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Wed Jul 17 2024 12:36:50 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

President Joe Biden called for a ban on AR-15 guns during a speech at the NAACP National Convention.

The call for the ban follows an attempted assassination of Donald Trump where a bullet clipped his right ear.

The gunman, Thomas Matthew Crooks, opened fire at Trump's rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on July 13, 2024.

Biden referenced the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which prohibited certain semi-automatic assault weapons and expired in 2004.

Biden expressed his intention to reinstate the ban, stating, 'I did it once, and I will do it again.'

Tue Jul 16 2024 08:19:17 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Donald Trump was surrounded by Secret Service agents after being shot in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Trump has not received a poll boost in the first presidential election survey conducted since the assassination attempt.

The poll, conducted by Morning Consult on 2,045 registered voters, shows Trump leading Joe Biden by one percentage point (46% to 45%).

The poll has a margin of error of +/- two percentage points.

Trump's lead has narrowed slightly since the previous survey, which showed him two percentage points ahead (44% to Biden's 42%).

Sun Jul 14 2024 14:49:41 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The FBI identified 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania as the suspect in Saturday's attempted assassination of former US President Donald Trump at a campaign rally.

State voter records show that Crooks was a registered Republican.

The upcoming Nov. 5 election would have been the first time Crooks had been old enough to vote in a presidential race.

The incident occurred at a campaign rally.

The suspect's age is 20 years old.

Fri Jul 12 2024 12:35:55 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The US Consumer Price Index (CPI) report was released today.

Prices have decreased from May 2024 to June 2024.

The decrease in prices is 0.1%.

This decrease aligns with the Federal Reserve's goal of 2% annual inflation.

The data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Fri Jul 12 2024 12:26:34 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

China is planning its first mission to impact an asteroid for planetary defense, targeting the near-Earth object 2015 XF261.

The mission will involve one craft impacting the asteroid while another observes it to gather data about the solar system's formation.

The asteroid 2015 XF261 last passed close to Earth on July 9, 2024, at a distance of 31 million miles (50 million kilometers).

The mission is expected to launch before 2030, with a more firm date set around 2027.

This mission follows NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), which successfully impacted the asteroid Dimorphos in September 2022.

Thu Jul 11 2024 19:07:52 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

President Joe Biden accidentally called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 'Putin' during a speech about the United States supporting Ukraine.

Biden's comment occurred less than an hour before a press conference considered pivotal to his ability to remain the nominee.

Biden attended an event to celebrate the Ukraine Compact, a bilateral agreement unifying countries in their support of Ukraine.

This is not the first time Biden has made a mistake when referencing Zelensky; he has previously called him Vladimir and made other errors.

David Axelrod, former chief strategist for Barack Obama's campaign, called the gaffe an 'unfortunate prelude' to the press conference.

Thu Jul 11 2024 16:57:25 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Three Republican commissioners in Washoe County, Nevada, refused to certify an election recount.

The Nevada Secretary of State and Attorney General are asking the Nevada Supreme Court to require the county commission to certify the results.

Washoe County is a key swing county in Nevada, which is a battleground state for presidential elections.

The recounts were requested by a Republican who lost in a primary and were funded by local activist Robert Beadles.

Nevada law requires recounts to be performed by the same method as the original election, which in this case was machine tabulation.

Thu Jul 11 2024 14:28:45 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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Wed Jul 10 2024 23:43:05 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, after his expulsion from the Soviet Union in 1974, did not endorse Western life and intellectual consensus as expected by Western intellectuals.

Solzhenitsyn's 1978 speech at Harvard was controversial, with the New York Times cautioning against his call for a 'holy war.'

Solzhenitsyn believed that Western civilization had lost its spiritual foundations and warned that it would eventually collapse.

Solzhenitsyn observed that Western society's focus on individual happiness and materialism was leading to moral and spiritual decline.

Solzhenitsyn argued that true progress is the spiritual and moral growth of individuals, not material or political advancements.

Wed Jul 10 2024 14:37:05 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The New Popular Front (NPF) is now the largest group in the French parliament but did not secure a majority.

