North Carolina judges: More felony offenders can now vote
A panel of North Carolina judges is prepared to allow tens of thousands of residents convicted of felonies but whose current punishments don’t include prison time to register to vote and cast ballots.
James White named Detroit police chief
James White has been named Detroit’s police chief after serving since June 1 as an interim replacement for James Craig who retired and is looking at a possible run at Michigan governor
Wall St ends higher, Nasdaq notches record closing high on full vaccine approval
Wall Street rallied on Monday, and the Nasdaq reached an all-time closing high as sentiment was boosted by full FDA approval of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Indiana teen convicted in his 2 siblings’ suffocation deaths
A southeastern Indiana teenager has been convicted of suffocating two of his young siblings months apart in 2017, when he was 13 years old
School mask mandate ban challenged in new Utah lawsuit
A group of Utah parents is suing the state over a law that bans school districts from approving mask mandates.
Cleanup begins in soggy Northeast as Henri plods back to sea
US review of Covid origins due Tuesday
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said a review on the origins of the Covid-19 sought by US President Joe Biden is expected to be complete by Tuesday’s deadline but it will take a “few days” to put together an unclassified version for the public. Biden in May gave aides a 90-day deadline to find answers to the origin of the coronavirus as the US intelligence agencies pursued various theories, including the possibility of a laboratory accident in China.
US sanctions Eritrean army chief over rights abuses in Tigray
The United States imposed sanctions on Monday on Eritrea’s army chief General Filipos Woldeyohannes over human rights abuses in Ethiopia’s war-scarred Tigray region. The move by the US Treasury Department against the chief of staff of the Eritrean Defense Forces comes amid reports Eritrea has deployed reinforcements to parts of Tigray as fighting escalates.
White House says US working on offering vaccines to Afghan refugees
Biden, UK’s Johnson discuss Afghan evacuation plans: White House
US President Joe Biden discussed Afghanistan evacuation efforts with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, emphasizing the importance of close coordination in handling the current crisis as well as Afghanistan policy, the White House said.
Unfair and unjust, a bitter Cuomo says farewell to New Yorkers
US races against Aug 31 deadline to evacuate around 100,000 in Afghanistan
The United States is racing against the August 31 cut-off date to airlift up to 100,000 evacuees out of Afghanistan amid a looming confrontation with the Taliban over extending the deadline. President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the US may push back the date for American withdrawal in order to complete the evacuation, which picked up momentum over the weekend amid continuing chaos at the Kabul airport, but the Taliban dispensation put its foot down saying it sees the August 31 deadline as inviolable. Read more
Biden administration defends eviction ban at US Supreme Court
President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to leave in place a COVID-19 pandemic-related federal ban on residential evictions while the justices consider a challenge by landlord groups to the ban’s legality. Read more
Shooting in Denver nightlife zone leaves 1 dead, 5 wounded
One man was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting in Denver’s nightlife district just as bars were closing over the weekend, police said. The shooting happened about 2 am Sunday on a corner near a music hall and a nightclub in the city’s Lower Downtown area. Read more
Igor Vovkovinskiy, tallest man in US, dies in Minnesota
US oil prices soar on Chinese demand optimism
US sanctions senior Eritrean defense official for rights abuses
Focus must stay on Afghan evacuation
Vice President Kamla Harris
NYC mandates vaccinations for public school teachers, staff
All New York City public school teachers and other staffers will have to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said Monday as the nation’s largest school system prepares for classes to start next month.
US FDA grants full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
The FDA approved the two-dose vaccine for use in people over the age of 16. More than 204 million people in the United States have received the vaccine since it was given emergency authorization, based on data from Sunday.