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DOJ announces probe into policing practices in Minneapolis day after Floyd case verdict
It's unclear whether the years under investigation will begin when Floyd died or before. Floyd, 46, was arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market. He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a squad car. Floyd's death May 25 became a flashpoint in the national conversation about the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement and sparked worldwide protests. At trial, Chauvin's defense attorney persistently suggested Chauvin's knee wasn't on Floyd's neck for as long as prosecutors argued, suggesting instead it was across Floyd's back, shoulder blades and arm.
More than 180 reported arrested in Navalny demonstrations
MOSCOW (AP) — Police across Russia have arrested more than 180 people in connection with demonstrations Wednesday in support of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a human rights group said. Many were seized before protests even began, including two top Navalny associates in Moscow. Navalny’s team called the unsanctioned demonstrations after reports that his health is deteriorating while on hunger strike, which he began March 31. “The situation with Alexei is indeed critical, and so we moved up the day of the mass protests,” Vladimir Ashurkov, a close Navalny ally and executive director of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, told The Associated Press. “Alexei’s health has sharply deteriorated, and he is in a rather critical condition.
Search for missing Indonesian submarine reveals oil spill
By Agustinus Beo Da CostaJAKARTA (Reuters) -Indonesian rescuers searching for a submarine that went missing with 53 people on board found an oil spill on Wednesday near where the vessel dived, authorities said. An aerial search found an oil spill near the submarine's dive location and two navy vessels with sonar capability have been deployed to assist in the search, the Defense Ministry said. The oil spill found on the surface could also mean there was damage to its fuel tank or could also be a signal from the crew, the navy said. The military chief will hold a media briefing to share further information about the search on Thursday from Bali, a spokesman said. In 2015, an Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a northern residential area two minutes after takeoff, killing more than 100 people.
Emotional tributes to Black man killed by police in North Carolina a day after Chauvin verdict
Emotional tributes were paid to a Black man shot and killed by police in North Carolina the day after the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Officials say Andrew Brown, 40, was shot by sheriff’s deputies carrying out a search warrant in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. "Andrew Brown was a good person," she said. Andrew was a good person," Lydia Brown said. The shooting came less than 24 hours after Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd by a jury in Minneapolis.
DC statehood faces a crossroads with congressional vote
An identical statehood bill passed the House in 2020, but it quickly died in the Republican-controlled Senate. Now, with the 2020 elections leaving Democrats in control of both chambers and the White House, Republican senators may resort to a filibuster to stymie the statehood bill. Opponents proposed a variety of alternatives, from absolving Washingtonians of federal taxes to “retroceding” most of D.C. back into Maryland. Another major opposition point is the contention that Congress does not have the authority to change D.C.'s status. Although every state other than the original 13 was admitted to the union via congressional vote, statehood opponents argue that D.C. is a special case that requires special steps.
Daunte Wright to be eulogized at Minneapolis funeral
Wright's killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd last May. By the day of the verdict, more than 3,000 National Guard soldiers had flooded the area, along with police, state troopers and other law enforcement officers. Concrete barriers, chain-link fences and barbed wire ringed the courthouse where Chauvin was tried. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday's guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. “What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country,” Sharpton said back then.
Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats in solidarity with Czech Republic
Slovakia on Thursday announced it was expelling three Russian diplomats, giving them a week to leave the country, saying it was acting in solidarity with neighbouring Czech Republic whose diplomatic rift with Moscow is escalating. Earlier Thursday, the Czech Republic ordered Russia to remove most of its remaining diplomatic staff from the country, after already having expelled 18 Russian staff over the weekend, identifying them as intelligence officers. READ MORE: >> Unit 29155, the Russian spies specialising in ‘sabotage and assassinations’Russia has denied the Czech accusations and on Sunday ordered out 20 Czech staff in retaliation. The Czech government said it was also slapping a ceiling on the Russian embassy workforce, giving Russia until the end of May to reduce their numbers to the same level as those of the Czech embassy in Moscow. Prague currently has a total of 24 embassy staff in Russia, which in turn has 94 staff in Prague.
