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The Latest: Taiwan says 11 arrested at its Haiti embassy
The latest developments in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse:TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s foreign ministry says Haitian police have arrested 11 armed suspects who tried to break into the its embassy in Port-au-Prince. It gave no details of the suspects’ identities or a reason for the break-in. Officials said police were alerted by embassy security guards while Taiwanese diplomats were working from home. The ministry said some doors and windows were broken but there was no other damage to the embassy. Haiti is one of a handful of countries worldwide that maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan instead of the rival mainland Chinese government in Beijing.
Michael Avenatti Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Nike Extortion Case
At the time, Avenatti was representing California high school basketball coach Gary Franklin and prosecutors say the celebrity lawyer was $11 million in debt. The district attorney's office added that Avenatti told representatives for Nike that he would hold off on conducting the press conference if Nike made a payment of $1.5 million to his client. Several outlets reported that Avenatti "openly wept when he spoke to the court on Thursday." According to the statement from the district attorney's office, Avenatti was sentenced to 30 months in prison, along with three years of supervised release. Avenatti rose to national prominence when he took Daniels as a client in 2018.
Biden fires Trump-era head of Social Security after he refuses to resign
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday fired the commissioner of Social Security after the official refused to resign, and accepted the deputy commissioner’s resignation, the White House said. Biden asked commissioner Andrew Saul to resign, and his employment was terminated after he refused the Democratic president’s request, a White House official said.
Zaila Avant-garde: Fourteen-year-old makes history to become first African American winner of US Scripps National Spelling Bee
A 14-year-old girl has made history by becoming the first African American to win the 96-year-old US Scripps National Spelling Bee. Zaila Avant-garde, a sporting prodigy with several Guinness World Records to her name for dribbling multiple basketballs at a time, won the event by correctly spelling Murraya - a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian trees. Image: Zaila routinely practiced spelling for seven hours a day"I was pretty relaxed on the subject of Murraya and pretty much any other word I got," she said afterwards. She is the first black contestant to win since Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica in 1998, also the only international winner. Image: Zaila jumped up and down on stage after winning the competitionMany top Scripps spellers start competing when they are of nursery age.
Pfizer to seek OK for 3rd vaccine dose; shots still protect
Pfizer is about to seek U.S. authorization for a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine, saying Thursday that another shot within 12 months could dramatically boost immunity and maybe help ward off the latest worrisome coronavirus mutant. Research from multiple countries shows the Pfizer shot and other widely used COVID-19 vaccines offer strong protection against the highly contagious delta variant, which is spreading rapidly around the world and now accounts for most new U.S. infections. But antibodies naturally wane over time, so studies also are underway to tell if and when boosters might be needed. On Thursday, Pfizer’s Dr. Mikael Dolsten told The Associated Press that early data from the company's booster study suggests people’s antibody levels jump five- to 10-fold after a third dose, compared to their second dose months earlier. In August, Pfizer plans to ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency authorization of a third dose, he said.
Grizzly bear is fatally shot after killing California woman
Always gave you a big hug,” said Mike Castaldo, president of the Chico Cycling Team, who knew Lokan for about 15 years. After the bear ran away, the campers removed food from their tents, secured it and went back to sleep, Montana wildlife officials say. About 15 minutes later, the bear was seen on a video camera at a business about a block away from the post office, wildlife officials said. They used bear spray, and the animal ran away. The bear is also believed to have entered a chicken coop in town that night, killing and eating several chickens.
Biden declares end of Afghanistan mission, defending exit as Taliban gain
U.S. President Joe Biden has said the American military mission in Afghanistan will conclude by Aug. 31, arguing that the U.S. achieved its goals and should not seek to rebuild the nation. “I want to be clear: the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan continues through the end of August,” Biden said in a speech at the White House on Thursday. “I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome,” Biden said. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were briefed earlier Thursday on the progress of the troop withdrawal. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan at the White House on Thursday.