The NPF has called for a prime minister who will implement its programme, including a new wealth tax and petrol price controls.

President Emmanuel Macron's Together bloc came in second in the recent elections, and Marine Le Pen's National Rally party finished third.

The NPF's economic programme includes raising the minimum wage, price controls on essential goods, lowering the retirement age to 60, and a 90% tax on annual income above €400,000.

It is unclear if the NPF will reach a deal with other parties to form a majority or if more moderate parts of the coalition will splinter off.

Wed Jul 10 2024 04:07:26 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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Tue Jul 09 2024 14:51:02 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A court in south-west Spain sentenced 15 schoolchildren to a year’s probation for creating and spreading AI-generated images of their female peers.

The investigation began after parents in Almendralejo reported that faked naked pictures of their daughters were being circulated on WhatsApp groups.

The youth court in Badajoz convicted the minors of 20 counts of creating child abuse images and 20 counts of offences against their victims’ moral integrity.

Each defendant was ordered to attend classes on gender and equality awareness and the responsible use of technology.

Police identified several teenagers aged between 13 and 15 as responsible for generating and sharing the images.

Tue Jul 02 2024 15:33:01 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Researchers have verified the true value of BB(5), which is 47,176,870, using the Coq proof assistant.

The Busy Beaver Challenge was launched by graduate student Tristan Stérin and grew to include over 20 contributors from around the world.

The Busy Beaver problem involves Turing machines, theoretical devices that perform computations by reading and writing 0s and 1s on an infinite tape.

The halting problem, proven by Alan Turing, states that there is no general solution to determine if a Turing machine will halt or run forever.

The specific value of BB(5) does not have applications in other areas of computer science but represents a significant achievement in the field.

Tue Jul 02 2024 12:04:52 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A Donald Trump lawyer argued that an alleged fake elector scheme was an 'official act' and should be immune from prosecution in Trump's federal election interference case.

Trump is facing four charges in a federal indictment related to his alleged attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which he denies.

Trump's team is alleged to have created and submitted fraudulent certificates to falsely claim Trump had won the Electoral College vote in certain states.

The Supreme Court ruled that former presidents have absolute immunity for their official acts but no immunity for private acts, and sent the case back to a lower court to determine what constitutes an official act.

Legal experts suggest that the case is likely to be delayed and may not go to trial before the November election, and Trump could potentially dismiss the charges if he wins the election.

Sun Jun 30 2024 23:40:58 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The website provides various video tutorials for OnePlus devices, including APatch, KernelSU, ROOT, and DC dimming.

There are multiple ROM packages available for download, including official ROMs, full packages, and downgrade packages for OnePlus 8T.

The site offers remote services for flashing, unbricking, rooting, and upgrading OnePlus devices.

The upgrade path for OnePlus devices includes several versions of HydrogenOS and ColorOS, with specific version numbers listed.

The website provides links to essential tools and software for OnePlus devices, including a universal toolbox and one-click root software.

Thu Jun 27 2024 00:09:26 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A US Navy nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, the USS Tennessee, surfaced in the Norwegian Sea accompanied by a guided-missile cruiser and two naval aircraft.

The movement of the USS Tennessee was announced by US Naval Forces Europe-Africa/US 6th Fleet, highlighting the presence of the USS Normandy, a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and an E-6B Mercury strategic communications plane.

This show of force comes weeks after Russia sent a naval flotilla, including a nuclear-powered submarine, to Cuba.

The USS Tennessee is an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine capable of carrying up to 20 Trident nuclear missiles.

The US Navy has been more frequently revealing the locations of its submarines in the North Atlantic and nearby seas since 2020, reflecting increased cooperation with NATO allies and signaling to Russia the active presence of American submarines.

Mon Jun 24 2024 21:51:39 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Julian Assange plans to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge this week as part of a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

Assange has spent five years in a British prison and is expected to return to Australia after the proceedings.

The charges against Assange stem from the publication of classified information during President Barack Obama's first term.

Assange has been held in Belmarsh Prison for five years and previously spent seven years in self-exile at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

Assange has been fighting extradition for more than a decade, first in connection with a sex crimes case in Sweden and then in connection with the case in the United States.

