By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday. Washington state voters are deciding on two competing gun legislation measures in next week's election. One would require background checks on all gun sales, including at gun shows, online and transfers. The other would prevent the state from imposing more background check requirements unless the federal government does so first. The vote comes in the shadow of last week's school shooting in Marysville, Washington, in which a teenager used a .40 caliber handgun to shoot five classmates at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Two 14-year-old girls were killed in addition to the gunman, who took his own life, authorities said. A KCTS-9 survey taken from Oct. 17 to 24, the day of the shooting, found voter support for the background check measure at 64 percent. The survey found 45 percent of those polled would vote against new background checks. A separate Oct. 9 survey conducted by independent Washington pollster Stuart Elway, found the gun control measure with 60 percent support with its rival at 39 percent. Public support for stricter gun control often spikes after a mass shooting, said Matt Barreto, a University of Washington political science professor. "If you piece together all of the shootings going all the way back to Columbine, nationally we've been seeing more support for background checks and more responsible gun laws," Barreto said. Pro-gun groups argue that tighter background checks wouldn't have prevented the Marysville tragedy nor impeded the shooter, who at 15 was too young to legally obtain a gun. "I think it's deceptive to suggest that a law like this is going to prevent something like what happened at Pilchuck high school," said Dave Workman, a spokesman for the measure to block more background checks. Gun control advocates say stricter checks would reduce gun violence by making it harder for criminals to obtain firearms. Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden, who both lost first-grade sons in a 2012 shooting rampage in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, came to Seattle to encourage residents to vote for stricter checks. "We know that background checks can save lives," Hockley said. "Just because it won't stop one tragedy doesn't mean it won't stop other tragedies from happening." (Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)
- The Telegraph
Brought together under the saddest of circumstances, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex put on a show of unity at their beloved grandfather’s funeral. Reconciled for the first time in more than a year – and seen together in public for the first time since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a bombshell interview to Oprah Winfrey – the estranged brothers chatted together following the 3pm ceremony at St George’s Chapel. Although they did not walk shoulder to shoulder in the procession behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, they made a point of seeking each other out after the 50-minute service and walked back to Windsor Castle side by side. Prince Harry was initially seen speaking to the Duchess of Cambridge as they left the chapel and began walking, but then she appeared to hang back so he could talk to Prince William for a few moments without her. The family had all been due to be convened back to the castle’s state entrance in state vehicles but took the last-minute decision to walk instead, encouraged by the sunny blue skies overhead. It is thought the brothers also wanted to quell suggestions they are barely on speaking terms after the Duchess of Sussex told Ms Winfrey an unnamed member of the Royal family queried Archie’s skin tone and the Duke claimed his father and brother were “trapped” in the monarchy. The siblings did not appear to make eye contact at any point during the eight-minute procession, pictured below, as they flanked their older cousin, Peter Phillips, 43.
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The U.S. Justice Department made a “wrong and dangerous” argument in seeking to defend former President Donald Trump against a former advice columnist’s claim that he defamed her when he denied her allegation of rape, her lawyers have told a court. During Trump's presidency, the Justice Department sought to make the United States, not him personally, the defendant in E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit — a move that would put U.S. taxpayers on the hook if she got a payout in the case. The Justice Department has argued that the statements he made about Carroll, including that she was “totally lying” to sell a memoir and that “she's not my type," fell within the scope of his job as president.
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Trump rape accuser adds to former president's legal woes by asking court to keep defamation lawsuit alive
The former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll published an account accusing Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990s.
Fox News host Sean Hannity describes Chicago police shooting victim Adam Toledo as a '13-year-old man'
There was outrage on social media after Fox News host Sean Hannity described the Chicago police shooting victim Adam Toledo as a "13-year-old man."
Makeup brand Morphe is parting ways with beauty YouTuber James Charles amid reports he sent sexual messages to minors
Multiple boys have made accusations against Charles, but the YouTuber said he did not know the boys were minors.
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Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood receives standing ovation after making 'QAnon' gestures to crowd, report says
Lin Wood falsely claimed that former President Donald Trump is still in power while speaking at the Health and Freedom Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- The Telegraph
The historic family ties that prompted The Queen to invite German royalty Follow live updates from Prince Philip's funeral The Duke of Edinburgh's great niece, whose brother is in Windsor for his funeral on Saturday, has remembered Prince Philip as an "idol" for the younger generation of their family. Speaking from Munich, Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg said the Duke was a powerful role model to her and his "selflessness, lack of ego and sense of humour" will never be forgotten. Her tribute comes as the Queen prepares to say farewell to her husband of 73 years at Windsor Castle. "To all of us, he was an idol, he was somebody to look up to, we had enormous respect for him and it was always very exciting when he came to visit, and he came often," said Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg. "And this has become clear to me in the week since he's died - the way he lived his life, his motto, which was an unwritten motto for us, this discipline, this selflessness, this lack of ego, but also his sense of humour always underlying all of that.
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(Reuters) -Four members of the Sikh religious community, three women and one man, were killed in a Thursday night shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis that claimed the lives of eight workers, a community group and local leader said on Friday. "Out of eight, four are Sikh community members," said businessman Gurinder Singh Khalsa, who identified himself as a leader of the local Sikh community and said he had spoken with the families of those killed. He said the FedEx operations center near the city's international airport was known for providing employment to older members of the Sikh community who did not necessarily speak fluent English.
