Health officials are racing to contact those who traveled aboard a United Airlines plane after a passenger exhibiting coronavirus symptoms experienced a “medical emergency” during a flight from Orlando, Florida, to Los Angeles earlier this week and subsequently died. United Airlines flight 591 was forced to divert to New Orleans on Monday when a man aboard the aircraft became suddenly ill, according to USA Today. He was dropped off at an area hospital, where he later died, before the plane continued on to California. United is working with the government to notify passengers who may have been ...
Former "The View" panelist Meghan McCain received a public fact-check from one of her father's best friends about one of the claims in her newly released audiobook.
"I saw Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sitting towards the back. As far as I knew, they had not been invited but they showed up anyway. Funeral crashers. It never even crossed my mind that they would come. Why would you go to something like that?" McCain wondered. "It seemed audacious even for them."
But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) responded to McCain's claim in a telephone interview with The Washington Post, in which he said "their presence was approved."
"She was upset they were there — I understand that, and she has hard feelings but I know what happened and nobody showed up uninvited," Graham said. "I love Meghan McCain and I understand how stressful all this has been for her and those who attack her dad will never be forgiven by her."
A spokesperson for McCain said "she stands by the accuracy of her memoir."
A source close Trump and Kushner, also known as Javanka, threw shade at McCain.
"Jared and Ivanka had about as much interest in attending the funeral as they did the half dozen or so dinner invitations that [husband Ben Domenech] and Meghan pestered them with after the funeral," the source said.
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The fatal shooting of two Black Lives Matter activists in Wisconsin was a harbinger of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol less than 20 months later, according to a new analysis by The New York Times magazine that was published online on Tuesday.
The story focused on Kyle Rittenhouse, who is standing trial for killing two men in Kenosha after traveling to Wisconsin from Illinois.
"They called themselves citizens or patriots, and the demonstrators and media often called them militias, but it would have been most accurate to call them paramilitaries: young-to-middle-aged white men, mostly, armed with assault-style rifles and often clad in tactical gear, who appeared in town that evening arrayed purposefully around gas stations and used-car lots. Their numbers, based on video footage and firsthand accounts, may have run anywhere from the high dozens to the low hundreds, but no official estimates were made. Law-enforcement officers seemed to have broadly tolerated, and occasionally openly expressed support for, their activities, despite the fact that many of them were violating the same emergency curfew order under which dozens of demonstrators were arrested," Charles Homans wrote.
The reporter interviewed Andy Carvin, the managing editor of the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council think tank which tracked extremism leading up to the Kenosha unrest.
"Kenosha was a harbinger of that," Carvin said of the "Stop the Steal" rallies.
"All of these episodes looked, in retrospect, like steppingstones on the way to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, where a coalition of standard-issue Trump voters, QAnon true believers and militiamen united in an attempt to blow up American democracy in order to save the country from their perceived enemies. We had entered a new era in which there would always be an enemy and someone ready to meet them. It was clear, by then, that what happened in Kenosha was about something much bigger than the buildings that burned there. It did not really matter if dozens of buildings were burning or one was. It did not really matter if buildings were burning at all," The Times reported.
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Kiev hailed a victory over Russia on Tuesday after a Dutch appeals court ruled that a priceless collection of Crimean gold stuck for years in the Netherlands be handed over to Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said the "long-awaited victory" to return the treasure, which had been loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014, was a "fair decision".
"We always regain what's ours. After the 'Scythian gold', we'll return Crimea," Zelensky said on Twitter.
Four Crimean museums launched a legal bid seven years ago to force the Allard Pierson Museum to return the collection of archaeological artefacts dubbed the "Scythian Gold" to the peninsula.
A lower Dutch court said in 2016 that the treasures were part of Ukraine's cultural heritage and must be returned instead to Kiev, adding that Crimea was not considered a sovereign state.
The Crimean museums appealed against the judgement, saying that they belonged there.
The Dutch court of appeal said in 2019 that it needed more time to decide on the matter. On Tuesday, the 2016 decision was upheld.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba called the collection "part of our national code."
"All Russian fakes, manipulations and attempts to mislead the court ended in failure," he said in a statement.
"I am convinced that just as we have returned the Scythian gold today, we will return our people and our temporarily occupied territories," Kuleba added, referring to Crimea and separatist-controlled territory.
Kiev and its Western allies say Russia illegally annexed Crimea, a month after Ukraine's Moscow-backed president was ousted in a pro-EU uprising, and accuses Moscow of backing pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's east.
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