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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration plans to provide $650 million to expand COVID-19 testing for elementary and middle schools, as well as homeless shelters and other underserved congregate settings, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. It will also spend $815 million to increase U.S. manufacturing of testing supplies and $200 million for virus genome sequencing, the statement said. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: diseases, infectious diseases, public health, United States, coronavirus, education
    (CNN)Celebrated Nigerian entrepreneur Obinwanne Okeke has been jailed for 10 years by a US federal court for masterminding an $11 million cyber fraud on a British company. The court heard that "through subterfuge and impersonation, Obinwanne Okeke, engaged in a multi-year global business email and computer hacking scheme that caused a staggering $11 million in losses to his victims," Raj Parekh, Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement Tuesday after the sentencing. British company Unatrac Holding Limited -- the export sales office for industrial machinery company Caterpillar -- were the victims of an online heist perpetrated by Okeke and his team, who had obtained their login details through phishing emails, the justice department said."In April 2018, a Unatrac executive fell prey to a phishing email that allowed conspirators to capture login credentials," according to the statement. "The conspirators sent fraudulent wire transfer requests and...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain issued a joint statement with France, Germany, Italy and the United States to condemn the Feb. 15 attacks on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq. "We the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America condemn in the strongest terms the February 15 rocket attack in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. We offer our condolences to the victims, their families, and the Iraqi people," the statement on Wednesday said. "Together, our governments will support the government of Iraq’s investigation into the attack with a view to holding accountable those responsible." (Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by James Davey) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: France, United States, Italy, Iraq, Asia, European Union, Middle East, United Kingdom, Europe, Germany
    Loading the player... Former President Donald Trump has maintained a low profile since leaving Washington DC last month but on Tuesday he made time to declare war on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in the statement, per CNN. “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.” Read More: McConnell acquits Trump but says he is ‘morally responsible’ for provoking Capitol riot Trump’s comments come days after the Kentucky Republican voted to acquit the former reality TV star in his second impeachment trial. An earlier report on...
    Former President Donald Trump issued a blistering, wrathful, and highly personal attack on the Senate’s highest-ranking Republican, Mitch McConnell, on Tuesday. And while Trump repeated many of his favorite insults and debunked conspiracies, it also included five full-on deranged or abjectly false claims. 1. Slamming McConnell’s “lack of political insight, wisdom, and skill.” The now-Senate Minority Leader is recognized, even by his partisan opponents, as an intensely canny and strategic legislator with a decades-long reputation for pushing — and blocking — bills and nominations in the upper chamber to benefit his party’s agenda. To suggest the seven-term Senator is a bumbling, unsuccessful politician defies reality. And it also defies Trump himself, who has repeatedly praised him in the past, like in October 2018 when the then-president proclaimed “There’s nobody’s tougher, there’s nobody smarter” after the Senate confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 2. Blaming twin Georgia Senate runoff defeats on McConnell and state officials. In...
    A militia believed to be tied to the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) took responsibility on Tuesday for a rocket attack on Erbil, Iraq, that resulted in damage to the Chinese consulate there. Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between communist China and Iran. The attack on Monday, claimed by an allegedly newly-formed militant group named “Saraya Awlia al-Dam (Guardians of Blood Brigades),” featured about 14 rockets bombing various parts of the regional capital, including Erbil’s airport, residential areas, and at least one market. Local authorities confirmed at least one death and eight injuries, including civilians and at least one U.S. service member. Iraq’s Interior Ministry described the attack as similar in “method and technique” to past bombings of Erbil. Erbil is the capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq, an autonomous territory. Many nations keep consulates in Erbil to maintain communication with the Kurdish government...
    Savannah Rychcik February 16, 2021 0 Comments Former President Donald Trump is not holding back on his criticism of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) just three days after the Senate acquitted him on the charge of inciting an insurrection. “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm… Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again,” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday. He added, “He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership.” Trump suggested without him, McConnell would have never won his election....
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, calling him "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" in a broadside attack just days after the Kentucky Republican voted to acquit Trump in his second impeachment trial.After that vote, McConnell ripped Trump in a speech from the Senate floor, and the two have been estranged in recent months after working closely together during the former President's four years in office."Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again," Trump said in the statement. "He will never do what needs to be done, or what is right for our Country. Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership."This is a breaking...
    Former President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a lengthy, fiery statement days after the end of the impeachment trial. McConnell voted to acquit Trump but made a point of saying in his speech that day Trump was morally responsible for the riots at the Capitol building, even bringing up the possibility of Trump being charged down the line. “The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political ‘leaders’ like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm,” Trump says in the statement. “The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle — they’ve never had it so good — and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last.” Many Republicans put the Georgia losses in those two Senate races at the feet of the former president, but...
    Former President Trump released a scathing statement Tuesday afternoon targeting Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell.  Read below:  The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political "leaders" like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm. McConnell’s dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse. The Democrats and Chuck Schumer play McConnell like a fiddle—they’ve never had it so good—and they want to keep it that way! We know our America First agenda is a winner, not McConnell’s Beltway First agenda or Biden’s America Last. In 2020, I received the most votes of any sitting President in history, almost 75,000,000. Every incumbent House Republican won for the first time in decades, and we flipped 15 seats, almost costing Nancy Pelosi her job. Republicans...
    A construction worker at Ramapo College of New Jersey was knocked unconscious Tuesday when a valve cap popped off a pipe and hit him in the head, police and university officials said. The worker — who was not immediately identified — was injured Tuesday morning while “conducting a standard pressure test” on a chiller line on the second floor of the Learning Commons Library construction site when a gasket failed, university officials said in a statement. The worker was rushed via ambulance to Hackensack University Medical Center, where his condition wasn’t immediately clear, according to reports. Messages seeking additional comment from Mahwah police were not immediately returned. “Our thoughts are with the worker,” Ramapo College of New Jersey said in a statement to The Post. In conjunction with Mahwah police and fire departments, contractors have shut down the construction site until Occupational Safety and Health Administration reps can assess...
    Former Australian Olympic swimmer Scott Miller was arrested in his Sydney home Tuesday morning on multiple drug charges, according to local outlet Nine News. Police alleged that Miller led a gang responsible for supplying methamphetamine across New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia. According to a police statement, detectives charged two men related to the investigations with supplying over two-million Australian dollars (about $1.56 million) of meth hidden in candles. “For all intents and purposes, they looked like regular candles but they weren’t laced with fragrance, they were laced with death and misery,” said Detective John Watson, according to 9 News. Authorities in New South Wales had been investigating a criminal syndicate involved in supplying multiple illegal drugs across the state before Miller’s arrest, the police statement said. (RELATED: Former Olympian Klete Keller Charged In Capitol Riot) Phil Rogers, Steven Dewick, Chris Fydler and Scott Miller of Australia celebrate...
    Julius Randle hurt the Hawks on Monday night and is paving his way to Atlanta on March 7, the scheduled date of the All-Star Game. Randle posted his Knicks-high 44 points, setting a career-high with 7 3-pointers as the Knicks won their third straight Monday, 123-112, over the Hawks at the fanless Garden. Randle racked up his third game of 30 or more points extending his All-Star campaign and finished one point shy of his career high (set with New Orleans). Randle hit a driving runner with 3:30 left and then his seventh 3-pointer to drive the lead to 112-107 and repel the Hawks’ comeback effort. Randle made 7 of 13 from 3 and was 14 of 22 overall. He was a career 28 percent 3-point shooter entering the season. Appearing on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN radio before the game, Randle said an All-Star berth would mean “a...