US has hit goal of 200m vaccine doses within 100 days, Biden announces
Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the US had administered 200m vaccine doses since he took office, fulfilling a pledge to reach that target within his first 100 days in office. The president initially promised to administer 100m doses over his first 100 days, but he doubled that goal after hitting 100m shots last month, weeks ahead of schedule. With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated and roughly 28m vaccine doses being delivered each week, supply has become less of a concern than demand. Biden announces the US has reached 200m vaccine shots, in Washington. And even as Biden celebrated the vaccine milestone, many states are seeing demand slip.
Israel reports sirens near town of secretive nuclear reactor
The Israeli military says air raid sirens have sounded near Dimona, the desert town that is home to the country's secretive nuclear reactorJERUSALEM -- The Israeli military said air raid sirens sounded early Thursday near Dimona, the desert town that is home to the country’s secretive nuclear reactor. It gave no further details, but the sirens indicated a possible attack on the sensitive area. The report comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and its archenemy Iran. The Iranians have blamed Israel for a series of incidents targeting Iran's nuclear facilities and vowed revenge. Israel has not openly commented on the incidents, but it has signaled possible involvement.
Perseverance rover just made oxygen on Mars
(CNN) The Perseverance rover may be parked at an overlook to capture any flights by the Ingenuity helicopter over the next two weeks, but it's not wasting any of its time on Mars. The rover on Tuesday successfully converted some of the plentiful carbon dioxide on Mars into oxygen as a first test of its MOXIE instrument. The name MOXIE is short for Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment. The team installed MOXIE into the chassis of the Perseverance rover in March 2019. The thin Martian atmosphere is 96% carbon dioxide, which isn't much help to oxygen-breathing humans.
Workers file 547,000 new jobless claims in sign COVID layoffs are slowing
The Labor Department said Thursday that applications declined 39,000 from a revised 586,000 a week earlier. Weekly jobless claims are down sharply from a peak of 900,000 in early January. The unemployment rate fell from 6.2% to 6%, well below the pandemic peak of nearly 15%. Many states have struggled to clear backlogs of unemployment applications, and suspected fraud has clouded the actual volume of job cuts. In addition, a supplemental $300-a-week federal jobless payment, on top of regular state unemployment aid, might have encouraged more people to apply for benefits.
Pregnant Woman Who Get COVID-19 Have Higher Risk Of Death: Study
A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnant women can gain some protection by getting vaccinated; recent evidence suggests the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are safe to use in pregnancy. The results were published on Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, which echo smaller studies. The research involved women in 18 countries, including the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The study involved about 700 pregnant women with COVID-19 and 1,400 without it.
Olympic officials uphold rule that bars athlete protests, ignoring U.S. calls for change
Last year, U.S. Olympic officials said they wouldn’t punish American athletes who respectfully protest human rights issues at an Olympics and urged the IOC to amend Rule 50. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementIn announcing the decision to uphold the basic tenets of the rule, Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, said a broader survey of Olympic athletes around the world found that the vast majority were opposed to allowing protests or demonstrations. A slightly fewer number of Olympians — 67 percent — said it wouldn’t be appropriate on a medals podium either. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“I’m a not a lawyer so that is a little bit out of my realm,” Coventry said. Coventry, a former Olympic swimmer from Zimbabwe, said she personally supports the commission’s recommendations and decision to uphold the rule.
