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    FBIs intel failure ahead of Capitol riot goes beyond a missed email, experts say No charges filed against officers involved in death of Black man pinned to ground (Bloomberg) -- Banco Santander SA pledged to support the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, including client emissions resulting from its financing, advisory or investment services. © Bloomberg The headquarters of Banco Santander SA stands in Boadilla del Monte, outside Madrid, Spain, on Friday, July 24, 2020. Banks in Italy and Spain, among the most exposed to swings in European sovereign bonds, don’t plan to make use of capital relief intended to soften the impact of potential losses from such debt. As part of the commitment, Spain’s largest bank will stop providing services by the end of the decade to power generation clients with more than 10% of revenues from thermal...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission on Wednesday pledged more funds to step up the EU's capabilities to identify and tackle variants of the new coronavirus. More contagious mutations are spreading fast across the world, and experts believe a British variant is likely to become prevalent on the European continent. However, most European Union states have so far done little or nothing to spot new variants, as they lack the capabilities to sequence the genome of the virus on a large scale. The EU will invest at least 75 million euros ($90 million) to develop specialised tests to identify variants, and it will provide another 150 million euros to boost research in variants, the EU executive said in a statement. Brussels also pledged to accelerate regulatory approvals of upgraded vaccines that work against variants and to help ramp up vaccine production. It is also adding anti-variant clauses in its new...
    Mariah Carey threw some shade at the NFL over its commitment to end systemic racism following its treatment of activist Colin Kaepernick in the past. The star’s tweet came shortly after the NFL aired a commercial during the 2021 Super Bowl that demonstrated the importance of diversity to the sport and reaffirmed the pledge it made in June to commit $250 million over a 10-year period to various methods designed to combat systemic racism. The initiative is called "Inspire Change." Carey took to Twitter to mock the commercial and the NFL’s pledge by highlighting Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback whose 2016 commitment to kneel during the National Anthem at games essentially resulted in his complete ouster from the sport by the NFL. Kaepernick's goal was to peacefully protest systemic racism. MARIAH CAREY SUED BY SISTER FOR $1.25M FOR 'EMOTIONAL DISTRESS': REPORT "Happy Colin Kaepernick Appreciation Day!" Carey mockingly wrote. Although hers...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Following President Joe Biden’s call for unity, more than a dozen freshman Republican congressmen pledge to work together on behalf of the American people, but is it really possible to change the partisanship in Washington? They swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States, but the big question is whether the new freshman class in Congress can stop the so-called “swearing” — the name-calling and the partisan attacks. “Fighting and just throwing little jib-jabs there on social media, it doesn’t work. It just breaks down communication,” Rep. Andrew Garbarino said. “We all need to all take a step back and take a deep breath,” Rep. Nicole Malliotakis said. RELATED STORY — Stimulus Check Update: When Could The Third Payment Arrive? Garbarino and Malliotakis are two of 16 freshman Republican congressmen who sent a letter to Biden, pledging to work with him. The letter says in...
    The website for the right-wing social media app Parler suddenly re-emerged with a message on Sunday, just one week after Amazon suspended it from its web hosting service and Google and Apple removed it from their app stores.  ‘Hello world, is this thing on?’ CEO John Matze wrote in a message, dated January 16, accompanied with an image of an egg-timer and a ‘technical difficulties’ banner. ‘Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,’ Matze continued. ‘We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. ‘We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We will not let civil discourse perish!’ While Parler's website showed...
    Reuters January 16, 2021 0 Comments The governors of several states accused the Trump administration on Friday of deception in pledging to immediately distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses from a stockpile that the U.S. health secretary has since acknowledged does not exist. Confusion over a vaccine supply windfall that was promised to governors but failed to materialize arose as scattered shortages emerged on the frontlines of the most ambitious and complex immunization campaign in U.S. history, prompting at least one large New York healthcare system to cancel a slew of inoculation appointments. Just 10.6 million Americans have received a shot since federal regulators last month granted emergency approval to two vaccines, one from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech and a second from Moderna Inc, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. That tally falls far short of the 20 million vaccinations the Trump administration had promised to...