    The harsh statements of Charisma carpenter last week they raised a cloud of dust that will be difficult to dissipate in the short term. The actress accused Josh Whedon, the writer and producer responsible for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and ‘Angel’, of « traumatizing » her and creating a « hostile » and « toxic » environment on the set of both series. These words provoked an almost immediate response from many of his former ‘Buffy’ companions, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Trachtenberg, Danny Strong, Eliza dushku Y James Masters, who did not hesitate to show their support for Carpenter. And all of them have now joined David Boreanaz Y Amy acker. Boreanaz, now starring in the CBS war drama ‘SEAL Team’, responded this Sunday to the statement Carpenter posted on Twitter: « I am here to listen and support you. Proud of your strength. «  » I know you are there for me, David. I appreciate everything...
    Enlarge Image Broken glass is seen at the Bright Castle Motors building after reports of mortar shells landing near Erbil airport, in Erbil, Iraq on February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari A rocket attack near a base housing American forces in northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and wounded at least eight other people on Monday night. A US service member and two civilians were among the injured in the 9:30 p.m. strike in between the Irbil international airport in the semi-autonomous Kurdish-run territory and the base, authorities said. Initial reports indicate at least three rockets struck the area. Coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said in a statement the attack is under investigation. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. Marotto did not disclose the nationality of the dead contractor. Iraqi President Barham Saleh condemned the attack in a statement posted online, calling it a “dangerous...
    (CNN)Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead Monday in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida, officials said.The 38-year-old had been staying at the Homewood Suites in Brandon, about 12 miles outside Tampa, since January 11, according to a news release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Office officials said they spoke with Jackson's family members on February 10, after they had called to report that he was missing. A formal report was filed the following day. Last Friday, officials said they located Jackson at the Homewood Suites and spoke with him, according to the news release. "After assessing Jackson's well-being, the missing persons case was canceled," the release said. Read MoreVincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jackson was found dead at 11:30 a.m. Monday by a housekeeper. There were...
    More On: iraq Tony Blinken confirmed as Joe Biden’s secretary of state UN reports 12 murdered at Kurdish-run displacement camp in Syria Deadly suicide attack rocks central Baghdad, first in 3 years Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over killing of militia leader A rocket attack near a base housing American forces in northern Iraq killed a US-led coalition contractor and wounded at least eight other people on Monday night. A US service member and two civilians were among the injured in the 9:30 p.m. strike in between the Irbil international airport in the semi-autonomous Kurdish-run territory and the base, authorities said. Initial reports indicate at least three rockets struck the area. Coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said in a statement the attack is under investigation. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. Marotto did not disclose the nationality of the dead contractor. Iraqi President Barham Saleh condemned...
    FREMONT — Alameda County prosecutors have charged the owner of a local car dealership after state tax investigators determined he’d misrepresented $8 million in sales, according to court records. Joseph Nader, 53, was charged last year with five felonies and a dozen misdemeanors, alleging that he committed grand theft by embezzlement and filed false tax returns. At a court hearing earlier this month, Nader formally pleaded not guilty to the charges. In an email to this newspaper, Nader’s attorney, David Sternfeld, cautioned against believing the authorities’ claims that were outlined in a probable cause statement filed in court “Mr. Nader has not admitted any wrongdoing nor has he been found guilty of any wrongdoing,” Sternfeld said. According to the probable cause statement, the charges are the result of a 2018 audit by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which looked at records related to Nader’s business, Greenlight Motors,...
    A World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 investigator tried to hide his involvement in organizing a pro-China statement to condemn the “lab-leak theory” as a “conspiracy theory,” a newly revealed email shows. Dr. Peter Daszak, a British-American zoologist on the WHO team investigating the origins of COVID-19 in China, helped rally scientists to sign a statement in Feb. 2020 that condemned “conspiracy theories” that the virus had originated in a Chinese lab. Daszak, who helped funnel U.S. government money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology for years leading up to the pandemic, deliberately tried to conceal the extent of his involvement with the statement, according to a newly revealed email from investigative group U.S. Right To Know. In the email, Daszak tells University of North Carolina (UNC) researcher Dr. Ralph Baric that they should not sign the statement condemning the lab-leak theory so that it seems more independent and credible. “You,...
    Getty JaVale McGee with Dwight Howard & Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. This current Los Angeles Lakers team looks quite a bit different than the one that won the championship last season. One thing that really sticks out is how much smaller the team is compared to last season. Dwight Howard left the team in the offseason and JaVale McGee was traded. Those two big men were replaced by Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell, who are both smaller and less athletic. The move has paid off so far but the Lakers could regret letting McGee go. His role wasn’t very big in the playoffs last season but he was a key player for the squad and started every game he played in the regular season. However, he doesn’t have any bad blood with the team. On a recent appearance on the Posted Up podcast, McGee opened up about the trade. “It didn’t...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France's largest bank BNP Paribas pledged on Monday to stop financing firms producing or buying either beef or soybeans cultivated on land in the Amazon cleared or converted after 2008. The lender also said it would encourage clients not to buy or produce beef or soy farmed in the Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna eco-region covering 20% of Brazil, only financing those which adopt a strategy of zero deforestation by 2025. Environmental campaign groups said BNP Paribas' move sent a strong signal to companies trading commodities in the region, but pressed for faster action. "Financial institutions exposed to the agricultural sector in Brazil must contribute to this fight against deforestation. This is the case for BNP Paribas," the bank said in a statement. Soy and beef are two of the largest drivers of global deforestation. Population growth and rapidly expanding middle classes in countries like China have...
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States on Monday of supporting Kurdish militants who Ankara says executed 13 kidnapped Turks in northern Iraq, adding that a U.S. statement of condemnation was a "a joke". Turkey said on Sunday militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) executed the 13 Turks, including military and police personnel, amid a military operation against the group. Washington said it condemned the killings if reports that the PKK was responsible were confirmed. Erdogan told supporters of his AK Party that the U.S. statement showed it supported the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG force, which Ankara considers an offshoot of the PKK. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Dominic Evans) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Turkey, United States, crime, Islam, Iraq, Asia, Middle East, Europe, kidnapping
    Joe Biden has called Jill the 'love of his life' in a soppy Valentine's Day tweet after spending Presidents' Day weekend playing Mario Kart with his grandchildren at Camp David. The 78-year-old posted a picture of himself with his arms around his wife at last month's inauguration, writing: 'The love of my life and the life of my love. Happy Valentine's Day, Jilly.' The couple, who have been married for 44 years, spent the holiday weekend at the president's country retreat in Maryland, to 'just hang out with the family and do what we always do,' Biden told reporters. His granddaughter Naomi, one of Hunter's children, posted several pictures on social media, including Biden wearing a new baseball cap and playing Mario Kart. 'We bought him some swag since it's Presidents' Day weekend and he's "literally" President,' the 26-year-old law graduate wrote on Twitter.   She also posted a clip to...
    Jamaican authorities on Sunday said a Jet Blue flight attendant vacationing on the island was not kidnapped despite a social media campaign to save her. The Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement that Kalina Collier tested positive for coronavirus upon arriving from the US and was in isolation as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Police decided to visit her Saturday after posts on social media using the hashtag #KalinaCollier claimed she was kidnapped in the country. Authorities quickly determined that Collier was fine. “She is not, nor was she at any time, in any danger,” according to the JCF statement. Collier was expected to fly out of Jamaica later Sunday following her 14-day quarantine, The Gleaner reported. The American issued her own statement to Instagram on Sunday, affirming she was never missing or kidnapped. Collier did, however, allege the resort staff of harassing...
    Nissan has issued a statement denying that it’s in discussions to work with Apple on the US company’s long-rumored autonomous car project. Earlier today the Financial Times reported that the Japanese automaker had engaged in talks with Apple “We are not in talks with Apple,” a Nissan spokesperson tells Reuters. “However, Nissan is always open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to accelerate industry transformation.” That statement doesn’t address whether the talks ever took place, which means it doesn’t directly contradict the Financial Times’ story. That report said that “the contact was brief and the discussions did not advance to senior management levels following divisions over branding for the iPhone maker’s electric vehicles.” The breaking point was said to be Apple’s request that Nissan manufacture cars carrying Apple’s branding. “We have our own customer satisfaction, which comes by car. No way we are going to change the way we make...
