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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israel is rallying global action against Iran over an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off Oman last week but is capable of responding on its own if necessary, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday. The United States, Britain and Israel blamed Iran for the suspected drone strike on Thursday in which two crew members, a Briton and a Romanian, were killed. Tehran denies any involvement.
Idaho state Rep. Priscilla Giddings (R) told the legislature's ethics committee on Monday that she doesn't think she was wrong to share an article on social media and in a newsletter to constituents that named a young woman who accused a lawmaker of rape. After the young woman, an intern at the statehouse, made the rape allegation against former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger (R), the ethics committee found he engaged in "conduct unbecoming" a lawmaker. Von Ehlinger, who said he had consensual sex with the intern, resigned.
A Washington D.C. Metropolitan police officer (MPD) was found dead of an apparent suicide last week inside his home in Virginia. A pattern emerges: Gunther Hashida, one of the officers who responded to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, reportedly took his own life last week on Thursday, the Washington Post reported. While Hashida is now the fourth officer from the Capitol incident responders to die in a similar manner, the authorities have not linked his death to the riot.
A former Afghan interpreter who worked with British forces told The Telegraph he was “stuck in Lashkar Gah” as government forces urged residents to evacuate the city amid heavy fighting. “The fight is so strong we are scared the Taliban may come to every house finding people who worked for British and American forces.” The former interpreter, whom The Telegraph has not named on security grounds, begged reporters to “raise our voice and save our lives”.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to block a bipartisan infrastructure package on Tuesday if Democrats cut off debate on amendments too quickly. “This is an extremely important bipartisan bill,” McConnell told reporters. Republicans accuse Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of attempting to rush passage of the spending bill in order to clear next week's schedule for a critical budget resolution that would give Democrats the authority unilaterally to pass a $3.5 trillion spending measure later this year.
A hiker who cut short a trek through an Arizona mountain with a man she'd just met was found dead hours later amid sweltering temperatures, according to reports. The body of the woman, identified in reports as Angela Tramonte, 31, was discovered Friday off the Echo Canyon Trail near a home on the northeast side of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, the Phoenix Fire Department said. Rescue teams responded to the 2,706-foot peak after Tramonte "turned around halfway" up the trail and did not return to a parking lot.
Tenants, who crowded housing courts amid concerns about a spike in evictions, got a reprieve Tuesday after the Biden administration announced an eviction ban that lapsed over the weekend would be extended 60 days in most of the country. The move will protect areas where 90% of the U.S. population lives, making the drama that played out a day earlier in Rhode Island, Ohio, North Carolina and elsewhere in the country short-lived. Among them was Gabe Imondi, a 74-year-old Rhode Island landlord who went to court Monday hoping to get his apartment back.
Driving the news: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday announced a new vaccination requirement for the city government's 10,000-plus employees. Private sector employees covered under the new mandate include those working in nursing homes, homeless shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, and schools and post-secondary institutions — both public and private. Context: While there's been a recent increase in vaccine requirements for employees among local governments across the country, Denver's rules appear to go further than most by applying to certain private contractors.
The Pentagon's police chief said Tuesday that a Pentagon police officer was attacked on the Metro bus platform outside the building and gunfire was exchanged in an incident that resulted in "several casualties" and prompted an hour-long lockdown of the building. Woodrow Kusse, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency's chief of Pentagon Police, told reporters during a press briefing the attack occurred around 10:37 a.m., and officers were alerted by a radio call that an "incident was underway." The encounter, which Kusse said resulted in "several casualties," caused the Pentagon to go into lockdown for roughly an hour because of what the Pentagon Force Protection Agency said was a "shooting event" near the building's Metro transit center.
In the months preceding the first known cases of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, multiple air ventilation systems within the Wuhan Institute of Virology were not functioning properly and required renovation, lending further credence to the theory that lab workers were infected with the virus and inadvertently spread it throughout the city. The discovery was included in an an 84-page memo released Monday by Republicans on the the House Foreign Affairs Committee as an addendum to a previous report on COVID's origins. The revelation suggests the virus may have emerged earlier than previously thought, reorienting the chronology of COVID's genesis, lending credence to the lab-leak hypothesis, and further implicating China in an orchestrated cover up.
On Sept. 14, California voters will decide two questions: whether to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom from office and, if so, who among the 46 candidates is best suited to take over. In other California elections, including special elections triggered by the death or resignation of an incumbent, a candidate cannot win without the support of a majority of voters. The fact that the recall election omits this reasonable step should concern all voters, regardless of whether they want Newsom to keep his job.