- Business Insider
Jerry Falwell Jr.'s infamous photo with his pants unzipped was taken during a yacht party honoring a raunchy TV show, lawsuit says
When the photo was taken, Jerry Falwell Jr. was the president of an evangelical Christian university that bans sexual content and alcoholic drinks.
- The Telegraph
The Duke of Edinburgh was the “glue” that held his wider family together, his German great niece said on Saturday. Princess Xenia of Hohenlohe-Langenburg said the Duke’s longevity meant he was the one common link to the past for foreign-based branches of the family, for whom he was an “idol”. The Princess’ brother, Prince Philipp, is one of three German relatives of the Duke given the honour of being among the 30 mourners at St George’s Chapel. The Duke’s four sisters all married into the German aristocracy but they were not invited to his wedding in 1947 because of sensitivities around the Second World War. However Prince Philip, who outlived all of his sisters by decades, remained close to their descendants and often visited them in Germany.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules governing the use of taxpayer-funded resources when he, and his wife, asked State Department employees to carry out personal tasks more than 100 times, a government watchdog said in a report on Friday. Pompeo, who was former President Donald Trump's last secretary of state, served until Jan. 20, when Republican Trump left the office after being defeated by Democrat Joe Biden in the November election.
- Business Insider
The 10 GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump have already received $6.4 million in donations this year - far more than their 2022 midterm opponents
Donations to the GOP lawmakers came from Conservative PACs and even some Democrat donors, including entrepreneur Kimbal Musk, Elon Musk's brother.
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- The Week
The View co-host Meghan McCain is notorious both for sharing her "oppressive conservative beliefs on daytime TV" and for her, uh, interesting hairstyles, which has resulted in some onlookers wondering if those two things might be related. "Everyone's convinced Meghan McCain's hair and makeup stylist secretly hates her," Queerty wrote last month, while someone else tweeted that "The View's hair and makeup team expressing their contempt for Meghan McCain every day is hilarious." The Cut at last spoke to said hairstylist, whose name is Carmen Currie and who swears the looks aren't intentional sabotage. "I'm not slapping something on her and being like, 'Take THAT!,'" Currie said. "I'm not telling her what to do all the time, it's not like that at all." McCain recently defended her looks as "just having fun." Read more at The Cut and Vice. More stories from theweek.com5 colossally funny cartoons about Biden's infrastructure planYou should start a keyhole gardenBiden bungles the politics of refugees
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The Duchess of Sussex wrote the card attached to the wreath sent by her and Prince Harry to ensure that, in a small way, she played a part in the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral service. Meghan, who is heavily pregnant with the couple's second child, had hoped to attend the ceremony but was advised against travelling by her doctor. The 39-year-old was watching the funeral on television at home in Montecito, California. The Sussexes' tribute was among nine family wreaths laid in the Quire of St George's Chapel, propped against the stalls on each side of the Duke's coffin. Buckingham Palace aides declined to provide details of the other wreaths, saying they were private. But a source close to the Sussexes confirmed that theirs had been designed and handmade by Willow Crossley, a Cotswold florist known for her natural, rustic arrangements. The variety of locally sourced flowers, some of which were picked from the designer's garden, were chosen due to their particular significance. Prince Harry and Meghan asked for it to include Acanthus mollis, or bear's breeches, the national flower of Greece, to represent the Duke's heritage; Eryngium, or sea holly, to represent the Royal Marines; Campanula, to represent "gratitude and everlasting love"; rosemary to signify remembrance; lavender for devotion, and roses in honour of the Duke's birth month of June.
- The Week
Lawmakers who have criticized former President Donald Trump have reportedly had to spend a significant amount of cash on security following the deadly Capitol riot. A report from Punchbowl News on Friday described how members of Congress "are spending tens of thousands of their campaign dollars on security to protect themselves and their families" in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot, during which supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol to disrupt the certification of President Biden's election win. This phenomenon has reportedly been "most acute" among Republicans who voted to impeach and convict Trump earlier this year. For example, first-quarter Federal Election Commission reports showed that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) spent $43,633 on security, while Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) spent almost $70,000 and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) spent $50,400, according to Punchbowl. These lawmakers all drew Trump's ire after they voted to impeach him on charges of inciting the Capitol riot, and Romney was also the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump in his first impeachment trial. Some prominent Democrats are also spending similar sums on their private security, according to the report, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) security costs reportedly totaling $45,000 in the first quarter. In the wake of the Jan. 6. attack, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in February unveiled new security measures for lawmakers traveling to and from the nation's capitol, Axios notes, and according to Punchbowl, she's also preparing a spending bill that would add more officers to the Capitol Police and provide certain lawmakers with security in their districts. "Several lawmakers privately told us that they got a flood of death threats after opposing Trump," Punchbowl also writes, adding that "threat levels against lawmakers have soared." More stories from theweek.com5 colossally funny cartoons about Biden's infrastructure planYou should start a keyhole gardenBiden bungles the politics of refugees
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YouTube star’s Rolls Royce flipped three times after reportedly hitting black ice
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The coronavirus variant first found in Brazil is developing worrying new mutations that could make vaccines less effective, experts say
The P.1 variant, first found in Brazil, may be able to evade vaccines, and can reinfect people who have had COVID-19, according to Brazilian experts.