Fact-checking Biden’s speech announcing new executive actions on gun control

In the wake of another series of mass shootings around the US, President Joe Biden announced several gun-control focused executive actions on Thursday. The actions include expanding background checks for certain types of guns, regulating stabilizing braces built for pistols, making new investments in intervention programs for violence-prone communities, and creating model “red flag” legislation for states to pass. Here’s a look at some of the claims Biden made during his Rose Garden announcement and the facts around them: Gun manufacturers and liability Biden claimed that “the only industry in America — a billion-dollar industry — that can’t be sued — has exempt from being sued — are gun manufacturers.” Facts First: This is false. Gun manufacturers are not entirely exempt from being sued, nor are they only industry with some liability protections. Under the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, gun manufacturers cannot be held liable for the use of their products in a crime. However, gun manufacturers can still be held liable for (and thus sued for) a range of things, including negligence, breach of contract regarding the purchase of a…

Lil Nas X Satan shoe buyers can get a full refund after Nike lawsuit

The company that sold customized Nike Air Max 97s — featuring satanic symbols and a red liquid in the sole that supposedly contains human blood — will buy back customers’ shoes for a full refund. Nike settled a lawsuit with MSCHF, the Brooklyn-based art and design studio behind the Lil Nas X branded “Satan” shoe that made waves on social media. Nike said the alterations and sales were unauthorized. As part of the agreement, MSCHF will issue a voluntary recall for the Satan shoes, buying back the sneakers at the $1,018 sale price. Nike said it hoped the recall would remove the shoes from circulation. Other details of the settlement were not released. “The parties are pleased to put this dispute behind them,” a Nike spokesperson said in a statement. Nike sued MSCHF on March 29 for trademark infringement, complaining about potential confusion for customers. MSCHF also sold a “Jesus” shoe in 2019 made from altered Nike sneakers that the company said contained holy water from the Jordan River. “Nike had nothing to do with the Satan Shoes or the Jesus Shoes,” the company said. “Purchasers who choose not to return their shoes…

Dodgers To Present Championship Rings, Raise Banner at Friday’s Home Opener

Los Angeles Dodger players and coaches will receive their 2020 World Series rings and the team will raise its championship banner at Friday’s home opener against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. Basketball legend Magic Johnson and pioneering tennis champion Billie Jean King will be among those raising the banner, Dodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin tweeted. Jarrin will also be a participant. Johnson and King are both part of the Dodgers’ ownership group. The entire ring and banner ceremony will be broadcast by SportsNet LA. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 11:45 a.m. Dodger Stadium’s auto and stadium gates will open at 10:30 a.m. The first pitch is set for 1:10 p.m. The members of the 2020 Dodgers who left the team via free agency or trades — Kike Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Pedro Baez, Alex Wood, Jake McGee, Adam Kolarek, Dylan Floro, Josh Sborz and Terrance Gore — will be presented with their rings throughout the season, a team official told City News Service. Continuing the tradition of recent World Series champions, the Dodgers will wear special-edition jerseys and caps for the three-game…

Gov. Newsom launches $536 million funding package to boost fire prevention projects

After the worst wildfire season ever in 2020, California is bracing for more destruction this year due to worsening drought conditions and above-normal temperatures. “We had world record-breaking high temperatures in our own backyard in California… 130 degrees in our state,” Governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday as he launched a $536 million funding package to boost fire prevention projects. The outlook is already ominous as 91% of the state is suffering from drought and has reported consecutive dry months since last October, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. “Even record investments in this space are not enough to deal with the magnitude of that reality,” Newsom said. “But yes, we need to do more on forest management and vegetation management.” The new legislation will invest millions of dollars toward hiring additional fire personnel, buying mechanical equipment, building defensible spaces and developing vegetation-management projects that will control and slow down the fires, Newsom said. “We can’t sugarcoat the fact that this summer is going to be challenging,” said Wade Crowfoot, California’s Natural Resources Secretary. “We are just getting out of our second consecutive dry winter and what we can…

The Latest: WHO chief descries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization said that over 87% of the more than 700 million doses of coronavirus vaccine that have been administered worldwide have been given in wealthier countries. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries. “There remains a shocking imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines,” Tedros said during a media briefing Friday. He called COVAX, the U.N.-backed initiative to distribute vaccines fairly, “a strong mechanism that can deliver vaccines faster and more efficiently than any other mechanism.” He noted that COVAX so far has delivered about 38 million doses worldwide, or enough to cover about 0.25% of the global population. Tedros criticized countries that plan to donate vaccines directly to other nations instead of going through COVAX. “These bilateral arrangements run the risk of fanning the flames of vaccine inequity,” he said, without explaining why donations that bypass COVAX were problematic. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Japan imposes new…

Pitchman Pete: Buttigieg steps into the spotlight to sell Biden’s infrastructure plan

It isn’t every day that Republican Rep. Sam Graves picks up his cell phone and hears from a Cabinet secretary — let alone a Democrat. But the conservative Missouri congressman who serves as ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has been struck by how often he and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have talked about infrastructure since the former mayor and presidential candidate was confirmed two months ago. “He calls my cell phone and I have his,” said Graves, who said he was surprised by how “accessible” the secretary has been. “It certainly is just nice to be able to talk to somebody and talk about that different points of view and the pros and the cons without getting into an argument and just shutting off and then starting in with name calling. … That is very refreshing.” Buttigieg, after two months on the job, has become one of the most ubiquitous faces in the Biden administration’s push to pass a sweeping $2 trillion infrastructure bill, vaulting the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the leader of an often-overlooked…

Cosmonautas rusos y astronauta de la NASA despegan a la Estación Espacial

(CNN) — La Estación Espacial Internacional es el lugar de moda en abril. Las múltiples llegadas y salidas de este mes hacen que el laboratorio flotante parezca más un hotel. Los cosmonautas de la agencia espacial rusa Roscosmos Oleg Novitskiy y Pyotr Dubrov, y el astronauta de la NASA Mark Vande Hei, viajarán a la estación espacial desde el Cosmódromo de Baikonur en Kazajistán el viernes. El lanzamiento, el acoplamiento y la llegada de la nueva tripulación a la estación espacial se transmitirán en vivo por el canal de televisión y el sitio web de la NASA. Se espera el lanzamiento a las 3:42 am ET. La tripulación atracará en la estación a las 7:07 am ET, y las escotillas entre la nave espacial Soyuz y la estación se abrirán alrededor de las 9 am ET. Este rápido viaje a la estación espacial, que incluye dos órbitas de la Tierra y aproximadamente tres horas de viaje, es cortesía de la nueva nave espacial Soyuz MS-18. Su llegada elevará el número total de miembros de la tripulación a la estación a 10 residentes. Los astronautas de…

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