Suns Hold Serve in Game 2 Despite a Better Bucks' Effort
The Phoenix Suns have protected their home court with a 118-108 Game 2 victory against a Bucks team that repeatedly felt so close to stealing it. Here are a few takeaways from a game the Suns offense won, as much as the Bucks offense lost. Milwaukee's defense was betterIn Game 1, the Bucks didn’t look like the team that entered these Finals with the postseason’s top defense. In Game 2, the Suns took their first free-throw with 14.9 seconds left in the first half. The Suns quickly understood that the Bucks came into the game wanting to eliminate as much dribble penetration as they could.
Biden tells Putin Russia must crack down on cybercriminals
A White House statement announcing the hourlong call also highlighted a U.S.-Russian agreement that will allow humanitarian aid to flow into Syria. In his call with Putin, besides reiterating the need for Russia to take action and that the U.S. stands ready to act in response, Biden also “emphasized that he is committed to continued engagement on the broader threat posed by ransomware," the White House said. Biden told reporters that the U.S. and Russia have "set up a means of communication now on a regular basis to be able to communicate with one another when each of us thinks something is happening in another country that affects the home country. And so it went well. I’m optimistic.”In its own summary of the call, the Kremlin said “Putin noted that despite the Russian side’s readiness to jointly stop criminal activities in the information sphere, U.S. agencies haven’t made any requests during the past month.”
Elsa soaks NYC and New England as it races up East Coast
The storm came a day after a deluge flooded some streets and subway stations in New York City. Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain was possible in some areas Friday, enough to cause flash flooding. The strongest winds were expected to stay off the coast of New England. But the storm was expected to bring heavy rain – up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) on the Maine coast – before blowing into the Bay of Fundy and Canada late Friday. Eight of those hurt had to be taken to hospitals, Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base spokesperson Chris Tucker said.
Fire in food factory in Bangladesh kills at least 49
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh TV stations say at least 49 people have died in a fire that broke out at a food and beverage factory outside the country’s capital. A fire service official, Russel Shikder, confirmed that a fire began Thursday night at the five-story Hashem Food and Beverage Ltd. factory in Rupganj, just outside Dhaka. AFP via Getty ImagesRescue workers recover bodies of the deceased as the fire killed dozens of people inside the factory on July 9, 2021. AFP via Getty ImagesEkattor TV quoted an unidentified senior fire official as saying on Friday that at least 49 people had died. Details of the cause of the fire, how many people were inside the factory and how many were missing were not immediately available.
'Heartbreaking': Death toll in Florida condo collapse now 79
SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — The death toll in the collapse of a Miami-area condo building rose to 79 on Friday, a number the mayor called “heartbreaking” as recovery workers toiled for a 16th day to find victims in the rubble. “This is a staggering and heartbreaking number that affects all of us very deeply,” Levine Cava said of the latest death toll. The magnitude of this tragedy is growing each and every day,” she said. “We know that there will be long-term impacts for the teams on the front line,” Levine Cava said. “They have given so much of themselves in these first two weeks.”
Warrants: Tape bound 2 of 3 bodies at Georgia golf course
KENNESAW, Ga. — Two of the three men found fatally shot at a suburban Atlanta golf course had their hands, legs and mouths bound with tape when police discovered their bodies in the bed of a pickup truck last weekend, according to court records released Friday. The details were included in arrest warrants for 23-year-old Bryan Rhoden, news outlets reported. Investigators say Rhoden fatally shot Gene Siller when the 46-year-old golf pro went to find out why a white pickup truck had driven onto the 10th green at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, northwest of Atlanta. Two other bodies were found bound and gagged in the bed of the pickup truck. Police haven’t commented on any possible motive for the killings of the two men whose bodies were found in the pickup.
Dillian Whyte is ready to step in and fight Deontay Wilder in Tyson Fury's place, says Eddie Hearn
Eddie Hearn has announced that Dillian Whyte is ready to step in and fight Deontay Wilder after Tyson Fury's shock withdrawal from their upcoming fight after testing positive for Covid. 'Spoke to Dillian Whyte - he is due to fight end of August but ready to jump in July 24 v Wilder', Hearn tweeted early on Friday morning. Hearn had previously announced that Whyte was likely to fight in late August in the US, but had not named an opponent. Whyte filmed his own video easily lifting the same weight and ruthlessly mocked Wilder's weightlifting performance. Fury's withdrawal from the Wilder bout has plunged plans for his super-fight with Anthony Joshua into further disarray.
