Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal justice who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999, passed away Friday, the court announced.McConnell, Schumer weigh in »
Mitch McConnell vowed to hold a vote on a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but the big question is whether he has the votes to confirm a Supreme Court Justice only six weeks before the presidential election. Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, have said recently that they would not vote for a Supreme Court nominee if a justice died or retired close to the presidential election. Collins told a New York Times reporter earlier this month that she would not vote for a nominee in October.
A Texas police officer was indicted this week in the death of a Black woman who was killed outside her apartment more than a year ago, an incident that drew national attention and left the victim's family demanding answers. A Harris County grand jury returned an indictment on Monday charging Baytown Police Officer Juan Delacruz with aggravated assault by a public servant in the death of 44-year-old Pamela Turner. Turner was killed on May 13, 2019, as Officer Delacruz tried to arrest her at the Brixton Apartments in Baytown, a city about 30 miles west of Houston.
Hours after the announcement that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died Friday evening, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that if President Trump made a nomination, as he is expected to, McConnell would bring it up in the Senate, where Republicans have a 53-47 majority. Who that nominee might be is anyone's guess, and McConnell did not say whether Trump's pick would be considered before the November election, which might make the president a lame duck. The first list, which included future Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, was made public before the 2016 election.
An Alaska dentist who pulled a woman's tooth while riding a hoverboard has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud, embezzlement, and "unlawful dental acts." The video was part of prosecutors' case against Seth Lookhart, who was found guilty of defrauding his customers by administering unnecessary procedures to rack up Medicare charges. Prosecutors are seeking $2.2 million in damanges, and Lookhart could also permanently lose his medical license in the state.
Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his honorary CBE following his conviction for rape and sexual assault. An official announcement in The Gazette confirms that the Queen has annulled his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The decision was made at a recent meeting of the Honours Forfeiture Committee, which is independent from government.
At a Sept. 10 White House news conference, President Trump doubled down on his call for college and university campuses to remain open at all costs. A nearby screen with a chart titled “Colleges and universities are extremely low-risk environments” listed dozens of colleges and universities that had reported hundreds of cases of COVID-19, none of which had resulted in hospitalizations, while the president insisted that it is “crucial for colleges and universities to stay open” and that “it's much safer for students to live on campus.” This was yet another in a series of instances where Trump has bashed universities for closing despite outbreaks and repeatedly insisted on schools remaining open.
A finalist for Trump's second high court nomination, which ultimately went to Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, Barrett, 48, is a favorite of religious conservatives. Barrett rocketed to the top of Trump's list of potential nominees after her 2017 confirmation hearing for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith not as an advantage but an obstacle.
Authorities are urging Michigan residents to stay indoors after dark to stay protected from mosquito bites, after a resident is suspected to have been infected with a rare deadly virus. On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that a resident of Barry County, Michigan, was suspected of having Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), which is a potentially deadly mosquito-borne illness. In addition to the suspected case, 22 horses across 10 counties in the state have been confirmed to have EEE, which has put residents of those areas at risk of being infected.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, couldn't become the first woman to be president. "This is not what people want. And she comes in through the back door — this would not be what people want, especially because it's her," Trump said during a campaign rally in Wisconsin.
A former police officer in Arlington, Texas, who fatally shot a woman as he was aiming for her dog was indicted on a charge of criminally negligent homicide. A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Ravinder Singh on Wednesday, more than a year after the Aug. 1, 2019 death of Margarita Brooks, the county's District Attorney's Office said in a press release. Singh, who resigned from the Arlington Police Department in 2019, faces up to two years in state jail or a fine of up to $10,000.
Students and parents were upset when the suspected Kenosha shooter was on a list of "modern heroes" that they could choose to defend as part of a Dallas high school's class assignment, CNN reported. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide and a string of other felonies tied to the killing of two people at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Joseph Rosenbaum, who was shot and killed in Kenosha, was also on that list.
A loggerhead sea turtle with an enormous tumor the size of a basketball on its right flipper is scheduled to go into surgery to remove it Saturday at a renowned Florida Keys animal hospital. The male turtle was found tangled in fishing line off Duck Key in the Middle Keys on Thursday by boaters who brought it aboard their boat and took it to the Turtle Hospital in the city of Marathon. The hospital is solely dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles.
Michelle Obama has said she and husband, Barack Obama, would never have gotten away with” what's happened under Donald Trump, as she condemned the president's response to protests. In the latest episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast, the 56-year-old said her “community wouldn't have accepted” the approach taken by Mr Trump, who denounced protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in May. In a discussion that spanned race, families and parenting, the former first lady said "almost everybody" she knows has suffered from being accused of wrongdoings because they were Black.
A family in California has claimed that Sen. Kamala Harris and California Gov. Gavin Newsom trespassed on their property for a photo op while surveying damage from the Creek Fire on Tuesday. "What has me really frustrated right now is the fact that these two politicians used my parents' loss for a photo opportunity to push their political agenda!" Trampas Patten wrote on Facebook.
