinated campus could be the step toward normality that college leaders are seeking.”
“College students are mobile and spread COVID-19 with them whenever they travel.”
“There almost certainly are going to be legal challenges because the anti-vaccine movement is already preparing for them.”