Charlottesville set to remove Lee statue that sparked rally
Only the statues of Lee and Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will be removed for now, the city said. The stone bases of the monuments will be left in place temporarily and removed later. The statues are perched in places of relative prominence in Charlottesville, a small, picturesque city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and home to the University of Virginia. The Charlottesville City Council voted in February 2017 to take down the Lee statue amid mounting public pressure, including a petition started by a Black high school student, Zyahna Bryant. First, they rallied by torchlight at the statue in May 2017, then a small group of Klansmen gathered in July, far outnumbered by peaceful protesters.
Hail, tornadoes and flooded New York subways as stormy weather hits east coast
New York City witnessed dramatic scenes as subway stations were inundated by heavy rainstorms ahead of Elsa, which arrived late Thursday evening. There was a chance Long Island in New York would see sustained tropical storm-force winds, the National Weather Service in New York warned. The National Weather Service in Morehead City, North Carolina, tweeted that a tornado was spotted near Fairfield on Thursday afternoon. Story continuesThe tornado flipped over multiple RVs, throwing one of the overturned vehicles about 200 feet (61 meters) into a lake, the National Weather Service said. More than 7in (18 cm) of rain was recorded at a weather station near Gainesville, Florida, the weather service reported.
Toyota changes stand, halts donations to election objectors
Toyota will not seek refunds of contributions it already has made, spokesman Scott Vazin said Thursday in an email. He said the company hasn't decided if or when it will resume the contributions. Immediately after Toyota's spending was reported, the company defended it, saying it did not believe it’s appropriate to judge legislators based only on their electoral certification vote. The company took input from employees and government officials, Vazin said. Contribution data showed that 34 companies donated at least $5,000 to the campaigns and leadership political action committees of one or more election objectors this year, Axios reported.
GM recalls 400,000 Chevy and GMC pickups because their side air bags can explode
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors GM, +3.71% is recalling more than 400,000 pickup trucks in the U.S. because the side air bags can explode without warning and spew parts into the cabin. The recall covers certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks.
Gov. Newsom asks Californians to cut water use, expands emergency as drought worsens
Newsom, a Democrat who faces a recall election in September, expanded a regional drought state of emergency to 50 of California's 58 counties, home to about 42 percent of the population. Large counties like Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are not included in the emergency proclamation. Aude Guerrucci / Reuters fileThe state of emergency authorizes the California Water Resources Control Board, which oversees the state water supply, to reduce the right to divert water from rivers if there is a shortage. That drought depleted groundwater supplies and changed how residents and businesses use water, including rethinking landscaping to include more drought-tolerant plants. Across the state urban water use is down by 16 percent since before the previous drought, Newsom said Thursday.
Biden urges Putin to move against ransomware attacks, warns of retaliation
Advertising Read moreThe two leaders held an hour-long phone call on Friday, their first since they discussed ransomware attacks at a summit in Geneva on June 16. Biden's message to Putin in the call was direct, suggesting a growing impatience over attacks that have disrupted key U.S. sectors. The United States has not indicated how it plans to respond to the attacks emanating from Russia, but Biden hinted at digital retaliation if Russian cooperation was not forthcoming. Biden told reporters there would be consequences to Russian inaction, but gave no details. Moscow and Washington disagreed over whether the United States had formally sought Russian assistance to rein in ransomware attacks.
Duck Creek Technologies CEO on Q3 earnings beat: Insurance companies 'are all looking to go through some sort of digital transformation'
ReutersThe Biden administration on Friday added 14 Chinese companies and other entities to its economic blacklist over alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance in Xinjiang. The Commerce Department said the companies had been "implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass detention, and high technology surveillance against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region." They include the China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology; Xinjiang Lianhai Chuangzhi Information Technology Co; Shenzhen Cobber Information Technology Co; Xinjiang Sailing Information Technology; Beijing Geling Shentong Information Technology; Shenzhen Hua'antai Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.; and Chengdu Xiwu Security System Alliance Co., Ltd.
