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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.

Mon May 27 2024 18:10:16 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda secured a second five-year term with 74.5% of the votes.

Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte received 24.1% of the votes.

Nauseda is a moderate conservative and has been a strong backer of Ukraine.

Lithuania has given refuge to many fleeing repression in Belarus and Russia during Nauseda's term.

The election turnout was 49.15%.

Mon May 27 2024 18:10:15 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda secured a second five-year term with 74.5% of the votes.

Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte received 24.1% of the votes.

Nauseda is a moderate conservative and has been a strong backer of Ukraine.

Lithuania has given refuge to many fleeing authoritarian crackdowns in Belarus and increased repression in Russia.

The election turnout was 49.15%.

Mon May 27 2024 18:06:28 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Governor Tim Walz discussed abortion access on CNN's 'State of the Union.'

Walz described Minnesota as an 'island of decency' regarding abortion access.

He compared surrounding states' abortion laws to 'The Handmaid’s Tale.'

Walz acknowledged that Democrats may have underestimated the threat to abortion rights.

He mentioned that states like Minnesota are taking measures to protect abortion access.

Mon May 27 2024 18:05:09 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Grayson Murray, a PGA Tour golfer, passed away at the age of 30.

Murray's parents announced that he took his own life.

The announcement was shared by the PGA Tour's X account.

Murray had withdrawn from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday due to an illness.

Murray had previously battled issues with alcoholism, depression, and anxiety, and won the Sony Open in January.

Mon May 27 2024 17:52:19 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Sen. Bob Menendez is reportedly passing around a petition to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate.

Menendez and his wife were charged in September 2023 with three federal counts of allegedly accepting bribes from three New Jersey businessmen.

Menendez is accused of accepting bribes from the Qatari royal family in exchange for speaking positively about Qatar.

The filing deadline for independent candidates is June 4, and the deadline to withdraw without appearing on the ballot is August 16.

An FBI search of Menendez's home in June 2022 resulted in the discovery of $486,461 in cash and 13 gold bars.

Mon May 27 2024 17:49:38 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Sen. Josh Hawley wrote a letter to President Joe Biden requesting protection for the remains of Davy and Natalie Lloyd as they are transported back to the United States from Haiti.

Missouri State Rep. Ben Baker revealed that his daughter, Natalie, and son-in-law, Davy, were killed by gangs in Haiti while serving as missionaries.

The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince informed Hawley's office that it was too dangerous to send police to aid the Lloyds when they were attacked.

Davy and Natalie Lloyd, along with Jude Montis, were ambushed, tied up, and eventually killed by gang members in Port-au-Prince.

Hawley expressed concerns about the security situation in Haiti and requested that adequate security measures be taken to ensure the safe return of the Lloyds' remains to the United States.

Mon May 27 2024 17:47:04 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated that climate change is contributing to an increase in severe flight turbulence.

Buttigieg mentioned that the effects of climate change are already impacting transportation, including heat waves and more extreme hurricane seasons.

A study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that severe-or-greater clear-air turbulence over the North Atlantic increased by 55 percent between 1979 and 2020.

Buttigieg highlighted a recent incident where a Singapore Airlines flight encountered severe turbulence, injuring over 30 passengers and resulting in the death of a British man.

Buttigieg emphasized the need for policies, technology, and infrastructure to evolve in response to the changing climate.

Mon May 27 2024 17:44:47 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Libertarian Party nominated Chase Oliver as their presidential candidate following their convention.

Former President Donald Trump and independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke at the Libertarian convention.

Chase Oliver has expressed support for open borders and Drag Queen Story Hour for children.

Oliver criticized Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves for signing a bill banning health care treatments for transgender children.

Oliver has publicly supported mask mandates and criticized the war on drugs.

Mon May 27 2024 17:43:06 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib spoke at the People’s Conference for Palestine in Detroit, Michigan.

The conference was connected to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), designated as a Foreign Terror Organization by the U.S.

More than 3,000 people registered for the three-day event, which included sessions on Palestinian resistance and Zionism.

Key speakers included Wisam Rafeedie, associated with the PFLP, and Sana Daqqah, wife of a PFLP member.

The PFLP has been recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S. since 1997.

Mon May 27 2024 17:41:31 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Actor Johnny Wactor, known for his role as Brando Corbin on General Hospital, was shot and killed on Saturday during an alleged car theft.

The incident occurred when Wactor and a colleague confronted three men attempting to steal a catalytic converter from his car.

Wactor was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3 a.m., and no suspects have been arrested as of Sunday afternoon.

Wactor appeared in 164 episodes of General Hospital between 2020 and 2022 and also had roles in the shows Siberia and Criminal Minds.

Wactor's death is part of a broader trend of increased crime in Los Angeles, which has affected several celebrities in recent years.

Mon May 27 2024 17:40:38 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Memorial Day is about remembering America’s fallen who died in the service of their country.

Captain James Mugford Jr. captured the British transport ship Hope, which carried 1,500 barrels of gunpowder, during the Revolutionary War.

The Hope was separated from its escort in a thick fog and was later spotted by Mugford's ship, the Franklin.

Mugford and his crew successfully boarded the Hope and secured its valuable cargo, which was crucial for the American forces.

Captain Mugford died in combat while defending his ship from a British boarding party and was honored as the first captain in Washington’s navy to die in combat.

Mon May 27 2024 17:38:20 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A transgender high school runner won the girl’s title in the Washington State championships with a time of 55.75 seconds.

The runner, Veronica Garcia, beat the second-place time by one second.

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association sports policy allows participation based on gender identity without medical requirements or testosterone level restrictions.

