The four astronauts, representing the U.S., Japan and France, were supposed to fly to the International Space Station on Thursday. But liftoff was delayed because of poor weather offshore.
Palestinians fired uninterrupted barrages of rockets into Israel, as its military pounded Gaza with air strikes through the early hours of Tuesday, in a dramatic escalation of clashes in Jerusalem. Explosions shook buildings throughout Gaza and rocket sirens sent Israelis in many southern towns scurrying for shelter overnight. Two Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded in air strikes, Palestinian officials said.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls it "a significant step" in the fight against Covid-19.
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Medical experts said getting too much vaccine usually doesn't lead to serious side effects - but it's important not to waste any doses.
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GoFundMe / St. John’s County SheriffAfter a daylong search, a 13-year-old cheerleader was found murdered in Florida—and police have arrested a 14-year-old boy who attended the same school.Tristyn Bailey’s family reported her missing at 10 a.m. on Sunday, and residents of St. Johns County came out in droves to look for her. The hunt ended tragically that evening when her body was spotted in a wooded area.The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office did not provide a cause of death; they said the seventh grader was clothed but did not confirm reports that she had on her cheerleading uniform.Sheriff Rob Hardwick said the teen arrested and charged with second-degree murder is the only suspect connected to Tristyn’s death. The Daily Beast is not naming him because he is a juvenile and authorities have not decided whether to charge him as an adult.“Our investigative team is out there interviewing all kinds of witnesses, whether directly or indirectly involved in this case,” Hardwick said at a press conference.“We have a suspect in custody. That is the only suspect that has to do with the death of Tristyn.”Hardwick said investigators are looking through a trove of social media posts that could be helpful to the case, but he did not comment on reports that a Snapchat under the boy’s name posted a photo of him in a patrol car with the caption: “Hey guys has anybody seen Tristyn lately?”Both Tristyn and the suspect attended Patriot Oaks Academy in St. Johns, though police said it was unclear how they knew each other or if they were in the same class.The sheriff acknowledged that news of Tristyn’s death had sparked an outpouring of emotion in the tight-knit county.“We know the community is angry,” Hardwick said.“We have a person charged with a serious crime, and we have a family that’s grieving the loss of a loved one. A child—a 13-year-old child.”Locals came out Monday night for a series of vigils—at the community center where she was last seen alive and at Infinity Allstars, the gym where she was a competitive cheer athlete. Ribbons in aqua, her favorite color, festooned mailboxes across the area in her memory.“It’s just heartbreaking for her family who can never see her again, be able to talk to her and say loving words to her,” Reagan Anderson, a friend of Tristyn, told Jax4News.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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After Myanmar’s military seized power by ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, they couldn’t even make the trains run on time: State railway workers were among the earliest organized opponents of the February takeover, and they went on strike. Health workers who founded the civil disobedience movement against military rule stopped staffing government medical facilities. Many civil servants were no-shows at work, along with employees of government and private banks.
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Hit by a cyberattack, the operator of a major U.S. fuel pipeline said Monday it hopes to have services mostly restored by the end of the week as the FBI and administration officials identified the culprits as a gang of criminal hackers. U.S. officials sought to soothe concerns about price spikes or damage to the economy by stressing that the fuel supply had so far not experienced widespread disruptions, and the company said it was working toward “substantially restoring operational service” by the weekend. The White House said in a statement late Monday that it was monitoring supply shortages in parts of the Southeast and that President Joe Biden had directed federal agencies to bring their resources to bear.
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Beyond Cheney vs. Stefanik, what is really on the GOP ballot Wednesday? Truth vs. propaganda, leadership vs. fealty, the Constitution vs. Donald Trump.
Community members told local media that Tristyn Bailey will be remembered as a cheerleader, a daughter, a sister, and a friend.