5.9-magnitude quake rattles Northern California; no reports of damage
There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. Its epicenter was 4 miles west-southwest of Walker, a California town of fewer than 900 residents. “The ground was shaking pretty bad, and then everything started falling,” said Carolina Estrada, manager at the Walker Coffee Company. The quake was “a classic normal faulting earthquake for eastern California,” and aftershocks were common in the region, seismologist Lucy Jones tweeted. “People in the area should expect aftershocks for days following an earthquake of this size,” said Jason Ballman with the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.
Magnitude 6 Earthquake Strikes Eastern Sierra Nevada; Shaking Felt In Bay Area
MONO COUNTY (CBS SF) – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck the Eastern Sierra Thursday afternoon was felt across Northern California, including much of the Bay Area. The earthquake struck in an area known as the Antelope Valley fault zone, where there are several faults. Twitter users from across the Bay Area reported shaking, including in the East Bay and as and as far west as San Francisco. Was it my imagination or did I just feel another #earthquake in the East Bay, Tri-valley area?? The largest of these was a 6.1 magnitude quake 36 km to the northwest in September 1994 and a 6.1 magnitude quake 63 km to the north in June 1933.
Joe Biden just fired a top Trump holdover at the Social Security Administration, but these 7 other Trump-era officials are still holding high-level government positions
Biden fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, who's been on Democrats' wish list for removal. Several leaders appointed by President Donald Trump are staying in their high-level postsSee more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a holdover from the Trump administration who has been on Democrats' wish list for removal. Biden appointed Kilolo Kijakazi, currently the deputy commissioner for retirement and disability policy, as acting commissioner while the search for a commissioner and deputy commissioner is conducted, according to the official. But there are other officials appointed by President Donald Trump who are sticking around in their high-level posts in the Biden administration.
Biden signs competition order targeting big business
President Joe Biden hands out a pen after signing an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the economy, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Joe Biden hands out a pen after signing an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the economy, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, July 9, 2021, in Washington. The White House said Biden’s order follows in the tradition of past presidents who took action to slow corporate power. “This is really more of a blueprint or agenda than a traditional executive order,” said Daniel Crane, a law professor at the University of Michigan who focuses on antitrust. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, said that Biden’s executive order needs to be buttressed by congressional action.
Djokovic set to rule over Wimbledon's young pretenders
The world number one will be overwhelming favourite to defeat semi-final opponent Denis Shapovalov, the Canadian player he has already beaten six times out of six. Apart from dropping the first set of his opener against British wildcard Jack Draper, Djokovic has been untroubled. Shapovalov, the stylish left-hander, has reached his first Slam semi-final by seeing off two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, a 2019 semi-finalist. Berrettini is the first Italian man in the Wimbledon semi-finals since Nicola Pietrangeli in 1960. That dismal streak included defeat in the first round of the French Open to world number 154 Botic Van de Zandschulp and first-up losses in the grass court events at Stuttgart and Halle.
DeSantis parts with Trump in response to Surfside tragedy
“Although the Florida Division of Emergency Management has been working around the clock to support search and rescue efforts, it was unfortunate that Governor DeSantis diverted first responders to the southern border during this incredibly difficult time for the Miami community and our entire state,” she said. While Trump decides whether to run again in 2024, those with presidential ambitions are making aggressive moves to position themselves as his heir should he opt against a campaign. For now, Trump remains happy to be aligned with DeSantis. But several people in touch with the former president and his team said he has paid close attention as DeSantis has wooed donors at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida and gained traction in some conservative circles. If DeSantis’ popularity rises and he threatens Trump’s status as the undisputed leader of the party, many Republicans privately expect Trump to turn on the governor.
