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    By Tia Mitchell | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATLANTA — Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., one of the nation’s most prolific political fundraisers, has always found a national draw for his campaign. But in the final weeks of the general election and the initial days of his runoff against Republican Herschel Walker, the percentage of campaign donations coming to both campaigns from outside of Georgia increased sharply. This national interest comes as a result of the high stakes of the Senate race, which at one time was among several toss-up contests that would determine whether Democrats retained control of the chamber. But even though Democrats no longer need Warnock to win to retain their majority, the national attention has not waned. Some of that is a byproduct of Georgia’s runoff system, which through the years has meant an overtime contest becomes the hot national political story simply because it’s the only race still going on. “As of now, it is the deciding race, whereas a month ago it was one of a handful,” said Sarah Bryner, research director for campaign finance tracker...
    GREEDY people smugglers are welding together dodgy boats to cram even more migrants into them. The revelation came as a staggering 884 asylum seekers made the dangerous Channel crossing on Tuesday as winter sets in. 2Smugglers are welding boats together to traffic even more migrants across the ChannelCredit: Reuters 2Tory MP Paul Bristow called on Rishi Sunak to arrange a top-level meeting of officials to deal with the 'national crisis'Credit: PA:Press Association Crossings have topped 43,000 this year for the first time as the numbers show no signs of slowing down, despite freezing weather. The average number of people per boat has been rising as smugglers buy bigger vessels and try to squeeze more on. One craft this week was spotted with 60 on board. An Home Office source said: “We’ve been seeing bigger boats over the past year — and have even had reports of two boats being welded together at times.” In the Commons yesterday, Tory MP Paul Bristow called on PM Rishi Sunak to arrange a top-level meeting of government officials to deal with the “national emergency”....
    A BBC journalist was beaten and taken into custody by police while covering the protests in China against the Communist country’s strict Covid policies and Chinese President Xi Jinping. In a statement on Sunday, the BBC said: The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai. He was held for several hours before being released. During his arrest, he was beaten and kicked by the police. This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist. It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whilst carrying out his duties. We have had no official explanation or apology from the Chinese authorities, beyond a claim by the officials who later released him that they had arrested him for his own good in case he caught Covid from the crowd. We do not consider this a credible explanation. BBC Statement on Ed Lawrence pic.twitter.com/wedDetCtpF — BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) November 27, 2022 Lawrence tweeted out his appreciation for...
    THE World Cup is looming and many players have already made the trip to Qatar. Among those competing for World Cup glory are Central American side Costa Rica. 2Costa Rica beat New Zealand in the play-off final 1-0 to book their place in QatarCredit: AFP 218-year-old Jewison Bennette has become a feature of Luis Fernando Suárez's new-look sideCredit: Getty Fans will have fond memories of 2014, when they beat Uruguay and Italy to top their group. Head coach Luis Fernando Suárez will be hoping to surprise again this year. To do so, they will have to navigate past both Spain and Germany in a difficult Group E. Read More on World CupQATAR LATEST Maddison RETURNS to full England training, Messi magic keeps side in World CupSPAIN 7 COSTA RICA 0 Sub Morata hits Spain's SEVENTH as Luis Enrique's side run riot What are the lyrics to the Costa Rica national anthem? The Himno Nacional de Costa Rica was written by José María Zeledón Brenes, and made official in 1949. However, the music has been in place since 1852. The...
    By Dave Philipps | New York Times COLORADO SPRINGS — Richard M. Fierro said he was at a table in Club Q with his wife, daughter and friends on Saturday, watching a drag show, when the sudden flash of gunfire ripped across the nightclub. His instincts from four combat deployments as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan instantly kicked in. Fight back, he told himself. In an interview at his house, where his wife and daughter were still recovering from injuries, Fierro, 45, who left the Army in 2013 as a major, according to military records, described charging through the chaos at the club, tackling the gunman and beating him bloody with the gunman’s own gun. “I don’t know exactly what I did, I just went into combat mode,” Fierro said, shaking his head. “I just know I have to kill this guy before he kills us.” The authorities are holding Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, on charges of killing five people, and say that 18 more people were injured in a rampage at the club that lasted only a...
    By Michelle Watson and Amir Vera | CNN At least one person is dead and 16 people are injured after a car drove through an Apple store in Hingham, Massachusetts, Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said in a news conference Monday. Around 10:45 a.m. numerous 911 calls came in for help at Derby Street Shops, Cruz said. Hingham police and fire personnel responded shortly thereafter to find several people injured at the Apple store, Cruz added. “A dark-colored SUV appears, went through at a rate of speed undetermined, through a … glass window and struck multiple people,” Cruz said. Responding units found “multiple patients injured out in front of the store and in the store, including a few patients that were pinned against the wall by the vehicle,” Hingham Fire Chief Steve Murhpy said during a news conference Monday. There were seven fire engines and 14 ambulances on scene to treat the injured victims, Murphy said. The chief was unable to provide updates on victims’ conditions. Authorities are not releasing the names of the injured victims at this time...
