Months after then-first lady Melania Trump unveiled her controversial redesign of the White House Rose Garden, some are calling for her successor, Jill Biden, to undo those changes.Why some people are so upset »
A Georgia judge Friday scheduled an October trial for three white men charged with murder in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased and shot while running in the defendants' neighborhood last year. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley issued a notice stating that jury selection will begin Oct. 18, with the trial commencing as soon as a jury is seated. Greg McMichael and his grown son, Travis McMichael, armed themselves and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck on Feb. 23, 2020, just outside the port city of Brunswick, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Savannah.
European countries distanced themselves on Friday from a proposal backed by U.S. President Joe Biden to waive patent rights on coronavirus vaccines, arguing that key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic was making and sharing vaccines more quickly. French President Emmanuel Macron said the question of sharing patents was not the issue of the day, and called out Britain and the United States for blocking the export of vaccines and their ingredients to the wider world. Leaders of the 27-nation bloc were due to discuss the suggestion to share vaccine intellectual property at a two-day summit that opened in the Portuguese city of Porto on Friday, but they were divided on its usefulness.
Australia will resume repatriation flights for some citizens in India after a controversial ban on arrivals from the country ends on 15 May. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has faced criticism for failing to help citizens trapped in the Covid-ravaged nation. The ban sparked further anger after the government said Australians seeking to fly home could face jail or fines.
A bride and groom who wish to remain unidentified were supposed to have the wedding for their arranged marriage on May 1 in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The bride's cousin stated that the groom's family did not inform them of his lack of education, adding that the bride was "brave" for leaving the wedding venue. The two families came to a compromise which included returning all gifts and jewelry to the appropriate parties.
Just mere days after a huge brawl at Miami International Airport, another massive fight broke out in the terminal Tuesday night. The mayhem was captured in cellphone footage taken by multiple onlookers at Gate G-15 by the Southwest Airlines counter. The fight is part of a troubling trend airports across the nation are seeing, now that many people have resumed traveling.
British Airways owner IAG has said it is "ready to fly" and has called for government action to restart international travel. Details of a "green list" of countries with the fewest travel rules are expected soon. The airline group has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with revenue plunging as many of its planes have been grounded.
A man in Florida was arrested and charged for plotting an attack against supporters of Donald Trump in the days before the inauguration of Joe Biden in January. Daniel Alan Baker, a 33-year-old from Tallahassee, attempted to recruit others to take part in an attack on supporters of the former US president, according to court documents and the FBI. In a statement on Thursday, acting US Attorney Jason R. Coody said “the defendant's threats of armed violence to inhibit expression of political views different than his own are both unlawful and dangerous.”
Known as the "White Ant", convicted war criminal Dominic Ongwen is estimated to have been between nine and 14 years old when he was abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) as he was walking to school in northern Uganda - going on over the next 27 years to become a ruthless rebel commander. "It is a story of a child, like many in the LRA, forced to grow up in the image of their oppressors," campaign group LRA Crisis Tracker says. Shortly after his abduction in 1987 or 1988, he tried to escape with three others and when they failed, he was forced to skin alive one of the other abductees as a warning, a psychiatrist at his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague said.
Many of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' former staffers told Politico they felt abused by the politician. A group of the ex-staffers have formed a "support group" to discuss their experiences DeSantis is closely aligned with former president Donald Trump, who recently said he'd consider the governor as a potential running mate. See more stories on Insider's business page.
Project Name: Dania Beach Water Utility Upgrade and Improvement Project Request Amount: $1,500,000 Intended Recipient: City of Dania Beach Explanation of the request: “The funding for this project would be used for the construction of new water transmission lines that serve residential neighborhoods. The City's utilities are some of the oldest in Broward County, with some of its highest rates. The water utility's capital improvement plan identified four water lines that serve residential neighborhoods that require replacement to maintain water quality to those residents.
Chauvin is accused of using his authority as an officer to deprive the teen of his rights. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A federal grand jury has indicted the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on a civil-rights charge in the 2017 arrest of a 14-year-old boy.
Arizona's top election official is receiving harassment during continued election controversy. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs told Insider that it's making it harder for her office to do its job. More than six months and two audits after the 2020 presidential election, Arizona Republicans are still legitimizing election conspiracies by paying a private contractor to conduct what they describe as an audit and recount of all the votes cast in Maricopa County.
