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Smartphone smugglers: How social media is reshaping border crime

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 04:52:00 -0400

Second of three parts

Mark Delgado told Border Patrol agents he was scrolling through TikTok one day when he came across a video asking for drivers and offering $4,000 a trip.

He needed the money, so he reached out to the guy on WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook. ...

Mo Brooks, Paul Gosar Jan. 6 Capitol riot complaints dropped by House ethics committee

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:16:19 -0400

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Washington Democrat, is now 0-for-3 in her ethics complaints against the House Republicans whom she accused of instigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Republican Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar of Arizona said Tuesday that the House ethics committee had dropped the Democrat's claims against ...

Marjorie Taylor Greene fails to convince 'The View' co-hosts with apology for Holocaust comparisons

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 18:22:26 -0400

The cast of "The View" appeared skeptical Tuesday about the apology Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene offered for comparing efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic with the Holocaust that killed six million Jews.

Several of the show's co-hosts seemed unpersuaded after Ms. Greene, Georgia Republican, apologized Monday amid facing bipartisan condemnation ...

Donald Trump to visit U.S.-Mexico border

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 18:04:49 -0400

Former President Donald Trump is set to visit the U.S.-Mexico border at the end of the month.

Mr. Trump said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that he had “accepted the invitation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join him on an official visit to our Nation’s decimated Southern Border on ...

Biden suspension of new oil, gas leases blocked by federal judge

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:47:33 -0400

NEW ORLEANS — The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty's ruling came in a lawsuit filed in March by Louisiana’s Republican attorney general, Jeff Landry and officials in ...

U.S. soldiers charged with migrant smuggling

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:32:21 -0400

Two soldiers have been arrested for alien smuggling in Texas after agents say they were caught with two illegal immigrants in the trunk of their car at a Border Patrol checkpoint, where they had hoped their military uniforms would get them through without inspection.

They were flagged for a full ...

Biden picks Israel, Mexico ambassadors; names 'Sully' an envoy

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:09:51 -0400

That's Ambassador Sully to you.

President Biden moved to fill some high-profile diplomatic posts Tuesday, including nominating famed Hudson River pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger to be the U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal.

The White House also announced that Mr. Biden would nominate Morgan Stanley Vice ...

Judge OKs Weinstein's extradition for California rape case

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:14:27 -0400

A New York judge on Tuesday approved disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's extradition to California, where he faces additional sexual assault charges, ending a legal fight prolonged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the defense's concerns about Weinstein's failing health and a squabble over paperwork.

Judge Kenneth Case said there was no ...

Asian Americans' Supreme Court case against Harvard affirmative-action ropes in Biden administration

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:00:41 -0400

The Supreme Court could decide the legality of affirmative action during its next term, announcing Monday the justices want the Biden Justice Department to weigh in on a case against Harvard College's admission policy. 

The case, Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, is

Merrick Garland details domestic-terrorism crackdown

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:33:00 -0400

The Biden administration on Tuesday announced a sweeping new strategy to root out domestic terrorism, tying the rising threat of extremism to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to "do everything possible to prevent similar attacks."

"The resolve and dedication with which the ...

Kevin Hart blasts cancel culture mobs: 'Shut the f--- up!'

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:16:30 -0400

Actor and stand-up comedian Kevin Hart went on an expletive-filled rant against “cancel culture” during a new interview with the British Sunday Times, saying he's not the comic he used to be because of his fear of backlash over his jokes.

Mr. Hart, whose latest Netflix special was titled ...

Biden urged to press Putin on jailed Marine veterans at Geneva summit

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:57:11 -0400

President Biden faced pressure to pursue the release of Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed, two former U.S. Marines jailed in Russia, ahead of his planned meeting Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Whelan, 51, of Michigan, and Mr. Reed, 29, of Texas, are serving prison sentences in Russia ...

U.S. tops 600,000 lives lost to COVID-19

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:31:00 -0400

The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. surpassed 600,000 on Tuesday, hitting another milestone even as daily cases and deaths have trended downward and more places are lifting pandemic restrictions.

The death toll is comparable to the number of American lives lost to cancer on ...

Jon Lovitz: Cancel culture 'no different than McCarthyism'

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:10:01 -0400

Actor and stand-up comedian Jon Lovitz said "cancel culture" today is what the Hollywood blacklist was in the 1950s. 

“I’ll just say it, it’s no different than McCarthyism,” the "Saturday Night Live" alum, who returns to the stage in Las Vegas next month, told the New York Post in an ...

Morgan Stanley tells workers to return to office or take pay cut as pandemic eases

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:34:00 -0400

The CEO of Morgan Stanley has warned employees to return to the office by Labor Day or face a pay cut, as New York City businesses reopen fully from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If you can go into a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office,” CEO ...

Attorney General Garland: FBI's domestic terror probes up 'significantly' this year

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:25:12 -0400

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said Tuesday the FBI has seen a notable uptick in domestic terrorism investigations this year.

“The number of open FBI domestic terrorism investigations this year has increased significantly,” Mr. Garland said during a policy address. “In the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat ...

FBI warns QAnon conspiracy theorists may engage in 'real world violence'

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:47:46 -0400

The FBI has warned that more QAnon conspiracy theorists may be driven to violence and even feel obligated to attack Democrats they believe to be members of a purported cabal of satanic child traffickers.

The predictions appear in an unclassified, two-page threat assessment on QAnon prepared by the FBI and ...

Catholic politicians scrutinized as Biden heads to Vatican

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:22:00 -0400

Catholic public officials who oppose church teachings of the Catholic Church create confusion and disunity and should not present themselves for communion according to a poll released Tuesday by Catholic Vote, a national faith-based organization based in Wisconsin.

