Former Tenn. deputy accused of raping 14-year-old strikes deal to avoid prison, sex offender status

Brian O. Beck, 47, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, court records show. A former sheriff’s deputy in Tennessee accused of raping a 14-year-old girl struck a plea deal with prosecutors last week that keeps him out of prison and from having to register as a sexContinue reading “Former Tenn. deputy accused of raping 14-year-old strikes deal to avoid prison, sex offender status”

Russia Sees Record Population Decline As Excess Deaths Hit 1M

Russia experienced its largest population decline in 2021 since the end of the Soviet Union. Russia recorded almost one million excess deaths between the start of the pandemic and the end of 2021, as the country also reported its sharpest annual fall in population since the end of the Soviet Union. Pushed down by recordContinue reading “Russia Sees Record Population Decline As Excess Deaths Hit 1M”

‘They want to remove us and take the rock’, say Zimbabweans living near Chinese-owned mines

As companies extract wealth, villagers say they see little benefit and are instead exploited in quarries, live in homes damaged by blasts and are unable to farm polluted land A convoy of trucks laden with huge black granite rocks trundles along the dusty pathway as a group of villagers look on grimly. Every day moreContinue reading “‘They want to remove us and take the rock’, say Zimbabweans living near Chinese-owned mines”

Student ‘Democracy Wall’ disappears as Hong Kong’s Chinese University removes protest posters

Only around half a dozen stickers – dating back to the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests – were still stuck on the message boards when HKFP visited on Friday. A pro-democracy message board at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has been reduced to a blank wall after school authorities stripped off protest posters andContinue reading “Student ‘Democracy Wall’ disappears as Hong Kong’s Chinese University removes protest posters”

Outcry as memorial to Tiananmen Square victims removed from Hong Kong University

Site of the Pillar of Shame at city’s oldest university under guard after workmen cut up statue Hong Kong’s oldest university and the territory’s authorities have been accused of rewriting history after cutting up and removing a statue mourning those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. The erasure of the memorial from where itContinue reading “Outcry as memorial to Tiananmen Square victims removed from Hong Kong University”

Glenn Foster family attorney: ex-Saints player strangled in Alabama cops’ custody, autopsy suggests

The initial findings of an independent autopsy performed on former New Orleans Saints defensive end Glenn Foster Jr. suggest he was strangled when he died in the custody of Alabama authorities earlier this month. “Glenn Foster’s death, while in the Pickens County sheriff’s custody and care, was not from natural causes, as the independent autopsy suggests there wasContinue reading “Glenn Foster family attorney: ex-Saints player strangled in Alabama cops’ custody, autopsy suggests”

The Trump administration made ‘deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes,’ report finds

A House committee released new evidence that Trump officials interfered with the US’s COVID response. Weakened CDC testing guidelines and blocked CDC briefings were among the committee’s findings. The report also said Trump “neglected the pandemic response” to “promote the Big Lie” of a stolen election. A new report from the House Committee on Oversight and ReformContinue reading “The Trump administration made ‘deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes,’ report finds”

This health department stops ‘all COVID-19 related work’ after Missouri AG threat

The local health department of a rural southern Missouri county is halting its COVID-19 response efforts after Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote agencies this week demanding they drop mitigation measures. The Laclede County Health Department, which serves a 35,000-person county northeast of Springfield, made the announcement in a Facebook post Thursday morning that it was suspending “allContinue reading “This health department stops ‘all COVID-19 related work’ after Missouri AG threat”

‘Pool of blood’: US drone strike hits Syria family

Ahmad Qassum was driving home with his family when a US drone targeting an Al-Qaeda-linked militant in Syria struck and left all six of them wounded. “We came across a motorbike that was driving in front of us, and when I tried to overtake it, I felt a strike hit us,” the 52-year-old displaced SyrianContinue reading “‘Pool of blood’: US drone strike hits Syria family”

Top D.C. Guardsman Says Army Generals Are ‘Absolute Liars’ About Their Role in Jan. 6 Response

A former top D.C. National Guard official has accused two U.S. Army bosses of lying about what he alleges was an optics-driven decision to delay calling in the National Guard to deal with the Capitol insurrection rioters, and then trying to shift the blame onto the Guard itself. In a 36-page memo leaked to Politico,Continue reading “Top D.C. Guardsman Says Army Generals Are ‘Absolute Liars’ About Their Role in Jan. 6 Response”

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