Mon Jun 24 2024 21:36:13 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found a significant increase in infant and newborn deaths in Texas after the passage of Texas Senate Bill 8 (SB8) in September 2021.

Texas Senate Bill 8 banned abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as five weeks, effectively banning abortion in the state.

Infant deaths in Texas rose by nearly 13% from 1,985 in 2021 to 2,240 in 2022, while nationwide infant deaths rose by about 2% during the same period.

Babies born with congenital anomalies in Texas increased by nearly 23%, but decreased by about 3% nationwide.

The study compared infant death rates in Texas from 2018 to 2022 to those of 28 other states and found a specific increase in deaths attributable to congenital anomalies.

Mon Jun 24 2024 17:25:12 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Lifesaving robots named E.M.I.L.Y. have been introduced at Lake Michigan beaches to prevent drownings.

E.M.I.L.Y. is a battery-powered, remote-controlled boat designed to assist lifeguards in water rescues.

The robots were donated by families who lost loved ones to drowning, funded by life insurance money.

Training sessions for lifeguards on how to use the E.M.I.L.Y. robots were held at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Lake Michigan has the highest number of drownings among the Great Lakes, with over 80 deaths per year on average.

Sun Jun 23 2024 18:54:13 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A Jewish family was attacked at a Brooklyn elementary school graduation by another family who made political statements.

The incident occurred at PS 682 in Gravesend after the school's fifth-grade graduation.

The Jewish woman's husband was physically assaulted, including being put in a chokehold and kicked.

The NYPD initially did not classify the incident as a hate crime, but the Hate Crimes Task Force is now investigating.

One person, Ez-Al Dean Bazar, was arrested and charged in connection with the assault.

Sat Jun 22 2024 23:29:41 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Former President Trump spoke to a packed crowd at Philadelphia's Temple University on Saturday evening.

Trump discussed issues such as crime in Philadelphia, illegal immigration, and the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Pennsylvania Senate candidate David McCormick joined Trump on stage and spoke about local issues and the need for new leadership.

Trump mentioned the presence of family members of Rachel Morin, who was allegedly murdered by an illegal migrant, and families of service members killed in Afghanistan.

Trump made a stop at Tony and Nick's Steaks in Philadelphia before the rally, where he left a $500 tip and reiterated his stance on ending taxes on tips if elected.

Tue Jun 18 2024 09:54:40 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

In January, some US voters in New Hampshire received automated phone messages generated by AI, falsely using President Joe Biden’s voice to urge them not to vote in the state’s Democratic Party primary election.

The World Economic Forum has ranked misinformation as its top global risk over the next two years, above extreme weather events and war.

More than 50 countries will have held elections by the end of December 2024, including the United States, United Kingdom, India, South Africa, and Mexico, involving over 2 billion potential voters.

Researchers find it difficult to prove the direct impact of misinformation on elections, though it can mislead people about when and where to vote or whether they should vote at all.

A study found that in a sample of nearly 665,000 US registered voters on X (formerly Twitter), just over 2,100 people accounted for 80% of the fake news shared about the 2020 US presidential election.

Tue Jun 18 2024 09:24:48 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., questioned the Department of the Interior's handling of violent protests at Lafayette Park near the White House.

The protests involved pro-Palestinian demonstrators and resulted in vandalism, including inscriptions like 'Long live Hamas' on federal property.

No arrests were made following the protests, although there were assaults on U.S. Park Police and a National Park Service ranger.

Barrasso called for enhanced security measures and revisions to protocols for managing violent demonstrations at National Park Service properties.

Sen. Tom Cotton introduced the Saving Treasured Artifacts Through Uniform Enforcement (STATUE) Act, which would establish mandatory minimum sentences for vandalism.

Mon Jun 17 2024 20:22:50 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The IRS plans to end a major tax loophole for wealthy taxpayers that could raise more than $50 billion in revenue over the next decade.

The proposed rule aims to stop 'partnership basis shifting,' a process used to move assets among related parties to avoid paying taxes.