    By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and GEOFF MULVIHILL Former President Donald Trump and some other Republicans are twisting minor voting problems in U.S. midterm elections into conspiracy theories and false claims to sow doubt about Democratic victories, continuing efforts since 2020 to undermine Americans’ confidence in voting. Election Day unfolded without major or widespread voting snags, yet some GOP candidates sought to distort the severity of the few hitches that occurred, such as voting machines temporarily malfunctioning in Arizona’s largest county and some Detroit voters wrongly being told they had already cast ballots. “The most concerning thing is the way those isolated incidents are being used to spread mis- and disinformation and lies around the election in an attempt to undermine people’s confidence and faith in the election,” said Sylvia Albert, director of voting and elections for the nonpartisan group Common Cause. In 2020, conspiracies about a rigged election were fueled by bogus reports of suitcases stuffed with fraudulent ballots at a Georgia vote-counting operation and ‘’ballot mules’ loading up drop boxes with fraudulent ballots. The GOP has kept up the...
    A key U.S. senator is seeking a U.S. government probe of a Saudi billionaire's investment in Twitter as part of Elon Musk's takeover – in just the latest potential clash with the kingdom.   'Today I am requesting the Committee on Foreign Investment — which reviews acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign buyers — to conduct an investigation into the national security implications of Saudi Arabia's purchase of Twitter,' wrote Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut on the platform Tesla founder Musk took over. He was referencing the stake by Saudi investor  Prince Alwaleed bin Talal stake in the purchase, as Musk takes steps to oust executives and revamp the platform's moderation policies, following a takeover that drew a legal challenge. Sen. Chris Murphy is seeking a probe of a Saudi billionaire's stake in Elon Musk's Twitter purchase Murphy said on Monday he wants a U.S. national security review of a Saudi Arabian conglomerate's stake. CFIUS reviews acquisitions of U.S. businesses by foreign buyers. It is just the latest flashpoint in U.S.-Saudi relations since OPEC+ announced production cuts of 2 million barrels of oil...
    By Matt Egan | CNN Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is calling on the federal government to investigate national security concerns raised by Saudi Arabia’s role in Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal helped Musk finance the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter (TWTR) by rolling over his existing $1.9 billion stake in the social media company. The move makes Saudi entities the second-largest shareholder in Twitter — behind only Musk himself. “We should be concerned that the Saudis, who have a clear interest in repressing political speech and impacting US politics, are now the second-largest owner of a major social media platform,” Murphy said in a tweet on Monday. The Connecticut Democrat urged the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, known as CFIUS, to conduct an investigation into the “national security implications” of the Saudi involvement. CIFUS, an interagency committee chaired by the US Treasury Department, reviews takeovers of US businesses by foreign buyers and has the ability to block transactions that raise concerns. Even though Musk already closed his takeover of Twitter late...
    By Michael Kunzelman | Associated Press A Tennessee man who dragged a police officer into a mob of rioters, initiating one of the most harrowing acts of violence during the U.S. Capitol attack, was sentenced on Thursday to more than seven years in prison. Albuquerque Cosper Head declined to address the court before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced him to seven years and six months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. The judge said Head was responsible for “some of the darkest acts committed on one of our nation’s darkest days.” Head’s prison sentence is six months shy of the statutory maximum in his case. It’s also the second-longest so far among hundreds of cases arising from the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building as Congress prepared to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. “The dark shadow of tyranny unfortunately has not gone away,” Jackson said. “There are people who are still disseminating the lie that the election was stolen. They’re doing it today. And the...
    By Hope Yen | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Capitol riot won’t give Donald Trump the chance to turn a possible live TV appearance of his subpoenaed testimony into a “circus” and “food fight” as lawmakers try to ensure he complies with their demands, the panel’s vice chair said Sunday. The committee is demanding Trump’s testimony under oath next month as well as records relevant to its investigation. To avoid a complicated and protracted legal battle, Trump reportedly had told associates he might consider complying with the subpoena if he could answer questions during live testimony. When asked if the committee would consider taking his testimony live, Rep. Liz Cheney on Sunday did not directly respond. She said the committee would not allow Trump’s testimony to turn into a “food fight” on TV — much as was seen, she said, in Trump’s broadcast appearances such as one of his 2020 presidential debates — and she warned that the committee will take action if he does not comply with the subpoena. “We are going to proceed in...
    By Emily Wagster Pettus, Matthew Daly and Aaron Morrison | Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it is investigating whether Mississippi state agencies discriminated against the state’s majority-Black capital city by refusing to fund improvements for its failing water system. The announcement came days after leaders of two congressional committees said they were starting a joint investigation into a crisis that left most homes and businesses in Jackson without running water for several days in late August and early September. Heavy rainfall in late August exacerbated problems at Jackson’s main water treatment facility. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves declared an emergency Aug. 29, and the state health department and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency have been overseeing operations and repairs at the facility since then. About 80% of Jackson’s 150,000 residents are Black, and about a quarter of the population lives in poverty. By the time Reeves issued the emergency order, Jackson residents had already been told for a month to boil their water to kill possible contaminants. NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who lives...
