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US News | The Epoch Times Sat, 15 May 2021 08:40:14 +0000
  • Leading Scientists Call for ‘Proper Investigation’ of CCP Virus Lab Origin Theory A group of international researchers are pushing for a “proper investigation” into the origins of COVID-19, including examining the lab accident theory that a World Health Organization (WHO) probe previously dismissed. The WHO-led mission in Wuhan, which released its findings in late March, did not give “balanced consideration” to the theory that the CCP (Chinese […]
  • Street Racing Surges Across US Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Jaye Sanford, a 52-year-old mother of two, was driving home in suburban Atlanta on Nov. 21 when a man in a Dodge Challenger muscle car who was allegedly street racing crashed into her head-on, killing her. She is one of the many victims of a surge in street racing that has taken root across America […]
  • Man in Custody After Making Bomb Threat Hoax at Joint Base Andrews Gate A civilian man with no military affiliation is in custody after making a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax at Joint Base Andrews on Friday. “An individual in a vehicle drove up to the main gate of Joint Base Andrews around 4:45 p.m. and told base security forces that he had a […]
  • Washington DC Running out of Gas, Even as Colonial Pipeline Recovers WASHINGTON—Washington, D.C., was running out of gasoline on Friday, even as the country’s largest fuel pipeline network ramped up deliveries following a cyberattack and officials assured motorists that supplies would return to normal soon. The six-day Colonial Pipeline shutdown was the most disruptive cyberattack on record. Widespread panic buying continued two days after the pipeline […]
  • Facts Matter (May 14): Auditors Find Omissions, Inconsistencies, & Anomalies With Maricopa County Ballots According to a new letter from the Arizona state Senate president, the audit team has allegedly discovered numerous omissions, inconsistencies, and anomalies in regards to how officials stored, organized, and handled ballots. Facts Matter is an Epoch Times show available on YouTube. Follow us on Parler, Gab, and Telegram Follow Roman on Instagram: @epoch.times.roman
  • Fans Return to the Orange County Soccer Club As Orange County Soccer Club kicks off its season, the team says it’s excited to resume playing in front of a live audience. The Orange County Soccer Club is the county’s only professional soccer team. It’s a member of the United Soccer League, and consists of players aged 16 to 34. “Even though they’re still limiting fans, […]
  • Humanitarian Efforts Recognized by Red Cross Orange County’s everyday heroes were recognized May 14 for their “self-sacrifices” in making the community a better place. The American Red Cross of Orange County honored the good Samaritans during a 2021 Heroes Award virtual luncheon. Gift of Life Jackie and Victor Miller are known for being regular platelet donors every Sunday at 7 a.m., […]
  • Gaetz Associate Agrees to Cooperate in Federal Investigation WASHINGTON—A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the federal investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz has agreed to cooperate with federal investigators and admits paying an underage girl to have sex with him and other men, according to court documents filed Friday. Joel Greenberg is expected to plead guilty to six federal charges—including […]
  • US Embassy in Moscow Temporarily Resumes Halted Services MOSCOW—The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said Friday it will temporarily resume some of the consular services it had halted earlier due to a Russian ban on hiring local residents. The embassy said last month that the ban forced it to reduce its consular workforce by 75 percent and starting May 12, it would only provide […]
  • Proposed Bill Could Ban Offshore Drilling off California Coast Prohibiting any new leasing for the exploration, development or production of oil or gas along the coast of Southern California is the subject of a new bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA). If passed, the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act would prohibit offshore activities from San Diego to the northern border of […]
  • Former Massachusetts Mayor Convicted of Fraud, Extortion BOSTON—A former Massachusetts mayor first elected at the age of 23 was convicted on Friday of defrauding investors in a smartphone app company and extorting money from local marijuana businesses. Jurors found former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia guilty on most counts he faced including wire fraud, filing false tax returns, and extortion, in what […]
  • NTD Evening News Full Broadcast (May 14) Israel is going on a military offensive after the Hamas terrorist group launched thousands of rockets at the nation. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik thanks former President Donald Trump in her new role as GOP conference chair. Over 40,000 Chinese illegal immigrants await deportation in the United States.
