Marathon bomber risks renewed death sentence in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration this week will try to convince the Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by arguing that a jury was not required to examine evidence that the government itself had in a earlier phase of the case. Tsarnaev’s guilt in the deaths … Read more

Lieutenant Governor of Idaho Bans Vaccination Mandates While Governor Is Out of State

Idaho lLieutenant governor Janice McGeachin has issued executive orders that: included banning vaccine mandates and trying to activate members of the National Guard to send to the border with Mexico without authorization while Governor Little was out of state. What to do? you think? “What fool does more work while the boss is away?” Shanice … Read more

Man in Murkowski Threat Case Didn’t Stay on Top in Alaska City

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man described as a “normal man” who didn’t stand out in his rural Alaskan community is accused of threatening to hire a hit man to kill a U.S. senator. murder. Jay Allen Johnson was to be charged later Friday on charges related to telephone threats he made against US Senator … Read more

Iain Stewart leaves as head of the Public Health Agency of Canada

OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada has a new boss as Iain Stewart – the president who was admonished by MPs in June – steps down after a year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Stewart for his “leadership in successfully implementing the COVID-19 vaccine rollout,” and said he will return to the position … Read more

Biden undoing cuts on Trump’s bear ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeastern Valley and Marine National Monuments

“This is probably the easiest thing I’ve ever done as president,” Biden said before announcing. The Bear Canyon National Monument will be restored to 1.3 million acres and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to 1.7 million acres, according to the fact sheet. In addition, the protection of the Northeast Valley and Seemonts monument will be … Read more

Iran FM says more talks are needed with rival Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT (AP) – Iran’s foreign minister said Friday that more talks are needed with regional arch-rival Saudi Arabia to help Tehran and Riyadh improve, but that negotiations are moving in the right direction so far. The comments from Iran’s top diplomat Hossein Amir-Abdollahian came on the last day of his two-day visit to Lebanon. He … Read more

The AP Interview: Jayapal Pushes Biden For $3T Spending Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, says she has pushed President Joe Biden to hold the line and keep his ambitious social spending plan closer to $3 trillion instead of the $2 trillion he has is the pushed to the Democrats in recent days. Jayapal told The … Read more

Democrats are concerned about Biden’s agenda in the Manchin-Sanders feud.

Because once they did, the California Democrats suggested, it would almost certainly satisfy the liberal and generous wings of the Democratic caucus, which is fighting with the size, scope and details of the month’s plan. But Biden, according to several sources at the virtual meeting, told the Progressive House Democrats that they have been in … Read more

US and Mexico to negotiate updated bilateral security arrangement to address concerns on both sides

“The United States and Mexico recognize the need to adapt bilateral security cooperation to meet the concerns and priorities of both governments,” the official told reporters. “Our security challenges are shared, and so is the responsibility to solve them.” The new agreement will update or potentially replace the $3 billion Merida Initiative, a 2008 pact … Read more

Environmental lobby raises Carney’s credibility for climate finance

OTTAWA — Mark Carney’s credibility as a climate finance leader is under fire as environmental lobby groups say he is allowing some of the world’s largest banks to use him as a front to continue financing fossil fuels. Carney is widely expected to run for federal Liberals in future elections and campaigned for some Liberal … Read more

Trump indicated he would try to claim executive privileges to prevent House investigators from obtaining information.

A source familiar with the former president’s legal strategy confirmed to CNN that a lawyer for Trump sent a letter to the subpoena targets, informing them of his plans to protect executive privileges. The letters were previously reported by Politico. “Executive privilege will be protected, not only on behalf of President Trump and his administration, … Read more

The transport union has threatened a national strike before Christmas

Package distribution could be crippled by the Christmas lead as thousands of transport operators across the country have threatened to quit their jobs over pay disputes. The transport workers’ union has demanded improved wages and job security, but no strike has been called. Major operators, including StarTrack, FedEx, Toll, Linfox and BevChain, are due to … Read more

Guilty plea from New York lawyers in Molotov cocktail case postponed

Two attorneys expected to plead guilty Thursday to federal charges that included throwing a Molotov cocktail at an empty New York City police car last year are now set to plead guilty on Oct. 20. The charges against Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis — both New York-based attorneys in their early thirties — drew attention … Read more

We want NSW’s economy to ‘roar strongly’: Plibersek

Shadow Minister Tanya Plibersek says she hopes Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet will succeed in reviving the economy of New South Wales. Ms Plibersack said she wanted to “see everything that signals a return to normal life”. “We want the New South Wales premiere to be a success, and we hope he is because all our … Read more

Bill de Blasio Abused NYPD Security Details in Presidential Campaign, Investigators Say

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has failed to repay nearly $320,000 in government money used to fund the security details that traveled with him during his aborted presidential campaign, a new report said Thursday. The city detectives who investigated the use of de Blasio’s security credentials also concluded that the officer in charge … Read more

Vancouver city councilors narrowly reject climate-related parking fees, vehicle charges

Motorists merge from four lanes into one as they enter the Lions Gate Bridge to enter Vancouver. DARYL DYCK/The Canadian Press City councilors in Vancouver narrowly rejected a proposal for citywide parking permits and a levy on certain vehicles, with Mayor Kennedy Stewart questioning the fairness of the plan and casting the casting vote. The … Read more

South Africa’s ‘moral compass’ Tutu is celebrating his 90th birthday

The line-up of speakers on her birthday is a reminder of Tutu values, surrounding herself with rights advocates Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon, Nobel Peace Prize winner and known as the “moral compass of the nation”, celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday with a rare public appearance. Tutu, who has long spoken out against … Read more

Religious exemptions from vaccine mandates tested in New York case

Thousands of New York health workers find themselves in uncertainty as a federal judge considers whether the state’s vaccination mandate must comply with requests for religious waivers, in a case that could lead to similar policies in other states. As written, the New York vaccine mandate applies to all people who work in hospitals and … Read more

Russian hackers behind the SolarWinds hack attempt to infiltrate US and European government networks

According to Charles Carmakal, senior vice president and CTO at cybersecurity firm Mandiant, the Russian group has violated multiple technology companies in previously unreported activities. The hackers have also used new tools and techniques in some of their operations this year, Carmakal said. “The group has compromised multiple government agencies, organizations that focus on political … Read more

Canavan: Australia to ‘never outsource sovereign rights’ to set its own law

National Senator Matt Canvan says Australia “never outsources our sovereign rights” to other countries to set our own laws, especially when it comes to emissions reduction goals. Mr Canvan said he welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call for any zero goal for the nation to be set by Australians. “But it cuts against the point … Read more

Dominic Perrottet ‘unhinged abuse from left’ coping: Panahi

Newly elected NSW premier Dominic Perotet continues to face “unnecessary abuse from the left full of hatred,” according to Sky News host Rita Panahi. “She is now well acquainted with the Mark McGowan newsletter, Western Australian,” she said. Shortly before Perotte became Prime Minister of New South Wales, West Australia described him as “hard-right” in … Read more

Dominic Perrottet evades ‘unhinged abuse of the left’: Panahi

Newly elected NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet continues to “take unhinged abuse of the hate-filled left,” according to Sky News presenter Rita Panahi. “That seems to now include the Mark McGowan newsletter, better known as the West Australian,” she said. Shortly before Perrottet became Prime Minister of New South Wales, the Western Australian described him … Read more