WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing in the State Dining Room on May 4, President Joe Biden laid out a lofty goal to vaccinate 70% of American adults by Independence Day, saying the U.S. would need to overcome “doubters” and laziness to do it. “This is your choice,” he told Amercians.
Two Florida girls found dead in a canal Tuesday were identified Wednesday as 9- and 7-year-old sisters, and police have named their mother as a person of interest in the case. Lauderhill (Fla.) Police Chief Constance Stanley speaks during a news conference on Wednesday. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) (Michael Laughlin/)
LHASA, China (AP) - The name Tibet conjures up images of snowy peaks, vermillion temples and prayer flags snapping in the Himalayan wind. Those features remain, but the religious and cultural foundations underpinning them appear to be coming unstuck. Long defined by its Buddhist culture, the region is facing a push for assimilation and political orthodoxy under China´s ruling Communist Party.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Clément Diop had five saves for his third shutout of the season and 10-man Montreal held on for a scoreless draw with D.C United on Wednesday night. Montreal (3-3-3) went down a man when defender Zorhan Bassong was sent off in the 45th minute, receiving his second yellow card for a hand ball near midfield that halted a D.C. counter.
People have lined up across Hong Kong to buy the final print edition of the last remaining pro-democracy newspaper. By 8:30am on Thursday, Apply Daily’s final edition of 1 million copies was sold out across most of the city’s newsstands. The newspaper said it would cease operations after police froze 2.3 million dollars (£1.66 million) in assets, searched its office and arrested five top editors and executives last week, accusing them of foreign collusion to endanger national security — another sign Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous city.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is following up on what he called a “crackdown on disorderly protests” by proposing changes in Florida law which critics say could lead to vigilantism. Expanding the state’s Stand Your Ground law is part of a draft legislation proposal which has been sent from the governor to lawmakers ahead of the next legislative session.
(WAVE) - Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre criticized transgender Olympic athletes on his podcast, saying it’s “unfair” that they can compete in women’s sports. “If I was a true female – I can’t believe I’m saying that – and I was competing in weightlifting and lost to this person, I would be beside myself,” Favre said.
Britney Spears conservatorship: The key claims made by star as she calls for 13-year legal ruling to end
Singer Britney Spears has made several bombshell claims, speaking in open court for the first time during her conservatorship. In a highly anticipated court hearing, Britney Spears has made several claims about the controversial conservatorship that for years has largely seen information kept out of the public domain.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators reached a tentative framework on a $953 billion infrastructure deal Wednesday ahead of a crucial meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House. Biden’s top aides met with senators for back-to-back meetings on Capitol Hill and later huddled with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as the president reaches for a signature domestic achievement with his sweeping $4 trillion infrastructure plans.
BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) - Men and women who were kidnapped by Colombian´s biggest guerrilla group during a decades long internal conflict met face to face with their captors Wednesday during an event meant for the rebels to admit their responsibility, a step toward reconciliation contemplated in a peace deal signed in 2016 by the government and the combatants.
'Worst is yet to come': Disastrous future ahead for millions worldwide due to climate change, report warns
Millions of people worldwide are in for a disastrous future of hunger, drought and disease, according to a draft report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , which was leaked to the media this week. "The worst is yet to come, affecting our children's and grandchildren's lives much more than our own," the report continued.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A punishing drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. Next up: a plague of voracious grasshoppers. Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest grasshopper-killing campaign since the 1980s amid an outbreak of the drought-loving insects that cattle ranchers fear will strip bare public and private rangelands.
Lawmakers used to laugh when asked about UFOs. Now they have real questions — and they’re eager for the rare answers they’ll get later this week. There is no evidence to date that points to a sci-fi scenario of aliens from another galaxy visiting Earth.
Nearly 400 homes in suburban Woodridge were damaged in a tornado that tore through the area on Sunday night, with more than two dozen homes considered to be a “complete loss,” according to officials. According to a press release sent out Wednesday, officials have completed approximately 90% of their damage assessment from Sunday’s storm, which spawned an EF-3 tornado that hit multiple communities, including Woodridge.
The trial has begun for a Chicago bank owner who prosecutors said exchanged $16 million in loans with former President Trump's 2016 campaign manager Paul Manafort in an effort to buy a role in the Trump administration. "This is a case about greed, but not greed for money.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Health officials in Puerto Rico took to the beaches on Wednesday to vaccinate people as crowds began to arrive to celebrate a local tradition. Dozens of doses were administered near the ocean in the capital of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory of 3.3 million people where 70% of people have received their first dose.
No data currently supports a recommendation for coronavirus booster shots, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official told an advisory group on Wednesday. The presentation was meant to gauge what factors the advisory committee will be looking for if it needs to decide on potential recommendations for booster shots in the future.
NEW YORK (AP) - Federal officials said Wednesday they plan to strengthen cautions about a rare side effect of some COVID-19 vaccines - chest pain and heart inflammation, mostly among teenagers and young adults. But in an unusual joint statement, top U.S. government health officials, medical organizations, laboratory and hospital associations and others stressed the overriding benefit of the vaccines.
Of course, all rural areas are not the same. "If you've seen one rural community, you've seen one rural community," Morgan said. Many do share common problems, however. For example, their populations tend to be older, sicker and earn lower incomes.
___ House panel pushes legislation targeting Big Tech´s power WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel is pushing ahead with ambitious legislation that could curb the market power of tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and force them to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business.