The IRS says filings for large pass-through businesses used for tax avoidance increased 70% from 174,100 in 2010 to 297,400 in 2019, while audit rates for these businesses fell from 3.8% to 0.1%.

The IRS plans to raise audit rates on companies with assets above $250 million to 22.6% in 2026, from an 8.8% rate in the tax year 2019.

The government is making permanent its new free electronic tax return filing system and expanding it to taxpayers in all 50 states.

Wed Jun 12 2024 14:03:50 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A man robbed a Detroit bank on May 9, 2024, by handing a teller a note that said 'bank robbery.'

The robbery occurred around 11:20 a.m. in the 7700 block of Michigan Avenue.

The suspect received money from two tellers and left the bank on foot.

No injuries were reported during the robbery.

The suspect is described as being about 5 feet, 8-9 inches tall, 190 pounds, and was last seen wearing a white baseball cap, a white face mask, a dark shirt, and dark pants.

Mon Jun 10 2024 07:59:35 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Burnout can lead to feelings of helplessness, incompetence, emotional exhaustion, isolation, and cynicism.

Stress affects the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for higher cognition, abstract thought, working memory, and executive functions.

The perceived ability to control a stressor is a key determinant of its effect on the brain, with uncontrollable stress weakening the prefrontal cortex.

Human neuroimaging studies, such as one from Cornell, show that stress can weaken the connectivity of the prefrontal network, leading to impaired cognitive functions.

The prefrontal cortex's plasticity allows for cognitive impairments from stress to be reversed after a period of reduced stress, but repeated cycles of stress and rest can lead to long-term mental health issues.

Sun Jun 09 2024 19:53:43 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Former President Trump is scheduled for a virtual pre-sentencing probation interview on Monday with a New York City probation officer.

Trump was convicted last month on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the hush money case.

The probation interview will be conducted over a special virtual network with added security measures.

The Trump defense team is scheduled to submit their sentencing recommendation on June 13, and sentencing is set for July 11.

Legal experts note that a probation interview over video conference is unusual but may be less disruptive than an in-person visit.

Sun Jun 09 2024 07:17:45 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has declared an Ozone Action Day for the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston, and Brazoria areas due to high levels of ozone pollution.

Texas officials are urging residents in affected areas to use alternative modes of transportation to reduce ozone pollution.

The National Weather Service (NWS) stated that atmospheric conditions are favorable for producing high levels of ozone pollution in the Houston, Galveston, and surrounding areas.

As of Friday morning, the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area had an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 84, which is considered moderate but can affect sensitive individuals.

Elevated levels of ozone can cause respiratory health problems, particularly for children, older adults, and people with asthma or COPD.

Fri Jun 07 2024 09:24:43 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

An Atari 2600 version of Tarzan from the early 1980s was recently rediscovered and made available to play online.

A collector known as Rob 'AtariSpot' bought a copy from a former Coleco employee in 2022.

The game used a new kind of bankswitching to help the Atari 2600 read larger games, allowing for a larger, scrolling experience.

The Atari version was outsourced to James Wickstead Design Associates and was announced for a 1984 release but never launched due to the video game recession.

The game is now playable on the Internet Archive thanks to Atari homebrew programmer Thomas Jentzsch.

Thu Jun 06 2024 18:17:09 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Researchers at the University of California San Diego published a study in Molecular Autism identifying a biological basis for two subtypes of autism that develops in utero.

The study used blood-based stem cells from 10 toddlers with idiopathic autism and 6 neurotypical toddlers to create brain cortical organoids (BCOs).

BCOs from toddlers with autism were found to be approximately 40% larger than those from neurotypical controls, with larger BCO size correlating with more severe social and language symptoms.

The BCOs of all children with autism grew roughly three times faster than those of neurotypical children, with the most severe cases showing accelerated neuron formation.

The study suggests that brain overgrowth begins in the womb and correlates with the severity of autism symptoms, potentially aiding in the development of future therapies.

Thu Jun 06 2024 11:51:39 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Former President Donald Trump released a new campaign video urging his supporters to vote for him in any way possible, including absentee and mail-in ballots.

In the video, Trump mentioned the need for massive turnout on Election Day to defeat the Democrats.