  • Mississippi River Traffic Resumes Under Damaged Bridge MEMPHIS, Tenn.—River traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The Arkansas Department of Transportation, meanwhile, said a video taken by an inspector two years ago […]
  • Michigan Senate Subpoenas Documents Over Gov. Whitmer’s Handling of Nursing Homes The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee issued a subpoena Thursday requiring documents relating to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of nursing homes during the pandemic after its initial request had been ignored for more than two months. The committee issued a subpoena to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) asking for all documents and […]
  • Fauci: 40 to 50 Percent of His Agency’s Employees Are Not Vaccinated Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said that about 40 percent of his agency’s employees have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, while a deputy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the agency is reporting similar numbers. During a Senate hearing, Sen. Richard […]
  • Lara Logan: Propagandists & ‘Political Assassins’ Have Infected the Media [Premiering 5/15 at 7pm ET] “Our profession today is unrecognizable,” says investigative journalist Lara Logan. A former correspondent for CBS’s “60 Minutes” and now the host of Fox Nation’s “Lara Logan Has No Agenda,” Logan has been at the frontlines for years, reporting on everything from war zones to gang warfare to the Benghazi scandal. And she’s witnessed the transformation […]
  • U.S. Marshal From Brea Charged with Cyberstalking SANTA ANA—A U.S. marshal from Brea, Calif. faces federal cyberstalking charges for allegedly framing his ex-fiancee, causing her to be wrongly arrested by Anaheim police and charged with stalking and attempted rape, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced May 14. An indictment returned May 12 in Santa Ana alleges that Ian R. Diaz and […]
  • Officials: Tesla in Fatal California Crash Was on Autopilot LOS ANGELES—A Tesla involved in a fatal crash on a Southern California freeway last week was operating on Autopilot at the time, authorities said. The May 5 crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles east of Los Angeles, is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The probe is the 29th case involving […]
  • Colorado Man Suspected of Killing Wife Charged With Voter Fraud A Colorado man who was arrested this month in connection to the death of his wife who went missing last year is also being accused of election fraud during the Nov. 3 presidential election, according to court documents. Barry Morphew, who is facing possible first-degree murder charges and other charges in connection to his missing […]
  • Texas ‘Tim Tebow’ Bill Would Allow Homeschoolers in Public School Sports, Activities A bill has advanced in the Texas state legislature that would allow homeschooled children to participate in sports competitions and other extracurricular activities through the state’s public school system. The Texas House on Thursday approved House Bill 547, which seeks to give homeschooled students equal access to University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities, from sports to […]
  • Car Catches on Fire as Driver Uses Hand Sanitizer While Smoking Cigarette: Fire Chief A fire official in Maryland is issuing a warning to people after a Maryland motorist’s vehicle caught on fire after he used hand sanitizer while smoking a lit cigarette. The 66-year-old male driver of the vehicle escaped the vehicle safely but suffered first- and second-degree burns on his hands and legs, officials said. The Montgomery County […]
  • Texas AG Sues Biden Administration Over ‘Power Grab’ to Rescind Healthcare Funding Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday announced he filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its decision to rescind a Medicaid waiver extension that would provide billions of dollars to state hospitals. When federal officials in April rescinded the extension, they said Texas can re-apply when the waiver extension expires in 2022.  Liz […]
  • Cybercriminal Group Blamed for Colonial Pipeline Hack Says It Is Disbanding The cybercriminal outfit that U.S. authorities have said infiltrated the network of a major pipeline operator, leading to gas shortages and rising prices, is claiming that it is disbanding. DarkSide, which operates ransomware as a service, announced Thursday they were stopping operations. In an announcement in Russian, the group said they lost access to part […]
  • Proposed Math Framework Would Hinder Gifted Students, Educator Says SANTA CLARA, Calif.—California’s new math framework aims to keep students learning at the same level, in the name of equity. However, critics say this would discourage some students from advancing ahead. For example, critics predict that students who are gifted in math may be prevented from enrolling in more advanced courses like algebra in middle […]
  • Pentagon Withdraws 120 US Troops From Israel The Department of Defense confirmed it is pulling 120 troops from Israel amid a flare-up in tensions between Jerusalem and designated terrorist groups in Gaza. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command staff flew on a C-17 military plane from Israel and arrived at Germany’s Ramstein Air Base on […]
  • Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Harden Critical Infrastructure Against Cyberattacks Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and a bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill meant to make America’s critical systems more resilient against cyberattacks, as parts of the country continue to reel from last week’s Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. Slotkin, a former CIA analyst and Pentagon official, announced the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security […]
  • Psaki: Teaching ‘1619 Project,’ Critical Race Theory in College Is ‘Responsible’ In a White House press briefing, Psaki was asked about a proposed legislation by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) that would place a one percent tax on the value of the endowments of the country's wealthiest private colleges, and use that money to support vocational education and training.