    A group of anti-Trump Republicans are pledging to raise $50 million to help reelect GOP lawmakers who votes to impeach or remove President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa DC attorney general says Trump Organization improperly paid K bill incurred during inauguration 70K QAnon Twitter accounts suspended in the wake of Capitol riot MORE from office.  The effort by the new group, the Republican Accountability Project, is intended to offer political protection to GOP lawmakers who may be weighing impeachment but fear potential retribution from Trump and his army of ultra-loyal supporters.  “We want to say to any Republican who votes to impeach or remove Donald Trump: You will not be left alone. We will help you against primary challenges,” Bill Kristol, the board chair of the group, said. “And before the challenges emerge, we will help explain your vote to your constituents....
    Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes to share AHL affiliate Shattered glass, ransacked offices: Images of damage at U.S. Capitol left by pro-Trump mob The CEOs of U.S. Shale Are Pledging Restraint Amid Oil Rally (Bloomberg) -- The new boss of Devon Energy Corp. said he won’t let this week’s rally in oil prices tempt him to return to the days of rampant production growth at any cost, becoming the latest shale executive to call for restraint. Load Error “I have a hard time seeing the need for U.S. producers over the next several years to get back to double-digit growth,” Chief Executive Officer Rick Muncrief said in an interview. “For this management team, if we really think about 2021, let’s keep it flat.” Muncrief’s comments echo those of Scott Sheffield, who heads up Pioneer Natural Resources Co., and Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s Vicki Hollub, after Saudi Arabia’s surprise plan to...
    GRETA Thunberg has urged governments to stop pledging to cut carbon emissions — and act immediately instead. The UK has led the way with a net zero pledge by 2050. 2Greta Thunberg has urged governments to stop pledging to cut carbon emissions and actCredit: EPA 2Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris climate agreementCredit: The Mega Agency But the 17-year-old climate activist told BBC’s Today programme: "That would be very nice if they actually meant something. “We can’t just keep talking about future, hypothetical, vague, distant dates. We need to do things now. “Net zero is a very big loophole, you can fit a lot in that word net.” The Swede added that the Covid-19 crisis had “shone a light” on the need to listen to science. Ms Thunberg said the election of Joe Biden as US president sent a "signal" that "it could be a good start of...
    Fox News host Mark Levin is finally following through on his long-touted promise of signing off of Facebook, after months of stating he would leave both Twitter and Facebook and make the switch to Parler. While Levin claims to have left Facebook, his page remains live, with more than 1.6 million followers. Levin, who recently billed himself as part of a new resistance movement against President-elect Joe Biden, stated Tuesday on Twitter that the day has come for him to leave “corrupt Facebook.” “Over 4.2 million of you are following me on Parler now. It can’t be that hard to sign on. I hope the rest of you folks will join us. In a matter of hours, I’ll be leaving corrupt Facebook, and you should too,” Levin tweeted. 2. I’ll also remain on Twitter for now, as it has not censored my posts. I guess I’m one of the few. But...
    MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa District Attorney is ending a controversial process of police seizing assets and money from people who are not charged with a crime, her office announced Tuesday morning. The announcement by DA Diana Becton comes roughly 18 months after she implemented an interim policy banning the practice and pledged to eventually make it permanent following a Bay Area News Group investigation that found from 2015-18, police had raked in $1.1 million from people who were not criminally charged. Since making the pledge, the number of asset forfeiture cases filed by Becton’s office without criminal charges dropped to nearly zero, according to public records obtained by this news organization. Becton is also raising the threshold for asset forfeiture cases from $500 to $1,000, her office announced. The new policies contains two key exceptions: situations where the property is abandoned or not claimed, or if it is claimed...
    Casey Goodson shooting is renewing calls for change in a city fighting deeply rooted racism China limiting US officials travel to Hong Kong Merck and GM Join Group Pledging 1 Million Black Hires in a Decade (Bloomberg) -- © Bloomberg Workers walk along a covered walkway while leaving the General Motors Co. Oshawa assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. After more than a century and 20 million autos built, the plant will make its last vehicle Wednesday when a final pickup truck rolls off the line. A new group that includes Merck & Co., General Motors Co. and Walmart Inc. is pledging $100 million in an effort to hire 1 million Black workers during the next decade, expanding on existing corporate vows to increase minority employment. Load Error The OneTen initiative, co-chaired by Merck Chief Executive Officer Ken Frazier and International Business Machines Corp. Executive Chairman Ginni Rometty, will focus on hiring and...