The video drew attention on social media due to Trump's foamy saliva, which some suggested could indicate health issues.

The account Patriot Takes highlighted that Trump's campaign chose not to reshoot the video despite the foamy saliva.

Newsweek has contacted a Trump spokesperson for comment, and the article will be updated if a response is received.

Thu Jun 06 2024 09:57:02 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Nine witnesses in the criminal cases against former President Donald Trump have received significant financial benefits, including large raises, severance packages, new jobs, and a grant of shares and cash from Trump’s media company.

The benefits have flowed from Trump’s businesses and campaign committees, according to a ProPublica analysis of public disclosures, court records, and securities filings.

One campaign aide had his average monthly pay double, from $26,000 to $53,500, and another employee received a $2 million severance package barring him from voluntarily cooperating with law enforcement.

Significant changes to a staffer’s work situation, such as bonuses, pay raises, firings, or promotions, can be evidence of a crime if they come outside the normal course of business.

Trump’s attorney, David Warrington, sent ProPublica a cease-and-desist letter demanding the article not be published, warning of potential legal remedies if the outlet continues its reporting.

Thu Jun 06 2024 09:56:46 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A former neighbor of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Emily Baden, disputes Alito's account of a neighborhood dispute involving an upside-down U.S. flag.

Baden claims the verbal exchange with Alito's wife, Martha-Ann Alito, occurred in mid-February 2021, while a photograph of the flag was taken on January 17, 2021.

An 'Appeal to Heaven' flag, associated with the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, was displayed outside Alito's beach vacation home last summer.

Baden's then-boyfriend called the police on February 15, 2021, to report harassment by Martha-Ann Alito.

Baden admits to putting up signs with anti-Trump messages and acknowledges a confrontation with Martha-Ann Alito.

Wed Jun 05 2024 19:56:38 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Donald Trump suggested in an interview with Newsmax that it is 'very possible' that President Biden and other political rivals will have to be jailed.

Trump claimed that his own conviction was a 'terrible precedent' and falsely stated that President Biden was behind it.

Trump referred to his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, suggesting that it would be terrible to jail her and the president's wife.

Trump has been unable to provide evidence that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg coordinated with the White House in his prosecution.

Trump faces criminal charges in three other cases and has made revenge a central message of his campaign.

Wed Jun 05 2024 11:46:54 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Amanda Knox was re-convicted of slander in an Italian court for wrongfully accusing an innocent man of killing her British roommate in 2007.

The court found that Knox had wrongly accused the Congolese owner of the bar where she worked part-time of the killing of Meredith Kercher.

Knox will not serve any more time in jail for the three-year slander sentence since it counts as time already served.

Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were exonerated in 2015 when Italy's highest court definitively threw out the convictions following two previous flip-flop verdicts.

Italy’s highest Cassation Court threw out the slander conviction in the fall, ordering a new trial due to a 2022 Italian judicial reform allowing cases to be reopened if human rights violations are found.

Wed Jun 05 2024 11:45:55 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Lebanese army thwarted an attack by a gunman on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, resulting in a 30-minute gunfight.

One attacker was killed, and a Syrian national was wounded and arrested; the Lebanese army also arrested the brother of the shooting suspect.

The U.S. Embassy reported that its facility and team were safe, and it will remain closed to the public for the rest of the day but plans to reopen the next day.

The Lebanese military deployed troops around the embassy and surrounding areas, and investigations are ongoing.

The motives for the attack are unclear, but photos published by Lebanese media show a bloodied attacker wearing a vest with 'Islamic State' written on it.

Wed Jun 05 2024 11:23:49 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A focus group of 11 undecided voters, who have previously supported Trump, Biden, or Clinton, revealed mixed reactions to Trump's conviction in the New York v. Trump case.

The conviction made Trump the first-ever former president to be convicted of a crime.

Many focus group participants stated that issues like inflation, the economy, immigration, and abortion would ultimately determine their votes, rather than the conviction.

Some participants expressed hesitancy to vote for a convicted felon, while others felt the conviction might energize Trump's supporters.