    Former President Donald Trump went on a scathing tirade against the Jan. 6 committee for wasting 'hundreds of millions of dollars' on its investigation of events leading up to the Capitol riot and refusing to look into alleged election fraud.  'This memo is being written to express our anger, disappointment, and complaint that with all of the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on what many consider to be a Charade and Witch Hunt,' Trump wrote in a letter to the committee released Friday morning. 'Despite strong and powerful requests, you have not spent even a short moment on examining the massive Election Fraud that took place during the 2020 Presidential Election.'  The committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, voted unanimously to subpoena Trump in its final public hearing on Thursday.  Trump wrote a scathing diatribe of the Jan. 6 committee for wasting 'hundreds of millions of dollars' on its investigation of events leading up to the Capitol riot and refusing to look into alleged election fraud Trump did not mention the subpoena anywhere in his 14-page document but posted...
    The National Archives slapped former President Donald Trump Tuesday for making 'false and misleading' claims about ex-presidents mishandling documents - including that the late President George H.W. Bush was personally storing files at a combined bowling alley and Chinese restaurant.  'The National Archives and Records Administration, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act, assumed physical and legal custody of the Presidential records from the administrations of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan, when those presidents left office,' said a statement from the Archives. Those documents were securely moved to temporary facilies that NARA rented out at locations near where the presidents would build their libraries, the statement explained.  'All such temporary facilities met strict archival and security standards, and have been managed and staffed exclusively by NARA employees,' it continued. 'Reports that indicate or imply that those Presidential records were in the possession of the former Presidents or their representatives, after they left office, or that the records were housed in substandard conditions, are false and misleading.'  The statement neglects to mention Trump's...
    By Jill Colvin | Associated Press WARREN, Mich. — Paige Cole is one of the “Anons.” The mother of three from Eastpointe, Michigan, says Joe Biden is a sham president and believes Donald Trump will soon be reinstated to the White House to finish the remainder of Biden’s term. “His whole inauguration was fake. He didn’t have real military people. He had like fake badges, fake people. And Trump is actually our president,” she said while waiting in line for his latest rally on Saturday at Macomb Community College. Wearing a pink “Trump 2024” hat and draped in a large, “TRUMP WON” flag, Cole — a former Democrat who says she voted twice for Barack Obama — began to cry as she described the significance of Trump’s return and the 1,000 years of peace she believes will be ushered in with it. “It’s gonna change everything,” she says, “like we have never in humanity seen before.” Trump’s rallies have always attracted a broad swath of supporters, from first timers taking advantage of their chance to see a president in person,...
    By Marcia Dunn | Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft closed in on an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth. The galactic grand slam was set to occur at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles (9.6 million kilometers) away, with the spacecraft named Dart plowing into the rock at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). Scientists expected the impact to carve out a crater, hurl streams of rocks and dirt into space and, most importantly, alter the asteroid’s orbit. Telescopes around the world and in space were poised to capture the spectacle. Though the impact should be immediately obvious — with Dart’s radio signal abruptly ceasing — it will be days or even weeks to determine how much the asteroid’s path was changed. The $325 million mission is the first attempt to shift the position of an asteroid or any other natural object in space. “No, this is not a movie plot,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson tweeted earlier in the day. “We’ve all seen it on movies...
    Shocking video shows the terrifying moment a jet plunged into the ground and erupted into a huge ball of fire, killing the pilot inside. The video posted to Twitter Sunday starts off with two planes racing across the Reno mountains when one of them gets too low and crashes into a field. It quickly erupted into a ball of fire as it skidded across the grassy knoll sending flames flying in its wake as thousands of fans at the event watched in horror and many others watched via livestream. The plane bounced several times as pieces of the plane seemed to fall off.  'Oh no, oh no,' the announcer says, as his co-host at the Jet Gold Race  says: 'There was a problem, we've had a catastrophe here Thomas.'  A judge then calls a red flag as the video shows smoke billowing from the crash, and the National Championship Air Races was suspended in the aftermath. The pilot died in the catastrophe, officials announced later, but would not release his name at the press conference. But witnesses identified the pilot...
    President Joe Biden tooted his own horn in a rare broadcast TV interview about an agreement that averted a rail strike he said would have brought supply chains critical to the economy to a 'screeching halt.' This time he did so in an interview with '60 Minutes' set to air in full in prime time on Sunday – his first appearance on the show as president. The comments come after Biden staged a Rose Garden speech with rail management and labor to trumpet the deal. That event closely followed an appearance in the Oval Office for pool photographers where he praised the deal as a 'win' for management and labor. The interview put Biden face to face with Scott Pelley, who also scored multiple Barack Obama interviews during that administration and who interviewed Biden days before the 2020 election.  Administration officials have fanned out to point to Biden's own role in gettin the deal over the finish line – with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Friday referencing Biden's role in securing 'hard-fought wins.' 'And it's a deal that enjoys the...
    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended the 'rigorous' U.S. screening process for Afghan refugees, after a Homeland security auditor found the agency granted parole to evacuees who 'were not fully vetted.' She was asked Wednesday about a damning new report by the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, who found DHS lacked 'critical data to properly screen, vet and inspect' the evacuees, who came after the U.S. sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan last year. 'We determined some information used to vet evacuees through U.S. Government databases, such as name, date of birth, identification number, and travel document data, was inaccurate, incomplete, or missing,' according to the report, by DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari.   'We also determined CBP admitted or paroled evacuees who were not fully vetted into the United States,' according to the report, after investigators spoke to 130 officials including those from Customs and Border Protection.  White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said a damning new Homeland Security IG report on the operation to bring Afghan evacuees into the country didn't take into account what other US agencies...