The survey has arrived at a pivotal time — just as President ...

Rhodes College to charge unvaccinated students $1,500 'Health and Safety fee'

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:16:23 -0400

Rhodes College said it will charge unvaccinated students an extra $1,500 per semester starting this fall to cover the costs of mandatory COVID-19 testing.

The private liberal arts college in Memphis informed incoming students last week that unvaccinated students will be charged a $1,500 Health and Safety fee per semester ...

CDC temporarily banning importation of dogs

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 11:21:00 -0400

Federal health officials will temporarily ban the importation of dogs from more than 100 countries, starting next month.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday the suspension for 113 countries that are considered “high risk for importing dog rabies into the United States” as of July 14.

“This ...

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House Dem drops Greene censure resolution after Holocaust Museum visit

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:36:35 -0400

The censure resolution against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been dropped after she issued an apology on June 14, 2021 for comparing mask and vaccine mandates to Anti-Jewish laws. 

White House encourages July 4 celebrations, except at Mount Rushmore

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:26:35 -0400

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem slammed the Biden administration following an Independence Day statement encouraging a "summer of freedom" while a request for a Mount Rushmore firework display was declined. 

7-year-old boy mauled to death by dogs in South Carolina

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:40:58 -0400

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said on Tuesday it seized five dogs and a puppy from a nearby property as part of its investigation into the death of 7-year-old Shamar Jackson.

Graham accuses Biden of Putin ‘appeasement’ ahead of Geneva summit

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:21:36 -0400

Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted President Joe Biden on Fox News of practicing "appeasement" at Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of June 16's scheduled summit between the two leaders in Switzerland.

Connecticut schools that use Native American mascots could lose casino revenue

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:15:17 -0400

If Connecticut schools continue to use Native Americans nicknames, they could be cut off from getting money from the Mashantucket Pequot/Mohegan Fund.

Florida congressional candidate accuses rivals of plotting to kill her

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:06:32 -0400

Anna Paulina Luna obtained a temporary restraining order Friday against fellow Republican William Braddock — who she claimed was plotting to murder her.

Simone Biles’ brother confronted by victim’s mother after murder acquittal

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 22:53:43 -0400

The brother of Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was acquitted of murder and other charges on June 15 -- then confronted by the mother of one of the victims who accused him of “killing" her son.

Soldiers tried to smuggle 2 people from Mexico into Texas: US attorney

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 22:52:25 -0400

A Fort Hood soldier and Pennsylvania National Guardsman were busted for trying to sneak two Mexican citizens over the Texas border in the trunk of a car, officials said.

NJ native who confessed to cross-country killing spree charged with fifth murder

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 22:12:49 -0400

A New Jersey native has been charged with a fifth murder, after previously confessing to a cross-country killing spree that left four people dead.

Angry mob beats man to death for allegedly hitting pregnant girlfriend: report

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 22:11:54 -0400

The angry group found out Fred Valdamar Ortiz had allegedly given his girlfriend a black eye and then found him behind a grocery store. One suspect hit Ortiz with a car.

Federal judge blocks Biden moratorium on new oil, gas leases

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 21:56:52 -0400

Louisiana federal judge Terry Doughty issued an order lifting President Biden's moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal land on June 15, ruling that the White House did not give any "rational explanation" for enforcing the pause.

‘Millennial Bonnie and Clyde’ arrested for murder in Hungary after months-long manhunt

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 21:51:50 -0400

Yun "Lucy" Lu Li and Oliver Karafa allegedly fled to eastern Europe after a February shooting that left a man dead and a pregnant woman seriously injured.

Texas man accused of fatally beating mom’s ex, dragging him behind truck

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 21:28:14 -0400

Robert Hoffpauir allegedly killed his mother's ex-boyfriend, 60-year-old Roman Rodriguez, on Sunday, according to Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. He is now being held on $1 million bond.

‘We just want him home’: Parents of Trevor Reed, former Marine held in Russia, speak out

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 21:22:21 -0400

The parents of former Marine Trevor Reed are pleading for him to be released from prison in Russia where he has been held since 2019.

Lyft driver charged with sexual assault on teen riding home from school

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 20:56:54 -0400

A Lyft driver allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old teen while driving the student home from school in Virginia.

GOP senator says he wants to make Biden ‘one-half-term president’

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 20:28:34 -0400

"I’m looking forward to a very successful 2022," Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told the Ripon Society in his June 10 remarks, per an account on the think tank's website.

Grocery cashier killed by customer in fight over mask remembered as kind

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:45:37 -0400

Big Bear Supermarket was closed but mourners gathered and dropped flowers in memory of 41-year-old Laquitta Willis, who cops said was gunned down by a man she had asked to mask up.

Israel launches airstrikes at Gaza Strip after militants fire arson balloons

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:22:09 -0400

Israel’s military said it launched airstrikes at the Gaza Strip on Tuesday night, in response to incendiary balloons fired by militants in the Palestinian territory. The exchange marked the first major flare-up between Israel and Gaza since a May 21 ceasefire ended 11 days of devastating hostilities between the two. Israel says Hamas launched ‘incendiary...

Footage of cops appearing to ignore Atlanta drive-by shooting doesn’t tell whole story: police

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:15:05 -0400

New video shows Atlanta police ignore a drive-by shooting in a suburb -- prompting outrage from a community leader who is pushing for the neighborhood to secede from the violent city over the rising crime.

Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to visit US-Mexico border June 30

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:12:50 -0400

As the crisis at the southern US border continues, former President Trump will be heading there with Texas governor Greg Abbott. Trump said the situation is an "unmitigated disaster zone."