By unanimous consent, the Senate approved legislation designating June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.Passage all but assured in the House »
One after another, some of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives took to the stage at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to denounce Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top medical adviser to President Biden, and to air other pandemic-related grievances. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., who was introducing a bill to reduce Fauci's salary to $0 and have him account for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, led the attacks.
Airbnb paid a tourist $7m (£5m) after she was allegedly raped at knifepoint at a rental property in New York City, according to media reports. Bloomberg News reported an Australian traveller received the payout after an attack on New Year's Eve in 2015. The traveller returned shortly after midnight, as the suspect, 24-year-old Junior Lee, allegedly hid in the bathroom, Bloomberg reports.
The U.S. Justice Department has urged the Supreme Court to reinstate the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, despite President Joe Biden's stated opposition to capital punishment. The department in a 48-page brief filed late on Monday argued that a lower court wrongly overturned Tsarnaev's death sentence and ordered a new trial to determine what sentence he deserved for carrying out with his older brother the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. The filing marked the latest deviation between the policy views of Biden, a Democrat who has said he wants to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level, and the Justice Department, whose independence he has vowed to promote.
At a time in Washington when hopes for bipartisanship seem elusive, Vice President Kamala Harris is hosting women senators from both parties at her home Tuesday evening for what lawmakers say is strictly a social event. Senators said before the dinner that they expected the gathering, Harris' first official event at her Naval Observatory home, would not include politics on the evening's menu. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said that she was merely looking to “break bread” with her colleagues and see how they can work together.
China's government said Tuesday no abnormal radiation was detected outside a nuclear power plant near Hong Kong following a news report of a leak, while Hong Kong's leader said her administration was closely watching the facility. The operators released few details, but nuclear experts said that based on their brief statement, gas might be leaking from fuel rods inside the reactor in Taishan, 135 kilometers (85 miles) west of Hong Kong. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian gave no confirmation of a leak or other details.
Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in Gaza early Wednesday morning, with the military saying this was in response to incendiary balloons crossing over from Hamas-controlled territory into Israel. The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the Hamas compounds were used by members planning attacks, and the militant group is "responsible for all events transpiring in the Gaza Strip, and will bear the consequences for its actions." Additionally, the Israeli military is "prepared for any scenario, including a resumption of hostilities."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said the country's economy improved this year but called for measures to tackle the "tense" food situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and last year's typhoons, state media said on Wednesday. Kim chaired a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party's central committee on Tuesday to review progress on major policies and craft measures to resolve economic issues, according to the official KCNA news agency. The committee set goals and tasks to achieve its new five-year economic plan outlined at its previous session in February, including increased food and metal production.
Saudi Arabia executed a 26-year-old for protesting against the government, Reprieve said. Al-Darwish's family received no advance notice of his execution, according to human rights groups. Saudi Arabia has executed a young man over his reported involvement in anti-government protests when he was a teenager, human rights groups said Tuesday.
As a severe drought in California dries out lakes across the state, officials have found the remains of what they believe to be a 1960s plane crash. The plane matches the description of the Piper Comanche 250, which went missing on New Year's Day 1965. A underwater surveying company testing equipment in Folsom Lake near Sacramento found the fully intact plane in one of the lake's deepest points.
In the first public accounting of its kind in decades, an Associated Press investigation has found that at least 1,900 U.S. military firearms were lost or stolen during the 2010s, with some resurfacing in violent crimes. Government records covering the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force show pistols, machine guns, shotguns and automatic assault rifles have vanished from armories, supply warehouses, Navy warships and elsewhere. In one case, authorities linked an Army pistol stolen from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to four shootings in New York before it was recovered.
A French man who fought for years for the right to euthanasia at home has died in a medically assisted suicide in Switzerland at the age of 58, friends and euthanasia activists said on Tuesday. Alain Cocq, who for decades had suffered a painful and incurable degenerative disease, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Berne, Switzerland, his legal representative Sophie Medjeberg said on her Facebook page. "Alain Cocq died this morning... according to his desire, in dignity ...finally rest in peace Alain," she said.
If you thought climbing a tree to get away from bears was a good idea, a video posted Tuesday by Glacier National Park might change your mind. Tourist Anthony James captured on video what happens when a hungry grizzly and black bear meet. “Normally agreeable when food is abundant, grizzly and black bears run into one another more often when food is scarce — like early summer,” Glacier National Park officials said.
