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' »
On the campaign trail, Joe Biden made sweeping promises to reform US immigration, vowing to "take urgent action" to undo the policies of Donald Trump. And since taking office, the Democrat has created a taskforce to reunify migrant children with their families, paused construction of the border wall, and called for reviews of legal immigration programmes terminated by his predecessor. He has also presided over a record-breaking influx of arrivals to the US southern border, including hundreds of unaccompanied children who are being held in US immigration detention facilities.
Federal authorities say a man on trial in Fargo, North Dakota, slashed his own throat in the courtroom Monday and died. North Dakota U.S. Marshal Dallas Carlson said the incident happened after a jury returned a partial guilty verdict against the man, who had faced terrorizing-related charges. Carlson said the man had a sharp instrument that might have been made of plastic.
President Biden may begin issuing pardons before the 2022 midterms, The New York Times reports. Per the Times, administration officials have begun evaluating clemency requests, and activists have said they feel they're getting the sense pardons and commutations may be signed by the president within the next year or two. "We asked them not to wait to the end of a term to execute pardon and commutation power for photo ops, and they definitely assured us that is not this administration's plans," DeAnna Hoskins, the president of the criminal justice group JustLeadershipUSA, told the Times.
Thailand reported on Tuesday 35 new coronavirus deaths, a record daily number that included the country's youngest victim up to now, a two-month-old baby, as authorities struggle to contain a third wave of infections. The Southeast Asian country's latest COVID-19 outbreak has seen infections more than triple and deaths increase six fold since it started in April, following a year of success in containing earlier outbreaks. The new deaths included a two-month-old baby with a heart condition, the COVID-19 task force said.
The Voting Rights Act of Virginia requires local election officials to get public feedback or approval from the attorney general before making changes to voting procedures. It also empowers voters and the state to sue in cases of voter suppression at the local level and forbids discrimination in election administration. The law mirrors parts of the federal Voting Rights Act, in which states and counties with a history of discrimination in voting, including Virginia and some other Southern states, had to receive federal approval before making changes to election law.
There are two separate issues taking place in Israel simultaneously. The first issue is rising tensions in Israeli cities. As the only multi-ethnic democracy in the Middle East, Israel often faces divergent viewpoints with increased passion.
The change is applicable to unopened vials, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said, adding that the advice by its human medicines committee came after assessing additional stability study data submitted by Pfizer and BioNTech. "EMA is in continuous dialogue with the marketing authorisation holders of COVID-19 vaccines as they seek to make manufacturing improvements to enhance vaccine distribution in the EU," the watchdog said. U.S. authorities in February had approved storage and transport of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at standard freezer temperatures of -15 to -25 degrees Celsius for up to two weeks instead of the ultra-cold temperatures between -80 to -60 degrees Celsius it usually requires.
Myanmar's military rulers are seeking to limit access to the internet to an internal network of only “whitelisted” sites to quash opposition to their seizure of power, according to a report by the International Crisis Group. It likened the internet to a “virtual battlefield" where the military is struggling to gain an edge because it lacks technological capacity, while social media companies like Facebook have banned military officials and many government agencies. The report released Tuesday noted a narrowing of the leeway for online dissent and abuses of social media to spread hatred toward minority Muslim people in western Myanmar's Rakhine under Aung San Suu Kyi,'s elected government, which was ousted in a Feb. 1 coup.
Thousands of British holidaymakers have begun taking advantage of the easing of lockdown rules on overseas travel. Travellers from England, Scotland and Wales are jetting off to some countries in what the crisis-hit tourism industry hopes is the start of a recovery. Travellers can now visit 12 countries on the government's green list, including Portugal and Israel, without isolating on their return.
Charlotte City Council narrowly voted Monday to tweak but largely preserve a provision in a plan that will guide the city's growth that would allow duplexes and triplexes across the city. After sparring for hours, council members took a series of straw votes on specific aspects of Charlotte's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, a document unveiled in the fall that aims to provide a vision for development in the city for the next two decades. It covers everything from access to grocery stores and other amenities to transit-oriented development.
During the Cold War, Russia's Nagurskoye airbase was little more than a runway, a weather station and a communications outpost in the Franz Josef Land archipelago. Now, Russia's northernmost military base is bristling with missiles and radar and its extended runway can handle all types of aircraft, including nuclear-capable strategic bombers, projecting Moscow's power and influence across the Arctic amid intensifying international competition for the region's vast resources. The shamrock-shaped facility — three large pods extending from a central atrium — is called the “Arctic Trefoil” and is painted in the white-red-and-blue of the national flag, brightening the otherwise stark vantage point on the 5,600-kilometer (3,470-mile) Northern Sea Route along Russia's Arctic coast.
