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 »
President Biden on Wednesday delivered a eulogy at the funeral of former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., at Washington National Cathedral. “I had the privilege of serving with John for three decades in the United States Senate,” Biden said. “While we represented different political parties, I can say without hesitation John was a man of conscience, character and honor, with a deep commitment to God and country.”
A homeless suspect arrested for viciously stomping on an elderly Chinese man in New York City in April says he committed the act in retaliation for an earlier robbery. Victim accused: Jarrod Powell, 50, identified Yao Pan Ma as one of his two assailants, whom he described as a “Korean guy” and a Japanese man, according to the New York Daily News. Powell reportedly told detectives that he was robbed of jewelry and money on Amsterdam Avenue on April 22.
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.
Passing a sweeping election reform bill required two things from Democratic Senate leadership, says former Obama administration staffer Dan Pfeiffer: compromising with centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on some of the details and then convincing Manchin and a few other Democrats, like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), to agree to nuke the filibuster since there was no other way around Republican opposition. "It's now abundantly clear there was never a plan to do either," Pfeiffer wrote in The Message Box on Wednesday, a day after the GOP blocked a debate on the issue. Pfeiffer tempered his criticism by noting that Manchin "was incredibly vague about the reasons for his opposition to the bill for a very long time," but "in the end, he suggested a reasonable, if unsatisfying, compromise that received the support of Stacey Abrams and [former President] Barack Obama."
Ms Murugayan, 40, had pleaded guilty to a number of charges including culpable homicide against Ms Piang. The judge said the prosecution had painted a "shocking" picture of how the 24-year old woman was tortured, humiliated, starved and ultimately killed. He said the case was "one of the worst cases of culpable homicide" in the city-state and that words could not accurately describe the level of abuse the young woman had to endure in the month before her death.
Angela Merkel has urged other European countries to force any travellers from the UK to quarantine in a move that could threaten the Government's plans to open foreign travel to vaccinated holidaymakers. The German chancellor said she would like other European countries to require people entering from countries with high levels of the Indian or delta Covid variant – such as Britain – to go into quarantine, as is the case in Germany. "In our country, if you come from Great Britain you have to go into quarantine – and that's not the case in every European country, and that's what I would like to see," Mrs Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
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Two of Miami's top-ranked police officers — a couple with almost a half-century of combined law enforcement experience and personnel jackets brimming with commendations and promotions — were fired Tuesday for not being truthful about an accident involving a city-issued SUV, said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo. The termination of Deputy Police Chief Ronald Papier and his wife Nerly Papier, a commander in Little Havana, came almost three months after Nerly Papier ran her SUV into a curb one morning on her way to police headquarters and blew two tires, an accident she claimed happened after steering quickly away from a car that had veered into her lane of traffic. Acevedo's final decision came after Internal Affairs investigators concluded Nerly Papier had left out important details about the accident, like pedestrians being on the sidewalk when the vehicle jumped the curb and her running at least two red lights while driving the vehicle to the office on its rims.
Russia's defense ministry claimed Wednesday that a Russian warship and fighter jet fired "warning" shots at the British Royal Navy's HMS Defender destroyer for encroaching on waters near Crimea in the Black Sea. The latest: The U.K.'s ministry of defense disputed that any warning shots were fired, saying in a statement, "We believe the Russians were undertaking a gunnery exercise in the Black Sea and provided the maritime community with prior-warning of their activity." "No shots were directed at HMS Defender and we do not recognise the claim that bombs were dropped in her path," the statement said.
After members of Congress introduced new antitrust legislation earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly called up House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and others with a few complaints. Cook called Pelosi and other members of Congress after lawmakers introduced six antitrust bills, with the Apple executive looking to "deliver a warning" that the bills were "rushed" and "would crimp innovation," The New York Times reports. The Times previously wrote that the proposed antitrust legislation, if passed, would represent the "most ambitious update to monopoly laws in decades."
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.
Democratic primary voters in Buffalo, New York, appear to have selected nurse and political newcomer India Walton over four-term incumbent Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday, in what Politico calls "a stunning loss for one of the most prominent figures in New York's Democratic establishment." Walton, a socialist, leads Brown by 1,507 votes with all in-person votes tallied, a number about equal to the absentee ballots remaining to be counted. Buffalo hasn't picked a Republican mayor since the Kennedy administration, and Republicans didn't even field a candidate this year.
Nicola Sturgeon has accused Michael Gove of “sneering, arrogant condescension” after he said a new Scottish independence referendum would not be granted before the 2024 general election. The Scottish First Minister and SNP leader said Mr Gove's comments in an interview with The Telegraph would actually increase support for Scotland leaving the UK. Meanwhile, one SNP MP indicated that the refusal of the UK Government to allow another referendum meant his party should now unilaterally push ahead with legislating for one in Holyrood.
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.
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.
A couple in Denver, Colorado was traumatized when the birth of their newborn required an emergency cesarean section, resulting in a cut to the baby's face that required 13 stitches. Damarqus Williams said the injury to his newborn daughter's face is “upsetting” because “she's not comfortable,” according to local Denver station KDVR. Kyanni Williams was supposed to be delivered via natural birth at Denver Health in mid-June.
Mitch McConnell held his entire Republican caucus together to effectively kill the Democrats' highest legislative priority of the year, a transformative 888-page bill intended to make it easier to vote, rein in the wealthy's impact on elections and outlaw the gerrymandering process that constructs partisan congressional districts. While prospects for an overhaul of elections died legislatively with Tuesday's 50-50 completely party line vote, Democrats and their progressive allies now intend to launch a multi-faceted national political campaign that targets Republican senators, keeps the pressure on moderate Democrats and further villainizes the Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky. The campaign to swing public opinion will begin Wednesday in Washington, with a “Moral March on [Sen. Joe] Manchin and McConnell” by The Poor People's Campaign, a group led by Bishop William J. Barber II. While the moderate Manchin voted with Democrats to move forward with a compromise bill, he is firmly against scrapping the filibuster, which requires most Senate legislation to acquire 60 votes for passage.
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.
Based on information gathered during the Murdaugh double homicide investigation in Colleton County, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division has reopened a separate death investigation in Hampton County, home of the prominent family's law firm. Just under six years ago, the body of 19-year-old Stephen Smith was found in the middle of a road in Hampton County. No arrests were made in Smith's death, and police ruled it a hit-and-run accident.
As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, Missouri is becoming a cautionary tale for the rest of the country: It is seeing an alarming rise in cases because of a combination of the fast-spreading delta variant and stubborn resistance among many people to getting vaccinated. The hope among some health leaders is that the rest of the U.S. might at least learn something from Missouri's plight. “If people elsewhere in the country are looking to us and saying, 'No thanks' and they are getting vaccinated, that is good,” said Erik Frederick, chief administrative officer at Mercy Hospital Springfield, which has been inundated with COVID-19 patients as the variant first identified in India rips through the largely non-immunized community.
Trump will travel to the US-Mexico border next Wednesday with a group of House Republicans. The former president's trip comes amid GOP attacks on the Biden administration over its border policies. Former President Donald Trump will visit the US-Mexico border next week along with about a dozen House Republicans, according to a Politico report on Wednesday.
Video taken on the scene of a crash that killed 10 in Alabama shows law enforcement and others, along with badly burned vehicles. (June 21)
“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.”