Black people, more than any other racial group, represented the largest increase in traffic deaths last year, even as Americans drove less due to the pandemic, new data reveals.'We're talking eight to 10 times more' »
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.
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.
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.
One of six women arrested this month during a federal sting at illegal massage businesses ran a similar operation in Horry County that shut down following a controversial countywide investigation. Ok Hwa Lee, of Little River, was arrested June 16 along with five other woman on charges of conspiracy, bribery, and operating an illegal prostitution enterprise in interstate commerce. Lee was the leader and manager of six North Carolina massage parlors that federal investigators said offered sex acts in exchange for money.
The Ever Given is on the brink of being released after 71 days, according to the ship's insurers. The ship's owners have reached an agreement in principle with the Suez Canal Authority. The ship got stuck in March, was freed, but was then impounded while Egypt sought compensation.
In his continued push against the “indoctrination” of students, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed legislation that will require public universities and colleges to survey students, faculty and staff about their beliefs and viewpoints to support “intellectual diversity.” The survey will discern “the extent to which competing ideas and perspectives are presented” in public universities and colleges, and seeks to find whether students, faculty and staff “feel free to express beliefs and viewpoints on campus and in the classroom,” according to the bill. “That's not worth tax dollars and that's not something that we're going to be supporting moving forward,” DeSantis said at a press conference at a middle school in Fort Myers.
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.
Iran's president-elect said Monday he wouldn't meet with President Biden nor negotiate over Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support of regional militias, sticking to a hard-line position following his landslide victory in last week's election.
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A 12-year-old boy is in protective custody after a homophobic attack that was filmed live on social media, according to Georgia authorities. The child was removed from his mother's home in Atlanta and is now in the care of officials with the Georgia Division of Family & Children's Services, the Atlanta Police Department said Monday. Authorities stepped in after social media video showed the boy being verbally and physically ridiculed, sparking outcry.
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.
Cubans who are required to fly to Guyana for visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy there are complaining that Havana-Georgetown tickets are selling on the black market for between $4,700 and $7,000, five months after the Cuban government suspended direct flights to Guyana because of the coronavirus pandemic. Washington suspended visa interviews and other consular services at the U.S. Embassy in Havana in 2018, after a string of alleged microwave attacks on American diplomats and others led the State Department to call home all but a skeleton staff. This has forced Cubans seeking consular services from the U.S. to travel to Guyana.
A highly anticipated US government report on UFOs (unidentified flying objects) is due to be released before the end of June. The unclassified report was demanded by Congress after numerous reports from the US military of vehicles seen moving erratically in the sky. It also follows a cultural shift that saw the US military and US political leadership go from extraterrestrial-sceptic to ET-curious.
More than 150 employees at a Houston hospital system have been fired or resigned after the medical system implemented a mandate requiring a COVID-19 vaccine and a judge dismissed an employee lawsuit over it. The hospital system had previously required employees to complete their immunization by June 7. 178 employees were suspended for two weeks without pay for not complying.
It was not a secret that Margarette “Ann” Cuauhtli wanted to leave home when she turned 17. For years, the Arlington teen had been confiding to friends and even some family members about her troubled home life and alleged abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, Gabriel Cuauhtli, in southeast Arlington. So when she disappeared on Oct. 11, 2001 — two weeks before her 17th birthday — and was reported the next day as a runaway to Arlington police by her father, red flags did not immediately go up.
Yet, setting the stage to smear Demings before Hispanic voters who see U.S. politics through the prism of homeland experiences, Rubio ranted on a video pinned at the top of his Twitter account that Demings votes in Congress with “the Marxist squad” and “the socialist [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi. Oh, so many red-baiting words, so many big little lies sprinkled into the short video. For starters, it's tough to do those two things he alleges at the same time when Pelosi is often sidelining, in a state of annoyance, the so-called “squad” of four left-of-center congresswomen, which doesn't include Demings.
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.
Japan is re-starting a 44-year-old nuclear reactor located two hours from Osaka and Kyoto. The reactor's owners won special approval to extend its lifespan beyond the 40-year limit. An 44-year-old nuclear reactor way past its prime is rumbling to life again, and Japan's energy experts are sounding the alarm.
Lloyds Banking Group is to close another 44 branches, blaming a lack of customers at the sites as people move to digital banking. The move comes in addition to previous announcements and means a total of 100 branches will close this year. Lloyds and Halifax branded branches in England and Wales are included in the latest closure programme.
Republicans used the filibuster to block progress of Democrats' major voting rights bill. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized filibuster rules after Senate Republicans blocked the a bill proposed by Democrats to expand voting rights. "Call me radical, but I do not believe a minority of Senators should be able to block voting rights for millions of people," she said on Twitter on Tuesday.
The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed the likelihood of restarting talks with the United States, warning that it was taking her brother's comments on diplomacy "the wrong way." Kim Yo Jong, a powerful member of the North Korean ruling party, said in a statement on Tuesday that the US expectation of reigniting dialogue with Pyongyang "would plunge them into greater disappointment," reported Reuters. "It seems that the US may interpret the situation in such a way as to seek a comfort for itself," she said.
A now-suspended Twitter account pretended to belong to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. Twitter suspended the account for violating its impersonation policy after The Daily Beast reached out. A now-deleted Twitter account with the handle @WRLD46 pretended to belong to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, the first woman to serve as US intelligence director.
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The polls have closed in the Big Apple as New Yorkers voted Tuesday to pick their next mayor, but, with the city's new ranked choice voting system, don't expect to know the winner tonight. Brooklyn Borough President and former police captain Eric Adams was leading Tuesday in partial results released in the New York City mayoral primary, but only the first choice preferences of early and in-person votes were being released for now. With more than 96% of those votes counted, Adams had 31% of first-choice votes; former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio Maya Wiley was in second with 22%; and former sanitation department head Kathryn Garcia and entrepreneur turned political hopeful Andrew Yang trailed in third and fourth with about 20% and 12%, respectively.
“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.”