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Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via GettyThe Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) is the top national organization for securing GOP wins in state attorney general races. But the group came under scrutiny for its role in the events of Jan. 6 after it was revealed that RAGA’s fundraising arm had made robocalls encouraging people to march on the Capitol at 1 p.m. “to stop the steal.”Now longtime RAGA staff are leaving the organization, while those connected to the robocall—and the broader movement to challenge the 2020 election results—are on the ascent. The latest appointment, RAGA’s new chair, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, is in the latter group.Schmitt, who is running for U.S. Senate in addition to his role as Missouri AG and was the RAGA vice chairman, was tapped as the group’s new chair two weeks ago, the Kansas City Star reported last week. He’s filling one of multiple high-profile posts that was vacated after Jan. 6.State attorneys general have never been immune from politics. But in recent years, AGs have become more involved in party politics on a national level, according to Paul Nolette, the chair of Marquette University political science department.“What’s changed is not so much that there’s politics in AGs’ offices but that it’s become so much more polarized and nationalized,” Nolette, who monitors filings by state-level AGs, told The Daily Beast. “You have AGs who are increasingly unwilling to work with AGs across party lines... These AGs are increasingly engaged in national politics and policy, and are focused on often very highly partisan disputes.”Some of RAGA’s woes began before the Capitol attack. On Jan. 5, RAGA’s fundraising arm, the group Rule of Law Defense Fund, sent out invitations for a conference call on the following day’s rally. Pete Bisbee, the RLDF’s then-leader, sent one of those invites to Schmitt’s office, the Star previously reported.It’s unclear whether Schmitt or anyone from his office took part in the call, and a spokesperson declined to comment.Somehow, that wasn’t even the RLDF’s most controversial call that day.Also on Jan. 5, the group sent out robocalls that appeared to foreshadow the Capitol attack. “At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” the recorded message said, according to Documented. “We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight.” (RLDF was also listed as a participating organization on a website that advertised the march.)RAGA leaders later denied involvement with the call. “No Republican AG authorized the staff’s decision to amplify a colleague speaking at the rally,” the group’s then-executive director Adam Piper said in a statement, condemning the violence at the Capitol.The Hill reported that Piper had been involved in Jan. 5 planning meetings with Trump administration officials. Piper did not return a request for comment.He resigned days after the call was made public. But others were soon to follow, and on April 16, RAGA’s then-chair, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, quit the organization with a letter hinting at deep divides.“During the last several months, it has become clear that there is a significant difference of opinion among members of the RAGA’s executive committee as to the direction this organization should take going forward,” he wrote.“This fundamental difference of opinion began with vastly opposite views of the significance of the events of January 6 and the resistance by some to accepting the resignation of the executive director,” he added. “The differences have continued as we have tried to restore RAGA’s reputation internally and externally and were reflected once again during the process of choosing our next executive director.”That executive director turned out to be Bisbee, whose fundraising group was responsible for the robocalls. On April 22, RAGA promoted him to Piper’s vacated role—a move that touched off a new wave of resignations.RAGA’s finance director, Ashley Trenzeluk, later quit the organization, citing that appointment.“As RLDF Executive Director, Pete Bisbee approved the robocall expenditure, and was the only other person accountable for RLDF involvement in the January 6 events,” she wrote in a departing email, first reported by the Alabama Political Reporter. “Over the last few months, I have fielded, reassured, and assuaged concerns from our core donor base on the future direction of our organization. The result of the executive committee vote to nominate Pete as RAGA’s Executive Director is a decision I cannot defend.”Jason Heath, RAGA’s director of operations, was next out the door. “I respect your votes but the direction is not one I can honestly stand behind,” he wrote in an April 25 email obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy.Bisbee did not directly return The Daily Beast’s request for comment on the robocall or the wave of departures. Instead, a RAGA spokesperson replied with an email stating that “RAGA and the Republican AGs have publicly condemned and disavowed the violence that took place on January 6” and that the group planned on taking aggressive action against President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.With high-level staff headed for the exits, RAGA tapped a new