A Canadian man who is accused of deliberately running over five members of a Muslim family with his truck, killing four of them, now faces terrorism charges in addition to counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder, prosecutors said on Monday. Nathaniel Veltman, 20, was arrested shortly after the June 6 attack in a parking lot in London, Ontario, a short distance from the city's oldest mosque. Due to a publication ban, details from a hearing in which Veltman appeared by Zoom on Monday from jail cannot be revealed.
Authorities in California's agricultural heartland weren't looking for a military assault rifle when they went to investigate the domestic assault case, but they found one.
President Joe Biden is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week. Progressive Democrats are calling on President Joe Biden to take a more assertive approach toward Russia than his predecessor, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has a tradition of playing mind games with American presidents.
A 63-year-old on day six of a private boating trip Monday went into the Colorado River and became unresponsive before dying. James Crocker, from Lakewood, Colorado, was on a private multi-day boating trip through the Grand Canyon, the National Park Service said. Park officials did not say what led to Crocker becoming unresponsive.
Key West police officers did not violate an 8-year-old boy's civil rights when they tried to handcuff him at his elementary school after he was accused of punching a teacher in 2018, a federal judge has ruled. The boy's mother, Bianca Digennaro, sued the Key West police officers and the city in August 2020 after her attorney, Benjamin Crump, posted a video of the boy's arrest on his Twitter account. “A mental health crisis at a school, and they feel it is appropriate to arrest, charge and have him become a convicted felon at eight years old,” Crump said after the lawsuit was filed last year.
More than 20 GOP lawmakers voted against a bill awarding law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. A few Republican lawmakers took issue with calling the storming of the Capitol an "insurrection." More than 20 Republican lawmakers voted against a bill the House passed on Tuesday awarding all law enforcement officers the highest congressional honor for their work during the January 6 Capitol riot.
The husband of Ashli Babbit, the woman who was fatally shot during the Capitol riot, has called for officials to name the officer who fired at the 35-year-old. Her husband, Aaron Babbit, said there was a “deafening silence” from the Metropolitan Police Department after it did not name the officer responsible, in an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday. Somebody in DC knows,” said Mr Babbitt.
A Fort Worth man who in 2019 surrendered a pit bull puppy that was covered in scabs, bloody, malnourished, dehydrated and had his eyes swollen shut was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years' probation for animal cruelty. Lewis Lamont Wilson had adopted the puppy, Perkins, just a few months before he handed the dog off to the Fort Worth Animal Shelter. On Tuesday, Wilson, 37, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of animal cruelty and was sentenced to probation.
On Juneteenth, Black Americans commemorate June 19, 1865, the day Black Union soldiers in the Civil War brought news of the Emancipation Proclamation to Galveston, Texas, freeing enslaved people in the South. Today, descendants across the U.S. commemorate the holiday with block parties, parades, rallies, festivals, cookouts and educational events. Samuel Collins III, a historian and Juneteenth Legacy Project co-chair, explains how Galveston, the birthplace of Juneteenth, has preserved the 156-year tradition and why it's important to keep the observation going.
A 50-year-old Tamarac man died Tuesday morning after diving the Vandenberg wreck off Key West, law officers said. Barry Beckett was diving with Southpoint Divers aboard a dive boat called the Phoenix, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. He returned to the boat after a dive and stopped breathing while aboard the boat, said Adam Linhardt, the sheriff's office spokesman.
Senior DOJ officials were deeply alarmed by top Trump officials' fixation on the election results. Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows repeatedly asked DOJ to investigate bogus conspiracy theories. Senior officials at the Justice Department expressed deep frustration and alarm with top Trump officials' fixation on the election results in the final days of Donald Trump's presidency.
A dramatic scene unfolded in an Ohio courtroom on Tuesday after a judge dismissed murder charges against the brother of Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. Judge Joan Synenberg of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, said the evidence for the charges was “insufficient” and would not support a conviction in the case against Tevin Biles-Thomas. Suddenly, a figure flashed across video of the court proceedings, and someone offscreen shouts “you've got to be f***ing kidding me”.
“It may seem desperate at this point, but I can’t be mad at any and all efforts to get people vaccinated.”
“I won’t get rich, but I will get to live my life. That seems like reward enough.”
“Offering incentives may encourage people who are not actively opposed to vaccination but may have put it off.”
“At some point, the government is simply rewarding irresponsible behavior.”
“Sure, people should do it without needing an incentive. But what’s the alternative? Not enough people get vaccinated.”