Tropical Storm Elsa arrives in Massachusetts
Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to arrive in Massachusetts today, bringing heavy rain, whipping wind, and even the risk of isolated tornados. Massachusetts residents are preparing for flooding and wind damage from the storm, which is expected to move into Massachusetts just after midnight Friday morning. David L. Ryan/Globe StaffConditions were foggy and visibility low in the Boston area early Friday morning as residents braced for Tropical Storm Elsa’s heavy rain and wind to arrive. AdvertisementRainfall begins as Tropical Storm Elsa moves up the East Coast — 2:00 a.m.By Brittany Bowker, Globe staffSigns of Tropical Storm Elsa could be seen early Friday morning as rain began to fall across the region. July 8, 2021Tropical Storm Elsa expected to lash region with high winds, heavy rain — 9:50 p.m.As Tropical Storm Elsa took aim at New England, communities on the South Shore and Cape Cod raced to keep ahead of the storm that forecasters say will bring high winds, flash flooding, rough surf, and several inches of rain to parts of Massachusetts.
Christina Haack Claps Back at Criticism Over New BF Joshua Hall
Christina Haack spoke out about her new romance with Joshua Hall after trolls criticized her for being in “another relationship” following her split from Ant Anstead. “I met Josh when I wasn’t in a state of fear or fight-or-flight,” Haack wrote via Instagram on Thursday while on her romantic getaway with Hall. Us confirmed last month that Haack and the British TV host finalized their divorce nine months after calling it quits in September 2020. I’m 38 — I’ll do what I want.”Haack and Hall first made headlines on Tuesday after they arrived at LAX. “He’s excited about life and excited in general,” a source exclusively told Us on Thursday about the former For the Love of Cars cohost.
Everything you need to know about Richard Branson going to space this weekend
New York (CNN Business) Richard Branson will boldly go where no space baron has gone before on Sunday, when he steps onto the supersonic space plane from his rocket venture, Virgin Galactic . But Branson's flight will make him the first billionaire founder of space company to actually travel into space aboard a vehicle he helped fund. Branson's flight will take off in the early hours of Sunday, July 11, weather permitting. Virgin Galactic will be posting a livestream — which will be hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert , a spokesperson confirmed to CNN— that morning. Welcome Sirisha Bandla, Colin Bennett, and Beth Moses — our expert crew members joining @richardbranson on our #Unity22 test flight.
Chris Eubank's son Sebastian found dead at 29
The son of boxing legend Chris Eubank has died days before his 30th birthday. Sebastian, who was a professional boxer like his father, the third oldest of Chis Eubank’s five children died on Friday morning in Dubai where he lived, representatives of his father said. He became a father for the first time only a month ago when he and his wife had their son, Raheem. “He leaves his wife Salma, his son Raheem born just a month ago, his mother Karron Meadows, brothers Nathanael, Chris, Jr, Joseph, one sister Emily and countless relatives and friends. “As well as being a personal trainer and professional boxer, Sebastian was also a deep thinker who liked to challenge accepted wisdom.
Biogen shares fall on report FDA head seeking investigation of her agency's approval of Alzheimer's drug
In a letter, Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock asked the Office of the Inspector General to investigate interactions between FDA staff and Biogen in the run-up to the approval of the drug Aduhelm, STAT reported. The agency cited reporting by STAT that said FDA officials had worked closely with Biogen to get the drug to market. "There continue to be concerns raised ... regarding contacts between representatives from Biogen and FDA during the review process, including some that may have occurred outside of the formal correspondence process," Woodcock wrote in a letter to acting Inspector General Christi Grimm. The FDA has been criticized for approving Aduhelm with what some consider is questionable clinical data and Biogen for how the drug is priced, at $56,000 for a year of treatment. Biogen shares have gained 47% in the year to date, while the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF XBI, +0.97% has fallen 5% and the S&P 500 SPX, +1.06% has gained 15%.