The focus group showed that voters are still undecided, with some leaning towards Biden, others towards Trump, and some considering other candidates.

Wed Jun 05 2024 11:23:47 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Slovenia recognized a Palestinian state after its parliament voted 52 in favor and none against in the 90-seat legislature.

Slovenia's decision follows similar recognitions by Spain, Norway, and Ireland.

Israel condemned the recognitions and recalled its ambassadors from the three countries for consultations.

Previously, only seven members of the 27-nation European Union officially recognized a Palestinian state.

Slovenia's main opposition party, the Slovenian Democratic Party, opposes the recognition and demanded a referendum on the issue.

Wed Jun 05 2024 11:21:49 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Heinrich Koch, a 62-year-old Alternative for Germany (AfD) council election candidate, was stabbed in Mannheim, Germany.

The assailant, a 25-year-old, was allegedly part of a group involved in stealing election posters and used a box-cutter type knife during the attack.

Koch sustained injuries to his ear and stomach which required stitches but were not life-threatening.

The attacker was later arrested and sent to a psychiatric hospital, with reports suggesting he was mentally ill and there was no concrete evidence of a political motive.

This incident occurred just four days after another stabbing in Mannheim, involving an Afghan migrant at a political demonstration, which resulted in serious injuries and a police officer's death.

Wed Jun 05 2024 11:20:56 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Peter Navarro, former top economic aide in the Trump administration, is currently serving a sentence in federal prison for contempt of Congress related to the January 6 committee subpoenas.

Navarro is incarcerated in a federal prison in Miami and is scheduled for release in mid-July, around the time of his 75th birthday.

He is publishing a book titled 'The New MAGA Deal', which discusses populist nationalist philosophy on trade and economic policy.

Navarro conducted a written interview from prison with Breitbart News, discussing his views on government weaponization and the 2024 presidential election.

Navarro's case and sentencing have been compared to former President Donald Trump's recent conviction and upcoming sentencing in New York.

Wed Jun 05 2024 11:16:33 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

President Biden, at 81 years old, is the oldest person to have held the presidency of the United States.

Some lawmakers and officials have expressed concerns about President Biden's cognitive performance in private meetings.

White House officials have countered claims about President Biden's mental acuity, attributing them to partisan politics.

Former President Trump, at 77 years old, has also faced scrutiny over his mental acuity.

The White House has stated that President Biden's doctors have found him fit to serve, and his recent annual physical showed no need for a cognitive test.

Tue Jun 04 2024 20:36:26 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A New York City couple found a safe containing about $100,000 while magnet fishing in Queens.

The couple, James Kane and Barbi Agostini, discovered the safe in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The New York Police Department could not connect the safe to a crime and allowed the couple to keep the money.

The couple plans to take the water-damaged money to the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. for reconstruction.

Kane and Agostini became interested in magnet fishing during COVID-19 and have documented their adventures on YouTube.

Tue Jun 04 2024 15:19:23 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

On May 30, former President Donald Trump was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records related to a $130,000 hush-money payment made to Stormy Daniels.

A poll conducted by Data for Progress between May 31-June 1 among 1,216 likely voters found that 18 percent of Republican voters approved of Trump being found guilty.

The poll also found that 58 percent of Republicans strongly disapproved of the verdict, and 17 percent somewhat disapproved.

Of all likely voters, 56 percent approved of the court ruling, and 38 percent disapproved.

Judge Juan Merchan has scheduled Trump's sentencing for July 11, where he could face substantial fines or jail time.

Fri May 31 2024 09:58:01 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Major GOP donors pledged millions of dollars in support for former President Donald Trump after he was found guilty on all 34 counts in his Manhattan business records trial.

Donors including casino billionaire Miriam Adelson and hotelier Robert Bigelow are supporting Trump with financial contributions.

Robert Bigelow has already given over $9 million to an outside group supporting Trump and plans to send an additional $5 million.

Silicon Valley tech investor Shaun Maguire donated $300,000 to support Trump after the verdict.

Don Tapia, a former Trump ambassador to Jamaica, and his network plan to give over $1 million to the pro-Trump spending group MAGA Inc.

