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If he repudiated the president over his rhetoric about a “stolen” election, Republicans might not vote in the January runoffs, costing the party control of the Senate and McConnell the title of Senate majority leader. Republicans lost both seats — and McConnell his title — anyway. Trump's lies about the election, meanwhile, continued mostly unchallenged, leading to the Jan. 6 insurrection on the Capitol, which fulfilled Sterling's dark prophecy.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee on "ghost guns" (firearms made at home that lack a serial number) on Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tried to change the subject to a debate about police funding. "If you don't support abolishing the police, why do you keep voting for nominees who advocate abolishing the police?," Cruz asked his Democratic colleagues, referring to Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke, whom President Biden has nominated to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
A bartender at a family-friendly Kentucky business needed extensive facial surgeries after being assaulted by a woman complaining about drinks, cops say. The alleged assault happened April 2 outside Main Event, a popular entertainment center that features bowling and arcade games in Louisville, according to a citation. Ciara Pardue, 24, ordered drinks from the business and later complained there was no alcohol in them, an arrest citation states.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered the Russian Federal Service of National Guard Troops to start working on new gun regulations following a school shooting that left at least eight people dead, according to the Kremlin. Driving the news: A gunman on Tuesday morning attacked a school in the city of Kazan and killed seven students and one teacher, while leaving 21 other people hospitalized, AP reports. The suspect was 19 years old and the firearm used was registered in his name, said Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic where Kazan is located, per AP.
Scores of dead bodies have been found floating down the Ganges River in eastern India as the country battles a ferocious surge in coronavirus infections. Health officials working through the night Monday retrieved 71 bodies, officials in Bihar state said. More corpses were found floating in the river on Tuesday, washing up in Ghazipur district in neighboring Uttar Pradesh state.
There comes a point in every conflict where violence takes on a logic of its own - the critical juncture where if rising tensions are not defused, they can lead only to all-out war. With two Israeli women and 31 Palestinians including nine children killed by Hamas rocket fire on Israeli towns and Israeli airstrikes in Gaza - and ill-tempered protests continuing in Jerusalem - the conflict in Israel and Palestine is rapidly reaching that point. There is now a real chance of a fresh war in Gaza or even a third Intifada.
The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was reviewing coronavirus data from Seychelles after the health ministry said more than a third of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week had been fully vaccinated. Both the ministry and the WHO stressed that the majority of those who tested positive had not been vaccinated or had only received one dose, that no one who had died had been fully vaccinated and that nearly all of those needing treatment for severe or critical cases were unvaccinated. But the WHO said it was closely following the situation in the Indian Ocean nation, which has a population of less than 100,000 and daily cases numbers in the low hundreds.
The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios. Why it matters: Real-world evidence continues to show coronavirus vaccines are effective at keeping people from dying and out of hospitals. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been found to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively, at preventing symptomatic infections.
Hours after hundreds of Palestinians were injured in confrontations with Israeli police near a flashpoint religious site in Jerusalem's contested Old City, Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Monday evening, triggering retaliatory Israeli strikes. The exchange of fire continued into Tuesday, with deadly results. Israeli airstrikes on Gaza killed 26 people, nine of them children, Palestinian health officials said.
A young British woman was strangled to death in front of her baby daughter while her husband was tied up in another room in their home in Athens. The horrific killing of 20-year-old Caroline Crouch in front of her 11-month-old daughter is highly unusual in Greece and has shocked the country. A special police task force has been ordered to investigate the murder, with a manhunt currently underway to identify the attackers.
Two Trump family members got “inappropriately – and perhaps dangerously – close” to agents protecting them while Donald Trump was president, according to a new book on the US Secret Service. Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, by the Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig, is published next week. Leonnig won a Pulitzer prize in 2015, for her reporting on security failures at the Secret Service.
Susan Conlin O'Neil was walking home from dinner to her Hilton Head Island condo Wednesday night when she took a step down on the sidewalk and felt a pang in her heel. O'Neil was bitten three times by a copperhead snake on the sidewalk outside her South Forest Beach home. “It felt like someone stuck an electric knife in my leg, like a volt of electricity,” she told The Island Packet.
