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Police officers recount mayhem and ‘attempted coup’ in US Capitol riot

Police officers recount mayhem and ‘attempted coup’ in US Capitol riot

WASHINGTON: Four police officers on Tuesday told lawmakers they were beaten, taunted with racial insults, heard threats including "kill him with his own gun" and thought they might die as they struggled to defend the US Capitol on January 6 against a mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters. Often tearful, sometimes profane, the officers called the rioters "terrorists" engaged in an "attempted coup" during a 3-1/2 hour congressional hearing in which they also criticized Republican lawmakers who have sought to downplay the attack. "I feel like I went to hell and back to protect the people in this room," said…
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Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON: Senators and the White House were locked in intense negotiations Tuesday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden's top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, senators from the bipartisan group blew past a Monday deadline set for agreement on the nearly $1 trillion package. They hit serious roadblocks over how much would be spent on public transit and water infrastructure and whether the new spending on roads, bridges, broadband and other projects would be required to meet federal wage requirements for workers. They're…
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Inside a KKK murder plot: ‘Do you want him six feet under?’

Inside a KKK murder plot: ‘Do you want him six feet under?’

PALATKA: Joseph Moore breathed heavily, his face slick with nervous sweat. He held a cellphone with a photo of a man splayed on the floor; the man appeared dead, his shirt torn apart and his pants wet. "KIGY, my brother," Moore said to another man who drove up in a blue sedan. It was shorthand for "Klansman, I greet you." Moore showed the photo to David "Sarge" Moran, who wore a camouflage-print baseball hat emblazoned with a Confederate flag patch and a metal cross. "Oh, shit. I love it," Moran said. "Motherf----- pissed on himself. Good job." It was 11:30…
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Canada installs first indigenous governor general, highlights reconciliation

Canada installs first indigenous governor general, highlights reconciliation

OTTAWA: Canada installed an indigenous woman as its governor general on Monday, the first such person to hold the post, in an elaborate ceremony that spotlighted the country's effort to reconcile with its colonial past. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Mary Simon - a former journalist, ambassador, and Inuit community advocate - to serve as the representative in Canada of its head of state, Queen Elizabeth, earlier this month. Simon is the first indigenous person to take on the role, created more than 400 years ago to represent the colonial power on North American soil. The change comes as Canada…
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As January 6 probe begins, Democrat vows: ‘We have to get it right’

As January 6 probe begins, Democrat vows: ‘We have to get it right’

WASHINGTON: The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn't realize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection until his wife called him. He was inside the Capitol, sitting in the upper gallery of the House, hoping for what he called a "bird's-eye view of the process" and to be able to tell his grandchildren that he was there when Congress certified Joe Biden's presidential victory. People are breaking into the building, London Thompson told him, and it was on television. "I'm watching people climbing over the wall right now," she said. "It doesn't register," the Mississippi Democrat…
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House votes to evacuate more Afghan allies as US war ends

House votes to evacuate more Afghan allies as US war ends

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow in thousands more of the Afghans who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war, citing the urgency of protecting those on-the-ground allies from Taliban retaliation as the US military withdrawal enters its final weeks. Florida Republican and Vietnam war veteran Rep. Neal Dunn evoked the scenes of the US military withdrawal from Vietnam, which left many Vietnamese who'd worked with American forces fearing - and sometimes meeting - death and detention. "We cannot do this again. We must not do this again. We must bring back ... all the people who were so…
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Confederate bust to be removed from Tennessee Capitol

Confederate bust to be removed from Tennessee Capitol

NASHVILLE: A decades long effort to remove a bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the Tennessee Capitol cleared its final hurdle Thursday, with state leaders approving the final vote needed to allow the statue to be relocated to a museum. The seven-member State Building Commission voted 5-2 to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust as well as the busts of two other Tennessee military leaders. The Forrest bust was first installed at the Capitol in 1978 and has sparked protests and demonstrations ever since. Some have called for adding more historical context to the…
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Getting Covid-19 vaccine ‘gigantically important’, says Joe Biden

Getting Covid-19 vaccine ‘gigantically important’, says Joe Biden

CINCINNATI: President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the US and pleaded that it's "gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again. Biden, speaking Wednesday night at a televised town hall in Cincinnati, said the public health crisis has turned largely into a plight of the unvaccinated as the spread of the delta variant has led to a surge in infections around the country. “We have a pandemic for those who haven't gotten the vaccination — it's that basic, that simple,” he said on…
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Joe Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’

Joe Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’

CINCINNATI: President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration Wednesday over the slowing Covid-19 vaccination rate in the US and pleaded that it's "gigantically important'' for Americans to step up and get inoculated for the virus as it surges once again. Biden, speaking at a televised town hall in Cincinnati, said the public health crisis has turned largely into a plight of the unvaccinated as the spread of the delta variant has led to a surge in infections around the country. "We have a pandemic for those who haven't gotten the vaccination - it's that basic, that simple,'' he said on the…
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Nancy Pelosi: Republicans abandon Capitol riot probe after Pelosi rejects Jim Jordan, Jim Banks | World News

Nancy Pelosi: Republicans abandon Capitol riot probe after Pelosi rejects Jim Jordan, Jim Banks | World News

WASHINGTON: The top Republican in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday withdrew his five nominees to serve on the special committee probing the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of them. Pelosi had earlier rejected Representatives Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, staunch defenders of former President Donald Trump, from serving on the panel investigating the Trump supporters who assaulted Congress in an attempt to stop it from certifying President Joe Biden's election. "With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about…
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