The American Museum of Natural History’s sculpture of the president, flanked by a Native American man and an African man, will be sent to an institution dedicated to his life.The vote follows years of protest »
No state has been as successful in its vaccination effort as Vermont, with 64 percent of its population fully inoculated against the coronavirus. Other Northeastern states, including Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, are not far behind, with rates of about 60 percent of residents who have been fully vaccinated. Florida, one of the nation's oldest and most populous states, has vaccinated only 44 percent of its population, even as the governor there, Ron DeSantis, takes a victory lap over his handling of the pandemic.
The Supreme Court last week upheld the Affordable Care Act, knocking down the latest attempt by conservatives to dismantle former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled that Texas and other Republican-led states calling for the ACA to be overturned lacked standing to challenge the law because they couldn't prove it caused them measurable harm. The justices did not address the underlying argument behind the states' case, centered on the claim that the law's “individual mandate” became unconstitutional when Congress reduced the penalty for not having health insurance to $0 in 2019.
A man accused of kidnapping and raping a federal parole officer stole her gun and assaulted her at gunpoint, according to new details released by authorities in Tennessee. Antonio Taylor, 31, is accused of holding the parole officer against her will when she stopped by his Memphis apartment Thursday for a check-in visit, WHBQ reported, citing a police affidavit. After overpowering her and stealing her gun, Taylor pinned her down and beat and sexually assaulted her,according to the affidavit.
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".
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The half-billion-dollar National Guard price tag to man the U.S. Capitol for more than five months following the Jan. 6 riot has emptied the Guard's coffers and will affect readiness if Congress does not act, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson said Wednesday. National Guard members were deployed in 2020 for more than 21 million service days to respond to missions, including the domestic COVID-19 response, hurricane relief, fighting wildfires, protecting cities ravaged by the George Floyd protests, and overseas missions. The peak deployment in the nation's capital required 26,000 service members from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
Angela Merkel on Wednesday night threatened to scupper hopes of foreign holidays in Europe this summer by demanding that EU countries introduce mandatory quarantine for travelling Britons. The German chancellor urged countries to introduce the quarantine for vaccinated Britons just as the UK Government is finally preparing to relax its rules for returning holidaymakers. Her intervention came ahead of a key meeting on Thursday at which Boris Johnson is expected to approve plans for fully vaccinated people to be able to travel to amber list countries later this summer and not be subject to quarantine when they return home.
General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, denied accusations that the military has gone “woke” on Wednesday and defended the U.S. military academy's teaching of critical race theory, saying that it is important to have some “situational understanding” of the country's history. During testimony before the House Armed Services Committee regarding the budget request for the Department of Defense, Milley said that “on the issue of critical race theory” he believes it is “important actually for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and widely read.” “The United States Military Academy is a university and it is important that we train and we understand,” he said.
A free speech rally planned in advance of the Batley and Spen by-election has been banned by the town's Labour-held council after officials said it was not Covid-secure. Organisers of the rally, which intended to debate the controversial use of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in a local school earlier this year, were told their outdoor event could not go ahead because it had not been assessed by the council's “Safety Advisory Group”. Laurence Fox, the former Lewis actor turned free speech campaigner, intended to debate George Galloway and Paul Halloran, a former candidate in Batley and Spen, in Batley's marketplace on Thursday evening.
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.
A Haltom City man was in custody Tuesday, accused in the attempted robbery and shooting death of another man Saturday in Fort Worth, police said. Fort Worth police said on Tuesday that there was the possibility of a second suspect in the case, which limited the details investigators wanted to release. On Saturday, Jeremy Wayne Perez, 27, of Haltom City was arrested on suspicion of capital murder, according to Tarrant County Jail records.
Republicans on Tuesday blocked Democrats' signature election legislation, the For the People Act, a sweeping voting-rights and government reform measure. The defeat is also likely to renew the debate among Democrats about whether to change the long-standing Senate filibuster rule, which currently gives the GOP greater power to block legislation. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) needed support from 60 senators to bring the bill up for discussion.
