GOP senator warns against treating funding as ‘Monopoly money’ as infrastructure negotiations come to a head

By Chandelis Duster, Kaitlan Collins and Lauren Fox, CNN Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey on Sunday warned against treating federal funding as “Monopoly money” as negotiations on how to pay for a bipartisan infrastructure bill ramp up ahead of a critical week. “A very, very important category for me is how all this is going to get paid for,” the Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “Now we’re talking about another $600 billion on top of the ordinary spending. …This is completely out of hand. There are people who think this is Monopoly money, but it’s not, Jake. And so I’m concerned. I think the way we should pay for this increase in infrastructure spending is by re-purposing money we already approved, but hasn’t yet gone out the door.” The comments from Toomey, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, comes as a bipartisan group of senators hash out details on funding for the bill, in which water and transportation funding remain a sticking point. President Joe Biden is expected to make several calls to members of Congress throughout the day…

Olympics Latest: American fencer Kiefer wins women’s foil

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Lee Kiefer has earned the third gold medal for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics by beating defending champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia 15-13 in the women’s foil final. Kiefer is a four-time NCAA champion at Notre Dame. She ripped off her mask after the final point and shouted “Oh my God!” She placed fifth at the 2012 London Games and was 10th at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. It’s the third Olympic gold for the U.S. fencing team. Mariel Zagunis won in saber at the 2004 and 2008 Games. Kiefer is also a medical student at the University of Kentucky. ___ Olympic medalists can now remove their masks — briefly — on the podium after the International Olympic Committee relaxed its health rules. Recognizing athletes want to smile and show emotion, the IOC is now letting them have 30 seconds of maskless time for photographs. The IOC says this acknowledges “a unique moment in their sporting career.”…

Tom Barrack and the influence he had in Trump’s world

By Jeremy Herb and Marshall Cohen, CNN When Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president in 2016, a little-known businessperson received a prime convention speaking slot just minutes before the nominee: Tom Barrack. “I’m here because Donald Trump is one of my closest friends for 40 years,” Barrack told the crowd in Cleveland, beaming about the “amazing” things he had to say about Trump. Last week, Barrack became only the latest in a long line of Trump advisers, aides, employees and friends to be indicted since Trump won the presidency. Barrack was charged Tuesday with illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, accused by prosecutors of trying to influence the foreign policy positions of both the Trump presidential campaign and his administration. Barrack and Trump’s relationship dates back to Trump’s ill-fated purchase of the Plaza Hotel in New York in the 1980s, and they remained close business partners in the succeeding years. The founder of real estate and investment firm Colony Capital, Barrack played a significant role at several key points of Trump’s campaign, helping to recommend Paul Manafort — later…

Olympic Latest: Iran refugee falls short in gold medal bid

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Iranian refugee Kimia Alizadeh has fallen short in her bid for a historic taekwondo gold medal, losing in the semifinals after three consecutive stirring victories in the women’s 57-kilogram division. Alizadeh lost 10-3 to Russian Tatiana Minina, endangering Alizadeh’s bid to win the Refugee Olympic Team’s first-ever medal. Alizadeh still could win bronze in the evening session at the Makuhari Messe convention center. Alizadeh also won bronze as a teenager in Rio de Janeiro, claiming the first Olympic medal for an Iranian woman. She defected from Iran to Germany early last year, citing institutional sexism and disappointment at being used as a propaganda tool. Alizadeh seemed to be on a charmed run in Tokyo: She beat fellow Iranian Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in her opening bout before shocking Britain’s two-time Olympic champion, Jade Jones. Alizadeh knocked off China’s Zhou Lijun to reach her first Olympic semifinal, but she fought tentatively and struggled to score on Minina, a three-time European champion. ___ Spanish golfer…

Advocacy group publishes mid-year report highlighting spike in anti-Muslim crimes and bias

By Alaa Elassar, CNN The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has released a mid-year report highlighting serious cases of anti-Muslim incidents that occurred in the United States during the first seven months of 2021. CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, typically publishes an annual report tracking hate crimes and bias incidents. The organization decided to release a mid-year “snapshot report” because of a spike in May and June, Robert McCaw, CAIR’s government affairs director, told CNN. The report, published Wednesday, highlights 38 of the hundreds of anti-Muslim bias incidents documented by the organization this year, CAIR said in a news release. The incidents include hate crimes, harassment, school bullying, discrimination and hate speech. The report is based on incidents directly reported to CAIR’s national office and chapters across the United States, as well as the media. “This report serves as a reminder of the severe nature of Islamophobia and what needs to be done to combat it in the United States and around the world,” Huzaifa Shahbaz, CAIR’s national research and advocacy coordinator, told CNN. CAIR documented a spike in anti-Muslim…