Several Asian countries hit hard by first major COVID surges
It’s a rhythm familiar in much of the world, where repeated surges deluged hospitals and led to high numbers of deaths. But many Asian countries avoided that cycle by imposing stiff travel restrictions combined with tough measures at home. Thailand reported a record number of new deaths on Thursday with 75 — and they came in at 72 on Friday. Of Thailand’s 317,506 confirmed cases and 2,534 deaths since the pandemic started, more than 90% have come since the start of April. see also COVID infections surging in Africa’s vulnerable rural areas For Pelagia Bvukura, who lives in a rural part of...
Pfizer outlines booster plans while regulators signal caution
Once more data is in hand, Pfizer plans to ask the FDA to authorize a booster shot that could be given six to eight months after the original two doses, Dolsten said. Separately, Pfizer plans to begin human trials of a new booster customized against the delta strain. The Pfizer shot is one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines globally. As of July 1, Pfizer said it had shipped more than 860 million doses of its vaccine around the world, including over 330 million doses to the EU and over 200 million doses to the U.S. In the U.S., over 184 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered so far, outpacing 135 million doses of Moderna Inc.’s vaccine that have been used in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rapper Lil Baby released by Paris police, handed drug fine
Rapper Lil Baby was released from custody by Paris police on Friday. He received a fine for having cannabis in his car, according to the city prosecutor's office. Lil Baby and the bodyguard were taken into custody on suspicion of transporting drugs, and released Friday morning after being handed fines, according to the prosecutor's office. "I turned my head and it was unbelievable, I saw Lil Baby and James Harden ... they are standing and are being frisked," said the witness, Lance Avraham Pena. A representative for Lil Baby did not respond to requests for comment.
Mexico's president says video of his brother taking cash is part of smear campaign
“I think the intention is to do damage to me, or to try to damage me,” the president told a news conference. “But my conscience is clear,” added López Obrador, who has built his reputation as an indefatigable scourge of corruption. The man filmed giving his brother the cash was David León, who López Obrador named head of Mexico’s civil protection agency on assuming the presidency in December 2018. León stepped down from the government last August after a separate video was leaked of him handing over money in 2015 to another brother of López Obrador. López Obrador told the news conference the money was not for him or a political campaign, and that he understood it was a personal matter between the two men.
Northern California forest closed as wildfires burn, heat returns
BECKWOURTH — Flames threatening campgrounds and cabins prompted evacuations and closed off a swath of Northern California forest as the state prepared for another weekend of dry, scorching weather and the continuing threat of wildfires. Plumes of smoke and fire rise over a roadway as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burns in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Firefighters arrive at Frenchman Lake to battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burning in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Firefighters monitor the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, as it burns at Frenchman Lake in Plumas National Forest, Calif., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Firefighters battle the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, burning in Plumas National Forest, Calif., Thursday, July 8, 2021.
Thoma Bravo To Acquire Stamps.com In $6.6B Deal
MarketWatchStamps.com Inc. announced Friday an agreement to be acquired by software investment firm Thoma Bravo in a cash deal that values the web-based mailing and shipping services company at $6.6 billion. Stamps' stock soared 35.6% in premarket trading, prior to a trading halt for news. Under terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, Stamps shareholders will receive $330 in cash for each Stamps share they own, representing a 67% premium to Thursday's closing price of $1
Scottish Open hit by bizarre incident as spectator takes club out of Rory McIlroy's bag at tee box
The second round of the Scottish Open experienced a bizarre and troubling start here when a spectator brazenly walked on to a teebox and took a club from Rory McIlroy’s bag. As McIlroy and world No 1 Jon Rahm looked on in befuddlement, the man took a few swings before officials eventually arrived to lead him away. Inevitably, there will be questions posed about the security at this $7 million event. McIlroy usually has at least one security guard with him, but it was unclear where the detail was on this occasion. It occurred on the 10th tee here at the North Berwick course, from where the group began.
