In need of a wedding? One bride is selling hers for $15,000 on TikTok

After the COVID-19 pandemic and a move out of New York City, MacKenzie Newcomb is selling her wedding — for $15,000 on TikTok. The wedding is based in New York and booked for Sept. 18. It already includes the venue, flowers and food for about 80 guests.  Newcomb doesn’t need the wedding now because she’s already… Continue reading In need of a wedding? One bride is selling hers for $15,000 on TikTok

Wings of change: Long before United, Black pilots flew freely in American skies

Nearly 30 years before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the “I Have A Dream” speech from the nation’s capital, Army Lt. William Powell shared his own dream for America: one where Black people shed the shackles of racism and spread their wings to fly. The former Army infantryman fell in love with aviation during… Continue reading Wings of change: Long before United, Black pilots flew freely in American skies

Ousted Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch part of Rudy Giuliani federal inquiry, lawyer says

The campaign to oust the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is part of the federal inquiry into the dealings of Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer to former President Donald Trump, who dismissed Marie Yovanovitch from her post two years ago. Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, said Friday that Yovanovitch’s name was among about eight others referenced… Continue reading Ousted Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch part of Rudy Giuliani federal inquiry, lawyer says

US to share its stock of AstraZeneca vaccines; bills that would ban vaccine passports circulate state legislatures: Live COVID-19 updates

India on Monday set another record for new coronavirus infections for the fifth day in a row at more than 350,000. The U.S. will send vaccine supplies and experts to India in the coming days, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday. President Joe Biden said he is “determined to help India in its time… Continue reading US to share its stock of AstraZeneca vaccines; bills that would ban vaccine passports circulate state legislatures: Live COVID-19 updates

Why did police fatally shoot Andrew Brown Jr.? Family seeks answers as Sheriff asks for patience

More than three days after Andrew Brown, Jr. was fatally shot by Pasquotank County Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina, his family says they know little about why police killed him. In dueling statements Saturday, the Sheriff’s department and lawyers for Brown’s family painted conflicting pictures of the state of the investigation.  Brown, a 42-year-old Black man and father of 7,… Continue reading Why did police fatally shoot Andrew Brown Jr.? Family seeks answers as Sheriff asks for patience

‘A small measure of justice’: GM, Facebook respond to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts

Corporate America, which almost universally declared in statements that “Black lives matter” in the wake of the death of George Floyd, called the conviction Tuesday of the officer who killed him a step forward— but said much more was needed to achieve widespread justice. A jury found Derek Chauvin, 45, guilty of second- and third-degree murder and… Continue reading ‘A small measure of justice’: GM, Facebook respond to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts

‘A small measure of justice’: GM, Facebook respond to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts

Corporate America, which almost universally declared in statements that “Black lives matter” in the wake of the death of George Floyd, called the conviction Tuesday of the officer who killed him a step forward— but said much more was needed to achieve widespread justice. A jury found Derek Chauvin, 45, guilty of second- and third-degree murder and… Continue reading ‘A small measure of justice’: GM, Facebook respond to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts

Black members of Congress gather after Chauvin verdict, say conviction is ‘first step’

WASHINGTON – Black members of Congress gathered outside the U.S. Capitol just minutes after Derek Chauvin’s conviction in the death of George Floyd Tuesday, calling the guilty verdict the “first step” in achieving justice. “This verdict we certainly agree with,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, surrounded by caucus members. “But we want our message to be… Continue reading Black members of Congress gather after Chauvin verdict, say conviction is ‘first step’

Missouri GOP state lawmaker Rick Roeber resigns amid allegations he abused his children

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — A Kansas City-area lawmaker accused of sexually and physically abusing his children when they were younger submitted his resignation Tuesday as an investigation into his behavior neared completion. Rep. Rick Roeber, R-Lee’s Summit, did not mention the allegations against him or an ongoing probe by the House ethics committee in a letter to… Continue reading Missouri GOP state lawmaker Rick Roeber resigns amid allegations he abused his children

Bad Bunny announces new world tour during WWE WrestleMania weekend, following epic debut

Bad Bunny ended WWE WrestleMania weekend with a bang on Sunday by announcing a 2022 world tour.  Following his impressive debut at this weekend’s WrestleMania 37, the reggaeton star announced El Último Tour del Mundo 2022 (The Last World Tour 2022) — named for his 2020 album of the same name. The announcement video, which Bad Bunny shared on Instagram,… Continue reading Bad Bunny announces new world tour during WWE WrestleMania weekend, following epic debut

Corporate leaders: Companies should work against anti-LGBTQ bills in Texas, other states

As four of the largest food companies and major employers in the United States, we view the growing number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills under consideration in state legislatures, including those that target transgender people and particularly children, with increasing alarm. These bills are bad for families, for communities, for businesses and for the U.S. economy, all… Continue reading Corporate leaders: Companies should work against anti-LGBTQ bills in Texas, other states

45M face severe weather risk, including possible tornadoes, in Southeast; snow likely in Northeast

Story Highlights Heavy rain could trigger flooding in portions of Tennessee still recovering from last weekend's deluge. A blast of unusually cold air is poised to roar across the eastern U.S. over the next couple of days. Snow will accompany the cold in portions of the Appalachians and New England. March was going out like a… Continue reading 45M face severe weather risk, including possible tornadoes, in Southeast; snow likely in Northeast

