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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was an FBI informant
Extremist leader repeatedly worked undercover for investigators after his arrest in 2012, former prosecutor and court files reveal Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, a
Cloris Leachman, who played Phyllis in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, dies at age 94
She won an Oscar for The Last Picture Show and Emmys for her TV series work Cloris Leachman, a character actor whose depth of talent brought her an Oscar for the The Last Picture Show and Emmys for her comedic work in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and other TV series, has died. She was 94. Leachman died of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, publicist Monique Moss said Wednesday. Her
Serena Williams full of praise for 'insane' quarantine measures before Australian Open
‘It’s super intense but super good,’ says American world No 11 Williams quarantining in Adelaide before Melbourne grand slam Former tennis world No 1 Serena Williams has praised Australia’s “insane” quarantine procedures ahead of the Australia Open. In an interview with late night US TV host Stephen Colbert the 23-time grand slam champion said Australia was “doing it right” when it came to border


Homeland security warns of heightened domestic terror threat after US Capitol attack
National terrorism bulletin suggests attack may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks The US Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday issued a national terrorism bulletin warning of the lingering potential for violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after Joe Biden’s election. Continue reading...
Amanda Gorman to be first poet to perform at Super Bowl
NFL says National Youth Poet Laureate will recite an original poem honoring three people who have served during the coronavirus Amanda Gorman will be the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl next month when she recites an original poem honoring three people who have served during the coronavirus, the NFL has announced. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that educator Trimaine Davis, nurse ma
San Francisco to remove names of Washington and Lincoln from schools
School board voted to give 44 schools new names with no connection to slavery, oppression or racism The San Francisco school board has voted to remove the names of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dianne Feinstein and a number of other politicians, conquistadors and historical figures from public schools after officials deemed them unworthy of the honor. Continue reading...
Will my exposure to 'forever chemicals' make the Covid-19 vaccine less effective? | Mark Favors
There is growing evidence that people with high exposure to PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ are less protected by vaccines So far about 4.6 million Americans have received a dose of Covid-19 vaccine. I am one of them. As a military veteran and nurse, I am watching the government navigate the logistical challenge of getting the new vaccine out to the people most at risk: frontline workers, the elderly, a
'We can't wait any longer': Biden announces plan to tackle 'existential' climate crisis – video
In a sharp 180-degree turn from the Trump administration, Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders to address the 'existential threat' of the climate crisis. Biden insisted his climate plan would create millions of new 'clean' jobs to replace those lost in the coal and oil industries Biden signals radical shift from Trump era with executive orders on climate change US politics live Continue
Seahawks say Wheeler no longer on team after domestic violence arrest
Lineman accused of strangling girlfriend last weekend Contract with Seattle expired at end of NFL regular season The Seattle Seahawks said on Wednesday that offensive lineman Chad Wheeler is no longer a member of the team following his arrest last weekend during an investigation of domestic violence. “The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this
Amanda Gorman signs modeling contract after star turn at inauguration
Already a fashion sensation, the 22-year-old joins IMG Models, the same agency as Gigi and Bella Hadid Amanda Gorman , whose performance of her poem The Hill We Climb during Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration drew widespread praise, has signed to IMG Models , the same agency as Gigi and Bella Hadid. The 22-year-old US national youth poet laureate, has already become a fashion sensation. The re
GameStop's dizzying share price rise means it's game over for the short-sellers | Nils Pratley
The retailer has gone from $19 to $330 thanks in part to amateurs taking on the hedge funds If you find trading bitcoin insufficiently hair-raising, try GameStop. It is the Texas-based video games retailer that will be hard to out-do as the stock market story of 2021. The share price was $19 at the start of this month but reached $330 in mid-afternoon on Wednesday in New York. There have been a f
JP Morgan to launch digital bank in UK
Wall Street bank hired 400 staff for Canary Wharf-headquartered digital bank The Wall Street company JP Morgan is to launch a new digital bank in the UK, in a move that threatens to shake up a banking sector still dominated by a handful of high street lenders. JP Morgan has already hired 400 staff for its soon-to-be-launched digital bank, which will be headquartered in Canary Wharf and operate un
'Have we learned nothing?' California faces backlash for lifting stay-home order
Move comes as Covid surge has pushed local healthcare systems to brink of collapse and funeral industry faces horrifying backlog California’s decision to lift its stay-at-home order is drawing backlash from health experts and frontline workers who warn that a premature reopening could prolong the crisis and further devastate hard-hit communities. Continue reading...