Olympics Latest: Iranian refugee shocks taekwondo champ

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh has shocked two-time Olympic gold medalist Jade Jones at the Tokyo Games, beating the British champion 16-12 in the round of 16. Alizadeh, a bronze medalist in Rio de Janeiro, won twice for the Refugee Olympic Team to advance to the Tokyo quarterfinals. She beat Iranian opponent Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in her opening bout before her massive upset of Jones, who was attempting to become the first three-time Olympic taekwondo gold medalist. Alizadeh is competing for the Refugee Team after defecting to Germany shortly after becoming the first Iranian women to win an Olympic medal in 2016. ___ MORE ON THE TOKYO GAMES: — Katie Ledecky makes first Tokyo Games appearance in the 400-meter freestyle — Simone Biles makes her first appearance for Team USA — Surfing and skateboarding, two of four new Olympic sports, get underway — An Iranian defector beat an Iranian opponent in taekwondo, then upset a two-time gold medalist ___ UPSET ALERT Top-ranked Ash…

Maduro dice que todo está listo para iniciar la negociación con la oposición en México

Luis Ernesto Quintana Barney (CNN Español) — El cuestionado presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, dijo este sábado en una entrevista con la cadena Telesur que todo está listo para iniciar una mesa de Dialogo con sectores de la oposición en México “temprano en agosto”, y que esta podría contar con la participación de gobiernos del mundo, entre ellos los de Noruega y Estados Unidos. En la entrevista, Maduro dijo: “hoy por hoy estamos en diálogo con todos los sectores de la oposición, con todos… con todos los sectores de la oposición estamos en diálogo, por grupos, por sectores, y te puedo decir que estamos listos para ir a México. Las delegaciones del gobierno bolivariano y legítimo que presido y de las oposiciones con todos sus delegados. Ya hemos prehablado una agenda compleja, difícil y nos hemos puesto de acuerdo en las bases del arranque del diálogo y aspiro que en el mes de agosto, temprano, poder instalar en México, con la ayuda del gobierno de Noruega, y posiblemente la participación de gobiernos del mundo, pudiera ser… lo cual contesta tu pregunta, pudiera ser la participación…

First Alert Weather Alert Day: Sunday for isolated showers and thunderstorms for the valley and mountains

More cloud coverage and cooler temperatures today and isolated storms are starting to move in. Looking a head for tomorrow isolated showers and storms increase for the valley and mountains. Tomorrow will be a perfect day to finally dust off your umbrellas. As we are expected to increase in rain starting tomorrow afternoon, The First Alert Weather team issued a First Alert Weather Alert Day starting tomorrow afternoon. The post First Alert Weather Alert Day: Sunday for isolated showers and thunderstorms for the valley and mountains appeared first on KESQ.

Thousands join Pride event in Hungary as LGBTQ people face growing hostility

By Saskya Vandoorne, Melissa Bell and Kara Fox, CNN Some 30,000 people have joined the annual Pride celebrations in Budapest on Saturday, organizers say, with attendees marching in colorful outfits across the Hungarian capital in support of inclusion and freedom. But this year, Pride is also a protest, as LGBTQ people and their allies rally against the country’s increasingly hostile policy towards their communities — punctuated by a new, homophobic law recently passed by Hungary’s hardline government. Andras Szolnoki, 55, an anthropologist from the eastern city of Debrecen, said he joined the march in rebuke to “Orbán’s regime and for the rights of LGBTQI people who have been targeted by the government for the last four years.” For Szolnoki, only a “revolutionary approach” would change the status quo in Hungary, where last month, right-wing populist ministers passed a law essentially banning LGBTQ issues from being discussed in school. “It’s more than just a march,” Szolnoki told CNN. “It’s about Hungary joining the Europeans and showing equality.” The new law, supported by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, bans all educational materials and programs for children that are…

Buncombe County inmate found dead will have case dismissed by court, DA says

By Kari Barrows Click here for updates on this story     BUNCOMBE COUNTY, North Carolina (WLOS) — Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams says the inmate who was found dead at the Buncombe County Detention Facility on Friday will have his case dismissed. Robert Charles Austin, 68, who had been in the jail since August 2019, was found unresponsive in his cell by a detention officer who was making rounds. He received emergency medical care, but was pronounced dead by Buncombe County EMS. The DA said online on Saturday that North Carolina law “directs that Mr. Austin’s criminal case will abate and be dismissed by the Court upon his passing.” Williams says Austin’s case was calendared for jury trial the week of Oct. 25, 2021. Austin was in jail after being charged with first-degree murder in the death of a homeless man who had been set on fire in east Asheville. “Yesterday I personally notified the family of Larry Alston that Robert Austin, the charged suspect in Larry Alston’s 2019 homicide has died,” DA Williams said online. “I offer my condolences to both of the Alston…

First responders rescue visitor who fell 25 feet off hiking trail on Kauai

By Web Staff Click here for updates on this story     KAUAI, Hawaii (KITV) — First responders on Kauai rescued a 67-year-old male visitor from California who fell 25 feet off the Wailua Falls Trail on Friday. According to a report, the male visitor was hiking with his family when he slipped and fell approximately 25 feet off the trail. Officials said the male appeared to suffer multiple head injuries. The hiker was treated by personnel and later transported to Wilcox Hospital. Please note: This content carries a strict local market embargo. If you share the same market as the contributor of this article, you may not use it on any platform. The post First responders rescue visitor who fell 25 feet off hiking trail on Kauai appeared first on KESQ.