    Johnny Manziel is back as part of Fan Controlled Football and is already proving he hasn’t changed one bit. Johnny Manziel is playing professional football once again. The fact this statement is being made in February takes away any potential shock of him making an NFL return. No, Manziel is back as part of the Fan Controlled Football league and made his debut Saturday night with the Zappers. His team fell in a close game, but Manziel gave a perfect quote following the loss that proves he hasn’t changed one bit.Manziel still the same guyThe 28-year-old’s postgame statements were shared in a USA Today article and one quote stands out the most. “The product will keep getting better as the weeks go on,’’ Manziel said. “Good start even with the loss. You know, win or lose we booze on the Zappers.’’ Win or lose we booze. There you have it,...
    Instagram Kalina Collier, an American flight attendant for JetBlue from New York, was not kidnapped in Jamaica, authorities say. Kalina Collier is a New York woman and JetBlue flight attendant whose Instagram posts sparked fears she was kidnapped or missing in Jamaica. But authorities say the 22-year-old was actually quarantined on the island after testing positive for COVID-19 when she arrived on January 28, 2021. Collier traveled to Jamaica with her mother and friends, according to her social media posts. She said was being held against her will at a resort and feared being trafficked. On February 14, the Jamaica Constabulary Force issued a statement saying, “The Police are advising members of the public to dismiss as rumour information that has been circulated via social and other media that American National Kalina Collier was kidnapped in Jamaica. The police assert the information is baseless and mischievous.” Collier also...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a blistering statement condemning Donald Trump and defending her vote to impeach the former president for incitement of insurrection. Trump was acquitted over incitement to insurrection when the Senate failed to reach the supermajority of votes necessary to convict him for riling up his violent supporters to storm the Capitol. The 57-43 vote was the most bipartisan impeachment trial vote in U.S. history however, for Murkowski and 6 of her Republican colleagues broke with their party and sided with Democrats in declaring Trump guilty. On Sunday, Murkowski’s office released a statement saying that between Trump’s actions and his conduct after losing the 2020 election, “the facts make clear that the violence and desecration of the Capitol that we saw on January 6 was not a spontaneous uprising.” From the statement: President Trump did everything in his power to stay in power....
    Beer, a favorite drink of ancient Egypt, was brewed at this funeral site, according to a statement released by the ministry on its Facebook page. “The Egyptian-American archaeological mission, led by Matthew Adams of New York University and Deborah Vischak of Princeton University, discovered what appears to be the world’s oldest large-scale production brewery.”, the statement said. The beer factory “probably dates back to the era of King Narmer,” said the secretary general of the Egyptian General Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, quoted in the text. Narmer is the first king who united Upper and Lower Egypt. He ruled over 5,000 years ago and is considered by some to be the founder of the First Dynasty of Pharaohs. British archaeologists made discoveries at the start of the 20th century that led them to believe that an old brewery was in the area, but they had not been able...
    Before there was the King of Beers, there was the Pharaoh of Beers. A team of archaeologists in southern Egypt has uncovered what’s believed to be the world’s oldest large-scale brewery, dating back more than 5,000 years. “The joint Egyptian-American archaeological mission, headed by Dr. Matthew Adams of New York University, and Dr. Deborah Vischak of Princeton University, working in North Abydos, Sohag, has uncovered what is believed to be the oldest high-production brewery in the world,” Egypt’s tourism ministry wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. The suds shop “likely dates back to the era of King Narmer,” who ruled around 3100 BC and is widely credited with uniting Upper and Lower Egypt, the post quotes Mostafa Waziry, the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, as saying. The sprawling brewery consists of eight sectors, each with about 40 earthenware pots divided into two rows — and...
    President BidenJoe BidenGraham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Overnight Defense: Pentagon, Congress appoint panel members to rename Confederate bases | Military approves 20 more coronavirus vaccination teams Lawmakers give standing ovation for Officer Eugene Goodman MORE on late Saturday night issued a statement on the acquittal of former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE, in which he said that he was thinking about those who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6, adding that though Republican senators largely did not vote against Trump, the “substance of the charge” was not in dispute. The Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday to acquit Trump of the charge of incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building. At...
    President Joe Biden issued a statement late Saturday, hours after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on an article of impeachment for "inciting an insurrection." "While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute," Biden wrote. "Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' and "practically and morally responsible for provoking' the violence unleashed on the Capitol." This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com. Reach him at dom.calicchio@foxnews.com.
    Andrew Toth/Getty Images Chris Harrison, famed host of The Bachelor, announced he is temporarily “stepping aside” from the show after a backlash over his defense of a contestant embroiled in a racism controversy. “I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke,” Harrison wrote in a lengthy statement that was posted to his Instagram on Saturday. Harrison is under fire for an interview he did with Extra in which he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a current Bachelor contestant who is embroiled in a racism controversy. According to Variety, Kirkconnell “appears to have been photographed in attendance at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal back in 2018, though she has not verified the authenticity...
    Former President Donald Trump has issued a statement, immediately following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial over incitement of the January 6, 2021 assault on the United States capitol. “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel, and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree,” the statement says. “I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issue of hte day without malice and without hate.” “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country,” it continues. “No...
    DONALD Trump has claimed the MAGA journey "has only just begun" after he survived the impeachment vote. The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict. 1NINTCHDBPICT000635920021Credit: AP:Associated Press Trump welcomed his acquittal, repeating his tired claims of a "witch hunt" and saying that his movement "has only just begun". In the vote, seven of the 50 Senate Republicans joined the chamber's unified Democrats in favoring conviction after the five-day trial in the same building that was invaded by Trump fanatics during an extremely violent riot just over a month ago. Most read in NewsBreakingTRUMP CLEAREDDon SURVIVES impeachment vote 57-43 as Dems fails to convict him for 2nd timeNOT REFORMEDPedo who killed twins, 6, in fire 'still downloading child sex abuse images'FORCE FIELD Special face masks with antiviral coating could kill Covid in just an HOURCUOMO OF SILENCECNN's Cuomo slammed for ignoring claim his Gov...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate agreed on Saturday to admitting a statement by Republican lawmaker Jaime Herrera Beutler into evidence in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. In the statement, the lawmaker said the top House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, had told her about a call he had with Trump on Jan. 6, during a riot when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, in which Trump said, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are." (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Makini Brice; editing by Diane Craft) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime
    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general's office has awarded $1.5 million in grants to 16 organizations across the state to address racial disparities in opioid addiction treatment and recovery services. The grant program supports treatment and recovery programs committed to standards that serve Black, Indigenous, and people of color, Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement this week. “The opioid epidemic is far from over, and the COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated barriers to care that have systemically and disproportionately harmed communities of color for far too long,” she said in a statement. “We have prioritized equity in our grant programs and awarded these funds to organizations that are committed to providing accessible recovery and treatment services to diverse patients across our state.” According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, opioid-related overdose deaths increased for Hispanic and Black non-Hispanic communities between 2018 and 2019, she...
    (CNN)Ravi Zacharias, the prominent head of a global Christian organization who died in May, engaged in sexual misconduct that included "sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and rape," according to a statement from the ministry he founded summarizing the results of an investigative report. Allegations came from four female massage therapists who said Zacharias "would either touch his genitals or ask them to touch his genitals." Additionally, five massage therapists claimed he "touched or rubbed them inappropriately," and one reported "many encounters over a period of years that she described as rape," according to a 12-page report from the law firm Miller & Martin, which was hired by the ministry.The law firm said it employed a private investigations firm that included former federal law enforcement officers. More than 50 people were interviewed, including more than a dozen massage therapists, according to the report.A digital forensics firm examined four cell phones and...
