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Police officers sue Donald Trump for injuries resulting from Capitol riot
Lawsuit seeks damages for ‘physical and emotional injuries caused by Trump’s wrongful conduct inciting a riot’ on 6 January Two US Capitol Police officers have filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting the deadly 6 January insurrection and saying he was responsible for physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result. James Blassingame, a 17-year veteran of the force
Sarah Palin says she has Covid and urges people to wear masks
Former Alaska governor confirms diagnosis in interview and says her case shows ‘anyone can catch this’ Sarah Palin says she tested positive for Covid-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public. “Through it all, I view wearing that cumbersome mask indoors in a crowd as not only allowing the newfound luxury of being incognito, but trust i


Eighteen is enough: Buffalo Sabres finally snap historic losing streak
Sabres defeat Flyers to end franchise-record winless streak Buffalo went 0-15-3 since previous win on 23 February Steven Fogarty recorded his first NHL goal and added an assist and defenseman Brandon Montour scored two late short-handed goals as the Buffalo Sabres snapped their franchise-record 18-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Afte
Georgia overhauls 'citizen's arrest' law after Ahmaud Arbery killing
Civil rights advocates celebrate bill’s passage, which comes just over a year after the fatal shooting Georgia lawmakers have approved a bill that would overhaul the state’s citizen’s arrest law, rolling back a Civil War-era statute one year after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The state’s governor, Brian Kemp, is expected to sign the bill into law, which would make Georgia the first state to move
Biden announces 'once-in-a generation' $2tn infrastructure investment plan – video
Joe Biden unveiled what he called a 'once-in-a-generation' investment in American infrastructure, promising the nation his $2tn plan would create the 'strongest, most resilient, innovative economy in the world'. Biden’s proposal to the nation still struggling to overcome the coronavirus pandemic would rebuild 20,000 miles of roads and highways and repair the 10 most economically significant bridg
Biden plans to spend $100bn to bring affordable internet to all Americans
Prioritizing broadband systems is a pillar of the infrastructure bill, which would help the a staggering 35% of people who lack access Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure bill will prioritize broadband expansion as a top goal, earmarking $100bn to bring affordable internet to “all Americans” by 2029. The plan, details of which the White House released in a fact sheet on Wednesday afternoon, seeks
Biden's big infrastructure bet could define his legacy – for better or worse
The president has proven he has his eye on posterity. But his $2tn package will face a hard-fought political battle Joe Biden, the oldest US president ever elected, seems keenly aware of the sentiment expressed in the Broadway musical Hamilton: “History has its eyes on you.” Before taking office he reportedly read biographies of Franklin Roosevelt, who steered the nation through the Great Depress
San Francisco man who allegedly threatened to 'shoot Chinese people' arrested
Officers arrested Darrell Hunter, 45, after he repeated threatened an Asian American woman in a bakery, police say Police said Wednesday that they arrested a man who repeatedly threatened an Asian American woman inside a San Francisco bakery and in one instance mimicked a gun with his hand and simulated shooting the people inside. Darrell Hunter, 45, was arrested Tuesday near the business in the
Police have determined cause of Tiger Woods crash but won't release details
Detectives cite privacy concerns in declining to reveal cause Golfer underwent surgery on multiple fractures of right leg Woods unable to remember driving on day of crash, police say The Los Angeles county sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but would not release details Wednesday, citing unspecified privacy concerns f
US supreme court notes 'disturbing' trends in colleges' treatment of athletes
Student athletes’ dispute with NCAA reaches supreme court Liberal and conservative justices appear sympathetic to athletes The US supreme court on Wednesday seemed ready to give college athletes a win in a dispute with their governing body, the NCAA. With the March Madness basketball tournament in its final stages , the court heard arguments in a case about how colleges can reward athletes who pl
Two more lawsuits filed against Texans' Deshaun Watson, bringing total to 21
Litigation against Houston Texans star reaches 21 civil suits Watson’s attorney counters with 18 women offering support Two more civil lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct were filed on Tuesday evening in a Texas court, bringing the overall total to 21. The lawsuits appeared on the website of the Harris County District Clerk on We
Matt Gaetz claims 'extortion' amid reported investigation into relationship with teenage girl
Authorities reportedly investigating if Republican congressman, 38, violated sex trafficking laws and had inappropriate relationship The prominent Republican congressman Matt Gaetz’s reported relationship with a 17-year-old girl remained under scrutiny on Wednesday, despite his insistence in an appearance on Fox News that the allegation was “verifiably false”. Related: Hunter Biden calls Trump 'v
Liverpool boost as owners confirm $735m RedBird deal for stake in FSG
