Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Police shoot, kill California man near marijuana farms evacuated by fire

Officers shot and killed a man who pulled a gun as they tried to keep him out of a complex of marijuana farms in an area of far Northern California where thousands of people were ordered to evacuate as a wildfire raged during a heat wave enveloping part of the U.S. West, authorities said.

Portland resident next to homeless camp installs cameras, electric fence

An Oregon woman living and working next to a Northeast Portland homeless camp has reportedly installed security cameras and an electric fence in response to alleged drug deals and other criminal activity.

4 dead after possible NC explosion, including father and 3 children: report

Four people have died Wednesday after a possible house explosion in Lenoir, North Carolina, the city's fire chief confirmed to Fox News.

Capitol riot: House creates committee to investigate Jan. 6 attack

The House on Wednesday passed legislation to create a select committee focused solely on investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, a move that was panned by Republicans as too partisan but hailed by Democrats as necessary to give the American people a full accounting of what happened during the deadly attack. 


Psaki on Cosby release: Biden a longtime 'advocate' in fighting 'violence against women'

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden remains an “advocate” for survivors of sexual assault following the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to throw out Bill Cosby’s conviction Wednesday.


Donald Rumsfeld dead at 88: Former defense secretary at helm of Iraq, Afghanistan wars

Donald Rumsfeld, who charted an impressive Washington career serving under four presidents but whose legacy largely was defined by his controversial tenure as defense secretary during the Iraq War, has died, his family announced Wednesday. He was 88. 


Philadelphia violence: 12 people shot, 1 stabbed during gruesome 2-hour period, police say

A dozen people were shot and another was stabbed over the course of two hours in Philadelphia late Tuesday, police said. 

Bill Cosby conviction reversal praised by Harvey Weinstein lawyers

Attorneys for disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein praised Pennsylvania’s highest court for overturning Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction Wednesday, while indicating confidence that their client will have his rape conviction tossed out as well.

Texas Lyft driver gets shot at after picking up passenger at apartment complex

A Lyft driver in Texas and his passenger escaped injury early Wednesday after an unidentified gunman opened fire on the vehicle as it left an apartment complex, authorities said.

Surfside collapse: Former Florida official who said building was in ‘very good shape’ leaves new job

A former municipal official in Florida who assured condo board members that their building was in “very good shape” three years before it collapsed has left his new job, a city spokesman said Wednesday.

Bill Cosby through the years in pictures

Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacates actor's sex assault conviction.

As SCOTUS nears end of term, unpredictable decisions contradict Dems' warnings

The Supreme Court will release its final two decisions of the term Thursday morning, and if the hot-button political issues involved are each determined by a 6-3 split between the conservative majority and the liberal minority on the court, those would be rare exceptions to how the court’s recent cases have been decided.


Dan Crenshaw doubles down on Gwen Berry criticism: 'You should like the USA'

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, doubled down on his criticism of U.S. Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry, saying Wednesday that if someone is going to represent America on the world stage, they "should like the USA."


Trump, at U.S.-Mexican border, slams Biden for ‘open, really dangerous’ border

Former President Trump returned to the nation’s southern border on Wednesday, taking direct aim at his Democratic successor in the White House for the surge this year in migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.


GOP senators hold Biden accountable for campaign promise to support the biofuel industry and family farmers

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, led a letter with five of her Senate GOP colleagues to the president on Wednesday, pointing out his campaign promises in support of the biofuel industry as the Biden administration weighs “bailouts” for fuel refineries.


Florida truckers show support for Daytona Beach officer allegedly shot by man linked to Black militia

Truckers gathered outside a Florida hospital on Tuesday evening to show their support for a Daytona Beach Police officer still recovering, a week after being shot in the head by a man who was eventually apprehended at a Black nationalist paramilitary encampment in Georgia. 

