NEW YORK (Reuters) -A U.S. appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate a lawsuit by Amy Cooper, the white woman who became known as "Central Park Karen" after calling police on a Black bird-watcher, against the employer that fired her following the encounter. In a 3-0 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Cooper did not prove that Franklin Templeton illegally dismissed her on the basis of race or defamed her by branding her a racist. Cooper had been an insurance portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton, a unit of San Mateo, California-based Franklin Resources.
A man in China ended up in a legal battle after walking out on a blind date who expected him to pay for her and 23 of her relatives. Some uninvited guests: The man, identified in local reports as Mr. Liu, found his prospective partner, Ms. Zhang, through a matchmaker and arranged to meet her at a popular restaurant in Jilin province. To Liu's surprise, Zhang arrived at the restaurant accompanied by 23 relatives, who joined them on their date.
A Florida man almost lost his leg — and could have died — from a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection, which developed after he was bitten in the thigh during a family fight. Donnie Adams, a 53-year-old funeral assistant from the Tampa suburb of Riverview, went to the emergency room in mid-February to treat a bump the size of a dollar coin on his upper left thigh. He was sent home with a tetanus shot and antibiotics, but the injury got worse over the next few days, becoming red, swollen and painful to the touch.
A police officer who rushed into a high school building during the 2018 Parkland shooting testified Friday that a sheriff's deputy outside confirmed that the shooter was upstairs. The former Broward County deputy, Scot Peterson, is on trial for failing to confront the shooter who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. He has insisted since he spoke to investigators two days after the massacre that he couldn't tell where the gunshots were coming from, and that he thought they may have been fired outside.
Economic uncertainty has driven temple visits and tourism to new heights, according to analysts and travel websites. No school-going, no hard-working, only incense-burning” has been a popular hashtag on social media since March, referring to a growing trend among young people in China who escape a pressure-cooker society by going to temples to pray for luck. Incense-burning youth” has become the number one catchphrase in China's tourism industry this year, according to a survey jointly conducted in April by Qunar.com, a travel website, and Xiaohongshu, an Instagram-like app, which looked at the top travel trends.
The summer of 2022 proved to be a season of “travel chaos,” but there's something funny about this year: People just keep hitting the road. In fact, as he told Fortune CEO Alan Murray and editor-at-large Michal Lev-Ram on the Leadership Next podcast this week, his team has quantified Americans' thirst for “revenge travel” right now, and it's a huge number. “People talk about revenge travel, or pent-up travel—this is beyond anything that people can classify as truly pent-up,” Bastian said.
A little white pill has given Syrian President Bashar Assad powerful leverage with his Arab neighbors, who have been willing to bring him out of pariah status in hopes he will stop the flow of highly addictive Captagon amphetamines out of Syria. Western governments have been frustrated by the red-carpet treatment Arab countries have given Assad, fearing that their reconciliation will undermine the push for an end to Syria's long-running civil war. Hundreds of millions of pills have been smuggled over the years into Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries, where the drug is used recreationally and by people with physically demanding jobs to keep them alert.
O.J. Simpson posted a video on Twitter about Donald Trump's latest indictment. O.J. Simpson—a man most famous for being acquitted of murder (or maybe being a passenger in a slow-moving vehicle after the murder)—thinks Trump should really start shutting the hell up. “Hey Twitter world, yours truly here,” Simpson says in a video he tweeted Friday morning.
Former San Bernardino Deputy Meagan McCarthy was attacked and shot at while responding to a 911 call in 2019, and although a neighbor recorded the encounter on video, the suspect's trial didn't go her way.
The family of an Illinois woman killed in a 2022 crash while she and two children were parasailing in the Florida Keys filed a second lawsuit connected to her death this week and reflected on the tragic end to a family vacation about a year ago. Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was killed after being dragged across the water and slamming into a bridge last June while strapped into a parasail. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigated the crash last year and found the boat captain cut the line holding Alaparthi and the two boys because the parasail was “dragging” in high winds from a sudden summer storm.
Leila Novljakovic was last seen around 6 a.m. at her home off Ridgewood Drive in Lilburn heading to Parkview High School on May 16. This is the second disappearance of a teen who attends Parkview High School. On the last day of school May 24, police said 14-year-old Ashley Na'Veah Bell took her exams, then vanished. She was last seen in the parking lot around 10:30 a.m.
“On May 1, 2023, at approximately 12:29 a.m. LVMPD dispatch received a call about a suspicious situation,” the Las Vegas Police Department said in an email statement. At around 11:50 p.m. on April 30, body camera footage from an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police captured a bright, glowing object cutting through the sky, according to local TV channel 8 News Now. About 40 minutes later, a local resident placed a 911 call to report that something “100% not human” was staring at him from his backyard shortly after he and his family saw an object fall from the sky, the station reported.
Remember the first time we saw the Tesla Cybertruck? The event was notable, not just for the wild, futuristic vehicle shown on stage, but for the major blooper that occurred when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tried to demonstrate its “armored glass,” breaking the window on stage. As it turns out, that was just one of several early issues the Tesla engineering team discovered with the alpha-level prototype.