    GENEVA (AP) — Top officials including the U.N. secretary-general and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were taking part in a largely virtual pledging conference for Afghanistan on Tuesday, the latest effort to drum up aid and support for a country where Taliban fighters are making inroads against the government. The gathering in Geneva, co-hosted by Finland, was expected to draw diplomats, civil society advocates and international organizations from over 70 countries in the first such event in four years. “Today is the day to reaffirm our solidarity with the people of Afghanistan,” said Tatiana Valovaya, the head of the U.N. office in Geneva that is co-hosting the conference. The pledging conference, overshadowed in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, seeks to lay out objectives for the next four years for Afghanistan is expected to generate billions for the poor and insurrection-wracked nation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    GENEVA – Top officials including the U.N. secretary-general and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were taking part in a largely virtual pledging conference for Afghanistan on Tuesday, the latest effort to drum up aid and support for a country where Taliban fighters are making inroads against the government. The gathering in Geneva, co-hosted by Finland, was expected to draw diplomats, civil society advocates and international organizations from over 70 countries in the first such event in four years. “Today is the day to reaffirm our solidarity with the people of Afghanistan,” said Tatiana Valovaya, the head of the U.N. office in Geneva that is co-hosting the conference. The pledging conference, overshadowed in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, seeks to lay out objectives for the next four years for Afghanistan is expected to generate billions for the poor and insurrection-wracked nation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press....
    After giving credit to the qualifications of President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisory board, Fox News medical contributor Nicole Saphier raised a concern about their move to potentially suppress Americans' civil liberties. “Moving forward, I do want to make sure that they are respecting all Americans,” Saphier told “Fox & Friends.” “What are we going to do? How are we going to move forward while preserving people’s freedoms, individual freedoms, but also doing what is right for our country as this is a highly contagious virus and the spread was inevitable?” Saphier said. BIDEN CORONAVIRUS TEAM TO INCLUDE RICK BRIGHT, OUSTED HHS OFFICIAL In his first official move as president-elect, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday announced the formation of the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board that will “help shape” the incoming administration’s approach to managing the coronavirus pandemic. The board will be led by co-chairs Dr. David Kessler, who served in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations...
    Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Trump should accept election results 'like a man' The spectre of pension failures haunts this election Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE for pledging to get "husbands back to work" in his attempt to appeal to female voters during a campaign rally earlier this week. "What decade is he living in? What century is he living in? So completely removed from the realities of life. And that has caused death," Pelosi said during a press conference in the Capitol. Pelosi noted that nearly 1 million women -- 865,000, according to government figures -- left...
    Family separations: Inside the search for deported parents I had to start my future: Workers who lost jobs because of COVID-19 find new careers in these fields Gap Soars After Pledging Return to Profitable Growth Next Year (Bloomberg) -- Gap Inc. jumped after the retailer said it expects to return to profitable growth next year, easing investor concerns over the financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic. © Bloomberg Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a Gap Inc. store in the Central district of Hong Kong, China, on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Hong Kongs new coronavirus outbreak has surpassed the magnitude of its previous waves of infection, in a cautionary tale that the worst may be yet to come in the global pandemic. Sales will expand by low- to mid-single digits annually as it tries to reach a profit margin of at least 10% by 2023, the company said Thursday...
    SAN ANTONIO – Weeks after Sheriff Javier Salazar pledged to be more transparent following a deputy’s fatal shooting of Damian Daniels, the sheriff’s office confirmed Wednesday it is seeking to withhold body camera footage of the combat veteran’s death. In the aftermath of Daniels' death at the hands of a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy, Salazar said he planned to release “at least some video” of the incident. Salazar explained his reasoning — saying he is a “big proponent of transparency” — in a press conference on Aug. 28, two days after he released still photos showing snippets of the struggle between Daniels and three deputies. I [released the photos] because I wanted to be more transparent. And the fact is, I’m leaning toward releasing some video later. I understand it may never be appropriate for me to release it all. Certainly, it’s a graphic video and I know that Mr....