The Biden administration's official support for a global waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines has irked allies in the pharmaceutical industry, who see the move as a dangerous encroachment on the intellectual property rights of drugmakers—and as proof that the president is less interested in pleasing big industry donors than they might have hoped. “The WTO is the final arbiter, thank god,” texted one pharmaceutical company executive who maxed out their donations to the Biden campaign in 2020, noting that they were “annoyed but not surprised” that the administration backs “expropriating” intellectual property in the name of public health. Biden was a major beneficiary of pharmaceutical dollars during the 2020 presidential campaign, both during the Democratic primary and the general election against President Donald Trump, despite “absolutely positively” supporting a vaccine patent waiver as early as July of last year.
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.
A man who took five hostages at a Minnesota Wells Fargo bank on Thursday wasn't armed with a gun but held scissors to a person's neck, destroyed hostages' phones and threw cash around the bank during a eight-hour standoff Thursday, according to police and court documents. Ray Reco McNeary, 35, told both hostages and law enforcement he intended to kill the employees, according to court documents. He said he wanted to “go viral” and to be a “martyr and also threatened to kill himself or put law enforcement in a position to kill him.
In the early days of the Trump administration, the Justice Department covertly pulled phone records from several Washington Post journalists and also tried to source their email records, according to government letters sent to the reporters and reviewed by The Post. The reporters were looking into Russia's influence in the 2016 elections. The Post reported that in three separate letters dated May 3 and addressed to reporters Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller, and former reporter Adam Entous, the DOJ told the reporters, they were, "hereby notified that pursuant to legal process the United States Department of Justice received toll records associated with the following telephone numbers for the per...
Jen Psaki, the face of Biden's administration, says she will step down in around a year. "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," she told CNN. Psaki says she accepted the job after agreeing with President Biden's transition team that she would serve in the role for about a year.
Officials believe the men were fatally injured after igniting a type of black powder substance along an area near the river bank.
A suspected rioter in the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol Building is blaming Fox News for his actions, according to his lawyer. Anthony Antonio, according to his lawyer Joseph Hurley, had recently become unemployed because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and spent half a year watching the channel. According to Mr Hurley, Mr Antonio established a condition that he labelled “Foxitis” and “Foxmania” and fell victim to the unfounded claims that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
Melinda Gates met with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alongside her husband, Bill, in New York City and soon after said she was furious at the relationship between the two men, according to people familiar with the situation. The previously unreported meeting occurred at Epstein's Upper East Side mansion in September 2013, on the same day the couple accepted the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award at The Pierre hotel and were photographed alongside then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The meeting would prove a turning point for Gates' relationship with Epstein, the people familiar with the matter say, as Melinda told friends after the encounter how uncomfortable she was in the company of the wealthy sex offender and how she wanted nothing to do with him.
Texas Republicans have voted to move along a bill that seeks to add more voting restrictions, the latest in a string of GOP-majority states to do so. State senators have previously passed voting legislation that makes it harder for people to vote. The new bill is on its way to the Republican-majority Senate where it is expected to be approved and then signed by Governor Greg Abbott.
Halima Cissé gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali's government flew her there for specialist care. A woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive.
A 2-year-old boy in Virginia was found safe with a shaved head following a kidnapping from a church's nursery. Noah Gabriel Trout, according to authorities, was abducted from Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, Virginia, on Sunday, and was found the following day in a trailer roughly 70 miles away. Investigators were able to find the 2-year-old in a trailer belonging to alleged kidnapper Nancy Renee Fridley, aged 44, with assistance from the local branch of the FBI and Virginia state police.
The US military and others are tracking a Chinese rocket piece due to re-enter the atmosphere soon. Experts are tracking a large section of a Chinese rocket which is due to re-enter the atmosphere in the next two days or so. Space-Track, a website run by the 18th Space Control Squadron, a branch of the US military that tracks space debris, said in a tweet on Friday that the rocket will reenter around 11:13 PM UTC, or 7:13 PM ET, on Saturday.
Rudy Giuliani, former president Donald Trump's personal attorney and former mayor of New York, is apparently tightening his purse strings as he has reportedly cut some of his personal entourage. Sources familiar with the layoffs told Politico that the reduction was done in an effort to save money. In recent years, the former mayor would travel around the city with a staff of five people, but his shrinking crew may be indicative of financial difficulties he is facing in the fallout of the 2020 election.
“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.”