    Whispers are growing that the Democratic Party’s future lies in Georgia, with Sen. Raphael Warnock, if he can hold off Republican challenger Herschel Walker this fall. Warnock is a uniquely talented and likable politician. Just ask Georgia Republicans. None dare say so on the record. But granted the cloak of anonymity, they are the first to compliment, or lament, Warnock’s attentive Senate staff, travel schedule that regularly takes him to all corners of the Peach State, and knack for avoiding the “radical leftist” label despite his dependably liberal voting record in Congress. Roadblocks aplenty threaten Warnock’s bid for a full six-year term after scoring an upset in a 2020 special election: President Joe Biden’s poor job approval ratings; Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who is favored to win reelection; typical midterm headwinds; and Walker, a bona fide Georgia folk hero. But if Warnock succeeds in a key battleground crucial to the Democratic Party’s Electoral College math, he immediately becomes a White House contender. “Warnock would be an intriguing candidate,” said Ed Espinoza, a Democratic operative in Austin, Texas. “He has...
    Chicago Cubs radio announcer Pat Hughes’ eloquence on the microphone has made him synonymous with summer baseball on the North Side. Hughes, 67, has been the radio voice for a generation of Cubs fans since taking over the role in 1996. The team will honor him for his contributions by inducting Hughes and former outfielder José Cardenal into the Cubs Hall of Fame. The late Buck O’Neil — a longtime scout and coach for the Cubs — also earned a plaque through his election this year to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The trio will be inducted Sept. 10. President of business operations Crane Kenney revealed the news to Hughes during the third inning of Wednesday’s radio broadcast of the Cubs’ 7-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. “I’m amazed, I really am. I don’t know what to say,” Hughes said afterward. “How did I get here? I can’t explain it. It’s almost surreal.” Hughes said he wished his parents and former broadcast partner and Hall of Famer Ron Santo were alive for the honor. He...
    Las Vegas was hit with flash floods that inundated the city’s streets and casinos for the second time in a two-week span, making this year the wettest monsoon season in a decade in the arid city. Water gushed like rivers along streets and poured in through the ceiling of casinos, according to videos posted to social media. The National Weather Service issued a warning late Thursday cautioning Las Vegas residents not to try to drive through flooding. Video posted by one Vegas resident shows sheets of rain pouring onto poker tables at the Planet Hollywood Casino as shocked casino-goers look on. Another video shows a bus trying to navigate through the flooding streets as water gushes into it. Yet another shows water gushing down the street by the strip’s High Roller Ferris Wheel. The desert storm — the second in just two weeks — comes in a city that gets less than 0.4 of an inch of rainfall in July on average, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service said that the storm made...
    Eight new galleries will make their debuts in October at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in D.C., the museum said.  All visitors, whether you are an "air head" or "space case" as the museum puts it, can return to the museum on October 14 with free timed-entry passes, according to the National Air and Space Museum's website. Some of the eight galleries include "Destination Moon", "Nation of Speed", "Early Flight", and many more, the museum reported.  The museum said the free time-entry passes will be available for reservation September 14.  Click here to explore the museum's renovations and newest galleries.
    While Breanna Morello suggested that the request for support by the National Guard might be tantamount to bigotry, Paul Szypula intimated that Bowser might be prejudiced against foreign nationals. \u201cWashington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is attempting to intimidate illegal migrants by bringing in the National Guard.\n\nThese liberal bigots must be stopped!\n\nNo National Guard!\n\nThey\u2019re just DREAMERS!!!\n\nLet them flood into the city!\u201d — Breanna Morello (@Breanna Morello) 1659045787 \u201cDC Mayor Muriel Bowser just requested the National Guard be activated to defend against buses of migrants arriving in her city.\n\nWhy is Bowser being so prejudiced against people from other countries?\n\n\ud83e\udd14\u201d — Paul A. Szypula (@Paul A. Szypula) 1659042942 Abbott's office recently suggested to the D.C. mayor that this "crisis" is only a fraction of the disaster" unfolding at the southern border. In April, Abbott — whom Bowser has since accused of engaging in "cruel political gamesmanship" — said of his campaign to send illegals to D.C.: "What better place for them to go to than ... closer to the people making these policies that are allowing people to come across the border...
    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Some roads in and out of Death Valley National Park have been closed after they were inundated over the weekend with mud and debris from flash floods that also hit western Nevada and northern Arizona hard. Officials on Sunday provided no estimate on when the roads around Death Valley would be reopened. Motorists were also urged to avoid Southern California’s Mojave National Preserve after flooding buckled pavement on some roads. The rain also prompted closures of highways and campgrounds elsewhere, but no injuries were reported The storms produced torrential downpours and the National Weather Service reported that more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) of rain fell in 15 minutes Sunday near Kingman, Arizona, which is close to the stateline with California. Forecasters said more thunderstorms were possible on Monday. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Supercharged by gusty thunderstorms and drought-ravaged trees, the McKinney Fire exploded over the weekend into California’s largest fire of 2022 — wiping out houses, sending 1,300 people fleeing for safety and forcing dozens of hikers to be rescued from the Pacific Crest Trail near the California-Oregon border. The blaze charred more than 51,000 acres as of Sunday morning and remained just 1% contained as it barreled out of control through the Klamath National Forest — a remote enclave northwest of Mt. Shasta that’s renowned for its fishing, white-water kayaking and rafting. And with scores of lightning strikes — some originating from its own billowing smoke plume — hitting around the central conflagration this weekend, firefighters warned thousands more to be ready to flee at a moment’s notice. At least 400 structures remained threatened by the blaze Sunday, which needed less than 48 hours to swell to twice the size of any other fire so far this year in California. But while temperatures eased slightly on Sunday and thunderstorms eased somewhat early Sunday afternoon, firefighters girded for another round of potentially...