  • California Cities’ Rankings Drop Due to Housing Costs Commentary  Three California regions were among 10 throughout the nation that fell most significantly in a recent ranking of 200 large metropolitan areas. The areas around Salinas, Santa Cruz and Oakland were among the regions that plunged furthest in The Milken Institute’s annual report. The “wooden spoon” went to Salinas in the central agricultural valley, […]
  • CDC Director Says Children Under 12 Should Still Wear Masks U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director (CDC) Director Rochelle Walenksy, after the agency eased its guidance on mask-wearing indoors, said that young children under the age of 12 should still wear masks indoors. “So it is very clear that in the context of the last 24 hours, where we have a new vaccine now […]
  • Police: 9 Wounded in Providence, Rhode Island, Shooting PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Nine people were wounded Thursday evening in Rhode Island’s capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in the city’s history. Of the nine, three had serious injuries and were “maybe critical,” Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements told reporters at the scene. He said multiple guns were used and […]
  • Pelosi: House Lawmakers Reach Agreement on Jan. 6 Capitol Breach Commission House Representatives on the Homeland Security Committee came to an agreement on a bill to establish a 9/11-style commission on the Jan. 6 Capitol breach—which was pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in recent months. The bill, according to members of the committee, would include an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. “It is […]
  • 11-Year-Old Girl Enters Blazing RV to Save Puppies, Doesn’t Make It Out Alive A sixth grader is being hailed a “hero” after she ran into a burning RV to save her puppies from a house fire. Tragically, however, she did not survive. For the past six months, 11-year-old Rilee Beisler had been staying with her mom at the Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Florida. She’d initially […]
  • World Champion Cyclist Alaphilippe to Skip Tokyo Olympics PARIS—World champion cyclist Julian Alaphilippe has decided to skip the Tokyo Olympics, where he was expected to be a medal contender in the road race. The French rider said Friday it was a personal choice reached in agreement with the national team. Alaphilippe is due to become a father for the first time before the […]
  • April Retail Spending Stalls After Stimulus-Fueled March Shopping Spree Retail spending in the United States stalled in April, coming in at a below-expectations zero percent after surging over 10 percent in March, when a round of stimulus checks hit bank accounts and Americans went on a shopping spree. The U.S. Census Bureau said in a Friday release (pdf) that U.S. retail spending remained flat […]
  • DeSantis: Florida Won’t Cave to Pressure to Remove Ban on ‘Vaccine Passports’ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that the state will not rescind a recent ban on COVID-19 “vaccine passports” despite pressure from cruise companies which are seeking an exemption from the policy. Speaking Thursday in Ormond Beach, the Republican governor said the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) requires that 95 percent of cruise passengers and […]
  • Andrew Yang, NYC Mayoral Frontrunner, Says He Opposes Defunding the Police The top contender to become New York City’s next mayor outlined his pro-police position on Thursday during the first Democrat primary debate. “The first thing I’d do as mayor is go to our police force and say that ‘Your city needs you. Your city needs you to do your jobs professionally, responsibly, and justly.’ But […]
  • Biden Urges ‘Kindness and Respect’ for Vaccinated People Who Continue Wearing Masks Despite CDC Guidance President Joe Biden issued a plea for “kindness and respect” in regards to vaccinated people who want to keep on wearing masks despite new federal guidance that says there’s no need. Biden made the remarks at a press conference at the White House Thursday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it […]
  • House GOP Votes Stefanik as Replacement for Cheney House Republicans on Friday elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to one of their caucuses’ most powerful positions, two days after they ousted Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from the same post. The House GOP voted Stefanik, 36, as House Republican Conference chair over challenger Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), 48. The vote, which took place behind closed […]
  • DHS Cybersecurity Chief Warns That More Ransomware Attacks on Infrastructure Are Likely Following Colonial Attack The head of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cybersecurity agency warned that following the ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, more and more attacks may hit American infrastructure and businesses in the near future. Acting Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Brandon Wales made that assertion before the Senate Homeland Security Committee […]
  • DHS Creating New Intelligence Unit to Focus on Domestic Terrorism The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is establishing a new dedicated intelligence team to focus on domestic terrorism, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on May 11.