Fri May 31 2024 09:50:15 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A Manhattan jury found former President Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts in his business records trial.

Trump was convicted of falsifying business records in a scheme to influence the 2016 election through hush money payments.

This conviction makes Trump the first former president to be convicted of felony crimes.

The New York Times and other media outlets reported on the verdict, highlighting its historical significance.

Trump and his supporters have criticized the trial and verdict, calling it a politically motivated decision.

Fri May 31 2024 09:47:30 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A video from a Las Vegas family's backyard purportedly shows at least two 'beings' using a 'cloaking device' to hide from humans.

Crime scene recreation expert Scott Roder used artificial intelligence and computer software to analyze the video and identify movement and anomalies.

A streaking light was captured on Las Vegas Police bodycams on April 30, 2023, and at least 21 people reported seeing it to the American Meteor Society.

Angel Kenmore called 911 reporting a 'tall, skinny alien creature with greenish color' in his backyard, but police did not find anything upon investigation.

Roder and reporter Jim Quirk believe the 'cloaking device' also hid a craft that made an emergency landing in the backyard.

Thu May 30 2024 11:12:29 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The world's first human trial of a drug that can regenerate teeth will begin at Kyoto University Hospital from September 2024 to August 2025.

The trial will involve 30 males aged 30-64 who are missing at least one molar.

The drug has previously shown success in growing new teeth in ferret and mouse models with no significant side effects.

Following the initial trial, researchers plan to test the drug on children aged 2-7 with congenital tooth deficiency, which affects about 1% of people.

The drug works by deactivating the USAG-1 protein, which suppresses tooth growth, thereby encouraging bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling to trigger new bone generation.

Thu May 30 2024 09:54:30 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The 2000 Florida presidential recount was a highly contested event that ultimately determined the outcome of the U.S. presidency.

The recount involved issues with 'hanging chads' and 'dimpled chads' on punch card ballots.

The U.S. Supreme Court ended the recount with a 7-2 decision.

The final margin of victory in Florida was 537 votes out of six million cast.

The recount process and its controversies continue to impact the U.S. political landscape.

Wed May 29 2024 17:42:04 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A Swiss biocomputing startup, FinalSpark, has launched an online platform called Neuroplatform that provides remote access to 16 human brain organoids.

The Neuroplatform is claimed to be the world's first online platform delivering access to biological neurons in vitro and consumes significantly less power than traditional digital processors.

The platform uses four Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEAs) housing the organoids, each interfaced by eight electrodes for stimulation and recording, supported by a microfluidic life support system and monitoring cameras.

FinalSpark has given access to its Neuroplatform to nine institutions to aid bioprocessing research and development, with three dozen universities also showing interest.

The organoids used in the Neuroplatform have a lifespan of about 100 days, suitable for experiments running for several months.

Wed May 29 2024 14:58:41 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

In 2023, NYPD officers wrote 467 summonses for crossing mid-block or against the light.

Of the 463 summonses for which race was known, 92 percent were issued to Blacks or Latinos.

Blacks and Hispanics comprise about 55 percent of the population.

Only 47 of the city's 77 precincts registered an illegal crossing ticket in 2023.

The 33rd Precinct in Washington Heights wrote 38 jaywalking summonses, with 97.3 percent going to people of color.

Wed May 29 2024 14:56:40 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

New York City police officers issued 463 jaywalking summonses where race was known.

92 percent of these summonses were issued to Black or Latino individuals.

Black and Latino residents make up 55 percent of New York City's population.

Only 47 of the city's 77 precincts registered an illegal crossing ticket in 2023.

A proposed bill to legalize crossing outside of crosswalks gained little support in the city council.

Wed May 29 2024 07:00:41 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A University of Washington team developed an AI system called 'Target Speech Hearing' that allows a user wearing headphones to focus on a single speaker in a noisy environment by looking at them for three to five seconds.

The system cancels all other sounds and plays only the enrolled speaker's voice in real time, even if the listener moves around and no longer faces the speaker.

The team presented their findings on May 14, 2024, at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Honolulu.

The system was tested on 21 subjects, who rated the clarity of the enrolled speaker's voice nearly twice as high as unfiltered audio on average.