    Washington Nationals star Juan Soto sounds like he expects to remain with the team after the MLB Trade Deadline. Soto is the biggest name on the trade market right now, unless you count Shohei Ohtani, who may or may not be available. The Nationals offered the 23-year-old outfielder a $440 million contract to essentially stay in Washington for the rest of his career. He declined, citing a lack of stability within the organization and a lower-than-advertised AAV. Soto wants that offer to be slightly above $500 million, which he could likely get on the open market. Nonetheless, the Nats and GM Mike Rizzo don’t plan on offering that amount. Playing hardball with Scott Boras isn’t a wise approach, either. So, a trade it is — and while some momentum has been made on that front — Washington’s demands are rightly high for the so-called Ted Williams of his day. Soto, so it would seem, believes he’ll remain a National for now. Juan Soto seems to think he’ll still be a National on Tuesday night pic.twitter.com/h5Mz7Ssq9w — Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_)...
    GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed the 'hypocrisy' of Mayor Muriel Bowser and the White House considering sending in the National Guard to help handle migrants being bussed into the nation's capital but not when protesters ransacked the city to demonstrate against police brutality in the summer of 2020.  Bowser wrote a letter to the Biden administration requesting National Guard help dealing with the some-4,000 migrants Texas and Arizona have left at Washington, D.C.'s doorstep. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said officials are considering the request but Republicans were 'wrong' to use migrants as a 'political pawn.'  'So they're concerned about migrants coming to America illegally within their cities - have they ever been to the border?' McCarthy, R-Calif., told DailyMail.com during a press briefing.  'They were concerned about bringing the National Guard in after what was happening here during the summers, and people's safety was concerned, that they didn't think the National Guard should be there? Just shows the hypocrisy of the mayor and the hypocrisy of the White House.'  GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed the 'hypocrisy' of Mayor...
    (CNN)George Gao, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has stepped down after five years at the helm of the health body, ending a tenure that placed him at the fore of early investigations into the first outbreak of Covid-19 in central China and the country's rapid development of Covid-19 vaccines.The leadership change, announced by the agency on Tuesday, comes amid a restructuring that has seen the China CDC moved from its position directly under the monolithic centrally controlled National Health Commission and placed within a new nominally streamlined bureau, borne of pandemic-era calls for reform.Chinas Wuhan shuts down district of 1 million people over 4 asymptomatic Covid casesIt also comes as China continues to grapple with fresh outbreaks of Covid-19 across the country, despite a stringent zero-Covid policy that has seen it maintain tight border controls and implement frequent mass testing and lockdowns.Oxford University-educated and internationally connected Gao, 60, known also by his Chinese name Gao Fu, would no longer serve as director "due to his age," according to the China CDC readout of a meeting...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom is moving into position to possibly run for president, regardless of what he says or tells himself. He may not be plotting a White House bid. Or he may be. He insists he’s not. But you can bet there’s at least a subconscious pull to the Oval Office. It’s the nature of the political beast. “It’s difficult for any governor of the biggest state with more people than Canada to look in the mirror in the morning and not see a president staring back at you,” says Democratic consultant Garry South, the chief strategist for former Gov. Gray Davis. “But I think people are misreading what he’s doing,” South continues. “He’s royally pissed off and doesn’t think Democrats have been aggressive enough fighting back” against Republican culture warriors. “He’s decided somebody has to step up to the plate. And he’s totally right.” OK, that’s what Newsom has been repeatedly saying in interviews. But practically every California governor since World War II has dreamed of the White House. Gov. Earl Warren was the Republican vice presidential candidate...
    A CONVICTED cannibal has described in chilling detail how he murdered a man before slicing off his flesh to cook and eat it. The deranged killer explained how he gave some of the flesh to an acquaintance who fed it to his family, telling them it was "kangaroo" meat. 6Vladimir Nikolayevich Nikolayev, also known as 'Vladimir the Cannibal'Credit: National Geographic 6Nikolayev gave some of the flesh to a friend who fed it to his familCredit: National Geographic 6He is currently serving a full-life sentence at Russia's notorious Black Dolphin prisonCredit: Getty - Contributor Vladimir Nikolayevich Nikolayev, 63, also known as "Vladimir the Cannibal", was convicted of murdering two men in 1997. In 2001, he was transferred to Russia's notorious K-6 Black Dolphin prison, close to the border with Kazakhstan. He was filmed as part of the National Geographic documentary "Inside Russia's Toughest Prisons", where he opened up about how he first ate human flesh. "I was coming home from a party a little drunk," he recalled. "And next to the door of my building another guy, also drunk, asked me for a light....