chair with closer ties to the Stop the Steal movement: Schmitt, who has aligned himself with two lawsuits attempting to challenge Biden’s victory.In the months between Biden’s victory and the Jan. 6 riot, Schmitt signed onto two efforts to invalidate the 2020 election. The first, a Pennsylvania lawsuit, sought to throw away certain mail-in ballots in Biden’s close-won state of Pennsylvania. The second, a lawsuit led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, sought to challenge Biden’s victories in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.Paxton, for his part, is facing his own legal woes. Since 2015, he has been indicted on securities fraud charges, which he claims are politically motivated. Last year, the FBI opened an unrelated investigation into allegations that Paxton broke the law to aid a wealthy donor. Paxton has denied the allegations, which are reportedly based on testimonies from seven senior lawyers in Paxton’s office.He’s not even the only Republican AG under criminal investigation while supporting the broader effort to challenge Biden’s win. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, who signed onto Paxton’s lawsuit, is facing three criminal charges after he allegedly struck and killed a man with his car while looking at his phone. A minute before the fatal crash, Ravnsborg had been reading an article about Biden and China on a conspiracy news site, according to investigators. Ravnsborg initially left the scene of the crash, telling investigators he thought he hit a deer. (Paxton spoke at the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the riot, although Ravnsborg did not.)Criminal investigations aside, the faction of attorneys general whose own conduct has raised eyebrows appears to be gaining traction in the fight to drag RAGA off the deep end. After all, as Nolette, the Marquette political science chair, noted, modern Republican AGs are likely to feel sustained pressure to add their names to absurd lawsuits like Paxton’s.“On the one hand, I was surprised to see how many Republican AGs signed on to support that lawsuit,” he said.“On the other hand,” Nolette added, “I wasn't.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A U.S. Coast Guard ship fired about 30 warning shots after 13 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came close to it and other American Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said on Monday. This is the second time within the last month that U.S. military vessels have had to fire warning shots because of what they said was unsafe behavior by Iranian vessels in the region, after a relative lull in such interactions over the past year. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the warning shots were fired after the Iranian fast boats came as close as 150 yards (450 feet) of six U.S. military vessels, including the USS Monterey, that were escorting the guided-missile submarine Georgia.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -Malaysia's now-defunct 1MDB state fund is suing units of Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan and Coutts & Co to recover billions in alleged losses from a corruption scandal at the fund, court documents seen by Reuters showed. 1MDB is claiming $1.11 billion from Deutsche Bank (Malaysia) Bhd, $800 million from J.P. Morgan (Switzerland) Ltd and $1.03 billion from a Swiss-based Coutts unit, and interest payments from all of them, according to the lawsuit. Malaysia's finance ministry said on Monday that 1MDB and a former unit had filed 22 civil suits seeking to recover more than $23 billion in assets from entities and people allegedly involved in defrauding the fund and its ex-subsidiary.
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Tom Cruise returned his Golden Globe awards on Monday and NBC said it would no longer host the ceremony on its network, amid growing complaints over lack of diversity. The US television channel announced it will not broadcast the ceremony next year following complaints surrounding Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the group that hands out the annual awards for film and television. Cruise handed back his gongs for best actor in Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, as well as a best supporting actor award in Magnolia, making it the most high-profile repudiation yet of the HFPA. The decision came despite a plan approved last week by the organisation to recruit more black members and expand its membership over the next year.
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The twisted remains of several all-terrain vehicles leaned precariously inside Baba Mir’s sprawling scrap yard, alongside smashed shards that were once generators, tank tracks that have been dismantled into chunks of metal, and mountains of tents reduced to sliced up fabric. The Americans are dismantling their portion of nearby Bagram Air Base, their largest remaining outpost in Afghanistan, and anything that is not being taken home or given to the Afghan military is being destroyed as completely as possible, even small outposts are being dismantled or reduced to rubble. As the last few thousand U.S. and NATO troops head out the door, ending their own 20-year war in Afghanistan, they are involved in a massive logistical undertaking, packing up bases around the country.