Meghan McCain slams LeBron James for 'endangering the life' of Ma'Khia Bryant shooting cop
Meghan McCain has slammed LeBron James for allegedly endangering the life of the cop who shot dead Ma'Khia Bryant when he tweeted 'you're next' after Derek Chauvin's conviction. Arkansas Sen Tom Cotton was one of the first to call James out, tweeting: 'Lebron James is inciting violence against an Ohio police officer. 'People like LeBron James and his friends on the left are driving good people away from careers in law enforcement. 'A cop just killed a little girl and y'all are more concerned about Lebron James tweeted that the cop is next to take accountability???? Another wrote: 'I don't understand why y'all tryna publicly crucify LeBron James for a now deleted tweet that was TOTALLY take out of context.
Burning Man mulling mandatory COVD-19 vaccines for August
She said civic responsibility is an important part of organizers' guiding principles but that they realize people in some countries haven’t had access to vaccines, nor have most children. The question of vaccines and how to basically require them, and even from a logistical standing, frankly — all of that, we’re taking a look at." Goodell said organizers also have not decided whether to require or provide testing at the event. She said they hope to reach a decision by the end of this week and at the latest by April 30. “At this point, the government agencies involved in collaborating with us have been really super supportive and super helpful.
Syrian missile explodes near Israeli nuclear reactor, Israel retaliates
Share this Story: Syrian missile explodes near Israeli nuclear reactor, Israel retaliatesSyrian missile explodes near Israeli nuclear reactor, Israel retaliates The missile did not hit the reactor, exploding some 30 km away Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty ImagesArticle content A Syrian missile exploded in southern Israel on Thursday, the Israeli military said, in an incident that triggered warning sirens near the secretive Dimona nuclear reactor and an Israeli strike in Syria. An Israeli military spokesman identified the projectile as an SA-5 surface-to-air missile fired by Syrian forces against Israeli aircraft. Try refreshing your browser, or Syrian missile explodes near Israeli nuclear reactor, Israel retaliates Back to video The missile did not hit the reactor, exploding some 30 km away, the spokesman added. A Syrian military defector said the Israeli strikes targeted locations near the town of Dumair, some 40 km (25 miles) northeast of the capital, where Iranian-backed militias have a presence. Addressing the likelihood of a Syrian anti-aircraft missile overshooting its target and flying a long distance into Israel, Uzi Rubin, an Israeli missile expert, said the scenario was “consistent with the characteristics” of an SA-5.
Amazon brings its palm-scanning payment tech to Whole Foods
Amazon One is a response, in many ways, to biometric payment technology that already exists on smartphones. The palm print can also be linked to customers’ Amazon Prime accounts, providing data on how people shop and browse in real life. But its introduction at Whole Foods signals that Amazon intends the technology to expand to a mainstream group of shoppers. For now, the tech is live at just one Whole Foods store — the location on Madison Street and Broadway in Seattle. Amazon said it will bring it to seven more Whole Foods stores in the Seattle area.
U.S. launches probe of Minneapolis police after Chauvin conviction
People listen to speakers at George Floyd Square after the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of the death of George Floyd, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio JonesU.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday launched a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis following a jury's verdict that former city police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. The probe "will assess whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force, including during protests," Garland told a news conference. President Joe Biden called the conviction of Chauvin a "giant step" toward justice in the United States. The Justice Department previously announced an investigation into whether the officers involved in Floyd's death violated his civil rights.
FDA inspection found problems at factory making J&J vaccine
After quality problems surfaced late last month, J&J took control of the factory. The Biden administration now is working to move AstraZeneca vaccine manufacturing to another factory. AstraZeneca has yet to seek emergency authorization for use of its vaccine in the U.S. The agency hasn’t given emergency approval to the factory, which is needed before any vaccine material made there can be distributed. At the moment, use of the J&J vaccine is on hold in the U.S. as government health officials investigate its possible connection to very rare blood clots.
Consumer Reports tricks Tesla to drive with no one at wheel
(AP) — Consumer Reports said Thursday it was able to easily trick a Tesla into driving in the car's Autopilot mode with no one at the wheel. Its test came just days after a Tesla crashed in Texas, killing the two men in the car. Authorities say neither of the men were in the driver's seat at the time of the crash. Consumer Reports said that during several trips on its closed tracks with an empty driver's seat, its Tesla Model Y automatically steered along painted lane lines without acknowledging that nobody was at the controls. The Tesla that crashed outside of Houston over the weekend was a Model S, but also had an Autopilot function.