    The Washburn fire advanced into the Sierra National Forest on Wednesday, prompting further closures as the blaze continued burning in Yosemite National Park. Hot, dry conditions were expected to keep driving “active to very active fire behavior,” including torching and intense fire runs into the crowns of trees on slopes, officials said. As of Wednesday morning, the fire was 3,772 acres and 17% contained, officials said. With the fire’s spread into the Sierra National Forest, authorities have closed Forest Routes 5S43; 5S06, which is also known as Mt. Raymond Road; 5S22; and 5S37, forest officials said. The closure will be effective through Aug. 1. Containment lines are holding well, and crews are working to reinforce and work the lines farther in, said Matt Ahearn, operations section chief for California Interagency Incident Management Team 13. California Ancient sequoias safe for now as crews continue battling 3,500-acre Washburn fire in Yosemite While the Forest Service has yet to release the official cause of the fire, a Yosemite spokesperson indicated that it was not naturally caused. Additional...
    Associated Press YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — A wildfire that threatened a grove of California’s giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park was burning eastward into the Sierra National Forest on Wednesday. The Washburn Fire is one of dozens of blazes chewing through drought-parched terrain in the Western U.S. It has increased in size to more than 5.8 square miles (15 square kilometers), pushing containment from 22% down to 17%. “As the fire grew our containment went down,” said Nancy Philippe, a fire information spokesperson. Firefighting preparations had already been underway in the national forest. “We’ve brought in Sierra National Forest folks from the get-go, kind of anticipating that this may happen,” Philippe said. Containment lines within the park, including along the edge of the grove, were holding, firefighting operations official Matt Ahearn said in a video briefing. The fire had been entirely within the national park since breaking out July 7, when visitors to the Mariposa Grove of ancient sequoias reported smoke. Authorities have not said how the fire started and whether it involved a crime or some type of accident....
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that threatened a grove of California’s giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park was burning eastward into the Sierra National Forest on Wednesday. The Washburn Fire is one of dozens of blazes chewing through drought-parched terrain in the Western U.S. It has increased in size to more than 5.8 square miles (15 square kilometers), pushing containment from 22% down to 17%. “As the fire grew our containment went down,” said Nancy Philippe, a fire information spokesperson. Firefighting preparations had already been underway in the national forest. “We’ve brought in Sierra National Forest folks from the get-go, kind of anticipating that this may happen,” Philippe said. Containment lines within the park, including along the edge of the grove, were holding, firefighting operations official Matt Ahearn said in a video briefing. The fire had been entirely within the national park since breaking out July 7, when visitors to the Mariposa Grove of ancient sequoias reported smoke. Authorities have not said how the fire started and whether it involved a crime or some type...
    By Kate Sullivan, Nikki Carvajal, Jeremy Diamond and Paul LeBlanc | CNN President Joe Biden on Monday said gun violence has turned everyday places in America into “killing fields” as he marked the passage of the first significant federal gun safety legislation in 30 years. Biden said the package he signed into law represents “an important start,” but more needs to be done to curb the alarming rate of shootings. “Now’s the time to galvanize this movement because that’s our duty to the people of the nation. That’s what we owe those families in Buffalo, where a grocery store became a killing field. That’s what we owe those families in Uvalde, where an elementary school became a killing field. That’s what we owe those families in Highland Park, where on July Fourth, a parade became a killing field,” Biden said. The President continued, “That’s what we owe all those families represented here today and all over this country the past many years across our schools, places of worship, workplaces, stores, music festivals, nightclubs and so many other everyday places that...
    DENVER – Colorado could be the new epicenter of hockey now that the Colorado Avalanche have brought the state its third national hockey championship in just a few months. The Avalanche join the East High School boys hockey team and the Denver University men’s hockey teams as local organizations to win their respective national titles in 2022. “The state is just thriving right now with hockey. It is really exciting to see,” said Connor Caponi, one of the national champions from the DU hockey team. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Of course, the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup brought the most attention to Colorado hockey. However, many from different age groups have noticed the state’s recent surge in success on the ice. “This is a big spotlight for Colorado and Colorado hockey in general,” said Sam Beardshear, a national champion from East High. Caponi and his fellow college athletes were the first local team to win a national title, bringing home the NCAA trophy in April. “It is really exciting for the fans of Colorado,” Caponi said. Then, in March,...
    One Texas A&M fan used Arch Manning’s commitment to Texas as a reason to drag Nick Saban. Arch Manning may not be going to Alabama, but the new Texas commit will be playing against rival Texas A&M soon enough, alright. Given that the Aggies were never in the mix for the No. 1 recruit in the country for 2023, it was easy for this Texas A&M fan to connect the dots on a message board to say the Alabama dynasty is dying and soon will be dead. First, Kirby Smart won a national championship. Then, Jimbo Fisher got the No. 1 recruiting class for 2022. Now, Manning picked Texas. The dominos are falling, y’all! The only problem with this is Texas is joining the SEC and will play Texas A&M annually again. Arch Mannings commitment to #Texas is just another blow to Nick Sabans crumbling empire. #RollTide pic.twitter.com/YAor3QTqJw — Message Board Geniuses (@BoardGeniuses) June 24, 2022 Texas A&M fan uses Arch Manning’s Texas commitment to rip on Nick Saban Removing any biases you may have, Alabama will probably win the...
    NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) – Firefighters had to hike into the Tahoe National Forest on Thursday to battle a tree fire that was apparently started by lightning. California saw more than 66,000 lightning strikes across the state Wednesday night into Thursday. READ MORE: Woman Shot In The Abdomen Near Natomas-Area Truck Stop The tree that caught fire near Donner Lake. (Credit: Cal Fire) The barrage was one of the most extreme seen in years – with about a third of them being cloud-to-ground strikes, officials with the National Lightning Detection Network said. A vast majority of the lightning strikes were registered down in Southern California, but Northern California also saw some action. READ MORE: Biden Administration Set To Announce Comprehensive Plan To Overhaul Maternal Health CareCase in point, Cal Fire and the US Forest Service announced that they responded to a lightning-caused tree fire above Donner Lake on Thursday evening. Firefighters had to hike for about a mile until they reached the fire on Schallenberger Ridge. Crews had to fell the tree to fully put out the flames, Cal Fire...
    CLAUDE MAKELELE has declared his aim to become Congo's national coach. The Chelsea legend was born in the African country before moving to France. 2Makelele says he feels ready to manage Congo's national teamCredit: Getty - Contributor 2The Frenchman is a Chelsea and Real Madrid legendCredit: Getty Makelele, 49, spent five successful years in the Blues midfield before leaving in 2008. He has recently been back at Stamford Bridge as a youth mentor, and has also been an ambassador for DR Congo's FA. They have newly sacked national coach Hector Cuper following defeats in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Gabon and Sudan. And former Real Madrid star Makelele said he would relish the chance to take charge of the Leopards. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLChelsea news Chelsea ready to make £50m Richarlison bid, Sterling £45m deal, Lukaku latestCROWN JULES Chelsea given free run at Kounde with Barcelona 'unable to meet £65m valuation’ He told Canal Plus: "Speaking personally, I feel ready to manage the DRC national team. "We all need to sit down together in order to restructure football in the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are new developments in the investigation of a fire and building collapse that left one Philadelphia firefighter dead and five others injured in Fairhill. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team has been deployed to Philadelphia to assist in the investigation. “Anytime a firefighter loses his/her life in the line of duty, it is a tragic loss to the community,” Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division, said in a release. “We are heartbroken for the families of these firemen and vow to work alongside our partners with the Philadelphia Fire Department and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office to determine the origin and cause of this fire which resulted in the death of one firefighter and injuring of another.” READ MORE: Filipino Government Attorney John Albert Laylo Dies After Being Shot In University City: Philadelphia PolicePhiladelphia firefighters were called to a fire at a restaurant on the 300 block of West Indiana Avenue in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning. CBS3 has learned the upper floors were used as...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are new developments in the investigation of a fire and building collapse that left one Philadelphia firefighter dead and five others injured in Fairhill. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Response Team has been deployed to Philadelphia to assist in the investigation. “Anytime a firefighter loses his/her life in the line of duty, it is a tragic loss to the community,” Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division, said. “We are heartbroken for the families of these firemen and vow to work alongside our partners with the Philadelphia Fire Department and the Philadelphia Fire Marshal’s Office to determine the origin and cause of this fire which resulted in the death of one firefighter and injuring of another.” READ MORE: Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel Reacts To Building Collapse That Killed City Firefighter: 'I’m Almost Speechless'Philadelphia firefighters were called to a fire at a restaurant on the 300 block of West Indiana Avenue in North Philadelphia early Saturday morning. After the fire was placed under control the Fire Marshal’s Office...
    (CNN)Earlier this week, TJ and Victoria Britton watched their home in Gardiner, Montana -- along with its 16 years of memories -- fall into the Yellowstone River after historic rainfall and flooding inundated waterways in the area. "It's something I never in a million years thought was even possible... it's still unbelievable," TJ told CNN's New Day Friday morning. Since last weekend, Yellowstone National Park and many surrounding towns have been inundated with record levels of rainfall and flooding, prompting officials to close all entrances into the park, which stretches across parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.New satellite imagery shows flooding in Yellowstone altered the rivers courseThe Brittons said they were used to high water levels in the river at this time of year. But on Sunday night, something felt different. Their house was shaking."At first, I thought that it might have just been the trees coming down the river, banging into each other," Victoria said, "but it was shaking the house, which was very strange."Read MoreIt wasn't until the next morning that Victoria realized what was going on: "It...
    Beijing (CNN)In the tightly-censored bubble of state-run media and restricted internet, Beijing locals enjoyed their October 1 National Day seemingly unaware that in Hong Kong, which is Chinese territory, police and protesters were fighting in the streets.People did take to Beijing's streets later in the evening -- but it was only to get a better view of the massive fireworks display over Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, part of the celebrations to mark 70 years of the People's Republic of China.It was a stark contrast that made headlines around the world -- the order and pomp of Beijing versus the rage of Hong Kong's demonstrators, with one protester even shot by police in a confrontation. It was the first time lethal force had been used in 17 weeks of demonstrations. Fireworks explode over Tiananmen Square as performers mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in Beijing on October 1.Of course, inside China it is immensely difficult to truly gauge how much people know about events, and what their true feelings are. Saying the wrong thing can...