Taliban say they control 85 per cent of Afghanistan as U.S. withdraws troops
Share this Story: Taliban say they control 85 per cent of Afghanistan as U.S. withdraws troopsTaliban say they control 85 per cent of Afghanistan as U.S. withdraws troops Local Afghan officials said Taliban fighters, emboldened by the withdrawal, had captured an important district in Herat province, home to tens of thousands of minority Shi'ite Hazaras Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFPArticle content Taliban officials said on Friday the Sunni Muslim insurgent group had taken control of 85 per cent of territory in Afghanistan, and its fighters were tightening their grip on strategic areas. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Try refreshing your browser, or Taliban say they control 85 per cent of Afghanistan as U.S. withdraws troops Back to video But local Afghan officials said Taliban fighters, emboldened by the withdrawal, had captured an important district in Herat province, home to tens of thousands of minority Shi’ite Hazaras. Torghundi, a northern town on the border with Turkmenistan, had also been captured by the Taliban overnight, Afghan and Taliban officials said. Three visiting Taliban officials sought to address those concerns during their visit to Moscow.
Japan bans fans at Tokyo-area Olympics venues due to virus
TOKYO (AP) — Fans will be banned from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas when the Olympics begin in two weeks, the city’s governor said Thursday after meeting with organizers of the pandemic-postponed games. The declaration was made by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and the spectator ban was agreed to by Japanese Olympic organizers, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the metropolitan government of Tokyo. Fans also have endured months of uncertainty about whether the Olympics will go ahead. “Many people were looking forward to watching the games at the venues, but I would like everyone to fully enjoy watching the games on TV at home,” Tokyo Gov. “It's gut-wrenching because many people looked forward to watching at the venues.”
Passenger who refused seven requests to wear mask on flight fined $10,500
A budget airline customer who refused to mask up was hit with a massive $10,500 fine. The unidentified flier defied flight attendants who asked him seven times to wear his mask over his mouth and nose on a Feb. 27 Allegiant trip from Provo, Utah, to Mesa, Arizona, according to the FAA. The passenger also argued with workers and cornered a flight attendant after the plane landed to complain about the mask policy, the feds said. The man touched the woman during the confrontation, which intimidated the flight attendant and made her cry, officials said. Nearly 2,500 passengers have refused to comply the in-flight mask mandate since January.
Taliban fighters capture key Afghan border crossing with Iran
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters seized control on Thursday of a key district in western Afghanistan that includes a major border crossing with Iran, Afghan security officials said, as the Islamist insurgents continued their rapid military advances around the country. Pitched battles between Taliban fighters and Afghan government forces were also underway in the northern Balkh province bordering Uzbekistan. Two senior security officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, located in Herat province, had fallen to the Taliban and that Afghan security and customs officials had fled across the border. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry, denied the reports and said the border crossing was still under the control of government forces. Western security officials say the Taliban have captured more than 100 districts in Afghanistan.
Wimbledon 2021: Matteo Berrettini reaches first Grand Slam final despite late push by Hubert Hurkacz
Matteo Berrettini of Italy had little trouble against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland to advance to the Wimbledon final. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Matteo Berrettini stormed into his first Grand Slam final behind a 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4 over Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals at the All England Club on Friday. He is the first Italian man to reach the Wimbledon final and is coming off a semifinal appearance at the French Open. Hurkacz came back in the final set to give the Italian a tough time and forced a fourth set. Berrettini used his serve to get out of it and move into his first Grand Slam final of his career.
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Tyson Forced to Recall 4,500 Tons of Precooked Meat Over Listeria Concerns
Tyson Foods recalls almost 4,500 tons of ready-to-eat chicken products that may have been tainted with listeria. Tyson Foods (TSN) - Get Report, the chicken processor, recalled almost 4,500 tons of ready-to-eat chicken products that may have been tainted with listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall a month after two consumers reported becoming ill with listeriosis. The frozen, fully cooked chicken products were produced between Dec. 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. In June, Tyson's CEO stepped down after less than a year on the job, citing personal reasons for his departure.
Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights
Biden and his team have repeatedly promised a major push on voting rights after Senate Republicans blocked a sweeping election reform bill last month. Most Republicans have similarly dismissed a separate bill, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore sections of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court previously weakened. Biden believes “that voting is a fundamental right for the American people,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki this week. The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling last week upheld voting limits in Arizona that a lower court had found discriminatory under the federal Voting Rights Act. “Where’s your voting rights tour?