Rudy Giuliani has complained he is being treated like the head of a drug cartel head amid reports that Donald Trump has abandoned him. Lawyers for Mr Giuliani have condemned prosecutors for the 28 April raid by FBI agents on his New York home and criticised them for gaining electronic access to his accounts. “Unfortunately for Giuliani, and even more unfortunately for the attorney-client privilege and executive deliberation privilege, and the public's perception that those privileges are real, the SDNY simply chose to treat a distinguished lawyer as if he was the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist, in order to create maximum prejudicial coverage of both Giuliani, and his most well-known client – the former President of the United States,” it stated.
Tarrant County and Texas could suffer losses in the tourism and economic development industry, if the Legislature adopts a voting restriction bill, according to a report. With Tarrant County and Texas the destination for major events, Senate Bill 7 could dampen those prospects if passed in its entirety. Most recently, Fort Worth and Arlington have hosted the National Finals Rodeo, the Rose Bowl, U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials, and are set to host the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in June and the NCAA basketball first and second round games in 2022.
A “shadow trial” of advanced eye-tracking technology will be conducted in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament in Australia and New Zealand as part of World Rugby's bid to tackle head injuries by improving the detection of concussions. The virtual reality technology, known as NeuroFlex, is set to be used during matches as part of the head injury assessment (HIA) process under a partnership between Rugby Australia, Rugby New Zealand and World Rugby. NeuroFlex records horizontal and vertical movement of the eyes and head movements and, within seconds, analyzes that data and generates a report which helps medical personnel diagnose and manage concussions.
Progressive US senator Bernie Sanders has once again condemned Israel's violent actions in Gaza – and called on the Biden administration to re-examine the extent of the US's support for one of its closest allies. He stuck to that sentiment last week in an essay for The New York Times, writing that while “no-one is arguing that Israel, or any government, does not have the right to self-defence or to protect its people”, Benjamin Netanyahu “has cultivated an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian type of racist nationalism” and that “we can no longer be apologists for the right-wing Netanyahu government and its undemocratic and racist behaviour”.
The Israeli military says Hamas and other armed groups have fired more than 2,800 rockets from Gaza in six days. Many of the rockets have been intercepted by Israeli anti-missile systems, while some have fallen short of the border. Israeli air strikes on Sunday killed 33 Palestinians, including eight children, Gaza health officials said, as militants fired an early morning barrage of rockets into Israel.
A plane has flown a banner above US District Court in Orlando, Florida reading “Tick Tock Matt Gaetz” as the GOP congressman's ally Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a minor, among other charges, potentially aiding prosecutors in a related investigation involving the Republican congressman. Mr Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector, appeared in court on Monday after admitting to introducing a “minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts” with her, according to a lengthy plea agreement filed on 14 May. The other men were not named. Mr Gaetz was not named in court documents filed in US District Court on Friday.
Presenter Zoe Ball has announced she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing's spin-off programme It Takes Two. "Dance lovers, after 10 joyous years I am waltzing away from It Takes Two," Ball wrote on Instagram. Ball continued to co-present the programme even after she began hosting the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show in 2019.
States and businesses can still maintain their existing mask rules if they want, and some retailers have already said that fully vaccinated people must continue to wear masks in-store. After the CDC issued its guidelines, at least fourteen states said they would relax mask-wearing rules. These included Minnesota, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, Connecticut, North Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, Maine, Virginia, and New York.
Michael McCarthy was the winning trainer. Not Bob Baffert. The sport had a feel-good story to build on.
The Biden administration has approved the sale of $735m of precision-guided weapons to Israel, raising the ire of some Democrats who question support for the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. The Washington Post reports that Congress was officially notified of the proposed sale on 5 May, citing three people familiar with the notification — a week before the current conflict with Hamas began. Rockets fired from Gaza into Israel have led to the deaths of 10 Israelis.
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.
The first and second families released their 2020 tax returns on Monday. The press release accompanying the returns included a dig at former President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris released their 2020 tax returns on Monday.
Sit-ins in the neighborhood were met with a forceful response from Israeli security forces. Insider spoke to Palestinian families fighting to save their neighborhood, and their identities. Rasha Budeiri and her mother often reminisce about memories that span generations of their family's history in Sheikh Jarrah, a close-knit Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander community is in the spotlight now more than ever: Activists are taking to the streets demanding expansion of hate-crimes laws after devastating attacks; filmmaker Chloé Zhao recently became the first woman of color to win an Oscar for directing; and Kamala Harris, who is of African American and South Asian descent, made history as the first female vice president. To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the USA TODAY Network asked activists, artists and newsmakers how they're embracing their heritage to help lift all of America out of hate and keep the promise of the American dream. In pulling together this project, one of us, a Vietnam War refugee as a child and now USA TODAY's opinion operations editor, took inspiration from "Let America Be America Again" by poet Langston Hughes.
“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.”