Pandemic has cost club £120m in lost revenue over past year Deal will enable Liverpool to sign players at pre-Covid levels RedBird Capital Partners, the private investment firm part-owned by the NBA star LeBron James, has bought a stake in Fenway Sports Group for about $735m (£533m), Liverpool’s owners have confirmed. FSG has been in negotiations with RedBird for several months as it sought inves
Biden’s $2tn infrastructure plan aims to ‘finally address climate crisis as a nation'
President says new plan will allow ‘transformational progress’ by bolstering investments in clean energy and electric vehicles Joe Biden has said his new infrastructure plan will allow “transformational progress in our ability to tackle climate change” by bolstering investments in clean energy, electric vehicles and building homes resilient to threats posed by the climate crisis. The $2tn plan wi
Chauvin trial: cashier tells of guilt over role in events that led to George Floyd's death
Christopher Martin tells court ‘this could have been avoided’, on third day of testimony in former officer Derek Chauvin’s trial The cashier who served George Floyd in a Minneapolis store immediately before his arrest and death last May told a court on Wednesday of the “disbelief and guilt” he felt for allowing Floyd to pay with a suspected fake $20 bill when he later saw the police kneeling on h
Lee Elder's Masters moment will remind us how far golf still has to go on race | Ewan Murray
George Floyd’s death has accelerated golf’s diversity drive but Augusta has a troubled past and white faces still dominate Lee Elder’s appearance next Thursday morning as an honorary starter for the 85th edition of the Masters will – metaphorically of course – see rose petals thrown at the feet of those in high office at Augusta National. Perhaps it is churlish not to commend organisations for do
Where have I found peace in the pandemic? Taking part in a Covid vaccine trial
The time I’ve spent testing Novavax is the closest I’ve come to the eye of the storm – and it has put my other worries into perspective I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a vaccine triallist. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on the Novavax trial . When I look back on this past year, I’ll remember my visits to the hospital with fondness. I’ve found them to be pleasant little diversions from the rhythm of
MLB's war on the joy of watching pitchers bat is almost complete
With the league all but certain to adopt the universal designated hitter rule in December, the forthcoming season will almost certainly be the last time we see pitchers take their turn at bat When Major League Baseball made the decision to expand the designated hitter rule to National League ballparks last year to lighten players’ workloads, the end of America’s national pastime in its original f
What's next for Brazil as Jair Bolsonaro's troubles deepen?
The president has stacked his government with military men. Now that blurring of institutional lines may backfire It is not surprising that the government of Jair Bolsonaro is in crisis. Setting aside his ruinous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the radically reactionary leader of the largest country in Latin America has never displayed the ability or desire to use political means to benefit an
Biden to propose infrastructure plan to create jobs and combat climate change – live
Biden plan will propose rolling back Trump tax cuts Biden promises ‘historic’ $2tn spending – but fight awaits We sampled US tap water and found toxic chemicals Pfizer finds Covid vaccine safe for children 12 to 15 Teen who filmed killing tells court George Floyd was ‘begging for his life’ Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 3.20pm BST Pfizer plans to seek emergency appro
New York man charged with hate crime for attack on Asian American woman
Police say Brandon Elliot, who was previously convicted of killing his mother, faces assault charges for attacking 65-year-old woman The suspect wanted in an attack of an Asian American woman near New York City’s Times Square has been arrested and charged with felony assault as a hate crime, police said early Wednesday. The arrest comes after the man was seen on video kicking and stomping the wom
Police did not let bystanders help George Floyd, court hears | First Thing
Derek Chauvin also resisted calls to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck, witnesses said on the second day of the murder trial. Plus, the US orders non-essential diplomats to leave Myanmar Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning. The teenager who recorded the video of George Floyd’s death that prompted protests around the world has told a court said that Floyd was “be
We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals
In a nine-month investigation by the Guardian and Consumer Reports we found forever chemicals, arsenic and lead in samples taken across the US In Connecticut, a condo had lead in its drinking water at levels more than double what the federal government deems acceptable. At a church in North Carolina, the water was contaminated with extremely high levels of potentially toxic PFAS chemicals ( a gro
How to test your drinking water – and what to do if it's contaminated
Our lab tests found that US drinking water might not be safe as you think. Take our test to learn how to test your water Finding out what’s in your water and which water filter you need isn’t always straightforward. You need to find out which, if any, contaminants are in your tap water, and which filter works best for your situation. Plus, advice can vary depending on whether you’re on municipal


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