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WARSAW MUMMY PROJECTIn 2015 scientists in Poland were in the midst of a large comprehensive study of the National Museum in Warsaw’s mummy collection when they ran across something strange. An Egyptian mummy that, for decades, had been thought to be the remains of an ancient male priest had something unusual in its pelvis area. The anthropologist was examining the pelvic area of the mummy to confirm the sex of the remains when he noticed an “anomaly”: a tiny foot. This was not the body of a male religious leader it was that of a woman. The surprising discovery is the first time that archaeologists have discovered the remains of a mummified pregnant woman.The mummy first arrived in at the University of Warsaw in 1826. The donor supplied correspondence that indicated the mummy was discovered in the famous royal tombs at Thebes, but nineteenth century accounts of origins are notoriously unreliable. Vendors of antiquities often connected their discoveries to celebrity sites in order to inflate their value for sale. For nearly two centuries afterwards inscriptions on the sarcophagus led scientists to believe that the mummy was a male priest named Hor-Djehuti. It seems likely that the woman had been placed in the wrong coffin by 19th century antiquities dealers. Archaeologist Dr. Wojciech Ejsmond, of the Polish Academy of Sciences and director of the Warsaw Mummy Project, said that the inaccurate matching of mummies and coffins happens in about ten percent of cases.The noninvasive scanning technology used as part of the Warsaw Mummy Project has revealed the truth. The Mysterious Lady of the National Museum in Warsaw, as she is now known, lived during the first century BCE and was in her twenties when she died. The circumference of the head of her unborn child suggests that she was between 26 and 30 weeks pregnant when she died. Fifteen items, including a set of valuable mummy-shaped amulets, were found among the mummy wrappings. Given the money invested in her burial she is likely to have been a high-status woman, but her hometown, family life, and cause of death are currently unknown.Radiological images revealed that four bundles have been placed in abdominal cavity. Traditional Egyptian mummification practice removed and embalmed select internal organs that were believed to be valuable for the afterlife and experts believe that the parcels contain these organs. Interestingly, however, the fetus remained intact in the uterus. Perhaps removing it was too difficult for Egyptian mortuary workers or perhaps the fetus was left where it was for religious reasons. It’s anyone’s best guess.Ejsmond told the Associated Press that “This is our most important and most significant finding so far, a total surprise.” While the remains of pregnant women have been unearthed before in Egypt, this is the first time that mummified remains have been discovered. The condition of the woman’s body offers a rare opportunity to scrutinize ancient women’s health, diet, and lifestyle more closely. “It’s like finding a treasure trove while you are picking up mushrooms in a forest,” Dr. Ejsmond said, “We are overwhelmed.”The discovery shines a spotlight on our piecemeal understanding of the history of ancient women. Though, as UCLA Egyptologist Kara Cooney has written, some ancient Egyptian women, like Neferusobek, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra actually ruled ancient Egypt there’s still a great deal that we don’t know about the lives of more ordinary people.In the first century BCE Egypt was controlled by a succession of Greek and Roman rulers. Alexander the Great had conquered Egypt in 332 BCE and was the region was ruled in the aftermath of his death by the Ptolemies. But by the first century BCE the Ptolemaic dynasty had grown weak and Egypt was under the power of the now-powerful Roman Republic. The last and best known of the Ptolemaic rulers, Cleopatra, died in 30 BCE from suicide by snake bite.Most of the knowledge that we have about women in this period comes from Greek texts written on papyri that were preserved in Egypt’s soil. Dr. Alexander Nagel, a Residential Research associate with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and an assistant professor at SUNY (FIT), told The Daily Beast that letters written by women often reveal the need for childcare assistance and support during pregnancy and childbirth. In one late papyrus he mentioned “a seven-month pregnant woman who had a female servant states that her servant would have to do more work now.” This was potentially, Nagel added, because the woman’s father was sick and her husband was away. I’m sure many modern mothers can relate to the struggle.Other papyri Nagel pointed to paint an even grimmer picture: one papyrus tells the story of a woman who died four days after giving birth to an eight-month old fetus. Pregnancy was dangerous and some women wore amulets of the hippo demon Taweret to protect themselves during pregnancy. Just like today, Nagel told me, “healthcare depended on social status…women who did not need to work because their husband provided them with income had easier access to better healthcare.” Women who worked in temples as priestesses, musicians, or nurses may have been able to lean on one another for practical support and medical advice.We do not yet know how or why the woman died. Perhaps her death was accidental, connected to her pregnancy, or was the result of an unrelated illness or health condition. Dr. Marzena Ożarek-Szilke, one of the researchers on the project, indicated that the team hope to examine a small amount of tissue in order to establish cause of death. “It is exciting, said Nagel “that non-invasive technologies can help us to understand better the…unfortunate death of a pregnant woman who lived 2,000 years ago.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Boeing's 737 Max is under scrutiny again, months after being cleared to fly by US regulators.
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Months after his rehab stint, comedian John Mulaney is divorcing artist Anna Marie Tendler, his wife of nearly seven years.