Authorities in this community say they’re facing a gun violence ‘crisis.’ They’re asking residents for help

By Christina Maxouris, CNN Photographs by Elijah Nouvelage for CNN Saleemah Graham-Fleming had been told she wouldn’t be able to have children. That’s why she always called Sanaa Amenhotep, the oldest of her three daughters, a miracle. The two loved each other fiercely: they had frequent “cuddle time” sessions and dedicated Friday girls’ nights. The teen would often join her mom for errands, riding in the passenger seat and snapping photos for her social media accounts, which she always kept up to date. On April 5, Sanaa stepped out with her younger sister to take some pictures near their Columbia apartment, but she never came home, her mother said. Sanaa’s body was found on April 29, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced. She had been shot multiple times. Sanaa likely met two males she knew and voluntarily left, but was later kidnapped, Lott said. Days after the announcement, an 18-year-old and two minors were arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder among other charges, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said. “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” Graham-Fleming told CNN. “Not only has it been devastating for…

Vaccines are a ‘personal decision,’ Hillsong Church founder says after congregant refuses shot and dies of Covid-19

By Paul P. Murphy, CNN The founder of the multinational Hillsong Church told CNN that Covid-19 vaccines are a “personal decision for each individual to make with the counsel of medical professionals” after a congregant who publicly refused inoculation died of complications from the disease. Hillsong Church global senior pastor Brian Houston had announced the death of Stephen Harmon, who attended Hillsong in California, on social media this week. Harmon had said on social media that he would not receive the vaccine, even when he was fighting Covid-19 in a hospital this month. “Stephen was just a young man in his early 30s,” Houston wrote, announcing Harmon’s death on social media. “He was one of the most generous people I know and he had so much in front of him.” Houston expanded on his social media posts in a statement to CNN, saying that “any loss of life is a moment to mourn and offer support to those who are suffering and so our heartfelt prayers are with his family and those who loved him.” “On any medical issue, we strongly encourage those in our…

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blames this for surge in cases

By Travis Caldwell, CNN While the need for mask wearing never fully dissipated during the pandemic, guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in May that removed restrictions for vaccinated individuals was a welcome harbinger of a possible return to normalcy. Now, with Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing throughout the nation, safety precautions such as mask mandates are once again under consideration. Former US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said on Friday that the CDC needs to clarify its messaging to get Americans back on board with stemming the rising tide of infections. The CDC’s decision “was putting trust in the American people to really do the right thing, but unfortunately people chose to go out and pull their mask off, whether they were vaccinated or not,” Adams told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “We’ve got to trust our health officials to give the best advice they can at the time, and the CDC gave the best advice they could at the time,” he added. “But guess what? That was pre-Delta surge. The Delta variant is changing things.” The Delta variant, believed to be…

DEA agents seize cocaine disguised as a cake

Alaa Elassar, CNN A man and woman were arrested in Maine following the discovery of cocaine disguised as a cake in their vehicle, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Acting on information received from anonymous sources, agents stopped a vehicle on Tuesday along I-295 as it entered Gardiner. A drug-sniffing K9 alerted them to the presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle, the MDEA said in a news release. Inside the trunk, they found four pounds of cocaine and about $1,900 in cash, believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales, the agency added. Some of the cocaine found in the vehicle was pressed into a block and wrapped in cake packaging, MDEA Commander Peter Arno told CNN. Coffee grounds were spread on top of the cocaine in an attempt to throw off the scent. Arno said the cocaine likely entered the country wrapped in cake packaging, and that agents will check with other departments to see if similar seizures have been made in order to determine its source. Agents believe the drugs were being transported to Main for distribution in Kennebec and Somerset…

A Missouri hospital just hit its all-time high for Covid cases. But the county fair that attracts thousands won’t be canceled

By Neelam Bohra and Christina Zdanowicz, CNN Amy Tignor remembers the crowds that attended the Ozark Empire Fair’s rides, concerts and livestock shows in past years. A resident of Springfield, Missouri, since 2005 and the owner of a local brewery, Tignor said nothing could “drag her there” this year, even though she’s fully vaccinated. “As you’re sitting in a crowd, six out of the 10 people around you probably haven’t been vaccinated,” Tignor told CNN. “And that just seems like a risk that I’m not willing to take.” Springfield, where the Ozark Empire Fair will be held July 29 to Aug. 7, is in Greene County, one of the state’s Covid hotspots. Mercy Hospital in Springfield recorded 148 positive Covid-19 cases as of Thursday, an all-time high, said Sonya Kullmann, spokesperson for the hospital. Greene County currently has 4,663 active cases as of Friday morning, according to its website. The uptick in cases is caused by the fast-spreading Delta variant; 95% of those cases were in unvaccinated people, Kullmann said. Greene County, with a completed vaccination rate of about 35%, has declared a local emergency.…

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