Amanda Claypool applied for a job at Waffle House, McDonald's, Wendy's, Crumbl Cookies, and Hardee's. She said Waffle House was the only one with a human point of contact for scheduling an interview. The other jobs required her to correspond with chatbots and automated emails that left her annoyed.
It's safe to say that Deion Sanders isn't a big fan of Pat Narduzzi right now. Pitt and Colorado have played a grand total of 0 times, but over the last few weeks, there has been a surprising amount of Pitt-Colorado discourse. In an interview with 247Sports' Carl Reed, Sanders touched upon his son (and Buffaloes quarterback) Shadeur, former top prospect Travis Hunter, roster turnover, and by extension, Pat Narduzzi.
A grainy black-and-white gunsight video Russia released this week to bolster a claim its military blew up some of Ukraine's most fearsome tanks actually documented the destruction of a tractor, according to a visual analysis by The Associated Press. The Russian Embassy in Washington announced Monday on Twitter its forces had “annihilated” eight German-made Leopard tanks, among the most advanced and powerful weapons NATO countries have provided to Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense then posted a video Tuesday on the social media network Telegram with text saying it showed “footage of the destruction of foreign armored vehicles, including Leopard tanks.”
A 13-year-old girl shopping with her mother at a South Carolina Walmart was shot at random Wednesday night, according to WJBF. The shooting happened at the Walmart store in Aiken, which is about 15 miles from the Georgia border. A witness told WJBF that the shooter walked straight up to the victim and shot her.
Kim told local authorities to try to prevent people from killing themselves, per Radio Free Asia. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a secret order to local authorities that would ban suicides after data showed numbers skyrocketing, according to government officials who spoke to Radio Free Asia. The exact number of suicides in North Korea is difficult to ascertain as the regime rarely offers insight into the country's shortcomings.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday unveiled a series of new tax breaks aimed at businesses and families while proposing to reverse some of President Joe Biden's legislative victories, including credits to spur the sale of clean-burning electric vehicles. Three related bills were introduced on Friday with the goal of moving the legislation through the House Ways and Means Committee next week. White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre termed the proposals a "tax scam" and alleged that "(Republican) priority isn't reducing the deficit or out-competing the world, their priority is giving handouts to rich special interests and corporations at the expense of everyone else."
A Russian swimmer was eaten by a tiger shark in the Red Sea in an attack that his father, who was watching on helplessly, described as looking like a “meat grinder”. Video footage online showed the entirety of Thursday's attack, in which 23-year-old Vladimir Popov repeatedly called out for his “papa” as he attempted to swim away from the shark. At one point, he seemed to wrestle with the animal but was flipped upside down, his legs flailing in the air.
Alina Habba, an attorney for Donald Trump, on Thursday declared she was “ashamed to be a lawyer” following the indictment of the former president for mishandling top-secret documents after leaving the White House. Habba, talking to Fox News' Jesse Watters, suggested the indictment was nothing more than an attempt to distract voters from President Joe Biden. What they do is they say, 'Oh, look at this shiny ball, Jesse.
Part II of the Lexus "Double Feature" this week is the 2024 TX — a brand-new model based on the mainstream Toyota Grand Highlander that gives Lexus its first legitimate three-row family crossover. While it may be a Toyota underneath, the new TX puts a luxury spin on the people-hauler formula befitting its premium aspirations, and from our first glance at the specs, it appears to offer a little something for everybody. Measuring just over 203 inches long and riding on a 116-inch wheelbase, the TX is on the long end of midsize, slotting in nicely between the Audi Q7 (199 inches) and the Mercedes-Benz GLS (205).
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened the US amid an oil price dispute, leaks say. The US subsequently backed away from "consequences" it pledged when the Saudis cut oil production. The crown prince is seeking to assert a more independent path from the US.
A 10-year-old New York school student was reportedly so scared of his bully that he pleaded with his family to let him stay home before he killed himself. Gianlukas "Lukas" Illescas, a student at the Hillcrest Elementary School in Peekskill, New York, was allegedly bullied for months while district officials "didn't have time" to address the issue, his dad, Christian Illescas, claimed during an emotional school boarding meeting on Tuesday. Illescas said he asked district administrators and social workers for help multiple times because his son was scared to go to school for the last six months, according to a report by News12 Westchester.
BOGOTA (Reuters) -Four children from an Indigenous community in Colombia were found alive in the country's south on Friday more than five weeks after the plane they were traveling in crashed in thick jungle, Colombia's President Gustavo Petro said. The siblings were rescued by the military near the border between Colombia's Caqueta and Guaviare provinces, close to where the small plane had crashed. The plane - a Cessna 206 - was carrying seven people on a route between Araracuara, in Amazonas province, and San Jose del Guaviare, a city in Guaviare province, when it issued a mayday alert due to engine failure in the early hours of May 1.