    A woman was caught Feb. 3 attempting to smuggle $60,000 inside a pack of menstrual pads, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statement released Thursday said. The money was shoved into envelopes and hidden among Always Ultra Thin menstrual pads, which CBP called “sanitary napkins,” inside the pads’ original packaging, a photo attached to the CBP statement showed. Money in envelopes seized from woman who hid them in a pack of menstrual pads. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) CBP officers based out of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport found the $60,000 in cash after searching the woman’s baggage, the statement said. Before the officers found the cash, the woman told CBP that she was carrying $1,000 on her way to Amsterdam. Because she was transporting over $10,000 and failed to report it to a CBP officer, the agency seized the funds. (RELATED: US Customs And Border Protection Agents Seize Almost...
    By CARA ANNA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rape has occurred “conclusively and without a doubt” in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, the country’s minister for women said in a rare government acknowledgement of the toll on civilians during 100 day of fighting. The minister, Filsan Abdullahi Ahmed, issued the statement late Thursday after a task force visited Tigray to investigate accounts of sexual assault in a region of some 6 million people that remains largely cut off from the world. “We await the investigation of these horrible crimes,” the minister said, adding that a team from the attorney general’s office is processing the information. She did not say how many rape accounts the task force members collected or what parts of the Tigray region they visited. A spokesman for the attorney general's office did not immediately respond to questions. The minister's statement came hours after the Ethiopian Human Rights...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rape has occurred “conclusively and without a doubt” in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, the country’s minister for women said in a rare government acknowledgement of the toll on civilians during 100 day of fighting. The minister, Filsan Abdullahi Ahmed, issued the statement late Thursday after a task force visited Tigray to investigate accounts of sexual assault in a region of some 6 million people that remains largely cut off from the world. “We await the investigation of these horrible crimes,” the minister said, adding that a team from the attorney general’s office is processing the information. She did not say how many rape accounts the task force members collected or what parts of the Tigray region they visited. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office did not immediately respond to questions. The minister’s statement came hours after the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission in a...
    HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — The Green River National Wildlife Refuge in western Kentucky is expanding by 437 acres (177 hectares), U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said. The land acquired by the refuge, which was officially unveiled in 2019, will be used for conservation, hunting, fishing and economic growth, McConnell said in a statement on Thursday. It is expected to open to the public later this year for some recreational opportunities, including wildlife photography and observation. Other uses such as hunting and fishing will be allowed after a required planning session is completed and more land is acquired, the statement said. “America’s wildlife refuges support good jobs and treasured opportunities for outdoor recreation. By expanding the Green River National Wildlife Refuge, we are preserving Kentucky’s precious wilderness and cherished pastimes for future generations,” McConnell said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten...
    CNN to host town hall with President Joe Biden Top takeaways as prosecutors wrap up impeachment case against Trump Koch Industries Buys 75% Stake in Stalled Vegas Casino Project (Bloomberg) -- The real estate unit of Koch Industries said it is buying a 75% stake in a long-stalled resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, betting on a rebound in a city hit hard by a plunge in tourism during the Covid-19 pandemic. © Photographer: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 21: An aerial view shows The Drew Las Vegas where construction was stopped in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on May 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is unclear when construction will restart at the hotel-casino. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) The company is partnering with Fontainebleau Development, whose ties to the site date back more than 15 years. Financial terms...
    She publicly supported her Buffy The Vampire co-stars when they spoke out Wednesday about alleged bullying and abuse of power by the show's creator Joss Whedon. And Michelle Trachtenberg has subsequently added a shocking twist to the allegations being made about what went on behind the scenes of the phenomenally successful TV show. On Thursday, she updated the caption to her own Instagram post from the day before and wrote: 'The last. Comment I will make on this. Was. There was a rule. Saying. He's not allowed in a room alone with Michelle again.' Trachtenberg, now 35, was 14 when she was cast on Buffy as Sarah Michelle Gellar's little sister Dawn Summers in 2000. Michelle Trachtenberg was 14 when she cast opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy The Vampire Slayer in 2000. She claims there was a rule that show creator Joss Whedon was 'not allowed in a...
    After weeks of controversy, Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell has released a statement apologizing for images that have surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party, donning insensitive Halloween costumes, and “liking” offensive social media posts—including one in which two people are posed in front of a Confederate flag. And in a surprising, unprecedented move, the season’s entire cast has posted a shared statement to their social media denouncing racism. “While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address,” Kirkconnell wrote in a statement Thursday night. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.” “I am sorry to the communities and individuals that...
    A veteran Long Beach police officer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, authorities said. Anthony Mark Brown, 56, was taken into custody while on duty before a search warrant was served at his Lakewood home, officials with the Long Beach Police Department said. The 26-year veteran of the force was then arrested, with bail set at $20,000, according to a news release. In the release, the department said it was “deeply disappointed” to announce the arrest. “When the actions of an individual employee erode the values of our organization and the public trust all of us have worked so hard to cultivate, they must be held accountable,” acting Police Chief Wally Hebeish said in a statement. “Protecting children is one of our most sacred responsibilities, and the actions of this officer do not represent the professionalism and commitment that all of our employees show every day...
    (CNN Business)In an apparent tit for tat move, BBC World News has been banned from airing in China, according to a statement from China's National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) on Thursday. The announcement comes one week after Ofcom, the British media regulator, said it had withdrawn a license for China Global Television Network, or CGTN, to broadcast in the UK. In the statement, China's NRTA claimed that BBC World News had broadcast reports on China that "infringed the principles of truthfulness and impartiality in journalism."On February 4, China's Foreign Ministry lodged a stern representation with the BBC criticizing the broadcaster for its coverage of China's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, dismissing their reports as "fake news."'We are disappointed that the Chinese authorities have decided to take this course of action. The BBC is the world's most trusted international news broadcaster and reports on stories from around the world fairly,...
    CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Police officers in a South Carolina college town shot and killed a 25-year-old man who pulled out a gun as they talked to him about a stolen moped, authorities said. State agents are investigating the death of Gregory Chandler Metz, of Greenville, at a Circle K in Clemson around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said. Two officers confronted Metz about the stolen moped and they began to struggle, Clemson Police Chief Jorge Campos said in a statement. As they fought, Metz pulled out a gun and the officers shot him, Campos said. The chief said the officers were not injured and gave Metz first aid until paramedics arrived. His statement did not identify the officers. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: South...
    POP sensation Taylor Swift officially announced on February 11 that she finished re-recording her second studio album Fearless. The star released a statement on social media with a hidden message in it, sending fans on overdrive as they tried to uncover the meaning behind it. 4Taylor Swift announced she re-recorded her old album Fearless and will release a song at midnightCredit: PA:Press Association What is the hidden message in Taylor Swift’s statement? Taylor Swift, 31, announced on Good Morning America that she will be releasing her re-recorded version of her famous country song, Love Story.  She also announced that the new re-recorded version of her album Fearless will contain six never before released "songs from the vault." Swift told Good Morning America: “I've now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only the songs that made the album but the songs that almost...
    EMBATTLED country music crooner Morgan Wallen has finally addressed the controversy over using a racial slur. The 27-year-old singer took to Instagram to issue a video statement where he 'fully accepted' and 'took ownership' of using the hate speech. 8Country singer Morgan Wallen, 27, has apologised for using a racial slur last week A video, which was first published by TMZ on last week, showed Morgan outside a home in Nashville, Tennessee yelling profanities at his neighbors telling one to "take care of this p***y ass n***a." The n-word, is an ethnic slur typically directed at Black people, especially African Americans. Even though a number of people rushed to Morgan's defence including his sister and former Teen Mom star Jenelle Evans, the country singer has had his contract with Big Loud Records "suspended indefinitely". Now, the singer has decided to address the shocking incident himself with an "update from me" on his Instagram. 8Morgan also...