Eric Andre says he was racially profiled and drug searched at Atlanta airport
Comedian Eric Andre has said he was racially profiled by police officers before boarding a flight at Atlanta airport. Meanwhile, Clayton County PD also responded to Andre’s claims of racial profiling. Andre replied back to their claims, saying: “This is sad and full of misinformation Keisha Bottoms [Mayor of Atlanta] please help me. Clayton County PD violated my rights.”“I did NOT volunteer to a search and I did not volunteer to talk. This is JIM CROW RACISM Clayton County PD I DID NOT VOLUNTEER TO A SEARCH.
More bodycam video out of fatal shooting of teen girl in Ohio
Columbus police released more bodycam video Wednesday of the fatal shooting of Black teen Ma'Khia Bryant the day before. Hundreds marched past or stopped at the Statehouse, the Ohio Supreme Court and police headquarters among other spots, the station said. An image from police bodycam video shows a teenage girl appearing to wield a knife before being shot by police in Columbus, Ohio, on April 20, 2021. The officer who killed Bryant will be "taken off the street" while the shooting is investigated, Woods said. "A teenage girl is dead and she is dead at the hands of a police officer," Pettus said.
In 'Paradigm Shift,' Manhattan DA Will No Longer Prosecute Prostitution
The Manhattan district attorney's office in New York announced Wednesday what it called a "paradigm shift" by saying it will no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage. His office is also dismissing over 5,000 "loitering for the purpose of prostitution" cases. "Countless sex workers, those profiled as sex workers, and trafficking victims have suffered under the weight of convictions and warrants," she said. She called on lawmakers to pass the Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act, S6419, which would decriminalize sex work. "Sex workers have been saying they face significant violence from police and clients for decades and it is time that we all listen to these voices when determining how to improve safety for sex workers."
India reports global record of 314,000 new coronavirus cases
India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new infections Thursday as a grim coronavirus surge in the world’s second-most populous country sends more and more sick people into a fragile healthcare system critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. The 314,000 infections added in the past 24 hours raise India’s total beyond 15.93 million cases since the pandemic began. Fatalities rose by 2,104 in the past 24 hours, raising India’s overall death toll to 184,657, the Health Ministry said. The Health Ministry said that of the country’s total production of 8,300 tons of oxygen per day, 7,275 tons were being allocated for medical use. The Times of India newspaper says that the previous highest daily case count of 307,581 was reported in the U.S. on Jan. 8.
House approves making Washington, DC, a state
The House on Thursday voted to make Washington, DC, the nation’s 51st state — a move that, if approved by the Senate, would hand Democrats two new senators. If approved by the Senate, Washington, DC, would become the 51st state. “I have had enough of my colleagues’ racist insinuations that somehow that people of Washington, DC, are incapable or even unworthy of our democracy,” he said in a floor speech. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton at a news conference advocating for DC statehood. Getty ImagesSpeaking before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled her late father, Rep. Thomas D’Alesandro Jr.
Publisher pauses release of new Philip Roth biography
NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of a new, bestselling biography about Philip Roth has temporarily halted the book’s shipping and promotion as its author, Blake Bailey, faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. “These allegations are serious. In light of them, we have decided to pause the shipping and promotion of ‘Philip Roth: The Biography’ pending any further information that may emerge,” according to a statement provided Wednesday to The Associated Press by W.W. Norton & Company. Bailey, who has denied any wrongdoing, has already been dropped by his literary agency, the Story Factory. Bailey’s book, released in early April, was among the most anticipated literary biographies in recent years and has appeared on the bestseller list of The New York Times and other outlets.
Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict
The verdict in the Chauvin case might not be quickly repeated, even as the list of those killed at the hands of police grows. On Wednesday morning, an officer killed a man while executing a search warrant in eastern North Carolina. Police officer Kim Potter, who is white, has been charged with second-degree murder in Wright’s shooting on April 10. Wright’s family has called for more serious charges, comparing her case to the murder charge brought against a Black officer who killed a white woman in nearby Minneapolis in 2017. The boy, who was Latino, appeared to drop a handgun moments before the officer shot him.
How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?
NEW YORK (AP) — How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? Experts don't know yet because they're still studying vaccinated people to see when protection might wear off. How well the vaccines work against emerging variants will also determine if, when and how often additional shots might be needed. “We only have information for as long as the vaccines have been studied," said Deborah Fuller, a vaccine researcher at the University of Washington. People who got Moderna’s vaccine also still had notable levels of virus-fighting antibodies six months after the second required shot.
Russia orders soldiers to begin return to bases after drills near Ukraine
Russia ordered its top army command to begin returning troops to their permanent bases inside the country from Friday, saying it had successfully completed a "snap inspection" of forces in its south and west, near the border with Ukraine, the RIA news agency reported. The announcement prompted the ruble to rise sharply, following weeks of tensions with the West over a major Russian military buildup near Ukraine. The EU's top diplomat said on Monday that Russia has massed some 100,000 troops near the border. "I believe the objectives of the snap inspection have been fully achieved. "In this regard, I have decided to complete the inspections in the southern and western military districts," he said.
What it means for the United States to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide
That could change Saturday, when President Biden is expected to recognize it as a “genocide” in an annual Remembrance Day declaration. Why does Turkey oppose the term ‘genocide’? Story continues below advertisementBut for Turkey, the term genocide threatens the story it tells about the founding of its modern nation state. Story continues below advertisementTurkey frequently complains when other countries use the term genocide. Obama, in contrast, had pledged to formally recognize the Armenian genocide when he first ran in 2008.
Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill with bipartisan support
The Senate passed an Asian hate crimes bill Thursday, aimed at addressing the spike in attacks targeting the Asian-American community during the coronavirus pandemic. ASIAN HATE CRIMES IN NYC SKYROCKETED IN MARCH; MURDERS JUMPED 36%, POLICE SAYFox News could not immediately reach Hawley for comment on his decision. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer championed the bipartisan passing of the bill, calling it "proof" the divided Senate can still work together to get legislation passed. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP"The vote today on the anti-Asian hate crimes bill is proof that when the Senate is given the opportunity to work, the Senate can work to solve important issues," Schumer said Thursday. The bill will head to the House next where it is expected to pass with bipartisan support, though it is unclear at this time if the House GOP will favor the bill as strongly.
Derek Chauvin: Las Vegas Raiders defend 'I Can Breathe' tweet 'echoing George Floyd's brother'
Floyd told officers 'I can't breathe' more than 20 times before he was killed when Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck last May. 'It's not time to breathe easy yet'The Raiders' post was slammed on Twitter by commenters who saw it as a premature celebration. The post remained pinned to the top of the team's Twitter account for several hours. 'I thought that said a lot,' Davis said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. 'I thought that said a lot,' Davis said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
Navalny hails rallies; doctors urge him to end hunger strike
On Thursday, Navalny's personal physician Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva released a letter she signed with four other doctors, urging him to end his hunger strike. The letter revealed that Navalny was taken to a regular hospital Tuesday in Vladimir, where he underwent tests and was examined by specialists “in accordance” with requests from his doctors. It said they were given the results of those tests through Navalny’s lawyers and family on Thursday. Navalny’s doctors said they would continue to insist on access to their patient — his chief demand in launching his hunger strike — but urged him “to immediately stop the hunger strike in order to save life and health,” saying that they consider being examined by “civilian,” non-prison doctors and undergoing “objective tests” enough to end the strike. As soon as the protest happened, today, all of a sudden, we were given all the test results.”Copyright 2021 The Associated Press.
