Republican officials in Mississippi and Missouri have overturned ballot initiatives passed by voters in last year's elections, and Democrats have vowed to fight back.'Democracy is in danger in America' »
The manager of a Georgia gas station is accused of sexually assaulting a police officer who was on duty and in uniform. According to the Hogansville Police Department, Prilesh Navinchandra Thakkar “attempted to forcefully commit an indecent act on an on duty female police officer.” The officer was conducting a business check on May 11 at the Hop In service station along state Highway 54 when the 300-pound manager grabbed her and pulled her behind the counter, WAGA reported.
The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors said in a letter Monday that the Arizona state Senate's GOP-led audit of its 2020 presidential election results should be called off. Why it matters: The letter underscores divisions in the GOP between loyalists of former President Trump and those denouncing baseless election claims, which saw Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) ousted last Wednesday as the third-highest ranking House Republican after speaking out on the matter. The county officials said in the letter that the audit had left Arizona "a laughingstock."
The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that no new fossil fuel boilers should be sold from 2025 if the world is to achieve net-zero emissions by the middle of this century. The IEA says that from now, there is no place for new coal, oil or gas exploration or supplies. The energy sector, according to the IEA, is the source of around 75% of the emissions of greenhouse gases that are driving up global temperatures.
Former President Trump has received $65,600 in pension payments since leaving office in January, Business Insider reported Monday, citing a General Services Administration spokesperson. Why it matters: As part of a campaign promise, during his presidency Trump stuck to his vow not to accept a taxpayer-funded salary while in office, instead sometimes donating it to services such as the National Park Service. The big picture: Business Insider noted that it's not clear whether Trump has kept his taxpayer-funded pension.
When California stripper Brittney, 26, walked into San Francisco's reopened Gold Club stripping venue again in April after a year, she was confronted with masked-up dancers and just a clutch of patrons. “A lot of times you'll see a lot of girls just sitting around,” said Brittney, who started stripping around two years ago to supplement income from two other jobs. Under guidelines in San Francisco, for instance, strip clubs such as Gold Club that offer food are able to reopen, but strippers and patrons must keep their masks on.
A man died by suicide inside a federal courtroom in North Dakota after he was found guilty, officials say. A U.S. Marshal told KVRR the man was on trial at the Fargo courthouse and the jury had returned a guilty verdict when he “produced an edge weapon and cut his throat” in front of the judge, courtroom staff and others. A woman who said she was in the courtroom spoke to KVLY but didn't declined to share her name.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law Mondaylegislation that will allow a concealed weapons permit holder to carry their firearm openly while in public, legislation hailed by supporters of the Second Amendment and criticized by doctors and top voices in law enforcement. Today, I signed the Open Carry with Training Act into law! McMaster tweeted.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) played up the “Sleepy Joe” jab while praising former Presidet Donald Trump during his interview on Fox's Hannity Friday night. Donald Trump didn't need to sleep five hours a night,” McCarthy said while appearing alongside Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and newly elected House GOP conference chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY). I kinda see Joe as a little bit out of it, well, a little bit more than out of it, a little checked out,” Sean Hannity remarked during the segment.
Once federal officials announced that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need face masks outdoors or in most indoor places, the Hen House supermarket in Prairie Village stopped requiring shoppers to wear them. “My feeling is we've gotten this far; it's worked pretty good,” said T. Kelly, 75, wearing a mask outside the store. In Kansas, 36% are fully vaccinated, 32% in Missouri, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Edward Caniglia and his wife had a nasty fight on Aug. 20, 2015, so bitter that his wife decided to spend the night at a hotel. When Caniglia didn't answer the phone the next day, his wife, Kim, called the Cranston, Rhode Island, police, worrying that he might be suicidal. Officers questioned Caniglia and sent him to Kent Hospital for an evaluation, a step Caniglia said he agreed to only after police assured him they wouldn't take his guns.
Fixing those roads — as well as repairing and replacing bridges, building new highways and any other large projects the NCDOT has on its schedule — takes money, and lots of it. Steve Abbott, a spokesperson for the NCDOT, said that to bring every bridge in the state to “good” condition would cost $3.8 billion, roughly 71 percent of the department's $5.3 billion budget for the year. The lack of funds has caused a backlog of projects, many of which won't be addressed for years.
A woman threatened to stab her husband over an argument about money to move to Japan before she allegedly killed their two children with a meat cleaver in a suburban Phoenix apartment, police said Sunday.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a toddler was found murdered in a Dallas street on Saturday morning, police said. Police have arrested 18-year-old Darriynn Brown in connection with the murder. Albert Martinez, the executive assistant police chief, told reporters the death appeared to be a “violent” one and that an “edged weapon” was probably used to kill the toddler.