    (CNN)Bruce Springsteen was arrested in a national park in New Jersey in November on charges of driving under the influence, according to a spokeswoman for the Gateway National Recreational Area in Sandy Hook, NJ.He was charged with DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area, spokeswoman Brenda Ling told CNN."Springsteen was cooperative throughout the process," Ling added.CNN has reached out to representatives for Springsteen for comment.Over Super Bowl weekend, Jeep debuted an ad starring Springsteen that calls for national unity.Read MoreIn light of Springsteen's arrest, a spokesperson for Jeep told CNN in a statement Wednesday that the company will pause the spot."It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate," the statement read. "But it's also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established."Springsteen is expected to...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Republican congressmen say the U.S. attorney in central Illinois appointed by former President Donald Trump should remain on the job until his replacement is approved by the U.S. Senate. Reps. Congressmen Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Darin LaHood of Peoria say John Milhiser should not be immediately dismissed by President Joe Biden’s administration. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday the Biden administration has ``begun the transition process for the U.S. attorneys,” a traditional move by new presidents. In a joint statement, Davis and LaHood said the move would be ``reckless and irresponsible” for the administration to dismiss Milhiser or John Lausch the U.S attorney in northern Illinois, who is investigating public corruption that has tainted former House Speaker Michael Madigan and others. Milhiser recently announced the indictment of former Republican state senator and former gubernatorial candidate Sam McCann on fraud, money laundering and tax...
    TRENTON, New Jersey (WABC) -- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is voluntarily in quarantine after a family member tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement released Wednesday."Per guidance from public health officials, the contact tracing process has begun to notify everyone who may have come into contact with the Governor's family member during the potential infection window," the statement said.Murphy does not qualify as an exposed close contact, but has canceled in-person events and is voluntarily quarantining out of an abundance of caution.Murphy tested negative during a regularly-schedule COVID-19 test on Wednesday morning."From the beginning, the Governor has taken every precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19. Today's exceedingly cautious steps are part of that ongoing commitment," the statement said.Murphy was previously in quarantine in October after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGENew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerNew York City COVID-19 Vaccine...
    Lena Dunham. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images The HBO Max show is titled "Generation" and has been compared to "Euphoria."  During the cut scene, actors in a biology class were asked to dissect the animals.  Two acting extras quit the show due to the scene, HBO confirmed to Variety. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lena Dunham issued a statement on Tuesday supporting the removal of a scene from her upcoming HBO Max-produced drama "Generation" (styled "Genera+ion") that featured the use of real-life cat carcasses.  The show, which was executive produced by Dunham, is said to be a hard-hitting and contemporary high school drama in the vein of "Euphoria," and the scene that was cut featured the show's actors during a biology class where they were asked to dissect the animals.  In the statement obtained by People, Dunham said: "I am committed in my life and work to the...
    (CNN)The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for new astronauts for the first time in 11 years.Applications open on March 31, and women are encouraged to apply as the agency seeks "to expand gender diversity in our ranks," according to a statement from the ESA published Monday."To go farther than we ever have before, we need to look wider than we ever have before," said ESA director general Jan Wörner in the statement. "This recruitment process is the first step and I look forward to watching the agency develop across all areas of space exploration and innovation, with our international partners, in the years to come."3 missions prepare to explore Mars and other space news to expect in 2021The agency is keen to receive applications from every part of society, according to David Parker, ESA director of human and robotic exploration.Read More"Diversity at ESA should not only address the origin,...
    Jacob Chansley, the man who stormed the Capitol last month while wearing face paint and a furry hat with horns, issued a statement through his attorney Monday expressing remorse for his actions, a report said. "I was wrong. Period," the statement read, according to AZCentral. Chansley said that his time behind bars forced him to reanalyze his life. "I deeply regret and am very sorry I entered into the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. I should not have been there. Period," the statement continued. DOJ SEEKS PRE-TRIAL JAIL FOR LEFT-WING ACTIVIST CHARGED IN CAPITOL RIOT Chansley was indicted on civil disorder, obstruction, disorderly conduct and other charges for his role in the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Chansley told investigators he came to the Capitol "at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6," according to court records. The paper reported...
    Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) has conceded to former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) in the race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District. Brindisi’s concession comes three months after the election was held in the Empire State. With a margin of 109 votes, Tenney was declared the winner last week by a judge. In a statement announcing his concession, Brindisi said he hopes Tenney will work with those in the district, no matter political party, to “heal the deep divisions that exist in our country.” He said: Today I congratulated Claudia Tenney and offered to make the transition process as smooth as possible on behalf of our community. I hope that she will be a Representative for all the people of this district, not just those that agree with her point of view, and work with members of both parties to heal the deep divisions that exist in our country. Today, I congratulated Claudia...
    After years of profiting from her error, this preacher is requesting forgiveness for it.  Bobbie Houston, who co-founded scandal-plagued megachurch Hillsong with husband Brian in the 1980s, recently came under fresh scrutiny for her 2003 audiobook, “Kingdom Women Love Sex,” in which she casually used a slur against the developmentally disabled. In response to the backlash, she quietly released an internal statement on Hillsong’s website early last month. “A recently published media article included comments that I made almost 20 years ago while I was teaching on the subject of healthy marriage, intimacy and family,” the 64-year-old’s statement begins. “In that teaching I used certain words and examples that were unwise and offensive, and especially so in a world where appropriate and sensitive language is of absolute critical importance.” While insisting that she has spent the past two decades championing “the value and rights of women,” she admitted that “was...
    (CNN)The man who pleaded guilty in the death of his 18-month-old granddaughter aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2019 was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, according to a statement from the Puerto Rican government.Salvatore "Sam" Anello will serve his sentence in Michigan, where he lives, the government said.In a statement after the sentencing, Anello said he agreed to plead guilty so he and the girl's family could focus on a civil case against the cruise line.Anello was playing with his granddaughter, Chloe Wiegand, aboard the Freedom of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 7, 2019. Anello "negligently held a minor out an 11th floor window," the government statement said, and Chloe fell 115 feet to her death.Grandfather pleads guilty in death of toddler who fell from cruise ship in Puerto RicoAnello was charged with negligent homicide months after...
    More On: hillsong church Hillsong replaces disgraced pastor with real estate broker, Bieber buddy Hillsong founder denies claims of riding high on church dime Hillsong Church hit with $20M in lawsuits for damages, ‘immoral’ acts Tithe money funded Hillsong pastors’ luxury lifestyles: former members After years of profiting from her error, this preacher is requesting forgiveness for it.  Bobbie Houston, who co-founded scandal-plagued megachurch Hillsong with husband Brian in the 1980s, recently came under fresh scrutiny for her 2003 audiobook, “Kingdom Women Love Sex,” in which she casually used a slur against the developmentally disabled. In response to the backlash, she quietly released an internal statement on Hillsong’s website early last month. “A recently published media article included comments that I made almost 20 years ago while I was teaching on the subject of healthy marriage, intimacy and family,” the 64-year-old’s statement begins. “In that teaching I used certain words...
    Two street food vendors were arrested in El Monte after a health code compliance check devolved into a brawl over the weekend, authorities said. After multiple complaints of unpermitted food vending, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and El Monte police were dispatched to a taco stand at Valley Boulevard and Mountain View. Investigators and officers arrived at the pop-up food tent around 8:30 p.m. Saturday to conduct a compliance check, officials said. View this post on Instagram A post shared by El Monte Memes (official IG) (@el.monte.memes) Health department officials said in a statement that some of the vendors became physically aggressive during the interaction, kicking one of the inspectors. Videos of the scuffle posted on social media show a chaotic scene, with several bystanders screaming and taking cellphone videos. In one video posted on Instagram, several police officers crash into a table...