A woman said a Six Flags officer threatened and body shamed her over shorts that were deemed too short for the Oklahoma amusement park. Bailey Breedlove — who documented her experience at the Oklahoma City park on TikTok and Facebook — said she has since been banned from Six Flags. Breedlove said she and her family were at Frontier City Theme Park for around two-and-a-half hours on April 30 before an officer approached her daughter for rolling down a hill on her skate shoes.
Trump is encouraging a 2020 election lawsuit in a Michigan county he already won. Antrim County's results were fully audited and hand-recounted in December, affirming Trump's win. More than six months after the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump is hyping a lawsuit in a small Michigan county that he already won.
But the fees remain so high that many families are better off having one parent stay home to look after the children, rather than work. That's led to huge knock-on effects for women, mainly, who lose years from their careers due to family work. Cultural norms are slowly shifting, experts say, but these aren't being supported by Australia's rules on childcare support and paid parental leave.
Data from Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine trials in children aged two years and older could be available as early as this fall, Pfizer's Senior Vice President of Vaccine Clinical Research and Development Dr. William Gruber said, possibly paving the way for use before the end of 2022. The drugmaker is also conducting clinical trials on their vaccine for babies aged six months and older. Speaking on "CBS This Morning" just a day after the Food and Drug Administration granted Pfizer emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in children aged 12 to 15, Gruber called the move a "major step" toward herd immunity in the United States.
The families of more than 140 Black people killed by US police—including relatives of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Daunte Wright, and Michael Brown—urged the United Nations in a letter on Monday to push forward with its plans to investigate systemic racism and policing in the US and beyond. The epidemic of police violence has been directly and disproportionately targeted at people of color,” the letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet reads, which was also signed by numerous civil rights and activist groups. Indigenous People and people of African descent experience the highest rates of fatal police shootings, followed by Latinx people.
Gas “panic” has seemingly taken hold in parts of North Carolina, with lines reported at gas stations as motorists are jittery over news a major pipeline is temporarily shut down. The “panic buying” seems at its worst in the North Carolina mountains, where TV stations are reporting long lines at pumps and rising prices in the wake of a cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline that resulted in the shutdown of all its pipeline operations. FUEL AVAILABILITY TRACKER ACTIVATED In response to the Colonial Pipeline shut down, those in GA, AL, TN, SC, NC, FL and VA can now access the GasBuddy fuel availability tracker in the app to find and report fuel if stations run out of gas.
The Horry County Coroner's Office has identified two brothers as drowning victims after dive teams recovered their bodies from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach. The bodies of brothers Ahykeem Jones, 28, and Johnnie Magbie, 19, were recovered from the water about six hours apart, according to officials. Jones was visiting North Myrtle Beach from Henderson, N.C., and Magbie was visiting from Supply, N.C. The official cause of death for both men is asphyxiation due to drowning, said Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.
Russia's notorious GRU spy agency is suspected of being behind directed energy attacks on American personnel, a report says. US officials believe the military intelligence unit could be responsible for the attacks on US government personnel around the world, according to Politico. The officials say they do not have definitive proof of Russian involvement and the intelligence community has not made a final determination.
Mike Lindell held a rally in South Dakota on Monday to speak about his voter-fraud website, Frank. The Dickinson Press reported that guests stood in line for hours - but the venue was only half full. Ben Carson and Eric Metaxas spoke at the event, while Joe Piscopo performed a music set.
A young minke whale was rescued from a shallow area of London's River Thames on Sunday. The whale was found again on Monday and was euthanized because it was in poor condition. The injured whale calf that went missing for the second time after rescuers freed it from being trapped in the London's Thames River on Sunday has been euthanized.
“If Facebook lets Trump back on Facebook and Instagram, he'll assuredly restart his assault on democracy.”
“Facebook should have known better than to believe that it could limit speech on its platform without setting a terrible precedent.”
“Providing a microphone and an amplifier for deceit isn't fighting the good fight for free speech.”
“It’s no defense of Mr. Trump’s conduct to say that the digital public square shouldn’t suppress speech by political leaders.”
“The former president no longer gets the ‘head of state’ exception to terms of service.”