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President Biden continues to hold a higher approval rating than former President Donald Trump ever recorded in office, polls show. A Gallup survey released last week found that 56 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they approve of the job Biden is doing as president, while 42 percent disapprove. Overall, 51.6 percent of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing, while 42.6 disapprove, according to the polling analysis website FiveThirtyEight, which weights surveys based on recency and historical accuracy.
A massive country music festival in Kentucky this past weekend started off on rocky footing: Police found meth, marijuana, and an open bottle of alcohol in the first vehicle they stopped at a traffic checkpoint. “We were like, 'Well, this doesn't bode well for the weekend,'” Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle told the Lexington Herald-Leader. In all, Edmonson authorities arrested 14 people, and charged four dozen people from five states.
"A group of roughly eight police officers surrounded me," the woman - who has asked for her name to be withheld for security reasons - recounts. "He just wanted to scare me," she explained, adding that other protesters came to her rescue soon after the officer had uttered the threat. Verbal abuse, threats of sexual violence and discrimination have not been isolated incidents during the wave of anti-government protests that has been spreading through Colombia since 28 April.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has used the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union to lash out at Nato's expansion in Europe in a clear message to Ukraine. The Russian leader, in an opinion piece published by Germany's Die Zeit newspaper on Tuesday, exactly 80 years after Nazi troops invaded the Soviet Union, criticised the expansion of Nato as threatening Russia's security and fostering “Cold War-era dividing lines” in Europe. Moscow has been rattled by the fact that former Soviet allies such as Poland and even ex-Soviet republics including Latvia have become members of the Euro-Atlantic military alliance since the fall of the Soviet Union.
One of six women arrested this month during a federal sting at illegal massage businesses ran a similar operation in Horry County that shut down following a controversial countywide investigation. Ok Hwa Lee, of Little River, was arrested June 16 along with five other woman on charges of conspiracy, bribery, and operating an illegal prostitution enterprise in interstate commerce. Lee was the leader and manager of six North Carolina massage parlors that federal investigators said offered sex acts in exchange for money.
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".
Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' father and conservator, is living in an "RV parked at a warehouse" in Louisiana, The New York Times reported Tuesday, despite an about $16,000/month salary in the court-appointed arrangement granting Jamie "broad control" over his daughter's life and finances. For her part, Britney has pushed back on the conservatorship "earlier and more often than had previously been known," the Times report revealed. The pop star has stayed "largely silent" on the topic in public, while claiming privately that the arrangement "restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets," confidential court records show.
Egyptian police on Tuesday arrested a Tiktok star who has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for her posts on social media. Haneen Hossam, a 20-year-old Cairo University student who became an influencer on video sharing app Tiktok, was sentenced in absentia on Sunday alongside four others. While all five were fined 2,000 Egyptian pounds (£9,160) for encouraging women to share videos in exchange for money, which Egyptian authorities equated to human trafficking, Ms Hossam received a harsher prison sentence, which her lawyer attributed to her not appearing in court.
Iran's president-elect said Monday he wouldn't meet with President Biden nor negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week's election.
America could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan amid rapid battlefield gains by the Taliban which have raised alarm in Nato capitals, the Pentagon said. Joe Biden has promised all US troops will be out of Afghanistan by September, but in recent weeks officials had briefed that the pull out was ahead of schedule and could be complete as early as July. "The situation in Afghanistan changes as the Taliban continue to conduct these attacks and to raid district centres as well as the violence, which is still too high," he told reporters.
April Moss, a CBS affiliate journalist who paused her weather report to say she's talking to Project Veritas, has lost her job. The station told Insider that Moss objected to its policies on COVID testing and mask-wearing. Last week Fox 26 reporter Ivory Hecker lost her job after interrupting a broadcast to claim she was being muzzled by the network.