Sharon Stone talks McDonald’s fryer life lessons, kicking Schwarzenegger’s face, fame dry heaves

“The whole world has made up a story about me,” confides Sharon Stone. “The whole world makes up stories about famous people. They just come out of a regular life like everybody else.” The Oscar-nominated actress, 63, takes the chance to write her own story with her new memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice,” out today (Knopf), which she… Continue reading Sharon Stone talks McDonald’s fryer life lessons, kicking Schwarzenegger’s face, fame dry heaves

Fact check: Posts mislead about VP Harris’ response to question about migrant influx

The claim: Vice President Kamala Harris laughed about migration struggles at the U.S.-Mexico border Vice President Kamala Harris is facing criticism for what some say was an inappropriate response to the influx of migrants seeking asylum at the southern border. On March 22, Harris laughed when asked if she planned to visit the border. Some… Continue reading Fact check: Posts mislead about VP Harris’ response to question about migrant influx

‘I am making history’: Kim Janey becomes Boston’s first Black and first female mayor

Kim Janey has been sworn in as acting mayor of Boston, making history as the first Black person and first woman to lead the city. Janey, who was the City Council president, automatically replaced Democrat Marty Walsh after he resigned Monday to be President Joe Biden’s labor secretary. The city will hold a mayoral race in… Continue reading ‘I am making history’: Kim Janey becomes Boston’s first Black and first female mayor

Atlanta police arrest man with 5 guns, body armor inside Publix grocery store at Atlantic Station

Police on Wednesday arrested a man who walked into an Atlanta grocery store with five guns, just days after a shooting at a Colorado supermarket left 10 people dead.  The Atlanta Police Department responded to a call of an armed man at the Publix in Atlantic Station and spoke with a manager who said a… Continue reading Atlanta police arrest man with 5 guns, body armor inside Publix grocery store at Atlantic Station

Miami Beach spring break arrests aren’t all out-of-towners as city deals with ‘too many people’ amid spring break

Slightly more than half of those arrested in Miami Beach over a period including spring break live outside of Florida, city data show. Additionally, more than a third of the citywide arrests were for felony charges. According to the Miami Beach Police Department, 1,050 arrests were made over the past six weeks, starting Feb. 3, shortly… Continue reading Miami Beach spring break arrests aren’t all out-of-towners as city deals with ‘too many people’ amid spring break

Clarity for Catholics: It’s OK to get Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – if it’s the only one available

Catholics might be somewhat confused by reports on differing messages about the acceptability of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to a cell line from an abortion being used in its production. The differences have been resolved and Catholic teaching is clear: Catholics have a moral duty to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by being vaccinated. However, if given… Continue reading Clarity for Catholics: It’s OK to get Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine – if it’s the only one available

Fact check: No, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t worth $196 million

The claim: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has amassed more than $196 million in wealth working on a congressional salary of $193,400 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the richest members of Congress, but a social media post circulating about the wealth she has built while earning a congressional salary is wrong about her net… Continue reading Fact check: No, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t worth $196 million

As signature collection ends, California heads toward recall of Gavin Newsom

ROCKLIN, California – A plodding, months-long review kicks off Wednesday to confirm what appears inevitable: California Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election that could oust the Democrat before his first term ends. The announcement Monday that Newsom was beginning to raise money to defend his seat seemed to confirm that he believes organizers behind… Continue reading As signature collection ends, California heads toward recall of Gavin Newsom

Meet the economist President Biden has tapped to oversee $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has tapped Gene Sperling, a veteran economic policy expert who worked under the previous two Democratic presidents, to oversee the implementation of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, according to a White House official. Sperling’s role as American Rescue Plan czar is expected to be announced as early as Monday.  Sperling served… Continue reading Meet the economist President Biden has tapped to oversee $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

Grammys host Trevor Noah finds comic gold in pandemic-influenced outdoor awards show

The COVID-19 pandemic created once-in-a-lifetime challenges for producers of Sunday’s 63rd Grammy Awards, but the unusual outdoor setting gave first-time host Trevor Noah the makings of comic gold.  Speaking to nominees seated at tables on a stage outside Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the music show’s traditional venue, “The Daily Show” anchor smoothly mixed in jokes about the… Continue reading Grammys host Trevor Noah finds comic gold in pandemic-influenced outdoor awards show

At least 100 protesters detained in Portland, Oregon; police charge 13

Portland police detained a crowd of at least 100 protesters at a demonstration Friday night, minutes after the group began marching in the street and some began breaking windows, police said. The march began after 9 p.m. along a street in the Pearl District, and officers told the group that the street was open to… Continue reading At least 100 protesters detained in Portland, Oregon; police charge 13

Biden asks Supreme Court to dismiss suit on Trump-era abortion issue

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration on Friday requested the Supreme Court dismiss a series of cases involving former President Donald Trump’s effort to cut federal funding for medical centers that refer patients for abortions, the latest in a series of controversial disputes the Justice Department is backing away from. Described by critics as a “gag rule,” the… Continue reading Biden asks Supreme Court to dismiss suit on Trump-era abortion issue