Contrary to popular belief, even senators have a sense of humor. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) playfully cut off Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the last second, as they approached the lectern for their weekly press conferences at the same time. Schumer framed the lighthearted slight as just "the prerogatives of the majority," while McConnell, alongside plenty of other reporters in the room, laughed harder than NBC News' Leigh Ann Caldwell said she had ever seen.
US Capitol Police Officer Harry A. Dunn says he's faced racist abuse after testifying on the Capitol riot. During his testimony last week, Dunn said it was the first time he was called the n-word while in uniform. US Capitol Police Officer Harry A. Dunn says he has faced racist abuse online after testifying before the House Select Committee amid its January 6 Capitol riot investigation.
Eleven more COVID-19 fatalities were recorded over the weekend in Kansas, five of them in the Kansas City area, bringing the statewide death toll to 5,266 since the pandemic began, according to public health officials. On Monday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recorded 11 additional deaths since the last report was issued Friday. During the same time frame, there were another 1,703 confirmed cases and 52 hospitalizations, the state health agency's data shows.
For the past decade, wealthy Venezuelan Naman Wakil has traveled the globe for business deals while living with his family in a $3.5 million Coconut Grove condominium overlooking Biscayne Bay. On Tuesday morning, federal agents arrested Wakil in a vast money laundering conspiracy case accusing him of making an illicit fortune off hundreds of millions of dollars in food and oil contracts with the Venezuelan government and then diverting some of the tainted money into Miami-Dade's luxury real estate market. Wakil has been charged in the United States because authorities say he invested his illegal profits from the government deals in the family's condo at the Residences at Vizcaya on Hiawatha Avenue in Coconut Grove as well as in high-rise units on Brickell Avenue in downtown Miami and at the Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, among other property assets.
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A Black man who said a group of white men assaulted him and threatened to “get a noose” at a southern Indiana lake is facing criminal charges more than a year after the confrontation that earlier led to charges against two of the alleged attackers.
On Friday, the House oversight committee released notes of a 27 December telephone call from Trump to then acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, in which Trump told Rosen: “Just say the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R congressmen.”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo — who has previously come under fire for the blurred lines between his personal and professional relationship with his brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo — drafted a statement for the latter responding to allegations of sexual misconduct back in February. The suggested statement came in the form of an email unearthed by New York attorney general Leticia James's investigation into Cuomo, the findings of which were released in a press conference on Tuesday morning. “Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law,” explained James.
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A COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown prompted the CDC to update its mask guidance for vaccinated people. An outbreak of COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people in a highly-vaccinated town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, around the July Fourth weekend prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to change its indoor-masking guidance. Instead, it shows that vaccines are working and "prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death," as clinical trials had previously found, she said.
The Maricopa Board of Supervisors recently condemned the election audit and rejected new subpoenas. Wendy Rogers called for election officials to be placed in "solitary confinement cells" in response. An Arizona state senator has called for members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to be imprisoned after they condemned the county's widely criticized election audit and objected to related subpoenas.
The Tamiami Trail was hailed as an engineering milestone when it opened nearly a century ago, a thin ribbon of rocky fill and asphalt connecting Florida's two coasts. Over the decades, it also became an environmental disaster — literally a roadblock to the historic natural flow of the Everglades, leaving water too deep to the north and sending too little to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay to the south. On Tuesday, South Florida water managers celebrated the final removal of sections of the old Trail, the culmination of a years-long project that earlier had erected a series of bridges designed to increase the flow of the Shark River Slough, the major fresh water artery for the southern Everglades.
Fox News parted ways with legal analyst Andrew Napolitano. A producer at the network accused him of sexual harassment in a lawsuit. Fox News said it took "immediate, appropriate action" on hearing of the claims.
To the editor: Given that our mental health services are being overwhelmed due to anxiety induced by the pandemic and its alarmist coverage, some perspective about the statistics behind the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's paper about the Delta variant is welcome. The Delta variant is as transmissible as chickenpox. Finally, the virus is waning in Britain, with 92% of the population showing antibodies in their blood after vaccination and from Delta's widely transmissible infection.
“[The program] stands likely to leave millions of families — disproportionately the poorest and most fragile ones — behind.”
“[Paying] families monthly, instead of one lump sum ... will provide parents with more stability knowing when cash is coming.”
“More parents will disappear from the workforce, and more children will be locked into dependency.”
“Poverty is a political choice, not an inevitability.”
“Time is running out. There are only six months until monthly payments of the credit cease."