Investigative journalist Bob Woodward joins Yahoo News Editor in Chief Daniel Klaidman and Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff to discuss his new book, “Rage. In the weeks leading up to publication, Woodward has come under fire for not releasing audio recordings of President Trump privately acknowledging the potential severity of the coronavirus pandemic as early as February. He explains, however, that due to the nonlinear nature of reporting, it would not have been feasible to release the audio recordings early because of a lack of context.
In five years aboard the Tropical Hideaway Too, Jerry Ash has ridden out some bad storms before, but Hurricane Sally was different. Anchored at the Perdido Key RV Resort and Marina in Pensacola, Florida, Ash and his compatriots in their similarly tied up sailboats, hunkered down for the night before the winds picked up. “I've been through some bad ones before, but I know better,” Ash said about riding through a hurricane on the boat.
Marsha Blackburn Getty/Jim Watson It's Constitution Day in America, which is generally the day in which politicians try to prove their immense knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. founding documents. Occasionally some of them misquote it, instead citing the Declaration of Independence, but Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) took another route. "We will never rewrite the Constitution of the United States," she proclaimed proudly on Twitter.
During a freewheeling speech to a raucous crowd in Wisconsin, Donald Trump lamented the absence of sports from American TV screens for much of the summer – and complained that too much politics has been shown instead. Mr Trump is a famously voracious consumer of political TV shows, in particular on Fox News; at a recent White House press conference, he recalled watching a total nine hours of the network's opinion shows almost in one sitting. However, in the midst of a rambling monologue calling for NFL players to stand and sing the national anthem rather than “taking a knee” in protest at violent anti-Black racism, the president voiced regret that the absence of sports has inadvertently give...
The Netherlands is preparing a case against Syria at the U.N.'s highest court, seeking to hold the government of President Bashar al-Assad accountable for human rights violations, including torture and the use of chemical weapons, the Dutch foreign minister told parliament on Friday. Syria has been informed of the legal step, which precedes a possible case at the International Court of Justice, the U.N.'s court for disputes between states in The Hague. "Today the Netherlands announced its decision to hold Syria responsible under international law for gross human rights violations and torture in particular," Foreign Minister Stef Blok wrote in a letter to legislators.
Bill Gates doesn't think it's fair to call Elon Musk "the next Steve Jobs," the billionaire philanthropist said during an interview on Bloomberg TV Thursday. When asked by Bloomberg's Erik Schatzker if Musk was indeed the next Jobs, Gates replied: "If you know people personally, that kind of gross oversimplification seems strange. Elon's more of a hands-on engineer; Steve was a genius at design and picking people and marketing.
Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Olivia Troye, the former lead aide on Vice President Mike Pence's coronavirus task force who said she'd be voting for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 US election, was "important to the team" and a "good person." During an appearance on Chris Hayes' MSNBC program, Dr Fauci praised the former aide for her work on the coronavirus response team, but declined to further comment on her political stances. "I interacted with Olivia, I liked her, she was a good person.
A lawyer for Julian Assange told a London court on Friday that she was present when an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump offered to arrange a pardon for the WikiLeaks founder in return for information that would "benefit President Trump politically". Australian-born Assange, 49, is fighting to avoid being sent to the United States, where he is charged with conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law over the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.
Hundreds of thousands of people were still without power Friday along the Alabama coast and the Florida Panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally as officials assessed millions of dollars in damage that included a broken bridge in Pensacola and ships thrown onto dry land. While the cleanup pressed on, the record-shattering hurricane season notched another milestone: Forecasters ran out of traditional names for storms after three new systems formed in about six hours. That forced them to begin using the Greek alphabet for only the second time since the 1950s.
Emergency calls reveal that Jerry Falwell Jr. was found intoxicated and injured on August 30, a week after a news report alleging a years-long sexual affair between him, his wife, and another man, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday. Falwell's wife called 911 after she had to break into her own home to reach Falwell, who she said was intoxicated and bleeding. The incident came after Falwell resigned as president of Liberty University following several scandals.
Her mother, Celia Bader, died of cancer the day before Ginsburg left high school. She attended Cornell University, where she met Martin "Marty" Ginsburg on a blind date, kindling a romance that spanned almost six decades until his death in 2010. "Meeting Marty was by far the most fortunate thing that ever happened to me," Ginsburg once said, adding that the man who would become her husband "was the first boy I ever knew who cared that I had a brain".
“The SAT is emblematic of higher education’s failure to keep up with the times...Just the stuff that systemic racism thrives on.”
“These tests create unnecessary stress for young people already dealing with mental health challenges.”
“Dropping the SAT requirement makes it harder for colleges to compare applicants against a common standard.”
“The best predictor of college success overall is a simple one: high school grades.”
“What matters more is a broader push to help minority students get better educations.”