    The Artemis Accords reinforce the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, a non-armament document focused on barring weapons of mass destruction from the moon and other planetary bodies. The ‘67 treaty has been signed and ratified by 110 nations, including Russia, China and the United States. Countries that sign the Artemis Accords agree to 10 principles, including peaceful exploration, transparency, offering emergency assistance to personnel in distress, publicly releasing scientific information, and safely disposing of space debris. Here’s the full list, as provided by NASA: Peaceful Exploration: All activities conducted under the Artemis program must be for peaceful purposes Transparency: Artemis Accords signatories will conduct their activities in a transparent fashion to avoid confusion and conflicts Interoperability: Nations participating in the Artemis program will strive to support interoperable systems to enhance safety and sustainability Emergency Assistance: Artemis Accords signatories commit to rendering assistance to personnel in distress ...
    Barry Sanders: Career retrospective Why billionaires pay less in taxes than you do Spotify CEO backs Tesla rival after pledging to invest over $1 billion in European ‘moonshots’ Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of Spotify, has invested in Swedish battery firm Northvolt. Northvolt is aiming to develop the world's greenest lithium-ion battery and it has caught the eye of some of Europe's biggest car companies.  The investment announcement comes four days after Ek pledged to invest 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) of his own wealth into "moonshot" bets in Europe.  © Provided by CNBC LONDON — Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of Spotify, has invested in Swedish battery firm Northvolt, which is building a Gigafactory in Sweden's Lapland region. Load Error Stockholm-headquartered Northvolt announced Tuesday that it has raised $600 million in equity funding from Ek, Swedish businesswoman Cristina Stenbeck, and institutional investors...
    SAN ANTONIO – Weeks after Sheriff Javier Salazar pledged to be more transparent following a deputy’s fatal shooting of Damien Daniels, the sheriff’s office confirmed Wednesday it is seeking to withhold body camera footage of the combat veteran’s death. In the aftermath of Daniels' death at the hands of a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy, Salazar said he planned to release “at least some video” of the incident. Salazar explained his reasoning — saying he is a “big proponent of transparency” — in a press conference on Aug. 28, two days after he released still photos showing snippets of the struggle between Daniels and three deputies. I [released the photos] because I wanted to be more transparent. And the fact is, I’m leaning toward releasing some video later. I understand it may never be appropriate for me to release it all. Certainly, it’s a graphic video and I know that Mr....
    New York City (CNN Business)A group of 17 companies, including Zillow and M.M. LaFleur, has signed a pledge to add at least one Black member to their board of directors within a year. The Wednesday announcement was made by founding members of the Board Challenge, an initiative to increase Black representation in corporate boardrooms. It's the latest notable step forward in Corporate America's movement to increase diversity and undo anti-Black business practices in the wake of George Floyd.Board Challenge Co-founder Guy Primus said the initiative serves as a primary step in creating change in US boardrooms. Primus, who also serves as CEO of Valence, a network of more than 10,000 Black professionals, also said the Black community is receiving a groundswell of support from Corporate America in 2020."The Board Challenge offers a tangible, measurable commitment for companies and leaders looking around asking 'What can we do?'" Primus told CNN Business...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — The CEOs of nine bio-pharma companies, including from Moderna in Cambridge, have signed a pledge to maintain “high ethical standards and sound scientific principles” while developing a coronavirus vaccine. The pledge said the F.D.A. has established clear guidance for vaccine development. Therefore, they will only submit a vaccine for approval or emergency use authorization after it has gone through phase three of a clinical study. They also promised to create a sufficient supply and a range of options to make the vaccine accessible globally. The other companies involved include Astra-Zeneca, Johnson & Johnson, BioNTech, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novavax Inc., Pfizer Inc., and Sanofi.