Former President Donald Trump last year reportedly tried to joke about COVID-19 "for months," mocking people who got sick and saying he hoped his former national security adviser, John Bolton, would die from the virus. That's according to the new book Nightmare Scenario written by Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, an excerpt of which was reported Wednesday by Axios. They write that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump "tried to joke about the virus for months, sometimes even mocking people who had become ill."
A former Kansas University Medical Center administrative officer was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to embezzling roughly $526,000 over a period of six years. Michael Tae Kim Ahlers, 50, of Lenexa, was charged with and in February pleaded guilty to bank fraud and filing a false tax return. In addition to his prison sentence, Ahlers is ordered to pay $680,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas.
Ask Sen. Ted Cruz about the Democrats' voting rights bill, and he makes his position clear: “Hell, no,” and “a shameless power grab.” Sen. John Cornyn called it “the partisan takeover bill” and also opposed it. “It's an unconstitutional takeover, it's a hijacking of a role reserved to the states under the Constitution, so I believe it's unconstitutional,” Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said Tuesday.
It accused the hospital and the provincial health authorities of trying to cover up medical negligence. "These allegations are false, unsubstantiated and only serve to tarnish the good reputation of Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the Gauteng Provincial Government," the latest statement said. Legal action would be taken against the editor-in-chief of Pretoria News, Piet Rampedi, and IOL, it said.
The charges are in connection to seven shoplifting-related cases that occurred between May 11 and June 19, the San Francisco DA's office said.
The prospect of COVID-19 booster shots have been looming since even before any vaccines were granted approval late last year. Most scientists believe boosters will be necessary at some point, though it's not clear when, but they also may want to make sure those bonus shots aren't needed all that often in the long run, Katherine Wu reported for The Atlantic on Wednesday. "Boosting in perpetuity isn't an ideal option, if we can avoid it," Wu wrote.
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.
The grandmother of an 11-year-old Tennessee boy who was injured on a roller coaster in Missouri says doctors are concerned his legs might have to be amputated. Aalondo Perry, who is visually impaired, was injured Sunday when he fell while getting off of The Branson Coaster during a visit to the southwest Missouri tourist town of Branson, said his grandmother Shelandra Ford. Ford told WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, that Aalondo tried to ride the coaster in one car with his 13-year-old brother but they were told he would be safe riding in a car alone.
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.
The visit was announced a week after former President Donald Trump said he would go to the border on 30 June. The number of undocumented migrants reaching the US-Mexico border is at the highest level in more than 20 years. A BBC investigation of a detention centre for migrant children in El Paso, Texas, has found reports of sexual abuse, Covid and lice outbreaks, hungry children being served undercooked meat and sandstorms ripping through the desert tent camps where the minors are being held.
A heat wave will roll into the Treasure Valley this weekend, bringing potentially record-high temperatures and a streak of triple-digit temperatures far above normal for the region. Korri Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise, said temperatures will break the triple-digit mark on Sunday, with forecasts predicting 102- to 105-degree temperatures in the Treasure Valley.
Amid mounting fines from the city and complaints from neighbors, the new Goodtime Hotel in South Beach said it will overhaul its sound system to keep loud music from disturbing residents across Washington Avenue. The hotel, which opened in mid-April at 601 Washington Ave., has received seven citations from the city and more than two dozen complaints due to the loud music coming from the property, which regularly hosts DJ performances on its pool deck. The hotel operators, including local hospitality entrepreneur David Grutman, were called before the Miami Beach Planning Board on Tuesday to discuss repeated noise infractions and violations of the hotel's outdoor entertainment permit, namely a condition that music should not be audible at the nearby Arcadia House Condominiums.
Emergency crews are investigating after several train cars derailed Wednesday in South Carolina. The cars derailed on the Norfolk Southern Railroad in Pickens County around 1:30 p.m. emergency management officials told WYFF.
“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.”