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- ListenPrince Philip to be laid to restPrince Philip, the late husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, will be laid to rest in an intimate service attended by 30 people including members of the royal family.
Today’s memorial will be unlike any other recent royal funerals due to the coronavirus pandemic. The congregation will wear masks for the duration of the service, the palace spokesman said.Apr 17, 2021
- ListenWhite House backtracks on refugees decision after criticism and says Biden will announce increased cap by May 15The White House said Friday President Joe Biden will set a new, increased refugee cap next month after facing a barrage of criticism when officials confirmed to CNN and other outlets that it would remain at the historically low level set by former President Donald Trump.
Only hours earlier, the administration announced Biden would sign an emergency determination that keeps this fiscal year's refugee cap of 15,000, but not raise the refugee cap as he had committed to doing, marking a significant reversal from his administration's proposal earlier this year to lift the cap to 62,500. The move faced immediate blowback from refugee groups and lawmakers frustrated by the sudden shift.Apr 16, 2021
- ListenPolice ID gunman who killed 8 people at an Indianapolis FedEx facility as 19-year-old former employeePolice arrived "to a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere" at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis' main airport late Thursday night, where a former employee shot and killed eight people and wounded others, an Indianapolis police official told CNN.
Indianapolis police on Friday afternoon identified the gunman as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who was last employed by FedEx in 2020, said Deputy Chief Craig McCartt.
Officials haven't released the names of victims.Apr 16, 2021
- ListenBiden to sign declaration that speeds refugee admissions without raising refugee capPresident Joe Biden will sign a declaration on Friday to speed refugee admissions to the US but not raise the refugee cap, as he has committed to doing. Instead, he will sign an emergency determination that will cast a wider net of who can arrive to the US under the refugee ceiling currently in place.Apr 16, 2021
- ListenDerek Chauvin says he will not testify at trial as defense is set to restDerek Chauvin invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent on Thursday and said he will not testify in his own defense in the trial of George Floyd's death.
Chauvin, speaking into a microphone before the jury entered the court, said it was his decision and his decision alone not to testify.Apr 15, 2021
- ListenBiden imposes new sanctions on Russia in response to election interference and cyber hacksThe Biden administration on Thursday imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled diplomatic personnel in response to election interference and cyber hacks by the country.
"President Biden signed a new sanctions executive order that provides strengthened authorities to demonstrate the Administration's resolve in responding to and deterring the full scope of Russia's harmful foreign activities," the White House said in a news release.
As a part of the announcement, the US formally named the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service as the force behind the SolarWinds hack that affected the federal government and wide swaths of the private sector.Apr 15, 2021
- ListenUS is expected to sanction Russia and expel Russian officials in response to hacks and election interferenceThe Biden administration is expected to announce sanctions as soon as Thursday targeting Russian individuals and entities, in addition to the expulsion of as many as a dozen Russian diplomats from the US in response to the hack of SolarWinds and election interference, according to two sources familiar with the plans.
Another source familiar tells CNN that the administration is expected to take measures against Russia on Thursday and is coordinating with European allies.
The sanctions will target intelligence and government officials and entities involved in the SolarWinds cyber intrusion, the officials said.Apr 14, 2021
- ListenBiden announces troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that led the US into its longest war.
"We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result," Biden said.Apr 14, 2021
- ListenOfficer charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter in Daunte Wright killingA police officer who authorities say shot and killed a Black man in a Minneapolis suburb after a traffic stop has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter is charged in Sunday's shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said.Apr 14, 2021
- ListenBernie Madoff, infamous Ponzi schemer, diesBernard Madoff, whose name became synonymous with financial fraud, died while serving a 150-year sentence in federal prison. He was 82 years old.
His death Wednesday at the Federal Medical Center in the prison in Butner, North Carolina, was confirmed by the US Bureau of Prisons. A cause of death was not released.Apr 14, 2021