Durbin slams Biden admin for 'unacceptable' delays in handling DACA applications

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is unhappy with the Biden administration following the release of a quarterly report of statistics related to applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


Florida man arrested after pointing gun at Black family in racially motivated assault: deputies

A Florida man has been arrested after yelling racial slurs and pointing a gun at a Black family while driving Sunday, authorities said.

Rep. Clyburn says Democrats' use of 'defund the police' is 'cutting the throats of the party'

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said Democrats' use of slogans like "defund the police" is "cutting the throats of the party" in an interview with The New York Times.


Law enforcement groups rebuke Dem accusations of sabotaging police reform negotiations

National law enforcement organizations forcefully responded to accusations from Democrats that police reform negotiations are being "torpedoed" by pro-police groups. 


Republican senators alarmed by Biden nominee's ties to 'anti-Israel' group

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, led a letter with seven of his GOP colleagues to Senate Small Business Committee Chairman Ben Cardin, D-Md., calling for another hearing on Biden’s SBA deputy administrator nominee Dilawar Syed.


China, Russia exploiting United Nations to push back against US interests, report says

EXCLUSIVE: China and Russia are exploiting their influence at the United Nations as part of a pushback against U.S. interests and to advance their own authoritarian interests on the world stage, according to a new report released Wednesday.


Woman ‘traumatized’ after alleged belt beating by NYC homeless man

A woman who was allegedly whacked with a leather belt by a homeless man in Midtown on Tuesday morning said she is “traumatized” after the random attack.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

New law in Akron, Ohio, requires police to post use of force videos on YouTube within 7 days of incident

The Akron, Ohio, City Council has passed an ordinance requiring the town's police department to post videos of police use of "deadly force" to YouTube within seven days of a given incident.

Texas man breaks into home to shoot ex-wife hours before custody hearing while 4 kids slept inside: police

A Texas man, accompanied by his new girlfriend, allegedly cut off power to a Houston-area home where his ex-wife lives hours ahead of a scheduled child-custody hearing, before then breaking in and shooting her four times -- all while the former married couple’s four children were inside sleeping.

Venomous zebra cobra loose on North Carolina streets

A zebra cobra is slithering through the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina.

As border crisis continues, House bill would slash CBP funds by nearly $1B

While Customs and Border Protection officials are seeing migrants trying to enter the U.S. in numbers that have skyrocketed since last year, the House Appropriations Committee is looking to cut the agency's net discretionary funding by nearly a billion dollars.


Georgia secretary of state calls DOJ voting lawsuit a 'political stunt,' says state will 'prevail' in court

EXCLUSIVE: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the Biden administration is using the state as a “whooping post,” calling the Justice Department’s lawsuit against its new voting law a “political stunt” and expressing confidence that the measure will “prevail” in court.


England stuns Germany with two late goals to book place in Euro 2020 quarterfinals

England gave Germany a lesson in ruthless finishing, converting its only two real chances of the match to finally end its decades-long inferiority complex against its old, historic rival.


Another day of relentless heat grips northwestern US

The mercury kept climbing Monday in heat-baked Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, again setting record highs.


Tennessee sheriff’s bloodhound helps find missing 6-year-old girl allegedly abducted by father

A bloodhound working with a Tennessee sheriff’s office helped track down a missing and endangered 6-year-old girl whose father allegedly abducted her in May, authorities said Monday.

Miami condo collapse: Family still getting mysterious phone calls from missing grandparents

The family of the Florida grandparents missing in the aftermath of the Surfside building collapse said Tuesday they are still getting mysterious phone calls from the couple’s landline — at least 20 since the catastrophe.

Amid defund-police conversations, DC police offer job that will directly impact 'future of policing'

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is hiring for a new position that will directly impact "the future of policing," the department wrote in a Tuesday tweet.

Energy Sec. Granholm on Miami condo collapse: 'We don't know' if climate change was cause

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm implied that climate change could have been a cause of the tragic residential building collapse in Surfside, Fla.


