US sanctions Cuban defense chief, brigade for protest crackdown

The United States imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister and a special forces unit for repressing peaceful protests, a step President Joe Biden warned is “just the beginning” of punitive measures against Havana. Biden said the actions are being taken to hold the Cuban government “accountable for their actions,” warning of further sanctions on “individualsContinue reading “US sanctions Cuban defense chief, brigade for protest crackdown”

Audubon: Three billion birds lost since 1970

“With three billion birds lost in North America since 1970, we are in a bird emergency – and we know that if they are in trouble, so are we,” said Sarah Greenberger, senior vice president for conservation policy, National Audubon Society. “The priority species identified by the Fish and Wildlife Service provide a common playbook for federal,Continue reading “Audubon: Three billion birds lost since 1970”

Mountaintop glaciers are on very thin ice

Mountaintop glacier ice in the tropics of all four hemispheres covers significantly less area — in one case as much as 93% less — than it did just 50 years ago, a new study has found. The study, published online recently in the journal Global and Planetary Change, found that a glacier near Puncak Jaya, inContinue reading “Mountaintop glaciers are on very thin ice”

Sex Cult leader ordered to pay $3.5 million

Keith Raniere, the convicted leader of NXIVM, has been ordered to pay $3.5 million to 21 victims of his sex-trafficking scheme, in part to surgically remove scars from branding rituals. The cult leader was sentenced to 120 years in prison following his conviction for racketeering, sex trafficking, child pornography possession and other crimes. The brandsContinue reading “Sex Cult leader ordered to pay $3.5 million”

US to evacuate Afghans who helped troops

A suicide bomber killed at least 35 people and wounded dozens in a crowded market in the Sadr City neighbourhood of Baghdad on Monday, the eve of the Eid al-Adha festival, security and hospital sources said. More than 60 people were wounded, a police source said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Senior leadersContinue reading “US to evacuate Afghans who helped troops”

Sha’Carri Richardson earned Olympic honors

Sha’Carri Richardson captivated the entire nation when she won the Olympic trials for the 100-meter sprint in her iconic orange hair and large eyelashes and ran into the stands to find her grandmother. She earned her spot to represent our country, but the United States Anti-Doping Agency has handed down a harsh punishment forcing her to missContinue reading “Sha’Carri Richardson earned Olympic honors”

Paul Hodgkins sentenced for Capitol rioting

A Tampa, Florida, man who participated in the January 6 attempted coup d’état at the U.S. Capitol riot will spend eight months in prison after he was sentenced for a felony charge stemming from the incident. Prosecutors had sought an 18-month sentence for 38-year-old Paul Allard Hodgkins. Hodgkins, a supporter of former President Donald Trump,Continue reading “Paul Hodgkins sentenced for Capitol rioting”

Congress seeks to improve America’s justice system and make it more fair to everyone

Lisa McCormick, New Jersey’s leading progressive activist, said lawmakers in Washington will propose a new law on Monday to reinvigorate efforts to ensure equal access to justice, repairing the damage done when Trump Republicans shuttered the agency charged with helping the justice system efficiently deliver outcomes that are fair and accessible to all, irrespective ofContinue reading “Congress seeks to improve America’s justice system and make it more fair to everyone”

Israeli spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally

Human rights activists, political dissidents and others around the world expressed outrage at revelations regarding the use of Pegasus Project spyware abuse following Israeli company’s software in widespread hacking. The Pegasus Project is a ground-breaking collaboration by more than 80 journalists from 17 media organizations in 10 countries coordinated by Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based media non-profit,Continue reading “Israeli spyware used to target activists, journalists, and political leaders globally”

Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent

Federal health officials sounded an alarm Friday about a surge in U.S. coronavirus infections fueled by the twin threats posed by the highly transmissible delta variant and a stagnation in efforts to vaccinate as many Americans as possible. During a White House briefing, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saidContinue reading “Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent”

Congressman Jamaal Bowman unveils Green New Deal for Public Schools Act

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), a lifelong educator and former middle school principal, on Thursday unveiled the Green New Deal for Public Schools Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday alongside 32 cosponsors. The ambitious new legislation — which aims to invest $1.43 trillion over 10 years in public schools and infrastructure to combatContinue reading “Congressman Jamaal Bowman unveils Green New Deal for Public Schools Act”

Trump terrorists plotted bomb attack on California Democratic Party headquarters

Two California men have been indicted on charges they conspired to attack the Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. According to the unsealed indictment, Ian Benjamin Rogers, 45, of Napa and Jarrod Copeland, 37, of Vallejo started plotting to attack Democratic targets after the 2020 presidential election and alsoContinue reading “Trump terrorists plotted bomb attack on California Democratic Party headquarters”

Trump praising terrorist killed during coup

Donald Trump thinks he should have lowered the White House flag to half-staff after terrorist Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed during the attempted coup d’état at US Capitol on January 6, according to The Daily Beast. Trump did order the flag at the White House and other federal buildings lowered, in honor of CapitolContinue reading “Trump praising terrorist killed during coup”

Biden says democracy threatened by Republican ‘election subversion’

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that protecting voting rights from what he called Republican “election subversion” poses a historic “test” for the United States in the wake of the 2020 election. “It’s up to all of us to protect that right. It’s a test of our time,” he said in a speech in Philadelphia, birthplaceContinue reading “Biden says democracy threatened by Republican ‘election subversion’”

Top generals feared Trump coup attempt after election loss, according to new book

Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig, the Pulitzer-Prize winning reporters who authored the #1 New York Times bestseller, A Very Stable Genius, reveal a dysfunctional and bumbling presidency’s inner workings in unprecedented, stunning detail in a book about to be published by Penguin Press. Focused on then-president Donald Trump and the key players around him—the doctors,Continue reading “Top generals feared Trump coup attempt after election loss, according to new book”

Fake Covid-19 cards result in arrest

A California-licensed homeopathic doctor was arrested today for her alleged scheme to sell homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets and to falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards by making it appear that customers had received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Moderna vaccine. Juli A. Mazi, 41, of Napa, is charged with one count of wire fraud andContinue reading “Fake Covid-19 cards result in arrest”

Looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

More Afghans are likely to flee their homes due to escalating violence, the U.N. refugee agency warned on Tuesday, as the Taliban take control of more territory in response to the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces. “Afghanistan is on the brink of another humanitarian crisis. This can be avoided. This should be avoided,” said BabarContinue reading “Looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan”

Newark tax preparer sent to prison

A Pennsylvania man who worked as a tax preparer in Newark was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for helping his clients file falsified tax returns that generated larger refunds. Sylvain Dienhoue, 53, of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an indictment charging him withContinue reading “Newark tax preparer sent to prison”

Four people shot at Woodbridge hotel

A shooting during a bachelorette party at a hotel in the Iselin section of Woodbridge is under investigation. Four people were injured by gunshots early Monday at the hotel, but authorities have not disclosed a motive for the shooting. Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said Woodbridge Police responded to reports of a shooting that occurredContinue reading “Four people shot at Woodbridge hotel”

UN special rapporteur to Myanmar warns of ‘mass deaths’ from starvation, disease

The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar —the country once known as Burma —has warned of “mass deaths” from starvation and disease in the wake of fighting between rebel groups and junta forces in the east of the coup-stricken country. Myanmar has been in chaos and its economy paralyzed since the February putschContinue reading “UN special rapporteur to Myanmar warns of ‘mass deaths’ from starvation, disease”