Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is facing renewed scrutiny over allegations about his behavior and social ties, potentially threatening his public image.'Uncomfortable work environments' »
Albert Watkins, the attorney for Jacob Chansley (perhaps better known as "QAnon Shaman"), spoke on the record with Talking Points Memo about his client's alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. In the interview, published by TPM on Tuesday, Watkins used shockingly offensive language in an attempt to defend Chansley's alleged actions, saying Chansley has Asperger's syndrome, and asserting that other participants in the riot have intellectual disabilities that were to blame. "These are people with brain damage," he said.
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.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday slammed the House's Jan. 6 commission deal, and in the process appeared to throw Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), the Republican he reportedly tasked with negotiating the legislation, "under the bus." In a statement, McCarthy specifically complained that the commission was too narrow.
A tiger that was missing for a week after being spotted roaming around a Houston neighbourhood has been found, police confirmed. India, the nine-month-old Bengal tiger, was turned in to police on Saturday and is said to be in good health. Footage shared on social media last week appeared to show the tiger wandering around the streets of in the west of the Texan city, India's new home is an animal sanctuary.
A man died by suicide inside a federal courtroom in North Dakota after he was found guilty, officials say. A U.S. Marshal told KVRR the man was on trial at the Fargo courthouse and the jury had returned a guilty verdict when he “produced an edge weapon and cut his throat” in front of the judge, courtroom staff and others. A woman who said she was in the courtroom spoke to KVLY but declined to share her name.
Relentless rain has triggered deadly flash flooding and a state of emergency across Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared the state of emergency Monday as rounds of intense rain, thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes threatened the southwestern part of the state. Significant flooding has been reported across Louisiana from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles.
Canadian drug developer Medicago's plant-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which is enhanced by a GlaxoSmithKline treatment, was able to create a strong antibody response in a mid-stage study, the two companies said on Tuesday. The vaccine produced a neutralizing response that was about 10 times higher than in people recovering from COVID-19. After two doses, the vaccine candidate induced robust immune responses in all the trial participants irrespective of age and no safety concerns or adverse events were reported, the companies said.
Florida's Department of Health on Tuesday announced 2,805 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 7.5 million Floridians have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or have completed Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine, according to Monday's vaccine report. In Miami-Dade, 342,924 people have received the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 1,063,940 people have either received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or have completed the two-dose series of Pfizer or Moderna.
The Treasury Department said Monday that 39 million families are set to receive monthly child payments beginning on July 15.
A JetBlue flight was forced to make an early landing in Minneapolis on Sunday after a man was acting "erratically and aggressively" towards passengers and crew members, the airline said. year-old Mark Anthony Scerbo was arrested at Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport and charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to police. "JetBlue flight 915 with scheduled service from New York's JFK Airport to San Francisco, was forced to divert to Minneapolis after a customer on board began acting erratically and aggressively toward crewmembers and other customers.
A vital bridge that connects Arkansas and Tennessee will likely remain closed for several months for repairs. Crews discovered a fracture on the Interstate 40 Hernando de Soto Bridge — which stretches across the Mississippi River — during a routine inspection last week, according to transportation officials. The bridge was closed to waterway and vehicular traffic.
An avalanche came roaring between a husband and wife while biking in Glacier National Park in Montana, officials said. The couple and a friend were bicycling Thursday within the park when they came up against an avalanche across the road. “The avalanche came down between them, trapping the woman's husband and friend on the uphill side.”
Blinken said he hasn't seen evidence to back up Israel's bombing of a Gaza building housing AP and Al Jazeera offices. "I have not seen any information provided," Blinken said on Monday. Israel said Hamas operated out of the building, making it a legitimate target.
Darwin's Arch, the famed rock formation in the Galápagos Islands, has collapsed, officials said. The arch was located about a mile away from Darwin's Island, also named for Charles Darwin. UN scientists previously warned that the islands are at risk due to the effects of climate change, the New York Times reported.
Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning has compared lockdown to coming out of solitary confinement and warned that “some people never recover” from the latter. Ms Manning spent seven years in a military prison after leaking thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks before Barack Obama commuted her sentence in 2017. The now 33-year-old was recalled to jail in 2019 for refusing to testify against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and was released in March last year, when the global pandemic was beginning to cause widespread lockdowns.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have formally liquidated one of their sole-remaining British companies, marking the final nail in the coffin for Sussex Royal. Documents filed with Companies House revealed that MWX Trading confirmed on May 5 that it was winding up and a liquidator was appointed on May 14. The couple established the company in August 2019, naming their lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, as its secretary and Natalie Campbell, who worked for their charitable foundation Sussex Royal, as director.
The United States used to resettle more refugees each year than every other country in the world combined. In 1980, more than 200,000 people fleeing war, repression, and poverty were welcomed into communities across the nation. And while the numbers have ebbed over the years, that mission remained true for nearly four decades.
The Supreme Court will hear a case on Mississippi's abortion ban that may challenge Roe v. Wade. Amy Coney Barrett has been criticized for paid speaking gigs to a group that took credit for the law. A constitutional law expert says the justice almost certainly won't recuse herself from the case.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order which prohibits state entities from requiring masks. This includes counties, cities, and schools. Prisons, jails, and assisted living facilities are exempt.
Less than a year after a pair of devastating hurricanes struck southwestern Louisiana, heavy rains have inundated Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and other parts of the state, which have seen 100-year rainfall events within a 24-hour period. Powerful rains on Monday marked the “third heaviest rainfall in the city's recorded history,” Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said. Emergency response teams have rescued dozens of residents and pets across the state, as the National Weather Service warns “historic” severe rains could continue to impact more than 30 million people across Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
A former Navy pilot says flight crews saw UFOs maneuvering in restricted airspace off Virginia every day for years. Lieutenant Ryan Graves claims that he and other members of his F/A-18 fighter squadron all detected unidentified flying objects for two years, beginning in 2015. The former serviceman called the objects a security threat in an interview with 60 Minutes that aired on CBS on Sunday.
As COVID-19 case counts and deaths continue to climb in the U.S., critics have accused the Trump administration of downplaying the extent of the virus and delaying crucial steps needed to combat the spread. While public health officials warned President Donald Trump early this year about a potential outbreak, social media posts claim Dr. Anthony Fauci sounded the alarm about an infectious disease outbreak years earlier. “Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is 'no doubt' Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency,” reads a July 10 Facebook post of a screenshot from an article.
A lawyer for the associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz who on Monday pleaded guilty to six felony counts and agreed to cooperate fully with prosecutors teased "must-see television" when asked whether his client had information that could harm an elected official. Fritz Scheller, an attorney for Joel Greenberg, spoke with reporters Monday after Greenberg pleaded guilty to sex trafficking, wire fraud, identity theft, stalking, and conspiracy. Even though Gaetz is not named in Greenberg's plea deal, it is sure to be unwelcome news for Gaetz, as Insider's Sonam Sheth reported.
The Bidens earned $607,336 in 2020, down by more than one-third from 2019, their tax return shows. Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff also earned significantly less in 2020, as Emhoff left his law firm. Both Biden and Harris would pay more taxes under Biden's proposals to expand Social Security.
“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.”