Why Hilary Duff's New Hulu Show Has Fans Divided
Hilary Duff fans are torn. “We all just wanted a Lizzie McGuire reboot not a How I Met Your Mother sequel with Hilary Duff,” one fan wrote. “Hilary Duff said if Disney won’t let her be an adult in Lizzie McGuire, then Hulu will in a How I Met Your Mother spin-off,” one user tweeted. “Name the character Lizzie McShire or something and boom, Lizzie McGuire sequel,” a commenter suggested. Do I want to support Hilary Duff, especially since Lizzie McGuire isn’t happening?
Chauvin alternate juror says she was 'pretty uncomfortable' locking eyes with ex-cop
"I didn’t know if it was going to be guilty on all counts, but I would have said guilty." The remaining 12 jurors voted unanimously Tuesday to convict Chauvin on all counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. TUCKER CARLSON: DEREK CHAUVIN VERDICT SEALS DEVIL'S BARGAIN BETWEEN AMERICAN AND BLMChauvin, 45, was by far the most senior officer at the scene. "So we locked eyes quite a few times and I was pretty uncomfortable." Christensen praised Frazier for shooting the video, saying without it she didn’t think the case would have been possible.
The Postal Service is reportedly monitoring Americans' social media for 'inflammatory' content, per report
The surveillance effort, known as iCop, monitors Americans' social media for "inflammatory" posts. An unlikely government entity may be watching your activity on social media. According to a Yahoo News report, the law-enforcement arm of the US Postal Service is running a "covert" program that monitors Americans' social media posts for "inflammatory" content and then passes those posts along to other government agencies. In a statement provided to Insider, USPS said the US Postal Inspection Service occasionaly reviews publicly available information in order to "assess potential safety or security threats" to Postal service employees and operations. Debate over the government's purview to monitor Americans' social media has heated up following the January 6 Capitol insurrection.
Times square subway bomber gets life in prison
A man who carried out a bomb attack in a pedestrian tunnel beneath Times Square in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison. Akayed Ullah, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant, detonated a pipe bomb which mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station. Ullah was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J Sullivan on Thursday, who said a life sentence was “appropriate” for the “barbaric and heinous crime." Prosecutors said that he wanted to maim or kill commuters as part of a “lone wolf” terrorist attack on behalf of Isis and sought the life term. Prosecutors argued Ullah would not have worn a bomb had he wanted to kill only himself and showed jurors Ullah’s post-arrest statements and social media comments.
Prince fans pay respects at Paisley Park 5 years after death
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Paisley Park, where Prince lived and worked, welcomed back select fans Wednesday to mark the fifth anniversary of his death from inside his creative sanctuary. Some wore custom Prince clothes and shoes and left flowers and other mementos as tributes to the late superstar. The sprawling studio's atrium opened to 1,400 people who were able to snag free reservations, while other fans paid their respects in front of a statue erected outside the front doors in the shape of his famous purple Love Symbol. A custom-made ceramic urn shaped like Paisley Park with Prince’s symbol on top was originally placed in the middle of the atrium when the pop legend’s 65,000-square-foot studio in suburban Minneapolis first opened as a museum in October 2016. Wednesday was the first time the urn has returned to the atrium for display to the public.
Asian shares rebound after advance on Wall Street
Investors are weighing company earnings reports while keeping an eye on bond yields, which eased lower. Much of the market's focus over the next two weeks will be on individual companies and the outcome of their quarterly results. About 80 members of the S&P 500 are due to report results this week, as well as one out of every three members of the Dow. On average, analysts expect quarterly profits across the S&P 500 to climb 24% from a year earlier, according to FactSet. Netflix slumped 7.4% on Wednesday for the biggest decline in the S&P 500.