Chinese bots had key role in debunked ballot video shared by Eric Trump
‘Sophisticated and disciplined’ network promoted a viral video misleadingly showing votes being burned, research reveals A Chinese bot network played a key role in spreading disinformation during and after the US election, including a debunked video of “ballot burning” shared by Eric Trump, a new study reveals. The misleading video shows a man filming himself on Virginia Beach, allegedly burning
White House ‘monitoring’ GameStop share surge as US hedge fund pulls out
Melvin Capital Management had bet on failure of store before small investors sent shares soaring How GameStop found itself at the centre of a battle between Wall Street and small investors The White House has said it is “monitoring” the extraordinary surge in the share price of ailing video games retailer GameStop and other companies amid a surge of bets by small investors discussing their invest
No action taken against Republican who indicated support for executing Pelosi
House minority leader has said only he ‘planned to have a conversation’ with congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene US politics – live coverage Republican leadership in the House of Representatives took no immediate action against Marjorie Taylor Greene after the Georgia congresswoman was revealed to have indicated support for executing Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Related: Joe B
The EU's vaccine bust-up with AstraZeneca is partly of its own making | Leo Cendrowicz
Slowness to sign up to and approve the vaccine may have caused delays, but Brussels feels the company is being less than cooperative Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Last year AstraZeneca was heralded for its pioneering vaccine discovery. Yet today the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company is embroiled in a dispute with the European Union over claims that it is holdi
Man acquitted of Daniel Pearl beheading tells court of 'minor role' in killing
Letter by Islamist militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh tells of involvement in US journalist’s 2002 death After 18 years of denial the British-born militant who was convicted and later acquitted of the beheading of the American journalist Daniel Pearl has told a court he played a “minor” role in the killing, according to the Pearl family lawyer. A letter handwritten by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, in 20
Biden signals radical shift from Trump era with executive orders on climate change
‘We need to be bold,’ Biden says, signing orders to halt fossil fuel activity on public lands and transform the government’s fleet of cars into electric vehicles US politics – follow live Joe Biden has warned the climate crisis poses an “existential threat” to the world as he unveiled a radical change in direction from the Trump era by halting fossil fuel activity on public lands and directing th
Boeing 737 Max cleared to fly again by EU regulator
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority will certify the plane separately Boeing ’s 737 Max aircraft has been given the green light to return to the skies in the UK and the EU, after a 22-month grounding following two fatal crashes. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Wednesday it had lifted a ban on the 737 Max in UK airspace and that UK airlines would be allowed to fly it, shortly after t
Ohio nearly purged 10,000 voters who ended up casting 2020 ballots
List of 116,000 people set to be removed from rolls after election included thousands of eligible voters More than 10,000 people who Ohio believed had “abandoned” their voter registration cast ballots in the 2020 election, raising more concern that officials are using an unreliable and inaccurate method to identify ineligible voters on the state’s rolls. In August, Ohio’s Republican secretary of
Police say no evidence of terror motive in deadly Portland car attack
Suspect Paul Rivas, 64, accused of driving car into people along streets and sidewalk, killing a 77-year-old and injuring nine others Investigators have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated the rampage of a 64-year-old Oregon man who witnesses said repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring nin
Goldman Sachs cuts pay of chief executive David Solomon by $10m
Bank decided last year to cut executive pay after settling investigation into corruption scandal Goldman Sachs has cut the pay of its chief executive, David Solomon, by $10m (£7.3m) after the bank was forced to pay billions of dollars to settle an international investigation into its role in the 1MDB scandal . Solomon was still granted a $15.5m bonus on top of his $2m annual salary, in light of t
Far-right extremism in the US is deadly serious. What will Biden do about it? | Cas Mudde
The Capitol attack was the tip of the iceberg. The Biden administration must confront the full threat of the US far right “The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.” This sentence, in Joe Biden’s inauguration speech
This lockdown, my job in a supermarket is more dangerous than ever
Every day, we brave awkward customers and face possible infection. The stress and lack of support are taking their toll Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Supermarket work is never easy at the best of times. There are always difficult customers, shoplifters, rowdy schoolkids and so on. During England’s first lockdown, people waved at delivery drivers and applauded them
Holocaust stories must be told, but their popularity is deeply uncomfortable | Liz Kessler
Remembering atrocious events is vital – but watching the bestsellers accrue and witnessing tourists taking selfies in Auschwitz-Birkenau has left me very uneasy As trends go, the Holocaust is perhaps not what you might think of as a “must-have” subject for books today. But check out the bestseller lists and you’ll see plenty of novels and biographies with Auschwitz in the title. It’s an inescapab
Chance of Trump's Senate impeachment dims | First Thing
Forty-five Republicans attempted to dismiss Trump’s impeachment trial, suggesting it is unlikely enough will vote to convict him. Plus, Biden aims to vaccinate 300m Americans by fall Good morning. The chance of Donald Trump being convicted in his impeachment trial in the Senate looks less likely as of Tuesday, when 45 Republicans attempted to dismiss the proceedings before they began. With 55 sen
The Democrats' priority in power must be to stop minority rule | Andrew Gawthorpe
This is no time for incrementalism. Only a bold effort to strengthen US democracy will prevent the return of rightwing minority rule The Democrats’ victory in the Georgia Senate races cements their control over America’s most important governing institutions. In deciding what to do with their newfound power, they should learn from those who won this victory – the tireless organizers, many of them
Big tech was allowed to spread misinformation unchecked. Will Biden hold them accountable?
Social media platforms have become information monopolies with runaway scale, an ideal place for conspiracy theories to fester Donald Trump’s election lies and the 6 January attack on the US Capitol have highlighted how big tech has led our society down a path of conspiracies and radicalism by ignoring the mounting evidence that their products are dangerous. But the spread of deadly misinformatio
Milwaukee was already failing students of color. Covid made it worse
In a city where 55% of children live in poverty, teachers are struggling to fill in for services students have lost while schools are closed School closures have been disruptive for students across the United States but, for many students of color in Milwaukee’s public school system, the immediate impacts have been downright alarming. In the long run, educators fear, Covid and a long history of s
Biden turns attention to climate crisis with new executive orders today – live updates
President, who has already cancelled Keystone XL pipeline, will address nation on the environment Biden vows to vaccinate 300m by end of summer or early fall 45 Republican senators vote to dismiss Trump impeachment Executive orders signed in effort to advance US racial equity Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.07am GMT Amazon is attempting to force workers planning to
How Japanese American internees formed Wyoming's greatest football team
Thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to Wyoming during the second world war. They overcame displacement and achieved athletic excellence Tamotsu “Babe” Nomura, the quarterback of the Heart Mountain High School Eagles football team, took the snap on a warm October day in Wyoming nearly 80 years ago. Once poised for athletic success in Los Angeles, Nomura was now at Heart Mountain because the


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