Maria Taylor breaks silence after ESPN drops Rachel Nichols for NBA finals
Maria Taylor (ESPN/YouTube)Maria Taylor, a reporter at the centre of a racism controversy at ESPN, has spoken out after her colleague, Rachel Nichols, was dropped from coverage of the NBA finals. Breaking her silence on Wednesday, Ms Taylor tweeted that in “dark times I always remember that I am in this position to open doors and light the path that others walk down”. It follows a New York Times report on Sunday in which Ms Nichols criticised ESPN for selecting Ms Taylor, who is Black, to cover the 2020 NBA finals. Just find it somewhere else,” said Ms Nichols in July 2020. Ms Nichols will continue hosting episodes of “The Jump”, a weekday show for ESPN online.
Marilyn Manson surrenders in L.A. on arrest warrant
Marilyn Manson surrendered to Los Angeles police last week on an arrest warrant for allegedly assaulting a videographer at a 2019 concert in New Hampshire. Manson, whose real name is Brian Hugh Warner, faces charges of two misdemeanor counts of simple assault connected to an Aug. 18, 2019 incident at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, an amphitheater in Gilford where Manson had performed. Gilford police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said Thursday that Manson turned himself in July 2. The Gilford Police Department, which announced the warrant in May, has said a videographer contracted to film the concert was in the stage pit area when she was allegedly assaulted. Manson has already denied multiple sexual and physical abuse accusations.
Financial aid agency will stop servicing federal student loans. Here's what you need to know
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency — which oversees loans of 8.5 million student borrowers — announced it would not renew its contract with the federal government when it ends later this year. Just around 5% of borrowers who've applied for the national public service loan forgiveness program, which PHEAA administers, have been approved according to recent data. The agency, which is known to borrowers as FedLoan, is one of several companies the Education Department pays to manage the government's $1.59 trillion student loan portfolio. More from Personal Finance:The upside to inflation: rising wagesThe stock market is falling. PHEAA's contract with the government will end on Dec. 14, 2021.
Volvo workers strike continues for second day in Ghent, Belgium
Volvo Cars workers in Ghent, Belgium continued their wildcat strike into a second day on Friday morning. The Ghent strike began with the morning shift on Thursday, when only a portion of workers started their shift. Workers gather outside the plant at Volvo Cars Ghent [Credit: Ik werk in de Gentse Automobiel Facebook]The Ghent strike developed as a wildcat action in a rebellion against an agreement reached between company management and the union. There is widespread support among the Ghent workers for the struggle in Virginia. In order to develop their struggle, the Volvo Ghent workers should draw the lessons from the struggle of their counterparts in the United States, who formed a rank-and-file committee, independent of the pro-company United Auto Workers union.
Trump threw a crumpled newspaper article at Pence and accused him of being 'so disloyal.' Pence threw it back at him, book says
Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty ImagesTrump got upset and threw a newspaper article at Pence, per a new book. Pence threw the crumpled up paper back at Trump. "So disloyal," Trump reportedly told Pence as he threw the newspaper article. Pence then picked up the scrunched newspaper article and tossed it back at Trump. "The story written by third-rate reporter Michael Bender, that Mike Pence and I had a big fight over Corey Lewandowski, is totally false," Trump said in a statement.
Late Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat's widow dies at age 88 - presidency
CAIRO – Jehan Sadat, the widow of late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, has died at age 88, the presidency said on Friday. The statement added that Sadat would be posthumously awarded a national medal and have a Cairo highway named after her. Anwar Sadat participated in the 1952 revolution that overthrew Egypt’s monarchy, and became president in 1970 following the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser. As first lady, Jehan Sadat took an interest in veterans and those lost in Egypt’s wars, setting up a rehabilitation charity as well as heading Egypt’s Red Crescent Society. Sadat, who had been in poor health, will be laid to rest on Friday beside her husband at Egypt’s Unknown Soldier memorial.