Month: April 2021

Crush at religious festival in Israel’s Mount Meron kills 45 people

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident a “huge disaster,” while paramedics described chaotic scenes of teams administering CPR en masse to people, including children, lying breathless on the ground. According to the Institute of Forensic Medicine, 32 of the victims have been identified, with 22 of those released for burial. An official with …

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Army disciplines officers, soldiers for handling of Vanessa Guillén’s murder at Fort Hood

The personnel face discipline for a variety of failures, and investigators found Guillén was also sexually harassed. The chief investigating officer, Gen. Michael Garrett, ordered five current and former personnel in the 3rd Cavalry Regiment to be relieved of duty. Three of them will also receive letters of reprimand, and all actions are likely to …

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FBI and CIA are urged to boost intel gathering on foreign White supremacist groups

Applying that designation would expand US law enforcement’s ability to pursue Americans domestically who have contacts with foreign groups such as neo-Nazi organizations based in Europe. Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan sent letters to FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director William Burns on Friday asking them to “prioritize resources” directed toward foreign White …

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First-ever US release of genetically modified mosquitoes begins in Florida

For the first 12-week phase, blue-and-white boxes containing about 12,000 GMO eggs developed by a US-owned, British-based company called Oxitec have been placed in six small areas of Ramrod Key, Cudjoe Key and Vaca Key. When water is added, the mosquitoes hatch, mature and enter the environment over the next week or so. A small, …

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India doesn’t want to shut down its economy again. It may get crushed anyway

Now India is facing its own devastating Covid-19 crisis, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reluctant to put his economy through another round of turmoil. India’s economy may get crushed again regardless. That’s beginning to play out in India’s leather industry. India is a major global exporter of leather and leather goods. The country is …

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Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck have meetups amid Alex Rodriguez split: report

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck have meetups amid Alex Rodriguez split: report

Jennifer Lopez appears to be playing the field. The pop music superstar, 51, has been hanging out with Ben Affleck, 48, in Los Angeles following Lopez’s public split with Alex Rodriguez, 45, and according to Page Six – the clandestine meetups have been quite frequent. “Security picks him up at a nearby location and drops him …

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UPenn, Princeton apologize after remains from 1985 Philadelphia bombing were used without families' knowledge

UPenn, Princeton apologize after remains from 1985 Philadelphia bombing were used without families’ knowledge

Two Ivy League universities have apologized after the remains of a pair of children killed in a 1985 bombing in Philadelphia were kept by researchers for decades without the knowledge of the families. The MOVE bombing, conducted by city police, killed six adults and five children linked to a Black anarcho-primitivist militant group. And it sparked …

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Young people more likely to suffer rare vaccine blood clots, MHRA says

Young people more likely to suffer rare vaccine blood clots, MHRA says

Younger adults are particularly affected by the rare blood clotting disorder linked to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the UK’s medicines regulator has said. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said there were 209 cases in the UK of the rare combination of blood clots with low platelet counts following being vaccinated the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab, …

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Thousands of clubbers descend on Liverpool docks for Britain’s first legal rave in more than a year

Thousands of clubbers descend on Liverpool docks for Britain’s first legal rave in more than a year

Thousands of clubbers descended on Liverpool docks for Britain’s first legal rave in more than a year. The pilot event, The First Dance, does not require social distancing or face coverings, though attendees will need to have a negative Covid test result before entry. Hosts, clubbing company Circus, expect to see some 6,000 ravers return …

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Biden administration to restrict travel from India starting Tuesday

“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Friday. “The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the India. The policy will take …

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Kentucky Derby overshadowed by calls for Sheikh Mohammed’s horse to be banned

The KHRA said they received a complaint against Sheikh Mohammed from a group of human rights lawyers and students from the University of Louisville calling for his suspension from racing events in Kentucky until he can provide proof his daughter Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is alive. “The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) received …

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Morgan Wallen is a Billboard Music Awards finalist, but he won’t be a part of the show

According to Billboard, the country star is not welcome due to a racial slur controversy he was involved in back in February. “With our content reaching millions of viewers, dcp and MRC have the privilege and responsibility to effect change by creating a more inclusive dialogue in our productions and across the industry,” a statement …

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‘The Mosquito Coast’ feels even weirder moving the book into the modern age

The primary connection of note here is the involvement of actor-producer Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers”), who is Paul Theroux’s nephew, and assumes the central role of Allie Fox, the “radical idealist” who chooses to live off the grid with his wife and kids. Yet writer-producer Neil Cross (“Luther”) has embellished that with even more troubling …

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