    (CNN)Three months after Election Day, the New York State Board of Elections on Monday certified Claudia Tenney as the winner in New York's 22nd Congressional District, bring the last unresolved House race to an end.After the certification, Democrat Anthony Brindisi, who held the seat for the last two years, conceded."Today I congratulated Claudia Tenney and offered to make the transition process as smooth as possible on behalf of our community," Brindisi said in a statement. "It is time to close the book on this election and focus on building a better community and more united Country for our children."The certification came after a Friday court order that put Tenney 109 votes ahead of Brindisi, after months of wrangling over the vote count."I'm honored to have won this race," she said in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. "It was a hard-fought-campaign and I thank Anthony Brindisi for his service."Read...
    WINCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Two people died when a small plane crashed in Tennessee, officials said. The pilot and passenger were both pronounced dead Sunday night at the scene, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. They were identified as Carl C. Spray, 78, and Joseph L. Mackey, 58, both of Estill Springs. The details and cause of the crash were not immediately released. The sheriff's statement said the agency was investigating the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Further information will be released when appropriate, the statement said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee, Associated Press
    An elderly man died shortly after getting a COVID-19 vaccine in New York City, health officials said Monday. The man, in his 70s, collapsed as he was leaving the vaccination site at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan Sunday morning, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said, local television station PIX first reported. On-site security and first responders rushed to his side within seconds but the man died at a local hospital a short time later, according to Zucker. In a statement, Zucker said the incident occurred about 25 minutes after the man received the vaccine and followed the required 15-minute observation period, "where he exhibited no adverse reactions or any distress." "Initial indications are that the man did not have any allergic reaction to the vaccine," the health official said, adding he and other public health experts maintain the coronavirus vaccine is safe. "I encourage all eligible New Yorkers to get...
    BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors may seek life in prison for a man charged in the fatal shootings of a couple found dead in a suburban Chicago garage in December. Timothy Triplett of Waukegan, Illinois, faces two counts of first-degree murder for the Dec. 8 deaths of Carlos Rodas Perez, 52, and Mercedes Rodas, 49, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office said in a statement. Triplett, who’s being held at Lake County Jail on a $5 million bail, was scheduled for arraignment Monday. It wasn't clear if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Triplett, 34, was arrested and charged Jan. 13 in the killings in Beach Park, a Lake County village located about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Chicago. Prosecutors said Thursday they may seek a sentence of life in prison if Triplett is convicted in the killings, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “I commend...
    A 13-year-old girl was dragged several miles by the family’s car that had been stolen outside a restaurant in Kansas, police said. Miami World/ Las Américas newspaper The young woman was in the back seat of the SUV when family members entered the restaurant to look for food on Saturday, and Kevin Palmer, 34, burst into the vehicle, seized the steering wheel and drove off, Wichita police said in a statement. The young woman tried to get out of the moving vehicle but got caught with her seat belt and was dragged away, police said. Someone saw what happened, called 911, and followed the vehicle. Palmer braked, got out of the car and ran away but was caught by police. The young woman was pronounced dead at the scene. “This is one of the saddest cases I have seen in my more than 28 years of law enforcement experience,” Wichita...
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China reported no new locally transmitted mainland COVID-19 case for the first time in nearly two months, official data showed on Monday, adding to signs that it has managed to stamp out the latest wave of the disease. The total number of COVID-19 cases rose slightly to 14 on Feb. 7 from 12 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement, but all were imported infections from overseas. Seven of the cases were in Shanghai, the rest in the southeastern Guangdong province. This marked the first time China has had zero local infections since Dec. 16, suggesting the aggressive steps taken by authorities managed to stop the disease spreading further from major clusters in Hebei province surrounding Beijing and the northeastern Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed COVID-19 cases, rose to 16 from...
    One America News Network was ordered by a federal judge to pay for MSNBC and Rachel Maddow's attorney fees from a defamation lawsuit that was dismissed last year. U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Goddard ruled on Friday that the right-wing news outlet has to pay MSNBC approximately $250,000 as a result of the $10 million defamation lawsuit OANN filed after the prime-time host called the network "really, literally is paid Russian propaganda." MSNBC had sought $350,000 from OANN. Charles Herring, president of OANN's parent Herring Networks, told the Washington Examiner, "We’re pleased that the fees were reduced by nearly a third by the court." The case was filed in September 2019, months after Maddow pushed the Daily Beast reporting that OANN political reporter Kristian Rouz was simultaneously writing for Sputnik, a Kremlin-owned news outlet that helped Russia interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Maddow and MSNBC filed a special motion...
    Some migrant families with children who’ve crossed illegally into the U.S. are being released in Texas by border patrol officials, a reversal of Trump-era policies to immediately send them back to Mexico, migrants’ rights advocates said. It was unclear how widespread the shift was along the border, where it had been recent practice to immediately expel migrants due to the coronavirus pandemic. A change in Mexico’s migration policy added to the confusion after it appeared that officials there objected to the return of children, at least in the Rio Grande Valley. At least 1,000 migrants have been allowed to remain in Texas in recent days and hundreds more in California, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The U.S has recorded more than 380,000 expulsions on the southern border since March, though some of those could be the same people multiple times, U.S. figures show. “We are seeing people arriving...
    New York : File photo of a victim of domestic violence in France. Photo: MARTIN BUREAU / . / . A woman in Massachusetts She managed to escape from her boyfriend, who held her captive for a week, jumping from the second-floor window where she was kidnapped. Matthew McAuliffe, 32 years old and resident in Quincy, was arrested Wednesday after a witness saw the victim screaming outside the building and alerted authorities. “They (the officers) immediately began talking to the neighbors and discovered that a man approached the woman from behind, covered her mouth and forcibly dragged her to the apartment,” says a statement from the Police Department of Quincy. “The witness pointed at the door of the apartment,” says the information posted on the Department’s Facebook page. It was then that four officers forced the door and gained access to the property. “Detectives learned...
    Not long after it blocked Facebook, Myanmar has now ordered mobile networks and internet service providers to block Twitter and Instagram in the country as well. The southeast Asian country’s military seized power in a coup earlier this week, detaining its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi along with other government officials. Facebook users had reportedly been using the social media platform to protest the coup, sharing photos of themselves giving the three-finger salute that’s become associated with resistance in the area. “All mobile operators, international gateways and internet service providers in Myanmar received a directive on 5 February 2021 from the Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) to, until further notice, block the social media platforms Twitter and Instagram,” Norwegian telecom company Telenor said in a statement late Friday. The company provides mobile services in Myanmar. Myanmar’s Ministry of Information issued an ominous statement on...
    The Lincoln Project/YouTube Lincoln Project co-founder Jennifer Horn announced she was resigning from the anti-Trump political organization, but the group disputed her departure, saying she left after it rejected her series of exorbitant demands. Per the New York Times, Horn released a statement on Friday saying that she was departing the group effective immediately, because of former Lincoln Project founder John Weaver’s “grotesque” conduct. “John Weaver’s grotesque and inappropriate behavior, coupled with his longstanding deceptions concerning that behavior, are sickening,” Horn said in the statement.  “It is clear at this point that my views about how the Lincoln Project’s efforts are managed, and the best way to move the Lincoln Project forward into the future in the wake of these awful events, have diverged.” Weaver was pushed out of The Lincoln Project last month after several men came forward and accused him of sexually grooming them online. He subsequently admitted to sending “inappropriate” messages to...