GOP Rep. Paul Gosar to fundraise with purported Holocaust denier

The Arizona Republican will be joined by controversial America First Foundation founder Nick Fuentes on July 2nd for a fundraiser event, according to the advertisement posted online on Tuesday.


California gov hopeful Kevin Faulconer unveils proposal to fix state's homelessness crisis

Republican California gubernatorial candidate Kevin Faulconer unveiled his plan to fix the state's homelessness crisis Tuesday.


GOP congressman says Biden's infrastructure plan is '5-lane highway' to socialism

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., took the president’s trillion-dollar plan to task on Tuesday on social media, likening the Democrats' infrastructure plan to socialism.


Squad members seek new protections for public housing tenants

Progressive Squad members on Tuesday announced new legislation to give public housing tenants expanded protections in an effort to fight back against substandard living conditions and hold the federal government and building owners accountable for ignoring safety problems.


Border Patrol agent saves migrant child from near drowning, video shows

Video has emerged of a Border Patrol agent saving a near-drowning migrant child in Texas.

Churches have lost millions of congregants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Will they return?

With millions of people having stayed home from places of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, struggling congregations have one key question: How many of them will return?

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sends 50 National Guard troops to Texas to help tackle border crisis

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday announced that her state is sending dozens of National Guard troops to Texas to help the Lone Star State deal with the continuing crisis at the southern border, after an appeal for help from Gov. Greg Abbott.


Biden thinking about 2022 and 2024? President hits battleground states

President Biden is traveling to two battleground states this week, in what a Democratic strategist says are visits that serve "dual purposes."


Supreme Court denies bond hearings for illegal immigrants who return after being deported

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that illegal immigrants who reentered the U.S. without authorization after already having been deported are not entitled to bond hearings.


Florida man gets life sentence for molesting girlfriend's daughter, 10, dousing her with bleach

A judge ordered a life sentence for a 43-year-old Florida man who molested a 10-year-old girl and then doused her in bleach to destroy evidence.

Rep. Mo Brooks wants China to pay restitution to Americans for COVID damages

The ongoing effort to hold China accountable for devastating coronavirus losses got a boost with new legislation from Rep. Mo Brooks who says the Communist Party of China (CPC) should be subjected to 10 & tariffs if they don't pay restitution to Americans.


Florida condo building collapse: Biden to travel to Surfside on Thursday

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are expected to travel to Surfside, Florida, on Thursday after the collapse of a beachfront condo building that left 10 dead and more than 150 people still missing. 


Monday, June 28, 2021

Portland police release video of officer-involved shooting to quell 'misinformation' after violent protest

Portland police released video and the name of the man killed in a recent officer-involved shooting in an effort to dispel “misinformation” about the incident a day after a mob of protesters showed up to smash windows and flatten tires while the use of force investigation was still underway.

Washington teacher hands out flyers advising kids on abortions without parental consent, outraging parents

A middle school in Tacoma, Washington, is taking heat after one of its teachers distributed material advising students on sex and abortions – something the school district claims was a mistake.

Partygoers leave NYC park littered in trash after chaotic Pride event

Crews were cleaning up a large mess of trash left at a New York City park following Sunday's chaotic Pride event at a popular park where at least eight people were arrested.

Miami condo collapse: Remembering the dead and missing as officials confirm 10th victim

Authorities said Monday that the remains of 10 people have been found in the collapse of a 12-story beachfront condominium in Florida. The Associated Press has been reporting brief descriptions of the dead and the missing.

Driver at large after striking 4-year-old outside Texas gender reveal party

Houston police are investigating a hit-and-run involving a 4-year-old girl outside a gender-reveal party Saturday night.  

Cruz calls for CDC to 'follow the science' and scrap airline mask mandate before July 4 holiday

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is urging the Biden administration to lift its long-standing requirement for people to wear masks on airplanes and other forms of mass transit ahead of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.


Utah construction worker rescued after being fully buried at site, fire officials say

A Utah construction worker was rescued after being "completely buried" in an apparent accident on Monday evening, authorities sai...