  • DHS Secretary Defends Biden Admin’s Handling of Border Crisis Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has defended President Joe Biden’s handling of the conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border despite criticism from Republicans. Speaking during a Senate hearing on May 13, Mayorkas touted the progress the administration has made to move unaccompanied migrant children out of crowded border stations, and noted that the number has dropped in recent months. Mayorkas said children were […]
  • Pelosi Opts to Maintain Mask-Wearing Restrictions on House Floor Despite CDC’s Eased Guidance House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has opted to maintain the mask-wearing requirement for members of Congress and staff on the House floor despite new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that says fully vaccinated people need not wear masks. Pelosi’s spokesperson, Drew Hammill, told Bloomberg on Thursday that she isn’t easing the requirement because […]
  • Court Rejects ‘Racial Justice’ Demonstrator’s Challenge to Federal Anti-Riot Law A federal judge in Alabama on Thursday ruled against a so-called racial demonstrator who had challenged a federal law against civil disorder that she’s accused of violating. Tia Pugh’s attorney argued that 18 U.S. Code § 231, which says that whoever commits or tries to commit “any act to obstruct, impede, or interfere with any fireman […]
  • CCP Virus Deaths Hit 10-Month Low in the United States CCP virus fatalities in the United States have dropped to an average of around 625 per day, lows not seen since last summer’s trough that was followed by a deadly resurge that peaked in January with an average of some 3,740 daily deaths. White House senior advisor for the COVID-19 response, Andy Slavitt, told a […]
  • Dominion, Maricopa County Rebuff Arizona Senate’s Attempt to Get Election Machine Passwords Dominion Voting Systems and Maricopa County officials are refusing to hand over passwords for election machines to auditors in Arizona. Dominion said in a statement to news outlets on May 13 that it would comply with the audit, but Cyber Ninjas, the firm hired by the Arizona Senate to conduct it along with three other […]
  • New York’s Mask Mandate to Stay, Pending Review of New CDC Guidance: Cuomo New York’s mask mandate will remain in place until health officials have reviewed new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) allowing for vaccinated people to discard face coverings under most conditions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday. The governor’s comments came after CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced updated guidance during a White House briefing earlier in the day. Cuomo said […]
  • Georgia to End Federal Unemployment Benefits in June, Announces Economic Recovery Plan Georgia is set to end its participation in federal unemployment programs, including the $300 weekly federal unemployment payments that top up the state’s unemployment benefits, Gov. Brian Kemp said in a release on Thursday while announcing the state’s plan for economic recovery. The Peach State will discontinue on June 26 four federal unemployment programs that were […]
  • Active Duty Service Member Arrested Over Jan. 6 Capitol Breach: DOJ An active-duty U.S. Marine Corps officer was arrested on Thursday for his alleged involvement in the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Justice Department said. Maj. Christopher Warnagiris, who is a commissioned officer stationed at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, has been accused of entering the Capitol building after pushing through a line of police officers. He […]
  • Bill Maher, Who Is Fully Vaccinated, ‘Feels Fine’ After Contracting COVID-19 Political talk show host and comedian Bill Maher, who is fully vaccinated, has tested positive for COVID-19. HBO’s political talk show “Real Time with Bill Maher” announced in a statement late Thursday that Maher had tested positive during a weekly staff PCR test for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. “He is fully vaccinated and […]
  • Weekly Jobless Claims at 14-month Low; Inflation Heating Up WASHINGTON—The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to a 14-month low last week as companies held onto their workers amid a growing labor shortage that helped to curb employment growth in April. The scramble for workers comes as the reopening economy is experiencing a boom in demand, resulting in widespread shortages […]
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