    President Donald Trump’s campaign criticized Joe Biden for a promise the Democrat nominee recently made that he would not use the National Guard to intervene in civilian law enforcement matters. “Joe Biden just yesterday indicated he would not send the National Guard into cities and states where left-wing mobs are rioting – in Portland’s case, for more than three months,” Tim Murtaugh, the campaign’s communications director, said in the statement obtained by Breitbart News. “Law-abiding Americans will be on their own if Biden and his allies are elected in November.” The Trump aide further castigated Biden for having “remained silent” in recent months as “rampant violence and destruction” overtook America’s cities while urban leaders, many of them Democrats, “rejected federal assistance and ordered local police to let rioters run wild.” “It’s obvious that law-abiding Americans will be on their own if Biden and his allies are elected in November,” he added. “You...
    Washington — Former White House adviser Stephen Bannon has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering Thursday, after federal prosecutors in New York announced that Bannon and three others were indicted for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border.  Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea were arrested Thursday morning. Bannon was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Postal Service off the coast of Connecticut on a 152-foot yacht registered to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, law enforcement sources said. The indictment was unsealed Thursday morning.  Bannon was released on $5 million bond Thursday afternoon, and must forfeit his passport. He can only travel to D.C., Maryland, Connecticut for work, and the Eastern and Southern district of New York.  Get...
    Washington — Federal prosecutors in New York announced Thursday that Steve Bannon, President Trump's former White House chief strategist, has been indicted along with three others for allegedly defrauding donors to a $25 million fundraising campaign to build a wall along the southern border. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said Bannon, Brian Kolfage, Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea were arrested Thursday morning. Bannon, 66, was taken into custody by agents from the U.S. Postal Service, a law enforcement source said, and is set to appear before a federal judge in Manhattan. The indictment was unsealed Thursday morning. Bannon joined the Trump campaign in 2016 and subsequently served in the White House as chief strategist until being forced out in August 2017. He is the sixth close associate of the president to face federal charges since 2017. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox...
    Donald Trump could have jeopardized one of the biggest cash injections for his campaign after he attacked GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson for not spending more, despite the Vegas mogul pledging at least $100 million to help his reelection.  The president blasted one of his biggest benefactors over the weight of his campaign donations in a heated phone call last week, leaving Aldeson, 87, unsure if he will back the president in the race for the White House, insiders have claimed.  Three people with knowledge of the call told Politico about the tense standoff and said Trump's team was forced to leap into damage control mode to try to claw back the favor - and the funds - of the billionaire.   Trump's outburst has sparked fresh concerns for his reelection, at a time when he is trailing in the polls with voters disillusioned by his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in which more than...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Derek Holland is using his play on the mound to help fight childhood cancer. The “Dutch Oven” has pledged $250 for each strikeout he gets this season toward his 60 Feet 6 Foundation, which benefits research and resources to ending childhood cancer. A Major League Baseball Player wants to strike out cancer by pitching for CCF. Want to get in the game by making a pledge? @Dutch_Oven45 is personally pledging $250 for every strikeout he has this season. Batter up!https://t.co/YgyhB9GQLB pic.twitter.com/NquBjS75Ll — Children’s Cancer Fund (@TexasCCF) July 30, 2020 Holland started his foundation in 2015 while with the Rangers. In a pledge called “K’s For Kids 2020,” Holland is looking to use the season as a way to raise money to fight cancer. Those who are interested in donating to his cause can go here.
    (CBSDFW.COM) – Former Texas Rangers pitcher and current Pittsburgh Pirates player Derek Holland is using his play on the mound to help fight childhood cancer. The “Dutch Oven” has pledged $250 for each strikeout he gets this season toward his 60 Feet 6 Foundation, which benefits research and resources to ending childhood cancer. Holland began his career with the Rangers in 2009 and was with them through the 2016 season. He started his foundation in 2015 while with the Rangers. He currently pitches for the Pirates as the abbreviated MLB season begins. In a pledge called “K’s For Kids 2020,” Holland is looking to use the season as a way to raise money to fight cancer. Those who are interested in donating to his cause can go here.