    (CNN)A man gained access to a C-40 aircraft on Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday that's part of a fleet frequently utilized by senior government leaders, the base said in a statement Friday.The US Air Force is expected to announce a security review at all Air Force bases as a result, a defense official told CNN.The 316th Wing Public Affairs said in the statement that the man had "gained unauthorized access to the flightline and entered a C-40 aircraft assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing. Joint Base Andrews Security Forces responded, detained and interviewed the individual. U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations assisted with the interview."The 89th Airlift employs the planes typically used by the President as Air Force One and others that are used to transport the vice president and Cabinet members. The plane the man boarded is not part of the presidential fleet, according to a...
    IOAN Gruffudd's wife Alice Evans has said that she's in "excruciating pain" and "fighting against" their split in an emotional statement. The 49-year-old actress shocked fans last week when she revealed that they were breaking up in a Twitter statement - accusing her 47-year-old husband of "gaslighting" and "mentally torturing" her. 7Alice has posted an emotional statement updating fansCredit: Rex Features And earlier today Alice took to social media again, sharing a photo of broken hearts and the message "game over". Writing in the post's caption, the star explained: "Nothing to say except THANK YOU for all the loving and encouraging messages. I never thought this would happen to us… "I am still fighting against it, because I love our kids, and I still love him, but something has happened inside his head and whatever it is, I don’t see him coming back to us. The pain is excruciating but...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly backed a return to democracy in Myanmar on Thursday and called for the immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all those arbitrarily detained by the military. In its first statement on the military’s ouster of the government, the U.N.’s most powerful body “stressed the need to uphold democratic institutions and processes, refrain from violence, and fully respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.” “The members of the Security Council emphasized the need for the continued support of the democratic transition in Myanmar,” the council said in the statement, which referred to the military’s imposition of a state of emergency without calling it a coup. The council’s 15 members encouraged “dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar.” In addition to calling for the immediate release of State Counsellor Suu...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A disbarred lawyer who stole more than $4 million from clients and even sent phony checks to convince them he had won their cases was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison. Shant Ohanian, 38, of Burbank, was sentenced for wire fraud. A judge said he intends to order Ohanian to pay $2.5 million in restitution, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office. During the five years before his 2017 disbarment, Ohanian bilked clients in cases ranging from immigration applications and commercial disputes to divorces and personal injury claims, the statement said. “In each case, Ohanian took no meaningful action on his clients’ behalf despite billing them for thousands of dollars or asking them to pay millions of dollars in litigation-related fees." the statement said. Ohanian did “nothing substantial” for two clients in a business dispute “despite telling them for six years that...
    Loading the player... In the wake of recent allegations against rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, the #MeToo movement has partnered with Time’s Up and the National Women’s Law Center to release a statement specifically addressing “Black survivors” of abuse. “Over the last week, we know countless of you have come forward with credible accusations of horrific sexual abuse and violence at the hands of Black celebrities – including Soulja Boy and T.I. and Tiny,” the letter read. “R&B singer Raz B has spoken out once again about his experience of sexual abuse – yet no media outlets, corporate actors, or systems of justice have centered survivors’ stories or promised accountability. Like you, we are carrying the emotional weight of this news and know that we are reliving a collective trauma akin to the exposing of Cosby and R. Kelly.” READ MORE: T.I.,Tiny deny sexual abuse allegations in statement T.I. and Tameka...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Phoenix-area man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in Nevada to possessing numerous California unemployment benefits debit cards all issued under different names, federal officials said. A federal judge in Las Vegas scheduled a May 11 sentencing after 32-year-old Delashaun Dean of Tolleson, Arizona, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of counterfeit and unauthorized access devices, officials said. A statement issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for Nevada and the U.S. Department of Labor said Dean intended to fraudulently obtain nearly $223,000 in benefits through 15 cards issued by the California Employment Development Department. The cards, a fake driver's license and a notebook with multiple people's personal identifying information used to apply for unemployment insurance benefits were found by Las Vegas police in Dean's hotel room last October, the statement said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not...
    It may be time to start dreaming bigger than the NIT. It may be time for St. John’s and its fans to think about more than just finishing this season strong. Mike Anderson and the Johnnies are fast becoming one of the hottest teams in the country. They are at least the hottest team in the Big East. Just ask third-ranked Villanova, which was overwhelmed by the surging Red Storm, its efficient offense chewed up and spit out by the home team in Queens. St. John’s pulled the upset, and it was never really in doubt. The Johnnies imposed their will and dominated the Wildcats, 70-59, for their fifth straight win and the sixth in their past seven contests. The Red Storm (12-7, 6-6) moved into sixth place all alone in the Big East, just a game behind fifth-place Seton Hall, after forcing Villanova (11-2, 6-1) into a season-high 17...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday an effort by Democrats to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene, a lawmaker who supported calls for violence against Democrats before taking office last month, from her committee assignments was a distraction to Congress In a statement on Greene, McCarthy made no mention of any action to reprimand the Republican lawmaker. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Tim Ahmann) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a direct shot at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a statement Wednesday labeling him “(Q- CA).” House Republicans are still deciding what to do about Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and whether to remove her from her committee assignments, given recently uncovered incendiary and conspiratorial comments she has made in the past few years. The Rules Committee met Wednesday and the full House is set to vote Thursday, given how unlikely it is at this point that Republicans will take that disciplinary action. In a statement today, Pelosi led off with “McCarthy (Q- CA)” and said McCarthy has “made clear that he is refusing to take action against conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.” Pelosi: "McCarthy (Q-CA)" pic.twitter.com/wtX4TbIfJ4 — Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) February 3, 2021 She ripped his “cowardly refusal” to act, citing comments from other Republicans blasting Greene...
    Rep. Steve Scalise, sedition caucus member, attends the inauguration of the president whose election victory he tried to overturn. Ensuring that everyone in the U.S. gets free access to the COVID-19 vaccine is both public health common sense and the right thing to do. But apparently incensed over a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) statement encouraging all people in the U.S. “regardless of immigration status” to get the vaccine once it’s available, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, sedition caucus member and the No. 2 Republican in the House, fired off a disgusting statement. That statement, sent from an official House office, used the derogatory slur “illegal immigrant” to describe undocumented people, and claimed that to vaccinate them was “a slap in the face to millions.” Steve’s statement demanded vaccinations go to “Americans first.” Steve knew exactly what he was saying: this is the same guy who once made a speech to a white supremacist group headed...
    MORGAN Wallen has been suspended by his record label, Big Loud Records, after being dropped from radio stations following the shocking video where he hurled a racial slur. The video, which was first published by TMZ on Tuesday night, showed him outside a home in Nashville, Tennessee yelling profanities. 10Morgan Wallen has apologized for using a racial slurCredit: Getty 10A video captured the moment Morgan got home and started yelling profanitiesCredit: BackGrid The country singer has had his contract with Big Loud Records "suspended indefinitely" following the scandal, according to a statement released on social media. The record label announced: "In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s contract indefinitely." Additionally, Republic Records, the Universal Music-owned label that distributes his recordings, "fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees such behavior will not be tolerated." This new development comes after Morgan, 27,...
    (CNN)Three Idaho Army National Guard members died during a training exercise when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed near Boise on Tuesday, the National Guard said. The three were all trained pilots participating in a routine training flight, a National Guard statement said. Idaho Army National Guard Col. Christopher Burt said the aircraft was last contacted at 7:45 p.m. After an emergency transmitter locator device aboard the aircraft was activated shortly after 8 p.m., personnel were dispatched to search for the helicopter. At around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, crews located the helicopter and personnel near Lucky Peak, according to the statement."This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community," Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy."Read MoreThe cause of the crash is unknown and an investigation will begin immediately, the statement said. The...
    COUNTRY star Morgan Wallen has apologized after a video surfaced showed him shouting a racial slur. The video, which was first published by TMZ on Tuesday night, showed him outside a home in Nashville, Tennessee yelling profanities. 1Wallen has apologizedCredit: Getty Wallen said in a statement to the outlet that he is embarrassed and sorry. “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. "I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better,” his statement said. Wallen’s new record “Dangerous: The Double Album” has hit three weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. He has had hits with songs like “Whiskey Glasses” and “Up Down” with Florida Georgia Line. Hi success has come despite a number of mistakes and stumbles that he has also apologized for. ...