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Hong Kong's leading independent newspaper, Apple Daily, said it was closing down Wednesday and would print its final issue Thursday, succumbing to an unprecedented campaign by the Beijing-backed government to silence a popular tabloid at the center of the city's democracy movement. The decision came hours after police arrested a columnist for the paper and days after authorities froze $2.3 million in company assets and arrested five editors and executives under the territory's draconian national security law, which was imposed last year by mainland China's ruling Communist Party. The newspaper is accused of conspiring with foreign countries to slap sanctions on China and Hong Kong over the territory's diminished autonomy — charges largely viewed as a pretext by authorities to muzzle dissent.
The death of former state Sen. Daphne Campbell's son was the result of a love triangle with a twist, according to state prosecutors: The woman who shot him was the jilted ex-girlfriend of a woman who spent the night in Jason Campbell's bed. On Monday, federal marshals found Lakoria Shamece Washington, 24, in Port Orange, Florida, and took her into custody. Miami-Dade Police, which announced Washington's arrest, cited Marsy's Law and did not name the woman who was at Jason Campbell's apartment when he was murdered.
The Vatican has lodged an “unprecedented” interference in Italian politics by objecting to a law that would criminalise violence and hate speech against gay and transgender people. The Holy See confirmed on Tuesday that it had sent a diplomatic protest to the government of prime minister Mario Draghi over the so-called Zan bill, which would punish acts of discrimination and incitement to violence against gay, lesbian, transgender and disabled people. The bill, promoted by Alessandro Zan, a gay MP from the centre-Left Democratic Party, was approved by the lower house of parliament in November.
More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite economic damage from the Covid-19 pandemic. While many poor people became poorer, the number of millionaires increased by 5.2 million to 56.1 million globally, Credit Suisse research found. In 2020 more than 1% of adults worldwide were millionaires for the first time.
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.
Manhattan prosecutors are getting frustrated with Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg and his lack of cooperation with their investigation into the company, a person familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Monday. Weisselberg, 73, is the most senior executive at the Trump Organization who isn't a member of the Trump family. Prosecutors are looking into whether he paid taxes on benefits he received from former President Donald Trump, including leased cars and apartments, the Post reports.
The pro-choice movement began in the 1960s to oppose abortion restrictions and increase access to abortion. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historical decision to protect the choice to have an abortion. As more states pass arbitrary restrictions to limit access to abortion, choice has become complicated.
Elephants are by nature fiercely intelligent beasts and experts who study them day in day out already know a great deal about them. And yet a herd of endangered elephants in China has completely dumbfounded scientists globally, while captivating an entire nation in the process. It's not unusual for elephants to move small distances.
Derek Chauvin will be sentenced Friday for the murder of George Floyd. Criminal justice reform advocates want accountability, but say a longer prison sentence isn't it. Advocates for criminal justice reform want police to be held accountable for using excessive force, but when Derek Chauvin is sentenced Friday for the murder of George Floyd, they won't be rooting for maximum prison time.
One wonders sometimes if the Democrats really get it. As needed voting-rights reform goes down in flames because some of them thought it more important to defend the filibuster than the ballot, there arises an uneasy conviction that the party does not quite grasp the gravity of the moment, the urgency of the emergency. The filibuster is a vital safeguard, yes.
Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley didn't succeed in blocking Kiran Ahuja's nomination to oversee the federal government's human resource policy, but he managed to make the process as slow and painful as possible for the Seattle philanthropist. Ahuja required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris to clear the Senate on Tuesday with a vote of 51 to 50 to confirm her as the new director of the Office of Personnel Management, which serves as the federal government's HR department. Hawley sought to transform Ahuja's confirmation vote into a referendum on critical race theory, an academic movement which examines racism in American institutions.
A now-suspended Twitter account pretended to belong to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. Twitter suspended the account for violating its impersonation policy after The Daily Beast reached out. A now-deleted Twitter account with the handle @WRLD46 pretended to belong to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, the first woman to serve as US intelligence director.
Manchin signaled he could support a party-line infrastructure bill after striking a possible deal with Republicans. Manchin's backing is pivotal to the bill passing without GOP support. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Tuesday said he was open to backing a party-line infrastructure bill.
“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.”