The research was funded by a Moore Inventor Fellow award, a Thomas J. Cabel Endowed Professorship, and a UW CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund.

Wed May 29 2024 06:46:41 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Ukraine’s Armed Forces launched a long-range missile strike on a Russian military base in Luhansk on May 28, 2024, using cluster munitions.

The strike caused widespread fires and explosions at the airfield and adjacent buildings, with flames visible from dozens of kilometers away.

Both Russian and Ukrainian sources confirmed the area was hit by multiple explosions, but there were no early reports of damage or casualties.

The missile used in the strike was widely identified as the US-made ATACMS, though there has been no official confirmation.

The attack follows the resumption of US arms deliveries to Ukraine, including ATACMS missiles, after a four-month halt.

Tue May 28 2024 20:18:00 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Republican Party of Texas has voted on a policy proposal requiring any candidate for statewide office to win a majority of the state's 254 counties to secure election.

Democratic voters in Texas are heavily concentrated in a few major cities, while Republicans dominate most rural counties.

The Texas GOP voted on a range of policy proposals at their biannual conference from May 23-25 in San Antonio.

Texas Republicans also voted on whether to back a referendum on the state leaving the United States and becoming an independent country.

Other motions included calls to abolish abortion, reverse the renaming of military bases named after Confederate leaders, and restore removed Confederate monuments.

Tue May 28 2024 15:04:17 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Supporters of the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot attempted to place a memorial stone at Arlington National Cemetery for those who died during the riot.

The group was turned back at the gate and not allowed to place the stone.

The stone was intended to honor Ashli Babbitt, Benjamin Phillips, Rosanne Boyland, and Kevin Greeson.

The stone had a typo, misspelling Rosanne Boyland's name as 'Roseanne'.

Ashli Babbitt's mother, Micki Witthoeft, was present and has defended her daughter and other Jan. 6 rioters.

Tue May 28 2024 14:05:11 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

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Tue May 28 2024 09:40:49 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Judge Juan Merchan is expected to bring jurors back into court Tuesday morning to hear closing arguments in New York v. Trump from Manhattan prosecutors and defense attorneys for former President Trump.

The jury has been away from the courtroom for a week, after the evidentiary portion of the trial concluded last Tuesday.

Prosecutors needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump falsified records to conceal a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, testified that he personally made the $130,000 payment to Daniels and was reimbursed $420,000 by Trump.

Trump’s defense attorneys motioned for dismissal, arguing there is no evidence that the filings or business records at the center of the case were false.

Mon May 27 2024 18:41:17 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Police in Ocean City, New Jersey are investigating a stabbing incident involving a 15-year-old male on the boardwalk.

The 15-year-old victim was transported to an area hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

Ocean City experienced issues related to large crowds of teens, including fights, shoplifting, and disorderly conduct during Memorial Day weekend.

The Wildwood Police Department declared a state of emergency due to civil unrest but rescinded it hours later.

A shortage of lifeguards is causing some municipalities to close or reduce operating hours for beaches and swimming pools.

Mon May 27 2024 18:20:34 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The 1792 Exchange is focused on exposing coercion and ideological bias in corporations.

Daniel Cameron, CEO of the 1792 Exchange, discusses the impact of the 'E' in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) on America's energy sector.

Cameron argues that anti-fossil fuel climate activism is detrimental to the economy and energy security.

Kentucky, a coal-producing state, is highlighted as being particularly affected by these policies.

The 1792 Exchange provides resources like Corporate Bias Ratings and Proxy Database to help Americans understand and address corporate environmental policies.

Mon May 27 2024 18:16:43 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Democratic strategist James Carville stated that Democrats are losing younger voters and black voters due to ignoring the economy.

Carville criticized Democratic messaging, suggesting it should focus on cost of living rather than issues like Gaza and student loans.

He questioned the rationale behind forgiving student loans for wealthy institutions like Harvard, which has a significant endowment.

Carville proposed taxing universities with endowments over $5 billion to fund student loan relief.

He emphasized the need for Democrats to address current economic concerns and acknowledge President Biden's age.