    The Biden administration said it plans on reactivating a "temporary Influx Care Facility" in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to potentially accommodate up to 700 migrant children within the next two weeks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a statement obtained by Fox News that said its Office of Refugee Resettlement division currently funds 13,200 licensed beds. Axios reported on Monday that President Biden has faced a crisis at the border with an influx of unaccompanied minors and strict health guidelines in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. BIDEN PRESS SECRETARY ACCUSED OF MAKING FUN OF SPACE FORCE The report pointed to how the Trump administration was "lambasted" for its use of similar temporary shelters in 2019. Both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris vocally opposed the Trump administration's immigration priorities during the presidential campaign. The facility in Carrizo Springs has been unoccupied since late 2019. ...
    JOE Biden has paid tribute to slain US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed while responding to the riots in Washington less than four weeks ago. The President arrived late Tuesday night at the US Capitol, where the fallen officer's remains are lying in honor in the building's famous Rotunda. 2The President and First Lady pay their respectsCredit: AFP or licensors 2Brian Sicknick was killed during the riotsCredit: Facebook House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that Sicknick - who died during the insurrection - would lie in honor under the historic dome. The ceremonial arrival began at 9.30 pm ET on Tuesday at the East Front of the Capitol, and was followed by a viewing period for members of the US Capitol Police, which is expected to continue overnight, CNN reports. Most read in NewsULTIMATE SACRIFICEMom 'murdered by hitmen after pretending...
    (CNN)The body of the late US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick arrived Tuesday night to lie in honor in the US Capitol Rotunda, less than four weeks since he died after responding to the violent riot that erupted in the building.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that Sicknick would lie in honor under the historic dome. A news release last week outlined a ceremonial arrival at 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday at the East Front of the Capitol, and a viewing period beginning at 10 p.m. for members of the US Capitol Police, which would continue overnight.Lying in state is typically reserved for leaders of American government, but two US Capitol Police officers shot to death in 1998 were the first private citizens to lie in honor at the Capitol.Sicknick's family released a statement on Saturday thanking "congressional leadership for bestowing this historic...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Clark County commissioners on Tuesday appointed a disabilities advocate and a recent graduate of University of Maryland master's program to fill two vacant seats in the state Legislature. Nevada law gives county commissions the responsibility to appoint members of the same party to legislative seats if they become vacant before an elected representative's term ends. State Sen. Yvanna Cancela resigned in January to accept a position in President Joe Biden's Department of Health and Human Services. Assemblyman Arthur Assefa resigned a day later amid an investigation into his campaign filings, including whether his primary residence was in the district. Assefa said he initially misunderstood the law but later determined his residency violated it after deeper review. He hasn’t addressed the campaign finance issue. Charges have not yet been filed against Assefa. Las Vegas native Fabian Donate, 24, will succeed...
    The White House announced Tuesday new measures to increase the rate of vaccinations against COVID-19, including distributing vaccines to select pharmacies across the country.  “Building on last week’s announcement, the Biden-Harris Administration will increase overall, weekly vaccine supply to states, Tribes, and territories to 10.5-million doses nationwide beginning this week,” a statement from the White House said, noting that this constitutes a 22% increase in vaccine supply since President Joe Biden took office January 20.  The statement also said the federal government would reimburse states and territories for supplies like masks and gloves as the U.S. continues to battle record numbers of virus infections and deaths.  People wait in their vehicles after receiving a shot at the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site, in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 1, 2021.The statement included a list of pharmacies which are expected to carry the vaccine as soon as next week, noting that...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — More than 5,000 COVID vaccine appointment were canceled last week at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Santa Clara County after the provider said it didn’t receive the expected doses of the vaccine. Kaiser said about 4,500 appointments scheduled Jan. 29 to Feb. 5 were canceled for people 65-74, and another 750 appointments scheduled from Jan. 29 to 31 for people 75 and older were also canceled. In a statement emailed to KPIX 5, Kaiser Permanente said it did not receive the vaccine supplies anticipated when the appointments were made, estimated on previous vaccine deliveries and guidance from the state and county. “We understand the frustration this causes, and we are continuing to do all we can to increase the supply of vaccines, working in partnership with county, state and federal governments,” said the statement. Kaiser said it was working to reschedule the appointments, prioritizing those recipients...
    No charges recommended for officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during Capitol riot, source says California prison transfer led to dozens of deaths and endangered thousands – state watchdog The Angels have suspended Mickey Callaway in the wake of reporters’ accusations of unwanted advances On Monday night, The Athletic ran a detailed piece from Brittany Ghiroli and Katie Strang that featured five women in sports media saying that former New York Mets’ manager and current Los Angeles Angels’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway made unwanted sexual advances to them, including sending three of them inappropriate photographs. The Angels responded with a terse statement (tweeted at 9:40 p.m. ET, 6:40 p.m. PT) saying they’d investigate alongside MLB, but that statement didn’t even include a suspension for Callaway (seen above in 2018 during his time with the Mets). On Tuesday, at 3:33 p.m. ET (so almost 17 hours after their first statement), the...
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Myanmar urged an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday to ensure that “democracy is expeditiously restored” to the Southeast Asian nation, but the United Nations’ most powerful body took no immediate action. Christine Schraner Burgener, the Myanmar ambassador who is currently in Europe, strongly condemned the military’s takeover of the government and said the council must “collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar” and ensure the country “doesn’t fall back into isolation.” Diplomats said restoring democracy was the key element of a draft statement prepared for the council to release to the media after the closed-door meeting, along with a condemnation of the military’s action and call for the immediate release of all those detained. But the statement was not issued because it requires support from all 15 council members and the U.N. missions for China...
    Captain Sir Tom Moore smiles as he launches his autobiography book 'Tomorrow will be a Good Day' at his home in Milton Keynes, Britain September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo Captain Sir Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions for UK healthcare workers, has died.  Moore was being treated for pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19 in the days before his death.  He was hospitalized on Sunday because he was having trouble breathing.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Captain Sir Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions of dollars for healthcare workers in the UK by walking laps in his garden, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19, his foundation announced on Tuesday. Moore, a British World War II veteran also known as "Captain Tom," raised money for the UK's National Health Service at the start of the coronavirus pandemic amid a country-wide campaign...
    House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said in a statement Tuesday that President Joe Biden handing out vaccines to illegal immigrants before U.S. citizens should be considered a “slap in the face” to millions of Americans waiting for the coronavirus vaccine. Scalise, the ranking member of the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, released a statement after Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday that the agency would provide “equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines” for “undocumented immigrants.” “It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines,” the DHS explained in a statement Monday. DHS continued: To reach underserved and rural communities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with federal partners, will coordinate efforts...
    Archaeologists working in the Taposiris Magna Temple in Egypt discovered 16 mummies, with one of them bearing an ornate golden tongue. The Egyptian-Dominican archeological dig, led by Dr. Kathleen Martinez, discovered the mummies in burial shafts carved from the solid rock located at the site, according to a statement released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Archaeologists reportedly believe the gold foil tongue was ritually placed in the mummy’s mouth to give him the ability to speak in the underworld ruled by the god Osiris. (RELATED: 1000-Year-Old Mummy Died Of Constipation After Grasshopper Diet, Scientists Say) Dr. Kathleen Martinez believes the most important discovery has been the preserved scrolls and funeral mask of two mummies found in the dig, according to the statement. One of the mummies mentioned was found wearing a detailed crown adorned with a cobra and a pair of horns. نجحت البعثة المصرية الدومينيكانية العاملة...