    It has also been a vocal advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, especially urging protections for the undocumented young people brought to the United States as kids known as "Dreamers." But for years, Microsoft's corporate federal political action committee, MSPAC, has funded some of the most anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant people in Congress. Last year, the company came under internal and external pressure to change this. An LGBTQ-rights group called Zero for Zeros released research demonstrating that Microsoft and dozens of other generally pro-equality companies had given millions of dollars to the "worst of the worst" anti-LGBTQ politicians. "LGBT employees, customers, and allies deserve to know who stands 100% with equality," the group urged. "Allied companies should cut off all political contributions to any elected official who scores a zero on the HRC Congressional Scorecard and leads the charge against equality." Additionally, dozens of Microsoft employees objected to the company's support of...
    The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced plans to layoff 450 people across its English workforce as part of a wider cost-cutting effort, just days after pledging to spend $124 million on “diverse” content aimed at appeasing the far-left Black Lives Matter movement. The corporation, which is funded by the British taxpayer through a license fee, needs to save £925M ($1.2B) by March 2022 over the next nine months as a result of a fall in revenue caused by the coronavirus and the financial constraints of a license fee deal it agreed to in 2015. All 450 layoff will target people working for BBC England, equating to around 15 percent of their 3,000 member workforce. Those impacted will include employees from their TV, radio, and online departments. The latest round of job cuts is in addition to the 150 redundancies announced last week in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland last week, as...
    The NFL reportedly plans to play a song titled, Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, also known as the Black National Anthem, prior to every season opening game this year. The song, according to a source to ESPN, will be played prior to the Star-Spangled-Banner. According to ESPN: Early last month, commissioner Roger Goodell in a video admitted that the league had erred in how it handled peaceful NFL player protests of police brutality and systemic oppression. Goodell condemned racism and affirmed that Black lives matter, pledging his allegiance to the players in the battle for equal justice under the law. Also in June, the league revealed plans to increase its social justice footprint by pledging to donate $250 million over a 10-year period. The league hopes its efforts demonstrate ‘a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,’ the source wrote in a...
    Sen. Ted Cruz is among 141 political leaders in a pledge to keep the United States’s energy industry dominant amid the coronavirus pandemic and the consequential economic downturn. The Texas Republican, as well as seven additional senators, three governors and 15 attorneys general are among those who signed The Empowerment Alliance’s Declaration of Energy Independence, promising to take steps to establishing the United States’s energy independence. “American energy producers have ushered in an energy renaissance and made the United States the number one producer of oil and gas in the world,” Cruz said in a joint statement with The Empowerment Alliance. “Maintaining our energy dominance is key to ensuring American families have access to affordable energy and it’s imperative for our national security.” Other signatories include Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio, John Cornyn of Texas and Joni Ernst of Iowa. The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained an exclusive copy...
    These colleges plan to reopen in the fall In Trump country, simmering doubts about president After pledging to self-isolate, top-10 tennis player Alexander Zverev seen partying on video A gut check for the tennis community on the dangers of coronavirus might have only been a glancing blow to some. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Alexander Zverev didn't self-isolate for long. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) The Adria Tour, an exhibition tournament in Eastern Europe organized in Novak Djokovic, came to a premature end last week when Grigor Dimitrov and two other players tested positive for coronavirus. Soon after, Djokovic and his wife also tested positive after he was seen out partying with Dimitrov. The event was a lesson in how quickly the coronavirus can spread if people aren’t exercising proper social distancing guidelines. Even before the positive tests, the event was criticized for not taking common sense precautions. Fans...
    The former president of the now-defunct Sigma Pi fraternity at Ohio University has pleaded guilty to drug and hazing charges in relation to the November 2018 death of freshman Colin Wiant. Elijah R. Wahib, 22, from Cleveland, entered a guilty plea to two counts of felony obstruction of justice, felony permitting drug use, and two counts of misdemeanor hazing on Tuesday morning, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Prosecutors said that during his time as president of the fraternity, Wahib allowed members to haze pledges – including forcing them to drink hot sauce and exercise – as well as permitting drug use to take place at Sigma Pi’s unofficial, off-campus house, at 45 Mill St. in Athens. Following Wiant’s death, a search of the premises yielded cocaine, Xanax, ecstasy and marijuana, prosecutors said.  Wahib also instructed fraternity members to not provide any information to Ohio University investigators probing the circumstances surrounding Wiant's...
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