The Delta variant is "the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19," Dr. Anthony Fauci said, after young people infected with the variant led to a rise in cases in the U.K.'Totally and completely avoidable' »
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.
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.
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.
During a White House briefing on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about U.S. Catholic bishops writing a document that could prohibit high-profile politicians who support abortion rights from receiving Communion. Psaki said “the president's faith is personal” and he, like many Americans, does not see his faith “through a political prism.
Hong Kong's Apple Daily, a pro-democracy paper and longtime thorn in the Communist Party's side, will print its last edition on Thursday as it struggles with financial pressure from authorities. Authorities froze the paper's assets last Thursday, the same day that hundreds of police officers raided its headquarters, arrested five editors and executives, and seized what the paper said was “considerable” journalistic material. The paper had vowed to fight on in a letter to its readers, but on Wednesday its board of directors said print and online editions will stop this week due to “the current circumstances prevailing in Hong Kong.”
A fight between rival gangs in a prison in Mexico has left six inmates dead and at least nine injured, officials say. The fight broke out on Tuesday afternoon local time in a jail in the city of Villahermosa in Tabasco state. Guards said rival groups armed with home-made weapons were fighting for control of the prison.
Ask Sen. Ted Cruz about the Democrats' voting rights bill, and he makes his position clear: “Hell, no,” and “a shameless power grab.” Sen. John Cornyn called it “the partisan takeover bill” and also opposed it. “It's an unconstitutional takeover, it's a hijacking of a role reserved to the states under the Constitution, so I believe it's unconstitutional,” Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said Tuesday.
The Australian government lashed out at the UN and blamed China over a move to put the Great Barrier Reef on a list of endangered world heritage sites. Unesco's World Heritage Committee on Tuesday recommended that one of Australia's most valuable tourist assets be reclassified as "in danger" and called for more action on climate change. Australian Environment Minister Sussan Ley said the government was “blindsided” by the committee, which is chaired by China.
The search for a missing infant who disappeared weeks ago has led the FBI and multiple police agencies to her father's pond in Eastern Kentucky. Huntington police, Kentucky State Police and the FBI were on scene at the pond in Carter County, according to city officials in Huntington, W. Va. The pond is on property owned by Shannon Overstreet, the father of missing 3-month-old Angel Nichole Overstreet who hasn't been seen since May 8, according to police. Shannon Overstreet was in jail Wednesday morning because he'd previously been arrested on charges unrelated to his daughter's disappearance, according to a spokesperson for the city of Huntington, including its police department.
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.
A father who took his 7-week-old daughter to a medical center with severe head injuries is now accused of killing the infant, Kentucky police say. Del'Shawn Banks, 23, took his baby to a Norton Children's pediatrician office, whose staff notified officials after seeing the child's injuries, Louisville police said. The girl was unresponsive and medical staff were attempting life-saving measures when police arrived, according to an arrest citation.
Dozens of people have reportedly been killed or injured after Ethiopia's air force bombed a market in the northern region of Tigray. Eyewitnesses told the BBC the Ethiopian air force struck the town of Togoga on Tuesday, 25 km (15 miles) from the region's capital, Mekelle. The Ethiopian military denied targeting civilians, saying it carried out the strikes to neutralise terrorists.
The new £50 note featuring mathematician, code-breaker and computer scientist Alan Turing has launched today – the final bank note to switch from paper to plastic. It has replaced the note featuring steam engine pioneers James Watt and Matthew Boulton, who first appeared on the note in 2011. The launch of the new £50 note follows the successful introduction of a polymer £5 note in 2016 featuring Sir Winston Churchill, £10 note featuring Jane Austen in 2017, and £20 last year with painter JMW Turner.
Two young men and a woman, suspected of an armed robbery outside a Hialeah hotel, led police officers on a dramatic car chase that wound up in Broward County. Their silver Mercedes-Benz was eventually stopped in Hollywood, the three were taken into custody and the case might have remained largely anonymous, except for one thing. The backseat passenger, an 18-year-old named Gabriel Rodriguez, was discovered with a gunshot wound to the neck — presumably from a police bullet.
Texas Lawmakers will head back to Austin on July 8 for a special session of the state Legislature. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the special session, which is expected to be one of at least two, on Tuesday. “Agenda items will be announced prior to the convening of the special session,” Abbott's office said in a statement.
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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.
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.
Despite a wave of summer flight cancellations by American Airlines, operations from Miami International Airport will remain largely unaffected, a spokesperson said. The onslaught of travel bookings by cabin-fevered Americans led the airline to announce temporary cuts earlier this week amid staff shortages. Throughout the rest of June, American will make around 50-60 short-notice flight cancellations nationwide each day as needed.
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A Haltom City man was in custody Tuesday, accused in the attempted robbery and shooting death of another man Saturday in Fort Worth, police said. Fort Worth police said on Tuesday that there was the possibility of a second suspect in the case, which limited the details investigators wanted to release. On Saturday, Jeremy Wayne Perez, 27, of Haltom City was arrested on suspicion of capital murder, according to Tarrant County Jail records.
A gas station on the North Carolina coast is leading the charge against Colonial Pipeline after a cyberattack in May stunted operations that led to turmoil at pumps across the Southeast. EZ Mart in Wilmington filed a proposed class action against Colonial on Monday seeking to represent more than 11,000 gas stations impacted by the shutdown. Attorneys for the proposed class said Colonial failed to properly safeguard its systems against a ransomware attack despite significant warnings.
Police in Canada say they are treating fires that destroyed two Catholic churches on indigenous community land in British Columbia as suspicious. Sacred Heart Church and St Gregory's Church burnt down at about the same time early on Monday, as Canada marked National Indigenous People's Day. The two churches - built more than 100 years ago - are located about 40km (25 miles) apart in the western province.
While a cold front has brought lower temperatures and scattered showers to the Metroplex this week, the extreme heat wave that hit the Southwest in June could hint at what's to come as Fort Worth and other major cities prepare for sudden declines in air quality and increased risk of heat-related illnesses. Those consequences were on display during the week of June 13, when temperatures peaked in the mid-90s and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued ozone warnings for six days in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.
“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.”