Cardi B, Glenn Grothman clash over 'WAP' performance
"I've received some complaints in my office, and rightfully so, about Cardi B and the Grammys. Cardi B, who won a Grammy Award in 2019 for best rap album, told her 17.9 million Twitter followers that Grothman should worry about more pressing issues facing the country. Cardi B and an aide to Grothman did not immediately respond to requests for interviews. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performed their hit song "WAP," which debuted at No. Prominent conservatives like Fox News' Tucker Carlson have heavily criticized the song and the rappers' Grammys performance.
Virginia city fires police officer over Rittenhouse donation
The Guardian first reported the news of the data breach and Kelly's apparent donation to Rittenhouse. Kelly was initially put on administrative duty Friday, the city said. Clay Messick, president of the local police union, told the Pilot that the decision to fire Kelly, not a union member, was “disappointing." Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone said in a statement he hoped the “perceptions” of an individual officer wouldn't undermine community relations with the department. "A police department cannot do its job when the public loses trust with those whose duty is to serve and protect them," Boone said.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The ill-fated Super League has enraged fans and troubled authorities while making allies of a pair of soccer's fiercest nemeses. “It is absolutely necessary,” Laporta said on Catalan public television in his first public comments on the project. A day later, Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the three Italian teams in the project — Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan — also opted out. Despite being left nearly alone, Pérez — the competition’s supposed first chairman — said late Wednesday that the idea was not dead, but rather on standby. Both Juventus and AC Milan also left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date.
The Audacity and Greed of the Super League
We’ve largely become inured to the valorization of greed, and yet the announcement, on Sunday, of the creation of a European Super League still managed to shock. In contrast, the Super League would be “the rich stealing what the people created.” (Notably, P.S.G., a very rich club, refused to commit to the Super League. German clubs function according to a community-ownership structure, which likely explains why Bayern Munich, the reigning Champions League winner, and Borussia Dortmund allegedly spurned overtures from the Super League.) UEFA and FIFA, the governing bodies that oversee the Champions League and the World Cup, respectively, threatened to bar Super League participants from their competitions. United’s American owners, who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were at the center of the Super League proposal.
Kristin Smart's Body Was Allegedly Buried in Yard of Paul Flores' Father, Was 'Recently' Moved
Now for the first time ever, authorities say they believe her body was buried in the yard of the California home of murder suspect Paul Flores' father — and that it was "recently" moved, according to a court document obtained by The Tribune of San Luis Obispo. Kristin Smart Kristin Smart | Credit: FacebookOn April 13, Paul's father, Ruben Flores, 80, was also arrested and charged with being an accessory after the murder for allegedly hiding her body in his yard on White Court in Arroyo Grande. Paul is being held without bail in the San Luis Obispo County jail as he awaits trial, online court records show. Paul Flores has not been charged with any sex crimes. Paul Flores' attorney Robert Sanger told PEOPLE that he doesn't comment on pending cases "and there is also a protective order prohibiting comment."
Trump delayed $20bn in aid to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, report finds
The Trump administration delayed more than $20bn in hurricane relief aid for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, according to a report by the housing department’s office of the inspector General. The efforts to deliver recovery funding to the island were “unnecessarily delayed by bureaucratic obstacles”, according to the 46-page report. The investigators were also denied or delayed access to Hud information on several occasions. The report found that Hud’s review and approval of their funding action plan for Puerto Rico was delayed due to the 2018-2019 government shutdown. More than 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico in 2017 due to the hurricane, according to a study by the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
US takes new aim at ransomware after most costly year
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is taking new aim at ransomware after a year that officials say was the most costly on record for the crippling cyberattacks. Formation of a task force of FBI agents and Justice Department prosecutors is an acknowledgment of the growing threat posed by ransomware attacks, in which hackers lock up computer data and demand ransom payments in order to give it back. The force is part of a broader government effort to combat cyberattacks that target vital infrastructure, including a 100-day Biden administration initiative to bolster the digital security of electricity in the nation. Ransomware attacks have impeded hospital operations, led to the temporary closure of school classes and caused other chaos. Last year was the worst to date in terms of the economic toll, with ransom demands to victims averaging over $100,000 and in some cases totaling tens of millions of dollars, according to the Justice Department.
COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens
FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. ADVERTISEMENTThe best available data suggests COVID-19 deaths among Americans 65 and older have declined more than 50% since their peak in January. Over 80% of senior citizens have gotten at least one shot, compared with just over 50% of all adults. “They tend to recover a little quicker because of their youth.”With enough people vaccinated, COVID-19 cases should eventually begin to fall as the virus finds fewer and fewer people to infect. The challenge will be quickly vaccinating younger Americans, who feel they are less vulnerable to the coronavirus but are mainly the ones spreading the disease.
Deadly car bomb at luxury hotel in Pakistan
A car bomb ripped though a luxury hotel carpark in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Wednesday. China's ambassador to Pakistan was staying at the Serena hotel, but authorities say he was not there when the bomb exploded. The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing. A spokesman for the militant group wrote in a text message to Reuters that a suicide bomber carried out the attack with a car full of explosives. Chinese nationals and their interests in the region have been attacked before by Taliban militants and nationalist insurgents.
Floyd verdict gives hope, if only fleeting, to Black America
And even as the Chauvin trial moved into its final days, the Twin Cities region and the nation were rocked by yet another police killing of an unarmed Black man. And just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the Chauvin trial, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. So again, what might Black Americans hope for after the outcome of Chauvin’s trial? “We’re trying to get into a world where lives are not lost, when Black people actually get to live.”That’s the hope. And until then, it’s still scary to be a Black man and woman in America encountering police.”
Officials: Biden preparing to recognize Armenian genocide
The relationship between Biden and Erdogan is off to a chilly start. More than three months into his presidency, Biden has yet to speak with him. Biden during the campaign last year drew ire from Turkish officials after an interview with The New York Times in which he spoke about supporting Turkey’s opposition against “autocrat” Erdogan. Erdogan enjoyed a warm relationship with former President Donald Trump, who didn’t give him any lectures about Turkey’s human rights record. “But they’re proving to be not such a good friend."
Covid US: FDA deems production site that ruined 15M doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine 'unsanitary'
The plant responsible for ruining 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine has been branded filthy and unsanitary by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company has been seeking regulatory authorization to make the J&J vaccine there. It stopped production at the plant recently, saying the FDA had asked it to do so after an inspection. FDA officials found dirty floors and walls with peeling paint at the Emergent BioSolutions facility that ruined 15 million doses of J&J vaccine. The FDA also noted that Emergent did not produce adequate reports showing that the vaccine it was producing met quality standards.
US ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June
The burning of oil, gas and coal from government-owned lands and waters is a top source of U.S. emissions, accounting for 24% of the nation’s greenhouse gases. Oil and gas account for the biggest chunk of human-caused fossil fuel emissions from federal lands following a drilling surge under former President Donald Trump. The federal government took in about $5 billion last year in royalties and other payments on oil and gas from federal lands, according to the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. Much of that money goes back to the states where drilling occurred. Thirteen states sued in federal court in Louisiana last month to try to force the resumption of sales, arguing the sales are required to be held regularly under federal law.
Businesses scramble for help as would-be workers stay home
Some are worried about catching COVID-19 or prefer to live off unemployment benefits that are significantly higher amid the pandemic. The maximum weekly unemployment benefits in the state are $626 including $300 in federal coronavirus relief payments; in some states, maximum unemployment is over $700 a week. ADVERTISEMENTKlatt and Lapp need 20 people to run the business well but have only five staffers. Owners cited higher unemployment benefits as one factor. “The unemployment benefits continue and it’s hard to get people off the couch and into the warehouse,” Jacob says.