Similar incidents of transgender athletes winning girls' sports titles occurred in Washington and Oregon.

In April, five West Virginia girls protested against competing with a male athlete, leading to a temporary ban that was later reversed by a court.

Mon May 27 2024 17:34:37 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Bill Walton, a Hall of Famer and former basketball star, died at the age of 71.

Walton had a prolonged fight with cancer.

He was the NBA’s MVP in the 1977-78 season and a two-time champion as a player.

Walton was a two-time champion at UCLA and a three-time national player of the year in college.

His NBA career was disrupted by chronic foot injuries, lasting only 468 games.

Mon May 27 2024 17:25:42 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Cori Bush posted messages on X that appeared to confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day.

Both representatives received criticism from X users for the confusion and subsequently deleted their posts.

Omar and Bush replaced their original posts with messages relevant to Memorial Day, honoring fallen service members.

Other members of the Squad, such as Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Jamaal Bowman, Summer Lee, and Delia Ramirez, posted relevant Memorial Day messages.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Gregorio Casar did not post anything related to Memorial Day as of Monday afternoon.

Sun May 26 2024 12:25:21 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A man was set on fire on the 1 train at Houston Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The victim suffered burns to his upper torso, chest, and neck and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The suspect fled the scene but was later captured at Canal Street and Renwick Street.

Charges against the suspect are currently pending.

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Fri May 24 2024 09:19:56 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Former President Trump held a rally in the South Bronx, a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in New York.

Trump's speech focused on making life in New York affordable and included promises to renovate the subway system and improve infrastructure.

The rally drew a diverse crowd, including construction workers, security guards, nurses, barbers, and some out-of-state activists.

The Biden and Trump campaigns exchanged accusations, with Biden's campaign calling Trump a lifelong racist and Trump's campaign highlighting Biden's role in the 1994 Crime Bill.

New York Democrats, including Rep. Ritchie Torres, criticized Trump's policies and highlighted federal investments in the South Bronx by the Biden administration.

Fri May 24 2024 08:18:27 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A massive leak of Mexican military intelligence has exposed U.S. gun shops and smugglers tied to 78,000 firearms recovered in Mexico.

The leak, shared by the transparency organization Distributed Denial of Secrets, includes roughly 10 million records hacked by an anonymous collective known as 'Guacamaya'.

The leaked data reveals that American firearms are smuggled to Mexico and contribute to violence and the migration crisis at the U.S. border.

The leak includes emails and presentations showing which American straw buyers were tied to the most weapons, including Texan Craig Adlong, who purchased 95 semi-automatic rifles.

The Mexican government is suing American gun manufacturers and five Arizona gun shops, alleging they sold guns that crossed the border and were used in crimes.

Thu May 23 2024 12:14:11 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

US authorities have arrested a 42-year-old Wisconsin man, Steven Anderegg, for allegedly using AI image generator Stable Diffusion to create photorealistic child sexual abuse images.

The Justice Department claims Anderegg used the tool to create thousands of hyper-realistic images of nude and semi-clothed prepubescent children performing sex acts.

Law enforcement learned of the activities after Anderegg boasted to a 15-year-old about creating the sexual imagery, which led to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children flagging the activity.

Evidence recovered from Anderegg’s electronic devices revealed that he generated these images using specific, sexually explicit text prompts related to minors.

Anderegg faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of decades in prison if convicted.

Thu May 23 2024 09:56:06 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Biden administration’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Department of Transportation (DOT) held a joint hearing to scrutinize credit card and airline reward programs.

The hearing is related to efforts by Sens. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to introduce new government mandates on credit cards.

The CFPB report indicates that the average value of rewards consumers have earned has grown between 2019 and 2022, with consumers earning more than $40 billion in rewards on major issuers’ general purpose credit cards in 2022.

A recent study reported that rewards card ownership has increased across all income levels over the last four years, particularly among low-to-moderate-income (LMI) cardholders.

An analysis from the American Bankers Association (ABA) states that card rewards are accessible, valuable, and well-understood by consumers across all income levels.

Thu May 23 2024 09:44:55 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

A judge halted a foreclosure sale of Graceland, citing potential fraud in the auction attempt.

The Presley estate argued that the auction claim was based on fake documents.

Promenade Trust, which controls Graceland, allegedly owes $3.8 million from a 2018 loan.

Riley Keough, who inherited Graceland, filed a lawsuit alleging fraudulent documents regarding the loan.

Naussany Investments stated it would drop its claim due to legal complexities involving multiple states.

Thu May 23 2024 09:43:42 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Host Stephanie Ruhle responded to accusations from Republicans that President Joe Biden is trying to buy votes with his student loan plans.

Ruhle argued that fulfilling campaign promises to certain groups is a common practice in politics.

She mentioned that former President Donald Trump and other Republicans also fulfill campaign promises by cutting taxes.

Ruhle highlighted that corporate tax cuts and the carried interest loophole benefit specific groups.

She questioned whether Biden's student debt relief plan is different from other political actions aimed at specific groups.

Wed May 22 2024 20:27:38 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)

NVIDIA reported record quarterly revenue of $26.0 billion for Q1 Fiscal 2025, up 18% from the previous quarter and up 262% from a year ago.

Data Center revenue reached a record $22.6 billion, up 23% from the previous quarter and up 427% from a year ago.

NVIDIA announced a ten-for-one forward stock split effective June 7, 2024.

The quarterly cash dividend was raised by 150% to $0.01 per share on a post-split basis.

GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $5.98, up 21% from the previous quarter and up 629% from a year ago.