Durham property owners may see a 2-cent tax-rate increase in the coming year, in addition to a new department exploring public safety programs that don't use armed police officers. City Manager Wanda Page presented her proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget to the City Council Monday evening. She recommends more funding for affordable housing, road improvements, and the creation of a Community Safety Department, which will oversee programs to reimagine ways to keep residents safe.
May 17—PEMBROKE — The first review in the forensic audit of Windham election returns has produced different vote totals than were reported right after the Nov. 3 election. The four Republican candidates for state representative in Windham each got roughly 220 more votes through an audit of automated vote counting machines than reported on Election Day. Meanwhile, Kristi St. Laurent, the top-finishing Democrat, got about 125 fewer votes from the audit than announced Nov. 3.
Bill Gates enjoyed holding court at Jeffrey Epstein's Manhattan mansion, allegedly seeking refuge from his marriage and talking with the sex offender's circle of high-profile dinner guests about philanthropy and other worldly topics. But the Microsoft mogul may have been angling for another perk by networking with Epstein: Gates hoped the well-connected pervert could help him secure the Nobel Peace Prize, one former Gates Foundation employee told The Daily Beast. This person said members of the foundation's communications team were alerted to Gates' relationship with Epstein and were told it “was a maneuver to try to get himself a Nobel Peace Prize.
A Minneapolis suburb, the scene of fatal police shootings of Black men, has voted through a police reform bill to overhaul public safety. The city council of Brooklyn Center voted 4-1 on Saturday to pass the resolution which would reduce police powers as well as create an unarmed unit to respond to incidents involving medical, mental health, disability, social and behavioural issues. The bill will be named after two men, Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Heisler, who were killed during encounters with city law enforcement officers.
Bindi Irwin's daughter definitely inherited her mom's looks, according to fans of the conservationist. Instagram users couldn't help but notice the resemblance between baby Grace, who was born in March, and her 22-year-old mom when Irwin's brother, Robert, posted a photo of the child on Monday. In the sweet close-up snapshot, the infant is wearing a striped hat and has her eyes wide open, with a slight grin on her face.
Texas has become the biggest GOP-led state to halt its participation in federal unemployment benefits. Gov. Greg Abbott announced it was opting out of federal programs effective June 26. Texas is joining at least 19 other GOP-led states in ending its participation in federal unemployment benefits early.
Los Angeles officials said Monday that they have apprehended the person believed to have ignited the Palisades Fire in a mountainous area on the western part of the city. The arson suspect was arrested Sunday at 2:30 p.m. near the fire zone after a previous person was detained and released, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said at a Monday morning news conference. "We feel we have the right person,'' said Terrazas, adding that the fire's cause has been deemed "suspicious'' and is being investigated.
US telecoms giant AT&T has agreed to combine its WarnerMedia business with Discovery in a deal to create a new streaming giant. AT&T owns CNN, HBO and Warner Bros, after acquiring many brands in a $108.7bn (£77.1bn) purchase of Time Warner in 2018. The proposed merger would put together movie giant Warner Bros. Entertainment, which owns the Harry Potter and Batman franchises, with Discovery's home, cooking, nature and science shows.
Two brothers who spent decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl have been awarded $75 million (£52 million) by a jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case. Henry McCollum and Leon Brown, who were teenagers when they were accused of the crime, spent nearly 31 years in jail before they were released in 2014 after DNA evidence implicated another man. The jury last week decided that the intellectually disabled half brothers should each receive $31 million in compensatory damages — $1 million for every year they spent in prison after their wrongful conviction, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
The puzzling world of NFTs (nonfungible tokens) just got even more puzzling to those on the outside looking in: A digital-only photograph of supermodel Emily Ratajkowski standing in front of a photograph of herself (with a smaller, different photograph of herself in the corner) just sold at auction at Christie's for $140,000 ($175,000 after fees). NFTs have recently enjoyed a heyday. By definition, each NFT is unique (nonfungible) and digital only.
The US Supreme Court on Monday said it would hear a case about a Mississippi abortion law. The ruling could have a "disturbing" impact on access to abortion, lawyer Rob McDuff told Insider. Anti-abortion laws "have a particularly pronounced impact" on poor and low-income women, he said.
Joe Biden has said the US has made “incredible progress” in its battle against Covid-19 but warned, “we're not done yet”. The president's comments on Sunday night came after the CDC said over 157 million Americans had received at least one dose of a vaccine. With at least a third of the country still to get an injection, Mr Biden urged those eligible to “get vaccinated.
“We are a nation bobbing in multiple crises. Not one of them involves people taking COVID-19 too seriously.”
“The threat is increasingly concentrated among people who are vulnerable by choice.”
“This announcement would be very welcome if not for one big problem: There is no requirement for proof of vaccination.”
“Joining the protected vaccinated minority, which we hope will rapidly become the majority, is simple.”
“Instead of taking giant steps. I think we should be taking small steps toward the same goal.”