    By Jim Mustian and Jake Bleiberg | Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — The U.S. Justice Department is opening a sweeping civil rights investigation into the Louisiana State Police amid mounting evidence that the agency has a pattern of looking the other way in the face of beatings of mostly Black men, including the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene. The federal “pattern-or-practice” probe announced Thursday followed an Associated Press investigation that found Greene’s arrest was among at least a dozen cases over the past decade in which state police troopers or their bosses ignored or concealed evidence of beatings, deflected blame and impeded efforts to root out misconduct. Dozens of current and former troopers said the beatings were countenanced by a culture of impunity, nepotism and, in some cases, outright racism. “We find significant justification to open this investigation now … We received information of the repeated use of excessive force, often against people suspected of minor traffic offenses, who are already handcuffed or are not resisting,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, who oversees the Justice Department’s civil...
    By Tom Krisher | Associated Press DETROIT — Teslas with partially automated driving systems are a step closer to being recalled after the U.S. elevated its investigation into a series of collisions between the electric vehicles and emergency vehicles or trucks with warning signs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday that it is upgrading the probe to an engineering analysis, another sign of increased scrutiny of the electric vehicle maker and automated systems that perform at least some driving tasks. An engineering analysis is the final stage of an investigation, and in most cases NHTSA decides within a year if there should be a recall or the probe should be closed. Documents posted Thursday by the agency raise some serious issues about Tesla’s Autopilot system. The agency found that it’s being used in areas where its capabilities are limited, and that many drivers aren’t taking action to avoid crashes despite warnings from the vehicle. The agency said it has reports of 16 crashes into emergency vehicles and trucks with warning signs, causing 15 injuries and one death. The...
    Hackers infiltrated a Russian radio station to blast the Ukrainian national anthem. The prominent Russian station Kommersant FM was hacked Wednesday before the broadcast was taken down. Before being taken off the air, the hackers played anti-war songs, including a song from the Russian rock band Nogu Svelo! called "We Don't Need a War." It is not clear who was responsible for the hack, but the worldwide group Anonymous claimed credit in a tweet. IS UKRAINE LOSING THE DONBAS? "The radio station has been hacked. The internet stream will soon be reinstated," Kommersant FM confirmed. The Kommersant FM hack follows a string of cyberattacks on Russian media outlets and the government. In early May, the Russian-backed Retube was taken offline after a cyberattack ahead of the Victory Day parade. In April, hackers released the identity of more than 100,000 service members in the Russian armed forces. The group of worldwide hackers known as Anonymous declared cyber war on Russia after it invaded Ukraine. Following the declaration, Anonymous claimed responsibility for hacking the Central Bank of...
    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A speller has been reinstated into the Scripps National Spelling Bee field after successfully appealing that he was denied relevant root information about a word. Surya Kapu, a 13-year-old from South Jordan, Utah, misspelled “leucovorin” — a medicine used to counteract the side effects of a cancer drug — during Wednesday night’s last semifinal round, appearing to end his run in the bee just short of the finals. READ MORE: Man In Stable Condition After Being Shot In Annapolis Beauty Salon, Police SaySurya’s family appealed, arguing that Scripps omitted details when he asked a question about the word’s roots. Spellers are permitted to ask questions about roots, and judges answer in the affirmative if a speller can identify a relevant root and its meaning. Scripps said in a statement that its judges met for roughly two hours before deciding late Wednesday night to reinstate Surya. “The judges’ decision to reinstate is backed by a belief in the bee’s mission to inspire the exploration of words and celebrate academic achievement,” the statement said. “Upon further review, it was...
    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — A speller has been reinstated into the Scripps National Spelling Bee field after successfully appealing that he was denied relevant root information about a word. Surya Kapu, a 13-year-old from South Jordan, Utah, misspelled “leucovorin” — a medicine used to counteract the side effects of a cancer drug — during Wednesday night’s last semifinal round, appearing to end his run in the bee just short of the finals. Surya’s family appealed, arguing that Scripps omitted details when he asked a question about the word’s roots. Spellers are permitted to ask questions about roots, and judges answer in the affirmative if a speller can identify a relevant root and its meaning. Scripps said in a statement its judges met for roughly two hours before deciding late Wednesday night to reinstate Surya. “The judges’ decision to reinstate is backed by a belief in the bee’s mission to inspire the exploration of words and celebrate academic achievement,” the statement said. “Upon further review, it was determined that there was more directly relevant information available in the dictionary to...
    A bison gored and killed a 25-year-old woman in Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after she approached the animal despite explicit warning signs in the area instructing visitors to stay at least 25-yards away from dangerous wildlife. The bison was walking near a boardwalk at Black Sand Basin, just north of Old Faithful, when the out-of-state visitor approached it, according to a park statement.  She got within 10-feet (three meters) before the animal impaled her with its horn and tossed her 10 feet into the air. The woman later died according to the park officials, reported NBC News.  The woman from Grove City, Ohio, sustained a puncture wound and other injuries. Park emergency medical providers responded and transported her via ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She has yet to be identified.  DailyMail.com has reached out to Yellowstone National Park for comment. It remains unclear if the victim died immediately after the incident or later at the hospital.  A bison gored and killed a 25-year-old woman in Yellowstone National Park on Monday The bison was walking near a...